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Opinion  /  Published 11.01.19

Calcutta's gruesome public art

Statuary and public art are proliferating in the city. Most of these are scary. In this column I will try to arrange them in an ascending order of horror, in the classic Aristotelian sense. Horror, Ar...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 12.09.19

A grammar horror story for Friday the 13th

Today is Friday the 13th and I want to talk about a spine-chilling experience. A chain of circumstances led me to spending a night in the company of a Bengali grammar book, with no one around but a lo...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 14.06.19

The biggest show on earth

I want to earn sabka vishwas. I want to give you swabhiman. I want to give you swatantrata. I will give you desh bhakti.I will give you swachhata. I will give you nari shakti. I will give you employme...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 17.05.19

Not for the gods of small things

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By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 15.04.19

When the music is disconcerting

A famous Bengali restaurant in the city serves excellent food. The staff greet you warmly. The portions are generous. The menu is diverse. Only one problem persists: the music is Tagore on guitar. Alw...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 13.02.20

Love is hard, may hurt

This Valentine’s Day, let us celebrate a most unusual symbol of love: dentures. There cannot be a more inglorious object than dentures, less associated with tender feelings. They are a savage body p...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 19.07.19

When the park is a parking lot

A park that was recently inaugurated has opened up new space in the neighbourhood. But wait. “Open” is hardly the word to be used here; the park invites a verb that is the very opposite in meaning...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 14.11.19

The mouth is firmly shut

The signs have been appearing for a long time, asking me to keep my mouth shut. For three decades, at least, starting from the time I was a student of Jadavpur University.Those days we would go to Jad...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 15.02.19

Valentine's Day: the trash of the West

For years I felt quite offended by Valentine’s Day. I think my problem was primarily aesthetic. I hated the iconography of this festival that took root in India about two decades ago, quite suddenly...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 17.10.19

Modi picks up plastic ⁠— and praise

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently impressed the world with his plogging video, which shows him picking up pieces of plastic from Mamallapuram beach in Tamil Nadu during a morning walk. We learnt a...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in


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