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Thursday , May 3 , 2012
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Boring nightlife

I feel disgusted each time I want to go out and have a few drinks with my friends at night. It is not the same city anymore. There were times when we would come out of Venom, Underground or the Park and see daylight! Those were the days when I could truly call it “the city of joy”.

But thanks to the 11.30pm deadline, Calcutta now has a boring nightlife.

What I fail to understand is how shutting down pubs and bars early helps reduce crime?

Not all Calcuttans are desperate to rape women. I am sure many goons are out in the open even now. Instead of nabbing culprits and keeping a check on criminal activities, the city’s police force seems more interested in keeping night revellers at bay.


IPL-V fever at the Eden

I have always been a huge fan of cricket but never had a chance to visit the Eden Gardens. I watch every KKR match on TV. My son often tells me that the Eden is special because of its crowd, the noise, the Mexican waves and the spirit.

He was there at the Eden on April 5 for the KKR vs DD match. The match got delayed by almost three hours because of rain but almost no one left the ground. They all cheered every time one of the covers was removed from the field after the rain. The Eden is special because of such crazy crowd and the presence of SRK makes it more special.

Kiran Agarwal,

Dum Dum Road

Watching IPL has never been more fun! It started with just four of us in the family. Our numbers grew with relatives and friends joining us and for the April 28 match there were 42 of us cheering, dancing and yelling our hearts out. We are from Vivek Vihar Phase V, Howrah.

From a distance, our group looked like a row in white and purple, that being our dress code. We were elated to spot ourselves on the big screen!

We were dancing to the beats of Korbo lorbo jeetbo re. Some cheerleaders were looking at us and smiling!

When it came to watching SRK, we yelled and cheered together during his victory run. It was an awesome experience.

Rashi Binani

The IPL experience at the Eden was superb. One has to be present there to believe it. It is next to impossible for people to realise sitting at home the energy at the ground. The icing on the cake was the presence of Shah Rukh Khan at the Eden.

Ayan Paul

Easy bail

Apropos the report “Bail in 25 minutes for Arabul”, May 1, it was not surprising that Arabul got bail easily. It seems that if you are a Trinamul follower, the cops will not touch you even if you indulge in hooliganism and in case you are arrested under public pressure, you will be let off in minutes. If such events continue to happen, the popularity graph of the chief minister will only go down further.

       A.S. Mehta,

New Alipore

Airport trauma

Kudos to Metro for the article “Thud ! Welcome to Calcutta”, April 30.

I feel like I’m riding a bus on Keshtopur Road when the aircraft runs before taking off from the city. It gets scary while landing too.

I agree that rain is the biggest enemy of Bitumen. But the authorities should keep alternative resources ready. The Delhi airport handles almost three times more aircraft than Calcutta.

The Airports Authority of India need to take care of their administrative lethargy of doing things.

Jayanta Chaudhuri,


The city airport never fails to grab the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The authorities, however, seem not at all bothered by the poor condition of the airport.

The undulating surface of the runway poses great risk to the lives of passengers. The authorities have no right to play with passenger-safety.

The lack of concern amazes me. How can the authorities be so irresponsible despite being told about the safety hazards by the airlines operators’ committee? They should be penalised for putting passengers’ lives to risk.

Chandan Chatterjee

Salt Lake crime

Robbers are on a looting spree in Salt Lake. Unfortunately, police arrive only after the robbers have left. “We are looking into the matter,” is what the cops routinely say after a crime incident. It’s a shame that we have such irresponsible cops in the city.


Salt Lake police’s response to distress calls from citizens in peril is anything but helpful (Dial C for distress crawl, May 1). The robbery at Surender Singh Dabla’s house on Monday once again showed how inert the township’s police force is.

Adding fuel to fire, the cops are said to have made fun of Dabla.

The robbery makes a mockery of the Bidhannagar commissionerate, set up with the promise of improving the fast deteriorating law and order situation in the township.

I hope the chief minister, who is in charge of the police department, does not term these charges as malicious and manipulated.

P.B. Saha,

Salt Lake

Love story

I have the ebook of Fifty Shades of Grey (City warms to steamy read, April 24) and I would encourage others to buy it. It has a conventional love story where Christian ‘control-freak’ Grey is at the heart of every woman’s fantasy!

Eshita Dey,

Dum Dum

Passport peeve

I have applied for passport on March 15 (CA2061389891512). Till date, the status shown for my passport is “Police Verification (PV) has been initiated and a PV request has been sent to Additional SP Office, District South 24-Parganas. Your passport will be dispatched after Clear Police Verification Report is received at Regional Passport Office. You would receive an email/sms once the passport is dispatched”.

I went to the office of the SP, South 24-Parganas, on April 18 to enquire about the status. I was told that since the area where I stay now falls under the newly formed Bansdroni police station, which is under the Calcutta police, I have to go to the security control office on AJC Bose Road.

When I reached there, I was told to go to the Regional Passport Office and enquire. On April 19, I went to the RPO and after waiting for more than two hours in queue, I was asked to come back after April 26. How long will this harassment continue?

Chiranjib Das

Taxi fare

I am in the hospitality industry and often have to travel late at night. Getting a taxi at night is an ordeal in the city.

I always used to pay more than the usual fare and the amount depended on the whims of the driver and my negotiation skill. With the recent hike in taxi fare by 15 per cent at night, I hope the situation will improve a bit.

Manash Kumar Das

Exam blues

The loss of ICSE geography answer scripts of two city schools is sad and disappointing for the students. They had to take a retest for no fault of theirs. The board should award 15 marks extra in geography to the students as some sort of a compensation to the victims.

Basudeb Bhattacharya,

Salt Lake

Why should students suffer when the fault lies in the system introduced by the council? The board must figure out a foolproof way to send answer scripts from respective schools to the board headquarters.

Rahul Bari

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