Monday Musings :: Time to Embrace Your Inner SuperHero

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

The Asian Destination :: What's Your SuperPower?

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Face A Fear Everyday:: Don’t Be Afraid To Be Selfish

I like to think that life is a balance between being selfish & selfless.

Face A Fear Everyday:: Don't Be Scared To Be Selfish

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What is The Asian Destination actually all about?

Have a blessed day & #HappyMay💛

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Cultivating A Morning Routine is Vital for Success

 Did you get up on the right side of the bed this morning?

Cultivate A Morning Routine

Why ‘getting up on the wrong side of the bed’ is no longer a valid excuse!

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Have you broken your New Year’s Resolution yet? Here’s ours…

If you’ve been following the blog since January onwards, you’ll know that for 2014, I didn’t want to try the usual New Year’s resolutions.

Instead, I wanted to try something different and more sustainable which is why I started #FAFE or #FacingAFearEveryday for each month of 2014.

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–If you remember, the #FaceAFearEveryday for January was to try something new, so now that’s it’s February, let me share with you all how I got on!

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Do All Deeds With Love

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I find that any task I undertake that I love, does not feel like work. Instead, I look forward to planning it, carrying it out and completing it.

There are many things in life we may have to do in order to achieve a particular goal. However, isn’t life too short not to pursue the very passion that causes your spirit to lift?

Try to remember when you last felt inspired and then ask yourself, what did you achieve as a result? Did you use that passion-filled energy to do something great? Or did you package that inspiration and store it for ‘someday’?

Remember: TODAY is SOMEDAY</em and pretty soon you will only be left with 1 day.

Are you monkeying around?

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It’s important to sometimes stop and take a moment to just watch the world go by. Other times however, we spend too long daydreaming, monkeying around, planning what we should be doing but not actually doing it!

So today: Are you monkeying around? Stop. Take in the moment and then take action!

Chai & Chats with: Arjun Coomaraswamy

London-based singer, songwriter and producer, Arjun stands out from mainstream music. Mixing soulful R&B with his desi roots, it is no wonder his first four singles created such hype and has been described as one to watch internationally. The Asian Destination talks to him about his whirlwind of success and about being a rising star in the music industry.
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TAD: You were nominated as ‘Best Newcomer’ at the ‘Brit Asia Music Awards 2011’, chosen as one of ‘MTV’s Top 20 Unsigned Acts for 2012’ and your music has made it to global TV channels such as CNN, MTV India and NDTV, making you truly a ‘rising star’. You also won Best Urban Act at the UK Asian Music Awards in October 2012. We’re sure this is still only the beginning of your success. Tell us, how has the last 18 months been for you?

A:  I guess you could say that the last 18 months have been life changing for me.  I’ve been fortunate enough to perform all over the world and had the chance to meet and work with some amazing people.   Hopefully this has laid a foundation for the next step – the mainstream in the UK and US.

TAD: Your ever-increasing fan base means your YouTube music videos are being watched in the millions, you have the support of Radio DJs internationally and your performances are being requested all over the world. How does it make you feel to know your music has been so well and widely received?

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A: To be honest, it is still a shock to think that anybody other than myself and my mum could be listening to my music!  I consider it a blessing to be able to make the music I like and find that there are other people out there who like it too.

TAD: What would you say was the turning point that has marked your growing success over the last couple of years?

A: The turning point was definitely the moment when I decided to do a remix of the Tamil film song “Why This Kolaveri Di?”  That was a complete experiment and no-one was more amazed than I was  when I woke up the next morning and found that it had gone truly viral.

TAD: When did you first become interested in music? Were you always passionate about it as a career or did you (or your parents/family) have other plans for you? When did you first become interested in music? Were you always passionate about it as a career or did you (or your parents/family) have other plans for you?

A: From a very young age I used to play in various school bands, on instruments ranging from the flute to the drums.  I always dreamt of being a musician, though initially I went a more conventional route and studied Architecture at University.

TAD: As well as singing and playing a variety of instruments (including guitar and the flute), you also studied Music Production and Sound Engineering at college. The music business is a tough industry to make your mark in, yet your online popularity seems to have given you an advantageous edge. Would you say your versatility is what makes you unique?

A: I’m not sure how versatile I am!  Certainly it has helped to have had a varied musical background.  I definitely enjoy exploring different musical genres and am constantly experimenting with different options to try to come up with different sounds.

TAD: Who are your musical inspirations? If you had the choice, who would you love to collaborate with one day?

A: My main inspirations have been R&B artists like Craig David, Ryan Leslie and Donell Jones.  Right now if I had to pick a couple of artists whom I would like to collaborate with, I would say Frank Ocean and Miguel, because they are pushing the boundaries and forging a new R&B sound.

TAD: Your song about ‘Aishwarya’s Eyes’ made it to The Times of India! Are you a big Bollywood fan? You were born and brought up in the UK, how strong a connection do you keep to your desi roots? Your version of the popular Bollywood song, ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ includes covers of Nicki Minaj’s Superbass. How much does being a British Asian, influence your music?

A: I have become more interested in Bollywood music recently.  Earlier I used to watch the films for their own sake, now I am interested in them more for their soundtracks! I try to keep abreast of all the big Bollywood releases which come out.

I came to the UK at a very young age.   My parents are very Westernised, but I have a lot of British Asian friends.  I think I am fairly in touch with my Desi roots through music and through my friends.   Being a British Asian is the main factor which has influenced my music, because the music I listen to is derived from two different worlds.  This has led me to create music which resonates with other Westernised Asians around the world who represent a fusion of two cultures; this is what makes us unique.

TAD:  How do you handle criticism and rejection?

A:  The more success you have, the more people are exposed to your music and the more criticism you will face, especially when you remake classic songs.  It is important to take on board constructive criticism; you have to be strong-willed enough to take what others have to say without being put off your own course.

TAD: What advice would you give to individuals wishing to embark on music career or those that are struggling to get signed?

A: The advice I would give to individuals who want to embark on a music career is: make sure you learn how the industry operates.  You should not make getting signed your main objective.  You should develop your own sound & brand, and always try to be unique!  Focus on making music and on being you, and let labels come to you.   Use the basic tools available to you in this day and age (i.e. social media) to your advantage and get your music out to the world.

TAD: How do you react to people calling you a role model for independent music artists?

A: It is flattering if anyone considers me a role model.  Having gone the independent route thus far, I can say that one good thing about being independent is that you have complete creative control and can do everything on your own terms, without anyone telling you what to do.  It also means you can connect directly with your listeners/fans.

TAD:  Could you tell us a little bit about your new mainstream single, which is set to be released soon? Will it be available internationally? How do we make sure we know when and where to get our hands on a copy?

A: The mainstream single I hope to release soon is called “Take it Back” and is basically a tribute to old school R&B, since I would like to see R&B brought back in the mainstream.  Rather than follow what is trending and sonically in fashion at the moment, I thought it would be more interesting to carve out my own niche and make music which I genuinely believe in.  If you stay tuned to my social media sites you’ll definitely know when it’s coming out: hopefully it won’t be long now!

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Make sure you are following Arjun on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Soundcloud!

Still can’t get enough? Here’s his website for more details!

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What’s your unique story?

We’re all experiencing life in our own unique ways. Each and every one has a story tell, be brave enough to let the world hear it.

Have you ever felt like you’re not good enough? Maybe you felt like you weren’t good enough for someone, academically or just worthy enough to live your own dreams.

Well, you know what? That’s absolutely false.
For a long time I felt like I wasn’t good enough because I wasn’t studying in medical school, like a good, typical Indian. However much my parents assure me otherwise, there’s a small part of me that still believes it to this day.

Today is worth living, for your own dreams, not someone else’s. You start and end this world alone, in possession of one precious gift called life. It is up to you what you do with it; whether you choose to live life for yourself or not, the time will pass anyway. So isn’t it just worth making it YOUR best life?

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Do it now!

What have you been putting off?
Sending a card?
Doing the dishes?
Calling a friend?
DO IT NOW!

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Never apologise for being yourself!

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Make the movie of your life worthy of an Oscar!

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Do that little bit extra…

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Who Needs Cloud 9?!

 Who needs Cloud 9 when you could be on Cloud 23?

Sometimes you just need to be surrounded by some of your closest friends to lift you higher..and obviously sometimes they lift you high enough to reach Cloud 9, 23.

Located on the __floor fo the Manchester Hilton Hotel, the bar offers a panoramic view of Manchester; Though on the pricier side for Manchester, drinks prices are still a reasonable price compared to London.

If you’re looking to celebrate a milestone, which we definitely were, this is the palce for you.

Big groups, you’ll need to book in advance for the guest list orsmaller parties, you may want to queue on the night.

The Asian Destination – approved.

 

You may not know who I am, but thank you anyway!

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There comes a time when you achieve more if you’re held accountable for something.

Am I right?

As you might know already, I’ve started training for a 10K run in July and raising money for The Rotary Club of Guildford’s Eye Project which focuses on avoidable blindness across the developing world.

I am beyond grateful for the response and the donations that I have received so far. I know that every pound donated will have an impact on those who are visually impaired, especially because it only takes £5 for life saving operation.

Since signing up for the run with some friends, I have discovered the The Running Bug, which devises a training plan according to your fitness level. It portions out the training into manageable chunks during the week….as long as you stick to it!

After a long day in class or labs, the last thing I want to do is to go to the gym or go for a run. This is why I have always preferred to wake up early and go in the morning. Lately though, it’s been a struggle to actually get out of bed and down to the gym.

Yep, we’ve all experienced it –

Just 5 more minutes’ turning into…’I overslept by an hour!’.

Receiving sponsorship for the run though makes me more inclined to actually follow through. Not only do I owe it to myself to give it my best shot but I owe it to the people sponsoring me with their hard-earned money not to mention of course, the people that will benefit from it all.

The more people that seem to know about the run, my training and my goal to do it in a certain time, the more accountable I feel to making it happen.

So, you might now know me, but thank you.

Thank you for making me press snooze, one less time this morning!

So Today: What can you follow through with?

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