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Welcome to my Blog:

I love to travel and share my experience through my writing & photography.  Although I am not restricting my Blog to travel writing only. I have plans to covert a diverse subject right from popular science to food and from photography techniques to different aspects of management and social science. My Blog follows a mid – week update ie it is a new post is added every Wednessday (although I am sometimes unable to maintain the deadline). Read more…

Book Review ~ Nothing is Blue:

History and astronomy are always considered poles apart, but eminent physist Biman B Nath of Raman Research Institute, Bangalore considers them as opposite sides of a coin. In his debut novel “Nothing is Blue” he has blended the two in a unique mixture, with the ancient Nalanda University in its backdrop. Set in the ancient seat of learning, the novel deals with the travels of the famous Chinese traveler Xuanzang (Hiuen Tsang) in Nalanda and its surrounding area. Read more…

2011 in review:

I started my blog on June 17 2011 and on December 31 2011 WordPress sent a detail report providing the necessary statistics. For details read more…

Potter’s Wheel ~ A brief History:

Pottery, the art of making pots out of burnt clay, is an ancient art. Pieces of pottery are inevitable parts of an archaeological digs all over the world. The oldest evidence of pottery dates back to 10,000 BC in Japan. The concept of clay made vessels sprung up when the society shifted from nomadic to agrarian. The society was in need for stable but heavier containers. Read more…

A Year of Blogging ~ My Blog’s First Birthday:

I still remember the wet morning of 17th June 2011 my friend, colleague and fellow photo enthusiast Akash Mondal introduced me to the world of Blogging. Although I have been writing travelogues for more than a decade and maintained a personal website, I have never been much of a computer friendly person. Strangely I soon got the hang of Blogging and started posting articles regularly.

Transition of Venus and Birth of Cinema:

It is said that “Necessity is the mother of Invention” and the necessity of shooting multiple frames during the transition of Venus in 1874 by French scientist Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen lead to the discovery of movie camera and finally the most popular entertaiment of today CINEMA!!!!! As the world witnessed the transition of venus on 6 June 2012 I share my experience of viewing and photographing the event along with the discovery of cinema. Read more…

A Tribute to David McCutchion:
Soon after Independence, David McCutchion arrived in Bengal as a youngish, independent-minded academic from Britain, who, in spite of his pioneering work — a prodigious number of photographs and a series of writings on the terracotta Hindu temples of both West and East Bengal which he travelled extensively, patas, and Indo-Anglian literature, which was in a nascent stage then — is a forgotten name today. Had David  McCutchion, who had succumbed to an attack of polio in Calcutta at the early age of 41 on January 12, 1972, been alive today, he would have turned 82 on August 12, 2012. Today his mortal remains lies in the Bhawanipur Cemetery in Kolkata. Read more…

Book Review ~ Missing Varrun:

Amar Agarwala’s debut novel Missing Varrun is a full life story of a Calcutta based charted accountant Vedant (1966 – 2049) spanning well into the future. It is also a love story that crosses all barriers of time and culture. Vedant, a brilliant chartered accountant of Calcutta falls in love with Amaya, a Spanish girl of Sindhi origin, fifteen years younger than he. Amar Agarwala is a practicing Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary. He also posses a degeree in Law and also a MBA. Presently Agarwala has more than more than 25 years of teaching experience in various fields and is pursuing a doctorate degree. Read more…

2012 in review:

Received the official WordPress Review for 2012. Received 32000 page views in 2012 and have made 49 posts. Read more…

Semaphore Towers, A Pre – Telegraph Communication System:

Semaphore TowerSemaphore, popularly known as visual telegraph or optical telegraph, was a most popular communication technology in the pre -  telegram days. It is a system of conveying information by means of visual signals, using towers with pivoting shutters, also known as blades or paddles. The signals were observed from the next tower by means of telescope and relayed on to the next tower. Semaphore was introduced in India by the British during 1816 – 1830 when series of towers were planned between Calcutta Fort William and Chunar Fort of Varanasi (Benaras). Several towers stands to this day. Read more…

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