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Opinion  /  Published 12.08.22

Chasing a Spectre

I woke up one morning recently to the following message from a friend: “This is particularly for you to know. Daniel Craig performed Macbeth yesterday. My cousin was there.” Accompanying t...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

Opinion  /  Published 19.11.21

Between the lines

I challenge William Wordsworth, whose 250th birth anniversary was celebrated last year, to live in present-day Calcutta and produce a single line of the poetry that he wrote. We know how much of his ...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

Opinion  /  Published 18.10.21

Armed for life

These days the kitchen sink is where I meditate. Just as I think that I have finished washing all the dishes, I realize that I have not been able to scrape all the tea leaves off the bottom of the tea...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

Opinion  /  Published 23.08.21

With Death on its wings

One superstition that keeps me going — or not really — is that of “ek shalik”. The shalik, or the Indian myna, I have been told since early childhood, is ominous when it i...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

Opinion  /  Published 19.07.21

Reach for the horizon

What I miss the most during the lockdown are the little trips that would take me away from Calcutta for a day. Yes, I would love to stand before the Himalayas again and meditate on my littleness, or t...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

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Opinion  /  Published 14.05.21

Not death enough

Two weeks ago, we lost a beloved member of the family to Covid-19. She was Mangala Bag, my mother’s attendant. She had cared for my mother, who is very ill, and all of us, deeply. She was only 5...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

Opinion  /  Published 16.04.21

The past is present

A dear friend claims that she once had two unfailing landmarks on Fern Road, between Ballygunge Terrace and Kasba bridge: one turn past an istiriwala and the next past a brown-and-white cow....
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

Opinion  /  Published 19.03.21

There is nowhere left to run

Once upon a time, running away was quite a tradition for children. The Bengali classic, Bari Theke Paliye, by Shibram Chakraborty, turned into a memorable film by Ritwik Ghatak, has Kanchan, a de...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

Opinion  /  Published 15.02.21

A love so pure

No pair can be hotter than Amitabh and Rekha on the big screen. “Main aur meri tanhai...” says Amitabh, and Rekha appears. He woke up and found her true. I always wonder, though, why she s...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

Opinion  /  Published 15.01.21

At last a blessed moment

Of all the time spent at a hospital, I think the dreariest is the bit spent at the admission and insurance counters. On this occasion at the admission counter, I was again being asked for the details ...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya


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