Rukhsat the Departure- Book Review

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This is the book by the author Sujit Bannerjee a certified healer and a professional in the tourism industry.
A very commendable effort.
He has taken the Alphabets from A to Z and given us twenty six short stories.
Some stand alone some intertwined which really take you by surprise.
I had to at times go back to the earlier story linked together to really get to the related content. Another novel way of presentation. The author has a simple straightforward narrative most of the way. But I found the opening story Abhimanyu a little profound but aesthetically captured.
The nuances of the thought process of an unborn child visualizing history is very well put together.
The collection of other stories takes you through a wide range of emotions. Some of the standout ones for me were Devesh the Confession and Yasmin Bai and the Letter Box.
I would definetely recommend it.Go for it friends. Really worth a read.


Rating-3.5/5

Price: Rs 250 Paperback

Available on: Amazon


About the Author, From the Author

Born to Bengali parents in Lucknow, I grew up in Patna where I finished my post-graduation in Psychology and ended up becoming a tour operator instead of a Psychologist! Which was
good since a Bengali born in UP and reared in Bihar does not make a great Psychologist! Am I now glad to be in tourism? It has taken me all over the world including places you would have never heard of. Eh? How about Tlacotalpan? It’s in Mexico.

Destiny had other plans as well so I became a reluctant healer. A crazy Shaman in Mexico set the ball rolling and it has rolled all the way to Delhi. Today I both heal as well as read Tarot cards. My wife thinks I am mad. My friends think I am weird. I guess I am both.

My first story was published in a magazine when I was seventeen. The Editor made such a hash of it that I stopped sending out my stories but I continued writing. Then I broke my heart and started writing poems; first in Hindi and then in English. All personal collection. They still remain personal. I do shudder when I read some of them! Then the short stories came back and written over two years – now is a collection.

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Bushra Collection by Akassh K Aggarwal

Bushra means ‘good news’ and this collection by Akassh Aggarwal is surely a good news for all jewellery lovers. The word completely resonates with the collection. It is made by using fine techniques in filigree motif, stamped light weight metal sheet work, embossed flora n fauna motifs and vibrant metallic colors of gold and silver. Its very rare that each and every piece of the collection is equally artistic and mind-blowing. I just could not help myself, and tried quite few of them at the store itself. Check out my Instgram and you’ll know what I am talking about. Akassh’s Bushra collection is found its home nestled in a beautiful designer showroom called Buzzaria.

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Buzzaria in itself is a very vibrant place and showcases works of other designers too. Coming back to the Bushra Collection, it includes exquisite neck pieces, ear-rings, bracelets, rings and lot of other interesting stuff. Here is a sneak peek from what all I loved.

 

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If you are looking at some out of the box designer jewellery, this is the place for you, think no more and head straight to Buzzaria and check out the Bushra Collection by Akassh.

Book Review- Voice Mates by Anamika Mishra

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Voice mates is the story of a rich young girl Tulip who’s an aspiring singer.

The author takes you through the trials and turbulations of this young girl who wants to participate in a singing talent hunt show against the wishes of her very strict parents.Moreover to participate she needs to have a male partner which to her wildest dreams her parents would never allow her to take on.The writing style of the author is very simple and easy to grasp.

She captures the little details of the entire exercise beautifully. Especially the finding of her partner and the up and downs in their relationship which takes a twist towards the end.

The message is loud n clear if you want something badly enough you can achieve it, and having said that life moves on.

Go for it to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.


Rating: 3.5 Stars

Price: Rs 215/- available on Flipkart


About the Author: Anamika Mishra is an Indian Author.

Her debut novel too hard to handle was released in Sept 2013. Her new novel VoiceMates published by Jaico is out in stores now.

She is also a blogger and occasionally delivers motivational talks. Writing is her first passion. Second is travelling and photography.

Anamika holds a degree of Masters in Journalism & Mass Communication. She is known for strong opinions and passionate defense for her beliefs. Her witty, cheerful & humorous persona has made her popular amongst the youth. She has a ‘think positive & keep patience’ perception towards life. Her articles on life and relationships have inspired many people from all across the world.

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Connect with Anamika on her Blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

 

 

 

 

 

Marriott India is Celebrating its First M-Day for 2016

Marriott India is celebrating its’ first M-Day for 2016 with a week full of activities focused on guests, associates and other stakeholders. The underlying message of this M-Day is to walk our guests through the ‘Marriott India Story’ and thank them for making us who we are besides promoting themes such as women empowerment and women in leadership. M-Day stands for more; more in terms of guests, business closures resulting in revenues, associates and opportunities.  It is also a way of letting our guests know that we constantly strive to add more value to their business by our innovative client engagement approach.”

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Speaking about this initiative, Mr. Manish Tolani, Area Director of Sales & Marketing – South Asia at Marriott International, quoted, “The M-Day 2.0 Making it happen! initiative is a unique way to show the brand’s quest to excel in guest service and employee satisfaction. It will help our employees to connect and engage with the Marriott guest better, go beyond the call of duty and pause to build relationships outside the usual dynamics of work. It is also a way of letting our guests know that we constantly strive to add more value to their business by our innovative client engagement approach.”
Highlighting the theme of ‘Women Empowerment’, Courtyard by Marriott Agra  organized an exclusive bakery workshop for women in Agra at their hotel Bakery. Tiramisu and chocolate lava cake were made by the pastery chefs . All the ladies also tried their hands on these exclusive recipes. Women were extremely excited to be a part of this live workshop at the hotel’s bakery as most of them saw the hotel’s bakery for the first time.

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Marriott India has launched version 2.0 of M-Day this year. M-Day 2.0 is an initiative to drive revenue by engaging guests in activities that will build closer partnerships and result in long term business opportunities. The initiative aims at establishing a catalogue summarizing best practice events for Marriott India. All participating hotels will be implementing breakthrough guest engagement initiatives to please all stakeholders in the most innovative way. The property or market with the most unique initiatives will be recognized by Marriott India for setting a benchmark in guest service and employee appreciation.

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Surprising my mom with Surprise Someone.In

Gifts are surely a way of conveying your love and feelings for the other person, and when they come like a surprise, they become even more special. My mom recently gifted a game of Tic Tac Toe that she bought from Surprise Someone, to me and to show her my gratitude and love in turn, I bought a surprise gift for her.

I gave her 6 nail paints from Maybelline and a beautiful neckpiece from the Bushra Collection by Akash Agarwal and now comes the real surprise element, the sweet little hut box in which I presented her my gift. Like my mom even I am hooked to the site Surprise Someone, and this is where I bought this beautiful box from. They have an amazing collection of gift items and also solutions for presenting your gifts in a better way.

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For buying the nail paints and the neck piece I went with my nani to the market, but buying the box from Surprise Someone was really easy, like a child’s play you see, even I could do it on my own.

 

 

My mom was really thrilled with the gift and I felt really happy surprising her, she always keeps buying me something or the other but this time I thought I will do something special for her. And here is what she said after receiving the gift.

 

 

So please don’t forget to log on to www.surprisesomeone.in and make your loved ones feel special with their gifting options. I just love it..!!

Delhi gets its first regular Milonga curated by Tango Maestros Kiran Sawhney and Eduardo

1st July Friday saw none other than Tango Maestros Kiran Sawhney and Eduardo organizing the official launch of Delhi Milonga at the Eros Hotel, Nehru Place.

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Milonga is typically an event where Tango is danced. Milongas are usually regular in nature, like once a week, and begins with Tango class and demonstrations followed by networking with like minded people who share their passion for Tango over drinks and food.

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This was my first time at attending such an event and I must admit that it has been a very pleasant experience indeed. It was truly a memorable evening. The evening started with a Tango demonstration and practice class where in Tango enthusiasts tried their hand, oops not hand but their feet at dance. The ambience of Bar & Lounge at Eros made a perfect setting for Tango Session.

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Tango is a partner dance that originated in the 1880s along the River Plate, the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay, and soon spread to the rest of the world.

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Music and dance elements of tango are popular in activities related to gymnastics, figure skating, synchronized swimming, etc., because of its dramatic feeling and its cultural associations with romance.

It has been suggested that tango makes people feel more relaxed, sexier, and less depressed, and increases testosterone levels.Tangolates is an exercise method that combines the core stability of Pilates with the concentration, coordination and fluid movement of Tango, designed in 2004 by Tamara Di Tella. Utilizing a partner-method and incorporating the aerobic or cardio element of music, it started as a rehabilitation technique for patients with severe dysfunctions of the nervous system.

After the dance class, Kiran and Eduardo officially launched the Delhi Milonga with their breath-taking performance. It was sheer poetry in motion. Both of them are pros and watching them dance is magical, you just transform into a different world. It’s so soothing to the eyes and relaxing to the mind.

Kiran Sawhney is the first professionally trained Tango teacher in Delhi/India.Traveled all over the world, attended various Tango festivals, classes, practicas and milongas in UK, Tokyo, Dubai, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Singapore, Paris, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, New York and Buenos Aires, in her pursuit for Tango. Learnt from the best Tango teachers in the world. Studied (Tango teacher training program) and apprenticed with master teacher, Daniel Trenner. Teaches Argentine Tango in New Delhi. Organizes, practicas, milongas (Milonga de Mis Amores) and Tango festival. Also manufactures, sells and exports Tango dresses and shoes under her own brand name- Mis Amores. Kiran is not just a pro in Tango but a lot of other dance forms like Zumba, Bharatnatyam and Contemporary too. She also runs the New Delhi Tango School and passes on her expertise to those who want to learn Tango.

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On the other hand, Eduardo is Minister at The Embassy of Mexico and has been engaged in dance since 12 years and is shares the responsibility in teaching the students of NDTS the grooves of Tango.

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Kiran Sawhney says, “I view Argentine Tango as a physical expression of the pain, the passion, and the life. It is a non-verbal language, to express oneself in new ways. It is a wonder drug that makes you younger, sexier, more philosophical, and more of who you really are. It is a way of life.”

 

I have two left feet and though I would love to explore all forms of dancing, it doesn’t come naturally to me but at the event I did try a few basic moves with Eudardo and enjoyed it a lot. It was great fun and I look forward to being part of more Milongas in time to come.

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If you are looking at learning the moves of Tango, Delhi Milonga is the place for you. It will be going on for quite sometime at the Eros Hotel and you can find more details here at Delhi Milonga and NDTS for the upcoming events and classes.

I wish Kiran and Eduardo all the very best for their future endeavours.

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Go Guilt Free with Yoga Bars..!!

In times, when we all are running after a healthy lifestyle and striving hard to achieve it with healthy food especially, a healthy chocolate sounds like a relief for many. Courtesy Yoga Bars, now you can satiate your hunger for a chocolate by going guilt free and indulging in the Chocolate Chunk Bar from Yoga Bars. Take one bite into it, and you may feel that no it is not a chocolate, but trust me a couple of bites more and you will feel it. Healthy things are rumoured to be not so good in taste, but with Yoga Bars its different. I tried four of their flavours and loved each one of them, my favourite being the Cashew Orange Zest. The Vanilla Almond had a very peculiar taste of spices which I found a little over powering, but still it was a good deal. Chocolate Chunk Nut and Nut Seeds Crunch were good too.

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Yoga Bars contain no artificial favours, colours, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oil and no chemicals. They are made using only wholesome nutritious ingredients.

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For those who love healthy snacking, its one of the go to option for sure, do give it a try and go guilt free!

Tic Tac Toe- an age old game made much more fun from Surprise Someone

I love giving gifts to my family and friends, and when they are given without any specific reason, its much more fun. Me and my son often play a lot of games at home and one of our favourite game is Tic Tac Toe. Recently I bought a surprise box from Surprise Someone and since then I have been hooked to this portal. Just surfing through their products I found this game of tic tac toe on their site and almost instantly I thought of getting it for my son to surprise him.

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One one fine day, while he was getting bored and asking me to play something, I like a genie popped this game in front of him. To say that he was so pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. He just loved it. And truly, the game is so addictive and the biggest benefit of buying this game from surprisesomeone.in has been the fact, that we no longer need a paper and a pen and drawing the grid time and again. Its so simple to use, comes with a grid board and tokens of cross and knots, one just needs to keep placing them and then tag it with I am the Winner sign, and Pick Up the Tokens, Play, Repeat, as simple as that.

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Do check out their site www.surprisesomeone.in for some amazing stuff, I am already planning what to get next!

Virat Kohli ushers an exhilarating cricket carnival at Smaaash, Noida

Virat Kohli, the heartthrob of millions, visited his favourite gaming destination-SMAAASH, at the DLF Mall of India in Noida to announce the biggest participative cricket tournament in India- ‘The “SMAAASH Sachin ViratCricket Carnival’’. India’s leading youth icon and sport star was applauded by his fans who, turned out in huge numbers to meet the brightest star of the Indian cricket team.

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Gracing the occasion, Virat announced“Smaaash Sachin Virat Cricket Carnival”which is a nationwide eventand is designed to be a fun-filled cricket tournament that will bring together 2000 teams across India to compete against each other. The tournament will be played across five Smaaash centres i.e Mumbai, Noida, Gurgaon, Bangalore and Hyderabad and the finals will be held at Smaaash, Mumbai. The highlight of this tournament will be the grand finale where the prizes will be awarded by both the cricket luminaries, Sachin Tendulkar and ViratKohli, at a glittering event at Smaaash in Mumbai.

The winners across categories can take home the Smaaash Sachin Virat Cricket Carnival Cup along with memories of being mentored by legends. That’s not all, the national winner and runner-up in the Open category will get Rs. 5 lakhs and Rs.3 lakhs respectively.

Prior to the event, a contest was held on Smaaash’s social media platforms wherein 3 lucky winners were selected. These winners got a wonderful opportunity to closely interact with their icon Virat Kohli over a scrumptious meal at the Mighty Small cafe. Mighty Small at Smaaash is the new concept café that has been launched at Smaaash properties across the country. The perfect complement to Smaaash, Mighty Small presents drinks and dishes that are perfect accompaniments to the exhilarating gaming options, and can be carried across the property floor.With an inviting bar and a relaxing ambience, it’s a great place to unwind with friends, family and loved ones.

 Speaking on the announcement,Shripal Morakhia,Chief Imagination Officer, Smaaash Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., said:“The unique sensory experiences along with world-class activities and a full-service restaurant make Smaaash a preferred destination for the young and the young-at-heart. Having Virat as the youth icon of SMAAASH has given an exciting dimension to the brand. His energy and zeal for sports perfectly resonates with SMAAASH and its fans, and this particular association has been wonderfully well received by enthusiastic SMAAASH and Virat fans across Delhi. He is known for his pathbreaking performances. In a similar vein, Smaaash too has taken several pathbreaking initiatives in the gaming and entertainment industry. With Smaaash, we hope to continue to blaze a trail with pioneering concepts in the coming future as well.”

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Sharing his excitement, the passionate cricket superstar, ViratKohli said, “Smaaash is a unique and cool, multi-sports entertainment zone designed to give you an adrenaline rush. It is an ideal place for individuals and families to spend quality leisure time. This Cricket Carnival is a larger-than-life sports festival that will be a perfect platform for all cricket enthusiasts to showcase their skills. The aim of this fun fiesta is to engage cricket lovers.I am very excited and happy to be associated with Smaaash and eagerly looking forward to the progress of the cricket carnival

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About SMAAASH: Smaaash is a sports-centric immersive and interactive entertainment center. It presents an unmatched range of games that offer a superlative virtual-reality experience, and combines the best of sports, music, dining and bar into a highly interactive, innovative and involved entertainment experience. Smaaash is present across Mumbai, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Noida. Smaaash offers a lot more than your run-of-the-mill banquet hall and gaming center. Smaaash has not only redefined sports entertainment, but also raised the bar for customer engagement. This innovative entertainment and active engagement is what defines Smaaash.

For more Info, Please visit to: Website Link: http://smaaash.in/

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/SmaaashLive

Jagermeister-“Master Class” with Nils Boese

Aspri Spirits, leading importers and distributors of some of the finest brands in the world of Wines and Spirits hosted a master evening class with Mr. NILS BOESE, Brand Ambassador- Mast Jägermeister SE, on 22nd June 2016 at Bandstand, Hauz Khas, New Delhi.

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The evening commenced with Mr. Nils Boese taking the patrons through Jägermeister profile and sharing his experience with the brand. He took them on a voyage of Jägermeister history and shared some interesting insights about the company and the brand. He also demonstrated interesting ways of creating exquisite cocktails with the unusual spirit.

Mr. Nils Boese is a renowned bartender and has a rich experience of 25 years. He runs his own small bar in Hildesheim, Germany, which is close to Wolfenbüttel where Jägermeister is meticulously produced. He is working with Jägermeister since 2010 as a Brand Ambassador.

Jägermeister, recognized as a unique herbal spirit, is made from 56 different herbs, blossoms, roots and fruits, including star anise, cinnamon, ginger and a secret set of herbs. It is the world’s 8th best-selling premium spirit brand and it also ensures to remain the World’s favorite herbal liqueur. Best served as an ice-cold shot, Jägermeister is a versatile spirit, which can be used as a premium ingredient in cocktails and long serves.

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Nils first made us all taste the ice-cold Jägermeister shot, and it tasted amazing, and I think being ice cold plays a very important role in enhancing the taste of the drink.

Nils then also prepared some unique cocktails, twisting the taste around with Jägermeister and each one of his cocktails was amazing. He prepared one particular cocktail with tea, and it had a very refreshing taste.

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Matt Djokovic, Regional Director Asia mentioned “India represents one of the most important growth opportunities for Jagermeister, not only within Asia, but globally. With a booming young adult population – around 19 Million Consumers will reach legal drinking age every year in India – we feel Jagermeister is uniquely positioned to leverage the strengths which have made it the 8th largest imported spirit in the world”

And here is Nils talking about his bartending experience over the years and his association with Jägermeister.

It was great fun attending this master class and learning to make so many cocktails.

About ASPRI: Aspri Spirits Pvt. Ltd. was established in 2004. The company today represents some of the finest brands in the world of Wines and Spirits and is one of the leading players in the imported alcoholic beverage segment. The company with its commitment to ensure highest quality standards focuses on the sales, marketing and distribution of its diverse portfolio and is dedicated to building premium international brands in travel retail and domestic markets across South Asia.

About Jägermeister:Jägermeister was created by Curt Mast in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, more than 80 years ago. Now one of the world’s most popular spirit brands and rated the top liqueur brand around the globe, it is still produced in its original form by Mast-Jägermeister SE, the family owned business founded by Curt’s father, Wilhelm Mast.

 

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