About Rakesh Anand Bakshi

Film-script writer, director, actor, author, photographer, swimmer, walker and cyclist. Founder of Bicycle Angels, a non-profit social initiative that helps donate livelihood bicycles to the under privileged; My Memoirs – My stories for my family, creates a video or audio diary of your life story and inspiring moments, however young or old you may be; Beautiful Bicycles Beautiful People, a blog on cyclists, their rides, their stories. Love reading biographies, self help books and fiction novels; and watching different kinds of cinema and documentaries. And founder of Plant A Life - Plant Angels; and Water Angels - Water Taxi. https://www.facebook.com/rakesh.anand.bakshi https://www.linkedin.com/in/rakesh-anand-bakshi-0453b437?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile Author of Directors' Diaries - The Road To Their First Film, and how they make films. https://rakbak16.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/DirectorsDiaries Blog on cyclists, ‘Beautiful Bicycles Beautiful People.’ https://www.facebook.com/groups/313526712019526/ I have founded a not-for-profit social initiative, Bicycle Angels. To donate livelihood bicycles to those who need one to earn a livelihood. Bicycle Angels (Donate a livelihood bicycle). https://www.facebook.com/groups/309043432570135/ and; https://bicycleangels.wordpress.com/ And a social initiative to thank Mother Earth for her Oxygen we consume Plant A Life - Plant Angels https://www.facebook.com/PlantAngels and Water Angels - Water Taxis to provide drinking water to the less privileged https://www.facebook.com/groups/982882808439289/ I have written, produced, directed and edited four short films: “Keemat” – We have a value in spite of our shortcomings; “Enough” – We are never too poor to share; “I’ll Be There For You” – Keeping Love Alive; and, “Seeking” - In search of true Beauty. “Seeking” was nominated in the International category of short films at MIFF 2004, the film festival held by the Films Division India, in Mumbai. 3 of these films I shot during my filmmaking workshop at New York Film Academy in London, 2002. My short films: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8B0134C79DDA00BB https://vimeo.com/user12236724/videos My short films can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8B0134C79DDA00BB and, https://vimeo.com/user12236724/videos My youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCipCdxuTdU5767rsi8x0F_A

He will also go for Ganpati darshan on his first ever wheelchair.

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#happy Devesh (15), got his first ever wheelchair today… He will also go for Ganpati darshan on it. https://www.facebook.com/rakesh.anand.bakshi/videos/10156712328428213/

His mother says, “I have never given up on him. Over the years we have made him talk and walk!!! We never stopped giving him daily massage and, physiotherapy. We would talk a lot with him. His elder sister helps him learn new things 💪🙌🏻👏

(We are blessed someone makes us a part of their daily goals.)

Thank you Anupama Chibber and Anuradha Sethi.

#BicycleAngels 🚴😇 #MukulMadhavFoundation #CerebralPalsy#DifferentlyAbled

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The sign of an advanced culture, society and civilisation – world day for the differently abled

 

The sign of an advanced culture, society and civilisation is the care of the Disabled and Differently Abled.

– World Day For The Disabled. Dec 3 rd. Carter Road, Bandra.

#BicycleAngels 🚴😇 and 
#MukulMadhavFoundation
#disability #disabilityawareness

222 Can be squeezed, stretched, twisted or pinched; adds some fun and color to their day.

 

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Can be squeezed, stretched, twisted or pinched; adds some fun and color to their day.

 

Thank you Anu, for providing therapy putty (for children to work with) to a bunch of children (at ADAPT school) who are dealing with their CP (cerebral palsy) condition;

CP affects their ability to do daily living tasks, simple for us to achieve, like feeding themselves, dressing, self-care and handwriting.

 

Therapy putty is nontoxic, clean & non-oily therapy putty, leaves no colour or residue on the patient’s hands and it won’t fragment, separate or stick to skin. It is designed to meet a wide range of hand / arm strengthening needs, putty can be squeezed, stretched, twisted or pinched. Each color-coded putty has a different consistency ranging from super soft for strengthening the weakest grasp to extra-firm for developing a stronger grip.

#RakeshAnandBakshi 🎶

https://twitter.com/RakBak16

 

#BicycleAngels 🚴 😇:

FB https://www.facebook.com/groups/309043432570135/

WordPress https://bicycleangels.wordpress.com/

Beneficiaries of help: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/…

#BeautifulBicyclesBeautifulPeople

 

221 – Our attitude towards others will reflect/define our experiences with them.

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Vicky Darji – (21, graduate in History, visually impaired, Blind)
 
“The most challenges we ‘blind’ people face in Mumbai is negotiating crowded places. However, people are by and large good and helpful. I have realised, if we have a positive outlook towards life and people, we will find life and people are by and large good and helpful towards us. Our attitude towards others will reflect/define our experiences with them.”
 
Vicky is blind since birth. He resides at Mumbai Central with his two siblings and parents. When I went to meet him at Victoria Memorial school for the Blind at Tardeo, his mother had accompanied him and she accompanies him to school daily. Seeing them approach from a distance I could see they shared a very good friendship, they were chatting with each other happily while she led him to school for his computer literacy course.
 
Vicky is fond of Maratha history, from the six subjects he has studied in history. I asked him why he liked it the most, he replied – “Because I could understand it easily.” I prodded him further, -hat other things in life, about our lives, has he understood as easily/fast as his favorite subject Maratha history?
 
Vicky replied – “Maine toh life mein ek cheez aasani se seekhi hai, ki humme life mein adjust karna chahiye. I have understood this aspect of our lives easily, that we have to adjust in life to get along happily. Especially when it comes to family. A good thing about my family is that they have never made me feel I am in any way different from them, or abnormal. They have always encouraged me.”
 
Moreover, he told me, considering the blind navigate the world by feeling/sensing things with their sense of touch, the people they become very close to they can recognise by simply touching their hands or face. And the person he has held the hand most and felt the face of most often, and loves to, is his Mumma, Mother; He addresses his mother as ‘Mumma”.
 
Vicky – “The most challenges we blind people face in Mumbai is at crowded places. It becomes very hard for us to navigate crowds. But people are by and large helpful in Mumbai, moreover, its not that people are less or more helpful anywhere else, but I think we have to have a positive outlook towards life and people and I believe if we have that then life and people are by and large good and helpful. Our attitude towards others defines our experiences with them.”
 
Last, but not the least, before we parted I asked him to name me three things/people he would love to see first, if by medicine or miracle he can get his sight.
He replied, “1) First, and naturally so, I would like to see my mom and dad; 2) Then I want to see all those people who have encouraged me, supported me in my goals and ambitions, like my teachers, friends, strangers; 3) I want to see legendary singer Mohammad Rafi; 4) Natural places like the village environment, where there is open land.
Another thing I have realised, …. I believe that people are by and large good and helpful. If we have a positive outlook towards life and people, we will find life and people are by and large good and helpful towards us. Our attitude towards others will reflect/define our experiences with them.”
 
Thank you dear Suman, Ritu, Akshita, Ankita, Priyanka, Amit/Priyanka, Niraj, Minnie, Brijesh, Sabira, Laila, Siddharth, me 😊 for assisting yet another visually impaired person receive a government (and corporate world) recognized certification in computer literacy.
 
(The government recognised MS-CIT ‘computer training’ course for visually impaired is conducted at The Victoria Memorial School for the Blind, Tardeo. (www.mkcl.org/msciti / http://mscit.mkcl.org/index.php/course-syllabus)
 
We decided to teach computers to the visually impaired, so that they can navigate the online world (a world they cannot navigate with their sense of touch) with the help of a software that narrates to them in audio all the text matter that appears on the screen/monitor they working on. It will help them get better jobs.
 
#RakeshAnandBakshi 🎶
 
#BicycleAngels 🚴 😇:
 
#BeautifulBicyclesBeautifulPeople

220 – Stationery for a school on wheels – ek chalta phirta school.

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Stationery for a school on wheels : Door Step School. Ek chalta phirta school 🙂

Five bright-yellow painted buses that double as daily classes – that travel daily to locations at Jogeshwari East (Below Thackrey Flyover), Crawford Market, Wadi Bunder, Faras Street, Khadak Pada, Mandala.

Door Step School provides education and support to the often-forgotten children of pavement dwellers, slum dwellers, construction site families and many other underprivileged families. Many of these children are not enrolled in school and have limited access to books and a place to study. Additionally, many children drop out of school to work or care for younger children. With neither support nor resources at home some children also suffer from very low learning levels. They are trying to bridge this big gap by bringing basic education to the “door steps” of underprivileged children.

Door Step School was established in Mumbai, India in 1988 and later expanded to Pune in 1993. http://www.doorstepschool.org/pune/

Padhega India toh aage badhega India.

Thank you Ankita Shah Kailas Nagaokar and FM Rainblow 107.1 FM RJs Aashna Bhatia Aneesh Dighe Girija Iyer Milee Ravin Chauhan Shivkumar Singh RJ Shweta Shweta Sharma Sonali Chandan Naphade Vaishali Vishal Parikh Zubin Nalawalla

 


Thank you Vaishali for bringing the RJs from your radio station together on one platform for one cause.

 

#BicycleAngels
https://bicycleangels.wordpress.com/
#RakeshAnandBakshi

 

219 Hard Work + Dreams + Dedication = Success

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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.
 
#BicycleAngels
#RakeshAnandBakshi
#MukulMadhavFoundation
#MayaDadjee

217 – Seniors’ Day Out To The Movies

 

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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.

#BicycleAngels

 

 

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

 

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#LetsMakePeopleLessLonely

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…?

“Music”

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.

#BicycleAngels
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