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Murshidabad: A regal retreat on the banks of river Bhagirathi

When you travel 235km by car on a crisp, sunny winter morning along a national highway, get ferried across the...

Old wounds

With the centenary of the Chauri Chaura incident round the corner, here is a remarkable Bengali theatre produc...
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Curated city tours go virtual

The city of joy is sprinkled with stories all around. Not all of those make it to the pages of a book. While s...

Silence of the Lambretta

A hot May afternoon in the early 1980s. Mr Chakrabarti had only just brought home his wife and the new-born ba...

Jab chhor chale... Nakhlau nagari...

The news of the death of Prince Kaukab Quder Sajjad Ali Meerza, great-grandson of the last Nawab of Awadh, Waj...

Mrs Kasalova’s perestroika

When Russia announced that it had named the coronavirus vaccine developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Research ...

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Culture  /  Published 03.07.22

Don’t tear me to tears

G.M. Kapur  of Intach, Calcutta, says, “Not all development looks incongruous.” He cites the examples of Srijan House at 36/1A Elgin Road and the DBS Bank building at the crossing of ...
By Anasuya Basu

Culture  /  Published 29.05.22

A Long Engagement

In the 1870s and 1880s, the ASI was a three-man team with a couple of support staff. “This single fact makes their achievements all the more remarkable,” says Singh. The two men planned th...
By Anasuya Basu

Culture  /  Published 29.05.22

Once Upon a Reason

Though completed in 1929, the memorial hall remained a blind spot. And then in 1977, Jyoti Basu, who was then the chief minister of West Bengal, decided to make a museum of it. He donat...
By Moumita Chaudhuri

Places  /  Published 02.03.22

Murshidabad: A regal retreat on the banks of river Bhagirathi

The last leg and another very interesting adventure awaited us — a trip to the taanti para, or weavers’ neighbourhood. Our Toto driver served as our guide. This is a cluster of villages co...
By Somini Sen Dua

Heritage  /  Published 29.01.22

Old wounds

With the centenary of the Chauri Chaura incident round the corner, here is a remarkable Bengali theatre production that goes deep into the incident and its aftereffects. Anya Theatre premiered Dh...
By Anshuman Bhowmick

Culture  /  Published 09.01.22

Many splendoured is my provenance

Only 260 years ago I was part of Gobindopur, a village interspersed with forested marshland by the Hooghly river . It was one of the three villages founded as Calcutta — the trading port of the ...
By Prasun Chaudhuri

Culture  /  Published 09.01.22

Calcutta: The story of an ageing city

When a city grows, its denizens seldom have reason to cheer. Because cities seldom grow. Leaning on actual and amplified demand, cheered on by corporators, administrators and ambassadors, cities overv...
By Moumita Chaudhuri

Culture  /  Published 24.10.21

Under My Wings, A Wind

I wrote to the Cheltenham Local History Society hoping to get more details about the brief to Clark, perhaps his jottings. Jill Waller replied saying, “Sadly almost all the records of H.H. Marty...
By Upala Sen

Heritage  /  Published 25.04.21

Flavours of Bengal: Garad

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By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

Heritage  /  Published 21.04.21

Flavours of Bengal: Tangail sari

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By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya


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