Thursday, October 20, 2016

Meet Our Desi Superhero… Here Comes a Flying Jatt!

10 reasons to watch the film at Zee Cinema on 22 Oct@8PM

1. India’s first flying Superhero

India’s first flying superhero – A Flying Jatt saves the day in the coolest way. Bestowed not only with this incredible superpower our man can also display some jaw-dropping martial art moves.

2. This Superhero has a Supermom

Most of the superheroes that we know pledge to save the world and have lost their parents in an accident. But this superhero has a supermom who constantly reminds him of his duties. A typical Indian mother, she scolds him every time he's reluctant to use his superpowers. She definitely is a Supermom!

3. Powers + Killer dance moves = Legendary Superhero

You might be Superman or Batman, but one thing our flying Jatt wins at is killer dance moves. Saving the world and burning the dance floor all in one - WOW! Now that is what they call a superhero. Let’s shake our booty on the beat with this superhero. 

4. The youngest Superhero

Hrithik Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan also had special powers in movies like Krrish and Ra One respectively. But what sets Tiger Shroff apart is his age. At 26, he bagged a superhero movie as his third film while the others have had a longer run in films before had a long career preceding their superhero ventures.

5. Jatt Fly Karda

As the name suggests, Flying Jatt is all about a superhero who not only goes all out to save his city, but also believes in his prime religious duty of helping mankind. He is the first superhero who has incorporated his human and religious sensibilities in saving his city.

6. Accidental superhero

Our very own superhero was not born with these powers but became a superhero by accident. A superhero at heart and one who is courageous enough to fight despite being scared is what makes an ordinary man a true superhero.

7. Do your chores before you catch the ‘chors’

He is no ordinary superhero because, at home, he has to do all the chores like any other child. From lending a helping hand in cleaning the house or buying vegetables, this superhero has to do it all. He might be a superhero for the world, but at home, you have to do what your mother asks you to do. 

8. A hero with a consciousness

We all have to give back to our society and the Flying Jatt definitely believes in this.  A protector of Mother Nature and a condemner of pollution, this superhero does all to protect the environment.

9. A child at heart

He might have a serious job at hand, but he is a child at heart. This is what sets him apart, making him a fun, relatable superhero. He has the superpowers, but he also has a child within him who will touch your hearts.

10. He is coming to meet you soon

This superhero has no airs about having special powers and is very down to earth and humble. So, he has decided to meet you and save his beloved city of Amritsar with the World Television Premiere of his film, A Flying Jatt on 22nd October 2016 at 8PM

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

After IIM, This Young Lady Quit Plush Job To Work With Cattle And Milk

Ankita Kumawat
As the number of smart and fast-paced cities go up and become a hub of working-class, a large section of young, educated Indians is becoming distant from farming – the backbone of Indian economy. This is why the story of 24-year-old Ankita Kumawat comes across as a surprise.

After a post-graduation degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 2009, Ankita worked in companies till 2014 when she came back to her native village in Ajmer to take farming as the profession.

Kumawat felt it was her duty and moral responsibility as the elder daughter to be at her father’s side and join the family business he started. Her parents were government employees but started the dairy business after taking voluntary retirement.

Organic Dairy Farming

While Indian cities are transforming and observing tremendous growth, the farming sector is losing its glory. But Ankita pioneered the use of modern technologies of farming in a systematic manner in her native place to operate the business and take it to new heights. She established the “Maatratav Dairy and Organic Food” an endeavor of organic dairy farming and has pepped up the farming in India.

Leaving luxurious and comfortable corporate world for working full-time farmer is nothing short of an act of extreme self-believe and passion. Ankita is a first generation entrepreneur. She feels proud to be a business woman. Earlier, she had to work for others and now she can provide employment opportunity to others.

Mantra of 1,000 and innovation

At the beginning, Ankita had very little revenue even after several months and Ankita had to shed money from her own pocket. Never losing faith, she believed that to be a successful businessperson, one has to put at least 1,000 days of hard work. Her perseverance during those tough days worked for the best.

Breaking the conventional pattern, Ankita introduced organic dairy and the concept of home delivery of dairy products. She started selling organic vegetables, grains, flour, honey, spices, etc. All the products are home delivered and her business started to spread.

She says making customers understand how her products are different from others was the key challenge. Rural customers did not understand or gave any importance to the taste of the milk or the hygiene of the cow when Ankita approached them.
According to Ankita, organic farming and dairy industries have enormous possibilities. As robust brands begin to associate themselves with agriculture and solar energy businesses, she says the future looks bright for youth coming into this profession.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Freshly Caught Crabs in Digha Beach

Crabs in Digha

Digha is a beautiful beach town of West Bengal, India. It is only 184 Km away from Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). The perfect time to visit is during the low tide. The sea is rough during high tide. There are many isolated nearby beaches as well. Fresh seafoods are cooked at the shacks right on the beaches. These crabs are freshly caught and ready to be cooked.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How Do Mosquitoes Find You to Bite?

Do you know that the mosquitoes can find you through smell from a distance of over 40-50 meters? Only the female mosquitoes need to bite you as they require iron and protein from the sucked blood to produce new eggs. The male mosquitoes do not need your blood to survive as they do not produce eggs. The female mosquitoes have sensory organs capable of finding the sources of lactic acid and carbon dioxide. Through the presence of these two chemicals they can locate the presence of warm-blooded organisms such as humans. The amount of lactic acid and carbon dioxide is proportional to the body surface area. So, bigger the body you have more visible you are to mosquitoes. Thus, adults are more prone to mosquito bites than children.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Jabir Karat: The Social Entrepreneur Who Is on a Mission to Manage India’s Wastes

Jabir Karat, a student from a small village in Kerala took the job as a rag picker to become a social entrepreneur. While looking for a sustainable business idea, he ventured to find a solution to the biggest problem of our country would face in the coming 10 years, the problem of waste management.

Jabir was born in Puthuppadi, a small village in Kerala, around 45 km away from the city Kozhikode. As an ordinary boy, he finished high school at the government school and got a scholarship to go to Delhi for studying History at Zakir Husain Delhi College. Jabir’s life took an interesting turn in Delhi where he often felt he is not good enough and a misfit in the society because of his upbringing in a small village. He felt that he cannot dress well or be fluent in English.

Jabir went on to do an MA in History from Delhi University after completing the graduation and thinking whether to pursue Ph.D. or opt for the civil service examinations. But, neither of the two options seemed interesting to him. He felt Civil Services are not his cup of tea and very few research topics in Ph.D. can actually make a difference to the society.

Jabir was convinced that he wants to do something more interesting and useful for the society. At that moment he got selected for the Gandhi Fellowship, the two-year residential programme which changed his life forever. His experience during the Fellowship tenure changed his entire thought process as he spent the two years coaching Government School headmasters in Mumbai. The mission was to bring about changes and Jabir had to spend time in slums and faced the realities of underprivileged India.

Jabir got inspired by this experience and decided to come back to his home state Kerala to start a social enterprise to embark on a meaningful career. He thought to do something about one of the most grueling problems of our country, the waste management. He went to Coimbatore to have a firm grip on the subject and took a three-month training under Vellore Srinivasan, who is the Project Director of Indian Green Service, a solid and a liquid resource management company. He worked as a ragpicker during his training. He collected trash, segregated them and then took the biodegradable waste for composting.

Following the training, he started his enterprise Green Worms in Thamarassery, a small town in Kozhikode district, Kerala. His team leased out a plot of one-acre where they segregate waste and take the biodegradable wastes to the composting unit, set at the same location.

Jabir convinced the local shopkeepers to dispose of their wastes reasonable as they usually just dump their waste on the roadside or throw it in the river. His three-member team started the process by managing the waste of shopkeepers and traders and would charge them a small service fee.

But, this did not work for long as most of the shopkeepers realised that irresponsible dumping of wastes was much cheaper than actually paying for getting it managed. Jabir and his team quickly addressed the issue by offering other services along with waste management at the same cost.

The problem in our country is that there are no decentralised waste processing units and all the wastes are taken to one centralized unit causing huge labour charges and transportation costs. This also left us with a huge pile of garbage to tackle while 90% of the garbage is recyclable.

Jabir and his team now conduct waste literacy programmes in schools where they teach children about the different types of waste, its segregation, waste recycling, composting of wastes and so on. They conduct weddings and other functions on the ‘zero waste’ principle as well and offer recyclable plates made from ceramic, steel, etc. in these functions. The clients can choose from disposable plates/glasses made from areca nut or traditional banana leaves.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Inspirational Plain Graduate: Mother Of A 2-Yr-Old And 3 Business Ventures

Entrepreneurship is not a smooth road, more so if you are an Indian woman. This, off course, is a stereotype which has been wonderfully smashed by Preeti Mittal who owns three business ventures.

An award-winning businessperson Preeti started BlueBit Systems, an IT consultancy, in 2011 to provide online marketing services. Her venture helped companies with services such as Search Engine Optimization, digital marketing, social media marketing, website development etc. Consistency in quality of her services, along with innovation has been her strong points.

A wife and mother, Preeti has quite some hold in managerial skills as she juggles roles of an entrepreneur, mother, and wife with equal gusto.

Second and third venture

Alongside an IT consultancy, Preeti runs an online store “Pehnaari” which sells ethnic women wear. Her third venture is an event management company Party Poppers. Her extreme ability of multitasking is evident from her daily routine.

She plans her schedule meticulously in advance. She manages foreign clients at odd hours, delegate talks, communicate with her team to develop strategies according to client needs and attend e-meetings. She works in the night with her existing clients. She firmly believes in delivering services as per the commitments made and that also in a timely manner. For others, her routine may be exhausting, but her passion for work enables her to work out everything with ease.

Apart from managing her busy schedule at work, she never neglects her role as a mother (she has a two-year-old boy) and wife. Her husband though helped her in many ways and always encouraged her to get ahead with her passion. He supported her throughout and knows how to keep her motivated as well as cheerful.

Preeti is fortunate not only in having an understanding husband, but also amazing parents who became her emotional anchors, guiding her through all the balancing acts in life. Her success never came easily as it seems. She struggled for five years after graduation when she worked for various companies and then started her own venture after knowing the in and out of the industry.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Must Read: How A College Project Saved Kashmir’s Dying Art of Carpets

An innovative effort by a young Kashmiri entrepreneur to manufacture ‘Namdas’, a kind of mattress or carpets made from wool, has created a new wave of employment opportunity for the fading artists of the valley.

Arifa Jain was born into illiterate, middle-class Kashmiri parents in Srinagar. After graduation in commerce from University of Kashmir, she followed her wish to start a business. While she was working on a college project on declining crafts in Kashmir, an idea struck her which is now transforming lives of valley’s craftsmen.

Choosing Namdas

‘Namdas’ production is one among the many traditional business of Kashmir which once occupied 80% of the exports. However, for the last 20 years, the industry came to a standstill and many artisans began losing their sole livelihood.

Her research project involved the introduction of innovative ideas and market strategies to increase the marketability of Kashmiri Namdas thereby reviving the dying industry. First, she introduced the use of 100% merino wool instead of the local wool to make the carpets. Merino is a sheep breed prized for its high-quality wool. Next, she introduced the use of azo compounds free dyes (a chemical used in dyes to make its vivid colors), which are environmentally friendly as well as not harmful to human. The final step is to create appealing new designs for Namdas to get the attention of the modern consumers.

The concept of design intervention introduced by Arifa is revived a dying art and generated new hope and employment in the community of carpet artists in Kashmir. She says she spent most of her time in front of the laptop designing carpets. All these new concepts bore fruit and the Namdas industry in Kashmir took a U-turn.

The profitable business not only giving her benefits but also revived the situation of the artisans who are now receiving up to Rs 400 a day.

Arifa, however, wishes to get more support from the Government as without their help the project cannot succeed further. She lamented that despite the announcement of the Skill India Initiative from the Government her team still has not received any support from the Government. Arifa and her team need proper support mechanism to excel more and only Government aid can fulfill it.

We desperately need people like Arifa to come forward with such novel initiatives to revive the economic status of Kashmir that may help solve other serious issues. The government needs to give all the necessary support to brave hearts like Arifa to make their dreams successful and revive the Kashmiri youths as a whole.

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