Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Manipur mishap

Manipur is cut off again. NH 39 and NH 53, the two lifelines of Manipur, have been blocked for 3 months now! It started on started on 31st July, 2011, which is the longest blockade in the state’s history. Due to lack of resources, prices of food and other essential commodities have gone upto ten times their actual cost. There is an acute shortage of medical amenities there. Continue reading

Night song in the jungle

Now Chil the Kite brings home the night
That Mang the Bat sets free.
The herds are shut in byre and hut –
For loosed till dawn are we.
This is the hour of pride and power,
Talon and tush and claw.
O hear the call! Good Hunting, All
That keep the Jungle Law!
— Rudyard Kipling (From Jungle Book) Continue reading

Adieu Jobs!

I remember when I was in my second year of engineering, I went gaga about Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement address on Youtube. Despite of numerous differences in opinion with his line of thought, I can never deny his contribution in reinforcing the fact that a genius doesn’t need great parentage or great education. And what more? He gave us PC, Ipod and Pixar! Continue reading

Justice at least?

In mid 1992, several government officials rampaged a tribal village near Sathyamangalam forest in Tamil Nadu. They assembled the villagers at one place, and started searching the village for smuggled sandalwood. Then they dragged 18 teenage girls into the forest, where they raped them repeatedly. They brought the girls back in the night, and then dragged 133 villagers to jail, accusing them of smuggling sandalwood. 19 years later, on 29th September, 2011, the villagers have found justice. Or, have they? Continue reading

Remembering Kishore da

24 years ago, on this very day, Kishore da passed away. He was only 58 years old. His songs are a living testament of the legend that he was. Kishore da sang in Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam and Oriya and many other languages. According to Pancham da- nobody could beat Kishoe da in his versatility. Here is a list of my favourite Bengali songs by Kishore da, in no particular order- Continue reading