2014

Crib deaths point to under-age marriages, women’s health woes in Bengal

West Bengal has a very high incidence of under-age marriages. In some districts the prevalence rate of under-age marriage is so high that every second bride is a minor. In its profile of West Bengal state, Unicef points out that almost half of female teens are pregnant by the age of 19 and more than 60 per cent of pregnant women are anaemic. It further says that the number of institutional deliveries is less than half the total; and one third of women do not receive the recommended three antenatal checkups during pregnancy and only two thirds get post-natal care within two weeks of delivery.

Jaipur, Jan 23: So how do you read your book? Now, that may seem like a silly question, but not to the authors for whom reading is as serious an exercise as writing. “Reading is not an innocent act,” Booker-winning Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri said at Jaipur Litfest. “It is one of the…

Read more Reading is not easy

I’m finally back after a long hiatus during which I travelled a lot, ate a lot, slept a lot and did nothing a lot. Shantiniketan-Siliguri-Kalimpomg-Siliguri-Suntalekhola-Siliguri-Darjeeling-Siliguri-Sikkim-Siliguri-Calcutta with a trek thrown in between, it was quite a grind though fun all the way. Meeting friends in Darjeeling, Gangtok and Siliguri were the high points. The view from…

Read more Three stories

I recently attended two political rallies of the candidates from the Jadavpur constituency—Sugata Bose of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Sujan Chakraborty of the Communist Party of India, Marxists (CPM)—while working on a story I did for Mint Lounge. Chakraborty’s was a small padayatra—fewer campaigners and more intimate in feel—on a Tuesday morning in the…

Read more Tale of two rallies