Do you have raw dreams? Check their ripening potential with Alysha!

rawdreams3The name itself generates a curiosity in the minds of people who come to know that Alysha is running the RAW Dreams consultancy or who happen to hear it from somebody who just have attended a session with them.

I myself was intrigued to know more about them because it sounded to great to know that somebody is addressing the very idea of dreams at a very raw stage and making them ripe with proper guidance and mentoring.

Young people are the future of any nation, or for that matter, of this world. Reaching out to them to make them tap their potential in full bloom is a unique and brilliant opportunity to bring change in this world.

10922385_10155101109785483_5876233010282138705_oWe talked to Alysha Tharani over an email to get to know more about her dream project!

Q1. How you cooked up the idea of starting RawDreams?

Ans: Two years ago, I took a step back to analyze my aspirations, my dreams and what I really wanted from this life. I reflected upon the mismatch in human advancements with respect to individual aspirations. Somehow as we grow up, our Dreams are lost to make ends meet and survive.  My father always says, “Questions are always more important than answers, as questions are the root of solutions.” If it is possible for one person to live his Dream, it is surely possible for others too. The rest just followed.

Q2. Do you have a team?

Ans: Yes, of different highly experienced and passionate mentors and experts from varied, specialized fields.

Q3. What’s the basic strategy of collaborating with the clients?

Ans: We do not have clients. We have Aspirants whom we mentor, support, nurture and facilitate to follow their passions. We offer expertise in ‘Aligning today’s learning towards Tomorrow’s needs.’. We never say never. The focus is always on our Aspirants, their needs and dreams. Their growth is our growth. Their success is our success.

Q4. What exactly you bring to the table in terms of expertise?

Ans: As a team, we bring openness. If we draw up all the people who we today follow as inspirations and examples, we will be able to identify a few common traits in all. And those traits are what made them different. Their drive to keep trying, to tread the roads never traveled, to just experiment and customize, is what made them Legend. The same is incorporated as the core of RAW Dreams We are about real time practical exposures and learning. Each individual has specific natural passions / interests / inclinations. We work on those to determine further course of possibilities based on the determination of the Aspirant. It is a very organic and different process for each aspirant.

Q5. Are you looking for funding from investors?

Ans: No.

Q6. How do your empanel experts from various fields?

Ans: This is a little difficult question as each expert Mentor has a different idea of mentoring and association. The trick is to identify what clicks for whom and then just allocate it. It also brings a lot of variety, constructive feedback, wisdom and experience to the team that is very integral for progress.

Q7. How has been the ride till now?

Ans: On 11th Jan 2015, we hit our first anniversary and we are now a year closer to our ‘A Billion Plus’ Dream. It is the vision of touching that many lives, in the coming years. So far, it has been very progressive with every new Dreams reaching us daily. We are also launching a lot of programs, customized year planners and involving young talent as we grow stronger, wiser, determined and RAW!

What does AB Devillers’ fastest hundred mean?

Well, it makes a spectacle to the eye when a swash-buckling batsman sent the Cricket ball beyond the ropes delivery after delivery. It’s a treat to watch a match where runs are scored and boundaries are aplenty. However, the match is killed if the bowling department gets the whole team out within a few overs and the team score is low.

Psychologically speaking, the game of Cricket is a batsman’s game though a lot of bowlers have their own day. They also get the say ‘Hurray’, but suppose that happens regularly, the spectators would simply lose their interest and would not turn up to watch the matches.

More often than not, it’s the batting galore that spectators enjoy and not wickets tumbling down quickly.

So, what does the latest bludgeoning inning of AB Devillers convey to us–the batsmen are trying their maximum to hit the deliveries for a six–the day would come when a batsman would score a century in just 17 balls with 16 sixes minimum and a four or a six to complete the 3-digit figure.

I haven’t seen the news when a bowler just ran down the batting line with some brilliance bowling display of reverse swing or some kind of spin. The last time I saw it when Shane Bond just tore down the great Indian batting line-up.

However, do you get to hear nowadays a bowler wrapping the opposition team with 20 to 25 overs?

That’s the irony of this game. It enjoys when plenty of runs are made and bowlers are thrown out of the ground. However, it is considered a lost cause when a bowler destroys the opposition.

AB Devillers seems hungry for more runs and it would not be late when he happens to break his own record of fastest fifty and fastest century in one-day internationals.

5 Films of Rishi Kapoor that changed plot with an accident

Rishi Kapoor: The King of Accidents

Rishi Kapoor, in his younger years, was one of the heart throbs of many damsels and also liked by people who noticed his particular style of delivering confused dialogues.

Let’s quickly talk about 5 movies in which a fatal car accident or some type of crash totally changed the story. I would term him as the king of accidents.

It seems accidents were a major hit with Rishi Kapoor.

  • Karz
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Photo Credit: naskah-drama.com

In the movie, Raj Kiran is killed by Simi Grewal and Rishi Kapoor takes a rebirth and saves his family. A typically reincarnation movie that ignited the minds of many viewers!

  • Yeh Vaada Raha

Photo Credit: YouTube

Photo Credit: YouTube

The plot of the movie is reversed where he himself is not taken out by an accident but the actress Poonam Dhillon faced the chime this time. Tina Munim returns and carries the romantic movie forward!

  • Chandani
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Photo Credit: india-store.de

A brilliant movie with romantic movie became hit and again the theme was revolving around an accident where Rishi Kapoor suffers. However, Sridevi and he got united in the end!

  • Henna
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Photo Credit: kickass.so

Another accident-based story where Rishi Kapoor strays in Pakistan. A melodramatic movie received critical praise as well.

  • Deewana
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Photo Credit: Bollywoodlife.com

Brilliant songs and plot; again an accident-based movie. Rishi Kapoor is out of the picture and Shah Rukh Khan makes the entry. In the end, Rishi Kapoor makes the ultimate sacrifice to unite Shah Rukh Khan and Divya Bharti.

5 Things you don’t know about Chris Cairns

#1

One of the most dashing hair-do

Chris Cairns supported one of the most dashing and beautiful (or handsome if you want to say) hair-do in the Cricket history. I would say even the entertainment world could also not beat him. He was the heart-throb of male and female followers of Cricket just because of his curls that moved the hearts of his fans when he charged in to bowl.

Photo Credit: news.co.nz

Photo Credit: news.co.nz

#2

Notts Affair

It’s an interesting fact that two of the New Zealand’s all-rounders were bowled while ducking to a supposed bouncer. The other player was Sir Richard Hadlee. This happened with both of them in County Cricket while playing for Nottinghamshire, and therefore this phenomenon is known as Notts Affair.

Photo Credit: stuff.co.nz

Photo Credit: stuff.co.nz

#3

Best all-rounder of the world

It is believed that Shane Warne once described him as the best all-rounder of the world. It is also known that Chris Cairns could not fulfilled his potential–a series of injuries rattled his scintillating career.

#4

Huge figure, huge sixes

He was known for hitting huge sixes down the ground. For a long period of time, he kept the record for most number of sixes in Tests (87, since surpassed by Adam Gilchrist).

#5

One among seven players in the world

He is one of only seven players to have reached the all-rounder’s double of 200 wickets and 3000 runs in Test matches. Out of these seven players, Cairns reached the double 2nd fastest (58 Test) behind Ian Botham. In ODIs, Cairns came close to another double of 200 wickets and 5000 runs. Cairns finished his ODI career on 4950 runs, just 50 short.

8 Littel known facts about AB Devillers

#1

He did not do ducks

Till he played 78 Test Match innings, AB de Villers never got out for a duck. The previous record was held by Arvinda de Silva for 75 innings. Do you notice some similar name pattern?

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Photo Credit: usn.com.au

#2

Maximum dismissals in a Test Match

Jointly holds maximum number of dismissals in a Test match–11–with Jack Russel of England.

Photo Credit: mirror.co.uk

Photo Credit: mirror.co.uk

#3

Science and sports went hand-in-hand

Surprisingly, he wanted to become a doctor. He even won a national medal for a Science project from the South African President Nelson Mandela. However, he excelled in number of sports and ultimately chose Cricket as his career.

 

#4

Guitar is my instrument

It’s not only Brett Lee who plays guitar and plays Cricket. AB de Villers also plays the guitar. In 2010, he released an album with Ampie du Preez called, “Maak Jou Drome Waar”.

 

#5

What’s missing in the name, he found in the game

The first four letters of his name contains the first five letters of English alphabet–AB DE, as only C is missing. However, he got that through the game of Cricket.

 

#6

Plenty of them, which one to choose?

Like Jonty Rhodes, he also played different sports. In fact, he excelled in almost all of them. He was captain of Junior Rugby squad. He holds six school swimming records. Was selected to play in national Hockey and Football teams. He was U-19 national champion in Badminton. He was a member of SA junior Davis Cup Team. One will wonder, what he could not do. But the charm of Cricket did him and he followed suit of Jonty Rhodes who inspired him when he was just 8 years old.

 

#7  

Records keep breaking

He is the first South African batsman to score a double century against India.

He is the first South African batsman to score two centuries in a single World Cup.

He is the first wicketkeeper to score a century and claim 10 dismissals in a Test match.

Holds the world record for fastest 50 and 100 in a one-day match.

Holds the record for hitting maximum sixes in a one-day match equaling Rohit Sharma’s record.

Holds the record to reach fastest 7,000 runs in one-day internationals.

 

#8

Personal Facts

He prefers to be called as AB though his nickname is Abbas. He likes to eat pasta. He likes the movie Gladiator. He is scared of snakes.

Anybody can play this music with enough passion–An interview with Josh Feinberg

I remember fancying myself playing musical instruments and making an impact on the audience by the sheer magical experience that music can create. Later, I found out that it needs a lifetime of dedication to reach at that level where you can weave the  magic so inherently present in the music.

I could never take music classes and never got the chance to regularly do practice, but what I found interesting is reading and knowing about musicians who have devoted their life to learning, practicing and bringing music to more people, so that they can also feel the beauty of it.

Josh Feinberg is one such young musician who has, though raised in the US, picked up an Indian musical instrument, and have given his passion to it. I have known Josh through Facebook, and missed the chance of listening to him live in Delhi when he had a concert with Alam Khan early this year. I have noticed that he likes to practice the nuances of Indian classical music–a habit that will take him higher and higher in his career, and also closer and closer to his goal.

As a gesture of my appreciation, I wanted to bring his journey to my audience and others who would like to know how a young musician feels about his music and life.

I hope you will love reading it…

Josh Feinberg

Q1. Tell us how music found you?

I started my music training at 4 with classical piano. I got interested in sitar at 15 through jazz bass, and I have loved it and devoted my life to it, ever since.

Q2. What’s the most essential thing a musician should do to become an expert in the art?

The most essential thing a musician needs to do is work hard, have an inquisitive and analytical mind, and love music.

Q3. Do you feel satisfied with what you have achieved in your career as a musician?

I am somewhat satisfied with what I have achieved so far, but I have so many more things I want to do both professionally and musically.

I want to take my music further, and I want to show the world that anybody can play this music with enough passion, discipline, love, and training.

Q4. What are the options available to a young musician to sustain his living?

It is very tough to make a living these days and music. The best thing a musician can do is teach, and keep an open mind. But the unfortunate fact is nowadays to be a professional musician is to take a vow of poverty.

Q5. How do you feel music can bring people of the world together?

Music has the ability to bring people together because it touches people’s hearts directly. That is a very powerful thing and it has the ability to create a common experience.

Q6. Apart from music, what else you like to do? 
Besides music I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children, I enjoy playing golf, and I enjoy working on my house and garden.

Q7. Share a message with our audience.
My message to your audience is that the best service they can do in the love of music is to support musicians and encourage young children to learn music. They are the future of the music and we need to train them to love and appreciate it.

Music provides a field of meeting: Interview with Suellen Primost

Being an Indian, it is rare to find the love for Cello. It’s not a regular instrument played by many in India, but there are some orchestras and bands that adopt it. Recently, some artists have started playing Indian classical music on Cello, which sounds amazing. However, my love for the deep sound of Cello was developed when I listened to this beautiful lady’s music. Yes, Suellen Primost!

Her music is rich with experience of a life-time, and I mean what I am saying. Her compositions are deep, enriching, and reflect a mood that can take you to a contemplative reverie. I have personally found her music to be so touching that it helps me in connecting with my own self.

I thought it would do good for my audience to know about her and her music, and how we together can make a difference in the world.

Suellen Primost

Photo Credit: Mark Marcaida

Little Bio of Suellen

Suellen Primost is a seasoned cellist, storyteller, arts educator, event planner and sound healer. She founded Symba Center for Multicultural Education and the Arts in Santa Fe, NM which evolved into Symba Center after her move to Oakland, CA in 2002. For 10 years, she served as Music Director for Artship Ensemble, an international theatre company based in San Francisco. Over her 40+ year career, Suellen has
developed and facilitated numerous ethnic arts programs for major museums, colleges, schools and community agencies.

Suellen has staged large community events and festivals( Jazz on the Rocks, Peacejam and The Osun Festival) and has travelled extensively throughout the world. Currently she is based in the Bay Area, USA, and performs there with diverse musical ensembles of all types. Her music can be heard at www.reverbnation.com/suellenprimost

We had an email interview with Suellen about her musical journey

Q1. Tell us how music found you?

I like the way you worded that question. Yes, music found me, stirring the very waters from which I emerged. Both my mother and father were musicians, so I was immersed in music all my life. We sang constantly, listened to jazz, classical, and show tunes, played instruments — cello, piano and clarinet, performed in musical theatre, danced at weddings and family gatherings, harmonized and took the Great American Songbook with us on many long road trips.

My father, known as “Uncle Meyer,” would pick up young children each morning to take them to my parents’ nursery school in NJ, signaling his arrival with a station wagon horn that bleeped out, ”Yankee Doodle.” My mom would play piano at the nursery and we would sing our little hearts out.

Q2. What’s the most essential thing a musician should do to become an expert in the art?

For me, to be an expert in the art of music is akin to being an expert in the art of life. When I think of music, I think of a conversation. A good conversation involves listening, deeply, thoughtfully, picking up on nuances, cadences, moods, tone colors, pitch, body language, rhythms.
It is helpful to remember that music is born out of silence. Leaving silence, leaving space in conversations, allows for an easy ebb and flow of ideas; space adds poignancy to what words, notes or ideas are voiced; space engages listeners and invites them into the conversation; space provides oases of respite for receiving and processing what has been uttered or implied, musically or verbally.

By practicing deep listening, one develops a heightened sense of how these conversational aspects meaningfully relate. Awareness grows, tools for authentic, articulate expression and artistry are honed, and one’s musical sensitivity and expertise deepen over time.

Q3. Do you feel satisfied with what you have achieved in your career as a musician?

I do. I feel like my music provides a field of meeting. Rumi says, “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” In that universal field, we bow to one another. There are no political, social or ideological divisions. In that field, we lie down and allow our souls to be bathed in sound, to align with the One Sound, to the heartbeat, which brings us Home.

Q4. What are the options available to a young musician to sustain his living?

The options are many. Find your tribe. Find those who resonate with you. Support one another, inspire one another. Take creative risks. Trust in all possibility. Be open to interdisciplinary collaborations of every type. Draw from all the arts. Give voice through your music to things that truly matter to you. Use it to support causes. Use it to carry the dying into the next world. Use it to welcome in the new souls. Use it to heal. Take your music into unusual venues. Share it with children. Travel with it. Open your guitar case. You will never lack for a meal.

Q5. How do you feel music can bring people of the world together?

Music is an international language that people all over the world can understand. Music resonates at the deepest levels and can attune all hearts and minds that are open to her gifts. Music provides grace and comfort. It can evoke joy. Music gives voice to life, to the pain, the passion, the beauty, the dreams, the mystery, the longings and fulfillments. Music is, for me, the ultimate expression of our shared humanity as a global family. Music is the essence of Spirit.

Q6. Apart from music, what else do you like to do?

My irrepressible love of beauty, desire to share and be of service also takes expression in calligraphy, photography, storytelling, teaching, gardening, hosting guests, cooking, facilitating arts workshops and planning community events that allow people to celebrate the many unique ways people of all backgrounds and cultures express their creativity.

Q7. Share a message with our audience.

Life is about reciprocity, giving back. It keeps the energy growing and flowing, and creates a cosmic pool from which all can drink and take what is needed to sustain and enhance their lives and the lives of others.

This is my message: Find what you truly love, fearlessly follow your passion and do it with all your heart.

“Let the beauty we love be what we do…” Rumi

What Yoga means to you: An interview with Raechal Levin

Coming from India, I know a lot of people who are into Yoga as a physical practice. Right from our childhood, we hear commoners talking about various kinds of yogasanas and practices. However, children in India, as they grow playing and learning on the streets, are hardly motivated to explore the ancient science that can help them tune their day-to-day life.

But, of course, when somebody from outside India is practicing Yoga with such zeal and dedication, we are curious to know what lies therein. So, picking that as a clue, I thought that I will talk to few people who are into Yoga, to know what it feels like and what motivates them to keep doing it.

Here is one of those conversations with Raechal Levin, who says she has become aware of the consequences of the choices she makes in life, which I feel is the biggest gain from Yoga.

I hope you will enjoy reading what she has to say.

Raechal Levin

Q1. How you first got into Yoga?

Ans: I was first introduced to yoga 11 years ago, when I was gifted a prenatal yoga DVD. I practiced consistently throughout the next few years during both of my pregnancies, but the demands of motherhood changed my focus from physical fitness to my children’s health and well being! It wasn’t until a few years ago that I really got back into the practice, and it was not the physical aspects of practice that beckoned, but the mental and emotional benefits of meditation practice in movement.

Q2. What kind of change Yoga has brought to your life?

Ans: Yoga has changed basically every aspect of my life, mostly because I was and continue to stay open and receptive to the practice and aware of changes that would be beneficial for me to make. I quit smoking, I eat healthier, I lost weight, I am aware of the consequences of the choices I make. My yoga practice continues to mold my choices in life, mostly because of the awareness that have developed through the practice, physically, mentally, emotionally. I guess I am slightly obsessive when it comes to my practice; I needed to dive deeper so I took a teacher training, and continue to explore the depths of myself, through the study and practice of teaching yoga.

Q3. How much time one should devote daily to practice?

Ans: I think the amount of time that you should dedicate to your practice varies from person to person… Everyone is unique and so their practice is bound to be just as unique.  Obviously, if you have an intense physical practice it might be unwise to practice daily as you could easily burn out, especially if you are practicing hot yoga, like so many tend to do here in the West. If your practice is mostly meditative it also will depend on the time you have available. Mostly, it’s a question of what will serve you best. Obviously, a busy working mother will not have the convenience of taking two hours out of her day to sit in stillness, but she is the one who would probably benefit most, from taking time to rest, and clear her mind. I recommend spending as much time as you can easily spare out of your day. Whether it’s 5 minutes or 5 hours!

Q4. Does it make sense to learn Yoga from online resources and other similar material?

Ans: I believe it is beneficial to explore all avenues of learning when it comes to learning about yoga, be it books or blogs or whatever else; but I highly recommend finding a teacher or guru, that resonates with you, so that you have someone you can trust to bounce ideas and questions off. A good teacher can teach you more about yourself than any book or article especially as they become more familiar with your practice!

Q5. Is there a particular age from which one should start Yoga?

Ans: As far as age goes, I feel any age is appropriate! We are all practicing yoga from the time we become aware of our existence, whether we are aware of it or not… Yoga is an opportunity to go inside and explore the subtlties of our own unique experience. Who’s to say the 3 year old in their down dog is any less present than the 30 something practicing their forearm stand, or Kapalabhati Pranayam?

Q6. What’s the potential of earning a livelihood from Yoga?

Ans: I doubt you will get rich doing it, but the benefits of teaching yoga are innumerable. To do what you love, to reach out and pardon the pun, touch someone, to serve the world and offer your truth. To me this is worth more than any paycheck. That being said, I know many instructors, even in this oversaturated yoga teacher epicenter of the world, who are getting by just fine on their teaching salary.

Q7. A simple reason to do yoga!

Ans: It just feels good!

Physically, if it’s all you do, you will stretch and strengthen your body; the same is true about your mind, and your heart! And you might just learn something about yourself!

Authentication solution providers’ association commemorates 16 years of protecting brands worldwide

ASPAAuthentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA), the world’s only self-regulated and non-profit organization representing the interests of the entire authentication solutions industry, has completed 16 years. Formed on 1 December 1998 as HoMAI, it was re-launched in 2014 under the ASPA brand name to represent the transformation of products and services offered by its existing member companies. ASPA aims to become the singular voice of the authentication solution providers in Asia and around the world, and works closely with global authorities such as International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA), Counterfeit Intelligence Bureau (CIB) and Interpol, as well as industry bodies in India such as FICCI CASCADE, CII, ASSOCHAM and Indian Institute of Packaging.

Mr. Manoj Kochar, President, Authentication Solution Providers’ Association, said,

“The last 16 years have been immensely enriching and successful for all our members. Adherence to the highest level of quality and ethical standards enshrined in the ASPA Code of Conduct has helped ASPA earn the trust of the industry and emerge as a strong voice in the hologram industry. We now strive to achieve the same for the entire ecosystem of authentication providers. We are totally committed to promoting adoption of ISO 12931 that lays down performance criteria for authentication solutions used to combat counterfeiting of material goods. From time to time, ASPA also plays a pivotal role in the development of security management standards to address specific requirements of its members and the wider authentication industry. I am excited that within just months of our re-launch, we have been receiving a tremendous response from industry leaders who want to join ASPA.”

ASPA also announced that it has successfully completed the review and due diligence and has inducted four new member companies. Two of these are full members and include Manipal Technologies and Kevin Metpack Pvt Ltd.

With its production facilities in Manipal, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi, and development center in Gurgaon, Manipal Tech provides wide ranging authentication solutions to a varied range of industry verticals such as banking, telecom, education, publishing, consumer goods and retail, financial services etc. Delhi-based KEVIN METPACK, which has manufacturing facilities in Gujarat, is a fully-integrated flexible packaging manufacturer with a 10,000 TPA strong converting capacity, that offers comprehensive integrated and secure flexible packaging solutionsfor processed foods, FMCG products etc.

The other two, namely Monotech Systems Limited and Creed Engineers Pvt. Ltd. are associate members. Both these companies are providers of associated machines and technologies to authentication solution providers.

ASPA invites membership from security hologram producers, state printing works, commercial high security printers, issuers of passport, ID and travel documents, suppliers of security substrates, and security features such as biometrics, identity card manufacturers and personalizers, suppliers and integrators of ID document projects such as passports, vehicle registration plate manufacturers, bar code and RFID solution providers, as well as any other authentication solution providers and suppliers to authentication solution providers. Its members already protect more than 10,000 brands worldwide. Last year, ASPA was instrumental in bringing the coveted global Holography Conference to India. ASPA recently partnered and exhibited at Smart Card Expo 2014, Label Expo India 2014 and is participating at The Holography Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

Canada based Ryerson Futures Inc. & Chokhani Group to launch $15 Million Fund in India

Ryerson Futures Inc. and the Chokhani Group are launching a fund of up to USD $15 Million (Rs. 82.5 croresapprox) to invest in early stage technology businesses connected to Zone Startups India. The fund will seek to invest between $50,000 (Rs. 27,50,000 approx) and $500,000 (Rs. 2,75,00,000 approx) in 10-15 start-upsevery year.

“We have been active making early stage investments, and have seen tremendous interest in the market to also participate as well,” says Anil Chokhani.  “Partnering with an existing accelerator allows us to leverage the benefits of a formalized program.”

This fund will make investments in highly scalable technology startups who are part of the Zone Startups India accelerator, and also will seek to find new startups to bring in to the program.  The fund will be raising capital from both Corporates and other high net worth individuals.

“We are seeing many great startups come through Zone Startups India, (our Accelerator Program in Mumbai); launching a fund to help rapidly advance these startups is a logical next step now that we have been able to establish a strong network in India with our partners,” says Matt Saunders, President of Ryerson Futures Inc.  “Teaming up with Anil and Kirshna Chockhani increases the size of our network and amount of capital that we can invest to scale innovative technology companies.”

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