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Book Review: Kansa: (Book 1 – The Killer Trilogy) The Professor Black Series – Prassant Kevin
 27 March 2018  

Blurb:OVER A SPAN OF TEN YEARS, HE KILLED FORTY PREGNANT WOMEN AND THEN VANISHED WITHOUT A TRACE. AFTER FIVE YEARS OF SILENCE, HE IS BACK AGAIN, SEEKING HIS NEXT VICTIM. ONLY ONE MAN CAN STOP HIM – PROFESSOR BLACK.Maher was found unconscious in the middle of the highway and later, in the hospital, she revealed that she had escaped from a killer’s house. All the details and patterns matched the serial killer ‘Kansa,’ who had disappeared five years ago after murdering forty pregnant women. ACP Saargi Desai was assigned to the case. She appealed to her department to bring back Professor Black to help her catch the killer. The Professor, who had a haunting past that had kept him away from the world of crime and investigation for several years, was not willing to take on this case. But the ACP managed to convince him to get on board just for this one last time. Soon after agreeing to help, the Professor realized that for the first time in his life, he had met his match. As he dug deeper into the case, everything got dirtier, the stakes went higher, and nothing was what it seemed.Intrigue:‘Kansa’ is the First book of ‘The Killer trilogy’ series by Prassant Kevin. The book narration starts with a couple who are traveling back after marriage at Corbett, whose car met with an accident, which rans out on Meher who is an escaped victim from KaNsa. The story grips with “ACP Saargi Desai” who suspects the impression of serial killer Kansa, who seeks help of a alcoholic, drug addict, womanizer yet criminology expert “Professor Black” to break this killing mystery of forty pregnant women and their babies.Not to further be a spoiler, this book answers the questions:Who is kaNsa?Why is the motive of killing pregnant women and their babies?Did ACP and Professor could break this mystery ?How Meher escaped from killer clutches ?To know yourself, read this crime thriller kaNsa. My Review:To start off , the book cover is damn awesome specially the EMBOSED title, the background picture and fine quality paper with bigger font which is handy makes happy to carry. It was one of the most awaited crime thrillers, the pace of book is very good and you will not find yourself bored at any point and a perfect nail biter.Book starts with a hidden message, a second of driving negligence needs more pay off and in other way that paves a great start as clue to find the serial killer, “There is no one either good or bad, but circumstances make them so” , one of the best thing in kaNsa is the story is written and narrated in third person point of view. writing style is pretty clear, decent content and has minimal grammatical errors, can be ignored in interest of plot. The narration was so perfect, I can feel those come before my eyes when I am reading the book (may be due to midnight read)At few places due to suspect and mysterious nature, readers will literally experience chills in their spine (sweet warning), this book pulled me from love and romance to crime and suspense genre ( I stacked three already) ,title kaNsa and story progress makes the keen readers feels the mythological impression in the intrigue.Below few unanswered questions made me to go with a star less:1. Professor Black family ?2. Logical or medical reason to kill pregnant women3. The necklace4. Two pictures of of three by Meher5. Annu Kesharwani, white rabbit6. Exact male who torture and kill pregnant women7. Arjun involvement in crimeLooking forward for Book:2 in this trilogy series,overall kaNsa turns out to be a perfect crime thriller, with decent story-line,well narrated, fit to screen-played, minor grammatical errors, nail biting page turner. Even the last page has an amazing twist that paves a thought for the upcoming one. kaNsa serves as reference for “Criminology” enthusiastLink:KaNsaRegardsKiran K Adharpuram

Book Review- Prisoned In Love
 3 May 2018  

I picked up this thriller book and glad to have read it. Fully enjoyable and worth your time; this book will not disappoint you. More than romance I love crime and thriller books and this story gave me another reason to grow fond of this genre. This story was a different one from regular thriller stories and I enjoyed reading this book. This is not a complete thriller and suspense as it has an element of love in it.Starting with the cover of the book, it is lovely and eye-catching. It is appealing to the eyes of the readers and they get instantly curious to read the book. This is one of the main reasons behind me picking up this book. The title is also perfect for the storyThe protagonist Rayirth Kapoor was leading almost a near perfect life with an amazing job in the Bank of America, with a lovely wife and daughter. All was fine till the life turned like a nightmare for him. The insomnia and the after effects of it made this one a scary read at times. When you put yourself in the place of the protagonist, you might feel chills going down your spine. Undoubtedly the plot was mysterious but the sequence of events became predictable at times probably because I have seen quite a large number of crime and thriller series.This book would have been one of the best ones in this genre that I have read if it was free of errors. The printing and grammatical errors at frequent intervals broke my flow of reading at times. Otherwise this book can be completed in a single go without losing much interest. A must read for the ones who are fond of crime and thriller genre. Others can give it a read because undoubtedly it is a good book if you ignore the errors in it.Plot- 4 / 5Narration- 3.5 / 5Cover- 4 / 5Title- 4.5 / 5Overall- 4 / 5

Review of “Wheels of Wish” by Bibhu Datta Rout
 21 February 2018  

Book - Wheels of WishAuthor - Bibhu Datta RoutGenre - Mythological and crime fictionMy Ratings - 3.5 / 5 ⭐️Review -This Crime Fiction novel by author Bibhu Datta Rout is both intriguing and refreshing. The story revolves around an incident that occurs in 2008, with the accused being Shashank, also happens to be in a romantic relationship with Roohani, the victim of the crime.This leads to an interesting chain of investigations, a lot of courtroom drama and conspiracies of unheard, unimaginable circumstances and links to past as old as 13th century.The story goes back to 1200 AD when the chain of mysteries has its roots linking historical and mythological figures which is an Essential dimension in the whole storyIt’s a very short, descriptive and to the point novella, of about 200 pages. The good thing is that the author doesn’t seem intent on beating around the bush. But only at some places it feels a little rushed. The work of mythological facts and fiction is beautifully blended.That being said, the language, narrative and editing could have been much better. Also the Direct translation of certain Hindu words into English is a bit of a let down. I would want more had it not been for some loose ends the book had left.Other than that it’s a good book. Short and fast paced.I’ll definitely recommend you to read this book, especially if you are a Mythological fiction fan.-The bookshire

Book Review- Prisoned in Love
 26 March 2018  

Book name: Prisoned in loveAuthor: Vaiibhav NigamPublisher: Story mirrorPrisoned in love is a crime thriller with flavor of twist tale of love and suspense by Vaiibhav Nigam.The title and dark background cover are attractive and suitable to the storyline.The blurb will arise the curiosity of readers.The author has done a great research work, breakout plan of Rayirth and details of state penitentiary is wow factor of the book and it shows hard work and dedication of author.The author has very well presented the book it will scare you and will leave you in tears at few places.The author has very well balanced between past and present. Every chapter ends with a twist that engrossed the reader till the end and makes remarkably a page-turner book.The simple and lucid language makes an interesting read for readers it seems like watching a movie.A few chapters story is drag and needs editing over punctuation because it is easily caught by readers.Still, there are few answered question that how Rayirth knows every minute details about the state penitentiary looking for an answer in next part as the author had written in the end that to be continued.I would recommend to every thriller  +       romance lover because these books stand up to mark for a crime thriller. Even romance lover can also crap these book, it will not let you down.The author has done a good job for his debut novel.Ratings:Title: 4/5Cover: 4/5Blurb: 3.8/5Narration: 3.9/5Overall story: 4/5©Baber Sameera

Honour killing
 1 April 2019  

Honour crimes or honour killings are acts of violence, usually murder, mostly committed by male family members predominantly against female [relatives], who are perceived to have brought dishonour upon the family. A woman can be targeted by individuals within her family for a variety of reasons, including: refusing to enter into an arranged marriage, marrying against the parent’s wishes, choosing lovers or spouses outside of their family's caste and religious community, having extramarital relationships, marrying within the same gotra, being the victim of a sexual assault, seeking a divorce — even from an abusive husband, Some women who adopt the customs (or religion) of an outside group, may also be more likely to be victims. Several cases have been suspected but not confirmed which includes choosing partners of same sex.The acts of violence include public lynching of couples, murder of either the man or the woman concerned, murder made to appear as suicide, public beatings, humiliation, blackening of the face, forcing couples or their families to eat excreta or drink urine, forced incarceration, social boycotts and the levying of fines.Central to the theme of honour and violence is the subordinate position of girls and women in all castes and communities. A woman's chastity is the "honour" of the community and she has no sovereign right over her body at any point of her life. The retribution is particularly swift and brutal if she crosses caste and class barriers to choose a lower-caste man as her partner. The most obvious reason for this practice to continue in India is its rigid caste system and the patriarchal mind set. People from the rural areas refuse to change their attitude to marriage. According to them, if any daughter dares to disobey her parents on the issue of marriage and decides to marry a man of her wishes but from another gotra or outside her caste, it would bring disrepute to the family honour and hence they decide to give the ultimate sentence, that is death, to the daughter, sometimes the son-in-law is also killed as well. Sociologists believe that the reason why honour killings continue to take place is because of the continued rigidity of the caste system. Hence the fear of losing their caste status through which they gain many benefits makes them commit this heinous crime. The other reason why honour killings are taking place is because the mentality of people has not changed and they just cannot accept that marriages can take place in the same gotra or outside one’s caste. Another reason for the increased visibility of such crimes is the trend of more and more girls joining educational institutions, meeting others from different backgrounds and castes and establishing relationships beyond the confines of caste and community. Such individuals, both boys and girls, are being targeted so that none dares to breach the barriers of castes and communities. Significantly, in the majority of cases it is the economically and socially dominant castes that organize, instigate and abet such acts of retribution. Caste panchayats have come to play an increasingly important role in Haryana and elsewhere, especially in situations where political patronage also existsThis tradition was first viewed in its most horrible form during the Partition of the country in between the years 1947 and 1950 when many women were forcefully killed so that family honour could be preserved from the forced marriages during the partition. Women who were forced to marry a person from another country and another religion and when they returned ‘home’ they were killed so that the family honour could be preserved. So, the partition years can be seen to be the beginning of the tradition of honour killing on a large scale.In India, the largest number of cases was reported in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. In Muzaffarnagar district in western Uttar Pradesh, at least 13 honour killings occurred within nine months in 2003. In 2002, while 10 such killings were reported, 35 couples were declared missing. It was estimated that Haryana and Punjab alone account for 10 per cent of all honour killings in the country. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data related to honour killings, 28 honour killing cases were reported in 2014, 192 in 2015 and 68 in the year 2016. Sixty-five cases of culpable homicide for the motive of honour killing have also been reported between 2015 and 2016. In fact, there is refusal even to recognise this phenomenon. Data for such incidents are seldom available and they would mostly be classified under the category of general crimes. Moreover, most of such cases go unreported and, even when reported, often first information reports are not filed and post-mortems are not conducted.This practice is not limited the rural areas, but it has also been seen recently that even the metropolitan cities like Delhi and Tamil Nadu are not safe from this crime because 5 honour killings were reported from Delhi and in Tamil Nadu; a daughter and son in law were killed due to marriage into the same gotra. So it can be seen clearly that honour killing has a very wide geographical spread.For the eradication of such a inhuman practice, a change in the mentality of the people and a strong law against such a inhuman act, both are essential. Parents should accept their children’s wishes regarding marriage as it is they who have to lead a life with their life partners and if they are not satisfied with their life partner then they will lead a horrible married life which might even end in suicide. Secondly, we need to have stricter laws to tackle these kinds of killings as this is a crime which cannot be pardoned because humans do not have the right to write down death sentences of innocent fellow humans. So far, there is no specific law to deal with honour killings. The murders come under the general categories of homicide or manslaughter. Sometimes the honour killings are also done by a mob and so when a mob has carried out such attacks, it becomes difficult to pinpoint a culprit. The collection of evidence becomes tricky and eyewitnesses are never forthcoming. But ‘Honour Killings’ are against International Law on Human Rights and against United Nation agendas. But still even though we don’t have any law to deal with it specifically in India but we have judicial precedence over it. There are also some bills which are in the latent stage against the honour killings, are planned to be introduced in the parliament sooner.Source: InternetRajabala

Review of Wheels of Wish
 9 June 2018  

Title :Wheels of WishAuthor : Bibhu Datta RoutBlurb : Imprisonment of a couple in the Dwapar Yug and the creation of magnetism at Sun temple in Konark has a great deal of linkage to a missing boy in the 13th century carrying the mightiest power of the universe that transcends in time across generations leading to an alleged rape and murder accusation to the story's protagonist, an investment banker Shashank Chaudhary in 2008 who flies from New York to Odisha to find himself trapped in an 800 years old enigma. A biological allegory that unfolds a historical and mythological mystery that counts back in time as far as the epic Mahabharata. One that surpasses time and the material world with its mathematical calculations within physical elements. Unexplainable evidences, puzzling data, conspiracy theories and unheard secrets intermingle with one another to create plots in the history of time that have been startling scientists and mythologists to date. It's now in the court room that he must face his worst fears and probably the world's greatest held secret, a rare phenomenon of a chromosomal defect, from an unexpected guest.My View : The blurb of the book will definitely fill the curiosity in the reader’s mind. The lovely cover and the title Wheels of Wishes worked completely in grasping my attention making me more curios to unfold the story residing in the book.All the characters are portrayed beautifully; the author very well briefs about the characters at the beginning of the book but still a reader may get confuse as there are numerous characters dwelling in the story. The story is locked with a lot of drama having tints of history and mythology. The way author has painted the details of history is really commendable. Author must have done a lot of research in order to portray such details clearly in his book. Portraying such kind of stories requires knowledge and skills.The tagline on the cover of the book already suggest that the story holds a crime; author has crafted the story very well and the crime revolving around the other events having details of history lands the reader on a different node. The story goes on switching its way from past events to present. The book also contains the hues of love of Shashank and Roohani, murder mystery, rape case and lot more to locate. The writing style is simple which makes the reading journey easy for me. Articulation of the sentences could be much better which will help in attracting the reader’s mind. I found the narration of the story moderate which weakens the links between the reader and the story. Fascinating Read!Rating : 3.5/5Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Eight female led crime TV shows you must watch
 14 March 2018  

I love, love, love watching crime shows and love more Nordic noir and the temperamental detective, where the moods are as erratic and dark as the plot. Here is a list of a few I watched over the last year which has strong female leads. A few of them are incredibly edge of the seat with a fantastic plot and cast to execute them. And thankfully, the women at the center are not seeking or falling in love with the nearest good-looking man as a respite from (and sometimes at the cost of) their detective duties. They are middle-aged with children or are single and unapologetic about it, much flawed and human, yet brilliant and unwavering in their goal. Check them out and let me know others. This genre, I wish, would grow in multitudes1.The Fall: Gillian Anderson returns to the small screen as Stella Gibson and how brilliant is she? We know both the hunted and the hunter in this slow, moody, psychological thriller and yet, the cat and mouse game is less than predictable. The plot: when a Belfast murder remains unsolved, Stella Gibson (Anderson) is brought in to catch the killer. DSI Gibson soon fears that a murder spree is underway in Belfast and a killer is on the loose. An equally brilliant Jamie Dornan plays serial killer Paul Spector whose identity is known within a few minutes of the first episode, but hey, watch it and tell me if that makes it any less exciting.2. The Killing: Who killed Rosie Larsen (and other questions answered). The Killing is based on the Danish television series Forbrydelsen (The Crime) and stars Detective Sarah Linden and her loyal love-to-hate-you-hate-to-love-you sidekick Stephen Holder (I admit, I fell a bit in love with the damaged piece that was him by the end of it). Each episode ends with a cliffhanger that points of a possible killer who doesn’t turn out to be the one in the next (but of course!). In essence, the show follows the investigation of the murder of local teenager Rosie Larsen but is intertwined with others: the police investigation into the murder, the Larsen family's attempts to deal with their grief, and the fluctuating electoral fortunes of a political campaign that becomes embroiled in the case.3. Happy Valley: Oh, how much do I LOVE BBC’s crime productions? There are five on this list (barring The Killing) and I say without hesitation they have mastered the art (or science or what have you). Happy Valley is set in the Calder Valley and Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) plays a strong-willed police sergeant, still coming to terms with the suicide of her daughter, Becky, eight years earlier. She is now bringing up Becky's young son, Ryan, the product of rape. Catherine hears that Tommy Lee Royce, the man responsible for the brutal rape that impregnated Becky and drove her to suicide shortly after Ryan was born, is out of prison after serving eight years for drug charges. Catherine becomes obsessed with finding Royce, unaware that he is involved in the kidnapping of a young girl—Ann Gallagher. Things get worse as the kidnappers try to hide their tracks and Catherine grows neurotically persistent.4. Vera: Based on the Vera Stanhope novels by bestselling author Ann Cleeves, Vera (starring Brenda Blethyn in the titular role) is an employee of the fictional Northumberland and City Police. She is obsessive about her work and driven by her own demons. She plods along in a constantly disheveled state but has a calculating mind, and despite her irascible personality, she cares deeply about her work and comrades (-- from Wikipedia). Everything about her screams motherly and cantankerous, yet she is a formidable force to watch. And you will grow very fond of her by the end of it.5. The Honourable Woman: Not a detective series this but I couldn’t help adding it to the list. THW is a political spy thriller which is so nail-bitingly good, you have to watch now. It features Maggie Gyllenhaal in the title role (isn’t that the new, happy trend: small screen revival projects for the out-of-work or fading big screen stars?). She won a Golden Globe for it. Totally deserved, may I add? Gyllenhaal plays Anglo-Jewish businesswoman Nessa Stein who eight years earlier became the new head of the Stein Group after her brother abruptly stepped down. As she continues her work to maintain the Middle East peace process, old secrets come to the fore and bodies pile up. The stakes are raised high when Kasim, the son of Atika, Nessa's friend as well as Ephram Stein's Palestinian housekeeper, is kidnapped.6. Top of the Lake: Okay, to be honest, this is not one of my favorites. I thought the plot fell a bit flat towards the end. But the characters and the settings are quirky and unique and the whimsical style of storytelling reasons enough to watch. The drama stars Elizabeth Moss (someone I admired in Mad Men and will, till the end of life, know as Peggy Olson). She plays Detective Robin Griffin, a Sydney police officer returning to her remote New Zealand hometown of Laketop, facing the crimes surrounding the pregnancy and disappearance of a local 12-year-old girl, Tui.7. Spiral (Engrenages): Another one to add to the list is the French BBC Drama - Spiral: Engrenages - broadcast on Canal+. It stars two powerful female characters: a quirky, obsessed, but brilliant female Police Captain Laure Berthaud, and a ruthless, corrupt and beautiful female lawyer Joséphine Karlsson, both caring less about the many feathers they ruffle. These female characters are primary to the plot and rarely was their gender invoked in relation to their job role or position of power. This feminist observation apart, the 12 part series is gripping: the characters etched out in great detail (I felt for each of them in their individual disasters and triumphs), their relationships and challenges realistic, and the three subplots cleverly executed and tied together. A minor quibble was the need to look at the subtitles constantly, but I swear by end of it I could speak a little bit of French myself.8. Marcella: Err... another British television crime noir detective series. Yeah, mea culpa, but I do like them so much! They are astonishingly atmospheric—a trait I look for in everything I read or watch—the cast and setting need to grow on me. The series stars Anna Friel as Marcella Backland, a former London detective who is asked to return to work to investigate an unsolved case from eleven years ago involving an unidentified serial killer who appears to have become active again. What I love best is she is un-coplike, almost vulnerable and thus, very relatable. Series 2 started airing in Feb, 2018 and I can’t wait for it to come to Netflix.Homeland and House of Cards are the other two wildly popular series with strong female leads. Might I also dare add Game of Thrones season 6? Finally, we have women sailing to conquer worlds and play both the hero and the villain. We have come a long way.But you know what else I wish for now? That the victims of these murders are not women! YES, let’s write a book or make a TV series where the victims of the serial killer is not a WOMAN? Yes, yes, please? I know, we make a pretty picture no matter what, but let’s not have any more cowering and whimpering. Just for a change.About the writer: Smita Bhattacharya is an author based out of Mumbai. She has a particular soft spot for psychological thriller novels and TV series. Her latest novel, Dead to Them, was released in January 2018 and is currently garnering rave reviews. Her other two books, He Knew a Firefly and Vengeful, have ranked among the top 100 Asian Literature & Fiction on Amazon. Several of her short stories have appeared in Indian and international publications over the years, making her a very happy person indeed. More about her at: www.smitabhattacharya.com

Book Review: Perfect Imperfect by Ravi Bedi
 3 July 2018  

Book Title: Perfect ImperfectAuthor:Ravi BediFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 172 pagesLanguage: EnglishPublisher: Authors' Ink PublicationsPublishing Date: 2016ISBN-10: 938513759XISBN-13: 978-9385137594 'Minutes later, a door opened. The vision that appeared at the entrance turned me into a gravestone with the date of my death engraved on it. An invisible force gripped me, as the visible one removed a cigar from his mouth and greeted Samarth'Childhood sweethearts, Jimmy and Farah device a perfect plan to rob a famous jeweller to get rich quick, not realising that even the most perfect plan could have some imperfections. Will they succeed or end up in a bigger mess?With his penchant for surprising and confounding a reader, Ravi Bedi takes you on a roller-coaster ride through some interesting twists and turns in the tale that will keep you guessing till the very end.My TakeThe cover of the book is black with a hidden face of a girl and some jewels. The title of the book perfect and imperfect which caught my attention  and made me to give it a read. The cover and title is apt according to the plot.This is the story of the main protagonist Jimmy, Farah, Samarath and life revolves around them. Jimmy was working at Gokuldas  Jewlellers, he fly to Bombay with his boss  Samarath  Jain  for business deals and then he came to know the luxury life. Farah a common sales girl was the love of his life has always dreamed to live a happy life with lots of money. He plans to execute a robbery of his boss jewelry set in next trip with the help of Farah. They plan to interchange the suitcase which contains jewelry with duplicate Mr.Pillai’s suitcase with help of Farah. They both collect some money for the trip and items they need to buy. Farah goes Bombay two days before of Samarath, Jimmy’s arrival to looks like unplanned trip with the robbery she also visits her cousin and attends some interview.Will Farah and Jimmy be successful in their plan?Or Samarath will be able to find out the motive behind Jimmy?What will happen to Jimmy and Farah relation?To find out the answer read the book.Language of the book is lucid and written in a simple way to comprehend for any kind of reader. The author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story. Narration and characterization is done well. Pace of the story was steady and smooth. With every turning page the curiosity to read further keeps on increasing.I would like to recommend this book to all crime thriller lovers. Looking forward to read more books by the author.Overall Rating 4/5 StarAbout the Author Ravi Bedi did Chemical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University (1962), and joined the Indian Air Force more for the lure of its blue uniform than any patriotic fervor. But his heart was in the creative world, composing music being his first love. To quench his creative thirst, he became a self-taught painter with moderate success and, when his basement started filling up with all the trash (read paintings), he decided to become a writer. With his first novel, "Lovers' Rock" (published by Rupa Publications - 2014), he has earned a pass to join the club. Ravi Bedi loves his golf, enjoys his music, runs a hotel in town to put meat on the table, and lives with his wife in Jodhpur, India. Grab your copy here- Amazon.in 

Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.37-38
 19 June 2019  

Sharpening Our Consciousness - In Gita Verse 1.37-38 O Janārdana, although these men, their hearts overtaken by greed, see no fault in killing one’s family or quarreling with friends, why should we, who can see the crime in destroying a family, engage in these acts of sin?Arjuna is alert regarding others greed and he wants to inquire when the other person is overtaken by greed why we should do crime in destroying them and engage in this sin. But he becomes unconscious regarding himself. He is not able to become alert that seeing the greed in the other person is a reflection of his greed. Right now the greed in them shows that his greed of being pious is more important than the assignment of universe.When we are not able to see that the other person is just a reflection of ourselves, it only means we are unconscious of ourselves.This statement of Arjuna is very much appealing to us for only a single reason, that, we don't want to act. This is mental laziness. In my blog Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.8, I have explained in detail regarding mental laziness.As we are mentally lazy and our whole education system is based on giving ready-made answers. Because of those ready-made answers you never develop your intelligence as there is no necessity - you ask the question and a computer(google) can answer them.Unless a question is solved by you yourself, your intelligence will never be sharpened, your consciousness never becomes alert. You go on accumulating ready-made answers in your mind, in your memory, which is simply a load, of no use. In any situation which is fresh and new you will be at a loss what to do, because you don’t have the ready-made answer.You can believe any answer given from outside, but you cannot trust it. You can manage, you can force yourself to believe it because the person who has given it seems to be the right person. But all these are guesses - and a belief is not a trust. Belief is always in somebody else; trust is something that arises in you as a fragrance of your being - as your intelligence sharpening, as your consciousness growing.Whenever we find any reason and explanation for not taking any action, get alert, as you are slipping into the unconsciousness.To keep our consciousness sharp and alert we need to remind ourselves continuously what more I can do? For example while washing the hands if you remind yourself what more I can do, immediately you will be able to focus on washing hands, feeling the touch of water, feeling the sensation in the body. Your whole act of washing hands will give you subtle freshness and enthusiasm. Same act will become act of self-alertness, sharpening your consciousness. The simple reminder to yourself what more I can do has brought you out from your unconsciousness.The act from which you feel freshness and enthusiasm is sharpening your consciousness.I remember a quote by Abraham Lincoln Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.Preparation time is more important than our act.We all watch movies. I recall an interview of Akshay Kumar by Anupam Kher. Akshay Kumar said in that interview that the two minutes of movie which we watch, requires 8-9 hours of shooting and all the other preparations like set, dialogue, lyrics, story, dress selecting, etc are not included in 8-9 hours of shoot. This means for two minutes of a movie it requires minimum of 5-6 days of preparation.Sharpening our consciousness is life time assignment.Pandavas during their life what they have done is practice of sharpening their consciousness. This example will give more clarity. When Arjuna was cursed by Urvashi he accepted it and after the acceptance of the curse he requested her to modify it and she agreed. As he was knowing that only through acceptance without resistance he can transform it. Ultimately the same curse became a blessing during their last year of exile. Unless you sharpen your consciousness you cannot transcend anything. Only through our sharpness we can come out of our unconsciousness and transform unfavourable circumstances to favourable circumstances. As Arjuna throughout his life had practised to sharpen his consciousness and for this reason in his unconsciousness he is turning to Krishna not for any desire but for support in bringing him back to his own consciousness. His turning to Krishna and not to others, shows his willingness to come out of his unconsciousness. Without hiding any of his body sensations, thoughts and emotions he describes to Krishna.

Innocence Vs Ignorance
 26 November 2018  

What is innocence? It is commonly said that children are innocent cause they are ignorant about evil deeds,they are not experienced in this world.So if we go with the people, it is commonly observed that only ignorance can give birth of innocence but it is not right at all.Ignorance means lack of knowledge and innocence means not to do any wrongdoing, or to commit any crime deliberately or not.A wise experienced person can be innocent if he avoid doing any harm to society and his soul.God is not ignorant but we call him innocent. The fact is when we get full face of knowledge including both bad and good.We can't keep ourselves away from doing evil,the very moment we lose innocence. William Blake said if we retain our spiritual resilience with joy we can keep the innocence as long as we live on earth.And we need to learn how to make ourselves believe In goodness and use our ethics to cope with experiences.ignorant people can not be innocent too cause may be the person doesn't know how to help but very knows how to betray.So the two terms are orthogonal. Innocence is the Purity of Soul.there are something that you need to keep in mind,if a person is guilty of something but he doesn't know what he had done,in that case he should be called innocent and here his ignorance lead him of being innocent. The judgement is very subjective here.In innocence you are free from sin whereas ignorance is sin.innocence can be both state and choice but ignorance is mostly based on choice. Knowledge is medicine for ignorance and innocence works as a shield for the side effects of Knowledge.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.8
 5 July 2019  

Superiority And Inferiority - In Gita Verse 2.8 I can find no means to drive away this grief which is drying up my senses. I will not be able to dispel it even if I win a prosperous, unrivaled kingdom on earth with sovereignty like the demigods in heaven.To become aware of our unconsciousness and accept it is first step towards dropping the ego.By saying this “I can find no means to drive away this grief which is drying up my senses” man like Arjuna, who was aware of his strength, and accepts that with all my strength I am so much in the grief, by saying this he keeps aside his ego and surrenders to Krishna, is willing to act on assignment of universe.With our awareness of petty strength how rudely we start behaving. Look at your own behaviour with little ability, more access to people and opportunities than others, how we behave with others. Because we don’t know how to hold our superiority and inferiority. This is the reason why neither we nor people around us can grow. In both the cases either we are superior or inferior we become unconscious towards ourselves.Let me explain by giving two examples which will give you clarity how to hold our superiority and inferiority:1. Example of superiority - TATA - whole Jamshedpur and Mithapur are developed by TATA. In either of the towns the population was adivasis, before they took over. When TATA decided to develop these towns he did not say that I am superior to you in many ways. What he said how we can work together for goal of development of the towns. Everyone was having different talent and he created opportunity for them. Today not only the whole town is stable with infrastructure, jobs, educations, etc. but also parents who were uneducated their children are studying abroad also working abroad, lifestyle gave them confidence and dignity of human beings.TATA could hold his superiority and made the population over there to grow, live the life of self-respect, made them financially independent. Adivasi become emperor from bagger. To make anyone a beggar or a slave is very easy but to give them dignity is very difficult.Try to give at least one person dignity in your life and see how much joy you will get. By giving dignity to others you will be stacking your ego. A Wonderful journey.2. Second example is of Sabari - how to hold inferiority. When Rama came to Sabari, who was Princess of Bhil King. With certain authority of herself. Irrespective of Rama’s superiority Sabri was not afraid to present herself. She did not become prey of her inferiority. She knew very well why Rama came to her. As she was princess and knew the strategy to fight with demon. Still she gave the eaten fruits to Rama to eat. Till the time she was not sure that Rama would use her strategy or not, she has not disclosed it. If some higher authority comes to us how eager we become, excited to do anything or give our ideas to them before they ask. This is because we become unconscious towards ourselves.When we become capable of holding our superiority and inferiority, we can come out of our unconsciousness and become conscious towards self. Ego enjoys and nourished by both, superiority and inferiority.Ego is comparative – it always compares itself with others – and the self is not comparable. When you know yourself it is neither inferior nor superior in comparison to anybody, it is simply itself. But the ego is comparative; if you feel superior to somebody, you are bound to feel inferior to somebody else. So the ego is a very tricky phenomenon: on the one hand it makes you feel superior, on the other hand it makes you feel inferior. It keeps you in a double bind, it goes on pulling you apart, it drives you crazy.On the one hand you know that you are superior to your servant, but what about your boss? You force the servant to surrender to you, and you surrender to your boss. You force your servant or your wife or your children to be slaves to you. And to your boss you wag your tail.How can you be blissful? Both things are wrong. To make others feel inferior is violent, it is a crime against existence; and to make yourself feel inferior before somebody is again a crime against existence. When you know the real self, both things disappear. Then you are you, and the other is the other, and there is no comparison; nobody is superior and nobody is inferior.This is what real spiritual communism, but this is possible only when self-knowledge has happened. The Communists Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Joseph Stalin or Mao Zedong, are not true communists. They lived in the ego. The real communists are Gautam Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu; nobody knows them as such, but they are real communists because if you understand their vision, all comparison disappears. And when there is no comparison, there is communism. Equality is possible only when comparison disappears from the world.Read Arjuna’s words again, he says that I am so much in grief that “I will not be able to dispel it even if I win a prosperous, unrivaled kingdom on earth with sovereignty like the demigods in heaven.” He without comparing not only with others but with himself, his own strength, that by this war I will not be able to dispel myself from the grief, even though I may be recognised as demigods in heaven. No comparison even with himself also. Being totally aware of all his physical, mental, emotional strength, he finds himself helpless.

Adarsh "Bahu" course
 16 September 2018  

Hypocrisy is like a wolf in sheep's clothing, it runs in our blood. On one side, we reinforce a perception to brag infront of others that how benignant we are, but the authenticity lies in our mind. Recently launched "Adarsh bahu course" fits best here, founded by so called Barkatullah University. People's reaction to it is outrageously appalling. On one hand, people vocalize women empowerment and on the ther hand contrarily support such a deplorable course.The people who were possessive about women empowerment 2-3 days back, are mocking at this course, and simply making memes and tagging their female friends while, some are calling it a nice initiative.It's motive is to keep families intact. Is it only a woman's responsibility to keep a family intact? Is there no responsibility of the man or his folks? Separating a man from his aged parents is cruelty and for that crime a hindu man can divorce his spouse. But what would be the punishment for terminating her career & burying her dreams to look after the family? This sacrifice doesn't matter at all to some shameless people. They want to make their daughter-in-law a typical conservative Indian Housewife who to them is a perfect daughter-in-law, no matter how imperfect their prince charming is. And a huge round of applause to BU, for launching such a horrendous course. This shows the degree of hypocrisy in our education system and how conservative it is! On one hand, it teaches us the rights of women and on the other hand it teaches women how to treat her in-laws.I believe that education is the qcore department in any country. This department should be insightful in imagination, sagacious in making judgment & most significantly adaptive to changes. Education can turn a wild creature into a sophisticated one, so we've got to choose wisely!

Bharat Bandh- Dalit OutRage
 4 April 2018  

At least nine persons were killed and scores injured Monday as Dalit anger exploded on the streets in different parts of the country on the day the Centre filed a petition in the Supreme Court, asking it to review its March 20 order that called for changes in the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.Protesting this alleged dilution of the law, Dalits tried to enforce a Bharat Bandh and its impact was felt most in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Punjab. They repeatedly clashed with police and blocked rail and road traffic at several places. In the violence that followed, vehicles and public properties, including police posts, were torched.Places in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana witnessed buses being set on fire, trains stopped, curfews imposed and internet services restricted, even as police cane-charged protesters. The Centre has already filed a review petition against the changes made to the Act by the SC to "prevent its misuse", and Union Law MinisterRavi Shankar Prasad on Monday said the government will argue the matter with “full authority”.But the protests we are witnessing across most of the country are not just over the Act. They are born of an anger that has been gathering momentum over the years — sparked by various incidents and allowed to fester, even aggravated, by an insensitive government.According to the latest available National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, crimes against SCs went up by 5.5 percent in 2016 (40,801) over 2015 (38,670). Crimes against Scheduled Tribes saw a spike of 4.7 percent, (6,568 in 2016 over 6,276 in 2015). According to a study of the same data, in India, a crime is committed against Dalits every 15 minutes, and six Dalit women are raped every day.Of these thousands of incidents, some emerged as flashpoints over the past two-three years, witnessing a coming together of Dalits and the emergence of a younger, vocal leadership.Dalit groups across the country have taken to the streets, declaring a “Bharat Bandh” in response to the alleged “dilution” of the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989, after the Supreme Court on March 20, 2018, banned automatic arrests and registration of criminal cases under the legislation which seeks to protect members of scheduled castes and tribes against discrimination and abuse.On the one hand, Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, under pressure from both the Opposition and within the NDA announced that the government does not agree with the Supreme Court's decision and has filed a strong, comprehensive review petition. (Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi had said, “It is in the DNA of the RSS/BJP to keep Dalits at the lowest level in Indian society. Anyone who challenges this thought is crushed with violence. Our Dalit brothers and sisters are today on the streets demanding protection of their rights from the Modi Government. We salute them.”)On the other hand, the agitations on the street have taken a turn for the violent.Madhya PradeshAs per reports, the protests have left four dead in Madhya Pradesh's Morena, adding that curfew had been imposed in the area. In Madhya Pradesh, curfew was also imposed in parts of Gwalior and Section 144 (prohibiting assembly of more than four people in the area) in Sagar. Madhya Pradesh's Bhind also witnessed stone pelting and vandalism. Shots were also fired during protests in Gwalior.PunjabIn Punjab, the Amarinder Singh government has stepped up security measures, including deferring the CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 examinations. "Taking cognizance of the letter of the director general (school education), the CBSE decided to postpone all class 12 and 10 examinations scheduled for April 2, 2018, in the state of Punjab," it said in a statement issued late in last night. The Punjab government also ordered the suspension of bus services and mobile internet services.Delhi and Uttar PradeshAs per a PTI report, Dalit protesters squatted on tracks in several places outside Delhi, stopping trains, including the Dehradun Express and the Ranchi Rajdhani, as part of their agitation. Many trains, such as Saptakranti Express, Utkal Express and the Bhubaneswar and Ranchi Rajdhani as well as the Kanpur Shatabdi, were stopped ahead of Ghaziabad in Meerut and Modinagar.Clashes also broke out between the protesters and the police in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. Mobs also disrupted trains at the Hapur station, where the movement of many goods trains was affected.Other statesAnd not just MP, things are far from calm across the country. In Jaipur, Rajasthan, a showroom was vandalized. In addition, clashes between the protestors and the police broke out in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Protestors in Odisha's Sambalpur blocked the movement of trains. As violence remains unchecked, reports suggest that at least three people, including two policemen, were injured during a “lathi charge” in Ajmer, Rajasthan after the protestors attacked first with stones.Reports also suggest that a youth died in police firing in Alwar and internet services have been suspended in the area. While there has been criticism for the arson, the vandalism, and the violence, the “Bharat Bandh” in general has received the support of many. After all, atrocities against Dalits, Bahujans, and Adivasis in the country have certainly seen a spike — it is hard to deny this sad reality considering the year began with mass violence against Dalits in Bhima-Koregaon.The merits, demerits and the inconveniences of a countrywide “bandh” can debate all day long. What is, however, more important, is to understand the potential harm caused by the Supreme Court in its attempt to “prevent misuse of law”.The SC/ST Act remains in place because of millennia of systemic oppression that continues to make its presence felt even in this supposed “post-caste” India of 2018. 

Book Review: Stories Are Magical by Abhirup Dhar
 4 August 2018  

Book Title: Stories Are MagicalAuthor: Abhirup DharFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 175 pagesLanguage: EnglishPublisher: Hawakal PublishersPublishing Date: 16th April 2018ISBN-10: 9387883043ISBN-13: 978-9387883048Stories are like magic! Who doesn’t like listening to or reading a good one? This book is just that. A reminder why we love them and why we live them – a celebration of storytelling!Six stories. Six different genres. One book.My TakeStarting from the cover the green colour is quite soothing design is simple but powerful. You would want to sit in your own cosy corner and immerse yourself. The title of the book is captivate.Stories Are Magical is a collection of six different short stories And Love Happened With Her Again!, Once Upon A ghost, Woof!, A walk Through Memory Lane, The reunion, Two Plans Ans A Murder. Never felt my interest waning. To write is an art, to keep the reader fascinating and hankering for more is magic. Out of this six short stories Woof!  is my favorite part Dogs have long been considered “man’s best friend.”The plot is blend of emotions, friendship, heartbreaks, romance, hope affection, anxiety, phantasm, creature love, dreams, power struggle, passion, crime, betrayal and many more.Language is simple and lucid to read and connect with the story and being engaged throughout the story. The author’s mastery over the language is evident from the terms he has used and the vivid description of events that unfold in the pages of the book.  The characters are well developed and one can easily relate them. Narration is done well.An engrossing read that’s capable of keeping the reader on edge till the very end.Overall Ratings 4/5 StarsGrab the book here AmazonAbout the AuthorAbhirup Dhar was born in Kolkata and is still being brought up in India. A banker by profession and aspirational in life with a passion to excel, he also reviewed movies for certain portals years ago. He writes for the sheer joy of it since childhood and that itself led him to pen his first book ‘Once Again… With Love!’. He believes the best stories are always the simpler ones. He now celebrated storytelling in his second outing with ‘Stories Are Magical’ and readers had a quick, relaxing and fun read. Abhirup currently lives in Delhi.You can stalk him @Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Book Review:- Kansa (Book one of the killer trilogy)
 13 April 2018  

Book Name:- Kansa (Book one of the killer trilogy)Author Name:- Prassant KevinPublisher:- Inked Company PublishingBook Pages:- 398 pagesDescription:-“One of the best Thriller novels written by an Indian Author.”“‘Professor Black is India’s Jack Reacher.” “You Cannot escape this thriller.” “Breathtaking. Original. Spine-Chilling and a perfect start to the TRILOGY.” OVER A SPAN OF TEN YEARS, HE KILLED FORTY PREGNANT WOMEN AND THEN VANISHED WITHOUT A TRACE. AFTER FIVE YEARS OF SILENCE, HE IS BACK AGAIN, SEEKING HIS NEXT VICTIM. ONLY ONE MAN CAN STOP HIM – PROFESSOR BLACK. Maher was found unconscious in the middle of the highway and later, in the hospital, she revealed that she had escaped from a killer’s house. All the details and patterns matched the serial killer ‘Kansa,’ who had disappeared five years ago after murdering forty pregnant women. ACP Saargi Desai was assigned to the case. She appealed to her department to bring back Professor Black to help her catch the killer. The Professor, who had a haunting past that had kept him away from the world of crime and investigation for several years, was not willing to take on this case. But the ACP managed to convince him to get on board just for this one last time. Soon after agreeing to help, the Professor realized that for the first time in his life, he had met his match. As he dug deeper into the case, everything got dirtier, the stakes went higher, and nothing was what it seemed.Review:- Oh my my my!!!! What a book…hats off to the author… after a very very long time, I read a book which hooked me till d end and kept me wondering who the culprit was..I couldn’t guess it until the end..The story is written exceptionally well..it has that power which u need in a thriller fast paced book…as soon as I started this I knew I would love every bit of this book.. it is a book about a person who is called ‘kansa’ and who has killed more than 50 people including pregnant women, infants etc.. it all started when Maher met with a road accident and was admitted in the hospital where she revealed that she has escaped from a house where she was kept after kidnapping and also revealed that person was a killer.. ACP Saargi Desai is in charge of this case and after getting into this case she knew she needed help from someone who has vanished from this field years ago she insists commissioner and he agrees to her demands.. than professor comes into the picture he is a man who is alcoholic, aggressive, violent and has numbers of escorts girls as speed dials but he is the only person who can help them crack the case..While trying to solve the case the facts that are portrayed, the twists and turns, people dying, the overall concept was written by the author is brilliant… we can see love, betrayal, duty all in this book…cannot wait for the next book in the series now and I am damn sure it will also be the same…intriguing, thriller, ride of roller coaster all in one book…How do they get hold of Kansa is really worth reading..Overall Rating:- ★★★★★ Hema Suresh Talrejastylishangel28@yahoo.co.in

Book Review: To Hell and Back by Anurag Anand
 14 June 2018  

Book Title: To Hell and Back: Not all Tragedies are Orchestrated by FateAuthor: Anurag AnandFormat: Paper Back Total Number of Pages:  236 pagesLanguage: EnglishPublisher:  ReadomaniaPublishing Date: 21 April 2018ISBN-10: 9385854623ISBN-13: 978-9385854620A mindless road-rage incident leaves a young and promising entrepreneur dead. Is it an accident, or a cold-blooded murder, planned to absolute perfection?Namrata, a young professional, is enveloped by all the quintessential elements of life in the fast lane a staling marriage, an extramarital affair and eyes full of dreams, until a fun evening turns into a chilling nightmare for her.Renu, a girl living in a world marred by regressive customs and dated practices, has resigned to the patriarchal ways of her world, until they begin to cast their malicious shadows on her unborn child.Their worlds, although separate, intersect each other in a single strike of tragedy that none could have imagined. It is then that this story begins and sends everyone’s life on a dizzy tailspin.Will they be able to get back to their safe and secure lives?To Hell and Back is a fast-paced thriller that will not only keep you on tenterhooks till the very end, but it shall also rattle your beliefs on how ‘crime-proof’ the world that you live in truly is.Attachment leads to expectations and insecurities…Things that i have been running away from all my life.The Title of the book To Hell And Back is thoughtful, and completely justifying the story. They complement each other well and also is according to the story, so it’s a perfect combination.  Also the cover is attractive enough to catch attention.The story revolves around the life of protagonist Namrata and Renu and life revolves around them. The story is divided into three parts- 1st part of the book starts with an horrible accident with Namrata and Akash while travelling to Ludhiana some goons have stabbed them, Akash was badly injured and lost his life defending the goons. 2nd Part of the story is will take you to the life of Namrata, Pranav, Akash, Renu, Rakesh and Pooja, Dileep and more. The 3rd part of the book was my favorite. Never in my wildest dream would I have thought that the story would take such an unpredictable turn and that I believe sums up the success of the book. The plot is strong and the author has been able to do full justice to it. Never felt my interest waning. The pace is perfect, neither slow nor too fast. It is steady and smooth. With every turning page the curiosity to read further keeps on increasing.  Language of the book is lucid and written in a simple way to comprehend for any kind of reader. Narration and characterization is done well.The author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story.  An engrossing read that’s capable of keeping the reader on edge till the very end. I would like to recommend this book to all the bibliophiles out there.Looking forward to read more books by the author.Overall Rating 4/5 Stars

মৃত‍্যুহীন প্রান-ক্ষুদিরাম বোস
 11 August 2021  

মৃত‍্যুহীন প্রাণ================কলমে :- সীমন্ত নন্দী================প্রথম পর্ব******************বোস" শব্দ টার মধ্যে একটা ঝংকার আছে,একটা গরিমা আছে,একটি সাহসীকতার প্রতীক চিহ্ন আছে।"বোস" বাঙালি আর পাঁচটা নামের পরে নিজ ঠিকানা চিহ্ন একটা পদবী,সেই ছেলেটার ও ছিলো।তবে গড়ানো শান ইঁটের ভীত গড়ে সাদা চামড়ার বিদেশী শাসন যেভাবে চোখ রাঙিয়ে দাপিয়ে কাটিয়ে বেড়িয়েছিল,তাতে তাদের বুকে একটু  ভয় ধরানোর জন্য "বোস" শব্দ টা যথেষ্ট ছিল।যদি নেতাজী সুভাষ চন্দ্র বোস ইংরেজ দের চোখের চশমা টেনে খুলে নেয়,তবে ক্ষুদিরাম বোস সেই চশমার কাঁচ টা ঘুসি মেরে অনেক আগেই ভেঙে দিয়েছিলেন।ব্রিটিশ শাসনের বসার চেয়ারের পাওয়া টা অনেক আগে ভেঙে দিয়েছিলেন মেদিনীপুরের ক্ষুদে বোস।বাংলার ইতিহাসে কিছু অংশ ক্ষুদে কে পাওয়া গেলেও ভারতের ইতিহাসে বা অন্য রাজ্যে এখনো ক্ষুদে অজ্ঞাত।কষ্টকর হলেও এমন ইতিহাস তবুও বলতে ইচ্ছে করে জোর কণ্ঠে।     "নামের আকাশে ছোট্ট সে ক্ষুদে।     আকাশে দেখো তাকিয়ে স্বাধীনতার বারুদে     মুছতে না পারে ইতিহাস তুমি রইবে উচ্চপদে।      শত চেষ্টায় পারিবে না তোমাকে বিচ্ছেদে।"হয়তো মিছে ইতিহাস আর দগ্ধ রাজনীতির চাপে ক্ষুদে কিছুটা বিলীন।কিন্তু জুঁই ফুলের সুগন্ধ যতই হাত চাপা দিক মুখে সে গন্ধ বিলিয়ে যাবে।তেমনি এক সাহসী যোদ্ধা ক্ষুদিরাম বোস।আসলে সেদিনের সেই বিদ্রোহী রণমূর্তি সেই ছেলেটার, তথাকথিত কিছু নাম ধারী মানুষের পছন্দ হয় নি সে রুপ।আসলে তারা চেয়েছিল প্রিয় মূর্তি সব ভক্তের কাছে প্রিয় হয়ে থাক,তাই সেদিনের ক্ষুদের স্মরণীয় কাজ কে ঘৃণা দিয়ে উপমা দিয়েছিল এক ব্যাক্তি।আবেগে ভারতবাসী ভাসার আগে জলের তাপমাত্রা শিথিল করে দিল।কিছু বলার আগে চুপ সেদিন কিছু অনুগামী।            ১৯০৮ সালের এগারোই অগস্ট ভোর ছ’টা। মজঃফরপুর জেলে ফাঁসি হয়েছিল ক্ষুদিরাম বসুর। ক্ষুদিরাম অর্থাৎ আজকাল পাঠ্যপুস্তকে যে সন্ত্রাসবাদী বলে পরিচিত। বছর চোদ্দোর ছেলে সুশীল সেনকে প্রকাশ্যে চাবুক মারার আদেশ দেওয়া অত্যাচারী ম্যাজিস্ট্রেট কিংসফোর্ডকে যে স্বহস্তে শাস্তি দিতে গিয়ে ভুল করে মিস ও মিসেস কেনেডিকে মেরেছিল। সেই ক্ষুদিরাম অনেকের কাছেই হতভাগ্য অপরিণত যুবক বলে বিশেষ মায়ামমতার অধিকারী। বলা বাহুল্য, এঁরা স্বঘোষিত মানবতাবাদী। এঁদের কাজই হল যে কোনো ঐতিহাসিক চরিত্রের কৃতিত্ব-মহিমা-শিক্ষা এগুলিকে একপাশে ঠেলে (Too mainstream?) “নির্মোহ নিরপেক্ষ” বিশ্লেষণের নামে তার চরিত্রের অন্য দিকগুলি নিয়ে কাটাছেঁড়া করা। ক্ষুদিরাম নিয়ে সামান্য কিছু পড়াশোনার পর, এ হেন ক্রিয়াকলাপের উদ্দেশ্য খুঁজতে বেশ বেগ পেতে হচ্ছে, তাই আজ এই প্রসঙ্গের অবতারণা।এঁদের বক্তব্য মূলতঃ দুই ধারার:১) ক্ষুদিরাম বসু আদালতে বয়ান বদলে নিজেকে বাঁচাতে চেয়েছিল।২) ক্ষুদিরাম নেতাদের হাতে ব্যবহৃত একটি অপরিণত মনের কিশোর মাত্র।এজাতীয় আলোচনায় কিছুটা আশ্চর্যভাবেই মানবতাবাদীরা একমাত্র অভ্রান্ত তথ্যসূত্র হিসাবে খাড়া করেন একটিমাত্র বইকে।হেমচন্দ্র কানুনগোর লেখা সেই বইটির নাম “বাংলায় বিপ্লব-প্রচেষ্টা” হলেও, নামভূমিকার স্থান তার মধ্যে খুবই অল্প। এ দেশের বর্তমান অবস্থা ও সনাতন ধর্ম নিয়ে একরাশ অযৌক্তিক অভিযোগ, নেতা ও কর্মীদের প্রতি প্রভূত বিদ্বেষ, রাজনৈতিক কার্যকলাপের সমালোচনার নামে অদ্ভুত পরস্পরবিরোধিতা – এই সবই তাঁর বইটিতে অত্যন্ত দৃষ্টিকটু এবং কিয়দংশে হাস্যকরভাবে স্থান পেয়েছে।পাঠক, ভুল বুঝবেন না। হেম কানুনগো মহাশয়ের চারিত্রিক বৈশিষ্ট্য নিয়ে আমার কাটাছেঁড়া করবার প্রবৃত্তি নেই; তাঁর মতামত তাঁর ব্যক্তিগত। কিন্তু ভগ্নোৎসাহ ও বীতশ্রদ্ধ এক ব্যক্তির লেখা এই বইটি প্রামাণ্য ইতিহাস প্রণয়নে কীভাবে একমাত্র যুক্তি হয়ে উঠতে পারে, এ আমার বোধের অগম্য। আর দশটা রেফারেন্স-বই যখন অধিকতর তথ্যে সহমত হয়, তখন এ হেন “টেক্সট” নির্বাচনের অভিসন্ধি নিয়ে কিছু অপ্রীতিকর প্রশ্ন উঠে আসে বই কি !মূল অভিযোগ তথা রিইনটারপ্রিটেশনের প্রসঙ্গে আসি। “মানবতাবাদী”রা বলে থাকেন ধরা পড়ার পর ক্ষুদিরাম পরস্পরবিরোধী বয়ান দিয়েছিল, এবং তার এই চারিত্রিক বিচ্যুতি বিশেষ গবেষণার দাবি রাখে।ঘটনাপরম্পরা এইরূপ:১৯০৭ সালে যুগান্তর মামলার বিচারক কিংসফোর্ডের কঠোর দমনমূলক রায়দানের জন্য বিক্ষোভের বারুদ জমেই ছিল, আদালত চত্বরে বালক সুশীল সেনকে প্রকাশ্যে বেত্রাঘাত করার আদেশ দেওয়ায় তাতে অগ্নিস্ফুলিঙ্গ-সংযোজন ঘটে। এরপর বিপ্লবীদের আদালতে কিংসফোর্ডের মৃত্যুদণ্ড ঘোষিত হয়, বই-বোমার আক্রমণ ব্যর্থ হওয়ার পর ক্ষুদিরাম ও প্রফুল্ল চাকী সেই মৃত্যুপরোয়ানা নিয়ে কিংসফোর্ডের নতুন চাকুরীক্ষেত্র মজঃফরপুরে উপস্থিত হয়। ৩০শে এপ্রিল ১৯০৮ – রাত সাড়ে আটটায় বোমা ছোঁড়ার পরে অকুস্থল থেকে দুই বিপ্লবী দুদিকে আলাদা হয়ে যাওয়ার পর পয়লা মে ওয়াইনি স্টেশনে দুই কনস্টেবলের হাতে ক্ষুদিরাম ধরা পড়ে। তাকে প্রহরার মধ্যে নিয়ে আসা হয় মজঃফরপুর স্টেশন হয়ে ইওরোপীয়ান ক্লাবে। সে সম্পর্কে ইংরেজ সরকারের পক্ষপাতী স্টেটসম্যান (2.2.1908) জানাচ্ছে –“HE CAME OUT OF A FIRST CLASS COMPARTMENT AND WALKED ALL THE WAY TO PHAETON, KEPT FOR HIM OUTSIDE, LIKE A CHEERFUL BOY WHO KNOWS NO ANXIETY…ON TAKING HIS SEAT THE BOY LOUDLY CRIED BANDEMATARAM.”একটু দেখে নিই, “অপরিণত মানসিকতার” ছেলেটি এরপর এমন কী স্ববিরোধিতা করেছিল, যেকারণে  তাকে পরীক্ষামূলক সাহিত্যের বিষয়বস্তু করা (পড়ুন তার “বিচ্যুতি”কে হাইলাইট করা) উচিত।১) ম্যাজিস্ট্রেট উডম্যানের কাছে ২রা মে ক্ষুদিরামের প্রথম বয়ান, বোমা সে-ই ছুঁড়েছিল। (৭ই মে এটি সংবাদপত্রে প্রকাশিত হয়) ততক্ষণে সে জেনে গেছে –“ম্যাজিস্ট্রেটকে মারতে গিয়ে মেরেছি নির্দোষী!”২) ২৩শে মে আদালতে ম্যাজিস্ট্রেট বার্থাউডের কাছে ক্ষুদিরামের দ্বিতীয় বয়ান, বোমা ছুঁড়েছিল দীনেশ রায়। (প্রফুল্ল চাকীকে যে নামে সে চিনত)এই দুই বক্তব্যের ফাঁকে নবইতিহাসপ্রণেতারা মানবিকতার স্বার্থে তুলে নিয়ে আসেন ভীতু ক্ষুদিরামকে।নব-ঐতিহাসিকরা যেটা মিস্ করে যান (স্বেচ্ছাচক্ষুবন্ধও হতে পারেন) তা হল পার্থক্য তো শুধু দুটি বয়ানের নয়, তাদের মধ্যে সময়টারও। এই সময়টার মধ্যে ক্ষুদিরাম জেনে গেছে ইতিমধ্যে ইনস্পেক্টর নন্দলাল ব্যানার্জীর বিশ্বাসঘাতকতায় মোকামা স্টেশনে শহীদ হয়েছে প্রফুল্ল চাকী।আদালতে পরবর্তী সওয়ালে প্রমাণ হবে, বোমা নিক্ষেপের মূল ভূমিকা তারই। প্রফুল্লর মৃত্যুসংবাদ পেয়েও ক্ষুদিরাম প্রথম বানানো বয়ানটা কেন পুনরাবৃত্তি করবে, প্রফুল্লকে তার প্রাপ্য কৃতিত্ব দেবে না, তার কোনো সঙ্গত কারণ দেখাতে পারেন?পরের যুক্তিটা উঠে আসে, তার উচ্চতর আদালতে প্রাণদণ্ড রদের আপীল করার কথায়। পরপর দুটি ঘটনার সাহায্যে প্রমাণ করার চেষ্টা হয়, বিপ্লব নামক পুরো প্রয়াসটাকেই সে হঠকারী মনে করতে শুরু করেছিল। অথবা হয়তো ─ এ অভিযোগ আরও সহজ ─ ধরা পড়ার পর একটা সাধারণ ভীতু ছেলের চিত্তবৈকল্য?হে পাঠক, অবধান করুন।কোনোরকম প্ররোচনা ছাড়া কেবল “ভয়”-এর বশে তার উচ্চ আদালতে আপীল করা কতদূর সঙ্গত? ক্ষুদিরাম মেদিনীপুরে আগেও আদালতে উঠেছে, তার আচরণে ঘাবড়ে যাওয়ার হদিশ মেলেনি। আর ঘটনার ধারাবাহিকতা বলে যদি কিছু থেকে থাকে, এই ভয়ঙ্কর দুঃসাহসিক হত্যাপ্রচেষ্টা, ধরা পড়ে সঙ্গীকে বাঁচিয়ে নিজের ঘাড়ে দোষ টেনে নেওয়া অকপট স্বীকারোক্তি, কাঠগড়ায় দাঁড়িয়ে শেষ ইচ্ছে হিসাবে বোমার চেহারা বর্ণনা করতে চাওয়ার নির্লিপ্ত ঔদ্ধত্য, এবং শেষ পর্যন্ত ফাঁসির মঞ্চের দিকে সেপাইদের টেনে নিয়ে এগিয়ে যাওয়া – এই সমস্ত কাজের ফাঁকে প্রাণভয়ে দণ্ড রদ করার আবেদনটা কি বিসদৃশ লাগছে না একটুও ? বা “ভয়” পেয়ে আদালতে মিথ্যাভাষণ ?বিভিন্ন বই ও নথি থেকে যে “গল্প”টা জানতে পারি, তা মোটামুটি এইরকম: ক্ষুদিরামের তরফের উকিল কালিদাস বসু তাকে নানাভাবে উপরোধ করেন, আপীলের জন্য দলিলে সই করতে। ক্ষুদিরাম অসম্মত হয়। তখন উকিলরা প্রধানত একখানা যুক্তি এবং আরেকটা সেন্টিমেন্ট তার কাছে পেশ করেন। প্রথমতঃ, তাঁরা আশা দেখান, কারাদণ্ড ভোগ করাকালীন যদি কোনোভাবে ভারতে বিপ্লবী আন্দোলন সাফল্যলাভ করে, তবে স্বাধীন ভারতের নাগরিক হওয়ার স্বপ্নটা তার এ জন্মে সফল হয়ে যেতেই পারে! অথবা কোনোভাবে যদি জেলের বাইরে আসতে পারে, তা হলে ভবিষ্যতে আরও দেশের কাজ করতে পারার সম্ভাবনা আছে!তাঁরা জানতেন, ছেলেটির দুর্বলতা কোথায়। আপীলে কোনো কাজ হবে না, ক্ষুদিরাম এই ধারণার কথা জানাতেই তার জন্য বিনামূল্যে প্রাণপাত করে লড়ে-যাওয়া উকিল তার কাছে পিতৃতুল্যের দাবি হাজির করেন। আজ্ঞে হ্যাঁ, “তোমার বাবা থাকলে এভাবে মুখের ওপর না বলতে পারতে” এই মন্ত্রেই সেই চালচুলোহীন, তিনমুঠো খুদের বিনিময়ে কেনা ছেলেটা বশ মানে। অযাচিত ভালোবাসার উপরোধে পড়ে সইটা করেই দেয় সে।কাজেই “ভয়” সে কোনদিনই পায়নি। যারা বিচ্ছিন্নভাবে এই দুটি ঘটনাকে খাড়া করে ক্ষুদিরামকে “ভীতু” প্রমাণ করতে চান, মানবতাবাদের সৌম্যদর্শন মুখোশের নীচে তাঁদের ভণ্ডামিটা বেশ স্পষ্ট চোখেই ধরা পড়ে।দ্বিতীয় পর্ব**************** এবার দ্বিতীয় প্রসঙ্গে আসা যাক। আমরা বলি, বাড় খেয়ে ক্ষুদিরাম। (“আমরা বলি” বললাম, কারণ যাঁরা বলেন তাঁদের আমরা বাঙালি জাতি দিয়েছি প্রখ্যাত বুদ্ধিজীবী বা বিদগ্ধ সাহিত্যিকের মর্যাদা)। ব্যবহার করতে বিন্দুমাত্র দ্বিধা কেউ বোধ করে না, এবং এ হেন লোভনীয় প্রবাদের অর্থ জানেন না বা কোনোদিন শোনেননি এমন বাঙালি কমই আছে। অদৃশ্য সুযোগসন্ধানী পক্ষের অঙ্গুলিহেলনে, ভ্রান্ত আদর্শে পরিচালিত ও ব্যবহৃত হওয়ার উদাহরণ হিসেবেই ক্ষুদিকে মনে রেখেছি আমরা। এ-ও সেই “জনবিচ্ছিন্ন সন্ত্রাসবাদী” ন্যারেটিভেরই একটা অবিচ্ছেদ্য অংশ। যেন উচ্চতর বুদ্ধিজীবী মহলের গভীরতর “মানবিক” চিন্তাধারাই trickle down hypothesis মেনে এই উপমায় পরিণত হয়েছে।চলুন দেখে নিই, ক্ষুদিরামকে যারা যারা বাড় খাইয়েছিল, তাদের পরিচিতি এবং ক্ষুদিরামের দ্বারা তারা কতটা লাভবান হয়েছিল।১) মেদিনীপুরের সত্যেন্দ্রনাথ বসু। রাজনারায়ণ বসুর ভ্রাতুষ্পুত্র, সম্পর্কে শ্রীঅরবিন্দের মামা, এবং ক্ষুদিরামের বিপ্লব-গুরু। গুরু-অর্থে মগজধোলাই করে সেনাবাহিনীতে ভর্তি করা কোনো এনটিটি নন, খাঁটি ইস্পাতকে তিনি অস্ত্র হওয়ার দিশা দেখিয়েছিলেন মাত্র। ইতিহাস বলছে, নিশ্চিত মৃত্যুদণ্ড জেনেও এই মানুষটি ক্ষুদিরামের ফাঁসির মাসেই আলিপুর জেলের মধ্যে নরেন গোঁসাই হত্যায় স্বেচ্ছায় ও সুপরিকল্পিত ভাবে নিজেকে জড়ান, এবং চার মাসের মধ্যেই নিজেও ফাঁসি যান। এই অতিসংক্ষিপ্ত অথচ পূর্বনির্ধারিত সময়ে ক্ষুদিরামকে ব্যবহার করে সত্যেনের ব্যক্তিগত মুনাফার তথ্য আমার অজানা; কেউ সরবরাহ করলে কৃতজ্ঞ থাকব।২) বারীন ঘোষ। বিপ্লবীর আদর্শচ্যুতির প্রথম জাজ্বল্যমান নিদর্শন তিনি। ধরা পড়ার পর অযথাই স্বীকারোক্তি করেছিলেন। অসংখ্য কর্মীর প্রতি পরোয়া না করা বারীন্দ্রকুমারের একের পর এক মারাত্মক ভ্রান্তিগুলির জন্য অগ্নিমূল্য ধরে দিতে হয়েছিল বাংলার বিপ্লবী আন্দোলনকে। কিন্তু ক্ষুদিরামকে ওই অভিযানে পাঠানোর প্রধান এবং প্রকাশ্য উদ্দেশ্য ছাড়া ওই মুহূর্তে তাঁর আর কোনও ব্যক্তিগত লাভের আশা ছিল কি? স্বীকারোক্তিতে কিন্তু তিনি সজ্ঞানে নিজেরও ফাঁসি অথবা দ্বীপান্তর নিশ্চিত করিয়ে নিয়েছিলেন, অর্থাৎ ১৯০৮-এর প্রেক্ষাপটে অন্ততঃ তিনি চূড়ান্ত শাস্তি থেকে গা বাঁচানোর কোনো চেষ্টাই করেননি!৩) মামলায় অংশগ্রহণকারী আইনজীবীরা। ঘটনার পরেও তার রেশ থাকে ─ লাশের রাজনীতি শব্দটা আমাদের সকলেরই পরিচিত; তাই এঁদেরও টেনে আনতে হল। তবে নিজে হাতে মুক্তির পথরোধ করার পরও সেই ছেলেটার পাশে সেদিন যে আইনজ্ঞরা দাঁড়িয়েছিলেন, তাঁরা কিন্তু কাঞ্চনমূল্যের প্রত্যাশা করেননি। বিনা স্বার্থে বিনা পারিশ্রমিকে রাজরোষের সামনে অকুতোভয় দাঁড়িয়েছিলেন তাঁরা। আর ক্ষুদিরামের শেষযাত্রার বর্ণনা তো অতি সহজলভ্য। সেখানে জানা যায় যাঁরা ক্ষুদিরামের শবদেহ হিন্দুমতে দাহ করেছিলেন বা তার সঙ্গে যুক্ত ছিলেন, (সেই অধুনা-অখ্যাত ব্যক্তিদের একজন একটি মর্মস্পর্শী আখ্যানও লিখে গেছেন, কিমাশ্চর্যম্) তাঁদের সঙ্গে ছেলেটির রক্তের সম্পর্ক বা আর্থিক লেনদেনের হিসাব কোনোটাই ছিল না। বাঁচবার প্রত্যাশা না করেই ক্ষুদিরাম একের-পর-এক বেপরোয়া কাজ করেছিল, তা সত্ত্বেও তাকে বাঁচানোর চেষ্টা থেকে বিরত হননি তাঁরা, এমনকি মরবার পরও চিতা থেকে উড়ে আসা জ্বলন্ত ছাইটুকুর দহন সসম্মানে গ্রহণ করেছেন।পারিপার্শ্বিক প্রমাণাদি থেকে পাঠক বাড় খাওয়ানো আর কোনো পক্ষকে খুঁজে বার করতে পারলে, অনুগ্রহ করে জানাবেন।বাড় খেয়ে ক্ষুদিরাম প্রসঙ্গে আরেকটি মূল্যবান ঐতিহাসিক নথি রয়েছে। কলকাতা হাইকোর্টের রায়ে বলা হয়েছিল“NOWHERE IN THE DEFENCE DURING THE TRIAL WAS IT STATED THAT THE ACCUSED WAS A TOOL IN THE HANDS OF OTHERS. IN HIS CONFESSION HE CLAIMED THAT THE INTENTION TO COMMIT THE CRIME WAS HIS OWN, THOUGH IT HAD BEEN AROUSED BY THE SPEECHES AND WRITINGS OF OTHERS AND THAT THE COMMISSION OF THE CRIME WAS CARRIED OUT BY HIM AND DINESH AT THEIR OWN INITIATIVE.”হ্যাঁ, ক্ষুদিরামের পক্ষের আইনজীবীরা যেনতেনপ্রকারেণ তাকে বাঁচাবার চেষ্টা করেছিলেন। যে কোনো মূল্যে, এমনকি মানসিক অসুস্থতার অজুহাতেও ছেলেটির জীবনরক্ষাই তাঁদের উদ্দেশ্য ছিল; এবং কীভাবে বলে বুঝিয়ে এবং চাপ দিয়ে তাঁরা ক্ষুদিরামের থেকে আবেদনে স্বাক্ষর আদায় করেছিলেন সেটা আগের পর্বে লিখেছি। কিন্তু আদালত জানাচ্ছে, ক্ষুদিরামের দৃপ্ত স্বীকারোক্তির জন্যই সে অ্যাপীল নাকচ হয়ে যায়; বিচারক জানান “that the accused was a mere tool in the hands of others in committing the crime” এটি একেবারেই যুক্তিপূর্ণ নয়।ব্যাপারটা আসলে হয়তো কিছু প্রিয় নায়কের গুরুত্ব খর্ব করার ইচ্ছে। বাঙালীর চেতনাগত আত্মঘাতী প্রচেষ্টাগুলি তো চিরকালই “সগৌরবে চলিতেছে”! ক্ষুদিরামের জাতি পরিণত হয়েছে অশিক্ষার গর্বে উদ্বাহু নৃত্য করা জনতায়, এবং যা আরও দুঃখজনক, সচেতন ভাবে ইতিহাসকে ধ্বংস করা মেকি পণ্ডিতে। তৃতীয় পর্ব*************** দণ্ডাদেশ শুনে সেদিন আঠেরোর কিশোর হাসিমুখে দাঁড়িয়েছিল কাঠগড়ায়।জজসাহেব শুধোলেন, আদেশের মানে বুঝেছ?হাসিমুখে ছেলেটা বললে, আমি যে গীতা পড়েছি!(“বেদাবিনাশিনং নিত্যং য এনমজমব্যয়ম। কথং স পুরুষঃ পার্থ কং ঘাতয়তি হন্তি কম্।।” ২/২১)ক্ষুদিরামকে যারা ভণ্ড নেতৃত্বের হাতের পুতুল, হঠকারী যুবক বলে প্রতিপন্ন করেন, তাঁদের কাছে প্রশ্ন – আদর্শ ছিল না কি ? শুধুই গোঁয়ার্তুমি ? বোধ ছিল না ক্ষুদিরামের ?অগ্নিযুগের উন্মেষকালে দেশ স্বাধীন করার বাসনা নিয়ে যারা আগুনে ঝাঁপ দিয়েছিল, তাদের লক্ষ্য-আনুগত্য সবকিছু ছিল দেশের প্রতি একনিষ্ঠ। কর্মপদ্ধতি ও আদর্শ ছিল ভারতবর্ষের দর্শনে প্রোথিত। তাই পরবর্তী কোনো ভিন্নধারার ভুঁইফোড় আন্দোলনের ব্যর্থতাকে জাস্টিফাই করার জন্য ক্ষুদিরামকে ছোট করা ঠিক প্রবল শীতের প্রাণদায়ী আগুন আর সিগারেটের ডগার তুলনার মতই হাস্যকর। মিথ্যে স্বপ্নের মায়াজালে তরুণদের বলি করার দেশজ-শিকড়হীন আন্দোলনের সঙ্গে ক্ষুদিরামকে গুলিয়ে ফেলা হয় (নাকি ইচ্ছাকৃত/পরিকল্পিত ভাবে গুলিয়ে দেওয়া হয় ?), তাকে টেনে নামিয়ে বসানো হয় ব্যর্থ আবেগের ধ্বংসাত্মক কার্যাবলীর সঙ্গে একাসনে। তুলনামূলক চর্চা করার ক্ষেত্র এটা নয়, মৌলিক পার্থক্যগুলি চক্ষুষ্মান সুধীজনমাত্রই বুঝতে পারবেন। প্রশ্ন করবেন, সাহিত্যের ছলে বা মনস্তত্ত্ব অবলোকনের নামে মনগড়া গল্প রটানো অথবা স্থূলরুচির রসিকতার পিছনে উদ্দেশ্যটা কী ?ক্ষুদিরাম ভয় পায়নি, ক্ষুদিরাম ব্যবহৃত হয়নি। তার স্বপ্নে যে কোথাও খাদ ছিল না তার সাক্ষী অবিকৃত ইতিহাস। তার উদ্দেশ্যে যে কোথাও দীনতা ছিল না, কর্তব্যে কোথাও হীনতা ছিল না, তার প্রমাণ শাসিত ও শাসক দুতরফের লিপিবদ্ধ নথি। এ প্রমিথিউস পবিত্র আগুন আনতে চেয়েছিল বিপ্লবের জন্য। সজ্ঞানে। স্বেচ্ছায়। নিজের বুকের পাঁজরে সেই বজ্রানল বহন করে এনেছিল কিশোর দধীচি।ইচ্ছে হলে একে হিরো-ওয়রশিপ বলতেই পারেন। বীরপূজারী হওয়ার মধ্যে আমি কোনও অসম্মান দেখি না। তবে নয়কে হয় করে নয়, বিপক্ষের কথাগুলি যথেষ্ট গুরুত্বের সঙ্গে উল্লেখ করেই সিদ্ধান্তে আসছি। Deify করতে চাই না, শুধু vilify করার অক্লান্ত প্রচার দেখে কয়েকটা সত্যি কথাই বলতে চাইছি। ক্ষুদিরাম কোনও ভিক্টিম নয়, ভাগ্যহত পরাজিত নায়কও নয়। সে সমবেদনা নয়, সম্ভ্রমের দাবিদার।চতুর্থ পর্ব*****************ফাঁসির মঞ্চে শেষ কথা কী বলেছিলেন শহিদ ক্ষুদিরাম, কী ছিল তাঁর শেষ ইচ্ছা ?১৯০৮ সালের ১১ আগস্ট, বয়স হয়েছিলো ১৮ বছর ৭ মাস ১১ দিন। ফাঁসি হয়েছিল শহীদ ক্ষুদিরাম বসুর। বাংলা তথা ভারত হারিয়েছিল এক আদন্ত নির্ভীক সন্তানকে। স্বাধীনতার স্বপ্নে যিনি মৃত‍্যুভয়কেও বশ করেছিলেন। এমনকী, ফাঁসির মঞ্চে তাঁর শেষ কথা চমকে দিয়েছিল উপস্থিত সকলকে।প্রফুল্ল চাকি আত্যহত‍্যা করলেও ক্ষুদিরাম ধরা পড়েছিলেন ব্রিটিশদের হাতে। বিচারে তাঁর ফাঁসির রায় দিয়েছিলেন ব্রিটিশ বিচারক মি. কর্নডফ। রায় ঘোষণার পর ক্ষুদিরামের মুখে ছিল হাসি। অল্প বয়সী ক্ষুদিরামকে বিচারক কর্নডফ প্রশ্ন করতে বাধ্য হয়েছিলেন, ফাঁসিতে যে মরতে হবে সেটা সে বুঝেছে তো ?স্বাধীনতার আকাঙ্খায় এমনই নির্ভীক ছিলেন মেদিনীপুরের এই বিস্ময় যুবক। রায় ঘোষণার পর জীবনের শেষ কযেকটা দিনে কারাগারে বসে মাৎসিনি, গ্যারিবল্ডি ও রবীন্দ্রনাথের লেখা পড়তে চেয়েছিলেন। ১০ আগস্ট আইনজীবী সতীশ চন্দ্র চক্রবর্তীকে ক্ষুদিরাম বলেছিলেন, 'রাজপুত নারীরা যেমন নির্ভয়ে আগুনে ঝাঁপ দিয়া জওহরব্রত পালন করিত, আমিও তেমন নির্ভয়ে দেশের জন্য প্রাণ দিব। আগামীকাল আমি ফাঁসির আগে চতুর্ভুজার প্রসাদ খাইয়া বধ্যভূমিতে যাইতে চাই।'আর ফাঁসির আগে ক্ষুদিরামের শেষ ইচ্ছা কী ছিল জানেন ? সেইসময়ও দেশের জন্য সশস্ত্র সংগ্রামকে এগিয়ে যাওয়ারই চেষ্টা করে গিয়েছেন তিনি। বলেছিলেন, তিনি বোমা বানাতে জানেন। ব্রিটিশদের অনুমতি পেলে সেই বিদ্যা ভারতের অন্যান্য যুবকদের শিখিয়ে যেতে ইচ্ছুক।তবে ফাঁসির মঞ্চে এসেও যে প্রশান্তি ছিল তাঁর মনে, তা সবচেয়ে বিস্ময়কর। ১৯০৮ সালের ১১ অগাস্ট জেলের ভিতরে গড়া হয়েছিল ১৫ ফুট উঁচু এক ফাঁসির মঞ্চ। দুই দিকে ছিল দুটি খুঁটি। তার উপর একটি মোটা লোহার রড ছিল আড়াআড়িভাবে লাগানো। সেই রডের মাঝখানে মোটা একগাছি দড়ি বাঁধা ছিল। তার শেষ প্রান্তে ছিল মরণ-ফাঁস।ক্ষুদিরামকে সেই মঞ্চে তাঁকে নিয়ে এসেছিলেন ব্রিটিশ সরকারের চার পুলিশ। ক্ষুদিরাম ছিলেন তাঁদের সামনে। ফাঁসির আগে উপস্থিত আইনজীবীদের দিকে তাকিয়ে হেসে ফেলেছিলেন তিনি। তারপর পিছমোড়া করে বাঁধা হয় দুইহাত। গলায় ফাঁসির দড়ি পরানো মাত্র জল্লাদকে শহীদ ক্ষুদিরাম প্রশ্ন করেছিলেন 'ফাঁসির দড়িতে মোম দেওয়া হয় কেন ?' এটাই ছিল বীর শহিদের জীবনের শেষ কথা। জল্লাদ বিস্ময়ে কিছু বলতে পারেননি। বিস্ময়ে হতবাক হয়েগিয়েছিলেন ব্রিটিশ জেলার থেকে উপস্থিত সকলে। ফাঁসির আগে কী করে কারোর মনে এই প্রশ্ন আসতে পারে ?পলকের আড়ালে সেদিন ছোট্ট কিশোর জীবন দিয়েছিলেন।মহাত্মা গান্ধী ক্ষুদিরামকে সর্মথন করেন নি এবং উল্টে ইংরেজ দের বিরুদ্ধে হিংসাকে নিন্দা করেন।এবং ওই ইংরেজ মহিলার মৃত্যুতে শোক জ্ঞাপন করেন। তবুও মৃত্যুর ১১৩ বছর পরেও স্বাধীন ভারতের আপামর মানুষের মনে তিনি আজও অমর হয়ে বেঁচে থাকবেন।ALL COPYRIGHT STRICTLY  ©ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY SIMANTA NANDI  ®

StoryMirror in conversation with author AGRATA VERMA
 26 February 2019  

Please give details about your initial education and forming years of lifePresently,I am a student of class 5, studying in Prudence School, New Delhi. How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?I am not sure, how it began. I use to finish my school work very fast and would then start writing on bits of paper, loose sheets and in diary. Once my mom asked me to write about 'my most unforgettable moment'. I wrote about my late grandmother. After reading it, my parents, immediate family members, got very emotional. That's how I think my potential was realized by my mom. She encouraged me to write more and meanwhile got to know about this platform 'StoryMirror'. First time when I posted my story on StoryMirror, and the first 'Like' I got from someone unknown to me, acted as a catalyst. Since then, there has been no stopping. What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work?I keep writing because I love writing. I have not faced any problem except asking for votes. What is your view about the present day literary work?I like literature because it gives me ideas, increases my vocabulary, makes me more sensitive. Everytime I read a new story, there is a new reality to discover. I love reading fiction like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Roald Dahl series, Geronimo Stilton etc. The joy of reading these works is immense, as it takes me to an entirely different world of pleasure and fantasy.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers?Yes, because through digital and social media, the reach to read has increased immensely.Please tell us something about your literary workI like writing and reading about crime,  different people, places and also about fiction.What was your first literary work and how was it published? My poems have been published in 'Hindustan Times' newspaper. My first poem which was published in the newspaper was 'Thank You'. I was appreciated by my teachers, classmates and my parents.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?It is a very strong medium, through which views of people, emerging issues of the society, entertainment for everyone and intellect/passion of the writers can be beautifully expressed and penned.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?I see myself in the hearts of my friends, peers, teachers and everyone else in the school and place where I live.  Five years from now, I will be in class Xth, and I would then like people following my poems, favorite poets endorsing them and also have more ways and platforms to express my views.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?Digital media is a good way to interact and share the work. Also various institutions should come forward and recognize poems as a strong medium of expression.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers?Do what you Love and Love what you Do.How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? It was very inspiring, great learning and a very good platform to channelize and express my views through story/ poems. I felt very motivated every time my poem got selected by StoryMirror. Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? StoryMirror is a very strong, motivating channel to bring out the creative skill of budding writers. For me, I also liked reading other stories/ poems posted on StoryMirror. It was a good way to interact and know about others and their beautiful work. Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/kytwvmko/agrata-verma/stories

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.50
 15 August 2019  

Morality - In Gita Verse 2.50 A man engaged in devotional service rids himself of both good and bad reactions even in this life. Therefore strive for yoga, which is the art of all work.Krishna in this verse says that person has to be aware and not moral. Morality will follow the person who is aware.What we are teaching to our children is morality and not awareness.What is religion in your mind? – teaching certain beliefs. And no belief is religious, all beliefs make people stupid. Religion is an experience, not a belief. You will make them Hindus or Mohammedans or Christians, but that is not making them religious. And you are not interested, in fact, in making them religious; you are interested in making them Hindus, Mohammedans, Christians. You want them to belong to your fold and you are afraid of their intelligence. You want to kill it and destroy it before it is too late – before they start revolting, before they start thinking on their own. It is a greatest crime to force children into any religious belief. Help them to understand and tell them to find their religion.And morality is a byproduct of religion. When one feels in the heart religion arising, a relationship, a communion with existence happening, one becomes moral. It is not a question of commandments, it is not a question of shoulds and should-nots; it is a question of love, compassion.When you are silent, a deep compassion arises for the whole existence, and out of that compassion one becomes moral. One cannot be cruel, one cannot kill, one cannot destroy. When you are silent, blissful, you start becoming a blessing to everybody else. That phenomenon of becoming a blessing to everybody else is true morality.Morality has nothing to do with so-called moral principles. These so-called moral principles only create hypocrites: they create only pseudo people, split personalities. A schizophrenic humanity has come about because of thousands of priests, so-called saints and mahatmas and their continuous teachings: “Do this, don’t do that.” You are not helped to be aware, to see what is right and what is wrong. You are not given eyes, you are simply given directions.Religion brings clarity and clarity transforms your character.MORALITY IS NOT RELIGION, although a religious person is always moral — but not vice versa: a moral person need not be religious.A religious person is necessarily moral because religion means experience of the divine — one who has experienced the presence of God, how can he be immoral? In fact, he is the criterion, the decisive factor as to what is moral.Morality means compassion, morality means love, morality means creativity; morality means making the world a little more beautiful than you found it, leaving it a little more beautiful, giving it a new plane, a new level, a new dimension of existence.The immoral person is destructive; because he is miserable he can only share his misery with others. Remember, you can give to others only that which you have. If you are miserable, whatsoever you say is immaterial, you will make others miserable.If you are blissful, you need not say anything — you will make others blissful. Your very presence will trigger some blissfulness in their being.Your very presence will create a synchronicity in others. Your music, your juice, will create ripples of joy — whoever is close to you will become infected with your joy, with your ecstasy, will become drunk — and that's what morality is.Krishna in this verse is telling Arjuna to become self-aware. Not to become a hypocrite. And when through his awareness, he will fight this war, it will be war of Morality and great learning for future humanity to live in the awareness so even if they have to fight a war it will be from awareness, with self-consciousness, from subjectivity, where they merge with the universe. They have to surrender to the universe. In that act through the body the divine will appear and do it’s act. Who has to run the whole universe. Nothing for the individual but for the existence, whole.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 4.2
 23 October 2019  

Be Sharp - In Gita Verse 4.2 This supreme science was thus received through the chain of disciplic succession, and the saintly kings understood it in that way. But in course of time the succession was broken, and therefore the science as it is appears to be lost.What Krishna is saying - religion can never be taught, it can only be caught.In the ancient India all the master was giving the opportunity to their disciple to grow in consciousness. Because no one can teach you but you need to grasp through your awareness. When I say master was giving opportunity means master was creating circumstances in that circumstances disciple needs be be very sharp to pick up the message what master is saying. It is the silent message only through which religion can be taught. If you use the word it cannot teach you religion.If you give any words then it’s teaching certain beliefs. And no belief is religious, all beliefs make people stupid. Religion is an experience, not a belief. You will make them Hindus or Mohammedans or Christians, but that is not making them religious. And you are not interested, in fact, in making them religious; you are interested in making them Hindus, Mohammedans, Christians. You want them to belong to your fold and you are afraid of their intelligence. You want to kill it and destroy it before it is too late – before they start revolting, before they start thinking on their own. It is a greatest crime to force children into any religious belief. Help them to understand and tell them to find their religion.Master use to give the understanding. Krishna says that in that process people started to follow the religion, Buddha is different than Buddhism, Christ is not Christians, Mahavira is not Jainism, etc, but the people wanted to be follower of them. They missed the Buddha, Christ, Mahavira, they become follower so the succession was broken. People try to follow the religion but they could not become religious.Look around you everyone is in the race who has got more information regarding the scripture, they are not trying to understand and practise but they are interested in the words of Buddha, Mahavira, Christ, etc. Everyone is missing the point. All of us has potential to become Buddha, Mahavira, Christ, for that we need to drop the knowledge and go inside us, understand through our own wisdom, which is connected with the universe, then try to put in your action, see what happens, you will find certain reality of your is arising in you. Which is very delicate and subtle. You need to pick up, sharpness is needed, it is like dew drop it will disappear in no time.Master wants you simply to be yourself, whatever it is.His concern with the world, with people, is immense. He was teaching his disciples that when you meditate and you feel silence, serenity, a deep joy bubbling inside your being, don’t hold onto it; give it to the whole world. And don’t be worried, because the more you give it, the more you will become capable of getting it. The gesture of giving is of tremendous importance once you know that giving does not take anything from you; on the contrary, it multiplies your experiences. But the man who has never been compassionate does not know the secret of giving, does not know the secret of sharing.Look in your life, recollect the incidence when you were enthusiastic in your action, you was sharing everything. In the process there was different kind of joy, joy of giving. In your worldly life you were silent, means not that you were not talking, but only word of joy was coming out from you. You were feeling something which is coming in your action from very depath of you, which cannot be said in the words.As we become the follower and stuck to the scriptures the whole succession chain was broken. In the process we have lost this science.Krishna tells Arjuna that don’t follow my words, but when I am saying something be sharp and catch it, be it and act it.