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36 hours in Kolkata

21st March 2016

When I heard last month that Lagori was scheduled to play in Kolkata on the 19th of March, I pulled out my phone to check the calendar. This was an excellent opportunity for me to tag along and try and explore a city I’d heard so much about. Luckily, the gig fell on a Saturday which meant we could stay on a day after to see as much as we could within that short time. In the days leading up to…

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Book Travels — The Indian Edition

13th April 2013

Has anybody done an ‘Indian cities’ book marathon? Not the traditional tourist type thing. I’m currently reading Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red Light District and up next is Calcutta: Two Years in the City. Any suggestions on what book to move on to next so that I can expand my ‘travel’ map? Maybe something on Chennai or Bombay. …

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Dear Mr. Sibal

6th December 2011

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is freeWhere the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic wallsWhere words come out from the depth of truthWhere tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfectionWhere the clear stream of reason has not lost its way Into the dreary desert sand of dead habitWhere the mind is led forward by thee Into ever-widening thought and actionInto that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.…

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1st December 2008

Hate and disgust are feelings that seems to be invading everything, including myself. I look at the images on my television, and I literally want to throw up. What on earth is going on? That poor city is still burning, is still sore. Step up and take responsibility, you cowards. We sit here and discuss the political situation in the US, cheer with the rest of the world when we see a change being elected in another country. Why can’t…

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