The colo­nial hang­over

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Vet­eran co­me­di­ans Anuvab Pal and Andy Zaltz­man have come to­gether once again, this time for a ra­dio show on the Bri­tish chan­nel BBC 4. Em­pire-cal Ev­i­dence, which was recorded both in Lon­don and Kolkata, delves into the re­mains of the Bri­tish Em­pire in the two cities with the first episode al­ready on air in Lon­don. Speak­ing of how the novel show came to be, Pal told this di­arist, “I was struck by how sim­i­lar the build­ings were in In­dian cities, like Bom­bay and Kolkata, to Lon­don. And I took the idea to Zalts­man [of the famed Bu­gle pod­cast] to see if we could trace the his­tory of these build­ings and the peo­ple in it, as a way to un­der­stand how the Bri­tish came and built in In­dia, and es­pe­cially in Kolkata. So, the show traces the his­tory of the Bri­tish em­pire from the places that re­main, start­ing with the docks in Lon­don from where the ships sailed to Vic­to­ria memo­rial in Cal­cutta.”

PIC/ASHISH RAJE

Karisma Kapoor cracks Am­rita Arora Ladak up with some tit­tle-tat­tle at the launch of a yoga stu­dio for women in Ban­dra on Fri­day.

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