In this series of articles, Cuckoo News documents the revival* of a music genre, Bangla Khayal, by a musical genius, Kabir Suman. “I am not the ‘miss you’, ‘miss it’ type,” says Kabir Suman, […]
Apu, the Road, and Sixty Years
Apu’s story, in Bibhuti Bhusan Bandyopadhyay’s epic novel, did not end where Ray’s trilogy, based on the book, did. He lived on. And now he returns. In this series of articles, Cuckoo […]
Shadow Mistress, Chhayanat
In this series of articles, Cuckoo News documents the revival* of a music genre, Bangla Khayal, by a musical genius, Kabir Suman. It’s 8:30 in the morning on a dazzling day in […]
The Police Do What They Do Because
“Please don’t cry, Ma’am,” said the white policeman to my mother, a brown woman. “These things happen all the time.” The year was 1980. The place was Alexandria, a suburban town in […]
So when the same editor sheds tears for the injustice meted out to the migrant labourers, one’s thoughts drift from ants to crocodiles.
Our middleclass hearts are bleeding. Most of us are outdoing each other in trying to express our shock at what is happening to the poor people of our country. We have all […]
Covid-19: Yet Another Cue to Reassess How We Relate to Nature?
“Don’t worry, Auntie” the young man said, chuckling. He was standing in the kitchen clearing soot from pipes in the chimney, as part of the annual maintenance service provided by the home […]
Interview: Prof Om Prakash Mishra
“The only genuine face of democratic secularism in the state of West Bengal currently is that of Mamata Banerjee,” says Prof. Om Prakash Mishra In the past four decades, after it was […]
“The nation should stand by the government on Kashmir…” Says Chandra Kumar Bose
After the Parliamentary Elections this year, we profiled Chandra Kumar Bose, the BJP candidate who challenged the results of his South Calcutta constituency. We now follow up with him on the status […]
Voters Want to Know: Who Will Lead?
In West Bengal, ruling Trinamool has one undisputed leader – the political party’s fiery founder and the state’s current chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, popularly known as Didi (“Big Sister”). In 2011, when […]
Government of India revokes “special status” of Kashmir
In a historic move, the Indian government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has revoked Article 370 of the Constitution which accorded special status to Kashmir. After receiving the endorsement […]
When in Rome…
Cuckoo News tells brief tales of a few travelers, in their own words. “When in Rome, I spent only about two days exploring all the wonderful medieval and Renaissance stuff and allocated […]
Bay of Bengal: View from Rakhine, Myanmar
Dark clouds gathered in the horizon and over the vast stretch of sea along Myanmar’s western coast of Arakan or “Rakhine” as the locals call it. A storm brewed. High winds swept […]
A Great Man And His Grandnephew
He looks so much like his granduncle, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, that when Chandra Kumar Bose was campaigning in his constituency, South Kolkata, as a candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), […]
Graffiti Still Fresh On Walls, The State Gears Up For Another Election
Graffiti from the Indian Parliamentary elections is yet to be washed off the walls. Whether on hamlet huts or town towers, political parties, darting towards the state elections of Bengal, which will […]
Cramming For the Test!
Why politicians scurry around at election time, trying to snag votes they have done nothing to earn. It’s election season again. Which means it’s time for politicians to drag themselves to their […]