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Taste of the open

Improving the hygiene of street food production may not be as difficult as bringing those who adulterate foodstuff to justice
Aug 11, 2018 00:00 IST

Tradition and the individual talent

In terms of medium and subject matter, of ideas, images and inspiration, it's an itinerant catholicity that marks Galerie 88's focus on 28 young artists. Perspecta, in its 18th year, and on till August 18, also confirms that tradition holds its ground in contemporary art even though brash pretenders usurp quite a bit of space.
Rita Datta Aug 11, 2018 00:00 IST

Coming together to pack a punch

A litany of guests on stage, acknowledgements and mutual admiration almost ruined the fabulous mood of a packed audience waiting to listen to two popular Rabindrasangeet singers. In spite of this, it is to the credit of Sraboni Sen and Imon Chakraborty that they pulled off a near-perfect recital with elan. Picasso presented the two singers at Rabindra Sadan recently.
Samarjit Guha Aug 11, 2018 00:00 IST

Chance magic

As the hand-held brass bell tinkled for the third time on the evening of July 15, the small weekend audience at Janus, the newly-opened performance space at the Park Circus seven-point crossing, was bracing for an intimate encounter with The Zoo Story. Described as 'the longest running English play on the Calcutta stage', this Theatrician production, directed by Tanushree Das, turned out to be a riveting experience. Given the group's penchant for the Theatre of the Absurd, the bill was pretty straight. It was the space that brought about the difference.
Anshuman Bhowmick Aug 11, 2018 00:00 IST

Cruel love; Unsafe transaction; Wrong picture; Parting shot

Cruel love

• Sir - Indians have a new obsession: buying exotic dog breeds as pets. Dog... | Read»

Unsafe transaction

• Sir - It is shocking that many ATMs across the country are left unguarded... | Read»

Wrong picture

• Sir - An advertisement of a jewellery company featuring Amitabh Bachchan ... | Read»

Parting shot

• Sir - In a recent case regarding a ban on a Malayalam novel, Meesha , the... | Read»

Aug 11, 2018 00:00 IST

Diary

Amit Roy Aug 11, 2018 00:00 IST

Puppet on a string

Pakistan's general elections are over. Or are they? Well, technically the election results are in. The leading party is Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. While the process of government formation is still in progress, it is all but clear that the next prime minister of Pakistan would be none other than Khan. His dream has finally been fulfilled. Or has it? Could this 'dream' turn into a 'nightmare' for Mr Khan soon after coming to power? Only time will tell but we have already seen some teething troubles for the PTI.
Mehmal Sarfraz Aug 10, 2018 00:00 IST

Wait a while

Barely 10 days ago, most people had little or no clue about the National Register of Citizens, 1951, that is being updated in Assam. The exercise has been going on for the past three years, but till July 30, when the draft (not the final) NRC was published, issues of identity and human rights had not captured the popular imagination.
Sudipta Bhattacharjee Aug 10, 2018 00:00 IST

A fine balance

In many ways, Muthuvel Karunanidhi, the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu who passed away on Tuesday, adhered to both exception and norm. His ability to maintain this tenuous balance between seemingly conflicting imperatives made him one of India's most unique leaders. Karunanidhi had an enviable record at the hustings: he had been elected five times as chief minister and won 13 assembly elections. These electoral triumphs were, undoubtedly, a testimony to the popularity of his multi-faceted persona. 
Aug 10, 2018 00:00 IST

Just homely

All relationships turn on a distribution of power: either covert and subtle or crudely obvious. In marriage, India leans towards the last, especially since many women live with their husband's family. The Bombay High Court recently upheld the ruling of a lower court that Vijay Shinde, whose wife committed suicide in 2001, and his parents were to be acquitted of the charges of cruelty and abetment to suicide. 
Aug 10, 2018 00:00 IST

Delivering happiness; Different views;  Toxic convenience

Delivering happiness

• Sir - Mumbai's dabbawallas, a lunch delivery collective, are doing a rema... | Read»

Different views

• Sir - Jean Drèze is entitled to his views ("Done by Aadhaar", Aug 3). But... | Read»

 Toxic convenience

• Sir - Improper disposal of plastic bags can have dire consequences. It is... | Read»

Aug 10, 2018 00:00 IST

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