Tuesday, February 05, 2008

I'm back

It's over two months since I wrote my last post (in fact, I wrote my last post last year). Yet, since I believe blogging should be done only when one feels that urge to write, I do not think this break was unjustified.
It's not that I didn't feel like posting. I did. Every day I felt that I should be posting something on my blog. However, I did not want to write a post just for the sake of posting it and keeping my blog active. Besides, I was terribly busy in office and non-office work (and some non-work too) and I must say that during these two months, no topic made me think enough to warrant a blog post. I have been working on one Tagore translation though, and it will be posted soon.
What was I busy about? For one week I had to stay in the office guest house and work in the EST time zone. For the other weeks too, the workload has been exceptionally high. I had to work even on the weekends. Then there were the grueling (by my standards) practice sessions for an office cricket match that never took place. Also, I had to get some work done from certain government offices. Since I don't want to crib about it, let me just say that the situation that Asterix and Obelix faced in BC 70 hasn't changed much here.

On Sunday, 20th January I missed the opportunity to photograph the Statesman Vintage Car Rally in Kolkata since I had office on that day. However, I have been taking photographs at other places, and particularly at weddings. One of my cousin sisters got married in December and my cousin brother got married during the last week. Both provided excellent photo opportunities and in my brother's wedding last week, I decided to use my father's old Pentax SLR along with my Sony digital camera. The results, of course are yet to come out of the camera, and once again, it makes me realise how easy photography has become since the time my father adopted it as a hobby. Some of the digital photos (non-wedding) can be seen here. Also, I went out to photograph Park Street and Esplanade at night during the New Year Eve weekend. These photographs can be seen here.

Speaking of weddings, I have been attending too many parties lately. There was my sister's wedding on 14th December, an uncle's wedding on the same day (I attended the reception on the 16th), a niece's first rice eating ceremony on the 23rd, a sister's birthday on the 30th, then a couple of team outings, a friend's wedding reception on the 20th of January and finally my brother's wedding on the 28th. Obviously, I have been enjoying the good food. Particularly in the last two events there were lovely fish and prawn delicacies since chicken eating is stopped here due to the spread of bird flu in the state. No wonder I have put on some weight.

I have seen two new movies: Sandip Ray's Kailashe Kelenkari in Bengali and Aamir Khan's Taare Zameen Par in Hindi. Both are very good films, and I may review them sometime soon. I also read Arthur Hailey's "Overload" and I'm reading "Portrait of a Director" by Marie Seton right now. I haven't read a lovelier book on Satyajit Ray.

I must stop this post here, for I am the only person representing my nine member team at office today. There is yet another Bangla Bandh today and Kolkata is more or less paralysed. Unless I pretend to do some work now, everyone at offshore will get into trouble soon. (Since I started this post with "I'm back", I was tempted to end it with "My back!" a.k.a. Peter Parker in Spiderman 2, but I can't think of any reasons to use that phrase.)


  1. darun come back...a sweet description fo all your activities as usual...:)

  2. Hi Sugata. I saw ur comment on my blog. I am not to much into blogging yet. U had put in the comment "Hope u remember me" i dont know if I do. But remind me if we knew each other from somewhere. I m really sorry if i forgot you.