11th December 2013: "We get men above 35 years of age who want to be fitter, but the awareness level is very low. Studies show that Indians need to exercise seven times more in a week than their global counterparts to be at par with them. So, at present, brands are adapting themselves to different Indian sizes and shapes, rather than shoppers working on their bodies," says Vikram Bhatia, managing director of Fitness First gyms.

High-street labels like Armani, Gucci & Zegna roll out made-to-measure outfits...


Shared in 2011:

Kindly let me share a discussion that I've recently had with Mr. Toni Sharma who's an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Patna. We had the discussion on the F.OX group https://www.facebook.com/groups/fox.nift launched by the Students of NIFT Patna. Mr. Sharma has been very kind to mention on the group that "Shakti Saran .....by far you are the most valuable contributor to this group. Thanks a zillion for all the knowledge that you have shared with our members!!!"

Our discussion on it:

Toni Sharma edited a doc.

Students of NIFT Patna launched F.OX, the first ever online fashion quiz in October 2011. It is dedicated to all those students who are aspiring to pursue such careers which are intrinsically creative and artistic in nature. Those students who are aspiring to join NIFT/NID can interact with current NIFT/NID students and get useful inputs in terms of what areas to focus on and how to prepare for the exam and situation test. The F.OX community was launched on Facebook on 26th of September and it was formally inaugurated by Actress Neetu Chandra on 4th of October’11. Since then this group has already crossed a membership of 6600! The members are mostly NIFT and NID students/alumni. It also includes such individuals who are employed in fashion industry. F.OX is a community where people freely interact, discuss various aspects of fashion. Here, anyone and everyone can participate in the quiz to find out their true fashion quotient.
Come…….join us at www.facebook.com/groups/fox.nift !!!

Shakti Saran I look forward to connecting, sharing, and collaborating with people studying/working in fashion or entertainment. I've started www.healthfitnessindia.com also to pursue my interests in them. Best! Shakti Saran

Toni Sharma Shakti Saran .....by far you are the most valuable contributor to this group. Thanks a zillion for all the knowledge that you have shared with our members!!!

Shakti Saran Hi Toni Sharma, Thank You for your kind response! It's nice that earlier this evening, a gentleman who I highly respect wrote on my card that "Shakti is a vibrant spirit in the cosmos" along with his signature and that now I read your kind response. Last night, I saw someone asking Metro passengers about a Metro stop, however, it seemed to me that it wasn't clear to him what the people had responded to him because the people hadn't spoken clearly to him. So I told him about the stop and that he thanked me because he wasn't clear like I had thought. We spoke for a while after that and that he even thought that I knew him from before because of how I was talking to him. He works for a nice furniture company and that has worked on the chairs that have been used in Big Boss. He spoke to me on several things including about this business in general, about the opportunities that he has had, and other things. I look forward to staying in touch with him and that as I do business consulting related to the Health and Fitness India network, I would also try to get him work like to get furniture designed and made for gyms, fitness centers and others. I wish that I can keep contributing to this group and that perhaps also meet people with whom I can do even more. I'm interested in fashion and entertainment as I've mentioned above and that I would also pursue my interests in them through the Health and Fitness India network. If you like then you're welcome to it and that I wish that it would be of value to you in many ways. I would be sharing this discussion of ours as a blog post on the network. Best, Shakti Saran

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Comment by Shakti Saran on February 5, 2012 at 2:58am

Hi All, If you haven't watched this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upL99XQ5_jQ yet then Ben Gazzara as Charles Bukowski explains "Style"!

Comment by Shakti Saran on March 25, 2012 at 2:19am

Hi All, If you haven't read this already then "In Fashion: How Liz Claiborne, Inc., Became One of the Industry's Biggest Successes" http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article.cfm?articleid=2953 Best! Shakti Saran

Jerome Chazen, a founder and former chairman of Liz Claiborne, Inc.: The advice would be for them to learn about the entire industry. If you're a fashion person, if you want to be a designer of some kind and that's your talent and that's where you want to spend your life, it's also important to understand the consumer, understand all of the elements that go into running a business. Because it's not enough to just design something and hope that it's going to electrify the world. It doesn't work that way. These kids watch programs like Project Runway and get all excited and think, well, if I design this one thing and make it, everybody will love it and I'll become a millionaire overnight.

The other thing I suggest -- and I had a meeting recently with a couple of young women who were just graduating from design school -- is the importance of becoming apprentices. They might think they're designers, but they're really not. I said, you have to go to work for a company and learn what it is to be a designer, how to make a garment, the problems of fabric and trim and all of the things that go into garments, the manufacturing problems and why you can't design a certain way because [you can't] turn a garment like that out in any kind of quantity -- everything that's necessary to put together fashion and business.

Comment by Shakti Saran on April 19, 2012 at 10:23pm

A conversation on https://www.facebook.com/groups/fox.nift/:

Toni Sharma
Now Target also stops sandblasting its Denims…
Responding to the pressure from the sustainable apparel coalition, the budget conscious retail giant, Target, has stopped selling distressed denim collections in acknowledgement of the health risks for the workers. The treatment which has been adored by the fashion lovers for providing them with the worn-in look in their denims has been under the spotlight as in recent years it has emerged as the cause of an incurable form of lung cancer for the workers of the garment industry. Levi’s and H&M were amongst the first names that had stopped selling the distressed denim collections in their stores in 2010.
In 2011, fashion brand Versace had to stop sandblasting under pressure from the Clean Clothes Campaign and Change.org. Target is now exploring methods of
distressing their denim that was adopted before the process of sandblasting, which
includes, scraping the fabric by hand, with safer tools, resulting in the same brokenin look. It might look a more laborious job, but, the process will save a lot of lives in the factories working hard to give good results. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition was formed at the beginning of 2011 with brands like Adidas, Esprit, GAP, H&M, Levi Strauss, Nike, Marks & Spencer, Patagonia, Timberland, Target, and Walmart that joined their hand for the cause.
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Shakti Saran Thank You Toni Sharma for sharing this valuable info! I wish that this info would also help bring awareness in the leaders of tomorrow here who would make related decisions here and that this would help bring positive change in India related to similar. Also, if you're interested in becoming more aware about pollution in India and the excellent anti pollution mask that I use then you're welcome to read through the comments on http://www.healthfitnessindia.com/profiles/blogs/anti-pollution-mas... Kindly note that I don't have any business relationship with the anti pollution mask company and that I've purchased it thrice, twice for my friends. You can also search the network using the search box on the top right side of the site. You're also welcome to share with me on the network. Best! Shakti Saran

Comment by Shakti Saran on April 20, 2012 at 1:26am

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-company/corporate-... I haven't been to nightclubs since 2009 due to some different reasons. During college years in the States, I went to nightclubs without a girl to have a nice time with friends or even by self to enjoy the ambiance, music, drinks, and even a bit of dance and that if I met someone nice there then that was even nicer. So many reasons make the States a place where the best of the world go to. I remember a graduate from IIT doing his PHD at my college and that I had seen him having a nice time at one of the best clubs in the city. I would think that other countries in the west are also quite rational about such things and that they address issues differently than making the nightlife so difficult itself. Given the increasing number of issues, students here whose parents can afford it might even start going for international education starting from school years itself than waiting for college. I wish the best for here and that I wish that here can also provide like the best for the best of the world. It's highly unfortunate that some decades ago, there used to be a board on fun places that said that dogs and Indians aren't allowed. Now, we're making nightlife fun very difficult for ourselves.

Comment by Shakti Saran on April 20, 2012 at 12:04pm

Indian B-schools need to improve diversity: Dipak Jain http://ibnlive.in.com/news/indian-bschools-need-to-improve-diversit...

Comment by Shakti Saran on August 5, 2012 at 1:50am

I'm about to launch an online community for the fashion industry along with a professor of a highly reputed fashion institute in India.

Comment by Shakti Saran on September 7, 2012 at 4:36pm

On https://www.facebook.com/groups/fox.nift/, I just commented this on its founder's post: Great! My aunt called me with whom lives a girl giving her 10th exams from open board and that she has a subject in operating systems which my aunt was trying to teach her and that she had some questions from me for her. I told my aunt to prepare the list of questions and that I would visit and explain them to her. One realizes that even though a thing might seem old and simple to one, the same can be unknown and challenging to another. My aunt asked me what's bluetooth and that I realized that still so many people don't know about this which has been existing for so long now. I think it's similar with health and fitness and for which I've started the Health and Fitness India www.healthfitnessindia.com network. I'm sure that your students would receive great benefit by learning from you. I also like this: It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. - Albert Einstein A day ago, I asked my partner on the brands of things that he was wearing and that they included USA, Germany, and Japan and that I do wish that something of value would also be contributed from India. Best! Shakti

Comment by Shakti Saran on November 8, 2012 at 4:30am

I'm highly thankful to Mr. Toni (NIFT prof.) for sharing this on the F.Ox. https://www.facebook.com/groups/fox.nift group:

Toni Sharma i can veritably say, f.ox runs on the fuel called Shakti Saran. a big thank you to you buddy!!!!
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Shakti Saran Toni Sharma Sir, I haven't been to Japan but I've read, heard, and seen (online etc.) how advanced it is. I do wish to visit it someday perhaps also for a fashion show! I wonder what if the 1.2 billion people in India and also the 7+ billion people worldwide can maximize their potential while respecting the universal human values.

Sir, you've started building a door (one way I think of F.Ox.) on which the hope is that opportunities would increasingly knock. I'm mostly a guardian as you kindly made me one. I post a bit on fashion which I like a lot and I wish that I keep exploring and contributing to fashion better. I aim to keep making more time and resources for the same.

Earlier, I used to stay up for long hours many times because of my several interests and efforts, however, I don't suggest anyone the same unless it seems very natural to not sleep as much since the different people have different sleep requirements. I wish that people do not harm themselves including for the long-term by not resting, eating, and exercising as required. Also, a very high pollution level can significantly affect one's performance and that it's very high in Delhi region. I wish that fashion professionals would also work towards addressing this issue because pollution also spoils our clothes and also our looks and also causes us very harmful long-term diseases.

If anyone would search online "anti pollution india" then they should get http://www.healthfitnessindia.com/profiles/blogs/anti-pollution-mas... as one of the top posts for which I'm highly thankful to the search engines. This site has an increasing amount of content and there's also a search bar on the top right corner of the site. I want to share many more things on it which I think would be of high value for the masses and for which I'll keep making more time and resources. I've shared the list of very harmful chemicals most likely found in firecrackers as a comment (October 23, 2012 at 9:10pm) on http://www.healthfitnessindia.com/profiles/blog/show?id=6458971%3AB... I wish that everyone would know this when burning firecrackers. Thank You! Shakti

Comment by Shakti Saran on November 8, 2012 at 11:10pm

The world is amazing! I just watched NCIS - Season 8 Episode 11 - Ships in the Night and that sleeping is a main side part of this episode.

Yesterday before going to sleep, I had written this on my Facebook wall (18 hours ago it says on the wall) as part of another post (which I've also shared above):

Earlier, I used to stay up for long hours many times because of my several interests and efforts, however, I don't suggest anyone the same unless it seems very natural to not sleep as much since the different people have different sleep requirements. I wish that people do not harm themselves including for the long-term by not resting, eating, and exercising as required. Also, a very high pollution level can significantly affect one's performance and that it's very high in Delhi region. I wish that fashion professionals would also work towards addressing this issue because pollution also spoils our clothes and also our looks and also causes us very harmful long-term diseases.

Comment by Shakti Saran on November 11, 2012 at 1:09am

Inditex, one of the most successful fashion companies, says: “When we open a market, everyone asks, ‘How many stores will you open?’ ” he said. “Honestly, I didn't know. It depends on the customer and how big the demand is. We must have the dialogue with the customers and learn from them. It’s not us saying you must have this. It’s you saying it.”


What do we people say that we get sold adulterated sweets and firecrackers made using very harmful chemicals? I think that those who're selling these are also harming themselves and their future generations and so we should all just stop buying or selling such things. I'm sure that we can buy or sell other much better things. In developed nations, we don't have such issues and so we can also get rid of such issues in India and that the people in India can still prosper and enjoy. Perhaps, Ravan makes us buy and sell harmful things every Diwali because Lord Ram couldn't want this for us? So when we celebrate Diwali, I wish we don't harm ourselves.

If you'll Google "harmful chemicals in firecrackers", a link coming on the second page is http://www.healthfitnessindia.com/profiles/blogs/does-ravan-makes-u.... It contains details on the harmful effects of chemicals and substances contained in firecrackers and fireworks.

Cleanliness is given top priority during Diwali as Goddess Lakshmi is welcomed into the home. Then why do we so heavily pollute our air on this day? Regarding air pollution, if you'll Google "anti pollution india", a link coming on the first page is http://www.healthfitnessindia.com/profiles/blogs/anti-pollution-mas.... It's said that firecrackers are burnt to drive away evil spirits, however, if there's one thing for sure then it's that we're going to breathe in very harmful chemicals by burning firecrackers which I think the evil spirits would want us to do. Even if we must burn firecrackers then couldn't we very seriously check their quality and much better let local authorities organize a well-managed firecracker display for us. I wish that you would get increasing value on www.healthfitnessindia.com. Please share the site with others if you like.

Wishing all of us a Blessed Deepavali!


Action expresses priorities. - Mahatma Gandhi 


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