Author Archives: Akshat Rathi

About Akshat Rathi

Science and Technology Journalist

Moving to a new home

After five years, Contemplation will continue from a new home (which you can find here). Thanks for reading and hope that you will continue to encourage me by subscribing to my new posts via email here.

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We suffer from the what’s new syndrome

The idea behind meditation is to sit in a comfortable pose with your eyes close and back straight, and then empty your mind of any thoughts. Sounds easy of course, but getting rid of thoughts is difficult. To aid the … Continue reading

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Let us pick our battles, feminists

I recently reread Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If—”. And it reminded me of an online encounter I had with some feminists. The beautiful poem ends with this: If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, … Continue reading

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Do we really know what is meant by scientific temper?

A geologist pinged me today to ask, “Nehru studied geology at Cambridge University … I wonder how much he used his science in office?” I’m not great with history, but I know many fellow Indians are aware that “to develop … Continue reading

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