Humour

Humour

Taaru-da, Kaalu-da and the Banquet Scene

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Spread the love            Durga Pujo and plays are inseparable. Neelum recalls, tongue-in-cheek, about her grandfather’s, who directed a play, in the 1930s, in Allahabad’s oldest Colonelganj Barwari, on the very important day, Oshtumi. A fiasco during the staging of the Banquet Scene from the Shakespearean Macbeth changed everything. Here’s a special feature, exclusively in Different […]


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Durga, a Lesser Goddess Grew in Stature during the Gupta Period

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Spread the love            Arindam, our Editor-in-Chief, traces the history of Durga iconography. Historians at Allahabad Museum opine that the stature of the Goddess grew during the Gupta period. He introduces the three-day long special feature on Durga Puja, between Tuesday (Sept 26) and Thursday (Sept 28). Special mention of Anumita Chatterjee Roy, our Managing Editor, […]


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Cast(e)ing Aspersions on a new Bride

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Spread the love            Our humourist, Soumya, tells us how the grandmother-in-law of his new bride from another community was questioned. Find out more, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The new bride was undergoing an interview with her grandmother-in-law. It was their first meeting. They did not share a common language so a […]


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Devi in Dilemma

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Spread the love           Here’s a tongue-in-cheek account of the plight of Goddess Durga, on Earth, her parents’ abode, in verse, by Tapati, in Different Truths. Here arrives autumn with sky, a deep blue crystal, With clouds floating like huge cotton balls, The earthy aroma is calling with sweet smell of Lotus, For my descent, the yearly […]


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And a Chipko is Born…

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Spread the love            Humourist Soumya tells us how a Chipko was born in their home. He shares the experiences with a young girl from the hills and her love for nature, weeds, wild flowers and all. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. We have a young girl from the hills to […]


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The Liquid Path

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Spread the love            Humourist Soumya talks about coming of age and an initiation in drinking, in his style, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. I feel that the idyllic memories of schooldays, the nostalgia for the carefree happy days of school, without worries stress and tension, are largely exaggerated, and fuelled by alcohol […]


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No Country for Shy People!

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Spread the love            Humourist Soumya tells us about two men, Ram and Shyam, each other’s foil and what happened to them in a bawdy house Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Ram Kumar and Shyam Singh were colleagues, Punjabis, professionals, batch mates and friends in a large corporation, posted in different […]


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The Unique Satyanarain: Secularism, Goan Style!

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Spread the love            Humourist Soumya keenly observes rituals in government offices in various parts of India. Goa holds the surprise. Smile with him, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Traditionally, offices in the government sector in our secular country do not observe any religious ceremony of any faith. This is largely followed in […]


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Of Rashtrabhasha, Bongs and Faux Pas!

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Spread the love            We usually think in one language and translate in another. Much is lost in translation, and the meaning often changes. Post college, when Soumya joined the productive workforce, it was in the government sector, and the lingua franca was our Rashtrabhasa. Written work was in archaic English, but spoken word remained primarily […]


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A Walk in the Park

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Spread the love            Humourist Soumya talks about the many sights and sounds of morning walk in Mumbai, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.   The gentle musical notes of the cell phone sound jarring. This is followed by a poke in the ribs, a minute later, which is even more so. I reluctantly […]


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