Saikat Mukherjee

Now I ask my name….which I found at first in my way… –A sweet smell of desire…… it has things to say.

Category: Kolkata Lives

কোলকাতা

সর্বোপরি তোমার কাছে, ধুলো ঘামের মিশ্রণের সাথে,
বুক চিঁড়ে বহিত ধারার ছোঁয়ায়
জন্ম মৃত্যুর ধারাবাহিকতার সঙ্গে,
আজও জানু দুটো তোমার সামনেই নোয়ায়।

সর্বোপরি তোমার জন্য অদ্ভুত নিবিড় টানে,
তোমার ঘোলাটে বিভার মাধুর্য প্রীতে
কদাচিৎ নীলাম্বরের দর্শনেও অবিকার থাকি,
তোমার ভারী বাতাসের শীতে।

সর্বোপরি মৎস্য বিমুখ হয়েও,
অভ্যস্ত হয়েছে বিহারের নিরামিষ ভোজে।
তবু তোমার দেখার জাদু স্পর্শে,
মাছের আঁশেও কেন জানি সুবাস খোঁজে ।

সর্বোপরি প্রাত্যহিক জীবনের শব্দ দূষণে,
ভ্রু কুঞ্চন আর সহস্র বাতির চোখ ধাঁধানোর শেষে,
অকৃত্রিম দুটো বাংলায় হাঁক যেন বলে ওঠে,
যেন মৃত্যুর মুখদর্শী হই তোমারই ঘর্মাক্ত বেশে।

এবং সর্বোপরি যখন ভেসে ওঠে- ছাই রাস্তার বুক চিঁড়ে
অসংখ্য লৌহ রেলের সমাহার;
তখন স্বর্গোদ্যানের দর্শনে আর বি.বা.দি বাগের কাননে বারংবার ধ্বনিত হয়
কোথায় আছে শহর, দ্বিতীয় এই প্রকার!

 

-সৈকত মুখার্জ্জী

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জে.পি.বি.এস্

উহা কি ছিল সত্যই
যাহার কোনো চিহ্ন নাই আজ!
মোর জীবন দর্পণের সম্মুখে
কত ভীড় করিয়া দাঁড়ায় যত রূপকথার সাজ।

অদ্ভূত অশান্ত দিনগুলিতে
যত দুষ্প্রাপ্যের সন্ধান পাই।
কতক্ষণ অগ্রসর হইয়া,শান্ত পরিবেশে
কেন শান্তির ঠাঁই নাই?

যাহার উত্তর দিয়া আজ এক্ষণে
অশ্রুস্রোতে ভাসিবে হয়তো প্রস্তর কঠিন মন।
বোধকরি কত ছিলাম ধনী,
যদিও খুঁজিয়া পাইবে না ধন।

তাঁহার দুয়ার সম্মুখে মোর ভিক্ষার ঝুলি
আজও প্রশস্ত করিতে লজ্জা নাই মোর,
কত বাঁধা নস্যাৎ করিয়া
উন্মুক্ত করিয়া দিয়াছিল নিজ ক্রোড়।

রহিয়াছে দাঁড়ায়ে করিয়াছে সমৃদ্ধ
মোর জীবনকালীন আধার।
যাহাতে আজ সক্ষম হয়তো,
হইত না সম্ভব স্পর্শ ব্যতীত তাঁহার।

জীবনকালে এহেন মন্দিরে
আজ পূজা দিতে যাই যবে;
প্রার্থনা মোর শেষ সজ্জায়
তাঁহার পরশ লভে।।

-সৈকত মুখার্জ্জী

Kolkata Lives…4

This subject needs some more writings. But nothing is enough to describe the nature of this city and the citizens of Kolkata. I have been noticing some real bad things about this city,and these are needed to be rectified immediately by what so ever method.
Like my father was admitted to two hospitals AMRI dhakuria and Rubi General Hospital. I have not experienced anything bad about AMRI,I mention again that it’s my experience. But doctor’s are very hard to meet,this is really bad part of the hospitals of Kolkata, and the money seeking tendency is too much here,for that the doctor did not give any medication for my dad after he was released,and for that he had to suffer a lot,they took good care at the emergency time,I am really grateful for this. They have saved my dad’s life,but after that to pull it out from it’s root they did nothing. I curse them for that.
After that the experience of Rubi is much more worse than AMRI. Doctor under whom he got admitted in Rubi was good,only this was the good thing in this portion of medication. My dad had to be given a Meropenem intraveinous injection,not instantly,with a duration of 40mins it had to be given. But one night a nurse was going to inject that instantly,dad noticed that and he did not allow to do that,he repeatedly asked the nurse,but she was over sure about that,dad got up from his bed and approached the head nurse,she was shocked and banned that nurse from dad’s room! Though they apologized and promised not to happen again,but that does not cover anything,if that mistake would have happened my dad could have collapsed and died. These precautionary measures in these hospitals are very important to take,but they lack in this thing. I would like the governing body of the hospital or government of West Bengal to know these facts about the hospitals,because business with life and death cannot be permitted! And I have no experience about the government hospitals,but I know something that they are in terrible conditions,and need to be renovated and taken care immediately.
will be continued…

Kolkata Lives…3

With the phuchka part is over I am getting so many things in my head about my city. The streets south Calcutta is not so wide actually to run vehicles,but still we manage to do the same. But the inconvenience starts with the footpath,these are supposed to be the path for feet,but these are heavily occupied by the hawkers,like near south city,in gariahat,rashbehari avenue,deshapriyo park,every where one can take his eyes. Not only this,one has to be careful about motorbikes while walking on the footpath. At the time off red signal in traffic many bike owners run their bikes through footpaths. Now before the vote of legislative assembly  we are experiencing some renovation of footpaths,roads,streets of various places in kolkata. Thanks to the vote 🙂
And another thing is wall writing,I am not talking about the Facebook wall,I am talking about the brick wall of streets and some houses too,various political parties give their advertisement to have vote,this is disgusting.and after vote dramatically they just white wash some wall writings,and by this they are spoiling the looks of the city! But Kolkata is a very good and convenient city,transportation is very cheap here, shops for everything,just everything are just there where one wants those to be. And infact you do not have to have a car for going to office,because buses and autorickshaws are too much in number,that you don’t have to wait for these,and in every route there is several buses available.
While walking through the streets of Kolkata one becomes a skilled person very soon,and his reflex action gets enhanced for sure,because he has to be cautious each and every moment for his life 🙂 ,and this is not a joke. So who has the habit of walking in villages or in less populated places he or she should not try a walk on the streets of Kolkata.
As I am saying about the hawkers,they are helpful in many ways,like in central Calcutta e.g. Part street,Esplanade ,there are many hawkers who is getting richer day by day by selling food,like dhosa,nun and ghugni,etc etc. thousnds of people eat from them and some other hawers like who sells mobile cover and such sort of things are useful, but actually for them many nonsense people,like specially young girls of my age,middle aged woman( I am leaving the oldies 🙂 ) stops suddenly guarding the passage to walk for the people who are behind of the them,and they even don’t care whether are bothered by that or not! This feeling is strange!! They even look behind to see who is waiting for them to move!
And some narrow roads are the abode of the rickshaw-wala,they are the kings of those roads and can smash way anyone,and you just have to see you getting smashed….if your are not very much alert!
An other important thing is many dangerous places and things are overlooked and are not handled with care,like they are remains may manhole opened for many days,like no one does notice,thankfully accident doesnot happen very often,because we are not new to Kolkata. But it will get closed if an accident happens or after many months when the corporation will get time!
Another disgusting thing is crow shit,I personally avoid tree shaded roads,because those grey roads looks white beneath the trees 🙂 and one has a high chance to be the target of crow shit! But this is an unavoidable thing.
Central Kolkata is more beautiful than south region but I think,south Kolkata is more citizen friendly than the north or central region! North Kolkata is the heart of kolkata,the main kolkata starts from there,but places there are so dirty! South region is much better than those! But to keep our city clean we the citizens have to be cautious,and for that,we have many things to learn from the foreign cities.
will be continued….

Kolkata Lives…2

I was just off with this topic,as it’s not so easy to give information about a city like calcutta.
Actually Calcutta has many bads and some to much conveniences which one can’t expect in a foreign city ,or any other city of India too. South Calcutta where I live in,here is many posh areas like southern avenue,ballygunge circular road,Jodhpur Park. In this post I am going to tell about some food courts of calcutta and their atmospheres.
I was in peter cat on 31st october, the foods they provide are quite good in the true sense, they have their permission for drinking publicly inside the restaurant,but for the price of drinks one should think about it. But price for the food should worth that,not high price with good quality,that’s what every body demands. There is no chinese foods.
I had experienced Kwality too. I really like the food of this restaurant,really,very nice atmosphere,with a separate smoking zone, in case of atmosphere I will keep Kwality before Peter Cat. For foods both of these provides value for money!
Another very nice food provider is DHABA,at ballygunge phari,opposite to Kwality. One will never think for money when he is in DHABA. Prices are comparatively almost same with PC and Kwality. I would refer one to the Fish Tandoori of DHABA,a must have thing when one is going to DHABA. Ground and 2nd floor are non air conditioned,and the 1st floor is air conditioned with same quality of food in each floor! I had eaten in ground and 2nd floor,2nd floor has a asbestos shed…but wait,don’t think it’s nasty place,yeah it has not the ethics may be,but too good quality of food one can get there! I will give these three places the same rankings.
Yeah,another one restaurant Marco Polo,at Southern Avenue, it’s costlier than the previous three,I would say it’s costlier only due to the polish and varnishes! Food is not that higher standard! In the southern avenue branch there is no chinese dishes available,I can’t tell about the Park Street branch!
And a very popular amongst the riches is Mainland China. It’s too costly for nothing. I would say if you want to enjoy don’t go there,it would burn your pocket dissatisfying your stomach! I have visited the place at South City for once!
These are the food places I have experienced.
For ice cream I would say buy from any shop,Amul Swirl 🙂 ,very nice.Or if one has to go to any parlour of ice cream,go to Hobby Center at Park Street!
For juice I am saying about Paramount,at college street,but it is not that good with respect to the money it takes!
For coffee parlour,I would prefer Cafe Coffee Day(CCD). They though take enough money for one cup of coffee,but overall a lively atmosphere,and good behaviour of the waiters leads me to go there again and again. I would say go to South City CCD.
These are the well popular places to eat and drink. Oh yeah I  forgot to mention about a place where one can drink wine,is at his home! 🙂 or if outside one can choose Oly Pub at Park Street!
Some eating places at footpath are also really nice like the almost all place at Park Street,though there atmosphere is very bad,pollution,crow shit,everything one has to face 🙂 and specially when I see the plates they are reusing after only a nominal wash with pretty dirty water I just have to move my eyes away from those,otherwise one can’t eat there..but when you taste the food,it’s quite good…and for dhosa one should visit Dakshinapan at Dhakuria Busstand! For Paan I would keep Park Street or North Calcutta is far far better than South Calcutta.
And don’t eat phuchkas other than South Calcutta,here you can get cheapest quality phuchkas,7pieces in 5Rs,I asked a phuchka wala at park street,he said 5pieces in 10 rupees!!! 🙂 So just think.

will be continued…

মহাষষ্ঠী ২০১০,13/10/2010

Yesterday was Mahashashthi. I,Arjun,Anindya and Kingshuk went for a pandal tour,it was terrible experience when we got into the queue of Suruchi Shangha at 4:30pm and reached the pandal at 5pm. Several faces,several expressions did not make us too much bored while in the line. Then we headed towards Tollygaunge,walking. We decided against going to Haridebpur. Then we went to Mudiali,Shibmandir,and some small not well known pandals too,then finally for Shashthi Maddox Square to quench the thirst of stomach and eye. Anyway we all day along pulled Anindya’s leg by saying him Dr. Das . That was class!! At Maddox we had chilli chicken roll and orange juice. Then we reached Hazra More and took bus and came back to Dhakuria. Today is Maha Saptami.

Some more things which we noticed that CCTVs are used successfully at various pujo pandals,and are under observation all along the whole day. That was good to watch.Mudiali was good,Shibmandir was better and,I will say,being a large pandal Suruchi Sangha is not that good.Shibmandir was really good. Till now Babu Bagan and Shibmandir is the top two in my eyes. Many are remained to see. I haven’t seen nearby Selimpur too.

Kolkata Lives…1

I have been in Kolkata since my birth in 1989,on 18th december.

So almost as long as 21 years. This is very good place for living satisfactorily. Everyday necessary things can be found at doorsteps. Though,as a global city,its rank is 63 out of 65 . It is not well furnished. I admit that this is a dirty place,houses are not as good looking as the American or European countries. But still to live easily,leaving behind the complexity of human life,Kolkata is a awesome city.

This was the first capital of the British ruled India. The writer of The National Anthem of the Independent India,Rabindranath Tagore belongs to Kolkata. The great Legend Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was also from Kolkata. How more I should have to say to narrate the importance of this city. But still I have to admit that this not a ultra modern city,but again I am saying that I think here everyday expense like in transport,foods,electricity,gas everything is cheaper than any other city in India. This is the 4th populated city in the world and the 2nd populated(after Mumbai) in India. Here density of population is too much.

I don’t know much in details about the rest of the India as I know about Kolkata.

Many things atleast for people’s sake have to be looked after,and taken care of. Like many manholes in dark roads are kept open for months. KMC doesn’t get time to cover those as soon as possible.



Many wires are kept uninsulated and those hang in a dangerous height,we don’t even know whether

they are live or not!Many covered wires also keep hanging in a height of 3 to 4feets above the ground level. These are have to be taken care of.

I am not saying to remake Kolkata as New York. That‘s not desired at all. But public safety has to be increased and public property like footpath,streets are to be used properly as these should be! Like everyday I see Lots of Motorbikes use the Footpaths to avoid the jam. That should not be allowed. For that streets should be made wider,if possible. And last but not the least,illegal shops on the footpaths and on the railway platforms create inconveniences in everyday life…

And yes…some funny things and banners like Stone age can be still seen in the year 2010,like this picture–

Along these the main inconvenience is created by south city at anwar shah road. The traffic jam,the footpath blockage by the hawkers cum street food shop which have been come into lives for some public’s hungriness. They have to sit on the footpath,on the way of every foot. They sit like the land lords stretching their legs without any tention of breaking,like it’s their right to sit and block the footpath and creating inconvenience. Actually the story looks like that coming by car to sit on the footpath. And the traffic jam is absolutely unavoidable like at the Jadavpur Thana Jam. It has earned more name than Jadavpur Thana Jam. These South City flats are for the rich,richer and richest.

Kolkata Lives will be continued…