Corporate life was giving me decent money but not inner peace : Satwik Mishra

 

 

“Warrior of Change” is an initiative to inspire positive change in the minds of people and empower them to start their own journey through powerful stories of real people striving hard to make a difference.

Our next Warrior of Change is Satwik Mishra, an Engineer by education, an Entrepreneur by experience, an Author by passion and a Development Professional by choice. He is the youngest CEO I know and one of the most amazing human beings too. He resigned from a lucrative job two years ago and started working for a rural school in Odisha to find his “Joie de vivre.” Currently, he works as an advisor to Member of Parliament in Bihar (India), fueling up the development engine of society. Continue reading

India has much more than Taj Mahal!

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Bangalore Palace, Bengaluru

Laxmi Vilas Palace – Baroda, Gujarat
Thirumalai Nayak Palace – Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Ujjayanta Palace – Agartala, Tripura
Lake Palace – Udaipur, Rajasthan
Jal Mahal, Jaipur
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 Jag Mandir
Jag Mandir (Hindu Temple-palace) is a palace built on an island in the Lake Pichola. The palace is located in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Its construction is credited to three Maharanas of the Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar kingdom. The construction of the palace was started in 155. It is named as

 

The New Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India

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Jaisalmer Fort Palace, Rajasthan, India

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Mohabbat Maqabara Palace in Junagadh, Gujarat, India

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Akshardham Temple, India

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The Golden Temple, Amritsar

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Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

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Mysore Palace

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Meenakshi Temple

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Samode Palace, Jaipur

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Junagad Palace-fort of Gujarat

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Qutab Minar

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Kumbhalgarh Fort

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Neemrana Fort Palace

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Source – Travel Blog

I am just trying to be the better version of myself: Ruchika Batra

“Warrior of Change” is an initiative to inspire positive change in the minds of people and empower them to start their own journey through powerful stories of real people striving hard to make a difference.

Our next Warrior of Change is Ruchika Batra, a Mass Media professional, certified yoga enthusiast, personal development junkie and a fitness lover. She is a reservoir of Positive Lifestyle Inspiration. I discovered her through blog browsing and instantly fell in love with her blog – Namaste Happiness.

1- You have this obsession with happiness, wellness, and fitness, which is contagious for people around you. Are you happy to spread the virus everywhere you go?

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This is the only virus that could save your life!! I believe I am just a messenger of my story like everyone else. I share what I learn, what helps me evolve and be a better version of myself because that’s what I am striving for each and every single day! I love good healthy food, a nice happy place, an inspiring book, and I love to share all of that through my words or videos. But am glad to know that it’s contagious!

2- How did “Namaste Happiness” happen? Share with us the lows and highs of making it a Brand.

I always wanted to create a platform that could help people choose a happy and healthy lifestyle because I come from a place where I have dealt with self-hate, low self-esteem, and approval addiction. Namaste Happiness happened back when I was discovering various fields in the healing, personal development, and wellness space. And I wanted to create a blog where people could come and take whatever works for them.

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Hence, you will find all sorts of Health, Fitness, Personal Development, Lifestyle related posts and Videos to make conscious choices! This was always my passion and it turned into a brand and there are always going to be ups and downs but my passion has never faded. The only low phase that I had to go through was my attempt at making a mobile app which couldn’t be materialized properly because of some technical glitches but that didn’t stop me. Maybe in future, I can make that happen again!

The highs of running Namaste Happiness have been many – I had a full page feature on being a wellness blogger from India in the Smart Life Edition of The Week Magazine. I was awarded the second prize as a Video Blogger at Orange Flower Awards. I have had a chance to meet amazing people, interview and share their stories through my blog, I have worked with top notch brands. And I also started my Youtube Channel which was a dream come true!But the best part of running Namaste Happiness is the smile and appreciation that I get from my readers and viewers whenever they share their thoughts and whenever I go through those loved emails and comments. Those are my best moments and the ones I treasure dearly!

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  1. Your Posts are confessional, awe-inspiring and filled with contentment. You seem to be at a happy place all the time, which is commendable in our times. You have been through a lot but all we see is a bright and smiling face. Share with us something that you have never shared before on any social platform.

Well, to be honest, I am not happy all the time. I am always in the pursuit of that feeling. I am still a big mess but I have a toolkit that helps me bounce back. I always try to change my story but sometimes I fail, I cry, I cringe, I whine, I feel like giving up and I have my share of bad days too. So, it’s not rosy all the time and not many people know this! We must give ourselves that space to be vulnerable, to feel demotivated but to only get back with a bang!

4- What is the story behind this woman who is confident, driven, ambitious, and extremely compassionate?

My story is that I am just trying to be the better version of myself!

5- Do you believe that the Universe listens to us?

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The universe is always listening. I have grown up writing letters to G-O-D, I have studied in a school where spirituality was a subject, and my mother used to take me to Satsangs (spiritual discourses) with her. So, from a very early age only I have believed in this power greater than us. And I know for a fact that whenever you pray from that authentic self, whenever you surrender; universe always listens. And like most of us, it listens but responds

I love unraveling the person through the words: Saumya Kulshreshtha

“Warrior of Change” is an initiative to inspire positive change in the minds of people and empower them to start their own journey through powerful stories of real people striving hard to make a difference.

Our next Warrior of Change is the Founder of Poet’s Collective and Maha Varta, Saumya Kulshreshtha. She is full of love, happiness, and warmth for everyone around. She fights hatred with love and darkness with light.

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  • I met you first time during my Book Launch and you were the most wonderful person in the whole room. You are the perfect epitome of Poetry. What does poetry mean to you?

    Interestingly, poetry has meant different things to me at different points of time. As of today, it means two things – stories and solace. Stories because I personally find resonance in the kind of poems I get to hear from people who attend my gatherings. What drips through their carefully polished words are their innate sentiments and stories, and I love unraveling the person through his words. Solace because I write when it becomes impossible to contain. When nothing seems to offer any kind of comfort, your own words become powerful and meaningful. Poetry, personally, means allowing the self to become a beacon of hope and meaning.

  • You have conducted hundreds of creative writing workshops on Poetry and Indian Mythology. You also serve as the Advisory Board of “Youth for Heritage Foundation.”How was your experience conducting workshops?

Indescribably gratifying! To conduct a workshop or even to do a talk is an act of tremendous responsibility. Add to it dollops of thrill, and there I am, standing in front of a crowd of eager listeners, telling them all I have learned, for that is the only way to make knowledge grow.

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I have been fortunate to have been placed in front of crowds who have known me a little, and hence are welcoming and warm. They possess an eagerness to learn, and I possess an eagerness to teach, as well as learn more than them in the process. I am hungry to learn. An audience that doesn’t challenge me beyond what I know does not inspire me. For instance, my most difficult, and yet most fond workshop was in Saharanpur with school children, where I was at odds to comprehend the language (as well as the idiom) to converse with them on. But, since we all possessed a clean slate, we created some great poems collaboratively, with expressions so unique that a faint proud smile automatically appears on my face the moment I think of it.

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I conduct workshops/lectures on mythology, poetry appreciation, and poetry writing, creative writing, effective communication, visualizing ideas, literature (particularly Indian writing in English) and anything else allied to these fields which present an opportunity to learn. The great thing is, these random workshops have led to a full-blown course which I conduct in IIIT Delhi, teaching mythology and poetry in alternate semesters, in addition to teaching communications in Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon, and Noida.

  • Do you believe that Artists have a responsibility towards society?

Always. It is a firm belief. First, artists have a responsibility towards themselves, because the nascent expressionist within them needs to be identified, needs to be tested, needs to be given flight. However, once artists enter the public domain, where they are aware that they have influence, and they are potential catalysts to bring about positive or negative changes, they cannot eschew their larger responsibility. Art is capable of inspiring and provoking the masses into thought and action. The past is a testimony to how movements have been inspired and encouraged through songs, theater, speeches, performances, and today is no different in that regard. In fact, with the advent and spread of social media, socially responsible art is more a reality today than ever before.

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  • How do you manage a full-time job with social activities?

 

Passion and prioritization. When you are really passionate about doing something, you always find the time. On instances, even I am baffled by a number of tasks I am simultaneously involved in, but I have learned to set my priorities right. Efficiency while completing tasks helps. Admittedly, I am not the best manager of time – that is one virtue which I consistently fail at getting right, but people don’t get to know of it because my efficiency goes up as deadlines loom near. I work really well with deadlines and have devised a personal reward system for myself.

I think what really helps my work is also the fact that I give a lot of time to myself. ‘Me-time’ is necessary for creative pursuits, and I have been blessed with friends and colleagues who understand this.

  • You are someone who truly believes in kindness and love despite all the hatred in the world. What is your message for your followers?

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Don’t give into violence. Don’t give into hate. Don’t give into anyone who convinces you that our world is a bad place to live in.

Agreed, that the world is difficult, disappointing and devastating at times, even violent, but, my dear, we all belong here together. Strive to create islands of love and peace around you and hope fervently that your island keeps growing, that the peace and love of your heart spread out like an infection. Now, more than ever, it is important that kindness and goodness speak up to quell at least some shades of violence which are increasingly being normalized in our world.

And lastly, learn. Learn as much as you can, in as many ways as you can. Read, watch videos, talk to people, travel, and don’t give up this pursuit till you are convinced that never in life can a single narrative exist. That only perspective is real, rest is illusory.

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