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No less than a landmark of Shimla




We all love change, isn’t it? What if I tell you be at the same place, doing the same things for more than some three decades? You will find it killing, stop me if I am wrong!

Let us figure out how it feels to be at the same place and in same vocation with undying passion for more than forty years, that too without getting the mega bucks! Yes you have read it right. Here we have relentless four people from Shimla, who are no less than a landmark of the town. They have seen Shimla changing right in front of their eyes, but that change has not lured them to change their vocation. Unlike most of us, money is not their motivation, their fuel is the passion and dedication towards what they do.

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“Living life to the fullest and giving hundred percent to my work motivates me. I find it nice when people remember me and my flavors.”

Mahinder ji is running a chat stall since 1972 at Taka Bench. He might be worn out and old physically but his spicy gol gappas are always mixed with his incredible sweetness. He serves the lip smacking snacks with a garnish of infectious love.  Popular not only among locals, Mahinder ji has treated the taste buds of many tourists who love to revisit his chat stall each time they come to the town.


“Even if I am given one lakh rupees, I will not leave this profession or spot.”

Rattan ji, the famous chane wala sits under the tree on the ridge just in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue. He is sitting there for over 36 years and it is his licensed spot. All he asks for and wants us to appeal to government is that he should be given a shelter at least so that he can be there with his delicious chanas even during heavy rains or snow.


“I don’t think about competition from popular brands, I get happiness in designing these shoes myself and sell them at humble price”

Pyare Lal ji, got a small cobbler shop as an ancestral property in Middle Bazaar. The shop is there since 1945. In 1987 Pyare Lal ji upgraded it to a handmade shoes store where he makes leather footwear for both men and women. “Despite the low income in the profession plus the tough competition from the branded footwear range; available few stairs away fom my shop, on the Mall road, I never wanted to change my profession because it makes me happy to design and make shoes.”- Pyare Lal ji


“I come here each day knowing it that it’s never going to bring me any fortune, but at least I am not begging”

Gulab Uncle is basically from upper Shimla, Chopal. He is a senior representative of the lepers’ community in Shimla. He sits near Willows Bank with a weighing machine. He is into this profession since last 35 years. Most of his life he spent searching a place for himself with his weighing machine, until he found his present place some three years back. Despite his disability he wanted to have a respectable life. Though he earns hand to mouth money from his work but he believes in raising his kids with dignity. “Even though some NGOs and trusts lure me with money to join them, but I believe in raising my children with my own earned money.”-Gulab Uncle


A duo of Shimla chics, who write for their love for the city want to keep exploring and sharing the endless grandeur of Shimla with the readers. Already established as content designers, both of them are Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication. As they love to put it, their peculiar fixation with the city drives them to volunteer for HW.

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HPTDC’s Online Service for Ordering Food for Takeaway and Home Delivery Launched



HPTDC Online Food Order Service

Shimla-An online facility to place orders of food was launched by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation on July 21, 2020. It was informed by the HPTDC, Managing Director Kumud Singh. She said the Corporation has introduced a facility to place an online order of food for takeaway and home delivery at its selected properties.

“The public can place orders for a variety of tasty, hygienic and healthy cuisines at their homes by placing online orders,”

she said.

Consumers can place online food orders at these properties by visiting its website ( Currently, the orders can be placed from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The HPTDC staff has been imparted special training to take all necessary steps for prevention of COVID-19, she said. The food is prepared by trained Chefs of the Corporation in safe and hygiene environment, she added.

She informed that this service has initially been started at Hotel Peterhof Shimla, Goofa Ashiana Restaurant Shimla, Hotel Kunzam Manali, Cafe Monal Kullu, Cafe Raviview Chamba and Cafe Satluj Rampur. She said that this service will be extended to other properties in a phased manner.

Photo: Himachal Watcher

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Fursat Se- Shimla Based Cultural Community to Plant 550 Trees on 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji



Shimla-On the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji, Fursat Se, a cultural community based in Shimla plans to plant 550 trees. The founder of Fursat Se, Amrita Bhasin, is working towards creating safe spaces for promotion of art, literature and open dialogue through the medium of events.

“We invite 550 people (&more) to pledge and plant one tree each and help us initiate a Green Movement by the people and for the people,”

She said.

Anyone interested in this, can pick a local tree sapling and plant it in allowed areas of the neighborhood and pledge to take care of it, and send the information on the same with a picture and hashtag #TreeTalesIndia to Fursat Se. For pledging, volunteering and becoming a part of this initiative you can contact them, and Fursat Se will share the pictures from their social media handles.

The initiative is organized by Fursat Se- A Cultural Community in association with- Swach Himalayas, a Himachal based NGO started by Savitoj Singh, that works towards spreading awareness about various environmental issues, undertakes initiatives like regular visits to old-age homes, orphanages through numerous community driven events and Unbox Himachal valley- a Himachal based start-up by Shivee Sirmauri, working towards empowerment of rural women by providing employment opportunities and reviving old cultural handicrafts.

Fursat Se- 550 trees plantation

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Himachal’s fitness enthusiast shines at Indian TV Reality Show




Himachal's Fitness enthusiast sachin sharma of Shimla

Shimla: Sachin Sharma, a handsome man of 26, is currently a person who stands in contrast to Himachal Pradesh’s ill-famed youth struggling with drug and substance abuse – a crucial issue that has sounded an alarm in the State. Sachin is the one who joined a gym at the age of 19 – an age at which teenagers are struggling to escape from the jaws of drug/substance abuse, especially Heroin (Chitta).

Sachin, born in a middle-class family of Deha village, Theog, Shimla district, recently appeared in what could be called India’s first fitness reality show “Indian Fitness League.” It wasn’t a bodybuilding show, but the challenge was to undertake tasks designed to check who is the fittest. Sachin was the only one from Himachal to have made through the auditions. He was selected as one of the 40 fittest people of India. He earned the special attention of the hosts of the show as well as among other competitors.

The next episode of the TV show would be telecasted on October 6 on Discovery Sports at 4 PM.

To know more about him, Himachal Watcher interviewed him (Watch Video). We found that his story is inspirational in its own way:

Far from ill and unhealthy habits, he doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink or take anything that would toy with his physical and mental fitness. He definitely doesn’t take steroids. Since last seven years, he has followed a strict discipline in diet and habits. He didn’t compromise with his studies either. He completed his schooling from Dayanand Public School in Shimla.

In 2018 he completed his post graduation in Masters of Business (MBA) from Himachal Pradesh University and had procured a placement for himself too.

He wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth so placement did matter for him. His father Mohan Lal Sharma and mother Subhadra Sharma are both serving with the Crime Investigation Department (CID), HP, as Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) and Head Constable respectively. It wasn’t easy to manage an additional expenditure of Rs. 15,000 – 20, 000 on his protein diet for seven years.

At this point, his decision-making ability was put to test. He had to choose one of the two: job placement and passion for fitness. He listened to himself and decided to seek a career in the fitness industry.

Though Sachin’s body is in good shape, he isn’t actually a bodybuilder. He is a fitness enthusiast, who has trained without a professional trainer or a mentor. He made ample use of YouTube to learn. He didn’t take up fitness as his passion because he was inspired by someone. He was his own inspiration.

He first received an opportunity to get on a stage at annual Mr. Himachal competition. Later he won the Maruti Suzuki Devils Circuit held in Chandigarh.

Now, after his tremendous performance at the IFL, Sachin has received sponsorships and was inducted in the TG Athlete group. Opportunities in the fitness industry have begun to appear before him. He believes that someday, he would extend support and guidance to other fitness enthusiasts of the state, which he could hardly receive for himself.

He is an idol for the youth of Himachal, especially because fitness is an antonym to drug/substance abuse and indiscipline. In the majority of cases filed under the Narcotics, Drugs & Psychoactive Substances (ND&PS) Act, the accused are reported to be between 20-25 years. A couple of days back Shimla Police arrested a 22-years-old local boy with a packet of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) stamps. 

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