Sushobhan Mukherjee


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EPIC Story of Bengal

EPIC Story

EPIC took birth this year and first instance “EPIC 2016” took place on 16th January, 2016.

Introduction

As per “google”, EPIC means “a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the past history of a nation”. In this case the event “EPIC” was an “Entrepreneurs’ Picnic”, but the actual meaning of the word “EPIC” was not lost.

The life across the world has become more impatient, unstable, violent, stressed, unhappy and boring day by day. The business trends are changing, the situations are becoming more competitive. The small businesses will be not able to scale-up, sustain, growth without the hand shaking, collaboration, co-existence and harmony. The same is applicable for life as well. The oppositions (dark forces) are putting enormous amount of money and energy to divert people from “Freedom of thoughts” with the influence of religion, gradation and caste. Those are eminently visible and increasing day by only due to the lesser availability of “Good Culture”. This is the space which will deal with human mind, psychology and intend to focus on cultural movement through creativity.

Preface:

We have started the movement in our small way. Our first initiative in the series was “Wordcon”. With the success of “Wordcon”, Two other siblings took birth as well “Quality Matters”, “StepOut”.

StepOut focuses on activities outside office for the entrepreneurs. Stepout yielded three of it’s children (EPIC, OffBreak, Outside).

EPIC 2016 is a creative experiment with one known institution of our lives in winter – picnic. But more precisely this is meant for Entrepreneurs of Bengal and it is assumed to first of it’s kind in the fraternity.

EPIC 2016 is different in a sense of latest trending where there loud noise, hard drinks (devoid of 2Ds – DJ and Drinks) were explicitly restricted. It was designed to have a sweet mix of family, kids apart from the entrepreneur him/herself. The daylong picnic was meant beyond any target/pressure, rather to devote time with wisdom, philosophy and restart the journey of entrepreneurship with greater spirits of Positivity.

We, entrepreneurs meet in business events and trade fairs where we all acknowledge the contribution our families have had in our journey. However, we seldom meet together – even socially.

Architecture:

Date: 16th January, 2016

Venue: “Bagan Bari”, Block I, off Jessore Road, Michael Nagar, Kolkata 700 133

Agenda:

8.00am: Welcoming all Guests

8.00am – 10.00am: Morning Tea and Adda

10.00am: EPIC Cake cutting and formal Inauguration

10.00am–12noon: Breakfast, Tea/Cofee with Snacks (Unlimited)

10.00am–12noon: Children Games/Sports, Adult Games

12Noon–1pm: Relaxation and Adda, Mixing

1pm–2.30pm: Lunch

2.30pm – 4.30pm: Performances on “Anything Creative”

4.30pm to 6pm: Tea/Cofee with Somosa/Nimki and Mixing/Adda

Activities Anything Creative Food
Football, Cricket, Volleyball, Badminton, Sports Music, Dance, Drama, Recitation, Reading etc Breakfast : Peas Kachuri with Chana Dal and Sweets
Munching : Veg/Non-veg Snacks with Unlimited Tea/Coffee both morning and evening
Lunch :Fried Appetizers with Salad, Vegetable Fried Rice, Cauliflower Roast, Fish Dumpesta, Chilli Chicken, Chatni, Papad, Rajbhog, Malai Chamcham, Ice Crème, Pan Masala
High Tea : Evening Tea/Coffee  with Samosa, Nimki


Apprehensions

The agenda was beyond picnic, rather to connect spirited souls over a cause in the midst of nature. But people had apprehension like follow:

  • It is a marketing trick to earn some money, some glory.
  • “No DJ and No Drinking” might be a show off, rather it will be more prevailing there.
  • Behind “EPIC” some other masterminds are playing to have some different agenda altogether

Actuals

We, the organizers assembled in the venue before schedule by around 7.30am. Gradually, our designated officers took charge in arrangements like holding flexes, setting up chair, tables, making up fields, accumulating all props needed for the games/activity.

As planned, guests started joining in 8am onward and off course our morning tea was ready by then.

We were feeling fresh with the shiny morning in a rustic Bengal environment. The bungalow had three lawns fully filled with winter seasonal flowers with lass green trees. There were cows, birds, squirrels to act as toppings to add flavors of natures.

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Freshly prepared peas Kachuri, Chana dal and sweets were part of our breakfast and followed by inaugural cake cutting.

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By this time majority of the participants joined in. People started freaking out as planned in casual mode. Football, Cricket and badminton kicked off in three of the ground.

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With some time when people got little tired due to be on field after many days, snacks were ready to be served. Apart from Veg Pakoda and Chicken Pakoda, Green Coconut was ready to serve people thirst with nature.

Gradually children activities got started. Sit and Draw, Dropping balls to the bucket etc.

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Adults went spending time over cricket, badminton etc. Few entrepreneurs were busy in philosophic discussions, business trending, new ideas in a casual relaxed mind.

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By this time Lunch was ready. Kids were very hungry by this time and rushed for lunch. Lunch comprised of Egg Devil, Vegetable Fried Rice, Cauliflower Roast, Fish Dumpesta, Chilli Chicken, Chatni, Papad, Rajbhog, Malai Chamcham and Pan Masala. Ice cream with chocolate and strawberry Topping were served in the counter.

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Post lunch, people were not ready to waste any time on relaxation. They went ahead on games and freaked out in the wide garden with the charming winter flower.

Sun was about to set at around 4.30pm and our evening snacks were ready. It was hot Samosa with nimki along with Tea/Coffee. But stomach was still full and everyone was reluctant to have it. We packed it for everyone to take back.

Winter evening were nearby and we started our live performance. Kick-off of such activities are always challenging as “who is going to start?” Shibangi initiated it with the theme of of Titanik. Debolina, Anupam, Hrishikesh were next to perform. Kids performed rhymes. My daughter performed a folk dance. My wife also participated in Rabindra Sangeet. Priyam played violin. BN Bhattacharyya and Shampa performed Recitations. I was forced to perform and I took the challenge even though the throat conditions were bad.

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Few of the glimpses of the performances are available in the below youtube channel: Epic YouTube

More photographs can be seen under official OutSide Facebook Page: Facebook Album

We had concluded the day by lighting a Diya in the evening. EPIC will act one of the stepping stones on the cultural movement of Bengal and World. Like Wordcon, we will comeback in the next year as well. Dates will be published soon. Stay tuned for Offbreak and Outside as well.

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“Hey hey hey” my friend was raising hands on the road.

It was Monday afternoon in a rare winter season of Bengal. Both of us were heading for an audit (QMS, ISMS and ITSM) meeting on in one of the renowned government Enterprise. We were looking for a small auto ride instead of walking as in such a small distance, taxies were generally found to reluctant to go.

Fourth auto responded, stopped in front of us and we boarded. There was no other passengers.

As usual, we kept on talking on very casual things. One was commercial license as one of our common friend was asking information on the same last day.

Suddenly the auto driver stepped into our discussion and gave lot of insights on vehicle licensing. We were curious and found him to be extremely knowledgeable on rules, regulations, operations even technologies on automobile domain.

“How do you know so many inside stories man?” I was extremely curious.

“I run my cars in Ola/Uber” he replied.

“Then why don’t you drive your car instead of driving an auto? The revenue would be more” my friend Pritam responded.

“I have 11 cars” he replied quickly.

“What?how many” I was speechless!

“11 no.s Swift Dezires” he was instantaneous in his reply.

“OMG! Then my question is more relevant. You can easily ride one of the cars of your own instead of auto” Pritam responded back.

“I run my auto to manage the cars” he was prompt as usual.

“Running auto to operate cars? Is not it ridiculous? You need good pool of drivers instead” I was little harsh on my words.

“I have 31 drivers in my pool” he replied.

Both us were completely spellbound and by this time we reached the auto stand. This is the last spot and we need to walk few steps from here inside the lane. But by this time we were almost hypnotized by his business acumen and wanted to discuss further.

“Why don’t you drop us at the gate?” I requested.

“We do not generally run beyond routes” he replied.

“Boss, you are such a great business personal, why don’t we have some tea together at the gate? And if needed you may charge some additional bucks for going beyond the routes” Pritam pampered.

He agreed.

“How do you manage the whole operation and why auto?” I asked again on reaching destination.

“All my cars are garaged in salt lake and generally they operate in and around salt lake. In case of any turbulence/police problem, I can reach site in a very low profile” we were stunned again by his thoughts.

“But still managing 11 cars using 31 drivers are damn difficult” I was still not convinced, as I knew man power issues were more than anything else in Bengal as per my present business knowledge.

“Sir, I run all my cars in two shifts, I have tie-ups with driver centers even in case any of the drivers fails Attendance (even after using buffer from the pool) so that none of the cars stand idle in any shift of the day throughout the year. And management? See this” she pulls out two Iphones from pocket.

We had no words other than listening him” I spent INR 2500 every month on internet, apart from mobile internet, I have broadband WiFi at home. Each of my cars having two dual sim phones. Based on traffic/enquiries I instruct them to shuffle between Ola/uber/TFS”.

We were shattered by then and understood he has much more business knowledge than anyone of us.

He was Sonu sing from Uttar Pradesh.

Our salute to him. My heartiest prayers to the supreme Lord that the same attitude gets induced in the spirit of Bengal.

In the world of hallucination, he runs a true business on the ground and even after such a vast business and operations, his attitude toward work is fascinating.

Learning never ends and off-course we learnt a lot on that afternoon from the Auto Driver and his Autograph towards business really made our day.

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(A true incident narrated in story format)

 


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The Great Escape!

23rd January is the birthday for Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Today was his 120th Birthday. And fortunately or unfortunately I was present in front of Netaji Bhavan since very early morning. Netaji Bhavan was the place where he used to stay in Kolkata and he left for the last frontier from this house only.

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The kind of characteristics he possessed are very rare in Bengali behaviours. Unfortunately instead of following his true spirits, positives, we keep on talking on the hidden stories / mysteries since years now.

I was there almost till afternoon today and found lot of activities on “Subhas Utsav”. Several clubs, bands, Celebrities, Politicians, TV Channels, and Procession were present. But general people got restricted to enter inside. Every channel, media, people were more interested on the mystery, de-classifications (as was scheduled to be released today by central ministry, I am still not aware of the outcome) as if in case we find his date of demise, Cause of Death, Conspiracy, all problems of India will be washed out.

This entire instances for years, celebrations, dilute his great endeavours, revolutionary thoughts, amazing leadership and off course immense patriotism and courage.

Subhas Chandra Bose, one of the few rare Bengalis who had not only guts, but had visions, missions, stitching power and exceptional execution capabilities. The way he dreamt for India’s freedom and stretched out in all possibilities across the globe, was truly instrumental. Unlike other freedom fighters in India, he did not only thrown his thoughts out of passion or patriotism, rather tried to assemble similar souls together and create a collective movement in order to have better impact.

The world is approaching towards World War III. None of the lands in any country are safe and targeted by activists. Open culture, unprejudiced thoughts are aspired to be prevented by Militants using religion, tribe, caste, politics and other means. True spirits of life through culture, literature, poetries. Painting, music are rarely been practised across the globe in real sense. We are being touched by external means, but it is not touching our souls, our emotions, our minds. World War III will be through Culture and we need to lead the same from Kolkata, Bengal. Let us be enlightened by the spirits of Netaji and identify him inside us to cross our barriers.

Instead of focussing on great escape instance, we may learn the great strategy to escape bypassing British intelligence and reach Europe. Let us get ourselves motivated to get geared up his approach for formation for Azad Hind Fauj (Indian National Army). His skills for blending different people from various geographies and tune them like an orchestra was really phenomenal.

Let’s extend our tribute to the great soul and bounce back crossing our “tolerance”.

Jai Hind!