Saturday, December 17, 2016

Women Safety Awarness Workshop



















Durga a social movement empowering women to deter sexual harassment actively, in a non-aggressive way, and Civic Hub a BPAC initiative is organizing a free Self Awareness & Prevention of crime against Women to mitigate sexual harassment, to empower women be part of a movement that changes the course of how women respond to sexual harassment!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Going Nuts!


Bengaluru is a city that will drive you nuts; if you are not from Bengaluru it’s difficult what you will associate with. But for a Bengalurean it’s all about everything, and one of those many things is the famous Kadalekai Parishe (Groundnut Fair) on Bull Temple Road.

Call it the demonetization effect the business looked dull and the heaps of groundnuts were less, but there was still a lot of glee and the touch of tradition attached to it. Puffed rice to beaten rice the vendors complained about less rains and note ban impacting their business and still hoped they will make their buck in 2-3 days of the fair.

Groundnut varieties from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh made way to the Kadalekai Parishe, roasted option was selling much faster as it was munching ready. Fruit Bowls, Pani Puri, Masala Papad, Sugar Cane, Boiled Corn, Sliced raw Mangoes, Cucumber and many more were lined up, but the Bombe Mittai and Cotton Candy seemed like hot pick as it brought back childhood memories for many, the parents were eagerly explaining the much amused children their favorites during their childhood.

What was the glaring and not palatable was the usage of plastic bags, as vendors packed groundnuts in the plastic bags the buyers seemed less concerned. An event like this brings in thousands of people from all over the city, a little effort from BBMP and local elected representatives to create awareness about plastic ban and to make Kadalekai Parishe eco-friendly would have gone a long way making it truly a great event.

Nevertheless, as evening passed the streets were filled with people, the main street and the cross roads turned colorful, with lights, noise and music. With people, food, toys, paintings, balloons, handicrafts and lots of groundnuts I lost track of time too.

Few hours and lots to capture through the lens, a fair like this needs more attention, it’s our heritage, our tradition, uniqueness of our city that needs to be celebrated, sadly very little has been done to showcase this event to the rest of the world. We boast of being ‘One State many Worlds’, but we do very little justice to that ‘many’.

Its time Cultural and Tourism department promotes Kadalekai Parishe as an event of the city that can give an opportunity to visitors to experience a different side of Bengaluru.  

Me & Jigna Modh enjoying our pick - Bombe Mittai

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Media Coverage of Nov 2016


Math Workbooks for Govt School Children






Learning made fun and easy, Math workbook were distributed to 335 students from 1st to 6th standard of Govt School Agara and 191 students from 2nd to 7th standard of Govt School Parangipalya. The workbooks sponsored by Syngene (a Biocon) as part of their CSR via BPAC & Civic Hub Ward 174, the objective of this initiative is to reach out to as many Govt Schools as possible across Bengaluru through Civic Hub Leaders who are working in various Wards on Civic initiatives. 

Each of the Govt School were audited few months ago and the interventions were planned in advance, some of these schools are also identified for Green & Safe School program.  

Civic Hub Leader Kavitha Reddy interacted with various schools to identify the synergies and gaps that can be bridged via initiatives of BPAC and CSR participation. 

Kavitha Reddy said, 'there is a lot more to do to improve the quality of education, along with the Govt even Citizen and Corporate participation can better the quality and also supply the required tools to make learning more effective'. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Finally a Big Leap

I have been appointed Karnataka Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee Secretary, many thanks to ever inspiring KPMCC President Laxmi HebbalkarJi , many thanks to Shri Dinesh Gundu Rao & Shri Rizwan Arshad who always had kind words for me.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Can You 'Hear' Me?

Seldom do we realize that early intervention is the first step towards addressing most of the medical conditions or any disabilities, and if the medical condition or disability is not life threatening, our willingness to seek medical interventions becomes rarer. 

Infections (Mumps, Rubella, Meningitis, Measles, ear infection), Birth defects, Malnutrition, Lack of effective & accessible medical care for pregnant women in countries like India result in a very high rate of hearing loss among children. A staggering 60% of the hearing loss is preventable and 31% of the hearing loss in children is due to infections. 

Every child in this world deserves to live normally, and that can happen by creating awareness about the causes of hearing loss and the medical and technological option to address the disability in the most effective manner. Early diagnosis, specifically for the new born can help the child to lead a normal life, OAE (Otoacoustic Emission Test) or BERA (Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry) is very important for every new born.

The Cochlear™ range of hearing implants has helped over 250,000 people globally, and making a child live a normal life is definitely a Team Work that has involved Cochlear™, Surgeons, Parents and the extended family. 

Breaking Myths & Key Highlights: 
  • Cochlear™ implant does not affect the brain, it is a simple procedure
  • Cochlear™ implants do not need any replacement (unless in case of infection which is a very rare situation)
  • The child can undergo Cochlear™ implantation as early as 2 years and the earlier the better to ensure sounds mean something for a child
  • People with Cochlear™  implant will not suffer from side effects or electromagnetic waves due to implantation
  • Hearing tests at different stages of life is as important as an eye test or any other medical test
  • If the Cochlear™ implant is made at an older age words are just mere sound, hence early implant is a must
  • Most of the time awareness and not the cost of the implant is the issue, after all no cost is high if it ensures a normal life for a child
  • Even with hearing aids the children with hearing disability will get all Government benefits he/she is entitled to 
Shobith leads normal life, after Cochlear implant Photo by Vijay 
Cochlear™’s Global Hearing Ambassador Brett Lee expresses that temporary hearing loss of his son indeed triggered his calling to lend his voice and name for the cause, and to work to create awareness globally so that more and more children get early medical interventions.

In a country that loves Cricket, no child should be deprived of enjoying the #SoundsOfCricket to the fullest.  

With Cochlear™, Hear Now. And Always.

- Kavitha Reddy

Monday, February 15, 2016

Somasundrapalya Lake Revival

HaSiRu Mithra, SPNIT, KHHSPA members have come together, MP Kupendra Reddy & MLA Satish Reddy all in action to Revive the Lake......United Lake WINS!