Monday, November 12, 2018

His son lost his life because of a pothole, so he filled 550 of them and launched an app to report them

When Dadarao Bilhore's only son died in a road accident caused by a pothole, he decided to take matters into his own hand. Apart from filling potholes, he has created an app that invites people to report them.
On July 28, 2015, Dadarao Bilhore woke up to terrible news. His 16-year-old son had lost his life when he met with an accident because of a pothole on Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) in Mumbai. Shattered by the death of his only son, he took upon the onus to fill every pothole he could upon himself.

Prakash, Dadarao's son, died after his bike fell into a deep pothole on the rainwater-clogged Link Road. Despite repeated visits to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), he didn't see enough efforts being made to address the issue. So he got down to work with a kit that included paver blocks, a trowel, and construction sand. He is often joined by Prakash's friends and random strangers on the road who take note of what he is doing.
In a conversation with ANI, he said,
“I don't want people to face the same fate as my son, Prakash. I will keep working till India becomes pothole-free. Our nation has a huge population. If even one lakh people start filling potholes, India will become pothole-free. I am tired, but I will not stop.”
The 47-year-old has also created a mobile app called Pothole, which takes the help of fellow citizens to together locate potholes and resolve the issue. He added that most of the times they use mud, debris and paver blocks found at the construction sites. Speaking about the app to The Asian Age, he said,
“The app uses three basic features already available in a smartphone — mobile camera, GPS, and internet connection — and enables citizens to accomplish half the job by distributing power and much-needed responsibility to a crowd-sourced model. The first step to fix a pothole is to mark it. potholes helps you point out the pothole to the BMC who can then take cognisance of it.”
In the last one month only, after Mumbai faced severe rains, the city has recorded six deaths. Overall, the country has seen 3,600 people die due to potholes in 2017. Uttar Pradesh, however, tops the list with 987 deaths, says a report by Times Of India. According to a nation-wide survey, 10 people died due to potholes every day. Amid the apathy, the story of Dadarao Bilhore stands out as an example of how even one man can make a difference 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Amazing EUROPE trip

Europe’s natural landscape provides some of the most picturesque vistas on the planet. While there are many ways to experience Europe, one of the best ways to truly appreciate it in its full glory is by hiking on foot! Here are some of the best multi-day hikes you can tackle on our favourite continent!

ALTA VIA 1The Dolomites in Italy are one of the most stunning mountain regions in Europe. The Dolomite High Route, or Alta Via 1 takes you through the heart of this natural wonder, past historical locations, world war 2 sites, alpine lakes, stunning fields and up jagged peaks! The hike is 120km and takes around 10 days to complete. Staying in local refuges will allow you to experience Italian hospitality and cuisine at its very best!

KUNGSLEDENThis Swedish path stretches 110 kilometres from Nikkaluokta to Abisko and vice versa, which adventure blogger Aaron Teoh claims can be undertaken in week. Kungsleden bisects one of the largest remaining untouched areas of wilderness in all of Europe. Apart from taking you through thick birch forests, gorgeously rocky tundras, glaciers, and even a sauna next to a lake, Kungsleden also allows hikers to set up camp nearly anywhere on the trail. There are also a number of huts in which you can stay overnight scattered along the path. This means that hikers can comfortably set their own pace and take their time appreciating the stunning sights. Meanwhile, those looking for a challenge can opt to cut down the week’s worth of hiking to just a couple of days.

TOUR DU MONT BLANCThe Tour du Month Blanc is 170km long as passes through Europe’s biggest mountain range. The hike is usually completed in about 11 days and travels through France, Italy and Switzerland to circumnavigate Mount Blanc. It is considered one of the best hikes in Europe.
CAMINO DE SANTIAGOThe El Camino is potentially the most famous multi-day walking trail in Europe! Originally it was an ancient Roman trade route, it then became a Christian pilgrimage and today, it is a hiking trail that people from all over the world travel to experience. The full route is around 780km long and takes at least a month to complete and so many people join at different parts along the trail. Any journey over 100km is enough to earn you your ‘Compostela’ or pilgrimage certificate.

CINQUE TERRE COASTAL TRAILIf it’s the sun-kissed beauty of the Mediterranean you’re after, look no further than the Cinque Terre Coastal Trail in picturesque Italy. The trail is named after the cinque or five towns of Monterosso, Manarola, Corniglia, Riomaggiore, and Vernazza – all of which are historic and beautiful enough to make in on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While the 11-kilometre-long hike can be completed in a matter of just six to eight hours straight, it’s not necessarily the best way to appreciate the Cinque Terre. If you want to make the most out of your trip to Italy, make sure to stop at each of the five towns to take a dip in the sea, sample the local cuisine (and wine) and enjoy a stay in each of the villages to appreciate the local hospitality (minus the crowds of day trippers)!

THORSMORKIceland is famous for being one of the most beautiful and unspoiled countries in Europe. Nowhere is this more evident than in the rugged and verdant valley of Thórsmörk in the Icelandic highlands. Nestled between three glaciers, there are two hiking trails that directly end in this scenic valley. Laugavegur takes a couple days and starts in Landmannalaugar. On the other hand, Fimmvörðuháls is a bit shorter and is doable within eight to ten hours, starting at Skogafoss and putting you through rough terrain until you reach Thórsmörk. If you’re thinking why the area’s name sounds familiar, it’s because it literally translates to “Valley of Thor” – named for the still popular Norse god of thunder.

Perhaps the best proof of Thor’s continuing relevance is that most people reading this are probably imagining Chris Hemsworth in full battle attire. And while Marvel’s depiction of Thor may be the most famous, it’s far from being the only modern version of the character. From an online standpoint, European platform Slingo has many games inspired by “Thor culture,” including Nordic HeroesThunderstruck, and Thunderstruck II. These games borrow imagery from Nordic legend as well as the other modern and more colourful iterations of the ancient god of thunder. But for those who want an even deeper connection with the old Nordic gods, it’s time to brave a pilgrimage to the green, cold paths of Thórsmörk. If you feel a need to rest from all these hikes, Iceland is also home to countless natural geothermal pools to soothe your aching muscles – just one of our 10 Reasons To Go On Honeymoon to Iceland (In Winter).

The Peaks of the Balkans trail is a 200 km hike through the borders of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. The hike was established following the end of the Kosovo war in an attempt to promote peace in the region. The path takes you through stunning remote regions that don’t feature many tourists and takes around 10 days to complete. In addition you take longer, alternative routes which also visit some of the major sites in the region. The Peaks of the Balkans sees you spend equal time in all three countries and witness some of the stunning scenery that these three Balkan beauties have to offer.

WEST HIGHLAND WAYThe Scottish Highlands are one of the most beautiful places in the UK. The West Highland way is one of the most popular hiking routes in Scotland and is 154km of rolling hills and rugged mountains. The trail connects the towns of Milngavie and Fort William and takes about a week. It is one of the best ways to experience the diverse beauty of Scotland and perhaps warm up each night as you toast your adventures with a local whisky!

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Everything About “Despacito”

The “song of the summer”—the one that’s dominated radio and the pop charts—is “Despacito” by singer Luis Fonsi. More than a simple catchy song, it’s making history. Here’s a look at the song all the kids these days are into.

“Despacito” is the first song in the musical genre called reggaeton to hit #1 in the U.S. It’s a fairly new style, originating in Puerto Rico in the 1990s. It combines elements of American hip hop with traditional Latin American music. Reggaeton singer Daddy Yankee is known as the “King of Reggaeton,” and he makes an appearance on “Despacito.”

“Despacito” is the second song performed primarily in Spanish to top the charts. The first was “La Bamba.” A Mexican folk song popularized by the late Ritchie Valens in 1958, that version hit #22. Los Lobos’ cover of Valens rock n’ roll version, recorded for the Valens biopic La Bamba, hit #1 in 1987.

Because it’s the rare song sung in a language other than English to become a huge hit in the U.S., it’s tempting to write the song off as a novelty. It’s not—it’s one of the most successful pop songs ever. In July 2017, it was streamed online for the 4.6 billionth time—making it the most listened-to song ever. The previous record holder was “Sorry” by Justin Bieber—who makes a guest appearance on “Despacito.”

That success on Spotify, Apple Music, and other music services contribute to how the music industry magazine Billboard determines what songs place where on its charts. “Despacito” has spent 16 weeks and counting at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100—tying it for longest-running #1 single of all time.

The music video for “Despacito” is doing just as well as the song. It’s been watched more than 3.4 billion times on YouTube. That makes it the most watched YouTube video of all time.

What does despacito translate to? “Slowly.”

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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