July 23, 2009

Kolkata Eclipsed: A city of two tales

 A telescope scanning the Kolkata skyline early on Wednesday (Photo: Devjyot Ghoshal)   The dichotomy that rests within a modernizing city with an ancient heart came out of the shadows early on Wednesday as thousands strove to catch a glimpse of India’s final total solar eclipse for another century to come. Science and superstition held […]

May 12, 2009

India Elections: A small car, sex-workers and the vote

  I have wanted to write about Sonagacchi since I moved back to Kolkata for one reason: in a country where morality is all pervasive, here exists an isolated world, centuries old, which has lived and grown with India’s democracy. In the beginning, Sonagacchi — literally ‘The Golden Tree’ in Bengali — was where the […]