The Indian Auntie

If you’re an Indian (though I’m sure many other Eastern Cultures will share the same experience), the word “Auntie” probably brings with it a dull irritation. “Aunties” are the middle-aged and older women in our intimate surroundings, usually relatives or neighbours, abreast of absolutely all the news and scandals, constantly prying and gossiping and, if... Continue Reading →

The Two Volcanoes

There was a time, rather long ago, when I used to have a keen interest in volcanoes. This would have been around the time I was nine: I would spend hours on the internet—much to the chagrin of my parents—reading about volcanoes, looking at pictures and videos, and I also had a stack of illustrated... Continue Reading →

Maurice

We hear the sweeping sounds of strings as the scene opens upon a grey, windy day at the seashore. As the camera moves from the rushes to the expanse of the sky, we see some kites floating in the wind. A group of public-school children on a school excursion make their way through the sand,... Continue Reading →

The Sublime Magic of Charulata

Having finally found the motivation to write, and considering the absolutely depressing situation in the world today, I decided not to add to the gloom with an apocalyptic piece. Instead, a more enriching topic has presented itself. Earlier this month, the 2nd of May marked the birth centenary of the celebrated Indian filmmaker, Satyajit Ray,... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year!

2020 has been an intensely turbulent year, to say the least. It has been a period of upheaval all over the world, and possibly, the gateway to a decade of possibilities. We may think we’ve seen it all this year—a pandemic, quarantine, protests—but how much have we really seen? What does this decade hold for... Continue Reading →

Bespectacled

How wearing glasses has changed over the years I was only four years old when I started wearing glasses, and spent my early school years as some sort of bizarre creature, notorious for my bespectacled face. I stood apart for two reasons: firstly, it is rare to find four-year-olds with glasses, and secondly, there were... Continue Reading →

A Burning

“A Burning”, author Megha Majumdar’s debut novel, is perhaps one of the most talked-about releases of South Asian Literature this year. I picked up my copy at my local bookstore while on a brief weekend outing, intrigued by the plotline on the blurb and fascinated by the reading experience it promised. Set in Kolkata, India,... Continue Reading →

The Kabuliwala

Today happens to be the anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, the first non-European to do so. Short stories are my favourite form of writing, because unlike norvels, they are brisk read and do not demand a long commitment, delivering their point in the span of a few pages.... Continue Reading →

The City of Joy

I was born and spent my early childhood in the city of Kolkata in West Bengal, India, and naturally, I have always been fascinated by the stories of this vibrant and historic city, fondly called “The City of Joy”. Therefore, today I choose to write a little bit about the captivating history of the city... Continue Reading →

The First Post

Greetings dear reader! This is my little orchard of thoughts where I’m going to write about a range of topics, mostly related to history, but also about other things, like music, art, books, movies, contemporary issues, and just about anything I might be thinking of, so thank you dropping by! One of my favourite things... Continue Reading →

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