Diary of disappointment
The report “Tagore Diary”, January 12, enthused me to go to the GPO and procure the diary on Rabindranath Tagore launched by the department of post. A great disappointment awaited me. The printer’s devil seemed to have played havoc and I agonised over the spelling and grammatical mistakes and errors in punctuation right from the cover of the diary.
To cite a few glaring examples: “he used to write letters to his keens (kin)”; “he always travailed (travelled) the postal mail route”; “personal memorandam (memorandum)”. As I turned the pages, suddenly the binding came off. So much for a “Philatelic tribute to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on his 150th Anniversery (anniversary)”, as mentioned in the cover (picture right)!
Warrior Prince: In response to the report “The
warrior prince before he lost his last battle”, January 10,
it was astonishing to learn that the IPL teams did not
choose Sourav Ganguly. Given Sourav’s dazzling
performance in Tests and ODIs, apart from his enviable
captaincy, the rebuff he faced is most disappointing
and bizarre. He should now groom himself as
a coach so that he can create a name for himself again.
Using social networking sites to connect with the electorate rather than through rallies and meetings will save time both for political parties and the common man (Poke at politician for online rally, January 6).
It is best to direct the political traffic towards Facebook or Twitter. Unlimited viewers and opinions and discussions will perhaps open our leaders’ eyes to the stark reality that people do not want the menace called rallies anymore. They want to work and invest their time in productive purposes. Politicians can afford to waste their time as they can earn a fat salary without carrying out their responsibilities effectively. This is true of every political party. The shortest route to making their presence felt is through rallies, that too at the busiest junctures!
The Metro report on online rallies made for an interesting read. While it is true that Barack Obama mobilised public support more through rallies than through the social media, but the difference with Calcutta politics is that the US President never held a rally blocking traffic in the central business district of Washington D.C. or at Times Square in New York. An alternative rally venue is the need of the hour in Calcutta.
Sourav Roy Barman,
Zero tolerance for rallies
In the next elections please don’t vote in favour of candidates who hold rallies and bandhs. This will send a message to the rally-happy politicians that they need to find some other way of staying in the public eye (“What needs to be done to rid the city centre of rally raj?”, January 3).
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Apart from the chaos that political parties unleash on commuters, let’s pause and think of the side-effects of rallies. Business is the main sufferer, as was reported in Metro in the run-up to Christmas, when cake shops in the New Market area lost customers because of traffic choking rallies in Metro Channel.
The common man should be able to take legal recourse against such a nuisance. Let political parties hold their rallies on the Milan Mela grounds, for which they have to hire the venue paying a huge sum of money.
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It is good news for commuters in Calcutta that a supplementary petition has been filed by green activist Subhash Dutta in the high court demanding a ban on traffic-choker meetings and political processions in the central business district (“Return to court against rally raj”, January 4).
Calcutta has become synonymous with bandhs and rallies. All parties are equally responsible for this harassment. As the Assembly election is drawing near, the frequency of political processions is going up. Thanks to Metro for running a campaign on this issue.
Bolly vs Tolly
In response to the question “Would you rather watch good Tolly than bad Bolly?”, December 30, I am not a movie person. I do watch films sometimes but most English and Hindi films bore me rigid. However, I like Bengali films. I have also started building a growing collection of Bengali film DVDs.
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I have always preferred good Tolly films rather than bad Bolly. Compared with films like Gorosthanay Sabdhaan, Autograph, Moner Manush or Aarekti Premer Galpo, Hindi films like Tees Maar Khan stand no chance in attracting crowds in Bengal. Tollywood is doing well in commercial “art films”. Peppy songs and extensive marketing have helped Bengal’s film industry to give Bollywood films a run for their money.
I have always enjoyed watching good Bengali films. These movies are often more intellectually stimulating than Hindi ones. Bengal has all the necessary talent to make a comeback as a forerunner in the national film industry. Strategic promotion and sponsors are the need of the hour.
Who wants to watch a bad film? Be it Tolly or Bolly, viewers would always go for the good ones. There was a phase when bad Bengali films used to hit the screens. Now the situation has changed. But not all Hindi films are bad.
Shankha Shuvro Chattopadhyay,
Stamp out vandalism
Violence has become the easiest way to bring one’s grievance to notice. This was once again manifest when a local train’s delayed arrival at Howrah station led to beating up of the driver and the guard by passengers (“Violence trail from road to rail”, December 30).
It was despicable on part of the passengers to lay the blame on the two persons. The delay took place because the driver and the guard were not within their rights to move without getting the signal.
Keeping in tune with the current trend of political bashing, Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee was prompt to brand it “political sabotage” by the CPM. The real problem was, however, not addressed or redressed amid all the mayhem.
What happened at Howrah station shows the slipshod security arrangement we have at such an important railway station. There could have been a stampede and major casualties while the station was being vandalised.
Given the lawlessness in the state, better security on the station premises is necessary. The vandals should be identified from CCTV footage and punished.
Subhankar Mukherjee ,
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