The Grande Dame of Chowringhee

We were returning from our Maldives and Colombo trip to Ranchi in April this year. Due to our flight connections, we had to stay a night in Kolkata. We decided to stay in a hotel. I have grown up watching the magnificent building of the Grand Hotel in Kolkata. I had attended a few official…

Harmony, Peace, Universal Toleration and Acceptance

Swami Vivekananda (popularly known as Swamiji), a great Hindu monk delivered his famous lecture on September 11, 1893 during the Parliament of World's Religions, Chicago, USA held from September 11 to 27, 1893. It was for the first time that the message of universal Brotherhood and its proper understanding was given to the western world. Unfortunately,…

Dubai Desert Safari

Three years ago, I was staying in Dubai with my sister before joining the bank in Iraq. Because of curfew in Baghdad, the air port was closed. I had to stay back in Dubai for 5 days. On one afternoon, I went for desert safari. My brother-in-law arranged a ticket for me. The driver picked…

Twin explosions at our office

Sunday, the 20th June was a normal business day — a beginning of a new bright week. We were busy in our work at the Head Office of our bank. My office was at the basement of the building. The head office building was on the main road near Nissour Square, which rose to infamy  because…