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The Homecoming

Written by: Angana Sengupta

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Dr. Aryahi Banerjee,
Head of Research
Indian History and Culture
Michigan University
MI 48109
USA

Dear Dr. Banerjee,

We are pleased to invite you to the “International Conference on Indian Culture and History”, scheduled from the 20-26th of September 2017 in Calcutta University from 9:30 am onwards.
It is an honour and privilege to invite you as the Key Speaker of the conference on the Significance on Indian Culture and the Transitional Changes over the years. We believe that your contribution to this field is unparallel and that your speech will be of utmost benefit for all our students.
We look forward to a positive confirmation by the 20th of August 2017.

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Srikanto Mitra,
Head of Indian History and Culture
Calcutta University.

Finally the call had come.
Tickets booked. Passports taken. Bags packed. It was raining the morning Aryahi had to leave for Kolkata. It had been 10 years since she had last been to her city, to those known lanes, to the same house that once welcomed her with open arms.
“Why are you so cold ma?” asked Kuhu, her daughter. Her only solace in a world full of regrets and agony. “Nothing my love. I think it’s the rain”, lied Aryahi, while in reality there was a huge pandemonium going on in her mind. She even had the thought of leaving the flight and going back to the life she had chosen. At least no one would judge her there for her choices. But, it was too late. She had promised Kuhu a vacation to the origins she belonged. Also, she had one last unfinished business to take care of.
“Welcome to Netaji Shubhash Chandra Bose Airport. Outside temperature is around 30 degree Celsius, partly cloudy. Please collect your baggage from belt number 2…” Aryahi woke up from her dream. “We have finally reached Ma. Time to go”.
The same smell of wet soil, the same humidity and the same cacophony which Aryahi had left behind hit her back again. Tears rolled down her cheeks. After boarding the taxi and calming herself, she finally realised the reason behind feeling incomplete all these years even after she had everything. It was this city that she had missed. Its people, the yellow taxis, the riksha-walas, the traffic, the sweet shops, the Rabindrasangeet rehearsals from every second house, its celebrations and Durga Puja being round the corner, the city had decked up like a new bride as a custom every year. It was Kuhu’s first time to Kolkata.
Aryahi paid the taxi driver and entered the lane she had long left behind. After freshening up she headed straight to Calcutta University for her lecture as she hardly had time left in her hand. Kuhu tagged along with her because after the lecture got over Aryahi had promised her a city tour of Kolkata.
As she entered through those rustic gates of the University, she could see her college life literally flashing by her side. That college canteen, the smell of ‘bhaar’ tea, that guitar, those music and the constant political slogans protesting against something or the other were resonating in her ears. She could literally spend the entire day just walking by the campus and College Street. So many memories, so much of happiness and with that came back all the pain which she had once hidden within.
As her ritual Aryahi took Kuhu to the canteen, ordered ‘kochuri’ and ‘torkari’ along with a ‘bhaar’ of tea and all her tiredness just vanished. To her surprise even Kuhu did not complain even for once for being jet lagged. Might be even she was very excited to be in the city which she had only heard of and seen pictures that also after a lot of requests.
Aryahi began her speech upon the significance of Indian Historical Architectures and their symbolisms when she found a familiar face in the crowd. The face she could never forget the face that once meant the world to her; the face which was once the epitome of love for her…the face of her beloved Lolita. She stood there awestruck for five seconds not knowing what to do as she knew her tears were now not going to stop. Lolita on the other hand adorned her most astonishing smile that easily spoke about the years missed, the nights not slept and most importantly the love that was missing.
As her lecture got over, Aryahi rushed down from the stage to meet Lolita…her Lolita, but unfortunately she was surrounded by so many students and organizers that she just could not leave. Aryahi had authored a book this year itself and she had to also go for the ‘Q and A’ session. The auditorium was jam packed. Aryahi made Kuhu sit in the front row along with other professors. She had never seen a 15 year old so calm and composed. She felt proud and also scared but now was not the time to back out.
As the question and answer round began Aryahi came across a very strange question form one of the gentleman in the crowd. The question was very simple yet it hit Aryahi to her guts when she saw the face of the man. It was her father. The man who held her hands and took her through the ages of History. His question was very simple,“When will you come home Rahi?”
That moment Aryahi felt that the entire world came toppling down on her. The father, the family, the happiness, the culture, the emotions, everything that she had left ten years back was now standing just in front of her. The entire auditorium looked into the eyes of that expectant father, who had long longed the love of his only daughter, his pride who was no longer there to hold his hands.
Aryahi came down of the stage and immediately touched the feet of her father for his blessings. As she looked up this time she found her father was not standing alone. Lolita was holding his hand this time. She did not know what to say or what else to expect. To her surprise even Kuhu bent down to touch the feet of her grandfather and then Lolita.
Aryahi’s father had come to take his daughter home along with Kuhu. Ten years was a lot of time for him to realize his mistake. As Aryahi entered her lane of her house she could hear the dhaak along with the conch shell. Aryahi’s mother was standing at the door to see her daughter. Her mother hugged her and broke down in tears. This time even Aryahi could not stop herself. She hugged her, kissed her, and cried along with her. It was Lolita who picked up both the woman and along with the other took them in.

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“Finally Ma Durga has come back after ten years. This year, Banerjee bari’s Puja will finally be successful. O ‘dhaki’ play the ‘dhaak’ harder. Can’t you see Ma Dugga has come home?”, was all Aryahi’s aunt could say while hugging her. This was Shashti. After 10 long years, the Banerjee family was finally celebrating Durga Puja.
Kuhu was finally happy to get a family filled with cousins, uncle, aunts and grandparents. For her everything seemed to be complete. On Dashami, the final day, when everyone was playing with vermillion, Aryahi’s father called in Lolita along with the entire family. It was time to amend something he should have done long back.
Aryahi’s father took Lolita’s hand and put it into his daughter’s hand and said “It was a mistake that I had done 10 years back by separating two people who loved each other by not realizing the fact that love sees no gender, no caste, no religion. All one wants is to love and to be loved. And I know you both have punished yourselves enough for your family, for the fear of society. But, the time has come for you guys to be together forever.”
Aryahi could not believe that this was happening. It was 10 years back that on the same day she left her family as they never realized her love for Lolita and now this Durga Puja the same family wanted to unite them forever. Aryahi looked at Kuhu. She had tears in her eyes and an enigmatic smile on her face. It was then she realized that all this while the only truth that she had hidden from her daughter and dreaded the most was already known to her.
Kuhu had found an old letter Lolita had written to Aryahi long back in college. She was then intrigued and upon doing further search she came to know about Aryahi’s past. She knew she was adopted and that is the day she started loving and respecting her mother more. She had decided come what may she would give her mother all the happiness she deserved and her happiness was Lolita.

 

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World Mosquito Day: 5 flowers that can keep mosquitoes at bay

Written by: Samhati Bhattacharjya

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World Mosquito Day, which is observed every year on Aug 20 across the globe, was first established in 1897, after Sir Ronald Ross discovered the link between mosquitoes and malaria transmission. This particular day is aimed to raise awareness about the causes of malaria and how it can be prevented, as well as fundraising for research into the cure of malaria. However, World Mosquito Day also commemorates the groundbreaking work of the British doctor.

Although World Mosquito Day is not one of the most celebrated international days, but it surely is an important one, especially after the sudden rise of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and zika. The doctors have been urging the members of the public to be careful and to avoid breeding places in their houses by emptying, covering, or treating any items that hold water.

There are a number of chemical products in the market that claim to wipe out mosquitoes. But, the scientists have proved that those products can eventually harm us more as those use harsh synthetic agents. Thus, it’s high time that we should find out a natural way to combat such pest problems. On the occasion of World Mosquito Day, we have listed down 5 anti-mosquito plants and flowers that can be the best mosquito-repelling plants to plant in the garden.

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Lavender: Flowers are definitely a treat to the senses, but Lavender is one such flower that can keep mosquitoes at bay. The oil of this flower is a known mosquito repellent and is a common ingredient in topical creams that ward off mosquitoes. In order to drive out these disease-causing insects, one can use either the flower or its oil on the skin.

Four o’ clock flower: This flower is also known by its scientific name Mirabilis jalapa or the marvel of Peru. The four o’ clock flower is a common sight in most of the Indian nurseries that we have around our houses. The flower has a unique tendency to bloom at around 4 pm every day. Scientific evidence suggests that the flower extracts were known to be effective against An. stephensi, Ae. aegypti and Cx. quinquefasciatus breeds of mosquitoes and killing their larvae.

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Marigold: The marigold flower used as one of the key ingredients for all religious purposes across India. It is already quite known for being an excellent medicine for all sorts of skin conditions. But, at the same time the extracts of marigold exhibits good mosquito repelling qualities. Experts say that these flowers contain pyrethrum, an ingredient that is often included in insects sprays.

Rosemary: These flowers are extremely effective at repelling mosquitoes. Rosemary flowers can be grown both inside or outside the house and surprisingly this plant maintains its effectivity even after trimming.

Tulsi flower: The sacred holy basil or tulsi plant is present in almost every Hindu household as it is revered for its religious significance and health benefits. People generally use the sap of the plant for treating skin diseases. But, it’s is a rare known fact that the flowers of the tulsi plant are equally therapeutic, especially when it comes to warding off mosquitoes.  One can crush the flowers and rub the fragrant remnants on the skin to keep the mosquitoes away from biting you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bleeding: A boon or a curse?

Written by: Angana Sen Gupta

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Dude why the hell is she shouting for no reason? Is she PMSing?”, “Why do you need a leave every month? How can you simply fall sick every month?”,”Dude, she is extremely cranky. I think it’s ‘that’ time of the month.”

I am sure, every girl has gone through these questions most of the times in their life, since men fail to understand that “that time of the month”, is called the menstrual cycle. And, the most important thing is that woman are taught not to speak out loud about it as it’s something that needs to be a hush-hush affair.

Periods, is an open secret that everyone is aware of because it’s the first step to bringing a new soul into this world. Women bleed because they have the capacity of holding, nurturing another human being in their womb and then giving birth to the new soul. According to the societal norms (no matter how modern is your society), a woman’s job is to give birth, but then this same society cannot accept the fact of her bleeding every month. Now, that is where the hypocrisy lies. Isn’t it?

Since a girl first gets her period, she is taught to act like a matured person, maintain a certain decency and to act normal. Now the question lies that how can you act normal by bleeding at least 4 days every month? When the pain is enormous and the blood loss is high, how can you expect someone to keep their mouth shut and not to even make the slightest of whispers, why? The society will come to know.

I remember when I first got my periods, my mother had asked me to stay away from my best friend, only because he was a guy. I was asked to be extra careful while wearing a white PT skirt because of the stains it might get. My friend was laughed on by all the boys in the class and shouted upon by a lady teacher only because she had stained her white skirt while playing basket ball. The humiliation was so much for her to take that since that day she has not touched the basket ball yet.

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Well the question is very simple. Is it only the girls’ responsibility to maintain the decorum of the society? In a co-education school, the first lesson on reproduction is taught to both the genders isn’t it? Then why do we need to shy away from such a natural thing? Why can’t parents be more open about it with their children since education begins at home? The amount of rapes and molestation is increasing in our society all thanks to this open secrecy. Society blames a woman if she is raped the reason being even she has enjoyed it then how can that be rape? Oh yes! Why don’t we do something then? Let us also try inserting objects in your private parts and claim how come that be rape? Even you received pleasure out of it, isn’t that so?

Yes, during periods a woman or a girl does act cranky because that is when the hormones in the body change. For some, the pain increases so much that even using the toilet becomes a curse. And, mind you this is not once in a while, this is the story every month. That employee who takes leave every month once is because her stomach aches to an extent where she can’t even sit. According to doctors, this is the time when a woman’s body needs maximum rest. But, how can that happen? You are expected to come to work everyday. When you want to ask for a leave, you are asked questions to an extent that you are humiliated and oh at times you also get to listen: “This is so normal. Why are you even creating a fuss about it?”

But, thankfully a few companies are now changing this so called norms. Brands like Nike, have come up with menstrual leaves, where a woman can take a paid or an unpaid leave if she is unable to come to work due to menstruation. The labor laws of Asian countries like Japan, Indonesia, North Korea and Taiwan also state that woman are entitled to paid or unpaid leaves during their menstruation cycle for one or two days. Thankfully, even a Mumbai based company Culture Machine has come up with the first day leave for the woman to help them overcome the pain of periods.

Yes, leave for woman during “those days” is still a controversial topic and can affect their performance and also been seen as sexism. But, why can’t we just take an initiative for it. You never know this might help in improving the organisation in a better way and also save woman from such stupid remarks and comments. Let’s help our girls to be more confident, secured and happy. If, we can’t reduce the pain at least we can try reducing it and not humiliating a woman for the strength she has.

 

 

 

 

A Tale of Memories

Written by: Dipanwita Ghosh

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I remember my fellow schoolmates finding history, language and literature very difficult and boring as those papers demanded “lengthy” answers. But, I wasn’t a part of that pack. I loved to write pages after pages; sometimes even while solving mathematic problems just to remember the steps, till I attended a certain age. So, here I am penning down my thoughts and sharing those with you.

We, Bengalis have a ritual called ‘Annaprashon’ (Rice Feeding Ceremony), where a new born is fed rice for the first time. An interesting component of the ritual is when the priest offers things like book, pen, money (and a few other things which I can’t recall) to the baby and it is believed that the kid would excel in the area related to the thing the baby picks up. I have been told that I picked up the Pen. As a result, my parents were elated thinking that I would excel in studies. However, the story turned out to be remarkably different.

 

Studies were a big no-no for me since nursery. I loved dancing. I can vividly remember my first stage performance at the age of five. I was being extremely angry when my costume was not fitting me well. Little did I know that the dresser would use the same dress for a five-year-old and a 15-year-old. Tears rolled down my bubbly cheeks, till my teacher came and dressed me up with her childhood dress. Oh, how I miss those pampering!

We were seven people in the family, and we stayed in a small two-and-a-half room of a rented house at that time. My mother had a deep regret that we did not have a roof of our own. My brother and I, however, never felt the absence of our own house. We had a very caring neighbour and we used to spend hours at their place. The neighbour had two daughters, who also happened to be my mother’s students. I do not know what they dreaded more: Mom giving them mathematic lessons or me styling their hair with a display of novice skills. Now, when I see small kids do such things to me, I realise how much the sisters loved me. Yes, I miss their love!

I was treated like I was the gem of my family. I was very dear to my uncles and my grand-mother. Although, I didn’t get to spend much time with her, but, I made sure to extract as much love as possible from my uncles. Neither of them ever shied away from fulfilling my wishes. As someone who loves to gorge on chaats to this day, my childhood was a plate full of fuchkas, aloo-kabli and churmur. It was a routine for my uncles to sneak in chaats for me, without my Mom noticing it. I used to have biriyani as often as a ‘normal’ person would have daal-bhaat. I distinctly remember the day when I first learnt to write Bengali alphabets on computer: it was like magic for a nursery kid. Yes, I miss that magic!

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Meanwhile, my relationship with my father was a bit different. One of the funniest incidents with my Dad was right towards the end of my winter vacations. The night before the school was supposed to re-open, I asked my Dad to get me New Year greeting cards for my friends. He promised to get them the next day. But, I was extremely angry with him. “How could he say that he would get me cards the ‘next day’ when I wanted them right away?” Disappointed, I took out my language notebook and turned to the page where I had penned the essay about ‘My Father’. I quickly changed some words around and soon the “best father” had become the “worst father”. I never knew, until I had grown up, that it had hurt him so much that he got me the cards the same night. And, yes of course, I had immediately updated the essay again and my father was back with his winners title of the “best father”. Frankly, I was very scared of him, mostly because I knew I could never meet his expectations. I remember the day when while dropping me to school, he said that he dreamt of me going to the US some day. Poor me, he never knew how upsetting it was for me to think that his dream would never come true. But as they say, sometimes, the wishes of your parents can turn into blessings for you. Now at the age of 26, I can proudly call myself a ‘US-return’. Credit goes to you, Dad. Thank you for holding onto me with conviction and putting me on the right track. Yes, I miss his decisions now!

Mom, if there is anyone in this world whom I can dedicate my success and achievements, it is only you. You consoled me whenever I broke down. And, you continue to do the same even today. I hated the thought that maths was most important to you, even more important than me (as I thought at that time). But, today I realize that it is always good to have something inanimate in your life, may be ahead of a human, because it might turn out to be the only shelter where you can turn to in times of distress. Words wouldn’t suffice if I keep writing about you, so let me just say; I may not be a good daughter but, you will always remain the best Mom in this world. And yes, I miss you, Maa!

Here I am, letting the wonderful people in my life know how much they mean to me and how their love and affection have shaped me to what I am today. In this fast paced life, we often forget to stop and thank the next person, who helped us to grow. So, people take a moment out of your busy schedule and thank those important people in your life. There are many wonderful people in your life; thank them for the love, the care and most importantly, for the time they have shared with you. As you know that you can pay back everything, but not time!

I am curvy and I know it: The diary of a fat girl

Written by: Angana Sen Gupta

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“Bhaiya next parathe main thora ghee zyada dalna. Aaj kal aap bade kanjusi kar rahe ho.”

Yes, that’s me fighting for that extra spoon of ghee like every other day and also witnessing those curious stares all filled with one simple question: Are you kidding me woman?

The reason being very simple. I am a 24-year-old, over weight girl, who is least concerned about her scales, rather is more concerned about her taste buds and do not like to deprive them from the simple joy of life which is food.

Since childhood, I have been this fat little chubby girl who would roam around talking to every other person she met.  As time passed, thanks to my father’s genes, not only was I broad and fat, to add on to it I became really tall. Hence, now is a ‘gigantic’ figure.

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I have never been very concerned about my figure but thanks to our society, more than me they show all kinds of concern. My parents were always asked: “Is she suffering from thyroid?” “Have you tried consulting a dietician for her?” “Does she only eat and do no physical exercise?” “Why don’t you try making her a bit concerned about her figure?” “She is a girl, who will marry her if she remains fat like this?” etc. and the list never ended. Obviously, my parents did get affected and they tried everything possible to make me thin. But unfortunately, all their efforts went into the drains.

Not only this. Every fat person has experienced certain things in life, from shopping to travelling. For example, when you go out shopping, your size availability becomes a headache because you don’t have the perfect hourglass figure according to the societal norms. Travelling in a public transport? From the time you take the bus till the time you get down, those eyes constantly look at you and think is she sitting on two seats and paying for one. In fact, if your luck is really bad then an auto driver may even reject you or ask you to sit exactly in the middle so that the auto does not topple down.

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And yes thanks to our media, who have successfully materialized woman to such an extent that, if you are fat you automatically become untouchable or someone with whom you cannot be noticed. A girl should be typically thin. If you are fat, you are either sympathized or looked down upon no matter how hardworking or talented you might be.

The worst scenarios happen when a fat woman wants to get married and that too in a typical arrange marriage structure. As it is, according to Indian culture a girl’s family is never to demand anything on top of that if the girl is fat, it’s like the end of the world for her parents. I have a simple question to all the would-be- groom’s mothers. Is your son even a good human being owing to the recent scenarios of rapes and bride killing for dowry, that you come to a girls house, sit, eat and then humiliate her and her family only because she is fat?

According to recent studies, over 55% of obese people have higher chances of falling prey to acute depression. In our culture, thin is equal to beautiful and being overweight can lower self-esteem, a known trigger for depression. This results in anxiety, low performance, and a greater number of reported suicide attempts.

Thus, the girl you just called fat might be starving to death just to fit into the group. The woman you just rejected from the job might have a family that she needs to support. The girl who was not given the opportunity to give the presentation only because she was not presentable enough has spent nights sleepless just to make the perfect slide.

Obesity can be from various reasons and it is something which is curable. It’s nothing to be ashamed about. Judging someone by their size only reflects your mindset. No one is perfect. Just try accepting people as they are and this you never know might save some one’s life as well.

 

Friendship Day Messages: Celebrating Friendship Day

Friendship Day, a day to celebrate all the special bonds in our lives. Friendship is not restricted only among Friends. Any relationship should have friendship in order to take it forward. Yes, many of you might ask that isn’t love important for a relationship? Yes it is, but it is said that Friendship is there for the place where Love brings tears. This Friendship Day we have got a huge number of messages from all our readers who wanted to share their feeling of friendship and love for their friends and beloved ones through us. So here we go:

1) Anish Das wants to wish his friends Ayan, Bittu, Sounak and Rahul a very Happy Friendship Day. Here is the message:

Guys you all are very special to me. Today we are completing 8 long years of our Friendship and I am sure that we all can make it to 50 long years. Cheers to our Friendship. Love you guys. Happy Friendship Day!

2) This message is for Kaushik from Ananya:

50 years from now, I’d be so old I might forget you. I might not remember ever knowing you, or might forget I once cared for you. I might.. but I won’t. You mean a lot to me. Thank you for such a good friend. Happy Friendship Day.

3) Rahul wants to say something to Ria. Here is his message:

I won’t promise to be your friend forever, because I won’t live that long. But let me be your friend as long as I live. Thanks for everything. Happy Friendship Day. A big hug!

4) Aritri wants to wish her friends Keya, Anil, Rupsha, Shaonli and Riju a very Happy Frienship Day. Here is her message for you guys:

In a very short time we have become very good friends. I shared great moments with you. Hope to cherish this friendship forever. Wish you a very Happy Friendship Day.

5) Ananya wishing Gourav a very Happy Friendship Day:

I find it difficult to find apt words to describe you, you know how much you mean to me. Thank you for being with me throughout my life. Wishing you Happy Friendship Day.

6) Kaushiki wants to wish Sourav a very Happy Friendship Day:

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. And that’s exactly what you have done. Happy Friendship Day.

7) Trisha sent us this message for her best friend Pragya:

God made us best friends because he knew our parents couldn’t handle us as sisters.

8) Soniya’s message for Luv, her best friend:

I may not make you smile always but I will be best person I could be for you always. Wishing you the best greetings of friendship day.

9) Paromita has got a lovely message for Oishi. Here it goes:

In this WORLD, where everything seems UNCERTAIN,  only one thing is DEFINITE. You’ll always be my FRIEND, beyond WORDS, beyond TIME and beyond DISTANCE!  HAPPY FRIENDSHIP DAY!!! Loads of LOVE.

10) Rohit wants to wish his brother, Rony a very Happy Friendship Day because he thinks that Rony is his best friend.

 I believe in angels, the kind that heaven sends. God has sent an angel as my brother and that’s you. I can share all my thoughts with you, cry with you, laugh with you and fight with you. What else do I need? Thank you Rony. Love You!

11) Ahana’s message for Dimpy, Rohita, Apeksha and Aswathy:

Friendship is a little more trust, A little less try, A little more laugh, And a little less cry, A little more WE and a little less I. Happy Friendship Day!

12) Deeksha wishing Friendship Day to Raktim:

We gain and lose things every day. But trust me on one thing: YOU WILL NEVER LOSE ME! I will always be there as a friend. Happy Friendship Day.

13) Roshni has sent this quote for her closest friend Akash. Have a look:

Being your friend is my basic necessity, Missing you is my habit, Fighting with you is my speciality, But forgetting you is like taking my life out of me! Don’t go away from me Motu! Happy Friendship Day with loads of love.

14) Anwesha’s message for her best friends Riya, Krish, Yug, Ruchi and Sneha.

Friendship is about bringing out the positive when everything seems negative…Being accepted for who you are…Being able to pick up right where you left off…Sharing, talking, and laughing…Friendship. So, Happy Friendship Day guys.

15) This quote and message is for Aishika from Kaustav.

‘Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another.’ Bujhli kichu? Char. Happy Friendship Day pagli. Love you!

16) Mohini wishes Happy Friendship Day to Shalmali, Vishal, Kaustav, Abhijit, Vivek, Rani, Priya, Aatish, Pranali and Arush.

Milna bichadna sab kismat ka khel hai, Kabhi nafrat to kabhi dilo ka mail hai, Beek jata hai har rishta duniya me, Sirf dosti hi yaha ‘NOT FOR SALE’ hai. Happy Friendship Day guys.

17) Priyanka and Souravi wishes their best friend Madhuchanda a very Happy Friendship Day. Here is the message:

Friend is one, who (F)inds you in a (R)ush of people, (I)nspires you to do something in life, catch your (E)motions and (N)ever leaves you till (D)eath. Cheer up Madhu. Happy Friendship Day!

18) Karan has sent this message for his best friends Mohit and Siddharth.

Despite the advice about choosing your friends wisely, you really cannot choose your friends. They choose you.Our paths may change as life goes along, but the bond between friends remains ever strong. Happy Friendship Day.

19) Sania has sent this special request for her friend Sneha. 

Don’t ever think that you can live without friend. Friend is the best thing in the world. So, let’s sort out everything and make this friendship even more stronger. Happy Friendship Day.

20) Chaity wants to wish her friend Nikhil a very Happy Friendship Day.

A very happy friendship day to us. Hope we survive through all our fights and cries. Love you loads.

21) Bikash has sent this message for Ankita.

Friends let you know that you are not alone on the road of life. And you have made me realise that I am not alone. A very Happy Friendship Day. Thank you for everything.

22) Nikita has sent this beautiful message for her best friend and love, Nilesh: 

Thank you so much for your time, patience and love. You are my closest friend on this planet. I love you and I miss you, always. Happy Friendship Day.

23) Arup has sent this quote for Anik.

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” Happy Friendship Day.

24) Mayukh has sent this interesting question for his best friend Raja.

Golden rules to feel happy meet a friend, call a friend, talk to your friend, hug a friend, and love a friend. So what’s your plan today? Let’s meet? Happy Friendship Day.

25) Ritwika wishes a very Happy Friendship Day to Anurag.

Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies. And I am lucky to have you in my life. Happy Friendship Day.

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Happy Mother’s Day: Mother’s Special

A special message from Averi Neogi for her Mother:

The best person in my life is my Mumma. She is my WORLD, my beau ideal.

I still remember my nursery days, when she used to drop me to school every morning, and as she used to turn back from the school gate, how badly I used to caterwaul. She came running to me, and taking into her arms she helped me to my class.

I used to be a notorious student, and sometimes Mumma was called by my teachers. Every time she used to hear the complaints from my teachers patiently and tried her best to make me obedient and disciplined.

I am just a fragment without her. She is my lifeline. Even my Board’s result came so good because of her support. Thoughts of leaving her anyway make me aberrant.

She is a person with refined and sociable tastes. I’ll remain beholden to her till my last breath of my life.