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Janhavi Samant
MUMBAI: Navratri, in honour of Goddess
Durga, is one of the much-awaited festivals in
Mumbai. The nine-day festival, which will
begin from October 13, is celebrated with the
traditional Gujarati dances of 'garba' and
'dandiya raas'.
Mumbai has one of the most famous
venues and organisers for dandiya raas and
garba. "Singers like Falguni Pathak, Preeti and
Pinky, Bhumi Trivedi, Manish Parekh and his
band perform in dandiya raas in Mumbai. This
year Falguni is performing in Ghatkopar's
Kukreja ground," said Maitri Parekh, Veera
Desai resident. She said, in Andheri, Bhavan's
college ground in DN Nagar is a must visit
during the nine day celebration.
Parekh explained that the original folk
dances of garba raas started as a depiction of
the nine-day battle between Ambaji (Goddess
Durga) and mahisasur- the devil. "Over the
years, the importance of garba dance has got
convoluted. Today, it is only treated as a
means of entertainment and dating," she
Another must visit venue for Navratri is
Karmveer Sports Complex. The plush
Andheri-based club was inaugurated by the
Governor of Maharashtra on May 25, 2014.
This year, they plan to have a five-day
Dandiya raas function in the club lawn with
live Orchestra and Singers from Indian Idol,
Sa Re Ga Ma, etc fame. Celebrities too have
assured of their presence at the event. The
Dandiya raas nights will be on 16-18 and 2021 of October.
The other must-visit places around
Andheri for dandiya raas are Tulip Star Hotel
in Juhu, Jasodha Rang Mandir, Vile Parle (W)
and Goregon Sports Club, Link Road, Malad.
The cost of a pass for dandiya raas can
vary from Rs 700- 3,500 depending on the
performers. “Weekend passes are costlier. In
Over the years, the
importance of
garba dance has got
convoluted. Today,
it is only treated as a
means of
and dating”
Veera Desai resident
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Dekho Magar Pyaar Se!
Hungary’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Dr Laszlo Szabo called
on the Governor of Maharashtra Ch Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan Mumbai on
Sops for hospitality
and tourist sector
Mewati Sitaram
Reynold D'Sa
JUHU: The heat in Mumbai is on a
tremendous rise. Though you may not
want to go out in the heat, you might
want to reconsider your choice, after
you get to know Ranjit Singh, 28, a
rickshaw driver who lives in Juhu.
Ranjit's rickshaw is no ordinary
rickshaw, and has almost everything
that you would need for a comfortable
and luxurious ride.
His rickshaw has four fans, a fire
extinguisher, first aid kit, a dustbin,
tissue papers, ashtray, lighter,
toothpicks, cold water, music system,
mobile charging facility and most
importantly, free Wi-Fi. Customers
need to pay the same fare as they
would to any other rickshaw driver. He
soon plans to fix an LCD TV. These are
good enough reasons for anyone to
take a ride in his rickshaw at any time
of the day. He calls his rickshaw 'AC
rickshaw - Dekho Magar Payar Se'.
“Woh toh RTO allow nahi karta,
nahi toh AC laga deta (The RTO does
not permit, or else I would have fixed
an air conditioner),” said Ranjit. Atithi
Devo Bhava (guest is God) is taken
very seriously by Singh. He thinks his
costumers are his guests and he treats
them like God. “I think
customer satisfaction is very
important and when the
costumer travels in my
rickshaw I see to it that they
are happy and well served,”
Ranjit expressed.
Ranjit has plenty of fans
and committed customers
who give him a call for a ride
and also give him a tip for
providing such facilities. “I
have a lot of costumers who
have taken my number and
give me a call to pick them up
because they like travelling in
my rickshaw. People appreciate what I
have done in my rickshaw and it feels
good when people do that. Sometimes
college girls click selfies with me,
thanking me for the facilities. And then
there others who tip me for the
facilities,” said Ranjit.
His counterparts mock at him be
saying that he eventually earns as
much as they do. “Once when I was
travelling, a biker met with a minor
accident. I immediately rushed to him
with my first aid kit and helped him. I
felt at peace that day. It is okay if
others mock at me for providing all the
facilities. I know these things are
useful. I see to it that I treat everyone
with respect because my father once
told me respect begets respect. I have
never come across any customer who
has insulted me or treated me badly.
Even the police and the traffic police
like me and treat me respectfully.”
Ranjit who hails from Bihar, came to
Mumbai six years ago. He has been a
rickshaw driver since and really enjoys
his work. He has never refused a ride
to commuters.
Ranjit being the Good Samaritan
that he is, wants to be a part of
Bollywood if given a chance and wants
to ironically play a goon.
MUMBAI: Devendra Fadnavis, CM of
Maharashtra announced a slew of
measures being taken by the state
government for giving a boost to
hospitality and tourism sector. The
announcement was made when he
inaugurated the first edition of
Maharashtra International Travel Mart
(MITM) last week.
Fadnavis said, “The number of
hotel licences have been reduced from
71 to 25 and further consolidated into
6, for which only 1 form has to be filled
on the digital platform. The
Government of Maharashtra has also
relaxed the regulatory framework for
film shooting. Film-makers have to
apply online and if they don't get a
response in 7 days, it will be deemed
“Mumbai can be a city for live
performances. Organising a live show
in Mumbai is a tough task, because of
the number of permissions required.
We want to promote Mumbai and
Maharashtra as event destinations.
Therefore, they will be designated as
event destinations and no permissions
will be required. The organisers just
need to inform the government about
the event they are organising.”
He added, “Within a week we will
circulate the draft to all stakeholders in
the travel and tourism industry. The
policy should be tourist-operator
friendly and actually be aimed at ease
of doing business” said Fadanvis.
CM also launched the new website
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case you are planning a dandiya night
with friends or office colleagues,
ensure you take it on weekdays and
reach the venue by 8pm to make the
most of it. Due to 10pm deadline,
music stops,” said Mitali Porecha, Veera
Desai resident. She said Borivali's Kora
Kendra, Goregaon Sports Club, Mhada
ground in Kandivali are the other must
visit places during Navratri.
Navratri is also an important festival
for Bengalis who celebrate it from the
fifth day. If you are foodie, then
Bengali Durga puja pandals are a must
visit place this year. “Abhijeet
Bhattacharya's Lokhadawala Durgo
Pujo is one of the biggest Bengali
Durgo Puja pandals in Mumbai. Tulip
Star in Juhu also hosts Rani
Mukherjee's Durga puja. These are the
two places where along with star
gazing, you can enjoy the food and
cultural programs too,” said Sushmita
Mitra, Lokhandwala resident.
She said that while in the
afternoons, people can visit these
places for a free bhog, evenings are
more of cultural programmes. “In the
afternoon, a Bengali Durga puja
pandal will offer bhog that includes khichadi, mixed vegetable curry,
sweets, fried brinjal etc. One can also
enjoy the food stalls for some nice nonvegetarian Bengali dishes,” said Mitra.
So don the traditional finery and get
ready to welcome the Goddess Durga
with all the pomp and fanfare that is
the hallmark of Navratri.
Jai Prakash Pandey, MLA Mrs. Manisha Chowdhury. Shri.Manmohan Gupta,
MP Gopal Shetty at A grand celebration of Gandhi Jayanti by Gandhi Vichar
Manch at Borivali (West), Mumbai
of Maharashtra Tourism Development
Corporation (MTDC) and the mobile
application (app), Maha Explorer. The
app is now available on Google
Playstore and one will soon be able to
access it on AppStore. The app will
soon be accessible offline, too.
Valsa Nair Singh, IAS, Secretary
Tourism & Culture, Government of
Maharashtra, said, “Tourism is a
people-based economic activity. We
are poised for exponential growth. The
vision and support of our honourable
CM for MITM, has been 100%, from
the first instance of MITM. The draft
national tourism policy talks about an
India Travel Mart, and Mumbai with its
world-class airport, infrastructure
support, stable law and order situation
and entrepreneurial support, is the
best destination to host the event. So I
urge the Centre to consider Mumbai as
the potential destination.”
Paraag Jaiin Nainuttia, IAS, MD,
MTDC, said, “MITM meets the needs of
buyers with exhibitors of the highest
standard. We have 75 international
buyers, 150 pan India buyers, more
than 200 sellers from Maharashtra,
which includes hotels tour operators,
MICE operators, spas, Ayurvedic spas,
airlines, transport operators, etc.
Maharashtra has the best
infrastructure and is well connected.
The ports of Maharashtra are also wellconnected. Blessed with a natural
history, we have a 720-km-long
coastline along the Konkan region and
more than 450 forts.”
Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of
State for Tourism & Culture and
Minister of State for Civil Aviation,
Government of India, said, “Tourism is
all about perception, when tourists are
aware that India is a clean and friendly
destination, people will start coming to
India. Besides generating forex,
tourism also generates employment
and leads to women empowerment.”
Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who
was the guest at the event, said
“Mumbai is a global city and I don't see
why Mumbai cannot be the
entertainment capital of the world,
when it is already the home of
Bollywood and the entertainment
capital of Asia.”
The inauguration witnessed the
presence of Ram Shinde, Minister of
State for Tourism, Maharashtra; Vinod
Tawade, Minister of School Education,
Government of Maharashtra; Poonam
Mahajan, MP, Mumbai; Satish Soni,
Joint Managing Director, MTDC, and
MLA Parag Alavani.
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Passing the buck
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Reynold D'Sa
OSHIWARA: In the past, there have been plenty
of cases, wherein hospitals reserved for women
and children by the Brihanmumbai Municipal
Corporation (BMC) have been allegedly misused
or lie unused. One such BMC maternity clinic is in
Samarth Nagar, Oshiwara. The maternity hospital,
which is a four-storey structure with all facilities,
does not have any doctors. In fact, according to
the BMC, it is no longer a maternity hospital.
According to the M.O.H of K/W ward, the
maternity hospital has been a dead investment.
Crores of money has been spent in building the
hospital and maintaining it. “The hospital is a dead
investment. No patients visit the hospital so the
BMC has decided to hand it over to Cooper
Medical College. They will take care of it,” said Dr.
Meena Boudhankar M.O.H of K/W ward. “What is
the point of appointing doctors and staff in the
hospital and spend so much money on salaries if
there are not even five patients?” she added.
The maternity home is called as the dispensary
and the maternity home has now been shifted to
Cooper hospital, since there more patients can be
accommodated. “The maternity home is a
dispensary now where patients can gain
awareness on their health. Patients go there for
basic follow up, seek the help of doctors to
maintain the health of the mother and child. There
is a mother and child department at the maternity
hospital in Samarth Nagar which will assist the
patients,” said Prakash C Gidwani, an advisor to
Cooper Hospital.
Dean of Cooper Medical College, Dr Ramesh
Chaturvedi said “Every medical college needs an
urban centre and Cooper Medical College has
been given this property as their urban centre and
Cooper Hospital will look after it.” When asked
why the board of the maternity home has still not
been changed to the urban centre, the Dean said,
“Cooper College has
not got complete
ownership of the
maternity home yet.
The legal formalities
are on and it will
take around a
month or so to
complete. After
that, we will surely
change the board.”
Ramesh Patil, a
local resident and
social worker said,
“Considering that the locality has no other BMC
maternity hospital, this place would have really
helped the slum dwellers of Anand Nagar but if
they have taken a decision to close the maternity
clinic, it will not go down too well with the people
of Anand Nagar. This clinic was like God's gift to
Local Corporator Jyotsna Dighe said, “The
maternity hospital belongs to this ward. How can
anyone just hand it over to Cooper Hospital? We
will oppose this move before the final handover
takes place because it is the only BMC hospital in
the area that can cater to the poor. I have written
numerous letters to the BMC Commissioner,
coaxing him to start operations at the said
hospital. If Cooper Hospital takes over and lets the
maternity home run as per plan, we will not have
an issue. But if the maternity ward is converted
into something else, we will raise objection.” On
being told that as per the MOH, only two to three
patients came when the hospital was opened and
was now a dead investment as per Dr. Meena
Boudhankar, she said, “Had the BMC made the
public better aware about its existence, more
patients would have visited the hospital. This did
not happen.”
Crores of money has
been spent in
building the hospital
and maintaining it.
The hospital is a
dead investment
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Sanjay Nirupam, President, Mumbai Congress met The Governor of Maharashtra Ch Vidyasagar Rao
at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on Tuesday. Nirupam presented a memorandum to Governor on the issue of
indiscriminate increase in power tariff. A fifteen member delegation of Party functionaries also
accompanied him. Also present were: Eknath Gaikwad, Priya Datt, Kripa Shankar Singh,
Varsha Gaikwad, Kalidas Kolambkar, Charanjit Singh Sapra, Aslam Sheikh, Nasim Khan, Amin Patel,
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KDAH marks record
Cardiac Procedures on Children
Sachin Murdeshwar
ANDHERI: The Children's Heart Centre
(CHC) at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani
Hospital (KDAH) announced the
successful completion of 5,000 cardiac
procedures on children, of which close to
70% cases were conducted on children
from underprivileged backgrounds and
marginalised society.
This is a rare and record achievement
in the Western India region. Indeed, CHC
has emerged as the largest centre in the
state of Maharashtra and Western India
on the whole for surgical and
interventional treatment of newborns and
children with heart ailments. To mark this
achievement, the hospital observed a
week-long celebration under the aegis of
'Our Heart Heroes'– an event which saw
the coming together of patients
(children), parents, doctors and donors.
“With a population of 1.2 billion and a
perceived incidence of congenital heart
KDAH celebrates the landmark achievement of 5000 cardiac procedures on children.
defects in 1 in 100 live births and a birth
rate of 28 million per year; nearly 200,000 to 250,000 babies with
“Our children are our greatest treasure, yet we continue to lose
these defects are born every year in India, adding to the already
so many to cardiac ailments as only a fraction have access to
burgeoning pool of untreated children with heart ailments. Of these,
comprehensive care and treatment owing to geographic distance as
nearly 60,000 to 90,000 suffer from critical lesions requiring early
well as the high costs involved, said Tina Ambani, Chairperson,
intervention or surgery in new-born age or infancy. With currently
Kokilaben Hospital. “That's why it was vital for us to bridge this
available facilities and treatment modalities at CHC in KDAH, nearly
critical gap. Every little heart is given its best chance to mend here.”
90% or more of these children with congenital heart defects can
With a full-time practice system at KDAH and a competent team of
now survive beyond the first year of life, and a majority can lead a
doctors attending to these sick children 24/7, the world-class, fully
near normal childhood and life thereafter,” said Dr Suresh Rao
dedicated CHC has proven capable of handling every kind of cardiac
Director, Children's Heart Centre, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani
problem in children across all ages, not only from Mumbai and
Maharashtra but all over Western India.
Roti, Kapda but No 'Makaan'
Reynold DS’a
LINK ROAD: The residents of Samadhan Society, also known as Fakirwadi, have been left
petrified because their houses were demolished on October 5 after they were served a 24hour notice to vacate the same. The Collectors office gave the said notice to residents of the
13 houses. The residents, who have been given the money to pay 11 months' rent, are now
stressed and bewildered as to what to do next.
“How will we manage to find a place to stay in such a short frame of time? They have
demolished our homes and thrown our luggage out,” said one of the residents whose house
was being demolished. While the others were worried that their house would be demolished
and they will be left with no roof over their head. Some of the residents have filed a case in
the High Court against the order and are claiming that they were promised a transit camp.
They do not want the money for the rent, instead they want a transit camp which was
promised. “I do not know when they will demolish my house and have nowhere to go. They
had said they will give us a transit camp but now they are not doing so. The builders are
saying that they will give us a transit camp after six months when we vacate our houses but
how are we supposed to trust them till they don't give us the assurance in black and white?”
said Sujit Sonkar another resident, who with the others, has filled the case in High Court.
Rajul Patel who is the Ex- Corporator of the locality who was also present at the time of the demolition said, “Nobody has bad intentions
we do not want people to suffer unnecessarily. We are willing to help them in every way possible. And the houses which have filled a case in
High Court I am sure are not being demolished until the Court has heard them out.”
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Janhavi Samant
LOKHANDWALA: The illegal dumping of
debris in Lokhandwala lake is choking the
birds' paradise and its biodiversity. With the
residents taking up the issue with the
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
(BMC), the civic body has decided to de-silt
the lake and take measures to prevent
future problems.
The lake is famous among bird watchers
as it is home to a diverse species of birds,
including migratory birds in the winter. It is
also a popular haunt for those who go there
for morning and evening walks.
"Illegal dumping of rubbish and other
debris has choked this freshwater lake. It is
creating a major hazard for the local
biodiversity," said Biren Shah, a fitness
enthusiast who goes for jogging near the
lake. The residents have been fighting it out
with the authorities to prevent illegal
dumping of debris for nearly two decades
now. But till now all their efforts have come
to naught.
The lake is also used by people to dump
offerings from puja which is threatening the
aquatic life in the lake. Apart from ruining
the natural beauty of the lake, these have
damaged the flora and fauna. Waking up to
the issue, the civic body has finally decided
to clean up the lake as it is even used for
immersion of Ganpati idols.
Nature lovers and residents allege that
all these activities have caused the drying
up of the lake. Earlier the lake was filled
with water throughout the year. "However,
this year the water had nearly dried up in
April. Only after the rains, there is water
again," said Shah.
Residents are optimistic that once desilting is done and proper fencing is put up
around the lake, all these illegal activities
will stop. "Then this illegal dumping will
stop which is the main cause of concern,"
said Nalini Sawant, a Lokhandwala
After the de-silting work, the breeding
stock of fish will attract more fauna to the
lake. Also, nesting sites of birds have been
marked out so that they can be preserved
during the de-silting project, said activists.
More than 40 species of birds have been
spotted at the lake. These include Grey
Herons, Purple Herons, Egrets, Spot-billed
and Whistling Ducks, Purple Swamp-hens,
Waterhens and a juvenile Painted Stork.
Apart from these, it is a good habitat for fish
like Snakeheads and Catfish and Tilapia.
In addition to the dumping of debris, the
biodiversity around the lake is also being
compromised as the trees are being cut for
firewood giving the lake a bald look. The
activists and residents have planted about
50 trees like Banyan, Peepal, Indian Figs
and others along the lake's periphery so
that the birds can feed on their seeds and
also nest.
Ganesh mandals to pay fine
for creating potholes
pandal, the Ganesh mandals had to take permission from the
BMC. Also, they had to take NOCs from the police, as well as the
traffic police department. The judges had suggested in the last
hearing that they would initiate contempt action against those
concerned, including civic officials, for violating the rules.
ANDHERI: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is all set to
take action against Ganesh mandals that have left potholes in roads by
digging them up while erecting pandals for the Ganpati festival last
month. In the recent past, several people have suffered accidents
because of the potholes and some have even lost their lives.
According to civic officials they are conducting a survey of all the
pandals erected during the festival and if they found that the erected
pandals have caused damage and created potholes then a fine would
be imposed. “The corporation is conducting a survey. After the survey is
over, we will take necessary action. This includes imposing a fine of Rs
2,000 per pothole created by the Ganesh mandal,” said the official.
The decision comes following a rap from the Bombay High Court.
The HC in its various orders in August and September had directed the
BMC and concerned authorities to ensure that no nuisance was caused
to the general public during festivals. For Ganeshotsav, the HC had
directed the Ganesh mandals to ensure that the pandals do not occupy
majority of the road causing inconvenience to pedestrians and traffic.
The BMC will also take action against those mandals which erected
pandals without acquiring the requisite permissions from the concerned
authorities. According to the Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav
Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS), which is an umbrella organisation of Ganesh
mandals in the city, there are 11,556 Sarvajanik Ganpati mandals in the
city. Of these, only 2,126 mandals had applied for the necessary
permissions prior to the Ganpati festival. The remaining had either
applied for permission and had not received the same or had not
applied for the permissions. The officer said that they are reviewing the
permissions acquired by the Ganesh mandals and whether any of them
had flouted any conditions imposed on them while granting them
The HC has now asked the corporation to give a list of names of all
those pandals which were erected without permission. For erecting a
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Education Minister At
School's Interactive Session
Aditya Prakash Bhosale won a silver
medal for the country in the Boys
Individual Kata for under 18 yrs age
category amidst 56 member countries
and 23 participating countries globally.
The Indian team had been
thoroughly trained under the watchful
supervision of its mentor and coach
Sachin Chavan who is a 6th degree
black belt in KWF karate from Japan
and an Asian Karate Federation
qualified judge.
He is amongst the top examiners,
referees and instructors in the art of
Budo karate in the world.
Four of the participants from team
India made it to the semifinals at the
7th KWF World Karate Championships
which has indeed brought a huge
laurel and pride for our nation which is
On October 2, Kalina Marathon was organsied at Air India
sports ground, Sanatcruz (E). Suniel Shetty, Ravi Kishan,
Maninderjeet Singh Bitta, chairman, All-India AntiTerrorist Front & many celebrities were part of the event.
now ranked 5th globally.
The participants for the
international event included Sachin
Chavan (Chief Coach for the Indian
team), Siddharth Desai, Aditya
Bhosale, Nehal Chavan, Dhruv
Hathalia, Pranay Manoj, Vandan
Bakshi, Bhaas Thakur, Keith Kelly,
Kairav Chavan, Milind Thakur (team
Dignitaries from Maharashtra that
felicitated team India on their return
from Japan were Gopal Shetty Honorable Member of Parliament in
the Union of India, Vinod Tawde Honorable Cabinet Minister of State for
Education and Sports, and Manisha
Chaudhari - Honorable Member of
Legislative Assembly.
On the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, young children at
Belvedere Spring School recollected memoirs of the great
freedom fighter and his non-violent weapon of ahimsa. They
dressed as Gandhiji and read slogans of freedom struggle.
MALAD: Rajasthani Sammelan's Durgadevi Saraf College of Arts,
Science and Commerce organised "Swachata Abhiyan Camp" on
October 4 at Manori Village, Malad (W).
The Chairman of the Manori 'Machimar Sangh Society' Chandrakant
Fajindar as well as the members of ferry services such as Mr. Subhash,
Mr. Roman, Mr. Narlekar, Mr. Duming, Mr. Mohan and Mr. Vilas was
felicitated and 24 students including teaching and non-teaching staff
joined the program.
NSS Member Prof. Nishit .K. Dave (MSCA Member) and Prof.
Ashirwad Koli organised a one day "Swachata Abhiyan Camp"
successfully. Active initiative was taken to maintain cleanliness in the
surrounding of Manori Beach and Manori village.
"Swachata Abhiyan Camp"
by Durgadevi Saraf College
MUMBAI: Team India of KWF karate
under the astute leadership of Shihan
Sachin Chavan, won a silver medal at
t h e 7 t h K W F Wo r l d Ka r a t e
Championship conducted from
Septemebr 25 – 27 in Chitose city of
Hokkaido region in Japan.
The event, hosted by the
Karatenomichi World Federation
International headquarters in Japan,
commenced with a Karate world
conference in Budo Karate and its
detailed technicalities conducted by
the legendary Karate Master Shihan
Mikio Yahara - 8th degree black belt
and Shihan Malcolm Dorfman - 8th
degree black belt who organised the
referee seminar in Japan.
Our team India participated with 11
members out of which one participant
conversed with the students but also gave an opportunity to the parents to put
forth their queries who were present for this event.
He gave a sporting message to students to spend atleast one hour in a day at
the playground for outdoor games, especially the students of Class 8 – 10 and
explained to them about the benefits of sports quota of gaining an extra three
marks in the board exam. He shared the benefits of regular reading and the role
of books in our life and also said that October 15, the birthday of our Honourable
Late President APJ Abdul Kalam should be celebrated as 'Reading Day.' He not
only addressed students, but also the parents, to become computer literate by
which he meant that they (parents) should have the knowledge of how to
operate computer and be accessible to keep a watch on how their children are
using it.
The programme ended with a generous act of donation. The program ended
with a generous act of donation. The students of the school from their piggy
bank saving donated the amount of Rs.25,000 to the drought-prone areas of
Maharashtra through the Education Minister. The programme ended with the
national anthem.
India bags Silver medal at Karate Championship in Japan
MULUND: On October 2, Sou Laxmibai Eng. Med. School and Junior College
(Science) arranged a special interactive session for the students of the school and
college with the Education Minister of Maharashtra Vinod Tawde.
The session started at 3pm with a welcome speech by Headmistress of the
College Pooja Kulkarni. A floral momento was presented to the Minister as a token
of honour. The programme continued with the interactive session of the students
with the Education Minister. He welcomed the students and made them feel
comfortable with their questions to be asked in any of the languages like English,
Hindi, Marathi or Sanskrit.
Students from the primary section asked him questions about his favourite
subject. With more such questions coming his way, Education Minister Vinod
Tawde recalled beautiful memories of his childhood and gave a satisfactory answer
to the students.
On being asked about the less number of students passing in the competence
exam from Maharashtra, he said, “Our students only focus on curriculum based
books. They don't have a habit or read any other general knowledge books apart
from textbooks.” A student then asked him on why defence education for girls is
not a part of the curriculum. He answered “There should be gender sensitisation in
society i.e. no discrimination between girls and boys at home, school or the
society.” A visually impaired students of Class IX asked, “Shouldn't visually
challenged students get a chance to give their board exam on the computer? He
replied that he would definitely pass this proposal to the Board of Education.
The Education Minister enthusiastically and satisfactorily gave all the answers
with references. He interacted with the children, as a parent does. He not only
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Are you convinced with
the 2006 blast verdict?
A special court sentenced to death 5 of the 12 people
convicted for the 2006 Mumbai serial train blasts that killed
188 people and injured 829 commuters. Seven convicts were
sentenced to life in jail. The sentences came two weeks after
the 12 were found guilty.
Mumbaikars if they are convinced with the verdict...
Renu Muralidharan: They deserve to be
hanged. I hope their act will take them to
hell for shedding the blood of the innocent.
I strongly reject such acts of terrorism. The
Indian law is such where people can find
loopholes and exploit it, so I think we as
citizens should change the way we look at
the law and abide by it.
Shalbh Jain, 27: It is certainly a positive
step, but whether all of them should have
been given death penalty or not is difficult
to judge. Indian law is such and probably
the only one which is so complex. It will be
wrong for a lay man like me to judge the
Sanjeev Shrivastav, 61: The blasts
were terrible, so I feel they all should be
hanged. When these terrorists, who are
not given death sentence were aware
while planning that they will be killing a lot
of innocent people, so all of them who
helped to carry out the mission should be
Rinku Vishwakarma, 21: There were a
lot of people who died because of these
people, so obviously they should be
hanged and the remaining who are on the
run should also be caught & hanged. The
Indian law is very old and slow and it is a
problem to an extent but eventually the
law takes its own course and justice will be
Vijay Varia, 21; The terrorist should be
given a strict punishment and it is a happy
moment for all Mumbaikars that justice
has been done. I think it is time we change
some of the rules. There is no point in
keeping a terrorist in the prison for 15-20
years and wasting people's money on
Satish Singh, 55: The Indian law is the
best law in the world and we all should be
proud of it. Yes, people grumble that the
law is slow and there is no immediate
punishment, but this law is very good. The
authorities get enough time investigate
and find out who is the culprit rather than
just hanging the innocent.
Dheeraj Dokania, 38: The guilty should
be given punishment that they deserve.
We are a democracy and we should not be
partial towards anyone, not only in this
case but also in the other cases. It is good
that terrorists are hanged. When you are
killing so many people, you obviously
deserve capital punishment.
Vishnu Danny, 20: Terrorism will never
succeed. Good always prevails over evil.
Mumbai will continue to flourish and be
vibrant. So will India. Pakistan or no other
nation can bog us down. Strict punishment
to preceptors of terror is the only way to
send the right message.
Shubham Gupta, 18: Not just 5, death
penalty should be awarded to all who were
involved. We should not give them time to
appeal for mercy petition. If death
sentence is pronounced today, they should
be hanged the next morning. Only then in
the near future, terrorists will be afraid to
support terrorists.
Today's General Managers need to be better communicators,
better leaders. Leadership is couched in experience and learning,
which doesn't have to be hospitality-specific, strong operational
management ability, deep knowledge of the hotel business and
effective leadership skills. The successful hotel manager will
combine these qualities. Tejus did his schooling St. Thomas
Academy, Mumbai where he was introduced to discipline early in
life. Thereafter he completed his catering education at IHM
Hyderabad and the institute apart from providing vocational
education also taught him many life's lessons, which he still values
and holds close to his heart. In conversation with Senior Journalist
Who inspired you to join the hospitality industry?
Each of us is really good at something – it is just a matter of finding it.
Do we know what we are destined to be, or do we find it through
experience? There should be an inclination towards your liking and
one should take appropriate decisions in life. As a child, we would
frequently visit Udipi restaurants. I was always in awe of their food,
consistency and speed of service. I was keenly aware that all this was
achieved despite not having any formal education in restaurant or
hotel management. This would immensely intrigue me for many
years to come and laid the bedrock for me to pursue hotel
Novotel is one of the prominent hotels at Juhu, patronized
by leading Bollywood celebrities. Why do they prefer to
revisit again and again?
Novotel Mumbai is strategically located at Juhu. The who's who of
Bollywood lives here and thereby coming here is only logical for
proximity reasons. We have the best cuisines of all kind and best
venues which attracts them and our variety of cuisines on offer,
service and vantage sea view that is unparallel. The staff at the Hotel
is also sensitized to their want for privacy. They ensure that they have
adequate space provided for them to have some personal time.
Therefore it does not come as a surprise when there is practically not
a single day when few Bollywood celebrities do not visit the hotel!
What are your plans for Novotel Juhu?
Every guest who visits the hotel wants to see new additions.
Upgradation and new additions are the need of the hour and we keep
doing so whenever required. We expect to be able to provide top-ofthe-line experience to all our event guests and customers. We are
also upgrading our rooms and are committing a large amount of
money towards this exercise. We believe it will certainly enhance the
overall guest experience and help reclaim the hotel's rightful status in
the market.
Any plans for adding more restaurants in Novotel?
Novotel has six outlets, namely Olio – Italian restaurant, Sampan –
the legendary Chinese restaurant, Square – all day dining restaurant,
Gadda Da Vida – seaside bar, Bageecha – seaside Indian restaurant
and Peche Mignon – the French patisserie. We believe through such
robust offerings the hotel caters to large, divergent palates and have
enough variety to offer for anyone to explore and relish for a good
period of time. Apart from the classic offerings of these outlets, we
also conduct frequent and periodic food festivals and promotions at
these outlets where we bring in new flavours and tastes which are
different from the outlet's current offerings, thus bringing in a host of
new gourmet experiences.
What is important to the traveller today, locational
advantage or the Accor brand?
It will be incorrect to isolate one from the other since they are both
very important elements. A brand like Accor provides a loyal guest
the comfort and consistency that the guest is accustomed to and
that's why we see a large number of Accor loyal guests stay at
Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach who keep coming back again and again.
How much has the investment in digital marketing grown?
Digital is very important and vital in the Hotel business. As more and
more bookings get routed through digital platforms it is no longer an
option. On the contrary the more pertinent question is how much to
invest in this medium and what ROI to expect.
How do you feel about faith bestowed on you by Accor
Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach is an important hotel and I look after it
like it's my own baby. I believe in truly living the 'own the business'
philosophy. I am very proud of leading this team here and believe
that while we have scaled new frontiers, we have several milestones
to achieve. The hotel is a big operation and Accor has certainly
demonstrated faith in me and I have no doubt that I and my team will
do everything to retain and enhance its iconic status in Mumbai!
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Jimmy Writer, a typical Mumbaikar, has been recently appointed as the
Restaurant General Manager at exclusive Le Cirque Signature at The
Leela Mumbai. Prior to this, he was posted at The Leela in Bangalore. He
is an alumni of IHM Thiruvananthapuram. He started his career with
prestigious Leela Management
Training Programme. Jimmy went on to
hold key portfolios at the palace
property of The Leela in Bangalore.
After spending nearly 5 years there and
18 months at The Leela Goa, he is
excited to be a part of The Leela
Mumbai's Le Cirque Signature and
coming back to a place he thinks is the
best city in the world.
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Meghna Gulzar directed “Talvar” wings
for her global appreciation and reviews
K V Raman
Vindu Dara Singh lifts Bharti Singh with single hand
Vindu Dara Singh lifted Bharti Singh with one hand and showed his strength to all the leg pulling comedians in Comedy
Nights Bachao show. Guess that was the reason he got spared compared to the Roadies and Dolly.
Shaan records song for Sandesh Gour's film
Popular Bollywood Playback
Singer Shantanu Mukherjee
akla Shaan known for his
super hit songs like Chaar
Kadam (PK), Behti Hawa Sa
Tha Who (3 Idiots), Chand
Sifarish (Fanaa), Subah Ho
Gayi Mamu (Munna Bhai
MBBS), Jab Se Tere Naina
(Saawariya) and many more
songs for Sharukh Khan,
Salman Khan, Amir Khan,
Hritik Roshan, Ranbir
Kapooretc... Now we got to know that singer has recorded a romantic song
"Tumhari Chahat" for debut bolluwood movie "Meeradha".
Popular face on TV, actor Sandesh Gour acted in many TV shows for
channels like Star Plus, Life Ok, Big Magic, Sab TV, and shows like Sanjay Leela
Bhansali's Saraswatichandra, Mann Ki Awaaz Pratigya, Neela Telefilms show
Tarak Meheta Ka Oolta Chashma, Mahi Sagar, Badi Doooor Se Aaye Hain. He
had done international award winning short film "MUAFINAMA" as lead actor.
Bollywood playback singer Shaan recorded a song "Tumhari Chahat" for
movie Meeradha. Shaan said I am happy because on the occasion of Lata
Mangeshakar's birthday I recorded this song for Meeradha. Tumhari chahat is
the romantic song with amazing lyrics and I am touched with the lyrics. People
will gone like this song and my best wishes to debutant actor Sandesh Gaur ad
his film Meeradha.
Mahima Hora desires to make a mark
Hailing from New Delhi, Mahima Hora
possessing dreams in her eyes to
pursue acting, little did she know her
talent would give her the big ticket to
the tinsel town? After marking her
excellence in stage and theatre, she
makes her big Bollywood debut with
the film “COLD.”
Essaying the role of a protagonist,
Mahima Hora says “I am playing the
lead in the film. The script of the film
is outstanding and my character is
very well written. I am excited and
equally nervous because it marks my
debut in the industry. I am just giving
my hundred percent and keeping my
fingers crossed. Hopefully, I am going
to stay in the film industry for a very
long time.”
Talking about her journey Mahima
say “I belong to a simple family back
ground where we don't have any
association with Bollywood, but it was
my passion for this art which made
me pursue acting. I never had a God
father who would guide me with the
nuances of the industry. I did stage
and theatre plays to understand the
craft. So, films are something that I
am going to continue to do.”
Birthday Bash of GIRISH WANKHEDE
(Managing Director of Entity One Marketing and Distribution Company), a
Starry Affair.
The Aarushi-Hemraj double murder in
Noida about seven years ago
shuddered the entire nation. The case
got messed up subsequently. There
followed investigation in the initial
phase, implications, character
elimination and lastly the conviction of
the parents. No justice has emerged.
In any case the Meghna Gulzar
directed film “Talvar,” a fictionalized
version of the same, forces you to. The
film projects all the gruesome details
(some factual, some canards) and
much more on the table devoid of
cringing, it has your awareness just in
the same way the case had one
In the film the Talvars arer
christened asTandons. While Aarushi is
Shruti and the CBI is CDI. However for
these minor disputes and minor
modification of names, Talvar stays on
the course preferred. And that is to tell
the story. No, not of Aarushi or her
bond with her parents, but of an
investigation gone awry, of the
loopholes in the system.
As it dovetails the three diverse
investigations and their conclusions
and the inconclusive evidence, it puts a
question mark. However, it's not just
the investigative process that it indicts,
it's not only the police which is in the
dock but everyone, including the bite
famished media who deem the
Chinese whispers, who lend credibility
to it by echoing it without
Nevertheless the strength of the
film doesn't only lie in how well and
how pragmatically it incorporates fact
with fiction. Sure as viewers one
doesn't know what all in the film is true
and what is mere conjecture or
interpretation. At several points it
veers towards the parents and seems
to be batting for them. Indeed, if there
is even an iota of doubt that they are
not the culprits, it is the greatest
travesty of justice. And no civilized
society should condone it.
The film that takes you through all
the three investigations (step by step
from the beginning till the end) is so
well plotted and knit that there isn't a
single 'blink your eye moment'.
Riveting is an understatement to
describe the narrative that moves from
the familiar to the unfamiliar from the
unsettling to introspective. No doubt
Sharman needs some
'me' time
Sharman Joshi has been having the busiest days
possible. The actor has been in and out of the country
with his play Raju Raja Ram Aur Main and when back in
the city he has been busy with his film Hate Story 3 and
the 3 stories of excel films which he has just wound up.
He says he has not had time even for family who has
been considerate so far but he doesn't know how long
this would last.
Sharman says “I've had hectic schedules. Its a
dream for any actor and I am not complaining but I
surely could do with some me time. I haven't had time
for family for a while now but a month more and am
planning to take things a little slow. Hate Story 3 is fast
moving towards competition. Guess I'd take it slower
the film is disturbing but not merely for
it brings alive the tragic murders.
Rather, for it makes us think, ponder
and question. Nowhere does the film
manipulate your emotions. The couple
is fleshed out exactly as the parents
have appeared in the media—now
distraught, now killers, now innocent.
And both Neeraj Kabi and Konkona
Sen Sharma play it just right
understated and effective. Irrfan Khan
as the investigative officer Ashwin,
somewhat sympathetic to parents,
shines as only he can. A back story (a
troubled marriage with Tabu playing
out in the background) humanises
him. But for this creative license and
brief interjection that even refers to
Gulzar's film Izazat and the evergreen
song Mera kuch saaman, there are no
distractions. In fact, the film steers
clear of unwanted family flashbacks,
overt sentimentality and yes, though
each frame underlines the tragedy
there is no rona dhona. Yet you have
goose bumps all through.
If you have the heart and the
gumption to look at truth from an
altogether different angle, there is no
way you can miss this gem of a film.
Meghna Gulzar, daughter of noted poet
and lyricist and most popular and
talented actor Raakhee ,needs to be
enormously commended for her
directorial acumen. Not to forget Vishal
Bhardwaj's authentic writing for
creating this investigative thriller that
perturbs more than it thrills. It's that
rare whodunit that holds you in a vicelike grip even though it doesn't tell you
who did it.
Happy Birthday
Arun Gupta
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Costliest Music Deal for
Salman Khan starrer
K V Raman
Rajshri Productions Salman Khan
starrer and Sooraj Bhartajya
directed film “Prem Ratan Dhan
Payo” is the much-talked about and
awaited film this year. Interestingly,
after a very long time both Salman
Khan and Sooraj have worked
The Music Deal for the film of Rs.
17 crores is the costliest of the year
and in the history of Indian Cinema.
Such a deal has never ever been
made for any film as of date. In fact
the songs of Rajshri Productions
have always been popular and has
the repeat value. Sooraj has
directed “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”
after a long time at an extravagant
Cinegoers and fans of both
Salman and Sooraj are waiting with
bated breath for the release of the
film. Needless to say that Salman
has put in hard work and has also
worked with dedication to make sure that the film releases successfully. The success of this film will
indeed add one more feather to the already many feathers in his cap.
Wishing Salman Khan, Sooraj Bharjatya and the entire cast and crew all the best for a successful
release of the film.
Rajpal Yadav in Marathi film “Dagadabaaichi Chaal”
Sachin Murdeshwar
play of the film. Dialogues are written by Abhijit
Rajpal Yadav, famous for his innocent,
The film is all set to release on October 23.
spontaneous comedy in Hindi films, is now in
Lyrics for the film songs are written by Nachiket
Marathi, playing the character 'JILEBIWALA' in
Jog, whereas, music is by Kedar Pandit and Ajaythe upcoming Marathi film 'DAGADABAICHI
Adwait. The film 'Dagadabaichi Chaal' is based
CHAAL'. The film is produced by Dattatary
on the typical 'CHAWL' lifestyle.
Bhaguji Hingne, under the banner of Jai Bhole
The star cast includes Rajpal Yadav, Vishakha
Films Production. Along with direction, Sunil
S u b h e d a r, S a n g r a m S a l v i , M o h i n i
Wailkar has also written the story and screen
Kulkarni,Bhushan Kadu, Shweta Pagar,
Kamlakar Satpute, Kishore
Chougule, Madhavi Juvekar,
Sunil Godbole, Jhony Rawat,
Prashant Tapaswi, Santosh
Choradia. Most of them are
comedians, but the prime
attraction for viewers will be
Rajpal Yadav's “JILEBIWALA.”
“I put twice the efforts
in my performance
since I am playing the
role of Shabana Azmi's
– Priya Banerjee
Slim, svelte and blessed with sharp features, Priya Banerjee is all set to make her debut in
Bollywood with the Aishwarya Rai Bachchan comeback film 'Jazbaa.' She has a number of Telegu
films to her credit as well. Though she was born in Kolkata, she has been raised in Canada and
always knew for sure she would be in movies some day. In an exclusive interview with
SHAILI MADAN, she speaks about her debut film, her life and her future plans...
About your Bollywood debut film 'Jazbaa'
which releases tomorrow...
I am extremely excited it's release. This is a Sanjay
Gupta film and is a suspense thriller. Most
importantly, it is also Aishwarya Rai's comeback film.
The story is about two mothers – Shabana Azmi and
Aishwarya Rai. I play the role of Shabana Azmi's
daughter. I am not allowed to reveal more than this,
but I play one of the most pivotal characters in the
film. It has been a great experience to work with such
amazing people.
How was your experience working with
Shabana Azmi?
She is an extremely good person and a great actor. I
was a little nervous during my first scene with her.
When you are working with someone like Shabana
Azmi, there is so much pressure that you have to
prove yourself or else you will get overshadowed. You
get to learn so much but at the same time, you want
people to notice you. Infact, she was such a good coactor. She kept helping me, improvising me and
eventually we shared a beautiful chemistry both, off
and on screen. Even Mr Sanjay Gupta appreciated the
results. Her being around helped me because I put
twice the effort and did a really good job. You can
learn so much from what she shares and teaches
about acting.
How did the movie come about?
I was doing films down South and always wanted to
enter Bollywood. However, I was not actively looking
for it when the movie came about. I think Sanjay
Gupta had seen my South film song link on Twitter, at
the time when they were casting for the film. He
expressed his interest to cast me in the movie. The
casting director asked me and called me to ask if I
was interested. He briefed me about the movie and
the star cast...and I just took it up without thinking
any further. I am lucky as a newcomer to be part of
this film. There are so many movies that get made
and I am part of this. A film like this will never go
unnoticed. It is an extremely amazing, power packed
How was your experience working with
Aishwarya and Irrfan Khan?
I shared a few scenes with them. There was this
Shraddha Pandit on a musical high
It was my privilege to work with king of comedy Johny Lever
Sir, Learnt a lot and looking forward to work again. Anchoring
with him was fun. A new role for me. Made it very easy for me
with his class act and performance .
Shraddha Pandit has
always been
extremely dedicated
to her singing career
coming from a
legendary music
Recently the girl
lent her voice to one
of the music tracks of
Jazbaa which has
been touted as a hot
favourite amongst
charts. We hear
Shraddha is ecstatic
because it's one of
her favourite actors
film she lent her voice
to, being Aishwarya
Rai and most importantly it's a foot tapping number
which she even heard one of the cars play when
she was stuck in a jam. It's sure giving her a
musical high.
action scene where I met both of them. They are
amazing people. During the action scene she
came up to me and made sure I was doing fine.
That's so amazing coming from Aishwarya Rai.
She didn't need to go out of her way, but she did.
She is an extremely humble and down to earth
You've graduated in the field of Marketing.
How did acting happen?
I think my life is so random that I don't plan
anything. I have always liked Performing Arts
and have always been into singing and dancing.
Having been born in a Bengali family, these
things were mandatory for me. So this streak
was always there in me and I enjoyed it as well.
When the time came to make a decision, I really
thought I wanted to pursue acting. So overnight
I made a decision to come to India. I had the
option of going to LA, but I somehow, chose
India. This was an extremely impulsive decision.
I did not even know anyone in the industry.
How would you define your journey?
My journey so far has been really good. Its been
two-and-a-half years since I've been here. Its
been a process for me and things are constantly
evolving. I am just enjoying the process. I never
came with a plan. I am letting everything happen
to me and am enjoying the process.
How has your experience been doing
South films and then Bollywood?
I personally really enjoyed doing South films.
Before I moved to India, I never watched South
films. But when I got an offer from a Telegu film,
I was a little nervous because I didn't know the
language or culture. I am glad I did it because I
learnt a lot. Even if you go to an acting school,
there is very limited that one can learn. But when
you start working in a film, you learn the
technicalities, the camera and so much more.
People down South are very humble and sweet.
So for me, when I was working here with Mr
Sanjay Gupta, I felt like I had been there, done
that. Having worked so much, I wasn't nervous
and knew the camera angles right. Ofcourse, as
an actor, you are constantly learning with every
film but its good to be aware of things. I am glad
South films happened to me.
How would you define yourself?
I am very impulsive by nature. I just do what
makes me happy. I like being happy and doing
things that I am mentally convinced about. I am
not the kind of person who sits and looks back at
the choices that I made. I am always very sure
about what I am doing.
What do you miss about Canada?
I miss a lot about Canada. I miss my family the
most and friends as well. I miss the place since I
have been raised there, so its home for me. I also
miss my mom's home cooked food. So every
time I visit them, I am usually eating at home.
Have you made friends in Bollywood?
Luckily, I have made good friends who are
actors, who have been in the industry or come
from the background. Everyone is really nice. Its
how you look at things. If you are a certain way
with people, they will treat you the same way. So
luckily I've met good people and made good
friends and am really liking it here.
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Time Share holiday abroad
has pros and cons
“We are going to stay at Torgon in Switzertland for seven days, in
the RCI apartment,” announced my friends who are members of
Time share holiday. Due to lack of experience then, I considered
every remote place to be exotic. Joining them for a scenic train ride
from Geneva to Montreux followed by a bus ride from Aigle, I
thought of arriving at a vibrant place. On entering, Les CretesEuroloisirs resort, we found the reception closed and building
vacant due to a National holiday. 'Super- exotic', I mumbled,
crinkling my nose but not getting disappointed.
While lugging the grocery bags and panting on the steep slope, I
tried not to let go of my nurtured dream. I did right as next day
while walking around the woods, waterfalls and Les Portes Du
Soleil, a ski-region having 250 ski-lifts, I did feel the 'exotic' factor
despite the absence of snow in summer. With cows for company, I
felt blissful with the sound of Swiss -bells that swayed the silence
'Kabhi kisiko mukkamal jahan nahi milta, Kahin zameen nahi to
kahin aasman nahi milta'... Such is the story of Debu
Chakravarthy, a professional singer in Andheri, who has been
singing professionally for the last 35 years. He has had his share of
bad luck in Bollywood but nothing has withered his passion for
singing. He got his first break in 1981 where he recorded his debut
song for Bollywood, but his luck had something else in store, as the
movie he sang for did not release. Thereafter, a series of bad luck
situations kept coming his way. Yet he did not give up and
continued to follow his passion and went on to become an
international stage singer. In a candid chat with Reynold D'Sa,
Debu Chakravarthy talks more about himself...
When and how did you start your musical journey?
I was studying in a college in Hyderabad when I started singing. It
has been my passion. During those days, there were no cassettes or
CDs to hear songs from or practice songs, so radio was the only
medium to listen to songs. So I would wait everyday in the evening
to hear songs on the radio. Obviously, the family was not happy
with it. They were concerned and they wanted me to study instead.
You are so rich with experience...What is your aim?
I am not going to live forever, so before leaving this Earth I would
like to teach, train and share my knowledge with the younger
generation. So what I want to do now is whatever I have learnt
from so many people and my Gurus over the years. I want to share
it with others. I mostly sing on karaoke tracks - the youth relate to
it. This is not easy unless you're a trained singer. Everybody is
aware about sur and taal but I would train people to put life into
songs and add soul to it.
What do you think about the music these days?
The youth like the new music but I prefer the old classical music.
The music these days is more of noise and less of melody but still
there are plenty of new musicians who make really good music.
However, the trend will change and people will eventually come
back to the old classical music. The music these days is good for
gently. Happy with the first day's stint, I
looked forward to having more exotic
The 'more' turned out to be disappointing.
We discovered that the bus ride that would
bring us to civilisation was not available at
frequent intervals. So after visiting the Castle
of Chateau de Chillon that appears to be
rising from water, we had to rush back to
Darshana Doshi
catch the last bus at 7, without falling on
land. Oh, what a loss it was not being able to relish Cheese Fondue
and Raclette by the lake side, in vibrant Montreaux, famous for its
vineyards!! However MTR rice and rasamin the apartment kitchen
did provide some solace as it was piping hot.
So what does one do for seven days in a remote area besides
cooking, cleaning, commuting and 'cow'ing? I wondered on the third
day. I could go sledging in the nearby snow-mountain, visit
chocolate -making factory and vineyards. But this would not have
allowed me to get the feel of the country, culture and important
landmarks. Mt Titlis and Jungfrau were too far to visit in the day and
come back. But not wanting to miss out on these 'must do' places, I
took off to Interlaken and Lucerne for four days, staying in hotels.
The apartment that was availed at a cheap price was of no use then.
But sometimes remote places do offer rewarding experiences.
During our stay at Gemuender Ferien park resort in Germany, we
visited Ordensburg Vogelsang, a castle located close by, built in 1930
to train Nazi elite. The arrangement of barracks, community halls
and sports arena flanked by a steep slope leading to a reservoir was
spectacular. It turned out to be the second largest relic of Nazi
infrastructure, spread over a sprawling 50,000 It was a
unique experience to relive Hitler's ideology.
I had one more experience of Time share apartment at Florida in
US. I survived the circuit of GCCC [Grocery shopping, Cooking,
Cleaning and Commuting] for two days and then moved on.
As I travelled more, I learnt that the best place to stay is
downtown which is well connected and is the hub of all activities. I
also learnt that I am more of a city-hopping- traveller wanting to
pack in the world, each day and so time -share holiday is not for me.
“I want to share my
knowledge and
experience with the
youth by training them”
dancing. There are few new songs, which can be sung live at an
event. When you listen to an old song, it touches your heart and soul
but the new songs are not like that.
Who all from this generation according to you can sing these
soulful and meaningful songs?
There are quite a few but I think Arijit Singh and Sukhwinder sing
really well. They know how to build the song and do justice to it.
And the youth also enjoy their songs.
In times of stress, how essential do you think it is to learn or
listen to music?
Music is very important. All great people have been music fans.
They loved music and they knew to play some or the other
instrument. It is scientifically a proven fact that music helps you
Is age a barrier for being trained in music?
The sooner you start it is better it is. Later in life you get busy with
other things If you learn music early, it is very helpful. It makes you
an optimistic as person.
Do you think it has become more difficult for singers to get into
the industry?
Infact, it has become easier compared to the olden days. Those days
there were great singers and only those few singers kept singing.
There was very little scope for others. These days you have a new
artist coming in every other day.
How has singing transformed your life?
Singing is everything to me. It has changed my family and my
financial life. My entire day revolves around singing. I do a lot of
Yoga and breathing exercises, which for a singer are very
important. A singer should be able to hold his breath for a long time
and change his voice and sing whenever necessary.
Any message for aspiring singers?
There are so many platforms available these days like the television
shows. It was not there during our time. So if you are taking up
singing as a profession, stay committed to it and take it seriously.
You need to seek help from people to get better and there are people
who are willing to help. All the knowledge and experience I have I
want to share with the younger generation before I leave this world.
And when I have done that, I can die peacefully.
we will miss you
Dr Sandip Shirali
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Executive Chef – The Ultimate
Traveling Camp & deccan Odyssey
(luxury Train) – A Cox & Kings Venture:
Simarpal Singh Virdi did his basic and higher secondary education
from St. Xaviers, Kanjur Marg and Guru Nanak College, Bhandup,
Mumbai and completed his degree in Hotel Management from Dr.
D.Y.Patil Institute, Navi Mumbai. He hails from a family of engineers
and businessmen. Considering his inclination towards the culinary
field, his parents supported him whole heartedly. He then joined The
Hotel Management course with an intention to see and learn what
hospitality had to offer. In his College his professor Miss. Ritu Arora
(Now Chef Reetu Uday Kugaji) and Chef Sanjay Gokshe (Principal of
D.Y.Patil, IHMCT) whose inclination and passion towards culinary
trade motivated him to become a Chef. Also, courtesy Celebrity Chef
Sanjeev Kapoor, the profession started getting its due recognition. In
candid talk with Senior Journalist, MEWATI SITARAM, on Board
Deccan Odyssey train...
Who inspired you and what have you learnt from them?
All my senior chefs and bosses from all the hotels and restaurants have
been an inspiration in my career. Starting from Chef John Savage (Ex
Executive Chef at Sofitel St. James, London), Chef Daniel Paul Klein,
Chef Amit Bharadwaj, Chef and entrepreneur Rahul Akerkar, Chef
Jaydeep Mukherjee, Anurag Katriar and Ketan Kadam. I have learnt a lot
from each of them. They helped me enhance my culinary skill and
develop professionally and personally so that I could set onto the right
track to be able to achieve my dreams and be a successful Chef.
Cheers for global beer at
The Leela Mumbai brings to you the much awaited Oktoberfest Beer
Festival at 6 Degrees, Bar from 4th to 11th October. Oktoberfest is an
exciting German festival.
On offer will be an assortment of beers and a wide range of
Bavarian delicacies with its unique flavours like German Potato Salad,
Wurst Salad, Pork Bratwurst, Chicken Frankfurter, Steamed Bread
Dumplings and more.So head over to 6 Degrees at The Leela Mumbai
at 6 Degrees 17:00 hrs to 23:00 hrs Contact: 6691 1333 / 34
Achievements in your career...
I am lucky to have worked with Chef Albert
Roux, while at Sofitel St. James London, a
French-born restaurateur and chef working
in Britain. He and his brother Michel
operated Le Gavroche, the first restaurant
in the UK to gain three Michelin stars. Being
in foreign soil, I was awarded Employee of
the month and Best employee of the year
while at Sofitel and Blakes Golf Club,
Mewati Sitaram
Any International exposures?
Yes, I worked in the United Kingdom from 2002 until 2008, and
during that course I worked with Sofitel St. james, at Piccadilly
Circus, Chamberlains Restaurant, Leadenhall Market at Bank and
Blakes Golf Club, North weald, Essex.
Why did you choose Deccan Odyssey despite various
other options?
I have one thing in my mind. It shouldn't be easy to be amazing.
Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open,
concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is that you
want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed. Only those
who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly in their career. So
I decided to accept to do something new. I was working as an Area
Chef for Cafe Mangii. One fine day I got a call from an agency
asking me if I would consider doing what I do best in a different
way? Post meeting the concerned people, I was convinced that it
was very different than what I have been doing and it would be a
challenge in its own way. I had never worked being on the move
ever before and it was a turning point to go ahead and grab this
opportunity. The best part is getting to travel around the entire
length and breadth of India and meeting people from various
countries, states within India. And to be able to see and learn so
much about them and their cultures which is just helping me
enhance my skill and knowledge about various cuisines available
in and around India. I have just been with this company for about
a year and a half and I am sure I love it.
What is the difference between cooking on moving train
and surface kitchen?
Quite a bit of difference to be honest, as we can carry only a
certain amount of stock on board and not over stock (considering
that we are constantly on the move) to ensure quality and
maintain hygiene standards. Availability of products of desired
quality at various locations that we go through can be a tough task
at times. Since we are constantly moving rates of all ingredients
vary from place to place. We are lot more in to quality and not
quantity; we make sure best of the products to be procure from
local market irrespective of cost.
What type of menu and beverages do you offer on board D
We serve set menus offering a choice mainly between Continental
and Indian preparations. Also considering the nationality of guests
and what state of India we are travelling through, we cook country
specific cuisine and regional Indian cuisine during the weeklong
itinerary. We have a full-fledged Bar offering an array of wine, beer,
whiskey, Single malt, Vodka, Gin and not to forget a variety of Tea,
Coffee, cocktails and mocktails served on board.
How do you procure local and International ingredients
on board? Are Meat, fruits and other perishable items
stored in the train or do you go for spot purchasing?
We have our registered vendors for all sorts of imported and local
products. We along with our quality audit team visit the facilities of
our vendors before finalising anyone. As our guests are quiet high
profile (Indians and expats) we can't take a chance by using any
product that would be substandard and could put our guests/ our
repertoire in the harm's way. We have ample fridges and freezers
for storage purpose. We procure enough for about two days and
then order/procure as we travel, from our registered vendors.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your work and
I think having a challenging situation thrown at you and you
overcome it, achieving desired goals and response from patrons is
what adds in a lot of fun to any work place. To name a few such as
cooking various cuisines, getting to travel through various parts of
such a beautiful and diverse country makes the experience breath
taking. We have challenges of procurement of various products
which won't be easily available at certain locations and
maintenance of equipment while on the go.
A message for aspiring chefs and your ultimate goal...
Be ready to work hard, work smart and don't let other peoples
judgment's make you change your course as it's your destiny not
theirs. Don't worry about making mistakes but learn from them
and move on. My ultimate goal is to be ranked amongst the most
successful Chefs in India and Abroad.
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Shaili Madan, Resident Editor
In the quest of complete satisfaction
Is man ever satisfied? Oops! I mean is a human
being ever satisfied? I would say that upto 95 per
cent of the populace would state that complete
satisfaction is never achievable. True I say! This is
one of the truths of humanity – we are never
Take for instance, we want money; and then we
want more money and then want more and more
and more...the craving, the desire, the want, never
seems to cease. This is a tangible desire. But then
even intangible wants never seem to be fulfilled to
our complete satisfaction. We want happiness and
then want more and more and more. The same is
with love. Do we ever feel loved completely? If we
did, then would there we scope and space for
obsession, possessiveness, jealousy, anger, lust
and all other related emotions?
I present here a story I had once heard about a
man who lived his life, seeking satisfaction
Rahul, when three years old, would always cry
to play with his brothers toys, none of which
seemed to entertain him. And when given his
brother toys, he would again cry for his own. When
he grew a little older, he always wanted to wear his
brothers clothes and shoes and when his demands
were fulfilled, he preferred his own. When in
school, he waited to go to college. When in college,
he was eagerly awaiting his career. After that
handsome pay, he wanted marriage. Marriage
brought the desire for children. He was the
deciding factor for their education, their career,
their marriage, their children... Finally when he
reached the fag end of his life, he sat in his rocking
chair, finding happiness in the imagined memory of
his infancy. And going through his life's memories,
he realised that each time he missed the 'bus of
happiness' only waiting for the next to come. After
all, Rahul's life went by in anticipating happiness in
every next want.
I am sure this seems like a story of a Moral
Science book. But the essence of it can be learnt at
any stage of life. The fact is that we have a
tendency of searching for more and more of what
we already have. In the bargain, we have lost what
we already did gain.
Some would feel that the society is responsible
because you are having someone to compare with.
In most cases that doesn't mean that the society is
at fault here. We are the ones who feel dissatisfied
Bindu Midha
As we traverse the path of
life, we come across
many persons, diverse in
manner, attitude and
behaviour. Each is a
representative of a
different outlook to life.
With some, we feel
comfortable with several
others, we have to make
The work place, residence, streets and travel
help you experience this diversity and make you
wonder about which category you would fall
into. Whose company you would truly value and
feel safe in? For there is the friendly and kindhearted kind, the cleverly manipulative kind, the
highly generous kind and the kind who only
likes to take thoughtlessly, remorselessly
without thinking about returning the favour. And
not to omit the kind who appears friendly but
always has a trick up his sleeve! Isn't this the one
whom we should be wary of? So then, whose
company do we seek so each gains from the
other, feel happy in their presence.
At the offset, a few seem to make you feel at
ease but with passage of time you realise, truly
they are quite unlike you. Their priorities are
different, their mindset a complete contrast and
your ability to communicate with them becomes
a challenge. Now consider if they happen to be
those whom you need to work with, well God
save you as there is no way out, other than
perhaps keep it strictly business, honey! Or
would it be better to make their lives as
miserable as they are making yours? Well, then
you would need to don the Machiavellian cap
and it may just jar with your personality. But,
honestly, would that lead you out of the
situation? Stoop: why so low? Does it not
translate to the fact that you are adopting the
very ways of the person whom you would rather
not have anything to do with? What if you need
to work in close co-ordination with the
individual since you are co-workers? Change
your job? But is that an option at all if you love
the job and the place you are in?
So the way out of this rigmarole, a Catch 22
situation- Take on an indifferent and impersonal
attitude. Enjoy. That could help you stay where
you are, peacefully, doing your bit, staying the
way you would like to be mentally, ethically.
Coz if life did not offer the undulating, which
sprinkles the zing, it would be horribly routine,
mundane and regular. Enjoying the irregular,
smiling and laughing on the aside, about the
devious ways of such humans whom you are
compelled to work in close co-ordination with is
the way to make your journey a happy and
enjoyable one. Collaborate, co-operate, leaving
no room for manipulation. Widen your circle, at
the work place, at home, in the outside world.
Look around to identify like-minded persons
and take advantage of their presence, allow them
to become a part of your life. This is bound to
help you relax. Become unmindful of the
presence of this person who seems to have
adopted a malignant presence in your work life.
Cause of much mental misery and trauma; far
from it, each of you have the space and domains
of operation, you a constructive zone, retaining
your innate qualities of being straight forward,
and the others of choosing the path they like to
savour. Doesn't good-heartedness work as a
lodestar that does not need any external crutch to
keep it going? Keeping your mind off the
unproductive, would definitely help you dive
headlong into useful ventures. Does that make
you the rare kind? Who cares, rare is more
sought after, isn't it? So, live right as you live
only once.
with what we have and
people around you just act
as a proof or a mirror to
show that you have less.
This doesn't mean that
feeling dissatisfied with
what we have is wrong. This is the feeling which
raises competition and the need to achieve more
which pave way for our development. We just can't
sit feeling satisfied and keep on living a
monotonous life. Feeling dissatisfied with what you
have done is not wrong but feeling dissatisfied with
what you have got is not right.
Go to the beach and gather a handful of sand.
And then open the fist to gather more. What
happens then, all that you already have just slides
out and you are left with an open palm. Have you
ever sat back to think how much have you already
Happiness is in what you have been given, and
not in what you have not been given. Complete
satisfaction is here and now. Remember a lot more
could have not been provided or simply taken
away. The search and urge for more and more
should be a goal and not your life itself!
Dear Editor,
Good that the drink and drive checks have
become stringent considering that the festive
season is round the corner. Off late, there have
been plenty of incidents of drink and drive
which have resulted in tragic accidents and
people have lost their lives. There are a lot of
educated people who are doing things like
these. We even had a lawyer drinking and
driving which really explains the kind of
ignorant people we have in our country.
According to me, the punishment should be
increased and much more stringent laws
should be brought in. The accused should not
be allowed to drive again under any
circumstances whatsoever. When someone is
drinking and driving he is not only risking his
own life but putting others life at risk as well.
Good that Mumbai Messenger is covering
this story and I think more and more media
should publish this story and make people
aware about the issue.
Kartik Venkat
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Food Preferences Are Way
Beyond Good And Bad
Nature is the best teacher. There are a few things
beyond being good or bad. There are few things just
created by the creator. We people need to get out of
judging everything from good and bad and need to
understand that nothing is good or bad. Everything is
just as it is. That's the way its been created.
Nowadays we have been seeing people having
discussions and arguments about eating vegetarian
food and non- vegetarian food. I am not saying it is
good to kill innocent animals. Still there are a few
things which are beyond good or bad.
The Earth always has to keep a balance and to
keep its balance, it has created a few things which we
just have to understand to move beyond our
limitation and judgments. We all know in the
evolution of the Earth, we have four kingdoms Mineral, plants, Animals and then Humans. Our
Animal kingdom has already taught us that the
Universe was already created by 3 kinds of species herbivores (those who only eat vegetables),
carnivores (those who eat only other animals) and
omnivores (those who eat both vegetables and other
animals). Now can you say that animals eating
vegetables are good, while those eating non-veg are
bad? That's how they have been created by the
creator. They were and are just meant to be the way
they are.
Now what's the metaphysical reason behind this
difference and having different cravings? If we closely
try to understand the nature of those animals that are
eating vegetables, are the animals those who are
very sensitive and emotional towards life and they are
compassionate in nature. They easily love everything
and everyone. The animals that are eating nonvegetarian are those who are more aggressive in
nature and think about power and control. They are
more strong emotionally and more practical in life.
They have superior qualities and love to be leaders.
The animals that eat both are the one, which have
both kinds of patterns, they
are emotional and practical
and they keep switching from
one to another. The same
applies to humans. We have
all these 3 kinds of humans
too. The people who have
thoughts of sensitivity and
compassion automatically get
into the direction of eating
Anjali Nagpal
vegetarian food, and when
humans have thoughts of power and control then
they tend to have the craving or enjoy non-vegetarian
You cannot define anyone as good or bad because
everyone is on a different path in life; and whatever
path they choose is the right one for them. They were
born that way for a reason. So no human becomes
good or bad, no matter what its food craving he or
she has. For eg: many people in the business world
tend to be more practical than emotional and they are
the rulers and got be aggressive for their work and so
they tend to have thoughts which are more towards
power and control and they automatically would have
a craving to eat non-vegetarian food.
Also, there are plenty of people who take the
spiritual path and tend to have thoughts of sensitivity,
love and compassion and so they eat vegetarian food
and then there are those who keep switching from
veg to non-veg and vice versa. Still all of them are
good humans and perfect as they are. They are the
way they are because they are here to do different
things and so they are on a different path and have
different thought patterns and so they have different
cravings. These are different expressions of life and
we have to learn to embrace all of life.
Animals have learned to accept and now its time
for humans to move above judgments and limitations
and love one another.
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Ask Our Expert
Mrs Deepshikha Agarwal
is a well-known Mumbai based
dietician and sports nutritionist. She
has also been awarded at the
'Nutrition Quest' festival for her
contribution in the nutrition field. If
you have any health and diet related
questions, you can write to her at:
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Is olive oil really good for health?
Please explain? And how much can I
consume? - Anil Sharma, 38yrs.
Hello Mr Anil, Olive oil- this oil is
rich in MUFA n Pufa thus a heart
friendly oil. Also has high vitamin E,
therefore good for skin and hair. It
also increases the efficiency of
immunity. It can be added to make
sauteed veggies or add to any salad
dressings. 3tp per day per person can
be consumed.
I have heard that asfoetida is
good for acidity like problems? Is it
true?- MR Leo D, souza
Hello Leo, Asafoetida is known
as an antidote for flatulence. It
increases the levels of detoxification
enzymes in the body. It is also
prescribed for respiratory conditions
like asthma, bronchitis and
whooping cough. It can be used as an
antimicrobial agent. Its vile smell has
led to many unusual medical claims.
It can be used in various dishes like
seasonings of rasam, sambar, dals
and lemon rice.
Recently I was in Malaysia and I
came across a fruit called noni in
magazine? Can you tell me what it is
exactly and how it is benefial to
me? My name is Shagun Seth and I
am 35 years old.
Dear Shagun, Noni, known
scientifically as Morinda citrifolia, is
a tropical fruit found primarily in the
South Pacific, India, the Caribbean,
South America and the West Indies.
Over 2,000 years ago, the inhabitants
used all parts of the Noni tree as food,
medicine, and dye. It is said
to treat many ailments like
constipation, skin inflammation,
infection, mouth sores, fever and
sprains. Known as the “Aspirin of
the Ancient,” Noni juice can be used
as a supplement. Noni is often
mixed with other fruit juices because
of its unpleasant taste. It is
suggested that drinking noni juice on
an empty stomach might be the
best way to gain maximum benefits.
As The Juice delivers superior
antioxidants, which appear to protect
the body from age-related
changes (joint pain and sprains) and
certain diseases by getting rid
of harmful free radicals. It also
increases energy levels and
maintains a healthy immune system.
It also helps to give your hair a
healthy shine and lets your skin glow.
After the intake of noni juice for a
month you may notice increased
mental clarity, increase attention
span, and thus a greater physical
performance level.
Tell us what you think!
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very important to us.
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MUMBAI: Leading healthcare provider Kohinoor Hospitals and
renowned doctor, Dr Minnie Bodhanwala CEO, Wadia Hospitals
were among the eminent personalities from Mumbai who were
feted for their excellence and contribution to the field of
healthcare at the second edition of India Health & Wellness
Summit and Awards.
While, Kohinoor Hospitals was adjudged as the Green
Hospital of the year, Dr Minnie Bodhanwala CEO, Wadia
Hospitals received the award for the category of 'Distinguished
services to Women and Children's Health'. Besides, Spa by JW
Marriott Mumbai Sahar jointly won the Wellness Service Brand
of the Year with Kaya Skin Clinic at IHW Summit and Awards.
Additionally, imparting knowledge and discussing the
roadblocks of healthcare sector of India, 'Safest Heart Surgeon'
in the world, Dr. Ramakanta Panda, V
‎ ice Chairman and
Managing Director at Asian Heart Institute and Research
Centre participated in one of the sessions at summit that
included other eminent doctors and health minister of various
“India's health and wellness sector has been long awaiting a
truly comprehensive platform for recognition and salutation of
its varied facets through a fierce and peer-driven process. And
we believe we have taken the correct first step in filling this
void. The IHW Summit was conceived with the aim of
establishing a platform for in-depth debate, discussion and
idea-generation to meet the complex challenges in India's
health and wellness sector. Encouraged with the success of our
debut last year and the overwhelming response it got from all
stakeholders, we decided to make the 2015 edition more
comprehensive, effective and outcome oriented,” said Kamal
Narayan Omer, Director, Blue Pen Media, Organizer of the IHW
Summit & Awards.
This year the IHW Summit focused on increased
participation from the government and public health
departments to enable a full-fledged dialogue between
multiple stakeholders in the sector. As many as 20 speakers
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Laugh your pain and worries away
Sanjeev Pendharkar
Who doesn't want to laugh? Everyone likes to
lead a happy and stress free life. However, in
today's competitive atmosphere most of us live
under so much stress that we need to take time
of our busy schedule to laugh! Thank God,
laughing clubs with innovative laughing
therapies are thriving around us like never
Most of us have heard the proverb 'Laughter
is the best medicine!' Even science has proved
Shoulder the load for greater strength
The shoulder is the most flexible
joint in the body, but it's also one of
the most injured. Blame its
hypermobility (no other joint can
move 360 degrees) and underlying
instability. But your workout routine
may also be causing trouble.
“Shoulder injuries are often the
result of imbalances between the
chest and back muscles, particularly
t h e p e c t o r a l i s m a j o r, t h e
infraspinatus, and deltoid muscles,"
says an osteopath. These imbalances are often linked
with tightness and inflexibility. Poor lifting technique can
also cause problems. The most common shoulder
injuries include tendinitis, bursitis, and tears. If you
have a loss of full range of motion above 90 degrees and
pain when moving your arm around, you're most likely
suffering from one of these injuries. Here's how to deal
with the issue and prevent it from happening in the first
Step 1: Rice. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation
work best in early stages. Cold therapy is especially
helpful to reduce pain and inflammation.
Step 2: Alternate heat and ice. Contrast therapy may
be more beneficial if the injury is more than a few days
old, since it increases blood flow to the injured area.
Step 3: For chronic shoulder pain, avoid any
overhead exercises that involve continuously moving
the arm below to above shoulder level.
IF PAIN IS: Coming in gradually over time but goes
away with warmup; felt on outside or front of shoulder,
spreading down to elbow; felt at night, especially when
lying on affected shoulder; getting
worse when raising arms or lifting
overhead; felt during heavy pushing
or pulling movements.
You may have: Rotator cuff and
biceps tendinitis or subacromial
bursitis. Tendinitis is an inflammation
of tendons, often due to repetitive
movements. It can occur with
bursitis, an inflammation of the bursa
(a fluid-filled sac at top of shoulders).
IF PAIN IS: Sharp or dull ache
deep in the shoulder; accompanied
by weakness when lifting hand above shoulder height,
when reaching behind back, or rotating arm; felt at
night, especially when lying on affected shoulder, felt at
rest as condition progresses.
You may have: Rotator cuff tear. A tear can occur
under heavy loads (such as lifting too heavy of a weight
overhead), but it's more commonly caused by repeated
microtrauma that wears the rotator cuff tendons over
IF PAIN IS: Tender to touch at front of shoulder or
made worse with lifting, pulling, or repetitive overhead
reaching; accompanied by a "catching" or "clicking" in
the shoulder with movement; causing difficulty
reaching behind back and overhead.
You may have: biceps tendinitis. Although it's in the
biceps muscle, continuous or repetitive overuse of the
biceps tendon can be felt through overhead
movements, rotator cuff tears, and chronic shoulder
instability due to weakness in the rotator cuff and
upper-back muscles.
that laughter is best medicine to keep you
healthy and active physically. A child laughs 300400 times a day while an adult laughs only 10-15
times a day. Laughter can bring psychological,
physical and mental benefits. In days of worries
and stress, laughter clubs have become a boon
for us. Therefore, more and more people,
especially senior citizens, are eagerly joining
these sundry laughter clubs.
Laughter Yoga Club is one such laughter joit.
It was established by an Indian Doctor in Mumbai
in 1995 with just 5 people in Public Park. Now the
number of laughter clubs has gone up to around
6000 over 60 countries. Laughter yoga club is a
platform to perform unique exercise routine that
combines group laughter exercises with yoga
breathing. The goal of laughter yoga club is to
achieve internal joy which eventually helps in
increasing positive emotions and reducing stress.
It is always said that laughter without any reason
or rhyme is best laughter.
Laughing clubs have become happy home for
many elders. These clubs have brought smile to
many a wrinkled face. All of us know that laugh is
infectious. You must have observed that when
laughter yoga session is in progress, on lookers
also start to laugh at an impulse.
Whatever be the reason never miss your
laughter yoga session. It is a God's gift. There is
no need of money. Laughter is a free medicine.
Laughter releases hormones called
Endorphins, into our blood streams which make
our body relax. Scientific research has shown
that laughter increases immunity and also
increases antibiotics in our body. In any way,
physiological, psychological and emotional,
laughter is beneficial.
Laughter is 100% beneficial, economical, no
money, instrument etc. is required with no side
effects. Beneficial for both young and old alike as
it reduces stress and worries. Any time is
suitable, no requirement of particular place. It
controls over-eating and hence, weight gain.
Stress and worries are main culprits for
overeating and weight gain. Laughter reduces
blood pressure, improves brain function, relaxes
muscles and improves digestion. Makes you
socially active, promotes restful sleep and
improves quality of life. It can be practiced in all
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Jain Irrigation Bags Six Plexconcil Awards
Sachin Murdeshwar
MUMBAI: Jain Irrigation Systems Limited
bagged The Plastics Export Promotion
Council (PLEXCONCIL) Top Exporter Award
for outstanding export performance in
three categories.
The PLEXCONCIL Awards for the two
financial years 2013-14 and 2014-15 were
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and Dr JJ Rawal, Astrophysicist, PresidentIndian Planetary Society and former
Director-Nehru Planetarium.
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and Mr. Ashok Agarwal (Drip Irrigation
Systems). Awards for 2014-15 were
received by Mr Vivek Dangrikar, Mr CR
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PLEXCONCIL Awards are given in
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BYMA Prepares Database of Yarn Users
Sachin Murdeshwar
On 6th October 2015 between 5.30 and 6.30 pm a very
unique shradhanjali sabha was held at Pushpanjali hall in
Lokhandwala Garden No.2, Lokhandwala Complex in honour
of Shri Ram Gehani who passed away on 3rd October 2015
after a brief illness.
Mr. Ram Gehani was a unique personality who was a
prominent social worker of Lokhandwala complex being one of
its first few residents who had shifted to the complex in the year
1983 when there was practically nothing in the area. Before
coming to Lokhandwala, he had participated in various social
activities at Sion and Juhu where he had shifted in the year
1970. He was actively associated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak
Sangh and other various educational institutions like
Vivekanand Education Society at Chembur and also Upnagar
Shikshan Mandal at Juhu. He was an Advocate practicing in
the Labour and Industrial Courts at Mumbai.
His son Rajesh Gehani who practices as an Advocate in the
High Court at Mumbai informed a huge gathering of about 400
who had attended the sabha from various fields and
organizations that his father had drafted his own condolence
message and had SMSed the same to him about 4 months before
he departed. In this message he had expressed his desire that
after his passing away no rituals should be followed and no
mourning or grieving should be there. If at all the family wanted
to have a gathering a “Haasya Kavi Sammelan” should be
In deference to his wishes the Shradhanjali sabha was
organized and Mr.Ram Gehani's younger brother Mohan
informed the gathering about various incidents in example of
the humour of Mr.Ram Gehani. Thereafter Mr.Ramesh Mehta
and Shri Ajay Maheshwari spoke about how Mr.Gehani used to
turn any serious situation in to a light hearted moment. Lastly,
as per Mr.Gehani's desire a Haasya kavi Mr.Rajiv Nigam
recited some humourous poetries and the gathering came to an
The above instance is again a totally different but a very
practical way to accept death of a close member of a family in a
lighter and a less serious way. This shows that even at the time
of parting Mr.Ram Gehani had a lesson for all of us in how to
live life to its full.
May his soul attain Moksha.
MUMBAI: The Bombay Yarn Merchants Association and Exchange
Limited (BYMA) will prepare data-base (ready reckoner) of the yarn
consuming units. The association has advised yarn merchants to
deal through registered brokers only, stated Jaykrishna Pathak,
President of BYMA during the 61st Annual General Meeting held
recently in Mumbai.
Jaykrishna D. Pathak was re-elected as the President of The
Bombay Yarn Merchants Association and Exchange Ltd for the year
BIMA's 63rd
AGM held
Sachin Murdeshwar
MUMBAI: The 63rd Annual General Meeting of BIMA
(Bombay Iron Merchants' Association) was held recently, at
Garware House Club where the industry seniors discussed the
successful removal of LBT (Local Body Tax), fight against BIS
Quality Control Order and Safeguard duty; in addition to
felicitating the key members.
The 63rd Annual General Meeting of BIMA (Bombay Iron
Merchants' Association) was graced by the presence of Mohan
Gurnani (President, FAM), Rajinder Miglani (Chairman, Uttam
Galva), board members of DISMA Steel Chamber of India,
BOBA, COMM customs and other industry dignitaries. Nilesh
Parekh, President BIMA inaugurated the meeting and laid down
the key indicators to highlight the performance of the industry in
the past year. He further outlined the achievements of current
board and expressed gratitude for their support. He also
celebrated the fact that the issue of LBT was completely
resolved to the liking of the traders. The tax is now abolished
completely and traders are free to operate.
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BYMA has strengthened its
arbitration mechanism for its
members. The Bombay High
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demand. Devaluation of Chinese currency added fuel to the fire and
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crude oil prices, the prices of raw materials took a beating of 30 to
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Due to the insufficient rains, the prices of raw cotton increased
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leading to a partial shut down in some of their production
Pathak warned about unrest in Bhiwandi with some of the
weavers' faction calling not only for Bhiwandi Bandh but also
making defamatory speeches against yarn suppliers. In fact, a
large chunk of capital of yarn suppliers has been stuck with
Bhiwandi weavers, which may turn into bad debt in some cases,
which they would not afford.
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