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LHS – Rising NGO For future Generations

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In this busy running world, we focus on our self-growth, family safety and secured life. However, have we ever thought of helping/doing something for someone who is struggling to lead a daily life? As an individual living in this society, do we hold any responsibility to do so?

“YES!” says the MBA graduated, Miss Nikita Ajwani and Mr Rohit Roy. They were just like every other MBA students who had a dream of an exciting career, highly paid job and a cosy office cabin. However, this dream of theirs had a slight twist to it–as they also had a desire to be a helping hand in this society. In 2016, the tale began with the thoughts of “Let’s Help Some1”(LHS).

Let’s dig the story out from the aspiring and inspiring young Miss Nikita Ajwani and Mr Rohit Roy.

1. Tell us something about your background. What made you choose this path?

Nikita: Rohit and I completed our MBA together in SDM Institute for Management Development, Mysore. During the study, we had a short, socially relevant project wherein each student had to work with an NGO. After we successfully completed our project, we had this in mind that, we too need to do something for the society but had no clue what exactly to do and how.

2. Why only the idea of an NGO for Thalassemia patients?

Nikita: In 2016, when we were in Varanasi, I met a lot of Thalassemia patients. As I belong to the Sindhi community and I knew Thalassemia prevails in our community too much. That is when we saw the troubles of these people and thought of doing something for them.

Let's Help Someone

Source: LHS Website

3. Many are waiting to hear out what is “Let’s help someone”. Please brief us about the same.

Nikita: We established LHS- Let’s Help Someone as NGO and started with some minor activities. In 2017, the registration of LHS has been done, geared up and conducted multiple events in Hyderabad, Varanasi, Bangalore and Pune.

As Rohit, works in Novartis Hyderabad, he manages his time in conducting events in Hyderabad where we recently had an event on November 14th, January 28th with blood donation camps, skits on Thalassemia. We are also associated with Google, Hyderabad, partnered and supported a Sindhi club in Varanasi

Rohit: We also gave talks in DMMV college, Varanasi, St Francis, Hyderabad, CMR law college -Bangalore, Symbiosis Pune.

4. How do you guys balance your work-life and also NGO?

Rohit: Though we had many roadblocks, I think when we like to do something, we always find time for it–Be it a weekday or weekend.

Plus working for LHS is something that we do round the clock. We discuss ideas, plans, events through calls and chat. So, even though we are at work, there is LHS that keeps running behind. It does not seem like additional work for us.

5. How about your support from family, friends and NGO family?

Rohit: Family & Friends- We have received great support from our relatives, friends and family. That is the only reason; we can say we are moving ahead positively since 2017.

NGO family- We have around 50+ interns and volunteers like students, our friends, colleagues, a family that help us in events. As we hire interns through websites like internshala.com, it helps us a lot.

Let's Help Someone

Source: LHS Website

We have admin staff, HR person who helps us in managing things, create online posts, working on interview calls, providing certificates.

Media- We are reaching out to media houses to cover us, especially on social media.

6. For an NGO, to run positively, funds are a significant chunk. How do you manage them? Do you get any funds from the government?

Rohit: We neither have a sponsor or a fixed set of donors yet. It’s our income, friends/family funds, online crowdfunding that help us keep going.

The government does support Thalassemia patients. The patients recently got covered under persons with disability acts. Now they will be able to avail medicines and blood free of cost according to different state provisions. Recently, the UP government is setting up centres for such patients in different cities. To get funds from a foreign company, the organisation should complete a minimum of 3 years.

7. In what way, can you describe LHS different from other NGOs and what message would you like to give?

Rohit: We have a very different working system. Some organisations only work for awareness and welfare of patients. Some others help patients to enjoy life by organising fun events. So, here we are a combination of both.

Nikita: Thalassemia is a preventable disorder, and just by being aware, one can protect his/her family from this. Hence, we would tell people to check their HPLC test done before marriage. Many countries made it mandatory, and we hope INDIA does it soon.

“ Give your hands to serve,
And Hearts to Love – Mother Teresa”

I am too much passionate about being creative. I take up challenges and do not hesitate to meet new people and have great learnings from them. I look up for opportunities and new tasks instead of getting settled for what I have.I am a pack of surprises and love.

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These Musicians Soulful Composition Is Beating Virus Blues

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These Musicians Soulful Composition Is Beating Virus Blues

The three musketeers are back, and this time with beats and notes full of hopes and positivity. After all, this is what we need in this grave situation.

Srinath, Sameel, and Debarpan of Green Room Tapes have shared their experience and journey of music and upcoming song.

Mygov.in- A citizen engagement platform of Government, approached green room tapes, to share their work on the website. With the kick and encouragement of this initiative by the Government, they decided to create their own composition and a music video at their respective homes. As it might seem, it was more than challenging for these guys to do it individually from their homes while one of the guys is in the US.

They were skeptical as a lot of technical aspects can hinder the quality of the song, especially when they have very little set up at home.

They did face a lot of hurdles in the making of the song. However, nevertheless, on April 17, they released ‘Ghangor Ghata,’ a beautiful melody composed by them where each word and beats in the song resembles optimism. Happy with the work, the Government has also released the song on their social media platforms.

Debarpan wrote the song in just a day. Words are simple, understandable, yet effective. With Liboy Praisly as the lead guitarist of the song and Sameel on the tabla, the song truly became a wholesome. On asked upon their motive behind the song, they explained how the current COVID-19 situation impacts everyone. Loneliness and depression has become a common state of mind because of the inability to spend the day as usual. So they came up with an idea to do this specifically to fight back the present situation.

One of the guys said, “Not just lighting candles but lighting the hope in our mind and heart is more important.” Music can soothe any mind; this song and their music does the job very well.

The musicians also shared the short story behind the name green room tapes, when they started with their journey they recorded the songs in a room painted in green which belongs to Srinath. Slowly the guys got recognized with their music, and it was a green room. This idea of green room made more sense because an artists share their most inevitable moments right before their performance in the green room.

These musicians have performed live in various cities. You can enjoy some of their best songs on their channel. They are about to reach a million views in a concise span of time.

In the upcoming months, they are going to upload a lot of soulful music. All we need to do is sit back and enjoy.

These musicians have sent the message to all their listeners,” Stay home and stop the spread of the virus. We all can fight it together. Let the art inside you bloom.”

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Passion Is A Misused Term For The Sake Of Drama – Aditya Kambhampati

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Passion, is a misused term for the sake of drama - Aditya Kambhampati

While surfing through Youtube this track came up “Tukda”, the name itself was ‘hatke’. After listening to the song  I realised, it is something that every person goes through. In the hustle and bustle of life, we forget to enjoy our life itself. So let me introduce you to Aditya Kambhampati, the person behind the beautiful track of ‘Tukda’. Let’s have a look at what he has to say about ‘Tukda’ and his passion for life.

1. Can you give a brief about yourself?

This is almost like a cool version of a job interview. Reminds me of the days I sat for campus placements.

Aditya is just your guy-next-door, a regular Bombay guy, who loves eating all sorts of foods, hanging out with friends, have a couple of drinks at times and yeah also likes music. So, music and football have been the two main driving factors in my life since childhood.

Unfortunately, I can’t pursue football as a practical career option, so I’m trying my hand in music.

2. Tell us about your new song. What is ‘Tukda’ all about?

‘Tukda’ is actually a piece of your life — a piece of your world. You obviously can’t have the world, so relishing the piece in your hand is what tukda is all about.

  • Inspiration
    The inspiration is clearly from my life experiences. I see and hear many people saying I hate my job, and I want to quit my job, wow you’re so lucky you have something to fall back upon, you can follow your passion and what not–what hit me is that they never realise where they are and what it truly means. To be very honest ‘Tukda’ is about being grateful for what you have in life and still try to thrive for more. I am very grateful to my days in the corporate bank job, and I have no shame in admitting it. So that’s it.
  • Motive
    Motive, as I said, it’s just to talk about how relevant the world around you is, and one should always relish it. People spend a lifetime cursing their lives.
  • Message
    Very clearly, I didn’t want to disrespect the corporate desk job or the working-class. I have immense respect for the people who work hard to earn a living and support their loved ones. So the message was to take a break, get away from the grind and peep into your soul. That’s all.

3. Passionate about music, then why still in corporate life?

That’s a tough one — I don’t know for sure, but as of now, I think I am still learning both sides. I’m still working on my musical skills. Also, as of now, I am able to maintain a balance between both the worlds and trust me; it’s not that difficult. The avenues in music for me as of now are limited, so I am working in a bank. The bank job helps me to be on my toes and helps me to be disciplined. No matter how many open mics I’ve attended, no matter how long I’ve been working on a song and mixing it in the night, I have to wake up at 6.30 and hit the office at 9. I think that helps. Plus it gives me a lot of content and inspiration to go back home and work on songs. Besides, the bank job helps me pay my bills for sure as of now.

4. I have noticed an odd alarm time in the song, why so?

It wasn’t planned. I wasn’t even there when we were shooting the indoor parts of the video. However, yeah my alarm also is set on some random time and it snoozes that’s why I guess it’s odd–I can’t say for sure.

5. How is this song related to you?

If you have noticed, the guy in the video (Ayaz Merchant) is doing many things, which I usually do every day. Moreover, as I’ve already said it comes straight from my life.

6. In the song, you are missing someone. Are you really missing someone?

No, I don’t think so. I am a pretty content soul as of now, touchwood. The only thing I miss is, maybe some good sleep. I should really be getting more hours of sleep regularly.

7. Why are shoot locations essential for any song?

To make it clear, everybody need not go to scenic landscapes to shoot their songs. It’s just that while composing this one, I always had a road trip in my head and hence we went to Tahmini ghats and shot it. It was one hell of a ride. We woke up at 5 in the morning and literally shot it the whole day till we felt we had enough footage material to edit. Lal the director of the song, I’m sure is still not happy because he didn’t get a few shots in daylight. However, you can’t have it all. I think the output turned out to be pretty decent.

8. Why Indie song?

In the past couple of years, I’ve heard many Indie artists, and after listening to them, I felt wow this is something I want to try. I think Indie gives you that extra bit of a room to experiment and to be imperfect, which is incredible. Also, to be honest, no music label has approached me. Being Indie is also an attempt to reach out to the world and help them have access to my stuff which is really good. Indie is empowering in many ways.

9. Will you go for a Passion driven life?

Yeah yeah of course! I don’t see a reason why somebody wouldn’t. However, again depends on what is one’s idea of passion? Passion, I think, is a misused term for the sake of drama and always associated with arts and sports. Also, the term passion is too romanticised. People can be really passionate about anything, and they don’t need to pursue it as a career option necessarily. The most important thing is, to be honest to it and keep in touch with it every now and then.

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Source: Facebook

10. How do you manage work-life with music?

As I said, it’s not as hard as people make it sound. My work at the office ends at 7. I literally have at least 6 hours before I sleep. I use it to perform at open mics and get feedback on my songs or spend time alone composing, playing around with notes, figuring out what works what doesn’t and maybe program a track on my laptop. It’s enjoyable and consumes a lot of me and helps me sleep well in the night. It’s all about having a good night sleep in the end, you know.

11. If given a choice to pick between music and job, what you will choose, and why?

My goal is to make a living out of music and performing arts. I’ve been very clear about it, and I will do whatever I can in my capacity to achieve it. However, I need to be calculative and not go all out.

12. Music is life, true or false? If true, then what is a job?

That’s subjective. For a musician who pursues it professionally, it may be life. For someone who doesn’t, it’s just a good source of entertainment. Moreover, then there are few who appreciate art and are passionate about it but as listeners or somebody who has a life besides it. For me, I grew up listening to music and singing songs and want to have a life doing original songs; eventually, I could as well say music is an essential part of my life.

13. Any suggestion for our readers, who wants to pursue their goal, how and what can they do?

I don’t think I would be the ideal person to be telling someone what to do with their lives, but all I can say is be honest and invest time in doing what you like. However, also smartly detach yourself from it as and when needed. You can’t be obsessed about something, especially your own craft. That’s a curse if you ask me. Once you’re done with something, you should get going. Detaching helps you make your essence sharper and fresher.

14. Lastly, the real reason for anyone to listen to your song.

To get chill feels. The song is also like a warm hug, and frankly, it would work in many setups, like – house parties, long drives, holidays, alone time late in the night and more. It’s also not too loud, so yeah it makes for a decent listen especially amongst all the hustle in the outside world. I won’t get into the technicalities and lyrics part of if because that’s subjective and I want people to have their own interpretations because it’s their song and not mine anymore. So I don’t want to lead them into something; they can have their own stories about the song and I would love to hear them.


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A Candid Conversation With Priya Pereira

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A Candid Conversation With Priya Pereira

Her cheerful smile, balletic dance movements and terrific acting have garnered love and admiration from people across India. Her notable performance in Kannada romance-drama movie — Chandra Chakori — became her major breakthrough into stardom. Woman with many feathers Priya Pereira in an exclusive interview with News Aur Chai takes us through her ups and downs and how she is sailing through this bumpy ride called — life.

1. How you ascertained that dancing and acting were not mere hobbies but more than that?

I was always drawn to the performing arts, mainly dancing and acting. I was about 11-year-old when I realised and knew that this is where my heart belongs. However, I took it seriously only after my Post Graduation, when I finally mustered the courage to tell my parents that I wanted to pursue acting professionally.

2. Acting or dancing. What is more, liberating?

Both, in their own ways, can be physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually liberating. It’s what I love about performing. It’s like a little world to get lost in.

3. How you define success, and what is your success mantra?

Success for me is being happy. My mantra is ‘Do what you love and love what you do’. There’s a whole list of things, small and big that I’d like to achieve. Ticking things off that list makes me happy.

4. The biggest challenge of your industry?

Of any industry, the biggest challenge is listening to your heart or gut. Believing in yourself and making the choice that you believe is the most apt for you. ‘Mostly the challenge is within one’s self rather than outside.’

5. When did you feel low in your career and how you dealt with it?

Feeling low can constantly happen; it comes and goes. It’s ok to withdraw and sulk for some time, but you must go on. I’m so passionate about my job that I always get up and push harder every day.

I also believe that one should be open about one’s feelings to close friends and family and seek support whenever needed.

6. What keeps you motivated and what’s the accessory that one needs to wear to keep moving in the industry?

The desire to be loved by people for the work I do and the hunger to get better each day is my motivation. Passion and perseverance, in my opinion, are essential to keep going.

7. That one criticism that you embraced, and it changed your life?

Criticism is tricky! It shakes me up sometimes, makes me question myself sometimes, makes me laugh sometimes… but I’ve learnt with time that criticism is a person’s point of view (as is a compliment). It’s best to stay detached from both and do what you think is right.

8. Go with the draft plan or go with the flow. Which is Priya’s way?

I think I’m more of a ‘go with the flow’ type of person… with maybe a small ‘draft’ sketched up here and there. So a delicate combination of the two, ideally.

9. Why did you decide to try your hands in entrepreneurship?

PRI’S organic peanut butter happened to me by chance. Once upon a time, Priya made some peanut butter at home, and everyone loved it. Soon she sold some jars at a friend’s charity sale, and they all sold out! She then decided to take it further by starting a brand of her own. It’s been almost five years, and there’s been no looking back!

10. Your message for the dreamers?

Listen to that little voice inside you. You will always know what you want to do. Always keep looking for it – that thing that you know you MUST have or do, that thing that will help you become YOU.

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