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Shimla Fest enthralls all



SHIMLA- Unified Shimla Musicians (USM) took the initiative to raise funds for the Nepal earthquake victims. With the help of the Department of Language, Art and Culture HP they organized three days long Shimla Fest – 2015 (Re-surge), at the historic Gaiety Theater.

The event comprises of band performances, solo performances along with a photography exhibition cum sale to raise funds for the disaster stuck Nepal.

Craftsmen from west Bengal brought their handicrafts to put up for sale in the lower hall of the gaiety which was another way to raise funds.

The president of USM Saurav Chauhan while informing said, “USM is registered NGO and has been active in town promoting its anti drug campaign. This event is the first fund raiser but a part of the annual youth fest that is organised by the USM. The organisation comprises of mainly college students aiming to bring a change in the society for good and this event is seen as a way by which every individual can contribute towards a noble cause. “

While asking the people to donate generously towards this noble cause said, “We have been planning to do this for a while and finally it is all lined up now, we request everyone to donate whatever amount they can, at least buy the tickets if you can donate even that money will be given away to the victims of Nepal”

Having successfully organised events like D3( don’t do drugs) ; Roctober ; D3 Lesson 2 and various other USM hopes the event will be a huge success. The sole aim of the event is to collect whatever amount is possible to help our neighbouring country in their hour of need.


During the fest music performance by Bhushan Kumar (Unplugged) SHIMLA, Nikhil Sharma (Unplugged) SHIMLA, Simple Chords (Unplugged) SHIMLA, Sahitya Chauhan (Unplugged) SHIMLA, M-Khawa (Unplugged Tibetan, Nepalese) DSHALA, Desolation (Metal Band) SHIMLA, Inlumine (Metal Band) SHIMLA, Missing Riff (Rock Band) SHIMLA, The Punk’s Chronicles (Sufi/ Hindi Rock Band) HISSAR, Saadhak (Hindi Rock Band) CHD, Armaan& Brothers (Bangla Qawwali Band) WEST BENGAL, SurmaDohar (Bhatiyali Band) WEST BENGAL, G-Motives (Rap) SHIMLA, Ankush Bhardwaj/ CampusEmo Rapper (Rap) CHD , PankajSharele (Rap) CHD, Sahil Chaudhary (Rap) SHIMLA, DTDSR (Rap) SOLAN, Souls Reign (Hindi/ Alternative Rock Band) CHD, Mahadev Vibes (Hindi/ Experimental Rock ) DELHI, The Bodhisattwa Trio (Jazz Rock Band) KOLKATA , Rudra (Hindi/ Alternative Rock Band) CHD, Kendraka (Jazz Rock Band) KOLKATA, RavikantKhagta (Unplugged) CHD, Harsh Kapoor (Unplugged) SOLAN, KritikaSood (Karoake) SHIMLA, Neha Sharma (Karaoke) SHIMLA, Ear Split (Metal Band) SHIMLA, National Highway 22 (Metal Band) SHIMLA and Hip Pocket (Classic Rock Band) SHIMLA won the hearts of all.

Whereas on the other hand PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION BY: Kshitij Jassal, Abha Chauhan, Varun Chaudhary, Suvit Gupta, Shashwat Chadha, Rohan Kalia, Naveen Chandra, Lovepreet Singh, Gandharav Mehta, AnuragPandit and Craftsmen from West Bengal (Rural Craft Hubs of West Bengal) captivated the minds of all.

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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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