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Soumya Bhattacharya
Soumya Bhattacharya

Soumya Bhattacharya is the editor of Hindustan Times, Mumbai. He is the author of five books of fiction, non-fiction and memoir.

  • Feb 17, 2017 16:41
    Arsene Wenger has been a polarizing figure among the Arsenal fans for quite some time now and the defeat against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League can prove to be the tipping point. read more
  • Feb 14, 2017 16:52
    After the forthcoming home series against Australia, India play Tests away against England, South Africa and Australia. How India fare in those arduous series will tell us where this side stands in the pantheon of great India Test teams. read more
  • Jan 28, 2017 18:21
    Serena Williams pushed sentiments aside in an emotion-charged 6-4 6-4 defeat of sister Venus to win the Australian Open on Saturday and a record 23rd grand slam title in the professional era read more
  • Jan 19, 2017 07:36
    Soumya Bhattacharya writes about his time at Presidency College, which, he says, laid some sort of foundation for the best years of his life. read more
  • Dec 30, 2016 22:56
    The HT editors’ list of favourite books includes everything from literary fiction and memoirs to serious writing on Hindi cinema and political biographies read more
  • Dec 23, 2016 19:25
    John le Carre entertains and enlightens readers with a wealth of stories from his life. read more
  • Oct 14, 2016 19:08
    Bernadette Murphy’s book is a detailed exploration of the most tumultuous period of Van Gogh’s life, and a forensic examination of that December day in 1889 when he cut off his ear read more
  • Sep 27, 2016 09:17
    It is now easy to lose sight of the fact that neither the Premier League nor Arsenal had ever seen anything like Wenger before the Frenchman arrived to take charge in north London in September 1996. read more
  • Sep 23, 2016 18:38
    In Selection Day, a novel with cricket at its heart, Aravind Adiga has created complex and wonderfully-realised characters read more
  • Jun 30, 2016 10:23
    Asif Kapadia’s documentary on Cristiano Ronaldo makes clear that he defines himself -- or is defined by others -- as a sort of anti-Messi. read more
  • Mar 12, 2016 11:47
    Jhumpa Lahiri’s new book, written in Italian, is an attempt to reclaim herself and to forge a new direction in her work read more
  • Feb 03, 2016 01:48
    A packed auditorium welcomed the winners of the Hindustan Times Scholarship Programme 2015-16 with applause as they were presented Rs50,000 each read more
  • Dec 19, 2015 13:08
    In Orhan Pamuk’s A Strangeness in My Mind, protagonist Mevlut’s life is so inextricably woven with that of the city he lives in, that in a way, one becomes the other. read more
  • Nov 26, 2015 14:31
    It is in the nature of Test cricket that the surface plays a decisive role in the outcome of the match. All countries make pitches that play to the strength of their bowlers. A phrase exists to describe it: home advantage. read more
  • Nov 05, 2015 23:24
    Nadella’s voice is neither baritone nor falsetto; his accent not entirely permeated with the American drawl. He speaks in an assertive, courteous way. When he wants to make a point, he slices the air with precise, emphatic gestures. read more
  • Oct 08, 2015 01:13
    The ‘no-fail policy’, which allows automatic promotion of children till Class 8, should not be scrapped entirely — this was the broad consensus at a panel discussion organised at the Hindustan Times Top Schools Conclave 2015 on Wednesday. Their reason:... read more
  • Mar 30, 2015 17:03
    The bat didn\'t always beat the ball and you needn\'t be disappointed about Team India: here are five lessons that this cricket World Cup taught us. read more
  • Mar 19, 2015 20:17
    The second ball of the 46th over of the India innings, bowled by Bangladesh’s quickest bowler Rubel Hossain, was pitched up and on the middle stump. It was a perfectly decent ball in the death overs of an innings. read more
  • Mar 13, 2015 22:12
    Soumya Bhattacharya’s book on the new generation of champion cricketers is elegant prose coupled with keen observation. read more
  • Mar 09, 2015 20:55
    We have already had more hundreds in this tournament than in the entire 2007 competition. There have been three scores in excess of 400, including the highest ever in a World Cup. Teams are scoring more than 300 - a daunting, impregnable score even a... read more
  • Feb 23, 2015 19:02
    Amid the storm of young stars in this Indian side, Ajinkya Rahane – quiet, unflappable and an absolute asset – is the perfect calm. Why do we love to mess around with him? read more
  • Feb 19, 2015 15:03
    The last World Cup played in Australia and New Zealand 1992 saw the birth of the modern 50-overs game. This one will reveal to us how far that game has come, and what the ODI will be like in future. read more
  • Feb 15, 2015 10:19
    The attraction of ODI cricket may pale beside the wham-bang of Twenty20, but the place of the World Cup in the fan\'s heart is secure, inviolable. Why it is more than just a game? read more
  • Feb 14, 2015 09:53
    The Cricket World Cup is upon us and for the next month all conversation will centre around the game, ticket holders will be transformed into folk heroes, and those who can\'t manage to travel to the action will be glued to television screens. This is... read more
  • Feb 12, 2015 00:21
    This will be the first World Cup in over two decades without Sachin Tendulkar. The event Down Under will be the biggest stage yet for the current generation of Indian cricketers, including Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan... read more
  • Feb 06, 2015 22:31
    What is mankind’s greatest invention? After thousands of students wrote in their views on the subject for the elimination round of the HT Scholarship Programme 2015, Imran Khan and Huma Qureshi, in a panel discussion moderated by Soumya Bhattacharya,... read more
  • Feb 06, 2015 22:28
    Their spirits buoyed by loud cheers from classmates, parents and teachers, some of the city’s brightest young minds walked on stage to receive their awards at the fifth edition of the Hindustan Times Scholarship Programme on Friday. read more
  • Jan 24, 2015 20:14
    India has no chance of winning next month\'s World Cup, concurred four panelists during a cricket-themed show at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Saturday, while presenter Rajdeep Sardesai chose to disagree. read more
  • Jan 20, 2015 00:35
    As the Indian cricket team gears to defend the World Cup title in just a few weeks, Soumya Bhattacharya, novelist and editor, Hindustan Times, Mumbai, released his latest work — the first comprehensive appraisal of the future of the team after Sachin... read more
  • Jan 17, 2015 12:58
    Upamanyu Chatterjee\'s disquieting Fairy Tales at Fifty makes you laugh even as it shocks and disturbs. It defies plausibility to tumble, overwrought, into a sort of hallucinatory, Baroque romp. read more
  • Jan 11, 2015 00:20
    In his opening remarks, Soumya Bhattacharya, the editor of Hindustan Times, Mumbai, described the nominees as changemakers. read more
  • Dec 05, 2014 16:52
    Marriages are made in heaven, but in Sawantwadi, a few kilometres from Goa, they’re solemnised speedily. The little town is paradise for Indian couples who want to wed. Here’s what happened when Brunch went undercover... read more
  • Nov 22, 2014 13:32
    Sourav Ganguly is cautiously optimistic about defending champions India reaching the 2015 World Cup final in Australia, while VVS Laxman goes a step ahead of his former skipper to forecast a back-to-back win. read more
  • Feb 09, 2014 23:57
    The Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, which ended on Sunday after nine days of festivities, was bigger and better in every aspect this year, hosting more events and visitors than ever before. With many firsts, festival’s reach grows read more
  • Feb 03, 2014 23:13
    \"Sport is readymade, in a way, for literature,\" said Soumya Bhattacharya, author and editor of Hindustan Times Mumbai, who was on a panel discussing sports and literature, along with espncricinfo.com editor-in-chief Sambit Bal and writer Palash Mehr... read more
  • Jan 31, 2014 11:11
    As the founder of a Jane Austen book club, Anvita Budhraja has introduced many to the delights of the author’s gentle comedy of manners. As a volunteer in the literature section of the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, she has now been exposed... read more
  • Nov 15, 2013 00:37
    Sachin Tendulkar belongs to India, and to the rest of the world. But the opening day at the Wankhede showed that there is no doubt that the claim Mumbai can stake on him is unrivalled. That is why he wanted his farewell Test over here. 38 most-watched... read more
  • Nov 07, 2013 18:44
    Cricket legend\'s first innings stand in his penultimate Test lasts 40 minutes. He falls in just 24 balls. Kolkata waits for his second innings, writes Soumya Bhattacharya. read more
  • Oct 01, 2013 01:55
    Shiva Naipaul, the younger brother of VS Naipaul, was born in Trinidad in 1945. He died in London in 1985, of a heart attack, at the age of 40. A life cut brutally short, an end brought on, some say, by his excesses and lack of discipline. Soumya Bhattacharya... read more
  • Sep 13, 2013 21:48
    One of the many virtues of this searing, remarkable novel is the empathy Jhumpa Lahiri extends to her characters. She does not judge them; readers may, at their peril. Soumya Bhattacharya writes. read more
  • Aug 09, 2013 21:08
    A third of the way into this uneven, discursive book, James Astill interviews Sharad Pawar, whom he calls the “ruler of world cricket”. Astill faithfully renders the conversation, even conveying the interviewee’s tic of dropping definite and indefinite... read more
  • Apr 01, 2013 23:23
    Not having written for the first edition of the Wisden India Almanack gives me the advantage of writing about it. Writing being Wisden‘s strongest suit, the tributes to VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid make us realize again what we had, and will no more,... read more
  • Mar 12, 2013 23:28
    Steven Spielberg talks about filmmaking, his love for telling stories and why he doesn\'t want to quit read more
  • Mar 12, 2013 02:08
    Indian cinema couldn’t have asked for a bigger gift just after completing 100 years. In a move that will catapult Bollywood onto the global stage, legendary Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg has decided to make a film that would feature Indian... read more
  • Mar 11, 2013 19:13
    Steven Spielberg is sitting in a well appointed room of the Reliance Centre in south Mumbai’s Ballard Estate, one knee crossed over the other, the tip of his soft leather ankle boots faintly brushing the edge of the table that is between us. Soumya Bhattacharya... read more
  • Feb 26, 2013 02:26
    Two things written by the English poet Wilfred Owen kept cropping up in my mind as I read Nadeem Aslam\'s remarkable new novel, The Blind Man\'s Garden. Soumya Bhattacharya writes. read more
  • Feb 11, 2013 22:09
    Gideon Haigh is one of the finest cricket writers at work today. His latest book, On Warne, is not a biography of arguably the greatest leg spin bowler of all time, it is an extended meditation on the magic and charisma of Shane Warne, writes Soumya... read more
  • Feb 09, 2013 00:58
    It was a symphony of hoots, whistles and cheers as hundreds of excited young voices rang out across the auditorium on Friday morning, confirming that the third edition of the Hindustan Times Scholarship Programme awards ceremony was bigger, better, and... read more
  • Feb 08, 2013 23:31
    Amit Chaudhuri’s new book is a perceptive, beautifully written and often wry portrait of Calcutta\/ Kolkata, a book that deals with, among other things, the dichotomies between Calcutta and Kolkata, the pastness of the city’s past as well as its presence... read more
  • Feb 08, 2013 01:47
    When Namita Johari, 13, came home from school on Monday, she was thrilled to finally receive news she had been waiting to hear for three years. read more
  • Jan 29, 2013 02:34
    This Monday, I have curated some stuff for you including Margaret Atwood on George Orwell, a classic from the archives of the New Yorker and others. Hope you enjoy the pieces. Happy reading. Soumya Bhattacharya writes. Kaleidoscope read more
  • Dec 08, 2012 01:23
    Navi Mumbai will have metro rail by December 2014 and the much-awaited Navi Mumbai International Airport project will take off in six months, said Tanaji Satre, managing director of the City and Industrial Development Corporation Ltd. read more
  • Dec 03, 2012 01:08
    Part I of V: We invited the 50 winners of HT Scholarship Programme 2012 to share with us their views on a range of subjects. In this part, ten Class 5 awardees talk about the person who has impressed them the most. Pravinchandran Nair writes. read more
  • Nov 27, 2012 00:26
    Of course India can win the next two Tests. But irrespective of the outcome of this series, England have done what India never managed to do when they visited last year: played with gumption, flair and resolve. The comparison with that series is inevitable.... read more
  • Nov 25, 2012 01:25
    Sachin Tendulkar believes that the single biggest change in cricket between when he started playing for India in 1989 and today is the laptop. “It has altered everything,” Tendulkar said in an exclusive interview to Hindustan Times. Soumya Bhattacharya... read more
  • Nov 25, 2012 00:25
    In a rare, exclusive interview, Sachin Tendulkar tells Soumya Bhattacharya about the most agonising period in his career, bringing up his children, contentment and the only void in his life. There is more to Sachin than just runs read more
  • Nov 16, 2012 23:19
    Philip Roth\'s immortality is assured even if he doesn\'t write another word. Soumya Bhattacharya wrires. read more
  • Oct 12, 2012 22:46
    In the end, Zoo Time, a darkly comic work, is a devastating play on notions of success and failure. Soumya Bhattacharya writes. read more
  • Oct 06, 2012 01:20
    A room full of principals confronting three panellists on one of the most controversial education initiatives in the country, the Right To Education Act (RTE) — the dialogue was bound to be interesting. HT reports. read more
  • Sep 25, 2012 14:48
    This memoir is as much a chronicle of a harrowing period in the writer\'s life as a heroic defence of artistic freedom and a celebration of literature, life, friendship and fatherhood. Soumya Bhattacharya writes. Kurakani in Kathmandu read more
  • Sep 18, 2012 01:45
    McEwan takes the tropes and conventions of the spy thriller (John Le Carre\'s presence hovers over this book) and turns this novel into a funny, meta fictional hall-of-mirrors act. Soumya Bhattacharya writes. Sportoholic read more
  • Sep 11, 2012 01:00
    Hilary Mantel\'s big crossover success was 532-page doorstopper and Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall. Bring Up the Bodies, weighs in at 432 pages, is already on this year\'s Man Booker longlist. Many admirers may not be as familiar with the joys of her short... read more
  • Jul 28, 2012 19:55
    What do you wear when you meet Hugh Hefner? Sherlyn Chopra, the first Indian to model naked for Playboy, talks about the man, the magazine and the Mansion. Soumya Bhattacharya writes. read more
  • Jul 13, 2012 22:22
    If you aren’t an Amis fan, Lionel Asbo may not be the best book for you to get into him. It has neither the ambitiousness and formal ingenuity of Money and London Fields, nor the flat-out, irony-dripping, scabrous satire of his early work (The Rachel... read more
  • Jul 11, 2012 20:31
    Who invented skywalks? Why is that building lit up? Do birds dream? Part of the parenthood experience is facing a barrage of questions. Part of the parenthood experience is not knowing the answer. Dad\'s the Word: The Perils and Pleasures of Fatherhood,... read more
  • Jun 22, 2012 23:53
    A measured, powerful novel that combines drama with beautifully etched characters. Soumya Bhattacharya writes. read more
  • May 11, 2012 19:21
    Dad’s The Word: The Pleasures And Perils Of Fatherhood Soumya Bhattacharya Westland Rs. 225 pp 196 As Satyamev Jayate has shown, daughters are not exactly much loved in India. Not at least when they are born. Or about to be born. Most fathers would actually... read more
  • May 03, 2012 00:58
    Now that advertisers seem to be not so keen on the IPL, now that ticket prices are being slashed to lure spectators to stadiums, and now that TV viewership figures are dwindling compared to those of previous editions, a couch purist ought to gloat. Soumya... read more
  • May 01, 2012 05:47
    There’s a wonderful moment in Soumya Bhattacharya’s Dad’s the Word when he chances upon his daughter Oishi standing ‘self-absorbed before the mirror’. He doesn’t tell us exactly how old she is at this point in time; perhaps she is 9, perhaps younger.... read more
  • Apr 13, 2012 20:27
    The intensity of Kolkata\'s relationship with Ganguly, its penchant for cosmic, comic hyperbole when it comes to the player, is unique. Soumya Bhattacharya writes. read more
  • Apr 07, 2012 00:05
    With much lightness of touch, an author talks of the haunting and troubling experience of having writer Graham Greene as a doppelgänger. Soumya Bhattacharya writes. read more
  • Apr 05, 2012 22:45
    It was such a relief. Such a relief to watch cricket (well, not cricket, but more of that in a minute) in which I didn’t have to withstand the despair of India being decimated. Such a relief to see the enthusiasm at the ground – exemplified, in particular,... read more
  • Mar 16, 2012 21:52
    One hundred international hundreds. Say it aloud. Slowly. And then think of where it puts Sachin Tendulkar — prodigious, peerless, generation-straddling poster boy of a sport that defines the world\'s most populous democracy — in cricket\'s pantheon. Soumya... read more
  • Feb 26, 2012 13:57
    Get your list of what to read, listen, eat and watch from the proven experts in the field. read more
  • Feb 19, 2012 01:27
    Through the foot-stomping, the pompom-waving, the deafening clapping, and the heartfelt cheers, joyfulness ran like an electric charge. read more
  • Feb 17, 2012 01:16
    When Maulashree Shanbhag, a Class 9 student of Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane, was pulled out of her class by her father last month, she did not know why. When he told her that she had won the Hindustan Times’ scholarship, she was overjoy... read more
  • Feb 14, 2012 01:25
    Authors who claim they write for themselves and not in keeping with what readers would like to read are usually telling a lie, says Jeet Thayil, Delhi-based poet and novelist, who was in the city for a reading from his first work of fiction, Narcopolis,... read more
  • Feb 12, 2012 01:22
    HT often carries confused letters, says one reader; it must daily have exclusive space for letters from readers of this city because this page appears only once a week and focuses on one topic, says another. read more
  • Jan 28, 2012 23:18
    What\'s so funny? Dour and touchy, Indians are quick to take offence and often find it hard to see humour in a situation. If only the British had left behind, along with a rail network, more of their sense of irony and self-deprecation, says Soumya Bhattacharya.... read more
  • Jan 15, 2012 00:42
    Citizens grill politicians face-to-face at pre-poll Mumbai First summit. read more
  • Nov 17, 2011 01:23
    I wasn’t looking forward to it. Having to pick 50 young children for a scholarship was not the problem. Having to leave out 100 young boys and girls definitely was. Pravinchandran Nair writes. read more
  • Oct 15, 2011 00:04
    In India, books about parenthood tend to be written by mothers. They turn out to be either celebrations of motherhood, and the bond between mother and child; or they are wrung-out gripes about the (truly) tricky demands of managing home (which now includes... read more
  • Aug 26, 2011 22:50
    Alan Hollinghurst speaks to Soumya Bhattacharya about his new novel, being on the Booker longlist and no longer being ‘just a gay writer’. read more
  • Jul 16, 2011 23:55
    That moment comes back to me as I write what is the final instalment of this column. I shall stop because I no longer want to do it badly enough. There are, of course, all the usual reasons. Soumya Bhattacharya writes. read more
  • Apr 17, 2011 01:21
    Over the past five years, India has been changing incredibly rapidly. Today’s children, natural inhabitants of a digital world, are growing up faster, becoming more mature, worldly wise and knowledgeable than their predecessors ever were. Soumya Bhattacharya... read more
  • Apr 09, 2011 23:17
    The firecrackers started going off at 9.58pm. That was when Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi hoicked a full toss from Harbhajan Singh, and Virender Sehwag — keen not to drop the World Cup — took the catch with cautious glee. read more
  • Apr 04, 2011 18:26
    Despite Mahela Jayawardena\'s final-overs onslaught, despite the early losses of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, not once did the sense of purpose flag, writes Soumya Bhattacharya. read more
  • Mar 31, 2011 14:44
    India were lucky. India were plucky. They held their nerve as Pakistan, unable to conquer their inner demons, spectacularly imploded in a dramatic semi-final, writes Soumya Bhattacharya. read more
  • Mar 26, 2011 23:24
    I have never gone to a cricket match with my daughter. That’s because she follows cricket in a desultory way. Football is the game she is passionate about keeping up with, with tennis a close second. read more
  • Mar 25, 2011 16:40
    Zaheer Khan was magnificent. Yuvraj has turned this tournament into his own. And with Ashwin clicking, and the fielding not as insipid as it has, the quarterfinal was India’s most rounded and spirited performance so far, Soumya Bhattacharya writes. read more
  • Mar 21, 2011 15:12
    With the quarter finals approaching, there is no margin for error any longer. Soumya Bhattacharya on what India did right against the West Indies, and where it can get better. read more
  • Mar 13, 2011 11:16
    The implosion of the batting and some baffling moves concealed a few promising signs for India, writes Soumya Bhattacharya. read more
  • Mar 13, 2011 00:41
    Of course, all men behave with their daughters in a way they do with no one else. You might disagree (saying that they behave with their sons in exactly the same way as they do with their daughters), but I\'m afraid that we\'ll then have to agree to disagree... read more
  • Mar 07, 2011 14:49
    As the World Cup gets more and more interesting, India will have to adapt and innovate, writes Soumya Bhattacharya. read more
  • Mar 05, 2011 23:38
    Sometimes, when she is not aware of it, I catch myself looking at our daughter carefully. It is during moments in which she is utterly absorbed in something or the other. Soumya Bhattacharya writes. read more
  • Mar 03, 2011 14:04
    As the World Cup is about to complete its first 15 days, here are the five things we have learned from it so far. Soumya Bhattacharya writes. See special read more
  • Feb 28, 2011 15:47
    Sachin’s lesson on how to pace an innings:Not that we needed this particular innings for that particular tutorial, but Tendulkar – in his sixth World Cup – showed us again why he is the most durable batsman of all time. Soumya Bhattacharya writes. read more
  • Feb 27, 2011 00:35
    Clark Whelton, who was a speechwriter for New York City mayors Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani, has written a fascinating article for the Winter 2011 issue of the City Journal. read more
  • Feb 19, 2011 22:23
    Be prepared,\" someone with experience in such matters told me. \"It will come your way sooner or later.\" Soumya Bhattacharya writes. read more
  • Feb 19, 2011 22:11
    All is as it should be, we have walloped Bangladesh (although, to remember 2007 - and other Favourites vs Minnows in non-cricket-World-Cup openers - we shouldn\'t sound so smug). But what are - as the marketing bozos say - our takeaways from this one?... read more
  • Feb 12, 2011 23:47
    A writer friend who became a father a few months ago has had his writing life turned on its head. His rhythm is shot, and he finds eking out time difficult. He teaches at an American university, and he says his day job is hardly demanding. But still... read more
  • Feb 06, 2011 00:01
    So there we were, my nine-year-old girl and I. In our ersatz Arsenal shirts, hunkered down in front of the TV at 5.30 pm on a Sunday, mouths a little agape in the manner in which all followers’ are when they watch their team play, waiting for Arsenal... read more
  • Jan 30, 2011 00:18
    Given that some of our channels prefer to show a bit of cricket between the ads rather than some ads between the cricket, I watch the cricket at home with the TV on mute. read more
  • Jan 22, 2011 23:04
    Published to howls of outrage in the US, the most controversial and provocative parenting book of recent times will be out in India early next month. read more
  • Jan 16, 2011 00:05
    Trouble is brewing in a school near Liverpool in England about a 12-year-old girl\'s right to wear a nose stud to class. The school does not allow students to wear ear or nose studs to school. Parents sign up to this rule when they admit their childr... read more
  • Jan 08, 2011 21:57
    Still rerunning in my mind images of the just-concluded India v South Africa Test series — for my money, the most absorbing Test series of recent times — I am forced to come to this conclusion: our daughter will not grow up to be a cricket fanatic. No,... read more
  • Jan 01, 2011 22:27
    New Year Resolutions are made to be broken, but they must at least be made. In my case, if for no other reason than that they make knocking off this simple column (yes, I repeat, any of you could have written it) simpler still. read more
  • Dec 25, 2010 23:44
    Penelope Lively, one of England\'s most well regarded writers, won the Booker Prize in 1987 with her novel, Moon Tiger. read more
  • Dec 20, 2010 23:47
    Sachin Tendulkar is the most complete and durable batsman of all time. Whether he is greater than Don Bradman is a question that can\'t be answered with certitude. Soumya Bhattacharya writes.Praise pours in from all quarters | Mr consistent | Annus mirabilis... read more
  • Dec 19, 2010 01:57
    So it\'s nearly upon us, the final term-ending school break of the year, and our nine-year-old girl, my wife and I are looking forward to it with a sense of keen anticipation. Soumya Bhattacharya writes. read more
  • Dec 11, 2010 23:36
    Memoirs often work when there is something universal in the writer\'s experience, something that makes a lot of readers nod in assent and say, \"Ah, I know this, this happened to me too. This writer is speaking on my behalf\". This creates a bridge of empathy,... read more
  • Dec 05, 2010 00:24
    It\'s funny how, when a baby is born, friends and relatives will say - with a great degree of certitude - whether she resembles the father or the mother, and whom, and to what extent. Soumya Bhattacharya writes. read more
  • Nov 27, 2010 22:00
    The slab of rectangular sunlight on the floor looks warm and inviting. From the windows of my 17th floor hotel room, I can see arrayed masses of green. read more
  • Oct 30, 2010 22:56
    So the number of word files on the laptop keeps going up. They are lists, these files, lists of things to take, things to do, places to go, stuff to eat, books and DVDs to buy. read more
  • Oct 23, 2010 22:19
    You shouldn’t be wearing those socks,” she said, pausing her skipping around the room to throw my way a look of troubled concern. “They bunch up around your ankles.” read more
  • Oct 16, 2010 22:36
    Howard Jacobson won the Man Booker prize this week. It may finally bring the author the mass following that has eluded him so far. Soumya Bhattacharya writes. read more
  • Oct 16, 2010 22:33
    I was last in Kolkata during Durga Puja in 2003. Our daughter was two years old at the time. In the midst of the school term and, till this year, examinations, she has never quite felt the thrill of Puja, never had the chance to absorb its pervasive... read more
  • Oct 09, 2010 23:01
    There is nothing like a spot of unexpected excitement and unforeseen jubilation to liven things up at home. And there\'s been a fair bit of all three (excitement, jubilation, livening up of things) this past week. read more
  • Oct 02, 2010 22:27
    This was our nine-year-old girl\'s new diary, one in which she had decided to faithfully record the minutiae of her days. She was reviving a habit she had developed a couple of years ago — a habit that she had abandoned as impulsively as she had taken... read more
  • Sep 26, 2010 00:02
    Our nine-year-old was having dinner, and I was sitting at the table, chatting with her, having just recovered from a spectacular bout of coughing and hawking. I\'m not particularly surprised that the cough doesn\'t really go away these days, but I have... read more
  • Sep 19, 2010 00:31
    It doesn’t matter who my father was, ”said the American poet, Anne Sexton. “It matters who I remember he was.” How do we remember our fathers? And, more importantly perhaps, how do we think our children will remember us? read more
  • Sep 05, 2010 00:47
    The memory of the holiday from which we had returned four months ago has lost its vividness, and the pictures brought back to all of us not merely the physical environs of that fortnight, but also the thrilling, blessed nature of the period. Soumya Bhattacharya... read more
  • Aug 29, 2010 00:06
    It was a dainty, delicate thing, the rakhi, with trimmings of golden thread around a satiny, red centre. She slipped it on to my wrist, and turned my hand this way and that to see how the rakhi looked on it. read more
  • Aug 22, 2010 01:10
    So there I am, sitting in the rocking chair that no longer rocks, twisting myself around so that my book catches the best of the light from the lamp on the small glass table alongside the chair. read more
  • Aug 07, 2010 23:27
    So she has begun the anxious, daily countdown from August 1. Nineteen days to go it was when it started, and it will become, finally, “zero days”. read more
  • Aug 01, 2010 01:23
    Enid Blyton’s publishers are “sensitively and carefully” revising the texts of 10 books of her Famous Five series, ridding them of expressions that might seem outdated now and replacing them with what they think are contemporary and immediately comprehensible... read more
  • Jul 25, 2010 00:42
    I hate travelling. Sorry, that\'s not right. That\'s not right at all. What I really hate are the logistics of travelling: the leaving early for the airport; the crawling paranoia that something, anything, can go wrong at any time; the delays; the no-smoking... read more
  • Jul 13, 2010 13:09
    Indian sport’s first global brand, Tendulkar is the generation-straddling poster boy of a sport that defines the world’s most populous democracy. Soumya Bhattacharya tells more. read more
  • Jul 03, 2010 23:32
    Every so often, fatherhood returns me to childhood, a phase of my life I am very thrilled to have left behind. When I was a child, childhood didn’t seem to be entirely unredeemed. In retrospect, I view it with a sort of malevolent curiosity, writes Soumya... read more
  • Jun 27, 2010 00:05
    This fatherhood business is important and complex in ways that nothing else is — or could be. Soumya Bhattacharya tells why. read more
  • Jun 23, 2010 19:16
    If you were a small boy in Kolkata in the 1970s, you supported only one international football team: Brazil. My father and uncles and all their friends supported Brazil; and all my friends did as indeed did their fathers and uncles. read more
  • Jun 20, 2010 00:15
    If you were a small boy in Kolkata in the 1970s, you supported only one international football team: Brazil. My father and uncles and all their friends supported Brazil; and all my friends did as indeed did their fathers and uncles. Sporting allegiance... read more
  • Jun 13, 2010 00:35
    So the holiday is over, and the holidays are over. Life has returned (as it was always supposed to have done) to the predictable rhythms of monotony, anxiety, stress and annoyance, occasionally redeemed by the benedictions of love, literature, sport,... read more
  • May 08, 2010 22:32
    Okay, okay, I know you are too polite to write in and say this (those of you who do write, write to say nice things) but I feel you have every right to be tired of listening to me banging on about my experiences of the pleasures and perils of 21st century... read more
  • May 07, 2010 21:17
    Hanif Kureishi spoke to Soumya Bhattacharya about a changing world around him, his desire to be part of it, fatherhood and drugs. read more
  • May 02, 2010 00:59
    She kicked away the cushion, slithered across the sofa, put her hand on my knee, and said: “Would you like a drink?” It was 1 am. Barcelona was playing Inter Milan in the semi-final of the Champions League. The score was nil-nil. Writes Soumya Bhatt... read more
  • Apr 25, 2010 01:32
    The two characters in the following anecdote\/story\/parable will go by the names of Girl A and Girl B, writes Soumya Bhattacharya. read more