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Literature

Prof Achyut Samanta and Ramendra Kumar

Prof. Achyuta Samanta, founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Odisha, has been working relentlessly for Zero Poverty, Zero Hunger and Zero Illiteracy. He is the founder of the Art of Giving concept, which he has launched officially in 30 countries and in more than 210 places in India. This year the Art of Giving theme  is “Pyaar Bhara Pack” or “Feeding with Love.” This will be celebrated in 500 places across the globe. In Odisha, 3 million people will be getting quality food on 17th May. Art of Giving will be reaching out to more than 5 to 7 million in the entire country and around the world on this day.

Ramendra Kumar got an opportunity to converse with Prof. Samanta on Rourkela Steel TV, the in-house cable TV network of Rourkela Steel Plant. Excerpts from the interview:

Prof Achyut Samanta and Ramendra Kumar on Rourkella TV
Prof. Achyuta Samanta: The Messiah of the Marginalised 
Prof. Achyuta Samanta, founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Odisha, has been working relentlessly...
Mother Courageous
Mother Courageous
A heart touching story of an indomitable mother who suffers the biggest losses and courageously stands up again to find her life force in children.
Tagore and the Hills
Tagore and the Hills
A brief personal story about a young writer's school memories of Bengal's illustrious poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Accompanied by a sketch of Tagore drawn...
Woman Scream International Poetry & Arts Festival 2018 at Presidency
Woman Scream International Poetry & Arts Festival 2018 at Presidency
LnC features Woman Scream 2018 Poetry and Arts Festival in Presidency University, Kolkata which has been celebrated in the city by Rhythm Divine Poets. The movement had first...
पेंन्टिंग! by Gulzar: A Translation and Transcreation
पेंन्टिंग! by Gulzar: A Translation and Transcreation
Painting is a beautiful poem by legendary poet-lyricist-filmmaker Gulzar. Sunita Singh and Dr Ampat Koshy present a translation and transcreation of this visually evocative...
Squeezed Light
Squeezed Light
A hard-hitting poem about rebellion, revolution and the one of the bitter ironies of human life in the post-modern context.
Learning to cope to stay afloat
Dual State
A poignant poem dedicated to the lives of the individuals affected with bipolar disorder.
Allowing me to be a true partner in your life’s journey
Rabindranath Tagore’s Chitrangada: English Translation Part V & VI
‘Chitrangada’, a dance drama composed by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore in 1892, is based on the love life of Manipur’s princess Chitrangada and Arjun, the third...
A scorching romance, a run-away marriage
It was truly a baptism by fire
Buddies Best
To celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on March 26th, Ramendra Kumar takes to verse to revisit the enriching journey of love he has shared with his soulmate and life...
Every star that twinkles makes me feel like you're watching me
Dau Saheb
A heartfelt wistful reminiscence of her Grandpa by 20-year-old Arshita.
Nuances of Human Emotions: Two Poems
Nuances of Human Emotions: Two Poems
Human emotions are multilayered and their nuances are the most intriguing when manifested in the form of poetry. Two poems by Sonali Majumdar, depicting those myriad nuances....
the girl with blue eyes
Love, Scynthia
Author Ramendra Kumar had conducted a workshop on creative writing for students of Indian Institute of Mass Communications (IIMC) Dhenkanal. Learning and Creativity presents...
How she is, how her nature is, why is she such an enigma.

I have heard tales of her tenderness, which makes her a woman.

I have heard tales of her valor, which makes her a man.
Rabindranath Tagore’s Chitrangada: English Translation Part IV
‘Chitrangada’, a dance drama composed by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore in 1892, is based on the love life of Manipur’s princess Chitrangada and Arjun, the third...
The Myriad Visages of a Woman
The Myriad Visages of a Woman
Brilliant artworks by Joyita Basak, a Kolkata-based blogger and artist to commemorate the Women’s History Month in March. Along with a short poem and a note for the Women's...
Rabindranath Tagore’s Chitrangada: English Translation Part III
Rabindranath Tagore’s Chitrangada: English Translation Part III
‘Chitrangada’, a dance drama by Rabindranath Tagore in 1892, is based on the love life of Manipur’s princess Chitrangada and Arjun, the third Pandava of the epic Mahabharata....
Healing Effects of Dance and Movement Therapy in Autism: In Conversation with Dr. Aditi Bandyopadhyay
Healing Effects of Dance and Movement Therapy in Autism: In Conversation with Dr. Aditi Bandyopadhyay
Dr. Aditi Bandyopadhyay, a physician of medicine with a parallel identity as an Odissi dancer and as dance and movement therapy, practitioner, has been actively involved as...
Rabindranath Tagore's Chitrangada: English Translation Part II
Rabindranath Tagore’s Chitrangada: English Translation Part II
‘Chitrangada’, a dance drama by Rabindranath Tagore in 1892, is based on the love life of Manipur’s princess Chitrangada and Arjun, the third Pandava of the epic Mahabharata....
Arjun!! Are you Arjun, the warrior prince? (Pic: Chitrangada in the film Dadar Kirti)
Rabindranath Tagore’s Chitrangada: English Translation (Part I)
‘Chitrangada’, a dance drama by Rabindranath Tagore in 1892, is based on the love life of Manipur’s princess Chitrangada and Arjun, the third Pandava of the epic Mahabharata....
In the smell of rain
Your Memories
A wistful love poem for Valentine's Day by Ramendra Kumar.
Blood Clots: A Poem
Blood Clots: A Poem
A poignant, hard-hitting poem on humanity and the perils of a sensitive soul.
My English Language Mentors
My English Language Mentors
Pratima Apte recalls the most influential teachers and mentors who have impacted her English language skills since childhood through youth.
Revisiting An Old Home
Revisiting An Old Home
'Revisiting An Old Home' is Lopa Banerjee's poem dedicated to her maiden home in Barrackpore, India. It is now part of her debut poetry collection 'Let The Night Sing',...
Those Songs Were Made from the Soul: A Musical Cab Ride
Those Songs Were Made from the Soul: A Musical Cab Ride
A cab ride on a wintry morning left me smiling at the cab driver's passion for music and his deep understanding of the essence of "music made from the soul".
Fading Languages
Fading Languages
A poignant poem by Kabir Deb about the romance and the almost forgotten art of writing letters, that too, when exchanged between lovers.
For Him
For Him
A sublime poem by Geethanjali Dilip, International Reuel Prize Winner 2017 for poetry, commemorating on the sacrifice and unconditioned love of Jesus.
Vikas quietly moved his queen two steps and said very calmly - "Check and Mate."
Check and Mate
A touching story by Ramendra Kumar about a disabled boy's struggle to become the champion in his chosen sport. A Christmas Special story from Learning and Creativity.
When a Jilted Heart Revolves to Rise
When a Jilted Heart Revolves to Rise
A lyrical poem by UGC junior research fellow Sourav Paul.
India Diary - Poetic Musings
India Diary – Poetic Musings
A bunch of short poetic musings about the poet's homeland, India. Rudrodip Majumdar, a PhD in Nuclear Engineering is an avid blogger and poet.
A Tribute to My First English Mentor: Manik Chatterjee Sir
A Tribute to My First English Mentor: Manik Chatterjee Sir
Lopa Banerjee, deputy editor of L&C pays a humble homage to her first teacher of English during her school days, Manik Chatterjee sir who passed away on September 29, 2017....
Who has ever heard of a canine being affected by nazar
Kissa Gutli Ka
Ramendra Kumar recalls how their third child Aryan who is a ‘guppy’ – a grown up puppy, went through a harrowing time and sent the family into a spin.
Saheli Mitra (L) and Santosh Bakaya
Kolkata Diaries (2): Launch of Darkness There But Something More and Let The Night Sing
Renowned author Santosh Bakaya pens her many hued musings on Kolkata, the city that never fails to charm her. Visiting Kolkata in the sultry July heat for the launch of two...
The Broken Home and Other Stories: Must Read Collection of Translated Tagore Stories
The Broken Home and Other Stories: Must Read Collection of Translated Tagore Stories
A review of Lopamudra Banerjee's recently released book, The Broken Home and Other Stories (Authorspress, 2017), her English translation of Rabindranath Tagore's...
Santosh Bakaya, Subhajit Sanyal and Lopa Banerjee in Kolkata
Kolkata Diaries (1): Launch of Darkness There But Something More and Let The Night Sing
Renowned author Santosh Bakaya, co-editor of Darkness There But Something More pens her many hued musings on Kolkata, the city that never fails to charm her. Visiting Kolkata...
Bipade More Rakkha Karo: The Prayer to Be Fearless (Translation of Tagore Song)
Bipade More Rakkha Karo: The Prayer to Be Fearless (Translation of Tagore Song)
Translation of one of the most beautiful and motivating Puja Parjay songs of Tagore from Geetanjali.
Kehte Hain Ki Ghalib Ka Hai Andaz-e-Bayaan Aur: The Unique Appeal of Mirza Ghalib’s Poetry
Kehte Hain Ki Ghalib Ka Hai Andaz-e-Bayaan Aur: The Unique Appeal of Mirza Ghalib’s Poetry
One of the most quoted poets in Urdu, the legendary Mirza Ghalib’s poetry was mostly in the form of ghazals. Ghazal enthusiast Niraj Shah takes you through a mesmerizing...
Thwarted Escape - the non-fiction memoir by Lopa Banerjee
Thwarted Escape: Poem Inspired By A Book
Maya Khandelwal's evocative review of Lopamudra Banerjee's memoir 'Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant's Wayward Journey', written in a poetic, lyrical form. Her first attempt at...
The tumultuous thunderThe luminous lightingThe clouded stayMy heavy heart.
Poems by Sara
My mother was a writer. She and I published, at her own cost, at my cousin's press, a hand-crafted book with a beautiful red cover titled very simply "Sara / Poems"...
A poem in picture for Autism Awareness
Picture Poem
A rare and memorable picture poem by Michele Baron for the Autism Special Edition of 'Learning and Creativity'
Matthew's Poem for 'Baba' (Grandmother)
Matthew’s Poem for ‘Baba’ (Grandmother)
A sensitive poem written by Matthew Vance who has Autism himself. He wrote this 6 years ago, right after his Grandfather passed away from Alzheimer’s. He gave it to his...
(Pic: Shamit [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL]  via Wikimedia Commons)
English Translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s Short Story ‘Subha’ (A Short Excerpt)
On the auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of Gurudeb Rabindranath Tagore, the bard of my soul, the illustrious Nobel laureate of Bengal, my humble tribute, a short...
My Tribute To Gurudeb: Translation of Ami Choncholo He
My Tribute To Gurudeb: Translation of Ami Choncholo He
A soulful English translation of one of Rabindranath Tagore's most sublime songs of Gitabitan, on the auspicious occasion of his birth anniversary.
Can you hear music with your heart, Which bound in unseen, intangible waves , From golden fleeces of clouds in lofty mountains that part, A choir of cherubs that your soul in wonder enslaves
Silence
A soulful and sensitively penned poem on autistic children, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'
Will she ever be able to die in peace leaving behind this blue rose
Again
A very sensitively penned poem for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'.
They deserve to adore earth's creation
Specials
A very thoughtful and emotionally charged poem depicting the life of an autistic child, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'.
Unfurling your wings to flyTo those heights where love,The law of life prevails.
Autistic Divine Beings
A sensitive poem honouring and celebrating differently abled children, for the Autism Special Edition I of Learning & Creativity
I love the butterflies, the birds,So what if I have no words?
Mommy, Were You Weeping Today?
A sensitive poem for the Autism Special Edition of 'Learning & Creativity'
Song of an Autist
Song of an Autist
A strong, hard-hitting poem on autistic children, for the Autism Special Edition I
Normal Child
Normal Child
A sensitive poem dedicated to children with autism for the Autism Special Edition I of Learning and Creativity.
The Colorful Boy
The Colorful Boy
Sensitive and powerful poetic depiction of a boy with autism, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'.
Silence of the Sun
Silence of the Sun
A sensitive poem depicting the life of an autistic child, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'.
A Different World
A Different World
A thoughtful poem about a differently abled child with autism, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'
Learn from Me
Learn from Me
A sensitively depicted poetic piece on the life of an autistic child, and the difference he can make to the world, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'....
A Slice Of My Life
A Slice Of My Life
A poetic depiction of the life of a special needs child, a child living with autism, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'.
Blessed
Blessed
Celebrating and honouring the special life and the special abilities of a child with autism, for the Autism Special Edition of 'Learning and Creativity'.
Spectrum
Spectrum
A hard-hitting poem on the life of an autistic child and his parents for the Autism Special Edition I, building Autism Awareness through poetry.
Autism Awareness Special Edition 1: Editor's Note
Autism Awareness Special Edition 1: Editor’s Note
A strong, succinct editorial note about the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity', defining the purpose behind curating and publishing this edition and introducing...
Wuthering Heights
For Heathcliff and Wuthering Heights
My poetic tribute to the dark, sinister, yet irresistible love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw in Emily Bronte's classic novel 'Wuthering Heights'.
Trust the “PERMANENT” Within You – Values in Management
Trust the “PERMANENT” Within You – Values in Management
Values in Management - Trust the source that is PERMANENT within your own self. Your being, inherent nature, characteristics, strengths are within you. Peeyush Sharma lists...
Holi is an especially popular holiday in Lansing, Michigan
Holi Hai! An Indian Holiday Greets Spring with Showers of Color
Holi is an especially popular holiday in Lansing. The Bharatiya Temple hosts the area’s most prominent Holi festivities. Budding editor-writer and booklover Nitish Pahwa...
Bollywood: Classic Love Sagas Inspiring Poetry
Bollywood: Classic Love Sagas Inspiring Poetry
My poetic tribute to two timeless romances of Bollywood which swept me off my feet in my girlhood days, Ek Duje Ke Liye, and Silsila.
Utopia
Utopia
Love is... finding utopia even in shackles. On Valentine's Day, enjoy this sweet love poem from Ramendra Kumar.
Two Love Poems for Valentine's Day
Two Love Poems for Valentine’s Day
Valentine's Day Special: Two love poems by Uma Subedi translated from Nepali to English by renowned poet/author/translator Suman Pokhrel.
The Battle of War and Peace
The Battle of War and Peace
What makes you more powerful - winning wars or ensuring peace? In a heartwarming story of two kings, Ramendra Kumar explores the eternal conflict. A Republic Day Special from...
Winners were chosen after careful selection
Weave a Ghost Story Contest Results Are Out!
The much awaited Results of the Weave a Ghost Story Contest are out! Congratulations to the winners and contributors for their participation!
“No mommy, I will not wear socks.”
No, Never!
Mother poems from Learning and Creativity - Enjoy this beautiful poem about a mother's endless struggle to make her boisterous 3-year-old listen to her.
Empower women with Carmine
CARMINE – The World’s First Customized Car Care Kit for Every Woman Needs Your Support
Lend your full support to Alabama-based Tess Winningham's Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to help her launch Carmine by December 2016.
The modern day Calcutta skyline (Pic: Wikimedia CC0)
Joy India
"Profits make you happy but while doing business if you can serve your country or help making the place a better place, that will give you a real joy. A true businessman should...
I was just trying to make do with an apologetic array of vegetables available in the swanky kitchen. Half an onion, three–fourths of a capsicum, and a couple of potatoes.
Yummy, Mummy! Anything for a Hungry Tummy
"I knew the concoction that I was trying to cook, was far from yummy, as I was just trying to make do with an apologetic array of vegetables available in the swanky kitchen....
The Spirit of Diwali
The Spirit of Diwali
"The sound of the bursting crackers, the smell of the mouth watering sweets, screaming, shouting and merrymaking of the children, the brilliance of the millions of tiny lamps...
Voting Fiasco
Voting Fiasco
"The absurdity of the whole process made me feel selfish...." Priyanka Chauhan's short story delves into the fads of the social media.
Over 1 Lakh Rare Records in Discs & Machines - Sunny's Gramophone Museum
Over 1 Lakh Rare Records in Discs & Machines – Sunny’s Gramophone Museum
The remarkable collector Sunny Mathew has over 1 lakh (100,000) rare records, including records in their earliest form and about 260 gramophones/record players/phonographs...
In Support of Scarcity
In Support of Scarcity
It’s time to stop being a slave to a barrage of information of all kinds, writes Amitava Nag. Let scarcity rule for a while.
St. Peter at digital gates (line drawing by author)
Truths, and Their Seasons…
Finding inspiration where we might, we can remember our pasts, participate in our present, and possibly have hope for a better future, and survive the crimes, conflicts, and...
Swing and Sway with Your Baby
Swing and Sway with Your Baby
Health brings sheer excellence in every sphere of life. And the foundation of a healthy child lies in inculcating healthy habits early on. Life is a way to celebrate with...
The beauty of His Creation is being highlighted in the orange spotlight.
I am not alone!
A wistful musing about that one awakening moment when Nature's all-encompassing beauty manifests itself as balm to the soul, reaffirming its infinite spirit and giving strength,...
Apply the Helicopter View Technique
Apply the Helicopter View Technique
Helicopter View Technique is a birds’ eye view, a third party observation point, a non-involved study and scrutiny. It changes the entire perspective of how we look at things...
To Nothingness?
To Nothingness?
A wistful poem about oblivion and nothingness that awaits every soul.
Saare Jahan Se Achchha....
Saare Jahan Se Achchha….
On the occasion of India's Independence Day, Learning and Creativity presents a children's story exploring the richness of diversity, culture, traditions and values which...
Bahu (1955), Shakti Samanta’s directorial debut was produced by Bikram Pahwa the eldest of the three Pahwa Brothers. The youngest brother was introduced in the film as Basant Kumar (bottom right)
(Pic: Sundeep Pahwa)
A Journey Seeking a Past
Film and music enthusiast Sundeep Pahwa belongs to a family which was closely connected with the film industry and had produced a couple of films in the '50s and '60s. In...
My Hero - Father's Day Special
My Hero – Father’s Day Special
I went to my father A tired and crumpled man I told him, “I am sorry, But I love you more than anyone ever can.”
‘The Broken Home’, the English translation of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s magnum-opus novella ‘Nastanirh’
The Broken Home, English Translation of Tagore’s ‘Nastanirh’
The Broken Home happens to be the second only translation of Tagore's Nashtanirh, and the only one available in Amazon. Written by Lopa Banerjee, Deputy...
Sound Recording In India: Rabindranath, Rabindrasangeet (1904-1941)
Sound Recording In India: Rabindranath, Rabindrasangeet (1904-1941)
Rabindranath Tagore’s association with the recording industry began in 1904. An exploration of the sound recordings of Tagore and Rabindra Sangeet by Sounak Gupta.
Rabindranath Tagore: The Poet Prophet
Rabindranath Tagore: The Poet Prophet
The sheer magnitude of his work speaks of the immense versatility of Tagore. Thousands of poems and songs for which he composed music, his plays, dance dramas, novels, short...
6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival, Kolkata: Event Report
6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival, Kolkata: Event Report
The recently celebrated 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival, Kolkata, which took the city by storm on March 26, 2015, was a grand follow-up to the international...
Two Women
Two Women
You and I At a strange time Could have been one Two variants of an atomic soul Same yet different Shaped by different storms Weathered we are But we still love the rains And...
Fight and throw off all the burden of oppressive histories and chainsThat bound the masses in grinding poverty.
Speak up!
A heartfelt tribute to the poetry and life of the celebrated, radical poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, on the National Poetry Month.
Two Poems on Womanhood by Shirani Rajapakse
Two Poems on Womanhood by Shirani Rajapakse
Poetry on womanhood by Sri Lankan poet Shirani Rajapakse as part of Rhythm Divine, Kolkata's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016....
Heart-Headed People
Heart-Headed People
Aiman Abdullah's poetry on womanhood as part of the 6th Woman International Art and Poetry Festival 2016, in collaboration with Rhythm Divine, Kolkata.
Lore of Womanhood
Lore of Womanhood
Sana Mohammed's poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016.
I Am Not Your Victim
I Am Not Your Victim
Himadri Agarwal's poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016.
'Black' and 'I Am Alive': by Sufia Khatoon
‘Black’ and ‘I Am Alive’: by Sufia Khatoon
Poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016.
Death of a Soul
Death of a Soul
Ritesh Agarwal's poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016, initiated by Jael Uribe.
Interviewing Kushal Poddar and Amit Shankar Saha about Woman Scream 2016, and their role in the International Movement
Interviewing Kushal Poddar and Amit Shankar Saha about Woman Scream 2016, and their role in the International Movement
Interviewing poets of Rhythm Divine about Woman Scream International art and Poetry Festival 2016
Interview with Sufia Khatoon: Rhythm Divine Collaborates with 6th Woman Scream
Interview with Sufia Khatoon: Rhythm Divine Collaborates with 6th Woman Scream
Interviewing Sufia Khatoon, Co-founder, Rhythm Divine for the the Kolkata chapter of Woman Scream 2016
Who Am I
Who Am I
Anindita Bose's Poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016, initiated in Madrid, Spain....
Painting_Sufia
Questioning Stereotypes and A Wish
Radhika Mall's poetry on womanhood as part of the 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016, in collaboration with Rhythm Divine, Kolkata
Unraping Marriage
Unraping Marriage
Shreyatama Datta's poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016.
Verses on a Woman
Verses on a Woman
Kushal Poddar's Poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016, initiated in Madrid, Spain....
A wordless frown is the gentle windFollowed by a string of dry seeds
Women’s Words
A richly symbolic poem dedicated to womanhood and the position of women in society.
Being a Woman
Being a Woman
Poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016.

Today’s Motivation

If you can dream it, you can do it - means, if one has imagination, one can dream things. A person who can dream things, with a little determination, the person can convert the dreams into reality.
"If you can dream it, you can do it" - means, if one has imagination, one can dream things. A person who can dream things, with a little determination, the person can convert the dreams into reality.