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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,

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“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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A small initiative by bunch of creative people making a difference



Healing Himalayas rainshelter art

Shimla: Shimla – a name that leaves many hearts pounding, many wandering souls want to travel to this place, is well on its way of losing its charm. Every hilltop blotted with concrete houses, every slope shrouded under littered waste, every corner of the town chocked to death by oil-guzzling machines – this is the new picture of our town that was once famous for being ‘Queen of the Hill.’

Visual pollution mostly remained unchecked, and the majority of the public properties like rain-shelters have become free advertisement boards. 

To whatever direction you throw an eye, all you see is the tainted landscape. A hazy skyline hidden behind a cloud of dust and pollution ruins the vista. If you ask who is responsible for creating this mess – the only sound that echoes in the mountains is bad governance.

However, holding the governance alone responsible would be wrong. The people of the town are equally responsible for turning our town, which once used to be a beautiful hill station covered in deodar forests, into a wretch place. The landscape turns gloomier when you discover more about how our once-a-beautiful town looks on the inside.

Rain-Shelter at the BCS in Shimla City before Revamping

No matter how gloomy the landscape of our town turns, there are always people with positive spirits who refuse to give up. This group of creative people, under the name of a Non-profit organization Healing Himalayas – in association with some local artists and volunteers, is a good example of how to work in the right direction and set things right.

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Before revamping

They are striving hard to bring back the lost glory of the hill queen by making small efforts like conducting cleaning drives across Shimla and inspiring people to not litter.

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Removing posters/pamphletsa

This doesn’t stop here. They are taking steps to beautify the town by giving bus stops or rains shelters a revamped look. Almost all bus stops are in a really bad state.

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Cleaning the rain shelter

I am not very sure if they serve the purpose of providing shelter to the public on a rainy or sunny day, but they are a free and open playground for advertisers. Every local company, business, institutions especially coaching academies come and use interior as well as exterior walls of rain shelters to advertise their services and offers.

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Painting after cleaning

In an effort to spread awareness on how to use public properties/places, the NGO takes to the streets of BSC, New Shimla on Sunday, May 20, 2018, and started peeling off posters and banners that stained the walls of the shelter beyond repair.

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The team which included about 25 artists and volunteers took over the shelter at around 7:00 am and removed all posters and banners from the wall.

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The poster removal drill that lasted for about four hours was followed by applying multiple quotes of primer and whitewash. That’s not it; to turn the once-an-ugly-looking shelter into a work of art, the enthusiasts covered the walls in beautiful artwork.

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An inspiring initiative by a bunch of creative people turned gloomy walls of the shelter into a life-size canvas where beautiful forms and figures started taking shapes. In the tireless process, the rain shelter was a changed place that looked no less than an art gallery.

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Inspiring art depicting endangered mother earth instils an element of emotion in the concrete walls. Blooming flowers, guitar, beautiful landscapes, and ‘Ardhanarishvara’ with moon arch as his head ornament turn the walls into a multicoloured art.

After cleaning and painting

From blending colours to make a perfect hue to making the right brush strokes took them about 8 hours to complete the paint job. And, the final output, which reflects their (the team) artistic approach towards a mundane life, deserves your attention. See for yourself.
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By Yash Sharma, Shimla

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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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