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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...
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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 ...

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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West Bengal  /  Published 15.09.19

Broadway Hotel: Old-world hotel that still stands tall

As the metal clinks against the glass, and the buzz mixed with laughter rises from the low tables covered in maroon or yellow tablecloths, and the shaded lamps throw light on black- and-white old Calc...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

Food  /  Published 13.09.19

Anjan Chatterjee reflects on what makes up the taste of Calcutta during Durga Puja

Since time immemorial when man hunted for his food, it has been an irredeemable fact that people have to eat to live. However, this same adage does not hold true for all Bengalis who live to eat! Whet...
By The Telegraph in

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

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


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