Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Bhaat Trilogy

Note: This post is meant only for Bengalis or at least those who understand Bengali. And are preferably non - vegetarian :)

One of the great thing about following interesting people on Twitter is that you come across some really funny, interesting links. And just like that I came across the videos I have linked here.

As a Bengali living outside Kolkata for the last 2-3 years, I miss having conversations in Bengali about food. And drinks. Especially with the true connoisseurs, of which there is no shortage back in Kolkata. I fondly remember the lunches and dinners I shared with a manager of mine, when I was doing my articleship, during which he would talk about Hilsa and Chingri; about how soft the mutton is in Karim's Delhi; and how a Biryani on Jumma day taken from the top of the pot at Shiraz is better than the rest; among other things.

So when I came across these links - it certainly made me nostalgic on one hand and absolutely delighted to listen to some classic Bangali Bhaat (Bengalis would know what I mean here).

So I present to you what I call the Bhaat trilogy: 3 talks covering food and drink and a lot more. Delivered by this unknown gentleman. Sit back and enjoy. And go about them one after the other to enjoy the flow.

The Bhaat trilogy comprises of

Scotch Puran

Brandy Bilas

Shuorer Mangsho o Grand Canyon

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Football transfer spends - Part 1

Some time back I had stumbled across this very informative site . This site provides quite a detailed and comprehensive information about the transfer activities of English Football Clubs.

Let me provide 3 snapshots from this site - which capture very effectively the transfer spending of various football clubs in the Premier League Era.

Net Spend of English Clubs since the start of the Premier League.

Net Spending of English Football Clubs since 2003 (Post The Roman Revolution). The impact of the Oil Money flowing into the premiership can be clearly seen at the top of the table.

And Finally a snapshot showing the effect of significant events on Transfer Spends of the Bigger Clubs in England.

I intend to follow this up with a more detailed analysis sometime in the future, especially from an Arsenal viewpoint covering topics such as the correlation of spending with success on the pitch and which clubs have bucked the trend and how
For the time being, I invite the readers for their first comments on the spendings of their clubs over the years and what do they foresee in the future.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Toilets and writings on the walls

Late last month, I visited Kolkata for a holiday. The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (aka Dum Dum) was ....well...let's say quite different from the Bangalore International Airport. So I took a couple of pics of the toilets in the two places just for the sake of comparison. You tell me which pic is taken where ?
Exhibit 1
Exhibit 2

Interestingly,  I also found this written on the walls of the same BIAL toilet, but could not find a comparative one in Dum Dum. Perhaps the impact of the movie Gunda has been more in Bangalore :)

PS: Suhel Seth continues to write in the Graphiti (which also means writing on the wall) magazine - published every Sunday by The Telegraph. This one had to be shared. More insulting than amusing - but then that's his style. On asking my younger brother (a Class XII student), as to why would anyone even write to this Bhodrolok - his reply was interesting. He said that he is convinced that Mr Seth creates his own questions and answers. Word, I say.

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