Author Archives: Somen Sengupta

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Sayonara Doyen : An open letter to Neil O Brien – The Pioneer of Quiz in India

27th June 2016 – Calcutta My Dear Neil Uncle , I could have start this letter by addressing you by anything else but as you are a year elder to my late father I found no other word that stands … Continue reading

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Hello Indian August – how our grand parent welcomed freedom 68 years ago ?

A chapter in the book “Freedom at Midnight” by Dominique Lapierre & Larry Collins that I read many years ago in Pune knocked me three years back while I was going through some old newspaper archives. I tried to match … Continue reading

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Emotional gambit of a titan : Political mistakes of Netaji Bose could not overshadow his gargantuan image.

My good friend for many years Amitabha Gupta recently “crowned” me with a pestilential adjective.He called me a ” Bose basher “.He feels my political perspective is so blind that I badly differ from many of the Indian (& most … Continue reading

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“Saptapadi” – the prelude of a classic novel & movie

You may fall from your chair to read it in 2015 but the fact remains that in 1960 Bengal  was the most industrially advanced state of India.It’s industrial output was much higher than Gujarat,Karnataka,Hariyana & Tamilnadu. Except Maharashtra there was … Continue reading

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India’s debacle of 1962 : A stigma that we can not hush up.

“No country likes to record it’s gloom history.” 50 years ago when mankind was yet to experience the magic of information boom & zingoism was order of the day it was just a common principle.This is what our Statistic teacher … Continue reading

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Saadat Hasan Manto at 100 : Looking back to the horror of partition through a man who saw it.

 My first encounter with an unknown entity called Saadat Hasan Manto is still vivid in my memory.  For a common Calcutta grown Bengali knowing a short lived urdu write is not only tough but also   seems needless (!!!!). Bengali as … Continue reading

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Rahul Dravid : The exceptional titan of Indian sports

For a  country which is not good or not even  average in any popular sports that world play & recognize a colonial game like cricket which has very limited acceptance & limited reach bound to become a national obsession . … Continue reading

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