With the economy in shambles, it has become doubly important to retain jobs and sustain entrepreneurial success. Nothing can ever truly guarantee success in business, as it is risky by its very definition, but by following certain practices, it is possible to rise above challenges swiftly. Having the knowledge of and practicing the correct etiquette in professional dealings, goes a long way in mitigating any issues one may face. CEO of The British School of Etiquette India, Niraalee Shah, recognized this glaring gap in the market and chose to impart knowledge to those who sought it, so they could proceed to become business leaders in India and the world.
Shah mastered the art of sales by selling bindis and mehendi cones in the local trains of Mumbai, as a student at Jai Hind College. She also studied Event Management on the side and garnered experience from doing the lowest to the highest-level jobs in the event management industry, before entering the space with her own brand—Niralee Shah Events and Exhibitions. Marriage and motherhood enforced a break in her career, but she bounced back quickly by beginning a packaging firm from home. With the promise of delivering quality products, she was able to go international, even providing her services to Nita Ambani at Antilia. That was when she felt the desire to become a leader in her own right.
“It was my dream to invest in India and create world leaders, and for this reason I took a course in The British School of Etiquette, United Kingdom in 2009,” she says recounting her interesting journey. Upon her return, she launched her own company in this sphere, called Image Building and Etiquette Mapping. Soon after, opportunity came calling as she was asked to join the team running The British School of Etiquette, and she jumped at the chance to follow her passion while also helping her fellow countrymen. In March of 2021, The British School of Etiquette India was launched, with the motive to make every single entrepreneur, founder or professional achieve the highest possible personal and professional success.
Shah found herself particularly attracted to the field of etiquette as a means of effective communication, whereby the enhancement of skills would lead to the correct branding and overall growth of the country. She believes her specialised training and the team she has put in place, has enabled The British School of Etiquette India to becomes market leaders in training and development, specialising in providing training to various sectors including corporate houses, educational institutions, the hospitality industry, luxury and retail stores, residential luxury homes, the aviation industry and the corporate sector.
Etiquette is the essential X factor that helps one to build one’s brand image and presence in the corporate sector. Claiming that communication and interpersonal skills are sorely lacking in today’s generation of millennials, Shah believes those entering their careers for the first time, need to be taught the art of sending effective messages as well as the importance of listening and understanding underlying intonations, as every point is not always stated boldly and up front.
Having won numerous accolades such as the 40 under 40 title by Business Mint, Women Entrepreneur of the Year and Global Icon of the Year 2021, Shah is making a mark for herself and her brand. Her mission is to create 100 world leaders in India through their internationally accredited course at The British School of Etiquette India. “I would also like to penetrate Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities and make our courses available to them. I sincerely believe that everyone has the ability to master their skills for any profession, as long as they have the burning desire to succeed,” she says emphatically.
As with everything else, the pandemic affected Shah’s business as well. The in-person comprehensive training sessions came to a halt, but they quickly revamped their model, and began to offer online training courses instead. Through the virtual medium, they have been able to reach participants and clients globally. Anyone interested in participating in their courses, can register through their website www.thebritishschoolofetiquetteindia.com, in preparation to achieve assured professional success.
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RADHIKA MADAN RECEIVES COVID-19 VACCINE SHOT
MUMBAI: Actor Radhika Madan informed her fans that she got vaccinated against the coronavirus on Wednesday, and also urged everyone to register for the same with a social media post. Taking it to her Instagram handle, Radhika shared a picture of herself getting vaccinated at a dispensary.
In the caption, she wrote, “One step at a time #Vaccinated”. She further urged everyone to get themselves registered for their shot and while adhering to all the precautions and discipline at the vaccination centres. “Wear double mask, sanitize your hands, maintain distance and don’t panic. Don’t forget to get a good night’s sleep the day before and stay well hydrated #FightCorona,” Radhika concluded.
Earlier stars like Salman KhanHema Malini, Anupam Kher, Johnny Lever, Saif Ali Khan, Kamal Haasan, Satish Shah and others had also received the vaccination shots. Bollywood actors are constantly striving to create awareness against COVID-19 as well as offering assistance in arranging necessities via their social media.
Imparting hope in these unprecedented times, celebrities have united to spread positivity and awareness pleading everyone to wear masks, maintain social distancing as well get vaccinated to help eradicate the virus.
ALT BALAJI’S HAI TAUBBA DEPICTS UNIQUE STORIES OF LOVE
MUMBAI: ALT Balaji’s Hai Taubba is a four-episode anthology drama. The series depicts society’s perception of these distinct individuals with their unique stories of love. It reminds viewers of how judgemental the world is and reminds a person to check themselves before judging another human being.
Gagan Anand started his career in the fashion industry as a designer and model. He has made his mark in the entertainment industry with major roles in major shows such as Ek Veer Ki Ardaas Veera, Bajirao and Ye Hai Mohabbatein. In the OTT space, he has been absolutely brilliant with shows like Fixerr under his belt. He will currently be seen in a major role in ALTBalaji’s brand new series, Hai Taubba as Nitin.
Gagan Anand exclusively spoke to The Daily Guardian and shared his excitement of being a part of Alt Balaji show.
How excited are you to be back on screen with Alt Balaji show Hai Taubba? How did you bag the role?
Balaji is like a family to me now, working with them since a long time is like working with your loved ones.
Hai Taubba is a story, which has all the emotions which one could feel, and after doing a few grey shades / character I am really excited to play this emotional one which has the same sex love story.
What does your character look like in the show Hai Taubba? How relatable it is?
I am playing Nitin’s character who is a masculine physiotherapist, looks like a strong alpha man but from inside he is really very emotional, falls for a taxi driver Amit. We will see an unsaid love story between them and the separation will make people cry.
You have done TV shows as well, how different was doing a show for OTT platform?
Yes, I have done TV shows as well and I felt, life gets monotonous while doing TV. And the content we created on web now a day really satisfies the hunger of creative minds. We play a lot of character in a short span of time and explore a lot.
How was the experience working with the co actors?
It was fun working with all of them. When you go outdoors for work, you enjoy more and spend a lot of time together while working and shooting, so you make friends, which is a good part of it. Even chilling in Goa after the packup was a great fun. Overall have some good memories of screen as well.
HANSAL MEHTA IS SUPER PROUD OF ‘OMERTA’
MUMBAI: Hansal Mehtas directorial ‘Omerta’ was released three years ago on Tuesday. He talked about the film and said Rajkummar Rao’s performance stands tall among their projects together. Hansal shared the poster on Instagram of the film and wrote: “3 years of #Omerta. A film I’m super proud of. A performance by Raj that stands tall in our work together.”
‘Omerta’ is a biographical crime drama that had Rajkummar essaying Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, British terrorist of Pakistani descent. The film revolves around the 1994 kidnappings of Westerners in India.
Mehta had helmed ‘Scam 1992’ last year. He will be directing its second instalment ‘Scam 2003: The Curious Case Of Abdul Karim Telgi’.
PAYAL DEV OPENS UP ABOUT CROONING ‘DIL DE DIYA’ FROM SALMAN’S ‘RAADHE’
Singer Payal Dev sets the stage on fire with the super energetic song ‘Dil De Diya’ for Salman Khan upcoming movie ‘Raadhe’ featuring Jacqueline Fernandez. The song is composed by Himesh Reshammiya, sung by Payal Dev and Kamaal Khan, music produced by Aditya Dev and lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed.
Sharing her experience about singing this song exclusively with The Sunday Guardian, Payal says, “It’s an honour to sing for Himesh Reshammiya and we have previously collaborated on movies like ‘Happy Hardy’ and ‘Heer’. I’m a fan of his compositions which are unique and sure-shot hits. When he reached out to me for ‘Dil De Diya’, I was super excited as working with him and Salman Khan is always challenging and fun. The song is such a vibe that it gives a nostalgic feeling every time I hear it. When I got to know this song is for ‘Raadhe’ I was over the moon to be part of such a brilliant album. I am a huge fan of Salman. Post recording the song, he heard the song and really liked my voice and versatility. I’m thankful to Himesh and Salman for giving me this opportunity.” Currently, the singer is judging a singing reality show, IPML on Zee TV.
ABHISHEK BANERJEE WAS LIKE A BOUNCING BOARD FOR ME: NUSHRRATT BHARUCCHA
NEW DELHI: Nushrratt Bharuccha and Abhishek Banerjee were recently seen in ‘Ajeeb Daastaans’. The duo shared great chemistry on-screen in their film and Nushrratt revealed the reason behind the same. She shares, “It was truly a blessing that Abhishek Banerjee was cast in the ‘Ajeeb Daastaans’ alongside me. I have given so many auditions at his casting agency since the time I started my career, he would enact the scenes with me as my co-actor and give me the necessary critique. I could easily discuss my character and story with him.” Nushrratt adds, “He was like a bouncing board for me literally, where I could easily bounce off my ideas on how to enact a particular scene and he would also improvise along with me. While shooting for Khilauna, I could put in extra effort in my character with his help, because I could easily run my thoughts through him, and I knew he would give me honest feedback.”
JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ LAUNCHES YOLO FOUNDATION
MUMBAI: Jacqueline Fernandez, on Tuesday, announced the launch of her ‘You Only Live Once’ foundation to create and share stories of kindness amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Taking to her Instagram handle, Jacqueline announced the launch of the YOLO Foundation; an initiative to create and share stories of kindness in these challenging times.
In the caption, Jacqueline wrote, “We have this one life, let’s do whatever we can to make a difference in this world!! I am proud to announce the launch of the YOLO Foundation; an initiative to Create and Share Stories of Kindness.”
She further added, “In these challenging times, the Yolo Foundation has partnered with several NGOs to help in whichever way we possibly can. Watch this space to know how you can contribute and make a difference to the lives around you #staysafe #spreadlove #helpothers”
Jacqueline had previously extended her help to people in rebuilding their houses post-flood relief and had also worked towards the nourishment of children during Covid-19. Meanwhile, on the work front, she has films like ‘Bachchan Pandey’, ‘Bhoot Police’, ‘Attack’, ‘Cirkus’, ‘Ram Setu’ in the pipeline.
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