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Lust For Life

Dr P Lal had a distinct way of entering the class. He would virtually float inside and keep his books on the table delicately. Look at the students. His eyes would move steadily from right to left and then back. And the commotion in the first year class of English…

Dog’s love

A colleague’s love for dogs is immeasurable. He repeatedly confesses of dreaming about dogs. Golden Retriever, Alsatian and Labrador mainly feature in his dogland dreams. The quizzes he takes on the social networking site, Facebook, are like “what kind of dog were you in your previous life?” and “Which dog…

Comic relief

A colleague’s friend wished to read Nonte Phonte and Hada Bhoda, the popular Bengali comics all over again. All the comics in his collection were stolen by his younger cousins or were donated to some other friends. He asked the colleague to help him find some of the copies so…

Friendly advice?

SOME men have a habit of becoming talkative with women on the road when the women have their ears plugged with headphones of radio or mp3 players. Autodrivers and bus drivers become increasingly vocal about their views when they know the woman addressed to would not be able to hear.…

Lunatic’s dance

At the dead of the night, apprehending trouble a colleague and other journalists from different media houses assembled near a city hospital where the junior doctors had gone on strike. The journalists were waiting near the gate, as they were not allowed to go inside where the trouble was brewing.…

Dollhouse

The people in the wetland area just off the shining Sector V has been spending sleepless nights amidst gunshots. The clashes that had begun from Durgapuja immersion spilled on to Lakhsmi Puja. Police and journalists made a beeline for the sundry village whose name had seldom been heard before. Divided…

Angry docs go on rampage at SSKM

There was utter chaos at SSKM Hospital tonight, with a mob of more than 200 people, including junior doctors, beating up a group of journalists, and smashing their cameras after chasing them for a stretch of about 100 metres at around 12 a.m. tonight. They also vandalised the vehicles, including…

Winged visitors

On CR Avenue, there is a small broken temple, hidden amidst shops, where the commuters get to see a rare scene. No matter when one visits the place, between MG Road and Girish Park, hundreds and thousands pigeon and doves pick on grains scattered by the locals. A colleague who…

Jackson in Jadavpur

A 23-year-old ardent admirer of Michael Jackson came to meet a colleague of mine. She said she had been celebrating the star’s birthday since she was eight-years-old. Every year on 29 August, she organizes a party which other people of the same locality comes to attend. Cake is cut and…

A Salt Lake afternoon…

Eunuchs generally don’t visit door to door and ask for gifts or money unless there is a wedding or a child is born. But recently, a colleague who stays in Salt Lake said that a eunuch visited her house and asked for used clothes and city-gold jewelleries. The eunuch, Putul,…