Sundeep Bhutoria

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Lunch with Meeryung and Craig

With Meeryung and Craig L Hall, US Consul General in Kolkata
31 July, 2017: I hosted a lunch for Mrs Meeryung Hall and Mr Craig L Hall, the Consul General of US in Kolkata at The Taj Bengal
With Vera Gerasimov and Gleb Gerasimov, Dy Consul, Russian Federation, Kolkata
It was small gathering of few friends and representatives from the diplomatic fraternity in Kolkata. 
With Meeryung, Anupama and Craig L Hall
Meeryung is a talented musician who is also interested in Tagore songs.
With Kusum Ansal and Archana Luthra
The lunch was attended by Gleb Gerasimov and his wife Vera, Japanese Consul General, Mr Masayuki Taga, danseuse Tanusree Shankar and her daughter Sreenanda, Suman Ghosh, Madhulika Kanoria, Anupama Sureka, Archana Luthra, Kusum Ansal, Sarah Sandhu and Caroline. 
With Masayuki Taga, Japanese Consul General in Kolkata
The Italian and continental cuisine were much liked by the guests.
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Farewell Laura and Stephane

With Umesh Saraf, Birgit Holm, Padam Khaitan, Stephane and Laura Amalir
27 July, 2017: I, on behalf of Prabha Khaitan Foundation, and in association with Hyatt Regency Kolkata, organized a farewell reception for Monsieur Stephane Amalir and his wife Laura Amalir. Stephane, who has been in Kolkata for more then 5 years, was the director and head of Alliance Fracaise du Bengale and the couple had blended with the city very well.
With Sephane and Avik Sarkar
I had attended and jointly hosted quite a few events with Stephane in the city. He and his wife attended numerous events that I have been hosting over the past many years. Mrs Laura Amalir also recently released her book Calcutta: Lens and Bylanes which is like a gift to the city she fell in love with.
Presenting a copy of Gitanjali to Laura and Stephane with Birgit Holm
The farewell dinner was attended by many eminent Kolkatans cutting across different walks of life. I must thank Birgit Holm, the general manager of Hyatt Regency for making the nice arrangements and also inviting Mr Umesh Saraf and Mr Padam Khaitan to the reception.
Presenting a farewell gift to Stephane and Laura with Birgit Holm
A painting of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and a copy of Gitanjali was given to the couple on behalf of Prabha Khaitan Foundation and Hyatt Regency. A live classical music made the evening all the more pleasant. 
With Rashmi and Devendra Goel
I wish Stephane and Laura all the very best as they will soon leave the city for Britanny – a cultural region in north-western France.
I missed the small dinner post reception hosted for them though.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Swiss National Day reception

With Umesh, Mr Andreas Baum and Rashmi at the Swiss National Day
26 July, 2017: I attended the Swiss National Day celebrations at The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata, in the evening. It was a pleasure to meet the Swiss Ambassador, Mr Andreas Baum, and the Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Kolkata, Umesh Chowdhary, and his wife Rashmi.
With Umesh and Swiss Ambassador in India, Mr Andreas Baum
I got to meet many of my friends in Kolkata whom I had not seen for sometime due to my extensive travels outside the city.
With Hemant and Ravi Todi
I went to The Taj Bengal for a dinner with Dr Toni Atanasovski, Ambassador of The Republic of Macedonia in India. The dinner was hosted by Namit Bajoria, the Honorary Consul of The Republic of Macedonia in Kolkata.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Special screening of documentary on Amartya Sen

At the special screening of Argumentative Indian at Nandan-III
13 July, 2017: On Monday (July 10) evening I attended the special screening of documentary film by Suman Ghosh, Argumentative Indian, at Nandan III. The special screening event was organized by Prabha Khaitan Foundation. The hour long film was on Nobel Laureate and Bharat Ratna, Prof Amartya Sen.
With Soumitra Chatterjee, Amartya Sen and Suman Ghosh
The event was attended by Guest of Honour Soumitra Chatterjee and eminent Kolkatans including Dhrittiman Chatterjee, Barun Chanda, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Nandana Dev Sen, John Makinson, Sugata Bose, Krishna Bose, Suvaprasanna, Srijato, Jawhar Sircar, Alexey Adamkin and other artistes and directors.
Felicitating Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen
The documentary, An Argumentative Indian, traces the life and work of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, one of the greatest living economists and philosophers of the world, and explores the intellectual giant’s formative years of life and its influence on his views of the world - past and present.
With John Makinson, Nandana Dev Sen and Nabaneeta Dev Sen
Director Suman Ghosh has filmed the documentary for the past 15 years and the film is structured as a free flowing conversation between Professor Sen and his student and Cornell economics professor, Kaushik Basu.
Through the conversation, the narrative took us from his childhood days in Shantiniketan, West Bengal, to his college in Calcutta and his academic career in the USA and UK, where he was the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge University.
With Amartya Sen and industrialist H M Bangur at the dinner
The screening was followed by a discussion and question and answer session. I left early in order make arrangements for a dinner later at night that was hosted by industrialist H M Bangur at his Alipore residence in honour of the Nobel laureate.
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tree Plantation and Rajasthan Forum board meeting

With Apra, Nitasha, Neha, Sujata, Kanak, Vandana and Alka
July 5, 2017: I took a flight on Monday (July 3) from Kolkata to Jaipur. I attended the Tree Plantation Day event organized by Prabha Khaitan Foundation at the ITC Rajputana in association with the hotel and Spagia Foundation on 4th evening before taking flight back to Kolkata.
With Saurabh and Vinnie Kakkar of Spagia
The event was held to mark the World Environment Month. The event, a tree and saplings plantation drive, is celebrated each year in Jaipur with celebrities and prominent citizens participating in the event.
This year a group of under-privileged children supported by the Spagia Foundation also planted trees. Tejinder Singh, General Manager, ITC Rajputana, was also there at the event. This time 18 different varieties of trees were planted by members representing 25 different organizations.
Each student who participated in the event were given a sapling to plant in their home and nurture it. 
With a group of under-privileged students supported by Spagia
Among the organizations that attended the event were CII, Arohini, Ficci Rajasthan, Ficci FLO, Siyahi, WeCare, Grassroot Media Foundation, Roop Rang Kala Sanskar, Rajasthan Forum, Star Foundation, Shruti Mandal, Help in Suffering, Raksha, Rang Mastane and People’s Media Theatre
With Sudhir Kasliwal and Nisha Singh
Thanks to Vinnie Kakkar of Spagia.
At the Rajasthan Forum meeting
Before that, in the morning, I attended the 8th Board meeting of Rajasthan Forum at the ITC Rajputana which was chaired by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and attended by the board members. The meeting was followed by lunch with state artistes.
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Launch of White Noise at the Hyatt Regency

With author Shruti Upadhaya and Rajat Kapoor at the launch of White Noise
July 2, 2017: Yesterday evening I attended a book launch event organized by Prabha Khaitan Foundation in association with Hyatt Regency Kolkata at its Gucchi banquets. The book White Noise by debutante author Shruti Upadhaya is a romantic-thriller and our guest actor, Rajat Kapoor, did the honours of unveiling the book and also engaged in a tete-a-tete with the young author. Veteran actor, Soumitra Chatterjee, was also there at the event.
With Ujwal Upadhaya, Utsav Parekh and Sunil Kanoria
The discussions and book reading by Rajat Kapoor covered various aspects of the book. Rajat Kapoor congratulated the young author on her first novel and said that it was very heartening to see more and more young people coming forward to express themselves.
With Ravneet Kaur
Besides family members, friends and acquaintances of the young author, some of the leading industrialists and other eminent Kolkatans were there. I must thank Birgit Holm, general manager of Hyatt Regency for making very nice arrangements for hosting the event. I got an opportunity to meet up with some of my old friends and acquaintances.
Dinner at Hyatt with Birgit Holm, Shruti, Rajat Kapoor and others
Later, after the book launch event, there was a dinner party with Rajat Kapoor, the author and few others.
ess bee

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Kalam Bengaluru with Yatindra Mishra

With Shinie Antony, Babita Kathoria, Yatindra Mishra, Anil Kathotia and Somnath Mukherjee
July 1, 2017: I reached Bengaluru on Thursday (29 June) and attended the Kalam series at the Taj West End. The guest author was Yatindra Mishra and he was engaged in a conversation by Shinie Anthony. I also met Shinie Anthony and Ficci Flo ex-chairperson.
With Shinie Anthony
In Bengaluru, Kalam is being held in association with the Taj Group of Hotels. I must thank Somnath Mukherjee and his team for making all the arrangements for the event.
ess bee