Matching up to England and Bowling out the Raj

With the current India-England series on, Soumya recounts the life and times of his grandfather, a civil servant of the Raj, and his glee when India defeated England in Cricket in their country. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Now that beating England in Cricket is passé for India, and other […]

Virat and Anushka Smitten by the Modi Bug

Modi was the guest of honour at one of Virushka’s marriage receptions. That seems to have kind of left a halo around the heads of Virushka. Anushka became a Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan ambassador with photographs of her promoting open defecation free India with the image of a toilet in the background, nowhere like the Jacuzzi-equipped […]

Beautiful Game, but in Limbo in India: How Television Finished Off Indian Football

The enthusiasm for football is slowly working into a frenzy. For India, there is an irony in all this. It is not playing in the World Cup as it does not even qualify. Even worse, only a few days before, India’s football captain had to appeal to fellow countrymen to come to see the game […]

Celebrating Women: The Year That Was!

Firebrand feminist, Payal, our columnist, says that from within the murk and gloom of crime against women, there were many who rose from the ashes like the mythical Phoenix. There was much to celebrate in 2017. Read more in the Special Feature, exclusively for Different Truths. As 2017 comes to a close, my daily scan […]

Looking Back, Looking Forward: In the Twilight of a Year-end and a New Year

Our Editor-in-Chief, Arindam, and the entire Different Truths Team celebrate the twilight of a year-end and a New Year. Here’s a three-day long Special Feature, exclusively in Different Truths. Or say that the end precedes the beginning, And the end and the beginning were always there Before the beginning and after the end. ~ Burnt […]

Virat and Anushka Wed, Panda Creates Toilet Paper, Burger King Fined for Child Labour, Camel Hospital Opens in Dubai, and Tribals Show the Way

Two celebrities, the skipper, Virat Kohli, and Bollywood actor, Anushka Sharma, were most talked about, for their destination wedding, in an Italy, in a 13th century resort with five villas; Panda’s poo breaks down the fructose to extract fibre, a process of turning bamboo into toilet paper; a Burger King franchisee with 43 stores in Massachusetts […]

Kunatla Ghosh Dastidar: Former Captain and an Inspiration of Indian Women-Football

Kuntala Ghosh Dastidar captained the Indian women’s team in Women’s World Cup. Aparajita profiles the former coach of Mohun Bagan, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The verdant arcade of Calcutta Referee Club welcomed me with the vivacity of the person I love dearly. The birthday girl was in her usual jersey and […]

Rubia: the Ruby of Paralympics, the Star of West Bengal

Differently Abled Rubia Chatterjee is the rising star of West Bengal in the arena of Paralympics. Aparajita profiles the promising athlete, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. West Bengal has always been the land of powerful female icons since ancient times. They have not just been consorts of great men, but they have […]

Brilliant Captaincy of Michael Tissera Scripted Ceylonese Test Match Victory in Mid-Sixties

A 25-year-old youngster, Michael Tissera, was asked to lead Ceylon. It was not a Test playing country at the time and had only one international victory to its credit against the Pakistan A-Team. Ashoka tells us how he used his acumen and won a match for his country, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different […]

Deepa Malik Honoured with Padma Shri Award on Republic Day 2017

Ashoka, who has known Deepa for many years, said that now she is a Padma Shri recipient. Those who have followed my columns here and elsewhere would be familiar with my disdain for any system of state awards. Notwithstanding some very remarkable individuals who have won the awards in India, I have major problems with the opaqueness of […]