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Whodunnit in Sonar Bangla? Didi’s Victory has a Pattern of Basuism | Nirendra Dev

Nirendra Narayan Dev The best part of West Bengal electoral battle of 2016 is the washout of the communists – a long deserving gift from the frustrated people. The worst part is perhaps the increased strength of mercurial Mamata Banerjee. One is saying so with utmost restraints and respect for people’s mandate.


Narendra Modi's 'Somalia' remarks: Bongs and Malayalis - The bond is beyond Karl Marx ! - By Nirendra Dev

So what does this bring about? Mallus and Bongs have something common to talk about.

My wife articulates it in her own wisdom: “West Bengal’s politics for last five decades has been essentially based on violent control of territory and merciless elimination of political rivals. Every Bengali worth his or her salt knows this. But when it comes to glib talks, most Bhadraloks will talk about jungle-raj in Bihar and insurgency-related killings in Assam and beyond”.

Hence my mallu friends are wasting no time to suggest that Modi has insulted Keralites!


KAVITA MALHOTRA PATTANI - Mrs. Jewel of India Florida 2016 Participates in Jewel of India USA 2016 Pageant

Indian-American Model Kavita Malhotra Pattani
Kavita Malhotra Pattani

Being a first generation American – Indian can be very challenging.  I grew up in Detroit, MI with my amazing and hard-working parents as well as my grandparents and extended family.  I was blessed to have parents that made it a priority to instill within us the beautiful Indian culture, the ethics, the morals, and the desire to reach for the stars.   My parents were instrumental in my accomplishments and success.  They stood behind me, and alongside me to build a strong educational foundation while balancing my social involvements.


FORAM PANDYA - Meet the Gorgeous Miss Jewel of India Pennsylvania and Participant of Jewel of India USA 2016 Pageant

Indian-American Model Foram Pandya
Foram Pandya

Like Mahatma Gandhi once said “let your life be your message”. We are all blessed and gifted with this one life, therefore, make sure it’s inspiring and be passionate and go after your dreams. As well as, face challenges and work hard for what you admire. And remember that it’s okay to make mistakes, as Albert Einstein said, “a person who never made a mistake, never tired anything new”, so eliminate the negatives and accentuate the positives in life. Be better in life not bitter, I don’t believe in treating others the same way as they treat me, I believe in giving love and respect. Who you are is not defined as how educated, talented, wealthy, or famous you think you may be, it’s the way you treat others truly describe who you are. I believe integrity is everything. How you approach your everyday life is your silent message to other, and it touches people in ways you can’t imagine.


PRIYA JAIN - Meet the Mrs. Jewel of India, Colorado - Participant at Jewel of India Pageant 2016

PRIYA JAIN

My belief, as my idol Mrs. Madhuri Dixit Nene said “I guess life offers you opportunities to live your dream. We just have to accept what comes our way and live those moments completely. You will not get time back again, so live every moment you get.”

And Here I am, at The Jewel of India, USA 2016, living one of the most cherished dreams of my life. Being a part of this pageant is a feeling of pride and achievement. This is so very exciting and fulfilling to me. And representing Colorful Colorado elevates my spirits as high as Mt. Elbert and enthusiasm as vast as the Rockies ...


Interview: Contemporary Singer-Songwriter ANUPAM ROY on his Film Songs, Albums, Foray into Bollywood and more

Anupam is coming to Washington DC to perform tonight in a school auditorium rented by the local Bengali diaspora. Meet Anupam Roy once again, this time in a conversation with Lovely Ghosh Ray Banerjee in a WBRi exclusive audio interview broadcast.


Srijon Bardhan’s New Bangla Movie "Postmaster" OST Soundtrack Music Released in Kolkata

Tollywood Actress Pujarini Ghosh with Actor Ishaan Mazumder
Pujarini Ghosh and Ishaan Majumdar

The music launch of Srijon Bardhan’s debut movie ‘Postmaster’ turned out to be a happening event as the cast and crew of the film came together at the Press Club of Kolkata for the event.


Interview: Actress SAYANI GUPTA on her background, films, acting with Shah Rukh Khan in FAN, JAGGA JASOOS, Upcoming films & more

Bengali Actress SAYANI GUPTA Stars with SHAH RUKH KHAN in FAN (2016) Hindi Bollywood MovieActress Sayani Gupta has recently made many headlines for her role in ‘Fan’ where she has shared screenspace  with none other than the superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Sayani’s talent of acting  was already noticed in the critically acclaimed film ‘Margarita With a Straw’  where she played a blind girl Khanum. With the role of Sunaina, the assistant of Aryaan Khanna (Shah Rukh Khan) in ‘Fan’, Sayani has stepped into the big banner of Yash Raj Films. She will also be seen in two upcoming big budget movies, ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ and ‘Jagga Jasoos’. Listen to Sayani chat with WBRi in Kolkata.



Sonam Kapoor Vacations in Austria with Family

Sonam Kapoor at Filmfare Pre-Awards Party (WBRi File Photo)
Sonam Kapoor at Filmfare Pre-Awards Party (WBRi File Photo)

Sonam Kapoor took off to Austria on a two-week long family vacation with Anil Kapoor, Sunita Kapoor her sister Rhea and her brother Harshwardhan.


The Uttarakhand Politico-Legal Battle: and Indian Media's Very Own Crisis of Credibility - Nirendra Dev

So immature reporting surfaced – almost in the manner 19-year-old Kanhaiya Kumar became a threat to India’s incumbent prime minister! Harish Rawat became instantly a chief minister. Even popular media organizations, supposed to thrive on credibility the vital C of A,B,C of journalism started addressing Harish Rawat as chief minister.



Vocalist Madhumita Sanyal Continues Journey in Indian Classical Music in America (WBRi Feature)

  Madhumita Sanyal performs in Mega stages in the USA now.Listen to Meera Bhajan and Kali Bhajan in her wel-trained melodious voice . 

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Interview: JEET - The Tollywood Bengali Movie Action Hero on Sayantika, Nusrat Jahan, Bangla Films and His Aspirations

JEET, NUSRAT JAHAN and SAYANTIKA - Kolkata Bangla New Movie Actors (Indian) in Tollywood
Nusrat Jahan (left), Jeet and Sayantika

Tollywood superstar Jeet  along with Bengali movie divas Nusrat Jahan, Sayantika and director Rajib Biswas recently  appeared before the Kolkata press to promote their new Bangla movie ‘Power’.

In the press meet Jeet had a chat with Washington Bangla Radio correspondent J.P. Mandal talking about the movie, Jeet’s aspiration of being a police, his co-actors and more. Presenting the interview and also watch the full Bangla movie Power trailer via WBRi.



WBRi Interview: ADITYA ROY BANERJEE - director, "IT’S BOSONTO" Bengali Movie

Actress Ritabhari Chakrabarty and actor Mainak Banerjee in New Bangla Movie IT'S BOSHONTO
Ritabhari Chakrabarty and actor Mainak Banerjee in a still from IT'S BOSONTO (Bengali, 2016)

Debutante director Aditya Roy Banerjee is all set with his upcoming movie “ITS BOSONTO” that opens in theatres on 11th March. Washington Bangla Radio correspondent Sovan Chakrabarty had a candid chat with the director who has also played a major role in the film.



WBRi Interview: Saswata Chatterjee on Playing Transgender in Barshali Banerjee's LGBT Bengali Film "Jenana"

New Bangla Movie JENANA

Kolkata, March 12 (Washington Bangla Radio) - The very versatile actor  Saswata Chatterjee is making news almost every day for his screen avatars. No other actor in Bengali film industry can match the range of roles Saswata has done. The actor is now looking forward to the release of his next venture Barshali Banerjee directed Jenana where he plays a member of the transgender community.  Saswata Chatterjee spoke to Washington Bangla Radio correspondent  Jyoti Prakash Mandal about his role in the film, his personal views on transgender community,  dream role and more.



Roads to Ruins - JNU: Ultra Leftism, Congress opportunism and Intellectual Cowardice | Nirendra Dev

The stories coming out of JNU, labeled a premier university and a communist bastion, have all the classic marks – professionally trained anti-India slogan shouters, a large army of Narendra Modi-haters, an ambitious student politics of ultra Left wings and righter wingers ABVP, political opportunism of Rahul Gandhi and the ability to link a hanged terror mastermind to his religion (Muslim) identification.

Curiously enough one prominent student leader's father has been a former member of SIMI.

The two-page letter from JNU associate professor Badal Ghana Chakravorty’s missive in 1996 (see snap) had clearly cautioned: “Once again the campus is awash with poster campaign by PDSU (financed by Islamic terrorists from Pakistan) asking for withdrawal of army from Kashmir so that Kashmir can fully become an Islamic state outside the territorial jurisdiction of  India”.

Letter from JNU associate professor Badal Ghana Chakravorty
Letter from JNU associate professor Badal Ghana Chakravorty

On this backdrop we have a different regime in New Delhi. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi by inclination is not a coward and perhaps hates playing safe.

This is the sole reason that that a die-hard Congressman and anti-BJP Manishanker Aiyar today (in circa 2016) finds merits in Atal Behari Vajpayee, someone who would always try to inherit the Nehruvian legacy despite his RSS background.

Read on.