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People  /  Published 27.07.19

A man who made a trophy of being a Calcuttan

Mr Gulab by any other name would be just as well-known in the city of his birth, that is for sure. Long before I knew of him, I heard his name. Uttered over Darjeeling and mismatched pieces of bone ch...
By Upala Sen in

India  /  Published 20.07.19

Kargil 1999: War-time price for 3kg of rice

Rubaiya delivered today. At 11 am, in a friend’s home at Gundmongolpore, a hamlet in Trespone, Rubaiya achieved what her family thought was impossible.Three days ago, the woman in her early 20s left...
By Sujan Dutta in

India  /  Published 20.07.19

Kargil 1999: At Drass, courage under fire

A senior army officer’s rage and expertise in ballistics has pitted the Indian Army here in the fiercest battle since Operation Vijay was launched. The assault on Phealong Peak, a rocky massif that ...
By Sujan Dutta in

India  /  Published 20.07.19

Kargil 1999: Climber, Crawler, Soldier, Spy

When he slipped off his snowboots, the captain revealed feet that had gone puce, scraped away by the cold. His soles were blistered and peeling and he had sprained his ankles and hipbone. He could bar...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

India  /  Published 20.07.19

Kargil 1999: Doctor’s advice -- nothing works for the dead

Everybody writes to the Colonel. The man, an elegant six-foot-something Sikh pushing 50, is flooded with letters from families, friends, relatives, commanding officers and most of all family, friends ...
By Sujan Dutta in

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Culture  /  Published 03.11.18

So time Flies and Then it Also crawls

I have been gone I know. I have been gone a while. From the incessant servings of tea and from that cart of mine upon which sits my kettle and my stove and my hunched throne of wood and beaten tin. I ...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

Culture  /  Published 20.10.18

Where the chailwala comes back

Hmmm. That’s how. Hmmm. It is a way of saying it. You may say Om or whatever else, I prefer Hmmmm. Any problems? We all have our ways, don’t we? That’s who we are. There are no prescribed ways. ...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

Heritage  /  Published 20.10.18

The dying pulse of single-screen cinemas

Two decades ago, a kilometre-long stretch of north Calcutta — Bidhan Sarani, formerly Cornwallis Street — had as many as 10 cinemas. Uttara, Sree, Rupbani, Radha, Purnasree, Bidhusree, Mitra, Mina...
By Swachchhasila Basu in

Heritage  /  Published 29.06.19

In cinemas now: Survival of the single-screen theatre

What would Winston Churchill make of Priya? Or, for that matter, Navina, another cinema hall on the southern fringes of Calcutta, once the second city of the Empire? The question, although quirky, is ...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in

Culture  /  Published 15.06.19

Stories of the Santhals, by the Santhals

The painting on the wall shows two ebony male figures with bows and arrows. “Sidhu and Kanhu,” says Ruby Hembrom, by way of introduction. “They are very important for us, the Santhals. This pain...
By Manasi Shah in


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