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Abhyangh Kuvalekar | The Artistr’epreneur

How much importance will you give the word ‘grooming’ in your life? Surely it’s a part of the everyday growth of an individual right from childhood. We speak about hygiene, both physical and mental, personality and other factors of development but knowing the right things and the right way is so much significance. Meet our very own city star Abhyangh Kuvalekar, a man who has worked most of his life grooming and training over 10,000+ aspiring models and individuals, giving wings to their professional and personal journeys and helping some achieve their dream careers in modelling, acting and art. You can’t expect more from someone who has been a part of 5 National award-winning films, and 1 Oscar-nominated film, been listed in India’s Most Handsome Men, receiving various awards like ‘Kalatir...

Jyotika Bijlani | The Radio Girl

Who doesn’t listen to radio? How could one forget tuning into your favorite frequency to listen to the latest tracks in your car or at home early in the morning and for some of us late at night? It has and will be an integral part of our lives. Going viral is the new thing! Radio does that too (remember Malishka’s ‘Sonu’ video?) But this story is not about her. This one gives us the reminder of our Sulu (played by Vidya Balan) and her strong belief reflected from the dialogue ‘Mein Kar Sakti hai!’ (I believe I can do!) This story is about Jyotika Bijlani well known as RJ Jyo who started her journey in 2007 with Radio Mirchi. That’s almost 11 years back when radio was looked at as an ‘offbeat career’ for women. Not today, as the mindsets have changed with changing trends in market. Her care...

Mohd Aqil Sayeed Hajee | Super Power Deaf

Have you ever got inspired by your own struggles? In a world where we often seek our inspiration from outside, this guy gets his from his daily struggles. Say hello to Mohd Aqil Sayeed Hajee who is trying to make it easier for the deaf and dumb community to comprehend and gain knowledge in English and use technology to facilitate communication. Having challenges pursuing his studies right from the fifth grade to graduation in a hearing world and spending a childhood where education was a concern for the deaf, Aqil has come a long way working on making environment accessible for his community and fellow learners. Although his school gave him loads of warmth and affection, they were not aware his real communication needs to contribute to his real growth. In 2005, Aqil started his initiative ...

Atiya Hajee | Listen and speak deaf to enable

Care about the deaf? How does the deaf communicate? Of course, the answer is simple – Sign Language. Do they have a social circle? And how do they build a communication channel with the hearing? Well, that’s a little difficult to answer. Someone realised the need to provide an improvement in the sign language skills as she saw herself and her peers struggling with the same to bridge the gap of communication with the Indian deaf community. Let’s meet Atiya Hajee from Pune who has spent her professional life in empowering the deaf and helping the interpreter community to enhance their sign skills in the Indian context. Her initiative called Indian Sign Language Interpreters Association – ISLIA is helping many interpreters a commonplace to upgrade their skills for effective transfer of inform...

Neha Panchamiya | Voice of the Mute | ResQ Charitable Trust

What if you wake up one morning to a gleaming look on your pets face instead of them jumping onto you (in most of our cases) to take them out? Just about then you realise there is something wrong and they need your attention. You would definitely make sure that you understand their problem and get to their side. But what if it was a stray, abandoned or lost animal? We won’t even bother looking, leave alone helping it. Pune girl Neha Panchamiya has woken up each day to help the voiceless animals in need helped them like her own and bought new solutions to animal welfare and reduction of human-animal conflict in the city. Neha’s education in the U.K. led her to discover the animal welfare efforts that western countries follow, and the private sector participation in the animal welfare moveme...

Zahabbiya Walbeek | Y’Phoria – The Yoga Community

One can’t help but notice every second or third picture on social media to be revolving around someone hitting the gym, flexing their muscles or some showing off their summer body. Health is definitely taken a lot more seriously today as we did a few years ago. Being fit and having a healthy mind is the new euphoria in people’s life. If you notice, celebrities having a healthy body and mind swear by yoga, especially the older generation. In India Baba Ramdev swears by it but what about the younger counterpart? Well, Zahabbiya Walbeek, a professional yoga practitioner came up with a twist to her yoga interventions. She added various fun initiatives to make her sessions more than just yoga. All this with a foundational principle to educate people about yoga, its benefits and a lifestyle that...

Ameya Waingankar | Sporting Self Defence

Women today are educated and can defend themselves says the world. It’s good to be optimistic, but then the same kind of people will look down upon a rape victim or belittle a sexually assaulted person. Is this education is all about, so much for illiterate educated people around the world? Ameya Waingankar, who has won multiple awards internationally with a gold medal in the World Karate Championship in London and more than 100 national and international awards in the sport of karate, is trying to bring in the change through his startup – Corpfusion.in. Their services cater to a comprehensive range of learning solutions along with High Impact Personal Breakthrough sessions like Self Defence Training and Cardio Kick Boxing which includes unique customized transformational solutions. He is ...

Lakshmi Sreenivasan | Let this Cafe Counsel you!

Mental Health related problems are widespread. The unheard voices, emotional pain, traumatic stories, grief, anger, depression, fear and many such negative emotional states are always ignored and stigmatised. The very foundation of a capitalist society is breeding profits, no one thinks let alone knows what they are going through emotionally or even need help. We often find ourselves at a loss for words when it comes to issues which at times we don’t resonate with, Depression is one of them. The deep understanding of this subject and knowing social anxiety after the gruelling and untimely death of her sister due to cancer she realized and that led to the birth Café Counsel an initiative by Lakshmi Sreenivasan. Café Counsel Consortium Let not the extended alliteration amaze you, it’s about ...

Sunanda Verma & Vandita Purohit | The Daftar – putting a heart to ‘office’

When you think it is time you decide to start something of your own many thoughts start hovering in mind. But the prime question arises, ‘Where do I work from? I do not have an office’. One feels tired of running and battling out the work/entrepreneur culture. This is exactly what Sunanda Verma Bhatta and Vandita Kedia Purohit went through when they jumped off their mundane corporate jobs and decided to start on their own as they wished more from life. Today, the idea of co-working is not new to the city and has definitely caught on amongst the millennial. The typical ones are based out of IT parks, tall buildings, large floor plates and again leading to the feeling of being in a formal office all over again. Although they intend to provide shared space for start-ups and other companies, t...

Sayali Shende | Crackerjack Training & Consulting

Have you been of a corporate training program and felt like not getting ‘how certain solutions need to be implemented at your level? If yes, then you are a part of the ‘non-contributing’ factors in the organization. Addressing just that, Sayali Shende, founder of Crackerjack Training and Consulting came up with an innovative approach and methodologies where individuals become change makers at every level of being personal and professional development. In turn, these bring a positive effect on organizational goals too! People facilitation is not understood contextually. For most companies, it’s about training modules or programs. Managing change is informing employees to do things differently in hour-long meetings in closed rooms. There is very little scope for questions on individual level...