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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’.

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.

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. 

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।

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. 

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.

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;

Woodlands Nursing Home, Room # 309 (Poem)

I am from withered books,
rusty butterfly clips,
thakurmar jhuli playing in the background
and thick framed glasses.

Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl (2011) Hindi Film Review - Who will win?

Director Maneesh Sharma is back again with the hit pair Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh of ‘Band Baaja Baraat’ with another fun-filled film under the Yash Chopra banner, ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl.’ Just as the name suggests, it is a story of one boy and a few women, but not in a love triangle, rectangle or anything else, but simple fun and enjoyment.

Indian Actress Anushka Sharma

Interestingly, Uday ‘Ali’ Chopra  has penned the story. Excuse me? What story? The film looked to be inspired by Hollywood film ‘John Tucker Must Die.’ So, no credits to Uday Chopra for the story as such, rather kudos to him and the Masoom guy Jugal Hansraj (screenplay) for carving out a totally Indian Masala film with its stereotypical twists and turns form a Hollywood flick. Read the complete review.

Jpg Image: Ranveer Singh & Anushka Sharma

Hugo (2011) English Film Review- Martin Scorsese's first family film in 3D


When Martin Scorsese won the academy awards for ‘the Departed’, a crime thriller, I was overwhelmed. It was a fantastic film. A couple of years later, he once again teamed up with Leo for ‘Shutter Island’ a psychological thriller and that too was the highest grossing film of the year. This year it’s Hugo. Based on the novel ‘The invention of Hugo Cabret’ by Brian Selznick, ‘Hugo’ is a touchy tale of a child and his dream of invention. John Logan’s screenplay and the current craze of using 3D technology have created this ok film for people of all ages. And most importantly it is Martin Scorsese’s first film for the family, which means he can be called a ‘debutante’ for this category of films?

Rezala (Mughlai Food) From the Kitchens of the Nawab


A few weeks back I was watching Satyajit Ray’s film Shatranj ki Khiladi and quite enjoying the fact that the nawabs had so much time to laze around and gorge on some exotic nawabi khaana. Well, I was certainly thinking of Wajid Ali Shah who was known to be foodie. When he came to Calcutta, it is known that he brought all his chefs and cooks to supply him his daily dose of food glorious food. 

E7/10 Vasant Vihar (Poem)

Brown cardboard boxes cover the walls. 
A thin film of dust conceals
the bare, marble floor 
and a thin ray of light 
shines through the heavy drapes, 
illuminating the floating dust particles.


Audrey Hepburn

Cover of Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn, one of the greatest film actresses, was twelve years of age when Rabindranath Tagore, one of the greatest versatile geniuses in human history, demised. Did Hepburn ever meet Tagore during her child hood? There is no evidence that she did. But it appears that she had read English translations of poems of Tagore as one of her most favorite poems was ‘Unending Love’ by Tagore. [Reference]

(Translated by William Radice)

I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times,
In life after life, in age after age forever.
My spell-bound heart has made and remade the necklace of songs
That you take as a gift, wear round your neck in your many forms

In life after life, in age after age forever.

Whenever I hear old chronicles of love, its age-old pain,
Its ancient tale of being apart or together,
As I stare on and on into the past, in the end you emerge
Clad in the light of a pole-star piercing the darkness of time:

You become an image of what is remembered forever.

You and I have floated here on the stream that brings from the fount
At the heart of time love of one for another.
We have played alongside millions of lovers, shared in the same
Shy sweetness of meeting, the same distressful tears of farewell -
Old love, but in shapes that renew and renew forever.

Today it is heaped at your feet, it has found its end in you,
The love of all man's days both past and forever:
Universal joy, universal sorrow, universal life,
The memories of all loves merging with this one love of ours -
And the songs of everypoet both past and forever.

অনন্ত প্রেম
‘মানসী’ কাব্যগ্রন্থ, রবীন্দ্র রচনাবলী, ১২৫তম রবীন্দ্রজন্মজয়ন্তী উপলক্ষে প্রকাশিত সুলভ সংস্করণ, বিশ্বভারতী, ১৯০৮, পৃঃ ৩৩২

তোমারেই যেন ভালোবাসিয়াছি
শত রূপে শত বার
জনমে জনমে, যুগে যুগে অনিবার।
চিরকাল ধরে মুগ্ধ হৃদয়
গাঁথিয়াছে গীতহার,
কত রূপ ধরে পরেছ গলায়,
নিয়েছ সে উপহার
জনমে জনমে, যুগে যুগে অনিবার।

যত শুনি সেই অতীত কাহিনী,
প্রাচীন প্রেমের ব্যথা,
অতিপুরাতন বিরহমিলনকথা,
অসীম অতীতে চাহিতে চাহিতে
দেখা দেয় অবশেষে
কালের তিমিররজনী ভেদিয়া
তোমারি মুরতি এসে,
চিরস্মৃতিময়ী ধ্রুবতারকার বেশে।

আমরা দুজনে ভাসিয়া এসেছি
যুগল প্রেমের স্রোতে
অনাদিকালের হৃদয়-উৎস হতে।
আমরা দুজনে করিয়াছি খেলা
কোটি প্রেমিকের মাঝে
বিরহবিধুর নয়নসলিলে,
মিলনমধুর লাজে–
পুরাতন প্রেম নিত্যনূতন সাজে।

আজি সেই চিরদিবসের প্রেম
অবসান লভিয়াছে
রাশি রাশি হয়ে তোমার পায়ের কাছে।
নিখিলের সুখ, নিখিলের দুখ,
নিখিল প্রাণের প্রীতি,
একটি প্রেমের মাঝারে মিশেছে
সকল প্রেমের স্মৃতি–
সকল কালের সকল কবির গীতি।

২ ভাদ্র ১৮৮৯

Audrey Hepburn died at the age of sixty four on the evening of 20 January 1993 and right After her death, Gregory Peck went on camera and tearfully recited her most favorite poem "Unending Love". Watch the video.

Alcazar Show (Pattaya, Thailand)


“No see Alcazar Cabaret?” came the question with a broad smile. “I beg your pardon?” I surprisingly asked the lady at the travel desk of Dusit Resort of Pattaya. I was not ready for this funny question. “Alcazar, Pattaya’s culture show” was the prompt reply. The name Alcazar always reminded me of Tintin’s friend, General Alcazar. No one in Pattaya could tell us why the renowned dance programme was named so.