10 March 2017

Golden Moments (Domestic)

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That last Saxophone part of "Raja Ko Rani Se Pyaar Ho Gaya"...










Vandana Tripathi's heart was not interested in When Eight Bells Toll...







Pardaa Nahin Jab Koi Khudaa Se
Baando Se Pardaa Karnaa Kyaa...
And how The Great Akbar lowers his Eyes...









That Mouth-Organ and how She slowly puts off the Lights...









That extended hand in "Do Lafzon Ki Hai Dil Ki Kahaani"...









That Paper-Boat scene in "Ho Gayi Hai Mohabbat"...










Socho Naa Kyoon Kab Kya Hoga
Main Hoon Tumhaari Hamesha...










That initial Guitar part of "Tera Mera Pyaar"...










Hey Maajhi Rey 
Tohar Bina Mor Jiboney Nayi Maaney
Phirey Aaasi Ja Tui Mor Kaasey
Jaton Korey Rakhiboho Tohkey 
Mor Booker Moddhey Maajhi Rey...










Kaise Main Batau Tujhe Kaisa Mera Haal Ve
Jeena Marna Hai Sab Aab Tere Naal Ve...
Preity Zinta's hand movements and Jimmy Shergill's facial expressions...










That moment when Muzammil Ibrahim kisses Shonali Nagrani's daughter's hand in "Teri Yaad Jab Aati Hai"...









That moment when Shah Rukh Khan was listening to the poor man's words in Swades...








That moment when Shah Rukh Khan drank water in a mud-cup in Swades...








Oh! That moment when Shah Rukh Khan and Gayatri Joshi looked into each other's eyes when "Chura Liya Hai Tumne" was playing on the temporary screen in Swades...









Oh! That moment when Shah Rukh Khan looks at some place where he should not be looking and then lowers his eyes and turns around in "Ladki Badi Anjani Hai" from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai...









That moment when Mahima Chowdhury looks at Shilpa Shetty for the first time in Dhadkan...








Oh! When Hrithik Roshan says Chatni Chataayi for the Second Time in K3G...








Oh! That moment in Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai when Amisha Patel was feeling a bit shy in her short dress and Hrithik Roshan was looking the other way...









Oh! That moment when Jimmy Shergill walks in with a cut on his hand for the Second Time in "Chalte Chalte Yunhi Ruk Jaata Hoon Main" from Mohabbatein...






That moment when both Sanjay Kapoor and Akshaye Khanna were visualizing Madhuri Dixit on the side-mirrors of their car in "Aaina Bata Kaise" from Mohabbat...







You Know My Age, I'm Thirty Plus Nine
Oh That Means You Are Old Wine...









Oh! That Whistle in "Sambhala Hai Maine" from Naaraaz...










That moment when Fardeen Khan drinks water from the same bottle in "Hum Ho Gaye Aapke"...







Oh! So Much Sadness In One Scene...








Aur Ek Baat Aur Bata Du, Aapki Halwai Ki Dukaan Toh Main Haraap Kar Hi Rahoonga...








Thorisi Pagal Hai, Actually Bilkul Pagal Hai...







Points : Two







to be updated regularly...


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7 March 2017

5th March 2017 (Sunday)

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My Dear Blog,

Today I woke up around 9 a.m. Missed Rangoli on Doordarshan. Around 11 a.m. I went to Khudiram Anushilan Kendra for the Tea Expo. Had a lovely time. Made a few contacts there. From there I came to Rashbehari and had my lunch at Bachan's Dhaba. Then I took an AC Volvo bus and went to Howrah Station. From there I took a train and went to Chandannagar. From Chandannagar Station I took a Toto and went to Rabindra Bhavan. I really love riding on these Totos. They should be introduced on the Calcutta roads too. Near Rabindra Bhavan I met up with a friend. Had a lovely adda with him near the river bank. Met up with some other friends too. Entered Rabindra Bhavan around 5:30 p.m. The one and only Kabir Suman started performing on time. It was a mesmerizing performance. He sang most of his old songs. Especially on public demand he sang his song Swadhinota after many many many years. After the concert I again took a Toto with a friend of mine from the auditorium to the Station. Had a lovely adda with her while munching on potato chips on our way back to Howrah...

Good Night,
With Love, Kisses, Moonbeams and Rainbows,
Raj Gaurav Debnath





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6 March 2017

4th March 2017 (Saturday)

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My Dear Blog,

Today morning I went to Office. From Office around 2 p.m. I went to RCTC. Today we had Bangalore Races. Had a hectic day. Missed the Jackpot by only one leg. I became very depressed after that. Ate a plate of Chicken Biriyani. The Biriyani helped me to cheer up a bit. Biriyani is always the best anti-depressant.

I took a cab from RCTC and came back home. On the way I bought a small bottle of Old Monk rum and a big bottle of Thums Up. Reached home around 8 p.m. and took a shower. Then I finished off the rum while listening to Kabir Suman's songs in my laptop...

Good Night,
With Love, Kisses, Moonbeams and Rainbows,
Raj Gaurav Debnath




      

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3rd March 2017 (Friday)

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My Dear Blog,

Today morning I went to Office on time. Had a normal day in Office. Around 6 p.m. I went to ICCR to watch Kabir Suman's concert on Bangla Kheyal. It was a fascinating concert. Kabir Suman is really doing his best to popularize Bangla Kheyal. He firmly believes that it is possible to sing Kheyals in the Bengali language. 

After the concert I went to London Pub with a friend of mine. Had a lovely adda with some drinks. Watched parts of the England-West Indies one day match there. The last time I had gone to LP was like ten years back. So many days have passed in between. Left LP around midnight...

Good Night,
With Love, Kisses, Moonbeams and Rainbows,
Raj Gaurav Debnath







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26th February 2017 (Sunday)

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My Dear Blog,

Today I woke up around 10:30 a.m. Yesterday Australia thrashed India very badly at Pune. Congratulations to the Australian Cricket Team for winning the First Test Match. Almost all Indian so-called "Experts" including Sourav Ganguly were predicting a 4-0 win in favour of India in this series. Australia have shown that they are made of sterner stuff. One must never underestimate an Opponent. I personally was really angry at Virat Kohli because he did not enforce the follow-on against Bangladesh in the last Test Match. There is an unique kind of heavenly pleasure in enforcing the follow-on. There is an unique kind of heavenly pleasure in giving an innings-defeat to your Opponent. Really felt sad because Virat Kohli did not have the balls to impose the follow-on against a weak team like Bangladesh, that too on his own country. Now I am very happy that Virat Kohli's Team has lost in such a pathetic manner. He really deserved to lose this Match. Its as if God has punished him for not enforcing the follow-on against Bangladesh. Ha Ha Ha! Or maybe since the IPL is just around the corner, therefore the players are mentally more obsessed with the T-20 format. After all, there is more money involved in IPL!

Anyways around noon I took a shower, had my lunch and then straightaway went to RCTC. Today we had Hyderabad and Mumbai Races. I started betting on horses from around 1 p.m. and kept on betting till around 8 p.m. Lost a lot of money though. Ate a plate of Chicken Biriyani around 5 p.m. Drank lots of Thums Up and Mountain Dew. Had a rough day at RCTC. Did not win a single penny. Came back home around 9 p.m. Started watching Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times on TV. 

I firmly believe that the famous and hilarious assembly-line sequence of Modern Times was inspired from the 1931 French film À Nous La Liberté (Liberty for Us) which was directed by René Clair. I have myself seen the French film. If anyone wants to watch this film then the Youtube link is given below.

Good Night,
With Love, Kisses, Moonbeams and Rainbows,
Raj Gaurav Debnath





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25th February 2017 (Saturday)

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My Dear Blog,

Today I did not go to Office. Instead I went to RCTC. Today we had Calcutta and Bangalore Races. Today's main attraction was The Governor's Cup. Had a lovely day at RCTC. Drank two cans of beer. Ate lots of junk food there too.

Came back home around 7 p.m. Started watching The BFG from 9 p.m. on TV. What a wonderful film by Steven Spielberg! I am a huge fan of Spielberg and I love all his movies. He always leaves his trademark stamp on all his work. My most favourite Spielberg films are Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1941, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Empire of the Sun, Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, Munich, Lincoln and Bridge of Spies.

I firmly believe that E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was actually inspired from a script by Satyajit Ray named The Alien which was circulating freely among the Hollywood Studios in the sixties. Ray had based this script on his own short story named Bankubabur Bandhu which he had written for Sandesh in 1962. Its a sad thing that Hollywood ditched and hoodwinked the great and noble Ray. I firmly believe that it was actually Hollywood's loss. Well, ultimately Hollywood had to bow down to Ray's genius...

Good Night,
With Love, Kisses, Moonbeams and Rainbows,
Raj Gaurav Debnath



  

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1 March 2017

Do You Remember?

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Do you remember that winter Sunday afternoon at Park Street Cemetery?

Do you remember that monsoon Boat-Ride at Babughat?

Do you remember that Pineapple Pizza at Domino's?

Do you remember that Durga Puja night when I was wearing that Black Panjabi and you were wearing that Black Saree?

Do you remember that Durga Puja night when I was wearing that Blue Panjabi and you were wearing that Blue Saree?

Do you remember that Durga Puja night when I was wearing that Maroon Panjabi and you were wearing that Red Saree?

Do you remember that afternoon at the Caffeine Coffee-Shop at Golpark?

Do you remember that evening at Park Street Barista when it was on the opposite side of the Road?

Do you remember that afternoon and evening at Rabindra Sarobar Lake?

Do you remember that afternoon at Nescafe Coffee Shop at Park Street?

Do you remember that evening at Olypub?

Do you remember that GLS-11 bus-ride?

Do you remember that dinner at Silver Oak?

Do you remember that evening at Lake Road CCD?

Do you remember that Kabir Suman concert at Kala Mandir?

Do you remember that Kabir Suman concert at CU Institute Hall?

Do you remember that Kabir Suman concert at Gyan Manch?

Do you remember that hand-pulled rickshaw-ride at College Street?

Do you remember that summer afternoon at Paramount?

Do you remember that sleep-over at my Bedroom?

Do you remember that afternoon at College Street Coffee House?

Do you remember that Rabindra-Jayanti at Jorasanko Thakur-Bari?

Do you remember that Christmas evening at Aqua Java?

Do you remember that evening at 'Cafe The' at ICCR?

Do you remember that 'Devdas' screening at Priya?

Do you remember that 'Arekti Premer Golpo' screening at Metro?

Do you remember that 'The Aviator' screening at New Empire?

Do you remember that night-out at Venom?

Do you remember that 'Abani Opera' play at Gyan Manch?

Do you remember that date at Park Street Au Bon Pain?

Do you remember that Anjan Dutta album 'Rong Pencil'?

Do you remember that kiss inside Uttam Manch?

Do you remember that blow-job inside Birla Planetarium?

Do you remember that Holi on our Terrace?

Do you remember that lunch at Grub Club?



(to be updated...)


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Bastards in Theatres

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I really hate going to Theatres to watch Movies and Plays. I can still watch the Movies later on dvds in the comfort of my bedroom. But to watch Plays, I have to go to the Theatres. I hate going there because of the following Bastards :

The first kind of Bastards do not keep their mobile phones in the silent mode. They also never switch them off inside the Theatres. Their phones always end up ringing. 

The second kind of Bastards are always busy talking on their mobile phones. They don't realize that they are inside the Theatres and not inside their fucking bedrooms.

The third kind of Bastards are always busy talking among themselves. If they have such an important issue to discuss inside the Theatres then they should atleast take their discussion outside to the lobby or to the loo.

The fourth kind of Bastards are always busy eating potato-chips and other things from plastic packets and making noise in the process. They also carry stuff inside plastic packets and these fucking plastic packets create a lot of irritating noise.

The fifth kind of Bastards, generally suffering from Tuberculosis, always start coughing during the important scenes. These Bastards however will never cough during the boring scenes. 

The sixth kind of Bastards, generally suffering from loose-motions, have to go to the loo urgently again during the important scenes. These Bastards however will never go to the loo during the boring scenes.

The seventh kind of Bastards have a habit of yawning loudly.

The eighth kind of Bastards will always spill and spoil a good storyline even before you hit the Theatres.

The ninth kind of Bastards will tell you great things about a bullshit movie and then lead you to waste your precious time, energy and money on it.

The tenth kind of Bastards will bring their children into the Theatres and these children always end up crying or making noises of all kinds.

This List goes On and On and I will keep updating it...

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21 February 2017

19th February 2017 (Sunday)

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My Dear Blog,

Today I woke up around noon. I actually woke up around 8 a.m. but then again went back to sleep. Did not feel like leaving my comfortable bed. I just love my bed to the power of infinity. And my bed is the only thing in this Universe which also loves me back to the power of infinity!

Throughout the day I just binge-watched The Big Bang Theory on Zee Cafe. I just love this show. I just love all the characters in this sitcom. Sheldon Cooper is my most favourite character. Without him this show is nothing. Leonard Hofstadter is your average American guy. Howard Wolowitz is your stereotypical Jew. Raj Koothrappali is your typical shy Indian "virgin". Penny used to be damn sexy and smoking hot in the initial seasons but nowadays I don't find her attractive anymore. I find Bernadette Rostenkowski to be really irritating and I really hate her nagging voice. I really like Amy Farrah Fowler. I really feel sorry for Stuart David Bloom. I like the character of Arthur Jeffries a.k.a. Professor Proton whenever he appears on the show. Priya Koothrappali is also kinda cute and sexy in her own way. Leslie Winkle is also kinda cute in her own way. Emily Sweeney is okay. Barry Kripke is funny. Beverly Hofstadter is really cold in her nature and I don't like that kind of mothers. Lucy is also kinda cute and I like her very much. I also feel sorry for her because she gets those anxiety attacks. Mary Cooper is likeable. Mrs. Wolowitz is special in her own way and makes her presence felt by her absence on the screen!

Today in the evening I was supposed to meet someone at Lake Road CCD but I just felt too lazy to leave my loving bed and therefore cancelled our date. I was actually too depressed from yesterday's events at RCTC. Did not feel like doing anything. Had an early dinner and went to sleep...

Good Night,
With Love, Kisses, Moonbeams and Rainbows,
Raj Gaurav Debnath






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18th February 2017 (Saturday)

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My Dear Blog,

Today morning I did not go to Office and instead went to RCTC. The Calcutta Races started from 1 p.m. and the Mumbai Races started from 4:40 p.m. I had a lovely day at RCTC.

Paratroopers of the Akash-Ganga Sky-Diving Team of the Indian Air Force displayed their skills in between the Indian Air Force Cup (3rd Race) and the Eastern Air Command Cup (4th Race). After all the bravehearts had descended on the ground safely, I went and met them all and chatted with them. Also clicked some pics with them too. It was so nice to talk to our bravehearts. A big Salute to the Armed Forces of India. Jai Hind! Bharat Maata Ki Jai! Vande Mataram! 

Today in the Calcutta Races, I narrowly missed the fourteen thousand and twenty-five thousand Tanalas by just one leg. In the Mumbai Races I narrowly missed the fifty-three thousand Tanala again by just one leg. Really felt very sad and depressed after that. Also was very angry with my bad luck. Felt like thrashing right, left and centre whoever came in front of me at that moment.

Today throughout the day I ate a chicken roll, fish fingers, chicken kebabs and drank a can of chilled beer and also unlimited cups of cold coffee. I won some minor payments in the range of three-four thousands, but I was not happy with those.

The Mumbai Races ended around 8 p.m. I really love night Races. A cool breeze was flowing around late evening. The illuminated Victoria Memorial looked majestic on the Calcutta skyline. The upcoming multi-storey "The 42" also looked good. It also looked like a giant space Dildo! Anyways I came back home around 9 p.m., had my dinner, uploaded today's pics on Facebook and straightaway went to sleep... 

Good Night,
With Love, Kisses, Moonbeams and Rainbows,
Raj Gaurav Debnath






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14 February 2017

12th February 2017 (Sunday)

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My Dear Blog,

Today morning I woke up and started watching Rangoli on Doordarshan in half-sleepy eyes. Loved watching the song "Yeh Zindagi Usiki Hai" from the 1953 film Anarkali. Loved these lines:


Dhadak Raha Hai Dil Toh Kya
Yeh Dil Ke Dhadkanein Naa Geen 
Phir Kahaan Yeh Fursaatein
Phir Kahaan Yeh Raat Deen...


After Rangoli, I started watching the India-Bangladesh Test Match. It is such a strange thing that only this year Bangladesh was allowed to come to India to play a Test Match after acquiring Test status way back in the year 2000. They took seventeen years to cross the border and come here to play a Test. This is simply ridiculous. Strange are the ways of ICC and BCCI! First of all, when Bangladesh was given the Test status, the whole thing was shrouded in controversy and mystery. Whether they truly deserved it or not at that time is still questionable even to this day. Anyways, once you are generous enough to give Test status to a nation, then ICC must help that nation by making it play more Test matches against stronger teams, not keeping in mind the economic viability and sell-ability of those matches. But I guess, BCCI, under the previous management, was only interested in money and not about the overall development and globalisation of Cricket.

I got really angry at Virat Kohli because he did not impose the follow-on. There is an unique kind of heavenly pleasure in enforcing the follow-on. There is an unique kind of heavenly pleasure in giving an innings-defeat to your opponent. Really felt sad because Virat Kohli did not have the balls to impose the follow-on against a weak team like Bangladesh, that too on his own country.

Anyways, around 3 p.m. I went to Jadavpur 8B to meet the one and only Moushumi Bhowmik. I bought her latest album "Songs From 26H" from her. She has just released this album only yesterday after a gap of almost fifteen years. And she was also kind enough to give me her autograph. Came back home around 4 p.m.

Yesterday I did not know about this Album launch. Only came to know about it today morning. If I had known about it yesterday then I would have certainly gone to Jadavpur University to attend the launch. Really felt angry and depressed over my bad luck. So much bullshit comes up daily on my FB feed and this important piece of information somehow did not show up there. I really cursed my luck very badly. I met Moushumi Bhowmik at this year's Baul Fakir Utsav and there she told me that she would soon launch her latest Album after fifteen years. I was really looking forward to the launch. But I guess, attending the launch-event was not there in my destiny!

From 4:30 p.m. I started watching the football derby between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. The match ended in a dull goalless draw. I was really disappointed by this result. I really wanted Mohun Bagan to win today. But, I guess, sometimes in life, no matter how badly you want to win, you just simply have to settle for a draw!

Anyways, after the match I went to meet a friend at our Lake Gardens CCD. Had a lovely adda with her. Came back home, had my dinner, switched off my mobile phone, logged off from Facebook and started listening to Moushumi di's album on a continuous loop. The songs are really unique in their own way. The lyrics are heart-touching. The music is hauntingly beautiful. I am truly, madly, deeply, hopelessly and helplessly in love with her golden voice. I love most of her songs. Only a few days back I was listening to her song "Ekhon Kichui Ojaana Nei" from her album "Amar Kichu Kotha Chhilo". Loved the lines:


Aamra Ekhon Jeney Gechhi
Kotha Bolaar Dhoron-Dhaaron
Kon Gachhey Kon Shaar Lagaabo
Kon Foshol Ta Tolaa Baaron...


In her latest album, I really love the songs "Tori Jonnyo", "Pakhir Danay Urey" and "Majhi". In the song "Majhi", I really love the lines: 


Maya Chhara Aar Toh Kichui Nai
Bhasa Doba Sob Ekakar
Bandha Porey Jai... 


Profound Lines! I have made these lines my Whatsapp Status Message. This song is prefaced with an old folk song credited to Idong Shah of Sylhet. The Oud played by Satyaki Banerjee is simply mesmerizing. In the song "Tori Jonnyo", I really love these lines:


Tokei Dichhi Jolchhopchhop Bheja Juto
School-ey Naa Jabar Amar Purono Sei Chhuto
Amar Golpo-boiyer Molat-Pata Khuley
Tori Jonnyo Shobdo-Gondho Rakhi Tuley...


In the song "Pakhir Danay Urey", I really love these lines:


Tomar Konthhey Baajey
Aamar Bisaadsur
Kakey Feley Eshey Aami
Jabo Bolo Koto Dur...


The first Track of this Album is "Jibon Jokhon Shukaye Jai" written by Rabindranath Tagore and the seventh Track is "Probhatey Jarey" written by Atulprasad Sen. This Track holds clips from a listener's recording made by Abhijit Das on his mobile phone of a broadcast on All India Radio, Guwahati on 24th February 2016. It has a clip of the late Bela Choudhury of Shillong singing a tarana in Raag Bageshri. This was a replay of an old AIR recording, the date of which is unknown. I got this information from the accompanying booklet which comes with the Album.

I however did not like the inclusion of the above two Tracks in the Album. Instead of these two songs, I would have personally preferred two of her own original compositions in this Album. Anyways, I kept on listening to this Album on a continuous loop till around 2 a.m. and then I went to sleep...

Good Night,
With Love, Kisses, Moonbeams and Rainbows,
Raj Gaurav Debnath




                   


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12 February 2017

11th February 2017 (Saturday)

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My Dear Blog,

Happy Promise Day. I still have tremendous faith in Pinky Promises. Whoever has entered into Pinky Promises with me, I would kindly request You not to break those Promises.

Yesterday was Happy Teddy Day. Here is a slice of my Whatsapp conversations with a friend of mine:


7th February 2017
Me : Happy Rose Day...
She : I don't want a Soft Copy... I want a Hard Copy...

9th February 2017
Me : Happy Chocolate Day...
She : I don't want a Soft Copy... I want a Hard Copy...

10th February 2017
Me : Happy Teddy Day...
She : I don't want a Soft Copy... I want a Hard Copy...
Me : On 13th February when I am going to wish you "Happy Kiss Day" in the morning, then will you again give me the same answer?
She : Awwwwwwwwwww... Muuuuuaaaaahhhhh...


Today morning I did not go to Office. I went to Royal Calcutta Turf Club around 11 a.m. Today there were ten races and the main attraction was the Queen Elizabeth Cup. 

I had a lovely day at the races. Though today I lost a lot of money but still it was fun betting against the odds. Won a big amount on the sixth race but then again lost that money in subsequent races.

Met a very beautiful Irish girl at one of the betting counters on the ground floor. She was wearing a lovely dress and also had a lovely hat on her head. She was really very beautiful. I instantly showed off my knowledge about James Joyce and also about the pubs of Dublin. She was really impressed by my knowledge about Dublin. 

Came back home around 7 p.m. A friend came over to my place to have dinner with me. Had a lovely quarrel with her regarding tomorrow's football derby. She is a hardcore East Bengal supporter whereas I am a hardcore Mohun Bagan supporter. While having dinner we watched the derby-addas on various bengali news channels. If we lose tomorrow's derby then I am surely going to block her on Whatsapp for atleast the next seven days...

Good Night,
With Love, Kisses, Moonbeams and Rainbows,
Raj Gaurav Debnath




      

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