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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Uma Mahadevan Dasgupta

The writer is in the Indian Administrative Service, and based in Bengaluru

Why the post-pandemic school is an opportunity to reinvent learning
Wed, Aug 25, 2021

Uma Mahadevan Dasgupta writes: The classroom must be centred around joyful and creative learning, join the dots between children’s lives and education.

Why a grassroots mass movement is necessary to fight dowry
Fri, Jul 02, 2021

Accepting dowry should be made a social stigma, and all generations should be addressed. Get superstars to endorse this

Vulnerable, scared, grief-stricken: How govts can support children who’ve lost parents to Covid
Tue, Jun 01, 2021

Besides empathy and kindness, short, medium and long term solutions are needed for the care and protection of young ones affected by the pandemic.

Community action, with a focus on women’s well-being, can fight malnutrition
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

Anganwadi workers, ASHAs, ANMs and anganwadi supervisors can work together with panchayat members to ensure that all children and mothers are covered with immunisation, antenatal care, maternity benefits and nutrition services

India’s Oscar entry, ‘Jallikattu’, is about the seething brutality of everyday life
Tue, Dec 08, 2020

The most powerful depiction of toxic masculinity and violence is in Pellissery’s latest work, Jallikattu. The film is about conflict between man and beast; man and man; and man and woman.

Isher Ahluwalia and Devaki Jain fashioned feminism out of lived experience
Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Though the two women’s childhoods could not have been more different, both knew that education was their path to freedom.

Is education only about decoding a bland paragraph & performing an arithmetic operation?
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

If we are able to feed their bodies and enrich their minds, the children will surely build a better world for our collective future.

Brew Me a Story
Sun, Dec 15, 2019

A journey from Bengaluru to Chikmagalur unfolds as a trip through Vivek Shanbhag’s Ghachar Ghochar, an iconic story by Poornachandra Tejaswi and a history of the Indian Coffee House workers’ movement.

Crime Patrol
Sat, Sep 24, 2016

Anita Nair’s second Inspector Gowda book is a reflection on crime, retribution and the challenges of public service

Thicker Than Blood
Sat, Jun 18, 2016

Tahmima Anam ends her Bangladesh trilogy with a novel epic in scope and full of great beauty

The prize and fall
Mon, Oct 17, 2011

Has this been the Man Booker’s annus horribilis?

Scars and a superstar
Tue, Sep 27, 2011

Karnataka film industry’s disconcerting silence on domestic violence.

Bombay’s Baumgartners
Wed, Jun 29, 2011

Only in fiction can the city’s contradictions find expression

Big Heart, Crowded City
Sun, Feb 19, 2006


Master of Spice
Sun, Jan 22, 2006

Coolie, of course, made at the time of the looming threat from video, was not merely a film but ‘‘an important media event’&#...

No Order in Narnia
Sun, Nov 27, 2005

Walking down Kolkata’s College Street this week, surrounded by books on IIT-JEE and “11 years of CAT papers solved”, I was wo...

The Interpreter of Silences
Sun, Oct 23, 2005

This year’s Nobel Prize winning playwright, Harold Pinter, is a fiercely vocal critic of the war against Iraq — “we have a cl...

Rescued in Translation
Sun, Sep 11, 2005

It’s not the most compelling of titles, and Nadezhda and Vera are the quintessential quarrelsome sisters. Nadezhda, our middle-aged nar...

Telegrams Before Time
Sun, Aug 28, 2005

The Unspoken Curse is a translation of Asreekaram, a Malayalam novel by journalist- writer V.K. Madhavan Kutty, whose novel The Village Befo...

A Date With Dracula
Sun, Jul 10, 2005

My dear and unfortunate successor: It is with regret that I imagine you, whoever you are, reading the account I must put down here... My reg...

Like Waiting to Be Sick
Sun, Jun 26, 2005

Some years ago, the photograph of a starving Sudanese child struggling towards a feeding station, being watched closely by a nearby vulture,...

The Storyteller of Almora
Sun, May 29, 2005

It is never easy to write about one’s parents. One becomes aware of much that might have remained submerged. Uncover their strengths an...

On the Party Circuit
Sun, Feb 20, 2005

You hate yourself for writing what the Party tells you to write,” says the professional blood donor to the professional writer in Ma Ji...

Thoroughly Indian
Sun, Jan 16, 2005

Born in Peshawar in 1905, Mulk Raj Anand studied at Amritsar, Cambridge and London, and took his PhD in philosophy in 1929. He began writing...

Slow Passage Through the Brahmaputra
Sun, Dec 12, 2004

Assamese novelist Arupa Kalita Patangia’s epical narrative is the story of young Binapani, a bright girl-child growing up in her grandp...