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March 2015

Travel and Culture

Popular Heritage Structures in Mumbai

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By Somali K Chakrabarti Continuing from my last post on the Beaches in Mumbai, here I take you to some of the heritage structures in Mumbai. Mumbai was once a part of the Gujarat Sultanate in the 14th century, was ceded to the Portuguese in the 16th century. The Portugese gave away Mumbai (Bombay) as dowry to King Charles II of England, when he married the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza, in 1661. In 1688, Bombay was ‘sold’ to the British East India Company by King Charles II. Thereafter, Bombay replaced Surat as the headquarters of the Company on the Malabar Coast, The construction of the first railways in India, marked the British rule in Mumbai, as did the construction of many other grand public buildings of the colonial era. Mumbai has numerous heritage structures; most of these are located in South Mumbai, as historically the access to the city was limited to that area.   Here’s a list of some the most popular heritage structures of Mumbai.  If you are planning a trip to Mumbai, you may want to cover these during your stay…and don’t you worry about your stay, as you have some good Mumbai hotels for tourists as well.

Business Zone

Digital India – An Initiative to Transform Lives

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By Somali K Chakrabarti   India is heading towards an internet economy worth USD 200 billion by 2020, that will contribute 5 per cent of the GDP. – Report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).   Digital India – A Transformational Initiative The Digital India initiative, envisioned by the Govt of India, aims to transform India into digital empowered society and knowledge economy by leveraging IT as a growth engine to enable change. With 850 million mobile users and 243 million internet users in 2014, India is all set to ride the wave of digitization and grow into a strong digital economy. Centered on the 3 Key areas of Improving the digital infrastructure Providing Services on Demand Digital empowerment of citizens Digital India Initiative, has the potential to positively impact the lives of all citizens of India, irrespective of where they come from. A digitally enabled India can bridge the gap between urban and rural areas by virtually connecting far flung areas of the country and empowering citizens to avail services with ease from any place within the country.

Travel and Culture

Vegetarian Fusion food in Singapore

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By Somali K Chakrabarti Singapore, symbolized by the iconic Merlion is a place where cultures meet and flavours mix. The Little Red Dot on the world map, Singapore is the fusion of the old and new Asia, merged with influences from East and West. In this melting pot of different cultures, one finds gastronomic delights from many different parts of the world. You can treat yourself to Chinese specialties, traditional Malaysian fare, Indian meals, Peranakan (Singapore’s oldest fusion cuisine), or try out international cuisine including Japanese and Korean spreads, Thai food, Arab delicacies, Moroccan buffet, Spanish bites, Italian feast, or French banquets. What is more remarkable is that even for a non-fish and a non-meat eater like me, Singapore has enough to delight the taste buds.

Travel and Culture

A Naga Sojourn

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By Bhudeb Chakrabarti Nagaland, well-known for its natural beauty and breath-taking pristine natural forests is also known for its warm and hospitable people. In December 1968, I was posted in Pfutsero in Kohima District of Nagaland, as Second-in-Command of a CRPF Battalion. The Battalion was deployed to aid the Government of Nagaland in maintaining Law and Order.    

Travel and Culture

Walking around the beaches in Mumbai

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By Somali K Chakrabarti Neither by service nor fee Come I to mine estate — Mother of Cities to me, For I was born in her gate, Between the palms and the sea, Where the world-end steamers wait. ~Excerpt from To the City of Bombay, By Rudyard Kipling A home alike to the richest and the poor, Mumbai is marked by its typical chaotic, cosmopolitan and dynamic spirit. The narrow wedge shaped metropolis, surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides, attracts a large number of tourists all over the year. Beaches and coastlines offer a respite from the frantic life to us, the locals of Mumbai, and are a major attraction for the tourists. Naturally, alongside other tourist attractions, beaches are the must see spots in the itinerary of any of my friends or relatives who come to Mumbai. For those of you planning to visit Mumbai, here are some of the popular beaches in Mumbai.

Personal Finance

Critical Illness policy by Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance – A Review

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By Somali K Chakrabarti You can be a victim of cancer, or a survivor of cancer. It’s a mindset. – Dave Pelzer A critical illness like cancer can completely can disrupt anyone’s life. The patient has to deal with immense physical pain and emotional trauma, while the family has to incur huge medical expenses, at the same time keep the other expenses going. Critical illness of an earning member means the loss of income, which causes additional strain on finances. For this reason, insurance to cover such unforeseen expenses due to critical illness becomes a must for every earning individual, having a dependent family. Critical illnesses are not covered under normal health insurance policies. Therefore a comprehensive Critical Illness policy is a MUST have in your insurance portfolio in addition to the health insurance and life insurance policy.

Mixed Bag

Finding Work-Life Balance Together

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 By Somali K Chakrabarti   The flight landed at Gatwick airport on a cloudy Saturday. After clearing through the immigration, Anika collected her luggage and headed towards the Arrivals hall. It was the mid of March, in 2003. This was Anika’s first trip to Brighton; she was posted there, from Delhi, on a consulting assignment. The wind outside was chilly. It started drizzling as she got into the cab. It was a 45 min drive from Gatwick to Brighton. On reaching the Bed & Breakfast in Brighton, where a room was booked for her, Anika checked in at the concierge and sluggishly headed to her room.  

Mixed Bag

Starting a New Life

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 By Somali K Chakrabarti Reena stood by the window, looking out particularly nowhere, as she unmindfully sipped her coffee preparing herself for the conversation that would change her life. She had heard the sound of Rajiv’s car entering the garage, and she expected the doorbell to ring any moment. With her sense of dressing as immaculate as her sense of responsibility, Reena came across as suave, savvy and sophisticated. Rajiv was young, dynamic, brimming with ideas, and a natural charmer who could get his way through people with ease.

Personal Effectiveness

How to trump the Curse of Success

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By Somali K Chakrabarti Overcoming challenges brings success, success brings its own challenges. Success has its own attractions, but it also has the side effects.   The Initial stages of the Journey To Success  When you start something new as a professional or as an entrepreneur, or in sports or in a creative field, you generally start with a high risk appetite. You are enthused and you put in your best efforts and toil for your success. You make mistakes, learn from them and grow on your experiences. Any positive feedback you get adds to your levels of motivation and bolsters the hope of further positive outcome. When success finally knocks the door, you’re excited; you get adulation from all quarters and you cherish the attention.

Mixed Bag

How Technology has aided the World Cup Cricket

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By Somali K Chakrabarti On 13 February, the opening of the 2015, ICC World Cup Cricket tournament, one of the world’s most viewed sporting events, was celebrated with a Google Doodle. The tournament has come up a long way from the time when the first Cricket World Cup was played in England in 1975. And how!   Back in the seventies and early eighties, when all the matches were played during the day, people would gather around the Television or radio sets to watch the match, or at least to listen to the commentary. The games were slow paced and the hangover of the 5-day Test Matches could be seen in the World Cup too. Players dressed in traditional white uniforms played 60 overs per team, with red balls.

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