Musings of a Wanderer

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This is a book which is very close to my heart. Not only it is the first book of a very close friend but also this is the book for which I have lent my hand as a cover designer for the first time 🙂 . I wish her all the success for her first book.

The book is a collection of poems – poems that speak of expressions of living moments and of those that are perhaps never to see the light of the day. You will find monsoon peeping, you will find, romance lingering and as a sense of determination that ebbs inside a young mind. Here you get to meet and forget people, you get to run through darkness and regal in the glory of refreshing sun rays. 

The book is available from Flipkart :

http://www.flipkart.com/musings-wanderer-shreya-chatterjee-book-9381205006

Suvo Sharadiya… the essence of the pujas

Maa Durga has come. The stage is set for all the fun, enjoyment, lots of eating and some mischiefs. Everybody has already completed  their stage rehearsals…. what to wear, where to eat, where to hop and so on. Where as the children are raring to go with their parents in their most beautiful puja dresses, the teens and tweens have already sorted their plans for the next five days. Fuchkas in the pandals, a little exchange of the mischievous eyes, long standing in the queues, observing the human deities (both the Kartiks and the Laxmis 😉 ) along with the deities from the heavens, the accidental but welcome touch of hands and lots of ADDAs will light up the days. Even the late night return to homes and sometimes staying the whole night outside are allowed for the next 5 days. Some new hopes, some new friends, some new relations are on the cards. The Pandal Hopping has never been tiring. As always we will be enthusiastic to watch the deities in the THEME PUJAS and the TRADITIONAL PUJAS.  Add to these are the experiences scattered throughout the pages of PUJA SHANKHAS (the special puja editions of the magazines). I still enjoy my childhood favourite SHUKTARA. The adventures of BANTUL THE GREAT and HANDA-VONDA still eludes me in the puja days. As if the puja is incomplete with these immortal creations of Narayan Deb Nath. The PABBUNIS (puja bonus) from the Grand Pas and the Grand Mas cannot be missed. Though I don’t receive it nowadays ( I used to receive it from my Grand Ma, now she resides in the HEAVENS… MISS YOU NANU ) but the thoughts really do make my heart warm… they really bring back the memories of childhood. But who can forget the NARUs (a variety of sweet meat) and the NIMKIs (a variety of chips) that our beloved MAA-KAKIMAS (mothers and aunts) prepare for us on the DASHAMI evening. They really write the ending of the Pujas in a mouth watering way 🙂

The Pujas have come and now it’s time to sway with the KASH FULS (catkins)  and dance to the beats of the DHAK. The next few days we will live the life to the fullest forgetting all our work, busy schedules and complicacies. Such are the essence of the Pujas.

Lastly, I would like to wish my readers a VERY HAPPY DURGA PUJA and NAVARATRI and DASHERA. Enjoy the festivities… enjoy the DANDIYA, the GARWA, the DHUNUCHI- dance and the SINDUR KHELA. As a festival gift I would like to give you my reader a phtoshop creation of mine…

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Signing off…

 

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ACAD DEVCON 2009 Poster

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This is the recent poster that I’ve designed. This was designed for the KolkataNET User Group which is the only Microsoft authorized student user group in Kolkata. The invitation to design the poster came from the MSP (Microsoft Student Partner) of our University. It was really liked and acclaimed by many 🙂

 

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U r still within us…

…. this post of mine is a tribute to Gandhiji, our respected BAPU. Whatever may be his political views but He is the father of the nation called India. But somewhere he is lost. Sometimes he makes his comeback through Munnabhai and circuit. Otherwise he is just a photo in the currency notes of India. Here is a hymn which was a favorite of Bapu. It’s called ” Vaishnava Janato… “. I’ve included it in of my photoshop creations which I’ve created in honor of Bapu.

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The translation of the hymn goes as follows….

A godlike man is one,
Who feels another’s pain
Who shares another’s sorrow,
And pride does disdain.
Who regards himself as the lowliest of the low,
Speaks not a word of evil against any one
One who keeps himself steadfast in words, body and mind,
Blessed is the mother who gives birth to such a son.
Who looks upon everyone as his equal and has renounced lust,
And who honours women like he honours his mother
Whose tongue knows not the taste of falsehood till his last breath,
Nor covets another’s worldly goods.
He does not desire worldly things,
For he treads the path of renunciation
Ever on his lips is Rama’s holy name,
All places of pilgrimage are within him.
One who is not greedy and deceitful,
And has conquered lust and anger
Through such a man Saint Narsaiyon has a godly vision,
Generations to come, of such a man, will attain salvation….

This post proves nothing. But at least it can say ” Bapu, you are still within us…”

 

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