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Revisiting Maurice

Watching Maurice is like reading an antique leather-bound book with gilded lettering, ornate headings, inky font, and yellowed, fragrant pages… truly a masterpiece that I doubt I shall emerge from the spell of… All screengrabs courtesy of the producer (Merchant Ivory Productions).

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 →

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