Life is a stage & we are all actors – story of a dramatist

Let us start from the very beginning. I was born in Kochi- Kerala – on September 29,1995.

When I was four months old, we came to Trichy. So for all practical purposes, Trichy is my home. I did my schooling between two renowned schools in Trichy.

After my tenth, the dreaded question loomed large in front of me. “What next”? I had no inkling. What I knew was that I definitely did not want to become an engineer or a doctor. Then what did I want? Luckily my parents were as clueless as I was. They did not believe in thrusting me into something that I had no interest in. However they too underwent the conventional “peer pressure” when everyone kept asking them, “Which coaching centre have you enrolled him in”? In fact we did try out a coaching centre- but none of us had the conviction. Needless to say, soon after I dropped out.

I was not sure where my talents lay. All I knew was I excelled in quizzing and acting to some extent during my school days. I scoured the net for various options and zeroed in on a few. Christ College in Bangalore, Symbiosis in Pune and Manipal University. I wrote entrance tests for these courses and was called for interviews.

Mr. Sivakumar of Trichy Plus,  was known to my father. As per my father’s suggestion, I spoke with Mr. Sivakumar and his insights helped me in gaining some clarity with regard to what areas I could explore.  I enrolled at Trichy Plus to prepare for the Entrance exams . Apart from the rigmarole of preparing for the tests, what I liked at Trichy Plus was the exuberance of the trainers. I found the sessions very motivating and learning happened without undue pressure. Needless to say, I passed my entrance exams easily. I secured AIR 26 at the Manipal University and AIR 96 in the Symbiosis Entrance exams.

The first interview that I attended was at Christ University.I  had applied for  a Degree course with 3 majors-Communication, English,  and Psychology which to me, sounded interesting. During the interview, I was asked what my hobbies were and when I replied I enjoyed quizzing and acting, they informed me that they were introducing theatre studies for the first time in Christ University and asked if I would like to join.  Without batting an eyelid, I said yes.

And that was it.

I informed my parents and though they were surprised, they supported my decision wholeheartedly. I dare say, they might have had their own apprehensions at several levels but they clearly believed that one must pursue one’s interests.

And yes, one might say that I did choose the lesser travelled path and that has made all the difference. What do I say about this course? I am now into my final year and these last two years have changed me completely from the person I used to be. There have been so many incidents which propelled the changes and I am glad that they did. One of the most memorable experiences was getting to play the character of Touchstone in our production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It.  For me, each character that I play, or each role that I take up in any production needs to open up a new side in me, for it to be performed well. Touchstone in my second year and Bill Sikes in the Musical ‘Oliver!’ by Lionel Bart, torched in me, things and feelings which had until then, not existed. These two people changed me like no one in my real life did.

Also through these  2 and a half years, I have faced many challenges which came along with the positives, as expected. I had to write the script for one of the plays and also do the sound and music for it. With no previous experience in either of the formats, I struggled at first, but will power and passion helped me pull through and put my best foot forward.

Also, since Media Studies was another major, I had to do an Internship over the Summer, in any media house, and hence I worked as an intern in DDB Mudra West, in Ahmedabad where I learnt the nuances of Copywriting and Visual design with guidance from experts in the field and also did a project of my own.

The exposure, the learning has been humongous. There have been tough times, but I’ve enjoyed every bit of it.

I got an opportunity to do an internship course at The Liverpool University. It was a most memorable experience. We visited the Beatles’ home town and stayed there and watched plays and performances for over 15 days and then went to London, where we had the honour of watching Live West End shows of two of the Greatest Musicals ever made, Les Miserables and Phantom of The Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Now, more than a year later after that adventure, it all feels like a dream.

A dream that will lead me on and on, no matter what, to help me bring my passion to life.
Contact Aswin at 08892650678 or email at aswinvarrier@ymail.com

ROAD FROM PERAMBALUR LEADS TO NUS SINGAPORE – story of Tamil Selvan

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To my beloved friends – “Education creates knowledge, knowledge leads to value and value generates potential”

My name is Tamil Selvan, I was born in Perambalur in 1989. Since then, my Father wanted me to become a doctor, but I became an engineer. While studying, I was a slow learner and a lover of Physics, but wasn’t able to fulfill my dreams. I did my schooling and Engineering in Perambalur with limited exposure. I have grown up in a middle class family with two siblings.

Since childhood I have been fascinated by Physics and Mechanics. I have always insisted my friends and juniors to observe themselves, because no one can explain about you better than you. All of us have that one moment, where we have to find “who we are”, we have to find the path which we admire and forge ourselves to create our value. When I was 21, after my undergrad degree, I wanted to become a Pilot because I wanted to learn about the flight mechanics (thanks to my dad). At 20’s we are not very clear about how to match our ideas and experiences with our passion and career.  Hence we need to find a mentor or a teacher to discuss our passion which straightens our career path.

After my undergrad degree, I was dissatisfied with my studies because I wanted to learn the actual meaning behind the science which enables me to create potential and knowledge sharing. I chose to pursue my Master of Science in Engineering and I was unaware of the opportunities available, as I grew up in an environment with limited resources. But I learnt a lesson, if you badly want something, no one can stop you. Hence I was reminded of TRICHY PLUS and their services. I met Mrs Savitri Sivakumar and Mr Sivakumar and I explained my concern. TRICHY PLUS helped me a lot in the process of choosing my University.

A success story has so many hidden embodiment which help to construct one’s victory. So there is a portion of TRICHY PLUS in my life when I become a successful person. Hence – when the student is ready the teacher will appear. After my post grad degree from the University of Nottingham Malaysia campus, I received a special visa from the MOM Singapore to secure a job. Since 2012, I am working as a research engineer in a R&D company.

However, I have initiated my PhD degree from the NUS Singapore on Micro Electronics as a part time student. Friends, I strongly recommend you to find your mentor, follow you passion, be curious, take the challenge and be willing to accept failures. The most successful people were once an amateur but something drove them towards their destiny and the key according to me is curiosity.

As a huge fan of Physics, I have always admired Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. They are the pillars of Physics and without their contribution modern society wouldn’t have been possible. Hence I choose to become a valuable person rather than successful person because values lead to success. So far, there have been a few important moments in my life – my bold decision to take the opportunity to pursue my Masters Degree in a foreign country in spite of insufficient exposure, then coming to Singapore to find a job and mitigating failures while pursing PhD. So it all depends on one’s willingness and perseverance, as a result I have filed 6 Singapore patents and one USA patent. I have never met a strong person without failures, so failures are the stepping stones.

Contact Tamil Selvan at +65 97166313
Or email id – meettamil08@gmail.com

A STAR IS BORN, BUDDING ACTOR & MODEL FROM TRICHY – Story of Arav

The me…I was born in Nagercoil, the Southern coastal part of Tamilnadu. Since my Dad started working as a Professor in Trichy Govt Law College, we shifted to Trichy. I grew up as a middle class boy and did my schooling in Kamala Niketan till 10th. I excelled in all the extracurricular activities and was also good at studies. From Singing, Acting, Martial Arts to Sports, there would always be a following for me.

All this changed when I moved to another School for my Higher Secondary, where life was all about books and the art of reproducing it. It all looked very strange and funny to me. The toughest stage of my life was spending my two years in that so called prison. It was also the time which molded me into a matured human being. I learnt the importance of family, food, love, friends and happiness etc., and how there are many people surviving without all this. From then on I started thinking a lot about life. So I always had the thought “When you see people above you, you will want a life they live, but when you see people below you, you will understand how blessed you are”.

Then I moved to Chennai to pursue my Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Hindustan University. Four years of College was so much fun. It gave me the opportunity to interact with people from various parts of India and the world. Apart from all the fun, I was also exposed to politics, sports, education and the social responsibilities. I always thought about how my life should be different. I didn’t want to get a job in a company and work for someone else throughout my life. I had different ideas, may be to serve the Indian Administrative service, set up my own business or get into the media. Money dint seem to be very important, but I considered it to be an element to get on with my life peacefully. With lots of thoughts, I finally completed my course after a big struggle and I had to clear many arrears too. But I always thought arrears or education has nothing to do with how successful you are in life. By the time I finished my college I had many friends, whom I think are my real earnings in all these years.

After my college days, I didn’t have a job or a family business to do. I started preparing for the Civil Service Exams and gave my best for a year. At the same time, I had breakup in a relationship because of which I lost interest in everything. I was down for nearly 6 months. This experience pushed me harder into becoming more successful in life.

Then I happened to meet a person who changed my life totally. My brother, my well wisher, my role model and my mentor Mr. V.S. Anandhakrishna (Celebrity Photographer), who introduced me to the world of modeling. I met him on the Facebook, and he called me for a test shoot. Within a week I signed a shoot for a Dubai based garment brand. Thereafter my life took many twists and turns. I did more than 300 TV commercials and print Ads. I established a name for myself in the South Indian Modeling Industry. By that time I also got a job from BOSCH, to work for Daimler Trucks India Pvt Ltd.

My parents were very happy thinking that their son has become successful in life. After all getting a job, a car and a house is the most successful aspect of everyone’s life, rather than living the life itself successfully. I never thought it to be a success, but I worked just to satisfy them. I worked for a year and later joined Apollo tires as Manager for Tamil Nadu region. I worked for few months and then decided that it’s time I get out of the routine and do what I liked. I quit my job all of a sudden and decided not to work anymore. I was clear that I wanted to become an actor. Even during my school days, acting was my strength. I used to act and direct stage plays. Those childhood thoughts of becoming an actor motivated me to get into this field.

Months passed, I had lost all my savings. Every day was a struggle; a good meal had almost become a dream for me. I couldn’t ask my parents too since they were not happy with me quitting the job in order to become an Actor. But I thoroughly enjoyed each and every moment of my journey towards passion. It had taught me many things – from a poor man’s food security to understanding the true nature of people. With empty pockets and no one to support, I learned to be strong. As time passed, my parents and few friends started saying that the industry is not so easy to get in, especially for a person like me with no movie background.  So they asked me to get another job or fly to Dubai for work.  I just said OK to them but I was very clear that one day I’ll get into the Industry and this is the right time for me to give a try. I never wanted to blame anyone else for my decisions.

One fine day during the month of April 2015, I got a call to act in a leading actor’s movie, I gave my auditions and they liked my performance. The shooting got over in a month. By the end of May I got an offer to act as a Hero in a good production. I couldn’t believe it. All my patience for nearly 4 years has not gone in vain. Everything was like a dream to me. A guy, who started as a junior artist has now become a Hero. I believe this happened just because of my positive thoughts. The shoot is over now and the post production work is going on.

I was very clear with my passion. But I dint want to be too ambitious. If I become too ambitious I may become frustrated during the course of my travel towards my passion. It’s just patience, determination, positive thoughts and hard work that will take you to your passion. I chose a different path because I love to be different. All it needs is courage and perseverance.

I strongly believe in the fact that thoughts convert into actions. “Yesterdays thoughts and actions are today’s YOU”. So the actions and thoughts in the present are very important to have a beautiful future.

Life is a beautiful thing. Live it to the fullest and also let other people live. There are lots of people who have not been blessed even with the minimal of what we have. So don’t ever complain for what you don’t have and what your parents couldn’t give you.They have done the best of what they could. Money is essential to lead a quality life, but don’t forget to live while making money. Spend time with your loved ones. Always help the needy and spread love. And please do take care of our farmers, because they take care of the Mother earth.

It is a great honor and privilege for me to write on this blog. I am indeed very happy that I have shared some valuable moments with such great personalities as Mr.Sivakumar & Ms.Savitri. I value their association, not only because they are simple and approachable, but also because of their valuable service to the community through education and service, which is the holiest of all professions.

I met this lovely couple in November 2010 at the Trichy Airport on our way to Sri Lanka. Even before my father introduced me to them, I was gazing at them because of their lovely interaction with their daughter Sagarikka. The moment I was introduced, Sags and I started chatting like long lost friends. Our interaction went on through the one hour flight and 2 hours of bus journey from Srilankan Airport to our hotel in Colombo. I noticed them teaching Sags everything she had to be aware of and also gave her the freedom to know the world. More than being parents, they were like a friend to her. In all these years they are still the same.

I wish Mr.Sivakumar,Ms. Savitri  and Sagrikka a happy and blessed life. May God bless them with good health, peace and prosperity.

Thanks for reading my write up, andddd I will definitely let you all know during my movies release. Please support me and bless me. Thank you!!

Arav (aka) Nafeez

Contact at actorarav@gmail.com

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MY JOURNEY FROM TRICHY TO ILO (International Labor Organisation) – by Dhaarini Srinivasan

I am a Human Resources professional, currently working with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) at its headquarters in Geneva. I have completed a double Masters degree – an MBA with a specialization in Finance at SRM University, Chennai from 2004 to 2006 and a Masters in International HRM and Comparative IR  the University of Manchester from 2013 to 2014. I worked for seven years in the field of Human Resources before deciding to further pursue the field of HRM and earn the second Masters degree.  I could continue to list my CV here – but that will only give you a limited view of who I am.

I was born and raised in Trichy in a middle class, conservative family. My family is nuclear, with just three of us: Me, my father, a retired BHEL employee, and my mother, a music teacher in a government-aided school.  I completed all of my schooling at Trichy from the State board syllabus. I did my Bachelor’s degree in Applied Commerce in Seethalakshmi Ramasamy College, Trichy from 2001-2004. My dad wanted me to study to be a Chartered Accountant but I wanted to do Business Administration. Somehow I managed to convince him and went to Chennai for my MBA. There I realized that I am more interested in Human Resources Management than Finance. Luckily, my first job provided a good platform for me to develop my HR skills and allowed me to progress. Now you could think that when everything was fine, why did I look for more in life?

People who have known me for a long time have asked: “How did this transformation happen?” Sometimes I am left with no answers for them. I still remember consulting my dad and saying, “it’s a DO or DIE situation, what should I do?” He replied, “There is no DIE, it’s only DO. Do something for that.” So, I was left with no choice, except being stronger and more independent. Problems might change people either in a good or bad way; I decided to approach them in a positive way. That’s my transformation. It is not possible to change my past, but I took a second chance to improve myself and live the way I wanted to. It took a lot of courage to leave my lucrative job, get out of my comfort zone and take some risks. The first step is always tough, but when I took it, everything fell into place.

Now, I am a 31-year-old dreamer who is passionate about life and has passion for learning. I am inspired by and learn from everyone and everything I come across. I don’t limit myself with one specific role model or mentor.

Of course, every new adventure is full of both challenges and opportunities – they are two sides of the same coin. For example, working for the ILO in Geneva is a big milestone for both my personal and career growth. Living and working in a multi-cultural environment has made me more open-minded and also taught me to show more gratitude for what I had back in India. At the same time, understanding the behavioral pattern of multi-nationalities is one of the biggest challenges apart from the language barrier.

A big challenge of working at the ILO is that they rarely create permanent positions; many individuals work under short term contracts and as consultants, which creates uncertainty. However, this phenomenon requires us to change our thinking when it comes to traditional and sometimes monotonous work – to be flexible and alter our expectation that we must find one job for a lifetime.

to contact Dhaarini:
s.dhaarini@gmail.com
https://ch.linkedin.com/in/dhaarinis

Photo explained clockwise:

  1. My first hike in Chamonix, France happened to be the toughest one, yet the feeling of accomplishment was wonderful.
  2. My first solo trip to Barcelona where i befriended an Iranian which entirely changed my perspective towards Iran.
  3. My UN experience – that’s the famous Human Rights council hall.
  4. Finally with my ILO colleagues who happen to be my good friends. Specialty of this picture is that no one comes from the same country of origin.

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THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE – True stories of TRICHY students who took “the Road less traveled “

Humans have a tendency to take the beaten path. A lawyer’s son pursues Law, a doctor’s son pursues Medicine, CA is a family profession and rest of them including first generation learners take up Engineering.
Can you solve the problems of the future using the tools of the past? How many of us have the courage to listen to our inner voice – “I think I am” and create your own destiny.
How many of us can take the “Road less traveled “? We know that Trichy is well known for mundane, moronish,  dumb and thoroughly “in the box” lifestyle. But sometimes here and there we have flashes of brilliance. A kind of antimatter  or subatomic particle that does not follow the laws of nature.
We are going to be a conduit for bringing out the stories of these heroes or mavericks who have chiseled themselves out, rather than being an instrument in someone else’s hands.
So join us in this journey towards the discovery of the unknown. Every week we will unravel stories of hero’s.  We urge you, your family and your inner circle to keep a track of these stories, so that these ripples could create a tsunami of difference to our very own land ‘Trichy’.

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If you want something in your life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something you’ve never done.

Albert Einstein once quoted – “Insanity is doing the same things again and again and expecting different results.”

No matter how hard we try, change is inevitable. Someone once said – if we are not moving forward, we are going backwards. One cannot remain in the same place. In my personal experience, it is really heart-rending to watch our older generation like our parents not knowing anything about how fast the world is moving. There is a massive shift happening and i don’t think i am fully prepared for it.

When i was in school, the only mode of learning was books, teachers and exams. Today my daughter is of the opinion that she can learn everything at home with the help of internet. This was unimaginable a few years ago. What was inconceivable then, is becoming a reality now.

Compaq, Standard Oil, Arthur Anderson and Sony Ericson just to name a few – these world famous companies no longer exist.

Nokia Case Study:

Something to ponder: During the press conference to announce NOKIA being acquired by Microsoft, Nokia CEO ended his speech saying this “we didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost”. Upon saying that, all his management team, himself included, teared sadly. Nokia has been a respectable company. They didn’t do anything wrong in their business, however, the world changed too fast. Their opponents were too powerful. They missed out on learning, they missed out on changing, and thus they lost the opportunity at hand to make it big. Not only did they miss the opportunity to earn big money, they lost their chance of survival.

 The message of this story is, if you don’t change, you shall be removed from the competition. It’s not wrong if you don’t want to learn new things. However, if your thoughts and mindset cannot catch up with time, you will be eliminated.

Conclusion:

1. The advantage you have yesterday, will be replaced by the trends of tomorrow. You don’t have to do anything wrong, as long as your competitors catch the wave and do it RIGHT, you can lose out and fail.

  1. To change and improve yourself is giving yourself a second chance. To be forced by others to change, is like being discarded. Those who refuse to learn & improve, will definitely one day become redundant & not relevant to the industry. They will learn the lesson in a hard & expensive way.

Are we constantly working on coping with this revolution? – by Savitri

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The 99 Club – are you a member too ?

Hi friends,

I am not against success or achievement. Once someone told me “I is rich” is better than “I am poor”. What keeps me bemused is the hoarding mentality of human beings. Isn’t one car, one phone, one t.v or one house enough for a happy living. Isn’t that how our parents and grandparents lived. I came across this thought provoking story today which kindled my thoughts. Hope it does the same to you – by Savitri

The 99 Club – Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was not happy at all.

One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he worked. This fascinated the King; Why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the Land, unhappy and gloomy, while a lowly servant had so much joy?

The King asked the servant, ‘Why are you so happy?’

The man replied, ‘Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but my family and I don’t need too much – just a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummies.’

The king sought the advice of his most trusted advisor. After hearing the story, the advisor said, ‘Your Majesty, the servant has not yet joined “The 99 Club”.’

‘The 99 Club? And what is that?’ the King inquired.

The advisor replied, ‘To truly know what The 99 Club is, just place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at this servant’s doorstep.’

When the servant saw the bag, he let out a great shout of joy… so many gold coins. He began to count them. After several counts, he was at last convinced that there were only 99 coins.

He wondered, ‘What could’ve happened to that last gold coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 coins!’

He looked everywhere, but that final coin was elusive. Finally he decided that he was going to work harder than ever to earn that 100th gold coin.

From that day, the servant was a changed man. He was overworked, grumpy, and blamed his family for not helping him make that 100th gold coin.

And he had stopped singing while he worked.

Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King was puzzled. The advisor said, ‘Your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The 99 Club.’

He continued, ‘The 99 Club is a name given to those people who have enough to be happy but are never content, because they’re always wanting that extra 1, saying to themselves:

“Let me get that one final thing and then I will be happy for life.”

We can be happy with very little in our lives, but the minute we’re given something bigger and better, we want more …and even more! We lose our sleep, our happiness, as the price for our growing needs and desires.

That’s “The 99 Club”…

Zero Membership fee to enter, but you pay for it with your entire life!

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