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Sourav Ganguly launches first Bengali e-book

Kolkata, Mar 14 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday here launched ‘Jaya He’ by Gautam Bhattacharya which is being projected as the first Bengali language e-book.

Speaking at the launch, Ganguly said that focus and motivation is necessary to attend success in any field of work.

Speaking about the biggest motivation for any player, Sourav said: “Biggest motivation is ‘you’.  The biggest motivation of any player is at the end of day they must not think that they have failed. Failure happens but the thing is we have to be focused for the next game.”

When asked to him how to get charged up for the next goal after failure, he said: “Failure is bound to happen in any field. But I believe you have to make sure that you have more good days than bad days.”

But to achieve success one need to be focused. Commenting on how to be focused, Saurav said: “This is an individual matter and it’s very important but everywhere focus is important.”

“Focus has to be developed over time and you have to know how to relax because being mentally free is also important,” he added.

Talking about the objective of the book, Gautam said: “The main theme of the book is motivation and there are total 25 interviews in the book.”

US- based Databazaar Media and Kolkata-based Objectsol Technologies launched the first Bengali language e-book on both the Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad platforms.

Oney Seal, Founder and CEO of Databazaar, said: “We are going to do to Bengali books what we did to Bengali movies, that is, increase reach and revenue globally by bringing them to next- generation platforms.”

Eminent people from journalism, sports, films and literature, including Soumitra Chatterjee, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Dev, Koel, Parambrata, Swastika, Abir, Sunil Gangopadhyaya, were present on the occasion.

People become lonely at some point after tasting success, so one needs to handle the situation carefully and confidently. Commenting on this, Prosenjit said: “It’s true; but one should know how to utilize that time.”

“People should make the right use of time. I always try to find out time for myself because then only I will be able to reinvent myself,” he added.

“Behind every success a fear always remains and interestingly this fear motivates us for the next goal,” he said.

(Reporting by Tania Roy)

Author Kiran Nagarkar launches new novel in Kolkata

Kolkata, Jan 13 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): A chill January morning was chosen by Sahatya Akademi award winner author Kiran Nagarkar to launch his latest book titled ‘The Extras : The Further Adventure of Ravan and Eddie’ here in Kolkata on Friday.

The book is the sequel of his earlier novel Ravan and Eddie which has brought him immense success.

His latest book revolves around two characters Ravan and Eddie who rise up from their dusty chawls in Bombay to the glittering heights of international fame.

The author was accompanied by Sujata Sen, Director, British Council and his dear friend Naresh Fernandes, author and consulting editor at Time Out, India who unveiled the book before the media at the OxfordBook Store.

The author seemed very excited at the launch of his book. He said, “It’s a great pleasure to have so many people at the launch of the book and I am very hopeful towards it.”

Kiran even read some of the sequences from his book to attract the readers more.

The book is published by HarperCollins Publisher India Ltd, a joint venture between the India today Group and Harper Collins Publishers worldwide.

(Reporting by Papri Chanda)

Aparna Sen, Kunal Basu talk over new book ‘The Yellow Emperor’s Cure’

Kolkata, Jan 10 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Popular Indian writer Kunal Basu and film maker Aparna Sen on Monday interacted over Basu’s latest novel ‘The Yellow Emperor’s Cure in Kolkata to give the readers a deeper understanding of the creation.

Sen released the book in Kolkata and both of them before an audience  read out certain chapters from the novel and then shared certain information behind the process of creating the literary piece.

“The key character of the novel Antonio Maria is a surgeon and at the same time a notorious playboy,” Basu said  at the event organized by Pan Macmillan India and The Park in association with The Glenlivet.

He said that the idea of ‘ The Yelloe Emperor’s Cure’ germinated in his mind while strolling in a museum of traditional Chinese medicine in Beijing.

“Novels are born in unlikely places. This was born in a museum at Beijing,” Basu said.

Basu shared with his readers that he had to do lots of researches before writing down this novel.

“As soon as I thought of the story, I thought that I was ignorant. There were three major blocks of research that I made for this novel,” he said.

“History of medicine and syphilis was something I needed to know about,” he said.

He said that he had to study and research about Chinese medicine for this novel.

“I needed to know the basics. I spent fair bit of time in researching about it,” Basu said.

He said that he had made lots of foreground research for writing this particular novel based around late 19th century and early 20th century.

Kunal Basu is the author of three acclaimed novels, ‘The Opium Clerk’, ‘The Miniaturist’ and ‘Racists’.

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Aparna Sen releases Kunal Basu's book

(Reporting by Supriyo Hazra)

Jaya Seal Ghosh launches children book ‘I Can’ in Kolkata

Kolkata, Oct 24 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Bengali actor and dancer Jaya Seal Ghosh on Saturday launched “I Can”, a book with stories on how children are changing their world.

Published by Amar Chitra Katha, the book was launched at the  Starmark on Lord Sinha Road in the presence of children and in partnership with Design for Change School Contest and Anando, a Kolkata based NGO, which works on issues related to the protection and education of disadvantaged children.
Children participating at the launch also expressed their wishes in writing.
The book contains 20 inspirational stories of change by children from India and the world as a tribute to the power of children, who are walking that extra mile to live what Gandhiji said “Be the Change you want to see in this world”.
Anando is one of the Top Twenty Winners of the Design for Change Contest 2010.

Design for Change School Contest is a global movement designed to give young people an opportunity to express their own ideas for a better world and put them into action.

Children and adults alike have learnt through the Design for Change Challenge that “I Can” are the two most powerful words a person can believe.