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Interview with Mr. Varun Inamdar

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author02 14 Mar 2017 34

Interview with Mr Rohan Mahajan

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Interview with Mr. Debangshu Ganguly

Map of Life
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Interview with Mr. Manhar Kapadia

Positive parenting
author02 22 Feb 2017 28

Interview with Ms. Kulpreet Kaur

Holistic development
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Interview With Mr. Arpan Kapadia

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Interview with Mr. A.J.Philip

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Interview With Mr. Rachit Raj

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Interview With Dr. Himanshu Rai

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Interview with Ms. Kavita Saxena

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Interview With Mr. Abhishek Dey

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Interview with Mr. Shantanu Kwatra

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Interview with Dr. Anumita Agarwal

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Interview with Ms. Devika Das

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Interview with Mr. Aman Khanna

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Interview with Dr. Kumar Krishen

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Interview with Nakul Sahdev

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Interview with Kartik Raman

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You may Delay, Time will not

Effective study habits
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Changing Education System In India

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The Art of Failure

Positive parenting
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Done with School, Now What?

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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 Mr Rohan Mahajan

author02 Editor 08 Mar 2017 0

Mr. Rohan Mahajan, a law graduate from the prestigious Campus Law Center, is the Founder and CEO at LawRato.com. He leads the operations and partner relations for the legal tech platform. A seasoned and proven lead generation expert, Rohan has spent more than 12 years with global marketing agencies managing integrted lead generation and marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 clients across Asia Pacific countries. FairGaze got an opportunity to interact with Mr. Rohan Mahajan through our correspondent Ms. Priyanka Negi. Read the excerpt below to know more about Mr. Mahajan.

How do you deal with stress or conflict?

Dealing with stress or conflict has never been a major concern to me. I believe if you like your work and enjoy doing it, stress has no place in the middle. We all know that stress and strain never get good to anyone so I refrain myself from the same. The idea is to channelize the energy and dedication at the right place. Results of hard work do come sooner or later.

How did you dealt with the day to day experiences in your profession?

We provide legal advices to thousands of people daily. They have various issues and problems which gives us immense knowledge and experience about the commonly occurring predicaments in the society. Understanding these online customers and being capable of providing them with just and appropriate solution is our biggest agenda. India is leapfrogging into the digital age. But we are learning together with the customer, and refining our product as we go along. There are no precedents to learn from, and global markets are very different. Market research and customer feedback will continue to be the cornerstone of our product development.

What do you think are the most important characteristics and abilities for success? 

I believe dedication and channelizing the efforts in the right direction is very important for positive outputs.   

  • Perseverance – “I WILL find a way”
  • Adaptability – “Is there a better way?”
  • Goal-Orientation – “Are we there yet?”

Be focused on your goal, but be willing to accept the change. Always share your ideas with those who you believe can add value. Feedback is the best way to improve.

How the idea of connecting people with professional legal advisors stuck your mind?

Back in 2009, I was working in Singapore & Jakarta, Indonesia. A legal issue cropped up during my stint, and surprisingly, I was left dangling for help. Even in the age of internet and globalization, I had no platform to seek a verified and a reliable solution to my problem. It occurred to me how there would be many more stranded like me. And hence, the seeds of LawRato were sown.

There is no way whatsoever by which a common man can evaluate and identify the right lawyer for their legal situation. With no data available on the lawyers’ performance and track record, it is next to impossible to tell which lawyer would be the right one for your need. It becomes more difficult, as unlike healthcare, where there are clear specialists for different healthcare problems (cardiologist, neurologist, etc.), lawyers take up matters across multiple practice areas and there are no defined specialists for each practice area like property matters, matrimonial matters and others.

With 3 crore pending matters and 17 Lac new cases filed each month in various courts in the country, there was no transparent way to get access to the right lawyer so far. This becomes graver as 1 in 5 clients seeking legal consultation files a case. This makes it a whopping 1 crore consultations each month. With most of us not knowing where and how to find the right lawyer, we end up either reaching out to someone through a close reference or finding one through local directory listings. Either of these routes have no way to promise the credibility and quality of the lawyer as references are mostly based on 1 or 2 past experiences and local listings have no control over who is listing themselves as professionals.

A lot of clients end up in legal issues where they need a counsel to represent them in a faraway city. Be it a property situated in another city where relatives are having an illegal possession or a cheque bounce matter where the other party has filed a case in another city or matrimonial matters where one of the spouse has gone to his / her parental home thousands of miles away and pressed criminal charges in the local police station, the need to a local counsel in that city is of utmost importance to ensure the matter is handled in the most appropriate manner.

Do you think technology has brought a drastic change in common man’s life?

In today’s world, technology has entered deep inside a common man’s life. Due to the innovations in technology, an individual can gain knowledge about any topic at any place and at any point of time in his/her life. It has allowed the ease of availability of education. It has also improvised upon ways to fulfill our needs and to meet our expectations. Innovations in today's tech-world can help us to solve urgent problems. LawRato is also one of such platforms wherein you can avail solutions to your legal problems in just click. We are always available for our customers.

Do you agree that an interactive online platform can make it faster and easier to find a professional help?

Of course!  It is much faster and simpler to find professionals online, rather than going around looking for physically on ground. At LawRato, we have a network of thousands of top rated & verified lawyers in 250+ cities in India, and one can consult with them with a click of a button at the platform. Clients needing lawyers in faraway cities have actually called us as life-savers as we not only save them the time needed to physically travel to another city to find the right lawyer, but as mentioned earlier, even if they would have travelled to the city, there was no way to evaluate and identity the right lawyer so far. In today’s world where everything is so connected and transparent, having access to top level legal support is certainly the need of the hour.

LawRato.com ensures that this need of having access to transparent & guided legal support system is covered with their highly efficient and verified lawyer listings and ratings and reviews for each lawyer on the platform. The team conducts in depth online and offline verification of each lawyer before getting them onboard which includes verification through referral. Each user consulting a lawyer on the platform gets to rate and review them once the consultation is received

Would you suggest the field of Law as a good career option for students?

Law is for people who want to bring about a change in the way people lead their daily lives. If you feel that you can, in some way, impact the life of a few people, give them sound advice and help them get rid of their troubles, you must give it a shot. If you believe you have proficiency to impact even one person’s life, go ahead and seize your opportunity. The scope of law has broadened immensely over a period of time. It is no more restricted to a courtroom only. There is much more that you can do after completing your law degree.

What are the basic demands of this field?

Legal profession is much more laborious than one may anticipate. In the present scenario, people are quite aware of their rights and duties. But, to comprehend law is a different thing all together. How a qualified lawyer looks into a legal right is very different from how a layman would. It is important to scrutinize the needs of the people and develop the legal possibilities to cater such requirements.

With more than 3 Crore cases pending in the courts, we definitely need more number of lawyers each year along with many more judges. We need such smart lawyers who can help speed up the judicial system. With LawRato, we too are making an effort towards our legal fraternity to resolve the chaos. 

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Interview with Mr. Debangshu Ganguly

author02 Editor 02 Mar 2017 0

Mr. Debangshu Ganguly brings with him 27+ years of experience in Media Marketing, Event Management and Social development sector. He came into developmental sector as a choice and not by compulsion, 17 years back.  He has contributed sustainability and capacitated many NGOs through his innovative and creative approach. CSR came into limelight few years back but this man is advocating the corporate fraternity to collaborate with the social development for more than 12 years. His work was recognized during 2013 and was nominated in the advisory committee to frame the final CSR policy of India , by PIC  and IICA. He worked with organisations like WWF-India, Consumer VOICE, Heomophlia Society of India, FISME and Headed the Country on Strategic Partnership at Caritas India and Don Bosco Society of South Asia. At present he is working as a consultant to many non-profit organisation and teaching CSR to the corporate and few MBA Institutions. He was awarded as “ MENTOR” of the year by NDIM during 2015. Let;s find out more about Mr. Ganguly.

What are your major successes or accomplishments in your fieldwork?

The notable contribution, what I feel, is bringing in strategic thinking in the development sector. The infusion of a professional approach bred the path of sustenance among the social development organizations. The innovative and creative strategies changed the game from charity seekers to social impact provider.  Also working hard towards the generation of local funds. As a Corporate Social Responsibility evangelist, preaching and practicing the Corporate Partnership in this sector, is a structured mode. Now when I look back, I feel happy to see lot of self sustained program, resulting to more benefits to the people in need.

Since you are also a part of several NGOs that requires a lot of independent thinking and initiative and there is minimal supervision, how do you balance the work?

Actually speaking, if you enjoy your work, you do not have to balance anything, all falls in place of its own. Yes I do agree, the supervision is minimal, but there is immense mentorship involve in this arena.  Supervision is nothing but ultimate use of human management. It is a choice between being a boss or a leader. I succeeded probably because I always opted for the second.  I feel the mantra that work in every field, is to get involve to what you are doing. And you need to love your work to get involved.

How do you handle work pressure?

There is no set formula for that. It all depends on the situation. Some time a small break from core agenda works as miracle.  Lots of laughter and light moments at the work place also contribute to lighten the pressure. Music plays a vital role on this issue sometimes. But if one can structure its assignment, the pressure can be avoided. I personally feel that pressure do not exist, it is our internal anxiety that creates the pressure. So the best remedy is to be calm and take out the urgent out of the important and deal with it. Climb one mountain at one time, while plan for the next.

According to you, does education play an important role for a positive society?

Yes I am a firm believer on that. But most of the time we get confused between the education and literacy. Literacy is only one tool but education is the holistic development of the personality. It all start at home, and it is drill that one need to repeat till it peculates inside and develops as habit. Proper and quality education is the only solution for all social evils.

How can disappointments/failures be taken positively for a successful career?

 I personally feels that the there is no failure; it is only success and learning.  So it is wiser to analyze the cause of the failure and improvise.  Failures are the greatest teachers, if we can handle them. While paving career path, one needs to understand that everyone have its own potential. One must find their potential and sharpen the same to achieve the perfection. Success will follow for sure. We fail most of the time because we try to walk on the path of others.  I can tell you from my personal example; I failed many times when I tried to imitate others while pursuing my career. But then I realized, I am so different from them and my cause of happiness is different from them. And once I understood this, I never worked a single day; I started enjoying my work. 

Does communication make learning easier and increases opportunities for students?

Communication plays critical role in learning.  I am sure if you recall your school days, you will find that you were good in the subject if the teacher is good. That is because the communication style of that particular teacher is different from the others. It is a proven fact that the interest of a student can be enhanced with proper communication tools. So the communication needs to based on “how they want it “and not “how we want it”.

Is it important for students to have a mentor who can guide them for their future?

It is almost mandatory to have a mentor for a student to achieve his/her learning.  The student cannot see their hidden potentials and start walking on the path that is being prescribed by the parents. A good mentor can see the dormant potential or talent of the student and mould them accordingly. History gives us the testimony that the biggest achievers are carved by the mentors.

Do you believe that listening is equally important as speaking to guide children for a right career path?

Listening is the most important element of communication. Even nature created us with that in mind. We have got two ears and one mouth that is the indication that we have to listen twice than we speak. So in the case of guiding a student, we need to listen properly. The more the student speaks, it is better to understand the student. Every small little word needs to be listened carefully.

In your opinion how can social responsibility help children to grow into mature adults?

The social responsibility creates a better world to live in. Care and concern for others is the only gift that we can give to the society for a blissful life. Stronger bond among us makes us strong. So it is imperative to have the concern and helping attitude towards the others for a productive society. If this thought goes into a child, the child not only grows into a better human being, but also helps to create a better generation for the future.     

How do you give your bit to support Education?

I feel it is my duty to share my experiences with the next generation. The learning and challenges that I faced and overcame. The best way to give them is to show them by examples.  Try to motivate them for the value education. Be part of them and spend good time with them. But the best thing that I can contribute is to share the experience and knowledge I have acquired during my journey of life.  

 

 

 

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Interview with Mr. Manhar Kapadia

author02 Editor 22 Feb 2017 0

Manhar Kapadia is a renowned artist who has done award-winning painting exhibitions. Manhar’s paintings are mostly based on Mahatma Gandhi and depicts Gandhiji as a saint-like character and an idol of righteousness. These paintings capture all the attention of the spectators while making the eco-contemporary shadow with the realistic work. Let's find out more about Mr. Kapadia.

What inspires you to be a painter?

I failed in 10th standard. I don’t remember exactly but at that time I did some paintings and my neighbor told me for join Fine Arts College. I didn’t even know about Fine Arts College at that time.

Was it difficult to follow your dreams?

Yes of course. I was living in a slum area in Anand, Gujarat. After my father’s death it was very difficult to survive for us in a financial way. Even I sold water glasses on railway station at that time. So, it has been a long and a difficult journey.

What qualification it demands to become an artist?

It is not important to join a college of arts to become in an artist. There are so many artists around us who did no studied in fine arts college or any other art college, but the basic knowledge of art like academic art is very important. You have to build your own creativity as an artist.

What inspiration you got from your friends and family during your journey?

When I was studying in college my cousins supported me a lot. After my marriage my wife supported me every time. And now my son supports me a lot, we love to work together because we understand each other well.   

Do you agree that parents play an essential role to improve the creative skills of children?

In my case when I was studying my father died so I had to suffer in all the difficult situations at my young age. But yes parents play an essential role to improve the creative skills of children in today’s generation.

How you do advocate art as an important part of a child's education?

Every child has freedom in his childhood. At childhood the child learn very important life lesson. Through painting or any art they build their own creation and learn some lessons also by themselves. Personally I believe freedom is very important in childhood.

According to you, how students should take the first step towards creativity?

Every art student has to study the things around themselves in the real world. Because we can create everything from anything in art. Even we all can think in an artistic way for everything around us, only some have that kind of sense.

How important is it to choose a subject to create something on canvas?

Subject is very important in painting, graphic or I can say in every medium. Because when you create your own concept in mind and when it goes on canvas, there are so many things which might change. But every time the basic concept of art is very important. Because society takes a message from that concept.

What is your best advice for students who are interested in this field?

This is the best field to change this world through your eyes; at least you can create your own world.

As you have done so many exhibitions all over India, what are your future plans?

This year I’m taking rest till October, because I have done four solo shows in 2016.
On 2nd October there would be some planning for my next show on Gandhiji.

 

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Interview with Ms. Kulpreet Kaur

author02 Editor 15 Feb 2017 0

Kulpreet Kaur is a skilled counsellor in Career Development, HR Consulting, Coaching, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Psychological Assessment. An academic consultant, Kulpreet is also known as a strong professional with a MA Psychology focused in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

When did you know that you wanted to be an academic counselor?

I liked teaching from the beginning. The first time when my grandfather held me in his arms he told my mother that he would want me to a professor. Somewhere the nature of the nurturance brought me in this field.

What strategies did you use to be successful in this career?

I have an intrinsic interest to learn and it is easy for me to express it in a way that the other person understands. This was the core quality and then these things added to my success.

What are the challenges that you faced while choosing this field?

Not much! It just happened for me, somebody was going on a leave and there was a casual conversation over a cup of tea where I expressed my interested for it and fortunately got selected.

Did your friends and family supported you in your decision?

My family including my parents and husband always wanted me to be in academics so I have always got lot of support from them.

What changes you advocate in today’s education system?

The place from where people come to study is not always an intrinsically motivational, they fall apart before completing their program. They are not sure of what they want to study sometimes there is just peer pressure or people telling them what to do. I think there should be a sufficient time wherein people should be able to explore of what is their inner calling then it will become easier for everybody.

Do you agree that new technologies have changed the map of education?

Yes! It is easier. Because the communication has become fast, we do not have to wait for the session to begin. Students can begin to talk on whatsapp and can communicate through email. They can easily send their stuff and get a response and proceed on. So yes, absolutely, it has become much faster.

What is the best thing about being a professor?

When students come to study something and sometimes they do not know the road map how to reach. When you see a person completing a project and being happy that happiness reflects on their life which in turn reflects on my life. So I think happiness is the most important thing I get out of teaching and counseling psychology.

Do you think mentoring students is different from teaching them? How?

Yes, teaching is a one way traffic wherein a teacher gets up and says or discusses a topic. On the other hand in mentoring the person is also an active participant in the entire process. It should be both ways there are times when a counselor has to become a teacher, likewise a teacher has to become a mentor. It can be changed between the two.

In your opinion, what personal and professional traits are desirable for mentoring students?

Begins from intrinsic motivation and then it spreads depending on the subjects. I do psychology and I have a motivation to do it for people then I am willing to learn, willing to adapt to wherever it goes in terms of counseling students. The knowledge of the subject is like a personal trait. Second thing is the knowledge of the subject sufficient information so that you can impart it to the students in a way they can understand. These things are necessary for the entire thing. From the students’ end we also need the person’s willingness, need and necessity to do it and for it to become formal stamp or system for them. Then the student can take it and use the knowledge in their daily life.

Would you like to share the success mantra among students?

Your interest to do it. Why you have to do it and the skills if you have them.  Of course your intrinsic variables, if these two things match there is no stopping for a person.

Do you have any special plans for your future?

I would do some research, post doc studies and I would publish some papers of what I have been thinking about. I don’t want to plan too much in advance as things change but yes would like to see myself doing post doc studies. Let’s see how it is destine for me.

 

 

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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. A.J.Philip

author02 Editor 25 Jan 2017 0

Mr. A.J. Philip is the Senior Journalist and a Chief-Executive-Officer at Deepalaya a NGO working for children. He has an experience of more than 40 years in print media. Read the interview below to know more about Mr. Philip.

Why did you choose Journalism as your career?

I chose journalism as a career because I found that it fitted my aspirations. I thought I had a flair for writing. I am inquisitive by nature. I want to know more, meet people and travel. In other words, I wanted to respond to new situations. I thought journalism provided opportunities for all this.

What motivates you to write news for your readers?

The desire to communicate. Whatever information or knowledge I have should go to the maximum number of people. So I write so that whatever information or knowledge I have benefits them.

Today, after becoming a journalist, what changes you advocate in the society?

I want the people to be more aware of their rights and responsibilities. They should not be fooled by charlatans. They should be able to decide matters independently and take a holistic view on most matters. I want every Indian to be educated and aware of his duties and responsibilities as a proud citizen of the country.

What qualification one should have for becoming a journalist?

Interest in public issues is the primary qualification. He or she should have the ability to raise questions and find answers for them. A degree with a diploma in journalism will suffice. 

Being a journalist, do you think this job comes with its own pros and cons?

Yes, the job is very challenging. One has to work hard. There is no time for rest. A reporter is as good as the last report he filed and an editor as good as the last copy he edited.

Do you agree that reading is essential to write something? How?

Reading is very essential. The more you read, the better you would be as a writer. One should read classics besides contemporaries, journals and newspapers. The wider a person reads, the wider will be his/her horizon.

Do you think that Indian education system provides opportunities to those students who want to pursue journalism as their career?

Many people do not know much about journalism as a career. For instance, everybody wants to become a doctor or engineer or civil servant. Few know about television journalism, print media, social media etc. There should be greater awareness among teachers about this profession. They should encourage the talented to choose this as a profession.

How students can brush up their journalistic skills from early age?

Encourage them to watch news on TV and read newspapers. They should be encouraged to respond to public issues by writing letters to the editor in newspapers. If they write five letters, at least one will appear and it will give a boost to their creativity.

Do you suggest Journalism as a good career option to students?

Yes, provided they are ready to master it. A good journalist should be a good writer, editor, photographer, photo editor and good with technology.

What are your future plans?

I run Deepalaya, an NGO, and I also do some writing work. I want the NGO to be able to serve a larger number of people. I want to publish a book containing my selected writing.

 


 

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Interview With Mr. Rachit Raj

author02 Editor 18 Jan 2017 0

Mr. Rachit Raj an engineer by qualification serves the country as an IAS Officer. He has a vision to work for his country especially for the poor and the downtrodden. FairGaze got an opportunity to interact with Mr. Raj. Read the excerpt below to know more about him.

When did the idea of becoming an IAS stuck in your mind?

The idea was always there in my mind since I was a child. In my district, I used to see lots of IAS officers. They used to work a lot. That is how, I started thinking that one day I will become an IAS Officer and serve my country.

How difficult was it for you to crack such an exam?

Yes, I agree that it was difficult. There were lots of obstacles, sort of negativity,  pressure and of course lots of hurdles. However, we should always remember that every situation has two faces. No struggle is complete without ups and downs. And like others I too had my share.

Today, how do you feel when you see yourself as one of the successful aspirants of the desired post?

Today, as an IAS officer, I see that I have a big role and a very big dimension to work for the country and for the world. More than that I think, there are people who belong to the down and poor section of the country who really need help. So yes today I see I have a very big role to play.

How did your family and friends support you during your IAS preparation?

Indeed, my friends and family supported me throughout my journey. Their support was very motivating. I believe friends and family’s support is very much needed. They can give you motivational support and boost your morale. Sometimes  you may feel depressed with the negativity that may  surround you. In that case your family and friend’s can help you by pushing your confidence towards a positive direction.

Besides all the difficulties, do you think IAS can be a good career option for students?

According to me, IAS can be the best career option for students, who really want to devote their life for the people and the country. I really believe it is a platform, which can offer you what you have really dreamt of.

According to you what should be the ideal age for a child to take effective decisions for his/her career?

Age is just a number and not a bar. In my opinion, there is no particular age to do anything. When I was in the 10th and the 12th standard, whatever subject I used to study, I was  very thorough with it. So whatever you are studying you must be thorough with it. After the 10th you have to decide whether you want to go for science or you want to go for commerce. By then you must be clear what your aim in life is. So the beginning is very important. One needs to be focused and be thourough with whatever he/she is studying.

As per your suggestion, what all it takes to prepare for a competitive exam?

There is a basic  rule which is applied everywhere. Be it in IAS,  CAT or in any other exam, there are three basic mantras. First and foremost you have to revise a lot. Secondly, practice a lot of questions. Lastly, always be positive and confident. These three things are important to achieve the targets.

As it demands 15 to 18 hours a day to sit and study to prepare for competitive exams, how students can reduce the stress?

First of all,  I would like to deny the fact that one needs to sit and study for 15 to 18 hours a day for any exam. This does not hold true. I,I myself in preparing for the toughest exam called IAS exam, never studied for more than 5 hours a day. One should always remember that never count hours, it should be qualitative study and not quantitative study. Secondly, stress will exist throughout, but the challenge is how you deal with it. You need to have self motivation, self confidence and above all  patience to move on and to keep life very positive.

How can students balance their studies along with extra curriculum activities?

That depends on how students take up their studies. During my preparation,I used to devote a lot of time towards studies as well as listening to songs, jogging, etc. because that really helps to reduce the stress.

Would you like to share the success mantra for a balanced life for students?

There are three basic mantras which I believe in. Firstly, do whatever you are doing with passion. You must have a burning passion to achieve your goal. Secondly,  whatever you have dreamt of, try to imagine yourself in that role and accordingly work towards it. Lastly, be very confident and you must be patient.

As you have achieved one of your ‘goals’, what is your future plan?

I am going to work for my society and my country by being in the administration system. I would also like to carry this forward on an international platform in the global framework.

 

 

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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 Ms. Kavita Saxena

author02 Editor 04 Jan 2017 0

Kavita Saxena conflicts with Human Trafficking with her NGO, Women and Child Welfare Foundation. She plans to convey a conclusion to the exchanging of young ladies for exploitation and in especially resolved to work for different causes also. Let us know more about her through a little meeting by our correspondent Anubha Das.

Why have you selected a career in social work?

I never thought I will choose social work as career alternative for myself however when I saw nobody working specifically for human trafficking, I began to safeguard trafficked casualties with no apprehension and even against the will of my family.

What do you hope to accomplish as a social worker?

I feel glad to spare trafficked casualty and I would like to continue finishing it.

What major disappointments/failures have you had in fieldwork?

Individuals know about physical exploitation yet at the same time society thinks young ladies are eagerly doing prostitution and they neglect to comprehend that. Disappointments incorporate police not being steady. After so many workshops and preparing programs still police would prefer not to bolster. If we see rehabilitation of people who truly deserve to lead a normal life as general public are also not getting appropriate support from government.

Do you feel a student should be objectified about doing social work?

If we educate our students about do’s and don'ts in their initial age than our upcoming era will sincerely be connected with the general public. Our students are our future who will run our general public.

What kind of social work are we talking about in general in which students can indulge into?

Look social work comes by heart. People are money minded but if we teach student that they can make good career in social field then they can do wonders. Mostly parents never allow their child to go for social work job. Every student should learn about our society problems and how to solve their problems because social work is a 100% dedicated job.

In your opinion should social work become a part of the school objective?

Yes and it’s a good initiative and learning. If social work becomes a part of school curriculum section, student will understand its importance.

Do you put stock in the reality that counselling is vital for students from an early age?

Yes indeed counselling is very important as it directs the energy of the students in the right direction. This should be done not only in the urban schools but in the rural schools as well.

Where do you think the field of social work is heading in the next five years or so?

People have become more informative about the problems and that’s why they are coming forward for Ngo Jobs as well. It is on a good track.

What do you have to advice to the young generation?

 I will recommend them do work smartly, check issue and attempt to get a solution not for one individual but rather for a general society entirely.

What are your future plans?

My future plans are to set up a business to accomplish more social causes. Moreover to help individuals.

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Interview with Mr. Abhishek

author02 Editor 27 Dec 2016 0

Mr. Abhishek is a certified sign language interpreter. Founder of Tree of Interpreters, he aims to works for the development of sign language & interpreter's community in India. FairGaze got an opportunity to interact with him. Read the excerpt of the interview below to know more about Abhishek

When did you realize your capability to be a sign language interpreter?

When I was studying in class 6th, one day while going to school by bus I saw two persons communicating in sign language & I got attracted to it. At that time only the interest for learning this art got embedded in my soul & all I knew that I had to do it.

Why did you choose this field?

Meeting new people & learning new things has always been one of my favorite hobbies. By learning sign language I had the opportunity to open gates for exploring deaf community & knowing their psychology. I loved the thought of being a bridge between two worlds Deaf & Hearing community.

What difficulties you faced when you decided to choose this career or during your college days?

I had problems in finding the institute to pursue this course. This area is least popular in society. Most people don’t even know what sign language is. Even career counselors are not aware about it. It took time to get the information for the right place & person to talk about it.

After joining the course of sign language interpretation I saw that the batch strength was only 7 due to which the phenomena of learning through peer interaction was less. There were almost no study materials, videos, networking & exposure to deaf people available outside of the classroom. In spite of all the difficulties I bloomed which happened because of the zeal of accomplishment & now I thank those circumstances for evoking me to bring change in the present scenario for the benefit of the latter aspirants of sign language interpreters.

What changes you notice in yourself after a deep knowledge of sign language?

 After the completion of course it was a beautiful & lovely feeling to live with this art. I saw that I had an enhanced level of contextual interconnectivity of thoughts. Since sign language is a non verbal & visual language so living with it increased the observation & catching power. I sensed that it made me able to see the things happening behind the curtain.

Pretty Interesting! It’s an exotic stream of expression for sure.  Science also says that bilingualism boosts brain. Now I was ready to enter in deaf world & be the part of their community & culture. It also came to my understanding that we “the hearing community” uses sign language in our daily life unknowingly with or without spoken language. For example- communicating with children, pets & even among ourselves with hand signals, expressions, body language, gesture & pantomime.

As a sign language interpreter what differences you advocate in the society?

Being an interpreter is being bilingual & bicultural. This new identity has roles & responsibilities. I am a “communication (language) bridge” to narrow the distance between both communities. I sensitize the hearing people for the issues of deaf community like their employability, education, laws & accessibility. I make hearing people aware about the norms of deaf community & vice-versa. I keep sharing the knowledge of sign language & its importance. All these things make this society inclusive in nature.

Do you think sign language communication is an essential tool to reduce social differences?

Social differences like literacy, poverty, employment, participation etc occurs in society because of the exclusion of a particular group of people from the mainstream based on their traits. Exclusion does happen because of a number of reasons like the absence of infrastructure, attitude of un-acceptance, lack of knowledge & communication barrier where sign language plays a vital role to bridge the gap between hearing & deaf community. So it’s very necessary to be knowledgeable in sign language to reduce the social differences.  

Is it important for everyone to get an idea of sign language or finger talks?

That’s a good question. In India at present deaf people are facing linguistic genocide to a certain degree & audism in daily life. We see sign language deprivation in most of the places, even in families & schools which is contributing negatively to their employability, literacy rate, economic conditions & overall growth. These things are happening because of the lack of knowledge & absence of infrastructure. It’s highly unfortunate when we are having the largest deaf population in world. A nation cannot develop without fulfilling the humane needs of its citizens. In countries like USA & UK sign language is the part of the basic curriculum of school. This is the knowledge which breaks barriers & makes us united irrespective of our hearing ability. So, if we want a happy place to live in then definitely everyone should have the knowledge of sign language.

Other than that it’s an exotic & interesting art too to learn. It’s a silent form of communication, it saves energy & also everyone can talk without disturbing each other in a room. It can be communicated even in the presence of a glass window between the sender & receiver, underwater & while skydiving too. Babies express themselves using sign language. It was the foremost tool of communication for human beings. It’s called the mother tongue of all the languages in the history of civilization of humans. Signs are everywhere! It’s an awesome world.

How sign language connect the special needs children with the world?

Special children such as deaf & mute have a threshold for hearing. They cannot speak or hear. They are not familiar with the world of sound, but signs. They cannot use verbal language, but visual. Their only way of communication is sign language. As George Veditz said “sign language is the noblest gift God has given to deaf people”. Sign language is the most effective, healthy & natural way to communicate with a deaf. Even those persons who are deaf & blind uses cued speech; an advanced form of sign language. Those who are deaf & physically handicapped with hands uses sign language with their legs.

Method of oralism, hearing aids & co-chlear implantation is only successful in certain conditions like in the case of early intervention for those who have a partial hearing loss. These are not applicable everywhere & other than that it’s the matter of choice as well that in which language they wish to communicate.

Do you think sign language interpretation can be a career option for students?

Sign language interpreting is growing as a profession in India. As I stated that India has the largest deaf population of 20 millions (approx) in world but the irony is along with that we have only 300 certified interpreters which makes 1 interpreter for every 66,666 deaf persons. So, that definitely makes a huge demand for interpreters. Recently with the autonomy of ISLRTC (Indian Sign Language, Research & Training Center) & passing of RPWD (Rights of Persons with Disability) bill, the situations for this profession has became even better.

Do you think there should be more facilities for ‘children with special requirements’ in our education system?

At the present time oralism is followed in the education system for deaf & mute children. Audiological methods are not applicable and unnatural in reality in many cases; it is being enforced which is against Human Rights and obviously wrong and immoral. Knowledge of sign language is not compulsory for special educators according to their curriculum. Only in few schools its usage is supported. In most schools it is discouraged & students are restricted from using this language in classroom. It is believed that using sign language will lessen the chances of speech development of deaf. Such an education system is based on the incorrect assumption that using speech is superior to using signs. Even it’s medically proven to be a false concept. So, there must be interpreters in schools for deaf or it should be mandatory for special educators to have the full knowledge of sign language so that they can use it fluently to communicate effectively with deaf children. In this way deaf children can have the right accessibility to education.

How the Indian education system can create awareness about sing language?

The role of Indian education system is of utmost importance in creating the awareness about sign language in nation. Sign language should be included as one of the subjects in syllabus of students. Teachers of sign language should be recruited for it. There should be workshops conducted for sign language sensitization. In this way those students after learning this art will act as an agent for spreading its knowledge further on in their families & friends. By adopting this method there won’t be a hindrance in communicating with a deaf & hence it will increase inclusiveness in schools, work area & everywhere. The communication gap will be covered up which will result into a positive development of society.

How are you planning to spread the knowledge and awareness on sign language among students?

 For this cause, an organization “Tree of Interpreters” is founded by me & few other interpreters to spread the knowledge and awareness on sign language. We provide sign language classes online & offline in classrooms. We conduct workshops in schools for sensitizing purpose. We provide mentorship program to the students who are desired to make a career in this field till the completion of course & further on as well or just to learn it to communicate in which guidance, study materials, information of local deaf clubs & all the necessary elements to mingle them with the deaf community & develop themselves in the field of sign language. There is a major role of our strong networking team in this domain. We keep updating the members about important news of deaf community, events /programs & announcements of jobs & other stuff.

What are your future Plans?

After entering in deaf community & getting sensitized to its burning issues, witnessing  the pathetic conditions I have decided to bring fruitful change in the present scenario by working in the form of an organization  “Tree of Interpreters”  which has already been founded for the holistic development of sign language, interpreters &  deaf community in multiple ways. We provide sign language interpreting services for successful communication with deaf. Meetings for Interpreters are conducted to churn on the pressing issues & relieve themselves. Making of interpreter clubs to increase the interconnectivity is in progress where each can share their experiences & expertise. Our aim is to build a healthy & strong Interpreters community.

Sign language is still not an officially recognized language by the government. There are no instructions given through sign language in deaf schools and no deaf college or a university for deaf people. This can be changed by creating a pressure on government on a large scale by general mass which is possible by the awareness of the importance of sign language & deaf culture. So, we are buckling our belt for the same.

I have plans to boost up our activities in Tree of Interpreters organization & extend our services to every hearing & deaf. My dream is to make India a nation where every citizen knows sign language & people are not judged by the basis of their communication but by the content of their heart.

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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 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. K.V.Gautam

author02 Editor 06 Dec 2016 0

K.V.Gautam is a professional cartoonist who honed his craft from a very early age. He is also a motivational speaker and an author based in New Delhi. He has worked as a political cartoonist for leading newspapers like Hindustan Times, Dainik Jagran and Indian Nation.  A self-taught cartoonist, he got his cartoons published in several journals including fortnightly Khojbin and monthly Cartoon Watch, while he was still in school. Let’s dig in more into his life and ideology through our correspondent Anubha Das.

When did you know that you wanted to be a cartoonist?

I was determined to become a cartoonist when I was in my 10th class. I started to draw even before I started to write.

What kind of response did you get?

When I informed my parents about my decision they were confused. They did not know if there was any career option to become a cartoonist and earn money by drawing cartoons. My father wanted me to take up a government job like him. My friends were also not sure and many of them were not aware about career options in the field of cartooning. My parents become supportive only after my cartoons published in leading newspapers.

Who inspired you the most in your school days?

I was inspired by the legendary Indian cartoonist R K Laxman. When I was in 5th class I used to see a newspaper shop on the way to my school. One day I saw a newspaper hung upside down with some fine drawing on the front page. Whenever those drawings appeared I used to buy the newspaper using my pocket money. I did not understand the purpose of the drawings but I used to admire the fine drawings. Sometime later I understood that the drawings were political cartoons drawn by R K Laxman in the Times of India newspaper. This also started my habit of reading newspapers and improving general knowledge and political understanding.


What is your favourite cartoon character?

The Common Man created by R K Laxman


What do you do when you face rejections?

Rejections are part of life. We should not expect to be liked by everyone. Some people like you and some don't. As far as failure is considered, I feel failures teach us more than anything else. We
should take failure in the right perspective. We can improve ourselves and turn a failure into a success. No failure is final and no success is permanent. Improving ourselves every day is important. Failure should be taken as foundation of our success.


What is more important to you---style or idea?


Idea is the soul of any cartoon and is the most important part of it.


Do you advise students to take up this as their career?

These days’ youngsters can have careers in the field of cartooning in many ways. They can opt for the animation industry, or can work in a newspaper or magazine as a cartoonist. These days many websites also use services of cartoonists. It’s important to be good in your art work to start a career. One should know how to draw well and one should also have good knowledge of the world and society. Besides that, one should have a good sense of humour.

One should choose this as a career if they are passionate about it. The career of cartooning can give lots of fame too. For example, I have been invited to speak at high profile events like TED. Someone
made a documentary film on my life as a cartoonist and the film was screened at 16 international film festivals. Recently I was invited to become a participant in the high profile TV show Bigg Boss. Even if I rejected the offer I got huge publicity from mainstream media and TV channels.
 

In your opinion should drawing or arts be made mandatory in school curriculum?

I would not recommend it to be made mandatory as some students may not have any interest in the drawing art. We all are born with different talents, and forcing one form on all of us is not fair.
However, it should be noted that drawing is a very good expression of creativity, and creativity is required in success of any field.

Understudies nowadays are very much involved in art yet guardians support are missing, what do you have to state on this?

I understand that parents are mostly focused on earning capacity of any career option. Few decades back India mostly had government jobs or medicine or engineering as viable career options. However, these days there has been explosion of new career opportunities and youngsters can make good career out of any art form. Many cartoonists have earned good amount of money and fame in their careers. It should be noted that jobs for cartoonists are limited in big cities.

Is there any particular course related to this profession?

We do not have any good course in India on cartooning. I have organized cartoon workshops at IIT Kanpur, Anna University, BITS Pilani, VIT University, Delhi University and IIT Delhi. I see many students keen to learn this art form. I keep getting requests from many people to teach them this art form. However, I feel there is no good institute to teach the art of cartooning in India. Most
cartoonists are self-taught. Even I am a self-taught cartoonist.


Do you think that this career path leads to nowhere after a few years of glory?

No. There are many fine cartoonists who have long careers.


What institutes do you advice?

Students can opt for Sir JJ School of Arts. This will give them a good understanding of art. Thought it is not for only cartoonists.


Do you feel that mentors should be more than trainers in today’s education system?

Yes.

What do you plan for your future?

I want to spread the art of cartooning even more. I also want to conduct more cartoon workshops to ensure more young people get interested in this amazing art form.

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Interview with Dr. Anumita Agarwal

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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 Ms. Devika Das

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Ms. Devika Das an aspiring author who has successfully launched two books. She started writing at the age of 13 and gone against the stereotypes to pursue her passion for writing. FairGaze got an opportunity to interact with her. Read the excerpt below to know more about Devika.

What made you realize that writing is your call?

I am writing since the age of 13. I wrote my first poem titled “Isn’t It True”.  I had an inclination for creative arts from a young age. I started theatre at the age of ten. I was more inclined to creative arts rather than academics. I started my blog in 2008 where I got a good response from the readers. However, professionally I took up writing in 2012.  Now it has been 4 years that I am into this profession. I also thought that I should write on topics which will help people realise and inculcate the spirit of self-confidence. I used to read a lot about how people are making money right now but people are also undergoing lot of pressure and depression nowadays.  People are now suffering more from mental health issues rather than physical health issues. It gave an inspiration to write a self-motivation guide and that is how my second book ‘The Mind Game’ came into being.

What was your first write up?

My first write up was a poem titled ‘Isn’t it true’.

What kind of support you got from your family?

My family has always supported me. I have always gone against the stereotypes and never suppressed my aspirations due to peer pressure. I have always battled peer pressure, which was the hardest form of depression I faced. I was also on the verge of getting into depression but luckily due to my parents’ support I managed to battle it and came out of it.

Where did you get your inspiration for writing?

I was an avid reader of philosophy and moral science. When I wrote my first poem it was based on how students are constantly pressurised to score good marks.  My first poem was titled ‘Isn’t it true’. There is no particular inspiration and role model whom I look up to and write. I think it comes from within.

 Since you have studied marketing and finance, what made you switch the role?

I always wanted to get into the part of non-sales profile of marketing such as advertising and offline marketing. I got an opportunity in content marketing and it gave me a good platform to test my writing potential as well as it helps a company to increase its revenue without much investment. It is not like I am directly going and talking to the client but it is my content that sells with which obviously my company will be benefited. So I am doing justice to my passion of writing as well as my degree of MBA.

So, you feel that you faced difficulty in your role as an author?

Every writer faces difficulties. I have also faced challenges. I did not seek any monetary expectations while writing my novel ‘The Mind Game’ but just wanted readers to accept my writing style, I think that is the first obstacle for an author if you think that your book will record a high sale or it will attract huge number of followers. You should write with authenticity and credibility then you should leave it onto the public. Even, when I wrote my first book ‘Seven Vows of Marriage’ I did not have any monetary expectations; I just wanted to express my views about my perspectives about marriage.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

I analysed that people such as my friends and family members used to talk to me about their problems and seek my advice. And I also started answering questions on Quora where I found so many people not having a friend to talk to. That is how I started writing. Apart from this I love travelling. I think travelling gives me an inspiration to record my journey. If you ask me about my novel ‘The Mind Game’, I used to read a lot in the newspaper about how people chose to end their lives for several reasons. Often, people have committed suicide under peer pressure. I think there is a need to stop this thing and help people understand that life is precious and given only once; they should realise the value of life and enjoy it to the fullest. So that is how I came into writing this book

What is your first book all about?

My first book ‘The Seven Vows of Marriage’ is my personal take on how the meaning of the term ‘marriage’ and the overall institution has changed. Presently, people are hesitant to get married at a younger age and people sometimes get confused while getting into relationships; hence, they prefer to be single rather than get married. So it is a personal take on how marriage is a beautiful association, how it was perceived by our parents and grandparents, and how the youth looks into it.

Do you recommend Writing as a career to students?

Writing is a good career because it helps the person to explore your individuality. Sometimes, it is difficult to express your opinion to the public. People sometimes feel that they are not able to emote or express their feelings verbally, meanwhile writing helps you to express your true feelings. When that piece of creativity goes out in the public obviously it attracts readers. I believe that now people are taking content marketing very seriously as they are even managing blogs and making money. I think writing is beautiful.

In your opinion, should children have writing as a practice in their curriculum?

Definitely, in order to write well reading is important. Reading expands your vista of knowledge. In general, reading helps you know much more about life. If you learn about moral science at school and if you read more books on similar topics you will get more information, and know about morality, human values etc.  Children especially should start reading at an early age if they wish to write.

How important are mentors for students?

I think, at any walk of life, a mentor helps you nurture your talent because sometimes people are unaware about their hidden talents and qualities.  A mentor helps an individual identify their hidden abilities and his/her true potential. So good mentors are very important right from the school level, to college level as well as in our professional lives; even working professionals should have a mentor in their company.

How do you differentiate mentors from trainers?

A trainer follows a specific curriculum that he or she needs to impart to the student. However, a mentor is someone who knows the ‘in and out’ of an individual. He will also know the weaknesses and strength and help the individual overcome those weaknesses.

What are your future plans?

In future I would like to become a full time author and if I continue within the corporate world, then I see myself as a content strategist of an organization. .

 

 

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Interview with Mr. Aman Khanna

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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. Kumar Krishen

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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 Nakul Sahdev

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Once Subhash Ghai Sir told me that “when you learn something you have to let go of it because you are a vessel and if you are filled with something then how will you learn new thing in life.” , and that’s what I have been following all my journey. Nakul Sahdev, an actor from Udaipur started his formal training in acting and film making right after he finished schooling from St. Paul’s Udaipur. To know more about his journey read the excerpt here by Anubha Das

Tell us about your journey so far? From being a regular boy in Udaipur to a growing star of TV industry?

I feel I’m growing and improving each & every day. I'm still a regular boy but with extra ordinary dreams, so yes I don't think I can find a perfect word for myself. However, I think I'm on a road to conquer without a destination but with well thought out vision.

You were a student of Whistling Wood International. So, how did WWI help you crave your niche as an on-screen character?

Yes. A lot! And I thank WWI for opening the doors of my life and my mind.
It ignited a spark and made me a curious child.

What role did formal schooling play in moulding you as an actor?

Apart from all the technicalities you learn about Acting and film making, my film schooling gave me eminent sense of being and self belief.
Now when I say eminent I’m not trying to explain my arrogance but a fact which I learnt that you and your work should speak superior quality.

What do you feel is the best educational preparation if you aspire to be an actor?


I think more than educational preparation. You have to first work on your belief system, and then start your educational learning. What I believe is watching movies and learning from books will help you in a long run.

Who is your inspiration?

My inspiration has always been my passion towards the work I do. I also get inspired by the books I read and my heart.

What was the feeling all together when you were facing the camera for the first time?

The exact same feeling that a baby feels while listening to their heart beat surprisingly. It was a trilling moment for me but madness for people around.

Acting is a short lived career, what after 5 years or 10 years?

I love acting and I have a great deal of respect for the film and television industry. Even though it is said to be short lived career, an actor with passion can always be there in the eyes of the public. We have a lot of great examples from our TV and film industry like Ali Asgar, Kavita Kaushik and many more.

What struggles did you face?

This career may sound easy, but no! It isn’t that much. The struggles that I faced were to go through so many unnoticeable roles to bag a well recognized lead role. I have a very supportive family but sometimes you just lose patience.

Any acting tips you want to share with our readers?

Be honest towards yourself and your desires. Work hard, dream harder. See skill is not improved in hobby classes; we have to be at it every day. Now it can be worked upon through self learning or through a formal course, that's subjective.

Who would you give credit for your success?

My family holds all the credit for my success. I honestly believe that you can't take or give credit to yourself or few out there.
I have a habit that after I rap up every project I thank to each and every individual who was involved in project and it's not a kind gesture; I owe it to them for helping me perform at my best.

How was working with notable personalities of Indian Film Industry like Naseeruddin Shah, Subhash Ghai while studying at WWI?

It's an institution where we exchange learning and share our hearts out.
It was an unforgettable experience.

What would you like to say to the newcomers who are trying to get a break in TV & Film industry?

Believe and work hard, then it will be given to you.

Do you advice students to take this career?

Career is a very personal choice that a student has to make. I’ll most certainly advice the students to follow their passion. If their passion lies in acting then they should always choose a career path accordingly.

What institutes would you suggest that have good acting courses?

WWI, NSD, Lee Strasberg theatre and film institute, NYU are few of the institutes with good acting course

 

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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 Mr. Siddarth Choudhary - Founder of JunioRun India's Largest Multicity Kids Only Running Event

author02 Editor 21 Sep 2016 0
         Mr. Siddarth Choudhary an Ultra Endurance Athlete is the Founder of JunioRun India's largest multicity running event for kids. FairGaze got an opportunity to interact with Mr. Siddarth Choudhary. Below is the excerpt of the interview.



           When did you realized that running is your call?

I realized that I want to get fit and getting fit was my call. Running was the way I could get fit at the age of 36. I realized that at that time running was picking up, so I started running and in the process it became my passion. I wanted to get fit and options were by running, by yoga, by exercise etc. I started running because I am more inclined towards outdoor activities than indoor activities.

        How did you decided to establish Gurgaon Road Runners?

 After few marathons I saw many changes in myself. I was sleeping good, eating well, I became a happy person. I wanted to share this achievement with other people. I wanted to tell them that after exercising your life will change, you will be happier. The best way to make them do all this was to make them experience it. That’s how we made GRR, as we were road runners and we were in Gurgaon. That was how GRR was made. We wanted to share the experience of fitness with everybody under one umbrella.

      What were the challenges that you faced?

Challenges are still on but the biggest challenge was that people were not accepting what I was doing. People were not very receptive. Another challenge was how to increase the people’s involvement. How to motivate people for running.

      How do you advocate changes in lifestyle?

We do boot camps like today in Lodhi road. We advocate through boot camps, social media. Our aim is that people should take back memories of fitness and not just a t-shirt and a medal. If out of 10,000 people, even 100 realize that they have to be fit my job is done.

      What is your mantra to motivate kids towards fitness?

It’s easy to motivate the kids. It’s difficult to motivate the parents. Kids will follow what parents do. My mantra is “parents need to change not the child”. Parents need more grooming, more motivation. Children follow whatever direction elders show them. Parents have to change not the child.

      In your opinion what is more important, training or mentoring?

Mentoring  100%. Training is part of mentoring. This country needs motivators and mentors and not trainers. Basically, we need a leader. And to be a good leader people should have confidence in what you are doing only then they will follow you. People tend to get de-motivated very fast, so a good leader has to keep them motivated.

      Do you believe mentoring is the foremost thing for children that need to be addressed?

Foremost thing that needs to be addressed is their inactivity. They have to become more active. They have to focus equally on sports and on their studies. In some form, they should play every day even during their exams. They should have sports activities regularly.

     Children need to have a holistic development - Do you think mentors play the key role?

 Yes, Mentors are the key. Parents and children need a lot of talk on how to stay fit. They need to be made aware about health before they go to a gym or start running.

      How can we increase the number of mentors in our society?

 There are mentors doing something or the other. If we have a person who is good speaker but he is not an athlete, we have an athlete who is not a good speaker. So if a combination is not available, we have to make that combination. We can’t get everything in one person. We have to be more clear in our search, are we looking for a coach or a mentor.

      How did you come across the idea of JunioRun?

I used to see lot of adults with lot of health problems. They have health problems because when they were young they didn’t take care of themselves. So I thought, we have to correct the root of problem. The root of problem is the fitness in children and correct them in young age. If we have a fit kid we will have a healthy adult and that is our tag line. I thought we have to do something for the children not the adults. That’s how JunioRun came into existence.

      What is your approach to involve more and more children for JunioRun?

 Apart from boot camps, we tie up with schools; we contact the schools and their sports facility and tell them about JunioRun.

      In your opinion how can kids adapt to a healthy lifestyle?

By their consistency. There is a famous saying “be the change you want to see”. So if parents want their kids to change, they have to change first.

      What is your strategy to spread the idea of fitness among people of different ages?

You have to become one of them. With children we have to talk with a different mindset, with elders with a different mindset. Different age groups need different ways to talk. You have to become part of their group. You have to understand their minds; you have to understand how to speak to them. Everybody can change provided you have different strategies with different people. You should know how to motivate others.

      Were there any difficulties you faced for JunioRun?

Juniorun is a 1 and half year old brand so difficulties will keep happening. But the main problem is how to get people enrolled for running. Because people don’t focus on fitness. So that’s the time we have to motivate them, mentor them about fitness, make them more aware about health.

      What are your future plans?

I want to do corporate awareness on fitness. And also want to go global. I have already travelled pan India and now I want to go global. Like JunioRun, I want to do pan India. I want to travel all over the world to mentor people.

 

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You may Delay, Time will not

author02 19 Sep 2016 0

 

We can, and often do, delay in our lives. As the quote says, time doesn’t delay. This quote reminds us that time is ticking. What we fail to do now, will not be done. The time we waste is gone forever. The time we let slip through our hands will never be recovered.

We have heard of the famous saying, “Time and tide wait for no man”. So, it is important to make the most of our time instead of misusing it. Time is just like a river; it keeps flowing forward and never turns back. We may delay our work and wait for the last minute to complete our tasks, but time will continue to move forward. 

 

Students neglect their studies during their school term and wait till the last minute to prepare for examinations. They spend so much time playing games & chatting with friends that they sooner or later lose track of time and start panicking at the last. These are the students who do not perform to their optimum level in the examinations. Toppers, on the other hand, are consistent in their studies and strike the right balance between education and play. They never panic at the last moment because they are already well-prepared for their examinations. So, one should never leave anything for the last minute.

Time is precious, do not waste it. Let us have respect for time and time will show the same respect to us. 

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Changing Education System In India

author02 14 Sep 2016 0

Last few years has brought many changes in the education system. There was a time when studies were restricted to books only.  Students used to pursue studies just to get a Degree and/or a job.

 

Fortunately, today education defines a broader meaning. Learning has become fun for students because of the abundance of innovative ideas.

 

Among them is an organization known as Team Indus, a Bengaluru based startup, the only Indian team to win the Google Lunar X prize.

 

Team Indus is a group of people from diverse fields such as engineers, air force pilots, bankers and aerospace engineers. A dozen retired Indian Institute of Science’s professors have also secured their role as a mentor in Team Indus.

 

This organization is breaking the stereotype by proposing unique idea to connect with students and IIT graduates in their ‘mission - let’s land on Moon’.

 

In this electronic era, your passion and knowledge is limited by a platform to showcase your talent. And that’s what the team Indus is addressing today. In their mission, they are inviting students with their innovative ideas to create a model which will be able to land on the Moon by 2017; the registration closes on 15th September, 2016.

 

Such path breaking developments in the field of education drives significant changes in the society. Students has to be ever vigilant to the options and choices available and must make best use of such unique and productive platform available for the students.

 

Furthermore, it is very important for students to focus on the learning rather than following the age old career options.  Students need to inculcate the desire to experiment with ideas in their learning process by involving in different activities, which will make them a better learner and maybe, an innovator in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Art of Failure

author02 Anubha Das 12 Sep 2016 0

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”-Samuel Beckett

When you figured out how to ride your bicycle for the very first time you fell over. Maybe you scratched your knee, cried a bit too. And after that you got up again & started pedalling. Soon you were riding the bicycle like you had done it all your life. That’s how life is; you can’t be discouraged by the first failure that lands up on you.

Failure is an ordeal and a lesson which drives a person to his/her success until he/she will not give up. Disappointment is life’s most noteworthy teacher which shows you how to achieve success. Failures are often quoted as pillars of success. There are many proverbs, stories about failures used to inspire those who have failed in one way or another. 

Though, we are saying that a winner should be a failure first, as it wastes lots of time. But failure makes an individual more experienced. It is a chance which wastes time yet serves an excellent lesson for the rest of your life. A failed experience conveys a lesson which teaches you to stand up to each problem. You will gain more from your failures than from your triumphs.

Don’t run away from failure, instead embrace it.

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Done with School, Now What?

author02 Anubha Das 08 Sep 2016 0

You may have sleepless nights about your future. You’re not the only one, many students who pass out are not certain about where to begin in terms of higher education.

Due to the educational framework in India, the choices after 12th grade become a foundation stone for your career. At this point, students have picked their stream as either science, Commerce or Humanities. Good choices after 12th can make your career and speed up your progress.

There are basically three options in front of an individual:

  • Remain in the chosen stream & choose a higher education
  • Change the stream and choose a higher education
  • Start planning in case they do not get the course/college of their choice

 

The first step in making a decision is to set a long term goal. Once an individual have a long term goal, they can divide it into achievable short term goals. Students should spend enough time contemplating about this and take help from parents, teacher & mentors. They should think of reasons that will keep them motivated throughout the course. Once they have an idea of what they want to do, it’s important to choose an institution that will give them the best educational opportunity.

Once you are done with school you go on to a new phase and learn many more new things.

 

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