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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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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.


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 to learn more.