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|Jun. 30th, 2006 07:10 pm Why Toilets Were Introduced On Indian Trains.|
The Indian railway was born in the month of April, 1853. India was
under the British regime then. The first ever railway train carrying
400 people in 14 carriages covered 14 miles between Mumbai and thane
in about 75 minutes. The railway system was introduced to serve
colonial interests of the British rulers. By 1880, India had a
reasonably well developed railway system.
Subsequently class system was introduced enabling Indians to travel by
train. Indians were not allowed the luxury of traveling first class.
They had to travel by third class. Basic passenger amenities were not
available for Indian passengers. One Indian's voice rose against this
Okhil Chandra Sen wrote this letter to the Sahibganj(Today's
Jharkhand) divisional railway office in 1909:
"I am arrived by passenger train Ahmedpur station and my belly is too
much swelling with jackfruit. I am therefore went to privy. just I
doing the nuisance the guard making whistle blow for train to go off
and I am running with "lotah" in one hand and "dhoti" in next when I
am fall over and expose all my shocking to man and female women on
platform. I am got leaved at Ahmedpur station. This too much bad, if
passenger go to make dung that dam guard not wait train for five
minutes for him. I am therefore pray your honor to make big fine on
that guard for public sake. Otherwise I making big report to papers."
Any guesses why this letter was of historic value? It is on display at
the Railway Museum in New Delhi. It was also reproduced under the
caption "Travelers' Tales" in the Far Eastern Economic Review. This
led to the introduction of toilets on Indian railways.
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|Jun. 11th, 2006 01:15 am Baker's Naturalism|
'Fallen Monarchs' by William Bliss Baker(1859—1886) is one good example of Naturalism.The artwork of this NewYork born American artist, especially his landscape paintings are considered some of the best examples of the 19th Century Realism movement. An important part of the naturalist movement(which played a key role in the 19th c. realism movement) was its Darwinian perspective of life and its view of the futility of man up against the forces of nature...somewhere has had a distinct link with Lem's neologist literary works.
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|Jun. 4th, 2006 08:28 pm The Olympian Hallucination : A Cartoon By Me!!!|
This is an exact depiction of the reverie i had after having a whole bottle of Vodka and a few plates of Cocktail Sausage at Oly Pub...'A Midsummer Day's Dream'!!!
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|Jun. 4th, 2006 02:58 am The Dreams Of A Fallen Angel (And Old Monk)|
My nightmares are drawing nearer! There are no choices left. Nothing but a straight line. The illusion comes afterwards, when you ask 'Why me?' and 'What if?'. When you look back and see the branches, like a pruned bonsai tree, or forked lightning. If you had done something differently, it wouldn't be you, it would be someone else looking back, asking a different set of questions.
The past is a gaping hole. You try to run from it, but the more you run, the deeper it grows behind you, its edges yawning at your heels. Your only chance is to turn around and face it. But it's like looking down into the grave of your love, or kissing the mouth of a gun, a bullet trembling in its dark nest, ready to blow your head off.As surely as the bullet rips through the victim's flesh, organ, and bone, it shatters the image of the man who pulled the trigger.
The past is a puzzle, like a broken mirror. As you peice it together, your image keeps shifting. And you change with it. It could destroy you, drive you mad. It could set you free.Einstein was right. When you're looking down the barrel of a gun time slows down, your whole life flashes by, heartbreak and scars. Stay with it and you could live a lifetime in that split second!!!Death is inevitable. Our fear of it makes us play safe, blocks out emotion. It's a losing game. Without passion you are already dead.
The rain was comin' down like all the angels in heaven decided to take a piss at the same time. When you're in a situation like mine, you can only think in metaphors.When entertainment turns into a surreal reflection of your life, you're a lucky man if you can laugh at the joke. Luck and I weren't on speaking terms. Your past has a way of sneaking up on you. You'll hear broken echoes of it everywhere, like a bad replay. You'll get mad at everyone for reminding you about it, even if it's all in your head. Hypothetically, if the only choice you've got is to do the wrong thing, then it's not really the 'wrong' thing, is it? It's more like fate.Throw the rules out the window, odds are you'll go that way too!
The trouble with wanting something is the fear of losing it, or never getting it. The thought makes you weak....I felt the rise of that old familiar feeling... I hated it... I welcomed it... the things that I want by Nemo. A smoke. A Rum.For the sun to shine. My girl back.Unlimited ammo and a license to kill..... Firing a gun is a binary choice, you either pull the trigger or you don't... I didn't deserve to walk away. There are no happy endings.
....I had a dream of my wife. She was dead. But it was alright.
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|May. 28th, 2006 10:27 pm My exaggerated self potrait...|
Done in paintbrush.
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|May. 23rd, 2006 12:07 am Happy Birthday to you, Sir Arthur Conandoyle!!!|
Celebrating the 148th birthday of a genius novelist!
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|May. 18th, 2006 09:29 pm Book Cover Design : By Me|
"Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know"......
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|May. 11th, 2006 07:11 pm Sab laal-e laal ho jayega....jab hosh thikane ayega!|
See they again took over the state, once again they won! Is this what we deserve, when we cry for a CHANGE? NO CHANGE? why? Because they say that we have got no alternative to vote for? is that so? is there nothing we can really do? nothing at all?
Again, "the Lord hates a coward." But who should fight now...? me...? you...? What we had in common - our restlessness, our impassioned spirits, and a love for the open road. I think thats where we all meet; our thoughts meet. And at this meeting point our last wish for a CHANGE survives!
They are moving towards capitalism in its true sense of words! Then why we should support them if we had really dreamt of a "True Communist State"? why should we support them if they are really exploiting our valuable votes and doing this instead of doing what they should do.....
why? how should the CHANGE come? will it ever come? would we ever be able to fight against this? and show them a real DOBORER CHYANG? " Shob pod mere tholthole kore dilo go!"( Nabarun Bhattacharyya- Kangal Maalshat)
Does anybody has the answer HOW?
Here goes the NEWS(?)!....
May 11, 2006
staff reporter, rediffnews: At a polling booth in South Kolkata, during the third of the five-phase state assembly election, a police officer was chatting with voters in the queue. A Central Reserve Police Force jawan, straddling his SLR rifle, asked the police officer to get going. According to the Election Commission's directives, the state police was not to have anything to do with security around the polling booths.
The police officer ignored the CRPF jawan with a smile. The jawan slapped him in full view of the voters; the police officer beat a hasty retreat.
It was this kind of security that made this election an unprecedented affair in West Bengal, that had the CPI-M bristling before the polls, that ensured the assembly election in West Bengal were as free and fair and peaceful as they can get.
The Left Front has swept the election just like it had vowed to. Not only is it set to win more seats than it did in 2001 (199), it has done better than 1996.
Buddhadeb wins, celebrations begin
What follows naturally, is a bitter pill for those who believed that the CPI-M has clung onto power in West Bengal only through rigging. It is time to accept the reality of mass support for the Left Front in West Bengal.
"I was not at all worried about the outcome. Had I been worried, I would have come to the office before the start of counting," was CPI-M State Secretary Biman Bose's reaction when asked about the results.
It was typically CPI-M. So are the other reactions from Left leaders like 92-year-old former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu: "It was a reflection of people's faith in our policies and we hope that the Opposition will cooperate with the government in its good work and play a responsible role."
What is following in Kolkata and Bengal is also typically CPI-M, with sloganeering and vermillion.
But what is hidden in the numbers is the message that had the Opposition been not so disunited -- though there was a sort of informal cobbled coalition at the grassroots -- this assembly election could have been a very different story.
One pointer to that lies in the margins. Transport and Sports Minister Subhas Chakraborty, one of the CPI-M's electoral heavyweights, won his Belgachia East seat by only 1,744 votes. Of course there were exceptions like Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, who won by 58,000 votes from his Jadavpur constituency, but overall the margins are thin.
But what is the secret of the Left Front's success in West Bengal? The answer is that the CPI-M's organisation at the grassroots is unparalleled in the country.
Even in the remotest of villages, you will find a red flag and people who will talk of Tiananmen Square as a counter-revolutionary attempt by America. Talk to them about the lack of development and employment opportunities and they will chorus an answer drilled into them with the discipline of an army: 'The Centre does not give West Bengal funds.'
Another reason for the mass base of the party is that in mofussil and rural Bengal, the CPI-M is the best career move you can make. The party takes care of its cadres. And it is omnipresent. Be it a property dispute or a school service commission job, you have to approach the CPI-M if you want your way, or the posting of your choice.
In West Bengal's villages, 'party' means only the CPI-M. The district level CPI-M workers have a quip for other parties: 'They are like relatives, they come only on occasions (elections). We are family.'
The TINA (There Is No Alternative) factor is also very, very active in Bengal. The educated middle-class do look at Mamata Banerjee, hitherto the only claimant to the title of Opposition heavyweight, as a sort of rustic rabble-rouser. Her support base is the urban poor, who have borne the brunt of the CPI-M and Budhhadeb Bhattacharya's self-confessed capitalist swing.
So unless the Opposition tackles the CPI-M at the grassroots -– which the Trinamool did try after its 2001 boost, and the resultant bloody battles scarred places like Keshpur in West Midnapore -– Bengal will continue to be a red fortress.
Interestingly, so far as results available at presstime show, Kolkata has not really shown a substantive swing towards the CPI-M. And Kolkata has been the party's Achilles' heel for a while now. Most of Chief Minister Bhattacharya's reform wave has been aimed at the capital.
So, if -- and that is a big if -- Kolkata does not show a substantial embracing of the Left, maybe it would be wrong to call this landslide mandate a victory for Bhattacharya's 'new Communism'. It is just the victory of the CPI-M's old organisational strength.
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|May. 7th, 2006 02:03 am Neiloo Babu-r Gaan...|
Know him? heard about him? listen to his music then....or else...F.O.
Listen to the whole album, LIVING WITH WAR, by Neil Young
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|May. 5th, 2006 05:38 am Magazine Cover : Designed By Me|
The Red and White combination is looking quite sexy in here! Done in photoshop and paint. Oh! forgot to put up the price tag...er...not decided yet, must be around 150/- or sumthin....!!!
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|May. 4th, 2006 01:16 am Belated Happy Birthday! (86th Birthday on 2/5/06)|
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|May. 4th, 2006 12:36 am Two Photos by me: No editing done!|
This flower bloomed near our rest-house in Massanjore. Taken in the afternoon.
"E path gechhe konkhane ta ke jane?..." the cloudy sky made the mood quite gloomy, but still...notice the 'green-ness' of the leaves and also the contrast created by the color of the leaves and that of the road!
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|Apr. 29th, 2006 03:20 am About A Girl : By Me|
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|Apr. 27th, 2006 02:35 am Poem by an inconsolable lover: Sanjib Chttopadhyay|
Jatadur jao, keu na thakuk, choti-o tomar shongi hobe
Choti-ke chotiyo naa
strap chhire gele, pocket-e rekho kata-perek
Haturi kothao na kothao aboshyoi paabe
Choti-ke chotiyo naa
Jiban shangi hobe
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|Apr. 26th, 2006 11:27 pm Two Photos by me: No editing done!|
this is my hand! All I had was only a single table-lamp to fashion the red light and to compose the mood of the photo!
and this is my REVUEFLEX...my dearest one!
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|Apr. 26th, 2006 09:30 pm Antardarshan|
notun bhabe bhabte shekho, atit-take bholo.
chinta katao, du:kho hatao, shwapne harem kholo!
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|Apr. 26th, 2006 09:29 pm Antardarshan|
budhdhi ajo holo na tor--eto dekhe shikhe
porer khatay nijer maagir jachho chhobi eke?
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|Apr. 26th, 2006 09:27 pm Antardarshan|
aha ki anondo akashe batashe
etokaal jaliyechhe poder forati mor
jabe she ebar ure markin deshe!
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|Apr. 24th, 2006 03:08 am My Nephew Sultaan : Photo taken by me and no editing done.|
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|Apr. 15th, 2006 12:54 am Paad|
all about 'paad mara'....visit the site....worth watching...
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|Apr. 14th, 2006 09:39 pm Twin Blasts In Delhi:13 Injured|
They did it again. And this time, the target was the capital of the country. Where are we heading to?
What would happen next? What do they want actually? If there issues are quite 'touchy'....why cant they take up a different mean of accomplishing their 'mission'? Can killing a thousand solve anything? can mass-murder be a solution? Not many days ago they ravaged in Banaras. Thank god it was far more dangerous than the delhi incident!
At 5:30 this evening two bombs were detonated consecutively(within a gap of approximatly 15 mins) in the jumma masjid of Old Delhi. "People were walking around and suddenly — boom! — there was a bomb," said Mohammed Salaudi, who was inside the mosque when the first explosion took place.(PTI)13 are officially reported injured. still no corpse are found. but further reports wud come out from the sources, and we wont have to wait for that for too long.The spokesman of the Jumma masjid claimed that, there was no warning given to them by the Delhi police nor were they told that there was any risk of blasts. But,since it was prayer time, not many people were present at the spot where the twin blasts took place, and as a result the risk of death was low.
The police are on there toes now. So are the anti-terrorist cell of the police. A report says, that places like mumbai and kolkata are under severe threat of terrorist actvities. A red alert has been given to Haji Ali Mosque at mumbai.
This non-ending lust for violence wud lead us to no where for sure. In a year or two, if we still sit back and enjoy watching the bullies play like this, we are going to earn a new title--- India: a country run by bombs! Here's a link for the whole story,
and a little message for all those who still dream about a different world --"time is short! on your feet comrades!"
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|Apr. 13th, 2006 09:04 pm Rain in Kolkata!|
and at last she came. after waiting for over 3 months, this evening....it started raining in kolkata...and i saw my vision fading...and going back to an evening 3 years ago...an evening when it rained in kolkata...heavily!
You fill up my senses like a night in a forest,
Like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain.
Like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean,
You fill up my senses, come fill me again.
Come let me love you, let me give my life to you.
Let me drown in your laughter, let me die in your arms.
Let me lay down beside you, let me always be with you.
Come let me love you, come love me again.
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|Apr. 12th, 2006 01:03 am MONI....By Me|
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|Apr. 5th, 2006 04:04 pm Sandman|
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|Apr. 2nd, 2006 03:36 pm Antardarshan|
Doibaat pitthe ek haturir ghha....
khara hoye dekhi uthe,
baka-chora shob tute
duniya-ta jeno aaj boddo shoja!
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