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The Curtain Raiser of #KLF17 – The Imitation Fame

The Curtain Raiser of the 4th Kolkata Literature Festival at the 41st International Kolkata Book Fair witnessed the presence of Bollywood’s own Chuck Norris, the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd Jio Filmfare Awards 2017, the man who rose from the ashes of mediocrity and societal pressure to become the watchword of […]

Jan 2017

Literary Disciplines as a Mirror to Social Change

The famous painter, creator of Guernica and other such artworks, Pablo Picasso had once remarked, “In the last analysis there is nothing but love, whatever form it takes. They really should put out the eyes of the painters, just like as they do to goldfinches, to make them sing more sweetly.” Literary works erupt from […]

What can Kolkata learn from Singapore’s Reading Movement

  In Singapore, unlike Kolkata, reading is not just passing time. It is a pledge, a requirement, a need, a promise and a national commitment and not just pleasure. Singapore is committed to building a nation of readers! Here I am sharing three solutions to garner and infuse reading in Kolkata much more than it […]

Discovering Costa Rica Through Legendary Works Of Literature

Costa Rica! The name instantly reminds of Jurassic Park. Doesn’t it? Yes, the Costa Rica of Jurassic Park fame is theme country for this year’s International Kolkata Book Fair scheduled from 25 jan- 4th feb, 2017. Now let us discover Costa Rica through its literature. Well for starters the film was wrong Costa Rica isn’t […]

আমাদের সেই রবি বাউল

রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুরের পূর্বে বাউল সম্প্রদায়টিকে পূর্ব এবং পশ্চিমবাংলার মানুষ বোধহয় কেবলই উদাসীন, খেপা, ছন্নছাড়া ভিক্ষুকের পর্যায় ফেলত । তাদের রচিত গান নিছক পাগলামি বলে প্রতিভাত হ'ত । শুধুমাত্র প্রচারের অভাবে বাউল, চারণ কবির রচিত গান যে কত উচ্চমার্গের লোকগান তা বুঝতে সমগ্র ভারতবাসীরও অনেক সময় লেগেছিল । কিন্তু যুগযুগ ধরে এই খেপামি ও উদাসীনতার তাড়নায় […]

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Jan 2017

Mind your Language (and Sexism)!

Woman up! Woman is a social animal. Be a woman! Who’s womanning our office today? Sounds weird, doesn’t it? Despite numerous differences in people across the world on lines of class, religion, race, ethnicity, etc. one consensus the world has successfully reached is to make our ears patriarchal- so much so that when age-old maxims […]