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Nupur Rishi Author of Nature in my heart

Nupur Rishi, a high school student, a certified Indian classical dancer, a green belt in Taekwondo but more than that she is passionate about Nature Poetry and Nature Photography. She is the author of the book “Nature in my heart” which is a collection of her inspiring poetic pieces.

She believes that life is all about getting inspired and keeps going on the way to success. But due to harsh life struggles and challenges we sometimes get demotivated and decide to quit. The purpose of this poetry book is to get self motivated by just peeping into the nature around us and listen to their silent stories. The poetry also has original illustrations which are captured by her phone.

She is confident and aspire that these stories of nature which are close to her heart can become a life changer for others and be a guiding torch for others.

She also shares her artistic poetry and photographs through her Facebook and Instagram page “Fantasy Artsy Nupur”. 

In addition she is an active volunteer with “We The Navigators” and Zbyte.

Toppick Media Editor  Jan-2019   30   0

Young Achievers - RISHAB PULUGURTA

Hello everyone, my name is RISHAB PULUGURTA and up to this point of fifteen years of my life, I have always lived by one mantra. “Dream It. Believe it. Achieve it”, and this has taught me how to succeed and achieve my accomplishments. Everyday I am inspired by the environment around me, namely my beloved parents, teachers, and friends. They push me to be better and better every single day, especially my parents. I look up to both of them to one day become as successful and caring as they are. 

I began one of the driving influences of my life, Taekwondo, at the young age of 8 years old. This sport has taught me the life skills of respect, self-control, and discipline. Over the years I practiced and refined my skills and then when the time came, I was ready to compete in tournaments of the highest level.

I began competing in Taekwondo tournaments in the 2015 Texas Open Taekwondo Tournament and won 2 Gold Medals. And in the 2015 U.S. Open Taekwondo Tournament in Colorado I won 5 Medals. 4 Gold Medals (1st place) and 1 Bronze Medal (3rd place). This was my first national level Taekwondo tournament. It was a challenging competition with approximately 1200 competitors from USA and 10 countries.

In the 2016 U.S. Open Taekwondo Tournament in Colorado I won a total of 5 Medals. 2 Gold Medals (1st place) and 3 Silver Medals (2nd place). In the 2016 Texas Open Taekwondo Tournament I won 5 Medals. 2 Gold Medals, 2 Silver Medals and 1 Bronze Medal.

In 2017 I competed in two National level Taekwondo Tournaments. The 2017 U.S. Open International Taekwondo Tournament in Colorado and the 2017 AAU Taekwondo National Championship in Florida. In the 2017 U.S. Open International Taekwondo Tournament I won 5 Medals. 2 Gold Medals (1st place), 1 Silver Medal (2nd place), 1 Bronze Medal (3rd place) and the Best Spirit Award. I also competed in the 2017 AAU (American Athletic Union) District Championship and won 3 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals. In addition I competed in the 2017 Texas Open Taekwondo Tournament and won 5 Gold Medals.

Toppick Media Editor  Jan-2019   11   0

Mumbai Local Kar : Women of New Age writter Sameer Jaokar

When you think about the modern Indian working woman, the most probable image that you might see is that of a smart woman in her mid thirties or forties wearing a business suit, carrying a MK or LV bag. She wears just the right amount of makeup to not make it look loud. Nails are painted in one solid color and hair are tied up in a neat pony or bun. Her overall demeanor shouts out loud, “I mean business. I am not a flower vase that you can use to decorate your office.” 

Hats off to these women who stand up for themselves in a corporate world that was once dominated only by men until a few decades ago.

I visited Mumbai in August of 2016. I came across another kind of working Indian women. These women don’t work in the corporate world. They work in people’s houses as maids, helpers and caregivers. I personally feel they are the ignored lot. The corporate woman I described above probably has three maids at home. On giving it a little thought you will realize that the corporate woman can actually do her job and accomplish a lot in corporate world because she has these three other women helping her indirectly

Every woman has a story; be it a maid or a corporate woman or a home-maker. My parents are in their  seventies and they have two caregivers that work in two twelve hour shifts. The morning shift caregiver is Shobha (names have been changed for privacy reasons). Shobha has two sons, both of them are studying in college. One is in second year engineering and the other is pursuing his engineering while doing a part time job. Shobha’s husband suffers depression after coming back from gulf where he worked a few years. Shobha’s income is the main income to support the family. Making ends meet with her income is not an easy job yet Shobha does not give up. She dreams of a day when both her sons will become engineers and earn well.

The caregiver for the night shift is Savita. Savita’s husband is sick with liver disease that was caused due to excessive drinking. Savita has no kids, but the medical bills are more than any expenses that  kids could have incurred. Savita does not give up either, after finishing her duty at my parent’s house, she does another job in a shopping mall.

These are also hard working women of India that keep the economy rolling. They don’t need your sympathy, they need your empathy and kind words.

In India where the woman is expected to take care of the family and do household chores, it's not easy for woman to step out of the house and begin working. I salute all the working woman of India that take the bold step of working. Some do it because they don’t have another option, while some do it to help the household with extra income. And whoever said it’s easy to be a housewife, needs to rethink; that’s a full time job with no holidays or paycheck.

TP4U Editor  Jan-2019   28   0

It's a story of success, story of love…story of struggle and story of victory!
Forty years ago, two business students came to US with an American dream and desire to excel. No money, no resources but united in their dream and united in their vision. Together, they conceived the idea of their business venture in the halls of a business school and 40 years later here they are as CEO  and director of SB International - a leading supplier and manufacturer of steel pipe and tubing products in US and Canada and their generous gift of $12million made possible the state-of-the-art SB Hall, home of the college of business at the Univercity of Dallas in Irving, Texas. We are talking about our cover story heroes, the then students and now entrepreneurs & life partners  - Mr and Mrs Satish Gupta!

We had the pleasure of having a candid conversation with Ms. Yasmin and Mr Satish Gupta and getting to know them up close.

Swati: You guys were neighbors back in India and then decided to pursue MBA in same country, same school and around the same time. Was there some planning and maybe a love story in the backdrop?

Yasmin: Satish is from Sonepat, Haryana and I grew up in Chennai. Satish had come to Chennai to pursue his undergrad and was living on the same street as us. In a street full of girls, he was easily the more popular  guy (Satish blushes). I was still in boarding school and very focused on academics; on the contrary Satish came from a business family with little interest herein. It was very unlikely for us to come together but we did and this imbued in Satish interest in academics. Back in our times, families were conservative in accepting inter faith marriages. We knew the only chance we had together would be if we went to United States to pursue higher education. And that's what we did, and rest is history.

Swati: Satish, when you decided to pursue MBA in US, did you have a clear vision of being an entrepreneur or is that something that evolved while doing MBA? 

Satish: Traditionally, I come from a steel business family; business is deep rooted in my blood. I was 20 years old when I came to US to do MBA (1979). I would say, at that point, I had some dreams, some ideas but wasn't sure how those would pan out. But yes, within 6-9 months of landing in US, I was already looking for business opportunities. I would say, having an association with business family definitely helped. They had connections which I could leverage but I quickly realized how different the business dynamics and economies are in US when compared to India. So it was definitely a learning curve, but yes to answer your question, I always wanted to be an entrepreneur. 

Swati: What deterrents you faced when you initially launched your venture? Any failures you recall?

Satish: Yes, definitely but I wouldn't call them “failures” rather “challenges. We were exporting copper, brass products to other parts of the world and one of our suppliers (whom we had given substantial advance) faced financial difficulties. All our earnings until that point were invested with this supplier and we had no legal document to support the agreement.  That was a great learning for us, that in this country handshake agreements are not viable and everything in business must have a legal representation.

Another challenging time was in 2015, 2016 when the oil & gas prices dipped below $30 which impacted several groups within our organization. But from this downturn, we learnt the importance of technology in enabling real time, accurate information which can be compromised or misrepresented if you rely on people around you for its transmission. Until this point, we had not integrated technology that well with our business and this was our biggest learn from this downturn. We made changes, did multiple strategic acquisitions and bounced back with double the speed!

Swati: Yasmin, Satish and you have known each other so long. How have you seen each other change through all these years?

Yasmin: I have seen Satish grow from a sixteen-year-old to who he is today. Yes, he has changed but I would like to say that he is very passionate about what he does and that hasn't changed about him till date. Satish is also passionate about sports and yoga and through all these years he has managed to balance them with his work. No matter how long the day is, end of the day, his office desk will be clear and you will see him heading out for his tennis game or yoga! That's something that has remained the same about him, through the ups and downs in business, through raising our children and through all these years!

Satish: I come from a small town in Haryana where we deal with lot of farmers.  Growing up in this environment, my language and attitude sometimes comes across as rugged and rough. On the contrary, Yasmin has a very polite tone of voice and demeanor. So it was quite a change for me to adjust our talking styles but a change in a good way.  And something I am still working on!

Swati: What activities do you enjoy doing together as a family with kids?

Yasmin: Our kids growing up were active in Girls Scout and Boys Scouts. This got us active in outdoor activities  Satish went for camping with the boy scouts in New Mexico at Philmont, where they were out camping in the wilderness with no technology, no phones for 21 days and food/water supplies hung up in the trees to avoid bears! As a family, we loved hiking, skiing , mountains and nature. When our children were younger and Satish traveled for business, the whole family would tag along so that we could spend quality time together whenever we got a chance. When life gets busy, you need to be creative in finding ways to bring together the family as often as you can.?

Swati: Yasmin, how difficult was it for you to be an entrepreneur and a mother? 

Yasmin: Honestly, it's a challenge! As a mother you are always in a dilemma on how to fulfil your role of a mother and at the same time not lose your individuality. For me, life changed after having my second child. Before that, I was working in a bank – I was learning, in large group enviornment, I was flourishing, it was great! However, after the second child it became increasingly difficult to balance my job commitments with my family responsibilities. Watching kids grow with baby sitters was not satisfying, I would be constantly flustered and impatient. That's when Satish and I conceived the idea of setting up a specialized import/export company/family office (Y.A.S. International) which I could operate from home and be around my kids. That was a win-win situation, so yes being a mother and an entrepreneur is challenging but can definitely co-exist.

Swati: Talking about kids, who were they closer to growing up? Who played the bad cop?

Satish: I think I played the bad cop (Yasmin laughs). We are blessed with great kids and now that they are grown up, we try to get together as a family at least once a month. While kids always had an option to join the family business, we let them pursue their passion. The eldest son decided to go into family business. One of our daughters is a Pediatric Physical Therapist and the youngest one totally surprised us by going into HR Management with Google.

Swati: Satish, if you were to start over again, what would you do differently? 

Satish: Through our experiences in life and business, we learn and we implement. But sometimes, we are slow in learning and slow in accepting change. We are too stuck in our ways and this impedes our ability to adopt new ways of doing things. Technology for instance has changed every aspect of doing business. In the coming future, Artificial Intelligence will make decisions for us by using historical data and mapping it with current data points. This is new way of doing business and we should be nimble in adopting these changes and integrating them in our lives. So, yes something I would do differently would be to be more flexible and nimble to change.

Swati: Which charity project is closest to your heart?

Yasmin: Satish has a big heart and has always believed in giving back to society. I personally find it very fulfilling to be able to give the under privileged children a platform for education and to be able to see them grow up to be financially independent individuals. I am doing such projects in India wherein I sponsor education of kids right from their childhood to adulthood, and identifying talented kids in the US who would benefit from sponsorship of specialized college education. 

We both strongly believe in “social responsibility” and would like to encourage the young generation to take the baton forward, and to  think how they can give back to the society and make a difference. We are trying to imbue this concept in our kids as well wherein they figure out a way to give back to the educational institutions that helped them build a strong foundation and hence helped them be what they are today! 

Concluding Message:
Spirituality, health, family and work – these are four pillars of life and need to work together in harmony. When you initially start any venture, the first few years are tumultuous and may call for a compromise with family time or with the things you like to do. But very quickly, you'll need to find a balance and figure out a way to assimilate all these components in your life; this includes getting a good night sleep, exercising and spending quality time with family. If you deviate too far and too long from these fundamentals, you won't be happy in the long run and would pay a price for it very soon. Yasmin and I practice yoga thrice a week and take long walks. This has helped us maintain a healthy life style.

Also, a message to all the budding entrepreneurs is to think BIG and think DIFFERENT and be willing to take risks. Don't follow the rat race and jump into doing what everyone else is doing, instead think out of the box and that's what going to lay the foundation for a successful business and a successful life. 

TP4U Editor  May-2018   178   0

Significance of Buying Gold Jewelry on Dhanteras

Dhanteras is a festival that marks the beginning of the Diwali which falls on second day from Dhanteras. Dhanteras is also called as a Dhana Trayodashi, it is considered as the most auspicious day to buy gold and silver in the name of deities of wealth Lord Kubera & Goddess Lakshmi and Dhanvantari who is an originator of Ayurveda. Hence it became a tradition to buy gold jewellery as mark of prosperity and for good health. May this Dhanteras & Diwali brings you a world full of Happiness, Love, Health and Wealth to you and your family. Celebrate with Tanmai World Class Gold and Diamond Jewelry.

Festival of giving and receiving Gift 
The Sparkling Christmas Trees, Peaceful Snow fall, Twinkling Stars and Devotional Prayers brings the Christmas charm everywhere. Christmas is the resemblance of the Birth of Jesus Christ and it is the most awaiting festival for Christians, but still it is celebrated by all religions across the globe. It is considered as a festival of giving and receiving as a part of celebrating the raise of lord Jesus. It is the tradition that Santa Claus distributes the gifts to everyone in the family during Christmas night. It’s time for you to choose the best gifts for your loved ones and cherish the blessings and memories this Christmas. Make Tanmai Gold and Diamond Jewelry as a part of your Christmas Cheers.

TP4U Editor  Nov-2018   45   0