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Just another day for us, girls !

By Saloni Modi and Nandini Rao

With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increase in count of women’s presence in every aspect of life, we could think that women have gained true equality. Rather, the facts are contrasting.equality

The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men. However, great improvements have been made. Undoubtedly, there has been a significant change in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality. But the complexity of patriarchy are deep-rooted in our society.

We have chauvinist males running our countries, businesses and making laws that are biased. For instance, women in Saudi are not issued driving licenses. Women are till date objectified.

Around 120 million girls worldwide (slightly more than 1 in 10) have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts at some point in their lives. By far the most common perpetrators of sexual violence against girls are current or former husbands, partners or boyfriends.

In 2012, a study conducted in New Delhi found that 92 per cent of women reported having experienced some form of sexual violence in public spaces in their lifetime, and 88 per cent of women reported having experienced some form of verbal sexual harassment (including unwelcome comments of a sexual nature, whistling, leering or making obscene gestures) in their lifetime.

On February 17, 2017, a famous actor from South Indian film industry was allegedly molested inside her moving car while she was heading for Kochi from her home. This heinous event had seven men involved and out of which two men were her close associates. As being a part of tinsel town, stars are believed to share affable companionship with their make-up artists, hair stylists, drivers, body guards and fashion designers hence involvement of the drivers took everyone by surprise.

The Nirbhaya case has not been forgotten yet, when Delhi’s gang rape generated a nationwide outrage and stirred a billion people. The moment was described as one that would change Delhi’s attitude towards women’s safety. With time things change but India’s capital, Delhi, does not seem to have changed much. Four years since then, the number of rapes have only increased and situation has only worsened.

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Massive protests at India gate and across the country in 2012 sparked off gender sensitization classes for 40,792 for Delhi cops till date and launched operation Nirbheek, in which police visited  girls from more than 500 schools to speak to them about safety. Over 1.83 lakh girls were also trained in self-defense. But stories of sexual assault and rape continues to haunt Delhi. We have failed to label India as a women safe country.

Each one of us should question ourselves as to why such brutality is soaring. Why people of this country are shunning the rape victims? Indian government must take necessary steps to make India a rape free nation, immediately. China and India both have a surplus men, but only one country has an out of control rape epidemic and that is India.

The reason why country has failed to eradicate rape culture is a sheer negligence.

According to Amnesty International reports, authorities have not effectively implemented new laws on crimes against women. The majority of rape cases still go unreported. Currently the problem, instead of abating, has become worse. In India a women is reportedly raped after every 15 minutes. We often hear our Indian politicians complaining about the kind of dresses women wear, hence blaming women’s clothing for the raging rape in the country is so flimsy. All these have led to diminution of the social position of the women in India.

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Women coming from all background are facing the deep rooted rape culture in India. Let us all pledge to contribute our bit in the best possible way to get nation rid of devils (rapists) and lets leave no stone unturned to make the nation women friendly. We the citizen of India need to bring the much required change and law makers should ponder upon this scariest subject and strict law should be introduced to eradicate the demons living in the country and walking fearlessly and shamelessly. 

We must strive to make India the safest country for women, globally, only then we will become eligible to call our nation a proud nation.

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Why this is the only chance to choose?

letusvoteAll major political parties are contesting the elections for the Mumbai’s civic body separately, for the first time in more than two decades. With the split between the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the absence of alliance between the Congress and the National Congress Party (NCP), Mumbai anxiously awaits in anticipation of who would make  it to the power corridors of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). What this could mean is many candidates may win with narrow margins, making it all the more important for you to cast your vote.

Casting a vote is not a choice but an indispensable responsibility. The only choice is to choose wisely and vote for a better tomorrow.  Apart for voting being a responsibility, it is our ability, ability to decide what is right or what is wrong for ourselves, the society and the city. Making this choice is our only chance to nurture change. As the election day is nearing, we have to bear this thought in our minds that this a chance to choose for change, the change we all want and are waiting for.

This reminds me of a quote from the fantasy novel series, Harry Potter, ” It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”.

Following a massive voters induction drive in 2016, 2.39 lakh new voters registered themselves in Mumbai, taking the count to 91,80,635, out of a population of 1.24 crore. But while more than 70 per cent of the citizens are registered voters, turnouts in Mumbai have remained poor over the years, not crossing even the 50 per cent mark.

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The voter turnout is an important factor to decide who will run the BMC. The State Election Commission (SEC) and BMC are leaving no stone unturned to spread awareness.

The government has directed all private firms, IT companies, shops, shopping malls etc to declare election days as paid holidays for all employees, in an attempt to increase voter turnout for the upcoming elections.

Offering ‘ethical incentives’, the SEC is also roping in hotels, restaurants and shopping malls to offer discounts to those who cast their vote. Apart from engaging with more than 100 colleges, the SEC, is running campaigns on social media and reaching out to housing societies. Various NGOs are also running campaigns to increase voter awareness.

A total of 2,275 candidates, which include 1,190 males, 1,084 females and one transgender, are to fight for the 227 seats of the BMC. The elections are to be held on February 21, 2017. And the results will be announced on February 23, 2017.

Shiv Sena is the only party which has fielded candidates on all the 227 seats across the metropolis, while Congress on 221, BJP will fight it out on 195 (leaving 32 seats for its allies), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on 201, NCP on 171, BSP on 109, Samajwadi Party on 76 followed by first-timers Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) on 56 seats. There are 13 political parties that will compete to administer the country’s richest civic body, according to the final list released by the electoral department of the BMC.

Posted in Social Issues, Uncategorized

I’m 24 and I’m not married!

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“Gupta ji, aapki beti 25 saal ki Ho gyi hai, shaadi kab karenge?” ( Gupta ji, your daughter is  25, when are you going to get her married off?”)  who has said that ideal age for a girl to marry is  mid twenties? Let me put it the other way, who has given the society and its people the right to decide the ideal age for a women to marry? Which era are we still living in, where such intrusive thoughts still have an audacity to prove their unwarranted, orthodox and groundless points in regard to girl’s matrimony. Nevertheless, Prohibition of Child Marriage Act states that a girl in India can’t marry before the age of 18, and a boy before 21. But wait, does that mean 18 is “THE“marriageable age and girls should be sent to their in-laws house much before they reach their late twenties. When our country can fetch a label for itself as “the fastest growing and developing country,” why can’t  our Indian society aim for the same? Why are we still not changing  our typical mindset, when it comes to a marriage of a girl. Are we not productive enough? Are we not capable enough ?  Are we not worth enough to be given a chance to realise our dreams and do wonders in life. There’s nothing that is unattainable for girls.

The moment a girl completes her graduation, she’s welcomed to the marriage club. Marriage becomes the centre of discussion everywhere. Be it uncle, aunt or parents, they all have only one topic to discuss and that is “Marriage.”  No doubt that marriage is a prominent milestone in one’s life but in most of the Indian families, it is parental pressure which results in marriage. The whole idea of sacredness of a marriage gets deteriorated once the means of forced marriage occurs,  where the consent of a girl has not been taken into consideration. The girl is left with no other option than to bear that fake smile throughout the wedding ceremony.

Though this trend is changing in cities and metros but villages are still untouched in India. We need more and more support for this good cause. We have not failed to acknowledge our girls whenever they have made us and our country proud but we should not step back and choose to keep quite when voice needs to be raised against such questionable norms.

In Indian society, family and parents play an imperative role in taking the decision regarding right age for marriage . Above that, if a female crosses 30 years of age then she is tagged as someone who is not of a good character or loose. Why are we stooping low to such narrow mindset? Females have all the right to decide when to enter the institution of marriage. They shouldn’t be forced for marriage every now and then.

I as a women feel so proud to have parents,  who are so supportive and have given me all sorts of  liberty to do what I want to do in life. They don’t want me to get married until I do them proud. That’s how it is supposed to be. I’m blessed! I can’t thank them enough for what they are doing for me. I want to bring in the change. The change which will be applauded by millions across the globe.

My humble request to all the parents-

lets break the monotony. Let’s make a difference to the society and let’s love our daughters in literal sense. Wedding bells can take a backseat until we girls are busy turning our ideas into reality.

To conclude, I would say that just going to cinemas and watching and applauding movies like Dangal would not prove the point. Unless, we instil the same belief in ourselves and eventually make this nation proud of more Geetas, Babitaas and other self-made women who choose to defer the marriage and come out as winners.

 Embrace the change and transition gracefully so that you get to enjoy the newness of life! 🙂

 

 

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Five key factors that helped the marketing Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Kaabil’!

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It’s been 17 magical years since Kaho Na Pyaar Hai (2000) has released and Bollywood entertainment industry has witnessed an arrival of a man who had become overnight superstar and nation’s heartthrob with his amazing acting and dance skill along with spectacular physique and handsome looks to die for. Over the years Hrithik Roshan has given us impeccable performances through various successful films, however, Bollywood Greek God have also seen worst failures with numbers of flops. But things doesn’t matter much of this superstar who is fighting obstacle in his own league by competing against senior superstars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan and facing opposition from the young guns and established stars like Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. 2016 was unfortunate for Hrithik due to Mohen Jo Daro’s debacle on Box Office. Critics and film enthusiastic might have planned to rub him off from the race after that, but somewhere there is hope that the actor might bounce back with latest upcoming thriller film ‘Kaabil’.

Here are the five reasons we like to state which might help you to book your seats for this upcoming film.

  1. Fresh Paring:

After romancing Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Katrina Kaif, Hrithik has lately been cast across some less unfamiliar and unconventional faces. Yami Gautam from Vicky Donor’s fame is topping the list over here. In the trailer and song videos people have already loved the chemistry of Yami-Hrithik and probably this new fresh pairing might make wonders in this upcoming film.

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  1. The Sanjay Gupta factor:

We all have to agree on one fact that Sanjay Gupta who have worn director’s cap more than 2 decades and have given successful films like ‘Jung’, ‘Khauff’, ‘Kaante’, and ‘Zinda’. Even his last two films ‘Shootout at Wadala’ and ‘Jazbaa’ have to manage to gain a decent reputation on Box Office. The Director who is quite well-known for his action and thrilling aspect might re-create the same magic with ‘Kaabil’ like his earlier flicks.

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  1. Hrithik’s Challenging blind man act:

The most beautiful thing about Hrithik’s career is his unconventional and challenging performances. His mentally disable role in ‘Koi Mill Gaya’ and ‘Krrish’ series have earned him awards and skill recognition along with film like ‘Guzarish’ where he portrays the role of a former magician who is paralyzed from the neck down quadriplegic. Which such performances, Hrithik’s has managed to win hearts of audiences and critics too. Even in Kaabil, he is playing a visually impaired person which is also quite new and reliable to watch for the audiences.

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  1. The revenge drama:-

Hrithik’s has quite a good history with action and revenge drama with his earlier films like ‘Fiza’ and ‘Mission Kashmir’. Even in recent years, he has proved to be a great ‘angry young man’ with ‘Agneepath’ remake. Kaabil has also to offer the same blended elements with some different aspect and the Thrilling element which something new even for the Hrithik at this stage.

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  1. The goodwill from the industry:-

Industry associates are already impressed with Kaabil, Many celebrities and directors have taken up the social media platform Twitter to express their reviews about the film and Hrithik’s performance. Rishi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Mandana Karimi, Suniel Shetty, Milap Zaveri, Dabboo Ratlani and Ronit Roy have made good praises after the pre-release screenings.

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All study and no play makes Jack a dull boy!

img_4363Stand up Comedian, what it means to the public and the person who is entertainment for the public. I as a journalist, I would say, such comedians have freedom of speech, they delivery humor using different sentence constructions and the person delivering also has to keep in mind about the slurs he use, as others might be offended.

In an institute like Hmmra, the directors not only ask their dear students to focus of studies, it is a college where a student can relax and enjoy a moment of fun. Here, they host different kinds of shows; one of them was the standup comedian.

The comedian’s name is Masoom Rajwani  and way he was humoring the fellow students was outstanding. He first started with the language barrier, where he gave an example that, one cannot ask a girl out for dinner using Hindi words, because it looks odd/weird. He also was talking about the use of social media, and how it has escalated, which in some ways humor’s the people. Hey, I want to comment on some actress’s picture, of course I would write something really special, thinking some mythical forces will tell that actress to reply me back. Which is again a fantasy, but some people just cross the limit of trolling themselves. Piyush Sharma was so hilarious, and so present minded person, that he was were thorough about what he was speaking. That made him a very selective candidate for the stand up comedy for the students to take a break from the books.img_4343

There are so many other stand up comedians, with more and more hilarious examples. Trust me, those are the people who can actually make you laugh so hard, for the moment you just forget any problems going in the life. Stand up comedy isn’t just a way of relaxing, it sometimes helps people know, what is actually happening in the world and at what levels people are making fool of themselves. Reza Noorani gave pretty good examples of such kinds, and I really came to know such people on social media exist.img_4349

I would even suggest other people, to see such comedy shows or hear a standup comedian, when one can find time. Even if one cannot find, I would request to take a break.

 

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Bridging gap between Teachers and Students.

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The Institute of Harkisan Mehta is one that reduces the gap between teachers and students. Teachers think of students as their colleagues and come into direct contact with the students by helping them to discover themselves.

Teachers put up a challenging question and assignments for students.  For example, can trees fart like humans do? Students actually enjoy this type of challenging questions. It makes them think and brain storm more out of their heads. Answers are right or wrong, it doesn’t matter much, but the interest to think and learn more, reduces the gap between teachers and students. The faculty members of Harkisan Mehta are well trained professionals and help students to learn well and understand his or her weak and good points too. The students get respect when they give respect to their teachers. Teachers at this institute open up their past experiences to students and tell students about what they did, like when they were in tight scheduled situations & when they were even looked down upon or fired & what they learned from those experiences. This too has reduced the gap between teachers and students and has made a friendly study environment at Harkisan Mehta institute. Also, fun chats and jokes between teachers and students and institute assistants and members have lead to a friendly environment to learn in. Teachers at The Institute of Harkisan Mehta try their best to exchange shyness and students’ weaknesses with building confidence in students. During study time there is seriousness and during fun time there is fun. Teachers do their best to make teaching secessions light-hearted and interesting for students to learn well and grasp the concept easily. The access to internet to has been another way where we see teachers and students both use internet for information or knowledge or news and updates. They also use internet to download and send music and movies to each other and upload pictures and chat with each other on social websites like facebook and twitter. At our institute teachers teaching courses like Journalism, Creative Writing, Ad and Pr and Film Appreciation, show the students how to work in the real world when students are pursuing their futures in these courses. Teachers prepare students for future challenges by the method of practical studies.  There’s no doubt journalism has few students, but to work in this field for our futures is quite challenging and awesome. Because more than anyone, you would get to know what’s happening in the entire universe in 10 seconds or in a minute, or in an hour. Our future journalists who deliver any kind of tickers, interviews or news would be called ‘‘Hermes, The God of Messengers’’. 11892140_997954023561041_249401201862843713_n

Our teachers at Harkisan Mehta are those people who take lots of efforts to develop the next generation for the world’s coming challenges. Most students in the world today are thankful to their teacher for teaching them and helping them to become better people. Even old students till today are in good contact with the teachers of Harkisan Mehta. At one point of time, our teachers were students too; so they understand students much better than parents.

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Creating Minds that Question! #HappyTeacher’sDay

05.09.2016.jpgWhat makes a good student great? Perseverance, the will to prove oneself or plain old burning the midnight oil? A student needs to persevere when the going gets tough. The will to prove oneself makes perseverance possible and burning the midnight oil is the process that makes it all possible. In a world of million aspirations and dreams along with countless opportunities it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. Who then is the component or catalyst that creates a student who can tough it out in the real world and be ready to face its challenges head on? It’s a teacher who determines the true worth of a student. They do so by making the students self – sufficient enough to realize their own worth. Being a student is not easy, being a teacher is harder. There’s a lot our teacher’s contribute when they shape us from imperfect clay to a perfect work of art. How they do it is what decides what shape the student takes. First day for a student at HMMRA is like first day at any institute or university. We’re all hopeful eyed, optimistic and enthusiastic minds ready to explore the new environment and make it our own. It’s what happens after that point is what sets HMMRA apart from the rest, once you meet the teachers. Right from the first lecture it’s pretty clear that none of us are here to learn the subject, we’re here to experience the subject so that we may apply it in the real world everyday for the rest of our lives. Our teachers don’t sell optimism to us neither do they tell us we’re going to rule the world. They teach us to understand the world before we may aspire to rule it. They show us the path to being real and give us the tools and favours in form of skill that they impart from their own experience and learning. They don’t call themselves teachers when teaching, they’re students who know better. Now a days even internet can teach you a subject and its application. Google your queries and questions and out comes volumes of information beyond your comprehension. A patient mind can sift its way through that and figure out the essence of the subject. Which is what we need our teachers for, right from childhood, so that we grasp what the subject is trying to tell us. To make a curious young mind question the subject beyond what it’s all about creates minds that cannot be caged by the rules set by the world. It creates not leaders but pioneers, who look at the world from an angle that simplifies it rather than overwhelm. In HMMRA we students learn this lesson right from the very first interaction with our teachers. It not only changes the way we view the world but makes us wonder what more could we do with it. “Be me or better than me”, says Mrs Runa Bhutra, a faculty member. Maybe it’s time the world views academics with such attitude that not only requires a teacher to be generous when imparting knowledge and wisdom but also inspires a student to be generous when trying to take in the core essence of what a subject tries to tell us. They teach us not how to view the world around us, but how we view ourselves in it. When we look at ourselves differently the world automatically looks and feels different. The teachers in HMMRA don’t distinguish themselves from learners, they believe in honing their learning skills each and everday. There hardly may have been any faculty who did not tell us on our first day that they’re here to learn from us as much as they’re here to guide us. They learn while they guide us and we learn as we grow under their guidance. A new and real world awaits us as students. It beckons us, challenges us, calls out to us. To explore it, revel in it, learn from it and change it. To do all that and to be all that we need people who’ve done it and been it. HMMRA offers us its teachers who in their time as a student and newbie out in the real world have made it come true. It is true for every student in the present as it is for the one’s in the past and for the one’s to come in the future, to prove to be tougher than the challenge you face. To be wiser each time you come out of it, no matter what the outcome.

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Let’s meet the 4 wheels of this car we call HMMRA

IMG_3975It takes four sturdy wheels to run a car smoothly. Have one missing, and the car wouldn’t move forward. Let’s meet the 4 wheels of this car we call HMMRA.

They are the back-bone of our system. Without them, oh boy, we’d all be permanently infused with panic attacks.

Ms. Prapti Thakar, Secretary to the Director

IMG_3949She’s the tigress of our lot. The ever so alert, protective of all her students, and always, so organised. She gives HMMRA the discipline it needs and yet, she’s the best person to dance with during parties. She is also the perfect out-station shopping guide for students, when it comes to helping them master the art of bargaining with shop vendors, when the institute organises educational trips! That helped some of our students save a few pennies. She’s always around when you need her for anything, and to top it all, she’s a carom champion!

 

Mr. Amit Shah, Accounts & Purchase Dept.

13244043_10207027974431881_1140530681513274376_oThe master of numbers at HMMRA since the last decade – Amit Sir makes accounting look easy. From maintaining student records to handling the finances of HMMRA, he does it all. The quietest of the lot, you can see him in the corner of the HMMRA office. He’s immersed in his computer screen, yet sometimes, nodding politely as every student walks in for class.

 

Nishi Patel, Graphics & Web Designer cum Peer Mentor

IMG_0001You’re on the first floor of the Mithibai Campus, marching your way towards HMMRA. You hear a loud and comical laughter emerging from far off the distance! That bubbly sound is coming from the ever-humorous, the one with the brightest smile, the most loved staff of HMMRA, Nishi. This sound is so oft-heard, that it is almost the official welcoming song of our institute, haha! Our students call her their superhero! Nishi is a friend, saviour, guide, all infused in one. She knows each of the students so well, that lying to her means always getting caught. She also has a penchant for website and graphic design, which she uses for the institute to her best capacity. She’s approachable and always around, sometimes, saving the day and postponing presentations when the students aren’t ready. Oops, that wasn’t supposed to be public!

Ms. Kamakshi Rawal, Co-ordinator

IMG_3940She’s the latest wheel in the car and the freshest face in the lot. Kamakshi is the bridge between students and the faculty. From arranging lectures and informing the students regarding the same, she does her job to the T!

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On our first day at HMMRA, our future seemed so bright!

Anxiously waiting for three days after my interview with the director, I kept opening my mail every now and then…

Beep! A notification!

“Congratulations! You are welcomed to the institute of knowledge with fun and opportunities”, it read. I was overjoyed to be a part of an institute, which not only imparts knowledge in a manner that stays with you for life, but also keeps the students’ needs at its most importance.DSC_0051 (FILEminimizer).jpg

Our journey began with the orientation day. All students came dressed in bright smiles and spoke in excited tones. It was a heart-warming experience to meet and make friends with such creative and talented people.

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It was the first time when the director of the institute, Mr. Soumyadipta Banerjee addressed us from the stage. What we students loved about him and his speech was that he came across as a warm and friendly personality who promised us that this journey would be full of enriching and fun filled experiences. Today, as I near the end of this course, I can say that he really meant it.

The best package of the evening was a guest talk by Mr. Prahlad Kakkar, the Ad guru of India! He needs no introduction. He was gracious enough, as he came directly from the airport, only to be a part of this evening!

DSC_0154 (FILEminimizer).jpgHe had an immensely positive aura, while he spread smiles and hope in the hearts of students with a wonderful speech! He said, that it is important for us to have patience and never let anything or anybody change our focus from what we want to achieve. He opined that most success stories aren’t authentic. He stressed on the need to learn from failure stories, instead of success stories, so that we can learn from what went wrong and are thus warned.

Mr. Om Puri, veteran actor and Padma Shri Award DSC_0080 (FILEminimizer).jpgrecipient, was also one of the guest speakers at the orientation day and he shared his experiences about the industry with the students. His wife Ms. Nandita Puri accompanied him.

This was followed by a session, where students had the opportunity to shoot their questions concerning the field of media, to these distinguished personalities. It was quite astonishing that Ms. Nishi Patel, our peer-mentor and favourite staff member, while co-ordinating the question-answer round, addressed every student by their name, even though she had only met us once! We sensed a feeling of belonging and there was a paradigm shift in our energies, as we felt a personal touch. Ms. Prapti Thakar, shared the stage with her and contributed in making the event a big success!

It was wonderful to hear these stalwarts talk about their experiences and inspire young minds. This was certainly the best way for us to begin this journey, which has been a culmination of some really beautiful memories and exhilarating experiences.

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Here’s your chance to learn stress management from India’s finest trauma specialist

The field of media is run by deadlines. Advertising professionals have to brainstorm creative concepts and deliver quality work in a limited span of time. At times, they face a ‘writer’s block’. Today, journalists cannot afford to be lapdogs. They have to be watchdogs and keep the newsroom brimming with stories. In such a competitive scenario and amidst erratic schedules, it is safe to say that media professionals are subjected to high levels of friction.

No, it isn’t convenient to succumb to difficult situations and give up. Stress management hence becomes crucial for media aspirants, to save the day. At SVKM’s Harkisan Mehta Institute of Media, Research & Analysis, we prepare our students for real life situations. Hence, we invited one of India’s finest trauma specialists to interact with our students.

Seema-Hingorani

She is the youngest psychologist in Mumbai, regularly quoted for her expertise and elucidation in prominent newspapers and magazines like Times of India. She has also been an Official Psycho Analyst for Femina Miss India. Applauded internationally for her research papers, she was one of the trauma experts who were recently sent to Kashmir to treat 5000 flood survivors.

Her clinic at Bandra, Mumbai is frequented by Bollywood celebrities to vent their woes and one might have to wait for months to get an appointment with her. You are wondering who she is. Quoted in more than 2500 articles across media, Dr. Seema Hingorrany was gracious enough to address our students on stress management on special request, as we at HMMRA believe in the holistic development of every student.

The seminar commenced with a short exercise, where Dr. Hingorrany asked the students to close their eyes and ponder on their top three worries for the day.  What was achieved from this exercise was a true realisation of what is bothering one from within. “The first step to tackle stress is being mindful of your stress”, says Dr. Seema Hingorrany. As soon as you notice a physical or emotional stress, you must acknowledge and accept it. She expounded on the need to practice this exercise daily on rising, so as to be aware of our problems and thereby improve problem solving. In practicing mindfulness, we learn to become aware of our thoughts, emotions, feelings, and behaviour so we can interrupt stress cycles before they increase out of control.

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Next, she introduced the students to the technique of compartmentalisation. It includes dividing up the tasks one needs to do and the corresponding stresses, so that they can’t slam into one another. Just as one keeps the peas away from mashed potatoes on the plate, one must focus only on the one thing in front of them, whether it’s the peas or the potatoes. For example, stress arising from family and home must be left at the door and not carried as baggage to the workplace. In this way, one can prioritise situational needs and thereby troubleshoot stress. One must compartmentalise, isolate and focus on different issues separately. Remind yourself that at a given moment, what your role and priority are. “It teaches you how to close doors in your brain. Shut tight. Not to be opened until the appropriate time”, says Dr. Seema Hingorrany, regarding boundary management as an important technique for media professionals, as they cannot afford worries to bother them at work. It may deter them from being optimally productive.

Some students expressed their concerns about stress before a job interview. Dr. Hingorrany encouraged the students to be confident and practice positive visualisation and shared that eating dark chocolate before an interview helps relieve stress. She enlightened the students on including Vitamins B12, D3 in their diet as these play an important role in curbing stress. This was followed by a question-answer session, where Dr. Hingorrany gave her expert advice to the students. The seminar received unanimous appreciation from all the students.

At SVKM’s Harkisan Mehta Institute of Media, Research & Analysis, we regularly organise seminars, master-classes and workshops. Apart from professional skill-building master-classes, we also conduct life lesson imparting sessions in the interest of our students. Log on to www.hmmra.ac.in to learn more.