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Book Review: It Does Not Die

Book Review: It Does Not Die

Jun 04, 2022

In a world obsessed with staying young, one can guess what lies at the heart of the Hidden Hindu. Gupta presses the right buttons of violence, hackers and religious bias with a supervillain and a missing text at the heart of all.

Book Review: Leading By Example

Book Review: Leading By Example

May 21, 2022

Picking up on the title of one of the more spectacular James Bond books, Govind Dholakia, has embarked on the story of how he reached the heights of the diamond business after his birth into a humble agricultural family in a small village in Gujarat.

Book Review: The Millennial Yogi

Book Review: The Millennial Yogi

May 15, 2022

Vini’s past and Jay’s present, are peppered with wise adults and anxious friends, not to mention managing girlfriends who ride on high-income high voltage lifestyles and come and go with increasing frequency.

2,000-Year-Old Riddle Solved!

2,000-Year-Old Riddle Solved!

Apr 09, 2022

Among all the stories, Dean is most intrigued by the location of the Stone Tower. It was somewhere at the Silk Route’s mid-point that was a halting spot for every caravan.

Without Malice Towards None: A Peek Into Shashi Tharoor’s World

Without Malice Towards None: A Peek Into Shashi Tharoor’s World

Dec 16, 2021

Pride, Prejudice and Punditry gives an insight into the Congress leader’s mind through essays and stories

Book Review: A Searing Tale Of Love, Loss And Longing

Book Review: A Searing Tale Of Love, Loss And Longing

Oct 27, 2021

Anindita Ghose’s The Illuminated is an interwoven narrative between a mother and daughter’s experiences of loss, and an exploration of the different states of loneliness.

Book Review | Women Who Wear Only Themselves: Conversations With Four Travellers On Sacred Journeys

Book Review | Women Who Wear Only Themselves: Conversations With Four Travellers On Sacred Journeys

Oct 10, 2021

Subramaniam chose four who were unsung heroines, with little cult following. They cast off their lives and were very clear about the divide between the material and the spiritual.

Whereabouts By Jhumpa Lahiri: The Trade Of Everyday Solitude

Whereabouts By Jhumpa Lahiri: The Trade Of Everyday Solitude

Aug 27, 2021

Whereabouts is Jhumpa Lahiri’s first novel after eight years and like In Other Words, it was first written in Italian, the fruit of her language studies in Rome, and then translated into English by the author herself.

Algorithms Of Eternity

Algorithms Of Eternity

Aug 26, 2021

Boston fratboys, coding, start-up spiritual dreams and social media obsession—Tahmima Anam gets up to speed

Call Them Geniuses

Call Them Geniuses

Aug 04, 2021

Unpublished stories, translations, rare sketches and a screenplay—three generations of Rays shine with undimmed radiance

A Tale Of Two Years And Three Restaurants

A Tale Of Two Years And Three Restaurants

Aug 02, 2021

Nearly two years of the Covid-19 induced lockdown have taken a toll on fine dining. Here's how it has been going, restaurant by restaurant.

Jab, Can We Meet? The Tale Of Finding A Covid-19 Vaccine In Kolkata

Jab, Can We Meet? The Tale Of Finding A Covid-19 Vaccine In Kolkata

Jul 04, 2021

The Covid-19 vaccine issue in Kolkata was complicated by sudden pop up jab centres.

Bengal Polls: How Emblems Expressed Clash Of Ideologies

Bengal Polls: How Emblems Expressed Clash Of Ideologies

May 31, 2021

With Mamata Banerjee it has always been about the allegorical – the fiery street fighter going up against a juggernaut and the Bengal elections highlighted this once more

Uncle Auteur

Uncle Auteur

May 20, 2021

India’s only honorary Oscar-winning director could think like a child and cast children to perfection

Rising Above The Octopus

Rising Above The Octopus

May 13, 2021

Rituparna Chatterjee puts together a cross-genre memoir where the tale of childhood abuse is transcreated through touches of magical realism

Voting In The Time Of Corona: The 'Bhot' Did It!

Voting In The Time Of Corona: The 'Bhot' Did It!

Apr 27, 2021

You might almost call it a non-event – afterwards I found none of the usual groups loitering on street corners, the roads around Gariahat were in almost lockdown mode, peppered with bored policemen.

Between Stardust And Reality

Between Stardust And Reality

Apr 08, 2021

Soumitra’s versatility went beyond acting. This book gives him his due as a poet, thespian and painter.

Paper Wings Of Hope

Paper Wings Of Hope

Mar 24, 2021

A keepsake of the hateful enormities that stalk India is grounded on symbolism and takes flight in hope

New Normal Or Old

New Normal Or Old

Mar 18, 2021

What have we learned about the new normal? To take selfies after the jab?

‘Jai Shri Ram’ At Netaji's Birth Anniversary Function: Mamata Banerjee’s Shout Of Silence

‘Jai Shri Ram’ At Netaji's Birth Anniversary Function: Mamata Banerjee’s Shout Of Silence

Jan 25, 2021

This round goes to Mamata Banerjee with her dignified refusal to deliver a speech to the chants of Jai Shri Ram at Netaji's birth anniversary function

Karma, Akarma And Us

Karma, Akarma And Us

Jan 20, 2021

An exacting, serious exegesis, lucidly written, is lit up by references from modern life

If You Are Poor, Should You Write Poetry?

If You Are Poor, Should You Write Poetry?

Jan 12, 2021

That's the question the author had when she tried to publish poems written by her domestic help

Goodbye, Soumitra Da

Goodbye, Soumitra Da

Nov 15, 2020

Soumitra Chatterjee leaves behind a legacy and a presence that will be almost impossible to replace

Stick Your Neck Out

Stick Your Neck Out

Nov 11, 2020

A deeply-researched, semi-fictionalised account of William Sleeman’s hunt of the thugs breathes the air of pre-Mutiny central India

Durga Puja: Autumn Of Hope Turns Into Season Of Despair

Durga Puja: Autumn Of Hope Turns Into Season Of Despair

Oct 26, 2020

A Puja during Covid, of court bans and thin crowds

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