Art For Charity

Art For Charity – Celebrated Artists Participate to Commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Nargis Dutt Foundation

PIGMENT – Colors with Purpose, a fundraiser exhibition is being held by the Nargis Dutt Foundation to commemorate 35 glorious years of the foundation’s service to humanity in Mumbai on June 11, 2016. Through this medium, participating artists lend canvas and lens for a noble cause. The funds raised from the sale of artwork will be channelled towards the support of cancer care, and rural development.

Showcasing over a 150 works including paintings, photographs, hand-knotted silk carpets and metal sculptures by around 35 artists. Revered artists listed below have put together their works specifically for the exhibition:

  • Nikita Padora,
  • Suvigya Sharma,
  • Rajiv Mennon,
  • Nayaana Kanodia,
  • Prakash Bal Joshi.

Other artists who have their work on display among many others are:

  • Brinda Miller
  • Nishant Dange,
  • Arzaan Khambatta,
  • Sudharak Olwe,
  • Ajay De,
  • Narayan
  • Charan Sharma

“The Nargis Dutt Foundation has always strived to keep my mother’s vision alive through collective efforts to provide improved cancer treatment and better quality of living to those affected in the rural areas. It has been 35 year since my father Sunil Dutt started this foundation and we have been trying to realise this mission and I know that my parents would be very proud of what the foundation has achieved today. PIGMENT –  – Colours with Purpose, uses art as a means to help us achieve our goals.  I would like to thank all the artists for very generously coming forward to aid our venture.” said Ms. Priya Dutt, donning the artists cap herself.

The exhibition will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Garden View, Taj Lands End,
Bandra (W) between 10 AM and 6 PM.

To know more about the Nargis Dutt Foundation please visit:

Source: PR Newswire




To the Top

Little kitty jumped

Attempting to climb

The compound wall

Failed, fell down

Not to be deterred

She tried, a second time

In vain

Not concerned,

Who watched

I thought,

Aww, don’t worry little kitty

Come again tomorrow

For now,

Go, play someplace else

Not one to give up

She tried a third time

Landed, successfully

Not concerned

Who watched…

Last Sunday My elder son and I were on our morning walk and near Bagmane Tech Park, when we saw an adorable white kitten. With the reassuring presence of her mother in the background, she was oblivious to the dogs lurking around. We watched her fascinated as she made her multiple attempts to climb the 2 feet high wall.

The kitten, unlike me, had

No self doubt

No fear of failure

No concern about passers by who might watch her fall

She had a single minded focus on her goal – of climbing the compound wall and playing on the other side.

Her attempts to climb were purposeful, energetic and enthusiastic. When she fell, her mother did not fuss over her, she was just there… probably to the kitten, a re-assuring presence.

Why am I narrating all this? Well,  that day  I learnt a beautiful lesson. These lovely animals whom we, humans consider inferior (to us) are so resilient. Inspired by this incident, yesterday during my coaching exercise with a co-participant, I decided to call my shine goal as the ‘White kitten goal’…

kindle at CCD

Today I was at the Koramangala CCD (short for Cafe Coffee Day) to meet a friend and was pleasantly surprised to see a placard detailing kindle paperwhite loaded with some popular titles like – I am Malala, The Election that changed India by Rajdeep Sardesai and a couple others.

kindle CCD 2Kindle in CCD

Responding to my query regarding the promotion, the store in-charge explained to me that there were 5 or more Kindles in the cafe and they encouraged the patrons to explore the product. She was of the opinion most people already had a kindle of their own, as was my case! She clicked a couple of my photos after taking my permission…

Pleasurable experience while waiting for a friend.

I would like to know details and  effectiveness of the campaign 🙂

An event with a difference!

Yesterday & today, I was at the InTech50 – 2015 edition at The Leela Palace, Bangalore – 2 days of action packed event with 50 innovative product companies pitching to 25 Global CIOs and an equal number of their Indian counterparts. The audience also had a sizable presence of VC firms! The enthusiasm of the entrepreneurs was palpable.

Organised by iSPIRT & Terenne Global Leadership  Network, InTech50 is not a regular conference, here each product company is given a 5 minute slot to pitch. Each of them was assigned a mentor or a Guru to help them sharpen their sales pitch.

While I enjoyed the event immensely and connected with many of the delegates, I also had an opportunity to understand what the CIO’s expected from the product pitches.

Below is the summary of my interaction with a couple of the CIO’s :

  1. A Clear understanding of your Target audience and their requirements help make a clear and precise presentation.
  2. Focus should be on the business issue or requirement the product solves. The founder who is in love with his or her product they tend to get into too much of detailing.
  3. Showcase a used case, while focusing on how exactly the product solved the business issue.
  4. While the CIO appreciates the superior technology deployed, the time given should be better utilized to explain the benefit to the customer.
  5. Be unique in your presentation, passion and humour help.
  6. Don’t waste time by being repetitive.

It was interesting to note that many of the VC’s and CIO’s were meticulously making notes of the products they liked and then went in search of the booth where it was demonstrated. The purpose of the was very clearly either to invest in the company itself or to procure the product.

While I probed further a CIO was patient enough to explain the way to win an order:

  1. Doing your homework by researching the delegate’s background and unique needs help to sharpen your pitch.
  2. The ability to respond to all the queries, the prospect raises, helps cinch the deal. Most often a deal is lost when the seller is unable to answer a query as he / she is unable to say ‘No’. It is ok to say that you do not have all the complete solution and to accept that your product may have some gaps, in which case the product can still be sold to solve part of the issue.
  3. Listen to the prospect and clearly understand his/her needs.
  4. Be sharp on your Marketing & Communication.
  5. Demonstrate your staying power, the prospect may be wary of investing in a company that may fold up his / her operation. Conviction in your product helps convince the prospect to invest in your product.
  6. Build a relation with your prospect; be in touch with your prospect on a regular basis. If the prospect remembers you and is convinced about your product, he will reach out to you when the need arises.

Happy selling people!


Though I’ve  exited most of the groups on WhatsApp, there are still one or two which keep my inbox full! People vie with each other to send messages, jokes or videos. I usually delete most of them after a cursory glance, but today there was one which held my attention and made me think… Let me first narrate the story (with small enhancements but without changing the story) that was shared:

Once Lord Krishna and Arjuna were walking towards a village. Arjuna was pestering Krishna, asking him why Karna should be considered an unparalleled Donor & not him ?

To pacify Arjuna, Krishna, turned two nearby mountains into gold.

Then he turned to Arjuna and said,  “Arjuna, distribute these two gold mountains among villagers living in the vicinity, but make sure that you donate every bit of it”.

Arjuna went into the village,  proclaimed he was going to donate gold to every villager, and asked them to gather near the mountain. The villagers sang his praises and Arjuna walked towards the mountains with a slightly huffed up chest.

For the next two days and two nights Arjuna shoveled gold from the mountain and donated to each villager. The mountains just did not diminish in the slightest. Most villagers came back and stood in queue within minutes. By now Arjuna was exhausted, but not ready to give up or accept defeat (let go of his  ego), told Krishna he couldn’t go on any longer without rest.

A bemused Krishna called out to Karna who was in the vicinity and told him to donate every bit of the two gold mountains.

Karna without any hesitation called out to the  villagers,  and announced “Those two Gold mountains are yours. share them among yourselves” and walked away.

Arjuna who was a mute spectator was dumbfounded. Why hadn’t this thought occurred to him?

Krishna smiled mischievously and told him “Arjuna, subconsciously, you were attracted to the gold, you regretfully gave it away to each villager, giving them what you thought was a generous amount. Thus the size of your donation to each villager depended only on your imagination.

But Karna has no such reservations. Look at him walking away after giving away a fortune, he doesn’t expect people to sing his praises, he doesn’t even care if people talk good or bad about him behind his back. That is the sign of a man already on the path of greatness or enlightenment”. Giving with an expectation in return in the form of a compliment or thanks is not a Gift, in such cases it only becomes a Trade!

Well! lovely story, I’ve not verified whether this story is factual. Because my belief is that these stories are the best method to get us to introspect or to look around us.

How would a typical corporate executive have behaved? probably he or she would have tried to prove his/her ownership… or would have installed maximum security, weighed the fold multiple times before giving it away…

Why was a Karna able to walk away from humongous wealth without expecting anything in return? Why was a brilliant Arjuna unable to resist the lure of gold? Is this story relevant in these times?

Repeatedly my mind tells me that it would be a very difficult test for most of us to pass today…

Karna, though born into royalty, was a child abandoned by his mother at birth. He was brought up by a poor charioteer in abject poverty and later was made a king by the proud Duryodhana (the eldest Kourava). Ridiculed by droupadi  that he was not a prince and so not worthy of marrying her. It is hard to imagine the kind of repeated humiliation he had to go through,  yet he retained his dignity.

As I’m signing off, I wonder what made Karna so noble and generous? May be some stories and some enigmatic characters are not to be deciphered…

Nails in Spotlight!

I don’t usually paint my nails, excuse is that, with all the work I do in the kitchen, the paint chips quickly and it looks unsightly. Despite all the hesitation, I picked up a few bottles of nail paint recently in a mall. There was some kind of a promotion going on and nails of any willing client were being adorned by a store assistant of a famous cosmetic brand. After that incident, I started noticing younger women at work and their fetish for nail art! Some had the patience to even change it every day to suit their outfit. I have also witnessed the anguish of a particularly well dressed young lady, when her well painted nail broke!

On doing some secondary research, I was impressed to find out that nail art is a career option and has a sizable market in India.

The most curious find was to read about a new trend among young Japanese Businessmen, they have taken up nail art to stand out among million others who also wear dark suits white shirt & staid tie and be noticed. Young men are (supposedly) willing to pay top dollar for nail art that includes gemstones, pastel-pinks and even company logos.” The trend is called ‘Business Nail’ and it has given rise to a new industry by itself, this article explains the experience of one man, lets call him Jin, it worked as a career enhancing trick!

Jin, a 26-year-old employee at a major media enterprise based in Tokyo, attributes his comfortable and successful life to his fancy nail art. It just took him 8 months to rise from a 16 hour days of boring data entry job to the position of the personal assistant of the boss. Simply put he rose from a salary of 120,000 yen to 450,000 yen plus expenses!

All this thanks to his girlfriend painting his nails and gluing the logo of the company he worked for. The next day during lunch in the company cafeteria his boss, who was standing in line behind him, caught sight of his nails and struck up a conversation. He was so impressed with what he perceived be Jin’s dedication to the company. Two months later, Jin became the personal assistant to his boss!

Some use it to bend rules! Wimbledon is famous for enforcing its rule of only allowing players to wear white, but stylish female competitors were seen bending the rules by adding a splash of colour to their outfits via their nail varnish. While Serena Williams wore Orange coloured nail art, Heather Watson displayed glittery gold polish.

Serena Williams setting colourful nail trend at Wimbledon
Serena Williams setting colourful nail trend at Wimbledon

Well the 51 year old Hollywood hunk Brad Pitt was seen with elaborate nail design in an award bash at Palm springs!

So the various surveys and reports I read on the Nail paint industry in India and across the world, assured me of one thing. That Nails are finally in the spotlight! As one magazine puts it- In India, the nail business is growing by leaps and bounds. An estimated size of Rs51 billion ($950 million), the Indian beauty and cosmetic market has expanded manifold to include the nail category. With a marked increase in nail bars and an increase in the types of nail enamels available, the business is looking good ‘ Whether or not I paint my nails, I love the art form, the variety and the bling. I think it adds a dimension to the person sporting it. So here is my growing collection of nail art clips