The hand that shook the hand…that shook the hand, (and other brushes with fame.)

Primitive customs, memories of skin cells and metaphysical degrees of separation collide when we consider the strange case of the man that shook the hand…that shook the hand. I know dear friend, for I AM that man. But don’t reach for your guns.  Not just yet anyway. Most people collect stamps, coins, bottle tops, scalps, shrunken […]

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Kolkata Pitter Patter

Take our hand and stroll through this great city. From Gariahat along Sarat Bose Rd, to Shakespeare Sarani, Chowringhee and the legendary Park St. The street art.     Gods wrapped up in macramed tops against the Calcuttan winter. Masala Pepsi ? A tea tree The Calcuttans, effortlessly graceful and naturally gracious. Film makers and […]

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The Indian Museum

We revisited the Indian Museum on Chowringhee,  an amazing shrine to Civilisation, and passed these characters on our way down Sudder Street. The Indian Museum is one of the great museums of the world.  A cathedral to culture and industry.  Vast rooms, one upon another, each the size of ballrooms, pillared, plastered, soaring ceilings, doors […]

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Sorrow into Joy

In India, in between the Sun’s rays and the Moon’s beams the physical and the metaphysical tangle and blur,  constantly wavering, shimmering, flickering in and out of focus. Ganesha, Rama and Sita, Krishna and his Gopis, Shiva and Kali and Hanuman walk the streets and enchantment fills the air. Even as one plants ones fleshy […]

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The Idolmakers of the Durga Puja

There is a wonderful cosmos in Kolkata made up of faith infused with fun, straw mixed with clay, bamboo covered in cloth and paint artfully applied to plaster.  Gods and animals, demons and fairies, fruits and flowers, lights, incense and offerings tumble across and over each other on towering bamboo arches that bestride the streets […]

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