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I am, what I am

Life is always changing. So how can “About Me” remain constant?

I am a newlywed, trying to settle in a new city while juggling work and home.

My ancestors are from Bangladesh, who settled down in Silchar, Assam after partition. But I call myself a true Calcutta Bong, having lived in the City of Joy since I was 4. I love all things Calcutta – its people – warm, friendly and always with an opinion, food – both from roadside stalls and fine dining restaurants, weather – hot, humid summer with mildly cold winter interspersed with a ‘kada pyach pyeche’ monsoon, shops on the footpaths clogging busy roads, fairs, literary festivals, film festivals, single-screen movie halls, soon-to-be-extinct tramways, vintage metro with fare starting from Rs. 5 and going upto Rs. 25, office-para aka Dalhousie Square, vast expanse of greenery in Maidan, glitter of Park Street, galis of North Calcutta, 100-year old bakeries and sweet shops, latest Malls with global brands, the route to Airport through Rajarhat where highrises and cows still co-exist, the ability to travel to any corner of the city via public transport and everything else that is associated with the city.

Then I got married and shifted to Gurgaon on December 2013. The Millennium City is a concrete jungle to me. I see buildings – residential, office, commercial, glitzy, shiny, tall skyscrapers, jazzy bungalows all around me. I see dark lanes with no street light, aggressive auto drivers, bad roads, roaming pigs, water and power problems. I also see a growing city – constantly changing and improving upon itself. But I am cherishing living in a new city for the first time, on my own terms and trying to set up our home in my own style.

I am a lawyer and have been working as an in-house counsel for the last 2 years after a 3-year stint at a law firm. I have co-authored two books on law – Environment and Wildlife Laws in India and Forest Laws and Policies in India. 

I have also published a short story in Chicken Soup for Indian Soul on Friendship and another in An Atlas of Love (Rupa Romance Anthology). My story in the latter book was selected for the 2nd prize by the author-judge, Anuja Chauhan in a nation-wide contest for love stories by Rupa Publications.

I am (always) in the middle of writing a novel.         

I love reading, swimming and yoga. I also love gossip sessions with friends, watching countless TV series, travelling and trotting my camera, surfing the net and blogging. I have always been a foodie and have recently discovered my passion for cooking.

There are a lot of things that I want to try out in life. I have made a list here. A bit more about me can be found in this post. A lot about me can be found in these posts.

I discovered blogging in 2006 and set up a creative writing blog here. After a long hiatus, I restarted blogging  here in 2009.

You can contact me at debosmita[dot]nandy[at]gmail.com.

34 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2009 10:53 am

    Debosmita, The header looks fabulous here. 🙂

    • debosmita permalink*
      December 19, 2009 10:59 am

      Yessss… I know 🙂 Thanks to YOU 😀

  2. January 20, 2010 3:48 pm

    Remember me? Am glad you going places. 😀

    Loves,

    Evo

    • debosmita permalink*
      January 21, 2010 10:02 am

      Thanks, keep visiting 🙂

  3. February 15, 2010 7:25 pm

    nice introduction. I liked you idea of retiring early and travelling. Well where would be your fist destination ?

    • debosmita permalink*
      March 8, 2010 7:57 am

      first the whole of India, then I shall venture out 😉 (sigh, such nice day dreams)

  4. March 7, 2010 9:45 am

    You share your b’day with me…:-)

    • debosmita permalink*
      March 8, 2010 7:58 am

      🙂 so you are also an October girl like me 🙂

  5. Navneet Mundhra permalink
    May 13, 2010 3:43 pm

    Very nicely written introduction. I could feel the emotions flowing through the whole article. “An emotional undercurrent” to put it aptly. One of my friends’ name is also debosmita and, of course, she’s a bengali too settled in new delhi, now.

    It was a great experience reading your articles. Always feel perked up after a well-written article from a young scribe.

    Would keep visiting your blog.

    Here is a link to my blog.
    I would appreciate if you could pay a visit to my blog & read my poems. I would love to know your comments!!

    Thanks

    • debosmita permalink*
      August 27, 2010 7:33 pm

      Navneet, glad that you dropped by and put in your kind words.. Thanks a lot. I shall definitely hop over to yours…

  6. Makk permalink
    June 19, 2010 4:30 pm

    Blog a tonics are planning a meet.

    If you feel interested please visit Blog A Ton page and contact your city Marshal.

    A Blog A Tonic.

  7. August 27, 2010 5:53 pm

    nice blog 🙂

    • debosmita permalink*
      August 27, 2010 7:34 pm

      Wow, really? Thanks! I am huge fan of yours, btw 😉

      • September 16, 2010 9:20 pm

        wow m honoured 🙂 sorry I knw m a lazy bum..so follows up with comments pretty late..

  8. October 9, 2010 3:35 am

    Keep Blogging. ..and btw.. the first para of your intro part is indeed .. NEAT 😀

  9. Trisha permalink
    November 8, 2010 8:47 pm

    Hey Debosmita,

    Great to read this 🙂 I’ve also read your blogs at some point of time, and really liked some pieces! Keep up the great work! Hope you’re doing fine.

    -Trisha

    Welcome to my blog and thank you so much for your kind words 🙂 Do keep visiting.

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  11. January 20, 2012 2:02 pm

    Wow! It was awesome to know you!

  12. January 20, 2012 2:03 pm

    it was awesome to know ‘about’ you.

  13. nayana permalink
    January 20, 2012 5:17 pm

    i found your blog when i did a search on litfest, loved your turn of words and your sense of humour.
    keep at it debosmita.
    my daughter in law is a bengali her name is sthubanta…she can never get away saying her name just once…huuh…sumanta?…nooo…samanta?NO….stubhanta..NOOOO…and it goes on…she is called stubby by some stu by some and the one person who got it correct the first time is my then four year old grand niece…who said sthubanta?!! as if she had met her in an earlier life.
    bless you girl…keep writing and they will call you to a litfest.
    nayana

    • January 20, 2012 7:06 pm

      I can completely identify with Sthubanta! But, must confess her name is tougher on the tongue than mine. 🙂

      Thank you so much and do drop by more often 🙂

  14. ritwik permalink
    July 16, 2012 7:07 pm

    Nice written debo….

  15. November 7, 2014 10:56 am

    Nice blog. Also live in Gurgaon, have been here ten years and more but still feels like I’m getting used to it. It’s amazing how adaptive humans are! Following you now…

  16. May 16, 2015 1:59 pm

    Wow, you got married? When? No wedding post on blog, personal things and blah…well, thats fine.

    Its weird to be honest nevertheless congratulations!

    I am in Delhi, hope to meet you some time.

    • debosmita permalink*
      July 8, 2015 9:59 pm

      There are tons of wedding posts on my blog! How come you have missed them?

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