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Saturday, April 29, 2017

An Author’s Afteroon with Dr Swati Lodha

With Dr Swati Lodha, Swaara Lodha, Shailesh Lodha and Samrat Dutta
April 29, 2017: Today evening the 43rd session of An Authors Afternoon was held at The Taj Bengal with guest author Dr Swati Lodha. She was interviewed by her better half, Shailesh Lodha, who is an actor, comedian and writer. Mr Lodha is also widely recognized for his role of Tarak Mehta in one of India’s longest running sitcoms.
With Ranu Bangur
The 43rd session of An Authors Afternoon was, for the second time, after Anupam Kher, held at 2 pm instead of the usual 4 pm. However, the sultry hot summer weather did not dampen the spirits of the invitees who turned up well before time to attend the session. Dr Lodha most talked about parenting or rather “un-parenting” and related it with some of her life’s experiences and learnings.
Dr Swati Lodha has written a couple of books including, Don't Raise Your Children-Raise Yourself, Why Women are What They Are and Come On! Get Set Go. She has received quite a few awards and is the founder of Swash Pvt Ltd, which offers training courses to youth, professionals and women. Her husband, Shailesh Lodha’s sense of wit and humour was contagious right from the word go.
Swati’s latest venture, Life Lemonade, offers corporate training workshops across India for behaviour design, leadership and motivation, life transformation, women empowerment and parenting. The audience, which had a good many number of parents, mostly mothers, actively participated and raised interesting questions on parenting.
I shall be leaving for Jaipur today to attend a wedding function at the J W Marriott.
ess bee

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

At the documentary screening on tigers

With Kaushik Ganguly
April 26, 2017: On April 19 I landed at the Kolkata airport from Hyderabad and went straight to Hotel Hindustan International to attend the celebration party of Kaushik Ganguly whose film Bishorjon has won the National Award for the best Bengali film.
I congratulated him for this stupendous achievement. I attended his success party and met many others who joined him in his happy moment.
At the screening of The Tiger Who Crossed the Line
On Wednesday (April 26) I was the chief guest at an event organized by Society for Heritage and Ecological Researches (SHER) for the special screening of National Award winning wildlife documentary called The Tiger Who Crossed the Line. The documentary was about tigers in India that live outside the forest reserves and game parks.
With Tonushree, Sohini and Arindam Sil
Film maker Arindam Sil introduced the director, Krishnendu Bose, in the presence of Tollywood actresses Tonushree Chakrabarty and Sohini Sarkar and other guests. Both of them have acted in Arindam Sil’s latest film Durga Sohay. I wished them all the best for the film’s premiere which I shall not be able to attend.
With Alexey M Idamkin, Consul General, Russian Federation, Kolkata
Later in the evening, I met Mr Alexey M Idamkin, the new Consul General of the Russian Federation, at the The Taj Bengal Chambers. He replaces Irina Bashkirova.
ess bee

Friday, April 21, 2017

At the launch of The Wrong Turn

With Tisca Chopra and Sanjay Chopra
April 21, 2017: Today was a special book launch function organized by Prabha Khaitan Foundation in association with Hyatt Regency. The event, launch of the book, The Wrong Turn: Love and Betrayal in the Time of Netaji, authored by Namita Roy Ghose and Sanjay Chopra, was held at Hyatt’s Gucchi restaurant.
With Birgit Holm, GM Hyatt Regency and Anjan Dutta
Actress Tisca Chopra engaged the authors in a conversation delving into some of the aspects of the book. Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee was the chief guest of the event and he was joined by special guests Raima Sen, Anjan Dutta and Suvaprasanna. Anjan Dutta read out an excerpt from the book.
With R S Agarwal and author Namita Roy Ghose
The book The Wrong Turn, published by Om Publications, is a riveting saga of love and betrayal in the backdrop of Indian National Army's (INA) march from Kohima to free India from the British. It was a turning point in India's history. The books throws up many questions – What turned the tables? Was it the British and their manipulation? Was it that old Indian curse - betrayal? Someone from within Netaji's own ranks? Were there other forces, waiting in the shadows, closer to home, who stood to gain even more from the INA's defeat? Or was it that old culprit, love, that irrevocably changed the course of India's destiny?
With Raima Sen
Most of us have grown up understanding the British narrative, this book gives us an Indian perspective of what went wrong. The British had no plans to leave India, but then, INA changed things. Seventy years later, the British admit that the twin Battles of Kohima and Imphal with the INA were the greatest battle they had ever fought - even more so than the battles of Waterloo and Dunkirk.
With Nandita Palchoudhury, Madhulika Kanoria
The number of guests who turned up for the event was higher than expected and we had to put on additional chairs to accommodate them. 
With Prosenjit Chatterjee, Tisca Chopra and Namrata Surekha
Kutchina Foundation was the presenter of this event and we also collaborated with the Ladies Study Group.
I must thank Birgit Holm, general manager of Hyatt, for making the event a success with Hyatt’s hospitality support.
ess bee

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kalam debut in Hyderabad

With Guest Speaker, Margaret Alva, at the debut of Kalam series in Hyderabad
April 19, 2017: I took a flight to Hyderabad to attend the launch of popular Kalam series in the city on Tuesday the 18th April. The first session of Kalam was held at The Taj Krishna with Margaret Alva as the Guest speaker. 
With K Mohanchandran
It was good to meet my old friend K Mohanchandran, General Manager, Taj Krishna, and I thanked to him for initiating the Kalam series in Hyderabad Taj Krishna, located in the central Banjara Hills area, is an iconic hotel flaunting Nizami splendour.
Few years ago when he was posted in Kolkata Taj Bengal, we had, in association with Taj Bengal, started An Authors Afternoon series. It is great to start yet another chapter of Kalam series of events in association with Taj Krishna. It was nice to meet Mohanchandran’s wife Seema after a long time.
The first event went off well and we hope many more eventful series in the day to come. We expect to take the Kalam series to few more cities and soon have a pan-India reach. We have already started the series is London.
ess bee

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lunch and Ek Mulakaat with Swraj Paul

With Lord Swraj Paul at the first Ek Mulaakat event in Kolkata
April 16, 2017: I hosted a lunch in honour of Lord Swraj Paul today at The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kolkata. Members of the Consulates and other guests attended the lunch.
With Anil Mukherji of Tollygunge Club
Later in the evening, Lord Swraj Paul was the guest speaker at the first edition of Ek Mulakaat in Kolkata held at hotel Taj Bengal and hosted by Prabha Khaitan Foundation in Kolkata in association with The Tollygunge Club and Calcutta Times
Lord Paul was engaged in a free-wheeling interactive session by Manoj Mohanka.
Lord Paul shared some very interesting anecdotes from his eventful life. He also shared his views on how he viewed India. The conversation covered many important topics from Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, JRD Tata, Narendra Modi, Donald Trump and so on. The event was attended by, among others, members of Tollygunge Club and Tollywood celebs, Gargi and Rituparna Sengupta.
After the successful launch of Ek Mulakaat in Jaipur, Udaipur, Patna and now Kolkata, I have plans to start Kalam in other cities, including Varanasi, Ranchi, Bhubaneshwar and Bangalore.
With Rituparna and Gargi
I shall leave for Hyderabad tomorrow for the first Kalam event the city.
ess bee

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

An Evening with Shatrughan Sinha in Udaipur

At the inauguration of An Evening with Shatrughan Sinha in Udaipur
April 12, 2017: I was in Udaipur to mainly attend an event, An Evening with Shatrughan Sinha, organized by Prabha Khaitan Foundation at Hotel Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resorts & Spa in association with our partner Cultural Rendezvous.
With Shatrughan Sinha as the guest speaker, it was as expected a very lively session which the guests enjoyed immensely.
With Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar
I also took time to meet Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar, Udaipur’s titular King and the 76th custodian of Mewar dynasty. 
This dynasty is considered to be the oldest living dynasty in the world. Mewar ji is a keen sports person and an aviator. He is also the managing trustee of Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF).
Shri Mewar ji did India proud by winning the Lucius Beebe Trophy with this timeless beauty at the 62nd Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, USA, in 2012. He became the first Indian to do so. He was also the man who brought Gandhiji’s iconic glasses back to Udaipur from UK.
Tea party with leading women entrepreneurs at the Leela Hotels
On Friday (April 14) I attended a tea party hosted by Shraddha Muradia at the Leela Hotels, Udaipur, along with a group of leading women entrepreneurs from Rajasthan.
There was a private dinner get-together hosted for me on 11th and 13 th evening as well.
Before I boarded the flight for Kolkata, I had a meeting with Lakshraj Singh regarding our future collaboration for activities in Udaipur.
ess bee

Monday, April 10, 2017

High tea with Cmde Ravi Ahluwalia

With former cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar
April 10, 2017: Yesterday evening I dropped in at the Mainland China to attend the birthday party of Gautam Bhattacharya. I met former cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar at the party along with many other familiar faces.
With Gautam and Rituparna
Today I hosted a tea party to meet and greet Commodore Ravi Ahluwalia, who was the naval officer-in-charge of West Bengal. I also invited few of common friends at The Taj Bengal.
With Commodore Ravi Ahluwalia
I shall be leaving Kolkata for few days and again come back for a day and again go out of city.
ess bee

Friday, April 7, 2017

Vatican Embassy party and book launch

At the Vatican Embassy party in Delhi
April 7, 2017: In ITC Maurya, Delhi. After almost four months I am posting my blog. The past few months were so hectic and I was into so much of travelling that I could not post my blogs. I had also started my personal twitter @sundeepbhutoria and official twitter @essbeeindia along with FaceBook page @essbeeindia as well.
I landed in Delhi yesterday afternoon and checked into my favourite hotel ITC Maurya. In the evening I attended the 4th Anniversary of the Pontificate His Holiness Pope Francis at a function organized by the Vatican Embassy in Delhi.
I met His Excellency, Giambattista Diquattro, the new Ambassador of Holy See in India, who very recently took up his assignment here. Prior to his New Delhi posting he was in Bolivia. The event was attended by the members of the diplomatic corps in Delhi and other guests.
From there, I went to attend the launch of the book “Swayamsiddha” organized by Vaniprakashan. I was invited by Vaniprakashan and the author Devi Prasad Tripathi, who is also the general secretary of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and a Rajya Sabha member. He is also the editor of the quarterly journal Think India. An erudite personality, Sri Tripathi has authored many books and speaks several Indian and foreign languages. He has also delivered lectures in many foreign universities.
His latest book Swayamsiddha is a biography of Sri Sharad Pawar. The event was attended by many eminent personalities including many politicians cutting across party lines. Had a good chat with Pawan Verma, Rahul Bajaj and host Harshvardhan Neotia.
I met quite a few people known to me including Om Thanvi, Ashok Vajpayee at the gathering.
After the event I met up with some friends for a late night coffee.
ess bee