The Rule of Thumb

There are many defining moments in one’s life. Each one of them having the ability to change the entire course of it. But, what if when the first of those defining moments arrives, you are told you are not ready to take a life altering decision and you should trust the more experienced ones in “helping” you make that decision? And, what if in that first very defining moment, you commit a blunder. There’s also a third option-not doing anything about it-just letting the show go on. Probably it’s the easiest thing to do. Probably we think it to be the easiest option, because nobody will be able to blame us for a “wrong” decision. Most of us are lucky enough to not realize that a defining moment has arrived until it has passed by, and then there’s nothing much we can do about it. But She was not one of those lucky ones. For her, she knew exactly when one of those defining moments arrived, she knew exactly when she committed the blunder, and she knew right then what her life was going to be.
Having a scientist as her father, her first vivid image about science were the indiscernible wave-forms known as the sinusoidal waves. And these were not happy images- for she knew that those wave-forms were accompanied by complex equations with weird symbols in them, and though they looked fancy, by then she had realized that everything fancy comes at a price.
While on one hand, she would be fascinated by the likes of Dickens, on the other she was told, that calculus was much more captivating. Wile on one hand she would understand the complex equations, on the other she would appreciate the intricate human emotions captured by Maupassant. With the continuous conflict in mind, went by another two years and she reached probably the biggest fork of her life-the fork tht would determine the course of her life’s journey-the one that would decided what she would be doing for the rest of her life to earn a living.
It was not a difficult decision. Her parents had already made it for her-by a simple rule of thumb-she was good in mathematics and physics, she had obtained pretty decent grades in those subject-and nobody could blame them for having an erroneous judgement, and thus, it was decided that she would be an engineer. And all she had to do was go up to her parents and state that she thought otherwise. Her parents were not dictators, they would obviously understand her viewpoint, and take her decision into their consideration because at the end of the day it was her life they were thinking of.
Just as she mustered enough courage and went to them, she saw her parents having a relaxed cup of coffee after a really busy day. On her approach, they turned to her and said “Nikita (who lived two floors above them) had got through the prestigious Delhi University, but the poor girl had got admission in Philosophy. If only she could have done better in her science subjects like you, she could have also gone for engineering.” And their eyes glittered with pride at their little girl’s achievement.

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LOVE CAN BE ARRANGED

Romantic by heart, she had always imagined that a knight in shining armor was there for her somewhere-the one with whom it would seem that the pieces of the jigsaw would fall together. She- a beautiful young girl who had not seen much of the outside world was ready to embrace it in all its glory- was shocked when her marriage was fixed with a very studious serious looking young man. For no specific reason that she could point her finger to,she had this feeling in her heart that this was so not meant to be. She being utterly carefree by nature never gave a second thought to her grades, he on the other hand was pursuing his doctorate in astrophysics while working as a professor. While she would like to discuss about the latest movies, he would like to talk about the “Theory of Relativity”, while she would devour the likes of Ray and Bibhutibhushan, he would turn the pages of IEEE Transactions. But, he was smitten by her beauty and her fiercely open nature. She on er part did not know whether to be thankful for the personal space he was providing her with or to be scared by his ever present somber expression.
Being the pampered child that she was, being matured was new to her and she was not handling the pressure well. After some initial adjustment issues, he felt that the two of them needed some time together-away from the rest of the family where neither could one make her feel sorry for herself for having to do the household work nor could one make her feel sorry for herself for having to do the household work nor could one point out her mistakes at the tiniest little things that she did. Upon landing in a strange city and entering into the strange house that he had rented for them, she went to freshen up. In the washroom she cried her heart out not knowing how she would survive in this strange city that was so far away from her home, how she would survive in this strange city that was so far away from her home, how she would manage the household-all these things were new to her. Never before had she come out of her comfort zone and this was not only coming out of her comfort zone but also living in it for God knew how long. After having spent the better part of an hour being immersed in the thoughts and fright of what her future had to offer, she came out of the shower to find her favorite food- chilly chicken and hakka noodles laid out in front of her on the table with her husband eagerly and patiently waiting for her.
The look in his eyes made her take a vow to herself-she might loathe every moment of this new life, but she would try to adjust and not let her inner sadness become a hindrance to this new phase of her life, even if she did not know what maturity was, she would try to act matured.
The two of them sat down to eat from the disposable plates and cutlery to start a journey more permanent in nature.

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Just Kidding!!!

On the way to Coffee House as they sat in the very last row of the bus, Aivi said, “I think we should go out together and see how it works.” Ranadip looked deep into her eyes, failed to read the sincerity in them and tried to laugh it away but looking at her somber expression he realized she meant what she said. “No, I don’t think that that’s going to go well. We are friends who have just started to know each other. I hardly know anything about you…..” True it had been just two months since they met in their office and it had just been just a few weeks since they had gotten acquainted beyond the formal “hi”. She bit her tongue. However coolly she had pretended to throw off the proposal as a mere idea, the fact remained that there’s a reason why girls don’t usually propose-they are way too emotional for handling rejection. And here, yet though she was rejected, she had to maintain het outward cool appearance and pretend that nothing had happened. A fiend of theirs to whom she had to confessed her feelings about Ranadip just the night before also started pretending that nothing had happened. This was the first time that she was seeing him outside the office walls. She had imagined hundreds of things they could talk about in their first informal meeting. She had played their scenario a dozen times in her head hone of them in which she had been rejected. Soon they got off at the busy Sealdah station where a couple of Ranadip’s friends with whom he went to college were waiting. She had just tagged along with him in order to find an opportunity to let him know how she felt about him never once having given a thought of the hours she would have to put up with, the awkwardness of it all arising from that one simple rejection if it so happened. Meeting his friends, she thought she found the reason for her being rejected- Olivia. Olivia with her extreme openness of nature seemed to be really close to him-rather a bit too close which Ranadip didn’t seem to mind at all. With each step towards the Coffee House her doubts regarding the two got stronger and although she was amidst a group of six people, her thoughts were only on two- Olivia and Ranadip. On their way return, Aivi felt Ranadip was uncomfortable around her, a quick retraction on his part if his arms brushed against her hand, let aside holding her hand while crossing the busy road- a thing which he usually did until then without putting much thought in to it. A stiff good-bye and each boarded their own train. A couple of days passed and each to heighten their pretense of being completely normal each in the presence of the other they got decided to go for a movie with a couple of other friends. As luck would have it, in a group of five people they ended up sitting next to one another. Throughout the entire movie nothing much was said but the increasing amount of discomfort could be sensed each sitting stiffly within their own perimeter for fear of grazing even each other’s arms. Gradually when it increased to a level where one could touch it they decided to take the first step. Her feeling for him was ruining their friendship, and not only theirs, if things progressed as they were, the others would sense the discomfort too and gradually the group of friends would no longer be able to hang out together. Giving him time to reach home, she took her phone and dialed his number. “I was kidding- just pulling your leg, I am not into you, don’t get so worked up for nothing.” She said with a laughter in her voice and tears in her eyes. “I know” he said and disconnected the call. She took her pillow ready to cry herself to sleep when the phone beeped. “I love you too….just didn’t know whether you meant it, until you said you were kidding….” was the text message sent by Ranadip.

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Easy Online Earning Without Investment -II

We now will introduce another miracle dollar earning site (and we don’t fool around when it’s money we are talking about). As with the previous one all you need are…….

  1. One Email ID.
  2. Paypal Account.
  3. Paypal account connected with Your Bank Account.
  4. Patience.
  5. Honesty.

New entry in this list is VIEWFRUIT

ViewFruit

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This is one if the most reliable websites for extra earning which offers surveys and for completing each survey you will be rewarded with 100-500 points. You stand a chance to get as many as 4-5 surveys in one single day.

In this way you can get easily 2000 points in a day.The Minimum payout from this site is 2500 points which means 5$.

Probably you will get to hear many negative feedbacks, such as disqualified, or for that matter you will never be allowed to complete any survey and hence won’t get paid, the simple solution to such problems-click on this link- ViewFruit. Clicking on this link will add you to our team circle through which in case you face any problem, you can ping us and we will gladly help you out. As with any survey, there’s always a target audience, again for which we will be able to guide you so you won’t end up spending time in the surveys which you are not eligible to complete. Also, being in our referral list, the surveys to which we are granted access we can distribute to My Survey Team,so you can complete and earn from those . As well as you can get your own survey also.

You don’t have to login in the site to complete the survey you will get the link in your registered mail so you can easily complete them.

Earning Proof:

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So you can earn money to Paypal and withdraw the money from Paypal to your bank account. But  the registered email in this site and paypal email should be same.Here are the payment options in Viewfruit.

For registering to this website please click OK the given link VIEWFRUIT  and join as a member of “My survey team” and earn more surveys as a member.

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So welcome to this earning website where we try to help your life a little by providing the website where you can get the extra income without any investment , so in case, there’s a question ringing in your mind, feel free to write it down and we will get back to you asap 🙂

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How to activate reliance jio internet in Redmi 2 Prime


Some of us have faced and issue while activating the jio sim internet on our redmi-2-prime mobile. We too faced it and here lies the solution:-

What WE have to Do:

1.Insert your jio Sim in first slot.

2. Activate it or check whether it is activated or not (call 1977)

3.Go to Settings.

4. Go to SIM cards & mobile networks and select the jio SIM card settings.

5. Click on the access point names and if there is jionet then select that one or click on “reset to Default”.

6. If “reset to Default” don’t solve your problem then click on “Add new APN” and give the new APN’s name and save it. Restart your mobile device.

the jio net will be visible in the internet connection list on you phone, wherein you have to select the APN…. and voila!!!! Enjoy the jio internet

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Secularism-it’s not a word, it’s a way of living

One doesn’t love a city just because of its scenic beauty or its malls, when we say we love a city it is because some very pleasant memories are etched to our mind-memories that have the ability to make us smile even when we feel blue, and those attached to these fond memories are who we hold close to our hearts.What makes a city famous is its history, its natural beauty, its contribution towards the economic development of the country and so on and so forth. But what makes a city great are its people. In the past seven months of my stay here in Bangalore, all I get to hear about the northerners is their lack of etiquettes and how loud and showy they are. On the other hand, the North Indians complain of the “south-indians” being aloof and not being friendly and welcoming enough. And although I know that there’s no real end to this war of words, still, whenever such a conversation strikes up, I inevitably end up thinking about a third kind of people- the Bengalis. And while many might argue that we Bengalis do not know how to live without any agendas and just need a reason to create unrest, I know that’s just because the majority of the blamers do not know what it takes to take a stand. True, we have a stand for and against everything under the Sun and the Moon and unlike the rest of India, we do not feel inhibited to voice our opinion unequivocally, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We not only voice our opinion but also stand by it till the very end, even if we end up paying heavily for our beliefs. Most of the Bongs like to think about things from a point of view that is beyond religion, caste, creed or any other bigotry for that matter. This is probably one of the many reasons that although we cannot boast of a strong economy we can boast of having a relatively more peaceful communal environment than most other Indian states.
I belong to what the Indian Constitution defines as the minority class of the population, and while many may not like it when I say that in my life I have seen and faced many issues just because of my religious beliefs, it is true. Once, while I was staying as a paying guest in Kolkata, the landlord suddenly asked me to vacate the premises on religious grounds. I was devastated because it is very difficult for a single working girl to find a suitable accommodation. I asked my friends who were staying with me if they would also vacate along with me as I felt this would serve the dual purpose of me being able to rent a flat with flat-mates I already knew as well as teach the landlord a lesson for harbouring communal feelings. The general tendency of the people being not to get involved in somebody else’s problem, I could not gather enough support. But one among them agreed. And she not only came out with me, she also had to bear a financial loss when the landlord did not agree to pay back the security deposit she had submitted while entering the premises. After this financial loss of hers when the two of us started our search for an apartment, we faced more issues, some because people were skeptical of letting out to two single working girls and others because of my religious beliefs. And while we were searching under the scorching heat of the sun getting one negative reply after the other, not once did she complain or make me realise by words or by gesture that she was doing me a favour by supporting me against the landlord. And in the end we did manage to find a place as per our liking and moved in.
The truth is that today, I really don’t harbour any ill-feelings towards those who refused to help me or who refused to let out their place to me that too because of a reason that is entirely personal to me and should not affect or concern them at all, as a matter of fact I won’t be able to recognise them should I accidentally happen to meet them on the road today, such is my indifference towards them. But I do remember this girl, and I am still very much in touch with her inspite of the distance and the hectic work schedules we have. I do remember that this particular girl helped me when none would. She who is much younger than me had the mentality and the maturity to support me not only through encouraging words but actually went ahead with me all the way, and to me she symbolises the true Bong girl-the kind of person that today’s communally torn India needs. She is the numero-uno of all my reasons for loving Kolkata.

Easy Online Earning Without Investment -I

While there’s a constant struggle to maintain a balance between income and expenditure, a little extra earning to satisfy a few indulgences is always welcome. Your needs vary according to your way of life, and guaranteed that though no one is ever truly completely satisfied with their earnings, still the fight to earn a little bit more goes on. Keeping this in mind, we have a few non time consuming options for all of you. All you need is an internet connection-a thing which one gets even in their hostels. So guys, if you want to take your girl out on a fancy date for her birthday but don’t know how to manage it with the pocket money you get form your parents, here’s an interesting way  to get out of the crunch, and girls-while we are going dutch in every sphere of life, it’s time you start surprising him too with tiny romantic gestures or making him go bonkers with a superb dress, or you just want to rock the world with those incredible stilettos you saw in the mall during you last visit, here’s the secret through which all of which you can afford the things ( and because we are not into some illegal business over here, you will be able to afford them on a realistic time scale, and not overnight) by hardly investing fifteen minutes out of your daily routine- just before you turn on that movie in your laptop.

However, things are not that rosy and golden, you have to be sincere during the entire process, because you don’t get paid by the minute- you earn money by completing surveys . Researchers gather their data by those survey and provide you a way to earn some extra bucks from it. But one of the most frightful question coming into your mind is “are they trustable?”. The answer of that question is a big “YES”. We have and continue to  receive payment from one such site. In future we will give you more options, but till then you can start with this one.

P.S : only those survey sites names will be mentioned here which we ourselves have tried and tested so that you guys do not have to go through the same problems  that we had faced as starters.

What you need to get those earning.

  1. One Email ID.
  2. Paypal Account.
  3. Paypal account connected with Your Bank Account.
  4. Patience.
  5. Honesty.

SwagBucks

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One of the most reliable website for extra earning. They give you swags for searching in their search engine and Surveys. Playing game is also and option but right now they disable it for cheating.(So be honest).

Earning in SwagBucks

  1. Daily One poll answer – 1 SwagBucks
  2. Search in their Search Engine – Normally 2-4 SwagBucks in each Search
  3. Daily One Survey – 60 SwagBucks
  4. Other Option For Survey in “Answers”
  5. Data Entry Job – 2-40 SwagBucks
  6. EmailSurvey – can be 20-400 SwagBucks (Not Daily)
  7. Daily Goals – if you complete the daily goals for SwagBucks earning then you can earn some bonus daily,weekly and monthly.
  8. One Hourly winner can earn 1000 SwagBucks also.

More……

Probably you will get to hear many negative feedbacks, such as these don’t work, or for that matter you will never be allowed to complete any survey and hence won’t get paid, the simple solution to such problems-click on this link- SwagBucks. Clicking on this link will add you to our circle through which in case you face any problem, you can ping us and we will gladly help you out. As with any survey, there’s always a target audience, again for which we will be able to guide you so you won’t end up spending time in the surveys which you are not eligible to complete. Also, being in our referral list, the surveys to which we are granted access but feel that you satisfy the given criteria of the target audience, we can personally for ward you the links of those

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Now let’s talk money- this website has an amazing store of rewards store. You can busy Flipkart/Amazon/Paypal/Jabong/Myntra/ShopClues/LifeStyle/Freecharge gift cards (500 SwagBucks required to order Rs.250 gift card).

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So welcome to this awesome website where we try to help your life a little , so in case, there’s a question ringing in your mind, feel free to write it down and we will get back to you asap 🙂

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Ten lesser known budget eating places in Kolkata…

Food…the one word that has the ability to excite all Bengalis. We Bengalis are very famous for our cuisine starting from machher jhol to our own version of chilli chicken and chowmein. Also, what makes food one of the essences of our Bengali existence and civilization is its affordability.

Whether as students or as working professionals, there’s always that time of the month when you cannot afford even a pack of cigarettes and think of switching over to beedis. This article is dedicated to all those who either live as students in the great city on their parent’s money (sometimes aided with a couple of odd tutoring class money) and to all those working professionals who find themselves broke in the middle of every month and think of saving from their next salary (but as we all know it only too well that ain’t gonna happen!!!)

So here, I thought that I would just share the ten eating joints, where u can go just with your girl-friend/boy-friend or you can go in a big gang, eat to your heart’s content without digging a big hole in your pocket.

  1. GolbarirKoshaMangsho: If you have heard about it but haven’t gone yet, please do…there’s nothing like it. Right at the five-point crossing in Shyambazar, exists the paradise for mutton lovers. The mutton so tender, the curry just the right amount of spicy, the soft, not-too-oily parathas, along with a side pickle and two odd rings of raw onion, it’s absolutely delectable. Also, you get to sit on a very low stool, in a semi-underground room –the old school cabin style-with the aroma of the mutton surrounding you from all sides. Just a word of caution though, a winter evening will be the best time because of the structure of the place, and on weekends go a bit early because it’s very highly in demand.
  2. Jadavpur University #4 gate’s Phuchka: So, its “that time of the month” and you need to take your girl-friend out, and me being a girl can bet my life on the fact that your girl-friend will love phuchka-but wait…this is not any ordinary phuchka, even if you are not a die-hard fan of phuchka, the “dadu” has the ability of making you fall in love with phuchka. I personally think that the only other place in Kolkata which can give dadu’s phuchka a run for its money is situated in the corner of Bethune College opposite to the park.
  3. Bazigar’sHubba Roll: This is a small take away counter located in the 8B bus stand in Jadavpur. It’s one of the most filling, money saving snack that I have ever had with boiled egg and a very spicy mashed potato with vegetables enclosed in a paratha. The spice level is just perfect and is ideal for enjoying the crowd while having something really tasty to munch at.
  4. Mandarin Gourmet: Though this is not entirely in sync with the entire money saving concept because although compared to the rest of the cities in India, the price is nothing, but compared to the other joints mentioned in this article, this is a tad more expensive, but the Chinese cuisine here is simply superb. Also just off the EM Bypass such a calm and quite location with a huge number of restaurants can exist was beyond my imagination, but out of all the other restaurants, this one is definitely one of the very best.
  5. Ridhdhi-Sidhdhi: who said you have to go to Mumbai for the perfect paw-bhaji, you can get the very best in our own aamchhi Kolkata at Camac Street. This is a small eatery with a decent sitting facility available, a friendly atmosphere, and even if you do not like paw-bhaji you can always go for the other various snacks like dosa and the varieties of chats they have on their menu card.
  6. Zeeshan’s Kati Roll: Kolkata is so famous for its rolls that even in the other major cities, many roll joints will claim their rolls to be the original Kolkata rolls and on that note the kati roll of Zeeshan’s is not to be missed. Kati roll is not so uncommon in Kolkata but what sets apart Zeeshan’s kati roll is its tender meat and the super soft paratha which is totally non-oily, and will make you feel craving for more while filling you up completely.
  7. Roadside grilled chicken sandwich: Located on Short street (the tiny road next to Camac street Pantaloons- right next to the Pizza Hut counter) there are these three to four roadside shops where you will get the most value for money grilled chicken sandwich (also a very good spot for paw bhaji) and to top it up, after you have filled yourself up and feel the urge for a drink, they make very refreshing masala cold drinks too-complete solution for food and thirst well within budget.
  8. Denzong’s Kitchen: Located on Prince Anwar Shah Road, within a very close proximity of the famous South City Mall, this tiny place will just sweep you off your feet with its soft delicately cooked momos, thukpa and shapta. This place although situated on Anwar Shah Road provides a very calm atmosphere and in the evenings is an ideal place for couples to hang and speak or a group of friends to have some fun.
  9. Shyamoldar Cha: Every great idea in Bengaloriginated over a cup of Cha and nothing can beat Shyamoldar Cha in a huge “maatir bhaand”. Also, for those extreme tea lovers, you will be delighted to see a bhaand that will satisfy your thirst for tea with just one serve. With a variety of the local bakery biscuits and a special version of masala maggi with spice and egg you can happily puff away. The best part about this small road-side tea joint is that even sitting on a small bench surrounded by overtly noisy students, you can have a very personal conversation with your special someone, and while you are sipping your Cha, you will get to hear so many ongoing interesting bites that you will be entertained and would not feel the lack of company in case you have decided to alone.
  10. A-1 Hazi’s Roll: Located on Dumdum road, ask any one-student to a seventy year old woman, they will be able to guide you to this roll shop. What’s more…in case you are hungry you can also grab a plate of very affordable chicken biryani. Because of its huge sale you need not worry about the quality of the raw materials used, and can just have a gigantic roll on your way to run some errands or sit and have with your partner for the evening.

So, although it’s “that time of the month” go out with your friends or your special someone and have finger licking good food at totally affordable price, and while you are in Kolkata enjoy these food joints, because no other city in the entire world would be able to provide you with so many delicious options at such a price. So, next time rather than hanging out in one of the more established “branded” food joints and checking in on Facebook try these, and you will end up enjoying the real world so much that the virtual world won’t matter anymore to you.

 

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Oh My Kolkata!!!

Kolkata is not the city I have grown up in as a kid, it’s not the city in which I was born, it is the city in which I developed as a human being. As a kid, I was terrified of the city. I was brought up in the beautiful valley of Dehradun-the tranquility, the calmness, the peace, the hills-all in stark contrast with the hustling-bustling, hot, sweaty, polluted, over-populated city of Kolkata. As Bengalis, every year during the two-month long summer vacation, we would make an annual trip to the City of Joy (back then to me it wasn’t). I started staying in Kolkata in 2010 up until 2014-and though it may sound clichéd the truth remains, that those are till date the best days of my life. Since 2014, I have travelled halfway across the world to USA, could not bring myself to like it there, eventually came back to India’s silicon valley-Bangalore, but not one day passes when I don’t miss Kolkata. All my relatives, my boy-friend stay there, but more than missing them, I miss Kolkata, I miss the city of Kolkata. In the evenings, I miss Park Street, during afternoons I miss the tiny by-lanes of Shobha Bazar-the calmness of the yesteryear houses, during winter I miss Maidan, the St. Paul’s Cathedral and in the morning I miss the Howrah bridge, but during the entire day I miss the 8-B bus stand.

Kolkata is a food paradise, but when I read the food-blogs online, I often come across a few famous, already known to people ones like Peter Cat’s chelo kebabs, Flury’s pastries, Mocambo’s devilled crabs and so on and so forth. I do not deny that they are absolutely delectable and an absolute embodiment of perfection, but to me Kolkata’s food is much more than these elegant, posh restaurants of Park Street. The beauty of Kolkata’s food also lies in its affordability and the local adda that one gets for free with the food. I have lived in Kolkata as a student while pursuing my Master’s degree from Jadavpur University. For those of you who have lived in the Jadavpur  “chottor” you will know what an absolutely exciting place it is starting from the 8B bus stand, to the Jadavpur Railway Station, the 2nd gate of the university, the “chaar number” gate, with ShamoldarChaa and Maggi, the whole area is vibrant. It is my favorite place to be and even when you are in the worst of mood one walk through this area is bound to cheer you up. The one thing that makes Kolkata stand out from amongst the various other metros is its retro charm, you go to the local chai wala, you will not only get a cup of chai, you will also get to know about everything that’s happening across the globe starting from Obama and ending at the local parar dada and that is the reason, why you won’t feel lonely in this city or rather feel the lack of a company in this old-world metro. I recently went to Kolkata this December. I went there after seventeen months so obviously I was in a very elated place mentally, because somehow even the aerial view of Kolkata has the ability to make me happy. As is usually the case with all the Bengalis, I wanted to carry back the famous NolengurerSandesh with me. As I was getting my sweets packed and also having those which could not be possibly packed and yapping away to glory with my boyfriend, an elderly gentleman came and picked up a conversation with me about the very many sweets that were available in the store and finally asked who the guy standing with me is, to which I just smiled and he lovingly laughed back and wished us a very happy future together. It so happens that Kolkata is the only city in India where I can expect a total stranger to talk to me in such a loving manner, without even knowing my name and actually wish us a good future whereas in the rest of the country people are way too much busy with their hectic work schedule.

I also remember hundreds of such incidences wherein I would go for a cup of tea alone to a very small chai-wala and return back a couple of hours later, having puffed a couple of cigarettes and some very intellectual conversation with someone who was almost the age of my grandfather and in my heart I would feel very satisfied after having gotten to know so much from a total random stranger whom I might not see again. Such is the beauty of Kolkata.

People nowadays say that the Calcuttians have changed a lot, nowadays people have stopped bothering about others, and it is not the same old culture that is followed by many, but what we tend to forget is that it is people like us who have always blamed the Bengali chromosome for being over-emotional, for not being professional, for not being as progressive as the rest of the country and it is us-the very same people who blame us for what we have turned the city and its people into.

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কে পাগল ?

অফিসে বসে থাকতে থাকতে আর ভাল লাগছিল না অভির। আর ক-একটা দিন ত বাকি মাত্র পূজোর । এসময়ে কি আর কাজে মন বসে। সেসময়ে আচামকা কানে এল কাথাটা। এগিয়ে গেল সে আলোচোনার দিকে, কথাটা প্রথমে ঠিক সে বিশবাস করতে পারে নি। আসলে এসময়ে এরকম একটা মারাত্মক ঘটনার জন্যে অভি তৈরি ছিল না। কিন্তু গিয়ে শুনল না ঘটনা টা ঠিক-ই। এখনি সবাই যাচ্ছে, আনিচ্ছা থাকলেও উঠতে হল আভিকে। কিন্তু আর গিয়ে কি হবে যা হবার তো হয়েই গেছে।

আভ্রা-র গাড়ীতে বসে যেতে যেতে একটাও ক্থা বলে নি অভি। চুপচাপ বসে ভাবছিল নিলয় এর ক্থা। ছেলে-টা এভাবে চলে গেল। নিলয় বলেছিল সে একটা মেয়ে কে ভালবাসে । এখন মনে এল সেই মেয়ে টার নাম টাও অভি জানে না।জিজ্ঞাসা করার প্র্য়োজনও মনে করে নি কোনোদিন।মাঝে মাঝে নিলয় বলতো সে চুপচাপ শুনতো তার ক্থা। কোনোদিন পাল্টা প্রশ্ন করে নি। নিলয় বলতো মেয়েটার নাকি মাথায় গন্ডোগোল ছিল , তাই তার বাড়ির লোকেরা সেই মেয়েকে মেনে নিতে পারছিল না। অভি তখন বলত তো সেই পাগল মেয়েকেই তোকে বিয়ে করতে হবে, আর কি কোনো মেয়ে নেই। নিলয় চুপ করে যেতো, মাথা নিচু করে বলতো সবাই এই কথাই বলে।তারপর একভাবে চলে যেতো নিজের ডেস্কে।কিছুদিন আগে বলেছিল ওর দাদা নাকি মেয়েটার বাড়ি গিয়ে যাচ্ছেতাই বলে এসেছে, তাতে নাকি মেয়েটার বাড়ির লোকজন ওকে অন্যকোথাও রেখে এসেছে আর ফোন টাও কেড়ে নিয়েছে। ওদের মধ্যে ক্থা এখন পুরোপুরি বন্ধ। অভি বলেছিল ছার না তোর মেয়েটাকে এবার। অন্যকোথাও বিয়ে করে ফেল , সব ঠিক হয়ে যাবে। ঠিক অবশ্য হয়েই গেলো।

শশ্মান থেকে ফেরার পথে একটা প্রশ্ন বারবার মাথাচাড়া দিয়ে উঠছে অভির মাথায়। সেটাকে সরিয়ে রেখে সে ভাবতে চেষ্টা করল আজকের ঘটনার ক্থা। নিলয় রাত ৩ টের সময়ে আত্মহ্ত্মা করেছে। সুইসাইড নোটে যা পাওয়া গেছে তা থেকে বোঝা যায় নিলয় অনেক চেষ্টার পর আগেরদিন পলা-র সাথে ফোনে ক্থা হ্য় । হ্যাঁ মেয়েটির নাম পলা। নিলয় পলা কে বলে যে তারা দুজনে পালিয়ে বিয়ে করবে। পলা যেনো তাকে ঠিক পরের দিন রাত তিন টের মধ্যে ফোন করে। আর যদি না করে তাহলে নিল্য় আত্মহ্ত্মা করবে। তো সেইদিন রাতে ৩ টের সময়ে নিলয় গলায় দড়ি দিয়ে আত্মহ্ত্মা করে। কিন্তু তার ফোনে প্রচুর মিসকল ছিল, তবে সবকটা ৩ঃ০৫ এর পর থেকে। না, আবার সেই প্রশ্নটা মাথায় উঠে এলো মনের মধ্যে “আসলে পাগল টা কে ছিল?পলা,নিলয়, নাকি আমরা যারা বলেছিলাম যে এই মেয়েকে বিয়ে করে কি লাভ তারা”

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Small size life in kingsize mode