Author: Susmita Bhattacharya

Pithe and Patishapta: Winter Celebratory Sweets in Bengal during Poush Sankranti

Reading Time: 4 minutesWith Poush Sankranti around the corner, Susmita tells us about Pithe and Patishapta, the celebratory sweets in Bengali homes, all over the world. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. After every meal, dessert is much looked forward dish. Bengalis are renowned for making and eating more sweet dishes than most of […]

Dry Malpua: A Heartwarming Winter Dessert

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe dry Malpua may be preserved for a week without refrigeration. If you prefer you may dip this in light sugar syrup. For the syrupy taste keep in mind that either the Malpua or the sugar syrup should be hot, says Susmita, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Malpua is very much an […]

Durga Puja Nostalgia: Opening an Old Album and the Paroxysms of Emotions

Reading Time: 3 minutesFreshly returned from South America, first time Durga Puja to experience yet the vast unsettled feeling from being brought to a quite stringent and conservative environment in Batanagar from the freedom of life in outside India, in Venezuela, rues Susmita, as she walks down the memory lane, as part of the special feature, exclusively in Different […]

My Adhaar Experience

Reading Time: 3 minutesSusmita shares her experience of a visit to the Adhaar card office, in Kolkata. The ennui and disinterestedness of the employees match the squalor and rot all around. Here’s a tongue-in-cheek account, a Different Truths exclusive. Yes, my birthright and strong patriotic feeling urged me to get an Adhaar card. I wished to deepen my […]

Many Friends, One Life!

Reading Time: 4 minutesFriends are like angels, helping, guiding, guarding, encouraging in different ways. They help us tide through our trial and tribulations. Life is like a stream. When we start we have speed, rush, force and less depth. We are in a hurry like a small steep stream gushing from the mountains. Then, we gain momentum when […]

Let me go…

Reading Time: 1 minuteA poignant, sad poem from Susmita about the many characters that she played in her life and her adieu to all. Dark and despondent, a soulful verse here. Lost in this world for more and more, Not knowing what for, Enough never seems to be there, Craving are endless here. Be it material things or people […]

Tossed Away by Life, Held Together With Love!

Reading Time: 4 minutesThere are many changes in our lives. We seek stability and permanence. Our security bubbles burst. Change, though unsettling, is unavoidable. Here Susmita, a young mother, deals with sudden changes. A close knit family of four has been tossed away from each other – in three distant cities. She nurtured her home and hearth with love. And love […]

Coping with Separation and Change

Reading Time: 3 minutesSusmita shares with us the pain of separation. How it tears the heart of a mother to send both her sons to boarding schools! In a candid account, she tells us all about the pain of separation and the ways to manage changes in her empty nest, when the brood takes to wings. “How do you know […]

How to Overcome the ‘Double Discontent’ of Style!

Reading Time: 3 minutesDifferent Truths’ fashion consultant and style consultant, Susmita, gives some handy tips on how to pair your traditional saree-blouse ensemble, with a little imagination and lots of panache. Speaking of writing, Sir David Lodge had said that writers are faced with ‘double discontent’. Either the words are too many or too few. He explains that a writer […]

Fusion Style: Break to Make!

Reading Time: 3 minutesBreak established rules. But, remember to do it cautiously. Different Truth’s stylist Susmita takes cue from Krishna. How he broke rules and endeared himself by being the charming naughty boy. Here, she gives invaluable tips on how to dress differently.  Someone once asked why Lord Krishna charms us all. Well, he broke the established norms and rules. The Natkhat (naughty) child in […]