Soundscape

Sudarshana Dhar The hills are alive with the sound of music With songs they have sung for a thousand years The hills fill my heart with the sound of music My heart wants to sing every song it hears… The Sound of Music (1965) Music, like any other art form, is often defined by an individual’s experience. Yet, what construes as music? The immediate thought …

My Days With Ruskin Bond

Protiksha Ukil The long awaited month of June was supposed to be much more than a summer vacation for me; it was meant to provide a break from the two-year-long series of weekly exams that had jeopardized my generally carefree lifestyle. By first week of June when the long string of unending exams finally came to an end, I was at the bottom of my …

The Post Office

Sharmistha Dasgupta It was a small, derelict post office in a dusty suburban town; a lone elderly post master was at the helm and three sorters assisted him in the task of sorting and distributing the mail. The mail bags used to arrive by the 10 o’clock train and the sole tonga of the town, carried them to the post office by 10:30 am. The …

Durga Puja at LoC

Brig RK Bhattacharya In those days I was posted somewhere along the LoC (line of control) in Kashmir as Brigade Major of an artillery brigade. My duty was to control operations or more precisely control the artillery fire power. The cease fire violations by Pakis had increased – just like the ongoing situation. Meanwhile, I had sent all my subordinate officers on leave so that …

The Local Lad

Koyal Roy He was the quintessential parar chele, the local lad. That was how he was known, and how he continued to be known, years later, even when all his contemporaries outgrew their boyhood ways. He had a name – Arun, but it was likely to get mixed up with those of other boys, for these faces were collectively familiar. Individually, you would probably be …

The Bindi

Anindita Chowdhury Click! Piu heard the distinct sound on the other side as Indrani disconnected the call. That was so much unlike Ma, Piu thought to herself. Usually, it was Piu who disconnected the call even as Indrani held on, patiently waiting on the other end, never wanting to be the first one to press the ‛cancel’ button. But today was different. It was Sunday. …

Sleeping By The Champa Tree

Arunlekha Sengupta All around Tinni were smells that she had known all her life. They had been characters in the narration of her life. Invisible characters. She was never really aware of the smells as she was living her normal 12 year old life, but now, kidnapped, trapped, bound and gagged, those smells came back to befriend her – the heady smell of the rotting …

Tint Of Life

Soumalya Chakraborty The bustling main road, when observed from above, resembles an irrigation canal with numerous lanes branching out. Each lane feeds the central road with human and vehicular movement which shapes its image of being one of the major thoroughfares of the city. In its entirety, this aerial view is nothing extraordinary. After all, almost every urban setting would look the same at a …

Salt-Sugar Solution : A Remedy For Dehydration Within Your Reach

Dr Madhab Chattopadhyay M.Pharm, Ph.D When diarrhea strikes During the dead hour of night, if anybody in your family starts passing loose motion or vomit very frequently, what do you do ? Run helter-skelter to get a transport for reaching the hospital? Make a hurried search for Enteroquinol or Flagyl tablets ? Hazards associated with unwise and improper medication It must be emphasized that bringing …

A Lesser Known Story Of A Glorious Triumvirate

Amal Chakraborti A monk, a businessman and a disciple laid the foundation of Science and Technology in India. Success in science and technology programmes in the fields of space, defence, atomic energy, agriculture and biology will surely make every Indian proud. But little do we know about the contribution of those great men, who more than a century back, had dreamt of a developed India …