Thursday, February 27, 2014

3 Attributes that I like about Sachin Tendulkar

Ah, well...you know what, quantifying the legendary Sachin Tendulkar with 3 possible attributes is literally impervious...he is almost like an encyclopedia, and constructing  a triangle of "virtues" is literally insurmountable.

Well, then, let's make an attempt though, the Mission impossible so as to say:

1. Humility: Well, honestly speaking Sachin is an "icon" in so many respects...and the reason why I say this? He is "benevolence personified"...Well, you would all know....his farewell speech did touch all the cricket lovers to the core, he is a glowing epitome indeed.

2. The fighter instinct: Oh dear...the way he fought against the critics with his willow is simply amicable; he was bogged down with the tennis elbow which did restrain his moves...he still fought along and came back strongly. We all remember how he scored a century against Kenya in the World cup, immediately after his father's 

3. His unquenchable thirst: With a century of international centuries under his belt, his focus has still been undaunted; I could see that killer instinct in his eyes every time he stepped on to the pitch, he judged the deliveries on merit and cling-ed on to every possible loose delivery. Complacency was never a part of his game...he has never been "bogged" down by any bowler, he has always been right "up there"...

*This post has been written as a part of the new Aviva 2014 campaign.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Bengal Fashion Week: The hub of Style, Glam and Glitz...

Fashion and passion; seems like there a glorious kinship between the two...not merely in terms of the diction, but the euphoric articulation. In-fact, I guess the ones who have "experienced" the Signature-Kingfisher-Ultra-Bengal-Fashion-Week, wouldn't mind using the above mentioned terms interchangeably. Yes, my friend, Kolkata witnessed an effulgent collaboration of sorts; the Bengal Fashion week unfurled some marvelous collections fabricated by ace designers...it was an experience to savor.


The 3-day long pageantry (organized by the Storm Fashion Company at the Galaxy, Park Hotel, Kolkata from February 21-23, 2014) dazzled us to the core; it was rightly pointed out by a cynosure that the event was event was pretty much "an extravaganza of style and vogue with a blend of innovation and novelty". 

The "glam-party" kick-started with the fabulous blend of traditional and contemporary styles "sketched and stitched" by the legendary Jaya Mishra, Agnimitra Paul and Jyoti Sachdev Iyer. The prodigious effort in designing their signature costumes and of course, the synchronized "exhibition on the ramp" was applauded by the fashion-connoisseurs. The resonating effect of the click-centric-intonation reached it's upper brink when the gorgeous Rituparna Sengupta, the talented table-tennis player Poulomi Ghatak and the "esteemed" Dr Sashi Panja took the "center stage"....a glittering tribute to the "grace" of Bengal by Kolkata's very own Agnimitra Paul. The presence of renowned Bollywood stars Barkha Bist Sengupta and Indraneel Sengupta transformed it into an illustrious affair.

Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 1 - Interview with Designer Agnimitra Paul....
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 1 - Rendezvous with Barkha Bisht Sengupta..
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 1 - The sizzling designs being unfurled...
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 1 - On the ramp, a clinquant display...
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: The Ramp...
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 1 - The assimilation of style & glamour...
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 1 - That's elegance and grace personified..
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 1 - Interview with Rituparna Sengupta...
The very talented Mona Pali, laid the perfect platform of the roll out of Day 2 of the Bengal Fashion Week with her sensational collection based on the 'doctrinal colors of India'...the representation that highlighted on the election-centric trend in the country. Talking about hypnotizing exhibit, costumier AD Singh lit up the ramp with his exclusive crystallized designs..the shimmering manifestation that created an everlasting impression; the Tolly show-stopper Reshmi Ghosh added that finishing edge to the sensational display. Jattinn Kochhar carried the baton with grace with his "dual-delegation-mode-of-art", the perfect wind-up by the elegant Meera Chopra did send in goosebumps. The stage was perfectly set up for the one and only Rock Star, who's renowned for adding that idiosyncratic touch to every possible creation...his stylish demonstration at the Bengal Fashion week was no exception either. The kaftans, jumpsuits, flow-y fabrics had a mark of resplendence...with a mark of casual elegance...it was a complete eye-candy package to say the least. The presence of eminent Tolly and Bolly luminaries including Riya Sen and the show-stopper, Bengal heart-throb Koel Mallick did add to the glamour-quotient.

Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 2 - Thats a different flavor altogether...
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 2 - The Show-stopper Meera Chopra...
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Stylish...
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 2 - The traditional essence on the ramp...
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion WeekTraditional....
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 2 - Bold yet classy designs being displayed...
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Artistry
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 2 - Showcasing contemporary designs..
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 2 - Reshmi Ghosh with designer AD Singh
All eyes were fixed on the Finale episode of the ebullient event that did strike the right chords, that did prove to be the perfect hunting ground for fashion-enthusiasts...the stage was set for a sensational climax. The show that started with the classic 'Brahm Kamal'-portrayal by the accomplished designer Mona Pali, gained momentum with Mumtaz Khan's amicable presentation highlighting the traditional Indian tribal prints..the modish depiction, making the perfect use of eco-friendly integrants. Aslam Khan's show was perfectly contemporary, draped in a palette of vivacious shades...with the charming Hemangani Singh Yadu and Tolly 'tempter' Vijaya Dey.

Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 3 - The vibrant colours...Captivating..
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 3 - That's lemon green for you..elegance!
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 3 - It's a consortium of delightful shades.
Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 3 -Charming Nusrat Jahan on the Ramp.
"Ladies and gentlemen...put your hands together for the one and only Manovi Raj Khosla"- Thunderous applause greeted the iconic fashioner Manovi Raj Khosla, the one who scripted the magical Grand Finale of the Bengal Fashion Week with his bold and retro collections...the  true disclosure of luster, gloss, glitz and the "oomph-factor", his designs were literally jaw-dropping. 

Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: Day 3 - Manovi Raj Khosla and the show-stoppers.
The "opulent" show-stoppers Mahaakshay Chakraborty and Sonalli Sehgall put forward an unblemished, paradisaical show to "seal the deal"...it was a delectably awe-inspiring show, almost Utopian....the immutable stamp of charisma and enchantment.

Highlights from the Bengal Fashion Week: At the bar...Yes, you need to make an impression ;)
*And last but not the least cheers to Signature, Live in Style for the official invites. Hi Five fellas...we had a great time.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Telegraph Bagbazar Festival: 'The Heritage Boat Ride'

Well the natural fisticuffs, the "ticket-centric-paucity" and the transport unavailability couldn't dent into our propensity....we did make it large. The 4-hour long heritage boat ride, as a part of the Telegraph Bagbazar Festival, dazzled us to the core...the experience was fascinating to say the least; and I guess I'm not overstating when I say that our "Mayurpankhi" transcended the natural nefariousness to script a myriad, the "Drifting myriad"...let's take a look at some of the snapshots from the 'excursion'.

The Heritage Boat Ride: That's how it started, my friend...the 'illustrious' ride to savor forever....
The Heritage Boat Ride: That's our 'beloved' Mayurpankhi alright...the carrier, my friend
The Heritage Boat Ride: That's when the rest of Kolkata was sinking into a deep slumber...
The Heritage Boat Ride: The murkiness and the gloom didn't really make an impact.....
The Heritage Boat Ride: That's our glazed deck, on the top floor of the "Mayurpankhi"..
The Heritage Boat Ride: That's when we were passing by the chronicled Dakshineshwar mandir...
The Heritage Boat Ride: Those historic structures looked refreshingly beautiful, baked in the rain...
The Heritage Boat Ride: There was "freshness" in the air, it's a different experience altogether...
The Heritage Boat Ride: And you would always have a "solitary reaper" in her melancholy self...
The Heritage Boat Ride: Padmashree Rita Ganguly mesmerized us with her mellifluous chants..
The Heritage Boat Ride: As I said, the Natural barriers wouldn't hold us back....it just couldn't!
The Heritage Boat Ride: The Mayurpankhi was not merely a carrier, there was an artistic bend...
The Heritage Boat Ride: Yo! Bolly directors you got an idea for your next movie poster ;) 
* Thanks to my blogger friend Shankar Bhattacharya for arranging the event passes and of course, for arriving on time :P

Monday, February 10, 2014

So what's your strategy?

"Okay! What was your CAT percentile?" - And I lost a friend there. He un-followed me twitter, unfriend-ed me on Facebook. It's okay dude...getting a 91 percentile isn't bad at all...but then it's not good enough to secure the elusive 'A-B-C Berth' and of course that, my friend, is the "End of the world".

"So what's your course duration?" - And the result was pretty much the same. She was pursuing a P.H.D course on Genetics from the Calcutta University. She was in her fifth year by then and was still unsure of the wind-up.

"Hey bro, are the scholarships good enough to sustain....." - Well, I was cut short this time around. The answer was pretty much evident, the Indian institutes have failed to appease the research graduates.

"So the internships were lucrative enough?" - Oh wow, the first real positive answer...and that too from a non-IIT-ian and a non-IIM-ite.
"They developed my skill-sets...that's all you need to be a good manager, believe me"- He asserted.

"Which business school?"- I catechized.

"London Business School...London Experience, World Impact...."- His voice resounded through the deserted corridor.


"Amazing faculty, scholarships, one to one correspondence, reviews, market analysis, creating an 'industry interface', defining career milestones, inviting veterans, indulging in real-life case studies and of course, you see, I'm right now working in my home-town as well...what else do you want? ....."- He continued, he paused for a while...as if in retrospection..."So what's your strategy, my friend?" 

"EXACTLY" - I proclaimed....Voila! "Leadership and Strategy" it is.. "GMAT is the 'gateway to benediction'- He chuckled.

That's my destination: Images courtesy
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