Wednesday 26 January 2022

The Restaurant

The "Out of the World" restaurant was a favourite place.

Customers loved the food and also the decor.  

The brilliant ceiling art glowed and illuminated even at night! 

Photo Prompt- Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Many interviewed the talented artists, who happened to be the restaurant owners.

Thursday 20 January 2022

Remembering Mom On Her 10th Death Anniversary

Losing one's mother is one of the toughest phase.

Her memories are always there; no one can erase.  

My mother's tenth death anniversary is today. 

She epitomized the words 'alive' & 'action' everyday.

Dear Mummy, Miss you & feel your presence everyday. It's been 10 years! What can I say?

Wednesday 19 January 2022

The Library

The senior citizen was excited to be back in her hometown after decades.

The library would be the second place she would visit after reaching home!

The library was special as she had set it up with books from her personal collection.

It had prompted others to contribute.

Photo Prompt- Ted Strutz

Tuesday 18 January 2022

E-commerce- Growth And Opportunities #ECommerceBuildsEconomy

The Covid19 pandemic and lockdown affected many sectors, but contributed to the further growth of e-commerce in the world. The twentieth and the twenty-first years of the twenty-first century have especially gifted many lessons and opportunities for businesses. 


E-commerce industry has grown by adding newer customers and cities on its map. As per RedSeer Consulting’s report [1], the following points are noted-

1. "India’s digital economy to touch $800 billion by 2030"

2. "Of digital economy, online retail remains a big part which will likely touch $350B GMV by 2030"

GMV means Gross Merchandise Value

3. "India’s online shopper base to be the second largest globally"

4. "While organized retail will be leapfrogged by online retail before CY30, kiranas will remain strong"

CY means Calendar Year

5. "In India, online retail enabler e-logistics has also become the fastest growing market globally"

An Open Letter To NABARD Regarding Odisha GIs



Jaya Shree Jagannatha

Jaya Shree Baladevjew

Ref: Misinformation and Misrepresentation in the Odisha GI Applications Supported by NABARD

Regarding: the incorrect details and wrong information provided in our Odisha Geographical Indication (GI) applications that have been filed with the support of NABARD recently. 

It is a huge disappointment to find that many Odisha GI applications supported by NABARD have simply been filed hurriedly with wrong information and incorrect technical details and specifications.

- Our state name and GI product names are also not properly spelled in the applications.

- The number of producers/artisans are far higher/lower than what has been specified and filed. 

- The real producer groups have not been represented as Applicants and "Registered Proprietors"; rather chosen Applicants are non-related people and organizations, who were/are not involved/working with the products.

How can the present applicants claim to even be bothered about “protecting” our producer groups and our community's and state’s rights, when they do not even think of taking extra care to share the correct information in the GI applications? They have not even given due respect to our state by even spelling "Odisha" correctly!

Shouldn’t a proper and inclusive study with visits to geographical areas and investigative research first be done before GI filing? 

Thursday 13 January 2022

Samba Dashami - Festival of Odisha

Samba Dashami was celebrated on 12 January, 2022. It is observed on the dashami tithi of the bright fortnight of Pausa month. 

It is a traditional festival of Odisha to honour and worship the Sun God- Surjya Debata- the source of light, energy, and life. 

Sun God is worshipped for a healthy and happy life. A variety of dishes are prepared and offered.

Wednesday 12 January 2022

The Girl With The Curly Hair

During their holiday, Pooja’s five-year-old daughter saw "little girls with long hair" in the clouds!

Photo Prompt- Bradley Harris

There, Pooja meet Rina, her childhood friend. 

Rina said, "Your hair is too curly!"

Pooja nodded, while looking at her daughter's curls. 

Wednesday 5 January 2022

That Girl In The Portrait

She was visiting the fair when she saw some paintings.

The biggest one was a true-to-life painting of a beautiful girl. 

Despite wearing sunglasses, she instantly identified that girl in the portrait.

She knew the artist too.

Photo Prompt- Brenda Cox

He was busy with his works and customers. 

Monday 3 January 2022

Financial Lessons From Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

Last year, I truly enjoyed watching the Korean Drama (K-Drama) TV-series - Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha.

If you have not watched it as yet, do find time to binge-watch.

The show is both entertaining and educative with wonderful performances by all the characters.

The super-friendly town and family-like setting makes Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha so endearing.

Saturday 1 January 2022

Happy New Year 2022

All I know is- all the days & nights are by God's grace,
Things happen; time goes by; miraculous are the ways...

Each time it is time again to bid the old year adieu-

And welcome, with a lot of celebration, the new.

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