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Zermatt (Switzerland)

Michigan, March 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio): When our travel advisor showed me the brochures of Zermatt, the captivating pictures of Klein Matterhorn made it feel absolutely irresistible. 

"Expatriates from South Asia spread fanaticism in the region" writes Nirendra Dev in "Ayodhya : Battle For Peace": Book Review

[Cover of Nirendra Dev' "Ayodhya : Battle For Peace"]
Nirendra Dev shows some confidence to pen the lines effectively often punctuated with sarcasm - this new book is an exploration of common people’s changing soul through the history of decades-old confrontation.

Calcutta, March 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Expatriates from the South Asian nations settled in the west also play a major role with regard to the growth of communalism in the region, says a new book on India’s highly disturbing Ayodhya dispute even as it claims that the future “cannot be very good for the sectarian forces” either in India or even in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Penned by a New Delhi-based Bengali journalist, Nirendra Dev, the book, ‘Ayodhya: Battle For Peace’, says the fundamentalism “would bury its ugly head soon” and cites the instances of return of Sheikh Hasina regime in Bangaldesh and the matured response to 30 September, 2010 verdict on Ayodhya verdict in India to strengthen the argument.

“Actually, one should not blame the NRIs. Many say, in the west or in a country like Australia under a growing racial structure, fundamentalism like Hindu radicalism or hardline Muslim practices often tend to represent the national pride and identity – howsoever faulty,” it says.

Dev, at present working with daily ‘The Statesman’ in New Delhi bureau and stationed during the verdict days at Ayodhya, says among other things “The manner in which people responded to the September 30 ruling offers enough reasons to keep the secular disposition optimistic that the days of fundamentalism are numbered for the common man has had enough of it and long since rejected the same”.

Books by Nirendra Dev are available online
In India:
Ayodhya : Battle For Peace »
The Talking Guns North East India »
Godhra A Journey To Mayhem »

The Talking Guns North East India »
Godhra A Journey To Mayhem »

Dev, who had earlier authored a book on Gujarat riots of 2002 titled, ‘Godhra - A Journey To Mayhem’, analyzes the political fallout of the Ayodhya verdict, and quoting the local residents of Ayodhya and Faizabad, predicts that it could have adverse political fallout for Congress, the ruling party in India.

Quoting Md. Zameer, Naib Imam of Faizabad’s major Tatshah Masjid, the book says, “Muslims are saddened. We firmly believed it (disputed structure) was a Masjid as namaaz used to be performed. Now Congress will have to pay a price for this” ...

Jungle Book (Kanha, India)

Michigan, March 21, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio): When Rudyard Kipling penned his famous ‘Jungle book’ inspired by Kanha, the verdant yet dense forest with teeming wild life wasn’t as famous as it is now.

Untitled (Poem)

Michigan, 20th March, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) : 

Remembering the day.
Night sky starry,

Stone Mountain Park (Atlanta, United States)

Michigan, March 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio): Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park is the region’s most visited attraction, a patch of green and is home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite. Offering a variety of entertainment and recreation for visitors of all ages, we found that there was always something happening at the Stone Mountain Park. 

Best of Tamil Cinema Launch By Kamal Haasan in Chennai (Book Review)

Chennai, Mar 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) 'The Best of Tamil Cinema: 1931 to 2010', a two-volume publication with 700 plus pages, is the first-ever book written in English about the best movies of Tamil film industry. The book covers eight decades of Tamil cinema, from Kalidas (1931) to Nandhalala (2010). Written by Mr. G. Dhananjayan, Chief - South Film Business of UTV Motion Pictures, the book is a profound account of expert opinions and views of the performance of 232 iconic Tamil movies till date.

Prayers for Japan (Miyajima)

Michigan, March 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio): Japan, as a nation is just beautiful. Hi tech affairs are a child’s play in this nation and we realized it more when we covered a distance of 900 kms to Hiroshima & Miyajima by Japan’s famed ‘Bullet Train’ in less than four hours flat…phew!! 

Shoppers' Paradise (Singapore)

Michigan, March 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio): Every visit to Singapore triggers off a tug-of-war between the mind and the purse; It’s a pure conflict between passion, obsession on one side and credit cards or cash on the other. No prizes for guessing which side wins.

Simply Thai! (Thai Food)

Michigan, March 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) : A word of caution for the hardcore carnivores; be ready to switch to vegetarian dishes in case you visit Bangkok and find crickets being dipped in batter and deep fried and people buying those like hot cakes and munching away merrily…as exciting as our very own ‘Chana jor garam’….repulsive it may sound and look, forget tasting, but those are supposed to be low in calorie and very high in protein…God save the universe. 

Trevi Fountain (Rome, Italy)

Michigan, March 03, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio): The Trevi Fountain Square in Rome reminded me of the college common rooms; young people generally roaming around, friends talking, gossiping and munching food. The only difference was, the crowd around the fountain was of all ages, youngsters, middle-aged people and senior citizens.

নিউ ইয়র্ক (New York City, United States)

Michigan: 01st March 2011: আজ বহু বছর আমি কলকাতা ছাড়া......খুব ‘মিস’ করি আমার এই প্রিয় শহর কে। হোক না ভীড়, তবু ভীষন সুন্দর। তাই যখন নিউ ইয়র্ক শহর কে প্রথম দেখলাম, মনে পড়ে গেল কলকাতার কথা। আর মনে পড়ল ‘রাস্তা চলেছে যত অজগর সাপ, পিঠে তার ট্রাম গাড়ি পড়ে ধুপ ধাপ, দোকান বাজার সব নামে আর ওঠে, ছাতের গায়েতে ছাত মরে মাথা ঠুকে......ট্রাম গাড়ি তো নেই, তবে বিশাল লাক্সারি গাড়ি আর বাস, সব যেন ধাক্কা ধাক্কি করে চলেছে...গায়ে গায়ে সব দোকান, নানা দেশের লোক নানা জিনিস বিক্রি করছে আর গগনচুম্বি সব অট্টালিকা, যাকে নাকি আমরা বলি ‘স্কাইস্ক্রেপারস’...নীল আকাশ প্রায় দেখাই যায় না।

খেলা - সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায় | Play - Bengali Children's Poem by Santwana Chatterjee

Khela (play)  - a Bengali poem (Bangla Kobita) by Santwana Chatterjee in unicode Bangla font published in WBRi Bengali Online Magazine section.


সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায়

বাবা তোমায় ডাকিনি তো কোনো দিনও
তাই করেছে রাগ ?
আজকে শুধু তোমার সাথেই করব খেলা ভাগ ।

মাছি-মারা - সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায় | Machi Mara (Swatting Flies) - Bengali Poem by Santwana Chatterjee

Machi Mara (Swatting flies) - a Bengali poem (Bangla Kobita) by Santwana Chatterjee in unicode Bangla font published in WBRi Bengali Online Magazine section.


সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায়

আশায় আশায় বসে আছি  দিন গুনে আর পথ চেয়ে
নাকের ডগায় উড়ছে মশা দেখছি তাদের মন দিয়ে ।
মাছি মারাই কাজ যে আমার মশা পেলেও মারব না,
মাছি মারার কায়দা জানি, মশার সাথে পারব না । ...

কেন জীবন-মুখী নয় | Keno Jibonmukhi Noye - Bengali Poem by Santwana Chatterjee

Keno Jibonmukhi Noye  - a Bengali poem (Bangla Kobita) by Santwana Chatterjee in unicode Bangla font published in WBRi Bengali Online Magazine section.

কেন জীবন-মুখী নয়

সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায়

তোমাদের মাটিকে কি কঠিন করবে শুধু
কঠিন কথার সার দিয়ে । ...

টেকো - সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায় | Teko - Bengali Poem by Santwana Chatterjee

Teko - a Bengali poem (Bangla Kobita) by Santwana Chatterjee in unicode Bangla font published in WBRi Bengali Online Magazine section.


সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায়

চুল ছেঁটেছ কেন ?
এমনিতেই তো টাকের মাথা
ফুটবে কাঁটা জান ?
ওমা একি তাও জান না-
কেউ বলেনি বুঝি ? ...