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International Youth Leadership and Innovation Forum (IYLIF 2017): Platform for enhancing Innovation and Leadership in young minds

 

 

 

“Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.” -Francis Bacon

International Youth Ambassadors and Industry experts at International Youth Leadership and Innovation Forum (IYLIF 2017) proved this quote in the true sense. Annual IYLIF conference brought together a global panel of experts, educators, parents and accomplished youth from all over the world. IYLIF was a conference for youth (10-17 years) from all around the world to speak, discuss and collaborate on topics like Bullying, Stress, Human Values and Effects of technology in present times. This event was organized by As Many Minds in Singapore on 2nd Sep at Lifelong Learning Institute. IYLIF 2017 was supported by Up your Game 2016 Personal Development Community. Sindu Sreebhavan, founder of As Many Minds strongly believes “Innovations happen when we create an environment to foster creativity, meaningful dialogues, diversity, and collaborations.” While addressing the  audience  Sindu shared her vision of IYLIF as a platform with the power to transform dead dry deserts of despair into green lands of innovation, leadership, and execution

The key highlights of the forum-

  • 22 International Youth Ambassadors (IYAs) participated in the forum from Singapore and around the world from countries like Japan, Malaysia, UAE, and India. These youth were picked from over 160 entries received from all around the world. These youth had to send a 2-min speech on a topic that is relevant to the youth. Boot camps were organized before the actual forum to empower IYAs with required skills for the forum.
  •  There were 3 Internationally renowned keynote speakers at the Forum-
  1. Manoj Vasudevan– World Champion of Public Speaking, next level readiness expert and the author of the International bestseller ‘Mastering Leadership the Mousetrap Way’. He shared his insightful speech on leadership. He shared the messages ‘You are never too small to be big’ and ‘Ownership is the habit that leads to leadership’. 
  2. Fredrik Haren – Internationally acclaimed expert on creativity in business and speaker. He is the author of 9 books, including the Idea Book which was included in “The 100 Best Business Books of All Time”. He gave a groundbreaking talk on the topic ‘The value of thinking differently.’ Fredrik shared  “All we know we have to take two things and combine in a new way to deliver a new idea. The World is changing quickly and adults are not able to handle and are stuck. Power of youth is not to get stuck.” 
  3. Avi Z LiranInternational expert in Positive Leadership and Culture Transformation, who emphasized the importance of mindfulness for Curiosity, Humor, and Kindness in present times

 

  •  Educators and Experts from different domains from Singapore, Japan, USA, UK, Vietnam, and India shared their knowledge and opinions in three-panel discussions at the forum. The first panel moderated by  Ruby Mathur,  a lecturer at NAFA,  was on the topic ‘Future of education and its significance.’ Educators Stephen Dexter, Robert Thorn,Thomas Brian Donnelly, and Roger Tan shared their views on the importance of future ready education systems in this panel. This was followed by speeches delivered by IYAs and laughter therapy session conducted by Santhanaram Jayaram who shared valuable tips to de-stress in everyday life. The second-panel discussion was on the topic ‘Technology, Values and the Gig Economy.‘ Panelists consisted of educator Nick Alchin, Director of Cherishma Consulting Mamta Mandal and Technologist Harpreet Atwalwho shared views on the importance of mindfulness in use of technology and how to carry on value system to next generation. Second panel was moderated by Karolina Gwinner  who is a Leadership Facilitator and a Speaker too.’The  new reality of youth life: Bullying, Abuse’ was the last panel discussion and panelists successfully discussed the undue pressure on the youth of the present generation. This esteemed panel consisted of Noor Mastura, Founder & President of Interfaith Youth Circle community, Vani Khare the Director at SanrakshanSanthanaram Jayaram Director of Inspired Life Academy, Vinti Mittal, Director at SACAC Counselling, and  Padma Sekhar Principal of Trio World School, Bangalore, India. This panel was moderated by Millennial Expert Vivek Iyyani.

 

IYLIF 2017 aims to create a global pool of youth change makers. The mentoring will continues even after the forum to guide IYAs to take action. Each of them will be mentored to reach out to at least 1000 other youth to spread messages, inspire action and make a difference.

At the end of the conference Programme Director Rahul Shah, who is a Communication Specialist in Singapore questioned the audience  “What if you get one chance to go back in your past. What will you do?”

And the obvious answer came “ We will work on our strengths.”

So why not let kids work on their strengths from an early stage in their life and for that platform like IYLIF can help them in the true sense.

With a flurry of requests from all over the world to hold the next forum in their cities, IYLIF is definitely soaring high towards its mission of creating a global pool of youth visionaries and change makers. Look out for the next IYLIF conferences in Tokyo, Dubai, and Bangalore. To know more about upcoming events visit http://asmanyminds.com/iylif 

Visit http://www.womenlines.com/sindusreebhavaninterview/ for Sindu Sreebhavan’s Interview for #IYLIF 2017 at Women Lines You Tube channel

Visit http://www.womenlines.com/spreading-creativity-in-youngsters-sindu-sreebhavan/ to read about Sindu Sreebhavan in Entrepreneur of the month section of Women Lines

Visit http://www.womenlines.com/is-your-child-lacking-the-skills-needed-to-survive-and-thrive/ to read Guest article by Sindu Sreebhavan on Women Lines

Myra’s presents Runway Mom/Lovers Season-4 by Dream Catchers

 

 

Lovely moments at Myra’s Presents Runway Mom/Lovers Season-4 by Dream Catchers pre-events

 

Runway Mom/Lovers-4 is arriving bigger and better than before, with their 4th season !

Dream Catchers, a Singapore-based online talent showcase platform run by Ms. Shalima Motial, is organizing Runway Mom/Lovers on 9th Sep, 5:00- 10:00 pm at The Pavilion at Far East Square.

An unforgettable gala, the event celebrates the women of Singapore and their families. Entrepreneurs showcase their products by sponsoring the event. This range includes home based entrepreneurs to big corporates like Manulife. The highlights of this event will be encapsulated in a 30-minute episode airing on the Colors TV channel as a souvenir.

 For The Woman of Substance  

 A woman is a “many-splendored” being. Wearing many hats befitting her multiple roles, she will get a platform to shine brighter than ever.

Runway Mom/Lovers-4 is a non-competitive event which embraces women from all walks of life, age, size and nationality notwithstanding.

Multiple Events

Engaging workshops at Myra’s Presents Runway Mom/Lovers Season-4 by Dream Catchers pre-events

 8 pre-events leading up to the main. Among them are-

  • Meet and Greet
  • A Professional Photoshoot at Gardens By The Bay
  • ‘Chalktalk At Rampwalk’ with a psychologist speaking about “building the emotional muscle”
  • A Session Conducted By A Life Coach
  • Tips From A Stylist
  • Healthy Living By A Dietician
  • A Makeup Workshop

Coverage By Bloggers & Media Companies

 This Season womenlines.com, a website promoting excellence for kids and women, is covering the event. The event presents a networking opportunity for all the sponsors and an opportunity for the models to create memories of a lifetime.

The Icing On The Cake

Runway Mom/Lovers-4 has a tie up with 2 companies from India especially for this Season and 15 mo(m)dels are flying in from India to be a part of the platform.

 The Main Event

 Runway Mom/Lovers-4 will kick-off with a dance performance by Aiyaz’s Dance Academy.

Following the ramp walk will be Runway open mic. Dream Catchers being an online talent showcase company that believes in providing a platform for performing artists has fulfilled its mission once again through Runway Open mic.

With Myra’s food stalls rimming the hall, this event promises to be an evening of entertainment and enjoyment for those participating and attending.

 Myra’s are the presenting sponsors, a famous eating joint which offers the best of Mexican cuisine as well as various North Indian specialties.

Book your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/myras-presents-runway-momrunway-lovers-season-4-by-dream-catchers-tickets-34134762995to enjoy the fun as the audience.

For other details visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1861979030733175/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Youth Leadership Innovation Forum Singapore (IYLIF 2017)

 

What does today’s youth want to talk to the whole world? Let’s hear them at International Youth Leadership & Innovation Forum 2017.

#IYLIF2017 is a conference for youth from all around the world to speak, discuss and collaborate on topics that matter to them. This event is organized by As Many Minds in Singapore. As Many Minds is a platform to bring out the creativity, innovation, confidence, and communication of millions of young minds around the world. As Many Minds strongly believe that innovations happen when an environment is created to foster creativity,
meaningful dialogues, diversity, and collaborations.

This conference is a rare opportunity for youth generation (10-17 yrs) to speak up their ideas, viewpoints, and hopes for the future along with other youth and experts from around the world. This conference is also a wonderful opportunity for kids who are not participating as they can be part of the audience and listen to the speakers and get inspiration in next ILYIF. Parents should definitely take this opportunity to bring their kids and give them exposure to International forum which is for their age group kids only.

Annual IYLIF conference is bringing together a global panel of experts, educators, parents
and accomplished youth from all over the world. IYLIF 2017 Chairperson, Sindu Sreebhavan, Founder of Asmanyminds.com     shared that  ” IYLIF is a platform that empowers
youth to express their visions, actions, and innovations. Here they can unravel infinite
possibilities, go beyond the boundaries of countries and cultures to collaborate and
achieve their full potential as global citizens.” She also mentioned that ” The mentoring of the International Youth Ambassadors (IYAs) will continue beyond the conference until 31st December 2017 to equip and assist them to be change makers.”

 

IYLIF 2017 creates a platform for youngsters to promote their ideas, thoughts, and suggestions for a better today and tomorrow

Date: September 2, 2017

Country: Singapore (Venue details coming shortly)

 

Powerhouse of talent taking theatre to new heights in Singapore- Shalakaa Karnik Ranadive

 

 

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”- Marc Anthony

Women Lines entrepreneur of this month is the perfect example of this saying. She is an accomplished theatre, TV and film actor with over 20 years of experience. After starring in popular TV serials on leading national channels in India like Swabhiman, having worked for well-known production companies like BR Chopra, Balaji Telefilms, and UTV Productions, she went on to be part of several theatre productions in the UK. Since 2007, she has been based in Singapore and has produced and directed many plays through her theatre company Wecandoitt. Meet Shalakaa Karnik Ranadive who is also the Singapore representative for Anupam Kher’s acting academy Actor Prepares  and read her journey in field of theatre in her own words-

1.Please share with our readers’ little bit about yourself.

I started off as an actor in Mumbai, in the 90’s. During this time, I acted in many popular Hindi TV serials, including Swabhimaan, Astitva and Zara Hatke. After I got married in 1998, my husband and I moved to the UK, where I acted in films and many theatre productions, which traveled around the UK, Europe, and Canada. My family relocated to Singapore in 2007, and I set up my own theatre production company 9 years ago, called Wecandoit. Under this, I direct and produce my own plays. In addition, I run drama workshops for adults and children.

2. So when did you started this venture and what inspired or motivated you to take a plunge into this venture?

My latest venture in theatre is “Dastak”, the first and only Hindi theatre festival in Singapore. We staged Dastak for the first time in 2016, and this year we are staging its second edition. Having worked in theatre in Singapore for over 9 years, I noticed that all the Hindi performances that were staged in the country were overseas productions, and very few were based in Singapore.

My workshops have allowed me to discover a huge talent pool, not just actors, and directors, but also creative writers. I wanted to create a platform for these individuals to showcase their talents, and I wanted audiences to come and enjoy theatre without burning a hole in their pockets. Dastak is not only a festival, it’s a journey in theatre. You learn, you enjoy, you share, and you get to project your talents to an unknown audience. It’s all about creating a beautiful creative community, from all walks of life.

3. Can you share with us some of the challenges you faced during your initial days?

The challenge for any creative venture is the monetary support. When you have a new idea, it takes time for it to materialize and for others to believe in your vision. I knocked on many doors for funding and support but in vain. Finally, I had to self-fund, and everyone who came on board was pro-bono. I am extremely thankful for all the artists who agreed.

4. So how do you balance your personal and professional life?

The key to balancing your personal and professional life is having a supportive team on both ends. On the personal front, it’s your family, your home that acts like a pillar. Professionally, it’s the creative team or committee who works round the clock with me. It’s a motivated effort on both sides.

5. What would you suggest to other aspiring women who want to venture out on their own?

Don’t wait for the right moment because there is never a right moment or the other way to see- it’s always the right moment! If you have decided to venture out- start now!

6. Is there any person who has mentored/supported/inspired?

Life is a journey and I have met many people who have inspired me through this journey. I don’t read motivational books to get inspired. Every time I meet a new person, rather than scrutinizing their flaws, I only notice their good qualities and that’s my take away. I have stopped being judgemental. This helps me to stay Inspired.

7. What do you have in the pipeline for your venture’s future development?

Plenty! I would love Dastak to go international. My dream is to make Dastak cross boundaries, and for the theatre community to keep growing!
Dastak 2017 will be staged In November this year in Singapore.

 

Women Lines wishes best of luck to Shalakaa for her bright future and lots of success for all her ventures!

 

www.wecandoitt.com

https://www.facebook.com/dastak10/

 

Singapore Birthday Spirit 2016!

Singapore 51st National Day celebration was impressive, creative, and incredible!

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Watching Singapore national day celebration on television has always been a pleasure, which leaves a strong message in your mind . This year theme, “Building our Singapore of Tomorrow”, was a  wonderful theme as it conveys strong message for our present generation to dream for a bright future. There is a call of action for all people residing  in Singapore to   build their future collectively. Venue New Stadium was looking so beautiful with all decoration.There was a  beautiful display of  Indoor Fireworks and 3D Projection Displays too. Unmanned Technologies such as Drones and Dynamic Aerial Performances reflected strength of Singapore’s capability in field of latest technology.

I am still mesmerised watching such a creative and beautiful celebration done with such vigour by all participants with true Singapore spirit. Singapore has set an example of a hard working nation  which gives amazing opportunity to its residents to build up their bright future. My all prayers to God to maintain the racial harmony of the country as it has been maintained till now!

Happy Birthday Singapore!

 

Independance day expressions!

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August is a great month to enjoy the spirit of Indian and Singaporean Independence!

It was awesome experience listening to speeches by  Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong of Singapore, on occasion of celebration of Independence day of respective countries. I want to share  few takeaways from both speeches with my blog readers-

1.The phenomenal concept of ‘Team India‘ in which Mr Modi has requested all Indians to consider themselves as part of a team , which is working towards development of the nation, is very impressive. We as women can make a great team and contribute in various ways for development of country.

2. Raise your daughter and son equally. Both should be taught skills to work for their choice of career and also how to take care of family equally. As mothers let’s pledge to teach equal skills to kids of both genders,  to value and respect each other, to be mindful for responsibilities for our country. Values taught to present generation can do wonders for future of our country.

3. We have to be mindful about taking care of nature and conserving natural resources. If we can inculcate certain habits in our kids from childhood like saving water, less usage of plastic, saving electricity, limit wastage of food and certain other habits in favour of nature care.I am sure future generation will be able to enjoy nature and lead a safe life .

4. If we curb certain habits like stop giving and taking bribes, respect every individual same whatever level they are, follow general rules regarding traffic, standing in que, waiting for your turn and many more, in few years time our country will definitely come in category of top countries in world. It was such a great feeling of getting the driving license made in India , without giving a single currency not:).Things are definitely possible if we take initiatives.

5.”Make the most of what you have, chase that rainbow!”-This statement by PM Lee in the video shown during the National day celebrations in Singapore, is very impactful statement. Kids can do wonders if they are taught to be mindful to focus on their goals and work hard to achieve it, in whatever circumstances they are.Same goes with us as adults. We should put our efforts in making the most of what opportunities we get, instead of cribbing about what we don’t have!

 

 

Spreading creativity in youngsters-Sindu Sreebhavan

As a parent there is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling to see our kids expressing themselves openly and able to  create something from personal feelings and experiences.Kids with such ability are called creative and as a parent we always search for mediums to enhance this creative element in them. Women lines is proud to share about Sindu Sreebhavan who is founder of kid’s edutainment magazine ‘ The Kidz Parade’ which is focussed on enhancing creativity in kids in Singapore and around the world. Read about her journey from corporate world to a popular kid’s magazine world in her own words-                                                                                                                 IMG_9477 copy2

  1. Please share with our readers little bit about yourself?

I am the founder of The Kidz Parade Edutainment. I am extremely passionate about spotting, encouraging and promoting creativity in others. Though everybody identifies The Kidz Parade with our Edutainment magazine, The Kidz Parade also has a suite of other products, services and workshops that help to showcase, boost and cultivate confidence, creativity and communication skills in children. I have a wonderful family with my husband Manoj and our 10-year-old son Advaith and 9-year-old daughter Aditi. I love to put my kids to bed in the night and enjoy the little shows they put together for our birthdays and other important dates.

  1. So when did you venture into this venture and what inspired or motivated you to take a plunge into this venture?

During my 15 years career in management consulting, I was fortunate to have worked in 6 different countries for different industries with some of the brilliant people you can come across. If I condense my learning from these associations in a simple sentence – The three critical skills  for a successful career are Creativity, Communication and Confidence. These are the skills that should be cultivated from the young as sometimes it becomes difficult for you to pick up some of these skills in the later years. But unfortunately, these skills are overlooked in our education system. I was looking for a platform that could help my children to boost my kids’ creative confidence when they were younger. However, to my dismay what I could find was more enrichment classes than platforms where they could proudly parade their creativity. The enrichment classes are good, but that only serve you to push information to the kids but not for encouraging their unlimited creativity. During my discussions with other parents and teachers, I figured out that I was not the only person who felt this. But, none knew how to deal with the situation. But, being able to showcase ones own creativity at a young age is important for the overall confidence building and critical thinking process. And I wanted to give that opportunity to children around the world. That is when the idea of a magazine that could promote their creativity, ignite their curiosity and provide inspirations to them came about. I spent a couple of years doing surveys of parents and teachers and discussing trends in education with researchers in those areas. Sometime during 2012, I realized that the motivation to execute this cause had overpowered every other career aspirations I had and that even without my knowledge I had the idea of the overall content of the magazine. Once that realization hit me, I started working it with Jagdeep Kaur and The Kidz Parade was born within the next few months in print and online formats.    Poster components copy

  1. Can you share with us some of the challenges you faced during your initial days?

The first and the main challenge was being a newbie in the industry. I had the passion, a good concept for a unique product and a great market to start with. However, that was not enough to start. I needed a lot of support. There I did what the corporates do. I started looking for collaborations. The first collaboration came in the form of an amazing lady named Jagdeep. She is a great partner as a writer, immensely creative person and a great human being. Without Jagdeep, it would have been impossible for me to launch the magazine in such a short time with such great quality. The second challenge was the misconceptions people had about creativity. It was sad to observe that people still saw creativity and education as two separate entities. Many think that creativity is a hazard to educational excellence. People had the notion that creativity is all about arts. Doing arts is creativity, but that is just part of creativity. I started giving talks to parents, teachers, kids and organizations about the importance of creativity in education. It is great to see the inclination towards incorporating creativity in education by educational agencies.

  1. So how do you balance your personal and professional life?

I work on a flexible schedule. So, I make time for everything my kids need. I make it a point to spend enough time with my family without compromising the quality, effort and time I need to spend for the company.

  1. What would you suggest to other aspiring women who want to venture out on their own?

If you have a great idea for an offering that could solve a problem faced by your potential customers, go for it. It takes a lot of effort in the beginning. Many women stop there thinking they do not have the time. But, remember, we women are amazing in multitasking. So, make use of that, you will find the time for everything. Secondly, you reach out and collaborate. Many people look at everybody else as competitors. But you are a winner when you look at your potential competitors as collaborators. Thirdly, you connect with others who have gone through the process of setting up their own enterprises. My doors are always open for people who would like to talk to me.

  1. Is there any person who has mentored/supported/inspired you? IMG_1390-Sindu & Jagdeep

As I had said before, Jagdeep was a great support, partner and creative adviser in bringing our magazine out. Organizations like National Library Board, Science Centre, Eurasian Association and many  local and international schools were very supportive of this initiative. We are used to hearing from teachers that this is something they wanted to start. We take that as the testimonial for the immense academic potential the publication offers. We are quite touched by the stories of kids picking up reading and writing habits, families using The Kidz Parade contents and critical thinking activities as conversation topics on their dinner table, kids getting inspiration from other kids and experts featured in The Kidz Parade and kids acquiring the confidence to showcase their creativity. It is this support from the parents, schools, teachers and above all our young readers that motivate us to getting the magazine to greater heights. I did my MBA from UCLA Anderson and the support, recommendations and ideas I received from the alumni were very encouraging. People like Adeline Foo, the author of the famous Amos Lee series, Michelle Tessensohn, Sylvia Mackaige, Nandita Vaidya, Jennifer Loh, Hima Madhusoodan had supported me immensely with their fabulous advices while boosting my morale and keeping me motivated. Many friends supported me with their voluntary work. Above all, my husband and kids have given their wholehearted support right from Day1. That kept me going during the challenging phases.

  1. What do you have in the pipeline for your venture’s future development?

We have recently launched our I Speak… I Lead Public Speaking kit for children. It is a very useful product with valuable tips and framework  for how to approach public speaking for both kids and adults. We are in the process of increasing the reach of our highly sought after Public Speaking and Leadership Mentoring Program for children. We are working on our audio books and we will be launching that in the next couple of months. We are also planning to make The Kidz Parade Worksheets that were available only for school subscriptions, to others as well, due to popular demand from the parents. Women lines wishes all the best to Sindu for her future initiatives for Kidz Parade! To know more about The Kidz Parade Edutainment Magazine visit- www.thekidzparade.com  www.facebook.com/TheKidzParade

A Mum arranging work life balance for other mums at Mums@work-Sher-li Torrey

Women lines proudly shares about  Ms Sher-li Torrey , founder and owner of the Singapore-based organisation Mums@work, a social enterprise that helps women find the work-life balance which every woman dreams of achieving. It is said that we are destined to find a solution to any problem if it is giving us itch and it goes so true with Sher-li.After becoming mother Sher-li was unable to find any platform which could have helped her to get information to manage work life  balance in her life. This itch resulted in birth of Mums@work.It is amazing to follow her 4 years journey for Mums@work which started from giving opportunity to women to network and later also gave them chance to learn new skills to empower themselves.
Today Mums@Work has a staggering 11,500 members and the business has continued to evolve. One development is the ‘mumpreneur’ (entrepreneurial mums) section of the organization that was inspired by hearing working women saying that the flexible work arrangements with employers were not working out for them. This led many women to become entrepreneurs and thus creating job opportunity not only for themselves but for others too. Mums@work is right place for working mothers who want to look out for flexi arrangements and also for women entrepreneurs who want to learn skills regarding starting their own business. Read about interesting journey she went through while evolving Mums@work in Sher-li’s own words-
1. Please share with our readers little bit about yourself ?
I am a mother of 2 small children and I am inspired by women leaders.
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2. So when did you venture into this venture  and what inspired or motivated you to take a plunge into this venture?

After becoming a mother myself, I decided that I wanted to look for flexi-work arrangements. In 2010, this was quite rare, and as my search was very challenging – I had an idea: why not start a site myself?
So Mums@Work was born. In the process, I discovered there were also women like myself, who ran a small business from home (Mumpreneurs) and that’s when I started to create a subgroup that caters to them as well.

3. Can you share with us some of the challenges you faced during your initial days ?

The concept of my business is very unique – many people didn’t know what flex-work was (at that time) and also didn’t understand how Mums@Work operated. The initial stages had a few hiccups, because I had to go out there and convince people of a concept that I felt would work out.

4. So how do you balance your personal and professional life ?

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I have no balance. Lol.
But to be honest, it’s because I am doing what I love – managing business and work is easier. In addition, I don’t peg work and family into clear boxes (I am what you call a “fusionist”) so it’s a little taxing on my brain, but I kind of put on the multi-tasking ability 24 hours a day.

5. What would you suggest to other aspiring women who want to venture out on their own ?

Looking back, I have come to realise that the most important thing is to KNOW WHAT YOU WANT. There will always be obstacles (what ever path you choose). If you are clear why you are doing what you do (Your motivations, your reasons and your ultimate goal), then whenever things go wrong, you turn back to your start point and ask yourself “Why am I doing this?” – that awareness really helps to put things in perspective and also act as a guiding light for all the smaller decisions that you make.

6Is there any person who has mentored/supported/inspired you?

Cliché as it sounds, my mother was my greatest inspiration. She passed a year after Mums@Work had started – but she gave me reason to believe that taking a role that was half at home and half at work was the best deal for the family. Growing up, she always celebrated our attempts to “make a difference”. One of her favourite lines was “Why be ordinary? Do something that stands out. Do something that you can be proud of”.
It’s my guide to life and I often think back to the childhood I had – because of her career choices. She worked and also was home 4 hours a day. In many ways, the amount of time she spent with us was valuable – and I cherished that and hope to able to provide that kind of support for women.
7. What do you have in the pipeline for your venture’s  future development?
 We have a few exciting events coming up, including the first Singapore Mumpreneur of the Year award & mama’s bazaar. So that’s very exciting for me!
Women lines wishes all the best to Sher-li for a successful and bright future with her initiative Mums@work!

Surya Namaskar-Golden key to Fit Body and Fit Mind

Womenlines welcome Mrs Ritu Khanna , a Singapore based Homeopathic Practitioner as a guest writer for womenlines.In this article she is sharing about benefits of Surya Namaskar , a type of Yoga considered beneficial for women as when practiced in the morning, relieves stiffness, energizes the body and refreshes the mind.

That most familiar of asana sequences, Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) is as rich in symbolic and mythic overtones as it is in physical benefits.

Surya has a lot of significance in the Hindu religion, while the term literally translates to “the Supreme Light”. It is the chief of solar deity since the term generally refers to the Sun. The mythical image representation of Surya has… golden arms and hair. He is known to ride his triumphal chariot that is attached to seven horses that takes him through to the heavens. Those seven horses represent the seven chakras found all throughout the body.

One of the means of honoring the sun is through the dynamic asana sequence Surya Namaskar (better known as Sun Salutation). The Sanskrit word namaskar stems from namas, which means “to bow to” or “to adore.” (The familiar phrase we use to close our yoga classes, namaste—te means “you”—also comes from this root.) Each Sun Salutation begins and ends with the joined-hands mudra (gesture) touched to the heart. This placement is no accident; only the heart can know the truth.

The Benefits of Sun Salutation

These postures flex and stretch the spinal column through its maximum range giving a profound stretch throughout the entire body. The Sun Salutation has a deep detoxifying effect on the organ as well as a deep relaxing effect on the body. Some of the benefits are:

• Tones the digestive system
• Ventilates the lungs and oxygenates the blood
• Gets rid of large quantities of carbon dioxide and other toxic cases
• Strengthens the abdominal muscles
• Tones the nervous system and improves memory
• Improves muscles flexibility
• Helps reduce fat

Ref :: http://healingsforall.blogspot.sg/

Promoter of Indian Art and Talent-Alka Sharma

Charkula Arts Academy, an Event, Performance management and promotion organization is quite familiar name in Singapore. The organization has identified growing interest in Art, Folk dances, and Music from the sub-continent. Programs organized by Charkula are very popular and close to Indian population’s heart. Credit goes to Director of Charkula Singapore Ms Alka Sharma, whose hard work has brought credit to her organization. Women lines presents Alka’s journey on the entrepreneurial road in her own words-
1.Please share with our readers little bit about yourself?
Ans. I am a Science Graduate with specialization in Chemistry and Drugs. I have been in Singapore for the past 8 years plus. I am running a business since 5 yrs plus now. I have two kids aged 15yrs and 10yrs.
2. So when did you venture in this business and what motivated you to take plunge in this business?
Ans. I have been in this business for the past 16 yrs. I have helped my Father-In law in expanding his business in the past. Since we settled in Singapore so  we started a company here. In India we specialized in Folk Dances of India but Singapore being a diverse culture country we have branched out in more commercialized events as well. We still do the cultural promotion worldwide as Charkula Arts is associated with Govt cultural exchange in India.
3. Can you share with us some of the challenges you faced in your initial day?
Ans. Singapore being a different and diverse cultured market it was not easy to penetrate the market initially. Though we had participated in the Govt organized Village Festival in Singapore with our Cultural group but we observed that only Bollywood was the main stream entertainment for locals. That was the reason for us to diversify our outlook. We have organized cultural events in Singapore in the past and will continue to do so in the future as well but to accept the changes and grow is what we need to do. Each event is a challenge in itself every time you do it, you learn all the way even though we have been doing it all the while each day is a new challenge and teaches us new things. But the process of learning is the one that fine tunes the persons prospective in Life.
4. So how do you balance your professional and personal life?
Ans. I have a very supportive family. My husband and kids understand my work and they know there are certain times that it is tough for me to give them much time. But the positive part is that I have flexi hours of work so I try to arrange all my work so that I don’t have to disturb my family life. Family is very important for me and it is the first and foremost priority. But with the support of my husband it has been much easier to achieve the balance. Brahm (My husband) has always been very helping and thoughtful of my work and has always supported me.
5. What would you suggest to other aspiring woman  who want to venture out on their own?
Ans. I would just want to share that it is tough to work out there but continuous handwork, focus, the perseverance to continue to take up the challenges in a positive way will definitely bring success.
6. Is there any person who has inspired or motivated you?
Ans. I was very much from a different field of work but had always been very active in cultural events in School and college. After getting married I saw my father in law, who had started this company 35 years ago, and his business became   my interest. Therefore I decided to   join him in his business. With his guidance and Brahms’s   support it became easier for me to learn and establish myself. If you have a strong base it is easier to build on it so definitely I am fortunate that I had their support, guidance and experience to help me.
7.What do you have in pipeline for company’s future development?
Ans. We are organizing an event on 10 th NOV ,”CHAAR LAAINA” with Hindi poets Padamshri Surendra Sharma Ji and Dr Rahat Indori Sahab. For the company we are trying to expand in other geographic locations. We would like to focus on the less travelled art forms other than the commercial events. We have worked on documentaries for the less travelled art forms of India which was done for OKTO channel.
Women lines wishes all the best to Alka for her future initiatives!
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