Month: October 2018

Happy Halloween!!

I thought I’d not post a second blog today but I didn’t want to miss a chance to write a few word of my own either.  So I just decided to write again. It’s Halloween and the end of October. I signed up for this blog almost a year ago but had not been actively posting until it was September already. So it’s safe to admit that I’m new to the community in every way possible. But the amount of love and support I have been getting in this month (and the past month as well) from my fellow bloggers is admittedly overwhelming. So I just wanted to write this blog to thank everyone who I follow or the bloggers who follow me and to anyone who reads my contents. It’s a pleasure to be able to be a part of this beautiful community. Thank you!! Have a happy and safe Halloween. Photo by Toni Cuenca from Pexels Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels Advertisements

Beneath the Shrouds of Thoughts

By Bidisha Sinha // greatdipper.wordpress.com A gold digger chips on in a dark, dingy mine while his face gets plastered with mud… the silence of the night broken by the constant chipping… the music feels the room and into my veins of thoughts. As the cigarette smoke infiltrates my senses, my mind wanders in and out of the things that have happened with me and others. How the lives that is entwined with mine have been living on edges of reality and the unexplained… and yet we all live on with our lives.. isn’t it.. Borderline crazy??? I have submerged my god or ghost consciousness at the altar of science… yet today.. things go beyond my reasons. The only other time I felt this crazy was when I was in love .. but love and bewilderment and fear are different things— differing in their basic anatomy of impact. I was hoping I would never have to write about my dreams—that dreams are exaggerations of our thoughts— convoluted by the feelings that we can never perceive. …

Halloween Inscriptions: Part – II The House of the Pristine

It has been 4 and a half years since this event has taken place. One of the few experiences I have that can be addressed as supernatural and unearthly. A few days ago I published a blog on anxiety and how its existence is able to distort our thought process; The Ghosts of the Past. This whole experience, however, had occurred before The Ghost of the Past and is still remained unexplained in my comprehension. Nonetheless, I believe there is always a reason behind everything and we’d eventually be able to find an answer for anything yet to be explained. So I would not put it under the category of ghost. To call it supernatural seems to be a good way to address it even though I think the word ‘supernatural’ may be an exaggeration. Back in January, 2014 my friends and I would meet up and chat in a school lawn in the evenings. The place was only 15 mins away from my home. So I thought it’s convenient to be able to stay …

Wherever You Go Today, You Go Today

I guessed I wouldn’t be able to write when I woke up this morning. I supposed I’d, may be, listen to a bunch of music for the rest of the day. Though, the plan was a bit different when I went to bed last night. I thought I’d write and I’d write about the play that I had watched in the evening. The morning, however, had a different plan scheduled. Autumn rains have its own nobleness; which I believe is entirely different than anytime of the year. So, when I woke up to a moist and dreary weather, I felt the urge to unbind and listen to some Fleet Foxes and, may be, watch a movie and make some music later. But it all took a different direction with the emails of all the new posts published by my fellow bloggers. So I decided to write… But about what…..? The question came up in my mind since I was not willing to analyze the play and write about it today. But then something caught my attention and …

Halloween Inscriptions: Part – I চোদ্দোশাক, চোদ্দোবাতি

A foggy October’s evening..Two phantoms settle and talk in a bamboo-bush across a pond. Today is the day of warding off the evil spirit after all. The natives call it Bhoot Chaturdashi. They eat 14 kinds of leafy greens and light up 14 candles for the custom. Long ago, on these days, people would leave edibles in this bush. But now, they don’t reckon with such rituals anymore. No one cares either, else, in what sort of seriousness would a 10 years old shout “ayy, who’s sitting there…?” …..on a day like this! Lately, several foreign news have been surfacing…..They carve pumpkins to make ghost faces…Kids go door to door while dressing up like a ghost….It’s something, they call… Halloween. Whatever, those mores have never been in vogue here…Ones that remained are dwindling into the light in Banerjees’ new house’s yard. The phantoms become somewhat sad and start walking towards a ground.. The dairyman’s wife paces  towards home. She scrutinizes her surroundings repeatedly and cautiously. The day is Bhoot Chaturdashi after all; the phantoms are out there; wandering. Banerjees’ …

অথৈ জল / Unfathomable Water (2018).

On June 14, 2018 The Times Of India published an article or rather an advertisement that read, “Purba Paschim launches poster, set to stage new play.” And three days later after that, on June 17 the same news paper alluded, “Purba Paschim pays tribute to three doyens of Bengali literature.” They are: Manik Bandyopadhyay’s Diba Ratrir Kabya, Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay’s Hasuli Banker Upokotha and Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay’s Athoi Jol. A paradigm of an excellent marketing, indeed, I’d put it that way, as the play was going to be premiered on July 22 at Academy of Fine Arts. Added to that, the novel was scripted by Ujjwal Chattopadhay, with editing and direction from none other than Bratya Basu. The adaptation holds actors like Debshankar Haldar and the founder and director of Purba Paschim himself, Soumitra Mitra. Though it has taken me months to finally get around and see the play eventually. The day, it came. On the last Sunday I finally got around to see Athoi Jol. A plot that takes place in the time of pre-WWII Bengal. The story revolves around the protagonist …

Carrie and Lowell

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (2015) Thanks to a cold, plain and nifty autumn evening on an ordinary Thursday. This album was almost slipping by if I hadn’t decided to collect as many indie folk album as I possibly could back in 2015. However, It took me a while to imbibe that I was not aware of this masterpiece even when it had come out almost nine months before I got the chance to listen. Sufjan Stevens is a Detroit born singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and at this point of his career I suppose it’s safe to say that he is an international treasure. Carrie and Lowell is Sufjan Stevens 7th studio album released through Asthmatic Kitty on March 31, 2015, named after his mother and stepfather. The album is a tale of the relationship that he had with his mother and the blocks of feelings that he went through after her death. The album received massively positive reviews from the critics and was considered one of the best albums released in 2015. Carrie and Lowell …

3:34. A thought on Minds.

I have always been curious as to how we would develop our idiosyncrasies in terms of isolation from the world in general. Would it resuscitate the primordial quintessence inside us or beget an entirely new instinct? I believe human mind is incapable of  forming nothing. It’s unable to think of zero. Namely, if we are ever to say “what if nothing would exist. Universe, stars, planets, time, us and so on?” we would not be able to perceive and picture it entirely. Therefore if we are ever to be isolated from everything we would have ascertained the utmost balderdash but there would have always been something to ponder over. To be even more precise, think of someone left alone in void who is free from materialistic illusions and organism and is unfamiliar with anything previously thought and perceived. What would this person come up to? However, while this is not what I am going to conclude, which I will probably be incapable of, it has always been a subject of curiosity for me. What has partial isolation …

TheLarchWood’s Song of the Day: Frank & Nancy Sinatra – Somethin’ Stupid

Originally posted on The Larch Wood:
? Originally written and recorded by Clarence Carson Parks II in 1966, Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra’s 1967 rendition is an absolute bliss to listen to. The track was issued in 1967 as a single and later appeared on Frank  Sinatra’s 1967 album The World We Knew. Somethin’ Stupid is the TheLarchWood’s Song of the Day getting 5 conifer cones out of 5 for the day. Listen Below. ? ? The rendition was recorded on February 1, 1967 and was arranged by Billy Strange.