Eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations

The Ganapati at Mrudula & Venugopal’s house looks like marble. These days, marble Ganapatis seem to be popular, with environmentally conscious people wanting to celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi festival without causing pollution.

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Being at Christ University’s Media Meet 2020

Last week (27-29 August 2020) was Media Meet, the annual conference of the Department of Media Studies, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Bangalore. This was the 11th edition and the theme chosen for 2020 was “Media Literacy”.

Held online over three days, the meet provided students the opportunity to hear from academicians, researchers, and practitioners on Media Literacy, and interact with them on topics related to media.

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Indian train journeys

I was delighted to receive a Whatsapp forward, with cute illustrations of many things that happen on a train journey. The pictures have been woven into a 15-picture story.

Takes me back to my childhood and college days when we did many train trips – with family and more so for basketball tournaments and camps.

Found that this was a series done a few years ago, by Paper Boat drinks with 3 more pictures. Here they all are.

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Senior Citizen’s Day today

Today is World Senior Citizen’s Day.

Officially founded by US President Ronald Reagan in 1988, it is a day to appreciate our senior citizens and recognise their personal sacrifices and contributions to their families and to society at large.

“For all that, they have achieved throughout their lives and for all that they continue to do, we owe our gratitude and sincere greetings to our senior citizens. We can show our gratitude and appreciation better by making sure our communities are good places. Age and maturity, places where older people can participate as much as possible and find the encouragement, acceptance, support and services they need to continue living a life of independence and dignity.” – Ronald Reagan, 1988

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A friend for life and beyond

Guest post by SANJAY GUPTA

“A friend for life and beyond” AND “A friend one should never have” – AHMED fit both perfectly.

We first met in 1988 in Cathedral Pre-University College and hit it off as friends immediately. We were a group – Ahmed, Parvez, Hussain, Shams and I.

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Migrants Resilience Collaborative platform launched to support millions of migrant workers


India’s leading philanthropists have come together to introduce the Migrants Resilience Collaborative (MRC), India’s largest grassroots-led multi-stakeholder collaborative of nonprofit, philanthropic, and private sector actors committed to ensuring safety, security, and mobility for vulnerable migrant families across India.

Launched by Ashif Shaikh, co-Founder, Jan Sahas (a leading NGO that has been working with migrant communities over the last decade to ensure their social protection and safe migration), the MRC has an ambitious goal to reach out to over 10 million migrant workers and their families in 100 districts and cities pan India, over the next 5 years.

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A historic temple and poetic coincidence

5th August 2020. The first brick of the Ram Mandir was laid by the Prime Minister of India, in Ayodhya.

Ram Mandir

With religious places of worship shut to the people of India, the opening of a new one has been set in motion. The coronavirus was no deterrent. Everyone wore masks and social distancing guidelines were followed.

The shlokas being recited in Ayodhya, were drowned by the sirens of the fire engines and ambulances in Mumbai. Continue reading

Ahmed, we will miss you very, very much


“You see,” began Christopher with a long sigh. “It’s like sleeping for a long, long time.”

Christopher Robin was surrounded by his friends under his favorite tree. It rested on the top of a hill overlooking the entire Hundred Acre Wood. He was older now, and he knew that he didn’t have much more time left with them.

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