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SEEMA TEENS RECOMMEND

Teenagers have their own take on things, and interests that confound their parents while laying the groundwork for trends to come. Here, four SEEMA teens weigh in on the products they root for – and really REALLY need to have.

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Managing work and home for a happy and rewarding life

Keeping the Balance

Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. – Dolly Parton

It is often said that the key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. Many a time in life, it is quite common that work and professional goals take precedence over everything else that it leaves little or no time for one to spend with family and friends.  Overwhelmed with work pressure, individuals hardly have the time or the inclination to pursue what they really love and enjoy. Given that stress is a given in today’s fast paced and hectic lifestyle, it is imperative that we give equal importance to ourselves and our well-being than just focusing on work. Thus creating a balance becomes imperative for a well-rounded life.

Indra Nooyi, former chairperson and chief executive officer of PepsiCo once famously said “No matter who we are, or what we do, nobody can take our place in our families.”  She also narrated how her mother asked her to leave “the crown” of being the President in the garage the moment she came home for here she was first a wife and a mother.

Well, while this is the universal truth, the year 2021 has been our greatest teacher.  The importance of family life and making time for things and people we love could hardly be over emphasized. So, why not we make a resolution to work towards having a balance in our personal and professional lives and put family first in 2022? Well, here are some simple tips you can follow.  

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Fitness For The New Year

We know how hard it can be to maintain your health. Amidst all the demands of work, family and children, it can be all too easy to forget about your health goals. Postpone this long enough and you find yourself at your doctor’s with some bizarre numbers on your medical tests. 

And then there’s the awfully limiting and completely frustrating idea South Asian families can sometimes have: that a woman after a certain age or life milestone (marriage, children, the age 30, etc) is doomed to “gain some weight here and there!” or accept an unacceptable amount of daily fatigue. This can lead to us ignoring our own health indicators, and taking ourselves and our needs for granted. Also, these notions are completely untrue. Good health leads to happiness and increased productivity. Combine with good rest and you’ve changed your life.

So, start now, start this year. Decide to reserve this year for YOU and smash all your goals! We’ll help you out.

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Detoxing After the Holidays

Whether you are spending it alone or with friends/family, the holidays and end-of-year festivities can create an upheaval in how we eat, sleep, and live. That’s life, and it’s important to create these memories too. But we don’t need to continue with the I-can-do-whatever attitude.

Getting back on track takes a whole lot of commitment if you want to live a balanced lifestyle. It would mean revamping your pantry, mindset, and schedule. Achieving a lifestyle where you are filled with vitality, energy, inspiration, and desire takes strategy, sense of purpose, and getting rid of your limiting beliefs. It means being better than your excuses and recalibrating how you eat, sleep, behave, and navigate the world.

The New Year and new month are a great time to make some long-lasting behavioral shifts … starting with a detox. I am not talking about drinking five glasses of green juice and counting down days when you can start drinking alcohol again. Or, doing a keto diet for three weeks, so you can feast on biryani by the end of the month.

Detoxification includes cleansing your mind, body, and spirit. It also means choosing a lifestyle that will transform your overall wellness, relationships, and productivity.

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New Year’s Resolutions

The pandemic has changed us. We’ve surfaced from about two years of facing our mortality everyday, reeling from the chaos and misery around us and experiencing immense grief as we lost relatives and friends to COVID. We’ve been sick, stressed in every aspect of our lives, and really, really tired.

Never has peace and our lives appeared so fleeting and never has the world needed us more.

So at SEEMA, we’ve decided to change the way we look at things. As we march eagerly towards the promises of the new year, let’s take a breather and recalibrate our priorities.

We’ve listed some of the resolutions we’re keeping this year to reflect our learning from the past few years. They fall into 3 categories: sustainability and social good, health and relationships. 

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Jyoti Chopra, chief people, inclusion and sustainability officer at MGM Resorts International

Jyoti Chopra’s Legacy of Equality

She is the senior vice president and the chief diversity and sustainability officer at MGM Resorts International. That position is the right fit for Jyoti Chopra, an award-winning diversity, inclusion and sustainability leader who has always been focused on inclusion strategies and positive gender initiatives.

A first-generation British-American-Indian is how she describes how she was born in England and subsequently moved to the U.S. to study further when she was 18. Though she has not lived in India, apart from brief holiday trips, she proudly claims herself to be a Sikh Punjabi in heart, soul and roots. She spoke to us about her Indian heritage and the deep connection she has with the country, 

“My parents are from India. My late father was born and raised in Pune and my mother grew up in Bombay. Three months after they got married, they decided to set sail aboard a ship headed for London.” She gives a taste of the inherent British humor when she mentions, “I’m told I was produced somewhere off the coast of Italy.”

From her office in Las Vegas, Jyoti Chopra spoke to SEEMA about her journey, which began in a hospital in the East End of London. 

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Zarna Garg: The Belle With the Belan

Aunty Z and her belan have brought a fresh lease of life to south Asian comedy. It would not be wrong to liken her to Melissa McCarthy who made a name for herself with her in-your-face comedy. Zarna Garg, proudly wears her identity on her sleeve and manages to exploit the South Asian complexes to her advantage.

Zarna Garg, the Indian-American aunty with a bindi, an unapologetic attire and accent, was raised in Bombay and moved to the US to escape matrimonial bondage when she was barely an adult. She opted to leave home rather than be bullied into marriage.

Garg is first and foremost a mom, then, by her own admission, a lousy lawyer, and is now an award-winning screenwriter and stand-up comedian. She has been comically highlighting the immigrant and American experience with her own signature and hilarious style. She is also someone who finds romance in doing math with her husband and has only said ‘I love you’ once in her life – to an Amazon delivery guy.

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Meera Gandhi Believes In Paying It Forward

“We are to the universe only as much as we give back to it.”

That belief drove Meera Gandhi, the CEO and founder of The Giving Back Foundation, when she started her charity in 2010. As part of that work, Gandhi has made a documentary, written a coffee table book, and is now coming out with a new one, “3 Tips.” All this, while managing three children of her own.

When she was a teenager, Gandhi volunteered at Asha Daan for the abandoned and differently abled children in Mumbai where she met Mother Teresa. She says that it was only after spending enough time around Mother Teresa that she realized that giving back is a great joy in itself.

Born in Mumbai, India, to an Irish mother and an Indian father. Gandhi graduated from the University of Delhi with an undergraduate degree in economics, after which she earned an MBA degree from Boston University.

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Christmas is the Season for a Home Makeover

It is that time of the year when red and green hues dominate the landscape Experts weigh in on ways to bring in the festive spirit home.

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