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Days 55-62 March End Break


I had taken all of the last week as a a break from the Shodh Yatra, to be in Delhi, Mumbai and  Hyderabad, to attend to work related to “year closing” since the fiscal year ends on March 31. As … Continue reading

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Day 49 North East beginning with Guwahati and Shillong


The northeastern states of India – Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh, the Seven Sisters, as they are called, with the addition of the little brother, Sikkim,  are remote from the rest of India, and not very … Continue reading

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Days 42,43, 63, 64, 67 Bihar


We stopped by at the Museum in Vaishali an walked through the exhibition in half an hour. The capital city of the Licchavis,  Vaishali was the most important centre of governance, commerce, culture and religion  from the sixth to the … Continue reading

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“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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