• Lifestyle,  Musing,  Social,  Women

    A Year of Mommyhood

    I haven’t written anything for so long that I fear I never will again. Even though I miss my not-writing terribly, I just can’t get myself into the act of actually writing. What a weird malady to suffer from! And who has time for weirdness when your life is so full of exciting surprises and strangeness already? As such, I am in two minds about this post. On one hand, I just can’t ignore the nagging inside my head that I must sit to write down about the biggest year of my life so far, just for my own sake,…

  • Musing,  Social

    Why Getting a Haircut Made me a Rebel!

    So I got a haircut. And heads turned. In the office cafeteria, people looked at me and couldn’t look away. Some jaws dropped open at the staircase while passing by me while others tried to look nonchalant but failed miserably. If you are thinking that this was because I looked fabulous, that my haircut is uniquely beautiful, you can’t be more wrong. I just went from having shoulder length hair to a pixie. No woman who wishes to look beautiful cuts their hair as short as I did. And everyone knows that the length of one’s hair is directly proportional…

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    Lifestyle,  Musing,  Social

    Advice to New Adults – From a Fellow Adult (Who Was a Spoiled Child)!

    I was as rotten as a tomato as a child. No, my parents weren’t super rich, they were as middle class as could be. Still I was the precious first child of two guilt ridden first generation working parents who were overwhelmed by the lack of time they had for me after their jobs. And those judging articles newspapers and magazines were publishing during that time condemning the women pursuing a career outside of homely responsibilities were not helping. Even though I was proud of my parents having important jobs (for as long as I can remember), they seemed to…

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    Musing

    Being an IT Consultant

    Last weekend a friend had asked me, “What work do you do in office apart from reading emails and attending meetings?” I’d given him a scandalous look and proceeded with explaining my duties in complex industry specific jargon which left him looking baffled. Surely reading email and going to meetings weren’t all I did! But when I tried to think about a day in office these were the only two things that jumped out at me. Incredulous, when I went back to office on Monday, I started to pay close attention to my day: 8:15: I log in. And there!…

  • Musing

    New Year’s Musings

    Last night it was New Year’s Eve. The last day of 2015 giving way to a new year. We were at a party dancing our feet off to Bollywood tunes. Two days earlier, it snowed. It was light and fluffy and almost wispy. Not much, but still, the first of the season. A day before that we received a news for which we’d been waiting for a long time. The night before we ordered in pizza and watched movies into the dawn. Each day, a distinct identifiable entity. They will soon blend into each other and 2015 will be lost…

  • Musing

    The Hunt for Treasure and Its Value

    I read about the Nazi train, hidden in a tunnel in the belly of a mountain in Poland, containing tons of gold. Treasure hunters from all over the world are swarming there, each trying their best to sabotage the others’ quests. The train has managed to stay hidden still, maintaining its dignity of elusiveness. Sceptics are not so confident; they are eagerly waiting for another hoax. Now me, I am a person who’s grown up overdosing on such accounts of treasure hunting, adrenaline pumping adventures, finding fabled riches by solving difficult puzzles. From my favorite uncle Scrooge McDuck, the richest…

  • Musing,  Opinion

    Home Sweet Home

    Home in my earliest memory is but a half built structure. Of jutting out bricks resembling a giant’s uneven teeth, of grey paste of sand and cement, mixed expertly with a grub hoe. Of something ugly, yet spoken of with pride. To me then, the rented house we lived in presented a much better case for a place to live. Smooth walls, cool floor and clean. But it was not home.  A year later, indeed those ugly bricks gave way to the most beautiful house. White with blue windows, and pink climbing bougainvillea. It was home. I loved it as…

  • Musing

    Interesting on the Internet This Week – 2

    Source: http://www.vintag.es Tread Mills of 1920s. Our ancestors sure had a weird bone! How else did they come up with these? Behind the scenes of famous movies! How many have you watched?    Chai Chai, garam chai? Anyone? Well, I’d be angry too, if they sent me to Adra instead of Agra! Simple Math Quiz – How many levels did you pass?   I am watching The Honorable Woman. An eight-episode miniseries, it is an incredibly complex both mystery and spy thriller. It is filled with sketchy characters imploring others to trust them. In this shadowy world of politicians, military types, spies, and corporates, you…

  • Musing

    Fruitful Nothings

    Have you ever been in a time when just by letting yourself be adrift, you felt a fulfillment? A time when you were amongst people, yet saw nothing, talked nothing? A book perhaps, a cutting paperback, reading but not really thinking?Saturday was such a time. I did nothing the whole day. I just walked, not seeing, just where my feet would take me. I sat, not thinking, till the cold wind from the lake would shake me. I even rode trains, from this end to that end and back. I sat on the green grass by the museum facing the…

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    বিদেশের বৃষ্টি

        কাল সারারাত বৃষ্টি পড়েছে। গাছের পাতাগুলো আজ একটু বেশিই সবুজ। রাস্তাটা একটু বেশিই কালো। একটা ধবধবে সাদা গাড়ি হুস করে চলে গেল। জলে সব ধুলো ধুয়ে একেবারে ঝকঝকে। মেঘ গুলো এখনও জাঁকিয়ে বসে আকাশে – ছাই রঙ টা গাঢ় হয়ে প্রায় কালোর দিকে। বৃষ্টি আবার নামবে ঝেঁপে যেকোনো সময়।     বাড়িতে থাকলে মা খিচুড়ি বানাত এমন দিনে। সোনা মুগের খিচুড়ি আর ইলিশ মাছ ভাজা। কিন্তু বিদেশে সোনা মাসুরি চালের ভাতই ভরসা। গত সপ্তাহে ইন্ডিয়ান স্টোর থেকে রুই মাছ এনেছিলাম। এখন ফ্রিজের বরফে জমে কাঠ। বের করে নিয়ে ভেজে নিলেও হয়। কিন্তু এরকম মন উদাস করা সকালে কি রাঁধতে ভাল…