Thursday November 21, 2019

Instead of looking at West, Indians should recognize Indian art, spirituality and healing power: Kailash Kher

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By Natalia Ningthoujam

Singer-composer Kailash Kher, now a producer, says there are some filmmakers who highlight the “helplessness of India” in their movies in the name of creativity. But he, as an artiste, will never follow suit as he believes that India has the power to heal the world.

Kailash is looking forward to the launch of his mythological TV series “Baba Kedarnath”, which is backed by the Uttarakhand government. With a strong spiritual content, the TV show will introduce the “Teri Deewani” hit-maker as a producer.

He says he would like to take up more projects revolving around the country as a producer, but would never be part of a TV show or a movie that focusses on the poverty or other problems of India.

“There are filmmakers like Shyam Benegal who continue to explore the real Indian art. Even Ashutosh Gowariker makes films about India like ‘Swades’ or ‘Lagaan’. They are some of the filmmakers who present India in a good light; otherwise people tend to make money by showing the poverty of India and helplessness of India mostly in the name of creativity.

“This gives the impression that India is a poor country. Irrespective of the strength of the script, I will never show India like that. I will show that India can save the world, which is infected by depression and loneliness,” Kailash told IANS in an interview.

The singer, who hails from Meerut, also added that India is widely known for yoga and so can propagate good health and happiness.

“In India, you don’t need pills, there is so much of affection and warmth. We (he and his Kailasa band) recently went to Shillong by road. Wherever we stopped, they offered us water. And there was so much of warmth… That’s our spiritual strength,” he added.

He believes there is “so much of love and warmth” in India that anyone will be healed.

“People from the west run after India as India has the strength of spiritual healing. Why can’t our own people, the generation of today accept that? Instead of looking at the west, it’s better to recognize our own art, mythology, spirituality and healing power,” said Kailash.

And so, he is doing his own bit.

“Whatever I do, music will reflect me, and my music is nothing but spirituality. If I write about love, my love angle will be about how the universe is made,” said the “Allah ke bande” hitmaker.

As of now, Kailash’s new album “Ishq Anokha” and the TV show, which has seven songs sung by the industry’s celebrated names like Hema Malini, Sonu Nigam, Arijit Singh and Shaan, are taking up most of his time.

“Day and night we are working on 16 tracks at a rocket’s speed,” he said. (IANS)

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Uber India Rolls Out Driver Reward Programme “Uber Plus”

Uber India has planned free doctor access and micro loans for drivers

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Uber has rolled out a reward programme for drivers in India. Wikimedia Commons

Global ride-hailing major Uber on Wednesday rolled out a driver rewards programme called “Uber Plus” in India that will let drivers earn points for rides so that they can win free doctor consultations, concessions on education modules, access to micro loans, faster airport pick ups and savings on vehicle maintenance costs.

These points will be earned by the driver partners in 13 cities over a fixed period of every three months and can be then accumulated to unlock higher rating tiers such as blue, gold, platinum and diamond which, in turn, will let them access better rewards, informed the company.

“Under the programme, the Uber drivers get access to four tiers. To unlock these awards, they need to maintain a certain threshold rating and keep a low cancellation rate to unlock access to these benefits,” Prabhjeet Singh, Head of Cities, Uber India and South Asia, told IANS.

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Under this programme, Uber drivers get access to four tiers. Pixabay

“We have always worked towards prioritising their welfare and making them feel valued, respected and appreciated. ‘Uber Plus’ is an effort in that direction and will enable our driver partners to access greater benefits during their everyday journeys,” he added.

The rewards and offers are only available to drivers who use the Uber driver app, are participating in Uber Plus and meet applicable criteria.

Asked if this initiative will help in bringing down the number of cancellations, Singh replied: “We encourage ri ders to flag such cases if the driver cancels because the mode of payment is not cash, etc. That will help us take strict action against such drivers.

“We want to encourage behaviour which helps improve the marketplace reliability. Less the cancellation, the chances of the trip getting completed goes up and, overall, the network efficiency increases.”

An initial pilot phase was carried out in Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh and Mumbai and now, Uber Plus is being rolled out across 10 new cities, including Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kochi, Guwahati and Jaipur.

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“We also want to reward drivers who have lower cancellations,” said Uber.

Under the driver programme, Uber has partnered with “Ayushman Bharat” to provide access to free healthcare to its drivers, wherein they have access to free healthcare of up to Rs 500,000 in empanelled hospitals. (IANS)