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People  /  Published 06.04.19

A young woman training to be a church minister

The book Three Men in a Boat makes for a good laugh, but three men on a single motorbike is quite another story. Adhish Halder, a friend and myself motorbike all the way from Ranaghat station to ...
By Bitan Sikdar

People  /  Published 06.04.19

From mofussil boy to Calcutta's leading model

When you meet Nick Rampal for the first time, you are a little surprised. He is a tall, handsome man in his 30s, with a smiling face, a booming voice and an excellent profile. He is also dishevelled a...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

People  /  Published 23.03.19

The world-class pianist the world never heard

That evening, 40 people sat in the dimly lit room on the second floor of Park Mansions, as Malavika spoke to academician Julie Mehta about another time, another music. It seems Monica, the only daught...
By Paromita Sen

People  /  Published 10.03.19

‘The RSS-BJP combine has little idea of the Northeast’

She was hailed a giant-killer five years ago, when in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections Sushmita Dev defeated Kabindra Purkayastha, a BJP stalwart in the Northeast and a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpaye...
By Prasun Chaudhuri

People  /  Published 09.03.19

The ragpicker who made it

The Topsia Canal Road of south Calcutta is home to 4,000 ragpickers. Forty seven-year-old Ajmeri Khatun is not one of them anymore, strictly speaking. About 10 years ago, she purchased her first ricks...
By Moumita Chaudhuri

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People  /  Published 02.03.19

A life worthy of a biography

At a time when race, religion, colour, caste, gender and nationality are so important in defining a person’s identity, the life of Freda Bedi, who broke glass ceilings and crossed boundaries at ever...
By Sajeda Momin

People  /  Published 02.03.19

The matriarch who grew a moustache

Before India’s Independence, Rampur used to be a princely state in Rohilkhand in western Uttar Pradesh. And the Rohila Pathan sardars were the rulers of Rampur. Qamar Zamani was the wife of Akbar Al...
By Moumita Chaudhuri in Calcutta

People  /  Published 02.03.19

Secularism is an ongoing process: Carlo Ginzburg

Three pigeons peeped down from the upper reaches of Victoria Memorial’s Eastern Quadrangle as the ceremonial introductions continued. They would have been lost in the darkness but for the marble of ...
By Upala Sen in Calcutta

People  /  Published 23.02.19

Kashmiri women want to exist: Anjum Zamarud Habib

A series of events led to Anjum Zamarud Habib becoming the only woman leader in the Hurriyat Conference in Kashmir when it was formed. Anjum, in Calcutta to attend the People’s Literary Festival hel...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

People  /  Published 23.02.19

When it comes to Petunias, only fools rush in

And the flowers too played along in the general scheme of ostentation, grinning in their papery gowns of mauve, magenta and maroon, often streaked through the middle or rimmed in white. The bulbous or...
By Paromita Kar


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