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পরিত্রান - শুকদেব চট্টোপাধ্যায়, রহড়া | Paritran - A Bengali Short Story by Sukdeb Chatterjee - WBRi Online Bengali Magazine

SUKDEB CHATTOPADHYAY"Paritraan" is a Bengali short story by Sukdeb Chatterjee of Rahara 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.


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শুকদেব চট্টোপাধ্যায়, রহড়া


এমনটা হবার কথা নয় । মানুষের চরিত্র অনেকটাই জেনেটিক ব্যাপার। বাবা-মার তো কথাই নেই, দাদু-ঠাকূমা, পিসি সকলেই খুব শান্ত প্রকৃতির । ভাল ব্যবহারের জন্য পাড়ার সবাই তাদের পছন্দ করে । সেই বাড়ীতেই এখন গেল গেল রব । আত্মীয় স্বজনরা আসা কমিয়ে দিয়েছে । প্রতিবেশীরা কোন দরকারে এলেও চট করে বাড়ীতে ঢোকে না । বাইরে থেকেই কাজ সেরে চলে যায় । “ কুকুর হইতে সাবধান” লেখা বাড়ীর মত। বাড়ীর ভেতরটা নিরাপদ নয় । অন্তত কিছু ভুক্তভোগীর তাই অভিজ্ঞতা । ভয়ের কারণটা অবশ্য কুকুর নয়, মানুষ । রঞ্জন আর স্বপ্নার ছয় বছরের ছেলে বিল্টু।

Navratri, Golu & Garba in the United States of America

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The loaded trucks have all arrived at the mandaps or the pandals of Calcutta. This year the pandals look like the Angkor Vat of Cambodia to the Eiffel Tower of Paris, glittering and dazzling. Teens and not-so-teens and everyone else is in a festive mood in Calcutta. So are we, even though the scene is a little different among the NRI Bengalis of the United States of America? Some of us have already celebrated Devi Ma’s arrival in America on 1st October, some are scheduled on the weekend of 7th October and some even later; after all crossing the Atlantic is not an easy job.

Pujo Special Snacks: Mughlai Paratha

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It is Durga Puja time everywhere in the World and no Puja can be complete without the delicacies of Bengal. Starting from Rolls, to Phuchka, Jhalmuri, it’s also time for Indian Chinese, Mughlai Parathas and the all time favorite Calcutta Style Biryani.
For people like us who are far away from home in India, finding a road side stall selling these mouth-watering delicacies is just unthinkable. So most of us, try and make a Pujo like ambience at home by making some of these at home. The most popular snack that can be made at home is no doubt the Mughlai Paratha.

Durga Puja Special Bengali Food Recipe: Rui macher Ganga-Jamuna (fish curry)

Ingredients :

750gm rohu pieces or a small whole fish Salt and haldi (turmeric) to taste

 Imli (tamarind)- Dried, 2-inch lump or
Sour imli paste-  ½ cup
Mustard seeds- 2tbsp, soaked overnight; ground to a paste
Sharp mustard oil- ½ cup.
Green chillies- 2, chopped.
Sugar- ltsp.
Green chillies- 2, chopped.

Preparation :

Durga Puja Special Bengali Food Recipe: Narkel Mocha

Narikel Mocha
Ingredients :
Banana Bud: 1 (ripe and encasing sweet tasting flowers)
coconut milk: 1 cup
oil: 1/2 cup
Poppy seeds: 1/2 teaspoon grounded and pasted
cumin powder: 1-1/2 teaspoon
salt: to taste
green pepper: 4
onion: 1 cup(chopped)
Panch phoron: 1 teaspoon
coriander seeds: 1 teaspoon grounded and pasted
bay leaf: 1
turmeric: according to your choice

Preparation :

Durga Puja Special Bengali Food Recipe: Chicken Fried Rice

Ingredients :
Rice (Chamanmani): 200g
carrot, beans, onion string: 100g(finely chopped)
Soya sauce (no.1): 1/2 teaspoon
Soya sauce (no.c): 1/4 teaspoon
salt: 1 teaspoon
testing powder: 1/2 teaspoon
black pepper: 1/4 teaspoon
egg: 1
chicken: 100g
Oil: 30g

Preparation :

Boil rice and drain out all water. Deep fry chicken in pre-heated oil. Heat oil in a deep bottomed frying pan. Pour in all vegetables but onion strings. Stir it for a minute or so. Add chicken, rice, salt, testing powder, black pepper to it. Keep stirring. Mix soya sauce with it. Stir for 5-6 minutes in moderate heat. Sprinkle the onion strings over it. Stir for another couple of minutes.Serve in a rice bowl.

Durga Puja Special Food For Your Festival: Five Special Dishes For Mahasashthi through Mahadasami (Bengali Recipes)

By Supriyo Hazra

Calcutta, September 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS) Durga Puja is time for trying out the delicacies on the Bengali palate.

Lights, colours, decorations and high spirit is  not complete without good food and specially the lip-smacking delicacies that are specially prepared during these days.

So if one is planning for the exact menu he can choose this year to make the season really exciting one then here are few tips that one can follow.

Mahasasthi: The festival commences with Mahashashti as pandals get the last minute touches to welcome visitors. While the organizers decorate the pandals with the colours that they consider to be the most exclusive one, in your home you can cook something really special to herald the festive mood right from the lunch time.

So to start the day one may prefer to prepare some fulko luchi (a secial Bengali fluffy bread) and along with it you may choose alur dam (potato curry), begun bhaja (friend brinjal) or easy looking cholar dal with a topping of coconut to make it really irresistible.

You may prefer to have this menu either for your lunch or your morning heavy breakfast. Even you cannot negate the importance of a beautifully decorated plate  of luchi-alur dam for dinner as it is the true choice of any Bengali person.

পুজাবার্ষিকী কোলাজ ১৪১৮ | Bengalees in Hyderabad Release "Kolaj" Sharadiya Pujobarshiki 1418 Bengali Magazine Online & on Print

Hyderabad, India, September 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) KOLAJ ( কোলাজ ), is a Bengali-English magazine published from Hyderabad in association with Bengalis in Hyderabad for the Bengalis and breaking the language boundary across the world. There has been immense effort of the creative editorial team to compile and present us a wonderful read in prior years, and the latest Sharadiya Pujobarshiki 1418 edition continues the excellent effort of the editors and contributing writers.

Cover of Kolaj Sharodiya Pujabarshiki Bengali Online Magazine

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Cover and Table of Contents of Sharadiya Pujobarshiki Kolaj 1418


Gornergrat (Switzerland)

Gornergrat was a wonderful snowy vista that probably the best view of the big rock, The Matterhorn. Since Gornergrat is accessible from Zermatt, one fine Swiss summer morning we reached Zermatt...

Impatience (Poem)

Impatience is
A roll of the eyes.
A tap of the foot.
An exasperated sigh.
A frustrated look.

Did Anna achieve much? Do we really trust political class?

By Nirendra Dev

Nirendra Narayan DevEditor'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.

We have also previously published four short stories by Nirendra Dev: 'Patrons of a Letter Box', ‘The Pawns’, ‘Arms of Comfort’ and ‘The Guiding Sun, Soothing Moon’.

New Delhi, Aug 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) A visibly calm Anna Hazare though looked exhausted after 12-day-long fast today hailed Parliament’s nod on key elements of Jan Lokpal Bill as “people’s victory” and declared that poll reforms will be on top of his next agenda to fight corruption menace at its roots.

"I will not rest until all the changes that I look to are achieved,” he said to a thunderous applause from thousands of his supporters waving tricolour.

But did he really achieve much. Given the nature of style of functioning and their unity of purpose for often selfish gains, political class can surprise everyone. Though to give the devil its due, as of now Anna's agitation has achieved something.


Tick Tock (Poem)

Tick tock tick tock,
Time rushes by.

Teachers' Day in India: Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan

“The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.”
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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Image by surojitbasak2007 via Flickr

Calcutta, India, Aug 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) In India 5th September is celebrated as Teachers' day as a mark of tribute to the contribution made by teachers to the society. 5th September is the birthday of a great teacher Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, who was a staunch believer of education, and was the well-known diplomat, scholar, president of India and above all a teacher. The day commemorates the birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakhrishnan, a philosopher and a teacher par excellence, and his contribution towards Indian education system. Dr Radhakhrishnan believed that "teachers should be the best minds in the country". On this day, we gratefully remember the great educationist, apart from honoring all the teachers that have made our life much more knowledgeable and fulfilled, as serving as our beacons of light.




A Letter from Rachita

Actress Rachita Chauhan née Bhattacharya (Yeh Faasley, Uro Chithi, Rang Milanti, Chaplin) was recently allowed some days with her husband at the front-lines by the Indian army. You may recall we spoke with Rachita in this audio interview a few weeks ago. Rachita writes this letter from the inhospitable mountains of Kashmir.

[Actress Rachita Bhattacharya]I am presently at a location where cell phone connectivity is a luxury. A far off border village in Kashmir where a mere cup of hot coffee from the extensive network of cafe coffee day is an impossible proposition, I live in a small hut which has the bare minimum for a couple to furnish a house with...I live in stark contrast to my urban life at Kolkata or Mumbai. It is here where my husband is posted. I live amongst the olive greens. I am an army wife. The life in army is one of constant sacrifices. It has been over a year that Akhilesh and I registered. However shortly after the registry in July he was posted off to the borders of the country, joining the men on active duty to protect our frontiers. Therefore we never got to spend even a month together. Our marriage took its roots via hand written letters posted religiously every week to each other. The taken for granted email services aren’t an available option here. Life became a wait for these weekly letters and infrequent calls from him, for on active duty they don’t carry phones along and try and reach families via routed calls. It was all about counting days till we could see each other again. Families aren’t allowed in such postings due to security issues so while I was facing the camera at Kolkata and Mumbai my husband was spending months in bitter cold, living in a bunker where ambushes and firings are part of his everyday life. On very rare occasions the army grants the permission to wife to join her husband for a limited number of days. And quite out of the blue I was granted this very rare privilege. The dates unfortunately clashed with the release of Chaplin with no scope of rescheduling ...


"REJECTION" - An English Short Story by Santwana Chatterjee | WBRi Online Magazine

Rejection

By Santwana Chatterjee

A Short Story



Ma has to come. Kona declared. No, no, nothing doing, she hastily added as she saw Suresh opening his mouth. Lolita has given notice, she is leaving this Friday.

How can she leave so sudden! Suresh was exasperated. What does she want! Increase her salary, yaar!

She won’t stay. She is providing a replacement, her niece. But she is raw and has just come from the village. Knows nothing of city life and moreover, she is to be trained as a cook.

But why can’t you do that! Why call your mother on the drop of a hat. You know how I feel, Suresh sounded irritated.

Yes, so you say every time I call her .Pray tell me how I manage everything single handed! Tell me, na! Teach the new maid everything including cooking. Prepare nasta for Birju. Prepare him for school. And who will be here to receive him when the school bus drops him at the gate, hungry and tired. A little boy, all alone in the flat, with a new maid, who knows what type she would be. Or are you suggesting I leave office and stay home to look after your home and son!.

So Mrs Malati Roy arrived with her baggage to the utter discomfiture of Suresh ...

Read the complete short story in the exclusive online Magazine section at Washington Bangla Radio.



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