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Chaiwala
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

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 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

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

Culture  /  Published 24.11.18

Chaiwala and the microphone

We assumed AchchheDin impended. But what we got were KachchheDin; and then we had holes bored into them kachchhe; multiple holes until we did not know we were wearing kachchhe with holes or holes with...
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

India  /  Published 16.11.18

Chaiwala challenge from Modi to Cong

Prime Minister Narendra Modi vented ire at the Nehru-Gandhis, accusing them of making false promises, fooling the people and daring a “muqabla” (challenge) between “four generations of one fami...
By Our Special Correspondent in New Delhi

Culture  /  Published 10.11.18

A chaiwala who serves tea as promised

I have arrived here upon travel. By dark, by night, my trail dissolved in my wake by the inkiness that I chose to depart in. From the side of the street I inhabited so long. From the throne I sat upon...
By Sankarshan Thakur in


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