• Thoughts

    Education & Soft Power (Discussion)

    I was invited, as an alumni, to attend a round-table discussion on ‘Education & Soft Power with Academicians’, organized by DAV Group of Schools, Chennai in collaboration with Center for Soft Power, New Delhi. The speakers were – Prof. Gulab Mir Rahmany (Associate Professor, Political Sociology, Afghanistan) & Prof. Dilafruz Nasirkhodjaeva (Sr. Researcher, Economics, Uzbekistan). What is Soft Power? Soft Power is the influence exerted by one culture/country over another by methods other than violence, force, or coercion. Some good examples of India exerting soft power in the Asian region was given by Prof. Gulab from Afghanistan. Today, most of the youth in his country are influenced by Bollywood. So…

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    Chennai: Buy Paper/Jute Bags made by Ppl with Disabilities

    Incepted in 1989 with just 6 kids, Vasantham – a school & home for people with disabilities – now supports 123 children and adults. It is located at Mogappair East – behind the bus stop, adjacent to Anjaneyar Temple & opposite to Narayana School, Mogappair East. Vasantham is run by a good friend’s family who are also an alumni of DAV Mogappair Schools. We had a chance to visit this place last week and were impressed with the facilities and the good work done by them. In fact, this is the first time I saw someone hand weaving fabric! They have a small cute shop outside Vasantham building which is…

  • Photos-Videos

    Business Introduction Video

    Here is a Business Introduction Video I made using Adobe After Effects. This video I made for my own business, but it can be adapted to any business. I have been learning this software for sometime now and I am impressed with its capabilities. Hope to up my video-creation skills sooooner ๐Ÿ™‚ Business Owners & Startups would find a video like this very useful as they can send it to their potential clients/contacts via WhatsApp or share it on social networks like FB, Youtube, LinkedIn, etc. A professionally made video is important to make that good first impression. Needless to say, if you want to make a video for professional…

  • Events in Chennai

    eWIT’s 13th Anniversary Event – 2019

    eWIT (Empowerment of Women in IT) is a platform to unleash the potential for women and to drive their growth in the IT/ITES industry. Women associated with the IT/ITES industry by education or profession can become a member of EWIT. eWIT’s Activities Include: Programs/Workshops/Networking Events. Awards/Competitions to identify and encourage talents. Consultancy & knowledge-sharing in women-centric policies like gender sensitivity, gender harrassment, anti-sexual harrassment, etc. Academic initiatives via interaction with college students to bridge industry-academia gap. There is an annual membership fee of Rs. 500 for individuals, and there are bulk membership plans for corporate/academic sectors as well. For further information, you can download eWIT’s brochure from here (PDF). Today…

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    Arya-Sayyeshaa Wedding: Photo Slideshow Video

    Above-embedded is a photo slideshow video made by me using the wedding stills/photos released by Arya & Sayyeshaa in their respective twitter accounts. Arya is a popular Tamil movie actor who debuted in 2005. He has given a number of hits including Ullam Ketkume, Boss Engira Baskaran, Madrasapattinam, etc. Did you know that his actual name is Jamshad Cethirakath and that he was an assistant software engineer after graduating from Crescent Engineering College, Chennai? Did you know that Arya not only participated in the 300-KM Vรคtternrundan bicycle race, a recreational bicycle race held over two weekends at Sweeden, but also won a medal in that race? Sayyeshaa is a popular…

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    UK Alumni Awards 2019, Taj Connemara, Chennai

    I was invited to the UK Alumni Awards 2019 ceremony that was held at Taj Connemara, Chennai, on Mar. 15. It seems this is the first time this award ceremony has been held outside Delhi. Alumni Awards celebrate the achievement of international alumni who have studied at a UK institution within the last ten years. https://www.britishcouncil.in/study-uk/alumni-awards-winners There are three categories under which outstanding alumni are chosen – Social Impact Award, Professional Achievement Award & Entrepreneurial Award. The names of the finalists in each category are listed here. Before the awards ceremony began, there was a panel discussion on the state of education and the need to refine it in conjunction…

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    Stone Chain (Fashion Jewellery)

    Here is a beautiful stone chain (fashion jewellery) made for RR Fashion Jewellery byRamya. Since Woman’s Day is coming up, she has thrown in a discount as well. Of course, video made by me.   Destination Infinity

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  • Chennai

    Madhavaram Horticulture Park

    A short video with pics taken during our recent visit to Madhavaram Horticulture Park, Chennai is embedded above. This park is similar to Semmozhi Poonga, but it is much bigger – there are many more trees, plants, etc. But it’s not as beautiful as Semmozhi Poonga though. Madhavaram, or at least its surroundings, in itself is so green. So a horticulture-themed park that too inside the city is surely an added bonus. There is ample parking for cars, bikes and this place is ticketed – I think the entry ticket is Rs. 15 per adult. There are tickets for bike parking and taking camera in, as well. I took all…

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    My Smartband BUZZES every 15 minutes I don’t move!

    So I bought a Smartband – Titan Fastrack Reflex Smartband that I am wearing on my wrist for most part of the day. It’s like a watch, but looks very modern and has a small digital display. Of course it shows the time, date, etc. But I bought it for another reason – it has a sedentary reminder alarm. That means, it buzzes every 15 minutes when I keep continuously sitting at the same place. Since my work is predominantly on the laptop, there are times when I sit down and work even for 1 or 1.5 hours continuously. As you can guess, it’s a bad idea. But nowadays, these…

  • Photos-Videos

    RR Fashion Jewellery Portfolio Video

    I made a short one-minute video portfolio for Ramya’s RR Fashion Jewellery products. I have included the photos of a few necklaces, bangles, earrings, etc. to give an overview of the types of jewellery she has made until now. She primarily focuses on customizable silk-thread, beaded, and other artificial jewellery. Have a look at the video below and let me know your feedback/comments on how you think the video could be better.   Destination Infinity BTW, we participated in another exhibition yesterday (organized by the Annanagar Ladies Club). Here is our pic from there ๐Ÿ™‚   via GIPHY