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BYOJ 2.0 – the open mic night for stand-up comedy – brings the house down with music and a lot of laughter

Paperboat Entertainment, spearheaded by Ankit Bhuptani and well-known Nagpur stand-up comedian Jitesh Vasani, day before yesterday hosted the second edition of the open mic for stand-up comedy ? BYOJ: Bring Your Own Jokes – in association with Nation Next as the media partner. BYOJ 2.0 was held at Sukhada Chaudhary’s Chaos Theory ? The Coworking space at WHC Road, Dharampeth, Nagpur.

The open mic night, hosted by Jitesh Vasani, was a full house with the audience occupying their seats much before the show started. The enthusiasm for BYOJ 2.0 was so much that many of the people who turned up a bit late at the venue didn’t mind standing to witness the entire show for one and half hours!

Musical high

BYOJ 2.0 kick started with a musical warm-up session by city vocalist Kumar Anugarh and guitarist Abhishek Devdas. Together these two enthralled the audience and built up the momentum for BYOJ 2.0 as they performed several Bollywood and westerns tracks. It was after their performance, the main show started and Jitesh took to the stage for hosting the open mic for stand-up comedy which brought nine comedy enthusiasts from Nagpur to the stage for trying their hand at stand-up comedy.

These enthusiasts included ? Prabhakar Sharma, Hussain Shahjahanpur, Pawan Sarda, Kritisha Jain, Pratik Meshram, Akash Singh, Nitant Mankeshwar, Himanshu Khodke and Paras Batra. All these contestants were allotted four minutes to showcase their funny side.

Hilarious start

Jitesh gave the open mic session a perfect start as he joked about the problems faced in a typical Gujarati family. He also spoke about Nagpur’s obsession with tarri poha, traffic rules in the city and how a typical Nagpurian behaves! Needless to say, he took the audience on a laughter riot with his funny one-liners.

Being funny!

During the first half, the first contestant to be called on the stage by Jitesh was Prabhakar Sharma, Manager at a Pharma Company, who tried to impress the audience by sharing his childhood memories. Hussain Shahjahanpur struck a chord with a few engineers in the audience as he shared the bad side of being an engineer and some interesting and funny memories of his college days. Entrepreneur Pawan Sarda impressed the audience with his wit as he spoke about some facts about a typical Marwari family and also compared the lifestyle of a Marwari family in a village and a city. Kritisha Jain (the only female participant) and Pratik Meshram shared their respective experiences being born and brought up in a middle class family, even as they tried their best to make people laugh by describing the challenges a middle class family member faces in the day-to-day life. In the second half, as contestant Akash Singh took to the stage he joked about the effects of social media on the generation today. Nitant Mankeshwar, Himanshu Khodke and Paras Batra also tried to leave an impact on the audience by presenting their views on current affairs and human behavior in a funny way.

Receptive audience

It’s not really easy to make someone laugh and the receptive audience present at BYOJ 2.0 knew it well. The fact that even though a few contestants couldn’t make them laugh the audience kept encouraging them was a proof of that. Even the contestants reciprocated the love as they thanked the audience and Paperboat Entertainment for giving them a platform to try stand-up comedy.

Helping people with a smile

It was heartening to see that apart from all the fun that took place at BYOJ 2.0, the organisers understanding their responsibility towards the society placed a ?Box of Hope? at Chaos Theory for a week ahead of the event. Nagpurians could donate books, toys and other useful items for the people affected by HIV and AIDS. US citizen Jerry Hughes who runs the ?Box of Hope? project and the Jerry Hughes Foundation aimed at helping people affected by HIV and AIDS was also present and spoke at BYOJ 2.0 in the end. Keeping up with the contestants Jerry also made the audience laugh a bit.

BYOJ 2.0 got a perfect end as city musician Darryl Grant entertained the audience with some Bollywood numbers.

Pictures by: Himanshu Pal

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RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President



The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.

Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and  Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.

The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.

Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka,  Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.

President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses  have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .

Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna  presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.

 Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .

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Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur



Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.

Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.

“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.

“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.

With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller


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Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live



A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.

During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.

On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.

The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.

After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller

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