Books  /  Published 05.02.21

Potboiler history

Book title: The Story of China: A Portrait of a Civilisation and its People Author: Michael Wood Publisher, price: Simon & Schuster, Rs 899 The idea of writing history has gone through many disci...
By Sumit Chakrabarti

Books  /  Published 18.12.20

A glass or two of bottled poetry

The Persians believed that wine was discovered by a woman; she drank fermented grape juice from a jar, fell asleep and, instead of suffering the first-known hangover, woke up with her headache gone. C...
By Nayantara Mazumder

World  /  Published 15.10.20

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 29.08.20

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 23.08.20

And other demons

By The Editorial Board


Books  /  Published 21.08.20

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

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

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

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

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


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