Pramita Bose

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The curious mind of a discerning writer


He was an outsider, but that’s okay, since it never impeded him to pen about a city which he entered as an inquisitive student and ended up embracing its warmth and culture on his way.
Not only that, he also inhaled its heat, dust and grime voraciously through his bodily pores. “Every atom of you reacts to an alien place, community or a country you land up in. But with the conscience of a curious journalist and the eyes of an observant eagle, I slowly, but steadily started soaking up things like a sponge into my fold,” confides Canadian journalist-turned-author Craig Taylor.

Mehfil makes a comeback


A sip of piping hot tea to moisten your dry, thirsty throat. An occasional nibble at succulent jalebis. Or a frequent tuck into a plate of steaming hot samosas. Add to this, a rare, golden opportunity to witness a sitar virtuoso, a sarod exponent, a flautist, a vocalist or a tabla maestro waving their magical fingers or lending their vocal chords with full-throated ease to conjure up a nightlong engrossing musical session. Nothing could be more melodious, we bet!

A mindless, funny tale

When two like-minded bedfellows converge to conspire something so drastic, then more chaos gets added to an already confused state.

Bips to master the art of telling lies

Trust the celebrities to be quirky with their ways. Not to leave out their New Year resolutions even. Consider the case of our very own Bipasha Basu for instance.

Bangla rules at Odeon fest

Lubna Salim and Harsh Chhaya (top) in Salim Arif’s Hum-safar; the actors (above) from Clown Lear in a promotional shot 	— ASIAN

The much-awaited 11th edition of the Vodafone Odeon annual theatre festival is back in the culture capital, much to the relief of its discerning playbuffs. With one English, one Hindi and two Bengali plays foraying into the Odeon manch this time, the overall package looks indeed impressive for all theatre aficionados to check out and enjoy the evening performances. Known stalwarts from the

Disco King bitten by acting bug

Fresh off the success of the track Ohh La La from the film The Dirty Picture, India’s original Disco King, Bappi Lahiri is now looking at making a statement in front of the camera.

A symphonic saga of tune and trust

She is a cellist from Netherlands and he, a sitar whiz from India. Both meet, bond and tie a lifelong knot of conjugal companionship, in music as well as marriage.

Lifestage: Live, love & laugh

it’s again that time of the year when both films and theatre festivals in Kolkata come alive to elicit the culture vultures within us.

Of dance dynamics


He drags two microphones closer as if to demonstrate that two people are connected in a confidential conversation.

A musical Odyssey from Surat

The music-makers from Surat are back in the news with a bang.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.