He was stressed, so he built a meditation app

“In the next 20 years, meditation will be like running

I first heard of Bjorn Lee and his meditation app MindFi on the news last year, when they raised a six-figure seed round. But that’s not what caught my attention. Working with startups is part of my job, so the seed round seemed like any other. Plus, there are a lot of meditation apps coming up these days. What piqued my curiosity was that the voice-over for the meditation modules were done by an ex-monk.

I checked out the app, and saw options to commute and eat mindfully, or even grow a plant while you’re at it. I knew I had to dig deeper. A mutual friend connected me with Bjorn Lee, who agreed to meet over coffee. The conversation that ensued was most engaging, and all yours to read.

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Lessons From The Year That Was

2017 has parted and left us with memories to remember it by. A mix of experiences; some life-altering, some mundane, others downright questionable. But hail the (albeit controversial) law of averages, it all turned out okay. And we celebrated that, in ways that appealed to us. For me, it was important to know what I was celebrating. Was it the achievements? The pitfalls? Or was it just the mere passage of time?

After giving it some thought, I decided to celebrate my newfound understanding of the ways of the world.

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Coming From A Nutritionist

I’d been toying with the idea of interviewing a nutritionist for a while now. The subject of what, how and when to eat has always intrigued people. More now, than ever. So when I stumbled upon Avanti’s impressive profile, I couldn’t miss the chance.

Avanti Deshpande is a leading nutritionist and health consultant based in Pune, India. Her clientele covers most business verticals, including the food and pharmaceutical industry, education, catering, retail, corporates, gyms and fitness centres, NGOs and more. She’s also a complete technophile who has turned the social media revolution to advantage with the option of consultations via Skype, a YouTube channel for easy and healthy recipes, a Facebook and an Instagram account for health and wellness guidance as well as targeted Q & A. After a recent certification in Nutrigenomics by GeneSupport, she has immersed herself into understanding metabolism at the cellular level and to advise customised diets on a case-by-case basis.

From the moment I stepped into her office, I knew I’d made the right choice. There she was – lean and tall, great hair, glowing skin and toned arms. Her smile was that of someone who knew what they’re doing. As you’ll discover, she did.

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Notes from the South of France

Dear Readers,

I spent the month of March in a charming little town in the South of France: Gémenos. It was a work trip, a training that my company arranged. Quite honestly, I was looking forward to a month of relaxation and self-discovery. Exploring quaint French towns with a pain au chocolat in one hand and a piece of Brie in another, sun-kissed by the warm Spring Sun. But along the way, I started writing down my personal observations of things around me: the sights, the culture, the people – just about anything I found interesting. To confirm or correct my theories, I discussed them with local colleagues, expats, strangers I met on trains and even fellow visitors.

And then I compiled all my thoughts into this one article. So here it goes.

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Engineering A Fashion Model

Saloni Khanna is a fashion model who has walked the ramp for some of India’s leading fashion designers, including Manish Malhotra, Ritu Kumar and JJ Valaya. She has also shot for multiple print ads and music videos. But here’s an interesting fact – one year ago, none of this existed. As of February 2016, Saloni was an Assistant Systems Manager at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). How did she switch to something so counter-intuitive? And successfully so? How does it feel walking the ramp in those gorgeous designer outfits? And do you really have to eat half a peach for lunch?  

Let’s find out.

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