Paramita Ghosh has been working as a journalist for over 20 years and writes socio-political and culture features. She works in the Weekend section as a senior assistant editor and has reported from Vienna, Jaffna and Singapore.
Articles by Paramita Ghosh
Review: A Mirror Made of Rain by Naheed Phiroze Patel
In this debut novel, families, tied by wealth, opportunity, and secrets of indiscretion, operate as tribes
Published on May 21, 2021 10:57 PM IST
Review: Along with the Sun edited by Ki. Rajanarayanan
Caste, cattle and moneylenders decide the fate of the underclass in this anthology of 20 stories from the Karisal region of Tamil Nadu
Published on Feb 26, 2021 10:13 PM IST
Review: Betrayed by Hope, a play on the life of Michael Madhusudan Dutt
Updated on Feb 12, 2021 03:03 PM IST
Taming of the ’shrooms: Meet the fungi trackers in the north-east
Stephen Axford and Catherine Marciniak have been studying mushrooms for years, and recently spent two months documenting some of India’s vast variety. A new film captures their adventure.
Published on Jan 29, 2021 05:26 PM IST
These artists craft natural wonders to boost conservation
Paper, paint, creativity and a passion for the environment make the works of Nirupa Rao, Nibha Sikander and Niharika Rajput stand out.
Published on Jan 23, 2021 06:20 PM IST
Sleep cycles: Are you a lion, dolphin, wolf or bear?
Identifying your chronotype — the pattern of when you are most alert and most suited to sleep — can help you find greater balance in your day, or so the theory goes.
Updated on Jan 16, 2021 10:15 AM IST
A retelling of Jungle Book without the colonial baggage
Stephen Alter sets the Rudyard Kipling classic in a newly independent India, and has Mowgli, renamed Daniel, working at MIT.
Updated on Jan 08, 2021 08:44 PM IST
Twist in the tale: Pandemic-era fan fiction is a rather wild ride
Wizards are hoarding toilet paper at Hogwarts, vampires are fretting over immunity and superheroes are killing time by discussing their new fitness regimens. Take a look...
Updated on Jan 10, 2021 04:20 PM IST
The Enfield journey: A new book explores a bumpy ride into history
Amrit Raj’s Indian Icon: A Cult Called Royal Enfield takes a look at the challenges and deft moves that have gone into building the motorcycle brand.
Updated on Jan 08, 2021 07:19 PM IST
Art on a chopping board: An Insta series celebrates unsung heroes of the kitchen
Devi Menon casts pointed gourds in the tale of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, turns methi leaves into a divine canopy. Take a look at her whimsical series of art works.
Updated on Jan 02, 2021 08:28 PM IST
For the record: Gen Z is taking to oral history
Young adults committed to recording the everyday on devices and social media are finding common cause with the Oral History Association of India, whose online sessions have seen record-high numbers in recent months.
Updated on Jan 02, 2021 12:01 PM IST
Balcony makeovers: Creating room with a view
In winter, it’s a place to take in the sun. In festive season, a space to decorate. A safe place to socially distance with your one or two “safe” visitors. In the pandemic, this is the ‘room’ that breathes.
Updated on Jan 01, 2021 06:33 PM IST
How an essential worker experienced a pandemic
Had my wife not been brave, it would have been difficult to carry on doing my tasks, says Naman Jain, a doctor in a private hospital’s Covid ward
Updated on Dec 29, 2020 06:47 PM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | ByParamita Ghosh
Sidekick story: Robin spreads his wings
Created in 1940 by Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson, he went from a character to a mantle for several avatars in the Batman world.
Updated on Dec 11, 2020 08:15 PM IST
Spies, crime, profit: Poet Arjun Rajendran’s new work is inspired by diaries from the 18th century
The diaries left behind by Ananda Ranga Pillai, right-hand man to the French governor of Pondicherry Joseph Francois Dupleix, shine a light on the intrigues and everyday life of the time.
Updated on Dec 04, 2020 04:34 PM IST
Recovered but feeling negative? It could be post-Covid stress disorder
Headaches, lethargy, anxiety, insomnia. These stressers are similar to PTSD but not as severe so do not delay in getting expert help as they can be overcome.
Updated on Nov 27, 2020 07:55 PM IST
Suspense, drama, auction! Another side to the artistry of Bhanu Athaiya
Athaiya is best known for winning an Oscar for costume design for the film Gandhi. On December 2, an auction will showcase her paintings from the 1940s and ‘50s.
Updated on Nov 29, 2020 03:02 PM IST
A pretty long shelf life for fact and fiction: Biblio turns 25
One of India’s longest-running little magazines, this independent venture is devoted to book reviews.
Updated on Nov 29, 2020 08:46 PM IST
The great pandemic-era return to the nest is proving hard on young adults and parents
The children are older, perhaps wiser, but mostly, not richer. The parents are having to renegotiate their lives too. Five young people tell Wknd what it’s been like trying to fit back in.
Updated on Nov 21, 2020 11:14 PM IST
‘The labour market looks bleak for India’s young women’
Sara Elder of the International Labour Organization discusses a new report on the pandemic’s impact on the economic futures of young people.
Updated on Nov 20, 2020 07:37 PM IST
The parent perspective: Adjusting to a sea change all over again
With children back home for the long term, there’s a renegotiation of the little things - time, habits, chores and the use of patience.
Updated on Nov 20, 2020 07:11 PM IST
Preserving relics in Manipur from WW2 battles that India forgot
Arambam Angamba Singh, a self-taught battle historian, has built a private museum in Imphal and is organising war-site tours to get global historians interested.
Updated on Nov 08, 2020 10:22 PM IST
Does Stoicism hold the answer to life in these chaotic times?
Ryan Holiday, co-author of Lives of the Stoics, says the ancient Greek philosophy is straightforward, and can help, even if it isn’t the easiest to follow.
Updated on Nov 06, 2020 08:43 PM IST
A lost language: How the deaf are navigating a masked world
Overnight, their ability to communicate freely with the world has vanished. As most communities and workplaces lag in adjusting, see how some deaf individuals are innovating so they can carry on.
Updated on Oct 31, 2020 10:56 AM IST
Betting on Bombay: What it took to turn the clock back for web series Scam 1992
Old photographs, videos and stock footage helped the production crew recreate the ’80s and ’90s. Vintage props helped too. One of the hardest parts — finding enough of those iconic blue checked shirts.
Updated on Nov 01, 2020 09:29 AM IST
The science of burnout (and how to beat it)
As work invades all other time zones, here are warning signs to watch for, and ways to keep from fizzling out.
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 10:22 PM IST
Bored, restless urban India is turning to exotic, exorbitant plants
It’s the green revolution no one saw coming. Plants that cost as much as Rs 20,000 a piece are finding eager takers.
Updated on Oct 25, 2020 07:07 AM IST
Close your eyes: A first-of-its-kind film for the blind tells a story in sound
A boy loses his mother to gunfire in Kashmir. A machine-gun rattles, doors creak open, you hear the pitter-patter of feet on fallen leaves, in the unusual and effective Gulfam by Sanamjit Talwar.
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 08:09 PM IST
#Farmstagram is offering trapped urban Indians some peas and quiet
Why doomscroll when you can stroll through Instagram accounts that offer lush landscapes, fresh produce and a sense of escape.
Updated on Oct 24, 2020 05:04 PM IST
I write for the curious, says Namwali Serpell, winner of the Arthur C Clarke award
The Old Drift is a sweeping family saga trailing four generations of three overlapping families — Black, White and Brown — but it is really the story of a nation, Zambia.
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 12:36 PM IST