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A Wheel Of Progress

This patch of land in Sector 63, Noida, is a constantly changing panaroma. Something or the other keeps happening here. It could be because of the metro train line being constructed close by. The big, round wheel in this pic is that symbol of change.  

A Pretty Tattoo

 I have a strong dislike for permanent tattoos. The pain and bleeding that people undergo while getting themselves tattoed is, I feel, completely unnecessary. It sounds like vandalizing a perfect work of art. 

I have often seen people impulsively making strong, indelible statements through tattoos and regretting them later. Sometimes tattoos have grammatical errors too. See here: https://jasbirchatterjeephotoblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/tattoo-english/

But yesterday, on 16 June 2017, I came across one tattoo (see pic above) which completely bowled me over by its beauty, simplicity, and profound meaning. It has just one word, ‘Musafir,’ written in Hindi, meaning traveller, but its significance carries the weight of thousands of words and emotions put together… It reminded me of my short story “A Fellow Traveller” which got published in a stories website. 

Read it here. https://worldcitystories.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/the-fellow-traveller/

So, I guess, tattoos are not such an evil thing, after all!

Copyright Jasbir Chatterjee

Baggy Trends

It is quite fashionable for working women in Delhi NCR these days to carry 2 handbags on their way to work. The second bag is generally an ordinary, worn out jute bag in which food and water is kept, like the one you see in the pic on the top.

For the more aesthetically inclined, the second bag is a vehicle of creative self-expression (see below).

When and how did this 2-bag trend originate from? 

Way back in 1989, when I began my career, our purses, generally speaking, used to be much smaller and one used to be enough.  We used to carry home-made food in little steel boxes that could be easily accommodated in these purses. I never kept a water bottle in my purse because clean drinking water was easily available. ROs, filters, and bottled water were not in use yet. The mobile phones too were not there.

In 1997, my job profile changed and I needed to carry a lot of miscellaneous items to office. So I bought a big DKNY leather hand bag for myself. When I brought it to office for the first time, a colleague made a tongue-in-cheek remark,”Couldn’t you find a bigger hand bag?” 

So, based on my own experience, I conclude that the current trend of carrying two bags began with the end of 20th century. The first person who started this must have done so for two reasons. a)Redistribution of load into two bags helps in minimising weight on shoulders and preventing neck pain.

b)Avoid spilling of food and liquids into important documents.

c)Add a touch of elegance: When you carry all the little steel and plastic lunch boxes inside a separate bag and saunter with it into the office dining area, you do feel very graceful and aristocratic.

If you look closely, you will notice that lots of men too carry 2 bags to work these days…

Here are some more pics.. 

A picture of creative expression…


A two-bag man.. Why should women have all the fun?

An Amaltas Day

My walk to the Metro station on my way to work on 23 May 2017 had something new and exciting in store for me; an Amaltas tree; a tree that Mayank Austen Soofi, my favorite writer and blogger, often writes about. I considered it my great fortune that day to have discovered one right inside my neighborhood!

It looked so gorgeous with its abundant golden yellow flowers in full bloom! A mere sight of it lifted me from the pall of gloom that had been over me for the past so many days. I could not help stopping by for a few moments to feast my eyes on this ravishing sight. Just below the tree, there was a yellow carpet formed by the fallen Amaltas flowers. I had a strong temptation to cross the fence and sit on it…

Just in case you are wondering if I reached office on time that day, well, yes, I did, quite miraculously indeed, in spite of so many obstacles, a stuck metro,  a traffic jam, and aafreshly water logged road right outside the office building.

Here are some pics I clicked during those guilty moments near the Amaltas tree…

One Special Monday

 

Monday, 8 May 2017, turned out to be a super special day for my family! It made me glow happily, like the moon basking in the glory of a shining star.

While the hot, orange-yellow sun blazed outside in a clear, blue sky over the dazzling, golden-yellow Amaltas flowers, my husband Sukhangshu presented a program inside the Jamia Millia University premises on the occasion of Tagore’s 156th birth anniversary celebration. I was pleasantly surprised to see that most of the audience too were dressed in yellow!

In his soft, gentle voice, Sukhangshu talked about Tagore’s famous stories ‘The Kabuliwala,’ ‘Tota Kahini,’ and ‘Homecoming’ to a spellbound audience, which included my 21-year-old daughter Suroshri and me.

For Sukhangshu, this event was another feather in his cap, worth cherishing all through his life, because getting invited to speak on Tagore in a reputed University like Jamia Millia is by itself a big sign of recognition for the work he has done till date in theater and theater education in schools.

The program was interactive in nature. The participants wore bright yellow tops, T-shirts, and kurtas in keeping with Tagore’s ideas on beauty of nature. Somewhere in the middle of the program, while Sukhangshu took a break, a group of children performed a dance based on Rabindra Sangeet, a collection of songs and music composed by Tagore. They looked very cute. If Tagore had been present that day, I am sure he would have been very happy too.

In the end, Sukhangshu was gifted a lovely momento made by the children of Aseem- Asha Foundation.

Just before we left, we were shown around the arts gallery by the organizer Aseem Asha Usman himself and the artist kids who created those lovely paintings and photographs. All the works on display  were inspired from Tagore’s works. It was really amazing to find so many talented, young people under the same roof.

Here are some photos I clicked that day.

Program banner: These were placed all over the place. Sukhangshu is in 3rd row, 1st pic.

Here, Sukhangshu is talking about Tagore’s story on education, ‘Tota Kahini.’ The children made the session lively by singing a few lines in chorus from Sukhangshu’s Hindi adaptation of this story.

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Sukhangshu, in the backdrop of paintings and photographs…

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Organizer Aseem Asha Usman

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The Audience

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The children, performing Rabindra Sangeet nritya.

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An excerpt of a page of the program booklets distributed among the audience.

And now the momento ceremony…

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Outside the auditorium, as we walked out…