Author: Subhajit Sanyal

A Different Saraswati

Like many other victims of rape and molestation, Shobha was also denied of an identity, mistreated and misunderstood by her neighbours and her relatives. As a journalist, this scribe was given the task of interview her since others weren’t comfortable doing it. She was initially rude. Ultimately, she gave in to his persuasiveness and persistence. She narrated how […]

Winter is all About F-words!

Winter is at its last leg in most Indian cities. Subhajit picked the brains of the young, the now generation, about what they felt about this season. The young respondents felt that winter is the best time for food, fashion and festivities. It’s a time to let down the hair, to relax and laze beneath quilts and […]

Thwarted Escape: How a Letter to an Unborn Daughter Evolved into a Book!

Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant’s Wayward Journey, the debut memoir/autobiographical narrative nonfiction by Lopamudra Banerjee, is a subtle, complex and organic journey of her transformation from a small-town girl in India to a woman who reconnects with her ancestral home, her emotionally fraught childhood and puberty, all the while looking for the meaning and essence of ‘home’. The book, published […]

Wabi-Sabi: A Café and Lifestyle Boutique in Kolkata Embraces Holistic Approach

The hub of joy and ecstasy witnessed the inauguration of a place for the teenage where they could spend some quality time and hangout whenever free. Wabi-Sabi, a café and lifestyle boutique, is built upon the ruminants of old roots of bygone days and long lost handloom and other arts and crafts that made old Kundahar famous. Launched […]

Whale in the Pond, an Upcoming Band Ready to Storm the Music Scene in Kolkata

A new band, Whale in the Pond, performed at the musical launch of Wabi-Sabi, a lifestyle boutique and café, in the heart of the City of Joy, recently. The musical trio, Sourjyo, Shireen and Deep, was gracious in talking with Different Truths (DT) correspondent, Subhajit. He picked their brains on the kind of music that they were dabbling […]

What Plagues Football: Lack of New Talent, Dirty Politics or Loss of Audience?

Football is a game of the young. It needs strength, stamina, skill, nerve and a never-say- die attitude. Subhajit talks to a cross-section of teenagers and youngsters to understand what they feel about the popular game. The respondents came up with interesting observations. Read more about what they feel has caused the downfall of this game, in the […]

What the Youth feels about Demonetisation?

Demonetisation has affected one and all. Everyone, from 15 to 50, are busy debating the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move to ban old currency notes of 500 and 1000 denominations. New currency notes are being dispensed. But, there is panic and confusion among people. It is a move that has caught everyone from those in rags to the […]

Beauty is Skin Deep: Have Teenagers Forgotten the Quest for Inner Beauty?

What teenagers essentially forget is to groom themselves. No, they don’t forget to groom their appearance but what they forget is to groom their inner selves. Beauty is not what one looks from outside, it is also what one is from the inside. Teens forget to beautify their innermost thoughts, their insights. When they realise, it is […]

Innate Indigo: Awakening the Kali Within

At the midnight of Diwali, Kali Puja is performed by Bengalis. Tara, a garland seller at the Karunamayi Kali Temple, watches the temple committee arrange for the festival. Little by little, they have been arranging for Diwali since a long time. She has been in the hub of Kolkata since childhood. She has seen the goodness and evil, […]

Why is the Youth Caught in the Web of Intoxication to Become Adults?

The first and most vital problem of the teenagers is the risk of addiction. The overwhelming anxiety and unending thirst to taste new things be it alcohol, cigarette or drugs make them a victim of the intoxicating world, where there is nothing but failure. Often the push comes from peer pressure and tension in the academic, sporting […]

Padmavati: A Hurricane of the Heaven

All changes are unsettling. A teenager, Padmavati, tried to save her pet duck, a snow-white duck, Hari, from being sacrificed at the altar of the Goddess. No one could ever imagine to challenge the oppressive village landlords, the Chatutis and their priests. But Padma did the unimaginable. She committed a blasphemy stealing the sacrificial duck. What happened to her? […]

Durga Puja is the Time for Teenage Crushes and Love

As Puja comes closer, the plans for outing gets chalked out and the list of Thakur dekha (visiting the pavilions to see the idols) with friends and family is finalised every night. Some time is saved by the new couple for their own privacy. Walking down the lanes and the pavilions, hand in hand, to visit the idols, […]

How do Lonesome Teenagers Battle the World of Wolves and Sheep?

Teenage is the twilight of our lives. It’s the turning point that make or mar us. Often teenagers have to leave their home and hearths, their security bubble and comfort zones. They have to leave their nests and go to a distant land, where they have to battle it alone. How should they separate the chaff from the […]

There is more to Life than Trophy Girlfriends and Dashing Dudes

If you want to belong to the hot and happening crowd, it’s necessary to have a trophy girlfriend or a dashing dude as boyfriend. It’s a fad and fashion; the in-thing. It’s the peer pressure among the youth. Social media fans our need (read greed) for attention and acceptance. The young, often brash and exuberant, throw caution to […]

Penchant for Petrichor

Monsoon is a time of love and romance. It has been associated with the fertility worship from ancient times. It awakens the primeval passions in us. Subhajit romances the monsoon in this story, with passion and poems exclusively for Different Truths. Oh! Here she comes! The revolt of new beginning! The hurricane on her lap, Cyclone in […]

Missing Baba

Here’s Subhajit’s homage to his father, his best friend, on Father’s Day as part of special feature in Different Truths. “Every child grows into a holistic person when he is under the loving wings of both the parents. Many a times, one of the wings is just snatched away from that little one, to fend for […]

The Last Reunion

A group of five friends had formed the renowned band, The Pentagonal. They had met in the Darjeeling home of their two friends, now married, after 10 years. All of them missed the brain-child, Saahir. Fun, frolic and songs gave way to something more sinister. A bunch of different truths took strange twists and turns. Here’s […]

He is a Born Artist

Subhajit describes a born artist in this verse. He is a born artist with colors red and green, full of jollity and vibrancy, to paint a new day, fill in colors in a way… a new tomorrow’s artist. He is a born artist                         […]

Do Gossips Matter?

Idle gossip and character assassination are perhaps the easiest things. But, do we ever realise its consequences. Subhajit asks a pertinent question in the short story. “Did you hear about that girl’s murder last night?” “Who?” “That Mohini…” “What?! When?” “Last night!” “How? I didn’t know that!” The whole of Rani Rashmoni Lane had gathered […]