Mother enrolled me in an academy of equitation and horsemanship, and made me by far the youngest member of the North Calcutta Rifle Range.
11 Jan 2020
India is vast space; space to accommodate the clamour of giant cities, teeming with the seething energy of millions, and the silence of empty solitudes.
08 Dec 2019
One of the sisters in the family was stricken by an irreversible and fatal disease that attacks the auto-immune system and for which there is no known cure.
09 Nov 2019
When I first visited Britain many years ago, it truly was a green and pleasant land, its salubrity reflected in the plenitude of public loos.
12 Oct 2019
The other evening our friend Chitra cooked us some spectacular Bangla ranna (Bengali cuisine).
21 Sep 2019
All this can, and does, provoke heated debate. But there is one argumentative staple, a constant of controversy.
18 Aug 2019
I was a traveller long before I knew I was. As a young boy in Calcutta, I would walk along the streets and bylanes of the city.
18 Jul 2019
Perhaps no other place exercises quite the same kind of lure, composed of about equal parts of nostalgia and anger.
22 Jun 2019
The other day I paused to lend an ear to a couple of economists discussing inflation.
25 May 2019
The scant foliage and gawky branches of Amaltas trees give it an air of gauche adolescence.
27 Apr 2019
It was a minor miracle that it survived.
29 Mar 2019
The comics were a magical gateway not only to a mythical America but also to a thrilling new terra incognita called adolescence, with its acned angst and its exuberant ecstasy.
02 Feb 2019
Greene attributed his conversion to a youthful romance and has shrugged off the label of being “a Catholic author”, preferring to be called an “author who happens to be Catholic”.
06 Jan 2019
The mainstay of Calcutta’s Christmas tradition was the Anglo-Indian household, to which an invitation had to be inveigled if one wanted the true savour of the season.
01 Dec 2018
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