10 random things that made me happy last week

A red door   This red door is the front door of Durpin Gompa, Kalimpong. When we visited the place (just before sunset), it was already closed. But the luminosity, the intricate detailing of the design-pattern and the mystery that every closed-and-massive door brings forth, gave me a nudge to click few pictures of it. … Continue reading 10 random things that made me happy last week

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Being Leela: Why you should read her life-story

This is my fan-gushing of one of my favorite autobiographies (in my mother language Bengali) and the author behind it- the prolific Leela Majumdar.

If you are a non-Bengali, then you might not have heard about Leela Majumdar.

But for us, the admirer of Bengali children literature, Leela Majumdar epitomized the image of a cozy grandma who wrote stories about-

i) harmless ghosts,

ii) adventure of fearless children,

iii) hidden treasure hunt and above all-

iv) the joy of being alive.

Leela Majumdar autobiography image credit: m.somewhereinblog.net

It’s when I read her autobiography ‘Paakdandi’( the spiral path of mountains), a bulb lit up and I realized what a trailblazer she was.

The way she molded her fate on her own during the not-so-women-friendly period of 20th century Bengal, had made her one of my personal sheroes.

a) Her remarkable childhood 

If you read Paakdandi in future (I don’t know whether its English translation is available, if yes then do grab it), you can see it for yourself how prolifically she depicted –

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5 reasons you should read “The Sisters Brothers (& +2 you shouldn’t)

Book: The Sisters Brothers Author: Patrick deWitt Genre: Historical fiction, Western. Year: 2011 Excerpt from the Goodreads summary: Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his … Continue reading 5 reasons you should read “The Sisters Brothers (& +2 you shouldn’t)