Joygopal Podder – Half A Year in Life

Joygopal Podder

My name is Joygopal Podder – nice to meet you here my friends

Have a look at the cornerstones of Joygopal Podder’s life?

Happiness – Great Family – Authors Life – Satisfaction – Hard Work – Aims

(Wonder about the different size of the headlines? Well Google likes h1 to h6 headlines for articles containing the keywords of an article – therefore: done!)

17 June 2017

How music bridges different languages.
Simply Awesome ? Latest music video from The Evening Jammers (Daughters Panvi and Piya, Son-in-law Agransh, and Archit and Kislay)
The Hindi / English jugalbandhi is beyond brilliant. Watch / listen :

17 June 2017
The ‘Join Hands Campaign’ launch in Bangalore @ HelpAge India @ 15 years ago 🙂
This picture clicked on the steps of the auditorium, after the Chief Minister had left. Recognize me?
Joygopal Podder and the Join Hands Campaign launch in Bangalore

16 June 2017
Book Review of my latest crime fiction release ‘Cancer’, uploaded by the reviewer a week ago 🙂 ?
@ It is this kind of heart-warming feedback that keeps me going …
Read the review here: https://learningandcreativity.com/cancer-crime-thriller-book-review/

Book Review of Cancer

15 June 2017
Joygopal Podder Airport selfie
Joygopal Podder - Airport Selfie

14 June 2017
Family moment with Joygopal Podder. You cannot prevent relentless time from pushing today into yesterday, but you can certainly freeze timeless moments
Family moment with Joygopal Podder - you can certainly freeze timeless moments

13 June 2017
Day visit to Guwahati for a meeting at Assam Government Secretariat, yesterday
Day visit to Guwahati for a meeting at Assam Government Secretariat

13 June 2017
Congratulations Piya for some great singing ?
Can’t wait for the full release – @ Daughter Piya, super-talented part-time singer (and full time corporate executive)

12 June 2017
On the banks of the Brahmaputra River, this morning ?
@ Day visit to Guwahati, today – now back in Gurgaon
On the banks of the Brahmaputra River

@ The river Brahmaputra in Guwahati
(Monsoon rains have hit Assam and the river is in full spate. I was lucky to get this picture before it started to drizzle)
The river Brahmaputra in Guwahati yesterday morning

11 June 2017
@ Varca Beach Resort in Goa, June 8, 2011 ?
The last photos clicked before leaving for the airport 🙂
This resort subsequently featured in a couple of my books
Joygopal Podder at Varca Beach Resort Goa
Varca Beach Resort in Goa
@ Varca Beach Resort in Goa, June 8 in 2011

11 June 2017
Review of Chief Ministers Mistress by Indranil Mitra 🙂
Review of Chief Ministers Mistress by Rajat Verma

10 June 2017
Some memories stand out over others 🙂
With my (then) latest release “Chief Minister’s Mistress” in a conference room at Google HQ in Gurgaon

09 June 2017
@ Dilli Haat – Food and Craft Bazar
@ Dilli Haat - Food and Craft Bazar

08 June 2017
Nice 🙂 @ Message from Team Facebook: your friends have liked your posts 143000 times …
Message from Facebook - your friends have liked your posts 143000 times

Daughters Panvi and Piya, and son-in-law Agransh, and Archit and Kislaya recording their new music video in a farm house in Bhondsi, near Gurgaon
Daughters Panvi and Piya, and son-in-law Agransh, and Archit and Kislaya recording their new music video in a farm house in Bhondsi, near Gurgaon

07 June 2017
Daughters Piya and Panvi on the (farm house) set of the forthcoming music video of their group The Evening Jammers (including Agransh, Archit and Kislaya) ?
The song and the singing are unbelievably good (y) The wait would be worth it
Piya and Panvi Podder preparing for music video The Evening Jammers

06 June 2017
I wonder if today’s youngsters can match this?
First meeting at a dance party, followed by dating, followed by engagement and then marriage ?
A journey of just three months 🙂 @ December 10, 1989 — March 16, 1990

Priti and Joygopal Podder in 1990 - meet and marry

Panvi and me in Saudi Arabia ?
@ Summer of 1995
Panvi and Joygopal Podder in Saudi Arabia 1995

5 June 2017
Nostalgia ?
I am located in the bottom row, at extreme right
Joygopal Podder in Mount St Mary School

4 June 2017
@ With friends @ A couple of years ago
with friends
3 June 2017
Mixed emotions on the face of the father of the bride / Pleasure on the face of the mother of the bride / Glow on the face of the beautiful bride / Happy bridegroom 🙂 ?

@ October 17, 2015
Happy bridegroom

3 June 2017
A great memory of today, June 3 @ Five Years Ago
Hindustan Times Joygopal Podder

1 June 2017
Today is a new day with new prospects, new thoughts, new strengths and new opportunities. Yesterday, and the challenges of yesterday, ended last night.

You can’t do today’s job with yesterday’s methods and be in business tomorrow @ one of life’s important lectures …

“KARAM KARO, FAL KI ICHCHA NA KARO” — BHAGVAD GITA

A bit loosely translated @ The Mahabharata (Lord Krishna to Prince Arjun on the battlefield): “Execute your duties and the fruits will come naturally”

Look back - in the office

When you look back, you may realize that some of the best roads you have traveled in your life’s journey are the detours you had never, initially, planned to take.

If you want your life story to be remembered with fondness, full of positive aspects and good words, then begin by realizing that you are the author.

Joygopal Podder and his books

31 May 2017
Here is my article in today’s Hindustan Times. The icing in the cake has been daughter Panvi ‘s quote added right below the print version of my opinion piece.
article by Joygopal Podder in Hindustan Times Gurgaon

Daughter Piya and Kislaya (both are members of the well known music group ‘The Evening Jammers’) quoted in today’s ‘Hindustan Times’
Gurgaon artists Piya Podder

Gurgaon artists

@ Great to see first thing in the morning

30 May 2017
This announcement has appeared in today’s Hindustan Times ? @ Watch out for my article tomorrow …
announcement in today's Hindustan Times

30 May 2017
The nine steps to becoming a great novelist
The nine steps - cartoons - to becoming a great novelist

28 May 2017
Definition Consumerism: Buying things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people that don’t matter.

Trust: Trust is like an eraser; it gets smaller and smaller after every mistake.

28 May 2017
@ Bollywood Mania – Four of my Crime Fiction Novels are grounded in the Mumbai Film Industry
@ Bollywood Mania - Four of my Crime Fiction Novels are grounded in the Mumbai Film Industry

28 May 2017
everything is going to be alright

27 May 2017
My first book ‘Deceivers’ was conceived here, in the Austrian Alps, between April 28 – 30, 2010. It was written at home in Gurgaon between May 1 – 26, 2010. So I have just now lived thru’ an anniversary month ?
photo of Alpbach Austria

26 May 2017
It took some time and effort to get that perfect shot @ 12.15 – 12.25 am on May 26 @ Piya’s 21st birthday​.
photo of Piyas Birthday

Piya @ 21 years 🙂 Happy birthday!
Piya @ 21 years

26 May 2017
Fitness is like Marriage; you can’t cheat on it and expect it to work.
Fitness photo Joygopal Podder

25 May 2017
The family @ Daughter Panvi’s engagement event ? @ India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; February 2014
photo of Panvi's engagement event

23 May 2017
Enjoyed the interview, and liked the write-up. Thanks!
interviewed by Eshan Sharma

23 May 2017
@ With daughter, son-in-law​ and wife ? @ At peace
photo of me, daughter, son-in-law​ and wife

22 May 2017
The organization I work for @ Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) 🙂
Best Campaign Award @ Global Awards 2017 in London on May 11 @ Immunization Campaign together with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
TPublic Health Foundation of India (PHFI) Best Campaign Award @ Global Awards 2017 in London on May 11

22 May 2017
Delightful memory @ Google office in Gurgaon; Session @ Storytelling as a marketing tool
Joygopal Podder @ Google Gurgaon
Session @ Storytelling as a marketing tool

21 May 2017
Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but want to check personally when you say the paint is wet?

21 May 2017
Sunday musings
# Your wisdom will prevent you from getting into situations in which you will need to use a lot of wisdom to get out of
# It is okay to visit your past; just don’t bring any baggage of negativity back with you
# Don’t ask God to guide your footsteps if you’re not willing to move your feet
Sunday musings Joygopal Podder

20 May 2017
Clicked by four-and-a-half-year-old Panvi in the port city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia in the summer of 1995 ? I was working with Cadbury’s and had come home for lunch during the afternoon break
photo of Joygopal and Priti Podder in the port city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia 1995

20 May 2017
Have survived five decades of THIS 🙂 Road Safety in India
Road Safety in India

20 May 2017
I am overwhelmed and humbled by the tsunami of good wishes I have received for my birthday, my long life, my writing career and success at work. I have responded to many friends, with heartfelt thanks, but innumerable friends are yet to be personally thanked, which I promise to do in the next days. But this post is also a collective and emotional “Thank You” to all my birthday wishers. I am now, in my 57th year, and convinced that I have done something right in my life to have gained the love and good wishes of so many hundreds of sincere friends. I feel really blessed
Happy Birthday Joygopal Podder

19 May 2017
@ A truly unique birthday gift ?

@ 6 years ago, today 🙂

@ The very first newspaper article about my writing career

@ Yes, it was actually published on my birthday
Joygopal Podder Frenzied Writer

18 May 2017
@ Family celebrates two birthdays ? Archit ‘s and mine
Family celebrates two birthdays

16 May 2017
Ouch!
Joke - Game Over

16 May 2017
For authors like me they should invent a treadmill
– with a laptop built in
– and unless you were walking, MS Office and the internet wouldn’t work
– and like if you wanted to download something you had to run
– and the faster you ran, the faster it would download
– I would lose so much weight …
Joygopal Podder on the treadmill

14 May 2017
Mother’s Day Tribute ? My writing journey began at age seven in London. My mother loved taking me to public libraries and immersing me in story books. So my love for the written word was born very early in life. She soon encouraged me to pen tiny stories in note books, which she would keep casually lying around on the living room coffee table, for visitors to read. So my love for an audience was also born very early on in life 🙂
The family came to India when I was eight and settled down in Delhi. My mother got me a subscription to Children’s World magazine. It took me about four years. But I finally got a short story published in CW at age 12. The feeling of seeing your name in print, below a story written by you, at that tender age, in a magazine with a wide circulation, is indescribable.
My mother guided and influenced my life and career in a non-intrusive and quiet manner, but with a firm hand when needed, and with great love, despite many health issues and hardships (she even bought me a cycle I greatly desired, with savings from vegetable shopping :). I am lucky and blessed I was able to serve my mother, Pushpa Lata Podder, and look after her throughout my adulthood and till her last breath.
Pushpa Lata Podder

14 May 2017
January, 2008. Priti’s blood was poisoned. Septicemia appeared irreversible. While she was being wheeled on a stretcher early morning at Private Hospital in Gurgaon to the ambulance which would transport her to Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Delhi, where a team of specialists would try save her life, Priti saw her young daughters. Her only concern: “Have you eaten?” @ Happy Mother’s Day
Happy Mothers Day

14 May 2017
Become an author only if you feel an urgent need to tell a certain story in a particular way 🙂
Link to the entire interview published on May 12:
Interview with Joygopal Podder
Writers Destination

Inspiration to write books

Working on another book

12 May 2017
The Three Rs: @ Relax 🙂 Recharge 🙂 Revitalize
Three Rs

11 May 2017
@ Completed one exciting year

@ Head – Resource Mobilization & Partnerships

Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)
Joygopal Podder at PHFI
J Podder at PHFI with generous benefactors

10 May 2017
Just received Certificate testifying my National Record published in the Limca Book of Records, edition 2017 ? I beat my own record of 2016 🙂 Proud to hold this National Record for six years in a row: Author of the most books on crime fiction in the shortest time ? Yes, life begins at 50
Limca Book of Records 2017

9 May 2017
Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints
Me with Panvi and Piya

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. Many people have a work station 🙂 .

Definition of Astrology 🙂
Millions of planets and stars have spent billions of years lining themselves up just to let her know that she’ll “meet someone with nice eyes today.”

When your only tool is a hammer, all problems start looking like nails.

You can protect yourself with a fence, or you can protect yourself with friends.

7 May 2017
August, 2010 : The auspicious and symbolically loaded first sale of my first book. There have been 17 more books since….and 6 National Records and a Forbes listing as Celebrity Author 🙂

@ “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King
Photo credit : elder daughter Panvi

First Book Deceivers 2010

7 May 2017
The Three Stages in the Life of an Author ?
# Birth
# Dear Publisher, when will I be getting my overdue Royalty Payment? 🙁 🙁
# Death

At the circus

30 April 2017
Elder sister wants her to become a model, but daughter Piya is content to become a singer/composer like her sister (which she is) and a business development professional like her Dad, which she will become on June 1. She is also becoming a great cook like her mother. Anyway, here is Piya at her college (Kamala Nehru) farewell, where she was awarded ‘Miss Dynamic’
Piya Podder Miss Dynamic

30 April 2017

Can never get tired of such photographs 🙂
@ Three of my books ‘A Million Seconds Too Late‘, ‘Goddess‘ and ‘Deceivers‘ displayed for the reading pleasure of patrons at ‘Coffee & Chai Co.’ at South Point Mall, where the family had Sunday lunch ?
(Credit for pictures : daughter Piya)
Coffee & Chai Co

29 April 2017
Warning
Warning - I am a writer

@ My doctor explaining​ to me, this evening, why I will suffer more health issues than my father 🙂
“We pride ourselves on the fact that human lifespans are expanding. But, when you live long, it is your old age that gets longer. Your youth and middle-age do not get stretched.”

Dependency on health books is dangerous; you may die from a misprint 🙂

You are in great shape for this life if you do not let success go to your head and do not let failure go to your heart 🙂

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian 🙂

GOD : “As you grow old, you must learn to accept and live with a variety of age-related diseases. But I like you, Joygopal, so I’ll give you a choice. Which would you prefer as the lesser evil: Parkinson’s Disease (shaking hands) or Alzheimer’s (loss of memory)?”
JOYGOPAL : “I’d rather spill half the glass of whiskey than forget where the bottles are kept!”

Always speak well of your enemies. After all, you made them …

Sarcasm is like electricity; half the population doesn’t get it …

Men are like mascara; they usually run at the first sign of emotion 🙂

When anybody asks me what are the 50 things I want to do before I die, I can only think of one: shout for help 🙂

Hearts are wild creatures; that’s why our ribs are cages …

Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good evening’, and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t …

25 April 2017
My nephew Sahir Mehta is an actor. He has shifted from the Delhi stage (and also Prithvi Theater, Mumbai) to the world of Bollywood. This video, where he plays a character called Sohail, showcases Sahir’s talent. Enjoy 🙂
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDBL3c4GG_w&feature=youtu.be
My nephew Sahir Mehta

30 December 2016
Why do I love 2016 so much?
(1) Release of my novel ‘Cancer’
(2) Release of my novel ‘The Anniversary Killer’
(3) Featuring in the 2016 edition of the Limca Book of Records as The Fastest Published Crime Fiction Author of India (for 5th year in a row)
(4) Joining Public Health Foundation of India
(5) Being featured in all Delhi/NCR editions of The Hindustan Times.

JP The Anniversary Killer

JP Limca Book of Records

JP Cancer
JP Hindustan Times

29 December 2016

Common Man vs. Digital India

On Dec. 16, wife Priti, after her Dialysis procedure, stood in the queue of the hospital ATM and withdrew Rs. 2,000/-. But she got 2 sms’s mentioning 2 withdrawals of this same amount, and our account was debited Rs. 4,000/-. Next day, on our request, our bank sent a complaint to the bank running that ATM, who took 10 days to reject our claim, even though ATMs are programmed by law (and PM/FM diktat) to hand out only maximum Rs.2,000/- per card per day.
Yesterday I wrote a strong mail (titled: Small amount/big problem) to the CMDs of both banks, with copy to PM’s office and also to a direct mail address of the PM I was able to locate on the internet. I attached photos of bank statement and sms’s showing double deduction.
Both banks responded to me, and today the excess deduction has been credited back to my account.
28 December 2016
A fan has sent me this : “I have devoted these lines to you, dear sir : ‘You ask me why I spend my life writing? Do I find entertainment? Is it worthwhile? Above all, does it pay? If not, then, is there a special reason?…. I write only because, to repeat the famous quote, there is a voice within me that will not be still.’ ”

JP Wall of Fame

27 December 2016
One of my life’s proudest moments (unfortunately, my father had passed away a couple of months before this convocation ceremony); but his blessings were with me

Golden memory : Receiving Law Degree Certificate and Gold Medal from the Vice President of India.

19 December 2016
Rock to Retro in Gurgaon

19 December 2016
Your parents will never treat you like a responsible adult. Your parents will always be anxious about you, always protective, always worried about your choices. They have seen you at your most vulnerable; they have picked you up when you’ve fallen – so many times that you’ve lost count, and so have they. Your parents care about you too much to treat you like an adult; live with it 🙂

Believe the newspapers. Delhi is not safe for girls – or their dads. And never was. Flashback to 2008, end February. My wife was in Apollo, Delhi, ICU with blood poisoning. She was not responding to any treatment. My daughters and I left the hospital with heavy hearts at 11.30 pm or so to return home (in Gurgaon) – my sister and brother-in-law were camping in the hospital for the night and my aged mother was alone in our house. Our Scorpio met with a sudden tire puncture on the flyover in front of Panchscheel Club and it took me a half-minute to realise this, cruise to a halt and park to a side, at the bottom of the flyover. As we stepped out and inspected the flat tire…..several young men started gathering around us, at a distance and with no attempt to come to our help. They just stood and stared. Their numbers grew to about seven or eight – perhaps more. My two daughters were in their teens and it was clear to me that neither I nor my Scorpio were the centre of attraction for these rough looking young men. I am no SRK or Salman Khan or Akshay Kumar and my heart sank to my boots at the thought of a possible confrontation. Then I spotted a taxi stand in the distance and quickly walked over to it with my daughters close behind me. A few men were asleep on charpais and under blankets. Risking all (was I stepping from the frying pan into the fire?) I shook one of the slumbering men awake. He turned out to be a sardarji who took some time to wake up – but when he did, he quickly understood the complete situation and took charge. He offered to change the tire and got to work. Slowly the young men standing nearby disappeared, one by one. Fifteen minutes or so later, my Scorpio was in driving condition again and we finally felt safe. Our saviour refused to take money from me, but I insisted. I don’t remember how much I paid him – perhaps Rs. 100/- – but no amount of money or gratitude can be enough to compensate for the unimaginable terror this good samaritan perhaps saved us from with his timely action and by his very presence by our side. God was looking over us that night 🙂

18 December 2016
@ Leisurely Lunch – With family in Cyber Hub
Lunch in Cyber Hub

When one of your daughters is treating (in this case, Panvi), ‘healthy eating’ promises fly out of the window 🙂 🙂
@ Lunch at Cyber Hub this afternoon
healthy eating at Cyber Hub

Couple out on a Saturday afternoon date 🙂
Joygopal and Priti at Cyber Hub

16 December 2016
Negative people and difficult situations are powerless unless they are able to upset you. Why give them the power?

9 December 2016
Tomorrow……..December 10. My wife calls this day our ‘meeting anniversary’. We first met (at a party) on the evening of December 10, 1989. We were married after just 3 months of courtship 🙂 Still bonding after 27 years 🙂
Meet and marry

08 December 2016
End-of-year wrap-up on my book releases 🙂
Daughter Piya and me posing with my two books published by AuthorsPress in 2016 🙂
Thank you, Kislaya for the lovely click with your new phone.
Happy Reading, Friends

Two book releases Cancer and The Anniversary Killer

04 December 2016
Thank you very much, my fans and well wishers who update my Wikipedia biography page so diligently, for adding my last three releases to the list of books I have authored, including ‘Cancer’ just launched yesterday 🙂

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joygopal_Podder

Joygopal Podder Wikipedia

04 December 2016
When you find the path which you know will take you to the destination you are seeking, don’t just stand there staring at it……..walk it.
As always, my family was by my side in my moment of glory:
At the book launch with my family

03 December 2016
Giving a Preview of my new novel ‘Cancer’ at the book launch by AuthorsPress this evening in the Press Club of India, New Delhi.
Happy Reading!
It is my 18th book. ? ? ? 🙂
@ My 16th crime fiction novel 🙂
@ My first medical thriller

Launch of my 18th book
launch of my first medical thriller

02 December 2016
(October) 2016……2015 🙂
The Podder Family 2016
The Podder Family 2015

01 December 2016
One of the eight books AuthorsPress will be launching that evening.
You are cordially invited 🙂
Authors Press Book Launch Cancer
Authors Press Book Launch Information

30 November 2016
In a few hours we’ll be entering the month (December) we first met, 27 years ago 🙂

@ We were married just three months later 🙂

@ Brief courtship; lifelong partnership 🙂

JP and PP

29 November 2016

JP when I was younger ...

Lessons learned in thirty years 🙂
# Happiness is free
# If you are not unhappy, you are happy
# Worry is a total waste of time
# A satisfied life is far better than a successful life
@ A lot more to learn in the next thirty years 🙂

JP today

How happiness and success complement each other perfectly

 

Joygopal Podder – How happiness and success complement each other perfectly

The libraries of the world are full with books of success stories. But oftentimes we learn: Happiness and success do not come together in the life of a busy man.

Here you see the opposite. It is possible to be happy and successful at the same time. The love and the support of your wife and children combined with a strong will, talent and hard work will lead you where you aimed to go.

Photo of Panvi, Priti and Joygopal Podder at a restaurantPanvi, Priti and me at Piya’s recent musical gig … .

Photo of Piya Podder performing on stage at a musical gig

Memorable : March 16, 1990 : Priti and me signing the marriage documents and the marriage register in the Magistrate’s office at Tees Hazari Courts complex in New Delhi. We became husband and wife a minute later….

Photo of Priti and Joygopal Podder signing marriage documents

This is the Pagdi which the father of the bride will be wearing on October 17……

Photo of Joygopal Podder with Pagdi

 

Limca Book of Records

Confirmed to receive another certificate from the Limca Book of Records next year also … for the fifth consecutive year. Thank you family and friends for the unstinting support and cheering.

Photo of Limca Books of Records Certificate 2014

Interview in ‘Spectral Hues’

Spectral Hues

vis-à-vis with author Joygopal Podder

Incredibly successful crime thriller author, Joygopal Podder talks to Spectralhues about his writing, his life as an author, his latest novel, ‘The Chief Minister’s Mistress’, his love for paperbacks instead of e-books and being India’s Marathon Author.

The author to write the most books in the shortest period of time: Joygopal Podder. You featured four times in the Limca Book of Records. What brought on this venture into the world of creativity?

Yes, I have featured for four consecutive years in the Limca Book of Records, and I will feature again in the 2016 edition. I hold the National Record for the most number of crime fiction novels published in the fastest time (14 books in 45 months). This record is featured in the 2015 edition of the Limca Book of Records. Earlier, in the 2012 edition, my record was 5 books in 9 months and in the 2013 edition, my record was 10 crime fiction novels in 21 months. I appeared in the 2014 edition also with 13 crime fiction books in 29 months. So, even my continuous appearance in the Limca Book of Records is becoming something of a record! I am really blessed!

Read more on the Spectral Hues:
http://www.spectralhues.com/books/2015/09/vis-vis-author-joygopal-podder/

 

In Summary:

Editing and production work has started, at Prakash Books / Fingerprint Publishing, on my next political crime thriller, “Prime Minister’s Daughter“.

The Fingerprint sales teams are taking second round orders from bookstores across the country for “Chief Minister’s Mistress”, since most book shops have run out of stocks.

Limca Book of Records team have confirmed that my record entry (fastest published crime fiction author) will appear in the 2016 edition also (for the 5th consecutive year).

A new professional assignment is about to begin (my sabbatical is over) … and elder daughter Panvi gets married in two weeks. This month could not have begun on a better note!

Screenshot of Success is not a destination but a journey of remarkable milestones

How I met Priti

Photo of The Podder Family

With less than six weeks to go for elder daughter’s wedding, my mind goes back almost 26 years to when I first met her mother.

It was at a late evening terrace dance party on top of a house in south Delhi. Friends and sisters Pushpa and Prabha Nair lived there on the top floor and had organised the party for their close friends (many of us did not know many of the others before this party).

I had strutted in wearing a leather jacket and, as my future wife told me many years later, had immediately put off Priti (who was standing in a corner of the terrace sipping a soft drink) with my ‘I am a stud’ swagger. She had cast one disgusted look at me and averted her eyes. I, on the other hand, could not stop staring at this cute looking elfin-type girl in the oversized yellow pullover the moment I laid my eyes on her. (We have been debating ever since whether it was Priti or her yellow pullover which first attracted me, since it was I who mostly wore the sweater during the first few years after our marriage.)

With five years of heavy duty partying behind me (ever since I got my first job and company car) I was not short on confidence. I walked up to Priti and with my (well practiced) charmer’s smile asked her for a dance. I extended a hand for hers before she could think of refusing. We spent the whole evening dancing and talking, and I taught her my favorite ‘box dance’, which has been a family favorite ever since. We were married just four months later.

Our daughters Panvi and Piya cannot believe that their now very ‘propah’ and rapidly graying parents were such swingers even into their late twenties, but that’s the way it was….

My Family

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” ― George Bernard Shaw
“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” ― Michael J. Fox
“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” ― George Santayana
“Sticking with your family is what MAKES it a family.” ― Mitch Albom

Photo of My Family by Joygopal Podder