As the wheels touched down on the tarmac, I got a rude jolt. I had arrived at Ahmedabad, putting a distance of two thousand miles between me and my family. As I swung the backpack on my shoulders, it felt heavier than what it was back home. A lot was riding on my shoulders, and … Continue reading To be a Father or a Mother, that is the question !
“May Day. May Day. Crash landing imminent. Brace yourselves for impact. “ That’s the kind of message getting broadcasted in our minds right now. It’s been 2 weeks into the PGPX regime, and we are way past the ‘dreamy-eyed-so-excited-to-be-here’ phase. Reality has hit us, and hit us hard. From campus hopping selfie taking new recruits, … Continue reading PGPX Diaries, Chapter 2: Classes, Cases and Crashes
This is Sparta. That is exactly the kind of feedback that I got from every alum when I had tried to speak to when I had finally got a call for PGPX, at IIM, Ahmedabad. But such is the charisma of the institute that despite getting calls from some other top institutes from the country, … Continue reading MBBS to MBA: 1st Day at PGPX, IIM Ahmedabad
Last night had been one of the most difficult nights of my life. Even the night before the final exams- which is the dread of every student at college- was a cakewalk compared to this ! It had begun well. Baby Sharo had retired to bed a little early than her usual 1030 ‘goodnight regime’. … Continue reading The ordeals of being a father !
Every year, this time round, I am hit by severe Agoraphobia- fear of going out in public places. And I have my father-in-law to blame for that. The condition was still manageable five to six years back, but since then things have gone severely downhill. The fact that I cannot possibly find a cure for … Continue reading My V-Day hitch !
Taking a sip from the freshly brewed makaibari tea Prasad had just served him, Lebuda glanced on the day’s paper. It had been a week since his last case, and he was feeling bored. Patesh had called him up last night to enquire about his health. “Bhalo achi re….”, he had replied. Physically there wasn't … Continue reading The Curious Case of Lebuda
When I got an invite for the bloggers meet for the Tipsy Bull, I was raging to charge in! It was the day after the place had been opened to the public, but the DJ was in place- churning out peppy numbers. The staff appeared to be still having a practice run though, taking their … Continue reading The Charge of the Tipsy Bull !
Kolkata is a city of laid back charm. People here romanticize the rains, believe in slow fashion, and savour their bhat ghoom (siesta). The old cabins and kitchens of Kolkata still reverberate this culture. There was a time before the avalanche of swanky malls and sleek cafes, when a stroll by the maidan, a movie … Continue reading Cabin Kotha – A dying culture
Weekends present me with a unique dilemma. How to best utilize the two days of much needed break I get from work? Having exhausted all possible avenues in the city, over the past few months, makes it a grim issue. I was brooding over this perennial weekend crisis, when I saw posters of “India Story” … Continue reading The India Story
I still remember the time my wife gave me the news that we were pregnant. I couldn’t help but scratch my head in bewilderment, “What? Really? You sure? Should we...mmmm check again? “ But the one cardinal thing that the few years of marriage has taught me is not to question the statement of the … Continue reading And thus, I became a father !
Ashtami is never complete without the quintessential Bhog at the Para Pandal. It has been a tradition ever since I remember- going out at noon, all dressed up in the saree or the Panjabi, for the Khichudi and Payesh. However, this year we knew it would not be possible for us to go out, having … Continue reading Now order your Ashtami Bhog Online !
It’s Panchami and I am fretting around trying to figure out how to fit in those extra plans into my already packed schedule. Yes, it’s the Pujas in Kolkata and the next few days are going to be a hurricane. Three night outs, four day trips, two evening Addas, the Ashtami Anjali and Bhog- I … Continue reading Durga Puja- A Bengali’s Organized Mess