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Shardul Pandey Talks To Charuta Raykar

I welcome you Charuta at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself. It all started with a dream. A dream to make a difference to homes. As with all dreams, it quickly grew into desire to make a difference in the life of many. What better way to achieve that than founding one’s own venture which gives all the freedom to live the dream.

Thus began, Akarshdesigns.com , the journey of a creative mind.  A passion that kept growing over 12 years into a living dream of creating welcoming places and wonderful experiences, an exciting journey that has been helping to connect with various people and be a part of their story! The idea was to create a wonderful home experience that tells the story of the homeowner.

Interior design is a profession which requires a perfect blend of art, creativity, technical and management skills. We started our journey with providing freelance designs and slowly we expanded our services, offering design consultancy, project drawings and end to end execution of residential and commercial spaces

Thankfully, Today, after passing through various phases, we are doing what we love! High End Residential and Commercial turn key Project design and execution across Bangalore! However, the climax is yet to come!

How exactly your idea sparked to register your domain name? As we started taking end to end execution of residential project, I came across various overseas clients also, who own beautiful homes in India. They look for professional and genuine design execution services for their properties that they can trust. I understood the importance of registering our domain name after meeting such people with an intention to provide professional services and for growing business. It adds credibility, creates brand name and give 24 x7 easy access to clients, which helps to grow a business!

What philosophy motivated you to start your business website? It is important for every small and big business to have a website. It helps you establish credibility and brand name for a business. Moreover, it is low cost and also the broadest tool for business advertising and marketing to a new generation. I learnt about the importance of having a professional website or the perks of having online and social presence in a digital world, from my tech savvy boys at home :-)

At the moment, you are running a display website. Don’t you think you can add on blogging features or migrate your blogger’s blog to your own domain using Managed WordPress then post about the small things you learn every day in your business, that would indeed help many others on Internet and also make some value for you? Yes, of course that’s an upcoming goal. That way I am still a newbie to digital technology and digital world. I can say, we are still work in progress.

Many creative individuals are intimidated by web technology. We, designers, often have limited time for online marketing, working seemingly around the clock to design spaces, meet with clients, oversee contractors, arranging materials, managing expenses etc. So, keeping active web presence, or being a pro at Search engine optimization is bit challenging for us interior designers.

However, designing wonderful spaces was the beginning of my dream. Next step is going to be designing wonderful designers! And blogging is very effective tool for sharing experiences, educating new designers and learning new things from around the world, keeping a fresher’s mind.

What are your plans in building a strong online presence, what do you think about adding more dynamic features. At the moment, may be just a subscription form would help you to connect with your visitors, notify them about the new updates of your services or anything else you have in your mind? I feel home making experience is the soul of interior design business. Unfortunately, there are no such tools which can allow users to rate designers based on various parameters like design visualization, quick estimates, quality of finishing, or timely handover. I shall be happy if we could add these features on website. Also, I would love to make online presence more prominent by providing online consultancy for clients.

Today most people use the Internet when looking for any services, don’t you think launching a smartphone app would help more people to find you, just to make sure those people can easily know about your services.

Mobile app is great tool for being popular brand. However, in my view, we get business from references, or by word of mouth too.

Ok but new technology brings new opportunities. By launching a smartphone app, a business can offer the convenience of instant information and still fulfill demand for service quickly. Today it is not only a competitive necessity but a powerful way to market penetration and expansion.

What makes your endeavors unique on Internet? Right now, I am working on high end villa projects at the foothills of Nandi Hills. Since most clients are overseas, the Internet is the only and most effective tool we are using for client conference meetings, online chats, video calls or for sharing data or updates of the work progress on sites. However, it’s a beginning. We are still in process of making our endeavours unique.

What is your ultimate message for netizens? Web pages, forum and blogs, social media pages predominate digital marketing and branding of various businesses and products. However, in my view, it takes care of marketing and sales aspect of any business. Other than that, Interior designing business also require real connection, personal touch and creation of warm experience. That’s the key to grow in this business.

We are part of the era where there is no professional field without women being a part of it! I was teaching in an interior design school, where I have always noticed that the number of female students were always more than male students. Most of the academic, teaching faculties, were mostly dominated by female designers.

However, in my view, onsite project execution of interior design, is still a predominantly male profession. Most of the female designers tend to take back seat when it comes to onsite execution of their designs!

My Advice for young designers is – It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, you have to fight to be taken seriously. Interior design is a profession which requires a lot of commitment, hardware, management skills and dedication. So, girls, join this profession with pride. Take action, be confident and show that you can stand on any ground using your creativity and various life skills. Let’s make the world beautiful place! Thank you!

Shardul Pandey Talks To Sujit Thakur, Co-Founder & CEO Of Kijag Infosystem

Sujit Thakur (Co-Founder & CEO) started his Journey as a Technical Writer in Bangalore. With his masters degree in IT and 5 solid years of Job experience, Sujit started to realize that he was born to do more, something on his own, something for the society, and of course make a royal living out of it.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Jason Shah, Founder of DO.com

Jason Shah is founder & CEO of DO.com that helps netizens run productive meetings. The application provides a private cloud for each meeting – the files, realtime and collaborative notes, private notes, followups, outcomes, and more all live in one ultimate, reliable, secure place.

One can set an agenda to let others know what the meeting is all about. Meetings can be related to one another in order to increase continuity in work. It also allows you to search meetings, have the notes automatically sent out when meetings end.

On mobile, user can quickly email other participants, schedule a followup, or jot down important notes connected to the meeting.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Dr. Peter Achutha

The first and foremost thing that might interest the most of netizens is your story. So tell our netizens about yourself, your story? Where do I start and what do I say? Do I get into the deep dark wicked ways of mankind and how much lying, cheating, bribery and corruption there is going on in this world and people conniving ways? Or do I make it a diplomatically simple and naive life of a hermit scientist (engineer!). I wish I had a “normal” benign life but that is impossible when Greed is Good and people lust for money and worship billionaires as their gods.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Fahad Mahmood

I welcome you Fahad at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself, your story. Hi, I am Fahad Mahmood (A WordPress Mechanic) the developer of a few famous WordPress Plugins like Keep Backup Daily, Alphabetic Pagination, jQuery Post Splitter, RSS Feed Widget and a recently launched WordPress Plugin WP Header Images. My journey started from a HTML tag <marquee></marquee> which I learned very first even before <html> and <body>. It was really inspiring for me when text was moving from right to left. As notepad was available everywhere so i did a number of experiments in my college’s computer lab during my ICS session 2001. My interest became a passion when I learned about click event of a button in visual basic 6.0. It was purely a magic when I played with it and successfully changed document title, button text, label captions and text in textboxes.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Sumit Agarwal

As a child I used to love listening to music, but pursuing music was never thought of highly in our family. I learnt to play the guitar and a little bit of drums in class 12th to impress someone. When I reached IIT Kanpur, it was a totally new and open field. We had a music club which one could devote some time to and prepare for in-house competitions. I used to sing western songs. After passing out I became engrossed in handling our family business which is a big chemical manufacturing business, requiring my rigorous involvement in everything. From 1998 to 2013, there was not much I did about music. Around 2 years back I started composing and writing. I pursue this only after 9 pm on certain days.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Zoe Jay

I come from Scotland. I live in Los Angeles since 2007 and I manage a music studio. Back in the UK I was a type of lawyer. I am married, and have three dogs and no kids. I am a part-time model, musician, and writer. I practice in various martial arts. I’ve been modelling since 2004.

I’m into martial arts, cars, music, literature, photography, growing vegetables, hiking, and having a damn good time.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Brittany Mason

I am from a small farm town in middle America, so I guess you could call me the all American girl with big dreams.  At a young age I became very motivated, I had a difficult upbringing but I always would day dream of the life I wanted to one day have. I started setting goals at a young age and working towards them. At the age of 16 I signed with my first modeling agency and moved to NYC. Later that year I competed in teen pageants and won Miss Teen Indiana. I competed at nationals and won America’s Southern Teen, after winning nationals I represented the USA at Top Model of the World in Germany against 52 countries. I came in 2nd place, at this time I was only 17. My life changed in a big way in a very short time. That is how my career began. Since then I have traveled the world working as a model, to places like London, Paris, Milano, and more. I feel so blessed to be living the life I always dreamed of. I believe in community service and giving back so I started a movement called I AM POSSIBLE. My message with I AM POSSIBLE is that no dream is out of reach, I work with students on character building, and building better communities. I encourage them to use their voice and hope to empower the next generation so they understand that nothing is impossible, the word it’s self says “I’m Possible”

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Rebekah Maree

I recently just completed my studies as student at Otago University with double major Commerce and Design. Within my time at University I also acquired a scholarship and completed my degree with high grades. Education is super important to me, I love learning new things, knowledge is power. Whilst working in customer service, I’m also part time modelling & signed to a modelling agency here in Dunedin, NZ ICAN models & talent – specializing in photographic, commerical, fashion, swimwear. Recently competed in Miss Universe New Zealand Dunedin and selected into the top 10 2014.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Helena Asgard

Hello, my model alias is Helena Asgard. I am a student at Faculty of Health Studies in Croatia, in my free time working as an alternative model. Modeling was actually not something that I was thinking about, it just happened. I went to a concert of my favourite Croatian band Kryn, enjoying the music, dancing, and the women came to me and said she represents a company that has a photographic project I would be perfect for. So I went there, I did it, and I liked it, and finally continued with it, and now I’m here :)

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Rikki Lynn

RikkiLynn is a model from Bellaire, Ohio, who began her modeling career about six months ago. She currently resides in St Clairsville, Ohio. RikkiLynn is 35 years old and a mother of three children. She volunteers extensivley in their school district and in the community. She loves helping with the local Soapbox Derby that her children participate in and even have won. While RikkiLynn spent many years Tending bar to support her family, she took on modeling this year as a new adventure.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Nina Ernst

My Name is Nina and i live in south Germany. My learned profession is office clerk but for now my main job is photo model and actress. How I came to be a photomodel? In the end of summer 2011 i have been started to work as fotomodel. It was not my own idea, my boyfriend and since August 2013 my husband has ordered an holiday photographer to do some holiday pictures of us and me.

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