By Somali K Chakrabarti “Mere Sapno Ki Rani kab aayegi tu….” This romantic Hindi song from the movie Aradhana, had enchanted hundreds of thousands of people from all over India in the 70s. Sitting atop an open jeep, Rajesh Khanna, crooned the lively song to woo Sharmila Tagore, who sat reading a book in the Toy Train, as the… Read More Darjeeling Himalayan Railways in the 19th century – Vintage Pictures
By Somali K Chakrabarti I am not an avid TV watcher, but often when I do, a remarkable advertisement ‘Will of Steel’ never fails to catch my eyes. This advertisement shows a girl, in a village in Haryana, getting up in the morning, putting on her shoes, and going out for a run, followed by… Read More Why Storytelling is a Powerful Business Skill
By Somali K Chakrabarti Lucknow, the city of Nawabs, was also once the city of adab and tehzeeb (etiquette and manners). Refined speech, manners, art, literature, poetry and “Nawabi” style cuisines once marked the culture of the city. The capital city of Uttar Pradesh, on the bank of River Gomati, has a cultural legacy shared by Hindus and Muslims,… Read More Lucknow in the 19th century – Vintage Pictures
By Bhudeb Chakrabarti The Birds Mystery Jatinga, a scenic village nestled among the Borail Hills range in the Dima Hasao District of Assam, is known for a strange eerie phenomenon. During misty and foggy days in the months of September to November, each year, thousands of birds come to this valley and crash to their death. As the sun… Read More Dima Hasao – Dreamland of Assam
By Somali K Chakrabarti 14th Feb is the day when love is in the air as people all over the world celebrate Valentine’s Day. Love, it is said, is what makes life worth living. Philosophers and poets have defined love in numerous ways. Here is a collection of some of my favorite quotes on love and life.… Read More 10 Quotes on Love and Life – Valentine’s Day
By Somali K Chakrabarti Shamitabh – the movie with an unusual name formed by merging the names of the characters Daanish (played by Dhanush) and Amitabh (Bachchan), is a movie with an unusual theme. Now before you think that this post is a review of the movie, I need to tell you it is not.… Read More 5 Lessons in Teamwork from Shamitabh
By Somali K Chakrabarti You are what you share. – C.W. Leadbeater The above saying has gained relevance, more than ever before, in this age of social media. Breaking the barriers of age, hierarchy, gender, status and geography, social media allows us to express our views, share ideas, bridge distances and connect with like… Read More Social Media on Mobile – Convenience or Addiction?
By Bhudeb Chakrabarti The monsoon set in quite early this time in the high hills of Mizoram. It was raining incessantly throughout the day and night in the middle of July 1986. Zemabawk, on the outskirt of Aizawl, was the location of CRPF headquarters. I was posted as DIG CRPF, responsible for overseeing the operations of all… Read More A Mission in Mizoram