Tuesday, January 15, 2019

'Rangar Maar Tia' -- A Bengali-Language Book

Rangar Maar Tia (The parrot of the mother of Ranga) --
a Bengali-language book by David Swapan Rozario
Written by David Swapan Rozario and published by the Pratibeshi Prakashani of Dhaka in July 2018, it is his second book with 167 pages covering 29 topics. 

Written in his usual 'village storyteller's style,' it is attractive to its readers. In these "stories," he provides his personal witness to incidences and events in his village of Rangamatia (in the district of Gazipur of Bangladesh), his Biman Bangladesh offices in Dhaka and abroad, personal encounters with certain persons, celebration of some feasts and festivals, and his visits to places of interest in India. Finally, he also mentions some historical tidbits on the formation of the Bhawal Christian Jubo Samity and his role in it. 

If interested, you may also read about David Swapan Rozario's first book, Angshik Holeo Shotto (It's true, though partially) by clicking here.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday, January 6, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (January 6 - 12, 2019)

Two happy dogs in Toronto
Photo (Toronto: Oct. 9, 2014) © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (December 30, 2018 - January 5, 2019)

A quotation of Albert Einstein on 'learning, living, hoping,
and questioning,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (An abacus: March 31, 2013) © Jerome D'Costa

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas To You All!

Photo (Christmas lights in Toronto: Dec. 27, 2017) © Jerome D'Costa

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Monday, December 24, 2018

A Christmas Poem: Christ Chose This Planet for Love's Transcendence

Merry Christmas!
Artwork by Andrea Mary D'Costa

Christ Chose This Planet for Love’s Transcendence

By Adrian D’Costa

Ave Maria and Salve Regina.
Our Lady conceived the Word.
I am Who am.
To the much feared, it means
to give them courage.
To the losers, it gives them
their strength back.
And to those who are afraid to
venerate, it gives them the humility.

I am alone by the window
on Christmas Eve
for a different kind of meaning.
I am pondering and contemplating
about a love that transcends all.
An unconditional love, bestowed
By God the Father
through God the Son
and God the Holy Spirit.
Can you fathom the depth and breadth
of that kind of love?
I wonder, and I wonder.
My thought strikes the Polaris star,
reminds me of the star that
guided the three Wise Men to Christ.
Yes. That must be the answer.
His innocent face is the answer
To all the hate of this world.
I demean myself on this day,
so that he gets elevated.
I put down the light of my life
so he can brighten up the sky without measure.

The firmament joyously dances
and makes a mark of the panoramic picture
of the Holy Family on this universe.
That’s the image you have to believe in.
That, two thousand years ago,
Christ chose this planet
to make His own.
He did not come as a King or Emperor
but was born in a manger as a humble person.
He showed us that only with humility
can we make this world
fill up with human love. 

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (December 23 - 29, 2018)

A quotation of Benjamin Franklin on 'Christmas,'
compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A statue of Mary with child Jesus 
near St. Lawrence the Martyr Church 
in Scarborough, Toronto: Dec. 14, 2014) © Jerome D'Costa

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