articles by Gouri Chatterjee

India

#SeditionDebate: Sticks and stones might break India's bones but words will never hurt it

Ironically, sedition charges were even applied by a trial judge against finance cum information broadcasting minister Arun Jaitley for criticising the Supreme Court’s judgement quashing the National Judicial Appointments Commission.

Life

JK Rowling's 'Career of Evil' signals dark intent with a strong serving of blood and violence

According to Rowling, she planned the novel meticulously, using “colour-coded spreadsheets”. “The planning is insane,” she has said. “This is the best planned book I will ever have written.” No small feat given the strict plotting of the Potter books.

Life

Capote's 'In Cold Blood' turns 50 this year: Guess what? It is still fresh, poignant, and relevant

Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood' is fresh, poignant, and so relevant, even for someone sitting in India.

India

Netaji files: Modi hijacks myth of Subhash Chandra Bose from TMC and Mamata has only herself to blame

If Mamata Banerjee hadn't declassified West Bengal's files on Netaji in 2015, the Centre may not have been able to try to appropriate Bengal's hero.

Life

Only In Kolkata: At 84, Pradipta Sen is keeping alive a dying legacy called the Calcutta Film Society

Pradipta Sen is trying to save his beloved Calcutta Film Society from marauding market forces and keep it in the room that has been its home for 60 years.

Life

'A politics without dreams is arid and barren': Ben Okri at the Kolkata Literary Festival

Reading, to Ben Okri, leads to imagination and thought, most importantly clarity of thought, bringing about a gradual understanding of the many-fingered problems that plague us.

Life

Transcending generations: Ashapurna Debi's stories resonate with Jhumpa Lahiri today as they did with Bengali women during Partition

During Partition, Ashapurna Debi's books resonated with the new Bengali woman as it was wholly in sync with her hopes and aspirations, and it continues to do so today.

Politics

Tears are okay: Obama cried, why don't Jayalalithaa, Mayawati or Mamata show some emotion too?

Women in public life feel even more compelled to show that they are not swayed by emotions, that they are not saps in short. Maybe it began with Indira Gandhi, who used to say, “As a prime minister, I am not a woman. I am a human being.” Ignoring her gender was her way of becoming “the only one to wear pants” in her cabinet.

India

Only in Kolkata: Will 2016 prove to be a different year for TMC's Bhaskar Dam?

No surprises that Kolkata woke up on 19th December to find photographs of Bhaskar Dam splashed all across the front pages – standing higher than the crowd milling around him in the club grounds, his shock of silver hair blowing in the wind, holding a small plastic bottle in his raised hands and threatening to set himself alight if the police did what it had come to do, i.e. take over the grounds and hand it over to its rightful owner.

Life

Book Review: With a prose which is sharp and lyrical at the same time, The Meursault Investigation is a stellar novel

That is not the only reason to read The Meursault Investigation by Algerian writer Kamel Daoud of course. It is a tour de force that is simply fascinating at various levels and is unquestionably my book of the year, but it also gives deep insight into what the West likes to describe as "a Muslim problem" or "an Arab problem".

Life

No time of idle chitchat: Calcutta still talks, but the 'adda' is dead

The Calcutta adda is not just about a few like-minded people gathering together to shoot the breeze as they do in some parts of the world. In its highest form, adda is erudite people getting together to share their knowledge and increase their understanding in an informal, non-structured setting.

Politics

Mamata cosying up to Sonia, Kejriwal: Didi now wants a say in national politics

Mamata Banerjee's overtures to Congress, AAP and other non-BJP forces show the West Bengal CM feels secure in her turf and now wants to be a national player