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Isti Bhattacharya

Isti Bhattacharya is a second-year PhD student at the Department of History, Indiana University Bloomington. She is also an Editorial Assistant at the American Historical Review. Isti’s current research brings together the urban and environmental histories of South Asian cities.

A study of facial expression and gesture, 1823

How Upper Lips Got Stiff

The truism that “boys don’t cry” is a Western social convention. Colonialism and imperialism made sure it spread East.
A statue of a refugee family marks the crossroads of Netaji Nagar

Kolkata and Partition: Between Remembering and Forgetting

In West Bengal’s capital city, suppressing the painful history of the 1947 Partition allows for the celebration of moments of endurance and success.