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Ahiron Part 4: The Last Few Straws of the Journey.

Incredible India, Incredible History.
Just now listening to one of my favorite oldies, Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaye, from Anand. Ahiron and Murshidabad domain occupies just 0.075% of the land mass of the nation, but it is here where the fate of India was written 300 years ago, initiating its slipping into the hands of the British. The Britons set their first claw grasp here, thanks to Lord Robert Clive. Shiraj Ud Dwala, the then Nawab of Bengal (King of Bengal), faced the atrocities of the british, but he was also subjected to an internal betrayal of his relatives, especially his elder maternal aunt, Ghaseti Begum. Ghaseti Begum wasn't pleased with his annex to the throne, after the death of Ali Vadri Khan, Shiraj's maternal grand father. Shiraj's original name was Mirja Mohammed Siraj, originally from Bihar where he was from the royal family, the ruler of Bihar, Zain Uddin being his father. Ghaseti Begum wasn't happy with the interference of Bihar and wanted his son Sh…

Journey UP Ahead.

A Small note, not worthy, may be.

With Ravangla just a few days from now, its great to unravel my signature photo watermark. I look forward for some great snaps and going to the laps of Himalayas after 11 long years. The last time, it was in Class X, from Calcutta Boys' School Excursion, 2000. I also had another opportunity to visit the mighty mysterious world of Oaks and pines, in 1994, when my dad and mom took me to Gangtok, Darjeeling and Kalimpong. This is my third visit with my work group, the Molecular and Human Genetics division, IICB. I think, I will be in my groove as I love snapping nature...

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Bengal Elections 2011: The Facebook Way.

DISCLAIMER: The whole article is just a figment of imagination and has no intention of hurting any political sentiment or individual. This is intended to be tickle bones and not knuckle heads!
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Election Commission Bengal being a troubled state, election to be held in 5 phases and results would be announced on May 13, 2011. Feb 12 at 12:30PM . Mamata Banerjee and 257 people like this . Comment View all 71 comments Mamata Banerjee Ebar hobe moja. Feb 12 at 4:07PM . Like. 17 people Biman Bose Amra jani ebareo manush amader pashe achen. Feb 12 at 5:19PM . Like . 15 people Derek O'Brein @BB *Super Dislike* The atrocities for the past 35 years shall we answered in 2011. As it is, 2011 marks the "upturn" of many dictators, like in Egypt and Libya. Its time for Benga…

Ahiron Part 3: Frames of History.

And figments of my remembrance.
I have always been a silent admirer of history embedded within the walls of the forts and monuments. Its not that the grandeur lures me towards them, but the idea of being witness of the times when I wasn't around as myself. Childhood paced my mind such. (but I am no demi-manjulika from Bhool Bhulaiya)
Epoch blends beautifully with the hues of a human imagination. Murshidabad dresses with an attire that startles the best of the best. Start from the stories of cruel rulers, like the one called Katra Mosque. It is the oldest in Murshidabad, built by Nawab Murshid Qila Khan. The Nawab was originally a hindu born, but was kidnapped by muslim dacoits of the time, in childhood. Later on, he escaped their grasp, but the hindu family disregarded his identity. Desolate and alone, he was adopted by a noble muslim land lord. Later on, Qila Khan became the Nawab of Murshidabad and adjacent parts of Malda and Dinajpur. Because of his episode with the Hindus, Qila …

Ahiron Part 2: Beyond the Fences.

(contd from part 1)... the taste was not that would satisfy the thirst. In fact, the eeriness of that portion coupled by the suicide story and the folk lore of seeing the figure in the dark, that had left that portion of the house barren for the past 30 years, was not to be stopped in the night. The time, when I felt it.
     Confronting with bad luck, Mayukh Da (Dr. Mayukh Banerjee) won his share of birdies, getting some very vibrant colours in the feathers. He, with his Canon EOS 40D was clipping through the foliage, his 70-300mm Tele sniffing out the birds. Here are some examples:

             But, Nikon (D5000) was never behind and I did what my Wide angle lens was designed to do; take down landscapes and lifescapes. Some macro for the other fliers, the insects:

              I had my own plans and waited long for the night fall. That day, in the evening; an hour after lunch, we heading to roam around in the surroundings along the NH-34. The Raiganj Bird Sanctuary was in its amateur …

Ahiron Part 1: Meeting the Ghosts.

Since August 2010, all my lab mates have been hearing the grand paternal property, located at Ahiron / Ahiran, Murshidabad. The property of the "Das Family", whose one of the heir is my lab-mate Nandana. Due to my fascination towards the world of unknown and the spirits, I have always been in the search to visit places that are eerie and haunted, especially in the winter, whence the ambiance gets rather than you getting through with the ambiance. Nandana had mentioned that their paternal home (which is a palace), has a section that has the haunting. It was a great opportunity to feel the ghastly secnario out of the books and the movies, for real. The plan kept on moving... as if the ghost kept on alluring us, especially me. With the winter in mind, the primary plan was made for a weekend visit in Dec 2010. It moved away to Jan 2011, Feb 2011; but ultimately, in the fag end of winter, Nandana insisted it to be made this March and so was the plan placed. 4-6 march 2011,…

For the sake of writing.

Many a day has past. Just when the judgement day for one is arising, the day to grab my passion instrument comes upfront; this Wednesday, 2nd of March, 2011.

The day brings forth completion of the 7th year of my Dad's demise, the 26th birthday of one of the closest friend of mine, Soumillo and also would open the gateway for the Nikon D5000 body + lens system. It will fetch me Rs. 33,000/- (18-55mm Lens Only, Carry Case and 4GB SD Card.) The grey market asks for Rs. 30,600/- for the same.

Back-doors are not always sensible option though, so I will chose for the former.

But, with everything in store, when lot of things dont fall into places, you kind of get sticky. Even the warmth of excitement cannot get you in proper mood...appreciably Right!

But, lets see. Let the CMOS sensor come into hand. Then may be I will start talking. Infact have a plan to open a dedicated website based on my photography so far.