M3 Views

Devil’s Advocate

Dibyojyoti Pal

If you have been following the news lately, there is a big bad wolf out on the streets in Kolkata. It is cracking open skulls, strangling women, snatching babies to make chicken stew and is a steady nightmare now in every Bangali's bhaat-ghoom. Yes you guessed it right. The Auto-Rickshaw! But why? While every newspaper and TV channel is falling over each other to dig up one horror news story after another, no one seems to ask this simple question. Why have the trusted nanoparticles of public transport in Kolkata suddenly transformed into werewolves for whom the full moon never seems to set?


My Sachin Story


All of us have a Sachin story. For a generation and perhaps even more, he is the thread that runs through so many of our memories. Of faces, people, blurry TV screens, sleepless eyes, cheers, gaalis, of sitting-at-one-place-and-not-moving-lest-we-jinx, clenched fists, pumped arms, spilled Pepsis, crumbs on shirts, smiles, tears, desperation, and elation. This is why all of us feel that we know him, and if time spent simply looking at someone and of being invested in his success is a measure of intimacy, then I suppose many of us would accept that we are closer to him than we are to quite a few cousins and uncles.


প্রচার মাধ্যম এবং তাদের মালিকরাজ

অমিয় চৌধুরী

বাজারী পত্রিকার সব সংবাদপত্র এমনকি বর্তমান পত্রিকা হাতে সোনার থালা পেয়ে গিয়েছে, এর পেছনে মোদী ভাইয়ের লাড্ডুও থাকতে পারে! বোধ হয় এখন ওগুলোর বিক্রিও বাড়ছে। শাসক দলের বিরুদ্ধে লেখার একটা স্বার্থ ও প্রয়োজনীয়তাও আছে গণতান্ত্রিক ব্যবস্থায়।


What’s in a name?!

Swati Lahiri

Why is it so hard to stay away from thoughts of Kolkata? - I do not know. And I have been looking for an answer in all these fifteen years that I have moved away from the City of Joy, to no avail. Kolkata is, was and has always been an integral part of my daily existence so to speak. I have looked for tiny dollops of Kolkata in every aspect of my immigrant life and it never mattered how big or small its magnitude was. In my mind, I am ambivalent - I switch back and forth between its positive and negative traits, but at heart, I like to forgive and forget and move on with the everlasting feeling of love that I can only have for this city where I spent a considerable part of my youth.


Fish fingering

Kalyan Das

As the Air India Boeing from Mumbai gently touched down at the J F Kennedy airport on a bright Friday afternoon, my palpitation level began to reach the zenith.

"It's going to be tough" - I murmured to myself. "For sure, at least in the beginning of the doctoral program, life at the Big Apple will be difficult. Never mind - there is always that silver lining in the dark clouds" - I tried to reassure myself.


প্রাণ দেব, বাংলা ভাগ হতে দেব না


কংগ্রেস ৩০ জুলাই ঘোষণা করল তেলেঙ্গানা আলাদা রাজ্য হবে। বিমল গুরুঙ্গ জিটিএ থেকে পদত্যাগের একতরফা ঘোষণা করলেন। কারণ দেখালেন, রাজ্যের অসহযোগিতা। আর গোর্খা জনমুক্তি মোর্চা(গজমো) বলল, তেলেঙ্গানা হচ্ছে। আমাদেরও চাই গোর্খাল্যান্ড। বনবাংলো পুড়ল। স্কুল বন্ধ করে দেওয়া হল। অভিভাবকদের বলা হল, ছাত্রদের পাহাড় থেকে নিয়ে যেতে। পর্যটকদের আসা-যাওয়া নিষিদ্ধ ঘোষণা করা হল। শুরু হল অনির্দিষ্টকালের বনধ্‌।

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