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Changing Census and sensibility in a new India

India-born, United States-based Sandip Roy finds being invisible in India's Census discomfiting. The census taker came to our house in Kolkata the other day. His name was Mukul Ghosh. A middle-aged......

Jyoti to Jane. Srey to Sarah?

Sandip Roy is fighting Sandy-ification My name is not complicated by Indian standards. It's  not Abanindranath or Jyotirindranath. In India, the confusion was the Bengalis called me Shondeep. The......

Amid wanna-'bees': It's a family affair

Sandip Roy visits a flock of wanna-'bees' at an all-Indian spelling bee in Milpitas, California and is transported back to India. Illustration by Uttam Ghosh. When I told my friend I was going to......

Licensed to live

The 'love that dare not speak its name' has found a voice, andlegitimacy. Sandip Roy on the sexual revolution, circa 2008.When I left India for America, my aunts fretted about who I might end up......

A blind, brilliant author's reluctant vision of India

On a recent visit to India, writer Ved Mehta gave's Vaihayasi Pande Daniel a rare glimpse into his current state of mind and what he thinks of the changes he encounters in his......

The birth of a Sufi singer

Sandip Roy tells the story of Shye Ben-Tzur, an Israeli musician who found his calling in Sufi music."I am not a Hebrew qawaal," says Shye Ben-Tzur. "I've never been one and never will be." But......

60 years later, the house where Pather Panchali was shot

As Satyajit Ray's masterpiece Pather Panchali turns 60 on August 26, we re-visit the location where the film was shot. This article was first published in June 2013. Indians can broadly be......

60 years later, the house where Pather Panchali was shot

As Satyajit Ray's masterpiece Pather Panchali turns 60 on August 26, we re-visit the location where the film was shot. This article was first published in June 2013. Indians can broadly be......

Shashi Kapoor: The quiet showman

Though many feel it has been long overdue, recognition has finally come for Shashi Kapoor, the often underrated actor who acted in bad films so that he could make good cinema. In the late 1970s,......

Soumitra Chatterjee: I don't have much faith in awards

'No other actor in India was as lucky as me,' Soumitra Chatterjee tells Indrani Roy/   The brilliant actor Soumitra Chatterjee turns 80 today, January 19. On this occasion, we......

Ranti Martins adjudged I-League's best player

Nigerian striker Ranti Martins was adjudged the 'Best Player' of the last edition of the I-League, in which he scored 27 goals for Prayag United and topped the scorers' list. It was double delight......

I-League: Dempo win against Churchill Brothers

Ryuji Sueoka scored a brace of goals as Dempo Sports Club laboured to a 2-1 win over Churchill Brothers Sports Club in the opening match of the I-League at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on......

Armando selects a squad of 30 for friendlies

A 30-member Indian squad has been selected for the twin international friendlies against Maldives and Qatar on Julu 10 and 17 respectively ahead of their World Cup qualifier against United Arab......

Bhutia not among WC qualifier probables

Ace striker Bhaichung Bhutia was omitted from the 42 probables named by the AIFF for a training camp, starting in Delhi from June 25, for India's World Cup football qualifier against the UAE in......

Santosh trophy: TN down Mizoram, Bengal draw Delhi

Tamil Nadu struck twice in the second-half to defeat Mizoram 2-0, while hosts Bengal had to settle for a tame 1-1 draw against Delhi in the quarter-final group league of the 64th National Football......
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One, two, Cha-cha-cha

Mumbai will witness a one of-its-kind extravaganza that will showcase athletic and rhythmic swaying of supple bodies on stage. All of this will... ...
Full team list of all eight franchises

All the players are eagerly waiting for the ISL 2015 to begin from 3 October. ISL Official Website In a little more than 48 hours, the Indian... ...
Leading drivers for MRF Rally

Leading drivers are expected to take part in the MRF Rally of Bangalore, the fifth round of the FMSCI Indian National TSD Rally Championship, here... ...
The celebrity book launch

Following on the heels of Aparna Piramal's packed to the rafters book launch on Tuesday at the Four Seasons, and last month's Twinkle Khanna's... ...
Amish talks about life, books and the ban culture in India

Amish, the author of the Shiva Trilogy is the featured guest of the third Firstpost Salon today. Follow our live blog for as he discusses range of... ...

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