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6:45am

Wed April 10, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 4/10

The intriguing story of Shaikh Musa.

Fatima Shaik and Jeffrey Reneau at American Center
American Center, Kolkata

Fatima Shaikh has yet to find a family like hers - African American Catholics with a Muslim name - all thanks to a man she had never met, her grandfather Shaikh Muhammad Musa. A Bengali peddler from India who married an African American woman from New Orleans in 1896. He left behind three children but few clues about himself.

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7:45am

Wed March 13, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 3/13

Nostalgia baked in a cake

Nahoum bakery
Sandip Roy

The simple no frills boxes read Nahoum & Sons, Pvt Ltd. Dainty Confectionery. This family bakery in Kolkata is over a hundred years old and looks it - Nahoum's is nostalgia baked into a cake.

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7:45am

Wed March 6, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 3/6

Working from home

Working from home can sometimes depend on where your working at home from.

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10:21am

Wed February 27, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 2/27

Manil Suri is not afraid of labels

Author Manil Suri
Manil Suri

 

Writers are usually nervous about labels. Like Asian. Immigrant. Or gay. . But novelist Manil Suri actually likes to bring up that gay stuff during interviews. Manil Suri has  written two acclaimed novels. But his latest The City of Devi is in a sense his coming out novel.

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7:45am

Wed February 13, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 2/13

The Kolkata Book Fair isn't what it used to be

Kolkata Book Fair
Sandip Roy

Ploughing through aisles and aisles of books selling guides to cracking management exams and microwave cookery, Sandip Roy wonders if he's been fooled by all these lines into believing in a city that is still enamored of actually reading...

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