"The most fascinating cultural act" — A Poem By Luigi Albu

Im reblogging this wonderful poem today by Luigi Albu from the website Cultural Reverence.

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The most fascinating cultural act

He was writing and
dedicating poems to her,
which were so ardent
and filled with so much love,
while she was for him
the most wonderful poem
ever descended into the world
from the diaphanous sky of muses,
irresistibly seductive,
for she knew how to incite him
and fire up his senses
until he would lose his mind
and from him lyrism would explode
into a volcano of adoration,
having an enormous pleasure
to be read all or nothing at all
and explored in all her details,
whose sweetness he used to say
often in tumultuous verses
that it was sweeter than honey,
which he was always relishing
as the Holy Communion,
grasping her as the Holy Grail,
kissing her with great piety
and jeweller’s meticulosity,
fervent and with a lyric refinement
which led her into delirium,
while she was offering herself to him

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Divya Dutta in & as ‘Zuni’

Jyoti Bajaj has written a wonderful script & made it into a short film ‘Zuni’ which is a must watch. Thanks to my buddy Sanjay Matthew who has directed the film for obliging me with an interview with Jyoti Bajaj.

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Image: Divya Dutta and Jyoti Bajaj

Rashmi : Can you share a bit about yourself with our audiences?

Jyoti : I have been associated with Ad films, at various levels for a while now. At the same time, I wrote a few scripts for movies. I have written the script of the short film ‘Zuni.’

Rashmi : What is short film ‘Zuni’ all about?

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Jyoti:  Zuni is about mother daughter relationship. It has a social message. Zuni is each one of us. We love our parents, but sometimes we keep them on second priority.

It’s a blessing when our parents stay with us. Most us move out of our hometown in search of better prospects and finally end up settling far away from our parents. We stay connected with them via phone…some days we connect for long hours, sometimes for 5 minutes. Most of the time we are fighting our own battle, be it personal or professional. At times we weigh professional calls over personal ones, because we know we can always call them back.

But for parents, children remain their priority..ALWAYS. Let us understand that every call is important. It could be the last call.

Rashmi: Why did you think of this subject?

Jyoti : Through this story I would like to give out a message to spend time with your parents- talk to them. Never keep them in second priority. We always think that we can call them whenever we are free and that they will be available for us.  On the contrary, we should take out time from our schedule even if we are busy.

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Image: Jyoti Bajaj & Sanjay Matthew (Director)

Rashmi : How did Divya Dutta come on board?

Jyoti : As soon as I finished my script, I asked my director if we can get Divya Dutta for Zuni. She is a terrific actress. I could not think of anybody else playing Zuni’s character. Luckily everything fell into place.

She loved the script and agreed to be part of the project. It was a wonderful experience. She is magical on the screen. I completed the draft in August and here we are sitting with the final product in mid November. Everything happened so fast. I am extremely happy with the final output.

Rashmi : When you write a movie do you focus of the business or art?

Jyoti : Writing must have a fine blend of art and commerce. Ultimately any form of art, must see the light of the day. By the time I write the final draft, the script would have gone through multiple changes.

My job is to keep the soul of the script intact. As a writer, I would not like to change even a word in the script. The director likes to keep all the scenes in the film. The cinematographer likes to keep all the shots in the film. ..but we discuss, debate and finally take a decision in the interest of the film.

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Image: Jyoti Bajaj

Rashmi : When will the short film release?

Jyoti : Initially, We’ll be sending the movie to festivals. There is a huge market for short films abroad. With the right marketing, we can make a big brand out of short films also. There are some very good, professional OTT platforms( for short films) in India. With the right content and good casting, the film can be sold outright.

Rashmi : What are your future plans?

Jyoti: Just finished writing a woman oriented feature script. It’s a bloody revenge story, to be shot in real locations. There are no over the top dialogues, no six pack characters, but plain real people. The film will give goosebumps…full paisa vasool. I wrote this script with a top actress in mind. I will call you soon with a big news.

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Poems by Bindiya Bedi Charan Noronha

Bindiya Bedi Charan Noronha:

Bindiya, a linguist, has studied French, Portuguese, English from JNU, New Delhi, and
University of Lisbon, Lisbon. She works at a diplomatic mission in New Delhi. Bindiya is
passionate about giving back to society and her energy is indefatigable as she works on
issues concerning health, literacy, skill building for the underprivileged.

Having travelled at home and abroad, her sincere involvement with people and her awareness of the world around her find expression in her poetry, articles and sketches.
Her works have appeared in various anthologies including Women´s Web and other

She has collaborated with her sister Komal Bedi Sohal (an advertising veteran and winner of Cannes Lions and other prestigious awards) to bring out a unique poetry book “Dream Keeper”.

Dream Keeper is a photo-poetic ensemble by the Bedi sisters, which resonates with the ones who loved and lost, who woke up from the deep slumber of self-pity to self-love, who struggled to find the light of eternal truth – ever elusive, while still smiling in the NOW. Dream Keeper is due to be released this month.

Contacts: bindiya.charan@gmail.com, Facebook: Bindiya Bedi Charan Noronha
Instagram: bbc3rdeye, Twitter:BBCN3rdEye

bindiya poems

The Goddess beckons
Unknown lands lay before me
Follow, don’t you fail.
My Poetry Manifesto
Poetry is truth
Peaking out of lies
Glimmer of  light
In obscure darkness
Beauty of unknown
Hidden in layers
Poetry is goodness
 I sift from evil
Poetry is magic
Sprinkling starlight
On you and me
I walk on air
Rhyming fantasy with
Reality in a symphony of
Poems creating joy
Moment to moment.
The palace of happiness
Hides within
I know not where
Through my tears
I search panicking
Have I lost the key?
Will I be buried in
Grief of lost love?
Will I be able to
sift through the clouds
Of hopelessness?
I must find the key for
The palace of happiness
Resting within.


Two Micropoems By Rashmi Malapur

Hey guys,

Two of my poems have been featured on the site- Cultural Reverence. Thank-you to the team!!

Cultural Reverence


Enthralled by the magnanimity,

Words lost in the moments of reunion,

His transformation encompassed the years of turbulence and reflected upon hishumble face.

Love was and remains a constant source of delight


Why does the mind linger on moments that are fleeting?

Why does the heart crave for physical yearnings?

If not for you I would have perished,

So why don’t I desire your companionship?

Why do I flutter like a caged bird?

While you wait tirelessly that I open my mind and embrace you completely.

Author : Rashmi Malapur©®
All Rights Reserved To The Author

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‘Quarter’ – A short film by Vishal Shinde

Watch the film ‘Quarter’ by Vishal Shinde.


Vishal  Vijayrao  Shinde, born  in  small  town  of  Maharashtra, India  on  20th  April 1983.  He  has  been  active  in  theater  for  last  16  years.  After  completing  his master’s  in  English  literature,  his  passion  for  cinema  brought  him  in the field  of  Film  Festivals;  from  viewer  to  organizer  and  the  journey  of  over  a decade.  Quarter  is  his  first  attempt  as  a  director.

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Quarter is about the stereotypes that we live with in our society- any kind of physical or mental difference in a person is mocked by all of us, without considering the feeling of the person who bears its burden all his/her life. Distinctness has never been accepted.

Quarter is also a simple love story, which is about a dwarf (Suraj) and his love for a college mate (Nisha) that stays incomplete and one-sided. Suraj goes through rejection from everyone as he is different from others; he is despised and mocked at. Nisha feels his pain and empathizes with him, which Suraj interprets as love. What happens to this love story is for the audience to see or rather feel.

We live in water tight compartments- build walls around us and are blinded by our own prejudices that are deep rooted. Sometimes, I feel these are our insecurities, which restrict us from accepting something that doesn’t fit into our strictly defined rules or boundaries- stereotypes.

Its so difficult to accept someone who is different from us. We just reject that person and call him/her deformed. I wonder who is deformed in the real sense? Why is it so tough for such a person to live in this world? When did we get so insensitive that we stopped looking beyond ourselves?

A lot more has been said in this simple love story. As these questions hover us and we battle with ourselves about our insensitivity, the story leaves us with teary eyes.

Infact, the simplicity of the story is endearing. The subject is sensitively directed and executed by Vishal Shinde.

But, what moves you is Vishal’s writing, which is mature yet has no complex or heavy words to express the intense and deeply ingrained pain that the Suraj goes through. The parting note rips your heart apart.

There also lies a thread of positivity in the story in the form of hope, wishes and dreams that Suraj carries with him. He is an extremely positive person who dreams and works hard to fulfill them, just like you and me do. What sets him apart is not the fact that he is ‘Quarter’ (dwarf) but, he is ‘Suraj’- the one who dreams of a bright future despite the rejection and humiliation he faces from everyone.

Infact, the simplest stories stir us and stay with us for a longer time.

About the actors and direction:

Mahesh Jadhav is perfect for the role of Suraj as he emotes and expresses the maturity of the character in the most endearing manner. You empathize with his situation and kind of start liking him for his innocence. Prachi is confident and has a great screen presence. The scene in which Nisha’s friend mocks at Suraj reflects the kind of attitude we carry towards people who are different and it is one of the most brilliantly directed scene. Also, the scenes which create an awkwardness at the end of the movie between Suraj and Nisha are well directed.

The entire cast has reflected and emoted with the necessary restrain and balance. Along with the actors the credit also goes to Vishal Shinde who has directed the movie in a highly mature and thoughtful manner.

© Copyright 2019 Rashmi Malapur All rights reserved

Review ‘Musicana’: An ode to literature

Let’s begin from the end. Ankur Bharadwaj the narrator of the show ‘Musicana’ ended this musical evening aptly. He shared that in an age where it is tough to differentiate between what can be called as literature and what cannot, let us cherish, talk and discuss literature.

‘Musicana’ is a show that is a collection of poems presented musically by ANA theatre. These poems are written by the bigwigs of literature. Musicana is a confluence of gazals, folk music and poetry.

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The poems that they chose were contextual and that is the beauty of this musical show. Each poem had a reference and context to today’s world.

Rarely do you find a program that blends poetry of varied regional languages. Including various flavours of poetry in a single program is certainly not easy. The work presented by ANA theatre is commendable as they make a great attempt to revive Hindustani literature and folk music.

What I liked about the show is the passion with which the entire team performs. Their involvement, passion and bonding make the show unique.

The show was staged in a modest and natural set up at Veda Live, Versova, Andheri, Mumbai. When I asked Sunil Upadhyay the founder of ANA theatre that why he chose this particular venue, he said that his friend had suggested this venue to stage a play. But it was not suitable to stage a play. He didn’t want to let go this wonderful venue so he decided to stage this musical show ‘Musicana.’

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It was an absolute delight being in the audience on the evening of 2nd October, which also marks the birth anniversary of Gandhiji. On this occasion Pt. Vijay Shankar Chaubey played the notes of the prayer, ‘Vaishnav Janato,’ on the violin along with Pt. Balram Mishra on Tabla, Ratnesh Mishra on harmonium, and the percussionist and guitarist Sudeep Yashraj.

The initial part of the show was a divine delight where Pt. Vijay Shankar played the violin in jugalbandi with Balram Mishra playing the tabla. I call it a divine delight because it set the mood to relax the audience that had rushed to the venue to be a part of musical extravaganza, taking out time from their busy life. Undeniably music relaxes you and is a stress buster.

Let me tell you a bit more about the show.

As a listener of music, I always feel that the tabla beats shadow other instruments. But, Pt. Balram Mishra was at his best as he was so much in sync with violin notes (played Pt. Vijay Shankar) that it made a distinct mark.

Im going to talk about some of the songs here but if you would want to explore more, you should be in the audience the next time ‘Musicana’ is staged.

Meera Bai’s ‘Mai main kaise jiyun’ touched me the most with its spiritual touch. Shriparna Chaterjee sung it with conviction and emotion that cannot fail to touch the audience. She has an extremely prolific and distinct voice that pierces right through your heart.

In line with the spiritual poems was ‘dheere dheere gadi’ by Kabir.

Sunil Updhayay has a powerful voice. Infact when he sings with Akhil Tiwari, they both seem to be enjoying and relishing music. His passion for music cannot go unnoticed by the audience. Its apparent and probably that is why the entire team has put this wonderful show because they enjoy, cherish music and literature. An honest expression will always move the audience. The team is so charged that the audience starts swaying to the tune.

The rest of the team members who added zing to the show with their voices were Ayush Tiwari, Vinod Maurya, Daman, Sushrut Gopesh, Swati Singh & Vijay Shukla.  Backstage was managed and arranged by Vinayak Tripathi, Kundan Roy & Ravi Namdev.

Some folk songs that the team presented set the pace and had the audience swaying. Especially the ones by Ranjit Kapoor’s ‘O mhara dhola ji aao, kadh chiyan’, ‘Kade taavod’, ‘Gangaji ki umdal bad har.’

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Two of my favourites from the show are ‘O mara dhola ji aao,’ written by Ranjit Kapoor and ‘Choron ki serrate’ by Khem Singh Nagar.

‘Choran ki serrate’ by Khem Singh Nagar is a comment on politicians that gave the true picture of the current political situation. It must have been written a couple of years ago but the narrative is still so relevant that it hits the audience. We cannot help but chuckle over the words.

More on the melancholic side were two poems by stalwarts- ‘Ye na thi hamari kismet” by Mirza Ghalib and ‘Ram banvas’ by Kaifi Azmi.

‘Gaye dino ka’ by Nasir Qazmi stilled the audience by its simple words and heartfelt tune.

‘Ram banvas’ by Kaifi Azmi is a reflection on the fateful occasion of 6th December that challenged the spirit of unity in our country with the demolition of Babri Masjid.

Well, no emotion was left unexpressed in the program as it completed with the much needed flavour of romance with the poem ‘Uski katthai aankhon’  by Rahat Indori.

All I can say is that ‘Musicana’ is a show you cannot miss and if you’ve been in the audience once it will pull you again.


Janis Joplin’s Will

Had to reblog it. I love Janis Joplin!! Thank you by Luisa Zambrotta for writing this post.

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Janis_Joplin_performing_montage_1969 Janis Joplin performing montage (1969)

Janis Lyn Joplin (1943 – 4 October 1970) was an icon of the hippy era, well- known for her powerful, blues-inspired vocals.

After releasing three albums, she died of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 27, becoming a member of the “27 Club”, the group of prominent musicians who died at the age of 27, such as The Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones, guitarist Jimi Hendrix, The Doors frontman Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Blues musician Robert Johnson, who had died in 1938, was the earliest popular musician to be included in the members of the “27 Club”.

On that night of October 1970, Janis had returned to her hotel room (room 105 of the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles) after a recording session. At around 1 a.m. on the 4th of October, after…

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‘Mirror Image’ a poem by Hari Prasad S

Our guest blogger today is Hari Prasad S whose unique style of writing will get you hooked.

About Hari Prasad S

I am a electronics engineer by profession and hobbyist writer and photographer.

I like to depict my thoughts on various topics in the form of poetry and my views in the form of photography. I have interests in diverse subjects concerning humanity. I like to chat, discuss with people on all aspects of life.

I blog and welcome you all to my website www.assortedemotions.com & Hubpages.com/@shprd74
Kindly add your comments, for I will cherish your visit.

Mirror image

We see stress, anxiety,

Nothing righteous, in society.

Blind repetitions of, in-appropriate actions,

are causing confusions, contradictions, and convolutions.

Questioning ‘Why, Who’s causing’, are no antidotes.

Instead are aggravators, to the prevailing egos.

Need to get back to our roots,

the teachings of our ancient scripts.

Recalling those verses,

would help manage the menace.

It could bring sense,

back from the prevailing nonsense.

Gautama Buddha preached,

“Be connected yet be disconnected.” he said.

These words are deep and enabled,

we are but, deeply blinded.

Does it mean?

to be an unbiased observer,

and watch one’s own thoughts,

not act in haste,

and be a guide to ones own self,

in overcoming pride within self.

What a profound insight is found !!!,

for a way to peaceful co-existence.

So, by being at peace with-in,

all can win.

In acceptance of differences,

we can see in others a mirror image.

Copyright 2019 © Hari Prasad.S


Not a dream

its not a dream

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Not a dream

Dwelling in possibilities

And diversities,

Is a way of life.

Rivers bonding us,

Beyond petty declarations.


The fabric of our sky and earth,

Woven by colourful threads.

Disputes hogged,

Our intellect.


But tolerance overruled,

The miseries of radicalism.

We lived and we hope to live,

With hope.


Loud, louder and loudest,

The voice of violence.

Petty, pity and pitiable,

Let not tolerance

Be mistaken for cowardice.


Let’s shun petty politics

To rise above prejudices,

Let’s embrace a culture

That practices peace.


Power of peace,

Inspiring and descending to generations.

The first line is inspired from Emily Dickinson’s poem, ‘I dwell in Possibility.’

– Rashmi Malapur Jaswal

© Copyright 2019 Dr. Rashmi Malapur All rights reserved


A book on public speaking – ‘Me Bhashan Karnarach?’ by Dr. Govind Dhaske


Dr. Govind Dhaske is well-known social scientist, author and self-development coach. As a researcher, Dr. Dhaske provides comprehensive research-based solutions on human and systemic complexity within the social, behavioral, and pertinent problems using the integrated and multidisciplinary approach. Having expertise in the phenomenological approach, Dr. Govind deals with problems through a novel perspective and loves to educate, train, coach, write, meditate, cook, counsel, and do research on complex problems. At present, Dr. Govind is directing a one of its kind self-development start-up Self-hood.

‘Me Bhashan Karnarach?’ available on Amazon.


1. How did you think about writing this book – ‘Me Bhashan Karnarach?’

When I started ‘Selfhood’ (www.selfhood.in) back in 2016 several people approached me and requested to conduct training on public speaking. I did an in-depth exploration of the kind of communication problems rural, semi-urban people face in public speaking for two years. Based on my research and qualitative interactions I devised a novel training program. After successfully conducting training programs, I realized that there is a paucity of literature on public speaking that can guide potential public speaking aspirants. I was thoroughly motivated by the success of my first ever public speaking training design.

Several people across the regional geographies in Maharashtra approached me for notes and asked for training programs from Selfhood. It was humanly impossible for me to go everywhere as I was having some research projects going on. So, as a golden mean solution to the problem, I devised a self-help oriented book on public speaking “Mi Bhashan Karnarach (मी भाषण करणारच)”.

2) In how many languages is the book available?

At present, Mi Bhashan Karnarach (मी भाषण करणारच) is available in Marathi (paperback version) on Amazon. In a months’ time, the Kindle eBook will be available. The English version of the book will be launched in a year or so. A short version in Hindi is under preparation.

3) What is the importance of public speaking particularly for the audience segment you mentioned?

Most of the rural and semi-urban youth live with an inferiority complex that they are less smart than the population on Metros and more developed urban places. With such kind of passivity from the rural core, the predominant urban youth lives the false feeling of empowerment that they are leading the country. This situation has been killing the potential for public speaking in India. When I realized that most of the young, as well as seasoned leaders, are not connected with their followers holistically I started analyzing the problem.

Most political and social leaders find it difficult to get connected with the people they are serving. Their leadership success is mainly due to the role play they do. Here I realized the need for training them on public speaking with a holistic perspective. I prepared a module or two and tested it in several batches and then launched this book project. Public speaking is a life skill essential for all citizens living and loving a democratic state. The importance is so integral.

4) Can you share with our audiences the broad outline of the book?

The book Mi Bhashan Karnarach (मी भाषण करणारच) runs through 15different chapter dedicated to the set of skills and aspects related to public speaking.

The initial chapters are dedicated to the demystification of several preconceptions and false beliefs of public speaking and the pedagogy about it. Once the reader is ready with a new perspective about public speaking as a life skill later chapter focus on the planned self-learning of public speaking. This part is like workbook where readers are supposed to create their public speaking skill development plan and timeline.

The book covers the ‘fear of public speaking’ part very well as it provides several methods to overcome the fear. I believe that I have not seen such a plethora of methods on fear in any Marathi book on public speaking so far.

Additionally, the book guides the readers and public speaking aspirants on body language, presentation, outfits, types of speech, audience analysis, personality development, writing speech. Importantly, the book emphasizes listening skill development among public speakers and there is a chapter dedicated for same.

Unlike western books translated in local languages, Mi Bhashan Karnarach (मी भाषण करणारच) has been a highly culturally sensitive text aimed at helping the Marathi speaking population.

When Marathi readers are reading western texts, although translated in Marathi, they feel the self –alienation and it takes them away from their own culture. My book avoids such wrong trips and keeps the readers rooted in their own culture.

I have blended modern findings with traditional knowledge and prepared a holistic method in this book.

5) How do you see the possibility of learning public speaking only by using Mi Bhashan Karnarach (मी भाषण करणारच)?

That is a very interesting question (Smiling). I am sure all readers must be fascinated by that proposition. We have to go to the roots of the learning process to understand that. Public speaking to me is a natural life skill that comes with the culture. Off late, taking instructional training for everything has become a fashion and skills development is a huge industry now. But there are some skills that can be learned naturally as well as by taking help of a trainer. Public speaking fits both styles. In fact, learning public speaking on our own works very well.

I have designed the book keeping in mind the restrictions people face when they have to get training on public speaking. Most woman, as well as rural and poor population, faces accessibility, affordability and availability issues when it comes to self-development training. To overcome such barriers I have created a workbook style book that can surely help learning public speaking. Moreover, the kind of mental glitch and psychological problems public speaking aspirants face are best overcome by motivating one self. That has leveraging effects on their personality, social leadership, and public speaking. One who learns public speaking by self-learning has several advantaged and control of their progress. That is the secret of self-learning.

I have to make one point clear here, although I promote self-learning method using my book I can decipher about the need for training as well. There are some people who need training in public speaking because they do well with such methods, in such cases, there is no need to force different method. The primary aim should be to start giving speeches sooner.

6) How do your reader access the book?

The book is available on Amazon for online purchase. Folks can order it from there. The book is also available through the Facebook page with the same name as the book. I am conducting a few training sessions across Maharashtra this winter and I will have the book made available there. I am planning to identify some good libraries where common people can access books and see if the book can be kept there for reference.

7) How do readers connect with you if they have any doubt or need further guidance?

We have an active Facebook page and group dedicated to our readers. In the goodness of time, I plan to conduct some Facebook live sessions for the readers. The book project was materialized under our self-development agency Selfhood (www.selfhood.in).

All emails made to selfhood that concern public speaking comes to me by default. At this point, readers can use these platforms abundantly to ask doubts, seek guidance on public speaking from me.

8) What message you have for our readers?

Well, while I am grateful for the opportunity to get connected with readers through this blog, I feel obliged to share a few things about public speaking here. I hope that will be helpful. Until today, public speaking has remained as something that needs wealth, heritage, political lineage, business family kinship and what not.
While I discard such misconception I feel that everyone should understand one basic fact that speaking is a very natural thing humans are born with. The only obstacle in public speaking is the communication culture in India. We stop girls from speaking their mind, we impose several things on kids in the name of sanskar and culture and what not.

If we allow kids to speak their mind I don’t think we will need any such training of book in India. We need to position our education system on this footing. Our culture endorses freedom of all kinds with all degrees. Yet there are some wrongful social elements that have hijacked the ‘natural’ in our society. All public speaking aspirants should maintain a radical view in their mind that they have something to share with the people which is aimed at collective wellbeing. With such perspective and collective values, I don’t think public speaking will take place naturally. It only takes one moment to take a decision to break the shackles in the mind and mouth starts speaking the truth experienced by the being.

© Copyright 2019 Dr. Govind Dhaske All rights reserved