Birpara: Village Life and Volunteer Project

Oolash! A Day in the Life

Oolash! A Day in the Life

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The doorbell starts ringing at 8 o’clock in the morning, Saturday, our first “day off” in weeks. The day’s visitors include the typical Bengal…

Cha: Pouring the Perfect Cup

Cha: Pouring the Perfect Cup

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The suffering of the Dooars tea workers notwithstanding, tea remains a perfectly tranquilo topic. I’ve been focusing on its production (or, in the closed…

Arrival in Birpara

Arrival in Birpara

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By Indian standards, Birpara (pronounced with the accent on the first syllable: BEER-para) is indeed a small town – 39,000 souls, a number which…

North to Birpara

North to Birpara

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Our journey to North Bengal began with a hectic and hot ordeal in Calcutta’s Sealdah Rail Station, where, despite our confirmed a/c sleeper coach…