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"Reminds me of Tolkein" - Vidya Balan at Launch of Sukanya Venkatraghavan's Novel "Dark Things"

Vidya Balan and Sukanya Venkatraghavan
Vidya Balan and Sukanya Venkatraghavan

Mumbai, February 2 - Somewhere on Prithvi, a mortal survives a supernatural attack. In the dark realm of Atala, an evil goddess prepares to do the unspeakable. And a Yakshi finds herself at the heart of an other-worldly storm. Ardra has only known life as a Yakshi, designed to seduce and kill men after drawing out their deepest, darkest secrets for her evil mistress Hera, queen of the forsaken realm of Atala. Then, on one strange blood moon night, her chosen victim, Dwai, survives, and her world spins out of control. Now Ardra must escape the wrath of Hera, who is plotting to throw the universe into chaos. To stop Hera, Ardra must find answers to questions she hasn’t dared to ask before. What power does the blood moon hold? Is the sky city of Aakasha as much a myth as its inhabitants – the ethereal and seductive Gandharvas and Apsaras? Who is the mysterious monster-slayer and what makes Dwai impervious to her powers? A heady concoction of fantasy and romance, Dark Things conjures up a unique world wrought of love and sacrifice, of shadows and secrets, of evil and those who battle it.

Kangana Ranaut launches Barkha Dutt's "This Unquiet Land" Book


Shoma A Chatterji's New Book "Suchitra Sen: The Legend and Enigma" Launched by Moon Moon, Riya and Raima Sen

Sisters Raima Sen and Riya Sen
Raima and Riya Sen

Moon Moon Sen and daughters Raima and Riya Sen launched a book written by prolific journalist, author and film critic Shoma A Chatterji on legendary actress Suchitra Sen.



A Thousand Unspoken Words: Novel by Paulami Dutta Gupta Launched by Designer Agnimitra Paul and Director Subrata Sen

Paulami Dutta Gupta - A Thousand Unspoken Words (A Novel)

Designer Agnimitra Paul and critically acclaimed filmaker Subrata Sen recently came together to launch ‘A Thousand Unspoken Words’,  the debut novel of Paulami Dutta Gupta.


Jan 30 1948 - Gandhi and Godse: Pages from Past and Prejudice | Nirendra Narayan Dev

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and ...

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and spiritual leader of India. Location unknown. Français : Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), Guide politique et spirituel de l'Inde. Lieu inconnu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While millions died during the partition, lakhs of refugees who from eastern Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and west Pakistan who crossed over to India – under duress and in sheer poverty – blamed Bapu for accepting the partition. Muslims – whom Gandhi sought to protect – have turned a pro-violence community today – at least in terms of perception. And Hindus feel they must give up the Sanathan spirit. As a result over the last few decades the so called Hindu-revivalism has turned increasingly ominous. For Muslims again there is a peculiar dilemma. To many Muslims – who stayed in India abandoning Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s partition and Pakistan – there is a lasting guilt of the community’s role in dividing the country. Yet the real blame should have gone to those who went off in search of paradise in the new country. But the “real tragedy”, according to M J Akbar and I endorse that - the price of partition is not being paid by the people who got Pakistan but “by the Muslims in India” – who stayed back and trusted their Hindu and Sikh brethren. This is the irony and a melancholic turn!


A Christmas Cake Walk.

                                         Christmas brings wonders to the world for sure and one year, I was left wondrous with an amazing revelation about the cellophane wrapped special "X-Mas" cakes found specially in Kolkata around Christmas. The fruit cake, as history unfolds, is a tradition in most European homes, especially in Italy, Spain and Portugal. In the medieval times it was eaten by the kings and royal families at Christmas time, hence it is also called a King’s cake. Today, I am truly humbled as I marvel on the great lineage and the legacy of the Portuguese settlers in India, that  these "cellophane wrapped cakes"sold on Kolkata streets had been silently carrying for years. It is fascinating how this cake, a royal descendant of the medieval era has made its way among the masses of Kolkata. 

প্রকাশিত হল শীত ২০১৫র জয়ঢাক

কালপুরুষের ও পাড়ে খুলেছে joydhak winter2015

বইয়ের নতুন স্টল
ভিড় করে আসে ভিনগ্রহী যত 
খুদে পড়ুয়ার দল
 কারো দুটো মাথা,কারো পিঠে ডানা 
কারো মাথাজোড়া টাক
কাড়াকাড়ি করে পড়ছে সবাই 
দুরন্ত জয়ঢাক




An Aperture - Moumita Adhikary | English Poem - WBRi Online Magazine

Ali Bugyal, Roopkund Trek
Ali Bugyal, Roopkund trek (Picture - Moumita Adhikary)

"An Aperture" - an English poem by Moumita Adhikary published in the WBRi Online Magazine section. You can send your poetry, story, essay, travelogue or any other form of creative writing in Unicode Bangla, Unicode Hindi or English to submissions@washingtonbanglaradio.com for consideration towards publication.



India’s first ever holistic handbook on preparing for a career in acting

Manoj Ramola's New Book

Talking about the book, veteran Actor Om Puri said, "When most youngsters come to this town perusing their dream they often don't know what to expect and how to go about it. For many reasons more lies and half truths are floating around and very few facts. "Audition Room" is a refreshing step. It is nice to have a book that can provide some guidance to people giving out clarity on approach and squashing some myths along the way. There are no hard and fast rules in the pursuit of art but some guidance is always welcome. It is much tougher for the young girls who come to the film industry because they are looked upon as easy targets to be lured. I am not saying that the entire industry is like this but then there are few people who are perhaps not even a part of this industry, who will show off contacts here and there to mislead these girls. A book like this will defiantly guide these girls in a proper manner and they will be better prepared to face challenges."



নতুন জয়ঢাক

জয়ঢাক পত্রিকার ৩৬তম সংখ্যা (ত্রয়োদশ ইন্টারনেট সংখ্যা) প্রকাশিত হল। এই ঠিকানায় দেখুনঃ www.joydhak.com । 

Sonali Bendre-Behl to Live Stream Book Launch "The Modern Gurukul"

Sonali Bendre Behl (WBRi File Photo)

‘The Modern Gurukul’ will enlighten readers about the struggles and learning’s of a new mother in a mature way making them believe that one can learn from their mistakes.



আবছায়া (Aabchaya) Bengali Poem by Santwana Chatterjee | WBRi Online Bengali Magazine

"Aabchaya" is a Bengali poem (Bangla Kobita) by Santwana Chatterjee 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.


আবছায়া

সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায়

এই কে রে তুই অন্ধকারে ঘাপটি মেরে থাকিস
দেহ নয়তো  কুমড়ো পটাস
ঠিক একদিন ফাটবি ফটাস
পা চালিয়ে  যতই চলি
ছায়ার মতো সাটিস .....




আমার ভূতটা (Amar Bhoot-ta) Bengali Poem by Santwana Chatterjee | WBRi Online Bengali Magazine

"Amar Bhoot-ta" is a Bengali poem (Bangla Kobita) by Santwana Chatterjee 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.


আমার ভূতটা
সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায়

সাত সকালে রাস্তায় মারলো গাড়ি ধাক্কা ,
ওরে বাবা গেলুম গেলুম  পেলুম বুঝি অক্কা ...




Kolkata Kali Puja Online: COLLEGE SQUARE- WBRi Special Calcutta Kali Pujo Parikrama Photo Feature for NRIs

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Kali Puja - India, USA & Worldwide - a Global Puja Parikrama

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According to Ramkrishna Paramhansa Deb, darkness is the Ultimate Mother, or Kali:
My Mother is the principle of consciousness. She is Akhanda Satchidananda; indivisible Reality, Awareness, and Bliss. The night sky between the stars is perfectly black. The waters of the ocean depths are the same; The infinite is always mysteriously dark. This inebriating darkness is my beloved Kali.

DuKool - A Bangla-English Magazine for Bengalis in USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand

Dukool Bangla - English Monthly MagazineDukool is a unique, bilingual arts and culture Bangla monthly magazine for Bengali and English-speaking readers in the US and around the world. Through its print magazine and online content, Dukool Magazine serves the Bengali-American community by providing a needed platform for literary, intellectual, and cultural exchange.