Guest Column

Derek O’Brien

Derek O’Brien

Derek O’Brien, a renowned quizmaster, is chief whip of the Trinamool Congress in Rajya Sabha and its national spokesperson. He won the award for Best Anchor in 2003.


Booming Bengal beckons

On January 8 and 9, Kolkata will host the Bengal Global Business Summit, an annual event. West Bengal...

By Derek O’Brien January 17, 2016

Where liberty and equality intersect

I have been in Parliament for close to four years now, but participating in the deliberations on...

By Derek O’Brien December 20, 2015

Meat and hot potatoes

Anybody who has visited Kolkata would tell you few other cities have such a taste and flavour for food....

By Derek O’Brien November 01, 2015

Our family club, my second home

My first experience of electoral politics came 15 years ago, when I was voted in as president of The...

By Derek O’Brien September 20, 2015

Stranger in the mirror

This summer, I took a short break and visited New York. Since then, it is back to the nitty-gritty of...

By Derek O’Brien July 12, 2015

Let's be fair on fare

In the 1890s, my mother’s grandfather joined the Bengal Nagpur Railway. For my family, this began a...

By Derek O’Brien March 18, 2015

Bullet points

One of the blockbuster announcements of this year’s railway budget was the bullet train. To be...

By Derek O’Brien March 18, 2015

Knowing Kolkata, via satellite

Did the writer spend a significant time of his or her formative years in Kolkata?Was the writer...

By Derek O’Brien March 18, 2015

The Big Apple's barometer

My wife lives in New York, and, over the years, I have got to know the city well. It is a useful...

By Derek O’Brien March 18, 2015

House games

While in school, my sport of choice was football. I was a goalkeeper of some reckoning in local and...

By Derek O’Brien March 18, 2015

Bullying the houses

After President Pranab Mukherjee, it is now Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan who has cautioned against...

By Derek O’Brien March 16, 2015

Rooting for the Muffler Man

Watching Arvind Kejriwal’s speech at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan shortly after he was sworn in as chief...

By Derek O’Brien May 03, 2015