The Delightful Daughter

The Delightful Daughter

World Citizens

“But Rahman sat in the little Calcutta lane, and saw before him the barren mountains of Afghanistan” – Kabuliwallah I am reminded of the Bengali Movie Kabuliwallah, Hemen Gupta’s poignant albeit delightful cinematization of Tagore’s masterpiece of a short story by the same name. In…

The Delightful Daughter

With Minnie at Rishi Valley School

The Rishi Valley School is widely regarded as being one of the finest boarding schools in India. Out of every 100 applicants every year, approximately 10 get admission making this also the most selective boarding school in India. For us, Minnie’s admission in Grade IV…

The Delightful Daughter

In the Fetters of Melodies

Aami tomaro shonge’ bedhechi aamaro praan Shurero badhone’ Tumi Jano na Aami tomare’ payechi ojana shadhone’ You know not In the fetters of melodies That I have bound my life with You You know not In what endeavors of merit unknown That I have found…

The Delightful Daughter

The Poet-Daughter

In grade II when my daughter Minnie (Madhura) was barely six years old, her class teacher introduced Poetry to the class, starting with the basic appreciation of the concept of Rhyme as an important feature of a poem. Being in the International Baccalaureate system, Minnie…

The Delightful Daughter

Of Crayons and Sketchpens

My daughter Minnie (who is now ten) and I are great friends. We treat each other as equals and she, not I, is the first among the two equals. While being rather subdued with her mother who is an impatient and strict disciplinarian, with me…