Salaam Bombay Foundation: Creating Better Lives


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Salaam Bombay Foundation

Salaam Bombay Foundation

Sushant Khetle started working as an apprentice with SIEMENS for advanced technical skills program after completing Mobile repair course in 2014-15 through vocational training course Skills@School initiative by Salaam Bombay Foundation. He could earn Rs 7100  as a trainee and contribute towards the family income. “The course at Salaam Bombay Foundation, guided me towards a career in technical trade. I always wanted to learn about technology and the course helped realize my dream” says an elated Sushant.

Amreen started to train in hockey at the Sports Academy of Salaam Bombay and is hopeful of making a name for herself. Kavita Sonar too played hockey at state level and earned few scholarships to continue her education. She works as a salon manager and attributes her growth to training at Salaam Bombay.

These are but a few examples of underprivileged children who could break the shackles of poverty, ignorance and social pressures to emerge winners from circumstances.

Those of us who were fortunate enough to be born in families that raised and educated us to stand on our feet today,  might take things like school, access to clean food and water, shelter and clothes granted. But it is those who are deprived of such basic things that are guided and helped by the Salaam Bombay Foundation.

The foundation believes in ‘A child in school has future‘.  And with this faith  the NGO works with kids from a young age when they are most susceptible to give up on school.

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The Salaam Bombay Foundation not only steers kids in right direction by making them understand the importance of education but provides guidance in various vocational fields besides basic education. It also tries to involve kids in initiatives related to health thereby making the impressionable minds understand perils of unhealthy, undernourished and addicted life.

An anti-tobacco drive where kids  participated with their families in putting up stalls of home-cooked healthy low-cost food and collaborated with government agencies in fighting against tobacco.

When I heard about them I felt happy that someone is trying to make a difference and creating better lives.

I hope to help at least one child in realizing a dream someday. Let us all work towards making someone reach a respectable place in society.

DISCLAIMER: This is not a paid post. I found the foundation’s work praiseworthy and hence this write up. Please check their credentials before getting involved.

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Book Review: The Conquest Of East

Book: Conquest Of The East
Author: R. Durgadoss
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Rupa Publication
Conquest Of the East
Since I haven’t read the earlier book of this series, I don’t know how much this book connects with back story.

I became quite fascinated with history of Chola kings when I moved to Tamilnadu for a year. There was nothing much in school books while growing up.

While visiting the living Chola Temples around Thanjavur, I had the opportunity to visit Gangaikondacholapuram, a town and temple established by Rajendra Chola after his victorious campaign till River Ganga in north.

The book ‘Conquest of east’ is based on that very conquest. The story however has nice dose of fiction amalgamated with few facts of history.

The story features ‘Sagar’ a brave man who takes various rebirths to help in achieving the victory. I however have not related that part well with story. I would have liked to read more about Sagar  but may be that part has been dealt with in earlier books of the series.

In all, the story was good and kept me wanting to turn the page.  At some places story took the form of bulleted information which personally I did not like even if it was taking the story ahead because it broke the flow of the story and felt as if I was reading a document on historic findings instead of fiction story.

Read it… may be along with previous parts.

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Book Review: The Code Of Manavas

Book: The Code Of Manavas
Author: Arpit Bakshi
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Rupa Publication

 

Code of Manavas

Code Of Manavas

Mythological stories were products of rich imaginations of ancient writers who mixed reality and fantasy so well that now ages later we wonder how much of it happened, how much is real history and what all is fantasy? Did asuras really exist? Did some men really have supernatural powers that today we consider them gods? Are Ramayan and Mahabharat just epic stories or there is some truth in the events?

Mythology hence can be interpreted to one’s fertile imagination and stories added to various events from original ones.

A 21st century person would naturally add science fiction to mythology. And that is what Arpit Bakshi has attempted with his book “The Code Of Manavas”.

The book begins many years later when seemingly the world as we know has changed drastically and is inhabited by new species of Homo sapiens called ‘manavas’. The story tells of a crisis on earth and its imminent annihilation and the new age ‘Krishna’ trying to find another habitable planet for the existing species. Another group of people who supposedly exist from ancient age in small numbers live on other end of the land mass. The interaction between the two group of people is governed by  a code of conduct. This code of manavas guides everyone to not interfere in each other’s existence. However the impending doom requires both groups to work together as one force against the saboteurs and natural forces.

The author has embarked on the story very ambitiously in creating a time period which is much ahead in future. The story has few portions dedicated to the ancient mythology woven into the narrative. Then there is the mention of  magnetic trains and thought controlled computers and data. There is also ‘Kansa’  and ‘Jarasandh’ as enemies in new avatar. There is a mysterious sabotage. Then the new planet which new age Krishna is seeking is being created from scratch by inducing life, creating dinosaurs and what not.

While the story tries various angles …sometimes modern sometimes reminiscent of ancient era but it didn’t feel binding. The story did not create an impressive narrative for me. Just by giving the names like ‘bhoomidium’ to an imaginary element which is being pumped in the humans and nature to make them immortal and free of diseases and a few other terms loosely thrown in the story. A story set in millions of year ahead of present day should have had so much more science fiction instead of half of it retelling the ancient story in not very flattering way. The author’s imagination falls short. The teleportation and magnetic trains is an imagination which I grew up on. I was expecting more.

The author has put everything in one book…romance, science fiction, mythology and which has left me unimpressed. But if a light read is your idea of story, go ahead and enjoy.

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Alma Femilift For Women’s Intimate Health


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Women are the backbone of their homes and the society whether any one acknowledges this fact or not. Whether she is working outside or whether she is a homemaker, it is a woman who keeps the social fabric alive.

However with almost most domestic chores falling on women’s shoulders, they tend to take all kinds of stress and relegate their health to later with family and its requirement topping the list of priorities. And often its the women’s health that remains least talked about. Attention to emotional or mental and physical well being of women gets overlooked.

Physically a woman’s body undergoes lot more wear and tear over the years due to child birth or hormonal changes, lack of enough exercise or mental stress and of course age. When it comes to intimate wellness of a woman, there is a kind of stigma attached to health issues. And it doesn’t help either with women shying away from talking about it and getting timely appropriate help.

Childbirth and age cause maximum stress on muscular tissues of women’s body.  Unless women are very mindful of healthy living practices, eating and exercising, the muscular stress may lead to vaginal laxity that causes decreased satisfaction in intimacy with partner, stress urinary incontinence that leads to urine leakages and /or vaginal dryness.

Alma Femilift steps in here to solve such wellness issues of women for a better feminine life.

Alma Femilift

Alma Femilift

In an introductory talk by Dr Bharati Dhorepatil that I had the opportunity to attend, many doubts were laid to rest.

Dr Bharati Dhorepatil

Dr Bharati Dhorepatil

Femilift that uses laser technology to treat various issues, is a quick solution that is painless, minimally invasive and with quick recovery. It is a process that is conducted in an out patient  setting which means no operating, no anesthesia or admission to recuperate in hospital wards.

According to the doctor “it is a short procedure that takes hardly as much time as it takes for a visit to beauty parlour”. 

  • The procedure is well suited for women in initial stages or mild to moderate vaginal laxity or incontinence.

If left untreated it may require surgical treatment. 

A few benefits of Alma Femilift:

• Fast, homogeneous treatments
• Minimally invasive
• Outpatient treatment CO2 technology which is clinically proven
• Optimal For collagen remodeling
• Safe, easy & effective
• Immediate results
• Hygienic, single use probe

In this age and era, women need not be shy in either talking about their needs and desires or intimate health which may affect their sexual satisfaction and every day life. They need not suffer for long before getting the problem solved surgically. They can in utmost privacy talk to their doctor and get the Femilift procedure done in minutes.

The procedure is completed in three sittings and certain precautions after the procedure need to be adhered to for the specific duration that the doctor might advise. Read for more information on Femilift here.

So here is to more freedom of choice and a better feminine life…more power to women.

Disclaimer:

  • The introductory talk was conducted by Shree Hospital to promote Alma Femilift.
  • The author is not a doctor and is not trained to offer expert advice on medical procedures or health issues
  • The author has not taken the treatment and can not advice on side effects if any. 
  • It is the reader’s responsibility to check with their Gynecologist about the pros and cons or necessity of the procedure. 
  • This post was created to create awareness about possible facilities for wellness of women.
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Vikramaditya Veergatha Book III: Vengeance Of Indra

Book: Vengeance Of Indra
Author: Shatrujeet Nath
Genre: Mythological Fiction
Publication: Jaico Books

The third in series Vikramaditya Veergatha is Vengeance of Indra by Shatrujeet Nath.

(Also read reviews of Book I and Book II)

With Vikramditya’s challenges becoming more and more difficult in every story, one wonders whether the human king will emerge unscathed and victorious? The third book has more devastation in store both to Vikramaditya’s personal relationships and to his city and empire.

The devas and asuras join hands to maximize destruction on valiant king and his councilmen. But besides the physical devastation that the combined forces unleash, it is the emotional hurt that they seek in the third book. The new allies who otherwise do not see eye to eye hope to wreck the king’s support system by driving a wedge in relationships, to break the king’s heart, to turn his most trusted friends into enemy. From spells to lies to sowing doubts, the enemy leaves no trick to obtain Halahal. Defeated again and again Indra seeks vengeance and comes up with a devious plan by planting a enemy within the palace.

The king however still aims to stay true to his promise of protecting Halahal even at the cost of his loved ones and leaves no stone unturned to seek out new alliances in fighting the wars of land and ‘dharma’.

The great thing about this story is that though the first three books seem to bring only more problems for the king but nowhere is it repeated. It doesn’t get dull. New challenges, new enemies and new conspiracies keep the reader turning the pages.

Honestly I am waiting for the concluding Book IV in hope to see the king emerge victorious and all evil defeated.

So go on and read the VIKRAMADITYA VEERGATHA.

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Vikramaditya Veergatha Book II: The Conspiracy At Meru

Book: The Conspiracy At Meru
Author: Shatrujeet Nath
Genre: Mythological Fiction
Publisher: Jaico Books
Conspiracy At Meru

Conspiracy At Meru

If you have read first book of the series Vikramaditya Veergatha, The Guardians Of Halahala  you will want to know more about what happened next.

Honestly I couldn’t wait to start the second book instead of posting the review of previous book first.

This actually sums up what I think of the story but I will be little more elaborate on this.

Thwarted by Vikramaditya and his nine councilmen, Devlok and Indra are thirsting for revenge and plotting more ways to lay hands on Halahala.  While Vikramaditya is busy defending his and his allies borders from Sakas and Hun invaders, the Asuras and their teacher scheme to cast a spell for destruction of the council and the human king .

Another character, Indra’s son comes in play. The young deva seeks appreciation from his father and independently unleashes havoc on Ujjaini which is already fighting for survival on all fronts.

With chaos reining on his beloved city and his council divided, Vikramaditya is neck deep in trouble. The only thing that keeps him go on is the knowledge that Halahal is safe from troublemakers.

The second book in series continues to engage. I kept turning pages in anticipation . The pace of narrative does not slacken throughout the story. At times I wanted to jump right in the story and help the king fight all the evil.

This mytho-fiction is a gripping tale that keeps you returning for more.

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Vikramaditya Veergatha Book I: The Guardians Of Halahal


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Book: Guardians Of Halahala
Author: Shatrujeet Nath
Genre: Mythological Fiction
Publishers: Jaico Books

Guardians of halahala

Stories from mythology have always intrigued me. Every story has been interpreted and presented in various versions by different authors.

The name ‘Vikramaditya’ always reminds me of television series ‘Vikram aur Betaal’ that I watched as a kid….I am sure many of you would still remember the sing song title music of the series like I do!!

When the first book of series ‘Vikramaditya Veergatha’ by Shatrujeetnath arrived at my doorstep, I had  faith that it would not disappoint me because I had liked the other book ‘Karachi Deception’ by the same author!

Weaving mythology with liberal dose of fantasy by his own admission, the author retells the story of ‘samudra manthan‘ between devas and asuras and the resulting fight for the products the churning of ocean brings forth.

Of the many things emerging from the ocean, one is ‘Halahal’ that is consumed by Lord Shiva to protect all living things from destruction. However a part of it is stolen  and preserved in a hilt of dagger by one of the asuras. This little portion is potent enough to be used as weapon and the devas and asuras are clamoring to get a hold of it. Lord Shiva turns to human king known for honoring promises and justice to protect the halahala from the gods and demons.

The story meanders through challenges that Vikramaditya and his council of nine people endure to protect not only the dagger given for safe keeping by Lord Shiva but also the boundaries of the entire Sindhuvarta and its allies from enemies across the border.

The first book of the series Vikamaditya Veergatha tests the courage and mettle of Vikramaditya and his nine councilors. The twists in story and conspiracies and high action, all make story a riveting read. With gripping plot, the book makes you want to read more and more.

By the time I finished reading the first part I was restless and already wanted to read the book II.

If mytho-fiction mixed with thick plot is your kind of story then ‘Guardians of Halahala’ is for you.

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