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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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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 ...

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...

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Heritage  /  Published 06.10.18

Restoration of Indian vintage comes of global age

Let them inGhosh’s workshop in Calcutta looks straight out of a YouTube ‘barn find’ video. Here, a whole clutch of rusty post-war American cars sit cheek-by-jowl. They have been bought at an auc...
By Abhijit Mitra in

Culture  /  Published 29.09.18

Long Shot: Cameraman who worked with Ghatak, Ray

Somewhere near the beginning of our conversation, it becomes evident that our man has planned out his entire narration. At point X, a tea and samosa break. At point Y, he will bring out the cameraman...
By Upala Sen in

Heritage  /  Published 29.07.19

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu: A relook at the saint and reformer

Amiya P. Sen is a historian with an interest in the intellectual and cultural history of modern India and has written extensively on figures from colonial Bengal, including Chaitanya: A life and Legac...
By Amiya P. Sen in

Opinion  /  Published 26.09.18

The death of a beloved cinema hall

Didi, kothaay? asked the taxi driver. “Jyoti Cinema,” I answered. I was quite sure there wasn’t a taxi, bus or tram driver who didn’t know where Jyoti Cinema was. From the time my mother broug...
By Asha Gangoli in

Opinion  /  Published 22.09.18

The curious history of the walking stick

They are becoming a rarity, walking sticks are. And by walking sticks I mean, of course, those good old lengths of wood, the gift of trees, groves, forests. The kind our grandparents, and those of the...
By Gopalkrishna Gandhi in

Culture  /  Published 13.07.19

Preserving faith at the Dakshineshwar Kali temple

There are ways of seeing things and there are ways of not seeing things. Then there are things that themselves tell what must be seen, like the writing on the wall. Or images on the same wall that spe...
By Paromita Kar in

Culture  /  Published 03.11.18

Birds disappear at India's first floating market

In January this year, Patuli in south Calcutta made headlines for its floating market. When we visit it, the canal along the Eastern Metropolitan (EM) Bypass, stretching for 500 metres, is heavy with ...
By Moumita Chaudhuri in

Culture  /  Published 13.10.18

Messbaris inspired Byomkesh Bakshi's quarters

Let’s begin with a riddle. Which is the first messbari of Calcutta? No? Try the second one then. Here are clues aplenty — it is over two centuries old, located in the heart of the city, has a 128-...
By Bitan Sikdar in

Culture  /  Published 22.06.19

Driving from Prague to Calcutta eighty-five years ago

Eighty-five years ago, in the month of May, four vehicles of the Czech marque Škoda, set out on a journey from an automobile club in Prague to Calcutta in India. “It was on May 25, 1934, to be prec...
By Anasuya Basu in

Culture  /  Published 21.03.20

Empire Theatre now dead

I’ve never done this beforeBut this is such a special nightAnd you are such a great audience!And… And I just... really feel like I can talkto you, why ’know?So, forget what you’ve read in the ...
By Paromita Kar in


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