Monthly Archives: September 2010

Fragrances Of A Rainwashed Evening – Tangential Thoughts On Kolkata’s Sociology

I prefer to travel by air if I have to reach Kolkata by daylight. I love it when the plane swishes down, circles a bit and then touches the tarmac. This is because never ever have I seen a city … Continue reading

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A very long note on a very short visit to Nagaland

When Zuchamo Yanthan, a young Professor from IGNOU invited me to chair a session at a Seminar in St Joseph College in Nagaland, I agreed immediately. I had never been to Nagaland and accepting the invitation would mean that I … Continue reading

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Where Clouds End – Dharamshala

Madhuleena, Madhusree and my mutual friend was visiting us after 20 years. She was with us in JNU but way laid by matrimony and child rearing she had neither the motive nor the opportunity to meet up with her friends. … Continue reading

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Bharatpur’s Mahabharat

Madhusree and I went for a short trip to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Ever since Georgie, our Lhasa terrier has come into our lives it is no longer possible for us to be out of home beyond one night. We leave … Continue reading

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Shrishtichhaada – Especially For Ritwik Mallik

Shristichhaada is a Bengali word that means the one who is abandoned by civilization.. This note is especially for Ritwik because he tagged me in a note which I could not respond to as a comment. The note pertains to … Continue reading

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If God Went To B School – Debut Novel

If God Went To B School. Anand and Mani Ganesh. Srishti. Delhi. 2010. Jayanto Bose must be congratulated for bringing before us a range of books from Srishti authored by young debutants. These debutants, usually young men from top schools … Continue reading

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If The Name Is Khan, February 2010

If the name is Khan then it is no point in saying that you are not a terrorist. In order to be able to say that you are not a terrorist to your victim you have to sacrifice yourself. Martyrdom … Continue reading

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Rakhi Sawant – Joan of Arc..

My friend from school, Madhu Kedia, now Gupta asks me how the Rakhi Sawant show is among my favourites. Madhu knows me as I was some forty years ago, quintessentially from a Bengali bhadralok background who turned her nose up … Continue reading

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Whats My Raashi? 27th September 2009

Not every day do we get a film in Bollywood that sears through the contented middle class views on the two most fundamental social institutions – family and marriage. Not every day do we have a typical Bollywood formula film … Continue reading

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Japanese Wife – Kurosawa’s Style Marries Ray’s

Aparna Sen’s film The Japanese Wife is a text book case of what happens when film making styles of Kurosawa are married into the Satyajit Ray style. The Japanese Wife provides for an occasion to marry these two styles as … Continue reading

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