Police officer, thriller writer, social media whiz: Meet the Kolkata cop who tracks crime in fiction and real life
Supratim Sarkar has used his way with words to write a collection of crime stories and manage the content of Kolkata Police's social media platforms | #FirstCulture
Kolkata journalist beaten, stripped for covering poll violence: How West Bengal govt is imposing 'fascist' clampdown on media
It seems that the term 'fascist terror', that TMC once used to overthrow CPM govt in Kolkata, is something they themselves have resorted to in West Bengal.
Serampore's 232-year-old Denmark Tavern gets a glorious restoration: Take a look within
With Serampore a popular pit-stop for Danish and English traders, in 1786, a British innkeeper called James Parr, opened the Denmark Tavern & Hotel. In no time at all, the tavern became a favourite among Europeans | #FirstCulture
Two years after Kolkata's Vivekananda Road flyover collapse, West Bengal govt dithers on demolishing remaining structure
Part of the Vivekananda Road flyover in Kolkata collapsed in 2016. Even as the remaining structure poses a danger, the government is dithering on whether to demolish it.
Kolkata's timekeeper: Meet Swapan Dutta, a fourth generation supervisor of the city's clocks
The Dutta family has been looking after the clock towers of Kolkata ever since the British Raj | #FirstCulture
Kolkata transwoman's passport application rejected: Incident highlights low awareness of trans rights
Born male, but identifying as female, Sandeepta Das' passport application was rejected by an official, allegedly on the grounds that she hadn't undergone Sex Reassignment Surgery
Indian techie who tied the knot with same-sex partner in Yavatmal recounts their journey
California-based techie Hrishi tied the knot with his partner Vinh at a ceremony in his hometown Yavatmal. This is their story | #FirstCulture
Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta passes away aged 84: The man, his music, and legacy
Those closest to sarod maestro Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta paint a picture of a highly intelligent man, who loved jokes, good food, nurturing young talent and above all — music | #Firstpost
'Muktir Alo' aimed to economically liberate the women of Sonagachi. Did it succeed?
Muktir Alo — launched with great optimism in 2016 — was supposed to provide the women of Sonagachi, Asia's largest red-light district, an alternative career in the film/TV industry. Nearly two years later, what has it achieved?
As jatra's 'purush ranis' fade away, Ranjan Bose is keeping the art of female impersonation alive
The era of the great purush ranis (male actors who play female roles on stage) in jatra theatre is believed to have ended. But Ranjan Bose Roy's artistry provides hope | #FirstCulture
At the Kolkata Pride Walk, Madonna's 'Vogue' provides inspiration for an unusual routine
At the Kolkata Pride Walk, Madonna's 'Vogue' provides the perfect opportunity to this troupe of dancers from the LGBT community to make a point | #FWeekend
Social star Priya Banerjee says cyber-bullying forces celebs to issue 'PR-revised' statements
Priya Banerjee, who stars in Viu Social, says, "Take Padmavati for example. Celebs are putting forth such PR-revised balanced statements."
Cycling for change: Peter Ngugi's one-man quest to protest racism against Africans in India
Peter Ngugi, 25, is on a 6,700-km cycling tour across India, in a bid to raise awareness about the racism Africans in the country experience | #FWeekend
The rosogolla's bittersweet beginning: How a Kolkata confectioner created the dessert
Who knew a sweet like the rosogolla would be the focus of such a bitter dispute between two Indian states? | #FWeekend
Past perfect: World War I collectibles, priceless antiques line this nonagenarian's Kolkata home
Nakku babu, 93, is a collector of antiques, and his Kolkata home is crammed so full of collectibles that it’s difficult to find standing room