Welcome to my A-Z 2018, for which I am revisiting Africa, the continent of my childhood and my dreams. The posts are, as always, infoheavy and opinionated, but they are sectioned off - some music, the day’s topic, couple writers, a slideshow from the safaris – plenty ways to cherry-pick. So you may consume just as much, or as little, as you're cool with. Zero obligation to agree with any of my views either, feel free to air yours :)
Monday, 29 September 2014
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
You wake up, look in the bathroom mirror, and a different face looks back at you.
The last man was on top of him now, both locked into combat. He fended several blows, but could not bring his opponent down. A deep breath and he launched into the man with his left, a powerful blow that made the fellow stumble. In a split second he reached down and pulled the last knife, but he was caught in a melee of limbs, the winded one was up now and they were two against one. Pratik slashed viciously and felt the knife plunge into soft flesh. The nearest man let out an animal squeal and Pratik pulled out and half turned on his ankle and slashed upward with the knife again and felt the blade slip into flesh and the warm rush of blood over his wrist. The last man crumpled and lay in a pool of light from a street-lamp. Pratik saw with a stab of sudden panic that it was his own face under the light, his unaltered face he saw every day in the mirror. He moved closer, his heart thudding, but his feet scrabbled on the edge and he fell and knew only the blackness and coldness and the smell of the canal.
Byata kooNjo* - Hunchback
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Sunday, 21 September 2014
I belong to the third generation of a "Partition" family. My family origins lie in a village that is deep in rural Bangladesh now. I have this dream of going back there on a visit some day.
The picture is of a traditional Bengali temple in a 400 year-old rural homestead in West Bengal.