Open Diary

Swapan Dasgupta

We don’t always need to glorify the past

Failing to Escape

If Bitti Mohanty had made a clean break from his past, he would never have been caught in India. But then, that is almost impossible to do

The Minefield of the Past

…and various unwritten codes of dubious merit

The Curious Case of Elfriede Maria Schmidt

A 77-year-old German lady who’d made a Kochi hotel her home for the past eight years died last month. Her body has been lying unclaimed since. We went in search of her past and found four threads unspooling a lonely and wounded life


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