As we grow up...we collect lot of tales...but time n energy seldom gives us the liberty to paint and showcase those images we bear in our minds....Fighting relentlessly with time factor specially in a city like Mumbai...I want to rewind my life through these blogs and preserve them forever.....
Chemical Engineer by profession, narrator/blogger/painter by passion, the bewildered girl in me writes her tales in "TALES TO TELL"
Where the mind is without
fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
All of us know of the above quote. The father of emotions and
emoting had written the above long back. An imagination we all wish to be true.
But is it? I don’t think so. But this narrative is not a debate on freedom of
speech, or intolerance. It is about blogging. It is about BNLF. Yes, true…my
blogger friends might just be too astonished at my gesture, as most of them
have already written about the phenomenal success of the event. And for those
who do not know, “BNLF” was the most
disruptive blogging conference initiative taken by Indiblogger on the 30th of October and 1st of
November 2015. And was held in “The Lalit Hotel” in Mumbai. Bloggers and
speakers had come from around the globe to be a part of this grand symposium on
Now the question is, why I started with Tagore. No…the reason is
not connected to the state I belong. But it is definitely a manifestation of my
mind, which is a thoroughfare of paramount thoughts, with a filter to keep away
conjectures. My mind is like the world, Tagore had imagined, and so are of all
the bloggers, authors and creative people who had gathered there. Is it
justified? My beginning?
A ROCKING START
Firstly my heartiest “Thank You” to INDIBLOGGER, for giving me
the opportunity to be a part of an event like BNLF. “Blog Now, Live Forever”
how thoughtful! Believe you me, this conference enlightened me on my abilities.
Given to my hectic schedule and chemical engineering profession, it would never
have been possible for me, to accumulate the magnitude and quality of
information and knowledge that this two-day long conference gave me. Each
speaker was unique and had uniqueness to share, imbibing even a bit of which
can help me as a blogger or author. The takeaways were many, which I would like
to discuss in this post.
1.Even a very popular blogger might not get recognised in a crowd,
so if you are dreaming to get mobbed, it is not easy through this profession – Purba Ray. As it comes to this petite beauty, I would love to add, she is
confident, pretty and humorous as expected, but against to what she
continuously mentioned of her nervousness to speak in public, I thought she has
got immense presence.
2.An inspiration for the possibility of balancing job life along
with an author’s creative world –Arnab
Ray. His session was extremely
inspiring for me as I am currently struggling to balance my chemical
engineering with creative writing. His interaction on the second day, was very
informative and is helping me to go about publishing of my manuscript.
3.Good Content creation, content which intrigues a bigger audience
and making presence felt through tools like Twitter, Facebook etc is important
for a blogger to be recognised. This is a continuous process and may take good
time, so be patient- Christopher Trappe
and Jeff Bullas. These two gentlemen really
educated us on different aspects of content creation and content marketing. I
never knew of the power of twitter, it was only after BNLF that I started with
my handle seriously. Thanks to both of them.
4.Life is to be lived and not to be taken too seriously, because when
you are least serious you get the best in life- Kanan Gill. His session was hilarious,
though he did not discuss much about his blog and online career, but his stage
presence is commendable. And yes, he was quite an eye candy too.
5.An inspiring success story, which gives you that ray of hope to
keep trying –Preeti Shenoy. This lady
who is the author of many best-selling novels, was candid and shared her ups
and downs uninhibitedly. Besides the technicalities of conventional publishing
sphere which I knew from her, her own story was quite an inspiration.
6.Jack of all trades and master of all –Bruce Dickinson. This
man is a real inspiration, never knew will get to see him like this. Holy Shit!
Bruce Dickinson, lead vocalist of Iron Maiden, Businessman, Pilot, etc etc etc and a master of all the
undertaken tasks, was speaking right in front of my eyes…what more could I ask
I had never been to any blogging conference before this and what
a great start! Besides meeting the awesome personalities, I already mentioned,
the best part was spending some great time with a multitude of great thinkers.
I made so many friends and each of them is unique. Someone is a travel addict,
someone a fashionista, someone experiments in kitchen and someone lives with
verses. Each of them inspire me in ways more than one.
This conference just proved, that as you open the doors of
creativity you only grow as a person, fetters can’t bind thoughts, so just live
THANK YOU INDIBLOGGER.
Aritra Chakrabarty Sengupta
The pics are taken from the album shared by Indiblogger, otherwise it is mentioned.
I am a traveler at heart, the minute beauties of a place attract me. Eating noodles while shivering in north east, drinking tea and eating roasted corn in a wet day by the western ghats, the taste of port wine by a serene beach in Goa or walking through the narrow lanes in Old Udaipur is what attracts me. A heart to heart connection with the place. And hence I consider 12th November 2015, my birthday, as one of the best days in my life so far.
UDAIPUR CITY PALACE
INSIDE THE PALACE
INSIDE THE PALACE
INSIDE THE PALACE
INSIDE THE PALACE
The day started with the most awaited visit to the The City Palace. What do I write!! The painted walls, the glass and crystal maze, the silver chariot or preserved weapons, all speak about the Royal Maharana Era, which continues till date. Rana Sriji Arvind Singh Mewar is the current and 76th custodian of the Mewar Dynasty. The palace is a magnum opus created by the expert hands of Indian artisans years ago, which continue to spellbind Indians and foreigners alike by its art and magnitude. And then we went to the Vintage Car showroom, owned by the current Maharana, a lavish spread of vintage Mercedes and Rolls Royce, a treat to fantasies is what I can write for it. Then to Moti Magri overlookingthe Fateh Sagar Laketo see the unique alloy statue, of Maharana Pratap on his favorite horse Chetak, commemorating The battle of Haldighati. Our last destination for the day was Saheliyon ki bari, a garden laid by Rana Sangram Singh for the forty female attendants, who had come as dowry with the queen. It is a beautiful place with fountains fed naturally by the lake waters and kiosks.
SAHELIYON KI BARI
Satisfied with whatever history that we gulped in together with the traditional Rajasthani Thali for lunch, we headed towards our hotel to shed off the physical stress our body had accumulated. Stress buster was most definitely a longed for afternoon siesta, which is like an unattainable dream in city life. After drowning ourselves in pillows we slept like logs and got up feeling low, this usually happens after a long sleep in the afternoon. But it was my birthday, I couldn't afford to feel to sad. Springing back to life was not a choice but a compulsion, driven by which I decided to dine by Pichola lake.
ME AT HARI GARH
Unfortunately to our utter disgust, we found out that all the fine diners by the lake were already occupied. But as they say " God always has something good in store", and if it is your birthday, he gifts you something to be cherished. Google helped us find the destination for our dinner date "Hari Garh" in old Udaipur, it had good ratings in TripAdvisor. So we headed towards it.
The journey to the place was intriguing, narrow lanes, huge iron doors and ladies with typical round "Mang Tika", yes! I was in Rajasthan, the royal, the traditional and the colourful Rajasthan. I think our journey to Hari Garh was one of the best experiences during the trip. When we entered the restaurant through a huge palacial door, a lavish comforable spread of couches met our gaze. But they asked us to go to the top floor, under the sky. The iron stairs took us to that awe-inspiring expanse, with comfortably placed couches with pillows. Each couch had a small wooden plank, with a candle lit lamp on it. The royal waters of Lake pichola flowed rythmically by, the stars , the moon and the Deepawali crackers cast a maddening dazzle on it, while we witnessed it all from the soothing light of the lamps. It was a magical night, my birthday night and a delicious night as well, as yummy "Laal Mas" with soft rotis made our dinner gluttony-worthy.
SUNRISE BY THE JETTY
AT THE JETTY
Days passed by, the next morning, the last in Udaipur saw us fresh, we went for an early morning stoll to the Udaivillas, which is a part of the Oberoi property. It was magnificient, regal and reminded us of "Kabira..........", as the wedding part of superhit "Ye Jawani hai Deewani" was shot there. There was a jetty from where we witnessed the morning sun cast it's splendor on the silvery lake waters, it was a beautiful morning.......
Udaipur will always continue to cast its romantic shadow on my heart, my best birthday celebration so far....
I am a fan of this effervescent jodi. Especially for their performance in the never to be forgotten, romantic saga DDLJ, like million others. I don't know how "Dilwale" will turn out to be, but the picturization or depiction of romance in this song, evokes that lost tingling sensation. Like today's modern audience I too like to see real life converted to believable stories on the celluloid. But deep within me, there is a girl who still fantasises to live romance like a dream. Romancing the loved one in virgin locations, witnessing the sun hide behind the dark cloak of unknownness, seeing it rise above the horizon spreading its crimson rays around..hand in hand with him, watching the firs dance to the chilled breeze or sinking in majestic blues of waterbodies. "Gerua" is a visual treat and honey on ears....sometimes being realistic is too boring....let your fantasies run crazy, unreasonable and dreamy with this song...
I saw the song yesterday and fell in love yet again...the poet in me popped its head up and urged me to pen down something...
you are an Indian or an admirer of the colourful Indian culture you must have
heard that. Yes! You have done me proud by guessing it right!! He he…it the
famous Rajasthani Folk Song, preferably sung in the mand singing style. There
is something about the lyrics of this song and the tune. It fascinates my whims
and beckons me to those lands of palaces, lakes, sand dunes and cactus. Ever
since I had learnt about Rajasthan and seen it in none other than Satyajit Ray’s
“Sonar Kella”… I wanted to be there. But my first enticing visit to these enchanting
lands happened this month after years of dreaming about it. Wait, wait…yeah I
did visit Mt. Abu a few years back, but it is more like a common hill station,
with picturesque landscape but not the essence of the deserts.
few days back I went to the land of Maharana Udai Singh, the city which was once
the capital of the kingdom of Mewar. Any guesses? But no prize for that.. Yes, I have just returned
with the lingering fragrance of the most romantic city “Udaipur”. The land of lakes and palaces and how aptly so! Set at
the foothills of the Aravalli Range
and with Lake Pichola and Lake Fateh Sagar to add to its beauty,
Udaipur stands out amongst the major tourist attractions in our country. Every
major and minor name in the luxury hotel league have acquired properties in this
city and developed them mesmerizingly. And why not…Indian and foreigner
tourists come to the city to live the royal life.
Reached Trident Early Morning
The welcome Drink
The royal lounge
or rather my husband Avishek had chosen the Oberoi Property “The Trident”, afterall it was my
birthday special trip and had to be special, royal, exotic…oops….I was and am
too excited!! Spread over acres of land, surrounded by lush green lawns and well kept gardens and overlooking Lake Pichola, this property is an ideal place to breed
rich souls in its tranquility. The rooms though not very spacious, are aptly comfortable
for a couple and aptly cosy to add to the romance between them. The hotel
staff, were extremely warm and welcoming. Their smiling faces and care has
remained with me and was a major takeaway. The food was very tasty, in their
restaurant named “Aravalli”. A special mention of “Nalli Nihari” and "Makki Roti", the taste till tantalize my foodie tongue. The food cost was high, I mean of the five star standard, as expected. The only complaint, is the unavailability of free wifi, internet now being a necessity of living. Oh! how could I not mention the elaborate breakfast spread and the more elaborate view of the surrounding lake, mountain hugging monsoon palace and the exotic greenery. A prodigious way to kick start the day.
Photography started with the bathroom
Me with the lavish breakfast spread
Avishek drowned in taste
Eggs looked awesome
The exotic pool side
Aravalli, the restaurant
The blueness attracts
Relaxing in the beautiful garden
Give me the wings to fly
Bada Mahal inside the hotel premises
The first glimpse of the National Bird
I am with you and always
In the Hotel
We had grossly three days to explore the place. But unfortunately my ever energetic hubby , went into oblivion with the serenity around. Nevertheless, I explored the property and dragged him to the nearby local market, for a desi dinner. "Dal, Bati, Churma...was what I wanted to have. A Rajasthani delicacy I had heard so much about, but was never bestowed with the fortune to taste it. That evening was made special by the hospitality in the little restaurant we went to and the lasting taste of that cuisine. Yummy!!! Loved it!! "Santosh Bhojnalaya" served the perfect dish and with love.
Dal, Bati and Churma
You and I
The poolside at night
It was an eventful day and I slept blissfully. At midnight the doorbell rang, half awake I stared at Avishek from under the blanket, he smiled and wished me Happy Birthday, the hospitality guy came in with a yum chocolate cake and red roses...uhooo!! It was my Birthday already!!!!!!!!