Art, Family, Food & Drink, Leisure

An Afternoon In Kolkata Book Fair


indexI was returning from Gangtok on a two-week holiday from my institute after our third-year examination on February 1. My mom was in Kolkata to attend her friend’s daughter’s marriage followed by her routine medical checkups and consultations. So, I joined her in Kolkata. After her checkups and consultations at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, on February 2, we decided to go for the Kolkata Book Fair (কলকাতা বই মেলা) in the afternoon. One of my friends Manali also joined us there. The fair is being held at “Milan Mela” near Science City on E.M. Bypass. Two years ago, while returning from Kumbh Mela we couldn’t visit the book fair as that was the last day and I didn’t want to miss the chance this time.

International Kolkata Book Fair is a late winter fair in Kolkata. It is a unique book fair in the sense of not being a trade fair – the book fair is primarily for the general public rather than whole-sale distributors. It celebrates international literature and reflects India’s much-loved reading tradition. The Kolkata Book Fair, recognised by International Publishers Association, Geneva, is also the largest Book Fair of the world in terms of visitors.


It’s reported that the last year’s edition of International Kolkata Book Fair was visited by around 2 million book-lovers over 12 days and books worth Rs 200 million ($3.25 million) were sold. It is the world’s third largest annual conglomeration of books after the Frankfurt Book Fair and the London Book Fair.


The focal theme this year was Great Britain. The fair was divided into five big pavilions. Each of the pavilions contained different publication houses from India and abroad. The pavilions were very large and had mammoth collection of books from almost all subjects and interests one can imagine. I could not visit all of them but I visited two of the pavilions. One of them was containing British publishers like Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, etc. The Oxford stall was no less than a usual Oxford bookstore having books ranging from kids fiction categories to business books. They even had comics of great Japanese series like bleach and one piece (my favorite).  There were stalls especially for research books  covering every field from biomechanics to elementary physics and astrophysics.


In the other one, there were stalls for local publishers like Ananda Publishers, Dey’s Publishing, etc. These stalls had basically all the Bengali books and novels ranging from Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray to current writers. There were separate stalls outside the pavilions. Other than that there were small stalls of different bookstores outside of the pavilions. This book fair could feed needs of every reader. it’s truly a paradise of book-lovers.


The delicious attraction of this book fair was the food court — the gastronomic section where variety of snacks, sweets & confectionaries and other food items were available. There were outlets of Dominos, Kathleen, Laziz, Roll’nRoll, Alibaba etc. Some famous restaurants of Kolkata had also opened their stalls there.

Mind-boggling varieties of dishes — very difficult to choose

They were serving delicious, mouth-watering dishes like fish fry, chicken rolls, prawn chilli to biryani and even different flavored patishapta (Indian style crepes stuffed with sweet fillings).

Mom and Manali looking liliputs :-)

There was even a tall guy standing on sticks, wearing a menu card of one of the food stalls in the food court, inviting people to the stall.



WP_20150202_018The other attraction of this fair that I found out interesting was different forms of artwork which I saw there. It was amazing to find artists actually working there on the spot and painting bottles, clothes and many different things that we generally dispose off after use.


This actually proved a good point in reusing the refuse. The idea is very inspiring and I was excited to see them doing that on the spot. This is good for our nature and sustainability.

An artist busy in creating a masterpiece

I love reading books and was very thrilled to be there. We visited many pavilions but couldn’t visit all of them due to paucity of time. We bought a Kindle for my dad — it is for his birthday gift. I bought several books. I wanted to buy more books but couldn’t buy more as we had to go to our home in Ranchi next day. I missed my dad very much as he is fond of books and he loves reading books. The time was too short although we were there for more than 4 hours. Any number of hours — even a full day is too short for this book fair. I felt bad that I could only visit two halls.

A good book has often been called a man’s best friend, or as Groucho Marx puts it, “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

Atri Bhattacharya has rightly said: “The Kolkata Book Fair (KBF) is a phenomenon. Large. Crowded. Noisy. Intellectual. (Oh, very intellectual!) Musical. Gastronomic. Artistic. Controversial. Chaotic. Resilient. In its own way, it encapsulates the character of its city and its most visible tribe: The literary Bengali.”


Much-needed Correction Or Dubious Data?


India changed its gross domestic product (GDP) calculations and caught everyone by surprise on January 30th, with the revisions suggesting Asia’s third-largest economy is in much better shape than we thought it was.

The government now will calculate growth based on 2011-12 market prices rather than the previous method of using 2004-05 factor costs. The changes are due to a database that includes more companies, better coverage of rural and urban government bodies, and the inclusion of taxes. Information is also included from stock brokers and exchanges, as well as mutual and pension funds and market regulators.

The new methodology indicates that Indian economy surged 6.9% in the year through March 2014 instead of the previously reported 4.7%, while GDP marginally contracted to 113.5 trillion rupees ($1.83 trillion) from 113.6 trillion. The revision takes India’s growth closer to the fastest-growing major economy in the world, China’s 7.4%.

Although the new method brings the Indian data in line with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and global counterparts, the extent of upward revision is quite sharp and all future estimates have to be re-calibrated. The consequences of the inability to accurately chart a trend could be immediate. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is meeting tomorrow to decide whether to cut rates for a second time in three weeks, had earlier predicted that inflation would stay below-target until January 2016, based on  forecast of growth at 5.5% for the current fiscal year.

Celebration, Festival, Food & Drink

Republic Day 2015 in Baghdad

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India celebrates January 26th every year as her Republic Day to mark the date when the Constitution of India came into force. The constitution was adopted on January 26th, 1950 with a democratic government system. It was this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress.

The Indian embassy in Baghdad organizes the flag hoisting ceremony on the morning at the embassy residence and a reception in the afternoon. I received emailed invitation to attend the ceremony and reception a week ago. The Indian embassy and the residence are in our neighbourhood. I walked from my office to the embassy residence for the Flag hoisting ceremony scheduled at 8:30 am.

Today is the 66th Republic Day of India. The Flag hoisting ceremony started with hoisting of  the Indian flag by Ambassador H.E. Ajay Kumar followed by singing of national anthem by all the Indians present there. There is a very small Indian community in Baghdad. Most of the Indians in Iraq are in Kurdistan region. 

Indian #flag flying high at Indian Embassy in Baghdad on Republic Day. #26January

A photo posted by Indrajit Roy Choudhury (@iroychoudhury) on

It was then followed by reading of the President’s message to the Nation by the Ambassador. The printed message of the President to the Nation was also given to the attendees. The embassy arranges for breakfast for the guests of the ceremony. They served us nice hot pakoras, falafel and tea. We had some small chat with Ambassador Ajay Kumar, HOC DV Singh and others and then I returned to my office. 

With Indian Ambassador and HOC at Embassy residence in Baghdad after flag hoisting on #26January

A photo posted by Indrajit Roy Choudhury (@iroychoudhury) on

This time the reception is scheduled at 5:30 pm. For last several years the reception was from 3.00 pm. I went to the embassy residence at 5:20 pm for the reception. The reception was attended by dignitaries from other embassies, Iraqi political establishments and a tiny cross-section of the local Indian community in Baghdad. National anthem was played. Speeches were delivered on India-Iraq relationships. The function ended with Indian dinner that included Chicken Butter Masala, Chicken tikka, Paneer, Dal, Pulao & Paratha besides other side dishes. The meal was supplied by a restaurant run by our friend Vivekanand inside International Zone.  We also had a nice chat with our friend Akhtar as he was waiting for his car to arrive. Akhtar is a frequent visitor to Baghdad as he is running a business here.

I walked back to my home in the evening. It’s a very sad evening for me as it was this evening ten years ago when my mother left us for her eternal abode. We were then staying in Jamshedpur as I was then posted there. I miss you, Maa!

I wish Happy Republic Day to all my fellow Indians. Vande Mataram! Jai Hind!


“If poverty were communicable, its incidence would be far lower by now”

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I today read an excellent article — The State of Global Poverty by Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank Kaushik Basu in Project Syndicate. Here is an excerpt from his article.

The economic geography of the world is changing. The eurozone faces the specter of another round of stagnation; Japan has slipped into recession; and the United States, despite relatively strong performance in the latter part of 2014, has raised concerns worldwide with its exit from quantitative easing. Meanwhile, emerging economies have continued to perform well. India and Indonesia are growing at more than 5% per year; Malaysia at 6%; and China by more than 7%.

The scale of the global change can be seen when purchasing power parity (PPP) – a measure of the total amount of goods and services that a dollar can buy in each country – is taken into account. According to the figures for 2011, released last year, India is now the world’s third largest economy in terms of PPP-adjusted GDP, ahead of Germany and Japan. The data also revealed that China would overtake the US as the world’s largest economy in PPP terms sometime in 2014 – a shift that, according to World Bank estimates, occurred on October 10th.

Despite this progress, a large proportion of people in developing countries remain desperately poor. Globally, the poverty line is defined as a daily income of $1.25, adjusted for PPP – a line that many criticize as shockingly low. But what is truly shocking is that nearly one billion people – including more than 80% of the populations of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Liberia, and Burundi – live below it.

One reason global poverty has been so intractable is that it remains largely out of sight for those who are not living it, safely somebody else’s problem. If poverty were communicable, its incidence would be far lower by now.

Another reason poverty endures is persistent – and, in many places, widening – inequality. The current level of global inequality is unconscionable. According to some back-of-the-envelope calculations, the wealth of the world’s 50 richest people totals $1.5 trillion, equivalent to 175% of Indonesia’s GDP, or a little more than Japan’s foreign-exchange reserves. If one assumes that this wealth yields 8% per year, the annual income of the world’s 50 wealthiest people is close to the total income of the poorest one billion – in other words, those living below the poverty line.


Global Economy Faces Strong And Complex Cross Currents


The world economy is facing strong and complex cross currents.  On the one hand, major economies are benefiting from the decline in the price of oil.  On the other, in many parts of the world, lower long run prospects adversely affect demand, resulting in a strong undertow.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) released World Economic Outlook Update yesterday in Beijing, China. IMF expect stronger growth in 2015 than in 2014, however their forecast is down from last October. The forecast for global growth in 2015 is 3.5%, three-tenth of a percent higher than global growth in 2014, but three-tenth of a percent less than their forecast in October. For 2016,  IMF forecast 3.7% growth, again a downward revision from the last World Economic Outlook.

The cross currents make for a complicated picture for the countries. Good news for oil importers, bad news for exporters. Good news for commodity importers, bad news for exporters. The oil price decline increases real income, decreases costs of production for firms, and both lead to more spending. The effect can potentially be large. To the extent that the price decrease is persistent, oil exporters will have to reduce their level of government spending. Some energy firms may also face financial risks.

Since August 2014, the dollar has appreciated in real terms by 7%, the euro has depreciated by 3%, and the yen by 10%. Good news for countries more linked to the euro and the yen, bad news for those more linked to the dollar. In short, many different combinations, many different boxes, and countries in each box.

IMF forecasts reflect the increasing divergence between the United States on the one hand, and the Euro area and Japan on the other.  For 2015, they have revised US growth up to 3.6%, Euro area growth down to 1.2%, Japan growth down to six-tenth of a percent. Some of the largest downward revisions are in emerging markets, notably in Sub-Saharan Africa, the economies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Latin America. They were smaller in Emerging Asia, where growth is still very high, particularly in its leading economies like India (6.3% for 2015 and 6.5% for 2016) and China (6.8% for 2015 and 6.3% for 2016).

Unfortunately, the positive developments are offset by bad news on a number of fronts. Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department of the IMF Olivier Blanchard said that assessing the favorable effects of the decline in the price of oil in the current environment is difficult. This decline may turn out to be a stronger “shot in the arm” than is implicit in the forecasts.


Blanchard, Oliver (2015),  Global economy faces strong and complex cross currents, iMFdirect – The IMF Blog, 19 January.

International Monetary Fund (2015),  World Economic Outlook Update, IMF, January.


The Road To Normal Is Proving To Be Bumpy

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Simon Kennedy said that stunning monetary-policy shifts in Switzerland and India sent markets on wild rides, highlighting Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s November warning that “normalization could lead to some heightened financial volatility.”

Today, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut their key interest rate for the first time in 20 months and Swiss National Bank (SNB) abandoned a three-year-old cap on the franc’s gains. Both decisions were unscheduled and, in Switzerland’s case, unexpected. Swiss franc surged 27% against US dollar while the surprise rate cut by RBI boosted benchmark stock indices 2.6%, the biggest percentage gain since May 9th, 2014. These decisions indicate the prevailing divergence in the global economy. Central banks are no longer aligned and they are often a source of volatility.

SNB dismantled the franc’s 1.20 per euro ceiling a week before the ECB’s expected announcement of quantitative easing. That move would intensify upward pressure on Swiss franc, rendering the cap untenably expensive. RBI reduced the repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.75% after weakening of inflation giving them room to support the Indian economy growing half the pace of four years ago.

In the end, central banks showed that they still have the power to stun. Forward guidance has its limits as policy can shift abruptly when economic conditions change and officials still like the odd surprise. Axel Weber, former Bundesbank president and now chairman of UBS Group AG commented “Better an end with a shock, than shocks with no end.”


Creativity And Innovation


The terms “creativity” and “innovation” are often used interchangeably. According to Teresa Amabile, creativity is essentially responsible for all of human progress. Basically, creativity is the production of anything. It could be an idea, a tangible product, or a performance. What is developed should also be different from what has been done before in some way. Creativity in the workplace should also be appropriate to some goal or meaning. (Goleman 2015)

It’s difficult in some domains to talk about usefulness. One may argue, what does appropriateness mean in the visual arts? There, appropriateness means it expresses some meaning that the artist intended. But in business, creativity has to “work” in some way. It has to make a contribution in creating or adding value.

The connection between creativity and business success is very important, although it’s often overlooked. In a competitive environment, a business cannot succeed without innovation. And innovation depends on creativity. Creativity is the front end of a process that results in innovation. The more creative and innovative you and your team members are, the more long-term success you will achieve.

Creativity is about coming up with the big idea. Innovation is about executing the idea — converting the idea into a successful business. (Govindarajan 2010) Creativity is a function of knowledge, curiosity, imagination, and evaluation. Innovation is the successful implementation of those ideas.

Only ideas do not get you so far. Consider companies that struggled even after a competitor entered the market and made the great idea transparent to all. Did Xerox stumble because nobody there noticed that Canon had introduced personal copiers? Did Kodak fall behind because they were blind to the rise of digital photography? Did Sears suffer a decline because they had no awareness of Wal-Mart’s new every-day-low-price discount retailing format? In every case, the ideas were there. It was the follow-through that was lacking. This occurs when people are not very motivated, or proper systems are not in place. Such workplaces have difficulty hearing the creative ideas, developing them, letting them grow, and figuring out how to implement them successfully.

Govindarajan (2010) said that innovation initiatives face their stiffest resistance after they show hints of success, begin to consume significant resources, and clash with the existing organization at multiple levels — that is, long after the idea generation stage. In other words, innovation is possible only when there is a healthy mix of creativity on the front end, and solid systems in place to foster that ingenuity.

Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate more than innovation, especially innovation that produces better results than the old routines. Improvements always make those at the top of the heap look inept. Who enjoys appearing inept?” — Frank Herbert, Heretics of Dune

Festival, Nature, Religion

Makar Sankranti Is Not Uttarayana

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We celebrate January 14th as Makar Sankranti — the day on which the sun begins to rise in the Makara Rashi (Zodiac Capricorn), Sankranti meaning entering. There is a common misconception that Makara Sankranti is the Uttarayana (winter solstice).

From time immemorial, the days on which the sun touches its northernmost and southernmost points are noted. These are called solstices — winter or summer. In Sanskrit, the journey southwards is called Dakshinayana, and the one northward is called Uttarayana, ‘dakshin’ and ‘uttar’ being south and north respectively. The winter solstice falls on December 21st, and hence Uttarayana begins on that day, while the summer solstice falls on June 21st, when Dakshinayana begins.

While the exact day on which the winter or summer solstice occurs remains steady (within one day error), there is a slight change in the way the Earth’s rotation axis is aligned to the sun. Due to axial precession of the earth, the date of Makar Sankranti is shifting away from the actual season. In astronomy, axial precession is a gravity-induced, slow, and continuous change in the orientation of an astronomical body’s rotational axis. In particular, it refers to the gradual shift in the orientation of Earth’s axis of rotation.

Every year equinoxes slide by 50 seconds i.e. approximately 1 day in every 70 years due to precession of equinoxes, causing Makara Sankranti to slide further. As a result if Makar Sankranti is considered as Uttarayana then as it is sliding. Makar Sankranti was on December 31st in ca. 1000 CE. The Makar Sankranti and Uttarayana coincided during the times of Aryabhata, around 1,500 years ago.

Now Makar Sankranti comes on January 14th, however it continues to hold the importance in Hindu rituals. It marks the beginning of auspicious times. On this day, thousands of devotees take a holy dip in river Ganga and other holy streams. Many Hindu devotees take a holy dip at Ganga Sagar, where river Ganga meets the Bay of Bengal. 

 Makar Sankranti is about nature, energy of the sun, harvest of new crop, and progress of mankind. Happy Makar Sankranti!


Vahia, Mayank,  Why do we celebrate Makar Sankranti on January 14 every year? DNA (March 9, 2014)


Why Does The Life Seem To Be Complicated?

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I don’t know why I am writing this but something inside me is driving me towards it. Life is so much about achieving and running after success that we actually miss the fact that we are forgetting how to live. There is so much in life to live for, to feel for, that we can take the last breadth with full of satisfaction and with the feeling that “I lived my life to the fullest.”

Today I am here in my apartment living alone with a mindful of memories and heartful of hopes and expectations. I never planned for something too far, even when I was a kid. That’s why my parents are worried about me so much. I for myself have always tried to be simple and keep things around me simple; though whatever or however hard I try things and people end up being complicated. I really never could understand why it’s so. Sometimes, I feel that I do understand people but more I find it’s more complicated. I just wonder that why things can’t be as they seem to be.

I just thought of sharing how complicated the things could be. I belong to a family which was once one of the reputed and wealthy landlords of Bengal during the British reign. But as I see now I am just an ordinary middle class guy who doesn’t want to be ordinary anymore. I am born and brought up outside Bengal but still I got a lot of special feeling and attachment toward my mother tongue and the Bengali culture. Though I dislike a lot of Bengalis who are residing there but divided into two groups – one those have completely taken up the modern westernised culture so much that they have forgotten their rich cultural and linguistic heritage, and the second includes those people who although are mindful of the culture and traditions but are not doing anything for it or to take it ahead; they are instead wasting their time in fruitless politics wishing that some day things will change. This is solely my views based on my observations and with no malice or offence to anyone; just an honest observation. Believe me this is not an end.

When I was a kid at school, things were not very simple either but were not as complicated as they’re now. The memory of earlier parts of my schooldays is blurred since I had been changing school every third/fourth year. My dad was in a bank and they got this really freaky thing called transfers on promotions. I love the travelling part and the opportunity of making new friends but rest all of it I hate. If you are living in a place for sometime then either you get bored with the damn place or you get attached to it. I just wanted to runaway from some places but at some places I got attached, I felt connected.

Sometimes, spotting me in a crowd of students in a school was easier than spotting a butterfly in a swarm of bees. Well, people say that I got an innocent face and I hate that comment. That’s rubbish! I believe that innocence and ignorance go side by side. But yes my “innocent” face saw me through a lot of troublesome situations. But the reason that I am easily spotted is not how I look but it’s what I do and these are my attributes but people say I got an attitude problem. I say to them “you got problem with my attitude, then it’s not me to worry about.” This often makes things complicated for me.

In school, things were far simpler except for the new mid-session admission exercises and the subsequent adjustment hassles. During that time, there was nothing much to do except waking up, go to school, come back, do homework and in between relish delicious home cooked meals and lastly go to sleep to start the cycle again.

In schools, it was also easy to befriend any girl. You go to anyone start talking randomly and things just went cool. In schools, girls have open minds to make friends with boys. But as we grow up, things do not actually change people get complicated. If you are famous, people like to talk about you but not to you. People like to acknowledge you but not know you. In college, the complications are not just with girls, it’s between friends too.

When I was in my secondary school, we used to hangout in a group of 5 most of our time. But today, one of the five is depressed or disturbed — it’s a bit complicated as I couldn’t find the reason — wants to avoid us even when me meet after a long time. Honestly, I do care about them and what’s happening in their life as we have grown up together. As we are studying at different places now, I am not always properly updated. Also, our holidays don’t always match. Actually it’s been so long time that I find myself like a stranger and sometimes wonder what to talk about. I am meeting them so infrequently that I hardly know anything about their present. It’s not my fault, everybody is at different places to pursue for their career. We have joined that shit rat race, without actually knowing it.

When we were in school nothing mattered. Even when we met after long vacations, it used to be a great fun always. Earlier it was so simple, even when we made fun of each other all the time, but now people are feeling offended quite often. You may say that things change with time. But, I feel that with passage of time, as we are getting busy in our career, we are complicating our life.

I am not sure whether I have any true friend now with whom I can hangout without any inhibition. Anyone gets offended with anyone on petty matters and the worst of all they keep grudges! Also, it seems that they will carry those grudges to their death-bed. I do sometimes brawl with my friends but I never keep grudges or stop seeing them. I have also never even said sorry to anyone after that. And if I had any problem, I just tell them on their face. But now I feel scared of saying anything good or bad because it may not be appreciated unless I am sure that I have a solid reason for that.

I am feeling very sad for my roommates. They used to be like best friends forever since our first year in the college; but now they don’t even want to see each other or even talk! They talk indirectly. When one comes in the other one goes out as if they are a married couple waiting to get divorced. Actually, things are never so complicated, it’s just how one perceives it that matters. We only make the things complicated as we only see everything through our glasses and sometimes these glasses are tinted.

You always make friends and have fun but remember never allow any complication to creep in from the beginning. In case of any hint of complication, do talk it out among yourselves and never discuss with any third person. That third friend may create a breach in the friendship. Sometimes such actions are intentional and motivated and we realise that when it’s too late. So, if you want to lead happy life, then keep it simple. I know that it’s pretty difficult to keep the things simple, but any effort is worth it.


A Very Inspiring Blogger


I am excited to announce that Indrosphere was nominated for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award! A couple of days ago, Indrosphere was nominated by lovely Somali K Chakrabarti of Scribble and Scrawl for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. When I received her message, I had to read it over and over again to make sure I got it right, even though it was quite straight forward.

Awards are always amazing whether they are virtually given or awarded in person. Thank you Somali, your creativity and inspired words are so fueling for me. It means so much to me when someone, somewhere, finds what I do worthy of recognition. And coming from a great writer like Somali, I couldn’t help but do a little dance of joy.

Somali is a management consultant with a fantastic background. She describes herself as a reader, blogger and nature-lover with an appreciation for language, art and culture. It’s my pleasure to be connected with such a talented blogger. In fact, it was she who found Indrosphere and commented on one of my posts. I enjoy interacting with her through our blog posts and comments.

blogging-award3I googled about the award. The Very Inspiring Blogger Award is passed from blogger to blogger, some might say like a chain letter, but I like to think of it as a thread of gratitude, sharing and connection. It links bloggers with similar notions and ideas together; but by similar I don’t mean people who agree. As the title suggests it is about linking people who inspire and that is one of the things I’m most passionate about.

Once nominated, I have to write seven things about myself and I have to nominate fifteen bloggers for this award. As per the rules seven things about myself, in no particular order:

  1. I am mathematician by education but banker by profession.
  2. I am passionate about my work and in love with my family.
  3. I believe that the most meaningful gift a parent can give a child is the love of travel. Thank you, Mom and Dad!
  4. I am still a child inside me and I love playing with kids.
  5. I love foods.
  6. I love watching movies alone but I hate eating alone in restaurants.
  7. Nothing makes me happier than sharing a meal and a bottle of wine (or two) with good friends.

Here are my nominations; fifteen incredible blogs and bloggers who have touched and inspired me in different ways:

  1. 2HelpfulGuys
  2. A day in the life of India and beyond
  3. Bucket List Publications
  4. China Sojourns Photography
  5. Edgeofhumanity
  6. Everything Candid
  7. Kapil Srivastava
  8. Katherine Scrivens
  9. Prasun’s Photography
  10. Ray-trospective
  11. Rose Thomson
  12. Some Good Eats
  13. Something Special
  14. Translations
  15. Wrong Hands

There are so many more blogs I enjoy, but alas I had to narrow it down to fifteen. My apologies!