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Students behind the hippest contemporary music festival of India

Event Management was an inquisitive passion for me up till now. I was always mesmerized by the influence of an event. People, activities, glitter, and all the chatter about it before and after has always attracted me to events. Not knowing much about how to get into events, I joined Pearl Academy’s diploma course.

Today we are already 6 months into the course, and we have been attending classes on event management and have volunteered at various India Today events. Till now, with due guidance from faculties and industry interactions, I had now learnt much more about events than before.

In mid-year this course reaches to an industry collaboration project, the Magnetic Fields Festival, where student’s learning is put to test. I was restless and at the same time equally excited about this six day project. I bet every student in class felt this curiosity mixed with a hint of anxiety, towards this project. After all, our faculty had put in a lot of hard work in us to prepare us all for this project. So far we had only volunteered at walk-in events of India Today and a wedding in Udaipur. This was surely going to be a one of its kind experience. To know about what goes in making an event count not only at country level but at globular level. Let’s not forget that this festival is among the 50 best music festivals in the world today.

Finally the day came and as soon as we arrived in the village of Alsisar, there was a different vibe. Simplicity of the village and glory of the palace was all beginning to cast a spell on me. Over the next days, the festival added on to the vibe I was drenched in. This music festival served contemporary music from 3 beautiful and unique stages, secret parties, over 50 artists, massive guest turnout. On an open piece of land adjacent to the palace over 600 beautiful tents were laid out. The size of the festival was unseen to anyone of us and its vibe was undying throughout all days.

In the backdrop of this beautiful festival, it was us students who were assigned some important duties. We all were mostly stationed at the tent reception. We all had to assign those 600+ tents to 2000+ guests in almost one and a half day. We had no sense of time while we registered this massive intake of guests on Friday which was the beginning day of this three day festival. Neither it seemed easy nor was it. We had to stand at the desk in extreme temperatures, with no time for food intake, no chairs and an unending smile. We took turns for lunch break almost at dusk and same was the case with dinner break. Festival organizers were very supportive and caring however it was action time and nobody could have softened this task for us. We were stationed in shifts till Sunday early morning for guests who were travelling from the metros of India after their Friday/Saturday work and engagements.

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My curious passion of event management was quite handy in staying up for the required task. While the event was in full swing and guests were having a good time we had to remain stationed at the registration desks for ensuring smooth late check-ins, grievance handling, and crisis management. I recall this one incidence on the second day of the festival when my senior gave me a list of vacant tents and a list of yet-to-arrive guests. With those lists in my possession, I was expected to take the charge of remaining registrations. From that period onwards there were few cases of tent assigning where freshly assigned tents had already been assigned to someone. In this moment of crisis, a flash of my classroom lesson occurred to me and as taught, I immediately took organizers in notice of the unclear allotments of tents. This crisis floated for quite a while however didn’t cause any big chaos as right people were informed in due time. I had to go through huge pile of excel sheets to understand that the list of available tents was not the right list and I created a new list.

Crisis shouldn’t happen but they happen for a reason, it exposes your weaknesses and eventually improves us. In our class we are taught to remain calm and rational in the moment of crisis however only now I know that it’s a difficult task to remain composed and have that solution seeking attitude. I discovered something new in me here. My confidence grew when my seniors appreciated me for my smart work. They were impressed with my performance and they even invited me to join them for a quick party break.

We worked at various posts during these three days of festival. We did quick tasks like sticking Diesel stickers on kites to vital tasks like Registrations (both at Palace & Tents). We also helped a creative installation artist Shilo Shiva Suleman for her beautiful Lotus installation that was worth 12 lakhs. We handled cash, lockers, first-aids, facilities and pretty much everything except for stage functionality and artist movement.

I learnt that this continuous process of meeting with challenges, finding solutions and getting valued on big projects, is a kind of high that I enjoy. ‘Give your heart out to whatever you do’, is my new found dictum.

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My initial curious passion had now turned into a absolute passion. I was initially attracted to the facade of events but now I know what goes on behind to create that beautiful facade. For these three days of great time, the core team of Magnetic Fields have been preparing for months. The sudden need of manpower and the management of it is a frightening task. That’s not all; small things that go unnoticed are even tougher and have the potential to go out of hand. You have to create something this big, ensure it works fine and make it all enjoyable to everyone who comes.

It may seem from the outside that event managers have fun and it’s an easy job to volunteer at such festivals however it is not. Unless you have the passion and right skills, you would explode like a grenade in split seconds from the kind of pressure you operate in at events like these. Few people in the core team fell ill due continuous running around and lack of rest. Some of the students had developed sore legs from standing and walking. Being a student, I don’t think in any other industry projects, one gets challenged both mentally and physically at this level, in just 6 days.

For this important realization, I can’t thank my parents enough for continuously boosting my morale, my college and my faculties who shaped me for this day and moment. I now have a clearer vision and sharper skills. I am certain that with this new found strength I am ready to start my career.

Today I can advocate this saying. ‘Events connect people, breeds innovation and spark change.’

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Bringing more colors in the life of Underprivileged girls

Our students from different courses under School of Creative Business came together to formulate concepts and then paint the same on the walls of schools under the Laadli Foundation Trust. With inspirational images to emancipate the minds of the young girls studying in these schools, the activity received phenomenal response from all stakeholders. The Foundation noticed a rapid upswing in attendance of these female students as the happy walls brought a sense of inclusivity for them. We are proud of our students for colouring people’s lives in some capacity.

Catch the glimpses of the amazing work done by the students of Fashion Business – Marketing & Merchandising, MA Fashion Marketing and Fashion Marketing & Retail Management below:

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Swearing by the Orange Code

Swearing by the Orange Code

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou

Artists often play a key role in bringing social changes across cultures and countries, raising voice against issues ranging from violence to sexism to child trafficking. Gifted with the expressive talent, artists challenge the existing narratives, highlight the gaps present in them and inspire solutions through art.
Our very talented faculty and students at Pearl Academy set out to do the same this year through actively supporting by UN’s Orange Label Project.

The Orange Label Project’, run and supported by the UN Trust Fund and London College of Fashion, UAL is a global initiative to End Violence against Women by engaging and connecting with new audiences, particularly young people, through a series of creative activities. To mark the 20th anniversary of UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UNTF), fashion disciplines were brought together to club creative ideas to fight the violence against women. Students and faculty from fashion disciplines from around the world, and across disciplines, were invited to produce a piece of work incorporating the project colour orange. The United Nation has proclaimed 25th of every month as International “Orange Day”.

Pearl Academy has been actively supporting the cause by observing Orange Day every month through a series of initiatives which have gone a long way in sensitizing our students and faculty on the issue. Panel discussions were organized at our Delhi and Mumbai campuses with speakers from various fields such as media, fashion, arts and business to widen and take the discussion of women empowerment to all sections of the society.
Our students narrated various anecdotes and actively debated with the speakers on various facets of the subject to make these panel discussions more invigorating.

Education is considered to be one of the biggest sources of emancipation and at Pearl Academy, we are ensuring that our young fashion students incorporate the learnings from these initiatives not just in their collections, but also in their demeanour and attitude at their workplaces.

As a part of the Orange Label Project, Pearlites also participated in illustration, film, journalism and photography categories and created works of arts aimed at raising awareness of the core message, educating, informing and involving audiences worldwide. A positive message that ‘together we can eliminate this problem’ was sent out through these entries. On 25th November the winners were announced by the UNTF and our Pearlites gloriously won top laurels in four categories:

Sumedha Sekar from FMC Level 3 won the first prize of 500 pounds in Fashion Journalism category for her article “Breaking the Myth: Fallen Princess”. Sumedha in her award winning piece theorizes the works of Dina Goldstein, a visual artist whose work in editorial and documentary style photography is known for its connections to pop surrealism. Dina takes a feminist perspective on the most popular women from the history and re-writes their stories through her pictures.

Arshti Narang & Bhavnoor Minocha from FMC Level 1 too won first prize and 500 pounds under Fashion Illustration category. The duo challenges the global fashion magazines forillustrating and propagating physical and mental violence faced by women.

Abhineet Dang from Communication Design Level 3 won the second prize in Fashion Films category. Abhijeet shot a small video that highlights the violence against women and girls that is rooted in gender-based discrimination, social norms and gender stereotypes.

Our faculty too made us proud by winning the Second prize in Fashion Photography category. Shalini Gupta, Rohit Dhingra, Neha Dimri & Navaid Mehtab worked together on a series of images to change the perception of women being the weaker sex due to pre-programed gender expectations, hoping to curb the premise for violent behaviour against women.

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Kindness in The Times Of Demonetization

Kindness in The Times Of Demonetization

“If you are using your digital wallets, swiping cards left, right and centre, doing online transfers and feeling that everything is well around you then remember. This is what privilege feels like.”

It struck me hard how this Demonetization drive is going to cause inconveniences of varying degrees to the different sections of society. One could rationalize the move but there are certain challenges that are very difficult to comprehend since we are a country of colossal diversity.

Amidst this chaos I find myself a part of that miniscule section of people who are not really affected by anything that afflicts the common man. The ones who neither get affected by governance or lack of it. We are the minority of the entire Indian population. We are the opinion Makers, We are the employers, we are the Money Makers.

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As queues swelled up outside banks and as panic grew all around my restlessness also grew. The desperation and frustration of being helpless started affecting me drastically and then it struck me. How could I contribute using my privilege? I am an Associate Professor in School of Creative Business, Pearl Academy in Delhi. An upmarket Institution that caters to the students of the privileged class. I take courses in Design Thinking, Innovation, Creativity and Leadership wherein I have been trying to build a sustainable and a joyful community. I shared my anxiety and anguish with my students. Hoping to find solutions to the predicament inspite of knowing that my plight might fall on Deaf ears considering how we are as a social class.

“History is the long and tragic story of the fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and give up their unjust posture; but … groups are more immoral than individuals.” – Martin Luther King

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I asked a simple question to my students. “How can we help?” and what happened after that was something out of a Utopian world. Some of my students shared the same anguish and helplessness, Some of them seemed skeptical and some of them couldn’t be bothered enough. I then shared with them How when history summons us and asks of us what were we doing when such colossal crisis was going on, I want to be on the right side. I think that resonated with the students and what happened next was a miracle. Almost everyone in unison said that we must help out the people who are struggling in those queues. I couldn’t agree more. But How? I asked? Since this was end of semester and there was a huge pressure of final submissions and exams. I said, “Maybe we can distribute water, tea and refreshments to people who were in those long lines.”

The next two days saw about 150 students doing their best to reach out to the suffering people outside the banks with Water, tea and refreshments. One had to be there to believe it. the positivity and sense of empowerment that these young students of age group 17-23 experienced seemed surreal and very heartening. I am sharing below some of the messages i received from the students while they were doing this and each message overwhelmed me with joy, love and immense hope that comes with the passion of the young.

“I have always underestimated the power of kindness. More like I have always been indifferent towards other people’s pain until & unless they were not affecting me in some manner. Thanks to you sir , Ive realized that being selflessly compassionate can be the most empowering feeling. When we first arrived at the banks , there were long never ending queues of people who not only looked impatient & distressed but also really tired of standing in this scorching heat. When we approached the queue with Frooti packets , we were welcomed with expressions of surprise mixed with relief. It looked like they could really use something to drink and feel slightly energized. Everybody accepted it with a wide smile & that smile & that look of relief on their face is something that has been etched in my mind for good. There were some asking for a second serving and we all couldn’t be happier to see that our small effort turned out to be worthwhile.
I have never felt more content in my life , how small of a gesture it was , but it still made some people smile and helped them in a very small but significant way.”

“McDonalds, our hostel and sagar ratna helped up with 15 litres water each. Dr. Kukreja donated 200/-. Poorva and I bought chai ka samaan for almost 800. Manjeet paaji from Naraina Gurudwara also helped in tea and getting us discount and stuff. I am so glad this circle is increasing.”

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“The feeling of bringing smile to someone who is almost approaching the crying phase is a feeling which gives you joy and inner peace. Today I not only brought smile on different faces but I also had a talk with my inner soul that what is it we are living for, it is helping each other out in tough times. When a man of my grandfather’s age gives me a smile and says “thank you beta, good work” while standing in that scorching heat is a moment which I will cherish throughout my life and is a feeling which cannot be replicated in any other form whatsoever.
I am truly honored to be a part of such a great initiative and all I can say is “Together we can.”

“Helping needy people assures me that I am moving in a right direction. Talking to people who were standing in queues makes me wonder how privileged I am! They might have not needed the little contributions we were making but it definitely made them smile. It was emotional watching people smile because of you. They were blessing us for the little support we showed. It felt great talking to them and listening their side of stories.”

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“That day I went outside the bank where there was huge queue, I went around 4 in the evening. When I asked few people they told they were standing from 8 in the morning and till now they have not got any money exchanged. I had water with me and I served it to people. While Doing this thing I had an immense pleasure and a smile that came from inside. Old people too were standing in the line and one man among them called me and hugged me saying, “boht punya ka kaam kar rahe ho beta, hamesha khush raho (you are doing a very noble job my son, always be happy)” . That made my day and maybe it was one true blessing I had got from a stranger. I walked home with a smile and I can proudly say when someone may ask me that where were you when the entire nation was suffering from this problem that I was serving people!”

“The step that the government has taken has affected a lot of lives. People are sitting in front of banks for an entire day only I be disappointed. So we took an initiative to help those people even if by little. I decided to distribute water bottles. The feeling of doing all that was very nice and cannot be described easily. The blessings I got can never be compared to any amount of shopping I will ever do.”

“It was a very beautiful experience .Early in the morning, slightly hot, people waiting outside the banks , with hope in their eyes , that this time we will get the money .With bag of biscuits, I started distributing the packets , as I kept on moving forward, there was excitement increasing among people.People were really happy .They gave me blessings ,while I was doing the activity.It was a billion dollar feeling.If one person can do it all of us can make a change.”

This beautiful organic campaign has reiterated my long held belief that there is inherent kindness and a beautiful sense of justice in all of us despite our sociological differences and everyone is looking to get inspired. All it takes is a conversation. All it takes for us opinion makers is to increase our circle of influence by having genuine conversations with people around us. Conversations without any ulterior motive but only to increase equity in thoughts. Rest people take care of. Our students have inspired so many people around them with this small gesture that strangers have taken over the mantle and are spreading joy in their circles. What more can we ask for. Small steps make large movements. All it needs is a conversation.
This is a call for action. All educators and thought leaders must inspire people around them to do their bit, no matter how small. Something as small as a reassuring smile at a frustrated person will go a long way and multiply manifolds. We at Pearl Academy are doing our bit. Are you?

Here are some glimpses captured by our students. Its not a photo-op but a way to reach to the others who are desperate for inspiration and are willing to do their bit but don’t know how.

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India’s Obsession With Fair Skin Needs to Stop

India’s Obsession With Fair Skin Needs to Stop

The inadequacies and insecurities dusky people often face in India.

In India, one’s skin colour is a major cause for concern. Some Indians don’t like dark skin, dusky skin or even wheatish skin and it’s no secret that Indians have a huge obsession with a lighter skin tone. The lighter your skin is, the prettier you are considered. As you grow older, the lighter your skin, the easier it is to get a spouse. Women bear most of the brunt of India’s obsession with fair skin.

The fear of dark skin conquers a small girl who is not going out to play because someone told her: she will get darker and darker is not pretty. So she will sit at the window and look at the sun shining but won’t be able to bask in the sunlight. In the popular fairytale Snow White, her step mother is jealous and insecure over not being the fairest or prettiest of them all. Fairytales and romance novels depict dark, handsome men being besotted by fair maidens.

A friend of mine, when she was still a young girl, had to learn the truth, the hard way, when she went to give an audition for a school production of Cinderella. She had taken her best friend along with her as company. She was dusky, her friend was on the fairer side. The dark one had practised all her lines, the fair one fumbled through them but ultimately the fair girl got the part. This baffled my dusky friend as she knew that she had performed way better than her friend. She wanted to feel happy for her friend, but she couldn’t, it was not fair. She was brave enough to ask one of the judges about their decision, to which they replied, “Nobody would like to see a dark Cinderella.” This sparked a terrible realisation within her. Suddenly, she understood that her skin colour will aways come in the way of what she wants to achieve in the world.

You often hear a well-meaning relative or a friend offer you tips and suggest some home remedies to lighten your complexion. Unbeknownst to them, hearing this can cause our self-esteem levels to plummet to dangerous levels. How do you get over a mother telling her child, “It won’t be easy for you to find a spouse because you are dark? Don’t you want a good partner?” To think that it is so ingrained in our culture that having a fairer spouse is better than one having a caring and intelligent one.

The cosmetics and fairness products industry thrives on dark skin inadequacy, making thousands of crores of rupees each year. Celebrities with huge fan followings are promoting fairer skin as the path to success.

All insecurities in this world are learnt. You don’t come from your mother’s womb crying over your dark skin, crying over not being pretty enough, crying over not being fair enough. As hard as it is to say this, almost all of insecurities have been taught to us by our family, our society, our world.

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A Day at Pearl…

A Day at Pearl…

Like the river water flows smoothly, like the tree grows unknowingly, likewise our time flowed in Pearl Academy. It felt like a gentle breeze came and flew away giving us some memorable moments.

Everything went so undisturbed and smoothly that it’s hard to comprehend. It all started on 22nd September 2016 at 9:41 am when we all were settled in the bus and after few minutes the journey to experience those “22 years of nurturing experience “at Pearl Academy began. It was 11:13 am when we reached the place, we all were looking forward to working with the faculties and students of Pearl and our hopes got high when we realized that the faculties there were very friendly and ingenious. They assisted us from the start to end. They made us realize that no matter what the circumstances are, they will help us out to accomplish our goal.

At a leisurely pace, time drifted and we were getting into it. Between all this, there was a time when one of the faculty indirectly stated, “You can dominate your goal only then when you know its weakness and power”. Those were the words which etched in my mind, maybe to all my comrades present there. As I mentioned earlier, all the moments, all the fun and everything was a gentle breeze, which came to lend us some enjoyable time but there is a balance between fun and sorrow. The same we experienced when we heard that this workshop was going to end by 4:00 pm.

And with the flow of time, it was 4:00 pm when everything came to pause and all the elevated fun crashed.
We all were regretting and were just left with the possibilities like if we had more time to work with the faculties, it would have been more fun.

But we know somethings can’t be changed.

After attending the whole event we settled in the bus by 4:23 pm and finally with a group photo made it a memorable day.

You can look out for next A Day at Pearl on Pearl’s website.

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Thinking of a career in Interior Decoration?

Thinking of a career in Interior Decoration?

People have always arranged the interiors of their houses, places of worship, work, learning or recreation. They have contemplated and made specific aesthetic choices in their interiors and considered the utilitarian aspect of the way they lived. This experience has been an integral part of human existence. Yet interior design is a very young discipline. It emerged as a profession in the late 19th century in England and the US and was initially referred to as interior decoration. These early decorators were women who tried to carve a professional life outside the house and who also tried to seek professional standards of interior decoration. As early pioneers of interior decoration they published books and articles on interior decoration, set up interior decoration practices and advocated women’s rights and design education. The first schools dedicated to interior decoration were set up in the first decade of the 20th century in Europe and in the US. Interior design education underwent significant changes in the 20th century and was increasingly professionalized especially from the 1970 onwards. The first undergraduate course in interior design was launched in India in the 1990s.

Interior spaces encompass a wide variety of types and categories and they virtually cover all aspects of life. They can range from private houses or flats– largely referred to as residential interiors -to different public or semipublic spaces such as railway stations, airports, trains, planes, yachts, hospitals, museums, theatres, schools, universities, shops, offices or places of worship; or they can be part of the hospitality sector – such as restaurants, cafes or hotels and much more. Interiors reflect aesthetic considerations and individual idiosyncratic tastes. They represent the taste and preferences of their owners, the skill of the craftspeople, who produced them and the various people who oversaw the work. However, underlying these seemingly individual choices in design schemes are specific cultural and socio-economic practices and values. This is why interior design needs to be concerned with the context of design and needs to go beyond purely aesthetic, technical or spatial aspects.

In the past interior design schemes or objects of utility could represent political decisions or regal power. Design schemes sought to create manifestations of the divine and earthly pleasures. They could also represent various levels of privacy as well as social hierarchies. Interiors mirrored the interests, passions, ambition, fads, latest scientific discoveries, archaeological excavations, military battles, understanding or misunderstanding of other cultures and countries. They reflected the dreams, aspirations, prejudice, gender, social class, creativity, imagination and worldviews.

To sum up: They were expressions of the identity of individuals and the Zeitgeist of an era. To this day interiors are an expression of who we are or who we want to be and interiors are influenced and shaped by the world we live in, our experience and aspirations. Professional interior design or decoration education helps us to go beyond matters of purely personal taste or dependence on consumer patterns dictated by economic considerations and marketing strategies. It constantly challenges us to go beyond the limitations of our own experience and exposure. Instead an education in interior decoration is an exciting journey of self-discovery. It is a continuous exploration as well as expansion of our experience and expertise by recognizing the hidden patterns and meaning of interior design schemes, materials and objects and the way other people live. A professional interior design and decoration education is about thorough knowledge and mastery of skills in addition to the understanding of and response to the cultural, social and psychological dimensions of the discipline. Ultimately this is one of the most rewarding professions to improve and make an impact on other people’s lives.

The one year part-time diploma offers you a glimpse of the discipline and allows you to grow professionally to tackle planning of interiors. At Pearl we encourage an open and diverse learning environment of academic excellence offering students many opportunities for personal growth and exposure to many different environments and interiors. Moreover, we hope to set design standards, encourage critical thinking and focus on the human condition to make our world a better place.

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“Creativity should be wearable” – Pankaj & Nidhi

“Creativity should be wearable” – Pankaj & Nidhi

As a part of its tie up with FDCI, Pearl Academy hosted its first Masterclass, with the husband wife designer duo – Pankaj & Nidhi. We had a little tete-a-tete with them, where they took us through their journey, reminiscing about their early days struggle. The duo also conducted an interactive activity with the students to test their creativity. The bunch of students were handed with mystery box with embellishments. The students were supposed to use these embellishments and white T-shirts to create their own design and style. The day was filled with sky-rocketing energies, splendid creativity and interaction that inspired many young and aspiring designers.

On asking about their journey and about Pearl Academy, this is what they had to say –

Watch out as we progress with this alliance and interact with other celebrated designers like Rina Singh Eka, Amit Aggarwal, Nida Mahmood Nida Mahmood and Anju Modi Clothing in coming months.

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Young India reflects, state of freedom in India after almost 7 decades

“At the stroke of today’s midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom”
– Jawahar Lal Nehru (15th August 1947)

“Freedom”, what does Freedom actually mean?
As we are nearing our 69th yearly celebration of Indian independence, the School of Creative Business at Pearl Academy took the opportunity to paint the picture of freedom of today’s India, through creative installations. Before I proceed to dig deeper into some of these installations, I can safely highlight the fact that these installations are made by young India. The part of India that is shaping itself in today’s global scenario.

Even after almost seven decades of the so-called independence, is the country still truly free? Is the country still free of social stigmas and taboos? Freedom is when no one is victimized. Everyone is free to nurture opinions and thoughts. Freedom is when societal frame is free from coercion of religion, caste, gender or economic background, and most importantly freedom of speech and expression.

Freedom is a state of mind

Journey of women from being in a cage to true liberation.

Women are the derivation of any society. They are the nurturing source of our great nation at the base level but are they safe and liberated? Youth of this nation senses the demeaned condition of our country’s women. Our sorrows of Nirbhaya chapter in the capital city of this nation have barely lessened. The nation lost a daughter and its pride. A victimized woman has to go through levels of torture in order to get justice. Our independent India has its women tied in shackles of desolation and menace.

Surely our women are fighting for their liberation and brave men have joined this cause. Self-governing nation of India needs to be prompt towards elevating its code of law that can grant swift and adequate justice.

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Caste based riots and social stigmas are restricting our free nation.


Students also created installations depicting social stigma of honor killings that bounds the youth of this nation. Caste based divide that prevails in India, has recently jolted our society and the youth of this country after Rohit Vermula (a Dalit student of Hyderbad University) committed suicide because of the obstacles he was going through in caste-ridden India. Our country is known for unity in diversity and yet we find growls of caste and fresh wrecks of religious outfits distressing the very fabric of our heritage. People are ready to slay each other on basis of their religion and I am not referring to Jalliawala Bagh massacre when Britishers annihilated us in enslaved India but in today’s free India when we witness Mandal Commission, Delhi, Gujarat, Muzzafarnagar Riots. Our unity in diversity is at doubt and so is our sovereignty.

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Love is beyond the boundaries of gender and caste.


Our youth’s horizon of love has also expanded and they want liberation from the captivity of law in matters of love. Love is a freedom of expression and is an emotion that can only be felt. Love doesn’t have any room for classifications and ‘dos & donts’ on the basis of caste or gender. Love doesn’t know taboo and taboo can’t sustain love. Why is India so afraid of homosexuality, why are same gender marriages unacceptable? Whereas world in the west have progressed to it. Ancient India knew no such boundaries in love or intimacy. Our society’s hypocrisy regarding trans-genders in India is rather an accepted problem. We have a word for transwomen (male to female), and they have an eternal commission of blessing us in exchange of money. They are treated as less than second-class citizens.

In one such installation, students of Pearl Academy expressed intensely the state of freedom of LGBT community in India.

Pearl Academy is known for its revolutionary thinking and radical outlook. Students are taught to speak their minds and follow their instincts. School of Creative Business at Pearl Academy grooms its business students for the challenges of tomorrow. Students are sensitized towards trends of the business world like Sustainability and Impact Entrepreneurship. Nurturing Youth is the core philosophy at Pearl Academy. The youth of our nation today is sensitive towards environmental issues, societal waves, children welfare, and women empowerment. If young India wants to expand its wings then the boundaries of suppression will fade, cages of traditions would break, and the shackles of narrow thinking would break open. India is not only a nation but an idea, a philosophy, a lifestyle and so it can’t have boundaries. It’s bound to be free. Jai Hind.

By E Kukreja, Student of Professional Diploma in PR & Events

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When a picture won him a thousand words

When a picture won him a thousand words

While the whole lot of our generation is obsessed with traveling and travel photography, there are very few who can inspire many with their stories and experiences. Shekhar Rawat, a freelance photographer from Delhi, recently shared his adventures with the world through photographs that captured the nuances of his experience as well demonstrated the mastery of his skill.

Shekhar with his team climbed up the Gaumukh, the snout of the Gangotri Glacier, one of the most challenging climbing routes across the world. The trek wasn’t only literally challenging but also denoted the challenges and trials faced by Shekhar in his career. But the climb up at the top also became one of the top defining moments in Shekhar’s life. His enthusiasm for the story and pictures he made while on the trek soon transformed into the feeling of elation and achievement as the story found its place in the National Geographic Magazine. The story named as ‘Fleeting Beauty’ featured in the 50th-anniversary edition of National Geographic Travel India Magazine which came out in August and has already reached a wide audience.

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Ecstatic at the turn of the events, Shekhar said, “The Best Way to predict the future is to create it”. Reminiscing on his journey, Shekhar talks about his Professional Photography Diploma from Pearl Academy. He acknowledges the guidance of his teachers with a special mention of Rohit Dhingra who helped him in learning the precision and vision required by photographers.

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