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  • 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.

  • Advocate Priti Jadhavar: A Journey from Motherhood to the Law and Beyond

    Advocate Priti Rajendra Jadhavar, based in Shivaji Nagar, Pune, is a practicing advocate at Chhatrapati Sabhaji Nagar High Court . Her journey to success is an inspiring tale of balancing family, motherhood, and personal aspirations, all while navigating the challenging world of law. As a mother of two children, Anvika and Arpit, Priti's story is a testament to resilience and determination. She acknowledges the support of her father, mother, and husband, Abhijit, who played vital roles in her journey. The Early Years Priti Jadhavar grew up with a passion for dance and modeling. She excelled in her studies, pursuing a master's degree in computer applications, but life took a turn when she got married during her studies. As often happens, marriage brought new responsibilities, and soon after, motherhood followed. Overcoming Challenges After her first pregnancy, Priti gained 20-25 kilograms, which affected her confidence. Despite the weight gain and the challenges of raising children, she didn't let it keep her down for long. She motivated herself to lose weight, dropping 20 kilograms, and began to search for jobs in IT companies. However, another pregnancy brought the same challenges, and Priti once again had to put her career on hold to focus on her growing family. The Turning Point It was a friend who encouraged her to participate in a dance competition after her second child. Priti took the leap, reigniting her passion for dance and discovering a renewed sense of confidence. This moment was a turning point that led her to participate in beauty pageants. She collected various titles, such as Best Walk, Best Smile, Best Personality, and eventually won a pageant. Pursuing New Goals With her newfound success in the pageant world, Priti wanted to do more. Her desire to help others, especially women, led her to pursue a law degree. She believed that to make a meaningful impact, she needed the knowledge and skills to support those in need. Despite having to balance family life and her studies, she successfully completed her law degree in her first attempt. Making an Impact Today, Priti Jadhavar is a practicing advocate at Chhatrapati Shivaji Nagar High Court, where she uses her legal expertise to help others, particularly women. She has been invited to judge and participate as a guest in various shows and pageants and has received several awards for her achievements, including the TZP Maa Awards for Special Achievement in 2024. Her success story has inspired many housewives to pursue their passions, lose weight, and build confidence. Lessons Learned and Words of Wisdom Priti's journey has taught her valuable lessons that she shares with others. "Believe in yourself, and you will be unstoppable," she says. She encourages others not to depend on anyone else for their success but to rely on their inner strength and determination. Priti Jadhavar's story is a powerful reminder that success is not a straight line; it's a journey filled with ups and downs, sacrifices, and victories. Her ability to overcome challenges and inspire others makes her a role model for many women, especially those who have taken a break from their careers to raise families. With her journey, she shows that it's never too late to pursue your dreams and make a difference in the lives of others.

  • "Kotha" | Mayaa SH's Theory Of Slogan Of Living By Vichaar.

    Developmental Feminist, Social and Legal Activist recalls a real-life incident that forced her to write her most powerful composition "Kotha" in an advent of her deep reflection of the progression of mind and mindset. Recalling a situation in which the country's strongest champion of women's power was completely shocked when she found herself in a dangerous series of events, akin to a nuclear fission reaction where one was caught unaware with a circle of almost uncertainty. This was in retaliation for the punishment he received for exposing the truth with respect to some other matter. This forced Mayaa SH to think and redefine what empowerment really is. An immature young man and woman from the state of Uttar Pradesh sent her a threatening message in a very derogatory manner. Those messages ended with the words “Dobara Bhauke Toh Dekh Lena”… It was a game changing moment that made Mayaa think that the value of life has become almost zero and considering the seriousness of words that spread hate crimes. Apart from this, what was even more shocking was the obscene language that the girl used and Mayaa had to go through, who after misunderstanding the situation, threatened to humiliate Mayaa by calling her characterless and questioning the morality of her character. We are in the 21st century, yet such incidents happen in which girls and women are considered an object and used as a medium to fulfill the desires of some people and the next day they are nothing. Since ancient times, the objectification of women is deeply rooted in patriarchy. The underlying notion of deep understanding of life is that there are people who are being sold like commodities in the market to become slaves, brokers, and it is extremely worrying that those who find out the truth also become victims of this by getting exposed to abuse and threats. In this kind of discursive life, women have also been analyzed to be part of bundles of things that are paraded, bid on, sold and traded,despite the fact that women today are making huge contributions to the development of their country in various aspects, women are still being treated as a commodity. Even in many brothels, women are used as an object to commodity multiple commercial needs. Their administrators trick buyers from rich families into buying young children or babies. Embarrassed by the stigma attached to unmarried mothers, or impoverished women, they are encouraged to donate their children to them, who then sell them to wealthy donors abroad. The word "donation" instead of "payment" for the child becomes a cover to hide the business.The engagement between the discipline of international relations and feminist theory has sparked concerns about the underlying gender dimension of the so-called gender-blind zone and prejudices still held for women today, and has given rise to a rich and complex range of analyses. This attempts to capture various aspects of invisibility, marginalization and objectification of women even today. However, many countries have laws promoting gender equality and banning harmful practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage and globally, despite maternal mortality rates having been cut in half, women still face significant challenges in exercising their rights.Nearly 800 women die every day during pregnancy and childbirth, and more than 200 million women who want to use modern forms of contraception are unable to access services. कोठा अंधेरी दुनिया के कोने में रोशनी धीमी हो गई है, लेकिन दिल आत्मा की पवित्रता में रोशन रहते हैं, अंधेरे की छाया में एक कोने में एक लापरवाह फुसफुसाहट रहती है, जो समाज द्वारा निर्मित वेदना के महलों में रोता है। कौन कहता है कि छुपी वो काली उज्याली रात है? निशा की चांदनी में तो सिर्फ अंधेरा है, मखमल का एहसास सिर्फ महलो में नहीं, दिल की गहराई की वो बात है। जलते दीए उस मोहब्बत की गली में रोशन हुआ करते हैं, जहां क्षितिज के उस पर एक दुनिया में हज़ारों समय ज़ैया करते हैं, मोहब्बत के दिलदारो से जान से जाना तक नहीं है तक नहीं है, जहां हजारों यहीं अश्क के पियाले पिया करते हैं। उस गली के उस पार जो जिया करते हैं, दिल की बेवफाई ये क्या घर करती है? बेचैनियों के आलम से जो बिकता है, उन बज़ारों की वजह में जो दिखता है। मन की गुजारिश अंतरमन की चाहतों से है, एक दीया हर रोज़ उस कोने में जला करता है, कि घर कर गई वो अंधेरी रातों का एहसास वो है, जहां जान से जाना तक का बस सफर जो है। छुपे राज़ों के पहलुओं में जो सो गया है, वो आत्मा को यहीं कह गया है, की कोठा तो घर में बना करता है साहेब, तभी तकदिरो तो हर शाम नसीब वालों को दिखती है तकदीर जो बना करती है .. 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. Mayaa has contributed significantly in powerful magazines like "Nirantar" and "Namya" and "Tejaswi". Mayaa SH is driven by the passion to write and engage in closely related creation in life. Mayaa is a well-known name in contemporary literature, be it writing, debate or counselling; She has saved the lives of many women from suicide and through counseling free of cost has helped them understand the significance of their existence and the importance of self-confidence. She focuses her attention on allowing women to think for themselves, reinvent and rediscover their purpose of life and goals attached in order to lead a holistic life According to Mayaa the upliftment of women can be described as a marriage between action and theory. She has maintained that feminism is not a war between men and women. She said it is a fight between two ideologies. One that elevates men and gives them power, and the other, that advocates for equality.

  • Bach Therapy - Miracle in a bottle - by Rakshaa Chhabriaa

    "Disease is a result of the disharmony between the personality and the soul."  - Dr. Edward Bach Most medical illnesses and diseases are rooted in emotional imbalances developed over time or bad habits or unconscious patterns we have learnt , adapted , conditioned or built during childhood or adolescence . Bach Remedies  are catalysts for different types of emotional mental and physical disturbances associated with physical illnesses and diseases. To improve health, there are many general formulas we have for your healing that can be applied to painful or soar points to overcome pain, sleep issues , stress and anxiety plus treat different physical ailments and diseases which everyone can suffer at different times in their life. However, my opinion that it is always the best practice to get a personalized treatment and get a unique formula and plan created specifically for treating your particular case and in relation to the different types of symptoms and stress that could be impacting and affecting your mental and emotional health. In a personalised consultation,in order to get the maximum benefit from the Bach Flower Remedies, we study and understand personal life situations , your bio individual responses and feelings and then a treatment plan is designed, implemented, monitored , reviewed and evaluated over time. Examples of life stressors and situations which symptoms can be treated with Bach Flower Therapy at all ages - infants , children, adolescents, adults and senior citizens : 1. Hyperactivity and concentration problems 2. Generalized anxiety. 3. Social/Emotional issues. 4. Chronic stress. 5. Personality problems. 6. Depression / lack of interest in life. 7. Phobias and panic attacks (fears of flight, driving, or others). 8. High sensitivity. 9. Professional, work or career exhaustion. 10. Performance anxiety. 11. Mood swings. 12. Loss of appetite and other eating related conditions. 13. Burn out 14. Divorce/separations/adjustments (e.g. separation anxiety). 15. Bullying at school or job. 16. Baby blues , post partum depression 17. Bedwetting. 18. Transition to Menopause. 19. Pre-menstrual syndrome. 20. Lack of vital energy. 21. Broken heartness or lovesickness. 22. Puberty problems. 23. Low libido and sexual problems. 24. Lack of self-confidence. Examples of few physical diseases that have their roots in emotional and psychological states and Bach therapy miraculously balances these emotional imbalances : 1. High blood pressure. 2. Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic pain and Fibromyalgia. 3. Allergies. 4. Sleeping problems. 5. Ulcers. 6. Chronic Acne. 7. Breathing problems. 8. Acute back pains, Sciatica . 9. Sexual impotence 10. Varicose veins, Restless Leg Syndrome 11. Auto Immune 13. Digesting and Eating Disorders 14. Herpes 15. Acute asthma 16. Migraines 17. IBS and Gut Issues 18. Diabetes (research validating Bach Flower remedies efficacy) 19. Headaches 20. Chronic constipation The key to the system is selecting a mix on an individual basis and personalising remedies best suited to your lifestyle . When reasons to stress are different and bio individual - how can the remedies be same ? Get The Persoanlised Guidance And Help That You Most Need ! CONTACT ME TO GET YOUR OWN FORMULA THAT CAN HELP TREAT YOUR PARTICULAR CONDITION WITH THE BACH FLOWER REMEDIES Heal so you have perfect health and Hapiness in your life . Please connect over email : rakshaachhabriaa@gmail.con Or follow on Insta: https://www.instagram.com/invites/contact/?i=1tkm0z5p3xw32&utm_content=skqq4o Youtube : rakshaa chhabriaa https://youtu.be/pGz4_tCLHg4

  • Ridhhaan Jaiin: A Young Beacon in Literature, Philanthropy, and Inspiration

    Introduction Ridhhaan Jaiin is more than just a child prodigy; he's a symbol of youthful innovation in India's literary and philanthropic circles. As the founder of RidhzWorld Publishing, he has achieved remarkable feats as an author, audiobook narrator, motivational speaker, and YouTube podcaster—all before reaching his teenage years. His philanthropic efforts focus on supporting children and the visually impaired, underscoring his commitment to making a positive impact. A Literary Prodigy Ridhhaan's journey into the literary world began with the encouragement of his parents, who noticed his exceptional creativity. At the age of 8, he published his first book, "Once Upon in My Mind,"establishing himself as one of India's youngest authors and inspiring young readers across the country. Expanding His Work In 2022, Ridhhaan expanded his literary repertoire with three more books: - "The Mirror and The Greedy Man" explores the consequences of greed and the power of generosity. - "The Despicable Virus" allegorizes the pandemic, offering a message of resilience and hope. - "Penny and the Monsters"flips the concept of fear on its head, promoting bravery and kindness. Ridhhaan personally narrated the audiobook versions of his books, earning him recognition as the youngest audiobook narrator in both the India Book of Records and the Asia Book of Records. A Motivational Speaker and Philanthropist Ridhhaan's talent for speaking has taken him to various venues, where he has inspired over 5,000 children and 1,500 adults with his motivational talks. His recognition as the youngest motivational speaker in the India Book of Records and the Asia Book of Records highlights his ability to connect with audiences. Ridhhaan's philanthropic initiatives include a story-writing competition for children in 2022, resulting in an anthology titled "Once Upon In Our Minds." This project celebrated young writers and provided them with a platform to share their creativity. Additionally, Ridhhaan donates a significant portion of his audiobook earnings to support blind students and the BVJSS Foundation, an orphanage in Pune. As the Brand Ambassador for the foundation, he actively engages with the children, encouraging them to express themselves in English and build confidence. Media Ventures and Achievements Ridhhaan ventured into digital media with his 2023 YouTube podcast, "B’coz I can with Ridhhaan," where he interviews young prodigies and established personalities. His participation in events like the Pune International Literature Festival (PILF) and the New Delhi World Book Fair demonstrates his growing influence in the literary world. In 2024, Ridhhaan's appearance at the New Delhi World Book Fair alongside renowned authors Deepa Agarwal and Stuti Gupta showcased his wisdom and maturity. His insights into children's literature captivated the audience, reinforcing his role as a young thought leader. Conclusion Ridhhaan Jaiin's achievements in literature, public speaking, and philanthropy reflect his dedication to making a difference in the world. His journey serves as an inspiration for young people and a reminder that age is no barrier to making a meaningful impact.

  • Women’s wellness with Bach Therapy -Rakshaa Chhabriaa

    Women’s Wellness with Rakshaa Chhabriaa -Bach flower expert & holistic emotional coach who has helped people across the globe as well as celebrities with their mental and emotional health. Women need to be supported emotionally during various stages of their lives through Bach Therapy and Mindset Transformation Coaching. Yo! Let's celebrate the greatness in women and let’s address Women’s Wellness - Physical as well as Mental and Emotional. All three are congruent and supportive of each other and imbalance in any 1 area whether Physical Mental or Emotional Health can cause disturbance in the other health areas. Women go through many transitional phases in their lives and play a multi-dimensional role in society. Bach Remedies for Women is a complete Health Support to help them play many roles successfully and live happily and stress-free. The Bach system works with incredible potential benefits for Women during their lives. The remedies help women cope with Period Pain, Pregnancy, Infertility, and Menopause as well as the trials and tribulations that can be experienced by women in society, such as dealing with issues of self-esteem, the demands of family and work, Emotional Balance and Physical Wellbeing. The healing benefits of the Bach Remedies help women cope with the trials and tribulations experienced throughout womanhood. Bach Remedies help to improve women's health and wellbeing. Bach flower remedies are a safe way to combat many daily negative thoughts that run rampant in our heads including women who are multitaskers and multi-dimensional. Some of my favourite Bach Flower Remedies for women ( though personalised ones give accurate results ) : 1) Elm - helps women who are overwhelmed with all the different hats they have to wear, as a woman, sister, daughter, wife, friend, mother, or aunt. 2) Hornbeam - helps women who experience Mondayitis every morning of the week. Hornbeam helps them shake the mental weariness. 3) Gentian - for setbacks in life. Whether you got looked over for that promotion didn't make it to your dream job or had a miscarriage. Gentian helps us realise there is no such thing as failure when you have tried your very best. 4) Mimulus - For Obvious fears of cockroaches or insects or dogs dark rooms etc. Mimulus is the remedy for fears of all known things. Mimulus will help get your emotions under control and you can enjoy life without fear. 5) Scleranthus - for making up your mind. Scleranthus will help you decide. 6) Vervain - for physical and mental exhaustion when you feel burnt out like a candle from all ends and need to relax. 7. If you are at crossroads in your life and not sure what path to take in life - Personalised Bach Remedies help your ideas and ambitions form a decision upon your true path. 8. Personalised Bach remedies help you find your spark again when you are experiencing a groundhog day. 9. Do You feel Stuck in a rut? OR Burdened and Monotonous life is getting to you - Then we can help you re-ignite your interest in life with our personalised mixes. 10. Lost your sense of optimism and hope? We can help you get out of such normal but negative feelings. 11. Whether you are Experiencing Peri Menopause, Menopause, Empty-Nest Syndrome, Divorce or Single Living Syndrome, Lack Confidence and Clarity and are Burnt Out or experience Extreme Exhaustion - Bach Remedies help you get through the transitions and changes in life calmly and protect you from negativity. 12. If you're looking for Natural Remedies for Menopause that can relieve symptoms surrounding Mental Health and Emotional Wellness as Hot Flushes, Mood Swings, Night Sweats, Brain Fog, Anxiety, Depression, and Lack of Confidence as well as improve Sleep Quality. If you want support with Difficult Feelings like Anxiety, Depression Confusions, Brain Fog, Exhaustion & Mental Fatigue, Disinterest, Anger or irritation associated with any transitional period in your life but don’t know where to turn, take some time out today to consult us at : https://www.instagram.com/invites/contact/?i=1tkm0z5p3xw32&utm_content=skqq4o We can create Personalised Bach Flower remedies that are Herbal, Natural, and Safe with Zero Side Effects for you. They’re taken as drops on the tongue (or in a glass of water) 4 times a day for a few weeks. Do follow Me on Instagram: @rakshaachhabriaa You can also choose to book a Consultation that provides a Support Ear as well. Please connect over email : rakshaachhabriaa@gmail.con Or follow on Insta: https://www.instagram.com/invites/contact/?i=1tkm0z5p3xw32&utm_content=skqq4o Youtube : rakshaa chhabriaa https://youtu.be/pGz4_tCLHg4

  • The Magic of Books: Rediscovering the Joy of Reading - Deepa Kalia

    On this International Day of Books, I took a quiet moment to dive into a couple of the bestsellers I had collected during my travels. It’s a simple pleasure—flipping through pages filled with stories that have captured the imagination of so many. These books, authored by some of today’s best writers, have a unique way of transporting me to different places and times. Traveling has always been an opportunity for me to find new books. When I'm at the airport, I usually browse through the bookshops, keeping an eye out for titles by Indian authors and making sure they're affordable. I flip through a few pages to get a sense of the writing style, but what really draws me in are old-fashioned children’s books or comics featuring cartoon characters. Despite these interests, it's rare to find such books in domestic airports—so when I do, it's like a small victory. Visiting high-end bookstores in malls used to be another one of my favorite pastimes. The glossy covers, the fancy decor, and the stacks of expensive books by unknown authors always intrigued me. I would spend hours there, often buying a few books as gifts for friends' birthdays or their children's parties. But over time, I realized that these extravagant gifts came with a sense of uncertainty about their actual impact. Despite my good intentions, I wasn’t always sure if they would be valued or last long. In contrast, I've always found comfort in my regular reads, like Reader's Digest or simple comic books. These familiar stories and characters had a way of bringing me back to my childhood. At some point, I realized that I could create my own stories, inspired by the world around me. During long train rides with my children, I'd make up adventure stories about forests, rivers, animals, and more. These were special times, especially during our summer vacations when we traveled from the southernmost part of India to the north, where our hometown was. The journey was filled with unique experiences and new acquaintances, from sharing snacks to trading stories with other families. Meet Deepa Kalia Deepa Kalia is a seasoned professional with over 40 years of experience spanning corporate marketing, sales management, and education. She has made significant contributions as a teacher trainer, consultant, and advisor in early childhood education. Deepa’s career is defined by her passion for nurturing young minds and fostering a love of learning. As someone who has worked with both traditional and online teaching methods, she has played a pivotal role in setting up foundation schools and training centers for early childhood educators. Her commitment to education and storytelling has had a lasting impact on countless lives, proving that the joy of stories and books is a timeless treasure. you can connect with her for suitable assignments on +91 99586 21015

  • Marriott Bonvoy Unveils 'Resort Escapes': Your Ticket to a Perfect Getaway

    As the holiday season approaches, Marriott Bonvoy, the award-winning loyalty program by Marriott International, invites travelers to explore a world of possibilities with the launch of its 'Resort Escapes' promotion. This exclusive offer is designed to give you more reasons to pack your bags and head to some of South Asia's most enchanting destinations, from tranquil mountain hideaways to sun-soaked beaches. With a selection of 45 hotels across more than 20 unique locations, Marriott Bonvoy is setting the stage for unforgettable adventures. Discover Your Perfect Retreat Whether you yearn for the calming embrace of the mountains or the sunlit charm of a beachside resort, 'Resort Escapes' has something for everyone. With properties in locales like Dehradun, Goa, Jaisalmer, and Shillong, Marriott International is curating experiences that go beyond the ordinary. Each destination offers a unique blend of relaxation, adventure, and culture, ensuring that no two trips are the same. Unbeatable Deals and Exclusive Perks The 'Resort Escapes' package includes a variety of benefits that make your stay even more rewarding. Here's a glimpse of what you can expect: Daily hotel credit of up to INR 2,000 at select Marriott properties Complimentary daily buffet breakfast to start your day right A bucket of beer or a bottle of wine to enjoy during your stay 20% discount on spa treatments for ultimate relaxation Curated experiences designed to immerse you in the local culture 50% savings for kids under 12 years of age Earn 1000 bonus points per stay for Marriott Bonvoy® HDFC Bank credit card holders A Glimpse into Paradise Take a journey to Courtyard by Marriott Mahabaleshwar, a resort perched on the stunning Sahyadri mountain range in Maharashtra. This serene retreat offers panoramic views of lush valleys and misty hills, with accommodations ranging from elegantly appointed rooms to luxurious private pool villas. Whether you're seeking rejuvenation through holistic spa treatments, exploring the surrounding beauty with trekking and nature walks, or indulging in a special picnic amid nature, Courtyard Mahabaleshwar ensures that each moment is tailored to your desires. Tailored for Families and Couples The 'Resort Escapes' campaign is designed to meet the needs of families and couples who seek properties with a variety of amenities. As the seasons change, many families look for resort destinations to make the most of summer breaks or school vacations, while couples are drawn to romantic getaways year-round. With this in mind, Marriott International has crafted a campaign that offers not just a place to stay, but a complete experience. Start Planning Your Escape With so many incredible destinations and exclusive perks, there's no better time to start planning your holiday escape with Marriott Bonvoy. Explore the possibilities, embrace the adventure, and make memories that will last a lifetime with the 'Resort Escapes' promotion. Visit the Marriott Bonvoy website to discover the full list of participating hotels and book your dream getaway today. The offer will be live and bookable on:  https://www.marriott.com/offers/resort-escapes-with-marriott-bonvoy-off-114369 About Marriott Bonvoy® Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio offers renowned hospitality in the most memorable destinations in the world, with 31 brands that are tailored to every type of journey. From The Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis to W Hotels and more, Marriott Bonvoy has more luxury offerings than any other travel program. Members can earn points for stays at hotels and resorts, including all-inclusive resorts and premium home rentals, and through everyday purchases with co-branded credit cards. Members can redeem their points for experiences including future stays, Marriott Bonvoy Moments™, or through partners for luxurious products from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques®. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit marriottbonvoy.com.

  • Being Author - Dr.Manisha Anwekar

    I am so glad to share my one-of-its-kind journey of writing and publishing one book every month. So far, I have authored and published seventy-nine books. My eightieth book is due for release on April 30th 2024. I know it sounds so unbelievable that someone has taken up a ‘challenge’ to do something like this. However, let me tell you that it is not a challenge. It is my journey of discipline, dedication, and a focused approach toward something that has helped me grow personally as well as professionally, and carve a unique path for myself. So was I always a writer? No! Except for writing articles in school and college magazines, and later, my blogs, I did not write much. In fact, I became an author to spite my husband who would go on pestering me to write a book, because he said I had so much to share with the world. He would bring up this topic every now and then, and like any other wife, I would feel bugged. I would tell him that I had no time to do ‘such things,’ but he would not budge. In fact, I never wanted to write a book. With my fulltime engagement in my socio-spiritual organization—Spiritual Konnect-- I was too busy conducting meditation, prescription yoga, and spiritual parenting classes. Plus, seminars and other things were always lined up. Writing a book was not even a blip on the radar of my mind. But like any other stubborn wife, to stop my husband’s constant nagging, I started writing my debut book, “A Peek Into the Amazing World of Chakras,” in 2013. I took almost one and a half years to write the book, and it was published in September 2014. I wrote another book in 2015 for my charity project to transform the lives of prisoners in India. This book was written in fifteen days. December 2017 onwards, my life took an unusual turn when the ‘weird’ thought of writing and publishing one book every month struck me. I rubbished the thought by saying, ‘has anybody ever done this?’ But trust me, a strong voice emerged from within- ‘no. Nobody has done this before. That is why you should to do it.’ I was astounded! I thought, let us give it a shot. Let us see how it goes. I was under no obligation to do it. I had neither signed any contract nor taken any money for my work. This wildly experimental thought boosted my confidence and so I embarked on my one-off journey. As I moved ahead month after month, I found that I was able to stick to my schedule of writing and publishing one book every month--along with completing all other duties-- committedly. Today, it is more than six years and a few months of continuing on this journey. Let me share something else: many people do not take me seriously. They question the quality of my books, because according to them, it is impossible for anyone to ‘churn out’ a book in a month. They may be right, because they are comparing my talent with theirs, which they may not have to the same degree. Such thoughts do not deter me from doing what I want to do. There will always be naysayers. Many times, feedback from my readers brings tears to my eyes, especially when they say that my book/s have transformed their lives, or even that they have brought a ray of hope into their lives, especially when they felt that everything had stopped for them. I want to tell you to never get discouraged by what others think and say about you and your work. They will mock you. They will gossip about you. Let them do whatever they want. Your job is to focus on your path. Remember, those are their thoughts. Never get affected by them. Stick to your path. Do your best and carve a unique life for yourself, one that has been created only for you. Trust me, we all have something to bring to the table. We all have stories to inspire and ignite minds. Never shy away from putting forward what inspires you. Write, write and write, my friend, because writing liberates you! It is a miraculous tonic to nourish your soul! And now it’s time for a shoutout to Bookoholics for giving me this beautiful opportunity. I am so grateful to you, dear TEAM Bookoholics. I wish you my best for your future endeavours!

  • Romi Advani's Story: From Humble Roots to Motivational Success

    In 1947, during the partition of India and Pakistan, many families were displaced and forced to migrate across the new borders. Romi Advani's parents were among them, leaving Sindh to settle in India with little more than hope and resilience. They made their new home in Nagda, a small town in Madhya Pradesh. Romi Advani grew up here, immersed in a Hindi-speaking community and attending a school where English was a second language. English felt distant and unfamiliar, but she couldn't have predicted how important it would become in her life. At the age of 20, Romi Advani married Ravinder Advani, who had been educated in a convent school and spoke flawless English. He was accustomed to Western customs, such as eating with a knife and fork, while Romi Advani came from a background where Hindi was the common language and English was barely spoken. The cultural shift was overwhelming, leaving Romi Advani feeling out of place and hesitant to engage in social settings. She often retreated into silence during gatherings with Ravinder's family and friends, unsure of how to adapt to the unfamiliar environment. Romi Advani knew she needed to change. She invested in a dictionary, English books, and newspapers to improve her language skills. A mentor advised her to practice speaking English in front of a mirror and to think in English. This process was challenging, but with time and persistence, Romi Advani's fluency grew. Although her accent needed work, she tackled it by reading articles aloud to her husband, who helped her refine her pronunciation. The dinner table presented another obstacle. In her family, eating with a knife and fork was rare, but in Ravinder's family, it was the standard. Romi Advani felt too shy to ask for guidance, so she took it upon herself to learn. She would lock herself in her room with crisp toast, practicing with a knife and fork for hours. It took a month of diligent effort, but she eventually mastered the technique, allowing her to fit in with her new family. Romi Advani's journey from struggling with English and etiquette to becoming confident in both areas was remarkable. Her experience motivated her to help others facing similar challenges, leading her to become a motivational speaker and share her story of transformation. Years later, just as Romi Advani settled into her role as a mother of three daughters and grandmother, life had another surprise in store. A young, caring person with a golden heart entered her life, reminding her that age is just a number and that she could continue to pursue her passions. This renewed Romi Advani's enthusiasm for life, encouraging her to keep teaching, singing, and dancing. Today, Romi Advani proudly holds the TZP Maa Award, a recognition of her achievements as a mother, grandmother, and motivational speaker. Her journey from humble beginnings to a respected figure in her community is a powerful testament to her resilience and determination, inspiring others to overcome their fears and embrace the unknown. Now her goal of life is to continue her legacy to inspire people and make each and every individuals precious and good human beings in their life .

  • "The Shawshank Redemption": A Timeless Tale of Hope and Friendship -Dr. Pratik Mungekar

    As I revisited "The Shawshank Redemption," I was struck by its enduring power and the timeless lessons it imparts. Released a year before my birth, this cinematic masterpiece continues to resonate deeply, reminding us of the profound human capacity for hope and the transformative power of friendship. At its core, "The Shawshank Redemption" is a story of resilience in the face of adversity. Andy Dufresne, wrongly convicted of murder, endures years of incarceration at Shawshank State Penitentiary. Despite the bleakness of his circumstances, Andy maintains an unwavering sense of hope. His determination to preserve his dignity and find redemption serves as an inspiration. One of the most poignant lessons from the film is the importance of hope. In the darkest of times, it is hope that sustains us, guiding us through the storm and reminding us that better days lie ahead. Andy's belief in the power of hope not only sustains him but also uplifts those around him, offering a glimmer of light in the midst of despair. Moreover, "The Shawshank Redemption" celebrates the transformative power of friendship. Andy forms a deep bond with fellow inmate Ellis "Red" Redding, a friendship that transcends the confines of their prison walls. Through their camaraderie and mutual support, Andy and Red find solace and strength, proving that genuine human connection can flourish even in the most unlikely of places. The film also underscores the importance of perseverance and resilience. Despite facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Andy remains steadfast in his pursuit of freedom and justice. His resilience in the face of adversity serves as a proof to the indomitable human spirit, reminding us that we are capable of overcoming even the greatest of challenges. Ultimately, "The Shawshank Redemption" is a timeless masterpiece that teaches us valuable lessons about hope, friendship, and the power of the human spirit. As we advance our own trials and tribulations, may we draw inspiration from Andy and Red's journey, remembering that no matter how bleak the circumstances may seem, there is always hope on the horizon.

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