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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Connections: Joining Party 2011.

It was a Thursday, 20th January, 2011 that I made some very "great" and "new" connections with a lot of people in our Molecular and Human Genetics Group, IICB. Timeless gains with a token of welcome handed over to us by the emminent faculties within the aegis of the Group, namely, Kunal Sir, Keya Madam, Susanta Sir and Ashok Sir. An abstract of the whole program is sketched within the non-intellectual reaches of the blog. 

Background: Socials are interesting part of the human community. It makes people know each other and exchange thoughts, made public or shared over a glass of drink (mock or cock), coffee and very appreciatively over a cup of tea. Ideas flow as well as the music, which occasionally brings out the steps that enthusiastically occupy the floor. Socials of these kind is called as a party. The main objective of this program was to toast the mocktail in the name of the newly joined juniors (2009-2010), under the banner of Molecular and Human Genetics Division, IICB.

Materials and Methods: The party was a whole hearted effort of the juniors as well as seniors. The overall consortium was executed in the right spirit. Even though the juniors, namely Kayum, Abhisek, Sangita, Shruti Di, Niladri, Rajeswari, Chetan and myself, supported by Nandana and Debmita, had no clue as to what can be performed, 24 hours into the the inauguration of the program; it was a team effort to come up with an array of programs that had the art engrossed with fun and interactive participation with the audience. The seniors, on the other hand had to extract their frolic through a series of activities specially designed to meet the desired result. i.e to laugh!
The program by the juniors had a Dance (by Nandana), Rabindra Sangeet (Rituparna Di and Subhadeep Da, in association with Arindam on guitar), Mimicry (by Kayum), Shruti Natya (by all the Juniors, exclusively and Arindam) and Kao Quiz. This array of program, especially the Shruti Natya was amicably rehearsed in 6 hours, from the morning of that day. The seniors were too meticulous with the tasks, turning the samples into Romantoc Couples in Metro Station (Shruti Di and Kayum), Transfecting the Deepika-Madhuri-Urmila plasmid in one (Abhisek), Sequencing Sholay using Niladri, Chetan and Rajeswari, Sonicating Sangita to the tunes of Sheila ki Jawani and tagging me with the Challenge Fluorophore.

Results: The overall results showed 36 enamel clad teeth out in every bodies' lips. The hands swayed to the tunes and so were the legs.

Conclusion: The 36 enamel re-affirms the enjoyment delivered by all the subjects concerned and participated, on the floor of Restaurant on the First Floor, 50/1B Purnadas Road, near Golpark, Kolkata. The food satisfied the palate. The movement of the hands and legs also co-relates with the fact that it was directly proportional to the degree of enjoyment. In this case all the subjects showed a synchronized pattern, proving that there is no significant difference in the enjoyment delivered at the party. The main purpose to connect with the acumen of the newly acquired species of the department was successfully done. The following are some of the best snapshots taken by the Photovending machine...

(l-r): The Junior Brigade of Dr. A. K. Giri. Niladri, Nandana, Rajeswari and Me.

Trying to save my Bastion (Sangita; onstage wife) from Loafer (Devrup Da)

Sequencing Sholay (Niladri, Chetan & Rajeswari)

Transfected Deepika-Madhuri-Urmila Clone. (Abhisek)

The Couple in Metro (Kayum & Shruti Di)

Shruti Natya

Subhadeep Da & Rituparna Di

The Faculty and Others

Nandana's Solo Performance

The Organizing Junior Committee.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Reporting Winter

With the cold spell over Kolkata, just over; the mercury stabilizing at the 12'C mark for the first time over 24 hours and that too after one and a half week, the sun felt cheerful on a Sunday.

And why not. With a regular Sunday Quota of 5 tuition classes, I came across only two and the day is about to get over. 2011 started cold and some astrologers have started recontacting me with a brief report of the year and some prediction of the decade. I am here, sitting and writing the blog, not knowing what will be coming up in the next 10 minutes and then you get such spoofs!


With Sadashib getting married within a fortnight and my mom sporadically reminding me of my age and "wrong" decision to remain a bachelor, I find it really difficult to dream of buying a long craving SLR and start clicking around the backyard for some subjects! (... and be a FREE BIRD for some more years!)

This week is going to be special. I mean, big. Its a week, which will enhance my connections with the other members of the Group, with whom I work...via the Joining Party, scheduled on 20th Jan, 2011. I am looking forward to it as it has been quite a long............time..........(approx 4years), since I rocked my torso to some Rock Music...Free Style!

Any thing more interesting? Well yes. Come February, I will be moving out of Kolkata for a conference. Now that is something I gonna look at! Lets see. Till then, just signing off from a Red Smeared State of West Bengal...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Namesake. Not by Jhumpa Lahiri, but a small article, capable to be a blogging material on the matter, that no more red hot to me.

While having the occasional lab meeting, we happened to stumble across a topic named : Exclusion of Sourav from IP 4. A total massacre that the whole nation is making scoop of and the die hard fans of the great captain falling back to their sentiments, hitting back at IPL... SRK... KKR and even the BCCI and Sarad Pawar. The sentiments do let you imagine (may be aim) at an wide angle.

The Picture: Exclusion of Sourav Ganguly, the former skipper of the Team India and the Numero Uno test captain the nation had ever had.

The Spot: Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 4.

The ISO: Conspiracy Theory, not the one mentioned in the linked book, but the one that many Indians know. Bengal has been in the backyard of the game of Indian Cricket, neglected for ever. Just that, they could do nothing with Dada... the Maharaja of Cricket.

The Print: Distrust and Disrespect all over and lot of commotion.

How does Mr. Shah Rukh Khan place this film rolling? Korbo Lorbo Jitbo, guess will stop airing in the prime time in Kolkata Media. He already has created a bad smell.

The conspiracy theory  against the Bengal Crickets always have taken it's toll, man handled by BCCI, more after Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya had stepped aside from the governing council. With Sourav being axed after a long 10 years, completed from every format of the game, the game is being repeated from the roots with more cricketers.

The latest victim, as according to my reckon is Wriddhiman Saha. The excellent wicket keeper has been bought by Chennai Super Kings. They didnt need Saha, for the talent, but to suppress the talent and kill it under the heavy armpits of Dhoni. Dhoni, no doubt is a fine player, but his presence in CSK will show the place of Saha be like Patel...worse even... no where! KKR gave a nod in the conspiracy by not bidding for this fine performer.

IPL4 comes mid of 2011. Guess, it will be full of unexpected crowd behavior at Eden Gardens. What ever it is, the name of Kolkata is in the hands of the people who live here. Think before you listen to your emotional cry!

Thank You!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

A New Decade and Some Life Changing Plans..

The last decade transformed me to a large extend, but all within the realms of being a student. The next decade has a major role to play. The following are some of the plans and programs that I would be going through (hopefully all, if I am normal). Please have a look and put a toast to it, this new year. More over, this is the 400th post to behold of my blog, who will be completing its 5 years at general service:

1) Completing my PhD. Getting an opportunity in form of a hope is like getting the taste of the wine. Cheers and if all turns up well, I will be getting out as a trained professional in the field of Cancer Epidemiology. Hopeful deadline: 2014.

2) Getting married. Ah..the awaited juncture of my life as almost 35% of my pals, known to me are married, but only 2% has a baby now!!! My mom doesn't know the last stat or else it would a new record being played, augmenting the first; to get married!!!

3) Doing atleast two Post Docs. Hopefully the two will be completed by 2020. Max 2018, if my PhD is being covered by 2014. These, I am hopeful to be of International stature.

4) Joining as a Scientist. By end of 2011-decade I would love to join the Indian Science contingent as a budding scientist in the field of clinical carcinogenesis. My hope.

5) Buying a Car. Now thats certain!

Hope all turns up well. Happy 2011, Happy Decade!

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