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।

Monday, March 30, 2015


না হয় বাসলে না আমায় ভালো,
বা বাসতে চাইলে না

কারন চাইলে অনেক কিছুই (এবং অনেককেই )যায় বাসা ভালো
আবার কোনো কিছুই (এবং সকলকেই) কখনও ভাল্লাগে না

আদরের পরে পরেই যেটা অবশ্যম্ভাবী
অনেকটা কাব্যবিচারের মতো 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Zealand can beat the odds in the Cricket World Cup final 2015

Four  decades of the World Cup for cricket has traditionally been a rivalry among the same top 8 teams and the cup has been shared among 5 of them whereas neither among  England, South Africa and New Zealand has won it ever. This time around, England flattered in the pre-cup tri-series against Australia and India only to deceive by their poor showing in their WC group. South Africa came once again tantalizingly close to win a berth in the final but was done in by the rain. So that leaves behind New Zealand to make their claim once more but

Friday, March 27, 2015

Missed Call/SMS Blues

I can’t even your write your name
Lest somebody else sees it;

I can’t express my feelings
For somebody will dislike it;

I can’t hold your hand
What if somebody is jealous of it?

মিশর রমণী


মিশরের তিনকোণা  সমাধির
মধ্যে  তোমার  খোদাই মুখ ,

চোখ মেলে ওপরের দিকে

শুয়ে আছো অনন্ত কাল;

Monday, February 16, 2015

Fulloketur Pala - Review of a play by Bohurupee

Fulloketur Pala, is the latest production by the renowned Kolkata-based theater group Bohurupee ,that was founded by the legendary thespian Shombu Mitra decades ago.

Based on one of the two stories of Chondimongol Kabyo, a popular literary heritage of Bengal dated as far back as 15th-16th century, it narrates the story of a hunter, who by divine grace & order to help poor people in the kingdom, becomes a king of Gujar where his first decree was to denounce killing of animals in the forest. Soon he orders  clearing of forest land for cultivation & declares that food so produced will be his weapon. The neighboring king of Kalinga, on knowing about absence of real weapons in Gujar’s army, decides to attack Gujar and imprisons the king. But the king is freed by his subjects , cultivators and simple people, who use whatever implements they find in home as weapons.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015