Ashoka the Ungreat

Ashoka the Ungreat Subhodeep Mukhopadhyay

My name is Subhodeep Mukhopadhyay and I am glad to present my latest book Ashoka the Ungreat for your reading pleasure.

To know more about me, you may visit my Author’s Page at Amazon.

Ashoka Maurya

A great king. Master strategist. A legend. The inheritor of the greatest kingdom in Indian-subcontinent. One war, the bloody Kalinga War, however changes him forever. He makes a clean break with the past. Ashoka gives up Hinduism. He gives up war. He embraces Buddhism. He becomes a humanist. A messenger of peace and religious tolerance. This is what we are taught in schools and colleges.

But how much of this is really true?

We worship Rama. We venerate Krishna. Our country is named after King Bharat. We recall Mandhatri when we talk of the old. We talk of Yudhistira’s truthfulness. Bhima’s strength. Arjuna’s valor. Vikramaditya, Chandragupta, Raja Bhoja, Prithviraj Chauhan, Shivaji, Maharana Pratap, Guru Gobind Singh. They are our heroes. They are a part of our daily lives. Ashoka is not.

We never talk about Ashoka conversationally.

Our ancestors never talked about Ashoka. Ashoka was forgotten and unknown in India till the 19th century when the British popularized him. Later Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, eminent historians of Delhi, Shah Rukh Khan of Bollywood and others made him even more popular.

What Ashoka the Ungreat is About

In this book I have delved into this Ashoka-industry and its massive propaganda. I have attempted to undertake a critical, unbiased and apolitical re-reading of Ashokan rock edicts, Buddhist sources like Ashokavadana and Mahavamsa and findings from latest cutting-edge research in Ashoka and Buddhist studies.

I have presented a radically different picture by joining the dots and taking all the available evidence to its logical conclusion.

It becomes evident that far from being an epitome of rationality and secularism, Emperor Ashoka was a ruthless tyrant and a religious fanatic, and much of what we know about him are mere fabrications.

This book is about the life and times of Ashoka the Ungreat.

Ashoka the Ungreat is available on Amazon Kindle. If you have Kindle Unlimited you may read this book Absolutely Free !

Author Bio

I am an Independent Management Consultant associated with the Education and Agriculture Sector. I have a keen interest in Indian history from a civilizational perspective, Hindu science and technology and in Tantra Shastra. I have authored two books “Legendary Mughal Kings” and “Ashoka the Ungreat” and am based out of Kolkata.

I am an author at IndiaFacts and MatriWords.

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Government Jobs in Kolkata February 2017

Government Jobs in Kolkata February 2017

I will share details of Government Jobs in Kolkata February 2017. The various positions for Government recruitment in Kolkata for February 2017 are for:

  • Research Associate
  • Data Entry Operator
  • Technical Officer
  • Teacher
  • Computer Instructor
  • Doctor
  • Nurse

The different institutes/ companies/ PSU looking for candidates in Kolkata are:

  • Balmer Lawrie Co Ltd
  • Bengal Engineering and Science University
  • Birbhum District – Govt of West Bengal
  • Bose Institute
  • Braithwaite – Co Ltd
  • Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres
  • Department of Health – Family Welfare
  • Department of Municipal Affairs – Dinhata Municipality
  • Department of Municipal Affairs – South Dum Dum Municipality
  • ECIL
  • IACS
  • IICB
  • IISER Kolkata
  • Indian Jute Industries Research Association
  • Indian railway
  • ISI Kolkata
  • Jadavpur University
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya
  • Kolkata Port Trust
  • Management Development Institute
  • National Council of Science Museums
  • National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases
  • National Institute of Homoeopathy
  • National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology
  • Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics
  • Satyajit Ray Film Television Institute
  • Seva Bharati Krishi Vigyan Kendra
  • University of Calcutta
  • University of Kalyani
  • Uttar Dinajpur – Govt of West Bengal
  • Visva-Bharati Santiniketan
  • West Bengal PSC
  • Zoological Survey of India

Government Jobs in Kolkata February 2017

Company Position Eligibility Last Date
Balmer Lawrie Co Ltd Assistant Manager Taxation CA, B.Com 16-Feb-17
Bengal Engineering and Science University SRF Electronics ME/M.Tech 13-Feb-17
Birbhum District – Govt of West Bengal House Staff Dental BDS 14-Feb-17
Bose Institute Research Associate Biology M Phil / Phd(Biology, Chemistry) 23-Feb-17
Bose Institute Research Associate Institute M Phil / Phd 28-Feb-17
Bose Institute Research Associate Mathematics M Phil / Phd(Maths, Phy) 14-Feb-17
Bose Institute Short Term Training ME/M.Tech, MVSc 7-Mar-17
Braithwaite – Co Ltd Car Driver 10th Pass (SSC) 4-Mar-17
Braithwaite – Co Ltd Office Attendant / Pharmacist 12th Pass (HSE), 10th Pass (SSC), Diploma 4-Mar-17
Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres Manager MSc 15-Feb-17
Department of Health – Family Welfare Laboratory Attendant DOME Upto 9th Std 28-Feb-17
Department of Health – Family Welfare Senior/Junior House Physician MBBS 15-Feb-17
Department of Municipal Affairs – Dinhata Municipality Dealing Assistant/Data Entry Operator 12th Pass (HSE) 20-Feb-17
Department of Municipal Affairs – South Dum Dum Municipality Manager BA 20-Feb-17
ECIL Technical Officer BE/B.Tech(CSE, ECE, Electronics & Instrumentation) 16-Feb-17
IACS Research Associate Chemistry M Phil / Phd 22-Feb-17
IACS Research Associate-1 Chemistry M Phil / Phd 24-Feb-17
IACS Safety Consultant M Phil / Phd 6-Mar-17
IICB Project Assistant Microbiology MSc 15-Feb-17
IISER Kolkata Postdoctoral Research Associate M Phil / Phd(Chemistry, Phy) 15-Feb-17
Indian Jute Industries Research Association Polymer Engineer / Research Engineer BE/B.Tech 20-Feb-17
Indian Jute Industries Research Association Project Associate Chemistry/ Project Assistant ME/M.Tech, MSc, BSc, BE/B.Tech 15-Feb-17
Indian railway Cultural Quota Any Graduate, 12th Pass (HSE), Diploma 20-Feb-17
ISI Kolkata JRF Statistics ME/M.Tech, MA, BSc, MCA, BE/B.Tech…… 10-Mar-17
ISI Kolkata Project Linked Person Computer Engineering ME/M.Tech, M Phil / Phd 20-Feb-17
Jadavpur University Doctoral Fellowship Any Post Graduate 20-Feb-17
Jadavpur University Research Assistant Ayurveda M.Pham 17-Feb-17
Jadavpur University Research Fellows Architecture MSc, BE/B.Tech 13-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya PGT/ TGT/ PRT/ Counsellor BSc, BCA, BE/B.Tech, BEd, MBBS…… 25-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers BEd, Any Graduate 20-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers /Computer Instructor/Coach/Doctor/Nurse/ Counselor BEd, Any Post Graduate, BSc 13-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers/Coaches/Computer Instructor/Doctor Nurse/Counselor Any Graduate, Any Post Graduate, BSc, B.P.Ed, BEd…… 22-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers/Computer Instructor/Doctor/Nurse BSc, BCA, BE/B.Tech, BEd, MBBS…… 20-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya TGT/ PRT/ Dance Teacher/ Nurse 12th Pass (HSE), BSc, BCA, BE/B.Tech, BEd…… 19-Feb-17
Kolkata Port Trust Assistant Manager BE/B.Tech 17-Feb-17
Kolkata Port Trust General Duty Medical Officers MBBS 8-Mar-17
Kolkata Port Trust Nurses Diploma 22-Feb-17
Kolkata Port Trust Optometrist BSc, Diploma 14-Feb-17
Management Development Institute Assistant Professor M Phil / Phd 14-Feb-17
National Council of Science Museums ConsultantHindi MA(English, Hindi) 28-Feb-17
National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases JRF Life Sciences MSc 15-Feb-17
National Institute of Homoeopathy Lecturer/ Medical Officer/ Assistant Research Officer/ Nurse 12th Pass (HSE), 10th Pass (SSC), BSc(Library and Information Science, Nursing), MD, MS…… 18-Mar-17
National Institute of Homoeopathy Store Officer/Maintenance Officer/Hostel Supervisor Any Graduate, 10th Pass (SSC) 18-Mar-17
National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology Young Professional-IIfor MIS-FMS Project/ Young Professional-IIunder QEI Division ME/M.Tech(Remote Sensing), MSc(CS, IT), BE/B.Tech(IT) 22-Feb-17
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics Jr. Project Consultant Legacy Advance Registers B.Com 17-Feb-17
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics Research Associate Physics M Phil / Phd(Phy) 28-Feb-17
Satyajit Ray Film Television Institute Professional Attendant Library Information Science BSc(Library and Information Science) 15-Feb-17
Seva Bharati Krishi Vigyan Kendra Subject Matter Specialist Animal Husbandry Vet. Sc/ Subject Matter Specialist Fishery Sc. M.Sc MVSc, MSc 14-Feb-17
University of Calcutta JRF Chemistry ME/M.Tech, MSc(Chemistry) 20-Feb-17
University of Calcutta JRF Chemistry MSc, BE/B.Tech 24-Feb-17
University of Calcutta Ph.D. Programme MSc 16-Feb-17
University of Calcutta PhD Programme Geography MA 17-Feb-17
University of Kalyani JRF Microbiology MSc 14-Feb-17
University of Kalyani Ph.D Programme ME/M.Tech, M.Com, MA, MCA, MBA/PGDM…… 16-Feb-17
Uttar Dinajpur – Govt of West Bengal Project Director Any Graduate, Diploma 15-Feb-17
Visva-Bharati Santiniketan JRF Botany MSc 18-Feb-17
Visva-Bharati Santiniketan Multi-Tasking Staff Any Graduate, Diploma 20-Feb-17
West Bengal PSC Inspector Legal Metrology/ Sub-Editor/ Junior Programmer BA, BSc, BCA 22-Feb-17
West Bengal PSC Psychologist MSc(Psychology) 28-Feb-17
Zoological Survey of India Project Fellow/ Research Associate M Phil / Phd(Zoology), MSc(Zoology) 22-Feb-17

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Government Jobs in West Bengal February 2017

Government Jobs in West Bengal February 2017

Are you looking for government jobs in West Bengal? Then you have come to the right place. I have shared with you list of government jobs in West Bengal:

  • Government Jobs in Kolkata
  • Government Jobs in Siliguri
  • Government jobs in Haldia
  • Government Jobs in Baranagar

The jobs are in Universities, Colleges, Libraries, Port Trust, Film Institute etc.

List of Government Jobs in West Bengal

Company/ University/ Library Position Date of Posting Location Eligibility Last Date
Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya Project Assistant /Project Associate 7-Feb-17 Haldia 10th Pass (SSC), MSc 13-Feb-17
Jadavpur University Research Fellows Architecture 1-Feb-17 Kolkata MSc, BE/B.Tech 13-Feb-17
Bengal Engineering and Science University SRF Electronics 1-Feb-17 Kolkata ME/M.Tech 13-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers /Computer Instructor/Coach/Doctor/Nurse/ Counselor 31-Jan-17 Kolkata BEd, Any Post Graduate, BSc 13-Feb-17
University of Kalyani JRF Microbiology 4-Feb-17 Kolkata MSc 14-Feb-17
Birbhum District – Govt of West Bengal House Staff Dental 2-Feb-17 Kolkata BDS 14-Feb-17
Seva Bharati Krishi Vigyan Kendra Subject Matter Specialist Animal Husbandry Vet. Sc/ Subject Matter Specialist Fishery Sc. M.Sc 1-Feb-17 Kolkata MVSc, MSc 14-Feb-17
Seva Bharati Krishi Vigyan Kendra Subject Matter Specialist Animal Husbandry Vet. Sc/ Subject Matter Specialist Fishery Sc. M.Sc 1-Feb-17 Kolkata MVSc, MSc 14-Feb-17
Kolkata Port Trust Optometrist 1-Feb-17 Kolkata BSc, Diploma 14-Feb-17
Bose Institute Research Associate Mathematics 1-Feb-17 Kolkata M Phil / Phd(Maths, Phy) 14-Feb-17
Management Development Institute Assistant Professor 16-Jan-17 Kolkata M Phil / Phd 14-Feb-17
Management Development Institute Assistant Professor 16-Jan-17 Kolkata M Phil / Phd 14-Feb-17
Department of Health – Family Welfare Senior/Junior House Physician 10-Feb-17 Kolkata MBBS 15-Feb-17
Satyajit Ray Film Television Institute Professional Attendant Library Information Science 9-Feb-17 Kolkata BSc(Library and Information Science) 15-Feb-17
Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres Manager 7-Feb-17 Kolkata MSc 15-Feb-17
IICB Project Assistant Microbiology 4-Feb-17 Kolkata MSc 15-Feb-17
Uttar Dinajpur – Govt of West Bengal Project Director 3-Feb-17 Kolkata Any Graduate, Diploma 15-Feb-17
National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases JRF Life Sciences 2-Feb-17 Kolkata MSc 15-Feb-17
University of North Bengal Female Physician Cum Gynecologist 1-Feb-17 Siliguri MBBS 15-Feb-17
IISER Kolkata Postdoctoral Research Associate 31-Jan-17 Kolkata M Phil / Phd(Chemistry, Phy) 15-Feb-17
Indian Jute Industries Research Association Project Associate Chemistry/ Project Assistant 31-Jan-17 Kolkata ME/M.Tech, MSc, BSc, BE/B.Tech 15-Feb-17
India Post Doctors 17-Jan-17 Siliguri MBBS 15-Feb-17
University of Kalyani Ph.D Programme 10-Feb-17 Kolkata ME/M.Tech, M.Com, MA, MCA, MBA/PGDM…… 16-Feb-17
ECIL Technical Officer 7-Feb-17 Kolkata BE/B.Tech(CSE, ECE, Electronics & Instrumentation) 16-Feb-17
Balmer Lawrie Co Ltd Assistant Manager Taxation 1-Feb-17 Kolkata CA, B.Com 16-Feb-17
University of Calcutta Ph.D. Programme 1-Feb-17 Kolkata MSc 16-Feb-17
IIT Kharagpur Junior Project Assistant 25-Jan-17 Kharagpur BE/B.Tech 16-Feb-17
IIT Kharagpur Engineer/Senior Medical Officer 19-Jan-17 Kharagpur MD, BE/B.Tech(Civil, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical), MBBS, LLB, MSc…… 16-Feb-17
University of Calcutta PhD Programme Geography 7-Feb-17 Kolkata MA 17-Feb-17
Jadavpur University Research Assistant Ayurveda 6-Feb-17 Kolkata M.Pham 17-Feb-17
Chittaranjan Locomotive Works Cultural Quota 24-Jan-17 Bardhaman 12th Pass (HSE), Diploma 17-Feb-17
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics Jr. Project Consultant Legacy Advance Registers 23-Jan-17 Kolkata B.Com 17-Feb-17
Kolkata Port Trust Assistant Manager 7-Jan-17 Kolkata BE/B.Tech 17-Feb-17
Surya Sen Mahavidyalaya Lower Division Clerk/ Library Clerk 6-Feb-17 Siliguri 10th Pass (SSC) 18-Feb-17
Visva-Bharati Santiniketan JRF Botany 30-Jan-17 Kolkata MSc 18-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya PGT/Computer Instructor 30-Jan-17 Baranagar MA, BSc, BCA, BE/B.Tech, BEd…… 18-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya TGT/ PRT/ Dance Teacher/ Nurse 6-Feb-17 Kolkata 12th Pass (HSE), BSc, BCA, BE/B.Tech, BEd…… 19-Feb-17
Visva-Bharati Santiniketan Multi-Tasking Staff 10-Feb-17 Kolkata Any Graduate, Diploma 20-Feb-17
Indian Jute Industries Research Association Polymer Engineer / Research Engineer 9-Feb-17 Kolkata BE/B.Tech 20-Feb-17
ISI Kolkata Project Linked Person Computer Engineering 9-Feb-17 Kolkata ME/M.Tech, M Phil / Phd 20-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers 8-Feb-17 Kolkata BEd, Any Graduate 20-Feb-17
Department of Municipal Affairs – Dinhata Municipality Dealing Assistant/Data Entry Operator 4-Feb-17 Kolkata 12th Pass (HSE) 20-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers/Computer Instructor/Doctor/Nurse 1-Feb-17 Kolkata BSc, BCA, BE/B.Tech, BEd, MBBS…… 20-Feb-17
Department of Municipal Affairs – South Dum Dum Municipality Manager 27-Jan-17 Kolkata BA 20-Feb-17
University of Calcutta JRF Chemistry 27-Jan-17 Kolkata ME/M.Tech, MSc(Chemistry) 20-Feb-17
Indian railway Cultural Quota 24-Jan-17 Kolkata Any Graduate, 12th Pass (HSE), Diploma 20-Feb-17
Jadavpur University Doctoral Fellowship 4-Jan-17 Kolkata Any Post Graduate 20-Feb-17
IIT Kharagpur JRF Physics 2-Feb-17 Kharagpur MSc 21-Feb-17
IIT Kharagpur JRF Physics 2-Feb-17 Kharagpur MSc 21-Feb-17
IIT Kharagpur Scientific Assistant 10-Feb-17 Kharagpur MSc 22-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers/Coaches/Computer Instructor/Doctor Nurse/Counselor 7-Feb-17 Kolkata Any Graduate, Any Post Graduate, BSc, B.P.Ed, BEd…… 22-Feb-17
National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology Young Professional-IIfor MIS-FMS Project/ Young Professional-IIunder QEI Division 7-Feb-17 Kolkata ME/M.Tech(Remote Sensing), MSc(CS, IT), BE/B.Tech(IT) 22-Feb-17
Zoological Survey of India Project Fellow/ Research Associate 2-Feb-17 Kolkata M Phil / Phd(Zoology), MSc(Zoology) 22-Feb-17
Zoological Survey of India Project Fellow/ Research Associate 2-Feb-17 Kolkata M Phil / Phd(Zoology), MSc(Zoology) 22-Feb-17
West Bengal PSC Inspector Legal Metrology/ Sub-Editor/ Junior Programmer 30-Jan-17 Kolkata BA, BSc, BCA 22-Feb-17
Kolkata Port Trust Nurses 27-Jan-17 Kolkata Diploma 22-Feb-17
IACS Research Associate Chemistry 27-Jan-17 Kolkata M Phil / Phd 22-Feb-17
Bose Institute Research Associate Biology 10-Feb-17 Kolkata M Phil / Phd(Biology, Chemistry) 23-Feb-17
IACS Research Associate-1 Chemistry 1-Feb-17 Kolkata M Phil / Phd 24-Feb-17
University of Calcutta JRF Chemistry 26-Dec-16 Kolkata MSc, BE/B.Tech 24-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya PGT/ TGT/ PRT/ Counsellor 10-Feb-17 Kolkata BSc, BCA, BE/B.Tech, BEd, MBBS…… 25-Feb-17
IIT Kharagpur Senior Project Officer 31-Jan-17 Kharagpur ME/M.Tech 25-Feb-17
IIT Kharagpur Junior Project Officer 31-Jan-17 Kharagpur BE/B.Tech 25-Feb-17
IIT Kharagpur JRF Chemistry 20-Jan-17 Kharagpur MSc 27-Feb-17
IIT Kharagpur Research Consultant 10-Feb-17 Kharagpur BE/B.Tech 28-Feb-17
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics Research Associate Physics 8-Feb-17 Kolkata M Phil / Phd(Phy) 28-Feb-17
IIIT Kalyani Junior Assistant 8-Feb-17 Haldia 12th Pass (HSE) 28-Feb-17
West Bengal PSC Psychologist 6-Feb-17 Kolkata MSc(Psychology) 28-Feb-17
Department of Health – Family Welfare Laboratory Attendant DOME 2-Feb-17 Kolkata Upto 9th Std 28-Feb-17
Bose Institute Research Associate Institute 1-Feb-17 Kolkata M Phil / Phd 28-Feb-17
National Council of Science Museums ConsultantHindi 30-Jan-17 Kolkata MA(English, Hindi) 28-Feb-17
IIT Kharagpur SRF Computer Science Engg. 25-Jan-17 Kharagpur ME/M.Tech, BE/B.Tech 28-Feb-17
IIT Kharagpur JRF Computer Science Engg. 25-Jan-17 Kharagpur ME/M.Tech, BE/B.Tech 28-Feb-17
IIT Kharagpur SRF Chemical Engg. 9-Feb-17 Kharagpur ME/M.Tech 3-Mar-17
Braithwaite – Co Ltd Car Driver 2-Feb-17 Kolkata 10th Pass (SSC) 4-Mar-17
Braithwaite – Co Ltd Office Attendant / Pharmacist 2-Feb-17 Kolkata 12th Pass (HSE), 10th Pass (SSC), Diploma 4-Mar-17
IACS Safety Consultant 23-Jan-17 Kolkata M Phil / Phd 6-Mar-17
Bose Institute Short Term Training 7-Feb-17 Kolkata ME/M.Tech, MVSc 7-Mar-17
Kolkata Port Trust General Duty Medical Officers 4-Feb-17 Kolkata MBBS 8-Mar-17
ISI Kolkata JRF Statistics 24-Jan-17 Kolkata ME/M.Tech, MA, BSc, MCA, BE/B.Tech…… 10-Mar-17
National Institute of Homoeopathy Lecturer/ Medical Officer/ Assistant Research Officer/ Nurse 3-Jan-17 Kolkata 12th Pass (HSE), 10th Pass (SSC), BSc(Library and Information Science, Nursing), MD, MS…… 18-Mar-17
National Institute of Homoeopathy Store Officer/Maintenance Officer/Hostel Supervisor 3-Jan-17 Kolkata Any Graduate, 10th Pass (SSC) 18-Mar-17

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Durga Puja in Salt Lake Kolkata List

'Durga Puja in Salt Lake Kolkata List

This article gives a list of Durga Puja in Salt Lake Kolkata. Saltlake is located in east Kolkata. There are many big Durga Pujas in Salt Lake. People prefer to come to Saltlake (Bidhannagar) during Sarod Utsav (Sarodtsab) because roads are wide, there is good parking space and because of good Pandals. In the list below I will mention eighteen / 18 important Durga Puja Pandals in Saltlake Kolkata.

1. Saltlake BJ Block Durga Puja
In 2016, Saltlake BJ Block Durga Puja has an African village theme. Kolkata has many Africans. They come to Kolkata as students and football players. There are many African players from Nigeria and other places who play football in Saltlake BJ Block Park. In their honor, African village theme was made. The model village shows various articles used by African village people in their daily lives. (1)

Durga Puja in Salt Lake Kolkata List - BJ Block Durotsab CommitteeSource: Yashnews

During Puja, BJ Park had a food court. Biriyani, papri chaat, phuchka, ice cream — there is a stall for all streetfood item.
2. Saltlake FD Block Sarbojanin
FD Block Durga Puja 2016 theme was gadgets and their influence on peoples lives. The committee invited Olympian gymnast Dipa Karmakar for inauguratation of the Puja and felicitation.

3. Salt Lake Labony Estate

4. Saltlake BD Block Sarbojanin Durgotsab

5. Salt lake AE Part 1 Block Committee
This years theme was Women empowerment called Amar Durga.

6. Saltlake FE Block
FE Block Durga Puja 2016 had a tribal theme, based on the Asur community of village Sakhuapani, which 500m from the Hindalco Group’s Gurdari bauxite mine in the Gumla district of Jharkhand.

7. AD Block Residents Club Durgapuja Committee, Salt Lake, Kolkata

8. AG Block Durga Puja Committee, Salt Lake, Kolkata

9. AJ Block Puja Committee, Salt Lake, Kolkata
Rajasthani crafts and heritage village Chokhi Dhani was the theme at AJ Block pandal in Salt Lake. (2)

Durga Puja in Salt Lake Kolkata List - AJ Block

Source: Newsmen

10. BA Block, Salt Lake, Kolkata
11. BB Block Resident’s Association, Salt Lake, Kolkata
12. BE (East) Puja Committee, Saltlake, Kolkata
13. BH Block Society, Salt Lake, Kolkata
14. CA Block, Saltlake, Kolkata
15. CJ Block Welfare Association, Salt Lake, Kolkata
16. DL Block Residents Association, Saltlake, Kolkata
17. HB Block Residents Association, Salt Lake, Kolkata

18. AK Block Association, Saltlake Kolkata
AK Block theme was Bangla Hasche Sristir Ullase to showcase cottage industries of the state and Bengal’s cultural heritage. They have won Biswa Bangla Puja Award 2016 for best pandal. (3)

Durga Puja in Salt Lake Kolkata List - AK BlockSource: YashNews

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A trip to Hampi – the Ideal Yatra

Yatra is a Sanskrit word which means journey. In Indian tradition, the journey itself is as important as the destination. Journeys in India are not as utilitarian as in the west. A true yatra starts with the thought, proceeds to the planning stage, then the reservations and ticketing, followed by the journey itself, the destination and tours, the return yatra and finally recollecting and remembering the full journey.

The Ideal Yatra

In this respect our trip to Hampi in 2015 was an ideal Yatra – a trip where we combined the best of tradition and modernity. Hampi is a UNESCO heritage site and was earlier the capital of the Great Vijaynagara Empire which ruled South India for close to 300 years. This great city was destroyed in the 16th century because of foreign invasions, and fell into ruins. However, a lot of the ruins survive today and is spread over more than 25 square kilometers.

Our journey began when we boarded an Indigo Airlines flight from Kolkata to Bangalore. As an old and loyal customer of Yatra.com (almost a decade old relationship), I booked all my flight tickets through them. I was quite excited about Hampi, because I am a history buff, and the prospects of immersing myself in traditional architecture and landscapes for 3 days was quite exciting. My wife was happy to be on a break in a less crowded destination and my 2 year old son was happy to be flying and kept on repeating “Hampi”.

Bangalore is a 2+ hours flight from Kolkata. The new airport at Bangalore is quite far from the main city and we had to rush to reach the station. We boarded the Hampi Express at night and reached Hospet in the morning where we were put up in the Malligi Resort which came highly recommended. After having good complimentary breakfast at the hotel, we decided to start exploring Hampi.  We had already talked to the hotel about tour guides and they had explained various options. So over the next 3 days we visited some of most the important landmarks like the 16th century Vittala temple, Chandramauleshwara temple, the Malyavanta Raghunathswamy temple, the small and big Ganesha temples, the underground Shiva temple and many other places.

Ideal Yatra - Hampi - Stone Chariot of Vijaya Vittala templeThis is the famous the famous Stone Chariot of Vijaya Vittala temple, Hampi.

Ideal Yatra - Hampi - Stepped TankThe stepped tank of Hampi has some wonderfully intricate and complex designs. As a computer engineer with a background in mathematics, I could easily spot what we call fractals (a self-repeating pattern) and was amazed at the technical superiority of Indian architects of the 15th century.

On the second day, apart from touring ancient temples, we also went to the ancient Virupaksha temple (Shiva temple) near the Hampi Bazaar. My son was very excited on seeing the Temple elephant. After offering our Puja we headed to the Hampi Bazaar. However, we did not like it very much because of the crowd and the narrow lanes. There were a lot of foreigners in Hampi Bazaar, and consequently many of the mementos and gift items were exorbitantly priced.

There was some construction going near the ghat, so we had to walk all the way, but we were glad we did. The serenity and peacefulness of the ghat was truly wonderful, and achieving this sense of oneness with Nature is perhaps the aim of all Yatras.

Ideal Yatra - Hampi - Lakshmi Narasimha TempleLakshmi Narasimha statue

Ideal Yatra - Hampi - Underground Shiva TempleUnderground Shiva Temple

On the last day we visited the amazing Tungabhadra dam, the lighthouse, and the surrounding gardens and also went for a boat ride in the nearby lake. There was a boating race taking place that day and we got stuck in the middle. My son was excited, and we finally discovered that we were better racers than the actual participants. We came first but did not receive any prize.

At the end of our trip, we thanked the staff of Malligi hotel. It was a very nice hotel, with great amenities, wonderful restaurants and very courteous staff. We also discovered to our surprise that quite a few staff members were Bengali.

We came back to Bangalore and then boarded a flight back to Kolkata.
All in all it was a wonderful Yatra – great journey, good food, good people, great enjoyment and a lot of learning.

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From today, I’ll be starting a series called “Roundup for the Period Ending ..” where I’ll be listing all the articles and essays which I have read in the last few days. I present today, the first in this series, called “Periodic Roundup for Period Ending 03-Apr-2016“.

My frequency of posting will be … periodic. Sometimes it could be once a month and sometimes it could be once in 10 months. I will try to list all the articles, essays and books which I have read during this period across various genres like travel, photography, history/ current affairs, health and well-ness and so on.

How will this help?

  1. It will be a good way for me to keep track of what I have read.
  2. It may be useful to those who want to do some serious surfing on specific topics.
  3. It will be a good resource on interesting issues.
  4. It will be a good reference guide.
  5. It will be an indicator of how much time I am spending on the web vis-a-vis the real world 🙂

So without much delay, let me present the Round-up for Period Ending 03-Apr-2016.

Books

  • The Battle for Sanskrit – Rajiv Malhotra, 2016 [Currently Reading]
  • Chronology of Ancient India – Sitanath Pradhan, 1927

Travel

History, Current Affairs, Religion and Indology

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