Lei – A wreath for your soul

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Bumble Bee

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Buzzing wings over,

bright blossoms of red clover

flies the pollinator,

In meadows seeking nectar 

Buff tailed bumblebee!

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Unlocking childhood with shared moments of fun and learning

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Unlocking childhood with shared moments of fun and learning

Initiation to Learning

 

Hatey Khori ceremony is an event of special significance in Bengali culture. Held during the auspicious day of Saraswati Puja, a festival day dedicated to learning and education, Hatey Khori’ marks a child’s initiation into reading and writing.

This was the day when my daughter was initiated into writing at the age of two. Dressed up in a traditional attire – a mini saree with red border, she scribbled on a notebook in front of the goddess of learning.

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Angry Potholes Tweet to Complain!

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

June is the month when monsoon begins in Mumbai. As the clouds overcast the sky, and welcome drops of rain provide the much needed respite from heat, we Mumbaikars prepare to brace the monsoon.

This is also the time of the year when we have to prepare ourselves to wade or drive through waterlogged roads, maneuvering with care to avoid the poodles and potholes.

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Being Unreasonable may lead to Innovation

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. ~ George Bernard Shaw

 

Doesn’t it sound like an oxymoron in a world where being reasonable is highly overrated.

In all social and professional setups we are always expected to be reasonable and we teach our children to be the same.

Then what exactly does being unreasonable amount to? Does it mean throwing your weight around, picking up unnecessary tantrums or arguments?  Hardly so, as impulsive actions without any a solid objective does not get you anywhere.

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Image courtesy FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Why I decided not to switch to a self hosted blog

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

Over the last few days, I had been deliberating upon moving this blog to a self-hosted platform with wordpress.org. Having read about the merits of a self-hosted blog over a wordpress.com blog, I still wondered if it was worthwhile to switch over.

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Like most others, I started blogging as a hobby to Scribble and Scrawl my musings.

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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.

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Starting a New Life

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 By Somali K Chakrabarti

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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.

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