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Last Tango in Kolkata: Football-mad city split over Argentina and Brazil

Jul 09, 2014

Last Tango in Kolkata: Football-mad city split over Argentina and Brazil

Once Kolkata was known for its grand passionate rivalry between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. But this World Cup has seen that passion go international and the city is torn between Brazil and Argentina. But there are limits. #Brazil #John Abraham #football #Lionel Messi #Pele #Diego Maradona #Argentina #UrbanPostcard #Mohun Bagan #2014 Brazil World Cup #Chirag Paul
Aami tomaay bhalo bhashi: Narendra Modi wins over Kolkata

Feb 05, 2014

Aami tomaay bhalo bhashi: Narendra Modi wins over Kolkata

Narendra Modi's Kolkata rally is measured as all rallies in Kolkata are by the question - was it bigger than Mamata's? But one could also ask was it even more Bengali than Didi's rallies. #CultureDecoder #Mamata Banerjee #BJP #Narendra Modi #Bengal #Kolkata #UrbanPostcard
Aao ji badlo Dilli: Hope and hopelessness on Election Day

Dec 05, 2013

Aao ji badlo Dilli: Hope and hopelessness on Election Day

Election dat actually feels like a sudden hush after weeks of frenetic and raucous campaigning. And the media gets busy capturing the stock images of democracy in action. But some unexpected moments stand out. #UPA #Congress #BJP #Sheila Dikshit #Voter turnout #Arvind Kejriwal #UrbanPostcard #NDA #Aam Aadmi Party #Delhi gangrape #Munirka #Delhi Elections 2013 #Delhi Assembly Election 2013
Tale of two rallies: Kejriwals band baaja Vs Sheilas snooze fest

Nov 22, 2013

Tale of two rallies: Kejriwals band baaja Vs Sheilas snooze fest

Arvind Kejriwal has taken Sheila Dikshit head on. But their campaigns couldn't be more different. Dikshit climbs on a stage and reads a prepared speech. Kejriwal leads vehicle rallies through crowded markets complete with a marching band. #Congress #Sheila Dikshit #Arvind Kejriwal #UrbanPostcard #Aam Aadmi Party #Delhi Elections 2013
First Sachin, now the aloo in biryani. The world is ending.

Nov 07, 2013

First Sachin, now the aloo in biryani. The world is ending.

Some of us will remember this week as the week Sachin Tendulkar played his last test in Kolkata. And others will remember it as the week we lost the aloo in our biryani. Both threaten our very notion of civilization. #Mamata Banerjee #Sachin Tendulkar #Kolkata #UrbanPostcard #Potatoes #Eden Gardens #West Indies in India 2013 #Farewell Sachin
From 1908 to 2013: Stories of unlikely desi activists in US

Aug 15, 2013

From 1908 to 2013: Stories of unlikely desi activists in US

If Independence Day makes us rue we don't have real heroes anymore think again. A walk in Berkeley uncovers some unexpected desi heroes showing that South Asians have never stopped speaking out. #LGBT #UrbanPostcard #University of California Berkeley #South Asian Radical History Walking Tour #Ghadar
Lessons in loss: A Delhi postcard

Jul 10, 2013

Lessons in loss: A Delhi postcard

A man grappling with the death of his older brother suddenly runs into a long-lost classmate, one he had pegged as a future socialite. To his surprise, he finds her life has taken an unexpected route. And it carries a few lessons for him as well. #New Delhi #UrbanPostcard #Connaught Place
Occupy Kolkata: Notes from a noisy 'silent' march

Jun 22, 2013

Occupy Kolkata: Notes from a noisy 'silent' march

A great citizens march in Kolkata to protest violence against women drew several thousand people. It was supposed to be a silent march but so many Bengalis in one place means anything but that. #Mamata Banerjee #Violence against women #UrbanPostcard #Barasat gang-rape #Occupy Kolkata #College Square march
Kagaz ki kashti: Memories of monsoons past

Jun 20, 2013

Kagaz ki kashti: Memories of monsoons past

There's something timeless about a flooded street during the monsoons. Something very familiar, even nostalgic. But look closely, and you will see it's not quite the same. #Monsoon #UrbanPostcard #3 Idiots #Pather Panchali #Shantanu Moitra #rain songs #Zoobie Doobie