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Monday, April 30, 2012

Dr Sonal Mansingh's birthday party

Monday, April 30, 2012: Yesterday evening I attended Dr Sonal Mansingh’s birthday party at Amatrra Spa lounge at Hotel Ashok. The venue was elegantly decorated and the host was very gracious.
Quite a few personalities from Delhi's social and cultural life were there. I met Sudhir Tailang, Jawahar Sircar and others. I also greeted Shri L K Advani and his wife. Had an informal chat with Pratibha Advani about her books and the documentary film she is doing and her plans to bring them to Kolkata in the near future.
ess bee

Sunday, April 29, 2012

ITC Sheraton Saket

Sunday, April 29, 2012: I landed in Delhi from Jaipur and thanked my goodness that the Air India flight, for once, was on time.
From the airport I went for a luncheon meeting with Dr Sonal Mansingh at the India International Centre Annexe. Dr Mansingh had few ideas which we discussed at length.
After the meeting I checked in at ITC’s property at Saket. It was my first stay in this hotel and to be honest the ITC marketing team had almost forced me to check into this property just as they do in all other cities where ever ITC has a property.
I checked into Room 722 bang opposite the Residence lounge which is my also to my liking. The hotel is located adjacent to the Saket Mall. This time I have checked in for five nights. Let’s see how it goes. I was very impressed when I entered thje room and saw my name embroidered on the pillow. I haven't seen such kind of personalised service before.
Today evening I shall go to the Amatrra Spa Lounge at Hotel Ashok for a birthday party of Dr Sonal Mansingh.
ess bee

The making of Kahaani

I arrived in Rajasthan last week from Kolkata to organise a series of back-to-back events in the pink city. On April 21st Saturday night I hosted a post dinner bash from 11 pm till 1 am at the reception lounge of hotel ITC Rajputana, Jaipur.
With Sujoy Ghosh
The occasion was the presence of Sujoy Ghosh, the director of the popular crime thriller Kahaani, in Jaipur. 
He was in the pink city on my invitation for an interactive session on “The making of Kahaani” with Mita Kapur of Siyahi.
I had kept the arrival time for the guests at 11 pm. I thought that since it was Saturday evening, let the people have their dinner first and get into a relaxed mood and then take a call on whether they wanted to stay on past midnight. I had kept the invitations confined to a limited number of guests.
Next day evening Sujoy Ghosh recounted his behind-the-scenes experiences of making of his low-budget film, Kahaani, that became a box office hit. He shared many interesting anecdotes while the film was being shot.
Also present at the interactive session were the executive producer of the film, Arindam Sil, and Saswata Chatterjee, who enacted the unforgettable character of Bob Biswas –a cool composed cold-blooded contract killer in the film.
The event was organized by Prabha Khaitan Foundation in collaboration with Siyahi, a Jaipur-based Literary Consultancy firm, and hotel ITC Rajputana.
Sujoy Ghosh revealed that he was convinced right from the word go that Vidya Balan was perfectly cut out for the film. He couldn't imagine any other actress for that role.
Ghosh said that he didn't think that Kahaani was a woman-centric film nor was he was trying to prove a point. It all flowed with the plot. His fondness for Kolkata and its iconic and also some of the lesser-known-now-famous landmarks were very apparent in thefilm. Ghosh felt that the city was a character in itself.
There was an interactive question and answer session during which Ghosh strongly denied having lifted some ideas from the Hollywood movie A Mighty Heart which was based on the killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearland featuredAngelina Jolie.
The film Kahaani, which reveals a twist in the tale at the climax, has the “unreliable narrator method” of storytelling which has been made popular by novelists like Agatha Christie and Sidney Sheldon. The trick is to make the audience believe the narrator. In this case Vidya... ooops ....`Bidya' Balan.
I have heard from some movie aficionados that the most famous scene in Kahaani has an amazing similarity with the 2004 Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke starrer Taking Lives where one of the lead characters, played by Angelina Jolie, removes a prosthetic belly bulge to counter attack a serial killer. Vidya Bagchi does the same in Kahaani.
I think despite this uncanny similarity, Kahaani holds on to its own because of the local context, excellent cinematography and smart presentation. I hope to see more such movies in the days ahead.
While screening of “The Making of Kahaani” many probasi Bengalis witnessed the scenes of Kolkata. During the interactive session a couple of them got emotional as they had not visited the city for over a decade or so.
I think the screening of “The Making of Kahaani” for the first time in Jaipur was a perfectly-timed gift for Jaipur which is commemorating the the celebrations of 100 years of Hindi Cinema.
ess bee

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Ideating events for Rajasthan


Saturday April 28, 2012: I had quite a few meetings yesterday and today as I am keen to initiate a series of events and activities in Rajasthan by involving as many organizations as possible.
I had a meeting with Ficci FLO newly-elected Chairperson, Ms Vinnie Kakkar, and few of her committee members and discussed the possibility of holding some of the events jointly. I offered them an event on Rabindranath Tagore which was in my mind for quite some time.
I also met Prakash Surana, the man behind 30-year-old organization called Shruti Mandal, and one of the most reputed organizations in Rajasthan as far as classical music and dance is concerned.
I discussed the idea of Tagore event with Surana ji and requested if Shruti Mandal would come on board to host this event jointly with Ficci FLO. I mentioned that my idea of including Shruti Mandal is because it has the right kind of audience for the event I have conceptualized.
I am mentally prepared to do the Tagore event in the Pink City on the 13th of May, 2012, and it seems that both Shruti Mandal and Ficci FLO will come on board to pay tribute to Gurudev.
My only regret today is that I missed a luncheon meeting with Shobhna Bhartiya hosted by the Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly, Dipendra Singh Shekhawat, and also missed the Bihari Purashkar event in the evening. I was keen to attend the Bihari Purashkar as my late mother was a recipient of the award that I had collected on her behalf many years ago.
Tomorrow I shall fly out to Delhi.
ess bee

Friday, April 27, 2012

Small town with a heart for classical music

Friday April 27, 2012: Yesterday I drove down to Sikar and returned late at night. I went to attend a function organized by an institute called Abhivyakti. I am familiar with Abhivyakti and its director, Dr Anupama Saxena, for quite a few years now.
Prabha Khaitan Foundation has been supporting their activities for quite some time and I never got a chance to visit and see their activities in person. Every year they have been inviting me and regularly followed up with my office to ensure that I could be in Sikar for their annual function. This time they succeeded.
With Dr Anupama Saxena and Mr Bhatnagar, DM, Sikar
Actually, I was supposed to attend a family wedding at Sujangarh on the evening of April 25th so I thought it would be convenient for me to attend on May 26th. As often happens with me when in Rajasthan, I could not attend the wedding due to time crunch. But there was no way I could avoided this function.
After the function, I had dinner with the Mr Gaurav Srivastava, IPS, Superintendent of Police and Mr Dharmendra Bhatnagar, District Collector and District Magistrate, Sikar, and their family. At the function I also met Ms Rita Singh. I have known Ms Rita Singh, Zila Pramukh, Sikar, from before when she was in Kolkata and we met again.
With Mrs and Mr Bhatnagar, DM, Jaigobind Indoria, Rita Singh, Zilla Pramukh Mrs and Mr Rahul Srivastav, SP
Before I end this column, I would like to mention that the cultural performance that I saw in this small town with limited resources and means was an eye-opener. It was great. They have a heart for art. It is a fact that the true Indian culture lives and thrives in the smaller towns and villages.
I think Dr Anupama Saxena deserves all the compliments and best wishes for running such a wonderful dance institution in a small town that has gave India sarangi maestro, Padma Bhushan, Ustad Sultan Khan, who passed away in Mumbai last November.
I announced a scholarship in his name for students who wanted to learn classical Indian dance.
ess bee

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Rani Lakshmi Kumari Chundawat – a remarkable lady

With Rani Lakshmi Kumari Chundawat at her residence
Wednesday, April 25, 2012: Yesterday afternoon I met Rani Lakshmi Kumari Chundawat at her residence. Rani ji is an amazing magnanimous lady – a countenance of grace, class and intelligence wrapped in charming personality.
About ten years ago I had communicated with this remarkable lady through letters but never got to meet her in person. So this time when she was unable to come for the April 24th Rajasthan Ratna Award function due to ill health, I decided that I must go and meet her personally.
I was impressed to find a spry 96-year-old elegant lady. Born in June, 1916, she would be 97 next month. She conversed with me in crisp English and was extremely gracious. She appreciated my recent efforts and initiatives to promote artistes, writers and theatre personalities from the state and also those living outside Rajasthan.
She autographed a copy of her book From Purdah to the People for me. The book From Purdah to the People is the story of Rani Lakshmi Kumari Chundawat's courageous struggle to leave the feudal society she was born into and make a public life for herself in modern India. She also discussed about the book Ananya Si Ananya authored by my late mother Prabha Khaitan.
Rani ji had joined the Indian National Congress and also been a member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly and the Rajya Sabha. She had won Padma Shri in 1984 for her contribution to the Rajasthani literature.
The meeting with Rani Lakshmi Kumari Chundawat is one of the most memorable meetings of my life and I am grateful to her daughter Rajeshwari Kumari (picture) who had been kind enough to accompany me.
I also met other family members as well including her son Balbhadra Singh who has served in the Indian Police service.
ess bee

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Rajasthan Ratna, Padma Shri awardees felicitated

With Rajasthan Ratna and Padma Shri awardees of 2012
Tuesday, April 25, 2012: On the evening of April 24th I organized a felicitation reception for Rajasthan Ratna Awardees 2012 and Padma Shri recipients of the year.
Padma Shri Lakshmi Kumari Chundawat, Padma Shri Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Padma Shri Vijaydan Detha along with Padma Shri recipients for the year 2012 Shri Devendra Jhajrija, Shri Limba Ram, Shri Mohan Lal Kumhar, Shri Sakar Khan Manganiar, Shri Swapan Guha, were on the same platform created by the Rajasthan National Forum with all the artistes of the desert state on board.
With Mr H M Bangur
I had initiated this event and Mr H M Bangur, Managing Director, Shree Cements Ltd, and Co-chairman of Rajasthan National Forum, was kind enough to host this gala function.
All the five Padma Shri awardees of 2012 attended the function, but two of the Rajasthan Ratna awardees, Padma Shri Lakshmi Kumari Chundawat and Padma Shri Vijaydan Detha could not attend due to health reasons. Shri C P Deval, who is also a Padma Shri recipient and a relative of Vijaydan Detha, attended the function on his behalf.
With Vaibhav Gehlot and Prashant Bangur
Lakshmi Kumari Chundawat’s son and daughter were there on her behalf. Laxmi Kumari is currently 96-year-old. She had joined the Indian National Congress and also been a member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly and the Rajya Sabha. She had won Padma Shri in 1984 for her contribution to Rajasthani literature.
With H M Bangur awarding Swapan Guha
The felicitation gathering was attended by the state’s leading artistes, bureaucrats and industrialists. Everybody seemed happy and elated since this was the first time that the Government of Rajasthan had announced and conferred the Rajasthan Ratna Award that was followed up by a felicitation function.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was scheduled to attend the function but could not as he got stuck in Mumbai. His son Vaibhav Gehlot attended as did other politicians cutting across party lines.
ess bee

Monday, April 23, 2012

The `kaha nahi' about Kahaani

With Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur

23rd April, 2012: Monday: Saturday night April 21st I hosted a post dinner bash from 11 pm till 1 am at the residence lounge of hotel ITC Rajputana in Jaipur.
The occasion was the presence of Sujoy Ghosh, the director of the crime thriller Kahaani, in Jaipur. He was in the pink city on my invitation for an interactive session on “The making of Kahaani” with Mita Kapur of Siyahi.
I had kept the arrival time for the guests at 11 pm. I thought that since it was Saturday evening let the people have their dinner first and get into a relaxed mood and take a call on whether they wanted to stay on past midnight. I had kept the invitations confined to few guests.
I was told later that it was the first time that such an post-dinner event format was held in the pink city.
There was a lot of bonhomie as the guests interacted with Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur who was accompanied by her husband Maharaj Narendra Singh, Mayor of Jaipur Jyoti Khandelwal, the chief of Army in Jaipur Lt Gen Gyan Bhushan and Maj Gen K J S Thind.
With the Chief of Army in Jaipur Lt Gen Gyan Bhushan and Maj Gen K J S Thind
Among others were hoteliers Sunil Gupta and Randhir Mandawa. Advertising and marketing professional Ajay Chopra, social worker Bhawana Jagwani, educationist Jayshree Periwal and businessman Rupinder Periwal an others.
With Sudanshu Pant, IAS
Sunday evening Sujoy Ghosh recounted his behind-the-scenes experiences of making of his low-budget film, Kahaani, that became a box office hit. He shared many interesting anecdotes while the film was being shot.
Also present at the session were executive producer of the film, Arindam Sil, and Saswata Chatterjee, who enacted the unforgettable character of Bob Biswas – a cool composed cold-blooded contract killer in the film.
The event was organized by Prabha Khaitan Foundation in collaboration with Siyahi, a Jaipur-based Literary Consultancy firm, and hotel ITC Rajputana.
Sujoy Ghosh revealed that he was convinced right from the word go that Vidya Balan was perfectly cut out for the film. He couldn't imagine any other actress for that role.
Ghosh said that he didn't think that it was a woman-centric film or he was trying to prove a point. It all flowed with the plot. His fondness for Kolkata and its iconic and also some of the lesser-known-now-famous landmarks were very apparent in the film. Ghosh felt that the city was a character in itself.
There was an interactive question and answer session during which Ghosh strongly denied having lifted some ideas from the Hollywood movie A Mighty Heart which was based on the killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and featured Angelina Jolie.
The making of Kahaani was held in Jaipur to commemorate the celebrations of 100 years of Hindi Cinema.
ess bee

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Whose fault is it!

I wonder how many times you have faced an awkward situation when you found two of your friends sparring over some not-so-pleasant incident. It so happened last weekend with me.
I was invited to attend a show in Kolkata that was based on India's popular mythology – Mahabharata. The show was conceptualized and directed by a friend of mine and the performers were all well-known faces from Tollywood. I usually keep Sundays for myself and try to stay away from social engagements to the extent possible. Accordingly, I gave the show a miss.
At late night, I was informed that a leading actress of Tollywood, who was to play one of the key roles in the show, had left the venue without performing her act. I was rather surprised since I know the actress personally.
What I gathered was that she was supposed to take a post 8 pm flight to Mumbai and the show got delayed. She insisted that the organizers should allow her part of the performance first so that she could catch her flight. This was not feasible because the mythological story or series follow a certain storyline which negates the possibility of altering sequences, at least on such short notice.
I think any such move would be foolhardy and draw endless criticism from all quarters. There is a limit to the artistic license or liberty that one can stretch. Finally, the person who conceptualized the show told her to leave the show without performing and she did that. Someone else had to take in her place and perform at the last minute to keep the show on.
Next morning when I spoke to my friend he told me that the show had started just 30 minutes late. He also said that he did change the sequence when she insisted to the extent possible as it was not possible to start the event before the conclusion of the first part i.e., the award function. He said that if she did not realise the gravity of the show then there's little the organisers could have done.
When I spoke to the actress friend of mine, she told me that she had duly informed the organizers, well in advance, that she had to leave at that time.
I have been thinking, whose fault was it – The organizers or the actress?
I think none of them are at fault. The problem is the faulty and unprofessional manner in which our system works – beset with over commitments, delays, lack of time management and, in some cases, the old habits die hard.
We as the audience are in the habit of not reaching on time, stars always keep couple of commitments at the same time, many chief guests don't arrive on time, most celebs think that until and unless they keep the audience and the media waiting for a while, they wouldn't be noticed. Their being late is also supposed to convey the message how busy they are. The overall atmosphere lacks professionalism.
This week Harsh Neotia and I hosted a get together in honor of Soumitra Chatterjee and other national cine award winners in the current year. Soumitra Chatterjee was happy with the event and thanked us. But I feel we must thank Soumitra making us all proud.
ess bee

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Events for the desert state

With Kiran Soni Gupta, IAS, Madhukar Gupta,DC, Jaipur and others
April 21, 2012: Today morning I arrived in Jaipur from Kolkata. I never take morning flights. As I had written earlier, there are few days of the year when I confine myself indoors and avoid travelling and 20th April was one of those days.
So, I skipped the 20th afternoon fight and instead took the 21st flight to Jaipur. I had a series of events already lined up in Jaipur.
Today later afternoon Desert Storm was flagged off and the first Guest of the event was, Sudhir Tailang, India's famous cartoonist.
About three months ago I had initiated the Desert Soul event in Jaipur in collaboration with ITC Rajputana.
I never thought the response in the desert state would be so good and encouraging.
The local civil society in Jaipur is still somewhat confused about the difference of the two series that I have started, namely - Desert
Soul and Desert Storm.
From left with Sunil Gupta and Sudhir Tailang
I launched Desert Soul to provide a platform to the talented people from different walks of life who have worked towards contributing to the state and the civil society. It also provides an opportunity to those whose talents and abilities have not been showcased properly.
Desert Storm, on the other hand, is a series aimed at providing a platform to those people who are originally from Rajasthan but made it big in their field anywhere in India.
Sudhir Tailang, one of the most renowned cartoonists of India, was the first guest of today's evening.
The response was so overwhelming that our regular event lounge of the ITC Rajputana Jaipur property seemed small. Perhaps, the next Desert Soul or Desert Storm event would need a bigger venue.
Today, late at night, I'll host a get-together over deserts and coffee to meet Sudhir Tailang, film director Sujoy Ghosh of Kahaani fame, the executive producer of Kahaani, Arindam Sil, and Saswata Chatterjee who played the character of Bob Biswas in the film.
Before the Desert Storm event I, along with Sudhir Tailang, also inaugurated the exhibition of Kiran Soni Gupta, IAS.
ess bee

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Meeting with Kaushiki


April 18, 2012: Today afternoon I had a meeting with Kaushiki Desikan, daughter of renowned Indian classical singer Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty.
I have known Kaushiki, a prominent classical vocalist of India, since quite a few years now. I met her first at a function organised for releasing my mother's book Krishna Dhram Ma In few weeks after her death and on her birthday – 1st of November.
Smt Sarla Birla had released the book on that day which was followed by a performance on Krishna Dharam Ma In by Succhanndra, Arjun Chakraborty and other friends.
Kaushiki came to meet me to discuss about a classical function she is organizing on the 5th of May at the Science City 1. I discussed with her the possibility of Prabha Khaitan Foundation collaborating for that event.
ess bee

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Felicitating Soumitra da


Tuesday, April 17, 2012: Yesterday evening Harsh Neotia and I hosted a felicitation-cum-dinner reception for Soumitra Chatterjee on being awarded the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award and other National Award Winners like Anjan Dutt (Special Jury Award, Ranjana Aami Aar Ashbo Na), Rana Sarkar (Producer, Ranjana Aami Aar Ashbo Na, Best Bengali Film), Neel Dutta (Best Music Director, Ranjana Aami Ashbo Na), Mayook Bhaumik (Best Background Score, Laptop), Roopa Ganguly (Best female playback singer, Abasheshey) and Indranil Ghosh (Best production design, Noukadubi).

With National Award winners at the reception
In fact, I was lucky that all of them were available on the same day which is normally very difficult.
The dinner was organized at the Club Verde Vista located in the Upohar complex. It was my third visit to this complex. The first visit was when Harsh took around the place, the second time was when I did a cameo in Tony’s film Aparajita Tumi that was shot in that complex.
Although the weather was a little humid, the guests still enjoyed the bar setup on the lawns.
Soumitra da was overwhelmed and was thanking me and Harsh for the felicitation. but I think we must all thank Soumitra Chatterjee for giving us this honor especially when we are celebrating 100 years of cinema.
ess bee

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The `God factor'

This week panic gripped Kolkatans who were scared out of their homes and offices, especially the high rises, by the tremors that hit the subcontinent and beyond. In matter of minutes, a large number of panic-stricken people across the city were out on the streets as cracks appeared on buildings and mobile lines got jammed by anxious calls to dear ones. The Kolkata tremors awakened in me memories of the fateful day of 9/11 when I was in New York in a hotel near ground zero from where I witnessed the towers come down and then I had to rush down to the streets from my hotel room with others, quite like the way Kolkatans did recently.
The visuals of buildings developing cracks in the local television channels further compounded people's fears who began to speculate on the possibility of a tsunami striking the coasts as many countries issued warnings and advisories on a national scale. Once again it was a pointer to the fact that despite mankind's technological advancement, we are still defenceless before nature or natural calamities.
I too got many calls and SMSes from friends and well-wishers across India who inquired about our well being. I found the people in general were hardly relieved even after news of the warnings were called off or downgraded. It is a fact that people by nature trust bad things more than good things.
On another catastrophic occasion when cyclone Aila ravaged large tracts in and around Bengal in 2009, people in the countryside were skeptical when told that the cyclone was finally weakening. I can relate to two things that have become the part of the collective consciousness of people in this part of India. First the proliferation of the television channels that bring to us the scary images of sufferings and destruction that these calamities leave it its wake. Second, the lack of disaster preparedness on the part of the government.
Another thing that I noticed was the “God factor”. Most of the people who called me up or sent me texts did mention directly or indirectly about God. In times of need and despair we all remember God. So many times we call out to Lord Rama, Jesus or Allah.
Interestingly some of mankind's eternal question – Does God exist! formed the theme of a book reading session at the Starmark in South City Mall recently. The event took place a few days prior to the earthquake.
The book, Rendezvous With God, authored by Abhilasha Agarwal. I, along with Roopa Ganguly, Sanatan Dinda, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and others, have contributed by sharing our personal experiences of moments when we felt the presence of God in our life. I shared my experience of 9/11 in New York on the day the towers came crashing down and I escaped by a narrow margin. That was when I not only thanked God from my heart I actually felt that I lived to tell the tale due to divine intervention. I was actually supposed to visit one of the buildings on that fateful day but a sudden change of plans changed my life and my view towards life forever.
ess bee

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Poila Baishakh

April 14, 2012: April 14th is Poila Baishakh or the Bengali New Year's day celebrated in Bengal and Bangladesh. 
King Shosangko of ancient Bengal is credited with the advent of the Bengali era.
Today morning I went to Nandan II where the screening of a film Teen Murti for Pronam members was scheduled.
With Subrata Bakshi and Manoj Mitra
The members of Pronam were very happy to watch a film on the Bengali New Year day.
Subrata Bakshi, Hon’ble Minister for Public Works and the Minister for Transport, Government of West Bengal, veteran artist, Manoj Mitra (picture) and Commissioner of Police, R K Pachnanda were there, the CEO of Nandan, Jadav Mondal (picture), was also present on the occasion.
With Jadav Mandal
I had a cup of tea with the members of Pronam and then rushed to PurpleThe Studio has recently been established by Pritimoy Chakraborty who is known to me.
I went there on the invitation of Kaushik Ganguly who invited the Laptop team to celebrate Poila Baishakh over lunch.
ess bee

Friday, April 13, 2012

Laptop – a great film

Friday, April 13, 2012: Yesterday, I was out of office for the whole day. I had three separate meetings at the ITC Sonar in the morning followed by a luncheon meet at The Oberoi Grand where also I attended a programme after lunch meet in which Aparajita excellence award was given at The Ballroom organized by FICCI Ladies' body.
Then after that I had another meeting with Prosenjit Chatterjee at The Oberoi itself. Prosenjit and I are thinking of initiating a programme “Apni-O-Police”.
In the evening I went to see the movie Laptop at Priya Cinema
I think it is one of the finest Bengali films I have seen in recent times. 
With Gautam Kundu and Kaushik
The director not only paid attention to the minute details but also all the characters gave their best performance.
This was the first film Ananya Chatterjee has acted in since she won the award for the Best Actress.
The way human relations are portrayed in the film without any dialogues is remarkable. Seeing the film you begin to empathise with the characters and share the subtleties of human relationships. The absence of dialogue makes it all the more poignant.
Congratulations to Kaushik and Churni.
ess bee

Monday, April 9, 2012

Events ahead

With Priyanka Bose and Priyanshu
April 9, 2012: Today morning I went to the Frankfinn Air Hostess Institute near Dover Lane for a guest appearance in Gautam Ghosh’s upcoming movie. Lot of desk work has piled up in my office due to the series of events that I have taken up. 
These back to back events, scheduled over the next few weeks, would be in Kolkata and Jaipur.
A felicitation event over cocktails and dinner would be organized by my foundation -Prabha Khaitan Foundation- in association with Club Verde Vista on Monday, April 16, 2012, at the Club Verde Vistato felicitate Soumitra Chatterjee and other award winners.
Guest appearance at the shooting of a scene from Gautam Ghosh's film
On April 21, 2012, the Desert Storm series of events would be flagged of. Sudhir Tailang, the famous Indian Cartoonist, would be the first guest of that event organized by Rajasthan National Forum, of which I am the President, and ITC Rajputana, Jaipur.
I am also hosting on behalf of Prabha Khaitan Foundation, in collaboration with Siyahi, a literary consultancy in Jaipur, a chit chat session on the most talked film of the country Kahaani in Jaipur with director Sujoy Ghosh and executive producer, Arindam Sil, over evening tea at the ITC Rajputana on April 22, 2012.
Then, on April 24, 2012, a reception dinner would be hosted by H M Bangur, Co-Chairman of Rajasthan National Forum and Managing Director of Shree Cement Limited at Hotel Mariott, Jaipur, in honour of the recent Rajasthan Ratna awardees - Padma Shri Lakshmi Kumari Chundawat, Padma Shri Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Padma Shri Vijaydan Detha and this year’s Padmashree recipients Devendra Jhajrija, Limba Ram, Mohan Lal Kumhar, Sakar Khan Manganiar and Shri Swapan Guha.
All these proposed events demands a lot of time. I, however, could not say no to Gautam Ghosh’s daughter Anandi as not only is she working with me in The Bengal but is also a friend.
ess bee