All stories by Uttaran Das Gupta
Vat 69 to Coke: What Bollywood drinks in the moviesRediff.com11 Mar 2020
'In the early years of this century, barely 10 years after liberalisation, drinking Coke was still cool,' notes Uttaran Das Gupta.
Abhijit Banerjee's Dhoti ChicRediff.com25 Dec 2019
'The bhadralok would have earlier baulked at the very idea of wearing a coloured dhoti; now, with Dr Banerjee wearing, it is quite likely to be the hot fashion item during Durga Puja next year,' says Uttaran Das Gupta.
Still a long journey for young ThackerayRediff.com11 Nov 2019
One is hopeful that if he becomes CM, Mr Thackeray will not be as trigger happy in calling for bans or encouraging outrage, says Uttaran Das Gupta.
#TravelTalk: Why you'll never forget Amazing Vienna!Rediff.com17 Sep 2019
The Austrian capital is famous not only for its grand architecture, music and art, but also for its open spaces and excellent public transport, points out Uttaran Das Gupta.
'Lok Sabha is becoming less and less important for voters'Rediff.com17 May 2019
'...vis-a-vis state or local elections,' Prannoy Roy and Dorab Sopariwala tell Uttaran Das Gupta.
Sarnath Banerjee isn't writing graphic novels anymoreRediff.com11 Oct 2018
'There is no audience anymore for my graphic novels. Few people seem interested in what I find interesting,' Sarnath Banerjee tells Uttaran Das Gupta.
States are no strangers to being creators of fictionRediff.com30 Aug 2018
'Ludicrous they might be, but they are not without threats -- much like letters that appear suddenly in homes of those opposing the government.' 'One must exercise some caution before believing in them,' says Uttaran Das Gupta.
The bigger the stars, the bigger the offenceRediff.com25 Aug 2018
'While censorship of any sort is anathema to the creative spirit, political correctness has become more and more the norm rather than the exception,' notes Uttaran Das Gupta.
It's only footballRediff.com14 Jul 2018
South Korea scored, twice, and the German team crashed out of the tournament in the first round, for the first time in history. Uttaran Das Gupta discovers a stunned nation on a visit to Germany during the World Cup.
Revealed: Nehru didn't trust the ChineseRediff.com2 Jun 2018
'Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai? Don't you believe it. I don't trust the Chinese one bit,' Nehru told Gopalaswamy Parthasarathi before he traveled to China as India's ambassador. Asking GP to be ever vigilant, Nehru advised the diplomat to send telegrams on important matters only to him. Many such anecdotes from a long and eventful career as diplomat and bureaucrat crowd the pages of GP: 1912-1995, discovers Uttaran Das Gupta.
iBall CompBook Premio v2.0: A power laptop at an affordable priceRediff.com7 May 2018
Priced at 21,999, this 14-inch device is as fair a deal as they come.
Bratty Sanju Baba to lovable Munna BhaiRediff.com4 Apr 2018
'The most striking comment Yasser Usman makes -- not only about Sanjay Dutt, but also our contemporary society -- is about the transformation that he goes through: From being a man who claimed Muslim blood to one who is a devotee of Hindu gods,' notes Uttaran Das Gupta.
Panasonic Toughbook CF 33: Can withstand almost anythingRediff.com7 Feb 2018
The screen lid and body are made of metallic alloy to reinforce its strength.
Lenovo Yoga 720: Hybrid laptop with great specs, affordable priceRediff.com5 Feb 2018
The true test of a hybrid is how well it performs both as a laptop and a tablet.
The Moto X4 has very few rivals. Here's why...Rediff.com10 Jan 2018
And it's much cheaper than Google Pixel 2!
Intex LED: A pocket-friendly smart TVRediff.com2 Jan 2018
While most models in the market cost almost 1 lakh, this 55-inch full-HD LED TV costs 78,999.
Are rasogollas really worth the fight?Rediff.com8 Dec 2017
'Having consumed thousands of the sickly sweet chenna globes of varying textures over the years, I must demur,' says Uttaran Das Gupta.
A cat, not a cowardRediff.com21 Oct 2017
Perumal Murugan's Songs Of A Coward reminds Uttaran Das Gupta of Orwell's Animal Farm and Ionesco's The Rhinoceros. Both works, as well as Murugan's stark poetry, are poignant for our times, when political figures build personality cults around themselves and demand absolute loyalty.
The music of Ishiguro's wordsRediff.com19 Oct 2017
'Did the Nobel committee, reviled for awarding Mr Dylan, play a little inside joke this time around, by awarding another lyricist who was once an aspiring musician?' asks Uttaran Das Gupta.
Sony's A1 OLED TV: Close to a work of art, with price to matchRediff.com6 Oct 2017
This TV also comes with an innovation -- it uses the screen as a speaker, says Uttaran Das Gupta.
Can Nokia 6 rebuild Nokia's fame?Rediff.com28 Sep 2017
Let's just say it upfront: the start-up HMD, which is now using the Nokia name, doesn't disappoint.
Infinix Note 4: There are better options at this priceRediff.com19 Sep 2017
Chinese phone makers think so. But here's what a review of an Infinix phone reveals.
Samsung Galaxy A7: Is this Samsung Galaxy S7's poor cousin?Rediff.com8 Sep 2017
And should you buy it for Rs 33,490? Uttaran Das Gupta has the answers.
LG Q6 review: A mid-range phone that fulfills all expectationsRediff.com31 Aug 2017
LG Q6 is an all-rounder and way better designed than the competition -- Moto G5 Plus, Honor 6X, and Samsung Galaxy on Max -- says Uttaran Das Gupta.
Review: Asus Zenfone AR sets the bar very high for smartphones of the futureRediff.com25 Aug 2017
It is priced at a whooping 49,999, but to justify that, it has top-notch specs, says Uttaran Das Gupta
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s Review: What's not to like?Rediff.com14 Aug 2017
While this model does not introduce any innovation, what it does is improve upon proven concepts -- placing it somewhere between the Lenovo T470 and the flagship ThinkPad X1 Carbon, says Uttaran Das Gupta.
Asus X541U: A budget-friendly big screen laptopRediff.com20 Jul 2017
If you are looking for an affordable big screen laptop that is not too heavy, the Asus X541U is worth considering.
The son who outshone his fatherRediff.com20 May 2017
Those familiar with Hindi poetry are aware of Rahim's elevated status in the medieval history of literature -- he is one of the triumvirate of doha writers, the other two being Kabir and Tulsidas.
Is Acer's cool TravelMate made for you?Rediff.com24 Apr 2017
An elegant performer, Acer TravelMate X349-M delivers on all common expectations.
Should you buy the iBall Compbook i360 for Rs 14k?Rediff.com29 Mar 2017
What does the laptop-cum-tablet offer?
'The Kohinoor has wreaked havoc in its trail'Rediff.com13 Dec 2016
Two authors track a diamond with a bloody history.
Zopo Speed 7 Plus: A great phone, but a bit priceyRediff.com30 Nov 2015
A 13.2-megapixel (MP) rear camera takes great pictures, even in low light.