Verse in my veinsSoumya Joshi, 22, Spoken word poet, ChandigarhThe first Line: With a master’s in mass communications (2018) from Panjab University, Chandigarh, Joshi remembers that poetry fascinated her ever since she was a child. “I used to read poems even in school, much to the amusement of my teachers,,Verse in my veinsSoumya Joshi, 22, Spoken word poet, ChandigarhThe first Line: With a master’s in mass communications (2018) from Panjab University, Chandigarh, Joshi remembers that poetry fascinated her ever since she was a child. “I used to read poems even in school, much to the amusement of my teachers, who nonethe less encouraged me in the art,” she says.Speak Out: Convinced that spoken word poetry has the power to reach the masses in a way that it connects them to the per former and the poetry, Joshi, who writes in Hindi and English, says, “Simply reading out poems to the listeners might not hold the latter’s interest, but when it is is performed using music, drama and expressions, what emerges is an absolutely new experience with genesis in verse.”Word of Affairs: One of the first in the region to spearhead the café culture poetry movement, Joshi feels that though several youngsters are coming forward as poet, they must read more in order to write better. “Exposure to other poets and writers widens one’s hori zon and opens the mind to new subjects,” says the young poet who is planning to publish her anthology of poetry soon.Page Forward: Aware of the fact that poetry may not help pay the bills, she is also planning to dabble with films to fill this gap.Rhyme and rhythm Besides poetry: ActingUnwinding: Reading a novel with slow music playing in the backgroundFavourite poets: Amrita Pritam, Gulzar, Paash, Faiz Aahmed Faiz, Zubair Ali Tabish, Ahmed Faraz and KatyayniOn my bookshelf: Short story collection Firangiyan di Nooh by Veena VermaWeekend means: Home in my pyjamas and binge sleepingadvertisement Kiranjit Kaur, International shooter.Bull’s eye Kiranjit Kaur, 32, Shooter,Ropar (Punjab)The first shot: Kiranjit Kaur remembers seeing Olympics bronze-medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra on televi sion in 2008 and being inspired by him. “I always dreamt of making a mark for myself, and shooting being an individual sport attracted me. You need total con centration and nerve of steel in this sport. There is no scope for error,” she says.Gun proud: A former National Champion (2011-2012, 10 metre Air Rifle event) Kaur, who also participated in the World Cup- 2013 held in Spain and stood 4th insists that more is less.Roadblocks: Lamenting that only Delhi has good infrastructure for this sport, Kaur stresses on the need to hire foreign coaches in order to compete against the best in the world. “Even the process of importing weapons needs to be simpli fied to help qualified shooters. Sadly, the government is just not doing enough for shooters,” she rues.Moving ahead: “I am aiming to make it to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and training eight hours a day for the same,” she says.Through the barrel Besides shooting: Brisk walkingChilling: MusicIdols: Abhinav Bindra and Zhu Qinan (China)Letting go: Meditation Gurdeep Dhaliwal and Navjeet Kaur of The Kirrt Project.Cultural viewfinderGurdeep Dhaliwal, 25, and Navjeet Kaur, 31, ChandigarhFrame One: In January this year, writer-pho tographer Gurdeep Dhaliwal and designer Navjeet Kaur started The Kirrt Project to document and honour lesser-known artisans, artworks and their stories across the state. A Punjabi word with roots in Sanskrit, Kirrt stands for creation.With an aim to introduce people to the dying arts and crafts of this region, the team visits small hamlets to meet artisans and understand the process.The Guerilla Army: With just four members entirely dedicated to the cause, Kirrt is a closely-knit unit. “No one is paid a penny for the time and effort they put in. The Punjab Arts Council gives a monthly stipend of Rs 10,000 to our team. Till this point, we have not accepted any private donations,” says Kaur.Future perfect: The team now plans to travel across Punjab extensively and take on more creative and artistic projects that will engage the local population. Suvrita Bhadwaj.Alive in every stone Suvrita Bhardwaj, 27, architect, ChandigarhThe foundation: Bhardwaj, an architec ture graduate from Sushant School of Art and Architecture (2014) in Gurgaon, insists that her profession is more of a lifestyle than a job. “I look at the minutest details of buildings that catch my eye. I have always wanted to be an integral part of ‘building’ things. Architecture is one of the few professions that keeps evolving in terms of design and construction material,” says the partner at Loop Design Studio in Chandigarh.Chip on the shoulder: Bhardwaj and her part ner Nikhil Pratap Singh, 27, have restaurants like Karim’s and Playground in Chandigarh, besides The Drawing Room in Ludhiana to their credit. The architect insists that the she couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity than Karim’s to showcase her skill-set. “The galiis reminiscent of an Old Delhi alley or a bazaar street, with different shops, houses, live counters and informal setups. The entire space has been kept raw and true to its concept in every sense,” she says.advertisementSave the earth: Bhardwaj feels that sustainable architecture has now become indispensable for the ecosystem and as long as the final product has an aesthetic appeal and fits the budget, it’s the best way to sell an environmentally cognizant design. “The strategy is to make sure that there is a strong storyline that is carried through the niceties of the design, ensuring each detail plays its part but without looking contrived or redundant to the overall concept,” she adds.Building blocksIf not an architect: RestaurateurFavourite architect: Bijoy Jain.Hhis work is all about availability of construction materials reflecting local architectureWeekend vibes: KasauliRelax mantra: What can be better than picking up fiction? Akshay Thind. Photo: Sandeep SahdevEngineering successLakshay Thind, 26, Om Divine DeveloperGreater MohaliAbout: For this engineering graduate from Government College, Chandigarh, who has a net worth of Rs 200 crore, making a mark in the region’s real estate scenario was crucial. No wonder then that even during his college years, he would make it a point to attend office every day, not just to assist his father in his real estate business but also to dwell on lending a new dimension to their work. “When I joined in 2013, the real estate market had just crashed. I overhauled our strategy and decided take some instrumental measures to ensure that we not only survived but also offered the best to our customers,” he says.The Makeover: She says that ever since he entered the fam ily business which has delivered more than 1,000 houses to fam ilies in Kharar (Punjab), he has been concentrating making the firm future ready.The next block: Entrepreneurship is not just about making money but com ing face to face with new chal lenges. He says, “The challenge keep me excited and that’s why I want to now diversify and ente areas like food and beverage an merchandising.”Castle on stable groundRelaxing my way: Clubbing on weekendsFavourite destination: GoaDressing for success: I love formal clothesIf not a builder: A civil servantSaby Singh25, musician, ChandigarhRe-engineering: A graduate in electronics and communication-engineering from Model Institute of Engineering and Technology, Jammu (2016), Saby Singh wants to use his degree to re-engineer the music scene he has always been passionate about. An independent musician, he regularly does gigs in major cities across the country.Holy intervention: Originally from Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir, Singh grew up with his grandparents who taught him how to play different musical instruments and the basics of ragas. “My grandfather loved music and also taught me the basics of singing and ragas.” An accidental introduction to the table and harmonium helped him pick up the guitar in his late teens. “In college, I started experimenting with compositions and the rest as they say is history,” says Singh.advertisementSocial media: The young musician insists that social media has emerged as a major platform for showcasin talent, something which has helped him immensely. ” is the new stage,” he says. Adding that metros are the major market where his audience is based, he says, “M all-time-high was the recent gig where we performed and the audience knew all the lyrics of my song.”Future strings: Singh, who launched himself in July 2016 dreams of his music being picked up for main stream Bollywood or Hollywood projects. ” Netflix and Amazon Prime have changed how one views television I am hoping the same happens for music,” he says.Rajiv Kukreja36, NGO Shri Ram Kirpa Sewa Sangh Welfare Society, FazilkaA primary government school teacher in Dhani Vasakhasingh Village, bordering the India Pakistan border, Rajiv Kukreja says that if it were left to him, he would make blood donation a compulsory chapter in school textbooks. “Awareness is the key,” he says.Need of the hour: A personal crisis at the age of 16 led Kukreja to think about blood donation. “I ran pillar to post to arrange just four units of blood for my mother. As I was underage, I could not donate myself,” he says. At the age of 18, he started donating regularly and the personal cause became a NGO when a friend need ed blood at regular intervals for his child-a thalassemia patient. “I realised that a lot more could be done,” he adds.Every drop counts: Having received numerous awards by the State Blood Transfusion Council, both personally and for his NGO, this teacher believes that every citizen should donate blood every three months. “Stay healthy and avoid donating if you are on any antibiotics for diabetes or blood pressure. One should eat healthy to ensure a steady haemoglobin count of 12 and above, and a platelet count of 2 lakh and more when donating,” he says.What’s needed: Stressing that there is an urgent need for infrastructure, Kukreja hopes that the private sector and individuals would come forward and donate chairs. “Fazilka may have 4,000 donors, but there’s only one chair at the blood bank,” he says.
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