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A Woman Who Weaved FAIRY TALES Proving “Age is Just A Number”

We all often think of giving up on our dreams when life throws challenges at us, but with sheer grit, determination and the power to pursue your passion, you never remain distanced from your dreams.

Whilst all of us plan for a retired life, the concept of retired life varies for all of us. Many consider a fancy retired life to be one where they can sit idle and ponder over the different experiences they have had in the past where as others consider it a time to pursue their hobbies, something which could not be done during earlier years of activity. Then there are those, who firmly believe that “Age is just a Number”. They are the people who prove that as long as you are passionate about pursuing a hobby it is never too late to implement it.

Today, we bring you the story of one such inspiring individual, a woman who weaved “Fairy tales”, Mrs. Juthika Nath. Mrs. Nath, is an octogenarian and at the age of 84 has recently started her own business venture of making unique handmade “Potli Bags”. Her venture sells these bags by the brand name “Thakumar Jhuli”, aptly named by her granddaughter Ankhi, which translates to the Bengali folklore, meaning Granny’s bags of Stories.

At a time when Women’s higher education was still not very prevalent in our society, Mrs. Nath, was way ahead of her time. She was a Psychology student from Ashutosh College, Kolkata. She had a modern outlook to life and among many of her interests, she know how to drive cars and loved playing Sitar. However, it was knitting which was her passion. She had learnt knitting from her mother and was so fond of it that even when she did not have knitting needle in hand she used to practice knitting using broomsticks. With no formal training in knitting, every design she used to weave were her own designs.

Mrs. Nath was trained in playing the Sitar and in Driving Cars

She got married at the age of 19.Her in laws family had 30 members. A “Joint Family“ household with so many members meant lot of activities as part of daily chores. As a result, she had to relinquish many of her hobbies and many of her interests had to be shelved but she persisted with her passion for knitting. Over the years, she used to weave bags and gift them to her relatives.

It was at the insistence of her grandchildren, who always encouraged her to consider creating “Potli Bags” and not limit them only to relatives but display her skill and creativity to all. This was the inception of ”Thakumar Jhuli” which since 2018 has been selling different designs of “Potli Bags” across various online platforms and the brand has been a grand success. It is available at all major virtual shops in social platforms and the varied designs of the beautiful “Zari” and Wool woven “Potli Bags” have been a big craze among youngsters who love to flaunt these bags complementing their dresses making it a perfect ensemble for all occasions. Furthermore, the bags can be customized as per the choice of the customers.

When being asked about how she feels about the over-whelming response she has received for “Thakumar Jhuli”, Mrs. Nath says, “I am more than just happy, I am grateful to each and every one for showering so much love and affection to me”. On her hobby of knitting, Mrs. Nath adds, that she even had a knitting machine at home, which she used, for weaving bags earlier but with age, she had to stop using the machine as due to poor eyesight it was becoming a problem. Thus, all the bags, which she is creating, are hand woven.

This “Young” entrepreneur has just proved all of us that opportunities can knock at your door at any point of time. As long as you have the vision, passion and enthusiasm for work, you will have the ability to make every opportunity count and show your creativity to all. Definitely, what she has achieved by pursuing her passion will be inspiration of all of us.

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“Abhay 2” on Zee5 Explores #TheRoadToJustice With A Tale of Spine Chilling Crimes & Twisted Mind Games: Abhay 2 Review

Zee5 never fails to amaze us with its stirring range of crime web series and when we are speaking of its gripping chain of shows in the crime stream, “Abhay” can definitely not be missed out. If you had been lured by its first season, hold on to your seats as this time Kunal Khemu Aka Abhay Pratap Singh makes a sharper, stronger and more impactful entry and is bound to leave behind some tough imprints on your mind. And don’t mind me saying “Abhay 2” is not meant for the weaker minds. The action is stronger, plots are sturdier and crimes are definitely more heinous.

To begin with, “Abhay 2” returns with a bang that is bold and a characterization that has been chalked out with meticulous choices. We have an ensemble cast of Chunky Pandey, Bidita Bag, Asha Negi, the veteran Ram Kapoor and definitely the constant overpowering, righteous lawman, Kunal Khemu.

Every episode unravels a different layer of abhorrent crime, a form that cannot be endured with bare eyes. While the repulsion builds up, the episode makes a sudden end with an unprecedented surprise, only to heighten the element of suspense.  Director Ken Ghosh and his stupendous team of writers definitely have constructed a masterpiece with skillfully woven episodes to implant a peculiar amalgamation of repulsion and curiosity that does not let you ever lose out the tension.

A Gripping Characterization That Holds You To The Core

Set in the interiors of North India, the action and bloodletting never runs out flat that aptly matches the tone and location. Kunal Khemu has definitely grown as an actor, and his avatar in “Abhay 2” as the righteous officer treading on #TheRoadToJustice makes him come out as a far more polished and convincing character. His perseverance to seek the truth and punish the wrong as an honest officer battling all odds, though does not add the superhero feathers, but rather makes him a relatable person who can go to any extent to unearth the reality and fulfill his responsibilities. Herein, lies the magic of Kunal Khemu, who never overdoes it, rather so subtly implements it that it truly convinces as an extension of reality.  Nonetheless, his steady restrained acting that is not ready to tolerate any non-sense makes him grab all the eyeballs.

Chunky Pandey has been skillfully used by Ken Ghosh in quite a contrasting way to his usual comic realm. The first episode commences with him getting prepared to commit a dreadful crime, quite contrary to his innocent appearance. Herein lies the sharp, creative streaks of the director who knits the crimes and the reasons behind the same in an interesting way, far beyond the comprehension of common minds. It seems every crime scene has been plotted with the finest of ferocity and severest of blood-mongering. Ram Kapoor, the central villain, though makes quite a delayed entry in the plot, but never fails to lose out in curating a flawless devilish character with his byzantine scheming. His fiendish smiles apparently seem so real that they instantly lead to some devastative spine-chilling moments.

We have the powerful presences of Bidita Bag and Asha Negi too, as some strong characters enhancing the strength of the plot.

Devious Mind Games That Sweep Away Your Mind

What Makes Abhay 2 The Perfect Tale of Nail-biting suspense is its brilliant integration of logic and action. While most crime scenes fail to strengthen the execution or the reasoning, Abhay 2 excels in both the fields. Every path arrives with a fresh twist and is not an easy nut to crack. For example, when the school bus full of kids gets hijacked by one of the villains, not only Kunal Khemu but even we as audience are put into a fix, scuttling for clues to realize the problem.  The construction of suspense is so strong and the implementation of crimes so brutal, that you never feel the plot running flat. Ken Ghosh explores the darkest shades of human minds, something which he had done in “Abhay” too, but this time the intensity stands out to be undeniably stronger.

“Main Churail Hoon”: The New Mantra of Female Empowerment; “Churail” Review

ZEE5 has blessed us with some of the most outstanding web series so far and one of its recent releases has once again re-established its strength as a superb content oriented OTT platform. If you aren’t aware of what I am talking about, well, it is none other than the freshest release “Churails” on ZEE5.

As a strong believer in feminism and strongly standing against the ruthless forms of patriarchal dominance, Churail could easily reach out to my heart with its robust feminism layers. Coming from the house of THE veteran director, Asim Abbasi, this Pakistani web series stands out to be one of the finest attempts in discussing the harsh footprints of patriarchy even in the modern 21st century.

The Protagonists Who Eventually Adopt The Avatar of #MainChurailHoon

So here we have 4 women from four different walks of life, whose lives knit together with the progression of the plot.

Meher Bano aka Zubaida, stands out to be of the most rebellious characters in a traditional conservative family. She aspires to become a boxer and attempts every possibility of transforming her dreams to reality. In fact, when her father poses her brother to be her bodyguard, she even goes to the extent of bribing him, proving her true rebellious traits.

Next, we have Batul, a woman who has perhaps seen the ugliest phase of life among the four, being a direst victim to cruel domestic violence by her husband as and when she could not fulfil the needs of her husband. Without any assistance or support from her in-laws, she was left with no other option than to murder her husband. She had been sent to the prison for as long as 20 years and then she was finally set free.

Sara who had finally made a quit from her successful law career just to find herself only as a wife to her super influential husband. However, she gradually rekindles the passion of resuming her law practice again however with the sheer discouragement of her husband.

Last but not the least, we have Jugnu, who had been engaged in a potential event management career, however due to unforeseen circumstances, her hundredth event did not witness flying colors, making her lose a number of associations. Moreover, when she decided to tie the knot with an African American Man without the consent of her family, things started to become more averse.

What Makes Them The Perfect #MainChurailHoon Avatars?

So how did their paths cross each other? Well, that’s what makes the plot more interesting. Things turn to be extremely thrilling when these fours rebellious spirits, undermined by the torment of patriarchal norms of the society, team together to open their own private detective agency. While in front of the whole world, they maintain this as a boutique designer apparel store, named, “Halal Designs”, however, their prime mission is “Aage Burkha, Peeche Bandook”. Under this boutique design store, their prime mission is to punish the masked men who actually cheat and abuse their wives in reality.

As the plot gets revealed, we get acquainted with the darker shades of life like repulsion for homosexuality, prostitution, transgender and crimes like kidnapping, abortion etc.

Three Reasons Why Churails Lies to Be A Must Watch

Voicing Out Strong Tones of Feminine Independence: Well, whatsoever progress we might have made in the field of technology and progress, true independence of the female figure of the family still lies to be a rare phenomenon. “Churails” strongly asserts the need of independence of women through its plot.

Exposing the Bitter Truths of Masked Patriarchy: Even in the present millennial times, the footprints of patriarchy have not erased completely. These women from their journey to the “hapless figures” to “Man Churail Hoon”, show how the authoritative male society has been a part of our lives constantly.

Women Are Capable of Anything and Everything: The final and the most powerful message that “Churails” communicate is that females just like men are capable of doing anything and everything with their grit and inner strength.

Don’t forget out to check out their episodes for a thrilling ride through superb drama and flawless characterization.

5 ways to Celebrate Your Kid’s Birthday During Lockdownockdown

Birthdays are always special. No matter how many candles are put on your birthday cake, the people around you will give that special pampering for your birthday, and if it is the birthday of your tiny tot then it is all the more exciting.

It requires more of planning and more of fun filled activities on to the list so that you and your kid enjoy it to the fullest. It is very much understandable that it is difficult for them to cope up with the present corona panicked scenario, but it is much harder handling their emotions of ‘ no birthday party, no celebration’.

My suggestion is, do not get frustrated, take your time ,kids will gradually understand the importance of social distancing and why there is no celebration this year!

With a little bit of proper planning, organized teamwork (involve your spouse and other family members), and by making those creative chromosomes to work a little more, you can throw a  very special birthday party for your loved one so that in the years to come he or she will recall it as one of the most cherished birthday.

So, here we bring to you five such exciting ways to plan for a birthday party for your kid amidst lockdow

  1. Food: It is impossible to think for a birthday without a cake. This lockdown time, put on your chef cap and try your hands out, baking a cake by yourself. Your kiddo will love to cut a cake baked with love by their parents. You may also involve your kid during the cake mixing session so that it becomes interesting for him as well. Make it colorful and bright by using gems or candies , dry fruits on top. For little grown ups it can be decorated as per their taste. Search for little miniature dolls or cars from your kids toy basket and use them to decorate the cake(Obviously after proper sanitisation).

Secondly ,menu must be strictly decided by the kid himself, that will make him /her feel special and which will help you earn some more brownie points as a parent .In case of a toddler who cannot express his/her likable dishes, you may  prepare the palatable dishes which you think they  like the  most. Be little innovative, you may decorate a small table top to make a snack  buffet arrangement, having small baskets of muffins ,donuts, cookies etc. You may also have different flavours of fruit juices or a make shift ice cream parlor set up.

2. Decoration:For decoration, you may decide a particular theme for your munchkin. It can be a jungle based theme like the jungle book or a visit to the toy land like Noddy .Bring whatever toys your kids have, like teddy bears,pandas ,minions and treat them as invitees of the party. You can arrange a small tea party for the toys with play utensils at your backyard. Make the most of what is available at your home.

For the older ones, you can make card board cut outs of their favourite super heroes or cover the walls & the doors with big stickers of the same.You may put up homemade woolen pompoms, party poppers, balloons and banners. Recently within this lockdown period I have celebrated my son’s birthday, there we had used chart papers to cut out his name and then filled them with sparkles. It looked awesome and he liked it too.

3.Go digital: This will need a proper planning as well as help from others too. You have to arrange a digital party for your little one so that he or she can interact with their friends via a whatsapp or a zoom app. Take the help of the other parents, fix a time, tell them to put on their party dress. If you want to make it more exciting you can make a goody hamper filled up with mini cupcakes, sweets, candies, party cap prior and send them via courier ( Make sure everything thing is properly sanitized before packaging as well as inform the recipient too to sanitize them).This has  to be done  earlier and make sure it is delivered atleast a day before the D-day, and it will need a lot of organized procedure involving many people but you may try it out.

One more exciting thing which can be done is to record various A/V clips of birthday messages from grandpas, granny’s, uncles,aunts and cousins.Compile them together and make the little bundle of joy super happy.

4. Activities:Plan some engaging activities for him /her. It might be something like tail the donkey, treasure hunt, plant saplings, colour with veggies, or chase bubbles in a bubble filled room.Let them make mess, no scolding at all please!

The older ones may not like this idea so you can have a cozy movie night on the couch having their favourite movies on the player.

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I have heard people even hiring magician to entertain their children in tabs.

5.Think out of the box:  Since the centre of attraction is your little kid,so you can have a performance round so that he/ she gets a bit more attention. They can recite a poem , tell a story, sing a song,dance or can have a fashion ramp walk. Whatever they are upto one thing is a mandate, clap ,clap and clap, i.e. give loads of appreciation. Other family members can also participate and spent a gala time together.

Also Birthdays mean we are growing up. So,why not teach some life skills and values to the children in these lockdown special birthdays.You can make  fifteen to twenty small pouches ( can add more if you wish) and tell your munchkin to lend their hand and fill them with masks ,santizers ,hand wash bottles etc .A day later someone from the family can distribute them to the needy and poor. This will help to inculcate in them values of caring and sharing.

Thus hope this will help you to plan a birthday party if it is now,  Although unusual still unique. Start preparing from now onwards even if it is few weeks ahead, sourcing all the things which you need.Hence have a blast with your little one and stay safe.

Researched & Authored By : @Urmi Chakrabarti Bhattacharya

Meet Ananya Indu Roy: The Lady Who Can Truly Create Treasure From Trash Perfectly

Still in today’s society, a successful woman is often seen through many different judging lenses. Many believe that prospering women in different fields glorify sheer luck, which has helped them to reach the pinnacle of success. The truth however is mostly always far from it.It is actually their sheer hard work, perseverance, self-management skills and love for their craft, which is the cornerstone of success. Their way of looking at things differently defines the difficult decisions they take and that ultimately results in defining the success stories we get to hear and read.

Here we have one such inspiring story of this young woman, Mrs. Ananya Indu Roy who despite having a prospective academic career chose to follow her dreams of art and makeup. Today she is a successful entrepreneur in handmade artifacts. Here is our interview with her.

How did all of these start?

I was good in academics but I was always inclined towards arts and crafts from a very young age. I have participated in numerous competitions at school and college level and have won many prizes and accolades. Post my graduation, I had appeared for TET exam, and have cracked it. It was at this particular period in my life, I had to think about what I wanted to do. Should I pursue the path offered owing to clearing the TET exam or should I follow my interest in arts and crafts. At that point, in my life, I decided to follow my passion and rest they say is history.

My journey as an entrepreneur was completely unplanned. I took this decision to follow my heart and answer my true calling in the field of creativity in 2012. At hindsight, it was an unorthodox decision of not pursuing an academic career and entrepreneurship happened instead. That crucial decision I would say was how it started.

Designing intricate fridge magnets and miniature figurines, as a profession in itself is an out of the box thought, how did you conceive this idea?

Home décor always has me excited. I have traveled to various expos, trade fairs, and exhibitions around the globe and everywhere I have collected those small souvenirs and mementos for home décor. These are things, which I feel fulfills the purpose of home décor and depict the cultural/geographical heritage of a place. In this correlation, I would like to state that I was astonished to find out that there very less home décor items available, which are based on the rich culture of Kolkata and Bengali people. This is when I had this idea where I wanted to promote our culture in my way by creating items for home décor with themes depicting my city and my people and selling them in affordable prices.

It had a very good response and many who bought suggested customizations and shared their ideas for improvisation. Their ideas I have imbibed them in my designs and I feel they have only improved me in my trade.

Were your family supportive of your decision to pursue your interest?

Letting go off a secure future as a Teacher had definitely raised some eyebrows and did cause some conflict within my relatives and over concerned people around me. However, both my parents were supportive of my decision. We had long discussions, we discussed all possible advantages, and downsides of this profession which I was planning to pursue then. Therefore, I was able to make an informed choice thanks to my parents. Their support made me even more determined in my decision.

What were the initial feedback?

From the very beginning, people started praising my creations. My artwork is a reflection of my personality and it really felt good when I saw some happy faces around me loving my work. My customers who are more like my family now are actually my biggest source of inspiration.

What keeps you going?  

I am that kind of a person who is always in search of something new, and love to explore new ways of depicting my culture. I am always in constant search of doing something to match the standards of my own expectations and this zeal of doing something off beat is my biggest motivation that keeps me going.

What are your future aspirations?

My business venture Simply Chic Crafts is already flourishing by God’s grace. Pan India shipping is taking place. We have also started shipping them outside India and we are seeing very good responses from all. I expect this venture to continue growing and hope to fulfill everybody’s expectations.

I am also venturing into making designer handmade soaps and aesthetic home décor accessories, which can actually be customizable as per my customer’s knack and taste.

What is your message for other young entrepreneur and artists?

Do not stop dreaming. Give shape to your dreams by following your heart and every other thing will fall into its place. Turn your drawbacks into your strengths, if you are truthful and loyal in your work then no matter what you do, you will find that you are able to touch the intangible and achieve the impossible.

Have a Playful Rakhi with WinMagic Toys!

The festival of Rakhi is around the corner and what better excuse can you get to add the magic of play to your home! The most as special bond should be kept alive with nurture and play.

We have curated for you some of the best toys and games that you can gift your sister or brother this Rakhi! Trust us, these are deals that you won’t want to miss! So, go ahead, buy that gift and become the most popular sibling in your family.

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WinMagic Games

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14 Year Old Souraj & His Supermom Proved Nothing is Impossible Through Their Indomitable Spirits

Parenting is a difficult task , everyday is a new challenge. You discover new avenues, face unexpected horizons and yet decide to brush away all the hazards and continue the journey of motherhood like a pro.

And one such pro in the journey of motherhood is Sudeshna Chakrabarti, a strong spirited lady who has lived beyond all the inhibitions, being the mother of  14 year old son, Souraj , an autistic kid ,who also happens to be a brilliant  baker.

How Did She Tackle The Society’s Curiosity?

When asked that how did she manage to escape the raised eyebrows of the society she nailed it saying, “ I just don’t care what people have to say about my son . Let them keep their valid opinions in their pockets.”

Sudeshna is a woman who inspires us to the core. She never wanted to be someone to be sympathised with. All she wanted an all-inclusive space for Souraj and herself in the society.

Recalling one past incident on this, where she went to a café, with her son and a group of women started gossiping about him. She noticed that and told her son to greet them and then smartly answered their gossiped about queries.

Sudeshna smartly stated that Souraj is just like any other normal kid posessing some different abilities known as autism. In case they want to get more information regarding this they may Google it.

Now that’s what we call a smart SuperMom who knows how to handle these gossiping aunties.

But Was It An Easy Journey For Sudeshna?

Just like any other mom, it wasn’t initially easy for Sudeshna. At first when she came to know about his problem Souraj was two and a half years old. Sudeshna was practically clueless. She came to know the term for the first time. But, she was determined, no matter to  what extent she might need to go, she will always be there for her son and promised to give him a wonderful childhood.

However it is this repetitive nature of Souraj was something that worked in his favor. While Sudeshna was trying to explore what could actually work out for Souraj, she started noticing Souraj’s eager interest in Sudeshna’s culinary skills.

How Did Souraj Become A Baker?

“ He used to be very much repetitive , annoying and nagging at times. Whenever he asked for something, before the word fell from his mouth, he wanted that to be in front of him. I had lots of patience,but at times I too got irritated  and but I never gave up”.

One thing which she noticed about Souraj is that he was a very good observer, specially when she used to cook. He would follow every minute step , and would recall sequentially. And Eureka! Sudeshna now knew what actually aligns with Souraj’s interest.

Previously she had tried many a times to explore his interest or passion by introducing him to art, music ,yoga but he never responded so diligently. Now seeing Souraj’s knack she took it as golden opportunity to make it a turning point of his life. Souraj initially starte with easy flame less recipies, which he prepared flawlessly.

Using a gas stove or flame was strictly a no no ,as it might cause any accident , moreover it may shatter his confidence. So, Sudeshna thought of introducing baking cakes for him, and involved him too. He actively participated and wanted to bake more. Seeing him so much enthusiastic, Sudeshna  tried to write the entire recipe in a pictorial format to nurture his interest and make his comprehension easier.

Gradually  he became brilliant at it, and to make his culinary skills polished she sent him to bakery classes to make sure he learns to follow instructions given by others too.

Baking a cake certainly assumed to be Souraj’s biggest passion. After mastering these skills, this rocking mother son duo opened a Facebook page named Chef Souraj and started taking orders and yes they are now getting a huge response with a bunch of satisfied customers.

“ The main thing is acceptance. Once you start accepting your situation then you must be able to understand your child’s ability in a better way. The more time you spend regretting, the more you will miss the beautiful moments of life. It might sound cliché, but stop asking yourself why me? Instead challenge the obstacles and say try me, I am prepared for everything.” Says Sudeshna.

As a Mom, when we lose at maintaining patience and multitasking, this supermom is fighting all the odds with an indomitable spirit and perseverance.

Sudeshna says , “ Whether your child is normal or differently abled, do not force or push them into anything. They are like tender buds,let them bloom on their own”.

While the current scenario everywhere is that we see parents pushing their kids to live upto their expectations, Sudeshna stands out of the crowd. According to her, one must not try to compare their kids with themselves by saying how can he/ she can’t do this when I was a pro at it in their age. Instead treat them as an individual.

Teach them as a professional without being emotionally bothered with their failures. Let them self explore themselves, then only they will shine on their own.

This was the story of  the inspiring lady, Sudeshna who is planning to give a broader spectrum to this baking passion of Souraj,   so that it may reach to many such Sourajs out there and help them to inculcate their hobbies into professions, chanelling them to their source of happiness.

Kudos to you lady, more power to you.

Interview Compiled By : Urmi Chakrabarti Bhattacharya

This Single Mother Did Not Give Up At The Most Difficult Times And Now She is A Successful Entrepreneur

Meet Sandita Dasgupta!

She is a teacher, she is an amateurish singer, an entrepreneur, a multitasker, but above every role which she plays she loves to be known as Ritobroto’ s mother. She is a single mother of a 10 year old champ and is bringing him up  fulfilling all his desires with the best of her abilities.

She has gone through a failed marriage. While many other chooses to live their entire life adjusting and blaming their fate she chose to overpower  her fate and write the story of her life . Let’s hear her inspiring story.

Tell us your journey as a single mother.

I got married in 2007. It was a love marriage. I knew him for almost two years before getting married. But after few months of my marriage things were not like before, it turned out to be different. He started fighting and quarrelling with me on trivial issues. Gradually things started becoming more worst. I kept on trying my level best and always took the initiative to sort them out, but it was not fruitful. In the meantime I was blessed with a baby boy on 2009, I was struck with a ray of hope , thought of forgetting the past memories and dreamt of having a beautiful family life. But it was a nightmare. He used to be drunk everytime returning from work and started abusing me both physically and mentally in front of my kid.  We used to live with our in laws,but no one protested. He had no attachment with my kid, seldom did he look for his needs and requirements. His abuses went on increasing. In the meantime I spoke to my family,they told me to have patience and wait.

Back in 2012,when my kid was almost 3years old,one day he started hitting me in front of my son, he was in state of shock, afraid, and traumatized. Right at that point of time, I have walked out straight from that house and never turned back. Later on  continued with the legal procedure,of taking the custody of my child. I haven’t taken any alimony as I was determined that I will raise my child without seeking anybody’s help.

How did you deal with it initially?

Both of us we were intimidated by his presence. Although we were  unaware about what to do next still we were happy we with our decision.

Apprehension was there,about our society,relatives, about how will they gossip about us and might mistreat my son. But, instead of living every moment under threat I chose to move out. I was pretty sure of what I can do, had faith on my abilities, and my degrees. Only one thing which brushed my mind is that my son could not grow in that unhealthy environment.

Who was your support system throughout?

Undoubtedly my family, my parents, my brother his wife  and now of course my son. Initially they were also in a state of shock but they always respected my decision and gave me moral support. I used to leave my son with them and go out for seeking jobs at various places. They used to take care of him all day long. As of now, my son has become their entire world.

What were the problems you had to face?

By God’s grace I didn’t face any  such bashes from the society nor from my relatives. Actually wheather anybody gossiped about me or not I didn’tcare my only priority was my son and his well being. Initially before I got my job I was a bit frustrated and de moralised, I needed some financial stability, so I used to  do a lot of private tuitions. After getting my job in a reputed school nearby there was no turning back.

When did you think of Giving Wings To Your Dreams?

From childhood only I was very much keen about painting and singing. Art and painting was my passion .After getting the job life was stable still sometimes I had to think twice before fulfilling small small wishes of my son. So one day I thought why not turn my passion into my profession?

Back in 2016, one fine day I was scrolling down Facebook and saw some handmade jewellery page. I got very much interested,and thought of starting the same. Started with a meagre capital in hand,I have made only 35 pairs of earrings . I have showed them to my colleagues and relatives . Within a week all got sold.

My designs were liked by all and they told me to bring more of them and pre ordered too.  This gave me a lot of boost and motivation,and I seriously made my mind to sell them professionally. Gradually I opened a online jewellery store to outreach more people. Since my jewellery were unique and available at affordable prices I was getting a lot of positive feedback and number of my customers started increasing.

I didn’t stop over here. I have decided to broaden my horizon by making hand painted saree and dress material which also gained popularity among my previous buyers as well as new people.

Recently in 2019, I have opened my own boutique store,which is running successfully by God’s grace and I am now investing maximum time into it. All these were not possible without my family, friends, colleagues, and my well wishers.

What are your future plans?

My biggest priority is to raise my son as a well educated and most importantly into a good human being.

I am also planning to open couple of branches of my boutique to increase the reach of my products. Already I am Shipping my products throughout India and now shipping beyond border are on the cards.

What is your message for those women who are still adjusting in a failed marriage?

Throughout our society we see women being dominated and threatened.My message for those women is that come out of your cocoon and make your own identity. If you are not happy then do not live in  a life just being someone’s wife. Don’t spent your entire life under threat and dominance. Be self dependent . Love yourself, cling on to your passion. There is only one life so live it to the fullest.

Interviewed & Collated By Urmi Chakrabarti Bhattacharya

Meet Sharmi Roy: The Real Life Supermom Who Would Inspire You To Never Give UP

“To describe a mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” — Maya Angelou

They say that mothers are gifted with superpowers from The Almighty to fight with all odds that come in their own and their children’s paths. The Mothers can fight with all their potential till their last breath to remove all the obstacles that hinders their child from blooming. These superpowers are nothing but their inner strength, extraordinary courage which come from within which one musters during the course of the wonderful journey called motherhood.

Let’s meet, such a wonder woman, a brave hearted iron lady, Sharmi Roy who is keeping no stones unturned for the treatment of her 3 year old boy who is suffering from chronic congenital kidney problems. Sharmi’s son, Arnesh requires regular dialysis and this Iron Lady is planning to donate her kidney as the little boy grows up.

Sharmi stands out to be a figure who represents the sheer determination of a mother.

So here’s her story in her own words:

At first when you came to know about your child’s health condition, how did you deal with it?

I was devastated because it was my 2nd mishap as before my son Arnesh I gave birth to my first daughter who died just within 15 days after her birth .This time I didn’t wanted to lose my son . I used to question God that why I had to go through all these things. But with time I understood that I was the chosen one who can take the best care of my son so for that reason I started to take things easy and deal with patience because my one wrong decision can worsen the entire scenario.

How do you tackle all these situations throughout?

With times I have mastered the way to tackle these situations as I constantly keep myself updated with the information about CNS patients and also connected to groups where all the CNS patients’ parents are in touch with each other.

Who has been your constant support system?

I can’t really mention only a single person for supporting me my husband Arnab Roy, my dad and my mom all are my support system mentally, physically and financially.

How do you manage time especially having a new born?

 It’s really difficult in the beginning but now I have made a proper schedule for both my kids and try to follow that as time management is very important for me.

 What keeps you motivated, owing to the fact that you are an entrepreneur?

Success is what motivates me to do a good job. Knowing the fact that my hard work and perseverance will help me achieve greater professional success is what keeps me going. I want to challenge myself constantly. It is necessary to keep refining one’s skills and never stop learning .My mom is my role model.

What will be your message for other mothers?

 Every moms are best no special message only I would like to say that just  raise your kids with good values, inculcate good qualities within your kids from the very beginning and be their best friend so that they share everything with us .

Kids are like soft clay we parents can mould them as we want to, proper guidance will help to create a great future for your kids

An M.tech and PhD pursuer Sharmi left her prospective career only to carry out the bigger responsibility of a mother. Now she is the proud owner of a handmade jewelry brand “Goynaar Baksho”, managing her set up, looking after her two kids and strongly handling her son’s health condition.

We believe that’s the Superpower of A Mom: “Never Give Up”.

Interviewed & Authored By @Urmi Chakrabarti

Magic Lights Wedding Planners – Best Wedding Planner in Udaipur

About Magic Lights Wedding Planners

Event Planning Company Magic Lights Wedding Planners is a wedding planner in Udaipur who provide full wedding planning services, as a seasoned wedding planner with many years experience, they have created magical and unforgettable weddings for a wide range of clients. Whether a small intimate wedding or a grand destination wedding, their expertise lies in not only planning and executing those weddings and events, but creating a unique experience that couples and their guests will not forget.

Their specialties include wedding planning, whether for Gujarati, Punjabi, North Indian or South Indian couples; events such as vow renewals and corporate events for openings, awards, product launches, brand activations, galas as well as charity events.

Services

1.  Venue Selection

The first step of wedding planning is to select a wedding venue. Magic Lights Wedding Planners help their clients to choose the best wedding venue that suits the budget of their wedding. They also help them understand how the flow of events and wedding decoration will look like at each of the shortlisted venues.

2.  Wedding Planning

This wedding planning company can handle end to end wedding planning for you, which means you don’t have to worry about any arrangements, their team works hard to ensure everything goes smoothly while you enjoy the wedding with your friends and family. If you only wish to hire them for wedding decoration or hospitality services, you can request for partial wedding planning services.

3.  Hospitality Services

Magic Lights Wedding Planners provide hospitality services to assist you with managing hotel check in & check out, airport transfers and helping your guests during wedding. They also set up a help desk to assist guests.

4.  Vendor Management

A wedding involves many vendors like make up artists, mehendi artists, decorators, anchors, DJ e.t.c, and it is a time consuming affair to coordinate with all of them. Also, if you are not familiar with the city where you are getting married, it is a difficult task to choose best vendors. Magic Lights Team can manage all the vendors for you and recommend best vendors if you wish.

Three Indian Babycare Brands That You can Trust For Your Baby: Go Vocal For Local

Owing to the present scenario of nationwide lockdown,we could see how the economic condition of our country declining and deteriorating day by day. Our honorable Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi himself in his last address to the nation on 12th May, have stressed upon using the products which are manufactured locally in our country. The  new hashtag now taking rounds everywhere are #vocalforlocal , #madeinindia, #makeinindia which will be a new step towards making India ‘ atmanirbhar’ that is self reliant and self dependent. It feels really interesting to note that gradually people are showing enthusiasm seeing the made in india products. But, if you introspect into the mindset of the people of our society,a large section of people are totally clueless about the origin of the product. Sometimes they are actually using a product because it is used by them from their ancestral times. Common example is of the American brand Colgate which is a household name in our society. So,now the need of the hour is making people aware of our homebrands which are at par or may be sometimes better than their foreign siblings which will somehow help us to resurrect the falling economy of the country.

Whenever,it is about any baby products we always do cross check and make ourselves doubly sure about the authenticity of the products.Generally we rely on those top International brands which have earned popularity like Chicco, Sebamed etc. Let’s now inform you about those made in India brands which are grabbing eyeballs especially of mothers and women because of their organic formulation, authenticity and fairly affordable prices.

Mamaearth

Founded by the husband wife duo Varun and Gazal Singh in 2016,Mamaearth’s endeavour is to make 100 percent toxin free natural baby and skin and hair products.They have a vast range of products which are totally oraganic, natural, mum and baby friendly, free from chemicals. There is a perfect blend of science and Ayurveda in their products. The product quality are checked on international standards and are dermatologcally safe. They offer an array of products from nappy rash cream, mosquitoe repellants,baby laundry wash to serum, hair oils, shampoos for women, catering successfully to the need of both.

MotherSparsh

Conceptualised and founded by Rishu Gandhi an entrepreneur in the year 2016, Mother Sparsh as the name suggests is the healing touch of a mother, be it either your own mother or mother nature.

They claim to bring eco friendly, skin friendly natural products specially made for babies delicate sensitive skin and protect them from redness, rashes, dryness and allergies. The active ingredient are definitely different natural extracts formulated in the appropriate proportion with scientific technology. One of the best selling products of Mother Sparsh is their water based wipes which is made up of natural plant based fabric and purified water. There is no compromise with the quality of the products and use of chemicals is a big no no for them.

The Moms Co

If we are talking about fostering Indian baby care products then how can we forget The Moms Co. launched in the year 2017 by the power couple Malika and Mohit Sadani, Mom’s Co. delivers baby and mom care products which are dermatologcally tested hypoallergenic,and toxin free.

They bear a certificate after passing through stringent testing procedure from Australia. Furthermore products undergo microbial tests to ensure they are free from heavy metals, mineral oil, microbial growth. Recently the newbies of Moms Co. are prenatal care kit to aid pregnant women. Their vision is to make a one stop destination for pre Natal, post natal and baby care ranges.

Thus let’s hail ‘ Make in India’ and promote more and more indigenous products. Next time before you start worrying about which product to choose for self care  or for your baby try these brands for a better experience and also share and make others aware so that together we can take  a step towards upliftment of the Indian economy.

Author: Urmi Chakrabarti

Difference Between A Micellar Water & Toner That Every Skincare Buff Should Know

Girls out there,raise your hands if you claim yourself to be a complete skin care freak and get worried with the sign of a minute pimple popping out in your face and start your own DIY hacks. Well, if you are a part of the crowd, then you must be vulnerable to a chain of experiments with new products. But sometimes, unknowingly we cause a lot of damage to our skin due to our frequent adoption of products without having a proper knowledge of what to use  when .One such confusing skincare practice is the use of micellar water and toner, what are their differences and how to use each let’s clear that up.

While both the micellar water and toner seem to be extremely similar whether in texture, consistency or use, both of their purpose in your skincare regime is extremely different.

Micellar water is a multipurpose cleaning product made up of purified water and small particles of cleansing oil called micelles . Their sole purpose is to free your skin from all the impurities and keep its natural goodness intact. So it’s a one stop solution that removes make up ( even the stubborn waterproof eye makeup),grease,oil,dirt and cleanses and tones your skin.

On the other hand, toner is that refreshing component for your skin which should be used just after you have cleansed your face .It contains more oxygen and hydrogen than water and skin loving ingredients like glycerine and antioxidants formulated in it. It works on maintaining pH level, shrinking pores,providing hydration. Many toners are filled with natural ingredients like aloevera, mint etc. that your skin is bound to fall in love with.

Should I Use Micellar Water or Toner?

Well, if you are thinking of choosing between one of them for your skincare, then you are not on the right path dear.

If Micellar water marks the prologue to your skincare regime, toner is the epilogue. Well in simpler words, your beauty regime should follow the golden rule of starting all the way with cleansing with micellar water followed by the application of a face wash, and then go ahead with a toner.

Hence the bottom line is micellar water and toners are not designed to meet the same purpose.The  truth is that they do exist two separate skincare entities and for very important reasons. So be smart and use them wisely.

Research & Content by Author: Urmi Chakrabarti Bhattacharya

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