Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Green Wars

It was great to get an invitation to Bahar Dutt's book-launch in 2014. 
Bahar Dutt is an award-winning Indian television environmental journalist and wildlife conservationist.
"Green Wars", the name of Bahar Dutt's maiden book, concerns our environment and thus, us all.
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As an Environment Editor with a rich environmental investigative reporting background, Bahar Dutt shared her experience as a conservationist and made important points by raising pertinent questions. 
"It's all right to brag about India evolving as the next super power, but what about its impact on wildlife? Why can't we prioritise GEP (Gross Environment Product) over GDP?"



Bahar Dutt making her presentation & in conversation with Sujata Sen and the audience at the British Council, Kolkata

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Fresh Foreigner

"It is just not possible," an elderly man said shaking his head.

"But, this is the reality!", the onlookers stated.

"How did this happen? It has never occurred before!", the senior-most members of the village were puzzled.
PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson


Monday, 12 February 2018

No Postal Stamp For The "Inventor of Rosogolla"

Who is the 'Inventor of the Rosogolla'?
If you answered, Nobin Chandra Das, then please note that it is not the correct answer.
 

Following the Banglar Rasogolla GI tag, unfortunately many are misinformed owing to the bombardment of biased and misleading information via news-reports and videos shared by most media

Articles claim that Nobin Chandra Das "invented the Rosogolla in 1868" and that 2018 is the 150th year of the "Invention of Rosogolla"! It may be mentioned that apart from the so-called "Invention of Rosogolla in Calcutta, Bengal, in 1868", there is no evidence in this regard except a stone plaque erected in 1968 in K.C.Das's family home in Baghbazar, Calcutta, to commemorate the "centenary celebration of Rosogolla invention".
The plaque states:
"The  famous institution of the inventor of Rosogolla, Mr Nobin Chandra Das, was located here. The institution was shut down by the order of the government banning production of milk sweets in 1965. this stone inscription commemorates the centenary of the invention of Rosogolla: 1868-1968."
As per Biswanath Ghosh's article published in The Hindu dated November 12, 2015:
There is no historical evidence — and there can never be one — to prove that the rossogolla originated in West Bengal, even though the K.C. Das family claims that it was ‘invented’ by their ancestor, Nobin Chandra Das, in erstwhile Calcutta. Their claim, in fact, is cast in stone. Their family home in Baghbazar bears a plaque...It must have taken countless trials and errors, spanning several decades if not a century or two, before we got the first flawless rossogolla. To say that Nobin Chandra Das invented it would be as good as saying that Baba Ramdev introduced yoga in India.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Exciting Pleasure


She opened her eyes, waking up with a throbbing headache and severe body pain.
Finding herself on a bed in a dingy room, she first slipped into her clothes that were scattered on the floor.

‘Exciting Pleasure Hotel, Pattaya, Thailand’ – the cheap menu-card informed...
PHOTO PROMPT © JS Brand

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Stumped


She was home after a long trip.

There was a new wooden door with pretty sculptures and a new table with elaborate artistic work.
The sculptures seemed to be conversing with her.
What was it?

Her son’s friends placed his fortieth birthday cake on the table.
Despite the celebration, she didn’t know why she felt sad.
To feel better, she went to their garden.

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Then, she noticed that her tree was not there in its spot.

She had planted a seed to commemorate her son’s birth…and nurtured it to a fine tree.
It would have been her tree's birthday too…

Have you ever planted a tree? How would you feel if something like this (as in the story) happened to you?
My 100 words story for Friday Fictioneers

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Good Morning WhatsApp Messages

The messaging App that I use most is WhatsApp.
As many of my contacts also use it, it is easy to stay connected.
I am a part of many WhatsApp groups- family, business, events, school, friends etc.
Note: If you are a lover of WhatsApp messages that wish 'Good Morning', 'Good Night', and like to send/forward other such messages and videos, then you may hate this post. 
But, please do read on to learn the other side's point of view...

Many love sending and receiving Good Morning and Good Night messages.
You may argue-
"Why? What's the harm with Good Morning or Good Night messages?
You must consider yourself fortunate that someone thinks of you in the morning/night and feels that you are worthy enough to receive their good and thoughtful messages!"

There are some people who have all the time and interest to share Good Morning messages on WhatsApp, but no courtesy to return missed phone-calls or personal visits!

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Dream For A Swachh Bharat #BlogToPM

Dear PM Modiji,

I truly appreciate all the steps you have taken to ensure #SwachhBharat.
However, I am afraid the following need urgent attention:

Dust-bins Usage
The installed dust-bins with 'Wet' & 'Dry' bins are not solving their purpose as people still prefer to dump their garbage on the road and other places excluding the dust-bin...

Toilets
Many public places are yet to have proper toilet facilities for the convenience of all. Can we ensure well-maintained and clean toilets at least in the heritage and other important tourist sites to start with?
Despite toilets in their homes/locality, some citizens prefer not to use them.

Garbage in the minds, hearts & deeds
We can install dust-bins and can construct toilets, but how to remove the garbage in the minds, hearts and deeds of our society?
Evil intentions and actions such as corruption, bribery, cheating, stealing, misbehaviour, littering, spitting, molestations, rapes etc. are enemies of development and show our nation in poor light.
Why do the culprits, who indulge in these acts, walk away scot-free?
They should be penalised and jailed. Bail should be denied to them.
Why are the victims targeted and made scapegoats of the society?

If people are heavily punished after being caught red-handed or when proven guilty for such acts, they will be deterred to act/behave so and crimes will reduce.

Could we please introduce & demand hefty "fine" or penalty from those who spit, urinate, litter on the roads and those who bribe, cheat, steal etc.?
Many nations already have such laws and strict enforcement too to uphold the same.
Public can be encouraged to click pictures of those they catch in the act and name and shame such people.
That should help ensure a truly #SwachhBharat for all of us.

Thank you for your consideration,
Jai Hind!
-A proud Indian & Dreamer of #SwachhBharat

#BlogToPM
Thanks to BlogAdda for this opportunity.

Do you feel punishment will deter crimes? 
What do you feel? Do share in the comments below.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Homecoming

She was very excited to be visiting her country after so many years of foreign education.

She was shocked by the very first look of her home from the road.
Was everything all right?
There was no news of any war...

Her parents explained that it was a mistake by the government municipality authorities.
PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Captured!

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He appeared & again stole my heart,
My eyes were set on him from the start!
That dark night was no longer dark!
Flashes of light & captivating spark!

Tough to decide- what's more bright?
Lit skies & hues or love that seems right?
Or the warm glorious glow in heart/eyes?
Mind gets lost; bliss does have its price.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

That Girl In the Train


It was his first day in college.
Sameer was seated in his new class with other students.
Suddenly, a pretty young woman walked in with a register and started calling out their names.
When it was Sameer's turn, and he answered 'Yes Ma'am', she stared at him intently and said, "Sameer means- Hawa ka jhonka (gust of wind)! We have met before in the train, remember Sameer?"
It was his first day in college. ..and she did it again!Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers
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