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Ananya Bhattacharya

Ananya Bhattacharya

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Ananya Bhattacharya has covered news for nearly a decade, from sex trafficking in the tea gardens of Dooars to terrorist attacks in Assam, to the Bengal Assembly Elections. She works out of the India Today office in Noida. Her heart lies back in North Bengal. When not chasing a story, she is busy planning her next trip.

By Ananya Bhattacharya

Germany is all precision and punctuality. Till you board a Deutsche Bahn train

Germany, the country of precision engineering, crazy-good automobiles, and order and punctuality, is a superpower with a lot to be envied. But there are some things even all that super power cannot seem to fix.

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Two sheepdogs and an unlucky leopard: Postcard from Almora

Far from the flock of tourists and your usual touristy places lies The Kumaon, a sustainable resort in Kasar Devi, Uttarakhand.

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Violence follows Bengal election results, BJP leadership missing

The Trinamool Congress is back. The big BJP leaders have all left Bengal. The khela is on. The BJP groundworker has but nowhere to escape to.

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What will happen to rural Bengal when all big politicians leave?

The virus is now being taken to rural Bengal via helicopters and rally Raths.

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Meera vs Meera, in search of the real Meera: Book Review

With painstaking research and rich detailing, author Madhav Hada delves deep into the Meera that he knows, the Meera that we know, and the Meera that has mostly stayed buried deep in the recesses of history.

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One year since the last normal week

Coronavirus climbed the charts and got itself a name: Covid-19. It is '21. The virus, as we know it, isn't going anywhere. Life, as we know it, isn't returning to where it was.

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Do you still read Neruda in 2021? How?

Can you separate the art from the artist when the artist happens to have raped someone? Reading Pablo Neruda in 2021 feels like cheating. A betrayal.

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Leave The World Behind, in a post-Covid world: Book Review

Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam is almost the chronicle of a disaster foretold. Except, in his book, we never really know what the disaster is.

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Goodbye 2020: The year of loss, WFH backaches, and everything abnormal

2020 made a sticky mess out of all our dreams, achievements, plans, hopes and thoughts for a future.

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Loss, the art of creating art out of loss: Book Review

Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi's new book Loss burrows into your very being.

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Daily Recco, November 17: Together is Better, even in a socially distanced year

Together is Better by Simon Sinek is just the antidote to 2020 you need.

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Daily Recco, November 16: A life-changing trip with Apu

For most of the world beyond Bengal and Bengalis, Soumitra Chatterjee was synonymous with Apu, the role he played in Apu'r Sansar (The World of Apu), the Satyajit Ray masterpiece.

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Daily Recco, November 13: Leftover Apple Cinnamon Smoothie for a lazy breakfast

Our Apple Cinnamon Smoothie is a perfect ode to your laziness and the perfect end to those leftover apples.

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You don't have to like Kamala Harris. But you can't not acknowledge her

For women across the world, Kamala Harris's win is cathartic. Her win is another smirk wiped off, another taunt silenced.

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Daily Recco, October 28: Love and other ghosts in The Haunting of Bly Manor

If lost love is what haunts you, you will find The Haunting of Bly Manor just the perfectly splendid series to binge on.

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Hilsa is a grossly overrated and overpriced fish. Forget what Bengalis say

Yes, Hilsa tastes good. But have you seen the sheer amount of tiny little bones that this treacherous fish comes with?

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Gayatri Devi and Jai Singh to Padmanabh: What lies beneath the glamour of Jaipur

John Zubrzycki's fascinating inside story of India's most glamorous royal family, The House of Jaipur, breaks quite a few of the myths that anyone who has read about Gayatri Devi, came to believe in.

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Justice For Sushant died when a TV studio turned Supreme Court

The stinging reality about justice is that Sushant Singh Rajput will never get any. His fine legacy has been soiled beyond recognition.

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Monsoon in the foothills: Non-stop rain and Khichuri-Ilish Bhaja

Rain is the only constant in my part of the country. That's how it is with the foothills.

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Lockdown Love: French Hearts

Nearly three years had passed by and a virus had shut everyone in. The world was locked. The fragrance of bakeries were a thing of the past.

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Sushant Singh Rajput deserves our voice, not quiet

Fronting mental health to avoid a conversation about the harsh realities of Bollywood is a copout that will dismantle many more fragile minds of many more Sushant Singh Rajputs.

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How Corona era snatched the joy of home-delivered food

That cooking is an essential life skill, never quite cut through to me before these few months. It was almost as if another life began for me during the lockdown.

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North Bengal: Pandemic is new, neglect endemic

The government left North Bengal a long time ago. A pandemic is not going to bring it back.

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Fake news floods before fact checking became a legit job

It was the monsoon of 1993, and two districts of North Bengal were reeling from the horror of a flood that had left it crippled.

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The enduring Bond of the Mussoorie hills

Ruskin Bond's stories are fragrant with the memories of home. His words are understandable. They are as accessible to someone with a PhD in English, as they are to someone who can understand just the basics.

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How Girish Karnad became Tiger Zinda Hai actor

Did we really reduce Karnad to Tiger Zinda Hai actor? How could we?

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The story of Sukumari the Crocodile, who couldn't turn back into a woman

You turn to stories when your reality resembles dystopia. Nothing hits home more these days than that idea of dystopia, which is a reality all of us are now living in.

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Moon, roti and a massacre

The invisible poor will go back to being invisible. That Dark Side of the country cannot be captured. Four rotis can't do it.

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DailyOh! What Rabindranath Tagore wrote for Gautam Buddha, to who is Superstar Winter

Gautam Buddha had much influence on Rabindranath Tagore and his writings.

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Why the death of Irrfan is a personal loss for an entire country

Irrfan was our own. The father we lost, the lover we never met, the baaghi we all wanted to be, the husband who left without a goodbye.

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