“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.
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.
Here are some important details
- Neetu Jalali works with great entrepreneurs like KashmirBox
- She is the sole representative of Zafran in London, with three helping hands back in Kashmir.
- The demand for Kashmiri couture is high due to its uniqueness and authenticity.
- Buy from Zafran at instagram.com/zafrancouture & www.facebook.com/zafrancouture
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!
“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)
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.
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)