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Opinion  /  Published 25.07.20

Show time: 'A Suitable Boy' airs on BBC

Tomorrow will mark a big moment in the history of the BBC because at 9 pm it will air the first episode of the much anticipated six-part TV adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, direc...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 17.04.20

Krishna arrives, just in time

The offering, which changes every Thursday, is Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, until April 23, when it will be replaced by Shakespeare’s Twelf...
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Opinion  /  Published 11.07.20

Inspirational notes from Ennio Morricone

Something that the Italian composer, Ennio Morricone, said in an interview many years ago about Gregorian chants inspiring his music reminded me that Nirad C Chaudhuri had similar taste in music. ...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 27.06.20

Watch that space: China trouble in the Himalayas

One person who actually knows something about China is Rana Mitter, director of the China Centre and Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at Oxford University. His father, Professor P...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 12.06.20

Lessons in the storm: Tress lost in Britain, 1987

From family members I hear of neighbourhood trees that fell during Cyclone Amphan. Quite apart from the human toll, it was also very sad to read about the countless birds that lost their homes or even...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 29.05.20

Huge shift: Why video lectures could turn students into robots

The decision by Cambridge University to deliver all its lectures online for the whole of the academic year 2020-2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic has been described as “shocking and sad” by...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 15.05.20

The real mystery of Agatha Christie

Laura Thompson’s Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life shows why the British probably write the best biographies. This is an updated version of the biography first brought out in 2007. But 2020 is spec...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 01.05.20

Dark history of a kidnapping and killing

Britain’s law-abiding Pakistani population, one million strong, has nevertheless had to contend with the spectre of terrorism and its perpetrators in its midst. Among them, the most notorious — ce...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 03.04.20

Shine on: From a home of liberal arts to medicine & public health

Shine with hard workI really wanted to know about the personal side of Bhramar Mukherjee’s life. In Calcutta, she had been an academic high-flier at Presidency College and the Indian StatisticalInst...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 20.03.20

Twitter storm over Shamsie's Covid-19 list

The word or expression of the year 2020 will probably turn out to be ‘self-isolate’. But what we are to read if we have to be confined to our homes on account of the Covid-19 pandemic was discusse...
By Amit Roy in


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