Robinhood Army becomes the padman of Udaipur – celebrates Women’s day

The whole city celebrated Women’s day with much enthusiasm and excitement. While restaurants and cafes came up with offers to invite girl gangs and women to hang out at their places, and shopping malls celebrating in a similar manner, Robinhood Army took this day as an opportunity to teach rural women and girls about female hygiene practices.

Robinhood Army Udaipur completed two wonderful years of unmatched efforts to eliminate hunger and educating children across town on March 6. They celebrated their second anniversary with different events planned over a span of 5 days.

About Robinhood Army:

Robinhood Army is a volunteer-based organization that works to serve surplus food from restaurants and other places to less fortunate sections of the society. Robinhood Army does not accept monetary contributions of any kind and only asks for your time and a passion to serve people. It is spread across 50+ cities and 12 different countries engaging almost 14,000 volunteers worldwide and have fed over 5 million people till date.

The Udaipur chapter is no less. Led by young and energetic turban-clad Mr. Chahat Arora, Robins (volunteers at Robinhood Army) in Udaipur have served food to nearly 2,00,000 needy people in these two years. Quite a big achievement, isn’t it?

Here's how Robinhood Army celebrated International Women's Day!

Here’s how Robins celebrated International Women’s Day:

Here's how Robinhood Army celebrated International Women's Day!

An awareness drive regarding female hygiene practices was organized by Phoenix Pads – Mr. Ishit Garg, Mr. Varun Narula and Mrs. Hiranya Singh and Robin Hood Army in the presence of a gynecologist Dr. Chitra Ji at Banjara Basti, Sector 6, Udaipur after which free distribution of sanitary napkins was conducted. These sanitary napkins will be provided free of cost over the period of next six months to these rural women and girls to educate and put good hygiene practices into a routine.

Robinhood Army becomes the padman of Udaipur - celebrates Women's day

In the afternoon event, a street play on the “difficulties faced by women every day” was organized by the Department of Social Science Works, JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University, Udaipur and a talk on female hygiene practices and their role in society was delivered by the team of Phoenix Pads in the university campus.

Later in the evening, a first of its kind Open Mic session “PERIOD BREAKER” coupled with live music, stand-up comedy and other fun activities was conducted by Phoenix Pads in association with Robin Hood Army, Udaipur at Mic & Munch café where various speakers from Udaipur graced the event from all age groups and spoke openly about their experiences regarding menstruation and inspired everybody, it was a massive success by all standards.

Here's how Robinhood Army celebrated International Women's Day!

Other activities by Robinhood Army:

Not only this, Robins painted the town red over their anniversary week with a motley of events planned. March 4 saw Robins celebrating ‘Wise Wall Painting’ where they cleaned and painted a whole shelter with informative murals at Pratap Smarak, one of their food distribution clusters.

Here's how Robinhood Army celebrated International Women's Day!
Before and after picture of the shelter

March 5 was ‘The Bhukkad day’ where the very popular Bhukkad food truck served freshly prepared food directly from their truck and drove to several other clusters delivering mouth-watering food to children who otherwise cannot afford such luxuries of life. Really amazing!

Here's how Robinhood Army celebrated International Women's Day!

Anniversary day was a big hit with a grand party organized by OMG Food Court at RKay Mall where kids from the less fortunate sections of the society were driven in and danced to the tunes of latest Bollywood songs followed by games and tasty food. ‘The whole day became an unforgettable one for the kids as well as us’, says Mr. Chahat Arora.

Here's how Robinhood Army celebrated International Women's Day!

But they didn’t stop here, the next day, kids were brought for a tour of the City Palace coordinated by Robins and a boat ride at Lake Pichola thereafter. The children got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of clicking pictures with Maharaj Kumar Lakshyaraj Singh Ji.

Here's how Robinhood Army celebrated International Women's Day!


Mahatma Gandhi very rightly said, ‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’.

God bless these Robins for taking out time out of their busy schedules and making efforts to serve these people. 

To join Robinhood Army, you can raise a request on their Facebook page or contact them at +91-9929996922, +91-8233735714, +91-9460731240.


ग्लोबल मेन्टोरिंग वॉक में दौड़ेगी 60 देशों की वर्किंग वूमन्स, इवेंट 11 मार्च को

देश में हर वर्ग की कामकाजी महिलाओं के उत्थान एवं स्वावलम्बन के लिये कार्यरत वीमन मेन्टर्स फोरम एवं अमेरीका की हिलेरी क्लिटंन द्वारा स्थापित स्वयंसेवी संस्था वाईटल वाॅयसेस के संयुक्त तत्वावधान में आगामी 11 मार्च को अन्तर्राष्ट्रीय महिला दिवस के उपलक्ष में कामकाजी प्रोफेशनल महिलाएं फतहसागर पाल पर दौड़ेगी।

फोरम की उदयपुर हेड डाॅ. अनिता भण्डारी ने बताया कि अनिता सुराणा द्वारा गठित वीमन मेन्टर्स फोरम के उदयपुर में गठन होने के बाद यह प्रथम इवेन्ट है। यह दौड़ रविवार को 60 देशों के 151 शहरों में एक साथ ग्लोबल मेन्टोरिंग वाॅक्स के रूप में आयोजित होगी। उन्होंने बताया कि भारत में इस संगठन का मुख्य उद्देश्य कामकाजी महिलाओं में नेतृत्व क्षमता का विकास करना, चुनौतियों का सामना करते हुए महिलाओं को आगे बढ़ाना है। भारत में इस अन्तर्राष्ट्रीय संगठन के साथ मिलकर यह संगठन उक्त दौड़ आयोजित कर रहा है।

फोरम की कोर ग्रुप की सदस्य श्रीमती शुभ सिंघवी ने बताया कि ग्लोबल मेन्टोरिंग वाॅक्स संस्था विदेशों में उन महिलाओं के लिये कार्य करती है जो प्रोफेशनल तौर पर संस्थायें चला रही है। आयोजन की मुख्य अतिथि उच्च शिक्षा मंत्री किरण माहेश्वरी, विशिष्ठ अतिथि कुवंरानी निवृत्ति कुमारी मेवाड़ होगी जबकि दौड़ को फ्लैग आॅफ अन्तर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर तैराकी में नाम कमा चुकी गौरवी सिंघवी करेगी। दौड़ प्रातः 7 बजे रवाना होगी। दौड़ मेें 22 वर्ष की युवती से लेकर 60 वर्ष की तक महिलायें भाग ले सकेगी।

फोरम की कोर सदस्या शिल्पा बापना ने बताया कि इस दौड़ में 100 से अधिक महिलाएं भाग लेगी। इस अवसर पर संगठन से जुड़ी महिला सदस्याओं ने आयोजन के पोस्टर का कुंवरानी निवृत्ति कुमारी मेवाड़ ने विमोचन किया। शहर में इस संगठन को आगे बढ़ाने के लिये पूनम राठौड़, हसीना चक्कीवाला, श्रद्धा कोठारी, चन्द्रिका झोटा, सोनाली मुर्डिया कार्यरत है।

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It’s our day – It’s Women’s Day

Happy Women's Day

Aahhh!! What a pleasant co-incidence – Women’s Day and Festival of colors are on the same day as if it is inspiring every girl and women to soak the canvas of her life with new and vibrant colors of hopes, joys and success.

America, in 1908, dedicated 8th of March as the day to praise the contribution of women in various social and economic fields. The day was then accepted as International Women’s Day by the United Nations. It is the day to celebrate her success and triumph; a day to make her feel proud on being born as a woman that makes the pillars of family, society and country. If I would have been born even a couple of decades ago, I would not have been celebrating this day or felt so much proud on myself. But now, I can raise my head high and tell you a women’s journey of rising from a stone that costs nothing to a jewel which is priceless; a jewel that adds to the glaze and spark of the crown of society.

Statistics shows that male: female ratio has improved and there has been a decline in the numbers of female foeticide and infanticide. Graph of female education shows a steep rise with many glittering names that have reached the heights of glory. Law and Constitution has blessed her with rights and opportunities equivalent to men. Today, there is not a single field which is left untouched and unexplored by her, be it aeronautics, armed forces or sports.

Though the medals of our achievements are many, but a bitter truth is also that there are still many hurdles and obstacles that restrain many women from breathing in the air of freedom and liberty; orthodox and conservative society and ego-centered mentality of men being the two foremost and major hurdles. Failure to educate the masses supports these hurdles. There still exist those people who think that moving side by side with men and leaving their footprints in areas beyond the four walls is not the cake for women.

Crimes against women, cases of rapes, domestic violence, dowry, illegal female foeticide are increasing bringing disgrace to us. Justice and empowerment is still a difficult bird to catch when we can hear people blaming women herself as the reason behind these crimes. But I say, even if our dreams and desires are bigger than the boundaries of this male dominated society, we are not at all wrong when we are living by our values and ethics. When we are attached strongly to the ground by the roots of culture and values, then there is no harm in opening our wings and exploring the sky. And then no one can raise a finger or put a question mark on our victory and success.

If we wish to fulfill the dream of a complete development, then we will have to strengthen the status and position of women in the society because without supporting and fortifying the pillars one can never build up a palace. So it’s time to clear your minds of orthodox and conservative thinking and fill it up with new ideas and vision, a vision that holds everyone, male or female, equal.

Wishing all the girls and ladies a very Happy Women’s Day. Let’s rise up, grow, achieve all the heights and fulfill all our dreams.


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[Women’s Day Special] Salute to a Legend: Mrs Meera Ranawat

A fine morning at Techno NJR knowledge campus, buses bringing students to the college and you see a tall lady welcoming every student with a sweet smile. The ones who have guessed it, yes they are right. She is none other than the sweet, caring, down-to-earth and ever smiling chairperson of the Techno India NJR Institute of Technology, Mrs. Meera Ranawat.

Meera Ranawat
Mrs. Meera Ranawat

Meera Ranawat was born on 17.4.1952 at Merta city (Home town of Meera Bai). She did her schooling at MGD School, Jaipur. In addition to being a good student she was a good sports person and represented her school and college in Basketball. She did her graduation in Arts (B.A.) from Maharani College, Jaipur.

Her husband, Shri J.S. Ranawat, a management graduate, was a corporate executive and worked for Birla group in India and Indonesia, Sigapore and Malaysia. He was GM of a carpet company in Abu Dhabi when he left for heavenly abode on 5.6.2003.

Navdeep, her son, a bright student completed his schooling from St. Columba’s School, Delhi and international school, Jakarta,Indonesia and  did his undergraduate degree in  Telecommunication Engineering from Polytechnic University, NewYork. He subsequently did his M.S. from the same university. He was working with Reuter when he met an accident and left the world in 2001.

It was in memory of her husband and her son, Meera Ranawat established Navdeep Jitendra  Ranawat (NJR) Foundation on 12.6.2003 along with Shri R.S.Vyas, a very close family friend with an objective of setting up a world class engineering college at Udaipur, her husband’s hometown.

Mrs Meera Ranawat in discussion with Lakshya Raj Singh Mewar
Mrs Meera Ranawat in discussion with Mr. Lakshya Raj Singh Mewar

It is her sheer determination and perseverance that has resulted in establishment of Techno India NJR Institute of Technology. Her dream is to take this Institute to further heights and make it among top engineering colleges of India. She treats every student of the college as her own child and helps them or guides them in any of their doubts or problems. Student welfare is her topmost priority, also, she does not withdraws any salary from the college or the foundation.

She is a living example of how you can put your personal pains behind for a larger purpose in life. She is a role model for Women of India. Team Udaipurblog and the entire Udaipur salutes her on International Women’s day.