Category Archives: Life

How to Eat Beef in Bengal?

We are a family of gastronomic dissidence, almost bordering on anarchy. My mother eats beef but no mutton. My father loves mutton but eats no beef. One of my sisters doesn’t eat any meat, not even fish. Another sister was … Continue reading

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Short Story: Mehru’s Dream

The dark clouds had been gathering for a while. The nor’wester would strike soon, bringing momentary relief from the heat and humidity. Mehru wiped the sweat off her face with the corner of her sari. The boy on the lap … Continue reading

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“Was Benjamin the first suicide bomber?”

Here is an excerpt from Columbia anthropologist, Michael Taussig’s “Walter Benjamin’s Grave”, in which Taussig tries to make sense of Benjamin’s suicide on the French-Spanish border, hounded by the Nazi, and his burial as an allegory, understood better in its … Continue reading

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Books Review: Ayesha Mattu & Nura Maznavi’s Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy

“In order to be enrolled in sex education, students needed parental permission. Every single student received it, except me. The only brown kid. The only Muslim,” writes Haroon Moghul. Moghul was sent to the library to do a project on … Continue reading

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Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories

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Rain Again…

It rains again, slow but persistent, like a lover’s endless entreating. And I sit in front of a window where I had spent most of my young-adult days, gazing at the blueness of the sky, the aimless wanderings of the … Continue reading

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Life’s Almost Missed Chances (London Diary 1)

Finally, here I am. Sitting at the JFK waiting for BA172 to carry me across the Atlantic to London, a city the Bengalis have a special affinity with. For many middle-class Bengalis, London still signifies the best that the civilization … Continue reading

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