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Dr Ratan Lal Basu

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All on a sudden the storm lashed down with overwhelming vehemence, the sky was torn apart by relentless thrusts of lightning and the ear-rending rumble shook the world. The compounder had already gone home to close the open windows as his wife along with children had gone to her parents house. The patients who had started lining up had all fled with the onset of the storm. This pre-monsoon storm often turns violent and runs for hours. I realized there would be no patients today and I could not go home right now either. Seated close to the window at the far end of the chamber at the ground floor of the building that houses a bank at the upper floor, I watched through the glass the merciless onslaught of the storm on the trees. The building was isolated from the shops and dwellings by its large compound with a high wall and lines of tall trees. I watched the torrents lashing at the window panes and the tree tops that swayed recklessly and the yellow swords spitting apart the sky incessantly. Electricity went off to protect the naked transformers being hit by thunder. In the emergency light the chamber looked eerie and my mind drifted to Dracula stories Id read a few days ago and a queer sensation of fear coursed through me. I was amazed to think that even at this age ghost stories raises fear from the subconscious not withstanding my scientific bent of mind. This is the innate presentiment of fear reared in the inner depth of mind I thought.

Metali Radio Listeners' Club of Khagra, Murshidabad, West Bengal releases their annual activity report

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Mar 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Mitali Radio Listeners' club of Khagra in district of Murshidabad, state of West Bengal in India has released their 2009 club activity report. The clubs members are radio enthusiasts and also participate in various philanthropic activities for the community.

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The USA expresses “major concern” regarding discrimination against Roma in Romania

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Mar 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) In its annual “Human Rights Report” about Romania issued recently, US Department of State says: “Roma faced persistent poverty and had poor access to government services, few employment opportunities, high rates of school attrition, inadequate health care, and pervasive discrimination.”

James Cameron thinks “story & not technology” most important in a film

Filmmaker James Cameron (Avatar) stressed in a conclave in India’s capital New Delhi on Saturday evening that story and not technology was the most important in a film, according to reports.

RAJ BASU Piyalir Password - WBRi Exclusive Review from World Premiere of Bengali Movie

Soutik Singha - one of the founders of Washington Bangla Radio- attended the premiere of Raj Basu's Piyalir Password (2009) Bengali Movie and writes about how he likes what he saw.

Sylvester Stallone & Denise Richards win Indian Razzies defeating Bollywood megastars

Hollywood stars Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) and Denise Richards (The World is not enough) have won Hollywood Razzies equivalent “Golden Kela Awards”, given annually for the worst performance in Bollywood.

They won what is called “BAAWRA ho gaya hai ke Award” (Have you gone CRAZY Award) for performances in romantic comedy “Kambakkht Ishq” (Unfortunate Love), defeating Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Nikhil Advani, and Nagesh Kukunoor, who were also nominated in this category. “Kambakkht Ishq” won two other awards also, including worst film.

India to be celebrated at Fifth Women’s International Film Festival, Miami, USA

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Fifth Women’s International Film & Arts Festival (WIFF) at Miami (USA) from March 26 to April three will celebrate India with exhibition of India-focused films on March 29, according to reports.

It will include “The Shadow Effect” (documentary feature, Scott Cervine), “Can She Be Saved” (documentary short, Yasmin Shiraz), “Goddess Menstrual Show”, “Astronaut Pam: Countdown to Commander”, “Sindoor” (narrative short, Mangla Bansal), and “Land Gold Women” (narrative feature, Avantika Hari)         

WIFF is a unique annual cultural event featuring films, visual and performance arts and other artistic expressions by women to celebrate women and to help them realize their dreams, visions, and voices. The events reportedly bring together women from all over the world.

Bangla Natok : Pagla Ghora Bengali Play Directed by Amol Palekar and five other productions in Theater Festival in USA

Amol Palekar - Image (C) Rediff IndiaMar 13, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The New Jersey based theater group Epic Actors' Workshop will perform the Bangla Natok (Bengali play) Pagla Ghora (The Crazy Horse) directed by acclaimed Indian cinema and theater icon Amol Palekar on April 4, 2010 at 7:30 PM at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Auditorium, Rockville Civic Center, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, Maryland.

The Pagla Ghoda performance is one of six stage plays that will be performed in a two-day Theater Festival organized by Natya Bharati (  as a part of their Grand 25th Anniversary Celebration event, marking 25 years of excellence in Theater. The theme of the event is "bringing the community together through theater".

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