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Spiritual swig

Ahiritolla never fails to amaze people. Even if one goes there daily, through every narrow lane and alley, something would still be left to discover. A colleague came across a sage running a tea shop a couple of shops away from the Bhootnath Mandir. A small shop with a mural…

Death-trap

Park Street reeks of death now. Complacent Kolkata was jerked out of its reverie with Park Street, our own Park Street, scarred with the death of so many people. Who could ever imagine that a building with lower floor of revelry could turn into a death trap someday? A couple…

Paradox

A few cops seem to be too vigilant about their duties when it comes please somebody or when they have to avail free transport in an auto or a bus without paying on a pretext that they are going for an important work. But when it comes to upkeep order in…

Timeliness

Metro trains seem to be taking a lesson or two from local trains. If a local train comes two to three minutes late, people consider themselves lucky. Two to three minute late is not being late at all for the daily commuters who are used to the whims of railways.…

Strange meetings

Calcutta University is a place where one would get all the flavours. Boring classes or no classes, even CCD-Barista crowd addicted to the dingy canteen, tea-seller getting sherbets on special request, pedestrians who got tired and just want to sit somewhere for some time, those who could not get over…

Men and manners

Few men are good photographers and some of them are even better spies. A colleague has often come across men who try their photography skills at Metro Stations, markets, and even at tea stalls capturing unaware women in their camera-enabled cell phones. They would pretend that they are actually admiring…

The great divide

Men with a craving for tea on the night shift might be very commonly seen at the tea stalls but women seen alone at the dead of night turn quite many heads. A colleague who went out to have tea well after midnight and failed to find somebody who would…