People  /  Published 26.10.19

The Shah of Cha

In and around central Calcutta’s Sooterkin Street there are, as they say, anginat tea stalls. Each has its own crop of regulars, but it is safe to say that only Mahadeb’s has a reputation. Of cour...
By Upala Sen in

India  /  Published 14.05.19

Country wants 'pure' Prime Minister, not 'chaiwala or chowkidar': Mayawati

Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BSP supremo Mayawati on Tuesday said the country will not be 'deceived' by 'dual characters' anymore and it now wants only a Prime Minister...
By PTI in Lucknow

Books  /  Published 28.04.19

"New India” is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s copyright

New India” is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s copyright. It wasn’t in the BJP manifesto in 2014. It is a powerful rubric with which to attract youth power, and harness it. And yet, when nearly fo...
By Anand K. Sahay in

India  /  Published 22.04.19

A Modi fan who became a chaiwala says: Sorry, I can’t become a chowkidar now

If the vote is the loudest voice of the unheard, the megaphones are often monopolised by pundits, pollsters and politicians. In election season, everybody swears by Dalits but have we really listened ...
By Imran Ahmed Siddiqui in Aligarh

West Bengal  /  Published 19.04.19

Didi’s rasogolla vs Modi’s laddu in bitter-sweet duel

Laddu lure meets rasogolla riposte.Bengal’s “sweet” poll duel turned more syrupy on Friday after Mamata Banerjee declared the BJP would win a rasogolla, or zero seats, in the state.The statement...
By Kousik Sen in Gangarampur

India  /  Published 06.04.19

Main bhi chowkidar

Yahan pe guard kaun hai… Who is the guard here,” I ask no one in particular. There are three or four people crowding the narrow entrance to the four-storey building in central Calcutta’s Princep...
By Manasi Shah in

India  /  Published 29.03.19

No cup left unturned

The railways on Friday were scalded by controversy after social media erupted with photographs of teacups served on the Delhi-Kathgodam Shatabdi Express emblazoned with the tagline “Main bhi chowkid...
By Our Special Correspondent in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 24.03.19

Where is the Chow? Kidar hai?

I am having to speak. I am. Not that I imagined I would have to. Not that I wished to. But these are not times of one’s wishing or whim. These are not times that afford the luxury of the uncertainti...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

Opinion  /  Published 20.01.19

In the land of the FirstEvers

So fair. And so fitting. TheChaiwala is bestowed the FirstEver Ketli Award. The absolute Absolutist of FirstEvers. FirstEver rider on an amphibian jahaaj. FirstEver celebrant of “Ghar mein shaadi ha...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

Opinion  /  Published 06.01.19

It's raining laulipaups

POP! Oye, did you hear that? Was it that sound? Did you just hear pop! like it had gone POP!? But stop. Let me listen again, let me carefully listen. Or rather, recall what I heard more carefully. It ...
By Sankarshan Thakur in


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