All posts tagged: autumn

The Incoherent Relationship Between Mental Health And Spring

Welcome to the happiness farm. It is Spring after all. You have probably heard the quote from Rainer Maria Rilke: “It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” But unfortunately the past 25 years or so have been different and the rates of depression and anxiety amongst people, especially the young adults, have risen by 70%. Almost 1 in 4 people between 16 to 25 have had suicidal thoughts and the number of children and young people with mental health issue has more than doubled since 2009. In the past 6 years, hospital admissions for teenagers with eating disorders have also almost doubled as well and even with this, according to the World Health Organization “Stigma and discrimination against patients and families prevent people from seeking mental health care”. Last year, on April 20th, Tim Bergling (better known as AVICII), the renowned Electronic Music producer and DJ was found dead in a farm house near Muscat, Oman, at the age of 28. On 1st May, TMZ reported that …

The Moonlight: John Atkinson Grimshaw

The “remarkable and imaginative painter” of Victorian Era who is best known for his somber moonlight upon urban landscapes and dockyards through leafless trees or cotton clouds expounded with pallid and augmented silhouettes, light and wet city streets. Born in Park Street, Leeds on 6 September 1836 to Mary and David Grimshaw, John Atkinson Grimshaw began his working life as a clerk for the Great Northern Railway. It was during the time as a clerk he begun to explore his love for painting. In 1861, at the age of 24, to the dismay of his parents, he abandoned his job to endorse all his time to become a painter. In 1862, only a year later after he had left his job, Grimshaw had his first exhibition under the patronage of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, which was mostly paintings of birds, fruit and blossom focused on still life and nature. By 1870, Grimashaw became successful enough to move to Knostrop Hall and rented another house in Scarborough, which he called ‘The Castle by the Sea’ …

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’ …