Wednesday, 1 December 2021

The Right Track

The yellow envelope was top secret.

She was proud to be the chosen one.

The task was of national importance.

She tried to crack the given map and the code as she set out to accomplish the mission.

She saw the yellow arrow atop the snowy mountain.

Monday, 29 November 2021

Rasagola- Odia And Odisha Origin

Recently, Kalinga TV, a leading news channel of Odisha, aired a special programme about Rasagola in its Kalinga Swatantra show (on 27th November 2021 and repeat on 28th and 29th November 2021).

The show's title is in Odia - "Rasagola Kahuchhi Mu Odia".

In English, it means- "Rasagola says I'm Odia."

The show is about the Rasagola origin issue following the Twitter trend #RasagolaDibasa, and also about the Odisha Rasagola Geographical Indication (GI) application and registration. Kalinga TV has documented the views of some stakeholders- historians, authors, researchers, general public, and Rasagola shop owners and sellers, who all have shared about Rasagola's antiquity and association with Odisha.

Some of the personalities, who have been interviewed, and have shared their views in the video are- Prof Pushpesh Pant, Dr. Bhaskar Mishra, Dr. Sarat Kumar Mohanty, Shri Bhakta Tripathy, Shri Santosh Sahu, Dr. Asit Mohanty, Shri Bimbadhar Behera, Shri Satyabrat Mohanty, Shri Manoj Patra, Ms. Saipriya... and yours truly.

It has been uploaded yesterday on YouTube-

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

The Man Next Door

It was a normal day, but it did not seem normal. 

Their city had come out of the second lockdown recently. 

There was much excitement! 

It was great to see all the familiar faces.


Not seeing a soul in sight was creepy.

On a normal day, there would have been a traffic jam at that time of the day.

He walked on the street puzzled. 

Photo Prompt- Roger Bultot

He wanted to get his smartphone repaired.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

The Home That Was

She had a home where she felt at home.

She had invested her lifetime's savings.

She had spent time and effort to set it up.

Photo Prompt- Dale Rogerson

She sure felt settled.

Her fairytale did not last long...

Those powerful people wanted the land where her home was built.

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

The New World

"This is all. There is nothing beyond this shore."

Rizzy was never convinced whenever her grandparents said this. 

She knew what had happened to all those who had not believed the elders.

She had lost her own parents. 

Rizzy was sure that there was a new world. 

There could not just be one tiny island. 

The innumerable stars in the sky emboldened her. 

Photo Prompt- Ted Strutz

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Child's Play

There was a lot of crime in the city.

One person was responsible.

"I'll leave clues. Catch me if you can."

The police were trying. 

They believed it would be child's play for detective Leela.


Detective Leela stared at the given photograph trying to decipher.

Photo Prompt- Jennifer Pendergast

The culprit seemed to be rather crude, or was he highly intelligent? 

Thursday, 28 October 2021

Rasagola Aamara - End of Discussion? #EndRasgullaDebate

It is truly satisfying to see the confident answer of singer Sthitipadma Dash and the reactions. In the audition round of Zee TV’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, a leading singing reality show, filmed at Mumbai, Sthitipadma encountered a sweet question on the stage the moment she introduced herself as from “Cuttack, Odisha”. Judges- singer-cum- music-composers Vishal Dadlani and Shankar Mahadevan immediately turned to the third judge, singer-cum-music-composer, Himesh Reshammiya, who asked her in Hindi- “Rasgulla Kiska Hai?”i.e. whom does Rasagola belong?

Sthitipadma confidently answered,  “I wouldn’t like to take the things further but Jay Jagannath, Rasagola Aamara (Rasagola is ours)- End of discussion.”. 

Everyone cheered.

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

The Invention

My heart was beating fast.

My invention was to be put to test for the first time.

I had spent most of my life working on a time-machine.

Photo Prompt- Douglas M Macllroy

To test it, I kept a mannequin on the machine. 

I thought of testing with a dummy before trying on a living-being.

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

The Real Artist

It was a normal date.

This was their third meeting.

He had invited her home for a meal.

They had met at a cafĂ© earlier. 

This time was special. 

He showed her his art- both paintings and cooking! 

The man could paint and cook!

She liked him.


Photo Prompt- Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

She was yet to discover that he was a real artist...

It did not take long.

Textiles Committee Bhubaneswar Regional Office

Odisha has been famous for exquisite handicrafts, handlooms and textiles. These popular and rich treasures of Odisha have been a part of Odisha's glorious culture, heritage, history, and maritime trade and commerce for long and have immensely contributed to the employment and livelihood of the artisans and weavers of the state. 

Out of the registered seventeen Geographical Indication (GI) products of Odisha, there are twelve handicrafts including nine handlooms. There are many more potential GI products. 

Odisha has an impressive handloom map. 

Note- All handlooms of Odisha have not been shown in the above map.

In addition, Odisha has 50 crafts recognized by the state Govt. 

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