Thursday, February 09, 2012


With proliferation of pornography in printed and visual media, we believe large section of people are 'attached' to pornography. Problem arises when one gets addicted. Addiction is an attraction that compels a person to do what his his/her boby/mind is craving for , notwithstanding the situation around.

How Pornography addiction affect people is evident from two reports in TOI  dtd. 9/2/12. 1st report covers ministers in Karnataka and the 2nd one covers a clerk of  a London court.
The details of the 1st case is here :
It is quite a well  known case to-day - lot of  sound has already been made in TV and newspaper  during last 48hours. It is the 2nd one that attracted my notice - Majumder , the Court clerk  was caught by the Judge himself who was sitting behind him while the court was in session. How addicted the person must have been that he was viewing  pornography during a rape trial !

The link and the details are here :
Indian caught watching porn during rape trial in UK

London: An Indian-origin court clerk, who was caught watching pornography right under the nose of a judge during a rape trial, has said he did so “because he was bored’’.
    Debasish Majumder, 54, accessed obscene images of topless women being gagged and couples engaged in sexual acts while the victim gave her harrowing evidence at Inner London Crown Court, the court was told.
The judge, who was sitting behind him, caught him. Majumder, who had worked at Inner London Crown Court, later admitted routinely watching porn during the trials.
    “Majumder was working as a court clerk at Inner London and his conduct was an abuse of his position. It was quite clear that he viewed porn sites on his court computer whilst the court was engaged in the conduct of a trial on an allegation of rape,” prosecutor, Annabel Darlow, said.
    A police probe into the incident found pornography searches in the history of Majumder’s work computer and
child and extreme pornography images on his home computer. ANI

 This report reminded me of a friend of mine in a class-room, very likely of Electrical Technology , at IIT, Kharagpur during 1960s. Well, internet did  not exist even in our  dreams , but, hardcore pornography did. My friend was reading  a book - what was known as 'pondi' in IITian's terminology - while our Professor was trying to make us understand difficult  curves and formula..... I do not recollect much, but do remember the 'boy's' name. It may not be proper for me to mention his name here - but, I know he has become a 'professional' priest in a far-away country !

LOL !!

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Friday, February 09, 2007


Supriyo came to Calcutta during the 3rd week of January,07. He wrote to me earlier.Many other friends from IIT, Kharagpur knew of his availability, but, catching him and meeting him in a group was not easy. Dates, the group composition and venues changed. Finally, we had a very enjoyable get-together... a dinner party.... at his place on 3rd February,07.

Sitting : From L2R, Shyamal,Suman,Swapan.
Standing : From L2R,Supriyo and Tapan.

Indrajit Bhownmick and his wife, Subhadra were in Calcutta during this time too.An opportunity to contact eluded me.

Let me come back to the get-together at Supriyo's place.Masima arranged for a wonderful dinner. We met Suman Dasgupta and Chitralekha , Swapan Roy and his wife , Diptendu Chakrabarty, Supriyo's neighbour in Calcutta and Canada and Raja Sen, a noticeably quiet cousin of Supriyo.

Diptendu was a very interesting person to meet..... his description of the 'rituals' following the death of a typical Indian person in Canada ..... well !! I shall remember this anecdote for long.

When I was at Burnpur last month, Tapan Hazra told me that if the get-together with Supriyo could be held on 2nd/3rd February,07, he and Neepa would join us in Calcutta , if we manage a date around 2nd/3rd Feb. Supriyo and Tapan met after 38 years , first time after leaving Kgp...... likewise , Swapan and I met after a equally long time.

The evening ended close to mid-night. I carried my lap-top where I created a show of photographs I collected over the years ... starting with those I took during the marriage party of the elder daughter of Indrajit Bhowmick and the ones I received from Swapan Hazra when he visited Kgp couple of year ago during an alumni meet !

Sitting: L to R :Neepa,Ruby,Chittralekha and Mrs Roy. Standing : L to R :Supriyo,Suman,
Tapan,Shyamal and Swapan.

Masima enjoyed this intrusion to her normally quiet house . She personally supervised the preparation of a very well laid-out and sumptuous dinner.We learnt that there were a series of get-togethers at her place as Supriyo invited many friends ,their wives and relatives at their residence. And , she was enjoying every moment of it !! :-)) Her team did not show the strain and deserve a special mention!!

This photo of Masima was taken when the excesses were being removed.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

After quite a few weeks of absence...

Since I visited Biman's (Biman Sarkar) house at Salt Lake in Sept.,'06 , collected a no of copies of Alankar ( of which he was an editor) and his recent photo, I have not done enough for keeping this site fed with regular postings.The copies of Alankar deserve better deal !!


October,06 to January,07 ....... the months of absence had untimely rains and floods, a very wet DurgaPuja, a rather noisy Deepavali , preparation for retirement on 31/12/06, a busy Dec-Jan family situation and two outings.

December-January in Calcutta are the months for heightened social activities..... marriages, painting and photographic exhibitions, visits of relatives and friends from abroad and the ensuing get-togethers. I had Dr Sri and his family at our place,missed at least two dinner parties, attended the marriage of Amitava Lahiri's younger daughter ,visited Tapan at Burnpur and would meet Supriyo tomorrow at his Calcutta residence.

There will be more photographs in this page for our friends to enjoy!!

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Friday, February 02, 2007


Tapan was my neighbour at RK Hall during 3rd and 4th year. We have remained in touch with each other through our service life.He never left Asansol/Burnpur as he spent his entire professional life at IISCO till he retired from this Organisaton last month.

An invitation to spend a day or two at his sprawling bungalow before he would move out to his own accommodation was a tempting offer.When my elder son visited us this Dec/Jan during his vacation , we drove down to his place with my family including our lab.

We spent two nights at his place. During the day in between we went to Panchkot at Purulia.... nearby places with small hills , dirt roads , lots of tal trees, temples and historical ruins. Had a nice picnic under the shade of a giant tree.

The three pictures in this blog show a group photo of ours (from L to R ..... tapan's wife Neepa,me,Tapan and Ruby, my wife) ,our picnic at Panchkot where Babai , my elder son and Pajo, Tapan's younger son were present and the sunrise through the trees of tapan's bungalow.

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Sunday, October 15, 2006


This is an extract from Dr Bando's e-mail on his teaching style . Here he acknowledge his debt to our Institute's teachers.

'....Thought my IIT friends will like to know that the teaching style I learnt from my IIT teachers has proved valuable in my teaching at UNSW : Please do not misunderstand me - I am not placing this for my own advertisement, rather pleading that it is what students do need in addition to good lecture materials.

The latest teaching appraisal conducted by my Head of School came up with the following results :

Dr Sri Bandyopadhyay : MATS3574 Polymer Eng 2 S-2 2006 : 4th year * Bando gives students a sense of pride in their work, teaches ethics & other personal traits totally ignored by other lecturers.

Dr Sri Bandyopadhyay…MATS3443 Polymer Sci & Eng S-1 2006- 3rd yr * .....It is safe to say he’s most students favorite lecturer. Rather than looking for the brightest students, he tries to bring everyone up to a higher level"

Very good Dr Bando. Please do write a few more lines on your teaching style. Add a couple of anecdotes or an interesting story or two about your relationship with students.

Friday, October 06, 2006


Many of us know Dr Sri Bando well. He stays in Australia with his wife Sonali , daughters Indrani, Rakhi,Srijata and son Kanchan.
Sri is an academician. All his e-mails will have this signature :

School of Materials Science and Engineering
University of New South Wales
Sydney 2052, Australia

He is a very good singer too. I have attended a function he arranged last year at Taj Bengal, Calcutta. It was great !! You can find his songs at :
private URL :

Sri has sent a photo of his family which I share with the readers of this blog . In this photo, we see Sri , Sonali,Rakhi and Srijata.

Monday, October 02, 2006





It is not always easy to write and paste in a blog site. I wrote down 'charti_dashak' in bengali scrript and scanned it ... but two attempts to paste it in the previouspost in the right place failed.

Hence , in the morning of dashami, I am trying to paste it again

Ok .. fine . The pasting operation is successful.

Shuva Bijaya.