A Father–Daughter Tradition of Our Own: Viva el Fútbol!

A Father–Daughter Tradition of Our Own: Viva el Fútbol!

My first glimpse of the sunrise after pulling an all-nighter was not at a teenage pyjama party; nor after studying for my exams all night long. It was after a late night World Cup football match being played in faraway Mexico. Exhilarated after a particularly goal-some match, my father turned my attention to the open skies beyond our living room veranda. ‘Oi dekh,’ he said, pointing outside, and that’s how a 12-year-old saw the dark

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Memories of a bygone era waft in with Ray’s Pather Panchali

It was Satyajit Ray’s birth anniversary on 2nd May. I thought I’d spend the day watching back-to-back Ray movies in his tribute. Since my husband and I are ardent Ray admirers, we have a collection of all his works—movies, documentaries, books, short stories, et al. As I sat down to make my selection, I found myself avoiding Pather Panchali — yet again. I usually end up selecting either “Mahapurush” from Kapurush/Mahapurush, Poroshpathor, Aranyer Din Ratri,

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Moonshine

Moonshine

The moon scorches too With its incandescence; Moonshine burns you too With its silvery essence… When the tides turn after twilight And the old moon surfaces above, When lakes and streams and oceans alike To her invisible force are all drawn — What chance, my friend, then do mortal emotions stand, When mighty seas her silken strength can barely withstand? — Saon Bhattacharya  

TRAVELLING THROUGH TADOBA

TRAVELLING THROUGH TADOBA

Text by Saon Bhattacharya | Photographs by Dwaipayan Bhattacharya Picture a fawn-shaded, summer landscape from Central India. Now imagine a sharply contrasting mahua tree, with its crimson leaf clusters, mothering a myriad group of wildlife. As a regal black shouldered kite perches on the top branch, a tree shrew scuttles down its trunk to the seclusion of a neighbouring jamun tree. On its way down, the shrew meets a family of langur monkeys feasting on

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