November 23, 2015

An Excerpt From When Our Worlds Collide: Akriti Meets Zayn

The tinkling of the bell that hung over the café’s door made me look involuntarily at it. A young couple had come in who appeared to be deep in conversation with each other. Both of them had a vague kind of familiarity. I had a sneaking suspicion that I had seen them somewhere. As they approached the counter where I was standing, the girl tossed her head and her eyes met mine. For a minute, I saw the same confusion swim in her eyes. Then her face broke into a wide smile.

“Akriti?” she asked.

“Yes,” I said, slowly.

“Oh my God!” she shrieked, “It really is you! After you left school, I think we spoke over the social networking sites at least once or twice. I had a feeling I might find you in Kolkata.”

Then it hit me. “Nimmi?”

She nodded, ecstatic. I remembered the girl who had made me hold her wrist watch, who had dragged me away from trying to help the boy from ‘another section’.

“Do you like, work here now, or something?” she asked.

“Kind of,” I replied, “My mother owns the café. I have to help out here. Would you like something?”
“You are the heir to a café? No way! That’s super awesome,” Nimmi said, joyfully. Then she looked at the confused face of the guy who was with her and laughed. “Oh, I am so sorry, Zayn.”
“I was wondering when you were going to remember me,” he answered, but it was clear from his expression he was highly amused by our reunion.

“This is Akriti, she used to be in our school for like a month, and then she left,” Nimmi explained, “And Akriti, this is Zayn.”

“Hello,” I said, nodding at him, “It’s nice to meet you.”

“You were in our school?” Zayn asked, completely ignoring my greeting, “Why did you leave?”

“I was homesick for my old school,” I explained.

“Well, you should have stayed. I mean the 12th grade was the best time of our lives, wasn’t it, Nimmi?” he asked, happily.

I gave him a wry smile. “So, what can I get you guys?”
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Book Blurb: 
Akriti has led a pretty much sheltered life. 
Zayn has been shuttled from city to city when he was growing up. 
She is comfortable watching her life from the sidelines. 
He wants to feel rooted to a place he can call ‘home’. 
They meet each other quite by chance. 
And both seize the chance to be someone they both need in their lives: 
For Zayn, it’s a 'Partner-In-Crime'. 
For Akriti, someone who just knows how to be there for her… 
When their worlds collide, 
It is not what either of them expected it to be. 
Zayn has a steady girlfriend. And Akriti has a crush on him. 
What happens when these two become friends? 
The biggest adventure of their lives? Or the road to heartbreak? 
What happens when two completely different people collide? 
Do they become friends? Or, is their friendship doomed from the start? 
'When Our Worlds Collide' is the story of two twenty-three-year olds, Who are finally growing up and finding their feet in the world. 
A tale of friendship and love, crushes and betrayals, messes and second chances, 
Marriage and divorce… and the elusive happily ever after!

A picture clicked with my old phone.
I was just figuring out selfies back then! :P

November 20, 2015

When Confused About College, Try College Dunia!

The transition from school to college has always been the toughest decision of one’s life. Because from here on out, no matter which direction you would like to go in – the journey begins. Gone are the days when you would have to depend on word of mouth references for good colleges, or visit campus fairs to know your options. You can now do that in one click of a button. By logging on to

College dunia says, “We are an extensive listing portal , with information of more than 10000 colleges in India , a platform for students to come up and choose their institution , after being antiquated to all the aspects of it . We also give information about various entrance exams , events , college festivals etc.”

If you through the website you would know that searching for a college of your choice to study your dream subject or going to your dream college to study a subject, has never been easier.

Once you’re finished with undergrads, there is the decision that you might have to make about what you will do for higher education. Should you pursue postgrads from the same college, should you shift to a different university, a different state altogether? Once again, collegedunia proves to be your friend.

In particular if you happen to have completed BTech, and are looking for places to study MTech in, we’d suggest you take a look at Mtech colleges in UP  . If you do not live in UP, then perhaps the long list of attractions that UP offers might help you make up your mind to check out that state.

In a country where we are constantly fighting for the right to basic education, it is nice to see that portals such as collegedunia exist to help you make the right choice when pursuing higher education. Websites like these make life easier for students, racking their brains, trying to make the right choice to help them build their career.

So if you are a student, wondering which college and which course would be the right path for you to take, do check out You won’t be disappointed. 

November 4, 2015

Interview: Esha Chatterjee (BEE Books) & Anirban Saha (Kolkata Bloggers)

In Conversation with the Masterminds, ESHA CHATTERJEE, CEO, BEE Books, & ANIRBAN SAHA, Founder, KOLKATA BLOGGERS,  responsible for ‘Tales To Tell’ 

Have you ever been to Princep Ghat? It’s one of the attractions of the city of Joy. If you have not experienced the calm of the beautiful ghat early in the morning – you have missed out on an experience of a lifetime. While many people would sit and stare into the Ganges, people like us got talking about Tales To Tell, a collaboration between BEE BOOKS & Kolkata Bloggers.

With Esha Chatterjee and Anirban Saha, boat ride at Princep Ghat

1. How did you guys meet?

Esha: We met at a Young Authors’ Workshop that had been hosted at a school in Kolkata – and neither of us knew what we were supposed to be doing over there.

Anirban: I thought we had been called there to judge the program but it turned out, all we needed to do was sit and watch it.

Esha: It was highly uncomfortable because the kids were sitting on the floor and we were sitting on the chairs, with barely any space between us and the kids! My legs got cramped!

2. When did you decide to collaborate on Tales To Tell? 

Esha: It was in December 2014. We had been quarreling about the online/offline worlds.

Anirban: She scared me so much I literally broke my glasses!

Esha: Shut up! We had consecutive meetings and then decided to join the two worlds.

The Tales to Tell Team: Arjyak Bhattacharya, Asmita Nandy, Esha Chatterjee & Anirban Saha 
3. If you could tell us a little bit about Tales To Tell? 

Esha: Tales To Tell, like we said before, was a way to join our two different worlds. Before I met Anirban, I had no idea the online world could actually be this influential. But I told him he does not understand the offline world.

Anirban: So we came up with Tales To Tell.

4. So, who came up with the name Tales To Tell? 

[Anirban points at Esha] Anirban: She did. The entire credit for the name goes to her.

Esha: I did.

5. What is so different about Tales To Tell and the existing writing competitions? 

[As I ask this question, Esha proceeds to explain the details to me while Anirban decides it is better to stare into the horizon.]

Esha: For one thing, we never charge the authors any participation fees or ask them to help us when we go into publication monetarily. Our main agenda was not to generate profits but to help the young writers and illustrators. The books are price at pocket-friendly rates so that anyone who wishes to read the book can just pick it up.

6. But they are popular. So in five years do you think Tales To Tell will be as well known as the other existing  writing competitions?

Anirban: 5 years is a very long time. But in 2 years – we will have 5 books and 4 genres for sure.

Esha: Hopefully at both national and international levels.

7. Was it fun collaborating on this project? 

Anirban: Very much. I loved working with her. She is like a mother to me.

[Esha rolls her eyes before answering.] Esha: It was amazing. I loved teaching him so many things.

He’s just like my own father. Not a father figure though!

Tales To Tell Launch, The Team with the Panelists

8. We hear Tales To Tell got sold out even before the book launch event was completed and Flipkart was sold out hours prior to the event! That has to be some kind of a record. What are your thoughts about this? 

Esha: The entire credit for record breaking sales goes to Anirban.

Anirban: Any tie-up with BEE Books and Kolkata Bloggers is bound to be a hit. [Grins.] On a serious note, there was good branding and the messages were well conveyed for Tales To Tell. That went a long way in helping the book go out of stock and get sold out in record breaking time!

9. What is next for the Tales To Tell group?

Anirban: Our entire agenda behind Tales To Tell was to show people of the world what the youth can do. Unfortunately, we have a very negative image with all the “next generation doesn’t read and write”,  “My son/daughter only wastes her time on facebook”, ‘There are no opportunities in the literary field’, so we wanted to show them that we can do anything we want. We want more people to take part in Tales To Tell writing competitions; we want to do something positive.

Esha: I think we already did prove that the youth are not as useless as everyone thinks. We plan to further this stream of thought! We were amazed at the response it generated in the first installment nationally and we are hoping we get some international submissions too this time.

10. Why should young writers take part in Tales To Tell Romance? 

Anirban: Because we are very lovable and adorable, and to express their love for us.

[At this point this interviewer got exasperated and looked at the other mastermind for another answer.]

Esha: Because we want to grow with them. They can connect with us on a personal level. Something I am sure is uniquely our thing.

Anirban: Love really is important. It is steadily decreasing in the world – so we need stories that focus on love. Besides, we also provide an amazing launch! [Grins.]

Esha: Ok on a serious note, for Tales To Tell Romance we are looking for stories within 1200 words. We increased the word limit this time, so that people can express better. We haven’t decided on an end date so there is still a lot of time. I completely agree with Anirban but we are looking for stories which would not be stereotypical in their approach.

[And this interviewer gave up by then on getting any more serious answers from the founder of Kolkata Bloggers.]

11. Good luck with all your future endeavors. What advice do you have for those who really want to write but are afraid to? 

Anirban: Just write. Don’t think about it so much.

Esha: If you have an idea, give it to us. If it’s good enough – we’ll help you.  But you need to write it first!

Anirban Saha and Esha Chatterjee at the launch for Tales To Tell 

And with that our little rendezvous came to an end. By this time we had long abandoned Princep Ghat and were happily seated at Flurys. In perfect timing, the interview ended and our food arrived. 
If you would like to get in touch with either ESHA CHATTERJEE or ANIRBAN SAHA, their contact details are listed below. Drop them an email. 

I’m sure they’ll both reply. In one person’s case – eventually.

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Contact Details:

Esha Chatterjee - Email|Facebook|BEE Books

Anirban Saha - Email| Facebook|Kolkata Bloggers 

Because I just had to show you what we ate for breakfast!