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Calcutta

The Young Man and the City

Sohini Chattopadhyay

Celebrated Bengali novelist Sankar’s Thackeray Mansion offers a mosaic of the peoples and cultures that make up Calcutta

A Modern City, Forever Old

Amit Chaudhuri’s window to Calcutta shows a city where incompatible things miraculously coexist

Oh, Calcutta

The Kalighat paintings were remarkable critiques of city life in early 19th century Calcutta, even when the subjects were ostensibly religious ones

Calcutta Once and Forever

An archive offers images of the city in the 19th and 20th centuries on everything from matchboxes to record covers

Portrait of a City

Restless, fevered even, and awash with the portend of impending doom, Theroux’s latest is difficult to put down or forget.

The Thorough Mr Theroux

Paul Theroux on his latest novel set in Calcutta, on how Naipaul ‘oversimplified the city in one of his belittling books’, on why you can never trust writers...

On Which the Sun Won’t Set

Calcutta Clubs are quite simply in a class of their own. There’s a good reason for that. And also for why their charmed existence is destined to last forever

City of Imagination

The author on Calcutta’s elusive connection with its literary tradition and the anarchy caused by the Hungry Generation

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