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From Kakinada to Calcutta: Finding a Way through Languages

By Nishi Pulugurtha
These days I speak Telugu much less. Amma does not speak anymore; Alzheimer’s has wrought ravages with her speech. I still speak to her in Telugu. I am sure some bit of my talking does reach out to her somewhere. Appagaru is in another world.

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Chinsurah by the Ganga

By Nishi Pulugurtha
Nothing of the Dutch Fort Gustavus remains today. Above the staircase of the bungalow of the Commissioner of Burdwan is a plaque with the letters “VOC 1687”, a sign of the Dutch past. Next to the Hooghly Madrassa nearby is a house that once served as the residence of the Dutch Governor of Chinsurah. The original building has been demolished and the British constructed a building in the same place, which serves as the residence of divisional commissioner of Burdwan.

Behavioural Changes and Alzheimer’s

By Nishi Pulugurtha
Coming to terms with these and many more behavioural changes is an extremely difficult task. One can just never be prepared for it. It is even more difficult to come to terms with these changes in a parent and loved one. It creates a great deal of stress for the carer who is at a loss at how to deal with the scenario that she/he finds herself/himself in.

Book Review: Reading Rabindranath: The Myriad Shades of a Genius (Ed. Sutapa Chaudhuri)

By Nishi Pulugurtha
Reading Rabindranath: The Myriad Shades of a Genius thus offers various interesting and critical readings of the work of the writer. It presents a comprehensive analysis of some of his works, analysing them in the light of modern theories, in the context of the times in which they were composed, and in the light of the major social issues that Tagore voiced so clearly and boldly in them.

Sunday Morning Shows

By Nishi Pulugurtha
In the 60s, Hari Pulugurtha had made several trips to Calcutta from Bhubhaneswar where he worked as secretary to the geneticist J.B.S. Haldane. After Haldane’s death, when my father had to relocate he chose Calcutta. The city he always said appealed to him and one which for him and for us has always been home.

Short Story: Boarding School

By Nishi Pulugurtha
On the day of the school reunion, we school mates looked different, we were different, but that day when we met and spoke, we became school girls all over again – those giggles, that laughter, those stories, it was as if that time in between had not wrought much  change.

Dealing with Alzheimer’s

By Nishi Pulugurtha
There must be lots she wants to say, she tries making noises and we respond to them as we did to her talk before. The sound of a song elicits a response; she looks in the direction of the sound and moves her head slowly as if in response to it. When she sees a familiar face, she looks on for a moment before smiling a faint smile.

Two Poems

By Nishi Pulugurtha
He drank and drank till it drove him to an end
Two months ago, it all ended, or did it?
Today, Moyna has got some work
More children all around – the boy there too.

The grinding stone: A slice of south Indian life in Calcutta

By Nishi Pulugurtha
My dad tried to look it up here and was told that since only ‘Madrasis’ used it, it was not available in Calcutta. It might sound strange, but in my childhood, anyone from the south of India was referred to as a ‘Madrasi’. When people referred to me as one, I took great pains to explain that there was no such thing as a ‘Madrasi’ and that there were four south Indian states those days.

Support Group and the Caregiver for Alzheimer’s

By Nishi Pulugurtha
At times, it is very frustrating, but I needed to go on because Amma needed me the most. Everything is upsetting emotionally and mentally. My smiles might be hiding a lot behind them. It is hence very important to take breaks, do things that will help to cope with moments of tension and stress at home.