Feel-bad story

Fresh from his Western junket, journalist Sujoy Dhar gets an assignment to flood-ravaged Birbhum. He went there counting his allowance, and came back guilty.

The hangover remained. The memories of New York's Times Square and London's Leicester Square, were heady — the bright lights, the funky joints, the ritzy crowds, the music. So even as the native returned to the squalor and pollution of Calcutta, the month-long experience abroad kept me in high spirits. Writing all those feel-good stories of travel, about successful desis, and the NRI fashion de­signer in a New York ramp show.

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Himal Southasian