Diya Gupta

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Date of Publication: Wednesday, 16th August, 2017
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Christopher Nolan’s recent war film ‘Dunkirk’ has elicited a spectrum of responses. Reviewers hailed it as “spare, stunning, extraordinarily ambitious”, ...Read More


Date of Publication: Monday, 8th May, 2017
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This photograph of an Indian soldier on board a troop ship to Singapore in 1941 confronts us with a familiar gesture from the Imperial War Museums archives. The soldier thrusts his head and arm through the ship’s porthole, and appropriates Churchill’s ...Read More


Date of Publication: Thursday, 23rd February, 2017
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“Sicily is a very fertile country. It is the Kashmir of Europe.”- Letter in Malayalam by an Indian sepoy, August 1943, Central Mediterranean Forces. Through letters exchanged between the home front and international battlefronts, Indian soldiers in the Second World War reveal themselves to be ...Read More


Date of Publication: Friday, 17th February, 2017
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“I have written to you many times but God alone knows why I don’t get your letters. You say you write regularly. Letters ...Read More


Date of Publication: Tuesday, 24th January, 2017
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Extracts from letters archived at the British Library, exchanged between the Indian home front and international battlefronts during the Second World War, become textual connectors linking the farthest corners of the Empire and imperial strongholds requiring defence against the Axis alliance.  Such letters map the ...Read More


Date of Publication: Tuesday, 20th December, 2016
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“I have written to you many times but God alone knows why I don’t get your letters.  You say you write regularly.  Letters mean half meetings and they are a great consolation to us.” - Written in Urdu by an Indian sepoy from Tunisia on 16 May 1943.   ...Read More


Date of Publication: Tuesday, 3rd November, 2015
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"The best moments... are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you'd thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you've never met, maybe even someone long dead. ...Read More


Date of Publication: Sunday, 5th April, 2015
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"The best moments... are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - that you'd thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you've never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it's as if a hand has come out and taken yours." - ...Read More


Date of Publication: Monday, 15th November, 2010
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For most residents, Castle Hill is just an especially uphill cycle ride in Cambridge, occasionally tempered with a visit to the Castle pub or perhaps to the Maharajah curry house. But many hundreds of years ago, Castle Hill formed the city centre of Cambridge, part of the upper town where settlements were ...Read More


Date of Publication: Monday, 15th March, 2010
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“There were 424 air raid alerts at Cambridge during the war, during which the enemy dropped 118 high-explosive bombs, 3 oil bombs and about 1000 incendiaries, and 29 people were killed. The Round Church, the Union Society and houses in Jesus Lane were hit in July 1942.” Jesus College’s 41st Annual Report, published ...Read More

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