Pinkathon @ Kolkata on 26th March ’17 by Calcutta South RT 17 / Register NOW!

Pinkathon is more than a Marathon. It is the seed of change. It is the beginning of a movement carried forward by a growing community of empowered women across India, who share a belief that a healthy family, a healthy nation and a healthy world begins with empowered women.

The first step in empowerment is taking control of your own health, respecting yourself and understanding and celebrating the value you bring to your family and society. Empowerment is not a gift of society; it is a gift you give yourself.

The Pinkathon is India’s Biggest Women’s Run, founded by Mr. Milind Soman and Ms. Reema Sanghavi, organised by the United Sisters Foundation and created with the specific purpose of getting more and more women to adopt a fitter lifestyle for themselves and their families, and to highlight the need for increased awareness other issues that put women’s lives at risk

Calcutta South Round Table 17 bring you the 1st run at Kolkata on 26th March 2017. Register NOW!

To register, visit http://www.rti.run/pink
More about Pinkathan @ http://www.pinkathon.in

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Activity Digest / Rajapalayam Sivakasi RT 158

Project: Chess Competition

Date: 4th December 2016

RSRT158 collaborating with Virudhunagar District Chess Association sponsored and  helped organize a State level Chess Competition for school children from all over Tamil Nadu at Jaycees School, Sivakasi . Chairman Tr. Murali, an avid Chess player, moved the first pawn of the first game and set ablaze the day-long tournament. The young minds were given a conducive environment to compete in good spirit. A certificate of merit was issued to all participants and the winners were rewarded handsomely with prize money and a generous applause!

Chess Cometition

Fellowship: “Go Desi” Social By Tr. Rishi & Cr. Aastha Khetan

Date: 11th December 2016

Tr. Rishi Khaitan and Aastha hosted a fabulous social for tablers and their families with the theme “Go Desi”. The gathering enjoyed a laid back, leisure Sunday afternoon at a Farm with a striking food menu and chilled beverages. The offbeat theme added to the elegance of the outdoor lush setting and cool breezy weather.After a long and productive meeting the party kicked off with twinklers and tablers plunging into a pool and enjoying insanely in an artificial waterfall.The icing on the cake, was hands down, the sumptuous food ranging from chaat to noodles, each dish specially home cooked by the hosts. Tr. Rishi and Aastha provided the means for everyone to let loose and unwind. It was a lovely Sunday afternoon, to say the least!!

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Project: Book Distribution

Date: 9th December 2016

Chairman Tr Murali and Tr. Ashish Bardia of RSRT distributed 40 books to the school library of Kammaapatti Municipal Middle School, Srivilliputur. This Project has been supported by RTI Trust’s – S.Chand Publications Free Books Distribution Scheme to encourage the Young Readers.

Book Distrubution

Project: Table & Chair Donation

Date: 16th December 2016

Chairman Tr Murali, Tr Srinivasan, Tr Rishi, Tr. Ashish and Tr. Jai Ganesh of RSRT made a Donation of  3 tables and 3 chairs to M Pudupatti Panchayat school at M.Pudupatti Village near Sivakasi. The National Marathon Convener Tr Ajmal Graced the Event. RSRT Chairman Honoured Tr. Ajmal with the RSRT Table Pin. The School Authorities greatly appreciated the generosity of the Club.

Tables&Chair Donation

Project: Sports Kit Donation

Date: 20th December 2016

Chairman Tr Murali, Tr. Kali, Tr, Srinivas, Tr. Ashish Bardia and HT Muthu of RSRT distributed Sports Kits to the Kammaapatti Municipal Middle School, Srivilliputur. These Sports Kits where received by Students who had a special interest and good aptitude in Sports. RSRT made this donation in a view to encourage young talent to participate in various sporting events.

LMF.Tr. Deepak Amarnath
IT & Blog Rajapalayam Sivakasi RT 158

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Twinklers of Ahmedabad RT 40 meet Santa Claus!

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It was 25th December 2016, beautiful Sunday morning where the Christmas Tree was decorated with Red Socks hanging on it which is nothing but the wish of young kids from Uncle Santa. There is an excitement for the kids to wake up early in the morning to get surprise gift near their socks.

 We are at ART 40 and ALC 64 have decided to continue our tradition of Santa Clause Twinkler Activity. Tr. Animesh and Tr. Rohan have dressed up like Santa at 10:00am in the morning. We First of all decided to visit Prakash School, which is a School for mentally challenged kids and along with Two Santa and Four Tablers  have joined the School and greeted the under privileged mentally challenged kids by giving them Sweets and dancing with them for some time to bring smiles on their faces.

At 10:30am, Two Santa were divided in Two cars, they went to the home of Tablers, HTs, and 41ners as per the route decided by the convener. They have personally met each and every Twinkler of our 40-64 family and give them toys, cake and chocolates at their places. Twinklers had also called all the neighbor  friends to showcase that Santa Claus has coming to their house. On this auspicious day, Tr. Animesh visited to the house Tr. Saurabh whose daughter is just 3 months old who had also smiled looking at the Santa which also touched our heart very much.

This is the day where all Twinklers wait for Santa Claus to come there house and give the Sweets, Toys and Chocolates. It is indeed pride moment for them in entire society where in they can showcase their goodwill amongst other kids.

I would like to personally thank to Tr. Pulkit Goenka for an excellent co ordination for the entire event. I would also like to thank Bhavna Damani for yummy Cake and Tr. Vikas and Akshit for their support during event.

Lastly would like to thank Tr. Animesh and Tr. Rohan for coming as Santa and bringing smiles on the faces of so many kids.

Proud to be Tablers

Thanks and Regards
LMF Tr. Ankit Parikh
Chairman ART-40
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Kolkata Victorian RT 227 & Kolkata Aspire RT 161 inaugurate P&G Shiksha School Block

Inaugration of RTI and P& G Shiksha School Block in partnership with KART 161.

School: Devdhari Hindi High School.

Location: Banipur, Outskirts of Kolkata.

Date:  5th February 2017.

“A child without education is a bird without wings”- Tibetan Proverb.

With Indians ever increasing population the biggest challenge and the matter of concern is to provide quality education for every child born. Though the Indian government has been partially successful in increasing the literacy rate percentage however there still exits a major gap. India’s majority population lives in rural and yet there are countless villages where the children are not even getting the basic education properly. Illiteracy is a self fulfilling curse that perpetuates the chain of poverty, degradation and child labour. Round Table India has very well taken this initiative to reach out to these areas where the government is yet to lay its eyes upon.

After finishing a breakfast fellowship at the Russels Dhaba the fleet of cars in a queue drove down an hour east to reach the narrow lanes of the villages in which the school was to be inaugurated. The narrow lane opened to a large ground. The villagers and the children were waiting anxiously for our arrival. When we arrived we had a very warm welcome from the local folks with welcome music, and few performances by the school kids. The podium was neatly kept on the stage with Round Table Banners along with KVRT-227 logos all around. After a small speech from the school caretakers and the local politicians we briefed the locals about the whole Tabling Movement. Later  the school headmaster took us for an orientation of the building work that had been completed. The classrooms were filled with the aroma of the newly painted walls and the woody chairs and tables. With loads of thanks and appreciation the locals greeted us whole heartedly. The smiles on the face of the children were a beautiful sight. Now they too can study in a proper environment and get a direction in their lives.

We would like to thank all the dignitaries like Tr. Chris Arvinth (Rti National Vice President), Tr. Sandeep Harbhajanka (Area 4 Chairman), Tr Sundeep Kapoor( Area Project Convenor) and Chairmen of both the Tables of KVRT 227 Tr. Sandeep Lalwani and Tr. Dinesh Tanwari from KART-161 along with all the Tablers present.

It was a real proud moment for each of the Victorians.  A glorious first half of the day was well spent. True to the definition of the word pure team work we Victorians are setting an example like other Tables in the Tabling fraternity in the pursuit of helping and providing quality education to the underpriviledged.

Regards,
Tr. Ankit Budhia,
Blog Convener, KVRT 227
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Nyenrode New Business School, Amsterdam’s Students Visit Surat

Surat welcomed the students of Nyenrode New Business School, Amsterdam, whole heartedly. Surat RT 135, along with Surat United RT 265 and Surat Central RT 195, hosted them from 24th November to 26th November. Surat was their last destination of the tour. They had come from Baroda after touring Ahmedabad. First stoppage was for lunch at Dominos Pizza, where the students greeted with us and enjoyed their coke and pizzas. After lunch we move to Naniba Ashramshala @Aaklanch, a FTE school built this year by the resources collected through NNBS students. There the students enjoyed the amazing performance done by the students of the ashramshala. They interacted with the kids. We could see a sense of satisfaction amongst the NNBS students and coaches, their efforts had paid off.

After visit to Namiba Ashramshala, we moved on to school @ Kureilia.This school is proposed for NNBS fund this year and work will be start in a few weeks’ time. The students had an interactive session with the kids here too. They also played with them.

After a long day at field, the students headed back to Surat city and checked in into Taj hotel. After an hour of relaxing, we headed for Infinity disc, where we had arranged a small dance party in honour of the NNBS students and coaches. The students danced to the tunes of English numbers and some desi raps too. Two students also turned DJ and entertained the whole lot for a few minutes too.

After infinity, Tr. Puneet hosted an after party at his residence to uplift the spirits of the students, before calling it a day.

Day 2 of NNBS students started with visit to Auro University. They had full tour of the University checking out the Library, Kitchen, Class Rooms, Gym, Games Room,

Meditation room, Auditorium, Administration, Hall of Nobility etc. There was a small lecture on demonetization too. Later they were facilitated and had light snacks before moving to Hare Krishna Diamond factory.

Hare Krishna Diamond factory is one of the biggest house of diamonds in Surat. The students were happy to know and learn how a raw diamond is cut and shaped into a beautiful looking piece. One of their representative gave full guided tour of their facility. After the Diamond factory visit, we moved on for lunch at KFC. The students relished the lunch.

Then we moved on to Kala Vaarso, a cultural programme, at the amphitheatre at Science centre. The students witnessed the cultural heritage of India in form of folk dances of Manipur Odisha, Maharashtra and Gujarat. They also did some shopping of traditional wear and indigenous stuffs.

After brief rest at hotel, we moved for football fellowship hosted by SRT 135. It was truly enthralling playing football with the students. After the fellowship, we moved on to have dinner at Barbeque Nation. After Barbeque Nation Tr. Puneet again hosted an after party at his residence to uplift the spirits of the students, before calling it a day.

Day 3 of students started with breakfast and swimming session @ Taj. Then they packed their luggage and got ready to go back to Ahmedabad from where they had to catch flight for Netherland. Before leaving from Surat they also had lunch at their hotel.

It was a good learning experience for NNBS students and tablers of Surat and good memories to cherish for lifetime.

Regards,
Tr. Deepak Kherajani,
Chairman (2016-17), Surat RT 135
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RTI Week Celebrations @ Surat RT 135

The RTI week was kick started with “CLEAN INDIA DAY”.
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celebrated RTI week in association with Surat United RT 265. In presence of National Swachh Bharat Convener, LMF Tr. Piyush Agarwal of SRT-135 we celebrated it by distrubuting goodies and snack packets to SMC “Safai Karamchari” who works day night to keep out Surat city KHOOBSURAT. The workers were very happy to receive them and we were more happy to give them. 

On Day 2 of RTI week “NATIONAL PUBLICITY DAY” was celebrated by catering to public by giving water and spreading awareness about RTI to them. There were huge queues outside Banks and ATMs due to demonetisation, we took the initiative to give water to them and we also installed water cans outside shops. 

On Day 3  under “NATIONAL  LAPD  INITIATIVE”  HRD was conducted by Tr. Amit and Area LAPD convenor Cr. Tanushri of SRT 135 and SLC 72 respectively. The topic of the evening was Communication, and it was  done  in  presence of Area  LAPD  Convener Tr. Prakash Anandani of SURT-265 The duo explained us how  Communication  is important , and also breifed us about the four points it takes to be a good communicater. The LAPD session was well conducted with interactive games jointly with SURT-265.

Along with the LAPD session , we also undertook “NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP INITIATIVE” as a part of RTI week celebrations and did fellowship.Tr. Puneet of SRT 135 made sweet and chilling coffee and served us. Jointly with SURT-265,SLC -72 and SULC 138, and in presence of Area  11  Chairman Tr. Sumit Khuraana, we enjoyed the evening with some smoky Hookah as well. The ambience of the venue added extra charm to the fellowship. 

Next day of the RTI week belonged to “COMMUNITY SERVICE at FTE SCHOOL”. Along with SURT-265 and SLC 72, we distrubuted Hindi and English Text books and snacks to the children at FTE schools built by SCRT 195 and SRT 135 at Kharwasa and Bonand respectively. Under the guidance of Area FTE project convener Tr.  Mukesh  Bhajanka of SRT-135, it  was  satisfaction personified to distribute books and cookies and see the smiles on the face of the underprivileged children. 

Along with the text books distrubution at the FTE school, we also planted saplings at the FTE school built by SCRT  195 under the “GO GREEN INITIATIVE”. With the help of Tablers of SURT-265 and Circlers from SLC -72, we dug holes and planted the saplings. We even educated the children of the school the benefits of plants and trees in our daily life and long term impact. 

“TAARE ZAMEEN PAR”,  a national initiative for the underprivileged children, was also done by us as a part of RTI Week at Bonand FTE school built by SRT 135. Again with SURT-265 and SLC 72, we gave the children drawing sheets and were asked to colour them.The children did their job beautifully and the best five paintings out of 90 students were given the prizes.

On the last day of  RTI week  “FAMILY  SPORTS /EXCURSION INITIATIVE”  was  also  done  by  our  table, again with our sponsor table SURT-265. SLC -72  and SULC 138 also joined in along with the twinklers. We had kept an inter table and circle bowling competition which was attended by maximum tablers and circlers. Lots of hooting clapping and cheering were done by the tablers and circlers for their team members as a small token of appreciation. 

Overall it was a satisfying week.

Regards,
Tr. Deepak Kherajani,
Chairman (2016-17), Surat RT 135
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“Spin the Spoon” fellowship @ Vizag RT 77

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Spin the spoon is a fellowship concept that was initialized by Sq. Leg Dr. Raghu  in 2010, The basic idea of this initiative is to increase the bonding and interaction among fellow tablers, ladies and square legs. The origin of spin the spoon started like this, a wooden spoon is placed on the floor and all the tablers sit in a circle, the spoon is spun and then whoever the spoon points to, that tabler has to host a home fellowship inviting the entire table either for breakfast, lunch, snacks or dinner. The next host is decided at that home fellowship itself and then whoever the host is has to host a fellowship within 15 days. This was the actual concept .

This year we had the same idea however Chairman Shrawan added a twist. SPIN THE SPOON GROUP FELLOWSHIPS. Chairman Shrawan divided the entire table into different groups. The idea was that sometimes in smaller groups the interaction and bonding is more. Each group was assigned a captain to take charge and fix up a date and venue for the home fellowship.

The team captains were Tr. Inder, Tr. Pratik, Tr . Samir and Tr. Hiren.

Tr Inder and Anita hosted their group for a dinner fellowship at their place. They also played some fun games like taboo which made the evening entertaining.

Tr. Pratik and Kamna hosted their group for dinner at their place.

Tr. Samir and Jayti hosted their group for a lunch fellowship at their place wherein they served an authentic  Gujrathi meal with some yummy delicacies like dhokla, thepla, khandvi etc. It was a sumptuous meal that was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

Tr. Hiren hosted his group for dinner at his place and they also played some games to make the evening entertaining.

Kudos to all the group captains for taking charge and making sure that the spin the spoon was a grand success. We look forward to more such fellowships in the future.

Tr. Shashank Dutt Kancharla,
Vizag RT 77
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