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One more year has gone by and your Foundation will soon enter its 12 th year. This decade has brought in another kind of challenge in the life of Lila Fellows. Many have now become of marriageable age. Sometimes there are as many as three to four marriages in a week and naturally all LFs want us to be present at their wedding to bless them. Personally I get great joy from attending their weddings and seeing the girls cross one more threshold of their life cycle. It is in light of this phase that I would like to start by congratulating all the LFs who are getting married. Yes I chose to do so as I have presently eight wedding invitations from our Lila Fellows who are getting married soon. I intend to attend all the weddings. I am sure some more are on the way. This is a great season for bringing young hearts together. Anticipating this the Foundation had recently organized a program to guide the young Lila Fellows and give them a different perspective about the institution of marriage. The program was conducted by “Saath Saath Vivaha Abhyaas Mandal” which is managed by Ms. Vidya Bal the renowned journalist along with her colleagues from the well-known magazine “Miloon Saaryazani” Through innovative ways the team of Saath Saath made the girls understand the importance of marriage both in their personal as well as social life. This is such an important phase in a girl’s life that I too feel like sharing some of my own beliefs on this subject. We all get very excited about our wedding and why not A lot of preparations are done for this day we exhaust ourselves and almost all our resources for making this day a very memorable day not only for us but more so for all our guests. But Friends wedding is not everything Marriage is. Yes These are two different aspects of one celebration. The joy and happiness of a wedding should not be a one-day affair. It has to be a daily experience in married life. A married girl has to understand that relationships don’t just happen they have to be built. You have to be patient and to understand your partner and not just see him and start trying to change him. Appreciating good in your husband will make him appreciate you and will also enable him to open up gradually. Never give up your career once you are married. A girl should work after marriage even if she did not do so earlier. This way you will focus your mind and time on more constructive activities. Always place yourself in the shoes of the person you are dealing with at home. Your actions should reflect “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Initial hiccups will die down gradually. Never allow ego issues to come in your way of happiness leading to tension and sorrow. More than the way the wedding is conducted what determines the happiness and success of the marriage is the way married life is built step-by-step day-by-day. The celebration and joy on the day of the wedding is not just for that day but should be the beginning of an extraordinary and a meaningful married life leading to prosperity to an individual a family and finally to the society. This is what I wish for each of my Lila Fellow. It has been a very fulfilling year for the Foundation. As I have said many a times our Foundation is Unique. Financial assistance though an important step is only a beginning. Mentoring coaching the girls through their career through their personal Vol. No. 23 Dec 7 / 200 FROM MY HEART Dear Friends oon we will meet to bid farewell to 2007 and welcome 2008. The y ear end is alw a ys a time to reflect on the happenings of the y ear gone by and set new aspir ations for the one to come. This past y ear brought in our liv es man y good dev elopments but some sad too . Our v ery dear left us to join her creator after 70 odd y ears of a happy and a meaningful life 10 y e ar s of which she ga v e to the LPF . W e gained an insight of a v ery Her life w as go v erned by the same principles as those of the F oundation i.e. lo v e hope and charity that mak e life worth living. W e shall miss her as our trustee and also as an important contributor to our cause. W e pa y our respects in a in this issue. This is the first time we faced the inevitable: the realities of life in the process of the F oundation growing older . One of our v ery charming and gifted LF Amruta Bahulekar suffered from that dreaded disease - Cancer . W e had to rise to the occasion to be able to support her in her long br a v e fight and I am happy that man y of y ou came forw ard to share her pain and support her both Apart from LFs man y came to our rescue to be with Amruta in her hour of need. and I am sure Amruta when she is well enough will write a personal note expressing her gr atitude to all those who came to her rescue ev en though they ha v e nev er met her . She has been oper ated and is reco v ering well. Let us so that she returns back to Trustee Ms. Surabhi Nag precise mind a kind and benevolent person. separate supplement financially and morally through your generosity and prayers. well wishers and friends in India and across the world I personally thank each one of them continue our prayers S her normal cheerful self and restarts her budding life with full enthusiasm soon. In these two sad incidents the F oundation showed an e x e m p l a r y e x a mp l e o f u n i t y a n d t o g e t h e r n e s s . While we are alw a ys together in our happy moments it is these difficult situations in life that really stand testimon y to our commitment tow ards t h e u n it y o f o u r e x t e n d e d L P F f a m i l y . Coming now to the wonderful moments we spent together at v arious progr ams sponsored by the F oundation. The most important ev ent that affected man y LFs w as the inter action we had with at the launch of her recent book . Z erbanoo a writer and a social activist is a brilliant witty and abo v e all a v ery kind person. She is the founding Director of The Asha Centre which is a charitable trust whose objectiv e is fostering greater peace and understanding amongst div erse communities. Asha F oundation is located in Glouchester U . K. LPF and Asha T rust ha v e officially tied up The object of this initiativ e is to enable y oung minds to intermingle inter act and to be inspired to W e shall soon start the selection process of the first batch. The inter action of the LFs with Z erbanoo on the contents of her book w as indeed v ery interesting and informativ e. Our T rustee and LF Shaheen Shaikh r aised man y a question bringing out the best I thank all of you for coming forward in large numbers to stand by my side in these difficult moments. Ms. Zerbanoo Gifford “Secrets of the Worlds Most Inspiring Women” to sponsor 10 LFs for a month each year for an education camp at Glouchester U. K. become Young Peace Ambassadors. Contd... Vol. No. 27 Apr 9 / 200 FROM MY HEART D e a r L i l a F e l l o w s a n d F r i e n d s A nother issue of INPSIRA is in y our hands. What w o n d e r f u l m o m e n t s w e h a v e s h a r e d i n t h e l a s t 1 4 y e a r s . Y e s f r i e n d s t h i s i s t h e 1 4 y e a r o f t h e F o u n d a t i o n . I a m s u r e a l l o f y o u h a v e g r e a t m e m o r i e s of the good times we ha v e spent together as one big ev er growing family . a n d I h a v e g r e a t hopes that we will add another 40 to 50 Lila fellows this y ear . I would certainly lik e to add more to the family as rejecting some ex cellent applications is v ery tr aumatic for us. But this would be possible if I am able to r aise more funds. Some of the Lila F ellows had the opportunity to meet and inter act with ex ecutiv es of our The donors were v ery impressed with our Lila F ellows and what they ha v e been able to achiev e in a short span of their professional liv es. I ha v e alw a ys said that the happiness one gets by sharing what God has giv en us with those who are not so fortunate far outstrips the happiness in acquiring the worldly assets. Y es a job money and possessions ha v e v alue but their v alue is in what they add to life. And what they add is spice. The recipe of life consists of the intangibles: friendships relationships lo v e service creativity kindness and spirituality to name a few . Our v alues form our char acter . They shape who we are. They giv e our life a meaning purpose and direction. This quarter we ha v e had a unique progr am. t h Over 650 scholarships have been given to 430 Lila Fellows overseas donors namely Noble Foundation from USA and Arco Foundation from UK. "Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts." It is because of their importance that we need to pause occasionally take stock of ourselves and make sure we havent lost sight of what is really significant. “From College to Corporate beyond” Lila Fellows Samina Deokar LF 1998 and Sneha N i k u m L F 2 0 0 5 conducted b y two w h o underwent a three- week P eace Ambassadors tr aining progr am in UK in 2008. This progr am co v ered liv e tr aining on Basic Computer Skills by Sneha and Samina made them understand all that goes into the Corpor ate Selection Process and Interview cr acking. P r o b l e m s a r e p a r t o f o u r l i f e . T h e w a y y o u h a n d l e the problems speaks about y our personality . T o impro v e our personality and ex cel i n our personal a n d p r o f e s s i o n a l l i f e w e m u s t k n o w h o w t o t a k e t h e s e p r o b l e m s a s c h a l l e n g e s o f l i f e . C o n s i d e r i n g t h i s n e e d t h e F o u n d a t i o n o r g a n i z e d a t r a i n i n g p r o g r a m by w h o i s a C o r p o r a t e T r a i n e r M o t i v a t i o n a l S p e a k e r T r a n s f o r m a t i o n a l E x p e r t . W e had a v ery enjo y able ev ening bringing in the N e w Y e a r . T h e re a s o n I l o v e T h e N e w Y e a r s P a r t y s o much is its an entire ev ening set aside for While we count our Blessings what better way to With this happy note I end wishing all of y ou the best Life has to offer to each one of us. L i l a P o o n a w a l l a This was their unique way of giving back to the Foundation and being true Peace Ambassadors. “Problems vs. Challenges” Dr. Gulshan Thukral giving thanks for all the blessings we enjoy and a special time for sharing with family and friends. celebrate Life than coming together and sharing these moments with fun and bliss. Vol. No. 31 August 10 / 20 FROM MY HEART Contd... A LILA POONA W ALLA FOUNDA TION NEWSLET TER BY THE My Dear Lila F ellows Lila Girls and Friends 15 y ears ago we embark ed on setting up the Lila P oona w alla F oundation. and toda y I am happy to sa y we ha v e Y e s w e h ave g i ve n 1 0 0 scholarships this y ear including 27 for gr aduate studies in v arious engineering streams. These y oung girls will call themselv es Lila Girls. LFs y ou now ha v e 100 additional siblings whom y ou ha v e to support and mentor . With this y ears scholarships we will soon reach 1000. The a w ard ceremon y w as a gr and success and a v ery memor able ev ent more so as it w as entirely managed by LFs. W e now ha v e 5 LFs on our board of trustees and ev ery y ear we will increase this until the time the Y es I truly w ant to mak e this a F oundation This y ear we had two ex ceptional personalities on the dais- charming and elegant wife . This couple came all the w a y from S weden to participate in this important milestone of LPF . Both the renowned guests shared their views with the audience and Y ou can read more about the function further in this issue. He and his wife spent their personal time to meet a small group of LFs L Gs and their parents at a small gathering in order to inter act and hat a rewarding year it has been We started with 24 scholarships hit a CENTURY this year. LPF would have given almost 800 scholarships entire board comprises LFs including the Chairperson. OF THE LFs FOR THE LFs AND MANAGED BY THE LFs. Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India RBI Mrs. Usha Thorat and Chairman of IKEA International Prof. Goran Grosskopf accompanied by his Birgitta motivated the young ones with their w ords of wisdom. Prof. Grosskopf has been a supporter of the Foundation for many years and many girls have benefited from his generosity. W understand the b a c k g r o u n d s a n d culture of these families. This inter action w as also v ery beneficial to the girls. Some LFs put up a short cultur al performance in their honor . This w as well receiv ed b y the guests and they appreciated the talents of our LFs. This also ga v e them a thorough understanding of the functioning of LPF The F oundation launched a unique project named this y ear . It is an initiativ e by the LFs who ha v e undergone a special wholesome leadership tr aining progr am in UK. This project is a joint effort of Lila P oona w alla F oundation and Dr . K almadi Shamr ao H igh School The project aims at understanding the talent and honing the skills of economically challenged but deserving primary and secondary school children for a period of one y ear . This is the P eace Ambassadors LF w a y of giving back to the societ y . Do read details in a separ ate article. Dads birthda y w as celebr ated with great enthusiasm and enjo yment. On this da y we also released the at the hands of It w as an important ev ent because with this issue INSPIRA completed a decade of it existence… which goes far beyond the scholarship and classroom education in developing the girls into young confident ladies ready to take on every challenge in the w orld Peace Ambassadors spearheaded by Mrs. Jayshree Shahade from LPF and Mrs. Malti Kalmadi from . 30 issue of INSPIRA Nishtha a staunch supporter of LPF and an author of many books on women oriented issues. a beautiful experience and a tremendous Abhigyan KannadaSangha Tai th A New r by Lila Poonawala Foundation. Vol.no-32 / December 2010 slette M y D e a r L i l a F e l l o w s L i l a G i r l s a n d F r i e n d s his is the In retrospect it has been a v ery unique and a highly rew arding y ear . W e capturing the essence of the F oundation its philosoph y and the difference it has made to the liv es of the girls who ha v e receiv ed the scholarships LFs shared all this and the future milestones that the F oundation dreams to achiev e. W e added 27 i.e. girls who will receiv e scholarships f or . W e se nt the of 14 LFs to tr aining progr am for 3 weeks returning as P eace Ambassadors P As. W e introduced new tr aining progr ams for L Gs in addition to continuing the v arious inno v ativ e progr ams for LFs. P As of the 1 and 2 batch ha v e They commenced a progr am named jointly with D r . K almadi Shamr ao High School They are also working with where they teach the children mathematics v arious educativ e games W arli painting as well as v arious simple forms of dance to the girls. W e brought on W e ha v e also added all this to ensure that we giv e enough attention to the v arious new progr ams initiated b y the F oundation. last issue of 2010. released a CD through their own personal experiences with the Foundation Lila Girls LGs four years to complete their graduation in various engineering faculties third batch UK for the wholesome leadership t a k e n u p v a r i o u s i n i t i a t i v e s f o r d o i n g t h e i r b i t f o r t h e s o c i e t y . dedicating their t ime t o teach and hone the skills of economically challenged deserving primary and secondary school children. t w o remand homes Board four additional Senior LFs to take on responsibilities as trustees taking t h e i r p o p u l a t i o n t o 6 . f i v e completely new tru ste es on ou r Board st n d Abhigyan T more unique programs in store for the coming year Our t rustees have decided to extend t he graduate scholarships beyond the engineering stream. We will be supporting an additional 30 girls every year from other science faculties for their full course o f t hree years. Our post-graduate scholarships will increase from last years 72 to almost a 100 in the year to come. Yet another new chapter is being added t o t he LPFs multi faceted activities. support young school-going girls for their education starting at class 7 t ill class 12 . 2MORROW2GETHER Lila Juniors 100 girls from 5 t o 6 different schools. merit-cum-need t he paramount principle o f t he Foundation. train t he teachers . I a m v e r y e x c i t e d t o s h a r e w i t h y o u a l l t h e n e w d e v e l o p m e n t s a t L P F . W e ha v e decided to T h i s n e w v e n t u r e i s c a l l e d . These y oung scholars will be called and will b e s u p p o r t e d t o b e c o m e L G s a n d f u r t h e r o n L F s d e p e n d i n g o n t h e i r a c a d e m i c p e r f o r m a n c e . U n d e r this project we intend to select about T h e s e g i r l s w i l l b e selected on the basis of The unique part of this progr am will be that the F o u n d at i o n w i l l n o t o n l y s u p po r t t h e g i r l s f i n a n c i a l ly for their fees but also with uniforms books health insur ance special coaching in difficult subjects study t r i p s a n d m a n y s u c h v a l u e a d d e d i n n o v a t i v e progr ams. In addition it is also planned to with special progr ams to k eep them th th All these ex citing developments have tak en place in the y ear gone b y but there are many Contd... A Newsletter by The Lila P oonawalla F oundation V ol.no-33 / April 2011 FH r om My eart ... My dear Lila F ellows Lila Girls and Friends he first quarter of the New Y ear has already gone by They sa y time and tide w ait for none. How true First and foremost I would lik e to express m y sincere condolences to all our friends in Japan for the great ongoing crisis in their liv es as humans we reach out to them. Let us all put our hands together and pr a y that God giv es them the strength to deal with this natur al calamity . The J a p a n e s e p e o p l e h a v e s h o w n e x t ra o r d i n a r y fortitude discipline serenity dignity and ability in dealing with a catastrophe of such high magnitude On happier notes let us remember to congr atulate our Indian crick et team which has brought laurels for India after 28 y ears of sheer struggle. W e finally ha v e the WORLD CUP . W e congr atulate TEAM INDIA and particularly Captain M S Dhoni for the leadership he has pro vided. W e at LPF ha v e to learn that hard work right co-ordination right focus continuous tr aining and dedication alw a ys pa y . Ha ving said this I would lik e to come back to LPF and list some of our major achiev ements during the last quarter: 1. The signing of the MOU with fiv e schools to commence our school scholarships progr am this y ear R ead a detailed article in this issue. 2. Completion of the selection of the first batch of undergr aduate scholars in Sciences. This also is T the first y ear and we ha v e 16 new Lila Girls joining the Lila F amily . 3. Completion of the selection of the 2 batch of undergr aduate scholars for engineering. This w as a v ery tough job . W e had more than 150 applications and it w as v ery difficult to decide. All were good and needy . The Board of T rustees had to spend six full da ys before they could come to a final decision. W e ha v e 36 new Lila Girls joining the family in this category this y ear as against 27 last y ear . 4. In v ention of a unique w a y to r aise funds for the F oundation b y giving something in return. LPF c o n d u c t ed 4 i n - h o u s e w o r k s h o p s f o r t h e corpor ate and one open-house in collabor ation with MCCIA in which more than 50 ex ecutiv es from 25 companies participated. The subject w as F our T emper aments- understanding our colleagues and ourselv es. One such workshop w as also organized for LFs and y ou can read a detailed feed-back from one of the participants further in this issue. 5. W e managed to con vince Mrs. Z erbanoo Gifford F ounder Chairperson of Asha Center Gloucester UK to receiv e the 4 batch of Lila F ellows to be tr ained in wholesome leadership at UK. The group will lea v e for UK in September later this y ear . 6. A fabulous parents da y get -together wherein nd th contd.... 1 My Dear daughters friends and well wishers F irst quarter of 2013 is already over. Many new things have happened many new things are happening and of course many new things will continue to happen. The key to this is that Lila Poonawalla Foundation and LPF family is Dynamic – always on the move. First of all this issue has a New Chief Editor Dr. Harshada Babrekar and a new team of some old and some new members. She has the benefit of having our former chief editor Dr. Rajani Panchang as an Advisor. I take this opportunity to thank Rajani for her dedication to Inspira right from its inception as a Crusader and as Chief Editor from the 20 th issue until now. She has not only given a new look to the newsletter but made it a communication of substance. And I know she will continue to give her inputs and support to Harshada. I am also sure that Harshada will not only continue this task but create new ideas together with her dedicated team. All these years I have been summarising the events which happened in the preceding quarter. Now Inspira is covering adequately those events and therefore I thought of making a change in my column “From My Heart”. Different age groups are part of the Foundation now. Originally it was only post graduate students. We now have a spectrum of them girls from schools diploma institutes colleges and universities. Therefore addressing such a vast LPF Family is also a challenging situation. Anyhow I shall make a beginning. Empowerment has become a household name but at the grass roots it has yet to be achieved by the girls. There are ‘N’ number of problems beginning with health quality of education and the way the society looks at the progress of the girls. We have tried to maintain our focus ensuring that the first and foremost target remains to educate the girls in the real sense of the word. Girls do not get confidence only by going to school and college. They require additional inputs continuously which changes the way they look at the world through open windows and not at the mirrors. This extra input through various training programs and workshops has become the fundamental achievement of the Foundation. Another essential input to the girls is healthcare. We need to urgently take up programs creating awareness and importance of preventive From My Heart... Vol. No. 38 June 2013 The Foundation Newsletter healthcare to ensure a happy healthy and a successful family. I am aware that wholesome education and preven tive healthcare go hand in hand. It is for this reason I am working on how to integrate health and education at LPF. In this issue I would like to share with all of you my thoughts on how you young ones can succeed. You have to begin by gaining self confidence. Without self confidence you will never be able to break the glass ceiling. Believe in yourself have faith in your abilities and be true to yourself. With realisation of your own potential and knowledge of your abilities you can build a better world. Tap into the confidence you were born with. Do not lose it along the way let not others steal it from you. Sometimes you have to dig deep to find it again. Once you develop a sense of self awareness you will surely discover your inner strengths and be more confident Know your strengths and weakness. As you learn who you are you will gain confidence in your strengths and will work upon your weaknesses. When you start a task or a project you must believe that you will succeed. Confidence comes from success. It requires a mental attitude. You need to be fearless and a go getter to succeed. You must trust your capabilities your willingness to work hard and capacity to keep learning. You must have the courage to embrace the unknown. Confidence comes when you dare to see the world through an alternate lens. Take some risks. When you go out to do things you are terrified of the confidence comes eventually. Here is one incident from my own professional life. I was an export sales manager. I had negotiated a big order of US 16 Million. This was in 1979. I was very happy and in seventh heaven when I was flying back to India. I dreamt of being received by my boss with great admiration and a grand reception. But none was awaiting me. Instead I had an angry Boss waiting for me. He was upset that I had brought such a big From My Heart... Vol. No. 42 February 2015 The Foundation Newsletter My Dear daughters friends and well-wishers W e are now at the beginning of 2015. Wow We have entered the 20 th year of our magical Foundation. We all have started the New Year with New dreams New hopes New aspirations and New Goals. All of us can see new horizons and new rainbows. I wish all of you good luck in achieving all that you have planned and dreamt off. The year gone by has been a very exciting and challenging year. The new initiative of starting our undergraduate scholarship program in Amravati and Wardha surely was a very challenging task. But we DID it. Thanks to many who came forward to support us specially SAKAL group who went out of the way to not only help us in reaching out to the aspiring young girls but also in developing the infrastructure and finding the right staff to work with us. Our offices are now fully functional. We had the award functions and gave close to 300 scholarships in these two new districts. For the first time after Dad’s operation Dad travelled to Amravati and Wardha for the award functions. We had our trustees Mrs. Ramaswamy and Mrs. Pandit join us for these programs. It sure felt good to have them all with us. This year we have grown beyond imagination. We added more than 1000 new girls to our family. All this was made possible due to the tremendous support we have received from individual donors as well as many organisations. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of them. The Board of trustees and personally myself we are grateful to Amdocs Bank of Maharashtra Biltema Foundation BMC Software Cummins Diesel Faurecia Interior Systems Hindustan Unilever IKEA Foundation Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation KPIT Technologies Raojibhai Desai Public Charitable Trust Sandvik Asia SKF India Tata Technologies Tieto and the list goes on. We have increased the number of training programs for LG and LF. You will get a glimpse of the same in this issue. Our in house computer lab has started to function. We have had programs for Lila Girls imparting training program for computer languages. In addition we have also started successfully to reach out to our Lila Juniors. Besides extra academic coaching we organise other activities for them. Recently we conducted clay training program for our girls in schools in Kamshet. The children were indeed thrilled to see what all they could make with their little hands. The program was conducted at the new school hall which we have built in Karanjgaon village in Kamshet. We have also started building new toilet blocks and computer lab in these three new village schools which we have added this year to our school program in the Kamshet area you can read all about our School program in a separate school program newsletter on our web site. The New Year started with a lot of fun and bonding over a number of parties six of them. We all had a blast. The food was delicious the music the DJ playing latest tunes and the girls danced away to the rhythm revolving lights all added to the fun. All the girls were wearing Deer horns with blinking lights. The atmosphere was charged with joy fun and laughter. We are looking forward to series of programs this year. Your suggestions for celebrations/ new programs are welcome. The suggestions that get selected and implemented will receive fabulous prizes. We are all going through a highly progressive time with technology moving at such a fast rate that we find it difficult of catch up. But we all know that this is the age of achievement. People are becoming successful at a faster rate than at any other time in history.. There have never been more opportunities to turn your dreams into realities than there are right now. On the other hand we also discover that being successful being wealthy and being happy though connected are yet From My Heart... Vol. No. 43 May 2015 The Foundation Newsletter My Dear daughters friends and well wishers W e are in the second quarter of the New Year 2015. How time flies…. So much has been achieved and so much is yet to be achieved. By the time this issue reaches your hands our 20 th year would have commenced. We started LPF scholarships from July 1996 and in the past 19 years have made good and steady progress adding on many new initiatives on our path of progress. Please see the charts below. So now is the time to celebrate. In the coming year July 2015 to June 2016 we plan to have many programs which will give us an opportunity of being together and celebrating together. Keep watching for regular communications that will come your way. To start with we have the 5 th School award function fi ed on 8 th of July. Following this is a cultural program with all performances The Journey. . . 2015 Dynamic Progress Continues. . . 2014 Foundation launched Scholarship program in two new districts of Maharashtra i.e. Amravati Wardha for Engineering Nursing Pharmacy in Wardha and Agriculture in Amravati. Since its inception Foundation has supported around 3000 deserving girls for their education in India Abroad giving approx 5200 scholarships. 2013 Foundation launched additional Scholarship Programs for Diploma to Graduation in Engineering Architecture and Pharmacy. 2012 Foundation launched additional scholarship programs for Diploma in Education Engineering as well as Graduation in Physiotherapy Nursing. 2011 Foundation launched another scholarship program for Graduation in Pure Sciences. School Program called “2morrow 2gether” was started with the objective of supporting financially challenged girls from 7th Std. until their graduation 2010 Foundation introduced Scholarship for Engineering Students for their 4 year program. 2005 Foundation introduced Special Scholarships for Post Graduation. Under this category exceptionally economically challenged yet academically brilliant girls were gifted this scholarship. 1996 The Lila Poonawalla Foundation LPF was started in 1996. Girls studying for PG in any stream in India and Overseas were considered. From My Heart... Vol. No. 45 January 2016 The Foundation Newsletter My Dear daughters friends and well wishers T he sun has set on 2015 which has now become History. 2015 for LPF was a year of celebration and new milestones. We witnessed many triumphant events. 1150 new daughters were added to our ever growing Lila Family. It has been a very challenging and concentrated effort to make LPF a Movement not only in Pune district but also in Wardha and Amravati. To ensure that each girl who joined our family received individual welcome we arranged 6 award functions one each for Lila Juniors school girls from 14 different schools Lila Seniors first time Lila Juniors went into 11th standard and wanted a separate identity Lila Girls for undergraduates in large numbers from Engineering Nursing and Science Lila Fellows For Post graduate in wide range of streams and one each for Wardha and Amravati largely undergraduates for engineering nursing and Pharmacy. In all our efforts in 2015 we have been supported by many partners without whom we would never have reached out to so many deserving girls. A big thank you to IKEA Foundation Biltema Foundation Cummins India Foundation SKF India KPIT Technologies Tata Technologies Tieto corporation Sears India BMC software Volkswagen Atlas Copco BNY Mellon Capgemini and Raojibhai Desai Trust. We also express our gratitude to those of our partners who continue to work with us on projects started in earlier years. To mention a few Sandvik Asia AMDOCS DSM Hoerbiger Bank of Maharashtra HUL Blossom Industries Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation Faurecia and IDRF. Having completed 2 decades of LPF in 2015 we hope that in 2016 on a new slate we will be able to write a great new story one which will bring a smile on the faces of not just a privileged few but many more deserving girls. This will be possible only with the continuous support and involvement of our existing partners and many more coming forward to work with us. We have toiled for 20 years and have established good quality procedures and practices which should give confidence to all to work with LP . Ours is a unique foundation. We do not only support the girls financially but also emotionally. We conduct many workshops on different subjects which enable the girls to enhance their skills and become more knowledgeable and confident in deal with various situations. In each of the issue of our newsletter we give a synopsis of some of the workshops conducted in the tertian under reporting. In this issue too you will find brief details of the programs conducted. My request to all the new members of the LPF family is to take maximum advantage of the programs LPF conducts including mentoring by senior Lila Fellows as also the counseling services provided by the Foundation through qualified counselors. Sometimes we are conducting 3 to 4 different programs in different locations on the same day. We have noticed that the girls who learn to speak English and attend our programs like self defense how to crack interviews and Aptitude tests and participate in visits to plants gives them a lift in their self esteem and empowers them to face the world with much more confidenc . These girls who go through extra coaching classes as well as mentoring have done very well in job placement. These girls get excellent annual salary packages ranging from 3 Lakhs to as much as 16 Lakhs. I am pleased to inform you that we have designed special LPF Foundation LOGO saris and T shirts and also apron coats. The saris are being sent to all the Senior Lila Fellows who are in contact with the Foundation as also to those who have been a constant support to our initiatives. The T shirts are gifted to the LJ and the aprons worn by our ever increasing populations of counselors who work with the school children and also make house visits. Finally I would be happy if each one of my daughters made a resolution for the new year especially since From My Heart... Vol. No. 47 October 2016 The Foundation Newsletter My Dear Daughters Friends and Well-Wishers T he 2 nd half of this year has been quite eventful. We had Scholarship Functions for school girls. We had a two day Event as the number of girls was large. We added a total of 362 new girls. They are designated as Lila Juniors. The Foundation will hold their hands for 10 years minimum till they graduate in any of their chosen field. We now have 19 schools in our fold and the total number of girls under this program is close to 1200. This has been made possible due to our Prime partner in this program Biltema Foundation who very willingly extends the support. We celebrated Dad’s start of his 80 th year. Extravagant parties were arranged for two days. We celebrated it with a bang. Lila Juniors Girls and Fellows put up a grand show on the stage all organized by themselves. Lila Juniors released a special coffee table book titled “Dad and me”. They also released a CD of their emotions and memories of different events with dad. For more details read the article and see the lovely pictures. I am very pleased to inform you that after a break of 4 years we took another batch of girls to UK to Asha Center. This time 25 girls as against 14 girls per batch that we had taken in the earlier 5 batches. This training program for sustainable social and wholesome Leadership program will change their lives forever as Peace Ambassadors. This time the selection by the Trustees has emphasis on Undergrads so that they can spend some more time in the balance couple of years with the Foundation after returning from UK and also participating in various community programs. We have great hopes that this 6 th batch will do their best to support the society at large. This program was made possible thanks to our Partner in UK Samena Capital and of course Asha Center management. You can see their joy in all the pictures in this issue as they depart on this journey. We are now deep in the process of selecting the new Lila girls and Lila Fellows i.e. those who are studying for graduation diploma and post- graduation. The response is massive and we hope to add close to 1000 new girls to Lila Family. I take this opportunity to thank all our partners and our individual well-wishers who have made it possible in making our mission of educating deserving girls and grooming them into economically independent successful and responsible young leaders of tomorrow. I am counting on their continuous involvement with us to take this mission forward. It gives me great pleasure to inform you that our board has added three outstanding Trustees who are noted in their field of activity. Dr. Mrs. Sangeeta Kale Professor Applied Physics and Head of Department at Defence Institute of Advance Technology Mrs. Vaishali Bhagwat having her own legal practice and working as a legal advisor and Mr. Pradeep Bhargava with varied professional experience in Engineering world and currently Director on the Board of Cummins India Ltd. You will get to know them better in the forthcoming issues of INPSIRA. In this issue I would like to share with all my young daughters attitudes that every girl must have as many of you will be stepping into the professional world and will soon be in leadership positions. These thoughts have emerged from my personal experience of almost 50 years in the business world. From My Heart... Vol. No. 48 February 2017 The Foundation Newsletter My Dear daughters friends and well-wishers N ew year 2017 has started. January is already over. I am sure each one of you had a wonderful time bringing in the New Year and are looking forward to a happy and successful 2017. Dad and I wish each one of you all the best life has to offe . Put your best foot forward every day. Remember tomorrow will come daily but today will come today only. So finish your today’s work today itself and be free tomorrow for yet another challenge. The LPF offic is buzzing with activity. Streams of new LF LG are coming for their claims. We have 1730 girls this year who have joined LPF as our daughters. These girls are very promising full of energy with high aspirations and dreams. They come with their scholarship letter duly laminated and the award certificate duly framed. A new Standard set by Dad. They are very enthusiastic communicative loving and are all excited about having a new Dad and Mom and the LPF family. We had the visit of three important well wishers from overseas in the recent past. IKEA Foundation Chairman Prof. Goran Grosskopf visited us together with his Beautiful wife Birgitta and his charming granddaughter Moa. Next came Mr. John Graham who is on the board of Biltema Foundation. Each one of them interacted with the LGs and LFs and visited some of the schools that LPF supports. Next came Patrick and Nikhil from IKEA Foundation to attend the Award functions. All the visitors were very happy with the progress LPF has made over the last 2 decades. Their interaction with the girls made them realize the value addition that LPF brings to their lives. It was motivating to get their feedback. The Peace Ambassadors returned back from their memorable Leadership program from Asha Center UK. There is an article by one of them giving a synopsis of their activities and learning at the ASHA center. For the first time these girls have organized themselves in taking on projects and doing community work. They have divided the batch of 25 PAs into fi e groups and have taken joint team projects. Whatever they have learned from their UK visit they are implementing it here and helping those who are less fortunate than us. The PAs of 2016 meet regularly and have reporting procedure for follow up with Dad. Dad also visits the project sites to serve the society. The Principal is that God has given us two hands i.e. one to give and the other to take. We have hopes that these PAs will make a great impact and find happiness in what they are doing. Soon some of them will also start a mentoring program for the new LGs who have joined LPF this year. Keep looking for their report in future issues of Inspira. We had our Parents Day in December 2016. The entire program was choreographed and delivered by these 25 PAs to show case what they have learned to their parents and also to the special invitees. This function was a grand success. There is a detailed article on this in this issue and I am sure all of you will enjoy reading the same. With the start of the New Year our training department has drawn up an ambitious program for all the girls specially those who have joined the family recently and those who are going to complete their courses this year. All girls wanting to make a career need to realize the importance of soft skills. If knowledge is the main reason for success then it would have been determined by your grades. But in real life it’s soft skills that are proving to be a reliable weapon. Many of you may have a question in your mind as to what are soft skills Soft skills are person’s communication skills self- management skills leadership and interpersonal skills it also includes personal habits friendliness optimism and other similar traits. If we use a broad and relevant definition they include the way you present yourself. Your vocal and verbal communication skills body language etiquettes emotional intelligence and empathy. It also enables a person to form relationship with others and meet their goals. Well you may continue to say okay but why do these soft skills matter Dear Daughters in addition to learning and experience in a career area to do better at finding jobs soft skills can take you places by enabling you to develop basically fi e important qualities. The ability to persuade people to change the way they think personal accountability demonstrated through initiative self-confidence and willingness to take responsibility for personal actions. Realizing this fact many organizations are turning their attention to soft skills during the selection process. They are encouraging their employee to enhance their communication skills through various programs. In addition these skills effectyour social and Personal lives. People who are strong on such behavioral skills are the ones who find that they have healthy social relationships. From empathy to time and stress management self- presentation etiquette to communication a host of soft skills help people build healthy lives. With these facts 1 From My Heart... Vol. No. 40 April 2014 The Foundation Newsletter My Dear Daughters Friends and Well Wishers T he first quarter of the New Year is passing by. I am sure all of you had made New Year Resolutions and are ensuring that you live by those resolutions. Life is in a great speed and we have so much to do. Each one of us has a huge reservoir of untapped potential for achievement success happiness health and greater prosperity. Its like a huge ocean unsailed a new continent unexplored a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channelled towards some great good. If you have strong desires to achieve greater success increase your usable time set goals for your life become more disciplined expand your thinking and ideas. Remember if you do what you decide then ‘Future belongs to you’. With this positive note I would like to share with you the next milestone planned by our Foundation. This year we are venturing out of Pune district and will reach out to deserving girls in two new districts Amravati and Wardha. I am very pleased and excited to let you know about this new initiative. Our plans are to introduce scholarships for UG program in Engineering Nursing and Agriculture in Amravati and in Engineering Nursing and Pharmacy in Wardha. Besides this in both the districts we would include Diploma to Engineering as well as Diploma in Engineering. Thus in each new district we would have fi e categories of scholarships. We plan to support close to 350 girls in both these districts. We chose to introduce these scholarships in these two districts after an extensive survey of 5 districts i.e. Amravati Wardha Akola Yewatmal and Jalna. Amravati and Wardha were chosen as there are good education facilities and employment opportunities as also many young girls aspiring to make a difference in their lives. These girls are academically excellent but economically challenged as also many single parent girls due to difficult farming conditions. Let us all join hands in making LPF successful in achieving this challenging milestone. We have been able to take this very bold step due to tremendous support from our overseas Donors. What is important to note is that we are taking this challenge in addition to 600+ scholarships that we will be awarding to girls in Pune district this year including continuing with our school program 2morrow2gether. So much to do does not worry me because there is so much joy in doing it. I now would like to share with you some of my thoughts on the importance of your positive attitude in both your happiness and success in life something that has always helped me to be what I am. Positive Attitude has always been the key to my success. It is important for us to develop a ‘CAN-DO’ Attitude. Remember winners have the will power and losers have the won’t power. We must learn to respond to life more enthusiastically both at home and at work. Tell yourself daily I want to be successful and want to be a winner. Personal involvement and commitment is crucial for success. Please do not carry any baggage. Seek respect rather than attention because for a simple reason that this lasts much longer. Give up the attitude of blaming someone else. You must live in a new world which is outside your limiting beliefs and complaints. The luxury of criticising others does not work at all. Even the need to impress others must be given up. Focus on your potential rather than on your limitations. Whether you reach success or failure in life has little to do with your circumstances and has much more to do with your attitude. Non-achievers blame their circumstances winners rise above their circumstances. Some concentrate on the blank wall that boxes them in. However winners always look for a way to get under it over it around it or through it. Some see things around them but do not notice anything. I see some things in my room which have impacted my thinking and my approach to life itself. When I look at the roof in my room it gives me a message Lila aim high. There is so much more to do in life. Just do it. When I look at the fan I get a message Lila keep cool. Give yourself a chance to think it out before action. The clock tells me that every minute is precious. Life is ticking by make the best of it. Lila you will live this life only once God

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2 From My Heart... Vol. No. 50 November 2017 The Foundation Newsletter Walking Down the Memory Lane M y Dear Daughters Friends and Well wishers This issue of INSPIRA is very unique and important. It is a new milestone that we have achieved. You will read all about this in the inside pages. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have been involved in making this possible. It was sometime in April 2000 that a seed was sown a thought that we too should have a communication with our family of Lila Fellows. Brain storming followed competition for the name designing of layout the contents and a lot of excitement. The Prize for the name was won by Deepali Ravi LF-1997 and INSPIRA WAS BORN. For the frst issue we had some outside assistance of Shaan Chavan but thereafter it has been an initiative of Lila Fellows only. Uzma Kazi was the frst editor and worked closely under the guidance of Jayashree Shahade who was involved with LPF from its inception. Those who formed the editorial team were named as crusaders. These are wonderful happy memories and I am reproducing the 1 st issue of our beloved INSPIRA. When compared with the current issue you will notice the progress made in improving the layout the getup and the content but you will also notice that the basic soul of the magazine has remained intact. Uzma left for UAE after her marriage and a new editor was born. Rajani Panchang who was involved with the newsletter almost from inception took over in Jan 2007 as the Chief Editor and gave a new getup to the same. During her time a special issue celebrating a decade of LPF was published with a special feature article as an addendum. She continued until 2013 contributing 18 issues during her tenor and smoothly handing over the baton to Harshada Babrekar whom she had involved well in time to develop her to take over. And from issue volume number 38 Harshada has done more than justice to this ever evolving magazine. She has added many new articles and almost every issue has a surprise article. She is very disciplined and insists on publishing the issue well in time barring a few times when primarily I let her down by not giving my article in time. All the Chief editors the editorial teams the crusaders the leading ladies that we covered/ interviewed the views of the partners the success stories of our daughters various articles written by them the interviews of our Trustees and Staff and many others who have contributed to the success of this magazine from the inception. My heart goes out to them with gratitude. Those of you who have followed this magazine over the years would have noticed the evolution of the same from a simple newsletter you can see the frst issue as an attachment to a dynamic magazine covering various subjects of interest and not only an update of LPF activities. Go ahead and read the interesting story of its evolution in the words of the editor in this 50 th ISSUE. In this issue I will not write any more as there is plenty to read including the frst issue and my frst message FROM THE HEART. From the Heart took a new dimension to FROM MY HEART in the 5 th volume and ever since it has remained as a connect from my heart with my readers. So wish you all happy reading. I will now meet you with my article in the frst issue of 2018. Until than have a great festive season. Dushera Diwali Eid and Navroze for 2017 have gone into the past now we await celebrating Christmas and New Year. All of you have a great time moving into the New Year 2018. Good luck and Happy Times Mom to all LILAS Friend to all readers Mom to all LILAS Friend to all readers

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3 Special Feature 7th School Scholarship Award Function L aughter and Tears of Joy take centre stage as LPF welcomes the 7 th Batch of Lila Juniors to its Family. The stage was set laughter joy and tears of happiness along with the cheers from the proud parents ruled the atmosphere as the 7 th School Scholarship Award Function at MFH Hall Cummins Balewadi came to a close. Spanning over two days the new batch of Lila Juniors Girls who are awarded a 10 year auto scholarship recently beginning from 7 th standard till the time they graduate were awarded the scholarships. Beginning in the year 2011 LPF introduced the ‘2morrow 2gether’ School Project Initiative. Starting with just 5 schools in its inaugural year LPF is now working with 19 schools. Speaking like the proud mother that she is Padmashri Lila Poonawalla said “While the foundation will play an integral role in the development of the girls the parents too must make sure that the girl’s education remains their top priority so that they not only become fnancially independent but also contribute the socio-economic development of the country” Pawar Kanya Shala Camp Education Society’s Kanya Shala CES Utkarsha English Medium Zilla Parishad School Kambre Zilla Parishad School Karanjgaon Zilla Parishad School Govitri Golden Glades Madyamik Vidyalay Karanjgaon St. Clares Convent School being inducted into the foundation Family. The second day of the Function began with the Chief Guest Academician and Lila Fellow’ 97 Dr . Neelu Nawani Dr. Nawani who reminisced about her days as a Lila Fellow and the window of opportunities it opened for her. She urged the girls to not let go of the opportunity they have received by becoming a part of the LPF Family. The Award Function continued with the girls from CES Chaityana English Medium School Kalbhairavnath Sau Laxmibai Baburao Bangar Vidyalaya Pimpalgaon Prerna Vidyalaya Girls and Boys School Shri Ram Vidyalaya Pimpalgaon Sitaram Abaji Bibave Vidya Niketan Zilla Pairshad School Gawadewadi Zilla Parishad School Chandoli Anjuman-I-Islam Peer Mohammed English Medium School Dr. Kalmadi Shyamrao Kannada Highschool Narsingh Vidyalaya Ranjani having their turn to receive the scholarships. Adding to this on the frst day LPF also released the 6 th issue of the “2morrow 2gether” School Communiqué. The newsletter spearheaded by Firoz Dad gives the Lila Juniors an opportunity to have their voices heard develop linguistic skills and help build a strong vocabulary. Similarly on the second day was released the 49 th issue of our Quarterly magazine Inspira which features a letter from our beloved Mom inspirational and success stories of the Lila Fellows and girls interviews with noted Corporate Personalities and LPF partners Health Tips pictorial glimpse of LPF various activities Feedbacks on Training Programs Recipes Poems Placement News Expressing Gratitude Birthday Greetings and much- much more. Chief Guest: Ms. Sharmila Oswal Lila Fellow’97 Human Rights Activist Environmentalist and Entrepreneur Guest of Honour: Mr. Viraf Phiroz Patel Renowned Model and TV Star Mom Dad and other distinguished guest giving away the certifcates. Eco-Friendly Inauguration: Mom Dad Chief Guest: Ms. Neelu Nawani Lila Fellow’97 Scientist Associate Professor- Dr. D.Y. Patil Inst. Of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics along with Mrs. Sangeeta Kale Trustee LPF Ms. Sameena Deokar LF 1998 School Committee Member and Ms. Vaishali Halbe School Committee Member pose for a group photo. Talking about her experiences as a Lila Fellow and a Social Worker and Entrepreneur Chief Guest Ms. Sharmila Jain Lila Fellow’ 97 spoke about the Values that Foundation inculcated in her through the various Training and Development Programs which have helped her to transform the lives of those less fortunate than her. Speaking about the importance of equality in the Arts and Entertainment Industry the Guest of Honour for the Occasion Renowned Actor and Model Viraf Phiroz Patel talked about how the perception of a woman in the industry has gone on from being a symbol of beauty to a woman of substance. He urged the girls to also take up some form of arts apart from academics. The frst day of the Function saw the LJ’s of Anjuman-I- Islam Peer Mohammed Urdu Medium School Bapusaheb contd..

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4 Special Feature Release of 2morrow 2gether. Release of Inspira. Also the new batch of Peace Ambassadors was introduced to the Audience amidst with much cheer and pomp. 24 Lila Fellows and Girls who have received scholarships in the past were given an additional scholarship for doing a 3-week wholesome leadership program in UK in collaboration with ASHA Foundation. On both the days Past and New Lila Juniors expressed their gratitude towards Mom and Dad for opening up a world of opportunities. The Function concluded with the Vote of Thanks and the National Anthem followed by a sumptuous lunch. 7th School Scholarship Award Function Placements PUNE Name Scholarship Year Company Rashmi Chaudhari LG-2013 Wipro Technologies Pune Aparna Shimpi LG-2014 Opus Software Technologies Pune Sanvedna Khaire LG-2013 Infosys Pune Dhanashree Raskar LG-2014 Nielsoft Technologies Pune Sonali Kadam LG-2014 Accenture Pune Harshada Pawar LG-2013 Accenture Pune Komal Sutar LG-2012 Enzigma Pune Shreya Dave LF-2016 Spring Computing Technologies Pune Snehal Amrale LG-2012 Honeywell Automation India Ltd Pune Aparna Panmand LG-2015 Cummins India Pune Name Scholarship Year Company Rupa Murchapure LG-2014 Etkin Infotech Pvt. Ltd Amravati Kiran Thawrani LG-2014 KPIT Pune Rutuja Modi LG-2014 KPIT Pune WARDHA Ankita Sabal LG-2014 Dhoot Transmission Aurangabad Manisha Lute LG-2014 Motif Company Ahemdabad Prachi Dhondarikar LG-2014 Water Resource Department Satara Division Shruti Misal LG-2014 Capgemini Pune Sonali Zilpe LG-2014 Asha Consultant and Engineering Nagpur Monika Kachamwar LG-2014 Motif Company Ahemdabad Priya Kadu LG-2014 Nare Fullam India Pvt Limited Ambegaon AMRAVATI Region wise

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5 Health Capsule Health Capsule: Premarital Check Up M arriage not only is a remarkable event but also the most important one in a woman’s life. Marriage doesn’t only signify the bond between a man and a woman but also signifes a bond they share with their family members which plays an integral role in building a happy and healthy family. A new stage in a man and a woman’s life it also calls for them to build strong emotional social and familial relationships. Though living in the 21 st Century we live in a country which is immensely diverse not just religion wise but also through cultures. Speaking of technological advances few people in our country might be foraying into space but there is still a large chunk of people who believing in matching Kundalis before considering marriage. No matter how far we come or how educated we become we still cave into the age old traditions pre-marriage for the sake our parents relatives and societal pressures. Hence it’s very necessary to have a complete physical and medical exam and a discussion about family medical history for a couple. In such cases a pre-marital check up is advised. What is a premarital check up A premarital check-up includes few tests which offer the crucial health assessment of the soon-to-be married couples in which the bride and the groom are tested for genetic infectious and transmissible diseases to prevent any risk of transmitting any disease to each other and their children. This checkup should educate couples providing accurate and unbiased information as family background hereditary factors age diet exercise weight management and addictions all contribute to the bigger picture of once life. Need for Pre-marital screening: 1. Gauge the positive health status of prospective bride and groom. 2. Detect infectious diseases - Hepatitis B infection HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. 3. Identify carriers of genetic disorders- In order to assess the risk of having children with a severe form of disease. The couple can then choose whether or not to have an affected child with diseases like Thalassemia Haemophilia and Sickle Cell Disease etc. 4. Screening for communicable diseases such as Tuberculosis. 5. Screening for mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia delusional disorders and depression. 6. Screen for fertility problems - Sperm count and Ultrasound Tests that constitute Pre-marital screening: 1 Routine Investigations – It includes blood tests like Complete Blood Count CBC Complete Urine Analysis and peripheral blood smears to see for normal and abnormal cells. Blood Group Testing ABO- RH is important to screen out the Rh-negative ladies and their full counselling about the risks in pregnancy. 2 Random Blood Sugar: It is important for detection of Diabetes. contd. on page 8 While planning for a wedding most couples have a priority checklist which includes outfts weight loss jewellery make-ups caterers and what not but what does not seem to fgure into the set of priorities is the mental and physical well being of both the bride and the groom. The blissfully in love couple often puts their well being last. A marriage is not something to be taken upon lightly as it involves not just bride and the groom but also their families. It is not just about the seven promises and pheras but a union of two minds bodies and soul. So keeping your health in the top of your priority list is a must. And in order for that to happen a pre-marital check-up is necessary especially to understand our bodies a bit better. In most cases the bride is not even aware of how regular a menstruation cycle should be leave alone contraception and intercourse. Couples in most cases may look healthy on the exterior but in-order to know what is going on internally one must visit a doctor. As a volley of issues such as hereditary problems infectious diseases or other primary illnesses can crop up

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6 Artist in Me Humera Tamboli LG-2015 The Magic In Life Who is to say that it doesn’t exist You Yourself are your crystal ball Ridicule not the one who does believe in magic You are the magic within Magic is never Lilliputian bam alike an angel from Eden. It’s laughter that goes about skipping To send elves o spread eminent. He obscure dreams of forged abstractions That take you away to unreal realities While once in the middle of an ordinary life Love gives us a fairy tale. Trust promise belief thought love The unfeigned magic wants that crown the mankind This that makes all the ordinary extraordinary How can then it not be magic Isha Chaudhari LG-2014 Prajakta Kadam LG-2012 Shital Jagtap LG-2014 Shital Mohite LG-2015 EH d¥Õ Am¶wî¶mÀ¶m à˶oH diUmda Vy Xbrg ‘bm gmW AmU AmO Vw¶m AMmZH OmʶmZo Pmbmo ‘r CXmg. Hmhhr Cabo Zmhr ‘mJo ahë¶mV e„H µ’º AmRdUr åhUyZM AmRdU ¶oVo VwPr jUm|jUr. AmO ‘wbmÀ¶m amÁ¶mV Pmbmo ‘r ZamYma åhUyZM ‘bm emoYmdm bmJVmo¶ d¥Yml‘mMm AmYma ...

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7 Cyber Security H ello Friends I am back with yet another series of articles which would create awareness about Cyber-crimes and Cyber Laws. In this article I will explore the ways to determine prevent and detect cyber- crimes. Cyber Forensics: Cyber Forensics or Computer forensics involves the preservation identifcation extraction documentation and interpretation of computer media for evidentiary and/or root cause analysis. Evidence might be required for a wide range of computer crimes and misuses. There are multiple methods of discovering data on computer system recovering deleted encrypted or damaged fle information monitoring live activity and detecting violations of corporate policy. Information collected assists in arrests prosecution termination of employment and preventing future illegal activity. Now let us understand various methods/tools/softwares that can be used to protect ourselves from becoming victim of any cybercrime - 1. Firewalls: It is a device that provides secure connectivity between networks that are internal or external. Firewalls are used to implement and enforce a security policy for communication between the networks. 2. Antivirus softwares: In particular modern antivirus software can protect from - malicious Browser Helper Objects BHOs browser hijackers ransomware key loggers backdoors rootkits Trojan horses worms malicious LSPs dialers fraud tools adware and spyware. Some products also include protection from other computer threats such as infected and malicious URLs spam scam and phishing attacks online identity privacy online banking attacks social engineering techniques Advanced Persistent Threat APT botnets DDoS Distributed Denial of Service attacks. 3. Digital Certifcates and Digital Signatures: Digital certifcate is an electronic document formatted to enable a sender to authenticate him or herself to the web browser e-mail reader or a secure server. The document has relevant details relating to sender’s identity in this system a third party the certifcate authority issues digital authority. Digital Signatures are a private key held by its owner and it is used to identify the person in public. Such a tool verifes that the person sending a document or signing a check cheque electronically really is the one whom he / she claims to be. 4. Smart Cards: A smart card is a plastic card embedded with a computer chip that stores and transacts data between users. The data—which can be either information value or both are stored and processed within card’s chip as either a memory or microprocessor. Smart cards are used in applications such as authentication to loyalty programs to e-money systems. They offer a much higher degree of security than traditional basic authentication methods of usernames and passwords. 5. Biometrics: In theory a piece of what you are serving is the strongest means of authentication. Your iris retina voice fngerprint palm print or face scan identify you uniquely. Biometrics technologies measure a particular set of a person’s vital statistics in order to determine identity. Biometrics in the high technology sector refers to a particular class of identifcation technologies. These technologies use an individual’s unique biological traits to determine one’s identity. The traits that are considered include fngerprints retina and iris patterns facial characteristics and many more. 6. Logons and Logon Accounts Logon or login is a procedure that a user follows to gain access to a privileged system such as a network a fle server a database a Web server or some other system. Logon software usually runs when the workstation is turned on or when a user types a command such as LOGON or LOGIN. The logon procedure asks for an account name and a password. If the user enters either of these incorrectly the logon procedure usually allows another chance for the user to log on. After a certain number of repeated failures to supply the correct logon information the system may assume the user is an intruder and lock the account from further logon attempts. Note that users log into accounts not systems. The account a user logs into is authorized to access resources on a system or network. Accounts are created by system administrators and stored on security servers. Some systems will log users in based on security information stored at the computer where the user is logging in. If the user attempts to access other systems the information collected from this logon is automatically passed to another system or to a security server to authenticate the user on those systems. In most cases users log into a single security server and then obtain an access token that can be used to access other systems. A user account may have various security restrictions applied to it. A supervisor may apply logon restrictions to the user account that do the following: • Restrict the time the user can log on thus preventing the user from logging on after hours. • Specify the workstation where a user logs on preventing the user from logging on at unsupervised workstations. • Require unique passwords thus forcing the user to create a password unlike one the user recently used. • A logon restriction can defne an expiration date for the account locking out the user after a certain period of time. 1. Access Control Access controls limit user access to resources on computers and networks. A logon routine that requires a password is the best example. Users are assigned accounts on systems and must supply the name of that Cyber Forensics - Deter- Prevent-Detect-Correct

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8 Cyber Security account along with a password to access it. Most modern local networks implement a single logon feature in which the user logs on once to access resources anywhere on the network. The users are authenticated by a security server and carry special IDs that verify who they are to other systems. The logon “event” has the greatest potential for compromising security on your systems. Users must make sure that no one sees them type in their passwords. Obviously anyone who obtains a password for an account can access a computer system with all the rights and privileges of that account. A leak of the administrator account password is a serious problem. Two-factor authentication schemes in which users enter a password as well as an access code generated by a “smart card” device are recommended for higher levels of security. Access controls can also include station and time restrictions. For example a user might be restricted from logging on to any systems that are outside of their work area or from logging on to any system after normal work hours. This prevents users from accessing systems in areas where they don’t belong during off-hours when they could perform illegal activities like downloading the customer database and carrying it out the door. Not all systems are tightly secured nor do they need to be. You can access most servers on the Web without logging in. Likewise many internal systems are freely available for employee access. A guest account which allows anyone to have access without a password is usually activated on such systems however it can be a security risk if it is not properly confgured. Guest accounts should only be given for access to specifc directories and the rights/permissions should be read-only in most cases. Auditing is a part of the access control process. An auditing system can track when specifc users log on and what resources they access. A typical auditing system can be confgured to track specifc events such as access to sensitive fles or activities that are performed by administrators. Access controls are also essential when corporate networks are connected to the Internet. So screening routers and frewalls are necessary to block unwanted traffc and prevent outside users from accessing internal systems where they could corrupt or steal information. 2. Intrusion Detection Systems IDS: An IDS is an important part of modern network security. Intrusion detection is the monitoring of a computer network with the goal of detecting an attack. IDSs do this well but must be used in conjunction with other security measures. There are two major types of IDSs—Host and Network based. Network-based IDSs monitor the whole network or a segment of the network while host-based systems monitor a particular computer. If an IDS is to be installed it must be deployed with the network type and topology in mind. If not deployed correctly it may be ineffective thus giving management a false sense of security. Firewalls and authentication are effective in protecting and preventing unauthorized access to the systems but lacks capabilities to monitor the network traffc where majority of attacks are taking place. These attacks could be initiated by disgruntled employees. In next article of this series we will see how law is governing against the crime scenes with the help of IT Act 2000 and legal provisions. Till then stay tuned stay SAFE and protect your data information and privacy. Security never comes for free - Mrs. Pradnya Kashikar LF-2001 Committee Member Undergraduate Section Better safe than sorry: The importance of Premarital Screening: There is no doubt that prevention is an important mean to avoid risks. This prevention can be provided through the pre-marital medical examination. • It limits the spread of infectious or hereditary diseases and protect next generation • It also reduces fnancial burdens of family and community resulting from medical treatment. • It also avoids social and psychological problems for family members. GETTING MARRIED GET A PRE-MARITAL BLOOD TEST DONE TODAY - Gayatri Kshirsagar LF-2012 and PA-2016 Health Capsule 3 Serum Cholesterol and ECG: It will help to understand risk of Hypertension and Cardiac disorders. 4 Infectious diseases: The blood tests such as VDRL for Syphilis disease ELISA test for HIV and Hepatitis-B Screening help to understand risk of infectious diseases. 5 Pap smear: In cases of females with multiple sexual partners it’s important to do this test. 6 Imaging: X-Ray of chest for male and ultra sounds of abdomen for female 7 Semen test of the male partner: For sperm count and motility. 8 Genetic tests: Doctors usually go for culture based genetic screening. Depending on family history and ancestry different tests are designed for different disorders. contd. from page 5

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9 Sentiments Dear Mom I attended the workshops for Health Awareness and Mind Mapping arranged by our foundation which were really very benefcial. The Health Awareness workshop provided us brief information about health issues caused due to lack of nutritions guidelines for hair care skin care breast screening and breast cancer awareness. Mind mapping workshop too was very informative and benefcial to us. Thank you Mom for giving me a wonderful chance to be a member of LPF Family and opportunity to attend such wonderful workshops. Loves Aafrin Ali LG-2015 Amravati Dear Mom and Dad It gives me an immense pleasure to thank you for my b’day gift as well as your letter. I am so happy to receive the gift. My internship at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital was awesome it was a new exposure to us to learn more things and a level up than just being a student I am always thankful to you for your love care and support you have given me. Being away from my parents I never felt alone as you and dad were always there to guide and love me. Every day in my prayers I thank God for giving me such a wonderful parents like you. I am proud of being your daughter as well as a part of LPF. I hope that many more receive your love by being a part of our family. Loves Betsy George LG-2013 Hello Mom I am really overwhelmed on reading the latest issue of Inspira and it is as always mesmerizing. Reading from the frst page gave me great motivation to believe in myself and to be a better person than what I am today to be positive and share joy with all. It was very nice to hear that 7 more schools were added and our family is growing feeling lucky to be a part of this foundation. I am working in NetApp Bangalore and I will soon complete my successful one year of employment. Being inspired by you I regularly participate in Social Activities conducted by our company like Participating in Rise Against Hunger Food For All which packs food for needy people Spending a lovely time with special children children with Autism went to a foundation which prepares mid-day meals for children and helped Dear Mom I feel proud to be a part of the foundation and having such a loving family. It’s due to your support and inspiration that we have achieved a height. And I promise to continue the same and make you and Dad feel proud of me. You both are always present in my thoughts and prayers wish you both be always blessed. I just want to thank you from deep inside my heart for making me the one I am today. Yours loving daughter Humera Khan LG-2015 Hello Mom First of all thanks and a hug to you for my birthday gift. It’s always before time. Everyone would forget wishing me but not you. The note along and most important the lines which you yourself write have a special meaning for me which is far more valuable than any gift. Again I got promoted to Technical Lead today and I owe all my success to you. It was not just a scholarship which I have received from LPF. But you have taught me to be a good human being good daughter good wife and a good mother too. I am able to cope up with all these roles and be successful in only because of you. Mom thanks would just be a small word you mean much more than that to me. The lessons of giving were taught to me by LPF. Trust me I am learning and implementing all that you have taught in life. Love you loads mom. Thanks and Regards Vandana Belitkar LF-2002 PA-2010 them in cooking in their kitchen. You are the key person who inspired me and inculcated the thoughts that “We must give back to society”. On seeing my Lila sisters doing so well in their personal as well as professional lives I feel so obliged to be a daughter of Mom and Dad like you. I wish to have you and your blessings forever in my life. Your daughter Tejashree ghadge LG-2010

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10 Dear Lila Mom.... This time of the night I heard both your speeches one at Delhi and other at Fergusson College. I always learn from your talk. I have followed your life very closely LPF very closely. I always knew you got your Padmashree when at Alfa Laval but today I learned that you brought 16 Million USD to Indian economy I never stop learning it keeps me humble. And like you said it’s an honor to be recognized by your alma mater. Similarly I felt so proud when you mentioned my name at the function. No other honor is bigger than you my teachers and my parents appreciating me. Thank you. And Mom I am not fattering you but I know the price one pays for extra work and discipline and I truly now don’t get impressed by the awards you get by organizations because your contribution to nation building can never be rewarded enough. Once again I wish you a very healthy and happy life ahead.... Lots of Love Dr. Rajani Panchang LF-2000 Sentiments Dear Mom and Dad I was waiting for your letter on my birthday and yes I wait for this moment every year on my birthday. Even my parents do the same. I saw so many varieties this year in the gifts right from purse inspirational book dupatta but I think I got a unique gift. Hats off to both of you and LPF for giving additional care and love each and every time. We always received this sweet surprise from both of you. I really wonder and thankful for sending gifts to thousands of girls and this cycle continue for years. That is something beyond your love and inspirational words. I do not think so even our relatives do it so often for anyone of us. I assure you that I will make you as my proud parents. The love confdence and new life you are giving me since year 2012 the year in which I was adopted as your daughter by both of you and by LPF. You gave me new identity frst as Lila Fellow then Peace Ambassador 2016. Both of you gave me vision to see the problem as an opportunity to grow further. I never told you whenever I feel low in confdence or insecure at my heart I come to both of you and yes after meeting you and dad I get some kind of positive energy to face any challenges in the world. Spending 2 minutes at LPF makes me so much happy and relaxed. Each time mom teaches me some lesson from her words whereas dad showers my heart with his love. I learned so many things in the past 5 years and still need to learn and implement many from both of you in coming years. Dear Mom and Dad I was very surprised and overwhelmed when I saw a courier enclosed within was a gift from you and dad. It’s not only the gift the wishes sent by you are very heart touching. I love u mom and dad I am very much lucky and feel proud to be your daughter and I promise to make you feel proud of me too. I assure you to work hard and achieve great heights and give back to our society. Your daughter Shraddha Jadhav LG-2014 Dear Mom and Dad Parenting is not an easy job at all. You both as parents have done a mesmerizing job of supporting all your daughters in their diffcult times. The help that you provide to us financially and emotionally has a great impact in our lives. In this world where time and money are the most necessary things for a person to live with dignity and no one would ever think of sharing it with any one you have given us both. Also giving an equal importance in your life and are doing an outstanding job by investing your time in us which no other third person except our parents could do. Happy Anniversary to the most amazing couple and wonderful parents. Stay together forever. Yours faithfully Shraddha Sadawarte LG 2016 Dear mom and dad I got your lovely gift umbrella as it protects us in rain and thunder protects us walking our path in heavy rain also. Our LPF also helped not only me but countless girls to achieve our goals to fulfll our dreams. It’s your and dad›s love shelter. Thanks a lot. I got offcial accreditation from National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories NABL and now responsibilities have increased a lot to sustain the standard. I was a part of organizing committee where we conducted a State Conference at Bharti Hospital. Have a good day. Love you both. Rajni Shivkar LF-2011

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11 Sentiments Dear Mom HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY. I want to say some lines for you. Thank you Mom for the love strength and care For in this world that is quite rare. I would have never been here today Without your motherly advice Without your ultimate sacrifce Without your support and unbound love I never would have succeeded. I could never stay above. I will never forget the support and love you and dad provide us thank you for choosing me as a Lila Girl. Yours daughter Shretali Sawarkar LG-2016 Hello ma’am I Mrs. Sharda Bhoyar feel very grateful on seeing my daughter and her Lila Sisters performing so well and progressing in their studies. This was just impossible without your and Sir’s support. My daughter Ms. Pranali Bhoyar has received scholarship from LPF. I feel very proud on seeing my daughter working hard for scoring excellent marks in her academics. She has attended many workshops and classes organized by LPF which has proven to be very helpful for career. I would like to thank you once again for your support love and inspiration. The tag line of our Foundation LEADING INDIAN LADIES AHEAD is so very true and has taken and will take the girls to a greater height. With lots of love Mrs. Sharda Bhoyar: mother of Pranali Bhoyar LG-2014 Wardha Dear Mom and Dad I wish to write this informal kind of letter. I got connected with you via a call received from you for the telephonic interview in 2001. That time I was unaware of the nature of the work of LPF. But as my association started enhancing day by day or by years…..I was amazed. It was and is life long experience and lesson for me. I was selected for the scholarship for a year for my postgraduation. The same amount was continued for my second year of postgraduation. Respected Ma’am I Dr. Naeem wish to express my sincere thanks for your kind and timely scholarship to my daughter which made her dream come true and now she is a proud daughter and physiotherapist Just because of your support and love. I once again wish to thank you for your kind support not only to her but for the support you provide for entire girls education. Every day in my prayers I whisper your name to God so that he will always reward you with millions of his blessings. Thanking you Dr. Naeem: father of Batul Dawoodi LG-2013 I do not have words to express my feeling about the gift i.e. Umbrella with red-white combination and LPF logo. I feel exactly like both of you would be protecting me from all the storms hot sun and clouds in my life and I would always be safe under your umbrella and keep growing further. Thank you so much for your love and your blessings. Best Regards Gayatri Kshirsagar LF-2012 PA-2016 For me the fgure was not just the amount but my life was changed. Each examination during M.Sc. was an examination for life. I was not sure when will I get married and everything will stop for me. I had fear that I may have to leave postgraduation studies and would have to return my scholarship. Your motivation gave me confdence and my life has changed. I saw many ups and downs in these years. Though I was willing I could not proceed. Today with great support from my life partner Dr. Anand my mother in law Smt. Anuradha and daughter Ms. Swanandi I wish to donate certain amount to LPF as a birthday gift for your forthcoming birthday. I apologize that I may not able to join you on 16 th September due to other commitments at my workplace. We myself and Anand wish to request you to kindly accept the cheque of Rs. 75000/-. Thanking you Yours Harshada LF-2001 and PA-2009 with Anand Dear Mom I tried to write few lines on this special day of mothers You’re the helping hand for every child You’re the miracle for every girl Your each gentle step motivates us Glow in your eyes inspires us Moments with you are priceless Your timeless support is precious We are here because of you Your sacrifces love and care are beyond imagination Thank you so much Mom for everything. A very Happy Mother’s Day Loves Kalyani Battulwar LG-2016 Wardha

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12 Offce staff M ayuri Kharche works as an Executive – Websites and Communication at Lila Poonawalla Foundation. Mayuri was born and brought up in Nagpur and completed her Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science from Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University. Talking about her job Mayuri recollects how she got it Long story short a chance vacation in Pune and her 1st Job in hand that is how her story goes. Speaking about her responsibilities at LPF Mayuri shares “My responsibilities include handling UG-PG Award Functions parties and other Events Coordinating with the Chief Editor for our Quarterly Magazine Inspira Editing Content Handling and ensuring Smooth running of our Website Communication with Girls Managing Social Media Video Editing and Maintaining database for Success Stories”. “I joined LPF post the conclusion of the School Scholarship process of 2015 I was thrown into the mix of managing events and given my very frst set of responsibilities though I had no clue as to how to manage them with the support of my colleagues Sir and Ma’am’s guidance I fulflled them in the best way I could” shares Mayuri when asked about her job responsibility. Since this was her frst job the pressures of adjusting to a new work place new people and temperaments got to her. She talks about how she dealt with this sudden onslaught of responsibilities “If we want to enjoy the rainbow we must be prepared to endure the storm “We don’t grow when things are easy we grow when we face challenges. Truly speaking I overcame these challenges by making light of tough situations at times when the pressure to meet deadline increases I generally have a talk with my colleagues so as to get a different perspective which helps me in making a smooth transition. Pre joining LPF I lacked confdence and was very shy at work but working with Lila Ma’am and Firoz Sir has proved to be a boon for me. As a result today I fnd myself to stand at such a position from where I see myself empowered confdent and ready to face challenges with no stage fear. This all has become possible because of Lila Ma’am and Firoz Sir who were always with me to make me stand whenever I fall.” Mayuri tells us about her initial struggle. Though her interaction with the parents is minimal at best Mayuri had the opportunity to interact with the parents of the girls through Inspira as they shared the inspirational stories of their daughters with her. She recollected how passionately the parents spoke about the changed evident in their daughters. “After completing my Masters I never thought of working in a NGO but now after seeing the difference in me I would really like to thank God for making me choose this direction to start my carrier with. This Nobel cause of supporting a girl child gives such a satisfaction which can’t be described in words. I feel proud that I am in some way able to contribute towards the Nobel Cause the Foundation works for” concludes Mayuri with an infectious smile. Man ki Baat In Appreciation Meenal Kane LF-1997 Rs. 100000 Meghana Gupte LF-2007 Rs. 15000 Dr. Harshada Babrekar LF 2001 Rs. 75000 Asmita Patil LG-2012 Rs. 10000 Sneha Nikumbh LF 2005 Rs. 50000 Kavita Amit Kulkarni LF 2001 Rs. 10000 Ritu Jinturkar LF-2003 Rs. 15000 Swati Vilas Jadhav LF 2012 Rs. 10000 Neelu Nawani LF-1997 Rs. 15000 Neha Gupta LF 2009 Rs. 10000 Monika Maruti Kalbhor LF 2009 Rs. 7500 Ashwini Rahul Gunjal LF 2010 Rs. 5000 Sanika Shetye LG-2012 Rs. 5000 Sonal Kalokhe LG-2011 Rs. 5000 Mona Ratna- parkhi LG-2013 Rs. 1500

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13 Snippets The Lila Girls look on as the trainer explains about “Personality Development” in a one day workshop at LPF training centre in Wardha. Lila Girls in Amravati having the Group Discussion on the topic “How to Plan for an Interview” in a session by Senior Training Coordinator at Infocepts Pvt. Ltd. Nagpur. Lila Girls keenly listening to the fact about creating an Effective Resume in a “Resume Writing Workshop” conducted by Ms. Vrushali Guad. Lila Poonawalla Foundation sends its 7th Batch of 24 girls to UK. Nursing girls discussing among themselves about solutions to their own problem in an “Emotional Management” workshop conducted by Ms. Meera Natarajan at Cummins Campus Balewadi. Trainer explaining the causes and prevention of Breast Cancer to the Lila Junior’s Mother in a “Cancer Awareness Talk” and Clinical Breast Examination CBE Check-up.

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14 Snippets Group Activity being carried out by Diploma Girls for a “Presentation on Demonetization” during Presentation Skills workshop by Ms. Tanuja Thombre. The trainers guiding the Lila Juniors while performing various activities at Military Skills and Personality Development MSDP Sangli Camp. Mr. Potnis teaching the Lila Juniors how to draw Ganesh from numbers in a Mathematics Lecture. Trainer Mr. Anup Choudhari exploring Lila Girls the importance of Non verbal communication in a workshop for “Interview Skills and Communication” at Amravati. Lila Girls keenly listening to the grooming tips to be followed during an interview at “Grooming and Etiquettes” workshop in Wardha.

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15 Industrial Visit E very girl who aspires to be an engineer wishes to have a great amount of practical experience before she actually starts working amongst them are the Lila Girls who had a chance to visit SANDVIK as a part of the Industrial Visit. The visit to SANDVIK began with a stopover at the Production and Manufacturing Units where the girls got an opportunity to learn about the different processes that are carried out over there. The girls also got hands on practical learning experience when not only learned but also understood the Lean Manufacturing Process. The girls also got an in depth look at the products manufactured at SANDVIK. Apart from learning about all the technical processes the girls also had chance to learn different interview techniques facing the interview tips and tricks do’s and don’ts and suggestions. They also learned about how communication skills play a vital role in the corporate world. The girls had an informative session on the shop foor the workshop. The visit happened to an informative one especially from a mechanical point of view. The girls got a chance to learn about topics such as material science interview skills etiquettes and resume writing. The girls also had an opportunity to interact with the MD of Sandvik Mr. Parag Satpute who spoke to them about future opportunities. In awe of the motivated surroundings with songs and all the girls would like to work in a Company like SANDVIK. ‘N othing ever becomes real till it is experienced’ John Keats On 1 st September 2017 I got an opportunity to visit Seco Tools India P Ltd. and Hoerbiger India Pvt. Ltd. The frst visit was at Seco Tools located at Shirur. It is headquartered in Fagersta Sweden and has its presence in more than 70 countries. Seco is one of the world’s largest provider of comprehensive metal cutting solutions for milling stationary tools hole making and tooling systems. At the entrance of the campus a brief idea was given about what Seco tools is and their products along with the safety instructions to be followed after entering. The frst visited section was ‘Inserts Section’ where manufacturing of inserts was shown. The inserts consist of cemented carbide which results from a combination of Tungsten carbide and Cobalt. The grains of Tungsten were also shown to LGs. Depending upon specifc technique pressing technique is implemented to shape the inserts. This is where Electronics plays a major role. The entire process of pressing is autonomous. This is achieved by means of a robotic arm. LGs could actually see the robotic arm from one arm distance. Electronics students had keen interest in automation which fascinated them to the utmost level. They were introduced to the process of Plasma Vapor Deposition PVD and Chemical Vapor Deposition CVD to apply coating on inserts. Besides Inserts Seco also produces cutting tools like Face Mill cutter Helical Cutter etc. The entire process of production was also shown. When I had a glance at the documents of Seco tools a particular document grabbed my attention. It was the Ishikawa the fsh bone diagram which I studied under Industrial Management. The diagram made no sense to me ever But after having a close observation of the sheet the entire fsh vertebrae of man machines material and method made perfect sense to me And I felt “Ok this day is surely going to be an interesting one.” This visit provided us with an opportunity to learn practically through interaction. It helped us to combine our theoretical knowledge with Industrial knowledge. contd on page 18

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16 Create the highest grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe says Oprah Winfrey. Deepali Chandubhai Pitroda LG-2011 a software tester at Amdocs has been working for four years in a multinational company. Her larger than life dream is to lead a company and she has taken the frst step towards that the way she sees it. Her profle also includes training new employees who have just stepped into the company. Deepali continually feels a warm glow within her as she looks back how far she has come. Her parents too are flled with pride to see their daughter not only winning a scholarship but also made use of it by getting a wonderful job in a reputable company Deepali’s father was working in a small fabrication company and earning about seven or eight thousand rupees a month. Her mother’s tailoring work added a little more to their household income their family income remained the same until Deepali started working. Due to lack of funds Deepali chose to do her graduation in computer science BCS rather than working towards becoming a full-fedged engineer. With a small smile on her face Deepali states “At that time I was disappointed I was very upset that even though I had secured a frst class in my twelfth standard I could not become an engineer. It was with a heavy heart that I took admission for BCS at H. V. Desai College. I knew that even the BCS fees were diffcult for my parents to manage that’s why I began to look out for something that could help us out”. Deepali looked at this situation practically and understood that her parents had to take care of not just her education but also her brother’s schooling paying fees for an education of two children with the meagre family income was hugely stressful and thus that deepali aimed at becoming a Lila Girl. She is now a part of LPF family “The Lila Poonawalla Foundation… Deepali smiles I am proud and fortunate to be a part of this family. All those sessions with foundation really really helped me – and I realise that on a daily basis in my professional life. Spoken English training programme and the session on dining etiquette – these two were crucial. In the corporate world we have to go out for dinner with our clients. We have to communicate regularly with our seniors – how can we do this without proper training and guidance LPF provides that grooming isn’t this a great opportunity to all Lila fellows and girls I am really thankful to the foundation to give this enormous support and learning throughout”. Deepali casually mentions on applying for abroad education scholarship someday it is one of her dreams however currently it has been shelved as she is balancing her professional life at Amdocs along with her married life. Deepali mentions “I enjoy doing both – fulflling my duties at home as well as working on my career. My husband works in the loan department of Axis Bank and I’m delighted to tell you that he is the one taking care of my brother’s education My brother is pursuing his Bachelor’s in Computer Science and we have taken full responsibility of funding him”. Aware of the challenges each individual faces Deepali is keen on helping people in the rural areas so that they get access to good education. She knows the situation which many girls face there because of their families fnancial situation and she wants to in a small way make a difference. Deepali dreams big – she dreams of leading a MNC she dreams of making meaningful changes in the world around her and if we go by Oprah Winfrey’s words she will become what she believes A young sensitive girl with lots of dreams in her eyes is Reshma Baravkar LG-2010. Reshma lives in the slum area of Lohiya Nagar Pune it is a small congested and noisy area. She stays there with her parents and younger brother. Reshma’s father is an auto- rickshaw driver and is the only earning member of the family. Her mother’s health isn’t that good hence she does not work anywhere. Reshma has learnt the importance of money from a very young age she had to change school in class 6 th as her father couldn’t afford paying high fees for both the children. Whenever her mother was unwell she was sent to her grandmother’s house and Reshma managed all the household work. Under all these circumstances along with the noise and disturbance in her area Reshma has managed to study well and secure 1 st class throughout engineering. Reshma has done a project on Hand Gesture Recognition and has successfully completed engineering at Modern Education Society’s College of Engineering Pune Wadia Campus Pune. She is currently working as a Software Engineer with HSBC organization. Due to weak fnancial condition of her family Reshma approached LPF for their scholarship and she was selected as a Lila Girl based on merit. Getting this scholarship is one of the best things that has happened to her. Though her father is supportive however due to their fnancial condition he wanted her to work and help him manage family expenses and mother’s medication which turned to be very expensive. Only due to the aid and support received from LPF and Lila Mom Reshma could continue her further studies. Reshma loves and respects Lila Mom for whatever she has done for transforming her to a person she is today. Reshma attends all workshops of LPF which are of great beneft she recently attended the nine Sunday work life skills and is positively infuenced by it. She is determined Path Finders

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17 Path Finders to overcome all the hardships of her family and is working towards the same. Apart from this Reshma loves environment and wants to do something for this cause. She loves trees nature and wants to make the environment greener with the help of the Foundation as she is strongly inspired by Lila Mom. She also vows to always be a part of LPF and do whatever Lila Mom needs her to do. LPF is her family and she gives all the credit to it for making her life purposeful and meaningful. After being placed as Software Engineer Reshma wants to support her family. Reshma proudly says “Lila mom is the source of my happiness. She is the spirit of love. She is an icon for me showing me how to live and is teaching me our respon- sibility towards environment and society. I feel inspired looking at her. Whenever I am down or depressed I just go to our foundation website and read about her. It is in- deed inspiring. One day I would like to become like her” Opportunity rarely knocks on your door. Knock rather on opportunity’s door if you ardently wish to enter said by B. C. Forbes. Sanika Mangesh Shetye LG- 2012 states “Day and night I watched my parents work. There was tremendous fnancial pressure on them when it came to our education. My father runs a grocery store and my mother is a homemaker. My brother sister and I knew about their struggle we observed them with great admiration. They wanted good schooling for us they wanted us to pursue our dreams. It is only because of them that my sister and I are Engineers today and my brother is also interested in studying” Sanika could not stand by and watch her parents do so much for them. She knew that her parents were silently sacrifcing everything they liked and enjoyed so that their children could be successful in careers of their choice. “They saved every penny they could” says Sanika “When I said I wanted to be a Doctor or an Engineer they encouraged me and made me believe it was possible. All I wanted was to be a successful person and my teachers and parents believed that I could” Their support made Sanika decide that she had to somehow raise funds to support her education. With no idea on how to proceed she began searching online for funding bodies that would be willing to give her a scholarship. “And that’s when the Lila Poonawalla Foundation became visible to me on the horizon. I read up about it and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to prove myself” we could easily see a big sigh of relief on her face then. Having associated with LPF Sanika found a second family and a second home. On one hand her parents stood by her providing a basic support system and on the other hand was LPF a new family with the same values and the same wish to see her excel. Sanika proudly mentions “I am at a good position because of my parents and because of LPF. I cannot explain in words how much the foundation did for me. The scholarship they gave me was my frst successful attempt to prove myself but that was just the beginning. It opened new horizons for me showing me that with just a little courage I can go very long way” With the workshops and training programmes Sanika realised how much LPF invested in each girl and this is when a new seed germinated within her. She tells “I always knew that I wanted to support some NGO or work for a social cause and LPF taught me that charity begins at home. It is our LPF and we must support it I began to donate to the foundation that brought me to this position and I intend to keep contributing as much as I can” Working as a Software Engineer at Cisco Systems in Bangalore Sanika is well on her way to become a successful woman which she always wanted to be. She has already won two awards in her organisation – ‘Best Teamwork and Coordination’ and ‘You Inspire 2’. Time and again she creates opportunities to prove her worth to family colleagues and climbs the ladder of success. Sanika candidly says “I want to be successful like Lila Mom. I will take my passion for computers to the next level by doing masters soon. I love what I do and I love the fact that I am slowly taking on more responsibilities. I am working on two projects simultaneously and I revel in challenges For all those who have had faith in me right through my childhood I want to keep proving that their faith was not misplaced” Life is full of ups and downs but the blend of these makes you a strong and a capable person – Namrata Badhekar’s LF-2011 life is a perfect example of this saying. She comes from a simple family background where her father works as a newspaper distributor and her mother is a homemaker . Namrata has completed her fnal year of Masters in Computer Application MCA and her brother is studying Mechanical Engineering. Namrata’s family background has had a great impact on her she values her family and does her bit in contributing to their happy life. Growing up Namrata had adapted to the routine of her family and school life. All the family members would get up early and help her father to distribute newspapers. Her brother and father would go out and distribute them whereas Namrata helped with attaching the extra pamphlets to the newspapers. After school she would also sit at their stall to sell newspapers. Up to Class IV she studied in Jayasinghkumar Dhamdhere Zilla Parishad School where she was always a topper and the guidance of her teachers groomed Namrata

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18 Path Finders positively. Then came a turning point in her life and she got admission in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya JNV. JNV is a residential school with free education sponsored by Ministry of Human Resources -Government of India. Namarata became acquainted with girls from different backgrounds and it became her second home. This school gave her a good quality of life where she was very versatile in participating in study related as well as extracurricular activities. Namrata always led a disciplined life as taught by her parents this helped to carry out all responsibilities in school with ease she did well in studies and became a school captain. After her schooling she completed junior college from Shikrapur she secured 79 in class 12 th after this she wanted to take up medical however the fees were too high hence she completed BCA from Modern College Shivajinagar Pune. Here also she proved her excellence and secured 1 st rank with distinction. At this point many of her relatives pressurized her parents to get her married but Namrata was lucky as her parents supported her for further education. She is always grateful to them for standing by her for her parents never had the resources to fulfll their educational desires. Namrata pursued her Masters in Computer Application MCA from MIT College Pune. The course fees along with accommodation in Pune would have been diffcult for Namarata to manage with the limited fnances hence she traveled daily from Shikrapur to Pune. In the 2 nd year of MCA she was introduced to the Lila Poonawalla Foundation Scholarship by her friend. She applied and got selected this was the second turning point in life which gave her the support and confdence to achieve any goal. Namrata studied very hard and also attended all LPF workshops as they gave her the opportunity to excel and live a better standard of life. She faced some trouble in her second year during campus placements as there was an error in the mark sheet but this didn’t dampen her spirits. When she got an opportunity to give an interview for Cognizant she gave her best and was selected. She got lot of support from her parents and everyone at LPF during this period. Namrata was in her fnal year working as an intern at Cognizant on a project titled ‘Gamifcation and Total Design in an Enterprise Landscape’. She has also passed ‘Microsoft Technology Associates’ exam in Database Administration. After completing her internship she has joined as Programmer Analyst Trainee and has been promoted as an Associate. Namrata is grateful to Lila Mom and everyone at LPF without their support not just fnancially but also emotionally she would never be at this place in her life today. Being a part of LPF has broadened her thinking and developed her personality. She envisions a world where society gives equality to men and women and encourages people to do their best in life. Namrata is inspired by the Foundation’s cause and wishes to contribute her bit to society as well. On a personal note she strives to become a Software Developer and provide good standard of life for her family. Industrial Visit Our next stop was to Hoerbiger India Pvt. Ltd. It is one of the leading player in the felds of compression technology. The company deals with production of compression valves. The HOERBIGER CP valve is the latest innovation among the valves developed by this industry. We got an insight of how these valves are made what technologies and automation processes are implemented in order to produce it as world class valve. This industry was inclined towards Mechanical Engineering concepts. Yet I absorbed as much information as I could. We spent the entire day walking around on the shop foors of both the industries. All of the girls were literary tired after a long day. But the visits were educative they inspired us to go beyond academics. Personally I realized that industry is integration of all the engineering streams. One cannot put a stamp on a specifc industry and say that it is a Mechanical or an Electronic product industry. I also registered the fact that being an ETc student I should not restrict my understanding to this stream I should gather basic concepts of Machines and programing as well. Thus we all returned home with lots of new ideas technical knowledge. I would like to thank all the team members of both the Industries for being so patient at answering all our silly questions and attempting their best to impart their knowledge to us. And a big thank you to Lila Mom for making this visit possible. - Purva Chindage LG-2015 contd from page 15

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19 T he Lila Girls of the Batch 2015-16 Engineering stream recently had the opportunity to attend a two days Seminar held on 17 th and 18 th August 2017 at the Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering Akurdi. In the course of the 2 day conference girls got an opportunity to witness various Paper Presentations on complex topics such as Image Processing and Computer Vision HPC Cloud and Social Network Analysis Databases and Big Data Computer and Communication Security Digital Communication Control and Automation… etc. The collective narration of the event primarily was on Engineering Topics which are not discussed at length within the curriculum. Attending the seminar gave 3rd International Conference on Computing Communication Control and Automation ICCUBEA-2017 girls an understanding of how Paper Presentations work presenting etiquettes and research that goes into writing the paper towards presentations. Lila girls also understood the usage of newer techniques to be used in presentation in an effective manner. The Seminar also had lectures and presentations from eminent Engineering Professionals such as Dr. Nitin Karmalkar Vice Chancellor Savitribai Phule Pune University Pune Deepak Shikarpur Versatile IT Professional and Author and Dr. Padmaja Joshi Joint Director CDAC. The seminar concluded with a Certifcate Distribution Ceremony where all the Lila Girls were awarded Participation Certifcates. Development Programs It’s well said that “It isn’t how much we give but how much love we put into giving”. Our LF Prachi Harkare- Divekar LF-2005 and PA 2009 has truly started believing this when she experienced the same while working as a volunteer for a public school named Northwood elementary school San Jose California in USA. She expressed that “it’s a great joy being around with kids. The best thing you can have in life is to see someone smile because of you” Prachi moved to USA in 2015 and fgured out that just sitting home isn’t the way to be in USA. “If you can’t work due to visa constrains you at least can contribute And when you have good intentions opportunities follow you” she mentioned. Not only for Parent Teachers Association PTA related work but any other help school requires be it be smaller events like photoshoots for year calendar or events like harvest festival or cultural nights she is just call away. She says “I honestly don’t feel that I am doing anything great. It’s the sheer joy I enjoy when I see kids happy for little things specially done for them Be it be assisting them during recess time or to get them ready to dance on the foor it’s so much of fun but also a responsibility It’s not only me but we all like-minded people work hard to make every small event go smoothly. Right from arranging Teachers and staff appreciation surprise parties till decorating the school for award ceremonies I enjoy doing everything. As Lila ma’am always says enjoy the joy of giving and it’s not every time the money” “I love what I do as my contribution to the school and in turn to the society and more than giving I do get those precious smiles in return I can always treasure” she happily confesses. Appreciation from the school principal for Prachi’s outstanding contribution to the school as a volunteer - A volunteer at San Jose California Joy of Giving

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20 Feedback Implementation on Research papers Stress Management S tress is often a component of our lives which no matter how much we wish to do away with we cannot. Understanding the need to help the girls cope with stress the Lila Poonawalla Foundation had organized a Stress Management Workshop for its Science Category girls from the Batch of 2015. Conducted by Trainer Vinay Malshe the workshop focused upon the tips and tricks needed to survive in a stress free environment. Focused upon helping the girls de-stress they were taught to meditate stay calm and composed focus on the positive side of life and step away from the negativity. Stress sometimes can lead us to do things which will steer us away from our goals so talking about it to someone staying motivated always helps. Keeping this in context a group discussion activity was conducted to help the girls share their insights on stressing and de- stressing. There is no denying that stress will always be a part of our lives so it is important to understand that having too much of it can put us in grave danger. With the help of this is workshop the girls will now be able to boost their confdence level needed to manage a stress free life. R esearch now-a-days seems to have gained a lot of importance being in the know of research and research related work happens to be of essence. Sensing the need to educate the budding researchers LPF had arranged a training workshop on ‘Research Implementation’ for the LGs studying in the fnal year of their academics. Indeed a great opportunity for those girls who wanted to learn the importance of reading writing and publishing a Research Paper. In this workshop the girls learnt about Project Development Guidelines on Soft Skills and its importance. An interactive workshop it gave the girls a chance to learn about the various topics of research and the objectives that should be followed while searching for research papers. Conducted by the faculty of Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering the girls were taught to understand the difference between communication and soft skills and how to improvise. They also learnt about the future scope for different research topics how to conduct research what methodology should one use to search the various types of papers published and the selection of topics and the perception. Finally the girls also learnt about the kind of career they can have in research importance interview techniques stream wise domain selection interaction with the people in surrounding environment and placement related tips. Research is diffcult but by using path from domain with the help of keywords it is easy to convey proper message about it.

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21 Feedback Effective Utilization of Preparation Leave Personality Development P ersonality Development happens to be an important aspect in the lives of many a people today. Developing one’s personality not only helps in person in their professional but personal life as well. Realizing the integral role personality development plays in their lives the Lila Poonawalla Foundation organized a Personality Development Training Program for the 2 nd Year Engineering Lila Girls from the batch of 2016. Conducted by noted Corporate Trainer Mr. Manish Updhayay the program focused on developing the following aspects re-discovering your inner self and beauty improving your confdence levels honing your leadership skills and most importantly how to be presentable. The workshop taught the girls the importance of using the appropriate body language the importance of dressing correctly effectively communicating with people keeping a positive outlook improving leadership skill but most importantly overcoming the fear of standing and speaking in front of the public. The girls learned in depth the meaning of personality development. At the end of the session the girls each came in front of the stage and spoke for a few minutes effectively displaying the things they had learned in the workshop. E ver since our School Days the month of April and May have been the examination months. It so happens that many a times the students do not understand how to balance the Preparation and Leave. These months happen to be the most important ones as students study day and night to stay motivated and energetic. Realizing the need to help the girls prioritize and utilize their exam leaves and preparation LPF had arranged a one day training program for the Lila Girls. Aimed to give the girls tips and tricks to stay motivated in this crucial period the workshop included practical techniques which can be implemented by the girls to prepare and score well in the examination. The workshop helped the girls to prepare and maintain a schedule breaks and much-much more. One of the techniques taught to them the 90 minutes technique helped them stay focused and give their 100. The Trainer Ms. Meera Natrajan also helped the girls to understand the importance of healthy food habits and ftness during this important period. The girls were taught the techniques to help stay focused build their confdence and avoid any distractions. The most important thing that they learnt during this training program was the time management while preparing for their exams and the important role it plays. Along with these LGs learnt about different techniques to improve study time scoring well in exams better performance strong self-commitment discipline dedication and sincerity. Before this workshop the girls did not understand how the brain functions but due to this workshop they understood the role the left and right side of our brain plays. Guidance given by trainer was very valuable and helpful to Lila Girls for further preparation leave.

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22 Leading Lady twelve. At the age of 12 she bagged a gold medal at interschool music competition – ‘The Centrafest’ and has been performing ever since. In the United States Koyel has performed extensively in The New England School of Performing Arts Massachusetts. She has performed for several events at the University of Rhode Island where she also won the Talent Show 2002 held by the Multicultural Center. She has also delivered lectures on Classical Music of India along with live demonstration on the sitar and tabla Indian drums at the Department of Music in URI and UMass Dartmouth and at the Freshman Studies Department Johnson and Wales University. Through the soothing notes of sitar she promoted peace during the South Asia Amity Day celebration at the Waterplace Park in Providence as well as fund raising performance for the Tsunami victims and earthquake victims of India and Pakistan. She has also performed at MIT Boston First Night Providence 2003 the 2004 Democratic Convention held in Boston and as part of the jazz ensemble – ‘The Blood Drum Spirit’ at UMass Dartmouth and at the Zeiterion Theatre New Bedford. Scaling such great heights and achieving huge success is the result of Koyel’s persistent hard work and determination along with the support of her family and friends. Besides this she also follows certain principles in her life which help her become a better person in professional as well as personal life. She says “Always be true to yourself in whatever you do. I strongly believe in one of things that was taught to me by my school teacher – ‘You are what you are when no one is watching you. Always learn for the sake of knowledge not to merely get a good grade or a degree. Try to use your knowledge in your everyday life instead of saving it for your workplace or to ace a test.” Koyel strongly followed through the teaching given by her teachers and parents before she signs off she would like to advice all the Lila fellows and girls to be grounded and tough she tells “Always be humble kind and helpful regardless of how much you have achieved in life. All your accomplishments are worthless if you cannot be a good human being. Don’t lose your identity and have faith in yourself. In diffcult times I was able to draw strength from within. Be passionate about whatever you do and do it sincerely. Never lose hope even during the toughest times. The more struggle you go through the stronger you emerge and it boosts your confdence when you overcome the hurdle and succeed”. There’s no skill in easy sailing When the skies are clear and blue. There’s no joy in merely doing Things that anyone can do. But there’s a great satisfaction That is mighty sweet to take When you reach a destination You said you couldn’t make. - Pranali Tirkhunde LG-2013 K oyel Ghosal LF-2000 is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis at the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Dentistry. Her area of research is biochemistry/ biophysics. She is conducting research to better understand the mechanism of entry of a deadly anthrax toxin in to cells. Koyel completed her schooling at St. Mary’s School Pune. She considers her school days to be the most memorable days of her life. She recollects having awesome friends and wonderful teachers who helped her throughout her school days. During her school days her mother was constantly unwell with chronic bronchial asthma for which she had to be hospitalized every year. When Koyel was in class eighth her mother was detected for recurrence of a brain tumour that had become malignant. The next four years were extremely miserable for her entire family as they saw her mom suffer till she passed away just a day before Koyel got admission in to the Pharmacy course program. Koyel’s friends in school helped her in the midst of this situation and supported her to cope with all that she was going through. She also had a lot of support from her extended family during what was to be the most diffcult period of her life. A chapter in the book “21 st Century belongs to them” published by LPF has the story dedicated towards her journey to pursue her Masters in the US. When asked about the reason for choosing Pharmacy as her career Koyel says “From my childhood I saw my mother constantly medicated in and out of hospitals and fnally succumbing to a terminal illness. Though not a medical doctor my father had numerous books on medicines that he read constantly to make sure my mother was prescribed the right medication and dosage and what could be the possible side effects or drug interactions. I was always intrigued by his books and would read them whenever I got a chance. Thus I developed an interest in pharmacy and in understanding the pathophysiology of a disease”. Koyel completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy from University of Pune India. She pursued her Masters in ‘Cell and Molecular Biology’ from University of Rhode Island and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. In 2016 she presented her research at the Biophysical Society 60 th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles California and in the present year her research was presented at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting in Wintergreen Virginia. The fndings from her research so far have been published in the Journal of Molecular Biology on March 24 2017 and this was mentioned in the April issue of the President’s Message. Additionally she has also been actively involved with The University of Maryland Baltimore Indian Association serving as the General Secretary in 2016 and as Vice-President in 2017. Koyel is not only a research scholar but she also loves reading and cooking. She is very passionate about music and has been playing sitar since she was a kid. She took up sitar at the age of eight and tabala Indian drums at

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23 Shining Stars Kashmira Deval LF-2015: Topped in Abasaheb Garware College in Organic Chemistry and was awarded with the LUPIN RESEARCH PARK’S SCHOLARSHIP for the year 2015-16 which comprises of refund of her 1 st year fees with a certifcate and a Memento. Neha Chede LG-2015 Amravati: Received a color coat Award of Excellence in Javelin Games at State level championship. Selected and received 4 th position in Athletic events to perform in Krida Mahotsav Ashwamedh held at Vasantrao Naik Krishi Vidyapeeth Parbhani. Namita Gholap LF-2012: Awarded with a 1 st Ranker Certifcate from “Savitribai Phule Pune University” for her Post Graduation In Computer Science. She is working as an Assistant Professor in Abeda Inamdar Senior College. Prajakta Ambekar LG 2016 Wardha: Got best Performer Award and a Trophy in Hypertext Preprocessor earlier called as Personal Home Page i.e. PHP workshop organized in Bapurao Deshmukh College of Engineering. Nivedita Pingale LG-2012: Research paper got published in an international journal of Physical Education Sports and Health. Pratiti Doshi LG-2012: Awarded with a silver medal from Savitribai Phule Pune University and Gold medal from VIT in the convocation ceremony for completing her Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science. Explorer “I t is beautiful to meet someone who makes you forget your troubles.” In worst situation Namrata met Padmashree Mrs. Lila Poonawalla and her life became more beautiful. Namrata Pimparkar LG- 2011 is working as a software developer in KPIT Technologies Ltd. She has completed B.E. in Electronics and Telecommunications from MMCOE under Pune University in 2014. She joined KPIT Technologies Ltd. on 17 th December 2014 in Bangalore. She relocated to Pune after working there for 8 months. After completing her 12 th Namrata decided to pursue Engineering but her fnancial condition happened to be a barrier. Coincidently she got to know about the LPF scholarship. She applied for it went through the whole process and became an integral part of the ever- growing LPF Family. LPF not only supported her fnancially but also helped in personal and professional grooming which ultimately helped her in seizing a great job offer like KPIT. She willingly mentions how she beneftted from workshops like Spoken English Personality Development Skills Journey from College- to-Corporate GD and PI Techniques and Self-Defence. These workshops helped her develop her personality which also included interpersonal and communication

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24 Explorer skills. She recognized and appreciated how much efforts LPF has taken to design such comprehensive programs and driving girls’ attend them. Namrata has been working with KPIT since 2.8 years and holds a very interesting work profle. She with her team develop MATLAB models for every feature in Engine Management System. Further the code generation and testing Software and Hardware takes place which are performed by other teams. If everything works fne then this code goes to vehicle ECUs. If something is not working as per requirements then they need to modify the MATLAB models and whole cycle continues. Currently Namrata and her team are working in ‘Automotive’ domain with MATLAB as development platform for FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. FCA wanted to set up a new unit in Brazil for the same project The same as Namrata and team is working from Pune location. Their manager recruited team based in Brazil and Namrata’s India based team had to train them to handle project work. It was rather a sudden plan for her team to travel to Brazil and train the newly recruited team. Travel date got confrmed hardly a week before their departure. A team of 5 people including her manager was all set for the exciting Brazil journey lying ahead. The travel date was 25 th March 2017. From the very next day Namrata and her team started to work in Brazil. People in Brazil hardly know English as they pursue their whole education in Portuguese. Although there was a bit language barrier the recruited people knew some English. When they actually started the training of the newly recruited team Namrata and her team had to proceed very slowly. Even while speaking they had to speak slowly and explain every work clearly to make them understand. Many of them did not even know what MATLAB is so Namrata’s team provided them the basic training of MATLAB for the frst few days and then started with the actual project specifc training assignments and dummy deliverables for almost one month. From May 1 st they started giving them the actual deliverable work. The newly recruited team was really excited to work on actual deliverables. From the month of May second batch joined the project. Namrata and her team got very busy as they were working on a couple of things simultaneously. They were training the second batch like they did for frst batch and reviewing assignments done by them. They started providing technical support to the frst batch as they were working on actual deliverables. Additionally her team also used to share some work load from India as it was release time. Second batch was sharper than the frst all of them had been to some other country and hence were confdent and fuent English speakers. In mere 3 weeks’ time they completed their training and started the deliverables. The journey of two batches from trainees to full-fedged working professionals gave immense satisfaction to Namrata and her team. While working in Brazil Namrata observed the unique kind of discipline in people. They come to work on time and leave on time. Even the lunch time was sort of fxed. All used to get up at 12.00 for lunch no matter what. The Indian team and Brazil team used to have lunch together every day. While having lunch they used to discuss exciting topics such as cultural-historical backgrounds of both the countries traditions followed in the respective countries some political issues differences in the countries Indian Mythology Epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata Hindu Gods and Goddesses and many more... Food was a bit problem for vegetarians but they managed as they carried dal rice wheat four and some Indian spices with them. They were living in Recife in a hotel where you walk 10 steps out of hotel and you are on a beach it was this close. As there were 5 members they roamed around in the city on weekends and had super fun. They have been to different malls markets shops parks museums and zoo and so on. They visited cities nearby Recife which were very beautiful. One of the cities in Brazil Joao Pessoa is said to have “one beach for one day for the year”. They celebrated the Indian traditional day and Brazilians loved their attire. They met many people there on the beaches while travelling by bus malls while shopping in markets who have been to India or wanted to visit India. They praised India and its tradition people and country in general many of them were following Yoga hence visited Rishikesh and places nearby. Namrata said “One thing to highlight is we were traveling by government buses. The drivers were very patient and helpful. They use to wish everyone whoever takes the bus “Bom Dia” Good Morning and “Boa Noite” Good Night. Even co-passengers were also very helpful. It was pleasant experience. If anyone is standing then people help with bags so that you don’t need to manage yourself with heavy bags on shoulders.” The Indian team learned many Portuguese words to communicate with local people. They were communicating in Portuguese with the hotel staff offce staff and the mess where they used to have lunch or in bus. Surprisingly they found some common words like ‘Duvidha’ Problem ‘tu in Marathi ‘you’. They had a great farewell from the team in Brazil and returned to India in June. Now they are working with the Brazil team. In order to work with the Brazil team She and her team are coming a bit early to the offce and extend work time a bit so as to manage discussions with them to groom the team and to deliver good quality work successfully. “Your inner peace is the greatest and most valuable treasure that you can discover” says Namrata. - Sonal Mohite LF- 2012 Rita Shetiya LF- 2005 PA- 2011

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25 N ikita Choudhary LG-2011 weaved her own dreams. As time passed by her dreams goals and realizations became bigger and better. She listened to her heart and followed her passion. Having managed a fair share of Social Inter College Technical and Professional Events during her Engineering College Days she realized her calling and inclination was towards Event Management. In order to follow her passion she decided to pursue a Career in Event Management but as fate and her fnancial condition would have it she had to settle for a job in an IT Company. During the day she works in Shiksha Infotech and in the evening she pursues her passion for managing Events. After completing her IT job training she approached many people in the feld of Event Management however all her efforts proved to be futile. After talking to a few people she realized she lacked experience to excel in this particular feld. She then formed a team with her close friend and a relative and began managing small scale events slowly moving up the ladder. After a number of meetings discussions and intense research “Bliss Events and Promotions” was born on 14 th September 2015. Today Nikita manages a bevy of Birthday Parties Naming Ceremonies Baby Showers Anniversaries Wedding Planning Advertising and Promotion through her company. The happiness was at its peak but at the same time a small fear was induced about how to manage both job and startup simultaneously. However her faith in her passion took her ahead of all fears. Her offce is located at Offce No.16 Krushna lila chamber Tilak Road Near Grahakpeth Pune-30. One can contact her on 9503388256. New Venture C apt. Narayan Das handles the printing of Inspira and has been associated with LPF since the commencement of Inspira. Here is what he speaks to Pranali Tirkunde LG- 2013 about his journey with Inspira “I got introduced to Lila Ma’am way back in the 1980s when she was the CEO of Alfa Laval and also the Chairperson of Quality Circle Forum of India Pune chapter. My interaction with Lila Ma’am was under strange circumstances. I had returned from the Gulf and had started working as a small Entrepreneur. We did a souvenir with Alfa Laval and raised a bill. Due to compelling circumstances the budgeted amount had exceeded the expected value. It became a small dispute between us and the person who had taken the bill. The matter had gone to Mrs. Poonawalla. She analysed the entire situation and realized that my request for the money was genuine. She then helped me get the right amount. I wrote a mail to Ma’am expressing my gratitude. This laid the foundation to my association with LPF. The relationship has grown and evolved with the passing days. Lila ma’am has been a great source of inspiration and has always encouraged me to do better in business. The value system that I always cherished and aspired was absolutely no different from the one that was believed by Lila Ma’am. I realized this when I was going through and drafting the “Shared Values” booklet that was a project of Alfa Laval. Thereafter there was no looking back and it was an automatic latch on. I was asked to From his Point take the responsibility for printing Inspira. Initially I was reluctant but since we shared common values I felt I should also contribute and then it all started. I have had the privilege of working with all the editors - Uzma Rajani and Sunetra and Dr. Harshada. I cherished the time I spent interacting with each of these girls. It’s a wonderful feeling when I look back. Initially Inspira was not so well organized. However with the efforts of all the Inspira team-members and proper management everything now is very well planned and organized. I have been partially instrumental in creating a system which we have been following till date. Despite the fact that my profle has changed substantially over the previous years I have never had the heart to say ‘no’ to Lila Ma’am at any stage. On a few occasions Ma’am has been so generous that she even changed the date of release of Inspira because I was not available. This was a very kind gesture. I have always felt a part of LPF and tried to give back in whatever way possible. At the end I would like to say that – “It is the trust in each other that makes the relationships and takes them forward. It is only the trust which moves this world.”

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26 Editor’s Desk S ometimes the toughest decision taken can change your life forever. This aptly refects with our Inspira’s former Editor Rajani Panchang LF- 2000. Rita Shetiya LF – 2005 PA- 2011 interacted with her. Here are some excerpts from Rita’s tête-à-tête with Rajani. It’s impossible to describe this journey in words leave alone being brief about it Each moment has been enriching educating and one that has restored faith in humanity. My association with LPF and Lila Mom changed my life in ways either I know deep within or Lila Mom knows. But it sure was my doorway to independence glory and honing responsibility. I joined Inspira as a Crusader right since its second issue December 2000 went on to assist Uzma the frst editor in about 2004 and took over as Editor in 2006. I can only say Now and Then Inspira was dynamic... we travelled to Anand and Mumbai to meet our leading ladies. We met achieving Lila Fellows. We met Trustees We the Inspira team members met at each other’s homes There was a direct connect. Close networking amongst different rungs of the Lila Foundation Family It was an era where none of us possessed mobile phones and we all depended upon the Foundation owned digital camera for interviews We didn’t mail questionnaires... we picked up the phone and spoke to our subjects for interviews. This brought a personal touch between the interviewer and interviewee and created lasting relationships. And the biggest and the most hard-hitting change has been the transformation of the hard copy of Inspira to E-copy of Inspira I still have preserved every printed copy of Inspira and treasure it The proverb “Old is Gold” has lived over generations. But I do believe changes are inevitable. E-copies of Inspira are LPFs pledge towards conserving environment. Technology has now connected everyone through screens affecting the quality of personal touch in all walks of life. Before joining Inspira I was a free-lance writer for newspapers. But being part of the team trained me in the nuances of planning issues and themes sharing and disbursement of responsibilities managing responsibilities and keeping accounts seeking appointments writing editing designing layouts and most importantly proof reading This was a very big learning for my future profession in science and research where I am required to write research papers. My experience with Inspira taught me to think and deliver as per the publisher’s interests thereby increasing my rate of success in writing research papers and minimizing editorial and formatting errors. I must say “Most of your desire is not really about yourself. You just pick them from your social surroundings.” Democracy was always the strength of Inspira. While the Editor was always in command of the theme and need of the next issue there were others who functioned as co-coordinators and correspondents responsible for different columns. I must mention Ms. Jayshree Shahade who had years of experience in administration and event management who trained Me Uzma Snehal Lubainah and Kavita in our initial days in planning and discipline. As newbie’s we were all full of energy and excitement to ‘do or die’. But she channelized our emotions to practical focus. Where initially there existed an editorial team and each one got due credit irrespective of contribution to an issue Jayshree and me together reached a consensus on having a ‘foating constitution of the Crusaders’ where only those contributing to a particular issue would get due credit as the members of editorial team. This also gave more and more people to contribute to Inspira and also gave others the freedom to relieve themselves when they were too busy. Crusaders and editors relation is a healthy relationship is one where two independent people just make a deal that they will help make the other person the best version of themselves.” My meetings with Capt Das for layouts have been epic My most memorable experience is when we travelled to Taj Hotel Mumbai to interview Ms. Sabira Merchant and on the way stopped to shop at Fashion Street on 8th July 2002. On the way back nearly on the outskirts of Mumbai I remembered I had left behind my interview diary under the pile of Lucknowi suits we were foraging through. I had reproduced that entire leading lady interview through my recollections in the month of November the same year. This was the level of discipline and commitment we all had towards Inspira as well as the fnancial support and opportunities LPF gave us to personally meet such personalities. It is easy to suggest improvements sitting outside the realm of performance. I am sure the current team of Inspira is well led by Harshada well guided by Mom Dad and am constituted by very aware and motivated Crusaders. I know the team is capable of sensing the need for improvements and will do so from time to time. Awesome Gratifying To me it was one way of giving back to LPF what it had given to me by way of my scholarship It gave me the joy of creation.

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27 Chief Editor : Dr Harshada Babrekar harshada98gmail.com Asst Editor : Rashmi Tare Prachi Divekar Sunetra Biradar Contributors : Rita Shetiya Gayatri Kshirsagar Pranali Tirkhunde Sonal Mohite Offce support: Mayuri Kharche and Tanvi Kuvalekar All archives and current issues of Inspira are available online at : http://www.lilapoonawallafoundation.com/html/inspira.html Printed and Published by : Lila Poonawalla Foundation Fili Villa 101 102 Survey No. 23 Balewadi Baner Pune - 411045 Tel. : 020 – 27224264 / 65 / 66 / 67 www.lilapoonawallafoundation.com www.lilapoonawalla.com Editor’s Desk I nspira turns 50 issues old What an honour it is to be the Editor who takes the charge of the special 50 th issue of Inspira. All of our Inspira Team Members past and present wish to pay homage to not just Inspira but LPF as well. It is with great joy and a sense of achievement and pride that we like to celebrate this occasion with you the readers of Inspira. LPF started its operations in 1996 and the 1 st issue of Inspira was published in July 2000. Inspira is the brainchild of our beloved Mom and Dad which was then brought into reality 17 years ago. Over the course of its 17 year Journey Inspira has had the best of the editors. Be it Ms. Uzma Kazi or Dr. Rajani Panchang Dhumal all of them have contributed signifcantly to make Inspira what it is today “A great success”. I would be failing in my duties if I don’t thank the Inspira Team Past and Present for the numerous valuable contributions. I profusely thank Jayashree Shahade Snehal Mahamuni Kavita Manasi Ogalapurkar Sadhavi Salunke Nilima Upasani Sunetra Chaphalkar Lubainah Vapra Samata Sabala Hamsa Subramanian Sujata Dongre Swarada Angal Kalyani Nanajkar Vandana Jha-Belitkar Pradnya Harkare Kaumudi Vanita Kripalani Prachi Harkare Yogini Karmarkar Priyanka Khopkar Nisha Pandya Kiran Pardeshi Anagha Mitra Neelu Nawani Samina Deokar Smita Acharya Amruta Prakash Pallavi Gokhale Rita Shetiya Shraddha Chiplunkar Jyoti Otageri Amruta Nigde Prayaga Hoge Umema Bohri and many more for their valuable insights and contribution. Turning the pages back in time Inspira has enhanced in an indescribable manner. Going from 4-8 to pages per issues to the now 28 pages it has enhanced for the better. Thanks to the Team Members we have been able to churn and ft all of the quality content in these 28 pages. Over past 49 issues Inspira has been LPF’s mirror and has given some of the most pivotal contributions for readers. Hence it is important to celebrate this milestone so that new members of LPF family will also recognize the pioneers. The content of Inspira changed dramatically over the years and mirrors the advancements of LFs and LGs in different felds by adding new columns like Short takes down the memory lane Pot Pourri Leading lady continue to march ahead Eve’s voice Book review an evening to remember Perfect ten Living Life with a Difference etc. These columns continued till the year 2005 but after that we tweaked it a little bit by adding new columns or by changing names like special feature Empowered Lila Fellow Zenith Donations / in appreciation Life Lessons Clip board Melting Pot News fash Health Capsule Explorer Reader’s write Movie review Event Updates Manogat Our Research Scholars Face to Face Industrial visit Young Achievers Making of next generation Placements Well wishers Friends of LPF New Venture Artist in me Let us know / cyber security and Our Explorers in US. This list will go on and on. For readers Inspira has always kept promise by giving variations in Leading Lady and Living Life with Difference. Till 2015 we have covered different women who happen to break the barrier of gender it could be as simple as a woman working at the petrol pump to as groundbreaking as a woman detective or a woman CEO we have seen it all. We are proud to have had covered women from all walks of life. The articles in this issue touch on important advances like placements of LGs / LFs and Joy of Giving back to society. Each and every article in Inspira is peer reviewed and published as soon as available in regular issues and this has been maintained since the inception. Over the last few years the numbers of submissions have increased and have reached at certain height. With time and new advancements Inspira has also moved on to a digital platform. The timely release of our newsletter is possible only because of contributors and crusaders Gayatri Kshirsagar Priyanka Eratkar Pranali Tirkunde Sonal Mohite and Assistant Editors Prachi Harkare Rashmi Tare and Sunetra Chaphalkar. The offce support of LPF is awesome. Ms. Prabha Aunty Sucheta Mayuri Tanvi Pallavi and Harshali etc extremely helpful. A big thank you to Captain Das and his team mates for timely printing Inspira. I would like to thank everyone who contributed their time and expertise over the past 49 issues to help to make Inspira it is today. My apology if by mistake I have missed anyone’s name anywhere. As we enter the second half century of Inspira I expect a continuing growth of high quality articles with many inputs. - Dr. Harshada Nagar-Babrekar Editor in Chief

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28 Vol. No. 26 Jan 9 / 200 FROM MY HEART Dear Friends I t is alw a ys sad when natur al and manmade tr agedies strik e not just our country but an y place in the world. Our crisis w as manmade and v ery near to our abode. The Lila P oonaw alla F oundation and all the Lila F ellows join me in pa ying our tribute to all those who died in the Mumbai attacks and also to the injured and their families. Y ou will be r e a din g in th is is s u e an a r ticle a bou t M r . P oon awalla s a n d my v is it to UK Ca n a da a n d USA . W hy spe cia l m e n tio n o f t h is tr ave l wh e n we tr ave l s o m a ny tim e s I t is b e ca u s e du r in g th is tr ave l we m e t a n d com m u n ic a t e d with th e la r ge s t n u m be r o f ove rse a s L F . Ove rse a s L F s norm a lly le ave i mmedi atel y after recei vi ng the schol arshi ps thus w e real l y do not get to i nter act w i th them. Meeti ng them spendi ng ti me w i th them getti ng to know them more than j ust as gi rl s w ho recei ve d scholarships w as a new and wonderf ul experi ence. . but thi s requi res an effort from both si des. T o bui l d and sustai n r e la t io n s h ip s o n e h a s t o c o m m u n ic a t e e x p r e s s f e e lin g s a n d s h a r e t h e ir jo y s a n d s o r r o ws . T wo fl ow ers can rel ate onl y w hen they open they can send thei r fr agr ances to each other they can d a n c e in t h e s a m e s u n a n d in t h e s a m e win d t h e y can w hi sper they can have a di al ogue. But thi s i s not possi bl e for tw o seeds. Seeds are utterl y c lo s e d . Ho w c a n t h e y r e la t e W e a r e b o r n a s a seed w e may become a fl ow er or w e may not. It It gave us an o ppo rt unit y o f building new relat io nships Building relat io nships and maint aining t hem is so very impo rt ant in life L ila F e llows with my f r ie n ds with a ll wh om I ca r e for . But thi s effort cannot be one si ded. Lack of communi cati on l eads to stress broke n r e la t io n sh ip s a n d dist r e ss . is a Pune based NG O that spearheads an endeavo r to hel p and l end a pati ent ear to those i n di stress. They recentl y organi ze d a i n Pune and w e at the F oundati on joi ned thei r efforts to spread the message that “ ”. A n o t h e r im p o r t a n t c o n c e r n o f o n e a n d a ll is T he foundati on requested an accompl i shed l eader i n h e r o wn r ig h t a n d h e a d in g A L ER T t o c o n d u c t a n a wa reness progr amme. The main goal wa s to create a wa reness among the Li l a F el l ow s to take concrete steps and make commi tments to change our l i fest yl es to mi ti gate the danger of the gl obal wa r mi ng s o as W ith th e h e lp of a lu cid po we r poin t pr e se n ta tion f a c tu a l s ta tis tic s a n d in s im ple la n gu a ge s h e e x pla in e d a ll iss u e s r e la te d I ha v e t o receive an accept ance of building these relationships a response w ithout w hich the effort w o uld be w asted and relat io ns would never be b uilt . CON NECT ING Walkat ho n Deat h is no t t he greatest lo ss in life t he great est loss is w hat dies inside us while w e live Global W arming. Ms.Vandana Chavan to reduce human influence o n glo bal warming. Contd... al l depends on us. P eopl e who are af r aid of r e la t io n s h ip s a r e a f r a id o f themsel v es. It i s therefore that I al way s co m m u n ica te with my Vol. No. 17 / Dec 2005 FROM MY HEART My Dear Friends The to cross. And it is for this reason that we planned man y special ev ents for this y ear . The most important w as to get to come back after a decade and once again be our . The inspiring words that came str aight from her heart had the audience tr ansfix ed. The second most important step that the F oundation took w as to introduce . Thus this y ear we ga v e the highest number of scholarships. . The third most important ev ent w as the completion of the Book titled It took a lot of efforts to get the inspiring stories of some of the Lila F ellows completed. But ev ery bit of it w as worth it. Besides these there were man y other ev ents that were held during this y ear y ou can read all about these in the special supplement. All these ex citing ev ents had a gr and finale T went y -three of us took a flight some of us for the first time to Delhi and had a . I am sure none of the A n ev entful y ear gone by A y ear that has added rich experience and status to our F oundation Lila P oona w alla F oundation has of existence and is on its w a y to the second inning. There were man y ups and downs in this decade but the most important is that we surviv ed and grew . Now there is no looking back. completed a decade 10 anniversary was really a very special landmark Dr. Kiran Bedi Chief guest special scholarships for those girls who are brilliant but dont make the marks due to financial hardships We crossed the 300 mark "21 Century Belongs to them". The President of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam was kind enough to give his message for inclusion in the book. A visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan followed by an audience with non other than the President of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. most memorable experience of our life th st Lila F ellows who participated will ev er forget this visit in their lifetime. The new quarter started with the fantastic 10 year th Award Function Forty-Four twelve girls going to overseas universities tea party for the new batch. individual pictures orientation program Ms Maya Thadhani Ms Ratna Khemani "Stepping into the new world" training in spoken English Seventeen Lila Fellows Ms. Bharati Joshi Dandiya party to celebrate Dussera Chudiwalla Prachi with all the tattoos that she . y oung deserving girls including got the scholarships and became Lila F ellows for a lifetime. Soon after we had a This w as v ery rew arding. W e got to know each other and about each other . I took of each one present at the part y a real close up so that I can link the name to the face. W e had an for the o v erseas Lila F ellows. our Senior T rustee conducted this progr am and ga v e useful inputs to the girls including all the nitty gritty of tr a v eling abroad for the first time. the most sought after tr ainer held a half - da y workshop . The proceedings of the workshop were indeed v ery timely and needed for these y oung gr aduates to go out and mak e an impact. Some Lila F ellows had expressed a need for getting . T aking this que we ha v e organiz ed a twelv e-session progr am which is being held o v er 12 Sunda ys. ha v e joined and the teacher is surely going to mak e them confident enough to go on the stage to mak e a speech in English. Now we cannot alw a ys only work and learn we must also ha v e fun. So we organiz ed a . Man y Lila F ellows turned up in their tr aditional Garba dresses. W e all danced to the latest tunes. There w as a with all the Chudies. Each one got man y colorful bangles. Then there w as Contd... Vol. No. 21 / April 2007 FROM MY HEART Dear Lila Fellows Friends and Well Wishers arch is one month when Women are in Focus. On 8th of March the whole world celebrates International Women’s day. During this month and especially on 8th of March many organizations have conferences meetings and gatherings to discuss various topics related to women. Many women are felicitated for their achievements many are rewarded many articles are written in the press and media and also many successful women are invited to talk about their life experiences and how they broke the glass ceiling. I too was invited to a few such events. What did I share with the audience The most important belief that I have always talked about is education. Before any individual thinks of opportunities they must be empowered with the right education. The road to leadership begins with good education in the field in which one wants to succeed. Nothing comes easy not even to men. Remember everyone has to work hard you have to be willing to pay for what it takes to succeed. You dont get a fulfilling career at a bargain-basement price. To calculate the price of doing what you want to do here is a lightweight "Price Tag List" Hard work Learning Discipline Emotional stamina Innovative thinking Commitment Comm- unication skills And above all handling relations be it at home with family or at work with the boss and colleagues. In addition there has to be continuous learning and self-development. You have to be unconventional have no self-pity be persistent and walk that extra bit to make it happen without feeling that you are doing any great sacrifice. Remember you can change your glasses to see the world differently you and you alone can change your future by changing your mindset and approach to life. It is your attitude that will make you a winner or a loser. Wish you all good luck in realizing your dreams and have fun doing so. Enjoy and celebrate every achievement in your life big or small share the joy with those around you. Talking about celebrations we had yet another memorable New Year party this year The largest number ever of Lila Fellows attended this year’s party. We played games we danced we got prizes we enjoyed the delicious food we cut the cake we ate mouth-watering ice cream and we loved the twinkling bracelets on our wrists. We all looked marvelous in our Santa caps welcoming 2007. At this occasion we also released our 20th issue of Inspira at the hands of Mrs. Elizabeth Matthew past principal of St. Mary’s School and one of our founder trustees. We could see the joy on her face and on the faces of all present that lovely sparkling evening. Each one reflected the happiness of just being together and having the opportunity to hug and wish everyone a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR. We had another very unique evening on the 4th of March. We got together with Parents of Lila Fellows. This get together enabled parents to get familiar with the foundations objectives to know it and its activities better. Parents took the initiative to express their thoughts about the Foundation and it is unbelievable that those parents who had never spoken to an audience were able to come forward and express themselves. The evening ended with a sumptuous dinner and all went home happy with a request that we should have this event every year. A cultural event was sponsored by the Foundation. “Unheard Voices – Unsuni” by Mallika Sarabhai her troupe from the Darpana Academy. It was a Contd.... Vol. No. 22 / Sep 2007 FROM MY HEART Dear Friends e have just celebrated our 12 th Award Function and what an event it was For the first time we had two celebrity women to give away the scholarships- none other than Ms. Vinita Bali Managing Director Britannia Industries Ltd. and Dr. Kiran Bedi the Super Cop The Crusaders bring you the detailed account in the current issue. In twelve eventful years the Foundation has witnessed progress in all its activities The feeling is very satisfying We have increased our commitments and pray that God will send us continuous support from friends believing in the same cause for helping girls who not only excel academically but also need economic and moral support. We now have two Lila Fellows on the Board of Trustees which is totally committed to going out of their way to assist the girls. What else does an organization need but to have a dedicated team that assures its future Due to their untiring efforts the Foundation is better recognized as a dedicated Foundation working towards the upliftment and education of needy and meritorious young girls empowering them to realize their dreams. We have found that these young minds are totally unprecedented confident poised and education seems to bring to these young girls magnified knowledge. Here I would like to illustrate with a few examples some of the advanced disciplines in which my young Lila Fellows are excelling. To mention a few Computational Genomics Radar Landsat Images Thematic Maps Optimal Design of composite cylindrical shells using Genetics Algorithms this is currently being researched at ISRO research on environmental factors causing Alzheimer’s disease diagnostic procedures for detection of breast cancer deafness gene identification flat panel displays and silicon field emitters systems which would be accessible over the network in order to be used in space shuttle launches at NASA role of calcium in the percutaneous absorption of drugs across skins Liposomal drug delivery systems secondary metabolites as phyto-pharmaceuticals marine drugs and anitsense ologonucleatide therapy- are all the fields they are specializing in. It is mind-boggling what these young Indian minds from Pune are achieving. They are everywhere- in medicine law finance land-ocean-aerospace scientific research design engineering performing arts health and nutrition physical fitness and of course information technology. But what I am happy with is that they have not forgotten their traditional roles either. God has engineered them to be multifaceted and made them the creator of mankind a gift none can take away Motherhood in them still remains undeterred despite their steady progress in the so-called Man’s world. Many LFs are married and raising families equally efficiently and have learned the art of managing both the roles with élan. MY LILA FELLOWS MAKE THE FOUNDATION PROUD This trimester the Foundation concentrated on cultural programs for the Lila Fellows. We had a Bharatnatyam recital hymn by evergreen Ms. Rasika Khanna which was based on ‘abhangas’ songs dedicated god of different saints like St. Dynaneshwar St. Tukaram St. Mirabai St. Kabir any many others. Nritya Sangam presented a blend of Bharatanatyam by renowned dancer Sashikala Ravi from Pune and Manipuri by Suman Sarawgi from Kolkata. We also had the opportunity of seeing the play “Kanyadaan” written by the famous play writer Contd.... Vol. No. 28 Sept. 9 / 200 FROM MY HEART My Dear Lila F ellows I write this message to y ou from I ha v e just visited the and crossed the What an unbeliev able magnitude of Gods creation breath-taking p a n o r a m a s c e n i c b e a u t y n a t u r e s b o u n t y a l l reflecting jo y and peace This natures v astness and abundance lik e an y one else mak es me reflect on life and its meaning. I think of y ou all and y our well being. With all m y friends still in m y thoughts I felt t h i s p ar t i c u l a r me s s a g e s h o u ld b e s p e c i a l l y addressed to y ou who mean so much to me. T h e 1 4 a w a r d f u n c t i o n j u s t c o n c l u d e d . each a reflection of determination cour age and con viction of making a difference in their liv es. Thanks to the function w as a memor able ev ent. A big thank y ou also to who truly con v ey ed his Do read all about this unique ev ent in this issue. The scholarship is only the beginning of a Y ou Lila F ellows are lik e and the bonding that dev elops through y ears is unbreakable. What do I expect from y ou Nothing and y et ev erything Y ou all must co-oper ate with the F oundation to mak e fine refined and quality citizens out of y ourselv es. The F oundation would lik e to mould y ou into achieving y our dreams. T o con v ey this to the new members of the family an introductory progr am w as arr anged. All trustees participated and communicated with the girls the Alaska USA. North Pole Arctic Circle. My Lila Fellows 53 new members joined the family our Chief Guest renowned Padmabhushan Dr. R. A. Mashelkar motivational message sharing his own lifes experiences and inspiring one and all. lifetime relationship. our own children goodness of relationships the necessity of discipline in ones life the importance of participation and the basic need of continuous th “Robin Hood and His merry girls” From His Heart c o m m u n i c a t i o n w i t h the Foundation This is not only for the new to ensure that ev ery member of the LPF is updated about each of the LFs with the main goal of sharing y our jo ys and supporting y ou in the y our of need. Contd... members of the Lila Family but applies t o every LF right from the 1 batch of 1996 to 2009. Mrs. Maya Thadhani LF Amruta Prakash LPF family celebrated Mr. Firoz Poonawalla birthday bonding and building relationships. Wholesome Leader ship Training Program to be held in UK in collaboration with ASHA FOUNDATION But LFs came to the rescue. fund raising prog ra m called - a cultural confluence of Lila Fellows. s t conducted an aw areness progr am for the new batch of LFs going o v erseas. She shared her experiences and knowledge of o v erseas tr a v el basic etiquette and minute details of how to adjust to new cultures. What w as unique w as that one of our own who had been to UK for her PG inter acted with the girls as well and w as able to clear man y a question of the enthusiastic LFs. The with a lot of enthusiasm and jo y . A t this ev ent the 27 issue of Inspir a w as released amidst a wonderful fun filled ev ening of It w as quite a task to select the 2 batch of LFs for the . I w as not so sure whether we will be able to arr ange enough funds to mak e this P eace Ambassadors P A progr am possible. The first batch of P As together with other v ery enterprising LFs arr anged a What a fabulous ev ent it w as All those who attended as well as all those who sponsored this ev ent pr aised Dads SAMAGAM th nd A LILA POONA W ALLA FOUNDA TION NEWSLET TER FROM MY HEART Vol. No. 30 April 10 / 20 FROM MY HEART Contd... A LILA POONA W ALLA FOUNDA TION NEWSLET TER BY THE man y organizations engaged in women education. Dad will talk to y ou all in detail about this unique aspect of our visit through the next issue of Inspir a. While we ha v e been busy with all the abo v e-mentioned activities we ha v e not neglected our tr aining progr ams and get -togethers for LFs. W e started with the This w as actually a feedback session t h r e e - w e e k W h o l e s o m e Leadership Dev elopment progr am at UK conducted in collabor ation with the The success of this progr am w as rev erber ating W e could see tears in the ey es of man y parents who were seeing how confident and elegant their daughters had become after their return. Man y parents v oiced a wish that their daughters be selected for the next batch. The progr am ended with a sumptuous lunch for all - guests parents and LFs of course The 1 and 2 batch of P As together with other Lila F ellows are arr anging a cultur al ev ent this y ear to r aise funds so that we can sponsor the third batch of P eace Ambassadors for tr aining at A SHA Centre UK. I am sure they will mak e this a v ery successful ev ent and collect funds not only for the P A progr am but also to the F oundations scholarship corpus. It would be nice to see all LFs r allying around and v olunteering to help the organiz ers. F or the first time we conducted an art session in W e visited R uby ga v e demonstr ations of v arious forms of pottery works. Some LFs also got an Parents Day Program. by the 2 batch of Peace Ambassadors about their learning during t heir ASHA Foundation there. - Season 2 on the 29 of May Pottery Paintings for an entire day. Ms. Ruby Jhunjhunwalas Leading Lady Featured in Inspira Vol. 26 published Jan 2009 ADIPA workshop. A renowned pottery artist nd th st nd Samagam My Dear Friends and Lila F ellows Indeed an admir able milestone Soon we will commence the selection of the 15 batch of Lila F ellows. Being the 15 y ear we plan to increase the number of scholarships. Last y ear we increased them to 53 this y ear we will try to a w ard about 65 to 70 scholarships. W e ha v e alw a ys receiv ed ex cellent applications Hopefully man y more donors will come forw ard to contribute to this mo v ement of educating and empowering women. This y ear the board has also T o start with we are I know it is a big commitment LPF is making but I also ha v e a lot of faith in the I am sure we will find a solution on how to find funds. R egarding the undergr aduate scholarships apart from arr anging the funds we also need to set up a different process of dev eloping these y oung girls. These girls will be with us from the first y ear of their engineering unto gr aduation. While the girls selected for the girls selected for the y our y ounger sisters. These girls are sure to look up to the LFs for inspir ation to achiev e new horiz ons. W e ha v e formed a comprising two an external experienced professional our senior trustee Ms. V asantha R amasw am y and m yself . This indeed is an historic ev ent for us Seeking a v enues for r aising funds for LPF w as the main purpose of our recent visit to US A. W e ha v e just returned from our tr a v el and I must sa y we had a v ery interesting he Lila Poonawalla Foundation enters its 15 year since inception but due to lack of resources we have been able to support only a limited number of girls. decided to introduce scholarships for the undergraduates. extending these scholarships only to the engineering degree students in every stream. W e plan to select about 20 to 25 excellent girls and support them through their four-year course. Divine Power. PG are addressed as Lila Fellows undergraduate program will be called Lila Girls separate evaluation and selection committee senior LFs from the 1996 batch i.e. the first batch- Ms. Anagha Mitra and Ms. Prerna Khole Ms. Parveen Tarafdhar our big step forward th th th T visit. of course we also met We met many LFs their spouses and their children at a fantastic get together in New York. And A New by Lila P oonawalla F oundation V ol.no-35 / F ebruary 2012 sletter My Dear Daughters Friends and W ell- wishers uring the chilliest and shortest da ys of the winter of 2011 in India through m y message I send y ou all good wishes for ex cellent health wisdom and added endur ance to face the new challenges of 2012 Nostalgia prev ails with the wonderful and happy memories of 2011. The future remains hidden and is thus ex citing and the present presents itself to us as a new opportunity . A lot has been achiev ed and God has sent us a message that only the sky is our limit. W e ha v e to dream and work… hard and judiciously to realise our dreams. LPF has grown leaps and bounds. W e had started with 20 girls LFs as in Lila F ellows in 1996 giving them support to complete their post -gr aduate studies in India and abroad. This category till date supports education in ev ery discipline y ou can think of . In 2010 we stepped ahead supporting Lila Girls L Gs in their gr aduate studies in Engineering. The undergr aduate scholarships broadened its scope last y ear 2011 by supporting aspir ants in some other disciplines of sciences other than just Engineering. Last y ear we also took another major initiativ e we reached out to school-girls and achiev ed a new landmark by supporting education at the gr ass-root lev el. This w as a new genre of girls termed Lila Juniors i.e. L Js to join the large LILA eading ndian adies head family and are being groomed to aim at becoming L Gs and further on to LFs in their near future. W e certainly do not w ant to stop here. W e ha v e giv en more than 1000 scholarships in the disciplines stated abo v e. I ha ve great faith in GOD and I am sure that all this will be achiev ed with HIS blessings this y ear and we would be able to increase our family by about 400 more girls. Let us all join our hands in Pr a y er to the ALMIGHTY to help us mak e this happen. L IL A We have bigger dreams dreams of reaching out to more girls - not only in the above streams but also to extend support to girls pursuing Diploma in Engineering AND Graduation in Nursing Physiotherapy and Education Teaching. D Dad and I continue to dream and plan. Man y of y ou know that I am a collector of small articles that I ha v e gathered from all o v er the world. I alw a ys w anted a museum where I could displa y all m y collections gifts and souv enirs from our tr a v els and friends. W e dream to con v ert our home into a museum. W e plan to mo v e into an apartment in a building to-be within the premises. In this w a y our memories will liv e long after we are gone. The F oundation will manage the museum and k eep it functioning. W e ha v e one more dream- that of enabling ev ery member of LPF family to maintain their health and well being through pro activ e and prev entiv e wellness management. T o encour age a change in health related attitudes from illness-oriented to wellness-oriented W e ha v e noticed that apart from financial support the girls need a health support system. This W ellness Clinic will get each member habituated to being and feeling well and enable each one to manage her health with a little help from the Ph ysician who becomes a long-term friend philosopher and guide. The Clinic will also ha v e a Counsellor who will help the girls to deal with their personal issues which sometimes are difficult to share with family . I really hope we will be able to realise this dream in the near future. Its time I mo v e out of dreams to reality . After a lot of thought and deliber ation I am happy to tell y ou all that our three F ounder trustees Ms. Ma y a Thadhani Ms. Fren y T ar apore and Ms. Shernaz Edibam together with senior T rustee Ms. V asantha R amasw am y ha v e tak en o v er this new responsibility . They as T rustees ha v e work ed for LPF for man y y ears and are in just the right position to advise us on the new initiativ es and directions that the F oundation should tak e. W e are indeed v ery Fili Villa Fili Villa We intend to transform our present home into a well-organized unique museum and donate it to the Foundation. we strategise a state-of-the-art Wellness Centre. There have been some changes in the organisation of LPF. We felt a strong need for an Advisory Board. contd... 1 My Dear Daughters Friends and Well-wishers I start with wishing all of you A VERY HAPPY HEALTHY AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR. I am sure each one of us has our own memories of what has happened in our lives in the year gone by. We need to dwell upon these and take our decisions of going ahead with our life giving it our best to ensure that we find j y and happiness in everything we do. At LPF we have done so many new things which have not only brought happiness to us but From My Heart... Vol. No. 37 December 2012 A Foundation Newsletter certainly to all whose lives we have touched. Many new scholarships have been introduced substantially increasing the number of scholarships. This has been made possible by a few corporates many friends and some Lila Fellows who have come forward to support the cause we are championing. We now have 8 LFs contributing very efficiently on various panels which run the Foundation 2 others working full time in the office and a highly motivated team of LFs working for INSPIRA. This indeed is very gratifying. It is so important to have Lila Fellows involved in the working of the Foundation. My dream is that the Foundation should soon be “FOR THE LILA FELLOWS OF THE LILA FELLOWS AND MANAGED BY THE LILA FELLOWS”. I dream of the day when one of our Lila Fellows will take over the complete administration of LPF as its CEO. That will be the day when I will rest assured that the Foundation will live forever I am happy to share with you the several initiatives we have taken in the year gone by. A new video of the Foundation has been launched and can be viewed by all on U-tube at the URL http://www.youtube. com/watchvPlQztpHcVjQ and also share it with all your friends and family. This will enable us to reach out to many more individuals and befriend them. You must also visit our renovated website at www. lilapoonawallafoundation.com. Our web site is continuously on the move so do send in your updates to ensure that our web site remains dynamic. We have also composed a LPF song sung as an inaugural song at all our functions. You can listen to it on U-tube as well as on our web site. Additionally I wish to let my daughters know about the LPF Group Group Activities on Facebook which can be accessed at https:// www.facebook.com/groups/141586042605723/. You all must join it This connection will keep you updated with the happenings at LPF all round the year Our efforts to enhance the skills and personalities of our girls continued with increased enthusiasm. Many workshops and short training programmes were organised in the last few months. Though this issue of Inspira covers some of them I share a few highlights of all of them. We started with an intense Self Defence workshop. The shocking incident of 16 th December 2012 the infamous Delhi Rape Case brought to light the state of insecurity our women face in society and invited international concern. I have always been very concerned about the safety of my girls. This incident made me realise the value of my foresight to have a workshop CONENTS From My Heart ..................................1 Events - Self Defence Workshop .. 3 LPF Scholarships 2012 ...................4 Pg Ug Awards ......................... 5 School Awards .................................9 New Categories Of Awards ..........12 Updates - School Project ............16 Empowered LF - ...........................18 Donations .................................18 29 Health Capsule ...............................19 Readers Write ..............................20 Zenith ...............................................21 Snippets .........................................22 Events - Lasting Impressions ........ 24 Explorer- Maya’s Usa Trip .............25 Special Feature – PA Programme ............................. 30 Events - WoW Programme .............35 Events- Samagam 4 ........................ 36 Editor’s Desk ................................ 39 1 From My Heart... Vol. No. 39 November 2013 The Foundation Newsletter My Dear Daughters Friends and Well Wishers T he day this issue of INSPIRA will be released would be the BIGGEST DAY in the history of Lila Poonawalla Foundation. With today’s Awards being handed over we would have added almost 600 new members to our Lila Family taking the total population to 1900 numbers. Each scholarship is a commitment for 10 years for Lila Juniors from seven schools numbering 380 right up to the time they complete their graduation 3 to 4 years of college education i.e. Lila Girls numbering 725 doing their graduation program in various streams and 2 to 3 years for girls numbering 800 doing post graduation i.e. Lila Fellows. And what should make all of you happy and excited is that Lila Poonawalla Foundation is not about giving Scholarships but it puts in a lot of efforts to develop the girls both academically and socially into nice young well groomed ladies. This is achieved through continuous training programs and also counselling sessions by professional counsellors and personally by me whenever I meet the girls which is very often as I am there almost at every training program. I would like to assure all of you that LPF story will never end. LPF is a dynamic and ever growing organisation and will continue to be so. But yet I would like to add that it is a very painful exercise and very taxing emotionally to go through all the applications and send regret letters to many needy and meritorious girls due to limitation of funds. However I am certain that new donors will come forward and the existing donors will continue and increase their contributions to enable us to make it possible to keep increasing the number of deserving recipients. I dream of every deserving girl to become a member of LPF family. I will keep working on this as I am a firm believer that “YOUR LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO” Between the quote marks of our lives are phrases like these: “When things slow down.....when I finish my degree... when I get certified.. when I have kids... when I retire... when I get promotion that raise that job that house etc. You may think you are postponing the longing of your soul until life aligns itself with your vision until elements conspire to be more favourable... but as it happens life just rolls. YOUR personal subjective life dreams satisfactions contentment achievements vision fullness passion aspirations begins when you begin. I have made my beginning and I would want each one of you also to do so. From my teens into adulthood I said “I want to be a mechanical engineer”. One day I changed the sentence to “I am a mechanical engineer”. My views changed. Life Began. Beginning my life as an engineer made my heart’s longing and the small tentative labours of my hands-visible and tangible. I began by opening the door and simply believing that I could live my dream. I began living that dream by seeing that I could. I continue to dream and redefine the purpose of my life. This is the main thing that among the many to- dos which I must do. Embrace the truth of my purpose each minute of my precious life—for how very true it is that life begins when you do. My message to all my daughters is that you too should start to dream if you have not already done and redefine the purpose of your life. Do not postpone do not wait just get down to doing it. Give no excuses. Never say ‘It’s too late for me”. Instead say “Now is the perfect time to start”. Never say “I do not have time” instead say “I need to properly manage my time”. Never say “I am too plain and boring” instead say “I am in charge of writing my own story”. Never say 1 From My Heart... Vol. No. 41 September 2014 The Foundation Newsletter My Dear Daughters Friends and Well Wishers A nother issue of INSPIRA is in your hands. 2 nd quarter of the year has passed by. It is time to start the hard and difficult work of selecting the new batch of Lila Fellows and Lila Girls for the academic year 2014-15. Our work is much harder than ever before as LPF is expanding both vertically and horizontally. Just few months back we were talking about expanding beyond Pune district. Now we have already established full infrastructure at two new districts Wardha and Amravati. The application forms have been issued to new entrants to LPF family in all three districts. The Foundation has become a household name in villages and economically poor sections of the society. We have received close to 1500 applications this year from all three districts. Our task of selection is indeed going to be very difficult and emotionally taxing. It is never easy to refuse good deserving girls. But due to paucity of funds we are unable to give scholarships to all who apply. My efforts in persuading more corporates and individuals to support LPF continues. I am sure with all the assurances I have received we would be able to add around 700 new members to the LPF family this year. This would be above the 162 Lila Junior school girls already added to LPF under the school program 2morrow2gether. Under this program we added four new schools this year taking the total number of schools we work with to 11. What is important is that we added 3 schools from Kamshet Villages. Thus under this program which aims to support the girls for 10 years from 7 th standard right through to their graduation the total number has gone up to 540 Lila Juniors. We also have taken the initiative to have a separate newsletter “Foundations School Communique” for ‘2morrow2gether’ program. The first issue of this newsletter has been released. The objective is to have the school girls their parents principals teachers of all schools under this program connect with each other. There is an independent editorial team for this newsletter. Kindly read this newsletter in addition to INSPIRA. It is available online the link ‘School Communique’ on the website. The purpose of linking LJ LG and LF into one cohesive family will only be served if LFs get connected with the activities of the schools we support. Mentor and Train Lila Juniors. What a great achievement that would be. It is 19 years ago that LPF came into existence. We are soon entering into third quarter of this year. It is time to think and plan a grand celebration of the completion of 2 nd decade of the Foundation and the start of the 3 rd decade. I am sure all of you are PROUD OF YOUR FOUNDATION. All of you must apply your mind and send me suggestions on how we should celebrate fruitfully and effectively our foundation’s 20 th year. The plan is to have events all throughout 2015-16 starting July 2015 to end June 2016. In this celebration year we will be uniting all the stake holders of the Foundation. i.e. all our partners who have made it possible for us to grow and sustain our friends and well wishers who have supported us individually and collectively media who has enabled us to reach out to remote corners making it possible to get to the most deserving girls LJ LG and LF their families their faculties and my lovely staff. I am already very excited by the mere thought of what a beautiful time we will be having in that year. We must plan group activities fun programs learning and constructive programs as also get together enabling the family to reunite and celebrate. I would welcome ideas from all of you. You can send your suggestions to Sucheta at sucheta lilapoonawallafoundation.com. All of you must have got your results. Almost all of you must have done well and moved on to your next phase. Maybe some of you did not do as well as you wanted to or believed you would. But this can happen to anyone of us. Never give up. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. When feeling low do not focus on From My Heart... Vol. No. 44 September 2015 The Foundation Newsletter My Dear daughters friends and well wishers T his issue of Inspira has come in the midst of our celebration of our 20 th year. Last two decades have been a wonderful experience for all of us who have been a part of this unique family. Hopefully as the time goes on we will be able to capture the experiences of some of you in this family newsletter. In this newsletter you will see that many new Lila Juniors have joined our family. As the process of selection of new batches in various streams goes on in full swing many new Lila Fellows and Lila Girls will soon become a part of our family. This year 20 th batch of Lila fellows will join the family. Indeed a very satisfying moment The function will be held on 30 th October. Our function for welcoming our new batch of Lila Girls will be held on 17 th November and for Amravati and Wardha on 6 th and 7 th December. Exciting times are ahead. More about this in the next issue One new exciting development has taken place. Our first batch of Lila Juniors has entered a new phase of their academic career. We had 100 results. All 106 LJ of first batch passed their firs Board examination and have entered a new phase not only in their academic life but have entered an adolescent life. They are now in 11 th standard i.e. Junior College and will soon give another board examination of HSC. These are important 2 years of their lives when we have to guide them to choose their careers and prepare them for higher education. This is a crucial time when they will take decision which will enable them to achieve their dreams and contribute to improving the quality of life of their families and society at large. Foundation will not miss this golden opportunity of guiding them advising them mentoring them to enable them to take the right decisions for choosing their career path as also the institute that they should attempt to join by putting in hard work. Extra efforts will be put in to give them assistance with additional coaching in the areas where they are weak to ensure they perform well and get admissions in reputable institutes. WE WILL BE HAVING A SPECIAL AWARD FUNCTION FOR THEM TO GIVE THEM A NEW AWARD and Identity FOR JUNIOR COLLEGE. They will be named as LILA SENIORS. You will read all about this in the next issue of Inspira. I am also happy to share with you that many of our Lila Fellows and Lila girls have received excellent placements in reputable organizations. There is never a day when I do not get a message that says "Mom I have got placed in XYZ”. This is very rewarding for not only Dad and me but to all our trustees but our partners and well wishers. Having said this I thought it best to communicate with all the girls those who are joining work as new employees and also those who are already working at various levels that it is important to be HAPPY not only when you are at home with friends at parties etc but EVEN AT WORK. Remember Happiness is largely a Choice that we make. You can choose to be happy. Sounds simple But simplicity is often extremely difficult to put into action. Think positively about your work. Dwell on the aspects of your work you like. Your choices at work largely define your experience. Take charge of your own personal and professional development. You have the most to gain from growing-and the most to lose if you stand still. Take responsibility of what is happening at work. Develop an information network and use it. Remember you are in charge of the information you receive. You must learn to request for Feedback. You are responsible for your own development. You may or may not love your current job but you must take a look at yourself your skills and interest and find something that From My Heart... Vol. No. 46 May 2016 The Foundation Newsletter My Dear Daughters Friends and Well Wishers T he First Quarter of the New Year is over. Time flies and we have so much to do for meritorious and needy girls. This year we will be adding 7 more schools to our School program So the total number of schools supported by LPF will be 21 And by this we will add almost 400 new Lila Juniors this year taking the total to more than 1300 girls under the School program. Lila Seniors are those girls who have done their Board exams. This year the 2 nd batch of LJs will progress to LSs The growth of Lila Girls who are our Undergraduates and who form the backbone of LPF is phenomenal. About 900 girls will be joining the family of LGs this year. 150 new Post Graduate girls called Lila Fellows will join the family as well. Wow Reaching a f gure of close to 1500 in the opening year of the Third Decade is a dream come true. Many of those who are associated with the Foundation have put a lot of effort. Primarily our Advisory Board Members our Trustees our staff our retainers the trainers and the volunteers who work with us and above all the members of the Foundation and their parents. My heart overfl ws with JOY that together we have all managed such growth. A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OUR PARTNERS WHO HAVE STOOD BY US THROUGH THIS MOVEMENT. MY ONLY REQUEST TO ALL OF THEM IS TO PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE WITH US THROUGH THE THIRD DECADE ENABLING LPF TO KEEP GROWING AND REACHING OUT TO MANY MORE DESERVING GIRLS AND BRINGING ABOUT A CHANGE NOT ONLY IN THIER LIVES BUT IN THE LIVES OF THEIR FAMILIES AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY LIVE IN. My advice to this ever-increasing family is to study well and take active part in all the activities of the Foundation especially in all the training programs workshops visits to factories and business establishments. The girls who have sincerely taken interest in the Foundation’s workshops have benefited tremendously. They exhibit better self-confidence and self-reliance than those who miss out on these programs. We have also noted that these girls can crack the interviews and are better placed in facing the realities of life. These young confident girls not only get better remuneration but are also selected by very progressive companies. A good education with our additional training inputs gives you limitless possibilities in reaching for the sky. 8 th March being International Women’s Day I was invited by many organizations to address their ladies and to share with them a brief story about my career journey – major roadblocks I faced in being a woman how I conquered them and my thought process in going through it. What were the core values that helped me What were the Dos and Don’ts that I would recommend There can be many answers to these queries and many experiences to share but the one thing that I considered most important in my life right from day one was not to accept that because I was a girl I had limitations. I believed I was a PERSON well-qualified to do a good job like anyone else or even better. I believed in person power which emanates from your attitude. Here are some empowering attitudes every person must have to achieve success to realise your dreams. Speak up: One of the most important empowering attitudes is to be willing to speak up and be heard especially when it is for a noble cause. No girl should be afraid of exposing her ideas and thoughts whether it be to one person or to a larger audience. A girl who expresses her opinions and is not intimidated by divergent ideas or respectful critique earns respect. Be a Leader: Leadership is not being bossy or feeling superior to others. A good leader inspires and is responsible for bringing a team together. A leader is a group representative who in addition to being a good listener is also a problem solver. Be a good leader and you’ll inspire those around you to look at women in new light. Remember: a leader is not an administrator who loves to run others’ lives but someone who carries water for her people so they can get on with their jobs. From My Heart... Vol. No. 49 June 2017 The Foundation Newsletter My Dear daughters friends and well wishers W e are now in the midst of 2017. Half year has gone by. Time just flies. We start on 22 nd year of existence. What a beautiful exciting and happy journey it has been LPF office is humming with activities. All staff is working very enthusiastically preparing for yet another successful year. They need to work SMART and efficiently as the work load has increased tremendously. Many girls are coming for their claims from 11 th standard to PG. Our first batch of 12 th has just got their results. Almost all the girls have passed and many with distinctions. They are now totally engrossed in seeking admissions for various courses engineering medical dentist nursing science commerce biomedical hospitality you name it and they are making an effort to realize their dreams with LPF support and our mentoring and guidance. Around 100 Lila Seniors are moving on to become Lila Girls. We are awaiting the Board Exam results of the third batch of our 10 th standard Lila Juniors. I am confident that they too will do well and make us proud. We have completed the selection of the 7 th batch of our school program 2Morrow2Gether. Close to 400 additional girls have joined our family. We have also completed the selection of 24 Peace Ambassadors who would be leaving for UK in early August to have value based training not only in wholesome Leadership but in how to meet lifes challenges. They would learn self reflection how to identify our unknown unrecognized gifts which we normally take for granted without even realizing that these are special rewards. Developing empathy fostering positive relationships and many life learning lessons so as to return back as more responsible caring individuals understating their role in executing their social responsibilities. They are in the process of making Passports and visas. We are continuously in touch with Mrs. Zerbanoo Gifford as to how we can achieve the best of desired results from our past experiences. The selection process of our UG and PG will start in July 2017. Total number of new girls we have planned to add in these categories would be almost 1200. This will include girls from Wardha Amravati and Nagpur along with Pune district. I must appreciate here the dedication with which the Advisory Board Trustees selection committees school committees and the staff are working to make this foundation a unique one. From our last 21 years of experience we are continuously upgrading and refinin our procedures so as to serve the society more effectively. In last issue of Inspira I have stressed on the importance of continuous learning and Training specially training in soft skills behavioral skills self Defense empathy time and stress management etiquettes and communication and many more important and necessary workshops and programs. . I really hope all of you have realized the importance of participation in these. If due to some reason you have not start now. It is never too late. In the last Five months from 1 st January to 31 st May we have conducted 52 workshops/ training programs in 20 different topics and believe me or not we have had almost 1760 participate in these programs. Besides these programs which are for Lila Girls and Lila Fellows we do a number of programs for Lila Juniors and Lila Seniors. Reported in separate newsletter of 2Morrow2Gether. To all those who have completed their courses this academic year let me extend my wholehearted congratulations and my very best wishes to you. I wish you the best of the best in your journey forward and I hope you make a substantial contribution not only to yourself your family including your extended LPF family your community but also to your country and the world at large. You have crossed yet another milestone in your life. What Next You feel a bit restless a bit concerned happy and apprehensive many mixed emotions and in short you can call this excitement the spark within you that makes you feel truly alive. Alive with dreams for tomorrow. What does the world hold for you You are soon going to step into this new world a world full of unexpected happenings. Develop a habit of continuous learning. Constantly ask yourself what new skills and competencies will be needed. Begin working on them. The greatest beneft of your current education lies not only in what you have learnt but working on how to continue to learn. For- mal education is the beginning of the journey of learning. You have to constantly learn about people and how to interact effectively with them. In the world of tomorrow only those individuals and organizations will succeed who have mastered the art of rapid and on-going learning. CO NT E NT S My Dear daughters Friends and Well-wishers his is yet another opportunity to talk to you all. Almost half of 2012 has gone by. Time is flying and so is LPF. Several programs have taken place as also many new initiatives. The selection of our new family members has taken off in full swing. Already 56 Lila Girls have joined in from the engineering and science streams. The selection of Lila Juniors is over and almost 120 new angels will soon join our family in this category. Process for Lila Fellows has commenced and will end in July. Like last year two award functions have been scheduled one exclusively for our Lila Juniors and another function for Lila Fellow and Lila Girls. In my last communication I had shared my dream of extending the scholarships to other disciplines. Well I am happy to inform you that God has answered our prayers. We have managed to harness enough funds from our donors/partners to introduce 4 new categories of scholarships to support Graduation in Nursing Physiotherapy Diploma in Education D.Ed. English and Diploma in Engineering. We intend to give away nearly 150 scholarships in these fields. I know this means a lot of work for the Trustees and the office staff. However we have increased our strength on both these fronts. Five new trustees have joined the under- graduate selection and support board and I welcome them. Two of them are our senior Lila Fellows Ms. Pradnya Harkare/Kashikar LF-2001 and Ms. Vandana Jha/Betlikar LF-2002 and three subject experts from different fields namely Dr. Pravada Telang Ms. Shaila Sabnis and Ms. Pratibha Bhende. All these individuals will be introduced to the readers in forthcoming issues of Inspira. Our staff has been reinforced by yet another Lila Fellow Jyoti Otageri LF- 1998 who has joined the office as General Manager Operations and Ms. Leena Bhumra who comes from the corporate world and has nearly 20 years of experience in public relations marketing branding and above all special training in counselling. I am confident that with these additions and the experience they bring with them the Foundation will work much more efficiently focused on wholesome education of girls with a touch of love and understanding for their needs. I am also very happy to share that one of our key supporters in our School Project “2morrow2gether” has agreed to financially aid the construction of toilet blocks in two of the village schools and carry out major repairs in the toilets of the four city schools where we are supporting Lila Juniors T From My Heart... contd... A Foundation Newsletter Inspira Inspire Ignite Imbibe Vol. No. 36 July 2012 From My heart 1 Condolence 3 News Flash - 4 Hult Gobal Challenge 2012 New Trustees 5 Events - 8 Enhance your Employability Special Feature - 9 Parent’s Day Celebrations LPF Scholarship Announcement 11 Impressions 12 News Flash 14 Donations 14 Empowered Lila Fellows 15 Events - 17 Catalyst Programme Explorer 18 Health Capsule 21 Snippets 22 Editors Desk 24 Vol. No. 24 May 8 / 200 FROM MY HEART D e a r F r i e n ds l r e a d y o n e q u a r t e r o f t h e N e w Y e a r i s o v e r . W e w e r e t o g e t h e r a t t h e N e w Y e a r p a r t y a n d i t f e e l s l ik e w e m e t j u s t a f e w d a y s b a c k . B u t t h a t i s n ot t r u e . T i m e s e e m s t o b e s pe e d i n g a w a y . Soon we will get busy with the selection of the . This would be the . W h a t a w o n de r f u l j o u r n e y i t h a s b e e n for Mr . Poonaw alla the T rustees and me. W e ha v e all experienced jo y happiness and a lot of learning in the process of selection and . I n m y l a s t c o m m u n i c a t i o n I h a d i n f o r m e d y o u a b o u t t h e i n i t i a t i v e t h a t o u r Fo u n d a t i o n h as t a k e n t o g e t h e r w i th As h a Fo u n d a t i o n t o s p o n s o r 1 0 LF s t o U K f o r t ra i n i n g t h e m t o b e c o me Y o u n g Pe a c e A m b a s s a d o r s . W e l l I a m h a p p y t o i n f o r m y o u t h a t the selection process is o v er . W e got a v ery good response. Man y applicat ions were receiv e d. Th e trustees after evaluation got together and who will participate in this program W ow I s n t t h i s a g r e a t s t e p t o w a r d s o u r We support y oung girls f or P G from all w a lks of life W e only look at their and their and of course their . Y ou will hear more about this project in the forthcoming issues o f INSPIRA. new batch of Lila Fellows 13 batch building the extended family of Lila Fellows short- listed 20 Lila Fellows for a personal interview and finally we selected 12 girls starting 8 August until the 31 August this year. ve ry own philosophy of cultural integration without any consideration for caste creed or culture. academic initiative economic need desire and determination to realize t heir dreams and achieve t heir goals t h t h st A What a coincidence that when we ha v e been discussing and f ocusing upon integr ation of different cultures and peace Lila Fellows had t h e o pp o rt u n i t y t o participate in two ev ents which ga v e them the relevant inputs and appreciation of other cultures. The Foundation in collaboration with organiz ed a c u l t u ra l e v e n t t o b ri n g t o g e t h e r t h e people with y oung Lila Fellows. A t t h i s e v e n t 21 J a pa n e s e S t u d e n t s f r o m O r b e r l i n U n i v e r s i t y o f J a p a n a n d around 35 Lila Fellows met o v er dinn er to Lila Fe llows d e m o n s t ra t e d . I t w a s i n d e e d a f u n e v e n in g a n d t h is w a s e v i d e n t f r o m t h e f ac t t h a t n o n e o f th e y o u n g p e o p l e w a n t e d t o g o h o m e . I h a d t o l i t e ra ll y p u s h t h e m i n t o a b u s a n d m a k e them sa y T h e o t h e r e v e n t w a s a g e t together with d i s t r i c t o f J a mm u a n d Ka s h m i r . T h e s e y o u n g l o va b l e g i rl s w e re f r o m a n a n d t h e i r v i s i t t o P u n e w a s s p o n s o r e d by the w orking under the aegis of UNICEF . This w as their first visit outside their homes. The intera ction of Lila Fellows with these y oung girls Ashta N o Kai Japanese young “Ashta no Kai is a Japanese t erm which means For a Better Future.” share cultural diversities social issues Japanese traditional art of origami folk dances and various Japanese costumes. Rangoli Lavni dance Kathak and Hindustani music SAYONARA. 18 Kashmiri Girls from Kupwara Orphanage in Kupwara Borderless world Foundation made them aware how gifted t hey are in what they have compared to these young girls who were so Contd...

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