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A Chronicle of Wasted Time

A Chronicle of Wasted Time

Posted by on Dec 26, 2017 in Miscellaneous Jottings, Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you need to attend to a phone call, an email, a Whatsapp message or a Facebook post, do not waste your time glancing at this post for, at the end of it, this may take you nowhere. It is not my wish to add to your own chronicle of wasted time and this essay is not for those who try to extract significant profit out of all they do. They won’t turn...

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Some Asleep, Others Wide Awake

Some Asleep, Others Wide Awake

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Miscellaneous Jottings | 0 comments

Don’t consider this narrator heartless on getting to the end of this post. It is not his intention to blame or condemn a person. He shares here how the memory of something that happened long ago —  an old event or a forgotten anecdote helps us to bear difficulty or pain with a beaming face. Are you envious of a solitary translator working from...

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In Search of First-Rate Poets

In Search of First-Rate Poets

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Miscellaneous Jottings | 0 comments

Mediocribus esse poetis Non homines, non di, non concessere columnae. [Not gods, nor men, nor even booksellers have put up with poets being second rate. ]   That was the Roman poet Horace (Quintas Horatius Flaccus) in his Ars Poetica. That reminded me of the 80’s lazy afternoons when we used to be students. A lazy afternoon then meant a...

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Vignettes of India’s Transport Scene

Vignettes of India’s Transport Scene

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Miscellaneous Jottings | 0 comments

What follows are a few quick sketches of some aspects of India’s transport scene. Yes, in the 21st century. Here’s the vehicle of our dream. It is non-polluting and economically beneficial for both the pilot and the passenger. If you are a believer in the ‘trickle-down theory’, this should be your means of conveyance. You are even...

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The Neighbourhood ‘Iron-man’

The Neighbourhood ‘Iron-man’

Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in Miscellaneous Jottings | 0 comments

I see him as he puts coal to the dark underbelly of his earthen furnace every dawn when I go out for my morning constitutional. He then lights the furnace and rapidly stirs the surrounding air with a palm-leaf hand-fan. As the embers light up and smoke billows out, he gets engaged in arranging the pile of washed clothes collected from the houses in the...

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Death of a Rain Tree

Death of a Rain Tree

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Miscellaneous Jottings | 0 comments

প্রাঙ্গণে মোর শিরীষ শাখায় ফাগুন মাসে কী উচ্ছাসে ক্নান্তিবিহীন ফুল ফোটানোর খেলা…. In my yards on the branches of the rain tree in the month of Falgun, with what exuberance the tireless game of budding flowers is played… What I witnessed today couldn’t have come at a worst time. The headlines of a news report in today’s The Indian Express...

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