He Lives and Breathes Art!! 8

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

-Feels a self-effacing artist Padmanabhan, who loves to sketch his thoughts and mind.

Those were the days when drawings, paintings, and art was thought just as a hobby and a lot many young artists were discouraged. Lack of knowledge about art, poverty, less motivation were few of the reasons for many not pursuing their career in art. Today with the emergence of appreciation for art and exposure, people are really following their love for art professionally.

But, coming from a family in which arranging daily food was also a struggle, following your passion for art and keeping it alive really deserves a salute. For Padmanabhan, passion for art was the only thing that made him never to give up. While his father spared no effort to feed the family and make the ends meet, he as a child was always interested in drawing and sketching everything that caught his eye and mind. With a hand to mouth existence, Padmanabhan could not even afford an eraser.

Well, an artist without a pencil and an eraser, it’s unimaginable, right? But as they say where there’s a will, there’s a way, his adoration to art made him invent his own ways.

I used the tyre rubber obtained from tyre shops as erasers. I used to mix various household things and made my own colours. Like, the turmeric makes a good yellow, while the turmeric with blue ink makes a green. I used rouge vermeil, coal, and other stuff from daily life for my paintings.

– says Padmanabhan with a megawatt smile as he gestures to emphasize just how deeply he loved his mission.

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Recognising his talent and determination, his father’s friend took him to a village exhibition where all the children could participate in a talent show. And Padmanabhan got his first break to become what he dreamed of. The officer of National Extension Scheme who was in the exhibition found him extremely talented and decided to fund his education through scholarship. With the scholarship, Padmanabhan finished an art course of five years in Mysore and started to work in Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, Heserghatta as an artist.

See, God helps those who helps themselves!!

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Remember those children books that you might have read from Amar Chitra Katha about our epic mythological and other comic stories? When such books were introduced, the use of computers was not much. Artists like Padmanabhan were hired to draw the pictures by hand, lettering, writing captions and write the entire ready script. He has written 100’s of such amazing story books under India Book House. He used to do those books after work, that’s what a passion is all about.

Today, Padmanabhan paints posters and wall hangings for free. He donates all his paintings to people, temples and to all who are interested in them.

He says,

When you love an art, you do not try to put a price to it. Because the kind of peace it offers you is something that one needs to experience to understand and it’s priceless.

True to his word, he also loves to teach children his techniques of painting. There are so many children who visit him to learn how to draw and his contentment becomes obvious with the patience he teaches them. Surprisingly, he does not charge even a rupee from them as well.

Padmanabhan is an artist who believes in simplicity, hard work, and being humble, truly an inspiration for youth who are aspiring to follow their passion in life. Isn’t he??

His message to youngsters is-

The world has changed in so many ways that today you have all the facilities to learn what you want. Do not waste the resources you have and use them to learn what you are interested in doing. Never give up on that one thing that makes you happy. There is always a purpose for why you are uniquely special in something.

Now, did that push you to do something? Well, his story has definitely made me work harder to follow my passion, writing. I have learned to walk that extra mile for what you want to be.

If you are inspired reading about him, do share it.


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Having a great marriage isn’t a rocket science. It’s simply a choice!! 2

Marriage in itself is an institution, that teaches you the best it can, only you need to be learning. Marriage is always a matter of pride, a matter of choice but ironically, people consider a good marriage as a matter of chance. Especially people who are going to get married would be wondering if someone able and eminent could advise them, what to do and what not to in their upcoming married life. Some piece of advice is shared here, that would make your marriage a real positive one.

Communication is the key

For the healthy matrimony relation, the communication that is clear and candid is the key. Each and every feeling should be clearly expressed and ground of understanding should be so strong that either of the partners should not hesitate to express himself at any moment. Do not take it for granted, that latest status update is automatic and your spouse is some “Antar Yami”. Express it, he will know.

Only change is constant

No matter what kind of time (good or bad), you face in life, just face it by staying positive and together. Do remember time is not constant at all. Today may be his/her bad phase, may be a period that is not awesome and everything is moving downhill. Remember ” This shall too pass”. Just be together!!

Affection breeds more of the same

At any point in time, one feels less affection in the marriage relation, one should put in more affection himself in the relation itself. For you get what you give. Complaining always that ” Aap Mujhe Pyaar nai karte..”, expect same from you also. It is known for the fact that more you nurture your relation with affection, the more it produces the same.

Let go is the ‘Achook’ mantra

One has to see that nothing is more valuable than a marriage of yours. So, let things go, how hurtful they seem. Let go small issues, if any. After all, a happy marriage is a union of two great forgivers! Marriage is not something like your wifi connection that if you are not connected for some time, you start searching for other operators with more bandwidth. Stop searching for options! “Yeh nai toh Aur sahi” is the wrong statement.

Say the problems to solve the problems

Walking away from arguments or staying silent over the issues will not work in a relation. Better say things and hear the others point of view on the same. ” Agar main Kuch nai keh rahi, toh tum samajh jao”, Really! Technically it is not possible. Never stop dialogue coz it conveys and resolves.

Be friends who are equal in all aspects

Before partners, you should be friends with each other. You should be ready to give each other equality of thoughts, speech and expression. If you want independence, going out at friends home for gupshup or kitty, wants to go to your cousin’s place for staying with kids or go shopping without disturbance, what if your spouse too, wants to chill out with his friends and go on boys trip, let him. Behave like friends to each other before behaving as life partners.

Give and receive space

It is okay to give the required space to your partner when desired. Space doesn’t mean isolation or ignoring something, but most of the time it means to revive oneself. Give your partner his/her space, why are you wearing this shirt always, why are you texting always why don’t you do this, why do you like that always…Stop! he/she is also human, let him breathe too.

Believe me, marriage is the beautifulest relationship as you can dance, sing, eat, do whatever with your bestest friend who is yours and yours only…..forever. So, enjoy it and cherish it.

She believes that tea isn’t just another drink, it’s an experience! 3

In a country like India where , the iconic “Wah Taj” advertisement on DD National, with Zakir Hussain, the tabla maestro, endorsing tea at Taj Mahal is a real scene in almost every household as mornings begin with the conventional milk chai, there is a woman who is on a mission to bring quality tea, in a delicious way to everyday lives of people. Meet Ruhani Sandhu, founder of Rangsaa who is an engineer by education and an entrepreneur by choice.

Newness begins with a departure from the old thinking. In a country like India, where more than 98% tea drinkers drink typical milk tea and are not aware of premium tea segment, we wanted to create a unique product, a healthy drink that encourages people to look at tea differently. This departure in thinking created a new possibility. It created Rangsaa.

– says Ruhani Sandhu, the creative brain behind all unique Rangsaa tea recipes.

In the past few decades when women have taken lead in every field one could imagine, Ruhani’s venture Rangsaa started a movement to promote advance tea drinking culture and bring awareness of global teas.

Her tea journey began when she moved to the US for her higher studies but much of her passion for tea is credited to her Chinese roommate, who often took her to tea ceremonies across New York. Coming back to India brought in a big change in her life. Having lived a quarter of her life in the US, she was habituated to a certain kind of tea that she couldn’t find in India.

Even the popular Indian brands that talked about premium loose tea or premium tea blends were actually selling very low grade and stale tea.

– recalls Ruhani who believes that tea isn’t just another drink, it’s an experience.

She went on to have a successful corporate career in India but tea was always on her mind. In 2012, she partnered with her school friend and designed a unique tea menu for his start-up concept tea cafe called ‘Chaayos’. This was her first ‘break’ in tea, an opportunity to experiment on such a large scale.

This experience accelerated her desire to create recipes and the styles of tea that she wanted to popularise. The simplicity and spirituality associated with tea intrigued her to the extent that she decided to quit her job and started her blog ‘Love for Tea’ (www.loveforteas.com) which soon became popular among tea lovers with over 15,000 readers across 150 countries today.

Within no time, she embarked on her own venture – Rangsaa, a premium tea brand that derives its name from the words ‘rang’ and ‘saa’; rang means ‘color’ in Hindi and ‘saa’ means tea in Assamese respectively, blending to form ‘colorful tea’.

We work with several chefs and artists to create a fancy eco-system around tea and related products, with an aim to educate people about quality tea and promote it as a healthy drink.

– tells Ruhani who aspires to foster an advance tea drinking culture, establishing her brand in the premium tea segment.

While there were times when her dream of creating the best tea blends seemed impossible due to the reluctance of tea gardens to work with the domestic market owing to a lack of demand and price-for-quality issues, she remained driven and passionate about tea.

With tea industry as big as Google, Rangsaa’s blends and tisanes are the results of a precise and careful selection of evocative herbs with proven health benefits, designed for the modern tea drinker. Creating blends that can transform into delicious fitness drinks, cocktails and even used in cooking is Rangsaa’s innovative step in escaping from our fixed ideas about tea.

What else can a ‘chai lover’ ask for?

So, next time you look for some luxuriant tea experience, Rangsaa is the ultimate destination.

You can find Rangsaa at www.rangsaa.com .