Yaaaaarnk! The blood-curdling sound freezes me to the spot.
03 Nov 2018
Durga Puja is around the corner, evoking in me memories of how this festival was celebrated in what was then called Calcutta, and where I spent most of my adult life.
04 Oct 2018
Every now and again they talk about renaming Park Street, in what is now called Kolkata.
08 Sep 2018
The other day I saw a movie adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, with Al Pacino playing Shylock.
11 Aug 2018
What redeems bullfighting from being an act of senseless cruelty is the courage of the matador who while dealing death coolly faces it himself.
14 Jul 2018
Perhaps the best aperitif to the city is a morning stroll through the Plaza Mayor, the vast, cobblestoned square designed by Philip III in the 17th century.
16 Jun 2018
In one of the most dangerous developments facing the country today, a fundamental public sector undertaking (PSU) of the nation is being subversively privatised: violence.
19 May 2018
A lot of change to be crammed into so small an island, measuring only 1,865 sq km in area and with a population of little over a million.
21 Apr 2018
In Kashmir or in Palestine, in Syria or Sudan, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.
24 Mar 2018
Renuka Chowdhury has been rebuked by the ruling party for her ‘inappropriate’ laughter in Parliament.
22 Feb 2018
When John le Carre was asked by a British interviewer why he did not immigrate to France or some other country where taxes were less punitive than in the UK, the novelist replied with an anecdote.
06 Jan 2018
In approximately the time it takes you to read this article, someone in this country will have committed suicide.
30 Nov 2017
They’re a writer’s nightmare, call them what you will: misprints, literals, typos, errata, printer’s devils.
04 Nov 2017