Ifti Khan, Superintendent Pharmacist at Well Pharmacy, who will be observing Ramadan himself, said: “Confusion can sometimes arise when it comes to medication and managing health conditions whilst fasting…reports Asian Lite News
With Ramadan starting this week, a leading independent pharmacy chain has issued some myth-busting advice on managing your health and the use of medication while fasting, including prescribed medicines, injections and eye drops, to name a few.
While Ramadan month is a total fast in terms of oral consumption, it’s still ok to have vaccinations and blood tests during that period, say Well Pharmacy, and to use eye drops or use other medical items that are not ingested through the mouth.
It’s also important for people to keep taking their prescribed medication over the Ramadan period – and Well Pharmacy are stressing that anyone who is concerned should speak to their pharmacist about whether they can take their medicine at different times, as stopping it could have serious consequences.
Ramadan involves complete abstinence from both food and drink between dawn and sunset, including water. As one of the five pillars, or duties, of Islam, fasting during the month of Ramadan is mandatory for all healthy adult Muslims. Its purpose is to remind Muslims of the less fortunate whilst reinforcing the need to be thankful.
Ifti Khan, Superintendent Pharmacist at Well Pharmacy, who will be observing Ramadan himself, said: “Confusion can sometimes arise when it comes to medication and managing health conditions whilst fasting.
“If you are worried, please pop in and speak to your local pharmacist as they may be able to allay your fears – it is important to keep managing your health during Ramadan.
“Having injections or vaccinations is fine, as are blood tests, using eye or ear drops, and using anything that you don’t consume orally – so nicotine and other transdermal patches, pessaries and dialysis, for example. It’s also ok if you eat and drink as a result of a condition which causes forgetfulness.
“You should also keep taking prescribed medications during Ramadan as not doing so could have serious consequences, but we’d recommend speaking to your pharmacist who is best placed to advise if the times that you take them can be changed or the doses adjusted.
“You should also continue to attend any medical appointments you have booked assuming you feel well enough. If you become unwell while fasting, you can break your fast if you want to on the account of avoiding harm – again, if this happens you should speak to your pharmacist or GP. People fasting can sometimes feel bloated or constipated, especially in the first few days. There are over-the-counter medicines available to help with this, and our pharmacy teams can help with a recommendation.
“People who are exempt from fasting during Ramadan are able to make an obligatory donation to provide meals for people who need help, and it’s important not to risk your health.
“To stay as healthy as possible during Ramadan, try to eat healthy meals when breaking your fast, and make sure that you stay hydrated. Take some light exercise if you can – and if you smoke, why not harness some of your self-control into quitting for good. Again, speak to your pharmacist if you need advice.”
Our ego makes us believe that success is happiness. People are trying hard to work, live and achieve pleasure but we can’t achieve happiness rather, we have to learn the art of being happy. This is Spirituality – evolving from achievement to contentment and fulfilment and then finally, to Enlightenment…reports Asian Lite News
What is the true meaning of Life? Life is liberation from ignorance and finding enlightenment, to be able to transcend our mind and the myth we have grown up with. What are we humans working for? We learn and we earn, only for others to burn what we earn. We don’t realize that what we are working for has no meaning. We are working but there is no purpose and before we realize it, our life escapes us.
In Spirituality, we develop a purpose. We find out, ‘Who am I and why am I here?’ Spirituality is the science of the spirit. It makes us realize that life has a purpose and while it must be lived with optimism, work must be done following the ‘ABC Principle’ – A – Accept life without protest as it is the result of our Prarabdha Karma or past actions. B – do our best in whatever we do. In that way, our Agami Karma or present actions are positive. Then C – surrender in Consciousness, in thoughtlessness where thoughts come one after another and don’t disturb our peace. Therefore, when work is done as Karma Yoga and when we start working as a Divine Instrument, our life becomes Divine. This is Spirituality. Spirituality is realizing the simple truth that I am not this body, mind, and ego but the Divine Soul. As long as we live by our ego, then our Mind and Ego, ME will create Karma – good or bad – and we will return to this earth in a rebirth.
If we want to balance work and life through spirituality, the only way to do that is to remove the ‘balance’ itself. There is no need to balance but we need to devote and dedicate our life to SIP – the Supreme Immortal Power we call God. Yes, we have to do our work. Yes, we have to live our life but we have to live it with Spiritual Realization. We must live life with the Enlightenment of the Truth that ‘nothing is mine, I come alone and I go alone and nobody is mine.’
Our ego makes us believe that success is happiness. People are trying hard to work, live and achieve pleasure but we can’t achieve happiness rather, we have to learn the art of being happy. This is Spirituality – evolving from achievement to contentment and fulfilment and then finally, to Enlightenment.
Spirituality leads to Liberation from the triple suffering of the body, mind, and ego that can be experienced as the pain of the body, misery of the mind, and agony of the ego. A Spiritual person need not balance life and work. Our work becomes our life and our life gets dedicated to working as a Divine Instrument. This is being Spiritually enlightened. This is evolving beyond body, mind, and ego and living as a Divine Soul.
Hence, Spiritual life is where work and life blend in the Realization that I am the Divine spirit, I am the Soul. SOUL is a Spark Of Unique Life. When we realize that we are the Soul, life becomes a celebration and work becomes a matter of complete surrender to the Supreme Divine and one starts living as an instrument of the Supreme Power that we call God. As a Divine Instrument, we seek nothing because we know that desires are the cause of disappointments and misery. We transcend the Mind and Ego, ME, and we live in a state of Consciousness. Spirituality is thus realizing that this world is a show, we are actors, we come and we go!
We must transcend Karma. Normally, people work and live trying to create good Karma but they don’t realize the simple truth that creating good Karma also means that they have to return to the earth to reap the rewards of their Karma and undergo the suffering of the world. Spirituality liberates us from Karma because we can’t be free from the action but can be free in action. When whatever we do, is not done by us but the Divine did through us, we experience oneness with the Divine. We don’t own Karma anymore. We don’t perform any action. Everything is done by the Divine and we become Karma Yogi. We are always connected with the Divine through Karma Yoga. When we live as a Karma Yogi, our life ceases to have a separate identity because we transcend our ME, the Mind, and Ego. We become nothing and thus we become everything. When the wave becomes an ocean, then there is no difference between the wave and the ocean.
With Spirituality, when we become one with the Divine, then there is no need to balance work and life. When we balance, we are going in two opposite directions but when we blend, we live as a Divine Soul. We move towards the ultimate destination of Realization of the Truth, Liberation from all suffering, and ultimately, Unification with the Divine. Work and life then become only a matter of Purification and Illumination.
Are we going to continue to exist just like that till we die or are we going to find out, ‘Who am I and why am I here?’ We need to be liberated from ignorance and become enlightened with the truth. This is our life’s ultimate goal – to realize that we are the Divine Soul. Only then, will we be able to blend our life and work and live as a Spiritual Soul.
(AiR – Atman in Ravi, is a Spiritual leader and Founder of AiR Institute of Realization and AiRCenter of Enlightenment)
Talking about bringing together Western and Indian sensibilities to his work, he opines that as a musician one may feel they compete with each other at times. However, ultimately, these cultural differences become superficial, and the music transcends all of them…writes Sukant Deepak
He says playing the drums requires all four limbs to work together in synchronicity, creating a unique voice that is specific to the individual. That when one is on the drums, it is all about surrendering control and becoming a physical vehicle for the instrument to play through the person.
Adding that one develops a relationship with the drums, and “if you have a good enough connection, they will treat you well, but if not, they may not talk to you”, Ranit Barot, one of India’s best-known says, “When every day I look at my drums before playing them, it encourages me to play more. You believe that each drum has a unique sonic marker that you absorb into your brain, and that you spend your whole life chasing the sound you hear in your mind, which is why you keep playing.
“Overall, it seems like I have a deep respect and reverence for the drums and the art of drumming. Playing the drums is not just about technique, but also about developing a relationship and connection with the instrument. I did not necessarily find the drums, but rather they found me.”
Festival Curator of the one-day ‘Mahindra Percussion Festival’ held in Bangalore on March 18, Barot, who guitar legend John McLaughlin calls as “one of the leading edges in drumming”, feels it (the festival) has the potential to showcase the diverse range of drumming and musicianship in India and beyond, including folk, tribal, and contemporary styles. “By highlighting these traditions, the festival can shed a spotlight on indigenous cultures from Latin America and even Native American Indian cultures.”
Talking about bringing together Western and Indian sensibilities to his work, he opines that as a musician one may feel they compete with each other at times. However, ultimately, these cultural differences become superficial, and the music transcends all of them.
Stressing that after reaching a point where all the cultural differences disappear, one is in a place that has no nationality, no color, and no face, he says, “It is a place where everyone is resonating at the same frequency, and it’s just bouncing ideas off to each other. It’s amazing how music can bring people from different parts of the world together, regardless of their background or culture. It’s a tool that helps us transcend our human limitations and connect with each other on a deeper level. So, in the end, music trumps all music, and it’s something that we can all enjoy and appreciate regardless of our differences.”
Optimistic about the contemporary independent music scene in the country, the musician who has worked extensively in the film industry believes it to the music industry what independent films are to the movie industry. “OTT platforms are getting a lot of good content, just as indie musicians are talking about real-life stories that resonate with audiences, particularly younger listeners.
There are many indie artists out there, and I’ve seen my daughter perform in front of crowds of 8,000 to 12,000 people, which is a testament to the growing attraction of original music that’s not driven by glamor or flash. I’ve been playing drums for over 45 years, but I know that it’s not just me that’s drawing such big crowds.”
Also, a film score music composer and a longtime associate of A.R. Rahman, the musician, who is legendary dancer Sitara Devi’s son asserts he never felt any pressure from her to pursue a career in music, in fact, she wanted him to become a doctor. “My mother’s attitude, desire, and relentless nature to be the best influenced me the most. Her name didn’t get me the job; it was my merit that got me where I am today. I attribute my success and my hard work to my mother’s influence.”
Working with John McLaughlin was a life-changing experience for Barot as it refined him as a musician and gave him immense confidence. Adding that it taught him how to approach the drum set in ensemble playing and how to write for Indian musicians, he says, “Indian music is ragga-driven, and when you combine it with the Western harmony, it takes a lot of knowledge to make the two worlds meet seamlessly. John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension gave me the best education I could get in this regard. Gary Husband and Etienne Mbappe, the other two members of the band, also informed me equally about all aspects of being in a rhythm section and soloing.”
“It was a complete experience that taught me how to be complete without having to play too much or have any excess baggage. Everything I am today would not have happened if I had not been part of that band,” he concludes.
Commenting on the simplest and the most basic commercial design element which is also the most important, he adds: “Colours always play a key role in creating the desired look, feel, and appeal for a commercial space…reports N Lothungbeni Humtsoe
Interior design for business areas is frequently far more sophisticated than design for residential ones. This is due to the fact that commercial space is visited and inhabited on a regular basis by a diverse range of people. Designers must solicit advice from all stakeholders with a direct or indirect vested interest in the business when planning and developing commercial offices.
Every internal and external stakeholder of a firm, from the founder and CEO to customers and partners, will have a say in the interior design of its commercial space (an office, a restaurant, a lounge, etc.). As a result, it is critical to creating a complete design brief before the designers begin working on your commercial space.
The lighting arrangement and the colour palette to be used
Lighting and colours often go hand-in-hand when it comes to the importance of a commercial design. According to Kunal Shama, the founder, and CEO, of Flipspaces, it is important to include the areas you want to be lit more or less than the rest of the space, “Clearly mention all the sources of light you want in the design brief. Whether you want your commercial space to be lit up more by natural light or artificial sources such as false ceilings and LED lights, brief your designers to prepare a layout accordingly.”
Commenting on the simplest and the most basic commercial design element which is also the most important, he adds: “Colours always play a key role in creating the desired look, feel, and appeal for a commercial space. Using the right colour palette evokes favourable reactions and emotions within your employees and customers as they visit your commercial space. Along with the amount and sources of light in your commercial space, it is also important to add the colours you want a light to emit. Make sure these colours are in sync with the central theme and the colours you want on the walls, furniture articles, etc. Make sure your colour palette is in sync with your business and its offerings. For example, using colours like grey, white, and sea green may not be the best option for designing a Chinese restaurant. On the other hand, these colours go well with a commercial design created for the headquarters of an IT company.”
Composition Of Desks And Cabins
Adding on to the composition of an desks and cabins which is another key aspect to include in office’s interior design brief, the founder of commercial interior designer – Flipspaces says: “The design of your employees’ desks and cabins has an impact on their attitude and work routine. Don’t forget to indicate the type of floor plan you want. Following the COVID crisis, an increasing number of enterprises have chosen for open floor plans. These ideas do away with walled cabins or cubicles, allowing for fluid cooperation and the creation of an inclusive work environment. Make certain that you express these things to your designers as effectively as feasible.”
A Coherent Theme
“Most firms prefer to use a consistent theme throughout their commercial premises, especially if they have many locations. To ensure that your concept is properly reflected in the design, it is always best to be quite explicit about it. Check that your design concept is consistent with your brand and the clients you serve,” says Kunal Shama talking about a certain theme in mind.
When it comes to the relevance of break-out regions, it has grown dramatically in the post-pandemic world. He asserts: “Workers no longer want to spend their days at their desks. They wish to take some time off to relax and revitalise before returning to work. Even if you are unable to devote a major section of your office space to a break-out room, keep some portion dedicated to your employees’ leisure.”
The Use Of Nature
Lastly, a sustainable commercial designs have grown in popularity over time. Businesses are opting for biophilic designs that incorporate natural features such as potted plants, furniture made of wood and bamboo, etc., a little waterfall, and so on.
“If you are interested in sustainable biophilic designs, make sure to explain your concept to your commercial interior designers in the design brief. This will not only offer your workstation an exotic aspect, but will also allow you to develop a symbiotic relationship with nature,” concludes Kunal Shama.
Use oil on your hair too. People with long hair can tie their hair into a bun or ponytail. This will prevent the colour from harming the roots of the hair and will also ensure that the colour from the hair washes off easily…reports Jaishree Sharad
Holi is a festival of colours and one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the country, especially in North India. Holi is also symbolic of the triumph of good over evil.
Aptly called as the festival of colours, it is that time of the year again when people come together, rejoice and apply colour on each other to share their joy. However, a lot of people use heavy metals and chemicals instead of organic colours and this may be detrimental to the skin and eyes as well. Let us see how to take care of our skin during Holi:
Skin issues due to holi colour which is not organic :
irritant contact dermatitis
allergic contact dermatitis
flare up of acne, dandruff, atopic, psoriasis
The black paste has lead oxide, Green has copper sulphate, and red has mercury sulphate. The shimmering given to these colours is by mica and powdered glass, which are meant for industrial use. All these can cause skin irritation. There can be itching, a red rash and irritation on the area of contact.
First of all, it is advisable to use natural/skin friendly and organic colours or the ones made by reputed companies using natural products. Colours made from flowers and coloured vegetables like beetroot are the safest.
Apply a moisturizer with ceramides and occlusives such as oils (coconut oil, mineral oil, almond oil, etc) butters (shea butter, cocoa butter), waxes such as bee’s wax, white soft, yellow soft, paraffin, petrolatum, silicones prior to playing Holi to all exposed parts of the skin. Occlusive ingredients form a barrier on the skin which shields the skin from harmful chemicals.
Follow it up with a waterproof sunscreen which has SPF of at least 50 and is broad spectrum ie it provides protection from UVA, UVB, infrared and blue light.
Make sure to wear clothes that cover the maximum part of your body.
Petroleum jelly should be applied under nails and soles, elbows and other dry areas of the body.
Use oil on your hair too. People with long hair can tie their hair into a bun or ponytail. This will prevent the colour from harming the roots of the hair and will also ensure that the colour from the hair washes off easily.
Apply dark colour nail paint to your nails so that the nails do not get coloured.
Skin care after playing with colours:
Use a gentle cleanser or a cream cleanser to cleanse your face. You may also opt for baby oils to remove colour. However, if you have acne prone skin, use a cleanser with aloe vera or grape seed extract instead of baby oil to prevent clogging of pores. Avoid using foam based cleansers and soaps . They can alter the skin pH and cause dryness and irritation. Do not rub the skin vigorously. Avoid using hot water to wash your face or to bathe.Hot water could rip off the moisture from your skin. Use lukewarm water or water with normal temperature instead. Do not try to remove the colour at one go if it doesn’t come off. You could always try the next day.
Shampoo your hair immediately after you play holi. Make sure you use a conditioner too.
Remember to use a good ceramide-based moisturizer on the entire body after a shower.
For irritated skin or minor rashes, apply a mixture of calamine lotion. Apply an ice pack on the irritated skin. If the condition persists, go to a dermatologist.
In case of any rash or allergy, treatment would include taking a non-sedative, anti-allergic tablet, like Cetrizine or fexofenadine (allegra).
(Dr Jaishree Sharad, internationally renowned cosmetic dermatologist, Author, TEDx speaker, Founder of Skinfinitii Aesthetic Skin and Laser Clinic)
Throughout the 12-month Come All Creators festival, the brand will honour its distinctive 150-year history while anticipating an innovative future with the help of cherished partners, gifted artists, and explorers…reports Asian Lite News
The 1873-founded Kohler Co. has a history of developing innovations for cooking and bath spaces, energy-resilient products, opulent hospitality experiences, and major championship golf that have changed entire industries. The brand’s ethos and goal of gracious living are at their core creativity and cutting-edge design.
The iconic brand is built on the bold creators who work around the globe, as well as on the consumers and trade groups who give the company’s goods a unique and artistic life. As it embarks on its 150th anniversary, the global organisation invites all associates, partners, and customers to participate in the celebration through a series of special events and activations around the world, including limited-edition product releases, commemorative apparel, and storytelling through digital content – all captured under the anniversary theme of Come All Creators.
“Bold moves and an entrepreneurial spirit are in our DNA and have deep meaning within our organisation – starting with our founder John Michael Kohler who formed our company in Wisconsin together with an immigrant workforce creating new and better lives for their families,” said Chair and CEO David Kohler, the fourth generation of Kohler family leadership, and only the ninth person to lead the company. “As we celebrate our 150 years of achievements, learnings, and growth, we encourage all passionate creators to join our pursuit of continuous improvement in providing gracious living for future generations through better design, innovation, wellness, and sustainability.”
“The ingenuity and passion of our associates and customers are the catalysts to creating new ideas, effective partnerships, and a better world for future generations,” said Chief Sustainability and DEI Officer, Laura Kohler. “Looking back on Kohler’s many pioneering milestones inspires us to look forward and create new avenues to improve our planet, our lives and communities – one idea, one product, one partnership, one act of impact at a time.”
Throughout the 12-month Come All Creators festival, the brand will honour its distinctive 150-year history while anticipating an innovative future with the help of cherished partners, gifted artists, and explorers. To help bring the initiative to life, Kohler Co. partnered with American artist and innovator Daniel Arsham to conceive the commemorative 150th anniversary creative identity through logos and marks, typography, and lettering to meld the company’s storied heritage with its “leading boldly” approach to the future.
Commenting on the same, Vishal Chadha, Managing Director – K&B, India & South Asia, Kohler said “As we commemorate our 150th anniversary, we applaud all creators who share our passion to envision a better future for all. Our innovative and technologically advanced products & services reflect our vision for the future of bathroom design.”
Celebrations will have a special edition in India starting at India Design (ID) 2023, the marquee event for architects and designers. Kohler’s installation at pre-symposium area with bold colours will put up a unique display of six heritage colours dating back from 1927 to 1973. These colours were received with great acclaim when they were launched and have laid the foundation for the bold look of Kohler.
Speaking on the occasion, Salil Sadanandan, President, Kohler K&B India, Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa said, “150 years is an important landmark for Kohler India business as it inspires us to remain committed to company’s guiding principle of being at the leading edge of design and technology.
Carrying forward the legacy of innovation, we plan to launch multiple industry first products rooted in unique needs of Indian consumers. We are already the most admired and recommended brand by consumers as well as customers and 150th year anniversary is a great occasion to celebrate with them.”
The celebration will continue through the year with Heritage walks across major metro cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Anchored by leading conservation architects, the walk will explore the architectural heritage of India and interpret it in contemporary context.
A glamorous finish featuring big, bold curls are perfect for any dinner date. Show off your gorgeous curly hairstyle by wearing it down and adding a sparkly hair accessory, like a headband, tiara, or hairpins…reports Asian Lite News
Having trouble styling your mane for dates, special events, or daily occasions? Dyson India presents its first styling lookbook, which features styles ranging from tousled curls to sleek straight hair. With the Dyson AirwrapTM multi-styler, you can achieve salon-quality hair at home. Celebrity hairstylist Marianna Mukuchyan breaks down the four hairstyles you need to attempt right away to give your hair more pizzaz.
Straight and sleek
The classic straight, sleek never goes out of style. Add hair accessories to add more flair to the look.
To achieve this look:
. Start with towel-dried hair and attach the Coanda smoothing dryer and select the drying mode.
. Pre-dry your hair to 80 per cent dry.
. Attach the soft smoothing brush, known to create a smooth blow-dry finish.
. Choose the high speed and high heat and smooth from roots to ends in sections until dry.
. Attach the Coanda smoothing dryer that smooths and hides flyaways.
. Select smoothing mode and choose the high speed and low heat.
. Start at the front left of the parting, glide from roots to ends, and repeat around the head.
. Add hair accessories such as stick-on pearls on a few front pieces of your hair to amp up your look.
A glamorous finish featuring big, bold curls are perfect for any dinner date. Show off your gorgeous curly hairstyle by wearing it down and adding a sparkly hair accessory, like a headband, tiara, or hairpins.
To achieve this look:
. Star with towel-dried hair and attach the Coanda smoothing dryer. Select the drying mode and pre-dry the stresses to 70 per cent dry.
. Attach the soft smoothing brush, known to create a smooth blow-dry finish.
. Choose the medium speed and medium heat. Smooth out frizz.
. Divide hair into 3 sections. Dived your back hair section further into 5 parts.
. Attach the 40mm long barrel that will create voluminous curls and waves for longer hair.
. Change the airflow direction to the left and choose the high speed and high heat.
. Introduce the left section of your back hair to the barrel at mid-length and set with a cold shot for 5-10 seconds. Slide down to release the curl.
. Change the airflow direction to the right and repeat for the right section.
. Set your curls with a fixing spray and gently loosen your curls for the final look.
Create beautiful, tousled waves that are sure to leave your partner spellbound on your brunch date. It is a great way to look effortless, classy, chic, and relaxed. Pair it up with a floral or pastel attire for an elegant look.
To achieve this look:
. Start with towel-dried hair and attach the Coanda smoothing dryer, a multi-functional attachment that quickly prepares hair for styling.
. Select the drying mode and choose the high speed and high heat to pre-dry your tresses to 70 percent.
. Attach the firm smoothing brush to create a smooth blow-dry finish.
. Select the high speed and high heat to smoothen out the frizz.
. Now apply your favourite hair styling product and divide your hair into sections for effortless styling.
. Attach the 20 mm long barrel to create voluminous curls and waves in both directions. Set the airflow direction to curl outwards from the left side of your face.
. Wrap a section of your hair and hold it in place until dry. Set the curl with a cold shot for 5-10 seconds and slowly let go of the curl.
. Next, change the airflow direction for the other sections of hair and repeat on the other side.
Now run your fingers through your hair for a tousled look and you are done.
Voluminous Blow Dry
The perfect voluminous blow-dry is quick and easy that can make your hair look effortlessly glamorous, full of shine and volume, setting the tone for the perfect valentine’s day date.
To achieve this look:
. Start with towel-dried hair and attach the Coanda smoothing dryer. Select the drying mode.
. Pre-dry your tresses to 80% dry.
. Divide your hair into sections and attach the firm smoothing brush.
. Choose the high speed and high heat and smooth from roots to ends in sections until dry. Repeat on all other sections.
. Attach the round volumizing brush to add body and shape to your tresses. Choose medium speed, medium heat and create outward curls on each section.
. Set the curl with a cold shot for 5-10 seconds and slowly release the curls.
. To create volume at the crown area, brush right from the roots to the tip.
. Attach the Coanda smoothing dryer to hide the flyways and get a smooth finish.
. Select the smoothing mode and choose the high speed and low heat.
. Start at the front of the parting and just touch the smoothing dryer to your hair surface. Do not push.
. Smooth over the top section of your hair, leaving out the ends. Repeat the same on all side’s top section.
AIC-RNTU is located at Raisen, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The incubation centre was established in June 2018 and has been continuously supporting startups since then…reports Lothungbeni Humtsoe
We are all aware of the importance of entrepreneurship in terms of providing products and jobs, but most importantly in terms of functioning as the source of economic growth in a specific state or country. With a vision to enhance the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem in Madhya Pradesh and rise as top leaders and contribute to the economy, AIC-RNTU Foundation, supported by NITI Aayog under Atal Innovation Mission was founded in the year 2018 under the leadership of CEO, Ronald Fernandez and Director AIC-RNTU Foundation, Siddharth Chaturvedi.
To help companies expand their businesses while also raising awareness and encouraging entrepreneurship as a career option among students. Through numerous events, workshops, and mentoring sessions, AIC-RNTU has engaged and supported 350+ entrepreneurs while also creating 250+ jobs. We spoke with Siddharth Chaturvedi, who walked us through the entire AIC-RNTU ecosystem.
Tell us about the INCUBATION facility. Where is it, and when did you start it?
Siddharth: AIC-RNTU Foundation, Bhopal is one of the leading Incubation centres of Central India, which is supported by Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog. AIC-RNTU has today become Central India’s leading name in startup incubation and has been working to support the Start-up ecosystem across all the functions viz. funding, mentoring, handholding, industry connect, workshops, investor connects, events, competitions, new age labs & dedicated office space, etc.
AIC-RNTU is located at Raisen, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The incubation centre was established in June 2018 and has been continuously supporting startups since then.
Could you perhaps share any case studies with us?
Siddharth: Medyseva Technologies Private Limited, a MedTech startup based out of Indore joined AIC-RNTU as an incubator at a very early stage. They were provided a seed fund support of INR 35 Lakhs by AIC-RNTU under Startup India Seed Fund Scheme. Medyseva is also a part of AIC-RNTU Discover Cohort 2022. The startup was provided mentoring and training through the vast pool of mentors associated with AIC-RNTU. AIC-RNTU also provided a market connection of 22000 centers in rural areas through the parent organization, AISECT Group to Medyseva. The startup recently raised an investment amount of INR 1.15 Crores from The Horses Stable (an Indian reality show created and conceptualized under the mentorship of entrepreneur and Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty).
Which companies are you currently sponsoring at the centre?
Siddharth: We have 74 startups incubated with us. As we are sector agnostic, the startups are from multiple sectors. Brands like Medyseva and Wonderlooms are some of the startups that have raised money from Angel Investors and VC Firms after being incubated at AIC-RNTU. Is AIC-RNTU self-funded or do you receive funding from the government?
Siddharth: AIC-RNTU Foundation is an Incubation Centre supported and funded by Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog. Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is an ambitious flagship program of NITI Aayog. Under its aegis, Rabindranath Tagore University was selected to establish Atal Incubation Centre by Niti Aayog amongst the 1200 second-round applicants. AIM grant was used to set up the state-of-the-art infrastructure of the incubation centre.
AIC-RNTU has also received Startup India Seed Fund Scheme by DPIIT, and Nidhi – Seed Support Scheme by DST (Department of Science & Technology) to support and fund eligible startups. What is the team size?
Siddharth: We are an 11 people team that includes Director, Chief Executive Officer, Assistant Manager, Incubation Officer, Assistant Incubation Officer, Accountant/Administration, Technical Person, Designers, and Consultant/Advisor.
Apart from this, AIC-RNTU also has a mentor pool of 80+ mentors, 50+ corporate partners, 30+ investors, and 10+ ecosystem partners to support the startups.
How do you manage training/workshops? Who conducts these sessions?
Siddharth: AIC-RNTU provides holistic exposure to promising startups. That’s why we have divided our incubation program according to the stage of the startups. Following is our Incubation Program :
Ideate Program: This program aims at helping innovation-driven startups in their cocoon stage to convert their invalidated business ideas into feasible prototypes. Under this program, we provide a dedicated technical mentor, access to our labs, access to co-working space, access to business mentoring sessions, patent support & corporate connections to startups. This is a 5-6 months program & expected outcome from the startup will be a feasible prototype that can be commercialised in a later stage
Discover Program: This program aims at startups who have their prototype in place but struggling with business models & customer acquisition. Under this program, we help them in making robust business models, and customer acquisition strategies and give them market access. Under this program, we provide a dedicated business mentor, access to our labs, access to co-working space, access to business mentoring sessions, patent support, access to a network, legal and accounting support, technical support, and H.R support. Duration – 9 Months
Growth Program: This program leads to investment, Under this program, we help startups in making their investment ready. Under this program, we provide a dedicated business mentor, access to our labs, access to co-working space, access to business mentoring sessions, patent support, access to the network, legal & accounting support, access to HNI’s/VCs, corporate connections & H.R support. Duration -3 Months.
A vast pool of 80+ mentors, which includes successful entrepreneurs from across the country, mentors from investment backgrounds, and domain experts are associated with AIC-RNTU for a holistic learning experience to startups. Startup training and workshops are mainly carried out through them.
AIC-RNTU has engaged and supported 350+ startups and created 250+ Jobs through various events- Please share more insights on this.
Siddharth: AIC-RNTU being an incubation center is working towards building a strong startup ecosystem in central India. For this purpose, we do multiple events which include conferences, investor networking events, business networking events, awareness and outreach events, etc. These events also help entrepreneurs gain the necessary exposure that they might not be getting otherwise.
Some of the prominent events include the EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) which is a premier global competition for students who own and operate a business, Dream Startup Challenge – in association with CII, DCB Bank Innovation Carnival, Navonmesh Startup Idea Challenge, i4 Summit to identify and support innovation from rural areas of central India, etc. Over the years, startups and innovators have benefited from such events.
Speaking about his return to Mumbai and driving the F1 car on Indian soil once again, David Coulthard said,”Namaste India! I am very excited to be coming back to your wonderful city again…reports Asian Lite News
F1 fans be prepared to get enthralled by racing legend and 13-time F1 grand prix winner David Coulthard, at the Red Bull Showrun in Mumbai. On Sunday, March 12, 2023, starting at 10 a.m., Red Bull India and Oracle Red Bull Racing, present a spectacle on the picturesque Bandra Bandstand roads in Bombay, with Coulthard behind the wheel of the legendary Oracle Red Bull Racing F1 car, the RB7.
Throughout its three-year tenure at the Buddh International Track, Red Bull Racing is still the only team to have won every Indian Grand Prix. They have previously brought their Showrun to the nation; Coulthard was in the driver’s seat for their last visit, which took place at the Hyderabad Showrun in 2015. Aras Gibieza, a freestyle stunt biker from Lithuania and a Red Bull athlete, will be performing a variety of performances in between the Red Bull Showrun. One of these is the Super Car Club’s Super Car Showcase.
Speaking about his return to Mumbai and driving the F1 car on Indian soil once again, David Coulthard said,”Namaste India! I am very excited to be coming back to your wonderful city again. It’s been a while since my last trip to Mumbai, but it feels like I never really left. India has gained such a strong fan base for F1. I am sure when I drive those dazzling streets at Bandstand, I will see a huge turnaround of the crowd. Looking forward to seeing you all in Aamchi Mumbai on March 12.”
David returns to the largest metropolis that never sleeps in 2009, 14 years after enthralling the audience in the first-ever Showrun at BandraWorli Sea Link. Red Bull Showrun seeks to bring Formula 1 car enthusiasts closer to the racetrack. The Mumbai Showrun follows a successful season for Oracle Red Bull Racing in which Max Verstappen dominated Formula One with the highest points total in the sport’s history. This Showrun is the ideal opportunity to give the Indian audience a glimpse of the exhilarating F1 action given the increasing popularity of F1 on a global scale and the recent success of Red Bull Racing.
Date: March 12, 2023
Timings: 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Bandra Bandstand, Mumbai.
For tickets: https://www.redbull.com/in-en/events/red-bull-show-run-mumbai-2023/tickets-for-red-bull-showrun-mumbai
One of the top-quality brands which offer the finest European finish modular kitchens. Wurfel manufactures luxury modular kitchens that are cancer free and made from self-sustainable, FSC certified forests…reports Asian Lite News
Every modern kitchen must have efficient space administration. With their innovation in modularity, various companies have created a wide range of options to maximise the use of compact areas and improve the utility of kitchens. A seamless cooking experience is provided by modular kitchens, which feature well-designed modules and components that provide aesthetically appealing cabinets with features and utility. Here are the top five brands offering an ultra-luxurious modular kitchen experience in India to match the overall design of your home.
One of the top quality brands which offer the finest European finish modular kitchens. Wurfel manufactures luxury modular kitchens that are cancer free and made from self-sustainable, FSC certified forests. The primary types of board used by the brand for their modular kitchens and wardrobes are High-Density, Water-Resistant Particle Board, MDF (Medium Density Fibre) Board and synchronised plywood. Wurfel also provides a lot of finishing options, such as laminate, poly-lacquer, glass, El Lucido etc. Their modular kitchens are timeless and crafted to make every meal a pleasurable experience.
REHAU Kitchen, a German artistry for Indian Kitchens. REHAU Kitchen promises seamless edge band kitchen cabinet & door, German Hardware and Accessories. The modular kitchen uses the brand’s newly launched RAUVISIO quartz stone for kitchen worktops that is considerably more hygienic and easier to clean due to its polished surface and fibre-free material while being more aesthetically appealing. RAUVOLET roller shutter adds more glamor & functionality to in a REHAU Kitchen.
The brand offers high-end, stylish modular kitchens in a variety of stunning colors. The cutting-edge technology blends elegance, high-end features, and luxury to perfectly complement the clients’ ideal kitchen ideas. The company also introduced handles-free kitchens with lighted LED profiles.
Sleek Kitchen by Asian Paints
The brand gives a striking makeover to your kitchen with vibrant shades available in both matte and gloss surfaces. It offers suitable base cabinets in a wide variety of color range, tall units, wall units, open cabinets and many more components to complement your kitchen. The innovative range and functional accessories benefits in enhancing the cooking experience.
Godrej Interio Kitchen
With the modern style that matches your personality, the brand offers two ranges of modular kitchens named Steel chef which is specially designed for Indian kitchen needs and Willow Work featuring a wooden framework with elegant aesthetics. A Godrej Interio Kitchen is designed especially for Indian cooking needs which have high oil and water usage and are perfect in the Indian weather conditions.
Today, modular kitchens are an essential component of every house. To provide you with a clutter-free cooking experience, it helps create a customised storage space with cabinets, skirting drawers, a pantry, a janitor pantry, and many other storage options. People are searching for Indian modular kitchen brands to fill this sizable need. To make cooking simple and enjoyable, one can choose from the aforementioned brands, which give a variety of regional and international options.