ABOUT ME

Welcome to Cocktails, Mocktails And Life!

12669605_1676673045949506_2792422365290756383_nHi! I am Dipanwita Chakraborty and this is my official blog and website. I have always been asked one question about my blog. Why this name? Well, my website is all about life and its many facets. For me, life is beautiful in every form. It can either be “magically beautiful” or “tragically beautiful”. That’s where my inspiration comes from and hence the name, Cocktails, Mocktails And Life.

With each passing day, I strive to better myself in a positive way. Most of my expressions are in the form of poetry. That’s what comes easily to me.

Shoestrings On The Move

My travels have been majorly instinctive, on whims and sans any set itinerary (exceptions overruled). For me, the best way to settle is to keep moving. I love to travel solo, which 12507228_1665385903744887_7505128300406698193_nmakes me connect with the place, its people and culture wholeheartedly. Experiential and sustainable travel is what I believe in very strongly. My tryst with modesty and frugality during my treks has made the desire of giving back to the society (in whatever capacity I can) more steadfast. Wherever I go, I try to befriend people and listen to their stories. A simple smile is more than sufficient for people to open up to you. My wish of sharing my travel tales triggered the idea of Shoestrings On The Move.

Humans & Beings – Into the unfamiliar zone

Two adages that I firmly go by – “All that glitters is not gold” and “What others think of you is not your concern”. Being a girl, I was often judged by the way I walked, laughed, talked, behaved in public, the friends I hung out with and the clothes I wore.  Did I ever care? Never. Mom always taught us- “The more you give in to people’s sneers, the more they shall pull you down. So stay undeterred, stay united and never judge people by their appearances”. Living by this is definitely not a cake walk but I try to do so in full measure.

Just like every coin has two sides, there is always an other side to every story, likewise, every human being has two faces. The one which he appears to be around everyone and second is honest-to-goodness. And knowing that second face takes an inordinate amount of faith and trust to be instilled in both the hearts. Carrying a secret till your grave, being true to someone’s trust and your own promises needs great deal of gall. I have entered this very different state and position lately and have come across many untold stories. They have allowed me to share their stories as long as their anonymity was intact, to which, I have agreed. Humans & Beings is my personal project through which I intend to convey the success stories of people who have braved all the odds (emotional as well as societal) and come out as winners in their own small way.

Through this long term personal project, I try to shed light upon various social stigmas across our society, which are prevalent but we, as the masses at large, often tend to either shut ourselves up with indifference or turn a blind eye since they are still considered to be taboo. Today, however, people have started coming out of the closet. So all we need to do is – listen, understand, accept and help.

If you wish me to share your untold story here, you may get in touch with me at dipanwiita@gmail.com.

 

Features, Contributions and Publications

Featured on Baggout among Top 15 Travel posts for June 2015

Blog showcased on Indian Top Blogs, October 2017

Writer’s Ezine:

Winner of exceptional poem of the month- June 2015

Published in September 2015-  Anniversary Issue

Tripoto:

Gorgeous Monsoon Treks In Western Ghats That Will Leave You Bewitched

How A Mountain Getaway Can Help You Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

On Peacock And Tamarind Trails Just 5 Hrs From Mumbai

Hop On To The Most Inexpensive Weekend Getaway In Mumbai

A Jungle Trek Through This National Park Will Make You Fall In Love With Wilderness

10 Unexpectedly Awesome Things To Do In The Magical Cold Desert Of Spiti

One Chapter At A Time, This Indian Heritage Village Is Telling Stories Through Art

City Scroll:

Erstwhile columnist at City Scroll, an online monthly newsletter

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