WBRi Online Magazine - Creative Writing

Interview: Creations in Silver - Indian Jewelry Designer Purvi Dhruv

By Bidisha Bagchi

Indian Silver Jewelry Designer Purvi Dhruv
Purvi Dhruv

Designer Purvi Dhruv's silver jewellery has been able to capture the eye of a large chunk of ladies in India and abroad and they have been converted into faithful clients who keep coming back for more. Purvi, who is also a management graduate, chatted with WBRi about her designs and creations.

How did this idea of jewellery come to you?

রঙের ছোঁয়া - শুকদেব চট্টোপাধ্যায়, রহড়া | Ronger Choyaan Bengali Short Story by Sukdeb Chatterjee - WBRi Online Bengali Magazine

SUKDEB CHATTOPADHYAY"Ronger Choyaan" is a Bengali short story written especially for the festival of Dol Jatra (Holi) by Sukdeb Chatterjee of Rahara in unicode Bangla font published in WBRi Bengali Online Magazine section. You can send your creative writing to submissions@washingtonbanglaradio.com for consideration towards publication.

রঙের ছোঁয়া

শুকদেব চট্টোপাধ্যায়, রহড়া

আজকে অনিক বাড়ির বাইরে বেরোবে না। অন্তত এ বেলা তো নয়ই। আজ বলে নয়, চিরকালই এই দিনটা খুব ঠেকায় না পড়লে ও চেষ্টা করে ঘরেই কাটাতে। আসলে রং খেলতে অনিকের কোনদিনই ভাল লাগে না। সেই ছোট্টবেলায় যখন ওর বন্ধুরা নানারকমের পিচকিরিতে ভরে ছুটোছুটি করে রং খেলত, তখনও অনিক চেষ্টা করত একটু তফাতে থাকতে। কলেজে পড়ার সময় একবার বন্ধুদের চাপে পড়ে অনিচ্ছা সত্ত্বেও রং খেলতে হয়েছিল। সেবার মুখে মাথায় সব এমন রং মাখিয়ে দিয়েছিল যে দু তিন দিন সাবান শ্যাম্পু লাগিয়েও তা পুরোটা ওঠেনি। ওখানেই শেষ। তারপর শত অনুরোধেও আর কখনও দোল খেলেনি।

KA: Cirque du Soleil: MGM Grand, Las Vegas


When Cirque du Soliel’s Iris team performed a show during the 84th Annual Academy Awards function at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles on 26th February 2012, the anchor Billy Crystal commented that he had a hamstring injury just watching the show for 5 minutes. Wonder what thousands of people who have watched Cirque’s KA at MGM, Las Vegas for whole 90 minutes would have to say?

"Aunt of a Nephew" by Nirendra Dev : An English Short Story (WBRi Online Magazine)

Aunt of a Nephew

By Nirendra Dev

A Short Story

Nirendra Narayan DevEditor's Note: Nirendra Narayan Dev (nirendev1 [at] gmail [dot] com), an acclaimed political journalist, is a special correspondent of The Statesman, New Delhi and author of the books Ayodhya : Battle For Peace, The Talking Guns North East India and Godhra A Journey To Mayhem. Nirendra was born and brought up in India's northeast and his father served with paramilitary force Assam Rifles. His blog is at bestofindiarestofindia.blogspot.com.

We have previously had an opportunity of talking to the author and have posted the audio recording of the interview.

WBRi has the pleasure of publishing a series of short stories by Nirendra. Search with keywords "Nirendra Dev" to read his prior stories and articles on Washington Bangla Radio.

It was still an age of mythmakers in relationship. An era – people still talked of love, values, gratitude where in a virtual inauguration of a new world of ruthless naked selfishness was still nearly a decade away. But it’s like the characters of a story spread over three generations. At one point of time, characters do change their positions ...

Interview: Paroma Roy Chowdhury, Head of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Google India on International Women's Day

By Bidisha Bagchi

Paroma Roy Chowdhury, Head of Corporate Communications & Public Affair, Google India

International Women's Day (8th March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements. The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2012 is Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty. In many countries, International Women's Day is an occasion to honor and praise women for their accomplishments. On this special occasion WBRi spoke to Google India’s Head of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Ms. Paroma Roy Chowdhury about women in India and their desire for progress and achievements.

Women’s Day is a tribute to female achievement and the desire for progress. What is your idea on this?



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.



Kalamandalam Calcutta has been one of India’s most respected dance institutes for South Indian Classical dance. For more than 4 decades, the academy has been imparting dance training to students from Calcutta and around the country. WBRi caught up with Kalamandalam’s secretary Shri.Somnath.G. Kutty to know more about the founder, the institute and its Premier Classical Dance Troupe of Kolkata, Performing Wing. 

Oscar's Red Carpet : Fashion Winners & Losers

Hollywood, California, February 27, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWEB) Itʼs that time of year again where armchair fashionistas everywhere put on their best tiaras and tune into the Superbowl of red carpet events...The Oscarʼs. Among the “fashion fumbles” detected on the Red Carpet Sunday night, by international fashion stylists Ruth and Sara Levy, were Meryl Streepʼs unusual golden getup, Viola Davis' sqwoobs (squished boobs) and Emma Stone’s suicide by satin gown.

Sara & Ruth are style experts who have appeared on The Rachael Ray Show and NBCʼs “Cracking The Fashion Code”. The twin sisters provide fashion styling to a large international clientele. The Levy sisters also own TheFashionCode.com, a successful fashion site which helps women discover their ideal clothing proportions - regardless of their size, shape or age.

Dunes & Bay (Traverse City, Michigan)


As we drove through Traverse City a clear blue sky reflected on the gleaming Lake Michigan with a unique contrast of green, light blue and dark blue.

Royal Bengal Rahasya (Bengali Film by Sandip Ray) Online release review


Sandip Ray’s Royal Bengal Rahasya was released online by Databazaar media a couple of days back and that’s how we, the people of North America had the chance of watching one of Satyajit Ray’s classic short story featuring Feluda, turned into a film.

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