Preserving Indian Culture

Yet another film has failed to get past the watchful eyes of the Central Board of Film Certification and secure a certificate for screening it in India. This time the reason for the Board's "unanimous decision" is that it is 'lady oriented'! This is insane, ridiculous and unbelievable, especially in a country that prides on... Continue Reading →

প্রসঙ্গ অমর্ত্য সেন

অমর্ত্য সেনের মতো সর্বার্থে জ্ঞানী ও গুণীজনের ব্যাপারে আমার মতো একজন অজ্ঞ এবং সাধারণ মানুষের কিছু বলার অধিকার আদৌ আছে কিনা এ ব্যাপারে আমি যথেষ্ট সন্দিহান। তা সত্ত্বেও, যখন আমার চাইতেও গণ্ডমূর্খেরা তাঁকে অশালীন ভাষায় অপমান করার চেষ্টা করেন তখন আর চুপ করে থাকা যায় না। "চেষ্টা" বলছি এইজন্যে যে, অমর্ত্য সেন বৈদগ্ধের যে শিখরে... Continue Reading →

Remembering Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

Today, 23rd January is the birth day of Subhas Chandra Bose, the one and only Netaji, an iconic figures of our struggle for freedom.  Apart from West Bengal, the rest of India hardly remembers the man except in some lacklusture official and private functions. Subhas's life and deeds stand out among those who put themselves on... Continue Reading →

Is Destiny Supreme in Life?

Life is truly strange and is full of inexplicable ups and downs. Sometimes it seems that we are being tossed about like a boat in a turbulent sea - now reaching the crest, only to touch the nadir at the next moment. We seem to be mere toys in the hands of what we call... Continue Reading →

A “Brush” better avoided!!

"A brush with the tiger may cause 18 wounds; one with the police causes 36"..thus goes a saying in Bengali. Many of us might think the latter part of the proverb was an exaggeration. The young civil servant I am talking about also thought so till he had an encounter with the reality. This person... Continue Reading →

Durga Puja in Kolkata

Durga Puja, the biggest of the festivals of Bengal, is now behind us. For nearly two weeks the city of Kolkata and its inhabitants were in the midst of a jamboree, the parallel of which is hard to find anywhere else. Puja of course means worship; but Durga Puja in Bengal is much more than... Continue Reading →

The Blow that never was

The Indian Foreign Service, more popular as the IFS,  is undoubtedly the foremost among the elite central services in India. It draws some of the best brains in the country and its members have on many occasions made the country proud by serving the nation under extremely trying, even dangerous, situations far from the glare... Continue Reading →

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