A Taste of Kolkata for the Non-Bengali Soul

I have a fascination for Kolkata. I have been enticed to travel its by-lanes after many a virtual experiences of its physical and mental landscapes through the hungryalists and other Bengali authors whom I have admired since childhood days. In spite of that, Kolkata is the only big city of India that I am yet … Continue reading A Taste of Kolkata for the Non-Bengali Soul

Her Majesty’s Royal Service – Making Sense of the British Raj

When it comes to interpretation of the British Rule in India there are two schools of thought. The popular view is that it was an era of darkness. Then there are intellectuals who attribute everything that is good in modern India to the colonial rule. The Popular View After Shashi Tharoor quit his international career … Continue reading Her Majesty’s Royal Service – Making Sense of the British Raj

The Missing History of Hindustan

In my first article of this series I have mentioned about the tradition of Boita Bandana and Bali Jatra that commemorate the glorious maritime adventures of Odias in South East Asia. The businessmen who engaged in such maritime trade were known as sadhabas. There is a popular folk tale in Odisha about one of sadhaba … Continue reading The Missing History of Hindustan