Posts Tagged ‘India’

#MannKiBaat on Yoga

Monday, March 27th, 2017
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Image : Isha Yoga

 

Honorable Prime Minister : Sri Narendra Modi ji ,

Namaskaram ,

In your #MannKiBaat on 26th March 2017 you spoke about #Yoga and asked for suggestions on promoting it .

Yoga is a rich treasure of our culture . Practice of Yoga can help create a more calm and joyous world .

I would like to share some ideas on promoting Yoga in India and internationally :

-       Yoga should be taught in schools and colleges across India . This will be an invaluable gift to students . Studies in USA have shown how Yoga when taught to children has had dramatic effects on their well being . Children in India are currently being denied their heritage by way of an education system where they spend 15-18 years and are never taught yoga.

-       The world of today is way more complex and competitive . Children are subject to huge amount of pressure , stress and distractions simply because the world is a very different place . Imagine an army that has powerful weapons yet sends it’s soldiers to war without ammunition. We’re doing that to our children in India by depriving them of Yoga in our education system.

-       All Indian airports should have a meditation room where people can practice Meditation / Yoga / Pranayama .

-       This will help those who already practice it to continue even when traveling

-       It would inspire other travelers to explore Yoga / Meditation

-       Larger airports like Mumbai / Delhi should have larger spaces for this where trained teacher & videos to basic yoga can be made available.

-       Progressively train stations and large bus stations ( as have been recently inaugurated in Gujarat ) should also have this facility of a space where people can meditate / do yoga . This should become part of specs of any future transport space of a certain scale .

-       Govt of India can take up spaces in international airports – especially those that are vibrant transit hubs like Singapore , Dubai , London , Qatar etc. Passengers often have long transit at these airports . Mostly people shop / eat or go on city tours.  GOI can take up spaces that can be managed by organizations like Art of Living / Isha Foundation where there can be an introduction to Yoga by way of videos, Live classes by a trained instructor.

Organizations like Isha Foundation / Art of Living  have an international footprint . They would be able to arrange for trained yoga teachers in various locations . A common curriculum can be evolved so that irrespective of which org manages the space – the structure and content would be largely common . It would be a powerful way to present Yoga and India to the world . This would have a positive impact on Indian tourism .

( I have listed 2 org for the purpose of illustration . There may be several more who can participate ) .

I thank you for your vision , zeal and efforts to promote Yoga in India and internationally .

Kind Regards ,

Savitha Rao

 

#IndiaPositive

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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What’s a typical routine on #RepublicDay ? Wake up . Watch the #RepublicDay
Parade on TV , buy a flag,  go for flag hoisting in the building or work place , sing 
the Anthem, hear patriotic songs everywhere , feel super patriotic .By evening
it is back to life as usual.How about we change that this year ? 
 
For most of us we are seeing a new sense of pride in India . Across India
and in Indians across the globe. Visionary leadership at the helm is changing
India’s destiny and culture .
 
There are some like Prime Minister Modi who have dedicated their life to
India. There are amazing folks across India who made a huge contribution
to India – dedicated teachers , activists , doctors , philanthropists ,social
entrepreneurs and many more . Every action counts.Gratitude to each of
the unsung heroes for their selfless contribution .
 
There are millions of us who can participate tangibly . What held us back ?
 
- busy in earning a living ?
- feel that it is the job of the govt to build the country ?
- would like to do something..but not sure how ?
- never thought about it ?
 
This #RepublicDay  let’s pledge to consciously and actively work towards
building a nation that is truly ‘Sare Jahan Se Accha’.
 
Every week do ONE #IndiaPositive act for India and your fellow citizens. 
 
- A taxi or auto driver can give a free lift to an aged underprivileged person
- a college  student can help a local Ngo
- a working professional could help a student , a bank official  official can make
   people aware about insurance and inspire them to go for it
- a housewife decides to make her home plastic bag free
- appreciate and support the social workers in your area
- pledge to stop littering
- support education for a child
- join the green initiative in your neighborhood
- start a laughter club
- use your writing skills to help a cause
- plant saplings , start a herb garden
- ensure food is never wasted – donate
- car pool
- visit elderly people in your neighborhood and spend time with them
- retired folks can volunteer at a local school
- do your bit to ensure India is a safer place for women and children
- the MasterChefs among us can share healthy cooking ideas to help those around us live healthier lives
- People can use their core skills to make a difference. e.g a doctor treats at least 1 patient a week free of cost ,
a nurse tends extra care to a patient who does not have a family.
Get creative about the ways in which you can help to create a better country with your #IndiaPositive
action.
This is not an elitist initiative only for folks with smart phones and social media profiles . Spread the
word. Involve everyone you know . Kindness has no socio-economic barrier . Think of this as a way
to crowd source ideas by Indians for Indians to make a better India.
 
When a person does something consciously and ongoingly for the country – they will become more
engaged & aware citizens. 
An engaged & aware citizen is less likely to litter India , to let women be brutalised , to watch anti national
elements try to fragment India. Our police and armed forces will have 1 billion new recruits. Today overseas
Indians know that if their message reaches Ms Sushma Swaraj they can expected to be helped . Imagine a
India where Indians in India know that  they can rely on their fellow citizens .
 
Share your ideas . This could be something you already do . It could be something you now commit to doing.
The key is ACTION . We don’t want words that don’t translate into action.
Keep it simple e.g I pledge to never ever litter #IndiaPositive 
 
One #IndiaPositive action a week
One Billion Indians. 52 billion potential #IndiaPositive actions . One Awesome Nation 
 
Each One of can make a difference . Together we make an India that is ‘Sare Jahan se Accha’ .
 
#IndiaPositive #RepublicDay #CleanPlanet 
On 31st Jan 2017 we will gift 50 awesome Indians for their contributions . The real gift , however , will be
a committed you creating a better India one #IndiaPositive action at a time.
Jai Hind .

#DeMonetisation and Sustainability

Monday, December 26th, 2016

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#Demonetisation taught us a LOT . In one stroke we had to shake off old, entrenched habits and imbibe a new way of living. It was inconvenient. But as a nation we adapted to it .

Pre 8 Nov 2016 it would have been inconceivable that we could do without cash. Now , we reach out for our digital wallets quite naturally. We’re being conscious of what we buy .

It’s time now that we #DeMonetise plastic bags from our lives . There would be temporary inconvenience . Soon , we will remember to carry reusable bags daily .

Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make Change.

 

 

Indiegenius : Handcrafted accessories

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

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At Clean Planet we love all things sustainable and handcrafted . Our eco handcrafted range is contemporary , stylish and impeccable.

From Ikat to block prints to Khadi to hand embroidered accessories – the range represents the diversity of India’s rich textile heritage. Craft and contemporary styling come together as stylish totes , clutches , pouches , gift bags , slings .

Look out for this vibrant tag on Indigenius handcrafted products !

Clean Planet : Made in India. To Make a Better India.

 

 

 

 

 

Swachh Ability Run

Friday, November 4th, 2016

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A meeting with Major D P Singh in Delhi earlier this year sparked off a discussion on a event to culminate on 3 Dec 2016 which is ‘World Disabilities Day‘ . The idea was to combine focus on needs of differently abled people and SwachhBharat - a cause very dear to us.

We’re happy to partner with Swachh Ability Run – a first of it’s kind marathon and cleanathon that focuses on Differently Abled Persons and Swachhta .

It’s been our pleasure to have designed the logo for SwachhAbility Run.

Not only is the event the ‘first of it’s kind’ – even the collaborators are first of it’s kind : The Indian Army , J.K Cement , Delhi Dynamos – a football team , Clean Planet , Proton Sports , The Challenging Ones – NGO founded by Major D P Singh.

Join us at Chandigarh on 27th Nov 2016 all the way to Delhi on 3rd Dec 2016 to make an #Inclusive and #SwachhBharat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Planet – Empower

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

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We support livelihood programs for women under Clean Planet – Empower wherein we mentor and train women in crafts for making quality products – in Mumbai and other locations  . It’s been a hugely joyous and enriching experience to see women learn and create .

We’re pleased to share the latest creation – Upcycled Fabric Coasters – colorful , vibrant and eco friendly these delightful coasters can be used on the dining table as also as decor .

These delightful products will soon be available at select outlets .

Made in India. To Make a Better India.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India Positive : a letter to Prime Minister Modi

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Dear Mr Modi ,

Thank you for all that you are doing for India. It is the first time that a Prime Minister has invited citizens to share ideas for the 15th Aug address to the nation. One of the many firsts of this truly inclusive government under your visionary leadership.

I run a business wherein we create eco and handcrafted products that help people bring sustainability and craft into their everyday living. We believe that Each One of Us Can Make a Difference. Together we make Change‘.

This 15th Aug pl invite every citizen to do something positive for India – every week. By 15th Aug 2017 we would have potentially 52 constructive actions for the nation. There are people in India (like you) who have dedicated their life to the nation. We have millions who are focused only on their life. In my work in the space of sustainability i have seen that for a lot of people there is a peculiar combination of apathy & powerlessness. With the rise of social media people voice their views. There is a lot of arm chair activism. Which perhaps (and hopefully ) is the first step towards activism in action.

Doing something for India – is not a call just to citizens with smart phones and access to social media . EVERY citizen should be invited , challenged , inspired to do something tangible and positive for India.

An auto driver may give a free lift to an aged underprivileged person , a college student can help a local Ngo , a working professional may help a student , a bank official official makes people aware about insurance n inspires them to go for it , a housewife decides to make her home plastic free , appreciate and support the social workers in your area , pledge to stop littering. People can use their core skills to make a difference. e.g a doctor treats at least 1 patient a week free of cost , a nurse tends extra care to a patient who does not have a family. Start a hashtag e.g #IndiaPositive. Idea is not self publicity. The goal is for Indians to get inspired by other Indians. As you have seen in your journey so far – once you engage people the outcomes are brilliant. All the astrologers of the world put together cannot predict the outcomes. Think of the hashtag as a way to crowdsource ideas for Indians by Indians to make a better India. Encourage media to run programs every month . In your #MannKiBaat every time remind people to continue their ‘#India Positive’ work , ask schools to get kids to write essays on what they are doing for it. Translate the essence of the Hashtag into regional languages. The spirit of it is more important than the physical words.

1 billion people. 52 billion potential ‘India Positive’ acts . This will bring Indians closer to each other and to India. We have problems of people from some regions not feeling welcome in some places , definitely we have a socio economic divide. Conscious ‘India Positive’ acts can integrate and turbo charge India in ways we cannot even imagine. People in some states feel less of a connection to India. Imagine Indians in Kashmir and N.East thinking about what they can do for India. When a person does something consciously and ongoingly for the country – they will become more engaged & aware citizens. An engaged & aware citizen is less likely to litter India , to let women be brutalised , to watch anti national elements try to fragment India. Our police and armed forces will have 1 billion new recruits. Today overseas Indians know that if their message reaches Ms Sushma Swaraj they can expected to be helped . Imagine a India where Indians in India know that they can rely on their fellow citizens .

Giving & Doing are powerful anti dotes to helplessness . It will connect a person to their inner strength. Let this herald the start of a new tradition in India. The current generation of kids grow up watching their parents consciously doing something positive for India. What a legacy that will be ! Truly it will make India ” Saare Jahan Se Accha”.

Jai Hind

Savitha Rao

Founder , Clean Planet

www.cleanplanet.in

Hand Block Printed Pouches

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

block print pouch

 

We love all things eco friendly and handcrafted . We bring together our love for both in “Indigenius” range of vibrant products .

This smart pouch is impeccably crafted from hand block printed cotton fabric . A smart metal zip makes it a must have in anyone’s handbag .

A versatile pouch that can be used as a wallet , for keeping your storage devices , as a make up pouch , put your bills into it ,  write a letter and gift it with the pouch.

Carry a bit of India with pride with Indiegenius accessories from Clean Planet.

Buy here.

 

 

 

We Vote Everyday

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

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Most of us think we vote once in 5 years . The truth is that we vote everyday for the kind of world we wish to live it through every purchase we make . This is equally – if not more important that the government we elect .

Want a world with less trash ? Buy better products that will last longer . Want better health ? Buy fresh, organic food that is nourishing rather than canned food . Want a world where businesses are responsible ? Support responsible businesses.

Whether we are conscious of it or not – we do vote daily .

Vote wisely.

 

 

Celebrate India – pouch

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

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Our love for India and the planet manifested as an eco-friendly , first of it’s kind typography pouch that celebrates the diversity of India .

Smart , contemporary , planet friendly – this is our tribute to all that makes India a vibrant , glorious , magnificent nation .

Since it’s launch the ‘Celebrate India ‘ pouch has received much love from Indians and even people of other nationalities !

Buy your ‘Celebrate India’ pouch here http://bit.ly/1Qnptgc

Jai Hind !