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When do the flowers blossom?
Posted:Sep 13, 2017 6:59 am
Last Updated:Sep 16, 2017 8:31 am
"The bees fly away time and again, the bees return again and again.

Abandon placation,offer and reason,day night near you remain
Oh dear,in losing hope,keep few hopes in hope to win lover's emotion,
Return again and again among fragment flowery woody communication.
May the night of separation in aroma of dewy flowers glide on,
The bees fly away time and again'
The bees return again and again
The bees fly away time and again
The flowers blossom only then"

English translation of first few lines of the Tagore song "Oli bar bar ashe."

Hello, can you hear me? Olá Você pode me ouvir? Bonjour peux-tu m'entendre?
Posted:Aug 26, 2017 5:35 am
Last Updated:Sep 19, 2017 3:39 am
Tumi ki Amake Shunte pao? Do you hear me?

She is no longer there in the room! Just gone, as if, with the wind!!

Who was she who wafted by my heart just like soothing breeze of spring--- touched me, bought me to my knees, and made thousands of flowers bloom around me?

She went by, without a word to me, never to return again!
On her way she did gaze at me like she did at many others before me singing a song!
What did she sing? Wish I knew!!
So it is by me, I sit in the garden, alone!

Like a wave she rippled, disappeared where the moon beams, smiling at each thing on her way, and leaving behind her laughter for me to endure. Maybe, from the corner of her eye, she might have beckoned me! I don’t know her destination and so I sit by myself in the garden thinking where to go!

Her whispering words to wild flowers caused the heady fragrance went away with her while she passed over the flower garden! Her waving wand made the moon dreamy and dangled a string of flowers somewhere deep within my heart that made my heart fervent and eyes heavy!
Through which place to where did she go?

Who was she who wafted by my heart just like soothing breeze of spring?

Based on R.N.Tagore's famous song "Amar Praner 'pore chole gelo ke" sang by many singers.

The Birth of a Sunny Day
Posted:Aug 7, 2017 4:42 am
Last Updated:Sep 8, 2017 3:39 am
Fairytales...Silent Stories.... Listen the song please!

Fred, my friend, you wanted me to translate the song for you in English. I tried but the result of my efforts seems disastrous! Read it, Fred. Talk to your wife and then play the original Song once again. She may help you to understand the meaning of a sentence or two of the song! Others, may also listen the original Bengali song, sang by Sherya Ghoshal. In that case they may have to please Google the following:

Roopkathara- Shreya Ghoshal (Bengali song), Lyrics on Screen

Suddenly the light sparkled through the town,
Fireflies or refreshed memories?
Shaking heart, lonely situation, the nickname settled as Pollen
Who loses, getting the hints?
Give response, oh my left out song!

Roopkathara ra ra ra ,
Chupakathara ra ra ra ,
The birth of a sunny day!
Manpahara ra ra ra ,
Friends ra ra ra,
Today open Altushe Canteen!

Dumb buildings, narrow ways, Myna bird's honest passion,
Said again, holding letter in hand on the window seal!
Who loses, getting the hints?
Speak Up, oh my left out song!

Roopkathara ra ra ra ,
Chupakathara ra ra ra ,
The birth of a sunny day!
Manpahara ra ra ra ,
Friends ra ra ra,
Today open Altushe Canteen!

In the sun, while playing with poetry, inside the pages of a cold sleepy book
Uncontrolled Tramcar, peanuts in closed fist, the vexing Seagull
In the storm, sand and dirt, all accumulated as expected!

Suddenly the town with old gold coins displayed under cover,
And blushing in floating happiness for having a series of stories to tell!
Who loses, getting the hints?
Give response, oh my left out song!

Roopkathara ra ra ra ,
Chupakathara ra -ra ra ,
The birth of a sunny day!
Manapahara ra ra ra ,
Friends ra ra –ra,
Today open Altushe Canteen.

The song is a popular one. It is difficult to translate the song in another language word by word perfectly! As requested at above, please listen the original Bengali song sang by Shreya Ghoshal and leave me feedbacks if you like. While Roopkothara could be translated in English as Fairytales, Chupkathara could be translated as Silent Stories.The original Bengali version of the song has been composed by Shantanu Moitra.

Neither a Hero Nor a Revolutionary!
Posted:Aug 1, 2017 11:02 am
Last Updated:Aug 6, 2017 7:58 pm
"The rain begins with a single drop!

Manal Al Sharif, the woman activist from an unlikely country, ended her autobiography repeating the above noted Arabian saying that she had also quoted while she was being interviewed by CNN.

I am not sure how many of us have heard about this courageous woman who confronted bravely the fiercely patriarchal ways practiced by the people of the male dominated Saudi society to establish the rights of the women of the kingdom!

It does not matter to me whether the rain starts with a single drop or not but I believe that nothing positive happens until someone tries to start it to happen! Manal Al Sharif is an example of such a person who started something in a country where women are not considered free, where they are not equally treated like a man and where justice for women are almost sometimes nonexistence!

I finished reading Manal’s well written Autobiography, “Daring to Drive, a Saudi Woman’s Awakening”, a few days back, and since then I wanted to know more about this lady who is much younger than my own daughter and who was only 5 years old when I had the opportunity to say prayers at the Grand Mosque of Mecca, the city where Manal was growing up, for the first time in my life in the year 1984.

Manal never wanted to be either a hero or a revolutionary! However, she felt that someone among the Saudi Women should come forward to speak up loudly about their rights! She was not a professional activist. We can call her an accidental activist who stood up to a kingdom of men!
And she chose to drive a car as the starting point.

Monsoon Travel Destinations.
Posted:Jul 27, 2017 1:43 pm
Last Updated:Jul 31, 2017 1:15 am
This is the time to visit the offbeat places located in this largest delta of the world where nature, during monsoon, remains constantly wet and cleans itself from dirt it accumulates during the dry seasons of the year! This Green country of mine, Bangladesh, forms the world’s largest delta with our magnificent rivers like Padma, Meghna and Jamuna. It is also one of the most fertile regions in the world, thus earning the nickname The Green Delta.

Here below the pictures of some of the offbeat places mentioned above are posted for viewing by those who are interested to view them!

Picture details:
1. A resort on the mighty river Padma uses monsoon as tourist attraction.
2. Ratargul in Sylhet is the only swamp forest in Bangladesh. With trees submerged in water, one needs to go 'hiking' through Ratargul by a boat.
3. Jhalakathi and Pirojpur have a number of floating markets. Traders come with their boats to sell guavas, among other fruits, and vegetables.
4. A boat ride at the scenic Lalakhal.
5. Chhera Dwip : The coral reefs stacked one upon the other creates the shore of this beach.
6. Nilgiri : The tallest mountain where the clouds come down to dance with the mortals.
7. Mymensingh: one of the most beautiful and idealistic towns of this country.
8. Birishiri : the natural beauty of white clay-made hills and tranquil turquoise that flows gently underneath.
9. Boat ride through the Ratargul swamp forest.
10. Destination home.

Sources: The Daily Star, The Dhaka Tribune,The Independent.

The Final Destination
Posted:Jul 26, 2017 7:59 am
Last Updated:Sep 7, 2017 9:40 pm
Where is the end of the road?
What is at the end of the road?
So much desire, so much longing,
When does it all end?

From the bank of the ocean of uncertainty,
I see only darkness ahead of me
Is there a shore across the ocean?
Tell me, if there is a place of hope!

Sometimes, I think about this fallacy
Our thirst for a chimerical world has no real end.
It makes my heart sink,
We like a tattered boat drifting endlessly in the ocean
Heading for no where!
What is at the end of the road?
Where is the end of the road?

Dear readers, are we humans, really drifting endlessly in the ocean on a tattered boat having no final destination to anchor?
Tell me, if there is a place of hope?

Based on the Bengali song "Pother Shesh Kothay", written by Nobel Laureate poet R N Tagore.

Unusual Motherly Affection!
Posted:Jul 16, 2017 9:48 am
Last Updated:Jul 24, 2017 7:35 pm

The assumption of the wildlife experts that the lions are supposed to kill leopards on sight proved inaccurate after a wild lioness was seen very recently nursing a leopard cub!

The leopard cub was caught on camera suckling on a lioness in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania.

The pictures were taken on July, 11, 2017 and these startling pictures are now considered as first evidence of such inter-species bonding between predators that are normally mortal enemies.

The lioness is radio- collared and called as “ Nosikitok” by the local people.

She has since returned to her pride and to her cubs of same age like the leopard cub some distance from where she was nursing the leopard cub.

However, I can't tell what has happened to the leopard cub. It is assumed that the mother leopard retrieved the cub from what was a temporary lioness day care. I believe like many others that the kind lioness has not killed the leopard cub.

Wildlife experts say this inter-species suckling has never been seen before.

Readers may join me now to see some of the photographs posted here under:

Source: Reuters

Fearless act of a Fearless teenage boy!
Posted:Jul 13, 2017 9:28 pm
Last Updated:Jul 22, 2017 2:55 am
A story of bravery and courage told and retold.

Here below the photos that went viral in 2014 are being re posted once again for enabling the readers to view the pictures afresh and ponder.

The photographs, captured by the wildlife photographer Hasibul Wahab, who happened to be in the area at that time on a photographic trip, would tell a story of bravery and courage of a teenage boy who risked his life to save a drowning baby deer.

The incident took place in one of the southern districts of Bangladesh when the fawn became separated from its family during torrential rain and fast-rising flood waters.

Hasibul Wahab said about the boy: 'He was such a brave boy - the river was so full of water and it was high tide so we thought he might drown.’

Each of the photos will tell the viewers how the story developed frame by frame:

1. Incredible: A brave boy named Belal fearlessly risked his own life to save a helpless baby deer from drowning and held the young fawn in one hand above his head while swimming underwater towards the bank of the river.

2. Fearless: The boy named Belal plunged through the surging river to save the animal

3. Courageous: Belal defiantly held the fawn in one hand above his head on his way to the bank of the river.

4. When he finally made it to the other side the locals cheered as the deer was reunited with its family.

5. Saved: The little deer lives to see another day. Thanks to the boy who jumped into the river and rescued the baby deer.

6.Cute: The fawn rests on the side of the river bank after it was rescued by the brave boy.

7.The baby deer was reunited with its family after it was saved from the river in Bangladesh.

8. The photo of the baby deer saved by Belal.

Amazing Wonders of Creation
Posted:Jul 12, 2017 4:50 am
Last Updated:Jul 13, 2017 4:20 am
God's Handiwork

Is it not wonderful news for the animal lovers that the rare herd of ghostly white deer could now be seen in the open by the animal lovers from next fall? The herd was kept mostly off-limits to public view for decades apparently to save the herd being killed by the predators and the deer hunters!

The herd is now roaming the 7000-acre Seneca Army Depot in the Finger Lakes and the nonprofit Seneca White Deer will offer bus tours in the area starting in October under an agreement with the depot’s new owner, Earl Martin.

Perhaps, deer lovers know that white deer aren’t albinos but are a genetic variant of native white-tailed deer. However, their color makes them easy targets for hunters. The fate of the herd was in question after the Army decommissioned the site in the year 2000.

“The white deer are a real treasure, and to make them accessible to the public is a dream come true,” said Dennis Money, president of Seneca White Deer, who has been working to preserve the deer for 20 years.

Readers may kindly join me to view the photos of these rare animals here below:
More information about the rare herd of white deer can be obtained from the internet.

Source: AP

déjà vu
Posted:Jul 9, 2017 9:40 pm
Last Updated:Jul 11, 2017 9:06 pm
vuWhat is déjà vu?

What does it mean in plain English?

Does it denote experiencing an extreme form of a very common mental illusion?

Alternatively, is it something like experiencing a sudden sensation of loosing balance that may be followed immediately by an intense sense of familiarity?

I have been told that each of us have had a sense of déjà vu at one time or another, a feeling that this has happened before whether we can remember it or not!

Is it really “a weird, occult sensation of having experienced the identical situation before in some prior time or existence”, as described by Joseph Heeller? (Catch-22)

What relationship it has with a sudden feeling of vertigo and what follows immediately after an attack from vertigo?

Is it true that the feeling of déjà vu often happens when people are relaxed and in familiar surroundings?

Anyone can participate in the discussion that may or may not take place here though all are invited to please participate.


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