Kashmir Off-Road: Kashmir’s First-Ever Car Racing Club for Adventure Seekers

Kashmir Off-Road: Kashmir’s First-Ever Car Racing Club for Adventure Seekers

In 2016, a couple debuted “Kashmir Off-Road”, Kashmir’s first-ever car racing club. Though they initially had fewer members now they have three dozen members enrolled in their club!Kashmir Off-Road: Kashmir’s First-Ever Car Racing Club for Adventure Seekers

Want to rush your sturdy cars through the tough and mountainous terrain of Kashmir? Are you daring enough to ride to the far-flung and untouched areas of Kashmir?

The Kashmir Off-Road is the first-ever car racing club in Kashmir that aims to bring together adventure seekers to explore Kashmir in a unique way! Founded by Ali Sajid and Farah Zaidi; the Kashmir Off-Road is now associated with the Jammu And Kashmir Tourism Department to promote the untrodden places in J&K and encourage Off-Road adventure in the state.

The couple compliments each other in this project as both of them are crazy about cars and adventure sports. While Ali organizes the rallies, Farah takes care of the PR.

Kashmir Off-Road: Kashmir’s First-Ever Car Racing Club for Adventure Seekers

Ali Sajid says “We are Kashmir’s first and only passion-driven, off-road adventure and motorsport outfit based in the region. Our aim is to build a local motorsport community. We envision honing the local talent for national rally events.” (Source:https://jandkheadlines.com/headlines/kashmir-off-road-brings-off-road-adventure-and-motorsport-to-the-valley)

In collaboration with the J&K Tourism Department; the club organized India’s first-ever snow autocross – Frozen Rush in Gulmarg in 2017. The event was held in the month of January when Gulmarg experienced 10-12 feet of snowfall. The event turned out to be a huge success and gained them, several motorsport junkies.

The recent event carried out by the club was “Zanskar Overland” which was from July 6 to July 15, 2019. This expedition was aimed at exploring the Zanskar which is a homage to ancient Buddhist monasteries, villages resting on high cliffs, mountain ranges and the awestruck views of the mighty Himalayas.

Members who went the Unbeaten Path

The club has given a platform for its members to create history and also opened doors to National level championships.

Two Kashmiri boys named Asrar Wani and Mehboob ul Hussain who were the members of this club got selected and participated in the Volkswagen Ameo Cup Championship, a national motorsport event in Pune, Maharashtra, 2019.

Kashmir Off-Road: Kashmir’s First-Ever Car Racing Club for Adventure Seekers

Besides, we have Sharmeen Mushtaq Nizami who has created history by becoming the first-ever female driver from Kashmir to compete in Frozen Rush 2 in January 2018.
She is a doctor by profession and she has been enjoying driving from the past 20 years and she aims to become a source of inspiration to other aspiring women in the valley.

Kashmir Off-Road: Kashmir’s First-Ever Car Racing Club for Adventure Seekers

Sharmeen says that “If you have it in you, and you are provided with a well-structured platform to show your skills, then you must give it a try at least. Perhaps in the future, we will have a team of Kashmiri female racers too.” (Source:https://yourstory.com/2018/01/kashmir-woman-participate-frozen-rush)

Faheem Altaf, one of the first club members of Kashmir Off-Road and a businessman by profession, said, “It’s adrenaline-pumping experience when your car is pitted against a slope when the only option is to go forward. The sense of satisfaction is exhilarating when such obstacles are overcome. Going on such off-road trails also throws open beautiful views of the Kashmir alpine valley and we get to experience some truly breathtaking views.” (Source:https://jandkheadlines.com/headlines/kashmir-off-road-brings-off-road-adventure-and-motorsport-to-the-valley)

If you are an adventure junkie, then this club is totally meant for you! Get a chill down your spine by driving through the Paradise on Earth with the Kashmir Off-Road. Hurry up! Get yourselves enrolled and go out on an adventurous ride with your gang!

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Sandeep Chaudhary IPS, an inspiration for the society

Meet Sandeep Chaudhary, an IPS officer, who provides free coaching classes for UPSC, SSC and other competitive exams to the students of the Valley.

In almost everyone’s life, there would be a role model who inspires them to walk through the untrodden ways in life so that they could stand out from the rest of the world.

Sandeep Chaudhary, Superintendent of Police is one such role model for the society. He hails from Punjab and was first posted in Jammu. He did his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Indira Gandhi National Open University.

While he was preparing for his UPSC exam he did not take up any coaching classes; as they were expensive so he took guidance from his friends and seniors while preparing for the exam.

After taking charge of his duties in Jammu, he decided to bring in about a change in the society by making it a point that expensive coaching classes are not at all mandatory to clear these exams.

So he started “Operation Dreams” on May 30, 2018, to provide free coaching classes to aspiring youth for competitive exams like UPSC, SSC, J&K Sub-Inspector and banking exams.

His initiative was administred for the students who are facing financial and academic hurdles. As the coaching classes for competitive exams would cost them around Rs. 1.3 lakh – 1.6 Lakh he has put forth this initiative as a means to curb down their financial hindrance.

“Getting through tough exams is possible even without attending expensive coaching classes. I feel the youth don’t get much exposure in Jammu while preparing for competitive examinations. My small step aims to provide a platform to such aspirants so that they could achieve their goals.” He added (from Better India).

https://www.thebetterindia.com/144229/upsc-ips-officer-free-coaching-jammu/

He started the operation with 10 students. He religiously gave two hours from his busy schedule to the coaching classes (from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.).

Initially, the classes were conducted in his office chamber but within a few days the number of students raised to 150 which compelled him to change the spot. So he shifted his classes to Rani Plaza Banquet Hall in Nai Basti, Jammu.

The same year, 38 out of these 150 students qualified through their written test for the post of Sub-Inspector in different wings of Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Out of those 38 students, Moin Khan is one amongst those who qualified. Moin Khan from Thanda Pani Village, Jammu who worked as a pizza delivery boy and car washer has now turned into a police officer.

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Recently he was posted to Shopian. As his generous initiative gained momentum, he has started off his classes in Shopian on June 14 with 6 students.

Even though he is providing free coaching classes, he is also utilizing his initiative as a means to fight against the drug menace in the Valley. He feels that by giving an appropriate direction to the youths there would be a decrease in drug consumption.

Apart from being a watchdog of law and order, Sandeep Chaudhary is a true inspiration for everyone. On one side he is performing his duties and on the other, he is the messiah for the unprivileged layer of the society who aspire to dream big.

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Dr. Aaqfeen Nisar – Breaking Menstrual Taboos in Jammu & Kashmir

Even in the 21st century, there has not been any prominent change in people’s attitudes towards menstruation. People don’t wish to talk about it openly because they believe it’s not socially accepted.

Since the olden times, women are exposed to various ill measures when dealing with their menstrual cycle. There are many women in the far-flung areas who still use dry leaves, rags or other unclean materials that could pose a threat to their lives. Unfortunately, these sorts of cases are not only found in the rural areas but in urban places too.

Yet things are starting to change. Meet Dr. Aaqfeen Nisar, a postgraduate from Government Medical College, Srinagar; who has made it her mission to break the taboo surrounding menstruation and empower women.

While practicing her profession she came across an alarming issue. She observed that most of the adolescent girls used ragged and used cloth instead of sanitary napkins during their periods.

She said that in the last one year, she has identified many young adolescent girls who suffered from different menstrual-related ailments and most of them were affected by Reproductive Tract Infection due to the usage of worn-out cloth.

Dr. Aaqfeen, being true and loyal to her profession, wanted to help them out. So she started her initiative by conducting a survey where she could track the cause for this issue. She conducted one-on-one interviews and asked for their personal reasons for not using the sanitary napkins. Later she arrived at the two main reasons why they pulled themselves back from using pads and that was: lack of awareness and economic conditions. Besides, it was the misleading information imparted by their own mothers that prevented them from maintaining menstrual hygiene. They were told by their mothers that sanitary napkins would lead to infertility.

After knowing the ground reality, Dr. Aaqfeen Nisar made it her mission to change the mindset of people. So she started off a crowdfunding campaign titled “Panen Fiker” which means “to take care of ourselves”. “It is a project in social marketing to enhance the use of sanitary pads amongst the adolescent girls.” she said.

Her next step was to provide the sanitary pads at a subsidized value (to curb the economic factor). But she was uncertain whether her campaign would work or not because of the social taboo that prevailed.

However, when the campaign started; she gained a positive response from the girls after using the sanitary pads.

“I could have provided these sanitary pads free of cost but I preferred giving them on subsidized rates,” Aaqfeen said. “I decided to counsel them that these pads would be provided to them on cheaper rates. It clicked. ”

Now the campaign is gaining momentum and is gaining much support from the society. But there is one more question that haunts Dr. Aafqeen. If this is the condition of the girls who are living in the cities of Kashmir, what would be the plight of the girls who are living in the far flung areas of Kashmir?

So in order to extend a helping hand, she is planning to launch a website and ask people to contribute to help out the girls in the remote areas of Kashmir. She would also visit these remote locations to spread awareness there. So let’s hope for the best and keep our fingers crossed that her NGO could bring about a meaningful change in the lives of young girls facing this stigma.

Dr. Aaqfeen Nisar is truly an inspiration for women. In the 21st century, where menstruation is still not openly talked about, she came out like a savior lending a helping hand for many young girls in Jammu And Kashmir.