Monthly Archives: March 2016

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New York via Brooklyn

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I am writing this post at the insistence of my friend Mr. Sushobhan Mukherjee when my journey to New York to Calcutta was finalized.

A city like New York is like a global shadow – it touches a modern man’s life pretty early as he moves along. In my case, the shadow touched me when I was 14 and I read a book by Srila Prabhupada, Founder Acharya of ISCKON who started his worldwide movement in New York in late 1960s. There I learned about Brooklyn.

Coming of age, I came first time in New York in 1998 while as an employee. Then in 2013 as a freelancer. I wrote a micro-novel entitled – The Enjoy-er and the Enjoyed..  This time as a business owner to attend a Conference and also to visit Brooklyn – to keep an appointment promised some 30 years back.

In between, two films made me realize the import of the phrase – City as a Novel. The first was Godfather I and the second was Once upon a time in America 

A Brooklyn girl left a lasting impression in me, especially in an age when once reads Shelley and Keats in rapture and in the next moment wants to see the housemaid undressing. This Brooklyn girl appears for 2 minutes here  and I had kept the appointment.

I stayed in Brooklyn this time too and after customary sub-way visits in Manhattan, Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn, I embarked on a small journey in the morning in Manhattan on foot. I put on a cap – in tribute to my  childhood and present hero ( one has lesser number of heroes left as one grows older) Mr. Sherlock Holmes and started walking in the Southern tip of the Manhattan area. A chilling wind was coming from the Harbour and I remember a Strathclyde Professor of Mathematics commenting on the area over dinner in an unusually warm summer day in Glasgow : “the architecture of the place has a theology of its own”

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“The Architecture has a theology of its own – minus Theo (God)

I was strolling by – watching busy bankers at lunch and towering buildings – all dealing with money. It is interesting to observe that a hundred years back, the tallest, the highest towers of any city in the West was the church – the Gothic cathedrals that symbolized power of the institution  called church and its sway over people’s lives. A German named Mr. Luther first started a heretical idea of having a separation of the state and this idea was a lemma in America’s constitution – a water tight separation between the church and the state and this is continuing. However, Glass-Stegall Act did not remain so watertight and this eventually played its way, culminating in  2008 crisis.

I had an appointment with a young banker of Indian origin working in one of the financial institutes. A graduate from India’s I-institutes of both technology and management – a man in his late twenties, a bachelor. I had a coffee with him and found the theology aspect as told by the Scottish Professor to be on the mark. He sits in a small enclosure and being at the entry level, handles reports and power-points. He is digging dirt now to access gold in the future.

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Inside the Grand Central Station – Photo Courtesy – Wordsmithz Buena Vista  

I took a train from Fulton Street (the person who invented steam’s engine and that changed the global sea trade and made New York harbour ) direct to Grand Central Station and the architecture consoled and solaced me. I felt peaceful and relaxed. Architecture is a living thing. It impacts something deep within us.

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Brooklyn Bridge – my Brooklyn girl lived quite nearby this bridge

Finally, all these walks and I came to Central park – the entry at the Columbus Circle. I was tired and wanted to rest. Central park the ideal place.Most of the trees were barren and leafless – a grey spectacle and occasional pine-green and cherry blossom.

There were very tall towers being built and these towers are casting their long shadows. Plutocratic rich had claimed light and air of the park. The Atlantic air now hits the walls of those towers instead of the trees of the park

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One of my friends described his first experience with cannabis Indica as – ” my head is being formatted.”

A city like NYC has also an effect close to “formatting” you. The city takes you inside the ‘matrix’ and suddenly you feel as if you are someone else. This formatting aspect – this personality shifting aspect is interesting, painful but worth understanding

 

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A New Yorker, walking his dog in the park, florid-faced deserves my thanks for shooting the picture below where the tallest tower in the background made me feel like Diogenes the Cynic telling Alexander, who stood in front of the philosopher just before he embarked for world conquest – Do not block the sun. 

 


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Bong Blast !

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Yesterday was the 10th edition of Bong Entrepreneurs formal Meetup named “Big Bong”.

I had written earlier also on this on our third and fifth meetup as well. With the platform growing older (as already 9 months old), we are getting matured and quality of the events are getting improved as well.

Always there is a question in the market “Why Bong Entrepreneurs”? Even though I had answered the same in various means, let me try again to repeat the inherent agenda.

It’s been a myth in the market that bongs are not meant for business. But that is not the reality. Bengal had the legacy of Chand Sadagar.

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Creation of large enterprise is in Bengal’s blood. “Biswbharati” by Rabindranath Tagore and “Ramakrishna Mission” by Swami Vivekananda are two visionary enterprises from two great entrepreneurs’ souls engaged in seamless and boundary less operation. The wealth of Bengal along with the areas of krisha-godavari basin as some historians opine provided the venture capital of the industrial revolution of Western Europe some two hundred odd years back. Under the influence of the Great Time, Bengal lost its glory and the capital got shifted from Kolkata.

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Once a powerhouse of ideas, enterprise, global vision and the intent and competence to achieve, Bengal’s last greatest hour was nothing short of creating modern Indian consciousness.   In spite of having immense intellectual talent and inherited trends with art and culture, Bengal fell behind in ideas and enterprise. Her immense fertility in few decades, during the High Renaissance period perhaps left her weak and emaciated. Like France in Europe, Bengal’s prodigious output made her weak and vulnerable. Like an albatross, she cannot walk for her great wings !

Bong Entrepreneurs born in the spirits of co-existence, harmony, hand holding and collaboration. The aspirations are to touch every cities, every countries and grow together.

We dream of below aspects :

  •  How we can do business together,
  • How we can have businesses among us with our own needs,
  • How we can become an extended sales channel for the fellow entrepreneurs with a pitch of end to end portfolio to customers
  • How we can create a Funding Support System for our members and also assist in preparation for pitching for funding (mentoring)
  • Creating Awareness of different schemes, government policies, it’s deployment mechanism and so on
  • Cherish each other’s successes and assist on pain points
  • Creating an echo system with positive vibes, skilled manpower, non-compete approach etc
  • Touching cultural spirits through music and other means to be de-stressed

10th edition of the meetup took place in one of the government place, very renowned Sisir Mitra Hall, Webel Bhavan (the nodal agency of Bengal). The event was enlightened by the great speakers Mr.Nayan Mukherjee(a finance professional with experience in Financial Analysis & Equity Research, Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Venture Capital & Debt fund raising, and midsized M&A Advisory) Mr.Deepak Kumar Khaitan (a Xaverian, a Fellow Member of ICSI and a Practicing Company Secretary ,  Attached with various associations/institutions, a renowned trainer and speaker)and Ms.Ushasi Sengupta (Miss Universe India 2010 , Founder/CEO at TES and Vice President at Dream World Edu Services LLP). During fireside chat, Mr.Nayan Mukherjee answered several critical questions for start-up financial needs where Mr.Khaitan shared his experiences on company law. My story session by Ms.Sengupta was instrumental where she had shared her journey with the positive vibes.

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There was more than fifty participants and the enthusiasm was extremely encouraging. As usual , the core team sat together post the event for further strategies and stay tuned for our upcoming movements.

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We will surely connect bongs across the globe, crossing the barrier and inducing cross pollination. We want everyone to be with us in this journey to take this movement forward. This has been spelled through a small poem , explicitly written for this event:

jai ho


Source: sushobhanm.wordpress.com