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FILM PROMO: THE HUNGER GAMES (MARCH 23RD, 2012)

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Suzanne Collins joined the club of J.K Rowling (Harry Potter) and Stephenie Meyer (The Twilight Saga) when her first novel for the young adults, The Hunger Games hit the shelves.

The novel is set in Panem, a nation that grew out of the ashes of North America, and run by the Capitol. In order to exercise total control, the Capitol selects one male and one female from each of the twelve outlying districts to compete in the annual Hunger Games—a fight to the death between twenty four tributes from ages twelve to eighteen. Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen is chosen for the games along with Peeta Mellark. Together, they will create an unprecedented game and create a spark to change the course of history and maybe something more. A USA Today and New York Times bestseller, 9.6 million copies of the book was already being read in the United States when Lionsgate decided about the movie adaptation.


Book Review: Celebrating Nazakat and the Spirit of Sheherwalis with Royal Vegetarian Cuisine from Murshidabad, West Bengal

Sheherwali: Regal Vegetarian Cuisine of Murshidabad By Pradip Chopra

Cover of Sheherwali: Regal Vegetarian Cuisine of Murshidabad By Pradip Chopra

Members of Sheherwali Community of Bengal

Kolkata, December 6, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) With the launch of a book titled “Sheherwali: Regal Vegetarian Cuisine of Murshidabad”, the city was introduced to a tradition of nazakat that it had come across but rarely. The occasion took place at iLead management institute’s campus which played host to a few well-known guests including Mr. Harsh Neotia (one of the city’s top entrepreneurs and the Chairman of Ambuja Realty), Mr. Raghavendra Singh (IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, West Bengal) and some members of the Sheherwali Community.

Authored by Mr. Pradip Chopra (Chairman, iLead and CMD, PS Group), this book unearths the culinary secrets of the Sheherwalis. The book was launched by Mr. Harsh Neotia and the author himself while he shared his first tryst with Sheherwali food. Mr. Chopra recounted how his interaction with the community had left him absolutely delighted and fascinated with their delicacy, their etiquette and their love for details…things that have driven him to write this book.

Sheherwali Royal Cuisine of Bengal

Sheherwali Royal Cuisine of Bengal

Sheherwali Royal Cuisine of Bengal

Sheherwali Royal Cuisine of Bengal

Sheherwali Royal Cuisine of Bengal

Sheherwali Royal Cuisine of Bengal

The astounding historical facts show how this small community of Oswal Jain Traders from the deserts of Rajasthan had settled in lush-green Bengal and with aplomb! Considered to be one of the wealthiest communities not just in India but world, it is said that 200 years back, 5% of the world’s total GDP was contributed by West Bengal and primarily, by Murshidabad alone, courtesy, the Sheherwali community!



Exclusive: Ananda Publishers' Sarodia Pujabarshiki Anandamela 2011 Online Release

Calcutta, August 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The 2011 edition of popular Sharadiya Pujabarshiki Anandamela magazine from Anand Publishers is now available.

Cover of Sharadiya Anandamela Pujabarshiki 2011 via Boimela

This year's highlights include Kakababu, Santu, Jojo, Deblina and Oli haveing a new crime-mystery adventure in an island in the Sunderbans in Sunil Gangopadhyay's "Kakababu O Jaladashyu".

Suchitra Bhattacharya tells a thrilling story about a pen-drive found by Jhumjhum in a hotel room in Kulu-Manali leading to an underworld network selling off priceless paintings. Will Mitinmashi and Tupur succeed in busting the racket ?

Sabyasachi Sarkar writes yet another crime-mystery thriller involving the possible kidnapping of cricket star Tushar Shukla. Tubrimama, Coco and the gang of sleuths investigates.

Sharodiyo Pujabarshiki Anandamela 2011 is available online: Click Here For Details On Online Sharadiya Anandamela 2011 Availability >

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Abu Zubair's "The Silent and the Lost" - A New Historical Novel On Bangaldesh War of Independence & Indian Subcontinent

San Diego, July 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Online PR News)  Alex Salim McKensie, a war baby of the 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence, is adopted by the McKensies, an American family that has lost their only son in Vietnam. Years later, Alex falls in love with Sangeeta Rai, but their happiness is threatened when the enigma of his birth casts a dark shadow over their relationship.

The Silent and the Lost opens with the wedding of Alex and Sangeeta in Brentwood, California on a sunny Saturday in 1997, then travels back into the boiling cauldron of political clashes of East Pakistan in early 1971. Through the eyes of newlywed Nahar Sultana, her husband, student activist Rafique Chowdhury, and their friends we are immersed into the nine months of revolution that created Bangladesh.


Amar Chitra Katha Comics: New Release - Tirupati

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Mumbai, July 2, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / OPENPRESS) Amar Chitra Katha, India’s leading comic book house, today announced the launch of their latest comic – Tirupati. Based on fact and legends surrounding India’s richest temple, Tirupati aims to capture a pan-Indian cultural ethos given the temple’s iconic status as one of the richest temples in the world and its great reverence amongst Indian people from all walks of life.

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The temple of Tirupati is an integral part of our cultural heritage. From the northern tip of the country to its huge southern following, Tirupati has always captured the imagination and devotion of India, be it film-stars to paupers. The unique mix of legends like Sage Bhrigu’s insult to Lakshmi, the domestic quarrel that leads to Lord Vishnu coming to earth, living as a mere mortal, the unique association of Padmavati with Lord Venkateshwara, and of how we till today offer our hair to the Lord to clear his debt to a Gandharva Princess, are retold in this comic.



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Neal Whittle's "Howzaaaaat!": An Inspirational Bildungsroman (Book Review)

Washington, DC, May 14, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Howzaaaaat! by Neal Whittle (interview) is a brave attempt to emcompass the rich (im)possibilities of "global" existence that is the hallmark of the early 21st century. Re-presenting richness cultural complexities through a palimpset of stories, through generations of memories and fantasies, through the far-too-real menace of racism, intolerance, and violence, and the spirit of sheer survival and undying hope that must imbue current generations of immigrant, post-racial younths, Whittle's story is the story of the future citizens of our schizophrenic, maniacal, wonderously magical world. Irreverently mixing genres (the fantasy, the memoir, the epistolary, the adventure, and the fantastic, to name a few), Whittle's story speaks to readers in multiple voices. Each major character gets a chance to say what s/he sees and believes to be "real," but this only serves to subtly emphasize the fractured nature of reality.


Nemai Ghosh's Manik Da - Memories of Satyajit Ray Captures the Man Behind the Iconic Director

Rituparno Ghosh launches Manikda by Nemai Ghosh
Rituparno Ghosh launches Manikda by Nemai Ghosh
Rituparno Ghosh launches Manikda: Memories of Satyajit Ray by Nemai Ghosh

Calcutta, April 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Renowned photographer Nemai Ghosh who has worked with the legend in several of his films and was his personal photographer as well is the author of books like Faces of Indian Art: Through the Lens of Nemai Ghosh, Satyajit Ray: A vision of Cinema (with Andrew Robinson), Satyajit Ray at 70 etc. He is one of the most distinguished photographers around.

Starmark, South City Mall hosted the launch of Nemai Ghosh’s Manik Da : Memories Of Satyajit Ray published by Harper Collins recently where eminent film director Rituparno Ghosh released the book.

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Satyajit Ray, known to his intimates as Manik-da, remains India’s most respected name in international film circles. This book reveals in its simplicity the ease and camaraderie between Satyajit Ray, one of India’s finest film- makers, and Nemai Ghosh, photographer extraordinaire. Manik-da is the latter’s endeavour to depict the man behind the director’s mask.


First Multi-Media eBook Novel with Self-Contained Music Soundtrack Released

Los Angeles, CA, April 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWEB) Cathedral Rock Publishing is proud to announce the release of the 1st multi-media e-book novel to contain its own music soundtrack: Cathedral of the Senses, the sequel to the cult classic novel, Trick of the Light, which was touted by critics to be “One of the Top Ten Most Inspirational Books of All Time.”

Cathedral of the Senses - Stephen SmokeThe iPad version of Cathedral of the Senses allows readers to hear music written specifically for the novel by merely touching the screen at appropriate points in the novel. If the reader wants to download the entire song or the album, he or she may do so by touching the screen again and purchasing the song or album.


Teachings of Sathya Sai Baba: Christ Of Our Days, Ultimate Experience, Man of Miracles: Complete Collection

Sathya Sai Baba - Aura of Divinity (Film)

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Calcutta, April 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The collectible rare classic "Sathya Sai Baba: Man of Miracles" is a film in which Sai Baba himself appears in video with Rod Serling as the host. The film, directed by Don Como, showcases Sai Baba's unique powers including apparently spontaneous manifestation of objects from thin air or, perhaps, another dimension.This particular phenomenon is only one among many attributed by his followers to a man of extraordinary mystical powers, an Indian mystic and guru known throughout the world as Sathya Sai Baba. Some of the psychic powers reported by his followers are the ability to read minds and see into the future, to cure disease by miraculous means, to project his astral body anywhere in the world and to adopt other forms, both human and animal. In this film you will witness events which may be unbelievable. However, try to keep an open mind, for some of this man's feats have been captured on film, and you will see them now as they actually happened. Order "Sathya Sai Baba: Man of Miracles" on DVD online »

"Aura Of Divinity" by Hollywood filmmaker, Richard Bock, is an experience of poetic sensitivity in color, music, scenes of nature, Indian temples, mosques, village life and conducts a deep, thorough search into the life of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. This rare film is available on VHS »

Check out the complete collection of teachings of Sathya Sai Baba on audio CD, film, DVD and books via Washington Bangla Radio.


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