Budget 2018 and Women: Liberalism And Secularism For Women’s Rights

Today’s Indian Express Newspaper’s biggest headline was “Economics with Politics” meaning that BJP’s Budget 2018 is more a political strategy with eye on the forth coming general election. BJP has learned a lesson from Gujarat elections, a considerable blow to … Continue reading Budget 2018 and Women: Liberalism And Secularism For Women’s Rights

Rahul Gandhi Sets Record Straight – Socialism, Secularism Still India’s Core Ideologies

An immensely inspiring speech by Rahul Gandhi yesterday as he took over as Congress President. There was a massive crowd at 24, Akbar Road, with immense joy  and enthusiasm among party workers, volunteers. Drum beats, crackers, folk dance and music … Continue reading Rahul Gandhi Sets Record Straight – Socialism, Secularism Still India’s Core Ideologies

Gujarat Election Campaign And The Rise of A Phoenix Named Rahul Gandhi – India Found It’s Mojo Back

In the forthcoming Gujarat state assembly election campaign Rahul Gandhi came across as the proverbial “New and Improved” opposition leader. His new avatar has given a sigh of relief, and a breath of two lungs full of fresh hopeful air … Continue reading Gujarat Election Campaign And The Rise of A Phoenix Named Rahul Gandhi – India Found It’s Mojo Back

Cow Vigilantes Are Criminals: Why CM Yogi Giving Them Encouragement?

Vishwa Hindu Parishad organized a Conference for Gau Rakshaks. That’s right, that’s how pathetic India is that we now have conferences to encourage and empower jobless hooligans. And guess who graced the occasion? None other than UP Chief Minister Yogi … Continue reading Cow Vigilantes Are Criminals: Why CM Yogi Giving Them Encouragement?

Sona Mohapatra Accuses Kangana Ranaut Of Doing Disservice To Feminism. Is Feminism Sona Mohapatra’s Personal Project?

In an open letter on her Facebook page Sona Mohapatra accused Kangana Ranaut of doing a ‘disservice’ to feminism by washing ‘dirty linen in public’. Here is my open letter to her open letter. Dear Sona Mohapatra, Who made you … Continue reading Sona Mohapatra Accuses Kangana Ranaut Of Doing Disservice To Feminism. Is Feminism Sona Mohapatra’s Personal Project?

Sharia courts have no place in UK family law. Listen to women who know | Pragna Patel | Opinion | The Guardian

This article makes some important points about secular feminist movement at one hand and marginalized women in Muslim community. The Sharia Law has no place in any civilized community, be it UK or India. But in India for ages, behind personal laws a lot of discriminatory practices have carried on. Status quo was maintained so far but now that a group of Muslim women have gone to court against Triple Talaq secular Indian feminists should support the petition unequivocally. Unfortunately, most of them are silent, not taking any position, while few like Flavia Agnes have given vocal support to All … Continue reading Sharia courts have no place in UK family law. Listen to women who know | Pragna Patel | Opinion | The Guardian

Cancer The Misfortune That Fell On Us

3rd April 2017 Cancer. Not a disease but a culture. A major story twist. The deadly misfortune has been part of the most tragic films and literature. Mostly it would be the male protagonist, he falls sick and doctors tell him, “You have last stage Cancer, only few days of your life are left” and then an dramatic scene follows. “Ab inhe dawa ki nahi dua ki zaroorat hai (She needs prayers now not medicine)” is a much clichéd dialogue from hindi films of yesteryears. In real life however, among friends and family such misfortune was rarely heard. With advancement … Continue reading Cancer The Misfortune That Fell On Us

Waiting For A Call From TISS, Mumbai

I know I got it tattooed on my arms “Going wherever the wind takes me” but IRCTC plays pretty havoc with ‘going wherever’ doesn’t it. How can we go anywhere unless we plan months in advance for a reserved train ticket and can’t afford to fly. We say the world is so connected today, but traveling anywhere even within India is still so costly and time consuming. Our super fast trains are pathetically slow compared to world standards. Our flights are cheap and plenty but they only connect cities of political or economic importance. I remember when my grandmother expired, … Continue reading Waiting For A Call From TISS, Mumbai

Photo story on Nizamuddin Basti Published in The Diplomat Magazine

I am very proud to share that two of my photos got published in The Diplomat magazine as part of a photo documentary, Finding Delhi’s Lost Monuments, on the conservation work done / in progress in Humayun Tomb and Nizamuddin Basti area, by Ratish … Continue reading Photo story on Nizamuddin Basti Published in The Diplomat Magazine

Poem: Unwritten

Unwritten

“Our sweetest songs are those
that tell of saddest thoughts”
Our happiest stories are those
that remained unwritten.
You and I are that wonderful story,
like a movie script that never got filmed.
like that rumour going around, a clandestine affair,
a star couple that the fans rooted for,
but which never happened.
We remained unwritten. Continue reading “Poem: Unwritten”

The News Sucks And There’s a Femicide in Guatamela

Hello people. A confession, the staying off Facebook / Twitter didn’t really work. Social media platforms are no longer just places to share your thoughts but also to seek information and exchange ideas. This bit was missing when we first started blogging. Back then it was only about sharing. So that’s a learning from this experiment. But the sad part is that the news we are accessing on social media is like not even like .1% of the world. I looked up popular news website, NDTV, TOI, BBC, Guardian.co.UK and you know what i found? Everywhere there are only the same 3-4 … Continue reading The News Sucks And There’s a Femicide in Guatamela

Aside notes on Mohan Bhagwat, Sanghi Trolls and Abhijeet Bhattacharya

Mohan Bhagwat appears on national television and gives his expert opinion about how great the government is functioning. Who th hell is Mohan Bhagwat? Why is he on TV telling us how good or bad govt is? What's govt got to do with Dusserah? Again who the F is he — Sanjukta Basu (@sanjukta) October 22, 2015 The Sanghi trolls are busy attacking Gulzar, and all other writers who have registered their protests against Dadri lynching by returning their Sahitya Akademy Awards. Their common argument, why they didn’t return award during 1984 riots. MORONS listen: They didn't return award in 1984. They didn't do so in … Continue reading Aside notes on Mohan Bhagwat, Sanghi Trolls and Abhijeet Bhattacharya

Is the Ad campaign for Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit gender biased?

While flipping through the latest Outlook Magazine I came across the advertisement of the forthcoming Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit to be held in Nov 2015 in Jaipur.

The campaign had an image of an impressive masculine male face complete with beard and mustache set against the background of a beautiful tribal illustration, with the caption “I am Rajasthan. I’m Ready” in bold capital fonts. Bheel artist Prakash Jogi has been given credit for the illustration. Continue reading “Is the Ad campaign for Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit gender biased?”

Porn ban in India – mainstreaming of women’s lack of sexual agency

Approximately 800+ pornographic websites suddenly went off the internet in India. There were no prior announcement, discussion, no legal basis to the decision. But that’s not to say it is entirely thoughtless, hell no. The great thought behind is that a ban on porn is going to put an end to rapes in this country.Versace--woman and naked man--various women's 90s

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PVR Saket security guards won’t let me in with my bag: What I did next will shock you

Feel free to try this at a cinema hall near you. The security guards at PVR Saket cinema hall wouldn’t let me enter the hall with my bag which was not enough lady like. What I did next sure did shock them, something they would remember for a really long time, if not rest of their lives. Continue reading PVR Saket security guards won’t let me in with my bag: What I did next will shock you

New Garia Halt Station at Panchasayar Garia – Inauguration by Sh Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Panchasayar, Garia, one of Asia’s largest housing societies, a cooperative society for the staff of Accounts and General West Bengal and Income Tax Department of West Bengal, is the place where I spent the first 7-8 years of my life. Continue reading “New Garia Halt Station at Panchasayar Garia – Inauguration by Sh Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury”

Strange story of Lali (touching story of a stray dog)

Lali was born to a homeless mother on a fateful monsoon night in a small residential colony in Panchasayar, Garia, Kolkata.

That night when she realized it was time, she, Lali’s mother silently crawled under the gate of that big mansion, she pulled herself through the green lawn in search of a secure place and finally rested under the big corner window sill. The storm thundered and lightening shined on somewhere in the background as if it was just another rainy night, not knowing that a strange fate was going to befall upon Lali, the yet to be born.

She gave birth to 5 of them.

The gardener’s daughter was all of 6 years and 6 times more naughty than kids of her age. Next morning, the sun was happy and shiny, it was the perfect day for the playful kid. As always, she chased the hens and ducks at the nearby fields, she caught the multicolored dragonfly with bare hands tied their wings with a golden string and made helicopter and airplanes of them. Then she spotted the tiny puppies under the window sill. We don’t know where their mother was.

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Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali Originally uploaded by samyukta_basu Gone are the days of fire works and crackers on Diwali, gone are the days when we used to wake all night up to have the Kali puja’s maha bhog. This year we didn’t even buy phuljharis. But we got lots of candles and diyas. And we lit the earthen diyas in the traditional way with oil. Things have changed for all of us. Sister and I are too grown up for crackers, we don’t have the time to do all those shopping. But still our Diwali was nice and simple and well lit. … Continue reading Happy Diwali

Quick hello

In case you noticed my absence from this page…I am engaged in something important. Announcements will happen if things work out. I have been off the internet for this thing, what I miss the most is blogging and twittering. Just to give you a glimpse of how I survived…here’s my offline alternative to tweets and blogs – ‘post it notes’ Tomorrow is a big day, wish me luck. (And no you are not hearing wedding bells) Come back happenning next week. Continue reading Quick hello

There she blogs

So happy to see a dear friend starting to blog. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging my friend. Manasinakkare (Beyond my mind) – by SR I did notice her blog is anonymous, also figured she isn’t too keen on getting traffic. In her introduction she has only mentioned to be a Mallu migrated to Canada. So I won’t give out too much of details here. But friend, wait and see, soon you’ll start getting traffic, then comments, you’ll start liking the comments, and then you’ll seek more and more of it and then you’ll start raking your brain to get all sort of … Continue reading There she blogs

Jadeja met Me

23-mar-07 1.45 am. I don’t like to follow the crowd, but I also don’t like being left out. So while whole of India is watching the ‘life and death’ defining match between India and Sri lanka today, I would prefer to stand out of the crowd and say, “I don’t waste my time on this silly game,” but I’ll still watch it coz tomorrow when the whole world would be discussing the match I should be able to be a part of the conversation. 6th wicket down, I flipped channel and this is what I came across, Aaj Tak’s breaking … Continue reading Jadeja met Me

Happy New Year

Am almost back.. hang on just a bit more.. been on my toes since Mid of Dec.. Been to South to North to West… will write all about my adventour soon.. Meanwhile A new Year wish I quickly scribbled and send accross to all the contacts on Yahoo, Gmail and Orkut… Season’s Greetings. Yeah that same repetitive wish you been getting from every one else.. Merry Christmas, Id Mubarak and Happy New year. I was able to complete one of my resolution in 2006. 2007 looks promising…but then I don’t know.. My life is so unpredictable..kinda tend to roll with … Continue reading Happy New Year

It rained today Man…

It was an awesome rain that delhi had today in the evening and its awlays a beautiful sight to see those shining blades of water falling on the concrete road and the car splashing by…the traffic obviously came to a halt all around and I waited almost an hour at the Jungpura stop for a 727 before I gave up, took an auto to CP and boarded the metro to Dwarka. But what a well spent hour it was. Last time I wrote about it, this time I clicked and captured. More Delhi rain pics here Continue reading It rained today Man…

Hypocrisy be damned

People sometimes act so cowardly and hypocritically. I once wrote this testimonial for some one I knew. Asked for his feedback on what I had to write about him. He read it and got so panic stricken, left offliners for me, comments on the blog itself and then spoke over the phone asking me to do the needful editing. The reason for panic…only the following words the rest of his time is spent in drinking and shopping. I haven’t written drinking what…haven’t mentioned anything like he drinks a lot and is a drunkard. Just the mention of drinks is defamatory … Continue reading Hypocrisy be damned

One of these days, I will fly

Coming back from work today (Dilli Haat after work) I felt like driving till the end of the world. Wished the 6.5 Km long road connecting Dwarka to South Delhi never comes to an end, felt like taking the NH8 to jaipur and from there to some where else. I just wanted to go on and on and on… Me and my thoughts on the run. Dino called ES while she was sitting with me in the car, he was discussing the trip to Gharwal. I asked him yesterday if they can postpone it till the last week coz I … Continue reading One of these days, I will fly

DBM went great | Quick updates

The XIth DBM went great. Here is keeping a track of all the write ups and pics of the event…till the the time the official blog is updated… I can update the blog since I have the password now, unless of course they have changed it… but the original creator of that blog has issues with me updating his blog…so I won’t. Apparently its better not to update it at all than let me do the so very needful. The latest edition of Digital Planet is a special edition on Delhi the Indian Capital. We, Delhi bloggers were expecting the … Continue reading DBM went great | Quick updates

My Favourite Men

Aamir Khan A man who has always stayed away from the media, rarely attended a Celebrity Show, be it awards or other cause, in the past decade, his movies comes after a gap of 3-4 long years, he endorses just few products……..and yet is always ruling the Indian Movie Goers mind. In an industry where you are only as good as your last release, where no one remembers if you don’t stay on the charts, where there is Shah Rukh Khan is the king and Amitabh Bacchan is God…Aamir has managed to grab a place so special, so high up … Continue reading My Favourite Men

random thoughts

How we keep hearing this term “True Love”. I say, love is never true or false. The people involved might be, the circumstances might be but love in itself is like God. Not true not false, not black not white…colorless, shapeless, ageless, timeless…Love is just love. It gives you the same feeling even if it is offered by the person who is not true. Its like when you think the other person loves you, you might be wrong, may be the person lied to you, may be the person is two timing, but till that time you find the truth … Continue reading random thoughts

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We all have heard the song “I’d do anything for love” by Meatloaf. I found this hilarious letter to Mr. Meatloaf. An open letter to Meatloaf: Dear Mr Loaf, In your hit single I Would Do Anything For Love, you claim, “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that“. [My italics.] A willingness to do anything for love, sir, implies a readiness to pursue literally any course of action that might be of benefit to love, up to and including “that”. If you persist in attaching limits and conditions to what you are prepared to do for … Continue reading 113432300367697080

just that

No one ever got me flowers. Never………. can you believe that?? There are more things about me which are unbelievable that you can possibly think of. And that’s why I call it “This is my truth”… Truth which is stranger than fiction, Truth more scary and bewildering than fiction…. ____________________________________________________ “Once I can understand it Twice I can let it be Three times it one too many now You’ll have to do without me“ ____________________________________________________ Continue reading just that

Let me be your friends

That’s it…I can’t take it any more. Please stop. “I can see a great leader in the making from the mails, one who has everyone’s interest in mind balancing the act…at least some one would walk out of the masses as a true persona…we should rather be proud to call her Sanju Boss” – A friend of past 6 years on reading the latest group emailing that I was carrying on in order to plan a trip weekend trip You inspired me to join the group (DBM) – A comment on my blog That’s ok, I don’t need to…You are … Continue reading Let me be your friends

where is my truth

‘This is my truth’ was the theme of my blog. I started it because there were, and still are, these times when I want to talk a lot about my life but got no one to listen to… I thought I would share the bizarre truth of my life, which I think are stranger than fictions, but where is the truth? What is my truth? What more is it than another sappy old story of love lost and heart break. Who doesn’t have these stories and then what the hell do I know about other’s story that I go about … Continue reading where is my truth

To Social Thinkers….stop thinking

The following is a post I originally wrote on a Delhi Bloggers Community Forum @ Orkut. Thought I’d share it with the larger community here……The topic of discussion was “what should be done to the rapists?” “Being aware of the recent discussion here, I finally decided to add my bit to it. Would beg all of your pardon for thinking a little off-track. How many people can take part in the present message board? About 200-250 that’s the total of members of this community. Now for how long can this discussion continue weeks and months…at the end of the discussion … Continue reading To Social Thinkers….stop thinking