An engineer who evolved to become a corporate executive, evolved again to become a self made businessman , and then again to become an education activist and finally someone with a passion to make a difference in the lives of Indians with interest in Africa.
Nidhee Datta, a graduate in Bachelors of Home Science, has been actively involved with her school and college magazines. She is an ardent reader and has been in Africa for more than a decade. She has been a part of organisations that promote Indian music and dance and has a keen interest in sharing the rich heritage of her country with people at large.
"By profession, Sumit is a corporate junkie with all necessary qualifications to stay aloft the ladder. He enjoys reading, travelling and creative writing immensely. He is a golf-crazy foodie as well, who enjoys exploring great food joints, among other things. He is also a reluctant cook whose culinary experiments often turn topsyturvy - resulting in some write-ups that make the readers double over with laughter, though the cook finds it difficult to swallow the food"
Aunty Rao is a middle aged compassionate woman who loves to help and care for people around her. She shares a wonderful relationship with her neighbours and is a source of knowledge on homely affairs, thus is loved and respected by all. Aunty Rao represents a character which is present in every Indian family and has a treasure called experience which she uses effectively to make a difference in people’s lives.
Dr Amitabh Mitra is a surgeon by profession and is based in East London. He is also a well known poet and a painter. Unbreaking The Rainbow - the latest anthology of struggle poems is also his brain child.
Mr Moochikal (Ramesh) has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and Masters in Business from University of Bombay and XLRI Respectively. Ramesh has established a distinguished career in the Agri/Food Commodities sector in Africa for the past 20 years. He has lived and worked extensively throughout Africa and is currently responsible for Southern and Eastern African operations. MDR has worked close to farmer groups, worked alongside government programs, set up and run logistics, processing operations and distribution structures in African markets. He is often consulted by banks, government structures, NPO's and by businesses. MDR lives in Durban with his wife and 2 daughters and enjoys weekend Squash and Cricket.
Sarita Mathur Sarita Mathur is a poet and artist residing in Durban. Her debut novel ”Once Again…Love’ with the subtitle “Reconnecting with the Heart” is to be published soon. Sarita loves nature, reading ,writing and art.
Atul Padalkar is the founder of Bizfarm, an unfunded incubator based in Durban and Johannesburg.
Bizfarm helps Small and Medium businesses to start and run a robust business through support services.
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Surrinder Paul Datta, a qualified mechanical engineer by profession, has a keen interest in health and spirituality. Having had a successful career in steel industry, he took voluntary retirement to educate himself about Alternative therapies like Reiki, Su-jok and Pranic Healing. After having studied and practiced Mudras on himself and people around him, he has compiled these into a simple and easy- to- understand article. For further information, the readers can contact him on email@example.com
Debbie Fox has practised as a feng shui consultant for the past fifteen years, in South Africa and overseas. she mainly works in Durban and Johannesburg and do a fair amount over the internet. Her clients are varied and include homes, businesses, hotels, health spas, farms, stables, shops such as restaurants and health shops etc within shopping centres, and she helps clients with the positioning and design of new buildings.In addition to the feng shui she checks the geopathic stress of the building. Geopathic stress is made up of ley lines, electromagnetic smog and other energies that don’t belong in the building and have a detrimental effect on our lives. Blocking these energies brings good health.
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Mr. Sarvesh Chandra was born in 1950, at Kanpur, U.P. After his schooling in
places in U.P. he moved to Gujarat in 1967 and studied Civil Engineering at
M.S. University in Vadodara. He returned back to Kanpur in 1972 and
finished his Master's and doctoral studies at IIT Kanpur. In 1980, he
started his teaching career from University of Roorkee and subsequently
went to Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok. In 1987, Sarvesh returned
back to IIT Kanpur as a faculty member and continues there till date.
During his 25 years tenure at IIT Kanpur he visited Germany, Australia and
Durban on research and teaching assignments. During his two years stay at
Durban, he mingled with Indian community and took part in various literary
and cultural activities.
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Suhasini Mehra has lived in Nigeria for many years when her father was posted there. Her family moved from Nigeria to Singapore last year.She is currently studying in grade-7.
Writing is a passion for Suhasini.
Nirmala Sankaran leads product design, innovation and talent management at HeyMath! She is committed to building excellence in Maths education by synthesizing best practices in teaching from high performing systems around the world, drawing insights from pedagogical research and staying on top of developments in educational technology.
Prior to being an entrepreneur, Nirmala worked for 12 years with Citigroup in India, Middle East, Europe and the US. She has extensive experience in Product Management, Product development, Sales and Marketing.
Nirmala completed her MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore in 1988 and graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi in 1986 (where she stood 1st in University of Delhi).
Mr Bhuawan Saurav has been based in Francophonic Africa, for the past 17years. He was exposed to a variety of cultures during his childhood days at the Bokaro Steel City . In his own words" I love food and my physique reflects this love of mine. Call myself an alcoholist vis-à-vis an alcoholic (the former is a lover while the latter is a victim, to try and explain the difference)." As he dines out at least twice a week-Bhuwan is the right person to introduce us to some great places .
Ganesh is a Grade XI student by the look of things appears to have a great career in area lf science and technology ahead of him. He writes 'I love to have fun, and explore new places, objects and ideas. In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis, having a game of chess, playing the piano, and reading books.'
Linestha Chavan is a disciple of internationally eminent philosopher Swami Parthasarathy. Under Swamiji’s guidance, she has been studying Vedanta, the ancient philosophy of India, for the last 10 years.
Linestha originates from Durban, South Africa. She completed her schooling in South Africa and at the age of 18 went to pursue the study of Vedanta at the Vedanta Academy in India. The Academy is a unique educational institution which conducts a full-time, three year residential courses on Vedanta for students from all over the world. Linestha completed the course and continued her studies at the Academy for a further 4 years while also pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English.
Linestha returned to South Africa to join the Vedanta Centre South Africa last year. The Vedanta Centre is a non-profit organisation dedicated to serve the community by providing access to quality education on life skills and fundamental values. They work to achieve this by running weekly study classes, retreats, talks and seminars.
Aravind is Co-founder and Director at Edukite Learning, an education-focused ICT solutions company, with responsibility for business development in Africa and India. He also oversees the implementation of CSI and government projects in South Africa. He is passionate about Maths and Science education and aligning technology initiatives to meet teaching and learning needs. His current areas of interest include deploying educational content to multiple delivery platforms and designing learning management systems for mobile internet devices (tablets).
Aravind holds a management degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and is a gold-medalist from the Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi.
Ananya Mukherjee, former editor of HRM Asia, a leading business title in the Asia-Pacific region, is an acclaimed writer with more than 1000 publications to her credit. Before moving to Singapore, Ananya had amassed years of experiences in the Indian print and television media. Her journalistic acumen covers a whole gamut of subjects including politics, lifestyle and business. She runs her own blog magazine mylittlemagazine.blogspot.sg
Born in Jammu, India and having lived across several states in her childhood and youth, she has had very rich cultural experiences through her interaction with the diverse population of her native country. After majoring in Philosophy, she went on to study Mass Communication and specialized in Television Journalism from Nagpur University, where she earned a first class first ranking in her Masters degree. Her stories and articles have appeared in many Indian news journals, including The Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle, two of India’s leading dailies.
A passionate writer, avid reader, theatre artiste and trained dancer, who regularly stages performances at the Singapore Repertory Theatre, Ananya currently spearheads Internal Communications in a Multi-national Company. She lives in Singapore with her husband and daughter.
Captain Bala ,our contributor in Nigeria is a master mariner by profession , sailed for nearly twenty years on merchant vessels . Since 1995 have been shore based in various locations : Singapore, Dubai, Mumbai ,Delhi. Since last four years Capt Bala is based in Nigeria.
Business Head – EMEA
Mobility Business Unit
HCL Infosystems MEA
Srinath joined HCL Infosystems in 2009 and currently is the Business Head for Mobility operations in the Middle East, Africa, Russia and CIS markets. He has successfully led the launch of HCL ME Tablets into UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain and Saudi. He continues to drive the expansion strategy for HCL Infosystems into several other markets in the region.
Prior to this, he had handled several key portfolios at HCL Infosystems Ltd. As the head of marketing for HCL ME Tablets, he successfully launched the brand and was a key leadership member in growing the market share of ME Tablets in India.
Prior to HCL, he was part of the founding team of Indepay Networks and led several key initiatives for the company. He was instrumental in creating India’s first wireless railway ticketing kiosk.
He is an electrical and electronics graduate for BITS Pilani. He was also selected by The Economic Times as one of the top 51 young leaders of corporate India in 2012 through The Economic Times young leaders award program. While at BITS Pilani he co-founded the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) which is the founding partner for Nation Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) in India.
He is an avid golfer and loves to travel.
Dr DEVARAKSHANAM GOVINDEN is an Academic, Researcher and Writer, with varied interests and published a number of papers in areas of her interest namely education, literature and which she has written and publishedThree of her books she published are
1. A TIme of Memory – REFLECTIONS ON RECENT SOUTH AFRICAN WRITING. 2. SISTER OUTSIDERS – REPRESENTATIONS OF IDENTITY AND DIFFERENCE IN SELECTED WRITINGS BY SOUTH AFRICAN INDIAN WOMEN. 3. Words on Water – Reflections on Recent South African Writings.
Graduate in Economy and specialized in International Transportations in LeHavre (France). He has worked with several International Groups and have about 28 years of experience in Transportation.Loves music ,sports (especially football and athletics) and movies.
Smriti is a SHERO who has lives life on her own terms. AVP, online marketing at Applied Life Pvt. Ltd (Fleximoms & Sheroes networks), Smriti manages her role from Mozambique, Africa. She loves to travel and tell stories. Her passion for traveling made her start Travel Chronicles along with her husband. Travel Chronicles (www.travelchronicles.in) is a monthly ezine that publishes travel tales of the travelers for the travelers. Her articles often appear in various travel sites - Malawi tourism, Fairytale traveler, Map2DFashion etc. She wishes to live the book - Around the world in 80 days.
(July 31, 1880 – October 8, 1936) is regarded as one of the foremost Hindi-Urdu writers of the early twentieth century. Born as Dhanpat Rai, better known by his pseudonym Munshi Premchand, ushered a new era in Hindi and Urdu literature with his writings. The writer is mainly recognized for his creations that always contained a social message and raised voice against the social evils pertaining in the Indian society. His creations brought the era of realism in the Indian literature at that time, when only fantasy fictions and religious writings were dominating it. Premchand embodied the social purpose and social criticism in his characters that are subjected to the different circumstances and act accordingly. The great novelist is ranked among the greatest authors of the 20th century in India.
A Sales & Marketing professional with 17 years of experience in Branding, Business Development, Client Relationship Management, Channel Management and People Management.
I am currently working with NIIT Antilles N.V subsidiary of NIIT LTD as a Regional Head for Southern Africa operation. Based in South Africa since 2009, responsible for growth of South Africa business. Job involves mentoring & motivating teams to achieve South Africa business goals and objectives while working closely with provincial governments, universities, FET colleges, business partners, industry leaders, technology companies, and Schools throughout South Africa. My main key responsibility is to manage the overall operations of Southern Africa territory.
I have managed various portfolios at NIIT. During my tenure of 13 years with NIIT, I have gained rich experience in:
• Managed Top-line (Revenue) and protect Margin.
• Strategize on product and delivery mechanism to maximize profits.
• Customer Care Management
• Marketing Management
• Brand Management
• Sales Management
• Building & managing sales teams.
• Skill Development project for Government
Hands on experience in exploring and developing new markets, appointing channel partners, brand promotion, new product launch, accelerating growth & achieving desired sales goals.
My Last assignment was with NIIT China LTD to manage the NIIT China’s Universities project.
Ela Gandhi (born July 1, 1940), granddaughter of Mohandas Gandhi is a peace activist and was a Member of Parliament in South Africa from 1994-2004, where she aligned with the African National Congress (ANC) party representing the Phoenix area of Inanda in the KwaZulu Natal province. Her parliamentary committee assignments included the Welfare, and Public Enterprises committees as well as the ad-hoc committee on Surrogate Motherhood. She was an alternate member of the Justice Committee and served on Theme Committee 5 on Judiciary and Legal Systems.
Shaila has been instrumental in compiling this article. She is a career communication and marketing person and has held senior positions in the communication sector . A passionate conservationist and advocate of gender and child related issues.
A journalist by profession, Megha Lodha Kathariya has worked in Mumbai and Dubai as a business reporter, and freelance writer and sub editor for dailies and magazines. She quit working when motherhood beckoned and is still trying to get back to writing! She and her family moved to Durban last year and that is how she got introduced to indians4africa that has been brave enough to publish her work and ask her to continue with it!
With a view to introducing our readers of the availability of various cuisine in Ghana, we had approached Mr. KDB Nair who has shifted his base to Ghana just a few years ago to pursue his professional engagement. Mr. Nair is a connoisseur of food and would love to talk about food and more importantly to taste the same. He has sent us the above details in anticipation that some of us some day would perhaps visit one or more of his recommended restaurants and enjoy the good taste of the food therein.
Mohanraj is a graduate in Master of Science, Bachelor of Education, Master of Philosophy all in computer Science working as a Project Leader in Metrorail IT department in Durban. Mohanraj is a regular contributor of articles of interest that he has comes across.
Myriam is a lawyer with a passion for food, new tastes and travels. Walid is a businessman involved in the shipping industry and founded Tam Tam in 1998 as he wanted to create a restaurant and treat guests in a manner that he himself would like to be treated when dinning at a restaurant. Walid first met Myriam at Tam Tam. He was, at that time, the fresh owner, trying his best, at 30 years of age, to make the place trendy and successful. Together they were instrumental in making Tam Tam what it is today.
Deeya Nayar-Nambiar is a journalist by profession who enjoys her tryst with teaching. Writing is her passion and anything that interests her is her subject. She has three books to her credit – Feeling the Way (English poems, 2012); Aisa Kyon (Hindi poems, 2012) and Me, My Friend (English poems, 2009).