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Satyajit Ray’s “Parash Pathar”: A Middling Tale of a Middling Man.

Though perhaps lacking in the depth and multi-layered richness of his later films or his Apu Trilogy, Satyajit Ray’s Parash pathar (“Philosopher’s stone”) is a simple, familiar story, delicately and charmingly told. Its everyman protagonist, Pareshchandra Dutta (Tulsi Chakravarty), is middling in every way – middle class, middle aged, spreading …

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Uttarakhand: Nature’s Fury, Man-Made Agony

The devastating flooding that has wreaked havoc in North India has been particularly painful for me.  I have witnessed the destruction of large areas of Uttarakhand from London and watching the ruination of the Garhwal Hills region – a particularly beautiful  part of India – from a distance has been …

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Genius: Meeting Anand Kumar, the man behind ‘Super 30’

For many Indians unable to wield a cricket bat, get into Bollywood or politics, a guaranteed path to fame and fortune was a place at an Indian Institute of Technology.   First established in the early 1950’s, IIT’s were designed to produce the drivers for industrial development in India following …

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