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Love for Poetry

English Department of Eastern University holds reading session

Aniqa Khan

The ninth literary reading session took place on September 19, 2011 at the auditorium of Eastern University. The idea of a literary reading session can seem boring, but the effort and the creativity of the participants made the show quite spectacular. This reading session, although organised by the English department, was perceived with a warm welcome by faculties of other departments too. Credits go to the English department teachers who worked hard to beautifully decorate the whole auditorium, making the whole atmosphere lively.

Progga Laboni reciting at the show. courtesy:Eastern University

The air was filled with poetic sparks and it felt that the room was full of well known poets from the future. The programme started cordially with a student reciting her own literary piece. The next performance was quite captivating as the slow beats of Rabindranath swirled across the hall as one of the teachers sang with great zest. The event progressed with the recitation of poems by teachers and students simultaneously. Many of them were composed by themselves and some of them written by famous poets of all time. The poems written by the students and teachers proved that our ability to think beyond extremities makes it possible to master anything. Kobi Shishir, a faculty member and the host of the show, kept on entertaining the audience throughout intervals with his humorous jokes. The chair person of English department, Sureya Huda, did not miss the opportunity of reciting a line or two, followed by Dr Bashar, a cardiologist who recited a poetic prose,'Kobita Amar Shahosh'.

The event was worthwhile with all the music and poetry. courtesy:Eastern University

Soon after that, the tunes of the guitar strings once again filled the room with melody and rhythm. It started to rain heavily outside, which reinforced the poetic ambiance in the room. Everybody appreciated the amazing song, 'Ami Banglai Gaan Gai' when it was played, making everyone hum along with it. Amidst all the excitement, there was a moment of grief as one of the lecturers shared her pain of how this year was her worst year due to her father passing away. She recited a poem “A Broken Appointment” which she wrote, perhaps dedicated to her father. Her poems were short and very attention-grabbing. Our next artist was the famous reciter and former faculty member of the English department, Progga Laboni, the university's honoured guest. She was received with a shrilling round of applause with sweet compliments from the host. She chose to recite a bed time story which she read to her children when they were young. The story was from the Disney series 'Goofy and Max'. Not for a second did the story make anyone feel drowsy (being a bed time story). Her style of reading made everyone want to hear more since her intonation and vocal pitch brought the characters to life. She ended her part with Rabindranath Tagore's selected poems, 'Ochena' and 'pratikai'.

The session advanced with Mr Kashinath, Dean of English department reciting, 'Aparno Babu' and Professer Nurul Islam, Vice Chancellor, reciting a poem written by the Irish poet, Patrick Kavanagh. As a proud student of the department, I also participated in reciting the poem 'Ego Tripping' written by Nikki Giovanni. The programme ended with another one of Progga Laboni's recitations. This time it was 'Banglar Mukh' by Jibon Ananda Das. Her humour charmed every existing soul in the room. She broke the audience into peals of laughter with her spontaneity and deliverance. She said that it is important to love and know about our Bangla culture, before knowing and admiring Literature of other languages. The host ended the show by shouting out “We don't like poetry, we love poetry!”, and prompted the audiences to join him. The purpose of the whole event was to bring out and highlight the talent in writing and reciting skills that we all have within us. The show gave a platform to all the aspiring and budding poets of the university that they took advantage of to the fullest.


Sachin ramesh tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar attended Sharadashram Vidyamandir (High School), where he began his cricketing career under the guidance of his coach and mentor, Ramakant Achrekar. During his school days he attended the MRF Pace Foundation to train as a fast bowler, but Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee, who took a world record 355 Test wickets, was unimpressed, suggesting that Tendulkar focus on his batting instead. When he was young, Tendulkar would practice for hours on end in the nets. If he became exhausted, Achrekar would put a one-rupee coin on the top of the stumps, and the bowler who dismissed Tendulkar would get the coin. If Tendulkar passed the whole session without getting dismissed, the coach would give him the coin. Tendulkar now considers the 13 coins he won then as some of his most prized possessions. At 14, Tendulkar was a ball boy for the India versus Zimbabwe game at the Wankhede Stadium during the 1987 World Cup. When he was 14, former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar gave him a pair of his own ultra light pads. "It was the greatest source of encouragement for me," Tendulkar said nearly 20 years later after surpassing Gavaskar's world record of 34 Test centuries!

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