World  /  Published 14.10.20

Shakespeare book sold for $9m

A rare 1623 book that brought together William Shakespeare’s plays for the first time sold for a record $9.97 million at an auction on Wednesday, Christie’s in New York said. The First Fo...
By Reuters in New York

West Bengal  /  Published 28.08.20

CM’s call to end tandav

Mamata said Trinamul’s farmers’ wing would conduct a protest across the state on September 16 against the allegedly anti-farmer, anti-people policies of the Centre, standing on dykes in ag...
By Meghdeep Bhattacharyya in Calcutta

Opinion  /  Published 22.08.20

And other demons

By The Editorial Board in

Books  /  Published 20.08.20

Stratford: fact and fiction meet

With her dowry, Agnes is seen to be making a disadvantageous marriage, for the ‘Latin tutor’ of her stepbrothers has no clear future. He is uninterested in his father’s trade; beside...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty in

Books  /  Published 31.07.20

Something rotten about the business of odour

Science tells us that evolution has programmed the human mind to dislike certain odours. This explains our aversion to the smell of rotten food or foul chemicals. But biology is not the only thing tha...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in

Books  /  Published 02.08.19

The healing power of forgiveness

Back in 1711, when Alexander Pope wrote, “To err is human, to forgive divine,” International Forgiveness Day did not exist. It would come into being centuries later, and be celebrated on the first...
By Nayantara Mazumder in

Arts  /  Published 09.11.18

Imaginative adaptations of Shakespeare

It was 10:35 in the evening on September 15. Kala Mandir, full to the brim, was giving a standing ovation to the touring players from Mumbai after a scintillating act titled Shakespeare Theatre Festiv...
By Anshuman Bhowmick in

Opinion  /  Published 06.05.20

Crown and crowd

In 1608, William Hawkins arrived in Surat in his ship, Hector, and established the East India Company. That very year, in a completely unrelated development, back home in England, William Shakespeare ...
By G.N. Devy in

Opinion  /  Published 13.12.19

How they did it

Is it time to heave a sigh of relief? It just may happen that the unpronounceable, visually awkward and, to some politically incorrect people, dramatic new pronoun, ‘s/he’, can now be gently eased...
By The Editorial Board in

Books  /  Published 28.02.19

Read everything: A case against literary snobbery

Anthony Burgess once said, “The kind of book that sells by the million rarely imparts to its readers the sense of epiphany.” In the 21st century, Burgess would promptly be labelled a ‘literary s...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in


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