By Bhudeb Chakrabarti India, in the 19th century, witnessed the peak of Britain’s colonial era, with the administration of the country shifting from the East India Company to the British Empire in the mid-19th century. This was also the period in which the many reform movements were initiated in an attempt to clear the web of archaic traditions and practices trapping the society. Born in this age was Ishwarchandra Bandyopadhyay, a crusader of change in the Indian society. A polymath, scholar, social reformer, writer, philosopher and philanthropist, Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar was a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance that had begun with Raja Ram Mohan Roy.
By Bhudeb Chakrabarti I have always enjoyed listening to this beautiful, mystical bhajan, dedicated to Lord Krishna, which invariably soothes the soul and removes the effects of discord or disharmony. The bhajan was composed by Meerabai, one of the greatest Women saints, philosopher and poetess in India. A proponent of the Bhakti movement, Meerabai defied social convention in order to embrace her love for the divine Krishna. She chose a spiritual path for herself, and pursued it with courage and resolve, in spite of stiff opposition and insurmountable obstruction posed by the orthodox society. On the occasion of Janamasthami (the birth of Lord Krishna), here’s a look into the life of Meerabai, whose name is synonymous with devotion and love.
By Somali K Chakrabarti The need for brevity in communication has been stressed upon time and again. Whether you are making an official presentation to your superior or you are making your pitch, you are expected to be brief, and to the point in your presentation. Imagine the plight of a person who has to shuffle through loads and loads of files every day. Nothing could make him/ her happier than concise notes, with clearly stated facts that make it easy to comprehend and remember the key points, and the context in which it is being said.
By Somali K Chakrabarti People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar This quote by Zig Ziglar sounds funny for sure, but, hey read it again and you’ll not only find yourself agreeing with it, but may also follow up with the question ‘How do we motivate ourselves?‘ External factors such as recognition or rewards are a great source of motivation, but unfortunately we cannot always depend upon external triggers to find motivation. As a matter of fact, we have to face setbacks, deal with rejections, and yet we need to keep going. So, how do we motivate ourselves in the absence of external triggers?
By Bhudeb Chakrabarti The extract from the poem ‘Jhansi Ki Rani‘ by Subhadrakumari Chauhan, is an ode to the valiant queen of Jhansi, who had challenged the British to defend her Kingdom and became a leading figure in India’s First War of Independence against the British rule. Here’s a look into the life of the brave queen, a legendary figure in India’s history, whose name is synonymous with patriotism and heroism.
By Somali K Chakrabarti Entrepreneurship in India is a growing trend, spurred by the boom in e-commerce and rising investor interest. With this burgeoning interest in entrepreneurship, a number of courses, programs and workshops have mushroomed with the claim to help in turning entrepreneurial aptitude to the story of untold riches. How useful management education is, for an entrepreneur, is a question that pops up frequently. Can entrepreneurship be taught? After all, some of the biggest businesses have been built by people who never attended a B school.
By Somali K Chakrabarti Blogging as a trend is on the rise, with blogs increasingly emerging as a mainstream media platform. Whereas earlier the Blogosphere in India was heavily dominated by men, but now many women students, homemakers and working women are also entering the blogging arena. The availability of blogging platforms, formation of blogging communities and the widespread use of social media, make it very easy to start a blog. The ability to express oneself creatively through blogging is a reason that draws many people towards blogging. Blogging provides a means of personal development. Not only that, some skills acquired from blogging can also be put to use in one’s professional life. Let’s have a look:
By Somali K Chakrabarti Image credit On 27th July, 2015, India’s former president Dr Kalam passed away after he collapsed on the stage during a lecture at IIM , Shillong, Meghalaya. Born in a humble background on 15th of October, in the year 1931, in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, APJ Abdul Kalam joined Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as a scientist after studying Aerospace engineering at Madras Institute of Technology. He came to be known as the ‘Missile Man of India‘, for his involvement in the development of ballistic missiles and served as the project director of India’s first Satellite Launch Vehicle at Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), and was appointed as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of the DRDO.
By Somali K Chakrabarti Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. ~ Rabindranath Tagore [Tweet this]
By Somali K Chakrabarti The echo mocks her origin To prove she is the original. ~ Rabindranath Tagore [Tweet this]