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No ‘Nari Shakti’ please!

Ma Durga is coming to town... how do you know? You have hoardings everywhere of Sourav Ganguly sharing banner space with the latest Tollywood beauties (and MPs) who (try to) impersonate a raging Durga about [...]

Kajal di

When I joined Presidency College in November 1992, as a student of English Honours, I had joined with my own baggage of historical knowledge about the institution. I knew all about the original Hindu College; [...]

Srishti’s Summer

Srishti had a filmi summer. Five weeks of being mostly in Kolkata in this sweltering heat meant being indoors for at least half the day. She did get to “explore” her city a bit - [...]

Doctor & Patient

He comes punctually at 9 am at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) office in Kankurgachi - Ward no. 32, under Borough III. He has been a ‘Medical Officer’ since 2006, though at this particular ward [...]

Chumki Maima

Today a childhood memory of mine suddenly re-surfaced - that of a wedding I had attended in early June 1983. It was the wedding of one of my mother’s cousins - and I remember it [...]

An Aspirational Family

Kabita comes to look after my child leaving her own. My daughter is 7, her son 9. Mine goes to Calcutta International School, the first international school in the city (est.1953); hers goes to Hare [...]

Udichi Old Age Home

Everyone who could, has left. Almost all the children. More than half of the 32 flats of UDICHI - the ‘Co-operative Housing Society’ in Kankurgachi, North Kolkata, where my sister and I grew up - [...]

“Waiting for You”

Ma doesn't come in my dreams. She absolutely refused in the initial months after her death in August 2016. Then she relented a little. Came in all about 5 times in my dreams - 5 [...]

Of Buggies & Feisty Oldies

Gelderlandplein 10 Dec 2016 - For quite a while after my daughter Srishti’s birth, my life centred round GELDERLANDPLEIN, the local mall in our neighbourhood in South Amsterdam, a mere 8-minute walk from our building. [...]

Dear Anna

27 Mar 2019: Many happy returns of the day, Anna! You always remember to forget my birthday - I thought of reminding that to you on yours! I feel a dull ache within me every [...]