A translation from hindi and a tale of five women

Musafir Cafe, written in Hindi by Divya Prakash Dubey and translated to English by Prerna Singh, is one of those stories where the essence jumps out at you, engulfing you in a slow and beautiful lull that even a not-so-great translation can’t dim. 
Shrestha Saha Sep 19, 2018 00:00 IST

Wordsmith Zuni Chopra on storytelling of a different kind

With a previously published work of fiction and two books of poetry, Zuni Chopra — the daughter of film critic and author Anupama Chopra and filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and also niece to award-winning writer Vikram Chandra — is carrying forward her family’s legacy. She has a new book — The Island of the Day Before, a retelling of fairy tales — on stand. And, she’s just 17. t2 caught up with the author in Mumbai to talk about her new book and balancing work and school.    If you had to explain the book in a tweet, what would it read?
Sep 19, 2018 00:00 IST

Bring home some greenery with tips from Monika Poddar

Living in a concrete jungle, we all long for a patch of green and the best way to get that is to add a touch of living decor to our houses. Bringing the outdoors in immediately adds vibrancy to any room. I love interiors that use a lot of greens; they just have a way of adding texture, character and a lived-in feel to our spaces. It brings with it a certain amount of meditative calmness as you make them a part of your daily routine, nurturing them and watching them grow. Plants fill in empty spaces around the house and are more often than not the missing piece to weave the story of your interiors. Here are some ways to stylise and decorate with plants.
Sep 19, 2018 00:00 IST

Raghavendra Rathore turns mentor with his design school in Jaipur

Raghavendra Rathore, the designer best known for his signature stylish bandhgalas, has just given shape to his dream project — The Gurukul School of Design (GSD) in Jaipur. The school was inaugurated on August 28 to welcome students to the four-year bachelor’s degree in design. t2 dialled Rathore to chat about the institute.
Ushnota Paul Sep 19, 2018 00:00 IST

Two classic races of the monsoon season get off to a galloping start at RCTC, with t2

A rain-soaked view of the racecourse from the Members’ Stand at RCTC.
Text: Malancha Dasgupta Sep 19, 2018 00:00 IST

Earn while you learn

Sarita Basu, an MBA student at a reputed college in Calcutta, juggles time between classes and an event management job. Earn while you learn is a common concept abroad that has recently picked up pace in India. The government, too, has announced a fund of Rs 12 lakh to pay students in its colleges who are opting to step into places where there is a lack of staff (to maintain library records, organise books).
Sep 18, 2018 00:00 IST

Science in action

Students from eight schools in Calcutta recently showcased innovative science models in a competition held at the Calcutta University Institute Hall. The event commemorated the contribution of famous Bengali scientist Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray in promoting indigenous scientific enterprise. The use of hydraulic press in different aspects of our life - such as in elevators, mechanical cranes, bridges and water pumps - was demonstrated by the award-winning team of Metropolitan Institution (Main). The members of the team were Raul Ray, Avishek Mondal and Suman Kundu ( see pic). Students from Metropolitan Institution for Girls, led by Soma Mandal, demonstrated the simple process of rainwater harvesting in an apartment. Students from Hare School, Calcutta, showed a model of the Curiosity rover designed by Nasa to explore the surface of Mars. The event - called Manishider Poth, Banglar Shopoth (Great men showed the way in Bengal) - was organised by the information and broadcasting department, Government of West Bengal.
Sep 18, 2018 00:00 IST

Right brain, left brain

I was arranging the flash cards for my workshop when the student representative seated in front of the car turned to me and said, "Here you'll find a lot of people besides engineers. We have artists, filmmakers, dancers, athletes..." The list was almost as long as the scenic road to the NIT Rourkela campus, where I was a guest speaker at the annual fest this January. I spoke about my experience of having a book of poetry published at 21. A few months down the line, I was watching a short film made by students of that institute on YouTube. There was already an uproar on social media, and talk of sending it to student film festivals.
Sep 18, 2018 00:00 IST

NextGen Indians should adopt children instead of having babies

Adopting orphans instead of producing children of one's own will mean many children will find proper shelter, a loving family, adequate education and all the privileges needed to grow up happily and have a bright future.
Sep 18, 2018 00:00 IST

Students turn foodpreneurs at IIHM’s food fest

The second-year students of International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) cooked up a storm at the Monsoon Food Festival, in association with t2, at Penetti Banquets, Mani Square, on September 14 and 15. The theme? Food from South East Asian countries like Myanmar, Thailand,  Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, along with Sri Lankan and Indian cuisines. “The IIHM Monsoon Food Festival is organised entirely by the second-year students. It gives the students huge exposure, a deep insight of doing big scale food fests and is also a learning for them,” said Suborno Bose, chief mentor and CEO of IIHM.
Sep 18, 2018 00:00 IST

Merging music and movement, on the spot

An intimate dance studio at The Doodle Room in Garcha was the location of an exciting collaboration of dance and music between Dance Bridges Festival and American singer-songwriter Kyle Scott on September 8. 
Sep 17, 2018 00:00 IST


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