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The World Beyond

My latest poem on Poemhunter.com today, ‘The World Beyond’ is inspired from my pics given below. Click here and read on.

https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-world-beyond-3/

Monsoon 2017, Delhi

We Delhiites have much to be delighted about in 2017. Monsoon has begun earlier this time; in June, instead of last week of July or first week of August as in previous years. So we didn’t have to bear the sweltering heat of summer for too long.

Here are some photos. 

A rainbow inside a car showroom! Can you imagine that? I never saw anything like this before during my last 13 years in the automobile industry.

A Wheel Of Progress

This patch of land in Sector 63, Noida, Delhi NCR, is a constantly changing panaroma. Development activities go on here throughout the year. A Delhi Metro station is also coming up nearby in sector 62. 

The big, round wheel in this pic is that symbol of constant 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?