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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EntreSpark’16 – The Entrepreneurship Summit

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EntreSpark 2016 – The Entrepreneurship Summit

The Entrepreneurship Development Cell of Heritage Institute of Technology conducted its flagship event, EntreSpark 2016 – The Entrepreneurship Summit last week. The Summit featured seminars by established entrepreneurs in and around the city, and workshops to motivate and enthuse students of the college to inculcate an entrepreneurial mindset. The Entrepreneurship Summit invited students not just from the college but from all other colleges in the city and beyond to understand and appreciate the spirit of entrepreneurship.
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A Trip to Mukutmanipur

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The largest artificial mud-bank freshwater reservoir on the planet.

Mukutmanipur is a small, picturesque town in the Bengal district of Bankura, with its main attractions being a large dam that channelizes water to different adjoining districts and the point of confluence of the two rivers Kangsabati and Kumari. Mukutmanipur has been a favourite weekend getaway for a lot of people in Bengal and beyond.
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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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International Kolkata Book Fair – Partnerships and Nostalgia

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The Inauguration Ceremony of the International Kolkata Book Fair 2016. Photograph – Rupsha Bhadra | www.rupshabhadra.wordpress.com

If there’s two things that every resident of Kolkata definitely looks forward to annually, they would be the Durga Puja and the International Kolkata Book Fair. In both cases, this city indulges in celebration. The Kolkata Book Fair – the largest Book Fair in the world – is a twelve-day-long celebration of literature in unparalleled fashion. The Book Fair is proof that Kolkata stays true to its glorious roots of being a hub of intellectual activity. The love for reading is inherent in the ebbs and flows of this great city.
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Looking Back – The Professional Chapter of 2015

Keeping the personal aside, there were a lot of things going on professionally on the Kolkata Bloggers front in 2015. I’ve tried talking about a few of the biggest events and incidents that have taken place in 2015. It has indeed been a busy year, a year that has seen a lot of growth and mostly happy times among the Kolkata Bloggers team.

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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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Data Science Summit Kolkata

What is Data Science?

Data Science is the extraction of knowledge from large volumes of data that are structured or unstructured. This “unstructured data” could include any sort of social media update, google searches, photos, videos and any other visual content, and even emails. It is basically the practice of deriving useful insight from a large amount of data. These insights could be used in business for predictive analysis. The Data Science Summit is an endeavour to promote the same.

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Why Should You Know About Big Data?

Post by – Rishav Saha.

As we all are aware of, the world is becoming an increasingly digital space. Today, we manage, share and store our lives online. Data is gathered from all sort of devices we use, like computers, smart phones and tablet that collect and transmit information on what we do.

In fact, if we gathered all the data from the beginning of time until the year 2003, it would be less than what we create in a single minute now. This phenomenon is transforming our understanding of the world and our place in it. This is often referred to as Big Data.

Well, you might be wondering why Big Data and why not any other traditional rational database systems?
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International Day Of Yoga 2015

International Day of Yoga commemoration at Victoria Memorial, Kolkata. Photograph – Anirban Saha | www.anirbansaha.com
 
On the occasion of the very first International Day of Yoga celebrated across the world on 21st June, Healthy Billions organized an event focusing on the benefits of yoga and nuances of corporate yoga, at the Taj Bengal, last evening. Among the dignitaries present, mostly from the corporate field, Anirban Saha and I were invited to the event as bloggers.



The Crystal Banquet at the Taj was all decked up in anticipation. Yoga, an ancient Indian practice, was finally being given a special day of recognition all over the planet. The International Day of Yoga came to be only after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched the idea at a United Nations gathering. The day was celebrated with much gusto, yogic demonstrations being held at places like the Eiffel Tower and Times Square. In India, over 35,000 people assembled at the Raj Path, in the largest mass demonstration of yoga in the world, breaking the previous Guinness record of 29,000. In addition, the yoga demonstration at Raj Path also broke the Guinness world record for most countries represented – volunteers and invitees from 84 different nationalities came together and participated in it. Almost every state in the country organized yoga events, with thousands of people taking part in a day of celebrating health and fitness.

 
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