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Get out of the bathroom… Rock the tunes..!!!


 

…And get on to the stage with a wee bit of help from Sunil Koshy. BHUMIKA K. tells you how

How many times have you sung aloud in the bathroom, loving the way your voice sounds, and imagining that you’re singing for a famous actor? Huh? Well apparently almost everyone has. Which is why Sunil Koshy’s From Mug to Mike workshops see so many bathroom singers come out of the closet. Many even make it to the stage.

What started off as a Facebook announcement in April 2013, has brought people together in four cities — Bangalore, Kochi, Chennai and Trivandrum — in over 50 of his workshops branded “From Mug To Mike” in an attempt to get shy bathroom singers on to the stage. “Many of these bathroom singers haven’t told anyone they like to sing,” says Koshy, a software engineer, who sang right from his school days but started learning music formally only after he finished his engineering course. “I thought I was good (at singing) till I started learning,” grins Koshy.

He’s trained in various aspects with almost 50 teachers, he claims. That helped because sticking to one teacher would have only taught him what that one person could teach, he says. He quit his job to live in a gurukul for a year and study music, he returned after sabbaticals to work, and again took breaks to learn and now, teach! Among his gurus he counts R.R. Keshavmurthy, Venkatesh Godkhindi, Faiyaz Khan, T.V. Gopalakrishnan, and Rajan of the Kannada film director duo Rajan-Nagendra.

“I always thought the more number of years you learn music, you’re a better singer. But that’s not true,” says Bangalore-based Koshy. “And you don’t need a classical music background to sing film songs, which is what most people want to do. The whole idea of my workshop is to send across the message that anybody can learn to sing well if they have the passion and some time,” he surmises.

Koshy believes there are a lot of people out there who like to sing, don’t have any formal training, but are willing to sing on stage, and like to be appreciated. He points out that there are any number of karaoke clubs dedicated to Kishore, Rafi, Vishnuvardhan, where people host fellow singers at their homes for karaoke sessions. “Very often there is no improvement in their singing, though they sing regularly, because they haven’t learnt anything. And they believe unless you learn complete Carnatic or Hindustani music, it won’t help.” Learning some technicalities can make you a better singer, he believes. Otherwise most people who sing film songs only blindly imitate the original.

Level One is a six-hour workshop! The question springs to mind, which Koshy says many ask him is “What can I learn in a day?” At his workshops, divided into three levels, he teaches students to recognise a note, improve their music appreciation nuances, introduce them to voice dynamics, how to express or emote while singing, where to pause, or end a now, how to build the stamina to sing, voice culture, how to improve breath control, develop a better voice range and so on. In Level One itself, you get a chance to record in a studio and Koshy analyses you strengths and areas of improvement. “That’s something traditional music teachers will never do,” he points out. “And unless you record your voice and hear it played back, you won’t know your flaws.”

Once you complete all three levels, you get to perform at a stage show he organises. “Most people want to be famous, they want more likes on FB when they put up a music clip or a photo taken in the studio…you may not become the next Sonu Nigam,” he says, talking of what people can achieve at the workshop. Many do come to his workshops hoping to become playback singers. He knew what his workshop wouldn’t be, based on his own experience. “Most workshops I attended assumed you already know something, and are more technical. And if I call it a class, people lose interest,” he smiles.

Such a concept works well in a time when we want instant gratification, where we don’t have patience for years of learning and practise. While musical purists may be appalled by his ideas, Koshy asks a question that will find resonance with people today: “How many people will practise music one hour a day to get better after 10 years?” Koshy says he’s worked with music directors, sung in Kannada, Tamil and Malayalam, and has been a track singer for famous singers like S.P. Balasubramaniam. He’s also made Kannada’s first, and India’s first audio film Reboot , which tells his life story.

Learn more at facebook.com/FromMugToMike or call 9845286308.

 

You don’t need a classical music background to sing film songs

 

Shuttlers bring home gold, bronze


K. Vaishnavi, who won the under-16 gold in the CBSE School National Badminton Championships at Meerut, receiving her prize.- Photo: By Arrangement

K. Vaishnavi, who won the under-16 gold in the CBSE School National Badminton Championships at Meerut, receiving her prize.- Photo: By Arrangement

K.Vaishnavi, a student of Class 10 at Bhavan’s Sri Ramakrishna Vidyalaya (Sainikpuri) won the gold in under-16 category of the CBSE National Badminton Championship at Meerut.

Vaishnavi defeated Shivpriya of Delhi Public School (Navi Mumbai) 21-6, 21-6 in the final. Later, the Hyderabad girl combined well with her sister and class VI student K. Bhargavi to settle for a bronze in the team event.

This sister duo is being trained by U. Bhaskar Babu, Sports Authority of India coach at Saroornagar Indoor Stadium here.

 

K. Vaishnavi and K. Bhargavi take part in the CBSE National Badminton Championship at Meerut

Chaitanya bags global assignment


After a seven-year- stint with Andhra Cricket Association as video analyst, the twenty-nine-year-old V. Chaitanya Nag has bagged his maiden international assignment. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed him as video analyst in the India- Sri Lanka women series in which both teams will play three one-day internationals, three T-20 matches and a warm-up match at Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram from January 17.

Chaitanya will capture the entire on-field proceedings and help the coach and the support staff to analyse the match and implement any corrective measures. “I will give inputs on pitch map, wagon wheel and data on rival team to the team management. The wagon wheels of both bowlers and batters are recorded for reference,” he pointed out.

Chaitanya was part of the Andhra Ranji team and for seven years and he had travelled along with Andhra team helping the coaches on technical inputs. City lad’s technical data was used by both National Cricket Academy (NCA) and BCCI to analyse suspect action of the bowlers all over the country. “I worked at the BCCI under-19 and under 16 zonal camps. I am also incharge of the three academies – North, Central and South – of ACA.

 

Avikshit wins gold in roller skating


Avikshit Vijay Viswanathan is a second standard student of Kola Perumal Chetty Vaishnav SSS in Arumbakkam but already has an achievement that has made him a proud pupil of his school. Avikshit participated in the CBSE national roller skating tournament for U-8 category in Mumbai and returned with a goal medal to show. Confidence and competency were the key factors in his domination of the field.

The school management, Principal, staff and students joined to congratulate the bright talent.

 

 

Software for Telugu SMS service to be launched tomorrow


The Information Technology (IT) Department will launch software for availing SMS service in Telugu on December 30.

The software, designed by A.P. Society for Knowledge Networks, a wing of the IT Department, will be compatible with mobile handsets and tabs including I-Pad enabled with Android and I-Phone operating systems, IT Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah said here on Saturday.

He claimed it was for the first time in the country an SMS service would be available in a regional language. Mr. Lakshmaiah added that the software was designed for compatibility with Unicode font, so that there were no issues with services being offered by mobile network operators.

The software has already been made available on http://www.teluguvijayam.org . On downloading the software, ‘TelugumAta’ virtual keyboard will be installed on the devices.

It will allow the user to type in Telugu on the phone or other device, wherein Telugu letters will be realised by single key strokes (instead of multi-taps). All characters will be accommodated in two layers unlike other apps, Mr. Lakshmaiah added.

 

NRI student selected to represent JNTU-K


Pooja RaniThird- year civil engineering student of NRI Institute of Technology P. Roja Rani has been selected to participate in the ongoing south-India Inter-University Basketball competition. She is representing the JNTU-Kakinada team. The competition began held at Dr. NTR Health University from December 21. The college Principal R. Venkata Rao and Physical Director P. Goutu congratulated the student.

 

 

GIET student selected for inter-varsity tourney


Moment to cherish:P. Ravikumar, Principal, GIET, congratulating college student K. Manojkumar in Rajahmundry on Tuesday. -Photo-S. Rambabu

Moment to cherish:P. Ravikumar, Principal, GIET, congratulating college student K. Manojkumar in Rajahmundry on Tuesday. -Photo-S. Rambabu

K. Manoj Kumar of GIET College of Engineering has been selected for Inter-University Shuttle Badminton (Men) competitions. The selections were held at JNTUK on Tuesday and Inter-University competitions will be held in Manipal University, Karnataka from December 15.

Felicitating the winner in a function, Principal of GIET College of Engineering P. Ravi Kumar said sports and studies together develop activeness, discipline, and energy among students. He asked different corporate bodies to come forward in encouraging sportspersons. Later, he presented a memento to Manoj Kumar on the occasion. E. Philip Samuel, Physical Director, M. Rama Manikantha, HOD, Civil Engineering Department, Mr. Sharma, A.O. and other teaching and non-teaching staff of the college congratulated Manoj Kumar.

Chairman of the GIET and MLC K.V.V. Satyanarayana Raju, secretary and correspondent K. Sasi Kiran Varma and P. Subba Raju, general manager of GIET Group of colleges, appreciated performance of Manoj Kumar.

 

 

Volleyball team selected


Twelve players and five stand-bys have been selected for Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences Volleyball (Women) Team.

Secretary Sports Board E. Thrimurthy said the team would participate in the South Zone Inter University Volleyball (W) Tournament scheduled to be held at SRM University in Chennai from December 3 to 7. The selected players are: D. Navya Geethika, P. Purnima Choudary and V. Teja from Siddhartha Medical College, Vijayawada, M.K. Sravya, K. Srija and R. Mythreye from Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada, T. Mounica, G. Nirupama, V. Archana and G. Jyothsna of ASRAM Medical College, Eluru and D. Devi Bharathi of Dr. Pinnamaneni Siddhartha Institute of Medical Sciences, Chinoutpally and Ch. Siri Chandana of NRI Medical College, Chinnakakani. P. Lahari, Eluru, K. Sruthi, Chinnakakani, J. Lalitha ,Chinoutpally, M. Jyothsna Sree, Eluru and A. Ramya , Chinnakakani, are stand-by players.

 

 

Are you watching closely?


The recently concluded world championship between newly crowned Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand was a rare moment when the spotlight was on the world of chess. At these high-profile moments the same question is asked: Can chess ever truly make it as a spectator sport? Here are 10 reasons why it might not.

1. body language

The body language of the players is hardly visible. Many players sit with their head cupped in their hands. The players’ faces barely flicker. Poker players are animated by comparison.

2. Cold war

The Cold War is over. Chess’ benchmark historic occasion was the contest between American genius Bobby Fischer and Soviet champion Boris Spassky in Iceland in 1972. The geopolitical backdrop added piquancy to an occasion that dominated headlines around the world – it was billed as individualist American against machinelike Soviet.

3. movies

Chess isn’t like it is in the movies. The movies like to use chess as either a) a signal that a person is brainy and possibly devious, or b) a metaphor for some kind of struggle.

4. insight

The layman gets no real insight into the extraordinary minds of Carlsen and Anand. In a sense they cancel each other out. Carlsen is said to have something in the region of 10,000 games memorised. He can play 10 opponents simultaneously. Blindfolded. This level of remarkable brainpower would impress a layman but it doesn’t naturally come out in the world championship.

5. draws

About that canceling out. The first game of this series ended in a draw after 16 moves. So did six other games in this series.

6. understanding

There were good reasons for those draws, but most people who have never played chess competitively would struggle to understand them, even after patient explanation. For those who don’t know the broad strategical issues, chess is baffling. You need to know that a doubled pawn is generally bad. Retaining both bishops is generally good. And about 59 other strategic points of varying degrees of esotericism.

7. drama

In the cloistered atmosphere of the world championship, what tension there is arguably exists only within the head of other chess aficionados in the vicinity. The game is played in total silence, with Anand and Carlsen competing in a soundproofed glass box.

8. Bobby Fischer

There’s no more Bobby Fischer. Fischer was a one-man highbrow soap opera in his pomp. As snooker’s relationship with Ronnie O’Sullivan shows, a sport benefits from a controversial figure at its centre.

9. slow

It’s all rather slow for the non-aficionado. These world championship matches can last more than six hours. Some sports have made things quicker to pique interest. Arguably, chess should take a leaf out of the T20 book.10. board game

No other board games are spectator sports. Scrabble fans don’t agonise over the fact that its never going to be at the Olympics. You wouldn’t want to see Monopoly on a big screen either.New York Times News Service

 

Glossary

Piquancy – stimulating, interesting or attractive

Devious – departing from the most direct way

Esotericism – the quality of being esoteric, i.e, private and confidential

Cloistered – secluded from the world

Aficionados – an ardent fan

 

 

Schoolboy makes history


Prithvi Shaw, a IX standard student of Rizvi Springfield High School, batted his way to glory in the first round of the Mumbai School Sports Association’s Harris Shield elite division match against St. Francis D’Assisi (Borivali).

The 14-year-old destroyed the hapless rival attack at the Baronet CC pitch, Azad maidan, and created history with a record 546. He surpassed Armaan Jaffer’s score of 498 in a Giles Shield match in December 2010.

 

 

 

 

Catching the bus in time


Phanindra SamaIn 2006 Phanindra Sama, a BITS Pilani graduate and working in Bangalore, wanted to visit Hyderabad to spend time with his family during Diwali. Like most people trying to make reservation at the last minute during the festival season he was unable to get a seat on a bus. However, every travel agent after making a few calls would tell him to try a different travel agent as they could possibly secure him a seat. Intrigued by this behaviour, Sama did some research and designed software that bus ticket agents could use to check availability. That was how the country’s largest bus ticketing company http://www.redbus.in was started.

Redbus since than has launched operations in 22 states, offers services on over 25,000 routes and has built a network of over 12,000 bus operators. They have also tied up with five RTCs an have many more in the pipeline. “If you buy any printed bus ticket in the country it is most likely that Redbus makes a profit from it as we have sold out software as well as tied up with the largest online ticket sellers,” says Sama.

Redbus.in was started with Rs. 5,00,000 that was put together by Sama and his friends but received funding from venture capitalists as also mentoring from TiE. “The mentors really helped us set up the company and gave us direction. We would have not been here without their help. Many people come up with various modes but it is necessary to be given the correct navigation by incubation centres,” says Sama.

Talking about safety of buses in the light of the recent incidents that have taken place, Sama says that one of the ways to control the speed of buses is that they are now planning to ask android users to keep their redbus android application on during the journey and by this they will be able to track the speed of the bus by using GPS. If a bus is found to be speeding they will then inform the company that runs the bus. In June this year redbus.in was bought by Ibibo, a South African group for a large sum and Sarma is now looking for further study. At being asked if he has the next start-up idea in his head already he just smiles. Sama has been selected as a high impact entrepreneur by Endeavour that is run by the alumni of Harvard University and is only the second Indian to do so.

 

Words without borders


Sunil Khandbahale did not know how to use a dictionary. He is now the proud creator of digital dictionaries in all 22 vernacular languages.

A helping hand:Linguistic enabler Sunil Khandbahale

Sunil Khandbahale is a picture of unassuming self-assurance and eager observation. For a man who has garnered much acclaim for creating online and mobile-based dictionaries for all the officially recognised Indian languages, he looks around with some awe at the interiors of the Le Meridien hotel in Chennai, where he was invited to speak about his work at INK 2013. “This is the first time I have sat in a plane,” he reveals with a smile, “I was more worried about checking in and buckling my seatbelt than the actual talk.”

Sunil, one of three children from a farming family in Mahiravani, near Nashik, says that he is the first in his family to have received complete formal education. “My parents were not financially well off, but they were determined to educate us. I originally wanted to become a painter but because I got good grades I was sent to an engineering college to study instrumentation,” he says.

For Sunil, who had studied in Marathi medium till then, the Government Polytechnic of Ahmednagar was a challenge. He was one among the minority who did not speak English, a factor that prompted some of the other students to leave the course and made Sunil consider the same. “I was on the brink of quitting but I remembered the sacrifices my parents had made to educate me and I could not give up on them. When I approached a professor with my problem, he suggested I get a dictionary. I found it to be a strange word and did not know what to do about it,” Sunil says.

Sunil did eventually learn its meaning and procured a dictionary, spending hours making notes and learning new words. By the time his course ended, Sunil was surprised to learn that he was among the few who had passed. The achievement led him to think that his friends who had left the course would have stood a better chance had they also had access to a dictionary. “The dictionary was my friend, and that friendship had helped me see that day. So I started making photocopies of my dictionary, with all my notes and observations, but the reach was limited. I then considered printing it as a booklet but that raised a lot of new costs I could not bear. This was in 1997, and computers were becoming popular, so I decided a digital dictionary was the way to go,” he reminisces.

After overcoming his lack of software know how (by sitting in a room with a borrowed computer and books for the better part of six months), Sunil finally released an online English-Marathi-English dictionary, the first of its kind. The venture met with much praise and soon Sunil was flooded with requests for more languages, which he promptly obliged, “Though my personal expertise could only be used for Marathi, Hindi and English, I soon reached out to linguists and experts in various fields for help, mostly at universities. When they saw that I wanted to create a linguistic community, they were immediately on board, asking for nothing in return.”

Sunil and his team have now created dictionaries for all vernacular languages to English and vice-versa, with around 22 languages to their credit.

However, he is far from done with his efforts, with his dream being a global linguistic community. “I have a four-stage plan; the first is to create dictionaries for all officially recognised languages, the second to cover all vernacular languages and dialects, because there are so many, in the third stage we plan to include international languages and the final stage is to integrate all this together into a collective where English is not needed as a link and users can directly translate from one language to another.”

And how many of these stages has he completed? “One so far, and it took me 13 years,” he says with a smile, before adding, “but now things should move faster thanks to all the help I am getting.” He says many interesting things as he speaks about his work, but his parting words are perhaps the ones that sum him up best, “The world is full of good people who are ready to help, all you need is a good cause.”

More information and the setup files for his dictionaries can be found at his website khandbahale.com (Android and Java enabled devices). Android users can also do a quick search for ‘Khandbahale’ on the Play Store for a list of all Sunil’s dictionaries.

 

 

 

Scholarships presented to children of railwaymen


East Coast Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation (ECoRWWO), Waltair, presented scholarships to the meritorious children (students) of Railway employees at a function held at the Visakha Rail Club near the Railway Station.

Prizes were also distributed to the children, who excelled in the drawing, painting and essay-writing competitions organised by the ECoRWWO, according to the Senior Divisional Commercial Manager M. Yelvender Yadav.

A 29-inch LED colour TV was presented to Railway Institute at Araku.

ECoRWWO branch officers and other members were present at the occasion.

 

Sharing the gift of music for half a century


Many students of V. Padmasini have become stars in the music industry. VIPASHA SINHA in a chat with the teacher

 

Seventy four-year-old V. Padmasini has been running Sri Sathguru Sangeethalaya from the age of 20 and has taught over 2,000 students from the neighbourhood, some of them big names now.

Having learnt music from her childhood, it came naturally to her. She says, “Music is in my blood. Everyone in my family is a singer, mother, father and brothers.

I started training under my brother G.V. Krishnamurthy. Over the years, I have kept the passion alive. I have sung for many Bharatanatyam and mridangam arangetrams. I sang in movies before marriage. I also sang in All India Radio as a B-grade artiste,” says Padmasini, who has also learnt music from Subramania Iyer, S. Rajam and others.

She believes that one has to have a strong foundation in music to succeed in the field. She emphasises on the importance of shruthi and swaram .

“Unless the students’ voice is trained and they have picked up the nuances, I don’t teach them big songs. I don’t want my students to sing as if they were repeating rhymes. Only when they have understood the techniques do I go to the next level. Till then I teach them smaller tunes and bhajans to keep them interested,” she says.

Because of this, many of her students have performed extremely well at music reality shows. “My student Srinisha won the Jaya TV Little Superstars title and was also a semi-finalist in Vijay TV’s Airtel Super Singer Season 2. Another student of mine Jayashree has taken to teaching and now runs her own music school in Madipakkam where she teaches over 50 students.”  Conferred with the title ofarangetra kaviyarasu , her music school provides such extensive training. “At present, I am teaching over 140 students from Washermanpet. The area lacks quality teachers,” she says.

 

 

Hindustani classical vocal competitions


Sri Bhaktha Ramadass Government College of Music and Dance, Secunderabad, in association with Prema B.R. Rao Trust, is conducting competitions in Hindustani classical vocal music on Thursday, October 24, a press release said.

The last date for submitting applications is Monday, October 21. For details, call 2780-1788 between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

 

Essay contest on UNO


Bala Vikas Foundation, an NGO, is conducting an essay-writing competition in Telugu for students of Classes XI and X on the occasion of UNO Formation Day celebrations.

The topic is “The role of UNO in protecting world peace.

Each school may send four entries and essays, handwritten, should not be more than three full pages.

The essays duly certified by the head of the school should reach Narava Prakasa Rao, Secretary, LIG-10, APHB Colony, Visakhapatnam– 22 on or before October 22.

 

 

Spell bee contest


Oakridge International School is organising a ‘Grand Spell Bee Contest’ on its campus on November 10.

Interested candidates can participate in the contest where the competition will be held for two groups – juniors (aged between 7 and 10) and seniors (11 and 14 years of age).

Apart from the city, the competition is open to schools from various places like Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam. Those who want to register for the contest can log on to http://www.oakridge.in/spellit or contact 1800-200-8171, according to principal in-charge of the school Rama Mylavarapu.

 

 

 

Watch a Tyson in the making


potential new star is rising from the boxing area in the city. Abdur Rehman (12) has caught the eye of the coaches and boxing connoisseurs with his natural movements while sparring with the punching bag.

The eighth standard student of St. Andrews School in Saidabad took to the sport watching the video tapes of Mohammad Ali and Mike Tyson has already made a mark at the national level having won five gold, three silver and two silver in the School Games competitions.

“I have rarely seen such a young boy with such lithe movements. Even some regular trainees in the seniors age group group can’t match him,” insists SAAP boxing coach Omkar Yadav, who took this boy into his camp three years ago.

“He even impressed the likes of world youth boxing silver medallist Nikhat Zareen.

“He looks really good and appears to have so much of natural talent,” remarked Zareen after watching him in practise few days ago.

“I want to emulate the champion Zareen,” says the shy Abdur Rehman, nicknamed as “Maaz”, who will be soon competing in the Sub-junior nationals. Given the rich history of boxers from Hyderabad and with a dedicated coach in Omkar Yadav, this young boy could well bring laurels to the city.

 

Rehman has won five gold, three silver and two silver in the School Games competitions

 s:http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/watch-a-tyson-in-the-making/article5238998.ece

 

 

Gita recitation contest


Sri Gita Prachara Samithi will organise competitions in reciting the Bhagavad Gita on November 10. the competition will be held for in four age groups: 5-8 years; 9-12, 13-20 and above 21 years. Applications forms available at the samithi office at Rajapu Naidu street should be submitted by November 1 with an entry fee of Rs.10.

For details call 9603983272.

 

 

Shirdi Sai students for Maths Olympiad


A total of 23 students from Sri Shirdi Sai School Kadiyam and Rajahmundry branches were selected for All India Maths Olympiad going to be held in New Delhi on October 26. In a press release, the Correspondent of the School, T. Paleswara Rao, Director T. Sridhar and Principal T. Srividya congratulated the students who won at regional level test and got entry into the All India competition.

 

VSPK student bags 2nd prize in painting competition


A student of VSPK International School won an international painting competition. Diksha Kulshrestha of Class VIII was awarded the 2nd Prize for her painting on views on the “Right to Shelter” in a competition organised recently by the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity India.

The competition was organised to celebrate “World Habitat Day.” The aim of this day is to raise awareness about housing for the poor in India.

 

 

Bal Bhavan selections


Selections of `Balasurya’ and `Balaratna’ for the year 2013-14 will be conducted by Bal Bhavan on October 27. The aspirants should be members of Bal Bhavan / Bala Kendra. The categories in which selections will be made are dance, music, arts, creative writing and scientific innovations. Bal Bhavan coordinator J. Yasoda Kumari can be contacted for further information through phone number 99893-61436. Filled-in applications have to be sent to the Bal Bhavan office before 5 p.m. of October 25, according to a press release by Deputy Educational Officer M.V. Krishna Reddy.

 

The road to romance


Chat Harlequin’s Amrita Chowdhury has tread varied paths before finally finding her niche in romantic fiction

Amrita Chowdhury, must truly believe in Tolkien’s adage that not all who wander are lost. She has worn several hats successfully over the years. A B.Tech from IIT Kanpur, MS from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon- Tepper Business School, she has led the education portfolio for Harvard Business School in India, worked as an engineer at Applied Materials in Silicon Valley, in strategy consulting with Oppeus in Australia and AT Kearney in the US and is currently the Country Head & Publishing Director of Harlequin (the publisher of Mills & Boon books). Over an e-mail interaction, she details her journey, her passions, interests and experiences. Excerpts.

Can you tell us a little about your journey?

My role as Country Head & Publishing Director at Harlequin brings in complete alignment my varied experiences in different areas and countries. It has been a rewarding journey.Working in engineering and later management consulting and Board advisory in the US and Australia has taught me the importance of strategic planning, structured thinking, processes and communication. Working in India has taught me how to be responsive under truncated timelines.In addition, my love for books and personal journey as a published author gives me a different vantage point into understanding the publishing industry.

Why did you choose to switch your career? Have you ever regretted it?

Switching to Harlequin was a conscious decision. This dual role looking at the business and the publishing side of Harlequin India brings into synchronicity my varied strengths and experiences. What I do miss are my exceptional colleagues and the friendships I developed. But, a new place provides an opportunity to build new relationships in a new industry.

Tell me about your book Faking it. What was the genesis of the novel? Is there an autobiographical element to it–at least in terms of the newly-returned Indian aspect of it?

Faking It was published by Hachette India, and my second novel is expected to release in 2014. Writing the book was the culmination of a long-held dream. It is an art crime thriller about a fake Amrita Shergill painting, a reflection on the world of modern and contemporary Indian art and the art circuit, and is full of high jinks, humour and drama. The protagonist was a ‘newly returned Indian’ and I did draw inspiration from mine and friends’ experiences of returning to India after many years of living overseas; however, the book is fictional.

Can you throw some light on the Indian publishing industry and what has your experience in it been so far?

The Indian publishing industry is at an exciting cusp. From the content perspective, Indian writing is perfect melting pot. Authors are experimenting with books and themes that span multiple genres or combine different genres. New readers are emerging, creating a space for a variety of voices to exist.

Literary fiction authors have carved a space for India in the global pantheon of writers, garnering plaudits, awards, and readers. Commercial fiction authors have opened up the Indian market to a broader swathe of people, many of them first time readers. Non Fiction is particularly exciting as it is allowing business leaders, thinkers, subject matter experts, artists and auteurs to write books on a variety of topics from the Indian perspective. From the technology perspective, we are at the tip of a revolution. Print is expected to grow over the next five years. Simultaneously, we will also see growth escalating in various digital and mobile platforms.

Do you read Mills and Boon novels?

Yes, I do read Mills & Boon books, and have read them through the years. I find them fun and relaxing, like sinking into the couch with a glass of wine amid all the stresses that life offers.

You were instrumental in the Indian author programme which has Indian women writing Mills & Boon books set in India with Indian protagonists. How has the response to it been so far? What changes/what remains the same when regionalize the books?

The books written by Indian authors have been very well received, perhaps because our readers can identify with the protagonists and the settings. While the overall format of the romance novel is age-old, the Indian books feature strong female protagonists that reflect the wonderful set of writers we have, many of them professionals doubling up as writers. However, what is typically different from global romances is the entire cast of characters, the family and friends, surrounding the hero and heroine which is reflective of the strong family culture of our country.

What next?

I am excited about Harlequin India and our journey as an organization. I am looking forward to working with our team to further strengthen our business in the country and build a strong Indian writing portfolio.

 

Science quiz-“Science Whiz of the Week!”


The first person to answer all three correctly will be the “Science Whiz of the Week!”

1 Between October 7 and October 14, a Swedish institution will make a series of six announcements, each announcement naming one to three persons or the name of an organisation. Each person or organisation will receive a very prestigious medal (as an award) and, all the persons in each announcement will share a $1.2 million cash prize. Name this award.*

2 As of now, most of the Japanese nuclear power plants are offline because, after Fukushima disaster, the government asked them to revise their safety standards. On September 27, the company that managed the Fukushima plant, TEPCO, applied for two of its reactors to be reopened saying that it had made them safer. Expand TEPCO.

3 On September 26-27, NASA scientists announced that, using the Curiosity rover, they had found water on Mars. However, it was present as liquid water. Instead, they had found water molecules bonded with amorphous substances in the soil. What is an amorphous substance?*

4 The test to check for if a person has difficulty distinguishing between red and green colours is called the ________ test. Fill in the blank with the name of the Japanese physician who invented this method in 1917.

5 Small spiders, especially those in windy regions, are sometimes known to use very fine silk from their bodies to make small, triangular parachutes. Hanging on to them, they fly relatively long distances. Many scientists believe that the small spiders use this technique to scatter their young ones over a wider area to give them a better chance of survival. What has the fine spider silk been called since 1325?

6 On September 27, Google celebrated its 15th birthday, and released a new search algorithm called Hummingbird. However, this is not Google actual birth-date; what is it?

7 On September 29, which language edition of Wikipedia celebrated its 10th birthday?

8 The IPCC is an organisation set up by the United Nations to help governments worldwide respond to and protect against climate change. Expand IPCC, and tell us why it has been in the news recently.*

9 Since 1958, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has been awarding an esteemed prize to those conducting outstanding research in biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, mathematics or engineering in India. Last week, the nominees for 2013 were announced. The award is named after a famous Indian chemist, who is considered the father of research labs in the country. Name him.

10 September 23 was the 136th death anniversary of which French mathematician who was one of the discoverers of Neptune?

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/science-quiz/article5183242.ece

REPLY YOUR ANSWERS TO” jathamaths@gmail.com”

Shobha Naidu Felicitated


Shobha Naidu Felicitated

An interactive session with Kuchipudi Exponent and Padmashree awarded Shobha Naidu was organised by Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan here on Friday.Some of the students also staged a classical Dance performance. Later she was felicitated by the director of the School Ch.Vasu Prakash.

KUDOS to KOTI SISTERS -NON STOP 101 ANNAMAYYA KEERTHANA


KUDOS to KOTI SISTERS.

Chiranjeevi Lakshmi Swetha and Chiranjeevi Satya Akshobhya, popularly known as Koti Sisters, rendered 101 Annamayya   Keerthanas at Sri Prakash Vidya Soudham at Payakaraopeta in the District on Sunday.

Actor and retired Telugu Pandit K.R.J.Sarma encouraged the students to pursue art and other activities apart from their academics.

The experts appreciated the parents of the singers for encouraging them to excel in the art. Close to 500 people attended the event and heaped praise on the duo.

Representative of the “BOOK OF STATE RECORDS” Sri Chinta Shyam Kumar lauded the efforts taken by the singers.

Magician and Psychologist Shyam Jadoogar, secretary and correspondent of the school Sri Ch.V.K.Narasimha Rao and Joint Secretary Ch.Vijaya Prakash also participated.

Emotions with a Secret


Emotions

Long… long… long back evolution of Sensible Animal was taken place on the tiny piece of the Universe named as Earth… which is named as HUMAN.

Human …. By their intelligence, taken the earth and other kingdoms in their hands and became supreme’s. Though they were doing some odd things by that time it never reflected in their way of living life…slowly… as the decades are adding in the process of anthropology, Human’s made some boundaries by the skin colour, by the nature of work they opted for and other things taken into consideration. In the process of adopting technology, Human’s became very insecure and narrow Minded…thus started EMOTIONAL IMBALANCE.

1)Friends I feel the age of child from the time of birth to 3 years it is the saga of EARLY HUMAN LIFE ON THE EARTH, because in this period we really doesn’t know what to do and which is good and bad. Every child knew only two things 1) smiling 2) crying – Observing stage. — LIVES WITH UTMOST LOVE, AFFECTION AND CARING without any points or boundaries – broad minded.

2)3 years to 15 years is representing the way of Stone Age life where trying to learn in some parts and behaving like “I knew all” with foolish attitude mostly….Lives with limitations in and around…Starting of the Narrow mind… imbalance in Emotions…

3)15 years to 25 years is representing banks of technology and trends, here we show our attitude differently like “I CAN HANDLE” shows our arrogance and we make some permutations and combinations like we should not SMILE, LAUGH BIGGERLY AS THE CHILD DO and SHOULD CARE ONLY THOSE WHO ARE ADMIRING ABOUT US….. Tightening our screw furthers more and leads to a strong Narrow mind-set.

4)25 years to 30 years is the area of flying colours in regarding of career or personal life-like marriage, having kids. Shows a bit change in attitude… tending to relax our narrow-minded emotions …seeing the world in flying colours…..Like Stone Age.

5)30 years and so on … In this stage few people may find a real life how to lead and more people will tighten their Mindset very … narrowly… so that no one can enter hence chances of  losing “Life span”…

WHY NOT we should LIKE A BABY ALL THE WAY…. IT KEEPS OUR EMOTIONS IN BALANCE…

 I AM TRYING, HOW ABOUT YOU… BELIVE ME FRIENDS YOU WILL FIND ALL SOLUTIONS TO YOUR PROBLEMS IF YOU HAVE….

 

A SECRET TOLD BY MY FATHER IN BRINGING UP A KID

0 years to 6 years …. Make your baby as a Prince or Princes – Respect all your kids’ ideas

6 years to 18 years … Put your adolescent prince/princes into learning zone with terms and conditions and should come out with result in a very strict manner – make your kids to follow your terms and condition.

18 years to rest of the life … once they enter in teens Parents should not involve in their way directly and step back to advise about which is good and bad only, so that your prince/princess will take the decision…it means Parents should act like a Minister in a Kingdom.

My father does the same to me and I am doing the same to my little buddy…

Note: Please forgive me if you feel it is wrong

 

 

 

Painting competition – K.S.Gupta Memorial with Rotary Club


Painting competition

The K.S.Gupta Memorial Trust in association with Rotary Club Visakhapatnam is organizing a painting competition as part of its “NEW GENERATION MONTH ACTIVITIES

The contest in “MINIATURE PAINTING” will be held with Different “THEMES” on Saturday at Hawa Mahal on the Beach road.

The contest will be conducted in 4 Categories.

CATEGORY- A:       CLASS 3RD TO CLASS 5TH.

CATEGORY-B:        CLASS 6TH TO CLASS 8TH.

CATEGORY-C:        CLASS 9TH TO CLASS 10TH.

CATEGORY-D:        CLASS 11 TO 12TH STANDARD.

To register or For Details Please Contact:

Land: 0891-2716439 or 2713848.

Mobile: 991 211 2833.

 

Painting contest

dream house

Hi everyone … we are conducting PAINTING CONTEST – fun – creative.

Theme : your wish.

Eligibility: 4 – 21 years only.

Paints : only hand-made.

Last date : 30 – september-2013.

SEND : jathamaths@gmail.com.

Note : along with paints you need to submit your age proof and about your paint. Decision will be taken by a team from Local2global.

CUTE DRAWING – @ LITTLE BUDDY


Little buddy's sweet home

Little buddy’s sweet home

About Teacher’s Day


      Teachers are in charge of building the children of the society as the future citizens of the country. On 5th SEPTEMBER of every year as a National function in India it is celebrated as Teachers day. It is national function in India.

     Our late President Sri.Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan advised the countrymen to stop to observe 5th September as his birthday, but to observe it is as Teacher’s day. Since the year 1962 – 5th September is celebrated as Teacher’s day because he was one of our former President’s and he was an Ideal Teacher.

To honour that NOBLE profession we celebrate this day as “TEACHER’S DAY”

BE PROUD TO BE TEACHER ….

Once again to all Respectable teachers in India and Across the Globe —– from our hearts on-behalf of all humans we are wishing ” Happy TEACHERS DAY.

Regards,

Local2global team.

 

 

Sri prakash Vidyaniketan school – Kudos – Degrading plastics Naturally.


The project of Sri prakash Vidyaniketan students ,degrading plastics naturally received praise at the 46th Joint school Exhibition held in Hong kong couple of days ago.

The students of class x Mr.Sourav Naik and Pratyush Harsh bagged certificates of Achievement for their Project. People from different countries appreciated the project which was designed in the view of ” SAVING EARTH”.

The joint school science exhibition presentation committee invited selected countries to participate and India is one among them. During 2012 Children’s Science and maths festival, a senior advisor of this activity who visited Sri prakash Vidyaniketan, admired the presentations of the projects and scientific exploration by the ” sri prakash young scientists” and sent a special invitation  for the school’s participation at the HONG KONG exhibition.

The team of Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan was headed by Prof.Sudhakar.c.Agarkar and the Director of the school Mr.CH.Vasu Prakash.

Shanmukh Madhav – India Book of Records.


The boy Named P.Shanmukh Madha who is studying 7th standard in Basham school, vizag set a record in the event of clay mould held on 8th August @ AGE OF 12 YEARS OLD. He can do so many things like paper toys,electronic toys,with water bottles. Looking for Sponsors to set new horizons in an Innovate and passionate way.

Wishing Him, his Parents and the Faculty,Management of Basham all the best.

Regards,

Local2global team

 

Storytelling competition


Hi,

All are welcomed for A free storytelling competition which will be coming on the eve of INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS on 15th August 2013 at DHYAN ABACUS CENTER,MVP colony 4pm 5pm.

Sounds Great !!!

Please Register with >837 492 9604

Follow us on > https://www.facebook.com/saranya.srinivas1

Regards,

Dhyan Abacus Team.

 

Innovations


Here you can show your talent in Science & Technology,food,agriculture,communications  and anyway it should be innovative and should be useful.

Regards,

Local2global team

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