Here five young students talk to their interviewers about their reading and writing experiences and their relationship to various texts and writers. This segment is an experiment; an experiment to listen to what children have to say. About reading, about writing, about dreaming and about giving…
Colonial Calcutta is often described in terms of the duality of the ‘black’ and ‘white’ towns—the ‘native’ quarters, with its cramped streets and bustling bazaars, and the ‘sahib’ quarters (the area between Chowringhee Road, Park Street, Theater Road, and Wood Street) with wide roads and neo-…
The banyan tree (bat in Bengali; Ficus benghalensis), it is said, derives its name from the Indian banyan or merchant, by the way of Portuguese and English travelers who witnessed Indian merchants resting, praying, or conducting business under the shade of the said tree. Henry Yule and Arthur Coke…
'Battala literature' is a phrase used in modern day scholarship to indicate the various products of the printing presses that had emerged in and around Battala in Calcutta in the nineteenth century, primarily in Bengali. The phrase has a certain association with poor or dubious quality, which…
Biswas, Adris, ed. Battalar Boi. Vol. I & II. Calcutta: Gangchil, 2011.
Biswas, Adris and Acharya, Anil, eds. Bangalir Battala: A Collection of Writings, Reprints and Paintings Related to Battala. Calcutta: Anushtup, 2013.
Darnton, Robert. "Literary Surveillance In…
Sachkhand, Sri Harmandir Sahib (also called Sri Darbar Sahib) was blown up thrice, between 1757 to 1764, by Ahmed Shah Abdali. In 1764 Maharaja Jassa Singh Ahluwalia (1718–83) and Misl Sikh chieftains took the initiative to rebuild Darbar Sahib that stands till date.
In 1810, Maharaja Ranjit…
Achaya, K.T. 2002. A historical dictionary of Indian food. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
Banerjee, Satarupa. 1994. Book of Indian Sweets. New Delhi : Rupa &Co.
Banerji, Chitrita. 2001. The hour of the Goddess. Memories of women, food and ritual in Bengal. Seagull: Kolkata…
Venkatachalapathy, A.R, ed. 2000. Pudumaippithan Kathaigal, vol.1 (chronological and variorum edition of the complete works of Pudumaippithan). Nagercoil.
———. 2002. Pudumaipittan Katturaigal, vol. 2. Nagercoil: Kalachuvadu Press.
———. 2006. Pudumaipittan Mozhipeyarppukal, vol. 3. …
Achaya, K.T. 1994. Indian Food: A Historical Companion. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
Banerji, Chitrita. 2005. Life and Food in Bengal. New Delhi: Penguin Books.
———. 2006a, Feeding the Gods: Memories of Food and Culture in Bengal. Delhi: Seagull.
———. 2006b. The Hour of…