Who we are
Hi, I am Purba.
I am your garden-variety South Calcutta (or Kolkata… tomayto, tomahto) gal. Growing up near Gariahat, I then spent a decade in the US, doing what all Indians (well, a good part of them) do there… programming. You see, I was a software engineer in my other life.
After moving back home again, I started a mythical quest for finding some work that doesn’t feel like Work. About twenty million failed attempts later, I zeroed in on a start-up that has begun a venture that feels like my idea of a job… exciting and fun… AND, I get to work from home!
My family is perpetually bitten by the travel-bug and we go out and about around six times a year on an average. We’re trying hard to break our own records.
I also have a ‘thing’ for printed words. Books, magazines, pamphlets, posters, wall slogans, DYI instructions on the back of my son’s toy boxes… I have this compelling urge to read anything and everything in the line of my vision. That person you notice in a clinic who goes through the doctor’s list intently as if it’s celeb gossip column for the lack of any other reading material? That will be me. I am sure there’s a name for this disorder, only I haven’t been able to Google it yet.
I am also a Firm Believer of Fantasy and I absolutely, steadfastly, stoically refuse to grow up. Ever.
I have tried believing in as many as six impossible things before breakfast. It’s definitely doable.
I also DO believe in fairies… and I think you should, too.
I have always found myself in an awkward situation while writing about myself. Bosses would ask that of me, you know, in new organizations. And I too, in turn would ask that of new joinees!
Well, I am Sudarshana, an HR professional from an earlier life, with an inordinate interest in writing; in fact so much so that I have made a paradigmatic shift to an alternate career of blabbering and writing to my heart’s content on all and sundry issues under the sun!
Born and brought up in Ballygunge, I have spent all my life very very unadventurously, in Kolkata only. I am the mother of two kids in the age group gamut of 7 to 16, and have to take care of all their epiphanic moments to turbulent outrages single-handedly. I, by the way, am also the mother of my 68 year old mother. You know what the Bard had said regarding old age being the second childhood etc.!
What do I like? Well, it will be easier to sum up what I don’t, which includes hypocrites, liars, lizards and cockroaches, exactly in that order. I love to listen to the pitter-patter of the rain, the rhythmic sound of the train going past my house, the sound of the silence and see the sun rising. I love to see my children engrossed and happy; and I love to live. I also have my niggling sorrows, my inner rage… well all of that later!
Hi, I am Samhita.
I am the stargazing, mushy, romantic part of this triptych. Think reading old love letters on a rain-drenched afternoon, a still-fragrant rose inside a tattered copy of ‘Arch of Triumph’, haunting melodies of Madan Mohan on a full moon night…
I am a hard-core South Calcutta girl, growing up right next to Rabindra Sarobar, no less! Had my tryst with Sociology which more than anything else, honed my argumentative skills, according to my Ma. Skills that I had plenty to begin with (Kutarka kora). But contrary to her apprehension, I did not choose Law as my profession; neither did I become an honest-to-God social activist! Instead, I did a 180 degree turn. Revelation – these argumentative reasoning generate moolah when done with a dumb machine! I worked as a Software Architect for more than a decade. For the last few years though, I have been dabbling in a bit of this and a bit of that, all pertaining to writing.
I am a sucker for Ye Olde Worlde charm. Tumbledown buildings, old sepia-toned photographs, black and white movies… all chicken soup for my soul.
The other day someone called me a Librocubicularist (a person who reads in bed). Biggest compliment! I am a ReadsBooksEverywhererist (my father-in-law was shocked to find out that I carry one to the loo, too)! I am also a ReadEverythingYouCanFindist. Dog-eared copies of ‘The Last Unicorn’, ‘100 Years of Solitude’ and ‘The American Gods’ sit side by side ‘Holde Pakhir Palok’, ‘Nagini Kanyar Kahini’ and ‘Byomkesh Samagra’ on my bookshelf.
And I love to talk. Earlier my Ma, and now my worse half, thinks I live to talk, as well! So what say we start a conversation?
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