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Thinking of Granddad

Thinking of Granddad

Storytelling is an art. To keep your audience engaged with an incident about which he/ she is quite ignorant requires an extra gift. Specially if the audience happens to consist of kids below the age of ten years, making them sit at one place is a herculean task. But not so for my grandfather, my […]

ঠাম্মা

ঠাম্মা

Guest article by Madhura আরো পাঁচটি মেয়ের মতো এই মেয়েটিরও বিয়ে নিয়ে স্বপ্ন ছিল। তা হোক না ১২ বছরের বড় বর। সেই ১৯৫৬-৫৭ এ এটা কি একটা পার্থক্য ছিল নাকি? স্নাতক স্তরের ফাইনাল হওয়ার আগেই বিয়ে হয়ে গেল আশুতোষ কলেজের পদার্থবিদ্যার অধ্যাপক দ্বিজেন্দ্রলাল রায়ের সাথে- ছাত্রমহলে DL নামেই পরিচিত ছিলেন যিনি। তা কলেজের ব্ল্যাকবোর্ডে মাঝেমধ্যে […]

Unlocking... A lockdown experience

Unlocking… A lockdown experience

Pen by Madhura Mask-check, sanitizer-check, gloves-check, head cover-check -remember Monica and Ross from ‘Friends’ doing similar checks before flying to London? I now do it regularly before leaving for office. We are now slowly adapting ourselves to the changed circumstance. Venturing out for work is necessary, but the virus is still there. Precautions need to […]

The Pujas

The Pujas

Pen By Madhura Our locality was full of small to medium scale factories. Viswakarma Puja was celebrated with aplomb in this region. We would know that Viswakarma Puja is coming as the sky would be covered with colourful kites, which the youths would fly in the afternoon. On the eve of Viswakarma Puja, some households […]

The Tidal waves

The Tidal waves

Pen By Madhura So long, the writing mainly revolved around the different things that we enjoyed as child. But of course there were certain things which we would never like to return to our lives. The most important one is the tidal water which regularly came to our house after the monsoon receded. Our house […]

Travel Anecdotes

Travel Anecdotes

 Diaries by Madhura These days travelling is quite a norm. We travel for office work, to visit family or to spend a holiday. I am also no exception to this norm. And I have some beautiful memories associated with travel.  While traveling by public transport on a particular route every day, one tends to see […]

Days without Power

Days without Power

Quarantine Diaries by Madhura                    Summer in Kolkata is quite unbearable due to its humid nature. What made it more unbearable was the occasional powercuts that we would had throughout the day. The most affected time was afternoon when the sun would be at its peak. We had hand-fans, made of talpata. Tal is the […]

Daily Visitors

Daily Visitors

Quarantine Diaries by Madhura The global pandemic related to Corona Virus has made us live in silos.Our lives have changed dramatically over the past few weeks leading us to introspect about a lot of things. Life has been quite hectic over the last decade, when change was the constant norm. This virus made us appreciate […]