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Kaushik Dasgupta


What we eat and why has a richer history than the political chauvinism of today would have us believe
Mon, Feb 24, 2020

Myths are as much a part of the world of gastronomy as aromas and flavours. The rules of the table are not just about the rigid separation between savoury and sweet courses, they are also about identities and power structures.

The Time Keepers
Sat, Feb 08, 2020

What bound three of India’s eminent medievalists together? Friendship and a respect for scholarship and diversity, says TCA Raghavan in his new book.

What’s strange about poha, sir?
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Given that Vijayvargiya is from Madhya Pradesh where poha is a veritable staple, he could have been forgiven for confusing it with muri, which Bengalis generally snack on. But this was no momentary lapse of culinary reason..

Nature’s Rage 
Mon, Dec 09, 2019

A searing indictment of the systemic devastation wrought by human activity on the Western Ghats.

Encephalitis cases fall but JE may be on rise in Gorakhpur
Wed, Sep 25, 2019

This year, according to records of the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College and Hospital, the main centre for treating the disease in the area, the overall encephalitis cases dropped but 22 of the 105 cases at the hospital were of JE at the beginning of the season.

Poor families, girls lead encephalitis death tally, says Bihar survey
Fri, Sep 13, 2019

Compiled by the Bihar government, these figures substantiate what experts have been saying for long: that one underlying, common factor in the mortality of AES is the poor economic and health conditions of the people it strikes.

Not another brick in the wall
Sat, Apr 13, 2019

A call to reclaim institutions of higher education as spaces for debate, dissent and dialogue

Between wickets: Mike Brearley’s latest book traverses 50 years of the sport
Sat, Jan 19, 2019

Brearley's latest book, On Cricket, traverses 50 years of the sport with palpable intellectual curiosity. It’s the work of a person who delighted in the aesthetics of the sport even when he was competing.

I Remember the Taste
Sat, Aug 25, 2018

A delectable memoir that contextualises Indian food and navigates its culinary nuances effectively

Why is India Filthy?
Sat, Aug 11, 2018

The intractability of waste management in India

He Who Eats Alone Eats in Harmony
Sun, Jun 10, 2018

Like Inspector Montalbano, the solitary eater will endorse that a table for one is often a deeply satisfying affair. In popular and academic literature, meals are about love, bonhomie, gifting, making friends, cementing social relationships.

I Dream of Domorudhor
Sat, Apr 14, 2018

Join Troilokyonoth Mukhopadhyay’s beloved fictional character, Domorudhor, on his flights of fancy and adventure

Food for Thought Curried Cultures
Sat, Feb 10, 2018

Understanding cultural paradoxes associated with Indian food in this age of globalisation

Five Spices and My Grandma’s Kitchen
Sun, Nov 26, 2017

The panchphoron is the foundation of Bengali cuisine.

In fact: Many floods, different, yet similar
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

The annual flooding of the basins of rivers like the Brahmaputra is difficult to prevent. Not so the increasingly common deluges in India’s biggest cities — manmade disasters only exacerbated by unusual rainfall.

Mangoes, peaches, watermelons make the Indian summer bearable: A look at how they came to be so popular
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

Activities of kings, nobles, farmers, traders and scientists have contributed to the oeuvre of Indian summer fruits. The Grand Trunk Road once was lined with mulberry trees by the Mughal rulers and their feudatories.

A Real Cool Time
Sun, Apr 23, 2017

The ‘last solace’ of the British in India was ice. But how did it get here in the first place?

Those were the days, my friend
Sat, Jan 14, 2017

A negotiation between nostalgia for the 1980s in JNU and a heartfelt affection for the university.

Three villages and a city
Mon, Nov 28, 2016

How the natives and the British collaborated in the making of Calcutta

A Moveable Feast
Sun, Sep 25, 2016

Communal politics around the biryani has scant respect for its fabled history or diversity. Is it the Persian pilao, improvised and transformed? Is it the result of avant garde experiments in royal kitchens? Or is it a plebeian dish, shaped, like India, by trade and cultural interaction?

WorkingPaper: Disappearing Borders
Sat, Sep 17, 2016

The picture gets somewhat muddied when the dominant economic paradigm of our times conflicts with a political tendency.

A River For Hilsa
Sun, Aug 14, 2016

The hilsa is steeped in nostalgia and history and, for the Bengali, it is as much about identity as about gastronomy. But what was once a match made during monsoon has now run into troubled waters.

Silver scales and survival ladders: the hilsa recipe
Tue, Aug 09, 2016

On August 4, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti told Lok Sabha that the government was planning to create “fish ladders” in the Ganga near the Farakka Barrage to help hilsa travel upstream to spawn — hopefully improving the catch.