Issue 0009
July 1, 2003
International Poet Profile
  • Name: Ghosh Dastidar
  • Country: India
  • State: Kolkata

In this edition, we introduce you to a young poet named Ghosh Dastidar, who resides in India.

Mr. Dastidar is a software scholar by profession and in addition to writing for us, will be helping us with our website.

Enjoy reading about Mr. Dastidar.

Here is Mr. Dastidar's article that he wrote for us:

"I started writing poetry out of the blue during my college days when I was having trouble with my studies. In fact, at one point it seemed that I would be unable to continue pursuing higher education. All of my dreams and ambitions seemed crashing down. I felt like I was getting sucked into a vacuum.

Just then, it dawned on me to approach my difficulties from a completely different angle. I tried to channel all of my negative thoughts and energies into writing poetry; the more I suffered, the more the poetry flowed.

Writing had a very therapeutic effect on me. It felt quite refreshing and at the same time I was quite amazed with my writing skills.

Before then, I was more into academics, debates and quizzes, as well as sports activities, painting, etc. In fact, I was District champion in Badminton and once participated in the State Championship. I won the University of Calcutta Badminton Championship in 2001.

I had no inclination whatsoever to write poetry. Nowadays I write whenever time permits.

I have written some articles on management issues for our management department newsletter.

Though my primary research interest lies in computer science and business management, I think writing poetry gives you that added power of thinking beyond the obvious; in a very abstract manner.

Research always deals with pushing the domain of our existing knowledge and it is this craving for the unknown truth, the realization of the dream, that pushes one to exceed their personal limits. Though science deals with experimental facts, conjectures and hypotheses, I think that the mechanics of life are much more complex with all of the uncertainties.

It is the "mechanics" that we all try to understand as we journey through our life. It may come through a deeper understanding of your chosen subject of study, or through deeper bonding with your loved ones, or it might come when we go through extremes of suffering. It is this extreme self realization that we all hope to achieve one day .

On a personal note, I am 26 years old and reside in Kolkata, India. I have a Bachelors degree in Chemistry as well as Masters in Business Management with specialization in Operations Research and Systems Analysis from the Department of Business Management, University of Calcutta.

I worked as software developer for some time. Currently, I am a faculty member in the Indian Institute of Software Technology and I am also pursuing a Masters in Computer Applications from IGNOU. Simultaneously, I also tutor some aspiring engineering students for their entrance test in Chemistry.

Regarding my IT exposure, I have about two years industry experience in web development with tools like HTML,VB, ASP etc. In fact, during my university days, I was the web administrator and designer of our management alumni website.

Finally, I would like to conclude with one of my poems depicting the terracotta temples of Bishnupur, a small district town of Bankura in the eastern region of India. It not very far from Kolkata, which was once the center of an ancient dynasty containing many temples dating back between 500-600 years.

Copyright 2003

Terracotta Temples by Ghosh Dastidar

Those were the days
when sun shined on the river mirror
Those were the days
when laughter echoed on the walls
But alas
nothing, nothing remains now
Only remnants of the temple cow
Where shadowy presence of death and horror
Death looms the walls,
Silence beckons and calls

Copyright 2003

In This Issue:

  1. Intro Page

  2. Writing is Very Therapeutic for Me

  3. A Message from VoicesNet

  4. International Poet Profile

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