Monthly Archives: December 2014

Is it time for a Nobel Prize again?

Chemistry: Jacobus H. van’t Hoff Physics: Wilhelm C. Röntgen Physiology or Medicine: Emil A. von Behring Literature: Rene F. A. Sully Prudhomme Peace: Jean H. Dunant and Frédéric Passy These were the six people to receive the first Nobel Prizes … Continue reading

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Eulogy to Tapan Raychaudhuri: An excerpt from Bangalnama

Let me tell you about my maternal grandparents’ family. My grandfather passed away at thirty nine, leaving behind a twenty six year old wife and seven children of whom one was still to be born. The story of his death … Continue reading

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December, Down Under

It is December in Australia but this is not the December that I grew up with. This December is the worst part of the year with temperatures that hit the forties, bushfire warnings and days when I can go out … Continue reading

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The Agreement: A story for the Cafe Dissensus diaspora issue

The first time I found out that the Singhs whose name I had seen on the array of letterboxes downstairs were not Indians, was when Mrs. Singh came visiting. It was the weekend after we had finally moved into university … Continue reading

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Tis’ the season for giving……

This is a story that touched my heart in so many ways! From a friend Madhubani Ghosh, who teaches in Massachusetts. The photograph is from her Facebook post. In Madhubani’s own words: ** Education is very expensive in the US. … Continue reading

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Sonali and Roberto Rossellini: 1956, a love story.

In 1956 Roberto Rossellini spent nine months in India on Jawaharlal Nehru’s invitation, filming India as a nation celebrating a decade of independence. The result was a four part film, ‘India, Matri Bhumi’. Helping Rossellini in India was Sonali, a … Continue reading

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Muri Ghonto: this is one of my favourite things!

There is something about a rainy, wet afternoon that turns a Bengali woman’s thoughts to eating some spicy fish head curry. I have a vague recipe in my head, but how do I make this fit with the current regime … Continue reading

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