What is unique to Kolkata’s Durga Puja is the quest for creativity, the insatiable urge to create something new. And it is for this reason that I will always feel that Kolkata’s Durga Puja can perhaps never be paralleled.
That he is close to the Congress party was evident when he got that party’s nomination for the prestigious Trivandrum seat in the last elections. But given his high profile and international repute, it remains a mystery how he could agree to slip into a much smaller shoe of a minister of state.
But are holy men happy? Not really. If you happen to visit places of pilgrimage it is not difficult to see that there are conflicts of interest even among them. That however doesn’t stop us from not realizing that people who are not happy themselves cannot possibly give you happiness.
That the city’s landmark icons have more or less remained the same over the past several decades is a roundabout indication of the city’s decay that amounts to its failure to build new.
Thinking about it a little differently I believe that the comment-makers feel so near to the environment causes that the last thing they need to bother is sharing their personal details. If you read the comments you’ll see I’m not off the mark.
The challenge to contain Chinese threat is immense, if only because that country is more powerful and wealthy than India. But one feels reasonably sure that in another ‘9 years’ from today India will find itself on firm footing for anyone to even dare write any ‘plan to balkanise’ the country.
This development is welcome for the sake of Bengal art, but then the question is how long the ‘interest’ will sustain. From what understands with a little interest in the subject, Bengal art is relatively cheaper and maybe – as Christie feels – unexplored to a large extent.
You can’t blame him for aiming something improbable. Because Usain Bolt, for all his superhuman effort, was like a man possessed as he ran the fastest 100m ever. He broke his own Beijing record a year back with a scorching 9.58 seconds for the dash.
A total of Rs.402 crore is budgeted for cleaning just 25km of 88km, 10ft wide sewer. The total cost, money for which is not available yet, for cleaning all the brick sewers, replacing the century-old pumping stations, and cleaning the major canals is pegged at a whopping Rs.2200 crore.
What is however less known and appreciated – I read there – is that fish brings peace in mind. And pray how that is possible? Researchers have observed that the scene of fish swimming in water has a tranquilizing effect on those who are close by.