#Powerlightavillage – Cause for Rural India to bright a lives

Even few hours in darkness or without electricity can be difficult for us. Villages in rural india do not have enough light to study or even to make food.

Every individual thinks India needs to change!Every individual knows that the change will help growth!

We all spend great time of the year , in doing no productive things to give back to society. We can atleast spend 10mins out of whole 365 days just to support a cause #powerlightavillage and light atleast one house in rural India.

Join my hand , and you join their hand and lets form chain to spread the message to light a village this year.

Please have look at this inspirational video where they have shared the story of Om:

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Contribute by spreading awareness through video link and asking your friends, family and supporters to support a social cause.

This great initiative is by @Thegarnierman and they need our support from Urban India to support RuralIndia.

Just one click on https://www.facebook.com/GarnierMenIndia and share tweets on @thegarnnier with #powerlightavillage

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#ShadesofGoa – Goa Tourism Contest

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Photokatha has tied up with Goa tourism for “Shades of Goa”

You can participate here :  http://on.fb.me/16BPn7c

You can also participate here : http://a.pgtb.me/lXJ8kV

#ShadesOfGoa Photo Contest: Terms & Conditions

The contest is open to all users on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
– You can participate on Twitter and Instagram by uploading your clicks of Goa with a mention to us at @photokatha , @Tourismgoa and the hashtag #ShadesOfGoa
– On Facebook you can enter the contest with above mentions here : http://on.fb.me/16BPn7c
– Multiple entries accepted by a person
– Group entries not allowed
– Anyone found to use multiple accounts to enter the contest will be ineligible
– Image should be submitted as jpg, gif and png
– You must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of all image entered
– Source material or proof of permission to use must be made available on request by Photokatha and Goa Tourism
– Photokatha and Goa Tourism does not accept any liability for the publication of unlawfully reproduced images
– Computer-generated or computer-altered images will not be accepted. Artwork and illustrations will not be accepted
– Photokatha and Goa Tourism takes no responsibility for corrupted or late entries
– By entering your image, you grant to Photokatha and  Goa Tourism the non-exclusive right to reproduce it for any purpose at any time in any media with attribution
– The winners consent to the use of their image, name and/or photograph in any publicity carried out by Photokatha and Goa Tourism, without further compensation
– Best photos, according to Photokatha and Goa Tourism, will be used on the official social media channels of Photokatha and Goa Tourism and the subsequent newsletter with attribution
– By participating in this contest, you accept these terms and conditions and are bound by the rules and therefore eligible for entry into this contest
– Every week, one image across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will be chosen as the winner, based Goa Tourism’s choice
– Winners will be announced at the end of the every week and will be available on the Facebook contest tab of Goa Tourism.
– There will be no notification to participants of rejected entries
– Photokatha and Goa Tourism reserves the right to reject any entry which he/she does not feel is suitable or appropriate or which does not confirm to any of the conditions listed above
– Specific details of the competition mechanism and the exact tasks will be announced on the Photokatha and Goa Tourism channels periodically
– The winner will need to revert to confirmation email within 3 working days or another winner will be chosen
– Employees (and members of immediate family) of Photokatha and Goa Tourism, its affiliates and their respective agencies are ineligible for this promotion
– This contest is in no way associated with or sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. All information in this contest is collected by Photokatha Goa Tourism and not Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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Contests End: 29th September, 2013

Prizes: Two winners- ( couple vouchers) would be declared.

Each gets a 3 nights & 4 days at The Zuri White Sands Resort & Casino valid till 31st October 2013.

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You can visit and know more about ” The Zuri White Sands Resort and Casino here : http://www.thezurihotels.com/goa/

Participate here :  http://on.fb.me/16BPn7c

 

Share the contest with friends, family and friends as sharing is winning too 🙂 

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Lonely Planet: ‘Escape Express Ride”

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Lonely Planet India has launched ‘Escape Express’, a digital campaign with an objective to drive engagements on Lonely Planet India’s website (www.lonelyplanet.in) and social media channels.

Escape Express got launched on 1 August 2013 and will be live till 31 August 2013.

This one month campaign takes you on a virtual journey to destinations around Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

The campaign starts from Delhi moving onto the cities of Mumbai and Bengaluru and ends with users sharing their ‘Escape Diary’ of memorable trips.

Winners will get hosts of exciting prizes. The first prize is the winner’s choice of either an Apple 16GB iPad with Retina Display and Wi-Fi Cellular (4th Generation) or a Nikon DSLR camera.

The second prize is an Apple 16GB iPad Mini with Wi-Fi.  Best of next ten entries will win gift vouchers from a luggage company. But that’s not all, they also have dozens of other exciting prizes to be won under various categories.

Important Dates:

  • 1 August 2013 – Contest begins
  • 13 August 2013 – Phase II of contest and voting begins
  • 31 August 2013 – Contest ends
  • 5 September 2013 – Announcement of Grand Prize winners

Prizes to be offered :

  1. Early Bird Prize: 50 prizes each comprising sling bag and a Lonely Planet Short Escape Book
  2. Most Creative Tweets Prize: 9 prizes each comprising sling bag and a Lonely Planet Short Escape Book
  3. Maximum Buddies Prize: 3 prizes each comprising sling bag and a Lonely Planet Short Escape Book
  4. Surprise Questions: 27 prizes each comprising sling bag and a Lonely Planet Short Escape Book
  5. Mega Prizes 12 prizes as follows:
    1. The first prize is the winner’s choice of either an Apple 16GB iPad with Retina Display and Wi-Fi Cellular (4th Generation)  or a Nikon DSLR camera
    2. The second prize is an Apple 16GB iPad Mini with Wi-Fi
    3. The third – twelfth prizes comprise gift vouchers from a luggage  company

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How to Play

To enter, go to escapeexpress.lonelyplanet.in (“Website”) and register to participate by providing your personal details including name, email and contact number. The Escape Express contest comprises of two phases.

Phase 1:

It consists of three legs (Escape from Delhi, Escape from Mumbai and Escape from Bengaluru):

  • Attempt each of the questions or tasks in all three legs as instructed.
  • For each correct response, a certain number of kilometres will be assigned to you. However, the number of kilometres assigned will not entitle you to win.
  • If you respond incorrectly to a question or task, you will be able to move to the next level as long as an attempt has been submitted.
  • Once all three legs are completed, you will be able to progress to Phase 2.
  • Wait! There’s more. You will also get a chance to win surprise gifts by answering the surprise questions.
  • What are the Surprise Questions?
    The surprise questions will be asked between tasks. Answer them correctly and you could win cool goodies.

Phase 2:

Share your escape diary with us. You can either share your story in the form of an essay (maximum 500 words), OR upload the priceless pictures from your trip (maximum 10), OR share that brilliant video you have been itching to show the world (maximum 3)

Below are the snapshot of the contest flow :

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So visit escapeexpress.lonelyplanet.in and share your digital travel with no “Travel Expense” and completely free contest and win great prizes.

This post was purely done as we are partnered with Lonely Planet India

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Fathers Day! 16th June, 2013

This Fathers Day, 16th June gift you father memories of years! “Here in every memory, See his love and care, Strength and hands to count on, Freely he does share, Provider, toil so faithfully, To make our dreams come true, Give strong and tender discipline, Though it is hard to do, A Father is God’s chosen one, To lead the family, And point it to His will for life, Of love and harmony… Create memories with great picturesque for the house! Father day, 16th June, 2013, Celebration, qatar, Doha Father day, 16th June, 2013, Celebration, qatar, Doha Father day, 16th June, 2013, Celebration, qatar, Doha Do you wana create memories something like this ? Contact us at contactphotokatha@gmail.com or tweet to @photokatha Happy Fathers day to all Strong Daddies!

A ready lead to first-time Backpackers

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So it has been a depressing day, may be a sad week or even a super-boring month. What do you do?? A few suggestions you may get are: “go outside”, “get some fresh air”, “chill-out with friends”, “watch a series of movies from your bucket list” etc. My suggestion; BACKPACK AND GET LOST!

Now for first-timers, “What is a Backpacking Trip?”

Backpacking is a phenomenon wherein,  you just dump the things which decide your survival on the roads by yourself into a big back-strapped bag, and go out to explore the world, which starts from the first footstep outside your house.

Wow! I feel the above definition should be utilized by dictionaries to define “backpacking

First off, you must know that the term backpack itself was coined in 1910s in the United States. Before this term was born, other terms such as moneybag and packsack were used to refer to such bags. The other famous word ‘rucksack’ is a German one and is usually used in the USA Army and in the UK. It’s a loanword that literally means ‘der Rucken’ in Germany referring to ‘the human back’.

Backpacking is being done for decades and centuries all across the world. In initial days it was used to explore new places, to make detailed maps of places, cities topography, vegetation, clans and tribes, and other natural resources.

In olden days such trips were a necessity for a ruler to understand his terrain. Backpackers in those days were known as “Scouts”. They were all trained soldiers, who had a deep knowledge of survival and self sustenance in the wilderness.

Knowledge of this history behind backpacking is very essential. Today whatever we know, the maps we refer, many of the survival tips we use have come from a lineage of such brave travel journeys.

Today backpacking has become a more of a leisure trip. People do it to just take their mind off stress, work etc.

Backpackers have become a niche in the travelling industry. Anyone who is on a tight budget, but wants to be adventurous is considered a backpacker. So do not be demoralized if people consider your travelling budget to be low. Because if so, just show the mockers that what all is a part of your bucket list in the forthcoming travel and still spending much less.

Backpacker Profile

Despite their reputation as tourists on tight budgets, backpackers spend more, travel further and stay longer than other travelers. The typical backpacker is young (18-35 years), educated, adventurous and price conscious. Their travelling style is characterized by the following factors:

Preference for budget accommodation
Most backpackers use the wide variety of lodges or small hotels in India. Whilst they prefer to spend as little as possible for accommodation, they also want value for money and may not always choose the cheapest available. Most of their travel finances are spent on other activities.

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Eager to mix with travelers and locals

Social contact (including establishing friendships and partying) is a primary motive. Meeting fellow travelers is also an opportunity to acquire good travel tips. Indian backpackers in common try to make new friends for the soul reason of clubbing into forthcoming trips.

Price Conscious

Whilst aware of prices and wanting to spend their money over a longer period, backpackers spend, on average, double the amount of other travelers. Reasons for these are that, they tend to wander off from their main course just to seek that extra adventure.

Flexible itinerary 

Though Indian backpacker, have a fixed date of arrival and departure, but the time in between remains an extempore journey. They try to cover as much as possible within that time.

Active adventure seekers 

Of particular interest to backpackers are adventure tours and attractions that require active participation. Going off roads, staying with the locals, having local home-made cuisine, participating in various adventure sports makes the crux of their travel.

Working holiday 

Gathering funds is one of the biggest challenges for Indian Backpackers. Thus working on holidays, or doing overtime are common methods of getting those extra days of travel.

Saying all this above does not mean that a backpacking trip is completely unplanned. There has to be a few essential things which have to be planned let us go over them one by one as follows:

1. When to Go Where: This is a crucial question because Indian subcontinent has varied climatic condition all across the year. So you would not want to get stuck inside your place of accommodation the whole day because you did not pay attention to the weather forecasts for that region.

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  1. Maps… Maps… Maps: Carry an “As Detailed Map” as available. A few things it should include are legends for Hospitals, Food centers, Police Booths. These may save your life in a life threatening scenario.
  1. Basic route to follow: Though trips like these are not supposed to follow a pre-defined route, but still a basic outline for your travel destinations should be well defined. This will help you save a lot of time asking locals for places to visit.

4.  Culture Study: Having knowledge of the local culture and language is a boon in disguise. This is a very                       easy way of interacting with the locals and getting much needed help from them. Always remember, “It is their homeland and not yours”. Respecting it will help you gain the trust of the locals and you’ll learn a lot.

5.  “Say NO” to your “Drinking Urges”: It is a self explanatory statement. It may seem a bit of moral policing, but trust me, it is something which will keep your senses alert, especially if you are a “Lone Backpacker”.

  1.  Vaccination: This is a life-saving tip. We in India consider ourselves immune to every bug in this world. But you seriously don’t want to go on your feet and come back in a stretcher and be admitted to some local hospital with low resources. The infection on field may not kill you, but the ones in the hospitals may. This is a stark reality of off-beat backpacking trips. Hospitals situated in remote places are sometimes ill-equipped in dealing even simple sickness.

7.  Emergency contacts: Always keep a zip lock pouch which has all your emergency contact details. It should have the number of your near and dear ones, the local officials, your family physician etc.

Saying all the above, I still believe that, “It is you who can help yourself”. Wait for my next write-up on “A Backpackers backpack- On What to Carry and Why”.

Till them Happy Tripping, Meet you someday on field!! Adios!

 

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“STOMP” and Keep Stomping

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I was at the Press Conference for “STOMP” , Grand Hyatt Doha

Lines I heard, “IRRESISTIBLE! A Sure- Fire Crowd Pleaser” is what the NEW York Times wrote about STOMP. One of the wildest, most dynamic and most entertaining

Whats STOMP? Do you want to STOMP?

STOMP is just about Rhythm, which is common to all cultures. It is the basis of music, the basis of life. It is a hilarious mix of breathtaking dance choreographies, wild percussion outburst and staggering acrobatics.
STOMP is the most dynamic, wild and breathtaking production of all times.
STOMP plays its own Broadway theatre for nearly 20 years.
STOMP plays the London West End since more than a decade with Thousands of shows.
STOMP has toured the world in 48 countries with an overwhelming success.
STOMP has sold more than 15 million tickets worldwide so far
STOMP have lately been seen by more than half of the world’s inhabitants during their performance at the closing ceremony of the OLYMPIC GAMES in London.
STOMP is the first theatre entertainment production to hit Qatar right from their performances in Las Vegas, Londons’ Westend and the Broadway in New York.

Recently STOMP have performed at OLYMPIC GAMES in LONDON in Summer 2012.

And now these furious choreographies, crazy acrobatics and blow-away rhythms are coming to DOHA on June 6 – 8 at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

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General Manager & Producer of STOMP Ms. Gynis HALL

 

 

General Manager & Producer of STOMP Ms. Gynis HALL said that “If you are bringing your kids, make sure when they go back home they do not use household items and start stomping”.

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The press conference was on behalf of Ahmed Hassan Bilal Group of Companies, where the panel was taken by Mr. Christoph Franzen – General Manager Grand Hyatt Doha , Mr. Chris VAN KAMP – Managing Director Premium Projects, Events Manager AHB Group- Ms. Priyanka Kapur, MR. Martin Hope- Director of British Council,.

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Mr. Christoph Franzen – General Manager, Grand Hyatt Doha

 

Mr. Christoph Franzen – General Manager Grand Hyatt Doha also mentioned during press conference that when the STOMP team arrives in the hotel, next day brunch, they are going to surprise the Hyatt guests by performing in the brunch area. This would really interesting to capture…What do you think?

History of STOMP

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STOMP was created as a street show, the artists using a variety of everyday percussion instruments in their performances. LUKE CRESSWELL and STEVE MCNICHOLAS first worked together in 1981 as members of the street bands and theatre groups. Together, these groups presented a series of street comedy musicals at the EDINBURGH FESTIVAL throughout the early 1980s. Between 1987 and 1990, LUKE CRESSWELL staged four large-scale outdoor events, including “Beat the Clyde”, which involved floating a drum orchestra on a pontoon in the center of Glasgow.
In the summer of 1991, CRESSWELL and MCNICHOLAS produced, financed and directed the original STOMP show, previewing at London’s BLOOMSBURY THEATRE and premiering at the ASSEMBLY ROOMS in Edinburgh, where it became the GUARDIAN’s “Critic’s Choice” and won the DAILY EXPRESS’s “Best Of The Fringe” award. Touring the world between 1991 and 1994, STOMP received OLIVIER awards for “Best Entertainment” and “Best Choreography”.
In the summer of 1997, CRESSWELL and MCNICHOLAS created and directed “STOMP OUT LOUD”, a 45 minute television special for HBO, which combined stage material with new pieces created for TV. It aired in the US in December 1997 and subsequently received four EMMY AWARD nominations. Another blend of live action and film footage was created for the EMMY AWARD CEREMONY, in which Stomp performed with SPIKE JONES. In 2000, STOMP performed at the LINCOLN MEMORIAL for President BILL CLINTON’s Millennium celebrations.

So what you waiting for …Make use of your household items! and start Stomping

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Video of STOMP Performance :

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Nokia 610 review by non geeky

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We all like using new handset which has come in the market….or atleast we want to test it and review before buying.. That was my simple idea for Nokia 610 … so we approached The Bloggers Mind, Delhi to help with this.. With great request and the power of relationship, they agreed to this request and sent across a Nokia 610 for us to experience the same. Guess what, Nokia 610 arrives in cyan colour at my doorstep, and I jump to joy seeing the request was approved with some formalities in such a short notice.. Specifications of Lumia 610: CPU: 800MHz processor Memory: 8 GB storage, 256 MB RAM Camera: 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, has front camera as well Screen: 3.7inches 480 x 800 pixel screen OS- Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

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These are the basic features which we are sharing. You can always have detailed and apt feature of the phone by GSMarena. Inregards to specifications we believe that they have the best and correct specifications. What fascinated me was the promising cyan colour of Lumia 610, and the home screen or the start menu which is vertically arranged with live tiles in Mono Block Pattern. I can set my own personalized tiles on home screen  like Facebook, messaging, call alerts, e-mail and etc. It gives one live updates on these tiles as well. But you cannot change the wallpaper of the background but just the lock screen background could be changed.The physical look does stand out in the crowd with the a plastic and metal mix . The dinky screen size 3.7-inch 800 x 480 pixel screen with metallic sides give a looks more of plastic touch. Lumia 610, Official Nokia India post, Best Nokia Lumia 610 Picture, India, Technology, Tech Blog, Cyn colour, Best picture of nokia lumia 610, head phones, windows 8, Mango processor, Bloggers mind, Tech Blog,

The internal storage being on 8Gb storage and no micro sd card slot makes the phone little disappointing. The phone runs on Windows Phone 7.5 Tango, a small down version of Mango designed for low-end phones with only 256MB of RAM. So if you are fan of angry birds then I’m sorry you wont be able to run on Lumia 610. Since we are the people who talk through our photographer, Nokia Lumia 610 camera with 5 megapixels, autofocus and LED flashlight gives perfect edge to the pictures.The camera shoots video in 720 pixels resolution and the outcome is great.

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Currently all phone have to focus on the integration between social media accounts to pull the crowd digitally. One thing the Nokia Lumia 610 does a great job of is integrating and combining contacts. After adding Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or just your phone book, the people hub combines all the contacts and displays the latest updates . Also when viewing any contact it pulls all the information from all social media portals of that contact like photos, email, text message, which becomes easy to contact from the same screen. Lumia 610 comes with internet explorer 10, while the screen struggles to show the web page properly. The interesting part of this phone is bing search touch button. The wallpapers on the bing is very interesting and creative. Battery Life of Lumia 610 is 1300mAh Battery which is just normal with the phone. After talking roughly on phone for 45 minutes, web browsing for one hour, 30 minutes of music , downloading some apps it still worked whole day and night and still morning I had enough time left to charge the phone. The phone promises 10hours talktime on 2g and upto 9 hours on 3g .

Overall Review: Price point being impressive for this phone but 256Ram is something becomes difficult

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Tarkarli – The “Virgin” beaches of Konkan India

By Arnab Banerjee

Hey let us go to “Tarkarli”… Tarkarli…?… Tarkarli…?… Yes the name did ring a bell at the back of my sleeping memory… Why but? At morning or rather should I say earlier than dawn my dull sleepy brain neither did comprehend the question nor gave out any answers… So like as usual, I would go back to sleep thinking it as a dream…. Yes indeed, the journey started with a “so called dream”… But by the time reality crept in, I was already packing my bags for the trip me and my friends always dreamt of.

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The journey started from “Panvel”, with an eventful event of regular begging for seats to the Ticket Checker (TC), which finally ended with the TC almost throwing me out of the train for carrying a general ticket and trying to board the 3AC. But an Olympics level 100 meter sprint took me to the general compartment, wherein I pushed myself into an overloaded compartment. After the first few hours of grueling battle to sustain my one-legged standing position inside the corridor towards the “shauchalya (western toilet)”, I finally got down at an intermittent station to join my friends for a proper nap in the 3AC. Eyes opened next day with an excitement to reach our first destination “Kudal”. Lazily drooling through the window, we all sat for the destination station to arrive. It finally did, but as per Indian standard Time (IST) an hour and half late.

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A cold drink along with an awesome “Misal Pav with Vada” was enough to fill up our hungry tummy’s mouth for a few hours. The heat had taken a toll on us… within 15 minutes the complete cold drinks which went inside us started trickling out of our sweat glands. With all our backpacks we were looking like coolies (though not as handsome as Amitabh Bacchan). Then another Olympics 50 meter sprint got us into a local State Transport (ST). As the journey commenced, we strapped ourselves to the seats with what we had. The driver as we guessed seemed to be a Pro-F1 racer. It was like the bus’s engine had suddenly been replaced with that of a jet plane. The driver’s cut throat driving though the narrow by lanes of the intermittent villages without the use of brakes was exemplary. Thatched roofs, tiled huts, paddy fields, barren lands etc. all passed by like a gusty haze. An hour and half extreme speed bus ride brought us to Malvan Bus Depot. With our heart pounding against our ribs, we got down and got into an auto for “Deobaugh”. We were greeted by a few local dogs, who had a nice time barking at us. Then finally when they were bored, they left us alone on our way towards our staying place

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Sreepad Lodge was where we had booked our stay. Through the walk-through between huts and tiled houses, we reached our staying location. Without keeping our bags inside the rooms, we ran towards the beach and into the Greenish-Blue cold water. The water was so clear that the visibility was clear up to 2-3 feet from above. I feel I have said enough… Now the remaining journey will be told by my forografs… “Adios”

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6 Seconds to Healthy Life and Win Tshirts from Neil Dantas

How many of you do brisk walk for 150 minutes? Is one of your parent Diabetic? Are you worried about your Sugar Score?

Just 6 Seconds to make you realize if you are fit enough to understand your risks!

Janacare, are building an online diabetes prevention program (called the Habits Program) to enable pre-diabetics achieve healthier lifestyle habits and avoid full-blown type II diabetes.

As part of this effort, we are conducting an online experiment called “Sugarscore” to understand India’s Diabetes risk. Sugarscore is a six second survey that will help you understand your risk for Diabetes. The user basically goes to www.sugarscore.in  and quickly answers five questions (age, gender, waist size, physical activity levels and family history of diabetes) to get his or her Sugarscore.

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Our goal is to reach 2 lakh Indians in 2 months through Sugarscore. We hope you will join in this fight against Diabetes.

We invite you to take this survey @ http://www.sugarscore.in

At the end of six seconds, you have to leave your mail address (check the image) to be eligible to win one of the cool goodies every week.

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Currently we have T-shirts from Neil Dantas. Sharing across the attachment of the T-shirt as well. 

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The hashtag for the campaign is #SugarScoreofIndia on  https://twitter.com/janacare and it would be great after you have taken the  survey, you mention a tweet and you would get eligible for the weekly prizes. If you do not have twitter account then you can simply fill the form at the end of the survey which would be eligible for the weekly goodies.

So just take out 6 secs from your whole day and take this initiative to check your Sugarscore!

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Roopkund Trek: The Journey To Skeleton Lake

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Roopkund Trek, though it doesn’t come anywhere near some of the tallest peaks in this region of Uttarakhand, gave us a glimpse of a fit the mountains can throw unsuspectingly on its hikers. From the 15th-21st of September, 2012, the journey to this infamous lake spread with the bones of 500 people, had begun.

Roopkund Trek Log Day 1 – 15th September: Enroute to base camp, Lohajung, Uttarakhand (2530m)

The day begins at 5 am. By the time we eat breakfast, it is 7 am and within the next half an hour, our trek to Roopkund begins.

Roopkund

People were told to leave all their necessary items from their backpack behind to avoid being weighed down. Some others chose to give away their bags to the mules (Mule charges are Rs.150/- a day for 2 bags). When we began, we could see the clouds up-close, in fact, we were literally walking through them. We took the road route to a certain point. This route was filled with stones and pebbles. The Himalayan mountain tops in the distance were a majestic sight.

We passed several streams, refilled our bottles until the point where we began ascending. The climb was so tedious that everyone of us were longing to set foot on straight land. Eventually, after a nearly 6 hour trek, covering a distance of 9 kms, we reached Didina where we were accommodated in one of the cottages. Since we reached by 1pm, we had the rest of the day to spare and decided to engage in a game of cricket. What a joy that was !

By 9 pm everyone ate dinner and went to bed.

Journal entry: The day was delightful.

Roopkund Trek Log Day 3 – 17th September:  Enroute to Bedni Bugyal (3354m)

After waking up at 6 am, the routine of chai and breakfast followed.

We started by 8:15 am and it was only going to be a climb for the next 4-5 hours. We made our way through stoney terrain, through a beautiful forest patch, which was so gruesome a climb but ultimately, the point when we reached Ali Bugyal was all worthwhile.

Ali Bugyal was a magical sight of open green pastures, surrounding mountains and the clouds. After we were served a light nutritious snack at by 1pm, it started to rain.

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Ali Bugyal

Putting on our rain wear, we then proceeded to trek for the next 2-3 hours to reach Bedni Bugyal. When we reached Bedni Bugyal, there were several tents pitched for us, including one bunker like structure. The rainfall got heavier and our enjoyment of completing the trek for the day was dampened by the muck and wetness.

By 9 pm, we all snuggled into our sleeping bags, inside the tent; 3 in 1.

Roopkund Trek tents

Journal entry: Witnessed the convergence of the dark clouds overhead when we reached a height of 10,000 feet at Bedni Bugyal, the largest meadow in Asia. Rain did start trickling down in the night, lowering temperatures to a bone chilling level.

Roopkund Trek Log Day 4 – 18th September: Bedni Bugyal to Bhagwabasa (4375m)

Today was the day we realize the wrath of fury of the mountains. Three participants returned back this day due to inability to cope with the physical strain of the trek.

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Amidst slight rainfall we begin our trek by 8:30 am. We passed by a Hindu temple known as Bedni Kund which was believed to have been the place where Lord Shiva and Parvati married. Further down in the trek, when all was calm, the sky burst open. Rain and wind lashed our bodies. We were gripped with an intense chill. Temperatures dropped by 8-10 degrees within minutes. Caught in the middle, the only option was to move on with all the might everyone had.

We did.

We reached a shelter at a point called Pather Nachauni. Everybody, all wet and freezing began questioning their ability to go further with the relentless rain. After our trek leader reached, he informed us about the weather not improving and that those who could go on, could and those who couldn’t or didn’t want to, could return.

It was so cold even inside a small room filled with 27 people that smoking became a resort to keep our bodies warm. Our teeth were chattering. We couldn’t move because the chill had ruptured our strength. It suddenly became a matter of testing our fate or safely returning back. We were even warned of sudden breathlessness and strike by lightning at that height.

As much as everyone wanted to complete the trek, 9 from 20 participants decided to head back. Eleven moved on.

The two sets went their opposite ways by 3:30 pm. The group that returned had a fairly peaceful return back, which by when, the rainfall reduced in its intensity.

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The other group reached Bhagwabasa by latest 7 pm. Still fighting the cold, the group had no choice but to take their clothes off inside the enclosed shelter and leave them for drying. After dinner sad news reached this lot that the sleeping bags carried for them had been all drenched. The group was helpless and had to snuck themselves into the wet bag and go off to sleep.

On top of that, it began to snow.

Journal entry: At 13,000 feet the sky burst open to a death-riddled extent. Walking became a test of life.

Roopkund Trek Log Day 5 – 19th September: The Return at Bedni Bugyal

The day when the sun hit our sore heads. It was a joyful sight to see a clear blue sky over head.

The nine who had returned back to Bedni the previous day enjoyed the day with a lot of games played out in the open over dry ground. Most of the day did go into drying off the wet clothes. It felt wonderful to see the water evaporate turning the colour of each one’s clothes brighter to its original ones. We even became friendly with a Spanish man and Austrian woman who had come trekking to Roopkund by themselves and pitched a tent right next to ours.

The other end, what was supposed to be a trek starting at 5 am, from Bhagwabasa to Roopkund, began at only 8 pm. Everyone was unable to wake up after the previous day’s chill of a thrill. This day was just what they had hoped for. A treacherous climb awaited them. A short distance of even barely 200 feet had taken over 45 minutes. The place near Skeleton Lake was laden with snow almost 2 feet deep. Everyone finally made it to Roopkund, the Skeleton Lake. This group then made their way back to Bedni Bugyal from here on at about 12.30 pm. They reached Bedni Bugyal at 7 pm.

The Bones

The Bones

Journal entry: To a phenomenal surprise, the sky bloomed in the sunlight. Yet, the safe arrival of the remaining 10 always lurked. It was in the evening at 7 pm, that the fanfare began when the rest of the 10 returned, safe and sound. A bonfire ensued and stories about their journey all the way was shared. Our last night at Bedni, the stars looked even more beautiful and majestic.

Roopkund Lake, Uttarakhand , Himalayas

Roopkund Trek Log Day 6 – 20th September: The return back to Lohajung

Everyone was fine, the weather stayed as good as it did the previous day and by 9 am, everyone made their way downwards to Wan.

Wan was little village a 3-4 hour trek away through a dense forest and the very famous Neel Ganga river. From Wan, there was a pickup arranged for that helped us get to Lohajung within the next one hour. And finally we were all back.

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On that day, the Nanda Devi Raj Jat festivals, one of the most well known festivals throughout the world, was being celebrated. It happens once every 12 years.

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Nandevi Procession

 

By Nasir

You can read more about his interest in treks at http://quirkyrebel.blogspot.in/    and on twitter @quirkyrebel