Decoding Durga Pujo

Dedicated to the girls of the 1992 Batch of Maharani Gayatri Devi Girl's Public School, Jaipur Dear Friends You have strongly motivated me to write a post on Durga, her reverance, her attributes, the 'pandals',  her relevance to Bengal and the Bengali community. I will take a valiant attempt in keeping with the spirit of... Continue Reading →

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The Santiniketan Express: to melody and peace

I took the train Santiniketan Express from Howrah at 10.10 am to go to Santiniketan, my parents' present home. It is a place where my parents shifted to nearly 20 years back from their earlier home of nearly 25 years, Jaipur. They decided to spend the rest of their life at this idyllic hamlet called... Continue Reading →

British whispers in Chunar

Part 3: British Chunar The most interesting building we saw in the Chunar fort campus was the house of Warren Hastings, the 1st British Governor General of Bengal. He was in India just after the Battle of Plassey in 1757, when the Nawab of Bengal Siraj-ud Daulah had to give away all his powers to... Continue Reading →

The ascent to Chunar Fort

Part 2: Medieval Chunar Chunar fort is built on a promontory on the eastern bank of the river Ganga but is so strategically placed across it that the mighty river actually strikes against the fort and turns back towards north. This gives the name to Ganga as Uttarvahini - meaning turning around! This fort has... Continue Reading →

Chunar: discovering the home of the famous sandstone

One cool November morning we decided to visit Chunar. Our driver Mishraji, took us on my parent’s second and my maiden visit to Chunar. Any Indian history, art, design, architecture and archaeology student or enthusiast would have heard of Chunar – the birthplace of sandstone that made the buff coloured majestic Asokan pillars with his... Continue Reading →

My date with some perfect people

Down's Syndrome as described by the Down's Syndrome Association is "a genetic condition caused by the presence of an extra chromosome 21 in the body’s cells, it is not a disease. In the majority of cases, Down’s syndrome is not an inherited condition." The website goes on to mention that "the most important thing to remember is that... Continue Reading →

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