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A FRUITFUL ESCAPADE‏

The merry Christmas and Happy New Year signs are quickly replaced by Happy Valentine's Day signs that lures You to some more chocolatey sins, as if all those cookies and Christmas Cakes have not made you a sinner enough. But then you come across some reality checks with signs that makes you laugh out loud as you read ‘God if you cannot make me skinny this year please make my friends fat’. Suddenly the sugar rush gives way to a sugar crash. Now everyone wants to shed the extra pounds they have blissfully gathered from those cakes in the last couple of months. One after all has to get ready for summer and for the much sought after thin and lean look. It's funny to find people carefully reading every label before they even open a bag of chips.

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BATUK NANDY SMRITI SAMMAN -2015

The musical theme of this year's Performance section of Surbahar was, 60's and 70's Golden Era of Bollywood music, comprising songs by R. D. Burman, S. D. Burman, Shankar Jaikishen, Kalyanji Anandji, Ravindra Jain, Usha Khanna etc. Songs on vocal and the guitar was presented by Nilanjann Nandy, with solo vocals by Neeharika Nandy and Ellora Nandy. 
 

শরীর

এবং মন মেপে কথা বলছেন সুন্দরীরা।
কিন্তু সত্যেও নির্জনতা ঘাসের মত থাকে। 

অপরিচিত

কাছের মানুষের সাথেই অপরিচিতের মত মিশছি

LOSS OF INDIVIDUALITY

Pick up ‘vegetables and women’ in the same breath, that’s your job

Subservient. Sidekicks all and sundry.

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আফরিন

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অদ্ভুত এই দৌড়ে যে আসে পদতলে,
যাকে নিয়ে চলে বেশ তর্কাতর্কি,

বেসুমার বিলাশে জানিনা তার নাম কি,

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"EBAR SHABOR" - A Never Before Experience awaits!!!

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"EBAR SHABOR" - a new movie! A thriller actually!!

But who is Shabor Dasgupta? To begin with what is the meaning of SHABOR? A bengali name which
ia not-so-common... In fact SHABOR mean the Hunter... as the Tagline of this movie says quite subtly -
"The Hunt is On..." Well I, personally 'am a hunter of good thrillers, edgy and crisp movies where I will not
be able to point out any loose ends, something which will impress me, will satiate my hunger for good thrillers...like Khamosh, A Wednesday, ek Hasina Thi, Johnny Gaddar or oldies like Thana Theke Aschhi (Uttam Kumar) and Chupi Chupi Asey (Tarun Kumar)...but alas, my hunt went on... my thirst heightened and then maybe abated...with one or two flicks which I luckily caught on DVD's here and abroad...but the hunt for a good Bengali / hindi thriller went on... especially a Bengali one since nothing worthwhile was churning out of tollywood in the last 3 - 4 yeaars in the name of thrillers!
They all had the same "Food Gone Bad" feel, which gave me nausea and headaches!
Before entering the auditorium, I should confess that I did not expect much from an unread Shabor Dasgupta thriller penned by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay. I went inside the theatre with a bit of trepidation along with a sense of joy for this film "EBAR SHABOR" directed by Arindam Sil.
But from the very first shot, and the title credits, with Bickram Ghosh's mind-boggling, dark, cruel, innovative, sometimes pounding and sometimes like a caress, different yet so perfect music made me sit up and take notice of this beautifully crafted, stylish and
perfect thriller. 

A Christmas Market Fiesta.


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I followed the trail of the delicious aura of Czech food that wafted across the streets of Bohemia and landed straight at its heartland, the Old Town Square of Prague. To me it was the Mecca of Street food. The sweet smell of ginger bread and roasting sausages drifted along with the crowd through the cold air. Warm apple cider, cold holiday beer and warm spiced wine delighted the senses as one revels in the enchantment of the season.


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