Somdatta Mandal

Sabiha Huq's 'The Aviary': History depicted by three Mughal princesses and a Kashmiri queen

Sabiha Huq excavates and discusses overlooked texts written by Muslim women and questions the position of women within Islamic cultures in South Asia at large.

2y ago

Bashabi Fraser’s Critical Lives: Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) needs no introduction for us. As a polymath, he was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1913.

3y ago

Educating Lak-shmi, My Maid

When I got married and came to live in my husband’s home in Salt Lake, I found a very efficient maid called Lakshmi already employed there. Unlike other helping hands she stayed for a long period of time in our house and would volunteer to do extra household chores

4y ago

The Thai Massage

We had gone on a package tour to South East Asia and on the last day of our trip we spent the whole day in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand.

4y ago

The College Professor

My cousin Nirmalya was born and brought up in Delhi. He would visit us in Kolkata occasionally while visiting his ancestral home and

5y ago

The Marriage Proposal: A True Story

When my son turned into a marriageable age, all our friends, relatives and acquaintances started asking the inevitable questions, “When will he get married?”

5y ago

THE SMOKE ALARM

Since it was my fourth or fifth visit to the US, I considered myself a pro there. When I reached my cousin's home in Hicksville, Long Island on a Monday morning, she was busy preparing to leave for office.

6y ago

OF WEDDING GIFTS

After a month's respite, with the inauspicious Pous being over, the Bengali wedding season has come back with a big vengeance, so to

6y ago
September 23, 2017
September 23, 2017

The Ring of Truth: Myths of Sex and Jewelry

“I started collecting stories and ideas about rings over the years... Over these years, wherever I went, no matter what people asked me

September 9, 2017
September 9, 2017

The Craig's List

The newly weds were still living with ramshackle old furniture and gadgets ~ different pieces collected over the years that my son had

May 20, 2017
May 20, 2017

MADE IN AMERICA!

Though times have changed, in the several visits I made to the US over the last twenty years, one headache has remained constant –

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