Monday, March 4, 2019

3rd edition of Women's Day Run

3rd edition of Women's Day Run - 7K Challenge by Kaagaz Foundation was held on 3rd March 2019 at BBMP Grounds at HSR Layout.

Primary objective of the run is to encourage Women to take part and take to Running, develop a healthy exercise regime. Other important objective is to raise funds for Women Safety & Awareness Workshops undertaken by Kaagaz Foundation.

With over 210 registrations where Men were outnumbered, at 5.30am the runners trickled in to collect their Bibs with Timing Chip. After a good 15 minutes Zumba warm-up followed by details about the run, exactly at 6.30am the run was flagged-off by Smt Sunanda V Reddy, President of Mythri Mahila Koota.

Good breezy weather helped the runners to stay cool and the Finishers started crossing the finish line as early as 25 minutes into the flag-off time.

Finishers were given Medal, Cap and lite Breakfast, and later runners got busy posing for the pictures and selfies.

Winners Women 7K Challenge:

1st Anju - 00:33:59
2nd Farhana Farooque - 00:37:10
3rd Vaishali Srivastava - 00:37:12

Winners Men 7K Challenge:

1st Vighnesh - 00:25:39 
2nd Ganesh - 00:27.05
3rd Dipan Rau - 00:33:23

Kavitha Reddy Trustee Kaagaz Foundation said "This is the 14th Run organised by Kaagaz Foundation, and these events help is not only create awareness about the cause we take up, but also help in raising funds for our programs on Environment, Women Empowerment and Education, we are proud that our runs have focused on creating awareness about the issues we have taken up all these years".

"We have used Social Media and online booking sites to promote registrations for all our runs, and this has helps us to save more funds for the cause and to increase our reach" said Jigna Modh Head of Projects of Kaagaz Foundation. 

Link for event pictures: Photos 

#BalanceForBetter #KaagazWDRun #EcoFriendlyRun #GenderParity

NSS Valedictory - Krupanidhi College of Pharmacy

What a Bright day! It's always sheer happiness to go back to campus.

Being at the NSS Valedictory program of Krupanidhi College of Pharmacy just lifted my spirit, it's good to see young people taking to Community Service in a very big way.

Shared my thoughts as the Chief Guest:

1. Objectives of NSS are in line with the Fundamental Duties under the Article 51A of our Constitution.
2. Even if Social work does not give you anything, it fulfills the Duties, earns you Karma points and you will not be guilty of not making effort to leave a better Nation to next generation.
3. There are lot of negative energy and staying positive is tough, but not impossible, and positive work is a lot of team work even if it's few members.
4. It's wonderful that the institution is taking a lot of steps to give students a very holistic education.
5. Discipline and focus can keep you going and never think small contribution will not make any difference, because it does, and it always starts with one.
6. Every single person is contributing towards a better India, no one is less or more, each can contribute their might!

Social Media for Civic Issues, Presidency College

Social Media is an effective tool, I did get lot of success in resolving many chronic Civic Issues.
I have used SM for sharing Info/Positivity/Issues/Ideas/Views n for Revival of Lakes!

Shared my thoughts along with Danish Manzoor, Ganesh Puttanna and Sachin Tantri at Presidency College Media studies event!

Unfortunately Randeep Spl Commissioner BBMP had to leave due to Council Meeting!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Changing Image of India - Discussion

Panel discussion at Christ University, India's Changing Identity.

Key points I shared:
1. Our Identity is like the Ganga, Yamuna, Kaveri, Brahmaputra, the flowing Rivers and also have changed course over centuries, based on several influences.
2. Our Identity is what Baba Saheb has given us in the Constitution.
3. Our Identity is our Diversity.
4. Our Identity is having different perspectives for the same story.
5. Our Identity is be able to be a believer or non-believer or even be in confusion.
6. Being unapologetically Indian.
7. Patriotic is when you want to see 50% women in Parliament, in Police, in Schools, when you aspire for no malnutrition, no child rapes, no hate etc
8. A Farmer, a Doctor, everyone contributes to the Nation, hence defining Patriotism using Uniform is very narrow.
9. No one person can decide the identity of India, its the people of India who define it.

We need to keep the Conversations going...

Monday, February 18, 2019

Talking Earth - Future Cities

Bengaluru Lakes! Future Cities are impossible until we re-imagine the Lakes and look at Lakes from the perspective of RWH Zones, Water Source, Livelihood and create Vision for the Lakes. 

Water supply to Bengaluru from Kaveri is the most expensive water supply in the world, pumped from over 180 kms upstream connected to over 8.5lac homes via 8800 kms of pipeline network covering 570 sq kms of Bengaluru at a cost of Rs28/KL and heavily subsidized to the citizens by BWSSB says it all.

With over 2lac borewells, only 30% of the water drawn is getting recharged, Lakes are in reality RWH zones with are interconnected. Even though Bengaluru still gets 850mm Rain every year, the same quantity we get Kaveri water we are not able to store for use, and the Lakes are either dead or encroached. The 200 identified Lakes can hold 200-1500ML of water, and on an average each Lake can hold 300ML, effective if all 200 Lakes are revived it can hold 60000ML of water and recharge the depleting ground water tables.  

Lakes are NOT for entertainment, they have to be considered as water bodies, lung spaces, biodiversity zones, and that is the only way to preserve Lakes.

Citizen participation is critical for keeping the Lakes alive and thriving, and if there is one cause that citizens should take up is definitely the Lakes of Bengaluru. 

Water is the Lifeline; Revival, Conservation, Preservation of Water Bodies in Bengaluru would mean making the City what every citizen dreams of!