Amalkanti wanted to be sunshine by Nirendranath Chakraborty

Nirendranath Chakraborty was a noted Bengali poet from India, recipient of Sahitya Akademi award, India’s National Academy of letters. This is a translation of his Bengali poem, অমলকান্তি রোদ্দুর হতে চেয়েছিল, which literally means – Amalkanti wanted to be sunshine Translated by Mystic Wanderer Amalkanti wanted to be sunshine by Mystic Wanderer is licensed under […]

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Life Over Two Beers And Other Stories by Sanjeev Sanyal

Life Over Two Beers And Other Stories is Sanyal’s first published work of fiction. In his own words “—it sent me on a happy journey and I will probably remain primarily a non-fiction writer.” This collection of mostly satirical short stories is very approachable. A quick read, it elicits a smile or an acknowledgement every […]

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson became a sensation with the publication of his Millennium trilogy. Sadly, only after his untimely death. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first of the trilogy, is a page turner and keeps one glued till the end. I had already seen the movie. I wish I hadn’t. While you can make an […]

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Les règles du voyage

I thought I had taken care of everything. But I was in for a rude shock. “…and what is your ETA”, the check-in staff enquired innocuously. What does my Estimated time of Arrival have anything to do with my flight check-in? As I momentarily grappled with this incredulity, I understood, from her response, that ETA […]

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Dangal by Aamir Khan

To do things differently requires guts. There’s the risk of becoming an outcast, among friends, family, neighbors, strangers. But the greatest enrichments are open only to those who muster the courage to do things differently. Those, despite risk of failure and ostracism, who willingly tread the road less traveled open themselves up also to the […]

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I AM THAT by Nisargadatta Maharaj

“I am That”, as its apt subtitle says, is a collection of talks with the great Indian mystic, and has gems of wisdom strewn across almost all its chapters.  Here’s one I discovered in Chapter 5, on a renewed journey along it’s profound pages, that expounds the value of avoiding contradictions in thought and action […]

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বল মা কি আচারে, রামপ্রসাদ সেন

Following my previous post on the translation, here is the original Bengali poem by  Sri Ramprasad Sen. বল মা কি আচারে   রামপ্রসাদ সেন বল মা কি আচারে কি মন্ত্র বিচারে কোন উপচারে পূজিব মা   কি নামে ডাকিব কি মন্ত্র পাঠিব কি দিয়ে গঠিব তোমার প্রতিমা   শুনেছি পুরানে বেদাগামতন্ত্রে জীত্শক্তি  মা তুমি জীব দেহযন্ত্রে মা তুমি জাগিবে কোন উদ্বোধন মন্ত্রে […]

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How to call you, Mother? A translation of a song by Ramprasad Sen

Bengal, despite its current state of dilapidation, has produced some towering saints in its rich history. Ramprasad Sen can surely be counted among them. A great eighteenth century mystic and Kali devotee, he was also a gifted poet and singer. His songs are popular to this day. Paramahansa Yogananda was a great admirer of Sri Ramprasad, his […]

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Auld Lang Syne

Wishing all who enter this blog, by design or accident, a year of great cheer and reading!   Three six five and more of fleeting days of yore have lapsed, o’ believe since first keystrokes of me. Dormant mask I wore through most this year; remorse I now feel slightly. Future be more sprightly . […]

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Akira Kurosawa: Something Like an Autobiography

Among Japanese film makers, no one is perhaps as universally known as Akira Kurosawa. “Something like an Autobiography” is an account of the legendary director’s early life. It is only a partial account, encompassing his childhood, adolescenct years, the early years of his film career, up to the point of Rashomon. Nonetheless, the book benefits […]

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