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Into the wild with Chris Fallows, famed South African wildlife photographer

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South African wildlife photographer Chris Fallows is well-known worldwide. He’s gotten up close and personal with some of the world’s most famous creatures in their natural habitat. You might even snap the ideal photo and a vacation memory to last a lifetime if you’re lucky and your hands stay stable at the moment.

Chris Fallows, a photographer from Cape Town, South Africa, was one of the first to record a great white shark breaching off the coast of the city in 1996. More than 60 international documentaries and 500 periodicals have featured his work. Fallows sees photography as more than just capturing a beautiful image; it’s also about expressing a distinct tale. 

Wild beginnings

Chris Fallows (CF): At Seal Island and False Bay, I was fortunate enough to witness some rather unusual behaviour in the form of a flying great white shark. According to photographer Jeff Alder, “I saw a tremendous niche and opportunity for me as a photographer.” It provided me with extraordinary opportunities all across the world, according to Alder.

Difficulties, myths, and misunderstandings associated with wildlife photography

CF: For the past five years, I’ve spent each year wild camping with members of one of Kenya’s Maasai tribes, then went out with them to discover and photograph the last of Africa’s 30 huge “tuskers” [African elephants with tusks that reach the ground]. I approach respectfully and intimately near to lions, elephants, and great white sharks, to mention a few, using novel tactics and a lifetime of getting to know the subjects.

One of the most difficult tasks for a wildlife photographer is to get near enough to the animals to capture their essence while not becoming emotionally attached to them. You’re exposing these animals to people throughout the world, allowing them to view, appreciate, and possibly become champions for conservation in the future.

Words of Wisdom for wildlife photographers

CF: I truly believe that we, those of us who photograph wildlife, have a critical responsibility to highlight these animals not only for their beauty but also for the peril they suffer. My advice to any young photographer who is just starting is to pursue your passion. Focus on what you’re most enthusiastic about because it’s what gets you up in the morning and makes you want to be out there.

So, what’s next?

CF: I want to leave the world in a better state than when I first arrived. As a legacy, my wife and I intend to buy big tracts of land in Southern Africa to be rehabilitated and rewilded using the earnings of our fine artwork, says wildlife photographer Richard Branson.

It’s been a long road for us to get to the point where we can produce art that hangs on people’s walls, offices, and exhibitions all around the world, and it’s a way for us to give back to the animals that allowed us to see them in the first place. 

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Freshwork’s inspiring success story makes employee crorepatis

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Freshworks IPO has made 500 employees crorepatis

Freshworks Inc., led by Girish Mathrubootham, became the first Indian Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company to get on the NASDAQ, which helped the valuation of the company reach a sky-high value of $13 billion.

Through stock options, around 500 of Girish’s employees turned into ‘crorepatis’, out of which 70 are said to be under 30.

Born to a former bank officer in 1975, Girish co-founded Freshdesk (now Freshworks) with Shan Krishnasamy in 2010. Atwell College from Australia was the first of many clients on board. The company managed to get 22 clients worldwide in the initial days.

Entrepreneurship is never a smooth journey, with success never guaranteed. “Success and happiness are two different things – One should focus on staying happy irrespective of what is happening around you. We always hold the key to our happiness,” says Girish.

Girish also mentions how grateful he is to all his employees and that the 500 new ‘crorepatis’ deserved a reward for their contribution over the years. About 4300 of Freshwork Inc’s employees globally hold equity options in the company.

Girish strongly believes in mentorship. He also founded SaaSBooMi, a community of founders who share hard-learned experiences by making these learnings available to all. “Passion and purpose are more important than almost anything else,” said Girish talking about young entrepreneurs looking to leave their mark. In the long run, he hopes to build a SaaS company that is recognized globally.

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Shaji Thomas: The Indian Superhero who is saving the Amazon Rainforest

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Global warming, forest depletion, and other hazardous effects on our environment have been increasing rapidly as days go by. There are still a few souls who do everything they can to make sure they somehow play a part in saving us from what is known as the end of our existence.

One such hero is Shaji Thomas. He has been in a fight for the last 26 years to protect and save the Amazon Rainforests of Brazil. Here is a look into his heroic struggle to ensure a better future for us all. 

Shaji Thomas: Guardian of the Amazon Rainforest

Shaji Thomas who hails from Kerala carried his bags and shifted to Brazil as a young student. This young smart superhero is now an environmental conservationist and a lawyer, but what is more fascinating about him is the fact that he stayed back after his education for one special cause.

Shaji Thomas decided to fight and protect the Amazon Forests of Brazil and the rights for the 60 plus communities that reside in the region. This passion began when he was in his mid-twenties and was a part of the Quilombola Community. 

The battle was not easy in the beginning. Thomas had to acquire Brazilian citizenship and become the only Indian-origin lawyer in the region. He stood up to the mafia and lived on a boat in the rivers of the Amazon for years. 

This superhero has been holding up a strong fight for years but there is still a lot of work to do. Climate change is something that has been on the rise leading to major destruction of the rainforests. Thomas claims that almost 20 sq. km burns every year due to forest fires.

Shaji Thomas is working hard every year and inspiring people all over the world to play their part to ensure that the Earth’s lungs are safeguarded, and we have a sustainable future.

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Ramesh Babu: A Story Of Rags to Riches

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Some people are born billionaires, some have to work hard and stay dedicated to achieve their dreams. In the latter case, the stories of how they rise from nothing are inspirational and truly spark a sense of respect in the eyes of the people. 

One such story is of Mr. Ramesh Babu. This barber who came from nothing is now a billionaire in India who owns a series of cars including a Rolls Royce. From a rental car business to owning 75 high-end luxury cars, Ramesh Babu’s story is truly inspiring.

The Rough Start

Ramesh Babu was born in an extremely poor family. His father was a barber. However, tragedy struck when Ramesh’s father passed away when he was just 7 years old.

To make ends meet, Ramesh’s mother began working as a maid in houses. The family business was a barbershop. Babu’s uncle took over the store after the death of his father. 

During his pre-university days, Babu decided to take over the saloon while continuing his education to help his mother run the home. 

The idea that turned Ramesh Babu’s world upside-down

In 1993, Ramesh Babu decided to buy a second-hand Maruti van. Settling the loan was a big deal and this was when Ramesh was blessed with an idea to rent the car out to earn some extra money

After this, Ramesh began taking the rental business extremely seriously and he started adding more cars to his business. By 2004, he had six cars. However, the competition in the market was high and Ramesh had to think big. This is when he decided to move into luxury cars. 

Ramesh Babu: The Barber with a Rolls Royce

In 2011, Ramesh Babu hit the peak of his business. He bought his very own Rolls Royce in 2011. A lot of people warned him about the risks and the possible downfall of all his income as he purchased an extremely expensive car. However, Ramesh Babu kept his head high and his feet on the ground, he believed in himself and moved forward with his business.

Mr. Babu has plans for the future but it all depends on planning and how the organization decides to pay the road taxes. Ramesh Babu was also a part of a TED Talk where he gave students and budding entrepreneurs some great advice on how to start and stick to a business plan. 

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