Strength Of Mind ( Integrity & EI)

“Getting a hold of my emotions” is the main change in me that I have learned out of all 8 life classes. The term “Integrity” which FS has always been following is something I have learned in depth. Integrity is not only a word but if we apply it in our lives, it can bring a vast change in us and also the people surrounding us. We can help ourselves grow and help others grow if we work on this. In life, there may be many instances where we might think not to follow integrity, but then being brave and working towards it will always keep you stress and guilt free which automatically connects with your emotions.

Emotional Intelligence is something to know about all our emotions in depth, it may be positive or negative and we need to work on it for bringing a better change in ourselves. The life classes here taught me to recognize my different levels of emotions where I could categorize them and fill in what I was lacking. It is we who can keep ourselves happy and it is again we only who can motivate ourselves. We are our own role models when it comes to our mental state of mind. Everyone has a life of their own but what we go through except us no one can feel therefore, we always need to be emotionally strong to stay happy in life and if we are happy we can keep others happy too.


Integrity & Emotional Intelligence- Kappa

I constantly look forward to my life class sessions. We share our hearts and are at ease during this time. Being mindful has been one of the best lessons I’ve learned so far during Integrity & EI classes, among many others. Understanding my feelings and being aware of what I’m expressing and how I’m saying it. I could learn how to regulate my emotions and actions for my mental peace.  It was a wonderful session for encouraging me to just be wise about my mental health. We learned a variety of lessons that will help us in our personal as well as professional lives.

Emotional Intelligence and Integrity

The 8 days of life class has was an opportunity to reflect on our strengths and weaknesses in the areas of self-awareness and acceptance, emotional management towards oneself and others.

There were insightful discussions that primarily fecilitated this reflection. Listening to people and their life stories opened up new worlds to learn from.

I have also witnessed individuals from my cohort grow throught these life classes. To watch more and more people vocalizing their opinions and taking a stand for themselves is in itself a wonderful experience.




The entire programme of Integrity and Emotional intelligence has helped me understand, use, and manage my own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.

The 5 components of EI will help me fuel my performance both in workplace as well as personal life.

The most important take away from these 8 wonderful sessions will be- “From your confidence, empathy and optimism to your social skills and self-control, understanding and managing your own emotions can accelerate success in all areas of your life”.

Emotional Intelligence

This workshop has helped me to self-reflect on my emotional intelligence and also I have got to learn so many aspects wherein how to control and acknowledge my own emotions.

I feel Emotional intelligence is considered important because it has been linked to success in various areas of life, including relationships, academics, and careers. It is also considered to be a key factor in overall life satisfaction and well-being. While some people may have a naturally high level of emotional intelligence, it is also a skill that can be developed and improved through intentional effort and practice.

I also learned

self-awareness: Recognizing and understanding one’s own emotions and how they influence thoughts and behavior.

Self-regulation: The ability to control one’s own emotions, thoughts, and actions, especially in difficult situations.

Motivation: Using emotions to drive positive actions and to achieve personal and professional goals.

Empathy: Understanding and recognizing the emotions of others, and responding to them in an appropriate manner.

Social skills: Building and maintaining positive relationships, both personally and professionally, through effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Emotional intelligence

It was a learning journey where we learned the ability to understand other’s emotions as well as our own we also learned how to implement it into our professional and personal lives, and it was definitely interesting to learn how to manage our own emotions in positive ways to relieve the stress in our lives at work place or other wise , to be able to communicate your emotional challenges to the right person in the  right manner effectively, the ability to empathise with others and why it is important to build that within ourselves.Overall it was a wonderful to get up close to deal with our own challenges and setbacks.

Reflecting on Emotional Intelligence: A Journey of Self-Awareness and Growth

Emotional Intelligence is a concept that has been gaining popularity in recent years, and for good reason. It refers to our ability to recognize, understand, and manage our own emotions, and to some extent the emotions of others. These skills will not only help us in our personal lives but, as I have understood it, also has significant implications for our success in the professional world.

Thanks to FS, I invested around 8 days in this year discussing and learning Emotional Intelligence, and it has been a truly eye-opening experience. During these days, we covered several key concepts that are critical to building emotional intelligence. These concepts include:

We discussed the idea of awareness of our emotions. To start building emotional intelligence, we need to become more aware of our emotions. This means paying attention to how we feel and what is causing those feelings. Once we are aware of our emotions, we can then start working on managing them.


So, naturally the next step is to manage and or control our emotions. I feels this is the critical step and more difficult than the previous one, and yes, easily said than done. This means learning how to regulate our emotional responses, so that we are not overwhelmed by negative emotions and can stay calm and composed in challenging situations.

Another aspect of EI is being empathetic towards others, and in perview of FS, towards our students, our fellow teammates and our leaders as well. Empathy is to understand and share the emotions of others. Empathy helps us build strong relationships with others and allows us to connect with them on a deeper level.

Ankita ma’am also conducted a session with us, and we mainly discussed the Ikigai model. It comes from Japanese philosophy that refers to the intersection of four elements: what we love, what we are good at, what the world needs, and what we can be paid for. When these four elements come together, it leads to a sense of purpose and fulfillment in life.

We also agreed to being open to feedback. I guess taking feedback positively is an area where EI is dusplayed. We must not only be open but willing to receive and act on feedback from others, as it can help us grow and develop both personally and professionally.


I feel the Life Class was a good opportunity to connect with the people around us. And it’s the people who make an organisation, so having good connections and growing together will develop FS into an organisation we all aspire to work for.


Looking forward.

Chocolate – before and after!

The first ever reaction that comes to anyone on listening to chocolate is pleasure and comfort. It makes the world go round. It is the ultimate happiness that anyone can savour. We would all agree that everything is good if it is made of chocolate. Most of us would relate chocolate as a way to deal with feelings instead of to satisfy hunger. 


We were all super-excited when we learnt that we were going to learn about chocolate. And this is the first thing that we got to read.



Imagine our disbelief when we learnt that our delicious chocolate has been termed as something that is suited for the consumption of pigs! And then we learnt that what we read was one of the first detailed accounts of the original chocolate that comes from the History of the New World (1564) by the Milanese Girolamo Benzoni, who travelled in Central America. 


So the story goes like this. In the early days, before the 16th century, chocolate wasn’t this creamy, rich, sweet, sensuous, soft, decadent and super addictive food that we know of. It was extremely bitter, gruelly, coarse, crumbly and too heavy to eat. More than a treat, it was a treatment, used as a medicine or fed to soldiers as an instant energizer to prepare them for war. 


It is only through the human desire to improvise, innovate and derive pleasure that we got the chocolate that we know. It is a great example of human ingenuity in action.


So if you were born before the 16th century, your experience with chocolate would have been very different. So different that if you time travelled and reached this day in Switzerland and tasted chocolate, chances are you wouldn’t be able to make any association of one with the other.


And this is the short video about the history and evolution of chocolate that we watched,


Chocolate has been known and loved for many centuries, not only as food but also as medicine. The process of how chocolate is created right from the cocoa beans that grow inside the pods of the cacao trees that are native to central South America to the bars that we relish was worth learning. 


So the next time you find yourself craving some chocolate, don’t dismiss it as simply craving for a sweet treat. It could be an important signal that your heart is in need of love. Give in to the desire and buy yourself a big bar.  


Mehman Nawazi Of Rander


Mehman Nawazi


Today we decided to explore the long-lost gem- Rander. I have been in Surat for the past 20 years, but this part of Surat was unknown and untouched by me despite its proximity to our school. We explored and visited the various beautiful heritage sites and charming architecture of Rander. The history of Surat and the stories associated with it brought history alive. It felt like we went back in time. The Jain and the Muslim community living together with many temples and mosques next to each other showed us how the people here lived peacefully and happily together despite what is otherwise believed to be the case. 

The people here were so generous and welcoming, including ‘Abbas bhai’ who from his busy schedule gave us almost 4 hours to help us explore the place. He was polite, soft spoken, smiling and sharing with us all the knowledge about the place. Taking extra efforts to get permissions for places which were otherwise out of reach for us. 

After all the walking, we were not just ready but really hungry for the aloo puri and khawsa that we were here for. So the next stop for us was ‘Nakhuda Nasta center’. The place was brimming with aroma and enticed our tastes buds and we were welcomed here with a warm smile. We were first shown the process of how they make these iconic dishes. He took us to the kitchen, showed the making and answered all the questions. Someone revealing their business secret is something I saw for the first time. 

And finally we ordered everything they had on the menu- Aane do!- alu puri, cheese aloo puri, egg aloo puri, chicken aloo puri, rainbow aloo puri, veg khawsa, chicken khawsa, egg khawsa! After eating to our hearts content we wanted to drink something. He was really kind to get us drinks from another shop. This seemed like a local fav- RimZim which was really refreshing and reminded us of our childhood days. Next on our list was hand churned ice cream! And not just one flavor, Abbasbhai got us 12 different flavors! When the plates arrived on our tables we were all love struck- the colors and creaminess..After eating so much we were pretty sure we won’t be able to finish it but when we looked around after 10 mins all the plates were licked clean! 

“Atithi Devo Bhava “

Something I have only heard since I was a child, I experienced today. 

This Mehman Nawazi of Rander blew our minds and made the humble experience of eating aloo puri and khawsa into an unforgettable memory. In Rander you get not just good food but also truly authentic human beings!
This is the end of the story


Payal Jain

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