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

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

The Crying Mask

– Satyakam Ray Eyes are red, inflicted with pain,pouring heavily with stoic strain. The heart is heavy; the soul is numb,witnessing theatrics is dumb. This is my front, covering the face,saving the real below the surface. Serving my purpose, I am the mask,belies the feelings; that’s my task. My front side bearing the brunt,Rear watching the grin-quite stunned. Things have changed; reversed the role,and showing … Continue reading The Crying Mask

10 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

– Satyakam Ray Writer’s Block: The inability to come up with new ideas, produce unique content within a strict deadline, or write down the magnum opus, clinging to perfectionism, might lead the way for blank papers over a long time. The ink might dry a little bit, insinuating frustration and desperation for the writer. However, many authors belittle the problem by terming it too much leisure time. Thoroughly studied by Austrian psychoanalyst Edmund Bergler, … Continue reading 10 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block