Author: Soumya Mukherjee

Calcutta Cameo: Of Fetidness and Joy!

Reading Time: 3 minutesHumourist Soumya presents two snapshots of Calcutta as he saw it, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. During a recent visit to my hometown – the city that defies definition, a couple of scenes, framed by the rattling windows of the city’s cacophonic local buses, stay frozen in my mind. The first was […]

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V-Day Blues!

Reading Time: 5 minutesHumourist Soumya shares a fictionalised story of his daughter, Medha, and her Valentine’s Day blues. Here’s a special feature, on the eve of the V-Day, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. My little girl had shared this funny story of heartbreak with me, which I am trying to fictionalise. Medha had just moved […]

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When Names Determine the Sex!

Reading Time: 3 minutesHumourist Soumya tells us the gender confusion that names create, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. In the days before gender identity became infra dig and when fond parents gave toy cars and guns to little boys and dolls and ribbons to little girls without being politically incorrect. I was burdened with a […]

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A Nude Interlude!

Reading Time: 3 minutesSoumya, our humourist, recounts a real-life story, an incident from the life of his maternal great-grandfather, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. This is a story of my maternal great-grandfather, the scion of a feudal family in strained circumstances, who was pursuing his higher education in Calcutta with a view to improving these […]

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Idiosyncrasies of the Administrator

Reading Time: 4 minutesNo amount of agitation, street theater, or NGOs can accomplish what one civil servant who is ‘civil’ and believes in ‘service’ can. So the time and energy spent in deciding how to change the world, like we did in our misspent youth, would be better-used mugging up thick tomes and Manorama Yearbooks, or whatever it […]

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Memorable Meals I Have Had

Reading Time: 6 minutesHumourist Soumya tells us of the many adventures of his, in the company of others, between 1983 and 2013. He mixes humour, food, drinks, fancy-free, and footloose bohemian life of a backpacker, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. I am a foodie.  My girth gives credence to the fact. But when I try […]

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The Sight of Policemen gives me the Heebie-Jeebies

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt was during the impecunious student days that we traveled the city and even the country using public transport, whenever we couldn’t persuade kindly strangers to offer lifts, but neglected the formality of coughing up the fare. Sometimes the keepers looked askance at these liberties, and ingenious ruses would keep us from their clutches. Here’s […]

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Close Encounters of the Wild Kind – II

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn the second and final part of the adventure, Soumya tells us of an escape by the skin of the teeth. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  We left our hero, i.e. me, in a dilemma, at the close of part one. This was resolved, quite literally, by a cliffhanger. I […]

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Close Encounters of the Wild Kind –1

Reading Time: 6 minutesFancy-free and footloose, three friends decide on an adventurous trip. They meet an Australian bicyclist and decide to visit a wildlife resort, meeting villagers and a sadhu. Here’s the first part of the two-part serial, by Soumya, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The tourists spotted some movement in the grass and a […]

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Close Encounters of the Final Kind

Reading Time: 5 minutesSoumya tells us how he, with his two daughters, survived parasailing in the rough sea in Goa. Did the close brush with death break them or make them stronger? Here’s a real-life account, in a different genre, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. My daughter had written a story on death, at an […]

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