‘Children Of God’ Visit Punyadham Ashram
· During ‘World Disability Week’, 300 children of Kamayani School invited to spend the day at Punyadham Ashram

It is said- we have no disabled children…we have children with special needs making them extra special. How true!!

In accordance with the ‘World Disability Week’ students and staff of Kamayani School & Training Workshop, Shivaji Nagar, Pune paid a visit to Punyadham Ashram on December 6, 2018. What makes these children beautiful is that they are different…special. To celebrate this occasion about 300 children ranging from the ages of 8 to 35 spent an enjoyable day in the beautiful serene environs of Punyadham and moved around without a care in this world.

It was a pleasure to see these youngsters enjoy the peace and divine atmosphere. After taking blessings of Shree Siddheshwar Mahadev & Shree Sai Baba everyone settled down for a program in the Krishna Avtaar Satsang Hall. The talented children gave heart-warming performances which brought smiles to everyone’s faces.

Maa Krishna Kashyap, Chairperson & Sadananda Shetty, President, felicitated the Principal Mrs Ambe & Shri Kalidas Sutape, Manager with other key staff members. The Principal expressed her deep gratitude to Maa & President Sadananda Shetty for hosting such a wonderful celebration and thanked everyone for making the day such an enjoyable & memorable one.

Sadananda Shetty in his address mentioned how fondly he remembers working with this school for more than 45 years (from its very inception) and how it has developed into one of the finest schools in Pune working with children with special needs. Maa shared her happiness for having these youngsters spend time at Punyadham and said how they fill her heart with compassion and admiration. She added that these ‘Children of God’ are close to her heart and she will be very happy if they continue visiting the ashram more frequently. Delicious lunch of Chat, Dahiwada, Pani puri, Dosas, Uttapa and fruit with ice cream/kulfi was organized by our trustee- Deepak Paigude. They left the ashram with goodies like flavoured Amul Milk, Chocolates, Wafers & Biscuits. These angels brought so much cheer and excitement with them and brightened the day with their laughter and smiles.

INIFD celebrates Fashion & Interior Design

Star studded event

The Biggest ever, ‘The Design Festival’ of the millennium, for the first time celebrating Fashion and Interior Design on one unique platform was hosted at Creaticity, Pune by INIFD the largest global network of design institutes and IMG Reliance to select design students for showcasing at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2019.

This unique Design Festival had showcased a specially curated Knowledge Series with a talk show followed by Design presentation by budding INIFD Fashion Designers and Interior Designers for the selection for a direct entry to showcase and present their talent at the Lakmé Fashion Week.

The event started with a talk about the Knowledge series which was presented by panelists who shared their valuable experiences and knowledge which comprised of Priyanka Modi – a renowned Fashion Designer, Kunal Shah – leading Interior Designer Jaspreet Chandok – IMG Reliance Head of Fashion and Shefalee Vasudev – Editor of ‘The Voice of Fashion’, Ritu Kochhar – Corporate Director INIFD.

The students showcased their designs in a series of over 12 rounds of fashion which were showcased by professional models. The Amphitheatre at the Creaticity Mall was abuzz with excitement with over a 700 strong crowd cheering to the designs of these young budding artists.

Manali Shah was announced the Launchpad fashion design zonal winner and Maryam Somjee and Shifa Buddaseth were announced the Launchpad Interior design zonal winners

The selected Fashion Design students will get an exclusive opportunity to showcase at INIFD LAUNCHPAD during LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK and the selected Interior Design students get a chance to Design Sets of 5 Designer Shows at LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK.

The Celebrity Jury at the design presentation consisted of Bollywood Actress, fashion model, singer Sonal Chauhan who was not only impressed by the creativity of the students but also enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm with which the students came forward and showcased their creativity.

Bollywood actress Sonal Chauhan felicitating Manali Shah as NIFD Launchpad fashion design zonal winner.

Bollywood actress Sonal Chauhan felicitating Maryam Somjee and Shifa Buddaseth as NIFD Launchpad fashion design zonal winner.

Pune based upcoming Punjabi pop singer Harleen Singh launched his new music album ” Suvaiya Kar Na ” recenly in Baner.

Shruti Jakti formally released the same at Muzi Club in Baner.

Produced by Harleen himself. The video have been pictutised on him and Dipika Singh.

Lyrics by Mayank Gera.

The album has music by Sameer.

An IT Engineer by profession.

He has his own music band by the name ” Punjabi Boyz”

He took his BA in music from Prachen Kala Mandir Chandigarh.

Daler Mehndi elder brother Amarjit Mehndi has mentored Harleen.

LPF welcomes New Lila Fellows & Lila Girls in the Family

: Lila Poonawalla Foundation (LPF) celebrated a gigantic ceremony of the UG-PG Scholarship Award function which was held on 1 December 2018 at S.G Barve Hall, Alpa Bachat Bhavan. 600 girls studying in institutes in Pune District awarded scholarships in Post Graduation, Science, 1st Year Engineering, Nursing, Direct 2nd Year Engineering, and Pharmacy. These girls will be called as Lila Fellow/Girl.
The function was too big to handle in one sitting. Therefore it was split into 2 functions. One in the morning and other in the afternoon followed by lunch and dinner.
Morning function was honored by MR. MINOO DASTUR (President & CEO, Nihilent Ltd) as a Chief Guest and MS. RASHMI DAVE (recipient LPF PG scholarship in -1998, & Technical Specialist, Persistent Systems Ltd) as a Guest of Honor.
In the afternoon function MR. VIKRANT GANDHE (CS & Head, Corporate Sustainability, TATA Technologies) as a Chief Guest and MS. VRUSHALI GAUD (recipient LPF PG scholarship in – 2000, & India Advisor, International Integrated Reporting Council) as a Guest of Honor.
All four were unified in their message to the young girls and their parents, of the importance of educating more and more girls so that they can be confident, intelligent and independent both mentally as well as financially.
The functions were concluded with an address by MOM (PADMASHREE LILA POONAWALLA), in her speech she spoke about how girls are not just great home-makers but also great professionals who have the capacity to not only multitask but also handle all the responsibilities with grit. She made a request to parents to permit and support the girls to realize their dreams and live the life they choose to. She also thanked all partner Companies and individuals who support LPF efforts in reaching out to many girls.

33rd Pune International Marathon
Now to be dedicated in memory of
Padmashri. DrBV Rao
Father of Indian Poultry movement.
Total cah prize Rs30 Lakhs.
To get underway on Sunday 2nd December, 5am from
Shri Baburao Sanas Statue Chowkh.
Off Tilak Road

Vindhya Tiwari’s b’day bash – a ‘starry’ celebration

November 26, 2018: Actress Vindhya Tiwari celebrated her birthday with a bevy of television celebrities at her party on November 22nd. Her husband-to-be Neel Motwani planned an extravagant surprise party which included a detailed list of activities that lead up to the main birthday bash.

Present at the celebration were personalities Shaleen Bhanot, Mansi Srivastava, Jignesh Joshi, Alok Narula, Krrip Suri and his wife, Simran, Rupesh Sonar, Preet Naik and her husband Vishal, Mukul Harish, Divjot, TV producer Nivedita Basu and many more. All of them wished Vindhya a happy birthday and a great year ahead with Neel. The ones who couldn’t make it – Divyanka Tripathi, Meghna Naidu, Pearl Puri, Dimple Jhangiani, Pooja Singh, Munisha Khatwani, Sharad Malhotra, even her mother – sent in a sweet video message wishing Vindhya on her special day, which was compiled and viewed on a screen.

Speaking on the occasion, hubby-to-be Neel Motwani shares, “It was a long process to outline and execute a comprehensive plan like this one. But it was so, so worth it. I know she is a lover of surprises and this being her first birthday with me, I had to go all out! The smile on her face is priceless.”

Neel planned a lavish affair which a secretive car ride with gifts to the party venue where the birthday girl was greeted by her friends. If that wasn’t all, he also gifted her a special star named after her!

When asked about this, Vindhya shares, “I can’t believe he got a star named after me. I was so overjoyed to see all my closest friends there. It was a great night of fun and good wishes. It couldn’t have been any better.”

Vindhya and Neel recently announced that they will be tying the knot soon and the couple has become a favourite of everyone. The dates aren’t set yet but they plan to do it early next year.

पर्यटनस्थळी सर्कसला संधी द्या
केंद्र व राज्य सरकारांची मदत हवी
– सुजित दिलीप
26 नोव्हेंबर हा भारतीय सर्कसचा जन्मदिवस असून 136 वर्षांची मोठी परंपरा लाभलेल्या भारतीय सर्कसला केंद्र व राज्य सरकारने आधार दिला पाहिजे. देशातील विविध पर्यटनस्थळी कायमस्वरूपी सर्कस शो करण्यासाठी जागा उपलब्ध करून देणे, आंतरराष्ट्रीय सर्कस देशात आणून भारतीय सर्कस समवेत त्यांचे एकत्रित शो संपूर्ण वर्षभर तेथे चालू ठेवणे, प्रत्येक राज्यात कौशल्यविकास योजनेअंतर्गत सर्कसशाळा सुरू करून सर्कसमधील कलाकसरतींचे प्रशिक्षण देणे, प्रमुख शहरांमध्ये सर्कस महोत्सव भरवणे, वस्तीत येणार्‍या वाघ, बिबट्यांना सर्कसमध्ये संगोपनासाठी ठेवणे अशा प्रकारे केंद्र व राज्य सरकार सर्कस उद्योगाला मदत करू शकेल व त्यायोगे खंगत चाललेल्या भारतीय सर्कस उद्योगाला चालना मिळेल व सर्कस कला जिवंत राहण्यास मदत होईल असे मत रॅम्बो सर्कसचे चालक सुजित दिलीप यांनी पत्रकार परिषदेत व्यक्त केले.
भारतीय सर्कसचे जनक विष्णुपंत छत्रे यांनी 26 नोव्हेंबर 1882 मध्ये मुंबईतील बोरिबंदर येथे ‘ग्रँड इंडियन सर्कस’चा पहिला शो केला आणि भारतीय सर्कसचा जन्म झाला. त्यास यंदा 136 वर्ष पूर्ण झाली आहेत. तसेच जागतिक सर्कसचे देखील यंदा 250वे वर्ष आहे. त्या पार्श्वभूमीवर सुजित दिलीप बोलत होते.
ते म्हणाले, पुण्यात सध्या मगरपट्टा-मुंढवा परिसरात रॅम्बो सर्कस चालू असून सोमवार दि. 26 नोव्हेंबर 2018 रोजी दुपारी 1.30 वाजता सर्व सर्कस कलावंतांसमवेत भारतीय सर्कसचा जन्म दिवस साजरा केला जाईल. विष्णुपंत छत्रेंच्या तैलचित्रास पुष्पहार अर्पण केल्यानंतर विष्णुपंत छत्रेंच्या घराण्याचे वारस सौ. कल्पना व अजय छत्रे, आंतरराष्ट्रीय सर्कसपटू दामू धोत्रे यांचे नातू विलास धोत्रे, ‘सर्कस-सर्कस’ पुस्तकाच्या लेखिका कै. श्यामला शिरोडकर यांची कन्या जानकी मोरे, ‘सर्कस विश्व’ आणि ‘वर्ल्ड ऑफ सर्कस’चे लेखक प्रवीण प्र. वाळिंबे यांचे सत्कार करण्यात येणार आहेत.
ते पुढे म्हणाले, आंतरराष्ट्रीय सर्कस कलावंतांचा समावेश असणारी ‘सर्क्यू दु सोलेल’ (Cirque du Soliel) ही नामवंत सर्कस मुंबईत वांद्रा, कुर्ला कॉम्प्लेक्स येथे सुरू झाली असून, याचे जनक कॅनडाचे ‘गाय लालीब्रेट’ (Guy Laliberte) यांनी जगातील 35 देशांमधील सर्कस कलावंतांना एकत्र करून ‘सर्क्यू दु सोलेल’ (Cirque du Soliel) या नावाने अनेक सर्कस प्रॉडक्सन तयार केले व जगात अनेक शहरांमध्ये त्यांचे प्रयोग सुरू आहेत. अतिशय आधुनिक तंत्रज्ञान, लाईट इफेक्टस् या समवेत या आंतरराष्ट्रीय सर्कसपटूंच्या कसरतींना मुंबईकरांचा मोठा प्रतिसाद लाभला आहे ही आनंदाची बाब आहे. त्यांनी युरोप, अमेरिकेत सर्कस कलावंतांना प्रशिक्षण देण्यासाठी सर्कस शाळा सुरू केल्या. तसेच तेथील पर्यटन स्थळांपाशी कायम स्वरूपी सर्कस शो चालू ठेवले. याच धर्तीवर आपल्या देशातही पर्यटन स्थळांजवळ कायम स्वरूपी सर्कस शो होण्याची व्यवस्था व्हायला हवी. आता आंतरराष्ट्रीय सर्कस देखील भारतात येण्यास सुरूवात झाल्यामुळे भारतीय व आंतरराष्ट्रीय सर्कसच्या कलावंतांचे एकत्रित शो पर्यटनस्थळी निश्चित आकर्षण बनतील. त्यामुळे सर्कस कलावंतांना वर्षभर रोजगार मिळून भारतीय सर्कस उद्योगाला चालना मिळेल. तसेच कौशल्यविकास (स्किल इंडिया) अंतर्गत प्रत्येक राज्यात सर्कस शाळा सुरू केल्यास त्यातूनही दर्जेदार सर्कस कलावंत निर्माण होऊ शकतील. केरळमधील त्तेलिचेरी येथे सुरू झालेली सर्कसशाळा आता बंद असून तेथेही आर्थिक मदत देऊन ही सर्कसशाळा सुरू होणे आवश्यक आहे. त्यासाठी देशातील सर्कस उद्योगही निश्चित योगदान देईल असे ते म्हणाले.
सध्या जंगलातून वस्तीकडे वाघ, बिबट्या येण्याचे प्रमाण वाढले असून नुकतेच नरभक्षक बनलेल्या वाघिणीला ठार मारण्यात आले. या दुर्मिळ प्राण्यांना न मारता बिबट्यासारखे प्राणी देशातील सर्कसला दिल्यास त्यांचे संगोपन सर्व प्रकारच्या सोयी सुविधांसह सर्कस चालक करू शकतील. त्यामुळे सर्कसला देखील उर्जित अवस्था येऊ शकेल असे ते म्हणाले.


~Event theme to revolve around K-Source. To include exhibition, conference and food court~

Pune 24th November 2018: The much sought after Organics and Millets International Trade Fair 2019, organized by the Government of Karnataka’s Department of Agriculture, will be held from 18th to 20th January 2019 in Bengaluru’s Palace Grounds. The flagship event will revolve around the theme: K-Source, celebrating the State of Karnataka as the source for Next Gen Smart Foods. The Organics and Millets International Trade Fair 2019 will comprise of three aspects namely exhibition, conference and food court.

The event, which is mainly for farmers, buyers, sellers and exporters of organic produces and millets, will have the participation of over 250 exhibitors occupying an exhibition space of 10,000 square meters including stalls from other states, countries, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) and several farmer federations from Karnataka. International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) will be the knowledge partner for the event. The second edition of the Organics and Millets International Trade Fair 2019 will be the largest congregation of India’s Organic and Millets community.

“The Organics and Millets International Trade Fair 2019, which will address all aspects of the value chain, from farm to shelf, provides the perfect launch pad to position the State of Karnataka as not only a source for Next Gen smart foods and businesses, but also a source of Next Gen Customers, Next Gen markets and a source of new opportunities.” said Shri. H.N. Shivashankar Reddy, Minister for Agriculture, Government of Karnataka.

“The Organic Food Movement started in Pune started in 1999 and over the years it has made steady progress. Today the organic market in the region has more than 30 organic and natural ventures with around 14 exclusive organic shops. Organic food is also available across hundreds of shops across the city. While the organic market is estimated to be between 20 to 30 crores, the potential of the organic market in Pune is easily 30 times that of the current sale.” says Manoj Menon, Executive Director, ICCOA



Dr. K. G. Jagadeesha, IAS, Commissioner of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka and Mr. Sachin Pratap Singh, IAS Commissioner of Agriculture Govt. of Maharashtra addressed the media in a Press conference of OMITF-2019 today.

Barbeque Nation’s Kalyani Nagar Outlet in Pune gets a fresh makeover

Pune, 21 Nov 2018: Barbeque Nation, India’s leading casual dining restaurant chain has given a makeover to its restaurant atPune’s Kalyani Nagar outlet, with the brand’s new logo and theme of decor. The outlet boasts of a fresh new appearance, lip-smacking new recipes and signature dishes, enhancing the overall dining experience. The new logo sports a crown on top of the brand name with white and orange schemes. An exciting surprise waits as 100 new varieties of dishes will be launched in the outlet with refreshing new ambience. Customers can look forward to greater customization to suit individual tastes and watch food being prepared and customized according to their requirements. The outlet is spread across an area of 4000 square feet.

Barbeque Nation, the pioneer of ‘DIY’ (do-it-yourself) cuisine with a concept of live on – the-table grill, is the largest casual dining brand in the country. The restaurant offers a pre-fixed menu at a fixed price. The menu is drawn from the Mediterranean, American, Oriental, Asian and Indian cuisines. Customers can grill starters in a range of marinades and sauces and enjoy them right off the skewers, at their own tables. Apart from offering a delectable menu, the ambience at the restaurant follows a theme that radiates a contemporary, vibrant and sizzling skewer on tables that double as a live kitchen.

The eat-all-you-can buffet at Barbeque Nation showcases an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian spread. As for starters, the non-vegetarians can indulge into the famous Mutton Methi Seekh Kebab, Basil Oyster Prawns, Mahe Abe Hayat, Smokey Bbq Drumstick and much more. While the vegetarians can feast into the mouth-watering Rice Pepper Roll with Sweet Chilly, Thai Grilled Veg, Cajun Spice Baby Potato and Paneer Lajawab. With the re-launch, guests will get to savour new additions in the live-counter, such as Soya Chilli Chunks, Baby Corn with Shezwan Sauce, Cottage Cheese with Mustard Sauce, Rabbit Masala, Roasted Duck with Barbeque Sauce, Shezwan Prawns and much more. To satiate the sweet tooth, the dessert menu offersWalnut Brownie, Cassata Pastryto Angoori Gulab Jamun, Moong Dal Halwa, and Phirnee. The wide range of Kulfis at the restaurant’s most famous Kulfi Nation counter will leave the guests salivating, where they can twist the kulfis by mixing various flavours and create diverse combinations.

Timings:12 pm to 3 pm Lunch

7.00 pm to 11 pm Dinner

Cost: Meal for two costs around Rs. 1300, approximately

Cover:150 Covers

Contact: 18001086060

Location: Barbeque Nation Hospitality Limited, Solitaire Building, Opposite Shree Hospital, Near Aga Khan Palace, Kalyani Nagar, Pune – 411014.

Expedia® Vacation Deprivation Report 2018: Indians feel most vacation deprived in the world

41% Indians have not taking a vacation in past six months as they can’t get time off work
Professional reasons and aspirations of longer vacations keeps them away from availing their leaves

New Delhi, 21st November, 2018 – Expedia®, one of the world’s largest full service online travel agency, today announced the results of the 2018 Vacation Deprivation® study, an annual survey of vacation habits across 19 countries. The report highlighted that vacation deprivation is on the rise, and 75% of Indian feel vacation deprived which is the highest in the world followed by South Korea (72%) and Hong Kong (69%). Indian workers also do not take all vacation days and rank five to leave their vacations unused after Japan, Italy, Australia, New Zealand.

Mr. Manmeet Ahluwalia, Marketing Head, Brand Expedia in India said, “We have seen an increase in support from Indian employers to take vacations. However, employees still do not avail their full vacation days because of reasons like missing out on important work decisions (#1, 25%), fear of being seen less committed (#1, 19%) or finding it difficult to coordinate time with their travel companion (#1, 33%). Our study also reflect that 18% Indians feel that those who are successful at their job don’t take vacation days.”