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  • Man, myth & master

    Man, myth & master

    With incomparable humility and charm, Dilip Kumar left his golden imprint on the sands of Indian cinema

    July 9, 2021
  • A peek into Easter celebrations in British India

    A peek into Easter celebrations in British India

    Wading into medieval history, it is well-known that the emperors Akbar and Jahangir took part in Christmas and Easter festivities, which included the burning of the effigy of Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Christ

    April 20, 2019
  • Touted treatment

    Touted treatment

    It is a measure of the enormity of the problems that plague West Bengal’s health sector that the Chief Minister deemed it necessary last Tuesday to pay what they call a “surprise visit” to the SSKM Hospital, once one of the premier referral hospitals in the country. But that was in the legendary Dr BC …

    May 14, 2018
  • Historical heritage

    Historical heritage

    An awakening of sorts, in the form of a movement, is gradually taking root in Shimla to invoke the heritage of the erstwhile summer capital of British India, that had once been a haven for pedestrians. Old Shimlaites often reminisce on the days of yore and compare it with the present day, missing the culture …

    May 13, 2018
  • What’s in a name?

    What’s in a name?

    ‘Kolkata te sab kothate dekhchi bharibhul/ kiba kori ghuremori, naiki narakul/ Naiko hati naiko bagan,hatibagan bole/ r badur bagan ete dekhiba durnahi jhole” (Every name in Kolkata seems to be wrong, There is neither elephants nor garden yet the area is called Hatibagan) goes Dadathakur’s acclaimed song on the city. Kolkata as a city is …

    February 10, 2018
  • Remembering Tipu

    Remembering Tipu

    The spin-doctors of the Congress and to a greater degree of the Bharatiya Janata Party have denuded the discipline of history with their subjective, even uninformed, reflections on Tipu Sultan. Indeed, subjective inference is almost integral to the study of history, but the identity of the pre-eminent personality of British India has been overshadowed by …

    November 1, 2017
  • The man who knew shoes

    The man who knew shoes

    When promoted to executive status, my style needed an upgrade, my boss decided. He introduced me to his shoemaker, Jin Cheung. I had used off-the-shelf shoes all my life and had no idea of custom-made shoes. Jin was to change all of that. Jin’s grandfather had moved from the depressed Fujian province of China to …

    June 11, 2017
  • The Superintendent’s Last Wish

    The Superintendent’s Last Wish

    It was a typical early winter morning scene at the Alipore Zoological Gardens. The atmosphere was besieged by the din produced by varying notes and calls of birds and animals. The superintendent’s quarters were located in the Zoo premises quite close to the Carnivora house. The incessant roars of the burly big cats broke the …

    May 20, 2017