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Arunabha Sengupta

Arunabha Sengupta
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Arun is a freelance writer, sports correspondent, statistician and a tour guide. He has lived in The Netherlands for the last 12 years and is in love with the country. He is especially fascinated by the way the country combines fascinating history with modern liberalism, the busy touristic hub with the quaint peaceful countryside.

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Published in 1889, The Black Box Murder by Utrecht-based writer Maarten Maartens was the first ever English detective novel by a Dutch writer.

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Commemorating 50 years of FC Utrecht

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A short-story vending machine in Utrecht

The first short story vending machine in the Netherlands is being inaugurated at the International Literature Festival Utrecht 2020

The explosion that shook Utrecht

On 12 June 1967 Utrecht was rocked by a series of explosions.

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