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What makes Team TEDxCartRoad the “Young-Guns” of Shimla





I was introduced to the Team of TEDxCartRoad some 65 days back and the journey so far has been a great learning experience. Be it meeting the DC of Shimla, some directorate or organizing the first ever Freeze Mob in town, TEDxCartRoad has added so many amazing memories in my life. Since, we have just three days for the event now so, I thought of asking my team members about what exactly they feel being a part of TEDx CartRoad team.Scroll down to figure out yourself

A blogger friend and budding entrepreneur from Shimla, Anuj Sharma knew about TEDx for a long time, but never thought that he would be getting a real time opportunity to attend one or be a part of the team organizing. He got himself registered as a mild active contributor, as things are a little demanding on the other hand. As a part of the team he got a chance to watch marvelous people working with dedication to get the event together in the present shape. He did his part of spreading the word via his blog to thousands of viewers. Apart from regular things, he has learnt that unique and determined people always get attracted towards ideas and come together they surely create something awesome.

Anuj TEDx

My blogger friend Neo Blue Panther told me that he has been following the TED Talks website for a few years now, and when he heard that there was a TEDx event happening in our town, there was no way he was not going to be a part of it. His journey has been amazing with the team. According to him,

Neo TEAM TEDx CartRoad Shimla

“It was a revelation to meet so many creative people from our own town. I always thought there were not too many people in Shimla who would be interested in such activities. But, I am glad I was wrong. I have realized that in a team it is important to take on responsibility and fulfill your commitments to the team.”

Another friend and blogger from Shimla, Rohit Sharma said,

“I am a viewer of TED talks – need I say more… I guess it’s better to be a TEDxr rather than simply a viewer. It was an enjoyable so far – got to know so many passionate people. Being a team player is the key element for the success of every event. In volunteer driven events there are many bottlenecks and we get really panicked when we won’t get any breakthroughs but these are the testing times to determine strength of any team.”

Rohit Sharma Team TEDxCartRoad Shimla

A young, sweet and bubbly girl from St. Bedes, Ankita Chaterjee came to know about the TEDxCartRoad event through a friend. Her thoughts were compatible with the TEDx motto and she liked the way TEDx gives a platform to ideas worth sharing. According to her, “The journey so far has been exciting as well as enlightening. We worked in a group and this has made me tolerant and more efficient!”

Ankita Chaterjee TEDxCartRoad Shimla

Another St. Bedes student and a pretty girl Manisha Abrol found the theme of TEDx, which says ideas worth spreading, amazing and it made her join the team. As Manisha believes in the power of new ideas and she thought of not missing the opportunity to contribute in some way. She learnt a lot from the team and according to her it was a great journey so far working with the likeminded people. It was an awesome flow of energy that motivated her throughout and with the Team TEDxCartRoad Shimla she has learnt to believe in the power of team work as it was not a one man army.

Manisha Abrol Team TEDx CartRoad

Young entrepreneur and a passionate TEDxer from Shimla, Himanshu Sud was quiet familiar with Ted and Tedx. As soon as the opportunity came his way he had no second thoughts. He feels enthralled to cover the entire journey of the preparations as according to him, it is an exciting process and a great prospect for the future of this town and state. He said, “There is always much to learn when there’s such a diverse team of organizers and speakers. For him just the entire process of being part of organizing such an event in Simla has been a great learning experience.”

Himanshu Sud Team TedxCartroad Shimla

The guy with a shutterbug and dreamy eyes, Samir Azad is very excited about the TEDxCartRoad event. When he joined the team he was new to TEDx ideas but since the event was in his own city, he was quiet enthusiastic. As per his words, it was an opportunity to learn, to explore new things and to find interesting new people working for a cause. He told me that the journey so far with the team was interesting and he never knew that there were such amazing people in his own city. Just like any Shimlaite he also thought that all the creative and passionate people move out from this city to do something big. People have their own excuses to leave the city for career, big opportunities, but being a part of team made him realize that it doesn’t matter if you are in a big place or a small, as far as you have the spark to chase your passion.

Samir Azad Team TEDxcartRoad Shimla

Aman Vij joined TEDxCartRoad with a mindset that through this platform he will be able to draw the attention of youth and the passionate souls of Shimla towards the social issues like, corruption, unemployment, child labor etc. He believes that the likeminded young generation will help him in the cause. Before joining Team TEDxCartRoad he was alone fighting for the causes but now he believes that he has a team of young guns to support him.


Theater artist and a passionate youngster from Shimla, Prabbhat Sharma believes that destiny made him join TEDxCartroad. It was fun being part of the team and he learnt a lot from as he got his mind revamped which popped up with new ideas.

prabhat Team TEDx Cartroad shimla

For Bhavna Karki TEDxCartRoad is a platform to share ideas and interact with people who have followed their dreams.

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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Self-taught local artist to exhibit ’17 Paintings’ oil painting works at Gaiety, Shimla



Shimla: For the art lovers and critics in Himachal Pradesh, a self-taught local artist will showcase his collection of oil paintings titled “17 Paintings” on a two-days exhibition at the historic Gaiety Theater, Shimla on December 9 and 10 from 11.00 AM to 6.00 PM.

Surya Ranjan Shandil (31), who hails from Solan district, works in Bengaluru as a computer programmer in the field of education technology. After his schooling from Shimla, he obtained a B.Tech Degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Himachal's cutlural paintings

Courtesy: Surya Ranjan Shandil

However, he did not ignore his love for the painting and continued it at evenings after college, work, on weekends, and Sundays.

Later, Ranjan realized he has a collection of his own. His first solo exhibition was held in November 2016 at the Gaiety Theater.

The appreciation he received at the first exhibition encouraged him to present his second collection of oil paintings that he painted during 2017.

He received his education upto Class 12 from Shimla’s St. Edwards and Dayanand Public School.

He is best known for his captivating genre paintings.

I started drawing at the age of 3-4 years. At that time, I used to sign the drawings with incorrect spellings of my name,

Ranjan told Himachal Watcher

His father, Dr R G Shandil, who is now retired, was a professor of mathematics at the H.P. University, Shimla. His mother Dr. Sandhya Shandil was a teacher at the St. Edward’s School, Shimla.

After graduating in 2010, I started with oil painting during the evenings and weekends. Gradually I built up a collection and in November 2016, I held my first solo exhibition of 29 oil paintings at gaiety,

he said.

local himachali painting artist

Ranjan’s paintings reflect people. The upcoming exhibition opens with simple themes like the joy of shopping, local festivities, celebration, dance and music. Most works painted on these themes are in the context of Himachal.

Surya Ranjan Shandil

Following these are mellow paintings ‘Seaside Nap’ and ‘Personal Sunrise’ – more subtle takes on human thought. The artist also takes a step towards satire in comically interesting works ‘Monkeys’ and ‘Chimpanzees’.

Slowly moving towards expressionism ‘Kayal’ takes the viewer to the realm of subjectless painting while in ‘Frenzy’ the artist dispenses with form.

Ending on a light hearted note, the paintings ‘Bonfire’ and ‘A Silent Conversation’ recreate the magic of Gabbar Singh and Rajesh Khanna on canvas.

About his love for painting, he said,

I believe art is a journey of constant improvisation.  

It would be his second solo exhibition. Earlier, he has participated and won prizes in several painting competitions throughout his schooling and B.Tech.


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Bollywood film-maker Onir conducting auditions in Shimla for his next film



Teenage Shimla girl actors

Shimla: Shimla-based production house ‘Secret Corridor Pictures’, run by award-winning filmmaker Siddharth Chauhan, is looking for new faces for Onir’s upcoming film “Kuch Bheege Alfaaz”. The film will be shot in Shimla.

Onir is a National award-winning director and producer. He needs a young girl in the age group of 14-18 from Shimla to cast in his film.

Onir has directed films like: My Brother Nikhil, Bas Ek Pal, Sorry Bhai, I AM, and Shab. His ‘Chauranga’ had won him multiple awards last year.

The Secret Corridor is looking after the casting & production process for this film. The production house is currently scrutinizing applications and organizing auditions.

In the first round of the auditions was conducted online and five finalists were selected out of over 50 applicants. These five candidates were invited for an interview with Onir on October 8, 2017.

The production house is also looking for actors in all age groups for other projects.

Onir’s films are known for the unique content that works as a trailblazer for the Indian film industry.

He is the man behind ‘My Brother Nikhil’ – the first Bollywood film that addressed the sensitive topic of homosexuality and AIDS.

His other film ‘I AM’ had won him the prestigious National Award & many other awards at various international film festivals.

The interested candidates can apply for auditions alongwith their pictures and other details. The candidates can either apply through e-mail at [email protected]” or through Facebook.

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Himachal gets a ‘War Museum’ at Dharamsala as reminder of martyrs



dharamsala war museum

Dharamsala – The ‘War Museum’ at Dharamsala was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. He also laid the foundation stone of the Freedom Fighters Memorial at Dari.

The War Museum, he said was a reminder of the sacrifices of the valiant soldiers of Himachal Pradesh, right from recipients of Victoria Cross to Parmveer Chakra. The Museum would offer a flashback to learn more about the Nations first Param Vir Chakra recipient, the highest gallantry awardee, Major Somnath Sharma to late Captain Bikram Batra, Saurabh Kalia, and others who laid their lives for the sake of the Nation.

Recalling the Kargil war, he said that 54 brave soldiers from the soil of Himachal had laid their lives. These sacrifices will find mention in this War Museum.

The Museum is spread over a total area of 2190 square meters and built at a cost of Rs. 9.85 crores. Outside the Museum, the statue of General Zorawar Singh and murals of heroic deeds are on display.

The inner Hall houses busts of Vir Chakra awardees, Jamedar Bhandan Ram and Jamedar Lala small description of their legend on the wall against a golden background.

The busts of Param Vir and Vir Chakras include those of Major Somnath Sharma, Major Dhan Singh Thapa, Captain Vikram Batra, Major Sudhir Walia, Hony. Captain Sanjay Kumar.

The Museum also houses photo gallery of all PVC recipients of the country besides the medals of various gallantry award recipients including Victoria Cross, Ashok Chakra, Vir Chakra etc.

war museum himachal

Photo: Divya Himachal

There is also a 5×2 foot Ashoka Pillar beside a Pakistan captured flag, regimental flags, Medium Machine Guns etc.

The State government has requested the Government of India for MIG-21 and display of other warfare machinery, said representatives of ‘State Martyrs Memorial Service and Development Society’.

The inauguration of the Museum was timed with the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the quit India movement also known as ‘August Kranti’.

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