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Life changing decision I made… and I am happy

For every person, deciding which college to go to and to choose the course is a very big decision. For many this is not a problem and an easy task while others need to do serious thinking of what they really want to do and how they see themselves after 6 or 7 years. I fall under the category of latter. I knew which course I wanted but was aloof about the fact what I would do with it and where I should it. I got B.Sc Microbiology in Scottish Church college, M.Sc integrated in Biotechnology in VIT, Vellore and

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Down the Memory Lane – Bhitarkanika-Gahirmata

So, in this second post I will describe my experiences of an adventure trip that we took to Bhitarkanika. It was December again, (definitely not the same year as we did Gopalpur). But we had to make a few preparations before embarking on our journey. As we had no access to the Internet, offices of tourism departments came in handy. My dad approached the Orissa Tourism’s office in Kolkata and gathered all the necessary information. Bhitarkanika was not only unique but was quite remote (at least it was at point of time). We had to make prior reservation at the

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Down the Memory Lane: Gopalpur-on-Seas

Travelling does help create awesome memories and some of them stay with you forever. As a child I had the privilege of travelling and exploring unknown places with my parents. Whether it was trekking high up the Tungnath (highest Shiva Temple in the world) or diving in the deep seas at Gopalpur-on-Sea, or staring with awe at a crocodile in the marshes of Bhitarkanika (Orissa), I do feel blessed at times to be able to recollect such memories. So, in this post I thought of simply recollecting one such childhood trip. It was December and I just got over with

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Rituparno Ghosh, The Unforgettable Influence On Indian Cinema

I recently watched two of Rituparno Ghosh‘s films, Memories in March and Chitrangada. And I was pretty much stunned after watching them. Here is one man who, more or less single-handedly, lifted the standards of modern Bengali cinema to a level that continues to have us bedazzled, by its sheer splendour and artistic merit. For those of you unfamiliar with Ghosh, he was one of the best film directors of the recent times, up to his sad demise last year at the tender age of 50. What amazes me the most about this radical personality is that, he never hoped to follow the standards or norms of the society,

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Metro Systems In Delhi And Kolkata, A Lesson To Learn

Kolkata – The City of Joy, the eastern megametropolitan, the cultural capital of India. This is the rosy picture painted in the minds of some people still, when the hear the name of the city. Truly, Kolkata has some uniquely amazing features – it’s home to the second largest sports stadium in the world, the only existing tramway system in Asia, the largest museum in the continent and… the best metro system as declared in 1984! Yes, that’s the irony. In 1984, 12 years after the baby-steps were taken to build a working MRTS (Mass Rapid Transit System) in the

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Sonar Kella: A Memory of Detective Stories

I was just watching a part of the many downloadable sections of Sonar Kella. It reminded me of those lazy afternoons in Kolkata of the early 90s when alongside my elder brother, uncle I would sit and hear stories of detectives with rounded eyes. My pupils would dilate as my elder brother, lovingly called Dadamoni, would rush us younger cousins through stories where the detective in chase of the killer was actually pursuing one of his multiple selves, as the murderer. With lot of gusto he would speak and like muted, stunned spectators of a thriller show we would listen

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Parlez-Moi D’amour – To Paris, With Love

To Paris… If you have ever visited Paris, inevitably you probably want to visit again. If you have never been…you must! Paris is all about aesthetics. It is about being pleasing to the eye, to the ear and to the tongue. Even the mums in the park oozed style in just their trainers, shabby jogging bottoms and effortlessly tousled hair dos. Their children and husbands, not to be left behind, carried themselves as if they were models from a bohemian fashion magazine called, “How to look Parisian and Stylish Without even Trying!” We could only look on in wonder and

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Weekend Destination from Kolkata: Gadiara

Barely 90 kilometers away from Kolkata, is Gadiara famous for its confluence of two rivers – Damodar and Rupnarayan. This small town in the Howrah district also happens to be popular tourist spot. Gadiara has an interesting history to narrate. During the early 18th century, when the British rule in India had already gained strong ground, Gadiara was notorious for river pirates who often looted and plundered the surrounding regions. So, in order to guard the entrance the British General Lord Robert Clive built a fort. Popularly known as the Fort Mornington, today the structure is in ruins after a

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Memories of England

We’re back in Kolkata now. It’s wonderful to be home, but memories of a lovely time remain. Life is a little simpler in my mother’s house, although a little cramped. It’s a house full of love and affection and emotions that spill out at every opportunity. It’s where I learned to love cricket and how to chop onions. It’s where I tantrum regularly, just because I can and it’s where I know I will always have a place in the retelling of the stories from long ago. I’ll have memories of the dandelion clocks and the neighbour’s cats; the roses

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The Third Sex

Inequality exists everywhere, not more so, than right here in Calcutta. There’s rich and poor, there’s the educated and the not, there’s man and woman. In every walk of life, for every step I take outside of my front door, I am confronted by a different reality where everyone certainly is not born equal. But we all have somewhere to go, people who can help us, rights which would stand up in court, I was told the other day. If you are a man and you’re being denied a place in a hospital you can complain. If you are a woman and

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