To the Girl yet to be Born

To the Girl yet to be Born

If they let you come, the moment you come, they will decide whom you will love

If they let you come, they will put you in a school where there will only be humans of your gender

Because that will be safer for you

But during a crisis men would be the ones who will be called to save you , because obviously you are not enough to save yourself

If they let you come , they will stare at you in such a way , you would be bound to think what is wrong with you

If they let you come, they would never allow you to enter pure places in your impure state, but you giving birth would be considered the purest thing on Earth

If they let you come, they will save seats for you in public transport, because obviously you are not able to stand as them being the weaker sex

And if they let you come, they would say You had better not come.

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“For you, a Thousand Times Over”

“For you, a Thousand Times Over”

The story of Amir and Hassan. More precisely a story of friendship. Not any ordinary one, a friendship with a lot of doubts from one part and utmost self-sacrifice and infinite love from the other. Throughout the chapters it is mentioned quiet a time that the people who are fed from the same breast share a bond, but at the end we come to know that the bond was not only of that but a bond stronger than that, the bond of brotherhood. With each passing chapter, with an added number to a chapter, it’s like you are growing with them. Coming back to the friendship, the story deals with Amir’s friendship with Hassan, with Baba, with Rahim Khan, with Soraya, and with Sohrab. But in one way or other all the other acquaintances of Amir were a result of Hassan’s alliance to Amir. All, except Soraya’s were an indirect gift from Hassan to Amir. When after many years, Amir came back to his homeland, he returned to the most familiar tourist spot of him the same way he left it twenty years ago. Each of character’s fall will make you feel , will make you question the world, make you question your God. Hassan, got everything by the end, he had Ali as his father, he got a wife and a beautiful son, he even got his mother back. But the thing he most wanted throughout his momentary life was Amir’s happiness. And he kept no stone unturned to give him that. Even by his death, he gave him a gift, he gave him a son. On the other hand, Amir is in the epitome of round characters, as Rahim Khan says, its never late to be good again. The antagonist is not just Assef or anyone in particular, but the whole world, the ethos of the world and the wrongness of the world. At one point, you will want to stop reading because you will not be ready to face what is coming up but you will not be able to stop either because it’s so good and your mind will not be yours anymore, it will travel to Islamabad, to Kabul, to San Francisco and the red bridge with only the towers in a foggy day. At the end, the whole experience will left you in an awe and all you will want is to have that ‘‘A THOUSAND TIMES OVER’’

A Gripping Experience with a Movie

Aranyadeb. Our college held a screening for this movie today. I went to watch the movie with my friends to chill and without expecting anything. Then after much chaos regarding the speaker and many things , the film finally began. The movie began with a reflection of a typical North Calcutta childhood. Then different other sides or one may say layers of the story were gradually introduced to the viewers. The movie’s director Debasish Sen Sharma was present with us and the stories he told before the movie started were seen being depicted in different parts of the movie. It could be understood that various traits of Aranya, the protagonist of the movie were taken from himself only, which he even accepted when asked. Coming to Aranya, he was a character , I feel , who teaches us that its not always about being sane but being different is also an option. But in another way it shows that the world is yet to be ready for people like Aranya. Deb, Aranya’s best friend is equally important a character. The consequence of Deb shows us what guilt can take from a man but in a way gives him as well. The movie can also be said as a movie about friendship. The Aranyadeb of ‘Aranyadeb’ is not the one by Lee Falk but a combination of the superpowers of Aranya and Deb.  There were moments in the movie where you will shiver, you will cry and you will smile at the same time. It is recommended to everyone who reads this to watch the movie which is going to be screened on the 8th of this month at Satyajit Ray Film Academy from 6pm.aranyadeb jpg

Thoughts on ”The Diary of Anne Frank”

The book starts with description of Jew Anne’s regular life, her school and her family. Then the world turns over for thirteen year old Anne and her family when they have to move to a hiding place to hide from the Nazis. There they started living with another family called the Van Daans. Life did not remain normal for Anne from then. She had to drop from her school, though that did not suppress the want to learn things in her. She continued learning different languages, history, mathematics etc. The letters that make the diary of Anne Frank were all addressed to Kitty, who was Anne’s imaginary friend I suppose. As you go through the story you will feel like you are Kitty, the stories that she tells would make you feel like they were meant to be heard by you. And as my sister says, you will feel for her while reading, you will suffer her pain. Though her life was not as normal as any girl in her teenage years, the characteristics of adolescence were prominent in her, like having a crush , which was both the Peters in her life, her problems with her parents etc. As the story continues, their life in the ‘’Secret Annex’’ becomes more and more dreadful. There arrives various problems like lack of food, burglars and above all the fear of being exposed which was constant. The thing that moves me about Anne is that although their life was hideous in the Annex, she knew that she was living in a far better state than most of the Jews and she appreciated that. At the end , it was really distressing to  read her last letter and it was even more  bitter knowing that she was not aware of the fact that that was the last letter that she was writing. At the epilogue , when the readers are being informed to Anne and her family’s fate, it was , in two words extremely painful. At last , her father, Otto Frank escaped from the concentration camps , her mother died, and soon after that, Anne and her sister both died of Typhus. They lived in the ‘’Secret Annex’’ from 1942 to 1944. If they could manage their hiding just a year, they would have survived, that is the thought that came to me when I finished the book, and I think that is the thing most readers thought as well. All the residents including Anne were looking forward to the end of the war not knowing that it was just a year away. Her dream of someday becoming a writer and let her story be known to the world was indeed fulfilled, but that came with a price, which was her life. The world indeed is aware of her story now but she did not live to see that.

 

There is Malala in every House

Who is Malala? Almost all of us know the answer of this question. Malala is a brave young girl who fought for education. But there is not only one Malala in the whole world. Every household experiences the presence of Malala in some other way or other. Malala is certainly every girl in less developed countries who fight for their right of education on a daily basis. But also, Malala is every girl or boy who fight against education. Precisely, Malala is every child or teen who fail to excel in studies despite of having the will and the means to study. Those who want to shine as a student and work hard but fail to exceed expectations. Thus Malala is present in every other household of the society .

                                                 Malala is a true inspiration to all of us, specially those who do not get to study just because they are a girl, which is supposedly the inferior sex but have an urge to be educated.All of them are Malalas in their own way.malala

Book Review – The Lowland – By Jhumpa Lahiri

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This is the second novel by the Bengalii descent novelist and my first read of her .In the first part of the book, a true lifestyle of the 50’s Bengali household is reflected throughout the lives of a family of four, depicting the childhood of two brothers. In the second part,Udayan, one of the brothers of the family joins the movement of Naxalite , while the other brother Subhash goes abroad for higher studies. The story takes a massive turn , when Udayan is killed by the police for his beliefs , leaving his pregnant wife Gauri alone with his parents. While reading the novel, all I could think was’’What Next?’’What happened next was a shock to the readers as well. Subhash, being an absolute gentleman, asked for Gauri, his brother’s widow, to marry him and settle with him in the States. Gauri did accept that , for the sake of her yet to be born child, but was never happy with her decision. After arriving at the States, they started their lives together but Gauri never gave Any effort to stabilize her life. She started completing her studies in philosophy. After Bela[her daughter] is born , she is not proved to be a good mother as well as she was not at all a good wife. She left Bela and Subhash . Subhash then, brought up his niece, Gauri by his own just like her father. Meanwhile, Gauri’s life continued as well with herself.The book shows great character development of both Subhash and Gauri and t later on of Bela. Bela grew up hating her mother and one day becoming a mother herself.  She came to know her paternal truth later on by Subhash. In the last part, she confronts her mother once again. Throughoutthe book, Subhash has turned from a great brother and son, to a great brother-in-law , to a great husband, to a great father, to a great grandfather to Meghna.The title of the book is ‘’lowland’’ is because, as I think is that, the lowland in front of Subhash and Udayan’s Calcutta House has provided a place of playing in their infancy, for hiding from nemesis in Udayan’s youth and ultimately being killed and rested there. In a nutshell, ‘’The Lowland’’ is a story of great dramatic angles, thrill and love.

 

A Voyage without Water Part — 2

 

 

 

I am gonna start where I left my previous blog about the tour of Rajasthan. In the previous article I remember mentioning somewhere that after the Blue City, it was time for me to go to the White City of INDIA—- JAISALMER. So it was a more or less a six hour drive from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. After reaching the hotel, I found out that my entire luggage was lost (which was later found in the kitchen of the hotel, heaven knows how). Keeping that apart,  the road from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer was at first a city road but then eventually it became deserted, and the only living beings in the roads were sometimes camels and sometimes some small, almost dry bushes.

   That is how we reached Jaisalmer at last and that evening I did my geographical survey there, which was kind of fun, as I got a chance to meet new people and know their lifestyles. That day went like that.

The next day I began exploring JAISALMER. I was most excited about this place from the beginning of the tour, as a thing very close to my heart, actually to all Bengalis’ heart is right situated at that place. ‘THE SONAR KELLA’ or THE JAISALMER FORT, which was the centre point of the first story of our beloved series ‘FELUDA’, later made in a film (1974 ).I made my way to the beautiful golden colored fort, made entirely of yellow sandstone and elegant at its best in the hue of yellow and the sun making it golden. The fort is vast and it took me entire 6 hours to roam the entire place. As I entered there , I could not find similarities between a lot of other forts that I have visited and this one, as it was more like  a small replica of a city inside it. It has hotels inside it, even dwelling places, vegetable markets and a lot more. A strong innervations of nostalgia struck me as I roamed the place, and I wondered how can I have nostalgia for a place that I am in for the first time, and the answer was ‘’SONAR KELLA’’. There were two temples inside the fort as well and the architecture inside the temple was the most phenomenal thing , it was so sharply pretty that I could not take my eyes off it walls for several minutes. Every inch of every wall was engraved with deities and what surprised me is that, all of the millions little deities are also worshipped daily , which I knew observing ‘tika’ on their forehead. There is also a place , called ‘MUKUL BARI’, cheerily named after the protagonist of Satyajit Ray’s Novel mentioned earlier, and that was some heavy emotional attack for me. The guide also showed the place where the climax was shot.   After these, I went to PATOWA KI HAVELI, which is not far from JAISALMER FORT and can be reached without exiting from the former fort. So I took the road towards the Haveli, which was something admirable, as one cannot imagine such a great piece of architecture in such a clumsy market .

                   So it was my morning and afternoon in Jaisalmer, in my next blog I shall write about the evening and night happenings.

I really enjoyed all the people greeting the Bengalis including me like ‘’ You made this fort famous ‘’ and ‘’You must know everything about this fort ‘’ and all.