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The 'Fiery' Sichuan

Sichuan cuisine is well known for its fiery yet mouth-watering fare that starts with simple warm and cold appetizers to grand meaty items.

The Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA)

Known to the rest of the World as America’s summer place, the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island , Michigan was truly grand. The grand, white structure is majestic  and only justifies its position as a historical landmark. Celebrities and political leaders frequent this place and we wanted to be like them as we spent one day in this truly grand ‘Grand Hotel’ in the great lakes region of North America.


Two leaves and a bud (Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka)

The magical formula of ‘two leaves and a bud’ has put the scenic and splendid picturesque town of Nuwara Eliya in the map of World’s finest and cleanest tea producing region. 

বিশ্বাস - সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায় | Biswas - A Bengali Poem by Santwana Chatterjee


সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায়

বিশ্বাস তো নিজেকে করাই মুশকিল,
পরের কথা তো দূরে,
আজকের ভালবাসা
থাকেনা জীবন জুরে ...

তোমার আসা - সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায় | Tomar Asha - A Bengali Poem by Santwana Chatterjee | WBRi Bengali Online Magazine

তোমার আসা

সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায়

--  তুমি এসেছিলে আমি জানি ;
আমি বুঝিনি তোমায় তাই বুঝি চলে গেলে !
কি করে কে জানে এক তীব্র ব্যাকুলতা ,
হৃদয়ের মাঝখানে নিয়েছে যে বাসা ...

Lessons From The Mahabharata : Wisdom From The Epic On Governance, Revenue Collection and Division Of Labor

Calcutta, Jan 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) As regards the answer to the question, ‘which is the greatest literary creation in human history’, my unequivocal answer is the great Indian Epic Mahabharata composed according to ancient Indian texts by the great sage and scholar Vyasadeva. The epic touches upon all aspects of human life, the complexities of human relations embracing all the conceivable strata of the society, the multifarious dimensions of clashes and contradictions, intricacies of the economic and political matters, the objectives and modus operandi of a welfare oriented state ensuring growth, equity and justice – in a nutshell, the essence of human knowledge embedded in all ancient Indian texts on religion, laws, statecraft, economics and extra-mundane philosophy.

In Santi Parva of the epic, most of the knowledge on statecraft, economics and moral philosophy are disseminated to the King Yudhisthira by their grand father Bhishma lying on deathbed of the arrows of Arjuna. About the origin of the vast body of knowledge Bhishma states that in the Krita age people were righteous and honest. But soon greed, lust and other vices corrupted human society and it was at the point of losing all moral and ethical teachings learnt in course of millennia. The great thinkers and the gods approached the creator praying for the way out and in response the creator wrote a book covering hundred thousand chapters for salvation of human society. To quote:

“The Grandsire then composed by his own intelligence a treatise consisting of a hundred thousand chapters. In it were treated the subject of Virtue, Profit, and Pleasure, which the Self-born designated as the triple aggregate. He treated of a fourth subject called Emancipation with opposite meaning and attributes. The triple aggregate in respect of emancipation, viz., to the attributes of Goodness, Passion, and Darkness, and another, (a fourth, viz., the practice of duty without hope of bliss or reward in this or the other world), were treated in it. Another triple aggregate connected with Chastisement, viz., Conversation, Growth, and Destruction, was treated in it. Another aggregate of six consisting of the hearts of men, place, time, means, overt acts, and alliances, and causes, were treated in it.” (Mahabharata, Santi Parva, Section-59, Ganguli, p.123].

Oh! Calcutta (West Bengal, India)

Glimpses and different moods of the City of joy…Calcutta.

A Religious Mind (Kathmandu, Nepal)

My leave application for a trip to Kathmandu was sanctioned from the bank without any delay only on the ground that I should visit Pashupatinath temple and get blessings for the branch. We had a stiff target to be met at the end of the financial year.
I would have, in any case, gone to the temple, not because it was a world cultural heritage site, but to get some peace of mind too.


Spelt as Mockba and pronounced as Moskva, Moscow is perhaps one of the most beautiful cities that has not yet become a prime attraction for travellers.

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