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Jun 24, 2015
The real tragedy of Kolkata's horror house on Robinson street: India's clueless on how to deal with mental illnessWhen news first broke, that a 77-year-old man had burned himself to death in central Kolkata, and his son had been found living with what appeared to be the skeletons of his sister and two dogs, it spurred shock which quickly morphed into an orgy of voyeurism.
Dec 25, 2014
Secularism in a fruitcake? The charms of Kolkata's 'home-baked' ChristmasThe fruitcake, even more than Santa Claus, is the abiding symbol of a Kolkata Christmas. But Kolkata offers a special treat. You can get a slice of home-baked Christmas as bakers around the city open up their ovens to cake lovers who bring in their own family recipes, along with the flour, eggs, fruits and Old Monk.
Nov 28, 2014
Art of Kissing to Kiss of Love: Artist takes on taboo of kissing in publicAyushman Mitra spoke to Firstpost about his art work, inspirations, love for big art and Indian mythology.
Nov 18, 2014
So who's the most powerful Indian of them all? Answer: The usual suspectsIn a year that saw seismic shifts in India's political structures, the Power List of the 50 most powerful Indians of 2014, seems largely unruffled. The five most powerful Indians are still five industrialists.
Nov 11, 2014
Right issue, wrong tactic: Why Kiss of Love protests miss the markIt’s 100 percent not okay to have a lathi-wielding policeman come up and haul you off to jail under Section 294 for some consensual public pappi-love. However, it is also okay to be uncomfortable about seeing a couple making out next to you. The Kiss of Love protests seems to miss that key distinction, and therefore undermine the very cause they espouse.
Oct 28, 2014
'Happy New Year' is Farah Khan wishing Shah Rukh Khan, 'Happy New Body'Clearly way more work was put into the body of Shah Rukh Khan than into fleshing out the script of Happy New Year. It marks a new height in body worship in Indian film but it's more about the male body for a change.
Oct 21, 2014
Why are Indians so racist? Because we don't talk about it!We would like to thing we grew more race-ignorant than racist. But obviously we managed to acquire plenty of racist baggage from somewhere along the way.
Oct 17, 2014
The 1.8 crore question: Is Mamata Banerjee India's most underrated artist?Move over Dadaism. In Bengal it's the age of Didi-ism. As the CBI probes whether or not someone paid Rs 1.8 crore for Mamata Banerjee's art, the time has come to look at the career of India's most underrated amateur painter.
Oct 07, 2014
Haider is not 'fair' but that is not a reason to boycott itA film based on a play famous for the line “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” cannot come out smelling like roses in Kashmir.
Oct 04, 2014
Ambol to Zintac: An A to Z guide to Bengali indigestion after Durga PujaEskimos are said to have 50 words for snow. Bengalis have 50 words for different kinds of indigestion. As everyone publishes lists of must-have Bengali delicacies during Durga Puja, here is the must-have guide to Bengali stomach problems.