What if Argentina lost that day?

-Satyakam ray December 18, 2022- Lusail Stadium, Qatar- packed stands full of people, and billions of fans were glued on TV to the World cup football final match between Argentina and France. “Messi” and “Vamos Argentina” were the most chanted and heard words worldwide then. Finally, the fortune favored the deserving person, and the little boy from Rosario lifted the glory in his hands. The … Continue reading What if Argentina lost that day?

Darjeeling Ghost Encounter

– Satyakam Ray Ghosts are real or hoaxes or figments of our imagination- this debate will go on among supernatural enthusiasts, psychiatrists, and rationalists for eternity with no definitive solution. But who faces or experiences them unexpectedly is forced to believe in any supernatural being lurking in the dark in the forests, neglected alleyways, or even in a hotel! On a short vacation last yearend, … Continue reading Darjeeling Ghost Encounter

90s kids and WWE

– Satyakam Ray Have you ever tried wrestling with siblings or cousins during school holidays just for fun in the absence of parents? If the answer is yes, the author’s prediction that the fight maybe didn’t go well as planned and finally resulted in a scuffle. What was supposed to be a friendly banter among cousins eventually reached parents’ ears as complaints and subsequent reprimands. … Continue reading 90s kids and WWE

90s kids and sachin

– Satyakam Ray 18 Dec 2022- Lusail stadium and the rest of the world over their TVs were chanting only two things- Lio Messi and Vamos Argentina. That is one of the all-time great sporting spectacles in soccer history. A fitting crown was handed over to the GOAT of the game. In India, where cricket is the unwritten religion, the little master blaster Sachin is … Continue reading 90s kids and sachin

90s kids- shaktimaan

– Satyakam Ray The Avengers Endgame broke all the records of Hollywood in terms of the revenue it earned. Not only that, it touched the hearts of millions with its powerful emotional superhero portrayal and the fantastic Marvel storyline. Though the Indian audience cherished it, many 90s kids remember the first Indian Superhero-Shaktimaan. Every Sunday at noon IST- the TVs in Indian households would be … Continue reading 90s kids- shaktimaan

Khordha Diaries- The jungle story

– Satyakam Ray Love is manifested more if it senses an untimely irreversible separation by fortuitous means or deliberate manner. This philosophy works not only in the case of humans but also among animals, which can be felt. My father, in his youth, used to go on hunting trips to escape the mundane aspects of living. It’s his first-hand experience that is the essential crux … Continue reading Khordha Diaries- The jungle story

90s Kids- what it’s like?

– Satyakam Ray “Our generation is the best”- The eternal chest-thumping of people of different age groups in social media posts is a known fact. The constant comparison happens in almost every opportunity, be it a music video, a delectable delicacy, a movie, or general life paraphernalia. The question comes- who will decide whose generation is the best in current circumstances? And, more importantly, which … Continue reading 90s Kids- what it’s like?

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 incidents happened over the centuries. An essential factor missing in the historian’s narrative is people’s personal lives, struggles, achievements, perceptions, and ambitions. Personal experiences can surmise a generation’s existence and way of … Continue reading Anandapur Chronicles: The Naagmani

Anandapur Chronicles: Encountering wild elephants

–Satyakam Ray [Anandapur Chronicles- 1st story- The Naagmani] Encountering wild elephants 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 amused tourists upon the first visit. The hidden tourist treasure is located just 35 kilometers from Anandapur. There is a significantly less known but magnificent Gada Chandi … 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 toward resource vastness. Sometimes the trail pheromone is 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 Iguana, … 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, such natural calamities are unavoidable. Odisha’s coastal … 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 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 on … Continue reading Anandapur Chronicles: The monster fish