Nivedita Dutta

HOPE FOR EVER "Baba Taraknath er chorone seva lage.....Mahadevvvvvvvvvv! Bom! Bom!"   Seemed like a war cry, but it was a loud chant by ill clad godmen from the backward classes draped in red cloth and garlands seeking alms during the last month of the Bengali calendar, "Chaitra" which is almosthat concludes…

Kountik Mitra

The Eid Epilogue  The city of Kolkata is an incredible mosaic of the new and the old. Keeping up with the spell of rapid modernization taking place all over the country large neighborhoods of the city decided to jump on to the bandwagon and metamorphosed into something which fits the description…

Somia Mallick

'DONDI' - An age-old ritual of BengalIn India, every year on several occasions particularly when a God or Goddess is worshiped, many people (mostly women) including children perform different rituals. Most of the rituals are performed with the sole objective for fulfillment of personal wishes by the almighty.In this case,…

Aninda De

  NABARUPINI  Navadurga (Sanskrit: नवदुर्गा, lit. Nine forms of Durga), are nine manifestations of the Goddess Durga in Hinduism, especially worshipped during the festival of Navratri where each of the nine manifested forms are consecutively venerated throughout all the nine nights. The nine manifested forms of Goddess Durga are: Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayini, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidhatri. Devi Shailaputri (daughter of the mountains) is a manifestation of the Hindu…

Sonika Uppal

COSMIC PLACE With a long list of things that needed to be done, i left early for town today....armed with my to-do list , i crossed each thing off with quiet satisfaction . The weather was lovely ...and every once in a while i would smile at the mountains in the…

Aparnaa Garoddia

Aparnaa Garoddia Most people think that photographers bloom from early one. But for me, photography was a happy accident as late as 2012. When I returned from my holiday in Goa, I realized that I enjoyed shooting on my iPhone 4. My thoughts were focused on doing better buying a camera.…