This is Tapas Kumar Das, originally from the world's most lively and vibrant city, (of course it's my personal viewpoint, others may have their own love, I don't mind!) Calcutta, which is the capital of the state named West Bengal. I am very much proud to be a citizen of India. However, that is NOT the 'Hindutva', or other cinematic 'Mera Bharat Mahan' kinda pride, which is nurtured by 'Patriotic' activities practiced through shedding brothers/ neighbours blood. Remember Samuel Johnson? "Patriotism is the last resort of scoundrels."

Though Delhi is the political capital of India, Calcutta is believed to be the cultural capital of India. We, most of the Calcuttans, are as much passionate about Calcutta as we feel passion about our girl friend! .So if you ever wish to visit our 'City of Joy' (I liked the name so I adopt it here, although I did not like the content of that book much), here is the Flight Schedules and the Railway Time Table to and from Calcutta. If you plan to stay there, I think these informations will be of your interest and this page will help you to fix up your travel schedule.

I did my Bachelor's (BS) in Physics Honours (major) from St Xaviers' College, Calcutta and Masters in Pure Physics with specialization in High Energy Physics from University of Calcutta. I visited IUCAA when I was a student of M.Sc. Ist Year and worked under Prof. T. Padmanabhan on 'General Relativity and Gravitation' and Physics of Collapsing Stars. After my M.Sc I spent some time at Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India and then joined S. N. Bose National Centre For Basic Sciences in 1997 (May) where I completed my Ph.D. in Astrophysics.After that I joined IUCAA as a post doctoral fellow in July, 2000 and continued at IUCAA for around two years. I also spent some time at QMW University of London as a visiting Fellow (2001) and at Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem , Israel as short term Post Doctoral Fellow (2002) on leave from IUCAA. Then I joined University of California Los Angeles in Nov. 2002, as a post doctoral researcher and enjoyed the USA's most beautiful city for more than one year or so. I then shifted (in February, 2004) to the N. Copernicus Astronomical Centre (CAMK), Polish Academy of Science as a post doctoral fellow. CAMK is great! And I have some very nice Polish friends over there. Warsaw as a city (and Poland as a country in general), is genuinely great, and I was just in love with Warsaw. For a series of photographs taken at various parts of Warsaw and Poland, you can have a look here .

At present, I work (as an Associate Professor in Astrophysics & Theoretical Physics) at Harish Chandra Research Institute (formerly known as the Mehta Research Institute), India. Since my Ph.D. days, I have visited various research institutes and Universities in USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Russia, Israel, Taiwan, Thailand and Bangladesh. Details of my academic activities are described in my research and vitae page. I also visited Cambodia and Thailand to see the magnificent 'Angkor Wat' in Cambodia and the famous Bridge on the river Kwai at Kanchanaburi, Thailand. I will put the photographs on net soon.

Various aspects of the dynamical interaction between modern science and society appears very exciting to me and I am involved in studying the Societal Impact of the Internet. I wrote a paper titled The Impact of Net Culture on Mainstream Societies: a Global Analysis at which you can have a look if you are interested. Please note that the paper was written in early 1998, so the data set provided in that paper (along with some technical informations presented there) have been dramatically changed in last three year...but what I believe that the philosophical and sociological perspectives has not been changed and still a major part of that article may be quite relevant.

Though I am supposed to an Astronomer (huh :-)), more than half of my time I spend by reading about literature, philosophy, sociology and politics. Classical music, poetry and good movies give me proper boost to pursue Physics.(There are other sources of boosting also, but of course those are not to be discussed in public! ) If you are interested, you can surf some of the web sites of my interest .But before that, be sure that your viewpoint matches (at least upto some extent ) with my philosophy of life! Otherwise it may be a boring ride for you.

You may also have a look at some of the photographs I have taken, please click here .

Any responsibility in connection to the content of this page is solely mine, and does not go to HRI in any means.