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Lives Of Others
Calcutta  /  Published 23.08.21

Lives of others: Bengal tourism on ground Zero

THIS IS NOT A LUXURY TOUR. The warning in capital letters appears halfway down an online brochure on a much-coveted tour of Bengal. Abdul Nazar, a young Malayali who lives in Chakla in North 24-Pargan...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

Calcutta  /  Published 19.07.21

Cutting your coat according to dreams

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By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

Calcutta  /  Published 31.05.21

Some place between past & present

It was a serious homecoming. She even began to love the fish and rice Bengali staple, which she had rejected earlier. From around 2012, she began to photograph the Armenian community. For her, it was ...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

Calcutta  /  Published 19.04.21

Shifting gears: guitar and ambulance

You need hard work and patience, says Arup Karan, whether you are driving an ambulance or playing the guitar. He should know, because he does both. The 47-year-old resident of Oriya Bagan in Beleghat...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

Calcutta  /  Published 08.03.21

Learning to remember, learning to believe

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By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

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Calcutta  /  Published 15.02.21

An island of quiet in fidgety Bhowanipore

Avtar Singh is taking us on a tour of Sant Kutiya Gurdwara on Harish Mukherjee Road. The five marble floors of the gurdwara rise serene and white against a February afternoon, like an island of quiet ...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

Calcutta  /  Published 01.02.21

Subtle flavours of slow time

At 11.30am on a late January day the inside of this landmark “cabin restaurant” in Sovabazar Street looks a bit like a battlefield gearing up. Inside Dhiren Cabin, the floor is strewn with...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

Calcutta  /  Published 18.01.21

In the letter and the spirit

When Shambhu Chakraborty began his work as an apprentice signboard painter in the mid-70s, he was about 12. A signboard painter would then “draw” the letters, designed by himself, and also...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

Calcutta  /  Published 04.01.21

Wired to the mysteries of old buildings

Buildings are like people. They have distinct personalities; some even have faces. Some of them age well, some of them do not. In any case, they need care. Especially their wiring. If the analogy is ...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

Calcutta  /  Published 21.12.20

Through the stained glass, vividly

Seated in the drawing room of her Auckland Square apartment, Katayun Saklat, painter and stained glass artist, though not necessarily in that order, speaks about her exceptional life and her art, as a...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta


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