Utpal Kumar

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Meaningful return

She had a reasonably successful stint as an actor when she decided to leave the glitz and glamour of Bollywood...

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‘Film subtly deals with LGBTQIA rights and Section 377’

Author-turned-filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee talks about his new film Season’s Greetings and his experiences in directing seasoned actors such as...

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The Papa of Comedy

He may be ‘the global face of Indian stand-up’, but it has taken Papa CJ a lot of hard work...

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Recalling the forgotten Sarkar of Indian history

T.C.A. Raghavan’s latest book takes us to a time when history hadn’t lost its innocence, and its eminent purveyors were...

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Exiled and still homeless

Taslima Nasrin was first thrown out of Bangladesh, the nation of her birth, and later from Kolkata, the city of...

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A league of his own

Today the name of Ashwin Sanghi is enough to guarantee the success of a book. But not many people know...

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The shuttle guru

Pullela Gopichand is a one-man army who has transformed Indian badminton like never before. Under his stewardship, India’s best shuttlers...

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God’s Own Breath

Wrestler in the morning, student during the daytime and flute player in secret, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia lived more than a...

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Why Pakistan is so keen to prop up ‘Pop Sufism’

Paracha believes that there’s a concerted attempt in Pakistan to ‘discover’ its Sufi links that will help counter its pariah...

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Games Indians play but don’t perform too well

A new book by Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta is as much the celebration of India’s tryst with Olympics as...

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Searching for strange in a normal, believable world

Author Shreya Sen-Handley recounts stories of ordinary people whose lives have taken a sharp and unusual turn, thus making a...

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‘Churchill was no friend of India but he didn’t orchestrate Bengal famine’

British author, historian Diana Preston says she doesn’t believe Churchill orchestrated Bengal famine, but was ‘undoubtedly slow to respond to its seriousness’...

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Agitating students have been militant and violent: JNU V-C

NEW DELHI: The ongoing agitation at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is “unwarranted”, “undemocratic” and even “unlawful”, says Vice-Chancellor M....

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Savarkar was a patriot and his legacy should not become political football

The book helps unravel the enigma called Savarkar, who comes out as an organic whole. His mercy petitions and bravado...

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Nehru’s Balochistan blooper was as disastrous as his Himalayan blunder

‘Maybe the Nehru government failed to comprehend the strategic significance of an independent Balochistan’.     New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru’s Balochistan...

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There’s a case for temple in Ayodhya but not at mosque’s cost: Tharoor

New Delhi: When senior Congress leader and former Union minister Shashi Tharoor came out with the book, Why I am...

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Private lives of the British Empire’s power couple

British author Andrew Lownie has written a joint biography of the distinguished and controversial Mountbatten couple. He speaks to Utpal...

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Still stand by CAG finding of Rs 1.76L cr loss in 2G auction: Vinod Rai

The then CAG of India has accused the CBI of not doing enough to prove the charges.     New...

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Dalrymple’s Anarchy shows where our historians have gone wrong

New Delhi: In 1835, when Lord Macaulay talked about creating a class of persons “Indian in blood and colour, but...

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KVIC helps boost India’s honey exports

Its efforts to improve the state of beekeeping have helped increase the volume of honey exports from 29.6 to 51.5...

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Why Kashmir needed azaadi from Article 370

The article of faith for religious and liberal fanatics has fanned Muslim extremism, victimhood and alienation in the garb of...

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Why Left and liberals are not right about Indian Right

New Delhi: Sir Jadunath Sarkar in his seminal book, Shivaji and His Times, recalled Jahangir as “flattering himself that he...

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How Amitbhai became the Shah of Indian politics

The book is a first real insight into the man who took the nation by storm in 2014 and has...

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‘Religion and liberalism go together in our culture’

Through his series of bestselling books, Amish has reintroduced India’s ancient epics into the cultural mainstream. He speaks to Utpal Kumar...