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Bouncing Back from Difficult Times

Difficult times happen at some point in all our lives. In recent times, we got hit with difficult situations that the whole world has been experiencing together. This unique challenge of a ‘world pandemic’ escalated difficult times and problems to a new level that we have never experienced in our modern lives. 

Dr. Mary Ann V. Mercer, Psy.D., author of ‘Bouncing Back from Difficult Times’ reveals, “It was a wakeup call for most people regarding their lives. And for many that was very unsettling and upsetting”. As a result of working and speaking with people from all over the U.S., Dr. Mercer revealed commonalities in dealing with these difficulties and uncertainty. The sense of uncertainty about the future played havoc on everyone, and still does today. 

Dr. Mercer revealed, “While a lot of people struggled, I noticed many people flourished.”  Why was that?   In discovering these patterns, Dr Mercer decided to reach out to all those who are still suffering because of the recent pandemic – as well as to a variety of other ‘difficult times’ in people’s lives. Her new book and workshop benefits everyone who ever experienced difficult times in their lives and needs guidance to bounce back.

Dr. Mercer reveals, in stories and examples how certain people overcame and grew through the challenges and difficult times. Dr. Mercer explains, “There are key behaviors, traits and habits that are key to bouncing back from difficult times. Even if you were not born that way, you can learn specific patterns from resilient, hopeful, and optimistic people. These are the individuals who leapt out of these hard times.”

These lessons are important right now because of the ongoing uncertainty of our time. Also, some people are experiencing doubt and nervousness in needing to re-enter and face life again.  Just because we flicked the ‘on switch’ in our world does not mean everyone is ready or willing to move ahead. Many are still stuck, trying to make sense of it all, while doubting who they are, what they want and what they are capable of doing in their life. Dr. Mary Ann Mercer’s book guides people out of the rut of uncertainty, and points people in the right direction not only to bounce back but also gain new meaning and purpose in their lives.

Overall Dr. Mercer explains “…you can learn from resilient and optimistic people in that they deal with their reactions calmly and are not reactive to difficulties. Plus, they accept the situations that challenge them. They acknowledge the need to change their position in a flexible and adaptive manner. This includes changing their expectations and plans for their lives.” People have observed that Dr. Mercer “provides the key to handling all kinds of challenging and tough situations”. 

Dr. Mercer provides you with keys to ‘Bouncing Back from Difficult Times’ in an interview and article for your viewers and readers.

Mary Ann V. Mercer, Psy.D., is a Psychologist, Speaker & Intensive Coaching™ co-creator.  Dr. Mercer co-authored many books, including  SPONTANEOUS OPTIMISM™.  She appears on TV & Radio, including Oprah, Home & Family, plus Crook & Chase. Dr. Mercer is quoted in many             publications, including Fitness, Self, Health, Martha Stewart, Fitbit, & Redbook. She delivers speeches and workshops — and co-founded the self-help website     

Interview with Sarwar Ahammed Himel, A successful music artist and entrepreneur

Sarwar Ahammed Himel

Sarwar Ahammed Himel is a Bangladeshi musician, entrepreneur and writer. He was born and brought up in Narsingdi, Bangladesh. In this short life, Sarwar known as a Bangladeshi music artist has started his musical journey since 209 and still has many fan followings worldwide.

Sarwar Ahammed Himel is best known for his book “Hero of Real Life” and his song “Sun and Moon”, ” Dark Moon” which is available now on Spotify,Deezer,Apple Music,Amazon Music and Youtube Music.

Himel has already been verified as the official international music platform on  Spotify,Deezer,Amazon Music,Apple Music.He has recently got a place in artist verification and selection from Spotify.

This young man grew up in Narsingdi, one of the oldest cities in Bangladesh. Sarwar has established himself as a successful singer in the music industry. He founded his own company Red Vampires Arena. In terms of launching, disseminating your content, and digital marketing, if you want to start a musical life, you first need to improve your skills and you also need to be familiar with the use of various tools.

Since childhood, he had a keen interest in trying new things. His classmates recall that his thinking style was different than many other individuals in the class.

He never hesitated in experimenting. At a very young age, he opened his company Red Vampires Arena with a vision of becoming one of the greatest in the Digital Marketing Industry.

Regarding the state of work through digital in the Corona situation, he said it is impossible to go outside the house and do a regular job in an epidemic situation. If you want to work in a production company, you have to go there. So at the moment, I am trying to publish songs from home through YouTube, Spotify and iTunes, and all the streaming apps. In this situation, I think these are the best means.

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art presents Narrating from the Museum Archives and Collection: 10 years of KNMA – A Virtual Tour

Committed to COVID-19 safety protocols, KNMA continues to encourage audiences to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus. Keeping this in mind, the Museum is intent on enhancing its online offering, ensuring that art is accessible to all. Having celebrated a decade in existence in 2020, this extraordinary exhibition was cut short due to the national lockdown. The ‘Narrating from the Museum Archives and Collection: 10 years of KNMA’ virtual tour is now available for viewing online across all KNMA digital platforms. This 3D walkthrough includes the work of renowned artists like J Sultan Ali, Ranbir Kaleka, VS Gaitonde, SH Raza, Ram Kumar, Akbar Padamsee, FN Souza, Tyeb Mehta, MF Husain, Krishen Khanna, Ida Kar, KP Krishnakumar, Surendran Nair, Jitish Kallat, Himmat Shah and many more. It gives users the opportunity to immerse themselves in an almost lifelike 360 panoramic experience of the museum, moving through it with simple user-friendly navigation tools that allow for explore the artworks.

This exhibition itself offers a snapshot of KNMA’s archive and collection, built over the course of ten years with very careful consideration by renowned collector, Founder and Chairperson, Kiran Nadar. Her contribution to the art world, has helped to realize her vision of providing a platform to recognize talented artists, allowing them to access larger audiences and build appreciation for their artworks within India and abroad. The digital expansion, has helped to bolster this and allows for new and diverse audiences a glimpse into the world of art.

KNMA presents Craftopia Season – 4, An Online Artsy Summer Camp for Kids

The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) presents Craftopia 4: An Online Artsy Summer Camp for Kids. Keeping in mind health and safety concerns, KNMA will be holding its popular art camp online this summer. 

This year the camp will focus on the history of art movements mixing interesting historic tidbits, with DIYs and crafts to go along. The session will delve into Renaissance Art, Impressionist Art, Contemporary Art and much more. Each episode will feature an art project inspired by an artist from that particular movement, it will use elements of the style discussed and guide children to create homemade interpretations.

The summer camp will allow kids to discover fascinating and fun facts about the various art movements, schools of thought, and artists themselves. This will be a continuous 10-day online summer camp with the opportunity to indulge in a vast array of art styles and develop a basic understanding of art history. The series will kick off on June 19, 2021 and run through June 29, 2021. All episodes will be available for viewing on the KNMA website and KNMA social media handles. 



S. No.

Date of Release




19th June

Birth of Venus 3D Art 

Renaissance Movement



20th June

Doll With a Pearl Earring The 

 Baroque Movement


21st June

Mini Raft 

Romanticism Movement



22nd June

Nine Colour Water Lilies 

Impressionism Movement


23rd June

Paint The Scream with Yarn 

 Expressionism Movement


24th June

Flower Girl Paper Weight 

Cubism Movement


25th June

Collage Art & Abstract Paint 

 Dadaism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism Movement


27th June

Paint Denim Like Lichtenstein 

 Pop Art Movement


28th June

Minimalist Wire Art 

Minimalism Art Movement



29th June

Sculpt Like Kallat 

Contemporary Art Movement







Since its inception in 2018, the home-grown OTT platform ULLU has become one of the fastest-growing OTT platforms which showcase approximately 46800 minutes of exhaustive, multi-genre programming of original content. While their target is mostly Tier 2 and Tier 3 audiences, their subscriber base also includes users from Tier 1 cities too who like to watch their content by paying for it. This is a positive sign for the platform as its getting well received by not only the rural parts but also the urban audience.

To make the app more family-friendly, ULLU has launched a 2.0 version of the app that will include high-end content and also improve the in-app experience. The 2.0 version of the app has a ‘censor’ filter to let users choose the type of content they want to see which is known as ‘Censored Movie Programming’. Once the filter is switched on, the content will automatically switch to family consumption viewing, editing all the adult content out. It will also give a warning regarding consumption of alcohol and cigarettes, beeping out abusive language, and editing the violence and sexual content. They have further included a premium segment known as ULLU Gold which will showcase movies/web series starring high-profile actors & directors. There will also be a segment known as ULLU Silver which will have new movies (released till 6 months ago) which will be available on the platform. It will have an AVod model built for the consumers who don’t believe in spending on subscriptions. Additionally, the app will also be introducing a ‘RENT-A-MOVIE’ section which will be pay-per-click-per-view.

Commenting on the development, CEO and Founder of ULLU, Vibhu Agarwal shares, “The OTT segment saw a phenomenal growth last year due to the pandemic- and ULLU benefited from it witnessing a 220% growth, both in revenue and subscriber base. We now have 48 million users. With ULLU Silver, we hope to increase our subscriber base by another 40-50%. We don’t want ULLU to only be an OTT platform and hence we will soon be diversifying into Merchandise and telecommunication as well.” Takes Off At The Grant Fuhr Celebrity Invitational today announces a new social website for posting free online classified ads in local markets. The online classified website combines the best features of several of the web’s most popular sites, offers localized “neighborhood bulletin boards” throughout the USA. It allows users to easily post and respond to an extensive variety of other user ads. It’s a better balanced site for everyone. Users may post and respond to other user ads in familiar categories ranging from local news and events, to buy/sell/trade, to professional services, jobs, dating, and the most innovative features in classified website history.

Some of the innovative features include:

· A Special College SquawkBoard in many college towns with safe college only specific categories like rideshare, learning materials, events, campus area housing, and groups that will be of interest to benefit students on campus

· Parental Control Options. SquawkBoard makes it easy for parents and institutions to block access to sensitive areas of the website

· Non Flagging Feature so competitors are unable pull competing businesses ads off

· SquawkBoard Watchdog. It enables any user to immediately report any user content that violates the terms and conditions of the site. SquawkBoard is monitored daily

· A Nationwide Platform Political / Medical / Educational / Entrepreneurial / Environmental / Tech / Sports and Entertainment for expressing ideas, news, breakthroughs, innovations, etc. The user can with a push of a button be published in over 575 cities.

Additionally, several “Safer Society links were added for general information related to public awareness and notifications.

“We wanted to create a real platform for free speech and expression with well thought out ideas related to safety and friendliness for all users, so we put the control in the user hands,” said Founder Gary Drawert. “Also due to the extensive hardship that COVID-19 has brought to many, we’ve decided SquawkBoard will be one hundred percent free to give everyone the opportunity to promote oneself.”

Pro hockey hall-of-famer great Grant Fuhr is hosting a celebrity golf invitational April 16th and 17th that will benefit the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. More information is available here:

For more information on, contact:
c/o Gary Drawert