Friday, October 15, 2010

ART>Bliss by Siddharth Choudhary

Paintings & Digital works Exhibition  By  Siddharth Choudhary
22nd Novemver - 22nd November, 2010 / Preview:  1st November @ The Stainless Gallery, C-0, Ground floor, Mira Corporate Suites,  1&2, Old Ishwar Nagar, Next to Tata Indicom Building, Okhla Crossing, Mathura Road, New Delhi -110065


Bliss is a series of paintings and digital works, which offers an alternate perspective on our pursuit of endless needs, wants, desires and dreams. The exhibition is an attempt to explain how we go to great lengths and extent, to seek a blissful life. This more often than not manifests itself in our dependence on external, material factors. The images in this exhibition are a starting point. They  pose the question - Is it possible that we do not need to look any further than within ourselves in this pursuit? That Bliss, itself is contained within us?  That the day, when everything looked right, was because we felt right, within?

Invite you to engage in this dialogue and to look at “Bliss” by drawing from your own personal experience.

About Siddharth Choudhary:

Siddharth Choudhary is a self taught artist. He lives and works in Paris. He started painting in 2005 after a trip to Paris which played a pivotal role in his artistic development. He started his career as an actor and his earlier paintings have borrowed from that experience. (eg. “I wish..”  2008, solo exhibition with Ashish Balram Nagpal Galleries , Mumbai). As an actor, he appeared in several TV Commercialsand tv shows. His last acting assignment was the film “Don” released in 2006.  He has also worked briefly with NDTV as a camera person.

As an artist he has greatly benefited from his diverse work experience. With his upcoming solo exhibition “Bliss” at The Stainless Gallery , New Delhi , he sets to explore  digital and video art alongside paintings.

Siddharth Choudhary has held the following Exhibitions before:

2009 Indian Contemporary Art Show: a group show at Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong
2009It’s a beautiful life: a group show with Nitanjali Art Gallery, New Delhi
2008I wish …: a solo exhibition with Ashish Balram Nagpal Galleries for Contemporary Art, Mumbai
2005Her moods & moments: a solo exhibition with Ronak Art Gallery, Mumbai


2005 – 2008: Ashish Balram Nagpal Galleries for Contemporary Art, Mumbai

Collectors include JW Marriott, Bollywood personalities (Pooja Bhatt, Vivek Oberoi
  Konkana Sen, Isha Koppikar etc.), Media Houses (Times of India network, Excel Entertainment, etc.)

About The Stainless:

The Stainless, spread over 5500 Sq ft, technologically endowed, state of the art gallery is a force to reckon with in the contemporary space of art. It is the brainchild of Mrs. Deepikaa Jindal, Managing Director JSL Lifestyle Ltd. and Founding Director of the Stainless Gallery, for whom stainless steel is nothing short of an engaging and rewarding passion. The Gallery invites artists from diverse spheres of art to render their artistic imaginations and visions for creating sculptures and works of art using this medium. The Stainless is one of its kind gallery that provides not just an exhibition venue but also infrastructural support to create these artworks.

The Stainless Gallery began its journey with an enigmatic exhibition held in 2007, titled ‘The Lazy Forest’ by eminent designer Alex Davis. The Gallery continued its journey with ‘Saptarishis’ showcasing works of seven sculptors of the country, followed by ‘Ashtanayika’, an all-women show exhibiting artworks of eight female artists. ‘God & I’ by Vibhor Sogani, an innovative, young product designer & ‘Ekant’ by architect, Vishal K Dhar, were landmark shows for The Stainless. This state-of-the-art gallery not only has its own unique collection of eclectic art but also offers its space as an exhibition venue to other artists and galleries to showcase their works.

Going beyond Steel Art, It endeavors to host cutting edge and creatively charged exhibitions marked by concepts & creativity by contemporary painters, photographers, sculptors and artists from various walks & fields of art.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Films from Bengal > Nov 2010 by (IAAC)

A Conversation with Srijit Mukherji and Nandana Sen,Rituparno Ghosh and Deepti Naval & Aparna Sen and Rahul Bose on there films @'BEAUTIFUL EVOCATIVE FILMS FROM BENGAL: Japanese Wife, Memories in March, Autograph (with English Subtitles) by The Indo-American Arts Council

AUTOGRAPH> A struggling young director & his Matinee Idol

Directed by SRIJIT /INDIA, 2010, 128 min. US Premiere. Bengali (with English subtitles)
@Thursday, November 11 @ 6.00 PM @ SVA Silas Theatre


Autograph is the story of a struggling young director who musters up the courage to approach the reigning matinee idol of Tollywood with an idea for a film. This matinee idol is an arrogant man at the peak of his career. To prove a point to his detractors that he is perpetually one-up on destiny, when the daily horoscope predicts a particular day is inauspicious for business ventures, he blindly accepts any proposal submitted on that day. As luck would have it, the middle-of-the-road script is offered by the director on this very day. And much to the dismay of his cronies and secretary, the matinee idol accepts it. Here onwards, the film gets split into two parallel stories. One is of the story of the film within the film and the unconventional relationship brewing between the star and the leading actress. The other is an even more unconventional triangle between the director, the actress and the matinee idol. The two narratives are entwined as reel and real life converge and diverge through situations. The climax is where they converge. How this climax changes three lives forever forms the finale to this reel meets real story.

Director Srijit Mukherji:

An economist, statistician, actor, writer, and director, Srijit Mukherji has become a master of many trades. His foray into filmmaking started when he assisted Anjan Dutt on Madly Bangalee, apart from writing songs and acting in the movie as well. His next assignment was even more prestigious– assistant director, lyricist, and actor in Aparna Sen’s Iti Mrinalini. Autograph is his debut feature film as a director, where he has also written the story, screenplay and dialogues.

CAST: Prosenjit, Nandana Sen, Indranil Sengupta.

This Directorial debut ‘Autograph’ was a surprise addition to the line up at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival October 14. The highly anticipated Bengali film will be screened in the Showcase section, the festival’s selection of outstanding feature films from around the world. Offering the local audience an accomplished work by a talented first-time director, whose choice of cast and material is remarkable. 

Prosenjit, the numero uno of Bengali cinema for more than a quarter century, is steadily and surely extending the parameters of the famous and colourful and kitsch Poshenjit image to explore alternate avenues in screen performance. He has proved that he is one of the most versatile actors in the industry with a range that has acquired maturity and mellowness over the years. For the first time in his long career Prosenjit is playing himself on screen – not as Prosenjit but as a superstar who can twist the Bengali film industry around the little finger of his left hand. The name of the film is Autograph produced by Shri Venkatesh Films in association with Cinergy Pictures and directed by ace theatre person and Ph.D. dropout Srijit Mukherjee. Prosenjit plays Arun Chatterjee, a superstar. We nailed him down for a first-person interview about his views on this strikingly unusual role in a career spanning nearly three decades.

MEMORIES IN MARCH> Tries to dissect issuess of acceptance

Directed by SANJOY NAG, INDIA, 2010, 104 min. US Premiere. English, Hindi, Bengali (with English subtitles)
Friday, November 12 @ 6:30 PM @ SVA Silas Theatre


Arati Mishra, a middle-aged art curator based in Delhi, has her world crashing down on her when her beloved son, Siddhartha, a successful copywriter in his twenties living in Kolkata, is killed in a fatal car accident. As Arati comes to terms with the loss of her child, she is strong and conducts herself with dignity and poise. When she arrives in Kolkata to collect Siddhartha's things from his flat and office, she is brought deeper into his world when she meets his colleagues and is surrounded by his belongings. As the memories of her dearly departed son flood Arati's thoughts, she discovers a surprising part of Siddhartha's life that she refuses to accept. Arati must reevaluate the close relationship they used to have and rediscover a part of her son she never knew or thought could be.

Director Sanjoy Nag:

Sanjoy Nag, born and raised in Kolkata, started out with documentaries before branching out to television films and shows. Not much of a conformist, he learns faster when he goes against the rules. When he is not shooting he loves traveling or checking out food joints. He is also an obsessive daydreamer. Memories in March is his debut feature.

: Rituparno Ghosh, Raima Sen, Deepti Naval, Pradeep Rai

Deepti Naval: The unexplored talent of veteran actress Deepti Naval who did a brilliant role in Firaaq & many more movies to her credit played the lead role in Sanjay Nag’s under-production Hindi film Memories in March. The film in Hindi has now been given the new title of. “Written by Rituparno". She is Arati Mishra, an art curator who lives in Delhi. Through his friends and colleagues, she discovers that they knew him in ways different from the way she knew him as his mother.” She also finished directing her first film, Do Paise Ki Dhoop Char Aane Ki Baarish which she wrote herself. It is about a prostitute with a disabled child and a struggling songwriter who is gay. Memories in March is being produced by Shree Venkatesh Films. Debajyoti Mishra and it is cinematographed by Soumik Haldar.

"Memories In March", has made it to the Pusan IFF 2010. The film had its New York premiere at the MIAAC film Festival, 2010/
World Premiere at 15th PUSAN International Film Festival 2010 (Memories In March has been selected in the New Currents section at PIFF 2010 - the only international competition section featuring the first or the second feature films by the future leading directors of Asian cinema. This year’s New Currents Award given to two best feature films selected from works of new Asian directors in New Currents - a competitive section of PIFF. The jury consistes of world-famous film experts will choose winners with the hope to encourage continuous endeavor of discovering hidden jewels of Asian cinema, and US$ 30,000 will be awarded to each film.) Another jewel in the crown has come in the form of "MIM" being selected for the 12th MAMI International Film Festival held in Mumbai. 

Great time ahead for Bengali cinema!
- Ghosh

Though Kolkata-born director Sanjoy Nag's name is on the print as first-time director, Memories of March bears many of the imprints of Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh (Choker Bali, Raincoat), who both wrote and executive produced the movie, takes a co-lead role, and is also a prominent gay rights activist. Several of Ghosh's own movies could almost have worked as plays, and Memories, with its two-character conversations in rooms and cars, is no exception, though the film never feels cramped thanks to Nag's smooth, good-looking direction.

The script's "twist", which finally comes around the halfway point, is hardly a surprise, and it's only then, as Arati's conservative mother and Ghosh's clearly gay ad agency executive are thrown together to work out their shared grief, that the film finally gets down to business. Using occasional soundtrack songs to expand on the underlying tone of sadness, the movie is at its best when the three lead characters share memories of the young man they all loved in various ways: his bright, optimistic voice is heard on the soundtrack in letters that strikingly contrast with the melancholy of the present.

Where the script falls down is when it tries to dissect issues of gay "acceptance": the dialogue here seems arch and old-fashioned, and hardly natural in such intimate conversations. Arati, however, is generally very good, and develops a chemistry with Ghosh (who began his career in the ad business) that even makes his overplayed role as the son's older, mincing lover seem valid in some scenes. As the young female colleague who confesses she once had a crush on the son, Raima Sen is notable, moving easily between caring and media-type no-nonsense.

THE JAPANESE WIFE >The Japanese Wife is about a long-distance marriage between two introverts

Directed by APARNA SEN / India, 2009, 105 min, NY Premiere. English, Bengali, and Japanese (with English subtitles) @Saturday, November 13 @ 6:00 PM @ SVA Beatrice Theatre


A delicate – and improbable love story about three gentle and shy souls. Snehamoy, a school teacher in the beautiful Sunderbans, writes letters to Miyage, a sweet shy Japanese girl in Yokohama. Over these letters, they fall in love and get married despite having never met. Sandhya, a widow, takes refuge in Snehamoy’s home and is soon always by his side, bringing a piquant twist to this home in the Sunderbans, and the love between Snehamoy and Miyage. Will Sandhya find her solace with Snehamoy? Or will life finally unite Snehamoy and Miyage?

Director Aparna Sen:

Aparna Sen is a critically acclaimed Indian filmmaker, writer, and actress. She has won three National Film Awards and eight international Festival Awards. Sen made her debut as a film director with 36 Chowringhee Lane – a film about an aged Anglo-Indian teacher living in Calcutta. She has made films such as Paroma (1981), Sati (1989)mYugant (1995) which examined the feminine condition in modern-day India. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002) was a love story set against the harsh backdrop of Hindu-Muslim communal violence in India, and won National Awards for Both Sen and her daughter KonkonaSen Sharma. AparnaSen is a resident of Kolkata, India.

Cast : Rahul Bose, Raima Sen, Chigasu Takaku, Mousumi Chatterjee, Rudranil Ghosh

>Aparna Sen’s Japanese Wife, based on the novel of the same name by Kunal Basu, is the most offbeat love triangle one can hope to come across.

The film is being shot in English though there will also be a smattering of Bangla and Japanese because of the international canvas of the film. Rahul however, does not agree with the love theory. "Where do you find love in Snehamoy’s life, tell me? You need a woman to fall in love with. Snehamoy has her mashi hovering around him. He has his pen friend Miyagi, a girl he has never met, in far away Japan. He has this continuous correspondence with Miyagi. And there is this marriage conducted only via letters. Where is the love you are looking for in all this? I love to work under the directorial baton of Aparna. I get totally involved in whatever I am doing at any given moment, be it rugby or my welfare work with the poor children of Andamans. Snehamoy, on the other hand, is an escapist. He is not even prepared to fight life’s battles. He is aware of the rat race across the river on the other side. He feels safer on this side, the Sundarbans." He concedes that Snehamoy is the most complex character he has played in his career. "My choice of Rahul for three of my films in a row is because I can deconstruct him completely and mould him differently in any which way I can. Few actors have this kind of malleability. According to me, this is purely a love story from beginning to end because there is no ideological agenda or political baggage I am carrying, like there was in Parama, Sati and Mr & Mrs Iyer. The character Raima is portraying, that of a young village widow, is the quiet type, silent and sad most of the time. Raima has done an excellent job," says Aparna.

With MR. AND MRS. IYER, when Aparna Sen made it, she unraveled a pair of sensitive actors in the form of Rahul Bose and Konkona Sen Sharma and with THE JAPANESE WIFE she has once again confirmed that Rahul Bose is indeed one of the fine actors whose talent needs to be exploited in a much better manner.

In the melee of commercial films that are being released THE JAPANESE WIFE comes as a breathe of fresh air, as it harks back to the old world romance and commitments of the lifetime, based on trigger of an emotion that evolved on account of the series of letters that were exchanged between an Indian male and a Japanese lady.

THE JAPANESE WIFE is a film that would appeal to the international audience as well, as it has got a deluxe feeling to it. It is worth pointing out on this occasion that letter writing as a genre has been one of the favorite subjects of the Hindi film industry, and scores of films and songs have been composed eulogizing the virtues of the written word.

Now that THE JAPANESE WIFE has rekindled the romance and passion associated with the written word on a piece of paper, it is only hoped that more such freshness to approach would be adopted by the Indian film makers to weave a miasma of charm around the written word. After all, an SMS stored in a handset is not able to evoke any nostalgia that a forgotten letter in the book, found again does.

Sen crafts her tale well. The lush visuals and overpowering landscape become characters in their own right. Then there are some standout whimsical moments. Some underlined with a genteel humour, like Miyage sending a Polaroid camera to Snehamoy with the rider that she couldn’t find a Bengali manual for it in Japan. Or the rousing sequence when Japanese kites are flown high in the Bengal skies by Snehamoy, as if to show how far his love can fly. However, these quixotic touches are not knit together well; the narrative lacks fluidity and moves in fits and spurts. The stilted dialogues and rehearsed accents are a let-down.

Some of the characters on the side are more real and interesting, be it the caustic aunt (Moushumi’s flashy reappearance) or the quaint ayurvedic medicine man. Things do suddenly light up when Sandhya (the Bengali girl Snehamoy refused to marry) comes back as a widow to stay in his house. It’s their relationship, fuelled initially on some stolen glances, that feels far more beguiling than the cross-country marriage. You can see how it’s growing to take a meaning and significance of its own. Especially endearing is the scene where Sandhya shifts some of the dishes from her lunch plate to that of Snehamoy’s. She does it with an easy sense of ownership and possessiveness of a woman in love. It’s this real relationship, constantly kept in denial, that has far more possibilities than the mundane and dull one unfolding through the letters. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get the cinematic exploration it deserves. Nor does Raima, who is simple, self-assured but luminous as Sandhya.

A premise like this doesn't quite promise much entertainment in the offing. However, for a regular moviegoer, the least which is expected is a dramatic enhancement to the narrative to keep his attention on screen for those 2 hours. However, the film doesn't keep the same momentum from start to finish and also turns overtly depressing towards the latter part that keeps you longing for that sunshine. Nothing wrong with the subject or the treatment here; after all this is how Aparna Sen wanted to bring fore the tale of her protagonists.

Thankfully, if one leaves the entertainment quotient of the film aside, what one carries home is Rahul Bose. He is excellent as a character which doesn't have any qualms admitting his struggle with the English language. Chigusa is decent though she doesn't get much scope to perform since the film is primarily told from Rahul's point of view. Raima is okay as a silent suffering widow whose heart pines for Rahul. Comparitively Moushmi Chatterjee, as Bose's aunt, brings light on screen every time she appears. As a forward thinking woman who encourages child education, widow remarriage and long distance marital relationship, she makes one wonder why is she is not seen on the big screen more often.

Regarding those who wish to watch a film from the artistic standpoint, then well, the sad truth is that number of such people is abysmally low. So another question is - 'Why to make a film which has extremely limited audience? Is it only to satisfy the artistic urge in you as a film maker? In that case, why not have a direct to DVD release because theatrically (especially with the kind of marketing effort that has gone into the film) THE JAPANESE WIFE doesn't come with any scope whatsoever.

Aparna Sen’s adaptation of the Kunal Basu story is engaging and emotive only in parts and not profound enough to linger on in your mind.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Genesis by Simran KS Lamba

Simran KS Lamba

Art Work

"From being behind the camera to wielding the brush"

Simran KS Lamba debuted with a solo exhibition at the Indian Habitat Centre, Visuals Arts Gallery (inaguarted by Maharaja of Udaipur), getting a great response, followed by an exhibition on invitation at at the Goa Kala Academy (ingurated by Goa CM) in association with the South Asian Film Foundation during the South Asian Film Festival in Goa on from September 17 – 20 2010. Lamba will be exhibiting at the Jahengir Art Gallery Mumbai in October from 20 to 24.  

He is working on a very unconventional medium which is coal tar, lead and aluminum. Each of the canvases is 3-D and completely textured. In the case of the Kali the hair is in wire and coal tar and comes out of the painting. In case of the phoenix as it rises out of the ash; glass, wood, tar, lead, aluminum and wax is used to create the whole painting along with oil paints. In the bull series an assortment of canvases has been used at various dimensions on wood to create a texture that has been held together with lead and tar.  


Titled: Genesis

Aptly titled ‘Genesis’; Simran KS Lamba’s art work is the beginning of a journey in arena of mixed media. Coal tar, lead, aluminum; have been used in bold abstractions in this series and are the self taught artist's foremost work mediums. Gauge, mesh, wax, bolts and nails, are the other resources which find a way into the paintings. The inspiration too stands as diverse as the technique, style and materials used by the artist. From animals to beetles to funerals to abstract, the muse is as varied as the artists’ style of amalgamation of various mediums, forms and techniques. Nothing stops at a single stage. Each stage is constantly layered and eventually metamorphoses completely as tar blends in with wax, lead, aluminum, gauge, mesh, wax, bolts and nails creating a mélange of abstraction that finally rests in Genesis: The Beginning.


Simran KS Lamba who works on a completely new medium, which is coal tar, lead, aluminum, and oil paint. The medium is mixed. Coal tar and lead are heated and when in the molten state are used to create artwork. Each of the canvases is 3-D and completely textured. In the case of the Kali the hair is in wire and coal tar and comes out of the painting. In case of the phoenix as it rises out of the ash; glass, wood, tar, lead, aluminum and wax is used to create the whole painting along with oil paints. In the bull series an assortment of canvases has been used at various dimensions on wood to create a texture that has been held together with lead and tar. The exhibition is scheduled for the Jahengir Art Gallery Mumbai in October 20 to 24 th, he has already showcased at the Indian Habitat Center from 29 July to 1 August, Delhi followed with an exhibition at the Goa Kala Academy in September by invitation by the SAFF in association with the Goa government .

Also would like to bring to your notice that it’s a privilege for Lamba also a filmmaker to show at the IHC and Jahengir art galleries, the most prestigious galleries of India at his first showing.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Frida Kahlo – Retrospective>1 Sep - 5 Dec 2010

Retrospective from 1 September to 5 December 2010 in the Vienna Bank Austria Kunstforum.

(Video Clip) Ausstellungsdoku Frida Kahlo im Bank Austria Kunstforum (©

Vienna - In autumn 2010, the Bank Austria Kunstforum is presenting the first ever comprehensive Frida Kahlo retrospective in Austria.

The myth surrounding the Mexican artist has taken on global format;  Frida is an icon with star character: an identification figure of Mexican culture, forerunner of the feminist movement, a brand promoted in a mega-merchandising machine, glitteringly exotic film subject for the Hollywood cinema.

Kahlo’s art is inseparably tied in with her life. Paintings and
drawings are not only the mirror of her life history, which was marked by physical and mental affliction – Frida suffered the whole of her life from the injuries caused by a horrific bus accident.

During the last years of her life Frida was confined to her bed. Her oeuvre in painting and the graphic arts comprises one of the most complex chapters in the period between the wars, between Neue Sachlichkeit – New Objectivity – and surrealism. During the 1920s she created graceful and delicate self-portraits, oriented on the figural ideal of Renaissance painting.

In the early thirties her paintings show the first tendencies towards surrealism: her strategy was one of combination, influenced by the cadavres exquis, the spontaneous graphic collages of the surrealists with whom Frida was in keen contact; an approach which produced iconographically complex compositions springing out of her inner life.

Around 1940 Kahlo’s self-portraits gain in expression. Instead of a neutral glance we see the “authoritarian eye”: Frida takes the stage like a saint “worthy of adulation”; her dominant aura is inescapable.

The exhibition Frida Kahlo – Retrospective contains around 60 paintings and 90 works on paper. These are joined by a representative selection of photographic documents, compiled by Frida’s great-niece Cristina Kahlo. Among them are iconic photos taken of her by Nickolas Muray: enthralling examples of the selfscenario she projected and which contributed decisively to the construction of her myth.

Most of Kahlo’s artistic legacy is in Mexico and the USA. In view of the marginal number of paintings Kahlo produced (the catalogue raisonné lists no more than 143), the lack of Kahlo’s oeuvre in European collections, and the sparsity of exhibition projects in Europe, we may regard this show as a sensation for Vienna.

The exhibition is being held in cooperation with the
Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. The exhibition curators in Vienna are Ingried Brugger and Florian Steininger.

(Video Clip) Frida in Fashion: Couture by Ingried Brugger & Thang de Hoo, Styling by BUNDY BUNDY, Jewellery by Heldwein (© BUNDY BUNDY/Inge Prader)

Friday, October 8, 2010

"How to Do Business in India by Bernice Paolozzi

"How to Do Business in India - Do's & Dont's of doing with business with the fastest growing large economy in the world". - Bernice Paolozzi

One of the most important keys is to respect and blend into the culture and society of India. India is a country of both diversity and continuity.

One of the fundamental components of Indian culture, vital for success in doing business with India, is an understanding of the traditions and ways of communicating that form the basis of India’s society. It is a very creative blend of cultures, religions, races and

India’s identity and social structure are protected by a rich cultural heritage that dates back at least 5,000 years, making India one of the oldest civilisations in the world. In India, religion is a way of life and must be respected in order to maintain successful business relationships. The traditional caste system, which was a direct outcome of Hinduism was eliminated. Despite this attitudes still remain and both aspects of Indian culture still influence the hierarchical structure of business practices in India today.

Indian culture is a very spiritual one which gave birth to the concept of fatalism. The notion of Karma and that everything happens for a reason is still significant in the decision making process of many Indians. It also influences the concept of time in India and as a consequence business negotiations may take longer and are never rushed.

India’s strong sense of community and group Defined orientation mean a greater acceptance of hierarchical settings. In India, there is a noticeable lack of privacy and a smaller concept of personal space, where several generations often live together under one roof. For Indian business practices this places an additional importance on interpersonal contacts, avoidance of conflict and a more indirect approach to communication.

Meetings in India will generally begin with friendly small talk. This may include personal questions about your family and is seen as a way of building rapport and trust before business.

In India, the family unit is highly valued, therefore showing interest and respect towards your Indian counterpart’s family is vital for establishing successful relationships.

In Indian culture disagreement is rarely expressed in a direct manner. The word ‘no’ is often avoided and is replaced by other non-verbal cues and indirect communication.
During negotiations, trust and well-established relationships with your Indian counterparts must be in place before any form of business can take place.

Indians appreciate punctuality but may not reciprocate it. It is advisable to make appointments at least one month in advance and confirm them when arriving in India. A flexible schedule will prove useful. Business appointments should ideally be made for late morning or early afternoon, between the hours of 11 and 4.

Making decisions is often a slow and thoughtful process in Indian culture. Deadlines

should not be rushed as impatience is seen as aggressive, rude and disrespectful.

Within the system of hierarchy in the Indian work place, senior colleagues and especially elders are obeyed and respected. Discussions are almost always lead by the most senior person.

Final decisions rest with the highest-ranking business executives, therefore it is important to maintain strong relationships with senior figures in Indian business.

It is the responsibility of the senior management to monitor, check and look after their Indian subordinates.

Face and self-esteem is an essential part of Indian culture, therefore any individual criticism in business situations must be done carefully and with sensitivity.

Despite the distinguished hierarchical system, the relationship between an Indian boss and his employee can be similar to that of close relatives. This is a direct influence of the community life experienced for thousands of years in India.

Do use titles wherever possible, such as “Professor” or “Doctor”. If your Indian counterpart does not have a title, use “Mr”, “Mrs”, or “Miss”.

Do wait for a female business colleague to initiate the greeting. Indian men do not generally shake hands with women out of respect.

Do remain polite and honest at all times in order to prove that your objectives are sincere.

Don’t be aggressive in your business negotiations – it can show disrespect.
Don’t take large or expensive gifts as this may cause embarrassment. If you do take a gift make sure you present the gift with both hands.

Don’t refuse any food or drink offered to you during business meetings as this may cause offence. In addition, it is useful to bear in mind that traditionally, Indians are vegetarians and do not drink alcohol.

”Top Tips to Achieve Optimum Personal Health" & 5 tips for optimum health integrating Eastern culture into Western life.?

One of the key most important top tips is always waking up in the morning with a positive attitude and always going to bed at night with a great sense of gratitude for the day that has just been achieved no matter how crazy, challenging and unusual the day was.

Learn the science of yoga breathing. Pranayama is the breathing exercise practiced in Yoga. When we find ourselves in a stressful situation one of the best techniques to calm and centre ourselves is to take a deep breath. When in a chaotic and stressful situation, if we have not been trained, the automatic response is to hold our breath. When we do this it completely tenses up our whole body and we become rigid. We go into a FREEZE not FLIGHT or BREAKDOWN not BREAKTHROUGH solution frame of mind. The Importance of Breathing is it is the only means to supply our body and its various organs with oxygen.

There Are 4 different stages of breathing, High breathing, low breathing, middle breathing and complete breathing. Breathing exercises improve your blood pressure and heart function

Learn to love your liver. More than ever, now with the stressful chaotic daily lives we require to know how our liver functions and why it is considered the engine centre of our bodies. With today’s chemical and toxic environment and so much processed food it is important to keep our liver detoxed. 3 detoxes a year will keep our liver in good order. Fix the liver and good health will always follow. Do a liver detox every 3-4 months.

Take Epsom salts baths as much a possible. The name Epsom comes from mineral waters found in the area in England called Epsom. Epsom salts has dozens of health benefits.
A daily hectic and chaotic stress full life can drain the magnesium from our bodies, Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of seratonin, a mood –elevating chemical within the brain that can create feelings of calm and relaxation. The magnesium sulfate of Epsom Salts acts as a muscle relaxant, and by easing muscle pain it helps the body to eliminate harmful substances. Epsom Salts neutralizes any body odours and softens the skin. A 20 min soak in an Epsom salt bath before bed is a amazing way to guarantee a wonderful night’s sleep.

Learn to weed the garden of your mind. For the first time in history it is now being accepted that we are what we believe and we are not what our genes and family health was. It is now not accepted that just because your mother or father had a heart health problem then you are at higher risk to have the same. Our minds have full ability now through
Visualization techniques and balancing the 3 frequencies within our brains, to change each organ and function of our bodies to better and more. Just as we have talked about how our breathing can balance all our body the mind has the same power. In India meditation is taught from an early age. In the culture of most Asian societies it is believed that once you can calm the mind you can calm the rest of the body. There are lots of meditative techniques now available on the internet. We have 50,000 thoughts a day and each one of them manifest. Then they come back around to us like an echo or boomerang. If you take what we see in front of us as a projector of our minds then we have to take responsibility to keep our minds calm and clear, just like our liver.

Learn to love yourself right now. In today’s society when you ask someone do they love themselves, they usually can’t answer you. It has been proven through scientific research if a child or person does not love themselves enough first they will feel isolated and alone. It is most important to love our body and mind as we are today. We have become an over-entertained culture. There has been for many years now lots of media advertisement and so much information on how we should look, what we should wear, so a lot of people of now are in a sea of confusion of what they really want and who they really are and what they really like.

So it is time to stop, take a deep breath, take an Epsom salt bath, quiet the mind and love yourself for who you are today.

On Being Citizen of the World, Asian/EMEA Executive, Award winning Entrepreneur ( "Best Female Entrepreneur in Europe, Middle East and Africa & "Special Judges Award for Ethnic Entrepreneur"), Corporate Culture & Spirituality, Minister of the Eucharist. & What role you have to play being all of that? & What do you think & how do you think about the Enterpreneur's role as/on a larger perspective. & about Corporate Culture & Spirituality as & how far have it succeeded, & what's there future.

To me being a Citizen of the world keeps me in the awareness that every action I take daily affects the eco system I live in, every other person on this planet and every other living organism. So I take responsibility of living consciously and choosing my actions wisely and considering everyone around me plus the global picture. That's how I consider being a citizen of the world.

I believe that currently the financial/corporate world is receiving a teaching that they must take responsibility for every action they take and consider that their new approach to the commercial world is more ethical with a higher level of Governance. I would call this putting a "conscience into the business/commerce world".

India has a very big role to play in showing the western world what the new world leadership model is for the commerce world considering India has a very high population of young people, just like Ireland has a very high population of young people. It is these young people who now have to be supported to become the leaders to find the innovative solutions to sustain and maintain and tidy up any negative residue from the old traditional model that is obvious has served its time and now must be replaced with the new innovative model.
As a mother of a 21 year old and a 15 year old, I consider them to be the new leaders of the now and the future of a positive environmental citizen of the world global village.

Your study & take on Religion (Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism, Christianity) , what’s difference & similarity they all share, Religion & Spirituality - how does one go about finding it knowing it or following it?

The one strand that I have learned through all the different methodologies and modalities of all the different religions I have studied is that meditation helps the person and the mind to take responsibility and see clearly for making decisions that would affect their daily lives. Also that some religions have become too big and institutionalised and lost touch with the people whom they were designed to support. The young people of today do not feel comfortable with the old models of institutionalised religion and the young people are much more comfortable with interfaith and interculture religions that integrate modalities of music, dance and environmental beauty of nature. So just like the old financial system has to be remodeled, so do all the world religions so they are better suited to the new young Dynamic citizens.
Everyone is an aspect of each other, so we are all brothers and sisters. Its much easier to do business with someone you consider to be your brother or sister.

What is WorkthatWorks and Avant Garde all about?

Works that works is the brainchild of Archana Trasy. It is a dynamic innovative marketing and entertainment model that has its finger on the pulse for the local Indian and Asian market and also the global market. With Archana's extensive Bollywood experience and contacts, we make a great dynamic team due to having the same ethical belief and value system. I consider it is good to view and treat everyone in front of you with respect like your brother and sister and then its easy to create a sustainable family business model. Work That Works infrastructure is created on this smart thinking model.

In addition to this I am also involved with Anushree Priyadarshini in Avant Garde Consultancy which is a publishing agency building bridges between Western authors and Eastern publishers, providing opportunities at both ends to have a new market and variety content respectively.
As an Advisor on Smart Thinking, What you define Smart Thinking as , and how you potrey the World to be doing some Smart Thinking, if yes how, if not why not? What you have to say in context to Asia ( focus on the value of an ethics based approach in dealing with today’s challenges in the Global Re-Mix )?

Smart thinking for me is using the whole mind. Not just the left brain model. An example - our current global environmental issues have come about through linear left brain thinking not whole mind creative mind thinking. As an example, I have found Asians are very naturally smart mind thinkers / whole mind thinkers / holistic mind thinkers. They Understand the concept of cause and effect and that for every action there is a reaction. In Asia I have also seen how anything that has a life force running through it is respected and considered negative to destroy. Many studies have shown that a really good holistic or whole mind creative thinking team with both men and women of different ages tend to achieve the unusual targets that others cannot. Most young people I meet or know, are natural smart thinkers because they have a very relaxed, positive outlook to challenges in their lives.

Tell us more about IAHV/EICC Corporate Cultural Spirituality Leadership in Business & Ireland India Trade & Tourism Forum?

For clarity these are two different events. The IAHV CCS is a non government organisation second biggest NGO in the world so their values are based on ethics and governance in the corporate world. My visit to the Ashram in Bangalore showed me that the organisation is very much based on service to humanity including having a very strong ayurvedic medical centre and a very unique prana breathing technique that I believe is beneficial to all people to learn.

The Ireland India trade & tourism forum were events organised on the ground in Ireland to bring awareness of India to business in Ireland to expand their horizons.

Social & Commercial Enterprise? Your role as a Social & Commerce Business Developer & about efforts on Empowering Youth? Restoration Projects? About the Connect 4A Model?

Due to the demand of questions being asked about how to do this and that I created the executive mentoring model on my website and made it affordable and accessible to everyone involved as I was beginning to be asked the same questions from different people in east and west. I use the Connect 4A methodology through all my initiatives and projects. That's how it came to be formed.

What you have to say about- New Wave Trends for Marketing Books,

As I said in my transformational article, since the 1960s the digital Age and computer are the only way for people to market themselves in the global village whether you are marketing a book or a service the future of anything to do with marketing is the computer and the internet in the worldwide global village.

Your being an Executive Mentor & Counsellor? Role, Plans, Efforts, Future?

Being an executive mentor/counsellor is very easy for me to do due to my extensive knowledge and experience both in professional and personal. My plans for this is to let it organically form as I have created an infrastructure around myself for easy access and awareness through my website

Efforts & Role for Health & Wellness & Environmental Issues

The way forward for health wellness & environmental issues is positive thinking. We are currently in a major transformation in health wellness & environment so we have to take each day as a unique day and we have to forget yesterday at the start of each day. We have to wake up thinking, "great a new day" rather than negatively. Our daily thoughts are much more powerful than people know. So once we stay focussed on positive thinking and say positive words and have much gratitude for every little thinking we then will keep balance for hew and live in a very progressive and comfortable environment.

Small business will play a key role in this local and global transformation. The current so-called recession is not a recession, it is a slowing down to allow for a transformation to happen". Comment & give feedback on this one.

When a business is in transformation or when a person is in transformation it is much more sustainable if it happens slowly. If the transformation and change happens too fast it can bring shock to the system or company, so slow change is much more sustainable and it also gives breathing space to enjoy the new fresh emerging ideas from individual people rather than from big corporate models. Small businesses with the internet networking them together is a fun new unusual way of doing business and it brings a strong sense of community and of equality and sharing. As they say in the East, letting go the old makes room for the new to have the space to breathe inspiration into the environment.

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