Monthly Archives: March 2011

“Poetry makes nothing happen” Auden, Yeats and Tagore


  Chandna Mandal reciting Tagore’s poem Prabasi in the Sunderbans Click below to see the recitation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF1SeoCxNHM The dumb earth looks into my face, and Spreads the arms about me, At night, the fingers of the stars touch my dream … Continue reading

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Day 22 Shantiniketan


Shantiniketan This word  has a special meaning for any Bengali, or for an unabashed  Banglaphile, as I am. ( I can  understand Bangla fully, speak enough to hold a basic conversation,  and  even read the script haltingly).   I thus … Continue reading

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Day 20-21 Kolkata


I was on a work break in Kolkata,  to attend three Board meetings  of CTRAN,  our energy and environment services company, www.ctranconsulting.com ;   of IGS, our action research company www.igsindia.org.in ;    and of The Livelihood School, meant for training livelihood promotion practitioners and policymakers … Continue reading

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Day 19 Sunderbans, Dt South 24 Parganas, West Bengal


Sunderbans literally means “beautiful forests”, and the word evokes the images of Royal Bengal Tigers,  cobras and pythons and dense mangrove forests, criss-crossed by the “mouths of the Ganges”, as the island strewn delta of this mighty river is called. … Continue reading

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