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November 2016

Jesca Hoop

Keeping It Real With – Jesca Hoop – The American Singer’s Take On How To Do It Right

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Jesca Hoop considers music to be a gift from her family. She says, “We would sing together. We were known in our community as a singing family and it was a point of pride for us.” Being gifted with a flair for music, it’s not surprising that Jesca is also a talented guitarist and songwriter. Through…

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    Shweta Sastri
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    Shweta Sastri
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    Shweta Sastri

Shweta Sastri – A Super Mom Excelling At It All!

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When Shweta Sastri took over the reins of Canadian International School she faced every possible challenge in the book. From changing the perception of the school, to infrastructure issues, the 2008 recession, and even personal difficulties, she has successfully overcome them all. Today, this young mother of twins manages to juggle being a mom, run…

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    Paula Cole
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    Paula Cole

Paula Cole – Grammy Award Winner’s Unbelievable Triumph in Life With Music

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This musician is akin to August Rush (a musical prodigy in a movie by the same name). Paula Cole breathes and lives music. She has nurtured a deep bond with music since she was a child. Her father’s enthusiastic love for musical instruments coupled with her mother on the piano, and them singing together, brings…

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    Sneha Suhas
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    Sneha Suhas
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    Sneha Suhas
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    Sneha Suhas

Beauty, Brains, and Wit! – Sneha Suhas Is Too Funny And Too Much Fun To Ignore

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Offstage Sneha might possess a shy disposition, but when she gets on, she is confidence and liveliness personified! Having appeared in a number of comedy videos with other popular comedians like Sanjay Manaktala and Sumukhi Suresh, apart from writing and performing her own sketches for the stage and her YouTube channel, Sneha is steadily making…

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    Shaheen Mistri
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    Shaheen Mistri

The Story of Shaheen Mistri – The Heart Behind Teach For India and Akanksha

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Although some might be unaware of Shaheen Mistri, they are certainly acquainted with the non-profit organization Teach For India, which she has been heading since 2008. Not only that, Shaheen has been running the Akanksha foundation that she established in 1991, with the aim of improving the lives of children from low-income communities through quality…

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    Lisa Lottie
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    Lisa Lottie
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    Lisa Lottie

A Candid Conversation With Lisa Lottie, The Hula Hooping International Star

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The weapon of choice to take down her critics: Hula Hoops. Lisa Lottie, the British performing artist is internationally renowned for her fabulous displays of contortion using hula hoops. Passion has a new form and it balances multiple hoops on one leg. I love a good challenge and I consider my job well done if…

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    Sona Mohapatra
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    Sona Mohapatra
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    Sona Mohapatra

Conversing with Sona Mohapatra, A Coke Studio Legend Whose Voice Raises Goosebumps

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Extremely talented and versatile, Sona Mohapatra has proved herself as an exceptional singer across multiple genres – Folk, Sufi Ana, Rock, Funk, Semi-classical and more. No newcomer to the music industry, she has to her credit several Bollywood hits, apart from her albums, singles and international collaborations.   I feel I was born to take…

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Sumukhi Suresh

Laughing Till You Cry – Sumukhi Suresh, The Comedian Sure To Leave You In Splits!

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The Improv’s big star Sumukhi Suresh is an absolute delight both onstage and off. Every cell oozing humour and wit, she is one of India’s top female comedians. A funny one by nature, Sumukhi’s foray into comedy began purely by chance. “I did some theatre when I was in college. In 2013 I was looking…

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    Gabrielle ‘Gabz’ Gardiner
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    Gabrielle ‘Gabz’ Gardiner
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    Gabrielle ‘Gabz’ Gardiner

From Britain’s Got Talent, the Princess of Melody and Pure Funk – Gabrielle ‘Gabz’ Gardiner

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Gabrielle Gardiner, better known as Gabz to millions of her fans all over the world, is a 17-year-old British singer/rapper who took the world by the storm with her performance in Britain’s Got Talent (Season 7), 2013. Her original composition titled “The One” was so good that it impressed even judge Simon Cowell, who everyone…

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    Tanushree Saha
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    Tanushree Saha
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    Tanushree Saha
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    Tanushree Saha

Otherworldly Music that Stirs – Tanushree Saha, Creating Beats that Satiate the Soul

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Tanushree Saha is not your run-of-the-mill singer-songwriter-composer combination. She is one who believes in conveying a deeper message through her music. Proof of that is her latest track Balimaya, which is a collaboration with an African artist, and is written partly in English and Bambara (West African language). The song talks about world peace, kinship…

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    Maz Jobrani
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    Maz Jobrani

The Almost Lawyer – Maz Jobrani, using his wit to tickle people’s funny bone instead

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His parents hoped he would be a lawyer, and Maz Jobrani almost became one. However, the comedian in him was too strong to ignore and he chose to make audiences laugh instead. He is a familiar face beyond comedy as well, given his numerous roles in TV shows and movies, but comedy is his one…

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    Srikanth Kidambi
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    Srikanth Kidambi
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    Srikanth Kidambi

India’s Prince of Badminton – Srikanth Kidambi – Smashes World Ranking

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India, thanks to sportspersons like Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom, Umesh Yadav and now Srikanth Kidambi, has been put on the map of excellent sportsmanship. These are the individuals who have tales from obscurity to fame. Srikanth Kidambi, the 23-year-old, who once ranked World no.3 in men’s single, has more than proved that grit a sports…

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    Sanjay Manaktala
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    Sanjay Manaktala
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    Sanjay Manaktala

There’s more to him than that cool accent – Sanjay Manaktala, the IT guy that India loves

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No introductions needed. Ruling the comedy scene through stand-up and sketches on his YouTube channel, Sanjay Manaktala has gone from being the amusing NRI with the accent to a serious name in comedy. I was sitting in a hotel, bored after 8pm. I saw these pubs and clubs having comedy shows and thought that I…

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    Shibani Rao
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    Shibani Rao
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    Shibani Rao
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    Shibani Rao
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    Shibani Rao

Un-labelling herself and others – Shibani Rao , A Creative Psychotherapist, A Theatre Artist

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She experiences dyslexia, but no disability holds her back. Shibani Rao is a Creative Psychotherapist, theatre artist, writer and public speaker. She is a woman with a voice that rings loud and clear, even after she has stopped speaking. Is it fair to label such a multi-talented person as ‘disabled’ or a person with ‘special…

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Alicia Souza

Burst of sunshine and rays of joy – Alicia Souza is all about happy, cheery and fun!

Alicia Souza is an illustrator who creates quirky, chirpy and fun designs for a wide variety of merchandise – stationery, home decor pieces, magnets, mugs and much more. Her illustrations are colourful and fun, the kind that bring a smile to your face. Her motto: Happy stuff for happy people. I got my first contract…

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    Charlotte Campbell
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    Charlotte Campbell

A Diamond in the Rough, A Musician going against the Grain – Charlotte Campbell – breaking stereotypes through her soulful singing

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In a world where being a Taylor Swift is the way to go, Charlotte Campbell, a British singer and musician is creating a brand by simply being herself – a musical delight to hear. The pressure to have a record label to one’s name might make some musicians hesitant to put themselves out there and…

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    Steve Hofstetter
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    Steve Hofstetter

Oozing comedy from every pore – Steve Hofstetter ain’t your ordinary stand-up comedian

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Steve Hofstetter has made his mark in comedy in multiple roles: stand-up artist, radio and TV personality, producer, and writer. One can only dream of possessing such talent. Graduating as the dot com bubble burst made that (becoming a writer) difficult. I was looking for something to pass time, and I stumbled into stand-up comedy.”…

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    Bhavani Devi
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    Bhavani Devi
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    Bhavani Devi

‘En Garde’ India – Bhavani Devi is Fencing for You and the Olympics

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Fencing, Swimming, Gymnastics and Squash are sports that our nation’s Fencing champion has dibbled her hands in. But, sabre fencing was the sport that awakened her passion. C.A Bhavani Devi has been fencing since 2003 when she was in school. And since then she has been on a winning streak: a Gold in Nationals, selection…

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Jason Horton

You won’t be able to hold back the laughter! – Jason Horton is one seriously funny guy

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Jason Horton wears many hats in the comedy space – writer, producer, actor and performer. Bursting with the skill to make people laugh, repeatedly; he is a delight to watch. His YouTube channel ‘Jason Horton’ is immensely popular, with his videos reaching over 35 million views. Talking about his foray into video sketches, he says,…

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