Category: India Rising & Shining

This section deals with creativity, art and culture. This section will also cover individuals who are doing something different and creative from the usual humdrum lives

Lift For India

As an exception, I am publishing Lift For India competition held in the local gym near my place. The power lifting competition included three core strength exercises: Bench Press, Squats and Dead Lifts. The proceeds of the competition were donated to the families of the victims of Pulwana terror attack in Kashmir, India. For donation refer to the link below.

https://bharatkeveer.gov.in/

I am no way a master of these exercises but it’s always good to take part in a holistic cause. The spirit of the competition is always to enjoy and do your best. This article includes on the ground videos. Continue reading “Lift For India”

Azem Premji’s Enduring Benevolence

Azem Premji, the founder of Wipro, known for innovation and philanthropy, recently committed to give a major part of his fortune for charitable causes. The total amount of $21 bn catapults him globally to an exclusive club comprising of Bill Gates, George Soros, Warren Buffet to name a few as some of the most influential people in philanthropy. His largesse is so monumental, invigorating and inspiring for everyone around the world and enhance philanthropy among entrepreneurs and high net-worth people in India. Wipro started as a vegetable oil manufacturer and Azemji turned it into one of the best technology companies in India. Not only a visionary, Azem Premji is known for humility and simplicity. Continue reading “Azem Premji’s Enduring Benevolence”

Education Budgeting

The Indian government is targeting allocation of 6% of the GDP to education which is commendable. This is a good jump from the allocation of 3.8% of the GDP to education sector in 2014. Key drivers in education include Ed-tech and Digital Literacy for promoting education inclusiveness in India.

Cafes and Pizzas

Two fabulous cafes in Koregaon Park, Pune are Zen Cafe and One O Eight Lifestyle Cafe. Zen Cafe is a hidden jewel in the lane adjoining Starbucks. It’s a relatively new place compared to One O Eight Lifestyle Cafe. One O Eight Lifestyle Cafe, is very visible and vibrant café in Lane 5. Both cafes are known for their scintillating organic food especially my favorite blends of organic tea. 

Zen Cafe is right next to my favorite pizza place, 1441 Pizzeria. 1441 Pizzeria crowing glory is its make your own choice pizza which reminds me of my favorite pizza joint in Ann Arbor. 

An exclusive coming soon…

Mr Narendra Modi, India and the World

PM Narendra Modi, the world is with you. I have never seen India so truly united and due to credit to your impeccable leadership, diplomacy and hard work. It also highlights the innumerable and redoubtable courage and skill of the Indian Armed Forces. Indian Air Force is one of the world’s best air fighting defense forces and forever saluted by every Indian. I am deeply thankful and grateful to the international community for their strong support to India esp. the United States and France for taking judicious judgment in understanding atrocities and terror committed on Indian citizens by terrorists.

Sushma Swaraj, you are truly inspiring. Team Modi, do whatever you think is the best for our country. The right to protect the sovereignty of our country is a right given by nature.

I will not be writing more on this topic.

Mary Kom, 10 K, Marathon and Fitness

Mary Kom, “Epic Women” epitomizes fitness in India for both men and women. She is a six times winner of world boxing championship and hails from the northeastern part of India. North East India is undoubtedly the best-kept secret in India with unmatched natural beauty, resources, and absolutely fantastic and fittest people. Soon, the first all-women SWAT force will be inducted into Delhi police force comprising of 36 women constables from the northeast majority of them from Assam. My father was posted in the northeast in India as an officer in Indian armed forces and have had very fond memories of the place.

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Japan, Bullet Train and India

Many Indians have grown up with the wonder of Bullet Train, a synonym for technology, speed, and comfort. The Japanese are the pioneers of high-speed trains (French close competitors with TGV in Europe) and due credit to Mr. Hideo Shima, the father of the Shinkansen train aka the bullet train. It’s not a pleasant surprise that the Japanese government will be facilitating the development of high-speed rail in India. The public-private partnership model sponsored by Japan offers an extremely generous rate of 0.1% with repayment of 50 years for the yen denominated loan. A huge game changer for India, trains would be operating at speeds between 300 to 350 km per hour. It’s going to save travelling time, increase productivity and over medium term bring down costs of traveling within India especially airfare. India will buy 18 Shinkansen train sets with the first high-speed rail working by 2022 between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Apart from extremely benevolent funding agreement,  there is also  provision of transfer of technology to develop production locally. An article published in Economic Times, states that the economy class will only cost INR 3000 (USD 40) for travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad (508 km). This is one of the best policy initiatives taken by the government and must be given the utmost importance for support for effective implementation. Further high-speed railway network should be implemented nationally along key routes with increased alacrity.  Continue reading “Japan, Bullet Train and India”

Why India needs a lot of fighter jets? RAFALE & GRIPEN

Dassault has finally cleared the controversy over Rafale planes, and its time we move ahead with more orders for fighter planes. Indian Air-force desperately needs fighter planes to replenish its existing defunct MIG 21 and MIG 27 squadrons. I am writing this article as an exception. A country must have a redoubtable defense to protect against any threats. Generally a critic of defense spending, here I am emphasizing purchase of fighter jets. Compared to peers, India lags behind in defense know how in spite of many attacks and threats to our motherland. Continue reading “Why India needs a lot of fighter jets? RAFALE & GRIPEN”