Cities & Architecture

A flooded ground along Old Mahabalipuram Road in Chennai following two days of cyclonic rains in the city. Credit: Vijay Thamarai

Can We Really Prevent Floods By Planting More Trees?

As heavy rain continues to contribute to the devastating flooding in Cumbria, there have once again been calls – notably from the environmentalist George Monbiot – for the reforestation of our uplands, to help tackle rural flooding. The government has stated that it is funding the planting of […]

Allen Ginsberg, a Calcutta Story

Deborah Baker writes about her early experience of Calcutta, meeting the poet Tarapada Ray, and learning about the Beat legend Allen Ginsberg’s odyssey in India – a discovery that would unfold as her second book, A Blue Hand: The Beats in India