Paramita Ghosh

Paramita Ghosh

Paramita Ghosh has been working as a journalist for over 20 years and writes socio-political and culture features. She works in the Weekend section as a senior assistant editor and has reported from Vienna, Jaffna and Singapore.

Articles by Paramita Ghosh
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Sleep cycles: Are you a lion, dolphin, wolf or bear?

UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 10:15 AM IST
Identifying your chronotype — the pattern of when you are most alert and most suited to sleep — can help you find greater balance in your day, or so the theory goes.
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“Mowgli’s story is so intriguing because it allows us to see a human child from the perspective of other species,’ says Alter, author of Feral Dreams: Mowgli & His Mothers.
“Mowgli’s story is so intriguing because it allows us to see a human child from the perspective of other species,’ says Alter, author of Feral Dreams: Mowgli & His Mothers.

A retelling of Jungle Book without the colonial baggage

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 08:44 PM IST
Stephen Alter sets the Rudyard Kipling classic in a newly independent India, and has Mowgli, renamed Daniel, working at MIT.
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In Top Priority, inspired by the Harry Potter tales, fan fiction writer @JayGwen23 has Potter trying hard not to fight with Draco Malfoy over his new obsession with hoarding toilet rolls.(HT Illustrations: Mohit Suneja)
In Top Priority, inspired by the Harry Potter tales, fan fiction writer @JayGwen23 has Potter trying hard not to fight with Draco Malfoy over his new obsession with hoarding toilet rolls.(HT Illustrations: Mohit Suneja)

Twist in the tale: Pandemic-era fan fiction is a rather wild ride

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 04:20 PM IST
Wizards are hoarding toilet paper at Hogwarts, vampires are fretting over immunity and superheroes are killing time by discussing their new fitness regimens. Take a look...
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Siddhartha Lal at the roll-out of the first bike from the Oragadam plant in Tamil Nadu.(Photo courtesy Eicher Motors)
Siddhartha Lal at the roll-out of the first bike from the Oragadam plant in Tamil Nadu.(Photo courtesy Eicher Motors)

The Enfield journey: A new book explores a bumpy ride into history

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:19 PM IST
Amrit Raj’s Indian Icon: A Cult Called Royal Enfield takes a look at the challenges and deft moves that have gone into building the motorcycle brand.
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Pointed gourds take the place of leather jars in a sketch based on the tale of Alibaba and the 40 Thieves.(Photos courtesy @DeviMenon)
Pointed gourds take the place of leather jars in a sketch based on the tale of Alibaba and the 40 Thieves.(Photos courtesy @DeviMenon)

Art on a chopping board: An Insta series celebrates unsung heroes of the kitchen

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 08:28 PM IST
Devi Menon casts pointed gourds in the tale of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, turns methi leaves into a divine canopy. Take a look at her whimsical series of art works.
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Vincent Stone narrates the story of his father, a teacher turned intelligence officer, to oral historian Alessandro Portelli.(Photo courtesy TheOralHistorian.com)
Vincent Stone narrates the story of his father, a teacher turned intelligence officer, to oral historian Alessandro Portelli.(Photo courtesy TheOralHistorian.com)

For the record: Gen Z is taking to oral history

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 12:01 PM IST
Young adults committed to recording the everyday on devices and social media are finding common cause with the Oral History Association of India, whose online sessions have seen record-high numbers in recent months.
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Sonali Khullar on the balcony of her 17th- floor flat in Gurugram. The family recently redecorated it to create different seating areas and a zone for drinks and snacks.
Sonali Khullar on the balcony of her 17th- floor flat in Gurugram. The family recently redecorated it to create different seating areas and a zone for drinks and snacks.

Balcony makeovers: Creating room with a view

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 06:33 PM IST
In winter, it’s a place to take in the sun. In festive season, a space to decorate. A safe place to socially distance with your one or two “safe” visitors. In the pandemic, this is the ‘room’ that breathes.
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Dr Naman Jain posted in the critical care unit at Fortis Hospital in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Dr Naman Jain posted in the critical care unit at Fortis Hospital in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

How an essential worker experienced a pandemic

By Paramita Ghosh | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 06:47 PM IST
Had my wife not been brave, it would have been difficult to carry on doing my tasks, says Naman Jain, a doctor in a private hospital’s Covid ward
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Dick Grayson, the first Robin, later became the superhero Nightwing.
Dick Grayson, the first Robin, later became the superhero Nightwing.

Sidekick story: Robin spreads his wings

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 08:15 PM IST
Created in 1940 by Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson, he went from a character to a mantle for several avatars in the Batman world.
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Ships belonging to the East India Company at Fort St George on the Coromandel coast.
Ships belonging to the East India Company at Fort St George on the Coromandel coast.

Spies, crime, profit: Poet Arjun Rajendran’s new work is inspired by diaries from the 18th century

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 04:34 PM IST
The diaries left behind by Ananda Ranga Pillai, right-hand man to the French governor of Pondicherry Joseph Francois Dupleix, shine a light on the intrigues and everyday life of the time.
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Recovered but feeling negative? It could be post-Covid stress disorder

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 07:55 PM IST
Headaches, lethargy, anxiety, insomnia. These stressers are similar to PTSD but not as severe so do not delay in getting expert help as they can be overcome.
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Lady in Repose by Bhanu Athaiya, circa 1950. “This painting is not the work of an acolyte of male masters. It does not offer itself up for the delectation of the male gaze. It is the work of an artist whose sensibility would be described as feminist today,” art critic Ranjit Hoskote writes in the catalogue for the auction.(Photos courtesy Prinseps)
Lady in Repose by Bhanu Athaiya, circa 1950. “This painting is not the work of an acolyte of male masters. It does not offer itself up for the delectation of the male gaze. It is the work of an artist whose sensibility would be described as feminist today,” art critic Ranjit Hoskote writes in the catalogue for the auction.(Photos courtesy Prinseps)

Suspense, drama, auction! Another side to the artistry of Bhanu Athaiya

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 03:02 PM IST
Athaiya is best known for winning an Oscar for costume design for the film Gandhi. On December 2, an auction will showcase her paintings from the 1940s and ‘50s.
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Brinda Datta, managing editor, Biblio.(Photo: Anjali Khosla)
Brinda Datta, managing editor, Biblio.(Photo: Anjali Khosla)

A pretty long shelf life for fact and fiction: Biblio turns 25

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 08:46 PM IST
One of India’s longest-running little magazines, this independent venture is devoted to book reviews.
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The great pandemic-era return to the nest is proving hard on young adults and parents

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 11:14 PM IST
The children are older, perhaps wiser, but mostly, not richer. The parents are having to renegotiate their lives too. Five young people tell Wknd what it’s been like trying to fit back in.
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“Scarring does occur when a young person has to start out their working life in times of economic crisis like the current,” says Elder.
“Scarring does occur when a young person has to start out their working life in times of economic crisis like the current,” says Elder.

‘The labour market looks bleak for India’s young women’

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 07:37 PM IST
Sara Elder of the International Labour Organization discusses a new report on the pandemic’s impact on the economic futures of young people.
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Theatre artists Gunjan Gupta and husband Dhruv, with her parents Gouri Shankar and Sunita Gupta. “Initially, I had to come to terms with what I could and could not now do in my own home,” Shankar says.
Theatre artists Gunjan Gupta and husband Dhruv, with her parents Gouri Shankar and Sunita Gupta. “Initially, I had to come to terms with what I could and could not now do in my own home,” Shankar says.

The parent perspective: Adjusting to a sea change all over again

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 07:11 PM IST
With children back home for the long term, there’s a renegotiation of the little things - time, habits, chores and the use of patience.
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Arambam Angamba Singh and his team of volunteers in Imphal have collected over 200 objects — from gas masks to spent grenades, old photographs and bits of battle fatigues — from sites spread across the countryside. “I want to spread the message that in war, there are no wins, only losses,” he says.(Photo courtesy AA Singh)
Arambam Angamba Singh and his team of volunteers in Imphal have collected over 200 objects — from gas masks to spent grenades, old photographs and bits of battle fatigues — from sites spread across the countryside. “I want to spread the message that in war, there are no wins, only losses,” he says.(Photo courtesy AA Singh)

Preserving relics in Manipur from WW2 battles that India forgot

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 10:22 PM IST
Arambam Angamba Singh, a self-taught battle historian, has built a private museum in Imphal and is organising war-site tours to get global historians interested.
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‘We have this caricature of philosophers being totally out of touch with real world,’ says Ryan Holiday. ‘The truth is that the ancients live moments just like this one.’(Photo: Jared Polin)
‘We have this caricature of philosophers being totally out of touch with real world,’ says Ryan Holiday. ‘The truth is that the ancients live moments just like this one.’(Photo: Jared Polin)

Does Stoicism hold the answer to life in these chaotic times?

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 08:43 PM IST
Ryan Holiday, co-author of Lives of the Stoics, says the ancient Greek philosophy is straightforward, and can help, even if it isn’t the easiest to follow.
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A lost language: How the deaf are navigating a masked world

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 10:56 AM IST
Overnight, their ability to communicate freely with the world has vanished. As most communities and workplaces lag in adjusting, see how some deaf individuals are innovating so they can carry on.
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Pratik Gandhi (at centre) as the stockbroker Harshad Mehta in the web series Scam 1992, directed by Hansal Mehta. The series is based on Sucheta and Debashis Basu’s book,The Scam: Who Won, Who lost, Who Got Away.(Photo: Sony Liv)
Pratik Gandhi (at centre) as the stockbroker Harshad Mehta in the web series Scam 1992, directed by Hansal Mehta. The series is based on Sucheta and Debashis Basu’s book,The Scam: Who Won, Who lost, Who Got Away.(Photo: Sony Liv)

Betting on Bombay: What it took to turn the clock back for web series Scam 1992

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 09:29 AM IST
Old photographs, videos and stock footage helped the production crew recreate the ’80s and ’90s. Vintage props helped too. One of the hardest parts — finding enough of those iconic blue checked shirts.
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The science of burnout (and how to beat it)

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 10:22 PM IST
As work invades all other time zones, here are warning signs to watch for, and ways to keep from fizzling out.
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Anindita Chakrabarty, 35, a data scientist in Mumbai, says she’s spending part of her travel budget on plants. “My holidays were mainly among nature and among wildlife. Now, when I walk through a room filled with plants, I feel like I have managed to find a substitute in the pandemic,” she says.
Anindita Chakrabarty, 35, a data scientist in Mumbai, says she’s spending part of her travel budget on plants. “My holidays were mainly among nature and among wildlife. Now, when I walk through a room filled with plants, I feel like I have managed to find a substitute in the pandemic,” she says.

Bored, restless urban India is turning to exotic, exorbitant plants

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 07:07 AM IST
It’s the green revolution no one saw coming. Plants that cost as much as Rs 20,000 a piece are finding eager takers.
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Unable to shoot in the lockdown, Sanamjit went back to the drawing board, rethought his cast and crew choices, and rewrote the 130-minute screenplay of Gulfam to feature sound alone.(Photo: Megha Hiran)
Unable to shoot in the lockdown, Sanamjit went back to the drawing board, rethought his cast and crew choices, and rewrote the 130-minute screenplay of Gulfam to feature sound alone.(Photo: Megha Hiran)

Close your eyes: A first-of-its-kind film for the blind tells a story in sound

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 08:09 PM IST
A boy loses his mother to gunfire in Kashmir. A machine-gun rattles, doors creak open, you hear the pitter-patter of feet on fallen leaves, in the unusual and effective Gulfam by Sanamjit Talwar.
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Sanjay Austa says he wants his farm account to be educational, so he’s honest about the harvests, discoveries and mistakes he makes at his orchard in Meena Bagh Ratnari, Himachal Pradesh.
Sanjay Austa says he wants his farm account to be educational, so he’s honest about the harvests, discoveries and mistakes he makes at his orchard in Meena Bagh Ratnari, Himachal Pradesh.

#Farmstagram is offering trapped urban Indians some peas and quiet

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 05:04 PM IST
Why doomscroll when you can stroll through Instagram accounts that offer lush landscapes, fresh produce and a sense of escape.
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Serpell’s stupendous debut has been called stealth sci fi; it uses real science to imagine a near future world of mass surveillance and drone warfare.(Photo courtesy Melissa Graeber)
Serpell’s stupendous debut has been called stealth sci fi; it uses real science to imagine a near future world of mass surveillance and drone warfare.(Photo courtesy Melissa Graeber)

I write for the curious, says Namwali Serpell, winner of the Arthur C Clarke award

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 12:36 PM IST
The Old Drift is a sweeping family saga trailing four generations of three overlapping families — Black, White and Brown — but it is really the story of a nation, Zambia.
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Living alone in the pandemic? Hacks to help you tackle lockdown loneliness

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 04:51 PM IST
Unbroken solitude can play tricks on the mind. It helps to record your dreams and fears, make tangible things and, if all else fails, learn to revel in your ability to fight with your back to the wall.
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Human Be-in, poster, USA, 1967. This poster designed by Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley (photograph by Casey Sonnabend) advertises the festival of the same name, that was held in San Francisco and heralded the Summer of Love.
Human Be-in, poster, USA, 1967. This poster designed by Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley (photograph by Casey Sonnabend) advertises the festival of the same name, that was held in San Francisco and heralded the Summer of Love.

Tour the British Museum’s massive Tantra exhibition in 10 objects

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 09:31 AM IST
What was the philosophy? What was its impact? Sculptures, posters, paintings, thangkas and manuscripts — some dating to the 11th century — are among the 100 items on display.
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A Weganool cape dress made by a German kidswear brand, Infantium Victoria.(Photo courtesy Gowri Shankar)
A Weganool cape dress made by a German kidswear brand, Infantium Victoria.(Photo courtesy Gowri Shankar)

Wool without sheep? In Puducherry, a wild shrub offers material gains

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 05:05 PM IST
Gowri Shankar, a fashion entrepreneur, is using fibre from a giant shrub to make yarn for soft, warm winter wear.
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The sameness of life in the pandemic could be affecting your neurons

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 09:48 AM IST
A paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience in September indicates that sameness of stimuli makes certain neurons weary, altering our perception of time.
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Check out how the buddy movie is changing

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 09:53 AM IST
The new Bill and Ted movie is out so catch up on the best of the rest in the genre.
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