Sunday, March 1, 2015

Science City The Most prominent Post Colonial land mark of Kolkata

In a tropical country like India, the outdoor is sunny and more inviting than the indoors for most part of the year. In the Science Park, of Kolkata Science city people come closer to plants, animals and other objects in their natural surroundings and also learn about the basic principles of science in an open air learning environment. 

The only of its kind in India and the largest in the Indian Subcontinent managed by  National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Science City Kolkata has become one of the most prominent post colonial land mark of Kolkata.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Kolkata Book Fair

A fair that was started by the  Kolkata Publishers' and Booksellers' Guild in 1976 mainly to compensate the lack of Book Stores and supplement the Book district of college street has turned into the biggest Non Trade Book Fare in the world. Its a non trade book fair because this winter fair held in Kolkata is mainly for the readers and general public and not for the Whole sellers and distributors like the Frankfurt Book Fair. Its the world's Largest Non Trade Book Fair, Asia's largest Book Fair and third largest annual  conglomeration of books after the Frankfurt Bookfair and the London Book Fair. Its also the bookfair with the most footfall averaging 2000000 people attending this fair.  

This Book fair was used to be known as Calcutta Book Fair in English, and officially Antarjatik Kolkata Boimela or Antarjatik Kolkata Pustakmela is now known as the International Kolkata Book Fair.

 Considered an inherent part of Kolkata and with some people attending the fare daily, has a typical fair ground experience with picnickers, Singers, songwriters, small art sellers, candy floss sellers etc and all these fair themes having a bookish flavor turns the Kolkata Book Fair into a fair unavailable elsewhere.

The fair used to be held for seven days earlier but on popular demand it has been extended to be a 12 affair instead of the regular 7 days. It starts on the last Wednesday of January and ends on the first or second Sunday of February . Its planned in such a way that it ensures that Kolkatans have their payday in between and tries to miss the Saraswati Puja ( Saraswati Puja is a Hindu Goddess of Learning and hence many Kolkatans worship Books on this day and do not touch Books for any other reasons)

Car of Commissioner of Police Kolkata.
A Stall set up by the Kolkata Police. It has several interesting pieces of exhibits like a machine gun that was surrendered to Mahatma Gandhi, a Lipstic Gun, Several old revolvers and pistols,The one item that draws the maximum crowd is the Car of Commissioner of Police Kolkata official car that was bought in the year 1956 at the cost of Rs.18000.00 for the then Commissioner Mr. Hari Sadhan Ghosh Chowdhury. Commissioners from then has been using this car some for their entire tenure , some for days and few for hours but all have used it atleast once. This is a Dodge model from Kingsway. Demonstrations on Bomb Disposal , Disaster management, Police sketch on criminals etc. 

Stall of Jago Bangla ( A mouth Piece of The ruling party of West Bengal)

Stall of Jago Bangla ( A mouth Piece of The ruling party of West Bengal)

Stall setup for the Little magazines.

Keeping up with the flavour of the fare International Kolkata Book Fare also allows other artists and craftsmen to showcase and sell their wares apart from Books, the fair has several stalls and shops setup by the artists involved in making and marketing of art and crafts, Handicrafts. Like there are stalls of artists drawing portraits, Pictures , Micro art, Medinipur ' POT CHITRA' , Handicrafts items made on and of various items like beetle nut, Grass, Straw, Rajma (Kidney Bean), Glass, Paper mache 

This is Micro art, art on extremely small piece of medium rike , Rice ,( As shown in the picture) , Lentil, Pin Head, matchstick tip  etc.

A Chitokor from Medinipur folk-paintaing a T-Shirt

Potchitro of Medinipur. The unique style of art using leisurely strokes of  bright colours to create stories with the painting. These paintings often depicts traditional mythological tales, tribal rituals,contemporary themes and s on. These paintings in elaborate form also has a song attached to it and are sung along with scrolling of the paintings as medium of  narration.

Medinipur Pot Chitra

Many great artisans together

A Rum Bottle painted beautifully, 

A Nicely painted Bottle.

A Medinipur artist known as CHITROKOR painting on a KULA.

Chandradittya enjoying the art?

A Miniature idol of Ganesh made from Resin

A small decorative piece made of Jute twigs

Jewellery made from Grass

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The First Medal

Today was the Sports day at my Son's School (Gems Akademia International School ). Attila (Chandradittya Banik) won the third prize in 30 meter 'Crayon and Run' event. He also did well 150 meter Relay but the team got disqualified due to some silly mistakes by one of the team mate. Anyway this is just the beginning. Congrats Son. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

My Little Artist

My son has made a drawing.. He is not those artist type , he does not have time to sit and write , let alone draw. He is so impatient that he generally skips alphabets in between words to make it short for him to write and this boy has drawn this. I am getting pleasant surprises from him quite frequently. Feeling Happy.

Sitting quietly and thinking what mischief to do next.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Jawaharlal Neheru was instrumental in killing Netaji

Dr. Subramaniam Swamy of BJP, the man who has unearthed many conspiracies and scams in India has made another startling revelation in Merut on the eve of Nataji Birth anniversary.  He has dropped a bomb when he said at a function in Merut that Subhash Chandra Bose has not died of a  plane crash, ( A theory the congress wanted the Indian to believe) Instead he was killed in Russia, and Jawaharlal Nehru had a direct connection to this cold blooded murder.

At the end of the World War 2 Netaji was declared a war criminal and Netaji ( Subhash Chandra Bose ) started looking for a safe place to move to, and continue his struggle for Indian Independence. He zeroed in on Russia as the safe heaven to carry on his fight ,  and moved to Manchuria (then was in control of Russia) and then went on to Russia. Russia however arrested Subhash Chandra Bose on the orders of Stalin ( committed similar crimes like Adolf Hitler but by virtue of being on the winning side of the war his crimes were forgotten and forgiven) .

Soon after taking Subhash Bose in Custody Stalin contacted Jawaharlal Neheru in December 1945 to know what should be done with Subhash Bose, Jawaharlal Nehru in turn contacted the British Prime Minister and informed him through a letter typed by Shyamlal Jain the stenographer to Jawaharlal Nehru. Shyamlal Jain informed the 'Khosla' Commission regarding this letter but this crucial piece of  evidence was nullified by the commission by asking Shyamlal Jain of proof of writing the letter. 

On receipt of the letter from Nehru the British moved promptly and contacted Stalin and pressured  him to execute Netaji, as he was one of the most potent enemy of England .

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Where is the only Saraswati Temple in West Bengal?

Pushkar in Rajasthan is a place which is associated with Brahma Deva, Here you will find the only temple of Brahma Dev, and also temple of Ma Saraswati also known as 'Sabitri'. It is said in Matsya puran that while creating the universe Brahma dev created 10 men known as ' Manas Putra' and among them was one girl called ' Manas Kanya' She is also known as Devi Saraswati the presiding deity of knowledge and learning.

Most probably the only temple dedicated to Ma Saraswati in West Bengal is at No.1 Umesh Chandra Das Lane , Panchanantala , Howrah. Its claimed that such a permanent temple offering daily prayer dedicated to Ma Saraswati functions nowhere else in the whole state of West Bengal.

There is no one unanimous date of establishment of this uncommon temple. The date ranges from 1919 ( The year of Mr. Umesh Chandra Das died) to 3-4 years later .It is said that noted educationist late Mr Umesh Chandra Das was the main initiator of the temple. In the book ' Howrar Itihas' ( History of Howrah ) researcher Late Mr. Asit Kumar Bandhopaddhay has  mentioned that late Mr Umesh Chandra Das got the Idol designed from Jaipur, Rajasthan and put it in his house. Though Ma Saraswati in Rajasthan is worshiped in a form without Veena (The musical instrument associated with Saraswati Devi.) , The idol here features Ma Saraswati with Veena. 

Inscriptions from plates in the temple, it can be said that the sons of late Mr Umesh Chandra Das completed the temple after his demise. This temple has found mention in several books on history by noted researchers. Like Late Mr. Amullya charan Vidya Bhushan mentions while reffereing about Ma saraswati in one of his books 'that the only temple of Ma Saraswati in West Bengal is in Umesh Chandra Das Lane in Howrah. Pandit Shibendra Shastri in his book on various families from Bengal mentions about this temple. 

Daily prayers are offered here and during the yearly Saraswati Puja day this temple gets overwhelmed with worshipers. 

The Temple seems to be in a dilapilated state and needs renovation else we might loose another piece of our History.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Ajand Hind Sarkar's Treasury was Looted by Jawarharlal Neheru

26th January, 1944, Rangoon. India is celebrating its Independence Day. In a large mass gathering at the municipal building premises, Netaji is delivering his speech.

In that mass gathering more than sixty thousand non-resident Indians were spellbound and overwhelmed by Netaji’s speech. In his speech Netaji appeals to the mass to make donations to create Azad Hind Fund which will help to fight against English and British imperialism. Netaji had proclaimed war against these two super powers in the midnight of 23rd October, 1943 just three months back.

Netaji’s call has created an enormous hue and cry among the crowd. It was such a clarion call! Everyone yearns to sacrifice whatever they had. All the civilians are ready to be penniless and mendicants for raising funds for the Azad Hind Army to fight the enemy.

U. Toy, an officer with the British Intelligence Bureau in his “The Spring Tiger” says -
‘in a public gathering on 29th May, 1944 Subhas Chandra had managed to accumulate nearly fifty lakh from his own valuable and prized stuffs. A businessman greatly influenced at this had donated all his property. Women also donated their ear rings, necklace and money. Near Tongur, the manager of Jewad D Sugar Estate, handed over the Estate to Subhas Chandra. He started to consider this as a property of Free India. All the taxes collected from this Estate has also started to be considered as the fund of the interim government of Free India. The effect of Azad Hind Army on the Indian Public was enormous. The enthusiasm and curiosity which was found in the mind of non-resident Indians were an invaluable period of Indian History.

Donating everything he becomes impoverishes - Azad Hind Government Fund has been formed. Such patriotic persons were Netaji’s main resources. But what happened till the end? The massive fund of Azad Hind Government was grasped by Jawaharlal Nehru. It was a black episode of History.

Nehru and his associates burgled the Azad Hind Fund.

After the power devolution there was many financial scams in Indian history. With all those scams the associated persons were the powerful peoples of Central Government ruling party. Several of those scams were flashed in news-paper and few were never unfolded and most of the Indians are unaware about those.

Jawaharlal Nehru was directly involved in such a scam – The loot of thousands of Crores of Indian rupees of Azad Hind Government.

Few Government Files -

 From these files it has been established that Jawaharlal Nehru looted thousands of Crores of Indian rupees of Azad Hind Government.

1) File No. Poll (S) 490/46

2) File No. 25/4/NGO (Vol-1)

3) File No. 2/64/78

4) File No. 2/64/PMO

Except these files, there are several evidences vindicating this fact. On 6th September of 1946, the Governor of Singapore wrote a letter to the Indian government with the information.

“So the List of I.N.A Fund – very large sum of money was extracted by Indian Independence League Committee in the large towns throughout the occupied territories, collected huge amount of rupees from these (Japanese occupied territories) areas. That fund so collected were handed over to the Provisional Government and by it used to finance the Indian National Army in the war with Alliance with Japan against Alliance.”

Here, one more important matter should be noted. The majority of the collected money remained intact. It was noticed by Nehru.

Nehru – Mountbatten two main Conspirators

During the World War-II Mountbatten was the supreme commander of Allied force in south-east Asia. Eduina Mountbatten, wife of Mountbatten was intimate with Nehru. This distinctive characteristic weakness of Nehru was superbly used by British Government. It’s entirely unlikely that Nehru was deeply associated with the Mountbatten who was completely against the freedom of India. Nehru always prioritized his own avidity rather than India’s interest.

In that meeting the decisions like India Partition and restrict Netaji from returning to the country were taken. It was also planned how Nehru could become the prime minister of India.

Another issue of discussion was “how to grab the massive amount of unused property of Azad Hind Government?”

It was also stated in that file:

“It’s is most probable that, Mountbatten did not have any idea about the I.N.A Fund which he proposed to handover to Nehru. Before the meeting with Nehru, it was said to Mountbatten that there were few properties. It is easy to realize that, when the decision was taken, it was also decided that the decision about other funds s would be taken later.

Greed comes faster. Same thing happened with Nehru also. He wrote two letters to Major General Holmes on 26th and 27th March. From one of the letter it is evident that

“The writer (Nehru) expects that the Indian Government (British Government in India) will hand-over all the funds to Nehru because he formed a trust”.

It was found from the file that –

The asset value was about about 147163.00 Pound.

It is an exciting fact that, Nehru used to keep Gold in Indian Oversees Bank. 5.634 Kg Gold was kept among 13 packets with an estimated value of 18 thousand 281 Pound. This Gold’s been in the fund, but was not deposited to the Fund supervisor.

Nehru and his associates

The peoples associated with Mr. Nehru to cheat this huge property were Gopal Sing (The fund in charge of South-East Asia), S.A.Ayar (Publicity Minister of Azad Hind Government who betrayed later) and Col. Figesh (Investigation departmental head of British Embassy at Tokyo) – Among others there were Rammurti, Captain Thairatate.

When Netaji was going towards unknown destination from Saigon, he told Ayar to bring all the Properties including Gold by a plane. But Ayer thought differently. Mind was full of greed. Ayer wrote: “Something went on hammering into my head that I was seeing Netaji for the last time in my life”.

Then – Ayer went to Tokyo with all the properties and Gold and Contacted Rammurti , Kornel Figesh and few others.

He came back to India and got in contact of Nehru. Nehru sent him to Tokyo. The main objective was to grab the assets. Finally the property came in the hand of Nehru. The scandal story finally ends. Nehru and his associates loots the Thousand Crores of Rupees.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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Monday, January 19, 2015

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Settled abroad and rattled?

If you are among those from the subcontinent who lives abroad but longs the dearness of home. Then there is Good news for you. No, It cant take you to your home but can give you some comfort when you dress up in a Saree or Kurta your Mom loved to see you wear, or how about pleasuring yourself with some hot cooked meal like you used to do in your times back home.

 Its possible now to take you closer to your home through your stomach and here you will find all those unique to spices, pickles, vgetables, without which your 'Sambar or Paratha or any of those specialised Indian dishes is simple Incomplete.

You can also indulge yourself with the luxury of Authentic Indian Apparels, Home furnishing , Sarees, kurtas and others ethnic wear to give you a more closer to home Feel.