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

An audio book for the visually impaired. Reader Amin Hajee.

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#AminHajee
A part of my Panchgani-family.

Thank you very much 🙏, to my friends who are contributing their precious time and precious voice towards our collective aim to create audio story-books for the visually impaired (blind); by reading chapters from some books we have read and want the visually impaired to hear at their Talking Books audio library.

These audio books we are creating, as and when we find time, are written by my favorite authors, and when they are ready they will be accessible by the visually impaired for free.

(A few years ago, my brother suffered partial visual impairment (he recovered completely in a few months 🙏) and it made me realise, even more, the gift & blessing of sight – especially when I see anything beautiful.)

#RakeshAnandBakshi🎶 #BicycleAngels🚴😇

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An audio book only for the visually impaired – story narrator Charlotte Hajee

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#CharlotteHajee #CharlotteWhitbyColes
A part of my Panchgani-family.

Thank you very much 🙏, to my 39 friends who are contributing their precious time and precious voice towards our collective aim to create audio story-books for the visually impaired (blind); by reading chapters from some books we have read and want the visually impaired to hear at their Talking Books audio library.

These audio books we are creating, continuously, as and when we find time, are written by my favorite authors, and when they are ready they will be accessible by the visually impaired for free.

(A few years ago, my brother suffered partial visual impairment (he recovered completely in a few months 🙏) and it made me realise, even more, the gift & blessing of sight – especially when I see anything beautiful.)

#RakeshAnandBakshi🎶 #BicycleAngels🚴😇

 

39 friends contributing their voice for an audio book for the visually impaired.

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Thank you very much 🙏, to my 39 friends who are contributing their precious time and precious voice towards our collective aim to create audio story-books for the visually impaired (blind); by reading chapters from some books we have read and want the visually impaired to hear at their Talking Books audio library.

These audio books we are creating, continuously, as and when we find time, are written by my favorite authors, and when they are ready they will be accessible by the visually impaired for free.

A few years ago, my brother suffered partial visual impairment (he recovered completely in a few months 🙏) and it made me realise, even more, the gift & blessing of sight – especially when I see anything beautiful.

#RakeshAnandBakshi🎶 #BicycleAngels🚴😇

https://bicycleangels.wordpress.com/

Sr no 197 – Visually impaired percussionist Sachin Patel

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Sr No. 197

Their focus on themselves, their inner being, is much better than most sighted beings like us. Because they have far less to be unnecessarily be distracted by.’

 
Sachin Patel (Visually impaired/blind-musician)

 

Sachin is a musician (percussionist) and is supported by Nayan Foundation for Performing Arts – http://www.nayanfoundationforperformingarts.in

 

Sachin plays the dholak and is very committed to his profession. He is a compassionate soul, he charges a minimal fee when he is asked to perform for social cases.

 

As for his commitment to music, on the day of the rain-deluge earlier this month, Sachin came all the way from Diva to Vile Parle to perform at a fund-raiser hosted by Melody Marvels. Many of the audience members did not turn up for the event that stormy-rain night, but, Sachin made it in time and performed as committed. He spent nearly five hours in a taxi to reach his destination. They say, he gave one of his best performances.

 

(Naina Kuttappan, who runs the NGO, says … “ … One day, one of our visually impaired artist requested me to wear a saree with bold designs, a big Bindi and colourful bangles for the event. Even though he is visually impaired and will not be able to see what I am wearing, he could imagine what he believed will look good on me!

 

The visually impaired can only hear us, so, their imagination level is far beyond the abled/sighted! They can focus on sounds far better than us. So, they can pick up music easily.

Another thing, we, with all our 100 percent abilities, crib and curse the almighty sometimes, for our misfortunes; but, these differently abled people are always thankful for their existence, and they feel blessed to be in this world! They are usually always happy. This makes us serve them far beyond our abilities.”)

 

I was told, the visually impaired find it easy to go into a meditative state, unlike some sighted persons who have to make more efforts to meditate … I think, it may be because their focus on themselves, their inner being, is much better than most sighted beings like us. Because they have far less to be unnecessarily be distracted by.

 

(Nayan Foundation for Performing Arts is a NGO that supports a bouquet of artists – those who are ‘differently abled’, along with abled artists, and as band they perform under the name Melody Marvels https://www.facebook.com/melodymarvels09/ Jiten Singh, of Melody Marvels, is not ‘differently abled,’ and is their (dedicated & sincere) music teacher. He himself a good singer. The NGO sponsors ‘differently abled artists’ in Dance, Drama and Music.)

 

Thank you Geetali Tare and Sunil Kamath for purchasing this dholak for Melody Marvels’ artists.

 

#RakeshAnandBakshi 🎶 https://twitter.com/RakBak16

 

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Sr no 196 #SanskrutiGore (9-10) – “I get up in the morning, have a bath, eat breakfast, go to school, come home, eat lunch, clean all the jhoota bartans (vessels) after lunch and dinner, play, study, fill water in buckets from the neighborhood common water-tap 5 mins away, daily.

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Sr no 196

#SanskrutiGore (9-10) – “I get up in the morning, have a bath, eat breakfast, go to school, come home, eat lunch, clean all the jhoota bartans (vessels) after lunch and dinner, play, study, fill water in buckets from the neighborhood common water-tap 5 mins away, daily.

I am learning martial art Taekwondo so i can look after myself and my family much better. I love my mother, as she looks after us. She works as a sweeper in my school.”

Both her sisters are learning Taekwondo, #ShravaniGore (6) the youngest is a gold medalist!

Thank you #AmeyaDias @ameya_dias
for buying a Taekwondo defence set for Sanskruti Gore, BMC school, Chembur.

#BicycleAngels🚴😇
#BeautifulBicyclesBeautifulPeople🚴
Ameya Dias