DO NOT MESS IT UP LIKE THEY DID WITH US.

education, Inspiration

Photo by Aaron Burden

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. 
INSPIRE. LOVE. CREATE A LEAGACY – YOUR LEGACY. 
BE THE TEACHER YOU ALWAYS WANTED WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD.

Written by Kasturi, Assam(India)

If I did it my way and failed, it’s OK, An extra step changes everything. -Anil Singh.

marathon, Motivation, My Blog

If I did it my way and failed, it’s ok. These words came out of Anil Singh’s mouth and most of the audience had an immediate connection with him. This article is my take on Anil Singh’s TEDX, Panchgani talk, which at a personal level did move me a lot. His journey with marathon started with the London marathon. The difference between participatory sports and spectator sports was crystal clear in his talk.

He said, “When over 40,000 plus people participate in the marathon run, there are 40,000 plus winners and with it 40,000 stories.” These were golden words, because isn’t our life about stories ?

He spoke about getting Standard Chartered to back up his dream of having a marathon and how he made people understand the fabric of sports. Two things which stood out were perseverance and love for sports. I think we all need to have both, love and perseverance no matter what field we are into.

I am paraphrasing the words of Anil Singh – ‘If I did it my way and failed it was ok, I would get a good sleep, imagine I did it your way and failed, I would never get sleep’. May be this is what we need sometimes, to believe in our dream and to know that in the end it will workout.

Anil Singh introduced India to “Dream run”. And this year(2018) it’s called as TATA Mumbai marathon.

Anil Singh is the founder and Managing Director of Procam International – the company that promotes the iconic TATA Mumbai Marathon, Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, TCS World 10k Bengaluru and the Tata Steel Kolkata 25k.

Imagination Breathing wishes him all the best for his future endeavours. Let’s all as he says, “Keep plunging away”.

From Mom’s Nose Pin to Brother’s Gym: How at the age of 9 I realised that gender is fluid, Aishwarya

Inspiration, My Blog, women

“Rahul, Raj, Govindda, Ajay…..” the audience blabbers as they were asked to guess the host of OBR (One Billion Rising is a global movement, founded by Eve Ensler, to end rape and sexual violence against women (onebillionrising.org)

“It is Aishwarya”, says the host finally.

“My name is Aishwarya and I was born a girl.”

I am a 17 year old student and at the age of 9 started applying the concept of gender fluidity. It started when my mom and dad separated, and my dad was fed up of tying up my waist long hair, hence, got it cut short. I was told by many that it suited me, and that I was looking cute. That was the reason I didn’t return to my long hair, but this of course is not the reason that I am identified as a boy. I have an elder brother and sister and since childhood my brother was allowed to go out, be it day or night, was allowed to hangout with his friends, and take all serious decisions and responsibilities of the house, this used to confuse and annoy me because I too was a human and I used to wonder why was I treated unequally. That time I didn’t know anything about gender equality, or that women were equal before law, I became sensitised only after 6 years when I joined NINEISMINE (http://www.nineismine.in)at the age of 14.

Although I was being treated equal as my brother, by her father, I was sent for grocery shopping or any other important work in the absence of my brother; I was given a phone before my elder sister. Although it made me happy but it also made me realise the level of discrimination in our Indian families and I started fighting for my sister’s rights with my father, and now all the three children of my family are treated equally.

When I got opportunity to speak in public, I spoke on gender equality, and everybody used to think that I am a boy because of my attire, my voice and my built which I had due to the gym, and once I tell them my name the hall used to echo with applause.

Now, everyone refers to me as beta(son), bhai(brother) and my sister looks up to me, as the so called protector, rather than my brother. I know this concept of protector too needs to be eliminated and that’s my vision: I want to become a professional dancer, and by being be the real me on private and public platforms, I know I am fighting gender stereotypes and inequality.

Now that I recall the times I used to apply my mother’s lipstick I laugh, and continue doing my dumbbells. There are lot of people who come to me and say that they want to be just like me and have the same courage. You know what? I am going to fight for all of these people.

My family, friends, neighbours, teachers all have accepted me like I am, and why shouldn’t they?
I am just another human.

Let’s play again – Reviving our forgotten childhood games! Dr. Sandeep Kate

Games, My Blog

MAGIC !!!

The mere mention of word is sure to arouse some interest !

Well, let me tell you that this writeup is NOT about Magic, at least not of the kind we usually mean when we think of the word.

I’m talking about the long lost and nearly “magical” period of our lives that we all fondly remember & cherish as our “Childhood days”….

Let’s have a bit of a fun quiz  –

Question –

Did you play any of the following games as a child ??

Spinning tops ( Lattoo/Bhavra ),  Marbles ( Kanche/Gotya ) , Gilli danda ( Viti dandu ) , Lagori, flying Kites, Chor Police, Aandhali Koshimbir (blind man’s buff ), Jiblya/Thikrya, Aba dubi, Sagargote, and so on …

If your answer is “yes” and if the mere mention of these games and play things brings a sensation of nostalgia or “deja vu” to you, then I can safely (magically ) tell you that you were born in the early half of the 1990’s or earlier.

Okay Okay … I know this wasn’t really a demonstration of magic but a simple guesstimate here….

My point is that these and dozens of other such games and activities have been played traditionally by children for hundreds or rather thousands of years. Not only in India but all over the world. However, the advent of technology and the sweeping changes in our culture and lifestyle, brought about by the rapid digitisation of our world, has put these games at a real risk of getting lost forever.

Is it important at all to sweat over this ” trivial ” issue ? How does it matter if the kids of the present and future generations stop playing these games ? Isn’t change the reality and rule of life ??

Is it even our business to get involved as adults ?

The answer is both easy and very difficult at the same time.

For my part, I have chosen to say –

” YES ”

Yes, it is important to ensure that our children are introduced to these wonderful pastimes and that they develop and sustain an interest in these games and activities.

It’s not like we tell them to start playing  these games to the exclusion of their  computers and televisions. I think we need to help them (and ourselves) achieve a healthy balance between the “Real” and “Virtual” games !

There is something wonderful and important about these traditional games that cannot be simply brushed away as rose tinted & sepia toned nostalgia.

Adults or Kids – we all need our regular dose of “Fun” & “Play” to keep our sanity intact in our fast paced and “constantly connected” world !

We need to connect on a more basic, simple and human level with each other and with our own selves. There is no better way to do this than through simple and plain old fashioned games – the games that we all played as children and that we still ought to play with each other AND with our children.

Simple games, simple fun, simple and joyful lives….

If this thought excites you, & if you would actually like to do something about this,  please visit our website http://soilgames.co.in to find out more.

Get in touch with us if you wish to contribute to the movement to revive our long lost / forgotten / traditional childhood games…

चलो, फिरसे खेलते हैं ..

Let’s Play Again!!!

Dr. Sandeep S Kate

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

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

Inspirational journey of Daniel Syiem

Designer, Inspiration, Motivation, My Blog, shillong.

FASHION DESIGNING is something which I was always very passionate about since I was a boy.  It’s funny looking back at my school days and finding scribbles and sketches of designs on my notebooks, whereas you’d find sketches of buildings and skylines on my brother’s who is now an architect. Goes to show that even at an unconscious level we had already tapped into our passion.
It was only after school and after completing my 12th that I realized  I wanted to pursue this further. Keeping in mind that during the time, the fashion industry was was almost non existent here in Shillong and there were no known local designers, so it wasn’t surprising that my parents were not supportive with my decision and insisted that I do a regular graduation course.

I joined St Edmunds college pursuing a degree in Arts majoring in Sociology. Little did I know that being in St. Edmunds would pave the way to my designing career. It was during my final year in college that I got to organise a fashion show during our college festival. That in itself was a challenge trying to convince our principal and getting his permission to host the college’s first ever fashion show. But with the support from the teachers,  my friends and fellow students, we managed to create history in the college by hosting the biggest fashion and talent show ever and which later set a trend for other colleges around the city.

  The show was called Young Talent Time or as they popularly call it now YTT. I got to showcase my first ever collection during that show. It was well recieved and that led me to being selected to represent my state at a Fashion Designing Competition(Fifth World Organisation) and me winning the North East Best Designer Award. Brian Wallang being the curator of the competition.

Winning the award was a turning point for me and I knew then that this was something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Taking it further I took up a three and a half year course on fashion designing at the prestigious Pearl Academy of Fashion in New Delhi. However due to unavoidable circumstances I had to drop out after completing a semester.

Dropping out of Pearl dampened my spirits and my passion for designing, and that led me to think of other career options.  After a few months working at a call center in Delhi, I returned back home to Shillong.

That was one of the lowest points in my life. Unsure of what to do next I took up odd jobs around the city.. from driving a cab to waitering at Shillong’s first coffee shop led me to being asked to manage Shillong’s first ever night club called Platinum.
I spent two years of my life working at Platinum. Those were the most challenging yet stimulating times which helped me kick start my professional life and again paved another path for me to get back into my designing career.


I have always said that I believe in Angels. Mine was a fun loving party hopping man by the name of Tennyson Lyngdoh. Tenny would visit club almost every Saturday. I later came to know that he was an officer with the Sericulture department.

Tenny had heard of my short lived career as a designer and would bring it up during our conversations. He would mention about his work with the weavers of Ri bhoi district and his attempts at promoting The Ryndia – our heritage fabric. From our brief conversations I saw that Tenny was very passionate about his work and insisted that I get back into fashion and help him promote the weaving community.

That was the turning point in my career. After much persuasion I agreed to visit the weavers of Ri bhoi. This I always say, the moment I was introduced to the Ryndia,  I felt  an almost spiritual connection to it. I knew then I had found my calling.


A little bit about my background- I come from a family where both my father and grandfather were  great social activists and their works had contributed a lot towards the upliftment of our people. From the time I had decided to take up Fashion Designing, I always wondered how can I do the same for my people through my work? Having been introduced to the Ryndia gave me that opportunity.

Till then inspite of Tennys great efforts, not much was being done to protect and promote this heritage fabric. Working with the Ryndia would give me a chance to not only promote the weaving community and better their livelihood through weaving but also using fashion as a platform to give the outside world a chance to peak into our culture and tradition.
Over the years Tenny and I worked hard to introduce the Ryndia to the market through my designs. I had to overcome a lot of challenges one being that I was never formally trained in designing. It was through a lot of trial and error that I came to hone my skills.

My relationship with Tenny blossomed into a beautiful friendship. Unfortunately he passed away leaving a huge void in my life. I however decided to carry on his mission. In the process I came across Janess. Janess was working with a weaving community in Manipur at the time. After many conversations, we decided to join hands.  That led us to start the Daniel Syiem’s Ethnic Fashion House. The aim of the fashion house would be to promote textiles from the North East with Meghalaya- being our first priority. And our dream was to take Ryndia to the world.


In a span of four years and with numerous collections the world got to know about the Ryndia and our people. From back home in India to London, New York,  Toronto,  Italy,  Dubai,  Thailand and Singapore the story of the Ryndia was well received and appreciated.  Doors of prestigious organizations like the Nehru center in London, IFFAD in Rome and the World Intellectual Property Organisation, United Nations in Geneva were  opened for us.

The journey has been long and challenging and I still have a long way to go, to achieve my childhood dream of becoming one of the biggest designer in the world. All the ups and downs have made me stronger and wiser. But all these experiences have also made me realize that there is no true recipe to success. A dear friend once told me that ones true aim in life is to be Happy. That in a way has helped simplify my outlook in life.

It’s all about being true to yourself and not being afraid to listen to your inner voice, because that voice is true and wise. It’s about allowing yourself to fall and having the strength to rise back up and not being afraid to give up and starting all over again. It’s about loving yourself and loving others unconditionally. It’s about not being afraid to show off your true colors, because those colors are beautiful.

-Daniel Syiem

Imagination Breathing

Mic Check! with Alfie

Anchor, book, Goa, Inspiration, Motivation, My Blog

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 

Micheal learns to save life in cities to the world’s highest motorable road.

Bikes, Motivation, My Blog, Riders, Travel

Some good things do not always have a good beginning. Michealangelo Francis lost two of his ex-pupils in a road accident. This deeply troubled him and he wanted to do something about it. He wanted to teach young minds how to get mature with the machine. Michaelangelo says, “a machine does not have a brain of its own”. So understanding a machine becomes very vital part of driving or riding a vehicle. 

With a concern for reducing road accidents, he started – ‘Soaring Eagles Moto Club’ along with his friends, Gulshan Singh Bhinder, Ira Bogra, Pritam Singh Pardesi. Later Sahil Nanda, Manuraj Singh Saggu, Stan Kropiunik, Tony Thomas, and Rahul Nathan joined in. The main purpose of starting this club was to educate young riders about road safety. Many of his past pupils and friends are supporting him in his work. 

Soaring Eagles Moto Club has conducted number of seminars on road safety in -Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab especially in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali. When they conduct seminars on road safety they not only talk about bikes and cars but also make people aware of Environmental crisis, Protecting child rights and Saving the girl child. No wonder these riders are different from others. They ride with a purpose.

Something really fascinating about the club is, wherever they conduct traffic awareness campaigns in schools and cities they make sure they plant a fruit sapling in that particular place, the value being that just as the plant bears fruit, so will their awareness drive will bear fruit in young riders life.

They don’t just talk about road safety in the cities, they have done a traffic awareness campaign on the world’s highest motorable road- Khardung La in the Leh-Ladakh region (18380 ft). That’s what I called pushing boundaries. Today this club has been joined by people from all walks of life. If you wish to know more about these riders check their Facebook page – SEMC – Chandigarh 

With road accidents on rise, their service to humanity is truly Noble. We wish them all the best. We are proud of the work you do.

-Paul Fernandes

Imagination Breathing

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

Everest, Inspiration, Motivation, My Blog

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

Hope is a good thing- Diyatom Deb shares his life journey.

Diyatom Deb, Inspiration, Motivation, Music, My Blog

Listening to music started very early in my life. I think the song ‘Papa Kehte hain’ started it all for me when I was may be 6-7 years old. A few years later my mother got me into Indian Classical music. I did that for a couple of years but eventually studies took over and I did not continue with it. 

Music came back to life when I went to Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology where I went to persue my engineering. I remember the first day when I got there, I heard someone was playing Micheal Learns to Rock and it felt really good. I felt closer to Shillong. But till then I was just singing for a few friends in my room. Things took a huge turn when one day a friend of mine dragged me to this vocal audition for one of the events in college. They really liked the song and my voice and after a few days I sang in front of people for the first time. It is a moment that will forever stay with me. The appreciation I got was so overwhelming. That was the moment I kind of realised that there is something special I discovered in myself and I have never looked back since then.

My family has been very supportive in whatever I do and did in my life so far. Now that I am a full time musician, they are really very happy and are supporting me from the core of their hearts. My wife was the one who gave me the confidence to quit my job and follow my passion . So yes, it’s been really really good to have a family like that.

When I first started, I was out and out a retro Hindi Singer. Kishore Kumar till date is my biggest influence. But in College, I saw my first Rock Show and it changed my life forever.     This band called Parikrama came to our college and watching them I almost lost it. It was an experience that cannot be described in words. Somehow, I wanted to sing western songs after that. But it wasn’t easy at all. I auditioned for our college band and failed miserably. The diction, power, connection were all missing. But I persevered and eventually got to sing in the battle of bands on my last year of college. Till date, nothing felt better than that. But the struggle was immense as it was a completely new thing for me. Today I am singing on TV and I feel that perseverance was so important.

I feel that everyone should try and make their passion their profession. I know it’s easier said than done but if you work hard, you will reach a point in life, where you are really happy and contended. I like singing because I connect with so many people and the fact that I have found a way to connect with so many people, both in India and abroad, is mind boggling. I am very fortunate that I discovered music in me. I think I will die a happy man.

One of the most significant achievement is that I am amongst the top 11 contestants on the third season of Stage 3. It’s the first ever English Singing competition in India. I am totally honoured to be a part of this group. 

When it comes to significant things in my life, one of them is definitely getting married to my wife. She has literally changed my life around. Well as I have said earlier, she is the one who convinced me to quit my job and persue music. So she plays the most important role.

Another significant moment was when I got a call from Sushant Thakur, the lead guitar player for a Delhi based blues/rock band called Big Bang Blues. He asked me to join as they were looking for a vocalist. I am now a part of the band and it’s been an absolute joy ride.

I think it’s imperative that one enjoys what one does for a living. I know it’s easier said than done, but we really need to question ourselves during teenage as to what is it we want to do. If one is lucky, you get the answer. However , that is only the start . Specially if one decides to be a musician, it’s a bumpy ride all the way through. So keeping focus and enjoying the journey is how I think one can excel. We need to be sincere but not very serious.

I will be brutally honest. Independent music, specially western music, has very little money in it for you to survive. So the perseverance in it becomes all the more important. But music is a beautiful thing and if you truly believe in it, you will be happy for the rest of your life. Do not pretend to be someone else. Bring out the music that comes from your heart and please just focus on original music because at the end, that is what really matters. 

Always remember – Hope is a good thing.

Diyatom Deb

If you love eating, you got to read this post!

Farmers, Food, Inspiration, Motivation, My Blog


We love eating all kinds of food, we order a plate of rice or any type of delicacy and we enjoy it. With modern development, food items are even delivered to our houses. Many times we forget there are people working behind the scene to bring this food to our table. I am talking about FARMERS who work so hard and yet are given so little importance. In many places farmers are coming suicide because they are unable to pay loans taken from various sources. We need to give importance to our farming community around the world. Remember without them you will never get to eat your pizzas, burgers etc etc… No matter who we are – we won’t survive without farmers.

Share this post, if you agree that farmers deserve importance and should be provided with good facilities.
-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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The Adventurists Rickshaw Run – making a difference

Inspiration, Travel

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There are still people who care for the Earth. There are still those who want to come forward and spread awareness in the society about protecting the ‘Mother Earth’.

I met these fine young men (picture below) who were French by origin, who had named themselves as The FrenchChips were riding an auto rickshaw from Kerala, India to Rajasthan, India to raise awareness about the Environment.

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Their passion for the Environment was contagious and though I did not get much time to interact with them – the message was loud and clear, If we want to save the planet no matter where we are from we have to play our part in rejuvenating our rivers and nurturing our mother earth.

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I wish the organisations   COOL EARTH  and  THE ADVENTURISTS RICKSHAW  RUN  all the best for their endeavours.

There are thousands of people around the world doing their part.. What about you?????????

 

To or Not to. By Kasturi, Assam

Inspiration, Martin Luther King Jr, Motivation, My Blog, Uncategorized

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Not all of us are bestowed with the best of everything. Being not-so-good in  a certain field(s) tends to make us feel inept. Seeing a fellow colleague do better – when you know you can do it too and for some reason you just need to but you fail – sometimes just hurts. I know. I know because I had gone through the same. Every one of us lack in one aspect or the other in life where we would love to excel or maybe develop ourselves, sometimes even desperately. But things don’t always go according to our plan, now do they? Life tends to happen to all of us and at times it hits us so hard that we are forced to take a step back and think… what now?

Being born in a patriarchal Assamese society in a Brahmin family with limited opportunities due to financial background, I have had to think twice before venturing out. But that hadn’t and would never stop me. I did complete my graduation and I am well on my way to pursue my Masters and possibly will become a 3-Masters and an M.Phil degree holder.
I never was the brightest of them all. I stumbled and fumbled along the way. That never stopped me. Instead I kept gaining experience in the process.

I still dream of spending my summers in Goa and my winters in Sikkim. I still dream of opening a book-cum-craft store and possibly a dessert bar of my own as books and food are the love of my life. They kept me going all these years (and hopefully will keep doing the same). While books gave me the all needed growth of my mind and broadened my horizons, food helped me cope with the oh-so-very emotional personality of mine. The one thing they both share in common – they keep me calm and helps me think straight.

Life will always come up with new challenges. It loves to push you to your limits, you know! And as easy it is to advice to not give up, it actually takes all of it from you to not give up for real.

Not giving up and moving forward has got its own perks. You can and know how to enjoy life and make moments special because you have worked hard for it. You know the value of appreciation and happiness because you have walked through dedication and sadness.

        Just like Ying and Yang , light and darkness – there always will be phases of ups and downs in life. The secret herein lies in not giving up. EVER.

In the words of Martin Luther King Jr. –
“If you can’t fly, then run.
If you can’t run, then walk.
If you can’t walk, then crawl.
But whatever you do,
You have to keep moving forward.”

Kasturi Sarma.  Assam.

My four- legged furry angel. by: Chitsiaro Po. Nagaland, India.

Inspiration, Motivation, My Blog, Uncategorized

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I remember the first time Jimmy was brought to me. She was a gift from my late uncle. From the very first moment we laid eyes on each other, we connected. My Jimmy baby made me believe in love at first sight.

Jimmy is a white Pomeranian, wide innocent eyes , cutest shiny nose and excited tail. She looked at me curiously and instantly saw my lonely soul. The first night, I laid out a nice soft blanket for Jimmy to sleep. But she refused to sleep there. She was scared and perhaps a little confused, being away from her mom and siblings and in a strange place. But she was trusting and willing to give all the love she had. She was tiny then but with all her strength she jumped up on my bed, licked my face and slept next to me. That night I had one of the most peaceful sleep ever.

Being the only child, there was this loneliness and sadness that accompanied me. Over the years I had few dogs and I loved them all but Jimmy, she was different. She became my best friend, my baby and my confident. I talked to her about everything and anything and she listened to me with those eyes full of love and understanding. Even though she could not understand my words, my she understood the emotions flowing through me.

Nobody could so much as touch me in her presence. She’d snarl and jump on them. She’d lick away my tears and sit on my lamp till all my sadness disappeared. Jimmy always knew what to do to make me laugh.
She would always get jealous if I gave attention to someone or something else.

I know she won’t be in my life forever. I want her to be there in every moment of my life. But that’s not possible. I can’t even begin to imagine life without Jimmy. Life would be that much more drab, dull and sadder without her by my side.

As sad as the truth is, I am so very grateful to Jimmy. She has brightened my life. She has taught me the true meaning of love, loyalty and friendship.

Dear Jimmy, it’s ok that I can’t have you by my side forever. You will be in my heart till there is a beat in it. You have given me forever in a numbered years, for which I am eternally grateful. It is an honour to have you my sweet little baby, the true love of my life.

Thank you.