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The most difficult phase of life is not when no one understands you; It is when you don't understand yourself.

  • Are you stressed about your child?

  • Is your marriage in trouble?

  • Are you stressed about your education?

  • Do you feel overwhelmed by anxiety and fear?

  • Are you confused about your choices?

Just mail mycounsellor@banjaraacademy.org to get free online counselling. Now sharing your problems, your worries, your anxieties, your fears. Your counsellor will reply to you, and be there for you until you need her to help you cope and get going. We guarantee the confidentiality of your personal data as well as any other information that you disclose.

Absolutely FREE – no hidden costs

No registration or formalities of any kind.

Straightforward and simple, heart-to-heart emotional support – the kind a good, understanding friend would give you!

Coordinating the online email counselling team of volunteer counsellors, I realize it is not an easy task reaching out to a person one has never met, never seen, without the added advantage of gestures, eye contact, a gentle reassuring touch, tone of voice and yet providing empathy, positive strokes, making the person feel heard and understood.

With the aid of only written words, it is quite a task building trust, making people open up and share and helping them cope and feel better. So when in many instances they write back saying thank you and that they feel so much better, the feeling one gets is priceless and incomparable – knowing one has done something right, something good!

Hats off to all the volunteeer-counsellors of Banjara Academy who have been carrying on this work silently, anonymously for the last few years. Truly commendable! – Ali Khwaja

FREE Online COUNSELLING Services of Banjara Academy: History

Under the banner, Helping Hand, Banjara Academy has always been offering free counselling in person for anybody in emotional distress, firmly believing that such support should never be at a fee.

For the last couple of decades, anybody in Bangalore, India, in dire need to talk to somebody has had to just call Banjara Academy and fix up an appointment with one of our volunteer counsellors or just walk into our offices  and meet one of our volunteer counsellors.

With the advent of the internet and emails, many have also been writing to us about their problems and we have been replying to them, doing our best to be there for them as counsellors.

With the free online counselling service by email, we are seeking to reach out, beyond Bangalore, to more people (now, you may be anywhere in the world) and provide you with some degree of emotional support, whatever we can, as we have always been doing so for the past couple of decades – emotional support that you may be struggling to find in your life.

Data Sciences & Analytics

Since data, information and statistics available through Internet is increasing exponentially at a very rapid pace, there is going to be a need for thousands of professionals who will be able to collect, sort, analyze and project the right information required by decision makers.

Data Analytics is required by retailers, health care professionals, scientists, technologists, legal fraternity, marketing personnel, agriculture, in fact in almost every activity that we can think of. Harvard Business Review has ranked it as the biggest employment provider of the next decade.  Estimates predict over 2 lakh vacancies in India alone in the next few years.

The jobs on offer will range from Data Mining (extracting the data from various sites and portals) to Data Warehousing (like the way Storekeepers keep components in their right place and keep track of their inflow and outflow), Data Analysis  (analyzing, sorting, prioritizing the information and understanding the importance of each bit), Data Management (managing the staff in Data Analytics department) and those who are capable of using the Data to predict future trends and its proper use.

Personnel will require to be good in math, statistics, or information science, while at the higher end there is need for experts in human psychology, and those who have a vision of the future and are risk-takers. Latest software that train professionals include Hadoop, Python, Apache Spark, Julia and R.

Some large companies like TCS and WNS have formulated the curriculum to be taught to students at PG level to make them industry-ready, and are willing to provide immediate employment on fairly lucrative remuneration. Both M.Tech (for engineers) and M.Sc. programs will be offered. 75 colleges all over the country are already offering Retail Analytics as a subject in B.Com or BBA.

Functions in Data sciences include: Data classification, clustering, cleaning, mining, navigation, visualization, warehousing, decision tree, applying models.

Career in Animation

Interested in a career in animation?  Ensure that you have, or can build, creative thinking.  In any design field, a person who can explore, look outside-the-box, and do lateral thinking, becomes most successful.  Many people do not understand the concept, and only focus on their drawing skills.  Drawing is only one part of being a good animator.  Developing a mind that can generate new ideas and fascinating visuals, is more important.

What is creative thinking? 

Creative thinking is an Ability, attitude, and a process.

Believe it or not, everyone has substantial creative ability. Just look at how creative children are. In adults, creativity has too often been suppressed through education, but it is still there and can be reawakened.

Thinking out of the box: the ability to generate new ideas by combining, changing, or reapplying existing ideas. Some creative ideas are astonishing and brilliant, while others are just simple, good, practical ideas that no one seems to have thought of yet.

Often all that's needed to be creative is to make a commitment to creativity and to take the time for it.

As children we are all capable of thinking out of the box then why is it that as we grow we stop, the reasons could be any of these blocks that we put in our mind as we grow up:  “Oh no it is a problem, it can’t be done, I cant do anything about, I am not creative, that is being childish, what will people think? I might fail.”

Ali’s Notes

I belong to the era when everything was repaired, recycled, re-used till it became totally useless.

Clothes were handed down, altered to suit younger people, then cut into smaller pieces for babies or kitchen use.  Cars were used for 20-40 years with expert mechanics repairing even at your home if they do not start. Home appliances were tied with cloth or sticking tape till they stopped completely.

Today we want instant gratification in the form of replacement instead of repairing. We want Version 2.0, 3.1 or we want 4G and 5G.  We easily discard the old and move on. What happens to the old, tried and tested?  What happens to delayed gratification, and what happens to a sense of belonging to our old things?

We are risking becoming rudderless and without a mental anchor.

Republic Day came and went.  We all celebrated not only having become a Republic, but having upheld and sustained the constitution and democracy that defines India today, 75 years down the pages of history.

While we got a well-deserved holiday to celebrate and relax, I saw around me thousands of daily-wagers, auto-drivers, farm workers, pourakarmikas and street-side vendors, who had to work even on the auspicious day.  They could not afford to take an off…. but they are the ones who make our life comfortable 365 days of the year. They are the real heroes and heroines.

Whenever possible please spend a few moments reaching out to them, giving them a small gift or some sweet and a kind word of acknowledgement of their services to us.