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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Toppick Media Editor   Apr-2020   291 Views   0 Comments

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Q. What are Coronaviruses?

A. Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses named for the crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus. These range from viruses that cause the common told, to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The latest coronavirus from China is called Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). This new coronavirus is different from the others and we are learning more about it every day.  

Q. How do you get infected with COVID-19?

A. COVID-19 is spread by close person-to-person contact from droplets from a cough or sneeze, which can get into your mouth, nose, or lungs. Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet of another person. There aren't many cases in the U.S., so the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low.  

Q. How do I know if I have COVID-19?

A. The CDC is making available a test specifically to determine whether patients have COVID-19. General testing by your healthcare provider will not identify the novel strain, Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days, or in as many as 14 days after exposure. Symptoms can include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Call your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms and have recently travelled to China, of if you have these symptoms and have been in close personal contact with someone who has been sick with  COVID-19. Unless your symptoms are severe, call your healthcare provider first, rather than showing up in the office or Emergency Room. When you call or visit, be sure to note your symptoms, and travel history or exposure to a person diagnosed with the virus.

Q. If I get COVID-19 will I die?

A. Not likely, based on what we know now. The people most likely to get seriously ill from this yirus are people over 60 and those with pre-existing health conditions. Currently it is estimated that for every 100 cases of COVID-19, between 2 and 4 people would die. This is very different from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), where nearly 10 in 100 sick people died from the illness.

Q. I see people in China wearing masks, should I be  doing that?

A. No. Health officials in the U.S. do not recommend the use of masks among the general public because risk of infection is low and limited to close contacts ( e.g., husband and wife). People in China, where spread is more likely, have been instructed to wear masks to prevent infecting others and to possibly prevent getting ill from close contact in crowded public spaces where someone with COVID-19 may cough or sneeze directly on them.  

Q. What can I do to prevent getting sick from COVID-19?

A. You are at a greater risk of getting seriously ill from the influenza virus than COVID-19. Get a flu shot if you haven't already. The following tips will help to prevent COVID-19 as well as other respiratory viruses: 

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an  alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

• Don't touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.    

• Avoid close contact with people who are showing symptoms of illness. 

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

• Cover your cough or sneezes with a tissue or sneeze into your elbow. Throw the tissue in the garbage and make sure to clean your hands afterwards. 

• Stay home when you are sick. 

SPREADS : Through close personal contact with a sick person.


• Fever   • Cough   • Shortness of breath

Call your healthcare provider if :     

• You have symptoms and have been to China in the last 2 weeks.

• You have symptoms and have been in close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19.


• Wash your hands often.

• Cover your cough/sneeze with tissue.

• Don't touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. 

• Avoid close contact with sick people.

• Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often.

• Stay home when you are sick.

What you need to know about Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Q. What is coronavirus disease 2019?

A. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. 

Q. Can people in the U.S. get COVID-19 ? 

A. COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in China, and limited spread  among close contacts has been detected in some countries outside China, including.the United States. At this time, however, this virus is NOT currently spreading in communities in the United States. Right now, the greatest risk of infection is for people in China or people who have traveled to China. Risk of infection is dependent on exposure. Close contacts of people who are infected are at greater risk of exposure, for example health care workers and close contacts of people who are infected infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. CDC continues to closely monitor the situation. 

Q. Have there been cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.? 

A. Yes. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC's webpage at

Q. How does COVID-19 spread?

A. The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but now it seems to be spreading from person to person. It's important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some diseases are highly contagious (like measles), while other diseases are less so. At this time, it's unclear how easily or sustainably the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading between people. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at https:/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html.

Q. What are severe complications from this virus?

A. Many patients have pneumonia in both lungs. 

Q. How can I help protect myself?

A. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Q. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include 

A. • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 

Q. If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should 

A. • Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

Q. What should I do if I recently traveled to China and got sick?

A. If you were in China within the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care. Call the office of your health care provider before you go, and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don't go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others. 

Q. Is there a vaccine?

A. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Q. Is there a treatment?

A. There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.

What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. 

Q. Stay home except to get medical care

A. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. 

Q. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home

A. People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. 

Animals: Do not handle pets or other animals while sick. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.

Q. Call ahead before visiting your doctor

A. If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider's office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. 

Q. Wear a facemask 

A. You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter  a healthcare provider's office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room. 

Q. Cover your coughs and sneezes

A. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can; immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.

Q. Avoid sharing personal household items

A. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in  your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water. 

Q. Clean your hands often

A.  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 

Q. Clean all "high-touch" surfaces everyday

A.  High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables, every day. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation, during use of the product.

Q. Clean all "high-touch" surfaces everyday

A. Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider's office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed. 

Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate. 

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive. 

Q. Discontinuing home isolation

A. Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments. 


Sadhguru: Inner Engineering Cover Story
Toppick Media Editor   Nov-2019   817 Views   0 Comments
About Sadhguru:

Sadhguru is a realized yogi and mystic – a man whose passion spills into everything he encounters. With a keen mind, balanced by a heart that knows no boundary, his presence creates an extraordinary opportunity to break through limitations into one's natural state of freedom, love and joy. 

Named one of India's 50 most influential people, Sadhguru's work has deeply touched the lives of millions worldwide through his Transformational programs. Sadhguru has a unique ability to make the ancient yogic sciences relevant to contemporary minds, acting as a bridge to the deeper dimensions of life. His life and work are constant reminders that the inner sciences are not outdated philosophies, but rather, vitally relevant to our times. His approach does not ascribe to any belief system, but offers methods for self transformation that are both proven and powerful.

An author, poet, visionary and internationally renowned thought leader, Sadhguru's wit and piercing logic provoke and broaden our thoughts and perception of life. Sadhguru has been an influential voice at major global forums including the UN, MIT, and the World Economic Forum, addressing issues as diverse as socio-economic development, leadership and spirituality. Dedicated to the physical, mental and spiritual well being of humanity and gifted with utter clarity of perception, Sadhguru possesses a perspective on life and living that never fails to intrigue.
Raising Human Consciousness

Sadhguru: “Generally in most societies, people are trying to take a human being to a certain height through moral and ethical standards. Or in other words, from the day a child is born, we are trying to tell him he must be good. What does this mean? Somewhere, essentially we believe that the Creator has made a mistake and we are going to correct it. Somewhere we believe, essentially all human beings are born bad and we have to fix them. It is not so. It is simply because we have created societies without any focus on the inward nature of a human being. We have created societies essentially based on our survival mechanisms. When survival is the only issue, we are as good as any animal. We are always fighting and it is survival of the fittest. But there is an innate human nature which is capable of a certain inclusiveness.

There is a certain possibility in a human being that he can include everything and everybody as a part of himself. Unless this inclusiveness is brought to one’s experience, our attempts to fix humanity with morality, ethics and values will not work. The highest sense of morals, ethics and values has gone into almost every human being, but you know it has not worked. The world is living proof of that. It is just that it seems to be an easier substitute because raising human consciousness seems to be a far cry. It is not a far cry. It is a far cry right now only because we have not invested any time, resources or energies in that direction. If you look at any society on the planet today, individual people, societies, nations and humanity as a whole have not made any investment towards human consciousness. They have not made any investment in the essential sense of well being in a human being. It is only by chance that a few individuals go that way out of their own intelligence and longing, but nations and societies have not made any  investment.

We have made investment for economic well-being, physical well-being, political well being and other things, but have we made any investment for human consciousness to rise? That is why it looks like a far cry. Suppose there was no investment at all towards regular education in a particular country, education would look like a far cry. This is also just like that. This has not happened because there is no investment.

Today, the most important work on the planet is to raise human consciousness. We are at a certain significant time in human history because for the first time, as humanity, we have the necessary capability, technology and resources to solve almost every human problem – fundamental problems like nourishment, health, education – on this planet; never before this was possible. The only thing that is missing is human consciousness. Raising human consciousness does not need any external inputs. All it takes is to make human beings willing.

Yoga - The Method to Raise Human Consciousness

Standing on your head is not yoga, holding your breath is not yoga, twisting your body is not yoga. Yes, these are various yogic practices, but when we say ‘yoga’ we are referring to a certain state – a certain way of being. The word ‘yoga’ means union. Union means you begin to experience the universality of who you are. For example, today, modern science proves to you beyond any doubt that the whole Existence is just one energy manifesting itself in various forms. If this scientific fact becomes a living reality for you, that you begin to experience everything as one,then you are in yoga. Once you experience yourself as everything, or everything as yourself, after that nobody has to tell you how to be in this world. If you experience all the people here as yourself, does anybody have to teach you morals as to how to be? Does  anybody have to tell you ‘don’t harm this person, don’t kill this person and don’t rob this person?’ So when you are in yoga, you experience everything as a part of yourself, and that is liberation, that is mukti; that is ultimate freedom. 

This yogic science is of utmost importance now, like never before, because today we have tremendous power in our hands. With modern science and technology, tomorrow if we want, we can flatten a mountain or city. When we have this much power in our hands, it is very, very important,that we have an inner sense, an awareness of life and that we experience life, and everyone as part of ourselves. Otherwise, we can create a calamity for ourselves and the world around us – which we are doing right now to some extent. This has happened only because we have attended only to the external science. We have never looked at the inner science within us. Just as there is an external science to create external well-being,there is an inner science to create inner well being.

So, the whole science of what we refer to as yoga is an inner science. Yoga can be transmitted on many different levels. One is towards physical and mental well being which includes health and other aspects. If you want, you can use yoga just to get rid of your backache or if you want, you can use yoga to get better mental focus and a little peace of mind and happiness in your life. Or, it could be transmitted as a tool for ultimate well being; in the sense that you can use this system as a stepping stone to go beyond. Or you can use yoga as a way of climbing up to the highest possibility within yourself. Using yoga just for health is not wrong, but it is a crime, because if it is explored in its full depth and dimensions, it can take you to places which you have never imagined. It is a way of approaching the Creator through the Creation. It can be a ladder to the Divine. It is my wish and blessing that you should know the joy of being truly well, not just physical well being, but to know and exude well being in all dimensions of your existence.

When I first came to the United States, wherever I went, I heard people talking about stress management. We manage our families, our money, our property, our businesses – we manage whatever is valuable to us. Why would anybody manage stress? It took me a while to understand that people have made a conclusion that stress is a part of life. Stress is not a part of life. It is not your lifestyle, it is not your work, it is not your family, it is not the situations in which you exist which cause stress to you; it is your in ability to manage your system (your body, your mind, your emotions and your energy), your lack of understanding of how this system functions, your inability  to use the system the way it should be used . People can be stressful in any kind of situation. It is not about this job or that job; it is not about one kind of situation or the other. People are capable of being stressful for just about anything. What can you do about it? You don’t need to do anything about stress; stress is like friction in a machine. There is friction in the machine because there is no proper movement of the parts of the machine, or there is not enough lubrication. The less friction you have,the more efficient the machine becomes. 

If you start this simple process of Inner Engineering, you will find within six weeks, there is a considerable drop in your pulse rate, in your heart beat, in the way your system functions – because your whole system is functioning at a certain ease. When the very nature of your existence has become ease, you are restful all the time. Then there is no such thing as stress. Restfulness is the basis of all activity. You can be most effective in your life only when everything is at complete ease within yourself. If your ability to act becomes effortless, then naturally there is no such thing as stress.

Restfulness is the basis of all activity. You can be most effective in your life only when  everything is at complete ease within yourself. If your ability to act becomes effortless, then naturally there is no such thing as stress.

If your body and mind took instructions from you, would you create stress for yourself or Bliss for yourself? You need to look at the fundamental mechanics of life, why your body and mind is not doing what you want. Isha Yoga is the technology to do this. If you do a process of yoga, it needs to be in its full depth and dimension, not just the physicality of it as it is generally practiced today,that people are practicing yoga just as a physical thing, or a mental thing. It is neither physical nor mental; it has got something to do with the core of your life. If all of you is not involved in the yoga that you do, if it has not been transmitted to you, it has just been taught to you, it is a bundle of instructions, not an initiation – if that is so, you are using yoga like you are using an airplane as a car. Suppose I gave you an airplane and you didn’t know what it is, you knew only automobiles. There are these two ugly things that are hitting your buildings and your lampposts, so you chop off the wings and you drive around and you are happy. Likewise, you are happy your backache is gone; your thyroid problem is fixed but I will cry, because a man who knows what it means to fly, when he sees an airplane with chopped off wings, he will cry.

So right now when I see the yoga that is going on all over on a large scale, it makes me feel like crying but then the world would be flooded because too much of it is happening. I want you to understand, yoga is not a solution for your stress – there is no need for stress. Yoga is the removal of the problem. You don’t create stress anymore, that’s all. If you don’t create stress, then why do you need a solution for it? Stress is your making; it is not the situation which is making stress. It is your making. So if you get a little deeper access to the experience of life within you, you will distinctly know this and you will drop it. This is the essence of Isha Yoga.

Inner Engineering

Inner Engineering is a comprehensive system addressing every aspect of human wellbeing, from body, mind and emotion to the fundamental life energy within us. It is a method of aligning your body, mind, emotions and energies to function in complete harmony. Derived from the ancient science of yoga, it works to establish a deep and lasting personal transformation. Over two million people have completed the Inner Engineering program worldwide and have reported remarkable results.

Sadhguru will be personally offering Inner Engineering in Toronto on November 10-11 and in Dallas November 23-24, 2019. This is a unique opportunity to learn Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya, a life-transforming practice from him.


Swami Vivekananda America's First Guru
Toppick Media Editor   Nov-2019   257 Views   0 Comments
“Religion is not in books, nor in theories, nor in dogmas, nor in talking, not even in reasoning. It is being and becoming.”
Swami Vivekananda was the foremost disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and a world spokesperson for Vedanta Society- The first Vedanta Society, the Vedanta Society of New York, was founded by Swami Vivekananda in November 1894.. His lectures, writings, letters, and poems are published as The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda. He felt it was best to teach universal principles rather than personalities, so we find little mention of Ramakrishna in the Complete Works.

Swami Vivekananda represented Hinduism at the first World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 where he was an instant success. Subsequently he was invited to speak all over America and Europe. He was a man with a great spiritual presence and tremendous intellect

“I have gone through Swami Vivekananda’s works very thoroughly, and after having gone through them, the love that I had for my country became a thousand-fold.His writings need no introduction from anybody. They make their own irresistible appeal.” -Mahatma Gandhi
Swami Vivekananda was a Hindu monk and one of the most celebrated spiritual leaders of India. He was more than just a spiritual mind; he was a prolific thinker, great orator and passionate patriot. He carried on the free-thinking philosophy of his guru, Ramakrishna Paramhansa forward into a new paradigm. He worked tirelessly towards betterment of the society, in servitude of the poor and needy, dedicating his all for his country. He was responsible for the revival of Hindu spiritualism and established Hinduism as a revered religion on world stage. His message of universal brotherhood and self-awakening remains relevant, especially in the current backdrop of widespread political turmoil around the world. The young monk and his teachings have been an inspiration to many, and his words have become goals of self-improvement, especially for the youth of the country. 

For this very reason, his birthday, January 12, is celebrated as the National Youth Day in India.

Birth, Early Life and Education
Born Narendranath Dutta, into an affluent Bengali family in Calcutta, Vivekananda was one of the eight children of Vishwanath Dutta and Bhuvaneshwari Devi. He was born on January 12, 1863, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Father Vishwanath was a successful attorney with considerable influence in society. Narendranath’s mother Bhuvaneshwari was a woman endowed with a strong, God-fearing mind who had a great impact on her son. 

As a young boy, Narendranath displayed sharp intellect. His mischievous nature belied his interest in music, both instrumental as well as vocal. He excelled in his studies as well, first at the Metropolitan institution, and later at the Presidency College in Calcutta. By the time he graduated from college, he had acquired a vast knowledge of different subjects. He was active in sports, gymnastics, wrestling and bodybuilding. He was an avid reader and read up on almost everything under the sun. He perused the Hindu scriptures like the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads on one hand, while on the other hand he studied western philosophy, history and spirituality by David Hume, Johann Gottlieb Fichte and Herbert Spencer.

On 4 July 1902 (the day of his death), Vivekananda awoke early, went to the monastery at Belur Math and meditated for three hours. He taught Shukla-Yajur-Veda, Sanskrit grammar and the philosophy of yoga to pupils,later discussing with colleagues a planned Vedic college in the Ramakrishna Math. At 7:00 p.m. Vivekananda went to his room, asking not to be disturbed, he died at 9:20 p.m. while meditating.According to his disciples, Vivekananda attained mahasamādhi; the rupture of a blood vessel in his brain was reported as a possible cause of death. His disciples believed that the rupture was due to his brahmarandhra (an opening in the crown of his head) being pierced when he attained mahasamādhi. Vivekananda fulfilled his prophecy that he would not live forty years. He was cremated on a sandalwood funeral pyre on the bank of the Ganga in Belur, opposite where Ramakrishna was cremated sixteen years earlier.

Excerpt from Swami Vivekananda’s speech Chicago speech - Parliament of the World's Religions - 1893

It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions, and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.

My thanks, also, to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from the Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honor of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration. I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the Earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings: "As the different streams having their sources in different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.”

The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita: "Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me." Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal. 

Swami Vivekananda once spoke of himself as a "condensed India." His life and teachings are of inestimable value to the West for an understanding of the mind of Asia. William James, the Harvard philosopher, called the Swami the "paragon of Vedantists." Max Muller and Paul Deussen, the famous Orientalists of the nineteenth century, held him in genuine respect and affection. "His words," writes Romain Rolland, "are great music, phrases in the style of Beethoven, stirring rhythms like the march of Handel choruses. I cannot touch these sayings of his, scattered as they are through the pages of books, at thirty years' distance, without receiving a thrill 


Meet Jinal Pandya : Actress in South Indian and Bollywood Movies
Gargi Duggal   Sep-2019   865 Views   0 Comments
Recently, Jinal Pandya and I did a modelling campaign together, where I got to be up close and personal with her. Pandya will be seen in a lead role alongside Sanjay Dutt in the movie Amrapali which is slated to release during Diwali 2019. Prior to joining the film industry, Pandya indulged in prominent modelling assignments. She was a Femina Miss India 2010 finalist. Jinal believes body is a combination of mind and soul.

Gargi Duggal: You are raving on the silver screen; how did you make your way into Indian Cinema?
Jinal Pandya: I started off with Telegu movies, and then did a Kannada movie. Later, I took part in Femina Miss India, and that’s how I kicked off my acting career. Currently, I am shooting a movie with Sanjay Dutt, it’s a remake of Vaijantimala and Sunil Dutt starrer 1964 Amrapali movie.

Gargi Duggal: What piece of advice would you give to millennials, who want to choose Indian acting and modeling as their career, but are living American lifestyle?
Jinal Pandya: Any career you choose, you must feel passionate about. I have tried two to three different careers before I choose acting as my career. When I was studying, I thought I could be an IT graduate and that’s exactly what I did, but once I started working, I realized I wasn’t enjoying. If your heart feels like doing something, don’t give up before you try it out. You will only be successful if you are 100% determined.

Gargi Duggal: People like us who moved here in early 2000s, our parents gave us only two choices either medical or engineering, what is your take on that?
Jinal Pandya: Parents need to realize that there are many other career choices beyond medical or engineering. As a parent you need to find out what your kids are interested in. You have to give them the liberty to choose what they are passionate about. If they deeply care and make an effort to succeed, they will sore high. Sky’s the limit!

Gargi Duggal: How was your experience working with the ‘Amrapali’ crew?
Jinal Pandya: The movie is a period film, set in ancient India around 500 BC. We spent a lot of time in the make up room getting decked up and ready. There is lot of effort put in each and every shot. The detailing in terms of our costumes, the jewelry, and the set design, that you will see on the silver screen, were all thought through. Everyone has worked hard to make this a big success.

Gargi Duggal: You have your own clothing line called ‘Krishna Leela’, what kind of designs and brand are you trying to sell?
Jinal Pandya: Back in India lots of people wear sarees on their daily basis, not the one for fancy events but the comfortable ones. My brand carries very subtle versions of it that they can wear anywhere they like, even casually. The price is affordable, so even middle or upper class can manage to buy it.

“If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.” - Michelle Obama

Spirit of Philanthropy : Mrs Amruta Fadnavis Banker, Dinger and Social Activist
Toppick Media Editor   Jun-2019   1227 Views   0 Comments

Spirit of Philanthropy : Mrs Amruta Fadnavis

Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis, a social activist, a trained singer, actively lending her support to women empowerment and charities active in welfare, healthcare, and research! It was a pleasure interviewing this kind spirited soul. Her love for family, passion for singing and urge for social welfare was evident in every conversation we had during her Dallas visit. 

The ailment research you supported through AAPI charity event is in line with the upcoming issue of TopPick media. Can you shed more light on why these issues need more attention?

I am so happy to be here in USA to promote this cause taken up by AAPI. I think it is very important in today's date to look into these serious diseases like leukemia, lymphoma and  cardiovascular diseases. These are growing lifestyle diseases and majority of patients and families  who can't afford good treatment can be helped by such charity causes.. Second, increasing the research activities on these diseases to help in later contingencies where people can find a complete cure is very important. Proud to perform at Jai Ho! Concert organized by AAPI to raise funds for research, awareness, and cure of these serious diseases for the needy. It is an example for all of us to follow, how an organization can come together and make a huge difference.

What would be your advice on how to prioritize health and fitness in life?
Health should be a priority because when health is lost everything is lost! One can bring back the money, but cannot bring back one's health....and character..of course! 

Another cause on your agenda is 'Woman Empowerment'. You are a VP in Axis Bank , a social activist, and is also connected to a very popular political figure in Maharashtra. You must be coming across various issues affecting women, what is your assessment on where does it need more efforts to make it a better place for women and which area would you like to highlight? 
I must say that women are venturing into various fields but the top corporate positions occupied by women are very few. In India, the women entrepreneurship in start-ups is only 10%.  This percentage should increase. India is rolling out more women conducive policies. The maternity leaves are increased, Startup India is engaging in multiple activities to support early-stage women startups. There is a POSH law to govern the security against the harassment of women in the corporate setting. Also, there are various financial schemes and special cells for women. All these things go a long way, but finally, it is our mindset. We need to think that woman is equal to man and she can perform equally. Plus the woman also has to have that conviction in her, which comes through a family, her upbringing and her education.

We often see NRIs here are bonded with their roots and help the population in rural areas in India. Any specific rural India project you wish to bring to their attention for help?

I must say as you rightly said, that NRIs really help out a lot in India. India resides in their hearts and that is a matter of pride for us. I thank AAPI here, who sent aid to help soldiers in Pulwama terrorist attack. They are also engaged in the Ayushman Bharat initiative, helping with startups including the Indian Equity market. Maharashtra is the only state where the investment by NRIs exceeds Rs.1000 crore. In the equity market, it is currently Rs. 8500 crores. NRIs show strong support and that really increases our confidence.

Healthcare would be the priority cause to focus on where NRIs can help with their expertise by consulting on video calls, training the resources of Ananga Vadi to handle the malnutrition cases better and much more. Secondly, it would be education! We can come together to upgrade various schools in rural areas. Another focus is the village development, by adopting a village of 500-1500 people to transform into a Model Village which would include sanitation, education, vocational training, etc. These things would really help because the maximum population of India resides in the villages.

What is Mitti Ke Sitare?
This is my ongoing initiative. Divyaj Foundation, in association with Mpower aims at discovering hidden talent from the slum areas of Mumbai and honing their musical skills to showcase their talent to the global audience. Divyaj is partnering with Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (1187 schools) to identify children who are blessed with talent but lack resources to improve themselves. The Shankar Mahadevan Academy (SMA), of the critically acclaimed musician Shankar Mahadevan, is also collaborating for Mitti Ke Sitare to provide musical training to these children. Their final performance is scheduled on June 22nd in Mumbai, where International and national artists will support them through their special performances. It will be a great platform for kids to perform and showcase their talent. We have been grooming them for over 6 months now. The ones who were not selected for the final rounds are being trained to keep a positive mindset and we shall groom them more so they can try and prepare for a next chance. The few talented children are not cut for a 9-5 job, they deserve to be an artist! We have made all the arrangements at the NSCI dome, and extend an invitation for you to attend!

Any charity work on the International front that you are engaged with?
I have been part of a few peace missions on the International level. A Prayer Breakfast in USA and also a peace mission with China. I think I would like to see more work and contribution in handling global warming and environmental change issues on an international level. I have been co-ordinating with International artists through Mitti Ke Sitare to support another cause on my agenda, Women Empowerment, as well. I think it can make a great difference if we all work together. 

Any message for NRIs?
I would thank NRIs for their contribution. They make us proud. The NRIs expertise in a variety of streams has helped bring India into a positive light. They have a 'Give Back to Community' attitude in their hearts. I request them to keep it up! Every bit of help done by an individual or through an organization will make a big difference to the people who need it.

Now time for some Rush-Me Rapid Fire, we would like to know your instant response to a few words.

Family?  Love and bonding
Passion?  Music
Fitness?  Run & be on your toes
Kids?  Pure Love
Gender Equality?  Necessity 
Education?  Must have a great independent living
Water?  Inside the body
Sports?  Fit
Dallas?  Cowboy city that loves you back
Shrikhand-Puri? favorite pet food!

We extended a warm invitation through her to Devendra Fadnavis-ji (Chief Minister of Maharashtra) to grace the occasion of Dallas-BMM2019 in  July'19 with her august presence. We hope they can join, and we can treat them with her favorite dish, Shrikhand-puri!   

Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis is beauty and brilliance teamed with a passion to make a positive impact in the world. She was born in an upper-middle-class family that gave an equal priority to education, sports and art. Her father is Dr. Sharad Ranade (Ophthalmologist) and her mother is Dr. Charulata Ranade (Gynecologist). Mrs. Fadnavis urges everyone to focus on health as a priority. Stay fit!


Tanushree Dutta THE SILENCE BREAKER in conversation with Toppick Anchor Swati Goyal
Toppick Media Editor   May-2019   618 Views   0 Comments

The voice that launched a movement.

As per World Health Organization (WHO), 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime. Unfortunately, 70 percent of these crimes are committed by somebody known in the family and less than 60 percent off these cases are ever reported. To bridge this gap, we have formal institutions like CHETNA that help combat domestic violence through social advocacy, education and outreach. As part of their raising awareness campaign we had an opportunity to speak to their keynote speaker, the pioneer of “MeToo” movement in India, the victim turned survivor – Tanushree Dutta.

Swati:  Taking your memory back to 10 years, you were a victim of workplace harassment and despite you raising your voice against it, it was largely unheard and failed to make an impact. But the same words after ten years, fueled the revolutionary “MeToo” movement in India. What do you think was different in the world then and now? What changed?

Tanushree: It all started with the “MeToo” movement in US that created awareness across the world and particularly in India. For the first time in India, there was desire to have a similar movement. Ten years ago when I shared my harassment experience, a lot was written and spoken about it. 

However, due to lack of support and lack of desire to change, it failed to get the traction to create a movement. But this time around, people were ready for a change, ready to be part of this movement; all they needed was a little stir. I was visiting India after two years to enjoy a vacation and someone prodded me with the question “Why do you think the MeToo movement has not happened in India?”. My response jogged them down the memory lane to the incident that happened with me 10 years ago, only this time it was meant to create history! Before I knew, the “MeToo” movement in India went viral and I was in middle of it all, too late to look back, too late to stop and I am glad I did not! 

I was honestly amazed at the overwhelming support we received and I alone cannot take the credit for it. I was just the face of the movement but the real credit goes to all the women who came forward with their stories. Also, the powerful media houses that supported this movement and helped make it become a national movement! A lot of these women who were speaking up were threatened with court cases and I remember discussing this with one of my journalist friend that this is not only unfair but would also dampen the spirit of the movement. That’s when we came up with the idea of pulling out from Twitter, the list of lawyers/advocates who had offered to provide their services for free and post it on national TV. Now all the women slapped with court cases were being defended by lawyers for free; now this is what we call coming “together” for a cause! My journalist friend, these lawyers – they were all the unsung heroes of the movement, the people working “behind” the scenes who were indeed the “backbone” of the movement.

Swati: Do you think there are certain professions or certain demographics that are more vulnerable to these crimes?

Tanushree: I don’t think it would be right to segregate victims based on profession or demographics. Rather I feel, it’s a clear case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. We all have equal chance of being caught up in these situations. Sometimes we end up marrying the wrong person, sometimes picking the wrong project to work on or sometimes choosing the wrong person to work with! One shouldn’t consume himself with feeling of guilt or self-blame. End of the day, we have to understand that life is bumpy. Things go wrong, and when they do we should stride forward in future and work on making the future a better version of the past.

Swati: It is unfortunate that these crimes happen and even more unfortunate that most of these are brushed under the carpet either due to fear or ignorance. Can you educate our viewers on what resources they can reach out to if they find themselves in similar situation? 

Tanushree: Today’s conference hosted by CHETNA was about domestic violence and I shared my experience on workplace harassment. These two situations are very different; one happens in an intimate relationship in a marriage and the other happens in a non-intimate setting where you barely know the person. But I tried to equate the two in that in both situations someone decided to cross their boundary and hurt you emotionally and sometimes physically.

When this happens, one should look out for local institutions that support violence victims and seek help. Victims of such crimes need financial, moral and emotional support. These incidents leave scars that need years of therapy and coaching to heel. Institutions like CHETNA provide a 360 degree support in all these aspects to help victims turn into survivors and be ready to face the life head on!

Concluding thoughts
We spoke to “Tanushree Dutta”, on her journey in fighting workplace harassment. If you are victim of domestic violence or are feeling vulnerable do not hesitate in reaching out CHETNA on their confidential helpline at 888-924-3852. Once again, our sincere thanks to CHETNA for empowering women and helping us create safer homes.

CHETNA is a non-profit organization for the prevention of domestic violence in the South Asian community of Dallas-Fort Worth and the surrounding areas. It is primarily a volunteer based organization founded in July 2005 by Ila Sarkar and Anu Agarwal.

CHETNAs Mission:
CHETNA recognizes the unique challenges that South Asian victims of domestic violence face, and provides culture-specific services to empower and support the journey from victim to survivor. CHETNA aims to prevent violence through advocacy, education, and outreach.

CHETNAs Vision:
Preventing domestic violence and helping create safer homes. The South Asian community in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex consists of over 1000,000 people and the community is constantly growing. It is also a diverse religious and ethnic population. The domestic violence statistics on the South Asian communities are very limited. This is primarily due to cultural and language barriers. It is known that South Asian victims of domestic violence and abuse face many additional barriers compared to an average domestic violence victim. Multi-faceted and intricate challenges like language, immigration status, lack of family support, cultural and/or religious barriers and multiple batterers (simultaneous intimate partner, family and in-law abuse) keep South Asian victims in abusive situations for longer periods of time and prevent them from seeking outside assistance. 

CHETNA provides information and services to South Asians in the Dallas-Forth Worth and surrounding areas during times of crisis through Case Management, peer support, counseling, community education and outreach.  CHETNA has been set up to provide victim’s services in conjunction with existing resources and works with the domestic violence organizations in the Metroplex to reach out to the South Asian community; making them aware of the wide variety of services available to them. They also network with other South Asian organizations within the state and the nation.

CHETNA Helpline : 1.888.9CHETNA
CHETNA Email :


It's a story of success, story of love…story of struggle and story of victory!
Swati Goyal   Oct-2018   1225 Views   0 Comments
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. 


The Roadless Travelled….Paves The Path To Success
Karuna Pai   Jan-2019   930 Views   0 Comments

The Roadless Travelled….Paves The Path To Success. Journey of Chan Patel by Karuna Pai
This is the inspirational journey of a man hailing from Mumbai, India who landed in USA in 1965.  His path led him to prestigious schools from Stanford to Johns Hopkins University. He came out carrying a vision of financial independence.  A man who refused to be a cog in someone else's wheel and was on a mission to start his own venture. He took risks and made some bold moves and became the first pioneering Indian to open hotels in Dallas in 1976.  He didn't stop there; he recognized a need to help fellow immigrant Indians without credit or capital and was passionate to start a bank. Against all odds, he opened State Bank of Texas in 1987. We are talking about none other than Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of State Bank of Texas - Mr. Chandrakant Patel aka Chan Patel.

Top Pick Media had the privilege of hearing his grit to greatness journey, one filled with sacrifice, perseverance and triumph.

Karuna: You have a very accomplished educational background, with degrees from Mumbai, Stanford and Johns Hopkins Universities. What role has education played in shaping your career and business? 

Chan: Education is the most important aspect in anyone's life and will always help you in anything you undertake. In Banking terms, we have a Balance Sheet- which is a statement of Assets and Liabilities. So, education is an asset, and the important point about this asset is, it never depreciates but only appreciates. It has definitely played a very big role in all the successes I got in my life.

Karuna: You were the first Indian to open hotels in the metroplex in 1976, and grew from 1 to 13 hotels.  Your success, in turn inspired other Indians to move to Dallas and open hotels. What were some challenges you had to overcome building this business?

I was the First Indian hotel owner in Dallas. As far as challenges are concerned, I didn't face much, the difference being my education and professional background (laughs). Owning and running a hotel is a no brainer, especially independent hotels. But, the big sacrifice I made was on my personal life- we moved from our house to live in the hotel, which was tough but had to be done. 

Fellow Patels saw my success and moved to Dallas to start their own hotels. Within two years between all of us combined there were 17 to 18 hotels on the same street. 

Karuna: Despite the ups and downs in the banking industry, what inspired you to start a bank, learn the trade, and build a profitable enterprise over 3 decades?

Chan: All of us hoteliers back then banked at Trinity National Bank on Fort Worth Ave. I would often get called by the President of the bank to cosign loans for other Patels, which I did. I knew they were good guys, who just didn't believe in borrowing money, so didn't own credit cards therefore their credit reports would be blank. That inspired me to start a bank and help them However, securing the capital was another issue. I had a tough time, raising the 2 million dollars to start the bank. This was also during the RTC (Resolution Trust Corporation) days in 1986-87, when banks were failing and no one was willing to help me since I did not know A-B-C of banking. 

At that point, I came up with the idea that if anybody invested $100,000 which would amount to 5% ownership in the bank, I would make them professional bankers and put them on the Board of Directors. Within 2 weeks I got 10 investors with $100,000 & opened State Bank of Texas.  

I told my shareholders that it was now time to prove to the community that Patels can not only run hotels but they can also run a bank. So we all started working at the bank at no salary, (we had other income which helped). The women trained at new account school and teller school and the men went to the key punch schools. We had only one paid employee. 
Within 6 months, the bank made a profit and in the last 30 years has never declared a loss. I kept my promise to my investors to retain them on the board till I couldn't vote anymore and till date I have the same board. Today the bank is worth 400 million dollars.

Karuna: Community Well being and Give Back is very important to you, and State Bank of Texas has changed several lives. Can you share an instance where your bank impacted a client's life?  

Chan: (Beaming with pride) We have helped many Patels who came to this country solely on blood relationship and without any capital! We gave them loans for seed money, which is  extremely difficult to secure.  Also, there are so many Indians in the hotel business, who got their start because of the loans we granted, when nobody else would touch them. Several are multi-millionaires today. So we are very proud and feel very satisfied that we have done our share. 

As far as impact on the community as a whole is concerned, I've been Instrumental in establishing a community center in Irving which cost us 7.5 million dollars (all paid off), a project that I am very proud of.

Karuna: You have tremendous experience & success across industries, from a career with Braniff Airways, to being first Indian hotelier in DFW, to starting your own bank - State Bank of Texas. What wisdom would you share with ambitious entrepreneurs in turning their dreams to reality here in The U.S.A?

Chan: First and foremost, I would say Financial Independence.  I encourage everybody to quit their jobs and go into business for themselves, (laughs reassuringly) I agree is very difficult to do and needs courage.  The start is very difficult but Perseverance is the key. I highly recommend this to anyone in our community; in fact all my children are self-employed! Second is Education, it plays a very important role.  Finally Hard Work, especially in this country if you work hard, I guarantee 99%, you will be successful.  

Karuna: They say success depends on the strength of your relationships, who are some key people who helped you achieve your goals? 

Chan: The number one person is my wife; she has supported me all the way.  Any time I was ready to start a new venture she has always stood by me. 

Number two are my investors. I remember, when I started this bank, I had tough time raising capital (nervous laugh)! The day they came to me with their $100,000 investment, still means a lot to me to this day. Though I have rewarded them tremendously, I am very thankful to them. 

Karuna: What are some important life-lessons you have shared with your children, which will help them carry on your legacy?

Chan: Ethics is very important; without ethics, you may experience short term success, but if you have ethics you can count on long term success!  Being a banker, I am the fiduciary officer, managing one billion dollars of other people's deposits, so obviously I am trusted by the FDIC, who has verified me and has faith that I am an honest person.  So I would add Honesty to be the number one principle, and what is important is, being honest even when no one is watching you.

Karuna: You experienced a life changing incident at a young age, you survived a heart attack. In what way did this change your life? karuna: You experienced a life changing incident at a young age, you survived a heart attack. In what way did this change your life?

Chan: I am 74 years old and I was half my age when I had my heart attack at 37! It changed my life tremendously; I was in shock for 6 months. The first lesson I learnt from this was 'delegation of authority'. Before my heart attack I used to micro manage my hotels, but had to stop after my attack. 

After 6 months of not micro managing, I noticed that my P&L remained the same! I said to myself, this is like “the dog that walked underneath the bullock cart thinking he was the one running it” (laughs). So I implemented this lesson in my life& the principles I had learned at Stanford and Johns Hopkins.  I am very happy to say, that most of my financial success came after my heart attack. 

Secondly, it changed my Life Style.  I became an unofficial cardiologist; in those 6 months while recovering at home I studied cardiology. I also attended the ACC (American College of Cardiology) conventions. Now, when anyone in my community has a heart attack, I visit him/her and share my experiences to help them.

Karuna: What advise do you have for maintaining balance in life while pursuing career at the same time? 

The most important advice I can give here is that Money is not everything!  It is hard to believe; when you don't have money, it does feel like money is everything but when you gain a certain level, you will realize that it isn't, because you cannot take it with you when you are gone (laughs).  

The important goal you should have is to help members of your family, maintain good relationship with the society and earn a good reputation in your community and friends circle. Achieving this will give you more satisfaction than being rich.

Concluding Message:
It is true that I have been successful in hotel business, in my airline career and in banking. But, I've had failures as well and that is also part of life.  Not every new project initiated will be successful, however,  if you experience failure in your very first project, it could be hard to absolve. So, I would suggest starting your first project with a conservative approach and once you succeed in a few you can start taking risks. But the key to success is education, hard work, honesty and perseverance and sooner or later it will pay off. 


Arnav Koppala – A Young CEO and Founder with a Vision
TP4U Editor   Sep-2018   947 Views   0 Comments

Arnav Koppala – A Young CEO and Founder with a Vision

Talented, imaginative and gifted individuals are getting younger and younger every day  and are found in so many different areas such as science, invention, writing, and business entrepreneurship, just to name a few. However, an innately talented genius like Arnav Koppala, who aspires to be a particle physicist is not an easy find. Arnav fits so many of these magnificent categories of achievement and is continually adding new ones every day.

At the age of 11, Arnav published his first book of his current three-volume Pentagon Springs series, Pentagon Springs (2016), followed by Breaking Boundaries (2017), and The Journey (2018). Philanthropy showed itself in Arnav’s heart as he donated the proceeds from the sale of his first book, Pentagon Springs, to the Pediatric Cancer Centre Fund. A portion of the proceeds from his second book, was offered by him, to Save A Child's Heart (SACH), the largest international humanitarian non-profit organization working towards heart issues and a part of the earnings from his third  book, was given to Zbyte Inc, the first ever non-profit global organization working towards technology addiction.

Arnav Koppala has received national and regional level recognition and appreciation for being named as the youngest 11 year old author. He has received numerous invites and participated in many high-profile interviews on television, radio, and the Internet. He has stated in his interviews, that he likes to be inspired by his imagination, and loves making the characters in his book come to life, so that he can live vicariously through his characters and their experiences.

Arnav loves public speaking and sharing his interesting ideas and beliefs with his audiences is something he is very passionate about. He is a confident, natural and interestingly animated speaker whether on camera or in front of a huge audience. He was a noted speaker at TEDx events and inspired his audiences with his wide knowledge of TED’s main topics: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. His recent TEDx speaking engagement and Talk on the topic, Growth Mindset, adding new definition to ICE was shared on social media by Irving Mayor Rick Stopher as a brilliant and thought provoking speech by a young kid.

Once again, Arnav stepped out of the normal run-of-the-mill, youth stereotype and became a CEO and founder of a new organization named Zbyte a name that steals the technical term BYTE from the a 8-bit word in computer language to create an abbreviation for Zero Bytes. Arnav started this company to create unique programs, potential rehab centers to help kids and adults to curb themselves of their addiction to technical devices.

Zbyte is first ever and only organization in the world that has been created and designed specifically to make an impact on a global platform by creating and administering methods for preventing technology addiction. Pura Vida “Pure Life” is the right of every person. Arnav launched Zbyte Inc. organization before a 700+ audience with unanimous support from Mayors, StateReps, Business Executives, Chamber of Commerce and Educational Boards.

Arnav is forever challenging himself to learn and expand his horizons. In addition to his passion for golf, music, and guitar, he also entered the field of acting at the age of 11  years. To better acquaint you with Arnav’s goals dreams, and ambitions, below are a few notable excerpts from some of his previous interviews:

Excerpts From Arnav Koppala’s Previous Interviews

Interviewer: You are barely 13 years old and currently working with State Representative, Senators, the Mayors, and major company business executives as a CEO and founder of Zbyte Foundation. How does it feel?

Arnav: It feels very responsible and I do not get nervous when I work with them because they are the elected people by us to work for the betterment of our community. I feel honored when they all are extending their hands to support our organization. This organization would not have been possible without the  mentorship and support of State Representatives, Mayors, Corporate executives, Educational Boards and above all people who believe in me.

Interviewer: Young leaders are not taken seriously. Did you face challenges when you were working with them?

Arnav: On the contrary, I was received well, I have already established a level of credibility to the hard work and focus I have, so when I approached anyone I always received their support be it politicians, or corporate executives. Age is a factor that is in your mind not in your heart.

Interviewer: What plans do you have further?

Arnav: I am always a go-getter and try to reinvent what I do. My motto is Breaking Boundaries Any Time. Trust me when I say, “While working on my Book I was thinking about my TEDx  Talk for my speaking engagement, and while working on the content for my Talk, I was thinking about my organization.” So therefore, I am constantly looking at the big picture and trying to move forward in a positive way in many different directions. The goal of my every pursuit is the same. It is just the way to reach that goal that is constantly changing.

Interviewer: You are an author, speaker, actor, and a founder of an organization, and above all a middle school student how do you balance? Don’t you fall behind in your academics?

Arnav: My parents made it very clear to me initially before allowing me to pursue other areas of interest in life that there are two most important points that must be addressed before anything else, that is Behavior and Academics, exactly in that order. They will not make any compromises on either of those two areas. You can rest assured that everything I do can only fit into my schedule after first, I maintain my best behavior wherever I go and with whomever I work with, and  second, I must score A+ in all my academic studies. In the 7th Grade, I got national recognition by Duke University for my SAT scores so I think I am good in academics but I am a super brat at home (grins sheepishly).

Interviewer: When you first became an author you have inspired so many kids around you to write and work on their books, How does it feel?

Arnav: It makes me happy that kids are inspired by me. I definitely want to support everyone who loves to write. This is totally an out and out creative space that has no boundaries. 

Interviewer: Any challenges on the way?

Arnav: Plenty of challenges. I address it with one word that is passion and having the best team to work with. When you have the passion for the mission and vision of Zbyte organization there are no hurdles, you just change the course of action but the goal remains the same and trust me so far we heard only ‘YES’ regarding support to our organization.

Interviewer: You are all over the place, author, actor, speaker, running organizations and studying, what are your next plans?

Arnav: Trust me I have a huge bucket list and one thing I don’t do is plan my next move… I follow my heart and everything in my life happens organically…. I love what I do and do what I love. After my final sequel of Pentagon spring  series, I plan to focus fulltime on Zbyte because that is where my passion lies for



At the age of 13, Arnav Koppala is a three-time published author, actor, Tedx Speaker, innovator and founder of the Zbyte organization, humanitarian, and political activist working with the Mayors, state and local government officials, national representatives and senators in efforts to promote, impede, or direct, social, political, economic, or environmental reform with the desire to make improvements in society.

And that’s only the beginning point, where Arnav’s goals and ambitions may take him. His aspirations to become a particle physicist and his passion for quantum physics is clearly visible in his writings which may take him into the world of science and space someday.

Arnav Koppala is truly a young kid with a big vision, and above all he is a highly enthusiastic, creative and a compassionate kid. To date, Arnav has won over 121 trophies and 82 medals in various competitions that he has either entered as an individual or representing his school.

When he isn’t writing stories, acting, and running corporations, Arnav is super busy attending science labs, working on perfecting his golf swing, learning new guitar solos, and being featured on a number of television and radio shows.

Arnav lives in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas with his Mom, Dad, and Grandmother. He has received recognition and support from Laura Bush, President George W. Bush, President Obama, Irving Mayor, State Rep Rodney Anderson, WFAA television station, CBS, TEDx Community. He treasures President George W. Bush’s personal copy of his book that was gifted to him by the Bush family very dearly.

He is truly not a kid with a plan but instead a kid who follows his heart and his instinct into whatever endeavor finds its way into his life that he deems necessary for the betterment of man and the world.

Arnav’s leadership persona is distinct and is reflected in his personal life’s motto: “There are no boundaries in life, the only boundaries in life are set by your mind.”

Arnav Koppala Is Truly a Living Proof That Age Doesn’t Matter When We Talk About Changing The World!!


Mane Kaka - Unsung Hero of Indian Cricket Team
TP4U Editor   Jul-2018   1199 Views   0 Comments

Mane Kaka – The Man of Many Faces

The success of Team India is not just credited to the brilliant performance of the cricket players who set the stadium blazing with their super sixes and fantastic bowling and fielding. Besides the players there are people who are equally committed to turn every game into a victory. One such name is 'Mane Kaka' aka 'Ramesh Mane'. Mane Kaka is the official masseur of the Indian Cricket Team who ensured that the boys were 'well oiled' for the game. Like many other people, it was destiny combined with a sequence of unexpected events that made Mane Kaka an indispensable part of the Team India.

Mane Kaka's Journey  in the Indian Cricket Team:

Formerly a chemical plant operator, Ramesh Mane never dreamed of becoming the official Acu-masseur of the Indian Cricket Team. He used to participate in the social service camps held on weekends. Mane Kaka took initiative to start acupressure camp at RCF Chembur through Jai Bhagwan acupressure international and the practice helped him mastery the skills in Acupressure, Pranic Healing and Reiky. Very soon his massage session to sportsmen at the RCF Chembur became quite popular. Soon luck dawned and Ramesh Mane was approached by Balwinder Sandhu to treat back problem of the young Sachin Tendulkar, while playing for the Ranji Trophy Games. It is not surprising that later he was summoned to be the Official Acu-Masseur of the Mumbai Ranji team and served there for nearly seven years. Mane Kaka expertise landed him the job of the masseur for the Indian Cricket Team in 2005.

The Official Masseur for the Team India was fondly referred as Mane Kaka by the players. He had been an integral part of the team for more than a decade now. He travelled with the boys to different parts of the world, and wherever he went, he always carried a pressure cooker and jadi butis to make magical ayurvedic concoctions, which provided instant relief to the players. While millions of Indian fans would do anything to get a touch of their favorite cricket player, Mane Kaka did it every day, for his living. Mane Kaka has been with Team India from the time when Sachin Tendulkar became the hottest International cricket player to witnessing glorious innings of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Mane Kaka has served almost all the brilliant players of the Indian Cricket Team. His years of experience and commitment had made him an integral part of the Indian Cricket Team.

Mane Kaka was more than a masseur for Team India boys. He was looked upon as a fatherly figure by the boys, and hence named 'Kaka'. Mane Kaka loved his boys and would affectionately treat the worn-out players with his magical medicated oils. When Mane was not soothing the aching muscles, he would even cook delicious India meal for the boys when the team travelled abroad. 

His duties were quite elaborate and Mane also tended to the needs of the players during the breaks in the match. He would apply ice packs on the swollen and aching muscles and also look after getting the energy drinks ready for the next session.

Mane Kaka's Music Therapy:

Not only this, Mane Kaka understood the mood of his boys and used music as a therapy to boost the morale of the players. He said that his job was not just to ensure the physical well-being of the players, but it was equally important to create a mentally relaxing atmosphere in the dressing room. He would play motivational songs from Hindi movies to instil 'josh' and keep the energy levels high. He understood the music taste of every player in the team and always carried 3 iPods to play different genre of music. It was a part of his job to visit the Rhythm House to get the latest selection of songs. From the songs of legendary Kishore Kumar and India's nightingale Lata Mangeshkar to bhajans and Hanuman Chalisa, Mane Kaka played them all before the boys were ready to battle in the ground. Mane Kaka's collection of music was very distinctive and some players like Sachin Tendulkar would even joke him about considering DJing as an alternative career option. Mane Kaka would also create a praying space for players across religions to spread serenity. His techniques were so popular that even International players like Shane Watson and Chris Gayle would take his services. 

When the news of Mane Kaka being left out of the team became viral, it created shock ripples in every corner of the country. It was the first time in 10 years that Team India's favourite masseur was not travelling overseas with the players for the 3-Test Series, India Vs Sri Lanka 2015. Mane had been rendering selfless service to the Indian cricket team and has no resentment for no longer being the part of this incredible team. Yet, the 'Kaka' of the team is emotional for not being able to travel with the boys. Every morning is still a realisation for him that he is not sleeping in the hotel room but in his own house.


He is currently living in his home in Vashi, Navi Mumbai.  Life was really moving fast for Mane Kaka. Being a part of the team earlier, he had been quite busy preparing his boys for the D-day. He had also been travelling a lot with the Indian Cricket Team for more than a decade now. However, when his services seem to get over, Mane Kaka plans to devote his time to social service. What else could we expect from this man of great thoughts!

Mane Kaka has worked for the longest time with the Indian Cricket Team. He has witnessed the euphoria of winning the 20-20 Worldcup and also 2011 Worldcup. He has served senior players like Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar to the young promising players like M.S.Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan and many others. During the IPL , Mane Kaka served the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for 10 years . It goes without saying that not only Mane Kaka will miss serving the boys; his void will also leave the players aching for his impeccable service, love and care. It was the fatherly presence of characters like Mane Kaka who made the young players from smaller towns; find a home away from home.

Even Greg Chapell, the former coach of the Indian Cricket Team, was full of appreciation for Mane Kaka. In an interview from Australia, he stated that “Mane played a very important role with the team. Over and above his masseur role he was a spiritual guide for many members of the team. I have no doubt; he will be keenly missed by those who availed themselves of his guidance.” His contribution to the Indian Cricket Team can never be forgotten!

Some prominent cricket players led by Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli  came together to felicitate Mane Kaka on behalf of the current Indian team for his selfless service. Virat Kohli mentioned how talking to Kaka was always refreshing. He always patiently listened to their problems and filled them with hope and positivity. Mane Kaka was the support system for many players of the Indian Cricket Team. It was indeed an emotional moment when the players thanked Mane Kaka for his love, care and affection. Mane Kaka was himself overwhelmed with the honour bestowed on him by the players. Mane Kaka humbly stated that he loved doing everything for the boys; it was much more than his regular duties. He wishes all the success to the current Indian Team and believes that there is nothing that can stop them now. The players hugged him and even clicked selfies with their favorite 'Kaka'. 

Mane Kaka's story is an inspiration to young aspiring Indians that only hard-work, dedication and commitment can take them to scaling heights of success in their life.


Upclose And Personal Story Of Executive That Made A Social Media Mistake
TP4U Editor   May-2018   3712 Views   0 Comments
When the American television newsmagazine, 20/20, reached out to me in January 2015 they said, “We are doing a story on executives who have made social media mistakes and you are one of the first people we thought of,” I rested caught my head in my right hand as I listened and thought, “This is what my life has culminated to? I am the executive that made a social media mistake?... But what about the 15 successful years of an investment banking career with Credit Suisse, finance career at IBM, and the fact that I made CFO at age 32 for a small medical device manufacturer!?! Or that I had adopted two special needs children!?! Or that I was actually a nice person who typically made smart and logical decisions!” 

I felt a tinge of embarrassment that this was my story, at least the story of which the public was aware.  And then…grace came in the form of my breath.  I just breathed while the TV producer explained what they were trying to accomplish.  I felt all that I had learned during the past 30 months and was still learning was all there with me.  Embarrassment turned into acceptance.  Acceptance turned into, “Yes, I will allow you to come into my home and interview me for this story.”  I just kept breathing, just kept accepting.

For the past 30 months I had applied to scores of positions, received many offers, and had all those offers rescinded once my name, Adam Smith, and my title, CFO, was Googled.  The social media mistake to which 20/20 referred to occurred on August 1, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona, in which I posted a YouTube video of me protesting for human rights against a fast-food restaurant chain, Chick-Fil-A, by ordering a free cup of water and then expressing my views of the company's stance on LGBTQ rights.  I had protested on my personal time, had only five followers, and thought that no one would ever link my video to the business in which I was the CFO.  And, certainly, my business would never fire me from my position, as they had just awarded me restricted stock that was valued at around one million dollars.  As long as I was employed when the company sold, I would have that million dollars that I worked so hard and long to achieve.  I felt protected and on top of the world.  Yes, there was definitely arrogance in there too.  I had made it, while others had not.

The following day, when my business began receiving bomb and death threats as a result of my YouTube video, I was fired.  My business issued a press release to try and assuage the cyberbullies from following through with their threats.  It worked.  Nothing happened…to them.  When the press release was read by Fox News, Fox News ran the story, “Executive gets fired for berating drive thru operator.”  The truth was compromised and so was my safety.

I began receiving death threats on my phone, threatening letters in the mail, even a letter that was nailed to the front door of my house.  Someone mailed manure through the mail and the mailperson delivered it.  My personal and financial information were shared on the Web.  CNN, MSNBC, and local news outlets ran the story, each in their own way to pander to their audiences' biases.  Thousands commented on the story they had been told.  Hundreds emailed me telling me how I should kill myself, lose my children, and would never find work again.  I had no idea at the time that some of these would come true or close to true. 

When I saw online that my children's elementary school's address was shared publicly with encouragement to others that they go to the school and harass my children, I broke.  And then I ran.  We moved out of our luxurious house and went to a local hotel, paid in cash, and watched as the “news” covered the story.  Most of the coverage were just people giving their opinion.  At that moment I realized the lack of depth our information is served to us.  We are under and misinformed people with the belief that we know so much.  

After a couple of months of searching for my next job, I accepted a role at a company in Portland, Oregon.  We moved there ready to start fresh and rebuild.  However, after two weeks at the company, someone googled my name and I was deemed to be too much of a distraction and was fired the Monday after Thanksgiving.  That was another moment of epiphany.  This social media mistake was going to be harder to overcome than I thought.

A couple of months later I received another offer as the CFO of a wireless company in Portland, Oregon.  Before accepting the offer, I made sure the owner was aware of my video.  He was not, but asked me if I would ever post another video like that again.  I answered, “Never again.”  He reached out, shook my hand, and said, “Welcome!”  But that opportunity disappeared a few hours later when I received an email from the company stating they had rescinded the offer.  I had to read the email several times for the reality to set in.

This pattern of receiving offers and then having them rescinded occurred several times over the first year since posting the video.  When August 1, 2013, one year after my infamous video was posted, I was experiencing the deepest despair I had ever known in my life.  I felt hopeless, alone, and worthless as a provider for my family.  Dark thoughts surrounded me and I began to question whether I was worth more dead than alive.  My life insurance policy was worth one million dollars, the same amount that I had lost back in 2012.  Fortunately, I asked for help.

I attended a five-day personal development course called The Intensive Journal Workshop (  During those five days I dove all the way into my conscious and then into the subconscious.  After that I just kept going deeper toward Truth by meditating every morning at the nearby Buddhist temple, sitting for a 10-day silent Vipassana course taught by the late S.N. Goenka, attending more personal development workshops, getting certified as a life coach, learning to deeply listen to others, my body, and Spirit, and remembering the question that was asked by my IBM friend Krishna, “And what have you learned from this mistake?”  A powerful question that haunted me until I could answer it honestly and authentically.  Once I understood the lesson I began to teach it.

The only job I could get was at the local university, Portland State University.  I was offered an entrepreneurship course to teach.  I said I would teach Entrepreneurship if I could teach it the way it was true for me.  They agreed.  We meditated at the beginning and end of each class, learned how to deeply listen, resolve conflict, become present, connect with our breath, listen to what our soul wanted to create, and then they began to develop their business plans.

For me, I believe in order to be truly successful at entrepreneurship, one must know oneself.  One must know who they are, for the path of entrepreneurship is full of uncertainty, fear, grit, and potential abundance.  If one does not know who they are, one may create something that comes from fear and not love, from wounds and not healing, from weakness and not strength.  Some people have created companies and products that at best simply distract us from our own sadhana or at worst pull us away from our sadhana.  While others, those who are attuned to their life's mission, create organizations that are changing the world from the inside out, creating true wealth and freedom for people, and infusing the wisdom of sages that have come before us.  

What is our sadhana?  Well, my sadhana is to undo what I was taught and fully, constantly, and authentically see everything as it is.  What does this look like?  For me, it is seeing me in the eyes of the other.  It is me deeply knowing that I am the other, that there is no difference.  In entrepreneurship, it is serving the customer as though I am serving God; when I am negotiating with a vendor, I am negotiating with God; when I am sitting and waiting for the next customer, I am God sitting and waiting for God.

Everything is sacred.  Not just my family, not just my business, but even how I go about leading my family and my business.  How my breath is here connecting me to God as I see my children sharing their day with me, as my partner's smile radiates love to all who are fortunate to witness it, as I prepare nourishing food, as I read and reply to email, as I hear what my client wants and can listen deeper to what they really want, and how when I am afraid to take that next step, I lean into that fear and step into the unknown knowing that if I make a mistake I will learn another lesson into Truth.

Ram said to Hanuman, “What are you monkey?”  And Hanuman answered, “When I don't know who I am, I serve you.  When I know who I am, I am you.”

When the 20/20 program aired my story in early 2015, many organizations around the world reached out to offer me opportunities.  I was humbled and grateful.  I chose to be the CFO of a software company based in Arlington, Texas.  As I worked there, I realized there was still more to learn, to teach, and to share.  

On July 11, 2017, my family and I moved to Costa Rica and now help operate a healing center near the capital Costa Rica, San Jose.  I now publicly speak on topics of leadership, coach executives and entrepreneurs how to access deep wisdom when operating their businesses and lives, hold workshops on finding one's own truth, and help others find the capacity to heal themselves, for we are all healers, some realized and some soon to be realized.  I also moonlight my CFO services when needed.
I share my story for the evolution of your journey.  I do not wish public shaming on anyone, but I wish the grace of public shaming on everyone.

To ask for help is an act of love for oneself and takes great strength and humbleness.  I encourage us all to ask for help when we need it, for we are all on the same path.  As Ram Dass states in his new Netflix film, Going Home, “Let's all walk each other…Home.”

Namaste my entrepreneur network and remember who you are, who you are serving, and where we are all going.

In Love,

Author of Million Dollar Cup of Water: Discovering the Wealth in Authenticity

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