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People  /  Published 04.04.20

Shashi Tharoor on being a man of letters above everything else

Out of the barrage of blistering Tweets that Shashi Tharoor encounters on a daily basis, his son Ishaan calling him out “in front of the world” for being a “lackadaisical boomer” (in a Tweet d...
By Anannya Sarkar in Calcutta

West Bengal  /  Published 29.01.20

Project work in ISC English literature & language

Starting this year, ISC students will have to do project work in English language and literature.English is taught as a first language in every ISC school. The two project work papers, of 20 marks ea...
By Mita Mukherjee in Calcutta

Books  /  Published 24.01.20

Speaking in tongues that bind, not break

Languages are open and dynamic: open to other languages and dialects and their many and varied users. Therein lie their power and beauty. But this power of the spoken word can be frightening; after al...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in

Opinion  /  Published 13.12.19

Was that the worst dropped catch in Test?

English cricket correspondents are generally very loyal to Joe Root’s team, but they can turn vicious when they feel someone has let down the side. Spare a thought then for the poor Joe Denly, who d...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 07.12.19

Darr Lagey toh Gaanaa Gaa

That word cannot be uttered. It should not find mention. That would be a violation of things, don’t you think? It will mean a violation of who we are, we the sanskaari peepuls. It is that four-lette...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

West Bengal  /  Published 27.11.19

English class for nurses

Nursing students at Calcutta National Medical College are spending an hour twice a week learning how to communicate in English. The hospital authorities have decided to train the students to acquaint ...
By Kinsuk Basu in Calcutta

Opinion  /  Published 18.10.19

Lynchistan is impeccably desi

Of course, lynch and lynching are foreign words. But lynchistan, an apposite colloquialism for parts of the cow belt, is impeccably desi. The term derives from practices that would have horrified Moha...
By Sunanda K. Datta-Ray in

Opinion  /  Published 05.10.19

Eighth sin: Succumbing to the exclamation mark

There is now an eighth cardinal sin. The price for this most grievous of transgressions has to be paid much before a person can suffer the furies of hell. Studies show that from a marriage to a job, e...
By The Editorial Board in

India  /  Published 22.09.19

Clarification leaves behind language riddle

Amit Shah’s clarification about not seeking Hindi’s imposition but only its adoption as a “second language after one’s mother tongue” has divided academics, with many seeing even the toned-d...
By Basant Kumar Mohanty in New Delhi

West Bengal  /  Published 22.09.19

Behala primary school upgrade to meet demands for English

A 61-year old primary school run by a Christian missionary voluntary organisation will be upgraded to a full-fledged ICSE school to meet the demands for English medium education among residents of Beh...
By Mita Mukherjee in Calcutta


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