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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Poor Story

Funny as it seems, the bright side is the title of the article being a poor story. A story that repeatedly bangs on and makes it's way into every household through media. First, there was some killing over the beef issue, then came protests and marches, followed by some crakers in Patna to Pakistan, National Cow Forum or something, the Kerala House, SRK and now.... Amir Khan!

Doe it take the nation anywhere? And is it news if Amir Khan's wife wants to go outside the country because of being insecure? She can go to anywhere! What does it take for a common man who is trying to go places and earn food in peace? This lousy media boils will only brew a soup that will bring about a communal disharmony and later will give enough fuel for the political parties to rally more! Believe me, after seeing these, what SRK or Amir Khan is telling may be their feeling! Celebrity... their voices will surely be heard! But what Kiran Khan wants to do and buy a home in the Palm Beach Resort, is totally her taste, wish and desire! Like all common people she too has some desire, which I would like to mention, is not NEWS! 

And please people, stop reposting posts on these issues. It not only burns 25Calories in you, but also wastes some dam Internet bytes and Electricity!

One thing I would mention. In a story from Akbar Nama, where Birbal tried to cook hanging the pot from the tree top; the modern "poor stories" is something like this. They try to heat and touch the situation from far and donot enter the main problem! So stop cooking like this, it makes the meal really bad!

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

50 : 30

You have been 50 years and 1 day... I was waiting for this magical number to come forth, so that I can write this small token of thanks for entertaining 20+ years of my life.

Hi SRK, this is Somnath. Naam toh Sunah hoga...

That Somnath who reads your tweet and occassionally tweet some, to be "shared" by you on one occasion. Yes, I am that person, who still likes to watch your movies over and over again, but never speaks the good infront of your die hard fans; because I know that I cannot match their stamina. As it is, it will not be worth to pester you infront of your gates, when you try to take some time off for Gauri and your kids! Its like, Abhi toh Family baki hain yaar....

Shaking hands with you will not be enough, as it's better to keep immortal. If I touch you, you are mortal. Well, in true sense you are, but somewhere Gods are never mortal! :P

I know, there will be many eye balls popping out, I have never been in talking or discussing all these and have always tried to poke your die hard fans with some loose comments. Some how, I like to hear when people shout goodies about you. Naughty me.

Mr. Khan. Or is it Dr. Khan? What ever, SRK is better. 50 years of you have superseded my experience of 30 years on this planet Earth and an unsaid bonding started, when I saw you first on a road side poster, with two ladies on your sunglasses! Peculiar it was, to see such a face, I was quite inquisitive to see the movie. Although I was in class 3 back then, but the Kali Kali Ankhen and Kitabein Bahut See was already hit number. I remember, back then Doordarshan featured Chitrahaar and then Music Muqabla, where those were popular numbers. The last scene was a stunner when you set new standards to "death laugh", killing the villain! Well, the rest is history and Bazigar announced the new kid in the block, atleast for me!

Today, 22 years yonder, I recap that movie and why I started liking you. because the story line somehow reflected my family situation; dragged down from the crown! Well, that is a different context, but yes. The movie related me with your on screen character, Vicky!

Time has changed, and all these childhood memories simply bring smiles. Well, life should be outside the movie and PhD (or on the verge of it), makes it more practical. But still I wished I could be like you, Mr. Raju. Although earlier than Bazigar, I happened to see this movie in admiring Juhi. But then, your acting was captivating! Loveria! If I remember correctly, back in 1995 I had my first Malaria!!!

The nineties was a magic. Another fascination that still chased me, even during my PhD. The picture amidst the mustard field. DDLJ. Enough to show every Indian about EuRail, the Schengen Visas, Europe Tour and Love in a trip! I guess , to every person who have had seen the film, had fallen in love with that one woman or man, in a trip! I have done so, several times. Well, those remain fallen, since not every one is Raj Puttar or Simran!

Time for the Bollywood acronyms. After DDLJ, came DTPH and K2H2. Gosh, the time was high school and I was running behind learning organic chemistry and once instead of writing H2O2, I almost wrote K2H2, as I had seen the movie 13th time, to relax! Present date... well its almost 25 times and over. You have been a great Cccchhh..eater.... Teacher! I look forward for a college life and girls like that. But, then Presidency demanded other things than friendship band!

It required studying and my becoming a book buff from an occasional cinema franatic. But, you had a special place in my happy life and I remember proposing bring you for our College Fest! Well, back then you were not the Bengal Ambi. Right?

Today, I came across your upcoming movie called "Fan". Well. One thing for sure that I believe about me and my life; and may be this upcoming movie will confirm is that "Be So Great a Human Being that You and Only You can Imitate Yourself!" I think, Fan will reassert this thought!

Anyways, Happy Birthday. I know many people will poke me now. But somewhere, I believe, there is no Fan of Yours like me! :)

Monday, November 02, 2015

A "Beef" Story

According to Hinduism, God resides in every thing, starting from the inanimate objects to the human being himself. Scientifically, we have all come into existence from the inanimate objects created millions and billions of years ago, in the super kitchen called the stars and the cosmos. Literally, we all are star-born, but still we have our differences! Differences that have helped the leaders tame us to our fears and angers, which if being diverted to a fruitful energy can bring much better and developed society.

Very recently, the beef story has been flashing in briefs all over India. Starting from the murder for the palate near Gurgaon to the uproar in Kerala Bhawan, the Holy Cow has been in media for the past few weeks! Why is Cow Holy? Because mythology states that Lord Krishna address her like a motherly figure, giving Milk. Well, taking of milk, all mammals do; starting from the mouse to the cow, all have mammary glands! Not only cow, every organisms need to to be spared then! Well, I have never tried the mouse meat thought; just for the argument!

In Bhgwat Gita, Shri Krishna showed Arjun, his image of the Universe, the image that relates to the balance of knowledge that controls the good and the bad; filters out the evil but like a colour contrast, leaves some behind for the realization that nothing is achieved without hardship. But in the end, everything has to go eternity; something in biology we call as release of the elements of  a body after death!

Eating beef or not, I have no opinion. It is ultimately the fact that India is a country where liberalism is part of the democracy. It doesnot mean how much evil it is to kill the cow; but to respect, yet tan her skin and wear on foot loses the omnipresent respect of not eating the beef!

Cow or No Cow; the situation sometimes make me say... "Holy Cow!"

Monday, October 19, 2015

পান্দেল-এ পান্দেমনিউম

পুজো শুরু....

এদিক ওদিক ছুটছে মানুষ,
উড়ছে ধুলো,
দুলছে ফানুস -
পুজো এসেছে আবার করে,
উমা এসেছে মর্তলোকে।

ঘুরছে চাকা,
উড়ছে বেলুন ,
Guiness Book থেকে আসছে কজন ;
মানুষেরই সমাগমে,
দেখবে বিদেশ উত্সব কাকে বলে!

এইনা বলে মানুষ ছোটে,
দিশেহারা  রুদ্ধশ্বাসে!
চটি খুলে,
ঘেমে নিয়ে,
পুজোয় মানুষ আনন্দ করে..

রাতের শেষে, ভর হয়ে যায়,
খুদা তৃষ্ণা থাকে একই জায়গায়,
অন্ধকারের চত্ব শিশু,
আবার করে দিক্বাজি খায়।

তোমার পুজো, আমার পুজো,
বিশ্ব সেরা দুগ্গা পুজো,
সৃষ্ঠি সুখে মানুষ হারায়,
অন্য কারোর জীবনের দায় ,

আসছে বছর আবার হবে,
পদ দলিত মানুষ যাবে,

সুধু জেনে রেখো মা সর্বাসুখে,
ভিক্কুক কে দুটি অন্ন  দিলে,
মন থেকে পুজো পূর্ণ হবে!

---সোমনাথ পাল

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

4-0. Does it really matter for Mohun Bagan, statistically?

In the world, where number rules now a days, with a sad heart I still do feel that does the scoreline of 4-0 really matters? 
Here is a small data:

EB: 135 times winning 20 trophies. Since 1920.... 2015: 1.42 trophies per year. (
MB: 246 times winning 54 trophies. Since 1889...2015: 1.95 tropies per year. (
Still my fellow frnds shall say... talk after 1920.... so, I am talking after 1920 for Mohun Bagan....
MB: Since 1920...2015: 213 times winning 42 trophies (*IFA 1911 is also excluded): 2.24 trophies per year.

So, with so much at stake, the defeat of Mohun Bagan can be only for the day. In the long run though, statistically, Mohun Bagan is still 1.58 times ahead in  trophy win per year, considering data from 1920 to 2015 till date.

Somnath Paul Photography


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