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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Vodafone felicitates Voice of Kolkata winners on International Women's Week

Me with the goodie bag after the event

On this International Women's week, Vodafone brought an interesting contest known as the Voice of Kolkata. Women from every walk of life were told to send their voice message in 91.9 Friends Fm official WhatsApp number about what they feel about today's women and the state of women in the country. 

I couldn't stop myself from voicing my thoughts and feelings about today's women on Women's Day. This subject is so close to me as I support women empowerment and equality. I am a feminist. 

What I said in my voice message is exactly similar to my blog post that I wrote on Women's Day: Dear beautiful women, let your soul shine bright! If you haven't read it, you can check it out. I recorded the voice message in the morning of Women's Day and then in the afternoon, I thought to share it with the readers of my blog. 

On the afternoon of 13th March, I got a call from 91.9 Friends Fm informing me that I am one of the winners of Voice of Kolkata. They told me to reach the next day for an event at Vodafone Angel Store by 4 pm. 

Vodafone Angel Store is a very unique store because it is completely managed and run by women. I was absolutely delighted on reaching the Vodafone Angel Store. As I reached at 3.30 pm, they told me to wait for some time. 

I met some of the fellow winners of Voice of Kolkata and we hit it off right away. Rituparna and Jayanti were bundles of positive energy. I did not feel that I met them just a few minutes back. We talked like old pals and clicked selfies throughout the event. The reason we bonded so well was perhaps because we were there that day to celebrate women power in all its glory.


Jayanti, Rituparna and I (From L-R)

All the winners reached by 4 pm. I could spot radio jockey Arko who was there to host the event. There was a delicious chocolate cake kept for all the winners. We were invited by the Vodafone staff to cut it together and celebrate women power. 


Just before cutting the cake!

It was wonderful cutting the cake with all the independent and strong women present there. When you are in the company of like-minded people, you can't help but enjoy every single second. You can see the cake-cutting moments and our short interview in this video. 



After the cake-cutting and interview session, we bonded with each other while having our small cake party. Then the zonal head of Vodafone gave us our goodies and thanked us for voicing our strong opinion and thoughts. 

RJ Arko told four of the winners, including me, to give another short interview on 91.9 Friends Fm. We went live on air and absolutely cherished the experience. 


With the coolest RJ

Finally, the lovely evening ended with all the winners posing with RJ Arko for a group picture. 


RJ Arko with all the winners of Voice of Kolkata

I had a great evening. It was a wonderful post women's day celebration. The goodies made me smile. I got a cool backpack that will accompany me on my next vacation, a cute red umbrella, Vodafone ZooZoo mug and couple Inox tickets. 



In the midst of happiness, I wondered what a beautiful world we will have if only women empower and support each other, shedding their judgmental cloaks. 


"I always believed that one woman's success can only help another woman's success"~ Gloria Vanderbilt
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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Dear beautiful women, let your soul shine bright!


Most of my stories and poems are inspired by the women that I see regularly around me. Today’s women know their mind and are aware of their rights. They know the world is as much theirs as it is of men. They are aware of their talent, intelligence, and potential. At the same time, they are proud of having a loving heart and a compassionate soul.

I get inspired when I see a woman raising her voice against any injustice taking place with her or around her. I feel proud when I see women empowering each other. To all the wonderful women achievers, whether women filmmakers, writers, artists, doctors or lawyers, I salute you for bringing your authentic self to this world.

And to all the unsung women who are fighting their battles to fulfill their dreams, I salute you for your courage and resilience.

I feel blessed to be a woman because a woman is a nurturer, lover and fighter rolled into one. The best thing is that today, we have got the world listening to what we are saying. Therefore, we should take control of our lives and do something beautiful that we can be proud of. 

Dear beautiful women,

Let's make a promise this Women's Day to honor our individuality and identity.
 
Let's not give a single soul the power to dim our light and remove that smile from our face. Let's take pride in our little quirks, loud giggles, overwhelming emotions and the sweet imperfections. Because they make us who we are.
 

Let's uplift women who are less privileged than us and get inspired by the ones who live life on their own terms.
 

Let kindness be our lyrics and love be our music as we, women, have the capability to love unconditionally. Let's promise to never compromise on our individuality and beliefs because the world needs our light, our authentic self.

Let your soul shine brighter than ever. Happy Women's Day!

Love, 

A woman who looks up to you


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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

That Particular Song



I find music very much related to nostalgia. I have experienced it several times. You are having a regular day, busy with your work. Suddenly, a song plays on the radio and that takes you back to a different time, in a different place in the blinking of eyes. For the next 5 minutes, you are not in this world. And when the song ends, you realize the tremendous emotional impact it just had on you. 

"Nostalgia is a seductive liar."~ George Ball

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Monday, 13 February 2017

Celebration of literature at the Kolkata Literary Meet

That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longing, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”~F.Scott.Fitzgerald


Being a bibliophile and an ardent literature lover, I wait for the #TataSteelKalam Kolkata Literary Meet every year to listen to my favorite authors, discover new books and attend interesting sessions. This year, the Kolkata Literary Meet was a 5 day literary festival from 25th January to 29th January at the Victoria Memorial Hall. The festival was inaugurated by acclaimed novelist, Anita Desai.

The literary sessions were hosted at the two venues of Victoria Memorial Hall – Son-et-Lumiere and Western Quadrangle. Some of the sessions of Tata Steel Kalam also took place at the Calcutta Club. Over 130 celebrated authors, filmmakers and thinkers from various countries assembled at the literary festival to share their thoughts and views.

I went to the Kolkata Literary Meet three days and attended some enriching sessions. On January 26th, I was fortunate to attend one of my favorite authors, Ruskin Bond’s session “Thrills and Spills” where Ruskin Bond discussed why hills are the perfect setting for murders and mystery. It was a great experience when Ruskin Bond read one of the stories from his latest book “Death under the deodars”. 


It was an amazing session, especially when the audience was given the chance to ask him questions. I asked him about one of his short stories, “The Night train at Deoli” and was overjoyed when he answered me. After his session, the audience was told that Ruskin Bond would be signing books at the author’s lounge. Finally, I got the opportunity to have a signed copy and meet my favorite author personally.

On January 27th, I attended the session “Acts of Faith” where Javed Akhtar, Tabish Khair, Mudar Patherya and Shazia Omar discussed about the challenges of Islamophobia, stereotypes and radicalization. It was a very enriching session and I especially loved hearing Javed Akhtar whose views were refined and powerful. 


Then, I attended the next session “Pink and the power of No” where  Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Andrea Tariang and Ritesh Shah spoke about the importance of the movie “Pink”. They were in conversation with author, Kunal Basu. It was a very engaging session where the audience asked plenty of questions to the director about the movie and the change it brought in the mindset of people.


I also went to the festival on the final day, 29th January. I attended the Children’s Literary Meet Special with Indian sports’ golden boy, Abhinav Bindra and Joybeer Dutta Gupta. The Olympic gold medalist in shooting talked about his journey, his failures and success. It was very motivating when he spoke about the importance of dreams in the life of every person. He said that hard work and persistence are the only way to success. When someone from the audience asked him about the role of his parents, he said that his parents supported and encouraged him whenever he had failures and felt like giving up.


I enjoyed the session “Make up your mind” where Nandana Sen and Nabaneeta Dev Sen read poetry from their latest book “Make up your mind”. The award winning poet, Nabaneeta Dev Sen spoke about Nandana’s translations of her poetry. It was a sheer treat to see the mother and daughter bond on poetry. Overall, I had a great time at the #TataSteelKalam Kolkata Literary Festival. At the end of the festival, my literary appetite is well satiated with new books to read.


It is wonderful to see that Tata recognizes the role of literature and is contributing so much to secure the literature culture in Kolkata. The Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet brings the literary stalwarts from all corners of the world. It gives people a forum to speak their mind and interact with the authors. It encourages the lovers of literature to explore the world of ideas and words without any hesitation. The people of Kolkata look forward to the Kolkata Literary Meet every winter as it gives them the chance to rediscover or rather “readiscover” books.


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Sunday, 12 February 2017

The Dried Rose




The dried, dark rose
Concealed within the pages of my diary
Whispers countless words
On a full moon night
When the heart is soaked in love
And chained by memories. 

Those are the words 
That were left unsaid
Like an unsolved puzzle,
An incomplete play,
Or a beautiful portrait
Left half-colored midway.
You perhaps wanted me to solve it,
But I was no master at the craft
I was too naive for mind games.


Dawn arrives with a new hope
The neglected, dried rose
Sigh at an incomplete story;
I quietly close the diary
Unchain my heart from the memories
And get back to reality.

-Purba Chakraborty
(12.02.2017)




Have you checked out the new cover of my poetry book? The book is absolutely free to download on your Kindle App and Device till the 14th Feb. A small Valentine's Day gift from my side. Grab your copy from Amazon now!




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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

One crazy, adventurous Trip with your BFFs



Best friends. Adventures. Travelling. Laughter. Heart to heart conversations. 
And you get memories of a lifetime.

Out of the several unticked things in my never-ending bucket list, a crazy, adventurous trip with my best friend before getting married tops the list. My best friend, Priyam and I have been discussing it for the last two years, but unfortunately, it didn't happen yet. Work deadlines, family and other issues keep popping whenever we make a plan. And it gets postponed. 

Last weekend, I came across the popular web series called "The Trip" in YouTube. It is a super fun, coming of age story of four girls who go on a road trip from Delhi to Thailand. As one of the girls in their group, Ananya is about to tie the knot, the girls plan a crazy bachelorette road trip. Ever since I watched Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, I have always yearned to see something like "The Trip" in which a group of girl best friends embark on a journey.


It is a fun, adventurous and emotional roller coaster ride. I watched the eight episodes back to back uploaded so far in the last weekend and have become addicted to this web series. I can't wait for Episode 9 which will be uploaded on Thursday. 

The best thing was that I found both me and my close friends in these four girls- Shonali, the free-spirited musician (played by Lisa Haydon), Nazia, the firecracker, absolutely bindaas and aspiring journalist (played by Mallika Dua), Ananya, the sweet and adorable bride-to-be (played by Shweta Tripathi) and Sanjana, the introvert yogi with a rule-book (played by Sapna Pabbi). The four characters are extremely relatable. Check out the trailer. I am sure every girl will love it. 



I am enjoying the web series so much that I compelled my closest friends, Priyam and Triyas to watch it. The actual idea is to influence them so that they agree to go on a trip this year, come what may. Because this phase of our life won't come back once we are married.



Therefore, an adventurous trip with my bestie or BFFs means a lot to me. It is the most important thing on my bucket list and I wish to tick it off, finally this year. 

I have traveled with my friends in college excursion. I have traveled solo. I have traveled with family. But I am sure nothing can be better than traveling with your BFFs and making countless memories that you can cherish throughout your life. 



Have you ever gone for an adventurous trip with your BFFs? How was the experience? I would love to know. 
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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Guest author in The Love for Colors, releasing on Valentine's


Since 2014, there is a similar pattern in my life during Valentine's day. Are you wondering what? Well, it is a book release, which I enjoy the most being an author. Whether an anthology or my solo book, Valentine's Day is the time of a new release. Last year, my collection of poems, The Heart Listens to No One was released on Valentine's Day and this year, the anthology Shades of Life 2: The Love for Colors is releasing. 




I was a part of Shades of Life that released last year, Holi. My short story Silent Offering is a part of the book. One day, when Sarav, the editor of the book invited me to be the guest author of The Love for colors, I was exhilarated. I asked him on which color I should write and he told me to write a poem blending the theme of colors and love. 

I associated each color of the rainbow with a girl's memories of a true love affair that is beyond physical separation. That is how my poem Epoch of our love was born which is now a part of Shades of Life 2 ~ the love for colors.  




I feel proud to be a part of this book because it is a very unique anthology. The authors have chosen a particular color and penned a story/poem that symbolizes the color. When the contest for this book was going on, the Shades of life Team uploaded a color chart so that the authors can work on their poem/story keeping in mind what the particular color symbolizes. 

I started reading the book yesterday and I am really enjoying the different flavors of the colors. I already read the poems and stories under the section Black and Grey. I am sure you will also enjoy exploring the various colors in the form of intriguing stories and soulful poems. 





Right now with the book and certificate in my hand, I feel extremely happy to be the guest author of this beautiful book which will release around Feb 14 this year. I will await your feedback on the book and review on my poem. Order your copy from the link below or gift it to your Valentine, if he/she loves reading.




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Friday, 20 January 2017

Epilation: 10 moments you won’t have to miss if you’re smooth

It is extremely frustrating when you have to cancel your plans just because you are not at your smoothest. What else do you do when you suddenly get an invite from your friends for a fun party or your crush asks you out for a date? Girl, you are not alone. All of us hate those-in-between days when we can’t wear that pretty dress or have to say no to that exciting party just because we are not at our smoothest. However, there is a solution called Braun Epilators that will not let you miss out anything.




Why Epilation?


Epilation is way better than waxing because it provides long lasting smoothness. Since epilation is the process of removal of hair from the roots, it is more efficient than waxing. Moreover, it is gentle and ideal for sensitive skin. Braun Epilators can be used by all women, irrespective of their skin tone, hair color and tan.  So, let’s take a look at the 10 moments that you won’t have to miss because of Braun Epilators:


      1.       Pool Parties

New bikini? Check. New shades? Check. Smooth skin? Check. Now we’re ready to dive right in.


2.      Wearing that new dress


We are talking about the dress that you’ve always wanted to wear, but have always hesitated because you were not super smooth. Braun Epilators can remove hairs as small as a grain of sand. Therefore, no worries now! Get that new dress on and cause a sensation.


3. Uninhibited dancing


When you have smooth skin, you don’t have to hesitate when your favorite music plays. You can dance without any inhibitions, throwing your arms in the air. 



4. Going to the park


On hot summer days, you can wear your favorite shorts and go to the park when you have great, smooth skin. 




5.     Roller coaster pictures


If you love roller coaster rides, there is nothing more exhilarating than flinging your arms in the air with gay abandon and shouting “wheeeeeeeee” from the top of the roller-coaster. You will get great roller coaster pictures when you have super smooth arms and pits.


6.   Leg Day at the gym




It is the perfect opportunity to flaunt your smooth legs to your crush in the gym. Braun Epilators catch hairs 4X shorter than waxing, so you’ll never get caught out!




7.   Rocking your favorite short sleeved tee




If you have silky smooth skin, you can rock your favorite short-sleeved tee on a casual day out with your friends. 






8.   Legfies




Are you sitting under the sun on a beautiful beach with smooth legs? Then take a legfie and post on Instagram. 






9.  Last minute invitation to the beach



It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. Your crush has finally asked you to the beach. But hold on, how can you rock your cutoffs without smooth skin?







10. Last minute ticket to a gig



Your favorite band is in town and you have finally managed to get the tickets. Now, how to look stunning? Wear your favorite mini skirt or short dress! And rock the look with super smooth legs. 






You can absolutely trust Braun Epilators for immediate results. For more information on the Braun Beauty portfolio, please visit http://amzn.to/2hhVJIJ


About Braun

Braun, a subsidiary of Procter & Gamble founded in Germany in 1921, develops and manufactures a wide variety of small domestic appliances that marry technical innovation, reliable quality and distinctive design. These range from electric shavers and beauty products to hair care appliances. Braun products enjoy worldwide distribution.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Kayaking becomes better with Madras Fun Tools



Kayaking is a water activity that is usually enjoyed by people when they are on a holiday. Some people also pursue kayaking as a hobby. It is a great water sport that can increase your flexibility, fitness and body strength. Kayak boats are used in kayaking to move gently across the water. The kayakers need to sit in the boat and paddle. Kayaking India can be done in lakes, rivers and seas.

The destination to buy kayaks

Kayaks are available in various designs. Some kayaks are suitable for racing and rough conditions, whereas some others are specifically designed for beginners. Madras Fun Tools is the only equipment store in India where you can find a large variety of kayaks. It is an eCommerce company that is dedicated to kayaking and stand-up paddling. 

Madras Fun Tools

You will find high quality stand-up paddle boards (SUP), recreational & whitewater kayaks and other various paddling equipment in Madras Fun Tools. Three dedicated kayakers have founded this company because of their love for the water sport. They want to see kayaking grow in India. You can find whitewater kayaking equipment of the highest quality. It is the ideal place to buy kayaks India



Benefits of kayaking

Kayaking is a great water sport for various reasons:

·        Kayaking for beginners doesn’t require a lot of training. You don’t need to take surfing and swimming lessons for it. You just need to know how to enter the kayak and exit it safely.

·        Kayaking is an easy sport. It is an activity that doesn’t require too much effort and can be done in a relaxed position. It can be enjoyed by everyone, including aged people and people suffering from heart ailments.

·        Kayaking is not scary unlike canoeing because all kayaks have a closed deck. Therefore, it is totally safe. Even if you are scared of water, you can try kayaking for fun.

·        Kayaking lets you bask in the beauty of nature. It is a relaxing activity where you can enjoy the nature. As you paddle through the water, your hands, legs and cardiac area also get enough exercise.

·        Kayaking is great for shedding excess weight. You will be able to burn calories as you paddle through the river or sea. The relaxing water, the soothing breeze and the beautiful sea will distract you from getting bored. It is a great form of exercise that will help you to stay in shape. 

You can buy SUP in India along with recreational kayaks from Madras Fun Tools. Kayaking becomes better and easier with Madras Fun Tools.

It is a great activity especially for people who love adventure. Have you ever tried Kayaking?