Kolkata Gives – Philanthropy Festival 2017

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The Kolkata Gives Philanthropy Exhibition 2017 Promotional Poster

There’s a lot of good in our world. There are luxuries that make our lives easier, there are things we can afford which bring about joy, or happiness. We are the privileged lot – the ones who were born into families where we could get an education, where we found peace and love without hardship, where we were provided an environment to grow into healthy, happy individuals. However, it is important for us to acknowledge that there is a world beyond the comfort of our living rooms. There remain thousands of people facing strife every day, be it financial problems, societal backlash or even personal hardships that occur for no fault of theirs. These are people who deserve to dream of the same things we do, and deserve a life of happiness. And for all of this, they need our support.
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Dakshh 2017 – Heritage’s Tech Fest Back After a Year

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Dakshh 2017 Promotional Poster

Tech Fests have always held top-notch significance in the roster of an engineering college’s yearly activities. Add to that the fact that the college hosting it is one of Kolkata’s best, and that the fest is returning after an unfortunate year’s hiatus, and you get a sense of the extravaganza that Dakshh 2017 brought to the table.
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Getting the Blues with Friday Night Originals

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Livening up the Doodle Room.

When Amrita told me about Friday Night Originals for the first time, my initial thought was, “Why has nobody done this before here?” Their aim is to bring independent, original music to the limelight. Given how the independent music scene in Kolkata has no dearth of talent yet yearns for exposure and acclaim, such a step would definitely go a long way in putting the city on national and international maps as far as music is concerned.
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Tales To Tell Romance – Book Launch

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Authors, illustrators, organizers and support systems, all packed in celebration!

“Tales to Tell” – a series of anthologies of short stories and illustrations, is an initiative by Kolkata Bloggers and published by BEE Books. It seeks to bring fresh authors and illustrations under one umbrella, and consolidate their unique perspective into one book. Backed by the success of the first book in the series last year, we were back with the launch of the second book – Tales to Tell Romance – exactly a year later.
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In Conversation with Samragngi Roy

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Panelists at the Book Launch of “I’m Yours…Forever…” discuss the evolution of the book

In the last few years, I have met quite a few incredible youngsters with talents and ideas that could change the world. There have been instances where I have been blown away by the sheer maturity displayed by a teenager, or the depth of analysis given to a particular project by someone so young yet so admirably focussed. One such youngster is definitely Samragngi Roy. A student of Class XII, she has already published her debut romantic novel, is in the process of writing a sequel to it and guess what, she’s all of 17 years of age!
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NASSCOM Product Conclave Kolkata 2016

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The NASSCOM Product Conclave Kolkata, 2016

The NASSCOM Product Conclave Kolkata was held on the 15th of July 2016 at the Hyatt Regency. I was one of the delegates of the Ecosystem Partner for the event, Kolkata Bloggers, along with Anirban Saha, Arkodyuti Saha and Ankit Agarwal. The 2016 edition of east India’s largest IT Product Meet was based on the theme of “Technology Fuelling Business Growth”. The NASSCOM Product Conclave brought together entrepreneurs from diverse fields, investors, analysts and academicians under one roof in a bid to promote better networking and collaborative solutions to modern problems.
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Tea Festival at Jadavpur University #ChaiHoJaye

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The #ChaiHoJaye corner at JU Sanskriti 2016 has proven to be a huge hit.

Tea, India’s most popular drink, takes up the role of providing respite in the form of a cool iced drink to a college student tired after a day of hectic classes in these summer months. It is also that one drink their parents will never object to, and the one they can serve in various flavours by including different ingredients. Tea to a college student is a quintessential part of life.
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The Heritage Parliamentary Debate 2016

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The Heritage Parliamentary Debate 2016 Promotional Poster.

From the 26th to the 29th of February, the Heritage Institute of Technology conducted the first Heritage Parliamentary Debate, bringing together a blend of some of the city’s finest debaters along with enthusiastic debutants, and everything in between.

Institutes with a penchant for logical argumentation around the city have for some time been committed to the development of a proper Kolkata Debating Circuit, and the success thus far in its growth has been noteworthy. One of the instruments of promoting healthy debating was this initiative by the Quiz and Debate Club of Heritage.
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Inspirit Cold Pressed Juices

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Inspirit Cold Pressed Juices and Nut Mylks

On 7th November, Saturday, a group of ten bloggers from Kolkata Bloggers were invited to take a look at the research and development facility of juice brand Inspirit – a range specializing in cold pressed juices and nut mylks. It was a good learning experience, along with being a rather fun way to spend the afternoon.

What is a Cold Pressed Juice?

Most of the juices we consume in packaged bottles undergo pasteurization, which gives them a significantly longer shelf-life, but causes loss of a lot of vital ingredients. Cold pressed juice refers to juice that is extracted from fruits or vegetables simply by the use of hydraulic pressure. No heat is used to extract juice, and no cutting or slicing of the material is done beforehand. In this manner, the juice that is extracted has the highest percentage of nutrient content among all known methods of extraction.
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Is Kolkata Marching Ahead? – CREDAI Bengal School Festival

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The CREDAI Bengal School Festival Debate.

The CREDAI Bengal School Festival, an event conducted on the sidelines of CREDAI Bengal’s Realty Expo 2015, was held over the weekend of 31st October and 1st November, at the South City International School. I was a member of the audience, as part of Kolkata Bloggers, overviewing the thoughts and principles showcased by these young, talented minds.
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Spreading Smiles with Vivel Pujo Love

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The #VivelPujoLove campaign seeks to bring a smile to a not-so-fortunate child’s face.

You see them every year. The young ones who don’t have the luxury of counting the number of new clothes they get during Durga Pujo. The ones who don’t have the luxury of eating out in celebration. The ones, to whom, Durga Pujo is momentous only because they can perhaps earn a little more than they usually do. You see them, in your trance of happiness, and you ignore them. You ignore the plight of children who don’t get to enjoy as you do, for no fault of theirs. These people deserve to enjoy and celebrate just as we do, on the happiest occasion in the Calcutta Calendar.
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Tales to Tell – Book Launch

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The Tales to Tell Book Launch. Photograph – Abhishek Chamaria.

“Tales to Tell” is an anthology of twenty short stories accompanied by twenty illustrations, published by Kolkata Bloggers and BEE Books. The book is unique in the sense that it features twenty new authors and twenty new illustrators, giving them a platform to showcase their talent, and on the other hand giving the reader so many new perspectives and interpretations of the world around.

The Initial Journey

It was during the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival held in January this year at the Oxford Bookstore, when the founder of Kolkata Bloggers, Anirban Saha, declared the competition open for Tales to Tell during The Great Indian Bloggers Meet organized by the Times of India. The challenge for all prospective writers was to wrap up a meaningful plot in as few as 500 words, and create a lasting impression with the story.
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Kolkata Bloggers Workshop at the American Center

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Kolkata Bloggers Workshop, partnering with the US Consulate, at the American Center Kolkata. Photograph – Sourav Roy.

When we talk about empowering the youth of today to take on the digital world and find their own success story, we talk, for a large part, about students currently in schools and colleges. With the perspective of raising awareness amongst such students, Kolkata Bloggers had conducted a workshop over the 17th and 18th of September partnering with the US Consulate, seeking to instill knowledge about basic blogging, digital media, championing social media, understanding trends, very basic SEO and using blogging as a soft-powering tool for personal branding.
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3D Printing – All You Need to Know

You think selfies are cool? How about a three-dimensional selfie?

3D printing is a concept that has been known for quite a while but has been implemented on a popular scale only recently. With India fast catching up with this groundbreaking technology, Srijan Creation organised a workshop on the 20th of June this year in Kolkata, to spread awareness about the utilities and basic functionality of 3D printing. Kolkata Bloggers was invited to be a part of this event. It was an enthusiastic drive to promote education and to emphasise the need for technology such as 3D printing for the betterment of our lives.

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Srijan Creation holds their workshop on 3D Printing

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NASSCOM Product Conclave, Kolkata 2015

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The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) is a trade association of Indian Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing industry. NASSCOM conducts an annual event called the Product Conclave. The NASSCOM Product Conclave (NPC) is an annual gathering of product and associated service entrepreneurs, technological start-ups, angel investors, academicians, CIOs and analysts. A large part of the existing product companies are represented at the NPC.

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