WE’LL FIND REASONS TO BE TOGETHER

Hola people! I have just completed a revolution around the sun with this weekly column of mine. And so have all of you who have read, shared, liked, and discussed almost fifty blogs that I have churned out in this time. Charmaine, this couldn’t have happened without you. The freedom that your platform gives me to express myself, is precious and rare. This post has all the potential to become a never ending thank you note. But I shall resist

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RESPOND NOT REACT

Many a times in life we find ourselves in situations where we have spoken to someone in a fit of rage, but later regret our impulsive reaction. Working in a company, I had a lot of discussion with our clients which sometimes led to arguments with no end yet I stuck to my resolve of not losing my calm. There is a vast difference between response and reaction. A reaction to a situation is a spontaneous reply without any thought

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Poetry on Silver Screen

By Nandita De nee Chatterjee  Kolkata’s oeuvre in the fields of literature and celluloid are known all over. Many a trend has been explored, assimilated and spread beyond its banks. So it isn’t surprising that another stellar start has been made. Three happening contemporary poets have come together to portray their poetic vision on the silver screen. Kolkata Cocktail is the first big screen film on poetry. The three protagonists, poets all, meet in the city after a long time. Gopa

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EQUAL PARENTING

My daughter was around six, may be seven when she proclaimed that her Baba was the fun parent and I, her mother, was the essential parent in her life. Now this, coming from a confirmed Daddy’s girl, was a matter of extreme pride. I basked in the glory and bragged about it to whoever would listen. But then I heard myself and I didn’t seem to like it. Being called the essential parent effectually meant that she couldn’t do without

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ACCEPTING CRITICISM

I am the one who doesn’t believe in having a New Year resolution as for me improving ourselves is a lifelong process. Last year was a complete roller coaster for me be it my profession, passion and personal life. A lot of ups and downs were there and it all ended well towards the end, but with a catch. The catch was to accept the criticism that came in my way. Hence, 2019 became very special for me as it

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Ae Mere Watan Ke Logo

For this week, I had something else on my mind but then Lohri/ Sankrant came in and my WhatsApp was filled with hundreds of megabytes of til gur, pithes, pati-shaptas, bhogi chi bhaaji and huge thaals full of the popcorn-peanuts-rewri mixture. Then someone shared a map of India depicting the harvest festival, being celebrated across the country, just with different names. That got me ruminating. I have always wondered (quite often aloud) and eventually arrived at the same conclusion- as

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WORTHY

There is much pride in what I do. I believe in respect and self worth, Much like most would do. Sometimes I’m grateful, And sometimes not so much. But in my routine of living There is no time, to think or stop. The world I live in, has security. Secure? How? We all have the answer… Friends, job and family. I earn a living and come back home To eat, love, pray, And maybe spend time alone. People I meet,

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My note of appreciation

Hi I am Aadvik Beri and I am 10 years old Like everybody else. I also love my family a lot. I would like to appreciate my father as a playmate and as my best friend. We play a lot of games together and I really enjoy playing with him. On weekends, he spends the whole morning playing with me. But this year in July/ Aug, due to constant rains in Hyderabad I could not play. The rains in Hyderabad

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MOVE ON BEFORE YOUR GET TOO COSY

As we entered 2020, I wondered what my first post in the new decade would be about. As people took stock of the year that had gone by, their Facebook walls began reflecting their accomplishments and of course the mandatory resolutions. Somehow, I’ve stopped making resolutions since the past two years and I find it liberating. Not that there was a sword on my head but years of convent education and moral science classes have made my conscience extremely vocal.

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DISCONNECT TO CONNECT

When was the last time you laughed out loud instead of texting LOL? How about the last time you felt real joy instead of texting a happy face? Can you remember having a heartfelt moment and looking into the eyes of someone you love? Everywhere you turn, people are connected to mobiles, tablets and other technology.  They rarely look up even to cross the street. Family time is often spent texting, checking social media and answering emails. Even at a

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