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IPL Season II

There should always be a way, a style to finish off the month of romance. Indians, as a mass romanticizes mostly with Cricket, so how about presenting the mass of billion strong Indians with the schedule of the IPL Season II extravaganza? Eight teams shall fight their soul out for the golden trophy that last time was snatched by the least expected Rajasthan Royals. A team without stars, produced their shine amidst the hype of the tournament.Indian Premier League started its journey last year, as was observed world wide as the most glamorous cricketing tournament. The T20 champions, India, nourished by the BCCI managed to bring forth the greatest extravaganza, bigger than the World Cup. The T20 format of the game enabled the world to watch a 3.5 hour power packed entertainment, with guaranteed rush of passion and adrenaline through the blood vessels.
This time also, there would be eight teams, representing various metros of the nation. The matches start from 10th April and would conclud…

Small Talks

India had her representation in the motion pictures arena before. She has also embraced awards in certain categories, like in 1982 for Gandhi, Bhanu Athaiya, the costume designer won the maiden Oscar while later on in 1992, Satyajit Ray, a pioneer in movie techniques received his share as a life time achievement award (The Academy Honorary Award*), which was presented to him when he was very ill, his last illness if framed properly.

* The elite recipients of this award are in the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Warner Bros, Walt Disney, etc.

This time round, almost after 18 years since Ray, the Indian Music Maestro, Mr. A. R. Rahman knocked the doors of the World winning the two golden statuettes of The Academy Awards. The music of Slumdog Millionaire have touched the heart and soul of billions of people who has in them, a dream. The movie, primed the Indian Slum-life and how an Indian dreamt big to become the rich after winning a quiz contest. Kaun Banega Crorepati, which is the Indian ver…

Game: Kolkata Maidan.

The tussle between the State Government and The Indian Army came to the forefront, in a city, whose nickname suggests the least tussle prone place. The City of Joy, Kolkata, having the Eastern Head Quarters of the Indian Army and also the capital of West Bengal, a state witnessed a never before seen, illogical "tussle" between the two authorities mentioned above. The platform for this headlock can be traced back to couple of weeks back.

February 9th:
The CPM rally with the well known tag line Brigade Chalo which in colloquial Bengali means Lets go to Brigade. Brigade Parade Ground is another official name of the Kolkata Maidan, which has an area of more that 5 sq Kilometers. Environmentally, this ground can be compared to the Oxygen Producing machine, which is primarily important for the ever growning Metropolis. CPM, prior to the Lok Sabha (The Indian House of Commons) elections, desired to demonstrate the power it still posses in West Bengal, albeit the recent rural election…

Kolkata Light Rail Transit System. (L.R.T)

Kolkatapaved its way as the first metropolitan in India to have the underground railway system, proudly called the Calcutta Metro Rails. Initially it was started on a trial basis between Esplanade to Bhowanipur (now called Netaji Bhawan). With the desired success in the project, the rail now spans from North to South of the city, a journey which by local on road transport would take nearly one and a half hours, can take only 30 odd minutes starting from Tollygunge to DumDum. The South end extension is on its way covering another 14 Kms. Kolkata was pioneer in this. This rail system in Calcutta / Kolkata is over 40 years old!

(Pic: Kolkata Metro)

Now, it is a multi billion Rupees project, around Rs 60 billion, to build the nations first Elevated Light Rail Transit System. It, as foreseen woyld transfor the city's life style, especially the long minutes of traffic snarls. Some of the pain staking traffic snarls was overcome by constructing multi flyovers all over the city. In a span o…

Say as If

When it comes to elaborating one's emotion, it is always a tough job to cope up with, something that is seldom understood. The other day, I was having a chat with my friend over the phone.I asked B as to what she would prefer in a mood which was completely remorseful at the moment. She said that she would like to be at a place where there is sand, coconut trees, a lagoon whose waters will be sea green. The golden sand would have nooks of moss enveloped all over the including the tiny pebbles that was once ivory white. Then I asked, what more? With an agile leap, she popped her desire to have a small hut, where there would b no one to disturb her. She paused, and I took the opportunity to paint some objects in her canvas of desire. I put in a small hammock, with her swinging on it, the shadows of the palm tree leaves would be playing hide and seek onto her eyes, keeping the Rays of the Sun around her and not one her.

The sole target was to let feel at ease, trying to paint the desir…

The Ghajini Fever.

It has been over three months that the South Indian remake, Ghajini came onto the big screen. The film is based on short term memory loss, the character being portrayed by the Indian superstar Amir Khan. In the movie, the character was a well off businessman, who fell in love, but in the course of the incidence, she got murdered. Incidentally, the character was hit on his head that initiated the short term memory loss. On a tryst to achieve a revenge, the man used to inscribe his tasks on his body in form of tatooes. Feels quite fabulous, well Mr.Khan went a step ahead in ensuring that he made 8-pack Abs for the movie. His gruelling diet was in air for the new year with many making it a New Year resolution as a diet chart.
But the fever is somewhere else.
Yesterday, I was coming back home after seeing my friend off. I was seated inside the metro when two ladies came and took the place infront of mine. I would pick up some bits of their conversation, and the fever of Ghajini became promi…

Online Gaming.

When it come to getting into the constant gaming mode, it means the ultimate terminator being called to kill all the demons of boredom. But in many a case, people get bored staying in the same portal, within the same avenues and alleys racing over and over again. They try to race with the world but getting a LAN or WAN or WLAN is not a matter of few dollars. It would cost big! With ever increasing tendency of human work of art getting crooned within their respective cabins, online gaming like Imperia Online, one of the most well acclaimed online gaming portal which quite like the Age of Empires, one of the most famous games of all times, has the answer where you can play within your coop trying to make a virtual empire, bigger and better than other of the world. You have a whole world to compete with, allies named in your own country and what not! You can be India and eat up the Pakistanis in the virtual world, satisfying your thirst of revenge!
I have been a big fan of this and have b…

Bitter Love: Thanks Mr. Pramod Muthalik.

Shri Ram Sena, the newest name in the bizz of spreading the bitter taste in the sweet love of life, and that too over the bitter liquor! F**K! ( Well I put the asterix deliberately or these people will come over at my place shouting for the cultural shock! ) In the last week of January they went the extremes beating up three ladies at a pub in Mangalore. They say this is to "protect the wives and daughters" from westernization! They say that is is not in their culture to have anything of this kind. Please, let me remind Mr. Pramod Muthalik, the president of this organization that सुरा (Sura) is also a heavenly drink that is being offered to many gods and goddesses, of the Hindu culture, and that is not a culture shock। Is it?

Mr. Muthalik, it is this drink that made the richness of grapes being identified as Sura and starting from Parvati, Vishnu, Laxmi, etc and to name many, have this and it is mentioned in the mythologies! अमृत (Amrit), the drink of eternity, if remembered…

India does it atlast!

India does what the other nations have done it years and decades ago. They have come up with an online grievance cell, a website that is directed for all kinds of grievances and complaints, be it the railway reservations to the passport officer's misconduct! You name it and they have it. I am sort of trying to put up a picture of the whole setting in here, but I dont know how sucessful this will be. But you all can log in to the website. To go to the Indian Government Grievances Online Portal, click here.
This blog shall act as an awareness, as I believe.
The following is the cut short part of the BIG Thing!

About Us
Grievance Redress Mechanism
Policy Guidelines for Redress of Public Grievances
Directors (Nodal Officers) of Public Grievances in GoI
Centralized PGRAMS
Citizen's Charters of Central Government Organisations
Pensioners' Portal
Department of AR&PG
Your Suggestions/Feedback
Grievance Redress Flow Chart
Redress Process Channels
Site Map

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Voicing my Inner feelings..

Sometimes I feel so at lost. Sometimes everything seems so under control. And many a times I feel blank, able to do a lot, scripting many success stories, staying witness to a few hundreds but when it boils down to me, I stand all blank at the witness box. Its a hard feeling, a constant knock from the head that makes my heart throttle under immense pressure. Heaps from the options, when I opted for one, staying put, doing idle few works kills me.
I dont know if some maths went wrong or is it my tendency to feel the wall on my back before I race towards success. I dont know. My fortune shouts "Speak d not!" and I fall back to the self same caccoon, a place where no one has ever seen me doing anything or even felt the coldness in there. May be I will not let anyone to feel that coldness. All my friends are better off by this time. Even in the time of recession God has been great to my ears by not bringing in any news of my friend getting fired from their livelihood. The Banshee…

meaningless scraps...

As most people will sucessfully find the answers to criticize as to what I ever utter. But few days ago, a buzz was around in the air that a new project for a chemical factory will be on its way at Nayachar. This will be a chemical hub that has been given a clean chit from the Union Government and an ordinance to install the project at the site is on its way.
But again the people who are concerned regarding the opposition of the CPM lead state governement, said that they are "policy wise" against pollutuion and creating a chemical hub would never the less increase pollution in the said area. It is this opposition, led by the Trinamool Congress have shown their "other" policy that is simply 180' over turned when it comes to the Supreme Court order to convert all the autorickshaws on the roads of Kolkata, into LPG auto's, which if not followed was instructed to be ceised by the authorities. At that point, Miss Banerjee's party supported the auto organisati…

The thorn...

Happy Rose Day....

Simple... I am Happy....

We all try to find out the trick to be happy. Well, "Its simple to be happy, but very difficult to be simple." Today while coming back from my student's house, I looked at an incidence that knocked my realization of what is simple? Simplicity in Character? Or there is something more in it? A family, looked to be below average waged people, husband-wife, three daughters, almost of same age, not more than five years boarded the bus. They took the seat just before mine. Luckily I had my headphones off, for I would then have been very unlucky to miss this. The man was remorsing about his bad health but again the fact that he has to get back to the building site the next day, which he was not feeling like looking at his health. His wife with caring smile asked him to take a day off, but he said that he cant afford or else his daily wage would be deducted! (They needed money, was what the eyes said.)
In the mean time, the youngest sister burst the balloon that she was carrying.…

Getting Ultra Exotic.

I came across this mail in my hotmail inbox and got stunned by the creativity. The next five minutes, the imaginative mind started to roam in the alleys as to if this is possible, then many things can be created thinking in such an exotic category. Must be thinking as to what I am talking of, as an exotic taste? Then have a glance to the picture that follows:

What do you think this is? Yes, this a Brand synonym for Old Monk, black rum, but this bottle has a different purpose to sell for. Its a marraige invitation card of Sanaa and Shameem and the bottle depicts an exotic idea borne out from the ultra innovative minds of Kerala.
This, as I have said can be one of the many articles which can take place of the butterfly cards or the jute paper works for invitation. How about a sweet boxes for a label? As this would give the sweet taste of an upcoming bondage as well as serve the purpose of invitation. Not a bad idea eh? Never mind... just think!

Another Fight.

The table for the I-League, which is the EPL version in India is now on it's hind legs, as the teams gear up to fight for the title. Bhaichung Bhutia, the India captain has promised that the title is going to come in Calcutta, with the Calcutta Giants, Mohun Bagan will win it. The team along with the coach, Bencharifa are quite confident about this, but at the moment, they are a point behind the table leaders after the thirteenth round. On 6th February, 2009, Yuva Bharati will boil with emotions from the Mohun Bagan fans, as they face the table toppers, Sporting Club de Goa,a Goan outfit who has been convincing this season. But Bagan who at the moment has the local Calcutta League and the Federation Cup already under theior belts look forward to make their fame by recreating history of holding titles at all levels. Only if the IFA Shield came back home, it would have been the best deal.Mohun Bagan has won the league (formerly known as National Football League) three times since 19…

Observations and Informations.

Two days have gone past, and the new crowned Cricket World Numero Uno are the South Africans. Two days hence,India has started to a strong note, starting to erode the Lankan attack in Colombo. It was on 31st that they won by 15 runs, in a match that has gone down the wire. If the race for the Numero Uno is being up for grabs, it was the Indians who back in 2001 has showed the world that the Aussies were not invincible, when they were made to fore go a match, where the host team, i.e India has already faced a follow on. The Hansie Cronje dream got full filled, as today, the Proteas are on the top. Aussies are second and the closely paced Indians are in the third position.

But, apart from this information, I observed something on 31st January, 2009. It was the annual Sarawati Puja, where the goddess of education and music was being worshipped through ceremonious procedures. A hindu custom, that each and every Bengali "did" with full faith. But as it seems, that slowly and stead…