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Cracking CBSE with 99.4%, ?Impractical Joker? Fan, Sukriti Gupta, Uncovers Shades of Her Practical Self.

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The Present Day Competition in Education System Has Its Own Pros and Cons”, says Mrs. Raj Bhandari

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Interview with Mrs. Rachna Pant, Principal of Ramjas School, R.K. Puram and Convenor of Ramjas Basketball Champions League 2016

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Reading is Productivity

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Interview with Kartik Raman

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Interview with Dr. Kumar Krishen

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Interview with Mr. Aman Khanna

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Interview with Dr. Anumita Agarwal

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Interview with Mr. Shantanu Kwatra

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Interview With Mr. Abhishek Dey

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Interview With Dr. Himanshu Rai

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Interview With Mr. Arpan Kapadia

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Interview with Mr. Varun Inamdar

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Interview with Srimonto Mazumdar

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Interview with Mr. Siddharth Behl

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Interview with Mr. Faisal Haq

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Interview with Mr. Tapas Relia

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Interview With Mr. Ujjwal K. Chowdhury

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Interview with Mr. Avinash Tripathi

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Interview with Mr. Ashok Pandey

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Interview with Ms. Saumya Gupta

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Buckle up and you are not less than anyone else

author02 Mrs. Shivali Banerjee - Teacher 02 Jun 2016 0

I would, first of all, like to congratulate all of the class 12th students on their achievements over this academic year. I would also like to commend the excellent work that is being done by the faculty at the Montfort School; that is yielding such excellent results.  I would like to congratulate Sukriti Gupta, CBSE 12 topper who made her parents as well as Montfort School proud of her for scoring 99.4 per cent. Principal Br Monachan was especially glad for her success and gave her his endowments. Sukriti scored 497 marks out of 500. She got the perfect score in Physics and Chemistry, and 99 marks each in English, Mathematics and Computer Science. Her visit to president’s office was one of the highlight. President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated her and acknowledged all the hard work that she had put in the preparation for boards. Encouragement is one of the best ways to motivate students.  I look forward to see more such results in the future and hope that all other students achieve similar  success in their endeavours.

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Mrs Shivali Banerjee(Teacher), Mrs Reeta Sahoo( Teacher), Bro. Monachan (Principal, Montfort School), Mr Pranab Mukherjee (Honourable President), Dr (PROF.) M. Wali (Padma Awardee), Ms Sukriti Gupta(Student), Ms Aastha Modi(Student), Ms Pragya Shokeen(Student), Ms Vanessa Lobo(Student)

Correspondent - Anubha Das

               info@fairgaze.com

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Cracking CBSE with 99.4%, ?Impractical Joker? Fan, Sukriti Gupta, Uncovers Shades of Her Practical Self.

author02 MADHUMATI SINGH 07 Jun 2016 0

Delhite Sukriti Gupta had her career path chalked out since an early age. She always had a passion for facts, figures and numbers, which made her opt for science in her high school. She wants to pursue Btech since she doesn?t want to restrict herself within the boundaries of pure science. She believes Btech would give her diverse career options to explore further in the future. She also has a keen interest in computer programming and may pursue MBA at a later date. Her parents are her greatest motivation. They have been supportive and encouraged her to chase her dreams, constantly guiding at each step. Sukriti Gupta, the topper, never really had a fascination for shopping, but she was keenly fond of dancing and swimming. Going on a world tour, tops her bucket list. When asked whether she might want to roll out any improvement throughout her life in the recent years, she claimed that she was content with each of her choices as they made her who she is today. The principal, Br Monachan, says that though he is the leader of Montfort Senior Secondary School, he can only create a healthy environment within the school premises but it is the student who has to work hard to come out with flying colours. Speaking with the child psychologist, Dr Madhumati Singh, Sukriti advised "Follow NCERT books strictly, do not fall into a day trap of studying 14 hours and don?t expect any last minute miracles". She declared that she owes her success to the rigid routine that she had followed and asked students to follow one too.

FairGaze team with the star achiever Sukriti Gupta and the Principal Bro Monachan



Dr. Madhumati Singh presents Certificate of Appreciation to Sukriti Gupta

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The Present Day Competition in Education System Has Its Own Pros and Cons”, says Mrs. Raj Bhandari

author02 Anubha Das 21 Jun 2016 1

Schools are currently more dynamic than any other time in the recent memory.  According to Mrs Raj Bhandari, Director of Amar Public School, schools are simpler these days. She says, “Schools have more facilities and opportunities accordingly. But otherwise there is a very little change in the educational system. The quality of education has not enhanced that much. Rather the quality of education has disintegrated.”   Mrs. Bhandari believes that competitions are harsh nowadays and it prompts harassment. Scoring a 100% is no more a major achievement and indicated that the evaluation process may need to evolve. She believes that her part as a director is a challenging one as she needs to maintain harmony with the various stakeholders like faculty, students, guardians and administration. She says,” Education is a procedure of personality development. It is not just the curriculum that is being received by an individual. It is fairly the full development of a person.” Mrs Bhandari strongly believes in equality in all aspects of education and feels that the uniform brings in a sense of consistency and uniformity among the students.

Correspondent- Anubha Das

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Interview with Mrs. Rachna Pant, Principal of Ramjas School, R.K. Puram and Convenor of Ramjas Basketball Champions League 2016

author02 Students's Journalist 12 Aug 2016 0

Mrs. Rachna Pant, an Educationist, Principal of Ramjas School, R.K. Puram and Convenor of Ramjas Basketball Champions League 2016, has started her career in education way back in 1979.

FairGaze got the opportunity to interact with Mrs. Rachna Pant through her school’s Student Journalists. Below is the excerpt of the same regarding RBCL’16 & more:

In your opinion, what makes a great education system?
It should ensure a 360-degree growth & development of all learners. When the students are encouraged to think critically & analyse logically, it is the best. In addition, an education system can be termed great, if it boosts the confidence of the students and sharpens their creative instincts.

Do you suggest revamp of the curriculum on regular intervals?
Oh yes, Most Definitely! Knowledge today is rapidly expanding and to keep abreast with it, it is important to give up the redundant & accept the latest. Unwillingness to change would lead to stagnation & backwardness.

Should there be a change in the role of the teacher in the classroom?
Absolutely, because the teachers today have moved beyond the traditional roles. A teacher is now, a facilitator, a mentor as well as a guide for his/her students. This requires the teachers to change themselves and also their approach to be able to meet the requirements of the students and prepare them for the dynamic world outside.

Coming to the Ramjas Basketball Champions League, our school has been organising such grand event for the past 22 years. How has been the experience?
Organising the RBCL has been a very beautiful & enriching experience. This Tournament, over the years has grown to become The Largest Basketball Tournament in the capital. It’s ever increasing popularity has given me the confidence that as a team we can take it not just to the national level but to the international level.

RBCL witnesses almost 120-140 schools as participants every year. How do you manage it?
The numbers do not matter. What matters is the spirit and the confidence with which a task is undertaken. We as a team manage this tournament with a confident smile without getting flustered.

When did our school get the affiliation from Delhi Basketball Association? How did you feel about it?
Ever since the tournament started, we have been associated with the Delhi Basketball Association. However, the affiliation is recent & it feels good. The officials of DBA have been conducting the tournament impartially & fairly in the real spirit of the game.

How does our school promote skill building through extracurricular activities?
The school provides a wide variety of extracurricular activities like big fight, turn court, rangoli, etc. Each of these activities develop the students for an out of the box approach while honing their creative & analytical skills. In addition to this, the co-curricular activities inculcate team spirit & co-operation while building confidence & social skills.

Would you like to give any tips to the participants and to those who win & lose?
The only thing that I can say to all players is that it is the participation and the game that matters the most. Each one of us should give to the game our 100% without any thought of victory or defeat. To lose a fair game is better than winning a foul game.

To be continued....

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Reading is Productivity

author02 01 Sep 2016 1

The consistent flash lights & noise which bombard our senses when we’re watching something or looking at a computer can be quite, unpleasant for our brains. But, when we read, we read peacefully and the black print on a white page is less unpleasant for our eyes and brains.

From early time, people have pondered about the significance of reading. Reading is important for a lot of reasons. It improves concentration. Students need to sit still and silently so they can focus on the thing when they’re reading.

It also enhances student’s vocabulary, which leads to developed language skills and enhances their skill to write well. Not only students learn new words but also they automatically take up information as they read about things like how to structure sentences and how to use words & language efficiently.

Reading is also considered as a vital skill to find a good job as many well-paying job requires reading as a part of their job.

Whether we are busy with a novel, reading a daily paper or a simply taking a look at a sign, reading skills permit you to make sense of those things.  As it is being said, “We lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves too”.

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Interview with Kartik Raman

author02 Editor 17 Oct 2016 0

Mr. Kartik Raman an Indian playback singer who started his career in singing as a backing vocalist. He has sung many songs in different languages like tamil, telegu, bengali, hindi etc. FairGaze got an oppotunity to interact with Mr. Kartik Raman. Below is the excerpt of the interview. 

 How did you develop interest in music?

I belong to a music family, my mother in M.A in sitar. My dad used to sing old hindi songs. It was in my family. When I was 5 year old, my mother put me into Hindustani music. I naturally went into it.

 You have lot of support from your family in early years.

They have supported me all the way. I did my masters completed my education but they were always happy if I pursue my passion. They actually wanted me to pursue my passion so they supported me for that. I had their moral support to pursue music as a career.

  For whom you used to sing in your childhood?

Sometime family friends used to visit then I used to sing openly for them. I actually used to sing for my friends in school. We used to have many co-curricular activities then I used to sing.

  How did you have your first break in singing?

It happened so gradually that even I did not come to know. When I was around 15 years old, a show called ‘sa re ga ma’ used to come on TV and we used to always think that we should participate in that. However, nothing worked out at that time. After that when I was doing my engineering I was in Chennai, I randomly saw a poster about a reality show which was going to be judged by Padmashree Hariharan that was coming up. At that time, I just knew a couple of songs in Tamil. My friend encouraged me to participate and even I thought I should just try. I participated with two songs in Tamil and they asked me to sing more. I told them that I do not know any other Tamil song, and then they asked me to sing in Hindi. I got selected there and show went on for one and a half years. I kept on doing rounds for the show and finally I won in the public voting category. After getting into the reality show, I was trying to get into the Tamil industry but things could not work there. So then, I planned to pursue my masters and went to Ahmedabad to do masters in Urban Planning. One of my friends saw a poster on Facebook for college competition and told me about it. This competition was organized by Shankar Mahadevan Academy, and the winner would get ka chance to meet Shankar Mahadevan online for half an hour. I follow Shankar Mahadevan madly and I consider him as my idol so anyhow, I wanted to win that and I won that show and got a chance to meet Shankar Mahadevan. He liked my son. After that I did an internship at Shankar Mahadevan Academy and they liked my work.Gradually things fell into place and after my masters, I joined Shankar Mahadevan Academy.

  Who is your musical inspiration or idol?

Shankar Mahadevan in bolllywood. Otherwise, my mother and dad both have always inspired me.

  How does it feel to work with your idol?

It feels awesome. It has been two years now. However, I do not meet him often but I know he recognizes my work and that is a really good feeling. Not many people get a chance to work with somebody whom they really idolize and that way I am happy that I have a chance to work with my idol.

  What training you undertook for music?

I have formally learnt Hindustani classical vocal from Late Pandit Shyam Das Mishra ji from the age of five, I have been learning since then. In addition, my mother has taught me music and encouraged me to practice more and more.

  How do you promote singing in children?

Fortunately the course that I develop in Shankar Mahadevan Academy is designed for children. The times have changed. Earlier children used to follow their guru, but now day’s children have a lot of exposure and they have questions to which you cannot say no. These days music has to be back derivation. For example: you have to introduce them to popular stuff and then bring in the fundamentals. You have to develop their interest in the music by introducing them to the popular music styles. Therefore, I think that is the key.

  What kind of training do you suggest them to go through for music?

That depends what the child wants. At times, they do not want to get into the hardcore music. Overall, every child must have a basic classical practice like seven notes of music daily. They can go through basic warm up exercises. It will help their vocal chords.

  Do you advise singing as a career?

Music in India is still predominantly concentrated in bollywood. There is no surety as such like other academic fields where you know where you will be after 10years. It is about the passion what a person wants to do. If a person is passionate enough, then he will definitely do it. In the music industry today, there is lot of things one needs to know. One should be a multi tasker, only singing cannot help. You should know a bit of the technical side of music, some studio stuff also. I can say that you can take up music as a profession only if you are passionate about it else it is a very difficult profession.

 There are very few mentors in comparison to trainers. What is your opinion?

Mentor is someone who becomes like you, guides you putting him in your shoes. Trainer is someone who tells you to do something. There are people who can be good trainers or teachers but there are less people who connect with children and become one of them. This is the reason why teachers are less and trainers are more

 

 Do you advocate music to be a part of the school curriculum for children?

150%. Because all over the world when we wake up there is some music around us. We all knowingly or unknowingly hum tunes. Music is a very big tool to control stress and if we inculcate it in children, they will be eternally peaceful. Music should be used to make some changes in the kid’s life like we can have songs related to environment, traffic issues so that they start thinking that music is a way of communication and you can convey ideas through it. Therefore, it will become a medium for them and not just a music class.

 Can you share some of your struggling days with us?

I am still struggling. I am still finding my way in the industry. It is a different level of struggle at different stages of life. Initially when I was in a reality show, the struggle was to successfully finish the show and come in eyes of music producers/director and get a good singing opportunity, but that did not happen. After that, my constant focus has been on learning various technical aspects of music production and composing along with singing. U must say that the major struggle has been to get in touch with the right people at the right time.

  What are your future plans?

My plan is to get into music composing along with singing. I am already composing music with my friend Pavan under the brand name ‘Pavan-Kartik’ and we are collaborating. We have already made few songs and we will be releasing them soon on all platforms like itunes, youtubes etc.

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Interview with Dr. Kumar Krishen

author02 Editor 08 Nov 2016 0


Dr. Kumar Krishen a senior Physical scientist at NASA. FairGaze got an oppotunity to interact with Dr. Krishen. Below is the excerpt of the interview. 


What factors inspire you to innovate something?

There are tremendous needs for the survival and achieving a better quality of life on Earth.  For example, food, shelter, clothing, facilities for education and cultural activities, waste management, health care, pollution control and remediation.  We have seven billion people and the population is increasing.  We need to have revolutionary and transformative solutions to enhance quality of life. This is what inspires and motivates me to find innovative solutions to problems we face.  We have humans going hungry, getting poisoned by food, and becoming targets of many ailments because of malnutrition.  At the same time, we have tremendous amount of food that is wasted.  I am researching food preservation using innovative solar powered systems in rural areas of the world.

What kind of difficulties you faced during your PhD research project in 1964?

I started my Ph. D. at Calcutta University under the guidance of Dr. J. W. R. Griffiths who was a Visiting Professor in the Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics Department.  Dr. Griffiths had to go back to Birmingham University, England after about four months of our working together on developing a Moon relay communication system.  I found it difficult to continue without guidance.  This is when I found that Kansas State University in America was offering research opportunities for studying Moon from Earth in preparation for a human landing on Moon.  I was selected for this research opportunity but needed travel expenses.  This is when I got a stipend from Prime Minister of India, Hon. Lal Bahadur Shastri for travel to USA.

What factors helped and motivated you to complete your research?

The first factor that motivated me was that the faculty of the Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics Department of Calcutta University who treated me as their own child and gave me all the papers and support.  Professors J. N. Bhar, M. K. Dasgupta, and A. K. Choudhary signed the required papers for my passport and visa and for other formalities.  Prof. Bhar gave me Rs. 800 from his pocket which he recovered later from the University Grants Commission.  The second factor was that Hon. Shastri gave me the resources with love because the letter from his Secretary addressed me as, “My dear Shri Kumar Krishen.” The third factor that motivated me was that at the time of leaving Calcutta my parents said this to me, “Son, go to America and get honor for your family.”  In addition to all these, I got a deep and warm welcome at Kansas State University (KSU).  On my first day, I got $ 300 as loan to be paid back from my stipend.  Dr. W. W. Koepsel and Dr. H. S. Hayre of KSU treated me with great love and care.  It felt that Mahamaya had blessed me with a heavenly path to my success.  Dr. Koepsel was my major advisor for M.S. and Ph. D. and gave me all the funds needed to develop an electromagnetics laboratory in the Department of Electrical Engineering for my research. His surviving wife Mrs. Dorothy Koepsel is so proud of me and writes me e-mails and gives me advice and encouragement from time to time.

As you have studied in Kashmir and Calcutta, do you see any changes in today’s education system?

The depth and breadth of knowledge has expanded exponentially.  The first change I see is that we now teach in High Schools what I studied in university.  The second major change is the infusion of electronics in educational arena.  This includes internet and tele-education.  You can conduct research using on-line resources.  In my time, I lived in library and a few times was told by the librarian to leave as the library was closing.  The library never closes now and the door is open to knowledge all the time.  You can approach experts via e-mail or video chat throughout the globe to seek an answer to a question.  In addition, laboratories and associated computer support is so enticing now.  You can peek at a growing animal or human cell and a fraction of an atom.  Wow, what a fantastic educational environment!

Do you think Astronomy and cosmology have an important role in engaging the inhabitants of India?

Astronomy and cosmology have engaged the inhabitants of India for more than five thousand years.  Rig Veda is the oldest textbook of modern astronomy.

The emphasis on Vidya or knowledge runs deep in this part of the world.  Indeed, it has been said that knowledge makes it possible to break the cycle of Samsara (birth death rebirth) and the gift of knowledge is the greatest gift. In Nayaya philosophy, the means of obtaining knowledge are given as Pramanas. These include Pratyaksha (sense perception), Khyati (awareness of relationship due to senses), Anumana (inference), Upamana (similarity), Paroksha (invisible/instinctive/intuitive), and Manaskara (mental concentration/meditation.  So, the love affair of the inhabitants of India with the knowledge of cosmos is a continuing story and should never see an end. 

In your opinion, how important is it for students to know the universe?

We do not know universe and even more hilariously we even do not know what is to know about the universe.  So, we should let students know what next to nothing we know about the universe and let them know that ultimately mankind wants to know what it does not.  We also face an unknown as to how life started and where else it exists.  This should hook students to extreme intoxication for the search of answers.

According to you, how can students expand their boundaries of knowledge?

Simply, keep asking yourself:  How is this happening? Why is this happening? and How can I find an answer?  These will drive you to seek knowledge.

What made you write “Why Me”?

I started my student life in USA in January 1965.  Very soon I realized that people of the great nation of America had different ideas regarding India than I did.  In my view, their assessment was based on the extreme poverty that India had at that time.  So, with deep respect to those I came across I would talk about philosophy, ancient history, culture, and achievements of the people of India.  I gave many interviews and wrote articles on India. This has continued till today.  In the meantime, I burnt midnight oil and expended much time to identify a way that I could use to give expression to the thoughts and feelings of the people of India.  It is when a voice within me spoke, "Get a pen and start writing."  I did that with Sadhana and Seva and the result is the story book Why Me?  This book is also supposed to strengthen our resolve to accelerate hope, peace, and prosperity in this complex world.

What message you want to give to students through this book?

Life is fun and a bundle of tangled, twisted, and coded lessons to be learnt.  Know that what you thought is not what reality with deliver to you.  Maintain control and navigate through all-weather scenarios that life will throw on you.  Find answers to your dilemmas in Why Me? and have a purposeful life.  Be inspired to promote hope, peace, and prosperity for this world.

How do you think your book will inspire the student’s development?

Students will find out that the path to knowledge is full of diversions.  They will also find how some have achieved happiness by staying on course.  They will find a blue print for a life of love within this complex world.  They will find the nectar that will intoxicate them to dedicate their lives for the betterment of humanity.  In doing so, they will achieve success and be extremely happy.

According to you, how can students achieve their academic goals?

Ignite a desire in you.  The desire to seek knowledge.  Keep the fire going by dedicating yourself to learning. Be in the company of those who are knowledge seekers.  Choose a life partner who appreciates and supports your dream of being a knowledge seeker.  Know the jobs will seek you when you have knowledge.

I never put in an application for a job.  I was offered jobs by Kansas State University, Lockheed Electronics Company, and NASA.  I served/serve as Adjunct, Visiting, and Honorary Professor at five universities in USA and India.  I was appointed to the Texas board of licensure for professional medical physicists by two Governors of Texas and served this Board for eleven years. All these organizations thought that I could satisfy their need.

What are your future plans?

I am convinced that our knowledge is like the tip of an iceberg.  I felt that by associating with academic institutions, where I could keep up with the latest findings in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology.  Academic institutions provide an environment where lack of knowledge becomes fuel for the engine of research.  It is where inspiration, imagination, inclusion, innovation, and insight blend together to extend the boundaries of knowledge.  My plan is to support academic institutions in India and USA after I leave NASA. I look forward to be in India for part of my remaining time on this planet.

 

 

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Interview with Mr. Aman Khanna

author02 Editor 14 Nov 2016 0

Aman Khanna graduated in Graphic and Information Design from London College of Communication. After working in two-dimensions for eight years, Aman has lately taken to three-dimensional design with his contemporary clay sculptures called Claymen, inspired by Aman’s admiration for the space that surrounds him, and the common man who inhabits it. Let’s get to know more about him through our correspondent Ms. Anubha Das.

In your childhood days was it the clay you used to play with?

No, not really. Clay is recent, about 3 years old for me.

When & how did you decided to take up pottery as career?

Pottery is not my career and I don’t think I do pottery in general. I am trained as an Information and graphic designer, so to speak. However, I am interested in human psychology in general and I like to capture my own, thoughts, feelings and interactions through clay and claymen. 

Was your family supportive?

Family has always been very supportive about everything that I have done.

Who is your inspiration?

I guess my life experiences!

What were the struggles that you faced at the starting of your career?

The usual questions did pop up initially in my head like why am doing this or where will it take me, but I ignored all of them and followed my heart. I just kept of doing it, enjoying the very slow process of making and finally getting to understand that it’s all in the process and the satisfaction of the final outcome is short-lived. It was more like learning about life through this medium. Technically there is a lot of hit and trial, no one is going to teach you everything, and you just have to learn from your own experiences and experiments.   

What kind of responses did you get?

The response has been great so far, I have been able to connect personally to many people, which gives me more food for thought.

A few years ago, ceramic art was on the verge of being dead, what are your views about it?

I am glad it didn’t! I feel there are always certain passionate people who in the end rescue such dying art or craft forms. Life tends to go in a circle. Human beings feel maximum comfort when there is a balance in life, so ideally they try to balance it all out by going back to basics. However new innovations are always needed for such rescue missions.

Do you advice students to take this career?

People should take up what they feel they would enjoy doing, and could do it for a long time. Clay in today’s day and age could be a great stress buster. 

What do you feel is the best educational preparation for this career?

One day I just got a bit of clay at home and started playing, building forms with it. I took some classes but, I didn’t do much wheel work, I still don’t, I have some help for it but I hand-mould, glaze and fire. One can go and learn some basic techniques and then it really depends on your own drive. 

Who would you give tribute for your success?

I have always been a keen observer. However, guess I would have to give that one to people who I came close to, interacted with, who made me think and realise a lot about life with their own conduct.    

How would you like to express your work, including your source of inspiration and your intentions? 

There is a lot more inside of each one of us as compared to what’s outside, we just need to tap into our huge resource and potential.  

What institutes would you suggest that have good art courses?

There is Delhi Blue Pottery, Sanskriti in Delhi, Golden Bridge Pottery in Pondicherry and so on. In fact, there are hubs all over the world now.  

Do you think mentors should be made available to students for clay pottery?

Yes, why not. Right mentorship always helps.

What are your future plans?

Just keep on having fun with what I am doing.

 

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Interview with Dr. Anumita Agarwal

author02 Editor 29 Nov 2016 0

Dr. Anumita Agarwal is an Economics professor in higher education with an experience of over 18 year. She is also a member of Indian Economics Association. FairGaze got an opportunity to interact with her. Read the excerpt below to know more about Dr. Anumita.

 

How did you decide to take teaching as your career?

As a student I used to teach the fellow students.  My teachers too used to see lot of potential as a teacher in me that is how I went into teaching.

What educational qualification you undertook to pursue this profession?

Initially I took a post graduation degree. Then I cleared NET (National Education Testing) conducted by UGC. This is national level test which is conducted twice a year by UGC and clearing it makes a person eligible for teaching at higher education level. Then I did my PhD, but even before I started PhD I was already into a job. I completed my research later on, during my job.

What kind of challenges you faced during your student days?

During my student days, there were lack of internet facilities, today, as a teacher I think internet is an important source of information. Being from a small town, lack of books was the biggest challenge at that time. Had they been there at that time, it would have been much better for me as a student.  So if I compare these things with present times, internet facilities, lack of books, and lack of staff in the colleges are the real challenges that I faced.

What is your opinion about the existing education system of India?

I think the educational system is burdening the students too much. Today, scoring marks has become more important than acquiring knowledge.  So when students come to college level they do not have that much of potential  and again the teachers have to start from the beginning, that is one thing that the policy makers needs to look into. Students should not be pressurized to acquire marks rather concentration should be more on acquiring knowledge. That is how the students will become clear of what they are learning as sometimes the students are unaware about what they are learning.

As a part of the education system what changes do you advocate?

The students come to us with similar challenges which I used to face at my students days. There is a lack of knowledge, they are confused. Students don’t know what to pursue, how to pursue and where to go. The coaching institutes help students but they keep on shifting and they reach nowhere. These are the few things that need to be looked into. The primary motive of the parents and teachers should be to look into the potential of the children.

Recently, you had organized an international seminar on sustainable development- how it made difference to the students of your college?

This seminar was organized in the hill area so it was one of its kinds in hills, where initially the students were not even aware as to what kind of seminar it is. So it was really enlightening event for them. We had many economists, both from the country and abroad. The students and the teachers were able to listen  to the economists so this kind of system gave a good platform to the students to know much more than what the books and the institutions was to offer to them. It was an entirely a new experience for the students.

What changes you have witnessed in students in your more than 10 years of teaching experience?

I think few things in today’s students have deteriorated. At our time we were more disciplined and focused towards our career. Today the students start their career after completing their post graduation. On the other hand, when we were at our high school we were deciding about what stream we were to take up. Since, I have been into teaching in rural areas more so I am telling you from that point of view. But as I interact with the students from urban areas, they are more aware because the internet facility is there, they know where to go, they know about Google search.  So, in my opinion there are few positive and negative changes in students.

Do you recommend students to take up teaching as a career?

Yes, because there is lack of higher education teachers in India, usually, students pursue B.Ed and they go for school level teaching but in the higher education there is a lack of teachers, especially good teachers. Good students, intelligent student’s need to pursue the career in their college level to compete with the education system internationally. Teachers are the base of any system, they are considered as the human capital of the system, if we talk about skill development, it is not possible without teachers. So we need good teachers for everything.

What educational qualifications do you suggest them to pursue for this?

There is a difference in qualifications as per the school teachers are concerned and for college teachers are concerned.  For opting a career as a school teacher one has to do graduation or post graduation with a B.Ed along with this one can also do ‘Teacher Training’ which the government has made compulsory which is similar to NET at a school level. Further, people can also go for higher education teacher job where they can do NET, conducted by the UGC or SLET that is conducted by the state governments, after completing their post graduation.

 How do you think education in rural areas different from urban areas?

Lack of facilities and lack of infrastructure is there in rural areas where students are interested in learning but they don’t know where to go and what to do. Today where we have internet facilities, students’ from rural areas are unaware of it. So in rural area there is also lack of awareness in the students which needs to be enhanced entirely from schools to higher level, secondary level as well as college level.

What changes rural education is going through?

Gradually, the rural education is adapting changes from the urban areas. The government is also spending money on the E- learning. Satellite system is coming to the rural areas which make it possible for people to impart knowledge.  These are few changes which I can see in the education system in rural areas. The Indian government is also working on their aim to achieve millennium and sustainable development in the country and they are concentrating on the enhancement of the education system across India.

 In your opinion, should focus be on mentors than on formal teachers?

Yes, I think mentors are important because teachers are bound by syllabus, timetable, by the rules and regulations of the system. By abiding by those rules teachers are unable to focus on the good students for their betterment and weak students for their upliftment. Whereas a mentor can play a good role as they do not have such boundations. There is no restriction of syllabus, timetable, rules and regulation system for mentor that is how they can work in an autonomy that can increase the capacity of students.  Also, there is no fear from the student’s side. Students can talk to the mentor about their weaknesses without any fear of the school and institution.

 What are your future plans?

I would like to go for research, as being into teaching line I understand higher level teaching is not only focused on teaching, it is more like research, also. It can be in the form of books, research paper, curriculum making and many more, so I think we need more researchers in our country.

 

 

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Interview with Mr. Shantanu Kwatra

author02 Editor 13 Dec 2016 0

Mr. Shantanu Kwatra is working as a creative thinker. He is the director of 3Dexter Lab that works for the development of students’ minds. Shantanu believes in creating a whole new environment for students where they can learn new things through the medium of practical learning. Currently Shantanu, an enthusiast, is working on an idea of changing the education sector by integrating technology with the existing classroom learning experience to enhance real time learning. FairGaze got an opportunity to interact with him. Read the excerpt below to know more about Shantanu.

Where did you get the idea to start something like 3dexter?

Being engineers we were always inclined towards new technologies and therefore started working on various new upcoming technologies. We found 3D printing is growing at an exponential rate and therefore it has a very huge scope. Having an experience in the education sector we thought of bringing this technology at the grass root level and introducing it to schools and colleges. We want to create a curriculum to support and assist educational institutes and bring in the element of experiential learning in classrooms using this technology.

Which subjects appealed you the most in your student days?

Subjects that appealed me were Science and Geography.         

What formal education you undertook for 3D printing?

No formal education. I am a self taught person.

What were the challenges you faced and who supported you?

Challenges faced were more in getting yourself positioned in the educational sector. Then the challenge was to forward telling and getting your idea approved by the management of schools and colleges.

3Dexter has been established by seven school friends, how you all add value with your talent to the organization?

We all have experiences in different segments and our particular skill set lies in two fields. Someone handles marketing, some handle product development, handles finance, operations and business development. Thus, making the best mix of the team qualities.

In your opinion does the education system in India needs a revamp?

Education system needs to revamp in a lot of ways. Firstly, we have been following a system where our higher education is changing at an exponential rate but the school education is still following the same old process of teaching and also the curriculum supported also has not changed much. Therefore this creates a huge gap and students devalue the school education as it’s not supporting their needs. Secondly, there is a huge lack of experiential learning in schools, students are still learning through textbook medium and digital medium therefore their innovation and experimentation is missing. They are not building on their life skill values and therefore not keeping up with the 21st century skills. Thirdly, I believe our educators need to be more accepting to the new trends in the market and the new needs that are being created. Through their acceptance only we will be able to bring a change, where the students learn everything.

Do you believe mentors are more important than trainers?

I believe both are equally important. One can’t do without the other.

What is your mantra of motivating students?                             

Just do what you love and things will fall into place.

Do you advocate that students should have future targets for themselves?

Not really. Targets are something which we make so that we can achieve them. I want students to just do what they love. Find their center. Understand their passion and what drives them and just follow it.

How does 3Dexter works for students?

3Dexter works at bringing in new technologies for students and helping them innovate freely. We help them build their life skills like creativity, problem solving, visualization and critical thinking. We teach them a skill of the future which is 3D printing technology and help them to bring experiential learning to their classrooms through subject integration and enhancement.

How important extracurricular activities are in shaping the life of the student?

Any activity which stretches beyond classroom teaching is important even if it’s cooking or cleaning bathrooms.

What are your future plans?

Our future plan is to get in all the schools with our project and change the way students learn things. Our next year targets are 100 schools. By 2018-19 we are targeting 500 schools.

 

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Interview With Mr. Abhishek Dey

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Taking the "Anu Aunty" melody seriously Abhishek Dey turns into a business visionary being a Btech graduate. He is the founder of EcoToddler, which plans to boost and reward clients for driving a more advantageous and healthier way of life. With such an awesome thought, he is among the rundown of the most youthful business people. Abhishek trusts that gamification of wellness won't just be propelling yet a much more rewarding experience every time. We should delve in additional about him through our correspondent Anubha Das.

What made you choose this career path?

The real joy only lies in creating new things. There has been a general paradigm shift over the years in the way of looking at things-from doing what is necessary to doing something which you love.

Being a part of the Air Force has always taught me to stay fit both body and soul. Seeing the conditions of gyms these days which lack assigned trainers and proper environment made me come up with the idea behind EcoToddler. Working as a business development associate at BJYUS was a triggering point in itself that took me into my own personal venture in health n fitness.

Is it hard to get a unique idea for an entrepreneur?

A big portion of the Indian market is yet untapped and there lies a lot of potential.
The goal behind an idea should be to connect service to people.

What are your responsibilities as a founder?

Managing the team and making sure that every individual grows is crucial towards company's success.
The concept of hierarchical structure is orthodox and obsolete and hence my entire team does work on the same workbench on the same floor.

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Persistence is the key. So, don't be that tip of the matchstick that burns off after a quick flint and have patience.

Did you face any failures at the starting? What did you learn from your biggest failure?

Initial stages are always challenging until you start getting traction.
There was a time when we were heavily draining our resources in active offline as well as online marketing. It's hard to convince people the real worth of a product which is yet not there. The thing that I have learned is that we should never stop. One must review-modify and keep on going. You should keep iterating the process until you bring it out perfect. After all, nothing happens overnight.

How do you find inspiration?

A fit body is the biggest motivation. It feels heart warming to always hear out users who have finally been able to lose weight, reach their fitness goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
With EcoToddler, you can live happier now.

Do you think there is a certain education preparation for it?

No. But being open and exposed to the start-up ecosystem does help one in accelerating faster though.
An entrepreneur should know the nitty gritty of his work, he should be well informed of current affairs, his current social status, local area where he wants to operate, and should have money, resources and people available at disposal.

Do you think right kind of mentoring is important for students these days?

Indeed. Good mentorship can reduce your errors and fine tune your decision making capabilities.
A good mentor does help you in channelizing your efforts in the best direction and in the least time.

Do you advice children to follow the path of being future entrepreneurs?

Every student should possess a business venture of his own while passing out of his college; it helps students in sharpening their own skill set.
As jack ma says, the age between 25-30 is when you should focus on learning only!

What are your future plans?

Making EcoToddler the Oyo of fitness.
Our aim is to make people healthier and happier.
Currently at 5K users, and over 20K page views in the past 4 months we are aiming to expand pan India in 4 metro cities by Q3,2017.

 

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Interview With Dr. Himanshu Rai

author02 Editor 11 Jan 2017 0

Professor Himanshu Rai a faculty at IIM Lucknow, is an educationist, an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). He is the former Dean of MISB Bocconi and Professor at SDA Bocconi, Milan, Italy from 2014 to 2016. His core area is Human Resource Management, wherein he focuses on Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration, Strategic HRM, and Leadership. He frequently conducts training program and workshops for executives as well as bureaucrats. He has earlier taught in the HR area at XLRI Jamshedpur. FairGaze got an opportunity to interact with him. Read the excerpt below to know more about Dr. Rai.

Since you are an IIM pass out, what difficulties you faced while cracking the entrance of IIM Ahmedabad?

None. Cracking the CAT was not difficult as I have always been a voracious reader and puzzle solver. During my stint at Tata Steel (before getting into IIM Ahmedabad), I continued to be in touch with academics through quizzing, reading and theatre. More importantly when I decided to write CAT, I was very sure what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Having a clear personal vision makes things very easy for people.

As a recipient of the coveted National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), national-level scholarship program, how do you feel?

Although it happened a long time back, the memories are still vivid. When I got the letter telling me that that I had cracked the NTSE, I ran to the house of my Physics teacher Mr. Arvind Katiyar who was my mentor also, and shared the news with him. He was almost as delighted as I was if not more, and that is something I will remember forever.

Would you like to share some tips among the students that can help them to achieve NTSE scholarship?

First and foremost you need to understand that NTSE tests you on a range of skills. The mental ability test is the key as it tests you on logic and reasoning and can be unpredictable. You need to write as many mock tests as you can and constantly analyze and work on the areas of strength and weaknesses. The other two sections are subject specific and your syllabus material ought to suffice for your preparation.

As you have spent so many years in shaping young minds how is your experience till now?

It’s great to be young in these exciting times. Opportunities abound, information is on your fingertips, and the environment, though still competitive, is far more conducive to and supportive of innovation. In my experience people with a clear vision and the perseverance to back that vision with action will change this world.

As a Professor what kinds of changes you determine in present generation?

Today’s generation has far more information than we had as well as many more alternatives to choose from. The landscape of education and career has changed profoundly and is likely to continue changing exponentially. At the same time I believe today’s generation does not differentiate between data and information. Communication technologies have multiplied but the quality and effectiveness of communication has deteriorated. I guess it’s a phase of churning and things will change for the betterment once everyone reconciles with this digital revolution and matures in using it.

Do you think that preschool programs in early childhood can shape the future of India?

Most certainly. Our personalities get shaped by the time we are 20, and a lot of it has genesis in the experiences we undergo by the age of 8. Children at the age of 2 start making sense of things, including time and the learning curve thereafter is steep. If these preschool programs are thought through, they can indeed shape the future of our country.

Do you agree that our education system needs some changes in order to develop bright careers for future generation?

Our education system needs changes at every level. At preschool and primary school levels, we need to incorporate pedagogies that instill curiosity in children. Middle school and above should concentrate on learning through experience and use rather than rote learning. Higher education should include programs that address the needs the country has and is likely to have in the future.

Is it important for children to have mentors to be successful in life?

It is useful for sure to have mentors early on, especially to help them sift through reams of available data and help them make choices which are their own and not of someone else.

How do you differentiate between a mentor and a trainer?

A trainer is a formal coach who through various pedagogies addresses the gaps in the knowledge, skills and the attitudes of the trainees. A mentor, on the other hand, is an informal coach and friend rolled into one, who helps the mentees in finding their own meanings of life.

What are your future plans?

I plan to continue doing what I do: help others in figuring out their destinies.

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Interview With Mr. Arpan Kapadia

author02 Editor 02 Feb 2017 0

Mr. Arpan Kapadia is the Founder of ‘Alleviate Studio’ and a known director/producer of short films. Arpan not only produces movies but creates awareness among people through putting small issues such as child-labor, duel personality disorder, women’s right and much more. FaiGaze got an opportunity to interact with him. Read the excerpt below to know more about Arpan.

When did you decide to become a producer/ director?

Since childhood I had a very close relation with camera, because my grandma always use to taking photographs of each and every moment of my childhood.
I have still not become a film director or producer yet, life always teaches you so many things and I truly believe in that. I love my work of filmmaking and that’s why I do it.

When did you finalize to start a creative production house like ‘Alleviate studio’?

I was writing a poem at my father’s studio 2 years ago. My cousin brother was there and suddenly he told me, “Why shouldn’t you start to make short films from your written short stories and poems!” It’s a great idea, I said. And then we started “Alleviate Studio”. We tried to spread social awareness through art- films, paintings, graphics, music, photography etc.

You are a collaborator. How have you discovered members of your team and how do you keep the relationship with them strong?

In ‘Alleviate’ we all have started from 0(zero). And now we’re more than 20 creative people in our group. The word, ‘Alleviate’ itself means to lessen the pain, to make problems or suffering less extreme. There are no problems or difficulties which could go away completely but we (the society) can make some efforts to lessen the effects these problems leave behind. Our team aims to bring social awareness, to break people’s superstitions and keep discrimination, domination, suffering at bay. We all have a great understanding among us, and they all support me a lot.

How your friends and family supported you to follow your dreams and passion towards movie making?

Sometimes it’s very difficult to survive only through films. Some of us are working and studying also. But yes, for my dreams my family and friends supported me every time.

What was your inspiration behind the screen play-‘An Unread Book’?

It is a real life incidence. I like to travel while making a film, I went to my friend’s home, Deola (village) which is in Nashik. I was walking in a street for taking some photographs. I saw there was a boy who was working in a chicken shop. I was filled with pity at that time and started to follow that boy after his work. I decided to make a film on that incident because he deserves to be happy and safe, after all he was only 9 years old at that time. I asked him to act in a short film. That was a real life event which I have showed in a film too.

What was the most important lesson you learnt that had a positive effect on your film?

Film is a journey of real life to reel life. It is depends on you how you take it!
I always try to show positive message in my films. Our society has some boundaries, so we have to take care of them.

Do you agree that education is the best way to support young India?

Yes, of course. In my opinion youth is everything in today’s world. From my point of view youth has no age. And education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the society, country and the whole world.

Do you suggest that we all should take an initiative to encourage children, living in rural areas, towards studies?

Yes, we all should take an initiative to encourage children who lives in rural areas and who works in their childhood. We can spread the awareness via some educational films. They should understand well if they are visually affected. And that is good for India, one of the world’s most child laboring countries.

What advice would you give to schools students who want to pursue a career in film making?

I’m not that much of capable to give an advice but do what you love in life because we don’t get opportunities always this is the only thing I can say to school students for their career.

What are your future plans?

Right now we’re working on 1 animated short film and 3 other different genre short films based on a social cause. After that we’re planning to make a feature film about youth and society’s actual dark problems.

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Interview with Mr. Varun Inamdar

author02 Editor 14 Mar 2017 1

Varun Inamdar, a master chocolatier is also known as 'The Prince of Chocolates in India', is currently working as an independent hospitality professional. He is famous among people for his delicious and amazing food creations. Varun believes in determination, passion & dedication towards food. He is always on the lookout for exploring something new. Read the excerpt below to know more about Mr. Inamdar.

When did you know you wanted to become a chef?

I never wanted to become a chef. That was something that I could never even dream of. All I wished to be is in the kitchen and that’s it. It could be anybody doing any menial job in the kitchen. 15 years back, when I was studying, I came up with this idea of working after college hours. I had always been a good student in my hotel school years and every afternoon I would sit with a new book, but there was one book that I sat with every day but could never finish and that was ‘Larousse Gastronomique’. Whilst we could take every other book home using our library card, we were not allowed to take this one as it was very expensive. So I wanted to buy it. I did not want to burden my family with the expense of this book hence I checked with my college if I could work in the evenings. Permissions were granted and work evenings began. My first job was that of a dishwasher in a fondue restaurant in Bandra, Mumbai. From there the journey began after which I got through Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development followed by The Oberoi Hotels and Resorts and The Kuwaiti Royalty. 15 years and today, I am known as ‘The Prince of Chocolates’ and rank amongst India’s top 10 celebrity chefs. In these years I have been fortunate enough to serve the world dignitaries like Barrack Obama, Nicholas Sarkozy, Vladimir Putin, The Royal families in the Gulf and India alike. For an outsider with no Godfather, I am very proud of my journey so far. And trust me this is just the beginning.

What inspires you? How do you come up with ideas for the dishes that you create?

A lot of things inspire me, some vague thoughts; ideas which look unachievable inspire me to crack them. When I made India’s First Chocolate Mannequin, a lot of people asked me not to make it for various reasons. They said what if it breaks or melts while transporting. I said that in that case I will stand there personally and make it again live in front of the spectators. When a television channel approached me for a Ganesh Chaturthi episode and create 3 different types of sweet modak, I said instead let’s create Chocolate Ganesha. These things happen because of one’s clear passion, perseverance and persistence. And this combination can make one create the most beautiful- unthinkable things. Apart from all this, India as a country, its beauty, its heritage, its produce, its culture inspires me. This is how Barcode artisanal chocolates came into life. Today, it is looked upon as a complete luxury signature collection. It is all about India. 29 flavours, each representing the 29 states of our incredible nation.

What made you gravitate towards chocolate as opposed to other specializations?

It was all by chance. The hotel that I was absorbed in after my studies did not have a designated Pastry chef. I professionally had neither the inkling nor the interest to be part of that department, as my forte and focus had always been the hot kitchen and cuisines. But somewhere destiny had a different plan. I slowly started learning and the rest is history. But I am happy that because of that learning I can fuse flavors and techniques in both cuisines and pastries with flair.

Do you have any vivid or memorable food experiences that impacted on you as a child or as a young chef?

My father turned a vegetarian suddenly after an unfortunate dining experience that made him take that step. So whilst as a child, my mother rustled up the meat dishes on Sundays, I chose to stir the vegetarian fare for my father. That gave me more and more exposure to cooking as a medium. And I think that has impacted my cooking style and thinking a lot because I still think as a young boy. I disagree, with term ‘young chef’, as chef is an acquired grade of respect that a professional achieves as one keeps going higher up the ladder. I am lucky to be one, and trust me it needs a lot of hard work, focus and dedication.

What was it like working with hotels in different countries?

It is very different even one kitchen area to another. Country to country difference is a huge thing that we are talking here. Suddenly, handling a different set of team members from one’s adjoining kitchen could also be a challenge. Having said that, I am a fun loving person and can adapt to any situation. I am basically a crisis specialist. I shine best under stress.

Do you agree that parents should appreciate children’s passion for cooking be it, girls or boys?

Off course, parents must be appreciative of the child’s first signs of showing interest in the kitchen. My nephew, Vivaan is 3 and is already glued onto Youtube cookery videos, my food shows. Not just that he also helps his mother in the kitchen with shelling peas, rolling chapatti discs. However, irregular the shapes are but what is important is to let him be himself and not pressurize one’s choice and likings. And, the gender in the kitchen is just a word. I do not like people who differentiate and use terms like ’Lady Chef’ and the likes. A chef is a chef, whatever the gender.

Would you like to share your opinion on ‘qualities that define a good chef’?

One must be focused. Right from the days in hotel school till the last meal that you cook in your lifetime. There is no end to learning! You may pick up a style, a technique, a certain nuance from anyone, from anywhere. The sandwich maker on the streets may teach you something. So be vigilant always. And try to encapsulate each learning, each experience into daily functioning. Apart from that, be passionate, be dedicated and dream big always! You are not dreaming enough, if your dreams don’t scare you.

According to you, is it important to work in coordination with a team to achieve success?

Off course, your team defines the person you become professionally. It is always the team that would efficiently follow your vision to make it or break it for you. But the success mantra is to take the low points in your own stride and the high points and laurels must be dedicated to them. That’s the mark of a true leader.  

How can young enthusiasts brush up their talent of cooking or preparing something unique?

Talent, I feel is ingrained and you can’t polish it. You can only brush up on your knowledge and keep adding more by reading, and keeping your eyes open to the world of food. Every day, there are newer inventions and discoveries. To prepare something new and unique, one must first master the known and traditional because, one must know the rules of the game first to break them in order to crack newer formulae.

How important it is for students to learn cooking at an early age?

To learn cooking is extremely important, not to prove it to anybody or yourself but your basic survival. It is essential to be independent in today’s world. And like I said earlier, it is immaterial if it is a boy or a girl. The earlier you learn the better, as it gives you those many years of learning.

What challenges are you looking for in this position?

Every day is a new challenge. You’ve got to be in the grove to face it, and take the bull by its horns. Keep learning. Keep reading. Keep your basics strong and keep evolving. Think 10 steps ahead. And last but not the least, be fearless! 


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Interview with Srimonto Mazumdar

author02 Editor 28 Mar 2017 0

Srimonto Mazumdar belongs to a family of music & artists of Allahabad, U.P. Srimonto started learning Sitar at an early age from his father late Shri Partho Sarathi Mazumdar, who himself was a reputed musician of his time and was the first generation to play Indian Classical Music on Guitar. Srimonto has also received training from Shri Sanjay Guha of Kolkata and continued his training from his elder brother Shri Gaurav Mazumdar, a reputed musician of the present generation and disciple of Bharat Ratna Pt. Ravi Shankar.

Srimonto has completed Sangeet Prabhakar from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad and has also won many competition of Samiti, Allahabad University, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Lucknow and All India music completion organised by Maharishi Gandharva Ved Vishwa Vidyapeeth, Noida. He also travelled to Australia, Kenya, Dubai and Singapore to accompany his brother Shri Gaurav Mazumdar on a music tour. In his career of Music, he faced a lot of difficulties due to his hearing problem. While performing tuning and teaching, he used his eyes for hearing and vibrations to understand it. Earlier he had a tough time fighting with the difficulties but now he considers them as his capabilities to know life and music better. Let's know know about him through our correspondent Ms. Bhavna Sharma.

 

When did you develop a love for music? What is music for you?

I belong to a musical family, where every member of the family is involved in music professionally or unprofessionally. I had a musical environment at my home since my childhood and I have developed a love for music by listening to it from my father, brothers and cousins. Many of popular BANDISH of Indian classical Music and old Bollywood songs, I heard first time on my father’s guitar much before audio and video systems. For me, music is everything. It has given me love, respect and recognition in every aspect of life.

What is the current scenario of Indian Classical Music in India? Do you find its craze amongst young generation?

Indian classical Music is very famous among the people of the world. Earlier, the only budding artist used to go abroad to perform but in present scenario’s almost every performing artist is going to abroad to give their solo performances. Even fusion of Indian classical and western music is very famous worldwide.  And when it comes to its craze among young artists, I would just want to say that Indian classical Music has its class and it is for Classy people. The artists of present generation care more about the fame and they have less devotion for music.

What motivated you to choose sitar over other instruments?

When I was 10 year’s old, my father gifted me a small sitar and started teaching and encouraging me.

You were invited for various music tours abroad. What were the differences you observed while performing in India and in abroad?

The interaction with the audience is quite different in these two places. As an Indian, I know my audience while in abroad, as there is a variety of audience, the content, the amount and quality of interaction with them changes. Besides, Foreigners are very punctual for the event timing.  

Your father was the first generation to play Indian Classical Music on Guitar. Have you ever played any western musical instrument like your father?

No, my father was very obsessed with Indian Classical Music and he only let us learn Indian classical Instrument. But later, when I get into teaching, I started playing synthesiser.  I love to play old Hindi film’s songs.

You are fond of Photography too apart from your passion in Music. How did you find your interest in Photography?

When my hearing problem got worst, my brother advised me to learn a new form of art and brought me a camera. Then, I started learning it. Later, I developed a passion for artistic photography but never liked to click pictures of people. That is why I never got into professional photography and returned to my previous art. I also have my exhibition of artistic photography.

Is studying Indian Classical Music good to develop a career in Music w.r.t. today’s scenario? If yes, how will it help students?

There is already AIR & Doordarshan, now many TV channels n FM radio so demand of musicians is increasing. As the number of Private schools and universities are increasing the requirement for music teacher’s is also increasing. There are also chances for public performance, or to join any orchestra/ music band etc.

Do you feel any other type or genre of music should be played on sitar other than Indian music?

Yes, with the demand and huge competition, it is fine but music should be soothing and melodious one.

Who are some of your favourite Indian musicians and how have they inspired you?

There are many in my family and other budding artists. It is hard for me to name one artist. But Pandit Ravi Shankar is my ideal for his music and timing.

What message do you want to convey to young children who are interested in Indian music?

The students who want to learn music, they should first respect the art and it is not a one day process. It needs dedication and devotion.

 

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Interview with Mr. Siddharth Behl

author02 Editor 12 Apr 2017 0

Being lost is something that I try to draw story out of street children about how they come from different states of India, especially in Delhi. I am talking about Delhi because I have shot so many pictures in Delhi. The whole story of was about how migration has affected the lives of the street children, mentally, emotionally and also about how they have been living a very gruesome condition and a scary condition, although they really matter.

‘Being lost’ portray a story about children, dealing with a life which is very difficult and hard to live. At times it is very surprising and very challenging for them. However, most of us, when we grow up we don’t realize certain things that can affect us in future. This theme based photography is about how a child loses himself in the society and his own mental condition. The project is like an ongoing body of mine which I plan to continue trying to get more perspectives out of it.

What are the major points that inspire you to click pictures of street children?

I love children. They are beautiful, open minded and very frank with you. I have grown up in Delhi and have seen street children in Delhi. I have seen a lot of street children begging on the street.

The question has always been in my mind that what these children are doing on the street. Why are they doing this? Despite the fact that, some of them have the parents and some of them don’t. I always wanted to shoot them but I never knew where to start, what to shoot and how to shoot.

And I just randomly thought that lets just find out these children and later in after my deep investigation and whole research and development behind it, I realized that these children are migrants. They are not from Delhi. They have run away from different states.

This is how I encountered this whole idea of being lost and that shows my interest in street children even grew more and I got a theme, a base to shoot on. That is how I started shooting street children in a much more focused manner.

Do you agree photography is a talent that can be inculcated in students?

Yes, photography is a talent that can be inculcated in students as a talent. I think it has to be realized by all the students. Not exactly inculcated because for some it might be a mode of talent, while for some it might be an art, some might even find it a little boring because you are physically taxing yourself and most of the children won’t like that but photography is a beautiful expression.

It is the most expressive way of telling a story. Some people love writing, some love drawing, and that’s where photography comes, it has both the things.

The famous quote “a photograph tells a thousand words” itself a beautiful thought. I would like to advise that for a student it is a talent based thing. To generate students’ interest, the mentor should motivate them. The mentor should teach them that they can try and tell lots of things through their camera.

If you get a chance to change our education community where would you like to start from?

This would be witty enough, I would allow all the children to just run away from the class and do whatever they want to (Laugh). Honestly, our education system is not that bad, it has loopholes. There are certain things that need to be changed.

Children need to be focused right from the time they start their education and they should understand ‘how and what does their syllabus mean to their future’. Teachers should also be a little more focused.

We have good teachers, excellent professors in our university and colleges. However, it becomes difficult for them to focus on individual children. As a whole education system, things should be clearer in the mind’s of children, depending on what subject it is and what mode of teaching it is. What theory can’t teach sometimes practical does?

During my school time I had, a lot of interest in history. However, I was, made to sit in the class and made to learn all the things. That time I used to think that why not if you visit all these places, you will learn it better. So, we should be given assignments in a way that we learn to explore ourselves. Like Indiana Jones or something. These things and teachers really matter in our education system.

How a teacher teaches and expresses their self really matters. So, all these things that I have missed I think can be inculcated in the Indian system of education in the future. It is already brilliant and just needs to be improved.

What are some tips/advices you would give to yourself if you started street photography all over again?

If I had to start all over again I would like to start with a good camera and would like to have a good mentor. After college I had an opportunity to work with Raghu Rai (the living legend of Indian photography). I had this opportunity to do my internship under him.

If I could have got a little more time with him, I could have done wonders in photography. So if I start photography again, I really need a good mentor.

Do you agree that a mentor is a right person who can guide students?

Yes, I agree that a good mentor is important for every child. Mentor Not only guides you to choose a right career but he motivates you to follow the right direction to achieve success. As I mentioned before, I think if I would have got a mentor at the very beginning of my career I might have achieved the success much earlier.

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Interview with Mr. Faisal Haq

author02 Editor 26 Apr 2017 0

Mr. Faisal Haq is heading Digital Marketing Operations for WATConsult in North India. He is a conscientious, seasoned and achievement oriented professional with over 13 years of experience in Digital Marketing and Social Media practice. He has been at the forefront in conceptualizing and implementing award winning campaigns for various brands. He has also trained and worked for the development of young minds to be the torchbearers of digital movement. He conceptualized and conducted the first ever YouTube Training Session in India by Google. He was associated with the Common Wealth Games 2010 as a trainer, was the member of 13 official trainers, trained 22,000 volunteers and 3000 workforce during CWG2010 and was heading the Digital Marketing & Social Media Communication for CWG-Delhi 2010. Mr. Faisal has also conducted Social and Digital Media training workshop for the Government of Bhutan for their Information Media Officers. Not only this, he has developed and designed the digital marketing framework for marketing professionals for the 'Kingdom of Bahrain'. Read the exceprt below to know more about Mr. Haq through our correspondent Ms. Bhavna Sharma.


How did you discover a career in digital marketing and advertising?

I started quite early when India only used to have VSNL as the service provider and it was the only gateway to reach out to the global audience. I was a part of LiveWorld and launched world’s first online shopping portal that used to work in real time. It helped me understand the power of digital marketing and online advertising.

Online medium enabled us to reach target audience in real time. Basis their real time consumption of the information, campaigns and messaging were tweaked and brilliantly amplified. This thrill encouraged me to peruse digital marketing as my career and there has been no looking back since then.

As a successful strategist in digital marketing, what are the essentials required to be a top notch marketer?

A successful marketer must understand the target audience, their consumption habits of the medium and how to reach out to them on a regular basis to help them make a buying decision. This is because ultimately every brand must yield a good ROI.

Your team received the opportunity to promote and launch the Madame Tussauds in Delhi. How did you feel about this and what were the preparations done to make it huge?

Madame Tussauds has been an iconic global attraction. Winning the mandate was synonymous with giving ‘the Delhi attraction’ a global approach.
An Innovative campaign using technology for an immersive experience to the users was our primary objective. Hence, we decided to make online influencers a part of the first mannequin challenge video at the time of media launch.

What goes in your mind while planning and developing campaign strategy for brands? How do you prepare yourself and other things to execute it perfectly?

First, the clients brief and second, logically predicting how users are going to consume the content we are planning to create for the brand.
Also, conceptualizing the best possible creative strategy for the same to complement the objective our brand wants to achieve. 

Please share some of your campaigns. Amongst all your campaigns, which campaign delighted you the most and why?

Madame Tussauds launch event, as we were announcing the global brand entering the Indian market.

The Body Shop – Launch of their British Rose range.

Apollo Tyres two-wheeler tyre launch, in spite of being a non-entertaining category, our campaign was so powerful that it got a lot of eyeballs and traction online and was trending in India for couple of hours.

Bausch & Lomb – Don’t be a Spectator Campaign, where we educated the users that they end up missing out precious moments of life while trying to fix their spectacles.

Is developing a career in digital marketing a good choice for students?

Yes, it is. Everything in today’s world is moving to digital and people consume information on the go. Moreover, there are enormous opportunities in the digital domain from display, client servicing, execution, media planning & buying, creative strategy, copy, creative design.

What do you have to say to students who are aiming to fly high in this career?

One mantra: read, read & read, if you don’t read what’s happening around the globe you will not be able to widen your horizon.

What are the mantras to reach the peak of success in a career like digital marketing?

Craft an idea into a campaign only after putting yourself in the place of your target group to understand the instinct-rich micro-moments which touch their soul.

Blend your objective with consumer interests flawlessly to achieve the brand objective.

Give your own meaning to “peak of success” and you will make a mark in the industry in your own way.
What are your future plans?

I am here to stay at WATConsult and would like to see WATConsult expand to international locations. I would like to get more national and international brands on board.

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Interview with Mr. Tapas Relia

author02 Editor 30 Jun 2017 0

Tapas Relia is an Indian music composer and producer, known for his famous advertising campaigns for brands like Close-Up (toothpaste), Domino's Pizza, Amaron Batteries, IPL and Mahabharat (2013 TV series). In Mumbai since 1996, he has also scored music for Bollywood films, including India’s first major commercial animation film ‘Hanuman (2005 film).
His recent work includes films by acclaimed Director Nagesh Kukunoor, Lakshmi (2014) Dhanak (2016), and a film by Amit Masurkar realising this year in August called ‘Newton’(2017). Read the excerpt below to know more about Mr. Relia through our correspondent Ms. Bhavna Sharma.

Q1. What is the essence of music for you? When did you find deep love for music?

Simply put, Music for me is an emotional getaway. Whether you're happy, jubilant, sad or depressed, it helps you navigate through those emotions rightfully and accurately.
There was no ‘one’ moment of discovering love for Music. It was a slow and steady process, which began right from childhood, and evolved fully by the time I was 14 or 15, by which time, I had decided that this will now be my life.

Q2. Bollywood Industry is a struggling zone for new comers. How you gathered courage to fly your wings in an industry like Bollywood?

I never needed courage to take that decision. When you’re so blinded by sheer want/need and passion, you really don't need any courage to do anything. I just loved making music and was fortunately stupid enough to think that at the age of 17, I can just pack my bags, leave my old life behind and move to Mumbai to be the next big Music Director.
A journey becomes a struggle when you think too much and begin asking a lot of questions. Do away with the questions and doubts, and you’ll begin enjoying every moment of that journey. And if you just keep doing what you always wanted to, eventually you won’t even notice when ‘success’ comes at your door.
Play for yourself first. You don’t always need an audience. That’s the beauty of Music.

Q3. Being one of the top notch music composer and director, how technology enhances the musical journey of composing and creating a piece of music?

There are software’s and plug-in available for almost everything out there. A lot can be achieved just sitting in your room with a laptop. There are a thousand choices easily available for anything today. The tough part is to know what you really want and stopping at some point. It can all get very overwhelming and becomes easy to lose your way in the jungle.
Technology is necessary today. It is a boon, and you can’t deny it. But as we know, a lot of anything can be counterproductive. It is evolving at the speed of light and growing like a beast. It’s really important that you tame the beast fully and control it, before it takes control of you. Technology is no good and no fun, if you don’t understand it.

Q4. While composing music for your first huge break in advertising industry i.e. for Close Up’s jingle “Kya Aap Close up Karte Hain”; what all preparations you did to set a remarkable edge for you?

The advertising industry in Mumbai doesn’t give you much time to think, rehearse or even plan anything in advance. It all happens on the spot. You’re called to the studio on a certain day for a job you have no idea about, and are expected to deliver in less than 12 hours.
So trust me when I say this. That the Close-Up jingle was composed in just about 15-30 minutes. I had to compose music for three Close-Up ads in one day and time was less. This one was one of the three.
But that’s the fun I think. You keep on jamming and playing and suddenly something pops out that blows everybody’s mind. You should ALWAYS be prepared.

Q5. Being a part of both advertising and film industry, what are the major differences you see in both industries?

The Ad industry is always running short of time. So everything there is moving at a lightning pace. Tons of creativity, experimentation and out of the box thinking take precedence there.
Working on feature films is a different thing. You live a project for a few months. Making songs, lyrics, singers, musicians, background score, so on and so forth takes up a lot of time. Lot of people involved over a lot of time. The payoff in the end is huge. Your work over there connects you directly with your audience, which is a beautiful thing.

Q6. Parents are really doubtful about their child’s career in Bollywood. Do you think children should pursue a career in Music and do Bollywood really identifies potential talents or is it all about contacts?

Let me begin by saying that I’ve yet to see a super success story of an individual made by only contacts and references. You may have contacts, but that doesn't assure you anything. You need to have the talent and the perseverance to last. Bollywood as a career is as doubtful as any other career. There is always a risk involved in anything that you would do. Then why single out Bollywood? In fact if you’re a musician/composer, you don’t need to rely only on Bollywood. You can make your own Music and find your own audience. Independent Music is really picking up.
The real problem today according to me is that the newer generation doesn’t have patience. They want results immediately and want to pursue Music for the money and fame, and not for the true love of Music.
Nothing can stop you if you have the talent and the patience to learn and grow.

Q7.What advice would you give to children who want to enter musical profession and where they could get such platforms to nurture and showcase their talents?

Stay true to your talent and never stop learning. Learn to trust your instincts and take risks. Remember, that you’ve got everything, but it’ll take everything you’ve got. If you do not put in the efforts, you won’t get the results.
There are hundreds of platforms where you can showcase your talent, or learn, or collaborate. People are always hungry for new and good talent. Sign up online with small and private music labels or release your music independently, which is also very easy.

Q8. Which all projects are really close to you in your Bollywood career and why?

All my projects have been close to me. I wouldn’t have been able to give my 100% if they weren’t. Every project gets with it a unique and a different set of experiences. Whether it’s Hanuman, Mod, Lakshmi or Dhanak. They are all special as I’ve learned a lot of while working on them and grown as a musician.

Q9. You started learning music with Western Classical Music. Where do you see Western Classical Music ten years down the line?

Western Classical Music will always remain a niche genre. There will always be ardent lovers for the format. The good thing is that we have many young students who are choosing to learn this Music. It’s also becoming relatively easy to find Western Classical teachers and institutes even here in India.
A change everywhere is not required. The lesser such Classical formats change, the better!

Q10. What is the success mantra for the children who want to be a successful and renowned music composer and director in a cut – throat industry?

Trust your instincts and take risks. Never stop learning, and most importantly, learn to be patient. The competition is tough, I agree. But that is the case in almost every field or profession. So it’s important to feel proud about what YOU do and CAN do, without losing your way.
If you choose Music as a career, do it unconditionally.

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Interview With Mr. Ujjwal K. Chowdhury

author02 14 Jul 2017 0

Prof. Ujjwal K. Chowdhury, a leading media academic in the country, he has spearheaded some of the finest media institutes in the country and taken them to newer heights. Prof. Chowdhury, currently the Director of Ramoji Krian Universe in the Ramoji Film City, has also been The Dean at Symbiosis International University in Pune and Amity University in Mumbai. He also has been the Dean at Whistling Woods, Mumbai. Additionally, Prof. Chowdhury has been a Media Advisor with the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and the World Health Organization (WHO), India. Prof. Chowdhury has also supported and mentored a number of amateur movies, some of which went on to bag awards at National and International Film Festivals. Having made sixteen (16) documentaries while working for the World Health Organization (WHO) and The Nippon Foundation, Prof. Chowdhury has been active in the Green Battles (GB) seminars and conferences in the country and abroad. FairGaze got an opportunity to interact with Mr. Chowdhury through our correspondent Ms. Bhavna Sharma.

Sir, you are one of the leading media academic in the country. What do you have to say about the current scenario of media education in India?

Media education has surely developed than our student days. However, the larger part of media education in India is theoretical and not hands-on, and the teaching is just like any other social sciences inside the classroom. Further, those who have some level of practical work are yet to wake up to the reality of media convergence and digital media today.

You are really active on all Social Media Platforms. According to you, how social media has helped Journalism in setting a new sphere of dissemination of information?

Twitter and Facebook content of news-makers and at times common citizens has become a veritable source of media content today, especially when celebrities and politicians, including our PM, choose not to talk to media much, lest they are wrongly quoted. Also many on-ground activities with news value are initiated first on social media: movement against corruption, protest against lynching, or re-opening of the Jessica Lal murder case, etc.

Journalism and Films are becoming a big craze amongst youth today. Is media the next big emerging career in India after medical and engineering? Why so?

Media today is more than 1% of Indian economy with a turnover of Rs.1.5 lacs crores of more than 21 billion dollars and involving around 22 lacs people directly. Hence, it is already a major career option. Journalism, films and even brand communication are in good demand among youth even after doing an engineering or management degree.

Some parents always have security questions while sending their child to explore a career in Media related fields when compared with fields of Science and Commerce. How will you reply to insecurity of such parents?

Today lifetime career concept is almost dead. With active lives running up to 65 years of age, multi skilling and great people's skills, communication and networking skills have become important. On the other a good grounding in multimedia allows people to move from advertising to film-making (Balki) or from journalism to Public Relation (Dilip Cherian) or from news-media to development sector (many examples). So, the question of security is redundant not just in media, but even in any field. One has to re-skill, and re-invents oneself in his/her lifetime.

You have explored almost every side of media profession. Which side of media like professor, documentary – film maker, Journalist, etc. you found most interesting and why?

Exciting surely is making documentary or documenting news as it happens. But being in media education is much inspiring, ennobling and a humbling experience, and hence I am here by choice, leaving the job of a television news channel as its Chief of Bureau.

If a child wants to excel in media profession, what would you advice that child to follow daily?

A future media professional must today be a good communicator, a reasonably good writer, keen observer of human behavior, and have a penchant for technology related to images, video, sound and cyber.

What is the future of media at a time when the present situation stamps media as biased and misuses its power?

This is a passing phase. And media is not just in news, but also in entertainment, marketing and development. As increasing people want good cause driven movies like Dangal or PK or high end story-telling like Baahubali in the world of films negating gross violence or sex or stereotypes driven films, similarly the fake news based news media will gradually fizzle out.

How you used to separate your personal and professional life in a profession demanding 24*7 time?

Blend them both seamlessly. So if I go to a new city for a seminar, can have my wife and child along. If I go for a vacation to a city or country, I do make it a point to visit the most known university or studio or newspaper office there. I love cooking, though can make only a few dishes. And in the times of easy access, even though my family stays in another city due to wife's creative engagements, we have no problem in interacting several times of the day.

Having taught in so many Universities across India, what are your expectations from the media students?

Passion, Passion and Passion. Passion to meet new people, learn new ways of communicating, pick up technologies as if it is a new dish on the table, and passion to create impact through your work. Commitment to deadlines and excellence in what you do are must.

What are your future plans?

Evolve Ramoji Krian Universe to be South Asia's leading Media and Design University in three years, and then aim for Asia's best status. Personally, have some milestones in research and writing.

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Interview with Mr. Avinash Tripathi

author02 Editor 28 Jul 2017 0

Avinash Tripathi is one of the leading documentary and short film maker of our country. He has made more than 700 documentaries and various short films. Former media in charge and senior faculty of Film Studies, Amity University, Mr Tripathi has already guided millions of students with his visionary approach. He does not stop here as he is also a Popular columnist of Teesra Pahlu column of Rajasthan Patrika newspaper. His journey of journalism made him one of the most prominent TV panelists on various news channels. A film critic, scriptwriter, adviser and jury of various film festivals across nation made him won several awards. He is Founder and Director of Animesh Films which is doing great in documentaries for India & abroad. He was recently honored with WOW Award in Mumbai. Read the excerpt below to know more about Mr. Tripathi through our correspondent Ms. Bhavna Sharma.

How you came across the deep interest in cinematic world while growing up in a spiritual state of India ‘Uttar Pradesh’?

I originally hail from Basti which is neighbor district of Holy Ayodhya. When I was very young, a touring book fair used to halt our school for few days. They had world literature books and from there I attracted towards literature. I started reading novels, few Russian literature translated in Hindi, Poetries, and all. Being introvert, I started writing my emotions in lyrical form. Cinema was not in my mind during childhood.

Your family has deep roots in education sector. Have you struggled convincing them about your dreams and aspirations towards the glamorous world of Cinema?

My grandfather did his BSc and LLB from BHU long before we got independence. He was one of the most learned person from the district and famous Lawyer. My father carried forward his legacy and did his LLB in 60’s from Lucknow University but I didn’t want to go in traditional professions. I started doing theaters, poetry recitals at an early age and my parents were closely watching my area of interest. Fortunately, they were convinced about my talent and gave me nod immediately when I broke this news. My mother wanted to make me Civil servant ( IAS ) and I told her that I will try to fetch more honor and glory to the family as I could being an IAS Officer. They supported me in thick and thin. My family were very happy when they watch me on TV in very young age as News Anchor for Doordarshan.

From the stage of idea generation till editing, which stage of film making seems more interesting to you and why?

The most important stage is Script. Unfortunately; in India we were not giving importance to good story, script which is base for Film. Its body on which all ornamentals can placed to make it beautiful, meaningful. Since last few years the conditions has started getting better and new subjects, good scripts are coming up.

You developed the art of anchoring at a very young stage and did anchoring for several shows of Doordarshan. What all preparations you used to do to extract the best out of you?

I think my interest in literature and being poet helped me immensely in anchoring different programs as anchor. I never had dearth of words while anchoring live. My Urdu knowledge helped me a lot in making my anchoring more soothing to ears and more effective also.

World witnessed the use of technology in one of the spectacular movie ‘Baahubali’. What do you have to say about the future of such technology in the film making process of Bollywood?

In my knowledge technology is to support the narrative of film. The aim of any film is to tell you story in beautiful, appealing, and aesthetical manner. Technology should not supersede the story telling and essence of the film. Since inception of film, technology has changed in each decade but even after more than 100 years, we still look at story.

Children are moving towards pursuing a career in media and films rather than becoming an engineer or a doctor. Are there any good opportunities for children in competitive field of media and films?

Indian Film Industry has grown manifolds in last few years and secured a good position in world movie panorama. Media is umbrella term under which there are plethora of different job profiles and skills. Same goes with films as it requires different skilled people to make single film. Story writing, Dialogue writing, Cinematography, Lighting Director, Sound Engineer, Foley Artiste, etc are different field where student can make their career. Now days there more than 1000 channels in India and they need trained and skilled people.

What advice will you give to children who endeavor for a career in media and films?

Media and Films look very lucrative and glamorous industry but this should not be criteria to enter in this profession. Students must do introspection about their interest , capability before entering in this highly competitive world. They must know that talent, hard work and bit of good fortune is needed to get success . They should not be impatient if they are not getting success immediately.

Are films losing the art of projecting realities of society these days?

Indian cinema journey is very interesting. Till 60’s Directors and Writers used to raise issues close to realities and they are from real world. The arrival of Amitabh Bachchan destroyed the real issues of society. He had such powerful cinematic persona that nothing was needed to make a hit film except him. In those days people used to say that even Amitabh’s poster can run a film successfully . 70’s and 80’s decade could not produce good meaningful movie baring few movies made by Shyam Banegal, Mahesh bhatt, Govind Nihalani. They formed parallel cinema and made films which were for niche audience. Fortunately, in last 10 years good film makers again started making issues based films. Now where big budget ‘Bahubali’ is doing well at the same time, a small budget ‘Hindi Medium’ is also performing well.

You have taught media and film in various Universities and came across variety of students. What do you expect out from a media and film student? What all activities they should perform daily to establish themselves as a successful media and film person?

They should read a lot which they lack mostly. The new generation hardly read literature, mythology, epics. These things give idea about saying a story or thought in more artistic and in under currents. They should be aware about society, political happenings and should know about cultural fabric of society to make good films.

What are your future plans?

I have written few scripts in recent past and hopefully I would be directing a movie next year. As I am poet also, so I am writing lyrics for few Music Directors apart from some work related to News Media.

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Interview with Mr. Ashok Pandey

author02 Editor 04 Aug 2017 0

Mr. Ashok Pandey, is Masters in Physics from Allahabad University and in Consultancy Management from BITS, Pilani. The Ahlcon International School that Mr. Pandey heads for the past 13 years is ranked among the best Schools in the country. Currently he is serving as the Chairman, National Progressive Schools’ Conference (NPSC). He has worked, in the past, with Mayo College, Ajmer, Delhi Public School, Jammu and Indian Embassy School, Saudi Arabia, among others. He has authored a book the Pedagogical Life-Essays in Educating India, described as an educational travelogue. Recipient of ‘National Award for Teacher’ (2012) and ‘CBSE Award’ (2009) for his contribution in education, Mr. Pandey has keen interest in School transformation, professional development of teachers, technology integration, global peace and climate change. Read the excerpt below to know more about Mr. Pandey through our correspondent Ms. Priyanka Negi.

How has been your journey till now?

Very satisfying. Some 33 years ago, I chose to work with young kids immediately after my Masters in Physics from Allahabad University, once known as the Oxford of the East. Later, I did my Masters in Education and Management. During my long career, I have worked with many prestigious organisations in India and abroad.
I realised that there is a teacher in me. From there on, my interest grew in teaching. As a research scholar later, I learnt from my professor, that the biggest challenge lies in working with young minds. Throughout my career, this dictum has shaped my thoughts. My teachers were a great source of motivation.
I was privileged to receive ‘National Award for Teacher' (2012) by the President of India. I am currently pursuing issues such as school transformation, quality interventions, professional development of teachers, innovations in teaching-learning, technology integration, global peace, climate change, and sustainable development goals (SDGs).
My work and opportunities took me to countries such as USA, UK, Germany, Singapore, Malta, Sri Lanka, UAE, Thailand, Vietnam and Tanzania. I led Principals' delegations to the University of Malta in Europe, the University of Rice in Houston, USA and to the Institute of Leadership, Nottingham, UK. I took part in Australia – India Leadership Dialogue held in Melbourne, and as a delegate to the 3 rd International Educational Summit in Queensland, Australia. It has been an enriching experience.

What do you think are the most important characteristics and abilities a person must possess to become a successful academician?

Being a school leader, I have always emphasised that a principal should be a coach, instructional and mentoring leader. For that to happen, a school leader has to be a driver of learning on the campus. It is through creating a culture of learning that an institution can uphold the values and principles of good behaviour and good citizenship. It is important, therefore, that a school principal is seen as an example, an inspiration and a role model. People around you will look up to you for help, guidance and value addition. Your ability to give and share and practice what you would like to preach become paramount. Yes, your knowledge of the subject, its deeper understanding, and application, your contribution to the body of existing knowledge will catapult you to the status of an academician.


What would you consider to be your greatest teaching experience?

My teaching experience is enriched by what I have learnt from my students. It is students' hunger for learning, respect for the teacher, trust in the ability that gives the inspiration for a teacher to do his best. All these years I have always been very conscious of what my teachers have given to me, and I have tried to give back that plus more to my students. May I also add that being a teacher is a unique privilege which most of us don't acknowledge. The subtle sensitivities and human values that we keep talking about are all the time playing around when it comes to the teacher-taught relationship. It is this interplay that works to bring out the best in both teachers and students. They both learn together, grow together and get enlightened together.

Would you like to share your philosophy of learning?

I am a life-long learner in a genuine sense of the term. I think I have learnt many times more after my formal learning period ended in 1980 than I did before. Apart from several degrees, diplomas, certificates, training programmes and online courses, I am still in the process of learning. I am very inspired by those who are never tired of learning new things even in the most adverse situations. The young children around me are my greatest motivators. Their ability to learn a variety of new things ranging from music to science to sports is incredible. I always quote to myself and my friends that life cycle from the cradle to the grave is a learning process as our former president, Dr Zakir Hussain said.

Being a recipient of so many awards such as Delhi Ratan, National award and CBSE award, how will you suggest children be an all rounder?

I am humbled by the awards that have come my way. But I do not suggest, one should work for awards alone. One should work towards fulfilment in life with sincerity and devotion. Children are brilliant, and they are all rounders in many ways as I said before. My only advice to them is that they should focus on being good human being first, adhere to the principles and values to enhance inner strength. We assume that name, fame, power, influence, qualifications and wealth help us succeed. Not really! But developing a set of core values, practising conscious living, continuous improvement of the self, will bring a well-rounded personality around us.

Do you agree that technology has changed the way of learning?

Technology in today's time is a necessity. The only way to channelize the benefit of it is to embrace and update ourselves as students, educators and administrators. We are the pioneers in many pilot projects at all levels of Microsoft showcase school, online research projects, blended learning, e-governance in education and much more. The students are given opportunities for webinars, conferences with organisations like UN to have a global outlook. With technological interventions like multi-media classrooms, school is better equipped to handle inclusion and personalised educational experiences. Indeed, technology has changed the teaching learning eco-system. Teachers must take the lead in embracing this change.

Do you think teachers and mentors are the keys to unlock the door of success for students?

Mentoring is key to the teacher-pupil relationship. Teachers have that mandate and respect. In the past, we never questioned the wisdom of the teachers. Is it so today? I think not. I'm not casting aspersion; I am only stating the difference. Second, teachers were the only source of knowledge, but not so now. What is very glaring is that the level of expectation has gone very high on both sides. Skills required today for the teacher to be a friend, philosopher and guide are indeed different. From the stand point of students, teachers must be engaging and compassionate.
I agree that the teachers are the architects of the future. Since the ancient time's teachers, priests and the elders have been accorded that responsibility to mentor, guide and mould societies. In my view the role of teachers is paramount, and they hold the key to shape a utopian world. I strongly argue that teachers should also be considered as assets by the organisations and the society. While they have to take their responsibility of the nation building in all earnest, societies must endeavour to invest in them, their learning, up gradation and continued growth. I agree that teachers have the lasting influence on their pupils, but the role of parents, society, polity, and media cannot be discounted.

Would you like to share the success mantra among students?

The teenagers are the unwilling recipients of surnames from the elders. They are very bold and confident. And yet, I would urge them to make their choices responsibly. Humility and gratitude are the other virtues they must imbibe early. Human qualities surpass all other qualifications. Love yourself, and live happily!!

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Interview with Ms. Saumya Gupta

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Saumya Gupta wanted to be a pilot since her childhood, from her kindergarten interview, where she carried a plane in her hand to actually going for professional education to become a pilot, she never thought she would do anything else. So as she says, Pilot by profession and Entrepreneur by choice. She started ‘Ten on Ten Clothing’ in 2009, as she had no job and she wanted to make some money. She found it exciting and converted her interest into good clothing as a business. E-commerce boom helped her expand and since then no looking back. Today she is among the highest selling brand on most marketplaces and planning to go offline to build her brand of clothing. Read the excerpt below to know more about Ms. Saumya Gupta through our correspondent Ms. Bhavna Sharma.

Pilot by profession and Entrepreneur by choice; quoted by you. Were you not afraid while choosing and entering into an entirely new profession? 

There is always a sense of being unsure when you take such a step. But honestly, I had nothing to lose. I could only gain. I decided to follow my guts and that helped me to paint success colors on my wall of fame.

How did your parents help you in winning over the challenges of life?

Well, my parents did not have surplus money, all they could offer me was knowledge. Their knowledge helped me to deal and win over challenges of life and sometimes even over extremities offered by life.

Dealing with societal pressures almost kills people or makes them run away from the society. What were the special techniques used by you to cope and manage with such people?

Shut ears and let your work make the noise. This is the best technique I would suggest any student who is aiming to do or perform something different in life and does not want to follow the crowd.

Is boom of E-commerce the magical wand for the expansion of your business or is it sheer diligence which made ‘Ten on Ten’ the highest selling brand?

Its sheer diligence which made ‘Ten on Ten’ the highest selling brand. Until and unless an individual do not perform or initiate and complete a chosen task for himself/herself; nothing can prove to be a magical wand for any business.

What were the initial steps you took to become an entrepreneur at a time when recession hit the market?

I remained very stingy with my expenses, SAVE SAVE was my mantra. I had a vision, was ready to sacrifice for it. Thus, I took a step of only saving money at a time when recession hit the market.

What does ‘Ten on Ten’ clothing mean to you? Have you ever regretted your decision to be a pilot or any thoughts of why you could not make it there though you are a successful entrepreneur as of now?

Being a Pilot means discipline. You cannot be a pilot if you do not have discipline in you. I’m a licensed pilot, so I have made it there. I just did not fly commercially. Today I can fly as a hobby. Had I not been a pilot I would have never been where I am today. ‘Ten on Ten’ means the world to me. It’s my baby that I am watching grow before my eyes, I want to feed it and nurture it.

What advice would you give to children who aspire to be a successful entrepreneur and want to win awards just like you?

Don’t be scared to speak what ideas you have. People will tell you it’s wrong, people will stop you. Don’t listen. Be prepared to face hurdles, they will pass too just like every other problem in life.

What are the three simple life rules you would love to share with children of today to win over every sphere of life?

I think most people are forgetting priorities in today’s life. They must remember- Friends come and go, the good ones will stick around no matter what. So:
1. Priorities
2. Discipline: When you have absolute discipline in your lifestyle, getting things done on time will never be a problem. Time is money, money is time! Value it.
3. Happiness: You are not born to be unhappy, start choosing your happiness. You have the power of choosing. Make the Choice, Be the Change- My favorite quote.

Being a pure – bred Bombaywaali, who is fearless, ambitious and stylish; what are your style mantras to be confident and comfortable with whatever you wear and who you are?

Jyaada sochoge, toh phass jaoge. If you’re comfortable, you are happy. You have achieved happiness and comfort and confidence. This is my style mantra and I would suggest others to follow it.

What are your future plans for ‘Ten On Ten’ Clothing?

We are focusing on B2B and franchising our brand.

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