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“A healthy planet should not be a moonshot,” writes one of the authors of this Climate Change issue of Fundamatics. As a global pandemic continues to rock the world causing untold hardships to the human race, there is a greater challenge lurking behind the scenes. The Guest Editor of this issue Raghuram Murtugudde, succinctly points out in his Editorial piece, good health comes from consuming mindfully not just food, but also energy and water. Read a kaleidoscopic range of views on climate change – anecdotal, some scientific, and others discursive – that will drive home the realization that the threat of global warming no longer a far-off phenomenon. The set of articles in this issue not only discuss the various implications of climate change but focus on efforts to mitigate its impact on ecosystems and communities, and share guidelines to achieve a sustainable future.

Reimagining a post-COVID World

Cover Illustration by Rajat Patle The COVID 19 pandemic has been devastating, globally. Despite the development of new vaccines, many are still wondering what recovery could look like. Many are…

Editorial: Living with Hope

Illustration by Nilapratim Sengupta The headlines on the front page of the New York Times on 1 Jan 2020 were normal: Iraqi Protesters assault embassy after US strike; E.P.A policies scorn…

Acrylic SOUP for the Locked-Down SOUL!

A splash of colours that will invigorate, refresh and rejuvenate

The Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster

The first instalment of a regular column that will cover entrepreneurs and their journeys in the startup-land. In this one, we bring you  Runal Dahiwade and Miraj Vora’s journey in building Peppermint.

Keeping Our World in Motion

A case study of what it took to keep goods and services in motion during the pandemic and an illustrative insight into the dramatic changes sweeping trade and supply chains in the post COVID world.

2020: Lessons in seeing things differently

The new normal is uncertain and fragile and even more so for those who live and work in the social sector.

COVID and Financial Inclusion

How the COVID 19 challenge has propelled India’s journey to bring banking to the dispossessed in rural areas.

The New Normal in the World of Law

The adoption of e-platforms to conduct virtual hearings in judicial and quasi-judicial cases can reduce cases of pendency in the Indian Judicial System.

When the Clock Strikes Twelve, Ce Qui Va Se Passer?

A savant’s version of crystal ball gazing with astute observations on the Indian Economy and how it will all go down in 2021 and beyond.

Porous Borders

On the subject of fences and borders, which seem to be taking over our lives.

Rise Like the Phoenix

IIT Bombay’s student counsellor shares her perspective on wellness and mental health concerns arising out of the pandemic.

A Student’s Note to Self

What has been the impact of almost two semesters of online learning on students at IIT Bombay? A gifted student writer delves into the isolation and alienation of digital learning.

From Face-to-Face to Online Teaching @IITB

The balancing act between “the presence of tech in teaching” and the “absence of human touch in learning”.


A poem for all those working in trying circumstances these days – doctors, those helping the migrants and so many others.

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