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  • Taking foreign tourists for a ride

    13-05-2017 00:09:00

    Two of the three women were French, who had come for a yoga retreat in Mysore

  • A timely and useful gift

    14-04-2017 23:00:00

    Bleaching powder is sprinkled in front of every entrance of the house to keep snakes at bay

  • Keya Sarkar: Holi's evolution in Santiniketan

    17-03-2017 22:48:00

    Tagore's music inspired the Dol Utsav, where students would sing and dance to herald the season

  • Keya Sarkar: When servicing a car is a chore

    18-02-2017 00:15:00

    Author is talking about car service centres in small towns

  • Keya Sarkar: Mamata's 'fantasy' university

    20-01-2017 23:53:00

    In marketing terms, the Visva Bharati University has lost the mind space it once occupied

  • Keya Sarkar: The patience of doctors

    23-12-2016 21:37:00

    It must surely match that of their tribal patients

  • Keya Sarkar: When an MP "developed" Tagore

    19-11-2016 00:21:00

    Tagore paintings were cordoned off from visitors not by rope as is normal but by orange traffic cones

  • Keya Sarkar: Perplexed by my own code

    21-10-2016 22:37:00

    Of the many cities and small towns I have been to in India, Santiniketan, I feel, has a distinction of being surrounded by villages where several crafts are not only alive but are actually, also part

  • Keya Sarkar: The breed of WhatsApping retailers

    23-09-2016 21:36:00

    I haven't exactly been able to figure out the reason, but have definitely noticed a trend - of an explosion of unorganised sector retailers in the last six months. Now with Durga Puja and Diwali round the corner, these retailers are a frenzied ...

  • Keya Sarkar: The joys of growing your own food

    26-08-2016 22:36:00

    We approached a farmer, who was willing to do the real work, and our friend and we agreed to share the costs and split the vegetables

  • Keya Sarkar: Doctor 'Do-littles'

    29-07-2016 22:36:00

    In all my years in Mumbai I cannot recollect my colleagues falling ill or being indisposed as often as my co-workers in Santiniketan. I do not know if the reason is that artisans I now work with are financially less privileged or whether it is the ...

  • Keya Sarkar: The ugly side of prosperity

    01-07-2016 22:42:00

    Since most of our friends in Mumbai are far more prosperous now than when we fraternised with them a decade ago, they tend to holiday more in Europe than in the Western Ghats

  • Keya Sarkar: The sacrosanct afternoon siesta

    03-06-2016 21:34:00

    I can't remember having felt it in all my years of working in 9-to-5 jobs. But ever since I came to Santiniketan the afternoon nap has become kind of sacrosanct. Probably because the afternoon siesta is not frowned upon here (as by industrious ...

  • Keya Sarkar: Down to the basics

    06-05-2016 21:07:00

    Now years later, as I live in a house that I inherited from my mother that was built by her father, my life seems to be coming full circle

  • Keya Sarkar: Tourists and annoying questions

    15-04-2016 21:42:00

    Recently on a group tour of Punjab (now known as bespoke tourism), a fellow traveller in her 30s kept staring into her phone even when the guide was explaining the history of Amritsar