What goes around comes around.. :) 

PRESENT DAY.. 

Little Meher is a graduate today, ready to explore the world all alone. Her father still reminisces the day she had reached out to him with her arms wide open to say ‘Papa’ 

Yes that ‘Papa ki Pari’  was all set to go the distance and face the hideous world. She is jovial, kind and confident. She packs her bag, heads for the station. 


phone rings

“Come back! He’s no more”, a voice from other end said nothing further and hung up the call. 

Clueless Wridwik, took his wallet, banged the door and called for a cab. 

Trains these days need a 4 month prior booking yet people fight for seats. Wridwik booked 4 hours before the train was scheduled. Naturally, he was bound to be in que and nowhere he could expect a reserved seat for the long 26 hours journey way back to his home. 

“64 to board from Bhubaneshwar, so I can manage there for the time being”,Wridwik murmured as he checked the list of passengers. 


Their journey started from Howrah station with them taking two different trains, 

After years, they’re heading for Howrah on the same train. Has destiny planned something for them or will they write their own? 


Let’s see… 

There’s much more than a match!

As I scroll down my news feed; I see something that is peculiar yet quite palatable. I see countless posts; memes, videos and even status updates regarding a cricket match. Let me rephrase that, THE cricket match! It is the most exciting encounter of any given tournament. An encounter that is not just limited to the field but which has a direct connection to tens of thousands of heartbeats sprawled across two nations; two nations that have earned an infamous reputation of being used as synonyms to conflict, war, despair and animosity. Two nations who have subjected their populations to countless battles and unnecessary violence. Two nations that have fought like siblings bickering over who is more beloved to their mother. They justify by saying that it is not just a match but it is an emotion! Basking over a few consecutive victories and making the mistake of identifying oneself as invincible is not an emotion but simply hypocrisy! A sportsman is not supposed to be affected by any personal or national prejudice while playing for their respective countries but what can a team possibly do if the very people they represent are so whimsical and frenzied that all of their attention is focused on the possible outcome of their match and the repercussions that’ll follow! How patriotic of us to subject our players to such magnanimous pressure before a game that has such paramount importance; not because of who the opponent is but because it is the final match which the team has reached after going through extreme amounts of hard work and training?

To all those baffled minds who fail to grasp this; I have but one thing to say, we need not be patriotic only when it’s the 15th of August or the 26th of January or when we play against Pakistan. If patriotism is what you want to showcase, do it by bettering your country rather than by demeaning another country’s sportsmen. The game that our country is synonymous to doesn’t need this kind of orchestrated chaos and disparagement.

It is not only about a match tomorrow or which team wins and who gets the Man of the match award; tomorrow is the day we celebrate those who have single – handedly won every Man of the match award in the innumerable matches that life had to offer! Tomorrow is the day to recognize the Clark Kent’s in our lives who have been our Superman all along. Tomorrow is the day to acknowledge all the Bruce Wayne’s in our lives who have been switching into whosoever we need them to be; may it be the suave cool dad in front of friends or the chiding Dark Knight who silently swallows our anger and subjects themselves to harm just to protect us! Tomorrow is more important for that bald, pot-bellied man sitting beside you watching the same news over and over again! Tomorrow is the day you are a Son/Daughter first and a convenient patriot later! Cheers to the reason why we had a chance to see this final and all the myriad things we lay our eyes upon! Thank you for making sure we had a Real Superhero to look up to when the facade of cartoons and comic books broke.

To Every Father, Dad, Daddy, Papa, Dadzyy, Paaaa out there.. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Dark lights

The lights ushered into my eyes when I first opened them to see the world I was born into. It was strange as everything seemed blurry and vague but I could hear some sound around me. The first clear image that I saw was of an object, hovering over my face, enveloping my body with a pinkish, soft thing sticking out of the mouth. Soon I realized that some watery substance was enveloping me amidst squeals of noises I had never heard before. Who were these strange angular faces with two bulging brown dots and the tip of their faces marked with a black patch with two holes and why on Earth was I been ogled at?  Why was this particular being licking the hell out of me! My eyes shift upwards towards myriad streams of lights spreading against a vast space of darkness. A humongous bang disperses the accumulated crowd and sudden wails reach the side of my face. I am picked up by my neck and I am carried somewhere away from the noises and my eyes shut close.

It was five whole weeks later that I learnt about the significance of that episode that glorious night when my eyes decided to open themselves and enjoy the sensation of sight. I had the privilege of understanding what I was and for those of you reading this who could not grasp such an obvious predicament.. for you all, I shall have to clarify that yes indeed I, Bholu, am a ROADACIAN; or commonly known as a Street Dog. The one licking me with all her might that night and the one who carried me in his mouth after that awfully loud noise were my parents. They were solely responsible for my birth and they were going to be the ones to look after me till I could start looking after myself.

My mother, who’s licking had increased since that night was a very strange being. Enveloping us in umpteen amounts of her saliva one moment and in the very next she had her teeth out, chiding her lungs out at her husband or us. Ah! Well that brings me to “us”; namely Chintu, my elder brother, Sadhu and Ghushan, my elder sisters and Nonte, my younger brother. Yes people you just read five hilarious names but to you I should inform that all these names were christened to us by none other than another kin of your race. Sarcasm must be noted. This human whom I just mentioned, named us even before our own parents could assemble all of us together! They were not at all surprised because even their names had been given by this very same woman whom everyone called ‘Mashi’. It occurred to me that this Mashi was a famous woman as everyone who came to her shop knew her by her name. We used to loiter around all day near her shop looking for scrapes that some humans graciously left for us to nibble at and at night we took shelter in the neighborhood. Some nights were good if we could sneak in and sleep at the front porches of the nearby houses while most were plagued with mid night rants from the occupants of those houses whose front porches we used for a mere four or five hours. From a very early age we knew that our lives were hard as mostly we had the nights mentioned latter. Thus, my journey of life started with my four siblings but there was one major difference between them and me… I had the huge honor of being born on that fateful day known to you humans as Deepavali; the Festival of Lights.

The reason I had to mention such a trivial fact is that for humans my birth date is a symbol of the triumph of Good over Evil, a festival that dresses the melancholic night sky with innumerous arrays of colours whilst in the dog world, it happens to be the Worst day of the year and such was my incredible good luck that I was born on such a day…

Dark Lights – Prologue

Yesterday was World’s Poetry Day.. a day marked by UNESCO to commemorate all those minds who chose to be something out of the box, the ones who chose to speak; not merely by talking! The poet inside me wanted to write about yesterday and it’s significance in our lives but instead I choose to address what my heavy heart wants to convey.

Today morning I lost a friend. A friend who was the first one to teach me about the phenomenon known as True Love.

It was a friendship of eleven years and 3 months! We grew up together. She noticed me grow six feet tall and always made sure I was happy. We seldom spoke but we both knew when we needed each other. We always stayed inside our boundaries, never crossed them. Never regretted it till today. Her eyes sparkled with joy everytime she saw me and though we were a few years apart; she matured way before I did. I still remember the time that we both got scolded for playing in the afternoon and she quietly accepted her fault when my mother scolded us! She knew and understood that my mother was angry while I stood there ready to quarrel with my mother. She loved mother. Respected her from the very beginning. It was maybe because of the fact that my mother took care of her from the very first day she started breathing.

Eleven years have passed us by, yet when I saw her today, lying still with a strange calmness in her eyes.. I could see the flashbacks of our first meeting vividly! It was really surreal. She was beautiful in her own way. Some found her to be too skinny, others found her to be dirty and smelly. To me, her smell never bothered because to her my smell (bad or pleasant ) meant alot! My love for her started from those lonely afternoons where we’d sit on our balcony and leisurely wait for time to pass us by. Oh! It felt like we had all the time in the world. If only I could steal a few more hours, a few more minutes, days or a couple years to spend with her.

I am guilty. Guilty of refocusing my love to others with time. She stood where we were, I slowly got detached. Soon, sixteen pairs of paws strolled inside my house and she became distant. She had a sister who was always a bully. I still remember their eyes the day they saw that we had bought four of their kins and they walked right inside the house, the sacred place they only had the opportunity to enter a few times during those ghastly Diwali nights!

Her name was Sadhu; as in a Saint. An odd name but she loved it. Honoured it with a swift wag of her tail everytime she heard it.

She didn’t know our language but she spoke to me yesterday, through those eyes.. she seemed to say ‘I’ve had a great life. Thanks to you. Now let me sleep. I’m tired’

She’s gone now, due to multiple organ failure and I feel ashamed of every minute that I wasted elsewhere satiating my own needs and unnecessary wants rather than being with her. I may seem overly romantic and mushy but I actually saw a look in her eyes sometimes which just asked a simple question ‘Why do you shrug us off when you’re busy when all we do is greet you in the best way we can whenever your smell enters our nostrils and our black and white eyes recognise you from a distance?’

Do I have an answer? No! But I wish I did. I wish I could go back and be with her but I can’t. I wish I could tell humans to stop mistreating dogs just because its amusing to them. I wish I could kill all those who hurt them. I wish I could explain to them that a dog is a dog; whether they stay inside a mansion of a house or on the streets. They love us in spite of every flaw that we possess. Let’s just love them for everything they do without expecting anything in return.

Rest in peace love. I’ll see you when my time comes. This time when I see those eyes asking me that haunting question, I wish I will have an answer that would satisfy you! Thank you for everything you did for me and the millions of memories you gave me. Love you Sadhu!

This was the Prologue to my story, ‘Dark Lights’.

Achromaticity of Life

The day arrives. Like every year, it comes and every time it is the same; for others as well as her. For others it is the festival of colours, the day everyone is drenched in myriad shades from top to bottom, barely recognizable. The day Bhang is the substitute for water and sweets are had more than staple food! The day starts with the only weapon of the day: the pichkari and it ends with an ambrosial dinner with close friends and family. It is the day where everyone, a neophyte or an elderly are all smiles about being smeared with colours.

Amidst all the plethora of colours, the paint of the house has faded. It sticks out like a sore thumb among the heavily coloured houses of the block.
The din of the outside world doesn’t reach her ears. The screams of delight and the squeaks resulting from the splash of cold water on the skin doesn’t make her look out of the window. A child passes by, sees her by the window and plots a devious little plan that his puny brain can fathom. A balloon comes out from his pocket and he takes aim. Splash! the gulaal – filled balloon strikes right below the open window and the red colour makes a deep mark. It almosts looked like a perfect piece of abstract art had the canvas been so wrong!
She walks up to the window and sees her culprit and his crime. The kid runs away, petrified of the repercussions to his mischief.
The red spot reminds her of this day, a few years back. It was a Holi like any other, all the right vibes and the pleasant atmosphere in place. A perfect irony to what would follow. Weather has a knack for this, teasing humans by providing the perfect weather whenever there’s an impending doom nearby. He was just nineteen years old. A brilliant child, with the perfect manners and an amazing persona. The perfect kinda of son that any mother would kill for! Life’s irony at its best, the woman who had given birth to him never got to see him. Life chose to take away her power of vision but that wasn’t enough. On the day the whole world celebrates colours, she lost the one who made her feel she was never blind!

Sunday Fan Post by Drik Paul

Two years passed; no calls, no contact. The only voice that jingles in my ears, you said, “I’m not your friend that I’ve to answer all your texts.”

There was something that I always felt intriguing about you. I tried hard to find the answers in these two years but I failed most of the time. It was not a usual attraction, nor a sexual lust. It was neither your curves nor those moments. It was your very presence, the candid curve of your smile, the grace when you walk, the high falling streaks of your hairs that made me lost in you. I always thought that God has manufactured our eyes in a factory but God has crafted yours by His own hands. It was always me who ruined the moments, always me to drive you apart, always me to be the reason for your sorrow; yet you forgave me all the time. You always tried to seek the good from me when I threw my bad at you. I don’t want to ask you for an apology for all the shit that I did. I rather want to thank you for making me realize when you cried behind me. In this two years of time, I found the real Me. I paved the path that I always wanted to; all these events may not have happened if you didn’t say so two years back. I loved you then and I absolutely do so now, but the equations have changed. Love has got a new definition in my life. The affection, that I had before is still there in me, suppressed by the very truth of the reality but these days, I rather respect you more than I love you. I can understand the insecurities embedded deep inside you, the pressure of making the only life you have got to count, where you want to be recognized, the judgemental disposition from your family; all of this which resists you from loving me! I love you and I mean it! That doesn’t mean that I want you to do all the stuffs like the others who think they are in Love. Why not let us make a new trend of love? Something genuinely unique. We don’t need to get close, no need for dates, no kisses, no hugs, no intimacy. Why don’t we just enjoy each other’s presence in our hearts and feel the sweet vibes? Let the beat of our hearts synchronize and realize that no matter who in this world hates us; we love each other forever, till eternity lasts! – Drik Paul.

Elucidation #4

Goa, 2003.

Goa is always colorful at this time of the year and this time it wasn’t any exception.
 
A girl walking down the beach.
Heineken in her hand.
Heavy drags of Classic.
 
Oh God! Pink Beach Wears never disappoint lustrous eyes…
 
The uncomfortable boner..
The only liquid that spilled his trunk was the Virgin Mojito.
 
She kept walking on till the sea kissed her feet.
He kept staring at her butt while comforting his innocent friend.
 
A big HELLLOOO from Nairit.
Don’t you want to know more about me(Prerna)?

Fan Post on Sunday by Arpita Sarkar

তোমার চিঠির না দেওয়া উত্তর

আবার আজ একবছর পর তোমাকে চিঠি লিখতে বসলাম ।শুনে আমার ছেলে মেয়েরা হাসবে । ভাববে হোয়াটস আপ আর মোবাইলের যুগেও চিঠি চলে নাকি । মা ভীষণ ব্যাক ডেটেড ।তবে তাই হোক । তুমিও চিন্তা করো না এ চিঠি পৌঁছাবে না তোমার কাছে ।এ লেখা থাকবে আমার ফুল আঁকা কাঠের বাক্সের নিচের তাকে । গতকাল ছিল ভালোবাসা দিবস ,ছেলে-মেয়েরা সব ফুল গিফ্ট কিনে ভালোবাসার মানুষের সাথে দেখা করেছিল । তোমার মনে আছে সুনয়ন! তুমি সেই তোমার রংচটা সাইকেলটা নিয়ে দাঁড়িয়ে থাকতে আমাদের গার্লস স্কুলের সামনে ।আমি বেরোতাম শাড়ি পরে ।চুলে তখন ফিতের ফুল , কপালে ছোট টিপ ।চোখের কোনে কাজল তো আঁকলাম সেই কলেজে উঠে । আমি বুঝতাম তুমি আমাকে এক নজর দেখবে বলেই দাঁড়িয়ে থাকতে ,আর ঝুমা বলতো ও নাকি তোমাকে ভালোবাসে । কি ভীষণ রাগ হতো তখন তোমার ওপর ।তুমি কেন মুখফুটে বলতে না তুমি ঝুমাকে নয় শুধু রঞ্জনাকে দেখবে বলেই অপেক্ষা করতে । আমি না হয় লজ্জা পেতাম ,তুমি তো পুরুষ মানুষ তুমি কেন এত মুখচোরা ছিলে !! সেদিন স্কুলে ব্রতচারীর ক্লাস শেষ করতে দেরি হয়েছিল বেশ ।ঝুমা আসেনি স্কুলে …গেটের বাইরে বেরিয়ে এদিক ওদিক খুঁজছিলাম তোমাকে ,ধুর দেরি দেখে হয়তো চলে গেছো অবশেষে । কিছুটা এগোতেই বুকের রক্ত ছলকে উঠেছিল , তুমি ঠিক আমার পাশে এসে বেল বাজিয়ে জিজ্ঞেস করলে ,তুমি কি আমাকে খুঁজছিলে রঞ্জু । রঞ্জনা নয় রঞ্জু বলে ডেকে ছিলে তুমি ।সেই প্রথম তোমার গলার আওয়াজ এসে পৌঁছেছিল আমার প্রতিটা তন্ত্রীতে । অবশ আমি ,অবশ আমার উত্তরের ভাষা ।মিথ্যে বলেছিলাম সেদিন ,আমার বান্ধবী নুপুরকে খুঁজছিলাম.. বলেই পা চালিয়েছিলাম । তারপর তোমাদের ঐ রায়দিঘীর মাঠের ফুটবল ম্যাচের দিন তোমার সাকরেদ বিদ্যুৎ আমার কানে কানে এসে বললো ,দিদি তুমি খেলা দেখতে না গেলে সুনয়নদা একটা গোলও দেবে না ।আমি বললাম ,তো তোমার দাদা গোল দেবে কি দেবে না তার আমি কি জানি ? সেতো তখন আমার কানে খবর টা দিয়েই হাওয়া । বিকেলে আমি ,নুপুর আর ঝুমা তিনজনে গেলাম তোমাদের খেলা দেখতে । তোমার সাথে চোখাচোখি হতেই তোমার মুখ খুশিতে ভরে গেল । তুমি কমলা ,কালোর জার্সি পরে বল পায়ে ছুটছিলে । তোমার কলেজে আমি যখন ভর্তি হয়েছিলাম ,তুমি তখন থার্ড ইয়ারের হিরো । কলেজে আমাকে দেখে তোমার ভয় কাটিয়ে এগিয়ে এসে বলেছিলে … কেউ কোনো বাজে কথা বললে যেন তোমাকে জানাই। মাত্র একটা বছর কলেজ জীবন … বিয়ের দিন স্থির হবার পর তুমি নুপুরের কাছে একটা চিঠি দিয়েছিলে ।সেটাকে চিঠি না বলে টুকরো কথা বলাই ভালো ।তুমি লিখেছিলে , আর বছর দুয়েক অপেক্ষা করতে পারতে তো রঞ্জু ।স্বপ্নগুলো একসাথে দেখতাম তাহলে.. ঐ ছোট্ট কাগজটা সেদিন জলে ভিজে গিয়েছিলো । আজও আছে আমার কাছে সেটা । আজ প্রায় কুড়ি বছর পরও এই দিনে আমি একটা করে চিঠি লিখে রাখি তোমাকে ,তোমার জন্মদিনের উপহার । তোমার ঐ চিঠির উত্তর সেদিন দিতে পারি নি ।এগুলো পৌঁছে দেবো আমি ওপারে চলে যাবার আগে । এখন আমি বড্ড গৃহিণী ,স্বামী ,ছেলে-মেয়ে নিয়ে সুখের সংসার ,খামতি নেই কোনখানে । শুনলাম নাকি তুমি আসামে আছো ,বিয়ে করে ওখানেই সংসার পেতেছো।তোমার বৌ নিশ্চয় আমার থেকেও সুন্দরী !! হয়তো তোমারও চুলের রূপালী রেখারা ভুলিয়ে দিয়েছে সেদিনের একাদশ শ্রেণীর সেই রঞ্জুকে । হয়তো আর তোমার পায়ে ফুটবলেরা ছোটে না। আমি ভুলেছি নাচের সেসব বোল । সুনয়ন! কথা দিলাম ,পরের জন্মে অপেক্ষা করবো দু বছর নয় আরো অনেক বছর ।

সমাপ্ত

– Arpita Sarkar

Elucidation #3

Somewhere in this world..

The car door opened and a hand fell lifelessly and touched the grass which had the chilly dew drops on it.

Two months earlier, Sydney..
Enjoying the Christmas Party with a Bloody Mary sat a girl with cat-eyes, long hair with blonde highlights gazing through the unknown population in the club.
Selfies was not her thing, so she stayed aloof from her gang.
Took a picture of her drink, posted on Instagram captioned “Of Christmas things and travel diaries.. #BloodyMary #SydneyCelebratesChristmas#OneDownFromTheList #YOLO

Introducing Avantika,
Her mind is her only weapon. Smart. Witty. Beautiful. And yes, those eyes can really do wonders. A perfectly imperfect girl who can turn you down with her killer smile..

Present day..
12 hours passed. The hand still lifeless. The breeze started to calm the heat and the sun was about to set. No sign of human life in miles.

An abondoned girl.
On an abondoned place.
Her heart still beating slowly.

Avantika, will you wake from your nightmares?

We The People !

We are Strange. We Divide and we tend to Group. Aptly void of emotions and basic Humanity, we are traveling, crawling so to speak towards that inevitable day where the World paradoxically consumes Us as we are consuming it now.
What are we? ‘The most advanced form of Life’ ? ‘the beings’ with the most developed brain? or are we the “Epitome of Self-Destruction“? We think deeply and regret when a woman is brutally ripped off her dignity and then we change the channel and LO! that feeling vanishes, refocuses to the next big blockbuster or an item song!
This is where we have come; prodding, since ages..
From Achilles to Caesar, millions have come and gone propelling the after thought that maybe we are mere test cases,lab rats,failed experiments of that Supreme power. How can we accept that ‘this’ – “We” are the Almighty’s “finest creations”?
Is there an end? I do not think so because Life does not provide us with the Luxury of a “Restart” button! We crawl and drag ourselves to that day, “Apocalypse”, whose meaning is explained by popular beliefs and the dictionaries as ‘the day when each and every human is grouped into One set and judged personally by God whether they should prevail in the Heavens or befall to the depths of Hell’. That day is coming..

Are you prepared? Are we; we the people prepared?