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”?
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41 responses to “Welcome Aboard”
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.
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.
With much regards
Great Sir…Great writings…
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!
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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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