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Forever Young

In his recent novel, When I was a Boy: Scenes and Stories from my Childhood, the beloved author, Ruskin Bond, adheres to his traditional autobiographical writing style as he divulges the secrets of…

A Falling Star

THOSE WHO LIVED through Bollywood of the 90s while some youth still flowed through their veins would remember how, after the era of insipid movies the preceding decade, Shah Rukh Khan came in as a…

Mrinal Sen (1923-2018): Auteur Socialist

THERE IS LITTLE doubt over how Satyajit Ray towered over Bengali and Indian cinema. Hailed as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time with effusive praise from some of cinema’s most well-known…

Sheikh Hasina Prevails

AFTER MONTHS OF bitter campaigning and violence, the atmosphere among journalists at the Bangladesh Election Commission was one of sardonic humour. Each result that further cemented the parliamentary…

Amos Oz as Patriot and Dissident

IN THE FIRST pages of A Tale of Love and Darkness, which blurs the line between memory and imagination, Amos Oz writes of the Jerusalem of his childhood. ‘In Jerusalem people always walked rather…

The Modi Momentum

JUST DAYS BEFORE election year 2019 was rung in, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking at a rally in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh, described farm loan waivers as “lollipops”, short-termist measures for…

The Struggle To Be

THERE IS NOTHING worse than not being heard. There is nothing more disappointing than not being seen. There is nothing that hurts more than not being loved. There is nothing that matters more than…

Waterway Revival

IN 1909, A DISTRICT gazetteer was authored for Howrah. This said, ‘During the period preceding British rule roads in the modern sense of the word appear to have been unknown in the district…. Nor is…

Web of Anxiety

NO DOUBT SOMEONE would have said this long ago, but gazing at a crystal ball on New Year’s Day is a bit like driving a car in dense fog: it doesn’t matter if you’ve got your eyes on what’s up ahead…

Weight and Watch

IT DOES NOT take much thought to see that the world is in a flux. An increasingly isolationist US under Donald Trump and an aggressively assertive China under Xi Jinping now mark the two poles of the…