Books  /  Published 05.11.21

Cataloguing a luxurious legacy

Llewellyn-Jones writes in the Introduction that of the three properties to be inventoried, Château de Lyon and Constantia were in Lucknow, and Najafgarh near Kanpur (he had properties in Calcutt...
By Soumitra Das

Lifestyle  /  Published 01.11.21

There’s more to Bengali detectives than Feluda and Byomkesh. Here are five more options

It’s almost as if you’re going on an adventure with the Famous Five, if the Famous Five lived in Howrah, had Bengali names – Bablu, Bilu, Bhombal, Bachhu and Bichhu – and a one...
By Rantideb Mukherjee

Books  /  Published 29.10.21

Propped up

Reading is a performance, and props help. In between reading The Partition of Indian Women, I found myself clutching at quite another book, much like one latches on to that one familiar face...
By Upala Sen

Books  /  Published 29.10.21

Fables of false glory

The essays in the present volume are compiled in two sections — “Nationalism in History” and “The Perils of Nationalism”. In the first section, there are multiple excerpt...
By Iman Mitra

Books  /  Published 29.10.21

Dissecting a tragedy

What the readers are also reminded of is the old triangular rivalry, first between the linguistic nationalism of the Assamese and Bengali-speakers. A second dimension was added to this with the growth...
By Pradip Phanjoubam


Books  /  Published 29.10.21

A timeless message

In spite of such a glorious reception, “The Light of Asia” faced its share of qualms too. As the sixth chapter of Ramesh's book observes, orthodox thinkers like G.T. Flanders, William ...
By Argha Kr Banerjee

Books  /  Published 28.10.21

Manu Pillai, the wonderkid of history

Luckily, for Pillai, he had stumbled in his youth on a relatively neglected sector of Indian history. Nehru detested the rajas and dismissed them as relics of the past and his daughter Indira Gandhi h...
By Paran Balakrishnan in New Delhi

Books  /  Published 22.10.21

Cold comfort

But The Soul of a Woman itself lacks a soul. The writing is devoid of the passion with which Allende seems to have lived her fascinating life. After all, she has travelled extensively, come ...
By Kamalika Basu

Books  /  Published 22.10.21

The music of others

In these pages, you will meet the archivist-performer, Zora Neale Hurston, cultural critic, Lorraine Hansberry, blues pioneer, Bessie Smith, fiction writer and arts journalist, Pauline Hopkins, writer...
By Chintan Girish Modi

Books  /  Published 22.10.21

Winter slays spring

Kashmir’s peculiar music is a symphony of the voices of the dead and the living. Rumours of Spring begins with two deaths: one real — that of Bobeh, Bashir’s grandmother &m...
By Uddalak Mukherjee


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