Between the seventh and twelfth centuries, the term yogini referred to both fierce flying goddesses and the mortal women who became those deities. This voluptuous yogini is a four-armed goddess. Sitting on an owl and brandishing a sword, she inserts two fingers into the corners of her open mouth, bares her teeth, and emits a piercing whistle. She may have been one of those yoginis whose name roughly translates as “she who makes a loud nose.”

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The Rickshawalas of Bandra Reclamation on Flickr.

Perhaps the largest congregation of rickshas in Bandra , a hub for the drivers is Bandra Reclamation ,, from Lal Mitti till the end of Bandra Reclamation you can see the rickshas parked in the wee hours of the morning for the morning shift.

Most of the ricksha drivers are from Uttar Pradesh and most of them are from Kannauj a few are from Allahabad .

Some of the rich rickshawallas have rented rooms at Lal Mitti or at Nargis Dutt Nagar and live as a community , maybe up to ten in a room and they share the rent possibly.

Most of the rickshah belong to the drivers or to the bosses ..a large number of ricksha drivers live in their rickshas , sleep in the rickshas , As there is no public toilet at Lal Mitti most of them use the mound of Rang Sharda , They bathe at other public toilets it seems .. and tea and snacks at the the lady Chaiwali at the corner of Bandra Reclamation.

Close to this ladys tea stall is another tea stall near the MNS office he makes vada pav pav bhaji and has a booming business and has a tea stall too.

In the morning when I set out for my walk the ricksha wallas or all up , and they have hired a few guys who clean their rickshas , I know most of the drivers as they take me on my trips around Bandra Juhu or Kurla.

And as most of them know I am a Dam Madar Malang the Holy Shrine of Makanpur is very close to Kannauj, they are very hospitable and kind..and hospitality and kindness is not the key words in the dictionary of the rickshawala.

But compared to the Bandra Shastri Nagar sharing ricksha goons these guys are more timid and not that blunt or rough.

But they get robbed by cops too,beaten and bullied and have to bear the torture , so most of the Rickshas here are are affiliated to one political party or another .

And these are my mental estimate of the ricksha guys i have talked to , I have not interviewed them per se.

And somebody more journalistic than me should do a storu on these migrant workers all UP based and sadly none were invited to the Tilak ceremony of the Mulayam Singh scion at Saifai.

And seeing the happy lot of Delhi rickshawalla who have a great patron in Mr Arvind Kejriwal they hope that he comes to Mumbai and takes up their cause as they say the Unions here are only self beneficiaries and have done nothing to save them from rogue cops and others.And most of them tell me they would support the Am Admi Party to get a better deal and better prospects living here ..some are Mumbai based voters among these lot ,their patrons and sponsors who are rich rickshawowners .Most of them predominantly are Muslims .
I think the Hindu ricksha drivers UP migrants are from Gazdar Bandh.. one of the biggest ricksha hubs of Santacruz .all parked at North Avenue close to the Potohar Gurudwara.

Rahul Gandhi, a set on Flickr.

Addressing a Congress workers’ rally at Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh on the fourth day of his second phase of the campaign for Congress, All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Rahul Gandhi said that the state can surge ahead only if the leaders think for the future. Rahul Gandhi promised that a Congress government will bring back the lost glory of Uttar Pradesh.

Via Flickr:
Speech of Kalam Sir (8)

Clean Power for all is 21st century necessity

Our challenge is make Planet earth livable

I am delighted to address and interact with all of you at the inauguration of the PROJECT ON MINI SOLAR POWER GRID here in Kannauj. The district of Kannauj is rich in history and is known across the nation for its perfumes, agriculture and history.

Fa-hien, the Chinese pilgrim visited Kannauj about 1600 years ago, during the reign of Chandragupta II. The quote attributed to him about the place speaks about the inherent hospitality of people of Kannauj and India. His remarks are “This country is very productive and the people are flourishing and happy beyond compare. When men of other nations come, care is taken of all of them and they are provided with what they require”.

Kannauj occupies a very special place in the history of the country. Just as Prayag is the confluence of three great rivers, Kannauj is the confluence and focal point of three great empires of the country ? the Palas of Bengal, the Rashtrakutas of Deccan, and the  Gurjara Pratiharas of Malwa. I was also going through the state website of Kannauj, I was happy to find it to be elaborate and comprehensive.

I am happy to know that this project of Mini solar power Grid was conceptualized and the distant villages namely Fakirpur and Chanduahar of district Kannauj have been taken up and electrified with 250 KW of power. I am told that this project is recognized as the first ever initiative of any state government wherein not only domestic but commercial loads are also being charged by solar energy. It is expected that almost 3.65 lakhs unit of energy shall be generated per year through this mini grid which shall be producing 0.35 million kg of lesser Carbon-dioxide than what was expected to be generated from conventional power. I am happy to know that this clean power shall be sufficient to electrify 417 households of both villages. I visualize, Uttar Pradesh will enter into big solar power programme, each plant of 200 MW which will benefit thousands of houses and some industry also. When I see such a novel initiative, I would like to share to my views on “Clean Power for all is 21st century necessity”.

200 million Solar Powered Homes

Friends, sometime back, I was at the 22nd Children Science Congress in Mumbai University campus. I was discussing with the students when one boy asked me, “Dr Kalam! I have read that your own home at Rameshwaram is solar powered. Of course, it is clean but is it costly and also is it safe.” I answered, “Necessity drove me to see my home is powered 24 hours. Daytime it is solar and night time the charged batteries give power. It is a 3 KW capacity. First two years the requirement of power was very high, now after 3 years of operation, we have put LED type of lighting and hence the power consumption has come down. What I am proposing to you friends is a mega program to make India get away from costly fossil fuel and towards solar power. Of course, micro GRID will be used in every street and even villages and then an exclusive solar power grid will emerge”.

Friends, as you all know India is an emerging economic entity. Our per capita energy consumption, currently stands much lower than the developed nation. But this is a figure which is expected to increase significantly with economic expansion. If we compare developed economies, then an average US citizen consumes 14 times energy of an Indian, an average UAE citizens consumes 16 times energy of an Indian and an average Singapore citizen consumes 12 times energy of an Indian. Hence, it is clear that in the near future our energy demand will significantly increase, it will still increase by a factor of 2-3 times.

In such a scenario, how will we ensure that our future energy needs are met in a green and clean way? What would be new innovations and ideas for such a mission? Let me discuss one such idea.

This mission could be in the domain of Home based Solar Panel, where close to 200 million Indian households, and about 45 million households in UP, can be used to unleash the potential of Solar Power in the nation. India can emerge as a leading emerging nation relying on power plants based on individual houses or connected to a micro Grid as being done here in Kannauj. My expert friends tell me, that rooftop based solar power is an opportunity worth $100 billion (Rs. 600,000 crores) and with the potential to generate 100 GW of additional power within the next half a decade.

Let us go even a step further. We can create a national mission for Electrical Powered Vehicles (EPV) ? which can be charged at homes ? using the energy from Solar Panels. In this way, if each house can charge one vehicle ? we can save 140 billion liters (14000 crore liters) of petrol and diesel ? leading to the saving of over 350 million tonnes of CO2 (35 crore tons) in atmosphere and about Rs. 8 trillion (Rs. 800,000 crore) in oil expenses for India. My expert friends have calculated, that if environmental cost and oil cost are factored in, then the cost of Solar Panel can be recovered within 2 years for each household!


In conclusion, I would like to administer an oath for all of you. I would like to administer an oath to the village citizens. Will you repeat with me?

Oath for village citizens

Children are our precious wealth.

I will give equal importance for male and female children in providing education and rights for growth of our society.

For health and prosperity, I will have a small family.

Earnings come out of hard work. I will not waste it in gambling, liquor and tobacco.

I will tell my children about the importance of education as learning gives knowledge and knowledge makes the children succeed.

I will conserve power and promote green energy.

I need to jointly protect our forest and prevent pollution.

I will plant at least five trees/saplings.

I will become the role models for my children.

My national flag flies in my heart, and I will bring glory to my nation.

UP Technical University renamed after Abdul Kalam

Lucknow, July 31 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday announced the UP Technical University is being renamed to honour late former president and distinguished scientist A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

The UPTU would now be known as the Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University.

Recalling how Kalam had great affection for the state and had only recently inaugurated the 250 KV solar power plant in in Kannauj district, he also said that a grand memorial will be built in Kalam’s memory in the varsity’s new campus.

Akhilesh Yadav also said that Kalam’s far-sighted vision and principles had a great impact on him and added that the state government was seriously considering the nine points suggested by former president for the state’s economic and social development.

Kalam a true Indian, says Akhilesh

Lucknow, July 27 (IANS) Calling him a “true Indian”, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav expressed sorrow at the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and said India got recognition at the world stage through his work.

Politicians cutting across party lines condoled the sudden death of Kalam.

In a condolence message, Yadav said the ‘Missile Man’ had immense attachment with Uttar Pradesh and gave many valuable suggestions for development of the state.

Kalam was recently in Kannauj, where he flew with the chief minister to inaugurate a solar power plant in Tirwa. He had also administered an oath to the villagers for a clean and green environment.

“In his passing away, Uttar Pradesh has lost a sincere well-wisher,” Yadav said.

State BJP president Laxmikant Bajpayi said Kalam’s demise was a great loss to the nation.

“He played a crucial and significant role in making India a nuclear power and was a grounded person notwithstanding the high offices he held all through his life,” he said.

Gaurang Shah to present 'Samyuktha' at LFW

Mumbai, July 24 (IANS) Textile designer Gaurang Shah will unveil ‘Samyuktha’, a collection inspired from the epic and dramatic love story of the 12th century king Prithviraj Chauhan and Samyuktha, at the forthcoming winter-festive 2015 edition of Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) here on August 27.

“The 44-piece collection is a tale of the most beautiful queen of her times and her exquisite style of clothing. It is a journey, which replicates the culture of Kannauj; her native land in Rajasthan and her lifestyle in Delhi after her marriage,” Shah said in a statement.

This will be Shah’s maiden solo show and will have 44 models walking the ramp, showcasing both men and women’s wear.

On Wednesday, Shah gave a sneak peek of 'Samyuktha’ in Hyderabad. Popular Kuchipudi dancer Sandhya Raju wore his latest creation.