Festival, Indian events

পেট্রল পাম্প

এই পূজার পর আমার এক নিকট আত্মীয়র সঙ্গে দেখা করতে গিয়েছিলাম। মিষ্টি মুখের বদলে একটু নোনতা মুখ করতে করতে এমনি কথা বার্তা হচ্ছিল। কথা হতে হতে ছোটবেলার কথা উঠে এল। মনে রাখবেন যে মাথার চুলে যদি পাঁক ধরাটা দেখতে আর আশ্চর্য না লাগে, তখন পুরনো দিনের কারুর সঙ্গে দেখা হলে বেশির ভাগ সময় ছোটবেলার কথাই… Continue reading পেট্রল পাম্প

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Festival, Indian events, Life

The annual gainless pain …

A typical Bong (Bengali) will always look forward to buy new clothes or other associated things just before the start of the Durga Puja. That's a tradition that is there for centuries and some of these traditions are good to keep - I don't have any problem with that. But when this annual thing becomes… Continue reading The annual gainless pain …

Festival, Indian events, Life, Sports

Friendship 

The year was 1981. A ten year old kid arrived at a new place, new home along with his family. The feelings were quite mixed - happy to see a new and bright, bigger home; slightly depressed for being uprooted from old friends. Feeling of sadness got increased in a couple of days when Sunday… Continue reading Friendship 

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দুর্গা পূজা

দুর্গা পূজা এক রাশ ওণুভুতি নতুন কাপড়ের স্পর্শ কাশ ফুলের দুলুনি ভোগের গন্ধ প্রতিমা দর্শনের হুড়াহুড়ি পান্ডেল আলোকসজ্জার চমতকার দুর্গা পূজা চিন্তার উপর জয় মানুষের মিলন গান বাজনার সময় সকলের হাসি মুখ ভুলেছে সবাই তার দুঃখ দুর্গা পূজা পাশের বস্তির ছেলেটা সে তো পেলো না জামার গন্ধ ঢাকের বাজনা মেটাল না খিদে কুকুরের সঙ্গে বেঁচে… Continue reading দুর্গা পূজা

Festival, International, Life

When going home is a vacation…..

Like many of you, I too have a lot of friends and colleagues who live outside India - either they are settled down in a foreign country or they work there for some years now or they are on short term assignments for a year or two. Recently, due to the summer in Europe, a… Continue reading When going home is a vacation…..

Festival, Indian events

The immortal creation that appeals to generation after generation ….

With just a few weeks to one of the biggest celebrations triggering off across the Bengali community in the world, the first thing that comes to my mind is the evergreen creation of Mahisashur Mardini played at 4 am on the Mahalaya day. This creation still appeals to all generations, still is as popular as… Continue reading The immortal creation that appeals to generation after generation ….

Festival, Indian events, International

The great homecoming … a candid interview

Being a resident outside Bengal, it has been always a great occasion to come every year during the Puja's with my mother and other brothers and sisters. Actually, with so many relatives and close friends and families in Bengal, I look forward to this visit every year. You know when the excitement starts for me… Continue reading The great homecoming … a candid interview

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The festival Bengal waits for … Durga Puja

The preparation for the Durga Puja has already started in Kolkata (even though almost 100 days are still left) with an occasion that all Bengali's wait for an entire year to come. Apart from the religious significance, which still plays a major role in terms of its popularity, lies the broader context beyond normal religion.… Continue reading The festival Bengal waits for … Durga Puja