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‘Making Friends with the Crocodile’ by Mick Canning

By Somali K Chakrabarti   Prejudices, biases and gender inequalities have always existed in our society, and from time to time these come to the fore front. But, when such points are raised by foreigners, there is always a risk that the writer may succumb to temptation of stereotypical or caricaturish portrayal of the characters or the culture of a country. Making Friends with the Crocodile, written by Mick Canning is a book that highlights gender inequalities prevailing in a North Indian village. Steering clear of stereotypes, the book depicts lives of people in a normal village family, and the conditions that not only dissuade a woman from reporting an assault, but also subjugate her further by holding her responsible for it. Making friends with Crocodiles is available on Amazon.  Here’s a bit about the author. Mick Canning is an Englishman, who has traveled extensively in North India, Nepal and the Middle East. Mick finely captures the essence of these places in words and in pictures in his blog that goes by his name. I have always enjoyed reading his posts on Bodhgaya, Varanasi, Sarnath, and Punjab. While I had been intending to read his book since quite some time, I managed to do so…

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Mathematics and Poetry – What’s the connection?

By Somali K Chakrabarti   “The mathematician destroyed all the poetry of the rainbow by reducing it to its prismatic colours.” is how Newton was once referred to by noted poets of his time. Poet William Blake had once said, “God is not a Mathematical Diagram“. But a flower surely is! Mathematics defines the shape of spirals and curves of sea shells, sunflower heads, wherein poetry describes their beauty.

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Rexit : Goodbye RBI Governor Rajan

By Somali K Chakrabarti   The economy was in tatters, inflation was sky high When, Raghuram Rajan was placed at the helm of the RBI While the nation swooned on his charm he had to prove his mettle, walking on a rope tight challenges were aplenty; he put up a tough fight –   His actions bore the fruits – the situation is no longer fragile Inflation has halved, reserves have swelled, and currency stabilized, It was but natural that people were keen that Rajan would hold his second term on the Mint Street, for a time window in which the economy would completely heal   Yet as he bids goodbye, the send-off is left unexplained People are upset, feeling the sting and pain As a few in the power seats glee, and corner his credit It seems that perhaps he refused to play the game For the whims and fancies of some, merit loses yet once again   The exit of Raghuram Rajan as the RBI Governor has left people shocked. Yu can find the article on ‘Why Rajan’s exit has people worrying’ on this link on Eonomics Times   http://goo.gl/Y5B84m     If you like this post, please consider following the blog.   Please like,…

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Feline Quotes

By Somali K Chakrabarti   “God made the cat to give man the pleasure of stroking a tiger.”  ~ Joseph Mery Sometime back, I had written a post on ‘Po’ – The Little Kitten. It happens so that the playful kitten Po, now grown up by a few months,  has landed up at my house, and is keeping me on my toes.  As we are adjusting to each other’s presence, most of my time now goes in watching its antics. The kitten has peculiar habits with strange feline ways of communicating and emoting. There is a silent mystery about the creature as it disappears within the flash of a second and sneaks into the weirdest corners of the house, finding a new place to hide every day. At other times, it makes itself particularly endearing by playfully rolling on its back and rubbing its head on our feet and purring, on being petted. It butts its head, suddenly comes running and bumps me, sits on my desk, does high five, stares continuously and then blinks, curls up and sulks when scolded.  Going by the saying that when a cat bumps you and rubs against you, they “claim” you by leaving a bit…

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Frosty Beverages

By Somali K Chakrabarti In the sweltering summer heat How we pine for a cool retreat! Some savory cold drinks To beat the scorching heat!! Frosty beverage treats Punches and Smoothies Topped with refreshing cream To bring in a wintery feel !! Watermelon, lychee, Strawberries, tiramisu, and apple tangy green!! Now, what are we waiting for? It’s time to rush in… Where?  To find out about these delicious beverages, please read the post  Take on the Summer on Life11

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Small Acts Of Care Fuelled by Love

The Pull of gravity Cannot be seen, yet it is felt In the form of Gravitational Waves Ripples flow through the fabric of space In a way alike, good vibes link hearts, Build ties in the strangest ways A heart-warming smile, A gentle touch, An act of care, A warm Hug, Break barriers, rise above frontiers, form deep Bonds #FuelledbyLove  

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A Dance With The Corporate Ton by Lata Subramanian

‘What is expected of me?’ This is a question that often comes to the mind of employees while working in an organization. Only sometimes the answer is clear but most of the times employees are left wondering as to what the implicit expectations are, and what it takes to smoothly navigate through the journey in the Corporate World.  

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Humble and talented

Blogosphere is a place where we get to connect with some amazing people, whom we would not have otherwise known. These connections lead to sharing of experiences, perspectives, sometimes heart to heart talks and learning from each other. The best thing is the chain of connection that develops with like minded people spanning across the globe. Here I reblog this post in which Lynn, an amazing woman living in the Middle East, a mother of 9 kids, an excellent cook and a very active blogger decided to introduce me with her connections. Thank you so much Lynn. I need to learn the secret of such efficient multitasking from you.

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Why Do People Seek Love Outside Marriage

By Somali K Chakrabarti   Going a little offbeat from the usual kind of posts on this blog on the occasion of Valentine’s Day, when the idea of Love pervades the atmosphere and fills up most of the heart space, I present here a topic, the occurrence of which may not be as infrequent as we may think/want it to be. This guest post is written by Sarbani Chowdhury, a Clinical Psychologist with the Indian Air Force. Sarbani draws from her experience of counselling couples who have been involved in relationships outside their marriage, and shares her observation on why people sometimes seek love outside their marriage. Read on what Sarbani has to say…   Image Source Extramarital affairs are nothing new in human society. Despite all the social disapproval and taboos, one out of every seven marriages face this. As a therapist, I have come across a large percentage of my clients, who are involved in extramarital affairs. It urged me to explore how affairs get started, what goes on in married people’s lives that lead them to have an affair. Clients, both from civil corporate society and military organisations were interviewed. Surprisingly, those who are or have been in affairs expressed that it helped them to know their self-worth better and gave them…

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