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Grab life by the horns: Prasad Deole

The session by Mr Prasad Deole, an adventure tourism entrepreneur on ‘My work, My Life’ was an exhilarating account of a journey of success.

The session was truly an electrifying experience, testified the camp participants unanimously. According to Gayathri, the experience was like ‘’Being in a lab with a professor to see demonstrations of Gita’s applications in real life.’’ As Prasad Deole illustrated Gita concepts with examples from his own life, participants became hooked to his speech and found the unique concept of GPRS -(goal-plan-role-start it) a blueprint for a successful life. With ‘mind-blowing’ answers to almost all questions thrown at him, the articulate Mr Deole became ‘’a role model for the audience to apply Gita in their professional lives in every way possible.’’

The essence of the session was the importance of discovering your passion as early as possible and pursuing it with all your energy, observed participant Arpit Agrawal. Enjoying work as if it were a game was an invaluable pearl of wisdom and the session also taught him to be shameless in pursuing his goal, he went onto say.

For Rohith T, the session taught him to be perfect in a way that he doesn’t have to run behind the duties anymore. The duties began to run after him instead, he remarked.

When you take life as a game, it becomes easy to take a risk, said Shakthi Subramanian. He went onto say that ‘’The session was such a powerful experience which encouraged me to think of starting a company’’. For participant Subhilash, the session was a thought-provoking experience and he considered Deole a man who lives Gita in the modern era, setting a memorable example for everyone else.

How to put the principles of Gita into practice in work life was the key takeaway of the session for many. Dhanush was one among those who found the Gita to be a treasure trove of ancient wisdom and a valuable handbook for life. Knowledge from the ancient scriptures that stood the test of time, it liberated many participants from ‘Maya’ and enabled them to look at life with a neutral point of view. It was the case of Praveen Raja P who said that the session has given him a pair of brand new eyes to look at life with a new perspective. ‘’I felt like as if a veil was lifted off my eyes. Now I realize that I had been looking at life with a very narrow point of view.’’

The value of failure as a learning experience, it was a unique insight for me, said Abhishek Ahuja. But the true eye-opener was the realization that ‘Life is too short to waste time on worrying about anything’, he continued, ‘That wisdom enabled me to take life as a game, which is to be enjoyed every moment.’ The session was a truly enriching experience for him, said Ahuja.

The ability to look at life objectively was a great insight everyone learned from Mr Deole’s session. Realizing the concept of detachment and practising it in real life brought them rich dividends, they said. Yugesh Moturi and Laxmi Narayanan were among those who found the concept of user-ship more interesting than ownership as it allowed you to take a neutral stand in every circumstance.

The session by Prasad Deole was well-received by the audience and they remarked that it was a very engaging, topical,100% productive and value-added experience. Arun Kumar considered Deole to be a Spiritual businessman who sold ‘the art of pursuing your goals on the face of overwhelming obstructions’. Ashwin Kumar, another participant observed that the session was instrumental in helping him to have a practical, logical approach towards life.

 

Think and grow rich: A session on passionate, professional approach towards work

In this session on ‘My work, My life’, Mr. K. Nandakumar, founder & CEO of SunTec technologies spoke of his philosophy for life and success. The technology evangelist with more than two decades of experience under his belt shared his insights with the participants of Gitamritam Nipun 2018.

Even though the session was ‘too technical and confusing’ for participants like Mr. Sajith Nair, they found the speaker’s practical wisdom and his passion towards work to be inspiring. ’I was impressed by the way he enjoys his work and the down-to-earth attitude he maintains.’ ‘said Ms Gayathri Sarmishta, a participant.

Another vital point was the importance of prioritizing: the ability to think clearly and make decisions wisely in accordance with your long-time goals. Obviously, it is a hard lesson to practice as you need to place logic above all your emotional considerations. Mr. Arpit Agrawal observed that “You can’t have everything with your limited bandwidth and if you have to excel in your goals, then you have to prioritize things.” The session was a value-added experience for many and participants like Mr Srivardhan TP observed that ‘Having a clear focus on what you want to achieve can help you in achieving the same quickly.’

An important takeaway for the participants was the wisdom on careful planning which is critical for the smooth execution of any project. Participant Mr.  Venkitesh P. G. said he has ‘learned to have a professional and planned approach to every event in life.’ For Ms. Preeta Sampath, the session was an eye-opener that taught her the importance of hard work, constant innovation and finding happiness in what you do. The work and life experiences of Mr. Nandakumar have served to be a great source of learning for us, said Mr. Praveen Raja with enthusiasm.

In spite of being a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Nandakumar came across as a down to earth man and that attitude has inspired many like Mr. Subhilash. His level-headedness and receptive outlook towards the world made him a wonderful human being, observed Mr. Arun Kumar S. Instead of living in a high castle, Mr. Nandakumar chose to interact with commoners as he knew he has to learn a lot, remarked Mr. Rohith T. It was a great personality trait which could make anyone a dynamic leader, he noted.

His effectiveness as a technology evangelist and thought leader was put to test at the time of the colossal dotcom burst but he emerged victoriously, observed Mr. Shakthi Subramanian. The resilience showcased by Mr. Nandakumar can be attributed to his ability to change and adapt, observed Mr. Shakti and noted that anyone could learn from his experience.  

His insights on material wealth were inspiring, noted Mr. Ashwin Kumar who found the session to be a thought-provoking experience. ‘The way he balances his work and personal life was truly inspirational and his philosophy of being happy in doing your work was a true revelation. Now I understand it is the key, the only way, to succeed in whatever you do. Mr. Nandakumar is truly a role model for me.,’ stated Mr. Dhanush B. N.  Overall, the participants found the session to be a truly inspiring experience.

 

A world through his lens: My Life My Passion -C Radhakrishnan

Celebrity photographer Shri C Radhakrishnan spoke about his life and passion to the Gitamritam campers.

 

He started his talk with a slideshow of some photographs. He spoke of how his young son gave him suggestions for creating videos on Youtube. He said that he is here to learn from youngsters and that learning should never stop in one’s life. He spoke of his early life in Ernakulam. He spoke of his simple life, playing cricket and how his life revolved around his home, his school and the temple. He spoke about his mother’s love for movies and him listening to movie narrations from his mother and he was always eager to know who the cinematographer was. This is where his visualization capabilities started. After schooling, he had to move to Hyderabad to look for a job due to his family situation. His typewriting skills came handy in finding a job. He said anything that you learn will become useful in life, whether you learn by force or out of interest. Later he learned television mechanics. He got his first camera when he was in college and that is how he started being involved with photography. He started by taking photographs of events like birthdays and weddings and his work appreciated by people. He missed his college exams when photographing one such event, such was his passion. He said it is important to understand what one is interested in, and people to support a successful life.

 

“Passion is something you will do even if you have a billion dollars in your bank”. This is how he explained passion, to the students. He said despite that amount of money one should be pursuing his/her passion and not want to rest, and that is the seriousness with which one should pursue one’s passion. He advised that there are two major requirements to pursue one’s passion. One is to stay in an environment that would evoke the passion and let it come out. Next, it is important to recognize it early and test if that is what one wants to do in life. He decided early in life to go to Mumbai to become an advertising photographer. He said that when we think about something very seriously, nature will conspire to present the opportunities in front of you. People who he did not know gave money or film rolls, and he got opportunities to meet the right advisors. Nature conspires to send you the messiahs at the right time to help you, and we realize these messiahs only later in life. He then spoke of his career and the hard work needed to establish his career. He shared his experience of how he met Amma in Mumbai and how Her blessings got his big break to do a shooting on Mother’s day. From that day on he never had to look back on his career. Finally, he said he would talk of any phase in life as a struggle since he did what he loved. He then shared several photographs and the experiences taking them with the audience. He left the campers inspired with his humorous and interesting talks and his passion for photography.

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He made us see the beauty of life through the field of the camera. – Anjana A

His amazing insights on life and his passion was extremely helpful to me and for me to think outside the box when it comes to my passion and what I love to do. -Devika Vinod

He is a lively person. I learnt that we should always stick to our passion even when society tells us that what we are doing may not be highly paid or respected. -Abhinav Saikrishna Maddipati

The most adorable person from whom I learnt to proceed with what passion I like and he helped me understand the divine even better. -Ananya G

I got to know how beautiful nature actually is and that it is not only the celebrities that have to be shot, everyone/everything is beautiful. -Dhanushree Ramakrishna

He has an awesome personality. He is funny and optimistic. -Radhesyam Raghav K R

I was inspired by his words, ” change the habits”. -Nitheesh Surya K S

He taught us to have confidence in our passion. -NS Sudarshan

I knew Radhakrishnan sir before camp as I was following him on youtube. I never imagined that I will see him in person. It was a very good experience. -Logesh R

Learnt that you should never stop learning and it is important to be down to earth. -Radha S Navada

The fact that everything we learn helps us someday and all the skills we develop will help us in one way or another was something that I found to be important. -Anagha Manoj

I am impressed by his speech. Like him, I too have a crush on photography. So I listened to him very keenly and took him as an role model. -Treshai Hary S

Learning never stops and we must be the first to own up to our mistakes and ask for pardon. Every moment is the right moment. -U Shriram

I learnt that for learning there is no age limit. -Subiksha R

He was a great photographer and I want to be a simple man like him. Even though he is a great man, it was his simplicity that  attracted me. -Keerthana G

 

Love for law & order: My Life My Passion – Vinod Kumar Pandey

Shri Vinod Kumar Pandey enthralled the young audience with anecdotes from his life and shared his passion.

 

He started the session by asking the youngsters “What is life? Who do we owe our life to?”He said that parents are God for each of us, and we owe everything to them and must take care of them. He said that he got this advice from a saint when he was young. The saint said that if we pray to God for our parents’ well being, we will be happy, and so will our parents, since our parents always care about the children’s happiness. He went on to talk about passion and explained that for each of us, our interest develops in a direction and it drives us. That becomes our passion and makes us love our life. Passion, however, is demanding, it will force us to work very hard, and make us devote our energies. Therefore decide what you want to become early in life. He said that even animals and insects are passionate and love their lives. Passion can also be for one’s well being. He gave an example of his father who was born in a poor farmer’s family and was passionate about getting an education and improving his standard of living, that made him work hard and get to a good position in life. He learnt honesty, dedication, punctuality and work ethics from his father.

 

 

He then went on to explain his journey after joining the Police Force. He spoke about the training period which was rigorous, and at high temperatures. During the difficult phases, he spoke about how he kept going considering his family situations. After passing the training he was placed in different positions, but he was not happy with the work profile. He later applied to CBI and got selected. His first assignment was the Bokaro Steel Plant theft case, which was a challenging case, that many officers refused to handle. He explained how he solved this case through perseverance and strategic investigation. He said, “When you are passionate about your job, we can handle people who threaten or lure you”. He went on to give interesting anecdotes from his other case, the JMM bribery case. He explained how he surrendered to Lord Hanuman to help him solve the case whenever things became tough. He enthralled the audience with his adventures and how he overcame difficulties through honesty, intelligence and determination.

He kept the campers enthralled with how he solved different cases, how he overcame difficulties and fear many times. His devotion to Hanumanji helped him in such situations. His passion for solving his cases was evident from his talks. He said that despite reaching top positions he has the drive to do more. He advised students that one must be fearless, honest, dedicated, work hard and be punctual and sincere. He said that he was not even thinking about his family when solving such cases. He reminisced about his long hours at work and how he did not even realize that his baby boy had started sitting. Such was his dedication to his work. His wife who is also in the police force was supportive and understanding. The students were inspired by his life and passion.

 

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I really learnt to be brave. – Pankajam T

His adventurous stories of CBI investigations were mesmerizing. -Adithya Kartha C B

I learnt the importance of our own strict rules, sincerity and dedication towards our goal. -Gayathri Narasimhan

His experience taught me a lot about following our own dharma and not others’. –Devika Vinod

The real respectful and fearless man who inspired me to live and look at the world in a different way. -Ananya G

It is not that a farmer’s son should become a farmer. We should do what we like. -Dhanushree Ramakrishna

He gave me the most important lesson- that is to do our dharma and the right thing, we must not back down or be afraid. We need to be honest, punctual and disciplined. -Kushagrika Marwaha

The amazing narration had me on the edge of my seat. His life is one that should truly be admired. -Anirudhan Menon

I liked the things which made his life a miracle. -Buvana Varthani

I thought he was the new Sherlock Holmes. –Sachin Kurup

His life story was like a James Bond film. It was very interesting and thrilling. -Radhesyam Raghav K R

It was inspiring to hear his journey. Listening to his stories made me want to face fears in life and to be punctual, diplomatic and hard working. -Radha S Navada

I learnt that we should have the grace of elders which is the main source of success. -Pramarsha B S

Through his life experience, he told us how to be bold, disciplined, honest and punctual in our life. -Shama Chandrasekhar Sankole

Helped me understand that we have to be brave and follow our path whatever happens. We should stand up against people who are doing adharma and work selflessly for the society. -Anand

The real game of life in which he could do his dharma was a good example to me towards patriotism and upholding dharma. -PM Dharsshan

His investigation technique was very amazing. The investigation experience he shared with us was mind-blowing. -Amruth Ganesh Jm 

He taught us the way to deal with people and his ideas of catching the culprits were very good which would make anyone inspire. -Anupama K Patil

The very definition of a patriotic Indian. His dexterity and agility have to be inculcated in every little child. -Aditya R

I have learnt that I have to have the dedication to reach my passion or goal. -Sushma K M

I am really glad to hear about the stories from the real heroes of our country. -G Kirtana

 

Love for Surgery: My Life My Passion – Dr Mohit Sharma

Dr. Mohit Sharma Clinical Professor. Specialist in for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Burn Surgery, Ear Reconstruction, from Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences spoke about his life and passion.

 

Dr Sharma started with his experiences in school. He said that all through his life he always wanted to improve and do something better. Through an anecdote from childhood, he advised that it is important to be straightforward and simple and express clearly without hesitation. He explained that being straightforward and simple is one of the divine qualities mentioned in the Gita. He spoke of his experiences in a camp during his fifth grade where he learned that to do service to country one needs “tan, man and dhan’’, i.e. body, mind and wealth. It is not wrong to earn money righteously to help others and help our country. His interest in medicine kindled when he read magazines about heart surgeries and heart transplants. Despite his interest, he said he was an average student with an aversion towards Maths, and he decided to overcome it and wanted to get rid of the label of not being up to the mark, and during his 10th grade, he worked hard in his studies, especially Mathematics. His hard work helped him get a distinction in his exams. He said that it is essential to have a single pointed focus and that helped him focus during his twelfth class on biological sciences and do well in these subjects. He was especially inspired by the shloka that says that God’s grace can make a mute speak with eloquence and a lame person climb high mountains. He felt he can do something incredible if he has faith in God.

 

According to Dr Sharma life is 90% grace and 10% effort. He advised that when one serves elders and teachers their blessings comes back as grace. Understanding his strengths and weaknesses he put in the right effort to get into the medical college. Grace helped him do well in the entrance exams and he got an admission for MBBS.

His advice for students was that they should join medicine only out of love for the subject, not out of compulsion, without passion the pressure becomes stressful and difficult to manage. He also mentioned that hard work alone is insufficient, intelligent hard work is important. He recollected an advice from a doctor that branches are not important but persons are important. If people are good, then that branch flourishes. He advised the students to take the branch based on interest and not based on its popularity, short gains or easy life. Passion made him pursue surgical sciences.

While doing his MS he got acquainted with Swami Ranganathananda and other saints. Once a Swamiji took him to Amma. During the program, he was called by Amma, and Amma asked him to join AIMS after completing studies.

After completing MS, he started preparing for Plastic Surgery entrance exam. Since he did not do as well as he expected, he was at the top of the waiting list. However, his passion for plastic surgery drove him to meet the Head of the division at the University of Delhi to allow him to observe his surgeries without pay. Within four months he was allowed to scrub in and assist in these surgeries. His passion and perseverance and being available gave Dr Sharma the right opportunity in plastic surgery. He tried the entrance again, however, the second time it was much tougher. Due to the grace of God he got through this time. Through this experience, he demonstrated to the student how one should fight through challenges to do good to humanity.

After his training, he joined AIMS Kochi in the plastic surgery department. He spoke of one surgery he performed in AIMS when they reconstructed the tongue of a patient affected by oral cancer. This groundbreaking surgery took him to England for a couple of fellowships. He then spoke of the successful hand transplants performed by his team. Throughout his talk, he gave examples of how grace helped him get through obstacles; “If you have tremendous self-effort and grace of God, all success will follow”, he concluded with these beautiful words.

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I learnt that failure is the stepping stone to success. – Pankajam T

As my ambition is to become a doctor I really enjoyed and imbibed the secrets of his success, his dedication and determination. -Ananya G

Dr Sharma showed us how to stay dedicated to ones work and to always remember that without God’s grace, nothing is possible. – Abhinav Saikrishna Maddipati

He helped more people to attain their happiness so I also want to be a source of happiness like him. -Keerthana G

He is a living example who learnt and applied the Bhagavad Gita. He connected his life to the slokas of Gita. -Aadarsh Kalyaan S

Win over your own fear and that we have to be clear about our goals. -Sannidhi

I learnt that you are the one to lift yourself and so you should always have a single point focus. -U Shriram

Showed us that dedication and ultimate surrender to God can help us achieve miracles. -Aditya R

He is one of the most inspiring personalities I have ever seen. The dedication to his work is very inspiring. -Anupama K Patil

Dr Mohit Sharma’s life was an eye-opener & as I understood how important the grace of God is, the blessings of family, teachers and friends are, to help us soar and that it is actually the key to balance in one’s life. -Amrit Subramaniam

The thing which I liked is that he never stopped learning. I liked him as he was not too smart at first and then he became a person who could help the handless people, get another persons’ hand and thus lead a normal life. -Amruth Ganesh Jm

The importance of the belief in God and his blessings is proved by his journey. The lesson of loving oneself and that we are our best friend and the worst enemy is something which I learnt from his speech. -G Sripujitha

I learnt that if we enjoy the work that we do, then we won’t feel bored while doing that work and that we will be happy doing it. -Yashas Kumara Adi

From his speech, I learnt that we can achieve anything through hard work. -U V Thanushya

He inspired me to have faith in myself and god. -Ramyadevi V

It was an inspiring session and I came to know the miracles he did which made me think more creatively. -Pavithra M

His commitment and passion for his profession and how he rose against all the odds was inspiring. -Anagha Manoj

Mind-blowing. Really deepened my passion towards medicine and service to the world. Really felt my life surge through with his words inspire me to the core. -Vidya Suresh

Learnt that just hard work doesn’t help, you need to have grace as well. -Radha S Navada

Be ready to help the people around, have good friends and always listen to your grandparents. -Praneshwaran V

Interesting. I learnt to be straightforward in my life. We have to be open-minded -Sachin Kurup

I learnt that if we fail one time, we have to try again and again. -Buvana Varthani

Enjoyed the presentation and learned a great deal about the life of a surgeon and how Gita helps to live it right. -Sriram Ganesan

To become successful in life, teamwork is very important. –Dhanushree Ramakrishna

Dr Mohit Sharma taught me that through hard work, simplicity and discipline you can do anything. He derived a lot from Gita using it in the correct way and I wish to do that too. -Kushagrika Marwaha

 

 

 

Love for Science : My Life My Passion – AP Jayaram

Dr A. P. Jayaraman, a world-renowned scientist from BARC and a passionate science communicator shared his life and his passion for science with the campers. His interaction was filled with interesting and humorous anecdotes from his life. He started by showing a picture of himself with Stephen Hawking, and humorously referring to how he was not easily recognized, while everyone can identify great men from great distances. That is the travesty of our times, that we do not recognize people standing in front of us many times. A celebrity journal asked Dr Jayaraman to explain Hawking’s contribution in a sentence, and he replied that “Hawking derived the total wave function for the universe”. However, this is not easily understood by many, as science is many a time explained in a complex manner. He humorously mentioned that professors tend to give complex and abstruse explanations. He says that one’s ability to marginalize and universalize a problem is a good exit strategy in tricky situations and a good skill to learn.

 

 

He explained how despite being a renowned scientist, was having trouble solving Engineering problems his grandson brought to him. He said that every generation is log cycle ahead in IQ and two log cycles ahead in intelligence. He shares his birthday with Edward Teller, father of the hydrogen bomb. While they share the same birthday and visited the same places, he has not done the same things as Teller. Dr Jayaram explains that correlating lives is not effective and is fruitless. He said that if we look at our fellow mates who travelled the life along with us, each will write a unique story.  He spoke about how memory helped during his time but now information is available on the internet and that the ability to process information and create new knowledge is valuable today, not the ability to carry volumes of information.

Inspired by Dr Bhabha’s invitation to people to become nuclear scientists, he applied to Bhabha Atomic Research Center in Mumbai, his career spanned 40 years in BARC. He also spoke about how he joined the people science movement in which top nuclear scientists helped save the Silent Valley. He also explained his project on developing a solution for converting sea water to fresh water, which is a major contribution of his team in BARC. His work to purify water was inspired from his interactions with Prof. M. S. Swaminathan, which was presented to NASA. He advised his students to have minds like Dr C V Raman and Mendeley, combining depth and breadth of the mind in addition to creativity. In addition, he emphasised that one should have ethical and a spiritual mind, which Indians obtain from a single source. He also spoke about his work with his colleagues to create interesting stories that help make scientific concepts easier to understand. His talk inspired the students and gave an insight into scientific thinking, the treasure of knowledge obtained through experience, and his passion for teaching science.

 

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I found a role model. -Keerthana.

We are inspired by him. -Sooryanadh, Anirudhan Menon, Radha S Navada, G Sripujitha, U Shriram, Subiksha, Narayana Pillai, Aadarsh Kalyan, Treshai Hary and Amrit.

Got many scientific ideas. -Sooryanadh.

We are amazed by his wit, energy, intelligence and views on education and this generation – Abhinav Saikrishna, Devika Vinod, Adithya Kartha, Anirudhan Menon, Anagha Manoj, Radha S Navada, Prathiksha, Yashas Kumara.

Amazed by his contributions to Science – Devika.

Learnt how to choose friends and how important that is to our future. – Devika Vinod, Sandhiyae, Aadithyaa, G Sripujitha, Ashwannth.

Inspired to follow my passion. – Anirudhan Menon.

Like your innocence. – Kushagrika Marwaha & Anirudhan Menon

Learnt the importance of dedication and never giving up. – Kushagrika Marwaha & Deva Prakash.

Liked the fact that you mixed science in the stories of cooking of food. – Samhitha Panuganti, Subaharitha, Buvana, Logesh, Subaharitha, Achyuth, Narayana Pillai, Buvana & Vaidoorya.

Astounded by his knowledge of Science – Aditya.

Learnt to apply what I learned in class to life. – Amrit

Taught me that even the minutest parts of the world have an impact. – Vidya Suresh.

Got really good pointers on how to study. – Mathipriya, Subiksha & S Shiva Dharshan.

Learnt that we can learn everything. -Sachin, Anupama.

Came to like science because of him. – Tamilarasi & Ananya.

Learnt that creativity can help in pursuing a passion. -PM Dharsshan.

Learnt that passion has no age limit. -Ramyadevi, Keerthana & Aadarsh Kalyan.

He is just like an encyclopedia. – Prathiksha.

Love his dedication towards his passion. -Amruth Ganesh & Aadarsh Kalyan.

Learnt how important hard work, smartness, and never giving up is for success. -Amruth Ganesh, G Sripujitha, U Shriram & Pramarsha.

Admired and enjoyed his humility and simplicity. -Yashas Kumara

 

Dance is my religion : My Life My Passion – Haleem Khan

The Kuchipudi dancer and actor Shri Haleem Khan enthralled the Bala audience with his fascinating life. The session started with a short and wonderful promo of his dance and his life.

 

Born into a conservative family, Haleem Khan demonstrated that art is beyond religion and creed“.

Introducing his journey of life, he said: “For me dance is everything”. Combining humour and bhava he took the audience through his journey. He spoke of how he used to watch and enjoy classical dance programmes on TV for hours when he was young, and this slowly turned into an obsession and he wanted to learn dance. He explained his family situation and how he silently and patiently waited for the right opportunity to learn dance. When he found the opportunity, he persisted in getting his first teacher in accepting him as a student, who was initially apprehensive of teaching him. He secretly continued his classes with this teacher, and later with her Guru. He explained how he used to practise in the bathroom and secretly continued his classes and practise for almost four years. His passion drove him to move to Hyderabad on the pretext of learning hardware engineering. There he got the opportunity to teach dance, and perform on stage. As he was balancing his passion for dance, his programmes and his work he decided to pursue dance as a career, risking failure and other challenges. He also spoke about how he started donning female roles as a Kuchipudi performer. He then gave a humorous recollection of how his family came to know about his dance, when a local TV came to interview them and how his strength, his dedication to his art helped him convince his family to accept this.

 

 

Convincing family and overcoming the differences was a challenge and he explained how he managed the situation of a man donning a female role. He wanted to preserve the tradition of Kuchipudi where traditionally men don female roles. He said even today we learn Bhagavad Gita since it is not just a book, but our culture. We have so much to learn from it, and it is our tradition. Similarly, he wanted to carry on the tradition of Kuchipudi and pass it on to the next generation. He slowly delved into the contradictions of his religion of birth and the religious aspects in the dance he was pursuing and how society looks at it. He told the audience that for him dance is his religion. This he says is how he sees his India, his religion and life. He explained how this was natural for him as a dancer. He said that while dancing he learned so much about the deities and this was not just physical but he experienced them mentally and spiritually and became one with them. He said unless you truly believe in the stories and that they are Gods, you cannot portray them genuinely. He says when he dances as Parvathi he becomes Parvathi. He eloquently explained that he becomes more than a devotee, and that is the strength that dance gives, and this helps transports the audience.

 

 

He says he believes it is his destiny to become a dancer, and that can be seen from the way he followed his passion and overcame so many difficulties to pursue it. He advised the students, that to do anything in life, it takes some struggle and constant fight to help achieve it. He said that one strong love and desire should be there and we should surrender and God will give strength to open doors in this journey. When you are happy & comfortable with your life, love every moment of what you do, and wake up looking forward to it every day, there is nothing more you need. You may have small struggles, but you should be ready to fight for it and achieve it. He concluded the inspiring session with a small demonstration and made the campers do a few steps along with him, leaving them inspired and motivated to pursue their passion in life.

 

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He opened our eyes to towards our passion which we had never given a chance to grow. – Anjana, Mathipriya, Vidya & Anirudhan.

He is our role model. – Keerthana and Prathiksha.

He has inspired us. – Keerthana, Anjana, Aditya, Amrit Subramaniam, Aishwarya, Yashas Kumara Adi & Ramyadevi.

Helped increase our faith in God. – U Shriram, G Sripujitha, 

Amazed at the fact that he  “blew up the stereotyping and labelling of society”. – Aditya & Ramyadevi.

Great to see someone who grew to be so successful even after facing so many hardships.- Seaynawa

His life’s story taught us that failures are also good. – Aishwarya Ht, Anupama K Patil & Buvana Varthani 

Taught me the importance of passion, willpower, hard work and confidence. Unable to believe that he was in front of me. – Shakti

Taught me how to be simple. – Sandhiyae

Like the fact that he did not show any inequality between religions. -Samhitha

Liked his straightforwardness. – Rohan

Never seen someone who is so passionate towards dance. – Vaidoorya

Could especially connect to him as a dancer. – Devika

But most of all you have inspired many students to overcome their obstacles and pursue their passion.

 

 

Prasad Deole

 

Mr. Prasad Deole, an adventure tourism entrepreneur had an exhilarating account of a journey of success. Back in 1998, it was an outright irrational idea to invest in an adventure sports and outbound training center as no one in India had tried such a task earlier. Definitely, it was a venture full of risk and uncertainty but Mr. Deole and his partner went ahead with their vision and established Z Bac Adventures Pvt. ltd. the next year at Kolad, Maharashtra. The whole project materialized from an idea of a personality development program for children through adventure sports.

It was a herculean task to convince school PT teams and corporate HR departments to come out of their comfort zones and enter an outdoor arena. But, once the word spread about the unique location and experience, people began flocking to Z Bac Adventures, making it India’s first adventure resort. Eventually, it achieved an ISO certification and redefined the concept of corporate training and adventure holidays in India.

What Samadhan a 15 year girl Renu Singh can give?

Adv. Renu Singh had very humorous and filmy childhood story. She shared with the children the mischievous pranks she played in the earlier days of her life and her journey of Samadhan has started.

The turning point of her life happened at the age of fifteen, when she stopped at a petrol pump in her motor bike, she saw a girl of age between 8-10 at a ration shop nearby. To her surprise she found that the girl was covered in fresh blood. She took her motor bike near to the girl and the girl jumped onto her bike. She took her home and her mother suddenly called her friend who was a doctor and the doctor found out that the girl was sexually abused by her own father and she was 2 months pregnant. However, she had to leave that girl with her mother. Six months later, Renu learnt that the 12-year-old was married off to a 42-year-old widower only to be found dead in a village pond within a week. After this incident she was very much sad and wanted to do something to protect such women.

After completing her degree in law, she has been constantly imparting legal awareness, capacity building and empowerment training to women of rural areas especially from the hilly states of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Samadhan has rescued nearly 3800 women victims of violence rehabilitated and educated them. Most of them married and settled now. 1700 of them are practising advocates.

From her life story all the participants found an inspiration and would be able to stand up for a good cause for the society and find courage for doing that.

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Amritavarshini ER
I understood the purpose and meaning of life. I also understood that we are the instruments in the hands of God.

Maisija BR
Boldness !

BS Pramarsha
We should fight for the welfare of the society.

Vaishnavi gopalasamy
Her humor and wit had us rolling around laughing. Her life shows that we can do anything we want to do regardless of our age and limitations.

T Mano Akshaya
I think I need her boldness.

Richa B Arun
She is a great person who has fully surrendered to the Supreme power. I saw that bliss in her.

Shreya R
Her boldness, courage and honesty is something we all can take with us. What she does and the person she is was truly inspiring.

Aavani R
I learnt about the goodness of helping people .

R Abhishek
I will also join her team and after 5 or 6 years, I want to address as a guest speaker in the My life, my passion session at Gitamritam in the future.

Aditya Udapudi
She inspired me to never give up on who we are, what we do and also our dharma.

Pradul Krishna
I learned the role that Bhagavad Gita plays in our life.

Amrita MU
Her dedication, willpower and faith is an example to us.

Aishwarya K
I learnt that we should always be happy doing our own work. Whatever the world may say, we should carry on.

Abhighna S
Extremely strong. She is serving society and her lifestyle teaches us what Gita says.

Ranjana B
Her hard work towards saving the girls is exceptional and can a make change in everyone’s life.

Namitha PL
A wonderful help for the society by saving and empowering women and children who are abused.

Gayathri G
I saw a person who is rough outside and soft inside.

Amrutha JM
No matter what others would think of us, we must be bold and should help others in situations of need to actually learn and practice what is said in the Bhagavad Gita.

Gunjan R Jain
I loved her jolly character and the way she led her life. It was just amazing…

Sneha Sunil
She is very mischievous! She has a soft mind but she didn’t show it. That is what a person should have.

Anagha CS
Actually she was too hilarious..!! I enjoyed alot.

Pavitra b
I liked her positive attitude towards every instance in life and her urge to help women in trouble. She is a very good follower of the Bhagavad Gita and I found what she said about the Gita was true.

Madhumitha
Her life story is like a movie, it is too funny..!!

Prajval.R.Rane
Fight for what is right, it will give us the greatest happiness…

Vishwom S Revankar
The importance of the Divine in our lives and the teachings of the Gita is what makes her happy even till today.

Sujay Mahendra Phayde
Dedicate yourself to a purpose, don’t run behind God, do something that will make God rush to you !

S Poorana Porkalai
Wow! A totally different person in childhood and at present. One incident changed her life and now she has so many troubles but never worries about it. A great disciple of Amma…Whatever she does she offers it to the Lord.

Vrinda Rao
She is just amazing.. The work she is doing is great and because of her speech I am convinced that I should join her when I am 18.

Anusha Mantri
I will always look up to her as a role model because she took 200 pills to save another girl’s life. She fights for her girls with her life like a real mother.

Apeksha Gaonkar
I learnt how to help people by doing social work.

Shivangi Singh
I loved her because she is strong enough to fight with the world. I would like to become like her.

Gautami Gurav
I don’t have any words to describe her because the work she is doing…. I loved it and from today I will also help everyone.

Venkat Subramanian RM
She created a great inspiration in me to work for the society

V Akshay
She is my inspiration.

Rishikesh Premraj
She taught me that life is a drama with full of surprises and secrets. I also loved the way she helps the society.

Laxmishree UM
A humorous lady with full of happiness !!

Vaishnavi Narayanan
She is a humorous, loving, sweet, charming, dedicated and a stubborn lady who works for the welfare of our society. She is a role model everyone can look up to, to understand the concepts of the Bhagavad Gita. She is a very passionate lady.

Raj Sathveeka RS
I like social work. I like to do it. So, she is my role model.

Joshika B
An inspiring lady who has the guts to save her life from her uncle and to work for the welfare of abused women and girls. She also fights for children to protect them and she is happy doing all that.

Muveshika Y
I want be like he like her, happy and with a helpful mind.

R Niranjanan
She is so cheerful, happy and sweet. As Dhyanji said, she is like a coconut…Strong and bold outside but soft and sweet in the inside. Really really enjoyed her session !

Aparna V
Her humourous and outstanding description of her life was a new lesson for all of us.

Revant talekar
Loved her talk! Loved her work ! From her life story, her childhood, her inspiration, her work, her “marriage” 😛 , her present, everything was so awesome! It was an enriching experience.

Yuvraj Vernekar
I learned that we can be always happy, at any moment of our life. Just trust the lord.

Love for Traditional Medicine

My Life My Passion: Love for Traditional Medicine by Dr P Ram Manohar
Dr P Ram Manohar spoke on June 8, 2013 during the My Life, My Passion session. He told the audience that passion for truth will lead one to success. Touching upon health and well-being he said that health is not the absence of disease but the sense of well-being at physical, mental, psychological and spiritual level. He explained about Ayurveda and impressed upon the audience that it is not a remedial system but a way of living.

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Nature always responds to our thoughts. It is we who have to listen to our heart and do the action with love and dedication.
– Aswathi TS

He made us aware about the importance of Ayurveda as a medical science.
– Pranav S

He was flowing against the stream to disprove Ayurveda, which made him to know more. Thus we should find the reason behind every thing to help us know more about it.
– Shruti Sreevalsan

I learnt more about Ayurveda and how our tradition has answers for everything in our life.
– Thiru Ramakrishnan T

We have forgotten what we all stood for. Forgetting our own culture and its values is like listening to the whole Ramanaya and asking whether Sita was the sister of Rama. Our own culture and its heritage is more important to us than anything else.
– Vasudevan N

How great medicines India has, we should encourage it.
– Mopuri Saitheja

Accept the twist and turns in life. Challenge and try to be efficient in what you are.
– Aiswarya PL

I got to learn more about Ayurveda.
– Neeraja Valsan

Sometimes the attitude of doubting or disproving things can lead you to a happy path, because you learn something so awesome about that thing, which you never thought about. And always listen to your heart!
– Prarthana Shedge

I learnt how great Indian culture was and its importance. We have to safely give this to the future generations.
– Arun Prasath B

He taught us about the importance of Ayurveda.
– Ruxana VP

I felt proud that I’m an Indian. It was an eye opener.
– Geethanjali VS

His talk made us proud of our Indian Culture and we came to know about different healing methods and techniques.
– Akhila A

Be honest in the activities we do!
– Aarathy ER

His life was journey was quite interesting. And got to know much about Ayurveda. Yes it was worth.
– Aswathi Krishna RL

I could get lots of information about Ayurveda and this inspired me to have Ayurvedic medicines in the future.
– Anjali Anil

Sir, you shed new light upon how to view our traditional Ayurvedic treatment and the value of it. This makes me even more proud to be an Indian, where all those great men and ideas where born.
– Arjun CB

It was inspiring that still our culture is being followed and helps everyone a lot who believes it.
– Dilip Kumar B

In this session we came over the common misconception that Ayurveda is just a treatment, that it the way of living – ‘Ayur’ = Life ‘Veda’ = Education.
– Nishanth Bhat K

I came to know about what Ayurveda is.
– Ram Prasath VR

Got to know the hidden treasures of Indian medicine.
– Prashanth S

It was a pleasure to have attended his speech. He reminded us of our tradition and how westerners are now following it.
– Divyaprasaath S

I just got to know that we Indians are better than the west even with medicines.
– Hrishikesh Sivanandan

His words inspired me a lot because we have forgotten our traditional medicines, which is a shame for us and I will try to develop this anyway that I can.
– Balakrishnaveni A

Apart from the Ayurveda I was really struck by the way he made his life’s decision. I learned I should think with my heart, where God resides.
– Gayathri PS

Amazing personality! Session was very interesting too.
– Medhini Menon

I came to know about the importance of Ayurveda and it is not just a knowledge to heal but a knowledge to live healthy.
– Parvathy Venugopal

Really amazed. Awesome man who has contributed so much for the development in the field of Ayurveda. Truly an inspiration for the youth and I learnt that its not about doing what the majority of the population is doing and not giving a damn to the money but doing what you believe in and what makes you happy.
– Anjanikumar Pathak