Dear SG,I’ve ruined a lot of school property throughout my adolescence. Rickety, withered desks were mercilessly attacked by rusting nibs of fountain pens even as I lovingly carved your initials onto them. Thus, it seemed only natural for me to address you as SG since right now, as I write this letter, I feel like I’ve gone back to being 14!I remember watching the highlights of your knock of 131 at Lords on our old Onida television set in the living room of our modest house in a leafy neighborhood of sleepy Dehradun. I remember the crackling boundary that pierced through the offside to bring up your half-century. I remember the bouncer from Alan Mullally that came off your left shoulder when everybody went up thinking you’d been caught. I remember you chiding yourself for getting bowled by him. I remember your teammates giving you a standing ovation as you walked back to the pavilion after making history. Never before in all my 10 years had I seen anything as ballsy and majestic. You’d caught my imagination. And, my mother had caught me blowing a kiss at you on the TV screen! So much for catching and getting caught! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’You know, writing this letter to you isn’t easy. There are too many things I want to tell you. Those were the days of Cola wars and cricket crushes. From Ajay Jadeja to Shahid Afridi, from Nasser Hussain to Rahul Dravid, cricketers were discussed hotly in claustrophobic classrooms filled with chalk-dust and chatty children. While my girlfriends dug up their personal details, scrutinized their hairstyles, analyzed their smiles, and rated their physiques, I sat in one corner poring over issues of Sportstar and Sportsworld, looking for any mention of you. In hindsight, it seems a little creepy, but love can be a little creepy, right? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhen I was a little older I remember slapping a friend who had, in the middle of a discussion about the VB series in 2004, dared to raise a finger at you. I was about 18 then. Had he hit me back I’d have probably required reconstructive surgery but, of course, that occurred to me much, MUCH, later! Drama ensued but, what good is a love story without some drama and violence?SG, I loved you when I was 10. I loved you when I was 18. I love you when I’m almost 28. I’ll love you even at 80. I loved you when you blinked rapidly between shots. I loved you when you would squat awkwardly to adjust your crotch guard. I loved you when you ran sluggishly between wickets. I loved you when the umpteenth short ball hit you in the chest and the whole world sniggered. I loved you when you edged yet another delivery pitched outside the off-stump to the slip. Of course, I loved you when you struck those majestic cover drives. I loved you when you danced down the track and lofted the ball & sent it into the stands. I loved you during your Taunton knock of 183. I loved you when you decimated Pakistan in Toronto in 1997. I loved you when you kicked Greg Chappell’s butt. I loved you when you took your shirt off at Lords. Loving you, though, has not been easy. From fighting with Sachin/Dravid fans to boycotting SRK’s films, it’s been a helluva ride- a ride I wouldn’t trade for anything else! Good, bad, ugly, you’re the only man I’ve loved with all my heart, and will continue to for as long as I live. My life is incomplete without you. You’ve taught me to be aggressive, to stand up for myself, to never give up, to better myself every day, to never lose my smile and the twinkle in my eye. Maharaj, you’ve taught me to be the Maharani that I am! You, sir, are the greatest love of my life! Thank you, for letting me love you. Forever yours, MMalini Banerjee is a snotty single child, mountain junkie, playback singer, Austen addict, hopes to soon finish writing her debut novel, and dreams of singing alongside Buddy Guy.
Kolkata: The message of communal harmony and the importance of being united irrespective of caste, creed and religion is being represented by Chakraberia Sarbojanin in Bhowanipore through its Durga Puja this year. The mastermind, Siddharth Chaudhuri, along with his team is working overnight, giving final touches to the pandal.”A political party is trying to disrupt the communal harmony in a number of states and Bengal too is not an exception. They are jealous of the peace in the Hills and the development in Junglemahal in Bengal. In this context, we need to remain united and stop them from creating rift among people in the name of religion. We have to remain united and not fall prey to any such provocation,” said Ashim Basu, general secretary of Chakraberia Sarbojonin, Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Vayam Sarva (We All)- India offers unity in diversity is the theme of Chakraberia that has stepped into its 73rd year. The pandal is being adorned with a number of art installations to deliver the message of communal harmony,” Chaudhuri said.Elaborating on the theme, he added that we are creating a sense of water-world through our theme as man cannot live without water. “Water is our creator and when we die our mortal remains are floated in the water. There will be more than 20,000 garland like things made of paper to give a coral kind effect with an unique blend of colours. The use of colours will have a refreshing effect on the mind,” he maintained. Fibre glass, synthetic cloth, parachute cloth, small bottles used for homeopathy medicines, waste pipe of water, are being used to decorate the pandal. The structure of the pandal will be like a drain pipe and the entry will be in the form of a conch. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedLess than a kilometre away, Chaudhuri is also behind the theme for the puja of Bhowanipore Kishore Sangha. Things like vanity bags and dupatta of women, nets used by fishermen, articles used by the mason and various other things associated with the daily lives of people will be used to create the theme ‘Elements of Artistry’. “We have tried to create a sense of adda over a cup of tea which is an integral part of our life. The entrance will be like a tree and tea cups are being installed to create an adda sense,” Chaudhuri said.The organisers are hopeful that both these pujas will be a major crowd puller.
Kolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a girl whose body was found hanging from the ceiling fan inside her house at Debpur village of Memari in East Burdwan.The victim has been identified as Kaveri Laha. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victim might have committed suicide after being jilted in a love affair. Police have recovered a note book from the room of the victim where she has expressed her love for a youth. They also suspect that on the two pages of note book the victim might have written with her blood. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe note book contains a letter written by the victim addressing her boyfriend with whom the victim had a relationship for the past few years. Cops suspect that the girl might have committed suicide after her boyfriend married another girl. The family members knocked on the door of the victim repeatedly but the victim did not open the door. The victim’s parents informed the locals who in turn called up the local police station. Police later broke open the door of the victim and found her hanging from the ceiling fan. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. The body was sent for an autopsy which might throw some light on her death. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAfter interrogating the parents of the girl, police came to know that she had been in a relationship for nearly four years. She was under tremendous mental depression for the past few days but the family members could never expect that she would take such a drastic step. Police also came to know from local sources that the victim had met her boyfriend in a nearby area a few days ago. The victim had also cut her hand on repeated occasions. Cops are also investigating if there was any foul play behind her death. Police have started a detailed probe in this regard.
April 7, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals It can be the worst feeling: You look down at your smartphone and that red sliver of a battery is blinking up at you, threatening to shut off your connectivity to the world.Israel-based startup StoreDot has released a video claiming that it can charge your smartphone in 30 seconds. In the demo, StoreDot charges a Samsung Galaxy S4. Take a look for yourself below.The technology — if it’s real — would be a complete game changer.Related: Time for a Talk: Don’t Let Your Phone Be a Selfish Boyfriend (or Girlfriend)We are inclined to err on the skeptical side with these sorts of revolutionary YouTube video unveilings. But the StoreDot team is duly impressive. The company’s founder, Dr. Doron Myersdorf, is an entrepreneurial veteran with two Silicon Valley startups under his belt already.StoreDot’s innovations in nanotechnology are based on building blocks called Nanodots, which are structured after biologically originating nano-crystals. StoreDot claims that its nanotechnology developments have the potential to revolutionize smartphones and TV displays, batteries, bio-LEDs and bio-lasers.Related: Android? Nope. iOS? No Way. Samsung’s Newest Smart Watch Will Use a Different Operating System.It’s all pretty mind-melding stuff for the brains of us plebeians. If it can charge our smartphones in 30 seconds, though, we are totally in. 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »
4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Are you an investor looking for the next best socially minded business or an entrepreneur looking for hot industries where you can have a big impact? Then education should be near the top of your list.The education-technology sector is ripe for disruption, investment and rapid growth, while offering the coveted opportunity to dramatically alter people’s lives and the global economy.The number of new startups and funding arriving to the field is undeniable (according to CB Insights, industry funding reached $1.25 billion last year). Yet it’s one of a few sectors that have not caught up with the wave of innovation that has transformed the manufacturing, media and health care industries. Related: Cornering a Missed Pocket of the Ed-Tech MarketU.S. education is poised for change. Teachers and students alike are increasingly disillusioned, disheartened and disengaged. American students’ performance on standardized tests has been disappointing.Professors cite incoming students’ lack of college readiness and business leaders point to a significant gap between the skills employees need and those possessed by job seekers. Yet, the possibility of improving education has never been brighter. Leaders are calling for more rigorous standards, greater accountability and innovation. Schools and colleges are ready to change the status quo and technology can play a critical role in this transformation.Educational institutions need better curriculum materials; streamlined systems; tools that empower educators, students and parents; and a commitment to embrace the change.Technology combined with educational expertise can have a powerful effect on learning. The Center for Digital Education estimates that U.S. public elementary schools and colleges and universities will spend $20.4 billion on ed tech in 2014. The greatest areas of growth in this field are being driven by two emerging educational models: blended learning, a combination of face-to-face and online instruction, and personalized learning, educational activities tailored to students’ individual needs as determined by frequent assessments.To be clear, no technology can outperform a great educator. The best ed-tech offerings must reflect this by freeing up educators’ time and empowering them with data and tools that enhance their ability to teach.Imagine the impact on student achievement and outcomes if educators and institutions were armed with the caliber of technology that doctors and hospitals are starting to embrace.The challenges in education require an infusion of passionate new ideas and voices.Related: Why Everyone Wants a Piece of Ed TechBefore jumping headlong into ed tech, understand some unique market conditions in this burgeoning sector. State governmental regulations can create a significant barrier to innovation, as can the slow pace of institutional decision making.System-wide purchasing cycles in schools and districts and colleges and universities last nearly a year. That’s why many startups focus on freemium-pricing models and letting individual educators adopt their tools as opposed to institution-wide procurement.Additionally, standards and policies vary across states, which can increase development costs and complicate the sales process. That said, the adoption of Common Core State Standards for kindergarten through grade 12 has allowed for some efficiencies.To succeed in ed tech, investors, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies must take into account these guidelines:Offer solutions that challenge the status quo and foster innovation among educators. New technologies can’t simply digitize a paper-based system.Entrepreneurs who think they know education because they went to school will fail. This is a complex ecosystem with ever-changing needs. Understand current issues, policies and trends. Spend time in schools or on college campuses and talk with education professionals.The voices of educators, students and parents are integral to identifying real educational needs and for product development and implementation.Understand as well that there has been a legacy of great educators and administrators. Yet, technology with the power to change education can fit seamlessly into an institution’s workflow and enhance instruction, instead of seeking to replace it.Establish a clear and realistic path to generating revenue that factors in sales cycles, institutions’ and educators’ funding sources and budgets and perceived value.Authenticity is paramount. Be motivated by mission, not money. America’s students and education institutions deserve the best. More entrepreneurs with new ideas and innovations are needed — as well as real solutions that will help educators and students. Do you have what it takes to be the next great ed-tech entrepreneur? Related: This Is Bill and Melinda Gates’ Prediction for the Future of Online Education Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. February 20, 2015 Register Now »