Good friends, Great friends #famouslines #A2ZChallenge #BlogchatterAtoZ

When talking about friendships how can you not think about the women of Wisteria Lane... Yess.. I am talking about the Desperate Housewives. Remember Gabriele, Bree, Lynette and Susan? This remains one of my favourite series on female friendships. But have you noticed that films and series on female friendships are so few and far …

Famous Lines #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

The A to Z challenge is almost here….right there knocking and I am still wondering if I should go for it or not. In fact my brain is going ‘to be or not to be’ right and left (pun intended) as I write this….  Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and …

Sarbojonin @ C R Park, for the people, by the people #BloggersDurgaPujo

As a C R Park import, thanks to the husband, I remember being the quintessential Bengali from Kolkata; raving about how grand Durga Pujo is in Kolkata, epic pandal hopping stories and of course the vibe in the city. Here, even on Mahalaya, the pandals were still being built, a far cry from Kolkata where …

The Hungry Tides #TheBlindList

I met him on my visit home from the hostel. I saw him digging away in the lush green lawn. He looked up to take a look at me through his blank, deep set eyes and then got back to his work again. The first rains of the season had just paid our town a …

The panchami food fiesta…Anandomela #bloggersdurgapujo

If you have had a Bengali friend or if you have grown up in Kolkata, irrespective of whether you are a Bengali or not, you would know how important food is in a bengali’s life.  Like my mother-in-law jokes on weekends…shokale uthlei khawar chinta (your mornings begin with planning out the menu for the day). …

Ma starts her journey from Kailash, we start our celebrations! #BloggersDurgaPujo

Tomorrow a little before daybreak, at 4 am precisely, Bengalis the world over will come together as they listen to Mahalaya – Ma Durga’s agomoni song (a song welcoming the Goddess). The night before the alarm will be set religiously without fail. If you are however in Calcutta, you probably wouldn’t even need one as …

Amma

Amma is coming home today. My Amma, my favorite… Amma, with her big red bindi and colorful silks, her matching jhumkas and tinkling anklets. My grandfather loved to see her that way and so did we. After he passed away Amma continued wearing the big red bindi, afterall that’s how my grandfather loved her isn’t …

World’s Greatest Detectives!

Who doesn’t love good detective fiction? Let’s start with a murder, mostly of a seemingly non-entity, in the most mysterious way…in fact better still keep throwing in a couple of more murders here and there. Then enters our detective, with his eccentricities and pet peeves…with an eye for detail and a nose for foul play. …

Elixir – dreamy, heart-breaking…rooted in reality

‘Amidst fairytales and mythologies, amidst the dance of shadows on the lonely roof. Reindeers and greyhounds in black finger-shadows, by the wall. Whizzes of mosquitoes, a lone green spiral in smokes is their sole rescue. Amma would tell stories, by the shadow of the dark, rainy evenings….’ That’s how we are introduced to Manisha, the …

A Thousand Unspoken words

A Thousand Unspoken Words is Paulami Dutta Gupta’s 4th novel. Published by Readomania, this 2015 novel, though essentially a love story, is also a poignant tale of courage, idealism, failure and redemption.  Though I read the book a couple of months back this year, this is one review which I kept pushing, afraid that I …