Duckery at Sonbeel

DR. APURBA CHAKRABORTY writes about a thriving enterprise in Assam’s rural hinterland. Sonbeel in Karimganj district is a well known wetland (beel), famous for its pristine beauty and abundance of…

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Vinyl once more

Who would have thought that the vinyl record would make a comeback in this digital age? But it has, surprisingly.  In 2016, in a massive reversal of fortune, record sales…

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A pitiable tale

Nestled on the fringe of southern Assam’s Hailakandi district, lies the Residential Special Training Centre (RSTC) for girls. Housed in a virtually abandoned Assam-type structure of an erstwhile Basic Training…

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The lost homeland

Nearly 31 years ago, a medical student from the State’s Brahmaputra Valley met a police officer at Silchar,  the administrative headquarters of undivided Cachar District. The police officer,  also hailing…

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Pachyderm peril

As the demented Gobind Singh rushed with maddening fury at the doctor camouflaged in the midst of dense vegetation, rapidly moving scenes of a happy family life coming to an…

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The ghosts of Kuldhara

As we walked around the beautiful Jaisalmer Fort led by our  energetic guide, a proud Rajput, Devi Singh, his narratives about Satyajit Ray’s iconic film which made this fort so…

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