Ila Pachauri: Iconic Nation Builders Award Of 2021
RNTalks: Good morning, Ila Ji. It’s great to be chatting with you here. Could you start by telling us a bit about yourself?
Ila Pachauri: I am Ila Pachauri, a green crusader. It’s my endeavor to spread awareness about keeping indoor plants for better air quality in the surroundings and for combatting mental stress.
I also mentor people on managing Household waste, kitchen waste by turning it into organic fertilizers, composts, bio-fertilizers, bio cleaners, and skincare products, thus helping the environment to stay clean and green.
RNTalks: Ila Ji, what are the hobbies that help destress you, and what do you like to do when you’re not on job?
Ila Pachauri: Gardening, reading, poetry writing, singing, and listening to Indian classical music are all the things that destress me.
RNTalks: That’s wonderful! Was there a time you messed up and felt like you’d failed? How did you bounce back?
Ila Pachauri: Not once but many times, I thought I had failed. But my positivity and meditation helped me to bounce back.
RNTalks: What are your views on risk-taking Ila Ji? Have you taken risks in life? How did you learn to embrace risk-taking?
Ila Pachauri: One has to take risks in order to grow, we can’t set safe boundaries around us. My belief is to take the bull by its horns. You may be beaten up many times, but you shall emerge a winner one day.
RNTalks: Honestly speaking I too believe in the same concept as yours. Can you tell me about a recent business/professional setback if any? How did you recover?
Ila Pachauri: My business of indoor plants has taken a hit during Covid days. Still suffering but I haven’t lost hope and am still very positive about the future.
RNTalks: That’s the way to go…according to you Ila Ji, which leadership skills were the most difficult to develop?
Ila Pachauri: Identification of my shortcomings
RNTalks: You have seen and experienced all so what’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned and how has it proven invaluable and helped you grow?
Ila Pachauri: According to me the most important leadership lesson I’ve learned is ‘Learn to listen.’
RNTalks: How did you develop the skill of speaking so engagingly in front of groups?
Ila Pachauri: I am a people’s person. Speaking comes naturally to me.
RNTalks: Are you considering a career transition? What are some other areas that might be a good fit for you?
Ila Pachauri: Not yet, but open to new avenues. One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is the gift of self-awareness, meaning the ability to see yourself as others view you.
RNTalks: Ila Ji, from what I have known you come across as a person with a beautiful heart. How do you think others perceive you?
Ila Pachauri: I am seen as a warm, soft, endearing, and compassionate person.
RNTalks: As a mentor what do you think are the 3 main areas for improvement in today’s education system?
Ila Pachauri: Bookish knowledge should be replaced by practical teaching. Children should be taught to think and analyze. They must be encouraged to ask questions.
RNTalks: From your point of view, what should be the role of technology in the process of education?
Ila Pachauri: There is no progress without technology, but we should remember to use it like a boon and not a bane.
RNTalks: You have a vast experience of life so, Ila Ji, f you should characterize a great school principal/mentor with three words, which words would you choose?
Ila Pachauri: Visionary, dedicated, and compassionate
RNTalks: From your point of view, what should be the relationship between a mentor/principal and the students?
Ila Pachauri: The relationship between a mentor/principal and the students should be open, trusted, and happy.
RNTalks: Do you have any role models in your life? Pl elaborate
Ila Pachauri: I am my own role model, a work in progress.
RNTalks: What is your opinion about the new education policies and ever-changing scenarios during COVID time?
Ila Pachauri: In my belief, with rapidly changing times given the COVID scenario, and also due to fast-changing socio-economic genesis, we have to look for alternative methods of teaching where individuals are given knowledge based on their choice.
Plus I feel a strong need for education that empowers them financially, mentally, and emotionally. Handing out education from textbooks is not going to work anymore.
RNTalks: Share your top 3 innovative ideas that you have implemented in your teaching in the past 2 years during the Pandemic to improve the wellness quotient of your students.
Ila Pachauri: Some of my innovative ideas are:
- One-on-one sessions where I not only talk about my subject but also counsel the individual on his or her emotional/ mental issues.
- Increased awareness on keeping, sharing, gifting plants for a better environment.
- Motivated more and more women to bring out their creativity by way of singing, writing, gardening to keep away stress and fear during Covid times.
RNTalks: Ila Ji, please accept our heartiest congratulations on receiving the RSRA: Iconic Nation Builders of 2021 Award at RNTalks Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Awards under the category of Excellence In School/Entrepreneurs. How do you feel about it?
Ila Pachauri: It was indeed an honor to receive the RSRA: Iconic Nation Builders of 2021 Award at RNTalks Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Awards under the category of Excellence In School/Entrepreneurs. My thanks to RNTalks for this event and for recognizing our endeavors.
RNTalks: Give one example of your teaching experience where your teaching and interaction with students has changed the direction of at least one life for the better.
Ila Pachauri: I guided my house helps sons and daughters while taking their tuitions. I counseled them to take up suitable careers, taught them manners and etiquette, polished their speaking skills and they are all now working in good places …making a life for themselves. I have been guiding my friends to use kitchen waste as fertilizers and their healthy plants are a success story.
RNTalks: Any special message or any suggestions you would like to share with your visitors/fans which you think would help them evolve as an individual?
Ila Pachauri: I would like to tell all my dear friends to add more greenery to their home, office space, and surroundings if they wish to live a cheerful, healthy, stress-free life.
Tending to green babies is not only therapeutic, it also teaches you patience and perseverance while making this world more beautiful.
Be more conscious of discarding household waste and adding to the growing mounds of garbage and pollution…it is the responsibility of every individual to manage and minimize household waste. Thank you RNTalksKeep and keep up the good work that you are doing.
RNTalks: WOW, that’s awesome Ila Ji! On behalf of RNTalks, I wish you all the best for your future in mentoring and your green venture.
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