Today’s youth must work hard and in honesty to expand their business: Masala King Dhananjay Datar

Pune, 30th September 2018: “Whatever business you choose, put your heart and soul into it. Never live with an inferiority complex, and learn to compete with yourself. What is important is that you are the owner of a business, and it is in your hard work does its progress depend. Any business, if done with hard work and honesty is sure to expand exponentially. Keeping this in mind, the youth should aim at growing their business empires”, encouraged Masala King Dr Dhananjay Datar, CMD, Al Adil Group, here yesterday.

Datar was in Pune to address the Akhil Datar Kul Sammelan 2018, an event that brings together persons bearing the surname ‘Datar’ and also people who were originally Datars, but after a period of time adopted sub names like Agharkar, Agarkar, Phadnis, Vartak, Sabnis, Daftardar and Chaukar.

Dr Datar inaugurated the melange, held at Pratidnya Hall, Karvenagar, amidst great enthusiasm followed by his interview by noted anchor Meenal Datar. He guided youth entrepreneurs and shared tips that will help them succeed in their businesses. He also shared glimpses from his journey.

Through his interview, he laid emphasis on how every person gets a chance to prove himself and why entry into business is independent of pre-requisites like religion, cast, legacy, high education, reservation or favouritism.

In his opinion and experience, business only demands hard work, courage and creativity from aspiring entrants. To cater to the needs of consumers is the only success mantra for any business. “Today, we see a number of Indians going abroad for education, jobs and tourism, but very few go there with the intention to set up a business. The opportunities abroad are myriad and profitable, but to grab them, it is equally important to bond with local communities and follow local laws strictly. Foreign countries respect work culture and hence, do not discriminate businesses on grounds of size or status. We should go abroad and set up business with the sole aim to earn profit. If anyone criticises you, turn a deaf ear to him, as ultimately, you are the bread earner for your family”, he advised.

Emphasizing on the need to change along with time, he said, “I have been leading my business in Dubai for the last 35 years, of which for 25 years, I remained simple and unnoticed. However, since thelast decade, I changed myself and my business style following tutelage of holy book Bhagavada Geeta which says ‘change is the only rule of the universe’. I desired that my business be seen everywhere. I adopted advanced technology, converted my grocery shops into modern, spacious super stores and took good advantage of media publicity. After all, brand visibility is important in today’s competitive world. Those who remain conservative automatically fall back in the race. Hence, every entrepreneur should always strive to keep his brand vibrant and dynamic.”

Dr Datar unfolded challenging yet memorable moments from his life. He said, “We encountered a huge loss in the very first year of our business. To cover up, we had to sell all of my mother’s jewellery including her Mangalsutra. It left such an impact on my mind that I took an oath not to return to India until I had made a good profit from the business. I worked hard and achieved my objective. When I returned the jewellery and Mangalsutra to my mother, she affectionately blessed me. That was my biggest reward. Another incident is from my childhood. When I was asked to vacate my seat from a dining hall which was actually an insult of my economic status, I realised that in today’s world, respect is given not to a person, but to the wealth he possesses”.

During the event some of the Datars who were felicitated along with Dr. Datar, included Mukund Kulkarni (Sugar Technologist), Pramila Datar (Singer), Vidyadhar Datar (Retd. Judge), Asha Gachke (Advocate, High-court), Dr. Arun Datar and Dr. Arati Datar (Scientist), Dr. Mukund Datar (Environmentalist), Dr. Vivek Datar (Doctor), Vilas Datar (Cultural field), Vaibhav Datar (Poet) and Srujan Datar (Singer). Mukund Kulkarni, President of the Kul Sammelan in his address informed attendees that a number of initiatives will be launched in coming months such as updating the Datar Kul Vruttant (Database of Datars), holding the Kul Sammelan annually at different places, setting up a matrimonial service for the Datar community and registering the Kul Mandal as a charitable trust.

Pic Caption :

1. Masala King Dr. Dhananjay Datar, CMD, Al Adil Trading, Dubai (UAE) inaugurated the Akhil Datar Kul Sammelan 2018 on Sunday, 30th September 2018, at Pratidnya Hall, Karvenagar. Noted anchor and co-ordinator of the event Mrs. Meenal Datar interviewing Dr. Datar on his inspiring success story.
2. Mr. Mukund Kulkarni, President of the Sammelan felicitating Masala King Dr. Dhananjay Datar, CMD, Al Adil Trading, Dubai at the Akhil Datar Kul Sammelan 2018 on Sunday, 30th September 2018, at Pratidnya Hall, Karvenagar.


TTA announces Interior Design Reverse Innovation Course with A&i Editor Mr. Amit Danait

Pune, September 2018: Reverse Innovation is the way to bridge the massive gap in the current Indian Education System. Every year, thousands of students graduate from colleges/institutions with dreams and hope in their eyes for a secure future. But once they leave college, most get a real-life check. Most of them are in shock over the job reality. Others realize that they truly aren’t even ready to face the competition. But if not through the education system, then how else are the students supposed to be prepared. To address this massive gap in the education system and to make students market ready, the pioneer in vocational education, Times & Trends Academy has introduced 10 weeks comprehensive Reverse Innovation Programs in Interior Design for the students.

After the success of ‘Fashion Reverse Innovation Course’, Times & Trends Academy has introduced Reverse Innovation Course for the Interior Design Aspirants. This time they have collaborated with Mr. Amit Danait, Chief Editor of widely acclaimed Interior forum A&i. Reverse Innovation Course is the brainchild of Mr. Amit Agrawal – Founder & Chairman – Times & Trends Academy. TTA, along with experts from the Interior Design Industry has designed the course curriculum. This program is targeting the need of the market and prepares the students to face the market or start their own business in Interior Design.

Mega launch event organized by TTA had more than 300 students witnessing the benchmark. Mr. Amit Agrawal, Founder & Chairman – TTA, said, “We have been working on this for a long time now. After, successful implementation in the Fashion Domain, finally we have been able to translate the same concept in Interior Domain. Reverse Innovation Course is the future of the education industry as it shall help aspiring and existing designers to gain hands-on experience in the field under the able guidance & mentorship of prominent Interior Designers and Architects.”

1st Pune based magazine for designers A&I Digest has been in circulation for past 21 years. With the vast readership of 6000+ architects, Interior Designers, corporates, students and design enthusiasts, Mr. Amit Danait has achieved fame in the industry. During the launch event, Mr. Danait said, ‘Reverse Innovation in Interior Designing is a power booster for all the aspirants in this wow industry. It is like a launch-pad for each student where one can gear up for the market. Once students complete the course, they will have the skill-sets that industry is eyeing for. And the icing on the cake is that students will get to interact with the top designers across the state which will help each one to build in their individuality.

Doubletree by Hilton Pune Chinchwad to toast Oktoberfest 18’

Guests can indulge in Germany’s Finest Traditions

Pune- September ’18: Doubletree by Hilton Pune Chinchwad is ready to offer guests the opportunity to experience Oktoberfest, Bavaria’s world-famous beer festival from 22nd September to 7th October 2018. Dating back to 1810, Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich and attended by visitors from the world over.

Keeping the German traditions alive and giving Puneites a flavour of Bavarian culture, Doubletree by Hilton will host the world’s biggest beer festival by offering traditional German delicacies and beer as part of their Oktoberfest celebration.

Guests will get a chance to taste some lip-smacking German delicacies like Wurstl – classic Bavarian sausages, sausages being served with potato mash, green peas, mash grilled vegetables served with homemade mustard mayo, pepper mayo and Pretzels bread along with draught beer served in Munich King Ludwig Shoe and Tankards.

Speaking on the occasion- Mr Aditya Shamsher Malla, General Manager says- ‘Oktoberfest is all about the spirit of enjoying life and about Bavarian traditions. We are delighted to host Oktoberfest within our premise and bring in the ambience of the Bavarian traditional festivity to the city.

Doubletree by Hilton Pune Chinchwad to celebrate the Oktoberfest 18’ and enjoy some fabulous German traditions and Bavarian culture as the cheerful staffs’ serves beer in Bavarian costume.

Where: Alfresco, Doubletree by Hilton Pune Chinchwad

Timings: 7 PM to 11.30 PM

Date: 22nd September to 7th October 2018

image of many beer glasses filled with beer

Celebrating World Tourism Day

Reflections on the Past with an Eye to the Future

Travel should be an experience, one that binds us to our neighbors and friends, and grounds us within our physical world that we share. It has the power to break down barriers and strengthen bonds between individuals, nations, and societies.

Travel provides memories that last a lifetime. Whether it’s the quiet wonder of standing in cavernous cathedrals and ancient museums of art, or the soft rays of sunlight reflecting off the white sands of a beach; travel is a life-enhancing event. It is what connects us to the warmth of family and friends at holiday reunions across the globe.

As we celebrate World Tourism Day at Expedia, we reflect on how travel has impacted our lives today, as well as on emerging trends that will affect the future of travel for years to come.

The Growth of Travel

Travel and the tourism industry have taken off in the past few years. The Indian travel industry is expected to establish itself as the third largest travel and tourism economy by 2028 and is currently ranked 7th in the world in terms of its total contribution to the country’s GDP. As per the latest Expedia – CAPA Outbound Travel Outlook, in 2016, there were 21.9 million departures by Indian nationals, according to the Indian Ministry of Tourism. This includes travel for all purposes e.g. business, leisure, education, visiting friends & relatives (VFR) and others, by both resident and non-resident travelers. These travelers spent USD16.4 billion in 2016.

Business travel accounted for 26% of outbound trips, while visiting friends and relatives, employment, education, pilgrimage and others accounted for the balance 44%. By 2025, there will be estimated 13.9 million leisure departures, generating 19.4 million Indian visitor arrivals overseas, a CAGR of 12.2%. Traffic from tier-II Indian cities is expected to contribute significantly to the next phase of growth in outbound travel

There are several factors fueling the rise of travel. And while we love seeing that more people are exploring the world, we also recognize the challenges that this dramatic growth in tourism can bring. At Expedia, we have identified regional, local, and generational trends that are contributing to this growth in hopes to create a more affordable and mind opening experience for the traveler while also keeping the environment and the locals in mind.

Accessibility to New Audiences

Understanding the importance of travel, it has been a key agenda for the government over the last few years. There has been focus on infrastructural development across the country with a huge outlay for developing new airports/ airstrips across the country. With UDAN scheme, the government has increased regional connectivity and this will also give a boost to outbound tourism from Tier II and III cities due to higher accessibility.

With regular airfare sales, airlines have spoilt Indian travelers with discounts and airfare sales across the year from lean period to peak holiday season. These discounts besides stimulating the market are also helping airlines fuel both demand and booking.

Finally, platforms such as ride-sharing applications have made travel simpler, easier to navigate and much less expensive. Along with these developments, visa on arrival has helped consumers to plan quick short trips fueling travel industry.

Technology changing the dynamics of travel

Travel today is not just restricted to exploring new destinations and has rather become a need than a luxury. Indian travelers are turning more experimental, whether they are solo travelers, couple, family travelers, or a group of backpackers. Over the years, India as a market has seen an increased share of evolved consumers who are experience seekers,

As of June 2018, India has over 470 million mobile internet users1 who are always connected through smartphones and internet on the go, and most often rely on smart apps for planning and booking their travel. With advent of travel based apps, consumers are leveraging technology to make smarter travel decisions, be it booking tickets or accommodation, creating travel itineraries, scouting for travel deals, getting real time updates and reminders or navigating through the destinations.

New age traveler are evolved and make smarter choice and travel decisions. Social media also plays a very crucial role is decision making as consumers today look for verified reviews and reference before making any purchase.

Millennials and Generation Z on the Move

These social and economic factors have made travel a much more valued activity amongst younger generations as well. For Millennials (those born from 1977 – 1995) and Generation Z (those born after 1996), travel is an indispensable aspect of life. Born into an incredibly globalized and interconnected world, Millennials and Generation Z have a greater appetite for experiencing new cultures, languages, and destinations.

Expedia’s recent Generational Study, found that 91% millennials actively save money to go on a leisure trip, 61% of Gen Z are willing to get a part-time job for the same. Experience for them is of key interest and 63% millennials and 57% Gen Z are willing to spend extra money for.

While 84% Indians prefer to book online today, 85% millennials and 77% Gen Z think it is helpful to be able to book all travel and hotel accommodations on one website. Online reviews also play a very crucial role as over 80% look for online reviews, rating.

New Travel Hubs and Markets

Just as we are seeing new audiences travelling more, we are also noticing tourism expanding in countries that used to be overlooked. According to a recent survey by the World Travel and Tourism Council, one of the largest drivers in the future of travel and tourism will be expanding growth in the Asia-Pacific region2. Estimates forecast that more than half of new travel passengers over the next twenty years will be from the Asia-Pacific region. The growth of Asian travel will see China overtake the United States as the world’s largest aviation market. The WTTC also predicts that by 2030, India, Indonesia and Thailand will enter the top ten largest aviation markets.

Asia is not the only region expected to experience tremendous growth. The Expedia report “ARC, 2018 Air Travel Outlook Report” identified an expected growth rate of 4.6% in the Asia-Pacific region, which will only be third fastest behind Africa and the Middle East. The Middle East is expected to lead the way, with a growth rate of 5.0% by 2036, adding an additional 322 million travel passengers. Latin America is also not far behind. The region is expected to grow by 4.2% with a total market of 757 million travel passengers.

The Effects of Increased Travel & How to Build a Better Future for Travel

At times, certain unsustainable habits and unprepared infrastructure can contribute to an environmental stress for local populations. This can especially be noticed at tourism hotspots and will lead to deprivation for future generation.

For future generations to continue to experience the same beauty of travel, people need to be more responsible. The recent water crisis of Shimla3 saw very slim tourist traffic to the destination in the peak session.

Locals and tourists together need to be responsible to minimize any damaging effects. When combined with sustainable and healthy practices, the growth of travel and tourism can be a beneficial and enriching experience for both travelers and locals.

Efficient, Affordable, and Accessible Tourism

The world of travel is at an exciting inflection point. Changes in infrastructure, spending habits and technology have made travel more accessible and affordable for new and emerging groups of people. However, the growth of travel also threatens many fragile travel destinations around the world. At Expedia, we strive to address both future challenges as well as growth.

As the one of the world’s largest travel companies, we are obligated to do all we can to make travel as efficient, affordable and accessible as possible for our customers. However, we also believe that travel should be pursued sustainably, and with respect for local cultures, environments, and populations.

As we prepare for the future of travel, Expedia is committed to a future that is affordable, sustainable, and enriching for all its participants.


Sunday 7th October at 6.30 pm, Mazda Hall

Il Trio All’Opera : A Present to G. Rossini – 150th Anniversary

Natalia Gavrilan, mezzo soprano

Maurizio Simeoli, flute and piccolo

Inessa Filistovich, piano

Sunday 14th October at 5.30 pm, Mazda Hall

Musical Greeting from Reunion Island


Sunday 14th October at 7.30 pm, Mazda Hall

Musical Greeting from Reunion Island

Maya Kamaty

Thursday 25th October at 7.00 pm, Mazda Hall

Anete Graudina, violin and Niklas Oldemeier, piano

Tuesday 30th October at 7.00 pm, Mazda Hall

L’amant de Marguerite Duras

French play with English subtitles

Are you the eleventh-hour participant at India Film Project – Season 8?

Participate in the 50-Hour Filmmaking Challenge, of India Film Project which is Asia’s Largest Content Creation Festival and an ultimate destination and platform for writers, storytellers, poets, composers, filmmakers, cinematographers and editors to let their creativity be recognized and thrive. Over 35,000 filmmakers and 10,000 minutes of short story content will be generated.

The theme will be revealed at the beginning of 50 hours on September 28th at 8pm. The categories include Professional Filmmaking, Amateur Filmmaking and Mobile Filmmaking. With no restrictions on choice of locations, equipment and actors, the participating team which may range from 1 to a maximum of 20 members, will have to script, shoot, and edit their film, within two days and two hours and submit their final production. The winners in the professional and amateur categories of this challenge receive epic DJI Drones.

A participant who submitted his film for the Professional Category, Kundan Sad hailing from Nagpur, created a film named ‘Faulen’ under the banner, ‘CreatEwitty Media Notions’, states, “The experience was amazing. It churned out great creativity, and showed us the importance of team work and precise management in times of tremendous pressure. As we opted to make two films in the same 50 hours, the major challenge was time management and aligning the entire team to achieve one common objective.”

Ritam Bhatnagar, Founder, India Film Project, comments, “With the 50-hour filmmaking challenge this year, we are seeing a lot of professional filmmaker participation, as well as a surge in the mobile filmmaking category. With mobiles delivering great video results, a lot of amateurs are picking up mobiles to tell their story.”


· The filmmaking dates will be on Friday, 28th September’18, 8.00 pm onwards to Sunday, 30th September 10.00 pm

· The India Film Project will be held at NSC, Worli in Mumbai on 13th and 14th October, 2018 from 10am to 9pm, parallely across 6 stages.

३०व्या पुणे फेस्टिव्हलमध्ये
‘प्रतिभा संगम’ कार्यक्रमाने रसिक तृप्त
ज्येष्ठ कवी ग.दि. माडगूळकर, ज्येष्ठ गायक व संगीतकार सुधीर फडके आणि साहित्यिक अभिनेते पु.ल. देशपांडे यांच्या जन्मशताब्दी वर्षानिमित्त त्यांच्या गाण्यांवर आधारीत ‘प्रतिभा संगम’ हा कार्यक्रम यशवंतराव चव्हाण नाट्यगृह येथे दि. 22 रोजी संपन्न झाला. याप्रसंगी गदिमांचे सुपुत्र शरद माडगूळकर आणि पुलंचे भाचे डॉ. सुधाकर लोकरे यांचा प्रात्यनिधिक सत्कार करण्यात आला. यावेळी सई टेंभेकर, सावनी दातार, चैतन्य कुलकर्णी आणि मंदार आपटे ह्या कलावंतांनी हा कार्यक्रम सादर केला. या कार्यक्रमाची संहितालेखन व निवेदन अरूण नूलकर यांचे होते. पराग माटेगावकर यांनी या कार्यक्रमाचे संगीत संयोजन केले होते. ‘स्वरानंद प्रतिष्ठान’तर्फे प्रकाश भोंडे यांनी याचे आयोजन केले होते. या कार्यक्रमात पराग माटेगावकर,विवेक परांजपे,अनय गाडगीळ,डॉ.राजेंद्र दुरकर,पद्माकर गुजर,वैशाली सप्रे,अभय इंगळे यांनी वाद्यसंगत केली.
ग.दि.मा, बाबुजी, पु.ल. यांची गाजलेली भावगीते, चित्रपटगीते, लावणी, अभंग आदी गीतप्रकारांचा समावेश यामध्ये होता.त्यामध्ये गुरु एक जगी,थकले रे नंदलाला,माझे जीवन गाणे,कबीराचे विणतो शेले,संथ वाहते कृष्णामाई ,हृदयी प्रीत जागते ,इंद्रायणी काठी,त्या तिथे पलीकडे,हा माझा मार्ग एकला,करू देत शृंगार,चंद्र आहे साक्षीला,गीतरामायणातील स्वये श्री रामप्रभू ऐकती,दशरथा घे हे पायसदान ,राम जन्माला ग,तोडीता फुले मी,सेतू बंधा रे,गा बाळांनो,तसेच विठू माऊली,तोच चंद्रमा,नाच रे मोरा,तुझ्या मनात कुणीतरी,अशी पाखरे येती,बुगडी माझी सांडली ग ,ही कुणी छेडली तार,हसले मनी चांदणे,शब्दावाचून कळले,एकाच या जन्मी जणू ,वेदमंत्राहून आम्हा ही अविस्मरणीय गाणी यावेळी सादर केली गेली.प्रेक्षकांचा खूप मोठा प्रतिसाद त्यास लाभला.

सोबतच पु.लं.च्या (हार्मोनियम) संवादिनी वादनाची झलकही ऐकायला मिळाली. त्यांच्याच “ती फुलराणी’ या गाजलेल्या नाटकातील प्रवेश पौर्णिमा भट यांनी सादर केला. पुणे फेस्टिव्हलचे मुख्य संयोजक कृष्णकांत कुदळे ,सांस्कृतिक कार्यकम प्रमुख मोहन टिल्लू यांच्या हस्ते कलाकारांचा सत्कार करण्यात आला.पुणे फेस्टिव्हलचे यशवंतराव चव्हाण नाट्यगृह प्रमुख अतुल गोंजारी यांनी आभारप्रदर्शन केले. याचे प्रायोजक डॉ.डीवाय पाटील विद्यापीठ पुणे व एच डी एफ सी हे होते.

फोटो : Pune Festival Pratibha sangam
फोटो ओळ – ३०व्या पुणे फेस्टिव्हलमध्ये यशवंतराव चव्हाण नाट्यगृह येथे ‘प्रतिभा संगम’ कार्यक्रम सादर करताना डावीकडून गायक मंदार आपटे, गायक सई टेम्भेकर, संगीत संयोजक पराग पाटेगावकर, गायक सावनी कुलकर्णी, गायक चैतन्य

३०व्या पुणे फेस्टिव्हलमध्ये
मराठी कवी संमेलन संपन्न
३०व्या पुणे फेस्टिवल मध्ये दरवर्षी प्रमाणे यंदा ही महाराष्ट्रातील नामवंत कवींचा सहभाग असणारे मराठी कवी संमेलन दि. 22 रोजी रात्री 9.30 वाजता बालगंधर्व रंगमंदिर येथे संपन्न झाले. जेष्ठ वात्र-टिकाकार रामदास फुटाणे यांनी सूत्रसंचालन केले. यामध्ये अरुण म्हात्रे, महेश केळूसकर, साहेबराव ठाणगे, प्रशांत मोरे, सुरेश शिंदे, नारायण पुरी, नितीन देशमुख, रमणी सोनावणे, बी.के. शेख, अनिल दीक्षित हे महाराष्ट्रातील नामवंत कवी कवयित्री सहभागी झाले होते.
सध्याची राजकीय परिस्थिती, महागाई, पेट्रोल दरवाढ अशांवर मिश्कील भाष्य करतानाच सामाजिक प्रश्नांना स्पर्श करणाऱ्या कविता देखील प्रेक्षकांना हेलावून गेल्या. पुणे फेस्टिवलचे मुख्य संयोजक कृष्णकांत कुदळे, माजी विभागीय आयुक्त चंद्रकात दळवी, कॉंग्रेसचे ज्येष्ठ नेते उल्हास पवार, विश्वेश्वर बँकेचे संचालक सुनील रुकारी, सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रम प्रमुख मोहन टिल्लू, यांच्या हस्ते कवींचा सत्कार करण्यात आला. पुणे फेस्टिवलचे बालगंधर्व रंगमंदिर प्रमुख श्रीकांत कांबळे यांनी आभार प्रदर्शन केले. या कार्यक्रमाचे दि. विश्वेश्वर सहकारी बँक लिमिटेड, पुणे हे प्रायोजक होते.