Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Flames of the Forest

Image Credit - Robert Huffstutter

We see condolences. We see prayers for peace. Does it matter? All of these meaningless words, to those who are no longer with us.

We all die, either doing something we love, being where we belong or on the hospital bed, with normal saline hooked up. Sometimes people wish you were not gone, sometimes people wish you to leave. Either way, death is painful.

I wonder if anybody would have ever thought how painful it would be to burn with the grasses around you, with the insects, with other animals and birds. The smell of fire and burning wood and flesh, the intense sensation of burning skin, the deep desire to save the strangers you met a day before just because they had put their trust in you, the want to keep the black smoke and soot out of your eyes, mouth, and lungs, the desperation to gasp some oxygen. I cannot imagine whether the end was momentary or whether it was a prolonged agony, can you?

I had not had an opportunity to trek with Arun, Vibin, Divya, Nisha, or others who met with the accident in Theni forest fire. Nonetheless, I can say with strong conviction that they all would have shared a dream to be one with nature at the end of their lives. If you look back at your own life, I am sure you too would have dreamed and felt the same intense pleasure of turning into ash, soil, and blooming into the translucent leaves of a tree in a place where you belong. I am sure you would have weighed it many times more than lying dead on a soiled white hospital sheet; in a cold morgue, frozen.

This feeling is hard to define; however, I know many reading this paragraph would have experienced it at some point in their lives. This feeling of being smolten with the rocks, being dissolved with the water, being blown away with the wind. This dream of being assimilated with the universe, where you came from, with "god" if you wish to say so.

All those lives that breathed the last breath in the flames of the forest would have had plans for years to come, with family and friends, plans of beautiful moments to cherish, plans of comforts in the cities, plans of peace in the forest. Alas, not all the plans could be realized, but their dream had come true though with immense pain.

Though it was a condolence for those whom they left behind, their family, their kin, ones close to their heart, perhaps it was a celebration for them to have their dream come true. Perhaps they smiled at that last moment of their lives, that last split second of inner peace.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Durga Puja 2014 - Bangla Cultural Programs In Bangalore

Courtesy - Sayamindu Dasgupta
Durga Puja 2014 and here is another attempt to compile a list (sorted by location) of Bengali cultural programs happening across Bangalore. I will keep this post updating as and when more information becomes available.

Please comment if you know about other programs with details of program, location, date, and time.
 


Pandal Locations: For address of pandal locations, please see Durgotsav 2012 post. I have updated some of the addresses. If you know the changed location/address or if the event is not happening, please comment.

Monday, September 29, 2014 - Panchami
  1. Commercial Street - Bengali Association
  2. (a) Children’s talent Show - 1900 hours.
  3. Indira Nagar - Socio Cultural Association
  4. (a) (b) Dandia & Garba - 1900 hours.
  5. Koramangala - Sarathi Socio-Cultural Association
  6. (a) Anandomela - 1900 hours
    (b) Karaoke - Rishi - 2100 hours

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Shashti
  1. BTM - Bengali in Bangalore
    (b) 
    Agomoni & Mahisasur Mordini -1930 hours.
  2. Commercial Street - Bengali Association
  3. (a) Aagomoni, Songs and Dances - 1930 hours.
  4. Indira Nagar - Socio-Cultural Association
    (a) 
    "Anondo Dhara" - A cultural initiative by "SCA Ladies Wings" - 1900 hours.
    (b) "Nrityer Geeti Alekhye Manna Dey" - Presented by "Aangik" ( Sathi Chakraborty and Team) - 2030 hours.
  5. J P Nagar - Utsav
    (a) Bajlo Chutir Ghonta - Kids performance - 1900 hours
    (b) Vandana - Musical program - 1945 hours
  6. Marathalli - Poorva Bangalore Cultural Association
    (a) Udbodhoni Sangeet by Aditya Vittal - 1830 hours
    (b) Dancing Little Champs - 1930 hours
    (c) Rocking Gen-Y by PBCA Junior - 1945 hours
    (d) Songs by Indrani Sen - 2030 hours
  7. Rajarajeshwari Nagar - Aikatan
    (a) Anandomela – 1930 hours
    (b) Dandia – 2100 hours
  8. Sarjapura Road - SORRBA Durga Puja
    (a) Songs by Srikanto Acharya - Evening
  9. J P Nagar - South Bangalore Cultural Association
  10. (a) "Janani Eseche Dware" - Musical programme by SBCA members - 2030 hours
  11. Jayamahal - Jayamahal Sarbajanin Durga Puja
    (a) Bouquet of dance by Arpita Banjerjee - 2100 hours
  12. Koramangala - Sarathi Socio-Cultural Association
    (a) Dance and poetry - 1900 hours
    (b) Drama - 2100 hours

Wesnesday, October 1, 2014 - Saptami
  1. BTM - Bengali in Bangalore
    (a) Dhunichi Nach competition - 1900 hours.
    (b) BinB theatre & other cultural programmes - 1930 hours.
    (b) Anonymous - Bangla Band - 2030 hours.
  2. Commercial Street - Bengali Association
  3. (a) Songs of Priyanka Mitra - 1930 hours.
  4. Indira Nagar - Socio-Cultural Association
    (a) Songs and music by Sameer Punekar of Bishop Cotton boys School - 1930 hours.
    (b) RJ Snigdha Kemkar presents "BENGALIS  N  BOLLYWOOD" with Bollywood Playback singer Sinchan Dixit  and Bangalore talents Rishi & Sutirtho - 2000 hours.
  5. J P Nagar - Utsav
    (a) Sur-e Taal-e Adday - Evening
    (b) Badal Sarkar-er Anoboddo Ranganatto - "Solution X" Directed by Amitabha Bakshi
  6. Marathalli - Poorva Bangalore Cultural Association
    (a) Abritir Anginay - Bratati - 1830 hours
    (b) Songs by Srikanto Acharya - 2030 hours
  7. Munnekolala - Bangla Cultural Association
    (a) Songs by Ms Tanushree
  8. Rajarajeshwari Nagar - Aikatan
    (a) Mixed bag – Song & instrumental – 1930 hours
    (b) Amader Duniya Sopnopuri - Dance Ensemble – 2000 hours
    (c) Chetonate Nazrul – Song, Dance & Recitation  – 2045 hours
  9. RT Nagar - R.T. Nagar Sarbajanin Durga Puja Samiti
    (a) Songs by Lopamudra Mitra - 1945 hours
  10. Sarjapura Road - SORRBA Durga Puja
    (a) Songs by Anindya Bose (Shohor band) - Evening
  11. J P Nagar - South Bangalore Cultural Association
  12. (a) Magic Show - 1900 hours
    (b) GARBA Dance by SBCA members - 1940 hours
    (c) Odissi Dance - 2000 hours
  13. Jayamahal - Jayamahal Sarbajanin Durga Puja
    (a) Dance recital "Pujor Chutti" by Balmiki and Odissi Dance Center - 1930 hours.
    (b) Amaader Gaan by BackBenchers - 2015 hours.
  14. Kanakapura Road - KARBA
    (a) Rock concert - Evening.
  15. Koramangala - Sarathi Socio-Cultural Association
    (a) Sarathi Choir - 1900 hours
    (b) Gunjan - 2115 hours

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - Ashtami
  1. BTM - Bengalis in Bangalore(a) Rabindra Sangeet, Indradhanush Theater, Bharatnatyam, Rabindranath Story based dance Drama - 1900 hours.
    (b) Oxygen - Bengali & Sufi Fusion Band - 2030 hours.
  2. Commercial Street - Bengali Association
    (a) Songs and dance by members of bengali association - 1930 hours.
    (b) Songs by Shilpi Chatterjee.
    (c) Aaroti Competition.
  3. Indira Nagar - Socio-Cultural Association
    (a) Dance Program - 1930 hours.
    (b) Musical programme by local band from Karnataka - 2000 hours.
  4. J P Nagar - Utsav
    (a) Bandishe Band - Evening
    (b) HORIKHELA - dance drama based on a poem by Tagore - 1945 hours
  5. Marathalli - Poorva Bangalore Cultural Association
    (a) Dance by PBCA Next Gen - 1945 hours
    (b) Rockers Eve - Sparkplugs - 2000 hours
    (c) Bolly/Tolly Wood - Tanushree & Atanu - 2030 hours
  6. Munnekolala - Bangla Cultural Association
    (a) Songs by Ratna Mitra, Sampriti Dutta, Mousumi Pal, and Bhaskar Choudhuri
  7. Rajarajeshwari Nagar - Aikatan
    (a) Mixed bag – Song & instrumental – 1930 hours
    (b) Honeymoon – Drama – 2000 hours
  8. RT Nagar - R.T. Nagar Sarbajanin Durga Puja Samiti
    (a) Songs by Somlata Acharya - 1930 hours
  9. J P Nagar - South Bangalore Cultural Association
  10. (a) "Brishti Bheja Jeebon O Nari" Programme by SBCA Kids - 1930 hours
    (b) Musical programme by young artists - 2015 hours
    (c) Instrumental programme by RAINBOW - 2030 hours
  11. Jayamahal - Jayamahal Sarbajanin Durga Puja
    (a) 
    Sarbokaaler Gaan by Miss Oliva & Group - 1930 hours.
  12. Kanakapura Road - KARBA
    (a) Baul songs - Morning.
    (c) Melodious evening by Kolkata artists - Evening.
  13. Koramangala - Sarathi Socio-Cultural Association
    (a) Kohal - 1900 hours
    (b) Songs by Srikanta Acharya - 2000 hours

Friday, October 3, 2014 - Nabami
  1. BTM - Bengalis in Bangalore(a) Dance, Fashion show & other cultural programmes - 1900 hours.
    (b) Pandora's Band  - 2030 hours.
  2. Commercial Street - Bengali Association
    (a) Fakira, bangla folk band - 1930
    (b) Dandia dance.
  3. Indira Nagar - Socio-Cultural Association
    (a) Benbali musical program by Monomay Bhattacharya - 2000 hours.
  4. J P Nagar - Utsav
    (a) Songs by Lopamudra Mitra - 1930 hours.
  5. Marathalli - Poorva Bangalore Cultural Association
    (a) Bollywood Masti - Asit - 1830 hours
    (b) Rock band Prithibi - 2030 hours
  6. Munnekolala - Bangla Cultural Association
    (a) Hi Spirits Band - Manjunath and Party
  7. Rajarajeshwari Nagar - Aikatan
    (a) Mixed bag – Song & recitation – 1930 hours
    (b) Chandalika – Dance Drama – 2000 hours
    (c) Disco Express – A musical journey – 2045 hours  
  8. RT Nagar - R.T. Nagar Sarbajanin Durga Puja Samiti
    (a) Songs by Aurko band & Zubeen Garg
  9. Sarjapura Road - SORRBA Durga Puja
    (a) Songs by Subhamita Banerjee - Evening
  10. J P Nagar - South Bangalore Cultural Association
    (a) Musical programme by young artists - 1930 hours
  11. (b) Recitation - 2000 hours
    (c) Musical Nite by Ashirvaad Musical Event Management Group - 2015 hours
  12. Jayamahal - Jayamahal Sarbajanin Durga Puja
    (a) 
    Musical Bonanza by Archana Udupa & Group - 1930 hours.
  13. Kanakapura Road - KARBA
    (a) Melodious evening by Zee Saregama artists - Evening.
  14. Koramangala - Sarathi Socio-Cultural Association
    (a) Jhankar Beats - 1900 hours
    (b) Songs by Somlata Acharya - 2000 hours

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - Dashami
  1. Indira Nagar - Socio-Cultural Association
    (a) Musical evening by Miss Jojo - 2000 hours

Saturday, November 2, 2013 - Kali Puja


Of note, a creature know as Tathagata Maiti has been instrumental in inspiring and in the making of this list.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Responsibility to Protect

Courtesy: asnycnowradio.wordpress.com
Man biting dog is news, not dog biting man.

Israel is a recognized state and by virtue of its statehood and international recognition, it is its responsibility to protect human rights and act according to international laws. Alas, it isn't being forced to do so by international community and has been getting on with its high handedness on Palestine, thanks to the complex international relationships of interests and benefits.

On the other hand, Hamas is a recognized (by international community) terrorist organization which is not bound by international laws of human rights. They can commit crime against humanity (whether they actually do so or not is another matter for another discussion) because what they do is itself defined as crime. They are not morally obliged to stay clean of human right violation unless they are no more recognized as terrorist organization, recognized as valid representative of Palestine and its people, and hence are morally obliged to uphold common international human rights.

It is something like this. It's not a moral duty of a criminal to uphold laws because by virtue of its definition, it is a violator at the first place.

Similarly, it is not morally justifiable for police to violate laws, even against the violators, because by virtue of its definition, it is the protector of the laws.

Again on the same ground, it is morally indignant to kill a perceived terrorist without proper evidence and trial (exclusive of the instances where it is a question of life for their security forces). That would mean genocide of the very values forming the base of the state, especially if it is a democratic one.

In nutshell, all those movies you saw where the honest policeman takes the law in hand (I don't know how they do it as it ain't a physical object small enough to be held in human hands) and terminates the villain, foreign terrorist, and corrupt politicians with all blood and gory are simply morally unjustified.