WBRi Online Magazine - Creative Writing

ভুতের বিয়ের বাসর - তাপস কিরণ রায় | Bhooter Biyer Bashor Bengali Children's Poem by Tapas Kiran Ray: WBRi Online Bengali Magazine

The Bengali children's poem "Bhooter Biyer Bashor" is an attempt at entertaining kids, writes the author Tapas Kiran Roy. Roy is writing for a couple of years now and he has been published across various online Bengali magazines including Ichchamati, Joydhak, Diala Kochikancha, Banglalive, Tilottama Bangla, Madhukari, Parabaas and our own WBRi Online Bengali Magazine. The author can be reached at tkray1950 [at] gmail [dot] com. This Bengali poem (Bangla Kobita) is reproduced in Unicode Bangla font.

You can send your stories, poems and creative writing for publication in our online magazine section by e-mail to submissions [at] washingtonbanglaradio [dot] com.

ভুতের বিয়ের বাসর

তাপস কিরণ রায়

হঠাৎ শুনি রাত বারটায়
শঙ্খ,উলুর ধ্বনি হলো,
ঘুমের মোধ্যে ঘুমটা আমার
কেমন যেন ভেঙেই গেলো!

শুনতে পেলাম হোই হোই রবে
বসেছে বিয়ের বাসর,
কৌতূহলী মনটা নিয়ে
দেখতে গেলাম আসর।

রবীন্দ্র সংগীত শিল্পির ভুল - A Mistake by a Rabindra Sangeet Singer

রবীন্দ্র সংগীত শিল্পির ভুল

রতন লাল বসু

মূল প্রশ্নটা দিয়ে শুরু করা যাকঃ কোনো বিখ্যাত রবীন্দ্র সংগীত শিল্পি কি কখনো গান করতে গিয়ে কোনো ভুল শব্দ ব্যবহার করেছেন? আমি প্রথম যুগ থেকে শুরু করে শ্রীকান্ত আচার্য-স্বাগতালক্ষ্মীদের সময় পর্যন্ত সব বিখ্যাত শিল্পিদের গান শুনেছি। মাত্র একটা ক্ষেত্রে এরকম ভুল পেয়েছি।

Exploiting the web: A style of Moditva

By Nirendra Dev

Nirendra Narayan Dev

Editor'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.

Nirendra is also a fiction writer; his short stories published on Washington Bangla Radio Online Magazine include The Pawns’, ‘Arms of Comfort’, ‘The Guiding Sun, Soothing Moon’ , Patrons of a Letter Box and An Anniversary Night’.

Out of many facets, this one aspect of the beleaguered Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is also worth debating. One would fail in the duty if this vital facet of Narendra Modi’s personal story is not highlighted. It is his love for the razor-sharp new technology, the Information Technologies. Years back when Modi was first sworn in as the Gujarat chief minister on October 11, 2001 replacing an embattled party old-war horse Keshubhai Patel, there was a small piece of story ran by PTI wire service. It spoke about Modi’s swearing in being live covered by his personal website. The IT knowledge of Indians was not yet to the mark as it is now. I was temporarily stationed at PTI’s Chandigarh office for a short while. In fact, the moment the news story about website reached our desk at Chandigarh there was a modest debate on the merits of such a news report. Little wonder, Modi had kept himself low-profile but his incisive knowledge and more importantly the use of IT revolution was perhaps second to none. In later years too, this interest only sustained. It would not be out of place to mention that the ‘computer-mediated communication’ or the internet has a profound impact on his life and career and he too has tried to make use of it --- both as a tool to promote one’s personal image and also as a key system for governance. I often tell friends that had not the train inferno taken place, the little known township of Godhra had the potential of making news in IT revolution, a point I had highlighted rather eloquently in my first book, ‘Godhra – A Journey to Mayhem’.

Ikra (Russian Caviar)


Ikra or the Russian caviar is culled from the sturgeon as it moves to fresh water to spawn in adjoining rivers, from its habitat in the Caspian Sea. The most prized ikra are Beluga, Ossietra, and Sevruga, in descending order of quality — and demand! Not surprisingly, it’s also fabulously expensive as the best caviar is from sturgeon in the Caspian Sea. 

Songjiang (Shanghai, China) The Traditional City


It was love at first sight with Songjiang, a stylish city, just about an hours drive from Shanghai. Full of fresh air and with loads of attractions tucked away in every nook and corner, this was an ideal place for visitors who would like to spend the weekends on day trips.

Taj Mahal (Agra, India) The Epitome of Love


Under the Mughal Rule during the 16th and the 17th century, Agra was the capital of India and since the first half of the seventeenth century it has been the home to the most fascinating monument of the world which till date reign supreme; the Taj Mahal.

সন্তান - তাপসকিরণ রায় | Santan - A Bengali Short Story by Tapashkiran Ray - WBRi Online Bengali Magazine

The Bengali short story "Santan" is written with young adults in mind by Tapaskiran Roy. Roy is writing for a couple of years now and he has been published across various online Bengali magazines including Ichchamati, Joydhak, Diala Kochikancha, Banglalive, Tilottama Bangla, Madhukari, Parabaas etc. The author can be reached at tkray1950 [at] gmail [dot] com. This story is reproduced in Unicode Bangla font.


তাপসকিরণ রায়

রতন কি করবে নিজেই বুঝতে পারে না।ঘরে কালকের খাবার নেই।কালকের দিন চলতে পারলেও পরশ্ব  কি করবে সে!দুটি প্রাণীর খাবার কোত্থেকে যোগার হবে?ও ভাবতে পারে না।

Fajita (Tex-Mex delicacy)


Fajita resembles our very own ‘Calcutta roll’ but not wrapped so meticulously. The combined dish of Texas and Mexico also means ‘a little strap.’ The history of Fajita is a little inhuman;

Lanka (2011) Hindi Film Review - Who is the savior, Vibhishan or Ram?


Films that have been made with the state of Uttar Pradesh as its backdrop has always done well at the box office; Omkara and Sehar to name a few and now it’s the latest one, Lanka.

On the shores of the Mediterranean - Alexandria (Egypt)


Magnificently blue-green waters have an instant soothing effect on the mind. In this case the soothe factor came from the visual charm of the vast desert meeting the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea at historic Alexandria. 

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