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Of legends & legacies: Read about THESE 7 icons from Indore ​to cast away your quarantine blues!

These 7 protagonists light up Indore's tales of culture, arts, sports, poetry and much more!

In a country as diverse as ours, the blending colours of arts, history and entertainment have bound us in the feeling of oneness for ages and when you add the spirit of belonging to this force, the allegiance knots stronger! It is said that every region and city has its own charm, that is winged to all its people and you will catch our drift as you read about these protagonists from Indore that have one thing in common- being exceptionally stellar!

So take a look at these 7 icons from the city who have made it big with their unique contributions, in shaping up a multifaceted India. They have brought honour and laurels to Indore and we hope this spirited compilation will cast away your quarantine blues!

Rahat Indori

"Log har mod pe

ruk ruk ke

sambhalte kyun hain,

Itna darte hain toh

ghar se nikalte kyu hain"

Famous for giving us some of the most brilliantly crafted Urdu shayaris to live by, Rahat Indori has Indore deeply engraved in his arts as well as his personality! Born in 1950, Rahat Qureshi, as he was originally called, was famed for his poetry and the immensely meaningful yet spicy songs he wrote for the Hindi film industry. In his travels throughout the world to recite his poetry, he drew in massive praise for the supremely artistic Indian legacy!

Zakir Khan

"Badal bohot important hain"

A pivotal asset to the comic landscape of our country, Zakir Khan is loved by all because he can throw anyone into a laughing fit with his hilariously relatable comedy and a stark stage presence! Born in the year 1987, in the emblematic city of Indore, Zakir Khan has the knack for saying meaningful things, adding his classic 'Zakurrr' touch, that we all find endearingly charming. And besides all that, he has also revived the love of rich poetry among his fan base and across!

Lata Mangeshkar

"Ek pyar ka nagma hai

Maujon ki rawani hai

Zindagi aur kuchh bhi nahi

Teri meri kahani hai"

There is no one in the Indian continent who can deny the magnificence of the evergreen melody-queen, Lata Mangeshkar! A jewel on the map of the city, Lata Mangeshkar was born in the year 1929 in Indore and continues to shower us with her breathtakingly pitch-perfect voice! With songs that still resonate in the hearts and minds of billions around the world, Lata is an asset to India's timeless culture, legacy and performing arts.

Kishore Kumar

"Pyaar diwaanaa hotaa hai, mastaanaa hotaa hai

Har khushee se, har gam se, begaanaa hotaa hai"

With a legacy that spans decades and a voice that echoes clear even today, Kishore Kumar has penned one of the most glorious chapters of the Bollywood playback industry! Born in the district of Khandwa near Indore as Abhas Kumar Ganguly, Kumar changed the course of how music was perceived in our country. With songs that we still can't stop swooning over, this class apart singer can surely be spotted in our playlists, for generations!

Rahul Dravid

"Indira Nagar ka gunda hoon mei!"

Popularly known as 'The Wall' in international cricket. Rahul Dravid is a personality that can also be described as the wall of fame! While the Under-19 cricket coach is presently doing the rounds on the internet for his satirical comedy as an angry driver, Dravid has fortified his colossal legacy as the uber-cool captain of the Indian Cricket Team. Born to a Marathi family in Indore, Rahul Dravid is a part of India's vivid sports culture and continues to bring laurels to the city's name even after his retirement from an iconic cricketing career!

Salman Khan

"Swagat nahi karoge aap hamara?"

Born in the year 1965, Salman Khan is another name in the list of gems that Indore has given to the country and the world, as a whole. Though surrounded by plenty of controversies, Salman Khan still continues to be an icon for many out there who dream to make it in the movies or for those regular movie buffs!

Sagarika Ghatge

"Bloody Hell! I'm Preeti Sabrawal"

Remember when Preeti hit that final goal in Chak de India, only to give us one of the most awe-inspiring moments in the history of Hindi cinema for women?! Showing immense strength in the character of Preeti Sabrawal, Sagarika Ghatge made a place in our hearts that cannot be replaced easily. Born in the year 1986 in the glorious city of Indore, Sagarika and her iconic roles add to the already star-studded legacy of Indore!

Knock Knock

From Rahat Indori to Zakir Khan, Indore has had a far-reaching impact on the arts and culture of the country. Well, we had the best of time putting this stellar list together and so we hope you also enjoy going through it especially if you are isolated and miss the warm embrace of your beloved city and its people!

Tom Junod once said, "You don't have to love cooking to cook, but you have to do more than love baking to bake. You have to bake out of love." And these home bakers of Kanpur are doing exactly the same! If you believe life is too short to say no to calories and cake, read on about these dynamic bakers who are baking deliciousness out of love.

A dessert lover would understand the importance of quality baked goods and if you are one of them, we have compiled a list of some of the best home entrepreneurs in Kanpur:

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Fighting against hunger, THESE 5 NGOs are a silver lining for the needy in Lucknow!

This World Food Day, get to know about these 5 NGOs fighting against hunger in Lucknow

There is an abundance of food-delivery apps in the market today that have managed to reduce the gap between your homes and restaurants. However, there is no such modern solution to bridge the long-prevailing gap between a one-time meal and the underprivileged. No matter how developed any city in India is today, the issue of hunger is a prominent one everywhere, and Lucknow is no exception.

But keeping intact our faith in humanity, are certain groups and individuals who're working round the clock to ensure that each day, the number of people going to sleep hungry, reduces significantly. This World Food Day, get to know about 5 NGOs working towards this cause and provide them with your support however you can. A little help goes a long way!

Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organisation spread across India that operates a school lunch programme (Mid-Day meal). Established in the year 2000, the aim of this organisation is to counter classroom hunger and aid in the education of children. Reportedly, it feeds more than 18 lakh children every day, across the country. With its presence in several cities including Lucknow, the Akshaya Patra Foundation also worked to distribute food among the migrant workers during the COVID crisis last year. Donate to this noble cause by clicking on the website link attached below.

Contact: 097924 48359

Website: The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Robin Hood Army

The Robin Hood Army is a volunteer-based organisation that was established in 2014 by Neel Ghose and Arushi Batra. This establishment works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community, to serve less fortunate people. The idea behind the conception of this NGO is to create self-sustained chapters across the world, that will look after its local community. Like all the other chapters, Lucknow Chapter of this volunteer-based organisation conducts various drives across the city. If you wish to become a part of this group log on to their official website now!

Contact: Send a mail on

Website: The Robin Hood Army

Roti Bank

Roti Bank is a citizen led organisation who's primary aim is to provide food to the needy. To attain this goal, Roti Bank has a team spread across the country including a bunch in Lucknow that is purely dedicated to the cause. Roti bank collects left-over and excess food from homes and events and distributes it among the needy. One can donate in cash or kind or even volunteer to become a part of this thoughtful initiative. Click on the website link to know more about this organisation.

Contact: 7905881802

Website: Roti bank Lucknow

Vijay Sri Foundation

Vijay Sri Foundation is a non-government organization, that was launched in the year 2009 in Lucknow. The main objective of this organisation was the distribution of food to the needy poor in hospitals. Initially, home-cooked food packets were distributed among attendants of poor patients admitted in various wards of Lucknow's King George Medical College. Gradually, the operations grew to other hospitals in the city as well. Currently, around 900 patients are served food everyday, under its "Prasadam Sewa" campaign. To join their team or contribute monetarily, log on to their official website.

Contact: 099358 88887

Website: Prasadam Sewa

Feeding India

Found in the year 2014, Feeding India was formed to solve the complex challenges of food wastage, malnutrition and hunger in India. As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Zomato acquired this organisation in 2019 to deal with these issues. With its presence in Lucknow, Feeding India by Zomato designs interventions to decrease hunger among the communities that are underserved. If you wish to donate or know more about this organisation check out their official website.

Contact: Write to them here

Website: Feeding India

Knock Knock

Even though these organisations are working hard to improve the situation, it is upon all of us to make sure that we don't waste food and do whatever we can to help and feed the poor. To fight and beat the global problem of hunger, a collective effort is a must!

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NITI Aayog hails Indore as the benchmark model for plastic waste management in India

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Known as the cleanest city in India, Indore has now been hailed as the benchmark model for plastic waste management in the country by the NITI Aayog. As per reports, the city's innovative garbage management concept not only reduces plastic waste but also recycles it for construction projects, promoting the ideas of sustainable development among 2 million people. The module also favours the set up of economical ways to tackle waste management and to ensure an independent system to run its activities.

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