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Books…

Books…

Books!   My earliest memories are of my Grandmother telling us stories after dinner. She loves to read – in fact she reads in 4 languages, Odiya, Bengali, Hindi & English. Puts me to shame for I can read in only one – English. Have almost forgotten how to read my own mother tongue – Odiya though I gave my matriculation exam in Odiya as my second language.   Be that as it may, I owe my love of reading…

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19 Years Ago…

19 Years Ago…

19 years ago… The Engine whistled and the train pulled to a stop. I got down from my compartment to be met with a crowd of people who wanted to wish me well – for I had a Daughter! My First Born! It was just like my best dream – I have a daughter? I am a father? “Holy Cow”! When did that happen! I now have two girls in my life! Thank the Gods! Both are well. Healthy and…

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Home in Mumbai for Christmas 

Home in Mumbai for Christmas 

Drove back from Vadodara yesterday evening with Padmaja who was visiting me in Vadodara. Long drive, but have become used to it now. The highway is fantastic and though traffic is heavy, the drive itself is smooth and if you know how you don’t have to weave in and out of the truck traffic. It took me a couple of times up down between Mumbai and Vadodara to learn that and now I simply stay in the right lane instead…

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Making Tea for Padmaja

Making Tea for Padmaja

Every now and then Padmaja would want the morning cuppa from my hands. Tea, with milk but no sugar, is a morning ritual on holidays & weekends when the kids would sleep late. On school days we have our tea together after the kids have left. Today, she wanted me to make the tea and I did.  Also, showed her – yet again – how to use the wireless Jam Speaker to listen to music on her phone. Wives! I…

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Together

Together

Together we shall stand tall. We shall not bend to any adversity, to one or to all of us. We shall love & live together. – Satpathy Family To me the word “together” has a rather special meaning. It is a strange word. I wonder who coined it. Ah. The special meaning – well I really cannot define it clinically or express it very well but I will try. Together is about not being alone. About the sound of voices…

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Life Events – Daughter Starts Class 10 CBSE Board Exam

Life Events – Daughter Starts Class 10 CBSE Board Exam

I just returned from Rajhans School after dropping my daughter, Durgesh Nandini Satpathy. Today she will write the first exam of her Class 10 CBSE Board exam – her first academic national level exam where she is competing with students from right across the country. She has been preparing for the exams for a long time now. The exams will run till Mar 15, which is a pain. This is because CBSE has so many subjects offered that even with…

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Rakhi, August 20, 2013

Rakhi, August 20, 2013

Rakhi! That time of year again when sisters tie a thread on their brother’s wrist, a sign of their affection and love, and of the bond that ties sisters and brothers together through life. These photos were taken on Rakhi (August 20, 2013) at our home in Juhu, Mumbai. In it our daughter, Mamli, prays for her younger brother, Bablu and ties her Rakhi on his wrist. She also performs the same for her sisters-in-absentia – Meghu & Chikoo, my…

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Bablu’s Special Assembly on Anger, R. N. Podar School, Mumbai

Bablu’s Special Assembly on Anger, R. N. Podar School, Mumbai

Jyotiraditya, our 9 year old son, participated in a “Special Assembly” at his school today. The teachers and students of R. N. Podar school pick a topic, script it, practice and present the script in front of parents who are invited to attend. Today’s topic was “Anger”. Very nicely done, with great scripting and a fantastic performance from the children. The teachers design the program such that each and every child gets to play a part, however small. The choreography…

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Satasreea Marriage to Sidartha in Cuttack, June 2, 2013

Satasreea Marriage to Sidartha in Cuttack, June 2, 2013

My sister, Satasreea Dash married Sidartha Mohapatra on June 2, 2013, at Cuttack, Odisha. Romali, as we call her at home, is the daughter of my 3rd maternal uncle, Prakash Ranjan Dash. She was born when I was in secondary school and we grew up together in Rourkela, where for a long time we were neighbors.