Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Gotta Seddho - How to Cook Gota Seddho - A Video Guide from my Mother

Just a tribute to my mother - she cooks this traditional delicacy each year with the same devotion, dedication and emotion. I know not what helps her continue this delivery even at 75+.

Fortunate to be her son.

Here goes the guide.


Swaraswati Puja 2019 - Spending Splendid Moments

Devi Swaraswati
For me no day goes without solving a problem. Swaraswati Puja is no different. The worship under supervision of holy priest conducted from 5:15 am and it was over by 6:00 am. It was still half-an-hour to go before the Sun rise. But among the mystic nearly-going winter morning, the chants of Slokas, Ringing of KANSOR-GHANTA, worship using different components including PANCHA-PRADIP ( a penta-faced lamp) - these all create the moments that we wait for through out the year since our childhood as Swaraswati Devi is known for the Goddess of Education and Fine Arts.

Here goes few pictures:-
Puja arrangement at home

The priest engaged in puja

Maa Swaraswati during Arati

Aarati is on


PANCHA PRADIP - Five-faced Lamp


Swaraswati Bandana @mySecondHome

School Buddies & Neighbours at Kidderpore Upanayan Party

Recently met with my school buddies while attending a 'must-attend' invitation. Time management is the toughest challenge I have to deal with these days. That day was no different. Anyway, enjoyed every moment for the warm hospitality of our hosts - our childhood family friend and their family members, and surely meeting with old friends was the most happening events of that grand evening party! Thanks you guys for keeping me in your mind after so long years of gap!

Upanayan

Mother, Khusi, Arunima, Sujata Kakima and our dearest Kaku

We are a larger family

Gorgeously decorated venue

Me,  Triranjan & Sanjib - a meet after long years!

Bye - bye dear friends. This is really one of the most unforgettable moments in my life. Hope to see you again.
 

SAVE INDIA Campaign Led by Hon'ble CM Mamata Banerjee




Witnessed the CROWD gathered at Y-channel. Listened to her singing with Indranil Sen.

Near Save India Campaign Mancha

Save India Campaign with Mourya Sir

Unprecedented Mass Gathering near Dharna Mancha

We have to say far away from the Main Mancha
P.S. Sorry for the poor quality of Video as it was hard to capture the video because of constant push-and-pull from everywhere around!

Monday, 11 February 2019

Republic Day 2019 - Amazing Experience at Sundarpahari

Wonderful Sight of Sundarpahari

This Republic Day was special for me. On a mission mode, we had to visit Sundarpahari and got the opportunity to witness Dakiya Yojana - a scheme for people belonging to Primitive Tribal Community to get ration once in a month for FREE.

On a mission mode

With Primitive Tribes

With Primitive Tribes

All Paharins and Paharias are returning to their native village following steep and undulated hilly terrains



Celebration of Republic Day 2019

Gathering before distribution of Ration

Bye Bye All - You are the most amazing community of people I have ever met



After end of this journey, once again I have to say, I love India because of her amazing diversity of population and each one is filled with the most amazing heart!

Friday, 18 January 2019

Gangasagar Revisited

Kapil Munir Ashram
Kapil Munir Ashram

Gangasagar, an un-spoilt beach on the estuary of the river Ganges, also known as Sagardwip, is a place of Hindu Pilgrimage. This large island is known for Temple of Kapil Muni (who was accordingly to mythology, Lord Bishnu). As per mythology king Sagar’s grandson, king Bhagirath, came to Kapil Muni and begged Him to release the soul of 60,000 sons of King Sagar, who were burnt to ashes by the Muni as they unknowingly blamed Him for stealing their father's Sacrificial Horse. Kapil Muni kindly ordered Bhagirath to bring Ganga to this place and with the touch of this Holy River's water, their souls were liberated. It was performed on the date of Makar Sankranti. So, this day is observed as a day of great religious importance in Hinduism and like every other year, this year also around 2 million pilgrims across India and few also from abroad accumulated here to take a holy bath in the river Ganga. This time, our tour was inspired by my elder brother - Partha Bhattacharyya, we two had a great time their. Here goes few pictures we captured during Sagar Mela.



Journey Starts Me with Brother Er Partha Bhattacharyya
Journey Starts Me with Brother Er Partha Bhattacharyya

On Launch from Lot 8 ( Harwood Point to Kachuberia)
On Launch from Lot 8 ( Harwood Point to Kachuberia)

Views of Sun on the horizon from the Launch
Views of Sun on the horizon from the Launch Boat

Illuminated Temple of Kapil Muni
Illuminated Temple of Kapil Muni

Kapil Muni - A close look reveals anger on His eyes as he got furious on 60,000 sons of King Sagar after they accused him of stealing the Sacrificial Horse of their father.
Kapil Muni

A close look reveals anger on His eyes as he got furious on 60,000 sons of King Sagar after they accused him of stealing the Sacrificial Horse of their father.



Beautiful Floral Decoration
Beautiful Floral Decoration


Sea Beach Sagar
Sagar Mela
Sagar Mela 2019

 
Stall on Sagar Mela 2019
Stall on Sagar Mela 2019


GODAN - Donate the Holy Cow Ritual Sagar Mela
GODAN - Donate the Holy Cow Ritual

Pilgrims taking shelter on Temporary Hogla Hut constructed on Sea Beach
Pilgrims taking shelter on Temporary Hogla Hut constructed on Sea Beach

Cooking Grand Lunch, Sagar Mela 2019
Cooking Grand Lunch, Sagar Mela 2019



IN the long queue for offering PUJA to Kapil Muni
IN the long queue for offering PUJA to Kapil Muni

Returning from Kachuberia to Lot 8 on Launch
Returning from Kachuberia to Lot 8 on Launch



A view of Sagarmela 2019!

Journey Details:-
From Kolkata to Lot 8 (Harwood Point) following National Highway - Appx. 3 hours - 90 km
From Lot 8 to Kachuberia by Launch Boat or Vessel - Appx. 45 minutes - 5 km
From Kachuneria to Sagar Mela on road - Appx. 1 hour journey - 30 km
 
Tourist Amenities:-
Gathering of around 2 million pilgrims well monitored by Civic Administration.
Good arrangement of Drinking Water, Bio Toilet, Foods and ample nos of temporary Hoogla Hut constructed everywhere on the island. Facility of emergency services like Bank, ATM, Ambulance, Sagar Hospital available.
Civic Volunteers and administrations keep a strong vigil on pilgrims' movements as well as towards provision for basic infrastructure and intervened promptly to resolve any issue including hospitalization of severely ill pilgrims.

SOUNDS Great? You may witness yourself in the next year!

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

এক অনামী শিক্ষকের স্বীকারোক্তি - Confession of an Anonymous Teacher

এক অনামী শিক্ষকের স্বীকারোক্তি

সিদ্ধার্থ ভট্টাচার্য

কথাগুলি তোদের বলা হয়নি সুজন
বহুবার ভেবেছি বলব,
মনঃস্থির করেছি, বলতে গেছি 
আবার ঢোক গিলেছি। 

বহুবার বিড়বিড় করেছি
অবশ্যই মনেমনে
পথ চলতি অচকিতে সম্বিত ফিরেছে
নিজের অস্ফুট শব্দ উচ্চারণে
মনে ভেবেছি একি বিপদ
শেষে, এই বয়সে, বাধল কী মাথার অসুখ ?

তবু স্মৃতির ঢেউ যেন
থেকে থেকেই অশান্ত করে আমার চেতনা।
প্রতিটি শিক্ষক দিবসে
ভেবেছি করজোড়ে সর্বসমক্ষে চাইব ক্ষমা। 

আবার ভেবেছি এসবই তো অতীত
এখন তো তোরা সবাই প্রতিষ্ঠিত।
যে এখন যেমন - ই থাক
জীবন তো চলছেই নিজের মতো।

কথাগুলি তোদের বলা হয়নি সুজন
বহুবার ভেবেছি বলব,
বলব যে, আজ অবধি তোদের না- হওয়া স্যার
শিক্ষক জীবনে শত-সহস্রবার তোদের ক্ষমা করলেও
অদ্যবধি ক্ষমা করতে পারেনি নিজেকে
অদ্যবধি কমেনি মনের ভার।

এতবছর পরেও তোদের না-পারার যন্ত্রণা
একদিনের জন্যও আমি ভুলতে পারিনা।
এতবছর পরেও যখন তোদের দেখি
মনে হয় এত আপন, এত প্রিয়জন
আর কেও হতে পারে নাকি!

মনে হয় হয়ত আর একটু যত্ন, আর একটু ভালবাসা দিলে
এগোতে পারতিস আর একধাপ, ভিড় ঠেলে।
এত বছর পরে একটা কথাই তোদের বলি
পারলে মার্জনা করিস,
ভুলে যাস ‘সেই’ দিনগুলি।

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Dhuandhar Falls, Jabalpur One of the Natures' Greatest Wonders


Dhuandhar Falls, Jabalpur
Dhuandhar Falls, Jabalpur

Dhuandhar Falls, Jabalpur - We reached late in the afternoon. The Sun has already gone far down the horizon. It takes a 10 minutes walk over concrete road to reach Dhuandhar falls from Bus Stand. We had a long drive all the way from Panchmari when the day officially did not really break out! The team moved fast just to witness this nature's marvel and voila! Upon our reach to the spot we were moved by witnessing the extravagant falls bombarding water jet in its own tempo, as if fairies of the heaven were dancing ballad in their whitish mystic attire!

Dhuandhar Falls, Jabalpur
Dhuandhar Falls, Jabalpur


Dhuandhar Falls, Jabalpur
Dhuandhar Falls, Jabalpur

You get to forget everything! The problem we had due to start our day at around 5:00 am in the morning, getting bare-minimum feeding at around 8:00 am, traveling as long as 7 hours all the way from Panchmari to this point with little snack-packet on the way! You literally forget everything looking at this world's 'should be' the eighth wonder! Watch the clips we captured and the movies. This was an experience beyond depiction.

Our team - me (Sidhartha Bhattacharyya), maa, and Jolly Biswas ( Jolly di) at Dhuandhar Falls, Jabalpur
Our team - me, maa, and Jolly Biswas ( Jolly di) at Dhuandhar Falls, Jabalpur

The Sun has dipped down into the horizon - It was hard for us to say goodbye to Dhuandhar Falls
The Sun has dipped down into the horizon - It was hard for us to say goodbye to Dhuandhar Falls



Watch the videos to witness fuming water vapour steaming out from the gushing water-jet beneath!

This also concluded our unforgettable tour of Jabalpur Marble RockBandhavgarh Jwalamukhi Temple, Bandhavgarh National Park Safari and Panchmari!

Stay tuned to my blog as more stories to follow shortly.

Did you miss my previous stroke? Here goes the link to Marble Rocks - The Must Watch Marvels in Rocks

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Marble Rocks, Jabalpur Boating from Marvel to Marvel


8km stretch of Soft Marble Rocks beside Narmada River

Marble rocks are something you do not get to see anywhere else but here! It is an astonishing wonder of 8 km trajectory along the Narmada river near Jabalpur at Madhya Pradesh. Words would fail to explain the beauty and even pictures can't capture the marvel. It is an experience that you need to realize being right at the spot. Anyway, I would share some photos I captured during our visit. Enjoy.

Green natural garden atop Marble Rock
Green natural garden atop Marble Rock

Close Shot of Marble Rocks
Close Shot of Marble Rocks

Shinning Marble Rocks
Shinning Marble Rocks
As they sail the boat, they recite funny rhymes to explain the beauty and marvels of this spot
As they sail the boat, they recite funny rhymes to explain the beauty and marvels of this spot

Our Unputdownable Team on the boat - Maa,Jolly di and Me
Our Unputdownable Team on the boat - Maa,Jolly di and Me


 

Wondering through the Marble Rocks, Jabalpur



A boat just sailing beside ours and nature creates astonishing views of Marble Rocks


Reflection of Marble Rocks on Narmada River


In case you missed my previous stoke, here is a read on Jwalamukhi Temple, Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh

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