Indrajit Hazra

Oct 23, 2019, 12.45 AM IST

Indrajit Hazra

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    Black Beauty: The Pixies’ Beneath the Eyrie

    Apt or not, let’s start with the last song of this gorgeous album. Death Horizon starts with a single Hard Day’s Night style down-strum. And from the moment Black Francis’ gabardine voice starts with ‘This drink is tranquilising…’, it could...

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    The Prize, More Than the Laureate

    Frankly, it’s the oldest question among those who judge art and measure men: can a bad man produce good art? (We all know, of course, that good men can — and like all kinds of...

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    When damage came to Jadavpur University

    The Acacia nilotica, or babool, is a big tree growing up to 20 metres. It’s also a tough tree, being able to withstand dry environments as well as floods. Most impressively, its wood is hardy...

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    The Protective Love of Football

    Clarity lies in the ears – and brain – of the beholder. And in these times of pat comments and just-so opinion, Eric Cantona insisted on the beholder having to earn his clarity. The former...

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    Enter Planet Dust: The Return of Chemical Brothers

    For those familiar with the Marvel comics universe, the Chemical Brothers’ ninth studio album, No Geography, is the tape that, I would imagine, Thanos would be playing after snatching away Peter Quill’s Walkman, and before...

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    Can we handle ‘one tricolour, many flags?’

    For a country and culture that knows its dashavatar – unperturbed that a giant fish, a boar, a half-man halflion, a prince of Ayodhya, a cowherd from Vrindavan, and five other incarnations are all manifestations...

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    Can We Handle ‘One Tricolour, Many Flags’?

    For a country and culture that knows its dashavatar – unperturbed that a giant fish, a boar, a half-man half-lion, a prince of Ayodhya, a cowherd from Vrindavan, and five other incarnations are all manifestations...

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    At last, the once-colonised becomes coloniser

    As a former colonised State, ‘nation-building’ India always harboured the guilty pleasure of wanting to colonise, to be a colonial power – by any other name, of course. On Monday, India’s decades-long occupation of Kashmir...

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    The art of Politic-Nicking

    Apart from the one time my car engine died on me, I have almost missed two flights because of heavy congestion at and around south Delhi’s Munirka crossing on the way to the airport. I...

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    One nation, one election, one niggling problem

    Let’s say that my state, Delhi — where my vote is, even after I have shifted to Noida in Uttar Pradesh this week — and India, where my vote has been since I started voting...

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    We’re all Hindi medium now

    On April 13, 1963, demonstrators outside Parliament were protesting against the Official Languages Bill that was introduced in the Lok Sabha that day. They were protesting against the Bill that stated that English would continue...

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    Kolkata, a Purulia-Jharkhand story

    Walking through the genteel neighbourhood of East Road in Kolkata’s southern Jadavpur constituency on a lazy, humid election Sunday, one couldn’t have any inkling of the many reports of violence across the city over the...

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    BJP season! Congress season!

    Prediction? At 8 pm, with the sixth phase of Lok Sabha voting over and a voter turnout of 62.85% in the seven polling states — Delhi voters, with all their political sophistry and sophistication, clocking...

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    Never mind Achhe Din

    Regardless of results next month, it can be safely said that after five years of much of the Indian electorate’s overly respectful camaraderie with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP’s strength lies in understanding class politics...

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    Pragya Singh Thakur: Breaking eggs to make omelette

    With the BJP announcing Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case that claimed six lives, as its candidate from the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, a key shift has taken place not...

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    Let the abhiman games begin

    Despite his genius to fill the air waves with anything and everything, omnipresent BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra is a better advertisement for BJP’s plans than ‘Sankalp Patra’, the party’s manifesto released on Monday more as...

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    One song wonder from the Black Keys

    This week’s column is about one song – yes, one single song. Is it a great song which, by dint of its 2:57 minutes long music, deserves a deep dive hear through a pair of...

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    Who Watches the Watchmen?

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away – on October 25, 2013 at the Government Inter-College Ground in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, to be precise – BJP’s 2014 prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi...

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    HINDI-CHINI NO BUY-BUY

    Two intrepid Indian patriots tell us how to fix the Chinese much more effectively than through a simple boycott [Inside a moderately patriotic middle-class home in east Delhi, two friends, Jai Swarup and Hind Taneja,...

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    Reignwolf’s Hunter-Gatherer Blues

    Reignwolf’s debut album, Hear Me Out, released today (March 1), is a slab of meat. Not well-done, certainly not medium – it’s tartar raw. And that’s what you’ll be bound to think when you’ve done...

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    About a Non-Shake, and a Hug

    In realpolitik, it’s always wise to speak softly and carry a big stick. In gesturpolitik-obsessed India, it’s almost always the other way round – you speak loudly and carry a bhindi in your pocket. In...

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    Kolkata’s Bartamaner Bhoot (Ghosts of the Present)

    As any self-respecting unquiet spirit knows, there isn’t just one kind of ghost. Ghosts bear various forms, voices and ideologies. As a long-time observer of apparitions, ghouls and spectral entities, being made to dispel the...

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    Capturing the confidence of utter happiness

    In the unregistered, uncalled-out misfortune that is the grown-up world, where everyone competes to be taken seriously, one anonymous photograph broke through the smog last week on social media. Sure, it went viral as so...

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    Saddle for Kolkata night riders

    Last week, a diplomat of a democracy with Chinese characteristics asked me over dinner, ‘Does democracy in India really work? It certainly isn’t boring.’ I replied that a little ‘boredom’ would probably go a long...

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    The Hu’s Better, The Hu’s Best

    I’m pretty sure this has been triggered by the fabulous Mongolian Hot Pot Soup – a chimney soup with everything short of virgin princesses thrown into it – at Ichiban restaurant in Delhi’s Pandara Road...

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    Grand-daughter central: Coming ’round the molehill

    She’ll be coming ’round the mountain when she comes She’ll be coming ’round the mountain when she comes She’ll be coming ’round the mountain Coming ’round the mountain Coming ’round the mountain when she comes....

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    The rise of the non-believer

    Do children stop believing in Santa Claus at a younger age these days than they did in earlier generations? Donald Trump’s query on Christmas Eve to a seven-year-old girl about whether she was “still a...

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    The Bigger Back-Series Test

    Even as we continue to count chickens before they hatch in a few hours from now, two things will be established by the results of the five assembly poll-going states. One, that the contest between...

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    ‘Defenders’ against the Sultanate

    On the pretty face of it, the United States of India has apparently received ‘one tight slap’ with two state governments — that of Andhra Pradesh earlier this month, and of West Bengal last week...

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    Music for the Gilded Generation

    Don’t expect a resurrection of ‘Music for the Jilted Generation’ (1994) or ‘The Fat of the Land’ (1997) in ‘No Tourists’. But then, you aren’t. The other options being nitpicks of the ‘White album’ and ‘Blood on the Tracks’.

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    Virat, It’s Cricket, Not A Tebbit Test

    Remember earlier this year in June, Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri appealing to Indian fans of English Premier League and La Liga clubs before a game against Kenya in the International Cup? No? Well, that...

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    Inauthentic Diwali Joy!

    As you let your hair down this Diwali — but minding the flame, not too down — you’ve also had to have your guard up. According to a genuine survey by the citizens engagement forum,...

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    If you can’t join them…

    Why on earth do people wish to be part of something that not only doesn’t welcome them, but also proactively tells them to bugger off ? The answer to this ponderable lies in two phenomena:...

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    Eminem sings the songs of experience 2018

    Forget for a minute about the cover art – with its homage to the cover of The Beastie Boys’ album Licensed to Ill — of Eminem’s tenth album, Kamikaze, depicting not just self-destruction, but a...

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    Don’t Worry, Be ‘Tacky’

    At a recent soirée in Kolkata — and being in Kolkata means never actually having to say ‘soirée’ — I had the ambiguous pleasure of being in an audience being told why the city stands...

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    The gyaan Goethe gave us

    It isn’t every day that one gets to share gyaan on Goethe in a mainstream non-German newspaper. But I would be an Offenbach to pass up on the opportunity provided by the Supreme Court last...

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    Will it be a digression a day?

    This Sunday, on Raksha Bandhan, while India’s favourite brother — to make fun of, or otherwise — was still getting press for his 2-paise $70.04-to-the-rupee worth aired at the London School of Economics on Friday,...

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    How to enjoy independence

    Once upon a time, there used to be a disagreement among Indians. It was quite a serious disagreement. One lot of people in this country —even though the past is, indeed, a foreign country —...

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    How Nehru Helps the RSS

    One day before the whole of Hyderabad seemingly rushed to India’s first IKEA store on Thursday, Rudgers University historian Audrey Truschke was told by organisers that the lecture she was scheduled to deliver in the city...

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    Fishy-looking Bengalis

    As any bona or mala fide newspaperman knows, publish a list — any list with any methodology — and you’ll get the most comatose of readers riled up. Take the ET Edit Page Top 5...

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    Warm Dixieland at the Reduta

    Jazz not being my cup of tea, I found myself at the Reduta Jazz Club in Prague drinking Tullamore Dew Irish whiskeys punctuated by Becherovka Czech herbal bitters. Situated on the famous Národní třída (National Street) in central...

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    Inside the Charmed Circle of the Circus

    There is something about a circus that leaves you changed for days, weeks, and, if you happen to be a person who still retains a sense of wonderment, months. You change the way you look...

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