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Shanu Lahiri’s book ‘Tabled’ is a living installation of memories

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canada goose black friday sale She would set up food stalls during Durga Puja selling ghughni and alur dum, among other delicacies. Curator and close associate Sounak Chacraverti recalls, “Her cooking was akin to the life she led, replete with experiments. She cooked and fed people with affection. That was her secret ingredient.” canada goose black friday sale.

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