Learning through the Familiar

Author, poet, and academician Premananda Roy has for a long time, been part of Siliguri literary circle. His new book is titled “Okkhor Chiner Pohila Pauthi” (First step to learn alphabet). For an unthinking eye, it is nothing more than an addition to workbooks written for young Rajbangshi students; but for observers, it is a…

The Looking Glass.

Celebrating the birth anniversaries of Bir Chilarai and Thakur Panchanan Barma has somehow captured imaginations to experience our glorious past and identity by valorizing history’s great men and their heroism. There are no tales of great women in Koch-Rajbangshi history, no great queens shedding blood and sweat, but only goddesses worshiped and mythologized. But one…

The Revolutionary Road

“Bhashatak kolapithi korir nagibe.” – Professor Dr. Dipak Kumar Roy Literary fests are always enlightening, the second Rajbangshi Sahitya Utshab, was no exception. The speakers did not comprise of any distinguished literary historian to present a full-fledged historical development of the Rajbangshi literature which was a bit disappointing but comprised few of those men who…

Mantar- A Cynic’s Approach

It is faith that subsides, subdues and dismisses skepticism, disbelief. But should that draw a concluding line to doubt or skepticism? Does mantra possess a healing power? And why does the Koch Rajbangshi community still nourish it?  Nagendranath Roy, the recipient of 2011 Sikhyaratna Award, says “it is a source to our roots”. In his…