Bolpur and beyond

The world has just finished celebrating Friendship Day, and I find myself neither really celebrating it for the sake of celebration, nor against the idea of celebrating it. I have realized that these 'whether to' or 'not to' debates are futile. If there's no harm in feeling happy about a day, just spread happiness. So [...]

College Street

When a street becomes an enigma, it acquires a character, a life that in turn enlightens generations. For everyone dwelling in Kolkata, College Street is the ultimate destination for books. We love our Amazon, our Oxford Book store and our Starmark and have wholeheartedly accepted them but College Street is our greatest bookstore and the [...]

An equine story crafted in clay

"... অমনি হাতিশালে হাতি সাজল, ঘোড়াশালে ঘোড়া সাজল, কোমর বেঁধে পালোয়ান এল, বর্শা হাতে শিকারী এল, ধনুক হাতে ব্যাধ এল, জাল ঘাড়ে জেলে এল। তারপর সারথি রাজার সোনার রথ নিয়ে এল, সিংহদ্বারে সোনার কপাট ঝন্‌ঝনা দিয়ে খুলে গেল।রাজা সোনার রথে শিকারে চললেন। " শকুন্তলা, অবনীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর অধ্যায় ঃ- দুষ্মন্ত ( ...And all the horses and [...]

Galudih and Ghatshila

When you return from a journey you bring a bag full of memories that strangely unravel themselves at odd times and places remotely connected to it. The campus of Hastings House, Alipore, where I am presently undergoing a teacher training course, is inhabited by a large number of trees. Some of them are century old [...]

Darjeeling

3rd April, 2017 was our last day in Darjeeling and we boarded the train back with memories that are fresh enough till date. One thing I have realized is that a visit to the hills is like a joy ride on a toy train ( though we didn't get the opportunity to ride one in [...]

Lepchajagat

Leaving behind Tinchuley we delved further into the fogs to reach a place called Lepchajagat, another small hamlet in North Bengal. The time was around the end of March and every year, as March draws to an end, it reminds me of this misty trip. The reason why I had chosen Lepchajagat before heading to [...]

Tinchuley

The woods are lovely, dark and deep Some trips remain special all your life because of the memories connected with the place or the journey. Tinchuley will always reserve a special place in my memory lane. It was the first trip I had planned entirely on my own and with my own savings and that [...]

Kankalitala

The heading of this post may make the reader assume that this is about temples and religion but it is not. In fact, I usually get scared of the idea of visiting a temple ( unless they have excellent architecture) and prefer staying away from them. Yet, I am not an atheist and I believe [...]