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Second Innings: Deep Probeen Porisheba (DPP) Creates new Milestone in Taking care of Greying Population in Kolkata

Established in 2013, ‘Deep Probeen Porisheba’, is an in-home service for the elderly, provided by the Saint James –HRDS India (P) Ltd. – a subsidiary of HRDS, USA

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Deep Probeen Porisheba (DPP) Team in Kolkata, Photo by Deepannita DAS/NewsGram
“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.” 
― Rabindranath Tagore

Kolkata, Nov 22, 2016: Light is what guides the needy, out of the hopelessness of darkness. To the distressed people and the people in need, one hope is all that it takes to get them back to living a better life, to make them want to live to the fullest.

This is where ‘Deep Probeen Porisheba’ comes in and becomes a unique destination for the elderly. This one of its kind organisation provides in-home services for the elderly people. It runs an old age facility for the elderly people who can enjoy the services from the comfort of their own home. Filled with old-age-homes and ‘Ashrams’, Kolkata still lacks many of in-home services. The excellent services and multiple options provided by DPP, is making it a popular choice for the elderly, particularly for people in Kolkata.

Established in 2013, ‘Deep Probeen Porisheba’ is an in-home service for the elderly. Click To Tweet

International Senior Citizen Day, Source: DPP
International Senior Citizen Day, Source: DPP

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One of their members, Kamlesh Agarwal (79) who lives in Ballygunge says, I have joined DPP in 2015 and it helps me to socialize with people. My son is a Scientist in Orlando and my daughter stays in Dubai. Attending events and sharing stories with other people helps me to cope up with the solitude.”

My therapist helps me to get better each day. “I like to paint and I still feel young at heart.”

When an old couple has children abroad or lost their family, it becomes a dark world for the helpless couple with nobody to take care of them properly, nobody to sit beside and spend the evening with, none to accompany to the medical appointments or none to have the dinner with.

Dr Kallol Guha, CEO of Deep Probeen Porisheba
Dr Kallol Guha, CEO of Deep Probeen Porisheba

Another member, Pratima Biswas is with DPP for more than 3 years. A resident of Ekdalia, in Kolkata- she feels secure and safe to be connected with the organisation. “They are just a call away. If I have to go somewhere, they reach out to us and guide us accordingly.”

In today’s fast-paced world, one of the neediest people in the society is the elderly or old people who do not have a care in the world or situations have pushed them to the edge of living a life full of solitude. Therefore, they are the ones unable to fully cope with the newest generation, walk along today’s youth, and talk the language of the tech-world.

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India, one of the most prominent developing countries of the third world, is a nation that suffers from the crisis in which a society marks the old age- homes as the inevitable destination for the old people. Children moving abroad in need of better career and occupation or the loss of family leave the old people to reach out to the old age facilities offered nowadays. Kolkata also shows the same picture and the need for such facilities keeps increasing at an alarming rate, proving the distress of the old people in our society.

Pujo Meet, Source: DPP
Pujo Meet, Source: DPP

But moving one’s old parents to an old-age-home is not the answer that resolves the distress of the old ones. Leaving one’s own home and getting severed from the regular lifestyle is not only painful but also weakens the already weak minds of the old ones. While there are multiple old-age-homes in Kolkata, there are not much of excellent services available for the needy old people.

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DPP’S services include- technology assistance, companionship, social gatherings and picnics in groups, psychological counselling, a visit to the religious places, city-travel assistance, long distance travel assistance, handyman services and car-rental services.

Apart from these their medical services are also extremely helpful and those include-emergency services, regular health monitoring, monthly appointments to the doctor, quarterly visits by the well-known Geriatric specialist, post-operative care, nutrition advice, physiotherapy, help with understanding medical reports or prescriptions and the health-insurance policies and affiliation with the well-known diagnostic and nursing centers in Kolkata.

Established in 2013, ‘Deep Probeen Porisheba’, is an in-home service for the elderly, provided by the Saint James –HRDS India (P) Ltd. – a subsidiary of HRDS, USA.

The services offered by DPP are delivered at home and they are extremely reliable, consistent and professional providing a membership package that is completely flexible and customized to suit the needs of every family.

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Compassionate, well-trained and dedicated carers make the services worth choosing. An expert panel of qualified physicians and medical professionals are a plus in the services and the regular delivery of the progress-reports to the family members anywhere in the globe, make ‘Deep Probeen Porisheba’, a wonderful destination for the elderly and loved ones of one’s family.

– reporting by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Rich NRI Keralites Seek State-of-the-Art Old Age Homes to Ensure Stress-Free Life for their Aged Parents

Kerala ranks first in terms of longevity, with men expected to live up to 72 and women up to 78 years

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An increasing number of Keralite NRIs wish to provide their aged parents with near-luxury living. For the same, several privately owned old-age homes are now coming up in the state. Wikimedia
  • With elderly people making 12.6% of the population, old age homes are now coming up in Kerala
  • Kerala is witnessing an increasing demand of privately owned old age homes with state-of-the-art facilities
  • Modern old-age-homes claim to charge minimal fees and provide all necessary services to residents

Kerala, August 29, 2017: Old age homes for the cash-rich have been around in some Indian cities for quite a while, but the concept has only now arrived in Kerala, a state where those over 60 make up 12.6 per cent of the population. The national average is 8.6 per cent.

Even though the state has around 50 old age homes with bare minimum facilities run by various charitable organisations, the demand for state-of-the-art retirement homes appears to be driven by non-resident Keralites who want to ensure that their aged parents lead a stress-free life, as they wait in the departure lounge for their final journey.

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One such old age home is operating at its full occupancy of 60 in central Kerala’s Karuchal town; two others are fast nearing completion, and one in the state capital that is all set to open has already attracted 19 confirmed bookings.

“We have got all the required licences and our home is now ready. Nineteen bookings have been made; in our first phase, we have space for 40 people. During the upcoming Onam season, we will have about nine people, all past 70, who wish to see what we offer and are booked for a week,” said M. Ayyappan, who recently retired as Chairman and Managing Director of mini ratna HLL Lifecare Ltd and who has set up Asha Care Homes — which he terms a “home away from home”.

“Also, as an introductory offer, we are giving a two-day free stay for prospective clients,” he added.

One reason why this appears to be a successful business model in Kerala is that the Department of Social Justice has estimated that by 2021, senior citizens will constitute around 20 per cent of the total population.

Kerala ranks first in terms of longevity, with men expected to live up to 72 and women up to 78 years. A survey by the United Nations Population Fund and Helpage India has shown that a fifth of the elderly population, especially women in Kerala, live all by themselves.

Hong Kong-based veteran banker and Asha Homes co-founder George Joseph said the cultural stigma attached to sending parents to old age homes still exists, but as more and more people overcome this, the idea will truly take off.

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“We collect a refundable deposit (Rs 5.5 lakhs) from our inmates and it is returned the moment they decide to vacate our home. Besides that, we levy a very affordable monthly charge (Rs 30,000) for our services. We have round-the-clock, professionally-trained caregivers and our facilities include physiotherapy, ayurveda, a geriatric expert and also a full-fledged medical clinic.

“Before anyone is taken in, he or she has to undergo a medical check-up supervised by our medical board. The bookings we have so far received are just by word-of-mouth publicity,” Joseph told IANS.

Two similar retirement homes are coming up at Kochi and Kottayam – cities where a huge number of Keralite NRIs can afford near-luxury living for their parents. (IANS)

 

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393