Wednesday, March 14, 2018


The campaign with the sole intention to bring administration and citizen closer, named as “Lok Suraj Abhiyaan” was launched in the year 2005. Earlier it was “Gram Suraj” which was a village-centric campaign later it evolved into urban pockets as “Nagar Suraj”. It has now covered rural and urban areas. Hence it developed and took shape of “Lok Suraj”.

Talking about the impact of this campaign started by Chattisgarh government, it has played a vital role in spiraling public’s undeterred faith in government. As the name states, “Lok Suraj”, the good governance for the people, Chattisgarh chief minister Dr. Raman Singh took initiative in developing remote areas of Chattisgarh by getting closer to the villagers and other residents. The government wanted every citizen to make use of this campaign; hence it organizes this campaign mostly during summers. When kids have their vacations, farmers are home and women slightly relieved from the load of work. This gave a platform to the people where they could share their problems of life. Farmers talk about issues related to irrigation, crops, land development and allotment etc whereas children discuss their mid-day meal issues, stationary availability, facilities in schools and so on. Women get a stage to open up about the development of the society by providing proper electricity, water, medical facilities or construction of public toilets etc.

Redressal camps – “Samadhan Shivir”
One of the best measures taken by Dr. Singh and the government is “Samadhan Shivir” where the public can directly get solutions to their needs or problems. Innumerable applications are received during this camp related to public issues. These applications are divided according to area and departments. This finally deals with identifying and correction of administrative irregularities and loopholes if any.  

Roof for uncovered heads and gas for those empty stomachs
Women from many areas came up with the request that they dream of a roof on their heads which they could not get till now. And some requested for a safer kitchen. Wooden stoves would result in watery and itchy eyes and danger of catching fire too.
Under “Pradhan Mantri housing and ujjawala” scheme, those women were asked to fill some forms and formalities. Within a week, they got new gas connections which helped them cook safely and easily better than before and within a month’s time, they got their homes built. What else they could wish for?
Ration card for needy
Poor and needy people had to take loans to fulfill their daily needs. As earning bread for the family was sometimes not their cup of tea, they had to borrow money or take ration on credit, which resulted in huge loans on their heads later. This issue came into the limelight when the government stepped into some of the villages during surprise visits or “Samadhan Shivir”. Dr. Raman Singh’s government then promised ration cards to all the needy people and hence that problem was also solved soon.

Women and child welfare schemes
Our C.M. Dr. Raman Singh started his first day of this campaign, 3rdphase by giving polio drops to the kids. Also, there is a ‘pregnancy aid scheme’ under which women from the rural and urban areas get some amount from the hospitals for their medicines and baby’s other needs. Women who run their own house by their earnings also got a respectful life now. Women who had to go door to door for earning bread by washing clothes and utensils, on requesting a shop, have received a shop where they can now wash and iron other’s clothes and earn bread with respect.
Scholastic and employment programs
Schooling has also been made easy and affordable. Free books made the students study much enthusiastically. Schemes like “Yuva Kranti Yojana”, “Saraswati Cycle Yojana”, “Pradhanmantri Jandhan Yojana”. “Kshetra vikas yojana” have helped Chattisgarh’s youth and the unemployed public. Bank accounts were created under 0 balance, several cycles were distributed to school-going girls, employment were given to many unemployed and deserving candidates. People who suffered immense loss owing to the poor yield could enroll into “Fasal Bima Yojana”. This helped the farmer families insure their lands. In case of poor yield also, those poor farmers had not to worry.
Old age – New solutions
“Lok Suraj Abhiyaan” also dealt with elderly and disabled people ’s problems. People who could not afford medical fees and other expenses now can enroll in medical schemes and get help from the government. The pain of helplessness of old age can only be understood by those who face it. For such old age, people who had to survive by depending on their kids now are receiving their own pension with which they could earn a respectful living. Who would like defecating in open? Toilets in every house were made compulsory for everyone and government helped them to build their own. Public toilets were also made under “Swachchata Abhiyaan”.
Whenever the news of CM coming to their village for any campaign was spread, a huge number of people would gather to interact with their favorite leader. They share and discuss their opinions, problems and grievances. The sight of direct interaction of public and government is one of a kind. This is what is called a “Good Governance”- “SURAJ”.


Friday, April 28, 2017

The thing....which makes your house beautiful

The emerging trend in interior designing shows how India is moving forward. Earlier, we used to have ample of space to build a house perfectly fit for a huge joint family also. But now-a-days as we see, people are opting for apartments where they get less space but interior designing makes that small space look even better. Institutes of Interior designing train their pupils how to utilize the space, how to create designs to make a small area look bigger, better and practical.

ID as a career
Well, it would be better if we change the phrase “scope of ID in India is huge” to “there is a huge scarcity of finest interior designers in India”.  No doubt there are best designers in India but we need few more designers to complete the demand over the time. If you have that caliber to understand interior needs and have the idea to fill up empty spaces or to give small spaces the best utility, you can surely opt for interior designing courses. In Chandigarh, there are some institutes which offer ID course and we’re sure, they can definitely guide you to shape your creativity into a bright future.
In the near future, we are going to see a radical change in interior. Thanks to advancement in digital display surfaces. Isn’t it amazing that an iPad programming helps you draw your dream home? Also some technique helps design your walls as you like. Design it your way, as you want it to be. Apps are being made just to know how your room should look like. How much brightness, what color it should be painted. You can switch on your AC even if you’re far away from your home, your houses now can have wifi-enabled lights, remote operating windows and many more.Must say, digitalization has added charm to interior designing.
Computerized ID

Computerized interior designing is a major technical advancement.Especially for constructers, architects, designers etc. With the help of computer software, one can easily speed up things, can help architects to create forms and structures which they could not imagine and draw beforehand due to some practical issues. A project that could take several weeks now can be easily done in a couple of days.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

MAA...The second GOD.

Mother’s Day...

Holds a special place in my own heart because of the little one who made me a mum. I love to get up every morning seeing his face. I can't thank God enough for gifting me 'motherhood'.
This day reminds me of my mum...
an amazing mother who dedicated her life to her two daughters. She is selfless, hardworking, strong and the most beautiful woman I know.

Every year as Mother’s Day gets close, I get a little nostalgic. I used to trouble my mum a lot. I have been rude to her many times. I could not apologize directly but always wanted to. I could not thank her for everything but always wanted to. So today I wanted to sit down and blog a little letter for my mum thanking her for every single thing she has done for me and also to share some of the challenges I’ve experienced as a mom.

As a quick side note, when I started writing this post it was all about the joy of motherhood. But when I thought about all the strong moms around me, it didn’t take me long to realize the term “mom” isn’t easy to come by. So whether you’re a mom to ur newborn or right in the middle of raising your babies, or you find yourself helpless with your teenagers...this day is for all of us.

MUM...YOU'RE MORE THAN ENOUGH times get this insecure feeling of “I’m not doing enough.” So did my mum. Being a working lady, it was the hardest for my mum to handle work, house and two naughty kids. She never skipped a single thing out of her mind. Right from breakfast, our lunchboxes, dad's lunchpack, her own box, cleaning house nd also checking our homework whether it's done or not. Meanwhile my daddy used to look after our uniforms and shoes. Mum used to share every part of her task..and so did we. We had a habit of sharing everything we did in our school.Taking a few seconds to let us in on her huge part of life has really helped us understand that mum and dad both have a big job to do.
You have done a lot for us mummy. You are still doing. Bearing our tantrums, listening to OUR fav music, watching OUR fav movies, OUR fav dishes. Still..whenever I go to my place (after 6years of marriage also) she cooks all my fav dishes. Lack of time was never an obstacle for her between cooking for her daughter :) hahaha. I love that okra curry and tomato rasam she prepares. I guess no one in the world can mAke such yummy rasam.

I am a stay-at-home mum. And I get the same feelings of “not doing enough". I spend a lot of time focusing on priority of work. Nap time is when I get my daily chores done. Whether it was folding laundry, prepping dinner, doing dishes or cleaning the mess which my not-so-naughty son creates. My husband plays a vital part here. He taught me how to balance household chores and take care of my growing son.
I am glad that whenever I got time, I used to pen down my feelings in my diary. Though I gave a couple of years gap in blogging but never forgot my pen and diary. Taking the time to allow yourself a few minutes a day to do what you love, is OKAY. I found it was the thing that kept me balanced and energized.

Motherhood can be difficult. It's not easy as planting a tree and watching it grow. You have to put efforts. You have to give your kids, your part of time. This is what I've learnt from my mumy. When your kiddos are just babies and you’re changing diapers or listening to whining constantly, it can feel overwhelming. But not at time when you clean the blend of water, omelette, chai, idly and chutney spilled on the floor. My son does so ;)


While my mum taught me how to cook her way, bring up a child her way, I also want to thank my mother-in-law. Cooking is the best part I have learnt from her. Ever heard a mother-in-law sharing her secret recipies? Mine does. Thankyou mumy for teaching some very interesting recipies as you teach your daughter. I have been rude sometimes, sometimes irresponsible and sometimes moody. Sorry and thankyou both a ton for bearing with me.

I hope you feel so loved and celebrated this Mother’s Day. And no matter what season you find yourself in, just know that you are doing enough, and you are loved and appreciated. I know for me, the thought of my son growing up and moving off to the next stage of his life makes me want to burst into tears! So this Mother’s Day I plan to milk it for all it’s worth, and add suger to all the moments to make my life even more sweeter with my beloved one.
P.S. Cheers to all the mothers.