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Rally tells stories of war & love…

I943-44 in Japan: During World War II, the Merrill’s Marauders of the US army advances 750 miles through some of the harshest jungle terrains in the world combating the Japanese Army, traversing more jungle on their long-range patrols than any other unit in the war in a 1943 Ford GPW…

Beauties in motion set to bear the chalice, brave the roads

When owners of vintage and classic cars drive their beloved vehicles down potholed, congested city roads on Sunday they would, like the boy in the James Joyce story, be “bearing a chalice safely through a throng of foes.” The Statesman Vintage & Classic Car Rally is here and so are…

Strange meetings

In a conference for women entrepreneurs held recently, a considerable crowd of businesswomen had gathered. Since the programme was named on a social problem and aimed to find a business solution for it, a large number of other members of the society also went to attend it. The mixed crowd…

Heritage tour

Not many days ago, a colleague who takes an auto from Ultadanga to Sovabazar to come to office had to wait to wait for more than 10 minutes before she could get one. It was unusual as Ultadanga is such a place where one never has to wait for autos…

Lust For Life

Dr P Lal had a distinct way of entering the class. He would virtually float inside and keep his books on the table delicately. Look at the students. His eyes would move steadily from right to left and then back. And the commotion in the first year class of English…

Dog’s love

A colleague’s love for dogs is immeasurable. He repeatedly confesses of dreaming about dogs. Golden Retriever, Alsatian and Labrador mainly feature in his dogland dreams. The quizzes he takes on the social networking site, Facebook, are like “what kind of dog were you in your previous life?” and “Which dog…

Comic relief

A colleague’s friend wished to read Nonte Phonte and Hada Bhoda, the popular Bengali comics all over again. All the comics in his collection were stolen by his younger cousins or were donated to some other friends. He asked the colleague to help him find some of the copies so…