In the National Capital Region, there is no dearth of restaurants, big and small. From roadside eateries to five-star hotels, every kind of food is available at a price. But what are the options for those who have not more than five rupees in their pocket to spend on a meal? Those who work hard on the streets of Noida, and yet have neither the money, nor the time, resources nor space to cook a square meal for themselves? Initiatives like Dadi Ki Rasoi and Shree Narayan Sanskritik Chetna Nyas, endeavour to meet this precise need by providing nutritious and wholesome meals for just Rs 5. 

Mass wedding of 72 couples from underprivileged families hosted by Bharat Vikas Parishad, a city based NGO formed by the entrepreneurs on December 17, 2016 in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. The entire event was cashless as all contributions were made by the entrepreneurs in goods. Bharat Vikas Parishad, a pan India cultural body, organised a ‘cheque-only’ marriage ceremony. With a budget of around Rs80 lakh, the organisation plans to pay the pandal organisers, lighting equipment facilitators, band artistes, caterers and pandits in cheque, bank transfers and e-wallet payments.

This short video was not planned. It just happened during my first trip to New York as I visualized a different side, a rather unseen side to the city of lights and magic. Please watch in a full screen mode.

Kamta Prasad’s shirt is torn off at the shoulders because of the weight of belongings he has lugged trying to reach the Delhi border from Rohtak (Haryana), with a hope that he might be able to board a truck to reach his home in Jhansi. Despite this being his fifth attempt to escape the Delhi border, his eyes somehow simultaneously reflect both hope and despair. (May 15, 2020)