Cinema: When silence was golden

It was July 7, 1896. The people of Bombay woke up to a classified advertisement in the Times of India. Lumière Brothers…

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Durga Puja in ‘Babu’ Calcuta

Durga Puja owes its popularity in and around Calcutta to the coming of the British and the advent of Babu Culture in…

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A rocking Adda

Noted British philosopher Bertrand Russell had once described social gossip as comprising “two or three people, usually like minded, discussing anything under…

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REVELRY – The Babu Way

estivities including Durga Puja in the houses of businessmen or neo rich traders in the city in the 18th and 19 century…

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First Widow Remarriage

It was December 7, 1856. The Sepoy Mutiny was still some months away. But another revolution was brewing in the neighbourhoods of…

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Not A Petty Affair

Pets continue to fascinate Kolkatans. Every year dog shows are held at Salt Lake Stadium, Deshbandhu Park and Maidan’s Kennel Club where…

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Before The Pigeons Fled

Baiting, bird fighting and kite flying had once been the fashionable leisure pursuits of the Babus of Calcutta who showcased their wealth…

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Flying High with Kites

It is interesting to note that even early colonial officers recorded about kite flying as a common amusement in their gazette books…

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Bengal’s Jatra: Conscience comes calling!

Picture this: Bodolpur is a village with an agrarian population of about 15,000 in the rural belly of West Bengal. A patch…

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Bengali Calendar: A THING OF PAST?

In the past Poila Baishak or Bengali New Year was more associated with traders who wished to begin the year on an…

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Celestial Monologues

Few Bengalis can imagine life without a ‘panjika'. The pink book has ruled heads and hearts alike from time immemorial. Team Wheels…

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