Spectrum Voice

Spectrum Voice

Spectrum Voice
New Delhi, India
October 11
I am an occasional blogger, an amateur photographer, and a self-taught creative writer. I enjoy writing short stories and articles. My works have been published in several newspapers and magazines in India (The Indian Express, The Statesman, Woman’s Era, Muse India, etc.) and in several e-journals in the USA (Mused- Bella Online Literary Review, The Smoking Poet, Fiction at Work, etc.). http://barnalisahabanerjee.blogspot.com


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One early morning during the inception of the festive season when all of Delhi slept, we made our way to the railway station with the intention of catching the New Delh-Ajmer Shatabdi Express. The station was bustling with activity even in that early hour, and except for

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 9:11AM

Mahalaya: The Dawn of the Festive Season



This morning, I chanced to stumble upon a gorgeous article  by Tanya Basu among the dregs of social media updates and shares about Mahalaya, the auspicious day that marks the exordium of the Durga pujo season. The reading of the same got me thinking about Mahalaya and

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AUGUST 4, 2014 3:42AM

Memories of Nepal (Part 1, Day 1)

Golden Temple, Patan Durbar Square, Nepal


Nestling in the Kathmandu valley, the city of Kathmandu, named after the Kasthamandapa edifice in the Durbar Square of Kathmandu, was our first destination at the exordia of our four days and three nights trip to Nepal. Having disembarked at th

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A note of unruffled peace is borne on the wind from over the rippling waters of the pond of imagination.



A spot of philosophy is something that rarely appeals to our taste buds seasoned by eclectic worldly incidents and fast-paced virtual life.

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JUNE 21, 2013 2:12PM

Home, my dear, sweet home!


A spot of philosophy is something we all hate to digest. It strikes us as medicine fit to be discarded; or, like old, yellowed linen meant to be stuffed in those boxes hidden in cupboards that never see the sun. Nevertheless, self-made philosophical thoughts, those… Read full post »
APRIL 19, 2013 3:28AM

Past-times and Penmanship


I sometimes cannot help but wonder that succumb as we may to the general fluxion of the world, can we indeed totally jettison the past and all the elements related to it in our process of change. Doesn’t the waves of the eternal sea that envelop us and drownRead full post »


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 It is often said about women in India, and of Delhi in general, that the nation they inhabit is not safe enough for them. The usual way of categorizing and ster… Read full post »




Today the world seems to gird up its loins to celebrate the universal day of love tomorrow, and young and old lovers continue to look for novel gifts for their sweethearts assisted in their endeavor by kindly online-vendors, blogs, newspaper supplements and  innumeraRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 11, 2013 11:28AM

Youth Jettisoning Literature for the Internet?


Youth Jettisoning Literature for the Internet? 

Barnali Saha


This evening as I sit reading “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens, the wordsmith who according to Claire Tomalin, author of the new biography Charles Dickens: A Life, is after Shakespeare perhaps theRead full post »

FEBRUARY 6, 2013 3:22AM

Alone in the Forest--A translation

Aranye Eka


Original short story written by Sunil Gangopadhyay

Translated from Bengali by Barnali Saha




Picture Courtesy: ibnlive.in.com



Modhu was alone in the forest. He, however, constantly felt that somebody else was around him. The anima

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JANUARY 10, 2012 4:25AM

The Voice of Charles Dickens

 On the subject of Charles Dickens, I can unequivocally state that we, meaning the general reading public, seldom devote our leisure in making a study of his work. We have writers more jaunty than Dickens, pastimes that glitter with dashing prosperity and make the writer look old and emaciated i… Read full post »




North-India is in winter a beauty to behold, we have mornings thickly laden with nebulous layers of fog and mid-afternoons and afternoons when the fulgent sun targets its mollified rays at the heart of the city thus radiating warmth and wintry torpor. It isRead full post »


Remember that scene from Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan starrer 1998 romantic comedy film  You've Got Mail where Kathleen Kelly’s (Meg Ryan’s) bookstore The Shop Around the Corner  falls prey to the corporate fangs of the Fox Books. Those of yo

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NOVEMBER 6, 2011 5:18AM

Perfect One, Where Art Thou?

Picture from: http://www.wolfescape.com/Humour/MenWomen.htm


What’s with women and perfectness. I can’t help but notice all the talks about women and perfect men. Step into a clique of unmarried young women and all you hear will be the bla..bla..blas about that perfRead full post »

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OCTOBER 12, 2011 6:40AM

Flavors of Bengal during Durga Puja

The season of celebration is here with its luxuriant hues. A sudden conspiracy of lush green, slow currents of air moving; wafting with them is a smell of coolness, of shadowed tree trunks, of shady leaves, ferns. White headed Kashful nod their feather-light forms to annou/Read full post »
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SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 6:23AM

The Great Indian Train Journey


So it went. A morning came; the steady growth of the day, the tardigrade progress of my mental strength, and then the final joy. Yes, I have done it: I am finally taking a writing break.  I left the city, a meaningless place sunk in blind ignavia and its motorized,/Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 1:57PM

Back to School: Part 2: Seminar Day



What is Poetry? An arrangement of scenes, trivial or tragic, romantic or practical, viatic or static, homely or fantastic featuring more or less the plausible events (of life and dream) patched up with deliberate details. That is how poetry struck me when I sat a few

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                                On Reading Virginia Woolf's A room of On'es Own


Look inside and write; trust the little voice inside you. Be honest, be true, to yourself. Virginia Woolf’s 

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AUGUST 3, 2011 4:43AM

Back-to-School: Part 1-- The journey begins


Experiences are probably the most precious fragments you assemble in life. Though I won’t go to the absurd length of calling them jewels or rubies you find by the Indian Ganges’ side, I would definitely call them intellectually fortifying and remarkably unique. It amazesRead full post »

JULY 23, 2011 4:37AM

To Our Teacher, with Love

To Our Teacher, with Love

This afternoon as I sit for my daily writing exercise of inscribing at least a thousand words, the meaningless free-writing exercise start to take a tangible shape, the nebulous impressions solidify under the postmeridian lull, and I see before me theRead full post »
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JULY 15, 2011 1:29AM

Terror Strikes in Mumbai Raise Security Questions in India

Every time it is the same—a newspaper cover graced with howling faces, intimate albeit hazy pictures of mangled corpses or half-dead men, women and children being hauled to some medical establishment, and a series of listlessly aggressive reports posted under red-banner like headings dictatinRead full post »

JULY 6, 2011 6:02AM

Writing about Writing

Writing about Writing

I was listening to Ernest Hemingway’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech this morning where the famous irrealist talks about writing being essentially a lonely vocation. You compose when you are alone. And I couldn’t agree more with the grainy, masculine tenor my comp

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JUNE 29, 2011 5:16AM

Memories of Four Fourth of Julys

The blue soon-to-rain morning rang a bell in my mind thereby initiating a vastastion of brooding on the sweep of life under my wings. And as I walked back a few hundred yards, stopped and dwelled on my kithless sojourn in a far-off country, I
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Call me a nupson if you will, but I deserve to speak my mind when wielding the skillet is considered. In fact, fidimplicitary no more on the cooking issue, I hereby declare my opinion: cooking is… Read full post »

MAY 9, 2011 1:52AM

Taking the pen

Somebody had once said that the pen is mightier than the sword. It is well considered, even now, that if war is a mark of decisive human failure then the pen is the sign of magnificent achievement. Man, Homo Pollex, the modern Prometheus, curved the narrative of boundlessRead full post »