Shantanu Guha Ray

Didi: Ignore her at your own peril

Dec 06 2018

Nearly three decades ago, Dipten Dey, my classmate from Delhi’s Raisina Bengali School, worked as a personal assistant of Mamata Banerjee. She was a rising politician, a handful of pockmarked Communist leaders in Kolkata described her as “a troublesome youngster."

Alyque Padamsee: Moksha In A Cardbox

Nov 17 2018

There was an element of shock and surprise in whatever he did. Once planning an ESPN Star Sports campaign around Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday, Padamsee wanted over a hundred college girls to call the master blaster “Sexy” to the classical sarod raga from Aman and Ayan Ali Bangash, sons to the legendary Amjad Ali Khan.

Kolkata Lives With Both Past And Present

Nov 06 2018

But the other slogan, There is life in Calcutta, stuck around. No one actually knew what it meant, but everyone happily went along.

Bags of missing cash and a tale of two Ravis’

Oct 27 2018

Both Ravis are now out of business, their so-called claim of invincibility now reduced to dust. Worse, both are now being hounded by investigating agencies ranging from the CBI to ED.

Sweet pill seller turned arms dealer may now spill the beans

Sep 30 2018

Amidst the massive dustup in Delhi over an armed dealer’s alleged links with the Gandhi family, Sanjay Bhandari - the man in the hot seat - is making a very, very silent move.

Vedanta report should act as trigger for other companies

Sep 22 2018

“Vedanta has spearheaded its return to society, environment and community at large by distributing 99% of total economic value generated, back to them,” said a note to the PM written by Agarwal

CBI to now go after Lalit Modi

Sep 18 2018

The Union government has given permission to the CBI to take up the Rs 468 crore fraud involving former IPL chairman Lalit Modi and others.

A Bank Of Many Hopes In The Red Light Area Of Sonagachi

Sep 09 2018

Every morning, sex workers at seedy Sonagachi, one of Asia’s largest red-light districts, invoke the Sun God with waters of the holy Ganges gushing from roadside spigots. And then, they slowly walk into a dilapidated building the women call a House of Hope.

Top cop fights top investigator in Sarada case

Sep 06 2018

A curious case of a top cop fighting a top investigator in the Rs 12,000 crore Sarada scam has snowballed into a major controversy involving the ruling BJP-led NDA government and the Trinamool Congress in Bengal.

The Rai Saheb Of Ghazipur’s Tough Life In Jail

Sep 04 2018

Rai, once considered the go-to-man for all income tax related issues in Delhi and Mumbai now finds that his prayers for bail are falling on unwilling ears.