Tora Agarwala
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Tora Agarwala

Journalist | The Indian Express | Assam | tora.agarwala@gmail.com | @toramatix


'Will They Take Me Away?'

A ground report on how the children of Assam have been affected by issues of identity and citizenship in the backdrop of the National Register of Citizens.

The Indian Express / February 2020

Call Me By My Name

They are young, full of dreams, and are calling themselves the ‘Miyas’ of Assam. What does poetry, identity and the NRC offer them?

The Indian Express / July 2019

Nights Out, Closed In (Cover Story)

The metamorphosis of Guwahati, the capital of Assam from a small town to a big city. (A cover story about urbanisation, moral policing and the media for The Indian Express's Sunday Magazine)

The Indian Express / September 2015

A village, a girl and the road to Oscars

The story of Village Rockstars: Dohgaon Kalardiya is just another village in Assam, with a cast of dreamers and doers. Now, one filmmaker and a band of children are telling its story to the world

The Indian Express / October 2018

The Story Of A Night

Assam Floods 2019: A jail gets flooded. The college opposite is converted into a jail. The inmates are shifted. A rapist escapes. A manhunt begins. The rapist is caught. And the inmates go back to the jail.

The Indian Express / July 2019

Prove Your Identity (Big Picture story)

Is being Assamese a question of language, religion, ethnicity, or citizenship? As the NRC exercise scratches these divides in the state's complicated history and geography, another legislation, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, has prised open another split.

The Indian Express / July 2018

Arriving Somewhere

A man disappears from a Manipur village, and is returned to it 40 years later by YouTube. But is homecoming the fairy tale it is made out to be?

The Indian Express / June 2019

Mizoram: how the show goes on

Bereft of a single movie theatre, how Mizoram produces and consumes its films: loud speaker announcements, door-to-door ticket sales, dubbing and directors who double up as producers, distributors and even actors.

The Indian Express / September 2018

Where The River Bends

Rains in Majuli are not ordinary. With every downpour, the island loses a little bit of itself to the river — A travel piece

The Indian Express / May 2018

India's Deadly Superstition (Video)

Assistant Reporter for a film on Birubala Rabha, a crusader against the practice of witch hunting prevalent in parts of rural Assam.

The New York Times / February 2016

Come, Meet the Little Prince (Personal Essay)

If you were the youngest in a pack of cousins, summer holidays were the best of times and the worst of times. Till you discovered a library of old books. (A personal narrative for the "Nostalgia" special of The Indian Express's Sunday Magazine)

The Indian Express / June 2016

And the show goes on

Assam’s 80-year-old mobile theatre industry is under fire for rapidly shedding its traditional identity to embrace the contemporary. But it continues to thrive on popular demand. (A piece for the Theatre Special of Hindu's Saturday weekend magazine)

The Hindu / February 2016

The Architecture of a Fashion Show

For the Style Issue of Architectural Digest, a long-form piece about the set design, theatrics and architecture of the most dramatic runways in India and across the world.

Architectural Digest, Conde Nast India / September 2016

A Sweeping Scenery

A travelogue from Mawlynnong, believed to be the cleanest village in Asia. (For the annual Travel Issue of The Indian Express's Sunday Eye Magazine)

The Indian Express / May 2012

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