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Saturday, December 22, 2007

* Ho! Ho! Christmas & New Year Ahoy!


Read my poem Celebrating Innocence at Your Space of

Read my short story The Child Who Was Born Shaking at

Friday, November 2, 2007

* Diwali Deluge!

Read my poems Primary School and The Calamity at

Read my poem The Boy Who Used To Come at

Read my poems A Longing and Tonight at Echoes of My Soul online poetry board.

Read my poem Let Our Lives Resonate With Music at

Read my poem Have you seen the beauty of wild flowers? at

Read my poem I am an Island and my short story Epistles from a Mad Man at

Read my short story Man, Woman and Upholstery at

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

* A Review and Some Poems.

Desilit Magazine has published my review of Mira Nair's The Namesake ("The Namesake: The Book and the Film") in its Issue 3.

Read my poem "Swing" at

Read my poem "No More" which appears in

Thursday, September 13, 2007

* Poetry and History!

Read an outline of the history of Kesarwani / Kasarwani / Kasrwani at
Also read my latest poem "Lights" at

My poem "I Met a Cherub in My Dream" has been selected from Muse India's Your Space section and published in its Issue 15.

My poem "The Dry Gargoyle" has been published under the pseudo name Shankar Saha in the Current Poets section of the Summer 2007 issue of

Read my poem "A Mossy Vision" at

Sunday, August 19, 2007

* Story and Poem!

Reprints of my poem A Plea appears in and my short story The Silk Pajama appears in

MELUS-India (The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States – India Chapter) and MELOW (The Society for the Study of the Literatures of the World) will hold a combined conference on the theme "Literary Transactions in a Globalized Context: Multi-Ethnicity, Gender, and the Marketplace" at Visvabharati University, Shantiniketan, West Bengal. The dates are 28-30 November 2008.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Sunday, May 13, 2007

* New Story and Poem Published.

Read my short fiction "With the Rain Comes the Damp" at (also at )and my poem "I Met a Cherub in My Dream" at

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

* Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe.

George Eliot’s novel Silas Marner has a profound influence in my life. The novel is in the First Language (First Paper) syllabus of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education. I was taught the novel in Class IX and X in St. Anthony’s High School for Madhyamik Examination 1994. It was my first acquaintance with an unabridged literary novel. Although the time it evoked (pre-industrialized rural England) and the usage of language peculiar of the age (Victorian) were initially daunting, under the able guidance of my English teacher, Mr. Steve Menezes, the novel became simple and endearing. No doubt, Silas Marner is regarded as one of the most “poetic” novels of George Eliot. The eponymous protagonist, along with Godfrey Cass, Nancy Lammeter, Squire Cass, Dunstan Cass, Dolly Winthrop, Aaron, Eppie, Mr. Macey, and a host of other characters, has reserved a special place in my memory and imagination. I must acknowledge, though, that their enduring appeal was increased immensely by listening to the audio recording of the novel in two cassettes that were available in the British Council Library.

I believe that all those individuals who fall into the group defined by the virtue of having first language English in Class X and studying Silas Marner at that early age (and probably getting more than 140 out of 200 marks in Madhyamik English exam), are equally, if not more powerfully, affected by the novel. The community formed by the said grouping shares an identity and bonding. Alas! There are so very few schools of the West Bengal Board that offer students English as first language in Madhyamik. But still over the years this small community must have a considerable membership and they might be diversely employed. And perhaps they have kept deserted the Rainbow Inn in their memory while the village of Raveloe still thrives in their imagination. Whatever may be the case, I invite all such members to share their thoughts and feelings with me (Post your comments here in my blog or email me directly at Let us all succumb to nostalgia as I recall the opening lines of the novel: “In the days when the spinning wheels hummed busily in the farmhouses and even great ladies clothed in silk and thread laces had their toy spinning wheels made of polished oak . . .

Friday, February 23, 2007

* Best of Luck!

Wishing the Indian Cricket Team BEST OF LUCK for the World Cup 2007 in the West Indies.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

* University!

Happy Saraswati Puja and Netaji's Birthday to all.

Calcutta University is celebrating its Sesqui-centennial year. On 24th of January, the Foundation Day of the university, there will be the closing ceremony of the Post-centenary Golden Jubilee celebration of the university.