Voice of Navksitij: February 2018
From the President’s desk
At the top of the highest peak in Karnataka
THIS MONTH, we organised the 10th edition of our Parvati Hill Climbing competition, in which 215 Friends participated, including Autistic students. The event was a grand success. We thank Nitor InfoTech for the financial support, and Zhep and Sahyadri Trekkers, and Professor Mangesh Dande and his students from Indira College of Business Studies, Tathawade, for sending us volunteers.
With the help of Avacayam, a Delhi-based organisation, we have started making organic colour from flowers collected from temples. It is a pleasant change for everyone in the workshop.
A few days back, I meet our supporter Leela Dabholkar from Satara. What made the meeting special was this. After reading an article in the Sakal weekly edition, in 2012, she wrote to me appreciating my work and requested me to write a book about my experiences. Along with the letter, she sent a cheque for a generous amount. The next year, she made another generous donation. After the release of my book, I wanted to meet her. Last week, we went to Satara on some official work in connection with our Aswali project. After finishing our work, we went looking for Leela Tai’s house. We had an address but no phone number, but we somehow reached. I realised that when I pressed the doorbell, I was actually excited. A helper in the house opened the door and asked us to have a seat. After a few minutes, a kind looking 84-year- old entered the room. When I introduced myself, she was so happy, and we got chatting as if we had known each other for years. I gave her a copy of my book. She was so overwhelmed that I had remembered her and come personally to meet her and give her a copy. This is among the most memorable moments of my life.
This month, we completed a trek to Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka, located at a height of around 6,300.17 feet. We reached on February 25 and completed the trek on February 27. We had a wonderful trip, enjoying the scenic beauty and visiting many old temples—each one a masterpiece. Members from Rotary Clubs, Inner Wheel Clubs and the Brahman Sangh of Arsekere felicitated us and gave us a donation. They hosted two dinners for us. We were bowled over by the love and hospitality that we received from the people in Karnataka. A big thanks to Murti Mama from Arsekere who made it all happen. Rajabhau Patanakar and Manohar Kanade from Zhep, Pune, helped us to organise this trek. We are grateful to all of them. Special thanks to the volunteers and my colleagues from Navkshitij who ensured that this was yet another memorable trek for us.
How our Friends motivated and inspired me:
ON FEBRUARY 7, 2018, Navkshitij and Nitor InfoTech jointly hosted the 10th Interschool Parvati Climbing Competition for Mentally Challenged Friends (MCF). Nearly 215 MCF and Autistic students from 20 institutes in Pune and Belapur participated in the event. For the first time, Navkshitij gave a platform for Autistic Friends. Here every participant comes with a desire to compete, excel, accomplish the extraordinary, and accept the responsibility for winning the competition or standing in the first three positions. And at the end of it, the celebration of the champions is not to be missed. The way they hold their trophy, show victory signs, kiss the trophy, and flash smiles in front of the camera makes the event so special. For a few seconds, I felt I was standing in Wankhede Stadium and enjoying the precious moment of winning the ICC World Cup 2011, chanting the names of Sachin, Yuvraj, Gambhir & Dhoni. Not only I but everyone present that day enjoyed the thrill of the competition, the caring attitude of the MCF when their opponents fell, their support and encouragement for their friends, and their tremendous confidence about winning. They were flashing victory signs to the public. It was way beyond our imagination. They were true champions.
Hellen Keller said, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” This event was loaded with motivation and inspiration for normal people like us. It has left a long-lasting impact on my mind. It forced me to think about myself, my mission, purpose of life, way towards infinity, and especially a journey Beyond the Horizons. Hats off, dear Friends.
By Rameshwar Fundipalle, PRO, Navkshitij
- March 1: Holi,
- March 2: Dhulwad & Rang Panchmi,
- March 17: Annual Siblings Conference,
- March 18: Gudhi Padwa
- February 2: Group Birthday Celebration,
- February 7: Parvati Climbing Competition Sponsored by Nitor InfoTech.
- February 14: Traffic Awareness Programme.
- February 24: Annual Trek to Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka.
Navkshitij now needs
- 1 Washing Machine – Approximate cost Rs 13,000
- 2 Garden pipes (100 ft) – Approximate cost Rs 1,400
- 1 Mini Atta (Flour) Mill – Approximate cost Rs 10,000
- 6 Dining Chairs – Approximate cost Rs 12,000
- 4 Garden Chairs – Approximate cost Rs 4,700
- Annual Sponsorship for one Day School student – Rs 18,000 per annum
- One-time Ice-Cream Party – Approximate cost Rs 3,500
Thank you from Navkshitij to
- M/s Flex Ltd India
- M/s Nitor Infotech Pvt Ltd
- M/s Fiserv India Pvt. Ltd
- Zhep Adventure Club, Pune
- Sahyadri Trekkers Foundation
- Prof Mangesh Dande and students from Indira College of Business Studies
- Aparna Sadanand Kanitkar
- Grind Master Machine Pvt Ltd
- Mr. Rajukumar Gupta
- Mr. Nachiketas Bhatkar
- Mr. Prateek Polyure, Thane
- Mr. Amit Potnis
- Mr. Yogesh Aru
- Smt. Madhuri Mukund Shaligram
- Mr. Swanand Ramesh Sathe
- Mr. Niten Patel
- Mr. Punit Kumar Singh
- Kedarling Charitable Trust
- Mr. Makarand Date
(A monthly newsletter published by Dr. Neelima Desai and edited by Kanaka Cadambi on behalf of Navkshitij)