Hi, this is Kaushik

A man holding the Koh-i-noor diamondThe Taj Mahal

I am Kaushik Sarkar, also known as Bengal Tiger. I'm born and brought up in Kolkata(Calcutta), West Bengal, India.

Currently I am working with a multinational bank in Kolkata, India. Prior to this, I was working with the same company in Hyderabad, India. I started my career with a leading media and publishing house in India.

I had my education in The Frank Anthony Public School, Calcutta. My school days were the most wonderful days in my life. I still remember them with a heart full of glee. Fond memories are there still in my heart like a piece of gold ornament which has been used by generations but has not lost its glow and lustre.

After that I did my graduation from SA Jaipuria College. I completed my B.Com(Honours) from the college, under The University of Calcutta, in 2002.

I like reading books, controversial entries attract me the most. My biggest passion is The Mahabharata followed by Feluda. My favourite books are of course those by Satyajit Ray. A deerstalker I like reading crime fictions. Stories of detectives Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot in English and of Feluda, Byomkesh and Kiriti in Bengali are my favourites. I also love reading books by Sunil Gangopadhyay, Bani Basu and Samaresh Majumdar. In English, I like Alexandre Dumas the most, along with Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. I like quite a few of Jules Verne novels too. Other books I like are Ken Abel, The Godfather, The Da Vinci Code. I also like listening to music. Rabindrasangeet is my favourite. And also music composed by Satyajit Ray. I also like scores by A. R Rahman.

Speaking of books, I can never deny the contribution comics made to this hobby of mine. I would always say, my hobby of reading books actually started with comics. I remember even before I learnt to read, my father used to buy me issues of the comics series "Amar Chitra Katha", which my grand-pa used to read to me. It's an excellent collection which I still cherish to possess. Besides Amar Chitra Katha, I am also an ardent fan of Tintin series and also Lee Falk's The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician.

Another passion of mine is photography. I have been pursuing this since 2007. I have travelled to many places in and around Kolkata and even in different places in Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh pursuing this hobby of mine. I'm really eager to share some of my best collections with H2G2.

The Ashes, a cricket bat and ball

I also like watching and playing cricket. I am a die-hard fan of Sourav Ganguly. My favourite cricketers are Sourav Ganguly, Wasim Akram, Sachin Tendulkar and Adam Gilchrist.

My most exquisite days in watching cricket was during the days of Ganguly, more so during his stint as The India Captain. How I used to enjoy watching his elegant cover drives, his exquisite cuts and his massive over-boundaries over the mid-wicket. As Rahul Dravid rightly commented, "Sourav is second to only God on the off-side."

I also loved to watch Wasim Akram bowling. The Sultan of Swing had always mesmerised me with his incredible reverse-swings and his devastating yorkers. Akram bowling and Ganguly batting was just like the war of the gods -- or a combat between Arjjuna and Karna. In a match between India and Pakistan, although I always used to support India, I still used to wish Akram to show a wonderful spell.

I always wanted to see a day when Ganguly and Akram will go down to the pitch for the toss. Unfortunately that never happened. Once Akram retired, I wished if he can ever be seen in India blues, sharing the same dressing-room with Ganguly, as the bowling coach if not the coach. Unfortunately even that did not turn out. However, my dream was realised to some extent when Akram was the bowling coach and consultant for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL-3. At last Sourav Ganguly and Wasim Akram were sharing the same dressing-room wearing the same jersey. What a feast for the eye it was. Adam Gilchrist,... he's the reason for which it's said Cricket is a gentleman's game. He personifies fair-play and gentleman-ship in cricket.

Writing with a pen

And, of course writing stories and articles have been one of my favourite hobbies since my school days. I really enjoy this community which has been a great inspiration for me.


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