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Songs of Freedom
Songs of Freedom
Songs of freedom are all around, we just need to listen. Santosh Bakaya enjoys the redemption songs that float in the air, in animals, plants and people.
The Rat Race
The Rat Race
Rats are part of every day life. From chasing rats and catching rats to being part of the rat race, there is no escape from them, physically, metaphorically or literally....
Take Me Home
Take Me Home
Home sweet home is where you belong. Those who are away pine to go back. Those who don't have a home, make a home wherever they are. And there are many for whom the sky is...
The Rising
The Rising
The yawners and their yawns, the back-slapping workers getting ready for a day of back-breaking work - every morning is a new rising.
Jugaad (The Quickfix Solution)
Jugaad (The Quickfix Solution)
In India, we are known famously for our unmatched 'jugaad' skills or the ability to fix up a solution out of nowhere, which are often wildly creative.
Durga Puja: Ruminations
Durga Puja: Ruminations
The nip in the air and the azure sky take Lekha Sengupta back to her childhood days of Puja festivities. A short, ruminative essay on the auspicious occasion of the upcoming...
The Gandhi Within
The Gandhi Within
Innumerable unsung freedom fighters and martyrs had given up everything to win independence for our country. The need of today is to invoke the Gandhi within. A special story...
A Fistful of Happiness
A Fistful of Happiness
A fistful of happiness can really make a difference, be it a hungry old man or a baby sparrow lost in the storm. Lend a helping hand when life offers you this blessing.
Motor Daler Bora Diye Lau Ghonto (Bottle-gourd Curry with Yellow Pea Dumplings)
Motor Daler Bora Diye Lau Ghonto (Bottle-gourd Curry with Yellow Pea Dumplings)
On the Foodpath, Debasish tweaks the traditional recipe of Chapor Ghonto made with tender White Pumpkin and flattened lentil fritters to make a delicious veggie dish.
Apna Time Aayega (My Time Will Come)
Apna Time Aayega (My Time Will Come)
A dream keeps us moving ahead. And "hope springs eternal" in the human heart and says, my time will come.
Dowry
Dowry
A deeply touching story about the inexplicable bond between a father and a daughter. A Daughter's Day special story by Ramendra Kumar, this is excerpted from the anthology...
Ilisher Pani Khola (Hilsa Fish in Water)
Ilisher Pani Khola (Hilsa Fish in Water)
Where will the fish live other than in water? This unusual fish recipe gets its name Ilisher Pani Khola or Hilsa Fish in Water possibly from its watery look. Unusual because...
The Writing on the Wall
The Writing on the Wall
Love is indeed all that matters. Let us all be love mongers and go where love is!
Dogs of War
Dogs of War
Dogs can show off their power at a noisy war and yet can also be shooed away by cawing crows. Its a strange world.
I Wonder
I Wonder
A poet is forever wondering, the heart pierced by the injustices and unfairness of a topsy-turvy world. In these lines, we see the reflection of a sensitive heart.
Birds and Apples
Birds and Apples
A bird couple wonders whether to peck at the ripe apples or just let them be. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas sheet and cardboard by Lipi Bhattacharya.
Kolkata: The City of Kool!
Kolkata: The City of Kool!
Renowned children's writer Ramendra Kumar held creative writings sessions in two Kolkata schools and a bookstore and promptly named Kolkata, the City of Kool! Just as he was...
How to Write an English Ghazal
How to Write an English Ghazal
This is a brief description on how to write or not write an English ghazal with its rules and regulations and do's and don'ts.
ENchorer Kofta (Raw Jackfruit Kofta)
ENchorer Kofta (Raw Jackfruit Kofta)
The humble jackfruit can taste as delectable as a gourmet dish with succulent dumplings dipped and groovy gravy. Debasish Bhattacharya tries out a new jackfruit kofta recipe....
Be That Lake
Be That Lake
Being positive is a choice. You can be a little lake, rippling with water even in the midst of dull and dry land if you decide to hold the rainwater.
The Lonely Goatherd
The Lonely Goatherd
Having lost a little lamb, a sad and lonely goatherd finds empathy in a stray pup who has had a close look at the hard world in its young life.
The Costumes Story
The Costumes Story
Its fun to dress up in fancy costumes, especially during festivals. Anantha loves to design costumes and also wear them to dress up as a witch on Halloween or Santa Claus...
Silent Call
Silent Call
Two poems by Dr Ampat Koshy on the Sakhi that modernize the concept. Translated into Spanish and Hindi.
Being Human
Being Human
It is human nature to jump to assumptions, conclusions and pass judgments in nano seconds. A small incident can reveal many facets of the human character in the space of a...
Bhalobasar Chingri (Lovingly Prawns)
Bhalobasar Chingri (Lovingly Prawns)
Cooking prawns with love makes them taste heavenly. Debasish tries out his favourite Golda Chingri (Large Prawns) when in a mood to do something 'hatke'.
Of Lying Roosters and Pecking Crows
Of Lying Roosters and Pecking Crows
A crowing rooster sends Santosh Bakaya down memory lane, recalling the morning wake up calls and cock-a-doodle-doos from back home in Kashmir to present home in Jaipur. Enjoy...
Junoon (The Obsession)
Junoon (The Obsession)
There are thousands of obsessions. Santosh Bakaya discovers two - one of Kanchan's and one of her own as the amused Bulbuls chirp and sing in merriment. Enjoy Morning Meanderings...
The Man on the Ramshackle Bicycle
The Man on the Ramshackle Bicycle
A man trying to keep his balance on his ramshackle bicycle sings the philosophy of life. Another one cribs and curses to balance his cycle. Its up to you to add coloured...
I am Your Man
I am Your Man
A chance meeting of a young boy and girl at a bus stand seems to be brimming with the lethal(?) ammunition of upsetting the apple cart, in a big way. Read the love story 'I...
The Modak Thief
The Modak Thief
In the backdrop of the spirited Ganpati Celebrations of Pune, Aman and Sahil find themselves in the middle of a whirlwind of adventures. One Modak box goes missing every day...
Eco-friendly Ganpati Idol: Handmade, Reusable, Artistic
Eco-friendly Ganpati Idol: Handmade, Reusable, Artistic
A beautiful Ganpati idol made by Vandana Subramanian from paper pulp. Preparation of the lagda (Marathi word for paper pulp), getting it into the die, drying, initial coat,...
The Mysterious Girl
The Mysterious Girl
A ghost story written by Abhinav Das, a student of sixth grade in Irving, Texas, USA, as part of a writing workshop on crafting spooky stories with vivid details and a surprising...

Today’s Motivation

Like the trees, the growth in life is persistent, so one must move alongwith the life towards growth and in the process whatever knowledge is gained, is the wisdom, that the life has to offer to us.<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->
Like the trees, the growth in life is persistent, so one must move alongwith the life towards growth and in the process whatever knowledge is gained, is the wisdom, that the life has to offer to us.