Musings post my thirtieth birthday.

Well, this time it is not a short story. This is not a blog post to enlighten anyone on any thought provoking incident. For I, am not ready or willing to start any debate or entertain in particular. I am writing this to finish as soon as possible and hit the publish button unlike my…

Fictions vs. Movie adaptations.

I was heartbroken when I finally watched the movie adaptation of “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand. Probably, I was expecting much more. Was I? The answer is a straightforward “YES”. I was just hoping that the three hours long movie would cover the story bit by bit of a seven hundred pages paperback. Sigh! May…

English is my second language, but is it a foreign language anymore?

As far as I remember, my parents introduced me to both English and Bengali alphabets when I was a kid. Although I do not remember the Saraswati puja when I was introduced to formal writing by a priest, but as I recently witnessed my younger brother being introduced to formal writing in both Bengali and…

Kanyadan

It was a happy gathering of around six hundred people. All of them are not too close to Mathur family. Vikram Mathur, the head of the family took utmost care to invite his relatives and neighbours along with some acquaintances in workplace. Inviting this many people was neither necessity nor need, but he had to….

Motherland revisited

Life sprouts in mother’s womb, feeding from her blood. Mother providing her newest limb, life through umbilical cord. Months of utmost care and hidden fear, enduring pain that no one else could bear. shrilled cry of new born the first thing to hear, reminding her of the creation to take care. The canopy of mother’s…

Jhelum

Vitasta, humans needed you for purification of their souls. White blood of Goddess Parvati, inviolable for mere mortals. Shiva’s trident slit an artery of holy mother, soul purpose was to invigorate lives across the river. Hydaspes, the witness of a gory battle by it’s bank, when great king of Macedonia met his match. Mighty Porus…

Why birthdays are important???

Happy Birthday!!! The underlying wish remains the same I believe, whenever and wherever this phrase is pronounced. The tone varies as well as the mode of interaction when someone wishes the other. Ranging from less emotional wish accompanied by a handshaking gesture (I do not consider it to be proper handshake if it is not…

Puns

The other day, I read an article in The Hindu of cheesy pick up lines that men use. I do not want to dwell on the need or implications of using or creating pick up lines but it was fun reading the article though. It made me smile. Here are some I could think of….

Gatra Haridra

The high pitched single tone of the conch declared the beginning of the auspicious ceremony of yellowing. Ira sat on the wooden stool placed at the centre of the roof. The stool was around one foot high. The top of the stool was covered with red and yellow paper. Ira sat straight on the stool,…

Vridhi

“Father, I want a typical Bengali marriage ceremony for me. I want to perform every rituals that a typical Bengali girl performs on her wedding. I want to honour my custom from the core of my heart on the very special day of my life” declared Sohini to her parents. She was having a candid…

Posthumous

The doctor announced successful completion of the corneal transplant outside the operating theatre. Family members waiting outside for long finally were relieved to hear the news. Some of them started calling other relatives who could not come to the hospital. It ended the longest wait of their family and tormented life of a teenage boy….

Motherland

“Ladies and Gentlemen, we are approaching the new found land. I would like to congratulate all of you who had dared to come this far amidst all adverse conditions to venture into the new open world. This is your Captain speaking. Have a prosperous and happy life ahead as you had imagined. Thank you very…