5 Restaurants that should consider Kolkata in 2017

5 Restaurants that should consider Kolkata in 2017

It is somewhat of a paradox that Kolkata saw only a handful of new restaurant brands opening up in 2016, given the extent to which Bengalis love good food. Kolkata is famous for its must experience aristocratic clubs built in the British era, the street food to die for and the controversial discriminating restaurants. While you may have some heritage gems, very few contemporary restaurants with potential to be almost as legendary as Flury’s, Bar-B-Q or…

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A look into Akhilesh’s stint as CM

A look into Akhilesh’s stint as CM

UP elections is considered as a litmus test for the Narendra Modi government, and BJP is once again in the running for its most critical political test post demonetization. Akhilesh Yadav, the current Chief Minister of UP, has been expelled from Samajwadi Party for a definite period of six years. This action was taken by his father and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. A show cause notice was issued by Mulayam Singh earlier asking his son and…

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Keep it stylish this New Year’s eve with celebrity couturier, Jyotee Khaitan

Keep it stylish this New Year’s eve with celebrity couturier, Jyotee Khaitan

(Left to right: Shashi Tharoor, Jyotee Khaitan, Omar Abdullah) By Zaiceka Ahmed This is a conundrum most of us face every year – after months and weeks of planning outfits to rock the end-of-the-year parties in, one way or the other we goof up, and by the time we realise that it’s generally too late. Result? Shying away from cameras, and if not, we pray that those photographs in that awkward outfit doesn’t make it…

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A survivor’s true story for Christmas – Kia Scherr

A survivor’s true story for Christmas – Kia Scherr

(Kia Scherr) As told to Zaiceka Ahmed A Story for Christmas Day – Kia Scherr This story began in the Unites States on the eve of Thanksgiving on November 26, 2008. On the other side of the world in Mumbai, India my husband and 13 year old daughter hunched under a table in the Tiffin restaurant at Oberoi Hotel. Two terrorists had stormed in and began shooting everyone in sight. The end came quickly. Two…

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Girl gone Wild! – Vineeta Yadav is an award-winning Naturalist breaking ground in a man’s domain

Girl gone Wild! – Vineeta Yadav is an award-winning Naturalist breaking ground in a man’s domain

(Vineeta Yadav. Canoeing  is often a part of her expeditions) By Zaiceka Ahmed It fills my heart with joy to see women break ground in arenas conventionally set aside for men. For instance, while most people don’t see anything unusual in female labourers hauling bricks in construction sites or sweating it out in agricultural fields, to picture a young woman in the shoes of a naturalist/conservationist spending days in the wild is ironically deemed drastic….

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Mayamma – the vibrant Drag Queen from Kerala is an embodiment of elegance, and an entertainer to reckon with!

Mayamma – the vibrant Drag Queen from Kerala is an embodiment of elegance, and an entertainer to reckon with!

(Photographed by Sumalika VJ) By Zaiceka Ahmed I intended to start off this piece with an intense discourse on the definition of art. I wanted to say things like ‘its interpretation depends on the culture in which it arises from and is presented to’, or simply paraphrase Plato’s “art is an imitation of nature”. It is a question that has challenged generations of philosophers, and is best left to the experts. For now, let’s just…

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A Lesson in Irony

A Lesson in Irony

By Zaiceka Ahmed   (Some of Jayalalitha’s supporters shaving off their head as a sign of respect to their deceased political leader) 5th December, 2016 plunged Tamil Nadu into what seemed like an abysmal black of grief when their indomitable leader of fourteen years, late honourable chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Puratchi Thalavi Amma – commonly known as Jayalalitha – was declared dead at 11:30pm. How wrong it would be to see this event as…

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Tauseef Rahman – the man behind the Association of Ragpickers Kolkata

Tauseef Rahman – the man behind the Association of Ragpickers Kolkata

By Zaiceka Ahmed   (Tauseef Rahman – right) Back in 2008 when the Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire hit the theatres there were two things we took home from it – first, the Jai ho! song that we played on loop especially when an Indian batsman hit a six. The other part that remained with us was the degree of filth that our country (represented by Mumbai) was shown to be buried beneath. It vexed us…

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