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Deng Puffs 555

Deng Puffs 555
Deng Puffs 555
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Kolkata and Calcutta—jealous mistress and dutiful wife; city of joy and megapolis of despair; arrogant about her intellectual prowess yet unsure of urban regeneration; glitzy malls and imperial colonnades cracking at the seams; brilliant beams of light in uneasy coexistence with quasars. Remember the infamous black hole? To use former West Bengal finance minister and author Ashok Mitra's memorable analogy: more poets per square km than even football fans. Rajiv Gandhi was wrong. The dying city got a new lease of life. On to Calcutta's new icon after Satyajit Ray, who has helped Buddhadeb Bhattacharya become what he is. Yes, Mamata Banerjee. Don't believe me? Look at the figures put out by the EC, the same statutory body that has injured 'Bengali pride' by conducting elections in the state over five days and made Left Front chairman Biman Bose fret and fume beyond his normal belligerence.

The jhola-carrying lady with her trademark rubber sandals failed to gauge the mood of the electorate....

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