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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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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.

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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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