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OBR Himalayas Rising 2014: Just a little get together this time



dance strike and rise

dance strike and rise

SHIMLA-The One Billion Rising was celebrated all around the globe on Valentine’s Day. It’s a mass celebration where women and men gather to stand against the various discrimination they have been facing due to gender biases and crimes against women. India has seen the extremity of the insensitivity towards the females, and after horrific 26 Dec gangrape and murder, it was apparent to the whole world. One Billion Rising gained momentum in India since then, and is celebrated as a call of awaking for all women, and that of justice, respect, and dignity from the male dominated society. It’s not about shouting slogan, rather it calls women, young or old, to come and declare their rising to end the suffering. Dance, Strike, Rise is the weapon here, and is also the main motto of the campaign itself.

a song

In Shimla, JAS India, a non-profit organization, organized One Billion Rising, and HW had the opportunity to promote it. However, the intensity and the comprehension of the concept behind the campaign was somewhat missing. OBR is the rise of women beyond laws, and it could be defiant to all the ridiculous mockery of the society they have been tolerating.

shimla theater artist

The Shimla was all set to dance and strike, and the event was scheduled to be held at Open Air Gaiety Theater on 14 February when the weather spoiled it. The snowfall not only snatched the venue but also prevented the people to attend it. Many guests, including the Chief Guest, DIG Shimla and Mayor of the town did not arrive but their apologies for their inability to attend the events did. Similarly, many groups which were to perform at the event had to cancel their performances due to the continuous rain and snowfall.

guests at ywca
However, the event was held inside YWCA hall with a crowd that the space could accommodate. It was like a formality with a couple of dance performances by a group of young students, a wonderful play by Manish, and a couple of songs.

shimla rising
It was unfortunate to have come this far an end up with a small show, but for those who did come to attend it despite the odd weather, it was not all disappointment. Some of the performers did not give up their enthusiasm for the crowd is little; neither the cancellation of other performances discouraged them.

v day at shimla

The performers did sing and dance. One of them was ‘Visthapan’, a wonderful play directed and written by Munish, a local theater artist. The theme pondered over the impact of villagers who migrate to the cities after selling their agricultural lands. A drastic change in the routine, which was earlier completely occupied with agricultural activities, and lack of vision on the part of males of the family (husband and son) who couldn’t manage the bulk of money they had received for their land, the inclination of the son to drugs that ultimately blinds him of all respect for his blind sister whom he later abuses.

The event was concluded with a pledge to impart all the respect to every female member in our society that they always deserved but didn’t ever received it. The event seems to have transformed into a sort of small get together towards the end, and in that instance, the real concept of One Billion Rising was achieved, miniscule however.

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Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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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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