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Dwitiya 2019

Dwitiya, the second day of the lunar fortnight: The tales that have come down to us from the mists of time are not proof of the existence of gods and goddesses with halos striding about granting boons or recriminations. That … Continue reading

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Protipoder pronaam, 2019

Devi Suktam, Rig Veda   On Protipod, the first day of the lunar fortnight: ‘Once upon a time a few thousand years ago a woman declared herself god. She announced I am all that there ever was or will be. Those … Continue reading

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Harshavardhana: bringer of joy

What’s in a name? It is 605 AD. Rajyavardhana (conqueror of lands) is the elder son who is destined to expand the kingdom while Harshavardhana (bringer of joy) is meant to bring happiness to its king and its people. Yet Rajyavardhana … Continue reading

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AN IRISH DOCTOR, CANNABIS AND THE INDIAN TELEGRAPH SYSTEM

If one reads Purnendu Pattrea’s Purono Kolkatar Kathachitra (Tales of Old Calcutta), there is a fascinating list of Calcutta’s wonders listed at the start of the book in an old song by Rupchand Pokkhi. Rupchand lived between 1815 and 1890. … Continue reading

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Aubergine affaire d’amour

Skin that shines, as though the finest oils of Morocco have been anointing each luscious inch since it was first revealed to this world. Voluptuous curves that could make the beauties of Hindostan sigh in surrender. Flesh, sweet and unmarked … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Buildings of Calcutta

Young man, go East …………..but at your own peril! Considering that a large number of the East India Company clerks or writers were younger sons who had little or no claim to the family fortunes and the rest had hardly … Continue reading

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A rainbow cone at IKEA

For someone like me who has been in Australia for most of her life, it can sometimes be easy to forget about the things that bring a large number of people to these shores. When I came here, I was … Continue reading

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