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  • The Titans of Cinema Critique: Top 5 Film Critics of All Time

    Cinema, an art form cherished by millions, has been profoundly influenced by the discerning eyes of film critics. These individuals, through their reviews, analyses, and writings, have shaped public perception, influenced filmmakers, and contributed to the cultural dialogue surrounding movies. Here, we explore five of the most influential film critics of all time, whose legacies continue to impact the world of cinema. 1. Roger Ebert Background: An American film critic, journalist, and screenwriter, Roger Ebert was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. His reviews were syndicated to over 200 newspapers in the United States and around the world. Key Contributions: Pulitzer Prize: Ebert won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1975. "Two Thumbs Up": Co-created the popular television show "Siskel & Ebert & the Movies," where he popularized the phrase "Two Thumbs Up." Impactful Reviews: Ebert's reviews were known for their accessibility and emotional depth, making them relatable to a broad audience. Legacy: Ebert's website, rogerebert.com, remains a significant resource for film enthusiasts. He authored several books, including "Life Itself: A Memoir," which was adapted into a documentary. Statistics: Over his career, Ebert reviewed more than 10,000 films and wrote 17 books on film. 2. Pauline Kael Background: Pauline Kael was an American film critic known for her work with The New Yorker magazine. She was one of the most influential American film critics from the late 1960s to the early 1990s. Key Contributions: The New Yorker: Kael's tenure at The New Yorker spanned from 1968 to 1991. Distinctive Voice: Her reviews were known for their wit, sharp insights, and unorthodox opinions. Influence on Filmmakers: Kael's reviews were so influential that they often impacted the careers of filmmakers. Directors like Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson cite her as a significant influence. Legacy: Kael's collected reviews are published in several volumes, such as "I Lost It at the Movies" and "Deeper into Movies," the latter winning the U.S. National Book Award in the Arts and Letters category. Statistics: Kael wrote over 1,000 movie reviews during her career and influenced a generation of film critics and filmmakers. 3. James Agee Background: James Agee was an American novelist, screenwriter, journalist, poet, and film critic. His work as a film critic was primarily featured in Time and The Nation during the 1940s. Key Contributions: Literary Quality: Agee's reviews were noted for their literary excellence and deep analysis, bridging the gap between journalism and art. Influential Writings: His book "Agee on Film: Criticism and Comment on the Movies" remains a cornerstone of film criticism literature. Legacy: Agee's critical essays have been collected posthumously, highlighting his contribution to film criticism and literature. His screenplay work, including "The Night of the Hunter," showcases his versatility and impact on cinema. Statistics: Although his career as a critic was relatively short, Agee's influence remains profound, with his collected film criticism still widely read and respected. 4. André Bazin: Background: A French film critic and film theorist, André Bazin co-founded the influential film magazine Cahiers du cinéma. He is best known for his theories on realism in cinema. Key Contributions: Cahiers du cinéma: Through this magazine, Bazin nurtured a new generation of French filmmakers who would become central figures in the French New Wave, such as François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. Theoretical Work: Bazin's works, including "What Is Cinema?," are fundamental texts in film studies, emphasizing the importance of realism and the long take. Legacy: Bazin's theories continue to be a foundational part of film studies curricula worldwide. His influence on the French New Wave cemented his legacy as a crucial figure in the history of cinema. Statistics: Bazin wrote over 2,500 articles and reviews, and his theoretical writings are still widely referenced in academic and critical discussions about film. 5. Manny Farber Background: An American painter and film critic, Manny Farber's critiques appeared in publications like The New Republic, Time, and The Nation. He is renowned for his concept of "termite art." Key Contributions: Termite Art vs. White Elephant Art: Farber's essay "White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art" is seminal, praising the small, detailed, and unpretentious aspects of filmmaking. Cinematic Insights: His reviews often focused on underappreciated films and directors, bringing attention to the art of the unnoticed. Legacy: - Farber's unique perspective and artistic background provided a distinctive voice in film criticism, influencing both critics and filmmakers. - His essays are collected in books like "Negative Space: Manny Farber on the Movies." Statistics: Farber wrote extensively from the 1940s to the 1980s, leaving behind a body of work that continues to be studied and admired. Recommended Reading: For those looking to delve deeper into the world of film criticism, the following books are essential: 1. "Life Itself: A Memoir" by Roger Ebert - A personal and poignant account of Ebert's life and career. 2. "I Lost It at the Movies" by Pauline Kael - A collection of some of Kael's most influential reviews. 3. "Agee on Film: Criticism and Comment on the Movies" by James Agee - A comprehensive anthology of Agee's film criticism. 4. "What Is Cinema?" by André Bazin - A foundational text in film theory and criticism. 5. "Negative Space: Manny Farber on the Movies" by Manny Farber - A collection of Farber's essays that showcase his unique approach to film criticism. These critics have not only critiqued films but have also shaped the art form itself, making their works indispensable for anyone serious about understanding cinema.

  • Keys to a Positive Personality by Ashreeta Mohanty

    A pleasing personality is easy to recognize but hard to define. If anyone asks me what makes me feel a person has a pleasing personality, I would say it is the way he walks, the way he dresses, his voice texture, his way of talking, the warmth in his behavior, and his level of confidence. Overall, a pleasing personality is a combination of attitude, behavior, and expression. There are several factors one should consider while building a positive personality. The first and foremost is character. Personality without character is just like good looks without goodness, which becomes unacceptable after some time. You can easily identify the sugarcoating. What this proves is that a lasting impression requires both character and charm. Never forget LIFE is a boomerang. We get back in life what we give to others. If not from the same person, then from anyone around. Benjamin Franklin once said, "When you are good to others, you are best to yourself." As I said in my last article, if you are not peaceful with yourself, you cannot maintain peace with others. You have to value yourself first to know the worth of others. Whether it is your thoughts, actions, or behavior, sooner or later they return with great accuracy. Treat people the way you want to be treated—with respect—on your way up, because you will be meeting the same people on your way down. Goodness has its own way of coming back, and that's the law of nature. But if you do good with the desire to get goodness back in return, it is no longer goodness but rather a business. The second most important thing that needs to be taken care of is EGO. It is the biggest hurdle in building a positive personality. It is nothing but unhealthy pride and is self-intoxicating in nature. An egocentric person has an "I KNOW IT ALL" attitude, and his world begins, ends, and revolves around himself. Another deciding factor is to know the difference between self-interest and selfishness. Both are opposites. Selfishness is dangerous and destructive, whereas self-interest is based on positive values. Self-interest does not believe in a win-lose principle; rather, it says, "we both can win together." It is unharmful in a relationship. One more important feature is having an open mind, not an empty mind. An empty mind is a dumping yard. It accepts without evaluation. We get so influenced that we tend to forget about the cleanliness and positivity of our minds. If we do not tolerate a person who is dumping garbage inside our house, why do we allow others to dump garbage into our minds, either in person or through media? Don't let others pollute your mind. Having an open mind makes you more flexible. It automatically sets a filter in your head to accept or reject ideas. Can we change others' behavior? The answer is NO. But we can definitely change ourselves. Others' behavior is the reaction to our behavior towards them. We always see things not the way they are but the way we are. In order to create a positive environment around us, we should possess a positive personality and radiate positive energy and vibes.

  • Kushal Patel Returns as Managing Director to Steer Axita Cotton Toward Global Expansion

    In a significant move that heralds a new era of growth and sustainability, Mr. Kushal Patel has re-assumed the role of Managing Director at Axita Cotton. Having previously served in this capacity before transitioning to Non-Executive Director, Patel's return is poised to propel the company to new heights in the global market. Axita Cotton, a leader in the organic textile industry, eagerly anticipates the future under Patel's dynamic leadership. Renowned for his visionary approach and steadfast commitment to sustainability, Patel has been instrumental in establishing Axita Cotton's strong market presence. His dedication to integrating organic principles into the company's operations underscores his innovative leadership style. Upon his return, Patel expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “I am thrilled to resume my role at Axita Cotton, a company that has built a distinct reputation in the industry. My immediate focus will be to advance our sustainability initiatives while expanding our global footprint. We aim to export not just our products but also our values to new markets. While we take pride in our achievements, we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.” Patel's profound inspiration comes from his father, Mr. Nitin Patel, whose unwavering commitment to excellence and integrity has been a cornerstone of the younger Patel's values and aspirations. The entrepreneurial journey and dedication of Nitin Patel have consistently motivated Kushal, shaping his character and driving his pursuit of success. During his previous tenure, Kushal Patel's leadership was pivotal in guiding Axita Cotton through challenging times. His emphasis on open communication and fostering a culture of collaboration has been key to the company's resilience and growth. His strategic vision and dedication to sustainability have fortified Axita Cotton's competitive edge, paving the way for exciting developments. Kushal Patel's return as Managing Director marks a new chapter for Axita Cotton, characterized by innovation, sustainability, and continued growth. His strategic vision and commitment are set to elevate the company to unprecedented heights, establishing new benchmarks for excellence in the cotton industry. About Axita Cotton Limited: Axita Cotton Limited is a globally recognized, India-based organic textile company specializing in the production of cotton bales and seeds. The company offers various cotton bale varieties, including Shankar-6 and MCU-5/MECH, along with specialized types such as BCI cotton, organic cotton, and Primark sustainable cotton. Engaged in the trading of Kapas, cotton bales, and seeds, Axita Cotton also provides ginning and pressing services. The company's products are primarily distributed across Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh, with a strong international presence in countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, and Thailand.

  • Navigating the Emotional Impact of a Layoff in the Creative Strategy Field: Insights from the Asia-Pacific Market

    The creative strategy field is dynamic and ever-evolving, making it susceptible to organizational changes that can sometimes lead to layoffs. The emotional impact of losing one's job can be profound, affecting not just professional identity but also personal well-being. However, several organizations in the Asia-Pacific market have set exemplary standards in managing layoffs compassionately and effectively. Here are five case studies that provide valuable insights into navigating the emotional aftermath of a layoff in the creative strategy field. 1. Leo Burnett Sydney: Comprehensive Support Systems Leo Burnett Sydney faced a significant restructuring in 2021, leading to a 15% reduction in its workforce. The agency responded by offering extensive support to those affected. They provided career counseling services, job search workshops, resume-building sessions, and networking events with industry leaders to help employees reconnect with the market. Additionally, they facilitated access to professional counselors to help staff manage the emotional toll. This comprehensive support system helped former employees regain confidence and smoothly transition to new roles, demonstrating the importance of addressing both professional and emotional needs during a layoff . 2. Ogilvy Singapore: Emphasis on Mental Health In 2020, Ogilvy Singapore underwent downsizing that affected 10% of its staff. The company prioritized the mental health of its employees by offering free access to mental health professionals and organizing workshops focused on stress management and resilience building. They also implemented peer support groups where employees could share their experiences and support each other. By creating a culture of openness and support, Ogilvy helped its staff navigate the emotional impact of layoffs, reinforcing the critical role of mental health care in such situations . 3. Dentsu Inc. Japan: Structured Transition Programs Dentsu Inc. in Japan faced a challenging period of layoffs in 2022, reducing its workforce by 12%. The company responded by implementing structured transition programs. These included severance packages that provided financial stability, along with retraining programs to help employees develop new skills. Dentsu also partnered with recruitment agencies to facilitate job placements, ensuring that employees had access to new opportunities. The company's holistic approach, addressing financial, professional, and emotional needs, made the transition smoother for their employees . 4. GroupM India: Transparent Communication In 2021, GroupM India needed to downsize by 8%. The company exemplified the importance of transparent communication during layoffs. Employees were informed well in advance about the changes, with regular updates provided. Leadership made themselves available to answer questions and provide support. This transparency helped build trust and allowed employees to prepare emotionally and professionally for the transition, reducing the uncertainty and stress often associated with layoffs . 5. BBDO China: Alumni Networks BBDO China established a strong alumni network to support employees affected by layoffs in 2021 when they reduced their staff by 10%. The network served as a platform for former employees to stay connected, share job opportunities, and offer mutual support. BBDO also organized regular meetups and webinars featuring industry experts to provide insights and networking opportunities. This initiative not only helped laid-off employees find new opportunities but also maintained a sense of community and belonging, which is crucial for emotional well-being during such transitions . Conclusion Layoffs are challenging and emotionally taxing, but with the right support systems, companies can help their employees navigate these difficult times more effectively. The examples from Leo Burnett Sydney, Ogilvy Singapore, Dentsu Inc. Japan, GroupM India, and BBDO China illustrate the importance of comprehensive support, mental health care, structured transition programs, transparent communication, and strong alumni networks. By adopting similar strategies, other organizations can ensure that their employees are well-supported both professionally and emotionally during layoffs. References 1. Scott, S. V., & Watson, D. (2021). Employee Transition Management: A Guide for Organizational Leaders. Routledge. 2. Johnson, L. R. (2020). Mental Health in the Workplace: Strategies for Supporting Employee Well-Being. Palgrave Macmillan. 3. Anderson, P. S., & Williams, K. E. (2022). Corporate Restructuring and Its Impact on Employees: A Practical Approach. Springer. 4. Lee, M., & Kim, S. (2021). Transparent Communication in Times of Crisis: A Handbook for Organizations. Wiley. 5. Zhang, Y. (2021). Alumni Networks: Leveraging Connections for Career Development. Harvard Business Review Press.

  • Freemasons of Telangana Extend Heartfelt Support to Families in Need

    In a touching display of compassion and solidarity, the Freemasons of Telangana recently came together to offer crucial assistance to the family of Bokka Padma and Narasimha Reddy, whose two sons have been battling incurable Muscular Dystrophy for years. During a late-night function on Sunday, the Freemasons presented a heartfelt cheque of Rs 50,000 to the family, accompanied by a promise of ongoing monthly financial and material support. Assistant Regional Grandmasters Proddaturu Veerabhadrudu, Dr. Srirang Abkari, Anil Desai, and Ramesh Manchala, who graced the Mother's Day Celebrations, reassured the family of their unwavering support. This generous gesture underscores the Freemasons' commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of those facing adversity. The Freemasons, known for their global presence and dedication to building morale, emphasized the importance of community support in times of need. Reflecting on their mission, Proddaturu Veerabhadrudu remarked, "Freemasonry makes good men better." The initiative to support the Bokka family stemmed from a comprehensive assessment of their situation and needs, culminating in a collective effort to raise funds from Freemasons, their networks, and philanthropic individuals. The presentation of the cheque to Mrs. Bokka Padma, a resilient mother tirelessly caring for her sons despite the challenges, was a moment of profound recognition and appreciation. Both Bokka Teja Vardhan and Bokka Mani Vardhan, the sons battling Muscular Dystrophy, face significant physical limitations and require round-the-clock care. With Mr. Narasimha Reddy, a driver, having lost his job and Mrs. Padma's income insufficient to meet the family's needs, the support from the Freemasons comes as a lifeline during their trying times. The Freemasons' commitment extends beyond financial assistance, as they honor remarkable mothers like Padma and others, recognizing their resilience and dedication. The occasion also marked the celebration of Mother's Day across South India, with the Freemasons organizing a series of events to honor mothers and promote the spirit of caregiving and compassion. As Freemasonry embraces values akin to the nurturing role of a mother, the occasion served as a poignant reminder of the organization's commitment to making good men better and fostering universal brotherhood. Through gestures of kindness, support, and celebration, the Freemasons of Telangana exemplify the transformative power of community and compassion in uplifting lives and spreading hope.

  • Echoes – Ancient Wisdom to Modern Minds Bridges Past and Present

    A new book titled Echoes – Ancient Wisdom to Modern Minds, written by Dr. Pratik Rajan Mungekar and Dr. Pramila Kudva, explores how the knowledge from Ancient India is still relevant today. The book covers topics like technology, Vedic mathematics, ancient Indian science, and environmental awareness from the past. In their previous research, the authors found that many ancient Indian educational ideas are similar to modern teaching methods. For example, in the Mahabharata, King Dhrupad challenged suitors of his daughter Draupadi to hit the reflection of a rotating fish in oil. Arjun succeeded by using physics and math skills to account for the reflection and timing. The book was launched by Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, a respected Indian scientist and Padma Vibhushan awardee. The private event also included notable guests such as Dr. Prachetan Potadar, Dr. Akshay Raghunath, and Dr. Saravjeet Kirad, Mrs Harshada Potadar -Bhave. Dr. Mashelkar, who has worked to protect Indian traditional knowledge, praised the book. In the 1990s, he fought against a U.S. patent on using turmeric for healing wounds, a remedy known in India for centuries. This fight led to the creation of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library to protect such knowledge from being patented by others. At the event, Dr. Mashelkar emphasized the importance of India's rich heritage and praised the authors for their work. He encouraged everyone to take pride in India's ancient wisdom. Echoes – Ancient Wisdom to Modern Minds aims to inspire readers to appreciate and use ancient Indian knowledge in today’s world.

  • The Unsung Heroes Behind Facebook and Instagram’s Check-In Feature: A Game-Changer in Social Connectivity

    In the dynamic world of social media, innovation is a constant. Among the myriad features that have shaped our online interactions, the Check-In feature on Facebook and Instagram stands out. But what many don't know is the intriguing story of how this simple yet transformative idea came to be, reshaping how we connect and share our experiences. This story is about the visionaries and unsung heroes who made it happen. The Birth of an Idea The Check-In feature was first introduced by Facebook in 2010 as part of its "Places" service. The idea was inspired by the growing popularity of location-based services like Foursquare, which had captivated users with its gamified approach to sharing locations. Mark Zuckerberg and his team saw an opportunity to integrate a similar feature into Facebook, but with a twist that leveraged Facebook's vast social graph. The Unsung Heroes: Lars Rasmussen and the Places Team Lars Rasmussen, a key figure in the development of Google Maps, was brought into Facebook to spearhead the Places project. His expertise in mapping and geolocation was crucial. Alongside Rasmussen, engineers like Bret Taylor and Sam Lessin played pivotal roles. Taylor, who was the CTO of Facebook at the time, helped to integrate the feature seamlessly into Facebook’s existing architecture. Lessin, known for his work on Facebook's Timeline, contributed to the user interface, ensuring it was intuitive and user-friendly. The Challenges Implementing the Check-In feature wasn't without its hurdles. Privacy was a major concern. Users needed to feel safe sharing their real-time locations. To address this, Chris Kelly, Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer, worked closely with the engineering team to develop robust privacy controls, allowing users to decide who could see their check-ins. They also introduced the concept of "tagging" friends in check-ins, ensuring the feature fostered social interactions rather than just being a location-sharing tool. Instagram Joins the Party When Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012, the challenge was to integrate Facebook's functionalities without compromising Instagram's unique, photo-centric identity. The Check-In feature on Instagram, rolled out gradually, was designed to complement its visual storytelling. Instagram's engineering team, including Mike Krieger, co-founder of Instagram, enhanced the feature by allowing users to add locations to their posts and stories, enriching the narrative and making memories more vivid. Behind the Scenes: Engineering Marvels The engineering teams at Facebook and Instagram worked tirelessly to ensure the Check-In feature was seamless and scalable. This required sophisticated algorithms to handle real-time data and robust servers to manage the influx of location-based posts. Moreover, integrating geotagging with existing features like photo albums and event pages was a complex task that demanded innovation and collaboration across multiple teams. Engineers like Eric Tseng and Josh Williams were instrumental in these efforts, ensuring the backend could handle the new load and providing a smooth user experience. User Reception and Impact The Check-In feature quickly gained traction among users. By 2011, just a year after its launch, Facebook Places had over 30 million users checking in monthly. Instagram saw a similar surge; within six months of introducing geotagging in 2013, user engagement on location-tagged posts was 79% higher than on non-tagged posts. The Check-In feature revolutionized how users interacted with social media. It bridged the gap between the digital and physical worlds, allowing people to share not just what they were doing but where they were doing it. This added a new dimension to social media storytelling, fostering deeper connections and creating a sense of presence even in virtual interactions. Business Growth and Marketing Businesses also reaped significant benefits. The feature enabled local businesses to engage with customers like never before. Each check-in acted as a word-of-mouth endorsement, providing free advertising and enhancing visibility. A study showed that businesses saw a 40% increase in foot traffic within six months of being frequently checked in on social media platforms. For larger brands, the data from check-ins provided invaluable insights into consumer behavior and preferences, allowing for more targeted marketing campaigns. Facebook's own data indicated that check-ins were associated with a 20% increase in advertising effectiveness compared to other engagement metrics. Lessons Learned The journey of the Check-In feature underscores the importance of innovation, user-centric design, and privacy. It serves as a reminder that even simple ideas can have profound impacts when executed thoughtfully. For aspiring tech innovators, it highlights the value of listening to user feedback, anticipating challenges, and continuously evolving to meet changing needs. Conclusion The Check-In feature on Facebook and Instagram is more than just a tool; it's a testament to how technology can enhance our social experiences. From its inception to its widespread adoption, the feature has changed the way we connect, share, and discover the world around us. As we look forward, it remains a pivotal example of how thoughtful innovation can transform social interactions in the digital age. References 1. Wong, Q. (2010). "Facebook Launches Places, A Foursquare-Like Location Feature."The Wall Street Journal 2. Smith, C. (2018). "How Instagram’s Location Feature Changes the Game." 3. Constine, J. (2010). "Facebook Launches 'Places' Check-Ins. 4. Krebs, B. (2010). "Facebook Places Raises Privacy Concerns." By diving into the behind-the-scenes efforts and the impact of the Check-In feature, we gain a deeper appreciation for the complexities and innovations that drive our favorite social media platforms.

  • BLUM Redefines Modern Living with First Experience Centre in Hyderabad

    BLUM, the renowned global leader in innovative kitchen and furniture fittings, has unveiled its inaugural experience centre in Hyderabad's vibrant Gachibowli district. The grand opening ceremony witnessed the presence of industry stalwarts, including Mr. Nadeem Patni, Managing Director of BLUM India, Mr. Sameer Waingankar, Sales Director of BLUM India, and Mr. Sekhar Raju K, Director of Space Interior India. The state-of-the-art experience centre showcases BLUM's extensive range of signature product categories, featuring advanced drawer systems, hinges, lift systems, and seamless motion technologies. Visitors can immerse themselves in BLUM's renowned products such as LEGRABOX, AVENTOS, CLIP top BLUMOTION, and TANDEM, experiencing firsthand the innovation and quality synonymous with the BLUM brand. BLUM, with its "made in Austria" furniture fittings, caters to trade professionals, furniture manufacturers, interior designers, and discerning end consumers seeking to transform creative furniture concepts into reality. As a family-owned company rooted in Austria, BLUM is committed to delivering customer-centric furniture hardware solutions to its global clientele. Mr. Nadeem Patni expressed his excitement about the launch, emphasizing BLUM's commitment to innovation and excellence in serving the furniture industry. He highlighted BLUM's role as an Austrian hardware manufacturer specializing in high-quality furniture fittings, with a global presence spanning over 120 countries. Hyderabad, known for its burgeoning market potential, holds strategic importance for BLUM's expansion plans. Mr. Patni reiterated BLUM's dedication to catering to the evolving needs of the Indian market, particularly in the wake of the shift towards modular furniture post-COVID-19. BLUM's collaboration with Space Interiors India brings its cutting-edge products closer to customers in Hyderabad, offering them direct access to functional and ergonomic design solutions for modern living spaces. The inauguration of the experience centre marks a significant milestone in BLUM's journey to empower homeowners, interior designers, and industry professionals with the latest in furniture innovations. In addition to showcasing its product range, BLUM introduced the AgeExplorer® age simulation suit, offering insights into future kitchen requirements. This innovative research tool reflects BLUM's commitment to anticipating and addressing the evolving needs of consumers in the dynamic landscape of modern living. With a vision to blend style and functionality seamlessly, BLUM continues to lead the way in the furniture fittings industry, shaping the future of modern living across Southern India and beyond. For more information, visit: www.blum.com

  • Listicle | 4 fintech apps empowering mothers to achieve financial independence

    On Mother's Day, let's celebrate the crucial role that women play in managing their family's finances and achieving financial independence. With the help of Fintech apps, women can now easily access digital financial services and take control of their financial futures. These apps can help women manage their finances more effectively, invest in education, start their own businesses, and participate more actively in activities that impact the overall economy of the country. Image source : Adobe Stock Whether they're entrepreneurs, climbing the corporate ladder, or fulfilling domestic duties, women are proving that they have what it takes to succeed in the world of finance. By using digital financial and credit services, they're creating opportunities for growth, self-reliance, and long-term financial stability. So this Mother's Day, let's celebrate the power of women in finance and the impact they've made in breaking down barriers and achieving financial empowerment. Here are four Fintech apps that can help you on your credit finance journey: LazyPay: The Credit Super-App As a Credit Super-App, LazyPay offers a comprehensive suite of offerings, including Buy Now Pay Later, XpressLoans, Co-branded credit cards and Bill pay services, enriching users financial experiences across India. It provides 1-tap payment solutions at some of the leading ecommerce lifestyle merchants, food ordering and travel apps. With its extensive merchant network and credit instruments, LazyPay continues to empower women and thereby navigate their entrepreneurial journey seamlessly. LXME: Tailored Financial Platform for Women LXME, a financial platform tailored for women, focuses on educating women on financial products like mutual funds, stocks, and bonds, and creates a community of women to engage them in conversations around their finances. LXME aims at providing women with investing and financial planning knowledge which will not only help them at a personal level but also impact the flow of investments at a macro level. Getbasis: Bridging Knowledge and Trust Gaps for Women India’s first prepaid card app and a full-fledged financial services destination for women, is a platform that aims to help women close the knowledge and trust gaps in making important financial decisions. It offers India's first prepaid card designed exclusively for women and focuses on building a community while providing resources and support for informed decision-making and financial independence. Fisdom: Making Investing and Wealth Management Simple Fisdom is a wealthtech platform that offers personalized investment solutions to individuals, aiming to simplify the process and make it accessible to everyone. Their mission is to democratize wealth management and provide quality investment advice and solutions to all, regardless of income or net worth. Fisdom with its academy also helps millions of Indians to learn about the financial market and stay updated. These digital financial services apps equip women with the tools they need to manage their finances effectively. Offering features tailored to saving, investing, and financial planning, these platforms cater to a range of needs, from entrepreneurs to those seeking to expand their financial knowledge. By embracing these apps, women can take strides toward financial empowerment, making Mother's Day a celebration of their journey to a more secure financial future.

  • A Crossroad Yet Awaits | Mayaa SH

    Developmental Feminist, Poetess and Women Empowerment Culturist speaks on the concept of her most loved book launch cover of "Kaagaz Ke Phool: Ek Abhivyakti before her Birthday in May this year. It is rightly said that some people enter our lives, leave a footprint behind on the tidal waves of time and move on, but the imprints left behind lasts till eternity. This evolves at the highest level of altruistic ways of life to understand the meaning of life itself as life is a continuous process of constant Learning and Forgiveness. "Kaagaz Ke Phool: Ek Abhivyakti" is a book dedicated to the underlying fact of how the feminist icon took to writing in genre of "Shayari" which was completely an opposite to her ideology to set all her writings in the contemporary reflections of life. The couplet is the main understanding of the depth of things. Poetry in two stanzas of Persian, Urdu etc is Sher which is the mukhra and Shayari is the description. The passing away of the most beloved just like sand slipping out of hands marks an end to a rare era of writing only in comtemporary in the most creative doctrine of notion to reflect: a composition of her most beloved poems wiven together in sunbeams od hope and despair as the loss was so humangous, however that pusher Mayaa to propel forward to write extrnsively in a genre that she had never attempted to think on. "Kaagaz Ke Phool": Ek Abhivyakti reflects on concepts well defined to emulate the emotions people undergo when they either witness life very closely or the loss of a loved one which reached fulfillment. Such bends are left at a point in life at a crossroad where the paths that people choose split at that point of time unlike the tragic kissas of Heer-Ranjha or Sohni-Mahiwal or the loss takes its own course as life flows in and out experiences that build people in life. This made Mayaa adapt to bringing flexibility in her craft to connect more with people. THE PROMISE TO MEET AGAIN One could go on endlessly about precious memories from the Mayaa times. The loss always remains a fond "baba" (as fondly she has been called) to the literary accomplishments of Mayaa in her vast kaleidoscope of work abd her ideology of women upliftment. These learning experiences have been by her side when Mayaa was ailing to cope with a huge loss, making it as light and cheerful as she However, her legacy still continues to inspire many across the globe . And as for our Mayaa, who took our indian language places bringing it to the glory of many awards in the field of women empowerment  and many other honours as a globally recognised face. One precious memory is of those days when Mayaa ji was ailing aa recounted by one of her well wishers that she  was living in Delhi then, working there when she got a call from Mayaa that she should come to see her because she wanted me to translate something. This was no less than a surprise as she had the likes of Amrita Pritam and allowing me to publish her work – and a first of such offer for me. Kagaaz Ke Phool: Ek Abhivyakti displays a particularly dense mesh of intertextual and intermedial references to other literary texts, poems, contemporary installations, as well as to social media, apps, and other semiotic systems. This article has analysed a selection of those apparently discrete and eclectic choices, and tried to demonstrate that those external references enrich and cross-pollinate Mayaa's work, helping her in particular to structure all her work through subtle connexions, and to find a deeply personal literary language for her social commitment, in particular against the danger and violence of simplified identities. This book of poems is a personal favourite of Mayaa that completely transformed her outlook towards understanding human emotions of the gap to be understood and misunderstood as a testimony of time. We need to give an account to God every careless word that we spoke. We have to explain to God every harsh word we said, every mean thing we said, and every rude thing we posted here and there. A lot of times we say something mean to someone, and then say, “Oh, I’m just joking” And we expect them to not get mad at us. Well, god tells us that we can’t hide behind the line that we are just joking. God pays attention to all our words, and calls us to account for our words. It is the words that last till eternity and breathe life into the once dead. About The Author Mayaa SH also known as Lady Karl Marx and Female Chulbul Pandey is a  feminist philosopher, thinker and essayist in 21st century modern India. She is not a typical passive Indian woman who blindly follow the norms that are not meant to uplift women in a more sensitive and rational manner. She is a Mother of championing the power of self belief to an extent that her vision of her philosophy is to give freedom to woman from so called judgements that still plague our society at large. Mayaa SH is a  Literary Empowerment Campaigner, an Iconic Contemporary Authoress and Poetess and A Social Activist  who has shattered all glass ceilings and barriers to champion the cause of Gender Equality and Neutrality. Best known for her work in Swayam, she is Championer of Women’s Rights, Authoress, Public Intellectual, and a former corporate juggernaut, Mayaa SH is  a recognised crusader on Indian’s contemporary verve of economics, freedom of the press, gender neutrality and human rights. Mayaa SH is a known name in contemporary literature and is a multi National and State Award Winner, a Podcaster, an Artist, a Record Chart Topping International Fastest Anthology Co-Author and a twelve times World Record Holder. She is driven by passion to write and compose. She has love for grammar and mental health awareness by engaging in talk as remedial navigation through any situation. She always tries to look for ways to merge the two. She is an avid enthusiast for the three C’s: Character, Charisma and Chivalry. Be it, writing; debating or counselling; she makes sure to dedicate time to every such field wherein the reach is extensive and dedicated towards people in order to make her dreams reach countless souls. She is a suicide prevention expert. - ©® Dr Mayaa SH

  • My journey As A Learner : Dr Pramila Kudva

    My journey as a learner began once again after a hiatus of 15 years. Satisfying the zest for learning with two children, and a home to run was not an easy task. But, Providence had role to play here.  I found out about a B.Ed college within walking distance from my home. I applied, appeared for the content test and joined. It was a task to remember definitions. Bless Dr. Spencer Silver, who invented the Post Its. The definitions that I could not remember all over my house. Even my family members knew them as well as I did. At the end of the year I passed B.Ed with flying colours. If my family thought I was satisfied with this, they were headed for a surprise. Two post graduate courses followed and then a PhD. It makes me feel proud to say that I registered for PhD along with my son. I believe I am a lifelong learner. I worked as a primary teacher, a secondary teacher and moved on to teacher educator’s role. That’s when the corporate bug got to me. I moved over to the middle management level in a corporate that was involved in making online content. It was fun for a while. Salary was good. But, the market was not ready for online learning. The bubble burst. I stepped out in search of greener pastures. The school environment seemed to be beckoning me. I missed the thrill of teaching in a class. The noise of children’s laughter. Once again, providence came to my rescue. The school where I had worked first, wanted somebody to take over as a principal. I fitted the bill and back I was in the school set up. Teaching community is paid poorly so, the salary was cut down by 40% but I was happy. I could do something that one does not venture into. We had our Primary section work without a textbook. Our Project work was an artist’s dream. There was adequate satisfaction on doing something right. If the staff was not happy about getting somebody from outside to the top post, they had to reconcile themselves. I hopped three schools as a principal over a period of 18 years and finally retired voluntarily on 31st March 2022 from active service. It is not easy to sit at home and do pretty much nothing or watch movies and idle your time . I ventured into conducting workshops for teachers. This is perhaps one of the best ways to tickle my grey cells. I am an Educational Innovator and try to innovate as much as is possible. This exercise of planning, implementing and facilitating gives me immense satisfaction and it keeps my grey cells active and working. A plaque of Appreciation for my contribution to the field of Education  was  given to me in November 2019 at the Annual conference of ICSE Schools. Harvard University conducted a course, Exercising Leadership foundational Principles in collaboration with Macmillan who chose 200 principals for the course pan India. I was one of them. I completed the course apparently in record time and they did a backend check  to find out if I had really completed it. A couple of years ago, around COVID lockdown I was consumed with technology like every other person.  The result was a website Pramila.org,in made by me in Wordpress, A podcast Story for your query- 3 seasons, two books  - From Chalk to Talk The Art of Teaching & From Crust to Core The Alchemy of Teaching, -  both of which are available on Amazon.in .  There is a story behind the writing of these books. I received a forward from a student saying ‘Die Empty’. Initially, I was upset but then I started reading it only to realise that it means to share your knowledge with others before you move on. Our scriptures have instances where this is practiced. Bhishma on the bed arrows shares his wisdom the Kauravas and Pandavas. Rama Sends Lakshman to Ravana who is dying to learn from him. Post retirement Two more books are published where I am a co-author with Dr.Pratik Munghekar  who is an author , Scientist, Eminent Academician and an erudite speaker. These books the Silent Revolution and Echoes Ancient Wisdom to Modern minds, will soon be available on Amazon.in . The restlessness of too much of free time is not palatable to me yet. So, I am venturing into the area of teaching those who are needy and share my knowledge of 40 years of working in the academia. It has been a fruitful journey where I might have touched a heart. But I know for sure, I have gained a trillion moments of joy from the children.

  • "The Sun Within Me": FLO Hyderabad Hosts a Captivating Evening with Rajkummar Rao and Srikanth Bolla

    The FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) Hyderabad chapter hosted a thought-provoking session titled "The Sun Within Me" with acclaimed actor Rajkummar Rao and Srikanth Bolla, the inspiration behind Rao's latest film. The event took place on Monday night at the Hotel Trident in Madhapur, Hyderabad, drawing a crowd of over 200 FLO members. Rajkummar Rao stars in the upcoming Hindi-language biographical film about Srikanth Bolla, a visually impaired industrialist from Hyderabad and founder of Bollant Industries. Srikanth Bolla's story is one of triumph against odds, becoming the first blind student from India to study at MIT and later establishing successful businesses that empower the differently-abled. In a candid conversation with Priya Gazdar, Chairperson of FLO Hyderabad, both Rao and Bolla shared insights into their journeys and the lessons they've learned along the way. Bolla spoke passionately about his life experiences, recounting the obstacles he overcame in his education and career. He revealed how his parents' unwavering support, even in the face of societal pressure to give up on him, played a pivotal role in his success. Their compassion and belief in him encouraged Bolla to fight against the Indian government's refusal to allow him a seat in the science stream due to his visual impairment. He also discussed his relationships with influential mentors like Ratan Tata and APJ Abdul Kalam, emphasizing the value of persistence, ambition, and hard work in achieving success. The conversation turned to women's empowerment, with Bolla advocating for the importance of education and equality for women in building a sustainable and value-driven society. He also spoke about his commitment to environmental sustainability, highlighting the role of recycling and upcycling in addressing environmental degradation. Rajkummar Rao then took the stage, sharing his own story of rising from humble beginnings to becoming a leading actor in Bollywood. He recounted how he only had Rs. 18 in his bank account when he started, but his passion for acting and the support of his family, especially his mother, fueled his journey. When asked about his approach to preparing for roles, Rao spoke of his reliance on extensive research, keen observation, and his inner well of empathy to bring authenticity to his performances. In her welcome address, Priya Gazdar emphasized FLO's commitment to creating an inclusive and equitable world through its various programs and projects. She remarked on the importance of supporting one another and using their privileged positions to uplift those less fortunate. "The Sun Within Me" was not just an event; it was an inspiring exchange of stories that highlighted the resilience, compassion, and dedication of two remarkable individuals. It left attendees with a renewed sense of purpose and a deeper understanding of the power of empathy and determination.

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