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From this page, you have access to my diverse interests
- although, not all of them are included here. If you
love history, or literature or music , or love to watch
nice movies, it just might be your place to come by
things you may not have read or seen or heard before.
I love to learn about Ancient
Civilizations, their Arts, Beliefs and Customs.
History as the theory -- and archaeology as
the fact-finding companion -- help
us know better why we think the way we think
today, how our lives, thoughts and beliefs are
as they are now, and how our faiths and belief
systems evolved since the Cavemen from the Stone Age. In short, I
wish to understand better how we became the
human beings of twenty-first century, but
are still in the shadows of the last ten
thousand or a million years of our existence.
In particular, I
have always been awed by the Ancient Egyptians'
monuments, sculptures & their colorful
knowledge roughly extends to the other
Middle-Eastern and Near-Eastern civilizations.
Although being a Ph.D. student does not allow me
these days to read as much literature I used to
read in the past, there are some extra-ordinary
books, poems, and short stories that have left a
permanent mark on my overall life experience. I
feel that each literary creation is a world in
itself, and gives me something new to think
about. My favorite writers would be Oscar Wilde
among the English, and Kazi Nazrul Islam among
the Bengali. Although I speak French, and have
read some extra-ordinary classic poetry pieces
by Rimbaud and Hugo, my knowledge doesn't extend
much to pin-point a favorite author.
Once upon a time, I
used to look over the pages of the dictionary
checking etymology (did I have other things to
do?) of the diverse words English language
picked up with the colonizing British. I learned
a lot of Latin and Greek roots too. Why did I do
that? During my childhood, I used to collect
postage stamps, and all of them had their own
country's names written in different letters may
be, or their names were spelled differently. I
was fascinated by the diversity of human beings.
And later on, reading about history boosted my
interests in the etymology branch and
comparative and historical linguistics. Later, I
learnt French. And I speak English and Bengali
fluently. I can pick up words from Spanish,
German or even Latin and Greek. I am familiar
with the Greek, Cyrillic, Arabic/Farsi, Hebrew,
and Devanagari scripts. But I don't have any
academic backgrounds, so everything is all over
the place! Well, the least I can hope is to
solidify my language skills in the future.
I listen to all kinds of music. Now-a-days I am
more into the folk scene, listening to mostly
Celtic and Irish/Scottish folk. But I have
listened to and liked bands and musicians
ranging from Metallica, Red Hot Chilli Peppers,
Sting, Enya, Rage against the Machine -- you
name it! My favorite band, as of today, is
Capercaillie -- hailing from Scotland, and
blending folk songs and melodies with pop.
I am a movie-freak, specially when it comes
to watching the old classics. Chaplin is my
all-time favorite actor, and his Limelight is
absolutely the best. Among other foreign
favorites, to name a few, La fabuleux destin
d'Amélie Poulain, Der Himmel über Berlin,
Ballada o Soldate, La vita è bella, etc. I would
hate to choose a Bengali movie as favorite --
firstly because there are so many good ones, and
secondly, my mom interrupting my
cartoon-watching for Bengali classics has
destroyed my interests in Bengali films early in
my childhood! Just kidding!
I do like
contemporary movies too. The Bourne Trilogy,
Ocean's 11/12/13, Lord of the Rings Trilogy are
There's no stopping me from collecting a
movie one way or other, when I really really
really love it!
has been a passion of mine since childhood until
now! In fact, this is what has inspired me to
know about history and languages, AND it's the
only true hobby that has still lived on. I don't
regard myself a professional collector -- I
haven't participated in any exhibition until
now. My interest has slowly digressed from the
childhood dream of collecting stamps from 'all'
countries of the world to collecting old --
really old -- ones. I consider them valuable,
regardless of their catalogued value -- because
they have pieces of history attached to them.
going to be a new adventure for me since I
bought a Digital SLR camera -- being
motivated by Babu bhai, a photographer friend.
The old Canon Powershot worked fine, and after
taking some preliminary lessons, my photo-taking
skills have improved considerably. I can't wait
to go out this summer with my 2-pound
monstrosities! Hope to add the marvels here
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