Monthly Archives: February, 2016

Celebrating entrepreneurship

Despite being immensely rewarding, the road to becoming a successful entrepreneur is not an easy one to traverse. For lack infrastructure or insufficiency of funds, the strides to transforming lives, creating rewarding jobs, and building a stable economy can be hindered at various steps, in turn evoking a strong sense of failure and dispiritedness. However, fervent entrepreneurs outlive such fleeting disappointments and strive hard all over again. Young Turks on CNBC-TV18 is the longest running TV show that features such accomplished entrepreneurs and their game-changing business ideas. Rather than being another cookie-cutter show with hardly anything novel to contribute, every episode of Young Turks stands out and remarkably narrates the inspiring journeys of zealous entrepreneurs who enjoy admirable achievements in their chosen business genres.

While present-day business shows channelize lion’s share of their attention on inherited and well-known businesses, Young Turks raises the bar of excellence by recounting several inspiring start-up stories from all over the country. With no repetitiveness and lacklustre content, Young Turks is a genuine effort to inspire the entrepreneurial mind-sets of several aspiring business owners. When it comes to taking baby steps towards setting up a successful business venture, getting an intimate understanding of the chosen business sector is indispensable. Young Turks features businesses from all major categories, thus playing key role in boosting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country. Apart from the parent show, the team has been a significant part of several laudable initiatives like TiE the Knot, thus promoting youth entrepreneurship in the country. No prize for guessing why the DIPP secretary Mr. Amitabh Kant referred Young Turks as “one of the most energizing and vibrant” program on television.

On Young Turks, every proven entrepreneurial venture is showcased in the most admirably unique and engaging manner, thus letting the entrepreneurial spirit of many thrive and prosper by leaps and bounds. By letting the bookish business concepts and methodologies take the backseat, the show keenly promotes and boosts novel and time- tested practical business ideas. This ground-breaking approach to promote viable entrepreneurship is an imminent need as well as a transformational and imperative step towards initiating creativity and innovation in entrepreneurship, thus replacing the conventional paradigms with more practicable alternatives. When every other television show on entrepreneurship is limited to predictable conversations and hypothetical theories, Young Turks is way ahead in their commitment towards instilling newer refreshing ideas on entrepreneurship. With regular mentoring to advice, guide, and recognise success in entrepreneurship, Young Turks continues to foster transformational breakthroughs in entrepreneurship.

Though entrepreneurs effortlessly flaunt their success stories, when it comes to admitting missteps in business, not many entrepreneurs willingly disclose them openly. However, those at the helm of the start-ups and thriving businesses that are featured on Young Turks honestly narrate both their failures and successes, thus sharing some of the most crucial pragmatic lessons in entrepreneurship and leadership, particularly those which are indispensable to thrive in adversities and difficult economic conditions. These never-to-be-missed learning opportunities cannot be found on any other TV series on entrepreneurs and start-ups.

As Make in India, PM’s flagship campaign, is taking the world by storm, Young Turks has been actively contributing several creative and leading-edge business ideas to translate this vision into a success. Such commendable and sustained efforts will go a long way toward accelerating the growth and progress of the country along with boosting competiveness and productivity in business, while stressing the necessity to avoid bottlenecks that impede innovation and entrepreneurship. In short the Young Turks Make in India events never fail to provide the right platform to learn, communicate, collaborate, and share the best practices for lasting success in the fast-paced and fiercely competitive world of entrepreneurship.

Breaking away from conventional concepts of making a TV series on entrepreneurship, Young Turks has been inspiring and empowering the business world for more than a decade, along with elevating the benchmarks of successful entrepreneurship to newer heights. The incredible efforts to nurture the future business leaders of the country team undoubtedly deserve a mention. The Young Turks book with several inspiring insights and anecdotes is another worth mentioning effort that emphasizes the team’s enduring commitment towards promoting entrepreneurship and business innovation.

YT book

Do you have a novel idea to make the world a more sustainable place? Watch Young Turks and get inspired to become an innovator!

Show – Young Turks
Channel – CNBC-TV18
Timings – Sat: 11:00 am & 7:30 pm, Sun: 12 noon

Being contented

Contentment in life; despite being a frequently used idiom, the perspective of a gratified life varies. In other words, the meaning of a satisfied life is not the same for each one of us.  While some are keen on attaining gratification with what they have in hand, some others are insatiable, especially when it comes to material pleasures. They believe in finding contentment by chasing for more riches. Despite being significantly reasonable in their views, it’s undoubtedly true that those who attain real fulfillment are the ones who unearth happiness with what they have.

Ambition is a prized trait, while constant failure to enjoy what’s in hand will drive one crazy. At times, fulfilled with what’s around is termed apathetic. In other words, ambition and fulfillment in life are very often associated in the wrong manner. Unmitigated determination and perseverance to excel are obviously the right catalysts to succeed. However, as the crave runoffs the optimal level, it transforms into an ever-prevalent sense of strong disappointment and despair. Irrespective of having sizable achievements to boast of, such people hardly attain happiness in their life, and continue to wearily chase more worldly desires.

The thin and blurry line between ambition and achievement is to be blamed for this confusion and stumble that most people experience in their life.  Nurturing a strong desire to succeed, or harnessing one’s entire potential, can be regarded as the right steps towards triumphing over the odds.  However, this pursuit takes the wrong deviation when the resultant gain is less than what’s anticipated. Anticipation or the ever-mounting level of desires is too strong to shorten even the mightiest of the achievements, replacing the feeling of being victorious with a crippled sense of failure and dissatisfaction. In other words, the achievement gets garbed in the intense feeling of disappointment and gloom.

The best and most effective way to combat this negativity is to learn to be fully contented with what’s in hand; to be at peace with what has been achieved.  Such a strong and positive stance bridges the extremities between one’s ambitions and attainments in life, without weakening the motivation to strive for excellence against all the adversities. It also helps create the constructive sense of a well-lived life.

A large desire is never to be blamed as none of us are good at carrying diminutive wishes. That said, as the gap between the list of wishes and attainments widen, there grows a sense of losing out. This is the disconnection that’s to be taken care of, as it destroys the entire sense of contentment in life.  In other words, an overpowering sense of disappointment and apathy lessens the serenity of life.  A strong balance between both ambition and achievement is where fulfillment lies.  Being realistic in ambitions and desires is the best way to get out of the mismatch.  Aspirations grow appropriately when one carries a strong sense of strengths, limitations, and humaneness. This critical step is indispensable to unleash the power of contentment in life.

The day that should never have dawned

blogCan emotional bullying be as devastating and intense as physical abuse? This first-hand narrative will help arrive at a clear and logical answer. It was a day I wish had never happened.

Being meticulous at every step of my life, I was not lackadaisical about shifting to a new hostel for a month. However, despite informing in advance about my arrival, a long and frustrating wait awaited me, as the mammoth gates of the building remained unopened. After a series of repeated calls, the landlady sheepishly opened the gates with a lame excuse that she had overslept and failed to remember to keep the gate opened. Though a tinge of discontent flared up deep inside my stomach, I rubbished it off and walked inside to handover the rent, before occupying the space that I was allotted to. As I walked inside, I had the least idea of what awaited me. Though I hardly expected any welcoming gestures and smiling faces, the teeming anger, sarcasm, and mockery of a group of snooty women welcomed me to my new abode. Their body language and histrionics made it very evident that I would remain as an unexpected, un-welcomed, despised, and snubbed inmate during my month long stay. Though it was a sign of caution, I chose to overlook it as the immaturity of a bunch of women who are perplexed at the thought of losing the privacy they had been enjoying until then.

Next sign of obvious protest came in as the disagreement to share the cupboard, although I was allotted ample space to arrange my bags. Much to my shock and disbelief, I found smelly clothes and dirty wrappers stuffed inside the cupboard which was totally empty the previous day. As I patiently cleaning the space, the inmates chose to stay away and ganged up in a room close by. The trouble was far from over. Tired and hungry, I was getting ready to reach the office on time, but felt a tantalizing aroma from the kitchen. As I walked in, the inmates were hurriedly leaving after a scrumptious breakfast. Without expressing the dissent of not being told, I had the breakfast and packed my lunch for the day. Though I was surrounded my scornful eyes, spiteful yet unclear comments, and sarcasm-filled smiles, I was too patient to ignore them. I left for work with a heavy heart, wondering what more was in store.

Come evening and I walked back with an unbearable sinusitis headache, hoping for ample rest and sleep after a stressful day. The bed I was allotted to was cleverly preoccupied by an inmate who had messily left her books, laptops, and cell phone chargers on it. As the landlady paid no heed to my repeated requests to get the space vacated, I politely request the inmate to remove her belongings so that I can sleep peacefully. Although she removed everything while expressing her annoyance noticeably, once again I patiently chose to ignore the snootiness and tried my best to relax. But the worst was yet to come

As the inmates reached one after the other derisively laughing at me, a strong sense of hurtfulness and sickness grew deep inside. Though annoying and insulting antiques was what I received every minute, a resilient quietness was my reply, which annoyed them further. Soon the lights were all switched on and the room was lit like a stadium, music was played, and hullabaloos reached its peak. I confined to my bed, repeatedly begging them to let me sleep. My requests were unanswered and my illness turned out to be a matter of laughter for the entire girl gang who had a gala time throughout the evening. As the landlady walked in by 10.pm to lock the doors, my patience was at its last ebb. After giving a piece of my mind to the lot, I was all set to leave the place at night, but was requested by the landlady to stay back until the next morning.

Amid all the chaos, the landlady unknowingly spurted out that I was the victim of an unreasonable animosity of the girls who have always been vehemently against the idea of welcoming a new inmate.

Early the next day, I quit the place.

The ‘moral’ lens

blogWith innumerable innovations in medical technologies, we’re well past the age where gynecological diseases were a matter of immense concern and scare. No such diseases are undetectable these days, not even the ones that are spotted in fallopian tube, ovary, uterus, vagina, or vulva. However, despite the ground-breaking medical advancements, the age-old stigma around visiting a gynecologist still continue to linger around in our society, stopping several single and unwed women from receiving timely medical aids to diagnose grave health disorders such as gynecological cancer. While both leading hospitals and well-known clinics have expert gynecologists who can easily diagnose the causes and symptoms of commonly detected gynecological diseases, many single women refrain from getting the experts’ aid fearing the societal and moral repercussions associated with visiting a gynecologist. No matter how developed our country is, the sight of unmarried women at gynecologists’ office is often linked to sexual promiscuity and pregnancy. This much prevalent misconception very often cost the lives of many women who fail to leverage the potential lifesaving medical aids and expert advices that are currently available. Regardless of all the developments that we boast about, no efforts are taken to eradicate this ever-growing insularity and lack of knowledge. Though both married and unmarried women can suffer the same health problems, for fear of taunts and sneers, the latter fails to get timely treatments and medical care. This preconceived notion is evidently prevalent among all among all societal sectors, the reason why several single women choose to close the eyes to the initial signs of many gynecological disorders that can turn out fatal later on.

Furthermore, facing the moral judgments that drip down from the disgusting questions or the repugnant lecture on ‘morality’ is no less than an embarrassing ordeal. Fear of such humiliating experiences makes women take a step back and unknowingly invite more health woes. At times, medics too are no different from taunting, lecturing on conventional morality, or denying medical support for single or unmarried women. While getting clarity on medical and sexual related issues are crucial to avoid misdiagnosis, problems arise when medical examination gets side-tracked to morality lessons and shaming of patients. It’s high time to support single and unmarried women open up and share their concerns around gynecological health, the diagnosis of which should never be hindered by the bigoted comments on promiscuity and morality. In simple terms, both the judgmental society and the bigoted medics out there should apprehend the fact that pregnancy and sexual illnesses are not the only reasons why women seek gynecological aid.