education, Inspiration

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Etymologically, the word school is derived from a Greek word ‘skholē’ meaning ‘leisure’.
Leisure?? School??
They don’t seem to align now, do they?

When I woke up this morning I didn’t set out to come up with this write up, but as I started working on a school report – I couldn’t help but find it sarcastically humorous that the place which is failing to uplift the essence, that is a child, actually has a connection to ‘use of free time for enjoyment’?

Sure, school is a requirement as of for hundreds of reasons. I am sure, many will come up with reason(s), as to why school is needed. But is it not becoming a nuisance for quite sometime now?
Since when did business and torment became synonymous with knowledge? 
Uncountable number of assignments, examinations, projects. How can we even forget the stress on marks obtained and the enormity of the fees levied by the schools. 
Even worse is the state of the teachers going through the training phase – trust me when I say this because I am a teacher in-training myself.

Are they competent enough to become teachers? What it takes to teach, to be amongst children and what damage a bad teacher can do to a child – no one keeps a tab on it. 
“There are no bad students, Only incompetent teachers”
Is this just a rant? No. It’s not. It’s a realisation on my part. 
We can’t change the curriculum nor can we wage a war on the government. Hell, we can’t even challenge a higher authority – but all y’all teachers and would be teachers, the one thing you can do is TRY. 
Try and change the way you teach and the way you perceive the art of education. Try to understand the psychology of the children and guide them accordingly. Make an alliance amongst yourselves. Make sure a child learns atleast one new thing from you everyday. 
Try and not create another generation of incompetent literates. 

Sure, it’s not what you set out to do initially, but you are here now – training yourselves to train the minds loaded with untouched untapped potential – DO NOT MESS IT UP LIKE THEY DID WITH US.
You got a voice – USE IT! The right way in the right place. 

Written by Kasturi, Assam(India)

Doing things when you don’t feel like and doing it anyways is what counts.

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I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count. –Muhammad Ali

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So many things we only do based on our mood- and we hear a lot of them say – I don’t want to do things because there is no mood for it etc…

If the whole world would revolve around doing things as per the mood we would be doomed…

Imagine a pilot saying in the middle of the flight I am in no mood for flying and decides to leave the cockpit while in air. Or when a child is hungry and the mother tells the child I am not in the mood of giving you food.

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In relationship we can call it ‘unconditional love’ or at business we can call it ‘stick with it’ or in normal language perseverence. Whichever area you talk about, the wisdom remains the same..

I think the quote in the beginning of this post by Muhammad Ali is enough to motivate us.

What is it that you will do today to push yourself beyond your limitations of “mood”??

-Paul Fernandes

Into the world of smoky falls tribe coffee.

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1. When did you realise your passion for entering into the world of coffee?

I realised my love for our locally grown coffee ever since I was introduced to it by my late grandmother almost 25 years ago. Seven years ago I decided to venture into the Coffee business by starting a small café using locally grown coffee, initially I started from my own farm and then from neighbouring villages. I started with traditional pan roasting and got a small commercial coffee grinder and sold it in my café. The name of the café back then was Black & White Coffee Shop.

2. What helped you to get a strong foothold in this business?

The support from my family, husband, parents are the reason I took this step. Good feedbacks and reviews from friends helped me a lot in this journey.

3. Struggles/setbacks and how your persevered in it?

There are many things that I had to do to be able to prove myself to start up this business. I was working in SBI (State Bank of India) when I started this business and had to convince my family that I wanted to pursue my dream of going full time in Coffee business.

4. Things you like most about your profession?

I get to be creative, innovative and also get to work with coffee growers(farmers) from different villages across Meghalaya.

5. Major achievement and significant moment.

My most significant moment was the day I got to launch the first Coffee product and got positive feedback and support from friends and relatives.

6. Your belief about what it takes to be successful in any field.

Honesty in this field is very important, especially in any business.

7. Any advice for young entrepreneurs?

Don’t be scared to pursue your dreams. And when you think of finance, we have the PMEGP which is a loan from KVIC, India and also there are many crowdfunding websites. Write a good project and approach them.

-Dasumarline Majaw

10,000 views, 86 countries in 3 months. By : Paul Fernandes


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10,000  Views , across 86 countries in 3 months

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to each and every one of you for having viewed the site “Imagination Breathing”.  Thank you for giving us your time. I would also like to thank all those you have contributed their articles, poetries and photographs.  I am sure  “Imagination Breathing”  has inspired many lives and will continue to do so.


Thank you for your best wishes and support .

May we be inspired and continue to inspire lives.


Paul Fernandes


Imagination Breathing.

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Are you still chasing after something or someone ?

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Image Paul Fernandes. Are you still chasing after something or someone  ? by: Paul Fernandes.

“Don’t explain. Your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you”. Paulo Coelho

“Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love. And most importantly, be kind to others,even if you don’t like them. Stacy London.  The saddest moments of our lives are the moments when we wanted something or someone and did not have it.  Agree?  If you do not agree with the above sentence then don’t read the rest of it. Ok,- so to the people who agree with me when I said the saddest moments of our lives are the moments when we wanted something or someone and did not have it. Let’s make the journey of this blog together. I noticed that more we are desperate to get something, the further it goes away from us. What are you chasing, is it something or someone?  What if I told you that we are so focused on the destination that we forget what happens on the journey. The lessons we learn on the journey are equally important to our lives.  The solution I found to the problem of chasing is to do what you love, be around people who understand you, especially your family and close friends. More importantly to let go of what you desperately hold on to you. When this happens rest of the things will fall in line. You will meet the right people, right situations etc. I’ll give you an example- When I started  Imagination Breathing I constantly had to remind myself “It’s not what you do that makes a difference, it’s how you do it which makes a difference”. Even on the day I was writing my first post in the month of “May”, I asked myself –why would anybody contribute their writing to IB? And I wasn’t any celebrity that I had people around the world knowing me. All I did was believe in “how I did, what I did”, and the result is what you have in front of you Imagination Breathing has been viewed by people all across the world. The articles, poems and recently photographs that we contribute here are bringing smile and inspiring lives around the world. I am happy that more people are getting recognition and platform through Imagination Breathing. As I conclude with this blog- I invite you to stop chasing and just do what you believe you are good at and what you believe is great work. You will be with right people, at the right time ,in right situations and above all you’ll be happy. “Don’t chase people. Be yourself, do your own thing and work hard. The right people – the ones who really belong in your life – will come to your. And stay.”.. Will Smith. “Believe in yourself and stop trying to convince others”. James De La Vega. Thank you. Best wishes: Paul Fernandes Founder Imagination Breathing.(Inspiring lives)