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Goli Vada Pav: India’s desi answer to McDonalds!

Lemon Ideas in association with Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) and with Nation Next as the media partner, recently hosted I-Summit.. Emergence of Desi Power? at Banyan Hall, Chitnavis Centre, Nagpur. This was the second edition of I-Summit which is aimed at bringing entrepreneurs, students, professionals and budding entrepreneurs under one roof so that they can learn from the experiences and expertise of their role models and entrepreneurs who have made a mark and change the rules of the game.

Being in sync with the theme of this year – Emergence of Desi Power – Venkatesh Iyer, Founder, Goli Vada Pav was invited to share his story with Nagpurians. Also present at the summit were Pranav Sharma (Owner, Baidyanath), celebrity chef Vishnu Manohar, Deepak Menaria (Lemon Ideas), Mukesh Ashar (Convener of the summit), Akash Agrawal, Atul Pandey (President of VIA), advertising professional Sanjay Arora and others.

Stories worth sharing!

Before Venkatesh, who’s often affectionately called ‘Venky’ took to the stage, to share his experiences, Nagpur entrepreneurs too shared their experiences. While Deepak Menaria spoke about Lemon Ideas and its inception, Akash Agarwal and Atul Pandey spoke extensively about VIA and the reasons for organising the I-summit. It was indeed a treat for the audience when Pranav Sharma spoke about Baidyanath and shared his experiences managing the ayurvedic giant. Vishnu Manohar too gave an insight into the food business as he revealed how he was demotivated initially for having Marathi cuisine at his restaurant but he held onto his belief and finally succeeded. Vishnu also expressed happiness on being present to welcome Venky as he said, “Venkatesh ji ko sammanit karne Vishnu ko bulaya!”

Making of Goli Vada Pav

Venky started Goli Vada Pav’s first outlet in 2004 in Mumbai (Kalyan) with the punch line ‘Vada-pav cutting chai aamchi Mumbai = awesomeness.’ Today, in 2016, Goli Vada Pav  has more than 350 stores in 90 cities and 21 states across India! Sharing with the audience as to why he chose vada pav as his business idea, Venky said, “I saw a Vada Pav stall on the roadside once. Behind the stall, there was a big hoarding of McDonalds. I thought ‘If McDonalds can have such a big hoarding, why can’t be there a hoarding for the Indian burger?'” Venky wanted Vada Pav to stand tall among the pizzas and the burgers of the world and that strong will laid the foundation stone for Goli Vada Pav. Explaining furthur why he chose Vada Pav, Venky added, “There are three important aspects to a vada pav – It’s fast food, it’s finger food (it’s prepared quickly and eaten quickly by customers) and it’s mobile food (it can be taken anywhere).”

One wonders why did Venky keep the brand name as Goli? Venky said, “In Mumbai, everybody talks like a tapori! If I would have chosen a English sophisticated name for my product, it would not have worked!”

Never say die!

During his presentation, Venky also revealed how he went bankrupt. He then explained the importance of having belief in your idea and keeping calm. He said that there’s just one option you should exercise – ‘Go ahead, never say die, no matter what!’ At the I-summit, Venky also launched his book – ‘My Journey with Vada Pav.’

Speaking exclusively to Nation Next after the summit and giving a tip to the budding entrepreneurs, Venky said, “Don’t give up on your dreams as every business has risks and losses involved. Mistakes will happen but if you lose your hope, you will lose a chance at the business. Go, explore, make mistakes because mistakes can be fruitful and beautiful at times.” About his visit to Nagpur, he said, “I loved my visit to Nagpur and the energy Nagpurians have is infectious!”

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I’m known for small and mid-budget films, so I can never enter 300 crore club: Ayushmann Khurrana




Elina Nayak | India

Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana is back with an action drama, ‘An Action Hero’. And the trailer of the film is a promising one, a real genre-bender for Ayushmann fans. The movie also has Jaideep Ahlawat playing the lead alongside Ayushmann. So when asked to comment on how many big stars are doing two-hero films these days, Ayushmann, who has always teamed up with actors playing strong characters, said, “Be it Annu Kapoor’s character in ‘Vicky Donor, Rajkummar Rao in ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, Gajraj Rao in ‘Badhai Ho or Tabu in ‘Andhadhun’, all these characters were equally strong along with mine. So, I’ve never followed the trend. I work with actors who contribute to a film. Ultimately, it’s the film that’s a winner.”

Moreover, Ayushmann finds inspiration in Ajay Devgn. “I take a lot of inspiration from Ajay Devgn sir. Like in his film ‘Golmaal’, most of the punch lines were with other cast members, still he did the film. It’s important to keep your film before yourself. A good film is all about a collaboration between the actors, directors and everyone else.”

Ayushmann is one of the finest actors in Bollywood. But ask him if he ever feels the pressure of delivering hits, he said, “I always scout for fresh content. And have a tick list – like has this subject been done in Hindi cinema before? Is the subject original and pathbreaking? But once I do the film, I leave it to the audience whether to accept it or not. I want to give it my best in whatever I do. So, I don’t think I’ll ever be known for a 300 crore film. I’m known for small and mid-budget films. Hence, I can afford to take risks without pressure.”

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Constitution day | Bet you didn’t know these interesting facts about the Indian Constitution




Avani Arya | Reporter : Shamanand Tayde | Nagpur

Constitution Day is also known as “National Law Day”. It is celebrated in India on 26 November every year to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India. Know some interesting facts about the Indian Constitution in the video.

सभी को पता है कि India को 15 अगस्त 1947 को independence  मिली थी.साल 1949 में 26 नवंबर यानी आज ही के दिन india  का constitution  बनकर तैयार हुआ था. India का constitution  26 जनवरी 1950 से लागू किया गया था. इसके साथ ही भारत में हर साल 26 नवंबर को constitution day  मनाया जाता है. India का constitution  दुनिया के सभी constitutions को परखने के बाद बनाया गया था. इसलिए इस constitution को सबसे Important constitution कहा जाता है. 

Indian Constitution से जुड़े ऐसे कई Interesting Facts हैं, जिनके बारे में जानकर आप हैरान रह जाएंगे. भारत देश के citizen होने के नाते बच्चों से लेकर बड़ों तक, हर किसी को Constitution Of India से जुड़े ये Interesting Facts  जरूर पता होने चाहिए.

क्या आप जानते है कि  Indian Constitution  World’s Longest Constitution  है. Indian Constitution को लिखने के लिए  dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar को  Father Of Indian Constitution भी कहां जाता है.  डॉ. भीमराव आंबेडकर ने Constitution  को दो साल, 11 महीने और 18 दिनों में तैयार कर India को dedicate किया था. इसके कुछ हिस्से America, Germany , United Kingdom , Australia , Ireland , Canada  और Japan  के Constitution  से लिए गए हैं.

26 नवंबर 1949 को Indian Constituent Assembly की तरफ से इसे अपनाया गया और 26 नवंबर 1950 को इसे एक democratic government system के साथ लागू किया गया था. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर के योगदान को याद करने और constitution के importance का प्रसार करने के लिए constitution day  मनाया जाता है. Indian Government  की ओर से पहली बार 2015 मेंconstitution day  मनाया गया. 29 अगस्त 1947 को भारत के constitution का draft  तैयार करने वाली Committee की स्थापना हुई. जिसमें chairmen  के रूप में डॉ. भीमराव अंबेडकर appoint हुए. जवाहरलाल नेहरू, डॉ राजेन्द्र प्रसाद, सरदार वल्लभ भाई पटेल, मौलाना अबुल कलाम आजाद भी इस सभा के main members  थे.

क्या आप यह जानते है कि Indian Constitution  में 448 Articles, 22 Parts, 12 schedule और 97 amendment हैं. Indian Constitution की दो copies  हाथ से लिखी गई हैं, जोकि Hindi  और English  language में हैं. इसमें किसी भी तरह की typing या print का use नहीं किया गया था. दोनों handwritten copies पर 24 जनवरी 1950 को उस समय के 284  members of parliament के सामने Signature किए गए थे. Indian Constitution को बनाते समय कई देशों के  Constitution को study किया गया था. हमारे constitution  में देश के citizens के fundamental rights, Duties
 और government machinery के बारे में Detailed Information  दी गई है. इसमें ये बताया गया है कि President, Prime Minister , Governer  और Chief Ministers  की क्या powers हैं और किस तरह से Legislature, executive और Judiciary काम करती है.

Constitution  बनने से पहले भारत में British government  की ओर से  बनाया हुआ act 1935 लागू किया जाता था. Indian Constitution के rules  के मुताबिक Republic Day के मौके पर राष्ट्रपति और Independence Day के मौके पर pm देश को addressed करते है.

तो यह थे Indian Constitution से जुड़े कुछ Interesting Facts

Script by – Shamanand Tayde

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‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claims Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan




Avani Arya | Nagpur
“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan, Bharat Jodo Yatra leader Rahul Gandhi

“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25. He also said that he has ordered a probe into the incident.

Earlier that day, BJP leaders alleged that partakers in the Yatra shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. A controversy flared up after BJP State President VD Sharma and other party leaders shared a video on social media claiming that ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans were raised during the rally.

Calling it a conspiracy by the BJP against Rahul Gandhi, Congress Party denied the claims. Yatra entered Madhya Pradesh on its 77th day of the Padyatra on November 23.

Covering a total distance of  3,570 km, Congress claimed that Bharat Jodo Yatra is the longest march on foot by any Indian politician in the history of India. It started from Kanyakumari on September 7, and will end in Kashmir next year.

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