A KALEIDOSCOPE WORLD

Welcome Aboard

How lucky my friend that our ways crossed! We could have continued to be strangers for the rest of our lives, had it not been for this fortuitous event. You arrived at this inn that I check into every so often. It’s a cosy little joint let me assure you. The hosts are friendly and the guests I have come across appear to be charming people to say the least.

So, as they say, Welcome Aboard!

What do I do here? Ah! Nice question indeed. You know what? I write haiku and I write other forms of poetry as well. I write stories too, most of which are my memoirs. I translate stuff into English, mostly from Bengali. Sometimes I move in the reverse direction too. Bengali happens to be my mother tongue.

I travel a lot too. Cyberly speaking, if you know what I mean.

By the time you are as old as I am, you tend to repeat yourself. Don’t be surprised therefore if you find me trying to engage you in similar conversations, sometimes at least, at different halting stations. Read “Who’s Me?” below if you want to find out how I sublimated to this state of existence.

I used to write for the printed media once in a while, but it doesn’t attract me anymore. But some of those essays will find a place in this site. But I am a slow builder, so I am not sure where I am finally headed. I am surrounded by hares and, contrary to the tortoise-hare tale, I always lose. 

My site is divided up into two major categories. The first is my first love at the moment. Haiku. The second consists of everything else. But here is a parting message. Like Shelley’s cloud, I often “arise and unbuild” the things I pieced together with loving care. I need to rend them asunder every now and then, or else how will the ” orbèd maiden” that “mortals call the Moon” walk in through the yawning chasms and make us hear the “beat of her silent feet”?

To: Blog Page

To: WHO’S ME?

41 responses to “Welcome Aboard”

  1. sujatakumar Avatar

    Dear Oj-dada,

    That was a clever post on I’s and You’s! It surely led me to you here.
    I wish you a lot of happiness with this new site and will check in from time to time to see what your ‘I’ is saying!

    Sujata

    1. dipankardasgupta Avatar

      Dear Sujata:

      Thanks for peeping in. I need a lot of luck without doubt. WordPress is a powerful machine and there is great scope for learning new technology.

      But I need to write too, or else it will turn into an expensive harmonium I have bought to decorate my living room to impress my guests. Don’t know how far I will be able to go. Wish I came across these opportunities as a younger person. At my age the end can arrive any moment.

      Love and best regards.

      oj-dada

      1. Yash Avatar

        Mr. Dipankar Dasgupta Sir, by any chance or luck, may i get your email id. I need your educated opinion on a thing or two. I am glad and grateful. Thanks.

        1. dipankardasgupta Avatar

          Dear Yash, Have we met before by any chance? Dipankar Dasgupta

  2. Phil Neale Avatar

    Sorry it took so long, but I finally got around to taking a stroll in your garden.

    Looks cool, and I take my hat off to you for doing things from scratch, as it were.

    I’m not so clever, and my site’s built out of pre-set templates.

    Will be keeping a watchful eye on you.

    Phil

    1. dipankardasgupta Avatar

      Thanks a lot Phil. I suppose I get trapped between my conflicting desires to pick up softwares and writing stories. For a while now I think I will concentrate more on the latter, now that I have at least a platform ready.

      Anyway, it’s fun playing with the computer. Looking forward to reading the mystery tale from you.

      Best wishes.

      Dipankar

  3. Sarada Avatar

    Dear Dipankar

    First of all congratulations on getting yourself a smart new webpage. Its wonderful to have a site of one’s own and collect all one’s thoughts and works there.

    I liked the translation of Tagore’s ‘sudden encounter’. Its so typically Tagore, I’d say. The lines

    ‘All the stars that fill up the night
    Lie deeply hidden in the glow of the day.’

    left a deep impression in me.

    The Dog episode was very touching. I really felt a twinge in my heart as i read the closing line.

    I recollect reading The Born Loser before. Was it in Ibibo ? Or perhaps you’d sent me a link from your other website ?

    The Magicwalla tale is classic ! I remember people like him from my childhood too. As usual, you have packed a punch in the concluding paragraph.

    I will read the other entries as and when I find time and keep you posted. (The toothy tale looks so inviting !!!)

    I am really glad you remember me and thought of sharing the link.

    Bye.

    With much regards

    Sarada

    1. dipankardasgupta Avatar

      Dear Sarada:

      I enjoy writing, but there are few readers available to read what I write. So, I force my stuff on unsuspecting people. Unfortunately, you happen to be one of my chosen victims. I still remember the polish in your writing from the ibibo days.

      I was a little worried that the translations I used to send you didn’t meet with your approval.

      At the same time, I did want my own site, built the way I wanted to build it. Finally, I took the decision to rent a web domain and go ahead. I think you may have read earlier versions of many of the pieces I shall be putting up here. But I have revised them, not in a big way, but as far as choice of words and expressions went. At my age, one is likely to turn far too demanding on oneself. There are times I feel physically exhausted after composing a literary piece.

      Maganlal was a story/memoir I had been planning for a number of months. It took me a while to come up with a final version. Or, at least, the first postable version. Let’s see where it takes me from here.

      It was very kind of you to read and comment.

      Thanks a lot good friend.

      Dipankar

  4. Shail Raghuvanshi Avatar

    Lovely. A place of one’s own.

    All the very best as always OJ Da.
    Shail

    1. dipankardasgupta Avatar

      Thanks for the visit Shail. Visitors always liven up one’s home.

      oj-da

  5. Jingle Avatar

    hope you well,
    love your blog.
    cool post.

  6. Jingle Avatar

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    I invite you to attend Thursday Poets Rally week 31
    let me know when you are ready.
    Thanks a lot.

    two awards for this week’s participation.

    1. dipankardasgupta Avatar

      I am not much of poet though. Just an occasional writer, that too of prose!! 🙂

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    1. dipankardasgupta Avatar

      Welcome aboard Seymour. 🙂

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    1. dipankardasgupta Avatar

      Thank you Mr. Kingrani.

  9. Joydeep Dasgupta Avatar

    Great Sir…Great writings…

    1. dipankardasgupta Avatar
  10. himadri Avatar

    I remember having read about the rabid comments of Ashby and your rejoinder and found a line which was very frustrating to say the least that you are deleting everything from your Tagoreblog! I searched through the web and located you knowing that since there was a connection between you and Tagore, I knew that
    I will ultimately find you I am really happy to find you here. Very refreshing and inspiring and hope to keep hearing from you!

    Himadri Banerji

    1. dipankardasgupta Avatar

      Dear Mr. Banerji,

      I do recall a comment or two from Ashby, but I was not really put off. It is true that I have not written much recently either for boloji or for my own site here. I thank you for searching me out, perhaps I should try and write more. Incidentally, Tagoreblog is Mr. Kumud Ranjan Biswas, not me. However, I did try to translate a few Tagore pieces too. Thank you once again.

      Dipankar Dasgupta

  11. ashok sanjay guha Avatar

    Dipankar, it is clear that you are enjoying yourself post-retirement.
    I urgently need your email and address though. Mine is ashoksanjayguha@gmail.com

    1. dipankardasgupta Avatar

      What a pleasant surprise Ashok-da! I will email my address to you immediately. But do check the spam folder, since addresses from unknown sources often land there.

      All the best.

      Dipankar

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    1. dipankardasgupta Avatar

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    1. dipankardasgupta Avatar

      Yes, this is the storehouse for my creative writings. Thanks for the visit.

  18. Subhash Avatar

    তোমার বাগানে অজান্তেই এসে পড়েছি।
    ভালো লাগলো। মনে হোলো এই রকম এক চিলতে স্বকীয় পরিবেশ আমারও থাকলে বেশ হয়!

    1. dipankardasgupta Avatar

      কী অদ্ভুত কাণ্ড। একটু আগেই তোমার এই মন্তব্যটা পড়ে কোনও মানেই বুঝতে পারিনি। সবটা অর্থহীন ইংরেজিতে লেখা ছিল। কিন্তু তারপর smartphone-এ দেখি পড়া যাচ্ছে। আমার বাগানে বেড়াতে আসার জন্য অনেক ধন্যবাদ। এখানে আমি অনেকটা সময় কাটাই। ভালই লাগে। নিজের খুশিতে নিজের ঘরে বসে লেখার মজা। সুবিধা হোল, পত্রিকার সম্পাদকের উপর নির্ভর করতে হয় না। অধিকাংশ লেখাই কেউ পড়ে না। আবার হঠাৎ কেউ এসে উপস্থিত হয়ে দু-চার মিনিট কাটিয়ে যায়। বেশ লাগে ব্যাপারটা।

      ভাল থেক।

      দীপংকর।

  19. Ppiyali Sengupta Avatar

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    This is the third edition of a book I wrote about my recollections of South Point School when the school itself was a baby. I passed out of the school in 1959, which was a long time ago. However, memories of the school linger still and vividly so in my mind. It was a fairy tale experience for us. Mr Satikanta Guha, the founder of the school, was a most unusual educationist for the times when he started the school. Most of the students couldn’t quite distinguish the school from a toy they had been gifted to merrily play with. We had very unusual teachers. The most remembered among them was Utpal Dutt, the famous stage and later screen actor. He taught us grammar simultaneously with Shakespeare’s plays. He made us act too and, on the playground, he was a wicket keeper for whatever cricket team we had those days. Quite apart from him, we were taught by N. Viswanathan, Uma Sehanobis (who later founded the Patha Bhavan School) and many other precious teachers who have defied to some extent the rules of mortality. We didn’t know exactly when we were studying and when we were playing and this was a perfect example of the proverb “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, except that we had Jills for classmates too. In spite of all the play we were involved in, Mr. Satikanta Guha ensured that a student secured the sixth position in the Madhyamik Examination (then called the School Final Examination) in 1959. Rank holding never ceased since then and, as many are aware, the school found a place in the Guiness Book of Records (1984-92). More recently, Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, an alumnus of the school, was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. South Point School has risen very high, but it had cute beginnings and this book tries to revive that fascinating past, from 1954 to 1959. I wish to thank the present school authorities, especially Mr. Krishna Damani and Ms. Dalbir Kaur Chadda, for giving me access to the photographs of the old school from their library archives. These photographs as well as stories missed out by earlier editions have been included in the present version of the book.

    The book should soon be available on line. Currently, it can be ordered at Ideal Book Stall in Gariahat. Phone Number: 033 2464 2961. It should be easily available in the College Street area as well.

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  20. dipankardasgupta Avatar

    To Ppyali Sengupta:

    I am not sure why there haven’t been more footfalls on my site. But I enjoy writing anyway. Thanks for you kind remarks.

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