Sunday, October 19, 2014

SOIL: An Institution No Less Than A Place of Worship Imparting Inspired Leadership In Innovative Way

Imagine that that place where your spend your whole day is not less than a worship place. By worship place I mean to say a place where you visit regularly and every time you visit there, you find a new way of living, you find something new in you, you find a substantial increase in the positive energy within and you get a feeling that this is the best place in the world. And if that place is not other than your work or learning place then nothing would be better than it. That is what you will find when you visit a unique, innovative and an institution running entirely with a new concept. This institution is named School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL)

At School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL), your path towards acquiring leadership skills not only help you to understand world in a better way but ensures first that you understand yourself - completely. The path created to attain it is a via acquiring knowledge with a mix of spiritual, intellectual and analytical ways. Each student here gets a fully dedicated mentor to help in carving his or her path in a distinct, creative and structured manner to build mentee's integrity, wisdom, knowledge and self-empowerment block by block. The institution is in Gurgaon, Haryana, India.

SOIL is a business school with a special mission of providing wholesome (nutritious for mind and life) curriculum that provides a completeness to one's soul. As stated above the first and foremost goal of the curriculum is to enable the you as a student to understand yourself, your powers, your complete potential and getting empowered to learn how to synergize your positive energies to achieve higher and bigger goals of life. SOIL ensures its student's character gets nurtured to its peak potential via learning deeper on values by means of Yoga, face to face interaction with Global Leaders, peer interactions and mentor's feedback. 

Five core pillars of SOIL are Ethics, Compassion, Sustainability, Diversity and Mindfulness so that the path towards leadership stays focused on inspired leadership. I had an interaction with Anil Sachdev on my first visit there, the Founder and CEO of this uniqueness and it is apparently very clear about his mission and vision defined for the School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL).

Recently on my second visit to the SOIL institution in Gurgaon I got a chance to meet Mr. Claudio Dell'Era who had come from Italy to conduct a 6 days program for SOIL students (students from SOIL and others who had come from various industries from all across the country). The evening time on the day I visited there, a workshop was about to start for around 50-60 students on Knowledge Innovation Design Thinking. Claudio is a well know entity on global front counted among top few who have complete authority on Design Thinking and Innovation. The three roles that Claudio Del'Era has in his professional life are - Training, Consulting and Researching. He has PhD in the subject and is Co-Director of MaDe In Lab, Management of Design and Innovation Laboratory. Dr. Claudio is also an Assistant Professor at the MIP - Politecnico. MIP is a scientific technological university specialized in imparting training to engineers, industrial designers and architects. It was an enriching and extensive discussion with Dr. Claudio on Innovation and Design Management.

Healthy Children At Home = Happiness All Over In Your World: 3xImmunity = 24x7Happiness

The crux is already mentioned in the one liner Title of this post. Every home has children at some moment of time in life. This time repeats in everyone's life. We are born as a child - cycle one, we grow, get married, and then we have children - cycle two. Our children grow and then they have children - cycle three. Note that the cycle one is about one child but cycle two and cycle three are bound to have multiple kids. Childhood is a budding stage. It is the phase when a seedling sprouts into a sapling, the sapling grows into a plant and then the childhood changes to adulthood when this plant grows into a tree. The childhood is so precious in terms of care, attention and focus as this is the phase where the care and love, if properly given, goes a long way in a positive manner; and if it is not given properly, puts an impact in one's life at a later stage.

Health is important at all stages of life. At childhood, it is like a deposit phase for future meaning that if proper health is maintained during childhood, it give your lifelong returns. That is why it becomes primarily critical for parents to take care of their child or children at this stage. A healthy child not only ensures a problem-free life for him/her self later but it brings a magical impact, instantly, at home , and in the life of those who are nurturing this childhood, in their world. When you have a healthy child at home, it automatically and unconditionally bring in a huge amount of happiness in your life and in your world wherever you are. This definitely brings in a positive impact in your home, work and social life. Such a powerful chain it builds. So if we provide 3 times the immunity a child needs at that stage, the formula derived out of that is a 24 x 7 unstoppable happiness and joy in everyone's life at home. 

Immunity protects us from illness. Illness brings in downfall in agility, energy and health. Out of the various formulae to maintain health/fitness, the best, in my opinion, is to go natural way. Ensure proper ingredients to reach to every cell of your child's body by means of herbs that are there in Dabur Chyavanprash. There have been, proven clinical and pre-clinical papers available which say that with the increasing volume of germs in the environment it is important to build a proper immunity system to strengthen your body to save you from various infections and keep you away from bacteria and viruses. Now as an adult you can take care of yourself but what about your children who are less attentive or knowledgeable to take care of themselves and in fact are more prone to get affected?

So ensure 3x immunity for your children and in return you get 24 x 7 happiness all around. 

Diwali: A Big Uniting Factor With Family, Friends, Relatives, Neighbors and Nation

The word Diwali brings in mind so many things - get together, sweets, crackers, greetings, love, happiness, visiting neighbors and relatives, worshiping Goddess Lakshmi, Celebrating the home coming of hero of biggest epic of India - Lord Rama - after fourteen years... For years these values and feelings have embossed in our hearts and minds. Diwali is a festival when we forget any kind of differences in our families and relatives and ensure to meet, greet and celebrate this festival - full of lights - with all. Diwali also is a superb festival that does not differentiate between caste, religion and status. Every Indian - whether poor or rich, whether belonging to any caste or religion - participates in this grand festival in one way or the other. Diwali is not only celebrated in India but also in all the countries, by every Indian residing there, with their friends and family.


Diwali and my Childhood
I don't remember my first we years of celebration of Diwali but clearly remember how Grandma used to give me knowledge about culture and festivals of our country. I remember my maternal uncle (brother of my mother) who used to get me a big packet of crackers to celebrate my Diwali. How I used to get excited to get an additional volume of crackers besides my own, bought a day before thereby doubling my possession and enjoyment. I was and am still fond of sweets (Mithais) right since my childhood.

We all in the family used to have a mission of buying sweets and gifts for various relatives and family members. Since we are a small family, Daddy, Mummy, and we three siblings, there was no question in going separately. We all used to go together to all relatives and family places. At times, to save time and energies, Dad would decide to go alone to some distant relative's place so as to avoid time, hassles and energies of all four of us. But at that time, I would be a force, even during my childhood to take a call whether I would accompany him or not depending on my own parameters.

And on Diwali Day we used to have return visits of relatives, other family members, and neighbors. At night we all used to enjoy outside in open cracking and enjoying with the various noises, colors and outcomes. Dad always used to teach me to be careful while enjoying crackers so that it does not harm anyone, and never go out of extent in terms of creating noise or going late night that creates discomfort among others around in their homes. Diwali Puja used to be a regular feature at home and everyone had a belief that when we sleep in the night, we would have Goddess Lakshmi visited our home and blessed us with more wealth. My Diwali has been fabulous, every year, giving a new meaning to me, internally and eternally.

Meaning of Diwali During all these Years:

Diwali was sheer enjoyment, meeting friends, relatives, neighbors; during my childhood. But it has strengthened my soul and heart with all years passing and with every Diwali celebrated.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Product Review: Garnier BB Cream: Committed to Provide Every Women A Perfect Total Beauty Benefit

What would you expect from a face cream? First of all it should keep your face brightened in any kind of weather and environmental conditions and that too at any hour of the day. Secondly you must have a feel of smoothness on your skin all the time, retained and sustained. A rough skin gives a displeasure and anything that annoys you that too within or with you, definitely impacts negatively on your routine work and interactions with others. A swing in mood from happy to unhappy due to these impacting reasons, can spoil your day in a big way. 

The solution to have a face cream that keeps your face bright, that smoothens your skin and provides you the right amount of moisturizing effect will make your day by keeping you cheerful, happy and active. Garnier BB (Beauty Benefit) cream has that superb power of beautifying your skin in a recursive manner. You can call it all in one beauty benefit cream and daily moisturizer. The moment you apply it on your face, you realize its instant effect on your glow that keeps you lively and energetic. The cream spreads in such an evenly manner that it is bound to provide you a flawless and magnificent finish. The cream is so light-weight that you feel the touch of a feather on your face. Its perfect composition is made to suit everyone in all kind of weathers. 

Garnier BB Cream is manufactured in such a hygienic and with a highly quality of texture that the moment you apply it on your face,  it gels so well into your skin with no 'after apply' greasy touch or feeling. This product is purely for women. It acts as a moisturizer and provides perfection to your skin with consistent use of it. It is suitable for oily, dry, normal and sensitive skins, which means that it works well for every type of skin. Its enhancement factor gives you quick results which is visible to you and others. While it keeps making your skin admiring and glowing in no time, once you start using it; it also ensures that it does not leave any oily feeling after you apply it on your face. 

If we talk of the technology and advancement, Garnier BB Cream is the latest generation skin care cream. It is actually an all-in-one solution for your skin whereas in earlier days to get the same ingredients you would have to apply multiple creams to get similar kind of benefits. Unlike earlier generation of creams, it consists of active natural ingredients having no negative chemical effects. It contains active and real products like essence and extract of cherries, bilberry to maintain the integrity of your skin. Ginger is also one of the main composite which ensures quicker generation of skin cells that helps in keeping it lively and fresh. 

Overall if you see in terms of quality and reliability it is ensured by Garnier BB cream. This is a total skin care solution for you, for any weather, and for any time of the day. In a nutshell you can call it as an all in one Magical Skin Care Cream.


Author Interview: Shynu Koshy: Bye Bye Burden: My First Children’s eBook Published By Partridge India

The Author, Shynu Koshy currently lives in Mumbai, India. She teams up with her husband to run a data archiving firm. She is also the mother of three delightful little girls. Her experience in creating cartoons for newspapers and her background in multimedia has led her passion for art find novel expression. And now she has used her talent to keep her young readers interested in a story that slowly unfolds with a message they would like to hold fast in their memories.

She also shares her passion for art with little children.
From the time she remembers, her interest has always revolved around unusual stories.
The sheer magic that evolves when pencil touches paper enthralls her.

Your real name and pen name?
Both – Shynu Koshy

Please share some of the best memories of your childhood
My best memories as a child was sitting under trees, watching squirrels and imaging that those squirrels had their homes in those trees. I was quite sure their homes were well furnished and even had white curtains made of sheer fabric with little red flowers on them that blew in the wind.
I followed my father around everywhere. I still cherish the stories that he told me almost every day. There were two in particular that were very unusual. There was a story about the red cow and the ‘kai illate ammachi’ (in Malayalam this means – The grandmother who had no hands). These stories he wove around the brown cow and a bust of a historical figure that we saw on our way to the market. The attire of this historical figure was similar to the chatta(half sleeved white blouse that reaches the waist and worn with a rectangular piece of unstitched cloth, wrapped around the waist and the legs resembling a long skirt). My father sowed the seed of storytelling in me.
…with my father

About your education
I did my Masters in Commerce (M.Com).  I also did my Graduation from National Institute of Information Technology. And then did a diploma in multimedia.

What career did you plan during your education days
I had no plans for my career. I just wanted to make my parents very proud of me…but I had no clue, what I wanted to do in life. I loved to draw.
Blog of illustrations and paintings:  http://shynukoshy.blogspot.in

What languages you can speak and write?
English, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi

What is your biggest source of inspiration in life
My Grandparents, Mom, Dad and my Mom and Dad-in-law and my sister, are my biggest source of inspiration. My husband and daughters inspire me a lot too. They have a great sense of humor and some seriously crazy ideas.
There are so many other very important people I’d like to name…but the list is long.
 
my Grandfather-my inspiration: Rev. Fr. P.A. Abraham
What hurts you most in this world
Nobody is perfect in this world. Trying to achieve some amount of perfection in our own lives and simultaneously spreading the goodness around will take us an entire lifetime. We would be so busy; we would have no time to pick on others in even the smallest of ways. Peace would prevail in our lives and around.
There would be no conflicts no wars if peace got all the chance.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it?
School. I have no clue how I passed school. I was a hopeless student. After I passed out of school, I tore my report card into tiny bits so that no one would ever be able to put it together ever again. Fortunately or unfortunately my children are good students much appreciated by their teachers.

All of us face challenges everyday in all walks of life. When there is one problem God gives us ten solutions. All we have to do is hang on, find the door and move on.

When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing?
I have three daughters. The younger ones are twins.
When they were very small, I used to read out stories to them which they enjoyed.
They even liked the stories I cooked up.  
I realized that writing stories and illustrating them was what I enjoyed most.
I create children’s books as it makes me very happy. I have hundreds of stories in my head that I’d love to share.
the three Angels

What genres you write in and why?
Children’s books. I love to illustrate and tell my stories through pictures.


Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share a synopsis of your work?
‘Bye Bye Burden’ is my first children’s eBook published by Partridge India a Penguin company.
The book is about a little Birdie who learns some of the most important lessons of life.
Here is the synopsis:-

Birdie loves to play
But his friends are at bay
Will Birdie find his way?
Read this interesting and colorful story to find out.
…Book Review 

What are your forthcoming writings?
I am currently working on another story with the little birdie as the protagonist. This time around, my experience with the first book is helping me big deal. My little angels have given me some super fun ideas. I am enjoying every moment of it.

What keeps you motivating towards writing?
The joy it brings and the push from some fantastic people.

How do you plan, schedule and monitor your writing commitments?
I am not a full time author. The pockets of time I get in-between my responsibility towards our company ‘CHAX Creations’, and other commitments I use for writing and illustration. The story I work on is with me in my head so in a sense I’m always working on it.

What are your future plans?
To further write and illustrate for little children – God willing!
 
Page 1 from the book ‘Bye Bye Burden’
What four top most things you take care of while writing a book?
Appeal, captivate, motivate, inspire 

Is high level of imagination important to have for an Author?
Yes. I can speak for myself here.
From the seed of my imagination grows my story, rooted in the soil of positivity, nurtured with my love for art and bearing the fruits that I’d like to share with little children everywhere.
                                           
Your dream destination on Earth?
Any place on earth where I could be with my mother at least for a short while (my mother passed away three years ago). Can I also mention Bulbulestan? It is the place where the characters in my book live.

Your favorite time of the day
Afternoon, when I take a break

Your zodiac/ sunsign?
Aries

Your favorite color and why?
I love all colors as colors make the world more beautiful.

Your favorite book and why?
The Alchemist for the wonderful line “And, when you want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” 
 
Paulo Coelho, the Alchemist
I love reading children’s books! (Tintin, Asterix, Chota Bheem… all included). There are so many extraordinary books out there, that it’s impossible to pick any one as my favorite.

Your favorite movie and why?
I enjoy animated children’s movies because it’s just so much fun.  I love Malayalam movies.

Your favorite food?
‘Biryani’ an Indian dish made with rice flavored with spices and layered with either meat, fish or vegetables. The aroma of Biryani brings back fond memories of my childhood and my mother.

Your favorite sports?
I’m not a sports person though my husband is a national level tennis player and coach.

What is the force that drives you?
Positivity

What comes to your mind when you think of India?
Color

What three words come to your mind for each – Technology, Life, God,
Convenience, Good, Everything

Humanity, Terrorism, Racism, Childhood Abuse, Love, Parenting, Old age
Being human, Evil, Bad, Wrong, Life, Maturity, Wisdom

First thing you do in the morning after waking up?
Thank God that I’m alive and well

Last thing to do before sleep?
Thank God for everything

State your signature line/ tagline/ best quote
Life’s good


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ISBN-13 9781482812732
Publisher: Partridge Publishing India
Barnes & Noble
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Blog of illustrations and paintings:  http://shynukoshy.blogspot.in
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/shynukoshy.childrens.books
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Twitter handle:
@shynukoshy


Author Interview: Judy Croome: Dancing In The Shadows Of Love: The Weight Of A Feather: A Lamp At Midday

Judy Croome lives and writes in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shortlisted in the African Writing Flash Fiction 2011 competition, Judy’s short stories and poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, both local and international, such as The Huffington PostHer books "The Weight of a Feather and other stories" (2013); “a Lamp at Midday” (2012) and “Dancing in the Shadows of Love” (2011) are currently availableJudy loves her family, cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, cats, rainy days, ancient churches with their ancient graveyards, cats, meditation and solitude. Oh, and cats. Judy loves cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.)  Visit Judy at www.judycroome.com or join her on Twitter @judy_croome

Here is a TV interview with me about one of my books – you can get the embed code for your blog from YouTube 


Your real name and pen name? 
The same – Judy Croome

About your education 
I have a Masters degree in English but I continue to educate myself by taking a few on-line webinars and other courses on writing every year.

What career did you plan during your education days I planned to be an accountant and was one for over twenty years before I changed careers, first to an evolutionary astrologer and then to a writer.

What languages you can speak and write? 
English and Afrikaans

What is your biggest source of inspiration in life? 
I want to make a difference in the world. Even if that difference is a tiny change in the universal scheme of things, I’m inspired by the thought that maybe, somewhere, some day, some person will read my words and feel their world shift.

What hurts you most in this world 
Man’s cruelty to animals, which is why I’m a vegetarian.


If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personality, who would it be and why? 
William Shakespeare – because I want to feel how a genius writes. If you look beyond the Elizabethan English, Shakespeare’s themes and characterisations are as relevant today as they were then. Baz Lehman’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” starring Leonardi di Caprio and Clare Danes proved how timeless Shakespeare’s writing is.

What is the purpose of your writing? 
From my website:


Which of your work has been published so far? I’ve had 3 books published.  Would you like to share a synopsis of your work? You can find the book trailers here


What are your forthcoming writings? 
A non-fiction project with my husband, while I research my next full length novel.

What genres you write in and why? 
So far I’ve written fiction (a cross-genre book which is a kind of mix of literary, magical realism and spiritual), poetry and short stories. Next I’ll work on non-fiction, and then I’ll return to fiction.

What keeps you motivating towards writing? 

How do you plan, schedule and monitor your writing commitments? 
Erratically!

What are your future plans? 
I’ve given myself off from writing until the end of 2014 to restore peace to my soul, and then I’ll finish the non-fiction work, followed by another novel, this second novel will be about child murders.

How much real life goes into a fiction writing? 
A lot! Even writing that deals with Orcs or Zombies, must have elements of real life (even if it’s only the internal life of a character) so that the readers can relate to the story.

Is high level of imagination important to have for an Author? 
Writing is a more intellectual process than the other creative arts. Each creative art has its own “intellectual” technique, that is, the learned part of the craft. But when it comes to the creative alchemy of imagination, words are more of the intellect than music or paintings.  Artists and musicians to create, have to move into a space beyond the mind (where imagination resides) rather than work through the mind to create, as writers must do. The best goal for an author is to aim for a balance between intellect, writing technique and creative imagination. 

Your origin of birth and other countries you have visited/ stayed
Zimbabwe. Currently live in South Africa. Have been to Lesotho, United Kingdom (often), Austria, Croatia, Switzerland (twice), Israel, Egypt, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

What best things you liked in these countries around the globe? 
That despite our external differences such as culture, race, religion or gender, human beings are not so very different after all.

Your favorite time of the day? 
Early morning!

Your zodiac/ sunsign? 
I used to do evolutionary astrology consultations, so asking for just my sunsign isn’t enough for me! I’m a Sagittarius Sun in 10th house, Pisces Moon in 1st house and my Ascendant is Aquarius. I also have a stellium in Scorpio in the 9th house (including Jupiter one of my two ruling planets!) And I’m sure that’s far more than you wanted to know about my natal astrology chart!

Your favorite color and why? 
Pink, because it’s gentle.

What is the last book you finished reading? 
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

What is the current book you are reading? 
The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Your favorite book and why? 
Impossible to say – there have been too many books over the years that have had a profound influence on me for me to single out just one.

Your favorite movie and why? 
As with books, it’s impossible to say – there have been too many movies over the years that have had a profound influence on me. A couple of brilliant movies that we watched recently include the Japanese movie “Departures”(2008) from director Yojiro Takita Starring Masahiro Motoki and Ryoko Hirosue, it’s about a cellist who finds himself unemployed when his orchestra is disbanded and he can only find employment as a  “Nokanshi”, a person who ritually prepares the dead for burial. Such a gorgeous movie! Another great movie is “La Vallée des Fleurs” (2006). This one is directed by Indian director Pan Nalin starring Indian actors Milind Soman, Naseeruddin Shah and French actress Mylene Jampanoi in the leading roles. Set in the Himalayas, it’s a romantic tale of reincarnation, and spans two centuries of time. Fascinating, with wonderful acting and some challenging themes.

Your favorite celebrity and why? 
I don’t do celebrity worship.

Your favorite sports?  
Exercise is my idea of hell, so I’m not really into sports … except for once a year I become a Le Tour de France cycling fanatic.

What is the force that drives you? 
The spiritual evolution of my soul towards a Divine perfection – when the going gets tough, I tell myself it’s the journey that counts!

What comes to your mind when you think of India? 
Like South Africa, India is a land of contrasts: the deep spirituality of the Ashrams versus the poor treatment of women (watch the Elements trilogy, a trilogy of films – Earth, Fire, Water – by Indian film-maker Deepa Mehta.)  The vibrant colour of the clothes versus the stark heat of the landscape. The glitter of Bollywood versus the poverty of the masses. Yes, India and South Africa have strong similarities.

First thing you do in the morning after waking up? 
Give my cat Shadow a hug.

Last thing to do before sleep? 
Give my cat Shadow a hug!

If one fine morning you wake up and find your sex changed to opposite, what will be your first reaction? 
Interesting question, as I have a strong interest in gender issues. Watch the outstanding and gut wrenching movie XXY (2007) written & directed by Lucía Puenzothe film is about a young intersex person and explores the issues surrounding this condition. What would I do if I woke up a man?  I can tell you I wouldn’t be happy! Men in western societies get a tough deal these days. It’s easier being a woman today, although there are many parts of the world where significant freedom for women is still lacking and needs to be addressed. I think I’d rather stay exactly as I am, thanks!

State your signature line/ tagline/ best quote
Quote Judy Croome4


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Publisher: Aztar Press
Twitter handle: @judy_croome  
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