One voice was louder than the rest- DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!

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I loved dancing since I was a kid. I always looked for opportunities to get on stage and dance. After I had finished my schooling years, my dream of being a professional dancer was fading away. I knew dance was the only thing that would make me come alive.

After my 3 years of graduation, I was contemplating about going into management sector. It was the movie “3 idiots” that changed my mind and I began to ask myself some serious questions on what I really wanted to do in life. One voice was louder than the rest “DANCE, DANCE DANCE.” I listened to my gut feeling and decided to venture into the world of professional dancing. My family and friends always supported my decision.

Since Bollywood is full of senior experienced choreographers and dancers, the biggest struggle in Mumbai was to find work as a choreographer. On a good day I would get through an audition or an interview, on a bad day it was worst.

I thought of doing my training in my hometown- Goa, but there were no professional institutes that attracted me. I was on a lookout for full time dance training institute and then I came across Terence Lewis professional training institute.

I auditioned in 2010, but I did not get through. I worked hard at my moves everyday for a year and then I auditioned again in 2011 and this time I got selected for the scholarship programme. I finished my training in 2013, then I got selected to work with Terence Lewis contemporary dance co. as performer, I was really happy n amazed to finally work with Terence Lewis. He is one of the most intelligent and beautiful human being I have come across, he is my biggest motivation in life who has always been there when I needed him. He has been a guide and friend to me.

Today, I am a professional dancer and choreographer and this was possible because of immense hard work, support form Terence Lewis and unconditional love from family and friends. To all those out there who aspire to be professional dancers. Get into this business only if you have love for it and are willing to work hard.

-Shailesh

Mic Check! with Alfie

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A warm Hello to all Masters of Ceremony and Anchors, present and future. Here are a few thoughts based on 20 years of experience in this field.

1. WHAT ~ WHEN ~ WHERE ~ WHY : Try and find comprehensive answers to these questions vis-à-vis your event, or people might soon start asking HOW did he get this gig. In this digital age, information is freely available. Know the Event, know the Acts, know the Timeline.

2. TOMATO IS A FRUIT : Knowing that is knowledge … NOT putting tomatoes in a fruit salad is Wisdom!(Miles Kingdon). MC is not paid to show off his knowledge! Use your phrases in phases … You’re an Anchor not a stand-up comic. 

3. MIDDLE FINGER OR THUMB : Both stand out but only one makes a statement! Dress smart, dress appropriate (Corporate dress codes).  Choose Comfort over Style! If your Gucci loafers are killing your feet it will show in your performance and if your pant is too tight, it squeezes your breath among other things!

4. ONE IN A BILLION : From among the 109 billion that have walked the earth … There is no one with your fingerprints! You are Unique … Let it show! Develop your own style of introducing and signing off. Whoever said, “Imitation is the highest form of flattery” probably borrowed the quote and lacked self confidence!

5. LOVE ~ LAUGH ~ LIVE : If you do not love being an MC and are not enjoying your performance … You are not living the dream! “Talk a little but Read a lot, Cry a little and Laugh a lot, Play a little but Work a lot and Hope a little but Pray a lot” #AlfieSaidItFirst 

He wanted to see the world from top, so he climbed Everest !!!

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I have known Gary for over 4 years, to me he comes across as friendly and down to earth person. Gary Jarman Lamare is from Shilliong, Meghalaya. The feeling of exploration and adventure has made him climb some of the highest mountain peaks in the world, some of them being Kangchenjunga, Annapurna Massif, Cho Oyu and Mount Everest. When asked about what initiated him into mountain climbing, his reply was, “I always wanted to see the world from high above and I could do that by climbing mountains.” Gary believes that if you really want something, we can get it with hard work and perseverance and what is most required is BELIEF in oneself. He says, the word BELIEVE has made him do things that most others thought it would be impossible. 

He climbed Mt.Everest in 2012 as a cameraman for the discovery channel capturing the journey of the Indian Army women’s expedition. When asked to describe about the experience of climbing the world’s highest mountain peak, he said, “if I wasn’t passionate about climbing mountains, I wouldn’t have done it”. This is a great reminder to all the readers, that doing something you are passionate about plays a vital role for having a fulfilled life. Forces of nature can be devastating, climbing up at that height. Gary’s story of perseverance is a great reminder to all of us that if we want something we can achieve it, if we believe in it. His last climb was Stok Kangri in Ladakh. 


Currently he is exploring the oceans. He has started the Goa Diving centre in Bogmalo beach. His purpose to start was to break the fear of water (aquaphobia)among people. So if you are in Goa and want to explore the sea, you just know where to go.

Click the link to find out more about Goa Diving – http://www.facebook.com/GoaDiving

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We wish Gary Jarman all the best for all his future adventures. 

-Paul Fernandes

Imagination Breathing

Thousands of unique jewellery pieces on Indian footpath.

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This is a man who believes in his work. Mohammad Sultan has made thousands of unique jewellery pieces over a period of 25 years. He hails from Delhi and has been in Goa past 21 years. His first exhibition was at the age of 17 in Kanpur. A question that baffled me was, how a man of such calibre still sells his jewelleries on the streets of Panjim,Goa. When asked how many pieces does he make in a day- his replied “sometimes 2 to 4 a day”. This is a great lesson we can learn from this 54 year old man, putting in small amount of work over a period of time makes a big difference.

A fascinating thing he mentioned was that, if any piece breaks while making an accessory, he would never join it again, this only challenges him to get things right the first time. With tears in his eyes he said “people come and buy stuff, but very few appreciate the hard work and dedication that has goes in making it.” He made me realised that starting a small business is not about where you start, whether you have a big store or you sell it on the footpath. What matters is the conviction of doing something truly amazing.

He displays his unique and intriguing  jewellery on the  footpath opposite Hotel Fidalgo, Panjim-Goa.  It is worth visiting him. These silent artists are the very people who make India, truly Incredible.



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113 countries, 100 articles. – Paul Fernandes

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I want to thank each one for making this journey possible. 100 quality articles is a big landmark. A special thanks to each contributor of the articles for believing in my venture for inspiring lives. Today when I see the site “Imagination Breathing. Com” viewed in 113 countries around the world. I feel proud of the decision I had taken and the sacrifices I made to start the website. As a child, I always wanted my name and work to be known around the world. Today when people from 113 countries are being touched by what I do. I feel happy and blessed. I wish to continue this journey with your support in the years to come.
I would like to thank the people from the following countries listed below who have viewed the site “Imagination Breathing. Com.”

India, United States, Brazil, United Kingdom, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Philippines, Canada, Portugal, Russia, Israel, Vietnam, Kenya, Germany, France, Argentina, Norway, Bangladesh, Qatar, New Zealand, Ireland, Japan, Egypt, Turkey, Kuwait, China, Indonesia, Iran, European Union, Spain, Singapore, Hong Kong SAR China, Mexico, Thailand, Austria, Sweden, Greece, Papua New Guinea, Belgium, Rwanda, Oman, Lebanon, Bhutan, Ecuador, South Africa, South Korea, Ukraine, Cote D Lvoire, Chile, Pakistan, Malaysia, Malta, Algeria, Denmark, Romania, Venezuela, Uruguay, Peru, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Poland, Albania, Estonia, Mauritius, Angola, Bahrain, Bolivia, Uzbekistan, Liberia, Azerbaijan, Nicaragua, Montenegro, Luxembourg, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Jamaica, Barbados, Kazakhstan, Trininda and Tobago, Tanzania, Finland, Georgia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zambia, Hungary, Croatia, Macedonia, Puerto Rico, Tunisia, Iceland, Slovenia, Latvia, Fiji, Guatemala, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Mongolia, Brunei, Seychelles, Honduras, Cameroon, Reunion, U.S. Virgin Islands, Suriname, Cyprus, Belize, Mozambique.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

LOVE YOU ALL.

With Gratitude,

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Paul Fernandes
Founder and Editor-in-chief
Imagination Breathing.com

Coffee or Passion? by, Paul Fernandes

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Finally the first draft of my book is ready, two and half years of tireless brain work and now it is here, right in front of me.  Few quotes/lines from the book are given below.

  1. “We lose ourselves in our pursuit to get someone to look at us the way we want them to.”

    2.  “I have felt a sense of hopelessness and nothingness.”

    3.  “At times we might not be aware but we might have the best imagination power.”

    4.  “Life may be shot and we must n0t take it for granted.”

    5.   “We must enjoy our uniqueness and individuality.” 

    6.   “Our mind can play nasty games with us, especially when we are alone.”

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With gratitude,

 

Paul Fernandes

Founder  and  Editor-in-chief

Imagination Breathing

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

 

“CHOCOLATE – The best chapter of my life”. by: Joyla Fernandes. Goa, India.

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“CHOCOLATE – The best chapter of my life”.

Getting a 3 months old puppy home from an animal shelter seemed just fun to me, I was a 12 years old girl then. Little did I know that this tiny little watchdog would turn out to be the most important part of my life.
“Chocolate”- that’s what we named him. As the name suggests he was a dark brown mix breed of a local and a boxer, he had beautiful yet fierce hazel eyes. He was like a combo of milk and chocolate – brown on top with a creamy white chest. His cute tail turned around like a question mark.
Chocolate soon filled my house with joy and laughter and as I grew up, I truly understood what it meant my unconditional love. We bonded very well. We played together for hours, sat around together, went for walks, he wasn’t just a dog to me, he was my companion . Though he couldn’t speak, I knew he could understand everything I said. I could share my worries, my sorrows with him and he would listen with those compassionate eyes towards me as if to speak a language  of its own. Somehow our souls connected so deeply. .
We grew up together, me and my buddy. From a tiny sweet little puppy Choco grew up to be a rough manly watch dog, fierce and strong and yet a gentle soul. I was so proud to have this beauty in my life. The way he would stand on our parapet, his chest so broad and wide – with pride and majesty. Unlike his sweet chocolaty name, his nature was that of strength and roughness. People passing by would tremble with fear at his sight, something I enjoyed watching. He was the ‘Don’ of my locality and nobody dared to stand before him. I wouldn’t be afraid to walk around late in the evenings with my Choco by my side as I knew nobody would dare harm me. His mighty presence assured me that I was safe.

Choco passed away on 31st of March 2015 after being around for 10 years, leaving a big gap in my life which no one can ever fill up. How I miss his loud voice, those eyes when he looked at me with all that love and understanding, his tail wagging with happiness at my sight, the joy in his eyes, when I returned back home. I miss his presence around me.
I just wish he could be with me forever and never leave my side. I have no words to express the pain I feel, something only a pet lover who has lost a pet would understand. Though it may be a common thing for all of us, each one knows how much it hurts.
He is one dog nobody will ever forget, He is still missed deeply by this heart.
“Chocolate” – that sweetness that has filled my heart lingers on”.

 

This year – Write your own story. By: Paul Fernandes.

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“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can”.  Neil Gaiman.

 This year – Write your own story.  

New years greetings from Goa.

May you create peace, joy and love in your life and in the lives of other people. May you  grow in grace. May you find clear vision for your life. May you be optimistic about life. May you be humble. May you feel safe in the company you keep. Trust in your ability and trust in the God you believe in.  May you make this year count. May there be smile on your face and may you give this smile to others. May all who come across your way have a better day because they saw you.

THIS YEAR- WRITE YOUR OWN STORY.

Love and best wishes.

Paul Fernandes

Founder

Imagination Breathing.

Beauty of “Sun rise” and “Sun set”. Location: Goa (Photography) by:Paul Fernandes.

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“The first act of awe,when man was struck with the beauty or wonder of Nature,was the first spiritual experience”. . Henryk Skolimowsk.

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Earth,Air,Fire,Water -blending together. (Sun rise)

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“Beauty in Serenity”(sun set)

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Thank you:

Love:

Paul Fernandes.

Founder.

Imagination Breathing (Inspiring Lives)