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

228 – The family a martyred soldier leaves behind.

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In the past, in our own limited and tiny ways, we have assisted some less privileged people with their livelihoods, education, assisted some children with cerebral palsy who needed wheelchairs to reach their goals with better mobility, computers education for the visually impaired … Thanks to our donors.

We had never thought that we should, or can, reach out to some families of martyred Indian army jawaans (soldiers).

My self motivated and self-financed friend, Vikas Manhas, who keeps in touch with many families of Indian Army martyrs, had mentioned to me – …” some such families sometimes need ‘help,  and most often they do not have access to NGOs” (or someone like us who are not a ‘NGO’ yet can aid them in our own tiny ways).

They are often assisted by wives of past martyrs or wives of officers currently serving in the Army. These are self motivated help-groups within the army neighborhoods who reach out to martyrs families in their own regions when they learn of a soldier’s martyrdom. One such volunteer is an ex Major herself, living in Pune, Sheetal.

Vikas and Sheetal put us in touch with two such families, one in Pune and the other in Nanded, and we learnt that we can assist them, in our own limited ways, by contributing to their children’s school education, and we did.

Because, it was not just enough for us that ‘the government’ and army will or should look after our martyred soldiers families needs. If we too can contribute, particularly for their education or medical needs, it sends out a message to them and others that ‘yes, we, the nation, too care…’

The Pune family, her daughters are twins, and the Nanded family has a daughter too. Three bright girls without their papa, but a mumma who carries the torch of the family and is marching ahead by finding employment to support her family. One has yet to find employment, she has applied for a job in the Army canteen and is awaiting confirmation.

The Pune widow told me that though she paid the school fees for her twins amounting to Rs 35000, the school later returned her money. Super! (Earlier to this, when I had asked her, if we can pay the fees for her twins she had told me “i have already paid their school fees from my savings, you please help someone else who cannot afford to pay the fees” Such a generous and dignified woman!, a truly ‘rich’ person, I thought of her.)

Thank you Mukul Madhav Foundation, Pune, Raminder Kaushal and myself, for contributing to the school fees and stationery needs of three children belonging to two martyred soldiers families.

The accompanying photograph of children is from the school of one of the martyred soldier’s village, the students paid homage to their ex student when the news arrived that he was killed in an anti terror operation in Kashmir;

I chose to post this, so that next time we read about the death of a soldier, some of us may bow our head down with a few seconds of silence for the departed soul/s.

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So far so good. Chin up!

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So far, so good.

Feet on the ground, chin up, looking forward to much better days. Could have been worse, ya, not been run over by traffic or even a bicycle on fast lanes, I have been able to cross over to the other sides on every occasion, though been bruised at times by people who didn’t notice me crossing hesitantly or making a dash for it!

Some stopped to pat me, they always looked into my eyes. Many stopped to feed me, not all met my gaze even half way, perhaps scared I may tag along. Still looking for home.

As I make my way through people, searching, hoping, I sense they are perhaps more lonely than me. At least I have many ‘friends’ who are not virtual and are in touch with me at all times – ticks. They not that bad ya, even ticks are welcome when you have no one and nothing else.

But so many people are just like me, some searching for a small bit of their own sky, many for a heart full of companionship, and many others for stomach full food.

(Photo Courtesy @nidhimataneja)

227 Ajay Gupta, visually impaired, learning singing from his visually impaired tutor Neelam;

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Neelam performs professionally with an orchestra of the visually impaired, Nayan Foundation https://www.facebook.com/nfpa63/
 
Thank you Picto Writ for supporting Ajay Gupta’s singing lessons.
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226 – … aming it a little easier for them to travel to school.

 

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Siddhi More and Sukanya Kolge.

(Kolambe, Ratnagiri district, Laxmi Keshav High School.)

The father of one student is an agriculture laborer and the other’s father works in a gas agency.

In my little experience, in many low income homes if they can afford a bicycle, it will usually be given to the male child.

Cyclop (the dynamic group of enthu-cyclists has been wanting to do something for the female child, so we decided to reach out to this school in Ratnagiri district, recommended to me by our long-time associate Mukul Madhav Foundation, Pune.

The school recommended these two students to Mukul Madhav Foundation, as they are doing well in their studies. Both walk more than 5 kms to reach school, …. Cyclop was keen to assist them with bicycles and make their journey faster and fun too.

Thank you Malvika Bloomphzaah and Cyclop https://www.facebook.com/groups/CYCLOPBUYSELL/ members for providing these bicycles to these two deserving students … making their journey to school and back home ‘faster’ and fun too. 

Thanks to the able footed foot-soldiers of Mukul Madhav Foundation, Pune www.mmpc.in/ for helping us identify and reach out to these two students in Ratnagiri district.

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225 – “… main hamesha khush hi rehati hoon Sir, main kabhi sad nahi hoti.” (I remain happy, always, I never stay sad.) I want to achieve a lot in future.

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Harsha, Mrunal, and Ashwini. (Visually impaired students)
 
Hello dear people, who may be following our non-profit social initiative ‘blog’ and activities.
 
I have returned after a long gap. I was occupied with family responsibilities and the publication of my second little dream, Let’s Talk On Air – Conversation With Radio Presenters.
 
We, Bicycle Angels, were able to identify these three worthy beneficiaries of our tiny assistance – Harsha, Mrunal and Ashwini.
 
All three students, Harsha, Mrunal, and Ashwini, visually impaired (aka blind) since birth, are keen to acquire computer literacy so that they can navigate the digital world at the touch of their fingers. They anyways navigate the world with their sense of sound and touch but feel lost and ‘blind’ if they do not learn how to work on ‘computers’. So we decided to partly fund their computer literacy course. One of them is partially ‘blind’, she can see faintly if the object is very near to her face.
 
I could not meet them personally, however, I chatted to them over the phone and decided to share with you all what I loved most about one of the students, Harsha; what inspired us to assist her and her two batch mates. To begin with, all three students are from villages in Maharashtra, their parents, one has lost her father to illness, are agriculture workers.
 
Harsha’s parents are agriculture workers, I think. She loves to read a lot and write a lot. Loves her studies and loves to sing. Her brother is younger to her, and he helps her a lot. Whatever whenever she asks her brother to do for her he does quickly, she never has to ask him a second time! Because Harsha sings, she would love to sing this song for him on Rakhi day : Meri raakhi ki dor kabhi ho na kamzor..
 
If she gets her eyes back this instant, a miracle or with the assistance of science, Harsha wants to see her ‘mummy’ aur ‘papa’ first! And her brother; nobody else, and nothing else. She wants to first see only her family.
 
Harsha is the happiest (and she giggled joyfully) when her parents are the happiest, and that happens when she comes FIRST in her studies! And she added, “… main hamesha khush hi rehati hoon Sir, main kabhi sad nahi hoti.” (I remain happy, always, I never stay sad.) I want to achieve a lot in future.
 
I asked Harsha to name a song that she would love to sing for the people who are assisting her in paying her fees, she mentioned this song: ‘Ae Mere Dost Laut Ke Aaja’ from the film Swarg.
 
Thank you dear Suman Datt, Rita Hinduja-Chhabria, Akshita Jain Ankita Shah Priyanka Chaturvedi Amit Bakshi Priyanka Dutta Bakshi Niraj Vora Minnie P Mehra Brijesh Ranawat , Sabira M Husein, Laila, Siddharth Vora and me 😊 for assisting them in receiving 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)
 
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ashwini

224 … distributing warm blankets this winter Sunday morning to pavement dwellers on the Juhu to Bandra ride today.

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Thank you to these Bicycle Angels 🚴😇 Ekta, Sam, Jayram, Vinod, Captain, Amin and Cyrus; for distributing warm blankets this winter Sunday morning to pavement dwellers on the Juhu to Bandra ride today.

Thank you very much (Sai Baba) and Shashi Chhabria for the super warm and super big sized blankets.

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.

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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.

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