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ঈর্ষা - সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায় | Irsha (jealousy) - Bengali Poem by Santwana Chatterjee

ঈর্ষা

সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায়

ফুটকি কেমন লালা সিল্কের জামা দেছে গায়
অমনি একটা লাল জামা আমার ও মা চাই।
ফুটকি কানে দুল পরেছে, সোনার দুটো ফুল-
আমার কেন লম্বা-মতন, আমার ও চাই ফুল ।
দেখোতো ওর জুতো-মোজা, ম্যাচিং জামার সাথে,
আমার জুতো বিশ্রী কেমন- মোজা ও নেই সাথে ...



বাদামী মনির চোখ | Badami Monir Chokh - Bengali Short Story By Sudipuddin Srirampuri - Online Bengali Magazine

"Badami Monir Chokh" - a Bengali short story by Sudipuddin Srirampuri. This post is in Unicode Bengali font.


বাদামী মনির চোখ

সুদীপ উড্ডীণ শ্রীরামপুরী

শুঁড়েকালনা থেকে তারকেশ্বর আসব। বাস স্ট্যান্ডে এসে শুনলাম বাস আসার তখনো কিছু সময় বাকি। বাস স্টান্ডের লাগোয়া চায়ের দোকান। এগিয়ে গেলাম দোকানের দিকে। দোকানের ঠিক সামনে বাঁশের বেঞ্চি, বেশ লম্বা। পাঁচ ছয় জন ভালো করে বসা যায়। জনা দুই আপেক্ষারত বাসের যাত্রী বসে চা খাচ্ছিলেন। আমিও অদের পাশে বেঞ্চির এক ধারে বসে, দোকানিকে এক কাপ চা দিতে বললাম। তেলচিটে বয়ামে লোকাল বেকারীর তিন-চার রকমের বিস্কুট দেখে, রং ছাড়া খাস্তা লেড়ো বিস্কুটটা দিতে বললাম। ...


Floatel--The Floating Indulgence (Calcutta, India)


Michigan, February 24th, 2011: I first saw Floatel while I was driving down Strand Road in Calcutta (yes, I prefer to call it Calcutta). Quite an interesting concept, I thought and made an appointment with the manager to have a dekko at this floating indulgence.


Academy Awards Nominee for Art Direction & Visual Effects (Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows--Part 1)


Michigan: February 20, 2011: Just about a couple of days left for the Oscars to happen; Sunday, 27th February, 2011. The red carpets will roll and the glitterati of the tinsel town will gather to see who would be the lucky ones to take home the knight and millions of cinelovers will tune in to watch the World’s most glamorous ceremony.


Interview: Cricket Journalist Gautam Bhattacharya talks about SACH - his book on Sachin Tendulkar released in the USA

Sachin Tendulkar - Launch of book SACH by Gautam Bhattacharya
Sachin Tendulkar and others at the launch of Gautam Bhattacharya's book Sach

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble at SACH book launch
Gautam Bhattacharya, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble at SACH book launch
Pictures courtesy of Utpaal Sorkkar

Gautam Bhattacharya - Author of SACHWashington, DC, Feb 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Renowned award-winning writer and sports journalist Gautam Bhattacharya talks to us from Dhaka, Bangladesh in this informal chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty. At the time ths interview was recorded, Gautam was in Dhaka for the inaugural ceremony of the World Cup Cricket championship of 2011 which is jointly being hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. You will surely be infected with the cricket bug when you hear Gautam share his thoughts about the inauguration which featured a great, some may even say overdone, cultural extravaganza. The opening ceremony was of particular pride to Bengalees as Bangla songs like O Amar Desher Maati and Amar Sonar Bangla ("My golden bangla, I love you"- the national anthem of Bangladesh) were performed with people across many nations watching live. Gautam also shares with us his best educated guesses on what might transpire in this Cricket World Cup, but, needless to say, anything can happen in the game of cricket.

Gautam Bhattacharya has recently written a book titled Sach about the iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, a man who dreamed big, stretched his arms towards the sky and reached the summit. Sachin is applauded the world over for his cricketing feats and the person he is. This book, however, is not just another tome on Sachin. The book sizzles with new features, and a foreword by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. As Gautam puts it in this interview, Sach - the title of his book - is not just a nick name of Sachin, the word also means "the truth". In the book, a record 83 individuals, all path-breakers in their own right speak out on what Sachin means to them. If Asha Bhosle calls him 'God's apna aadmi', and Kapil Dev wants him 'to stand as tall as Mahatma Gandhi', Viv Richards gives him '10 upon 10'. Taking the reader through Sachin's journey of life, Gautam steps boldly on what has been 'forbidden' ground till now - the controversy surrounding the erstwhile Indian coach Greg Chappell, who breaks his silence on Sachin after four long years. The high-point of this must-have book is a set of 40 never-before-asked questions put to Sachin by Gautam.

Sach is available for purchase online in both USA via Amazon.com and India via Flipkart.com using the links in this exclusive interview-feature on Washington Bangla Radio.


Teppanyaki


Michigan: February 18, 2011: In Japanese, teppan means an iron plate or a steel sheet, and yaki, stir-fried food or stir-frying and Teppanyaki is stir-fried meat and vegetables cooked and eaten off a large, table-top grill.


Agra Fort (Agra, India)


February 16, 2011: Michigan: The show ended with Aurangzeb taking up the throne of the ‘Sultanat of Hindusthan,’ amidst thousands of mosquitos, trying to taste the blood from each and every exposed part of the body and the fort authority, desperately trying to get rid of the menace with the help of smoke.


Romance(in) the Niagara (Canada)


In case anyone ever thought that the mesmerizing ‘Niagara’ would overpower the honeymoon romance, she or he would definitely be proved wrong. The mystical natural wonder will rather enhance it. Couples have made Niagara their choice for years even though the area has not made it onto the Top Ten list of lovers' destinations for quite some time.


Love is in the Air (Valentine's Day...Bollywood Style)


Love is in the air…yes, it’s once again Valentine’s Day and the entire world is busy buying ‘heart’ shaped chocolates and candies, roses and balloons and what not. Since we all consider Bollywood to be a part of our lives & even agree that it has a significant role to play so far as love is concerned, why not take a look at all those hit films in the last ten years that spoke of feelings and emotions. 


Tagore by Teresa Sebastián | Spanish Poetry In Concert Dedicated To Rabindranath Tagore Performed to Music | English Translation

Teresa Sebastian

Teresa Sebastián was born in Bilbao, Spain. She has been writing since she was a girl, and a winner of the "Premio Poesía de Primavera de la AAVV" award. Read all about Teresa, and watch online video of the outstanding "Poesi­a en Concierto - Tagore" (Tagore Poem In Concert) where Teresa Sebastian reads her own poem "Tagore" live with musicians J.C. Blancas on electronics/keyboards, X.Paixarino on the flute and Niraj Kumar on the Tabla.


WOW Club - Women On Wanderlust - Inspiring All Women Travel


When I first read about Sumitra, the first thing I remembered was a clip of dialogue from Yash Chopra’s super hit film ‘Chandni.’  Vinod Khanna, the owner of the travel club explains to his newly appointed secretary, Sri Devi about the job and he says ‘hum logon ko duniya ki sair karate hain’ (we take people around the world) and Sri Devi replies, yani ke, jo sapney woh dekhtey hain, aap usey poora kartey hain (which means, you fulfill their dreams of travelling around the World)
That is exactly what Ms. Sumitra Senapaty is; she can make your travel dreams come true. An internationally known travel writer who has extensively travelled across the globe , Sumitra is the answer to all your travel dreams. She spared some time from her busy schedule to talk about what WOW is. 


Let there be peace... (Cairo, Egypt)


With the recent political turmoil in Egypt and with Cairo being turned into a semi battlefield with thugs and protestors clashing, the only thing that the World can pray for that country now is Peace. I have travelled across the World extensively and Egypt was perhaps one of the nicest of all countries that I have visited in my lifetime. So, this is a prayer to God Almighty to restore peace in that “otherwise” peaceful nation. The country is full of historic treasures, nice, polite and friendly people, great food and the majestic river Nile… let peace be restored and let everything and everyone be safe. 


Discuss Asish Basak's M-Factor about Muslim impact on India from Md. Ghori-Timurlane till Shahrukh Khan-Katrina Kaif

M-Factor by Ashish Basak
M-Factor by Ashish Basak - click on the picture to zoom in

‘M-Factor’, written by Asish Basak, is an absorbing tale from vehement times of Mohammad Ghori and Timurlane till the rollicking days of Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. It begins when Islam appeared like a desert-storm in the Arabian peninsula and thundered to India on stomping hooves and flailing swords, It maps Muslim impact in India’s ‘Mission Possible’, and how the Muslims slowly Indianised to become a part and parcel of this wonderfully endowed time-tested civilization.


A Beautiful Mind (Cosmic Healing)


She has a beautiful mind and she heals the mind and body of those who seek her help. A software developer by profession with a Master’s degree in Computer Application, Ms. Shivi Dua is now a known name in Cosmic healing. She spared some time out of her busy schedule to talk about her therapies to the readers of WBRi. 


Tapas 'R' Us


‘Tapas’ are the famous snacks of Spain and before we went into venturing this unique kind of snacks, we did a bit of prodding to understand the origins of this fare.