[First appeared on Wednesday, October 19, 2005]
Stories abound about life in heaven. Scenes of Indralok were pretty common in old Bengali movies. Tips on heavenly life come free in places of worship along with saintly advice on truthfulness in life.
But, what about life in hell! A new experience for many, perhaps. Not for gallant Kolkattans.
If you’re craving for hellish experience, spend few hours on Kolkata roads. You’ll not be disappointed, that is if Yama doesn’t beckon you. And if you want to play safe, yet interested, refer to any newspaper of any day. No wonder, someone said you’d quickly learn a lesson or 2 in dancing if you ride on Kolkata roads.
Coming to more mundane, our mayor seems to have grown a strange habit of injuring his feet more often than he’d have liked. Not content with a fractured right ankle some time back, he now has an unfaithful left knee. All the more painful, for he’s forced to cut short his foreign jaunt and return forthwith.
The first stage of autumn festivities are just over. Diwali comes next, and people are hoping to have gala time yet again. After Diwali, there’s a brief lull. And then, the Kolkattans would step out to enjoy the balmy winter. About that, later.