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CurlyGrooves
 20 April 2018  

StoryMirror interviewed Shruti Deshpande a fitness enthusiast, internationally certified Zumba instructor, BollyBeats fitness professional and model. Here is what she has to say.Q. Tell us about you and your background.I have always wanted to explore different fields in life. Coming from an army background I was privileged to study across different schools in the country and travel constantly. I always had a creative bent of mind and after finishing school I pursued fashion designing in parallel with economic honors. Inspired by my father who was then a psychologist in SSB, I decided to do an MBA in human resource. I was also into fitness, dance and sports all along. After my MBA I got campus placed in HR Consulting.While working in Hyderabad, I discovered my passion for dance fitness when I attended Zumba classes. My instructors praised my stamina, dancing skills and encouraged me to get certified. During a solo trip to Miami, USA, I got certified as a Zumba instructor. Certified as a Zumba Instructor at USA. There on there was no looking back! Along with my corporate career I was taking classes at 3 reputed studios in Hyderabad and built a client base. I also started modelling and was recently in the top 10 contestants of Femina Miss India (Telangana Audition). Femina Miss India Top 10 (Telangana Auditions)At this point in life, I have quit my corporate career to step into the dance and fitness industry. I am going to start my new role as the Club Manager and Dance Fitness instructor of Multifit, Pune (Aundh branch). Like I said, I always wanted experience many options and then find out what is it that I love doing every day. Each step was a learning and led me to what I love. Q. What is your life's greatest passion?Dancing. Not just for myself, but making others groove and seeing them enjoy - ignites me! It is my happy place and the key to my fitness. Q. Take us through your work. Party yourself into shape! That's is what I believe in. Health is a person's biggest investment and being fit in a way that you are constantly happy is sheer bliss! I am currently a certified Zumba instructor and BollyBeats Fitness professional. I also focus on body strengthening and toning techniques. I take dance fitness classes and have been involved in a variety of events like 10K Intencity, Hyderbad Fitness Carnival, HealthNBenz, MagicRise morning fitness party, Womens' day dance fitness sessions in Pune and corporate dance fitness sessions across Hyderabad and Pune. 10K Intencity BollyBeats Warm-Up Session, HyderabadYour browser does not support HTML5 video.Hyderabad fitness carnivalYour browser does not support HTML5 video.HealthNBenzAlong with the amazing routines that Zumba and BollyBeats Fitness launches each month, I always aim to introduce a few easy choreographies of my own as well as body weight toning and strengthening workouts in my routines. While the former is excellent for cardio and later is effective way of shaping up the body using your own body weight! I also make sure that my choreographies are neutral such that men and women both are comfortable in attending my classes.Along with taking a class, I like to take one step ahead. I track the body weight, fat percentages of my students and also take feedback from them at the end of classes. What matters to me the most is that my students/clients don't just enjoy the class but also see results in their bodies. 'Connect' is very important to me. They believe in me and want to stay with me when they see that my classes are making a difference in their life. I promote my work and posts with students/clients/instructors under the name - 'CurlyGrooves' on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. I have always been described as the tall girl with curly hair and grooving to music is what I love! Check out the video with students on my YouTube channel here. Q. What inspires you?There are two things that inspire me the most - 1. Travelling – I am an avid traveler and enjoy bag packing. I especially love exploring places which are less commercial and untouched! Each time I travel, meet new people, listen to a new song, I am inspired to do something new with my work. I recently started a 1 minute dance video series called 'The world is my dance floor!' on my channel 'CurlyGrooves'. I shot videos in different places like Andamans, Hampi, Kodai Kanal, Goa - with new people and in different environments! Video for my series – ‘The world is my dance floor’! ->Your browser does not support HTML5 video.This is at Andamans.And you can see the other 4 of andamans' videos here, here, here and here :)Your browser does not support HTML5 video.This was at Hampi. And watch other 3 videos of hampi here, here and here :)Your browser does not support HTML5 video.This was at goa.Your browser does not support HTML5 video.This was at Kodai Kanal2. Happy faces - When a student comes and tells me that they forgot their work stress or a fight back at home or lost an inch and come smiling to me, nothing makes me happier. It motivates me to work harder. Q. Is there an achievement or contribution that you are most proud of?Achievement - Getting certified as a Zumba instructor in Florida, USA. All of this started from there! Thereafter, getting certified as a BollyBeats Fitness Instructor at Hyderabad. Luckily the co-founder of BollyBeats is like a mentor to me. This dance fitness format has originated in India and is becoming rapidly popular across the globe due to it’s catchy dance routines on Bollywood and global music + 10 minute strength training workouts included in the session. Contribution - Dancing for a cause. In the past year I took some sessions where the participation and response amazed me! I took BollyBeats Fitness sessions in Pune on the occasion of Women's day at Multifit, Aundh and Infosys, Pune. What I am proud of is that these sessions were definitely for the occasion of women's day and to encourage well being but there was immense participation from both men and women. Men came along with their wives, friends, sisters, moms and celebrated the day! Your browser does not support HTML5 video.This was of Women’s day session at MultiFit, Pune, Aundh. Watch the other video here.Your browser does not support HTML5 video.This was on Women’s day session at Infosys, Pune. Watch the other one here.While working with Deloitte I took a Zumba + BollyBeats Fitness session for about 500 consulting professionals to promote well being. In corporate, sitting has become the new smoking! We wanted to make everyone forget their work for once and party themselves into being fit! The response was amazing! All practitioners danced their heart out, from the new joinees to the firm leaders! It was amazing and the session was highly appreciated. Your browser does not support HTML5 video.This one was the Deloitte session. Watch the other one here.Q. How do you want to see yourself 5 years from now?I have taken the first step to where I see myself. It is a matter of persistence and hard work to reach the top and be known for what you do. Five years from now, I see myself as an established dance fitness instructor + model. I also aim to have my own Dance and Fitness Club in future.     Check out Shruti on Instagram, Facebook and Youtube. You can contact her through her facebook profile as well.

How GrabOn started with 6 interns became India’s leading Couponic platform?
 25 September 2019  
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GrabOn is India’s industry-leading couponing web site famed for its ingenious technological innovations. It provides a single-point platform to users for accessing the simplest of discounts, deals and coupons from leading e-commerce sites. This Hyderabad based mostly couponing web siteis concentrated on delivering unmatched searching expertise to users with the simplest of the discount deals. It facilitates hassle-free access to the foremost competitive and versatile deals to internet buyers. It aims to reinvent India’s promising e-commerce market with avant-garde technology and user-centric approach. As a result, it'll considerably enrich the customer’s on-line searching expertise.This easy web site is concentrated on on-line coupons and deals line to a various vary of classes. It clearly resonates with the brand’s tagline “Save on everything”. it's well-reputed among customers for providing associate expansive vary of exclusive, authentic and licensed coupons.Founded: 09/2013.Founders: vi interns at Landmark IT Solutions together with Ashok Reddy (CEO); Bhanu P Raju.Headquarters: Madhapur, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.Presence: 450+ Indian cities.Merchant Partners: 4000+ .Revenue: $ fifteen million.Employees: a hundred ninety.Facebook: 426.7K fans.Twitter: 7.9K followers.Pageviews: twenty five million per month .Subscribers: forty million.Email story Subscribers: 10m+The Idea That LED To SuccessAshok Reddy, a hardcore technocrat bourgeois, may be aengineering science graduate and MBA from Indian faculty of Business. He supported Landmark IT Solutions, latest web site style and development company in 2008. Before this, he has some notable associations with Infosys, eBay, and PayPal to his credit.At Landmark, Ashok Reddy allowed lots of area for technological innovation. As a result, he in conjunction with his colleagues brainstormed the concept of developing associate intuitive and easy couponing web site. As a result, GrabOn was developed in Sept 2013 as India’s largest on-line coupon and deals web site.First Signs of SuccessWithin a year of its launch, GrabOn emerged conspicuously among the country’s prime five players. It established partnerships with leading on-line merchants and types at intervals a brief span of your time. Their in depth vary of deals and discounts lined nearly each class like physical science, Mobile, Fashion, Recharge and plenty additional.Today, it's considered the largest and most profitable coupon web site. it's one amongst the foremost trusty brands famed for providing real and latest coupons and deals. except that, it's acknowledged as a innovative technological groundbreaker. it's praised for minimizing client acquisition prices for sellers and enhancing the user expertise for shoppers.Simplified Business ModelGrabOn works on a simplified strategic business model listing all the leading on-line brands on its platform. With a network of over 4000 on-line stores, it's India’s most trusty affiliate e-commerce pioneer. it's supported a cost-per-sale model generating revenue through end-user sale.Strategies That Crafted A productive ModelThis Hyderabad based mostly startup is purported for its organic growth plans and strategic B2B partnerships across numerous domains. All this contributed to a web site showcasing a holistic list of leading brands like NPCI, Jet Airways, PayPal, PhonePe, IndusInd, Xiaomi, Truecaller, Flipkart, MakeMyTrip, Myntra, and plenty additional.It has earneda name as associate trade leader and technology groundbreakertargeted on user expertise. Its ingenious however straightforward sellingmethods play a big role in its exciting success story. a number of its notable methods ar nominative below.Highly intuitive and easyweb site.Innovative Browser Plugin that mechanically finds and applies deals.User-friendly Mobile App with responsive alerts.Microsoft Kaizala.Buzz Me.Specific Membership Programs like field Ambassador.Extensive Use of Social Media Networks like Facebook and Twitter.Microsoft KaizalaMicrosoft Kaizala may be a distinctive phone-based electronic messaging application that facilitates communication among massive teams and coordinates advanced workflows. This feature-dense and extremely effective application power-assisted GrabOn in directly participating with the user, collection feedback, breakdown problems, and asserting the newest updates. The coupon web site recently adopted this refined app to achieve its users and maintain enriching client relations. the corporate realised the requirement to directly communicate with users through a simple to line and easy interface. As such, it used this progressive application.Ashok Reddy (CEO and Founder, GrabOn) contended, “As an organization, our thrust has continuously been achieving high client satisfaction and providing a seamless user expertise. that's specifically what Kaizala helps North American country do”.Within 2 months of adopting this AI-enabled app, GrabOn public cluster registered an even monthly growth of half-hour. It clothed to be a very effective client engagement tool. It drastically expanded on-the-group activities and reduced queries through emails and phone calls.Issues on emails attenuated by thirty seven.5%Redemption connected phone calls born by thirty thirdResolution turnaround decreases from 12-24 hours to 6-12 hours on account of simplified comparison and scrutiny of client feedback.70-80% higher reach of offers declared thereon.Quick and efficient promotions with expanded client reach.Push notifications additional boosted client reach.To take this initiative to future level, GrabOn is worked up to experiment with Kaizala’s recently launched feature- client Engagement resolution. it's trying forward to encashing on time period client feedback to boost its services.Buzz MeGrabOn is attributable for revolutionizing the couponing trade through its ingenious desktop and mobile notification system referred to as Buzz ME. This easy, simple feature designed with AI is that the 1st of its kind within theinternational e-commerce house. It mechanically alerts users with atiny low notification on their desktops with latest and personalised deals.Mr Ashok Reddy, Founder and chief operating officer, GrabOn, said, “We perceive however busy on-line users ar. They dislike outlay an excessive amount of time looking for redeemable coupons, and roadblocks like user privacy problems, browser load time, stickiness, annoying nag of ‘click me’, subscription policy etc. anger them to without stopping. This feature are going to be a life-saver for our users and facilitate them to get on prime of their personal life with notifications that will not interrupt their progress.”Mr Reddy adds, “Within a month’s time this new platform has had quite one 100000 users obtaining the foremost exclusive coupons from GrabOn straight to their work stations and mobile phones. real time period coupons and technology innovation ar the 2 platforms that GrabOn has introduced to the present segment”.Social Media PresenceEver since its origin, GrabOn has showing intelligence encashed social media networks to interact users and build long relations. it's actively gift on leading networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, youtube etc. It neatly utilize the potential of social media through innovative technology like Al to influence customers in its favours.Their network systematically keeps the shoppers hooked with attracting games, contests etc. on a daily basis. for example, Cricket Predictor, Cricket Fantasy Contest, Raksha Bandhan Contest etc.Consequently, its fan base keeps growing with happy and happy customers.Facebook: 426.7K fansTwitter: 7.9K followers

Arts and Humanities- Prospects and Best Colleges
 23 May 2019  

India is the country that has given birth to a variety of arts and cultures. The prospects of studying humanities have been increasing by the day. I can confidently say that studying the following streams, even though looked down upon by the Indian society, is a blissful experience. These are the sciences that deal with human beings, society and culture. If you planning a career in social science (any field), you have come to the right place. Let’s unleash the plethora of opportunities and build a dream career for you!1. Architecture:Even though it is often debated if B.Arch is art or a science degree, it is safe to say that it has traits of both. Architecture is the art and science of designing and planning buildings. It requires mathematical proficiency and creative thinking. Planning and architecture have been the very foundation of urban life.Career Prospects:Technical Architect: Information Technology based specifications, models and managementDesign Architect: Creative drawing and planning of the basic structure of the buildingInterior Designing: construction documents, furniture layouts, power and communications, designs, materials and finishes.Top Colleges:Department of Planning and Architecture (Delhi)Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur)Sir JJ College of Architecture (Mumbai)Manipal Institute of Technology (Manipal)Chandigarh College of Architecture (Chandigarh)BIT- Birla Institute of Technology (Mesra)2. Classics:The course on classics is an interdisciplinary study of literature, society and culture of Greeks and Romans (both ancient and modern). It is a popular course in humanities in foreign countries, especially Europe. Study of classics in India can help us understand the dynamics of various ancient civilisations, literature, linguistics, history, archaeology, epics, philosophy, religious studies and so on.Career prospects:Museum and gallery curatorSharing expertise through teaching and research in universitiesSharing subject knowledge in legal firmsJournalism, editorial assistant and content writingTop Colleges:Nalanda University (Rajgir)Serampore University (Kolkata)University of Mumbai (Mumbai)Aligarh Muslim University (Aligarh)Madras Christian College (Chennai)3. English Literature:English literature examines various literary works such as prose, poetry, drama etc. It was initially restricted to Britain but today it is one of the most popular choices of social science graduates all over the world. It analyses the growth of literature, Indian, British and American, novels, authors, writing styles and impact of literature in the modern world.Career prospects:Web content writing, digital copywriting, editing, publishing, translating and authorshipJournalism, Social media manager, newspaper and magazine journalistLecturer, education consultant, information officer and tutorTop Colleges:University of Delhi (Delhi)Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi)Jamia Millia Islamia University (Delhi)English and Foreign Languages University (Hyderabad)Loyola College (Chennai)4. Fashion & Designing:This course needs no introduction! Many of us aspire to be even half as creative as designers. With multiple career options after a degree, fashion and designing have become one of the most sought after course in India as well as abroad. It mainly focuses on beauty, fashion, costume designing, graphic designing and so on.Career prospects:Fashion designing: costumes, accessories, fabrics, designs, textures and style outfits.Retail buyer: business and management, working in the fashion marketStylist: Picking out the best from a wardrobe/designer’s collection, makeup and hairstylist- magazines, weddings, photographers, models etc.Top Colleges:NIFT – National Institute of Fashion Technology (Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata...)Pearl Academy (Delhi)Symbiosis Institute of Design (Pune)Vogue Institute of Art and Design (Bangalore)5. Fine arts and Performing arts: If your passion is to build a creative career then this is the choice for you. Every moment will be joyous but the rising competition in this field is also a matter of concern. This course needs hard work and perseverance to make it big. Fine arts/Visual arts include drawing, painting, sculpture, graphics, film studies, photography, music, poetry, conceptual art etc. Performing arts include theatre, music and dance (western and classical).Career prospects:Broadcasting, film and mediaMusic, dance and theatreScreenwriter, actor, producer etcArts administratorExhibition and graphic designerCommercial art gallery managerTop Colleges:Annamalai University (Tamil Nadu)IPS- Indore Professional Studies Academy (Indore)Savithri Phule Pune UniversityRoyal Global University (Guwahati)Parul Institute of Fine Arts (Vadodara)5. Geography:Human geography mainly covers the study of people, communities, cultures and their interaction with the environment. It is a much sought after course for nature-lovers and graduates who are keen on making a difference in the environment.Career prospects:Cartographer and map illustratorEnvironment consultant, town planner, landscape architect etcRecycling/Conservation officerLecturer or ProfessorTop Colleges:Fergusson College (Pune)Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce (Pune)Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi)University of Delhi (Delhi)6. History & Archaeology:One of the most wondrous branches of social science is the study of the human past, ancient and modern civilisations. While history uses written sources, archaeology focuses on the remains to decipher the events that have occurred in the past. This course helps us understand the implications of history and how it has shaped our unique cultures. This is perhaps the most popular course in social science in foreign countries.Career prospects:Civil service administrator, solicitor and archivistAcademic librarian, journalist and heritage managerLecturing and tutoringTop Colleges:Loyola College (Chennai)Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi)Miranda House College (Delhi)Presidency College (Chennai)Institute of Archaeology (Noida)7. Language and Linguistics:Does your passion tell you to challenge the monotony of your tongue? If yes, this is the best course for you. There are nearly 1,652 languages in India and several others in the world. Ancient languages such as Greek, Latin, Arabic, Sanskrit etc have great prospects in modern society.Career prospects:Teaching English as a foreign languageLexicographerPublishing, copywriting, editing and proofreadingSpeech and language therapistTop Colleges:Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (Hyderabad)Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi)University of Calcutta (Kolkata)Aligarh Muslim University (Aligarh)University of Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram)8. Law & Legal Studies:Are you interested in the legal/judicial system of our country? It is time for you to save this world from criminals and law-breaking persons. Let’s discuss LLB and LLM. These courses mainly give you an overview of the laws in the constitution, rights and duties, quantitative analysis and problem solving, judicial system of not only but also other countries and international relations.Career prospects:Paralegal, Arbitrator, Jury consultant, attorney, case managerCivil services administratorLegal analyst and assistant, social activist, legal services director etcA judge or advocateTop Colleges:National Law School of India University (Bangalore)National Law University (Delhi)NALSAR University of Law (Hyderabad)The West Bengal University of Juridical Sciences (Kolkata)The National Law Institute University (Bhopal)ILS- Indian Law Society’s Law College (Pune)9. Philosophy:It consists of classical and contemporary philosophical writings, the nature of truth, knowledge, mindfulness of the soul and body, the difference between right and wrong, the existence of God etc. It represents the poetic form of one’s life.Career prospects:Business, finance, marketing and salesProviding subject knowledge at legal firmsJournalism- newspapers and magazinesTop colleges:Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi)Loyola College (Chennai)Christ University (Bangalore)Miranda House (Delhi)Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi)10. Politics and International Relations:India, being one of the largest growing nations in the world, seeks graduates who are willing to take studies relating to the position of India with respect to other countries. This course requires extensive knowledge of current affairs, the political and legal system, different national and international organisations, economic development, and trade relations with other countries and so on.Career prospects:Legal consultant and policy analystLegislative assistantPublic relations specialist and social researcherMarket research analystCivil service fast streamerTop Colleges:Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi)Jadavpur University (Kolkata)Christ University (Bangalore)South Asian University (Delhi)Madras Christian College (Chennai)11. Psychology:The human mind often baffles us. In this modern world, it is very important to know what goes on in that little device of ours. Psychology helps us learn and examine the various clinical, behavioural and emotional aspects of the human brain. It is a highly recommended career choice for most social science graduates.Career prospects:Psychiatrist, career counsellor, probation and parole officerAdvertising agent and market researcherHuman resources professionalLaboratory AssistantTop Colleges:Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi)Jesus and Mary College (Delhi)St. Xavier's College (Mumbai)Presidency College (Chennai)Christ University (Bangalore)Mithibai College of Arts (Mumbai)Gargi College (Delhi)12. Social work:Is caring for humanity your most cherished skill? If helping and assisting others in need gives you pleasure then this is the perfect course for you. It gives you an opportunity to learn the technical aspects of social work. It includes cultural diversity, social institutions, underprivileged groups, human behaviour and education.Career prospects:Nursing in hospitals and clinics, medical and psychiatric social work- mental health counsellor, family/marriage therapist, speech pathologist etcChild welfare services and health educatorSocial/Community Service ManagerTop Colleges:Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai)University of Delhi (Delhi)Rajagiri College for Social Sciences (Kochi)Loyola College (Chennai)Christ University (Bangalore)13. Sociology & Anthropology:A course in sociology/anthropology will give you the ultimate guide to the knowledge of human society.  It comprises family, education, religion, social institutions and associations, culture and traditions of the society etc. It is highly sought after course in India and other countries.Career prospects:Guidance counsellor and journalismHuman Resources Representative, lawyer, policy analyst, social activism etcManagement consultant, public policy analyst, market research analyst and media plannerHuman services administration, social work, education and law enforcementTop Colleges:Loyola College (Chennai)Miranda College (Delhi)Christ University (Bangalore)Hindu College (Delhi)Hansraj College (Delhi)Punjab University (Chandigarh)Ashoka University (Sonipat)

Going Through Pregnancy - Try Out These Exercises
 31 July 2019  

IntroductionWhen a woman is pregnant then the whole family starts giving advice differently, and one of the most common advice among them is to avoid exercising as it may affect the health of the mother and the baby. It may not be intentional, but it is not the best advice possible.Pregnancy might seem like the perfect time to sit back and relax. You likely feel more tired than usual, and your back might ache from carrying extra weight but no you should try doing exercises as moderate exercise during pregnancy may give a newborn a healthier start.Exercising during your pregnancy is safe and healthy. The only difference from normal people is that certain types of exercises may not be suitable for pregnant women and the nature of exercises may change from trimester to trimester.Exercises to TryThere are numerous potential health benefits for women who exercise during pregnancy, including better weight control, improved mood, and maintenance of fitness levels. ->SwimmingThis is one of the best & the safest exercise. Exercising in water supports your bump and won’t strain your back. It’s a great way to get your heart rate up without putting extra stress on your joints and ligaments. It also has immense cardiovascular benefits & it also helps in reducing the swelling and inflammation. ->Walking & RunningWalking is one of the safest exercises during any trimester as long as you don’t overexert yourself. Walking promotes blood circulation, improves heart health and is all around a good exercise for pregnant women. The key is to invest in a good pair of shoes for walking so as to prevent the knees and legs from jarring and also to support your upper body properly.If you were a runner or jogger before you got pregnant, it’s safe and healthy to continue during your pregnancy as long as you feel okay. Your baby will not be harmed by the impact or the movement. Book an appointment with Gynaecologist in dilsukhnagar Hyderabad->Strength exercisesStrength training exercises make your muscles stronger. They include swimming, working with weights, walking uphill and digging the garden. In the later trimesters, it may be a little difficult to manage other exercises as your body becomes heavier and movement may be limited. However, you can do basic stretching exercises to improve mobility and also help with circulation.->CyclingCycling is a great low-impact aerobic exercise. However, as your bump grows, your balance will change, which could mean you are more likely to fall off.If you’re used to cycling, you should be safe to carry on, but if you begin to feel less stable than usual it may be best to stay off your bike or switch to a stationary bike until after your baby is born. Cycling on a stationary bike also called spinning, is normally safe even for first-time exercisers. It helps raise the heart rate without putting too much stress on the joints.->YogaPrenatal yoga classes keep the joints limber and help maintain flexibility. Yoga strengthens muscles, stimulates blood circulation, and enhances relaxation. These may contribute to healthy blood pressure during pregnancy.The techniques learned in a yoga class can also help you to stay calm and in control during labor.It is best to consult with a specialist who can give you a step by step guide as to the exercises you can do and the precautions that you need to take while performing them.  You can also consult with gynecologist Dr. Vandana Hegde, she is one of the best gynecologist doctors and can help you during your pregnancy times. 

StoryMirror in conversation with author MANTRI PRAGADA MARKANDEYULU
 21 February 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.My Education, in olden days completed up to basic 10th class in a Sultan Bazar Government High School, Hyderabad. Then Two-Year Pre-University Course from Badruka College of Commerce and Management at Hyderabad.  My Graduation in Commerce went in from Osmania University Affiliated College, Badruka College of Commerce & Management, Hyderabad.  I did Diploma in Business Management (DBM) course from a Private Institute. I also did Post Graduate  Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA) from Private Institution.  I did Typewriting Higher Grade and Stenography Higher Grades from then combined Andhra Pradesh State Board of Technical Education, Hyderabad.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write? My family heredity has Literature blood. By inspiring elders Literary works right from my childhood, I happened to inculcate the habit of literary writings. I have also worked hard to learn good English and Telugu  languages for this purpose, though my mother tongue is Telugu. My Blood has got some Literary Blood Cells Therefore, I am a little-bit fluent in my writings, as I on and off keep my brain thinking always. More so, I don't like to keep idle myself. If I don't write and work each day, I don't get sleep, and I become erratic without work.What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? In the initial days, when I was writing literary type of work in especially in English, Readers used to comment about the mistakes. I used to refer to English Dictionary for better words. I used to correct myself with patience. I used to write better words in a bad sentence. I have developed the habit of writing English in Flowery Language, so that people/readers should read my literary work i.e., stories, song lyrics, haiku poetry, articles, essays, quotes, so on and so forth. Now  I have become a little bit perfect, as I think myself, and started writing so many things pertaining to literature work.  I am not getting any negative comments for my work. Only I used to get appreciation letters, good comments, and good encouragement and praising notes. I thought I would still contribute more to this World, where Top Level Literary Writers/Authors should Appreciate my works, and my ambition is to have my name in the World Famous Authors/Writers List, as a good Literary Writer, My Ambitions are more and I am working accordingly on daily basis.What is your view about the present day literary work? Present day Literary work is not that of a good Literature work, as evidenced by many Writers works. The standard of English writing is slightly just average. I have observed that my of the Technical and Management Graduates are unable to contribute to literary work, because they are all, to say many  on software line. I observed  that many of the software people never in the habit of writing  articles/stories/songs/literary works, etc. This generation is such.  Only old people used to write good English, as I knew and observed well in my life.  More so, people and writers who are interested to write good literary work, need to get trained from senior mentors and continuously make a habit of writing, as a regular feature in their life. Then only, at once point of time such Literary work could be well recognized. Lest, there are chances of Literary Work getting drowned, due to not having good Writers in the coming generations.  As one knew well, that "Old Water Go, New Water Come".Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Yes definitely. Digital and Social Media Tools/Devices play an important role to create more Writers and thereby more Readers emerge. Social Medial play an important role in shaping good Literary Writers.  Social Media gives good opportunity for Writers to present their Write-ups through few Blogs which facilitate Writers to present their Mind of Writing. Here, below I will give you a brief Article on Social Media:YOUNG AUDIENCE GRAB & CONQUER SOCIAL MEDIAEach minute, the technology is changing in rapid competitive market segment. Every business entrepreneur wants to have an edge over other competitors. Every businessman aspires for quick turn-over on their end products sales proceeds and wants to become a millionaire or a billionaire bypassing the Constitutional working systems, Acts, Rules, Regulations by violating norms & guidelines of the Ministry of Finance and  Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) and  Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA)Evolving marketing & advertising strategies are a prerequisite and essential in these competitive days in reaching out to customers and for public acquaintance is one part, while giving quick ads in latest tools and websites like LinkedIn, Face Book, Twitter, Wi-Fi and Internet through which messages, communications, ads, gist or gigs or contents of any subject matter of one’s personal, business or marketing could reach global people in quickest time, that too at no cost. But, whereas, reaching global people through News Papers, TV channels, hoarders, sign boards, pamphlets or through any other old fashioned system of ads looks to be little bit costly, slow and may not reach all the global people/institutions/companies.  It has been constantly and incessantly observed that increasing use of social media in personal, business and marketing fields is seen on a higher side. There is no doubt in this.The younger audience use social media technologies too much that too on daily basis, without which, the day will not pass.INDIA, Land of Opportunities: The younger generation and audience, now-a-days look for quickest communication, quick Return on Investment (ROI) and money rotation to meet their business and personal ends. The days are rolling-out with updated new technologies in the fields of Research & Development, Pharmacy, Agriculture, Software Development, Science & Technology, Sports & Culture, Tourism and Film Industry, Liquor Industry, Steel Industry, Printing Technology, Plastic Industry, Leather Industry, TV-Press-Media-Print, Grain Industry, Food Industry, Wood-Mattress & Furniture Industry, Glass & Crockery Industry, Cosmetic & Perfumes Industry, Prefabricated Building Material Industry.Face Book, LinkedIn, Twitter, Wi-Fi and Internet are the present days’ excellent media through which one can develop, personal, business, marketing & sales and for diversification and expansion of business plans and to establish good contacts with global people/customers/clients.These are equipped with wonderful media presently available for all the young audience, all at free of cost, for exchange of various aspects and for expression of ideas and business programs, which ultimately keep one busy in public eye. Moreover, global people view and use these latest technology tools in their daily life for publicity purposes. These are the present day TOOL TECHNOLOGY being used by billions of people all-over the world.YOUTH FOR NATIONAL INTEGRITYTODAY’S YOUTH – TOMORROW’S LEADERS:Today’s youth of the nation are all tech-savvy, broad-minded and rebellious with vast ideas, who could mobilize people of all religion, caste and creed as the youth of India play a crucial role in promoting communal harmony which will lead to socio-economic constitutional changes in maintaining peace in the country, as the youth are the future leaders of tomorrow.The youth’s education in engineering, medical, pharmacy, bio-technology, automobile engineering, R&D, management and in all fields of study, can mobilize people due to professional understanding in maintaining peace and communal harmony without interfering in issues like caste, creed, religion or ethnicity.Tech-savvy youth spreads the peace, love and communal harmony through social media tools like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, WhatsApp and blogs. Rapid changes took place through media postings then, after the conviction of culprits in December 2012 Delhi rape case issue. Nirbhaya Fund for survivors of gender violence started due to this case. So, the above tools play an important role in bringing about social harmony.Fine Arts play an important role in spreading the message of brotherhood and peace. Also, young authors, writers, poets and artists come together to enlighten people of India about the secularism in Indian Constitution.One can understand the culture at major cities like Mumbai and Delhi, that the youth cares for personal growth based on their talents rather than they do about caste or religion.Youth having good jobs by virtue of their talent, can bring changes on people around them to maintain peace and harmony in the society without any negative mind set on caste, creed or religion.The government has to work with the youth to bring about unity in diversity for the future of nation.Please tell us something about your literary work. : I am in the habit of writing a good number of stories, song lyrics, haiku poetry, articles, essays, quotes and other content material needed by various people/institutions for so many ways. I did receive a good response for my work. I was being encouraged by few websites like Story Mirror (Mumbai-India). My works below you can view:(1) Haiku Poetry, Book 1 (139 Haiku Poetry)(2) Haiku Poetry, Book 2 (100+ Poetry)(3) Haiku Poetry, Book 3 (100+ Poetry)(4) Haiku Poetry on color photos (100+ Poetry)(5) Fraud Hubby, Story in English 150+ Pages(6) Songs in English (Lyrics) 155 Songs Lyrics - 250+ Pages)(7) 325 Special Quotations in English (Each Quote 6-10 Lines): 250+ Pages)(8) 01 Telugu Language Story titled: JEEVAM (100 Pages, 30 Episodes)(9) 01 Telugu Language Story titled   TOP COP RANI, IPS, 28 Episodes)10) ENTANGLEMENTS Story Book (13 Stories in English) 150 PagesMY GOOD STORIES IN ENGLISH:MY FLOWER TO YOUR HEARTWHAT CAN I DO IN MY LIFEDERAILED MISSIONFRAUDULENT HUSBANDWINGS OF LOVEMY DARLINGSHATTERED AFFECTIONTHE DEATHTHE DEAD AND THE GHOSTDECEIVERS LIFEFRAUDSTERGAMBLERS LIFEMARRIAGE & DIVORCEHORSE RACESNGOTRUST NOTE(1) LADY POLICE, a Family & Crime Investigation Story (160 Pages), published through just now and latest, is in the global market. (E-Book, Digital and Paper Back Book i.e., print on Demand. This story could be made as a commercial movie.(2) THE DEAD AND THE GHOST, A Scientific, horror, thriller, dead, rebirth, ghosts, aghoras, entertainments like club, pub, horse race story is good for movie making purpose. This Book also published just now and latest, is in the global market (E-Book, Digital and Paper Back Book i.e. Print on Demand. This story could be made as a Horror Movie by Movie Makers.What was your first literary work and how was it published?  I used to write few essays, write-ups, articles to Times of India, English News Papers, as a Freelancer writer. Then I wrote one good article, 'SICKNESS IN PUBLIC ENTERPRISES, CAUSES AND CURES", Submitted to the Public Enterprises Board, New Delhi, during l986-87.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? Literary works can contribute to the Society in future in countless ways. There is no end to literary work.  The future of the World in Particular India, has got lot of Literary Writers and their work would definitely put India Map in the Top of the World in Literary Writings. It will happen in the coming generations.  Now, the world's good literary work is known as British Literature.  Indians have good knowledge in literary works. But, as Indians, we have learnt many of the Literature from British Literature. British Literature is a standard literature and its famous World Wide., as per my knowledge.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?.My Literary work can go outdated. New Literary works by young blood and new generations would lead the good literature work. It is quite possible that in the next 5 years, the literary world in India, would compete with British Literary work.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?Community of Poets should be there in each State, and in each Website, including in Social Media.  Each Story Websites in India should have one POETS BLOG, to inter-act with Poets in India especially, directly.  This will be a good proposal. Blogs should have, Poets for Stories, Poets for Song Lyrics, Poets for Writers, Poets for Article Writers etc., so on and so forth.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? My message to aspiring Writers are that, Go on writing. put good proper words, get good meaning, get good flower language. To write good English or Telugu or for that matter in any language of proficiency they are.  Inculcate the habit of writing.  Present the sentences and language in a good way, so that  Readers should hail the writer.How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?:  StoryMirror is a good platform for all Writers, beginners, children, youngsters, youth, elders and aged Writers. Story Mirror works as good Mediators to Writers and Readers through the august Story Mirror. and it encourages all Writers in their sphere of work in all fields, especially in literature work.Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? Story Mirror should have a tie-up, MoU, Agreement, Contract with Film Field and Literary Associations Worldwide, so that the best writings  should be recognized by various fields/associations.  This gives a good motivation and a good recognition to Writers on their Literary Work.  Story Mirror also to diversify in other languages including Telugu, so that Story Mirror can spread to World Telugu People, apart from others Language Speaking People. Story Mirror has to work dashingly and gate-dash in various World Associations Organized contests, for the purpose of Indian Writers including Children, and all contests should be kept open to all people without any age bar.  Story Mirror also to motivate Writers, by giving good gifts and presentations, as is being given by various Story Websites around the World.  This will keep the image of Story Mirror in the World Circles.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/7lljf2p2/mantri-pragada-markandeyulu/stories

The Best Medicine
 20 September 2019  
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The Best MedicineTopics of discussions with friends hover around different issues at different ages. As teenagers, we discussed about our challenges in learning, adolescent problems, etc.  In our youth, we discussed about our dreams of our future, life-partners, career, etc.  A few lucky ones discussed about their love affairs, which had happy ending!  Then came our middle age, when we were busy managing our families and careers and very rarely got to meet our friends.  Whenever we met, the discussion was about how we did the balancing act, our children’s responses, concerns about their education, behaviour and so on.  Children grew up and entered teens and then we had the challenge of handling them.  God knows whether our parents thought about this challenge so much, because the exposure that we had as teenagers was so limited.  Time passed and our children left homes in search of greener pastures.  They found their life partners and the focus now is on their new families.  This is a natural cycle but we all started feeling the pain of empty nests.  We were left to tend to our aged parents and hence when we meet people, what we mostly discuss is ‘health’ or rather ‘ill-health’!  It is not that death is the trend now and it never occurred in the yesteryears but death did not haunt us as much as it does now.  We keep hearing about the demise of the elders in the family, our friends, our colleagues and that keeps reminding us that the time is ticking away.  What haunts us more than death is the age-related complications before we actually embrace death!  Thus all we discuss is about exercise, prevention of certain chronic diseases, management of chronic diseases, weight-loss, diet, medicines, labs, hospitals, doctors - Oh!Do we really get respite from such thoughts and discussions?  We do, if only we go back in time!  How do we do that?  Thanks to technology, we are able to connect to our old friends, friends who can make us feel young!  Recently, we connected through WhatsApp and fifteen of us, who schooled together met up in Secunderabad!  Wow!  I tell you!  Nothing can be as invigorating as attending a school reunion!  Many of my classmates live in Hyderabad/Secunderabad and they took the lead and organised the reunion painstakingly.  We were lucky to get in touch with eight of our teachers.   We invited the teachers to our school Keyes High School, Secunderabad, which was established in 1881.  We felicitated them and sought their blessings.  They were so touched and were genuinely happy that we had all done well in our lives and careers and our children have excelled in their fields.  In fact, one of our teachers said, ‘Seeing your vigour and enthusiasm and your fresh memories I feel like gathering you all in a classroom and conducting a lecture!”We then spent hours in a service apartment, sharing all those golden memories, reliving every incident.  Each of us had something to share.  One of us is a gynaecologist and she shared many of her professional experiences in a very witty manner.  All of us spoke about our marriages and some of us had juicy news about love affairs!  We spoke about the play ‘Panchali Sabadam’, which our classmates had staged on the annual day! We pulled each other’s legs, laughed heartily and even danced and sang!  All of us went back in time by 46 years, putting aside all our present worries, pains and sorrows!  Three days just flew by.  When the time came for us to depart, we were all sad but all of us decided that we had to organise such meets more often in future, getting some more of our friends into the loop.  A few more friends have joined the group since then and are now very eagerly waiting for the second reunion, which we are organising in our garden city in December.  This is the b medicine for all ailments in this age!  Do take this medicine in higher dosages!

StoryMirror in conversation with author Pinkal Kothiya
 7 March 2019  
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Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.I have done my schooling from Diamond Jubilee High School, Hyderabad. I completed my Intermediate from Sri Chaitanya Junior Kalasala and graduated from Chillies Balaji Institute of Technology. I am now working with Dell EMC, as a sales account manager. How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  I was good at writing since school days. I had won many Essay writing competitions. But at that I didn't realize that it was not only a curriculum but a passion. After few years when Facebook was highly used, I started sharing my views and thoughts which were liked by people. With motivation from these likes, I started writing more and more. What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? Time management is very difficult. But, passion for writing is something which drives me crazy. Making the content that will catch people's eyes is a challenging task. I always try different writing styles to make people get interest in reading what I write What is your view about the present day literary work? Present day literature has become a fashion.  Everyday content has to be something new, something sexy. It has to be something jazzy. A writer has to look at all the views that audience would take.  Sometimes,  a writer has to be very careful in terms of what they write on scenarios where they mention about religion, caste, sex, etc, as it could cause controversies. Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Yes, now a days you hardly find anything in papers.  Only few traditional people would like a hard copy. Everything is web based. It is easier to share the content and also get the reviews within short span. Please tell us something about your literary work. I usually write content from real time lessons that happens with me or with people around me. I share it so that others can learn from it. I wrote contents related to current happenings. I can ink anything, which defines the meaning of my name, pINKal. What was your first literary work and how was it published? I used to post on Facebook, so that's the first platform from where I had got multiple opportunities. How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?I guess it can contribute to a level that it can make world a better place. Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?I would love to see myself at a place where even though I don't get fame and money, but at least one person should come and tell me that you inspired me. What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?I guess we have many poets around the world, social media is the way to get along to work together. What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? Keep writing, it must just be a brick that you could start with, you will one day end up building a wall. How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  Initially when I started writing, I was criticized by lot of people around me. But, that's not what I cared for. I cared about how can I write more. May be people around me where not interested in reading. So, I was looking for a platform where I could find genuine readers. StoryMirror is that platform. Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A good initiative, it's not a platform which just allows you to write and read, it inspires and motivates you at the same time. I believe that this is the uniqueness that makes StoryMirror the best of all the writing platforms. I am very thankful to StoryMirror. I promise to keep writing. Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/jmkupuvb/pinkal-kothiya/stories 

Book Review: For A Girl In A Star By Ratna Chandu
 13 June 2018  

For A Girl In A Star is written by Ratna Chandu.Book Title: For A Girl In A StarAuthor: Ratna ChanduFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 224Language: EnglishPublisher: Srishti Publishers & DistributorsPublishing Date: 10 February 2018ISBN-10: 9387022153ISBN-13: 978-9387022157What do you do when your best friend – the one person who has stood byyou through thick and thin, knows you better than you know yourself, andliterally saved your life – falls in love with the same girl as you?Avinash and Sahas, two village boys, arrive in Bangalore in search of art andin pursuit of ambition. Sahas, hardworking and nervous, antonym to hisfriend, has emerged from a troubled past only to find that his future doesn’tcome without encumbrances. Their friendship is the one constant in thetwo boys’ lives, but that is tested when they each meet Aarti – a mysterious,compassionate, beautiful girl who captures both their imaginations andsets their hearts aflame.Will their passion for the same girl, and an untimely tragedy, sunder the twofriends forever?A compelling tale with twists and turns reminiscent of India’s melodramaticfilms, For a Girl in a Star deals with the age–old staples of young love, heartbreak, and what it means to be a true friend.Starting from the cover is eye catching. It’s not only the design work but also the substance of the Story as well. Just look at the design, there is a couple and a guy which is going away from the couple. The view is simply amazing. The title of the novel is thoughtful, and completely justifying the story. They complement each other well and also is according to the story, so it’s a perfect combination.The story revolves on love triangle with the lives main protagonist Avinash (Avi), Sahas and Aarti. Avi & Sahas, both belonged to the same village Agumbe. Since their early childhood, they were the best buddies of each other and the depth of their friendship was beyond of any imagination. Since the time Avi saved Sahas’s life from drowning in his childhood, Sahas devoted his unconditional friendship to him and soon with time, their bond became inseparable. Aarti was a girl, full of life, with a caring and sensible heart, mature thoughts and kind nature. Her beauty of heart got reflected in her outer appearance also.Aarti and Sahas are in the same college. With continuous interactions, and close encounters, even a shy personality like Sahas also had fallen head over hills for Aarti, but due to lack of courage, he could not get the chance to express his true feelings in front of Aarti. Aarti considered Sahas as a very good & genuine close friend, but she was unaware completely about the feelings of Sahas for her.Sleep felt like a faraway dream since he meet her…Destiny made Avi too crossed his path with Aarti suddenly in an awkward situation, and soon after the first sight, Avi noticed the actually inner beauty of that Aarti possessed and curiosity stuck him. Not one time, but frequently, and after a point, Avi got the chance to interact with Aarti directly. Though their initial interactions was one sided, but soon, after realizing the talent of Avi, and seeing the mesmerizing art of Avi, and his inner simplicity of heart, she started to admire him. With time, they got very close to each other and love blossomed inside the heart of both of them. Even their love for each other made them to take a step further.It is the destiny which turns out to be so cruel that it brings so much misunderstanding in the life of two childhood friends who fall in love with the same girl. It happens in movies that two boys of different worlds find one girl and fall in love with. Talk about coincidence but it happens with these childhood friends. And of course, this love-triangle drives a wedge between them. The story revolves around their struggles and the way they cope up with grief and situations.The story makes you smile in the first half and leaves you sobbing in the second half, the story is narrated in such a manner that everything you read can be visualized.Life sometimes throws you encounters only to leave you indelible memoriesLanguage is simple and lucid to read and connect with the story and being engaged throughout the story.  Characters are also clearly justified to their respective roles and all of the characters mentioned in the book have been portrayed in such a way, that any reader will be able to connect with the characters effortlessly and live the journey with them. It’s a combination of emotions, revenge, friendship, realization, redemption, love, true love, pain, joy, happiness, laughter, family, fate & many other elements infused together. However, the editing errors including spelling and grammatical errors are numerous.  I had learned the true meaning of friendship from the book.Recommended to all bibliophiles.Overall 5/5 StarsAbout the AuthorRatna Chandu was born and brought up in Hyderabad and did her engineering in mechanical. Having worked as a Personality Development Trainer for four years, she gave up her job to be a full-time writer. She’s a voracious reader, an artist and a yoga freak. When she isn’t reading or writing, she tries her hand at varied culinary, the activity that helps her unwind and works as a therapy. Currently, she’s residing in Pune with her husband and son.