Team Kalamwali | 08-Jun-2020
      “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”- Albert Einstein. A homeopathic physician, lifestyle & wellness coach, relationship counsellor, holistic healer and the Director of Prakash Holistic Health Care Centre (PHCC), Dr. Nidhi Agarwal has always been a hero on personal and professional fronts. She encourages a Holistic approach to propagate medicine free lifestyle in a world that depends completely on medicines, steroids and quick reliefs. She has been promoting a way of cure with a holistic approach and with simple lifestyle changes and less dependency on medicines to over 50,000 patients currently. In order to fight against the battle of COVID-19 not only physically but also mentally, Dr. Agarwal has been working effortlessly on several projects such as the “Me to We 2034” where she does weekly sessions for creating mental health awareness, the “Tu Chal Puda Tula Ra satarkar bhiti kashachi” sessions for prevention of lifestyle disorders and boos
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    Team Kalamwali | 29-May-2020
      “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”John Holmes. A not-for-profit, non-religious, non-sectarian public charitable trust, Annamrita Foundation, formed in April 2004 after the Government of India introduced the “Mid-day Meal Scheme” in order to improve the nutritional status of school-age children nationwide has been one of the strongest pillars of support during the COVID-19 pandemic. ISKCON’s Annamrita Foundation is a ray of hope for the underprivileged children from Below Poverty Line families, who attend Municipal Schools in about 40 cities of Maharashtra. It delivers full nourished meals to government schools where children are unable to get food from home. Immediately, after the lockdown was announced, Annamrita Foundation and Team held a meeting with the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and other concerned authorities to make provisions for food to the underprivileged. Since the Lockdown began, Annamrita Foundation with
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    Team Kalamwali | 25-May-2020
      “Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.” Martin Luther King, Jr.   Starting an NGO is a lifelong commitment to contribute incessantly to the betterment of lives of people the NGO works for. Running an NGO efficiently, expanding it by sensitising towards other areas that need help and adding verticals to watch beneficiaries from varied sectors lead a better life, is fulfilling that commitment made to the society. Two women, with rock solid benevolence, and an immaculate sense of how to use resources are the heart and soul of Mukul Madhav Foundation, an NGO driven by sheer passion. Ms. Ritu Chhabria and Ms. Gayatri Chhabria, a mother daughter duo run this foundation like a successful business, where the only profit they believe in, is the number of lives that have reformed forever. Established in 1999 as a Charitable Trust, MUKUL MADHAV FOUNDATION also the CSR par
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    Team Kalamwali | 23-May-2020
      The thought that one person can’t do anything to change a situation that involves others, is a myth and has been proven wrong umpteen number of times. It takes, one moment, one thought and one person to start a movement in the positive direction. Anything done, with good intentions, can tread a path for many other to follow and that’s how situations change and improve and the society progresses. Here is another instance, of a brave, courageous woman, who actually put her money where her mouth is. Professor Nikita Gosavi. On a normal Quarantine day, she stepped out with her husband to visit her uncle because he had met with an accident. She had to go to the heart of the City in Pune where her uncle resides. On her way, she noticed some homeless people sitting on the roadside near Appa Balwant Chowk (ABC, Pune). Due to the lockdown and closed roads, Nikita and her husband had to change their route and while doing so, they overheard conversations of those people. What she heard, broke her h
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    Team Kalamwali | 21-May-2020
      “Volunteers do not necessarily have the TIME; they just have the HEART.” Elizabeth Andrew The pandemic of COVID-19 and the lockdown has hit a pause button on the world. And maybe not in the form of a pandemic, but maybe the world needed to slow down. Maybe the world needed to think, reflect, feel, empathise and act. And maybe that’s the reason we get to see endless examples of exemplary heroism around us each day. While we can think of people, animals and strays who have suffered during the lockdown, there are humanitarians who have gone beyond that. Here is a group of courageous people who have dedicated their lives to saving the lives of those we only read about in papers or fables. The GRASSLANDS TRUST is an organization which tracks wildlife that is surviving around cities. These are typically wolves, hyenas , leopards etc. Despite tremendous pressure from administrations, this trust tracks these big carnivores and their encounters with humans. This organization also comes acr
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    Team Kalamwali | 21-May-2020
      “Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.” -Kathy Kalvin COVID-19 has given us tremendous food for thought. One one had we have stories of sufferings, isolation, people being stranded, people being deprived of essentials etc. And on the other hand, we have endless stories of heroism. How every kind of problem, across sectors, borders, genres was identified by humanitarians from different stratas and then bravely defeated by them. These humanitarians are Heroes fighting the pandemic and the collateral damage caused by the pandemic with courage, sympathy and generosity. To name another hero of quarantine, we have, Force Motors Limited, under the unapologetically efficient leadership of Dr. Abhay Firodia who have explored every possible way to offer help during the lockdown. They have played a crucial role in UPGRADING THE HEALTHCARE INFRASTRUCTURE during the lockdown. To begin with, they have donated 45 HIGH END VENTILATORS, more than 17,000 MASKS as we
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    Team Kalamwali | 19-May-2020
    “You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change.” -Tim Cook A global pandemic like COVID 19, creating a national crisis like Lockdown 2020, undoubtedly put several people’s lives in very difficult situations. As important as it was to follow the lockdown, it also brought with it, endless problems for those who were either dependent on several factors to lead a normal life or for those fighting tirelessly as frontline warriors through the crisis. Then of course there are those who have been fortunate enough to not have been as badly affected by the lockdown but conscious and empathetic enough to utilise their resources and help the affected sectors. We call them Heroes of Quarantine. One is them is Mr. Vishal Gokhale and his team at Gokhale Constructions. They are a very well reputed and established entity in the redevelopment sector of Pune and have been known for building enduring relationships with their investors having maintained a steady goodwill in the marke
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    Team Kalamwali | 18-May-2020
      “The political maturity of a country is measured by what citizens willingly do for themselves and one another.” Frank Prochaska Citizens of Maharashtra have known the D.Y.Patil family for many decades now, especially for their tradition of helping the needy. But when the Global Pandemic of COVID 19 broke out, it caught everyone off guard. However, Ruturaj Patil, one of the youngest politicians, grandson of Padmashree DY Patil, took this opportunity to go all out with offering every kind of help using his own time, personal resources and continuing the tradition of helping. Along with the Cabinet Minister of State, Satej Patil, the DY Patil Group has helped thousands of people during the lockdown. To solve a problem, you must first understand it. In order to understand COVID-19 better, Ruturaj Patil took up an online certification course by the WHO (World Health Organization) and educated himself so as to be able to help in the right manner. He further shared his knowledge with the cit
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    Team Kalamwali | 16-May-2020
    The Global Pandemic of COVID 19 has changed the dynamics of everything. If you can think of 10 problems related to the pandemic to solve, there may actually be 12 problems that need solving. COVID 19 has also changed the definition of a hero. Today’s Heroes wear lab coats and stethoscopes. We feel safe because we have these heroes taking care of us. But who takes care of them? Have we thought about the challenges that these doctors and nurses have to face every day while testing hundreds of patients coming in with the symptoms of COVID 19? The risk of being exposed to the virus? It’s humongous. And yet they show up to work each day! In all this chaos, the Ravetkar Group came up with something for these #CoronaWarriors as they call them. To help minimize the exposure for the doctors and maximize their safety, the Ravetkar Group started a life-saving initiative of installing SAFE COVID-19 TESTING KIOSKS in Pune’s top HOSPITALS and TESTING CENTRES. With the help of socially committed organiza
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    Team Kalamwali | 12-May-2020
      “Having a lot and giving a little is CHARITY.Having a little and giving a lot is GENEROSITY”- Kalamwali  This story deserves more than a salute. It deserves an applause, a lot of respect, and immense amount of help. Dedicating your entire life for those whose lives are a big question mark, is the most selfless kind of dedication. There’s always a choice. To look or look away. To think or not even think about what you see. To want to do something about it and to actually getting down to doing it. This is a story of someone who has done first and then maybe thought about it. This is a story of Vinayak Deokar- Founder and President of Mahatma Gandhi School- Pune  An orphan by birth, he was adopted and brought up by an old couple who were stone breakers. Having gone through the struggle of surviving without basics like a good Education, he always had to settle with taking up petty jobs. And so that noone around him suffers like him, he founded the Mahatma Gandhi School under
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    Team Kalamwali | 11-May-2020
      “In a gentle way, you can shake the world”- Mahatma Gandhi COVID 19, is one of the worst known Pandemics to the world. Not only because of the way it spread across borders, irrespective of geographies, but also because of the global meltdown it has brought along. While the entire world, was racing against time to win every battle, big or small, and to remain undefeated, nobody stopped to think that a virus could put everyone’s dreams and plans on hold and bring the entire planet to a standstill. A tiny jostle, causing a crack of the magnitude that could rumble the entire system within weeks. This may have broken backbones of the most elaborate global agendas, but it has also diluted boundaries and brought together the entire humanity in a fight against the pandemic. One such global entity, standing tall, going strong and making their resources of great help to the frontline warriors of the Pandemic is Jaguar Land Rover. Associated with trust and dependability, JLR has been a part
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    Team Kalamwali | 06-May-2020
      “When it comes to giving, some people stop at nothing.” ― Vern McLellan The COVID 19 pandemic has undoubtly caused a massive disruption and chaos in everyone’s lives worldwide. The silver lining to which has been the humongous cohesion among the people of this great nation. CREDAI has been one such example to lead from the front. Established in 1999, The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India, is the apex body for private real estate developers in India, representing over 20,000 developers through 21 states and 220 city chapters across the country. CREDAI has always supported the nation in times of unforeseen crises. To name a few- Apartments were donated to the families of nine CRPF personnel martyred in terror attack at Pulwama to recognize their contribution and sacrifices. Aid was provided to the Kerala flood victims and many other social initiatives have been undertaken regularly and this is a testimony to the fact that CREDAI stands committed to
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    Team Kalamwali | 06-May-2020
    Mashal, which means Torch, has been named rightly so. Not only for brightening up places that have struggled to come out of the darkness and see some light, but also for lighting up the path which commoners like us can follow. Incepted nearly 30 years ago, Mashal, founded by Sharad Mahajan, is an NGO that is dedicated to better lives of slum dwellers across cities. The team of Mashal, under the expert guidance of Sharad Mahajan and Board Members, Ashok Kulkarni and Neeta Chalke, has remained devoted to their journey of making the cities free of slums by improving the lives of those living in them. It takes great courage and optimism, to step out of a comfortable world, to step in to a world filled with underprivileged lives and to work with them, so that they can turn their lives into something better for good. The saying, “Give a man fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime” defines Mashal’s actions. Going beyond putting food on the plates
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    Team Kalamwali | 06-May-2020
      Passion is a weird thing. Obsession is weirder. Passion makes you do things that go beyond your job and obsession makes sure you cannot see beyond your passion. This is a story about two headstrong women, nestling a common love for food. And it might be hard to say when their love for food took to a whole new level, but they got to the crux of it all and created a Community of thinkers. CoCo- a name for Conscious Community of consumers who are offered options so that they can make small, responsible changes to their buying patterns of essentials, to be able to aid the concept of sustainability through supporting local businesses and consuming clean, organic produce. Founded by Tanya Kane and Surbhi Ganguly, CoCo Market, Pune started their fortnightly markets in June 2017. These markets were an effort to bring together the COnscious COmmunity, where customers, small businesses, products, and individuals could meet and support each other. Moving on to the next level, they established GOODbynature- A br
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    Team Kalamwali | 06-May-2020
      In a world where humans find it difficult to feel empathetic towards other humans, there is this tribe, led by a fearless woman, who have dedicated their entire lives to the betterment of the lives of animals. Imagine waking up each day, going out in the world, finding animals who are in pain; and in pain meaning, hit by running vehicles, stuck in the oddest of the places, tortured by humans, injured in inexplainable manners, broken limbs, oozing organs, victims of gory violent minds, or simply abandoned with nowhere to go. Basically, sights that can make us sick in our stomachs. To find such animals, irrespective of whether they are domestic, wild, reptiles, venomous etc, comfort them, treat them right there or by bringing them back to the RESQ facility, where they are fed, cared for, operated upon if necessary, loved, healed, seen to it that they recover, only to, release them back into their natural habitat or to give them up for adoption so that they find the love they are worthy of. All this and
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    abeer athar | 04-Apr-2020
    Maybe for once in a millennial  This generation has stood by  With the apocalypse, a pandemic - designated by The blue skies and bluer oceans  Gauging fathoms of crystal clear foams With the extinct of the iron monsters , smoking pipes  And the handicapped motor vehicles  Perished like a wrinkled woman, with two and even four legs  The grasslands and the city life , all submerged into the one horizon  Oh is it the exotic melancholy of this agathokakological predicament  The wilderness of the grasslands have baptised the civilised castles  And the ocean life restoring to its origin  With no strokes of smokes , hitting the plumes of an eagle  The crowd of the city life , hinged within their big castles and small houses  All poking their faces in evening, out of their windows , on the terrace  Scrutinizing the gravity of the ephemeral ordeal, with opinions, sharp and thin  Out of the human breast  Till when ? Questioning
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