October 2018


Kolkata is known as the “City of Joy” and this title was very rightly coined by the French author Dominique Lapierre. The city and its people do justice to the title in every possible way and it is very evident during the time of festivities especially during the five day long Durga puja celebrations. The city is burnished with colours, lights, effigies and artistic dexterity.

Setting up an enterprise of her own was a dream for Sangita Pal, Founder of Having spent more than 25 years in the IT industry, she has served in many leadership positions in leading IT firms like HCL Technologies, Tech Mahindra and Tata Infotech Ltd (TCS) across India, Europe, US, MEA & APAC regions. When she returned from South Africa to India, she got the chance to break out on her own. She chats with Madhura Chakrabarty to reveal her story….

It is inevitable that women business heads and entrepreneurs come to mind as we step into the International Day of the Girl Child 2018.

The International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated every year on 11th October. It is a day to  recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges they face around the world. The main aims of the day is to promote girl’s empowerment and fulfilment of their human rights. Observance of the day seeks to increase awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender. It also supports opening up more opportunity for girls.

‘Fitness’ comes into your mind when you hear that today is World Mental Health Day (October 10).  Every year this day highlights issues of global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against the social stigma, that is attached to mental health illnesses.

They say “smile and the world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone”. To support this line of thought, every year on the first Friday of November the world celebrates the World Smile Day. This idea was started by Harvey Ball, who was a business craftsman from Worcester in Massachusetts. Incidentally, he is known to have made the Smiley Face in the year 1963. In 1999 the first World Smile Day was celebrated, and happily, this has become a tradition every year since.