I thank God for providing me with the skills, intellect, and courage to share my story and the spirit to help others: Dr. Burl Randolph, Jr.
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Testimonial: "'Inspired, Not Retired' is the true embodiment of inspiration, enlightenment, and self-awakening," Asha Bajaj, editorial director, publisher, and marketing of Canadian-Media
Toronto/Canadian-Media: A review of Dr. Burl Randolph, Jr.'s book “Inspired Not Retired” by Asha Bajaj focuses on leadership and mentorship based on the slow and steady evolution of a voluntary developmental relationship Burl had with his father and makes the book a must to be read by both children and parents.
Image: Dr. Burl Randolph, Jr. (left), Dr. Burl with his wife & two sons (top); Commissioning of Dr. Burl in 1983 (bottom)
As the title of the book suggests, retirement is not a signal to the end of life or giving of oneself. Rather it should provide inspiration for continuous improvement of the self and the community one lives in.
After five years of retirement, Burl still did not feel retired and yearns to help create understanding through mentorship relationships with service to the community and to make it better.
Burl's message in the conclusion of his book, “I remain Inspired, Not Retired, there is much work to be done…and retire when…I have done my best and it is time to rest” has not only reinforced my mission in my being inspired even after retirement but also strive to make the community a better place.
Other important lessons learned are hard work does not kill, never to remain idle, always be useful; and have a purpose; learn to recognize opportunities to remain useful which are motivating factors for both parents and children to read this book and get inspired by its various messages.
The book's anecdotes teach the children not to overlook the sacrifices and guidance they received from their parents to be successful in life.
Burl admitted in his book that his parents’ advice was responsible for his personality, professionality, and patience and inspired him to realize not only how to accomplish his end goals but also know when these goals had been accomplished.
This message has awakened my feelings of gratefulness to my parents for all their teachings and the sacrifices they made to make me who I am at present.
Burl narrates through story-telling technique and actual experiences, in semi-chronological order, not only the parental lessons he learned in leadership but also how to transform one’s goals in life to be useful to the community in making it a better place.
Leadership is evident as well as developed in everyday rituals and daily discipline both at home and by the organizations in everyday weekly or monthly tasks emphasizes the author and adds that although “some may consider these functions routine, but there is nothing routine about management and leadership."
His father’s lessons of humility, critical and creative thinking early in his life taught him to be willing to wait for what is important and motivates young readers and has made me realize the importance of organization in our daily repeated routines.
“It is not always what you think of yourself as a leader, but what those who willingly follow you think of you, that makes you the effective leader,” said Burl in the book “Inspired Not Retired” in which he pays tribute to his father for his leadership qualities and lessons.
The lessons of creativity to create one's own opportunities, preparedness, humility, consideration for others, selflessness, honesty, hard work taught in this book should first be imbibed by parents by reading this book and then passing it on to their children and youth to be equipped with their leadership qualities to create the desired change in the universe.
Being aware that stories about familial relationships and the relationship between African American males and their children have rarely been told, Burl, of African American descent, dedicated himself to write a book about parental lessons he learned ever since he was a child.
To facilitate easy understanding for the readers, Dr. Burl has divided each of the 21 chapters of his book - with its heading depicting the content of the chapter -- into three parts: The Insight, the Inspiration, and the Application.
Burl highlights that creativity is not always about necessity, but often about opportunity leading to a greater vision, although Burl confessed in the book that his creativity was manifested from necessity and reality which enabled him to obtain the unattainable in life and taught him to embrace life-long learning to stay creative and engaged and is an inspiration to both parents, youth, and children of today.
I am much impressed by these insights which made him look at people as what they are and not what they own.
This not only kept him focused on his work with a spirit of teamwork and a spirit of giving, not for the reward but with a desire to do always his best but thought-provoking for the readers
Burl’s technique of using simple life incidents such as rain during a boat expedition with his father and the son's forgetfulness in not bringing his jacket. is useful in easily transferring these lessons to the readers when his father commented,
These lessons of consideration for others as well as preparation are critical elements of his success in educational pursuits, military career, and the doctoral program.
Learning life skills, cutting grass, dishwashing, doing outside chores, hard work paved the way for Burl’s future success with the realization that initiative is a key trait of self-starters which combined with intellect becomes a necessity to accompany the hard work. He also learned that creativity is not free and that his concept should be original, detail-oriented, cost-effective to be transformed into a reality.
This feature made Dr. Burl formulate three objectives: Greater access, Greater quality, and Greater volume of prospects for our target market are enlightening to the readers.
After his father’s death, Burl learned the lessons of compassion, humility, respect, selflessness, and fearlessness not only for his success in life but also as a realization of how to apply compassion and loyalty on life’s journey.
It was only after his father’s death that Burl realized the importance of rest, relaxation, and reflection and the proper technique to achieve these and validates reflection as the meditative strategy of self-evaluation which enables one to discover the impact of one's actions.
I wanted to convey a socially relevant message to the youth of India and the 30 million. NRIS.: Trilok Malik
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New York/Canadian-Media: New York-based, Emmy-nominated short film 'To New India with Love' celebrating India's 75th Independence Day staring Tirlok Malik (as Prof. Khanna), would be released on various digital platforms by Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media, with its world premiere on August 27 at 11.00 AM EST (USA/CANADA) and 8.30 PM IST (INDIA) on the YouTube channel of nritvfilmclub.
Trilok Malik (as Prof Khanna) on the left. Image credit: Mukta Advertising
During an email interview, Asha Bajaj, Editorial Director of Canadian-Media had a chance to discuss with the actor/director Trilok the emotional conflict that comes with the reality of life.
Following is the excerpt of the interview:
Asha: What are your comments on the Indian-American film Industry?
Trilok: There are few filmmakers who make films, but it's very limited. It needs to be supported more by Indian American Audience. Filmmaking is one area Indians Living In the USA and Canada need to make a bigger mark. There is a lot of talent; hopefully, they will get a chance to shine. I have many local talented artists In my films. I tell stories about being an immigrant, may it be the USA or Canada. I see that when you migrate, there are many emotional conflicts, and through my films, I present a view where one can feel more assimilated and less conflicted. In times to come, I see it growing into a much bigger film industry.
We've seen you made feature films with celebrities; what inspired you to make a short film?
As a storyteller, I am not hindered by the length of the film; I wanted to convey a socially relevant message to the youth of India and the 30 million NRIS.
This is a non-commercial venture with a public service spirit appealing to Indians worldwide. Therefore, I felt content needed to be told through a short film.
What is the journey of this short film other than being released on YouTube?
The film will have its world premiere On August 27, 2021, on the YouTube channel of nritvfilmclub. Following this, the film will be shown on television and on various digital platforms worldwide.
For our aspiring filmmaker, please share some facts about the film, like the format it was shot, the time it was made in, and the budget and other info that can benefit in planning a film.
The film was shot in 4K digital format. Once the script was ready, the film took one week for pre-production and production. And one month for post-production. The film is priceless because a team of creatively passionate people got together and spent the money needed on renting the equipment, good food for the 30 members cast and crew, location, and transportation. etc. My suggestion to aspiring filmmakers is to plan well and go for it. I am always open to mentoring aspiring filmmakers and artists.
What is your next project?
At present, I have a feature film and a short film in development.
'To New India with Love' envisages the vision of New India championed by India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and aims to create greater awareness about the role that NRIs can play in mentoring the Indian youth.
#BrummetMediaGroup; #EnvironmentIssuses; #NonFiction; #AngleHillStudios; #Trilogy
Toronto/Canadian-Media: Award-winning authors Lillian Brummet & her husband Dave Brummet are the team behind Brummet Media Group, and have been writing as a team since 1999 with each contributing to their talents; Dave's editing formatting and graphic design and Lillian's research and marketing skills.
Asha Bajaj, Editorial-Director, Publisher, and Marketing of Canadian-Media (www.canadian-media.com) had the privilege of learning about Brummet Media Group and their various contributions during an email discussion with them.
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Following is an excerpt of the interview:
Asha to Lillian and Dave: You both are prolific writers. What motivated you towards writing & blogging?
Lillian and Dave: Writing is a way to bring more value to the time that we are given, honor people who have worked hard to make the world a better place & give readers tools to live a conscious & proactive lifestyle.
Asha to Lillian and Dave: What are the main themes chosen for your writing?
Lillian and Dave: Over the last 2.5 decades we have written in many different genres including book reviewer, product reviewer, blogger, columnist, freelancer, author & staff writer positions. We focus on topics that highlight inspiring topics that motivate actions, which lead toward a proactive, positive & sustainable culture.
Asha to Lillian and Dave: What are the book genres in which you write?
Lillian and Dave: All 6 of our current books are in the non-fiction genre. Trash Talk — It’s Easy To Be Green is a 2-book green-living series. Book 1 lists items commonly found in the trash or recycling bin in alphabetical order, it discusses facts, stats & alternatives like rent, reuse, repurpose, refuse, recycle, & reconsider for each item. Book 2 goes a bit further re: water conservation, composting, energy saving tips & organic homes/offices. Towards Understanding is a collection of 120 non-fiction poems telling the story of a young girl on her own at 14, overcoming her nightmares & issues from the past & discovering that she does indeed have value & deserves to be loved. Rhythm & Rhyme is a collection of poems addressing the heavyweight of grief, the joy in music, celebrates nature & love. From One Small Garden — Over 300 Nutritious Delicious Recipes is more than a healthy cookbook that focuses on fresh super-foods — it addresses other issues like food waste, plastic bottles & waste reduction, frugal menu planning, supporting local food producers & gardening. Scattered throughout its pages are tidbits of historical, nutritional, cultural & agricultural facts.
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Asha to Lillian: You currently write articles about a wide array of things. Can you throw some light on these?
Lillian: As a freelance writer I could delve into anything that interested me as long as there was a market for it; as an assignment writer I've had to cover political and non-profit meetings, city hall open-mic nights, or do write-ups on events. I wrote the Trash Talk column for many years, which was about reducing waste while saving money. As an author and business owner, I've written a few hundred informative articles that entice readers to visit the URL in our bio. These are very useful for networking & promotional purposes; they are utilized by anyone who needs free content for their publication.
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Asha to Lillian and Dave: You have done great work in the field of the environment. Have you written books specifically about the environment?
Lillian and Dave: Thank you - living green is a passion of mine. Every book has an environmental slant, actually. The Trash Talk series is where we have done the most work for the environment, however. This began as a column back in 1999 that was picked up internationally. It was published into a book in 2004 & then evolved into a 2-book series in 2012. Too often we are hit with all that is wrong in the world, forcing us into a state of overwhelm that evolves into apathy… it is just too much to deal with, process, or accept. So we ignore it, pretend it isn’t there & hope it goes away. This book series helps end the apathy. It shows that the smallest effort has a measurable impact on the community, their own budget & the health of the environment.
Asha to Lillian and Dave: Besides your website, where else your publications can be found?
Lillian and Dave: All of our books are on Amazon, that is the best place people can go to find it because it is international.
To find us elsewhere: https://linktr.ee/LillianBrummet
Asha to Lillian and Dave: Tell us more about AngleHill Studios? What motivated you to do that?
Lillian and Dave: Dave has been a professional studio & live drummer/percussionist since the late ’80s & has been teaching others since ’98. He’s a tinkering kind of guy — he’s always building, fixing, maintaining, or inventing something. When we located this home & re-launched our business under the umbrella name Brummet Media Group we incorporated Dave’s former teaching & repair business.
Asha to Lillian and Dave: What is the main objective of this studio?
Lillian and Dave: Dave has a real passion for passing on his knowledge of the industry to other musicians. He gets so excited when his students achieve something, he enjoys watching them blossom as drummers & gain confidence. He has the studio set up so that he can run a YouTube channel, create promotional videos, instrument & musical product reviews, photoshoots & pretty much anything we need to do for the future of our business.
Asha to Lillian and Dave: Have you received any awards?
Lillian and Dave: Yes, the one I am most proud of was for “outstanding use of various media in ongoing outreach work to reduce waste in our environment” by the Recycling Council of British Columbia. Our work has also been recognized as Community Heroes by the LiveSmart BC program. Seeds of Diversity awarded us with a Certificate of Appreciation for various volunteer & financial contributions. The Boundary Family Read (Columbia Basin Alliance For Literacy) presented us with a certificate of appreciation for ours. We also attained Editor’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry, twice.
Asha to Lillian and Dave: What is your plan for the future development of the business?
Lillian and Dave: When the current book release promotions slow down this fall, we plan on releasing a trilogy in tribute to Dave’s deceased father’s collection of poetry, short stories & photography. Following this, there is a backyard garden manuscript & a short story collection waiting for our attention. Outside of writing, we plan to open an e-commerce store to sell Dave’s drum & percussion accessories.