Bombay Vs. Mumbai

We're talking about two names of the same city. A city that has gone metamorphoses like none other; almost. From a separate group of seven islands to one of the biggest cities in the world, this city has seen it all, shown it all. In 1782, a colonial project united all the seven islands into … Continue reading Bombay Vs. Mumbai

RaddiConnect: Mumbai’s First Recycling Based Fundraising Platform

RaddiConnect wants to make it simple. They provide a door-to-door service that allows institutions, organizations, and households to dispose of their recyclables through a friendly, reliable, and fair process. They want to empower their customers to play a part in helping the environment, all while saving time and effort along the way. The team works … Continue reading RaddiConnect: Mumbai’s First Recycling Based Fundraising Platform

From Internet To Innernet: A Unique Ecosystem

Nipun Mehta is the founder of ServiceSpace, an incubator of projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology, and gift-economy. What started as an experiment with 4 friends in the Silicon Valley has now grown to a global ecosystem of over 500,000 members that has delivered millions of dollars in service for free. He … Continue reading From Internet To Innernet: A Unique Ecosystem

Green Innovation: Making Paper From Elephant-Rhino Dung

The paper is natural, tree free, waste based, sustainable, pH neutral and odour-free! Elrhino dung paper is made by the families who live around the forests of Assam. They share their home with rhinos, elephants and a variety of diverse flora and fauna. They engage these indigenous folks to roam the woods and collect rhino and elephant … Continue reading Green Innovation: Making Paper From Elephant-Rhino Dung

Man With A Mission—Limb For Life

There are many people in India who lose their limb is some accident. When a person becomes an amputee, they are faced with staggering emotional and financial lifestyle changes.  Fortunately, high tech prosthetic devices that restore a person’s basic skills and independence are available. Unfortunately, many amputees lack the financial resources to obtain adequate prosthetic … Continue reading Man With A Mission—Limb For Life

10 Ways To Be Happier!

A few years ago, on a morning like any other, I had a sudden realization: I was in danger of wasting my life. I decided on the spot to begin a systematic study of happiness. It did. I made myself happier. And along the way, I learned a lot about how to be happier. Here are those … Continue reading 10 Ways To Be Happier!

The Toughest Decision Of My Life

Mother was in a coma for one month; before passing away in 2015. She was suffering from low blood pressure that made her sleep so long. She was on the ventilator and the doctor, in fact, no one, was sure if she could ever come back and become like before. Even if she was to … Continue reading The Toughest Decision Of My Life

Husband And Wife In Islam

Marriage is a sacred bond entered into by two people who are committed to their goal to fulfill their lives and attain the pleasure of their creator. It's also a natural human impulse to want to share your life with someone special and create a family. When everything is new, it is easy to remain enthusiastic, … Continue reading Husband And Wife In Islam

My First Flight As A Pilot

I found this in my housing society compound the other day. I couldn't resist clicking a photograph of this. It took me 30 years behind in a time where I was the pilot of many such paper airplanes. All the childhood memories have flashed in front of me; like a film one after another. I … Continue reading My First Flight As A Pilot

Role And Status Of Women In Ancient India

Women in ancient India enjoyed high status in society. Their condition was good. The women were provided an opportunity to attain high intellectual and spiritual standard. Though monogamy was most common, some section of the society indulged in polygamy. There was no system of early marriage. But from enjoying free and esteemed positions in the … Continue reading Role And Status Of Women In Ancient India

Don’t Judge Unless You’re Perfect: Part II

The other day I was doing nothing but observing people. It was fun and I could see different colors of people all around. I heard a motorist talk about rising road accidents in India after he jumped the red signal, I heard a woman talking about environmental degradation while carrying 10 thin plastic bags full … Continue reading Don’t Judge Unless You’re Perfect: Part II

In Conversation With—A Money-Rich Man

Recently, I visited a billionaire to record his video testimony for a project.  I don't know what happened, but he suddenly started some out-of-the-context conversation. Do you like my mansion? Yes, almost. What do you mean A-L-M-O-S-T? Almost means, nothing can be achieved 100%. Do you know how much this home costs? No idea. It's … Continue reading In Conversation With—A Money-Rich Man

A Different Kind Of Auto-Rickshaw Driver

I was injured and had to visit a friend. I couldn’t find a public transport. As a ritual, all the auto-rickshaw drivers offered their kind NO and I was standing like the last tree in the jungle. But one man was watching me and he is the hero of this story. He came up to … Continue reading A Different Kind Of Auto-Rickshaw Driver

Remembering College Days—18 Years Later

After a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious school life, I chose to go to a college that is radical and mainly, far from my home; and all the tapori school friends. I had to get out of that well and explore a different universe. Luckily, I got a good percentage; at least I thought so. I was lucky to … Continue reading Remembering College Days—18 Years Later

Love Food, Hate Wastage

I met this neglected and extremely money-poor family. I had just finished a lavish lunch—with food wastage—and saw them outside the restaurant. They were estranged, messed up, hungry etc. my heart cried and I opted to offer them something. I noticed that they were barefoot and so I bought them slippers. On discussion, I came … Continue reading Love Food, Hate Wastage

The Owner Of The Pride Of Mumbai

The other day I visited a cafe, the famous Cafe Mondegar in Mumbai. After having a light breakfast, I slipped out while saying my customary THANK YOU to everyone. I said the same words to an old man sitting tight in the corner and we had a short conversation. Who are you saying uncle? I am not an … Continue reading The Owner Of The Pride Of Mumbai

Empowering With Cinema

Oorvazi Irani is an independent film-maker, film educationalist and acting coach based in Mumbai besides being the Director of her home production media company SBI Impresario Pvt. Ltd., incorporated by her father Sorab Irani in 1975. As a pioneer, she is the only International Baccalaureate film teacher in Mumbai, and she understands the need for … Continue reading Empowering With Cinema

Camera Is Mightier Than The Gun

TASVEER is a student-founded and youth initiative that offers free photography and cinematography services to any NGO that would like to publicize and document its work through these forms of media. Two 17 year young students living in Mumbai, Riya Behl and Aaryaman Sen, began this in 2015 and there are now teams all over … Continue reading Camera Is Mightier Than The Gun

The Toilet God Of India

Jayeshbhai Patel is the co-founder and director of Manav Sadhna in India. Formed in 1990 with the mission to serve the underprivileged, the trust now provides health and hygiene, education, and employment services to over 4,500 women and children through over 38 projects. The trust runs Environmental Sanitation Institute that has become the main center to provide … Continue reading The Toilet God Of India

The Balloon Vendor

I was waiting for a friend when I saw this balloon seller. I had time and couldn’t resist but talking to him. The climate—of heart—was extremely beautiful and took my crazy towards him. बाबुजी, गुब्बारे खरीदोगे क्या ? He thought I was a buyer of his balloons but he wouldn’t have guessed that I was … Continue reading The Balloon Vendor

Age Is Just A Number

This is just as true as you meet Mr. and Mrs. Gupta from Mumbai. They’re doing something that rarely young do. Both are running a community-learning center in one of the slums of their locality—Logic Community Center Welfare Association. Prof. Dr. Amitabha Gupta is associated with IIT-B for about half a century. He was teaching and planned a … Continue reading Age Is Just A Number

Young Footballers Of India

I met these young boys in my locality. I am lucky to have them as my neighbor—we stay in the same housing society. Meet Yash Shirke and Aditya Pandey—the dudes. Both of them are hard-core football fans. They learn the game through a club in Mumbai and are doing really good in the game. Lately, Yash won a … Continue reading Young Footballers Of India

What Is Mythology?

Myths are the stories people tell to explain nature, history, and customs. Mythology refers variously to the collected myths of a group of people or to the study of such myths. A myth is a feature of every culture. Many sources for myths have been proposed, ranging from the personification of nature or personification of … Continue reading What Is Mythology?

Understanding Death—The Vedic Way

Though the ordinary man looks upon death with dread and sadness, those who have gone before know it as a wondrous experience of peace and freedom. Every one of us is going to die someday, so there is no use in being afraid of death. You don’t feel miserable at the prospect of losing consciousness … Continue reading Understanding Death—The Vedic Way

Take The Good, Leave The Bad

There is a constant fight over what is good and what is bad. I think it's very subjective—every good has bad inside, and every bad has a good inside. Every being or thing is made up of a good and a bad combination. According to me, we should focus on the good part, and leave … Continue reading Take The Good, Leave The Bad