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?