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41, 100 Feet Rd, Koramangala 4th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560095
To places never seen before
In experience there is a star
Who knows what life has in store!
Are you the one I fail to see?
Or are you just a blizzard in my eye?
I am a writer and my life is a story of my desires to capture beauty, solitude, conversations and nature in both prose and verse.
Having lived through multiple cities in India and UK, I have had this constant feeling of being a outsider, of not belonging (on some deep fundamental level). That detached feeling has stayed with me and has become an intrinsic part of my work.
I try to bring poetry to common people because I am a firm believer that poetry, marginalised by academia, should not be restricted to the realm of the elite. Poetry, which is transformative, should belong to everyone
(Ajay Seshadri is a published poet whose books have received great accolades and awards from critics, media and literary circles. He launched his latest book Lotus in a Fortress at Dialogues)
As a published poet, a motivational speaker and an author to be, I hope to inspire, touch and change many lives
(Kavya Shankar is a founder of Unleash Fitness which has become one of the favourite one-stop destinations for fitness lovers in Bangalore. She feels Dialogues is a perfect solution for people like her who just wish to spend quality time at a cafe without being bothered about food)
In Bangalore I run fitness clubs, corporate wellness programmes and a charity organisation for underprivileged kids. In a long run, I wish to bring more children to sports and more sports to children. Sports builds a character in a person, it contributes to an overall personality. And that's what inspires me: contributing to human growth.
(Zaffar Khan aka Zaf is one of the most dedicated and well known health fitness professional in Bangalore. In his endeavour to make Koramangala community healthier, he is going to start a new fitness programme from the premises of Dialogues Cafe.)
I am a filmmaker who enjoys telling stories through the medium of films. My latest film was an official selection for New York Indian Film festival.
Making films is an inner journey and in that depth of exploration, you realise that life is a large-hearted comedy. We tend to ignore the humour in our fast paced life.
(Sandeep Mohan is one of the most widely loved and admired independent film maker of our generation. Sandeep screened his latest film Shreelancer to a full house at Dialogues last week.)
My story is no different. I moved to Delhi in the year 2010 in search of a job but then didnt like the city, so I moved to Bangalore. In Bangalore, I have learnt a lot after having worked in multiple restaurants and cafes.
One day, I will open my own restaurant where I will serve good food. I will make my friends and family back home proud of me.
(Wonsu aka Probeen works at Dialogues and is a clear favourite of all the customers. He is admired for his smiling personality and a calm demeanour.)
I am a firm believer of this mantra and it has helped me grow as a person and more so as an entrepreneur. There was a time when I was living in the US with a cosy and comfortable job. But then deep down, I had a strong desire build something of my own. It wasnt easy taking this call of shifting to India (out of my American comfort zone) and altogether start a new life. But then I took that plunge and worked hard to make that decision right. I am proud of what I did and looking back at it, I guess that plunge has shaped me as a person.
So my advice to all the youngsters is dont think too much, go and take that decision!!
(Sivaram is an entrepreneur and CEO of three successful companies. He and his team regularly work out of Dialogues)
Initially I relished my freedom and made friends with some amazing people. But then after few years in IT field, I realised that while I had my monetary freedom but I did not feel that I belonged there. I was aware that an IT job was just a mere means to step out of my home.
Now I have quit my IT job as well and will take on a job in a start-up which will utilise my creative, communications and behavioral skills.
10 years down the lane, I want to inspire people. When people read my story they should feel inspired to walk the right path. Thats all I want from my life....
The words that resonate in my mind when I hear about the contribution and struggles of women in many facets of life are strength and resilience. My work has taken me to difficult terrains but the most difficult experience I encountered was being stuck in the Kashmir floods of 2014. A revelation that emerged out of the devastating floods has remained with me till this date. The spectre of unwavering display of strength by Kashmiri women during this calamity has no parallel. I had the privilege to witness the entire rescue operation fore fronted by women with limited means and whose struggles are mostly discounted in everyday life. The larger message for me was that real strength does not lie in picking up arms and calling the act a 'revolution'. Instead, it requires rising to the occasion, in this case a calamity, and navigating through testing times with courage and conviction.
I am not sure how successful I will be in my mission of a mindful world but I am enjoying this path of living a life committed to simplicity, inner freedom and self-enquiry.
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