East Timorese Sell Their Coffee to Starbucks, Starve at Home
The waiters served customers in their usual sluggish manner, but seemed markedly slower. For Kolkata’s famous intellectual hub Coffee House was in mourning at the passing away of Manna Dey who rendered the famous song that for generations has been regarded as its anthem. Thirty years back, Dey recorded ‘ Coffee Houser sei addata aaj ar nei’ (The chat sessions at the Coffee House have faded away) capturing the ‘golden late afternoons’ spent by seven friends at the joint and the successes, frustrations, tragedies and disappointments which they experienced in their later lives. The song, which told the story of artist Nikhilesh, guitarist D’souza, journalist Moidul, wannabe poet Amol, has steeped with nostalgia generations of Kolkatans – who spent such golden moments of their youth and student lives in coffee houses with dreams of a new world order or a career of creativity, only to lose their way in the labyrinth of harsh reality. Thirty years back, Dey recorded ‘Coffee Houser’ capturing the ‘golden late afternoons’ spent by seven friends.
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Ironically, East Timors vast offshore oil and gas fields have led to a capital fund worth of around $11.7 bn. This cash offers huge opportunities for poverty alleviation, but opinion is split on how best to invest it. Why not on education, which might produce a generation of skilled citizens? says Kingsbury.
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