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A hush descended on the young crowd followed by thunderous applause as Reshmi Bose took the stage. All looked on awe-struck as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s kin (she is his grand niece-in-law) and the chief guest at the Times NIE Newsmakers’ Meet 2019 started making her opening remarks at Hotel Swagath on December 5.

The much awaited event was held in association with Life Insurance Corporation of India while the hospitality partner was Hotel Swagath.

Speaking about the death and marriage controversies of Netaji, she pointed out that both were still inconclusive and remained a mystery till date.

“Netaji was the sixth son among eight brothers and contrary to what people generally believed, his and Gandhiji’s relations were extremely cordial. While it was Gandhiji who gave Subhash Chandra Bose the moniker Netaji, it was Bose who christened Gandhiji Bapu,” she said.

“We will fight to know the truth about what actually happened and not give up,” she declared to rousing claps from the audience.

The educationist, trainer, actress and director then went on to give public speaking, debating and journalism tips to the young reporters who stood up to ask for her advice. “Use your hands as pauses while you speak and go slow while speaking at debates. Remember the audience are very forgiving and don’t really bother if you are stammering or stuttering on stage.” To another student, her advice was “Believe in what you are saying, put in plenty of humour in your speech.”

Confessing that she was a “Jill of all trades, mistress of none” who had somehow “meandered into teaching” much against her will, she fell in love with her job as a teacher at La Martiniere for Boys. “Now I feel that becoming a teacher was the best thing to have happened to me and it is the best profession,” she smiled.

“Life is an illusion and public memory is very short” were her parting remarks.

Before this lively interaction, the budding reporters sat for an hour-long evaluation exam that tested their general awareness levels, writing style, creativity, quality of thought and ability to conceptualize and report.

Reshmi Bose, Subrata Ghoshal, regional manager, direct marketing Eastern zone, Life Insurance Corporation of India and Rekha Lata of Hotel Swagath felicitated the seven outgoing NIE star correspondents — Taneesha Dutta of Calcutta International School, Misha Chakrabarty of Apeejay School Salt Lake, Sumedha Maheshwari of Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, Archisman Ghosh of MP Birla Foundation HS School, Akansha Kedia of DPS Howrah, Nayanika Mukherjee of BDM International and Prerna De of Asian International School with trophies and certificates for their contributions to the School Edition during their tenure.

While talking of their awesome experience as star correspondents, all seven urged the audience to give it their best shot as the journey helped them become better human beings and honed their writing skills, apart from getting VIP treatment while covering events.


Source: Times of India

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