Monday, September 8, 2014

MindRocks14: A Youth Summit by India Today

MindRocks is a youth summit by The India Today group with a mission to motivate the young generation of today, the future of tomorrow. It is held every year in different locations and I was happy to be a part of in for two consecutive years now. The choice of speakers are always in line with the theme "those who have achieved it all beyond circumstances" and who doesn't wish to listen to their own icons and learn from them what failure was and how they moved past them to live the dream. Read on and get motivated, here is the to the point coverage of the event.

The event began with an electric band performance by a Delhi based music band.




Kaveree Bamzai, Editor At Large, India Today Group gave a short and crisp welcome note inspiring youth with a smart "What not to do" (as she believes we do just the opposite) and ignited the session. For more watch it live here : http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/kaveree-bamzai-welcome-address-india-today-mind-rocks-2014-delhi/1/381289.html

 The first session began with with Minister of Power, Piyush Goyal. Piyush was interviewed by Rahul Kanwal and was asked to play brand manager on Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal. He was very honest in his opinion of these and without any reservations sahred his ideas. He was also asked what are the bad qualities of Narendra Modi and when it comes to Modi everyone in BJP cannot just speak anything bad, that's not honest atleast, everyone has bad qualities, common guys we can see what you are doing there! What I enjoyed the most here is Rahul Kanwal's series of questions, so well planned that he was sure to catch the minister in his act of propagating Modi.

In the end they  finally encouraged him to dance, and a Power Minister dancing can only happen at India Today MindRocks!!. He was joined by people from the audience and Head of India Today Group Mr. Aroon Puri.

The second session was Arjun Kapoor, the recent heart-throb of the nation. He received a very warm welcome from the audience as he made his 'entriyaan' with the 'ghantiyaan ' step and was very happy about it. He said he had no type when it comes to girls and is ready for a relationship. So girls just got crazy there. He said the reason he was lucky to have parents who didn't force him to be what he didn't want to be. When asked about his parents divorce he said "one grows sub-consciously". Well what I like about him is his deep intense eyes. He also danced to "Saturday" song from Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. Watch him here: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/arjun-kapoor-with-koel-purie-india-today-mind-rocks-2014-delhi/1/381314.html



After this we had none other than Deepika Padukone.  What I liked about her was she was simple and down to earth and she is very slim and good looking. Above all she is very hard working. She said she worked for 30 hours sometimes, living only on coffee to honour her commitments of shooting for 4 films. So that is what it takes to deliver constant hits , that Filmfare black lady doesn't come to you, you have to really work so hard. She also is very sincere since childhood and has been a child that doesn't miss school and till date shoots even when is feverish and calls it off only if the director does so. I must say she is a director's dream and a true youth icon in every sense.

When asked about her four hits last year, she said there were four flops before that and that the cycle goes on. Now that is what I call being modest and genuine.


She also danced on her songs "Nagada Sang Dhol" and "Bootiya". Watch her here: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/deepika-padukone-india-today-mind-rocks-2014-delhi-up-close-and-personal/1/381320.html

After this we had a political wave, a very interesting session on politics "Are Politicians Our Masters or Servants". The session was hosted by Rahul Kanwal with speakers from all the leading parties, Manish Sisodia from AAP, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore- MP, Satish Upadhyay from BJP and Haroon Yusuf From Congress. The session began with Rajya Vardhan Singh Rathore being questioned about his decision of joining politics and the motive behind it, to which he said was purely in the service of the nation. The debate than began on the question and the best answer was by Manish Sisodia citing their own example of removing the Red Lamp car culture when they came into power. He also claimed that the 49 days of AAP there was a huge reduction in corruption , which I know is true from my own survey of auto-drivers, there was no bribery then. However he was pounced upon by the more experienced BJP and Congress leaders in the name of youth, The most disgusting was Satish Upadhyay not even acknowledging Anna Hazare's contribution to the movement of change, he just said youth is responsible, really? how? without a leader?

Rahul Kanwal with Manish SisodiaRajyavardhan Singh RathoreSatish Upadhyay and Haroon Yusuf .

Watch the entire episode here http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/india-today-mind-rocks-2014-delhi-politicians-masters-servants/1/381345.html


The main question was why did BJP trying to enter from the back door and not fight it real. Well depite Rahul Kanwal's pushing they just didn't agree to re-election. Looks like something is wrong there isn't it?

After this session was the one I was waiting for "The Women Athlete's" of India who truly made it shine in Olympics and Cricket. The panel had Jhulan Goswani, Cricketer- the fastest cowler in the world; Mithali Raj- Captain_Indian Women's Cricket Team; Geeta Poghat and Babita Kumari- Wrestlers, Olympic Gold medalists.

Their journey's had been very different, Jhulan Goswami living in a remote village travelled 3 hours one side for her cricket coaching. Her training started at 7:30 and the coach would just not let her enter even if she was five minutes late. Babita and Geeta, sisters gave credits to their father a wrestler himself for encouraging them into wrestling. Their story was a lesson for the parents more than the youngsters to let the child dream and help them follow it. Babita left a lasting impression when she said the best moment for her was the Indian National Flag go up for her win and the national anthem being played after the win as the best celebration. Truly if you have ever witnessed an Olympics or a common wealth it is the best moment ever to see the flag rise, and very disappointing when it doesnt.
To listen to them just click the link: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/india-today-mind-rocks-2014-delhi-wrestler-babita-kumari-fitness-diet/1/381356.html

This was followed by a lavish lunch  consisting of the popular American fast food Burger, Chinese noodles, Indian Shahi Pulav, Punjabi-chole Bhature, Mumbaiya- Pav Bhaji and the South Indian - Gulab Jamun with Icream/ English Brownie with Ice-cream combination.

The next session had popular tv star and VJ Andie and the singer Sophie. This session had for the first time someone talk about the real deal with "Reality Shows". Andie in his style straight forwardly said that they only show one thing repetitively and Sophie said the "real" in reality is missing. If you just run a harsh statement said by someone again and again one would think its the truth and not see the hundred soft sentences the person might have said during the day. They said it was difficult and things turned very easily from someones favour to being against them. They also danced and entertained the audience.

Check their entire session live here: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/india-today-mind-rocks-2014-delhi-claim-your-dreams/1/381366.html

The next session was that of popular designer Suneet Verma, who said he knew inside his hear from the beginning that he was made for something creative. Life is all about dreaming and achieving it. The best thing is they invited some 11 people and he gave them remarks about their dressing. He was thorough checking right from how the hair is done, to the choice of nail enamel. This was followed by a ramp walk by the participants, those who were up there surely had the time to remember all their lives.

He also spoke about sexuality and that one must be open about it and not hide oneself in a closet, well that is a lesson to learn from.  Here is his complete session: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/india-today-mind-rocks-2014-delhi-suneet-varma/1/381375.html

                            Designer Suneet Verma at India Today Mind Rocks 2014

Kunal Bahl, Snapdeal CEO was the next speaker and it was all about Start up and Mantra for Business success. He said any business will change as it evolves at every stage. There is no mantra to success other than being true to oneself. Upon asking about Ratan Tata's investment he said it was a great validation for them and that he has been a great mentor. He also disclosed that the next season of the reality show Big Boss. that's a big one, isnt it?

Talking about his competitors Flipkart and Amazon sized giants, he simply put it away saying he is not looking at a short term but his plans for his company are for the next 15 years. Watch this motivational session right here: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/india-today-mind-rocks-youth-summit-2014-delhi-kunal-bahl/1/381378.html.

                                CEO of Snapdeal, Kunal Bahl at Mind Rocks 2014

 After business it was time for some dance and who better than Shubh Kaur Ghumman, known as one legged dancer can motivate you? She shocked every judge on the reality show India's Got Talent right on day one with her dance. Since I don't watch television at all, I saw her yesterday for the first time and I must say she was the most motivating person I had met. Her statements like  "I hate the word - handicap" and "Handicap is the one who despite of a healthy body doesn't help themselves, i am not - handicap" were the words that will help me and many more throughout life in failure and low times. She danced on "Fevicol" and says her expressions come best in these fast raunchy songs and so she likes them. Her favourite so far has been Katrina Kaif as most of these type of songs are filmed on her. But no actress can motivate you like this woman does, and when a short clipping of her journey was shown the entire auditorium had tears in their eyes. She has really worked out to build her stamina post her accident and has great looks and body. She certainly is an icon. Watch her here: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/gallery/india-today-mind-rocks-2014-never-give-up-in-life-says-shubh-kaur-ghumman/1/12717.html



 Bhagwant Mann, a combination of a politician and a comedian who delivers his message ironically well. When asked why poetry, he simply said my party just had six minutes in parliament and BJP has hours, so they can go on and on despite of various warnings for hours, but to emphatically put forth my point I have to use poetry for I just have a few minutes. he gave various anecdotes of hilarious moments in a parliament. He clearly said his was a live commentary and not something he needed to prepare for. He taught us one thing, just work on your tone and method of delivery. He also recited "Acche Din Kab Aane Wale Hain?"  very popular poetry of his. He mimicked various politicians including the chief of his party AAP, Arvind Kejriwal. He was truly one politician who rocked AAP back to its glory when Arvind Kejriwal spoke in 2013 and the nation was with him in the very auditorium. He is certainly one of the strongest contenders of AAP, some in the audience also asked him why doesn't he stand up to be the chief minister candidate for Delhi elections, Kejriwal certainly not the favourite.
The next session had

Do not miss his amazing session here: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/gallery/india-today-mind-rocks-2014-bhagwant-mann-takes-a-dig-at-pm/1/12715.html


The next session was with Rabbi, nothing can be said about him more than the fact that his music is soulful. He has sung my favourite song "Tere Bin Sanu Soniya" and I just was so mesmerised that I simply closed my voice to drink in his voice. This session was interrupted by Yo Yo Honey Singh who introduced his team and they performed on all their hits, followed by Rabbi's final performance which was a memory of a lifetime. I am listening ti his songs even now but that feel of live music was more powerful, enchanting. The best part was he also sang two unheard songs.

                                             Yo Yo Honey Singh at MindRocks 2014 Delhi

 Thus the day long event ended in the melody of music leaving fond memories in every one's heart to return next year to motivate the youth of Delhi again. It shall be hosted at various cities across India do stay tuned through their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MindRocks.


I thank India Today Group (Sumeet Sinha and Arpit Vij) for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the same once again this year. This event have given memories to cherish forever.





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