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Friday, September 25, 2009

Pujas 2009: Sasthi

This year round, to make my blog a place with a tinge of a tang, I will be posting a day to day event and list down the number of places covered during one of the greatest festivals of ManKind, the Durga Pujas. For past 1 month or so, my blog has been flooded with such articles, entitled the Pujas 2009. But this is the foundation stone of a very personalized criticism of the various pujas that the eyes of the blog owner [i.e ME] have rolled upon.

I start with Maha Sasthi, the day of strength and poweress of the goddess durga. Although I have been hailing in the office yesterday as well as today [24/09/09], which had not been the cae in the past 10 years, when my Pujas always started with the inset of Panchami. Still, nothing can be done, except that after completing my work at office, I headed out, did some shopping and then with the remnant time, managed to scrape out some valuable moments and went to Suruchi Sangha.

Picture by Somnath Paul.

Fabulous. In one word, they did stick to the concept of Theme Pujas where each organizing committee looks forward to create a puja ambinece pertinent to a particular theme, It might be upbring or grooming certain moral values to exhibiting the various arts and culture. This time, Suruchi Sangha, near New Alipore Petrolpump decided to stick to the former mode.

They talked of Birsa Munda, a person who is a literal hero and a historic figure whom we seldom know of. But Suruchi ensured that the people who visits their pandal or 'camp' surely knows him. Birsa was born some 120 years ago, in a small village @ juncture of the modern Indian provinces of West Bengal and Jharkhand. He was a man with principles, resisting the British Relm of acquiring land, making all the tribals in the region unite against the British government. The first "tribal uprising" was due to this great man - Birsa Munda. The shine-stone mentions the work [ref pic]. Birsa  was tortured to death at a tender age of 25 years! Birsa's statue is installed in the Parliament premises, and the most interesting part of it is, it's the only Tribal leader's statue!!

Picture by SomnathPaul.

The ambience of Suruchi is worth viewing it even in a queue for 40minutes. Time was very short today, hence amongst the big names, I only viewed Suruchi, but while coming back home I did pay a homage visit to all the known pandals in my locality of Taltala, each one maintaing their orthodox style without anything very bew. Yes, the neon lights seemed new and brighter than last year and the crowd was too dashing. This is unlikely for a Sasthi appointment with Goddess Durga.

Picture by Somnath Paul

I do put forward soe of the best chosen pictures, so that your eyes can sooth. More over the album can be viewed on Orkut. Hope you have an account there!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My Schedule...

This is for the people and my friends, who can visit my orkut profile or a recently uploaded and linked in online album to get a look of the various pujas that I have for you. It will be, in short, a complete Puja Parikrama.

Some of the biggest names to be completed, but this time round, if the rain gods permit, I think I would penetrate the suburbs and the village pujas, just for the essence of puja!

Saptami: Morning ~ Behala Parikrama. Evening ~ Rashbehari & Kasba.
Astumi: Morning ~ Central & North Kolkata. Evening ~ South East Kolkata [Park Circus /Ballygunge]
Nabami: Not decided ~ but may go to Garia and beyond.
Dasami: The sad tunes of an end and a happy tunes of hope ~ Bhasan @ Babughat!

Think this will cover up every alley! Eh?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Season's Greetings...

I am bit busy now a days, to increase my ratings and bring back those readers who once came and peeped through my thoughts!

In the course of the day, I was searching something productive to be posted. The days are ahead with the festive season coming upfront and one of the biggest festival is on it's way: The Durga Pujas. I wanted to wish my fellow bloggers and all trhe people around the world about Happy Pujas, or as per as the bengali colloqui goes, "Sarodiyar Preeti o Suveccha". I tried to post a greetings card here and so I proceeded: " Pujas Greetings + HTML Code". Google gave me thousands of option but 123 is relied upon always and hence I came up to this link to budge me out of the place of unknown: Embedding a e-card in my blog. The site:

I click on to Share Options and here is what I have for you:

Sunday, September 20, 2009


I have never been so perplexed. This is the fourth time I am completely editing an article. Initially this article started off with bashing Mr. Kapil Sibal, Honrb'l Union Minister of Education for Reforming the education system in India, which I believe is for the worse!

Then the hype of the tour to Gadiara came upfront, so I redirected the thoughts to that! A day before the scheduled tour, the tour gets cancelled and the post that I am editing was the one post cancellation ready to vent out the vexation! Frustation... Even one of my friend who is in a similar situation mentions in his Orkut Profile: thru d---'no memory' land!!!

But I always believe and look up for the positive, hence I will walk through the 'memory' path and recollect the last time I had a trip in the Durgostav with Sangbaran, one of the vibrant colours in S5!

It was way back in 2007. Back then, S5 was segregated by geography with Sourav @ Hyderabad while Sandip was @ Bangalore. Sangbaran was then an unemployed engineer with Soumillo working in company in Sector I, Kolkata and I was pursuing my M.Sc [1st year in Genetics], Kolkata.

The remnant S5 had planned a night-stay at Soumillo's place, but 1 week before the event to be held on then: Panchami, Sanga mentions that he would be off to Mangalore for a training in his newly acquired job....

Old memories! That makes that last time I had a tour with Sanga was in 2006. Infact back then Soumillo, Sourav and Sanga were present. I post some of those days... in Collage [courtesy Googz Picasa 3] to cherish the moments in the memories when one of my friend mentions out of frustation 'no memory' land. I see no in-justification towards his feelings. Anyways, have a look at the S5 Pics: Durga Pujas 2006. The party was on Panchami, 27th Sept'06.

Snippets of Pujas 2006. The Literal Last with S5.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Direct from the OT.

The following will be received with un-adulterated precision. A common thing for a doctor and a normal thing for a biologist, especially a Physiologist like me. With the advance of mobile cameras, such pictures come to our social community network, thanks to some very good doctor friends, in their pre-matured era of being a Doctor!

The picture that is shown below is that of am amputed leg, with the pale white "bow" shaped article being the joint region of the femur with the lower bones of the legs. That region resides within the sinovial joint, protected by the patella. This is the terms that a common tenth standard can understand!!! The amputation is done by means of Gollitine [hope the spelling is right!] method.

The objective of the article is not to mention discuss about the ethics and whether one should publish such pics in the social networks or open forums like Blogs. I write this in support of the ideaof having a colour X-Ray directly from the table of the surgeon. Such images may be too tender for the people with weak heart, but seems very interesting.

One should understand that these are the things which only a doctor can handle. A commoner would faint! So before beating up a doc or destroying his clinic or public healthcare properties, one must think. Its hard to do so in the face of atrocity and I am not denying that people are there who cheat the public, but not all. I have known a few friends and a sister of mine, who are all MBBS students, who will never be "witches and zombies" to earn money! They have a good hand and a very good heart and this article is in support for them, and a warm greetings to them and also [too much and] a token of thanks for the support that they have always shown to me!

Enjoy the picture:

[Courtesy: Dr. Mainak]

Friday, September 11, 2009

Offisial Atyachar.

Its time to tickle some of your funny bones with the new kid around you. A simple get-away company, an online tour company has made the moto of "WORK-PRESSURE" into something sensational, visiting which, I can ensure of having a good laugh and so will you.

The website is called: OFFISIAL ATYACHAR, a parody made from the tune of "EMOTIONAL ATYACHAAR" of DEV-D, one of the biggest hits in 2008 bollywood cinema!

Please have a look through the video, to get a prelude of whats in the website. You have logging off tunes, of which the "Tridev" rocks! You have some downloads and others and at the end of the day, you will come up to one site being linked and patronizing the whole concept: GET A BREAK fro WORK, before you get BURN OUT WITH WORK!!

Enjoy the Video:

To visit the website, click here

Sunday, September 06, 2009

The Wet Edge.

Its a long spell of torrential rain that have been soaking Kolkata, India for the past 24 hours. The spell, caused by an excessive depression over the South Gangetic Bengal, has carried along till date. Looking ahead, one with a mentality like me is naturally induced to write down a post with such a boring heading, WET EDGE!!! Come PINK feeling around!!!

With just three weeks left for the inception of Pujas 2009, the grand festival for a Bengali, a rain can be as sharp an indent like a blade, cutting through the hopes of fun with loved ones, family and friends, to the shredding filaments!

The thought came to mind, while I was strolling across the corridor, talking over the phone. There was a sharp shound of electric shock waves, followed by a huge bang! A thunder must have shoved past us whose shrill stringed noise made me stuch with awe! Then the person across the phone sa
id, "If this continues, then Pujas are a gonner..."

Its very interesting to note the human mind. A few weeks ago, dus to excessive heat wave, everyone eagerly desired for the rain, but now they curse. First of all, the Pujas are untimely this year round, being ahead by almost half a
month. Secondly, the Aila had delayed the rains, which is now showering with all it's might, to fulfill our two weeks old wish to have a torrent!

Anyways, thinking of such a dicy situation, did make me soak in grim mood, as I expect the Pujas to be bright and with lots of grandeur, fir each and everyone! Tip
Tap.... the drops kissed the wash-basin and the thunder kept plying across the skies over Kolkata!!!

Somnath Paul Photography


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