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Hindi baatein: Kahani sunane wale

Today is Thursday. This post in Hindi is written as part of Hindi Baatein hosted by Sharmistha Basu. Hope you like it:

Woh roz ek ped ke niche baith ke kahani suna rahi the bache ko.

Kahani jo kalpanik tha, usne sach banaya.

Bolne lage ke murde ke bhi kaan hote,

aur kisi ko batana nahin.

Roz woh baith kar kahani suna raha tha,

aur uske badle do waqt ke roti milta aur kuch sikka bhi.

Ek din bache apne sabse chahite kahani sunane wale ke raahein dekh rahein the,

Dhoop mein baaith ke.

Par yeh masoom bache ko kya pata ke woh khud,

Kahani ban gaye.


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Hindi Baatein: Gai pe charcha

This post is written as part of Sharmistha‘s initiative for Hindi Baatein every Thursday. We have seen over the past few days how beef has become a political issue, spurning hatred and killing of innocent people. My take on the whole issue in Hindi:

Gai pe charcha

Charcha ho raha hai Bihar Chunao ka!

akela Bhains ghum raha ho!

Uska mudda bana raha hai!

bechara gai!

Woh khud nahin jaanta ke uska ka charcha ho raha hai desh mein.

Gandi Rajneeti mein!

Uska naam leke insaan ko mauth ke ghat utar raha hain.

Ab gai bhi chunao ka mudda ban gaya!

Jaggo desh ke jaanta!

Shayad  gai woh bhi Rajneeti ke hissa ban raha hai!

Ek fayda toh hua, gai ko vote hi dedo.

kam se kam woh Aam Aadmi ke kaam aata hai.


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Hindi Baatein: Baarish ka Mausam

Yeh baarish ka mausam aur woh lambi sans lene ka maza kuch aur hai.

Ji chahta hoon ek cutting chai peel oon aur bheeg jaaye.

Jiyo dil se.

Isse kehte hai choti si khushi.

Woh sanata joh raaste pe cha gayi,

dil khush hota hai aur kuch likhne ka mann ho raha hai.

Baarish ki ek kahani iss pal mein.

This post Hindi Baatein is written as part of Sharmistha’s initiative to promote Hindi and I am writing something after a long break.



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Hindi Baatein: Apne Dhoond Mein Magan

Today is Thursday Talk, Hindi Baatein and I am jotting the few lines, ‘Apne Dhoond Mein Magan’ for the initiative of Sharmistha Basu, who is doing her bit to promote Hindi. Hope you like the few words weaves and invite you all to pour a little contribution on the link.

Yeh Aasman Neela Kyon Hai?

Mujhe Kya Pata?

Yeh Dil Khush kyon hai?

Aap ko khushiyan se koi dikhkat hai kya!

Ab log itna sanki kyon?

Arre bhai mein antaryani toh nahin hoon.

Mujhe kya karna aasman, duniya ya kisse ke dil se,

bas apne dhoond mein magan hoon

Jiyo aur Mujhe jeene do

Issi ka naam Zindagi hai

Bas khush raho na yaar.


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Review: The Charons is dark but brilliantly weaved

Book Review: The Charons

Rating: Four Stars

Credit: Sharmistha Basu

Sharmistha’s Basu The Charons is no candy floss story where everything falls in place at the end of the day but one that paints the bad and the ugly. Reality can be damaging and this is what the author explores in her take of the dark side of life. The Charons is a story of a small town girl, Urna in Calcutta who moves for better life in Raajsthan but witness the deception of her loved ones. It’s the story of her struggle in a world ridden by corruption and treachery by the ones she considers close to her.


The Charons is not just a story but a sad and dark reality that many of us faces in some far off corner in the world. The system is infested with vultures who conspire to destroy lives. At one glance: Sharmistha Basu has brought alive the turmoil of Urna, an innocent girl who believes in the good side of humans to see her world crashing down. The story boasts of fast narrative, telling the story of Urna as the reader is taken into her far from perfect world. The reader empathize with her character, fate and get anxiety pang. praying that she will get out of the situation. Urna is hounded by the jackals, trying everything to distinguish between friends and foes, usurp her identity to declare her crazy. Ultimately, she holds her might.


I have known Sharmistha Basu as a super talented poet and writer on her blogs. The story, The Charons is a disturbing account of the struggle of a single girl in a big city and hats off to her for taking the less traveled route. Sharmistha injects a flow in the book that makes it hard to put away despite the gory details and the the depiction of the characters from good and evil. Brace yourself: The Charons is not a boring book because of the power of Sharmistha’s writing who injects life and energy, capturing the reader’s attention in telling a story that we must have only heard. The book gains momentum right from the first chapter, capturing the struggle of Urna in fighting deceit and treachery, as she faces the dark moments of life. The labyrinth is described so well and with aplomb by Sharmistha who delivers the message of humanity and reason even if hope fades with time. Her writing is powerful and injects pace in this dark subject of hell when the life of Urna suddenly tears apart. You will empathize with the character and be part of her fight against the evils in the world. The Charons will make you speechless as you enter the world of Urna. In short, it is brilliant writing to depict the life of underdogs, facing the biggest trials in life in this gory depiction of life on the other side.

Powerful lines:

1. Many have mistaken me for a normal Indian woman who will commit suicide or go insane. They failed to realize a big truth, every one does not crawls or lies down to die.

2. After all, its desires which torments us! If we destroy the desire no human being will ever be able to torment us.

3. This mindset delivers me from all the filth and cruelty which they showered on me.

What’s Not!

I find it tough to draw minuses in The Charons since it is a fiction which is closer to reality in this struggle of a lone, innocent women against the wicked and powerful. Still, I’d say that may be The Charons should have gone deeper towards the climax to give shape to the wicked and dangerous manipulators. I would like to see them face their end or be destroyed.

Final Words:

The Charons is a struggle of an innocent woman facing a troupe of powerful and manipulating people, hell bent to destroy her life. It’s a book that every human being or woman must read. Sharmistha Basu makes a big entry with The Charons and is imbibed with superb writing skills and lends credence and belief in the characters that she weaves. True, The Charons is disturbing and dark. But, brilliantly written since it touches every inch of our soul. A must read.

About the author:

Sharmistha Basu has several blogs to her credit at

The Charons can be bought on and

Author’s Bio:



I am the woman who needs a pen (in our era a keyboard to speak), I can assure you if you meet me in flesh I will bore you to death because you will be the one doing all interesting talking, I will be either nodding or adding some really dull comments.

Ever since my childhood I have read as if they are an essential part of my daily diet, had lot of time at my disposal and I utilized that time to read. I became a writer by accident, the courtesy goes to MSN’s reader’s archive’s editor in 2007, s/he pampered my writings so much that I discovered an outlet to express my views, feelings and later share my imagination and true stories.

People become artist/writer when they are super talented or they have something to say, which they cant take to pyre with them, I fall in the latter group, I had a story to tell and that generous hearted editor convinced me that I have the capacity to tell, so I honed my skill for years, dulled the pain that the incident has caused and wrote the story, it is published now, as “The charons” in amazon and createspace. If you are curious to know about me, well five sentences- I am bengali, unmarried, unemployed resident of Hyderabad at present. I live a very happy, quiet, withdrawn life, my friends are all in cyberworld, that suits me better I will say because I am not at all talkative, so I prefer interacting through keyboard 😉

I was born in Tundla, a tiny town near Agra, have spent first sixteen years of my life spending different slices of time in various states of North India (plains)- U.P., Bihar, Haryana, New Delhi… then came to west bengal and settled there till 2014, I live with my younger brother who is kind enough to take care of my worldly needs. If you have too many “whys” in your mind read “The charons” and judge thereafter. You will get a clear glimpse of my life therein too.