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And We Walked Away: A Review

Subrat Saurabh has come up with another gem with “And We Walked Away”, this time in English. After reading “Kuch Woh Pal”, I thought this young engineer turned author brought so much to the table for Hindi readers with his lucid writing and excellent command over Hindi that too in verse. Touched upon so many untouched aspects of life, Kuch Woh Pal was like a breeze of fresh air amidst hordes of English best sellers.

Yes, his “And We Walked Away” did not disappoint…today’s campus life is well portrayed. It is the story of very practical about love, Naina and hopelessly in love Abhimanyu. This will certainly strike a chord with the younger generation who are currently living campus life or have recently been through campus life. The book begins with well-known author Abhimanyu returning to his Alma Mater after a decade and minutely notices changes taken place all over the place. He goes into flashback mode and reminisces love of his life – Naina, his friends, faculty, parents, grandparents and life on campus. Subrat has minutely captured the nuances of his life, Naina’s life, his friends’ lives that it read like an autobiographical account of the author.

Abhimanyu’s rush to propose Naina and ways and means adopted by him makes him the poster boy of GenNext who is in a rush to do everything. After a spade of failed tricks to impress and convince Naina, a trick finally works, which is an interesting twist, but does it really work? You need to read the entire book to know the end.

The trails and turbulence provided by Dev and Aarush as friends in his life are interesting and keeps you hooked throughout. You should have ample time to read this book as you would not like to leave it without reading the climax.

Our generation may not relate much to the book, as times were really different then, but yes we could catch the glimpse of what our children would be going through in these times. Abhimanyu’s parents and grandfather are true representatives of their generation, particularly from North India. Their pearls of wisdom are big takeaways from the book.

Indeed, it is a heart-warming tale of love and friendship, told in a simple manner, keeping the suspense alive all through. The story revolved around three friends in an Engineering College with love stories being the mainstay in their lives.

Subrat Saurabh is the author of the bestseller Kuch Woh Pal. He is popularly known as ChickenBiryani on social media. What to say about his popularity across mainstream media and on social media as well.

Emerging as a promising author on India’s literary canvas who is proficient in both languages – Hindi & English, a rare feat indeed!

Book pre-ordered on Amazon, delivered promptly in excellent condition.

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Promoting the Buddhist Circuit by conserving the cultural inheritance of Aurangabad

Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) in association with Ministry of Tourism organized an International Buddhist Conclave in Aurangabad on 24th August 2018 with an aim to enlighten the people on various destinations associated with the Buddhist culture in the state. The idea is to highlight and promote Ajanta and Ellora as a tourist hotspot in the international Buddhist Tourism map.

MTDC is working to create new avenues in the state for Buddhist Tourism by strengthening their ties with Buddhist nations around the globe. MTDC is also planning to offer its land bank to Buddhist countries for developing Buddhist theme park and monasteries near Ajanta, the UNESCO heritage site in Aurangabad. MTDC is planning to tie up with KJ Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies to introduce new tour packages to promote Buddhist Tourism in the state.

The Ministry of Tourism has selected Ajanta and Ellora, UNESCO heritage sites under their Iconic Destination Project, to offer world-class amenities to the tourists. The Ministry of Tourism is also joining hands with the Ministry of Highways to develop the roads in Aurangabad for better connectivity of the iconic caves with the airport so that it becomes convenient for tourists coming in from other locations in the country.

Maharashtra has rich Buddhist heritage and culture. It is an idyllic destination for visitors who are looking for harmony and peace. Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is encouraging local bodies to build Buddhist Circuits in the state. Some of the Buddhist Circuits are Stupa in Nalasopara, Global Vipassana Pagoda in Gorai, Mandapeshwar Caves in Borivali, Chaityabhoomi in Dadar, Elephanta Caves and Kanheri Caves in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Karla and Bhaja Caves in Pune, Pandavleni Caves in Nashik, Deekshabhoomi in Nagpur, along with the UNESCO heritage sites at Ajanta and Ellora in Aurangabad.

Commenting on the occasion, Shri Jaykumar Rawal, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra said, “It’s a privilege to be part of the International Buddhist Conclave in Aurangabad which offers an excellent opportunity for us to come together with all Buddhist countries under one roof and discuss mutual prospects and develop new opportunities. The main aim is to highlight the significant locations where Lord Buddha preached, taught and attainted enlightenment or nirvana in the state.”

Shri Vijay Kumar Guatam (IAS), Principal Secretary, Tourism and Culture, Government of Maharashtra added, “I am overwhelmed with the support we have received during the recent Buddhist Conclave 2018. Through this initiative, we would like to promote Lord Buddha’s teachings and encourage the rich heritage of the great religion. This event has helped in strengthening the ties between India and other countries. This is just a start and I feel there is much more to discover, we look forward to welcoming the Buddhists explorist across the globe.”

Commenting on the occasion, Shri Suhas Diwase, Managing Director, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation said, “Our objective is to widen the potential of Buddhist Tourism across the globe by encouraging tourists from Buddhist nations to experience its rich legacy through Buddhist monuments and centres in the state. I am certain that this step will prove to be of great interest to the tourists who wish to explore more about Lord Buddha’s journey and self-discovery and help in attracting visitors from other Buddhist nations like Japan, Sri Lanka, Thailand among others.”

About MTDC:

Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in the state that has generated substantial foreign exchange and significant employment prospects. Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) was established with the aim of promoting tourism in the state.

Maharashtra is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India offering a diverse range of experiences from pristine beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, natural caves, waterfalls, to imposing forts, colourful festivals, ancient pilgrimage shrines, museums, and historical monuments. For further details, please visit: http://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/

 

Voylla: Vivid expression of Royalty of Chittor Fort, Rajasthan

~Voylla presents Jewelry inspired from the royalty of the Chittor Fort~

Voylla, leading fashion jewellery brand brings Chittor collection: an exquisite range of jewellery inspired by Rajasthani traditions and culture. Voylla believes that jewellery is truly an extension of a woman’s subtle inner self in an outward manner using the visual language of design.

Inspired by the rich culture of India, Studio VOYLLA presents handcrafted traditional jewellery studded with miniature motifs of Chittor princess/Maharani and mirrors. The assortment comprises neckpieces, earring, rings, chokers and matha Patti available in vivid colours and designs.

Voylla brings jewellery that is not just an adornment but a physical rendition of the wearer’s personality. This exclusive collection can be paired with any outfit and for any occasion, which will raise the style quotient instantly. The brand belief to create something unique and different that patron will cherish for years to come is what make the brand to stand apart.

What began in 2013 as an e-commerce experiment in Bangalore has grown into one of the most popular, omnichannel fashion jewellery brands in the country.

With a robust online presence and an expansive retail presence of 250 stores, Voylla is just a click and a step away from its patrons.

Voylla has successfully introduced the concept of high quality, impeccably crafted jewellery at affordable price points-a feat that remains unmatched in an increasingly busy segment. Voylla’s other USP is the way it has taken cues from traditional art, crafts and narratives to create contemporary accessories for the discerning patron. It is the only brand with a versatile line of jewellery playing the sartorial companion to everyone.

About Chittor Fort

The Chittor Fort or Chittorgarh is one of the largest forts in India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort was the capital of Mewar and is located in the present-day town of Chittorgarh. It sprawls over a hill 180 m (590.6 ft) in height spread over an area of 280 ha (691.9 acres) above the plains of the valley drained by the Berach River. The fort precinct has several historical palaces, gates, temples and two prominent commemorative towers.

Beginning in the 7th century, the fort was controlled by the Mewar Kingdom. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the fort was ruled by Paramara dynasty. In 1303, the Turkish ruler of Delhi, Alauddin Khalji defeated Rana Ratan Singh’s forces at the fort. In 1535 Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat, defeated Bikramjeet Singh and took the fort. In 1567 Akbar defeated Maharana Udai Singh II’s troops. The fort’s defenders sallied forth to charge the attacking enemy but yet were not able to succeed. Following these defeats, the women are said to have committed jauhar or mass self-immolation. The rulers, soldiers, noblewomen and commoners considered death preferable to the mass rape and pillaging that was thought to occur following to surrender to the Sultanate forces.

In 2013, at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Chittorgarh Fort, along with five other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as a group called the Hill Forts of Rajasthan.

Twin Events – AGM & COG – Special all the way!

Apex real estate industry body of Mumbai & MMR announced ‘Change of Guard’ as Mr Mayur Shah (also the Chief of Marathon Realty) handed over the baton to the newly elected President, Mr Nayan Shah (also the Chief of Mayfair Realty) amidst strong presence of over 500+ audience comprising luminaries from Banking, Finance, Legal, Government, developer fraternity and other important stakeholders like allied industry. We the team, CREDAI – MCHI hosted the prestigious events with elan. It was really an honour to be associated with such prestigious events.

The most respected Industry doyen Mr Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC and Global icon from the world of Finance was the Special Guest of Honour. Shri Deepak Parekh in his very influential address on this special occasion brought out the challenges before the Real-Estate industry and its way forward.

Addressing the august gathering, Mr Parekh said, “We may have different views on various issues but all of us are following the same objective of our Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi – Housing for All. In my 40 years of being in the Real Estate industry, I have never been as optimistic as I am today. The Government of India has for the first time, introduced number of sops, incentives and concessions to all sectors of real – estate –  for developers as well as home buyers, which has never been done before in the past.”

The ceremony witnessed the grand unveiling of “Vision Manifesto” outlining the key objectives for the need of the Execution, Completion, Commencement for the Real-Estate industry, amidst presence of Mr Nayan Shah, who endeavours to carry forward all the ongoing initiatives like GST, RERA, DCPR 2034, Common DCR and take these to their logical closure in a time-bound manner, where the focus shall be on EXECUTION – COMPLETION – COMMENCEMENT.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Nayan Shah, President, CREDAI-MCHI said, “My endeavour is to make CREDAI-MCHI a universally respected Real Estate Trade body, Making Quality Affordable Homes across MMR a reality and work towards improving quality of life for all in MMR. I would work towards accomplishing the Mission to play the role of a facilitator and an industry catalyst in linking over 1500 developers across MMR with various stakeholders thereby projecting the MMR Real Estate Industry as a trustworthy partner in all-round growth and development.”

Mr Gautam Chatterjee, Chairman MahaRERA said: The year 2017-18 has brought in a paradigm shift the way Real – Estate business use to happen particularly when the current initiatives are towards affordable housing. The regulation brought in last year is showing your compliant behaviour, initiating a process under MahaRERA. The prime purpose of registering your projects, especially ongoing projects, MahaRERA wants stands by you to see that these projects are completed in time. This is the win-win situation for everybody – the consumer, the developer.”

Mr Ajoy Mehta, IAS, MCGM Commissioner, said “DCPR is in the last stages of finalization and for that, we are following a very transparent process. As we go along, the changes we make, we are going to show you and we want you to react. What is to be accepted would be accepted, what is not to be accepted, will not be accepted. At the end of it, there should be no surprises.”

As a part of the major goal for Vision 2022, the Managing Committee members and other members took the oath of Transparency, Integrity, Honesty, Justice, Accountability, Compliance and fair play. 

The event was made truly special with TriveniEthnics beautiful dull gold colour raw silk saree having traditional weaves and very adorning silhouette got me many compliments. Always happy to wear Triveni Saree for all my special occasions!

The team:

 

 

MTDC Resorts – A Boon for Tourists in Maharashtra

MTDC RESORTS

Travellers from across the globe are pouring in every day to discover new destinations in the state. The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has constantly worked to offer an enriching experience to the visitors. The six resorts that were built by MTDC in the last five years at Sakoli (District Bhandara), Ambhora (Nagpur), Mozari Point Chikaldara (Amravati), Bodhalkasa (Gondia), Gaganbawda (Kolhapur) and Kunakeshwar (Sindhudurga) have immense potential to allure visitors from across the globe and help MTDC to promote untapped destinations. The details of these resorts, and how to reach them are as follows:

  1. SAKOLI

Sakoli is a small town in district Bhandara of Maharashtra. From cultural and historical spots, natural beauty, adventure and entertainment activities there are several exciting prospects for travellers to discover Sakoli. Just a few kilometres away from the Chulbhand river and surrounded by ponds and lakes, Sakoli is located on the Mumbai-Kolkata national highway.

You can reach there by road, located 101 Kms from Nagpur for which all kinds of transport is available whereas nearest railway stations and airport are Nagpur.

From here you can visit Andhalgaon, known as the dark village in Bhandara tehsil, apart from being a major supplier of Kosa silk cloth, is also famous for its weaving industry and manufacturing silk-bordered clothes, The Gondumari Palace, 10km away from Sakoli, is a place of historic importance and Explore the wildlife of Nagzira National Park and Navegaon Bandh Bird Sanctuary.

Here you can stay at MTDC’s leased out its property to M/S Tuli Hospitality Pvt Ltd and is an ideal destination for visitors looking for homely comfort.  

  1.  AMBHORA

Ambhora Village is situated on the bank of Wainganga River in Kuhi Taluka 75-km away from Nagpur. The key attractions of Ambhora are the shrines on the confluence of the three rivers — Wainganga, Kanhan and Amba. Overwhelmingly beautiful, Ambhora is home to Shri Harinath Temple and Ambatitthak Buddha Vihar which have major pilgrim footfalls at least thrice during festivals annually.

You can reach here Road: State transport buses are available from Nagpur to Ambhora and visitors can hire private transports too. Nearest railway station and airport is Nagpur.

You can visit Markanda, a shrine devoted to Lord Shiva and a sacred place of worship for Hindus,  in the middle of Chamorshi which is situated on the bank of Wainganga river. Tadoba, called the Jewel of Vidarbha because of its rich tiger reserve, is the oldest national park in the state. Ambakhori, situated on the bank of Pench River, is the main attraction with its waterfalls and forests.

You can stay at MTDC’s Holiday Resort, Ambhora, an ideal destination for the travellers to experience the nature’s ecstasy.

  1. MOZARI POINT, CHIKHALDARA
Mozari Point

Mozari Point is situated in a picturesque setting with a deep valley on three sides. It offers splendid views of sunrise and sunset. This point is 2-km away from Chikaldara district headquarters. Visitors can also approach the Devi Point area and west side of Gawilgarh Fort which provides a magnificent view.

Public transports are available from Nagpur, Badnera and Akola.  The nearest railway stations are Badnera and Akola which are almost 80-km away from Chikhaldara. Several trains from Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur halts at both Badnera and Akola junction. The closest airport is at Akola, which is 150 km away from Mozari Chikhaldara.

You can visit Gugamal National Park spread to 1673.93 square km was built in 1974. It is a small part of the Melghat Tiger Reserve. Bhimkund-Kichakdara is fenced with lush green background from all sides. Bhim-Kund is nearly 3500 ft. deep and visitors take bath to wash away their sins. Panchbol Point is 4-km away from Bir Lake. The five hills edges are linked naturally with several valleys to form a huge valley. This point is known as Five Eco Point.

You can stay at MTDC Mozari Point Resort has very spacious rooms with neat and hygienic ambience. The restaurant offers decent and homely food.

  1. Bodhalkasa

Bodhalkasa, an attractive nature trail with wide dam and enlivenment, is about 135-km from Nagpur. There is an array of activities like speed boating, paddling and thrilling water sports. It is a perfect destination for adventure and wildlife. The visitors can dine with the tribes, explore their culinary, and culture.

Public transports are available from nearest town Tirora.  Nagpur, Tirora and Kachewani are the nearest railway stations, and the closest airport is Nagpur.

You can visit Bodhalkasa dam, an idyllic getaway for visitors, which is filled with adventurous nature trails, it is an excellent opportunity for visitors to enjoy jungle safari. Visitors can also avail of water sports activities like riding, paddling and speedboats.

You can stay at MTDC’s Bodhalkasa Resort which is about 7-km from Magezari Gate of Nagzira, wildlife century

  1. Gaganbawada, Dist.-Kolhapur

Located in Kolhapur, Gaganbawada is one of the most beautiful hill stations of Maharashtra blessed with scenic beauty and an eccentric view of the Konkan coastal region. Due to this reason, many Hindi and Marathi filmmakers are attracted towards this hill station. This is also one of the most favourite developing destinations for trekkers. It is located on the stretch of Kolhapur-Kharepatan route, merely 55 kilometres from Kolhapur and is abundant in natural beauty. A haze of fog covers Gaganbawada most of the time during monsoon making it the best season to visit the serenity.

You can reach there by Road which is an hour and a half drive from Kolhapur bus stand. Kankavli and Kolhapur are the nearest railway stations to Gaganbawada. The closest is the Belgaum airport and is well -linked with major metro cities.

You can visit Gaganbawada, located within the Sahyadri range in the traditional Western Ghats, offers an extremely popular fortification ‘Gagangad’, just 1-km away from the destination. Karul Ghat & Bhuibavda Ghat are the two ghats, which fall in the category of the most scenic routes that originate from Gaganbawada. The Morjai temple and plateau is an attraction to hikers. It is 8-km away from town at a height of 980 MSL, a perfect example of ‘Sada Ecosystem’.

You can stay at MTDC Holiday Resort in Gaganbawada, Kolhapur is suitable for visitors as it offers superior quality stay and accommodation facility.

  1. KUNKESHWAR (SINDHUDURG)
Kunkeshwar

Kunakeshwar is positioned in the Devgad taluka of Sindhudurg district, about 14-km away from Devgad and 438-km from Mumbai. Kunakeshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located on the hillock facing the sea, where we can see a scenic sundown. The temple was built in the 12th century and has a 10m stone wall separating the temple from the sea.

You can reach there by State transport buses from Devgad, Kankavli and Malvan go to Kunakeshwar on a regular basis, visitors can also opt for hired private vehicles for this hour-long journey. The nearest railway station is Kankavli, which is around 51-km away from Kunakeshwar. The nearest airport is Panaji, Goa.

You can visit the Rock Cave, 1-km east of Kunakeshwar Temple, is a place of tourist attraction. The idols of this cave are carved out of black stone. At the coastline of Mithbav and Tambaldeg bird watchers get to see an attractive variety of winged creatures. This beach is calm and has less chaos as it is not amongst the regular trips of the tourists. Kotkamate is a small village situated 15-km away from Kunakeshwar. This temple was renovated in 1725 by Kanhoji Angre the admiral of Martha Navy. The temple has sculptures of goddess Shri Bhagvati.

You can stay at Kunkeshwar Resort (MTDC) in Sindhudurg which offers a holistic view of its pristine beaches away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

 

 

 

Yoga for your Health & Plants for our Mumbai’s Health

Yoga Day Celebrations 

“Instead of dividing, yoga unites; instead of further animosity, yoga assimilates; Instead of increasing suffering, yoga heals,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing over 50,000 yoga enthusiasts at Dehradun’s FRI on International Yoga Day.

The UN unanimously adopted 21 June as International Day of Yoga after PM Modi’s address to the UN General Assembly on 27 September 2014 and since then many countries are celebrating Yoga.

Following Hon’ble PM’s footstep, International Yoga Day was celebrated with élan at Charkop where nearly 2000 people did Yoga on the Street – Charkop junction prepared for the purpose with distinguished participants like Shri Yogesh Sagar, MLA and Mr Deepak Tawade, Nagar Sewak.

Art of Living Foundation’s Ms. Jaishree Ganatra successfully conducted Yoga for such huge gathering and people enjoyed it very much. The gathering comprising of school children, office goers, self-employed professionals, homemakers, senior citizens representing age groups from 9 – 90 did yogasanas. Ms Ganatra, in a very smooth manner, made them do asanaas like: Bhujangasan, Makarasan, Shirshasan, Setubandhasan, Pawan Mukt Asan, Kapaal Bharti and Alom-Vilom.

It really turned out to be unusual morning when I stepped out 5:30 in the morning to be there for 6 AM program. It was a sight to see so many people coming with their Yoga mats to be part of this mega celebrations. The enthusiasm of organisers – BJP Sports & Cultural Association took lead in this and President Mr Sunil Ankam appreciated the efforts of CREDAI – MCHI and Mission Green Mumbai’s Subhajit Mukherjee for distribution of saplings to residents including many school teachers.

All residents were very happy to receive it and of course, we were very happy to give the plants.  Hope people practice yoga every day for the good health and plant trees for Mumbai’s health. I was very happy to see all the participants walking with a sapling of their choice. This was part of our President Mr Mayur Shah’s mission to make Mumbai greener by planting trees. The motivation coming from him really helps in achieving such objectives.

Yoga day celebrations were held not only all over the country but in many countries across the globe like Thailand and Nepal. BSF personnel on Border to joined in yoga day celebrations.

Indeed, most talked about celebration was at Dehradun, Uttara Khand where over 50,000 people joined him for Yoga Session. The credit goes to him for making Yoga the worldwide phenomenon and bringing so much pride to India on an International level. In Mumbai, many Ministers and Celebrities joined Venkaih Naiduji, Hon’ble Vice – President of India for Yoga Day celebrations.

Thanks, CREDAI – MCHI and MISSION GREEN MUMBAI’s Shubhajit Mukherjee, whose passion for the environment is infectious,  for this unique opportunity as I had never attended any citizen’s program with such a huge gathering.

It is rightly said: You never stop learning!

 

Dadi Ki Rasoi…Sabke Man Bhaayi!!

It is very rare that I listen to BIG FM 92.7 on a Saturday, and it is equally rare that I don’t listen to BIG FM 92.7 on a Sunday. This Saturday turned out to be truly special in more ways than one, but about rest of the things later…

I heard RJ Richa Anirudh talking about “Dadi-Ki-Rasoi” from Noida in her program Zindagi with Richa. She mentioned that she travelled to NOIDA to bring in a first-hand account of this unique initiative by social activist Mr Anoop Khanna. Her inimitable style of reporting and interaction with Mr Khanna generated my interest in the program, and in a rare move, I left all work and sat near the radio for the program.

Noida based social activist, Anoop Khanna along with a group of like-minded people have started ‘Dadi ki Rasoi’ with an aim to provide a meal at the lowest possible amount, which is priced at Rs. 5 only. He is feeding nearly 400-500 persons from his stall located in Ganga Shopping Complex, Sector – 17, Noida. Getting quality meal cooked with Desi Ghee comprising of Dal cooked with all vegetables and Basmati rice, is really a delicious fare. His aim is to provide home – cooked quality meal. “We wanted to provide quality food, which gives you a homely feel. We could have attempted to provide the food for free as well but the reason for the price is that it gives dignity to a person who is buying the lunch. As far as the quality of food is concerned, I personally supervise over the preparation. Moreover, since the cost is minimal, anyone can enjoy a meal without worrying about the cost,” Khanna says.

He gives full credit to his team of volunteers and philanthropes who provide him dal, rice, ghee and vegetables on highly subsidised rates willingly and regularly and make a contribution to this unique initiative. People of the area have taken this initiative sportingly and celebrate their special occasions like birthdays and marriage anniversaries and joyfully add to the menu like Paneer – Rice/ Rajma Chawal/ fruits/ cakes/ sweets etc. This way people are very happy eating at Dadi – Ki-Rasoi. This gives him immense satisfaction when he sees happy faces of his visitors. His mother encourages him for this initiative and his children advised him to name it “Dadi-Ki-Rasoi” as proposal came from her.

Not only this, he gives a choice of second-hand clothes for a price of Rs. 10/- to whosoever wants it. People from all over bring dry cleaned and neatly packed clothes to his store from where he dispenses subsidised medicines for needy.

Son of a freedom fighter, 57-year-old Khanna has spent more than Rs 30,000 in setting up the kitchen, which is a one-time investment and the raw material for the lunch costs him around Rs. 2500 a day.

Khanna shares that residents’ support has been encouraging as many have come forward to donate for the initiative. On a regular basis, many residents even sponsor a special meal in case there is a celebration in their house.

“One thing I have realised is that there are people who want to support a cause, given if it actually serves a purpose. So whenever there is a birthday celebration or marriage anniversary, residents come and sponsor a special meal that day.” Khanna says.

Khanna now pledges to continue with the initiative for the rest of his life and is now even encouraging more and more residents in various sectors to set up such stalls in their area.

“It is not so difficult. It only takes a will of a person to start something like this. I have started getting requests from the residents to help them start something like this in their locality as well, so I have asked them to spend some time at my outlet just to have an idea about the functioning and challenges we face,” he adds.

Truly a real-life hero! Don’t miss when you are in the area.

watch Richa Anirudh with Mr Khanna at Dadi-ki-Rasoi.

World Environment Day celebrated “Bisleri” Style!

Bisleri Launches a Plastic Recycling initiative “Bottles for Change”

 The initiative aims at educating and changing the behaviour of citizens on efficient disposal and recycling of plastic.

Apart from Bisleri’s mission to ensure access to safe drinking water for every Indian, they also make a conscious effort to keep our environment safe and healthy. It is our endeavour to give back to the environment and the community at large.

This World environment day, Bisleri hosted a press conference to launch “BOTTLES FOR CHANGE”, a Plastic Recycling initiative that focuses on efficient disposal and recycling of plastic. The idea is to create a positive impact on the environment, ensure that it is sustainable and emphasize on the fact that plastic is a versatile material, has an afterlife and can be recycled to make many products like: Furniture (benches, chair), apparels, home decors, accessories and bags etc.

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Addressing the audience and media, Mr Aaditya Thackeray, President – Yuva Sena, who has been associated with the cause of #SayNoToPlastic and ban of plastic from our day-today-life, said: There is a need to bring behavioural change in public where we should learn efficient disposal of plastic for the purpose of recycling. Plastic is more harmful to the planet and its people than any other thing, it is important that we pay attention to global warming and reduce the carbon footprint for the green and clean earth. The future needs to be plastic free and in this initiative, Bisleri is playing an instrumental role in bringing up “Bottles for Change”.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ramdas Kadam, Environment Minister, Govt. of Maharashtra said: Environment is everybody’s responsibility. We need to bring in behavioural change towards treating waste particularly plastic and Bottles for Change by Bisleri is a great initiative by Bisleri.

Mr Ramesh Chauhan, Chairman & MD, Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd., launched the initiative by presenting ‘Bottles for Change Kit’ that includes Plastic collection bags, Bottles for change branded Jackets, Caps, posters and other communication material, to the three partnered NGO’s in the initiative.

For this initiative, Bisleri has partnered with 3 NGOs (Parisar Bhagini Vikas Sangh, Sampurna Earth & Garbage Concern Welfare Society) who are associated with the members of “Bottles for Change”  across Mumbai to work towards changing behaviour of the communities in valuing plastic as an effective resource. Users of plastic have to simply crush, clean and keep the plastic separate. The members of “Bottles for Change”  will pick it up at scheduled days and will take it to their segregation centre. Together with the NGO’s, Bisleri is conducting plastic collection and educational drives for communities, corporates, schools, colleges, and other institutions.

Bottles for Change focus to create a system where the members of “Bottles for Change”  pick up plastic from source, segregate it and sell it to the recyclers. The plastic collected & sold is clean and fetches almost 2x more value leading to the upliftment of the lives of members of “Bottles for Change”  and their children.

Highlights of BOTTLES FOR CHANGE initiative:

  • The program aims to address the plastic issue in a very strategic manner to spread awareness about plastic being a miraculous material that can be recycled multiple times; thereby bringing a behaviour change amongst individuals, ensuring they clean, segregate and dispose plastic effectively which is then recycled and have a sustainable impact on the environment
  • The program helps members of “Bottles for Change” to collect large amounts of clean plastic each time, fetching them with the good income that also helps in leading them to a respectable life and support to educate their children
  • 24 wards of Mumbai and parts of Navi Mumbai and Thane will be covered by the members of “Bottles for Change”, ensuring effective execution
  • Special collection Vehicles, Collection Bins, Toll-free No., Website and a hygiene kit for members of “Bottles for Change” shall be provided by Bisleri Management

Impact of Bottles for Change Programme:

  • 3800 Tonnes of Plastic Recycled
  • 3,00,000 Students Reached
  • 15,00,000 Citizens Reached
  • Lives of 2000+ members of “Bottles for Change” Uplifted
  • 100+ Corporates Engaged

Bisleri is the most trusted choice for mineral water for the past 50 years. Bisleri has witnessed this successful growth under the leadership of the visionary chairman and managing director, Mr. Ramesh Chauhan. Bisleri has always felt responsible towards the society and Mother Earth, and hence various activities are initiated on regular basis to help preserve the environment.

 

A Selfie a DAY, keeps memories AFLOAT, MOBIISTAR, leads the way!!

I don’t remember how and when I became SELFIE buff, so much so that I want to capture at least 4-5 special moments a week, be it with family, friends, office colleagues, occasion, non-occasion, or just clicking myself sipping morning tea. I have always believed in preserving memories, however mundane they seem now, but believe me few years down the line, they merit becoming special memories. The addiction rather fascination for selfies has been thickened by my colleague Bhagyashree and daughter Tanya. We love to take selfies at the slightest pretext, no excuse needed, unabashedly, we take selfies when we are out when we are dressed up colour coordinated in office, gone out for simple lunch, birthday celebrations, travelling, not travelling, meetings, conferences…office functions, where not! I think they have become an integral part of our lives, they are our mirror image.

All selfies are special for me; some are very special but the one I am going to talk about is truly special.

The selfie was taken by my daughter Tanya’s class group, UPES, Dehradun where she is studying Design. The youngsters represent starry-eyed Designers of India, who want to paint the world with their thoughts, colours, designs and patterns. The smiling faces have dreams in their eyes and ambitions in their heart to make it big in life. All look chilled, relaxed and happy amidst themselves and dressed smartly. The Selfie speaks a million dreams that India is cherishing through the eyes of these youngsters. Today, academics is their life, tomorrow profession will be their lives…making India proud with their designs. India – the country of colours, designs, vibrancy owes a lot to these budding designers who are here to make a difference to India’s canvass of future. 

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The collage of selfies featuring above have been taken over a period of time, capturing various moments during work, after work, outings, conferences, meetings with colleagues Bhagyashree, Reena, Veena, Prabha Madhulika, Charmi, Fatima – part of one big family. We never let go any chance of clicking a selfie or getting clicked in a selfie.

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SUPERFINE SELFIE STAR – MOBIISTAR 

Now, I need a higher version and better phone to enable me to capture selfies, here & there, everywhere. Mobiistar looks like one phone which will remove hiccups from my selfie sprees which have a viewing angle of 120 degrees. It allows you to obtain a broader capture of your photo or video thanks to its sensor of 120 degrees, which makes more people enter a selfie or a group selfie and more elements when you shoot landscapes. It’s like you have a GoPro-type camera, but without that fish-eye effect. Mobiistar has done very well bringing features that, in many high-end phones, have not yet been able to see. The shots will leave good detail and above all black and white photos without equal in the market. Smartphone users expect better and better photographic experiences, especially in their selfies.

The Vietnamese handset brand Mobiistar is set to enter the Indian smartphone market soon and has decided to make India its global headquarters to run operations in other countries. Considering that 4G feature phone happened in India, and 4G is growing fast, this is the market where all the major things in the mobile industry are happening in India.

Flipkart has entered into an online exclusive partnership with brand Mobiistar to bring its devices to India, targeting the mid-segment device market. The Indian online retail giant says it is the right time to push feature phone users to upgrade to low-cost smartphones as the piece of low-cost data and availability of online content is finally fixed.

Henceforth Selfies with #mobiistar.

I am participating in the IndiBlogger  #Enjoymore Contest:  A selfie a day keeps forgetfulness away.

I am ready to order #Mobiistar on #Flipkart.

CTB MUSAFIR – Features 29 Women Travel Bloggers

MUSAFIR – Featuring 29 Travel Bloggers – Women only, brought to us by NIRVANA FOUNDATION – Initiative of Founder – Mr Mangesh Lad.

Tag Line: every mile a memory

29 Bloggers from all over India feature in the Coffee Table Book after a lot of research and screening of the blog posts which could be part of this Coffee Table Book, aimed at foreign tourists to encourage them to visit Indian destinations, known, unknown, unheard of. The objective of the book is to present India through the eyes and pen oops mouse of travel bloggers who have explored these destinations, spent time there and wrote about them, not some fictional account of the places. With this thought process, the book began…

As India endows cultural unity & diversity, histories of places & people, diversity of seasons & vegetation, genetics, cuisine, customs, religions, festivals, social attitudes, language and literature, music and arts, in no other way it could have been possible to feature it all in one book. Nirvana Foundation wanted to come up with a book through which they can present absolute India with the remotest villages, waterfalls, peaks, temples, adventures being detailed beautifully and travelled meticulously.

Speaking about the CTB Musafir, Mr Mangesh Lad expressed, “This book says something which is truly special about India, its unity & diversity, seasons & vegetations, cuisines & customs…

…the book has the same essence that will take you through the distinct and equally evolved, ethnicity and adventure that our country is blessed with.” 

Every blogger is different; every journey is different – bound by the same passion for travelling & writing. The Bloggers feature purely on the merit of their blog posts who are from divergence backgrounds like some are working professionals, writers, homemakers, students and from all walks of Life.

I Bienu Verma Vaghela feature in the book with my travel stories on Rann of Kutch, Sabarmati Ashram, Mandavi Beach, Road trip to Indo-Pak Border and Shakti Sthal in New Delhi. My travel blog is www.travel-knots.com with 500 posts, nearly 70,000 views and 35,000 visits. My interview appeared in American web magazine – Sprangled.com. I have covered many Malaysian destinations on special invitation of Malaysia Tourism, besides many countries and Indian destinations.

Some bloggers prominently featured are: Anjali Sethi Joshi ( www.travelrasoi.com) Bienu Verma Vaghela (www.travel-knots.com), Deepanwita Chakraborty ( www.dipanwita.com), Srilata Suman ( www.cloudninemiles.com) Manjulika Pramod ( www.manjulikapramod.com) Vidya Suri ( www.vidyasuri.com) Shoma Abhyankar ( www.astonishingindia.com) Hitha Nanjappa ( www.thelostlander.wordpress.com) Deena Pinto ( www.skinnygirldierez.com) and the likes.

The 260 Page book is a compilation of Travel Blog Posts from the archives of travel bloggers. The book takes you through destinations across India right from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, many rare destinations from far-flung even near inhabited places.

The book witnessed high – profile launch at Hotel Orchid Mumbai on April 29, 2018 where Mr Mangesh Lad spoke about his latest initiative Ab Ek Goonj, many celebrities and almost all bloggers featured in the CTB attended the launch. An interesting panel discussion was also held amidst travel bloggers during the launch.

Please wait for the new & brilliant initiative of Nirvana Foundation, helmed by Mr Mangesh Lad – Ab Ek Goonj. More power to WOMEN!