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Online Briyani sold by jail inmates – A new initiative

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With the help of popular food market, prison authorities in Kerala began offering hot Briyani prepared by jail inmates which is priced at Rs.127.

The combo, which was specifically designed for online sale, includes 300 grams of biriyani rice, one roasted chicken leg piece, three chappathis, a cup cake, salad, pickle and one litre bottled water along with a plantain leaf to eat the food, authorities at the Viyyur central jail, where it is being prepared. The prison authorities have tied up with Swiggy, online food delivery, to deliver food from the Central Jail premises.

Freedom Food Factory, an enterprise selling food prepared by inmates at Kerala’s prisons, has been engaged in the business since 2011.

“We are going online for the first time,” Superintendent of Viyyur Central Jail, Nirmalanandan Nair told PTI. “We started making and selling chappathis in 2011. It was the Viyyur Central jail which started making chappathis on commercial scale. The idea of going online was proposed by jail DGP Rishiraj Singh,” he said.

The jail food was a hit among people due to its quality and low price. “We have already been selling various biriyanis, non-vegetarian curries, bakery items and other from Viyyur jail. We also have counter sales. But now we have decided to go online and sell a biriyani combo initially,” he added.  Nair said based on the feedback more items would be sold online.

“This does not mean that we are stopping the over-the-counter sale. As of now, Swiggy will deliver food within six km radius,” he said. At present, the jail sells around 25,000 chappathis, and over 500 biryanis a day, which is prepared by around 100 inmates, who are supervised by prison officials.

The state prison department is also considering a proposal to open portals of one of its central jails for common people to spend a day and night there to get the ‘feel’ of jail life by charging a fee.

The ‘pay and stay’ initiative is planned as part of a unique prison museum coming up in the premises of Viyyur Central prison in Thrissur district.

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Missile Man of India – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

Journey of the Missile Man of India

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Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the missile man has left us four years back on this day and he is still remembered not only by our Nation but all over the globe for his excellent contribution towards his work and his motivation.

His life was an inspiration to all the youth who wish you achieve something in their life. He never complained anything about his life.  The family was poverty-driven and to support his family he started selling newspapers at his young age.

In his school days, Kalam had average grades but was described as a bright and hardworking student who had a strong desire to learn. Mathematics was his main interest.

In 1955, he studied aerospace engineering in Madras Institute of Technology. He had completed his graduation in 1957 from the Madras Institute of Technology and in 1958 as a scientist, he had joined the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

He had started his career by designing a small hovercraft at DRDO. Under the leadership of Abdul Kalam, the missiles like the first missile in 1988 were successful and then the Agni missile in 1989, due to this he was popularly known as MISSILE MAN OF INDIA

One of his favorite lines is Dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep. Which is commonly used by youngsters of India who are working towards their goal?

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in 1998 proposed a countrywide plan called Technology Vision 2020 to make India a developed nation by the year 2020 and suggested nuclear empowerment, various technological innovations, improvement of agricultural productivity, etc.,

In 1992, he was appointed as the Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister. With the rank of a cabinet minister, in 1999, he was appointed as the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India.

He was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Dr. Abdul Kalam was also known as People’s President.

Dr. Kalam was the recipient of honorary doctorates from 40 universities.

He was honored with several awards including India’s highest civilian honor Bharat Ratna in 1997.

On 27 July 2015, Dr. Abdul Kalam was delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong where he suffered a heart attack and breathed his last.

Following his death, he received several tributes like the Tamil Nadu State Government on 15 October that is on his birthday announced to observe across the state as “Youth Renaissance Day”. Further, the State Government instituted the Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Award constituting an 8 gm gold medal, a certificate, and Rs 500,000.

On an Independence Day, from 2015, the award was awarded annually to the residents of the state with the achievements in promoting scientific growth, the humanities or the welfare of students.

The CBSE on the anniversary of Dr. Kalam’s birth set some topics on his name in the CBSE syllabus or expression series.

On 15 October 2015 the 84th anniversary of Kalam’s birth, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India released postage stamps commemorating Kalam at DRDO Bhawan in New Delhi.

A new bacterium as the filters of the International Space Station (ISS) named it as Solibacilus Kalami to honor the late President Dr. Abdul Kalam was discovered by the Researchers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Dr. Kalam’s 79th birthday was recognized as World Student’s Day by United Nations. He was also nominated for the MTV Youth Icon of the Year in 2003 and in 2006.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam: Awards and Achievements

In 1981, Dr. Kalam received Padma Bhushan from the Government of India.

In 1990, Dr. Kalam received Padma Vibhushan from the Government of India.

In 1994 and 1995, Distinguished Fellow and Honorary Fellow by Institute of Directors India and National Academy of Medical Sciences.

In 1997, he had received Bharat Ratna from Government of India and Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration from Indian National Congress.

In 1998, Veer Savarkar Award from Government of India.

In 2000, Ramanujan Award from Alwars Research Centre, Chennai.

In 2007, he was honored with the King Charles II Medal by the Royal Society, U.K. and Doctorate of Science from University of Wolverhampton, UK.

In 2008, he won the Hoover Medal given by ASME Foundation, USA and received Doctor of Engineering by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

In 2009, The California Institute of Technology, U.S.A, presented Kalam with the International von Karman Wings Award, Hoover Medal by ASME Foundation, USA and Honorary Doctorate by Oakland University.

In 2010, Doctor of Engineering by University of Waterloo.

 In 2011, The IEEE honored Kalam with IEEE Honorary Membership.

In 2012, Doctor of Laws by Simon Fraser University.

In 2013, Von Braun Award by the National Space Society.

In 2014, Doctor of Science by the Edinburgh University, UK.

What else we need to know about this man who stole the heart of everyone by his good nature.

FinancialPost:27/07/2019: Lara

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This young couple never stopped serving homemade food even at their 70’s

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With over 35 years of experience as an executive chef in star hotels, Venugopal retired from the Industry in the year 2000. When he decided to enjoy his retired life, he met some IT Employees who were desperately looking for homemade food and requested him to provide food for them which made this man think about opening up his own mess to serve homemade delicacies. He has been providing healthy and homemade food for two decades now.

His signature dish is Paratha for which customers throng to his shop regularly which is in Velachery. Most of the dishes are oil-free and he uses very less masala. People prefer homemade food than to dine at fancy restaurants for reasons of health. Which is why the shop is a hit among senior citizens and kids,” says Venugopal.

Till date, Venugopal cooks all the dishes and his wife Kalpana, helps him in this routine. She takes care of the parcels and helps with cooking.  He has employed over 10 women from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds. Very recently, Venugopal revamped his menu with attractive dishes. His glass pudding — made of leftover coconut milk — is easily the best of the lot. The menu ranges from Appalam Samosa, cream caramel to palakottai vadai — all under ₹100.

He says that it was very limited business earlier and he made it very simple by having only mini buffet lunch which consisted Chappati with a side dish, Sambar rice, curd rice, kootu, poriyal and a dessert which he priced at Rs.20/- at that time. Most of his customers are repeat customers who visit his mess for many years now.

He constantly receives good feedback from his regulars. But one that he dearly remembers is this: “One of the customers said, ‘I came to your shop when I was a student; then as a married man and now, as a granddad.’ That really made my day.”

Venugopal isn’t aware of Google reviews, although he frequently gets orders on Zomato and Swiggy. “Everyone’s ordering online these days and yes, we too need to catch up with the trend. He adds to this “But if there’s one shop that survives primarily on word of mouth, it has to be mine.” He says with a smile.

FinancialPost/19/07/2019: Lara

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The Universal Law of Karma – How the sacred science worked for the Legend Rajagopal – Owner of Saravana Bhavan

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However rich or big you are, when karma starts its work, no one can stand in front of it. That’s proven once again with Rajagopal, owner of the food chain Saravana Bhavan. The picture itself is an example for that.

The legacy started off with a minimum employee in the year 1981. He grew from the scratch. Within few years of the start of the hotel it saw great heights due his hard work and the quality of food served in his outlet. No doubt people started flooding in and he made remarkable foot print in food industry by opening many outlets all over Tamilnadu. It did not stop there, outlets were opened all around the globe which proved his efficient administration and the way he treated his employees.

He was a strong believer of astrology. He made frequent visits to the Tiruttani temple.  People from various Murugan temples made  beeline to his house in Ashok Nagar to get donations. He believed donating to temples would bring him good luck.

He breached all the Aagama vidhi of the hill temple and changed the entire structure and made it new, but the fate had other ideas .

As one has to undergo his past and present karma, the man behind this success story had his hands on Lord Muruga himself and altered the entire architecture of the famous hill temple Tiruttani.  There he showed his power and money which never helped him till his death today.

He wanted to marry a young lady, who was not interested in him and however got married to one of his employee which made him furious. He murdered him and grabbed the lady luck, but that turned to be his wrath. He was in public eyes for this reason, and was imprisoned.

Rajagopal was sentenced to 10 years rigorous jail term in 2004 by a local court for the culpable murder.  In 2009, the Madras High Court convicted him to life in prison after finding the case “a grave one done with a clear intention”.

The whole story of the legend is an great example of the verse “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”  

FinancialPost:18/07/2019:Lara

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