WHAT'S YOUR STORY WITH SWATI GOYAL
Swati Goyal   Sep-2018   235 Views   0 Comments

What's Your Story with Swati Goyal

I was neither born lucky nor born genius, nor born talented. When I peep behind the shut doors of the past, immense complacency overwhelms me, marveling at my own resurrection to what I am today. I was born in a small, obscure town of India. Of the few memories I can conjure, I recall the wide drains bordering the narrow brick lanes, the rowdy railway station, the hustle bustle of a typical Indian grain market, the squealing hawkers and the jubilant temple bells.

My life was to follow the same suit had my dad not decided to migrate to Chandigarh (an urban city of India) in pursuit of an alternative business. The imminent target after that was to get me into a good school. My mother enrolled me into one of the leading schools of Chandigarh-Sacred Heart Convent school. While the school boasted of it's highly polished and multi faceted students, the admission criteria was grossly formidable. As I raced through my 2 hour admission exam, my mother's heart raced and pounded with each passing tick of the clock. I exited the hall in oblivion of the fact that what I penned inside was not an exam but my destiny. To everyone's surprise I was taken in the school- the most coveted and celebrated school of Chandigarh.

Like I said I was 'not born lucky'- 'my mom' made me one

As I staggered into the relatively alien turf, I realized it was rather an opening of 'Pandora's box of troubles'. Being a convent school, it was mandated that each student converse in English. Hailing from a small Indian town, my base language was Hindi. While the weighty English words poured out of my peer's mouths glibly I struggled to put together the same hostile words to form coherent sentences. I would be too shy to raise my hand to answer a question, fearing the mockery my ugly stutter would  result in. Whenever I was asked a question, I stood frozen, humiliated and drained out of life. Our school conducted monthly parent teacher meetings to evaluate student's performance and give necessary feedback to parents. I so dreaded this demon that resurfaced every month. My palms would drench in sweat, and fingers wrestle nervously as my mother fidgeted on her seat uncomfortably, bruised by an interminable tirade of complaints from my teacher. While other mothers walked out smug and exhilarated, my mother walked out low head, her hopes thwarted.

Brimmed with guilt and remorse I finally decided to rather face my fears. The mirror became my best friend as we spent hours together talking and rehearsing in English. I would deliberately broach controversial discussions with my friends to challenge my English proficiency. I started reading vocabulary books, newspapers, editorials and rummaged the dictionary for new words. I would jot them down and review them rhythmically until I became comfortable with their usage. Gradually, I gained a command on English and along with that came a better understanding of my academic subjects and that of the classroom sessions. I still remember the massive leap I made in my scores startling the teachers as well as the toppers of my class. All it took was a focus reinforced by the desire to excel.

Like I said I was not born genius, I found in me one

My initial success in academics triggered success in other domains as well. My earnest efforts and avid interest helped me refine my literary and oratory skills. I participated and excelled in several events like press conference, extempore and debates. I even contributed articles for the famous 'Hindustan Times', an achievement I cherish till date. In recognition of my supreme communication skills I was appointed the 'Marketing committee head' in college. On similar grounds, working in Infosys on a cross-cultural, Indo-Chinese project I was given the task of mediating any conflicts arising due to cultural disparities. My persistence and hard work helped me not only surmount my initial obstacles but also channelize them in the right direction to unleash the talent in me.

Like I said I was not born talented, I chose to be one

Behind every success, lies a motivation and my motivation was and is, my mother who exemplifies tremendous strength of character, worth emulating. Also insults can do to you what laurels can't. The humiliation I faced at the hands of my teachers and peers ignited in me the desire to excel in every domain I floundered in. I believe that criticism, if taken in a positive stride can actually help us transform our weaknesses to strengths. Success like learning is a cumulative process, one success laying the foundation of yet another and for me my first success was the motivation for each success that followed thereafter.

 

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Cricket's 'Mr 360' AB de Villiers calls it a day
TP4U Editor   May-2018   117 Views   0 Comments

It has been routine for AB de Villiers to surprise people with his innovative and audacious strokeplay. On Wednesday, the South African legend surprised, and saddened, the cricketing fraternity by retiring from international cricket.

“After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is it is time for others to take over. I’ve had my turn and to be honest I’m tired,” he said on Twitter. He also said that he would not be playing any T20 leagues outside his home country while keeping the option open for Titans, the team he represents in South Africa’s domestic circuit.

While it leaves a huge void for South African cricket to try and fill, ABD quitting the scene is a big loss for the game itself. With the advent of popular T20 leagues around the world, he had become a truly global star of the game. ABD indicated that he may not even be playing any T20 leagues outside South Africa. If that happens, fans of IPL, especially those of the Bengaluru franchise, will be left pining for him, the affable star who fought many a gallant, and sometimes solitary, battle for RCB

De Villiers is a shining example of some of the highest virtues one wants to see in a sportsperson: Talent, athleticism (if the sport requires it), innovation, commitment, flair and sportsman spirit.

He was born a phenomenal sporting talent, a freak of nature who excelled in whatever sport he laid his hands on. Known as a ‘boy wonder’ in Pretoria during his growing years, de Villiers was selected for the junior national hockey and soccer teams. While holding several junior swimming records, he captained the junior national rugby team. He was a golfer of considerable promise, u-19 national badminton champion and was also a member of South Africa’s junior Davis Cup team.

To cap it all, he was good in academics too, having received a medal from Nelson Mandela himself. Has the game of cricket ever seen a more accomplished or more gifted player? The answer probably would be ‘no.’ What added to his stature was his unassuming ways and the unfailing grace with which he received victory or defeat. He wore his stardom and success very lightly and always remained a quintessential team man. No surprise, he was adored by fans and respected, and sometimes revered, by fellow cricketers. If we have to look for a role model for today’s young cricketers, he would be a very good choice. As the cliché goes, “he let his bat do all the talking”. He leaves while looking good for at least 2-3 years more on the circuit. He was SA’s best batsman in the demanding Test series against India and Australia recently, helping the team win both contests. He was also the most consistent player for RCB in this year’s IPL, hitting 480 runs at a high average of 53.33 and a strike rate of 174.54.

Cricket was privileged to have him as one of its biggest modern stars. Of course, he couldn’t win a major trophy, but that should not take away from his greatness as an entertainer and a performer.







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THE QUICKEST WAYS TO TELL WHETHER YOUR HOTEL ROOM HAS BED BUGS
TP4U Editor   Sep-2018   16 Views   0 Comments

It was always sweet when mom used to say stuff like, "Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite." Like you really had a choice in the matter. Nobody in the history of beds or bugs has ever actually wanted those pesky little bloodsuckers chawing away on their skin all night. But, inevitably, it can happen.

In case you aren't an aspiring Gil Grissom, bed bugs are the common name for Cimex lectularius, a flat, louse-like insect that lives off the blood of other animals. Because they're so dark, they can be hard to spot, especially when hiding under furniture or in dark corners of your hotel room or hostel bunk. And while they don't transmit any diseases, they can leave nasty, itchy bites that are at best highly uncomfortable, and at worst leave you boiling all your clothes as soon as you get home.

Even nice hotels can catch a case of bed bugs, so it can pay to turn on your cellphone flashlight and have a look around as soon as you get to your room. We talked to some folks at Rentokil, who kill bugs for a living, and they told us where to look to find the critters before they find you. So, what should you scan for in your room? Saying, "I'm looking for bed bugs" is all well and good, but do you even know what you're looking for? Small, crawling insects roughly the size of apple seeds are the dead giveaway, but sometimes you can have bed bugs without actually seeing them. Juvenile bed bugs shed their outer skins five or six times, so look for what might be discarded insect skin in the areas we outline below.

Also, small blood smears don't mean somebody went all Very Bad Things in your room right before you got there. It could mean bed bugs' messy eating. You can also look for tiny black smudges that denote bed bug excretion (kinda like insect skid marks) or tiny white eggs, generally about 1mm in length.

Where else to look?.... The mattress and bed frame.: The most obvious spot to look for bed bugs is in the mattress, but spotting them is a little more involved than just picking the mattress up and looking for dark spots. Bed bugs tend to hide in the joints of the frame and along the slats. Sofas and throw pillows.: Quite often, you'll find them in other soft seats but NOT in the bed. Take a look along the seams, inside the slip cover, and along the zippers of any decorative pillow or sofa cushion. Closets and floorboards.: Bed bugs don't even need soft, cushy spaces to find a home. They can be hiding in your closet, which can ultimately lead to that unfortunate clothes-boiling we mentioned earlier to try and get them killed. Check the spots where floor boards or floor molding meet the wall. 

Night stands.: Much like with the rest of the furniture, look at the drawer seals and corners of the nightstand. Also check inside lampshades or the spots where the lamp makes contact with the nightstand. Same goes for picture frames, alarm clocks, or any other bedside decor. Luggage and luggage stands.: Take a look at the webbing on the fold-out luggage stand, especially where it wraps around the frame. And just to be safe, never, EVER put your luggage on the bed itself. Those bugs will jump right in and might never leave.

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MOKSHA MUKTI ENLIGHTENMENT MEDITATION
TP4U Editor   Sep-2018   23 Views   0 Comments
After educating himself in the US, and working for fortune 500 companies as a professional for many years, Robin Pandey, one day in 2009 transformed into Moksha Mukti, by serendipity or by the grace of God.  Since the day of transformation or enlightenment Moksha Mukti instantly ceased eating meat and drinking alcohol, this phenomenon occured in a flash halted his ethereal quest. This revelation cleaned out his old conditioned notions and brought him to his natural functioning; the divine entity he was investigating was already living and breathing inside of his organs; it is not something that revealed from outside source, but internally within. 

Since 2009 Moksha Mukti started to teach what had revealed to him, and now he has thousands of followers and students who learn from his revelations as wisdom or teachings.  He has written four books, and one three already published and fourth about to be released soon.  Currently, he teaches Moksha Mukti Enlightenment Meditation Lessons. 

What is Moksha Mukti Enlightenment Meditation?

There are hundreds of Meditation Lessons are available.  Moksha Mukti Enlightenment meditation is an original that revealed to Moksha Mukti. This is a direct method that is simple, efficient and effective. Although, it is simple it requires some time and teachings. Therefore, Moksha Mukti offers this lessons to anyone who is interested.  You don't have to give up your family or job to learn this meditation, however, it requires a minimum commitment for you to fully grasp and utilize it.  

During meditation, over 90% people sleep instead of mediate.  Moksha Mukti Enlightenment Meditation lessons do not let people fall asleep during meditation and it is scientific method of verifying and validating each experience within.  Moksha Mukti speaks the truth, but it is not true to you unless, you verify and validate in your own experiencing field.  So, in this meditation, there are a lot of interaction between students and the teacher to actually, get down and dirty, if I may use that phrase to experience, and recognize.  

It requires for you to pay attention to yourself, but this phrase has been cliche, and humans do not know what it truly means, and in Moksha Mukti Enlightenment Meditation lessons, Moksha Mukti teaches you to really pay attention.  He guides you pay attention at the right places, so that you may get the glimpses of Enlightenment.  Often people ask do I get enlightened by enrolling at the Moksha Mukti Enlightenment Meditation Lessons? Yes, there is a possibility, but more probability to get glimpses of Enlightenment.  

Are there benefits of taking Moksha Mukti Enlightenment Meditation lessons? Many people who reported by listening in and participating in General Open to public Moksha Mukti Enlightenment Meditation Lessons that happens once a month in or around full moon said they were healed, were peaceful, happy, calm, relaxed as well as their wish came true etc.  

Moksha Mukti's books are available on Amazon: 

His fourth epic book “Mirror” will be releasing soon. 
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Food Recipe: Turmeric & Cumin Infused Veggies
TP4U Editor   Jul-2018   67 Views   0 Comments

Cooking Method : 

Prep Time : 10 minutes  |  Cooking time: 15 minutes

Recipe yield: 4 servings*

* Per serving (3/4 th Cup):  

Calories: 36

Carbs: 6 gm Protein: 1 gm Fat: 1gm Fiber: 2gm

Ingredients & Materials:

3 cups Organic Mixed Veggies | 1 tsp Ghee  |  ½ teaspoon turmeric  |  ½ teaspoon Cumin Seeds  |  1 large saucepan  |  1 lid to cover  |  1 wooden ladle  |  Stove

Process:

1. Take 2 cups Frozen Organic Mixed Veggies. Defrost or bring to Room Temperature or You can separately cut, wash and prep veggies such as broccoli, Cauliflower and carrots and keep aside.

2. Next put the sauce pan on the stove, keep the heat on medium. Add ghee, next add cumin seeds. Let them sizzle for few seconds, the add turmeric.

4. Make sure the spices don’t burn. Reduce the heat to low if needed.

5. Add mixed veggies and sauté.

6. Add salt to taste and mix well.

7. Add ¼ cup water and cover the saucepan with the lid, reduce the heat to medium.

Watch for the water content. After cooking on medium to low for 15 mins, open the lid and gently stir

8. Check if veggies are cooked or you may cook them for additional 5 minutes.

9. Serve hot with Cooked Quinoa or Brown rice or wild rice and Dal (Lentil Soup) to complete the meal.

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REDMOND CEO CHARGED WITH FRAUD ON MORE THAN 100 H-1B VISA APPLICATIONS
TP4U Editor   Sep-2018   24 Views   0 Comments

The Justice Department charged Pradyumna Kumar Samal, the chief executive of Redmond firms Divensi and Azimetry, with using a tactic called “bench-and-switch” to fraudulently get high-tech visas.

The U.S. Department of Justice charged a Redmond CEO with visa fraud last week, saying he hired more than 100 foreign workers over several years by using falsified documents to apply for visas commonly used by workers in the high-tech industry.

Pradyumna Kumar Samal is the chief executive of two technology firms in Redmond, Divensi and Azimetry, that act as contracting firms for big tech companies in the region, hiring engineers and assigning them to projects at the client companies. 

The Justice Department’s charges against Samal, filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, allege that he made use of a tactic called “bench-and-switch” to get the high-tech, or H-1B, visas approved. The case focuses on 137 approved visa applications that indicated that a worker was needed for a specific project for a client, and included letters apparently from the clients confirming this.

The federal government’s case alleges these projects did not exist, the letters were not actually written by the clients, and Samal included the invented projects in the applications to improve the chances of quick approval.

When the worker got to the U.S., he or she would not be assigned to the project listed on the visa application, the court documents say.

Samal’s lawyer, Diane Butler at Davis Wright Tremaine, disputed the agency’s claims. Butler said companies’ project needs often change between the time an H-1B application is filed and when the worker starts, so they may end up working on a different project than what the company originally intended.

Butler said that the investigation and charges against Samal “reflect the current hostility toward business immigration in a zero tolerance environment. Companies like his have helped keep the economy vibrant by providing H-1B tech workers for short-term projects.”

H-1B visas are highly competitive and sought after in the tech industry. The three-year work visas, which allow companies to bring in foreign workers with high-tech skills, are limited under an annual quota and are subject to a lottery each year. Big tech companies have advocated for reform of the system in recent years, calling for more annual spots and criticizing some information technology outsourcing firms for hiring visa holders at lower salaries and often dominating the annual lottery.

Divensi filed 390 applications for H-1B visas in 2016. That was the fifth-highest application tally in Washington state, ranking it behind Microsoft, Amazon and outsourcing companies Infosys and HCL America. On its website, Divensi lists many big tech companies as customers, including Microsoft, Amazon and Tableau.

Samal is believed to have been instrumental in the “bench-and-switch” scheme, according to the department’s case, which says he regularly reviewed application material before it was submitted and instructed his employees to “market” the potential visa holders to other clients.

The executive was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Tuesday as he got off an international flight, according to the Department of Justice. He fled during the investigation, the agency said.

Butler said the executive did not flee the country but rather traveled to India on business, and then returned home.

Samal appeared to get pushback from a client after the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the Department of Homeland Security, started investigating Samal. The CEO of a client company used in the application letters emailed Samal after USCIS contacted him, according to the case.

“I received this email from the Visa office asking if I signed this,” the email from a CEO, identified in court documents as V.K., reads. “I did not. I don’t even know who this resource is. This is concerning? Pls advise on how this happened?”

In a news release about the case, the Department of Justice said workers applying for the visas were required to pay Divensi and Azimetry a partially-refundable fee, which sometimes reached $5,000, for the two companies to sponsor the application.

The applications discussed in the court case are from the period between 2012 and 2015. The government is continuing to investigate additional applications from 2016 and 2017.

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PINKY GODHIA OWNER OF RODIZIO GRILL
PINKY GODHIA OWNER OF RODIZIO GRILL
TP4U Editor   Sep-2018
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Believes in Commitment till the end. Never ever give up.

What three pieces of advice would you give to college students who want to become entrepreneurs? 

  1. Really think it through. Dreams are good but planning is better. 
  2. Commit till the end. Never ever give up (and never say never!) 
  3. Ensure you are surrounded with support. There's no "I" in Team, make sure you always have someone to lean on, because doing it all on your own is just too much. 
The restaurant business runs in our family and our degrees are in hospitality too. All of the above was prior to becoming entrepreneurs. So it wasn't so much a spark, but  seems more like destiny or fate  was inevitable.

Excluding yours, what company or business do you admire the most? 

Bailey Orthodontics.

The moment you walk in, you feel the positive energy pulsing from ever part of the practice. The entire team makes you feel welcome,  everyone is very warm, the process is very well organised and the end results are always fabulous, it's an all in all package deal. I cannot sing Dr. Bailey & his practice's praises enough, every single experience is flawless. Our entire family goes there and we can guarantee we will be lifetime customers - we'd even take our dog if they offered services for canines! 

What are your hobbies? What do you do in your non-work time?

We enjoy travelling and make it a point to leave the country with our kids at least once a year. We especially like discovering new countries and exposing ourselves to new cultures it's a great way to learn.

I thoroughly enjoy being creative and building memories through crafting scrapbooks & photobooks, when I have a spare moment (very rare nowdays!) On the other hand, Ravi in his spare time indulges in eating out, trying new cuisines and restaurants and watching movies to unwind. Together, we also love entertaining and spending quality time with our family and friends. 

What has been your most satisfying moment in business? 

Reading our first set of amazing reviews from customers when we opened Rodizio Grill. It really touched us and made us feel justified in doing what we do. 

What ignited the spark in you to start a business venture?

We've always been "foodies" and when we say "foodies" we mean we enjoy great tasting, delicious foods and a variety of dishes and meals. We're very social and naturally love welcoming guests.

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WHAT'S YOUR STORY WITH SWATI GOYAL
WHAT'S YOUR STORY WITH SWATI GOYAL
Swati Goyal   Sep-2018
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What's Your Story with Swati Goyal

I was neither born lucky nor born genius, nor born talented. When I peep behind the shut doors of the past, immense complacency overwhelms me, marveling at my own resurrection to what I am today. I was born in a small, obscure town of India. Of the few memories I can conjure, I recall the wide drains bordering the narrow brick lanes, the rowdy railway station, the hustle bustle of a typical Indian grain market, the squealing hawkers and the jubilant temple bells.

My life was to follow the same suit had my dad not decided to migrate to Chandigarh (an urban city of India) in pursuit of an alternative business. The imminent target after that was to get me into a good school. My mother enrolled me into one of the leading schools of Chandigarh-Sacred Heart Convent school. While the school boasted of it's highly polished and multi faceted students, the admission criteria was grossly formidable. As I raced through my 2 hour admission exam, my mother's heart raced and pounded with each passing tick of the clock. I exited the hall in oblivion of the fact that what I penned inside was not an exam but my destiny. To everyone's surprise I was taken in the school- the most coveted and celebrated school of Chandigarh.

Like I said I was 'not born lucky'- 'my mom' made me one

As I staggered into the relatively alien turf, I realized it was rather an opening of 'Pandora's box of troubles'. Being a convent school, it was mandated that each student converse in English. Hailing from a small Indian town, my base language was Hindi. While the weighty English words poured out of my peer's mouths glibly I struggled to put together the same hostile words to form coherent sentences. I would be too shy to raise my hand to answer a question, fearing the mockery my ugly stutter would  result in. Whenever I was asked a question, I stood frozen, humiliated and drained out of life. Our school conducted monthly parent teacher meetings to evaluate student's performance and give necessary feedback to parents. I so dreaded this demon that resurfaced every month. My palms would drench in sweat, and fingers wrestle nervously as my mother fidgeted on her seat uncomfortably, bruised by an interminable tirade of complaints from my teacher. While other mothers walked out smug and exhilarated, my mother walked out low head, her hopes thwarted.

Brimmed with guilt and remorse I finally decided to rather face my fears. The mirror became my best friend as we spent hours together talking and rehearsing in English. I would deliberately broach controversial discussions with my friends to challenge my English proficiency. I started reading vocabulary books, newspapers, editorials and rummaged the dictionary for new words. I would jot them down and review them rhythmically until I became comfortable with their usage. Gradually, I gained a command on English and along with that came a better understanding of my academic subjects and that of the classroom sessions. I still remember the massive leap I made in my scores startling the teachers as well as the toppers of my class. All it took was a focus reinforced by the desire to excel.

Like I said I was not born genius, I found in me one

My initial success in academics triggered success in other domains as well. My earnest efforts and avid interest helped me refine my literary and oratory skills. I participated and excelled in several events like press conference, extempore and debates. I even contributed articles for the famous 'Hindustan Times', an achievement I cherish till date. In recognition of my supreme communication skills I was appointed the 'Marketing committee head' in college. On similar grounds, working in Infosys on a cross-cultural, Indo-Chinese project I was given the task of mediating any conflicts arising due to cultural disparities. My persistence and hard work helped me not only surmount my initial obstacles but also channelize them in the right direction to unleash the talent in me.

Like I said I was not born talented, I chose to be one

Behind every success, lies a motivation and my motivation was and is, my mother who exemplifies tremendous strength of character, worth emulating. Also insults can do to you what laurels can't. The humiliation I faced at the hands of my teachers and peers ignited in me the desire to excel in every domain I floundered in. I believe that criticism, if taken in a positive stride can actually help us transform our weaknesses to strengths. Success like learning is a cumulative process, one success laying the foundation of yet another and for me my first success was the motivation for each success that followed thereafter.

 

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