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Thursday, July 30, 2015

With Lord Meghnad Desai in Jaipur

With Madhu, Nondon Bagchi and Chef Niru Gupta
Thursday, July 30, Jaipur: I shall leave for Kolkata today evening. I had gone to Kolkata from Delhi and spent a quiet Sunday at home. On Monday (July 27) we had the Recipe Rendezvous event with Niru Gupta who was in conversation with Nondon Bagchi at the Jhaal Farezi.
A economics graduate, Niru Gupta, has written nine books on cookery. She has hosted the popular television programme Khana Khazana and Meri Saheli. The three easy-to-make dishes which Niru gave a demo were til-e-paneer, pineapple and cheese salad and chilled lemon pie. All three were much appreciated by the mostly women guests.
With Lord Desai at the Write Circle
On Tuesday afternoon I took a flight from Kolkata to Jaipur and in the evening attended a private dinner hosted by Thakur Digvijay Singh and his wife Usha. It was nice of the couple to host this dinner for me which was long due.
Wednesday and today's morning were dedicated to Lord Meghnad Desai and his wife Lady Kishwar Desai. There was the unveiling of a book rack at the ITC Rajputana of the authors who participated in the Write Circle till date. Today morning Lord Meghnad Desai was the 20th guest author of Write Circle
At the Book Rack unveiling with Lord Desai
To mark this, all the 20 authors’ autographed books would be kept for ITC Rajputana’s guests in Jharokha.
The Book Rack unveiling event was changed at the last minute to a love story event between Nargis and Sunil Dutt after the arrival of Lord Meghnad Desai and Lady Kishwar in Jaipur. We decided that as Lord Meghnad will be giving a serious talk in tomorrow’s Write Circle event why not have something different. So I, along with Lady and Lord Desai, landed up reading the love letters between Sunil Dutta and Nargis, which, of course, was from the book “Darlingji” which is based on their life and written by Lady Kishwar Desai.
With Lady Kishwar and Lord Meghnad Desai
I must thank Jayshree Periwal’s school music teacher Sharon and their student Rajyashree Kanodia who helped us during the rehearsal just before the programme which turned out really well.
Post event, I hosted a small sit down dinner to meet and greet Lord and Lady Desai.
With Lady Kishwar Desai at the sit down dinner
Today morning, Irina Garg, an IRS Officer who is the Director General, National Institute of Marketing, Jaipur, under the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, was in conversation with Lord Meghnad Desai. 
Irina is the wife of Shailendra Agarwal, IAS, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Art and Culture, Government of Rajasthan. It was very nice of her to agree to do the conversation and she is very well conversed with the books and subjects of Lord Desai.
I am flying back to Kolkata today. Here also I have a lot of work on my itinerary this weekend.
ess bee

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Planning next WFUNA plenary

July 26, 2015: I went to Delhi by a late evening flight on Wednesday, July 22. The next day, July 23, I was busy with IFUNA officials discussing and planning the next WFUNA Plenary Assembly that will be held on November 18-22, 2015 at Vancouver, Canada.
With Daniella
In fact, IFUNA has called an Executive Committee meeting on August 7 in this connection that I am going to miss due to a prior commitment in Kolkata. 
On Friday also I had luncheon meetings and then in the evening I had dinner with Daniella and Ranvir Bhandari at their residence. I really like the way they have done up their house in Gurgaon. They are both good friends of mine, and a quiet evening with them was long due.
With Ranvir Bhandari
Before boarding for Kolkata on Sunday, I had a lunch meeting with a senior police officer at the Hyatt’s Italian restaurant, which is my favourite lunch destination apart from India International Centre (IIC) dining hall.
Before leaving Kolkata for Delhi on Tuesday, July 21, I attended a dinner to welcome Samrat Datta, General Manager, Taj Bengal hosted by K Mohanchandran. 
With Suman and Swastika
Swastika, Suman and I were the last to leave as we were talking about Suman’s upcoming film Shesher Kobita.
ess bee

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Kalam series takes off in Jaipur

July 21, 2015: The last two weeks I was so occupied that I could not post a blog. On Monday (July 13) I took a flight from Kolkata to Jaipur and attended a private dinner and after that I met up with few friends. By the time I reached my hotel ITC Rajputana it was 2.30 AM.
Again on Tuesday (July 14) I had a few meetings in the morning and in the evening there was another series of the Write Circle event with Anuja Chauhan. 
With Anuja Chauhan at the Write Circle, Jaipur
Earlier, the Author's Afternoon with Anuja Chauhan in Kolkata on June 2 was extremely successful and we had requested her to come as a guest author for the Write Circle. In fact, I have requested her to be in Patna and Raipur also for Kalam.
Kalam is a new series that I have initiated in Patna and Raipur, which is based on the same lines of An Author's Afternoon and Write Circle in Kolkata and Jaipur respectively. As of today, we have already had two episodes in Patna and one in Raipur.
Author Prabhat Ranjan and Pankaj Dubey were the guest authors in Patna and Raipur. Very recently we made a debut of Kalam in Jaipur in association with Dainik Bhaskar.
With V K Singh at KALAM, Jaipur
Shri V K Singh, ex-Army chief of India and the current Minister-in-Charge of State for External Affairs, was the guest at the event.
In Jaipur, I have initiated Kalam in association with Dainik Bhaskar for the Hindi and regional authors. The first Kalam edition was held at the Marriott Coffee Shop called Okra. The event was a hit from the word go. All the partners and presenters of the series were very happy.
After Anuja’s Write Circle, I went to the Jai Mahal Palace and had dinner with a few family friends and from there I went to attend a birthday party of another friend at Ambrosia Farms. Again, by the time I was back to my hotel, it was past 3 AM. The next morning (July 15) I took a flight to Delhi.
In Delhi, I attended the book release function of Deepta Roy Chakraverti for the launch of her book Bhangarh to BedlamHaunted Encounters at the Gulmohar Hall of India Habitat Centre.
At the Rajasthan Forum meeting
July 16 early morning I returned to Jaipur from Delhi. After having a couple of meetings went to IHMR Institute to attend the meeting of Rajasthan Forum. After the Forum meeting there were two other meetings to attend and then I went to Anand Van banquet for a for dinner hosted by Reena and Dr Sudhir Bhandari.
With V K Singh at lunch
The next day, July 17, was again a very busy day as I hosted a lunch for Dr V K Singh and who was in Jaipur on my invitation. In the evening, I had dinner with Dr V K Singh at the Peshawari and also invited Lt General Arun Kumar Sahni, Commander-in-Chief, South Western Command, Jaipur, Vinnie and Saurabh Kakkar and Anamika and Sunil Gupta.
Weekend Saturday July 18 was again full of meetings and I was back in Kolkata.
The whole of yesterday and today I was busy in office. This whole month is full of events like Recipe Rendezvous and the tete-a-tea series at the end of the month. Also, there are many other social commitments to meet.
I shall fly off to Delhi tomorrow.
ess bee

Sunday, July 12, 2015

At the Belaseshe special screening

12 July, 2015: Yesterday evening I attended a special screening of the Bengali film Belaseshe at the INOX Movies at Quest Mall
With Shreya and Radhika
The screening was organized jointly by the Bajoria Charitable Foundation and Prabha Khaitan Foundation and attended by the main star cast of the film including Soumitra Chattopadhyay and Rituparna Sengupta. 
Director Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay was also present.
Belaseshe has been much appreciated by the audience and has completed 75 days on the screen and is still running. It was surprising that a large number of non-Bengali guests came to see the movie which is about family relations and enjoyed it thoroughly.
With Indrani and Utsav
There were only 71 seats available in the Gold Class and the requests poured in for attending the show was very high. We had to decline many others who were keen to come for the special screening. 
The INOX facilities at the Quest Mall are quite suitable for special screenings.
With Soumitra da
There was a small function at the end of the show in which Soumitra da and others were felicitated with flower bouquets.
I am planning to organize a bigger screening of the film for Pronam members with Kolkata Police. The venue and other logistics have to be worked out.
ess bee

Friday, July 10, 2015

Pronam annual event at South City International School

With minister, Mr Manish Gupta, Mr Surajit Kar Purkayastha (IPS), June Maliah and Arindam Sil launching Police magazine "Sesh thekay shuru"
July 10, 2015: Today evening was the the annual program of Pronam organized by Kolkata Police's South Suburban Division (SSD) at the South City International School auditorium.
I attended the event on behalf of The Bengal along with few other member of the core team Arindam Sil and June Maliah. Honourable Minister-in-Charge of Power & Non-conventional Energy, Mr Manish Gupta, was the chief guest. Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, Mr Surajit Kar Purkayastha, IPS, was also present.
A quarterly police magazine “Sesh thekay Shuru” was unveiled by the minister on the occasion.
A large number of senior citizen of Pronam were there at the spacious auditorium of the school. The event concluded with a cultural program.
ess bee

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

An Author's Afternoon with Kishwar Desai


July 7, 2015: Today evening was the 23rd episode of An Author's Afternoon at The Taj Bengal. Author Kishwar Desai was the chief guest in coversation with Suman Mukhopadhyay. It was a well attended event and the first one to be addressed by Samrat Dutta, the new General Manager of Taj Bengal. Kishwar is the wife of Lord Meghnad Desai and is based in London.
With Kishwar Desai
Suman did a good job engaging Kishwar, a former print and broadcast journalist with NDTV who later took to writing books, into sharing varied aspects of her life and work with the audience. 
Kishwar's first novel Witness the Night won the Costa Book Award in 2010 for best first novel and since then has been translated into 25 languages. Her critically acclaimed novel Origins of Love was published in 2012. She also wrote a biography – Darlingji: The True Love Story of Nargis and Sunil Dutt. 
In all, she has written four novels the latest one The Sea of Innocence was recently published in India and would soon be published in UK and Australia. Whenever I am in London, I always meet, among others, Kishwar and Lord Desai. The last time I had met the couple at the Asia House over tea. 
The Author's Afternoon series has become very successful and popular. Early next month, Lord Desai and Kishwar would join in for another event in Jaipur. 
In the evening, I hosted a small dinner at home for Helen LaFave, the outgoing US Consul General in Kolkata. She would be leaving the city soon. Kishwar and few other friends also joined in.
ess bee

Friday, July 3, 2015

Auction for a cause

With Abir, Locket and Mir
July 3, 2015: I just came back from Hotel Hyatt Regency where there was a fund raising event for the Nepal quake victims organized by Oxfam, Hyatt and sponsored by other organizations.
Last month only I had organized a similar kind of paintings exhibition-cum-sale at the same venue for the same cause.
Oxfam India, the Indian wing of the International organization Oxfam, which operates poverty alleviation programs in over 94 countries, pledged matching contribution for funds raised through the auctions to encourage higher bidding.
With The Bengal members - Bickram, Arindam Sil and Rupa
I participated in the auction at the exhibition-cum-sale of photographs of Nepal, and along with some other colleagues of mine from The Bengal, we bought a photograph as well. Quite of number of eminent Kolkatans and members of the foreign consulates attended the event.
It was a gala affair but somehow, I personally did not like the concept where you spend more money in terms of cash or kind and raise far less for donation. It is a matter of individual choice and doing events for a good cause is always welcome.
With Locket and Britta Leicke Milde, GM, Hyatt Regency Kolkata
My thanks and appreciation to mother-daughter duo of Nisha and Anaina Malik who took the photographs exhibited at the event. I thank Britta and the Hyatt team that came forward to support this initiative.
ess bee