Saturday, March 19, 2016

Judgement day for Rohit Sharma in India-Pakistan WC T20 clash

The 6th world cup for T20 in India  is already in full swing although  only one of four rounds has been  played in the Super10. The gentle giant Gayle has steered his team, West Indies  ahead with a blistering century full of mighty sixes and crafty fours. England showed patience and application in winning its match against South Africa after a world-cup record chase. NewZealand’s wrist spinners & seamers closed India & Australia out while  Afghanistan, the new kid in the block, is showing positive signs of breaking through to the other side in this world cup itself. The tempo is feverish though it’s the early stage , so much so that today’s India-Pakistan clash at Eden gardens, Kolkata has become a must-win-match  for India in group B.

Monday, February 15, 2016

কি এসে যায় ?

সেদিন তোমার নাম কানে এলো
আলগোছে কেউ যেন বলছিলো।
তোমাকে দেখে, সে মহিলার, বেশ-ভালো-আছো বলেই মনে হয়
পাশ দিয়ে এক পরিচারক প্লেট নিয়ে চলে যায় ।
তোমার নাম-টা, মহিলা একটা স্যানউইচ তুলে খেতে ব্যাস্ত হয়ে পরায়,  
আবার আলগোছেই হারিয়ে যায় ।   

গম্ভীর পেঁচকের মত দাঁড়িয়ে, আমি তাকিয়ে থাকি নির্নিমেষে,
মধ্যাকাশে ,
ভ্রু কুঁচকিয়ে, আমি ঐ মহিলার পেছু নিই
শুনতে, শুধু আরেকটি বার, সেই নাম সেই কুহকিনী ধ্বনি
সেই ব্যাঞ্জনধবনি, সেই স্বরধবনি  -  আমার কি নিদারুন বোকামি!
নিয়ম করে সতর্কতা পালন করি,  যে আমি। 

তোমাকে ভালবাসি, এটা বল্লেও কম শোনায়।
শত চেষ্টাতেও, তাড়াতে পারিনি তাকে, হায়!
আশা ছিল, কবে হয়ত.... এখনআশা রাখি
কোনও একদিন, নিশ্চয়, উড়ে যাবে পাখী।
পলকের দেখা অথবা কোন খবর বা কোন নাম আমাকে করেবনা অস্থির, সেদিন।
আসবে কবে সেই দিন? আসবে কবে সেই দিন?  

(Translated from "What's in it ?" A poem from Vikram Seth's book Summer Requiem)

Friday, September 18, 2015

Ode to a bummer

Hold him, He's spacing out
Catch him He can't turn about
He's alive But hardly kicking
He gets by Licking and  snicking
Says a doc friend, "Don't give up hope,
For, in the end That's the best dope."
Voices in his head Seem to always hum
But life isn't dead Although he's a bum!
His wife  Stays with another man
Her life Has now a whole new span.
His friends Call him now & again
"Dead ends," They say, "can be a pain."
Simply living And drinking high
Always thinking While Leching by.
That's his story ,Laid fair and square
Call it a misery But don't call him queer! 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


জানি কোনদিন,
  হয়ত বা কবে….
  কেন আর তবে,

সেটা কি জন্মদিন ?
   কারা আশে পাশে
  ঘুরে ফিরে আসে ;

ছুটে চলে সব দিশাহীন ।  

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

FM মহানগর - Review of a play by StoryTeller

Typically a “reputed” drama staged in Kolkata fall within three limited genres. Period Drama & Greek Tragedies; Folklore  and ‘relevant’ Social Drama. Even the last genre when it picks up  contemporary social theme like ‘Old age homes’ tend to pick more on the breakdown of family relationships & subsequent suffering without  so much as an acknowledgement that  good old age homes that serve a social purpose exist and are redefining family relationships. The old saga of protest and rebellion play out their various expressions generally in most of the plays often  ending with a strong message to change the society without realizing that the society has been changing and has changed so much since last 2 decades  with advances in communication and overindulgent consumerism that messages are broadcast & shared eons before they are staged. If one is a viewer like me, who has been waiting for years for a play that captures the utter senselessness of all that is considered important and also demonstrates  how relationships are modified , almost instantly-gratified, by the mascots of embedded materialism; then one can feel sufficiently redeemed by watching Story Teller’s new production, FM Mahanaogor .

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Piku- Review of a film by Shoojit Sarkar

Medical  science has  been talking lately of a second brain in the human body , whose upkeep is perhaps more important for a healthy body and life. Its the meters-long gastrointestinal tract that helps pass the waste post-digestion from inside of a human body. Khuswant Singh,the late journalist cum novelist , had said in an interview (just prior to his death at the ripe old age of 92) last year that the secret to one's long life lies in finding out one's own magic-potion that helps clear out gastro-intestinal tract every morning. For some it's pudina leaves , for others its isabgul  or paraffin but for Khuswant it was his evening quota of two large pegs of scotch whiskey that did the trick.

In the film , Piku,  the father of the protagonist - a retired executive at 70 & a widower living with his

Saturday, May 16, 2015

84 bloggers are replaying Orwellian 1984 with their lives

In 1949, when George Orwell published his dystopian novel 1984   he was referring to a totalitarian state ruled by the socialist party that  "seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power."  The leader of the party was a quasi-divine personality called Big Brother . The party was constantly in war , engaged in constant  surveillance and disseminating current party-line by rewriting history  so that its in track with the current thought.

Saturday, May 9, 2015


হৃদয়েতে লাগলে দোলা

নাকি বেশী বাঁচে লোকে
স্তব্ধ হোক তবে শব্দ খেলা

যেন মৃত্যু দূরে থাকে।

বকবকানি বিচ্ছু মেয়ে
কয়েক যুগ আগে

তাকিয়ে খালি থাকে চেয়ে
তার কবিতা ভালো লাগে।

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


দোলের রঙ্গে রাঙ্গিয়ে  তোমাকে ,
আজ মেতেছি খেলতে হোলি;

জীবন নদীর ছোটো বড় বাঁকে  
মন খুলে কথা বলি।