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Opinion  /  Published 15.07.19

The perfect pronoun: singular ‘they’

I am your stereotypical, cisgender, middle-aged suburban dad. I dabble in woodworking, I take out the garbage and I covet my neighbor’s Porsche. Though I do think men should wear makeup (it looks ni...
By Farhad Manjoo / New York Times News Service

West Bengal  /  Published 07.09.19

Imagine a Lennon teaching English at 94

The audience at Nazrul Mancha gave a standing ovation to birthday girl Olive Lennon who turned 94 on Saturday. The nonagenarian Lennon still teaches English to her nephew and a small group of children...
By Subhajoy Roy in Calcutta

Education  /  Published 26.03.19

A research career in physics

Q I passed Madhyamik with 90 per cent marks and am now studying in Class XI. I want to eventually take up research in Physics, preferably with a scholarship for higher studies. My problem is that I do...
By Shivani Manchanda

West Bengal  /  Published 12.03.19

Calcutta University English course for tech students

Calcutta University will teach its BTech students how to communicate in English, develop “appropriate pronunciation” and maintain decorum to appear more employable to potential recruiters.The abse...
By Subhankar Chowdhury in College Street

Technology  /  Published 09.03.19

Google’s Bolo

From time to time, Google keeps launching meaningful apps, the latest being Bolo. It’s the company’s attempt at helping students in India to read in Hindi and English. Here’s what you should kno...
By Mathures Paul

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Opinion  /  Published 05.05.19

CPI(M) election plank? English pronunciation

One of the greatest achievements of the English letter ‘r’ is to have led the word ‘red’. For red is the colour of the flag of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), and people should vote wi...
By The Editorial Board

Education  /  Published 04.02.19

Computers are becoming multilingual -- and NLP experts are in great demand

In the middle of the highway, my father turned to our car navigation system for directions. Before chalking out a route from Calcutta to Santiniketan, the system asked our language preference — woul...
By Madhura Banerjee

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

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

West Bengal  /  Published 21.02.19

English lessons for madarsa teachers in Calcutta

Rafia Ansari, 24, teaches at a madarsa in Ahmedabad. Most of her students are from poor families, some of them first-generation learners. Rafia, who has done a master’s in Urdu from Aligarh Muslim U...
By Debraj Mitra in Calcutta


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