With a thought of ‘Think Global Act Local, Harshvardhan Shahi saw a dream that has been inspiring the youth around since years, here at Aurangabad in Maharashtra. Double graduated from Aurangabad, Harshvardhan started exploring his writing skills working as a freelancer reporter and photographer and was eager to start something he dreamed about always.
His interest in food encouraged him to be a food blogger and he started his Instagram page ‘Aurangabad Food Explorer.’ His friends and relatives used to laugh at him when he used to take photographs of various food items wherever he used to go. He started posting those photos with its review and people started liking it.
He was opposed many a times by hotel managers, restaurant and café owners and was criticized by many that what a foolish business is this!
Harshvardhan was very clear about his work that in fact was his passion. He went on and on and at present he has more than fifty thousand followers with a large fan following. Harshvardhan Shahi passionately tells this food story to the world at large through his multiple ventures.
Further he started digital marketing for hotels, restaurants and cafes as well as other food services through his page and became the first entrepreneur to start such kind of business here.
The food joint owners, who used to oppose him from taking various photographs of foods, started requesting him to take pictures and post on his page as they knew the response would definitely grow their business.
This turn was not sufficient as his dreams are always high. He started a production house called ‘Limelight Creations’ and started undertaking photography assignments of various events. His honesty, soft spoken and polite behavior and quality work flourished his business. He has produced short films, dance videos and a music video that has received millions of views.
His journey is ever achieving new heights. He also the youngest TEDx Speaker in Marathwada region. His story, his work and his achievements reflect his struggle, hard work, honesty and integrity.
He has recently received the prestigious ‘Karamveer Chakra Award 2019’ for his outstanding work. Also he has been awarded with ‘Excellence in Youth Leadership’ Award by YIN Sakal Group, Best Food Page of the City Award by Lokmat Times, Excellence of Digital Marketing of Food Category by MY FM 94.3 and Entrepreneur Excellence Award 2019 for Social Media Marketing of Food Category by MY FM 94.3.
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It all started when a boy from a well off family belonging from suburbs of Aurangabad, Maharashtra tried to break the walls that he had built for himself. Like most of the scholars the time has seen, Gaurav was admitted in B.E after successfully completing his 12th grade. It was in his second year of Engineering in February 2016 that he stepped into a gym for the first time ever and started working out, and he hasn't looked back since. He felt a strong desire to learn more about Fitness and Nutrition, and pursue his career in it.
This incident urged him to make the boldest decision of his life; which was to quit the study of Engineering. He faced stiff resistance from his family for the same. His parents refused to sponsor his certification in Fitness and Nutrition; owing to which Gaurav had to start working at an early age to make savings. He soon flew the coop to his new accommodation in Pune, Maharashtra. His passion for learning never made him realize the hardship of leaving his parents. He worked at a Gym in Pune, Maharashtra for a considerable amount of time to be able to pay his course fees. Later after that, he successfully completed certification in Personal Training and Nutrition from K11 School of Fitness Sciences from June 2018 batch.
Amid all this, Gaurav had faced a lot of criticism from people who looked down upon at the Profession of Fitness and Nutrition. With the best of what he had learnt so far and a hint of his own innovation, Gaurav created the masterpiece program named Manifestation 21. It first came into the picture on 9th April 2019. It took one visionary man to start this company; and over two years, It's all about journey has seen tremendous growth in terms of revenue generated, a reputation earned, and the number of followers on various social media platforms. Business development, Social media, Sales, HR, Physical training, Nutrition, and Mindset training are few of several departments that work for his company today. Fifteen brilliant minds are contributing to the growth of this company, night and day. The company has offered employment to numerous young professionals. It surely has set an enormous example in front of people that a passionate individual can find success in any profession.
It's all about journey, has been working successfully in delivering fitness to all kinds of people, with various body types and health conditions; who belong to several age groups, by educating them about fitness and wellbeing; Workout, Nutrition, and Mindset training playing a pivotal role in this. With the revolutionary fitness programs like Manifestation 21, Post M21 and Affirmation 90, the company has changed lives of over more than three hundred people in the past two years in India and across the globe. 'One day, Fitness and Nutrition will be one of the most sought after career in India.' is the objective that makes Gaurav shove the path for other upcoming professionals.
Social responsibility is something that has been taken utmost care of by It's all about journey. The company makes donations to contribute towards saving the lives of animals (names maintained confidential). Gaurav looks forward to changing more lives in future in the best of the way he can.
COVID-19 pandemic which has caused people loose their hopes and courage in this difficult situation, Amol Ghodke has extended his helping hands for the underprivileged kids. Survival has been too difficult for many. Many kids sleep empty stomach during this difficult situation.
In an orphanage located in bhugaon, Pune, Amol distributed food, masks, sanitizers and all the basic items of daily needs.
In bhugaon, there is an orphanage and an ashram for blind and orphan kids. When smita patil, from this orphanage contacted Amol Ghodke and his team and informed the situation of the kids due to the Corona pandemic, Amol was so touched that he immediately decided to extend his help and then contacted his team to get all the basic items. He himself was monitoring in detail and made sure all the requirements get fulfil.
During a conversation with Amol Ghodke, he said, “I have seen lots of ups and downs in my childhood and knew how it feels to be in such a situation. I got so emotional and touched after talking to the kids that i would like to thank God for making me capable and being able to help my lovely children. These kids are differently abled, they just need encouragement and a little support for the society. During this Corona situation most of the NGOs has exhausted their funds, I would highly encourage people to come forward and help out."
Amol is a very ground to earth person. He believes in simplicity. In past he has helped many orphanages and old age homes. He usually celebrates his birthdays with underprivileged kids. In past he had also ran a campaign for cloths and daily needs item donation for the needy people.
Amol Ghodke is basically from Jalna, he came to Pune for his education and developed his interest for acting and Marathi movie industry. He is also very popular on Instagram and is spotted various times with renowned actors and actresses. He has even been part of many marathi movies and has also produced several marathi websites and movies.
People stand in line on a busy commercial street to get tested for COVID-19 in Lima, Peru. Photo by: Sadiya Parveen
With billions of people still unvaccinated worldwide, plenty of opportunities remain for the COVID-19 virus to spread and generate new variants, according to WHO officials.
“We hope that that doesn't happen. But at the moment, we're not doing enough to prevent that happening in terms of protecting people, and in terms of distributing vaccines in a way that would assist with reducing the emergence of variants,” Dr. Michael Ryan, WHO executive director for health emergencies, said during a press briefing Thursday.
According to Our World in Data, 9.33 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered globally. But only 58.8% of the global population has received at least one dose. In low-income countries, only 8.8% of the population has received a vaccine.
When the delta variant emerged as a variant of concern, Ryan recalled, several scientists described it as the “fittest” and “best-adapted virus” they’ve ever seen, and that they “cannot see how this virus could adapt anymore.” But now omicron has been shown to be more transmissible than previous variants, including delta.
Front-line and behind-the-scenes reporting on global health
“Unfortunately, I think it's very unlikely that omicron will be the last variant that you will hear us discussing. Certainly, the virus continues to evolve,” said Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead for COVID-19, at the press briefing.
She said important discussions are taking place on how “much more fit” the COVID-19 virus can become in terms of its transmission and transmissibility. And while the current global focus is on omicron because of how fast it is spreading, “Delta continues to be a variant of concern,” she said, noting that there are currently about 30 “sublineages of delta” that WHO is tracking.
“There's a number of factors that are happening. And the question is … what will happen as this virus continues to evolve? And what will those additional mutations mean?” Van Kerkhove said.
As humans, we love power. It is appealing, but very addictive. Those in the know, never falter to caution that "power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely.."
Power gets into your head, makes you heady, and you rarely listen to voices of reason, or take advice from those in the lower rungs of power, when you stray, and abuse those powers vested in you. In numerous, cases those who abuse power, and allow it to corrupt them absolutely, began their stint in power as sheep, but the trappings, and allurement of power, changed them into ravenous wolves.
History is bloated with records of leaders who failed to contain themselves, allowed the tentacles of power to strangle, and corrupt their consciences, turning them into power-hungry oligarchs, who became a nemesis to those under their authority.
As the governed, we at times create the Frankenstein monster in leaders, regarding, hailing them as gods.
Lesson: Never venerate, elevate leaders into godly status...lest they turn into dangerous autocrats..
I'm sorry, but I abhor any form of injustice, irrespective from whom it comes from - be it from a friend, relative, ruling authorities, etc. I am an advocate, a proponent, a protagonist of peace, and harmony. I will defend with my back against the wall, the underprivileged, the oppressed, and those whose voices are not heard as they cry for justice.
What is happening in this hell-hole of a country..this animal farm, led by oligarchs who only care about power, money and oppressing the people who reluctantly sponsor their opulent lifestyles, is diabolical. It has no place in a modern society, and belongs in medieval times.
The Living God created us all equal, and it is Him and Him alone, we should worship..not mortal man, who was taken from the dust and shall return to dust.
When the Living and Loving God created Man, He commanded, "Subjue the Earth.." He never commanded Man to subdue Man, oppressing him, like what leaders of this wretched country are doing to such a peace loving people, as Swazis.
I hear there is a coming dialogue which has the propensity to make or break our political future. I believe in dialogue.
I believe that when in conflict, human decency demands that we sit down and thrash out our differences, agree to disagree, and ferociously work on reaching a consensus.
I've more or less, studied the mentality of this government, and its leaders. What I have no doubts about is that there is just no way they will negotiate or dialogue in good faith. They have been in power for more than a jubilee of years. They know the perks and benefits of being in power. We all know what power does. It corrupts...
When you're in power, you feel like a god..you command those under you to jump..and they eagerly ask, "how high your Honour".
The wise say, "power corrupts, absolute power corrupts.. ABSOLUTELY"
It remains to be seen if change will finally come in my country..but the will of the people, and good shall triumph over evil in the end...