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Back After A Break

Rest is like a bliss in a person's life. Yes, to me it was when I took a break from this blog. I didn't actually relax completely, to be honest. I took on a new adventure in my life. I started studying abroad for the first time ever, and I think I needed some time-off from sharing my own opinions and learning from those of others. At Cal, I went from being a high school senior to a completely new freshman. It took a while to get used to this change, but the experience was like no other. In the first four months of the fall semester, I tried to understand the dynamics behind being a student at the core of the silicon valley. From meeting entrepreneurs to reading about World Literature to studying the theories behind how our psychological system works all while dabbling my hands at public speaking across some famous spots in town, I learnt to be free in my thoughts and expose myself to the global aspect of the world. 
The best learning happens outside of your comfort zone, and …

Summer 2018!

The summer 2018 was extremely interesting and different for me. It was the longest break that I had in the past fourteen years. So, I used my time in ways that were diverse and innovative. I worked a lot on my foundation, starting with its registeration to conducting numerous activities for the students. Launching the DRF Scholarships was one of the flagship events under the newly formed foundation. Going through the applications, I was fascinated by the motivated lives of the students. It was a tough task to select the best four out of the fifteen-twenty odd nominations that I received. The ceremony was even more glittering. It was great to host two accomplished girls as guests for the evening- Ms.Shagun Sharma and Ms.Bhushita Ahuja, international cricketer and chess player respectively.
Working in the field of disability, it was important to get in touch with the most involved people in the area. Project Checkmate, thus, partnered with promising Blind chess players Darpan Inani, Pr…

Launching my foundation.....

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I always wanted to make a change in my society for the better, and make a positive difference to the world. However, I wanted to do it in my own way. For two years, I ran my Project Checkmate without getting it registered. I thought and thought as to why I wasn't getting to the next step that I wanted to reach. That's when I realized that I had to get my work authenticated by the Indian Law and the Government. So, I finished high school and during the time between my school studies and my university education, I ventured into the toiling task of launching my own foundation. It took me four months and I finally got certified by the Government to run my own trust fund. The main aims of this fund is to support and empower the country and the world through sport, education, health, and sustainability, the most important sections of my life.

After this long haul of getting the DRF into play, I am now trying my level best to get more educated on running an established non-profit by …

The Rise and Rise of NIKE,Inc.

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Nadal-Check. Federer-Check.S. Williams-Check. Sampras-Check. Agassi-Check. Well, the one thing that all of them have/had in common is the 'Swoosh.' Most of you might be familiar with what I'm talking about. However, for those who aren't, it's none other than the mega sports brand NIKE. So, you might be wondering WHY NIKE? Almost everyone knows about this super-brand and has some NIKE Gear, but what one doesn't know JUST DO IT
is the story behind the immaculate success of this brand NIKE, derived from the goddess of victory in mythology. (Please note that I have just finished 'Shoe Dog', so my fan craze for NIKE has gone over the moon. If you haven't already bought a copy, buy it NOW.) NIKE was formed as the Blue Ribbon Sports Company by the now billionaire mogul -Phil Knight- way back around the 60s-70s. It started as a 'Crazy Idea' from b-School (Stanford Graduate School of Business), saw many ups and downs and finally reached the point whe…

Checkmating the odds with Project Checkmate

It’s already been two years since I started Project Checkmate. I can feel a huge sense of satisfaction for having started this program. Not only was I able to give back to my community but also to chess, a game that I adore. Chess to me is a healer, and I believe that it has turned out to be one for my students as well. It is a great sport to participate in and take out your stresses from your life. It also helps one to become more focused and dedicated, reflecting on the past, present, and the future. Chess boosts one’s memory and creative skills. Moreover, it helps to carve out a unique niche for each player. With so many tools to explore and experience, chess turned out to be a motivating factor for the students learning under the project. With each tournament, they gained something new. From one part of the city and country to another part, they travelled recklessly, aiming to conquer the world. From FIDE ratings to cash prizes, they reached for the stars.

Personally, it was extr…

Queen’s Young Leaders Leading Change

It all happened on one afternoon in December, just two days short of my eighteenth birthday. I was announced as a Queen’s Young Leader Highly Commended Runner-Up. Then, over the course of four  months, the journey has been extraordinary.

In January 2018, I started the ‘Leading Change’ course by the University of Cambridge,Institute of Continuing Education. Our course director Frances Brown welcomed us into the world of the QYL. We were briefed on the course requirements and what we should expect to get out of the course. I was extremely excited to watch all the interesting videos and the featured content. A few weeks later, I received a packet from Cambridge with the special gifts and letters of achievement. It was a real honour.

As I went on with each module in the course, I was made to think and think deeply. Self-reflection was a key concept throughout and we were mentored by the course director and the numerous other instructors. The course provided a platform to engage in conver…

Meeting Super Grandmaster Harikrishna Pentala

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The second season of the PRO Chess League was extremely exciting. The drama on the board and the off the board events like the Move of the Week, Game of the week, and other things really put extra fire on the board. However, the best thing that happened was getting Super Grandmaster Pentala  Harikrishna play for Delhi Dynamite.

One of the nicest human beings that I have met, Hari, as he is fondly known, is a great team player. During my conversation with him, I came to know so much more about how to improve the team’s activities and build a brand. He knew everything about everything. It’s just so inspirational to know someone like him.

I felt on top of the world after meeting him. I got some killer advice from him- Do whatever you have to do but always aim for the best even if you don’t achieve it. I really think that my interaction with him was outstanding.

I hope he wins the World Championship in the future and continues to play for the Dynamite.