Aha Bhoot, Bha Bhoot

আহাভূত , বাহাভূত Sujoy Kumar Das একেবারে শিশু‌বেলায় অখাদ্য খাবার খেতে না চাওয়া বা অন্য কোনো বেয়াদবি‌'র অব‍্যর্থ টোটকা ছিল ভূত পেত্নীর ভয় দেখানো। বাড়ির সামনে‌র উঠোন ছাড়িয়ে, অদূরে‌র ওই জমাট অন্ধকার বাঁশঝাড় মাথা দুলিয়ে সন্ধ্যা থেকে‌ই ভয় দেখানো শুরু করতো।  উপরি পাওনা হিসাবে ছিল, সন্ধ‍্যে থেকেই শিয়ালের তার সপ্তকে উচ্চ‌স্বরে বিলাপ ক্রন্দন, – হুক্কা … Continue reading Aha Bhoot, Bha Bhoot

Faces

I meet them in the bazaars, in the house of the store keeper, in the walls of the attic, in my history book, from my balcony, while going to school, at father’s new office, in the newspapers, in the temple fairs, in the looking glass, in letters and in the library. They are neighbourly like the trees of the square grounds that obstruct sun rays inclining them to the veranda of Mrs Bakhsh’s flat --- so that our clothesline misses the sunny wink and mother gets invective in early morning housekeeping. They can talk, laugh, sing, frown, gossip, sneer and think; I know some nine billion eight hundred fifty four of them, tomorrow there would be more, so I keep counting. I like to read them when in a hurry, they run like the frogs ---- ‘splotching’ on the rainy floors when Kalbaisakhi and wet showers hit office hours. They are concessions to recognition --- in this 'amnesian' world, where we keep looking for the specs, forgetting its use as a hair band atop the skull and that it keeps hairs in place better than wandering eyeballs. They are ill at ease with personalities, ears, nose, eyes, lips – they stick like cheese, though similar in the whole, their individuality is not amiss. Call them faces, if you please.

Smoking Kills

“'Smoking Kills' is a cautionary tale against the practice of tobacco intake. The story however is written in a not so serious vein, with scopes of jest. Influenced by my surroundings, I write this story for whenever outdoors, I happen to chance upon someone savouring a smoke”, writes Protiti.

Art, Metamorphosis and Growing Up: In Conversation with Ambika Karandikar

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Living life one story at a time…in conversation with Dr. Anurima Chanda

Dr. Anurima Chanda is a friend, sister, colleague, and teacher to many of us. She has been a guide and a storyteller to her friends and juniors over the years. An academic and an author now, Dr. Anurima Chanda is the mother figure behind ACLiSA, an online site for children’s literature works in South Asia. … Continue reading Living life one story at a time…in conversation with Dr. Anurima Chanda