articles by Karan Pradhan

Lifestyle

'Sushi diplomacy': Inside 'Harry' Hakuei Kosato's quest to conquer India, one maki roll at a time

Bringing happiness and serving the best food are the twin engines propelling Harry's plan to charm India with his affordable and accessible brand of sushi.

Gaming

Star Wars: Squadrons review | Much like Darth Maul, starfighter sim flatters to deceive

The EA Motive-developed combat flight simulator hyperspace-jumped onto PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 2 October

World

Kamala Harris' 'high press' edges out Mike Pence's 'parked bus', but in the end it won't really matter

Both Mike Pence and Kamala Harris appeared to have taken notes from last week's street fight and came to Wednesday evening's event at the University of Utah prepared

World

No winners in the first Trump-Biden presidential debate but there was a loser: The American voter

A chaotic and ill-mannered food-fight that lasted 98 minutes left no one with any idea as to whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump was more deserving of being the next president

Gaming

Mafia: Definitive Edition review | 2002 gangster classic returns bigger, badder and bolder

Hangar 13's ground-up remake of 2002's Mafia releases on 25 September on PS4, Xbox One and PC

Gaming

WWE 2K Battlegrounds review: Not being broken cannot be sole criterion for a game's release

Saber Interactive's latest offering released on 18 September on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia and Nintendo Switch

Gaming

Marvel's Avengers review: An engaging story hobbled by shallow mechanics and strongbox obsession

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics' Marvel's Avengers was released on PC, PlayStation 4, XBox One and Google Stadia on 4 September while the Deluxe Edition launched on 1 September

Gaming

PES 2021 review: Come for the ball physics, stay for the deft through balls

eFootball PES 2021 Season Update is virtually the same as last year's version — save for a few tweaks, and released on Tuesday

India

Pakistan and Khalistanis in a sort of 'abusive marriage': Terry Milewski, author of paper on Sikh separatists

The paper, titled 'Khalistan: A Project of Pakistan', supports the longstanding belief that support for a separate Sikh State is part of the Pakistani strategy to 'bleed' India

India

India, France, Australia hold Indo-Pacific dialogue: An alternative to the Quad in critical region won't hurt

The notion of the Paris-Delhi-Canberra axis was first articulated by French president Emmanuel Macron in Sydney back in May 2018

News & Analysis

Captain Tsubasa game review: Influential Japanese franchise shoots for glory and misses by a mile

This is the franchise's first game on a non-handheld console (there was a game on the Nintendo DS in 2010) since 2006's Captain Tsubasa on the PlayStation 2

Gaming

'Raising funds for your game is the hardest thing you'll do': Raji developers reflect on how game came to be

Nodding Heads Games' Raji: An Ancient Epic launched on the Nintendo Switch last week, and the game is set for its PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC launch on 15 October

World

Joe Biden's remarks on India-US ties are nice, but what relationship really needs is consistency

India doesn't really need a US that fights its battles on its behalf. If anything, what India could do without is the sort of erratic uncertainty Donald Trump has introduced into the bilateral

News & Analysis

Marvel's Avengers beta impressions: Existential crisis mars eminently fun yet deeply chaotic game

Friday evening saw the first of three Marvel's Avengers beta weekends kick off, with access made available exclusively to those customers who preordered the game for PlayStation 4

Entertainment

Revisiting The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: A flawed yet vital masterpiece for these airbrushed times

In a time when the battle for Black rights has regained its momentum and found its way back into the headlines, does The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air stand up to scrutiny?

India

China only wants peace and harmonious relations... Stop the record, we've heard all this before

Over the decades, India and China have set up countless mechanisms to facilitate dialogue on a variety of topics relevant to the bilateral relationship, not least of which is the geographical delineation of the two countries

Gaming

Narrative, characters are most attractive aspects of Mafia: Definitive Edition, says Haden Blackman

Ahead of the 25 September release of the ground-up remake of 2002's Mafia, Tech2 spoke to Hangar 13 president and chief creative officer, Haden Blackman

India

India should heed appeal by RCEP members to return to negotiating table; then battle hard for equitable deal

On Wednesday, representatives from ASEAN, along with Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Australia and China participated virtually in the 10th RCEP inter-sessional ministerial meeting

News & Analysis

Spider-Man may be spearheading PlayStation 5 charge, but Sony is banking on its female leads to carry next-gen console

It was on Thursday night that Sony finally gave the world a peek at what it's been working on all this time: The PlayStation 5

India

Behind Nepal's rancour over Kalapani and 'Indian virus' lie KP Oli's domestic compulsions and China's disgruntlement

On Wednesday, Nepal released a revised political and administrative map showing Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani as part of its territory.