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Top QTube Events of the Week (July 23-29)

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

We had a good week, and are currently busy gearing up for another great one. Just like you probably are. So how about we make those plans come together, and see you come down for one of these cool workshops, or even just stop in for a cup of coffee and a good book. We’re happy either (or both is better), as long as we get to see you!

Here’s a rundown of the exciting things happening at the Cafe this week!

 

Dreamcatcher Weaving Workshop with Trishna Patnaik

Learn this fabulous ancient art form of Native American origins in the dream catcher weaving workshop and acquaint yourself with this amazing art form. The workshop will teach you how to make delicate and intricate pieces using weaves of thread, beads and feathers. Dream catchers, according to the lore, are supposed to catch good energies and give you good energies and vibes in return. It is also a very relaxing art form that will teach you how to focus on your aesthetics. So what are you waiting for? Come participate in this fabulous workshop, weave your favourite dream catcher in your most loved colours and combinations. Age Group: All age groups are welcome.  Take Away: One mid-sized Dream catcher For registrations please contact Trishna Patnaik on 9867982075. Last date for registrations is 24th July, 2018, on first come first serve basis.

Date: 25th July 2018

Time: 4 pm to 6 pm

Entry: Rs. 1000/- (including art material)

 

Toybank- The Open Tree Foundation

Toybank promotes development through play for underprivileged children. This event is organized to bring people together to learn and play different board games and understand the Power of Play!

Date: 26th July 2018

Time: 6 pm to 8:30 pm

Entry: FREE

 

CVMD

Empowering women making them emotionally strong to face the society. Providing a non-judgmental platform for the women to show case their talent and rediscover themselves.

Date: 27th July 2018

Time: 5 pm to 8 pm

Entry: FREE

 

LAJA

We dared to imagine a world with a tribe of women who are adept at everything, but most importantly, at discovering each others’ worth and supporting each other, come what may. We dared to create a platform for the same, LAJA. By God’s grace and with your consistent support, we have come a long way. LAJA is evolving and we feel beyond overwhelmed to have you be a part of it.

Date: 28th July 2018

Time: 10 am to 12 pm

Entry: Rs. 500/-

 

 WebDudes.in

Learn techniques to get your messages delivered to the Inbox instead of the Spam folder. Techniques to get your prospects to reply to you. The ways to create good databases. About Software Apps to send out Bulk Mail. About Bulk Mail Services.

Date: 28th July 2018

Time: 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Entry: FREE

 

“Journey of a Song” by Heterotopia Media and Entertainment Private Limited

Music is a mode of expression. Sure, you can be taught how to sing and the technicalities behind it – but can you be taught how to express? At this workshop, the intention is to allow your creative juices to flow and to create something out of nothing. “Journey of a Song” is a workshop that explores a song – from an idea to the final melody. Participants will be taught to create a new song with fresh lyrics and melody during the course of the workshop.

Date: 28th July 2018

Time: 4 pm to 8 pm

Entry: Rs. 2500/-

 

Become an Author in 7 Days by Pavan Priakash Badllani

Become an Author in 7 Days. This 1-day workshop is an exclusive workshop created for anybody who’d like to write their book in 7 days and become self-published authors. Writing a book creates authority, credibility and positions you as an expert in your line of work. Learn the secrets of best-selling authors, marketing & publishing formats when it comes to writing books with Pavan Badllani.

Date: 29th July 2018

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Entry: Rs. 1000/-

 

Triumph

A therapeutically inclined workshop for those suffering with bouts of depression and thoughts of self harm. An event with group therapy.

Date: 29th July 2018

Time: 5 pm to 7:30 pm

Entry: Rs. 300/-

 

See? Didn’t we tell you it was going to be a great week? So go ahead and rearrange those plans to incorporate some time to learn something new, or talk it out. Have yourself a fantastic week!

ARTery: A Group Bringing Back the ART of Conversation

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

“How was the weekend?”

“Wonderful! Visited the beach with the family. How was your weekend?”

“Pleasant, spent it at home.”

“Wonderful! Good day!”

And we’re off, back to our chores, back to our thoughts, back inside the little personal worlds we inhabit. We’ve learnt to perfect this type of conversation; clipped, superficial, but polite enough to encourage another round of it. So adept have we become at this art of impersonal, but interesting banter, that we don’t realize when it becomes the norm for all our interactions, even the most personal ones. This is why, sometimes, the most we know about the closest to us excludes any understanding of their core beliefs, their deep-seated desires and fears or even their perspective on simple things, like how much coffee is too much. For such conversations, you have to prod, you have to probe and you have to digest all that oozes out from the prodding and probing. So it’s safer to stick to these non-invasive tête-à-têtes, where a lot of speaking happens, but hardly any communication.

Sitting with the ARTery group then, was a widely and wildly different experience. Gathered around a table on an uneventful Sunday evening, this motley group of conversationalists sat exploring a topic many would regard as ‘sensitive.’ Religion was the topic of the hour and the views spouted were as diverse as the topography of the group. To understand why someone would choose to explore such a heavy topic on a relaxing weekend evening, one must first acquaint oneself with this unique, and very special initiative called ARTery. Started by Swathi Nair, a self-confessed introvert, this six month-old initiative kicked off because Swathi felt the need to seek out like-minded people with whom she could discuss all the wonderful questions swimming around in her mind. Questions about life, questions about perspectives, complex questions we shy away from exploring in our day-to-day conversations. She voiced her desire on the group ‘Put Me in Touch with Mumbai’ and was surprised by the overwhelming response her post received. The barrage of responses made her realize two things – one, that there were several people who, like her, wished to engage in thoughtful conversations, and two, that she could be the one to facilitate this. She decided to do so by starting the group ARTery, which invites people to come together to talk about issues and topics that intrigue them. When asked why the name ‘ARTery,’ she says because conversation is an ART which has the power to connect people and pump life into relationships, just like an artery.

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Swathi Nair, founder of ARTery

And connect us it did! Although everyone in the group had a different view on the designated topic, and the discussion meandered through the testy waters of personal beliefs, social conventions, learned understandings and subjective definitions, there was so much respect and acceptance to be found. Every member was encouraged to share their opinion and while the person did so, everyone else listened. No booing, no clicking of tongues, no impatient outbursts, no judgemental sniggers, just dialogue – honest opinions shared in a poised and sometimes, humorous manner. Opinions were supported, countered, questioned, dissected; the result was not irritable temperaments but healthy curiosity and a mutual acceptance of the diversity of the human experience. Swathi, who doubled up as participant and moderator, stepped in at times to nudge the discussion back on track or sum up hazy perspectives. After a good two hours of discussion, the group still didn’t reach a consensus on the relevance of religion or the definition of spirituality, but in all fairness, it would be absurd if they did. Because, along with expanding our understanding of the various perspectives existing on these topics, the discussion left us with another learning, that difference is the rule of life and as influential Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reminds us, that “the only necessary form of humility is the realization that difference is normal.” It is discussions like these that help us cultivate this humility. Every discussion is normally followed by a group activity, and the activity after this debate was supposed to be random acts of kindness, an activity that would require members to approach random strangers on the street and offer them help, but this was unfortunately postponed because the discussion took up more time than expected. Swathi assures the members that there will be an activity after the next meeting, which will happen in November and take the form of an overnight retreat. We for one, were both disappointed and relieved. After all stepping out of your comfort zone is not very comfortable, which is what the activity would ensure we did.

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The group engrossed in the discussion

Being a part of this fun group was a truly memorable experience for us and the way we were welcomed, not just in their post-discussion photographs, but also in their forum, was heart-warming to say the least. It is this openness to newness, an identifiable trait in almost every person in the group, that makes them such liberal conversationalists. When asked why they chose to join the group, the reasons of the members were as diverse as their ages, occupations and hobbies. Some joined because they wish to expand their knowledge, some because they are curious about the world, some in search of fellow like-minded individuals while some wished to voice the thoughts that keep them up at night. One member put forward a particularly interesting definition of the group, something that stuck with us. He called it a group of “like-minded individuals that met to discuss unlikely topics.” He couldn’t have put it better.

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Time for a fun photograph!

You can join ARTery through their Facebook group. However, admittance is granted at the discretion of the admins.