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n 1979, during the inaugural BAS Durga Puja, the first hand written version of MILON was published. Over the next 30 years, Milon as a magazine has evolved into a magazine with endless potential. With increase in members, literary and artistic contributions have grown exponentially. While flipping the pages of the past issues of MILON, you must have noticed the multifarious talent on display among the Bengali community in Singapore. The quality of poets, litterateurs, painters and photographers among us, and this across ages and gender, easily compare with the finest. Their passion for their craft and conviction and confidence in their ability inspires awe and admiration. MILON represents our community as what we are – progressive in thoughts, intellectually stimulating yet overflowing in artistic content. MILON 2013, keeping up with the past tradition has a good measure of classy reading material – both in English and Bengali. The stories and articles cover varied subjects ranging from economics to health, travel to theatre, humour to personalities. Additionally, between the covers of this year’s issue, there are some fascinating paintings and beautiful poetry that promise to leave us spellbound. We have introduced some new elements in Milon 2013. The section on “The Milon Interviews” has been introduced to get us better acquainted with some known persons with unknown personalities. We hope the readers will enjoy reading about them and perhaps draw some inspiration from their lives. We will continue with this section to cover more and more of our illustrious members in the future.

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This issue contains “The Cha Project”, an initiative to improve our very own Kolkata and a very special feature on the evolution of Durga Pujo in Singapore. We are confident these features will provide readers with as much information as reading pleasure. This year, we have made a humble attempt to change the look of MILON without compromising the content. The change was initiated mainly to introduce a more contemporary look to our treasured magazine. The reading fonts, the headlines, the colour concepts, the use of images to symbolize emotions or themes have been included to enhance reading pleasure and generate more interest among the community. It will unfair if we fail to inform you about the topics missing from this year’s issue. Bengalis passion for food can be compared only to Brazil’s for football. Considering this, we expected to receive some material on the subject, unfortunately, we did not. Similarly, absent from this year’s issue is a display of the photographic talent of our community, which is prolific to say the least. However, we promise, in the issues to come, we will more than compensate for the ones missing. MILON also desires to maintain communication with its readers since it is only through your suggestions, comments and constructive criticism we will grow larger, get better. Please do share your thoughts with us by writing in. We will have a column next year where the letters will be published and we will put in our best effort to address your concerns / accommodate your requests. Finally, we wish the readers of MILON the very best for today and always!

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y grandfather once wrote to me asking, “Didimoni, what do you think is the true meaning of Durga Pujo”?


of the “Asura” crouching under her ten-armed effigy and I wondered - Was there really an evil king that Durga set out to slay? Who was “Mahisasura”? Where did he live? Was he really an evil doer, or is he just a manifestation of our ego? Maybe, just maybe…

was a twelve year old schoolgirl in pigtails back then, so all that Pujo meant to me was a combination of dance rehearsals, Rabindrasangeet, endless ‘cha’ and ‘adda’ sessions for adults, meticulously embroidered new frocks, occasionally helping with preparing the ‘prasad’ with one ear intent on catching the local gossip… in short, the normal happenings of a ‘probasi’ Bengali Pujo, aptly portrayed in the bioscope ‘Dadar Kirti’.

ahisasura was a shape-shifter, a creator of illusions. Isn’t that what ego does to us? It takes new form, feeding on our insecurities and creating a false sense of power and happiness. Maybe the Goddess is herself a manifestation of our inner strength, one that has the power to destroy that evil. It all fitted. I was satisfied.



adubhai never got his reply. I could manage no satisfactory response to his simple query.



f my grandfather were listening then this is what I would have said, ‘Durga Pujo is indeed a celebration of good over evil. It is the victory of our inner goddess over our demons.’

fter all these years, as I sat admiring the Goddess in all her beauty and serenity, a thought crossed my mind. My eyes first fell on Ma Durga and then on the grotesque figure

শরৎ সকাল িহেমর হাওয়া, আনমেন তাই হািরেয় যাওয়া, কাসফুল আর ঢােকর তােল, িশউিল নােচ ডােল ডােল মা এেসেছ বছর ঘুের, পুেজার হাওয়া জগত জুেড়। !েভ$া সহ অিভিজত ও !পণ$া !ঘাষ

Shashwati Devsharma


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The Evergreen, Helpful and Covertly Generous of Singapore over the last six decades and be a part of it. Professional life was challenging but manageable while socially, we, a handful of Bengalis were like a closely knit family.

Forever in love: sharing a loving moment

Anil Baran Ghosh, popularly known as Nan-da, moved to Singapore in 1954 from Malaya (Malaysia was still not formed), where he was born and raised. After completing teacher’s training in Singapore, he became a full time teacher at the age of 23 and held various positions in MOE schools before retiring in 1988. Barely in his twenties, he had developed a keen interest and an appetite for investing in the property market. He was twenty three when he bought his first property and over the next few decades Nan-da amassed a sizeable number of landed properties across the island nation. Being one of the first few Bengalis who moved to Singapore in the Fifties era, Nan-da had witnessed the evolution of Bengali community in Singapore. Right from the formation of Bengali Association to the first Durga Puja – Nan-da has seen it all and been an integral part of the process. He held the position of President of Bengali Association Singapore for seven consecutive years before making way for others to take over.

The Young and dashing Nan-da circa 1960s

Q. How was the Bengali Association formed? A. In 1954 there were about 5-6 families and probably a total of twenty five Bengalis living in Singapore. It was 1958 when the numbers increased and we decided to form the Bengali Association. Q. When did the first Durga Puja take place? A. In the initial years there were no Durga Puja for us but we used to meet at Kamala Club for Bijaya. It was at Mihir Chakraborty and Baren Mukherjee’s initiative that Durga Puja was conceived and started at Kamala Club in late sixties. After a few years the venue was shifted to Khalsa Association hall.

Q. What’s your view on the Bengali community then and now? A. From a handful of Bengalis in late fifties we have grown to more than 650 members today. Exponential growth has Nan-da is married to Ai Tin and lives a quiet but active retired life both positive and negative effect. Being just a few families today in his Faber Drive home. in a foreign land we shared a common close bonding during the early years of the association. With the influx of so many Q. How was life in Singapore in Fifties and Sixties? Bengalis today, that bonding and fellow feeling perhaps has A. Well, it was very different compared to what it is today. I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed the transformation got a little depleted.



Road to success – the investor with an instinct Q. What motivated you to invest in property market? A. I always had an eye and inclination for the property market; and then I always believed that I could make good money from properties if I play my cards well. Q. where did you get the money for the initial investment? When I bought my first house in 1956, I borrowed money from my mother; thereafter I became self sustaining. At one point of time I owned six landed properties in Singapore, all in prime locations. Q. Was it always a smooth ride for you in the property market? A. Although I was mostly careful, during the recession period in nineties I had faced financial difficulties. I had several mortgages to fund and I was also renovating some properties which created some cash flow problem. The banks became skeptical and kept pressing me for selling some of the properties. With some luck and some effort I managed to weather this situation and retained all my properties. Q. You are well known for helping people – what motivates you to help others? A. I’ve always told myself that being a Bengali if I do not help another person from my community, no one else will. When I help someone I do not expect anything in return. I just believe that as long as I have the means, it’s my responsibility to help someone who seeks my help. Q. Have you always extended help to people you know? A. There have been times when people have come to me through acquaintances and in some occasions people have called me for help whom I have never met. I have tried to help everyone to the extent possible.

“In 1954 there were about 5-6

families and probably a total of twenty five Bengalis living in Singapore.” Q. How was life after retirement?A. I merely retired from my teaching profession; everything else remained same. Investing in properties, Bengali Association, friends, people around me still keep me busy. I have nine cats as part of my family and I need to take care of them. All these keep me busy. Q. You have always been and still are socially active – any particular reason for that? A. I always like meeting people and believe in welcoming new people in the community. I have hosted many parties and invited new members with the sole objective of providing them a forum to meet existing members. That’s how people get to know each other and the community feeling grows stronger. Q. You just celebrated your eightieth birth day recently. How do you manage to keep yourself so fit and agile? A. I am still young at heart! I still drive my cars, try to attend social functions, call people at home and love talking to people. I guess I just try to live life as it is and don’t think about it much.

Closing thoughts Q. Taking a look back at life what do you see? A. Nothing to regret about. I came to know a lot of people, made many friends, carved a decent life for me and my family. I have a loving wife by my side and some close friends to look up to – I am happy with my life.

A special day - Nan-da with Ai Teen

Q. What will be your message for the younger generation? A. The younger generation should come forward and take the initiative to integrate with the community. At the same time my advice for the existing members will be to keep an open mind and encourage them to get involved. After all, when the time is right we need to step aside and they need to take over.




The caring, trustworthy and quietly confident INTERVIEW SANJOY BANERJEE images CHANDANKANA SARKAR

Anindya is the CEO of FinMechanics, a financial technology company that he cofounded six years back. The clients of the company are the capital markets and risk departments of local and regional banks. FinMechanics is a 35 people organisation today, headquartered in Singapore with offices in Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur. Born and brought up in Kolkata, India, In readiness for a night out - with wife, Jhumka Anindya does not have entrepreneurial spirit sustains in the longer term. roots. A graduate from IIT and IIM, Anindya has worked in Kolkata, Mumbai, Seoul and Singapore. Married to Jhumka with two sons Arko and Shome aged 9 and 6 respectively, Anindya Q. What is your support system? lives in Singapore since 2002. A. My family. I think it is an essential component of entrepreneurship – especially if you startup at the age of 36, The motivation and the journey thus far Q. Who have been the biggest influences with two kids. in your life? Q. Who or what keeps the excitement at A. My parents and my Physics teacher in college helped instill the value systems work alive? that define me today. Of course, it would A. My people. I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to be grossly unfair if I do not mention my work every day with an exceptionally wife and in my work life, my co-founders. talented set of individuals. They make me dance to work. Q. How long did it take you to launch FinMechanics? Q. What is your idea of work life A. After six jobs in over twelve years, I finally felt that to find balance? what I was looking for, I had to be on my own. A. Being able to do what I need to when I need to, either in work or outside. To be Q. Are entrepreneurs born or made? honest, work is such a large part of my A. I guess it has to be a bit of both. The eagerness to tread paths life that this concept of balance is pretty uncertain or unknown and intent to make an impact must exist blurred for me. as traits. The strength of the support system ensures that the



“I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to work every day with an exceptionally talented set of individuals. They make me dance to work.”

Project Norway: On holiday with the family

Q. In that case, how do you unwind? A. Whenever I get time, it is one of books, music, movies, gym and travel.

“We need to hear more but no thinking please – say as you feel!” Q. Tagore or Tarantino? A. Tarantino on a Saturday evening, Tagore the morning after. Q. Marlborough Pinot Noir or Islay Single Malt? A. Single Malt with mutton or biryani, Pinot otherwise. Q. Land of the midnight sun or the Land of the long white cloud? A. Land of the midnight sun – it is rough,

rugged, yet breathtaking! My idea of beauty! Q. Rafael Nadal or Usain Bolt? A. Can we toss a coin?

Closing thoughts......... Q. Any message for budding entrepreneurs? A. No one can take away from you what you have done with your life thus far. So, there is really nothing to lose when you take a new step. Maybe, we make it sound more hazardous and sometimes more glamorous than it actually is. Singapore is a great place to start up. Good luck! A Classic Bengali Family


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Burkina Faso, Sheanut, ...Kishore Kumar... “My company links the two

continents of the future – Africa and Asia.“

Sumit Pal, managing director of Tan Mondial Pte Ltd runs an ever expanding agro soft commodity business in Sub Saharan African Countries. Graduating from Orissa University of Agriculture and technology and the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) he started his career with a Global MNC in commodity business. His job took him to West Africa and handed him with the opportunity to set up his own. He started Durga and Sarawati Pujo in Ivory Coast. A couple of rescued deer grace the garden of his Abidjan bungalow .His love for nature and respect for the innocence of the local inhabitants kept him connected to Africa ever since. Having spent his childhood in the steel city of Raurkela Sumit thereafter studied and settled in Ahmadabad. After a 15 year stint in West Africa, he came to Singapore in 2009, where he currently stays with his wife Yeena, a successful entrepreneur in her own rights, and their 12 year old daughter Tanya. Fluent in Bengali, Oriya, Gujrati, English and French, Sumit divides his time between India, Singapore and West Africa.

Why did you choose West Africa as your business destination? During my second jobs in Africa I realised I could do for myself what I was then doing for others. I bounced off the idea with my Yeena and decided to make an honest effort. My local connections, knowledge of the business, some hard work, lot of sacrifice from Yeena and a bit of good fortune helped my business take off. The Company started its first operations from Burkina Faso and subsequently expanded to Ivory Coast, Mali, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria among other places. While we mainly deal with Cashew and Timber, our product range also includes commodities such as Sheanut, Cocoa, Coffee and Sesame. My company links the two continents of the future – Africa and Asia. Did Yeena support you in your business from the very beginning?



“We have been each other’s

support all along. In the initial years of my business, Sumit was a real ‘hands on’ father....” Sumit – Of course she did but she runs her own business which is completely separate from mine. She owns an independent pharmaceutical business and runs a NGO. Yeena – We have been each other’s support all along. In the initial years of my business, Sumit was a real ‘hands on’ father who helped a lot in taking care of Tanya, especially during the night shifts. Yeena, what was your motivation to start a separate business of your own? Yeena – I reached Africa to be with Sumit as a young and ‘rearing to go’ individual. I wanted to put my Australian MBA degree to good use in Ivory Coast but my inability to communicate in French was a hindrance. As I was contemplating how I should keep myself gainfully employed, the opportunity came my way- I realised through personal experience that there was a severe shortage of favourably priced medical supplies in Africa, specifically veterinary medicine. I started a factory in India and never looked back. What does your NGO focus on? Yeena – The purpose of our NGO –

“TANWED” which currently has 80 members is focussed on Agriculture, Small Businesses and Poultry Rearing. We primarily target widows and single mothers by imparting business skills in order to alleviate poverty in a village in Ivory Coast. All basic running expenses are borne by us. We motivate women by supply them with hybrid seeds/free services of experts in order to develop their skills and be self-sufficient in the long run. As we feel giving ‘food’ is a never-ending exercise but teaching them how to ‘hunt’ has tangible long-term benefits.

Sumit – I love to read books, watch movies, listen to Kishore Kumar songs and travel to West Africa. Yeena and Tanya share some of these interests, which allow us to spend together as a family. What brought you to Singapore? Sumit – As business grew, we needed a base in a global financial hub for access to a proper banking system. We discussed and discarded London and Dubai before finally deciding on Singapore.

Is Singapore your final destination? Sumit – I cannot see myself settling in any (To Yeena) How difficult is it switch roles modern urban setting. I will always want between a ‘mother’ and an ‘entrepreneur? my contact with nature - it could be Ivory Yeena – Tanya is entering her teens, now Coast, some tranquil place in Thailand or she needs all the time and help from even some place like Goa. mother, her close confidante. So my core business has taken a backseat for Just curious, why ‘Tan Mondial’? the moment while I am seeking another Tan is obviously from Tanya and Mondial venture that permits me to operate is ‘International’ in French. Singapore did within Asia. A mother has a full time not allow us to register ‘Tan’ International commitment whereas an entrepreneur – as Tan happens to be one of the most can get the occasional breaks for popular surnames in Singapore. holidays! As for switching roles, it is every woman’s natural instinct. Is there a common hobby that allows you to spend time together outside work?




From The Raj to Rajan –

Inclusion of the Missing Link Social Darwinism of The Raj


Sugata Sanyal is an entrepreneur and recently moved to Singapore from Silicon Valley with his family for a two year assignment. Sugata is an

wo unrelated events occurring in the late 1850s had a great impact on India. The first event was the Sepoy mutiny of 1857 which ended the rule of the East India Company in 1858, and led to the foundation of a new governing structure under the British Raj. The second was the publication of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” in 1859, advocating the hypothesis of the survival of the fittest, a philosophy that had a great influence on the governance of The Raj.

avid reader and enjoys being a world traveler. He is deeply passionate about economic development issues in emerging countries. His wide exposure to social and market evolution issues has left him curious about what makes a nation prosper and what one could do to contribute towards the economic betterment of others.

Mike Davis, an American Historian and Writer, wrote in his book, Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World, about the recorded evidence of sheer neglect perpetrated by Lord Lytton, the Governor-General and Vice Roy of India. Lytton allowed significant export of wheat from India to Britain in 1789, while millions in India were dying from the great famine. Davis continued,” … The newly constructed railroads, lauded as institutional safeguards against famine, were instead used by merchants to ship grain inventories from outlying drought-

stricken districts to central depots for hoarding. Likewise the telegraph ensured that price hikes were coordinated in a thousand towns at once, regardless of local supply trends.” Davis explained in his book that Lord Lytton’s belief, influenced by Charles Darwin’s theories, allowed him to justify selective death and depravation of the poor, who were a weaker part of the society – the missing link that The Raj never really cared about. Unfortunately, even after sixty years of Indian independence, this very practice of exclusion of the poor in economic policy development continues on. In his most recent book, “India – An Uncertain Glory””, Dr. Amartya Sen, the Nobel laureate, discusses that unlike China, the bottom half of India’s population lacks access to basic education, healthcare and even basic sanitation. Dr. Sen argues that the lack of inclusion by the media on issues that matter to the bottom half of the country, the middle class rarely engages and drives the polity in this discussion of inclusion. As a result the bottom half of the country remains left out as an unfortunate reality. While the recent economic progress in India lifted many out of poverty,



the speed of progress remains slow for many.

Economic History of European Growth One needs to take a look at the motivating factors driving the industrialization of the west and the evolution of the world economy in the past two hundred years to appreciate how the poorer segments of the society were incorporated in the process of economic growth. The late Angus Maddison, a British Economist, wrote in his book, Contours of the World Economy, 1-2030 AD: Essays in Macro-Economic History, that the emergence of a national identity led the British, French and Spaniards embark on the conquest of other nations as the knowledge of ship building, maritime navigation and access to Chinese gun-powder technology drove these feudal nations to explore and conquer foreign lands. Maddison also refers to the theory introduced by Adam Smith in 1776 - An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Adam Smith’s focused on the value of free market – powered by selfinterest, competition and the law of supply and demand - and the need for specialization and division of labor to produce wealth and prosperity. As Europe emerged from the shadow of feudalism, followed by mercantilism and eventually embraced colonialism, the country that most benefitted from Adam Smith’s philosophy was Britain, which through access to vast amounts of foreign resources, achieved rapid industrialization and economic growth. Millions in Britain transitioned from poverty to prosperity. Evolution in the Twentieth Century During the twentieth century, The Great War and World War II left Europe and Japan devastated. However, both of these wars also significantly contributed to further innovation in communication,

transportation, healthcare, manufacturing and armaments. During the second half of the twentieth century, this rebuilding of the west has contributed to a wider economic separation between the developed and the developing worlds. While India’s early leaders, driven by an altruistic vision of social inclusion, chose a socialistic, centralized planning and development model, it failed to produce any significant growth due to lumbering bureaucracy and lack of market reforms. As a result, a large portion of the population remained below the poverty line. To make it worse, many highly educated Indians went abroad to participate in rebuilding of the west, but very little of that knowledge actually came back. In 1990 the economic shock generated by the war in Iraq created almost an empty coffer in India’s foreign exchange reserve, which in turn forced India to liberalize and open up the economy. As Nandan Nilekani, cofounder of Infosys, discusses in his book, Imaging India, a few firms like Infosys were positioned properly to leverage opening up of economy. During the past two decades, millions joined the Information Technology (IT) revolution around the world – powered by Indian call centers, quality assurance, software development and many other business process outsourcing opportunities. However, this IT revolution in India failed to include most of the bottom half.

The Current Financial Crisis In 2005 Dr. Raghuram Rajan, recently appointed Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), wrote a thought provoking article, “Has Financial Development Made the World Riskier?”, which questioned the stability of our globalized, highly connected yet under regulated financial systems that were playing with some new financial instruments laden with significant

risks tied to the real estate market. The unfortunate reality was that the most of Dr. Rajan’s predictions came true when the financial markets around the world collapsed beginning late 2007. This crisis eventually led to the Great Recession in the US between 2008 and 2010. One after another, countries around the world fell victim to this crisis. The most recent victim of this global financial crisis has been India. In fact the irony is that during the financial crisis of 2008-2009, foreign investment flew into the Indian sub-continent as the emerging markets offered higher level of returns compared to the most mature economies. However, as the US, and more recently the UK, started to recover, foreign investment started to flow out of the emerging economies back to mature and more secure investment instruments again. While the US had and continues to have a huge national debt, its ability to continue to borrow, invest, innovate, trade globally and redeploy its labor forces from old to new industries, will help the US to come out stronger from this Great Recession. There is plenty of evidence that the last twenty years of rapid economic growth in India – especially the increased growth rate from the past few years - pulled many Indians out of dire poverty. However, without an inclusive framework that drives the domestic economy as opposed to over reliance on foreign investors and trickle down distribution leaves the future of the bottom half at the mercy of the volatile free market. This is what is happening now and as a result the predictability of longer term growth in India remains in question. As Dr. Amartya Sen argues that other prospering Asian countries, e.g., China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore - over the past forty years, created a much more inclusive growth agenda due to continuous and systematic investment by their respective governments in basic healthcare,


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education and infrastructure. However, somehow India continues to miss out the implementation of basic economic policies. Instead of creating a welfare state – like the current heavily subsidized and politically driven subsidies – the Indian government actually needs to level the playing field through a social ramp for the poor via access to education and healthcare to the mainstream economy.

Inclusion of the Missing Link Given the above context, the question remains: what is in the future of economic growth in India? Most developmental economists argue that without a complete inclusion of its resources – both natural and human – India will very likely continue to miss realizing its true potential. While Indian democracy is vibrant, and highly necessary for social development, at times it also create a cacophony of ideas that are not aligned for predictable growth.

on this momentum is to allow foreign investment across a broad set of sectors, and allow access to more foreign capital – including private banking and access to riskier financial instruments. Now one might wonder, why introduce riskier instruments to India when Dr. Rajan’s analysis of markets eluded to the regulation of riskier instruments. The answer is tied to the level of risks. Today, borrowing in India is heavily limited to either banks or public market. There is no organized middle sector, and there lies the opportunity for creation of government regulated alternative financing mechanism by private and private-public partnership. History has proven that structured access to both foreign and domestic capital will help a free economy grow. And, as the economy continues to grow, India will need to invest a significant portion of its growing tax revenue to social development of the bottom half by providing healthcare, education and national infrastructure (water, utilities, etc.).

In 2001 the consulting firm McKinsey reported that an Indian growth rate of 10% per year vs. 8% will bring millions more out of poverty over a period of twenty years. The unfortunate reality is not just that the current growth rate has fallen to 5%, the country’s leadership lacks a clear and concise agenda to get India back on track. While, Information Technology (IT) and IT Enabled Sector (ITES) created a few million jobs and brought much needed foreign income, lack of growth across a broad set of nation building non IT-ITES industries continues to plague India’s future growth potential.

For mainstream infrastructure growth, India also needs to accelerate its public-private partnership model, as this model has been proven in the west over the past two hundred years. In fact some of the early carriage ways in England were built with the help of private investors working with the British government. And, fortunately for India, it is rich with deep deposits of mineral and other commodities that can provide the growth of local manufacturing, logistics and distribution of building materials to propel the country forward.

Unlike China, where most industries are heavily controlled by the Government, Indian economy is driven by many small and medium family owned businesses. This SME sector represents a dynamic hot bed of economic growth and mimic in many ways early days of the British or the US economy. One of the ways to build

The recent appointment of Dr. Raghuram Rajan, as the 23rd Governor of Reserve Bank of India, has raised a lot of hope in the general media. While there is no doubt that a highly accomplished and capable professional as Dr. Rajan, can have significant policy impact over the longer term including some short term fixes of the foreign

exchange issues, much is still left to be based on inclusive policies. As Dr. Sen points out, the middle class, the media and the politicians need to address the overall growth question a lot more holistically than just focusing on a narrow set of discussions on infrastructure investment. India can be confident of its ability to solve these complex issues, as it has done in the past, but also rapidly needs to modify its archaic labor, tax, foreign investment policies and figure out a way to include basic education and healthcare along with its infrastructure initiative. Despite its wretched colonial past, if the west has something to demonstrate from its social and economic development of the past two hundred years, then it has proven that a properly regulated free market economy with access to capital and an inclusive approach to economic, social and political development is the way to a prosperous future. India remains uniquely positioned with its access to natural and human resources to follow this roadmap. And, also when these changes are realized millions more will be included in the collective ride towards prosperity, and the exclusion of the poor will no longer be the missing link in social, political and economic evolution of India.



Sunil da By Dr Aruna Chakravarti

I first met Sunil Gangopadhyay briefly the year he had come to Delhi to receive the Sahitya Akademi award for his novel, Shei Shomoy. He was the first writer of modern Bengal already with a reputation for the brilliant fiery writing in both poetry & prose. It was natural for me to remember Sunil da, but the strangest thing happened – he remembered me. Some months later I received a letter from Sunil da, saying he was looking for a translator to render his Shei Shomoy into English. He has read my translations of Tagore’s lyrics and would be happy if I undertook this task. I wrote back saying that it was an honour for me to translate his work but could not take it up until a couple of years later – as I had signed a contract with Penguin to translate all four volumes of Srikanta – by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. His reply was a polite one, wishing me well for this marathon venture. After the manuscript of Srikanta was handed over, Mr. David Davidar, CEO of Penguin India requested me to take up another translation and suggested I do Shei Shomoy. On my inquiring whether the translation hadn’t already been done, he told me that the contract for

Shei Shomoy was with Penguin, and they had offered to Sunil da many other translators, but that he had said he would wait until I had the time to take this up. Well, I translated Shei Shomoy and Those Days became history. Subsequently I translated some of his other works (notably Prothom Alo – First Light) and in the process I discovered Sunil da, the man. The man, who at the age of eighteen, when Bengal was still under the shadow of Rabindranath Tagore, emerged to create a space for himself. The man, who had shocked and entranced readers with his brilliant, dynamic prose and poetry that were so simple and unassuming that no one felt constrained in his presence. My work was nothing before his, but he always made me feel special. Over the years we became good friends and I slowly began to understand the quality of his genius. When writing, Sunil da was completely oblivious of his surroundings. I saw this side of him when we were together for a television interview in Shantiniketan. I was staying in his house and the interview done, I was to leave for Kolkata. It was a hot sultry May morning

– only those who have experienced the summers of Birbhum know how deadly they can be – and what was worse there was no electricity. I wanted to say goodbye to Sunilda who was writing in his study on the first floor. His wife, Swati, and I walked up the stairs, our sandals clacking noisily on the cement steps, and stood at the door. Sunil da was sitting at a table, with his back to us; a cigarette in his left hand and a pen in his right. He had taken off his kurta and his back was bare, it was streaming with sweat. Swati called out a couple of times and he turned slowly to face us. And now I saw rivulets of perspiration flowing down his face and chest. I stared at him amazed. He had been so immersed in his writing that he hadn’t heard us coming up; he hadn’t even felt the need to wipe the sweat off his face. In that moment I understood where the source of his creative powers lay. It was in his absorption, his total and complete commitment to his writing. His immersion into the world he was creating. I left Shantiniketan but all the way to Kolkata I saw that wide back, streaming with sweat. I see it still. The news of his death came as a terrible blow – I knew he was ill, he had lost a lot of weight and his once hearty appetite had disappeared. But he was as active as ever. Working, holding meetings, travelling – he was doing everything. He had many projects in the pipeline – I was directly involved in one of them. We had signed a joint contract with Penguin for a book entitled “Bengalis – the way we are”. He was to write it & I was to translate it. It was to be a simultaneous process and both books were to come out together. But though he had been writing even a few hours before his death, this book will remain forever unwritten. Dr Aruna Chakravarti is a retired administrator, creative writer and translator. Prominent among her published books are her translations of Saratchandra’s Srikanta, Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Those Days and First Light Her first novel, The Inheritors, was short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers Prize 2004. She is the recipient of the Vaitalik Award, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Sarat Puraskar.



Life Positive



ishima, in reality is actually not my aunt. She’s my Dad’s favourite aunt, my grandfather’s youngest sister. Married when she was barely eleven to a man twice her age, five miscarriages by the time she was eighteen, abandoned at twenty and widowed at twenty six, her life would have read like a melancholic elegy, if Pishima were not the kind of person that she was. Despite destiny’s cruel tribulations, Pishima was always warm, affectionate and smiling.


grew up visiting her ancestral home during every vacation, eating home-made sweet coconut balls (naaru) out of her hands, tugging along her as she supervised the mango and lychee orchards, sitting with her to dry mango pickles out in the sun, listening to her melodious kirtans as she prayed every evening to a thousand and one deities in the family prayer room, waiting for the five little nakuldana prasad out of a little silver bowl, loving the smell of the rose petal zarda in her mouth, and hearing bed time stories from her past life before falling asleep on her huge four-poster bed. In short, I was in awe of her little frame and her timeless beauty in her simple white cotton sarees that was further highlighted by her heart warming smile and loving gestures. To me, as a kid, everything about Pishima was perfect, except for her Hindi.


umors of her horrendous experiences with the national language reached far and wide across the family tree. Otherwise diabetic, when it came to communicating in Hindi, Pishima would always have a Rasogulla or maybe two in her mouth, the joke ran. Directly translating her thoughts from Bangla

to Hindi, she was said to drop an extra “o” between all her words, making it sound like a poor imitation of Ashit Sen (from reel life) in real life. Her sense of gender was another thing. Thoroughly confused how a chair could be a feminine and why a tree should be a masculine gender, Pishima had given up on all such discriminatory grammar and had decided to follow a single uniformity; everything was a feminine gender. In hindsight, I see its deeper embedded significance—women’s liberation. For those from the genre of bra-burning, or the much more “liberated” sorts who refute words such as “chhelebela” and substitute their childhood with “meyebela” Pishima’s solution to the predicament with genders in Hindi could

‘‘It takes a lot of courage to offer that comic relief, be able to overlook the pains and sorrows and laugh at life’’ have been an inspiration incognito!


ishima, of course, never acknowledged her lack of understanding or delivery of the “Hindustaani der bhasha”. Any argument to convince her that she too was a part of a larger scheme of identity called “Hindustan” was dismissed immediately. Instead of rambling about Pishima’s unidentifiable acumen over Hindi or the granular clarity of her own



nationality, let me share a few snippets from Pishima’s life, and some instances in particular.


ishima, since single and childless was often summoned for support by her extended family across the country in dire situations, especially in times of birth, marriages and death. Once, one of my Dad’s cousins in Gorakhpur was to deliver a child. Pishima came to the rescue of her nervous newly-wed young niece and volunteered to play “guardian angel”. An evening, close to the date of delivery, Pishima was said to have stayed alone at home with the “very pregnant niece” and an equally “anytime-now” expecting cow in the backyard. The three females (women and beast) were under the guard of the watchman, Ram Singh. Around midnight, the lady felt her first contractions; around the same time, the beast went into labour too. After juggling for a while between her needs to tend her niece and the cow, Pishima finally decided to opt for the lady and left the beast in the safe hands of Ram Singh. Animal activists wouldn’t have definitely appreciated Pishima’s act I am sure, but then that’s a different issue we can debate on yet another day! So, Pishima went up to nurse the lady and stayed in the house while Ram Singh tended to the suffering beast. After a while, a completely sweat soaked smiling Ram Singh came up to the portico and told Pishima that the cow had delivered a calf.


onsidering it as an auspicious sign, Pishima was ecstatic. “What is it, a ladka or a ladki?” she shouted back in her broken Hindi. The question left Ram Singh bewildered. How could a beast deliver a boy or a girl? His quick reply was “Maaji, bachhra hua” (It’s a calf ). Pishima tried her vocabulary again, “Ta to

bujhlam, aadmi ki aurat?” Poor Ram Singh got further flustered. Was the old woman nuts? “Bacchra” he retorted now. Pishima must have got frustrated by then for she yelled, “Mukhhpora, tum hua ki hum hua?” At this, Ram Singh, who was generally known to be a quiet old loyal servant smiled from ear to ear. Pointing a finger at Pishima, he answered with the biggest grin anyone had ever seen, “Maaji, aap hua!”


nd there was yet another thing! For all statements, past, present or future, Pishima used an exclamatory “hai” (meaning “it is”)! Sometimes, her sentences would start well in Hindi, meander a bit into Bangla, thump back to a language that was neither Bangla nor Hindi but somewhere in between, and finally end with a “hai” , always accompanied by a sigh of great relief and a smile at its completion.


ust as she would happily connect all the world, animate, inanimate, living or dead, history or present to Bengal. My mother recalls an instance where Pishima came to visit us in a little town by the Wainganga river in Maharashtra, India. Away from the hustle bustle of urban living, this little township was blessed with a generous neighbourhood of fishermen at the outskirts. Local fishermen would ferry around the township in the mornings with wicker baskets full of fresh water prawns. In the local language, they called it Jhinga. Once, when my mother was busy in the shower, Pishima, the austere bong Bramhin widow, invited one of these villagers home...”Aye to baba, roj jhinga jhinga chechash. Aaj ektu jhinge posto kore bouma ke khawabo.” My mother came out of the washroom to find a pandemonium in the bungalow verandah as

I Pishima went berserk...”Shorbonash koreche, hottochara amake ei boyeshe ekhon amish khawabi? Byata murkho, chingri maach ko tum jhinge keno bolta?”


aving said that, Pishima was one person who could justify all her countless antics by that signature smile of hers and an explanatory note so honest and innocent that no one would think of charging her against anything ever again. To give you another sneak peek into her admirable spirit, here’s a story.


ishima was again summoned by another dying relative whose son had to urgently go on a business tour to the US for a fortnight. Pishima agreed to go to Mumbai to take responsibility and represent the family support system. Just before leaving, the grateful nephew told Pishima, in his absence, she could contact his colleague Mr Godrej, who lived in the same complex, should there be a need for it. Pishima nodded in consent. Fortunately, nothing happened; but after a fortnight, when her nephew returned, Pishima complained, “I don’t like your colleague. He has no respect for senior citizens.” Coming from Pishima who hardly criticized anyone, this was a surprise for her nephew. Godrej must have really misbehaved, he thought and queried, “What happened?” “Oh, nothing much! The other day, I saw him at the elevator and called his name ‘Voltas, Voltas….stupid boy, didn’t even acknowledge.” Her nephew broke into a mad laughter. “He is Godrej, not Voltas, Pishima. How would the poor chap know you were calling him?” “It’s one and the same thing. Both are refrigerator names,” she replied in strong defence.

could go on and on about her. Pishima just celebrated her 93rd birthday. I met her at a family wedding in India some years back. Dressed in her starched white linen and still smelling of the rose zarda, she was making sweet coconut rolls and sharing stories about her innumerable comic acts with her great grand children. Her toothless grin accentuated the positivism of her being, her relentless effort to live life to its full, no matter what destiny had in store. It takes a lot of courage to offer that comic relief, be able to overlook the pains and sorrows and laugh at life, and most of all at ourselves. God bless, Pishima!

Ananya Mukherjee, member of BAS and former editor of HRM Asia, is an acclaimed writer with more than 1000 publications to her credit. Her journalistic acumen in print and television covers a whole gamut of subjects including politics, lifestyle and business. She is a passionate writer, avid reader, blogger, theatre artiste and trained dancer. Ananya currently spearheads Internal Communications in a multinational company.



A Tale of Many Cities Words ARNAB BANErJEE

A true blue Calcuttan by heart and soul, films, music and creative hallucinations (read passion) form a troika and a data source of my life’s recipes and active oxygen. Although a staunch non smoker is a firm believer of the maxim – ‘Life is a cigarette, smoke it away…’


he caption may sound similar to a 19th century Dickensian novel. However, the similarity ends with a mere inspiration of my titular tributes to Sir Charles, as I introspect in retrospect to pen my thoughts and experiences of being part of five distinctive geographies in the last fourteen years and delve into comparisons with my roots - the ‘place I hail from - Calcutta’. I left Calcutta when it was yet to be renamed to its current avatar in ‘Kolkata’. However odd it may sound, but I still prefer to call by its old name, since I couldn’t and still can’t relate to this sudden rechristening exercise which sounded to be more jingoistic and a fast follower of other precedents in ‘Bombay’ to ‘Mumbai’ or ‘Madras’ to ‘Chennai’. Circa 1999, mid-August, I left Calcutta and landed in Mumbai, as a part of my campus job placement, a city I always aspired to be in, may be a bit influenced by the curiosity of the glitz and glam of Bollywood. Calcutta to Mumbai was a sea change for me on various fronts - a bit of bumpy ride from the academics to the corporate world, protected dependencies, slow, easy going lifestyle, known environ to fast-paced (and I can bet on the pace with the local suburban trains, you don’t need to put efforts to get in and get out), mechanized, apparently rough pitch. But

after the initial challenges of cope up, I started realizing that I started to develop an affinity for Mumbai. Although I used to stay at Thane, my personal weekend hotspots used to be VT (although I adore Shivaji, I don’t swear by his name of Shivaji like some of hypocritical political elements and factions, so don’t call it Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus), Church gate, Marine Drive, Santa Cruz, Vileparle, Bandra etc. Physically I moved from ‘east to west’, and could see the multi dimensional difference of the two cities, be it with respect to culture, cuisines, life styles, language, pace etc. And just when I was thinking to settle down and make Mumbai as my second home, my career aspirations and goals led me to take a detour, a kind of anti climax in shifting base from Mumbai (land of ‘wada pavs’) to Chennai (land of ‘idli and dosas’). Any North Indian probably would have cursed me for my decision given their reservations for the South. But to me beyond the first one week, I could feel however alien the local language may sound, 2003 Chennai had become more cosmopolitan compared to what I had seen when we toured South India in 1994. Cultural landscape of Chennai has many parallels with Calcutta, powered by the middle class family values, pursuance of fine arts (music, painting), to name a few. This was a bit of a contrast to what I saw and experienced in Mumbai, where



the city is moving at a ‘speed of thought’. In a rat race-mode with everyone trying to do a wild goose chase act towards making a name, fortune, sweepstakes whatever one wants to call it. Indeed the diversity of our country manifests itself with its multi-lingual, multi-cultural cross breeding: three different states, three paradigm shifts in every aspect food habits, speech, gestures, dressing quotients, thought processes, religious beliefs, political spectrums etc. January 2004 unfolded a new chapter into my ongoing sojourn to a new land. As I alighted from my flight into Los Angeles, my port of entry to USA, en route to Phoenix, my target destination, I started to extend my mind map, vistas of imagination of this place I had to the ground realities. While Phoenix, Arizona (Grand Canyon State) with its climatic extremes (sultry heat of the summers to pleasant winters) extended its warmth to me, I could see me literally myself in a foreign land, dominated by a wide diversity of races - Caucasians, Hispanics, Afro-Americans, Asians etc. Thankfully, my stay in states began with a Tier 2 City unlike a New York, LA or Chicago as it helped me to come up to speed with the customs, practices, behavioral patterns of Uncle Sam and its inhabitants. I later moved to LA, closer to the glitterati of ‘Sunset Boulevard’ and ‘Hollywood’. Weather wise not much of a difference, but Woodland Hills in LA, made my stay memorable for two main reasons - certainly the most important being the birth place of my cute little Shreyan and the fulfillment of my wish list of staying in California (used to get inspired by Eagles classic ‘Hotel California’). Those days seemed to me having a feeling of ‘from one Cal to another CAL’ - although ironically the similarities are too far too seek. My love for travel had taken me to various places in states - East, midWest and West coast. I could see the coast-to-coast differences ala the ones I experienced amongst Calcutta, Mumbai and Chennai, mayn’t be that glaring as above all differences one would get a semblance of a unified ecosystem with a

preponderance of at least one language (English) spoken by and large. 2010 mid August, once again, shift of work priorities culminated in me coming closer to my roots. I moved from LA to Singapore. This part of the move could probably be termed as ‘From the Occident to the Orient’. But sooner the obvious question popped up - is Singapore truly a replica of the East or Asia’s answer to the West? In my eyes and mind, I see a spirit of fusion of ostentatious West camouflaged in a reserved East. Having stayed in these different cities brings in different perspectives, changes in outlook, view points, rationale comparative analyses. Each city, I had been and am now, has its own shades of black and white, in terms of the pluses and minuses. Each city had a chequered history in terms of its rise and fall, humble beginnings to prominence, or the other way round from all round prosperity to decadence. Each city presents a bicameral view of pain points and opportunities. Only the perception indices vary. It would be extremely unfair if I start comparing Calcutta with Los Angeles, or even Chennai with Singapore, although the similarities between the latter pair are aplenty (thanks to Little India which presents itself as a proxy of Mount Road). Good thing is I’ve thoroughly enjoyed staying outside Calcutta as it helped me to expand my horizons in terms of getting exposed to and experience the different ethnocultural-linguistic medleys. Now I feel that I could probably easily intermingle without getting lost in the crowd. But does this mean I’ve put Calcutta to the back burner - certainly not. In the last 14 years, a lot has changed - Calcutta became Kolkata, ‘Left has left’ (not sure that’s for ‘good’ or ‘bad’, probably time would tell..), retail boomed leading to the arrival of the sprawling malls (such as South City that mirrors closely to its closest and farthest counterparts), brick and mortar paved the way for bits and bytes of IT ‘point and click’, Calcutta skyline boasts of new high rises with skyrocketing prices of real estate

(thanks to NRI cash flows, I sometimes find this a mixture of opposites as real developments and investments have been negligible and have nosedived in comparative terms), new cafes and cyber cafes took over the age old charm and flocking of Bengali intelligentsia on debating ‘any topic under the sun’ over sips of coffee in coffee houses, Nandan no longer is the only place for art house movies, with the arrival of new players - FAME and INOX, Ben fish has lost its charm and failed to impress the yuppies and foodaholics, whose taste buds have embraced the likes of fast food joints. Notwithstanding these changes two things probably haven’t changed in what I have seen even after visiting and / or staying in many places. The infectious charm of the Durga Puja festivities - no method can surpass the madness that characterizes the evergreen charm of ‘Pujor Kolkata (here I deliberately deviate from my preferred usage of Calcutta or Cal). The other thing I haven’t been there for ages so can’t conclude - but I still feel Calcutta Book fair still doesn’t have a close parallel in staging and showcasing the deep rooted literati of bibliophilic Bengalis and their fetish for books and intellectual propensities. Is that all? Probably not! There is this cliché which goes as ‘once in Cal, always in Cal’. I’ve tried interpreting it in my own way - one can stay outside Calcutta, chide it for all its shortcomings and deficiencies in every sphere, but when the Sun rises against the backdrop of the Ganges on a canvas of an engineering marvel in Howrah Bridge, when the dew with its mist falls lazily on the greener pastures of the Maidan, when the stagecoach tram moves in its own leisurely fashion, when the smell of the air (despite the carbon monoxide emissions and ‘Diaper maath’) still contains a strange potpourri of different odors symptomatic of ‘sense, sensibilities and simplicities’, one realizes that there lies in the captivating charm of ‘City of Joy’, which beckons anyone who ‘stayed there’ to ‘come back, get grounded to the roots’ and ‘fall in love again’.



Ana grew up in Kolkata, India. She went to the US for a Masters degree in Economics in the early nineties and has worked as a market research professional in New Jersey and San Francisco Bay Area for nineteen years. Ana is married to Sugata, and has a child of six. She is currently an ex-pat, living in Singapore. For recreation, Ana enjoys reading books and listening to podcasts.



Thunder, Gecko,

he first thing that hits you when you get into Singapore is the color green – the lush, verdant vegetation that soothes your eyes. Many years ago, when I first visited Singapore, I had wanted to live here for a while. At that time though, it had been a fantasy. None of the “settled” people we knew moved across continents. The common wisdom was that people moved in search of greener pastures when they were young, and then they settled in. However, a few years later the ever-globalizing world of business started to change my way of thinking. Moving thousands of miles in my middle age wasn’t such a flight of fancy anymore. The news that we are moving from California to Singapore elicited a variety of reactions among my colleagues and friends. The most commonly expressed top of mind reaction had to do with the unfortunate incident of the chewing gum from the eighties. They say public memory is short. When it comes to bizarre incidents, public memory could be elephantine, judging from my experience. I reassured my friends that a complete absence of chewing gum for the rest of my days won’t diminish the quality of my life in any way.

My friends’ attitudes towards my move to Singapore ranged from sheer incredulity at such a far-off move to pure horror. One well-educated woman asked why I am moving to a British colony. I had to remind her than since the end of World War II, no country is allowed to continue to keep colonies, so she need not fear for me. Another asked if I would have to cover myself in public. The final straw was a customer service lady who said, “At least, will you be living in a city – so it would be a little nice, right”? It seemed a futile exercise to explain that Singapore was a city and a country, and quite a “nice” place to live in. Moving our twelve year old cat from California to Singapore proved to be the most challenging task of all. The world of

international pet transport is a shadowy world fraught with many potential pitfalls. One mistake on any one of numerous forms could put a pet in a “state-less” situation akin to Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s Terminal. We soon learnt that Singapore requires a valid rabies certificate at the very outset. If a pet doesn’t have a valid rabies license, it can’t move to Singapore for at least three months. We finally ended up hiring an international pet moving company” which operates in this very niche market, and charges an enormous amount of money. Our friends were incredulous that transporting an “”alley cat” would cost the same as luxury travel for humans. Despite paying the high fee, I found myself scrambling to get our cat tested for all earthly diseases that a cat could possibly contract. Finally the day came for our cat to travel ahead of us to Singapore, where she would be quarantined for two weeks. After she departed on a plane from San Francisco to Amsterdam, and from there to Singapore, the international pet moving agency kept me abreast of her journey by sending frequent e-mails such as “Juno is now relaxing in a hotel in Amsterdam”. In the end, however, she arrived in Singapore via the most labyrinthine route possible, and attained the status of something like a feline Phileas Fogg. We moved in at the dead of the night. We stayed up all night, familiarizing ourselves with our new apartment, too excited to sleep. The next morning, with a sharp crack of thunder, the sky appeared to collapse on itself. The trees around the condo nearly disappeared in the mist, and rivulets of water began to gush through our balcony. I burst forth into a Rabindrasangeet at the long-forgotten sight and sound of tropical rain. My five year old daughter, on the other hand, scrutinized the atmospheric drama of lighting and thunder for a few minutes with a scowl, announced that it’s time to go back to California. The sheer force and sound of tropical rain could be too overwhelming for someone who had never experienced anything other than fairly predictable rain which would rarely be heavier than a drizzle.



& an Ex-pat Cat Our cat, who hadn’t had any exposure to sheets of water descending from the skies, looked for a safe spot to hide in my closet. Over the next few months, our cat would develop a neurotic compulsive grooming which would drive her to near baldness and significant weight loss. The occasional appearance of tropical insects such as geckos rendered her condition even more hapless.

After we “settled down” a bit, I was consumed by the terrifying thought of how I would fill up my days. Being used to a very busy lifestyle, the lazy, hot afternoons felt like a chasm. After finishing off the customary tours of museums and temples, I decided to participate more actively in my child’s school. Her school is an international school, with a truly diverse student population. I was charmed by the “parent cafeteria” where I usually spent a few afternoons each week, waiting for her to return from various activities. Having a separate cafeteria for parents is a novelty in the US school systems, especially for the public school system. Since the financial crisis of 2008, state budgets have been mercilessly slashed. In contrast to such penury, the parent cafeteria of my child’s international school with its elegant wicker furniture and fine refreshments struck me as an exotic place, the first time I saw it. Right around the time, when school was out, mothers would sit around, chat with other mothers, and drink their café-lattes. Each table would reverberate with voices speaking a different language – I felt thrilled and grateful to be part of such a cosmopolitan environment. Then, one fine day, in my gratified state, the truth hit me like a ton of bricks. I observed for the first time, that while a lot of exchange was going on at each table, none was happening across tables. Day after day, those who were in regular attendance at each of these tables, carried on like the other tables did not exist. There was more revelation in store for me. An ex-pat woman, like myself, who had moved into our condominium a few months ago, said to me, “Why, there are

no kids in this condo!” I said, surprised, “There are lots of kids in this condo. The swimming pool is usually chock-a-block in the afternoon”. She replied, “But those aren’t ex-pat kids”! The knowledge that different ex-pat groups prefer to hang out among themselves, rather than with each other may be commonplace to Singapore natives. But to foreigners such as myself, this phenomenon offers food for thought. To the naked eye, it seems as though Singapore is filled with people from a variety of different cultures and customs. In other words, all the ingredients seem to be present for a giant soup to start cooking. But in reality, no cooking seems to be going on! Is it this way because people don’t come to Singapore to assimilate, but treat it as a mere transit point on their career trajectory? Or is it because we value the comfort of hanging with our own kind infinitely more than exploring outside our own community? Or should I take the optimistic view that Singapore has not been at it for a long time, and melting will eventually begin? We’ve got our marching orders and are planning to move back to California in nine months. I am saddened at the prospect of leaving Singapore. In the past year, which flew by absurdly quickly, we received great hospitality and friendship among our own community. Also, we have been thrilled to be part of the great Indian culture that exists in Singapore. I believe that the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural nature of Singaporean society has an enormous potential of cultural cross-fertilization. For the remaining few months of our stay here, my goal is to explore friendships across other ethnic communities. I can’t help wonder if our cat is relieved at the prospect of leaving this gecko-laden land of high climatic drama and getting her fur back.


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A Journey into history


t was a full moon night. A flotilla was approaching towards a small hilly town located on the west coast of the Malaysian Peninsula. A group of red faced people with beard, guns in their hands landed onshore. They quietly dispersed all over the town. A small group of these foreign mercenaries entered the wooden palace where the Malay Sultanate was about to go to sleep after a long day’s work. The body guards were half asleep. The insurgents ruthlessly killed the guards while making little noise and captured the palace thereafter. Next day morning the town was not the same anymore. The ruling Sultan was defeated and the town was captured by

‘‘Malacca has a rich historical and cultural background that has come from previous Portuguese, Dutch and British rule’’

Portuguese seamen. For the next 150 years, this sleepy town in the west coast of Malaysia was ruled by Portuguese. Over the next 500 years, this hilly coastal town saw the invasion of the Dutch and subsequently the English army. I am talking about Malacca city where I had spent a few days during my summer vacation. Visiting Malacca was a unique experience for me as Malacca has a rich historical and cultural background that has come from previous Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. As I was walking through the old part of Malacca city, I could see ruins of a Fort. It was A’ Famosa (a famous) fort, built by Portuguese around 500 years ago to strengthen their military position. However when the British captured Malacca in 1840, they ended up demolishing this fort and reduced its importance. Still as I walked the ramparts, I could hear the sound of cannon fire of pitched battle between Portuguese and Dutch to take over Malacca town.



‘‘Malacca holds more European history than any other city in South East Asia”

From the hillock of A’Famosa fort, I could see the once-famous Malacca Port in South China Sea with a few ships anchored there. A white coloured Church came to my notice from that point. This is the famous St. Paul’s Church, built in 1541, probably the oldest church in the orient. From this church, the famous Portuguese Apostle, St. Francis Xavier, did his missionary work in this part of the world. It was not only the European and British who ruled over Malacca, but also the traders from China, Siam (Thailand), India and Java came there and left their marks. While walking along the Malacca River, I could almost hear the noise of Malay, Arab or Chinese traders exchanging their goods. A big water wheel stood still and tall near the bank of the river which used to quench the thirst of many traders sailing along this river in the past. On both sides of Laksamana Street, I could see a series of colourful buildings holding history into their cradle. A Salmon pink coloured building, which is the oldest Dutch building in the orient, still stood as a witness of Dutch colonisation. This is now called City hall (Stadthuys), and used as Museum of Anthropology. Next to Stadthuys, there is a coral red church called Christ Church, the first protestant church set up by the Dutch in East. As I lit up a candle there, I was lost into the past imagining how the Dutch were building many of these monuments during the initial part of their rule which lasted for 100 years, before the British took over Malacca. My last stop was Sultanate Palace – a replica of the 15th century original palace of Sultan. This testimony of beautiful wooden

architecture captures history of the original Malay people prior to European invasion, their lives during Sultan’s rule and their relationship with Javanese, Indian, Chinese and Arabian traders. Malacca holds more European history than any other city in South East Asia. Many years ago, it was one of Malaysia’s most sought-after destinations. For a long period of time, Malacca was a thriving port in South East Asia with confluence of traders from China, India, Arabs and Java. Even today more ships pass through ‘Straits of Malacca’ than any other sea routes in the world. However over time it has changed from a thriving port into a sleepy backwater city. The city lost its prominence to bigger and modern cities in Malaysia like Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Nonetheless the city still holds its historic charm as I found out during my recent trip. This historical city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 7 July 2008 due to its many historic attractions. It has been revived as a popular destination for tourists who want to catch a glimpse of Malaysia’s unique heritage.


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r o H m T to I & L y A a d G o t N , y E a d B r t e yes Every time I resolve to pen down my reflections and experiences on theatre, and Bengali theatre in particular, I am beguiled by the richness of its outstanding heritage, long and captivating history. Here, to encapsulate the diaspora of Bengali Theatre, I have essentially tracked some of its origins and narrated a few of my own experiences.

art, had only three auditoriums for professional shows during that time. Manomohan, Star and Minerva theatres were all located in the northern region of Kolkata or North Calcutta. Though there were a large number of amateur, lesser-known theatre clubs like Calcutta University Institute, Actors Guild etc, the three well-known auditoriums had their own repertory companies performing on nearly all days of the week.

Any reference to Bengali theatre cannot begin without the mention of a man called Sisir Bhaduri. Sisir Kumar Bhaduri was first noticed on stage in Kolkata in the early 1920s. Bhaduri, who was a lecturer in English in an undergraduate college, is said to have given up his job for his passion for theatre. His first professional play, Alamgir based on Khirode Prasad’s play on the Moghul monarch Aurangzeb, was staged on 10 December 1920. Interestingly, Kolkata, the quintessential centre of Bengali theatre and

Dr Suniti Chatterjee’s name flashes on our minds next. Chatterjee was an outstanding linguist who had worked hard to lend authenticity to sets, costumes, and all the design elements to portray the period plays that were so popular during those times. Buddhadeva and Chandragupta were two of his immortal creations for Sisir Bhaduri who lent meticulous visibility to the plays with immaculate set design, lighting elements and got rid of the footlights for the first time. Bhaduri is known to have



A T UP G H S E IL KH I N played Nadir Shah in the play Digbijoyee with a flamboyance that is worth mentioning even after almost a century. Bhaduri, in this play, is best remembered for a gait he adopted from professional jockeys to identify with Nadir Shah. The latter, who was once a shepherd in the desert shepherding his sheep on horseback converted himself into a ruthless ruler on horseback in one of the scenes. Samik Bandyopadhaya, an acclaimed critic and scholar goes on to chronicle Bhaduri’s life and career thus: “ Bhaduri’s career in theatre spanned nearly thirty eight years and though he was universally recognised as the first “director “ in the modern sense of Bengali theatre, a great teacher of acting and the last of the great actors in the old tradition, a revolutionary in many respects, he was driven out of theatre, and forced to sit idle for long stretches throughout his career and for half that period he did not even have a theatre company of his own”. It was a revelation for all theatre enthusiasts. Perhaps the plays continued to limit themselves to the confines of romantic sentimentality

and fanciful absurdities of the nineteenth century and did not adapt to changing times. According to Srikumar Banerjee (1894 to 1970), critic and historian of literature, the gaudy costumes of the royal characters and all the ferment of patriotism instilled an ill-defined feeling telling us that it was all a tedious, dream-steeped recapitulation of the past totally unrelated to the present, the illusion of an unfamiliar world under the guise of everyday reality. As a theatre lover and enthusiast, I would beg to differ. Sisir Bhaduri had shown the way. Sombhu Mitra, one of the greatest directors of the post-independence Bengali theatre had this to say about Sisir Bhaduri: “He was perhaps the first real director that we had in our theatre, one who conceived of ‘total theatre”. We could not have started if he hadn’t been there It is only because Sisirbabu created the concept of total theatre in Bengal that we have been able to experience theatre at a level of deeper realization.” All said and done, it is strange that theatre enthusiasts still come to me and ask me to stage Aurangzeb or Shahjehan. Why? Because these plays are essentially embellished with the Moghul grandeur, the

‘‘All said and done, it is strange that theatre enthusiasts still come to me and ask me to stage Aurangzeb or Shahjehan. Why?”


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costumes and dancers like Piyara Begum (Shahjehan). Just as the new breed of theatre viewers emerged they did acknowledge Sisir Bhaduri’s work but preferred realism. Even Rabindranath Tagore had a tough time countering the younger literary contemporaries. For example, Tagore wrote Shesher Kobita, which was not just a piece of work that young girls and boys clung to with all the romantic poems and

Jabanbandi were produced. Agun was directed by Bijan Bhattacharya in 1943 at Natyabharati theatre (known as Grace Cinema later) in 1943. Theatrically, Agun was a sequence of short scenes, each set in a distinctly different social class. But plays like Agun needed a new acting class. Jabanbandi, on the other hand, was also directed by Bijan Bhattacharya and staged at the Star theatre in 1944 and both these plays broke away from the loud, sentimental style that

manage it. I had acted already under Sisir Bhaduri, Ahindra Chaudhuri, Nirmalendu Lahiri, Durgadas Banerjee, but I just could not speak the words of the common clerk battered by life or those of a peasant. And yet a few young men, with no experience in acting at all, spoke the same words with perfect ease. It was a different way of dramatic dialogue that came for the first time. It was a new mode of acting. But for our models we still fell back on the drama of the West, the

dialogues committed to memory. It was also a satire, an attempt to contain the self-consciously modernist literary group.

was prevalent in the earlier years through great actors like Sisir Bhaduri, Ahindra Choudhuri, Durgadas Banerjee and Naresh Mitra who were slipping gradually into oblivion.

stage design of the West. We had no clue how we could relate our drama and acting to a sensibility that was essentially of our own country in the way that, resembles Jamini Roy’s paintings.”

World War II, famine and violence and the formation of IPTA (Indian People’s Theatre Association) sometime in 1942 lent a new dimension to Bengali theatre. There were new values, new ideas and thus plays like Agun and

Samik Bandyopadhyay observes, “With remarkable honesty and candour, Sombhu Mitra writes ‘Bijan make me speak for one of the characters in Agun and was thinking of casting me for the role. But I could see myself that I couldn’t

It is necessary to mention another play by Bijan Bhattacharya titled Nabanna directed by Shombhu Mitra. It was more related to the Bengal famine, the selfishness and indifference of the British rulers



and the affluent who hardly seemed to care for the dying millions. I am not sure whether these plays are archived somewhere or not. Kolkata continued to produce brilliant plays postindependence and witnessed the arrival of theatre stalwarts like Utpal Dutt, Ajitesh Bandyopadhyay leading to the creation of groups like Bohurupee, Nandikar and many others. They produced plays called group theatres

that were usually staged in the later years at the Academy of Fine Arts, Sisir Mancha etc. The market for “commercial theatres” as opposed to group theatres still flourished in the Hatibagan area. But despite the turbulent period between the late 60s and the early 70s, the 70s particularly still was marked as the golden era of “Group Theatre “. Bengali Association Singapore has been producing plays since

its first play Nahabat directed by Mr Mihir Chakrabarty, was staged way back in 1975. With the arrival of Mr Chinmoy Banerjee in the early 90s, the quality of plays improved significantly. One morning while we were enjoying coffee and discussing greats like Gogol, Ibsen, Billy Wilder and Brecht, (there was no face book or Singapore Adda at that time) we met the late Mr. Bhaskaran, Chairman of Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society, who requested us to stage

larger audience. The model was simple: we would collect $10/ticket from the public and return $5 to Nrityalaya. The $5 that we retained was intended to fund the props, costumes and sets. In return, the venue Drama Centre was made free for us. The initial plays were outside the purview of Bengali Association and I had to persuade a lot of people to include this as a yearly event of Bengali Association. The revised subscription of $90 never included this event and

Bengali plays in the Annual Nataka Mela held every year in Singapore. Nataka Mela was a unique event where Indian plays in all languages were staged with the notable omission of Bengali Association Singapore. Mr. Bhaskaran attributed the reason to the indifference of the Association towards this event probably because plays were also staged by the association. We were thrilled with the idea of taking Bengali plays to a mixed and

we continued based on the same model of ticket sales until Drama Centre was demolished in the year 2000. The year 2000 was the only year during which no Bengali plays were staged. It was at that time Uttam Kripalani, one of our oldest members introduced me to SRT (Singapore Repertory Theatre) that was run by his son Gaurav Kripalani. SRT had barely started renting out its auditorium. A very enthusiastic Australian lady Charlotte took


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me around the venue and SRT became our preferred auditorium for Bengali plays. While most of the Bengalis preferred plays that were either family dramas or comedies we tried to mix them up each year. Our love for group theatre influenced the selection of plays like Tiner Taloar, Rajdarshan and thereafter Marich Sangbad. With the success of Marich Sangbad, more and more members expressed their willingness to act and it became so difficult that there were times when I had to stage 3 or even 4 plays in one evening to accommodate the overwhelming participation. And then it was the turn of full length children’s plays during Nababarsho. In Debsabhaye Hulusthul, I had to take in

18 children. 12 Angry Men became one of the most challenging plays in 2007. It was during that time when two gentlemen suggested that I translate the play to Bengali and stage the play. Reginald Rose’s immortal classic was translated to Bengali by me in just two days and I changed the name from 12 Angry Men to The Verdict to justify the two female characters I had introduced as jurors in the play. It was one of our most successful productions so far. Jay Hammond constructed the sets for us to depict a jury room of the 50s. The success of this play motivated me to form our own group theatre, Open Stage along with a few others, to produce and direct the same play in English and continue

productions in English. I am very happy and proud that though I had stepped down after two and a half years because of my own commitment as President of Bengali Association, Open Stage has established itself remarkably well and has continued to stage annual English plays ever since. Its latest production Neil Simon’s Rumours is on the 18th and 19th October, 2013 at the SRT. A Murder is Announced was staged a couple of years later at the Bengali Association and this time I engaged a professional translator personally to get some episodes translated into a Bengali script. However, I had planned the translation limiting the characters to 10, but there were 17 gentlemen



and ladies who had expressed their willingness to act in this play. I sat down to extract 7 more characters out of the thick novel by Agatha Christie, discarded most of the English translation by the professional translator and rewrote and accommodated all of them. The sets, another milestone in Bengali theatre in Singapore, were styled as living rooms in England and looked authentic. My experiments with theatre continued when I decided to stage Rabindranath Tagore’s The Post Office (Dakghar) in English on behalf of Tagore Society. I used the English translation of Dakghar by Mr. William Radice as the anchor and then decided to add a new dimension by including the life of Janusz

confines. While Amal’s final journey was paved by the Raj Baidya. The children at the orphanage were ordered by the German army to be taken to the extermination camp. And Janusz accompanied them on their final journey. All I did was the break the barrier and converted Janusz to Raj Baidya to make it a play within a play. I wrote the script for Janusz’s life as well as the character of Esterka Winogrownona who I converted to the adult Sudha. Two of the actors, Ananya Mukherjee and Jhilmil Mukherjee wrote their respective roles very well. It was a new idea and an original one. I was so happy to see the entire Polish Embassy attend this play. Michael Switow, an American friend and Sally Trethewie,

Tagore play. The background music used was mostly based on Western classical music. I hear that Bohurupee is working on a similar theme in Kolkata for a stage production. I am not sure whether the Facebook photos of our play reached them! Many people are of the opinion that Theatre is dying as it lacks the glamour of films. I do not agree. Theatre will always be limited to theatre lovers and enthusiasts and I hope the future generation is exposed to good theatre. Films are associated with intimacy provided by camera angles and more cutting edge technology but they still are recorded performances. Theatre is live, connects to the audience and every performance is different. Theatre is the edifice on which the foundation for all dramas is built. Pancham Baidik, Bohurupee, Nandikar, Bratya Basu are still producing good plays in Kolkata and keeping this genre alive. References: Bengali theatre by Samik Bandyopahaya The theatre of Bengal by S C Gupta

Korczak, a Polish doctor, philosopher and guide in the overall plot. Janusz Korczak ran an orphanage (children of Amal’s age) during the Second World War in Warsaw. When Germany occupied Poland in 1942/43, this orphanage was moved to the ghetto. The children were in the same situation as Amal desperately trying to connect to the outer world from within their own respective

an Australian friend of mine, did remarkable jobs as Janusz and Esterka. All the characters especially Pratheet Saxena as Amal acted extremely well. This goes to prove that theatrical experiments do succeed as evidenced by the generous comments from the audience that lent testimony to its success. There was no song and dance for this






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Reminiscing a journey that did not see its destination

A Tribute by LP

Act 1 - Rituparno announces his arrival In the mid nineties a film called “Unishe April” created quite a wave in Kolkata. It was a film by an emerging director Rituparno Ghosh, we did not know much about the filmmaker or his films then. We went to watch the film with no expectation at all but came out with astonishment and a lot of hope! It was not just different cinema, it was masterful storytelling, that dealt with complex human relationships with utter simplicity. We discussed the film and the director regularly in all social gatherings thereafter. A year or so later we moved to Singapore – the new environment and the challenge to adapt to it took Rituparno and his film out of our mind, at least for the time being.

Act 2 Scene 1 – The Mettle Shines During our visits back to Kolkata, we invariably spent time looking for new Bengali movies that appeared new, different and interesting. During one of those visits we found a few Rituparno films stacked in one of the rows at Music World. Memories of “Unishe April” came flooding back,

Rituparno films were certainly worth a watch again! We picked up “Bariwali”, “Utsav” “Titli” and “Shubho Mahurot”. These films provided enough certainty that future of Bengali cinema was in the right hands. Each film was unique in background, lucid in storytelling and universal in appeal. Thereafter Rituprarno marvelled us with “Chokher Bali”, “Raincoat”, “Antarmahal” “Dosar”, “Khela”, “Abohoman”, “Shob Charitro Kalponik” – the list goes on.

Act 2 Scene 2 – Of relationships & Women Rituparno’s films mostly dealt with human relationships, unconventional relationships that exist in our daily life but are not often talked about. Be it the mother daughter relation in “Unishe April” or the one in “Titli” which were results of rather complex but for completely different s of circumastances, the relationships between Zaminder and his younger wife or between the two wives in “Antar Mahal”, the



ones between the husband and wife in “Dosar” and “Shob Choritro Kalponik”, the love triangle or the one between the Ranga Pishima and the lover less favoured by her niece in “Shubho Muhurat” or the relation between the lonely middle aged landlady and the street smart film director she was attracted to in “Bariwali” –these were all relations rather out of norm, portrayed with so much sensitivity and realism that while watching one almost felt “this could happen to me”!

Due to the intensity of his films’ subject matters sometimes the environment in which the story is based become irrelevant but if one happens to notice, one would clearly see Kolkata in most of his films, contemporary themes or period. Last December in a brief interaction him the only question that could be asked was why all his films were based in Kolkata, to which he replied “Ki korbo? Amar golpo gulo je ekhanei hoi!” (“I can’t help it – all my stories happen here.”)

Another unmissable trait in Rituparno’s films is that most of the protagonists are women, strong willed, confident and self respecting women. Most of his stories are narrated through women dealing with their little happy moments, unbearable frustrations, wounded pride, simple spirations and fighting spirit. He wholehearted believed in his characters, made them flesh and blood yet always let the storyline define the character and never the characters determine the story.

Act 2 – Rituparno, the actor takes centre stage

Act 2 Scene 3 – The Inspiration & The Respect As an intellectual filmmaker of the post Satyajit Ray era, it was improbable if not impossible not to be influenced by him or his works. Rituparno openly acknowledged Ray’s influence and paid him tribute through his films -the Durga Protima scene in “Utsav” which was even referenced to Joy Baba Fhelunath in the film or the use of opera glasses by Binodini in “Choker Bali”, clearly relatable to “Charulata”. Predictably, being a Bengali “bhodrolok”, Rabindranath Thakur was another supreme influence on Rituparno. His use of Rabindranath Thakur’s songs in numerous films, Rabindranath’s stories as subjects for his films or even choosing the man himself for his documentary “Jiban Smriti” based on Rabindranath’s autobiography of the same name his deep rooted respect and adulation. His works continue to remind viewers of the new generation fondly of Asia’s first Nobel Laureate. And how could any follower of Rituparno’s films miss his love and attachment with Kolkata?

Rituparno faced the camera for the first time in Kaushik Ganguly’s film “Arekti Premer Golpo”. One might say ‘he was simply playing himself’ but to portray two characters from totally distinct backgrounds and different eras yet making both believable was indeed praiseworthy. He followed this performance with an equally sensitive portrayal in “Memories in March” by Sanjoy Nag. His last attempt as an actor was witnessed in “Chitrangada – the crowning wish”, this time a film directed by himself. All the characters he played on screen appeared to have some similarity with the real life persona – may be, Rituparno wanted his audience to be somehow associated in his personal journey of self discovery.

Act 3- The masterpiece that will never be Just like Ray mentored Rituparno, Rituparno inspired a multitude of very smart and creative directors. Kaushik Ganguly, Srijit Mukherjee, Mainak Bhowmik, Aniruddha Roy Chowdury, all from the Rituparno school, are more than capable of carrying the torch of modern Bengali cinema forward post Rituparno but is it time yet to utter ‘post Rituparno’? In the creative world, it is believed that be it a music composer, a painter or a film director, the best offerings come from them when they are at their most matured, experienced with full life, their minds at peace – almost contented. By that logic Rituparno’s best was not even conceived when he passed on. Rituparno, as your fans, as admirers of your craft and creativity we sorely miss your masterpiece that will never be!



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PUJO in Singapore





The Early Settlers of the Island Nation………


uring late twenties and early thirties Singapore was just a small fishing village, part of the ‘Crown Colony’ under British rule. It was during this time a handful of Bengalis moved to Singapore to help develop the place into an important trading port and a major city with a distinct entity. Among the early settlers, some of them had already started making their marks and One Mr Chandra was definitely ahead of the rest. He became the first Bengali Municipal Commissioner during the late 20s and early 30s. Chander Lane in Little India area was named after him.




y mid Fifties, the number of Bengalis had started to grow and it was 10th September 1956 when Bengali Association Singapore was formed by some of the early settlers that included people like Dr Sinha, Dr Sen, Dr Guha and a few other people.

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Subsequently, with the advent of more Bengalis in Singapore, Bengali Association has continued to grow steadily from a handful of Bengalis in the Fifties to a formidable number of 650+ families today. Time and again, some of the BAS members have stepped forward and voluntarily taken

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the ownership of forming the Management Committee and they have successfully steered the association to new heights over the last thirty years through their dedication and contributions




And the idea was born…….. During the 50s, 60s and 70s there was no Durga Puja for the Bengalis in Singapore. Durga Puja was merely symbolic, celebrated through Bijaya Sanmelan held after the Pujas in someone’s house. It was more of a get-together of the Bengalis with some cultural programs followed by drinks and dinner. It was 1979 when a few Bengalis, during a usual week end get-together, started seriously thinking about performing Durga Puja in Singapore. Mr. Santanu Gupta (Bappa-da), Mr. Ramesh Chatterjee, Mr. Barin Chatterjee, Mr. Mani Lal Gupta and Mr. Mihir Chakrabarty held numerous discussions on the feasibility of Durga Puja in Singapore. There were wellmeaning sceptics who raised some logical questions on the risk associated with such a massive project and also the sustainability because of the small size of the Bengali community. Undeterred, Mr. Mihir Chakrabarty went ahead and collected some members’ signatures on a letter requesting the association to hold Durga Puja. Mihir Chakrabarty lived in Singapore from 1974 to 1982. An excellent artist and painter and an avid theatre enthusiast, Mr. Mihir Chakrabarty infused the extra bit of enthusiasm among the Bengalis by staging ‘Nahabat’ in 1975, a Bengali play that he directed and acted in as well. It was the first time a Bengali play was

staged in Singapore. Mr Mihir Chakrabarty had designed the sets with his artistic skills and even received a letter of appreciation from the film star of yesteryears, Sri Satya Bandyopadhaya. Thereafter he had staged 2 more plays before his departure in 1982 Mrs. Dolly Davenport, the President of Bengali Association Singapore in 1979 describes Mr Mihir Chakrabarty as an “extra-ordinary man in a very ordinary way”. Mihir Chakraborty’s world was well structured around Hindu religion but his pioneering ideas, enthusiasm, hard work and capability to take a leading role in a new venture were quite amazing. It was this enthusiasm and leadership that drove him to convince the fellow members to come forward and successfully hold the first ever Durga Puja in Singapore.

The inaugural Durga Puja in Singapore…….. Bengali association held its first Durga Puja in 1979. The problem was to get a venue for five days. The Board of Kalyana Mandapam temple (under Perumal temple) on Serangoon Road was persuaded and the first Durga Puja was finally held there. Joguda was roped in along with Mr. Kishore Bhattacharya, Mr Sunil Paul and his wife Mrs. Pranati Paul. It was fairly well attended and the Bengalis in general welcomed the first Durga Puja whole heartedly. Joguda got a priest from Penang. The “Dhak” was bought locally & Ashok Chakravarty (Joguda’s son) played in the in the right beats to create the Kolkata Puja





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atmosphere. Some of the early members still fondly remember late Mrs. Prava Mazumdar fondly known as “Pishima” who was actively involved with cooking food during the Pujas. The first Durga Puja was hardly smooth sailing all the way. The biggest challenge was with the idol itself. The Durga idol was shipped by Air India to Singapore via Mumbai. The aircraft was delayed at Mumbai airport and with two days to remaining before the Puja, everyone was worried. Mr. Chakravarty (Joguda) helped to get the idol on Singapore Airlines and to everyone’s relief, the idol finally arrived on Shasthi. The first copy of MILON, the flagship magazine of Bengali association Singapore was hand written and till this day it has been preciously preserved by Mihir Chakrabarty.

And then it started growing bigger…….. After the first year it became clear that future Durga Puja could not be held in the temple. Firstly the temple was unable to rent that space for five consecutive days. Moreover, as per Bengali tradition, many Bengalis expressed a wish for non-vegetarian food to be served which couldn’t be done in temple. So in 1980, Durga Puja venue was moved to the Kamala Club premises in Rangoon Rd. This was the venue for the next two years but in 1982 BAS started searching for an alternative venue as the Kamala Club had to be pulled down for the proposed CTE. Through some contacts, the Indian Association premise on Balastier

Road was secured. It had a large playing field which made it a good venue. The Puja was held there for about 13 years until the Indian association was unable to rent it out to Bengali Association any further. Thereafter, the Khalsa Association hall was secured and Durga Puja continued there for more than 10 yrs. By 2008, Bengali Association had grown significantly with more than 500 registered members. With the devotees and visitors increasing rapidly, Durga Puja was already attracting a huge crowd during the five days of the Puja. It was felt that Khalsa Association hall had turned grossly undersized for such a huge crowd and Bengali Association needed a larger venue once again. The newly elected President of BAS, Nikhilesh Gupta and the BAS Committee selected the Khalsa Association open ground as the new venue for Durga Puja in 2009. After 2009, the venue for Durga Puja has been shifted a couple of times and for the past two years it is being held at the open ground off Race Course Road. In 2012, Durga Puja had witnessed the highest number of visitors ever, with a daily average of more than five thousand people visiting the Puja venue. From a modest beginning in 1979, Durga Puja in Singapore has grown to behemoth proportion, beyond many people’s imagination. Occupying a huge space off Race Course Road, the air conditioned ‘Puja Pandal’ creates the nostalgic Puja atmosphere of Kolkata mixed with the unique expat flavour of vibrant Singapore. With live

coverage from news channel ABP Ananda to ‘Dhunuchi Nach’ by the members, free dinner on Mahashtami, dance programs by different ethnic races of

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Singapore – it has become a platform for integration, a grand spectacle of unity in diversity in it’s own special way. Spectacular on outside yet simple in its values, this award winning (“Sera Probasher Pujo” by ABP Ananda, 2012) Durga Puja of Bengali Association Singapore has earned the respect of all communities in

Singapore and evolved as the biggest religious festival which every expatriate Bengali is proud to be associated with.


This article is largely based on narratives by people who have been associated with the first Puja. We thank Mr. Mihir Chakrabarty, Mrs Dolly Davenport, Mr P.K.Paul, Mr. Santanu Gupta, Mrs Monju Banerjee, Mr. Ramesh Chatterjee, Mrs Siuli Sengupta and many others who had contributed to this article. We would like to apologise in advance for inadvertent omissions of names or events, if any, in relation to this article on Bengali Association Singapore Durga Puja.





Dr Chaudhuri is an alumnus of Calcutta Medical College. After completing postgraduate studies from Trinity College,University of Dublin, Ireland, she obtained the MRCOG(UK) in 2007.This year she was inducted as Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore in the field of Gynaecology & Obstretics.

he first few weeks of pregnancy are the ones which are filled with immense joy but also trepidation for the couple who are about to step into parenthood. With nuclear families being a way of life, there is usually minimal support from immediate family. The would-be parents need to look after themselves. To do this they need to arm themselves with some basic knowledge about pregnancy.This information will assist them to allay their fears and usher in the new member of their family with confidence.Here are some basic facts which may prove to be useful for all the would-be moms and dads.

Some basic facts


he whole duration of pregnancy is divided into three trimesters which are approximately about 3 months each. The first trimester comprises the initial 13 weeks. Our discussion will be confined to the first trimester and what to expect during these initial weeks. The first ultrasound scan done during the first consultation, which is usually within a week or two of missing the period is called the Figure 1: the in utero foetus ‘dating scan’. This is one of the most important milestones as the expected date of delivery (EDD) is calculated

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‘‘Are the early weeks of pregnancy daunting or exhilarating?’ based on this. Six weeks is good time for this as by then in majority of mothers the fetal heart beat can be seen and heard, the first thrilling moment is for any parent! The significance of the first ultrasound is twofold. Firstly, the dating the pregnancy to know the expected date of delivery (EDD) as just described and secondly, the location of the pregnancy. When I mention location, there are two main sites I am referring to, the first location is inside the uterus, known as intrauterine, which is the usual location. The second is at a location outside the uterus, that is, when the embryo implants outside the uterus, also known as extra-uterine or ectopic pregnancy. The majority of ectopic pregnancies are in the fallopian tubes, a pair of tubular structures located between the ovaries and uterus on either side. The common symptoms of pregnancy are tiredness, lethargy, some nausea and occasional vomiting. After the initial feeling of fatigue it is at about five to six weeks the so called “morning sickness” commences. This is a misnomer as the nausea and for some the vomiting can happen anytime during the day. For some unfortunate



ones, about 2 %, these symptoms may last throughout the pregnancy. This is due to Human chorionic gonadotrophin hormone (better known as pregnancy hormone). This is a good sign indicating that all is well with the on-going pregnancy. At present quite a few medications are available to stop the vomiting known as anti-emetics and they are safe for use in pregnancy. Thus there is no need to suffer silently as used to be the order of the day previously.

doctor. The Figure 1 demonstrates how a foetus looks like in utero. With advent of 3D images on ultrasonography the clarity with which an in-utero foetus can be seen has reached great heights (demonstrated by Figure 3A and 3B). In case of abdominal pain in first trimester the main concern that

Another complaint that I face as a gynaecologist from patients in the early weeks of pregnancy is bleeding or spotting. Any bleeding during pregnancy is abnormal. It is an indication that the pregnancy is at risk of miscarriage. However Figure 2: NT Scans which is part of Down’s syndrome screening occasionally it is a physiological we have is to rule out an ectopic bleed known as” implantation bleed”, pregnancy. In 0.02% of patients the which is a normal process in any embryo may be implanted outside pregnancy. This happens about two the uterus resulting in an ectopic weeks post fertilization and it may pregnancy. This requires urgent actually coincide with the likely date of treatment. Ectopic pregnancy has expected menses. At times the amount the potential of turning into a life of bleeding is like ‘light menstrual threatening condition if not diagnosed bleed’. This is why it can be mistaken in time. As the embryo starts to grow as normal menstruation by the patient causing the fallopian tubes to stretch and she may be unaware that she is to the point that it ruptures causing pregnant. Implantation bleeding is massive internal bleeding which can a normal phenomenon and is selfexsanguinate the mother within a limiting, subsiding within a day or two few hours. Immediate need is for at the most. surgical intervention accompanied by blood transfusion in order to save the However if bleeding persists or mother’s life. Thus abdominal pain in increases in amount specially when early weeks needs to be taken seriously accompanied with abdominal pain it is and managed appropriately. more serious. Abdominal cramps may be a preamble to a miscarriage and The cause for the ectopic pregnancy the mother should seek attention from is due to some pathology in the her gynaecologist at the earliest. This fallopian tube. Most commonly it consultation will involve an ultrasound could be the result of some damage and some hormone support to help to the fallopian tube due to previous stabilize the pregnancy. As mentioned infection, commonly known as pelvic earlier, this, in some cases, can turn inflammatory disease. This could be also out to be the sinister forerunner of be due to some previous surgery on the a miscarriage. Having said that, 90 tube and now commonly can happen % of these pregnancies would carry after IVF (in vitro fertilization commonly on uneventfully. So bleeding entails known as test tube baby) pregnancy. evaluation and reassurance from your

Management of the common complaints


ome of the essential medication in early pregnancy are folic acid. The recommendation is for patients to start taking folic acid tablets when a couple has decided to try for pregnancy.That is it needs to be taken prenatally. Folic acid is vital for the neural development of the embryo and its requirement is in the initial 56 days of pregnancy, which is when organogenesis( formation of organs) happens. Folate intake prevents a condition called neural tube defects, which means maldevelopment of spine or the brain. Neural tube defect may lead to death or mean lifelong paralysis, disability, immobility etc. When the mother is unable to retain food and even water due to the vomiting in pregnancy it is known as hyperemesis gravidarum. The treatment for these involves some simple measures which help to reduce the frequency of vomiting along with the appropriate medications. It is advisable to take small frequent meals, avoid keeping the stomach empty and also need to avoid overeating. Both over-eating and empty stomach can cause nausea and vomiting to worsen. Fluids in any form specially water are encouraged. Water in empty stomach may trigger vomiting. Pregnant women need to have at least 1.5 to 2 litres of water daily. Increased fluid intake is a must to avoid dehydration and urinary tract infection, to which they are more susceptible to in pregnancy. Occasionally in spite of medication the vomiting may persist and the mother may need hospitalization for further management When a patient presents with bleeding in the first trimester, the diagnosis is usually threatened miscarriage and here is what one can expect. Your doctor will examine you to look at the source of bleeding. At times it may be from the cervix (which


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an intrauterine pregnancy. A mother is the neck of the womb) as it becomes who has had one previous ectopic extremely vascular during pregnancy. pregnancy is at an increased risk of This condition just needs observation ectopic pregnancy compared to the with no intervention. Your doctor will general population. also quickly do a bedside ultrasound to make sure the fetus is okay by visualizing the fetal heartbeat. Some patients may also have abdominal cramps along with bleeding. These patients need more detailed evaluation. The first step would be by examination to make sure that the neck of the womb has not started opening up. Once the internal os or orifice of the cervix (the inner opening in the neck of the womb) begins to open, it is an early sign that this pregnancy Figure 3A: 3D images of foetus in utero is likely to end in miscarriage. The gynaecologist can verify this with an First trimester screening internal examination and counsel the programme mother accordingly. At times hormonal medication is given which will help to his discussion will be incomplete support the pregnancy. Patients don’t without mentioning about the First trimester screening programme. This is a universally accepted screening programme for all expectant mothers. It involves a blood test, where the levels of certain pregnancy hormones are measured. This is done in combination with an ultrasound scan at about 12 weeks.This scan measure the skinfold thickness of Figure 3B : 3D images of foetus in utero the baby’s neck ,known as necessarily need hospitalisation for this. nuchal translucency.During this scan They need to rest at home as long as (known as NT scan ) some other features they understand that if bleeding or pain are taken note of as well, for example worsens they will need to seek doctor’s presence of nasal bone in the foetus attention immediately. (see Fig 2). The purpose of this test is to segregate patient into high risk and low In the unfortunate event of someone risk categories. This risk assessment is having an ectopic pregnancy, proper for three major conditions arising from counselling by the attending doctor is a defects in baby’s genes and one of them must in terms of her future pregnancy. being Trisomy 21 or Down’s syndrome. The main advice is to have a planned In case a mother is in the high risk pregnancy and to see the doctor as category she needs further diagnostic soon as she misses her period. This is tests such as chorionic villus sampling for early diagnosis of pregnancy and or amniocentesis. Both these tests are a scan to ensure that this time it is not routinely offered to all mothers.The


reason being, these tests are associated with a small risk of miscarriage( about 1%). These diagnostic tests involve introducing a needle into the uterus. This is to withdraw some placental tissue in case of chorionic villus sampling tissue done at about 11 weeks or amniotic fluid in case of amniocentesis, which is done at about 16 weeks. I will encourage all would-be mothers to undergo the first trimester screening test . The test results act as a guide for further scans and tests for the foetus . It assists the parents to make informed decision about the pregnancy itself in case fetus is found to have a genetic defect. The pick up rate of the first trimester screening test is about 80 to 90%. This implies mothers need to be aware that there can be false negatives and understand that this is a screening test only.



or couples embarking on a pregnancy for the first time is like stepping into unknown territory. However having a roadmap helps them enjoy this crucial phase in their life. The thrill of hearing the baby’s heart beat for first time and being amazed at seeing the fetus make active movements with its arms and feet during ultrasonography, are moments to cherish forever.

Feel free to connect iwth Dr Chaudhuri


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Cha Project

….an initiative to revive Kolkata


Singapore company is taking the lead in reviving two iconic areas of Kolkata – College Street and Chinatown. BAS President Nikhilesh

Gupta who is also involved deeply with this project caught up with Rinkoo Bhowmik, the prime driver of this exciting project, at Starbucks in a freewheeling interview to discuss The Cha Project. Some excerpts:

Inside the legendary Coffee House on College Street, Kolkata



Nikhilesh Gupta: Cha na coffee? Since it is ‘The Cha Project’, let us order some teh, ki bolo? But first, tell our Milon readers about the exciting revival plans. Rinkoo Bhowmik: You know, most of us, the older lot, remember a beautiful Calcutta of wide tree-lined avenues that were actually washed every morning. Money aachhey? It is soulcrushing to see what’s become of a once-grand metropolis. The revival project is a heritageled urban regeneration initiative, kicking off with two of Kolkata’s iconic neighbourhoods – College Street and Chinatown. It involves not just a physical makeover and a preservation of history but a business revival as well, with direct social benefits. NG: Why these two areas in particular? RB: Chinatown because it is a shame how a once vibrant diaspora of 100,000 in the ‘50s has dwindled to a mere 5,000. It is the only surviving Chinatown in India, and if it isn’t saved now we risk losing forever a community and culture that added so much to Kolkata’s cosmopolitan past. There’s been a lot of research on the Chinese diaspora, a lot of it in Singapore, in fact, at the Institute of SE Asian Studies (ISEAS) under Dr Tansen Sen. During my stint at ISEAS I felt it was such a pity to let all that research remain in esoteric journals. I wanted to highlight that research through this revival. And College Street for obvious reasons – it is a representation of Bengal’s intellectual core. The idea is to turn it into a literary hub and the world’s most vibrant book bazaar.

Interview at Starbucks: Rinkoo (left) with Nikhilesh

College Street

NG: And then a ripple effect will transform other areas as well. RB: We certainly hope so. NG: Why is it called The Cha Project? RB: Tea is ‘Cha’ in both Bangla and Chinese. The idea is a revival through tea shops. Whether it is a trendy café or a roadside tea stall, tea shops represent social interaction. Addas over endless cups of tea is what defines Bengalis. The addas at the iconic College Street Coffee House are legendary. Coffee House addas have been the

Albert Hall



breeding ground of political activism, artistic and literary movements.... NG: ...and film societies. Chidananda Dasgupta, Ray, RP Gupta, Bansi Chandragupta started the Calcutta Film Society from their many addas in Coffee House, right?

Here’s where the Heritage Trail will start

RB: Exactly. Chidu-da, Ray, Ghatak, Mrinal Sen, Aparna, all got inspiration in Coffee House. As did Nobel Laureates Tagore and Amartya Sen and literary luminaries – Sunil Gangopadhyay, Sanjeeb Chattopadhyay, Samaresh Majumdar, Subhas Mukhopadhyay, Shakti Chattopadhyay... you name them! Like Café de Flore in Paris which was, and still is, the watering hole for most of France’s intellectuals and thinkers. Or Caffé Greco in Rome. It has seen Keats, Byron, Wagner, Ibsen, Reynolds-- even Casanova. And it is still today a haven for Rome’s intellectual and political who’s who. But the cafés in Europe are constantly reinventing themselves... NG: While Coffee House seems stuck in time...

Derelict building in the Damzen Lane area

RB: Thik boleychho. There’s such an air of apathy! Plastic chairs. Insensitive renovations. The Cha Project hopes to inject life into Coffee House, and College Street in general. Even the rest of the building in which Coffee House sits – Albert Hall – is so elegant but one can hardly see the beautiful facade because of unappealing signboards and broken tin awnings. It was built in the 1870s and named after Prince Albert Victor of Wales, Duke of Clarence and Avondale. Did you know that the first session of the Indian National Conference was held in Albert Hall in 1883 which led to the founding of the Indian National Congress in Bombay in 1885? There is so much history in every alley, every crumbling wall in and around College Street... NG: Yes, so much history...


RB: There’s history in every nook and cranny that needs to be told. Let’s take the example of Favourite Cabin (I should say Phaybaarit Kay-been). This hole-in-the-wall tea-and-toast shop has been the haunt of Kolkata’s literati since the early 1900s. Table No. 4 was Kazi Nazrul Islam’s regular haunt where Subhash Bose, Surya Sen and other swadeshis would



‘‘The beautiful Toong On temple was once the famous Nanking Restaurant which was frequented by film stars like Dilip Kumar and Sunil Dutt ’’ drop by to be inspired by the revolutionary poet. Many anti-British plots were hatched in the secret back room. The owners would warn the revolutionaries whenever the police were nearby and they would escape through a back door. We want to highlight all this rich history of Kolkata. In Chinatown, the area around Damzen Lane is a warren of quiet streets, full of atmosphere and history. There are some five Chinese temples in the area. We will create a heritage trail there and through it, a business revival. There are beautiful old buildings that can potentially be turned into restaurants and galleries. The challenge is to retain the look and feel of the place but make it more vibrant and economically viable. NG: What about Chinatown – will you be working on both Old and New Chinatowns? Tiretta Bazaar and Tangra? RB: That’s the plan although Tangra is more complex and will be tackled in Phase 2. We will start with Blackburn Lane in Old Chinatown where, nestled among characterless, badlymaintained office buildings sits an architectural gem – the beautiful Toong-On Temple (or Church, as the British referred to it). This was once the famous Nanking Restaurant, patronized by the rich and famous. Violinists would play outside, welcoming guests in. Film stars like Dilip Kumar and Sunil Dutt never missed a chance to dine there whenever they were in Calcutta. Usually a large throng of adoring fans would gather whenever there was a celebrity customer at the restaurant. The stars would make it a point to step out onto the upstairs balcony to wave to crowds – and then quietly disappear through a back door. NG: I remember eating there. I remember the violinists outside...

The Toong-On Temple building was locked in a bitter legal battle for over a decade. It has only recently opened its doors again but the building is in a state of disrepair. To add to its woes, one can hardly access this beautiful early twentieth century ornate structure because of an enormous garbage dump right on the street. The idea is to turn Blackburn Lane into a clean, bustling, exciting street food place with the restored Toong-On building as the pièce de résistance of the entire Old Chinatown area. Just one street away from Blackburn is where the famous Chinese breakfast is served. In very unhygienic surrounds. All of that area around Chattawallah Gullee can become a vibrant street market. NG: So will the famous Nanking Restaurant be revived again? RB: Once we do a thorough assessment of the building we will present different ideas to the trustees on possible uses for the building. We will look at economically viable options. Restoring the Toong-On Temple will add exponentially to the community’s “social capital” and its sense of pride. We will be conducting non-destructive tests such as infra-red thermography and radar and also minor intrusive inspections like drill resistance measurements and borescope inspections, and finally composition analysis of materials used in the original construction. Detailed recording of the construction will be done, possibly using photogrammetry or laser scanning. We believe in retaining the old as much as possible, repairing rather than replacing worn architectural features, and if replacement is necessary to ensure that the materials match the old in design, composition and colour. Sometimes the beauty of a building lies in its age. In Kolkata I noticed a lot of insensitive conservation work – just a coat of paint in the name of restoration.



NG: That Tiretti Bazaar area really needs cleaning up...

A beautiful Chinatown building in utter disrepair

RB: Yes, and there’s far more to it than a clean-up and makeover. There are about a dozen squatter families on Blackburn Lane alone, some 50 men, women and children living, cooking, cleaning, and bathing on the road itself and many living off the dump. The project will find alternate means of income and better living conditions for them. The community will be involved every step of the way and the plan will include their needs and ideas. NG: Is it entirely a Singapore initiative? RB: Mainly a Singapore initiative. However we cannot do this without local support and we are very lucky to have partnered with INTACH, the Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage and the community itself. In Singapore we have a team of conservation experts, architects, urban planners, designers and historians and together we will create a detailed blueprint for regeneration. It opens up immense possibilities for Singapore companies wanting to expand overseas and is also a great branding opportunity for Singapore. NG: Yes, a business revival is essential to a regeneration plan, isn’t it?

S’pore conservationists in Chinatown

ToonOnTemple in messy surround

RB: Absolutely. In Chinatown, so many of the



trades that the Chinese were famous for are fading into oblivion. Of the famous Chinese shoemakers of bespoke, hand-crafted shoes on Bentinck Street most have migrated out of Kolkata. The city now has only about 30-odd Chinese shoe shops and 75% of their stock is mass-produced, factory productions not made by them. Let me tell you a very interesting story. This is a true story that took place in Toronto in Canada. Two men, total strangers entered a lift in an office building. One man looked Chinese, the other looked Caucasian. Suddenly, out of the blue, the Chinese gentleman asked the stranger in the lift, “Are you from Kolkata”. Mind you, he didn’t even look Indian. He was an Anglo-Indian but the Chinese man didn’t know that. The Anglo-Indian was totally taken aback. “Yes, but how did you know?” he asked. The Chinese guy smiled and said: “You are wearing Uncle Henry’s shoes!” Those Bentinck Street shoes were that distinctive and well-crafted! This story was told to me by Dr Jayani Bonnerjee who has done extensive research on the Chinese diaspora in Kolkata and this was part of a talk she gave at Oxford. NG: What about funding? RB: We have several institutions interested in partnering with us. Even the Singapore government has expressed interest. The Chinese Consul General in India feels it should be a major G2G project involving China as well. We hope that overseas Bengalis will come forward to help in the College Street project and Indian Chinese now settled in the West will donate money for the Chinatown revival. We will have a Donor’s Wall with names of all contributors etched for posterity. It will be nice for our grandchildren to look at the wall with pride saying my grandparent had a hand in the transformation of Kolkata! And of course you are there with all your experience ! NG: Count me in. How else can overseas Bengalis contribute? RB: Of course your support is crucial! And I am so grateful for the many different ways you have already helped the project.

Members of the community eagerly read about the revival news The revival project offers enormous business opportunities. Street level spaces are so badly under-utilized. NRI help is needed in investing money to restore old buildings and set up galleries, boutique hotels, restaurants, cafes etc Once owners of crumbling heritage buildings can see the economic value of what they have, more of Kolkata’s many many architectural gems will be preserved. NG: Like Singapore has done with its shophouses. You want to turn Kolkata into Singapore? RB: Oh no no no no no! Singapore and Kolkata are very different. Cheese and chalk. Singapore’s USP is order and precision. Kolkata’s charm lies in its chaos. We don’t want to mess with the innate nature of the place – just give it a leg up. Cleaning up the city, making neighbourhoods more cheerful, having night markets that will exponentially reduce crime and bring a sense of security to a place. Also, getting people off the streets and improving standards of living which will have long-term social benefits. NG: I’m sure every Bengali will want this to happen. See, I have been listening so intently that I haven’t even ordered our tea! Let us get teh and toast to The Cha Project!




PUJA DECORATION A preponderance of architectural models came up on the pandal exteriors, but today the art motif extends to elaborate interiors, executed by trained artists, with consistent stylistic elements, carefully executed and bearing the name of the artist. In Singapore we do engage in decorating the stage and the idol from Chaturthi onwards with some work already done offline as well.

Photo Courtesy: Debosmita De Photo Courtesy: Debosmita De

Anandamela is organized on Panchami evening. It allows housewives to display their culinary skills in decorated stalls provided by BAS. Traditional Bengali food items are

Photo Courtesy: Jaideep Nandi


sold after a lighting ceremony.

the Goddess and devotees.


AGOMONI The arrival and invocation of the Goddess of deliverance Ma Durga is celebrated through songs and dance.


Housewives in traditional sarees of same design and colour engage in cooking Bhog for

The priest who performs rituals, chants prayers that are repeated by everyone offering prayers or Pushpaanjali. Before



CULTURAL PROGRAMS Photo Courtesy: Mithu Chakraborty

A wide variety of cultural activities that include songs, dances, Bharat Natyam and classical dances by classical exponent Malika Girish Paniker and troupe, Chinese Lion dance, Bhangra dance, members performances. and the magnificent Chow Nritya by 10 folk dancers flown all the way from a remote village in Purulia, West Bengal.

Photo Courtesy: Debosmita De


Photo Courtesy: Mithu Chakraborty

Photo Courtesy: Mithu Chakraborty

the commencement of flower offerings one is handed over fresh flowers to be held in hand. After reciting the Sanskrit couplets everyone showers flowers to Goddess Durga. Durga Puja Anjali is an integral part of the worship.

The Goddess is worshipped in various forms during the Puja duration. One of those forms is the “Kumari”, the Virgin form. A girl aged between five and

nine, symbolising the Kumari form of Devi is worshipped in front of the idol of Goddess Durga

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Dhunuchi Naach Unlike other folk dances, this one is special for being done with effervescent smoke and boundless energy by men and women. The major part of this dance is its performance or presentation in front of the statue of the Goddess Durga. More so, the Dhunuchi Dance is always carried out with the help of traditional drums or the sound of dhak..


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Bengali Association Singapore presented a magnificent Chau Nritya performance by 10 folk dancers flown all the way from a remote village in Purulia, West Bengal. The journey of these dancers was sponsored by the High Commission of India in Singapore. This dance form blends within it forms of both dance and martial practices employing mock combat techniques

broadcast the Singapore

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10 countries all over the world. Photo Courtesy:Debosmita De

Photo Courtesy: Debosmita De



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pujas 2012 Photo Courtesy: Jaideep Nandi

Photo Courtesy: Jaideep Nandi

Photo Courtesy: Jaideep Nandi

A special ritual of Nabami “ Hom” is done at the end of Nabami puja. It is believed that on this day the demon was finally annihilated.

DEBI BARON AND SINDUR KHELA Photo Courtesy: Jaideep Nandi

Photo Courtesy: Jaideep Nandi


On the day of Dashami the most highlighted part is the Debi Boron and Sindur Khela just before the

immersion. On this auspicious day, married ladies offer sweets and sindur to the Goddess Durga as a part of traditional ritual. Debi Boron is a process in which the ladies have to offer sweets, sindur and different things to the idol of Durga. They have to caress the face of Durga idol with the help of “pan pata”. They have to see the face of Debi Durga via a small mirror that is known as “Dorpon”. After the process of Boron they engage themselves in Sindur Khela.


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pujas 2013 l day by day

Photo Courtesy: Mithu Chakraborty

5 Maha Nabami When October 13, 2013 8.00 am WHAT Puja

1 Maha Panchami When October 9, 2013 6pm WHAT ANANDAMELA

2 Maha Shashti When October 10, 2013 7.30pm WHAT Bodhon, Amontron and Adhibash

3 Maha Saptami When October 11, 2013 7.30 am WHAT Puja When October 11, 2013 9.30 am WHAT Pushpanjali When October 11, 2013 11.30 am WHAT Chandipath

When October 13, 2013 10.00 am WHAT Pushpanjali

4 Maha Ashtami When October 12, 2013 8.00 am WHAT Puja When October 12, 2013 9.00 am WHAT Kumari Puja When October 12, 2013 10.00 am WHAT Pushpanjali When October 12, 2013 12 noon WHAT Bhog When October 12, 2013 12.30 pm WHAT Chandipath When October 12, 20135.21 pm WHAT Sandhi Puja When October 12, 2013 8.00 pm WHAT Sandhya Arati Photo Courtesy: Mithu Chakraborty

When October 13, 2013 10.30 am WHAT Chandipath When October 13, 2013 11.30 am WHAT Bhog When October 13, 2013 12 noon WHAT Hom When October 13, 2013 8.00 pm WHAT Sandhya Arati

6 Bijoya Dashami When October 14, 2013 8.30 am WHAT Puja When October 14, 2013 9.30 am WHAT Pushpanjali When October 14, 2013 10.00 am WHAT Bishorjon When October 14, 2013 10.30 am WHAT A[parajita Puja

When October 11, 2013 12.30 pm WHAT Bhog

When October 14, 2013 11.00 am WHAT Debi Boron

When October 11, 2013 7.30 pm WHAT Sandhya Arati

When October 14, 2013 7.00 pm WHAT Shanti Jal & Bijoya



T H G I N T S A L R OU erjee Parananda Ban


ight now I’m hiding, however, I’ll try to write as much as I can if I ever feel like remembering these horrified moments of my life in future.

Oh my God! It’s coming after me! Can I survive? I got to go for now. Whew! Somehow I escaped. Oh Bhagoban why are all these happening with us? Yes, it all started when we were playing truth or dare and telling ghost stories in the patio of Nanyang Heights, one of the faculty housing complexes of Nanyang Tech. Univ. It was our last night together before I moved to India with my family for good. But who knew it could be the last night of our LIVES! My closest friends Rhime, Anu, Gina, Lina, Nisha, Leo, Abby and I were at the playground that evening. We started it off with playing tag and other kiddy games until darkness took over the light and few of my friends’ parents went over to my house after their evening stroll for a farewell coffee gathering. We started talking about a suicide that happened on the 9th floor and the one on the 13th floor of a building in Nanyang Heights staring at our playground, and of course not to forget the one that took place in the forest. That’s what we call the little woods at the back of Nanyang Heights’ housing complex. Well, as you now know there were many deaths in the heights and I was pretty happy to know that I live in Nanyang View, at a safer distance from the ghosts. The evening was getting darker as we were all giggling and telling stories until truth or

dare started. We started off with silly dares like propose to Nisha to press doorbell of an unknown neighbor and ditch someone or other things like that until I dared Abby to go into the haunted forest and sit on the creepy rocking chair a guy killed him on! He shuddered at the thought of the bloody body that was found on it 8 years ago. Then all of the girls started making chicken sounds. Abby got angry and shouted “why are you guys making fun of me? It’s not like you‘d go! Right?” we stopped for a while but he said with a grin, “Let’s do it!” Our jaws dropped. Seriously Abe? We asked. He nodded strongly and the next moment I found myself slowly walking towards the hill with the rest of my friends. Finally we found the chair, which Abby bravely collapsed on. All of a sudden two bloody arms grabbed Abby from behind!! Abby struggled trying to escape from the dead. Then he did something utterly disgusting, he …he bit the ghost and escaped and we all ran for our lives! WE ran into block 101C knowing that it was the building with the most secret passages. We rushed in the elevator and up to the 12th floor. The reason we went to the 12th was because it is the highest level with link ways to other building. We ran all the way to Lina and Laura’s house. We rested there trying to figure out what happened in the forest. Then everyone started



pointing fingers at me for daring Abby to sit on the chair. “Well “I protested, “I gave him a choice, didn’t I? “ Everyone turned around and looked at Abe. He did not have any good explanation so he became quiet. All of a sudden the door creaked opened… It was the GHOST!!!! We rushed out until we got out of the building and to the yellow playground. I started a headcountNisha, Lina, Laura, Rhime, Anu, Gina and Abby_ OH NO, where was LEO! We searched around until Anu screeched; we hurried over to her when we found the bloody body of Leo lying on the cold ground. We sadly walked away, not knowing what to do. We all got a feeling that someone was following us. I was way too afraid to look back but sadly Laura did and she was swept away in a whirlwind. Lina SCREAMED! We all ran towards her only to find Lina holding her elder sister Laura’s remains of flowery dress tightly against her eyes and sobbing helplessly. We tried to comfort her; we felt horrible and decided to hide in the buildings. To be careful we ran into 37G, 7th link way, from where we looked around. Then we got a good view of the ghost. It was just like the story, a crazy college student who got VERY bad grades and went to kill his teacher but failed at the battle to death. He apparently shot himself on that fateful chair. Anyway he had his hair draped over one eye and blood everywhereEeww! THEN oh no! The ghost came right next to me. I SCREECHED and RAN away from it. BUT Gina couldn’t make it, the ghost pulled her into the lift and it took 10 seconds until it opened and showed the remaining of Gina. We couldn’t feel any sorrow at the moment for we all knew that we would have a cold death tonight. Next we decided to make a run for it. When

we got to the playground we climbed up the monkey bars to stay as far as we could from the ghost. BUT oh no! “Anu” we shouted as she dropped off the monkey bars and right before she crashed she disappeared! A tear rolled down my cheek, she was my best friend! It was left to me, Nisha, Lina, Rhime and Abby. I stayed still on top of the monkey bars with my friends and sobbed thinking it was better to die than live a nightmare like this. I was rethinking my whole life and felt pity for my parents. When we started to think that it was better to run home and spill the news, we quickly climbed down the bars. Then from the very spot Anu disappeared the ghost reappeared and started chasing us out of the playground. We climbed up the hill frantically where I lived and when we opened up the door we saw the weirdest thing ever! We SAW all of our ‘supposed to be dead friends’! And our parents were totally cool with ghosts sitting next to them. We screamed so loud until they calmed us down. We told them the story! They looked at us like we were crazy, even Leo, Laura, Anu and Gina stared at us like we were a bunch of lunatics. They said they could not find as after they reached the spot in the woods where the creepy chair rested. Well! We could do absolutely nothing but eat some snacks and go with the flow. We still don’t know what we experienced that evening. Was it a hallucination or the real Ghost! But one thing happened after that day; none of us ever dared anybody to do ANYTHING! Hope you all get your lessons too!

Parananda is 9 years old. Studies at Singapore American School. Loves to act and has acted in a number of Bangla plays under Nikhilesh uncle’s direction


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iss Thaegon, the teacher who taught us Math in third grade, was fondly remembered as ‘Mrs. Hitler’. The name was a perfect match to her personality. She was an absolute tyrant, who enjoyed pinpointing our slightest mistakes, sometimes even when we did not commit any. We soon came to a

for doing something so absolutely wrong. We were little children who deserved her tender, loving care. All we got though, was nothing but an earful and a mouthful.


eo, one day, was seated at his place, looking crest-fallen. In between

classroom. She was going to do what she was best at doing- screech, when, another student stood up to face her. Soon, everyone in the class pushed their chairs back and at the top of our voices in unison, we told her that she was a failure. Taken aback by this unity, she tripped as she inched backwards to


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unanimous conclusion that she derived immense pleasure from punishing us severely, in ways that were unthinkable to us.


n one instance, Jasmine was made to kneel on her knees and clean the four walls of the classroom using her handkerchief and soap water till the walls sparkled according to ‘Mrs. Hitler’s’ standard. All this was because she had forgotten to put an equal sign in the equation? Preposterous, is it not?


er next target was Leo, a short, scrawny boy. He could almost be classified as a ‘weakling’ who cowered the moment she stepped into the class. ‘Mrs. Hitler’ could smell his fear, and this gave her extreme delight as she loved to see a boy fearful of her very presence. It was not that Leo was scatterbrained; he was an intelligent boy, who knew the answers to every Math problem. When ‘Mrs. Hitler’s’ screeching voice rang in the classroom, his mind would instantly go blank. He would stammer, mutter, perspire and finally become speechless. As his friend, I wished every single day that I could help him stand up to this tyrannical woman and reprimand her

sobs, he shared that his mother had been taken to the hospital and he was extremely worried about her. An hour later, it was Math lesson. This time, Leo decided to face up to ‘Mrs. Hitler’, who was obviously rather displeased at this. In response, she posed the most difficult Math question to Leo. With a look of disbelief and her mouth-agape, we were all convinced that Leo’s answer was right.


rrrroooong!” Today, you will be punished in the most unimaginable way!” he pounded her fists on the table. For the first time in her class, I saw Leo burst into tears. It was insufficient to gain her sympathy.


his was it-the last straw. I had to tell her my innermost feelings. It was now or never.

Mrs. Thaegon, as a teacher, you have failed-you have failed in treating us like humans; you have failed in showing empathy for them or in fact any one of us seated here! You are nothing but a failure!”


s soon as I finished my sentence, there was a hushed silence in the

pick up her things and left the room in a hurry.


alf an hour later, our Principal stepped into the class. He looked as if he were about to reprimand us for this act of rebellion against our Math teacher. This did not stop me or my fellow classmates from pouring out our grievances against her, one by one.


week later, a pleasant looking young lady strode in and greeted us with a smile we longed to see. I heard Mrs. Thaegon had been fired. Nothing could describe our joy at that moment, and especially mine, as I was to be remembered fondly in the years to come as the ‘Warrior Princess’, for making the first move to stand up against the tyrannical Mrs. Thaegon.



My Creative Culinary Skills


nlike any other fourteen-yearold Asian girl, who might still be living with her parents, I stayed on my own in a condominium in Singapore. My parents always told me that I had an ingenious mind which would enable me to cruise through the most difficult of situations. This was why they had allowed me to come over to a foreign land all alone for my further studies. Nevertheless, living on my own was no simple chore. There were myriad of menial chores to do like cleaning the house, cooking meals edible for human consumption and still having the energy to attend classes. These various chores that I had to manage alone, soon took a toll on me. Maybe I was not such a gifted individual after all. Or so I thought. Uncle Siddharth and Aunt Rajhni were my guardians when my parents left for Qatar. Aunt Rajhni would call me daily to see if I were fine. I would be invited to their house for meals every weekend. I feIt it was time for me now to do something to show my gratitude for their love.

on Saturday to start preparing for the lunch. Waiting for the numerous spices to be fried till a golden brown could take hours. The familiar ring of my mobile phone interrupted my ‘dreams’. “ Uncle and I will be there around noon as mentioned.” Aunt Rajhni? What time is it? My mind was inundated with fretful thoughts and for a moment, I believed I was seeing stars. My worst fear came true when I caught sight of the alarm clock beside me- NO! With only an hour and a half left, the menu I so proudly wanted to set out for them, was a real feat. I had to live up to my parents’ expectations of their only daughter being a genius. For starters, I sautéed the onions, garlic and ginger as ingredients for Campbell’s vegetable soup. Diced baby corn and seasoning was for taste.

The Pizza Hut brochure lying on my dining table sparked a thought in my mind. I could ask them for a change for a sumptuous Indian meal. I would whip up with my very own hands. Surely, my mother’s tutelage for the past year on Bengali food could not come to a naught!

Pasta was my favourite but it had to have a tinge of Indian flavor. I remembered there were some frozen chicken nuggets in the refrigerator. Truly, in desperation I was really quickwitted. Quickly, I fished them out and placed them into the microwave for one minute to make them a little softer. I wanted to chop them into tiny pieces and add curry paste. With little diced tomatoes and baby carrots added, my ‘creation’ was ready. I had to admit it tasted quite delicious.

“ Uncle and Aunt, see you this Saturday for lunch!”

What is an Indian meal without dessert? The packet of jelly mixture

Nothing could stop a wide smile from lighting up my face. A wave of relief swept over me. Indeed, returning a favour could make your heart feel so much lighter. All I had to do was to get up early

Koyena Pal stared at me for the next two minutes. How could I use it? Yes, peaches ! I mixed them together and tucked the mixture into the freezer to set it fast. Working at the speed of lightning, I had twenty more minutes to ensure that my kitchen looked spick and span, and I smelt sweet and fresh. ‘Ding Dong!’ Nervously, I opened the door to let them in. I held my breath when Uncle took a sip of the soup. He smiled lovingly and I knew at once, it was delicious. Aunt added on that the aroma of pasta was mouth-watering. It was nothing like she had ever tasted before. By the time the jelly was served, my confidence reached sky-high. Indeed, it remained upbeat because their broad smiles reflected how satiated they were. ‘Your mother has taught you well!’ remarked Uncle and Aunty as they bade me goodbye. The first thing I did after they left was to collapse on my bed. There was a sense of achievement I felt though. Maybe I was really creative as my parents believed. I was relieved I had not let them down.

KOYENA ON KOYENA I am 14 years old,studying in class 9 in GIIS. Well...I am a dancer, debater, tennis player and pianist. I have received several awards like GSF President’s award, Justice C.S Dharmadhikari award, Mr Chandu Borde award, Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam award, Royal Commonwealth award,etc.



Samir Kumar Datta Samir Datta (affectionately known as Samir-da to most of the older members of Bengali Association of Singapore) passed away peacefully in Kolkata on 5th August 2013. Samir-da was born in Calcutta in August 1930 and raised in that city. However Indian independence, an event he and many others had been awaiting most eagerly, also brought trauma to many in Calcutta, with his family home among those properties which were destroyed during the chaos. Consequently, he left India in 1953 with little to his name except a mission to study and secure a job in the UK. He subsequently secured his Engineering qualifications and joined a British electrical company known as Revo. Revo (which after several mergers eventually became a part of the GE group of the US) recognised that the rapidly changing political scene in Asia brought about by recently independent countries, would mean enhanced business opportunities for them. When they asked Samir-da to be the first Far East Manager (later Director) for the company in 1959, stationed in Singapore, he jumped at the chance, as he was eager for a new challenge and did not wish to live permanently in the UK.



1930-2013 Moving to Singapore (with a brief stop in Calcutta en route) was highly exciting, not only because he lived through many of the key events in Singapore’s modern history, but especially because he met his future wife, Meera (a second generation Singaporean Bengali) shortly after his arrival. With the consent of the families, they were married in March 1960 in Calcutta. His pioneering position as an expatriate of Asian origin representing a British multinational meant that he had unique opportunities and exposure through both business and social circles. This included him being a former Secretary for the UK Manufacturers’ Organisation in Singapore and a Past President for his Rotary Club. Additionally, he had an avid lifelong interest in bridge, achieving a global Grandmaster ranking and representing Singapore on many occasions in Asian and World Olympiad bridge tournaments. However, he never forgot his roots and remained committed, interested and involved with all the activities of the Bengali Association of Singapore. Perhaps his most significant contribution was in 1979 when, together with a group of senior members of the Singapore Bengali community, he initiated and served in the organising committee of the inaugural Durga Puja in Singapore, involved


in key activities such as the transport of the Pratima and the entertainment at the function. The Puja was a huge success and has been repeated every year since. It was truly a dream come true for many of the older generation Singapore Bengali families at that time, especially because many of those born outside India (including his own wife, Meera, and son, Sanjoy) had never even had the opportunity to attend a Puja – something which would be inconceivable for Bengalis living in Singapore today. His one great sadness was Meera’s early passing away in 1996, at a relatively young age. With his son and daughterin-law, Sanjoy & Richa, he did later find much joy in his 3 grandchildren, Disha, Srijan & Nishtha. Although in recent years he spent most of his time in India, and later Belgium, where Sanjoy is currently based, he still held Singapore and all his friends there very close to his heart. Samir-da, like many in his generation, provided a rapidly disappearing link to the “old Singapore”. His vivacious, outgoing, eloquent and humorous presence, helpful nature and generosity for those in need will be remembered and missed by many but, as he would be the first to say, Samir-da enjoyed a full innings and was a happy, contented man when he passed away.


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R.N. (Robin) Banerjee 1926-2013




I lost my father on 16 February 2013 and given my parents’ long association with Singapore and the Bengali Association dating back to 1970 I have written a summary of my father’s remarkable life for his many friends and well wishers. My father was born in Kolkata on 15 August 1926.His early childhood was rich in diversity and experience as my grand-father, K.N. Banerjee, was a senior officer in the Indian Railways and moved around different towns in Eastern India. My father was the eldest in a family of eight and one of his most memorable experiences as a child was the great earthquake in Jamalpur which he experienced with his beloved aunt, Pishima, and two of his younger siblings, Minoo and Dilip. Khoka to his parents, he was a brilliant student with a keen intellect and enquiring mind. After completing his BSc at the age of 18 from Lucknow University, he graduated as a civil engineer from Bengal Engineering College with a high distinction. He won a scholarship to study and work in England and qualified as a Chartered Engineer. Before leaving for London he married Shanti (Sunanda) Mukherjee, daughter of Uma Prasanna Mukherjee of Suri. Their’s was a unique partnership of mutual love and interdependence that spanned over 63 years. They were each other’s best friends and companions through thick and thin and their lives were truly intertwined. My father had a distinguished and successful career starting with Gammon India, where he rose to be Chief Engineer and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. In the early sixties he won a Colombo plan Scholarship to Canada for specialist training. While still in Gammon, he forged a special relationship with a Canadian Consulting company, C D Howe, and its India representative Steve

Roessler. Howe possessed special know how for construction of deep sea ports and helped Gammon win and execute large contracts such as the port in Marmagoa and the iron ore project in Kudremukh to name just a couple. 1970 was an inflection point in my father’s career when he took the bold step of moving to Singapore to join Gammon South-East Asia. Among the first Indian expatriates in Singapore, he served as Secretary and then President of The Bengali Association of Singapore. Together with my mother, who was active in cultural events, our house in Malcolm Road hosted many get-togethers and rehearsals for the Association. My parents’ many friends in the Bengali community remember those “ good ole days “ with great fondness. After Gammon was acquired by Bovis in 1973, my father left to help Howe international set up Howe South East Asia and became its first Managing Director. The next two decades were a golden period in my father’s career even though he had already turned 50. In 1975 he moved to Kuwait to become the CEO of a newly formed Joint Venture contracting company between Howe and WJ Towell, an established Kuwaiti Trading and Agency Company. He spent well over a decade in Kuwait and managed large projects in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Even though my parents moved to Kuwait in 1975 they continued to maintain close ties with their many friends in Singapore. When Basabi and I chose to make Singapore our home in 1982 my parents renewed their ties with Singapore to spend time with us and our two children Ishani and Rishi Raj. By this time though my father was already in his sixties, retirement was far from his mind and in 1990 at the age of 64 he decided to join his old friend and colleague, Steve Roessler, in Canada. The next four years saw my parents set up home in Ottawa with my father

working as special adviser to Steve Roessler, who by then was Chairman of CD Howe International. For my parents their four years in Canada was their “ Indian Summer “. They set up home from scratch and made new friends as they embarked on a journey of self-discovery in their silver years. Ultimately the distance from Kolkata and Singapore and the cold Canadian winters were instrumental in them moving back to Kolkata to stay in the beautiful house they had built in Salt Lake. My parents’ zest for life remained unabated as they spent the next ten years travelling the globe from Alaska to Peru to New Zealand to China. But it would be remiss of me not to talk about one important aspect of my father’s character: his generosity. He touched the lives of many both within and outside our extended family. Whether it was financial assistance, or mentoring and guidance to family members, colleagues or friends, he was truly generous never seeking anything in return. The fact that he had a positive impact and influence on many lives over many years was clear to me when I received the many calls, letters, messages and visits after his passing. In his later years he made significant financial contributions to his old alma mater now known as Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) and a number of medical institutions in India. In fact one regret that we in the family have is that my father was not able to receive a special Distinguished Alumni award from the President of India at the BESU convocation in January this year. Age and ill health had finally caught up, and my father made his final trip to Singapore in 2010. The last two years were a struggle, as one ailment after another plagued him. But he was forever the optimist and fought bravely to the end with a smile on his face and the refrain, “I am fine!”


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Chhoto Pocket BaRo Dhamaka Apologies gentle reader, for naming this article with a title that seems to jump from Bonglish to Hinglish but then it seems to accomplish the task (Kaam sharse !) For a very long time, I have been fascinated by various people who have this unique ability to put in very many, very large things inside miniscule enclosures. Before some of you start jumping to exciting conclusions let me quickly share that I am merely talking about humble pockets and similarly humble, as well as not-so-humble bags. Let us start with the humble ‘book’ pocket that is a standard fitting on any shirt. During World War II days, in efforts to keep costs to a minimum, publishers used to publish books of a size that would fit easily in a pocket. Such books and their publishers have long given up the ghost but the ‘book’ pocket continues its reign! Of course now, we stuff pens, mobiles, name card holders, lighters, cigarette packets, currency notes, a comb or two and other sundries into the book other words everything else but a book! Moving downwards to the nether regions, let’s examine a pocket that is a standard accessory for any trouser that has some self-respect i.e. the hip pocket. The word hip has less to do with fashion and more to do with its position on your skeleton. Accessing it means that you have to turn your hands inside out, go behind your own back (!) and then insert or extract articles from the

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aforesaid pockets. It is a convenient place to store mobile phones for any of you wanting to engineer perfectly natural looking cracks and then splurge on the latest. Men’s wallets are reasonably slim because they are allowed to carry very few things around. The generous home minister provides a couple of $ 50 notes from the monthly mashkabari account along with a cheery “and this is all you will get this week”! Other than that, there is the mandatory photograph of the wife and kids, a couple of credit cards, perhaps an EZ link card & the office & home access cards. So you see, slim is king! The side pocket is a larger and more comfortable cousin of the hip pocket and is often privy to that versatile piece of cloth – the men’s handkerchief. Use it as a tissue, a bandage, a sweat pocha or bib, any dude minus his kerchief can hardly be

I am merely talking about humble pockets and similarly humble, as well as not-so-humble bags. hip. Onto a nefarious place – the ‘chor’ pocket. Every tailor worth his salt knows this part very well. It is designed such that a pickpocket can never reach such intimate parts of the trouser and even if he did he would never be able to extract the wad of somewhat sweaty currency notes tucked in there. Many a pyjama seller uses this feature as a USP to hawk his otherwise, plain (pun intended!) wares since most pyjamas lack pockets. The panjabir pocket is a very interesting place. Every bhadrolok worth his machher jhol stuffs his wallet, car keys, house keys, mobile phone, gutka pouch and/or cigarette packet, handkerchief, comb etc. Remember that the panjabi does not have a “book”



pocket. The panjabir pocket is definitely heavier than the panjabi so much so that with each step of the bhadrolok, the panjabi swings ahead first, thanks to the momentum generated by the weight of the pocket. Here, swing is king although panjabi is unaware (pun certainly intended) of it. And woe betide if the better half hands over some more stuff – ‘eyita ektu rakho to’ – then you may get a hole in one. A child’s school bag is a Machiavellian instrument of pure torture. Cleverly designed to strengthen both the upper and lower back’s core muscles, it can easily carry 15-20 kilos worth of umbrella, laptop/Ipad, water-bottle, gum-bottle, ink-bottle, school tiffin, coaching-class tiffin, bus tiffin, mobile phone, library books, pencil box, wallet and also perhaps a few books. The act of lifting it or lowering it provides reasonable exercise to your biceps/ triceps if any of them happen to be present and carrying it any distance above your IQ will give you reasonable preparation for any endurance race. Men’s laptop bags are very private places. Only a few good men will agree to reveal the innards (of their bags). Inside you will find the usual suspects

such as a laptop, power adapter with umbilical cord, an old mobile charger that does not connect anywhere anymore and a couple of files with a few ‘official-looking’ sheets of paper. Additionally, you may spot a newspaper or a dog-eared magazine, an umbrella, a few USB type cables to connect here and there, fruit and some nuts (the types that grow on trees), some mints and fresheners ( I am not describing why), a perfume bottle to handle dainty meetings full throttle, dry and wet tissues to handle dirty issues, ear plugs and ear phones so that careless whispers can remain quiet, tabs of aspirin & paracetemol (the ‘all occasion’ headache cure-all), antacids (for boss management),sun glasses and a cough drop to feel right on top, some coins and a few currency notes so that the

exchange need not be foreign. Perhaps a writing pad and pen to display some Zen and a Sudoku book to tickle the brain. And now onto a very sensitive subject – Milady’s handbag. Such a hold-all was rarely seen and for stating it many a being has become has-been. If you have ever ‘Coached’ then you can ‘Guess’ that the inside of such a bag can be quite a

About the Author


andeep Bhattacharya is a sales & marketing professional who works in the technology field for 25+ years and pretends to be a humorous writer once a year with an article in Milon.

mess. With dozens of compartments, zips and clasps all over the place you just cannot remember any article’s final resting place, so in order for anything to be found you have to open all openings and turn (them) upside down. A lady’s attachment to her bag is legendary, her love of shoes comes in next, pets and sundry family members exist to provide some jest. Simply writing about this subject has been such a severe test, I do not know about you but I wish myself all the best.



Jegey Otho Janogan

WORDS Mallika Bhattacharya


witching to an Indian news channel, in recent times, yields only 2 results – politics with the BJP mudslinging the Congress party (and vice – versa) and harassment of women. It is unbelievable how the Indian media fails to rise above and look for snippets of news from ‘bidesh’. No, I’m not saying that harassment of women should be taken lightly, but, the continuous flashing of such news with blurred pictures of victims coupled with Mr. Arnab Goswami shouting at the top of his voice, ‘the nation wants to know’, not only expunges the significance of the news item, it also brings it down to the level of any common ‘item number’ from a recent film. It’s hard to believe that the website of Mr. Goswami’s channel describes the ‘Munni – Sheila’ sisterhood as an ‘exultant cry of … femme fatales … celebrat(ing) woman power’, while the 48.37% sisterhood of the mango people (aam aadmi) are rarely granted/ gifted an occasion to do so.


hile the above may seem to be a pointless rant about the state of Indian media it actually proposes a reason for the lack of change in the Indian state of affairs. No one seems to bother enough with anything, anymore. Yes, it’s a harsh statement and no, I’m not the sort of person who constantly complains about how ‘backward’ India is, in fact, quite the contrary; I’m fiercely supportive of anything India does! Yet, my support for all things Indian instantly flounders on hearing such news. A land, which once upon a time was famous for its hospitable people, is now being looked down upon because of the actions of a few… Simple and embarrassing example that came up on NUS confessions a few months

back (forewarning, the language used is that of the confessor and hence, may be inappropriate for children): “Yesterday was the last lecture for SC1101E. The professor had shown us some pieces of paper where her students had to use 1 word to describe certain groups of people in society. These groups included gays, lesbians, Chinese, Malays and Indians. What left me completely shocked was that one of the students described Indians as rapists. How sheltered have we become? Have the actions of a few really impacted our perspective to such an extent? Yes, what those Indian rapists have done was extremely wrong. And in my opinion even death is too lenient a sentence for them. But does that mean that all Indians are rapists? I am not an Indian but I have many Indian friends. When the entire lecture hall was busy laughing at those remarks, how many students looked at the faces of the Indians in the lecture? Have we really become so blinded? NOT ALL INDIANS ARE RAPISTS. RAPISTS EXIST IN ALL VILLAGES, DISTRICTS, STATES AND COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. (Remember the headlines about the ex-president of the IMF that hit us a few months back?) THAT DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE ALL RAPISTS. LOOK AROUND YOU AND STOP BEING BLINDED AND MISLED BY STEREOTYPES. HAVE A MIND OF YOUR OWN AND A SENSE OF CONSCIENCE. TARRING ALL AND SUNDRY WITH THE SAME BRUSH HAS NOT AND WILL NOT GET US FAR.”



‘‘Every Gotham needs a Batman, India needs us.”


es, the confessor is on our side and believes that one cannot label a community based on the actions of a few but what about the person who described Indians as rapists? As the saying goes, ‘kis kis ka mooh bundh karenge?’ How did it all come to this? Criminals have existed since time immemorial yet the situation seems to be at its worst now. It cannot only be the fault of an inefficient system or the sleeping chowkidaar as most of today’s news channels love to advertise. In ACP Pradyuman’s words – ‘Kuch toh gadbad hai’ (to be read while imagining the right hand Fleming’s rule with a side to side twist). Personally, if I had to point out a reason, I would blame the increasing frustrations of people specially the youth. The unfulfilled dreams of an undergrad who did not obtain a job from the campus interviews, the hassle of looking for jobs, appearing for interviews, anticipating a change in one’s status and the repeated rejections coupled with sky high prices of everything from petrol to potatoes; the people are suffering. And this is only one side of the story. When 1.241 billion people, each with their own problems live together there is bound to be friction.

of helping a neighbour who has been recently robbed, police er jhamela e ke porbe? Or something along those lines. Trying crimes in fast track courts and punishing criminals with capital punishment might be a temporary solution to the problem but will definitely not solve it in the long run. Long term change will only come if people begin to change the way they think, concentrate on the ‘sanskaar’ and principles of respect and togetherness. Equality for and liberalization of women are great ideas but cannot do without a pinch of male chivalry. India needs a messiah to save her reputation and the only solution seems to be us and our thinking…

‘‘A land, which once upon a time was famous for its hospitable people, is now being looked down upon because of the actions of a few’’


riction has always existed, what has changed is the mentality of people. Over the years people seem to have become more and more selfish, after all, why should I take the trouble


very Gotham needs a Batman, India needs us.

Mallika is 19 years old and studies at the National University of Singapore.



THE STARS ARE WATCHING US “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds” J.Robert Oppenheiner

The ‘Father of the Atomic Bomb’, J. Robert Oppenheimer, said the exact words above when the first atomic bomb was tested on the 16th of July, 1945, in New Mexico. It is widely known that he quoted these exact words from chapter 11 verse 32 of the Bhagvad Gita. Now why would he do that? Well it is quite possible that he really believed in many of the descriptions given in ancient Indian texts. Some of these descriptions give us a very clear insight into the technology possessed by our ancestors: “A single projectile charged with all the power of the universe. An incandescent column of smoke and flame as bright as the thousand suns rose in its entire splendor. The cloud of smoke rising after its explosion formed into expanding round circles like the opening of giant parasols. It was an unknown weapon……… a gigantic messenger of death, which reduced to ashes the entire race of ……….. The corpses were so burned as to be unrecognizable. The hair and nails fell out……….. the birds turned white. After a few hours all foodstuffs were infected…………”- Mahabharata The description of a weapon as abhorrent as the one given above was completely unimaginable until the culmination of World War II at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. How could the ancients have known about how a nuclear explosion looks like and what the after effects were unless they actually possessed such weapons??! The fact that Oppenheimer really believed in the existence of nuclear weapons during the time of Mahabharata was hinted quite strongly

by him when while giving a lecture at Rochester University, a student asked him whether the bomb that had been exploded at New Mexico was the first such bomb to be detonated??!! Oppenheimer replied with this intriguing answer: “Well — yes. In modern times, of course.” Many people believe that in the reply given above, he was referring to the detonation of the Bramhastra weapon during the Mahabharata as the first such explosion of a nuclear weapon initiated by Man. Adding even more evidence to the ancient nuclear weapons theory is the fact that several years ago a heavy layer of radioactive ash covering an area of 3 square miles was found 10 miles west of Jodhpur in Rajasthan. For a long time very high rates of birth defects and cancer had been observed in this region. This led to the



BY ARNAB GOSWAMI unearthing of an ancient city and subsequent evidence led scientists to believe that an atomic blast had occurred about 8000 years ago. It has even been estimated that the weapon dropped had been about the size of the ones dropped on Japan in 1945!!! The mystery doesn’t just end with nuclear weapons. Not many people know that in 1903 Bal Gangadhar Tilak published a book titled, “The Arctic Home in the Vedas”. This book proposed the theory along with quite a lot of evidence that the North Pole was the original home of the Aryans during the time before the last Ice Age ended. During this time, Asia and Africa were only a group of islands and ironically a warm climate prevailed in the Arctic then. When the Ice Age ended, it led to a great flooding due to the melting of all the ice and as a result the Aryans migrated to parts of Northern Europe and Asia in search of new settlements. Could it be then that the flooding of Amravati, the City of the Gods, due to the melting of the ice inspired the legend of Atlantis??!! Let me give you even more food for thought. Could the Rakshasas have actually been the

result of a genetic engineering experiment by the Gods (or the Devas!!) gone wrong?? Could this be the reason why the Aryans had to constantly fight these genetically enhanced super humans who went rogue and also why the Gods helped them in these wars by giving them nuclear weapons and advanced flight technologies?? Could the Pushpak Vimana have actually been such technology??!! What about the Gods Themselves?? Could it be that they were, as ancient Indian texts suggest, really from other worlds or alien planets??!! How could they have possibly made such a strong impression in our minds that our racial memories just cannot forget them?? The fact that we revere them till this day by building shrines to worship them tells me that only a power unimaginably superior to man could have made such an impression. This brings to my mind something which Arthur C Clarke once said: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” Could it be that the Gods were actually members of a highly advanced race who interacted with our kind in the distant past??!! Could it be that their Godlike powers were in fact nothing but applications of their highly advanced technology?? How can we possibly know who they were or where they came from or how many of them existed??!! That last question about the number of such beings brings to my mind a very startling and intriguing fact: The total number of Gods in Hinduism is believed to be 330 million!!! To me, a number as huge as 330 million sounds like the population of an entire civilisation!! How could this number even have been arrived at?? Could it be that the interaction between the Gods and our kind had been much greater than we can possibly imagine?? Could the Gods themselves have actually handed out to us their Census?!! Could it be that all our ancient texts are actually an account of a long period of contact between two races of the Universe at vastly different stages of the technological ladder??!! Could it be that the Gods still reside in our Universe and will come back for us one day?? What do you think??!! I for one believe that The Stars Are Watching Us!!!

Arnab is a member of BAS since 2006. He is presently doing BE 3rd Year in FOOD AND BIO-CHEMICAL ENGINEERING with JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY KOLKATA.



Phoenix’s Life Phoenix is a truly wonderful pet. It has survived a very dangerous disease, called “Itch”.


While 99 of its fellow swimmers died, Phoenix still remained strong, and was not defeated. That is why we agreed to call it “Phoenix”. I think that when Phoenix had been alone for 6 months, it had chanted the Gayatri Mantra. You must be thinking who is Phoenix, how did it come to us? That’s an interesting story I’m going to share with you all. When we were in our old house, I was still small, and my sister and I were always nagging our parents for a dog. I have heard many stories about the time my sister used to have 10 goldfish and a turtle when she was young. Apparently

all the goldfish had died and the turtle had grown too big and so, had been sent to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the SPCA. I thought it was unfair, and was jealous because my sister had had her own pets when she was young but I could not have one. We were never allowed to buy a dog, instead we were told that though it would be nice to have a pet but we ought to remember that a pet is not a toy, it can bring excitement, joy but someone who wants to be a pet owner must be willing to be a caring owner, should be able to spend ample time for their pets and it would require to do many unpleasant task. Unfortunately, as we had no time to take

care of a dog, we could not have one. I had always pictured myself as having a cute dog by my side, but alas! Such was not to be. When we moved house, my parents decided to beautify our new home with a humongous, five feet long fish tank, actually bigger than myself! I was elated, especially when the lady at the pet shop suggested that we put in 100 fish in the aquarium! A hundred! Now I could proudly boast about the number of pets I had! Sadly, not long after, we found dead fish floating around in the aquarium every day. Majority of them contracted a contagious disease known as Itch and died very fast. I was very sad. It was

of incidents took place. Luckily, there was one sole survivor – a rummy nose Tetra, our Phoenix. After all Phoenix’s fellow swimmers had died, it got rather jumpy. It jumped out of the fish tank and onto the floor not once, but thrice! Every time we would stand there, petrified. Then my mother would summon up all her courage and scoop Phoenix back into the tank. For a few grueling seconds, we would think that the body floating in the water was a dead one, but no, Phoenix had survived! Even though we have 10 fish now, Phoenix will always have a special place in our hearts. I hope that if you ever have pets, you will also take care of it. Please remember to check all aspects of pet ownership, before buying one.

Aayushi is a Primary 2 student in Raffles Girls’ Primary School. She enjoys reading, playing piano, dancing (Bharatnatyam

frightening to think that so many living souls were dying every day. Sometimes a few fish would even jump out of the tank, and instead of falling on the floor, would get stuck to the side of the fish tank! I felt heartbroken when these kinds

& Ballet) and playing games on Daddy’s iPhone! She played “Tuntuni” in “Kobiyal Tuni”, as well as recited and danced in various segments, during Nabobarsho 2013 program.





In The Cockpit Words Sayantan Mukhuti

Modern airliners are now one of the most tested and reliable machines in common use. This is a story of avoidable yet one of the most terrifying accidents. When our plane suffered an engine failure at high altitude my crew and passengers on board faced an unprecedented crisis. I was a pilot of a plane from Singapore to Auckland, New Zealand. My plane was heavily loaded with 336 passengers, packed cargo loads and a full fuel load. The doors closed on time and the plane left just before 2:05 in the afternoon for a routine 10h 35mins flight. To my surprise my co- pilot was one of my childhood friends. It was the first time I was flying with him. We used to get along really well. Me: “Tell the control tower, we can handle 33000 feet, if it is possible.” Co-pilot: “OK” We were now flying above the Indian Ocean. We wanted to climb higher to avoid turbulence because of bad weather. I noticed that there were thunderstorms 112km south on our route, which was rather unusual for that time in the afternoon. So, I kept the seat belt sign ‘ON’. Little did I know that my decision to keep the passengers fastened to their seats would save their lives. We were still climbing and the cabin crew planned to serve beverages. Me: “Tell the control tower that we are going to detour to the left. Co pilot: “Centre, 922 heavy, we are going to detour to the left. There is some bad weather here.” 100km from Singapore, my plane was climbing through 24,000feet. I was unaware that a critical malfunction was about to occur.

Then there was a grinding noise and a thud. We had lost the number 3 engine and were descending rapidly and turning back towards the airport. The next thing I remembered was holding the control column to make the plane climb. I immediately knew, it was an engine failure. At first I thought that we would not be able to make it, there was no hope with 3 engines. Me: “Centre, 922 heavy, we are doing an emergency descent.” We could say from our instruments that the number 3 engine was failing, but we could not tell the full extent of the damage. Our priority was to land the plane. The plane was descending steeply down. Then I thought about my passengers. With my engine damaged, I realized that the problems on my flight had just begun. 2minutes after the failure, my plane was still in a steep descent passing 16,000feet. Me: “922,we are now at 15,500 feet. I think we lost an engine.” We finally began to level out. But we now faced many problems. Most important was the disintegration of the number 3 engine.

Me: “Do we have any fire indications?” Co-pilot: “No.” We had lost the number 3 engine and decided to shut it down. Co pilot: “Ok, ready for engine number 3, shutdown checklist….. That stopped the vibration anyway. Centre, we need the equipment on the ground and company notified.” We then had a control problem and so decided to dump fuel to make the plane lighter. We had turned the stricken plane back to Singapore. But with 80 km still left to go, the crisis got far worse. I could not turn the rudder and we had a problem with the number 4 engine. This means that the number 4 engine was also damaged. If it failed completely the implications were severe. If we were on 2 engines and weighed 700,000kg, that was a big problem simply because with that weight 2 engines were not going to keep us in the air. Co pilot: “We are losing altitude. I think we lost a compressor” Me: “I know it. Let us see what is happening down there. I cannot hold altitude, we need full thrust.” Co-pilot: “Whatever you need captain.” Although the number 4 engine was



failing, we pushed it and the remaining engines to full power. The engines should not run at full power for more than 4 minutes, but the nearest land was 15minutes away. We were unaware that the number 4 engine was on fire. Co pilot: “You have got 250 knots, now that is good.” We did not know that we would make it back. For 15minutes my plane continued to lose altitude, then at 14,000 feet we saw the glimmer of hope. We turned the lights off for landing. We were 21km from the runway and in good shape. Me: “Can you give me my landing speed.” Co pilot: “2 engine landing, 150knots.” 6mins from the airport we now had to slow our plane for landing, but the effect of this was unknown. What was going to happen when I came in with flaps and landing gear. Co pilot: “Flaps to 10.The airport is to the right. How do the controls feel?” Me: “All right so far.” With 2 engines and descending rapidly, our plane started its final approach to Singapore airport. We were now a few seconds from the runway………….. [ALARM]..... “Riku.....Riku…..Riku.” It seems somebody is calling my name from far. Oh! It is 6:25 in the morning and mummy is waking me up.

Sayantan Mukhuti studies in United World College, East Campus. He is in Class 8

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Ayan Sen Arpita Sen (nee Dutta)



STAMFORD BRIDGE ARKO BHATTACHARYA “Away” team feel uncomfortable. The whiteboard was actually used and no one could erase it because the management gave them a permanent marker. So you could find out who were being marked! They had a cramped shower rooms and a small locker to put their boots in.

I leapt with joy when I heard what we were going to do today - go to the Chelsea museum and get a tour of Stamford Bridge. The thought of seeing John Terry and Mata under the same roof was mind boggling. We entered the gift shop and purchased the tickets. We were given lanyards with Chelsea’s glorious times and we were supposed to put the tickets inside the lanyards. We first went down to the museum - it was fascinating - all of Chelsea’s glorious trophies all in one roof! There was an exhibition on all the famous players’ boots, all signed and placed in one glass showcase. I had imagined playing for Chelsea for so long and seeing this room made me tremble in excitement. There were so many shows and packed showcases that it was stupefying indeed. There was even a video about the final of the Champions trophy. There were the highlights of Chelsea vs. Barcelona in the Champions league. There was a shooting gallery where it felt like doing penalties against Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper. Then the clock hit 1pm and we had to go back up and get a tour of the actual pitch. We could see the stands and the dressing rooms. We could probably even

meet the players. We first headed for the stands closest to the ground. Sadly, we could not go on the ground because the ground owners won’t be happy about that. But it was still the most exciting thing I have ever seen. I could just imagine sitting here on the day Chelsea beat Barcelona and make it to the finals of the Champions trophy. Next we went to the Press room where I thought it would just be a small box with a board that has names of all the sponsors of Barclays and Chelsea. But the room was so huge that it could fit 2 of my classrooms of 48 people each! There was a desk in the front and everyone started getting into line and taking pictures of people sitting on the desk. Every minute an audio started, I heard people laughing and asking questions. Our tour guide asked us to take a seat as he explained the history behind the Press room. As he was talking, something he said got my attention that this press room was no longer in use and that did make me sad at all. At least it used to be a Press room once! We entered the “Away” dressing room, it was cramped and very hot, our tour guide joked that this was to make the

The next stop was the Chelsea team “dug out”. The first thing I thought when I saw this was that this place was huge and the jerseys of each player were hung on their respective lockers. Unlike the away team the “dug out” team lockers were divided into segments, one for the boots another for the valuables. The shower rooms and the medical centre were much larger in comparison. The “away team” had one massage chair for the medical team and a tiny shower room whereas the Chelsea team had 20 such chairs and a huge shower room. We then went out to the stands again, but this time instead of going to the fans’ seat we went to the seats of the players and coaches. I actually sat in Jose Mourinho’s seat, and while I was seated there I wondered how the players and the coaches would be feeling when the last penalty was happening and they just had to score. How happy they would be feeling when the writer wrote the name Chelsea FC on that cup. How they would be feeling when they lost 2-1 to Manchester United in the premier league. That was Stamford Bridge.

Arko is 11 years of age and studies in class 6, United World college.




TALENT The Bengali community in Singapore has no dearth of talent when it comes to the arts - whether it is visual arts or literature. Milon attempts to showcase some of the community’s multifaceted people and their works - both children and adults in the following pages. This section covers the paintings and the English poetic pieces.





I am 5 years old. I love to draw and paint.

Anamika Dutta (Anny). Member, BAS. I am from Bihar. Paintings are part of my life.I want to play with colours.



Sudeshna Dasgupta has been associated with the wonderful BAS in multifarious ways since 2005. She is a proud homemaker and a visualarts-guide for little art-friends.


Kushal is 11 years old and studies in P5

MY name is Sania Dutta.I study in Primary 4. I like to draw and paint.




Hi I'm Mrs. Debjani Bose and I am a member of the Bengali Association Singapore. I am very passionate about the arts. Some of them include music, Kathak dance and poetry.


Roopali Banerjee’s adorable kids are undeniably gifted



Paromita, who is a Biosciences graduate from Carleton College, USA is now pursuing her M.S. / Ph. D. in Neuroscience at the International Max Planck Research School, Germany. She has been dictating poetry in Bengali since she was four years old. She started writing her poems in English from the age of eleven. She is a talented artist and is also keenly interested in dance.

Kakali Basak’s Ujjayini is 8+ yearas old, studying in P3 in St Hilda’s Primary School







Ridhima is 4 years old and her talent with colours is obvious

Hi! I am Soumyaditya Choudhuri, Grade 5 student from UWC. I am 10 years old. My most favourite subjects are Mathematics and Computer Science. Soccer is my passion and Lionel Messi is my idol. I love to shout “VIVA EL BARCA!”


She is 13 years old and studying in Raffles Girls Secondary School. She is fond of English literature. She loves to write poems




Sarthak Basak is 6 years old. He loves computer and mobile phone games. Like to draw his own imagination and have special interest on science related quiz or program.



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The Thinker Depiction of intellectualism from the Renaissance era

Musical Love

In Nature’s Lap

Music is the universal language of love that binds people together. Especially among budding young couples, music has no bounds.

Save Trees, Save Earth: a random flow of colors to portray our beautiful nature.

Medium | Acrylic on canvas

Medium | Acrylic on canvas

Medium | Oil Colors on canvas

Radha Krishna Krishna's tune, Radha's Love has been the eternal epitome of romance in the history of Hinduism. They are inseparable from one another and are worshipped as deities in almost every household in India. Medium | Acrylic on canvas

Opposite Eternal Bond The mother and child bond is perhaps the purest form of relationship that exists in this world. This is me (when I was 1 year old) in the lap of my mother. Medium | Water Colors on paper






About Me I am a research analyst by profession and an avid painter/photographer by passion. Painting and Photography to me are like two means of finding solace midst all the doldrums of life. They are ways to see the world through my own perspective. My wife is my greatest critic and inspiration at the same time. I had my own painting exhibition at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (India). I started off my painting journey with Water Colors at a very young age and then shifted gears into Oils. Presently I focus more on Acrylics on Canvas. If you love my work feel free to get in touch with me at



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Mayadevi’s Dream-I Acrylic on Canvas Size-61/76cm Year-2012

SARBANI BHATTACHARYA Sarbani Bhattacharya, member BAS, has a Bachelor of Fine Arts via a scholarship from the famed Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta). She has participated in several group art exhibitions in Singapore, India, Malaysia and Hong Kong for the past eleven years. Her paintings, can be found in private collections in Europe and Southeast Asia, and were well-received at international art fairs such as the Art Expo Malaysia (2010 and 2012), the Affordable Art

Baby Ganesha with mother Parvati-II Acrylic on Canvas Size-76/102 cm Year-2010





Baby Ganesha with mother Parvati-I Acrylic on Canvas Size-92/122cm Year-2010




"Epic War... Song of the Lord" Oil on Canvas (2013) Size 40 X 30 inches.

This is inspired by the horses of Arjuna"s chariot, on the battlefield. The Lord says "Control your senses, just as the charioteer controls the horses".




Watercolor on Paper (2013) SIize 16 X 12 inches

This was my thought for Aug 15th, 2013,.. this is my vision of India... the country of my birth..

"Simple Tale"

Oil on Canvas (2012). Size 24 X 24inches This is the most simple story of life.... the story of a mothers love.

ABOUT SAGARIKA SEN Sagarika's penchant for figurative rendition, specifically portraiture, is swimmingly apparent in her artworks that encompass drawings and figure-studies. And with oils as her favourite medium, she creates captivating tonal combinations of reds and blues with perfect ease. Having had participated in numerous exhibitions in Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia and Hong Kong, her artworks have received indicative appreciation at international art fairs such as the Art Expo Malaysia (2012), the Affordable Art Fair Singapore (2010 and 2011) and the Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong (2013).


"Jai Hind"



The Management Committee conveys its Best Wishes to all its members









Circular logic By: Paromita Sen

Sunroof under the ceiling Blindfold without a knot Staircase without an end Too scarce and yet a lot Books with blank pages Role models without a role Water without a container Goalkeeper; but where’s the goal? One-way roads in circles Two-way roads collide Three towering champagne bottles Without a drop inside Words without a sound And sentences without words Try reading between the lines Circular logic emerge

If I Were A Cloud If I were a cloud It would be so much so much fun, Dancing, prancing, singing loud Above the reach of everyone! If I were a cloud I wouldn’t have to study, Playing playing all day round With my favourite buddy! If I were a cloud I would beat the height record And have my name in iCloud Or won a car from Ford! If I were a cloud I wouldn’t need a visa, Spending hours in the embassy To see the tower of Pisa!

Pain without a window Window with just one side Three dimensional, glued to just one No secrets but plenty to confide A race with blurred start lines A finish without a start A castle just for self-portraits Built of pride, guilt and dirt Labels without a map Reprobate and yet a saint All that’s finally left Blank papers with thoughts to paint.


Now being a cloud I want to see one thing I’m sure it’ll make me proud The grand white Taj building! But I can see its yellowish features, What have they done? The greedy creatures! Heaven stop these devilish tortures, Don’t even think of their own future! But I’ll fight for you, my Queen, And make sure that they never be seen The harmful pollutants on your skin You’ll be as white as you ever have been! “Don’t go,” heard my buddy’s cry “You’ll be finished”, shouted the sky I’ll save Taj and that’s my bet, And then I rained on that lonely set.



Soumili Basak


Durga Puja

Fun and food, coupled with the feeling of home, Everyone lets loose, free to roam. Friends, family and foes come together as one, The burden of reality is lessened by a tonne. All caution is thrown to the wind, and even the stoic become your neighbor next door. Food is chomped down, calories taken in by the crore. Devotion is filled within the empty hearts of the crowd, In her almighty presence, everyone’s heads are bowed. She is the queen, the one and onlyAmba, Rudra, Bhagavati. She’s the greatest, the most powerful and strong, Devotees are in her influence, lifelong. Armed with a trident and a whole lot of faith, She’ll put you through a lot, deaths and wraiths. But in the end, as you emerge victorious every time, She’ll smile at you, letting you know that it was worth the climb. She’ll strengthen and guard you, But of her righteous glance, you won’t be able to eschew. Let us bow down to the goddess of honour on this amazing day, Worship her, and in life, she’ll show you the way. JAI MAA DURGA!



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A Fine Pastel Work by SANIA DUTTA

A Lovely Scenery by li’l Ridhima Roy

A Beautiful Image by Sarthak Basak




Something wild, not at all mild, runs up the steps, into the wreck. The wreckage so fine, with it’s mighty twines, welcomes the guest, with utmost respect. It serves up some clowns,

with unhappy frowns, the stranger refuses, he’s finished with fishes. It’s time to leave, it’s been a week, unlike any creature, it has a humour, and tumours!


Nabonita (Sonali) Sen





Anurag Banerjee

Preetish’s drawing

Anurag has an immense interest in painting and drawing. He is studying in GIIS Balestier and he has an excellent academic background. Being so playful on the other side takes breaks when he has to do some colouring. Recently he has learnt fine art skills while attending his art classes under art teacher Sudeshna Dasgupta. We as Parents Roopali Banerjee and Hemanta Banerjee give special thanks to their art Teacher.




Anirudh Banerjee is studying in Global Indian International School. He is a very bright and playful child. He has lot of interest areas, among which painting is one of his most favorite pastime. Under Sudeshna Dasgupta’s guidance in his art class, he has tried to make some beautiful flowers.

Ridhima Roy








ART&POETRY with best compliments

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Art: Debjani Basu

চাঁেদর আেলােয় !দবযানী ব" স"#ার আেলা আবছায়া !মেঘর ফাঁেক হঠাৎ !যন আধখানা চাঁদ !িক মাের !সর !মেঘর তরী !বেয় মন , চেল যােয় !কান !"র পাের !" হাওয়ােয় !তামার গােনর !র !ভেস আেস আমার মেন !তামার !েরর ছে# তােল , !নেচ ওেঠ !াণ !পখম !েল িন#ম স"#ার ি"# বাতায়েন , িঝিঝ ডােক ঘােসর !কােন িন#$ !ধার !যন িনিব$ কের !তামার সেন



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A qualified dancer and vocalist, along with her mainstream academics. Visual Arts, Photography and Creative writing being her other streams of immense interest.





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saraswati pujo Words BAS COMMITTEE images SOUNAK CHATTERJEE

The Goddess of Learning When 14th February 2013 WHERE KHALSA ASSOCIATION AUDITORIUM The onset of spring propitiates the Goddess Saraswati. Saraswati Puja is dedicated to the Goddess of learning, performing arts, music and knowledge. Debi Saraswati is the daughter of Durga and is always seen alongside her during Durga Puja celebrations along with her sister Lakshmi and her brothers Ganesh and Karthikeya. Saraswati’s children are believed to be the Vedas, which are the oldest sacred texts of Hinduism. Saraswati Puja was celebrated by Bengali Association Singapore on the 14th of February at the Khalsa Association auditorium. The religious rites that included Hatey–Khori were performed by Shri Debu Chakrabarty, member BAS. writings.

external events

SIFAS Festival of Classical Music & Dance When 16th March 2013 WHERE SIFAS Auditorium, Starlight Road Bengali Association Singapore was invited by Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society to perform at the SIFAS festival of classical music and dance on 16th of March. Directed and choreographed by Srabonti Dutta, our members presented Odissi dances at the SIFAS auditorium at Starlight Road.

the tremendous talent in the community was showcased

Indian New Year Celebrations When 13th April 2013 WHERE Farrer Park Field BAS was also invited to perform at the Indian New Year Celebrations organized by the Hindu Endowment Board. The Association had a booth a as well on the premises . The members of Bengali Association presented dances from Indian and western fusion dance etc. directed by Nivedita Chattopadhyay. Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister graced the event.



annual concert 2013 Words BAS COMMITTEE images SUHRID DEV SHARMA

Rupankar - Live in Concert When 14th September 2013 WHERE NTUC Auditorium Rupankar Bagchi’s concert was the most mesmerising show we have seen in recent times. He exhibited his versatility through a vast repertoire of his own modern songs, semi-classical songs,Tagore songs and ended the evening with his own tribute to the legend “ R D Burman “ with an awesome rendition of a “ Ruby Roy reprise “ that sent the 300 strong audience into raptures.


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Rabindranath Tumi Shono


Homage to the Legends When 27th August 2013 WHERE ACJCC AUDITORIUM Both Rabindranath and Kazi Nazrul are legends through their writings. Rabindra and Nazrul Jayanti is held each year to commemorate their contributions to Bengali Culture. Rabindranath Tagore was born on 7 May 1861. His literary achievements were unrivalled in the areas of philosophy, novels, poetry, music compositions, visual art and playwriting. Indeed he had few limitations to his creative abilities. Kazi Nazrul Islam, who later became known as the Rebel Poet, was born on 25 May 1899. He influenced the literary world with his poetry, music, philosophies and revolutionary views. Nazrul not only wrote poetry of love and freedom, but also condemned oppression and bigotry through his writings.


a mesmerising evening - full of colour and passion Ashtonayika


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Bengali Association Singapore presented an evening of dance, poetry and music on the 27th of August at the ACJC school auditorium. The four segments comprising “Homage” (dir: Srabonti Dutta), “Rabindranath Tumi Shono” (dir: Paromita Chattaraj)”Ashtanayika”(dir: Arpita Dutta and Nivedita Chattopadhyay) and, “Baithak”(Dir: Ritwik Ghoshal and Suhrid Devsharma), were presented by more than 40 performers.




Ushering in the new year with style

POILA BAISHAKH - The Bengali New Year When 27th April 2013 WHERE NTUC Auditorium, Marina Boulevard The Bengali New Year celebration is popularly known as ‘Poila Baisakh’ the first month of the Bengali Calendar). It is the first day of the Bengali New Year, which usually falls on April 14th/15th every year. Hindus throughout Bengal celebrate the year-end or ‘Chaitro Shankranti’ with some exciting fairs and festivals like Gajan and Charak. Cultural functions are an integral part of Nababarsha celebrations.

Bengali Association Singapore celebrated NABABARSHO at the NTUC auditorium Marina Boulevard on 27th April with 4 segments comprising 25 children and 10 adults. They were “ The 20 minute musical “ (dir: Subhendu Mukherjee) featuring songs, followed by “ Attohashi Hattogol” from Sukumar Ray’s classic ABOL-TABOL, “Kobiyal Tuni” from TUNTUNIR GALPO by Upendra Kishore Roychowdhury (both dir: Chaitali Tarafdar and a musical titled “ Jiban Maney “(dir: Sudeshna Dasgupta).












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Mr Gurudas Banerjee

Kalpana Partha Doyel

1003 Lower Delta Road, #08-02, Teresaville Singapore 099308


Mrs Indrani


Amitava Ahana

8 Geylang East Avenue 2, #10-09 Simsville Singapore 389757

68982657 68902437 indranil1@hotmail. com


Mr Indranil Banerjee

Mousumi Arkaprabha

Blk 28, Bukit Batok St 52, #30-01, Guilin View Singapore 659248

65202341 81395097 kallol_ban@


Mr Kallol Banerjee

Moupiya Trisha

760 Bedok Reservoir Road, #0110 Waterfront Waves Singapore 479245

66679335 91130056 b.madhubanti@



Ms Madhubanti


1 Lorong Lew Lian, #06-26 Singapore 531001



Mrs Monju


38 Faber Avenue Singapore 129546



Mr Robindra Nath



10 Cornwall Gardens Singapore 269639

63888751 81390140 98197965

Hemanta Anirudh Banerjee Anurag Banerjee

11 Sengkang Square, #0844, Compasse Heights Condo Singapore 545076


Sudeshna Trina

49 Hindhede Walk, #04-09, Springdale Singapore 587976

Abhit Anirban

#02-09, Blk 4, Normanton Park Singapore 119001



Mrs Roopali Banerjee Banerjee


Mr Sanjoy


Mrs Shilpi Banerjee



Mr Soumitra



20 Canberra Drive, #12-03, Yishun Emerald Singapore 768425

68720663 67232323 98423060 mahua_


Mr Soumyesh


Mahua Srijoni

14 Jalan Lempeng, #06-04 Park West Singapore 128799

67521185 62543006 96309048


Mr Subrata


Dolon Dwipana Adrija Atreyo

lilydale, 558 Yishun Ave 6, #0119 Singapore 768965

68245819 93380374 suchismita@gmail. com


Mrs Suchismita


Arnab P Rehan

68 Toh Tuck Road, #03-01 High Gate Singapore 596733

64982753 84557298 sudiptoban2004@


Mr Sudipto


Blk 9 Holland Avenue, #22-46 Singapore 272009

65033601 67906237 81812957


Dr Suman


Sharmistha Shayak Olly

93 Nanyang View Singapore 639665

63459617 97851070 sanchi_b@yahoo. com


Mr Suprio


Sanchita Siddhart Ishita

114A Arthur Road, #19-07, Katong Park Towers Singapore 439826



Mrs Supriya


Blk 305, Serangoon Avenue 2,, #09-84 Singapore 550305



Mr Aloke

48 49


Sharmistha Urvija

Ms Prianjali Banerji Mr Biplab Kumar


Sarnali Rohan Ankona

9 Nathan Road, #06-04, Regency Park Singapore 248730


Apt #06-03, 237 Arcadia Rd Singapore 289844

62811284 65018751 90222155

Blk 237, #10-384, Hougang St 21 Singapore 530237

64400965 96345879 smitabs@yahoo. com



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Sanjeev Sanyal Dhruv Sanyal Varun Sanyal

01-11, Livonia, Costa Rhu Singapore 437434

68928567 94358499

71 Hillview Avenue, #03-04 Hillview Apartment Singapore 669570

91720743 62204057 milly_barua@

Om Prakash

Blk 114, #02-188 Bukit Batok West Avennue 6 Singapore 650114

66967267 81805389


Mrs Komalata Barua


Mrs Milli Barua


Mr Anupam


Ritwika Atreyee Asmita

183 Tanjong Rhu Road, #13-04 Sanctuary Green Singapore 436923


Mr Asit


Soma Anusreya

46 Circuit Road, #10-649 Singapore 370046

63458421 92974657 subrata_basak@


Mr Subrata


Kakali Soumili Sarthak

86a Lorong N Telok Kurau, #0201, De Casalle Singapore 425236

64057870 62256168 92729374/90614912 meetabasu@


Mr Abhijit


Anuradha Abhiroop

30 Mt.Elizabeth, #15-34, “High Point” Singapore 228519

67359465 96252395


Mr Adinath


61 Grange Road, #19-01 Beverly Hill Singapore 249570

64091073 94488094 awe_me_tesh@


Mr Amitesh


Sutapa Deeptanshu

Block 558 Yishun Avenue 6, #0321 Singapore 768965



Mr Durjoy


Barnali Ipsita Ishaan

114A Arthur Road, #11-06, Katong Park Towers Singapore 439826

66406517 81563647 g_basu01@hotmail. com

Jayita Bam Sharanya

Block 209, #02-240 Serangoon Central Singapore 550209

68992848 65082565 97266930 partha_


Mr Gurudas Basu



Mr Partha Pratim


Soma Pallavi Sairindri

39 Jurong East Avenue 1, #12-04 Parc Oasis Singapore 609776

64055304 63213069 prasenjit.k.basu@


Mr Prasenjit Kumar


Aarti Meghna Prithviraj

235 Arcadia Road, #07-04 The Arcadia Singapore 289843

62696887 96606007 prasun1968@


Mr Prasun Kumar


Barnali Ankita

#08-11 Tower D1, Glendale Park, 23 Hillview Avenue Singapore 669557


Blk 105, Edgefield Plains, #03-17 Singapore 820105

67359465 96252395

61 Grange Road, #19-01 Beverly Hill Singapore 249570

65170276 91732256 krishnendu.bayen@

64 65 66

Mrs Pubali Basu Mr Sayanta


Mr Saumik



Mr Souvik



Mr Alak Kumar



Dr Amit

72 73

#06-02 INTERO, 08 Leicester Road,, Potong Pasir Singapore 358841

Mr Krishnenndu Bayen



Atreyee Shayona Atreyo

Ranita Upasana Rishiraj


176 Orchard Road, #06-06 The Centrepoint Singapore 238843

94872595 64236621 67281650 ranita.bera@

31 Amber Gardens, #15-04, The Esta Singapore 439967

68626950 68900640 81923850 alak_

50 Bukit Batok East Avenue 5, #23-01, Regent Heights Singapore 659801

65651247 64152100 90301044 malini_


Mr Arindam Bhadra Ms Malini Bhadra

49 Jurong East Ave 1, #18-02, Parc Oasis Singapore 609781

Mr Kunal Bhadra

Mr Arindam Bhadra Ms Malini Bhadra

3 Geylang Lorong 42, #01-08 Aston Mansions Singapore 398026



9 Surin Lane Singapore 535554

65842162 97845727

Shamini Singaram Ria Megha

Block 634, Pasir Ris Drive 1,#06614 Singapore 510634

66567754 96579752

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Sanskrita Rahul

16 Stirling Road, #13-16 Queen’s Condo Singapore 148957

67257818 ranabhattacharjee@rediffmail. com


Mr Rana


P.O. Box 326, Ghim Moh Estate Post Office Singapore 912741

64654659 98302404 anasua16@gmail. com


Mr Saibal


Anasua Shreoshi Atasi

7 Bukit Timah View, #08-02 Bukit Regency Singapore 588135

62543474 90285601 susanta_


Mr Susanta


Oindri Oishi

18 Greenpar Park Singapore 589379

64668177 97777001


Mr Ajay


Paramita Pritika Anoushka

59B Chun Tin Road Singapore 599634

64988654 65496436 sonali_


Mr Anupam


Shonali Srishti Anisha

18 Balmoral park, #03-05, The Balmoral Singapore 259848

65283244 90026042 arnab_bh@hotmail. com


Mr Arnab Kumar


Sanchita Ankita Akshita

52 Choa Chu Kang North 7, #11-26 Regent Grove, Tower B1 Singapore 689528

67260407 81689402 apala_arko1@


Mr Ashok


Pousali Apala Arko

6 Alexandra view, The Metropolitan condo , 1805. Singapore 158746

913340662136 shyamalkumar@hotmail. com


Mrs Banasree


Flat No. 4A,”Subho” 18/2/48 Uday Shankar Sarani,Kolkata India 700095

64044860 96460933 debashish.b59@


Mr Debashish


Bratati Ananya

3 Rhu Cross, #11-03 Ancilla Costa Rhu Singapore 437433

67791931 67766478


Mr Kishore



Blk 9, Holland Avenue, #10-42 Singapore 272009

64011330 81895647 rajat0805@gmail. com


Mr Rajat Subhra


Susmita Atrijo Atreyi

Block 108 Butik Batok West Avenue 6, #02-72 Singapore 650108

66443581 90689413 ranadeepb@


Mr Ranadeep


Kamalika Agnibha Shreeya

#12-89 644 Bedok Reservoir Road Singapore


Mrs Samita


Sujay Aditya

Blk 721, Tampines St 71, #04226 Singapore 520721

64056023 63058415 96474755 sandeep_


Mr Sandeep


Nandita Bhaskar

9, Nathan Road, #05-04, Regency Park Singapore 248730

64761906 98554450 sandeepb@singnet.


Mr Sandeep Sailendra Kumar


Jaya Mallika

370F, Alexandra Road, #04-01, Anchorage Singapore 159959


Mrs Sarbani


Arnab Kumar Banerjee Anisha Banerjee

Blk 16 Simei Street 1, #11-15 Singapore 529942


A. Prof Shantanu


Lipika Deeta Samrat 9 Surin Lane Singapore 535554


Mr Surajit Bhattacharya


93221975 64877512 67995266 shantanu. 67911325 98560937 tulika_c@hotmail. com

Tulika Sayona

96 Nanyang Crescent,#02-09 Singapore 637664

62243941 65719209 96542227 bimal. bimalb16@


Mr Bimal


Nobeena Shreya Vinayak

31-03, Block 6, Metropolitan Condominium, 6 & 8 Alexandra View Singapore 158746

67854991 91540691 binab06@hotmail. com


Ms Bina


Shiv Prasad Chaudhury

866 Tampines St 83, #03-231 Singapore 520866

64046605 91713729/91142587


Mr Ranajit


Rajashree Anish

Blk 52, Bukit Batok East Ave 5, Regent Heights Condo, #16-02 Singapore 659802

66337473 98809130 soumyabhatta@

Ipsita Spandan

11 Serangoon Road Avenue 2, #02-31, Sunglade Singapore 556135

67288104 65472250 98630771

Samarpita Simran Anumita

Block 659, Woodlands Ring Road, #08-168 Singapore 730659

96 97

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Mr A K

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1A Lutheran Road Singapore 267745

64000897 93888734 rinkoobhowmik@

Supratik Arko Dipro

35 Kew Heights Singapore 465988

68975943 65592873 96442352


Soma Soumya

Blk 414, Pandan Gardens, #07141 Singapore 600414

64056351 68298601 81981516 akbid@


Mabdira Ashmita

190 A Rivervale Drive, #08-980 Singapore 541190

64000574 96249024 abhijit.biswas.jr@ 67634001


Mr Abhijit Biswas

Jayeeta Ishan Eeshika

450 Corporation Road, #08-03 Parc Vista, Tower 1 Singapore 649810


Prof Arijit Biswas

Tapati Dr Sinjini

137 Sunset Way, #02-08, Clementi Park Condominium Singapore 597159


Mr Goutam Biswas

Ana Sengupta Abir Aman

6 Beechwood Grove Singapore

67760884 92713690


Mr Indradeep Biswas


Block 625 Senja Road, #30-142 Singapore 670625

98209423 94307201


853 Mountbatten Rd, #03-01, East Mews Singapore 437838

67755313 68999390 batchu03@yahoo. com


73 West Coast Grove Singapore 127875

67267875 90267584 pinku.kristy@gmail. com

106 107

Mr Pradeepto Kumar


Mr Dilip Borthakur


Mrs Debjani Bose


Mrs Jayati Bose


Blk 2 Pandan Valley, #10-205 Singapore 597626



Sanjoy Dipto

193 Meyer Road, #20-08 Aalto Singapore 437981

63466402 63439100 91516516

Mr Joydeep Bose

Nilanjana Shaunak Bose

3 Rhu Cross, #03-07 Costa Rhu Singapore 437433

67267104 97861244 pkbose@pacific.


Prof Kamal Bose


62 Faber Heights, Singapore 129188


Mr Kunal Bose



Mr Pratik



Mr Raj Kumar



Mr Samir Bose


Mr Subhendu Bose

118 119

Mr Supratim

2 River Valley Close, #20-05 Singapore 238428

68991491 92954294 preetam.bose@

Sunayana Preetish

Block 385, #14-344 Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 Singapore 650385

66930641 90687898 Rajdeepbose99@

Monideepa Rajdeep

50 Bukit Batok East Avenue-5,#24-07, Regent Heights Singapore 659801

62456861 65603919 91545565

Suravi Kabir Shankar

Blk72, Bayshore Road, #12-13 Costa Del Sol Singapore 469988

66807096 81814687 subhendubose@

Sanghamitra Sneha

53 Grange Road, #11-03 Spring Grove Singapore 249565


Chandra Saideep Sumanjit Sujata

11 A Cooling Close Singapore 558176

64582843 90284980 sohini@singnet.

Ben Brandon-King

42B Keppel Bay Drive, #07108 Caribbean @ Keppel Bay Singapore 098656

65206731 82337843


Mr Preetam Bose


Ms Sohini Brandon-King



Mr Anjan Chakrabarti

Piyali Anushka

38 Dover Rise, #12-02 Singapore 138684

67604681 98174233 debuchakrabarti@


Mr Debabrata Chakrabarti

Gopa Nabanita Tanushree

106 Gangsa Road, #09-131 Singapore 670106

91098767 arunava.chakrabarty@gmail. com


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Sanyukta Devaditya Somyaditya

29A Hill View Avenue, #04-07 Hillview Heights Singapore 669562

86178419 debasree.chakrabarty@gmail. com

Mrs Debasree


Anindya Chaudhuri

21 Fort Road, #13-02 Singapore 439089

Chanchal Dhriti

3 Rhu Cross, #06-11 Costa Rhu Singapore 437433

92759773 chakrabarti.satyaki@gmail. com


#04-185 Block 446 Clementi Avenue 3 Singapore 120446


117 Jurong East Street 13, #05129, Ivory Heights Singapore 600117

65693710 62252712 deb1407@hotmail. com

Mithu Drima Drishtant

Blk 265, Toh Guan Road, #18-21 Singapore 600265

66332646 91098120 devknph@yahoo. com

Sonali Ray Chaudhri Adiya

Blk 261C Sengkang East Way, #08-508 Singapore

63889049 90626430 swagata_123@

Swagata Neelesh Navoneel

5 Siglap Road, #19-43 Mandarin Gardens Singapore 448908


Mrs Keya Karanjai Chakrabarty


Mr Satyaki Chakraborti



Mrs Aroti



Mr Debashish Chakraborty


Mr Debendra Chakraborty


Mr Niladri Chakraborty




Mr Partha Sarathi


Nupur Sayan

Block- 65 Yung Kuang Road, #20-103 Singapore 610065



Mr Prasun


Debjani Devpratim

117 Jurong East Street 13, #05129, Ivory Heights Singapore 600117



Mr Ranjan Chakraborty

Mitali Ranamita Raktim

Blk 105, Jurong East St 13, #07230 Singapore 600105

84811070 soumitra.chakraborty@gmail. com


Mr Soumitra Chakraborty

Block 249 Compassvale Road, #03-606 Singapore 540249

98573627 subrat_chakraborty@


Mr Subrat Chakraborty

Indranil Shanaya

171 Stirling Road, #01-1117, Queenstown Singapore 140171



Mrs Susmita Chakraborty

Indranil Damayanti

105 Clementi Road, #08-01, Kent Vale Apt Blk B Singapore 129789

98185460 62226818 chitsababe@yahoo. com

15 Flora Road, #01-02, Avila Gardens Singapore 509734

62459146 96150924 ritachakravarti@


Mrs Chitra Chakravarti


Dr Nilotpal


Rita Shamik

41A Bedok Ria Crescent, #0411, Stratford Court Singapore 489929

85007585 92349264


Mr Prasenjit Chakravarti

Pranati Bagchi Rimi

59 Meyer Road, #15-11 Seafront on Meyer Singapore 437880


Mr Shouvik Chakravarti

Sriparna Roopkatha

62 Bayshore Road,#24-01 Bayshore Park Singapore 469983

67874394 64532527


Mr Nirmal Kumar



Blk 856F, Tampines St 82, #06212 Singapore 526856


Mr S K



Blk 210, Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #031610 Singapore 560210


Sushil Verma

233 Paya Lebar Road, #07-04 Le Crescendo Singapore 409044



Ms Dahlia Chakravorty Mr Sudipto


Mr Subrata Chanda

145 146

Mr Sumit Chandra Mrs Anuka

369 Tanjong Katong Road,Katong Student Hostel Singapore 437126


Papri Shammo

Blk 233, Pending Road, #05-11 Singapore 670233


Nivedita Sanjyog

Jurong East West St 81,, Blk 837, #05-77 Singapore 640837


Singapore 509068

66518229 85097810 paromita.chattaraj@







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41A Bedok Ria Crescent, #0236, Stratford Court Singapore 489929

Debjani Raadhika

6 Pari Dedap Walk, #04-03 Tanah 64062857 Merah Crest Singapore 486060



Mr Kalyan


Dr. Kalyani Rhea Chatterjea

97 Cashew Road, #08-03, Cashew Heights Singapore 679668

64055615 66685543 90627181 ABHI_


Mr Abhijit Chatterjee

Mohua Anindita

28 Bukit Batok East Ave 2, #1314 Hillview Regency, Tower 1A Singapore 659921


Purnima Hemansu Hiren

25 Hillview Avenue,Glendale Park, #01-12, TowerA3 Singapore 669558

65742098 96343579 amitchattt@gmail. com 64012906 81634701 anasua2001@


Mr Alok



Mr Amitava Chatterjee

Aarti Dhruv

4 Cairnhill Rise, #11-02 Singapore 229740


Mrs Anasua Chatterjee


8 Alexandra View, #11-10, The Metropolitan Singapore 158747


Mr Arindam



Mr Arup



Mr Bhaskar



Mr Debashish Chatterjee


Mr Jaidip Chatterjee


69 Cairnhill Road, #08-69 Cairnhill Mansions Singapore 229675

67829311 96747814 arup_c@hotmail. com

Tanushree Anoushka

Block 366, Tampines Street 34,#05-165 Singapore 520366

64061721 90076329 bhaskarchat07@


21A Upper East Coast Road Singapore 455210

65996210 91298977 82984405 debby.

Ankita Aadi

34 Bayshore Road, Tower 2B The Bayshore, #09-02 Singapore 469976


68 Marine Parade Road, #04-21, Cote d azur Singapore 449301

64406879 62354942 chatterjeej_in@


Mr Jayanta



63 Marine Drive,#07-124 Singapore 440063

66488482 90090472 nabanipa@yahoo. com


Mr Jayanta


Nabanipa Rishav

181 Tanjong Rhu Road, #02-04 Sanctuary Green Singapore 436922

63858070 62492489 97883526 kanakc@


Mr Kanak Chatterjee

Runu Lipika Bony

Blk-920, # 14-01, Hougang Street 91 Singapore 530920



Miss Meera Chatterjee

2 Jalan Riang Singapore 358968



Mr Nilanjan Chatterjee


806 Thomson Road,, #18-12 Singapore 298189

67337937 67375536 pchatts99@yahoo. com


Mr Pradeep Kumar


Srabani Joydeep

31 Leonie Hill, #18-01, Rivershire Singapore 239229

67282440 68732001 91089334 kaks23@yahoo. com


Mr Sandeep


Kakoli Rhea Reema

3 Pine Grove, Astor Green, #1404 Singapore 597590

65606995 96247785 sauravhere@gmail. com

Sarmistha Shohan

3 Bukit Batok Street 25, #10-03 Singapore 658881

66333189 98949259 shubhasrijaa@

Rishi Raj Srijaa Suhani

80 Bayshore Road, #03-27 Singapore 469992

65237673 91382566 schatterjee@levi. com

Trina Shreya Sai

19 Grange Road, #07-21 Grange Heights Singapore 239697

65208044 64156334 91469573

Bhaswati Anurag

Regent Heights, Tower B, #0603, Bukit Batok East Avenue 5 Singapore 659802

65198412 97708422 sounak1982sept@

Debarati Bhattacharya

Block 201, Serangoon Central, #06-04 Singapore 550201

64493623 97736167 sushcgs04@gmail. com


Mr Saurav Chatterjee


Mrs Shubha Chatterjee


Mr Shumone



Mr Siddhartha Chatterjee


Mr Sounak Chatterjee


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Arshia Ashmita

32 Marine Crescent, #02-119 Singapore 440032

66857506 96528827 dip.chats@yahoo. com

Sunita Nupur

5 Tanjong Rhu Road, #20-02 The Waterside Singapore 436882

Nibedita Sushrika

128A Punggol Field Walk, #11333 Singapore 821128

65203430 91086592 aparnasandip@live. com

Sandip Mohul

26 Bukit Batok St 52,, #05-03 Guilin View Condo Singapore 659247


Mr Arnab Chaudhuri

66449265 93888697 joy_maxus@yahoo. com 65632940 62652444 kanikaojha@yahoo.

Vinitra Jayaram Ahaan

369 Holland Road, #09-06 Allsworth Place Singapore 278640


Mr Samyajit Chaudhuri

Kanika Sumona

452 Corporation Road, #04-06 Parc Vista Tower 2 Singapore 649811


Mr Shankha Chaudhuri

Sohini Roy Choudhuri


Capt Rahul Choudhuri


Mr Jaydeep

Mr Shiladitya


62611591 98359616 Smita_

Smita Rohan

1 Farrer Road, #04-03, Tulip Garden Singapore 268817

64758957 64399251 90685424 soumi2504@

Soumi Soumyaditya

370E Alexandra Road, #1603, The Anchorage Singapore 159958

65648414 63464493 97351264 97351264 Abhijit.


Mr Prabir Chowdhury

Debjani Abhisek Arindam

Blk 289A, Bt. Batok Street 25, #08-214 Singapore 650289


Mr Abhijit Das

Kakoli Adrija

187 Tanjong Rhu Road, #02-08 Sanctuary Green Singapore 436925


Mr Abhijit Das

184 185

Mr Ajay Kumar


Mr Amitava Das


12 Amber Gardens, #06-06 Kings Mansion Block B Singapore 439959





Blk 288C Bukit Batok Street 25, #03-24 Singapore 652288

65208849 98004456 ajaydas@rediffmail. com

Shyamolee Ananya Anish

20, Simei Street 1, #01-04, Melville Park Singapore 529944

62809056 82884963 ukrsg@singnet.

Rakih Ahana Angshula

115 Potong Pasir,, #10-902 Singapore 350115

64695376 63286011 bedant.das@


Mr Bedant


Moushumi Aditi Arunima

Blk 416, Yishun Ave 11, #05-359 Singapore 760416



Mr Chandan Kumar


Susmita Anuska

25 Hazel Park Terrace, #11-09 Singapore 678948

67627885 67271830 91441601


Mr Debabrata Das

Sujata Ayush Das

47 Hindhede Walk, #01-02, Springdale Condominium Singapore 587977



Mr Debabrata Das

Supta Syamantak Sanchari

370E Alexandra Road,, #0804, The Anchorage Singapore 159958


Mr Debajit Das

Piyali Rishav Sharanya

129 Stevens Road Singapore 257868

64723440 96441651 devashis_jp@


Mr Devashis Das

Nivedita Monalisa Shreya

370D Alexandra Road,#1009 The Anchorage Singapore 159957

64683794 64372402 dhruv_anita@msn. com

Anita Ahana

997 Bukit Timah Rd, #04-04, Casa Esperanza Singapore 589633


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Dr Kakaly Ghosh Pranjal Das Ghosh Deepaprabha Das Ghosh

Blk 726 Jurong West Ave 5, #02260 Singapore 640726

98303495 indrani_das_1_71@yahoo.


Mr Gopal Chandra Das


Mrs Indrani Das

Yashveer Singh Tushar Mitali

63 Tampines Avenue 1, #12-06, The Tropica Singapore 529777

64630137 96641549 daskaushik@yahoo. com


Mr Kaushik Das


51 Sommerville Estate Road Singapore 258040

62694257 98228359 kpdas9@hotmail. com


Mr Krishnaprasad Das

Jayati Kushal Das

Blk 515, Woodlands Drive 14, #11-141 Singapore 730515



Mrs Monica Das

Snehashis Daivik D

67439844 97689031 97619025 11 Tanjong Rhu Road, #17-04 The Waterside Singapore 436896


Anupama Aryaman Mayukh

11 Tanjong Rhu Road, #14-03 664193802 84309081 sambit.2006@ The Waterside Singapore 436896


Mr Mrinmoy Kumar


Mrs Peali Das

Sambit Souhardyo

Blk 182, #01-256 Edgefield Plains, Punggol Singapore 820182


Mr Ranaa Das

Rupali Londhe

302 Jurong East St. 32, #04-28 Singapore 600302

65991466 97716213 ranjandas67@


Mr Ranjan Das

Priyanka Rajashri Prerna

99, Meyer Road, #14-02, The Sovereign Singapore 437920

63452575 93361919 sanchitabasu@


Mrs Sanchita Basu Das

Subhramit Aditeya

7 Tanjong Rhu Road, #08-03 The Waterside Singapore 436887

65643230 96457194 satyakidas123@


Mr Satyaki Das

Nabamita Guha Abhinanda

43 Jurong East Avenue 1, #02-04 Singapore 609778

62933294 65327737 subrata@singnet.


Mr Subrata Das

Sandhya Sudeepta, Sunanda Sudesna

55 Geylang Bahru, #10-3613 Singapore 330055

67298530 97878865 subrata_das_wb@

Mallika Soumya Brata Torsa

Blk 30, Tanglin Halt Road,, #05150 Singapore 140030

205 206

Mr Subrata Kumar


Mr Suchanchal Das

63163254 64229500 surajit32@hotmail. com 63144385 65155030 91287081 tanmoy@

Mr Surajit Kumar


Maitreyi Avinash Avranilo

Blk 620, Bt Batok Central, #03552 Singapore 650620


Mr Tanmoy


Sweta Sreyan Trishan

19A Hill View Avenue, #09-05 Hillview Park Singapore 669554


Mr Tanmoy


211 212


214 215 216

Prof Shamal Das De Dr Soumen

Das De

Mr Kunal Das Gupta

Mr Mihir Kumar

Das Gupta

Mr Sudhansu Ranjan Das Gupta Mr Ajoy Kumar


Mrs Anjana Dasgupta


200 Jalan Sultan, #19-01 Textile Center Singapore 199018





91 Bencoolen Street, #06-13 Sunshine Plaza Singapore 189652


Sanjukta Sudeep

15 Faber Avenue Singapore 129528



15 Faber Avenue Singapore 129528

62194791 96630049 kunal124@hotmail. com

Rekha Kuheli

Block 2B, Hong San Walk, #1001, Palm Gardens Singapore 689048


Gaetry Debarati

9G Yuan Ching Road, #16-72, Lakeside Towers Singapore 618649


Indrani Kalyan Tilak

5000-J Marine Parade Road, #09-42, Lagoon View Singapore 449291

68932198 97462086 ajoydg@singnet.

Sujata Anasuya Arijit

69 Choa Chu Kang Loop, #08-08 Northvale Singapore 689672


Uday Binayak

Blk 840, Yishun St 81, #02-376 Singapore 760840

65223779 91825820 arnabd1971@gmail. com


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Deepsikha Ahana Ananya

72 Bayshore Road, #16-15 Costa-del Sol Singapore 469988

68460323 63954335 93710582


Mr Biswaroop


Sudeshna Bikramjit Sagarika

202A Compassvale Drive, #10579, Senkang Singapore 541202

67857635/62419573 81573678


Mr Debapriya


Suchita Shreyashi

Blk7, Mandarin Gardens, #06-63, Lobby Q Singapore 448909

67374619 chitralekha_gupta@hotmail. com


Mr Dipankar


Chitralekha Kancana

11 Nathan Road, #15-01, Regency Park Singapore 248732

67333439 63321438 dipayan.dasgupta@


Mr Dipayan


Patralekha Amrita Antara

53 Cairnhill Road, #12-03, Cairnhill Plaza Singapore 229664

67352702 81217354 dos3010@yahoo.


Mr Parikshit



333 River Valley Road, #08-06 Singapore 238365

96226716 / 81496720 santanu1477@


Mrs Santanu


Moitreyee Sahana

12 Bedok Reservoir View, #0837 The Clearwater Singapore 479237

66890057 97320758 sayantan1974@


Mr Sayantan


Kiran Dron

50 Bayshore Road, #06-07 Bayshore Park Singapore 469977


Mr Sumantra


Priyanka Ahan

41 Hindhede Walk, #01-02 Singapore 587972

64000023 96621150 sanjay.dasmunshy@


Mr Sanjay


Arpita Abhishek Sunisha

7 Siglap Road,#17-58 Mandarin Gardens Singapore 448909

64595903 92393330 koushik.dastidar@flaktwoods. com



Capt Abhijit Dass

Ruma Rivali Aditi Rohit

97 Thomson Green Singapore 574964


Mr Koushik Dastidar

Sudeshna Diya

05-01, Haw Par Glass Tower, 178 62443440 65129445 getdebajit@yahoo. clemenceu Avenue Singapore com 239926


Block 29 Marine Crescent, #0219 Singapore 440029


Susmita Stuti Shoumik

9 Woodlands Dr. 72, #03-19, Woodsvale Singapore 738093

65810932 96657609

Rita Rahul Rohit

62 Bayshore Road, Bayshore Park Pearl Tower, #31-02 Singapore 469983


Arpita Bhowmick

25 Jalan Sempadan, #02-07 Tower 16 Villa Marina Condo Singapore 457400


Tina Sophia Sarah

8 Cuscaden Walk, #11-01 Four Seasons Park Singapore 249692


229 230

Mr Debajit Datta Mr Devesh Kumar



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Mr Sauvik Datta


Mr Sudeepto Killick



Mr Uttam Datta

Aruna Udeet Kunal

89 Cashew Road, #02-02, Cashew Heights Singapore 679660



Mr Bimal Datta Ray


168 Lentor Loop, # 09-01 Bullion Park, Singapore 789098

93456915 sg


Mrs Dolly Davenport

95 Bukit Drive, #03-33 The Raintree Singapore 587843

N/A N/A 84391367 ddawn1958@gmail. com


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Mr Debjit De


Mr Kaushik De


Mrs Krishna De Chatterjee


Mr Shyamal Deb

Suchorita Dibya Shankar Adwitiya N/A

9F Yuan Ching Road, #11-68 Lakeside Apartment Singapore 618648

Susmita Roy Deeptayan Jheelum

37 Jurong East Avenue 1, #15-06 Singapore 609775

90674614 93533217

19 Mackenzie Road, #04-01 Singapore 228678 83098262 Sushmita

Blk 440 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #101307 Singapore 560440

64006144 96660235 aartideb@yahoo. com



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#05-69, 6A Carissa Park, 6 Flora Drive Singapore 507027

63121889 96948927 rupali.desai@yahoo. com


Mrs Rupali Desai

Rajesh Siddharth Hersh

Block 133 Rivervale Street, #06700 Singapore 540133

67609564 82015737 ruma_dev@yahoo.


Mrs Ruma Dev

Debapriya Ria Rohan

6 Petir Road, #22-10, Maysprings Singapore 678267

64743053 67307964 92304791 shashwati1973@


Mr Suhrid Devsharma

Shashwati Aditya

370E Alexendra Rd,The Anchorage, #01-09 Singapore 159958

92724860 83364812 amitabh.dey@gmail. com


Mr Amitabh Dey

Blk 82, Bedok North Road, #06326 Singapore 460082



Miss Anuradha Dey

Blk 10E, Braddell View, #02-20 Singapore 579724

66850316 82898475 aydee67@gmail. com


Mr Avik Dey

Mita Anuksha

Blk 249 Bangkit Road, #09-324 Singapore 670249



Mr Biplab Dey

Satarupa Debjyoti Anirvan

Blk 207 Bukit Batok Street 21, #07-122 Singapore 650207


9A Yuan Ching Road, #05-16 Singapore 618643

65815146 64854452 97861641 ManojKumar.Dey@

521 Yio Chu Kang Road, #03-86, The Calrose Singapore 787086


9A Yuan Ching Road, #05-16 Singapore 618643

62605851 96704358 tapansneha@

Block 225, #03-209 Singapore



Mr Jayant Kumar



Mr Manoj Kumar



Mrs Sandhya



Mr Tapan Kumar



Mrs Daisy Dhar


Ms Sanjukta Dhar


Mr Surajit Dhar



Sourav Sonali

Purbasha Sneha

627 East Coast Road Singapore 459013 Barclays Capital Services Ltd., 10 Marina Boulevard, #23-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Singapore 018983

67530519 68824328 surajit_dhar@

Debarati Ritarupa Sudeshna

Blk 339B, Sembawang Close, #15-09 Singapore 752339

67287601 91511787 sugat_dhara@

Mr Sugat Dhara


156 Prince Charles Crescent, #13-15, Tanglin View, Tower A Singapore 159015

64811844 68362017 ashimvernice@

Dr Ashim Dutt


491 River Valley Road, #01-20C, Valley Point Shopping Centre Singapore 248371



19 Jalan Merlimau Singapore 308709



Ms Niva Dutt

19 Jalan Merlimau Singapore 308709


Mr Shamik Dutt


Capt Subhangshu Dutt


Miss Maleti


Anamika Annsh

18 Simei Street 1, #01-03 Melville Park Singapore 529943

63544867 64384390 81755307 arjun@

Sujata Sudeshna Dutt Subeer Dutt

Blk 319, Shunfu Road, #16-12 Singapore 570319



Mr Alok Kumar


Baisakhi Bishakha Anirban

Block 685B Jurong West Street 64, #11-169 singapore 642685

67549982 68825050 91081104 amit_


Mr Amit


Gopa Anamika Aditya

418 Canberra Road,, #11-351 Singapore 750418

64026764 97503169 arindamdutta@


Mr Arindam


Susmita Arohan

Block 26 Simei Street 1, #10-05 Melville Park Singapore 529947

66188024 82330071 duttavijit@gmail. com

Rashmoni Arkajit

1 Bukit Batok Steert 25, Tower 1 Parkview Apartments, #08-10 Singapore 658882


Mr Avijit Dutta



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Mr Bijan



Mr Deb



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#11-352 Lorong Ah Soo,Block 219 Singapore

63489846 98482856 mousumi_dutta1@

Mousumi Airashi Aria

5 Rhu Cross, #06-20, Costa Rhu Singapore 437434

Saswati Vidisha Anika

68 Bayshore Road,#24-04 Costa Del Sol Singapore

(82) 10-5189-8778 ddutta@alumni.nus.


Shibani Ronita Rahul

Blk 244, Lorong Chuan, #02-01, Chuan Park Singapore 556745



Mr Ishan Chandra Dutta

Soojeun Kaberi Noyona

36 Conway Grove Singapore 558218

64090190 96475828 dr_rupakdutta@


Mr Rupak Dutta

Preeti Prunoti Utkarr

Woodlands Drv 72 Woodsvale E.C, Blk 9A #12-19 Singapore 738093


Mr Siddhartha Dutta

Priyanka Arth

22 Bukit Batok Street 52, #10-06 Guilin View Singapore 659245

68849546 62209320 97127888


Ms Smita Dutta

175 B Bencoolen Street, # 07-09 Burlington Square Singapore 189651

67626171 92715035 srabontidutta@


Mr Sumit Dutta

Srabonti Shanaya

764 Woodlands Circle, #06-326 Singapore 730764

66119964 97709262 surodutta@gmail. com


Mr Surojit Dutta

Anamika Sania Aania

641 Bedok Reservoir Road, #0667 Singapore 410641

66996891 91790133

Paramita Shayoni Laboni

22 Bayshore Road,, #11-04, The Bayshore, Tower 1B Singapore 469970

64650972 91251726 monicariti@yahoo.

Monica Ritoma

10 Cuscaden Walk, #09-03 Four Season Park Singapore 249693


Mr Debashis Dutta


Dr Devashish

277 278 279

Mr Arup


Mr Tapas Gangoly Mr Bikram Vaskar

Mr Arijit Ganguli


Mrs Soma Ganguli


Mr Aloke



Mrs Mallika Gawde Chatterjee


Mrs Anjali Ghatak


Mr Kaushik Ghatak


Mr Sandip Ghatak


Mr Subir Ghatak



Blk 34 Upper Cross Street, #19136 Singapore 050034

62543474 91823688 gautam70@

#02-07, Tower A, Regent Park, 22 Jalan Lempeng Singapore 128803

64003866 81387341 somaganguli@

Suvendu Saptarshi Ujjesha

22 Ewe Boon Road, #02-05, Palm Spring Singapore 259328

68925805 98235167 ruchira_ganguly@

Ruchira Korak

Blk 676, Choa Chu Kang Crescent, 62604786 96673419 vedantmallika@ #06-459 Singapore 680676

Amol Vedant

20 Simei Rise, #06-49 Changi Rise Condo Singapore 528809


3 Siglap Road, #03-19, Mandarin Gardens Singapore 448907


Nandini Enakshi

Blk 3, Mandarin Gardens, #03-19 Lobby E Singapore 448907

65031901 63722901 96514530 / 96514539

Nandini Saoni Sreena

7 Siglap Road,Mandarin Gardens, #18-55 Singapore 448909

64042453 96782907 subir_ghatak@

Priti Sneha

2 JLN LEMPENG, #1002 PARK WEST Singapore 128793

62354731 65313780 sudipto.ghatak@

Paromita Abheek Noyonika

25 Leonie Hill, #08-01, Leonie Garden Singapore 239225

67289904 90226751 ghosalritwik@





Mr Sudipto



Mr Anil Kumar


56 Bukit Batok East Avenue 5, Regent Heights, Tower A, # 2507 Singapore 659804



Mr Arpan Kumar


Blk. 52, Choa Chu Kang North 6, #13-21 Yew Mei Green Singapore 689575

67289904 90664792 ghosalritwik@



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Mr Ritwik


Atasi Ritwan

56 Bukit Batok East Avenue 5, Regent Heights, Tower A, # 2507 Singapore 659804



Mr Samit


Debjani Archita

Blk. 52, Choa Chu Kang North 6, #13-21 Yew Mei Green Singapore 689575

66406531 98540132 sanjibghosal@


Mr Sanjib Ghosal

42 South Buona Vista Road, ##01-06 Bayville Singapore 118166

67360137 67320132 96795701 sghose@


Mr Shyamal Ghose


Blk 21, Holland Drive, #14-413 Singapore 271021


Ai Teen

18 Faber Drive Singapore 129348

64409281 90301558 reach_ag@hotmail. com

Suparna Siddhant Tanya

9 Tanjong Rhu Road, #16-02, The Waterside Singapore 436894

64257384 93364571 ambarishghosh@

295 296

Mr A B


Mr Abhijit Ghosh


Mr Ambarish


Sreyashi Sneha

Blk 438B Sengkang West Avenue, #16-341 Singapore 792438

91778415 / 92366773


Mr Amit


Anuradha De Amlan

1 Bukit Batok St. 25, #04-01 Singapore 658882

62589045 63515754 anirban_100@


Mr Anirban Kumar


Roshmi Aadarsh

7 Bassein Road, #06-02, Pastoral View Singapore 309837

64516401 96675294 anjankghosh@


Mr Anjan Kumar


Pampi Anupa

The Florida, Hougang Avenue 7, Block 72, #04-15 Singapore 583305


Mr Arup



3 Bideford Road, #06-05 Richmond Park Singapore 229920

64689264 68280863 shostika@hotmail. com


Dr Aurobindo


Swastika Debora

1 King Albert Park, #02-14 Singapore 598326



Dr B C


Bandana Sudip Rinku

3 Holland Park, #07-07 Singapore 249473

65239651 97128705 ghoshbhaswar@


Mr Bhaswar


Sulagna Angira

6 Petir Road,#04-16 Maysprings Singapore 678267


Shweta Singh

#08-03 Bedok South Avenue 3, Bedok Court Singapore


Chandramita Halder

Blk 64 Telok Blangah Drive, #12198 Singapore 100064


36 Dover Rise, #14-05, Tower B Singapore 138698



Mr Birendra Prasad Ghosh


Mr Debananda Ghosh



Mr Devarun



Mr Dibakar


Mini Drisana

Blk 53, Lorong 5 Toa Payoh, #0504 Singapore


Mr Dilip Ghosh

Pari Supriya Sharmila

19, Dairy Farm Road, #09-01 Singapore 679044

64025663 62492473 91268511 / 81009310 ghosh.

Pampa Soham

Blk 1 St. George’s Road, #03-31 Singapore 320001

63001454 82017380 himadri.ghosh@

Shima Dipshikha Chandrika

56 Bukit Batok East Ave 5, #23-06 Regent Heights, Tower A Singapore 659804

309 310

Mr Dilip Kumar



Mr Himadri Ghosh


Mr Joedha Ghosh


3 Simei Street Singapore

66466694 98311918 67959577 63714340 90186773 kubalay@ sudeshna0205@yahoo. 98294801 98854434 sanchayitag@gmail. com


Mr Kingshuk


Reshma Murthy Pranav Mitul

#04-08, Tower 1B,The Bayshore, Bayshore Road Singapore 469970


Mr Kubalay


Sudeshna Kaustav

220 Westwood Avenue, #09-07 The Floravale Singapore 648352


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Mr Pabitra


Sanchayita Poulina

55 Choa Chu Kang Loop, #04-36 Warren Condo Singapore 689684

67287263 93833534 ppghosh@gmail. com

Mr Pintu


Sheetal Prisha Priyanka

Blk 313A, Anchorvale Road, #14122 Singapore 541313

65692642 65681577 98352937 prabal_


Mr Prabal Ghosh

Saswati Prerona

Blk 245, Jurong East St 24, #09693 Singapore 600245

66389154 65572678 84324223 prabir1@


Mr Prabir Ghosh

Kalyani Sudakshina Siddhartha

114A, Arthur Road, #16-08, Katong Park Towers Singapore 238436

91894066 / 91894122 ritwik2005@


Mr Ritwik


Paroma Ray

160 Killiney Road, #11-03 La Crystal Singapore 239568

66416056 96822353 santanuurmi@


Mr Santanu


Urmi Agnibho

57, Meyer Road, 21-08, The Seafront Singapore 437678

64051274 62253579 90610310 shankar_


Mr Shankar Narayan


Indrani Nirvik

#21-05 Bukit Batok East Avenue 5, Regent Heights Tower C Singapore

63106550 68904867 jasa_ghosh@yahoo. com


Mr Shyamal Kumar


Jayati Arnab Anirban

83 Hillview Avenue, #05-07 Meralodge Singapore 669583

67371647 64361349 93378708

Neetu Sunit Nishu

53 Cairnhill Road,, #08-02 Singapore 229664

65630342 66604891 90042541 sujit.


Mr Sudip Ghosh


Dr Sujit Ghosh

Debarati Shiladitya

65 West Coast Way, #12-28 Carabelle Singapore 127022

67327585 96602399 ssghosh@gmail. com


Mr Sujit Ghosh

Sudakshina Satrajit Sulagna

28 Scotts Road, #26-04, Scotts 28 Singapore 228223

63235092 63235253 aditidastidar@

Ghosh Dastidar

Aditi Sreemoyee

49 Spottiswood Park Road, #08-03, Oakswoode Heights Singapore 088644

66989150 98524086 sukantghoshal@


Aditi Suditi

183A, Rivervale Crescent,#04-265 Sengkang Singapore


BLK - 171, Stirling Road, #141401 Singapore 814101

62479654 62240226 emorp@singnet.


437 Tanjong Katong Road, #14-01, Kings Mansion, Blk-A Singapore 437147

64004031 96547868 goutamgoswami@

Anindita Arnab Gitanjali

Blk 547, Serangoon North Ave 3, #15-156 Singapore 550547

96993041 ratnadeep.goswami@

Parul Siddhi

9 Mt. Faber Road,#01-16 Singapore 099208



Mr Subhankar


Mr Sukanta


Mr Santosh Gon


Mr Promode



Mr Goutam Goswami


Mr Ratnadeep Goswami


Mrs Gouri Guha


Mr Sanjib Guha


Mr Sanjoy Kumar



Mr Subhendu Guha


Mr Utpal Guha

337 338

Mr Deepok Kumar

Guha Thakurta

Mr Monil Guha Thakurta

20 Bodmin Drive, Serangoon Garden Singapore 559619



Suchandra Aditya

301 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee, 28-04, Meraprime Singapore 169568

64417920 92227519 skguha6@hotmail. com

Rubena Sreeya Shouvik

132 Tanjong Rhu Road,Unit 1306, Lobby G, Pebble Bay Singapore 436919

67666101 65155731 90488401

Aditi Shruti Antara

6 Petir Road,, #06-06, Maysprings Singapore 678267

Priyanka Oindrila Aritra

12 Stirling Road, Queens Condominium, #23-08 Singapore 148955


Arunduthi Mahua Malini

8 Dover Rise, #17-08, Heritage View Singapore 138678


Maya Sujoy Sumita Monali

89 Clover Avenue Singapore 578361

67362264 97389369 amitavagr@yahoo. com





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Mr Amitava Guharoy


Mr Abhijit Gupta


Mr Aloke


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Srimanti Trina

25 Leonie Hill, Leonie Gardens Block A, #18-01 Singapore 239225

62706630 64237013 96681064 atgupta@

Tinku Arjit Ankit

Blk 1003, Lower Delta Road, #17-04, Teresa Ville Condo Singapore 099308

62588041 68823303 Alokeparvati@

Parvati Rohit Mrinalini

26 Newton Road, 07-03, Newton View Singapore 307957




Dr Avijit Gupta

Centre for Remote Sensing, Servising & Processing, National University of Singapore Singapore 119260


Miss Bibha Gupta

Blk 5000B, Laguna Park, #14-05 Singapore 449085

68964091 98379402 dgupta5@yahoo. com


Mr Dattatreya Gupta


37 Jurong East Avenue 1, #1205, Parc Oasis Singapore 609775

66465242 82505618 doelmgupta@gmail. com


Mr Indrajit Gupta

Doel M.

66 Marine Parade Road, #21-12 Cote d’Azur Singapore 449300

64413677 96879040 atreyeepal@gmail. com


Mr Manob



5000B Marine Parade Road,#1405 Singapore 449285

64413677 62635130 mohit.gupta@shell. com


Mr Mohit


Sakuntala Shandip Manob

5000-B Marine Parade Road, #14-05 Laguna Park Singapore 449285



Mr Nikhilesh


Sangita Ritwika Radhika

5000D Marine Parade Road, #24-14 Laguna Park Singapore 449287


Mrs Ratna


Soumitra Uttara Somiran

#09-05 Horizon Towers West, Leonie Hill Singapore 239228

67898986 92387386 com


Ms Ritwika Gupta

5000D Marine Parade Road, #24-14, Laguna Park, Singapore 449287

64443750 96859584 gupta_bn@yahoo. com


Mr Santanu

Suhrita Amit

5000-B Marine Parade Road, #16-07 Laguna Park Singapore 449285


Debalina Simone

Blk 496B Tampines Street 43, #09-233 Singapore 525496



Mr Shumit Gupta


Mr Utpalendu




Mr Vinay Kumar


Sanghamitra Sonia Sneha


Mr Nilay Kumar



Mr Dipankar



Mr Sundargopal



Mr Prodipta Hore


Mr Saurav Hore


Mr Rabiul Awal


66186946 91295115 90020277 reshmi. 97 Marine Parade Road, #15-02 Marine View Mansions Singapore 449273


252 Compassvalle Street, #1615 Singapore

67793430 Hazra.Dipankar@ mituhazra@


360 Pasir Panjang Road, #0204 Gold Coast Condominium Singapore 118699

65221220 91119610 hazrasundargopal@

Smita Sreejita

36 Ah Hood Road, #17-02 Casa Fortuna Singapore 329980


Nandita Deborshee

6 Flora Road, Azalea Park Singapore

64060391 63294833 94894033 hore_nandini@

Nandini Suhita Gaurav Sumedha

Block-222, Unit#02-11 Floravale , Westwood Avenue Singapore 648355

67550342 64862079 90047050 rabiul. sahina.khatun@

Khatun Sahina Farzaana Hossain Areej Hossain

BLK 932, Yishun Central 1, #0493 Singapore 760932

64745259 63216998 zahirul@singnet.


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Mr Mohammad Islam Zahirul Mrs Arundati Gupta


Mrs Atreyi Kankanhalli


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Munni Tisha Mariah

Blk 91 , Tanglin Halt Road, #02300 Singapore 142091

64361591 81390042 gupta.arundhuti@

Jaiison Jadengiil Jaiison Jaccob

32 Lorong Mydin, #08-03 Astoria Park, Tower E Singapore 416826

67747170 68746738 atreyi@comp.nus.

Mohan Gourav Shreya

105 Clementi Road, #07-07, Block B, Kent Vale Singapore 129789

66487303 98587930 deepanjankkar@

Mousumi Aavishkar Aavantika

9 Bukit Batok Central Link, The Jade, #11-02 Lobby B Singapore 658074



Mr Deepanjan Kar


Mr Gautam Kar

Mistuna Tanisi

236 Yishun Ring Road,#03-1004 Singapore 760236


Mr Suman Kar

Sutapa Abhijit Soumyajit

Block 556 Jurong West Street 42,#10-433 Singapore 640556

65198324 90625095 susmita_kar@


Mrs Susmita Kar

Rahul Surabhi Ayushman

Block 184C, #08-201, Rivervale Crescent, Sengkang (E) Singapore

67599464 98342335 rupa7387@gmail. com

Anup Kumar Anirban

Yishun St 21, Blk 219, 05-387 Singapore 760219

62410019 97316244 manishkhaitan@

Shuchi Samridh Samridhi

24 Fernwood Terrace,#04-01 Singapore 458554

92702015 98554450 biswajitk@gmail. com

Sharmistha Souparno

Blk 257, Serangoon Central Drive, #09-26 Singapore 550257


Mrs Kasturi Karchaudhuri Khaitan


Mr Manish


Mr Biswajit Khan


Mr Sourish Khan

372 373 374

Mrs Debjani Khanna Mr Uttam Kripalani Ms Aroti



Mrs Sabita Krishnan


Mrs Mita Kukreja


Mr Koushik Kundu



Blk 510 West Coast Drive, #08303 Singapore 120510


235 Arcadia Road, Arcadia, 0502 Singapore 289843

64678680 62250221 96150704

237 Arcadia Road, #04-06 Singapore 289844

62829808 96930174 srk13579@yahoo. com

Blk 350, Hougang Ave 7, #06649 Singapore 530350


Blk 56, Geylang Bahru, #20-3585 Singapore 330056



2 River Valley Close, #09-05 Singapore 238428

64025450 65934206 93389150 koushik.

Tulika Koushani

Park Green, No. 2 Rivervale Link, #16-03 Singapore 545040



Mr Parag


Sagarika Anushka

12 Farrer Park Road Singapore 210012

68772367 94317297 pkundu@ arpanakundu@yahoo.


Mr Prabir Kumar


Arpana Ipsita Indranil

88 Hillview Avenue, #01-04 Hillbrooks Singapore 669590

68985363 66685847 91890612


Mr Sandip Kumar


Pamela Muskan Rishav

50 Bukit Batok East Avenue 5, #11-06 Regent Heights Singapore 659801

66410334 92300518 sudipkundu@

Mr Sudip Kundu

Debjani Sumeda

63 Bishan Street 21,, #10-04, Bishan 8 Singapore 574045

62731774 96774276 manjari_lahiri@

Manjari Sanjana Anushka

20 Bukit Batok Street 52, #03-02 Singapore 659244

64470204 91722425 92951666 lahiri.

Piu Upamanyu Ayushman

7 Tanjong Rhu Road, #20-01 The Waterside Singapore 436887


381 382

Dr Amitabha Lahiri


Mr Indrajit Lahiri


Mrs Swagata



2M Jalan Remaja, #04-03 Singapore 668671



Mr Sudipto


Monica Ayushi

34 Tanah Merah Kechil Road, #08-28, East Meadows Singapore 465560

66482904 93694817 jayantalal@gmail. com



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3 Rhu Cross, Costa Rhu (Ancilia), #06-13 Singapore 437433

67884932 67258827 98410281 samita0809@


Samita Akash

Blk 21 tower 1 #06-04 Pasir Ris St-72, Whitewater Singapore 518764

62689029 68613377 devlodh@

Sumati Nandika

9G Yuan Ching Road, #09-76, Lakeside Towers Singapore 618649



7 Siglap Road, #10-53,Mandarin Gardens Singapore

64621934 81899649 maiti_in@yahoo. com


Lopamudra Ritabrata

216 Petir Road,, Unit No. 07-411 Singapore 670216

66494971 97336557 indrajeet.maitra1@ 67328489

Mr Debotosh Lodh



Mrs Neha Garg


Mr Subhankar


Mr Indrajeet


Mandeep Nanaki

245 Orchard Boulevard, #20-03 Orchard Bel-Air Singapore


Mrs Raka


Shankar Rajorshi Aurko

93 Robertson Quay, #30-04 Rivergate Singapore 238255


Mr Sandip Maitra


41 Hindhede Walk, #07-05 Southhaven 1 Singapore 587672

67894535 62256015 rinki.maity@gmail. com

Arundhati Om Shohag

437 Tanjong Katong Rd, Kings Mansion, Blk A, #22-03 Singapore 437147

68982624 91782510 b_majee@

Arunima Ankita Aniket

52 Bukit Batok East Avenue 5, #17-03 Regent Heights Singapore 659802


Ashok Das

3 Bideford Road,#05-05 Singapore 229920



Block 605, Yishun Street 61, #12-313 Singapore 760605

66996045 63555822 90282554, 91790374, 91372545 debasis.majumdar@


395 396 397

Mr Pradip Kumar


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Blk 23, #14-08, Nuovo Ang Mo Kio Ave 9 Singapore 569787

64400726 96247247 j.majumdar@ymail. com


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22 How Sun Walk, Singapore 538444

64055206 93884897


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#03-61 Queensway Tower Singapore


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Block 724 Yishun Street 71, #12183 Singapore 760724

67498602 96528874 bikash_theke@

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3 Carmen Terrace Singapore 459682

65207601 92393035 malakar.raja@gmail. com


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65675243 64668551 malliks04@yahoo.

Soma shreyan

3 Bukit Batok Street 25, #1002, Tower2, Parkview Condo Singapore 658881

62426442 91094699 rathinmandal72@

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10 Chai Chee Road, #07-05 Singapore 467010



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Mr Rathin Mandal


Dr Bhim Prasad Mazoomdar

408 409

Mr Priyaranjan


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41 Jalan Jelita Singapore 278365



Mallika Trisha

28 Upper Serangoon View, #0935 Rio-Vista Singapore 534207

96123031 sharmistha.mazumdar@gmail. com

Amit Kr Mukherjee

Blk 458, Avenue 9 Tampines, #08-304 Singapore 520458

64762465 63954876 92235275,97305463 smazumdar2000@


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64061066 82821234 paromitamehta@

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31 Ford Avenue, Singapore

8124845 97399507


Mr Dipak Kumar


31 Roberts Lane Singapore 218292


Mr Siddharth


30 Bayshore Road,, #12-02, The Bayshore Singapore 469974

63000462 81892861 mishra@mosmsg.


Mr Sumit Kumar


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54 Choa Chu Kang North 7, #0639 Singapore 689529

64684955 65071205 96331102 amit.mitra@merck. com


Mr Amit


Javeri Aryan

42 Choa Chu Kang Street 64, #02-16, The Singapore 689104



Dr Amit Kanta Kumar


55A Coronation Rd West Singapore 269268


97 Cashew Road, #08-03, Cashew Heights Singapore 679668

67332471 64398063 kallolmitra@

29 Leonie Hill, #15-06, Horizon Tower West Singapore 239228

64521400 93521949 98366226

Blk 234, Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #121128 Singapore 560234

66965710 97737291 soumenmitra67@ 67777604 91372631 91267500 mitra. dipanwita.mitra@


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477 River Valley Road, #17-02 Valley Park Singapore 243862


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Blk 202, Clementi Road, #09-204 Singapore 129783


Mr Sudipto


Debjani Disha

Block 50, #07-01 Madeira Condominium, Bukit Batok Street 31 Singapore 659442

63449805 84486172 swapnamitra3@


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125 Meyer Road,, #07-04, The Makena Singapore 437936

64640083 65166839 97382934 tulika@


Dr Tulika


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137 Sunset Way, #03-10 Singapore 597159

66381204 ankita_mondal67@yahoo.


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Lina Ankita Avishek

6 Sin Ming Road, #03-08 Sing Min Plaza Singapore 575585


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432 433

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62452740 63294869 97319667

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21 Jln. Sempadan, Villa Marina, #01-10, Tower - 10. Singapore 457398

66897715 82233008 mondal.sanjay@

Suparna Ryan

82 Hillview Avenue, #08-04 Chantilly Rise Singapore 669581


65 Marine Drive, #02-160 Singapore 440065

65665001 81576806 swarup_mondal@


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62442144 97596590 sridev@singnet.

Ranjana Soham

359 Kew Crescent Singapore 465968

66336331 81833875 lopamudra_

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Blk - 193, #13-785, Rivervale Drive, Sengkang Singapore 540193

64404273 91273454

Shrabanti Brototi Sayantani

11 Tanjong Rhu Road, #10-04, 90220173 deepshikha.mukerji@abbott. The Waterside Singapore 436896 com



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64492320 62360498 91190854 pakhi@

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67922204 64234631 ananya.mukherjee@

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31A Nanyang Avenue, #10-02, Nanyang Heights Singapore 639804

66738531 91145531 / 81895666

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Blk 114 Teck Whye Lane, #05686 Singapore 680114

66893903 91072175 avi_pepo@yahoo. com

Nabamita Rushali

Blk 376 Clementi Avenue 4, #07104 Singapore

62747880 90042446 91448034

Mona Aditya Arunima

42 Keppel Bay Drive, #06110, Caribbean @ Kepple Bay Singapore 098656

67320736 91543301 RINI47@hotmail. com

15 Leonie Hill Road, #14-02, Horizon Tower East Singapore 239194


55 Chestnut Drive Singapore 679329

65038151 98579747 shrey77@gmail. com

Shreya Inesh

278 Ocean Drive, #01-18,The Coast @ Sentosa Cove Singapore 098450



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Blk 21, Hougang Avenue 3, #11243 Singapore

64010859 66685884 91693761 mausumi_

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Mausumi Bristy

#09-01 Summerdale Condominium, Block 2, 2 Boon Lay Drive Singapore 649925

67764598 62658300 pankaj@starhub.


Blk 715, Clementi West Street 2, #06-91 Singapore 120715

64005610 81830572 81838572


Mr Aniruddha Mukherjee Mukherjee


Mr Avishek


Mr Debneel Mukherjee


Mrs Indrani Mukherjee

441 442


444 445

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Dr Pankaj Kumar

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Piyali Pratyusha Prinita

Block 50 Chua Chu Kang North 6, #16-06, Yew Mei Green Singapore 689574

67380852 68363955 pmukherjee@usel. biz


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#28-03 Scotts High Park, Scotts Road Singapore



Dr Sabyasachi



55 Chestnut Drive Singapore 679329

67563196 63476100 98004330


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Pritha Sohini Sayani

Blk 367, Yishun Ring Road, #091524 Singapore 760367

64000887 81439790 subhendu_


Mr Subhendu Mukherjee

Manashi Srimoyee

128 Hillview Avenue, #08-03 Hillview 128 Singapore 669595

66930591 90684381 sudeshna.icici@


Mrs Sudeshna Mukherjee

9 Jalan Membina, #03-01 Central Green Condo Singapore 169483

66801676 83997060 mukherjeelily@


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Santanu Sruti Shiladitya

13 Siglap Avenue Singapore 456313



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7 Siglap Road, #03-67, Mandarin Gardens Singapore 448909

65198734 65051714 96526870


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#18-13, Le Crescendo Apts, 233 Paya Lebar Road Singapore 409044



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130 Tanjong Rhu Road,Lobby J, Pebble Bay, #04-02 Singapore 436918



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165 Gangsa Road, #07-76 Singapore 670165

66383215 81867851 mukerji66@yahoo. com

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Gunjan Snigdha

3 Juron East Street 32, The Mayfair, Tower 3, #04-01 Singapore 609478

65543257 81891859 deb_mukherji@


Mr Deb


Swati Ankita

168 Lentor Loop, Bullion Park, Tower 2, # 09-01 Singapore 789098


Mr Soumitro


Munmun/ Baishali Dahlia Rohan

11 Gilstead Road,#05-01 Morimasa Garden Singapore 309065

65202423 96828387 amartya. sharmila1213@


Dr Amartya


Sharmila Ayushi

456 Corporation Road, Parc Vista Tower 4, #08-03 Singapore 649813

68412837 98718421

Dr. Tanusree Adhikari Prithviraj Ujjayini

Blk 2, #10-04, Butterworth 8, Butterworth Lane Singapore 439445

97716067 / 92998627 sam_mukh@


Saswati Ishaan Neiladri

8 Ang Mo Kio Central, #14-30 Grandeur Singapore 567749

63121982 63365251 90884506 kalyan_ banani.mukhuti@ 66400945 86061605 parvez.murshed@


Dr Madhusudan Mukhopadhyay



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Banani Sayantan

Block 157C, # 09-629 Rivervale Crescent, Sengkang (East) Singapore 543157


Mr Khandaker Parvez


Sabrina Karim Khandaker Ihab

9 Tanjong Rhu Road, #08-01, The Waterside Singapore 436894


Mr Sumallya


Abhinanda Vedanth Siddhanth

10 West Coast Crescent, #06-05 West Cove, Tower 3B Singapore 128041

67665654 63390257 tapash@pacific.


Mr Tapash


Ira Dass Sumit Saptrashi

Blk 408, Choa Chu Kang Ave 3, #05-299 Singapore 680408

64739477 62662733 jaideepnandi@


Mr Jaideep


Jaita Ipshita Oishani

370H, Alexandra Road, #1602, The Anchorage Singapore 159961

62359358 98367443 rahulknandi@yahoo. com

Indrani Debjani

176A Orchard Road, #07-53, Centrepoint Apt Singapore 238844



3 Nathan Road,#04-06 Regency Park Singapore 248726


Mr Kunal Nandy

807 Woodlands St 81, #05-205 Singapore 730807

468 469 470

Mrs Nandita Nandi Mr Bhaskar

67289298 98002905 kmtnandy@starhub.


Mrs Minoo



6 Angklong Lane, #03-04, Faber Garden Singapore 579980


Ms Ameeta

Nandy Chatterjee

A Shamir Shweta Akash Neil

#04-01 Balmoral 8,Balmoral Road Singapore 259792

66512138 66685079 91208940 ANath@ amitabha1965@gmail. com

Soma Abhishek Sarthak

12 Farrer Park Road,#03-13 Singapore 210012

64012696 83607274 deblina@


Deblina Nikitha Nishant

1, Simei Street 3, #06-15 Singapore 529890

64490029 62262565 92956175 jkniyogi@


Ruma Amrit Niyogi

62 Havelock Road, River Place, Tower B1, Unit 02-04 Singapore 169659

68989697 65790761 abhipsa_cal@ Abhimanyau_pal@spd.


Purba Abhipsa

50 Bukit Batok East Ave 5, #1908, Tower C, Regent Heights Singapore 659801

64744574 98256175 devmona@gmail. com

Mr Debabrata Pal

Monomita Iraj

370H Alexandra Road, #1207 The Anchorage Singapore 159961

63455440 96734639 palpradip@gmail. com


Mr Amitabha Nath


Mr Chandan P.K.


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Anjali Neha

72 Bayshore Road, #02-13 Singapore 469988

66380254 83554602 prasenjitk.pal@


Mr Prasenjit Kumar


Parama Datta

Block 767 Choa Chu Kang Street 54, #10-43 Singapore 680767

62216015 63231832 81888437 moutumpa@yahoo. com


Mr Rajiv Kumar


Moutushi Koyena Pal

130 Cantonment Road, #11-03, The Beacon Singapore 089775

63486418 98157655 jayeshparekh50@


Mr Jayesh A


Mona J Freya J Jesal J

114A Arthur Road, #21-08, Katong Park Towers Singapore 439826

62214452 96564400 tapan.pattanaik@


Mr Tapan Krishna

14, Dragon Mansion, #1417, Spottiswoode Park Road Singapore

65203386 94502977 nirankarpatwa@


Mr Nirankar


Mr Binod


Mr Debnath

Pattanaik Patwa

Sangeeta Jessica Anushka

8 Boon Lay Drive, #08-18 Summerdale Singapore 649928

64048294 92335350 binod.patwari@


Sima Diya

60 Kim Seng Road, #24-02 Tribeca Singapore

67629423 68921704 debnath.paul@


Rumu Debaleena

2B Hong San Walk, #10-06 Palm Gardens Singapore 689048

64193125 97288341 diptendrapaul@

Subhra Meghna

16 West Coast Crescent, #03-10 West Cove Singapore 128044

64649957 97214607 indradip@yahoo. com

Sharmistha Ishika

2 Petir Road, #15-04, Maysprings Cond0 Singapore 678265

64870743 63928406 dipikapaul@hotmail. com

Anamika Saimon Dipika

Blk 419, Serangoon Central, #05428 Singapore 550419



Blk 268B, Boon Lay Drive, #09564 Singapore 642268

65206602 91010453 sagar_paul@


Mr Diptendra Paul


Mr Indradip Paul


Mr Kumar Debasish Paul


Mr P K



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Sharmistha Arnav Rishabh

62 Bayshore Road, #22-01, Pearl Tower, Bayshore Park Singapore 469983

67297745 83005356 saibalp@rediffmail. com


Mr Saibal Paul

Jayati Sourav

#07-04 Tower 3, Bullion Park, 166 Lentor Loop Singapore

64767695 91767457 tanivoire@gmail. com


Mr Sumit Kumar


Yeena Tanya

25 Holland Hill, #01-04 Holland Peak Singapore 287740

68989546 96335430 supriyopaul@


Mr Supriyo


Pompi Pratyush Rupsa

220 Westwood Avenue, #06-08, The Flora Vale Singapore 648352

64009850 98583221 keyap1@hotmail. com


Dr Tapas Kumar


Keya Rivik Shourick

169 Jalan Jurong Kechil, #03-07 Singapore 598669

64007969 90887928


Mr Asit Kumar


Shrabani Vivek

Bukit Batok St 25, Park View Condominium, #13-05, 43 Tower 3 Singapore 658880

64060032 62159525 83990447 joyitap@


Mr Saikat


Joyita Shashin

7 Siglap Road, Mandarin Gardens, 63439366 65350220 97834070 sarajitp@ #13-55, Lobby N Singapore 448909


Mr Sarajit Poddar

Tina Triparna Ishan

Blk 183, #11-266, Edgefield Plains, Punggol, Singapore 820183



Mr Sougata Poddar

Mithu Kabya

52 Toh Tuck Road Singapore 596743

63000609 81635040 arooppradhan@


Madhavi Abhyarthana Aaryana

Blk 145 Lorong Ah Soo, #02-137 Singapore

66497751 81815445 sukanya.


Mr Aroop Kumar


Mrs Sukanya


Puneet Prakriti Prayuj

7 Thomson Lane, #08-03 Singapore 297725

64454695 64235983 96628560 anindya.


Mr Anindya


Kojagari Anwesha

#02-02 The Clearwater, 2 Bedok Reservoir View Singapore 479232



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28 Jalan Kelabu Asap, Chip Bee Gardens Singapore 278221

65191420 82830680 bk_rakshit@yahoo.

Barun Kumar Brijesh Shiksha Shakshy

Regent Heights, #22-07 Bukit Batok East Avenue 5 Singapore



Paromita Rishav Utsav

618 Choa Chu Kang North 7, #12-425 Singapore 680618


Purnima Sen Arihan

370E Alexandra Road, #07-08 Singapore 159958

65261321 93822445 ranaswarnali09@


8 Hougang St 92, #01-07 Regent Ville, Tower 4 Singapore 538686


84 Kasai Road Singapore 808331

65327233 62327805

Prabha Tanvi Prapti

3 Tanjong Rhu Road, #23-04 The Waterside Singapore 436881

68629226 97385867 raydeepali@yahoo. com

Deepali Meghna Aarush

Blk24, Bukit Batok St 52, #06-03, Guilin View Singapore 659244

90697058 82988074 debi200846@

Amitava Adhrit

913 Toa Payoh Lor 1, #15-02 Singapore 319772

66484431 90089031 koushik.rita@gmail. com

Mrs Kakoli Rakshit


Mrs Swarnali Rana Mrs Mira Rao Mr Tapan Kumar





Mr Anirban Ray


Mrs Debi Ray


Mr Koushik Ray

Debadrita Ritodeep

232 Westwood Avenue, #02-32 The Floravale Singapore 648360

64649294 67725351 91710051 raymant@gmail. com


Indrani Keenjal Ray

85 Hillview Avenue, #08-01 The Petals Singapore 669587



Dr Manotosh


Mr Nilanjan Ray

Jayeeta Niharika

2 Indus Road, #07-08 Emerald Park Singapore 169586



Mr Partha Ray

Sahana Sugoto Shohini

7 Siglap Road, #21-63 Mandarin Gardens Singapore 448909

67558894 81135359 ray.partha@gmail. com

Chandrani Shreya Shuchi

5 Siglap Road, #16-46 Mandarin Gardens Singapore 448908

62536385 98382401 pinakiray2003@


Mr Partha Sarathi



Mr Pinaki Ray


52 Bukit Batok East Avenue 5, Tower B Regent Heights,, # 0402 Singapore 659802



Capt Raja Ray

Sujata Saurav Souvik

50 Telok Blangah Road, #05-02 Singapore 098828

64002843 90731950 ramashishray@

51 Hindhede Walk, 05-08, Springdale Singapore 587975

66484715 97273760 sandipan.ray@

Prionka Sagarika Anushka

Hill Crest Road,15J Hill Crest Villa Singapore 286759

96720555 / 97860923 subhashisray@

Shalu Nikita Aryaan

12 Bedok Reservoir View, #1235 The Clearwater Singapore 479237

62741092 96537475 sumonray@gmail. com


Blk 539 Bukit Panjang Ring Road, #03-851 Singapore 670539

63106602 98636985 raychaud@singnet.


Mr Ramashish



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520 521

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Joyotee Ananya Arjo

Blk 52, Choa Chu Kang North 6, #07-14, Yew Mei Green Singapore 689575



Mr Indranil Ray Chaudhury

Shreya Ishan Orjun

12 Flora Road, #06-02, Azalea Park Singapore 509730



Mr S Ray Chaudhury


12 Flora Road, #06-02, Azalea Park Singapore 509730

65202834 63179477 98360018 r_rc2001@yahoo. com


Mr Ranadev

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Ayana Rishita

1 Rhu Cross, #12-10 Singapore 437431



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Lopa Pranit

31 Hind Hede Walk,, #03-07, Southaven 2 Singapore 587967




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Smita Aahana

Blk 27, 29 Jalan Sempadan, #03-09, Villa Marina Singapore 457402

62887484 96454529 atanu@

Indrani Arpan Rajarshi

50 Bukit Batok East Avenue 5, # 25-02 Regent Heights Singapore 659801

68972350 65083829 81389350 barnali.

Salil Archit Roy

25 Pasir Panjang Court, Pasir Panjang Drive Singapore 118974



Mr Debasish


Suparna Debajit Debopom

1 Bukit Batok Street 25, #12-19 Parkview Apartments Singapore 658882


Mr Debasish


Sanchita Krishnendu

207B, Compassvale Lane Singapore 543207


1P Pine Grove, #03-76 Singapore 591401

62350276 96368024 indranilroysg@

Priyadarshini Siddharth

335 Bukit Timah Road, #07-03, Wing On Life Garden Singapore 259718

62800141 63476122 93254224 jkroy@iii.


Sriparna Sarbajit Sreejeet

Blk 1, Lorong Lew Lian, #07-20 Singapore 531001


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Tunula Chewang Tivon

7 Marine Vista,#19-09, Neptune Court Singapore 449031

65957487 96479358 kaustab.roy@citi. com


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Ayana Agastya Roy

1 Tanamera Ketchil Road, Unit # 06-05 Singapore 466663



Mrs Hena Roy


Mr Indranil Roy


538 539

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Mrs Manju

5000L Marine Parade Road, #05-51, Lagoon View Singapore 449293


Mrs Mohua Roy





9 Rhu Cross, #12-04 Costa Rhu Singapore 437436

64091851 81890975 nabayanroy@gmail. com


Mr Nabayan


Pampa Ridhima

170 Lentor Loop, Bullion Park, Tower 1, #10-05 Singapore 789099



Mr Nirmal Chandra Roy

Anupama Shima

45 Chartwell Drive Singapore 558739

67746291 91723504 chaitaliroy@hotmail. com 65022370 65861170 82230625


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Chaitali Ahona Adrija

Blk F, 107 Clementi Road, #0506 (Kent Vale) Singapore 129790


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Atul Akash

370E Alexandra Road, #0208, The Anchorage Singapore 159958


479 River Valley Road, #16-05 Singapore 248364



Blk 413, Pandan Gardens, #15133 Singapore 600413

97699258 85227978


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26 Upper Seragoon View, #0331, Rio Vista Singapore 534206

68368472 81267726 saptakroy@hotmail. com


Mr Saptak


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100 Clemenceau Avenue North,, #08-103 Cavenagh House Singapore 229491

65246493 84073734 roy.sharmili@gmail. com

Anmol Sethy

7 Pemimpin Drive, #11-04 Singapore 576150


1P Pine Grove, #03-76 Singapore 591401

64091834 91447106 uni16624@gmail. com

26 Bayshore Road, #15-05, The Bayshore Singapore 469972

97115671 roy.sudipto@mindshareworld. com


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558 559

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83 Carlisle Road, #07-05 Mera Springs Singapore 219648

67280026 68904800 90685192 rsukanta@

Sampa Souvik

52 Choa Chu Kang North 6, #0413 Yew Mei Green Singapore 689575


26 Bayshore Road, #15-05, The Bayshore Singapore 469972

65197525 92480280 troyman06@yahoo.

Manasi Deepanwita Deboleena

1 Bukit Batok East St 25, #09-11, Park VIew Apartments Singapore 658882


Abhijit Anurag Ayusman

1 Rivervale Link, The Rivervale, #10-11 Singapore 545118

66416056 96822353 santanuurmi@

57, Meyer Road, 21-08, The Seafront Singapore 437678

65825094 93675440 indramit@gmail. com

Indrani Saheli

Blk 33, Pasir Ris Drive 3, #12-01, Eastvale Singapore 519492

66859408 91693202 rcindranil@yahoo. com

Sudipta Tannistha Roopkatha

370F Alexandra Road, #0903 The Anchorage Singapore 159953

64069759 8168 4952 koma_partha@

Koma Prithula Debasmit

16 Simei St 1,, #10-08 Melville Park Singapore 529942

67534270 91299961


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Madhumita Pronoy Jaya

60 Compassvale Bow, #16-38 Singapore 544993

64011932 64205123 90023694


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Sonali Rupali Priyanka

6 Jalan Lempeng, #12-03, Park West Singapore 128795

68875058 68602260 81810538 dev.

Anushua Anika Ananya

10 Cuscaden Walk,#10-04 Four Season Park Singapore 249693

65282147 92320886 gautam.rudra@citi. com

Monali Roman

188 Keng Lee Road, #22-01 Rochelle at Newton Singapore 308414

63141794 90610454 90610454

Mita Soumi

Blk 407, Choa Chu Kang Ave 3, 11-297 Singapore 680407

67477633 98277051 saha_asit@yahoo. com 63527246 Bikash.Saha@


Mr Dev Rudra


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Mr Asit Kumar


Munmun Amrit

Blk 121 Kim Tian Place, #13-74 Singapore 160121


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Sumana Akanksha

16 Dunearn Road, #12-02, Dunearn Gardens Singapore 309420

Nandini Rusha Anwesha

Block 11, #07-04 Simei Green, Simei Street 4 Singapore

67560873 62857833 9693 4490 saha@khatibeng. com

Esha Arjun Saha Akash Saha

Blk 634, #03-50, Yishun Street 61 Singapore 760634

67267104 93824905

Mukulika Dibyadeep

55 Tampines Avenue 1,#04-03 Singapore 529773

67299895 98567568 linasaha1@gmail. com

567 568

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Ram Krishna Megha 323 Sembawang Close, #06-315 Monali Singapore 750323

63970208 97433706 parna_saha@

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Blk 691, Jurong West Central 1, #05-177 Singapore 640691

65203215 64083855 90287691

Sanchita Soumyadip Ranadip

50 Bukit Batok East Ave 5, #1405, Regent Heights, Tower C Singapore 659801

97267223 92432231 somasray@gmail. com

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Block 27, Lorong Lew Lian, #0407. Cherry Hill Condominium Singapore

64021721 64335209 98333347



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