Why I don’t support changing West Bengal to Paschim Banga

The government in West Bengal just decided that it is time to change the name of the state.  During the sixty-four years of India’s independence, West Bengal has been known as Paschimbanga in Bangla (পশ্চিমবঙ্গ, phonetically Poschimbongo), the native language of most inhabitants. By decree it is soon going to be changed to Paschim Banga … Continue reading Why I don’t support changing West Bengal to Paschim Banga

My river

Even when death had not become endemic, quicksand was a perennial problem. Marauding elephants became a concern much later when we cut down the forests. The Kangsabati, which is also known as the Kasai, has always been my river. I grew up a short bicycle ride away from its sandy banks. On afternoons of oppressively … Continue reading My river