Keya Sarkar

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Is this how 'women's empowerment' plays out?

Is this how 'women's empowerment' plays out?

Rediff.com7 Mar 2020

'I wonder how much of the guilt do I bear for having started off the cycle in the first place by giving her a job,' says Keya Sarkar.

Is India ready for NPR?

Is India ready for NPR?

Rediff.com3 Feb 2020

Prodded by Mamata Banerjee, Keya Sarkar updates her voter card only to discover...

What's the purpose of 'didike bolo', Mamataji?

What's the purpose of 'didike bolo', Mamataji?

Rediff.com21 Dec 2019

'Despite many advising me otherwise saying "nothing will come of it", I refused to be cynical and dialled the number that had been staring at me from billboards aross the state,' reports Keya Sarkar.

Are you a 'voluntourist'?

Are you a 'voluntourist'?

Rediff.com11 Jul 2019

We had managed to unshackle another youngster from the chains of buzzwords, says Keya Sarkar.

Why I stopped being my bank's 'priority' customer

Why I stopped being my bank's 'priority' customer

Rediff.com6 Jun 2019

'I know margins are under pressure, but have banks begin to stoop so low to enhance their floats or slip in strange charges?' asks Keya Sarkar.

The truth about training

The truth about training

Rediff.com20 Oct 2018

'I wondered how one could impart training to grown men to not lie,' notes Keya Sarkar.

Mark my wood!

Mark my wood!

Rediff.com10 Jun 2018

'My curiosity remained regarding what predominantly middle class Bengalis who frequent my shop do with so many wooden trays,' says Keya Sarkar.

The day my butta felt adulterated!

The day my butta felt adulterated!

Rediff.com27 May 2018

While everyone raves about the joys of the monsoons, Keya Sarkar is not as enthusiastic.

Where have Santiniketan's cycle rickshaws gone?

Where have Santiniketan's cycle rickshaws gone?

Rediff.com25 Mar 2018

The cycle rickshaws have been replaced by battery-run 'totos'. These 'totos' strangely are not registered with the regional transport authority but by the strange rules of West Bengal administration are 'empanelled' with the ruling party, says Keya Sarkar.

How Tagore's legacy is being encroached upon

How Tagore's legacy is being encroached upon

Rediff.com1 Dec 2017

Tagore had a song for every occasion. Perhaps one of his songs on greed could become the anthem for the once hallowed Visva Bharati, says Keya Sarkar.

Thank God for DeMo, GST!

Thank God for DeMo, GST!

Rediff.com27 Oct 2017

'Much as I have been enjoying the anti-GST jokes on WhatsApp and also worrying about the economy in a tailspin in more serious moments, there is a tiny part of me that is thankful to Modi and Jaitley,' notes Keya Sarkar.

The daughter of a 'monied' father

The daughter of a 'monied' father

Rediff.com2 Oct 2017

Keya Sarkar outlines some of the challenges faced by a low-income father determined to educate his daughter.

When a dreaded snake came a-visiting

When a dreaded snake came a-visiting

Rediff.com29 Apr 2017

'As it coiled around the stick and the gardener started to walk out, our house help kept reminding him about the fact that Russell's Vipers jump and can jump towards you.'

The diary of a small-town car owner

The diary of a small-town car owner

Rediff.com17 Mar 2017

For Keya Sarkar it HAD TO BE a Maruti because that was the only company with a service centre in Santiniketan. Until even that ceased to exist.

Tagore's university to Mamata's university

Tagore's university to Mamata's university

Rediff.com7 Feb 2017

While the standards of Visva Bharati University fall, the chief minister of West Bengal fantasises about a Biswa Bangla University a few kilometres away. Keya Sarkar ponders the sad state of affairs.

Eye to eye

Eye to eye

Rediff.com12 Jan 2017

Bereft of options when Keya Sarkar arrives at a charitable eye hospital in Santiniketan she is pleasantly surprised -- not just by the building but also by the patience of the tribals who await their turn and the overburdened doctors.

Eye to eye

Eye to eye

Rediff.com12 Jan 2017

Bereft of options when Keya Sarkar arrives at a charitable eye hospital in Santiniketan she is pleasantly surprised -- not just by the building but also by the patience of the tribals who await their turn and the overburdened doctors.

When an MP 'developed' Tagore

When an MP 'developed' Tagore

Rediff.com17 Dec 2016

Knowing Rabindranath Tagore's dedication to aesthetics and simplicity, Keya Sarkar wonders what he would have thought of the modern-day commemorations organised in his honour.

The WhatsApp retailers

The WhatsApp retailers

Rediff.com4 Oct 2016

After at least 50 women got in touch with me, I realised that housewives had suddenly discovered that WhatsApp could give them a whole new profession, says Keya Sarkar.

You too can be a victim of credit card fraud; these tips can help

You too can be a victim of credit card fraud; these tips can help

Rediff.com3 Feb 2015

One must be extremely cautious while shopping with a credit card.