Sunday Levity: Feluda and the Golden Fortress

We take a break for some Satyajit Ray

Courtesy of the ‘BBC’, here’s an hour-long radio drama featuring Feluda, Topshe and Lal Mohan “Jatayu” Ganguly.

In “Feluda: The Golden Fortress” one of the most popular of the Feluda adventure stories was specially recorded in Mumbai, and brings together a host of top Indian actors for a very special production.

Stepping into Feluda’s super sleuth shoes is Rahul Bose, while Anupam Kher plays sidekick, Lalmohan Ganguly. Special guest stars also appear as friends and foes.

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Sunday Levity: Escalation control lessons from a kindergartener

Teachers preclude anarchy in the kindergarten

“Remember the new girl in my class?” the kindergartener said. “She hit me.”

The father, being a student of conflict, was naturally interested in conflict among students. The kindergartener had caught his attention.

“And what did you do then?” he asked.

“I told the teacher. And the teacher scolded her,” the kindergartener replied, expecting appreciation. The father worried that this kid was falling into the maternal sphere of influence. It was time for a lesson on deterrence and balance of power.

“You should have hit her right back”, he said. “And then complained to the teacher.”

“What?” She half-suspected that the father was pulling her leg. Noticing that he was serious she went on. “But I told the teacher and the teacher scolded her and told her never to hit me again.”

The father moved to press home the most important point. “If she knows that you’ll hit her back, she’ll think twice before hitting you. Even when the teacher is not around.”

“What if she hits me harder?” The father vaguely remembered something about the new girl being bigger in size and older than the rest.

“Well, then, you hit her back just as hard.”

“Pappa, but then we’ll be fighting…like boys!”

And she ran out of her father’s study.

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