The Black Hole of Calcutta is said to be apocryphal. The tale of the death of over 100 English men and women prisoners as a result of their overnight incarceration in a cramped prison after Siraj-ud-Daulah's forces stormed what was then a humble settlement is, in the opinion of some historians, a tall one. But there was once, indeed, a Black Hole: that was Calcutta itself. For those growing up in the city in the 1980s, Calcutta did justice to the comparison - metaphorically and otherwise. For Calcuttans of that decade were at the mercy of the city's notorious perversions. What else but a black hole can describe the long, unbear-able hours of power outage - "load shedding" in the local parlance - that Calcutta was (in)famous for then? Added to that was Calcutta's near-complete transformation into an industrial and, some would even add, political wasteland.
They live amongst us. Or should we say, we live amongst them. No apparent differences that meet the eye. None that strikes the ear either. And that is how things are for days and weeks and months altogether, till the World Cup countdown sets in motion a giddy centrifugal swirl separating football fans from the rest of citizenry.
The Anandamela Summer Camp 2018, organised by Anandamela, shifted to South City International School on its second day. Around 200 students of classes II to VIII took part in workshops on elocution, art, health and hygiene, nutrition, stand-up comedy and dance. Parents attended an interactive session on sibling rivalry, parenting and patience.