How to develop self discipline: Lessons from young Indian athletes at Rio



In a country where official apathy towards sports-persons has sparked an outcry (at least on social media), the efforts of PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar have been lauded by one and all.

Each of these gifted athletes have one thing in common – a dogged sense of self discipline.

Their passion has fueled their drive to become the best at what they do. And becoming the best at something requires a superlative resolve, determination and self discipline.

While for most of us, a work day includes getting up in the morning by about 7 – 8 AM, going to work, eating 3 – 5 meals, working, meeting a few friends, socializing a bit, getting back home and dozing off,  these young athletes have stuck to tough regimen for years together, denying themselves even of small pleasures such as having a favorite dish or surrounding themselves with gadgets and accouterments that teenagers take for granted.

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Puffin – The clown of sea

Puffin – The clown of sea

By Somali K Chakrabarti


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Inspired by the post SALTEE ISLAND: BIG ADVENTURE 2016 by IneseMj and a poem by Poet Rummager


A dash of red, orange rosette

A painted bill, matching webbed feet

The swimmer skilfully rides the waves 

In a tuxedo coat, it dives for the fish 

A sea parrot, or a clown of sea? 

The Puffin flies with swift wing beats!!


© Somali K Chakrabarti, 2016

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Have a good night’s sleep with SOFY Bodyfit Overnight


‘Good night sleep tight don’t let the bedbugs bite’

Bedbugs can surely ruin your good night’s sleep; for a woman, so can the unease of getting a night time stain. If you are a woman reading this, then you would know how uncomfortable it is to wake up in the middle of the night, disrupting your cozy sleep, and dash to the bathroom for changing napkin to avoid staining during night hours. This can be particularly troublesome when you are traveling or camping. You may be sleeping flat on your back with little movement, or you may have devised ingenious ways to skirt the issue by using double napkins, towels or tissues, but the trouble doubles if you are prone to rashes or irritation.

So far, in India, the concept of separate packs for day and night usage did not exist.

Then, with the changing lifestyle came SOFY Bodyfit Overnight!

Launched by Unicharm, a market leader in baby and feminine care products in Japan, SOFY Bodyfit Overnight is a napkin meant specially for night usage. To think of it, if people can use separate face cream for day and night, why not use separate napkins for day & night?

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‘Budhia Singh: Born to Run’ – The story of a child prodigy


By Somali K Chakrabarti

What happens when a child is bestowed with incredible talent that tremendously surpasses the ability of others? Chances are that such a child is declared as a prodigy. According to wikipedia, child prodigy refers to a child, who under the age of ten produces meaningful output in some domain to the level of an adult expert performer. Wolfgang Mozart started composing at the age of three. Pablo Picasso is known to draw before he could talk. He made his first oil painting at the age of nine.

While some child prodigies grow up to become eminent individuals, not all children who are identified as prodigies grow up to be extraordinary adults. Prodigies may receive a lot of fame and adulation in the childhood, but more than adulation, they need support and resources to realize or surpass the promise shown in the childhood.

Many such issues arise in the movie Budhia Singh– Born to run, based on the true story of Budhia Singh, a boy from Odisha, whose name was listed in the Limca book of Records as the world’s youngest marathon runner in the year 2006.

Budhia Singh: Born To Run

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By Somali K Chakrabarti


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On a pitch dark night
From far, a mechanic spots
Speeding buses, disappearing lights.
The raging river washes away
Chunks of an old river bridge
On the highway;
He raises an alarm-
Next day, the accident, lost lives
become a part of the news print.
A freak  incident  –
Or may be an audit lapse;
A failure to foretell the imminent collapse
of a decrepit bridge in heavy rains!
Individual valour saved many a lives
where a part of the system took a nosedive!



© Somali K Chakrabarti


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Factors to consider while buying a term insurance plan

Factors to consider while buying a term insurance plan

You don’t buy life insurance because you are going to die, but because those you love are going to live. ~ Unknown author.


A Term Plan is the purest form of life insurance that provides financial protection to your family members. It will help your family meet their financial needs arising due to household expenses and repayment of loans in your absence.

When you consider buying a term plan, you need to be fully aware about the benefits provided by a term insurance plan and the required sum assured. The life cover you choose, when deciding on the term insurance plan, should help your family to maintain their current lifestyle, and take care of all your liabilities like repayment of home loan, EMIs, credit card bills etc., while keeping in mind the decrease in value of money due to  inflation.



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