Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

20160727_123658-1C Celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festival of India, commenced today. May Lord Ganesh bless you with joy, prosperity and peace.

The painting of Little Ganesh sitting on mother’s lap is tried by me, following the style of Jamini Roy, the great painter of Bengal, India.

To know more about Ganesh (or Ganesha) read here


Posted by on 05/09/2016 in Art, Uncategorized


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Weekly Photo Challenge : Frame

DSC02262In response to Nancy Thanki’s photo challenge Frame , this picture of Tajmahal is used  for the challenge. In the picture the view of the Tajmahal is framed against main entrance gate. 


Posted by on 27/08/2016 in Uncategorized


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‘Produnova’girl : Dipa Karmakar

2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Women's Vault Final

2016 Rio Olympics – Artistic Gymnastics – Final – Women’s Vault Final – Rio Olympic Arena – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 14/08/2016 (Image credit : Rauter).

Dipa Karmakar, the 23-year-old Gymnast from India narrowly missed a medal after finishing fourth in the vault finals at Rio Olympics 2016 but captured the imagination of the world by performing the ‘Produnova’ Vault and won the hearts of millions from India. Dipa Karmakar’s coach Bisweshwar Nandi revealed to media that Dipa practiced more than 1000 ‘Produnova’ vault in three months before the Rio Olympics 2016.

Produnova vault popularly known as the ‘Vault of Death’, the best of gymnasts hesitate in attempting this vault but  not the Indian Gymnast Dipa. Experts may think it is the ‘Vault of Death’ but trailblazer Indian gymnast Dipa doesn’t agree with that and says she will continue performing the Produnova despite the dangers that come with the dare devil act.

She revealed to the media recalling her experience at the finals at Rio 2016. When her name was announced, people cheered for her because of the Produnova. “I became famous for my vault in the Olympics. some called me ‘Produnova Girl’ others called me ‘Dipa Produnova’, a lot of people were cheering for me in the finals. I felt I made the right decision by choosing this vault.”

Dipa Karmakar is extremely proud that she brought gymnastics to limelight in India and will continue to inspire many to follow her footprints in future.

Dipa-Karmakar Produnova

Produnova Vault by Dipa Karmakar at Rio 2016

HER PERFORMANCE : Gymnast Dipa Karmakar narrowly missed the bronze by finishing fourth in the women’s vault event, scoring an impressive total of 15.066, which included a score of 15.266 for her Produnova vault.

Dipa shot up to second position in the table after her performance. She dropped to third after Russia’s Maria Paseka (15.253) completed her vaults, then securing first position.

So before USA’s Simon Biles performed her vaults, the score Board was showing Dipa in third position as below :

Russia (Maria Paseka) scored (15.253)

Switzerland (Giulia Steingruber) Scored (15.216)

India (Dipa Karmakar) Scored (15.066)

After USA’s Simon Biles shot up to top position for the gold, pushing everyone down below, Dipa came to fourth position with a difference of 0.15 points from the Bronze Medalist Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber. This is to be noted here that none of the above medal winners dared to perform the Death vault (Produnova vault). Out of 8 finalists only 2 performed the Produnova, Dipa being the one.

She is happy with her score but missed the medal narrowly by 0.15 points. She has set her aim to reach the podium in the next Olympics (2020 Tokyo).


Our millions of hearts will remain with you Dipa with our best of wishes at Tokyo Olympics 2020.


Posted by on 21/08/2016 in Gymnastics, Olympic, Uncategorized


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Weekly Photo Challenge : Morning

DSC05389In response to this week’s photo challenge theme Morning, this is my submission. This shot was taken somewhere in Rajasthan on the way to Jodhpur in the early morning when the eastern sky was getting ready for the sunrise.DSC05391


Posted by on 08/08/2016 in Nature, Photography, Uncategorized


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Bandel Church

The Basilica of the Holy Rosary commonly known as Bandel Church is one of the oldest Christian Churches in India, situated in a small town “Bandel”, in Hoogly district of West Bengal. Now, Bandel is a suburban town of Calcutta which is well connected by local as well as Express train services from Howrah. It takes about one hour by local train.

This church stands as a memorial to the Portuguese settlement in Bengal. Founded in 1599, it is dedicated to Nossa Senhora do Rosário, Our Lady of the Rosary. It also serves as  a Parish Church,  ( means, in rural areas, the parish church may play a significant role in community activities, often allowing its premises to be used for non-religious community events.)  It is one of the most prominent historical churches in West Bengal as well as in India.


Prayer Hall

Around the middle of the 16th century, the Portuguese began using Bandel as a port. During or around 1571, they were given permission by Akbar, the Mughal Emperor, to build a town in Hoogly. As they began settling around the area, their Priests began to baptise the natives – and by 1598,  Catholics in Hooghly numbered around five thousand, including natives and mixed races.


In 1579, the Portuguese built a port on the banks of the River Hoogly, as well as a Fort. The following year, Captain Pedro Tavares obtained the emperor’s full permission to preach the Catholic faith publicly, and erect churches. Thus this Portuguese memorial was constructed in 1599, after a century of Vasco Da Gama landed in India, in 1498.


This first church was burnt down during the sacking of Hooghly by the Moors in 1632. A newer church, constructed by Gomez de Soto (also spelt John Comes de Soto), was built over the ruin in 1660. The key stone of the older church can still be seen on the eastern gate of the monastery, bearing the date 1599.

On November 25, 1988, Pope John Paul II declared the Bandel Church as a minor Basilica.



Posted by on 28/07/2016 in Indian History, Uncategorized


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My painting, Buddha


Acrylic on paper


Posted by on 18/07/2016 in Art, Uncategorized


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Visit to ISKCON Kolkata

ISKCON KolkataIskcon Temple of Kolkata CentreDSC05702
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also known as the Hare Krishna movement  was founded in 1966 in New York City by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada (Below).DSC05705
DSC05704This movement of mercy has spread to all continents of the world. Iskcon has established centers in most countries and important cities. The objective of this organisation is to make Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s sankirtan movement available to every town and village. Sri Caitanya, whom devotees recognize as a direct incarnation of Krishna, gave a powerful impetus for a massive bhakti (devotional) movement throughout India.

Kolkata Centre is located at 3C, Albert Road, Minto Park, Kolkata 700017

ISKCON follows the teachings of the Vedas and the Vedic scriptures, including Bhagavad-gita and the Bhagavata Purana; it teaches and practices Vaishnavism, or devotion to God in the supreme personal aspect of Radha Krishna.

ISKCON embraces the chanting of the holy name of Krishna as a primary practice and accepts the concepts of transmigration, karma, vegetarianism (ahimsa), worship of the deity (Shri Vigraha), and the preceptor-disciple (guru-shishya) relationship. Initiated members vow to refrain from gambling, illicit sex, intoxicants (including coffee, tea, and cigarettes), and non vegetarian food.

In this way ISKCON faithfully continues the core traditions of the Hindu faith. ISKCON’s teachings are not limited to any particular historical religion. Vaishnavism inculcates the essential and universal principle of all religion. That principle, called sanatana dharma, denotes the natural and eternal activity of all living beings, loving devotional service to the one Supreme Personality of Godhead.


Posted by on 14/07/2016 in ISKCON, Uncategorized


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