From drawing inspiration from Shah Rukh Khan to a royal experience in Odisha


Baishampayan Ghose founded his first startup when he was just 25 years old. He went on to design and create the air ticket fare and reservation system for Cleartrip, and also co-founded sports-based social network and Helpshift, an artificial intelligence-powered customer support platform for mobile and web applications. But that's what he does. Who he is, is a born adventurer - be it bungee jumping in New Zealand or spending weeks in the Amazon forest, or meditating at minus 21 degrees Celsius.

Baishampayan Ghose

Films help explore onself - actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub

Here is one actor who says he did not have to struggle much - he got a film in hand - No One Killed Jessica, no less - within 10 days of coming to Mumbai. Meet Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, who draws inspiration from Shah Rukh Khan and says the best part of acting is that one starts empathising with a character and starts living another life. It helps explore and discover many things about yourself.

Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub

Calling: all movie buffs

Its Oscar season, so obviously we are going to talk about films. And to celebrate the theatre experience and beauty of good cinema, the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy has something for movie lovers in Bengaluru. The acdemy is hosting the 11th edition of the Bengaluru International Film Festival (Biffes). The festival, underway this week, will showcase more than 200 international and Indian films, and will end on February 28. So head out Bengaloreans!

These sisters have opened their home for you to experience royalty

If you are looking for an offbeat adventure that allows you to live like royalty, in a palace surrounded by art and experience culture, head out to Odisha. Two sisters - Mrinalika and Akshita, from the royal family of Mayurbhanj, have turned their ancestral home into a tourist haven. Their father, Praveen Chandra Bhanjdeo, is the 47th ruler of the Bhanja dynasty, which was formed in the erstwhile princely state of Mayurbhanj, now part of Odisha.

Mrinalika and Akshita

Likes, dislikes and much more - Akhil Gupta answers Proust

He deplores not giving enough time to his family, and his perfect idea of a good time is that spent with his five-year-old. A veteran with over a decade’s experience in the technology domain, meet Akhil Gupta, the Co-founder and CTO of Answering our Proust Questionnaire, he says he admires Ratan Tata, but his dad is his real hero.

Akhil Gupta


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