Arpita Chakrabarty

Arpita Chakrabarty

I am an independent journalist.

I narrate stories of people living ordinary lives everyday.

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Tales of the last Jews of Calcutta : July 2015 : Contributoria - people ...

Tales of the last Jews of Calcutta : July 2015 : Co...

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How India's Khasi tribes protect their forest : June 2015 ...

How India's Khasi tribes protect their forest : Jun...

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Narratives from Nepal

Tales of Nepal earthquake survivors speak of devastation, caste discrimination and hopes.

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Living in the mountains : August 2015 : Contributoria - people supporting journalism

Living in the mountains : August 2015 : Contributo...

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Building hydropower projects in the Himalayas : : Contributoria ...

Building hydropower projects in the Himalayas : : C...

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The pride of young Himalayan girls by Arpita Chakrabarty

I ask one grey haired man sitting on one of those wooden plank benches in a tea shop if he knows where Laxmi Ashram is. His needle beard and hollow eyes make him look sad about his life. With inquisitive glances, he directs me towards Gandhi Ashram, where father …...

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The life of a hand-rickshaw puller : October 2014 : Contributoria - the ...

The life of a hand-rickshaw puller : October 2014 :...

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A carnival called Durga Puja in the city of joy by Arpita Chakrabarty

The dawn quickly shakes itself into order. The streetlights are still on; the whispering of birds in the adjacent jamun tree is not unnerving in this calm setting; the dog, which slept in warmth underneath Rabi’s tea stall, moves towards the grey wooden bench and curls itself behind my legs...

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Tales of lower-caste citizens of India by Arpita Chakrabarty

Gopen (name changed) is barely 23 year-old. With a short height and thin figure and a black wide moustache, he resembles popular Tamil actor Dhanush. When I tell him about this new-found similarity between Gopen and Dhanush, he disregards my opinion with a big laugh. “He is such a …...

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Beating the Dhak by Arpita Chakrabarty

The story of Sakher Sakher Das has been playing the dhak – the traditional Indian drum – at Durga and Kali Pujas ever since his father taught him when he was 12. He is now 48 years old. He hangs the large drum around his slender weak shoulders and plays...

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2014: My first year of being a freelancer : December 2014 : Contributoria - the independent journalism network

2014: My first year of being a freelancer : Decembe...

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Exodus from Himalayan villages in India by Arpita Chakrabarty

The state of Uttarakhand. © Mohamed Majid Thirty-year old Puran left his village Danya five years back to work in an organic farming unit near Almora town. Twenty-seven year old Prakash and 22-year old Bhemsingh left their village in Lamgarah to work at a home stay in Ranikhet as a...

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Being independent at an old age by Arpita Chakrabarty

Every morning while I go for a run on a nearby avenue filled with dense trees and a calm lake occupying more than 70 acres of land in Kolkata, I see several elderly men and women sitting on cemented benches and talking among themselves on politics, food, sports, inflation, …...

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Changing social and cultural value of money in India by Arpita Chakrabarty

An old advertisement of 1989 of the then recently launched Bajaj Chetak Scooter showed a face of united and powerful India: how Bajaj Scooter, a bike manufactured by an Indian automobile company, Bajaj, becomes a part of a happy Indian family of parents, children and their grandparents. The advertisement’s jingle...