Sudipta Datta

Articles By Sudipta Datta

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History lessons

Fact and fiction meet in 1680s’ Bengal, a melting pot of cultures

Industry News

Frothy heavyweight: Why film-maker Nasir Husain’s craft remains so important for Hindi film industry’s growth

Much has been written about India’s political history, but here comes a book that examines in exciting detail the subcontinent’s natural history, from its tectonic plates, to rocks to flora and fauna.

Frothy heavyweight: Why film-maker Nasir Husain’s craft remains so important for Hindi film industry’s growth

Exile: A Memoir by Taslima Nasrin; Book Review

Nasrin hasn’t been to Bangladesh in 22 years. In a nutshell, she has been leading the life of a wanderer since 1994.

Lifestyle News

Face-to-Face: The cinema of Adoor Gopala Krishnan; on a look at the master auteur

IF YOU ever meet filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, never ask him why he has made only a dozen films in a career spanning 40 years. That’s because the answer will make you hang your head in shame. In a scathing forward to this

Face-to-Face: The cinema of Adoor Gopala Krishnan; on a look at the master auteur

Selection Day by Aravind Adiga: Book review; holding up the mirror to cricket

ARAVIND ADIGA has been writing about areas of darkness in India for a long time now. In the Booker Prize-winning The White Tiger (2008), it was ‘India Unshining’; in Last Man in Tower (2011), it was real estate; and now i

Jobs and Education News

Book review : Deep Singh Blue by Ranbir Singh Sidha; a rite of passage tale

A rite-of-passage tale that doesn’t quite stand up to the best, yet isn’t so easily forgotten

Lifestyle News

Book of voices

If the Soviet past and present are difficult, the future, too, is not where it ought to be

Book of voices

One Thousand Days In A Refrigerator: Book Review

Stories rooted in reality but elevated to art with the use of imagination

One Thousand Days In A Refrigerator: Book Review

Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, The Star; Book review

There are no simple answers to this seemingly simple question.

Shashi Kapoor Dada Saheb Phalke award News

Zubin Mehta: A musical journey; book review

ZUBIN MEHTA was “a child of music”, having learned to sing and speak at almost the same time. While growing up, he was attracted not to toys...

Zubin Mehta: A musical journey; book review

The Bones of Grace book review: A life in strife-ridden Bangladesh

With her Bengal trilogy, Tahmima Anam has addressed the 1971 Bangladesh war (A Golden Age), its aftermath (The Good Muslim) and the disturbing present (The Bones of Grace), where the country seems to be radicalising further

The Bones of Grace book review: A life in strife-ridden Bangladesh

Mumbai fables

An incredible peek into the past of a great city

Mumbai fables

Junagarh times: A dig in to Ancestral Affairs

You can’t read this story about a small Muslim state without thinking about the present, caught as we are in a fierce storm about what nationalism means to us

Jobs and Education News

Mother, Where’s My Country? book review: Uneasy state

An outsider’s account of what life can be under the shadow of the gun and month-long blockades

Mother, Where’s My Country? book review: Uneasy state

The evergreen detective

IN DECEMBER 1965, popular Bengali magazine Sandesh printed the first installment of Satyajit Ray’s detective stories featuring 27-year-old amateur detective Prodosh C Mitter, or Felu/Feluda, and his 13-year-old sidekick and

The evergreen detective

Kalkatta book review: Oh! Kalkatta

Kunal Basu’s new book based in the city of joy turns its eye on its poorest of the poor

Kalkatta book review: Oh! Kalkatta

Rhythm ride

Vikram Seth’s new collection of poems is by no means his best, but it’s familiar Seth territory, and that can’t be a bad thing

Rhythm ride

The Adivasi Will Not Dance: Dark places

This book will shake the reader with its political, ear-to-the-ground stories

The Adivasi Will Not Dance News

The Mountain Shadow book review: Damp squib

Gregory David Roberts’ The Mountain Shadow doesn’t quite live up to its stellar prequel

The Mountain Shadow book review: Damp squib

Up Against the Night book review: Conflict zone

Up Against the Night is an intense book, but there have been more searing reads on the question of South Africa, its past, present and future

Up Against the Night book review: Conflict zone

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights book review: The mystique of fantasy

The magical enters the world of realism in Rushdie’s new novel, as he unfolds one of his favourite themes yet again—worlds in collision

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights book review: The mystique of fantasy

The World of Hrishikesh Mukherjee book review: The magician

The World of Hrishikesh Mukherjee is a book for anyone wanting to discover the cinematic genius

The World of Hrishikesh Mukherjee book review: The magician

The Girl in the Spider’s Web book review: The plot thickens

David Lagercrantz walks into the Millennium trilogy hall of fame with great aplomb

The Girl in the Spider’s Web book review: The plot thickens

The floating world: Uncertain Light is a tender love story

Uncertain Light is a tender love story, set among the ruins of war and hopelessness

The floating world: Uncertain Light is a tender love story

A troubled city: Karachi

Karachi Raj offers a long and deep look at the city’s ordinary lives from all reaches of society—rich and poor, haves and have-nots

A troubled city: Karachi

Baluta book review: Cast in stone

The English translation of Baluta, the first autobiography to be written by a Dalit, brings out the cruelty in the caste system

Baluta book review: Cast in stone

Go Set a Watchman book review: Mockingbird’s darker side

Harper Lee’s rough draft of her famous novel is jumpy yet compelling in parts

Go Set a Watchman book review: Mockingbird’s darker side