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Magical 40 @forty- Journeys from Ordinary to ExtraOrdinary- The Book by CAFE

Doesn’t magic connote to something that can’t be explained through logic and can only be experienced in wonder and awe?

The book “Magical [email protected]” embodies the spirit of such jaw dropping magic created by courageous women who have braved through harsh realities, unfavorable circumstances, stinging criticism and many such adverse conditions and yet achieved advancement, happiness, and success.

Women are strong, can multitask and most of all has the uncanny habit of nurturing as well as achieving. The society has very well accepted our role as a nurturer, but why bind us within this character? We have also been the bread winner in the family, matching as well outperforming men in any and all fields.

How patriarchy has construed and falsely advertised this motherly quality as weakness or limited capability is the biggest scam executed in the face of humanity. Women have limitless sky to soar! All we want is not to curb our wings and let us take the flight. Once we take the flight, the sky too bows down to our determination, grit and grace. This book is the source of such invigorating inspiration.

Career After Family is a platform for women who aspire to create their own identity besides being someone’s wife, mother and sister. This book is one such initiative to boost the confidence of women, who rarely get appreciated for their hardwork.

The forty women featured in the story can be a replica of our own mother, sister, wife or daughter. They are relatable and easily found in our own vicinity. The book is about the stories of their belief in themselves and their chalking out of their goals, no matter how bad was the situation or who was blocking their way from moving forward. The same people who fume and fret when a woman wants to live for herself are also the ones to quickly change and metamorphose when they see positive outcomes and an emerging confident woman. In short, these women have shared their happiness and sorrows, struggles and triumphs and delight and dismay. It is to reassure every woman that we can do it all and achieve it all. If they can do it, you too can.

The book was launched on December 18th, at The Park Hotel Kolkata in the TEDxWomen event held by TEDxChowringhee. The Guest of Honour was Mr. Swapnil Kothari, President CFBP. The event was attended by the women who featured in the book and other TEDx participants. The book is receiving a great response due to its simple language and connecting stories. The Editorial Team consisting of Kirti Kedia, Anupriya Chowdhury, Priya Jalan and Bhavika Kothari were applauded for their selfless work for the book.

The 40 featured women are as below:

  1. ALKA AGRAWAL- Murde Itihas Nahi Likhte, Itihas Vo Likhte Hai, Jo Apne Raste Khud Banate hain
  2. ANJALI SARAOGI- Dreams or Doubts- It’s My Choice!
  3. ANJANA CHANDAK- Now a days, I Have Been Listening to My Heart
  4. ANSHUMA RUSTAGI – A Gift of Love to My Life Giver Changed My Life Perspective!
  5. APARNA ANDREWS- The Delightful Weight of Hunger—Journey to Entrepreneurship
  6. ASHA JANARDHAN- A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step
  7. BHARTI NAIK- My Eyes Never Stopped Dreaming…And I Chose to Dream Again
  8. BHAVIKA KOTHARI- Your Thoughts are the Architect of Your Destiny
  9. DIPTI JAKHODIA- Until You Spread Your Wings, You Have No Idea How Far You Can Fly
  10. DR HARLEEN SETHI- Nothing You Wear Is More Important Than Your Smile!
  11. GAURI DAS- Believe in the Power of Possibilities!
  12. JYOTI AGARWAL- Everybody Has Wings, All We Need to Do Is Fly
  13. MADHAVI ADIMULAM- Sometimes All We Need Is A Different Perspective!
  14. MANISHA TIBREWAL- Unwrapping God’s Gift – a Bouquet of Talents!
  15. MEENAL NIGAM- Learning the Language of the Universe is Aligning Oneself to a Higher Calling
  16. MEENU AGARWAL- Across Borders, Making Life Happen!
  17. NEERAJA GANESH- You Have Arrived!
  18. NIDHI KARNANI – Be a Dreamcatcher! It’s Never Too Late to Learn and Live Your Dreams!
  19. NILU SHARMA- Learning to Live Life Unapologetically!
  20. NISHA NAIR- Life Has its Way of Rewarding Bitter Struggles with Sweet Success!
  21. PAYAL NATH- ‘Hum Sab Ek Bubble se Banein Hain’
  22. PRABHA GOYAL- Beyond Cancer, with Faith and Courage
  23. PREETI JAIN- Divinely Guided and Guarded
  24. PREMLATA AGARWAL- Climb Every Mountain
  25. PRERONA ROY- Phoenix – Rise From the Ashes!
  26. RAJSHREE GAGGAR- Meeting My New Self at Every Stage of Life!
  27. RENU SAHARIA- Let Your Hopes, Not Your Hurt, Shape Your Future!
  28. RICHA SHAH- Leave a Little Sparkle Wherever You Go!
  29. RINKU SARAWAGI- Cooking with Love Provides Food for the Soul
  30. RITA TANDON- There’s No Shortcut on the Road to Success
  31. RUBY GOENKA- It’s not the Dreams, but the Actions, which Change Life!
  32. SATARUPA MAJUMDER- Miles to go before I sleep, Miles to go before I sleep
  33. SHASHI JAIN- When I Made Living a Priority for the Sake of My Daughter!
  34. SHILPI KHANUJA- The More you Dream, the More you Achieve
  35. SHITAL BAVISHI- To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  36. SHUBHA SINGHANIA- Most Follow Paths, Some Create Their Own
  37. SIJI VARGHESE- A Setback is a Setback, Till You Come Back!
  38. SONAL CHORARIA- Wellness of Mind is Wellness of Life!
  39. SUJATA CHATTERJEE- Twirling to a Better World!
  40. VINEETA GANERIWALA GUPTA- When Your Dil Maange More!!

The book is available at Amazon as Magical 40 @Forty

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Magical 40 @Forty – a book by Cafe featuring 40 inspiring journeys of women who added the extra to the ordinary!!

Magical 40 @Forty idea was born when I saw the Forbes 40 under 40:) and thought that women should also get chance to feature in such list as the journeys are no less than the Forbes 40.

Hence the initiative to have a paperback book featuring stories of inspiring women who have walked extra ordinary paths. The book has been created to bring out such stories which are hidden in neighbourhood corner but we are unaware of their existence.

Some stories will run a chill down your spine and some will bring out a myriad of emotions in you – but each one is sure to inspire you.

The Café Editing team comprising of Kirti Kedia, Anupriya Gupta, Priya Jalan and Bhavika Kothari behind the book has put months of hardwork behind research, compilation, editing and designing of the book so as to appeal to the readers and yet retain the originality and simplicity.

The women who have been featured in the book are from diverse backgrounds, professions, passions, cities and even countries. We have tried to include all possible journeys starting from social entrepreneurs to artists, to women who faced challenges from families and personal tragedies, single woman by choice to single mom by choice, sportswoman to business coach, doctor to CA, business entrepreneurs to cancer survivors, authors to educationists and many more. Each journey is different from the other.

Grateful to the team for taking the dream forward and making it a reality. It would not have been possible to bring it to life without the hardwork of the Kirti, Anupriya and Priya who have given stories the words they needed to connect with the readers, keeping the original emotions intact. Bhavika our pitara has been behind all the designing and publicity of the book with her creativity and charm. Special mention to our Mentor Lokesh Nathany for always guiding us.

The book will be launched on December 18th, 2021, in Kolkata at the TEDx Chowringhee event.

Looking forward to holding it!

Kavita Agarwal

Founder, Career After Family

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“Mystical Mandalas” – by Jyoti Agarwal

To my friends I may be an entrepreneur, teacher and artist but to my cafe members I am the ‘Mandala Queen’, a tag I have come to love and adore. As we begin our new journey of posts and blogs I would like to share my insight into this art form that has captivated my heart and soul, my entire being, over the past year.

A mandala, which is Sanskrit for circle, is a geometric design that holds a great deal of symbolism in Hindu and Buddhist cultures. Mandalas are believed to represent different aspects of the universe and are used as instruments of meditation and symbols of prayer most notably in China, Japan and Tibet. Loosely based on the folk arts of India, Mandala is an ancient art that is seen in Mughal architecture as well. More recently, mandalas have also been found in dream catchers, a popular item in the West, as a means to protect the individual sleeping.

Mandala as an art form has many dimensions and benefits. Creating a Mandala transports you to a different world. The immersive experience of making a mandala has immense benefits. Besides helping younger kids in building concentration or re-focusing adult concentration, it has an incredibly calming effect and is a great stress buster. In addition, it unleashes people’s hidden creativity and in the end, the outcome is a beautiful piece of art to adorn one’s walls.

Working on a mandala from making the template to adding colours to it or filling it with patterns is a time-intensive but satisfying process. It is in fact the time and effort involved that is almost meditation-like resulting in the calming effect that it produces.

Types of Mandalas

There are various types of mandalas found in different cultures and used for a multitude of purposes, both artistically and spiritually.

1. Teaching Mandalas

Teaching mandalas are symbolic, and each shape, line, or colour represents a different aspect of a philosophical or religious system. The student creates his or her own mandala based on principles of design and construction, projecting a visual symbolization of everything they have learned. Teaching mandalas serve as colourful, mental maps for their creators.

2. Healing Mandalas

Healing mandalas are more intuitive in design, and they are made for the purpose of meditation. Healing mandalas are intended to deliver wisdom, evoke feelings of calm, and channel focus and concentration.

Symbolism in Mandalas

The center is a dot, which is a symbol that is free of dimensions. It is interpreted as the starting point, the beginning of contemplation, and devotion to the divine. From there, the dot is surrounded by lines and geometrical patterns that symbolize the universe, encompassed by the outer circle which represents the cyclical nature of life. 

How Mandalas Are Used:

Mandalas are used for a variety of religious traditions, meditation, and modern contexts. The traditional mandala, takes weeks to complete and is full of positivity and brings inner peace.

It is my desire to see many take up this art form and achieve inner peace and calm and a philosophical approach to life. By creating mandalas, I have found balance in my life and it has given me strength during the pandemic. Some do yoga, some meditate while others resort to many different methods of self-relaxation. For me it is the mandala and I hope that it will bring you, my dear reader, the same resilience, peace and tranquillity. 

Jyoti Agarwal, Bangalore

Artist, Teacher & ofcourse Mandala Queen!!

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जहाँ सपनो को मिली नयी उड़ान ❤️ – सरोज अगरवाल

बचपन के उस मासूम लम्हे में ,
कुछ सपने संजोए थे मैंने।
तब कहां समझ पाए थे कि,
जिम्मेदारी की बेड़ियां पड़ेगी पैरों में।
कुछ अरमान रह गए दिल में,
कुछ मुक्कमल हो गए।
कुछ की तो धुंधली सी सी छाया अभी भी बाकी है दिल में।
समय की परतों को हटा कर वह ख्वाब कभी कभी झांकते हैं,
इस बढ़ती हुई दहलीज पर चुप चुप कर पंख फैलाते हैं।
फिर से जीने को मन्न करता है उन बचपन के हसीन ख्वाब को,
अपनी जिम्मेदारियों को पाते रख, कागज़ कलम उठाने को।
एक बार फिर जी लें अपने फिर वही सपने,
सोए अरमान को जगा कर फिर जी लें वही लम्ह हैं।
Dear Kavita and “CAFE “
❣️

-Saroj Agarwal.
इन्हीं सपनों को बदलने का मौका देता है ÇAFÉ.
ÇAFÉ हर हाउसवाइफ को सपने देखने की उड़ान देता है, सपने पूरे करने में मदद करता है और जीवन में सपनों को जीने का नया ढंग सिखाया है।

Saroj Agarwal,

Psychological Counsellor, WICCI WB Homepreneur Vice President.

Mann Ki Baat Co Founder

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Balance the Unbalanced!- Cafe Editor- Priya Jalan

Who coined this term? This word should have sounded like “onomatopoeia”. Difficult to pronounce! Only to highlight the sheer unreachability of this idealistic concept, which we all try to achieve but end up at being on varying levels of it. The contemporary mentors and advisors of aspiring women has advised to achieve a fine balance between house and occupation. How else do women have it all?

Any work, be it your business or just a hobby, requires single pointed focus and perseverance. Today’s society is definitely more advanced in its preaching and understanding of how men should stand and shoulder responsibility, if not in equal proportion, let’s say at least so much so as to facilitate the women achieve all her aspirations.

But does this beautiful thought see the light of the day?

Isn’t in practical life, we have strong demarcations of what is a woman’s duty. How in every celebration, a woman needs to achingly part with work and make the event a festival, guarding the sanctity of joyous celebrations? Why can’t a husband go in the kitchen and make halwa for the same occasion. Why is it yet a taboo? Why do men need excruciating situations to help out in small affairs of the household?

Not to snatch their credibility, men have traversed a long path. They genuinely talk about participating and try to contribute in the household affairs, if it’s not too much of a trouble and sometimes even surpass our expectations which itself is so ecstatic for women that they forget about their slogging and juggling rest of the times. And in those fleeting, gratifying moments, the unfairness of it all simply vanishes in thin air. Such is the sheer brilliance of feminity that it absolves all and that too with unconditional love and adoration.

Having said that, there are indeed some men who are so rational, kind and secure in sharing work life balance with their better halves that hope continues to shine bright in the sky of achievements that would have to broaden it’s boundaries to contain all that women has to offer.

The path of evolution will take its course and the future surely has in store those days when men and women jobs’ would no longer be differentiated. It would require men to be kinder and more giving to be able to do that and women to be more pragmatic.

Fingers crossed and anticipating that we women are raising our sons to be the flag bearers to reach the glorious end of this obvious path we all are traversing. I have the good fortune of interacting with many women. I salute the power of those who are doing so many & so much, incredibly with flying colors. I also salute those women who constantly think about pursuing their dreams but give majority of their precious time raising their family. Can’t these women be a little indifferent and commence what they relish? But, how a woman gives and can help herself no better than continuing to give, in the hope that once she has fulfilled some standing responsibilities, she would have more room in her life to accommodate her desires and aspirations.

It would give me immense gratification to live enough to see those days when the society actually helps her do both and still loves and nurtures her, the way she has been doing it for aeons. I have seen good days for my generation, better than what my mother got. I have also seen the adverse effects of our time on women, being caught up in this frenzy wherein the society is neither whole-heartedly ready nor in denial, where there is no full support but full expectations.

Men of today look for a bride who can run the house, keep it spick and span and still earn enough to take a foreign vacation while maintaining herself to look sexy and ofcourse raise children, all the while men helping in tid-bits. Really? These are some major goals which I dare men to take up!

I hope to see a day when we live in a truly liberated society in action and true to their newly acquired understanding of women, their roles and aspirations.

Priya Jalan

Founder Priya Jalan English Academy, IELTS Coach, Cafe Editor

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Lets see the world without our blinkers! – Sarika Shah

We put blinkers and see,

It’s all about I and me…..

There’s more than what meets the eye,

Our perceptions differ, its not a lie.

The truth is that everything is relative,

Things are not same but subjective.

Our paths are different though they cross,

We fail to understand this and incur a loss.

Loss of magnanimity in cognition,

Unconditional expansion and a broad vision.

Being human and having humility,

Aren’t they different? Let’s face reality.

We put blinkers and see,

It’s all about I and me.

Sarika Shah

Sarika is a psychological counsellor and runs her own services under the brand name Oorja.

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Lets redefine Failure – session takeaways by Poorvi

Don’t we all remember our 10th grade result. Everyone at school cuddles together to get the glimpse of black board in which pieces of A4 size paper had saga of all the student’s past and future. What an adrenaline rush!. What is this emotion that gives us butterflies in stomach? Have we ever tried to address it?

Emotion is fear of failure and if addressed systematically can become a powerful tool for creating better future ventures. Vandana Mohture, a mindset coach from Sydney Australia  guided us splendidly through a very empowering session at CAFÉ . She has spent 10 long years in corporate sector before switching over to her niche.  She too had her fears and beliefs, which she did overcome and also shared with us virtues that helped her.

According to her, it is most important to first get the concrete definition of success and failure. SUCCESS for her is surviving with values without holding back and FAILURE is non-allignment with values. If still encountered with failure, then we should handle with seven lenses which will lead to clarity.

F:      feedback

Rethink on all your action

A:       adaption

Adapt to alternate situation of any action is found not valid

I:       investigate

Get curious about what more can be done.

L:    learn as it is a continuous process

U:     utilize all the external and internal resources. Internal resources includes exploring our own inner potential.

R:      rise above all your failures , keep moving and act to deliver

E:      empower others because you learn so much when you teach.

She also motivated members to apply their internal factors faithfully, if at all none of the external factors work in our favour.  Our own CAFÉ members also shared their views and experience to add more practical approach.

Altogether, this was truly inspiring, motivating and empowering session.

Poorvi Jasani

Poorvi is a bangalore based baker and content creator.

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4 ways to nurture the Growth Mindset in our children – Charulata

Insight into a Child's Mind | PowerBrain RX

I came across an interesting TED talk by Carol Dweck and was introduced to this beautiful concept called ‘The Growth Mindset’. The Growth Mindset is the most valuable gift we can give ourselves at any point in our lives. What is a Growth Mindset? It means that our brain is everchanging throughout our lives and it keeps getting stronger as we keep learning. To develop this in children from a very young age would be a life-changer for them – something that would transform their ability to persevere towards their goals and their ability to take challenges headon.  

Here are four ways we can develop and nurture the growth mindset in our children: 

#1Always praise the process and the effort and NOT the result. We should be specific in our praise. 

Instead of saying “What a Beautiful Painting”, we can say “It is amazing how you were so focussed on your coloring!” Or “You have put in so much thought into the colors! That is amazing!” 

When we praise the outcome or the ability, it conveys a fixed mindset. It makes them scared of losing the “good/great” tag and of making mistakes. By praising the effort, our children understand that they can control and improve on it. By paying attention to their process and not only the outcome, we encourage them to be patient and keep trying even if the result isn’t fantastic.

#2 Encourage our children to add “yet” to their donts and cants. 

“I can’t ride a bike YET”, “I don’t know how gravity works YET”, “I don’t understand Algebra YET” 

YET transforms the meaning of the sentence and makes the child a lifelong learner. YET means with time and effort, I can understand and learn, it doesn’t mean I am dumb or “not meant for math”. 

#3 When our children are stuck, guide them to ask themselves questions like ‘What can I do differently?’ Or ‘Is there something I missed?’.  Let us not stop with the ‘work hard and put in the effort’ speech. That way, failing will no longer be about a personal deficiency but about finding another way to do the same thing.

#4 Most importantly, we need to talk to our children about the growth mindset. Explain to them how the brain forms new connections and that is why things become easier with practice. Tell them about how the brain grows stronger as we make mistakes, as we keep learning new skills and as we keep finding new ways of doing things.

As I read about the growth mindset and looked at my interactions with my daughters, I started becoming aware of what I was telling them. I caught myself several times praising their intelligence instead of their effort. But I am certain that slowly, these behavioral changes will become a part of our nature and it will become a part of our child’s nature as well. Then we will have a child who doesn’t mind making mistakes, who embraces challenges, perseveres and finds different ways to make things work and never feels ‘stupid’ when they fail. 

By Charulatha

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Heart to Heart with my Boys- Akanksha Srivastava

I am a mother of two boys and when my boys were around eight and five years old, I came across a WhatsApp message that discussed how the writer had told her son about “maintenance periods”. She had told him that like everything needs maintenance, her body needed maintenance too. She had also informed him that her “maintenance period” happened every month and during this time she needed a lot of rest and pampering. This had made her son very considerate and it had helped her open up more dialogues with him.

 I liked it so much that I spoke about “maintenance period” with my boys too. Both of them love cars and they could easily understand maintenance. But they were not sure why Papa didn’t  get his maintenance too? I had to tell them that since babies are made inside mummy’s uterus so it needs to be especially clean and hence mommy’s get maintenance period every month. My 8-year-old had a few questions like does it hurt really bad and how much rest would I need? This was enough information for my boys at that time. They did not ask any more questions and went on to play with their cars. Now whenever I am resting or am tired, they do ask if its your maintenance period and then they don’t disturb me. They have come to accept the fact that grown up girls and women have maintenance periods every month and then they might need rest and pampering. My boys are quite considerate during that time of the month and once they even told my father that mama is having her maintenance period so she is resting. Well, now besides my mother, I have my boys sharing this information with my father (growing up I never discussed periods with my father, though he is a doctor and my mother used to consult him whenever I had lot of pain due to periods).

When my children wanted to know how bad the cramps are, I showed them this YouTube video by De Lune and we had some laughs but they did understand that period cramp is painful. I suggest that you show this to your partner too to make them understand how cramps feel. If you are a male and reading this, first of all kudos to you. We need more men like you and yes please do have a look at the video.

My elder one sometimes says that girls do have it hard with periods and child birth and I am pretty sure my younger one has become more empathetic too. I hope we all can open up with the men, especially the little men in our lives and make them understand what it is to be a woman! I also hope that with me discussing my problems and challenges openly, my boys would also open up to me about their own set of problems and we will collaborate better.

Akanksha Srivastava

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We did a fun activity at Cafe English Vinglish Batch 3. They were given 9 picture clues and they had to come out with interesting story using atleast 6 of them.

We received some amazingly amazing stories and the Mentors Babita & Priya selected 5 best ones out of all. Babita has been doing a phenomenal work as the EV mentor in her first term itself, a great support to our Consistent EV Mentor Priya.

And the top 5 writers are:

  1. Sarika
  2. Renuka
  3. Rupa
  4. Shital
  5. Sweta

Presenting the stories:

HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY by Sarika (Best Story)

Vikash was a nine year old, smart and intelligent boy. He was crazy about aeroplanes. The reason behind it could be perhaps his father had a small vegetable shop near airport. He was an apple of his father’s eye. He used to accompany his father on holidays to help him. Whenever he heard an aeroplane passing over, he would take the magnifying glass, which was gifted to him by one of his teachers, and he would rush outside to see the plane with it. He used to become joyous and wondrous and pretended to be a pilot.

One day Vikash found out that his father was fixing the balance to cheat the customers. Being a confident and honest kid, he didn’t follow his father’s footsteps and asked him, “Papa, why are you doing this?” His father replied, “I want to give you a bright future. So I am trying to make extra money so that you can follow your dream to become a pilot.”  Vikash assured his father that he would become a pilot one day but not on at the cost of honesty but by hard work.

They weren’t aware that they were being watched by a fairy sitting on the beautiful fountain in front of their shop. The fairy was impressed by Vikash’s honesty and blessed him with her magic wand that his dream comes true.

Years passed by, Vikash passed his 12th exam with flying colours and now was ready for further studies. Both were happy and disappointed at the same time as there was not enough money for his further studies. They slept with a heavy heart and saw a dream in which a fairy blessed them with a gold balance. The next morning when his father and he came to the shop, while discussing their weird dream, they were flabbergasted to see the gold balance which had become to a reality. There was a note stick stuck to it, reading, “It takes strength and courage to accept your mistake and be honest. Honesty pays.  – Yours Fairy God Mother.” They were over the moon. Now Vikash was just a few steps away from his dream to become a pilot.

Sarika

By Renuka

By Renuka

WHO CAN AVERT? by Rupa

TINA’S POV

My family and I were going for a summer vacation trip to Shimla. There was another family on the flight with whom I talked with. While talking I found out that their family and my family are staying in the same hotel. When we landed in Shimla and reached the hotel it was almost dinner time, both the families decided to have dinner together. So we did and went to our rooms.

The next morning I woke up early and enjoyed the hotel view. The hotel we were staying at was a palace before. We had breakfast in the garden. There was a beautiful big fountain in the center of the garden. Then we went for a Shimla tour. At night I was sitting and reading a book in the balcony joined to my room. It was then when I saw Radhika’s daughter, Anuradha talking to someone but I couldn’t see the person but I saw the eyes. They were of a very rare color.

Next morning while we were having breakfast I asked Anuradha about the person she was talking with last night but she avoided me and walked away. At 2:30 or 3 am I heard some noises and went to the balcony and the lobby to search for the source of it but to my rotten luck, I couldn’t.

Next morning when I woke up I saw police in the hotel. I rushed to the manager and asked “what is going on?”, to which he said “ there is a dead body in the garden.” I nodded my head and went up to my room and woke up my husband, who was in a deep sleep and told him everything.The police investigated all the hotel staff and guests present. When it was my turn, I told them about everything I saw and heard last night.

My sixth sense was tingling because of the random detective stories that I read. So, I asked the officer “Who’s body is that?” to which he responded “The waiter of the nearby hotel.” “How did the waiter get here?” I asked “ I have no idea as to why he was here” he responded. I decided not to question him further and let him do his work.

My inner detective wanted to investigate this case so I let them take over and went to search everywhere. I found a hot air balloon locket near the fountain. It seemed that I had seen it somewhere, so I tried to remember where I had seen it. Deciding to leave it for some I went back to the lobby and saw that the receptionist was very nervous and panicky during the police investigation. So, I sneakily followed the receptionist to her room and heard her call someone and ask them not to come here. I grew suspicious of her and wanted to ask her but I didn’t want her to know that I was on to her so I went back to my room and while I was showering, my sixth sense told me to go to the crime scene. I quickly got out of shower, put on my clothes and rushed to the scene. When I was there I saw a pathway that connected my hotel to the waiter’s hotel. I was following that path and saw some weird footprints. I took some pictures of them and went back to my room to connect all the clues. While I was on my balcony doing the same I saw the receptionist talking to someone and grew even more doubtful of her and took a picture of them.  

I was thinking of all the clues repeatedly and after a lot of brainstorming I remembered that I saw the locket hanging around Anuradha’s neck and the person talking to the receptionist had the same rare coloured eyes of the person talking to Anuradha last night. All the clues were linked to Anuradha, so I called her and asked her to meet me in the cafe near our hotel. I showed her all the clues and she started panicking and broke down in front of me. I comforted her and after some time she told me “I have a boyfriend, Rohan and he has come all the way to meet me. The receptionist, Sunaina, is his friend. That night we were talking when I saw that my father had seen us together. I ran away in fear because my parents are against my relationship with him. The locket might have fallen while I was running” I nodded my head and after a while we left the cafe.

I was on my balcony replaying our conversation in my head and I felt that she was hiding something but why? I solved the locket and eye mystery but couldn’t find whose footprint was that. I went to meet Radhika in her room but she was not there. Her husband, Shyam informed me that Radhika is was in my room. So I went to my room and told and showed her everything. But when I showed her the footprints she looked ghosted (her face turned as white as a ghost)and went back to her room.

Next morning when the officer came I blurted everything out and left no stone unturned and showed him all the clues. I asked if he could start inspecting Radhika’s room first to which he agreed and we went there. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find anything but as we were leaving the room I saw that the shoes were under the mattress. I carefully took it out and asked the officer to match it with the photos of the footprints. It matched and the officer took Shyam to the Police Station for interrogation. While Radhika was in tears. Shyam was suspected guilty. He told Radhika that it was an accident, he wanted to deal with Rohan but Rohan wasn’t there and he thought that the waiter was Rohan. He killed the waiter assuming that it was Rohan.

Radhika and Anuradha were in a lot of pain and grief. They knew that they had to be stronger and they also had to side with the truth because Law is not blind and the truth will always find its way out. But who can avert?

Rupa

The unsolvable case by Shital

Mr.Ajay Sharma is a very wealthy and famous businessman.His business was spread all over the world.He (lives) is liviing with his wife, Sonam in (a) seafacing bunglow in Bombay. He frequently visits Delhi for work .As usal (usual)he was returning back late night to Bombay from Delhi by flight.✈️He called his wife.As she did not pick up the call he got worried and hurriedly reached home.While searching her in the house,he saw that Sonam was lying on the ground unconsciously near(the) fountain⛲.He called (an)ambulance and(the) police immediately.The police and the ambulance came in no time.They took immediately(immediately took) Sonam to the hospital.Police started the investigation 🔍to know what had happened to her.The police using magnifying glass found foot prints👣 near the fountain.Next day when Sonam woke up (the)police asked Sonam that (about) wht(what) really happened last night?She said that she was sleeping😴 in her room and suddenly heared a noice(noise) .The sound felt like something had fallen with a great thud.She went to the garden to see what had happened.She couldn’t believe her eyes👁️👁️.There was a fallen perasuit🪂(parachute) and a man was coming towards her.She couldn’t move in fear.He hit her with something and next thing she remembers waking up in the hospital.
Police is trying to solve the case as soon as possible but Mr.Ajay knows that solving this type of case is not a magic🪄 Till then Mr and Mrs Sharma are balancing⚖️ between work and family for safe life.

Shital

An unforgettable journey by Sweta
We were getting late.The last and final call was announced to proceed for boarding.We rushed towards our flight s ✈️ boarding gate and fortunately we made it. An hour later, we were 30000 feet above.
Oh ! We were so excited to visit a new place Manali.On landing we couldn’t believe our eyes 👀 that an airport could be so beautiful.
As we checked into our hotel. We realised that many activities (which)we could choose to do there.As my husband and myself were busy talking what we would like (to do) so that we could to do advance booking, my son went towards the garden area attracted by a colourful water fountain ⛲️.Looking for him ,when we reached there(and) we were greeted by a magician who was showing tricks with his magic wand 🪄. He requested us to take a seat but as we had booked paragliding 🪂 as an activity for the next day. We wanted to sleep 😴 for sometime but out of courtesy we watched his show for a while. After that we went (back)to our room back .We had had our dinner and we slept.The next day we woke up early . After having our breakfast we drove towards the paragliding venue. There we were informed that we were not supposed to carry more than 5 kg during the gliding .So we had to weigh t ⚖️ all our belongings. We had an amazing experience of flying in the sky. We enjoyed there a lot but when we returned back to hotel,we found a big mob(crowd) there surrounded by police. My heartbeat stopped for a second.There ’s(was) a dead body in the fountain. I was in a state of shock that what was happening? That time we were not allowed to enter in our room till the enquiry by the cops had(been) done.I recognised the body . It was(of) the magician. The police were searching for evidence through the magnifying glasses 🔍. Because of the pin drop silence in the hotel our footsteps🦶could be heard. We wondered what must have happened. It was a mystery until a couple of a days. Later we heard stories at the hotel that while practicing for a trick, the magician lost count of breathing and drowned.
We returned after a week of our vacation but this incident remains with us forever.
This is my unforgettable journey.

Sweta