Lee Kuan Yew Chair at Calcutta University? Mamata wants it

Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee

Will there be a Lee Kuan Yew Chair at Calcutta University? I am delighted.

Mamata Banerjee herself wants it. The West Bengal chief minister said so after a meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday.

It’s only fitting that Singapore is the first country she chose to visit since coming to power in 2011, ending 34 years of communist rule in West Bengal. [Continue reading]

Ogden Nash: Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker

During his lifetime, Ogden Nash was the most widely known, appreciated, and imitated American creator of light verse, a reputation that has continued after his death, says the Poetry Foundation. Among other memorable verses he wrote: Reflexions on … [Continue reading]

Impishly, PM Lee…

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was almost playful in the way he broke the news. He explained why the government held back some of the money people saved for retirement – and then made an. announcement which had the audience cheering as if they had … [Continue reading]

Updike’s last poems

Reading about Robin Williams’ death, I wanted to read what writers wrote in their last days, in their illness or old age, when they knew they were about to die. That is how I came across these poems by my favourite writer, John Updike. … [Continue reading]