Arin Basu, Enjoying your field notes. Very candid and perceptive. The city that was once famous for its culture and intellectualism has now sunk in a pit of endless torment and chaos without any sign of reason, taste or intellect anywhere. Aesthetics don’t have a chance in the current milieu. Different hues of repressive politics — ever since independence — have taken its toll on the city and have degraded it for sure, but I think globalization is also responsible for the ugly and lurid facade that the city is today.
I hope you would also explore and write about the new Bengali media which is gradually becoming mindless, reflecting,though, the desires and aspirations of the urban rich. Thanks.