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Sangeeta S. Bahl: The Victorious Woman of Jammu and Kashmir

“Not all those who wander are lost”, wrote J. R. R. Tolkien in his poem, “The Riddle of Strider”. He must have known the beauty of wandering then! But do you know? Have you ever wandered and found yourself again? Well, to be honest, I have. Initially it was a slow and confusing process for me, but later wandering became more of an adventure, more about curiosity and less about being lost. Thinking, aiming and planning before travelling introduced me with an important lesson  of travelling- going the distance. People generally name it as wanderlust, so it is!

 

The Wanderer I know!

I have come to admire one such curious person, who would be happy wandering all her life, Sangeeta S. Bahl. She hails from Jammu, the summer valley of Jammu and Kashmir. Yes the one, who recently submitted the great Mount Everest in May, 2018. That’s when she was most into news and articles and everywhere possible. News channels covered her success, journalists would want to talk to her about her experience and slowly the news faded away. But, her success to climb the world’s tallest peak at the age of 53 stayed with me. I realised, she was the first women from Jammu and Kashmir to have scaled the Mt. Everest.

 

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Her Achievements

She is a mountaineer, a successful, passionate and risk- taking climber! But, what else is she?

  • An Entrepreneur

Sangeeta S. Bahl is the Founder, Director and Image Consultant of a Gurgaon (Haryana) based firm– Impact Image Consultants. An acumen, she was the first Image Consultant of India.

 

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  • An Author

“Executive Etiquette Power” is a book that helps individuals to build confidence, make impression in daily and professional life. And guess what, it is co- authored by Sangeeta S. Behl.

  • A Beauty Pageant Finalist

She was only 16 when she began her career with modelling and acting. With a spark in her eyes she became the Miss India Finalist in the year 1985. Now, for 5 long years, she has been grooming the contestants of Femina Style Diva and projecting them aptly as strong women.

  • A Social Worker

She climbed the Mt. Everest, everybody knows about that. But why did she do it? Was it only a personal interest? But then why would she fail once in 2017 and try again in 2018?

She climbed the Mt. Everest again in 2018 to create aware about Breast Cancer for Women with the Women Cancer Initiative (WCI) in association with Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), Mumbai.

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Yes, one can sure try twice for personal interest, but doing it for a good cause is what adds to their personality as a human being, as a woman.

 

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What have I learned?

While reading the personal blog (http://www.sangeetasbahl.com/) of Jammu’s self- made & strong woman, Sangeeta S. Bahl, and trying to get to know her, I have learned a lot of things.

I have learned that age is never a barrier, but a journey of experiences!

By adding a reason of cause to our actions, we can help many while enjoying ourselves.

There is never a halt in dreaming and achieving, nothing in this world can stop you from wanting and taking what you like.

Trying, trying and trying must be a constant in life just like change.

And, the most important, never giving up!

 

Meet the Women with Cameras in Kashmir

Meet the Women with Cameras in Kashmir

While we are busy talking about women empowerment, fighting for equal rights and equal respect our Kashmiri women journalists are busy breaking stereotypes. The stereotypes of being an unsafe- field job for women surround journalism as a professions. But, society can not decide what a woman wants from her career and the bones are thus broken in the process. Who are these women who have so much courage? These are women like you and me who want a revolution to take away the nuances of our society and for once we can all breathe as humans and not separate genders. The only difference between these women and us are the chances they have taken in favour of these measures; and that’s what calls for a celebration.

 

Meet Sehar Qazi

 

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“Being a woman helps presenting a different perspective”- Seher Qazi.

Seher Qazi is a 29- year – old full- time photojournalist, who hails proudly from downtown Srinagar. After completing her postgraduate degree in journalism, Sehar was told to now search for jobs in either a bank or a school. Why? Because these jobs are safe for a young woman. To this wise- wise advice, Sehar Qazi had an apt reply- A determination to make career in photojournalism!

She began working on her own photo essays on the lives of Rohingya Refugees after initially struggling many years with local and other publication houses. She was regularly poked by her relatives and family members about the issue of safety in her profession. But Qazi’s determination towards journalism was unshakable. Being stared at, she held her camera tight and gave a loud stare back!

 

Meet Masrat Zahra

 

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An aspiring journalist, Masrat Zahra is a 24- year- old journalism student at Kashmir’s Central University, who belongs to Hawal, Srinagar. She is believed to have budded an interest in journalism after being gifted a camera. He dreams began to widen their wings with the decision of opting for photojournalism in the university.

Soon after joining the course, Masrat became a noticeable student and has continuously been publishing her works in publication and photo agencies like The Work Weekly, The Sun, The Washington Posts, etc. At her age, she is a promise of a change to come.

 

Meet Sanna Irshad Mattoo

 

 

“There was no other medium that let me express myself as well as photography. Its visual narration and originality has a power I can’t describe in words”– Sanna Irshad Mattoo

Mattoo is a 24 year old postgraduate photojournalism student from Saida Kadal, Srinagar, who knew it was photojournalism for her, the moment she began studying the course. With her unique ideas and uncommon sight, Mattoo is also a freelance documentary photographer. She believes that a simple gesture of seeking permission to click a photograph makes the people feel heard and respected and that is what counts to her perfection in journalism.

 

We are a developing society and its high time we understand that it’s the work of an individual that counts, not their gender. All three of our woman journalist feel the difference of gender in their profession. Their security is always at risk and they are judged commonly for choosing to be out of the house at odd hours. But as a society we need to rise above our prejudice and understand that journalism is a challenging field for both women and men, therefore, reduce the suspicion and generate a rather supportive public.

 

At New Age Kashmir, we are happy to celebrate the chances that our journalist ladies involve in. Kudos to you all and all the very best for your futures.

The talented child of Kashmir- Neetu Jalali

The talented child of Kashmir- Neetu Jalali

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious”, said Albert Einstein when there was too much to praise him for.

 

“What is talent but a ray of passion driven dreams?

A dream that buds, sprouts and flourish with progressive beliefs.

A path that one chooses to lead.

A life that one longs for, before it meets.”

 

Jammu and Kashmir is a land of many such passion driven heads. With its beautiful appearance and serene environment, its gives birth to some real talent as evident in our enthusiastic and innovative Kashmiris like Zarka Batool, Braj Bihari Kachru, Adeeba Tak, Aabha Hanjura, Khuram Shafi Mir and the list never ends. We have recently come across one more hidden gem of Kashmir origin, who has immense talent and curiosity towards life and its colours.

 

So here, meet the Kashmiri- born Neetu Jalali, a highly gifted brain at work.

 

The talented child of Kashmir- Neetu Jalali

 

Who is Neetu Jalali?

Neetu is the child of Kashmir, based out of Rainawari, Srinagar. The students of M.Dass Public School, Kathi Darwaza, Srinagar must feel proud because this is where she schooled and grew into this beautifully creative person. She also went to Vishwa Bharti Girls School in Rainawari for few years. As she grew, she moved out of the country for pursuing MBA from Durham, United Kingdoms after a successful Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from India. She worked with a corporate firm in London for many years before returning to the core of her heart, Kashmir.

 

What about it?

Neetu Jalali still lives in London, but her heart and soul dwell in our valley, Kashmir. How?

She has developed a couture line called ZAFRAN couture, based in London, which captures the colours, designs, memories, culture and nostalgia of her life in Kashmir. The clothing line offers a wide range of Pashmina shawls, dresses and objects like lamps etc, personally designed by Neetu with the thought of her beloved Kashmir in mind.

 

ZAFRAN means Saffron

Saffron without a doubt is synonyms with the valley. With the most beloved word as the name of her brand, Zafran connects Neetu Jalali with her roots & heritage and gives her a chance to display the art and culture of Kashmir in front of the world. By using traditional art of embroidery and weaving, she designs modern and yet traditional products under Zafran. Made with heartfelt care and memories, every single piece of cloth in the line has a story to tell.

 

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At New Age Kashmir, we wish her all the best for her endeavour and encourage her to spread her wings wider. The valley is proud of her talent and prays for a renowned & success future of Zafran couture. Neetu Jalali, you are an inspiration to our growing generation and sets an apt example of a Kashmiri who retains the essence of Kashmir in her work and life to the world. Kudos!

“Aryans Shikara App”: An innovation of Jammu and Kashmir’s children

“The youth is the future, the future is the youth. The youth and the future will always be linked because none can exist in the absence of another”, said Pali Lehohla in one of his articles. And to go by his word, the enigmatic and energetic youth of today is indeed an epitome of future. And thus with small steps, basic changes in contemporariness and individual initiative, a country can count upon a bright future for its people.

Recently, the initiative of eight youthful students has brought a new wave to uplift digital India, by making an application for online Shikhara ride bookings. These students, who belong to Kashmir, are engineering students in Aryans Engineering College, Chandigarh. The application helps people across the country to pre-book a Shikara ride in Dal Lake, Srinagar and have decided to name their app “Aryans Shikara App”. There is, if, any ride that can beat the Gondola ride in Venice is the Shikara ride in the serene Dal lake. And now, these brilliant budding engineers have made it far more easier to take one.

How’s and About’s of “Aryans Shikara App”

The application was positively accepted and launched on 4th September 2018 in Srinagar during the launch function at Hotel Lala Rukh by Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman of the All-India Council for Technical Education, who was not only proud of his talented and bright children but also mesmerized by their efforts.

The Aryans Shikara App consists of a detailed information of Shikara owners from gate number 1 to 20. While a person can choose the gate number and the Shikara owner in advance, a Shikara owner is also authorized to accept or reject a booking as per his availability. During the launch function, Prof Sahasrabudhe mentioned and explained all the features of the app and simultaneously applauded the innovative thought and motivation of the students that drove them to this invention. “We worked hard in collecting the details of shikaras owners, generating a database and bringing the same on a single platform”, said Riyaz Rasool (one of the student developers)

 

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The motivation behind the Thought

From a conversation in the conference with the eight student developers of the app, Riyaz Rasool, Irfan Ahmad Malik, Abid Mushtaq, Shakir Ahmad, Asif Ahmad, Mehbooba Bano, Mehzabeen and Sabreena, who belong to Aryans College of Engineering, we got to know that the motivation to create an app for booking Shikaras began with a thought. A thought that crossed the mind of Shakir Ahmad while booking a cab (Ola or Uber Cabs). The students added that the college and teachers have been of continuous motivation in implementing their idea into a product. They specifically thanked Dr. Anshu Kataria, their professor, for his support in availing the needful material for creating the app.

 

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Jammu and Kashmir have always been proud of its youth, especially from Aryans Engineering College, where approximately 1800 students from different parts of the Valley study. The college has been supporting the talented students to come up with ideas and generate new & innovative products. Before Aryans Shikara App, the students of the same institution have come up with first ever Solar Boat booking app at Dal Lake, “Aryans Solar Boat” and many other apps like “Aryans Android App”, “Aryans Life Saving Glove”, “Aryans Safety Helmet”, etc.

 

With New Age Kashmir, we celebrate and applaud the achievements of our future-oriented youth and thanks Aryans Engineering College for its motivating support. We wish all the very best for the students and pray for all their dreams to come true. We hope that the new generation will look forward to such endeavors by their seniors, walk in the direction of a brighter future, and a digitally progressive Kashmir.

 

Note: You can download the Aryans Shikara App (1.4 version of 6.61 MB) from Google Play Store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aryans.dallake)