Yet it is the stories of Lahana Ghose, Sanhita, Ruma Chakraborty and Mala Pal that have resonated particularly for me. Each has not only overcome many gender barriers to work in their field, but created opportunities for other women in traditionally male worlds.
What is the Coffee House like today? Does it still draw bright young students to gather together and discuss the economics and politics of the day, the finer points of their curricula, or the latest happenings in the world of theatre, music and literature?
Kolkata is ready to soak in the spirit of Christmas literally. Cake-mixing events are on at all hotels in the city.