On Tuesday, 12th March our extended family gathered together at Jorasanko Thakur Bari-the ancestral home of Rabindranath Tagore. And what a treat awaited them. Built in the 18th century, it has been restored and serves as the Tagore museum and every evening there is a splendid light and sound show organised by Rabindra Bharati University. Our family were delighted to be together and witness the wonderful show. The organisers were kind enough to make special considerations for our seniors offering them prime seats in the front. It was truly a memorable evening with all raving about the experience.
Couple of weeks back, we had our Bejoya Sommiloni... It was a gathering which all of us were looking forward to... our seniors had been demanding the same since the Pujo Porikroma. We all sat in a nice big circle ; talked about pujo & bijoya at their times and current times. We got to hear some lovely stories from the yonder days - relived those moments. Everyone got involved in animated discussions about their own stories. There was also some impromptu songs and recitations along with "singara and misti".... None of realized how the couple of hours passed by so quickly...
A wonderful beginning of the days of festivities! We had our third "Pujo Porikroma" yesterday.. before the start of the Pujo to bit the crowd... everyone was excited from the beginning of the week for the upcoming mega event. We all gathered together , and had tea while waiting for the bus... We all hopped on to the bus, and started cruising through the traffic - slowing down further at the famous Pandals of south Kolkata. Mesmerized by the beauty of the Pandals, many a times, despite their physical challenges, they could not suppress their desire to get down. Luckly we could take a few munites stop at Adi Ballygunge, Hindustan Park before taking them to enter the pandal of Samaj Sebi.... Most of them wanted another stop at Mudiali as the pandal was spectacular, but unfortunately there was no place to park. We finally took all of them to Saptaparni for our traditional Pujo lunch. Everyone of our seniors enjoyed this few hours to the maximum ...
We had a long break in our group events, to let the summer heat pass by. We planned the recent gathering as a pure "Bangali'r Chaye r Adda" - an open format session where everyone participated. Sandwich and coffee was served in between. We played some music from old movies which portray a great era and creat the environment. Our elder members shared their own experiences of their past life - many relating to watching movies in their early days. All of them was in down memory lane. We are very lucky to get some beautiful stories from them. Their engagement level was evident from the faces radiating satisfaction and happiness even after the program.
Happy and Prosperous New year to all the friends and well-wishers of Care Unlimited. May the festive season bring all the happiness in your life. Taking this opportunity to share a good news - our philosophy about non-critical support service and the associated model has been published in November issue of "Your Health" an Indian Medical Association publication.
The Heritage Tram tour - The lesser known service of Kolkata Tram Company allowed us to take our elders down the memory lane in the comfort of private AC tram coach. The nostalgia associated with moving tram was enhanced by the journey through Presidency College, Medical college, Star theater, Thantania Kakibari... Kindled the old memories... Santanu and Saswati built the ambiance through appropriate lyrics and melody, and soon everyone else joined in including the tram conductor... The added attraction was Santanu's commentary as we passed notable places and Sudeep organizing singara from Putiram, Shau's chop and Nakur's sandesh to give us a flavour of the famous age old food joints... A lovely late afternoon outing with a different flavour to cherish the slight chill in the air...
Pujo porikroma 2017 - This was the day we all were looking forward to for a long time. After the success of puja porikroma last year, the expectations were high. We had some hiccups in the beginning due to pre puja traffic, and had a slight delayed start.
But once we got everyone together, it was a fun all the way. Everyone was glad to see each other in the same bus. The snail pace was not a bother, as the melody from Saswati and others filled the bus. Requests for songs kept pouring in... We saw some amazing work of art in the pandals. Stopped at Ballygunge Cultural, where everyone got down to see the durga idol. Samaj sebi pandal was at stones throw, some ventured there as well. Then was the next phase of pandal dorshon, followed by lunch at our office. The home-cooked food had all enjoy the meal without inhibition. It was immense pleasure to see everyone happy - enabling them with a nice start to the festive season.
The heat in the month of May definitely did not call for an outdoor activity. But a series of 3 drama by reputed groups at P C Chandra Gardens interested many members of our extending family. They chose the drama of their liking - and enjoyed the evening of their choice. Thanks to PC Chandra Garden for extending their invitation to our seniors.
We got our extended family together on the occasion of basanta utsav this weekend. There was a bit of abir and a lot of flowers to make the evening colourful. Great songs and recitations were accompanied by home made snacks. Performance of our seniors clearly demonstrated their zeal for these gatherings. The surprise attraction of the evening was a homely magic show that stunned all of our elders. They enjoyed observing right in front of them tricks that defied logic. The mood across the room indicated everyone was already in the spirit of Holi.