Kolkata Diaries

My like after relocating back to Kolkata after a decade in 2017.

“Waiting for You”

11 May 2019 - Ma doesn't come in my dreams. She absolutely refused in the initial months after her death in August 2016. Then she relented a little. Came in all about 5 times in [...]

Dear Anna

27 Mar 2019 - Many happy returns of the day, Anna! You always remember to forget my birthday - I thought of reminding that to you on yours! I feel a dull ache within me [...]

A Different Kind of Holi

24 Mar 2019 - So what I was in hospital? I was made to play holi, too! The photo you see was taken on the 21st. I was very unwell throughout January this year and [...]

The New Fotolab

8 Mar 2019 - They are a perfect pair. They complement each other and are a study in contrast: she flaunts her white hair, he dyes it black; she means business at all hours, he [...]

My Matrilineal Inheritance

3 Mar 2019 - This photograph, taken in October 2003, is one of my most precious possessions. On the right is Dida - feisty, resilient, impish; on the left, Ma - selfless, honest, hopelessly romantic. [...]

The Sky Above Us

24 Nov 2018 - For 9 years, we lived in a huge apartment in Amsterdam - 5 of them with Srishti. It was on the 7th floor of a tall residential building in the district [...]

‘Meshomoshai’ & His New Neices

17 Nov 2018 - My widowed father's new household is filled with abandoned women (incidentally, all from Bangladesh and all residing in Dattapukur). They numbered three at one point. Now there are two. One cooks, [...]

All That Glitters is Gold (& Diamond)!

10 Nov 2018 - What jewellery did you buy this Pujo/ Dhanteras/ Diwali? None? Not even with all the discounts? - "25% off on making charge", "50% off..." on something else. Too bad! Has no [...]

Amader Baul

4 Nov 2018 - He still comes twice a month - ektara in hand, dishevelled hair tied back in a jumbled knot, beard flowing down to his chest, clad in a 'gerua' punjabi and dhoti, [...]

Indiana

28 Oct 2018 - It'd exactly 15 months that I've relocated back to Kolkata after a decade in the Netherlands. "Tho' much is taken, much abides." I realize that these Tennysonian lines are true for [...]