Books  /  Published 10.07.20

Courtesans: A once tuneful time

The customs revolving around dogaana testify to the fact that same-sex relationships were common, and that there were established ways in which an individual in such a relationship could pro...
By Durba Basu in

Books  /  Published 09.07.20

Boswell to the man with an egg shaped head

It may appear odd to dedicate a piece to Arthur Hastings on the 100th birth anniversary of Hercule Poirot. But the Boswells of great detectives — Hastings to Poirot, John Watson to Sherlock Holm...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in

Books  /  Published 29.06.20

Painful truth: Internalising abuse, its aftermath

Interestingly, in the first of many micro-escalations of the abuse, Strane gives Vanessa his own copy of Lolita. In Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov lets the child indict Humbert Humbert, her abuser and the n...
By Nayantara Mazumder in Una

Books  /  Published 27.06.20

Cities built of ideas, not concrete and steel

All cities are alike, yet the same city can mean different things to different people. Each citizen sees it in a different way; each visitor brings with him/her a fresh perspective; each time we revis...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in

Books  /  Published 11.06.20

Knowing what the future holds

Toni Morrison’s first death anniversary — it is on August 5 — approaches us at a time when the racial tensions in American society that she astutely criticized in her works have come to head. As...
By Nayantara Mazumder in

Books  /  Published 11.06.20

Lives in history and myth

Winrow seamlessly connects the fortunes of one family with the history of the places they inhabited and the events that changed their lives. For instance, there are delightful forays into the origins ...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in

Books  /  Published 11.06.20

The melody of discordant notes

By Argha Kr Banerjee in

Books  /  Published 04.06.20

Women in transition

It has taken a pandemic-induced global lockdown to make visible to us the millions of invisible, desperate migrant labourers whose toil sustains us and the nation. In this context, appreciation is due...
By Sutanuka Ghosh in

Books  /  Published 04.06.20

An endless voyage across turbulent waters

It is not seas alone that separate continents: distance also emerges in the form of different languages, cultures and world-views of people. Yet, human lives across the world are also connected by at ...
By Kamalika Basu in

Books  /  Published 03.06.20

An old, bitter contest over history and memory

When a ‘historic’ mosque built in the sixteenth century is brought down in the twentieth because people ‘remember’ it being the birthplace of a ‘legendary’ king in the hoary past, does tha...
By Kingshuk Chatterjee in


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