The Baul

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The word “Baul” has its origin in the Sanskrit word “Vyakula” which means “restless”. The “Baul” are a group of people from Bengal (some part of India and Bangladesh) who have kind-of-rejected the traditional social norms and have formed a distinct sect that upheld music as their religion. They can be identified by their distinctive clothes, uncut hair, long beard and a particular type of musical instrument that they use. “Baul-song” is the name given to the genre of folk music developed by this creative cult. Bauls pour out their emotions in their songs. They never bother to write down their songs and thus maintain an oral tradition. Though Bauls comprise only a small fraction of the population of Bengal, their influence on the culture of Bengal is noteworthy. In 2005, the Baul tradition was included in the list of “Masterpieces of the Oral…

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Bench Series : July

This post is in response to the Bench Series of the month July 2015. The challenge is the following.

This month I want to see photos of a bench which is different to the norm. It may be the shape, style, length, height, colour, material or even location that attracts your attention

So, here comes my “unusual benches”. I clicked this photograph in Hungary back in 2013.

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Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge (Close Up)

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Close Up.”

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A Snake (India, 2015)

This week’s theme is “close up”, and let’s have a close look at a snake. Quite scary, huh?

This is not a macro photograph, it’s just a close-up photo. This photo was taken in the state of West Bengal, India.

Do you like my photographs? If yes, then you are most welcome to visit my Facebook Photography page. I have just started this page and I hope to develop it more. I need your support for that.

Thanks and happy blogging.

Most cherished objects

This post is for The Cherished Blogfest event.

A woman in her late twenties possesses so many different kinds of things. Isn’t it too hard to say which one is the most cherished object?

When I first came across “The Cherished Blogfest” event details, I kept on thinking for quite some time. Do I really know which is my most favourite possession? I thought about my collection of paintings. Are they my most favourite possessions? I also thought about my laptop, some of the story books that I really like to read, even I thought about some of my nice-looking sarees and jewellery! But none of these things seemed to be special enough to write a post about. But, after thinking deeply for some more time, I finally could figure out those two things which are closest to my heart. So, here come a few words about my most cherished objects.

The first one is my cell phone. It is very close to my heart because my husband gifted that to me on the day of our registry marriage in November 2013. It is a Samsung Duos smartphone. I still remember the day when I and my would-be husband went to a Samsung store in one of the shopping malls in our city, Kolkata. It was the day before our legal marriage. Together we saw some of the latest smartphone models and finally decided on one. Me and my husband are currently living in two different cities in India and we do talk a lot over phone. You know, a long distance relationship is all about talking. Thus, the cellphone has become an integral part of my life.

The second cherished object is my digital camera, CANON Powershot SX40 HS. I am passionate about photography and this is the first camera that I bought with my own money. And as you know, the first is always special. I may buy better cameras in coming years, but this Canon Powershot camera will always have a very special place in my heart. This camera is easy to use and good for beginners like me. The best part is that it has 35X optical zoom. Isn’t that cool? I may have taken some thousands photos with my camera already and I hope to click a lot more. My camera is MY 3RD EYE.

That’s all about my cherished objects. Don’t forget to let me know about yours in the comments section.

Happy blogging !

Blogging 101 : Inspired by the neighbors

Coincidence happens.

Just a couple of days ago, I discovered this wonderful blog named asnappshot (please do visit, this is a very charming blog !). The owner of this blog lives in USA, but he has visited India several times. In India, the city where he has come several times (probably because of his work) is Bangalore and thus, he has travelled a lot of places in and around Bangalore. This  information was given in his about page, and I was obviously interested to have a look at his blog posts! Ahh.. you don’t understand why? Well, it’s not only because of the fact that I am an Indian. Let me tell you 🙂

I am from the Indian city Kolkata. But I have a very close connection with Bangalore. My husband (who is also from Kolkata) is currently living in Bangalore. He is a faculty in Indian Institute of Science. So, I often visit Bangalore! I do not stay in Bangalore though, because I am doing my PhD from an institute in Kolkata. But as I said, I keep visiting my husband in regular intervals. In fact, now (it’s 16th July) I am writing this blog post sitting in Bangalore. But it’s again a short visit. I have to go back to Kolkata on 20th… I have already booked my tickets.

Are you thinking that the connection with Bangalore was the only coincidence? Oh no no! Wait. When browsing the blog, I found this wonderful photo. This photo, as he explains already in his post, was taken by him in a market place at Mysore. And you know what? Just a few days before I discovered this blog and this particular photo, I made a plan to visit Mysore with my husband and my parents-in-law. Isn’t that a funny coincidence?

So, dear bloggers, I will be off to Mysore tomorrow (17th July). Mysore is very near to Bangalore and it just takes 3 hours to go by train. It is a nice historic place and I hope to enjoy a lot. Ah yes, I may also try to visit the market place to enjoy the sight of the colourful powders in the containers 😀

I will be back to Bangalore on 20th morning and on the same day, in evening, I will be travelling back to my hometown, Kolkata. Hmmm… it’s going to be hectic. Anyway, the good thing is that I will have a lot of fun in Mysore before going back 🙂

Bye and keep blogging.