Krishokoli Ami Tarei Boli : Dedication

She is dark as the message of shower in summer, dark as the shade of flowering woodland; she is dark as the longing for unknown love in the wistful night of May. -Rabindranath Tagore

Dark Lily I have named her
Village folks call her black

On a cloudy day I did see
Dark doe-eyes of the lassie
Veil she had not around her
Her loose braided hair flowing down her back
A dark one? As dark as she may be
Her doe eyes I have seen

Seeing the sky darken with clouds
Moo-ed two cows in dismay
With a hurried, hassled gait
Came the dark lass from her hut
A frown clouding her brows she gazed
Pausing to hear the clouds rumble
A dark one? As dark as she may be
Her doe eyes I have seen

A sudden breeze came from the east
Rippled a wave across the rice fields
I stood alone by the dyke, none else in the fields
Did she look at me?
Only I know, and so does she
A dark one? As dark as she may be
Her doe eyes I have seen

In such ways, the dense clouds
Darken the horizons in May
In such ways, shadows dark & soft
Caress the forests in July
In such ways, on monsoon nights
A sudden delight fills the heart
A dark one? As dark as she may be
Her doe eyes I have seen

Dark Lily I have named her
Let others call her what they may
I saw her at fields of Moynapara
Dark doe-eyes of the lassie
Her face was uncovered
Time she had not to feel abashed
A dark one? As dark as she may be
Her doe eyes I have seen

Just a Detour

Whenever word do not suffice, I move towards a song. Here’s the translation of one of my favourite loneliness songs.. Enjoy the original bengali song ‘Ekbar Bol’ here..

Where the starting talks have finished before starting
Trying to search it there drowning my head, that’s my habit
Where the smell of dusk, the sun escaping
I think I’ll run there, grab stories, make mistakes in spelling

I guess now the hand slips away
And black night
Time flies away in preparation

Everyday being frightened
All my wishes
Hear the sound of an incoming storm

Once say ‘Nobody, You have nobody’…..

How the sights are grabbing me everyday
And when I get a shade, I break, I disappear
Where you call among a crowd of dead bodies
That’s where I click pictures, I get addicted, I come back again

I guess now the hand slips away
And black night
Time flies away in preparation

Everyday being frightened
All my wishes
Hear the sound of an incoming storm

In the end ‘Nobody, You have nobody’…..
Once say ‘Nobody, You have nobody’…..

The Cold Hard Days

Everybody’s entitled to little rantings about something. Here’s mine. Unlike most of my posts, this was written in real time, sometime in January 2014. If you don’t understand all of it, please don’t try too hard (especially to my real-life friends).

Its a time when I’d catch up with Brian more through his blog than through our conversations. Even though we live in the same hostel room. Such are our digitalized lives with the introduction of high speed internet in each room. Ever since second years started, our respective departments had taken their own turns, separating from the mainstream first year course. A class full of new people dictates a handful of new friends.
I found my friend in some fellas in my class, previously little-known. Continue reading

South India Trip (Part 3)

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We spent a quiet New Year Eve at Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of Indian mainland. We were on a family trip to South India, that was gradually nearing its end.
On 1st January, 2015, we woke up to a new year with a quick breakfast and then a train ride.

East Gate, from a little far away..

East Gate, from a little far away..

Our next destination was Madurai. Another city, after Chennai, known for its silk trade.
We reached Madurai in the afternoon, and landed in a pretty posh hotel. After taking some rest, we set out to visit the Meenakshi Temple.
The Meenakshi Temple was an immense temple, in area, in grandeur, and in height. Our hotel was about a kilometer away from the temple, and the temple top was visible from there.
The temple has four gates, in north, south, east and west, all as enormous as the temple itself. However, unlike many other temples of south India, these were brightly coloured and decorated.
We entered from the East Gate.

There was this pillar in the temple, made of gold !!..

There was this pillar in the temple, made of gold !!..

The room of thousand pillars, they call it. It was used as a museum there..

The room of thousand pillars, they call it. It is used as a museum there..

A miniature model of the Meenakshi Temple..

A miniature model of the Meenakshi Temple..

One of the deities in display in the museum.

One of the deities on display in the museum.

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Chennai-Kanyakumari

South India Trip (Part 2)

Pondicherry

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On the 4th day and last day in Chennai, we set off to visit Puducherry (Pondicherry) on a little tourist bus arranged by the tourist company.
Puducherry is connected to Chennai by a highway flanked by enormous buildings and lovely scenarios. This seaside city is known for the ashram of Rishi Aurobindo, and for Auroville.

Auroville

Plan Layout for Auroville

Our first destination was Auroville. A bit far from the city, but definitely worth a visit if you happen to be nearby. There are exact times limited for visits though.
First they showed a video about the conceptualization of Auroville, its aim, construction and progress. Then there was an exhibition. Continue reading

Chennai-Tirupati

South India Trip (Part 1)

Packing Up

Actually it was 9 bags !! Later on, I re-packed them into 8..

My mum and grandma had been planning and packing since days. However, I was commanded to pack my stuff only on the night before we were leaving..
So, on 24th December, at evening, as the birds were returning to their nests, we left ours.

We spent Christmas on the train and reached Chennai on 26th December afternoon.
On the way, we met other families who were going with the same tourist company. It seemed that I was the only young person in the group. However, there were many who were as young in heart as me 😉

A tourist bus was waiting for our arrival at the Chennai station, and soon we set off for sightseeing. Continue reading