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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