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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 ...
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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 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

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

Culture  /  Published 23.01.19

Balkrishna Doshi: The philosopher-architect

Sometimes philosophers tend to be like palm trees — you keep craning your neck upwards only to see the flourishing fronds reaching up and touching something beyond you. For they talk upwards and out...
By Rita Bhimani in

Heritage  /  Published 25.12.19

Chathedral might not be saved: Notre Dame Rector

The rector of Notre Dame Cathedral says the Paris landmark is still so fragile that there's a “50% chance” the structure might not be entirely saved, because scaffolding installed before this year...
By AP in Paris

World  /  Published 22.01.19

British museums to relabel colonial treasures

The Koh-i-Noor diamond may never be given back to India, but there is now a chance that in the years to come it will be sent on a long loan providing there is a solemn promise to restore it to the Tow...
By Amit Roy in London

Heritage  /  Published 22.01.19

Lipstick guns to button bugs: A peek into Soviet secrets

But this museum, Urbaityte said, is apolitical.“It’s historical and about technological progress; you cannot erase facts from history,” she said in an interview, sitting next to her father, Juli...
By Sopan Deb/NYTNS in New York

North East  /  Published 22.12.19

Amid unrest, Yuletide spirit in Mizoram

While protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, are engulfing the country, Mizoram soaked in the Yuletide spirit to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Mizoram celebrated the centenary of the ...
By Henry L. Khojol in Aizawl

Heritage  /  Published 16.03.19

New strain on ancient post of village headman

Gopal Nagar Dakshin Palli in Bengal’s Birbhum district is a tribal village. The drive from Bolpur town to the house of Nilu Mardi, the village headman, takes all of half an hour. The reason behind t...
By Moumita Chaudhuri in


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