Anandapur Chronicles: The Naagmani

– Satyakam Ray There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou. History is not only about who won the battles, who owned what, or what dramatized endings happened over the centuries. An essential factor that keeps missing in the historian’s narrative is the people’s personal lives, struggles, achievements, how they perceive things, and what were their ambitions. If … Continue reading Anandapur Chronicles: The Naagmani

Anandapur Chronicles: Encountering wild elephants

–Satyakam Ray [Anandapur Chronicles- 1st story- The Naagmani] This is the second installment of Anandapur Chronicles. The beautiful aerial view of the Hadagada reservoir doesn’t fully justify the scenic spectacular it creates in the eyes of bemused tourists upon the first visit. The hidden tourist treasure is located just 35 kilometers from Anandapur. Adjoining the reservoir, there is a significantly less known but magnificent Gada … Continue reading Anandapur Chronicles: Encountering wild elephants

Anandapur Chronicles: Snake charmer story

– Satyakam Ray Social insects like ants, termites, bees, and wasps often leave behind trail pheromones for marking pathways for others towards resource vastness. Sometimes the trail pheromone works as an alarm as the guards aggregate around a nest invader. Snakes in the jungles also hunt in packs like wolves, contrary to the belief that snakes are solitary creatures. The Planet earth episode of young … Continue reading Anandapur Chronicles: Snake charmer story

Anandapur Chronicles: The flood sob story

– Satyakam Ray Odisha is a place of ancient temples and a hermitage of beautiful scenic places. But most of the time, it has been in national and international news as the receiving end of severe floods and cyclonic storms. As it is close to the Bay of Bengal and many large rivers flow through Odisha’s various districts, happenings of such natural calamities are unavoidable. … Continue reading Anandapur Chronicles: The flood sob story

Anandapur Chronicles: The monster fish

– Satyakam Ray The 1978 movie Piranha brought massive notoriety to the monstrous predatory fish often found in the south American lakes and rivers. Aquatic ecologist Zeb Hogan, host of the famous National Geographic show Monster Fish, wrangled with one Piranha on his show. Even its previous host, Jeremy wade, often caught many sea monsters during his adventures. The fifth chapter of the Anandapur chronicles is based … Continue reading Anandapur Chronicles: The monster fish

Anandapur Chronicles: Reminscing the tornado

  – Satyakam Ray Odisha, India’s best-kept secret in terms of tourism, is infamous for its tropical cyclone and floods. All over the world, people are aware of the horror faced by the odias in the super cyclone of 1999. New storms turned up in Odisha to claim their fair share of havoc yearly to add salt to the wound. Cyclone Fani, Amphan, Titli, Phailin, … Continue reading Anandapur Chronicles: Reminscing the tornado

The last Momo Soliloquy

– Satyakam Ray Preamble for the Reader: It’s a work of metaphor. The monologue is described by a momo, coincidentally the last momo on the plate. Sometimes, the character speaks to the chutney(spicy) about her anguishes, feelings, and whatnot. So, it’s up to the reader’s imagination to figure out the real meaning of this literary work.  Scenario 1-10 Momos on a Plate:- Yet, I am … Continue reading The last Momo Soliloquy

The last momo soliloquy explanation

  – Satyakam Ray The momo I referred to is a symbolic representation of human beings. It can be you, me, or anyone else. As we grow up, we always tend to become self-centered. We compare ourselves to others and become happy sadistically by pointing out others’ flaws. We take ourselves seriously and brag about our outward success, fame, money, etc. The line “I have … Continue reading The last momo soliloquy explanation

Marketing today: the race to be more relatable

– Aparna Chatterjee With the launch of platforms connecting people online, we all knew a new phenomenon would take us by storm. From Orkut to Instagram, we have come a long way in perceiving information and showcasing our lives. Initially, we did have a considerable stigma around it. Society tries to govern what one can and cannot post. But every social media platform lets us … Continue reading Marketing today: the race to be more relatable

Shakti- The divine power

        – Aparna Chatterjee Mystics all around the world have thrived on the concept of duality. Parties on the opposite side of the see-saw and the balance between them dictated the equilibrium of the human mind and society. India, for one, has come far by accepting these concepts a little more than others in its culture and religion. Although the traditions and the ancient mythology … Continue reading Shakti- The divine power

Fast fashion and its environmental tax

– Aparna Chatterjee As the world continues to battle with the pandemic and collapsing ecosystem, plastic stands to be one of the dangerous threats; a whole system left unchecked for a long time might lead us to choke in the future. Fast fashion is one of the rapidly growing industries. The amalgamation of big profitable corporations with their top-notch marketing teams directing our consumption with … Continue reading Fast fashion and its environmental tax

The lady in the White

  –Aparna Chatterjee Another busy day at the bank and handling the pension section is not an easy task. Every day there are cases where the grandmas and grandpas cannot even understand what they are supposed to do. Yes, I treat them like my own Ajji and Dadu; I guess that’s why they come so openly with their problems. Not many children look after their … Continue reading The lady in the White