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Let’s Meet A Real Life Superwoman During This Festive Season

We just completed the most treasured festival of every Bengali, “Durga Puja”. Every Bong has a special corner for this festive flavor deep in our hearts. There is a craving for the Kolkata crowds, the heart longs for close friends and family to be nearby and the rhythm of the Dhak playing “Ma er Agomoni” only adds up to lift your spirits. Such is the euphoria of Durga Puja that even this dangerous pandemic cannot dampen that Better to say this is the month of “Mahishasur Mardini”, which also happens to be our theme for this rendezvous with famous danseuse Miss Arpita Sen.

Much like Goddess Durga, every women possess’ extraordinary powers. When channelized properly in pursuance of one’s aspirations, these powers result in magical creations much like the dance performances of Ms. Sen. Ms. Sen is a popular Bharatanatyam performer. Her parents introduced her to Bharatanatyam when she was all of 6yrs and since then Bharatanatyam has been her Sadhana.She is also a senior disciple of Guru Dr. Smt. Thankamani Kutty (Kalamandalam Kolkata) and Smt. Girija Balagopal. Despite achieving such heights, she comes across as a very humble student of Classical Dance and our brief interaction with her runs you through her journey pursuing Bharatanatyam. Her transformation over the years from a mere beginner to a popular performer and teacher of Bharatanatyam in Kolkata has been a fascinating journey. In addition to Bharatanatyam she is very passionate about learning the Violin and pursuing Kuchipudi. Yet she was very candid in admitting that whatever she is today is only because of her love for dance. There were a few years when she was away from dance due to certain personal priorities and yet she found out that dance has never left her when she resumed practicing again. In her own words, it was Dance, which has embraced her with open arms as if she had never left it, and gave her all the strength and courage to passionately pursue it again.

Please scroll through for some excerpts of our  wonderful interaction with Ms. Sen.

Ms. Arpita Sen, Bharatanatyam Danseuse




Tell us about how the Journey began. Your early days as a student of Bharatanatyam?

Ms. Sen: I was encouraged by my parents who introduced me to Bharatanatyam when I was 6yrs. Old.  I was put into training at Kalamandalam Kolkata, under my Guru Dr. Thankamani Kutty. I was initially taught by the wonderful teachers who were senior disciples of aunty. I was very fortunate to receive my training directly from aunty (Guru Dr. Thankamani Kutty) and aunt’s niece, Smt. Girija Balagopal, lovingly known as Girija aunty. The journey of training under aunty and Girija aunty, their peerless guidance has given shape to the way I feel about dance and the impact that dance has had on my life ever since. I was always very interested in dance and music, and would look forward to my dance classes. I also had swimming and tennis as my other extra-curricular activities.

When did you choose dance as a career option?

Ms. Sen: Frankly, I never chose it as a career option, at least not back then. I was learning and dancing for the joy and love of it. I was still in school when I was blessed by aunty to become a part of the Kalamandalam Performing Wing. I stood second in a talent search contest, organized by the Nehru Children’s Museum and got the opportunity to participate in an International Children’s Assembly at the National Bal Bhavan, Delhi. The same year and in the year before, I received the Tagore Foundation Scholarship from the Nehru Children’s Museum. I did my Arangetram (Word from Tamil origin, meaning, ascending to the stage by a dancer on completion of formal training)  in 2003, following which I became a regular performer of the performing wing and had the blessed fortune of performing in various dance festivals in India and abroad. I was pursuing a degree in English at St. Xavier’s College at that time. I received the National Scholarship for Bharatanatyam from the Ministry of Culture; Government of India in 2005.I was also anchoring for several dance programs during that time. So one thing followed the other and led to more.

Did you have any apprehensions at any point of time while taking up dancing as a profession?

Ms. Sen: As I mentioned, I was quite caught up at that time in learning and practicing and performing. So, I do not think I had any apprehensions as such. I was going with the flow, was very involved in it and loving every moment of it.

When did you start teaching dance to students?

Ms. Sen: My earliest memory pertaining to this is when my guru asked me to aid the wonderful teacher in my sister’s Bharatanatyam class by facing the students and doing the basic steps enabling them to follow the lesson more easily. I did that for almost a year I believe. I share this because I was in Class 5 then and it is such a sweet memory for me. My first student happened to come to me when I was in college and that is how this part of the journey began. Thereafter, more children joined and a few years down the line, I was teaching children and as well as women of all age groups in Nasik as well as Kolkata. I was also appointed as a dance teacher in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Ojhar Nasik, where I taught dance to children from classes 1 to 10. It has been a great learning and loving process for me and what I love the most about teaching is the immense love that I have always received from children and everyone else. I treasure all the wonderful memories that I had the good fortune of making so far, and look forward to so much more that is to come.

Tell us about the different milestones you have achieved?

Ms. Sen: I think that wherever I have been to, in my journey, the love, appreciation, blessings and happiness that I have had the good fortune of receiving, are my biggest milestones. Therefore, such love and admiration for me is something I truly treasure.

My Arangetram, Receiving the National Scholarship, being a part of the Kalamandalam performing wing, performing at various prestigious festivals in India and abroad, and receiving amongst other accolades is the Kindled Spiritz Award given by The Dance India for Women Achievers on International Women’s Day 2018.

What are your achievements as a dance teacher?

Ms. Sen: I see the legacies of the illustrious gurus, the great dance teachers and there is so much to learn and know and convey. I feel further and further humbled and I think I would like to revisit and address any question on ‘achievement’ as it were, at least post two decades from now.

Whom will you refer as your support systems and attribute your success to?

Ms. Sen: My constant support system has been my sister Aranya Sen, who is my best friend, and my mother Smt. Tapati Sen, who is my pillar of strength. My father, Late Swapan Kumar Sen was instrumental in my initial years of practice of dance. My dear friends have always supported me too. My greatest friend, Lord Krishna, has always held my being through everything.

Being a daughter to a doctor and a teacher, was there any such pressure in your childhood to pursue a career in academics?

Ms. Sen: I was never pressurized to take up any specific career. My father would speak to me from time to time about some career options, which were, according to his experience, suitable for me. However, when I was seriously into dancing and performing, they supported me in pursuing my interest.

Tell us about the major turning points in your career?

Ms. Sen: My initiation into the Kalamandalam Performing Wing was a major turning point in my career. I am very grateful to my guru for that. It led me to learn beautiful choreographies of aunty and have wonderful experiences of performing, travelling, seeing, and learning. I think all those exposures and experiences shaped my perspectives. However, a time came in my life when I completely stopped learning and performing for a few years. Another major turning point came about when I was recovering from a major surgery and the demise of my father, happening back to back, followed by my divorce in sometime. This was a period of absolute turbulence in my life during which, however, I resumed practicing and performing Bharatanatyam, started learning Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi, and Western Classical Violin. As I always say, I had left dance but when I came back to it, dance embraced me and rescued me from drowning.

What will be your advice to all the aspiring dancers who want to have a career in dance?

Ms. Sen: I would firstly like to convey my love to all the dance aspirants out there. Do what you love and hold on to it, but try not to hurt anybody’s sentiments while doing so. You do your bit… practice, persevere and learn. Share others’ work. Share your work. Respect and love genuinely and it will reflect in your art. Open up your soul when you dance. Open your heart in your praise for everyone. Help others to achieve and help yourself too. Learn to work collectively. Be surrendered to God, grateful to your gurus and parents, and sincere to your dance. Everything else will fall into place, your aspirations and maybe more. It is a great blessing to be able to learn dance and music. Contribute to the society in your own way, through this great blessing. Best wishes and a lot of love to everyone.

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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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.

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 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

Meet Hafiza & Rakiba Sultana: The Sister Duo is A Must Watch For Their Exceptionally Melodious Mash-Ups

I have always believed in the fact that Talent knows no age. It is a God-gifted element that gradually nurtures and nourishes to bloom into efficiency. Today as I introduce to you this new section “Real Life Celebrity”, I would like to begin with the story of a young girl whose only passion was to voice out her emotions, expressions and every facet of her life through songs. She believes to define herself through the art of her voice and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration at all if I ever say that this young girl has all the talent to become a singing sensation in the coming times.


Before moving further, let us have a quick trailer of her mesmerizing voice.

Introducing to you Hafiza Sultana, a girl studying in 12’th standard who sings no less than a sensational star.

The magic of her voice not only lies in her ability to create a melodious magic from every song but also to recreate beautiful mash-ups that very few people can ever even think of.

Singing has been an inherent talent within her since long and undertaking classical music sessions since the age of 10 made it go strong.

The Other Lovely Half

rakibaRakiba Sultana, her sister, a student pursuing graduation in English Literature is also a forerunner of this magical talent. She too joins in Hafiza for her mash ups and undoubtedly when this duo sings, what you get is a miraculously melodious piece that would soothe any sort of mood.

Was It A Smooth Journey For This Duo To Follow Their Dreams?

Coming from a Muslim conservative background, their journey had not been a smooth bed of roses. In fact, it was solely their parents’ support that guided them to tread on their path of passion without facing much hurdles.

Kudos to such parents who believe to take their childrens’ dreams ahead crossing all barriers of so called caste systems and their stereotyping!


We wish this beautiful sister duo all the Best Wishes to prosper ahead and make their journey go along with their brilliant aptitudes and their “never to give up” mindsets.

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Sandeep Atre’s Socialigence: A Boon For Realizing Non-Verbal Social Behaviour

There was once a time when academic qualifications were enough to be a part of and sustain in a social organization. However with changing times, it has become a crucial aspect to realize and understand the social behavior of fellow colleagues when you are eager to sustain in an organization. This is not only the scenario of a workplace but in fact every other social or personal space where you are in constant interaction with pople. It is quite easy to crack and realize spoken words and behavior but what happens when the code of behavior is only a set of reactions? Well, in these situations, it is indeed a difficult challenge.

However during one of my interviewing sessions, I chanced to come across Sandeep Atre, a psychologist who holds in his bag of wisdom the key to all social behavioral solutions. In fact, Socialigence, an online platform strives to reach out to people who are indeed interested to crack and understand every sort of unsaid social behavior.

Before I pen down the details about my one to one interaction with this genius, I would love to enlighten my readers a bit about Sandeep Atre. Apart from being a well-informed, experienced psychologist Mr. Atre is a PHD scholar and is also the founder and Director of Socialigence.

Socialigence is indeed a one of its kind platform that endeavors to provide a complete end to end online tutorial session for amateurs to experienced people helping to understand the several intricate patterns of social behavior. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a boss, a founder or an employee, Socialigence has the solution for one and all with their curated and researched content and video tutorials. As Mr. Atre confirmed that “All the courses have been designed in a very specific manner and thus can cater to several profiles.”

There are pre-recorded videos on the forum where there would be tutorials on the interpretations of different kinds of behavioral code, for example the movement of hands while speaking or the touch of hands when a person is trying to make a point. A person can have access to all these videos as many times for a year and his understanding and realization of the video shall also be judged on a sample test where an exercise of 10 questions will be provided.

Moreover in case of any sort of interruption or glitch that an user faces during the video, he is free to contact or reach out Socialigence or contact personally Mr. Atre via mail for the clearance of doubts. Well such an interactive platform in the field of social behavioral learning is indeed one of its kind till date.


Coming back to Mr. Sandeep Atre, this had been indeed one of the best of interviews conducted by me. The reason is the in depth informative session that we happened to come across. The interaction undoubtedly established that he is a man of extreme genius when it comes to the judgment of social behavior.

When I asked him that What Interested him to Get Into Socialigence, his answer was simple but enlightening. It was during his Researching, he found Social Intellligence can be broadly intersected into Inter-personal and non-verbal communication. The field of non-verbal communication is indeed huge. For example, Body can show only the emotional state and face shows the exact emotion. In both anger and love, both will look at the person with the same intensity, so it is indeed a difficult task to judge the kind of EMOTIONAL STATE. And Socialigence’s tutorials help you to realize or judge the positive or the negative vibes conveyed by the emotional state. Since “word express thoughts and body express emotions” as conveyed by Mr. Atre, it is in fact a challenging task to interpret the latter one.

When asked about whether Socialigence helps to interpret social media behavior, well yes, Mr. Atre had an answer to that too. As per Mr. Atre there are certain codes of smiles and gestures that are decoded in the tutorials provided by Socialigence.

For example when both the muscles are exercised in a smile, we know the whole smile is a whole-hearted and true one. But when you come across Deuschen smile or a smile where only a single muscle is exercised, it is in fact a fake one. According to Mr. Atre, “When one needs to create a contact, it is only the exchange of factual information. But when one focuses to establish a connect, there is a necessity of exchange of an emotional information”. And thus Socialigence guides you to interpret this emotional information.

The role of Socialigence is also quite crucial for parents of today. Teenagers are children who are glued to social media and often adopt lies and fake stories for justifying themselves, can only be understood and analyzed if they are emotionally comprehensible. And yes, Mr. Atre’s specific designing of courses looks after that too.

Some Notable Achievements of Mr. Atre are:

Sandeep Atre has taken upon himself to venture into spreading knowledge and awareness about the impact of psychologist on people through CH EdgeMakers – a leading ‘Coaching and Training’ organisation of central India for close to two decades, as a team of close to 100 people.

He has trained more than 100 thousand students for ‘Soft Skills’ and ‘Entrance & Recruitment Preparation’. He is also a Promoter-Director of EduBirds – a venture in commerce education.

He  also carries in his bag of authorship: “Understanding Emotions Logically – A layman’s guide to the foundations of Social Intelligence” and “Observing Nonverbal Behaviour – An exhaustive guide to the essential skill of Social Intelligence”.

He has featured as a ‘Management & Motivational Speaker’ at various prestigious platforms like IIM, IIT, RRCAT, Rotary International, Lions International, National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), State’s Teachers’ Training Program, Academic Staff College DAVV, Police Training Academy and more than 100 institutions.

A noted blogger and an author of various articles, columns and research papers published in reputable magazines, compendiums and journals; he has served on various editorial and advisory boards, and has also been an ‘Executive Committee’ member of Indore Management Association and Associate Editor of its publications.

Thank you Mr. Atre for such an enlightening session. Interacting with you had been one of the most informative sessions for Social Connoisseurs.

Anamika Yaduvanshi’s ‘ASTITVA’: A Platform for An Independent Identity

A few days, I came across Astitva, a NGO, reaching out to women of the underprivileged sections, trying to make them capable and independent of living a better life. In the present days of women empowerment and emancipation, many a women are coming out of their domestic shells in order to redefine their lives or attribute their identity a dignified living. However while women of the upper classes or upper middle classes or even the usual middle classes can cross their domestic barriers easily for their education and standards of living, it becomes a problem for the deprived sections of the society.


During my blogging career, I have met various personalities and dignitaries; however the tryst with Astitva and its members had left quite indelible imprints on my memory. Anamika Yaduvanshi, the lady behind this beautiful creation, has tried to bring together the like minded girls who would be keen to ascertain an individual identity. With such inspiring minds as members, Anamika Yaduvanshi’s Astitva seeks to reach out to those girls and women helping them to discover a true identity.


Most of the times, we come across deprived women who due to their inconsistent educational background are not able to attain a financial stability. The result is they have to dependant solely on their husbands or the earning guardian of the family. At Astitva, they are extended a platform to learn vocational skills like crochet crafts, handiworks and other professional skills that would enable them to pitch a source of financial income in the long run.

Anamika Yaduvanshi, a celebrated life coach and Tarot card reader has been able to rekindle a new hope amidst these women by directing their dreams. A glimpse through their works and their indomitable spirits made me understand how privileged we are to enjoy a comparatively smooth and seamless life.


The bag of credits definitely goes to Anamika Yaduvanshi who by her serious and strong efforts have moulded better hopes for these beautiful lives. Astitva has put up exhibitions and their products have received great response. A day in the company of Astitva has been indeed a memorable one witnessing so many hopeful smiles brought about by a super woman like Mrs. Yaduvanshi.

Meet Ritu Agarwal: An Iconic Voice Redefining The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Number


Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, the recently released song from the voice of Arijit Singh has been topping the playlists of many music fans. In fact the lyrics, the soothing voice of Arijit Singh and the shinning cast of the flick makes it a more appealing number.

However leaving behind the hyped Arijit Singh, let us introduce to you another singer whose YouTube video has redefined the number with her soothing voice.


Image Credits: Voice India

Introducing to you Ritu Agarwal, the veteran singer from Voice India whose video has managed to achieve 2,00,000 views only within a week of its upload.

Going through this video personally has proved that she is going to make a promising statement in the long run.

Here is the You Tube Link to the song.

With such a mesmerizing voice, she is undoubtedly our Star of the Month.

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Meet Naaz Joshi: The First Transgender Woman to Feature Herself on An Indian Magazine Cover: A Tale of Ceasless Inspiration

The transgender identity has always been the “third” identity in the Indian society. We were lucky enough to come across a woman from the transgender status who carries with her a saga of ceaseless inspiration. Meet Naaz Joshi.

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India is gearing up in its thoughts and you cannot miss the fact that we are changing. A change that was long anticipated in the Indian line of orthodox thoughts has finally shown its traces. And here you have enough proof. Naaz Joshi, India’s first transgender lady appeared as the cover girl in one of India’s latest fashion magazine. Combining in herself the traits of a fashion stylist and columnist, a model herself as well as well as a model manager, Naaz’s transgender identity did not limit herself from being engaged with leading Bollywood fashion icons like Neha Dhupia, Riya Sen, Ex-cabinet minister Shelja Kumari or the late model Viveka Babajee. Kudos to her talent that acted as the muse to set her foot in the glamour world!

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Naaz’s profile is not limited only to her glamourous profession. It is her sheer determination and inspiring and never to bow down traits which made her stand true to her name Naaz, interpreting pride. Hailing from a middle class family based in Mexico,Naaz was born with her twin brother late Chirag Joshi.

In order to avoid the hush hush of the society, Naaz’s father had sent her off to one of her distant relative’s place considering the fact that she was born a transgender. However Naaz could continue her formal academics only till 8th standard since she lost her brother at an early age. Chirag had expired as a patient of cancer. It was then Naaz switched over to Delhi and started living with her family and taking charge of her brother’s business. A person who could establish such zeal at such a young age is indeed inspiring.

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Naaz’s Journey in the Realm of Fashion

The keen appetite for fashion was there in Naaz since a very early age that provoked her to take marketing strategies and public relation session from her dearest brother. This in the long run enabled her to pursue a career in the fashion spectrum. Ask Naaz how fashion designing happened to her and she says, “I was merely 12 when I started my career by designing beautiful diyas for Diwali meals. As soon as I turned 14, because I looked older than my age, I started working backstage for the Sunder Verma, Rohit Bal, Ravi Bajaj, Payal Jain and Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla shows. I was mesmerized by Madhu Sapre’s style when she was crowned Miss India in 1992, and soon I started following fashion institutes and event companies so that I could give wings to my dreams.”

Milestones She Covered

That determination brought her to Pearl Academy in 1998 where she did her first student fashion design showwith top models like Mehar Bhasin, Dipannita Sharma and Sonalika Sahay. Thereafter, Naaz got into NIFT and even won the most creative designer of the year award for her designer lehengas and got to work closely with super models like Noyonika Chatterjee, Bhawna Sharma and Lakshmi Rana. Continuing the story, she adds, “After that, I polished my Indian wear designing skills by working with brands like Ritu Kumar, Ritu Beri, Adarsh Gill and Divya Bindra. I have also done certificate courses in fashion from the Singapore School of Fashion. In 2007, I launched my own label and started retailing from a number of big stores.”

India is still stuck in its dark shadows of orthodox values that disrespect the third gender and Naaz could not escape the pangs of the situation too. She became a poor victim of the look down glances and the secret whispers. She went through breast augmentation surgery in 2013, sex re-assignment in 2014 and eventually a breast removal surgery because of cancer in 2015. Her struggle and sheer courage to confront such hardships prove that there is nothing to consider the transgender as an exception from the society.

The Dark Upheavals She Had To Overcome

Ask Naaz how difficult it was to face society and she says, “When I decided to undergo a change, my own so-called friends left me. I also worked as a cabaret dancer at night in order to feed myself. People used to hate us during the day but the same people were ready to pay a price for our glamour at night. I landed up in prostitution so that by working as an escort, I could save funds for the surgery. My clients stopped coming to me and I went through so much emotional distress that I tried committing suicide thrice but failed.”

Our society that boasts of a hyped growth and hyperbolic progress is still the same in its shabby thoughts and Naaz’s story is a true testimony to the fact. I still remember how my family itself used to give estranged looks to the third gender woman. Even I have met people who point fingers at the third gendered identity as if they are figures beyond creation. Naaz too had to be a victim of such circumstances where she was looked at with ridiculed eyes. As she says“I was never accepted by my family. Even today, there are many restrictions on me—no male friends, no socializing, no late nights, always wear covered clothes, sometimes I feel I am living like Cinderella,” states Naaz.

Finally The Silver Lining

Thanks to the legal proceedings when the Supreme Court validated respect for the third gender. Naaz could finally quit her prostitution career and pursue her fashion designing craves. She started her own company. This time, she was a one woman army, unapologetic, strong headed and one who wanted to rise in her career. Her indomitable spirits could not just let her down.

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Naaz stands as the owner of Naaz Joshi Designs and has contributed some great Indo Western fusion wear for women. Her styling hunger made her draw inspiration from Donatella Versace, who, like her, took over as the chief designer of Versace after her brother’s death. Naaz’s designing skills have made her a familiar figure in several fashion shows. Naaz now enjoys a broader social identity with high esteem and has justifiably won recognition of Miss Queen Mauritius, Wamba Diva of the Fortnight. She has also bagged to her credits quite a number of awards from several NGOs as well as magazines. As a grooming expert, she has trained more than 500 aspirants, including home makers, students, models, corporate clients and singers.

Naaz: The One Woman Army to Get Inspired From

Naaz’s work reflects it all and she has been constantly engaged towards the welfare of the community. What has been her learning in life, we ask, and she says, “My life has been a roller coaster ride full of emotions. I love it simply because unlike others who are ashamed to accept who they are publically, I came out in the open and took a stand for myself. I love teaching, training students and children—it makes me feel like a mother because biologically I can’t have kids.”

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Naaz reaches out to the society with a simple request from her end for the transgender identity “I beg all of you to understand the fact that we too have a heart full of emotions. At least, listen to us, as we also value relationships. To all the parents, I just want to say that may be your children have changed their body, but their soul is the same. Don’t be ashamed of them and don’t leave them in darkness as they love you,” pleads Naaz.

Naaz’s Message

Being an epitome of inspiration, Naaz has her future wishes and desires set. She shares, “Things haven’t changed and even today people laugh, make fun and mockery of our gender. It is a long journey and will definitely take about 15 years to bring some change. From my side, I will try and come up with concepts where each and every member of the society gets to live a life of a model for at least one day, possibly in a reality show like Big Boss.”

Social Connoisseurs wishes Naaz great luck and hats off to you lady for inspiring us with a tale of courage, determination and persistence. Hope we have more inspiring people like you in the long run.