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Heritage

Cradle of the dying

Bani adam a’za-ye yekdigar-and/ke dar afarin-aš zeyek gowhar-and. All human beings are members of...

A royal tale of legacy and revival

She stays in India’s “largest private residence”, the Lukshmi Vilas Palace, Baroda. He is a ...
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Dreams die first

On Republic Day this year, a second-year undergraduate student of history at Visva-Bharati was expelled from t...

Fever Sutra: The Much-Feared Jwara

They chanted to keep the jwara at bay — Nah samvidvan pari vrimddhi takmana. Meaning, O fever, listen to...

Everything is different

Burrabazar is one of the largest wholesale markets of eastern India — textiles, medicines, garments, cosmeti...

Boston Ice Party

This was not very long ago, but a period that may well now be time stamped as BC or Before Corona. The ex...

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Heritage  /  Published 02.05.20

The Sultan still swings

I have a friend who, as it turns out, is a mystic. She named her cat Tipu Sultan. It was only upon visiting Srirangapatna a few months ago, about half-an-hour away from Mysore, that I realised that T...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in

Heritage  /  Published 20.10.18

The dying pulse of single-screen cinemas

Two decades ago, a kilometre-long stretch of north Calcutta — Bidhan Sarani, formerly Cornwallis Street — had as many as 10 cinemas. Uttara, Sree, Rupbani, Radha, Purnasree, Bidhusree, Mitra, Mina...
By Swachchhasila Basu in

Culture  /  Published 13.10.18

Saying goodbye to the Volkswagen Beetle

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By Abhijit Mitra in

Culture  /  Published 20.08.19

Rise and fall of the Brahmo Samaj

The Sadharan Brahmo Samaj was denied the status of a minority religion in an order issued by the West Bengal Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education Department in September 2017. The context was ...
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Heritage  /  Published 29.09.18

Mahatma Gandhi doesn’t live here anymore

In the book, The Oxford India Gandhi, there is a reference to how erstwhile Bengal chief minister, the late Jyoti Basu, came calling on the Mahatma here. The excerpt reads: “...We said we were Commu...
By Manasi Shah in

Heritage  /  Published 29.06.19

In cinemas now: Survival of the single-screen theatre

What would Winston Churchill make of Priya? Or, for that matter, Navina, another cinema hall on the southern fringes of Calcutta, once the second city of the Empire? The question, although quirky, is ...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in

Opinion  /  Published 26.06.19

Our apathy towards our intangible heritage

René Goscinny, the witty comic book writer who created Asterix along with the illustrator, Albert Uderzo, was wrong. The Gauls are not crazy; but visitors to Gaul can be loony. Maurice, a cockerel, w...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in

Heritage  /  Published 15.03.20

New utilities for the Chandernagore Strand

This spring, people of Chandernagore are enjoying their riverbank more, thanks to a week’s collaborative intervention by design students of India and France, facilitated by the consulate general of ...
By Sudeshna Banerjee in

West Bengal  /  Published 02.03.20

Blot on British rule in focus at Raj memorial

A monument to the Raj is hosting an exhibition on one of its worst atrocities. The exhibition titled Ways of Remembering Jallianwala Bagh and Rabindranath Tagore’s Response to the Massacre is being ...
By Anasuya Basu in Calcutta

Culture  /  Published 06.04.19

Heritage feritage: Calcutta wakes up

Sometimes a hashtag is all it takes to wake up slumbering beauties. Who knows when Calcutta had receded from India’s heritage map. Visitors to the city would salute the Victoria Memorial, the Howrah...
By Upala Sen in


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