Author: Sumita Dutta

A Glass of Milk was Spilled Today

Reading Time: 2 minutesHere is a ballad from Sumita, wherein the storyteller-poet tells an interesting tale, in Different Truths. A glass of milk was spilled one day. Mother yelled and Sunny froze, Knowing the drill, he waited For the storm to close.   Anger though takes time waning, For this event alas, kept recurring. Clearly audible was her […]

The Heart of Donna Rai: Police

Reading Time: 19 minutesHere’s the third and final part of the three-part book extract from the forthcoming novel, The Heart of Donna Rai by Sumita, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  We had barely finished our breakfast when the knocker on the door set in the high courtyard wall went rat-a-tat-tat fiercely. Everyone jumped. The knock […]

The Heart of Donna Rai: Fugitives – II

Reading Time: 9 minutesHere’s the second part of the three-part forthcoming novel, The Heart of Donna Rai by Sumita, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  1:00 am, Tuesday, 3rd June to 01:00 am, Saturday, 21st June 1975 I couldn’t sleep. My aunt’s latest attempt at weaving horror had knotted my intestines. Shutting eyes meant a full-colour rendition […]

The Heart of Donna Rai – I

Reading Time: 3 minutesHere’s a book extract from the forthcoming novel of Sumita, who writes under the penname ‘Shoam’. It is a coming of age story of a thirteen-year-old girl, set just before the Emergency, in 1975, based in a remote corner of Bengal. We serialise the first three chapters of the novel, in the weekly column. A Different […]

A Tale of Two Statues

Reading Time: 2 minutesAn intense ballad, the fury of nature and an old woman, in this verse by Sumita, in Different Truths. “The Old Woman’s escaping!” reported my sons. The flood water rising high had vanquished Six feet tall gates and barbed wire crowned compound walls, A serene brown sea rippled to the horizon from my terrace. No […]

Padma Shri Sardar Gurcharan Singh: Father of Studio Pottery in India

Reading Time: 3 minutesSumita profiles Ceramicist Sardar Gurcharan Singh, a Padma Shri recipient, who pioneered the Delhi Blue Art Pottery, which later became the Delhi Blue Pottery Trust. Read more about the great artist, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. In a subcontinent where the traditions of pottery have passed down the generations almost unchanged from […]

Deborah Smith and Ray Meeker­: Founders of Golden Bridge Pottery

Reading Time: 3 minutesChennai-based Sumita, an artist, and author, profiles Deborah Smith and Ray Meeker. She tells us how they came to Pondicherry and founded the Golden Bridge Pottery, exclusively in Different Truths. Deborah Smith and Ray Meeker came to Pondicherry within three months of each other in early 1971 and in the process of making it their […]

The Vengeful Five – II

Reading Time: 4 minutesHere’s the second part of the two-part story by Sumita. The narration in macabre humour is intriguing, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. “Make way, make way, hot crunchy finger-chips on the way,” sang rotund little Varun. He backed in through the door with a large tray piled high with their favourite fries. […]

Death Announced her Arrival

Reading Time: 1 minuteAn evocative poem by Sumita, in Different Truths.  Death announced her arrival. No silent whispers in my ears; No, the clarion call was loud and clear. My guts burnt; I hardly ate but puked. Doctors bled my wallet white; Prescribed pills rent body and mind. I’ve taken care to cook a broth A thin gruel, […]

Vanished – I

Reading Time: 8 minutesSumita tells us an engrossing story, in two parts. Here’s the first part, a horror-humour, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Dainagri: Police and government officials admit their miserable failure to dispense justice. Angry protesters, waving placards and demanding answers, have besieged the Town Hall through the week. Our elected leaders hang their heads […]