Raksha Bandhan 2017

7th August 2017, 9.30 am Scrolling through my social media feed, seeing pictures and posts from friends and family makes me long for home. Festivals are best celebrated with friends and family. I’m sitting here in my office, watching the clock ticking, waiting for the post to arrive, waiting for my rakhi. Waiting to click … Continue reading Raksha Bandhan 2017

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Passenger in Luxembourg

Last week I had a chance to attend Michael David Rosenberg's, better known by his stage name "Passenger", concert here in Luxembourg. The venue was subtly set up with just enough (not too many!) people. An open air arena with small stands or shops selling snacks and booze. Having arrived early at the venue, we … Continue reading Passenger in Luxembourg

CRICKET … LOVELY CRICKET

Cricket O Cricket!!

Roland's Ragbag

cricket4 ‘Watching Cricket’ . . .  Watercolour . . . WHB – 2001

CRICKET … LOVELY CRICKET

With my dog and my lunch and my wife by my side

I’ll go watch the cricket today I decide.

The sun it is shining, a book in my hand,

I’m ready to watch the lads make a stand.

In the trees now the birds, they natter and chatter,

Makes me feel sleepy but what does that matter.

 I see deep square leg take a wonderful catch,

But then fall asleep for the rest of the match.

They missed my support, but I’m quite happy now,

I can go back to sleep ‘cos we won anyhow.

bar-curl1. . .  and talking about Cricket, I am reminded of that great joyful Calypso – all the rage in my youth! (now you know how old I am!)  . . . the  ‘Victory Calypso – Cricket Lovely…

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The Girl with the Blue Glasses

"Excuse me!! I suppose that's my seat" "Oh! I'm sorry. I'm just looking for my glasses, I kept it here, next to the window" "How does it look like?" "Nerdy and blue" "Is it that one? Next to the scarf on the upper berth" "Ah! Yes. Thank you!! I'm Ayesha by the way" "Shameek! Nice … Continue reading The Girl with the Blue Glasses

Kolkata and beyond: Loleygaon, Lava, Rishop, Darjeeling

Having lived in Finland, I have developed a special liking for the nature. Fortunately, or Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to explore the diverse nature in the India yet. “Maine humari Darjeeling ki tickets already book kar li hai, ab tu jaldi se Kolkata aaja.” (I’ve already booked our tickets to Darjeeling, come to … Continue reading Kolkata and beyond: Loleygaon, Lava, Rishop, Darjeeling

Kolkata Tram: The Time Machine

During my last visit to the Kolkata, the City of Joy, as they say proudly I was pretty fascinated  by the tram lines running through the city. As most of Indian cities are heavily crowded, a tram running right through the middle of the road is not the best mode to commute. This maybe the reason, … Continue reading Kolkata Tram: The Time Machine

Diwali ’16

Diwali, some say gets its name from Sanskrit word "Deepavali", meaning row of lights. Being arguably the biggest festival in India, it is celebrated for different reasons across the country. The northern part celebrate as a homecoming of Lord Ram, some symbolise it as Goddess Durga defeating Narakasura, others associate not with last harvest before … Continue reading Diwali ’16

Airports

  There is something fascinating about airports, a noticeable pattern of human behaviour. People rushing to their terminals, saying last minute good byes, some troubled with their overweight luggage, some lost, some sad, some happy. This sight of emotions is so overwhelming, looks like some of them are escaping life, moving on, looking forward to a new beginning. … Continue reading Airports

Apartment E101

The morning of 1st Spetember 2016 wasn't the most cheerful one. I got up from my bed, making slow advances towards the kitchen to brew my morning coffee for one final time. As the old coffee machine made grumbling noises, I walked into the balcony for probably the last time. My contract for Apartment E101 … Continue reading Apartment E101

Orienteering

Wikipedia describes Orienteering as "a family of sports that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain, and normally moving at speed." One such rainy Monday afternoon, my friend Gaurav, his workmates and me set out on our adventure of Orienteering. We were … Continue reading Orienteering