The Peter Montgomery Show Episode #50
Today on the show: Shilpa and Atul Bhouraskar are the creators of YES Course, the online training course platform which allows ANYBODY who has knowledge and a message to share to with the world to create a course and get it up on the internet and in to the hands of the people who’ll benefit from it most.
The best thing is that it is absolutely FREE to do this. You can even charge for your training courses and YES Course will handle EVERYTHING for you.
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Atul and Shilpa Bhouraskar
Why I do what I do….
Ever since I remember, the most fun I had was when I was learning, exploring and sharing. Life seemed so full on with new experiences and challenges. I have always maintained a diary for most part of my life where I note my experiences. I still get immense pleasure when I go through my old tattered diaries and relive those experiences with the ups and downs and the aha’s of the past.
Over the years many things that I wanted to do have been realised and a new quest took its place. As I changed my roles in life, newer horizons opened up making this an insatiable quest.
This page is all about why I do what I do…..
As a child
I grew up in Mumbai, India. Ever since I was a little girl, I remember learning new things and exploring the depths of every subject. Everything was a wonder. I remember I couldn’t wait coming home from school and sharing all that I learned with my mum and dad. I was a part of a huge family on both sides so I could always find someone with a similar interest to share and talk for hours.
I changed school many times as a child due to Dad’s work but I loved it. Every new school was a joy with new friends, teachers and neighbourhood.
In high school, the one thing that I loved about my school was the endless choice of extra curricular activities that I could undertake. And not surprising I found myself learning just about every thing. I remember one of my busiest year was when I was 13. I was learning classical Indian dancing, Singing, Karate, Horticulture, Swimming, Food and Nutrition, Batik and Bandhani (a tie and dye method for traditional Indian dresses), making soft toys….
Looking back I realise that I was never really into just one particular thing. But the fun was more about endless exploration rather than going into the depth of one thing. And I loved every moment of this.
My passion for learning reached a whole new depth and focus for the first time when I started training as a homoeopathic medical doctor. Those 6 years were entirely spent in exploring and experimenting the concept of health and disease from both the conventional and homoeopathic models. It opened a whole new world for me. I spend hours delving into the depths of human anatomy, physiology and psychology. I explored the role of how the psyche played a role in disease pathogenesis.
I trained under and worked with experts in the field of both conventional and homeopathic medicine to look at the clinical application and pros and cons of an integrative system. I was genuinely interested in psychosomatic conditions and worked with Psychiatrists who used homoeopathy to get a thorough understanding of that.
I started my own clinic and worked at multiple charitable clinics under supervision just to experiment and explore how these approaches worked for me in clinical situations. Apart from that in my quest for furthering my knowledge I received training in other holistic and personal development fields such as Yoga, Su Jok acupressure, Tai Chi, meditation, counselling and Neuro linguistic programming.
When I was not in clinic or the hospital I was sharing, connecting and discussing my finding and case studies with colleagues through the many discussion groups, workshops and organisations I was associated throughout my training and internship.
And then I met my husband Atul when I was 23. My life took a new turn when I came to a new city. Not surprisingly I soon found a discussion group of local practitioners. I associated with a rural charitable clinic where I could continue my journey and passion.
My husband Atul shared a similar passion and vision for learning. So we decided to work together on an interesting project. Using his computer expertise and my homoeopathic practitioner skills we conceptualised the prototype of a homoeopathic software. The idea was to create a tool that complements the way a practitioner’s mind works during a clinical case to help find the best prescription for their patients. Today that software evolved into HomeoQuest that is being used by thousands of practitioners around the world through this site.
Coming to Australia and being a Mum
For the first few years of my married life we travelled frequently both in India and Europe as a part of Atul’s work. He worked as a software engineer for a German company and spend half the year in Germany. It was disrupting my private practice and our personal life. I was constantly travelling and working in three different cities in India inbetween my German visits.
Finally we decided to settle in one place amd work towards our long term vision. We explored lots of options and finally chose Australia. Our decision seemed completely out of the blue and did shock our families.
It was easier to convince them but I have to admit we were facing our worst fears in the process. Soon we found ourselves in a strange country we had never been to with no job, no family and with very little money just enough to see us through the first few weeks unless we found a job.
What was on our side was that we were young and had a really clear dream of where we wanted to go.
We were still settling in a new country when we decided to start a family. Atul had found a job so I decided to work part time. It worked for me because now I had the time and the space to completely focus on myself and my developing baby.
Being pregnant was the start of a whole new journey for me. I was back into my zone of exploring and learning all about myself and what it meant being a mother. We spent hours delving into what we really wanted as individuals and as parents once the baby was born. It was around that time I also realised that a part of being a parent was also to give ourselves the permission to share our gifts with the world so that our baby can be inspired to do the same.
Living my Vision and the future
The first thing we were very clear when my son Smit was born was that we wanted to create a life work balance that was completely leveraged and flexible to provide us the time, means and the resources to do things what we would love doing in the long term.
Whether it was spending a day with Smit bushwalking and learning about complex numbers from him or choosing to camp in the mountains for a week. Whether it was catching the next flight to spend a time at a charitable clinic in India for a month or making a much bigger impact on the world in our own way.
Once that was clear things started falling in place in unusual ways over the last 7 years. We delved into some amazing ventures and projects that we never would have dreamt of undertaking. There were challenges, obstacles and times of sheer frustration. We made a lot of mistakes and we faced our worst fears. But it was also exciting and sheer fun at other times.
Today Atul and I have created a business model that enables us to work from home and that aligns with our passion.
Apart from the time it provides us to be with each other and our son, it has also made our dream having financial independence a reality. It has also freed our time to undertake things that helps us contribute in making a difference.
One of the many things I derive great joy at the moment is creating a protocol for a charitable hospital in India. The aim is raise the funds for conducting clinical trials to explore the scope of homeopathy in children with mental and physical disabilities. It is a dream come true to be able to use my resources and experience in this way after a long time.
Atul is living his vision by creating a web platform through which every person in the world can share their knowledge and expertise with others for free. It’s called Yes Course and you can check it out here.
So if something here interests you and you wish to discuss further please send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and I would love to connect with you…
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