219 Hard Work + Dreams + Dedication = Success

Hard Work + Dreams + Dedication = Success
A few weeks ago, my friend (Maya) from USA called me,
“…. you will be happy to know that my son graduated from University, and I want to ask you if there is any less privileaged school/children you know of we can assist in some way for their education. We have decided to celebate our son’s graduation in this manner.”
I recollected, a year or so ago Maya had donated water filters and stationery to a remote school in Gadag district, Karnataka; the children studying there belonged to different classes of Scheduled Castes/Tribes. They had ample water, but it was not portable and they needed a water filter. Maya got them stationery and more than one water filter, and the Pune based NGO Mukul Madhav Foundation heped us deliver the items all the way to the school in Karnataka. Thank you.
This time, another school in the same district (Government Lower Primary School, Suranagi) needed school bags and stationery. Maya was willing to do the needful, and the NGO Mukul Madhav Foundation http://www.mmpc.in/ and the school bags supplier went a step further to print a meaningful message on the school bags that Maya wanted to donate, this as the message she suggested we print:
Hard Work + Dreams + Dedication = Success
Thank you Maya, and Mukul Madhav Foundation, for doing the needful for this school’s 65 children.

218 – Music for their souls – Seniors of society


The rewards of live music events for #OldAgeHomes#OldAgeHomeVisits

Thank you very much @ununvox Ananya Bhowmick Padmanabhan, Padmanabhan NS and Ramesh K of#Trishna for performing for these souls in their golden years.





217 – Seniors’ Day Out To The Movies



Seniors’ Day Out To The Movies

A NGO based in Pune sometimes takes residents of some old age homes in Pune (Punyadham, Abalmaya, Matoshree) for movies… films the seniors are keen to watch. This time, the NGO took the seniors for ‘Raazi’ as they were keen to see it.

Some of these old age homes also house seniors who were found homless on streets; and Punyadham also organises weddings of their senior inmates who do not have a living life-partner so that they can live the rest of their lives with life-companions.

The seniors are looked after on their day out to the movies just as we would had we taken our elders to the movies…. just like our parents or uncles and aunts would take us for movies when we were children.

We believe, when our parents, uncles, aunts become old, and turn into the children we once were, it’s pay back time for us. Such trips to the movies, now and then, also helps the seniors get over some of the loneliness they go through living away from old friends and family.

Their message to us post their movie trip:
“…. everything was well-coordinated and planned, the seniors enjoyed and it was a memorable evening for all of us! Everyone was cheerful and ‘Raazi’ by the end of ‘Raazi’.”

Thank you Archana Bhatnagar and Devamitra Panda and Priyanka Chaturvedi(and Mukul Madhav Foundation www.mmpc.in/Rita Hinduja-Chhabria for sponsoring these old age home seniors’ day out to the movies.




A really fine evening of live music for the inmates of the old age home.




Thank you @whistling_woods School of Music for a really fine evening of live music for the inmates of the old age home.

Thank you @meghnaghaipuri , D Wood, #VijayThomasKurien, #VaishnaviShriram, #RakshitVijayMalhotra, #AbhishekBonthu. Love. – #BicycleAngels  @meenuchugjuneja Thank you @Minnie.Mehra for joining us.

#OldAgeHomeVisit #OldAgeHomes

The art of giving back with Music

Music and the Elderly.

Two weeks ago, a friend of mine, of many years, Meenu, told me…. “…. Rakesh, let’s do something that ….. I have ‘time’ on my hands. Let me know if you need me to help out in any way … ”

We talked about various things, very soon, and what eventually materialied was to do something ‘joyful’, something that brings us joy too, for some people who must be lonely.

Many people are lonely, but many of them have access to find their way out of that daily maze or pit they find themselves in. However, in our opinion, the people who are living in old age homes must be a little more lonelier, we think.

We visited an old age home to find out from their caretakers/caregivers, what can two people like us possibly do for them…?


Thank you to School of Music, Whistling Woods International, and their students for agreeing to perform live a retro (English and HIndi songs) music event.

Thank you Meghna Puri, D Wood, Vijay Thomas Kurien, Vaishnavi Shriram, Rakshit Vijay Malhotra, Abhishek Bonthu. Love.



215 – Menstrupedia comic book session



Educators conducting a workshop in menstruation and hygiene, and breaking the myths about the same, at Pali Chimbai School, Bandra west. Thank you Archana Karode from Assema Trust for coordinating these workshops at schools under your jurisdiction and beyond our reach, with upper primary section girls and mothers with practical demonstrations and videos.

(These sessions have been a great help to sensitize the mothers and girl students on menstrual hygiene related issues. Few mothers too shared feedback during the sessions on this subject that was crucial for all of us participating. Thank you to your friend Priyanka too for this opportunity.- Archana)

Thank you Priyanka Chaturvedi​ and Advait for gifting these significant workshops to underprivileged schools in Bandra, Santacruz and Juhu.

Menstrupedia is a comic book about menstruation created by Aditi Gupta (Author) and Tuhin Paul (Author, Illustrator). http://menstrupedia.com/blog/


214 – A little stream can go a long way.

jha courier

Ajit Kumar Jha
Jha lives in Mumbai, he was once employed with a top courier company, which shut down due to labor-union issues.
Fear and anxiety of joblessness and a family to support, Jha decided to become an independent courier-delivery person, due to the change in his employment circumstances – it would secure him a livelihood and help him earn a better income if he worked for more than one employer.
He needed a little assistance in purchasing a second hand bicycle to begin on this new professional venture. Thank you Asha and Abhay Vakil for helping Jha buy a new bicycle; (Jha contributed half its cost as he was expecting a little ‘assistance’ in buying one, and not a ‘gift’.)
Even a little stream can go a long way.
And thank you to Kohinoor Cycles (http://kohinoorcyclestores.blogspot.com/) Siddharth Vora (https://www.facebook.com/siddharth.vora.58?fref=ts) for the good service.
#RakeshAnandBakshi 🎶
#BicycleAngels 🚴 😇:

213 “I would like to make a drawing for him”


Ashlima (Student)
“I would like to make a drawing for him”
Ashlima is an ex-student of a BMC school. Her father works as an autorickshaw driver. Her elder sister works as a house help. She has a younger sister too.
Ashlima dropped out of junior college after she failed in the 11th. But I think that failure has made her more determined to return to formal education. She plans to return to college post this summer when the next term begins. However, before that she wants to receive a valuable certification in computers, as she believes, ‘knowing computers is the present and future.’
Ashlima has realised the importance of learning English language and Computers. She lacked the finances to pay for the MSCIT’s computer literacy course (its a two month intensive course across Maharashtra) and was recommended to us by the principal of her ex-school who said to me “… I am recommending Ashlima because while in school she was a hard working and intelligent student. I dont know what has transpired in her life post school for her to have failed class 11th and not want to continue her education. However, she is now determined to return to college and wants to begin her formal education by doing the MSCIT Computer Literacy course, recognused by corporates and government companies.”
I asked Ashlima, can her father pay for her complete course fees…? … she said, “I could have asked my faher to pay for my computer course, however, I do not want to ask him for anymore money. I am now earning my own and I want to now educate myself further with my own income.”
Ashlima was embarassed to tell me she washes and cooks at peoples homes. It was only after she left that I found out from her ex-principal that is how she is supporting herself to pay for her further education. I decided to not expose her face in the photo I took of hers to post, with her and her ex-principal’s permission.
We assisted her, in our tiny ways, in her computer course fees – she willingly contributed about one third of the same.
I asked Ashlima, “What would you like to say to the person, (my friend Deepak), who wants to contribute for your course fees….?”
Ashlima replied, “I think I can paint quite well. I would like to say my thanks to him by gifting him a hand-painted ‘Thank You’.”
Ashlima gave me one more reason to smile that entire day. And I think my smile that day must have matched the one she had when she mentioned her way of saying thanks to her humble benefactor. When she messaged me the receipt of the fees paid, I noticed her DP had a Dairy Milk chocolate. A treat as sweet as her smile.
Thank you Deepak.
#RakeshAnandBakshi 🎶
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Sr. No. 210 Outstanding humans. ‭Sangita Mandal.


Outstanding humans.

‭Sangita Mandal.

Sangita has shared her two houses in Kolkata to care for the abandoned elderly people and the homeless. She has dedicated both properties to house those who don’t have anyone to house them.

Friends Of Kolkata’s Elderly www.foke.in

Thank you Picto Writ for contributing to her social cause.

#BicycleAngels 🚴😇

Respect. At Least Ten Times More.

Respect. At Least Ten Times More.

I visited an education institution last week for a talk about the non-profit work we attempt to achieve now and then (reference Bicycle Angels) with the help of some friends and acquaintances (I also spoke of the social services work done in rural Maharastra by a NGO based in Pune, #MukulMadhavFoundation I have been a small part of on a few ocassions) ….

When the session opened up for questions from students, the very first one I was asked was, “… so, with all this experience behind you of personally interacting with quite a many benefeciaries, and seeing other NGOs work, what have you learnt most about them, the beneficiaries of assistance?”

My reply, “The so called street people, destitutes, or lower middle class, or under privileaged beneficiaries we have reached out to, with the help of many people, has naturally taught me many lessons.
One which comes to mind instantly is that when we assisted these people, in our own tiny ways, most of them treated our assistance as ‘respect’, and not as charity; and their respect for us may have been at least ten times more than my respect for them.”