The Idol-maker- Part 2

It was the Mahalaya, the day from which the Navratri starts. On this day, Ma Durga starts off her journey to go to her parental home from her husband, Shiva's home. But for Raj, the old blind idol-maker, the journey was actually the reverse. Every year,  the idol of the goddess which he makes with … Continue reading The Idol-maker- Part 2


The Idol-maker – Part 1

The Durga Puja was nearing. The idol-makers at the Kumartuli were too busy to eat their square meals. All their perspiration and efforts were devoted only to the shaping the idols of the goddess and her children from the soil of the bed of the Ganges. The members of the Puja committees thronged at Kumartuli … Continue reading The Idol-maker – Part 1

Just Before The Final Destination 

Nishnat was waiting for the train to come. He checked his watch for the final time - just one more minute. He could see the faint ray of light of the head lights of the train. The final minute of life was fast approaching. His brain dizzied: should he jump now or not? He was … Continue reading Just Before The Final Destination