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Books  /  Published 24.07.20

Blood in the storm: Murder on an island

A fictitious island resort close to Florida free of lawyers and peopled by writers, poets and seasonal residents would hardly seem John Grisham country had he not given his readers the novel, Cam...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty in

Books  /  Published 17.07.20

An enigma on screen and a hero off screen

For much of the Sixties, Rajendra Kumar strode the Hindi film world like a colossus. Therefore, it is surprising that not much has been written about the man whose film career lasted close to 45 years...
By Devdan Mitra in

Books  /  Published 17.07.20

A delicate affection

In 2001, the Manipuri writer and cultural activist, Binodini, returned her Padma Shri award in protest against the suggestion that her state’s boundaries might be redrawn. On July 14 that year, ...
By Sujaan Mukherjee in

Books  /  Published 10.07.20

Courtesans: A once tuneful time

In 18th-century nawabi Lucknow, Nafis Bai loses her heart to the young Chapla Bai, who descends on the city from Kashi and enthrals all with her talents and charm. Passion soon responds to p...
By Durba Basu in

Books  /  Published 10.07.20

Shivaji Park — Dadar 28: Tales shared on the kerb

Most Indians are familiar with Shivaji Park. For some, it is where cricketing legends — Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar — honed their craft; for others it was where the Shiv Sena stron...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in

Books  /  Published 03.07.20

Nehru: legacy, 16 stormy days

Jawaharlal Nehru’s vision of India and the world, it is safely assumed, is an antithesis of that pursued by India’s present prime minister. Such a claim is unlikely to invite the chaste in...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in

Books  /  Published 03.07.20

Love in the time of hate: The amorous jihad

Long before the term, ‘love jihad’, found traction in the popular imagination, Calcuttans had woken up to a tragedy of unimaginable proportions. In September 2007, a young, enterprisi...
By Sohini Chakraborty in

Books  /  Published 03.07.20

Bengal: An incomplete account of a historical experience

Edited volumes are not the easiest to review. The present one is no exception. The challenge is to find substance in the claims made by the editors in the introduction where they make an argument for ...
By Lakshmi Subramanian in

Books  /  Published 26.06.20

Painful truth: Internalising abuse, its aftermath

Interestingly, in the first of many micro-escalations of the abuse, Strane gives Vanessa his own copy of Lolita. In Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov lets the child indict Humbert Humbert, her abuser and the n...
By Nayantara Mazumder in Una

Books  /  Published 26.06.20

Paradoxes in the life of Babasaheb Ambedkar

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar’s life was about as full of contradictions and paradoxes as can be imagined, and, thus, in many ways, can be read as an allegory of the new India that he helped fashion an...
By Samantak Das in


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