CANTAL BAKKER IS EMPOWERING MOROCCON YOUTH WITH PIKALA BIKES

CANTAL BAKKER IS EMPOWERING MOROCCON YOUTH WITH PIKALA BIKES

‘Pikala’ means a bicycle in Moroccon dialect, while ‘Pikala Bikes’ is a social enterprise founded by a Dutch national Cantal Bakker.

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CYCLING IN AMSTERDAM ON KINGS DAY

CYCLING IN AMSTERDAM ON KINGS DAY

It is impressive to know that the world’s biggest outdoor birthday party is held on the ‘Kings Day’ in the Netherlands. Kings Day marks the birthday of the King Willem-Alexander and observed as a national holiday on the 27th April.

Celebrations include concerts and special events in public spaces, particularly in Amsterdam. The festivities are organized by local associations called ‘Orange Committees’.

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THIRSTY FOUNTAINS IN THE CITY

THIRSTY FOUNTAINS IN THE CITY

During my trip to Paris in 2017, the tour guide in our bus while giving instructions appraised us about the free drinking water facility available in the city. It turned out to be useful information for our group as we went about exploring the places largely on foot and public transport and in between refilled empty bottles from the taps beating the summer heat. Thus, we could conveniently quench our thirst, save money, reuse and reduce plastic waste.

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AN EVENING IN BANDRA FORT

AN EVENING IN BANDRA FORT

My search for a title for this blog ended when I was listening to music and came across a classic Hindi film ‘An Evening in Paris’. Not that this movie was filmed at the Bandra Fort in Mumbai, but it somehow resonates well with the place, because a host of actors from the film fraternity have graced this historic site.

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SELFISH MEN AND WOMEN AT THE FISH MARKET

SELFISH MEN AND WOMEN AT THE FISH MARKET

“Is this a fish market? please maintain pin-drop silence”.

A familiar quote used by our teachers.

“Madam I was there at the fish market today, if you are reading this. However, I couldn’t maintain any silence because the market by itself was bustling with energy”.

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTING IN BANDRA

CHRISTMAS LIGHTING IN BANDRA

Yesterday, I discarded the 2020 calendar. This year is like a bad dream, and like most of you even I want to forget about it. In Maharashtra, we had one more twist with another round of night curfew announced by the Chief Minister. Apparently, this is a preventive measure to regulate unwanted movement of people and gatherings at public places. The night curfew is imposed for 15 days, from 11 pm to 6 am, between 22nd December 2020 to 5th January 2021.

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RIDE TO SIX PLACES TRENDING IN MEDIA

RIDE TO SIX PLACES TRENDING IN MEDIA

On a quiet Sunday afternoon, Indian media went berserk. The news was about the death of a young Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. An army of Journalist representing various news channels were reporting from the scene of tragedy.

The non-stop, high decibel coverage with reporters screaming out of their lungs has been a pounding on the audience eardrums.

In four months, the case of the actors death has taken dramatic turns on the legal high ground and become a political slug-fest. I made an informal visit to six places in the city which are connected to the case.

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200 KM CYCLE WALK PLAN ANNOUNCED FOR DELHI

200 KM CYCLE WALK PLAN ANNOUNCED FOR DELHI

Honourable Union Home Minister of India Mr. Amit Shah on 6th January 2020 laid the foundation stone of ‘Delhi Cycle Walk Plan’ at MB Road, Tughlakabad. The total length of the cycle track is 200 kms and is to be built at a cost of 550 crs, which the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will aim to complete by 2024. The Delhi Cycle Walk Plan shall become a safer and greener alternative that would reduce the vehicular load of the city roads. Continue reading “200 KM CYCLE WALK PLAN ANNOUNCED FOR DELHI”