Thursday, 1 July, 2010

Heart Surgery - Bombay ((tag: Health))

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Chandni Parekh

June 25, 2010
Subject: Need help for Hart volve Surgery

Mother of Sadanand Kadam (Sushila Kadam).need help for her heart volve surgery , her age 53 They had primary consultation with Surgeon Dr. Bhatnagar at Nanavati hospital. Surgery cost 1.75Lkhs, need to operate immediatly to save her live, Kadam from very low profile background.

Steps taken till now:

1)Had a prelimenery dignosis , except Angiography coz it will cost Rs.15,000/- cound not sufi 4 pre post report,medicin. 2) Pooled around Rs.36,000/- from their savings and from office colleagues.

Doctor advised that with this kind of seviority of patient , listed trust for help would not disburse fund for surgery .

How can a Sadanand gather 1.75 lkhs or get his mother's heart sergery totally free. because amount gathered not sufficient for pre post surgery even.

Deepak Kamat
9833053186 / 09819826793./9594332828

Wednesday, 26 May, 2010

The Sapling Project - Seeking your support - SPREAD THE WORD!!!

From: The Sapling Project


Dear Friend,



Hope you're doing well.

We distributed over 1500 saplings in the previous drive held on Jan 26th in Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore








The Sapling Project is about planting and distributing saplings, free of cost to one and all in different parts of our country.

The model is simple, we collect funds, buy Plant Saplings and distribute it free of cost to anyone who sign up on the website or turn up at the event.

While most tree plantation drives are done in Parks or Forest areas, we think it's the colonies and buildings in suburbs, that need more trees where one can monitor the health and progress of one's planted sapling.

We would be conducting the 3rd Sapling Project drive on June 6th, 2010 in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Calcutta, Delhi & Pune. 

We look forward to your support and contribution towards making out cities greener and help us in buy and distribute more saplings.

You can sponsor any amount (Cash, Cheque ) to the cause to either Ranjeet Walunj or to  (Satish Vijaykumar) or handover at the venue.

Ranjeet Walunj
Bank: Citibank
A/c: 5598270114
Branch: P. M. Road, Mumbai
Address: 2'nd flr, Metro House, 178 CST Road,
Kalina, Santacruz(E), Mumbai - 400098
Phone: 9322131514

Satish Vijaykumar
Bank : ICICI Bank
A/c : 002001012453
Branch : Powai, Mumbai
Address : 203, Oberoi Chambers II, new link Road, Andheri West, Mumbai 400053
Phone : 9833443545

Sapling Project Poster :

Website :

Flickr (photos) :

Twitter : @saplingproject

Facebook Group :

Media Coverage :-

America.Gov   :

Times of India :


Global Voices :            

CS Monitor :

It would be great if you can support us by spreading the word on The Sapling Project initiative through your community, Facebook/Orkut/Twitter group. Hopefully online users would be inspired enough to join the initiative.

Do feel free to call us in case of anything.

Take care, Thanks and Breathe easy :-)


Team @ The Sapling Project.


Volunteers needed for organ donation awareness in Ahmedabad

From: Chandni Parekh


Volunteers needed for organ donation awareness in Ahmedabad.

Shatayu- a nonprofit organization, is an initiative of GovindBhai C. Patel Foundation which is supported by Ganesh Housing Group and is in affiliation with Indian Red Cross Society, Institute of Kidney Disease and Research Center (IKDRC), and Dr. H.L. Trivedi Institute of transplantation sciences. Shatayu is a noble cause that aims to create and spread awareness about Organ and Tissue Donation. Shatayu is based in Ahmedabad.

You may email us at
You may call us on 079 6618 9000 or +91 9924133569 or +91 9662872546

Monday, 24 May, 2010

Rink Football for Charity - Dadar

From Kaizad Bhamgara. 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Support Sports Foundation SSF <>
Date: Mon, May 24, 2010 at 2:30 PM
Subject: Rink Football for Charity - Dadar

Hey Everyone!

We at Support Sports Foundation along with Rise Up! are proud to invite you to our Rink Football Tournament for Charity (7 a side) on the 5th - 6th of June at Hooper's basketball court, Dadar.

Registration of teams is now open. 

Entry fee - 600/- (per team)
Prize Money - 2,000 (stands to increase as we're about to pull a sponsor in)

All the profits made from this tournament along with the sporting equipment will go to the children's orphanage at Palghar and Malad

Also lots of media and scouts from other clubs will be present. 

Other prizes like workshops and sessions with I-League clubs up for grabs.

Also recognition for best player of the tournament, etc.

Call us for further details.

Kaizad Bhamgara - 9820297774

Akshay Shah - 9820909043

Nigel Quraishy - 9221226987

Saturday, 22 May, 2010

NGO Seva Sahayog - Maharashtra ((tag: Education))

From: Chandni Parekh

From -

Seva Sahayog (SS) is the India Partner of Sewa International which aims at engaging socially conscious corporate, groups and individuals, with NGOs of matching interests.

Seva Sahayog volunteers had visited few financially limited schools, where the students lack the infrastructure to study. SS volunteers had discussions with teachers and volunteers of VOs working in slums and came up with a list of basic requirements under the School Kit Program.

Other than Pune, drive is now active in Mumbai and Nashik also.

School Kit Contents: SS members, in consultation with the teachers, have decided on the basic items that will be part of the kit. Following are the items that will be in the 'School Kit':

Ten Note Books (4 books of 100 pages, 5 books of 200 pages and 1 drawing book)One Pen, One Pencil and eraser One Geometry box, Bag We believe that the kit would be a good motivational factor for the children to get a better education.

How to donate ?

Draw a cheque in name of "Sewa International" and mail it to address mention on Contact Us.


Or you can hand over your cheque to our coordinators.

Scholarships Offered by Engineering Colleges ((tag: Funds Offered, Education))

From: Chandni Parekh

Excerpts from -

Here's a look at the kind assistance one can get from the 70-plus Deemed Universities that offer engineering education in the country.

International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore
About 25 scholarships from Siemens, ABB, Intel, Infosys and NXP are offered. The students get Rs. 200,000 spread over the 2 years there by getting complete refund of entire tuition fee.

Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad
a) Merit-cum-Means Scholarship offered to 25% of students enrolled in each course with full freeship (exemption from tuition fees) and an amount Rs. 800 per month.

KIIT, Bhubaneswar
Pradyumna Bal Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to two economically challenged but meritorious students and they are provided completely free education along with ancillary expenses.

Screening of The Other Song on May 25, at IIC, New Delhi

You are cordially invited to the screening of

The Other Song

a film by Saba Dewan
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Time: 6.30 PM
Venue: Main Auditorium, India International Centre, New Delhi 
In 1935 Rasoolan Bai the well known singer from Varanasi recorded for the gramaphone a thumri that she would never sing again - Lagat jobanwa ma chot, phool gendwa na maar (My breasts are wounded, don't throw flowers at me).A variation of her more famous bhairavi thumri - Lagat karejwa ma chot, phool gendwa na maar (My heart is wounded, don't throw flowers at me), the 1935 recording, never to be repeated, faded from public memory and eventually got lost.

More than seventy years later the film travels through Varanasi, Lucknow and Muzzafarpur in Bihar to search for the forgotten thumri.This journey opens a Pandora's box of life stories, memories, half remembered songs and histories that for long have been banished into oblivion. It brings the film face to face with the enigmatic figure of the tawaif, courtesan, bai ji and the contested terrain of her art practise and lifestyle. To find the lost other song the film must understand the past and present of the tawaif  and  unravel the significant transitions that took place in late 19th and early 20th century around the control, censorship and moral policing of female sexualities and cultural expression.

Duration:  120 minutes
Language: Hindi / Urdu / English / English subtitles
Directed by: Saba Dewan
Camera: Rahul Roy
Editing: Reena Mohan / Khushboo Agarwal / Mahadeb Shi / Anupama Chandra
Sound: Asheesh Pandya / Gissy Michael / Vipin Bhati
For more information:

  • Best documentary at the Pusan International Film Festival, 2009.


  • Pusan International Film Festival, 2009
  • Doclisboa, Lisbon, 2009
  • Dubai International Film Festival, 2009
  •  Bird's Eye View Women's film festival, London, 2010
  • Doc.fest Munich Film festival, 2010


Saba Dewan
A-19, Gulmohar Park
New Delhi -110049
Tel: 00-91-11-26515161
Fax: 00-91-11-41640681

National Geographic Young Explorers Grants ((tag: Funds Offered))

From: Chandni Parekh

Excerpts from -

Young Explorers Grants (YEG) offer opportunities to individuals ages 18 to
25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects
consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs, including:
the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council
(EC), and the Conservation Trust (CT).

Applicants are not required to have advanced degrees. However, a record of
prior experience in the fields of research, conservation, or exploration
should be submitted as it pertains to the proposed project.

Young Explorers Grants vary in amount depending on significance of the
project, though most range between US $2,000 and $5,000 at the maximum.

Free Surgeries in Dahanu, Maharashtra till June 19

via chandni

Excerpts from -

World Health organization is having a surgery camp in PALGHAR, located about 120-kilometer North of Mumbai, India.

They will provide corrective surgery for muscular twitches, Ear Nose and throat problems, cataract, dental deformities, cleft lips, epilepsy, mental health disorder etc.

From the 20th MAY 2010,IMPACT India is starting their FREE OPERATION CAMPS.

1)CLEFT LIPS -- malformation of the face at birth (age NO bar)


Fwd: Distressed father seeks help ((tag: Help Sought))

from Chandni Parekh

May 21, 2010
Subject: Need Help

I am looking for a help for my daughter for
rehabilitation. She has become a burden for whole family as she is very
hyper had 3 divorces, because of her bad behaviour, inspite of us trying
to help her always as we shud be. She always blames everyone for the
mistakes she makes, makes scene every time someone objects and is not
independent at all. Inspite of been dependent on us she is careless
about us [parents & brother]. Because of this problem our son's marriage
is a big question mark. We are looking to rehabilitate her where she can
stay , earn/learn something atleast for 1-2 years. There are many other
problems associated with it which I can tell you when we meet.
I am looking for women rehabilitation centre for

Madhav Pendharkar


Monday, 17 May, 2010

Counsel Your Dog? Well NATASHA can do it best

here is her mail. rush to her with your doggies. 

From: Natasha Chandy <>

I am a trained Canine Behaviour Counselor.

No.... I dont sit the dog down on a couch and offer him tissues to weep into. They don't communicate and function like us, of course! They do have their own way - its unique and amazing. Every bark means something! Every wag of the tail means something!

From dogs who have behaviour like constantly catching their own tails to dogs who just wont eat unless fed by their human companion - if you think its a problem and need help - contact me - I can figure ways to set it right.

Please pass on this mail to everyone you know who might need help as well.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Natasha Chandy <>
Date: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 9:18 AM
Subject: Times of India, 16th May, Sunday


Now counselors for dogs help correct their behaviour

Jayashree Nandi | TNN 

    Have a depressed dog? Get him/her counselled. Just like there are counseling psychologists for humans, now there are counsellors for dogs. The trend is just picking up in India including Bangalore and may go a long way in dealing with suffering pets or even dogs in shelters.These specialists are not dog trainers but counsellors who do not use force or instil fear to correct behavioral disorders. 
    Dogs are not humans. Obvious as it may sound, many people including ardent pet lovers misunderstand dog behaviour. The 'canine counsellors' focus on the in
nate behavior of dogs and their instincts to find out what went wrong. 
    According to canine counsellor Natasha Chandy who has completed her course in canine behaviour recently, dogs can feel high levels of fear, can have severe phobias, separation anxiety, food-related problems such as being fussy eaters, eating their own feces, stealing. 
    Dogs can show behaviours that are a result of low to high levels of stress, dogs can suffer from obsessive compulsive behaviours; they may bark and chew up things due to boredom or to seek attention. Instead of losing hope on the 

pet, abandoning it or even contemplating putting it down, counselling is worth a try. 
    The counsellors treat the dog by tracking its innate behaviours. For instance, like wolves, their innate instinct is to hunt or to chase. If that is curbed then they develop behavioural problems. 
    For instance, if your pet dog is on the terrace and wants to bark at other dogs passing by and if you stop him, he might develop stereotypical behaviours such as chasing his tail non-stop or licking his skin to the point where a medical condition known as the 'Lick Granuloma' gets formed. 
    The counsellors, unlike oldfashioned dog trainers who use 
force and instil fear in them, use other methods to rectify such problem behaviour.The dog usually has to be taken to the counsellor once for a couple of hours. Then the counsellor creates a customized solution and gives it to the owner that he has to practise at home. "The tools and techniques used to help the owners and their companion canines are based on latest research done on the canine species. All the latest teaching techniques are based on the principle that trust established between the owner and the dog is key to resolving the problem. The owner implements the programme given to him by the counsellor to resolve the issue," adds Natasha. 
    According to Shirin Merchant who specializes in canine counselling in Mumbai and is an associate of The Northern Centre for Animal Behaviour, England, the trend has just started picking up. "People are now more accepting of the fact that dogs have behavioural problems. Veterinary doctors, dog trainers and groomers are plenty but counselors are relatively new. Groomers or trainers are not qualified in dealing with behavioural problems. Wrong advice can ruin a dog. There are many selfstyled behaviorists who try to treat by reading books or looking online. It's not a good idea," says Shirin. The concept is popular abroad though.

Tuesday, 13 April, 2010

physically challenged student needs help.

Via Chandni parekh

Posted by: "GIRI"
Sun Apr 11, 2010 

I am a handicap student studying in Bhavans College. I am appearing for Third Year BSc in April this year. I am staying at Andheri East. It is difficult for me to walk and board a train or bus. I am told that the Mumbai Ubiversity has alloted my examination centre at Mira road. To go there I will have to go in a rickshaw or taxi. I am a poor student and cannot afford to travel such a long distance and pay the rickshaw or taxi fare. I may beg barrow or do some thing but more than that it will take about 1.5 hours to travel each journey from Andheri East. This means loss of three hours every day so I cannot prepare for the next examination.
I wrote a letter with my disability certificate duly certified by the Principal to the Controller of Examination, Mumbai University last month but till today I have received no reply. I have to request my welwishers to kindly take up the matter with the Ubiversity authorities and get me proper Centre near my residence that is in Andheri East or West.
Name Kushalkar Sailesh Suresh Yamuna
Paper Code 5
Biotechnology (8) Components Fishery Biology Exam No. 257
University Examination of TY BSc April 2010
College Code 115,
Centre No. 3, Seat No. 5549.
C/O 26206243, gbluthria@yahoo. com

Friday, 12 March, 2010

St Bernard Pup Needs A Home.


A St Bernard Pup is looking out for a new home. He is 4 months old. Interested????

call me at +919833100340 or email at 

Please remember that this is a life time commitment, not a taken-in-haste decision... make sure that you have thought over it before dropping in a mail or calling me. 

p.s. St. Bernard is a high maintenance breed. And the adoptees would be througghly scrutinized before giving the pup for adoption. 


Saturday, 13 February, 2010

Pune Blast -- koregaon park --- helpline

Blood Donors in PUNE, Please contact Sassoon Hospital 26120762, 26124660 K E M Hospital : 2612 5600, Jehangir Hospital : 2612 2551 ...Pls speread the word


should you feel I could help in anyway... or even dispense information in facebook/twitter do let me know... you could call me at 9833100340

Thursday, 3 December, 2009

Products made by differently abled artisans

From: Kshmendra Kaul <>
Date: Dec 2, 2009
Subject: Repost - MESH – Maximising Employment to Serve the Handicapped

"MESH – Maximising Employment to Serve the Handicapped"
Mrs. Savitri is a weaver at the Physically Handicapped Training and Rehabilitation Centre in Sangli, Maharashtra suffers from leprosy but is learning to make scarves using wool for the first time.
Mr. Anbazhgan is a disabled wood-cutter, part of The Helen Keller wood carving group in Kalakurchi in Tamil Nadu, who is learning about the problems he could face with the use of an unfamiliar wood for an international client.
Mrs. Kankadurga works at Bethany Products, Bethany Leprosy Colony in Andhra Pradesh to create bed webbing that is used in the production of strong and beautiful bags.
Mr. Tarak Nath Roy of Susunia, West Bengal, is a gifted stone carver but disabled by polio.
The lives of these four artisans and several hundreds like them have been changed by an organization called MESH (Maximizing Employment to Serve the Handicapped). Earlier they were all being paid half of what their products were worth because of the presence of middle-men. But now, due to the efforts of a MESH, these artisans are able to market their wares directly and receive their due credit.

Mission and Activities:

MESH aims at providing opportunities for social and economic development to disabled and leprosy-affected people. It achieves this by acting as an intermediary between the disabled artisans and the market place. In effect they secure orders from national and international buyers, forward those orders to the skilled artisans, train and guide the artisans in fulfilling these orders, and promote fair wages among the artisans.
In addition to this, MESH helps the artisans by providing access to a host of design and product development ideas from its own Design Studio in order to keep them updated on the latest market trends. The organization helps add value to the artisans' products by telling their stories. It also provides training in best business practices and helps the artisans secure 50% advance payment if required so that they can buy their raw materials without taking loans.

Products and Contact Information:

Their product catalogue includes shoulder bags, table mats, scarves, bedcovers, tablecloths, office stationery, toys, cards in a large variety of shapes, sizes, designs and materials to keep up with the latest trends and cater to various needs. All of these are available at their stores at the following locations in India:
5, Local Shopping Centre,
Uday Park,
New Delhi 110 049
Tel. +91 11 26965039/26568048
Shop No. 8,
NTR Gardens
Necklace Road,

Tel. +91 9703879557
Besides this, MESH also has retail outlets in Britain, Germany, Sweden, USA and some other locations.

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Where Were You .... on 26/11... Chup Na Raho... join in ...

Lets Speak Up. Lets Join In.

Where Were You??? on 26/11... A reminder of the gory night that was, a platform to vent and to speak up for the cause of 26/11.

Event Plan:

We dont want our activity to in anyway hinder the peace or functioning of the vicinity. We would form a circle of 3-4 people, one of the participants would come in the center and speak about what s/he was doing on 26/29 November 2008. Once s/he finishes, s/he points to a random person in the circle and asks "Where Were You?". Now this person, (who could be amongst us or a bystander who teams up) would come to the center circle and speak about her/is experience on 26-29/11.

What Do We Wish To Achieve?

Mumbai Suffers from Amnesia. We forget too early and too fast. Well, thats what critics think, we think NOT.

Lest we forget, the tragedy of 26/11. Not to corrode our wounds with salt, but to remember and to let people know that the famous Mumbai Spirit cannot be taken for granted.

The results of this campaign would not all be tangible and quantifiable. Whats important is that it starts the internal dialogue... And gets you to think.

We could be cynical and resigned, and sure about changelessness, or initiate and partake in an event that speak up: truly and openly.

So, Will you join us???


Who Is Organizing? Permissions?

This event is a part of the "Chup Na Raho" campaign of the Facebook Group W=A=T=S. (we are the scene) from 8 am- 8pm

W=A=T=S is organizing an exhibition from 8 am in the morning.

here are some details from the discussion board of the W=A=T=S group

"There will be the following set of activities through which YOU can Express Yourselves
• Exhibitions Installation Arts
• Painting Sculptures
• Posters Photographs
• Graffiti Banners
• Street theater Performances
• Extempore performances
• Acoustic Music performances
• Martial Arts "

Though, we are not playing yours and mine here. It is a collective activity. All are free to join us, in person and in spirit.

Should you need information about the artist movement "W=A=T=S" or the other events this young motley group is organizing please feel free to contact Afaque at +91 9969711130

Harish Iyer
+91 9833100340

Moderator: Bridge The Gap

Join in the facebook event here

Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

"Where Were You? - The Street Extempore- JOIN IN!

What are you doing on the anniversary of that gory night? It still generates  a chill down my spine when I think of that ominous night. It saddens me to learn that many of us have lived up to the amnesic nature of Mumbai. And it is upon us, few awakened souls, to create an intersting movement for people to participate.

What Is The (Tentative) Plan??
Along with a few friends of mine, id be at different terror spots on 26/11. We will do something very simple. Form a circle of 3-4 people, one of the participants would come in the center and speak about what s/he was doing on 26/29 November 2008. Once s/he finishes, s/he points to a random person in the circle and asks "Where Were You?". Now this person, (who could be amongst us or a bystander who teams up) would come to the center circle and speak about her/is experience on 26-29/11.

Would you like to join in too??? we are waiting. call Harish Iyer on 9833100340 or email him on

Wednesday, 21 October, 2009

Young animation film maker seeks financial support

Debanjan Nandy,  seeks financial support to join the National Film and Television School (NFTS), Beaconsfield, UK for an MA in Animation Film Direction. He's an NID alumnus, and has worked with Famous Studios (Mumbai), OGS Animation (Kolkata), Galloping Films (Australia), MTV (Mumbai) and UNICEF.
What follows is Deb's appeal. If you know anyone who might be able to help, do get in touch with Deb at
He'd be happy to mail you a pdf document with samples of his work.
This is a bit urgent, since Deb has to pay his fees by November 10. Would be glad if you could share this with your contacts at the earliest.

Appended below is a copy of his email.



Dear Ma'am/ Sir,


      I am Debanjan Nandy from Mumbai, India. I am an animation film maker and a graduate in Animation Film Design from the National Institute of Design (NID) - India's premier design institute. After graduation, I have worked professionally for four years on various projects with studios like Famous House of Animation, Famous Studios, Mumbai, OGS Animation (Kolkata) and Galloping Films (Australia), MTV (Mumbai) and UNICEF. Some of the projects included television commercials like Cadbury's, Tata Sky, Sony Pix, ICICI Prudential, UNICEF and many more and also on television series like Jonny Bravo. While creating animation for children in the areas of education and entertainment, awareness campaigns etc., I feel the need to undergo professional training in Animation Direction to convey my stories more effectively. Currently, I have secured a place among eight students in the world for a two year extensive course to learn the craft of Animation film Direction (MA in Animation Direction) at the National Film and Television School (NFTS), Beaconsfield, UK (


NFTS receives half its funding from the Government of UK – the Department of Culture, Media and Sport; and the other half from the Film and Television industry.  Therefore, it is part-private and part-public funded.  It is a higher education establishment providing post-graduate education.  It has been nominated as a Skillset Screen Academy and has a long standing reputation as UK's leading centre of excellence in Film and Television training.  The MA course is validated by the Royal College of Art, London. 


With my four years of industry experience, including days and nights of hardship, I am looking forward to learning a lot more in order to design great films. The expense of higher study at NFTS is huge (GBP 50,000 / INR 4,250,000). And with respect to the foreign exchange rates, the amount is massive and substantially high. Working hard to becoming a successful screen-storyteller is a dream, and I would like to proceed forward for education in such a prestigious school. I would be thankful to receive any kind of financial help, in the form of scholarships or grants from your institution/individuals that would help me sign up for the course successfully.


My course begins in January, and I need to pay my tuition fees by 10th of November 2009. I am looking for funding for my cost of living in the UK that can open a window to my tuition fees that the bank has agreed to give me as an educational loan. If I am granted a scholarship/grant/sponsorship to aid my higher education in UK, I aim to learn to direct good films to tell good stories to the world around, so as to elevate the value and quality of life. After completion of the course in Animation Direction, I look forward to work on educational programs for children to help them learn.


I would like to thank you for your precious time. I would be highly obliged if you can consider me for a scholarship/grant/funding.


Herein I attach the recommendation letters of two of my tutors at NID who are well-known figures in the animation film industry .Also is an attached files of few images from various projects that I have worked on. In case you would like to see more of my work, I will be glad to share it with you.


I look forward to hearing from you.


Thank you.


Yours faithfully,
Debanjan Nandy.

Mobile: +91 98333 59569




Source: received an email from Chintan Girish Modi, Hijacked it, and posted it here.

Thursday, 24 September, 2009

"MUSIC FOR CHANGE" @ Blue Frog, Lower Parel

To kick start the Joy of Giving Week Blue Frog is hosting a special Retro Music for Change Night on the 26th of September. Live music played by The Other People followed by DJ Monty's mixes.

Proceeds from the entry fee will go to support Ashoka's Youth Venture, UnLtd India & Teach for India.

Come and enjoy the music, support change and meet some of our young Changemakers.

Start Time:
Saturday, 26 September 2009 at 22:00
End Time:
Sunday, 27 September 2009 at 02:00


For The Facebook Invite: Click Here
For The Twitter Invite : Click Here

Monday, 10 August, 2009


· Please do not panic, Swine Flu is currently not a national pandemic the way it is made out to be

· Please do not take self-medication as that renders the drug useless in actual treatment should you get the virus

· 'SWINE FLU' medicines are ONLY available with Govt. Hospitals in India – contact details enclosed below

· Should you suspect symptoms:

o Please get your tests done immediately

o We would also strongly recommend that you stay at home and ensure you do not spread the infection by travelling or coming into work

· All cases of Swine Flu are not serious in nature, however since there is no vaccine available currently to protect against it, the best alternative is to follow some preventive measures as below:


1. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw tissue in the trash after you use it. Use the disposable masks in airports, crowded markets.

2. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze

3. Use alcohol-based hand cleaners (e.g: Germ Free)

4. Try to avoid close contact with sick people

5. Always maintain high levels of personal hygiene, especially before and after food preparation and in & out of toilets.

6. While in an affected region, seek immediate medical attention if you develop influenza-like symptoms. (High Fever, body pain, coughing and red nose)

7. Get plenty of sleep

8. Rest and take plenty of liquids

9. Drink plenty of water and eat nutritious food


1. Touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way

2. Visits live animal markets, poultry and pig farms in affected countries

3. Shake hands or hug in greeting

4. Spit in public

5. Take medicines without consulting a physician

6. If you are sick, PLEASE stay at home and limit contact with others as much as possible

7. Forget to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze

8. Neglect yourself and seek medical advice if needed

Attached is a detailed information guide to Swine Flu – please do take the time out to go through it to protect yourself and your family..It also lists out hospitals authorized to treat swine flu at the moment.

The diagnostic blood test is done at selected institutes only, e.g: Inst. of Virology, Pune and in few prominent hospitals in major cities such as:


1. National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune

National Reference Centre and WHO (H5) Reference Laboratory Director : Dr.A..Mishra

Contact Number : Office - 020-261

Mobile - 09970178555

24X7 contact number for informing about sample collection: 020-26006210/290

2. National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD),

22 Shamnath Marg, Delhi

Special DG & Director : Dr Shiv Lal

Contact No. (office) : 011-23913148

HOD, Microbiology : Dr Shashi Khare

Mobile :9899900731

24X7 contact number for informing about sample collection : 011-23921401

3. Regional Reference Laboratories (Standby labs) National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases (NICED), Kolkata


Regional Medical Research Centre, Dibrugarh


4. Additional BSL laboratories being Commissioned :

CRI, Kasauli

Haffkine Institute, Mumbai

Thursday, 6 August, 2009

Prevention Against Swine Flu - Authorized Govt Centers



City Hospital Address Contact
Chennai King Institute of Preventive Medicine (24/7 Service) Guindy, Chennai – 32 (044) 22501520, 22501521 & 22501522
Communicable Diseases Hospital Thondiarpet, Chennai (044) 25912686/87/88, 9444459543
Government General Hospital Opp. Central Railway Station, Chennai – 03 (044) 25305000, 25305723, 25305721, 25330300
Pune Naidu Hospital Nr Le'Meridian, Raja Bahadur Mill, GPO, Pune - 01 (020) 26058243
National Institute of Virology 20A Ambedkar Road, Pune - 11 (020) 26006290
Kolkata ID Hospital 57,Beliaghata, Beliaghata Road, Kolkata - 10 (033) 23701252
Coimbatore Government General Hospital Near Railway Station,
Trichy Road, Coimbatore - 18
(0422) 2301393, 2301394, 2301395, 2301396
Hyderabad Govt. General and Chest Diseases Hospital, Erragadda, Hyderabad (040) 23814939
Mumbai Kasturba Gandhi Hospital Arthur Road, N M Joshi Marg, Jacob Circle, Mumbai - 11 (022) 23083901, 23092458, 23004512
Sir J J Hospital J J Marg, Byculla, Mumbai - 08 (022) 23735555, 23739031, 23760943, 23768400 / 23731144 / 5555 / 23701393 / 1366
Haffkine Institute Acharya Donde Marg, Parel, Mumbai - 12 (022) 24160947, 24160961, 24160962
Kochi Government Medical College Gandhi Nagar P O, Kottayam - 08 (0481) 2597311,2597312
Government Medical College Vandanam P O, Allapuzha - 05 (0477) 2282015
Taluk Hospital Railway Station Road, Alwaye, Ernakulam (0484) 2624040  Sathyajit - 09847840051
Taluk Hospital Perumbavoor PO, Ernakulam 542 (0484) 2523138  Vipin - 09447305200
Gurgaon &
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Ansari Nagar, Aurobindo Marg Ring Road, New Delhi - 29 (011) 26594404, 26861698  Prof. R C Deka - 9868397464
National Institute for Communicable Diseases 22, Sham Nath Marg,
New Delhi - 54
(011) 23971272/060/344/524/449/326
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Kharak Singh Marg,
New Delhi - 01
(011) 23741640, 23741649, 23741639
Dr. N K Chaturvedi – 9811101704
Vallabhai Patel Chest Institute University Enclave, New Delhi- 07 (011) 27667102, 27667441, 27667667, 27666182
Bangalore Victoria Hospital K R Market, Kalasipalayam, Bangalore - 02 (080) 26703294  Dr. Gangadhar - 94480-49863
SDS Tuberculosis & Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases Hosur Road, Hombegowda Nagar, Bangalore - 29 (080) 26631923  Dr. Shivaraj - 99801-48780

 Thanks for sharing Chandni.




For any information on Swine Flu (H1N1) in India, call 1075 or 1800-11-4377 (toll free)

via @DNA

Wednesday, 15 July, 2009

[iCONGO-l] Karmaveer Puraskaar nomination call & Environ 2009 outreach

Dear Friends & Fellow Citizens,

Greetings from all of us at iCONGO!

iCONGO and AIESEC in Delhi IIT invite you to register and attend Environ, 2009. The event emphasizes on the importance of Green Technology in today's Corporate society and the employment avenues for the youth in the environmental sector. Date: 18th July, 2009 Venue: Trident Hilton Hotel, Gurgaon Timing- 2.30-6.00 p.m Registration Fee- Rs. 1000. A discount of Rs. 100 is being offered to delegates registering through iCONGO For more details, please log on to, or refer to the attached creative. To register, please reply to this mail or call 9910305797

Today we also launch and announce the call for nominations from citizens in India and all over the world for the "4TH KARMAVEER PURASKAAR (KVP) - 2009-10" .  
Do  you or anyone you know, have a brave heart, helping hands,  , the compassion courage of conviction and an iron will to BE and LEAD the CHANGE in the Society? If YES, then you or your friends/ associates can be one of our KARMAVEER fellows. Our KARMAVEER awardees are affectionately dubbed by the people and the media as NOBLE LAUREATES.  ( for details ).

"KARMAVEER PURASKAAR " is the National Awards for Social Justice and Citizen Action instituted by the people sector with various partner organisations, citizens at large and media supporters. The awards are given every year on the 26th day of November, our National Social Justice and Citizen Action Day, the day we adopted our constitutional pledge as a REPUBLIC and Indian Citizens in 1949. This year we celebrate the 4th year of "KARMAVEER" and the 60th year of having adopted our constitutional pledge which teaches us that besides being good humans we also need to be GOOD CITIZENS. The KARMAVEER fellowship is an endeavour to build awareness of and honour the valuable contributions being made by various people who have led and become the change, and believe that they can try and RIGHT every WRONG as an individual and as ONE people, thus encouraging other citizens to also be the change in the future.  

If you know that you or someone you know should be among the Noble laureates, please nominate by filling the Online Nomination Form and Testimonials page by clicking on . Your Nominations should reach us before 15th August. 

With warmest Regards,

For Team iCONGO

Meenu Chopra
Executive Founding Director

Tuesday, 14 July, 2009


Power Supply

Reliance: 30303030

MSEB: 25686666

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)

Control room: 22694727

For emergency complaints like building or wall collapses, call 1916.

For fallen trees, short circuits or fire, call 101 or 23085991.

For drainage related complaints, call 1916.

Drainage control rooms: 23678109 (city), 26146852 (western suburbs) or 25153258 (eastern suburbs)

Central Railway

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus: 22697330

Dadar: 24143841

Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Kurla: 26502475, 25298499

Kalyan: 95251-2311499

Western Railway

Call 131 or 22005388

Mumbai Pune Expressway

Call 09822498224


drainage control rooms

Drainage control rooms: 23678109 (city), 26146852 (western suburbs) or 25153258 (eastern suburbs)

(source : Rediff)

Water Logging in Andheri

Areas in Andheri and Juhu are water logged. Please take care. Trains have stopped. So please dont try to venture out. have a nice office day out.

VIRTUAL HELPLINE(Infoline) OPENS:::: Mumbai Cloudburst- Help Animals, Dont let them drown

There has been a big cloud burst in bombay. We don't want this to be another 26th July. Last time when there was rain, Buffalos were tied down and drowned in that condition as the owners dint find it important enough to untie them at jogeshwari Lets learn from our mistakes and be compassionate. Someone in jogeshwari, please visit the tabelas and urge the owners to untie the Buffaloes or be on alert.

Disaster Control - 22704403/22694725

Do call me on +919833100340 or leave a message at so that I could update the blog or try and find help for you.

Friday, 10 July, 2009

UNCONFIRMED REPORTS of Bomb Found @ Andheri Station

Got a message on Twitter and then discussed with him over phone. There seems to be a terrible traffic jam outside Andheri station. The police have reached on time and have averted any calamity. As of now, it has not been reported by any news paper / channel and is just an eyewitness account of things. Kindly dont panic and

Wait for official confirmation

(source: via twitter @umennet )

Wednesday, 8 July, 2009

Volunteer Needed Urgently

July 7, 2009

I urgently require a volunteer to help. It is regarding a family member who is in a divorce case. The wife has alleged a case of cruelty against the husband. The court requires that a volunteer from a reputed NGO supervise the visits of the child (1year, 7months) and father. His parents too will be present. We live in Bandra west.

If anyone can help us or can guide us on this, please contact me on the email address given below.
Thank you very much.
LG (Luz)

Monday, 29 June, 2009

Physiotherapist Needed for 26/11 survivor Poonam Singh

Poonam Singh, a 26/11 survivor, received bullet wounds in both legs. She needs physiotherapy in order to walk comfortably again. She is just 34, she has young children to bring up. She lives in the slums at Vikhroli, and her room is right at the top of a hillock. This makes it difficult to bring her down everytime she needs to go for a physiotherapy session.

India Helps is looking out for a physiotherapist who would be willing to conduct weekly physiotherapy sessions at her residence, either pro bono or at a nominal charge. Do write in to India Helps if you could help out. They can be contacted at

crossposted from

Tuesday, 26 May, 2009

Join Me In A Thank-A-Thon... 6months after 26/11


6 mths hv passd now.. and the wounds have not healed.

While the affected are reeling in terror. Some of us are getting amnesic, We thanked them, screamed slogans... and forgot... and found an easy excuse in our busy schedules.

Today is the Day.

Lets thank the saviours!

Join me as i walk the THANK-A-THON fm V.T. to cama, taj,colaba police,trident and oberoi...

Ill set off fm V.T. At 8ish. Join me??

Call me. 9833100340.

(carry just pure heartfelt gratitude with u, why carry flowers that will dry and die?)

if you cant join me... just do one thing... pick up your phone... and call

Here is a list of numbers that I have published here.

You dont need an opportune time to call and tell them that you love the fact that they helped protect you and your city? do you...

Dont think twice... just call them up and let them know that you love them for what they have given our city.

Tuesday, 17 March, 2009

26/11 survivor- 4 month old Vaishnavi Needs a Home.

Baby Vaishnavi needs a Home! she needs to connect with her relatives.

she is 4 months old and lost both her parents on 26/11 at VT.

she is presently looked after by her maid. But how long?

she needs to connect with her relatives soon. Please help her. Should you be in the media or have friends in the media... please i request you to do a story on her.

Lets find her relatives.

Thank you mayank sen, zubin driver for this information. They are aware of the child's whereabouts. Please contact me at 9833100340 and I shall direct you to them. Cant publish their numbers here.

REPOSTING FROM Fight Back's Facebook Group

Lilima Rai wrote
at 2:56pm yesterday
Hi All,
I have come across one of the youngest 26/11 victims. Vaishnavi, aged about 4mnths was only 15days old when her parents Samanya & Deepti were killed at the Gateway of India during the Mumbai mayhem.

She had stayed back at home with her caretaker-Reshma. Reshma, apparently din't know who to contact to find out the whereabouts of the other relatives of the deceased couple and kept the child with her.

She's been taking care of Vaishnavi since then & was in Hyd to meet a relative; when we came to know about all this. She works as a maid and is known to my maid in Hyd.

I have posted some pics of the baby and this woman here. The parents originally belonged to Gujrat, and had been staying at Virar area of Mumbai and were engaged in Sarees' business.

These are the only details we could get out of Reshma and Zubin along with us is taking it forward.

We urge you all to help us in whichever possible way to get the child united with her relatives, family.

Monday, 16 March, 2009

Hindustan Times Tags Along

This is an article that appeared in Hindustan Times on 15/03/2009. Thank you Kinjal and Hemant for this wonderful article.

Monday, 23 February, 2009

Project TAG ALONG: Celebrate Slumdog Millionaire

8 awards for Slumdog Millionaire. lets celebrate the success with the kids whom many shun.: the visually/physically challenged kids languishing in our streets with a begging bowl.
life for them is terror-filled everyday. A thats because we are blinded with ignorance and apathy.

Lets Give These Kids a Cinematic Experience.

Lets watch Slumdog Crorepati with Them.
So if you see a child with a begging bowl... buy a ticket for her/him, prebook the tickets for the child and yourself online and meet us at the theater.

Well, you could watch it with them anywhere... but if we all could meet at one place...we could set a big example for people to follow suit.

do your own bit... THE box office opens on Friday.

JOIN ME ON SATURDAY, 28 Feb 2009 at CINEMAX, Andheri for the 12:45 show...

I REPEAT: The box office opens on Friday.. I will book my tickets then... You too please do the same on Friday.

you could contact me at +919833100340

or mail me at

Join the facebook group: HERE 

Thanks for the overwhelming response. 
Now, lets take it beyond bombay!


SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE isnt a movie just about slums, its a movie about optimism and a belief that there will be change. positive change. 

whereever you are, US/ London/ Singapore... Whereever.. Participate in PROJECT TAG ALONG... 

just decide on a theater where you all would be meeting, and teh show... and make a few phone calls and send out a few emails... and Bingo! you have created a Project Tag Along event. 

Friday, 20 February, 2009

Lets help this guy find a better life.

i received this mail drafted by nehal,.

Come on gals and guys, lets visit this guy... share a hug.. and get him a place. NGOs, friends, please do feel free to call me on +91 9833100340/ email me at and tell me how you could help this person.

I pass by a stranger who would has barren/injured legs, where flys are beaming aound in 100s and crocks are sticking in the legs. Its indeed a terrible visual. He rests entire day beneath a tree near National Gallery of Music Art, Near Oval Ground, Fort, on the MG Road, Mumbai.

I beg of help from you. Someone please help me to get him better please, or suggest a way. I am really running out of time and patience.

God bless!


love you for this.
we are with you,
we are with him.
Lets find him a place.
lets find him a life.

I am visiting him today in the evening at 7... anyone interested in joining?

Tuesday, 17 February, 2009

HELP - A Free Health Library

Dear Blogdosts. I found

this worthwhile. Hope you do, too.

HELP - the Health Education Library for People, India's first Consumer Health Education Resource Center , and one of the world's largest consumer health libraries ( as determined by the Medical Library Association , USA ) was established in 1997 to empower people by providing them with the information they need to promote their health , and prevent and treat medical problems in the family in partnership with their doctor. We are a registered charitable trust and a non-profit organisation.
We offer the following facilities:

1. Airconditioned reading rooms, with a seating capacity for 20-25 people;
2. An upto date collection of over 5000 consumer health books, 10000 pamphlets, and many magazines and newsletters
3. Audiovisual educational media, including over 600 videotapes. Videos can be viewed in privacy in the library
4. Computer software , including over 30 CD-ROMs on all health and medical topics
5. Photocopying facilities, at Re 1 a page
6. A lecture hall ( seating capacity of over 70 people) with a big-screen projector which we give free to NGOs for health talks.

We have access to information on every health and medical topic under the sun - explained in terms which the layperson can understand.
HELP has become a prototype of the modern digital library. Our website at is India's leading health portal, and receives over half a million hits a month !
We are a public library - everyone is welcome ! Entry to HELP is free !
We are open Monday through Saturday, from 10 am to 6.30 pm. For those unable to come personally to the library, we also answer questions by post or e-mail. This is an innovative service called MISS-HELP ( Medical Information Search Services from HELP ) which allows us to provide medical information to users from all over India .

We feel patients are the largest untapped healthcare resource and that Information Therapy is Powerful Medicine !

We help patients save money on medical care by
1. Promoting SelfCare and helping them to do as much for themselves as they can
2. Helping them with Evidence-Based Guidelines , so that they can ask for the right medical treatment that they need - no more and no less
3. Helping them with Veto Power, so they can say No to medical care they don’t need, thus preventing overtesting and unnecessary surgery .

Please do come and visit HELP !

Our focus areas now are:
1. encouraging health insurance companies to invest in patient education
2. advocating information therapy
3. setting up a national network of patient education centers
4. developing patient educational materials in Indian languages for the web

Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD
Medical Director
HELP - Health Education Library for People
Excelsior Business Center,
National Insurance Building,
Ground Floor, Near Excelsior Cinema,
206, Dr.D.N Road, Mumbai 400001
Tel. No.:65952393/65952394

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