Wednesday, September 28, 2005

durga to san francisco

This is the story of an enterprising young person who has become a pioneer of sorts in Kolkata. He is into e-biz; his products are the clay idols of Durga and her retinue that are in demand all over the world, in various nooks and corners on the occasion of Durga Puja. He started his business last year by dispatching one of his products to San Francisco. This year, he has bagged orders for seventeen – all of these are not Durga but Kali, Lakshmi, Saraswati and Nataraj. The orders for Durga stand at three – the one from San Francisco has already been shipped. The remaining two are slated to leave for Australia and New Zealand. Innovativeness rules the day.
How did he manage to bag these orders? Through e-mail and chatting. He locates the prospective clients and starts the ball rolling. His rates are competitive – cost of the idol is around sixty thousand rupees, packing and forwarding another seventy thousand. We should be proud of this gentleman – he is a pioneer and has shown that where there is a will, there is always a way. His name is Pradyut Pal.

The following is a message he sent me on 18/6/2005 through my blog –

The report of his innovative efforts made it to the front page in one of the leading Bengali dailies on 20/9/2005. Till last year, I used to get this daily paper through post – invariably, the issues would be at least four days old (transit time through the post), and still they brought me and my wife that much nearer home - especially during festivities. We would go through the pages, lap up the offerings and be the centre of attraction in our limited group. But, things have changed. Today, I get the day’s newspaper the same day itself – thanks to technology. The complete issue is the internet version; it is downloaded in Mumbai, and printed and dispatched to various locations in Maharastra. In the bargain I have lost considerable popularity because every Bengali subscribes to this paper and I do not find any thing new to add during conversations! Instead of being an exception, I am now one among many.

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Blogger sushilsingh said...


'Nav' means 'nine' and 'ratri' means 'night', thus, 'Navratri' means 'nine nights'. There

are many legends attached to the conception of Navratri like all Indian festivals but

all of them are related to Goddess Shakti (Hindu Mother Goddess) and her various

forms. Though it is one of the most celebrated festivals of Hindu calendar, it holds

special significance for Gujratis and Bengalis and one can see it in the zeal and fervor

of the people with which they indulge in the festive activities of the season.


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