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Arts  /  Published 15.12.18

Tripura's theatre artistes anxious under new govt

A makeshift mosque stands tall onstage. A play is in progress. An actor playing Swami Vivekananda is talking about the greatness of all religions. Some scenes later he refuses to meet the Brahmins —...
By Sonia Sarkar in

Opinion  /  Published 16.02.19

Dumb Down India

Uttar Pradesh police have now declared there is “no prime evidence regarding sedition” against the 14 Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students who were booked last week. The allegation was that th...
By Upala Sen in

Opinion  /  Published 16.02.19

The impact of pigs flying

You know what’s flying about? The flu. I mean it’s flying about like some fantasy. Like pigs were flying. They are even calling it the swine flu. Probably because those that should know also know ...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

Travel  /  Published 16.02.19

Olive Ridleys in Odisha: A tale turns turtle

Did you know that the Kurma avatar — the second incarnation of Vishnu — has a nickname? Neither did I. It was only after I visited Gokharkuda beach in Odisha’s Ganjam district that I learnt that...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in

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 in

India  /  Published 09.02.19

Lies, deceit and invented truths in the Modi regime

The writer is is a civil engineer and data cruncher...
By James Wilson in

Culture  /  Published 09.02.19

Grand lessons from a grandparent

A slim ray of the Fall afternoon sun cut diagonally through the stainless steel platter. Five healthy tilapias lay on it, dressed in turmeric and salt. She had spent the last half hour by the kitchen ...
By Mousumi Banerjee in

India  /  Published 09.02.19

Portrait of police commissioner Rajeev Kumar

He was shaving hurriedly that disorderly January morning in 2002 when the landline started to ring. His day usually didn’t start this early — he was more a creature of the night — but there had ...
By Upala Sen in

Entertainment  /  Published 09.02.19

Character actors are making it big

Bharathi S. Pradhan is a senior journalist and author...
By in

Technology  /  Published 04.01.20

March of the Festive Forwards

This is sometime around the last week of December. I am snuggled comfortably in layers of blankets from thick to thin. My phone is at rest too — after three continuous days of jingle bells audios, f...
By Manasi Shah in


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