January 2016

Personal Finance

Do your homework – Let your children dream

We hurried off to the station. After dropping our daughter off at her college and helping her move in to her hostel room, it was time for my husband and me to leave. Getting into a college of choice is a big milestone in the life of a child.  At the same time letting go off your child is a strange experience, a little sad too for the parents. The thought that an ‘Empty nest’ awaits you can be upsetting. I prepared myself for quieter days ahead, with no nagging about food, sleeping late, clothes, cleaning, etc. After exchanging goodbye, we got on to the train, and in a while the train chugged out of the station. On my way back the memories of the day, when she first went to school swarmed through my mind. It seemed like it was only yesterday that we dropped our little girl to school for the first time. Fourteen years had elapsed in between. The little girl was now soon to be a young adult, rejoicing in her new-found freedom in the college, 2000 kms from home. Years seem to have passed by in a jiffy! Suddenly, I felt a sense of immense satisfaction of having discharged…


6 Inspirational Quotes on Nation Building

By Somali K Chakrabarti Today as India celebrates its 67th Republic Day, the country honors the bravery of its martyrs and soldiers in the Republic Day Parade. For the first time in the history of  India’s Republic day Parade, a foreign (French) contingent has marched down Rajpath on this occasion. With the theme of women empowerment gaining traction, an all-women stunt contingent has performed during the event. Here are  some quotes on Nation Building to capture the spirit of Republic Day. I was nominated  by Shweta M of BODHI  – an awesome spiritual blog interspersed with esoteric/ metaphysical concepts. A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Beauty and Personal Care

Black Dahlia

By Somali K Chakrabarti   Image Source Cryptic, enigmatic,  Black  Dahlia, exotic like allure of nightfall sky   Black Dahlia is actually a dark red or deep burgundy dahlia. When placed with other white flowers, it makes for a stunningly attractive floral arrangement.   A Haiku is a Japanese poem consisting of 17 syllables in 3 lines, with 5 syllables in the first and third lines and 7 in the second.   Lei: A wreath for your soul  is a collection of short poems that combine elements of nature, philosophy, culture, science and spirituality. Take a peek here on Kindle Store.         If you believe that any picture on the site infringes your copyright, please inform and it will be removed If you like this post, please consider following the blog. Please like, share and/or leave feedback in comments below!  

Mixed Bag

My Interstellar Voyage

How do you feel when someone whose writing you admire tells you that they admire your posts? Well that’s simple! You form a Mutual Admiration Society. 🙂 Introducing co-blogger Sunita Sriram, and her blog ‘mydigitaldiaries’. Sunita calls herself wacky, a lil weird and offbeat. Is she? Read about her interstellar voyage traversing through the fast expanding galaxy of blogosphere, and find out for yourself.


The Age of Peace – Championing the cause of peace

By Somali K Chakrabarti What lures young people into terrorism? Can anything be done to prevent people from indulging in violence? Is it ever possible to establish peace in society? I am sure, such questions must have risen an umpteen number of times in your mind whenever you would have heard or read about violent terrorist attacks. Such attacks are mostly  orchestrated by people who are brainwashed by radical organizations to carry out the acts of terror. The indoctrination, and involvement of youth in terrorism is a highly alarming trend that seems to have caught up all over the world from Nigeria, to Kenya, to Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Paris, and lately Pathankot. The rising threat of terrorism leaves a common thread of concern across the world.

Brand Story

How these brands got their names

“What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” said William Shakespeare. Brand pundits today may not quite agree with Shakespeare though.  A lot of considerations and deliberation go into naming brands. A unique name or a familiar name that is simple easy to pronounce or spell, and is expressive as well, is known to improve brand awareness and brand recall. Some brands select names that appear on top in alphabetical listing. Brand names are mostly chosen to align with the essence of the brand. Here’s how some of these well-known brands got their names:  

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