I maintain a webpage on Chandraketugarh, an
archaeological site near Calcutta (Kolkata), India, from where exquisitely beautiful
terracotta artifacts from more than 2000 years ago have been discovered.
My Autograph Collection: When I was young back in
India I used to collect autographs of football (soccer) and cricket players,
performers, authors and other well-known personalities.
My friends and relatives
knew of my hobby and sometimes they used to obtain autographs on my
behalf. Among well-known Indians, my collection includes autographs of
Satyajit Ray (celebrated movie director),
Kishore Kumar (Playback Singer),
Manna Dey (playback singer),
Ravi Shankar (sitarist),
Bhimsen Joshi (classical Indian Vocalist). A friend of mine gave
me an autograph of
Pele (Arguably, the greatest footballer (soccer) of all time), when he visited Calcutta with the
Cosmos club in 1976(?). I do not collect
autograph anymore, unless I bump into a celebrity.
Remembering Saibal: In 2004 on the
day of Good Friday I lost a dear friend of mine in a freak car accident in Durgapur
(near Calcutta, India). It took me a long time to accept that my friend was
gone, perhaps a part of me will never be able to accept it. Thinking about him and
writing about him gave me some consolation.
Last Revised February 20, 2010