Sillery Gaon

Our homestay under the starry sky

The first time I visited Sikkim was when I was an infant, and the only thing I remember is a certain type of road divider which I had first seen in Gangtok, and then in Kolkata, after which I used to keep on saying “Gangtok, Gangtok” whenever I saw those railing-dividers.

On the 21st of January, 2017, 17 students embarked on a magical (trust me, I don’t use this word lightly) journey to the eastern side of Sikkim. Continue reading

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Purulia in a day

At Purulia

It was another trip to Shantiniketan, during Holi. The last two days of this trip were reserved for visiting Purulia and returning to Kolkata. Continue reading

Agra: The Mughal Capital

When I looked at the ‘darwaza’, I felt as if the king was about to enter through it, riding a majestic horse, coming back victorious from a battle

– Dada

Dada (my grandfather) often told me about Fatehpur Sikri and its grandeur. Occasionally, I used to think that he was exaggerating, but his descriptions never failed to pique my interest about the city-fort. Akbar’s reign is perhaps one of the few sections of my history book that I loved reading and the prospect of visiting his kingdom’s blooming capital was very exciting. Continue reading

Agra: The Wonder

A teardrop in the face of eternity

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Agra: The Fort

It was 2002. That’s when we first went on a long trip (before that, my memory was more volatile than it is now, so I don’t remember where we went before that). And that was when we had first visited Agra. But I only have faint memories of Taj Mahal from that trip.

Last year, although I yearned for mountains, Agra was something I was interested in exploring, especially for taking photos of the Taj Mahal from a certain location that my mother had told me about 🙂

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Delhi.

Rajdhani route

Delhi has been an intermediate point for a really long time. After 2002 (when I was seven years old), we have never stayed in Delhi for more than a few hours. Before planning this trip, my parents had some things in mind.

Duda always wanted to travel in the Rajdhani express (and it hadn’t happened for one reason or the other). Gunja’s interest in the Mughal architecture had piqued after studying about the era (as a part of the history course).

Hence, Delhi and Agra were chosen.

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A Prime Lens and a Durga Pujo To Test It Out!

There wasn’t too much of pandal hopping this year. There were a couple of adda sessions with my friends, and I went out with my parents and Gunja to visit a few pandals around Kolkata. My birthday coincided with Saptami. It turned out to be really nice. Continue reading

A Saptami and A Birthday

This year I turned 20. This is an unusual post, but my birthday was unexpectedly nice this year, and I received an amazing gift.

I should be starting off from what happened after 12:00 AM on the 20th of October, but then I’d be missing out on a couple of things. So, I’ll start from 6:30 PM, on the day before. Continue reading

A Reunion

“Lost faces, reduced to mere contact names, suddenly sprang into life.”

(a chat from Satyaki, later that day, while we were conversing on WhatsApp)

Almost 40 students of the 2014 batch of Salt Lake School met under one roof on the 19th of October. Almost two years have passed since we were in school. It was wonderful meeting everyone again. I had missed last year’s reunion since a few of us had made plans to meet and go pandal-hopping on Shashthi. This year I made sure I would be a part. Continue reading

What is Big Data?

Big Data

A baby enters the world. The baby has five senses, with which his/her brain gains information. A huge amount of random data enters his/her brain.

The baby tries to stand up, and falls, and repeats this process several times, after which he/she learns not just to stand up, but also to walk. The baby gathered the data, analysed the data, and finally, learnt from the data.

This is data analysis. Continue reading