The nineteen-year old has seven Grammys in her bag, and the world at her feet.

When Ringo announced the winner of the Record of the Year at the 63rd Grammy Awards, Billie Eilish held her face in her hands and shook her head. She appeared to transition from a state of shock to disbelief, and then to embarrassment. Not a typical reaction you’d expect from a person who’s won arguably the most coveted prize of the night, for the second year in a row. However, it wasn’t the first time we were witness to such a sight.

Last year’s ceremony, which now seems a decade ago, was a night in which Billie revelled, and did…


Just like oil in the twentieth century, chips could become the defining asset of the twenty-first.

Throughout human history, wars have been fought over a multitude of resources and commodities. Land, water, sugar, spices—all have hitherto served as catalysts for carnage. After witnessing two catastrophic wars in the first half of the twentieth century, a new material came to dictate the global sanctity in the second: oil. Today, chips are the latest disruptors to pose a threat—an economic threat, if not armed.

It’s been a few years since chips have been brewing as a potential candidate to cause turmoil. Industry insiders have been stressing on the strategic importance of the tiny silicon chips and their manufacturing…


Christopher Nolan attempts to tell a simple story in a convoluted way, which unfortunately fails to break any new grounds in the genre.

Like so many teenagers who started developing a fledgling interest in cinema in the early 2010s, I was part of the huge wave, washed ashore at the altar of Christopher Nolan’s filmography. Unquestionably, I was hyped for Tenet. After spending months in a lull with no hopes of watching it any time soon, when I finally got the chance, I wanted to love it so much. I longed for the dopamine and the adrenaline that comes packaged with a Nolan bill. Instead, it was a rush of disappointment in spades.

Let’s start with the good stuff — Ludwig Göransson’s score…


The practice is centuries old and some researchers are now trying to locate more of these freakish books.

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Imagine yourself walking down a splendid, sunlit aisle, surrounded on both sides by towering shelves containing a massive collection of quaint, worn-out books. Your nostrils fill with the vintage smell of the library as you carefully draw out a heavy, old book shrouded in what appears to be perfectly tanned golden-brown hide, presumably having survived years and years of blight and decay. There’s a catch though: the book you are holding might just be bound with human skin.

The practise of binding books with human skin goes as far back as the 16th century. The term for this esoteric process…


This June, the European Union Commission opened an official investigation into Apple after Spotify lodged a complaint.

Spotify vs Apple

“Apple shouldn’t be able to use their power to give themselves an unfair advantage — harming fans like you and companies like us”, reads Spotify’s custom website, titled ‘Time to Play Fair’. The multi-billion streaming behemoth outlines Apple’s unjust treatment of the company and provides an in-depth look at how Apple has been taking a bigoted stance against them for a long time, which finally prompted them to file a complaint with the European Union in March 2019.

The root of the issue is the 30 percent cut which Apple charges from all developers for subscriptions made through the iOS…


How quarantine led us to develop a fresh outlook towards normal life

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It’s fairly easy to lose track of time as days go by like a gentle and swift breeze. Unlike the real thing of course, which has been snagged away from us, as we’re deprived of that familiar sensation of feeling the vehement pollution in our lungs while performing a now forbidden activity of casually taking a stroll. How sardonic is nature’s irony then, that in a time with the sky bluer and the grass greener than ever before, it’s a direct consequence as well as the cause of our unholy entrapment.

By fate or by will, we are a generation…


12 April, 2020, 8 AM PT; somewhere in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

“What makes you guys shout and yell so early in the morning?” Kate groaned as she walked into the living room with her dishevelled hair and drowsy eyes, casually swiping away the unusually high number of notifications on her cellphone. She was woken by the loud and urgent conversation of her roommates, Joe and Amar.

“Kate, you would not believe what’s going on.”, Joe remarked in a tone which did little to suppress his thrill.

Amar looked somewhat more concerned as he said, “You know what? Me…


In the past couple years, the overtly social media-friendly tech mogul Elon Musk has infected his followers with his fervent ambition of inhabiting Mars. Speaking at the 2018 SXSW, he claimed that we must move to Mars in order to preserve our species, should a calamitous circumstance like, a third world war arise. It seemed a far fetched and vaguely hypothetical scenario then; it certainly did not appear to be the case a mere months ago. …


The nation has been rocked to its core by protests surrounding the much talked about and sparsely understood Citizen Amendment Bill (Act), or the CAA and the yet to be implemented National Register of Citizens (NRC). Both of these have long been in the manifesto and the agenda of the ruling party BJP, currently in its second tenure.

As India wades through the second week of the ongoing protests, the country has never been more divided on an issue before in recent memory. The rendering of Article 370 inoperative by The Honourable President of India, acting like a marionette was obviously a topic of contention, but the debate surrounding it died out quickly following complete alienation of the state (now Union Territory) from the country by shutting down all mobile data services, an unprecedentedly elongated ban which is yet to be lifted, aided by strict curfews and a total lockdown by the police. However, during a time of…


With Jordan Peele’s latest release Us getting rave reviews, it is the most recent movie to cement the fact that horror as a genre can be redeemed.

Hereditary (2018)

I remember never being a fan of horror movies until two years ago, mainly for two reasons: well, as a kid they used to scare me to pieces and the second, the few movies I dared to watch, had never been good. Sure, we’ve always had our Aliens and Halloweens, but my concern was the lack of genuinely good horror movies in the twenty-first century. So as a knee-jerk, I refrained from watching any horror flick for a long time. However, the change came when I finally watched The Conjuring in 2016 and realised that I must be missing out…

Adwitiya Pal

Reading and writing about tech, culture, history and business most of the time. Find me at adwipal@gmail.com

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