No, West Bengal government did not declare 5-day holiday for Eid

A notification attributed to West Bengal government is doing rounds on social media, claiming that the state has announced a five-day holiday for Eid. Among the first to share it was the Twitter handle @SUNDARmyth on June 9 and also @vpalanisamy2010 on June 10 at 1:47 am. SV Palanisamy describes himself as a former office holder in BJP, Tamil Nadu. He accused the Mamata Banerjee-led … Continue reading No, West Bengal government did not declare 5-day holiday for Eid

आज ईद…कल से रोज़े (लघुकथा)

असगरी का दुपट्टा अब अपना रंग गंवा कर, सफेद और मटमैले के बीच के किसी रंग का हो चला था। किनारे की ज़री, कब धागों में बदल गई…पता भी नहीं चला। दुपट्टा जब डालती तो लगता कि बस एक दिन उसके सारे बाल भी इसी रंग के हो जाएंगे… “और क्या तब तक इसी दुपट्टे से काम चलाना पड़ेगा? ले दे कर उसके पास एक … Continue reading आज ईद…कल से रोज़े (लघुकथा)

Being an agnostic, we do sometimes believe in miracles – Teesta Setalvad

Being an agnostic, we do sometimes believe in miracles. In the work we do, in the work we have committed our lives for, in the work that has made us the object of arrest warrants, death threats, CBI raids on home and office (July 14 2015), in the work that have made my family, my husband, my sister and children dragged in to unseemly allegations … Continue reading Being an agnostic, we do sometimes believe in miracles – Teesta Setalvad

Childhood Memories, Garba and Bitty Mausi – Zeba Imam

September 28, 2014 at 2:09pm It was a newspaper story this morning that brought back memories of Bitty Mausi, and almost brought tears to my eyes Bitty Mausi was the younger sister of Ek Number Wali Aunty, so referred to by us because of our system of referring to our friends’ moms by their house numbers. My mom was Saat Number Wali Aunty. And we … Continue reading Childhood Memories, Garba and Bitty Mausi – Zeba Imam