Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Legends


Story One:
County game was going on in England. Time was mid 80's. One of the teams playing were Somerset. And at the pitch were their most charismatic batsman Viv Richards. The bowler was Greg Thomas. He bowled a superb out swinger and Viv was beaten comprehensively. Instead of thanking his good luck Thomas said," It's red, round and weighs about 5 1/2 ounces." A costly mistake!
The next ball went flying outside the ground as one of the biggest sixes of Viv's bat. Viv just walked couple of steps, stood in front of Thomas and said," Greg, you know what it looks like. Go ahead and find it!"

Story Two:
Another county game. Another day, just this is in 21st century. Match was going on between Surrey and Leicestershire. Suddenly the Surrey bowler Azhar Mahmood started reversing the ball. Batsmen had no clue how to play it. They were playing and missing continuously and living on their luck. Then one of them said," There's no way we can play when he is bowling with this ball. We have to somehow change this ball! I have a plan!" The next over he hit the ball so hard that it went outside the ground and get lost. Umpires had no other option than change the ball. The bowlers lost all their advantage and batting become easy. Although for that batsman batting is generally the easiest job in the world. He is Virendra Sehwag!!

Well done Sir!! I have stopped feeling sad for not watching Viv!! I have seen Viru!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Why So Serious ?


Yesterday morning I woke up early, had an early lunch and rush towards a local multiplex. the reason, The Dark Knight or TDK was going to play at a 10:30 show, and during the movie I was feeling like a transition happening within me and once I finished watching the movie at 1 o' clock in the afternoon I was not in this world, I was in some other world where there is only a man with white painted face, black circles round his eyes and red scars in two sides of his lip to give him a permanent smile.

But it's not the appearance only. His continuous lip licking, his intense look, his hissing voice, his pencil disappearing trick, when he tells about his father asking him,"Why So Serious?" all these moments!!! And I have no words to describe them. His sudden mock clapping in the jail, His holding a old man by his neck and,"you are just like my father" then a pause and in a more hissing voice "I hate my father!" Ohh my god!!

the entire yesterday I was thinking about him and I am thinking it now and I don't know how long it will continue. Anything which can go even little bit closer to this experience is when I saw Sourav scoring a century in Eden with me being in the crowd, but that was a moment of pride and joy but this is a moment where I am feeling like I am being mesmerized by a magician and I do not want to get out of this spell cast by the Joker!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Kopai-e Kelenkari O Anyanyo

Bangalir name hobe na kono abel tobel
amar pantul holde holeo Rabindranath nobel.

... Chandrabindu

Oly Pub ati chomotkar jaega! Sostae pustikor maal paoa jae, bondhuder songe bose Beaf-steak snatano jae, khaoar por bill nie bawal kora jae... sob milie jompes byapar!! Ta eheno Olypub-e ekdin ekdol public adda marchhilo. Random public noe boss!! Heavvy Kete-r lokjon sob!! Borobabu chhilen with would be Boro ginni, Rik-ta chhilo r majhhe majhhe arbit Rutgers bhangchurer dabi janachchhilo, Bichi Bagchi ekta bikot gnoph bagie Borobabu-ke frastu dichchhilo, Abhinanda-ta knayi knayi kore jachchhilo du haat tule, Bimba-ta 2 to glass pase rekhe kichhu ekta korchhilo, Rijula-ta kane cigrate gnuje pose marchhilo, Jhhinka-ta heavy utsahe ektar por ekta cigrate kheye jachchhilo, Aubir-ta ektu pore ese Riktar songe heavy goppo jurlechhilo, R Tapo-ta shala mon die vodka khachchhilo. Hotat sobai mile heavy baar kheye Shantiniketan jaoar plan banie fello. Okhane Suddha-r kaka-r (E kaka se kaka noe babu) barite gie otha hobe, Kopai-er dhare ghora hobe, mahuya kheye pore thakbe sobbai. Planta lokjoner heavy pochhondo hoe gelo. Thik hoe gelo ekta shukkurbar dekhe jabo, Shonibar masti kore sunday back. Eisob public kono byapar nie beshi ghyan ghyan korte agrohi noe. Plan-ta cool tairi hoe gelo. du soptaho porei jaoa hobe. Suddha or kaka-r songe thaka-r jaega thik kore fello. Borobabu r Boro ginni ebong Aubir jete na parleo dole bhire gelo D.S. mane amader laughing Buddha Debu. Ticket-ficket sob kete fello Suddha-ta. Ekhane Kakima mane Suddha-r Ma-r kotha bhule gele cholbe na!! Abhinanda r Bimba-r barite phone kore Kaima tader Ma-der heavy potie felechhilen. Sutorang thik holo Oi bokachoda American-der Swadhinota Diboser din ekhan theke Malda Intercity-te chore bosa hobe 8 jon! era holo Bimba, Abhinanda, Rijula, Jhhinka, Suddha, Debu, Rik r ami.Tarpor Shantiniketan pnouchhe Shudhu Masti, Bawal r Hullor.

Cycle-r duti chaka modhye fnaka
Chorte hobe Thyang tule
Ore tora aae re
chorbi Manob Cycle-e

.... Lalon Fakir

Sutorang 4 tarikh dupur 1tar somoy dnat kelate kelate jadavpur-e gie dekhi Abhinanda heavy serious mukh kore Baba-Ma-ke pashe nie dnarie achhe. Tarpor Jhhinka nijer anaka juto pore nachte nachte ese hajir holo. Bimba elo ektu deri-te kakima-ke nie. Kheyal kore dekhlum, Bimba-r knadh theke je maalta jhhulchhe seta-te Bimba-kei pure fela jae!! Tobe Bimbar ei eto jinis ghare kore nie jaoa sarthok hoeyechhilo, keno seta pore bola jabe. Sobbai to elo kintu Rijular dekha nei. Se naki JU-te bose adda marchhe!! Shala!!! Guchchho phone jete laglo.Rijula chhotto kore upolobdhi kore fello call-center-e kaj korte kemon lage! Derta nagad ese heavy ketie bollo," Ki hoeyechhe ta ki? Anek somoy achhe."
Amra r kotha na barie ekta taxi dhore der jora Baba-Ma-der haat narte narte egie porlam niruddes-e pothe... ye mane Howrah-r pothe. Taxi-te as usual heavy knyachor machor hochchhilo, ager din orkut-e cal comm-e mahabharat-er casting hoeyechhilo sei nie gnajachhilo public. Hotat dekhi shala Howrah station ese hajir. Er modhye thik hoeyechhilo station-e gie kichhu khaoa hobe karon Bimbar Rijula lunch kore aseni. Food courte gie Bimba jhhotpot ekta chat order kore fello, Jhhinka khelo Dahi-bada, ami r Bichir meye ekta chat bhag kore kheye fellum. R Rijula... khnyak!! Rijula ekta chicken thali order korechhilo. Seta jokhon elo tokhon dekha gelo tate achhe,

1. Bhat, Rijular bhashae Beral dingano
2. Dal
3. Aloobhaja
4. Dhokar Dalna
5. Murgir Jhhol
6. Chatni
7. Doi
8 Gulabjamun
Dekhe Rijula-ta heavy chap kheye gelo. eto khabar dekhe amrao haat lagalum. Kintu Rijula-ta khaoar por thekei hnas-fnas korchhilo, er modhye shunlam DS, Rik ar Suddha ese porechhe. Amrao hnata lagalum Boro ghorir dike.Sekhane pnouchhe Rijula hotat dabi janalo bomi korar ebong coolly bathromm-e gie ja kheyechhilo purota bomi kore fello. Lokjon bhat boka arombho kore dieyechhilo. DS-ta muchki muchki hnaschhilo. Suddha-ta hurum-gurum korchhilo.Atohpor train-e uthe bosa holo. Seatgulo bathroom-er ekdom samne bole darun subas chharchhilo. Bimba hotat ekta Body spray ber kore chardike spray kore fello. Abhinanda, Rijula ar Jhhinka-ta 3te janlar dhar bagie fello.Bakira ekhane okhane lyadh khete laglo. Abhinanada-r ghumonor somy Vodafone-r lokjon hotat oke tader plangulo janate agrohi hoe porlo. Abhinanda-ta anekta CPM-er moto "e sob amar Ma-er chokranto!!" bole abar ghumie porlo!!Chardike nana rokom public dnat kelachchhilo. Amrao bhat boka chalie gelum. Majhhkhane ek Bhodrolok mike nie ese, 'Se amar chhotobon' geye sobaike nostalgic kore fellen, Aha, Rik-er sei bikhyato parody!! Rijulata Bordhoman gie Shon Papri r Dimseddho kheye fello. Dim seddhota khaaor por bollo, "Nehat bomi korechhi tai mote ekta khelam!!" bakirao jhalmuri kheye fello hushas kore. Kichhu maal amader seat-e bosbar dhanda korchhilo, tader-o katano holo.
Tarpor Bolpurer kachhe ek Bauldada uthlen. Dibbi gan gaichhilen dada, Hotat Rik uttejito hoe porlo. Uttejonar karon-ta jana gelo jokhon se byata baulda-ke lalonda-r ekta bikhyato gan gaite bollo. Bauldada-o hotas koren ni.Trainer chakar awazer modhye bhese aste lalgo, Cycle-r duti chaka modhye fnaka/ Chorte hobe Thyang tule!!
Sei gaan shunte shuntei dekhi Bolpur station ese gechhe, train-e othar thik 3 ghonta pore.
Train theke nemei barite phone-tone kore felar por amra gelum Amritakumbher sondhane. Rother bajare chardike gumbat bhir!! Du-ekta riksawalla ese amader prastab dilo je tader amader maal-er dokane nie jabe somoy lagbe 20 minute. DS ekgal hese bollo,"20 minute!! Na hnetei jai, tratari hobe!! Boddo jam to!!"
Bhir-r modhye die besh kichhuta hnete r gnutie amra maal-er dokane pnouchhe chotpot jar jar 2 diner maal guchhie fellam. Songe chips, nonta, cold drinks ar fruit juice-o neoya holo. Er modhye ekdol shantiniketanbasi dhumapayi Abhinanda-r prem-e porlen.tarpor 8 joner janyo 4te riksa nie tader songe prachur doradori kore, amra royona hoe gelam Suddhar kakar bari-r dike. Rastae bishesh kichhu hoeni. Tobe load shedding hoe jayae ghutghute andhokarer modhye Gachher dal-e jonaki-r jhhikmik dekhata ebarer trip-er one of the best moments.R last-e gie amae r Jhhinka-ke nie amader riksa-ta Suddhar kakar barir thik samne ek khana gorte gie porechhilo.

Le... Masti mar!!

... DS

Kakar bari pnouchhe Caretaker Dadur songe dekha holo. dadu amader janyo Outhouse r Meyeder janyo ektolar ekta ghor guchhie rekhechhilen. Current aschhe na dekhe ami r Suddha andhokarer modhyei berie porlam Ratanpalli-r janyo. Sekhane gie gada gada chinki publicder modhye ami r Suddha ekta bangali Luchi-ghughnir dokan peye gelam. Dokandar kaka-ke gie order korlum," 60 khana luchi chai!" Kaka coolkal paser dokane gie 1 Kg moyda kine mekhe fello, tarpor Kakimar help nie bhejeo fello 60ta luchi 15 minuter modhye. Ferar somoy mombati kinte gie Madhur sei bikhyato ukti amar r Suddhar mone pore gelo!!! "Bari fire Mombati nie ghurchhi, kothae lagabo bujhhte parchhi na!!" Mombati kinte kintei abashyo current chole esechhilo. Bari fire dekhi public-ra eke eke snan korte jachchhe. Er majhhkhane DS hotat snan kore berie ese towel-ta Rik-ke chhnure die bollo," Le... Masti mar!!"
Ami abashyo snan korte gie ektu chhoriye felechhilum. Bichchhiribhabe Pa-ta katlam, tarpor thanks to Bimba-r first aid box,Buimba r Abhi prachur tulo r neospirin gnuro die rokto bondho kore fellum. Khaoa-Daoar por Rik dabi janieyechhilo je 12ta na bajle maal khaoa shuru korbe na, kintu ghori dhore maal khete karor-i agroho chhilo na, lokjon just katie dilo byaparta. Atohpor sob kota mal nijeder Oi dotolar outhouse-e load kore fello. Chomotkar 4 khana khatwalla ghor. Ektu porei dekha gelo ekta khate DS r Rik Gnaja banachchhe, anyo 2to khate Suddha r Bimba Rijula r Abhi-ke 29 shekhachchhilo. Ami r Jhhinka pore pore lyadh khete laglum, majhhkhane 1 daan ludo-o khelechhilum.
Jaihok 12ta bajte na dieyei amra modyopan shuru korlum. Briddho Sonnyasi, Safed Dushtumi r Romanov-er sannidhye lokjon heavy masti marchhilo!! Bhulbhal bhat cholchhilo. Aja mane chhagol shune Rikta arbit bollo," Ar Ajay mane je chhagol-ke joy korechhe!!"Jhhinkata Rum khaoar janyo baena dhorleo 2 peg Romanov-er por-i oke ghum parie deoya holo. Bachcha to!!! Debutao Mod r Gnajar probhabe jekhane bose chhilo sekhanei ghumie porlo. Rik-ta hotat bose thakte thakte bore hoe bomi kore fello, Rijula nachte gie ekta Romanov-er bottol bhanglo, jeta shune DS porer din sokale bolechhilo," Amae dakle parti, Mati-te pore thaka Romanov-ta chete kheye feltum!!"
Sondhye thekei megh dakchhilo, 2:30te nagad Brishti namlo. Tokhon amar hotat mone holo ei poribesh-e Tejur songe sukh-dukhkher goppo korata heavy joruri, kintu phone korte gie shunlam je, amar phone theke naki ISD kora jabe na!! Bokchod Vodafone-r Baap-bapanto korte korte ami ek glass White Mischief anyo kichhu na mishie shudhu-i kheye fellum r kheye heavy matal hoe gelum. Tarpor-er anek ghotonai bhalo mone nei. Hna, ekta Thanks-giving speech dieyechhilum bote!! R mone thakleo, Rik keno mati-te shulo, Majhhrate amar balish ke churi korlo, Sheshrate ke hotat paparazzi hoe gelo, Rijula keno Nogno Purush r Matal purush-er majhhkhane shulo... egulo oi 8joner bairer lokeder na janai mongol.

Bhor holo Dor kholo
Khukumoni Otho re.

... Rabidadu

Ami thik sei jatyio lok noi jader maal khele heavy ghum hoe. Amar borong maal khele taratari ghum bhenge jae. Porer din-o amar 7ta nagad ghum bhenge gelo. kichhukhkhon shue thakar por uthe porte holo, dekhlam chardike prachur public ghumie cholechhe shantite shudhu jhhinka-ta nei. Rate-e ghumonor age Rik-ke khater opore dekhechhilum, tokhon oke khnuje pelum matite. Pore jana gelo rattirbela Rik jokhon bathroom gechhilo tokhon Abhi-ta or khatta bagie nieyechhilo. Niche gie dekhi Jhhinkata gate topkanor cheshta korchhe!!! Ar-o kichhukhkhon bhatano ar lyadh khaoar por Lokjon uthe berolo Cha-er sondhane. Rastar more chayer dokane gie sobai mile moner sukhe Cha, Nankhatai r Omlate kheye fellum. Thik tokhkhuni amader dole bhire gelo Biriyani... thuri Diviani... Rijular Sundari bandhobi je oi somoy-i Shantiniketan-e Mamar Bari esechhilo. Cha-ta kheye lokjoner matha-ta chharlo. Ami ei fnake ekta dariwalla Ramchhagoler chhobi tule fellam. Chhotobelae logic-er ekta common funda mone porlo, Chhagoler dari achhe ebong Rabindranath-ero dari achhe, sutorang Rabindranath chhagol. Bari fire sobai eker por ek ready hote laglo. Care taker dadu ekta laal ronger sumo byabostha kore felechhilen.Sare-egarota nagad hotat dekha gelo, sobuj ful-ful print salowar pora Rijula, Laal-kalo panjabi pora debu, Pink panther-er chhobi deoya T-shirt pora jhhinka, Hawaian Shart r Mandar Bose tupi pora ami o r-o public-era eke eke garite chore boschhe. Amader prothom gontobyo Oshudher dokan, tarpor jabo Konkalitola.

Jodi tor Dak shune
keu na ase
tobe ekla cholo re.

... Dadu again

Konkalitola Shantiniketan theke prae 8 kilometer... atyanto jagroto ekanno pither ek pith. Jaoar rasta-ta asadharon, dudike sobuj dhan khet ar modhye die pitcher rasta, ager rattirer brishtir por akash tokhono meghla. minute 20-25 laglo Konkalitola pnouchhote r sekhane nemei ami, DS r Suddha shikare lege porlum.Shikar bolte chhobi shikar!! Chomotkar chhobi tulte laglum sobbai, DS ar Suddha concentrate korlo mandir r sekhankar sonyasi-der opor. Ami chole gelum Shmoshaner dike. Chhobi uthte laglo eker por ek. Ek baul prothome bnashite r tarpor r-ekta jontre amader Robi dadur gaan shonalen, tar purotai uthe gelo DS-r camerae.Jhhinka-ta ekbar porte porte bneche gelo, ami ek khana Taalgachher chhobi tule heavy khushi hoe gelum. Suddha r DS-tao ekhane okhane ghur ghur kore subject khnuje jachchhilo. Mandir-e gumbat bhir hoyae debi dorshon korte parini, next time kortei hobe. Er modhye hotat dekhi meyegulo doradori kore duto panu boi kine felechhe.Thik holo rate segulor sodbyabohar kora hobe. Konkalitolae aadh ghonta katie sekhankar ekgada dokane ki rate-e business kore jachchhe kichhu lok eisob bhabte bhabte abar garite chore boslam. Next stop Kopai.

Akashe chhorano
Megher kachhkachhi

... Mahiner Ghoraguli

Kopai...ohh Kopai... Gota trip-er highlight!! Asadharon, Abishashyo, Abhutapurba... ei jinis age dekhini. Kopaier opor ekta bridge-er opor ese amader driver-dada thamie dilen gari. Tar age rastae Rijula geye felechhe," Mahuya-e jomechhe aaj mou go!!" Aha!!tarpor sei Kopai-er dhare prochondobhabe meghe dhaka akasher pase dnarie mugdho hoe gelam. Just prem-e pore gelam Kopai-er. Akas-ta garo nil...hotat nicher dikta poriskar sada, tar niche dure sobuj gachhpala r tar-o niche Kopai. Chokh jurie gelo, r ki hawa!!Ei abasthae ki shudhu bridge-e bose nodi dekha jae, jole namtei hobe!! Nemeo porlum. Sobar age Jhhinka, tarpor Ami, Abhi, Rijula... hotat Rijula prostab dilo bridger bnadike se tahkbe na, jete hobe dandike. Dandike jokhon pnouchhe gelam totokhkhone fnota fnota brishti shuru hoe gechhe.Rijula jole nemei coolkal snatar kete puro bhije gelo... seta dekhe bakidrer-o heat chore gelo. aste aste sobai jole neme porlam, shudhu Rik chhara, oke amra dwayitwo dilam amader sobar purse, ghori r camerar, r baki 8 jon including Biriyani neme porlam jole. ami abar tupi pore!!Ebong tarporse ek asadhaaron experience. joler modhye lokjon lafachchhilo, snatar katchhilo, pore jachchhilo, srote bhese jachchhilo, DS suddha-ke Headbutt marlo chaper jaegae. Ami srote bhese jaao Rijula-ke tene nie elum ebong oi Prochondo brishtir modhye 15-20ta public bridg-er opordnarie porlo amader dekhte!! Prochondo jore brishti hoe cholechhe r tar modhye Kopai... ei jinis tulona hobe na. Tokhon amra jani, jodi moreo jai setao asadharon ekta mrityu hobe amader janyo. Erokom ghonta khanek (jodio mone hochchhilo 5 minute) katanor por Rik-ta garir modhye theke heavy chnechamechi jure dieyechhilo. besh kichhukhkhon haat-faat dekhanor por ultimately uthtei holo... chardike oisob lokeder modhyedie oi meyegulo, jara Raaj Kapur-er bibhinno cinema-r kotha mone korie dichchhilo, tader nie konorokom-e ekta chhobi tule niei amra kete porlam Kopai-er theke. Kintu abar jabo Kopai-e... bar bar jabo! Tora jabi to re??


Laal Pahare-r Deshe ja
Rangamati-r Deshe ja...

... Arun Kumar Sarkar
Ekhon byaparta dnaralo erokom je, Rik-er swopna-er ekdol Sikto r forsa meye-ke nie to r kothao jaoa jae na. Amra back korlum Suddha-r kakar barite. Pothe Shampoo kenano holo Rik-ke diye. tarpor sobai mile barite gie nijeder bhije jamakapor ki bhabe change kore fresh hoe uthlo tar biboron die pathok-ke r uttejito korbo na.Tobe hna, meyeder ghorta je ekta asadharon prodorshoni ghor hoe gechhilo seta na bole parchhi na. jai hok, modda kothata holo, 4te nagad berie pora holo sobai mile, chole gelam Ghare-Baire namok ekti khaoar jaegae, sekhane prochondo dami kintu porimane samanyo chinese kheye fellam sobai. Rijula abar Bhat-machh kheleo ebar r bomi koreni. Okhaneo prachur chhobi tola holo. Tarpor amader gontobyosthan holo Khoaier dhare saptahik Haat. Kichhuta jaoar por-i amader Sumo pitch-r rasta chhere neme elo laal matir pothe.Du pashe jongol ar modhyekhane laal matir poth chole gechhe, se jinis je na dekhechhe take bojhhano jabe na.Haat-e gie Rik ar DS gaan shunte ar video banate byasto hoe porlo. bakira egie gelum dokan-pater dike, bunofoler mala, pathorer dul, kather murti, matir Ganesh, Jeans-er Shantiniketani jhhola, beter jhhuri, shantiniketani nakshar blouse piece, kenakatar guchchho jinis chhilo. Ekjon bechchhilo nanarokomer Kutum-katam. Ami-Bimba r Abhi prachur kenakata kore fellum bote kintu tar janyo gaan shona-ta miss hoe gelo. Jhhinka-ke hotat abishkar korlum ekta boro gachher tolae matite bose nijer monei haat-pa nere nijer songe goppo korchhe. Chapta hoe gelo jokhon aachomka brishti neme porlo! Amra sokolei ek-i dine dubar brishti-te na bhejar pokhkhe rae die sekhan theke kete porlum chotpot.

koto raat porospor-ke jorie dhore shue thekechhi...


... Kono ek arbit mohilar bandhobi-ke lekha chithi, jeta amra Prempatra Sonkolone porechhilum.


Saradin ghorar por lokjon bhaloi tired hoe porechhilo, tai beshi kyardani na mere sobai gie outhouse-tae load korlum nijeder. Er modhye anek supto chokher jole Diviani-ke bidae janieyechhi amra. Bhalo byapar chhilo, raater khaoa nie No chinta, No tention. dadu Ruti mangso order die rekhechhilo. Er modhye Abhinanda-ta hotat utsahito hoe ekgada kapor keche fello. Sondhyebela ektu load shedding holeo kono chap hoeni lokjoner dibbi mombatir aloe 29 khela cholchhilo, majhhkhane sokaler kena boigulo theke Galpo-pather asor-o bosano holo. Abhi-ta heavy abeg die porchhilo. modhyikhane current elo ebong gelo. Mangso-ruti-o ese gelo 8tar modhye. Khaoa-daoar por-o bhatbaji-taas khela, bawali Ghumanta-r metro-te jadavpur-er ticket chaoa eisob goppo cholchhilo. Bhulbhal comment korchhilo lokjon. Sob boss mone nei. Tobe jhhinka-ta maal khaoar agei ghumie porlo. Ami-Rik-Abhi r Bimba jetuku vodka porechhilo seta mere dilum. Suddha r DS porlo Old Monk nie. Anek raat-er dike gnaja banie-o khaoa hoechhilo. Kintu maal etotai kom chhilo je karo bhalo kore neshai hoeni. Ultimately ghumote jaoa holo prae 5tar somoy.
Grrrr...fisss... usss... ooossss... bhussss
gussss... ghussss... musssss

... Jadukor Barfi

Jhhinka totokhkhone ek ghum die uthe porechhe, kintu sobaike ghumote dekhe o-o follow on kore ghumer second innings shuru kore dilo. Debuta majhhemodhye ki sob bolchhilo, segulo shunte shuntei ghumie porechhilum. 8ta nagad alarm shune ghum bhanglo, dekhi baki sob public ghumochchhe, Bimba-r kachh theke jana gelo DS er majhhkhane ekbar uthe OldMonk jetuku chhilo seta gola die namie dieyechhe, bichita majhhkhane ekbar uthe bosechhilo kintu chardiker publik-der kar-o othar ichchhe nei dekhe abar lyadh kheye gelo. Bimba-ta prati aadh ghonta antar ekbar kore aarmora bhenge bole jachchhilo, r bole jachchhilo ektu pore uthbo. Abhinanda, Rijula r Rik pore pore ghumochchhilo. Er modhye Bichi, DS r ami mileDoloboddho bhabe Rik-ke dakte laglum. Suddha bollo," Lom..." amra bollum,"Osssshhh". Eirokom 'Lom-osssssssshh' anek khon dhore cholte thakae Rikta khepe gie hotat bathroom-e chole gelo r berie ese bollo,"Choshhhhh!!!"Lokjon dabi janachchhilo je, 1ta train-ta na dhore anyo kono train-e jabe, kintu bikeler diker traingulo-e gumbat bhir hoyar chance thakae lokjon 1ta train-e jaoai thik kore fello.10ta nagad ekdon lok gelo Cha khete, ei fnake ami r Suddha or kaka-r barir baganer guchchho chhobi tule nilum. tarpor motamuti besh taratari-i lokjon snan-tan kore, jamakaporer pradarshani bondho korebag guchhie berie porlo 11:45 e. dadu-ke bole asa holo je, amar abar asbo!! Erpor ar bishesh kichhu hoeni. Amar rail-er canteen-e Bhat-machh-chicken-dimbhaja die lunch kore chepe boslum Shantiniketan Express-e. Ar train chollo, Kolkatar dike.

Howrah gele gele gele
ganga par hotei hobe

... Chandrabindu

Eta jemon sattyi, er ulto-tao sattyi. Amara Howrah theke Kolkata asar janyo Ganga par hochchhilum bikel 5ta nagad. bari jachchhilum na kintu. Robbar Bikel 5tae keu bari jae!!! Oisob maalpatro ghare kore amra chole gelum Prinsep Ghat. Amader Ghorar shesh bindu. Sekhane bose gnaja khaoa holo, Surjasto dekha holo, Adorer Nouka-r chhobi tola holo darun darun. DS r-o chhobi de bhai!!Amader priyo panu boiguloke gangae bisarjan deoya holo. Abashesh-e 6ta nagad amra uthe porlum. Sobai mile ice-cream kheye Suddha-ke Rik-er, Rik-ke Suddha-r r dujonkei ek Taxiwalla-r dwayitwe rekhe amra baki 6 jon chore boslum anyo ekta taxi-te.Fire esechhi aaj 4 din hoe gelo kintu bar bar ichchhe korchhe Shantiniketan fire jaoar, toder sobai-ke nie. Boro bhalo trip chhilo eta.

Ami gai ghore ferar gaan
utola keno e pran...


... Mahiner Ghoragulo.


Monday, May 26, 2008

The Knight


A good Win!!


He again Proved everyone wrong!! This time even me!!


for last one week, I was sad. I thought we have seen the end, but what an innings... a Captain's knock!!


Dadagiri Rocks!!!


You made me proud... once again!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

The IPL Overview

Oct 13, 2018: Awesome cricket, great atmosphere, lots of controversies, world-wide fan following, A few players brawl here and there…just a few things to describe the first half of this years IPL. The Diwalli break for IPL is here and the league will be resumed in another 2 week's time. Now it’s the perfect time to revisit this year's IPL super league.

The most romantic story of this year’s IPL is the growing up of the Kanpur kings as a team. A mostly unknown team, owned by one of the Milk barons of Kanpur, Ramu Bhaia, was playing in the IPL 3rd divisions just a couple of years back… and here is this team playing the IPL super league and after half of the season has passed they are now in the 2nd spot. Their captain, 38 year old Md. Kaif, in his last season, is leading from the front with the able support of the coach, Michael Vaughan.
Sourav Ganguly, The legendary Captain and coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders, summed up Kanpur kings’ or K2’s effort, “ Kanpur is a big team from a small city. Ramu bhaia has invested his money and faith on the players and now he gets his reward. The team is determined, agile in the ground and gelled together well despite having players from 6 different countries including Norway. Lastly they have a great coach and captain who proves that he is still good enough to play T-20.”
Kaif was controversially dropped from Indian T-20 team for the world cup and tagged as only F-50 player.

Hyderabad Blues, the renamed version of Deccan Chargers this season, is currently on the top with 10 wins from 11 games. The young guns like S. Rajesh, Md. Iqbal, Sutirtha Sen are playing very well under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, the Indian T-20 captain. 19 year old Sutirtha is the Batsman of the tournament so far, scoring 634 runs with a strike rate of 289.76!! Which is 17 runs higher than last years best batsman Virat Kohli.

The best match of the tournament till now was when Kolkata Kite Flyers host Kolkata Knight Riders in their home ground in Salt Lake. Because of fierce rivalry of these two teams and team owners in last few years, this match is now being called the Kolkata Derby. This year’s match also maintains the reputation of being the closest match of the season when Arjun Tendulkar, the charismatic fast bowler of Knight Riders completes an unbelievable hat-trick in the last 3 balls of the innings. Amitabha Bachchan, the 75 year old team owner of the KKF had a small heart attack in the ground and Shahrukh Khan, KKR’s owner tried to pull his 20 years old son on his shoulder and has dislocated his shoulder in that process. Both of them are fine now.

Sutirtha and Arjun are respectively the best batsman and best bowler in IPL till now. Another player in the race for MVP is the teen-ager American off spinning all rounder Micheal Adamson. Micheal was in the news early in the season when he became the first American player to sign for an IPL team. Rajasthan Royals signed him for 150 crorer rupees, which is 15,000,000,000 USD (with the current exchange rate of 1 rupee= 10 USD). Micheal, who has an American father and a Sri lankan mother is tipped to become the first great American cricket player and expected to lead USA cricket team in future and helped them achieving great fits like qualifying for the T-20 world cup, which they missed by a whisker last time, when they were beaten by Brazil in the American zone play-offs.

The most controversial moment came when Tim Southy, Lucknow Nawbab’s overseas player was kicked on the shin by Shahid Afridi, the 28 year old (Officially) Pakistani recruit of Jalandhar Joshila. Afridi was suspended by BCCI for 8 matches. Jalandhar’s coach Harbhajan Singh came into his players support, saying,” It’s a one-off incident. Afridi is a very good guy. Very good at heart. When Lucknow will visit to play the return league I’ll ask Tim to visit Afridi's flat and those two can have dinner together.” Incidentally, in the very first version of IPL in 2008 Harbhajan was suspended for backslapping Sreeshanth, former Indian player and current Telegu superstar.
Another controversy came up when after the draw of WCL, World Champions league, Rahul Dravid, the Chief Cricketing Officer of Bangalore Royale Challengers came up with theory of conspiracy against ICC as both the top ranked teams of Australia and South Africa were in his groups alongside Kent, a relatively weaker opposition. “For two consecutive years, we got a very tough draw in WCL and I think some foul play is going on in ICC, but still our boys will fight hard and come up with good results.” This was Dravid’s reaction after the draw and well, he better bring good results as the team owner Vijay Mallya has the dubious record of sacking 7 CEO’s in the first 10 seasons of IPL. Although till now he hasn’t sacked a Chief Cricketing Officer as this term is coined this year only. Before that there were long search of CEO for the team by Mr. Mallya, who in the process offered the post to 8 different individuals, most notably Laloo Prasad Yadav and Mandira Bedi, but all of them rejected the offer.

Well, till now the 11th season of IPL is a greater success than the previous editions and we are looking forward to have a great second half and possibly a greater finish.

Monday, February 18, 2008

The pilgrimage


Last evening Mrinmoy, one of my very close friends from the school days,and I went to Forum. Currently, Mrinmoy works in Bangalore and he had come to visit here for 10 days. We were supposed to meet another guy from our school, Sheal( the Fox), well his real name is Abhijit in our school days most of us were very creative in giving the most peculiar nicknames to everyone at school, without showing any favor towards the students or the teachers.
We met him yesterday after almost three-four years, so that was quite a great adda session. We discussed a lot of things, had pizza and stared at the beauties roaming around Forum like the old school days. And once Sheal left at around eight, Mrinmoy and I decided to go to Crosswords, the bookshop just beside Forum. We were forced to leave Crosswords too at 8:30 as it was time for them to close. That’s when we started walking…
We walked like old school days, when we used to walk from our school to Gariahat, Golpark or sometimes till Dhakuria, discussing lots of stuff, from movies to clothes to books, without actually sinking into any.

Even yesterday we walked for almost 20 minutes from Crosswords and suddenly realized that we are standing in front of a road which would take us to 38/2, Naresh Mitra Sarani, Kolkata-700 020. The address we had to memorize from very early age, as we had to write it every time we were asked to write the address of our SCHOOL, Ballygunge Govt. High School.

Of course then we had to go there too. So we went there. The gatekeeper was a new guy, called Shishir. We introduced ourselves to him. I was a little doubtful about him letting us enter the school at 9 in the evening, but to my surprise he agreed after only a single request, and so I entered my school. After more than three years. It was a great experience, so many memories attached to that place. It felt great. I found that the school had become more beautiful than our times. The place was also decorated as we had Saraswati Pujo only last week. As soon as I stepped onto the corridor, memories come rushing to me. Ali the times I had walked, run, jumped, bounced in those corridors. All the memories of playing cricket in the off periods, all the games, all the fights, all the bitter-sweet moments were going through my mind like a slide show. It was awesome. We saw the invitation cards of Saraswati Pujo from different schools hanging from a board, just like our school days.
My Camera, and to be more precise, its batteries betrayed me. After taking just one snap the battery was out of charge and I had not carried the spare batteries, it was really really unfortunate.

We left from our BGHS after 10 minutes, had a small chat with Shishirda, the gatekeeper, and moved, moved towards our home, but the happiness and the joy I felt was incomparable. That was a fitting end to an evening completely devoted to my school days.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Adventure in one’s own backyard


[Disclaimer: The following piece is a memoir of my experience and observation of the book Gorosthane Sabdhaan! by Satyajit Ray. Please note that, it includes some of the detailed plot discussions and spoilers regarding the mystery of the novel.]


A green second-hand Ambassador, a 125 years old diary, the world’s second oldest photo shop, the misprinted visiting cards and midnight…Midnight in the Graveyard…



Gorosthane Sabdhaan! was first published as a book in May, 1978. A Pheluda adventure in Satyajit Ray’s matchless writing style. I first read it somewhere in my early teens and from that day onwards I’ve been compelled to read it again and again. An enthralling book, written in the backdrop of Ray’s own city. Calcutta in the 70s had featured in Ray’s movies time and time again. Be it Mahanagar, be it Pratidwandi or be it Jana Aranya. But, amongst his novels Calcutta has a lone appearance in this book.
The story starts with Jatayu (the famous Bengali thriller writer Lal Mohan Ganguly) entering Rajani Sen Road in his new second-hand ambassador with a peculiar horn and colour, which reminds Pheluda of Tamil movies! They want to have a ride in the new car and what would be the more appropriate place than St John’s Church to see Job Charnock’s tomb, especially since the latest hobby of Pheluda is old Calcutta. And the journey begins for the reader as well. A roller coster ride of 80 odd pages, filled with mystery, unexpected turn of events and thrill.
I have always felt Ray was a big fan of history,especially that of the Nawbabs of Lucknow. That’s why they have been repeatedly referenced in his writing and films. How can one forget Badshahi Angti, Which announces the arrival of Bengali’s most favorite detective (My dear reader, I know what you are thinking but Byomkesh was Satyanweshi, not a detective), Shankutalar Kanthaha, Pheluda’s second visit to Awodh, Satranj ki Khilari, based on the life of Nawbab Wazir Ali Shah. Even Pheluda’s favorite Gajhal , 'Jab Chhod Chale Lakhnou Nagari’ is composed by a Lucknow Nawbab.
Although Gorosthane Sabdhaan! is completely based in Calcutta, the story of the Nawbabs forms a backdrop. In the early nineteenth century Sadat Ali was the Nawbab of Lucknow and Thomas Godwin was a young fellow from Great Britain and they met. Tom was the best chef in Sadat’s kitchen. Sadat was really impressed on Tom and rewarded him with one precious gift after another. But for Tom the most precious of them all was his first reward, which Charlotte Godwin, Thomas’s daughter had described in her dairy as “Father’s precious Perigal repeater “.
Now, if you are thinking what the hell this Perigal repeater is then for your information repeater can mean a watch or a gun, even Sidhujyatha is not sure!
This book is not only describes history of Nawabs, it is also a story of Calcutta, a story of Park St. a story of Blue Fox, a story of Oxford Book shop and last but not least the Park St. Graveyard, the Gorosthan. Park St. cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Calcutta, is described in such a lucid but detailed manner by Topshe that you always feel like you are with them. Whether it’s the description of the tombs in the daytime or the description of the graveyard in the night, Topshe is always in his narrative best. There is only one small flaw in this book. The French revolution started in 1789 and not 1791 as mentioned by Topshe. But I am sure; Topshe was trying to act smart and didn’t consult with Pheluda there.
And then come the characters. A very silky polished watch collector, who can go to any limit to add a new watch in his collection, a historian who keeps the cuttings of 150 years old newspaper in his purse, an aged Anglo Indian man, living in the small dark flats in Repon lane. Different Characters, different shades and different mysteries hidden in them. It’s an absorbing experience for the reader.
I will not tell you the story, but when all these history, all these places and all these characters come together they creates Gorosthane Sabdhaan! My favorite Pheluda adventure, full of suspense, uncertainty, surprises and the twist in the tale.
And Ray’s stories are never single dimensional, along with the history it has some subtle funny moments thanks to Jatayu .“U-up down gulie fellen naki?” is one of my most favorite Jatayu one liners.
One of the most interesting features of Ray’s writing is his ability to add trivia in between all the happenings of his story and you never feel bored or you never think that somebody is teaching you in the school. Here also he comes up with the discussion of how the words from other language have mixed with the Bengali language and that was pretty interesting.
Seems that, Ray was not very happy of rechristening of the roads and monuments of Calcutta, and so Feluda mentions the old names Suren Banerjee Road and Topshe starts writing Octur …before changing it to Shahid Meenar.
All in all a great adventure and an awesome book. A must read for all Pheluda fanatics. It’s very difficult to compare among different Pheluda books but I had the distinct feeling that this one was the best one of the lot. I guess that’s because of the most important character of this book, CALCUTTA, the city of life, the city of joy.
And I will still be reading this one again and again and again…

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Journey begins


I am Happy. I am very Happy now. I am delighted! Now I have a blog of my own. FINALLY!!


Now I will create.I will write.


I will write about the earth and the sea, I will write about the winter and the autumn, I will write about the mountain and the desert, I will write about Tiger Prawn and Pao bhajji, I will write about the casino of Las Vegas and slums of Kolkata, I will write about Harry Potter's wand and Sherlock Holmes' pipe, I will write about Marlon Brando and Rajanikanth, I will write about friendship and love, I will write about the Tajmahal and the Pyramids, I will write about George Bush and Steve Bucknor. I will write about life and death.


Let the fun starts...picture abhi khatam nahi hui mere dost...