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S1E3: IIM Alumnus Dimple Parmar Shares Her Journey As A Caregiver To Her Husband Who Died Of Colon Cancer

Podcast MD by Ketto with Kunal Kapoor Season One’s third episode featuring- Dimple Parmar (Founder – Love Heals Cancer and ZenOnco.io) Wife & Caregiver of Late Nitesh Prajapat Shares Her Journey After Losing Her Husband To Colon Cancer.

Podcast MD by Ketto’s third guest is Dimple Parmar, the founder of Love Heals Cancer. Nitesh Prajapat and Dimple Parmar got married after they discovered that he had Stage 4 colorectal cancer. They launched Love Heals Cancer in January 2018 to provide support, information, and services to help people in their battle against cancer. A tribute to her late husband Nitesh, Love Heals Cancer is a non-profit organization that focuses on helping cancer patients live longer and better lives. Dimple and Nitesh’s journey started in IIM Calcutta where both of them were grad students. An alumnus of IIT-Kanpur and studying in IIM-Calcutta, Nitesh had founded Appeti, a curated online marketplace. While completing his MBA in 2016, he met Dimple, who was working on her own startup, Zaple, at the campus. They quickly connected and became good friends. Nitesh was diagnosed with cancer after he went for a checkup for severe back pain and constipation. Dimple talks about all the difficulties Nitesh had to go through during chemotherapy and cancer treatment including the side effects of treatment that wreaked havoc on his physical health. Dimple believes it’s important for caregivers to distribute their responsibilities of taking care of the patient to avoid burn-out. In his final days, Dimples opens up about how Nitesh transformed completely as a person and was more cheerful than ever before. She attributes the positive changes to a strong support system Nitesh had in the US, alternate healing practices, and a complete change in his diet. Here is an edited excerpt from our conversation with Dimple:

How and when did you guys find out about cancer?

We became friends after I met Nitesh during the time when we were both working on our start-ups. I didn’t find him much friendly but it all changed when he came back after a 3-month break. He also started getting sick more often and complained about severe back pain and constipation. After the doctor recommended a biopsy, it was found that he had Colon Cancer. This came as a shock to both of us. It was hard to accept that a young man who is very active, seemingly healthy, will have to fight against cancer. Spontaneously, I became his primary caregiver as he underwent Radiation Therapy followed by surgery. He was broken, but managed to rise above the initial shock, and, with his family’s support, started treatment. He approached his health condition in a logical manner, believing there was a solution to every problem.

How did you guys decide to get married?

Over the course of treatment, I began to develop a kind of empathy for him. He was a smart, intelligent, ambitious young man. He was a very good human being. I wanted to fight his battle with him. Nitesh moved to Mumbai for treatment and then came back to college in Calcutta after some months. That is when we decided to move in together. We got to know about each other more and more, and we fell in love. Nitesh underwent surgery. He was under continuous treatment and had numerous cycles of chemotherapy, while we were still in college. One day, he expressed his love for me and asked me if I would marry him. I said ‘yes’. On the day of our graduation in 2017, we got engaged on the campus in Tata Hall 213. We got married in August and seven days later, moved to the US to participate in clinical trials.

What was Chemotherapy and Cancer Treatment like?

Cancer eats away the physical and mental health of not only the one affected by it, but also the patient’s loved ones. The treatment was filled with interventions, including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. And later when nothing worked, we opted for clinical trials. Just when we thought we had defeated the dreaded disease, a post-treatment scan in June showed that the disease had metastasized to his lungs, pelvis, and other abdominal areas. There were a total of 12 tumors. I saw Nitesh suffer immensely as he was undergoing treatment. I want to share with you the taboo that exists around cancer in our society and how ingrained it is in our minds. When Nitesh was told that as part of the surgery procedure, he would have to be fitted with a ‘poop bag’, he was so ashamed that he didn’t even want to undergo the surgery. He was willing to die than have a ‘poop bag’ attached to his body.

Chemotherapy was worse. When a person undergoes chemotherapy it affects them psychologically too. They want to withdraw into a shell. They become so sensitive that they get irritated by the slightest sound or even dim light. It’s due to a condition called neuropathy, a side-effect of cancer treatment where if a person is even touched, it feels like a current. Some weeks are okay but most are bad. The chemotherapy was so hard that Nitesh no longer had a problem with the ‘poop bag’.

Tell us something about your organization Love Heals Cancer?

Nitesh constantly pondered upon how millions of people suffer from cancer and how can we give them hope and support them through their journey. He was the epitome of strength and willpower, and in his last days, he redefined joy with his infectious smile. It was his wish that we help people undergoing similar circumstances and how Love Heals Cancer (LHC) started.

LHC is a community of patients, caregivers, survivors, volunteers, individuals, and organizations, dedicated to providing love and support to cancer patients around the world. Our primary aim is to help cancer patients and their caregivers to find extensive healing options and improve their quality of life. The core belief is that in addition to regular treatment, extending warmth, love and support to cancer patients can play a huge role in healing them. 

What was your experience as a caregiver during Nitesh’s cancer treatment?

I think it’s important for caregivers to distribute their responsibilities of taking care of the patient to avoid burn-out. Sometimes I would feel burned out because I wasn’t taking time for my own self and that’s something we all need to understand. You can only take care of someone when you are doing well yourself. Cancer treatment makes the patient overly sensitive. How you behave directly impacts them. So, if you feel burned out, it’s a good idea to distribute responsibilities among other family members or simply take some time off for yourself. Another thing I believe is that caregivers should undergo counseling because none of us knows by default how to take care of someone who is suffering from cancer. It helps to have someone who can help us understand our own emotions with respect to what is happening.

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Podcast MD by Ketto S1E02: How A Writer Survived Cancer

The second guest on Podcast MD by Ketto, Sanjukta Sharma, is a journalist and writer based in Mumbai. She is also an ovarian cancer survivor. She has worked in various publications including The Indian Express, Tehelka and the Mint. At the start of 2017, Sanjukta quit her full-time job after feeling overworked. Her tiredness was accompanied by bloating and other symptoms of cancer. Her brother, who is also a doctor asked her to undergo a CT scan as a precautionary measure. After undergoing a CT scan, her doctor found nodularity along the lining of her uterus. She had to undergo a removal surgery, but while performing the surgery, her doctor found that the tumor was malignant.

In Jan 2018, she finished her Chemotherapy sessions and was declared cancer-free. Sanjukta, an advocate of Mistletoe therapy, believes that letting go is vital for the healing journey. She says it’s essential to spend time with one’s self in order to heal. She also recommends dietary measures that help with the recovery process, which includes limiting the intake of refined sugar and carbs. She believes that timely gene testing can help take preventive measures against gene mutations which can lead to cancer. Having undergone a tough time during her treatment, she has many insights regarding what challenges cancer patients have to face during treatment and how to tackle them.

During her cancer treatment, Sanjukta also underwent a lot of mental turmoil, including emotional outbursts and complete breakdown. During this time, her husband was constantly there by her side to take care of her. Knowing that it was also hard for her husband and what he went through during the course of the treatment, Sanjukta recommends that caregivers should also go through counseling so they know how to manage such a stressful situation. Interestingly, Sanjukta thinks that Chemotherapy wasn’t the hardest part of her treatment as the medicines the doctor gave her took care of the side effects caused by Chemotherapy. Personally, Sanjukta believes that the market for cancer treatment is huge with therapies available to patients, and to avoid getting tangled in multiple things one should simply choose one or two therapies and stick with them. She recommends reading the book ‘Longevity Diet’ to make a positive change in lifestyle and live a healthy life.

Sanjukta believes that there is a lot of shame around cancer, especially for women who also end up losing their hair during treatment. Given how much taboo exists around cancer in India, Sanjukta believes that patients need to be empowered. She also thinks that Doctors need to explain more to their patients as to how the treatment will affect the patient. Additionally, she believes the doctors should also be more receptive to their patients’ suggestions as they are the ones having to deal with the side effects and pain. At a personal level, Sanjukta feels every patient should try to spend more time listening to what their body is trying to tell them. “You have to be gentle with yourself,” she says.

Link to Podcast: Episode 2

Podcast MD by Ketto on all the major platforms like Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, JioSaavn and Hubhopper. You can also find it on eplog.media, our production partner.

Also, if you have a similar inspiring medical story that you think can be a source of inspiration to others, please get in touch with us, we would love to hear from you on mystory@ketto.org

Cancer Survivor’s Journey: How Award-Winning Filmmaker Defeated Cancer

Podcast MD by Ketto with Kunal Kapoor Season One’s first episode featuring – National award-winning filmmaker Teenaa Kaur Pasricha

The first guest of season one was Teenaa Kaur Pasricha, a National Award winning film-maker and screenwriter. Raised up in Ajmer, Rajasthan Teenaa was brought up in a middle class family.  Her documentary ‘1984: When the Sun didn’t Rise’ has won multiple awards in competitions across the world. ‘1984, When the Sun didn’t Rise’ is a documentary film that journeys into the Widow’s Colony of New Delhi where 3,000 widows and their families were resettled after the Sikh massacre of 1984. It tells the story of three brave women who fight for justice while negotiating personal trauma and earning a livelihood for their families. “I used to be very depressed while I was shooting, as I was absorbing the emotions of these women who were narrating their horrific experiences,” Teenaa says.  

For Teenaa, it was a difficult journey, but also a very fulfilling one as she got to know stories of countless women who were affected by what happened in 1984. Teenaa was awarded the prestigious fellowship in screen- play writing by Time Warner foundation supported Asia Society, New York for her first feature film screenplay “The Red Autumn” in 2013-14. She has worked with India’s largest Broadcaster, Zee TV as a Promo Producer and a Core team member of Trends Ad films on producing TV Commercials. Teenaa was diagnosed with Breast Cancer right before she came to know that her film had won a National film Award for ‘Best Investigative Film’ in 2018. Her doctor recommended her to receive the award after undergoing a surgery, which she did. Her Chemotherapy sessions began right after she received the award. 

One year later, she was sharing her experience with the audience at a TEDx event. Teenaa hopes to clear the Taboo that Breast Cancer is surrounded with. Teenaa is a firm believer in the power of Homeopathy, Ayurveda and raw food diet. She believes the combination of these three things helped her cope up with the side effects of chemotherapy and live a healthier life too. For her diet, she starting eating sprouts and switched rice with millets. She also wants to spread awareness about the taboo that exists around breast cancer in the Indian society where she believes people are still hesitant to talk about it. She is of the opinion that women need to get regular check-ups done, so that life doesn’t spring surprises on them.

Breast cancer awareness according to her is an important women’s health issue that unfortunately isn’t discussed publicly- something she believes must change. Overall, Teenaa had to undergo a combination of Radiation therapy, surgery and Chemotherapy. Radiation therapy was the easiest part of the treatment for her as it didn’t involve going through terrible side-effects like in the case of Chemotherapy. For Teenaa, cancer put her life in perspective as she was able to reflect on things that matter to her. “All the things that weren’t in my life completely disappeared from my mind,” she says. After finishing her cancer treatment which lasted for 6 months, Teenaa has started travelling more often, something she says brings fulfillment in her life. Teenaa’s journey of fighting cancer was an uphill battle but her strong and positive attitude allowed her to bounce back in life.

You can catch Podcast MD by Ketto on all the major platforms like Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, JioSaavn and Hubhopper. You can also find it on eplog.media, our production partner.

Link to the podcast:
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Also, if you have a similar inspiring medical story that you think can be a source of inspiration to others, please get in touch with us, we would love to hear from you on mystory@ketto.org

1st Annual Ketto Awards

In our short history of 7 years, we’ve had the opportunity to be closely involved with how India’s social sector has evolved. Over the last few years, the benchmark has been continually raised by both individuals and organisations, working tirelessly to create meaningful and sustainbale impact.

We at Ketto felt it was the right time to launch Ketto Awards to celebrate and recognize initiatives driving positive change in India with the objective of inspiring others to get involved in creating meaningful and sustainable impact.

Our panel of three renowned judges from across diverse walks of life deliberated over a comprehensive list of nominees, to select a list of winners that includes prominent NGOs and individuals who have addressed social challenges and are in the endeavor to improve the communities in which they operate.

The inaugural edition of Ketto Awards features ten categories: Best Start-Up NGO, Best Indian NGO of the Year, Best International NGO of the Year, Best Social Entrepreneur, Young Changemaker, Social Media Influencer, Lifetime Achievement, Best Digital Media Campaign, Best CSR Campaign, and Best Social Celebrity.

The jury comprised of:

  • Sheila Nair – Director of Resource Mobilization in the Cancer programme of Tata Trusts
  • Thomas Chandy – Founder and CEO of Save the Children .
  • Yashwant Deshmukh – Communications professional with an eclectic range of experience as a journalist, pollster, evaluation expert, and international observer.

Here are the winners of the Ketto Awards 2019:

Best Start-Up NGO – ConnectFor

Established in December 2015, ConnectFor matches an individual’s skillsets and time with suitable volunteering options in NGOs, which in turn helps those NGOs that cannot afford to hire people for ancillary. The start-up’s intervention has played a decisive role in enhancing hundreds of NGOs’ performance. Till date, ConnectFor has successfully matched over 11,323 volunteers with suitable organizations. These volunteers have clocked in over 29,000 hours of work and have saved NGOs over Rs 68 lakh.

Best Indian NGO of the Year – Aditya Mehta Foundation

Started in October 2013, the Aditya Mehta Foundation (AMF) aids differently-abled athletes to pursue sports while providing self-sustenance. They conduct national training camps across the country and provide counseling, funds, equipment to athletes and train them from the grassroots level which helps them grow in their sport, compete and win at various global sporting events. The foundation has helped Harish Varma, the only Para-Arm Wrestler who won two medals at the World Arm Wrestling Championship and Subramanian Balachandar, who finished the Bangkok Cup 2018 with a silver medal in the doubles category and bronze in the singles. AMF plans to train at least 100 para-athletes for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics as well as build two sports academies and open rehab centers for the differently-abled.

Best International NGO of the Year – Habitat For Humanity

Founded in 1976, Habitat For Humanity has been devoted to building simple, and affordable housing across the world. Through their exceptional work, they have created over 5 lakh homes in Nigeria, and nearly 2 lakh homes in the Asia-Pacific region. In the three years since the 2015 Nepal earthquake, HFH supported 45,829 families with relief and shelter interventions ranging from shelter kits to permanent housing with access to water and sanitation facilities.

The organization carried out a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for victims of the Kerala floods which saw 540 supporters raising over Rs 40 lakh.

Best Social Entrepreneur – Disha Mullick, Khabar Lahariya

Disha Mullick is currently the Director – Outreach and founding trustee of the Women, Media and News Trust, which produces the award-winning rural newspaper, Khabar Lahariya. It is India’s first digital rural news network, run entirely by women. Published in nine different dialects, Khabar Lahariya has been weaving a strong feminist dynamic in rural corners of India, addressing issues of gender and education.

In 2004, Khabar Lahariya was awarded the prestigious Chameli Devi Jain Award for Women in Journalism. In 2009, the newspaper was awarded the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize, followed by the Laadli Media Award for gender-sensitive reporting in 2012. The newspaper also went on to win the prestigious Global Media Forum Award in 2014 given by the German media channel Deutsche Welle.

Young Changemaker – Ananya Birla

Ananya is the founder of Svatantra Microfinance, a company that provides microfinance to women in rural India. She is also the founder of CuroCarte and co-founder of Mpower. The young and energetic woman has been a crusader for creating awareness about mental illness. Her organization, Mpower aims to help create a society where people with mental health concerns and their caregivers receive professional support, care, and acceptance to facilitate their recovery without facing discrimination or shame.

She’s striving to rejig the public perception of people coping with mental health concerns, and facilitate recovery without facing discrimination or shame, whilst simultaneously bringing change to policy and public life.

Lifetime Achievement – Devika Bhojwani

She is the Vice President of the Women’s Cancer Initiative at Tata Memorial Hospital. Under her aegis, the TMH has supported hundreds economically deprived women with breast cancer to complete their prescribed treatment with chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and rehabilitation therapy.

The foundation has undertaken numerous initiatives to create awareness and emphasize the importance of early detection. Her path-breaking guidance has led over 25,000 new cancer patients registering in TMH every year, the majority belonging to the underprivileged sections of the society. The Initiative’s core activity comprises material support of socially and economically disadvantaged women who are diagnosed to have breast and gynecological cancers.

Best Digital Media Campaign – Goonj  (Odha Do Zindagi)

This Delhi-based NGO Goonj, through their “Odha Do Zindagi” programme, has been able to reach out to hundreds of underprivileged people on the streets of New Delhi providing them with winter essentials such as woolens, blankets, mats and other material.

Over 10,000 people on the street died in the past decade during winters. The organization has worked relentlessly to bring down this number, by raising funds through its crowdfunding platform. Goonj has also reached out to far-flung villages of the country by providing the needy with urban underutilized materials.

Best CSR Campaign – Godrej-Track the Bite

The app, Godrej-Track the Bite, was launched in 2015. Godrej-Hit came up with this initiative for people to register themselves as donors and in doing so, they launched an online community of platelet donors for dengue patients. The mobile app delivers real-time information on dengue and malaria based on the user’s location in vulnerable places. A timely and personalized message provided on the app leads to higher engagement and persuades people to take effective action against dengue and malaria. The first-of-its-kind innovative application has been able to build awareness as it disseminates information available and sharable in one click.

Best Social Celebrity – Rahul Bose

The Bollywood actor and rugby player’s contribution to society is well-known. He started his own non-profit organization called ‘The Foundation.’ It is an NGO dedicated to the removal of discrimination from all walks of life. In 2008 he was one of twelve international thinkers, politicians, economists and social activists to inaugurate the ‘In My Name’ initiative against global poverty. Bose is strenuously urging the country to ‘go green’. Bose was Oxfam’s first Global Ambassador from the Eastern Hemisphere and launched their India initiative on climate change in March 2009. Post the 2004 Tsunami, he was a part of the solidarity network. He made 23 trips in over 30 months and provided relief and was involved in rehabilitation work.

For his unrelenting efforts in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, he was awarded the Godfrey Phillips Prize for Bravery in Social Service. Working with NGOs on the mainland, he has also helped provide materials, vehicles, mobile phones in islands Deep South in Nicobar.

Social Media Influencer – Bilal Zaidi

After more than a decade of Journalism, Bilal now works in the intersection between journalism and campaigning for social change and impact. His start-up CrowdNewsing.com is a campaign community that helps journalists, political activists and change-makers build an online community that supports them financially and amplifies their campaign. Prior to CrowdNewsing, Bilal was based out of New York working as a Global Campaigner with Avaaz Foundation, where he was focussed on community mobilization on campaigns like climate change, the war in Syria and the Rohingya crisis. In New York, Bilal also volunteered with the Bernie Sanders election campaign, observing closely the role of crowdfunding in politics. His organization’s main aim is to make political funding transparent and leaders more accountable to the people.

Ketto wishes to continue their Ketto Awards initiative in the coming years with the aim to honor and pay tribute to the impact creators who are driving sustainable change.

Ketto Reviews on Media Speaks Volume Of Its Success

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Ketto, Asia’s largest crowdfunding platform, stoked a change in India’s online fundraising ecosystem. Ketto’s intervention in fuelling a wide variety of sustainable causes, right from fundraising for start-ups to fundraising for medical purposes, the platform has been able to weave a story of disruption. The outstanding reviews of the platform across various media outlets speak the volume of the success of its campaigns. The idea of Ketto was brainstormed at a TED conference, which grew on to become a revolution. Varun Sheth founded Ketto on August 15, 2012, and the platform has since become a carrier of change for many. He was joined by Bollywood actor and humanitarian Kunal Kapoor and Zaheer Adenwala, whose powerful blend of techno-disruptor vision gives Ketto an edge over other crowdfunding platforms.

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At its core, crowdfunding refers to the process of gathering funds or money, from a large group of people. With the presence of the internet and social media today, we are a part of a much larger community which has enabled us to arrange funds from people across the World Wide Web.

The organisation has also been at the forefront when it comes to fundraising for an innovative cause. The Ketto community has been recently in the news for several of its noble ventures that has been able to impact millions of lives.

When S V V Ramesh got to know that his month-old daughter needed a liver transplant, he was crestfallen. The 36-year-old marketing professional didn’t have enough means for the life-saving surgery. Doctors at Apollo Hospital, where his daughter Sehita was admitted, then sought help of Ketto to arrange the money. Within 24 hours, the company claimed, they managed to raise over Rs 12.9 lakh for the surgery.

The tenth edition of the Times Women’s Drive culminated in an award show at Holiday Inn, Goa on Sunday, May 5. Not only was the Times Women’s Drive supported by the Women’s Cancer Initiative at Tata Memorial Hospital, conducted by IARC, it also had ketto.org as a crowdfunding partner. This tie-up allowed each participant to raise money for charity individually. Mallika Rai, one such participant, received the Woman of Impact Award for raising the highest amount-Rs 5.9 lakh. With her contribution to the effort, the drive was able to donate a total Rs 8.3 lakh with ketto.org.

In one of the features by entrepreneur.com, Bollywood Actor and Ketto’s Co-founder Kunal Kapoor talks about his motivation to start Ketto and his advice to other celebrities investing on start-ups.

Ketto made a big breakthrough in the Indian start-up ecosystem when Amazon India joined hands with the organisation to help its sellers raise funding for business expansion, product development and even for medical assistance.

As a part of the programme named Amazon Wings to empower the sellers in India, the company will allow its sellers to use Ketto’s platform and raise small ticket funds beginning from INR 50K at a subsidized fee for initiating fundraisers.

Under this initiative, Amazon will solicit interest from sellers to apply to Ketto for participation in the program. The applications will then be shortlisted by Ketto on the basis of the seller story, the purpose of the fundraiser and the goal amount. Once shortlisted, a team of experts from Ketto will guide the sellers from the ideation stage to the final launch of the campaign. Following the launch, the shortlisted sellers will be able to promote it in their social circle.

The Ketto community has been able to bridge together individuals, corporations and even non-governmental organisations to create sustainable changes via crowdfunding. With hundreds of rave reviews pouring in over the years, Ketto has helped more than 80,000 people start campaigns and raised over Rs. 300 crores of funds for their causes. So whenever there is need of money you can log on to www.ketto.org create a campaign and go get funded. Ketto Reviews

How can you give back to the community during Ramadan?

In the Arabic month of Ramadan, 24% of the world’s population is united by a strong feeling of wanting to be a better human being. Almost 2 billion people of the world abstain from eating and drinking until sunset. The practice is believed to instill patience and humility in Muslims. Throughout this holy month, the Muslim community tries to empathize with the uncountable poor and hungry of the world that lack the basic essentials of life like food, water, clothing, and shelter. In the end, Muslims celebrate Eid al Fitr together as a community.
During Ramadan, there’s also a rise in Zakat, which is one of the five pillars of Islam and a compulsory act of worship. It is a means to bring together the Muslim community by placing mercy in the hearts of those who are wealthy and those in need. Since it stems from the primary belief that helping someone is also an act of faith, we’re sharing stories of people who are in need of urgent help. If you too are looking to give back to the community in this blessed month, read their stories and donate.
“My 2-year-old son is at the risk of getting his leg amputated. He suffers from Septic Shock & Renal Failure. His kidneys have failed. He has been fighting for life in the ICU & the sight of him lying quietly on the hospital bed is heartbreaking. To continue his treatment, we need Rs. 6 lakh. Since we’re broke, we need your help.”
Gokul

To help Gokul’s father, go here:

“After my child’s transplant, we thought that our battle was over but it felt like it had just begun. She started suffering from complications in her body like alarming blood pressures & 3 brain hemorrhages. Her infection has been attacking every organ of her body. The cost of saving her is Rs. 25 lakh. Please donate to help us save her life.”
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To help Ishwari’s father, go here:

“The day my 1st child was born, the doctor told us this shocking news – “Your baby has 2 big holes in her heart.” I was heartbroken to hear about this. After just entering this world, she has been undergoing pain. She can only cry to express her pain & breathlessness. I need Rs. 4.8 lakh for her surgery. Please donate to save her. – Helpless Mother”
Baby

To help Khushi’s father, go here:

If you or anyone you know, is struggling to pay for their medical bills, go ahead and start a fundraiser on Ketto. 

Kahwa Speaks

Raised Rs. 4,59,142 with the help of 82 supporters.

“Kahwa Speaks” is a movement by Pragnya Wakhlu that aims introducing the world to the hidden facets of Kashmiri culture and helps preserving the language by means of a live audio-visual tour and story-telling. This comprises an experimental Kashmiri-English album which will be released globally on 16th July 2017 and an audio-visual element and tour for which we are raising funds.

“Kahwa Speaks” is not just an album but is the start of a global movement. It has been a long standing dream of mine that has been crafted over a period of research for the last 3 years that is finally coming to fruition by the grace of the almighty.

Born in Srinagar and raised in Pune, I have been a Kashmiri that has lived out of the state but one has a strong connection with my roots.We grew up in a time when we would share laughter and old folk tales over cups of Kahwa at our grandparents homes (who still live in both Srinagar and Jammu).

Kashmir has often been a misunderstood state as there is a lot of media attention on the violence in the state. There is so much about Kashmiri culture, traditions and music that remain concealed from the public eye. A lot of people that moved out of Kashmir and the generations after them have never been there and never visited.What these generations know about Kashmir is what they have heard from their parents or what they read in the media.

My endeavour with this album is to help audiences (both Kashmiri and non-Kashmiri) across the world to experience Kashmir for what it inherently is – a rich cultural state. To be introduced to the finer nuances of our culture and history through an experiential show involving live music , visuals ,story telling and Kahwa(Kashmiri tea). It is also an attempt at preserving the Kashmiri language by creating memorable songs that pique people’s interest in learning the language.

The original lyrics and compositions are aimed at spreading the message of peace and unity, strictly keeping away from any political agendas.

The six songs on the album which are in Kashmiri and have English translations are a mix of contemporary takes on the poems of Lal Ded and Habakhatoon , the traditional Wanwun and also some of my original compositions. The music is more contemporary with a slightly folky sound to create musical renditions that are a reflection of how most of us grew up..with diverse modern influences,yet holding a strong connection to our roots.

The album also features a song “Burning Fire” which is in Tibetan and English for which a music video has already been released. The song aims to bring awareness to the oft ignored and very critical issue of self immolations in the Tibetan community and their struggle to preserve their identity .This is a cause I feel really strongly about and felt the relevance of including it in this album for several reasons.

To test out audience receptivity to the concept, I previewed an audio visual show of the songs using photographs as background visuals (on a smaller scale) at the Kumaon Literature festival . Here, it was well received by prominent journalists and authors from the nations literary circuit. I further went on to do smaller shows “Kashmir through a musical Lens” at the Gyaan Adab Cultural center (Pune) and “Conversations over Kahwa” at Depot 48 Delhi. The audience at all the cities was very receptive of the concept and that encouraged me to take this to a higher level and at a much larger scale with your help.

Debut Album – Journey to the Sun (2012)

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/in/album/journey-to-the-sun/id530044092

Ok Listen: https://www.oklisten.com/album/journey_to_the_sun_1

Singles: Kal Nahin Aata (2010)

Ok Listen: https://www.oklisten.com/album/kal_nahi_ata

I Let Go (2015):  https://www.oklisten.com/album/i_let_go_party_mix

Burning Fire (2016)

Music Videos

Music Video for ‘Burning Fire’  featured on Vh1 and Rolling Stone

Music Video for Breast Cancer Awareness movement with NGO Yes to Life “Feeling Alive”

Music Video for Rise from “Journey to the Sun”

This project is an amalgamation of modern music with traditional Kashmiri. Since the songs are both in Kashmiri and English, one of the possible risks is part of the community mistaking my efforts as a “dilution” of Kashmiri culture. There are often purists that believe that translating songs into English is a form of dilution. I feel on the contrary that if one has to reach out to global audiences where one wants people to understand the meaning behind the music, one needs to communicate in a language familiar to them. The music is also a reflection of who I am as a person..a combination of diverse influences grounded in my roots. Hence I have adopted and stuck to my current approach.

The other challenges are of course monetary – being able to raise enough funds to finish the visual experience part of this project, pay the collaborators on this project the fee they deserve and  tour successfully with the band to take this to every city we can. I hope to be able to raise this money with your goodwill and blessings.

The album and music video for ‘Burning Fire’ (the first single off the album) , an entirely self –funded effort has been released on Vh1 and Rolling Stone (digitally) exclusively as is on You-tube. It has garnered airplay and praise internationally as we took great care to create a high quality video that sends the message we were trying to get across without compromising. We adopted a very D.I.Y. approach to making this video thanks to the support of friends

The album has been recorded and mixed in Delhi,Mumbai and Pune. We have some very fine musicians and engineers from India and internationally working on this project. Hafod Mastering (U.K) has mastered the tracks for us and they are sounding pretty powerful. The album will be digitally released in association with Songdew’s Fresh Music campaign on global platforms in July 2017. The band is doing a launch gig in Delhi on the 22nd of July.

We plan to use the money raised from this campaign to put the visual pieces of the tour together and then embark on a 5 city audio-visual experience tour in India covering Delhi-Pune-Mumbai-Bangalore and Chennai. We will further take the show to as many cities in India as we can. We also plan to take this show globally to other countries (USA, South East Asia) and spread the movement to as many countries as we can afford to travel to.

We will also release one music video with the money raised from this campaign by the end of this year.

I am an independent artist and am very passionate about the work I do. I believe with all my heart in the power of music and story telling because I have seen it spark moments of inspiration, transformation and create sheer magic.

Unfortunately, the music scene in India today is still very bollywood oriented and one doesn’t end up earning a lot of revenue from live shows if you perform original music.One can either choose to go commercial and compromise , or then rely on the goodwill of people like yourself who are aligned with the same vision for our community.

The entire album Kahwa Speaks has been a self funded effort where I have invested my own savings. The content for the album has been put together after years of research and we have a great team working on it.

We would like to make this movement a world class experience and not compromise on the quality. This is something that would only be possible with your help. A chance for you to be a part of a big movement.. of the people by the people and for the people.

We are in the midst of a volatile time . While art is not always a solution to problems of such an intricate nature, what we hope to achieve with this movement is to bring forth moments of inspiration and an artistic experience, where people can choose to rise above their political agendas for some time and unite and understand the richness of a culture .

You can be a part of this movement…you can help create change..It starts with one person and then snowballs forward. We believe in the power of community united for a cause.

When I truly believe in something, I give it all my heart and soul and work with integrity. My previous track record has proven the same.I promise that the funds you contribute will be put to use only towards making this movement a reality and for us to spread the message of unity and culture across the world.

Album Team

The “Kahwa Speaks” album has been a group effort and would not have been possible without the hard work of the numerous people involved. The album has been produced by Vinay Kaushal (Musicians Institute) my dear friend,bandmate and Fender and Ernie ball endorsed guitarist and musician

The songs were initially arranged with the band comprising of Manoj Mavely(Drums), Shailendra Wakhlu (Guitar), Sonic Shori (Bass), Shubhanshu Singh (Guitar) and Pragnya Wakhlu (Vocals, Guitar, lyrics,composition, arrangement)

The album features the following artists:

Gandhaar Amin(Flute), Praashekh Borkar (Sarod), Vinay Kaushal (Guitars), Sanjay Joseph (Guitars),  Sonic Shori (Bass) and  Nikhil Bidwalkar (Santoor)

Burning Fire mixed by Puneet Samtani.  All other songs mixed by Vinay Kaushal.

Mastering:  Gethin John (Hafod Mastering U.K.)

The album will be released by Songdew Network and will be available across all major music platforms (Apple music, Google play music, Spotify , Amazon Music etc)

Visuals and Video Team

Divya Gopalan: Founder director of Gunpowder Studios, Mumbai and director of the music video for Burning Fire, Divya Gopalan’ s captivating visual story telling has a way of connecting with people’s hearts and sending across a powerful message. An NID graduate, Divya was the Rocket Award winner at the Promax World Awards held in Los Angeles (2010) and brings with her numerous years of work experience working with leading clients across the industry. Divya will be directing a music video for the album.

Daksh Jain : With a Masters in Experiential design from NIFT, Daksh is the creative force behind the album artwork conceptualization and design. Daksh and his team of designers will be working behind the visual element of the show, creating a visual story board and animated content.

Hemant Grover: A creative photographer and an aspiring young music producer and Hemant Grover is the man behind the photographers lens . His avant-garde ideas and creative video editing contribute to making the photography and videos have great recall value.

The Travelling Band

The travelling band will comprise of

Manoj Mavely (Drums) : Ex-Berklee School of Music alumni and Director of Musictek School of Music and Manoj Mavely will be the force behind the drums.

Shailendra Wakhlu (Lead Guitars):  With over 20 years of experience teaching and playing the guitar Shailendra’s intricate sense of harmony and melody contribute to the bands solid sound.

Danik Ghosh (Bass) : Danik Ghosh a talented bassist and keen learner associated with with various acts around the city such as Run! It’s the kid, The CopyCats, Prabhtoj Singh and others,

Pragnya Wakhlu (Rhythm guitar an Vocals): I guess I’ve talked about myself enough already:P

If you or anyone you know, is an Artist, go ahead and start a fundraiser on Ketto.

Help us revolutionize Indian transportation

Raised Rs. 3,09,525 with the help of 165 supporters.

WHO ARE WE?
SolarMobil is a student solar car team from Manipal Institute of Technology, based in Manipal, Karnataka. Our college is a constituent of the esteemed Manipal University. We are a team of undergraduate students of various disciplines of engineering. The team aims to build solar vehicles for a clean future and abides by its motto of ‘Imagineering the future’.

Reach us : http://www.solarmobilmanipal.in/

https://www.facebook.com/SolarmobilMIT

WHAT DO WE DO?
Since 2011 our team has built two prototypes in the past, namely – The FREYR-1 and SERVe (Solar Electric Road Vehicle). Our last venture – SERVe was unveiled at a joint press conference with our product development and research partner Tata Power Solar in 2015.
The project was awarded the third prize at CII Conference in 2014. We also won the first prize at QuEST Global Ingenium 2015.
Our work has been covered by major online and offline publications including BBC Auto, Times of India, NDTV Auto, among others.
WHAT IS OUR PROJECT?
The team is currently working on its third project and intends to build a commercial solar car prototype fit for the Indian roads.
SM-S1 is a 4-seater, 4-door sedan with a top speed of 95 Kmph and 160Km range. Few highlights of the Project 3 include:
  • Aesthetic sedan-type design.
  • Real-time updates for the driver.
  • Two motors for increased power.
  • Emergency and Parking brakes for safety.
  • Wiring as per ARAI regulations.
WHAT DO WE NEED MONEY FOR?
A project of this scale requires sound financial backing along with material support and the requisite tools to reach to the challenge. We hope that you will extend support to this universal cause.
WHY SUPPORT US?
One: We care for our environment
Lest we forget, our environment is a shared resource. It is something we all must strive to protect.
One simple reason: We care for our sponsors and supporters.
The team constantly keeps in touch with all its benefactors and aims to provide them with updates on everything happening in our workshop. We owe all our success to our supporters.
The project is operated on a not-for-profit basis.
SolarMobil is a unique project in many ways, including:
  • Built India’s first family passenger solar electric car
  • Well established solar car project in India
  • Tremendous social media and print media outreach.
HOW CAN YOU TRUST US?
The team consists of passionate students who voluntarily spend their time, even weekends and their vacations working on this project. We have all dreamt of the same thing: to shift the automobile industry’s dependence from oil to a source for which we don’t have to dig the earth, but just look right above!
You can trust us to put your funds to the right use in this project. We are on the verge of completion and just need a little push to get it across the finish line. Help us make the world a better place!
#GoGreen
If you or anyone you know, who has creative project idea, go ahead and start a fundraiser on Ketto.

OpinionX – The Most Accurate ‘Second Opinion’

Raised Rs. 5,08,675 with the help of 73 supporters.

We are raising money to build OpinionX, a medical intelligence platform that protects you against commercial health practices & honest medical practitioner errors.

Why?

Good health is more important than anything else in our lives. If something happens to our health, there are advanced medical procedures available to take care. But how do you know your first diagnosis is correct or if there is a better or less expensive treatment?

Research indicates, 62% of second opinion cases resulted in major changes to first recommended treatments, saving many from huge costs & also their lives.

How it works?

In 3 simple steps – upload scans, lab reports & first opinion document given by your doctor. OpinionX will give you the best possible second opinion within 72 hours.

OpinionX give the ‘Second Opinion’ by combining the diagnosis of 4 best doctors from around the globe and our artificial intelligence engine that analyzes the case in context to 100s of similar cases – Thus giving a best possible ‘Second Opinion’ you can confidently trust.

How we are unique?

1. Our panel consist of the best doctors in their respective fields, from around the world. We give patients an easy access to them though OpinionX

2. Instead of a ‘Second Opinion’ from a single doctor, we combine expertise of 4 specialist doctors & input from our artificial intelligence engine. This  benefits in eliminating error and providing an accurate ‘Second Opinion’ every time.

3. The consolidated approach not only gives you the best possible opinion but also gives rise to life saving alternate treatments.

Team & Panel of Experts building the product-

How your contribution will help us?

We are working with specialist doctors & experienced programmers to complete the development of our platform. Your contribution will help us,

1. Fast track the development of our powerful technology

2. Overcome regulations & legal formalities

3. Launch the product at the earliest

Tentative launch date & Disease category coverage

We plan to launch our platform by October 2017 & OpinionX will offer ‘Second Opinions’ for Cancer, Cardiology, Neurology & Orthopedic ailments.

FAQ’s

1.What is a ‘Second Opinion’?

A second opinion is when a doctor other than your primary treating doctor gives you his or her view about your health problem and how to treat it. It can help you make a more informed decision about your disease.

2.What is conslidated opinion?

Instead of one doctor, a panel of expert doctors together give a refined and accurate opinion by judging all the pros and cons identified by combining Human & Artificial Intelligence.

3.What will be our tentative response time?

Within 72 hours

Support

Please support us in building a life changing technology that helps everyone save time, money by avoiding wrong diagnosis & take informed health decisions.

 

If you or anyone you know, who has an innovative idea, go ahead and start a fundraiser on Ketto.