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Breast Cancer Hub Foundation

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Interview with Ms. Srishti Rawat

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Interview With Ms. Ninja Singh

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Interview With Mr. Mukund BS and Mr. Raghav Boggaram

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Interview with Mr. Vamsi Krishna

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Interview with Ms. Saumya Gupta

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Interview with Mr. Ashok Pandey

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Interview with Mr. Avinash Tripathi

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Interview With Mr. Ujjwal K. Chowdhury

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Interview with Mr. Amitabh Madia

Milestones of career road
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Interview with Mr. Tapas Relia

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Interview with Mr. Yashpal Singh Kalsi

Self Defence
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Interview with Sashakt Girls

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Interview with Ms. Alka Kaushik

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Interview with Ms. Adite Banerjie

Milestones of career road
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Interview with Ms. Gargi Malik

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Interview with Mr. Faisal Haq

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Interview with Mr. P. Bhattacharjee

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Interview with Mr. Siddharth Behl

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Interview with Ms. Shalini Singhal

Holistic development
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Interview with Srimonto Mazumdar

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Interview with Mr. Varun Inamdar

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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
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Breast Cancer Hub Foundation

author02 Editor 30 Apr 2018 0

Lopamudra Das Roy, Ph.D. is the founder of Breast Cancer Hub with 15+ years of experience in research and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students (Ph.D. candidates) in the field of Genetics and Breast & Pancreatic Cancer Research. Dr. Das Roy received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology (Genetics) from Assam University, India. Her professional career started as a lecturer of Genetics followed by her Post-doctoral fellowship from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Scottsdale, USA in Cancer Immunology focusing on Breast and Pancreatic Cancer. She moved to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA (UNCC) and served as a Research Assistant Professor at UNCC. She worked as a Research Director at OncoTAb, Inc, a UNCC spin off (Cancer diagnostics and therapeutics) and as an Adjunct Associate Professor at UNCC. She is a true inspiration for the next-generation who wants to achieve easy success. Read through the excerpt below through our journalist Tulika Dey to know more about her.

What led you to choose breast cancer for your research?

Over the years, I have realized how breast cancer has been afflicting and engulfing our society. 1 in 8 women develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Breast cancer remains the most common cause of cancer-related deaths for women in the world. Metastatic Breast Cancer, especially bone disseminated Breast Cancer remains incurable. Therefore, I have always desired to work in the field of Metastatic Breast Cancer therapeutics and treatment.

What is your vision and mission?

My dream of building Breast Cancer Hub, a non-profit foundation stems from my discussions with Breast Cancer patients/advocates sharing their stories of pain and agony, when mammograms failed their diagnosis even in the most developed countries in the world such as  the USA. In addition, during my travel to India and interaction with women, I observed that the level of ignorance about taking care of breast health via basic routine self-breast examination, clinical examination, mammogram or ultrasound was even more. Women would go to the oncologists when they had serious breast issues and by the time it is diagnosed, tumors would have grown huge and spread to other organs which by then becomes an incurable situation. This is consistent across every class of people in the society regardless of their level of education and socio-economic status. I still experience that women are ashamed to even mention the word “breast” and discuss their concerns with their family, friends and clinicians.

Breast cancer rate in men is also increasing and most men with breast cancer seems to have been experiencing shock and subsequently embarrassment, battling the “stigma” of having a predominately women's disease.

What are the challenges that you have faced in your career and how did you overcome them?

Time management has always been a challenge and will probably continue to be a test. Balancing research, grant writing, publications, proposals, reviews and meeting project deadlines and expectations is extremely time consuming. On the top of that, balancing professional life with personal life is extremely challenging, yet it works out when we have support from our family members including my little ones. I try to give all my time to my kids when they are around and get back to work after they sleep.

Funding and availability of grants is another big challenge. Only 2-3% of proposals get funded and once funded, the results might not be favorable as expected which requires a lot of patience for trouble shooting and coming up with alternatives or different innovative strategies to meet the project goals.

What was your ambition in childhood? How did you come to this field?

While growing up in Assam, Northeast India, I have seen my grandfather and father dedicated towards their profession as medical doctors and relentlessly and tirelessly working towards saving lives of people of the community. I could see the happiness on their faces and the immense satisfaction once the patients are cured. I pursued my Ph.D. in Molecular Biology (Genetics) and Post-doctoral fellowship in Breast & Pancreatic Cancer Research from Mayo Clinical College of Medicine, USA and worked for 15+ years in Research and Academics. I would like to leverage my interest and experience specifically in Breast Cancer to help save lives via awareness and research.

What message would you like to give to our young aspirants in a similar field?

Hard work, patience and sincerity is the key to success. Ethics and integrity in the field of research and science is very essential, because in life more than being ambitious, it is important to earn respect by being honest and transparent with our data, publications and work. Most importantly, PASSION! We need to be passionate about our work and love what we are doing to achieve long-term success!


Interview with Ms. Srishti Rawat

author02 Assistant Editor 06 Apr 2018 0

Ms. Srishti Rawat is a Basketball player who derived this sport at a very young age and is exhibiting her skills in many State and National Tournaments. This 19 years old athlete is a resident of Dehradun and also the former captain of Uttarakhand's Girls’ Basketball team. She has many trophies under her name as a phenomenal player both in States and Nationals. Srishti is currently studying in Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) and is looking forward to represent Delhi in National Tournaments and wants to make her passion for Basketball, a full-time career plan. Read the excerpt below to know more about Ms. Srishti Rawat through our correspondent Ms. Swati Kaushal.

When did you realize you wanted to be a Basketball player?

I was an athlete when I was a kid but never thought about basketball. As I was raised up in a joint family with 4 brothers, I was more into cricket and football. I started playing basketball in class 7th when I joined school summer camp for fun. That’s when my coach discovered my talent and asked me to come for regular team practice. I got a chance to play sub junior states right after I started playing basketball and then I realized that I am actually good at it.


What are the basic qualities of a good sportsperson?

I think commitment towards the game is one of the most important quality of a sports person. There should be a ‘hunger to win’ in a player and he should be working hard, pushing his limits on the court. Practicing with the team is very important in basketball as you need to coordinate with others to make every basket count. Positive behavior, discipline, honesty are another things that we expect from a good player.


What role do your parents play in your journey as a Basketball player?

My mother has always been supportive when it comes to basketball. She wanted me to play but not compromise with my studies. After I took up basketball, my grades started falling and my father couldn’t digest it. It becomes hectic to manage studies as well as basketball as early morning practices were tiring and then a long day at school made it even more exhausting then I used to play with boys after school and then crash in bed as soon as I got home so I had less time for self-study and no time for tuitions. They told me to give up basketball in 10th standard because of boards as I was missing my tuitions for it. During the time of my prelims, I was selected for senior state team. I invited my dad for the match. It was the first time he was watching me play and after that he never ever told me to give up basketball, not even in class 12. I always wanted to study in SRCC, my dad was pretty confident that his daughter will get into India’s best college through sports quota and I got what I wanted through basketball.


What is the importance of extra-curricular activities in a student’s life?

It gives the student an opportunity to develop particular skills and exhibit their non-academic abilities. They actually compliment the curricular activities and groom the students in the “Art of living and working together.” They are the true and practical experiences gained by students by their own learnings. Because all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Educational institutions aren't meant for academics only. They are meant for a balanced education and student-life.


What are your future plans?

I’ve played four nationals representing Uttarakhand and for now, my future plan is to represent Delhi in upcoming senior nationals and qualify for India camp this year or the next year. I might get a chance to represent my nation someday.


If you get a chance to meet any Basketball player, who would it be?

If I get a chance to meet a basketball player, I would like to meet Kyrie Irving. He is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. He is the best point guard I’ve seen so far with high accuracy to shoot three pointers. Even I play a point guard’s position so I really adore his moves and ball handling skills. He literally has the idea of all ten players on the court and feeds his team mates in the best possible way.



Interview With Ms. Ninja Singh

author02 Assistant Editor 12 Dec 2017 0

Ninja Singh is the Winner of Ford Supermodel of the World India 2011 just at an age of 18 years. She walked ramp for Lakme Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week.  She has posed with actor Siddhartha Malhotra for Maxim Magazine. She also posed for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle’s Cover page, etc. She is a columnist of a magazine and the founder of Ninjas Modeling agency based in India. Internationally acclaimed model Ninja Singh made her debut at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort in 2014. The Delhi-born catwalk queen also debuted at Paris Fashion Week in 2014.The 5 feet 11 inch stunner has modeled for Balenciaga's fall 2013 look book and earlier walked for New York Fashion Week. She has worked with Marilyn Model Management in New York and has worked with several brands like Topshop, Sephora, Monte Carlo and others. Currently, she has opened her own modeling agency “Ninjas Model Management” in Delhi, India wherein she is working on young talents to groom them and make them international fashion icons. Read the excerpt below to know more about Ms. Ninja Singh through our correspondent Ms. Bhavna Sharma.


When did you realize you wanted to be a model?

I never wanted to be a model, but I realized I wanted to get to a platform to be heard because I think my purpose in life is to share my stories and help others fight. This was my intention of becoming a model.


You are currently one of the top supermodels of New York. Do you believe in luck or hard work to be successful?

Hard work is the only way to go, talent for most is the driving force but I don’t believe so. Talent always takes a backseat if persistence and dedication isn’t there. At the end a person of grit can only succeed


As a model, what were the challenges you faced in this industry?

I fortunately haven’t faced anything in the industry, I believe people who do put themselves in situations like that. I stand for fighters, for education. Education is inversely proportional to a fashion mindset. If I were to complain what I faced the worse would be uneducated and ignorant people. I have no respect for them.


What is your success mantra for students in the world of cut throat competition?

The mantra is to find your purpose in life; we are all here to serve. Once you are clear about that, have tunnel view and get to your goals. Be persistent, never give up, don’t be scared to loose, losing is a gift in disguise; it unravels the mystery to success.


On a personal note, you lay emphasis on beauty or intelligence? Please elaborate.

What is beauty? For me I hold a different perception. I like to see souls rather than faces. So physical beauty for me is a generation of a humans' mindset. Also intelligence is an IQ today...Both of which don’t matter   if people don’t have the right outlook.. So I think I like people with purpose and they are to me ..Very beautiful and intelligent.


You came out as a winner from background of middle class family. Were your parents resistant to such a profession? What do you have to say to parents whose children aspire to be a model?

I was the head girl of my school all my life just because I had certain disciplinary ideologies to share with my school mates that were identified by my teachers. When I started, my parents knew that this is a beginning to something revolutionary; I have come to this industry because I still am the same head girl in the name of a so called supermodel and I will change this place with discipline. So answering your question, they were never resistant.


Would like to give some motivation tip for the students?

Motivate yourself, set goals. This world is not for losers, it’s for fighters and survivors. I live a life with discipline. I abide by Darwin's theory which says survival of the fittest. Don’t blame people for your loses, take control of your life. Punish yourself if results are not delivered, be your own mentor. Seek inspiration from the fire that ignites you to wake up every day.


Is modeling a good career option for students?

I am the wrong person to ask because I don’t consider myself as a model and neither walking for certain designers makes me happy, as I told you I used this as a platform to spread awareness. This is a route in my tunnel to get to the level I want to, my dream is to become Prime Minister of India and I will get there.


What are your style secrets and beauty tips for children aspiring to be fashion figure like you?

Fashion to me is being comfortable in your own skin, you could wear sneakers on a Cavalli gown and that could be a trendsetter, the trick is to be confident and embracing your weirdness.


What are you future plans?

I want to be the Prime Minister of India; I want to change the route of success. No individual must go to a different country to be a star in India. I didn’t have to go to America to be a supermodel; I want to replace the truth of living an American dream to living an Indian dream. Our country is "SwarnaBhoomi" the land of gold. I want to create opportunities for people in India so that no one feels unheard in this massive population. Every voice must be heard. That’s my purpose in life and I will make it happen.







Interview With Mr. Mukund BS and Mr. Raghav Boggaram

author02 Editor 25 Oct 2017 0
ReNew IT was founded in 2009 by Mukund BS and Raghav Boggaram. The primary goal of the company is to increase the number of high-quality, low-cost PCs and related parts and accessories available to Students, NGOs, Small Businesses and other users.
ReNew IT mainly source computers from large MNCs - refurbish and remarket them. This helps bridge the large digital divide that exists in a country of over a billion people. FairGaze gor an opportunity to interact with them through our correspondent Ms. Priyanka Negi. Read the excerpt to know more about ReNew IT.

What ignited the spark in both of you to start the ReNewIT- 'Make Computers Affordable to everyone'?

Two events in 2008, catapulted us on this wonderful and extremely enriching journey of bridging the digital divide in India. In 2008 I was heading a pharmaceutical manufacturing unit and had to upgrade our computers to run the latest software applications. My old computers were still functional but they had to be discarded and the watchman wanted it for his high-school kid. That was when the seed was sown. Around the same time, at one of the Indian weddings, my co-founder Mukund met a friend of an uncle who was visiting India from the US. He runs an organization where they buy back old IT equipment from large organizations, test them and harvest the working spare parts which are sold to companies for their maintenance requirements. We realized that there is a huge demand for affordable computers and there is a huge supply of old computers which instead of being disposed, if they are refurbished and made available to millions of Indians, we could transform lives.

As you have received the FKCCI Innovation Excellence Awards for MSMEs in 2014, how did you feel?

We were very happy that we got recognized for the work we are doing. Since inception, we have refurbished more than 20,000 computers impacting over 100,000 Indians. Our team has been taking scrap computers from large organizations and converting them to millions of smiles.

Do you agree that Business enterprises need to be innovative for survival and better performance?

Innovation and evolution is key for success of any company. ReNew IT like any living organism has continuously been evolving since inception. Every day, we learn something new and we are always looking out to improve on our systems and processes and trying to add more value to our customers. That said, all changes have occurred keeping in mind our Mission which is “To Make Computers Affordable to everyone”. That is the driving force behind any of the transformations till date.

Is there some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur?

Forging relationship with customer, especially the initial customers is very important and key to future growth of the business. Getting the first customer is really hard because people always ask for references – especially when they are dealing with young entrepreneurs. It is a chicken and an egg story – to do business we must have already done business before. Luckily, Mukund being from IIM Calcutta – the alumni network helped to get us a foot through the door.

What are the most and least rewarding aspects in the work of an entrepreneur?

If I had to summarize our journey at ReNew IT in one sentence – “Have Passion, Take Action and Magic will happen…” I really love doing what I am doing. It is really hard to pick one favourite aspect. But one thing that does stand out over and above everything else is seeing the smiles on the kids who have just used or bought their first computer. The satisfaction we get from that is immeasurable.
The challenge though is the initial struggling phase of the business and financial crunch that entrepreneurs face.

What do you think about the Young Inventors of India who are making India proud?

There are a lot of young inventors in India doing great things in different fields. Few of these inventions can change people’s lives forever. It will be one of the drivers of India’s transformation from a developing economy to a developed nation. This could help in creating a new generation of icons like Narayana Murthy or Azim Premji, and maybe we could soon see an Indian Google or a Facebook.

According to you what is more important to achieve success, hard work or smart work?

I believe there should always be a blend of both hard work and smart work. The main thing for any entrepreneur is perseverance. The only way you can play this game is to love it and live it. The aim should be more than to make money, money is always the by-product of doing the right things.

Have you faced some failures in your journey, and what have you learned from them?

While working for an MNC, you are generally not exposed to the brutal truths about the problems that a common man faces or more specifically the general problems that entrepreneurs in India face. Getting the required approvals was a big challenge and an eye opener. It took us almost a year to get all the required statutory approvals before we could start our operations. We needed to register our place of business and all the approvals would be granted for that place of business. So we were actually paying rent for one year without even starting our business. We were using our savings to start the project. Those were really challenging times.

Once we started our operations, there were all the comparisons with us being similar to kabadiwalas. It took some time for people to understand what we were trying to accomplish. They were wondering why well educated MBAs were getting into the scrap business. It takes time for people’s mindsets to change – but we were really blessed that our family supported us 100% in our endeavors.

Would you like to share the mantra of a balanced life?

Building a team is the best way to have a balanced life in an entrepreneurial life. Apart from the founders, our operations manager Mr Neelakantaiah has been with us from day one. He runs a tight ship and ensures that there is no compromise on the quality of the refurbishing at our facility. He didn’t know anything about computers at the outset. His dedication and enthusiasm for learning have made him our MVP. He can now put some engineers to shame with his computer knowledge. He manages a team of 7 technicians. We put our recruit’s up to jobs where they are stretched. Even if they don’t accomplish it, we encourage them and support them to ensure that they accomplish it eventually. This creates a healthy atmosphere where there is a strong mutual trust. Healthy relationships with all the stakeholders increase the odds of success.

What three pieces of advice would you like to give to school students who aspire to be future entrepreneurs?

The start-up journey is not all rosy as it seems. People can only see the roses and not the thorns. It is never a sprint and is always a marathon. It is really important to have patience and perseverance and above all passion. If the passion is not there, there is a higher chance of walking away when things become a little hard.

But if one has the passion, continuously takes action… magic will happen.


Interview with Mr. Vamsi Krishna

author02 Editor 07 Oct 2017 0

Vamsi Krishna completed his B.Tech from IIT Bombay in the year 2005. He then co- founded Lakshya. After being associated with Lakshya for more than eight years, Vamsi teamed up with Saurabh Saxena and Pulkit Jain (both Chemical Engineers from IIT Roorkee) to start their company Vedantu in the year 2006.

Vamsi is known for team's source of inspiration, importance of funds for any startup, the EdTech domain, various challenges the team had to face and work ­life balance. Vamsi’s sole mission is to create a world of learning which is ‘Personalized & Democratized’.

At Lakshya, in their role as teachers, Vamsi taught and interacted with more than 10,000 students. Lakshya was acquired by a listed company, MTEducare in 2012. Vedantu is a live online tutoring platform which uses technology to bring together teachers and students to enable live learning between them. Vedantu currently provides live online tutoring sessions for students from grade 6 to 12. Offerings range from Monthly Tuitions, IIT Foundation to preparation for exams like NTSE, PSA, KVPY, IMO & JEE Mains. FairGaze got an opportunity to interact with Mr. Krishna. Read the excerpt below to know more about Mr. Krishna through our correspondent Ms. Priyanka Negi.

Would you like to brief us about how Vedantu helps students?

Vedantu is a Live Online tutoring platform which aims to personalize and democratize learning. Our primary focus is from grades 6th to 12th in CBSE & ICSE curriculums. On Vedantu, a student can select from a huge pool of quality teachers, who provide LIVE teaching to students in an interactive manner using Vedantu’s proprietary Whiteboard, Audio and Video (WAVE) technology. The WAVE technology makes online learning fun and hassle free and enables teaching sessions even at a low bandwidth. Our sole mission is to create a world of learning which ‘Personalized & Democratized’. Personalized in terms of better experience than groups and classes, and democratized in choice-in terms of teacher, time, schedule and most importantly level of education.

What became your ultimate inspiration to work and contribute for education sector?

Education was not able to attract the best of the society into teaching. So we made it one of our missions to ‘Glorify the profession of Teaching’, so that the best comes back into this profession. Also, there was a marked difference in the quality of teachers and when we analyzed we could classify it in 2 types – those who were teachers by choice and those who were not. So we made this as our motto to induct and create a pool of high quality teachers/mentors who really loved what they were doing, who were 'Teachers by Choice'.
Hence, the four of us – Vamsi Krishna, Saurabh Saxena, Pulkit Jain and Anand Prakash – took the plunge and started our first venture in education, Lakshya, right after our IIT’s (we worked for 6 months and then quit) in 2006. We used to teach students and started from a small place called Barnala in rural Punjab. Since then we have been into the education sector trying to create a positive impact. All of us share a deep passion for imparting quality education to students; together we have taught and mentored more than 10,000 students and trained more than 200 teachers in our previous education venture. Today, Vedantu has grown tremendously with more than 350 teachers and 11,000 students on its platform.

You have worked both as an employee (L&T) and an employer (Vedantu and Lakshya). Which one of the two gave you more satisfaction in terms of work and why?

To me, educating students and making a positive impact in their lives gives me the utmost satisfaction than being an employee or an employer.
The fact that you have done and said something which is going to transform the life of a child forever gives you the most peaceful sleep at night. I believe it’s not just about the subject matter which a teacher teaches but the values he instils in a child during the process of teaching that makes him a great teacher and the profession so gratifying. We all remember our favorite teacher not just because of the subject but for the fact that there was something inspiring which about him/her.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience as a teacher. Although I was very young when I started teaching (was 23 when I started) but it taught me so many things and filled my life with so much of positivity. I am really proud of all my students and am confident that no matter what they do, they will be happy and hence successful in their lives.

According to you, how Vedantu is different from any other Edtech?

Vedantu`s key differentiator is our marketplace of teachers model. While accessing Vedantu, a student/parent can browse through a list of teachers based on ratings/reviews, communicate with them (chat/talk) and accordingly choose a teacher and learn LIVE online from him. No other platform in Indian gives this end to end integrated experience.
Our aim is to address the basic problem of generalization and one-size-fits-all prevalent in the education sector today. We believe it is not effective and should change. Vedantu is conceptualized to bring Personalization back into education. We imagine a world where a student is at the centre of learning again, where a teacher will teach according to a student’s need, pace and level and where learning graduates from 1-to-Few to 1-to-1.
Some of our other key differentiators are –

• Flexibility: Online platform provides flexibility of time, location, duration and pace of study
• Safety and Security
• Saves Time
• Cutting edge technology: Vedantu is a technology company at the core. The revolutionary WAVE technology makes learning in even very low or fluctuating bandwidth possible
• Academic system and processes: The Academic research and Innovation Team, love to be called A.I.R. spend hours and hours creating and curating most relevant content for the learners. Teachers on Vedantu provide regular tests and assignments to the students and keep parents in loop on the progress of the child

How difficult was it for you to work on another idea while balancing social life?

I am fortunate enough to have my three best friends as co-founders in both my startups. So in a way our business life and social life is intertwined. We four enjoy a very healthy balance among ourselves as we work. Also since we four friends have been together for more than 15 years now, we share a great chemistry which never makes you feel alone in the journey on Entrepreneurship. Apart from close friends and family, I don't have a very active social life, I have a close set of friends and I like to spend time with them.

Apart from spending time with my family and friends, I do like to spend some personal time either reading/doing some online course. I like photography and in sports you can find me playing Poker and badminton, so whatever time I can get you will find me indulged in some of the above.

Was it challenging to gather the initial funds to setup Lakshya and then Vedantu?

Raising Funding for Lakshya was pretty challenging. We were hardly 22 years old when we started Lakshya and we decided not to take any money from our family. Cumulatively we just had less than 1 Lakh of savings between us. We were turned down by every bank we visited.

Our second round of money and the much needed encouragement came from our previous employer, Mr. Ranjinder Gupta, MD, Trident Group (Saurabh and Anand were working here). He provided us an investment of Rs 5 lacs (interest free) for the duration of one year. Our passion and confidence in our venture proved crucial in getting us the required money.

For Vedantu it was relatively easy. Our previous background and success helped us here. We were able to raise $5M within just 6 months of our launch. Probably the fastest for anyone in Indian Ed-Tech space or in Indian startup ecosystem for that matter. The reason for this are –
• We have a great team
• We have an awesome product
• The market potential is huge
• Our marketplace of teachers’ model is highly scalable and we have the first mover advantage to be category leaders.

Apart from your efforts, what would you suggest the education system in India to bring reformation into it?

In the past few years, Indian classrooms have witnessed a surge in technology adoption – with smart classrooms, hardware and software additions, more computer labs, etc. Moreover, the government is promoting innovation in schools and pushing for technology adoption. The overall education sector is witnessing a transformation with several ed-tech players garnering the attention of schools, parents and teachers alike to provide high quality learning to students although this may not be adequate, India is the third largest online education market in the world which is estimated to grow at a tremendous CAGR of approximately 19% during 2016-2020. This presents a huge opportunity to every entity – government, schools and higher education institutes and private players to enhance both quality and access to education.

According to you, how should students master their area of interest?

According to me, interest and/or motivation are the key to master any new thing. Either a student generates a huge interest for a topic/subject, or he gets motivated by something direct or indirect output, which happens by him mastering the subject. In my opinion, both can be equally powerful. So the role of a great teacher is to understand either/both of these aspects and use it to get the child going.

Elaborating, you may genuinely get interested in solving physics problems, or some teacher taught you in such a way which really kindles that interest in you. Or a teacher motivates you by telling that mastery of Maths get really help you enter into an international college, which gets your attention and it is that goal which pushes you to master the subject. Both can work powerfully if used well.

Do you agree that creativity can enhance efficiency?

Creativity can definitely enhance efficiency but having said that, it may not be the only goal of creative pursuit. In my opinion any creative solution, as a property, tends to be more efficient. But it might not always mean that if a person has become more creative, he has become more efficient.

Please share your success mantra with students so that they can take a motivation from it?

I have mentored and tutored more than 10,000 young brains and in all my experiences I have seen hard work beat genius. Needless to say that a genius mind with hard work is a lethal combination. IQ is not something we have a huge control on but hard work is completely in our control and as students we should develop this habit early in our life to put it to use.

My success mantra has been very simple: I believe if you are able to consistently focus your brain on any one thing and give it undivided attention, any task or problem, no matter how hard, it can be achieved or solved. It's just a matter of giving consistent mental energy and that requires will power and discipline.

My suggestion to students is to develop this as early in your lives and nobody can then stop you. In the end I would like to sign-off by saying the famous Nike saying, "Just Do it all the best!


Interview with Ms. Saumya Gupta

author02 Editor 25 Aug 2017 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are focusing on B2B and franchising our brand.


Interview with Mr. Ashok Pandey

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

How has been your journey till now?

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

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

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

What would you consider to be your greatest teaching experience?

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

Would you like to share your philosophy of learning?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Would you like to share the success mantra among students?

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


Interview with Mr. Avinash Tripathi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your future plans?

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


Interview With Mr. Ujjwal K. Chowdhury

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your future plans?

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


Interview with Mr. Amitabh Madia

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Profile- Amitabh Madia- Ediotor,Visual Artist (Painter ) , Art Historian, born in Mumbai, Amitabh Madia is an experienced painter and editor in the field of fine arts. Currently, Amitabh is working with a weekly magazine as an Assistant Resident Editor. Amitabh took his education from M.S.University, Baroda, under the faculty of fine arts. His skills and artistic talent gave him an award in terms of scholarships that he received in Oct- 1997 by Gujarat State Lalitkala Academy. He also received a Junior Fellowship Award (Visual Arts) in 1998 by the Dept. of Culture, Ministry of HumanResource Development, Govt. of India, New Delhi. Read the excerpt below to know more about Mr. Madia through our correspondent Ms. Priyanka Negi.

Is painting a very important part of your living?

Of course, it is a part of my life because that is the source of happiness for me. I would say it is the only aim that I am living for.

At the age of 16, what were your career goals do those career goals match with what you are doing today?

At the age of 16, I wanted to be a charted accounted, however, today I think it was more like peer pressure. In the entire world, no parents would encourage their children to take up an artistic career which is believed to be very dangerous because of the existence of uncertainties. I guess as per the parents perspective there are various uncertainties be it art or other creative fields. Thus, this is the biggest reason that the parents do not encourage their children to choose such goals. Though I belong to a very enlightened and intellectual family, my father was a well-known novelist in ‘Gujarat’. He was one of the top most literally person in ‘Gujrati Literature’ still it happened with me that they advised me not to choose the art field.

What was your family’s first reaction when you showed them an interest to become an artist?

As I have told you, that, in Indian families, it is very hard to convince the parents to choose a different career path. Usually, they got scared when their child shows an interest in a creative field so the same reaction I received from my parents when they got to know my interest towards painting and writing. I must add that, they aghast!

Was it challenging to pursue a career in arts and writing?

If you ask me, I believe that the real appreciation for real talent exist very little. I would like to add that not patronizing the talent of the gifted artist is the biggest issue that bothers me a lot. See, it is very calculative business when the society and the patrons appreciate the people with latent then only they can get something in return, so yes according to me respecting the talent is necessary and important.

Do you agree that painting require a certain level of inspiration?

Yes, of course, every artist needs the inspiration to create something; I hope you will agree that when an artist draws something on the canvas that depicts their thinking or their understanding of the world. Today, we see a variety of art a work of different painters and artists that are only possible with a magic stick called ‘Inspiration’.

What is the key difference between fine arts and visual art?

There is very thin but important difference between Fine arts and visual arts. Fine art is static art where as visual art is a dynamic field it can be a movie, theater or stage performance, where the visuals keep on changing within the same art work. On the other hand fine art includes painting on canvas or paper as well as sculptures that are static art. Additionally, all fine art is visual art, but that all visual art is not necessarily fine art.

During your journey as a painter or artist what was the most inspirational moment you faced?

It is very difficult for me to pin point a single moment of inspiration. I would like to say that I always get inspiration from within. According to me, everything on this earth is an inspiration for an artist it can be the nature, children, even the huge buildings that you see in the urban areas.

How students can achieve their aims to become a successful artist?

One should always be faithful towards their dreams. Whenever, you are under a dilemma, listen to your heart, focus on whether to choose it or not. There is one more important thing that the students can keep in mind that they should choose their career path according to their heart not according to the worldly perspective.

Would you like to advise those students who want to become an artist?
I would like to advise all the students that the path is difficult but not impossible. Students who are willing to become an artist need to be faithful towards their heart. They should always follow their dreams and passion.


Interview with Mr. Tapas Relia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Interview with Mr. Yashpal Singh Kalsi

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Mr. Yashpal Singh Kalsi was born in 1978. A Sikh boy who started learning Karate in 1986 at the age of 8, he became the captain of his school karate team. Later in 1990, he joined a professional karate training school run by the accomplished Sensei A. B. George, and received his black belt six years later in 1996. Yashpal has been awarded many titles, trophies and medals during his student life, and when he made the transition to professional competition, he became a regular medalist at State, National and International Karate Championships. FairGaze got an opportunity to interact with Mr. Kalsi through our correspondent Ms. Priyanka Negi.

Would you like provide us with few insights of your journey from being a school karate team captain to a Mix karate expert?

I studied until metric in Adarsh Public School in New Delhi; this is where I started my Karate journey. Not every school provided an opportunity for the activity like this in those times where studies are the only priority for everyone. My passion for martial arts and few demonstrations in our school assembly inspired me to start with Karate. Later, I was selected as a Team captain of the school team on the basis of my attendance in all classes and better performance in the competitions held further.

To be a MMA trainer is not an easy goal. People say they are MMA trainers, but there is always something which remains to be learnt. A successful MMA trainer should be open to learn new styles. To be a MMA trainer one has to pass through many challenges in terms of their fitness, their respective Martial Arts styles etc.

I found Karate as a base for the beginning of my MMA carrier as a trainer. I visited Ukraine in the year 2002 and continue to train in the next training camp in 2003 as well. That seminar changed my perspective of Sports Karate and helped me to focus on extreme level of body conditioning and strength which is required for MMA. This is the time when I started watching MMA fights online and on TV channels.

How was your experience when you met renowned karate masters such as Sensei A. B. George and Dai Sensei Moses Thilak?

All credit of my success goes to my masters. I was the student of Sensei A.B. George. It was in my school days when I learned my first punch and kick. Sensei A.B. George was the student of Shihan Moses Thilak. I was honored when I got my Black Belt 3rd Dan from him.

What is the difference between Tae-Kwon-Do and Karate? What are the benefits of both?

For a beginner to know that Taekwondo is a Korean art of self-defense. Focus on high kicks. While other moves like kicks and punches are a small part of it.
While Karate is a Japanese Art focus on self-defense using every part of the body including Judo throws, kicks, punches, knees, elbows and locking as well. Both are the Olympic sports now.

At the age of 12, doctors advised you to stop the martial arts training to avoid the risk of further complication to your weak retina? How did you face it?

“Things are not easy in life and you have to keep fighting to achieve your goal, There are lot of adversity on our way, it’s your decision to get knock out or get up” – I choose to get up and fight.
During my learning I trained myself in such a way that I never got hit on my face except once or twice during my player life.

How do you define martial arts? How it has changed your life?

In brief, learning martial art is a life changing experience for me. It taught me to never give up whether it is life or a competition. Things may be difficult but not impossible.

Do you agree that karate can have a positive influence on students?

If Karate can change me, it can bring change in everyone who learns it. If trained under good master it always leave a positive impact. I always try to share my experience of 30 years in martial art – “Never Give up”.

Feedback from students makes me more confident everyday when I hear positive feedbacks from my students.

According to you, how students can deal with the challenges they face in their daily life?

Every session we train at Sanshinkan (the organization which I am running in India) is challenging. New Students want to give up in the middle of the session, this is the time we motivate students to complete the workout. In the end of the class students get the feeling of some kind of achievement which makes them feel amazing. We also teach the traditional concepts of bushido – “The way of the warrior” this answers everything about the question.

Do you agree that students who continue to practice the martial arts for prolonged have an increased sense of responsibility and a lower level of anxiety?

Yes of course we have some 5 rules (Known as DOJO KUN) every student must know and follow is:-

1. Perfection of character
2. Honest and sincere way
3. Endeavor to excel
4. Respect
5. Refrain from aggregation through spiritual attainment.

We make sure our students follow the way of Dojo Kun during the class as well as their lives outside also.

As martial arts teaches confidence and self-discipline while providing engaging physical activity, should it be included as a component in the process of complete holistic development of students?

I strongly recommend martial art for our new generation, who lacks in physical activities. Electronics and gadgets are taking the place of sports and games these days. To develop the physical efficiency of lungs, body reflexes and strong body, child should opt some outdoor sports.
This implies to all the people working for corporates with sitting jobs. It is our life and we should keep ourselves fit physically and mentally. If you are feeling old you must try to learn martial art to get younger.

What would be your sincere advice to students who wants to take up martial arts as their career?

There are opportunities for everyone for the championships to be a professional fighter or a trainer. As per the feedbacks we gets from our students who tried different gyms and other fitness activities, the gym trend will show some downfall in coming days and people want to do something meaningful to their life. As a result of which all big gyms are now introducing the Martial Arts trainings in their respective fitness centers.


Interview with Sashakt Girls

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Project Sashakt is an initiative started by Saranya Das Sharma and Aamiya Viswanathan, when they were in Class 11 in The Shri Ram School Moulsari, Gurgaon. The aim of Project Sashakt is to provide biodegradable sanitary napkins to underprivileged girls in the slums and villages in and around New Delhi, India, as well as training on how to dispose of them in sanitary and environmentally friendly ways. Moreover, this initiative will provide them with these napkins, and necessary disposal equipment, free of cost every month. FairGaze got an opportunity to interact with these young girls through our correspondenr Ms. Priyanka Negi. Read the excerpt below to know more about project Sashakt.

How did you get an idea to develop Sashakt?

I was reading an article about the number of girls who drop out of schools in rural India because of improper menstrual hygiene and was shocked by the statistics. I began investigating further and found out that the average woman generates 125 kg of sanitary waste in her lifetime and knew that I had to do something that addressed both these problems. I approached my friend Aamiya and we looked for an eco-friendly alternative to the traditional pads. Thus, Project Sashakt was born.

Do you agree that women’s health and hygiene is important for a better nation?

Yes, we believe that women’s health and hygiene is an integral part of creating a better nation. Women are the backbone of every nation, whether in the domestic or corporate sphere. Therefore, it is essential to ensure their health and hygiene for a better nation.

What kind of obstacles team Sashakt had to face while taking the first step to developing this project?

This is a topic that is still quite a taboo in our society so it was difficult for us to create a way to address the issue of menstrual hygiene in a way that was effective yet sensitive. Moreover, at first, we did not know how to go about funding. Therefore, it was really difficult for us but we got a lot of support from the community around us.

Did you get a support and motivation from your teacher and parents?

Our teachers and parents are an integral part of why we’ve got so far. They’ve given us so much support and have worked with us to ensure Sashakt’s success, even if it means that they had to make personal sacrifices.

Do you agree that general sensitization plays a major role to create awareness among people?

Sensitization is of prime importance, no matter what the issue is. However, especially for an issue like this one, that is such a taboo for most of the people, it is important for everyone to be sensitive because only then can girls get the proper hygiene equipment that they need, which is essential for their health and well being.

As this project is created by a team of two school girls, do you agree that team work put an extra impact on expected results?

Team work has been so important for the success of this project. Our immensely dedicated volunteers have been the reason that we have been able to have such a huge reach.

Would you like to share few ideas through which we can help students in rural areas?

The most important thing students in rural areas need is to broaden their perspective and get rid of a lot of lingering, traditional belief. Education as well as raising awareness on sensitive issues, such as menstruation, will aid in doing this.

According to you what are those factors that restrict female students to pursue higher education?

Traditional and inherently patriarchal beliefs still persist greatly in our society. It’s thought that the role of women is in the domestic sphere and that it is not as important for a girl to get educated as it is for her to be a housewife. As education is expensive and requires the utilization of resources, many parents decide that the benefit is not enough for them to send their daughters to get educated.

According to Legatum Prosperity Index India ranks 92 in education among 145 countries, do you think that lack of educational- awareness among people is the key factor behind it?

Lack of awareness as well as a traditional mindset that does not allow for women to be seen as anything greater than housewives is responsible for this.

Being a team of girls what kind of changes you wish to see in the society?

We want to see people’s mind change, for them to see that girls are capable of doing as much as boys and for them to see that girls are so much more than just their physical appearance and culinary abilities. We want society to be more tolerant, inclusive and open minded.

If the team Sashakt gets a responsibility to maintain the whole education system, what would be its priorities and major focuses on which they would like to work?

We would work on having a higher rate of female enrollment, both at the primary and higher level. Moreover, we’d shy away from traditional rote learning and would teach from multiple perspectives.


Interview with Ms. Alka Kaushik

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A Delhi based travel journalist and travel blogger, Alka Kaushik, writes extensively for the Hindi National Media. Her travel inspiration is all about finding fun, offbeat and quirky travel destinations in India and abroad. She writes about subjects ranging from recreational travel to tough treks. Read the excerpt below to know more about Ms. Kaushik through our correspondent Mr. Shatrujit Chauhan.                               

प्र1 .  आपका बुनियादी अध्ययन अंग्रेजी में होने के बावजूद आपके सारे लेख हिंदी में होने का क्या कारण रहा है ?

उ.    उत्तर भारत से होने के कारण मेरी मूल भाषा सदैव  हिंदी रही है। माँ हिंदी प्रोफेसर थीं। इसी कारणवश बोरियत के समय जब अलमारी खंगालती तो संयोग से हिंदी साहित्य की किताबें हाथ लगती। किताबों का संग्रह बेहद वर्गीकृत होता था और शब्दावली बी.ए .,एम. ए . के लेवल की होती थी। जहा कही भी कुछ समझ न आता वहा माँ सहायता के लिए तत्पर रहतीं। इसी तरह साहित्य की इनफॉर्मल ट्रेनिंग हिंदी में और फॉर्मल ट्रेनिंग इंग्लिश में होती चली गयी। जर्नलिज्म के पश्चात जब  लिखने का प्रयास किया तो रेफेरेंस के तौर पर अधिकतर लेख इंग्लिश के प्राप्त हुए , फिर चाहे माध्यम इंटरनेट या फिर लाइब्रेरी ही क्यों न हो। तब जाना की सन २००० में भी अगर हमारी पीढ़ी को ट्रेवल राइटिंग का रेफेरेंस चाहिए तो मुंशी प्रेमचंद के लेख ही उप्लब्ध थे। यही से एक आईडिया उत्पन्न हुआ के क्यों न एक ऐसी भाषा में ट्रेवल ब्लोग्स लिखें जाएं जो की इंडियन मासेस  तक पहुंचे और जिन्हे मुझ जैसे बाइलिंगुअल लोग भी एन्जॉय कर सकें व साथ ही साथ इसमें कॉन्ट्रिब्यूट कर सकें।

प्र 2. आज के दौर में यात्रा मार्गदर्शक साथ रखने की बढ़ती लोकप्रियता है। यह अवधारणा किस हद तक फायदेमंद है। क्या इसमें सोलो ट्रिप वाला मज़ा है ?

उ.    अगर व्यक्तिगत आधार पर बात की जाए तो सोलो ट्रिप इज़ नॉट माय कप ऑफ़ टी। हालात के चलते लोग सोलो या ग्रुप ट्रिप को अपने अपने हिसाब से प्लान करते हैं व उसे अपने मानचित्र में ढालते हैं। इन द ट्रूएस्ट सेंस ऑफ़ द वर्ड, सोलो ट्रिप्स होती हैं पर ऐसी ट्रिप्स करने वाले ट्रैवेलर्स और उनके प्रेरक अलग होते हैं। ट्रेवल कम्पैनियन के रूप में चाहे मार्गदर्शक हो या न हो , पर किसी भी नए भूगोल तक पहुंचने और वहा के अनुभव को यादगार बनाने के लिए ट्रैवल  गाइड /बुक के डायरेक्ट इनपुट्स बहुत मददगार साबित होते हैं। विदेश से आये पर्यटक मात्र एक ऑथेंटिक गाइड और जी.पी.ऐस. की मदद से उन स्थलों तक भी अपना पैर जमा आते हैं जहाँ आम तौर पर लोगो का  पहुचना संभव नहीं होता। अक्सर हमारे स्कूल /कॉलेज के मित्र या पड़ौसी ट्रिप पे हमारे साथ चल देते हैं या ट्रिप के दौरान ही और लोग जुड़ते चले जातें हैं। इसी तरह एक सोलो ट्रिप अपनी समाप्ति से पूर्व एक ग्रूप  ट्रिप का रूप ले लेती है।

प्र 3. भारत के सभी पर्यटक स्थल अपने साथ एक रूढ़िवादी टैग लिए मौजूद हैं। क्या यात्रा करना वह एकलौता साधन है जिससे इस नज़रिए को बदला जा सके ?

उ.    हम सभी का किसी भी पर्यटक स्थल को लेकर एक परसेप्शन होता है। उदाहरण के तौर पर आग्रा को ही ले लीजिए। दुनिया के सात अजूबों में से एक, ताज महल देखने जब हम आगरा पहुंचते हैं तो हमें वहा जा कर ही यह ज्ञात होता है की वहा आस पास का माहौल कैसा है। इसी तरह जब मैं छत्तीसगढ़ टूरिज्म के न्योते को स्वीकार कर जब बस्तर की तरफ चल दी तो सभी शुभचिंतको ने मुझे वहा के बढ़ते आतंक और माओवादी  गतिविधियों को लेकर आगाह किया। दिल्ली से रायपुर के एकांत सफर के बाद मालूम हुआ के रायपुर हवाई अड्डा बेहद खूबसूरत व मनमोहक है परंतु आज से पहले कभी इसका उल्लेख न तो कभी पढ़ा और न ही कभी सुना था। वहा का मेटल आर्ट, साफ रस्ते, ट्राइबल कम्युनिटी का रहन सहन व टैटू आर्ट बहुत ही अद्भुत लगा। अगले पांच दिनों में मैंने बस्तर का हर सिरे से आवरण करने का प्रयास किया और मेरे साथ कोई भी दुर्घटना नहीं हुई। इस रूढ़िवादी टैग का होना बहुत हद तक मीडिया की वजह से है। इसीलिए मैंने सफर से सम्बंधित हर एक लेख में वहा के पॉजिटिव एनवायरनमेंट को तवज्जो दी। अगले दो साल के अंतराल में मैंने दो और बार छत्तीसगढ़ का टूर किया और छत्तीसगढ़ के मेरे अनुभव में करीब 13 और लेख जोड़े। इससे मेरे व अन्य पाठको के सोचने के तरीके में काफी बदलाव आया।

प्र 4 . हर सिक्के के दो पहलू होते हैं। एक लेखक होने के नाते इस दूसरे पहलू की खोज कर उसका आंकलन कितना महत्त्वपूर्ण है ?

उ. एक लेखक होने के नाते अपने पाठक को सूचित रखना मेरी ज़िम्मेदारी है। हम अक्सर किसी भी लोकप्रिय स्पॉट को वहा के प्रसिद्ध और सबसे ज़्यादा चर्चित लैंडमार्क्स से इक्वेट करते हैं। इसलिए मेरी हमेशा यही कोशिश रहती है कि अपने पाठकों को विज़िबल ट्रूथ से परे ले जाकर उन्हें एक नयी दुनिया से परिचित किया जाए। मेरा उद्देश्य यही रहता है कि किसी भी स्थल को रोमांटिसाइज़ करने के साथ साथ पाठकों को उसके सन्दर्भ में ज़्यादा से ज़्यादा इन्फोर्मेट किया जाए।

प्र 5 . आपका परिवहन का पसंदीदा तरीका क्या है और क्यों ?

उ.  मुझे सड़कों पर से गुजरना पसंद है, कार—बस—ट्रक और रेल सबसे पसंदीदा हैं। ट्रक इसलिए क्योंकि उनसे एक सड़कों को देखने का एक अलग व्युप्वाइंट मिलता है!
स्कूल के ज़माने में जिस हिस्ट्री और ज्यॉग्राफी से मुझे सख्त नफरत थी, उनसे आज बेपनाह मुहब्बत की वजह सिर्फ और सिर्फ वो रोड जर्नीज़ हैं जो मैंने बीते दशकों में की हैं।
हां, दूरी ज्यादा हो, सफर लंबा हो तो ट्रेन सबसे बढ़िया विकल्प है। यात्रा दो—तीन दिन की हो तो मज़ा ही आ जाता है क्योंकि तब रेल का डिब्बा और उसकी एक अदद सीट अपना घर बन जाती है। मैं हिंदुस्तान की फर्राटा रेलों को भी स्लो ट्रैवल का ज़रिया मानती हूं और इस तरह हौले—हौले अपना हिंदुस्तान, अपने देश के लोग, उनकी कल्चर, उनका खान—पान और पहनावा करीब से देखने का मौका मिलता है। फिर, इस तरह का धीमा सफर आपको रिफ्लेक्ट करने का मौका भी देता है।

प्र 6 . आपकी नवीनतम यात्रा का अनुभव संक्षेप में बताइये ?

उ.     सच बताऊ तो सिंगापुर जाने का भूत मुझपे कभी सवार नहीं था। इस साल के आगमन पर मुझे सिंगापूर टूरिज्म का इन्वाइट आया जिसका एक अहम् हिस्सा क्रूज़ ट्रिप था। कही न कही मेरे भीतर भी यह परसेप्शन बन गया था कि सिंगापुर इज़ ए शॉपिंग एंड एंटरटेनमेंट डेस्टिनेशन। बादमे वहा के भूगोल के बारे में पढ़ कर जाना कि वहा का सी रूट और लोकेशन काफी प्रभावशाली है। एक  दिलचस्प बात यह भी है कि एक ऐसा आइलैंड जिसे कुछ साल पहले  'दी आइलैंड ऑफ़ डैथ' कहा जाता था वह आज एक वर्ल्ड क्लास इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर के रूप में उभर कर आया है। इतने विशाल स्तर पर मानवता का विकास देखना अपने आप में ही एक 'आई ओपनर' था।

प्र 7 . जमीन, वायु और अब क्रूज पर यात्रा करने के बाद, आपकी 'बकेट लिस्ट' में अगला क्या है ?

उ.     ज़ाहिर है अंतरिक्ष ही बचा है! सच्ची कहूं, दिल के किसी कोने में एक चोर ख्वाहिश छिपी है कि रिचर्ड ब्रैन्सन कहीं मुझे पढ़—सुन रहे हों और वर्जिन गैलेक्टिक की पहली न सही दूसरी—तीसरी उड़ान के लिए मुझे न्यौता भेज दें!

प्र 8 . आपको दी गई बैस्ट ट्रैवेल टिप और एक टिप जो आप अगली पीढ़ी के यात्रियों को देना चाहते हैं ?

उ.     बेशक, हम—आप अक्सर यह कोट करते हैं कि 'दुनिया एक किताब है और जो घर से बाहर नहीं निकला उसने पहला पन्ना भी नहीं पढ़ा'। लेकिन मेरा मानना है कि सिर्फ बाहर निकलना, घूमना, नई जगह जाना—देखना—अनुभव करना ही काफी नहीं है। हम जब नया भूगोल देखें तो उसे समझने के लिए उससे जुड़ी चीज़ों को जरूर पढ़ें। पोथी पढ़ना भूल रही है नई पीढ़ी। हमारे साहित्य में बहुत खजाना छिपा है, उसे टटोलें। आपको जो खजाने तिब्बत की मानसरोवर झील के तट पर मिलते हैं उतने ही कीमती नग मुराकामी, राहुल सांकृत्यायन, अज्ञेय, पिको अयर, खुशवंत सिंह, बिल एटकिन, स्टीफन आॅल्टर, हेनरिच हैरर से लेकर मार्को पोलो, कोलंबस, फाहियान, ह्वेन सांग, बर्नियर जैसे लेखकों/मुसाफिरों के सफरनामे को पढ़कर हाथ आते हैं। मैं कहीं भी यात्रा पर निकलने से पहले और लौटने के बाद, उन जगहों/अनुभवों के बारे में बहुत कुछ पढ़ने के लालच से खुद को रोक नहीं पाती हूं।

प्र 9 .  आपके अनुसार क्या "ब्लॉग" के लिए हिंदी शब्द होना चाहिए? जो कि हमारे पास अभी नहीं है।

उ.      ऐसा नहीं है कि ब्लॉग का हिंदी पर्याय नहीं है, अक्सर चिट्ठा या वेबडायरी के तौर पर हम इसे जानते हैं। लेकिन जरूरी नहीं कि हर शब्द, हर कन्सेप्ट का मतलब अन्य भाषाओं में गढ़ा जाए। मसलन, 'कंप्यूटर' को ही लें। उसका हिंदी अर्थ संगणक है। मगर हम सभी कंप्यूटर ठीक से समझते हैं। तो यह नया शब्द गढ़ने की जिद क्यों? ब्लॉग को हम जस का तस अपना लेने से छोटे नहीं हो जाएंगे। भाषाओं के स्तर पर हमें उदार होना चाहिए, तभी हमारा शब्दभंडार बढ़ता है। 


Interview with Ms. Adite Banerjie

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Adite Banerjie’s love for books started at an early age. After working as a business journalist she turned her attention to writing fiction. She is the author of the romantic thriller, No Safe Zone. She has also written two books under the Mills and Boons brand name. Read the excerpt below to know more about Adite through our correspondent Ms. Srishti Anand.

How did the idea of writing occur to you?

Right from my childhood I was a keen reader. My habit of reading was encouraged by my parents who themselves were voracious readers of all kinds of fiction and non-fiction books. But apart from writing the odd essay for the school magazine I really did not take up writing in a major way. After my graduation I was looking for opportunities to take up a vocational course when I came across a journalism and creative writing course. I applied for it and I was hooked for life. Writing has been an obsession for me ever since.

What made you leave core journalism and take up writing fiction?

My journalism career spanned more than 15 years and during that period I worked with several publications including, The Daily, Sunday Magazine, The Economic Times and Business Today. While I enjoyed my journey as a journalist, I wanted to spread my wings. I wanted to explore different kinds of writing, including content writing and fiction.
So, I gradually shifted my attention towards freelance writing. I did – and still continue to –freelance content writing which included writing research reports for organisations, ghost-writing business articles, among others.
In the meantime, I also focused on learning the craft of fiction writing. I enrolled in screenwriting courses and that helped me enormously in understanding the essentials of plotting, scene building, world building, genre conventions, etc. which are very important for writing mainstream commercial fiction.

What is the best part about writing?

Whether I am writing a piece of fiction or doing business writing, I enjoy the entire process. Right from the research stage, to plotting the structure up to the actual writing and editing it.

People say writing is a therapy, do you think so?

I agree totally. Often when you are going through difficult situations in your personal life, writing can be a very cathartic experience and it can help resolve your issues, without going to a therapist! Many people write journals for that very reason. I have personally dealt with loss and grief by writing about it. It’s up to you whether you choose to make it public or not but writing is the best medicine that you can rely on.

Do you experience writers block? What is your way to cope up with it?

Everyone goes through writer’s block at some point or the other. When that happens to me, I try to evaluate the reasons for it. Writer’s block in most cases is a symptom of the fact that something in your story is not working. There are several ways of dealing with it. Sometimes you just need a break from your writing. And do something totally unrelated. Try not to think about your work-in-progress and when you come back to it after a few days or weeks with a totally fresh mind, you will automatically find solutions for those elements in your story that were not working.

Would you advise students to take up writing as a career and what is your advise to them?

Writing is first and foremost a passion. You have to enjoy reading books (and not just fiction but all kinds of books). As a voracious reader, you begin to imbibe the basics of writing, including writing styles, structure, grammar, etc. It also helps you differentiate between good and mediocre writing so that when you write your own essays or stories you will have a good feel for what works and what doesn’t. Without this kind of internal assessment, it will be difficult for you to evaluate your own work and make improvements.
Also, if you want to take up writing as a career, I would recommend that you first start off as a journalist or content writer, preferably in an organisation where you can get hands-on experience and guidance from mentors. While this will help you earn money from writing, it will also be a great opportunity to hone your writing skills. Be aware that if you want to write fiction, it is unlikely that you will make a living by publishing books. However, there are other ways of earning money from fiction writing – especially in the film and entertainment industry. But whatever kind of writing you focus on, you have to first learn the craft and focus on developing your writing skills.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

My father worked as an art director in the Indian film industry. He also acted in amateur theatre in his youth. His love and passion for storytelling has always inspired me. He could spin the greatest yarns from the most mundane of things. But more importantly, he would tell the stories in a most entertaining fashion. When I write, I often think of how my dad would have narrated the story and that continues to be a constant source of inspiration.

What is the one tip about writing which helps a writer do wonders?

Read! Read across genres. Read everything and anything that you can lay your hands on. That was the tip I was given by my first mentor in journalism and I would give the same tip to anyone who wants to be a writer. Renowned author Stephen King says it best: “If you want to be a writer you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”

Have you ever been rejected by a publisher or such? How can a writer cope up with such rejections?

Rejections are a big part of the writing process. Every writer has to deal with it. As a journalist, many of the story ideas I pitched to my editors were rejected. But in those cases I made an effort to find out why they were being rejected. If I had already written out the story I would try and re-work it based on the feedback and re-submit. Or if the story was not feasible for other reasons, I would just move on and try to find some other story idea that would be more appealing.
In fiction writing, while my books have not been rejected (as yet) many of my screenplays have not found takers. There can be multiple reasons for that: for instance the scale of the story may require a bigger budget for the filmmaker or it may be in a genre that the filmmaker is not comfortable with. Same goes for the publishing world. So, every writer needs to develop a thick skin and not let rejections throw him/her off. The trick is in writing something more compelling, improving your skills and making sure that your next story will be more appealing and difficult to reject. 

What are your future plans?

There are plenty of opportunities for writers today even though the competition has got much tougher. My plan is to keep working on my craft, write stories that engage with today’s readers and viewers through better, more compelling stories.


Interview with Ms. Gargi Malik

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Ms. Gargi Malik has been dancing since she was a child. Coming from Kolkata, the city famous for its culture, she imbibed in herself the love for dance, quite deep. Gargi believes that dance is a form of therapy and meditation that keeps you calm and composes. She has her dance school in Kolkata and loves guiding children through their dance journey. Read the excerpt below to know more about Gargi through our correspondent Ms. Srishti Anand.

Out of all the dance forms what brought you to Kathak?

I started Kathak when I was 4 years old. It’s obvious that I was new to the field and during those days neither me nor were my parents aware about Indian Classical dance forms. My mother is a singer and father used to play Tabla. And naturally there was a musical atmosphere in my home. So, one fine day, my mother took me to a dance class in our neighbourhood and got me admitted in the class and hence my journey of dance began.
Then after few months I tried a short stint of Bharatnatyam for 6 months, but I realised that Kathak is my forte and the charm and beauty of Kathak took me to its never ending world of learning.

Calcutta is a place where people love dance and music, did coming from Calcutta also play a role in you taking up dance?

Definitely, as I strongly believe that your whole nature, lifestyle and interests develop from your surroundings. I am blessed to get such an atmosphere. My father has a transferable job so I am fortunate enough to be in different places and get in touch with their culture. But frankly speaking, what I got from Bengal,I didn’t get such enthusiastic atmosphere anywhere else. This is one of the biggest reasons why I love dance this much.
Once I stepped out from my hometown, it was tough for me to mould myself single handledly in a totally unknown culture and atmosphere. But as I mentioned, it was in my blood. It took me hardly a month to make a viable cultural surrounding around me. I met many kathakars and other artists from different cultural backgrounds and I was never detached from my roots.

I believe you started learning the form at a very early age. Was it difficult to cope up at such a small age?

Yes I started at a very early age. My Guru, Ms. Sreemoyee Khasnobis was the reason I am on this platform which is giving me a chance to become a part of your organization. Normally it is never very tough for a child to cope up with any difficult situation and moreover it was my interest area so without even knowing I was into it. My Guru is the biggest inspiration for me. If you have interest and love for your passion no matter what the circumstances are, nothing can stop you.

Will you advise students to follow dance, specifically Kathak as a career option?

No, I will advice students to make it their passion not profession. You need to be practical, in India you need to have a definite career path to carry forward your life smoothly. Classical dance forms have a niche segment of audience and rest of the huge population is mostly unaware about the classical forms. It is better to love dance and do it with passion and carry forward our ancient art with respect. The moment you will make it your career, firstly, there is no such huge earning in this line and secondly, people become money minded and it loses its beauty. Dance is a prayer towards God, and materialistic mind cannot allow a devotee to devote fully towards this.

Who do you look up to? Who inspires you to become a better version of what you are right now?

My all-time inspiration in dance is my Guru, Ms. Sreemoyee Khasnobis. She says that if you want to be on top, place the best person on top. Once you aspire big then only you can achieve it. She is not only my Guru; she is my friend, guide, guardian, and adviser. I respect her as much I respect my parents. In fact, both my parents and my Guru are the reason for me to excel in this field. If you are extremely talented but you don’t have a supportive family you can never shine. My parents never stop me to develop my talent, which was built by my Guru. I can never put words as my respect and love for my Guru.

What are the basic qualities of a good dancer?

Basic quality is love and respect for art. You need to have that passion for dance. If you want to do it only because of peer pressure then it won’t work out. You need lots of patience to learn classical dance forms. And dance itself gives you grace and calmness in your personality. One can easily find out the difference between who is attached with the art and who is unattached to it.

It is said that dance is a way to reach to your inner self. Do you believe that?

Of course I believe this. You are directly connected with the divine power. Dance makes you more stable and gives you a very mature thought process. You become more creative in your imagination. Kathak is a visual beauty. The bhaw, bol, tatkar, and many more mesmerizing items are there to create a garland of art. Dance always speaks more than words, and that is what I believe.

What would be your advice to an aspiring dancer?

I am just a beginner in this universe of art. I cannot give any such advice, but I can only say love and respect your passion. Always be true with your art. A true artist is always close to the divine power. And most importantly, learn patiently and respect your guru. Worship dance, and you will be rewarded by the best.

Has dance helped you improve personally? How?

Dance is the only reason for all of my little successes across different genres. It helped me to be strong in hard times and also helped me to stay calm and stable in the exuberating moments. I always say to my students that one must be connected with at least one art form except education because its helps to excel and increase concentration. I never stopped dance classes while my board exams were going on or during my master’s final year. I was the university topper in my batch but I never thought I should drop dancing during examinations.

How do you prepare yourself before a performance, both physically and mentally?

I touch the feet of my Guru and if she is not there I always give her a call and I also call my parents. Stage is the place which belongs to me and I know that well. So, I feel relaxed before going on stage. But I always feel scared just the moment before I step on the stage. But once I am there I am totally into me and audience is God for me. I just pray in front of my God and rest is taken care of.


Interview with Mr. Faisal Haq

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Body Shop – Launch of their British Rose range.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Interview with Mr. P. Bhattacharjee

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An educationist from outside and a visionary from inside- Mr. P. Bhattacharjee is a retired senior class one officer (Electrical Engineer) from DDA, New Delhi. He has a deep and varied experience in construction projects. A practicing member of the ‘theosophical society’, his vision is to contribute for creating a meaningful environment for the younger generation to enjoy living. Read the excerpt below to know more about Mr. Bhattacharjee through our correspondent Mr. Shatrujit Chauhan.

You have been a teacher and a student equally, for years now. How has the journey been like?

It has been exciting throughout. Every day is a fresh day creating value addition to my existing level of understanding towards life.

How effective is co- existence over competence. Where does the theory of “Survival of the Fittest” play a part?

Existence is a dynamic integration of multi-functional entities each component of which is competent to contribute to its evolution. ‘Survival of the Fittest’ is the hidden principle of nature which ensures the existence of the Fittest only. Nature selects and rejects automatically according to the degree of fitness of any object or event. We are fit, we exist. We do not see unfit people around.

How do you like the idea of grooming and educating students using online tools or a web- forum?

It is a very good idea provided the students are compatible with the system. Primitive students cannot be groomed using progressive mechanism. It is futile.

Effective and positive parenting appears to be a myth these days. How can we cope-up with this problem?

Who defines what a ‘myth’ is? There is no ‘effective or positive’ parenting as such. It is only parenting! Let us first identify the problem…solution will follow.

How important is it to set up think tanks dedicated towards internal yet important issues for nationwide progress?

All the arrangements are already in place but, are there any progress seen? Let us first define National Progress.

What according to you is the true essence of getting educated?

Getting educated means the subject is not a burden to the society in any way. He is competent to contribute to the national gross domestic product. He understands, being a consumer since birth, it is obligatory for him to be producer also.

You yourself have vast knowledge in multiple fields. Do you think our brains have certain limitations?

Any manifested matter has limitations. Free will is the prerogative of the un-manifest creator only.

What steps must be taken at the primary level so as to meet with world class standards of education?

The child must be exposed to an environment which will make him learn. This simulation technique is beyond the imagination of the so called educated experts. The child learns through exposure, experience and comparison, he never learns by instructions or directions.

Art and inventiveness is always given an antithetic tag while grooming a child. Don’t you think it is a significant part of education itself?

The situation has been created by unprofessional approach of the parents and elders while raising their off-springs. Parents need rigorous professional training irrespective of their status or level.

What is your vision of quality in education and skill development, how do you plan to take it forward?

Education converts a consumer into an effective producer. Professional skill is required to install such a mechanism. I am always ready to contribute objectively to the cause without any personal bias or motive.


Interview with Mr. Siddharth Behl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Interview with Ms. Shalini Singhal

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A Doctorate in Nutrition, Dr. Shalini Singhal started as a business head but later came up with the idea of opening her own clinic and guiding people towards good health. She has worked in the nutrition industry for the last 19 years. She contributes to the society with her expertise which has come from working in well-known institutes like VLCC, Pritkin etc. She has also been involved in teaching budding dieticians and nutritionists. Read the exerpt below to know more about Ms. Singhal through our correspondent Ms. Srishti Anand.

What attracted you to this career?

I always wanted to take up a career in Preventive Health Care. I chose B.Sc. Home Sc. for my graduation and then pursued Post graduation in Foods & Nutrition. Thereafter, I took up a research project on heart patients in a leading hospital in Jaipur and that study won me UGC Research fellowship and my Doctoral degree.

Why is a proper diet necessary for a growing child?

Nutritious food and proper dietary habits play a pivotal role in the physical, cognitive and psychological health of a child. A growing child needs nutrients for physical growth, mental development, for protection from various diseases and for energy purposes.

What is that one diet tip you swear by?

Eat More ‘’Food Right from the Kitchen Garden’’ and Eat Less ‘’Processed Food’’.

Do you think children should consider becoming a dietician?

Yes certainly. Preventive health care is the need of the hour. With rapid modernisation and urbanisation the world is facing an epidemic of lifestyle diseases. Nutrition & Dietetics is a field which is going to have an increased demand in the years to come.

What still keeps you attracted to this career?

It’s my passion now. I feel blessed to have got an opportunity to study Nutrition and guide people towards better health and longevity.

What is the common problem that people come to you for?

Obesity and other associated lifestyle problems like Diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, kidney ailments etc.

Who has been your guide/mentor in the entire journey?

Dr. Rajeev Gupta, Chairman of Interventional & Preventive Cardiology, Eternal Hospital, Jaipur has been my guide since my graduation days. My husband was the one who pushed me into entrepreneurship and has always been very supportive.

Do you think the supplements that teenagers take to substitute real fruit are fine?

No, I do not recommend anything of this sort. Processed food cannot be compared with natural food at all.

What is your advice to students who are planning to take up this career option?

Just go ahead. Get your concepts right, get the right work experience and practice with ethics.


Interview with Srimonto Mazumdar

author02 Editor 28 Mar 2017 0

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

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


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

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

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

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

What motivated you to choose sitar over other instruments?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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 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. 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. 


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.  





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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