Legend of Pritilata Waddedar

Pritilata Waddedar
(5 May 1911- 23 September 1932)

The pages of Indian history are soaked with blood of countless patriots, revolutionaries who happily laid their lives for the liberation of nation from tyrant British Empire. Along with men, women too have equally given their contribution in freedom struggle, both violent and non violent ways. Among the women revolutionaries, the martyrdom of Pritilata Wadedar is remembered with honour and respect. Pritilata was an intelligent student who passed her matriculation exam in first class and in later days she pursued her graduation in philosophy with distinction from Bethune College, Calcutta. While pursuing her education, Pritilata had a keen desire to put her contribution in freedom struggle and destiny gave her opportunity through her colleague Kalpana Dutta who introduced Pritilata to the great revolutionary leader Surya Sen. Although Surya Sen was reluctant to include Pritilata in his group, but her determination to eliminate British supremacy was so firm that Surya Sen finally accepted Pritilata as the woman comrade and member in his revolutionary group. Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi was a role model and an inspirational force for Pritilata to sacrifice her life for liberation of motherland. It was Pritilata’s intelligence, strategy and efforts that helped Surya Sen and other members to attack the armoury raid, telegraph office, railway lines and make the uprising of Chittagong successful.

A rare photograph of Pritilata Waddedar

Martyrdom: To avenge the death of innocent teenage comrades in Jalalabad encounter, Surya Sen’s next strategy was to attack the Pahartali European club which had a board titled – Dogs and Indians are not allowed. Surya Sen selected Pritilata to lead this plan along with a team to attack the European club on September 23rd 1932. Pritilata succeeded in attacking the European club, but suddenly in the bloody encounter Pritilata and her members were chased down by British officers. Pritilata was fatally wounded in this attack and there was no way for escape from the Britishers. Finally Pritilata commanded her members to run away from the spot and preferred to sacrifice her life for her motherland.Pritilata ended her life by swallowing potassium cyanide and her martyrdom became a great motivation for several women to plunge in the freedom struggle. At a very young age of 21, Pritilata had given up her valuable life for our motherland.

Chittagong’s European Club where Pritilata Waddedar sacrificed her life while fighting with the British Police

Recently a bollywood movie – Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey directed by Ashutosh Gowariker was based on Chittagong Uprising and retold the unsung martyrdom of Pritilata Waddedar. Role of Pritilata was portrayed by Vishaka singh while role of surya sen was played by Abhiskhek bachchan respectively.

Vishaka singh as Pritilata Waddedar in Khelein Hum Jee Jaan se

Reading about the extraordinary courageous life of braveheart like Pritilata is really a motivational experience and through this blog post I have taken a small effort to retell the legend of Pritilata whose struggle has got lost in pages of history.


Stop worrying and start living :)

Worry! a 5 letter word can make you sick, anxious and negative in approach. Can you show me a single person who is not worried? Every single person on the earth is worried about some thing or other. Exam results, marriage, career, success, fame, relationships, security these are the basic things that a person is always surrounded with and the emotions tend him to worry.

 In other words, worry is overreacting emotion that comes in our mind when we face a situation and it creates a confusion in our mind whether we can do the task successfully or not. If you are looking for a solution to drive the worries, just apply this method it will lower your worry at a greater extent. Write down your worries on a piece of paper and keep it in the drawer. Let it be there for weeks. After few weeks, open your drawer and see the paper. As the time passes, you will realize that the matter which was worrying was you is like a blown out of proportion of your imagination. Time solves a lot of things, it will heal the worries of your past and help you become a more relaxed and free minded person. This is the method I have followed and it has really helped me to cope with my stress. If you want to know more how to conquer worry, read the book “how to stop worrying and start living” written by famous author – Dale Carnegie. It will not only help you solve worries and also teach you basic small important things to stay happy. It’s really worth reading and enlightening experience.

Next time if something worries you, take a pen and pour out all the stress in the page. It will definitely make a great difference. Try it! Hope u like the post. Keep smiling and do comment.


Batman Begins – Rise of Dark Knight

Movie: Batman Begins
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman and Michael Caine
First of all I appreciate the innovative approach of Christopher Nolan in giving a new edge to Batman movie series and giving it a complete makeover in terms of story, screenplay, and direction. Batman Begins is the journey of Bruce Wayne from a Billionaire to a dark knight whose only goal is to end crime from Gotham City. Traumatized by the murder of his parents, Bruce is left alone in the world with only Butler Alfred as his caretaker in Wayne Mansion. Bruce’s biggest fears in his childhood are the bats which come in his dreams and traumatize his mind. Batman travels round the world to understand the psyche of crime and during the journey he meets Henri Ducard who gives him courage to overcome his fear. After several years, Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham city and discovers that Gotham city is terrorized by a gangster Falcone and Scarecrow. To bring evil to justice, Bruce transforms into a new dark crusader named Batman whose only aim is destruction of crime.

Batman succeeds in finishing all the criminal activities of Falcone and gets him arrested. But Batman is unaware of a new adversary who has already arrived in Gotham and has destructive plans to wipe out Gotham city. Who is this deadly adversary what are his intentions? Does Batman succeed in stopping this demolition? Batman Joins forces with Sergeant Gordon, Lucius, Rachael Dawson to stop the destruction and how he succeeds in vanquishing the evil is best to be viewed on silver screen.

   I have seen many actors playing Batman, but in case of Christian Bale, he is a powerhouse performer who infuses a life into the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne. Really a convincing performance indeed! Right from the opening scene of the movie till the climax, Batman Begins keeps you hooked and gives a very important message of overcoming one’s fear. Bruce Wayne’s fear for Bats becomes his power and a horrifying threat for evil. Followed by a superb supporting star cast like Michael Caine as Butler Alfred and Gary Oldman as Sgt Gordon, this movie is really believable and is quite unique from other super hero movies. Go for a thrill ride; trust me this is one of the best Batman movies of all time.

The unsung heroes

If we carefully turn the pages of history, there are countless of people whose contribution, courage and sacrifice has yet to see the light of the day. History has always been my favorite subject and fascination to discover the stories of the real heroes who laid their lives for sake of humanity.

George mallory was a great mountaineer who breathed his last while climbing mount everest along with his friend Andrew irvine. It is been doubtful whether mallory and irvine had reached mount everest, but their determination is still remembered to this day.

Who hardly knows Edith Evans the young passenger who smilingly gave up her seat to a mother of two children and prefered to stay on titanic. Titanic sank in the sea claiming lives of several passengers along with edith, whose extraordinary courage helped a mother unite with her kids in the hour of crisis. I have already written a blog post on the sacrifice of Edith Evans – titled as Untold story of Edith Evans and trying to collect more data on Edith so that I can include more information on her life in the article.

There are several unsung heroes like Sukhdev, Surya sen, Pritilata wadedar, Kanaklata Barua, Babu ghenu,Bagha Jatin, Khudiram bose whose couragoeus efforts haven’t been shown to the world with full details.

This is a short version blog of this topic , Iam planning to write a full length article which will throw a light on the hidden facts. I want to bring the stories of the unsung heroes in the front of the world so that their tale becomes a inspiration for younger generation. Hope you all like this post and would be eager to know more about extraordinary stories of ordinary people.

Prashant Badiger

Strange case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Novel: Strange case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Publication Date: 1886

From the author of ‘Treasure Island’ and ‘Kidnapped’ came out an unforgettable thriller masterpiece ‘Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ which showcased the mystery of human psychology. For the first time in history of literature, Stevenson tried to explain the dual personality case through his book.

                                                      Author : Robert Louis Stevenson
                                  Literary works: Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Kidnapped, Treasure Island

Synopsis of Novel:  The calm and solitary life of Dr Henry Jekyll is suddenly disrupted by arrival of a cruel, dwarf, heinous man named Mr. Hyde who claims to become the successor of Dr.Jekyll after his death. Utterson, a lawyer and friend of Dr. Jekyll is on the pursuit to unravel the true identity of Hyde and his cruel intentions of destroying Henry Jekyll. Through his investigation, Utterson succeeds in foiling the attempts of Hyde and when he comes to laboratory of Dr.Jekyll, and discovers that Dr.Jekyll is missing since many days. Utterson devastates the laboratory to find more clues and comes across the most horrifying revealation – the lifeless corpse of Hyde in laboratory of Henry Jekyll. What is the mysterious relation between Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Who is the murderer of Hyde? Will the truth be disclosed and what horrifying revelation will come in front of the world? A fast paced, edge of the seat thriller, ‘‘strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’’, is tale of inner conflicts of human being and the unpredictable human nature.

 ‘Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ was adapted into several motion pictures and a source of inspiration for thriller novels.The plot of hollywood movie – Mary Reilly was based on Dr Jeykll and Mr.Hyde where John Malkovich portrayed the title role.I was quite surprised by the unusual plot of this novel and especially the shocking climax of the novel. Thumbs up and hats off to the great writer whose book became a great inspiration for several authors to write thriller stories. If you enjoy reading this novel, you will also like H.G.Wells’ masterpiece novel – the invisible man and Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. Come, expect the unexpected!

Prince and the Pauper – An unforgettable classic

Novel : Prince and the Pauper
Author: Mark Twain
Publication Date : 1881

Mark Twain’s masterpiece ‘Prince and the Pauper’ was adapted several times into motion pictures. Prince and the Pauper tells you a wonderful story of two boys  similar in appearance , but born in different worlds where one is a loved prince of England while other is a poor kid born in rags. Destiny unites them and Edward the prince switches his identity with the pauper Tom Canty. As they switch their lives, they discover a new aspect where Edward experiences the harsh realities of poor communities where as  Tom enjoys the aristocratic amenities of the palace. What follows later is witty, life changing situations that shapes the lives of Tom and Edward in optimistic way. what setback does Edward have to face ? Do Edward and Tom revert back to their lives? Discover the fun, gaiety, thrill with Mark Twain’s Prince and the pauper which will definitely bring  a smile on your face as you turn on the pages. After Tom Sawyer, Edward Tudor and Tom Canty have become popular characters in the literary world and they definitely are unforgettable. Prince and the Pauper has been  a source of inspiration for dozens of hollywood movies and some successful hindi movies like Ram aur shyam, Seeta aur geeta and Raja aur Runk which was a Indianized version of  this book.

                                         Author – Mark Twain (November 30, 1835- April 21, 1910)
                                    Literary works (Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)

If you enjoyed reading Prince and the pauper, you will also  like other classics like Treasure Island, Captains Courageous, Kidnapped, Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Prisoner of Zenda which also has a plot similar like Prince and the pauper. Gift this book to your children and cultivate habit of reading in their mind. This is the book your children will treasure forever in their heart.

Happy New Year WordPress

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

It’s been a wonderful year for me to deliver some good, informative and meaningful blog posts on Word Press platform and I was really overwelhmed to receive such encouraging responses and mind blowing views from my colleagues and readers all over the world. I am very glad, grateful and very privileged to utilize WordPress as my writing tool to pen down my thoughts. Some of my articles – Litttle Women, Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm, Shyamchi aai and Tom Sawyer have been read million times, appreciated, commented several times. What a greater honor than this? I couldn’t ask for more. With dawn of new year, I just have a small hope to write few, but good articles with substance of truth, compassion, humor,love and humanity. God give me the power toconvey my thoughts with sincerity and responsibility. Once again I thank WordPress for giving me such a wonderful medium to roll out my content and keep writing for endless decades.

Thank You and Happy New Year
Prashant Badiger