Monday, January 4 2021

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And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been.

We kick off 2021 with the words of poet Rainer Maria Rilke, with optimism, faith and resolution. We look forward to the many things that this year will bring us: new experiences, new possibilities, new horizons—but we dearly hope not another ‘new normal’:) As for our new year pledge to you, dear splainer subscriber, we can do no better than David Bowie: “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”

Big Story

The great vaccine rollout in India

The TLDR: The Indian government started the year with a series of big bang moves. Multiple cities held vaccine dry runs. Soon after, regulatory authorities approved two ‘Made in India’ vaccine candidates: Covishield, which is Serum Institute’s version of the Oxford vaccine; and the fully shuddh desi Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech. The shockingly hasty Covaxin approval, however, has raised more worries than hopes.


In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Trump’s unhinged phone call
  • Jack Ma has vanished
  • Comedy is a criminal offense in Indore
  • RAW has all sorts of problems
  • Kamal Haasan reveals his inner sexist


Smart & Curious

  • Why are so many parents in Disney movies either dead or missing?
  • A funny essay on the married lives of birds
  • A thoughtful pushback to our romanticisation of friendship

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