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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

Website: http://arpitasen.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arpitakrishnasen

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzL1g_hMferMuRHn2AAWRQ

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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“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.

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

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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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

Watching 4 More Shots Please From A Millenial Mother’s Point of View

Hello dear Readers!

Hope you are staying well and safe. So a few days back, one of the most popular awaited sequel to  the hyped 4 More Shots Please released on Amazon Prime and I am sure most of my female friends were eagerly hooked onto their screens for a couple of days to complete this series.

Well, for those of you who are still at their wits’ end, figuring out what this web series is all about, 4 More Shots revolves around four girlfriends, Anjana, Siddhi, Damini & Umang who represent the Modern millennial woman and their respective lifestyles. The most appealing part of 4 More Shots had always been its relatable plots & subplots. Season 1 made us believe there is no Superwoman in real and it’s okay to make mistakes and fall victims to its consequences. And here is where Season 2 loses its power.

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I am a modern millenial woman, mother to a 6 year old toddler and share quite a liberal approach to life.  And that’s what kept me believing in all the four characters of the series. But Ladies! Time for some reality check in the Season 2! When you begin to watch the series from a mom’s point of view, things begin to lose their relevance.

Let’s begin with Anjana, who is a divorced single parent, living with her small daughter, raising up her little one and managing a high profile corporate job.

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While Season 1 ended on an abrupt note wherein Anjana had landed herself into a soup after drinking and driving and being put under bars. Season 2 has no explanation to what had actually followed after that night. There’s a very brief mention of how she actually got the custody of Arya, her 6 year old. Anjana is a top-notch lawyer who has a great settlement with her former husband and his present wife and hence she can keep her daughter, there anytime. And thus, she doesn’t have any hurdles flying suddenly to Istanbul or going off to Udaipur for her best friend’s wedding.  Sounds sincerely cool, right? We so wish, all divorced couples shared this amazing equation.

Unfortunately, throughout the entire series, we don’t find Anjana spending quality time with her daughter. She is the perfect epitome of a working single mom. But somehow, as a mother, you would fail to identify yourself with her. Well, late night parties, sleeping with her boss, being completely oblivious of her daughter’s presence is where Anjana seems to be a little distanced from reality.  And yes, when it comes to single parenting, there is a chain of problems the mother succumbs to, and in Four More Shots there is no mention of any real time struggles Anjana faces. I so wish Parenting was such an “Utopian” concept, Anjana.

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Damini Rizvee, the celebrated journalist is the second character, is now planning on her book, a controversial piece on some Judge Damodar.  Damini finds it quite okay to love someone else and enjoy sex with someone else. She finds it absolutely righteous to dismiss her sexual inclination{Milind Soman} at one go, when everything gets resolved between the former boyfriend{Prateik Babbar} and her. I do understand Damini, sex is a necessity, but using somebody only to get your desires satisfied is not quite justified, isn’t it?

Damini gets pregnant with Milind Soman’s baby and carries forward this pregnancy with some ideal idea of co-parenting. Seems extremely fascinating, but unfortunately, she undergoes a miscarriage. And right on the next day, we find her getting decked up for her best friend’s wedding. Please don’t judge me, I am not at all referring to her emotional status, but immediately post a miscarriage, it’s physically a bit impossible to enjoy a wedding. Herein, again Damini gets distanced from the reality.

Considering Umang, she is a gym trainer with a bisexual preference and she is deeply, madly in love with the celebrated actress Samara Kapoor (played by Lisa Ray) . I believe she is extremely well paid as a trainer, since she finds no difficulty  for her sudden trips to Istanbul or going for regular parties in her favorite bar. Also she starts rekindling the spirit of love in Samara’s life and finally restoring her life to normalcy.

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This goes to the extent of Umang cancelling off their marriage right at the time when they were just about to exchange wedding vows. She denies the entire pompous wedding just at one go and declares her real happiness lies in the company of her friends. Then girl, why did you take the pains of going through all this drama? For Heaven’s sake, please get your priorities right!

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And then there is Siddhi, the spoilt brat of Four More Seasons, as I prefer to say. Siddhi hails from a super rich family and thus enjoys the freedom to celebrate her depression in the lovely lands of Istanbul. Siddhi is completely confused of her identity as in she has no idea of what to do in life{except for wasting her dad’s endless pool of money}. She finally discovers her passion as a stand up comic, starts sleeping with her co performer and faking orgasms repeatedly. And then when she is finally proposed by the boy, she disposes it easily stating she has just learned to discover herself and thus does not want to get tagged as someones’ girlfriend. In fact, Siddhi’s character seems to weaken the plot since she seems to be a completely insignificant addition.

None of the girls in Four More Shots face any monetary obstacles, no struggles of coping up with career and balancing a family life and certainly no hangover troubles. Wish life was this smooth! As a working mom, when we are always at our wit’s end trying to master the mantra of balancing parenting, career and family responsibilities, these girls seem to have achieved the Art of Perfection. And how can I forget the overdose of sex in the entire series? Girls, you have really raised our expectations.

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But yes, Four More Shots deserves an applause for celebrating the colors of friendship. In a world where women rivalry is so common, it creates a hopeful land of beautiful friendships. Moreover, it keeps on emphasizing the fact that no Men is worth the drama of sacrificing your identity. Strength of womanhood and the blissful power of friendship are the only reasons to invest your time on Four More Shots for a one time watch.

 

How Can You Make Your Kids Invest Time In Constructive Things When They Are At Home?

Hello Social Connoisseurs Family! It’s almost quarantine time across the globe and I assume all moms might be having a difficult time keeping your kids engaged. Especially when you are a mother to a kid aged 6-12 years, it’s certain that you would always be surrounded by curious questions. And in case you are sailing in the same boat with me, trying  to strike a balance between work, domestic chores and keeping your little Einsteins engaged, I have an amazing solution for you all.

LEGOCITY

 

I have recently introduced my son to the World of Lego and believe me he is loving it. My son is extremely fickle-minded and it’s almost impossible to keep him glued to a fixed place for more than five minutes. But LEGO comes as the perfect shoulder to lean on for every mom, who has a hard time holding the attention span of their super active toddlers.

A Sneak Peek Into The World of Lego City Police Brick Box

I chose to invest on the Lego City Police Brick Box that contains 3 sets of different blocks that compile to the making of a Police Station, with a Police car, crane, a Police Motorbike etc. Every set comes with an instruction manual book that makes it all the more convenient for the kids to curate the construction.

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What Makes Lego Blocks An Interesting Option To Invest On?

The LEGO City Police Brick Blocks might at the first instant seem to be an expensive affair{Priced around 4000 INR} to indulge in but well, some investments are worth it, considering its fruitful benefits on the fertile minds.

LEGO actually comes as a thrilling activity for every kid. It opens multiple avenues for your child to satiate their creative thirst. Especially it comes as a challenging engagement wherein your little one thrives to get the best out of those blocks, exploring their logical, cognitive skills with a fusion of hidden creative energies.

Lego blocks are indeed an ideal way to keep your kids busy in an enriching way. They help your children to polish their imaginative skills & subtly assist them in mastering the art of construction.

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The City Police Brick Blocks is indeed an Interactive and Fun Learning Activity that improves Logical and Complex thinking & Problem Solving skills.

So next time you are free from this overwhelming lockdown, do not forget to introduce your little ones to the dynamic world of LEGO.

 

I Bleed and I am Not Unotouchable!

A Take on Menstrual Hygiene Day in India!

 

 

Hello folks! Today, unlike my other blogs, I am not going to review any property or voice out my experience with brands. In fact, this post is going to be very personal and relatable. Today, as we are celebrating World Menstrual Hygiene Day and busy in sharing social media initiatives concerning the same, there’s a huge section in the society who still do not know that menstruation is a common physical phenomenon. In fact why should I point my fingers at the society? Even when I am penning down this blog, I know I would not be able to be vocal about my cycles in front of my father or father-in-law. And when it comes to sharing it with the other elder communities of the family, like my mom or mom-in-law, they would surely pay heed to me in patience but I would be immediately barred from entering the Puja Room or bearing any sort of contact with “holy” things.

Yes, I menstruate and believe me there’s nothing wrong in the fact. Just like a 3 course meal is essential for survival, menstruating every month is required for the smooth facilitation of a woman’s body. But as I chant out these big ideologies in the blog, I am not able to understand many in my family that there’s nothing wrong in experiencing your periods. It’s a God-gifted phenomenon and thus there’s nothing to be distanced yourself from God during this period.

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I have always witnessed this typical “hush hush” of maintaining a deep ingrained secrecy in every family regarding menstruation. I still remember when my dad used to inquire my mom that why am I not doing the Puja that day, my mom always replied, “She can’t for 5 days.” This was enough for my father to understand that I am menstruating and he kept numb. My mom never allowed me to touch the cupboards during my cycles and the Puja Room was always a prohibited territory. Things didn’t change much post marriage since my mom-in-law too was from the school of thought. And seriously, I don’t blame any of them for the faiths they nurture. It is the society that has always been the sole reasons of superimposing these thoughts on them. And today, even when I call myself a modern matured millennial mom, super progressive in her thoughts, I still succumb to the “Period Rules” as underlined by both of my moms. However, I am always thankful to both of them for not compromising my menstrual hygiene in this Pandora’s box of traditional rules.

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Not much deviating from the topic, my focus triggers back to the same crux that in the Indian society celebrating menstrual hygiene day would hold validity only when we are vocal and expressive about our cycles. At a time where we have issues like extreme cramps to handle, control intense bleeding and incomprehensible mood swings to take care of, let’s not make things more difficult for us. Let’s not a red stain on our white kurta dampen our identity. Menstrual hygiene and menstrual education go hand in hand and a proper celebration of this day in India would be truly possible when we all can voice out confidently, “We bleed and we are not untouchable.”

Introduce Your Health to Functional Medicine in the “Daivam Way”

Wellness is an intrinsic part of our identity and keeping well defines not only the state of your health but also gauges the mental state. And ideally maintain a great health in the recent times is not an easy task to achieve. And as a working mom, I have loads to consider. Work to take care of, household chores to finish, family responsibilities and many more. And definitely my state of health keeps on going down the list. Certain lifestyle diseases have definitely become my companions down the way and depending on regular medication has been the only solution.

Fortunately, a few days back, I happened to come across Daivam Wellness Centre, a wellness unit situated in Gurgaon and I was introduced to an innovative way of treatment, as “functional medicine”. Well, the nomenclature might seem to be a completely different area for common men like us who has believed in ages on the power of allopathic medicine.

For people who are unaware of what exactly functional medicine takes care of, well, this area relies more on the “why” of medicine rather than “what”. The Daivam practice of wellness is rooted in the fact of reaching out to the very source of diseases and treating it accordingly in sync with the effects caused by it. In simpler terms, Daivam believes that each and every string of our body is interdependent on each other and for the smooth flow of this scientific orchestration, it is important to treat the disease right from the cause rather than the effect. Unlike allopath, Daivam believes that when you are undergoing any sort of physical problem or an irregular state of health, then there might be certain mental factors too that might be influencing the same. Thus it offers a comprehensive caretaking treatment for both the symptoms and the results caused by the same.

The Holistic Way of Treatment is thus the Daivam Way.

Experienced Forum Members At Daivam Wellness

Well, before introducing yourself to this completely new era of treatment, it is quintessential to know the experienced heads involved in the chief execution process. Dr. Manjari Chandra who happens to be a distinguished nutritionist and is the chief Consultant for Functional Nutrition at Daivam Wellness, is backed by an enriching 20 years of experience as a clinical nutritionist and Diet Consultant in some of the top-notch hospitals of India.

Dr. Alok Chopra, who stands to be the crux of the Daivam Wellness Center, i.e the Founder & Medical Director of Daivam, essentially holds an inspiring experience of 37 years as a consultant cardiologist and Director of Aashlok Hospital Fortis Associate, Safdarjung Enclave. With a firm faith on Integral Health and Healing, undoubtedly Daivam has been the perfect physical manifestation of his faith in holistic approach to wellness.

The family of Daivam would be incomplete without a mention of Mr. Sanjay Sachdeva, who is the Co-Founder and CEO of this brilliant initiative. His fertile 10 years of research in the area of healthcare and integrated wellness coupled with expansive 35 years of experience in strategic brand consulting made him finally shape his brainchild Daivam into a possible effective reality.

The Modus Operandi of Daivam Way of Treatment

So, there might be a recurring question that might appear to all of your minds regarding how exactly Daivam operates.

So when you approach to Daivam Wellness Center with an issue, they first reach out to the root cause and resorts to the treatment approach accordingly. This integral way of treatment not only helps you in realizing the other intricacies of your health system but also assists in complete comprehensive healing.

So next time you resort to any sort of medication for your health disorders, ensure your body and mind undergoes a holistic treatment at the faithful hands of Daivam Wellness Center.

Discover Some Amazingly Creative, Handcrafted Jewelry At The Most Affordable Prices At This Bong Based Insta Jewelry Store

Jewelry has been an intricate part of a woman’s wardrobe since time immemorial. And yes, we women for sure cannot think of alienating ourselves from jewelry whether it’s gold, artificial or even handmade. And today my post is about locating the perfect piece of handmade jewellery that not only would win you stares but would also allow your pockets. A few days back I was introduced to this beautiful Bong- based Instagram Page  “Rimir Sinduke” which artistically redefines the art of jewellery through her exquisite collections. Based out of Kolkata, this virtual jewellery platform knows how to please your tastes and earn your hearts through their finest amalgamation of contemporary and traditional artifacts.

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“I like to keep it Simplistic” or “I am always dressed to kill”, whatever be your accessory mantra, this Instagram shop has it all. Bright beaded neckpieces to appliqued earrings, metal bangles to stunning metallic traditional necklaces every jewellery speaks of an innovative touch of art. In fact, you can look out for every possible material for adding up tour accessory wardrobe with ‘Rimir Sinduke’.

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You know what’s the best part of Rimir Sinduke? You can team their jewelry with sort of outfit. Whether it’s an ethnic tunic, an off shoulder dress or even a saree, “Rimir Sinduke” goes hand in hand with anything and everything. If it celebrates the hidden boho attributes in you at one point, it is equally capable enough to bring out the traditional ethnic vibes cornered in every Indian woman’s personality. All you need to know is to curate your fashion sense with the correct piece and team it up with a suitable attire.

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If you are still a person who loves to visit a store, feel the material and go ahead with your purchase decision and quite sceptical about going ahead with this virtual store, then for Kolkata residents, you have a piece of good news. This virtual store is soon getting its offline base in Gariahat Road. And for online shopaholics like me, kindly keep your worries at bay, since the founder is extremely professional in her approach. All orders are delivered perfectly on time with seamless packaging and no undesired follow ups. Better than a website, isn’t it?

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If you are wondering with all such varieties offered and facilities proposed, this would definitely be an expensive affair. To our utmost surprise “Rimir Sinduke”’s jewelry pieces begin as low as 80  and the maximum price might go upto 500 INR. Now isn’t that a super steal deal? So go ahead and get ready to bombard your Dps and Instagram pictures with compliments with these creative junkies from Rimir Sinduke.

 

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