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The cops found his body in a 'burning condition'.
Amit Chaudhuri’s first book, ‘A Strange and Sublime Address’, appeared in 1991.
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When I told one of my friends that there's a bar near Esplanade crossing, where you still get Tuborg beer for ₹115, all inclusive, all I got was a glance of disbelief. And when I said that the bar came complete with proper seating and AC, he was pretty sure I was stoned. Thus started the journey to arguably one of Kolkata's oldest and cheapest bars -- Chhota Bristol, aka Shaw Brothers.
For two years, my mother and I have been living in hell. We've been subject to harassment, abuse and intimidation in our own home by a clearly criminal gang that calls itself a "syndicate". Its primary motive is real estate. As my mother holds a good portion of the land title through inheritance, the idea is to subject us to such terror that we flee. Syndicate gangs, like the mafia, have become an open, dirty "secret", a factor of life in West Bengal.
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These black-and-white photos, shot on the iPhone 6s using the Hipstamatic app, capture what I see as the heart of Kolkata, or at least glorious fragments of it.
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The Independent's decision to revert to using Bombay had nothing to do with British colonialism. It was driven by its India-born editor's stand on the political issues prevailing in the country of his birth. This is a remarkable development. An individual has attempted to reverse a sequence of events that the British government did not interfere with! It is also interesting to note that Mr Rajan has chosen to remain silent about his city of birth, Calcutta, which was renamed Kolkata.
We tend to take cities for granted. On days, they are brick-and-mortar challenges to be fought off, on days they are home, the most familiar, humdrum patch of land in your life. On days you love them,...
It's only when I see all the wonderful colours emanating from the railroad ties and tracks -- contrasting with all the dull, gray stones, garbage, and what must be a plague of hungry flies attracted to the sewage-scented breeze -- that I'm reminded that these people live their day-to-day lives in what could be described as an autonomous region.
For Calcutta, Christmas is an event where the city celebrates its centuries-old history and its multitudes of immigrant communities, cultures and religions in a manner that they retain their uniqueness, even as they blend, seamlessly, into one big celebration. It's an experience I've not witnessed with any other religious festival in India or anywhere else. It is this joy I share here with a set of pictures I took as I went around the city yesterday, enjoying its pre-Christmas celebration.
It all started with a friend suggesting that we take a heritage walk through the streets of old Kolkata organized by Padhaaro. While the former capital of British India has evolved a lot after Independence in 1947, the city's rich history is still preserved in bits and pieces in its architecture, culture and street furniture, most of which are visible in the old parts of the city, i.e., primarily North Kolkata. The photos below were captured on the journey. Enjoy the charm of this beautiful city!
As I take a walk through "The City of Joy", I capture vignettes of daily life from the land of Tagore.
One usually expects this from actors, but Dibakar Banerjee is the rare director who has literally lived a character he is bringing to life on screens. The director of ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!’, whi...