This Mahalaya morning, like all other Mahalaya mornings, has arrived with a faint whiff of chill in the air. The clouds are cuddly tufts of cotton, idly swaying around on an azure sky. You log on to YouTube and listen to the prayer, the ode to Maa Durga: Mahishasurmardini. You probably let out a sigh. You … Continue reading How Mahalaya Has Changed for The Non-Resident Bong
You have been away from Kolkata for some time now. And you have saved your earned leaves. Because, you know, it’s time The Goddess arrived and of course you have to be home! Bilu, Bunty and Bablu, your childhood friends working abroad, are coming down for the Pujas this year and boy, do you … Continue reading Durga Puja and The Forgotten Aminia
Dear Ammijaan, I know you’re not keeping well. Father hasn’t recovered, Fufijaan hasn’t recovered and the baby Poshnools fell from their nest during the storm last night and two of them died. I know. But you have to stay strong Ammijaan. For me. The coaching camp at the Gymkhana is holding memorials. The boys must … Continue reading A Letter from Handwara, Kashmir
I have waited for this week for around twenty five years. Right from the time I would beg and beg my dad for three rupees on Saturday mornings to buy second-hand comic books from the comic book-wal… Source: Why Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice is Not a Movie Continue reading Why Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice is Not a Movie
I have waited for this week for around twenty five years. Right from the time I would beg and beg my dad for three rupees on Saturday mornings to buy second-hand comic books from the comic book-wallah who set up shop in front of our school. Tattered comic books that smelled of another reader, from … Continue reading Why Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice is Not Just a Movie
The Good The Bad and The Ugly. That was the first movie that I went for. Baba took me to New Empire for an evening show. New Empire reeked of heritage, cinema and booze. It was only ice cream that I could smell the first time though. My first ever mint flavoured scoop! I’m not … Continue reading Sure You Don’t Want To Accept That Friend Request From Your Dad?
And so the ordeal begins. With the onset of the Mahalaya morning, there arrives this faint whiff of chill in the air, accentuating the bright gold of the sun. It takes you back to your city and your times. You logon to Youtube and listen to Birendra Krishna Bhadra chanting the Mahishasurmardini and let out … Continue reading Mahalaya and What it Means to You as a Bong