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I bought a classic after almost a decade. Why?

I bought a classic after almost a decade. Why? Because my mind works in weird, obsessive ways. The week after Vijaya Dashami, I caught a cold that escalated in ways unexpected and resulted in me being bedridden for a good seven days. On the third day of my sickness, unable to deal with the fact…… Continue reading I bought a classic after almost a decade. Why?

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The Tale of an Ailing Stomach and How Harry Saved the Day

Ninth standard was when I was allowed to go on a school trip for the first time ever. The destination was Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Students from standards Five to Nine were all bundled together onto an entire train bogie and off we went. Now, even though the trip was phenomenal in its own right, it…… Continue reading The Tale of an Ailing Stomach and How Harry Saved the Day

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Happiness vs. Happiness (Of Whims, Fancies and Wanderlust – Part 5)

Continued from The Fateful Lunch (Of Whims, Fancies and Wanderlust – Part 4.5). “স্তব্ধভাষ রুদ্ধশ্বাস বিমুগ্ধ বিমূঢ় বিস্ময় [Speechless, breathless, enchanting, captivating wonder!]” Yes, these words by uttered by a spellbound Lalmohan Ganguly a.k.a. Jatayu, Feluda’s crime-thriller writer friend and companion, after seeing the Himalayan peaks of Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Mount Everest, Gourishankar, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri from the…… Continue reading Happiness vs. Happiness (Of Whims, Fancies and Wanderlust – Part 5)

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The Fateful Lunch (Of Whims, Fancies and Wanderlust – Part 4.5)

Continued from On the Trail of Captain Felu (Of Whims, Fancies and Wanderlust – Part 4). On 30 December 2011, Mampi, my first cousin, came over with her mom, whom I call Bawmma. My father’s elder brother’s daughter and only two years younger than me, Mampi and I were inseparable as kids and teenagers. If there is…… Continue reading The Fateful Lunch (Of Whims, Fancies and Wanderlust – Part 4.5)

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On the Trail of Captain Felu (Of Whims, Fancies and Wanderlust – Part 4)

Continued from Once Upon A December (Of Whims, Fancies and Wanderlust – Part 3.5). The first thing I did after receiving the free-bird license post the rest period was that I went back to Jaya Cinema and watched Royal Bengal Rahasya again. First row, single ticket, corner seat, evening show. Next, I gathered my people, namely, Mickey,…… Continue reading On the Trail of Captain Felu (Of Whims, Fancies and Wanderlust – Part 4)

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Once Upon A December (Of Whims, Fancies and Wanderlust – Part 3.5)

Continued from The Deal with the Universe (Of Whims, Fancies and Wanderlust – Part 3). Several things that took place during my stay at the hospital over the next few days still dots the horizon of my mind. These memories make me look back at those times of intense pain with immense pleasure. Each of…… Continue reading Once Upon A December (Of Whims, Fancies and Wanderlust – Part 3.5)

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The Deal with the Universe (Of Whims, Fancies and Wanderlust – Part 3)

Continued from Ends Well that All’s Well (Of Whims, Fancies and Wanderlust – Part 2). “Agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaaho, toh poori qaayanat usey tumse milaane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai.” — Om Shanti Om Too filmy a beginning? Oh, abhi toh picture bahut baaki hai, mere dost… So, the Universe! This…… Continue reading The Deal with the Universe (Of Whims, Fancies and Wanderlust – Part 3)