22 Aug

More of Identity Crisis

[ad] Long years back there was a time when the saying was ‘what Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow’. That age is gone. Alongside, the age of the Bengali ‘bada babu’ is also gone. The last batch when a few bongs got into IAS together has reached the fringes of senility. And when I look back at my own university and my own city I can see the reason why. Certainly, partly so. Maybe I will discuss them, but maybe some other time. I shall tell rather tell of an intersting event that happened [Read more ...]
22 Aug

Identity Crisis of an Alumnus

[ad] STOP. For an instant, take in this information: When you search for “jadavpur university alumni” on Google, you get this. When you search for “alumni association of jadavpur university” on Google, you get this. When you search for “how do i become a member of jadavpur university alumni association” on Google, you get this. If you have got the drift of my endeavour, I am trying to learn how to become a member of the Alumni Association of Jadavpur University. I will assume the [Read more ...]
02 Jun

Enjoy? What Enjoy?

[ad] Sometime during my PG years when the semester system had not yet been introduced, a student-teacher session regarding change in syllabi was held at the old location of the departmental library. People sat in various positions. Vociferous pitches were made by many as to why one text should be removed and another introduced. It was a long session and lively one at that. I watched with much interest and amusement as one after another made his or her presentation. At the end the teachers, especially [Read more ...]
23 Mar

Nightmarish encounter with Nosering

[ad] Life has its funny side. It springs unlikely surprises, at the most unlikely moments. Funnier still is that sometimes you don't feel the emotions you are expected to feel. Time was it, a few years back though, when I felt the sun setting and rising around a very beautiful girl- meaning she was all my universe. Time was when I knew what jealousy was (for the record, I have tried to read Nancy Friday's celebrated treatise Jealousy, but unfortunately the clinical discourse made the topic even [Read more ...]
05 Mar

Cricket season comes to an end

[ad] India is a cricket crazed country. And we few students of the English Department are a cricket grazed group. No one in the whole university played (this year) as much as we did. Ever since September 2001, this game has provided us constant entertaining and satisfying engagement. And alas, the season comes to an end now. Yet, even as the game leaves from our midst, the promise of another glorious season hangs before us- just some more months. Yes, we really had a very nice time this winter. [Read more ...]