Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Today was Poila Baisakh, the Bengali New Year's Day. Its relevance in our lives today is just as an occasion for eating out with the family, and, maybe, wearing new clothes and touching the feet of elders (or calling them up, if you live far away, as I do).
In Bengal, on this day, the entrepreneurs and shopkeepers worship Lord Ganesha (the Hindu god of commerce) and open a new red-cloth-bound halkhata (book of accounts), smearing it with vermilion, hoping for profit and plenty in the coming year.
Sharing this venturesome spirit, I, too, began a new blog today, Past Continuous. It is about my memories of growing up in Bengal, India, in the 1970s-80s.
Do visit the blog that memories built and share your past with me.


Paul Bernard said...


I certainly agree with you about Dickens. He was a master at serialisations. Great Expectations caused a real stir on its serialisation, I believe.
Also, I think the Dahl story you speak of is called Royal Jelly. I haven't read it, though I saw some of the tale, performed on an old TV series from the 70s or 80s.
But I have always been fascinated with such metamorphoses.
Good luck with your new blog... ;-)

S.Ghosh said...

wish you a very "shuv nabobarsho"
and congratulate you for the new blog


chambilkethakur said...

good blog.
i must say in India there are so many of new years: bengali, tamil, malyalam, marathi and starting of vikram samvat. Anyway new year bring prosperity, so have fun and happy blogging.