Meet the HR: Komil Sharma Singh

1. What is my current work attitude/approach?

My work as an HR majorly concerns with enabling my employees/managers achieve organizational goals through collaborated efforts and self-motivation. Hence, my work for me is a medium to influence, engage and motivate. It also involves strategic management of purpose, goals and expectations of individuals, in alignment with organizational values and growth.

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2. What have I done so far and what am I currently involved with?

I joined as an HR Intern in a start up and took this opportunity to learn about HR and Entrepreneurship. As soon as I joined in, I got deeply involved in the process of shaping the organizations policies and procedures related to Appointment, Compensation, Benefits, Workplace and Team Ethics. After the intense and careful journey through paperwork, I took up the never-ending task of forming the organizational culture and its set of core values. We are still working on it.

My current challenge includes exploring the world of Recruiting, Hiring and On boarding. This includes evolving our Hiring Process while streamlining it with our mission ‘Simplifying Complexity’; and developing a quality based system of processes for Training and Growth; in order to meet individual growth expectations and provide skills based training that aligns with organizations vision.

3. How did I enter the world of HR?

After working through different profiles/organizations for 6 years, I left my job 4 years ago to start my own venture. A home based Bakery that customizes delicious cuisines from across the world, into healthy products of nutritional value. While my goals were clear, I lacked experience in terms of building the right business model and managing production. In time it made me realize the importance of people. Even geniuses cannot build a castle alone. We need people for everything. We need people to design, people to plan, people to produce, people to market and people to sell.

It is then that I realized how Human Resource is closely linked to Entrepreneurship and that in order to manage anything, one first needs to know how to manage people. I am learning and growing at each step of my journey and consistently direct my achievements to enable the overall growth of my organization and its valuable set if employees.

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Baba Toon Interviews Himanshu, the Animator

Born in the god town of Mathura, lack of inspiration turned Himanshu (aka Aeolus Ikki) into a dull boy. Though he was bullied several times yet he failed to realize. And thus eventually his bullies became his friends.  A self-confessed shy guy, he studied from Grace Convent Senior Secondary School, and recalls being “scared of girls”. One of the founding members of the Bat Hunting Gang, he would often be seen chasing bats with sticks, paper guns and CD frisbee.

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Baba Toon: How did you get into the world of animation?

Himanshu: As a child I was hooked to cartoons at the first sight. Ninja Robots, Pokémon, Gundam, Digi Monsters, Captain Planet, et al.  But in Mathura, one either becomes an engineer or a Chartered Accountant. I moved to Delhi to study CA. It took me two years to convince my parents to allow me to drop the course and join animation.

Baba Toon: What is animation?

Himanshu: It is the world that I inherited from my childhood. Living in an imaginary world, moving in different dimensions. The possibilities are endless- both good and bad. Animation allows one to become the creator. It is an illusion of reality while interacting with other worlds. It encompasses everything.

Baba Toon: What is your experience in the animation industry?

Himanshu: Relying on my institution was a big mistake. The method of instruction was outdated by 10 years. The teachers kept leaving all the time. My zeal for traditional animation got me interested in motion graphics. I have worked in three different companies before I found Brainpan Studio. I was betrayed and was overworked. Yet I got to wear many hats and weave over hundred projects.

Baba Toon: What part of your life involves animation?

Himanshu: I relate personalities to myself. I live my life according to that code. I create images to reflect personas that I hold. I build original characters for my own self. Who wouldn’t want to live in an animated world?

Baba Toon: What are the markers of a good animation?

Himanshu: Precision, quality, motivation, experience and skill are essential in developing good animation. It changes according to mood. Happy and motivated animator creates good animation. One needs to enjoy, imagine and create/destroy.

Baba Toon: What else other than animation excites you?

Himanshu: Music, maybe.

Baba Toon: Do you have any last words?

Himanshu: You don’t live in one but many worlds. Each world carries a destiny, from a peasant to a king. What you choose to become is something for you to decide. For everything is illusion or reality.

 

Check out Himanshu’s work in the 100 Pipers’ “The Good You Can” Series.

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Baba Toon interviews Aayushi

Born to a teacher of Mathematics in the village of Rewana, childhood was mostly calculated within definitive lines. She was named to reflect the blessing that was her birth. Yet life was mostly restricted within the compound walls. Lacking feminine aspirations to play girl, she spent more time jumping around than playing with dolls. Her drawing was a means to recreate the inner understanding. Studies never held her interest and she drifted into detailing self reflecting inner worlds.

Name: Aayushi Sharma | Education: B. Design from Banasthali University

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An Interview with the intern.

What is animation?

Aayushi: There is inherent movement in all things. The study of this movement and the depiction of the same is animation. It is a step by step witness to the transition of things.

What part of your life involves art?

Aayushi: Art is my way of personalizing my environment and my world. I keep drawing on all surfaces and objects. I doodle a lot. It is my way of making any object truly mine.

What are the markers of a good animation?

Aayushi: A good animation is deftly able to convey its core ideas. To be able to ‘express’ is paramount to the expression.

What else other than animation excites you?

Aayushi: Oh, I love sports. I used to play volleyball and nowadays I am trying my hand at table tennis at the studio. I also jive freestyle. The subtle colours and aura of Chinese lifestyle intrigues me.

Do you have any final words?

Aayushi: The responsibility of our actions lies with us. We make our own choices.

 

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Baba Toon Interviews Surbhi

No act of growing up in Mathura is ever untouched by the presence of god. Religion was an omnipresent entity. Each day was a festival in praise and servitude to god. Daily processions and ringing bells brought in the days and ended the nights. Interaction with the multitude of faithful gave a sense of a larger existence yet denied the right to an individual identity. Books, studies and sleep became the escape from the time harrowing chants. Closing the window to the outside world, opened the corridor to imagination.

Name: Surbhi Goyal | Education: B. Design from Banasthali University

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An Interview with the intern.

What is concept art?

Surbhi: The varied possibilities and potential of any given topic is concept art. It is the expansion of the mind to newer things and imagination.

What part of your life involves art?

Surbhi: Art is an integral part of my life. Art is a representation of my own self. It is the medium through which I interact with the world and interpret my own being.

What are the markers of a good concept art?

Surbhi: Good concept art should reach the minds of the audience. The perceptive of the end viewer is paramount to the process of creation. It should be different and yet palpable to the understanding of the observer. Understanding supersedes aesthetics.

What else other than concept art excites you?

Surbhi: Having my own time and talking to myself. 😀 Sharing moments with my close ones. Mysterious movies.

Do you have any final words?

Surbhi: “What you seek is seeking you.” It is a quote by Rumi.

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Jatin Joins the Team as a Visual Artist

Introducing JATIN AGGARWAL, our newest team member. Growing up in the capital city, he recalls teenage life as a thin and scrawny boy living away from the spotlight. School studies never interested him but he spent hours in studying broken gadgets or sketching things. He was always interested in the inner working of objects and beings, in the structural coherence and the mechanics. Fantasy and stories filled his life while real world took a back step. He embraced comics and magical worlds as his own. Music and movies became his other interests.

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An interview with the graphic artist.

What made you want to become a graphic artist?

Jatin: Well I wasn’t good at academics and thereby my scope of doing many things was quite limited. I was always good at sketching though and my father saw a way out. He suggested I pick up digital art or in his words to do something ‘computer based’. I involved myself in multimedia courses.By nature I was always curious and curiosity got me more involved in graphic designing and art.

How would you describe your approach to design?

Jatin: I think about the appeal, the physically of a subject. I think about how I will adorn my characters, the clothes they will wear. The correct medium to convey is very important. I believe in exploring my subjects, its environment and its history. To be a good designer, one needs to be a great explorer.

Who or what has been the biggest single influence on your way of thinking?

Jatin: I have always been an introvert. I rarely am influenced by people. Self reference is my motivation and my influence. Conditions of a particular place influences me in my interaction.

What would you say is your strongest skill?

Jatin: My strongest skill is typography. Typography is not devoid of the meaning of the phrase. Designing words involves the meaning it generates and the feeling it evokes.

What type of  project do you enjoy working on the most?

Jatin: I love to compose, to create situations. I am interested in collaborating and combining. Fantasy is a field that deeply moves me.

What are you currently fascinated by?

Jatin: Before joining Brainpan Studio, I was fascinated by a workplace that was not corporate and divided into cubicles. I wanted to find myself in a place where people worked and played together. I imagined a place where individuals worked on their own yet combined as a whole. At Brainpan Studio I have found that place.

What are you passionate about besides your work?

Jatin: I love to workout. I am passionate about fitness. If in a day all I manage to do is workout, I still feel quite accomplished.


Pandoras:
“We accept you, one of us! Gooble Gobble!”

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Komil Joins the Team

Introducing KOMIL SHARMA, our newest team member. Being a passionate worker and a strong supporter of expression, Komil believes that her time at Brainpan Studio is going to be a very exciting journey and a path to self exploration and improvement. Visual media has gathered her attention relatively late and she is highly inspired to develop her understanding of the same as the team proceed together to create quality art.

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The Interview:

Q. What is your role at Brainpan Studio?

 Komil: I have been hired for the position of Business Development Management Trainee. Currently, I am fulfilling this role as a part time trainee.

Q. What is business development?

Komil: Business Development can be simply understood as working towards the growth and development of an organization. It involves identifying potential growth opportunities for the business and within the internal structure of an organization,  and successful implementation, support and consistent monitoring of the same.

Q. What is your experience in this field?

 Komil: My past experience as an assistant media planner, provides me a glimpse at the comprehensive of list of activities required to determine potential media growth opportunities  for brands and clients. However, this is a relatively new profile for me and I wish to take this opportunity to develop my knowledge and enhance the scope of our business at the same time.

Q. Why is business development important?

Komil: In a competitive and dynamic work environment, it is essential that every organization constantly updates itself with information on market trends, competitors and consumer behavior in order to upscale itself and achieve consistency in business growth, profits and market reputation. All these factors are critical to the survival of any business organization. Business Development focuses on these factors to achieve success within the organization, as well as within the market.

Q. What are the key features to an ideal business development strategy?

 Komil: An ideal business development strategy is dynamic in its nature and adapts itself to current factors and changing market trends. Its success depends on  various factors such as creating defined targets and a structural approach to those targets, a thorough research on existing and potential clients and their organization structure, a strong and convincing approach, the ability to re-evaluate and re-adapt as per client needs etc. A smooth organizational workflow and integration within management allows strength to any strategy, hence, determining the quality and image of the business.

Q. What holds your interest outside work?

 Komil: Currently I am obsessed with my Kathak classes and the understanding of music it has helped me achieve, along with a new found medium of expression. Dance, has always been my language and pursuing it again has helped me delve into my thoughts and clarify my vision.

Q. Do you have any final words?

Komil: Looking forward to Create, Evolve and Sustain with my new family. Cheers!

Pandoras: “We accept you, one of us! Gooble Gobble!”

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Arvind Joins the Team

Introducing ARVIND KUMAR, our newest team member. As a child growing up in the ancient city of Meerut, most of life’s fancies seemed a bit out of reach. His little hands and wondering eyes were not able to grasp the vast mercantile world. So he built his own. The back covers of his notebooks became the playground of his imagination and creativity. Dreams of boots, jackets and jeeps became a reality. Life was drawn on the last pages of his notebooks.

Visualizing was a personal endeavor. It gave pictures to his dreams. It was a relationship with his own self. And then as life moved forward, social interaction got involved. To visualize was not just to translate one own inner selves but also to see through the ideas of others. To visualize was to read the minds of people. To visualize was to use logic to narrow down and beautifully craft the dreams of others into viable worlds.

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An interview with the concept artist.

What is concept art?

Arvind: The use of logic to relay imagination is concept art. Logic maybe be subtle or direct but it is paramount to any creation.

What has been your experience with the art industry?

Arvind: I have always been fascinated with learning newer things. Different things, stranger things. I started with sketching in drawing books. I wanted to explore more dimensions. So I picked up sculpturing. I studied art at Institute of Fine Arts, Gaziabad. Then I did my MFA from Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University. I got interested in direction. I realised the importance of movement in art. I experimented with classical animation. I learnt from any source that I could access. I worked for animation studio visualizing explainer videos. Later I even started my own studio with my friend.

What part of your life involves art?

Arvind: All artists need conducive environment. Support and understanding from family and friends are very important for art to grow. Ideas need to be exchanged. Views should be encouraged. Life is too short to play it easy. Expression is the heart of my life. I joined theater to expand the scope of my own expression. It was never about the audience. It was about me getting involved in my own life. To interact with real emotions. To  give language to my movements. Similarly I loved music and made it a part of my life. Fine arts is very important to me.

What are the markers of a good concept art?

Arvind: In terms of the production cycle, markers of a good concept art are costing, time duration, ability to relate to real life, beauty, fine crafting the client’s idea, imaginative and most importantly the ability to fulfill the motive.

Concept artist must strive to go beyond the line. Even when one is in the office, the mind should drift outside the concrete walls and wander the world. A frequent oscillation between reality and imagination is the mark of a good concept artist. Inspiration is everywhere. Even the most ordinary of objects can inspire the most elegant worlds.

What else other than concept art excites you?

Arvind: I love to make life portraits. I like looking at people and reading into their lives. Every face has an universe hidden behind. All those stories lurking behind their eyes, in their expressions, in their movements, in this stillness. I see a man well dressed for the office, sleeping in the metro, I try to imagine his last night, his home, his dreams, his fights, his accomplishments. Each line is a statement that provokes a vast world behind.

Do you have any final words?

Arvind: Life is nothing without art. People without art are unfortunate to bear their ordinary lives. They are never able to escape the domesticity of their lives. Art evolves us and makes us look at life with a higher perspective and zeal.

Pandoras: “We accept you, one of us! Gooble Gobble!”

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