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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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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.

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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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