You won’t believe it! At the age of 14, Neil Nayyar has already mastered 107 different musical instruments. If you love a particular type of music, chances are, Neil plays it and he plays it well. Classical, Bollywood, jazz, rock, and sounds from all over the world flow from this musician, but this is not the only amazing thing about him. He is only 14 years old and getting better every day!
At the age of five years when most of the kids can just sing along to the tunes hearing from the media Neil’s parents realised his talent and how good he was to the instruments. After seeing his talent they got registered him for summer camps where Neil learned how to play several instruments. He has music teachers from across the world; China, India, Italy and several others remotely.
Neil holds the Assist Foundation’s world record as the youngest person to play all those instruments from all parts of the planet. He is also recognised with Medal of Mayor given by Mayor Steve Ly of Elk Grove, California and has been awarded by World Records India for title “Worlds’s Youngest multi-Instrumentalist”.
CC: You’ve shaken the world by your talent, 107 music instruments - it’s unbelievable! When you take a new music instrument, what do you usually do? What is your process of mastering it?
NN: When I pick any new instrument, first I like to play without any help. I figure it out myself. Then I look for techniques on youtube or Books and learn them. Some instruments, I go offline/online take lessons with professional musicians/Teachers as well. To master, it takes time/dedication/focus. That is continuous process. I practice around 8 hours per day to refine my skills on variety of instruments. We, all musicians/artists keep refining as we move on on this journey.
CC: You’ve started playing at the age of 5. Do you remember your first steps as an instrumental player?
NN: I started with Drums. I remember I picked up drum sticks and started to make beats right away and amazed the kids.
CC: What was the first melody you played?
NN: My first melody was to play Drums along with Jai Ho Song from movie "Slumdog Millionaire" at school recital. That was my first performance at age of 6 or 7.
CC: That’s amazing! And at the age of 12 you’ve set a World record by playing 44 musical instruments. Were you recognised by the Guinness World Records?
NN: We contacted them and waited for 8 months. But they were not able to figure it out to make it as a world record. Now I am working on my album which will include 107 world music instruments. We will submit this album for Guinness World records. Hopefully, they will approve it.
CC: Of course, we hope for you! Adding to this, music is not the only thing you've mastered. As far as we are concerned, you can paint, is good in martial arts and even Bollywood dance. Are you home schooled?
NN: Yes, I am homeschooled from grade 1 to up to now in 9th grade and will continue. It gives me more time and flexibility to adjust my schedule. I can choose my study time according to my schedule.
Read full interview with Neil in the "Cosmo Chic" January issue.
A Las Vegas vacation for many people is an experience to enjoy twenty-four-seven food, drink, and of course gambling. That is the very reason that many people visit Vegas and it is also one of the main reasons that the city of Las Vegas and the gambling empires that have been built, crumbled, and been rebuilt again and again have had many of the rocky rides that offer more bumps, dips, twists, and turns than you will find on many of the roller coasters that also inhabit this great city.
Las Vegas has so much more than that to offer its visitors. This city of bright lights and empty promises is quickly becoming a city that offers world-class entertainment and excitement to its residents and its visitors. Las Vegas has some of the best dining on the planet. Many of the wonderful dining experiences are associated with the casinos of the area but they would not be as successful as they are if there was not a reason to keep the tables full. Diners don't tend to dine if the food isn't good and a for a restaurant a bad review will travel around the world three times before ten good reviews will make it once. This means that the world-class fine dining restaurants really must earn their stripes in order to bring in the business required in order to stay in business.
I personally tend to look for the dining bargains and that is what this particular article will focus on. There many great places to eat in Vegas that will not have you busting open your piggy bank. Now my guy is a steak and potato kind of man so I always try to look for a good steak bargain. For him, I love Arizona Charlie's Boulder Sourdough CafÈ. Here you can get a 14-ounce Porterhouse for $7.99 this includes soup or salad, choice of potato or rice (5 pm-11 pm), veggies, and rolls. You can also get spaghetti and meatballs for $6.49 and Chicken Penne Primavera or fried chicken for $6.99. This is good food at its best at a price that easy on the budget.
This is just one of the many places a person or family can get a relatively good meal inexpensively. Not all great bargains involve steaks but there are many great food bargains to have. Be aware of coupons you may find around town offering two for one food purchases or dollars off of entree purchases. It may not seem like much or two but if you can manage to save $2 per two people for 10 meals during your stay, that adds up pretty quickly to forty dollars that could buy a little time on the slot machines or tickets to one of the many great shows.
Eating Cheap In Vegas
Educator and Humanitarian, Christine Reidhead, is an Assistant Professor and the Founder and CEO of the Nonprofit Organization, AfrikRising. The youngest of five children, she was born in Mesa, Arizona to Phyllis and Daniel Cluff. Christine is a native of Benson, Arizona, where she learned the importance of hard work and dedication. She had the pleasure of growing up in a great and supportive community. Today, she works at Navajo Technical University as an Assistant Professor of Business and Program Manager for the Department of Transportation Grant. She is also a Business Department Chair and Faculty Vice President.
Alongside these roles, Christine serves her own nonprofit organization, AfrikRising, which provides critical resources to the children of Africa who face starvation, educational limitations, and health disparities. Whether it is in her own local community or multiple populations across the world, it has always been her desire to help others, especially children. She also hosts her own podcasts, which focus on nonprofits, advocacy, the Tribal College Movement and sports talk. She just published her Tribal College Movement Podcast with the Tribal College Journal.
Outside of this and her career, she works tirelessly in serving as a positive example for her two amazing sons. It is her mission to make certain that they always know the importance of education and feel the joy of helping those who need it most.
We decided to meet this inspirational woman and ask her about her life, career and dreams.
CL: Hi Christine, how are you feeling today?
CR: I’m doing great, thank you!
CL: It is always a pleasure to meet woman that inspire, and you are definitely one of them! You have so many roles: being an assistant professor, faculty vice president, serving a non-profit organization for helping children in Africa and being a mom of two. What role do you consider the most important of all?
CR: Definitely, being a mother. My boys are amazing and I love being an important part of their lives. They are growing up too fast!
CL: You’ve been born in a large family with five kids. Was it tough being the youngest?
CR: I had older brothers and a lot of male cousins so I had to hold my own, but I loved it! It instilled toughness in me and a sense of fight.
CL: What is the warmest memory from your childhood?
CR: I was always involved in sports and really loved the relationships I built through that.
Read the full interview with Christine in "Cosmo Life" December issue.
Our exclusive interview is with Hiroki Ohsawa, LA-based Japanese film director. Hiroki’s directed movie “The Alc-Man” is just released and available online. The movie won 1 award and 5 nominations at film festivals, and was screened at TCL Chinese Theater, the most iconic landmark in Hollywood. Today, Hiroki confessed the source of the imagination and the way of story visualization.
Hiroki Ohsawa studied filmmaking and media literacy at Waseda University in Japan. While still at school, he directed and produced two award-wining documentaries. After working as a Consumer Toy Sales Operations in Bandai Namco Group, Hiroki moved to Los Angeles and earned his MFA in filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. His works have earned him 7 awards, including Best Drama from the LA Shorts Awards, and have been nominated for 10 awards.
CP: Hi Hiroki, congratulations on your movie “The Alc-Man”!
HO: Thank you so much, and thanks for having me!
CP: Can you please explain the story of the movie?
OH: It’s about a superhero called Alc-Man who transforms by drinking alcohol to save the world from alcoholic monsters. After his arch nemesis Booze The Great comes back from Alcohol Hades, a retired Alc-Man is forced to train his rebellious minor daughter to follow in his footsteps in order to protect herself. So, the story is pretty much about the relationship between the father and the daughter.
CP: The concept of “The Alc-Man” is unbelievably unique. How did you come up with the brand-new idea?
HO: I don’t think that’s brand-new, actually. I just combined a few well-known ideas in one in my style. Here is the thing. Can you imagine a non-existent new color? No, it’s impossible. However, you can make a new mixed color with the unique combination of existent colors. That’s what I did in “The Alc-Man”. Power Rangers was one of the products when I was working at a toy company, and I had experienced heavy drinking parties consistently since I was a university student. I put those two factors, superhero and alcohol, together and it was a new combination which no director has ever done before.
CP: After creating an amazing story, the next step is visualizing it as a director. How did you do that?
OH: I believe everything in the screen must have a reason to be there, and color is one of them. The alcoholic father and the hot-blooded daughter have wounded relationship at the beginning of the movie, so I used toxic green for the father and bloody red for the daughter as their theme colors, especially wardrobes. Green and red are opposite colors and describe a rupture between them. When the father and the daughter fight together against their arch nemesis at the end of the movie, the father’s superhero suit glows yellow. According to the three primary colors of light, it becomes yellow when green and red are mixed. That describes their relationship is eventually restored in harmony.
CP: You designed and made the superhero costumes by yourself. Did you also have a reason for the design?
HO: Oh yeah. Please look at the design of the title logo and the glowing lines on the superhero suit. They match.
CP: Are you working on different projects?
HO: I directed a Japanese language educational web series “NihonGO NOW!” supervised by Mari Noda, Professor of The Ohio State University last March in Japan. Next year, the videos will be available online and a textbook series by the same name will be published from a major publisher in Oxford, England. I’m also working on a feature film and a TV series as a director, but they’re still in the confidential pre-production phase. Hope I will announce something about them soon!
“The Alc-Man” Movie: https://youtu.be/FF3wep5Gum8
“NihonGO NOW!” IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11095584/
Hiroki Ohsawa Productions: https://hirokiohsawa.wixsite.com/hirokiohsawa
Nish Dubashia is a gifted author with a brilliant mind who was invited at the age of 24 to discuss his work with Albert Einstein’s scientific successor. We are happy to interview him here about his life and work.
You recently published a book entitled “The Unity of Everything: A Conversation with David Bohm”. What is this book about?
It is essentially a conversation that I had with David Bohm, one of the world’s greatest theoretical physicists, and the man whom Albert Einstein considered to be his intellectual successor, about a model of reality that I created when I was a mathematics student at the University of Warwick.
You constructed a model of reality. Can you tell us a little bit more about this model?
Well, I had been studying the world’s religions for many years, and started to notice some deep underlying similarities between them. They all seemed to have a similar metaphysic about how the universe we perceive emerges out of an underlying energy or consciousness of some kind, and how we can return to or rediscover that energy or consciousness in our own journey or experience. I also started to see similarities between this metaphysic and some of the discoveries of modern physics, particularly in the writings of David Bohm. So this led to me trying to formulate the most simple or essential version of this metaphysic in modern language that I thought was possible.
You were a very gifted student in school and university, so your interest in Mathematics and Physics must have stemmed from that. But how did you become so interested in religion?
I lived in India for the first few years of my life, and was introduced to Hindu mythology by my grandfather. After coming to the UK, I was given a Bible by my best friend at school and found myself becoming absorbed in Jewish and Christian stories too. As I got older, this interest became more serious and more philosophical, and my interest in Mathematics started to motivate me to look for patterns of commonality across the different religions that could be neatly and even geometrically modelled.
Your interest in religion hasn’t only been academic. You have also been a serious practitioner of the spiritual traditions for many decades now. How did that come about?
When I was a student at Warwick, I lived just about one hundred metres away from Chee Soo, who at the time was the UK’s foremost Taoist master. I started to learn Tai Chi Chuan and Taoist meditation from him, and realised that spirituality wasn’t just about reading books. It was, more importantly, about personal transformation. I later started practicing Theravada Buddhist meditation with monks from nearby Leamington Spa, who would periodically visit the university. And, when I later started working in London, I continued my studies and practice in the context of Tibetan and Zen Buddhism. I have tried to be quite dedicated with my practice, and have only missed four days practice in nearly thirty years. Those four days were when I was in hospital having surgery.
Wow, that is very dedicated. And how did the meeting with David Bohm come about? I mean, how does one end up discussing the secrets of the universe with Einstein’s protégé?
I guess that one just has to be an over-confident youth. What happened is that I wrote a detailed 80-page paper developing the model and showing its correlations with the different spiritual traditions of the world, as well as with modern physics, and sent the paper to David Bohm, who was Professor at Birkbeck College in London. I honestly didn’t expect to hear from him. But about two weeks later, I received a phone call at home asking for a “Professor Dubashia” and it was David Bohm himself inviting me to discuss my paper with him at his offices in London. Obviously, I took the day off work and went. I would have probably left my job for such an opportunity.
How did the meeting actually go? Anything particularly memorable?
Well, I was quite nervous talking to one of the world’s great intellects, but Bohm was very gracious in addressing my questions and suggestions. For me, there were two real highlights of the meeting. Firstly, he told me that many people attempt to create models of reality similar to mine, but that many such attempts are quite incoherent. However, he believed that mine was quite coherent in comparison. Secondly, when I asked him at the end of the meeting how I should proceed to develop the model further, he said that the way to proceed would be to put the implications of the model into practice, and this provided, for me, a huge impetus to continue with my meditation practice even more seriously, which I have done to this day.
Can you tell us a bit more about your actual model?
The crux of the model is that there is an underlying Wholeness or Unity behind the apparent world of separate things and events. Mind and matter both emerge out of this Wholeness as relatively separate entities or processes, and their interaction then creates the apparently real manifest or observable world of differences and distinctions. Unfortunately, the mind often carries on this process beyond where it is helpful or necessary, and this leads to conflict and disorder within the world and within oneself. Ultimately, even the distinction between Wholeness and Multiplicity is not absolute, since both of these emerge out of a deeper Ground of all Being, which is the Source of Everything.
And how does all of this relate to spirituality?
Well, the entire spiritual journey or process can effectively be seen as a movement back from the normal fragmentation of this world to healthy multiplicity, and then from healthy multiplicity back to the original Wholeness again. And, in some rare cases, highly enlightened beings may once again even go back to the Source or Ground of Everything.
Now you talk in your book about some kind of enlightenment experience that you yourself had in 2007. Can you tell us a bit more about that?
Well, I don’t want to make any big claims, so I say all of this quite tentatively and I completely understand if some people may respond with scepticism. In June 2007, I had gone out for a meal with my wife, and we were sitting outside a restaurant near a lake. Suddenly, something seemed radically different, and I slowly realized that my mind had stopped. No thoughts, no feelings, just a kind of pure perception of the world around me. This was accompanied by a sense of great joy or great relief that my mind was no longer generating any of the normal chatter, much of it negative and problem-making, that most of us perpetually suffer from. Over the coming days and weeks, this condition or state intensified until I felt as if there were blissful energies pouring down on me from above through the top of my head, down the front of my body, and back up the spine. And I was able to simply watch this whole process occurring without being involved or implicated in it in any way, as if it were happening to someone else. And when I looked around me, it was obvious that everything and everybody around me were not ultimately different from who I was. The sense of being a separate self was gone. There was only a simple Wholeness, and I was that Wholeness. And I remained in this state, 24/7, for about six months.
This sounds quite extraordinary. And are you still in that state?
Occasionally. But it is rarely as intense, and never as permanent as it was during the second half of 2007. However, it is still implicitly there in the background in some sense. I think that an experience or realization of that kind can never completely leave you. And what is even more interesting is that a couple of close friends who are also long-term spiritual practitioners have said quite explicitly that they have felt a sense of that realization themselves on occasion when they have been in my company. So maybe an experience of that kind can almost be contagious in some sense to people who are open to it.
And where do you go from here?
Well, hopefully I will be able to continue meditating for the rest of my days whilst continuing more detailed study of the spiritual traditions. I have developed a much more detailed model of the spiritual traditions in three-dimensions which even has potential predictive capacities in relation to how these traditions may continue to evolve in quite specific ways. A colleague and I are writing about this, and maybe a huge book about this will one day see the light of day. Now I think that could really have an impact.
Thank you very much for your time, Mr Dubashia
You’re very welcome.
Meek Mill loves motorcycles the same way Mick Fanning (Australian surfer) Loves big waves. Or how Jimmy Chin (National Geographic photographer) Likes to climb a four-mile cliff. This is a dangerous hobby, because of which he may one day cripple or even die. Although, if you live for adrenaline, this is the only way you can afford yourself to be!