Sunday, September 24, 2017

Salon India in Mumbai to inspire hairdressers

 A power packed line-up of hair artists took over the Salon stage showcasing some of the newest hair trends for the season ahead

Salon India in congruence with Salon International returned to Mumbai on 18 th and 19 th
September for its second edition and played host to some of India’s most inspirational hair
educators. The show saw over 400 hair professionals visit the show from across the country
to be treated to top class education over two days.

Salon India was conceptualised in 2016 as a hub for hair creativity focused on building a
platform for the hair stylist community to come together to learn from leading educators
about latest trends and skills leaving them inspired to take the best of hair techniques back
to their clients.

Day one started with the inspirational Savio John Pereira leaving the audience spellbound
with sleek and sassy hairdo’s followed by multi-award winner Seema V. Jerajani who
showcased Mastering Updo’s with some sensational avant-garde hairstyles. The day
concluded with Depot artists, Dharmesh Hingorani (DODO), Educational Director and
German Munster, Ambassador, Depot rocking the stage with an exclusive focus on men’s
grooming and styling.

Day two kicked off with Vipul Chudasama launching his Academy Collection- Romance, a
collection that beautifully illustrated the romance between the artist that is the hairdresser
and the canvas that is the hair. The finale for Salon India was a fantastic educational
masterclass from TIGI Creative Director, Ralph Boss and Regional Education Director Andy
Cheong who showcased the latest global cut and colour trends for the upcoming season
including 3 high-drama fantasy looks using TIGI Bed Head’s copyright colour.

TIGI also hosted their Backstage Heroes Hair Competition at Salon India across 7
categories with 31 finalists recognising and rewarding some of the most talented hair talent
from across the country. Judging the competition was an eminent panel of industry leaders;
including Kapil Bhalla, Make-up Artist; Nandita Mahatani, Fashion Designer; Nonita Kalra,
Editor, Harper’s Bazaar; Seema V. Jerajani, Consultant and Educator, Hair and Make-up,
SVJ Academy; Bina Punjani, Art Director, Bina Punjani Salon, Academy and Bridal;
and Apeni George, Hairstylist.

Speaking on the occasion, Ralf Boss, Regional Education Director Tigi (Asia) said, “It
has been an absolute delight to witness the young talent in the Indian hairstyling industry.
Salon India brings in a wave of new talent to lead the growing industry in India along with
some cutting-edge styles for the upcoming season and it has been an absolute pleasure to
be a part of this moment.”

Vipul Chudasama, Director, Hair Education commented, “This was second year in row to
be part of the most sought hair show Salon India. The show was spectacular right from
arrangements to the audience. It was overwhelming response from hundreds of hairdressers
to watch our new Academy Collection "Romance" between an artist & hair. This is the great platform for an artist to inspire today's hairdressers.”

Seema V. Jerajani, Consultant & Educator, Hair and Make-up, SVJ Academy
commented, “I had a great time presenting 11 looks. Having opened the show with avant-garde hair from my collection 'Rudra' and immediately changing each look into an editorial
hairstyle gave an interesting twist to the show. Looking forward to Salon India 2018!”

Salon India will be back on 1 st and 2 nd October 2018 for its third edition with a new line-up of
hair artists, exciting collaborations and new show additions and competitions to wow and
inspire the stylist community. To join the community and keep up-to- date with show related
updates and news, please visit or contact 022 261713218.

Fantastic Fusion Food at Bogeto

                                                          GET ENCHANTED AT BOGETO!

Unwind in the mesmeric ambiance of Bogeto spread across 1800 sqft where old world charm
mingles with contemporary decor. The cosy interiors and eclectic vegetarian food promise to
transport you to Utopia!

The menu at Bogeto Café offers a well-priced mix that encompasses comfort food, as well as lighter,
healthier options. The menu has three core themes: decadent comfort food, healthy vegetarian
selections with a dash of world Street Food and luscious desserts. Sip on cool Skull Shakes, Iced Teas
or hot beverages of your choice from Adrak/elaichi chai to filter coffee.

A light selection of salads includes the Hearty Asian Slaw; Watermelon Feta with Rocket Leaves
Salad; Corn & Aloo Chaat and the Classic Greek Salad. Hearty soups lead the way to appetizers
like Jalapeno & Three Cheese Poppers, Falafel Platter, mini Batata vadas.

Offering a quirky flavor are : Thepla Toquitos, Bissi Belle Arranccini and Soya Kheema Patti Somosa.
For a satisfying carb fix, diners can choose from a selection of sandwiches, burgers and stir fries.
Pizzas and Pasta are accompanied by Meals in a Bowl selection such as Rajma Chawal, Kheema Pao
and more.

A comprehensive dessert menu includes the can’t-be- missed Waffles, Banoffee, Cookie Sundae from
many other things. Vishak Shetty, “At Bogeto, we believe in creating spaces where life eases around good food & drinks, great friends and memorable experiences in a more reasonable and casual avatar."

Tuck into a delightful and robust meal amidst the charm of Bogeto. Just come over and enjoy

Address : Bogeto Café, Jain Lakshmi Mansion, Opp Navjivan Society, Mumbai Central
Time: 11am to 11pm

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Author Manoj Jain launches his new publication Ramona, a sequel to Balraj

Manoj Jain, the author of The BNO and THC, is all set for the release of his new publication Ramona, a sequel to his previous book Balraj. While Balraj was a man who left behind his family and other worldly possessions to fulfill his spiritual journey, Ramona deals with the repercussions and consequences of that very action and how the world he left behind changed completely. 

Ramona is a story about a woman whose husband deserted her to embark on his own spiritual journey. Clueless and heartbroken, Ramona has two choices- give up and become a shell of who she was or rediscover herself, changing her life in the process.

This short novel delves into the world of a woman who has to face the questions and accusations of the society as well as her own emotions and feelings.

Manoj Jain weaves a thought-provoking tale of three journeys for Ramona and the reader- the first, of a married woman and her introspection, the second, of Ramona and how she remains strong and develops once Inder leaves and the third, of a physical journey to the mystical city of Varanasi to immerse the ashes of the dead
RAMONA is a short story that started as an addendum to BALRAJ. However, it became an independent book that makes one realize how a change in circumstances can change personalities of people and why people behave the way they do. 

Manoj holds a degree from IIM Ahmedabad as well as one in psychology, which explains his interest in people, their relationships, reasons for their behavior and how circumstances shape them as a person. 
During the release of Balraj, Manoj Jain expressed his willingness to explore more corners of everyday life and he has done just that with his new release Ramona, which is intriguing and leaves the reader with a sense of fulfillment.

Surya TV launches new family entertainment show ‘Ayalathey Sundari’

Surya TV, leading Malyalam channel is launching a new family entertainment show ‘Ayalathey Sundari’ directed by Mr. KK Rajiv, pro in directing family shows.

Starting September 11th, the show will be featured every evening from Monday to Saturday at 9.30 pm onwards.

Ayalathey Sundari is a family drama set within the confines of tumultuous family relationships. The serial explores the challenges, trials and tribulations that a woman undergoes in her daily life. The protagonist played by Ms. Kavita Nair portrays the bold female character. Ms. Nair has returned to acting after a short break. 

The cast lineup for the serial includes leading names like Mr. Yadhukrishnan, Ms. Mersheena Neenu and Ms. Jyothika to name a few.

Surya TV is also offering viewers of ‘Ayalathey Sundari’ the opportunity to win gold and sarees through its ‘Watch and Win’ contest.

About Sun Group
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Indian Institute of Science Alumna named Second Kalam Fellow at American University

Veena Subramanian, a Master’s graduate from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, whose area of research is aging, is the recipient of the second A.P. J. Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship of the University of South Florida (USF).  The first Fellowship winner was from IIT Bombay. 

USF launched the Fellowship in 2015 to honor President Kalam, who visited the university in 2012. Aimed at Indian students wanting to pursue a PhD in specified Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs, the Fellowship offers a 4-year tuition waiver as well as a stipend of $18,000 per year.

Veena Subramanian intends to use the PhD program at USF to make an impact in the areas of genome integrity and aging mechanisms, which will enhance the understanding of issues facing the elderly and help researchers to find solutions to their pressing needs. “Aging is a feature that is conserved across species and is one of the major risk factors for a variety of pathologies like Alzheimer’s, metabolic disorders, Type II diabetes, and cancer, all of which are leading health challenges of this century,” says Veena.

“Veena was a remarkable candidate for the highly competitive President A.P. J. Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship, and we welcome and anticipate her contributions to the USF Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology,” said Dr. Roger Brindley, USF System Vice President of USF World. “Her exceptional academic credentials and passion for research exemplifies all that embodies a Kalam Fellow.”

Veena was born and raised in Kottayam, Kerala She completed her undergraduate in Biotechnology engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology and graduated from IISc with a Masters in Cell Biology.

CFA Society India's 1st Indian Financial Talent Summit 2017


Industry experts speak about importance of career planning at CFA Society India ‘1st India Financial Talent Summit

 CFA Society India, in collaboration with CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, hosted the 1st India Financial Talent Summit, in Mumbai. The Summit was attended by nearly 320 investment management professionals, including CFA® charterholders and CFA® Program candidates.

“With more domestic savings going towards financial products, almost all the sub-sectors of investment and finance industry are witnessing growth in business and recruitment. With this first-of-its-kind Summit, our aim is to bring together senior industry professionals and recruitment consultants to provide charterholders and candidates a comprehensive perspective on careers in the finance and investment industry,” explained Jayesh Gandhi, CFA, president, CFA Society India (volunteer) and senior portfolio manager, Birla Sun Life Asset Management Company Limited.  

What the experts say: 
·         “From a 2 trillion-dollar economy, India is headed to becoming a 4 trillion-dollar economy in the next 7–8 years. The future will be very exciting and there will be a host of opportunities across the spectrum of financial services, especially for CFA charterholders as the CFA® charter is considered the gold standard in financial services.” 
— Sunil Singhania, CFA, Global Head, Equities, Reliance Capital Limited

·         “Continuous professional development and life-long learning is a key aspect of career growth, especially in the financial services industry.”
— Navneet Munot, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, SBI Funds Management Private Limited

·   Compatibility between you and your work environment should be a key in career decision-making. Moreover, measuring your impact—on clients, as a leader and manager—is one of the many stages of the career exploration process.”
 Heather Packard, Director, Career Management, CFA Institute

·         There is a huge demand-supply gap for client centric advisors in the wealth management space in India.”

 Gajendra Kothari, CFA, MD and CEO, Etica Wealth Management Private Limited
Senior investment management professionals participated in the day-long Summit, including Chandru Badrinarayan, ED and Head, Client Coverage, South Asia, MSCI; Manish Chourasia, Chief Executive Officer, Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd.; Prasun Gajri, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co. Ltd.; Rajeev Radhakrishnan, CFA, Head, Fixed Income, SBI Funds Management Pvt. Ltd.; Ravi Raman, MD and COO, InfraHedge Ltd.; and Shameek Ray, CFA, Head, Debt Capital Markets, ICICI Securities Primary Dealership Ltd.

Asia's largest Energy Trade Expo, Renewable Energy India 2017

·         45 participating countries and over 750 exhibitors
·         Presence of Central & State Governments amongst renowned Indian & global brands
·         Three day high impact conferences - ‘Accelerating Momentum...From Ambition to Action’ Conference to highlight innovations, technology, challenges and way forward

 UBM India launched the 11th edition of the Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo, the three day (20th to 22nd September 2017) show at the India Expo Center, Greater Noida. The expo was inaugurated by key dignitaries , Shri Upendra Tripathy, IAS, Interim Director General, International Solar Alliance ( ISA ), Mr. Justin Wu, Head of APAC, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Hong Kong, Ms. Henriette Faergemann, Counsellor – Environment, Energy, Climate Change, Delegation of the European Union to India; Mr. Hans-Josef Fell, President of the Energy Watch Group (EWG ) & Former Member of German Parliament, Mr. Naoki Tomotake, Director General International Affairs, NEDO, Japan, Mr. Rene Van Berkel, UNIDO Representative to India,Shri Anand Kumar, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India, Mr. Michael Duck, Senior Vice President, UBM Asia and Mr. Rajneesh Khattar, Group Director, UBM India amidst an august industry gathering.

The show discussed global best practices and sought solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in the power and energy sector, bringing in internationally renowned exhibitors, consultants, business experts and key government officials under one grand platform.

The 11th edition of REI saw participation from countries high on the Renewable Energy Attractiveness Index such as India, Japan, Germany, France, Poland, USA, Korea, China and Taiwan amongst others. The expo is is supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India (MNRE), Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI), Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd (IREDA), New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) Japan, Indo German Energy Forum (IGEF), Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), Mercom Capital, etc.

Bringing together manufacturers, EPC and service providers, the expo had over 750 participating exhibitor.   These included -- Adani Solar, Tata Power Solar, Azure Power, Sky Power, Canadian Solar, Huawei, Trina Solar, Jinko Solar, Siemens Gamesa, Vikram Solar, Waaree Energies, Mitsubishi, Delta Electronics, Panasonic, SMA, ABB, Kyocera, Sterling & Wilson, Mahindra Sustain, Applied Materials,

POSCO, Fronious, amongst others. The show also featured prominent country pavilions from Japan, China, Poland, France, Korea, and Taiwan to name a few.The trade show was preceded by the 3rd Renewable Energy India Awards that aimed to recognize the innovation and excellence in the industry, and promote their talent. The Awards had an august audience of industry stalwarts competing under various categories from both manufacturing and implementing communities.

Three-day Content-led Conference:
A power packed three-day conference themed ‘Accelerating Momentum...From Ambition to Action’ commenced, encompassing knowledge -rich sessions by the MNRE, ISA, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), IGEF,  MNRE – EU Technical Cell, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, PV Magazine, Skill Council for Green Jobs, and Mercom Capital . 

Highlights of Day 1 included a riveting session on International Solar Alliance (ISA) that focussed on topics such as ‘EXIM bank and Energy Poverty: How to finance 100 bankable solar projects’. Various programmes under ISA included discussion on trending subjects such as -- Scaling Solar Applications in Ghana, Scaling Solar Applications for agriculture use in Uganda, Affordable Finance at Scale for Solar projects and Scaling Solar Mini Grids; How to fight energy poverty?; How Bangladesh can benefit from a global tender by ISA for irrigation pumps, to name a few.

Day 1 of the expo also saw other insightful sessions such as -- ‘Offshore Wind Energy’ by FOWPI; ‘India: A poster child of the Renewable Energy sector’; ‘Skilling by Nations’; Skilling by numbers’; Niche Markets for Solar PV Rooftop’, ‘Challenges by the Indo-German Energy Forum’; ‘Winds of Tomorrow’; ‘Indian Solar Market – The Path Forward’, powered by Mercom Communications and ‘Driving operational excellence in solar & wind asset management’, powered by 3E & WISE Energy’.

A power-packed boardroom session -- CEO Roundtable, a visionary debate on the ‘Roadmap to Law Carbon Electricity’ and a Design challenge by Standards and Research, Skill Council for Green Jobs (SCGJ) were the other highlights of Day 1.

Day 2 will see another boardroom session on Finance Leaders Forum which will be moderated by BRIDGE TO INDIA. Sessions on ‘Rooftop Solar...Connecting the dots’; ‘Storage Spectrum’; ‘De Risking Investments’; ‘Advantage Rajasthan by State of Rajasthan’; ‘Surya Namaskar : Earn from the Sun’; ‘Innovation Junction’; ‘Micro Grids: Localizing Utilities and Maximizing Opportunities’; ‘Smart Power for Smart Cities’; ‘Anatomy of Solar Panel’ and ‘Golden Triangle: Integrating EPC, BOS and Module Manufacturers’ to name a few, will be part of Day 2 and Day 3 conferences.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 11th edition of Renewable Energy India Expo, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “India has set itself a target to generate renewable energy of 175 GW by 2022. Anticipating higher custom, a growing number of Indian firms, which manufacture solar modules and related equipment, have developed technology to maximise energy generation thereby helping meet the target with lesser area and infrastructure.  The industry is also witnessing many smaller companies excel through innovation in a bid to make India self-reliant. According to a recent report, the Indian solar sector has grown rapidly with a capacity addition of 4,765MW during H1 of 2017. Besides, India has recently moved up to the second spot from third position in this year's 'Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index', nudging past US.  All this is acting as a huge pull for international investors and equipment suppliers. Against this backdrop, UBM India through the REI Expo helps reinforce the bond amongst the Industry, Government & Investors. The expo serves as an Industry catalyst in bringing multiple country participation, best of technology, cost effective solutions, participation of industry leaders and various country delegations, top global brands exhibiting their product and solution offerings, and content-rich conferences.

What’s new at REI Expo 2017:
·         India’s first Mobile PV test lab on display by Mahindra Susten
·         Quality Round Table - An  interactive forum by PV Magazine, Germany
·         Solar Super Heroes by PV Magazine, Germany
·         Skill Competition for Solar Installers
·         Solar Design Challenge for EPCs and Developers
·         Master class by Enphase Energy, USA: To provide Installers and Engineering, Procurement and Construction companies (EPCs) with knowledge on innovations behind micro-inverter technologies and how micro-inverters are best suited for the Indian rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) market.
·         CEO Roundtable and Finance Roundtable
·          ‘Advantage Rajasthan’ a seminar by the state of Rajasthan to attract potential investors, manufacturers and developers
·         Workshop on ‘Driving operational excellence in Solar & Wind asset management’ by 3E, Belgium and Wise Energy, UK.