In 2008, a young Google employee named Kevin Systrom was overcome by the feeling that he needed a larger canvas that he could do more with his capabilities and drive than what his current role could offer. After unsuccessful attempts at widening his role within the firm, he finally quit in frustration, joined a startup, and spent his nights and weekends teaching himself coding. The app he developed was launched in 2010 and would go on to make history under the name Instagram.
Many of us have experienced a similar niggling feeling—that there is more to us, deeper dimensions waiting to be uncovered, hidden potential waiting to be unlocked. And yet, few of us take action on it. Something seems to hold us back.
As a coach and advisor, one of the most common refrains I encounter from talented individuals across industries and professions is that they feel they are capable of much more, that they are a long way from achieving their full potential. Such a feeling extends to creative passions and personal aspirations as much as it does to entrepreneurial pursuits. And yet, external obstacles or roadblocks always seem to come in the way.
If we have a promising entrepreneurial idea, financial constraints seem to prevent us from acting on it. If we aspire to a dream role in our current firm, it seems to be out of reach due to office politics. And while we yearn to make time for our passion for writing or art, the effort is sabotaged by deadlines and targets that clutter our minds. The common thread is that we tend to blame external circumstances for holding us back. Workload, bad bosses, too much travel, naysayers, social or family commitments, and so on.
I too harboured that feeling for a very long time. While pursuing demanding roles in the world of investments, I would often experience a pang of wistfulness whenever I came across anyone acting on their creative instincts. The turning point for me was the realisation that “I” was the only one holding myself back.
As I started to look at the world with an internal locus of control, I began to appreciate that I held the master key to it all, and that working on myself would help unlock my potential. That was how my writing journey began. While I am able to balance my writing with my corporate pursuits today, it required me to overcome a number of roadblocks and resistances along the way.
These chains, which hold us back, come in various shapes and forms. an exaggerated need for financial security, fear of failure or loss of reputation, reluctance to get out of our comfort zone, dependence on external validation, fear of commitment, and so on. Some of us have an “inner critic,” a harsh, judgmental voice inside us that tells us that we do not deserve success, that we are imposters.
Standing up to these inner demons requires courage, mindfulness, and the humility to accept ourselves fully, warts and all. None of these come easy. Not surprisingly, it seems much easier to be distracted by mundane work, back-to-back engagements, or social media than to confront these demons.
But for those of us who are willing to put in this inner work, a world of unparalleled fulfilment and joy awaits us. To quote Howard Schultz, the legendary former CEO of Starbucks, “A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. “It’s seeing what other people don’t see and pursuing that vision.” Oprah Winfrey has said, “The single greatest wisdom I think I’ve ever received is that the key to fulfillment, success, happiness, and contentment in life is when you align your personality with what your soul actually came to do.” Being able to act on that deeper purpose requires us to overcome our fears and truly embrace our innate greatness. To quote writer Marianne Williamson, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
S. Venkatesh is the bestselling author of AgniBaan and KaalKoot, a leadership coach and an investor who has held key positions with JP Morgan, Credit Suisse and Macquarie. He writes about mindfulness and its link to creativity, business and wealth.
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Progressive Indian cuisine: Avant-garde or déjà vu?
In the context of contemporary Indian cuisine, one trend subsides and the other immediately surges to allow the diners to ride the wave. The rising wave at the moment seems to be the one that is rediscovering ancient grains, foraged foods, and forgotten, almost lost family heirloom recipes recovered from regional repertoires.
It was more than a decade ago when the words “contemporary” Indian, “progressive” Indian, or “avant-garde” Indian were first heard. In the context of food, the trendsetter was Manish Malhotra, who opened the doors of his restaurant—the Indian Accent—then housed in a small boutique hotel in the Capital called The Manor. Indian Accent was promoted by Rohit Khattar, a restaurateur with innovative ideas who had trained in the US. Even earlier, he had created a buzz with his unique eatery, “Chor Bizarre,” where everything was deliberately and deliciously mismatched.
What Manish unveiled was a stunningly new concept. This was a multi-course tasting menu, far removed from the traditional Indian thali or pattal that served many dishes, dry or with gravy, on the same plate. It took some time before the idea gained traction.
Many food critics thought that Manish was trying to turn desi dining on its head. In less than a decade, Indian Accent has become a must-visit landmark dining destination. The portions were small and there was a lot of fusion of exotic and traditional ingredients.
The presentation was aesthetically pleasing, one may even say tantalizing, and the wines were lovingly paired. No one complained that after the meal, both the belly and purse felt light. Within ten years, Indian Accent had opened branches in London and in New York.
Manish never claimed that what he was offering was ‘progressive’, a much-abused word in politics, nor could anyone accuse him of borrowing from the Nouvelle French Wave.
The Indian accent in his recipes remained distinctly Indian, and the fusion was never confusing. Since then, there have been many iterations of this theme.
What’s avant-garde or contemporary for one generation doesn’t take too long to become passe for the next. This is what happened to the next big trend that hit Indian shores. This was the excursion into molecular space that some Indian chefs undertook with great haste.
Foams of all kinds, liquid nitrogen, and blow torches made those slogging in the kitchen feel that they were the peers of the scientists working in advanced laboratories at home and abroad.
This trend never really caught on because the worthies presiding over 5-star hotel chains were not setting a trend but merely following it. What created alarm was when molecular delicacies prepared without adequate care not only burned a hole in the pocket of the customer but literally a hole in the stomach. The wannabe scientists beat a hasty retreat.
However, by the time this hiccup was over, new chefs had emerged on the scene to ‘take Indian food to the next level’. Among them, the most consistent and inspiring, arguably, is Chef Vineet Bhatia, who has been awarded multiple Michelin stars during his career abroad. He has opened a string of celebrated restaurants in London, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia. His creations remain true to their Indian roots but are more than just tweaked. For instance, his square green jalebi.
There are other chefs who have been honoured with Michelin stars, like Shrijit Gopinath, who has consistently retained his two stars in a restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area at the Taj property. Vikas Khanna first hit headlines with his restaurant ‘Junoon’ in New York, which had the cream of society eating out of his hands.
What needs to be underlined is that most of these chefs appear to have “diluted” the strong flavour of regional Indian delicacies, often blending two flavours, to win over loyal patronage that goes beyond the diasporic community. It would be difficult to sustain the claim that they have accelerated the evolution of Indian food in any significant manner.
Zorawar Kalra, owner of Massive Restaurants, is one of India’s most interesting and successful businessmen. Inspired by his father, the legendary Jiggs Kalra, he has displayed an incredibly Midas touch. Over the past years, he has launched a slew of restaurants—the Punjab Grill, Farzi Cafe, Made in Punjab, Masala Library, Papaya Grill—always remaining ahead of the curve.
Zoravar is on the side of sensible, safe molecular interventions in the Indian kitchen and upgrading the skills of the cooks, equipping them with the latest gizmos and gadgets.
His different outlets cater to different clientele, from millennials on a small budget to those on unlimited expense accounts. Many of his eateries operate in India and have had a filter-down effect on emerging trends in tier two cities.
It seems that in the context of contemporary Indian cuisine, one trend subsides and the other immediately surges to allow the diners to ride the wave.
The rising wave at the moment seems to be the one that is rediscovering ancient grains, foraged foods, and forgotten, almost lost family heirloom recipes recovered from regional repertoires. Of course, the chefs have learned a lot from the pioneers who have preceded them.
They present their creations with a flourish, and the plate looks like a canvas painted by an abstract artist. They are sensitive to the health concerns of the younger generations as well as fads like veganism.
Nishant Choubey is one such chef who has wowed his guests in places as far apart as Bangkok, Dubai, Mauritius, and the US. He has showcased some very interesting dishes in the Michelin-plated Indus in Bangkok and won the prestigious Iron Chef contest there.
These achievements and accolades were a hard act to follow in Bangkok, where at one time, Gaggan reigned supreme. However, what Gaggan served was his interpretation of Pan-Asian and not necessarily Indian. His restaurant has a months-long waiting list that continues to attract fun-loving tourists with gimmickry like lick-you-plate.
It is difficult to forecast the future of Indian progressive-contemporary or avant-garde cuisine. At the moment, except for Zoravar Kalra’s and Nishant Choubey’s work, other creations are largely confined to expensive deluxe eateries.
The other difficulty is that many of the exciting creations of gifted chefs, like Manu Chandra’s Coorgi Pandi (pork) Curry with Levantine Pita or a Chocolate Bombe with dizzying Old Monk, are not likely to find a mass market and contribute to the evolution of pork dishes in the subcontinent. Food and drink taboos are hard to shatter.
The siddu stuffed with an inventive filling or pan-braised paneer with tandoori ananas, millet pulav with rista, on the other hand, may become aspirational and quickly find their way to tables in more affordable eateries.
Actor Anaya Soni’s health condition serious due to kidney failure
Indian TV serial actor Anaya Soni health condition is serious due to kidney failure and has to undergo a transplant soon.
Taking to Instagram Indian TV serial ‘Mere Sai’ fame actor on Saturday said, “Doctors are telling that my kidney is failed and I have to go on dialysis… My creatinine have come to 15.76 and haemoglobin is 6.7 …condition is serious.. I m getting hospitalize in holy spirit Andheri East hospital on Monday .. pray for me guys life has not been a easy journey for me was trying to take it easy by enjoying the present moment …” but yea time aane wala tha pata tha mujhe .. but this too shall pass .. soon have to go with my kidney transplant .. will apply for kidney post dialysis.”
Meanwhile, after the actor break the news on social media her fans flooded the messages and commented, “Our prayers are with you wishing you a speedy recovery, Get well soon Buddy.”
Earlier in 2021, actor Anaya Soni also shared her health updates regarding and asked for financial help from her fans for her treatment.
Moreover, talking about Soni’s work front she has worked in Tv serials like ‘Mere Sai’, ‘Naamkaran’, ‘Adaalat’ and ‘Crime Patrol’.
Ajay Devgn receives an award in the National Film Award, Kajol shares pic
Bollywood actor, Ajay Devgn, received the Nation Film Award in the best actor category for his performance in 2020 movie, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior. The actor took to Twitter on Friday and expressed his gratitude and thanks to his fans. His wife, actor Kajol, also beamed with pride as Ajay received two awards at the 68th National Film Awards ceremony in Delhi. Kajol gave him a shoutout on social media as she shared a photo of Ajay from the prestigious awards event.Ajay also shared best actor award with South cinema star, Suriya for his performance in the Tamil film Soorarai Pottru.Kajol took to Instagram stories on Friday, to share a photo of Ajay receiving the award from President Droupadi Murmu at the ceremony that took place at Vigyan Bhawan, Delhi. Praising Ajay and his style, she wrote along with the photo, “Bringing home two National Awards and looking good is difficult!” Ajay Devgn also shared a picture with Suriya, and tweeted, “It was fantastic to share time with my esteemed colleague and fellow best actor award winner, Suriya. Deeply respect his talent and love his movies.”He also tweeted, “Not counting the wins or the blessings, just feeling grateful for all of it. Most importantly, your love. I share this win with all of you. Honoured to receive my awards from the President of India, Droupadi Murmu.”Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is a historical-action film, which traces the life of Maratha warrior Tanaji Malusare. Om Raut helmed the project. Released in January 2020, it features jay in the titular role along with Kajol as Savitribai Malusare, and his Omkara co-star, Saif Ali Khan as the antagonist Udaybhan Singh Rathore.
Allu Arjun makes a visit to Amritsar’s Golden Temple and Waghra border; shares pic with family and jawans
To mark his wife’s 37th birthday, actor Allu Arjun visited Golden Temple at Amritsar and Wagah border with his family on Thursday. The pictures shared by him, featured his wife Sneha Reddy and kids Ayaan and Arha. He wore a purple kurta pyjama with an orange head covering for his visit to Golden temple. He held the hands of his son, Ayaan while walking. His wife Sneha Reddy wore a blue suit with an orange head covering and held her daughter Arha’s hand.Arjun posted a picture with his family and jawans at the Wagah border. He and his wife were greeted by people in large number and were overwhelmed by the honour. He waved at his fans while walking with his wife and jawans. He shared a photo from Wagah border and wrote, “BSF . What an honour (tricolour flag emoji). Thank you (handfolded emoji).” You are the most beautiful and humble person in this world. I am your very big fan.” Another fan wrote, “Jai Hind” (tricolour flag emoji). Other fan commented, “This is the difference between Bollywood and South Indian stars.” Many of his fans dropped heart emojis on his post.
Allu Arjun wishes wife Sneha Reddy on her birthday via an Instagram post
South Indian star, Allu Arjun, wished his wife Sneha Reddy on her 37th birthday via an Instagram post. He shared a family picture with her. The picture featured their children Ayaan and Arha. Arjun addressed his wife as ‘cutie’ in the caption, drawing some love from their fans.In the picture, Allu can be seen in a blue kurta and Sneha can be seen in blue suit. The couple were twinning in blue. Sneha held her kids while posing for the camera. Their son Ayaan held a plate of cake. Two birthday cakes could also been seen on a table in front of the family.Sharing the photo on Instagram, Allu Arjun wrote for Sneha, “Happy Birthday Cutie” (Smiling face with hearts). One of his fans wrote for his wife, “Happy birthday to you. Enjoy your day. Always stay happy, don’t forget your smile” Other fan commented, “Their bond is so pure.” Many fans dropped heart and cake emojis for Sneha.During an appearance in Samantha Ruth Prabhu’s talk show, Allu was asked what she liked about Sneha, to which he replied, “I liked two qualities about her, she is very dignified. Even at 2am at the nightclub, there was nothing obscene about her. She has got so much dignity and number 2, she is very balanced.”
THE 23rd EDITION OF IIFA AWARDS AT YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI
THE 23rd EDITION OF IIFA WEEKEND AND AWARDS IS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND AT YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI, IN FEBRUARY 2023, FOLLOWING THE HUGE SUCCESS OF IIFA 2022!
MEGA SUPERSTAR SALMAN KHAN, VARUN DHAWAN, KARAN JOHAR, KRITI SANON, AND MANY MORE TO BE A PART OF THE 23rd EDITION!
TICKETS ON SALE FROM TOMORROW 30th SEPTEMBER, 2022
29th September 2022: The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend & Awards, which brings together the very best of the Indian film industry, is back by popular demand in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, in February 2023 to win our hearts all over again! IIFA 2023 will be held in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences.
The comeback of the 22nd edition of IIFA this year at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, hosted by superstar Salman Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, and Maniesh Paul, featured electrifying performances by the finest talent from the Indian film fraternity, leaving us in awe with three memorable, star-studded days with packed venues filled by fans from all around the globe. The three-day awards weekend was attended by more than 350 media from 17 countries across the globe and more than 20,000 people thronged the arena.
Back by popular demand from stakeholders, fans, and media from around the globe, the 23rd edition of IIFA will again be hosted at the world-class Etihad Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi – the Middle East’s largest state-of-the-art indoor entertainment venue in February 2023. The upcoming edition will be filled with even more magic and entertainment as we are set to witness Salman Khan, Varun Dhawan, Karan Johar, Kriti Sanon, and many more in attendance.
India and Abu Dhabi have had strong cultural and commercial ties for many decades. IIFA Weekend & Awards will be a celebration of togetherness and positivity, returning to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and enhancing, strengthening, and building even stronger bonds. IIFA 2023 will be a grand celebration of the best talent in Indian cinema, bringing together global dignitaries, international media, fans, and film enthusiasts worldwide. To present a greater opportunity for long-term impact in tourism, business & trade, and the film production business for the destination.
Noreen Khan, Vice President of IIFA said,
“IIFA this year was an amazing experience thanks to the wonderful partners Miral & DCT. Coming back after two years we really worked hard to deliver the very best of live entertainment again. The best part was the entire weekend delivered a positive experience to everyone who witnessed or experienced the event in any way. We have been inundated with unprecedented appreciation and comments of everyone truly have had a wonderful time this year in Abu Dhabi and so we are pleased and excited to bring it all back again but with much more magic to come next year”.
HE Saleh Mohamed Al-Geziry, Director General for Tourism at DCT Abu Dhabi, said:
“We are honored to once more welcome the IIFA Weekend & Awards to Etihad Arena. With the eyes of the world’s film industry upon us, we have an amazing opportunity to share with the world Abu Dhabi’s exciting nightlife, inspiring cultural experiences, and restorative escapes. The Awards in February can only enhance our reputation as a global centre for top-tier leisure, entertainment, and business events.”
Taghrid Al Saeed, Executive Director of Group Communications and Destination Marketing of Miral said,
“We were thrilled to see the immediate impact that IIFA presented to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi when we hosted the event last June, which created great engagement around the world. We are excited to be back hosting again this year and to be the first destination to consecutively hold the IIFA Weekend and Awards. We are proud of this partnership, which is already delivering valuable business and tourism opportunities from India to the island. The return of this great event is another testament to Yas Island’s position as a global entertainment and leisure destination as well as an international events hub.”
With excitement increasing all over the world, people can now buy tickets to the biggest awards ceremony spanning over three days at https://www.etihadarena.ae/en/ from the 30th of September 2022. The price range begins from 100 AED going up to 1500 AED. People can now get an opportunity to buy tickets to the biggest celebration of Indian Cinema at https://www.etihadarena.ae/en/box-office or you can head to www.yasisland.ae where fans can add all that they need for their visit to Yas Island as a travel package.
Home to magical adventures, awe-inspiring entertainment, three globally renowned theme parks, outstanding motorsports, an award-winning golf venue, and world-class hospitality services, Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island is a destination like nowhere else.
Fans and media are welcome to keep abreast of the latest news and details on IIFA and Hindi cinema by logging on to www.iifa.com or checking out the social media handles:
FOR FURTHER DETAILS VISIT
● IIFA Website www.iifa.com
● IIFA social media handles:
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/iifa
Twitter – https://twitter.com/iifa
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IIFA/
● For further queries, please contact: Wizspk Communications |PR [email protected]
About IIFA (International Indian Film Academy)
IIFA is dedicated to building bridges across cinemas, businesses, communities and nations, creating everyone’s dream: “One People. One World”. IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy and a global platform that gives the Indian film fraternity an opportunity to reach audiences in international territories. The alliances made via the platform of IIFA provide huge benefits and gain to India and an equally important objective is to create similar benefits in the host country. The aim is to establish a system of mutual benefit to both India as well as the host destinations by boosting tourism, economic development, trade, culture, cross-border investments and film co-productions. The IIFA Weekend & Awards each year and travels to new, exciting and beautiful destinations, taking the film fraternity to unite and celebrate the best of Indian film and culture, thereby taking Indian Cinema and India to a wider audience. www.iifa.com
Miral is Abu Dhabi’s creator of destinations, uniting people and places through unique, immersive and exciting experiences. Responsible for the development and management of Yas Island, Miral’s assets encompass entertainment, hospitality, leisure, sport, dining and retail destinations. Today, Yas Island is home to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, CLYMB™️ Abu Dhabi, Yas Links Golf Course, Yas Mall, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Marina and eight hotels, including Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island located on Yas Bay, the soon to be Abu Dhabi’s premier waterfront destination. For more information, visit http://www.miral.ae
About the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors and its creative industries, fuelling economic progress and helping to achieve Abu Dhabi’s wider global ambitions. By working in partnership with the organisations that define the DCT Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the DCT Abu Dhabi’s potential, coordinate effort and investment, deliver innovative solutions, and use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture, tourism and creative industries. DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the emirate’s people, heritage and landscape. We work to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of authenticity, innovation, and unparalleled experiences, represented by its living traditions of hospitality, pioneering initiatives and creative thought.
For more information about DCT Abu Dhabi and the destination, please visit tcaabudhabi.ae and visitabudhabi.ae.
About Yas Island
Yas Island is one of the world’s fastest growing leisure and entertainment destinations, located on the golden shores of Abu Dhabi – just 20 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 50 minutes from Dubai. Yas Island offers holiday makers a diverse mix of award-winning leisure and entertainment experiences, from one-of-a-kind theme parks, world-class shopping and superb dining, to a links golf course, exciting water and motor sports, and spectacular musical, entertainment and family events all within the 25 sq km Island. Today, Yas Island is home to the award-winning theme parks Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, the record-breaking CLYMB™️ Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit (home to the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX™️), Yas Marina, the award-winning Yas Links golf course, as well as Abu Dhabi’s largest mall, Yas Mall. With hotels, including W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Crowne Plaza Yas Island Abu Dhabi, Yas Island Rotana, Centro Yas Island by Rotana, Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island and Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi Yas Island, plus more than 165 dining experiences, the destination also features indoor and outdoor concert venues including WHITE and Etihad Arena – all of which are complemented by a range of visitor services that connect all attractions to one another.
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