Calcutta’s MARBLE PALACE of Raja Rajendra Mullick

In the northern part of Kolkata, in Jorasanko, on the Muktaram Basu Street , stands a grand old mansion known as the Marble Palace. Constructed by Raja Rajendra Mullick, it was inaugurated in 1835, and still serves as the private residence of the Mullicks  ,which is why some parts of the palace are out of…

SURREAL SEVEN WONDERS IN KOLKATA-No Compromise on Aesthetics !

    A list excludes more than it can ever hope to include. Every list, for this very reason, attracts loads of questions and criticism. One fine evening ,while taking a stroll  in Kolkata’s Eco Park , I sleep-walked into a surreal treasure of modern urban architecture in which seven wonders of the world lie…

SPLASH in Salt Lake – Words Pale Against Obscenity of Colours

    Walking under  bright sun and life-sapping humidity of an April afternoon made me hallucinate . I saw kaleidoscopic patterns  all around myself ,most of them daubed in  obscenely loud colours . Some  shades were  bright enough  to force a gasp,others were in  such a mix  as to widen my eyes . Thankfully I…

FLOWERING TREES OF SALT LAKE- Colours Everywhere !

  Till a  month back ,I knew more about Rafales and Migs than  I was aware of the   flowers and trees in my  neighbourhood. Regarding my lack of exposure,suffice  is to say that I mistook a RUDRAPALASH flower  for a Hibiscus when one of the former fell upon me  . I  looked up to…

रेड रोड पर इंसाफ की इरादतन हत्या – इतिहास में जब-जब पुलिस को झुकने को कहा गया,वह रेंगी है

  वारदात करते समय संबिया ऑडी क्यू 7 चला रहा था । तीन साल बाद अदालत से बरी होने के बाद  वह स्वयं ही  एक सफ़ेद पॉर्श चलाकर अपने घर लौटा । यूं वो किसी ड्राईवर के साथ बैठकर भी जा सकता था लेकिन खुद गाड़ी चलाकर उसने बंगाली समाज और सिस्टम को जोरदार तमाचा…

पांडाल हौपिंग

    सबेरे तीन बजे किसी तरह  नींद से जागा, मुंह-हाथ धो कर पांडाल-पांडाल भागा , भीड़ बहुत थी सड़कों पर,प्रदूषण,कोलाहल भी , बंगालियों में दारुण उत्साह था पूजो को लेकर ।4।   भीड़ के रेले माँ के दर्शन को बढ़ते जाते  थे, यह  गली ,वह मोहल्ला ,यह नुक्कड़ ,वह तल्ला , ढूंढते- पूछते ,पूजते-…

CODE RED-The Beacon Blues

Never trust that man’s vanity who daubs his hair in red. His black-kohled eyes might exude menace, but his hennaed beard is a slovenly attempt at hiding his own coquettishness. One might admire him from a distance for glowing like a swollen carrot, but as one gets closer, foul-smelling odour of radish-induced farts might cause…