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বাদামী মনির চোখ | Badami Monir Chokh - Bengali Short Story By Sudipuddin Srirampuri - Online Bengali Magazine

"Badami Monir Chokh" - a Bengali short story by Sudipuddin Srirampuri. This post is in Unicode Bengali font.

বাদামী মনির চোখ

সুদীপ উড্ডীণ শ্রীরামপুরী

শুঁড়েকালনা থেকে তারকেশ্বর আসব। বাস স্ট্যান্ডে এসে শুনলাম বাস আসার তখনো কিছু সময় বাকি। বাস স্টান্ডের লাগোয়া চায়ের দোকান। এগিয়ে গেলাম দোকানের দিকে। দোকানের ঠিক সামনে বাঁশের বেঞ্চি, বেশ লম্বা। পাঁচ ছয় জন ভালো করে বসা যায়। জনা দুই আপেক্ষারত বাসের যাত্রী বসে চা খাচ্ছিলেন। আমিও অদের পাশে বেঞ্চির এক ধারে বসে, দোকানিকে এক কাপ চা দিতে বললাম। তেলচিটে বয়ামে লোকাল বেকারীর তিন-চার রকমের বিস্কুট দেখে, রং ছাড়া খাস্তা লেড়ো বিস্কুটটা দিতে বললাম। ...

BHOY (Bengali, 2011) - Shatabdi Roy Plays The Exorcist in the new Tollywood Horror Film: Bengali Movie Review

By Aditya Chakraborty

Bengali Actress Monami at premiere of Tollywood Horror Folm BHOY
Calcutta, Feb 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Horror films are hardly made in Tollywood and it is not a genre which Tollywood is comfortable with handling as they tend to make a mess of it. Hardly any horror films have been made in Tollywood in the recent past. In fact coming to think of it, the only film which has been made is ‘Raat Barota Paanch’ which was a terrible film and a box office disaster as well. Bhoy is supposed to be a horror-thriller, but well what does it turn out to be?

It is about a young couple Amitava and Rupsha who are on the lookout for a place to rent. With the help of a broker, they find a house whose owner Mr. Bhattacharya tells them that the previous tenant of the house, a young lady had commited suicide with her son. From the very day, people around them start acting weird and in fact Rupsha witnesses uncanny happenings in the house.

Read the complete Tollywood Kolkata Bengali horror movie review and watch the trailer via Washington Bangla Radio.

Chalo Paltai (2011) Bengali Film Music Release

Bengali Actor PRASENJIT CHATTERJEE, Singer Raghav Chatterjee and Singer-Composer Anupam Roy at CHOLO PALTAI Bengali Film Songs Release
Tollywood Hero PROSENJIT CHATTERJEE with Raghav and Anupam
Prosenjit Chatterjee, Raghav, Anupam Roy and students of Jadavpur Vidyapit at Cholo Paltai Music Release

Calcutta, Feb 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) True to its name, the The Quite Music Launch was not so quite. Almost 200  children of Jadavpur Vidyapit were witness to it.

The songs of  forthcoming release of SVF's Cholo Paltai were sung by Anupam and Raghab. Bumba-da was overwhelmed by the children who listened, questioned and asked for guidance.

Read all about the event and check out exclusive pictures at Washington Bangla Radio.

Interview: Saibal Chakraborty - Producer of Tollywood Bengali supernatural horror films BHOY and BHOY 2

[Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Horror Movie BHOY Press meet]Germantown, MD, Feb 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Saibal Chakrabarty is a well-known producer of movies in Kolkata's Tollywood Bengali film industry. He has produced Amar Bhalolaga Amar Bhalobasha and Fight 1:1, and his horror-thriller Bhoy and it's sequel Bhoy-2 are awaiting release at the time of this interview.

Living legend Lata Mangeshkar has performed a song in Amar Bhalolaga Amar Bhalobasha, thus singing for a Tollywood Bengali movie after sixteen years, and Saibal himself has sung a duet in the film with Lata-ji.

Arijit Chakraborty talks to Saibal in this audio broadcast of an informal chit-chat. Saibal has appeared in a dance number in Bhoy alongside Abhishek Chatterjee, as well sung a song as a playback singer for the movie, too.

Floatel--The Floating Indulgence (Calcutta, India)

Michigan, February 24th, 2011: I first saw Floatel while I was driving down Strand Road in Calcutta (yes, I prefer to call it Calcutta). Quite an interesting concept, I thought and made an appointment with the manager to have a dekko at this floating indulgence.

India Post Celebrates a Hundred Years of Airmail by Issuing New Stamps on Aero-Philately

New Delhi, Feb 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) India Post celebrated the centenary of the World’s official airmail flight. On  February 18, 1911, a flight carried 6,500 letters from Allahabad to Naini. To commemorate the occasion a set of four stamps on aero philately was issued at Allahabad on  February 12 this year. The historic flight was also re-enacted, courtesy Indian Air Force.  INDIPEX 2011- was organised in Delhi  from  February 12 to 18, 2011 and was inaugurated by the President, Smt Pratibha Devi Singh Patil.

Mahatma Gandhi NREGA Wage Rates Hiked by 17-30 Percent in India - New Wages Higher than Existing Rates in many States

New Delhi, Feb 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) In pursuance of its commitment towards the welfare of the rural poor , the Government has  enhanced the wages under  Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). This will result in 17-30% enhancement of wages under the premier flagship program of the Government across the country. The move is likely to benefit more than 5 crore beneficiaries under MGNREGA across the country. The wage rates have been hiked on the basis of Consumer Price Index for the agricultural labour   calculated on the basis of Rs. 100 or the actual wage rate, whichever is higher as on April 1st, 2009. As per the amended notification issued by the Ministry Of Rural Development the new MGNREGA wage rates will come into effect from January 1, 2011 or the date of actual payment of the revised rate, whichever is later.

Caracal - The Elusive and Mysterious Cat of the Himalayas

New Delhi, Feb 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) Certain species are very hard to find like the snow leopard and the red panda that live in the high reaches of the Himalayan Mountains and  in the rain forests. But, this is not so with the Caracal because it resides in the easily approachable main lands of India, some are also the main tourism hubs of India such as Ranthambhore and Sariska. Yet, to sight  this mysterious cat  is not easy.