Weekend Reads
People  /  Published 16.02.19

The altruist of Naradari

Where is Dadu? Why haven’t you brought him along,” demands the petulant eight-year-old with closely cropped hair and a beige jacket over a pink frock. Her name is Bela, short for Belaboti, often r...
By Swachchhasila Basu

People  /  Published 02.02.19

A Gandhian who rebuked Gandhi for moral blindness

An accomplished pianist, she could bring to life the kaleidoscopic mood of Schumann’s Cycles and the soul infusing compositions of Bach. She played for friends even when she could barely sit, her no...
By Sujata Prasad

People  /  Published 05.01.19

These bhoot sleuths have their own X Files

The bhoot sleuths took great pains to establish the scientific credibility of their enterprise. They presented a detailed list of the gadgets that they carry on their expeditions: electro-magnetic fie...
By Uddalak Mukherjee

People  /  Published 05.01.19

The Boy Who Chased Cancer

He was an usher at a private hospital — AMRI, Mukundapur — for Rs 4,500 a month. He says, “I had to help patients arrange their documents and guide them to the right department.” After work, h...
By Sudeshna Banerjee

People  /  Published 29.12.18

Feels as if we can no longer live in this country

We are in the Dasguptas’ apartment in south Calcutta. The 75-year-old has just returned from an evening walk with his wife Sohini, who has been his assistant director in the last few films. The apar...
By Prasun Chaudhuri


People  /  Published 29.12.18

Robin Hoods target world hunger with an idea

When Neel Ghose founded Robin Hood Army in 2014, he did not really think scale or numbers. Or so says the 30-year-old, who is an MBA student at Harvard Business School, US. Neel was working in Lisbon,...
By Manasi Shah

People  /  Published 22.12.18

The cabaret sensation from the 1970s

And the competition? “Since I was a newcomer, they did not allow me too many slots. But once I went in, I overstayed! I danced to my heart’s content, with my hip-length hair left open… The audie...
By Paromita Kar

People  /  Published 15.12.18

The WAO way to world peace

In the parochial, bigoted, divisive air that pervades around us comes a fresh breath. Two youngsters have rushed in where even veterans fear to tread. Kanishk Saraogi from Calcutta and Rida Khalid fro...
By Sajeda Momin

People  /  Published 15.12.18

What Kamal Nath and Lalu Prasad have in common

The tea-or-coffee courtesy was left to Miglani, his affable right-hand man. Since I drink neither, it was restricted to conversation where he seemed surprised that I’d even question the Congress’ ...

People  /  Published 24.11.18

The basti that has given golf 200 caddies

Madar Tala Colony in south Calcutta’s Tollygunge area is not very far from the two biggest golf clubs of the city — Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) and Tollygunge Club. Within it is a basti or slu...
By Manasi Shah


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