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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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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

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BUILDING THE BRAND YOU- Session Takeaways by Babita Jhunjhunwala

“Your brand is what other people say about you when you are not in the room”- Jeff Bezos. 

Did you know that you were a brand right from your mother’s womb? How we build ourselves or our business into a unique brand is what the session with Siji Varghese was about. Siji is a mentor, leader, coach and TEDx speaker. She says that brands need to keep on evolving. Even the biggest brands keep on making improvements in their marketing strategies, their products in order to stay ahead of the competition. Let’s look at the pointers given by Siji. 

What is the Ikigai of your brand?

What is brand YOU?

1.It is your image which you project to the outside world 

2.It is your mission 

3.Your values and 

4.Your vision

5.Your story

6.Your USP.

While projecting your image you need to see: 

1.How your brand appears to people,

2.How do they perceive your behaviour, 

3.Are you able to communicate effectively and 

4.How much of a social media presence you have.

Your mission should be such that:

1.It influences the perception of people about the product or service you offer. The need of the product or service is created by you through marketing and showcasing your product.

2.It creates your brand reputation and the name itself builds trust among the people and

3.Your brand becomes a name to reckon with. 

To fulfil the mission of your brand, 

1.You should be aware of what you are passionate about, 

2.What you are good at, 

3.Do you have the resources, for example, the knowledge or the degree and 

4.Whether you can get returns you desire.

You can define your personal brand by: 

1.Identifying what core values you would like to inculcate,

2.Identifying your strengths and skills set,

3.Identifying what inspires and excites you about the product or service.

4.Identifying the direction you want your business to go,

5.Identifying obstacles that you have faced and overcome.

To carry forward the vision of your brand, you will need to build a framework of:

1.Profile: your brand details 

2.Platform: whether online or brick and mortar or both.

3.Partnership: collaboration with other social groups 

4.Publicity: through advertising, social media, word of mouth

5.Publishing: sending articles to magazines and newspapers 

6.Public speaking: creating awareness about your business on public forums

7.Public service: social service which helps in goodwill of your brand

8.Prize: sending nominations for prizes which brings you in the public eye. 

Branding strategies can help you build your unique brand. 

1.Planning early,

2.Being authentic, 

3.Being consistent,

4.Being regular and 

5.Avoiding self-promotion 

It was an amazing session by Siji Varghese which gave us many insights into how to create our brand niche.

Babita Jhunjhunwala

Babita is a mental health councellor, co founder Mann ki Baat, a journey within and a mentor at Cafe English Vinglish.

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Cafe introduces new initiative on 2nd anniversary

करिअर आफ्टर फॅमिली की दूसरी सालगिरह के उपलक्ष्य में हम आप सभी सदस्यों के लिए एक अनुपम उपहार लेकर आए हैं. हम अपनी राष्ट्र भाषा हिंदी से हमारे कैफे को गौरवांवित कर रहे हैं।
हम कैफे हिन्दी शुरू करने जा रहे हैं।

हमारा कैफे, हिन्दी में भी अपनी कार्यक्रम, और गतिविधि शुरू कर रहा है.. जिसमें हर वो सदस्य भाग ले सकता है जिसे हिंदी में दिलचस्पी हो। ये बहुत ही रोचक सफर होगा जिसकी हम शुरुआत कर रहे हैं |

On our 2nd anniversary Cafe has introduced a new initiative- Cafe Hindi led by Manisha Tibrewal. This initiative will help members who are more comfortable in hindi and want to pursue their learning etc in Hindi. Thus members who were losing interests in sessions etc as they were mostly conducted in English will find their tribe in Cafe hindi and feel comfortable sharing and learning new skills.

The initiative is led by our National board member Manisha Tibrewal, whose command and love for this language will help members express better.

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Some exceptional sessions held at Cafe

At Cafe we have had 212 online sessions during the 1 year of lockdown since March 2020. Some of the sessions were exceptionally useful for the members like the ones with Shashi Jain, Lokesh Nathany, Pooja Dugar, Nishita Mantry, Meenu Agarwal, Alkesh Agarwal and many many more.

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Hauslon ki udaan- inspirational sessions by women

For our 1st anniversary celebrations, we had a series of sessions where came to know about inspirational women like Suman Agarwal, Chetna Vashisth, Capt Shalini and more, who walked the less explored paths.

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1st Anniversary celebrations – Master class by eminent speakers

To celebrate the 1st anniversary of Cafe, we had masterclass sessions from experts in the industry like- Manvi Rajvanshy, Ajay Rawal, Neeraja among others. Very insightful and lots of take aways from each one of them.

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7 Day E CookBook by Kirti Kedia

The 7 day Cook Book is your ready reckoner to what to cook for each day, which is healthy, tasty and tried and tested in real kitchens by real moms!!

The book has been compiled from recipes of Cafe Members, edited and designed by Cafe Champ Kirti Kedia.

Presenting you the 7 Day E CookBook with the recipes from kitchens of our Café Members! Now you do not need to think what to cook, how to cook every day- just refer to this wonderful compilation of healthy & tasty dishes with meal plans for 7 days of the week.

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NEWSCAFE- Launch Edition!!

Yay! Something is brewing at CAFE- its your own NEWSCAFE☕️☕️

A monthly publication from the Editorial team of CAFE who will be churning out the must have newsletter with lot of edge!!

Launching the 1st issue for all the CAFE members♥️♥️