NEWS DIGEST 14.06.2020: How to tackle coronavirus infection and be a top app promoter in one go

  Today’s news coverage comes from our official HEMNA Twitter feed. Bloomberg examines the experience of a slum in India and how its inhabitants coped with the COVID-19 crisis that has gripped the world in recent months. The Dharavi neighbourhood … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 14.06.2020: How to tackle coronavirus infection and be a top app promoter in one go

PHOTO MOMENT: Sarvajanik Ganeshutsav Mandal

Lovelane Sarvajanik Ganeshutsav Mandal Mazgaon . Posted Via : @lovelanecharaja .#Mum_Ganpati #capture #captured… https://t.co/xCuGobB3hR pic.twitter.com/XFvxMwjmTA — Mumbai Ganpati (@Mum_Ganpati) August 5, 2017   A photo taken of the murti of Lord Ganesh at the Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav Mandal festival located in Love Lane, Mazgaon, Mumbai. Devotees of God as Ganesh are getting ready for the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival which commences on the 24th August 2017.  Please allow a few seconds for the embedded tweet and image to load as it may be slower on some browsers/connections. SOURCES/IMAGE CREDITS: Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984 @lovelanecharaja Mumbai Ganpati‏, … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Sarvajanik Ganeshutsav Mandal

IN MEMORIAM: To dearest Ajaybhai – my blogging angel

It is with heavy heart and deep sadness that we mourn the passing away of Ajay Mody, also known as Ajaytao, blogger of “Ajaytao2010” and the “Ajaytao Botanical Photography” blogs. He left this world on the 10th August 2014 after a short illness at his home in Mumbai, India. Ajay was an incredible blogger,  a great friend and a proud Mumbaikar. I was humbled, yet reassured, by his kind and spiritual take on life. His imagery was moving and beautiful. He loved nature, loved children and loved life. He has been a great blogger and a firmly loyal friend to many of us. … Continue reading IN MEMORIAM: To dearest Ajaybhai – my blogging angel

THREE NEW AWARDS: HEM receives a new set of accolades from Ajaytao2010

Vijay Shah This month just gets better and better on the awards front. Our good friend, photography blogger Ajay of “Ajaytao 2010”, has recently picked up an astonishing THIRTY nominations spread over fifteen different awards variants. Clearly Ajay has made an impact far beyond his humble home in far-off Mumbai, India, and has touched the hearts of a huge swathe of the blogging world. I have certainly felt the ripples of that impact over 4,000 miles here in London, United Kingdom – something that has been made totally achievable and possible by the all-encompassing arc of the Information Superhighway. Choosing … Continue reading THREE NEW AWARDS: HEM receives a new set of accolades from Ajaytao2010

ANTI-SUPERSTITION BILL: Indian state govt. gives go ahead to law after rationalist’s killing

The government of one of India‘s most populous areas, the state of Maharashtra, has passed a bill against so-called superstitious traditions today, despite concerns by religious groups that the new law will be used to persecute those following particular practices of faith.  Led by the Chief Minister, the Maharashtrian state assembly in capital city Mumbai passed the Anti-Superstitions Bill in the wake of the recent killing of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, the most vocal supporter of the “black magic ordinance”.  The Anti-Superstitions Bill, which still needs to be voted on by Mumbai lawmakers before becoming an official addition to the state’s lawbooks, is … Continue reading ANTI-SUPERSTITION BILL: Indian state govt. gives go ahead to law after rationalist’s killing

BOTOWN: Where Bollywood found its funky soul

By Vijay Shah Indian music has many great qualities. Whether it is bhangra from the Punjab or Carnatic music from India’s deep south, the song talent of the world’s ‘largest democracy’ has been very democratic in its popularity. The Bollywood film industry, as well as its regional variations, has built up an international fan-base numbering the tens of millions thanks to its steady stream of ‘filmi’ songs and sultry dance numbers. Indeed, no Bollywood director could ever imagine releasing a movie without a few feel-good tracks thrown in to maximise audience enjoyment. Not including a ditty or two would be unthinkable and would … Continue reading BOTOWN: Where Bollywood found its funky soul

WONDERFUL TEAM MEMBER AWARD: HEM’s second May blogger’s award

By Vijay Shah The Half-Eaten Mind has just being nominated for only its second peer award this month. This time we are recipients of the “Wonderful Team Member Award”, kindly nominated by Mumbai-based blogger and friend Ajay, who blogs under the handle “Ajaytao2010”. Ajay is a keen photographer and storyteller, located in one of India’s biggest, busiest and most magical cities, the home of Bollywood, legendary cricketers and fascinating history spanning thousands of years. Having survived a terrible bout of cancer some years ago, Ajay, a member of Mumbai’s well-heeled Gujarati community, took to blogging as a way of sharing … Continue reading WONDERFUL TEAM MEMBER AWARD: HEM’s second May blogger’s award