Those flickering colors painting the sky outside the airplane window were a captivating sight – diffused, but not blurred; glorious in their dance yet calming against darkness just off the shores of Greenland.
Partha Chakraborty- Imagine the Opening Shot of a post-apocalyptic horror flick. Post rupture, a “$30 million Bahamas penthouse looks like a dorm after the students have left for winter break. The dishwasher is full. Towels are piled in the laundry room. Bat streamers from a Halloween party are still hanging from a doorway… And then […]
Partha Chakraborty- “Race for some highly qualified applicants can be the determinative factor,” Seth P. Waxman, lawyer for Harvard University in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc (SFFA)., v. President & Fellows of Harvard College, said in the Oral Argument on Oct 31, “just as being an oboe player in a year in which the Harvard-Radcliffe […]
Partha Chakraborty- Few would celebrate if a livestream of half-wilted lettuce named Lizzy inside your home gathers the attention of over 2 million viewers. One contender is Edward Keeble, a video editor at The Daily Star, a London tabloid; he had the dubious honor of hosting the YouTube stream called “LIVE: Can Liz Truss outlast […]
Partha Chakraborty- Mahsa Amini was visiting relatives in Tehran. She just got off the Subway when she was accosted by morality police (Gasht-e Ershad or “Guidance Patrols”). They charged her with violating stipulations for women to cover head and hair with hijab and took her to an “education class.” Within two hours she was taken […]
Partha Chakraborty- In a make-believe New York City loft lived a cabal of misanthropes, one lived her life inside a burlap sack with bare feet sticking out. Their sad tale of indolent living and delinquent minds was brought to an end by a contagion carried ashore by a stowaway toucan that arrived from somewhere in […]
Mohan Bhargava came to the US to study at the University of Pennsylvania and thereafter got busy with work and life here. In 2004 he was Project Manager for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) project at NASA when he appeared at a press briefing at NASA Goddard Space Center.
Partha Chakraborty- When Mrs. Droupadi Murmu was a child, one day her father brought her from Baidaposi village of the Mayurbhanj district in the state of Odisha in India, where she was born, to a nearby town of Rairangpur. A state minister was on the podium at an event when a young Mrs. Murmu ran […]
Partha Chakraborty- Sometime early in 1970’s at the B.R. Singh Railway Hospital in Kolkata, India, my mother lay unconscious on an operating table. That morning she was undergoing a C-Section to bring me to this world but all signs were looking ominous. For the past eight months, she had been going through a cocktail of […]