March 2015

Travel and Culture

Popular Heritage Structures in Mumbai

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.

Travel and Culture

A Naga Sojourn

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.    

Industry

Walking around the beaches in Mumbai

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.

Mixed Bag

Finding Work-Life Balance Together

 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

 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.

Leadership

How to trump the Curse of Success

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.

Quotes

10 Inspiring Quotes on Hope and Optimism

 By Somali K Chakrabarti Hope inspires, Hope enthuses, Hope soothes, Hope seduces. [Tweet this] Hope is an universal phenomenon Life without hope is drab. What keeps us going each day, is the belief that there is something good in store for us, or that the future holds something fancy in the form of luck, happiness, or whatever we wish for. As we go on in the pursuit of our goals, hopeful thinking at each and every stage in life, both during the good and bad times, gives us the energy and enthusiasm to move on with zest to pursue our goals. Here is a collection of 10 beautiful quotes on the significance of hope and optimism in our lives. [ Tweet this picture ]  

Travel and Culture

Manipur – A Land of Jewels

By Bhudeb Chakrabarti Manipuri Dance – One of the eight Indian Classical Dance Styles Manipuri dance, from the ancient land of Manipur, is one of the eight and the finest Indian classical dance styles. As the legend goes, Lord Shiva, the great connoisseur of cosmic dance of Lord Krishna, Radha and the Gopis, ensured that no one disrupted the rhythmic beauty of the heavenly dance. When Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva, desired to see the ethereal dance, he chose Manipur as the venue for re-enactment of the divine Raas Leela Dance.

Mixed Bag

The Decision towards Self-Reliance

By Somali K Chakrabarti In my last post The Power of Storytelling, I had mentioned about the advertisement ‘Will of Steel’ that inspires us to break gender stereotypes. Here’s an equally moving advertisement from HDFC Life Insurance that shows a dad giving his daughter an opportunity to be self-reliant. This touching ad shows a father helping his child put on her anklets (ghungroos) on her artificial titanium foot after he takes her to join a dancing school. The child keeps on insisting that her father ties up her anklets each time she dances. Slowly he convinces her to tie it on her own. With a smile of satisfaction, the father watches his daughter adjust anklets on her titanium foot, by herself, and perform in a dance ceremony with a group of other children.

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