How to Develop Effective Communication Skills

By Bhudeb Chakrabarti

If any men were to ask me what I would suppose to be a perfect language , I would answer that in which a man speaking to five hundred people of all common and various capacities should be understood by them all in the same sense which the speaker intended to be understood   ~ Robinson Crusoe

 

Essence of Communication

Conveying effectively what you intend to convey, without leaving it subject to interpretation, is the essence of communication.

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D for Danone | A To Z Challenge

While Disney is the perhaps the best known brand, starting with D, but my pick for today’s  #AtoZChallenge for the theme ‘Brands that people identify with’, is Danone, as its healthy food products find their way into our homes.

In 1919, Isaac Carasso, started a small yogurt business in  Barcelona, Spain and named it “Danone,” meaning “Little Daniel” after his son. Carasso came from the Balkans, where yogurt was a dietary staple; and so he decided to introduce this healthy product in Barcelona.

 

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C for Coca-Cola | A To Z Challenge

Keeping in line with my theme ‘Brands that people identify with’, for #AtoZChallenge, the brand that I’ll write about today, is Coca Cola – the fizzy drink that is recognized by young and old alike all over the world.

This iconic brand, which is sold in over 200 different countries, was launched way back in 1886 in Atlanta, Georgia!

 

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Why I decided not to switch to a self hosted blog

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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Beauty with a Heart : The Body Shop | A to Z Challenge

The alphabet for today is B; the brand that comes to my mind is  The Body Shop. In line with my theme for the #AtoZChallenge, ‘Brands that people identify with’, my today’s pick is The Body Shop.

Beauty with a Heart‘ is what the brand stands for.

This company too, was found in the UK in 1976, the same year when Apple was founded in the US.

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A for Apple | A To Z Challenge

 

Apple turned a year short of 40 today. Born in a garage in the US, on 1st April, 1976, Apple grew up to become one of the world best brands under the care of its founders Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne.

First official Apple logo used from April 1977 to August, 1999. | Image credit : wikipedia

My theme for the challenge being ‘Brands that people identify with’, what could be a more apt name than Apple to begin my  #AtoZ Challenge with?

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I am taking up the A To Z Challenge

Having read a lot about the merits of a self- hosted blog over a wordpress.com blog, over the last few days I was in two minds whether to move my blog Scribble and Scrawl to a self- hosted blog or to stay put. Finally, after some deliberation, I decided against moving from wordpress.com to wordpress.org, at least for now.

But then, bitten by the blogging bug and ever ready to explore new options, I could not entirely rule out the option of starting a new self-hosted wordpress blog.

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So, today when I read fellow blogger Ruby Singh’s post on participating in the A to Z Challenge, it suddenly occurred to me what could be a better way to start this new blog Life11, than to take up a challenge right at the onset.

So here I am, taking up the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Since the blog is all about celebrating Life, the category obviously is Lifestyle. My theme for the challenge will be ‘Brands that people identify with‘.

I am keeping my fingers crossed in the hope that I will be be able to cover all alphabets from A to Z without a break.

Are you taking up the challenge?

 

Popular Heritage Structures in Mumbai

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Continuing from my last post on the Beaches in Mumbai, here I take you to some of the heritage structures in Mumbai.

Mumbai was once a part of the Gujarat Sultanate in the 14th century, was ceded to the Portuguese in the 16th century. The Portugese gave away Mumbai (Bombay) as dowry to King Charles II of England, when he married the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza, in 1661. In 1688, Bombay was ‘sold’ to the British East India Company by King Charles II. Thereafter, Bombay replaced Surat as the headquarters of the Company on the Malabar Coast,

The construction of the first railways in India, marked the British rule in Mumbai, as did the construction of many other grand public buildings of the colonial era. Mumbai has numerous heritage structures; most of these are located in South Mumbai, as historically the access to the city was limited to that area.

 

Here’s a list of some the most popular heritage structures of Mumbai.

 If you are planning a trip to Mumbai, you may want to cover these during your stay…and don’t you worry about your stay, as you have some good Mumbai hotels for tourists as well.

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Digital India – An Initiative to Transform Lives

By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

India is heading towards an internet economy worth USD 200 billion by 2020, that will contribute 5 per cent of the GDP.

– Report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

 

Digital India – A Transformational Initiative

The Digital India initiative, envisioned by the Govt of India, aims to transform India into digital empowered society and knowledge economy by leveraging IT as a growth engine to enable change.

With 850 million mobile users and 243 million internet users in 2014, India is all set to ride the wave of digitization and grow into a strong digital economy.

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Digital India | Image cedit :digit.in

Centered on the 3 Key areas of

  • Improving the digital infrastructure
  • Providing Services on Demand
  • Digital empowerment of citizens

Digital India Initiative, has the potential to positively impact the lives of all citizens of India, irrespective of where they come from.

A digitally enabled India can bridge the gap between urban and rural areas by virtually connecting far flung areas of the country and empowering citizens to avail services with ease from any place within the country.

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Vegetarian Fusion food in Singapore

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Singapore, symbolized by the iconic Merlion is a place where cultures meet and flavours mix.

The Little Red Dot on the world map, Singapore is the fusion of the old and new Asia, merged with influences from East and West. In this melting pot of different cultures, one finds gastronomic delights from many different parts of the world.

You can treat yourself to Chinese specialties, traditional Malaysian fare, Indian meals, Peranakan (Singapore’s oldest fusion cuisine), or try out international cuisine including Japanese and Korean spreads, Thai food, Arab delicacies, Moroccan buffet, Spanish bites, Italian feast, or French banquets.

What is more remarkable is that even for a non-fish and a non-meat eater like me, Singapore has enough to delight the taste buds.

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