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A Religious Mind (Kathmandu, Nepal)

My leave application for a trip to Kathmandu was sanctioned from the bank without any delay only on the ground that I should visit Pashupatinath temple and get blessings for the branch. We had a stiff target to be met at the end of the financial year.
I would have, in any case, gone to the temple, not because it was a world cultural heritage site, but to get some peace of mind too.


Spelt as Mockba and pronounced as Moskva, Moscow is perhaps one of the most beautiful cities that has not yet become a prime attraction for travellers.

Sun Temple Konark (Orissa, India)

My association with Konark temple dates back to my childhood years when a visit to Puri always meant spending some time in the architecturally magnificent temple of the Sun God...

নতুন জয়ঢাক বের হল

জয়ঢাক পত্রিকার এ বছরের শীত সংখ্যা প্রকাশিত হল। এই ঠিকানায় দেখুনঃ www.joydhak.com


হ্যাপি নিউ ইয়ার - সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায় | Happy New Year - A Bengali Poem by Santwana Chatterjee

Happy New Year - a bengali poem by Santwana Chatterjee in unicode Bangla font.

হ্যাপি নিউ ইয়ার

সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায়

হ্যাপি নিউ ইয়ার আসছে শুনছি-
সেটা কি ভাবে আসে রে দাদা-
এলেই বা কি হয় !ওমা সেত প্রতি শীতেই আসে ,
দেখিস না কত আলো, গান ,
কত খাবারের বাক্স ফেলা হয়,
এইখানে , এই ফুটপাথে -
সে সব বাক্সের গন্ধ চেটে খেলি গতবার ।

ফেলে আসা মন - সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায় | Fele Asha Mon - A Bengali Poem by Santwana Chatterjee | WBRi Bengali Online Magazine

Phele Asha Mon - a bengali poem by Santwana Chatterjee in unicode Bangla font.

ফেলে আসা মন

সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায়

আমি দিনের বেলায় সূর্য দেখতে চাই
রাতের বেলায় চাঁদ
আমি হাটি হাটি পা পা

সেদিন রাতে ঝড় ওঠেনি - সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায় | Sedin Raate Jhor Otheni - A Bengali Poem by Santwana Chatterjee

Shedin Raate Jhor Otheni - a bengali poem by Santwana Chatterjee published in Unicode Bangla font on WBRi online Bengali magazine.

সেদিন রাতে ঝড় ওঠেনি

সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায়

সেদিন রাতে ঝড় ওঠেনি
শান্ত গাছের পাতা,
মরণ আমায় শোনায়নি ভাই
ভালবাসার কথা ...

যদি হতাম - রতন লাল বসু (Jodi Hotam - A Bengali Short Story by Dr Ratan Lal Basu) | WBRi Online Magazine

(Jodi Hotam is a Bengali Short Story by Dr. Ratan Lal Basu published in Unicode Bangla font).

যদি হতাম

রতন লাল বসু

মহানন্দা ব্রীজ পেরিয়ে হিলকার্ট রোড ধরে শিলিগুড়ি নর্থ স্টেশনের দিকে কিছুটা এগিয়ে রিক্সা ছেড়ে দিলাম। এবার হাঁটতে হবে। উত্তরের আকাশ মেঘ শুন্য। পড়ন্ত সূর্যের আলোয় কাঞ্চন জংঘার চূড়োগুলো ঝিকমিক করছে। তেনজিং নোরগে বাস স্ট্যান্ডের পাশের বট্ল পামের সারির ফাঁক দিয়ে পড়ন্ত সূর্যটা উঁকি ঝুঁকি মারছে আর হাওয়ায় দোদুল্যমান পামের পাতার সাথে লুকোচুরি খেলা জুড়েছে। রাস্তার বাঁ-ধার জুড়ে অসংখ্য ছোটবড় জামা কাপড়ের দোকান। একটা সুঁড়ি রাস্তা এঁকে বেঁকে ঢাল বেয়ে নিচের দিকে নেমে গেছে। সমীরদের বাড়ি যেতে হলে আমাকে এই রাস্তাটা ধরেই যেতে হবে।

Goddess Mansa And Bhrigu's Mirror - A Short Story by Dr Ratan Lal Basu | WBRi Online Magazine

The sage Bhrigu was elated and at the same time perturbed to learn from the celestial sage Narada that goddess Mansa was interested in meeting him and she would be obliged if he fixed his convenient time for her visit to his ashram and inform this to her through Narada. He was elated because his ashram at higher heavens had never been visited by any gods or goddesses ever since he had incurred the displeasure of Lord Shiva by opposing him at the time of beheading of King Dakshma. Mansa is the most favored daughter of Shiva and she is extremely powerful. Her visit may ease his relation with Shiva and his ashram accepted by the gods and goddesses. But the motives of this quirky goddess were unpredictable even by the greatest astrologer and visionary like Bhrigu. She being extremely cruel, power mongering and unhesitant to adopt any unfair means to fulfill her desires, Bhrigu got a bit perturbed at the same time. But denial would be disastrous for him. So he replied the letter of the goddess by expressing his sincere thanks to her and fixed a date for her visit. Narada left with the mail with the expectation that some complications would result from the visit of the goddess to Bhrigu’s ashram and he would enjoy it.

Bhrigu directed his disciples to take immaculate preparations to welcome the goddess and make ample provision for all conceivable amenities liked by the goddess. His mind again got filled with worries. She could request him to do something complicated that might lead to other problems for him. But it would also be perilous to deny her request. He remembered what she had done to the merchant Chand to force him to worship her.

On the day of her visit the sage was agitated from the very dawn but his tensions were removed as the goddess entered the ashram with smiling face and pleasant demeanor. She was dressed as an ordinary woman with a simple sari and a necklace adorned with a diamond locket designed like the head of a serpent. He was relieved that she had not worn any necklace of living snakes. Notwithstanding her blind eye, she looked so beautiful and enchanting even in the simple outfit that everyone got spellbound to watch her entering slowly the gate of the ashram amidst blowing of conch shells and sprinkling of petals of heavenly flowers. She was a bit embarrassed while the disciples of the sage started offering her pronam being prostrated at her feet. Then the sage came forward to receive her and they exchanged pranams with folded hands. Brigu’s mind was filled with ecstasy and pride as the goddess addressed him father.

The goddess said politely, ‘I must tell you about my purpose of this visit. This is a very simple task on your part. You are the greatest forecaster of future in the universe and I’m interested only in the future of the country Prasi.’

Bhrigu replied, ‘goddess, it’s a very simple task for me. Now you take rest and visit the ashram for some time and I’ll call you to my room after completion of my meditation.’

He then directed his trusted disciples to show her to the guest room and help her according to her wish.

The goddess thanked the sage and left with his disciples. Now all his apprehensions dissipated and Bhrigu completed his meditation peacefully and thereafter informed the goddess by a disciple that she might call on his room if she was ready. After a while the goddess entered his room and the sage offered her a beautiful soft asana made of heavenly velvet and painted with a large lotus at the middle. He then took out a mirror from a shelf and handed it to the goddess saying, ‘this is a magic mirror. You cannot see your image in it.’ The goddess took the mirror close to her god eye and said, 'yes, it looks dark and what I’m to do with this mirror.'

Joel DiGirolamo's "Yoga in No Time at All" Wins Four Book Awards

Yoga in No Time at All provides 39 poses that can be done while you are brushing your teeth, putting on your socks, standing in line at the grocery store, and during many other activities. These poses will assist you in maintaining strength, balance, and flexibility and require relatively little effort. The description of each pose includes:

- time required
- benefits
- difficulty level
- muscles awakened
- related traditional yoga poses

Shobha De launches P.T.O by Y. by Siddharth Reddy

Mumbai, 6th December, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / Online PR News) Eminent author and columnist Shobha De will launch, ‘P.T.O’, A Book Comprising 100 Inspiring and Humorous Quotes at Gallery BMB,Mumbai. The book is Siddharth Reddy’s debut book and a unique effort. The book has already been applauded by several dignitaries and media about its refreshing look at life.

The author began writing this book in hope to remind us, as we bustle through life, about the bigger meaning of what it truly means to be alive. To find the potential within each one of us, and in each other. To celebrate what makes us unique and what connects us as entities sharing the same existence. To find out what sets our hearts on fire, and instills peace in the mind. To encourage ourselves to see the magnificence that lies in all the potential in the universe and to create the possible out of what seems to be impossible. Having a sense of humour while we are at it only makes the whole process ultimately and uniquely human.

Suketu Mehta's Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found | Aamir Khan in Film by Danny Boyle

By B. McEwan

Brooklyn, NY, Dec 8, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) This book is aptly titled because everything about Bombay/Mumbai does indeed sound "maximum." Twenty-three million people in a space that should accommodate more like 10 million. People living in extreme poverty, sleeping on the city's footpaths and bathing near an open sewer. Police shooting suspected criminals on sight, in what are euphemistically called "encounters." Commuters falling off the morning train because they are, literally, hanging onto the outside of the car by their fingers and toes. Bollywood film stars consorting with criminal gang members and throwing lavish parties where just the hors d'oeuvres would feed a poor man for a month.

Work in India - A Free Guide by Knowledge Must

New Delhi, India, December 3, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PR.com Press Release) Everybody who is interested in working in India now has a resource to their make life easier. Knowledge Must is announcing the publication of its new guide book "Work in India - A Guide by Knowledge Must" which is available for free download from its website at www.knowledge-must.com/guidebooks. This new in-depth resource features authoritative information on all important aspects of working as a foreigner in India.

In this time of increasingly competitive labour markets, people all around the world look for challenging job opportunities beyond their home countries. India has emerged as one of the cultural and economic hotspots of the 21st century, and has developed into a major competence centre in fields as varied as IT, engineering, and the entertainment industry.

The Jennifer Nicole Lee Fitness Model Diet Book

Miami, FL, December 01, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / Vocus/PRWEB) "The Jennifer Nicole LeeFitness Model Diet Book" is an excellent gift giving idea, from the work out haters to the fitness fanatic alike. In her newly released book, JNL states "strong is the new skinny", empowering women to be their strongest, fittest best.

Being a woman in today’s world means being emotionally strong, and it is becoming far trendier to boast a strong physique to match your personality than it is to look skinny and underweight. Skinny is out and sleek is in.

Women’s fitness magazine sales are on the rise, and more and more celebrities are turning to the treadmill to tone up rather than shunning their meals. Heroin chic to sexy and sleek is taking over the world with models, celebs and the average Joe all turning to strength training to look better.

Making Of Mast Punjabi Audio Song from No Problem (2010) Indian Hindi Film | bahut zabardast gaana hai !

NO PROBLEM 2010 Bollywood Hindi Movie Poster

Calcutta, Dec 1, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) A bunch of people dress up as Sardars and show up in a party so that no one can recognize them. Unfortunately, their make-ups cause much confusion among themselves, since they now cannot recognize each other!

A dance riot follows in a audio-visual blast. EROS International is globally releasing No Problem on Dec 10, 2010 and have just released this new promo titled Making Of Mast Punjabi - the hindi film song described by one cast member as "bahut zabardast gana hai!"

Akshay Khanna says he thinks the song will be a huge hit. Anil Kapoor agrees, "super-duper hit!". Sushmita Sen adds viewers and listeners (of the audio song or the music video) will all find this a treat. Sanjay Dutt says this song really will get you into the mood.

The song indeed is a Punjabi Bhangra Remix-based lively song, described as "the song" from the film by one of the heroines. In terms of situation, it is a pre-climax song.

The entire cast of the movie will be seen in this song dressed as Sikhs. This song according to Anees Bazmee is a tribute to the love given to him by the Sikh community, for his last hit, Singh is King. Sung, composed and written by Anand Raaj Anand supported by Sunidhi Chauhan, this is an exploding bhangra track which will definitely bring the house down.

Watch the EROS Intl. exclusive video release via Washington Bangla Radio.