Hi, how are you? Call me Harsh, or hvj.
Once upon a time, which isn’t really too long ago, I was looking for something, searching for it desperately. Self-esteem. Until I found it in me, which was where it was all the time, and was overjoyed by the discovery, and laughed a lot about my ludicrous oversight. I faced adversities early, which proved to be the clay to shape and solidify my strengths. I must say, good fortune did not desert me, for I had great companions at family and work, who helped me build my character.
On these podcasts, I introduce to you people who heard a voice within, felt its insistence, and gave it form and meaning. Listen to their experience. The what and why and how of their focus and fascination. If there’s one thing I would wish for this podcast to achieve, it would be for people to listen to their inner voices, no matter how soft or loud.
If you will allow me to go off on a tangent… I am very fond of almond milk chai. And, when I find myself adrift, my eternal favourites Kabir Sahab and Baba Zaheen Shah anchor me in reason and sanity. Another all-time favourite is Madhushala whose profundity never fails to intoxicate me.
More details about the guests, highlights, and more are openly visible at https://sbw.hvj.coach
Nidhi on manifestation, braille and children
Nidhi Arora, an alumni of IIM Kolkata and a leader in Human Capital Management, is in true sense a social entrepreneur. Inspired by a movie (Sparsh) which she saw at the tender age of 7, Nidhi went on to learn braille and start Esha – people for the blind, a non- profit initiative striving to help the blind by devising innovative ways of sustainable livelihood. Esha also provides one of India’s largest audio library in multiple languages across the world. Through Esha Nidhi and her team of volunteers have done pioneering work for the visually challenged, by introducing braille visiting cards.
Nidhi was a book lover since her childhood. When she found out that there was no daily newspaper available for children, she founded The Children’s Post of India, a home print daily for children, specially curated by mothers.
This conversation is not just about Nidhi’s exceptional work in various fields or her social entrepreneurial skills that are helping thousands of individuals. But it is also about her thoughts and experiences with consciousness, spirituality and manifestation. Join me as we enter a new era of Small Big Wins with this special 51st episode.
“A wheelchair won’t stop me from doing what I want to” - Meet Somya Dawar
Somya Dawar, 36, is a wheelchair enabled woman. But don’t mistake this for her identity. First and foremost she is a caring daughter to proud parents, a loving friend to her big friend circle, a corporate working with a large organisation, a traveller and a motorsport enthusiast. Recently she participated in the Gumball India Endurance Driving event and drove 4000 km, from Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh on her own in mere 4 days. She “aspires to inspire” everyone to chase and fulfil their dreams under any circumstances.
Somya met with an accident in 2003 at the age of 17 while kite flying, when she tripped and fell from a height of more than 20 feet. She suffered a major spinal cord injury and inspite of multiple treatments she was confined to a wheelchair. But this did not crush her spirits. She completed her education, has a successful career and lives life to the fullest. Her travel stories are an inspiration to all. She believes that perspective is the most important factor to overcome any situation in life. I was truly in awe of her conviction and courage. I am sure after watching the podcast, you will be too.
I am delighted that Somya could join me as a guest on the 50th episode of Small Big Wins and make it even more special!
Renuka on climate action, plant signaling and redefining agriculture through BioPrime Agrisolutions
Dr. Renuka Diwan, has completed her PhD in Plant Sciences from University of Pune. She has also done her post doc in genetic engineering in collaboration with an Australian company. She specializes in bioactives and has a vast experience in plant tissue culture. In 2016, Renuka was conflicted by an incident where she noticed extreme diversity of the conditions for farmers versus city dwellers. She also came to understand there are only a handful of agri-biological companies around the world and none in India who can help the farmers to solve crop issues in a sustainable manner. In the same year, BioPrime agrisolutions was founded by Renuka along with Dr. Shekhar Bhosale and Dr. Amit Shinde.
BioPrime agrisolutions are developing effective & affordable Agri biological products to help farmers struggling with crop loss, temperature fluctuations, drought, resilient insects and diseases. These solutions are based on multiple scientific experiments based on advanced technologies which involve biomolecules, plant signaling etc. They are aiming to transform agriculture in nature’s way without causing harm to the climate. As someone said, “climate action is not a priority, it is something which affects all the priorities”. Let’s come together to encourage and spread the wonderful work done by Renuka and her team.
Kaveri “The Dog Mother” on dedicating her life to animal rescue and SMART sanctuary
Kaveri Bhardwaj is a selfless soul who has been working for the past several years to rescue and rehabilitate stray dogs, cats, donkeys and cows. Her work brings a ray of hope to the injured and disabled strays who can’t speak for themselves. She takes pride in popularly being called “The Dog Mother” and often refers to them as children.
After Kaveri’s first adopted dog Sophie passed away, she was heartbroken and it created a void in her life. That is when she decided to set up the “Sophie Memorial Animal Relief Trust” in 2017 in Greater Noida at a time when there were no other animal shelters in place. Through this trust, Kaveri and her husband Yashraj have rescued over 2000 dogs and sterilised & vaccinated around 2500 cats and dogs. Recently they have even rescued 2 baby monkeys (one of which you can see affectionately playing with Kaveri in the podcast.) There are moments in the podcast where I found myself speechless while listening to Kaveri’s stories.
I hope this podcast will help me spread the flame of courage, conviction and selflessness. To help the animals in SMART sanctuary, you can visit their Facebook page or donate through their crowdfunding page on Milaap.
Ramveer "Library Man of India" on Education and Mission Rural Libraries
Ramveer Tanwar, 33, is fondly known as the “Library Man of India”. After completing his B.Tech. in mechanical engineering, he took up a job at a multinational company, but the urge of giving back to his people always kept nudging him. Ramveer comes from a small village named Jhundpura in Noida, U.P. and when he saw the poor children of his village swaying away from education, lurking towards drugs and other bad influences, he decided to open a library for them to inculcate the value of education. In 2018, he opened the first library in Jhundpura, and thus started his journey of “Mission Rural Libraries”.
These libraries are well equipped with books and large seating arrangements for children of all ages and communities from villages who come from a poor background and lack resources and basic amenities for education. Today, he along with his team “Gram Pathshala”, have opened libraries in more than 250 villages in U.P , Delhi and Rajasthan that are benefiting thousands of children. Check out the podcast or watch him on the Small Big Wins YouTube channel to uncover the full story behind his struggle, achievements and gratification. If any of you want to help this cause or know someone who needs help, please connect with the Gram Pathshala team on 93104 03565 or their Facebook handle mentioned below.
P.S. I find myself extremely lucky to meet Ramveer (a humble man with a distinguished personality) and record this podcast in person.
Dr Ali Khwaja and the story of Banjara Academy
Dr. Ali Khwaja, B.Tech. (IIT),MIE, MIIE and Ph.D in behavioral sciences, is a counselor, author, principal faculty, life skills coach, and most importantly a perpetual student. He is the author of 30 books and nearly 80 booklets. He is regularly invited by many prestigious and reputed Schools, Colleges, Universities, NGOs, Corporates and various other institutions for lectures, talks and workshops. He is an advocate of “go with the flow” philosophy and believes you should cherish each and every moment of life as it comes. “Mai akela hee chala tha, log aate gaye, karavaan banta gaya” and thus was born the Banjara Academy.
There is a very interesting story behind the distinctive name “Banjara Academy” which you will hear in the podcast. The organization is selflessly helping individuals who seek guidance in child, adolescent, family, and interpersonal emotional issues since 1983 and believes in enriching the quality of people’s lives through empowerment. It is one of the few organizations from India to be granted full membership of the World Federation of Mental Health, with voting rights. For more details, I have given their website link in the links section.
This short conversation with Dr. Ali has touched on a variety of topics and enlightened me on its way. I am sure you will also feel the same after listening to this podcast.
A very interesting podcast with even more interesting guests. Very inspiring, always leaves me wondering of how you keep meeting these awesome people. Keep it up!
wholesome and delightful
love listening to the ingenuity and passion new India has to offer and there's no other podcast putting that forth like this one.
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