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  • Fluent in Bengali, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi; learning Spanish
  • 28, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Perenially Awed/Curious Student, Struggling Writer, Socia...
  • Master's
  • From Calcutta
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About Me


Learn, Seek, Grow


Mobilis in mobili


theory which reads like poetry and intends to be politics
volunteering (not "development" - colonise this!)
solo travel


"The multiple troubles of man,
my brother, like slander and pain,
amaze you? Consider the heart
which holds them all
in strangeness, and doesn'€™t break."

~ Shmuel HaNagid (993-1056)

"The old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appears." ~ Gramsci

"Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before." ~ Audre Lorde

"Be not too hard when he blindly dies
Fighting for things he does not own.
Be not too hard when he tells lies
Or if his heart is sometimes like a stone.
Be not too hard for soon he'll die,
Often no wiser than he began.
Be not too hard for life is short
And nothing is given to man." ~ Joan Baez

"And what's more, see toenails and
all ten stages, root by root.
All spirited and wild, this little
piggy went to market and this little piggy
stayed. Long brown legs and long brown toes.
Further up, my darling, the woman
is calling her secrets, little houses,
little tongues that tell you." ~ Anne Sexton

"The creative adult is the child who survived." ~ Ursula K LeGuin

"Feminism is the radical notion that women are people." ~ Cheris Kramarae and Paula Treichler

"That is no country for old men." ~ W B Yeats

"Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?" ~ G M Hopkins

"The snows of the Tyrol, the clear beer of Vienna
Are not very pure or true.
With my gipsy ancestress and my weird luck
And my Taroc pack and my Taroc pack
I may be a bit of a Jew.

I have always been scared of you,
With your Luftwaffe, your gobbledygoo.
And your neat mustache
And your Aryan eye, bright blue.
Panzer-man, panzer-man, O You-- " ~ Sylvia Plath

"Examine for a moment an ordinary mind on an ordinary day. The mind receives a myriad impressions — trivial, fantastic, evanescent, or engraved with the sharpness of steel. From all sides they come, an incessant shower of innumerable atoms; and as they fall, as they shape themselves into the life of Monday or Tuesday, the accent falls differently from of old..." ~ Virginia Woolf

"Arms and the girl I sing - O rare
arms that are braceleted and white and bare

arms that were lovely Helen's, in whose name
Greek slaughtered Trojan. Helen was to blame.

Scape-nanny call her; wars for turf
and profit don't sound glamorous enough.

Mythologize your women! None escape." ~ Carolyn Kizer

"To ride a bicycle is in itself some protection against superstitious fears, since the bicycle is the product of pure reason applied to motion. Geometry at the service of man! Give me two spheres and a straight line and I will show you how far I can take them. Voltaire himself might have invented the bicycle, since it contributes so much to man’s welfare and nothing at all to his bane. Beneficial to the health, it emits no harmful fumes and permits only the most decorous speeds. How can a bicycle ever be an implement of harm?" ~ Angela Carter

"Seeing, listening, touching, recording can be, if done with care and sensitivity, acts of solidarity. Above all, they are the work of recognition. Not to look, not to touch, not to record can be the hostile act, an act of indifference and of turning away." ~ Nancy Scheper-Hughes

"Unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don't do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don't do it." ~ Charles Bukowski

"This is the hour of lead
Remembered if outlived,
As freezing persons recollect the snow--
First chill, then stupor, then the letting go." ~ Emily Dickinson

"I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone
to truly consecrate the hour.
I am much too small in this world, yet not small
to be to you just object and thing,
dark and smart
want my free will and want it accompanying
the path which leads to action


I want to mirror your image to its fullest perfection,
never be blind or too old
to uphold your weighty wavering reflection.
I want to unfold." ~ Rilke

"€œWhen we are shown scenes of starving children in Africa, with a call for us to do something to help them, the underlying ideological message is something like: "Don't think, don't politicize, forget about the true causes of their poverty, just act, contribute money, so that you will not have to think!" ~ Slavoj Zizek

"€œThe only dream worth having is to dream that you will live while you are alive, and die only when you are dead. To love, to be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of the life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget." ~ Arundhati Roy

"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace." ~ Milan Kundera

"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum." ~ Noam Chomsky

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I welcome and I am welcome.


My CouchSurfing experience does not end with a couple of coffees, a train/plane ride and a goodbye. Sure, some of it happens like that. But I've made a few wonderful friends who continually add life and light to my existence and it all started with a little email.


books, travel, music, art, theatre, trees, nature, animals, people, colours, writing

anarchism, feminism, anti-globalization, postdevelopment, indigenous cultures, cross-cultural understanding, interventionist peace journalism, Simple Living, ecofeminism, biodiversity conservation, environmentalism, intentional communities

Tibet, indigenous communities, the dynamics of power and violence, the social anthropology of development, literature of any kind, disappearing cultures/languages

loyal, fierce friendship

  • animals
  • cats
  • dogs
  • arts
  • writing
  • books
  • literature
  • poetry
  • singing
  • architecture
  • beauty
  • causes
  • womens rights
  • beer
  • politics
  • reading
  • traveling
  • survival
  • music
  • jewish
  • anthropology
  • journalism
  • languages
  • volunteering
  • solo travel

Music, Movies, and Books

Snatch, American History X, Lhamo Tso: Behind the Sea, Hazaron Khwahishen Aisi, Matir Moyna, Sita Sings the Blues, Serenity

Meelodi, Azam Ali (Vas/Niyaz), Regina Spektor, Neko Case, Susheela Raman, Khadki Junction Blues, Pumajaw, Fiona Apple, Air, Jeff Buckley, Mohiner Ghoraguli, Arnob and Friends, Sahana Bajpai, Saul Williams, Sade, Tori Amos, Michael Franti, The Waifs, Bic Runga, Eddie Vedder, Hans Zimmer, Gomez, The Faint, Muse, Rush, Paul Simon, Roberto and Gabriela, Erykah Badu, Beirut.

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, China Mieville, Atwood, Neil Gaiman toabsentfriendslostlovesandtheseasonofmists, Yeatsturningandturninginthewiderninggyre, Plathbitmyprettyredheartintwo, Woolftheaccentfallsdifferentlyfromold, Ghosh, Dharmarajan, Roytheonlythingworthglobalisingisdissent, Guha, EliotspeakingofMichaelAngelo, Cummingsrootoftheroot, Le Guin, David Mitchell, Philip K Dick, Steinbeck, Hemingway, Flaubert, Gilbert and Gubar, Eco, Tom Robbins, Zadie Smith, Dostoyevsky, Shakespearetwotruthsaretold, Lahiri, Adiga, Walcott, Shange, Currimbhoy, N'gugi, Soyinka, Okara, Murakami, Fanon, Camus, Sartre, Emma Goldman, Thoreau, Jefferson, Gaiman, Moore, bell hooks, Sara Suleri, Art Spiegelman, Marjane Satrapi, Scott McCloud, Amruta Patil, Austen, the Bronte sisters, Angela Carter, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Rilke, Neruda, Angelou, Silverstein, Roald Dahl, Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Tagore, Sophocles, Euripides, Ibsen, Albee, Tennessee Williams, Beckettfailbetter, Audenearthreceiveanhonouredguest, Kei Millerthelightsongoflight -- to infinity

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

the eternal knot

Teach, Learn, Share

Languages: English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati

Basic street-smart survival tips for India

Also, basic street-smart survival for independent women

Workshops for young people on body image, self esteem, alternate sexuality, abuse and violence

Art as therapy

Creative writing stories/tips/rants/experiences

Editing, proof reading, critical appreciation of literature

Cat/Dog Care

Poetry nerdiness/art obsession/tree admiration/mountain gushing/ocean awe


Countries I’ve Visited

France, India, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

India, United Kingdom

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