Cooking up a better life: “Stranger Than Fiction”

While watching “Stranger Than Fiction”, personally for me, the centre of attraction was Maggie Gyllenhaal in the role of a baker. Along with her, the movie had Will Ferrell alongside great performances by Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman. For, if you ask me, this movie is all about the attempt to make the world a better place…with cookies.

The story revolves around an ordinary IRS auditor Harold Crick, played by Will Ferrell, who has


Maternity Benefits and the Elephant in the Room

On the face of it, the Maternity Benefit Amendment Bill 2016 has been welcomed by Corporate India with open arms. Passed in August last year, the bill came into effect of May 1, 2017, mandating companies to grant 26 weeks of paid leave for maternity care to pregnant employees, with additional facilities of a crèche at work places with more than 50 employees.

A handful of companies have gone the extra mile to implement the new law, even before it


Striking a balance between professional and personal life: “Piku”

What you find in Piku is an appealing portrait of a father-daughter relationship. We see Deepika Padukone playing Piku, an architect and an entrepreneur, who has co-founded a design firm. Her father takes pride in the fact that his daughter is financially independent and, even subscribes to a theory that women shouldn’t get married as they end up losing their


Look around and discover the unsung heroes

In a fairly patronizing move, one of the leading Hindi movie channels decided to show the Gauri Shinde hit English Vinglish – to celebrate Mother’s Day. For those who may not be familiar, the story is that of a cotton sari-clad Puneri mum who “embarrasses” her children for her discomfort with the English language, goes on to join an English-speaking class, while on a trip to New York. Her children however, an adoring son of about 8 or 9 and an angsty tween


The buzz in the swarm: The Secret Life of Bees

Bees are the centre of this story. The storyline of ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ is the life of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. It is set in 1964, in South Carolina. Trying to escape her lonely life and a troubled father-relationship, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and friend, to land in a South Carolina town (which holds the secret to her mother’s past). Here she is exposed to the intelligent, independent Boatwright


Escapades of a successful bakery owner: It’s Complicated

From the ‘entrepreneur’s’ point of view, this movie is about the life of a lady, who owns a popular bakery. It’s Complicated was released in 2009 on Christmas Day.

From the family kitchen to the bakery – we hear of many women today, who explore this avenue. In fact, we all enjoy the occasional baking adventure – mixing, tasting the batter, watching the rising loaf, the whifting aroma. Now, imagine doing it as a full-time profession:


Pink & Other Hues of Budget

This year’s budget has something for everyone: friendly for the low salary earners, while taxing the very rich, the budget boosts digital transactions and entrepreneurship

The most eagerly awaited economic event of the year, the annual budget, for the next fiscal, presented by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley last week, had something for everyone. There were no specific `women oriented’ policies, barring increase in allocation for women & child development to Rs 1.84 lakh crore in the year 2017-18, compared to Rs 1.56 lakh


The metamorphosis to the ultimate entrepreneur: PS I Love You

PS I love is all about a young girl, who becomes a widow by a cruel turn of fate, and discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.

The story line of PS I Love You is based on the best-selling novel by Cecelia Ahern, and it starts out on a country road in Ireland set ten years before the narrative opens. It focuses on how the story started on a love-at-first-sight setting for Holly, a lost young tourist (Hilary


Don’t mix professional with personal: Band Baaja Baaraat

The entrepreneurship bug can bite you when you are just out of college. We see many examples all around us today, specially with start-ups being the flavor of te season.

Here, I am talking about a Bollywood film – Band Baaja Baarat. Bollywood films have been accused of largely being built around stereotypes, where characters, situations and plots are generally driven by stereotypical ideologies. But, one must not generalize, for Bollywood has


Women Entrepreneurship in India: Not a Success Story

Vinita Bimbhet the national president of FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) said that India can increase its target GDP from 16% to 60% if it enables or encourages women to participate in its economy on par with men. It seems it’s a farfetched dream for our country India. Women are lagging behind in economical activities just because they are backward or the weaker sex in the social structure of our country. There are innumerable reasons to support this fact

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