Saturday, 18 November 2017

Benefits of Air Purifiers

One of the biggest concerns of people these days is the rising air pollution. All classes of society are facing a lot of problems due to poor air quality. Research has shown that the air quality of our homes is even worse than the air outside. And this is why it is important to have an air purifier at your home. 

People need to understand one important aspect regarding air purifier in India. It is not just a luxury, but also a necessity. Especially in the northern parts of India, the levels of toxic impurities in the air have increased to an alarming extent. As no guaranteed solution is available, it is extremely important to keep the indoor air pure. It will make everyday living a lot easier. 

The quality of your indoor air often goes unnoticed because people think pollution occurs only in the open areas. There are various factors that contribute to the air pollution in your home such as formaldehyde, asbestos, inadequate ventilation, etc. Therefore, it is essential to address these factors at the right time before they create health issues in your family. Choosing air purifiers for home is a smart choice as it not only improves air quality but also keeps your family members healthy. 

Let us look at some of the most important benefits of air purifiers:

1. You get clean, healthy air: The first important benefit of having an air purifier at home is that you will get clean and healthy air. Air purifiers are technically designed to remove microns from the air, rendering it 99.9% dust free. 

2. Helps people suffering from asthma: Some air purifiers are designed in such a way so that people suffering from asthma gets relief. These air purifiers purify the air by removing particles causing allergies and other impurities that cause an asthma attack. 

3. Eliminates smell: Air purifiers can eliminate any smell present in the air such as medicinal odors and heavy cooking smell. They are also known to suck up second-hand smoke. Therefore, air purifiers are effective in removing cigarette smoke. 

4. Protects furnishings: Air purifiers keep your home beautiful by protecting furnishings, preserving room decor and reducing maintenance. They can also reduce fire hazards from heating equipment in your house.  

Thus, you can see that there are various benefits of air purifiers. 
There are various types of air purifiers available. Choose the best air purifier for your home. As air purifiers can clean the tiniest particles in the air, they are great for keeping your family healthy. If you are suffering from allergies or asthma, you must get an air purifier in your house. Livpure air purifiers are designed to suit all your needs. 

Friday, 10 November 2017

A Letter to Broken Promises

To Broken Promises, 

There was a time when I believed that promises are meant to be kept. I was under the impression that when people promise something, they do it with the kernel of their existence. They mean every word they say with the intention of retaining it. I believed human beings are defined by the promises they make and keep. 

It has been only a few years when I realized that promises are nothing but shallow words, said in order to fool or extract something from you. They are governed by the fickleness of the human mind and they have nothing to do with the human heart. Once the realization dawned on me, I could count the number of broken promises and strangely, feel no resentment towards the people who broke them. 

Something that is governed by the mind, has no chance of permanence. Isn't it? And so, my dear broken promises, I hold no bitterness towards you. You made me comprehend why memories always weigh more than promises. Although this is not a letter to memories, I must tell you that had you not been there, human beings wouldn't have clung to their suitcase of memories like a homeless person who has lost everything in a calamity. 

Being a writer, I deal with words every single day. I play and romance with words when I am putting them on paper. But while talking to a person, I take care not to use words frivolously. I believe if you truly love and care for someone, there won't be the need of making promises vocally. You can do that in your heart and try your best to keep it. 

Dear broken promises, you taught me to use words in all conscience. You taught me to look beyond words and peep into the intentions concealed beneath the words. You helped me understand that some things break, not because they are fragile, but because they are already broken from the first minute, the only difference is that the cracks have been cleverly camouflaged. 

And finally, it's because of you I believe in living in the moment. Just like seasonal changes, human intentions keep changing and with that, the promises they had made once. I would never let you take the life out of me; instead, I would let good memories fill the hole that you puncture in my heart. 

Thank you for making me wiser, stronger and more compassionate!


A girl who no longer believes in promises

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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Here’s how Cashify helped Rhea arrange our reunion party!

My school friend, Rhea invited me and several other friends of our 2008 ISC batch to a grand reunion party at her house this month. She stays in Mumbai and we met after about four years. The party was amazing and all of us enjoyed to the fullest. I couldn’t believe that Rhea had thrown such a grand reunion party for all of us. 

“Thanks for the party, Rhea. It was so generous of you to spend so much from your hard earned money for arranging this party.” I said before leaving her house.

“Nothing like that! There was an old Samsung smartphone of mine that was rotting in this house. I got my hands on the phone and voila! I arranged this party.” Rhea said with twinkling eyes.

“What are you talking about? You managed to get enough money by selling off your old smartphone. I can’t believe it.” 

“All thanks to Cashify!” Rhea beamed.

“Now, what is Cashify? I tried to sell off my old phone so many times, but the deals are so bad that I wish to donate it someday.” I muttered.

“Okay. Let me share with you my story!” Rhea said.

Rhea: “It was a beautiful autumn evening
When I was busy with house cleaning;
It was then I noticed my old Samsung phone
Abandoned by all, to a corner it was thrown;
The phone was in a good condition
Selling it off became my mission;
I planned to throw a grand reunion party
If I have some cash handy.”

Me: “Wow! Then, how did you try to sell it?

Rhea: “I posted a status on my social media sites
Mentioning about the phone and its highlights;
But no one seemed interested
I could see my plan getting canceled.
That was when a guy messaged me
His interest in the phone brought some positivity;
I decided to meet him the next day
Without wasting any time at the nearby café."

Me: “What happened when you met him?”

Rhea: “He looked decent and I was hopeful
I wish I had been careful;
We exchanged pleasantries and I showed him the phone
He looked at it and told me I seemed very familiar and known;
I smiled without knowing what to say
He said he was interested in buying the phone that very day;
I was overjoyed and thanked him
When he asked me out for dinner with him;
I left the café, visibly upset
Denying his offer and request."

Me: (Laughing) "That was hilarious! What did you do next?"

Rhea: “I decided I have to forget
My plans of selling off the phone via internet;
Luckily, I met my cousin that evening
Everything changed after that meeting;
She introduced me to Cashify
The ideal destination where people can sell and buy;
I selected my device and got the best device price
Cashify arranged a free pickup after I accepted the price.”

Me: "Wow! This sounds so cool. I haven’t heard of such a useful website where you can sell off your old smartphone so easily. So, did you get paid finally?”

Rhea: “Instant Cash was handed to me
At the time of pickup which was free;
I was delighted when I got the cash
I arranged the reunion party in a flash;
You must check out Cashify to believe my story
It will make you happy and let you never worry
#CleanUpCashOut with Cashify
To all your smartphone selling woes, now say goodbye!”

After hearing how Cashify helped Rhea arrange our reunion party, I couldn’t resist myself from checking out this website. It is so simple selling off your old gadgets on Cashify. You just need to select what you want to sell. If it is a mobile phone, you have to first select your device. 

After selecting your device, you need to answer a few, simple questions. You need to state if it is possible to make and receive calls from your mobile phone. Then, you have to carefully choose the functional or physical problems of the cell phone to get the accurate price. Next, you have to select the accessories of the phone that are available. Finally, you have to select the mobile age and choose the appropriate condition of your phone from the list given.

You will get the device price as soon as you answer these simple questions. Thanks to Rhea, I could also sell off my old phone through Cashify at a decent price. So, what are you waiting for? I am sure you too must have a few gadgets languishing in your house that is just adding up to the clutter. Go to Cashify right away and sell off your old gadgets. Use the coupon (CLEANCASH) to get additional 250 INR on the sale of your gadget. Doesn't it sound perfect?

#CleanUpCashOut with Cashify this season!

No hassles, no woes!
Say hello to Cashify and goodbye to all your worries!

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Monday, 16 October 2017

When a bibliophile tries to sell her old Blackberry!

I always believe in having a clutter-free home. Therefore, before every Diwali, I try to get rid of all those things that are no longer serving me. I donate a few things to the needy and sell other useless stuff.

Now, before smartphones made us crazy and dependent on them, I had a number of phones with QWERTY keypad. I especially loved my Blackberry during that time, but after I got my first smartphone, I realized my Blackberry no longer served me. So, I decided to sell my old Blackberry with QWERTY keypad before Diwali. I think the year was 2014.

At first, I told my younger cousins that I am ready to sell my Blackberry and if they would be interested in buying it. I was initially hopeful as they were really eying my phone, but their responses were extremely discouraging.

Cousin 1: Please Di. This is my birthday month. Gift it to me.

Me: I am trying to sell this.

Cousin 2: I will give you all my Harry Potter books in return of the phone.

Me: Um..that sounds good. But you only have the first 3 books. Are you trying to fool me?

Cousin 3: I don’t need this phone. Dad will gift me a smartphone if I score 80% in my board exams.

Me: Such a demanding kid you are!

The conversation with my cousins went nowhere. I understood that I have to think of something better to sell off my Blackberry.
I knew it would be useless trying to sell it to my friends as all of them had smartphones. I decided to list it on sites from where I can sell it. As my Blackberry was in a good condition, I quoted 3000 INR and listed it on the selling websites. I waited for sellers to contact me, but even after 10 days, I got no reply.

So, I reduced the price to 2500 INR and then waited. Finally, a seller messaged me and told me he is interested in buying my Blackberry at 1200 INR. His negotiation infuriated me. I was not at all ready to sell my Blackberry at such a low price of 1200 INR.

Finally, I thought to take help from my friends. One of my friends wanted to buy it for her sister. I was relieved and told her I am ready to sell it at 2500 INR.

“I have a better idea.” She said.

“What?” I was curious.

“You are a crazy bookworm and I am a book hoarder. Why don’t you take 10 of your favorite books from my library in return of this phone?” She said with a twinkle in her eyes.

I was speechless at her proposal. The fact that even after trying so hard, I cannot make any money selling off my old phone pinched my heart.

“It’s actually a perfect give and take offer. I need your old phone for my sister. And you want many of the books that I have in my library. Think about it.” She continued, looking at my crestfallen face.

She guided me to her library. As I looked at her enviable collection of books, my heart leaped with joy. I selected 10 books that I always wanted to own- books by my favorite authors, Paulo Coelho, Nicholas Sparks, Jhumpa Lahiri and Dan Brown.

I gave her my Blackberry and finally returned home with the 10 books and a toothy grin.

After that incident, my father tells me that I am a disaster in selling off my old gadgets. Well, he is right, but he cannot say that to me anymore! Why? Because, now I have Cashify, where selling used mobile, tablet and iPhone is so easy and completely hassle-free.

So, if you can also recollect one such failed attempt at selling off your old phones, you should immediately check out Cashify. For the lovely readers of my blog, I am sharing a Coupon Code (CLEANCASH). If you use this coupon code when you are selling your gadgets, you will get an additional 250 INR on the sale of your gadgets.

So, what are you waiting for? #CleanUpCashOut this Diwali!

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

5 must have short kurti for this festive season

The festive season has arrived with all its glory, when all of us want to look our ethnic best. Whether we opt for sarees or salwar suits or kurtis, we basically want to sport a gorgeous look that will make us stand apart from the crowd. Short kurtis look extremely trendy and fashionable. They are very much in vogue these days. Super comfortable and stylish, you can wear the Indian tunic with your favorite denims, leggings, palazzos or long skirts, depending on your choice. Let’s look at the 5 must have short kurti for this festive season that will make you look like a diva:

Embroidered short kurtis

Look gorgeous and chic this festive season by wearing bright embroidered kurtis with zari detailing. They look elegant and beautiful. The side slits and short button placket give it a fashionable look. Team it up with palazzos in contrast color and high heels to make heads turn this festive season. Accessorize the look with beautiful danglers. For a boho-chic look, you can experiment by teaming it with a flared long skirt.

Embroidered short kurtis are available in a variety of colors and designs. The material is a blend of cotton and polyester. 

Floral print short kurtis

Floral print looks good on all women. It looks feminine and lovely. If you love floral prints, you can add a beautiful floral print short Indian tunic to your wardrobe. They are available in both bright and pastel shades on Myntra, the best destination for the fashionista in you. You will definitely have a great time online shopping with Myntra this festive season.

The mandarin collar, three-quarter sleeves and the short button placket give these floral print short kurtis a stylish look. Team it up with palazzos of your choice and oversized earrings to look gorgeous.

Printed layered A-Line short kurtis

If you are looking to wear something that will make heads turn, you can opt for printed layered A-Line short kurtis. They look unique, trendy and extremely fashionable. The sleeveless beige-printed tunic has a short button-and-loop placket and an asymmetrical hem. It is accompanied with a green round neck inner.

This layered tunic will definitely grab attention of people when you hit the streets. The material is polyester. Team it up with ankle-length jeans, high heels and over-sized earrings to look gorgeous this festive season. 

Printed short kurtis

You can find a wide collection of beautiful printed short kurtis in Myntra. They are available in such beautiful colors and prints that you can’t resist adding them to your wardrobe. Printed short kurtis in bright colors like royal blue will make you look stunning. The blue-woven printed tunic with small embroidered detailing, side slits and three-quarter sleeves will give you a charming look this festive season.

Team it with your favorite denims, wedges and jhumkis to make a fashion statement.

Printed high-low short kurtis

Printed high-low short kurtis look extremely trendy and fashionable. It will enhance your fashion quotient and make heads turn. The mandarin collar, full button placket and three quarter sleeves give it a fashionable look. However, the thing that makes this kurti stand apart is the slit on the front.

Team this stylish apparel with your favorite palazzos, high heels and gorgeous earrings to make a great fashion statement this festive season. 

These are just a few recommendations. Head over to Myntra to explore a wide collection of short kurtis that will make you look chic and fashionable. Enjoy online shopping today with Myntra and give your wardrobe a new makeover. 

Note: The images have been sourced from the website of Myntra
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Friday, 15 September 2017

The book that I have always wanted to write

I was in my sweet slumber
A stranger to myself in this world;
Your fateful golden touch
Awakened me like rare bliss
I discovered myself.

For me, there is no joy greater than writing a novel. A story that I conceive from nowhere in my subconscious mind and see it developing on the white pages give me a sense of thrill and excitement. The characters that become an inseparable part of my life help me to see myself in a new light. I believe each time I write a story and create a character, I rediscover myself in a new way.

I have always wanted to write a novel that has a lot of poetry in it. When I saw this exciting “Get Published with Story Mirror” contest on Indiblogger, I thought about the book that I have always wanted to write, but for some reason or the other couldn’t do it.

The book tells the story of a young, beautiful girl who is a successful television actor, but suffers from depression since her teenage days. A very disturbing childhood along with failed relationships had made her a victim of chronic depression. She tries to cope with it by keeping herself busy at work, but she cannot come out of the clutches of depression no matter how hard she tries. She finds it extremely difficult to love and accept herself the way she is.

Although she has a smiling countenance, she knows how broken she is from within. During one of her shoots at a hill station, she comes across a man who is a brilliant poet. They meet each other at such a juncture when both of them want to give up on their lives. But as they talk to each other, they find comfort. It feels like home. There is an instant connection between the two of them.

The more she spends time with him, the more she realizes how similar their life experiences and nature are. She finds an enormous freedom in the knowledge that she is not alone in the world. There is someone who has gone through equally tormenting things that she has gone through in her own life.

For the first time in her life, she confides to someone all her deepest fears, insecurities and anguish. He teaches her to see life in a new light: to love and accept herself. She slowly starts seeing life in a different way, where she refuses to be the victim of her own story. As she falls in love with her own self, she realizes that somewhere, down the line, she has also fallen in love with the man who has helped her win in her battle against depression.

When she decides to confess her feelings to him, she realizes that he is a poet whose occupation is to weave beautiful words. She realizes he might never be able to return the love that she has for him. The mission of his life is to pacify every hurting soul. He finds salvation in providing peace to other aching hearts through his poetry. It breaks her heart as she realizes she can never get him all of her own, but she is indebted to him for teaching her how to love herself. No one has taught her that in the 25 years of her life.

This novel will also have a lot of poetry along with prose. I remember reading Rabindranath Tagore’s “The Last Poem” which is a beautiful amalgamation of prose and poem. I had always wanted to write a novel like that. If Story Mirror gives me the opportunity, I would put all my heart and soul in writing this book.

You are there,
Sparkling in every verse
That I write;
Sometimes, as a romantic muse
Other times, as a painful memory
You make me a poet
Because you are my poetry.

I only miss you
When I am not writing;
You dwell in the crevices of letters
And in the intricacies of my words
I only miss you
When words fail me
As you are my poetry
I am your moonstruck poet.
 (From “The Heart Listens to No One by Purba Chakraborty) 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

The 5 most influential teachers of my life

Today is Teacher's Day. In the journey of my life, I have met many wonderful mentors who have taught me something valuable, whether directly or indirectly. Today I am going to talk about the 5 teachers who have been the most instrumental in shaping my life. All of them have inspired me and made me the person I am today. 

My Grandmother

My maternal grandmother taught me to never give up on love and kindness, even if people have been cruel to you. Kindness and love are universal languages that even a deaf person can hear. There have been so many times when I felt the world is such a bad place and I should stop being kind and generous to people. But it is because of her that I follow~
Let love be the lyrics,
 let kindness be the music
Let your heart sing forever.

My Father

Now, my father teaches me something beautiful every single day. He is my role model and someone who inspires me all the time.
But the most important thing that he taught me in life is the value of patience and hard work

I was a very impatient girl who always wanted fast results. It is my Dad who taught me that hard work never goes in vain. But wanting immediate results take away the joy of a work well done. He taught me to find joy in working hard and to be patient with the outcome. 

Rina Ma'am

She was my class teacher in Class 9. Having lost my mother a year back, I was cocooned inside my own shell. I was unable to make any friends and was an extreme introvert. I used to cry at the drop of a hat and often felt pity for myself. 

Rina Ma'am was the angel who understood what I was going through at that time. She was very empathetic towards me. She taught me not to ever take sympathy of anyone and to stop feeling like a victim. She said that the world is my oyster and I should conquer it. 

So many things have happened in my life after I left school, but I had never forgotten her words. Till date, I don't take sympathy of anyone and I don't play the victim, even if I am going through the most difficult circumstances. 

Mallika Miss

Mallika Miss was my teacher from Class 4 to Class 7. I used to take English tuitions from her. She also taught English at our school. She was the person who instated my love for English Literature. It's because of her my favorite subject has always been English. Therefore, I am forever grateful to her. It's my dream to meet her some day and gift her all my novels.

When I was in Class 7, I was not good at sports. I was such a nerd that I used to prefer all my time reading. My classmates were making fun of me, saying that I did not win anything in the annual sports. Mallika Miss heard their conversation and seeing me upset, told me "Purba, it's not necessary to be good in each and everything. You need to choose your passion and be faithful to it forever. That will be more than enough." I had never forgotten her words. 


How can books not feature in the list of 5 most influential teachers of my life? The person who introduced me to books was my mother. When I was five, she started gifting me beautiful story books in every occasion. She told me that books will never abandon me and will teach me the most important things of life. 

I cannot explain the massive role that books have played in my life. From Bhagavad Gita to The Alchemist, books have always guided me and showed me the right path. Without them, I cannot imagine my life. 

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." ~ William Arthur Ward

Here's wishing all the wonderful teachers a very Happy Teacher's Day! 

Who is that teacher in your life who has inspired you the most?


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Launch of WritersMelon's Jukebox at Kolkata

I am thrilled to be a part of Writersmelon's Jukebox, an anthology of 15 winning short stories of Melonade, a nationwide writing competition. Jukebox was officially launched in Kolkata on August 19, 2017. The launch was successful, despite heavy rainfall. The book launch took place in the Doodle Room, which is a cozy corner for all art, music and literature lovers of the city. 

It was great to meet Pooja, who represented Writersmelon. Deepti (my coauthor of Jukebox) and I quickly clicked a selfie with Pooja before the launch. 

As Deepti and I were discussing the topics that we will discuss in the book launch, Pooja clicked some of our candid pictures. 

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The event started with our brilliant host, Rei, who introduced us and the book, Jukebox to the audience. 

She invited me to talk about my story in Jukebox after the introduction. My short story "Her Favorite Pupil" is about the relationship between a teacher and a speech-impaired student. It is a story about faith and love. Sometimes, all we need in life is a person who has faith in our potential more than we have on our own selves.

I said how a visit to my paternal uncle's deaf and dumb school gave birth to the idea of this story. It was a very special story for me as I understand how a good mentor can shape up the life of a person. During my school days, I was a very shy and introvert child. I remember there was a teacher who was ruthlessly harsh with me whenever I expressed the desire of taking part in extra-curricular activities. And in the same school, I also had a teacher who inspired me a lot. 

Next, my coauthors, Deepti and Uttiya talked about their short stories in Jukebox. 

Deepti's story "A deep fried love story" is a quirky love story of a woman on diet and a man on Alur chop whose paths cross in the Metro station. They see each other every day in the Metro Station, without speaking a word, but acknowledging each other's presence. 

Uttiya's story "Marital Chains" is a dark story about marital rape. Usnis and Ankita's marriage seems ideal, but is far from perfect. Uttiya explained why he had chosen this subject for his story. He explained that he had seen his friends stuck in abusive and disturbing relationships. This is the reason why he chose to write this story as he believes that victims must speak up.

After we talked about our stories, we formally posed with the book for shutterbugs. It was a moment of pride for all of us. All the 15 stories of Jukebox deal with an interesting subject that makes this anthology a treat for book lovers. 

After the formal launch of the book, we read a few passages from our stories for the audience. The book reading session was a lot of fun. 

Although it was raining heavily that evening, the launch of Jukebox in Kolkata was a success. We wrapped up the event by signing books for our enthusiastic readers who love reading short stories. 

Buy Jukebox here!