The original Sketches by Hutom (Hutomer Naksha) was a book containing observations (and gossip!) about decadent life in nineteenth century Calcutta. It was funny, rude, historical, and of course satirical. Nobody knows for sure who wrote the book, although it is generally believed to be the maverick genius Kaliprasanna Singha.

Hutom is Bengali for the barn owl — chosen presumably because owls appear to observe everything, silently, and then give out two hoots.

This blog is about my observations of life — in Calcutta, in India, in science, and in general. The nom de plume (pun intended) is a tribute to the original Hutom.

I am theoretical physicist based in Calcutta.

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