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Plastic Pollution - Our Plastic Lives Featured Image
Team ulaunch sheds light on various aspects of Plastic Pollution and how it can be tackled. What is Plastic? Plastic is used in almost every object humankind consumes, impacting our planet negatively.It’s the perfect manifestation of convenient consumerism that neglects the impact of human actions on other life forms. Our convenience and use and throw culture is a critical driver of...
Man who is Restoring the Ecological Balance Featured Image
Mohammad Dilawar, a Maharashtra based sparrow conservationist and his team have restored 400 species of native plants to restore the ecological balance of the place. Mohammed Dilawar is the Founder and President of Nature Forever Society. He has been working for over thirteen years in the conservation field. Starting out as a volunteer at the grassroot level conducting surveys and creating awareness...
Disha Ravi Arrest and the Toolkit Case Featured Image
Team ulaunch presents the brief on the arrest of the climate activist Disha Ravi and the Toolkit. Q. What has happened? On Saturday, 13th February 2021, Disha Ravi was arrested from her home in Bangalore, flown to Delhi, placed in police custody without access to a lawyer and has been charged with sedition and criminal conspiracy. The case has been lodged...
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Robert Downey Jr and Elon Musk recently announced their plans to take on climate change. Team ulaunch sheds light on different financial paths to tackle climate change. Q. What has happened? Hollywood celebrity Robert Downey Jr. is diving into the world of venture capital by announcing the launch of two new investment funds supporting environment solutions - FootPrint Coalition Ventures and...
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This Tamil Nadu startups’ Vegan Wool, natural dyes, and fertiliser derived from plants are beneficial for the environment and local communities. “As consumers, we have so much power to change the world by just being careful in what we buy.”-Emma Watson The Fashion Monster With the prolific growth of mass-produced goods, the Internet, and technology, fashion isn’t only for the elite; it...
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IIT Prof, Charu Monga, Designs Over 200 Backpacks with Solar Lights To Help Kids in Villages Study. “It’s fascinating how nature finds its way through the darkness. I found Jugnu the same way.” says Charu Monga, a professor of design at IIT.  Her innovation has brightened the lives of the children in living in remote hilly terrains where electricity is...
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A glacier burst took place on Sunday in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand resulting in a flash flood.
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 This Chennai-based startup teaches coding and latest technologies in students’ native languages. India is a nation of composite culture that takes pride in its Unity in Diversity. Census data shows that there are more than 19,500 mother tongues in India.30 languages among them have more than 1 million speakers each. The spirit of multiculturalism is perfectly captured by the phrase:...
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Team ulaunch brings you the Key Takeaways from the Union Budget 2021-22. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman presented her 3rd Union Budget on 1 February 2021. Many eyes were set on the government as it plans to repair, restore and rebuild the Indian economy after the disruptions caused by Covid pandemic. The Finance Ministry reinforced the government’s commitment to building Atmanirbhar...
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Neeva: An Ad-free, User First, Search Engine being developed by IIT grads to ensure your privacy is protected.
Shedding Light on Nidhi Razdan Phishing Scam and Cyber Crime in India Featured Image
A glimpse into what happened with Nidhi Razdan. We go on to discuss additional details about the cyber crimes in India and how to stay safe in the online world.
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Maharashtra based startup’s Made in India synthetic engine oil reduces vehicle emission, improves engine performance, and increases savings for customers. Is Technology Necessarily Evil? If we think of the most revolutionary inventions by humans that changed our lives forever, Computers and Internal Combustion Engine are bound to be there. True, they have simplified our lives manifold and have decreased the mundane...
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This article delves into the conflict of Freedom of Speech and Artistic Expression with religious sentiments of groups that results in Padmavat and Tandav controversy. What has ignited these controversies? Lately, news in India has been flooded with FIRs being filed against television shows and movies streaming on online platforms. Partisans claim that there are scenes in these media forms that...
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ulaunch sheds light on SENSEX reaching 50,000 landmark during COVID slowdown
Understanding the Indian Innovation Index and R&D Ecosystem Featured Image
Q. What is Indian Innovation Index? Indian Innovation Index is developed and published by NITI Aayog along with the Institute for Competitiveness. This index was first released in 2019. India Innovation Index 2020 builds on the previous year’s methodology by introducing additional metrics and providing a holistic outlook of the Indian innovation ecosystem. The index captures the trends and provides...
Badaun Understanding the Causes of Rape in India Featured Image
In the Budaun district of Uttar Pradesh, a priest and two of his aides were accused of raping and killing a 50-year-old woman inside a temple. Subsequently, the priest and his two aides brought her dead body outside her house. They informed the family that she fell into a dry well within the temple premises. The post-mortem report, however,...
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Dehradun based, Sunfox Technologies, startups’ pocket ECG device uses AI to predict heart attack risk. “Every human being is the author of his own health or disease”   - Swami Sivananda Modern-day Health Issues Our current lifestyle is significantly different from that of previous generations. Improvement in standard of living, technological advancements, better healthcare has led to transformative benefits and reduction of...
Tesla Entry in India Featured Image
What has happened? Elon Musk led Tesla has finally entered India after years of speculation.The US electric vehicle giant has registered as Tesla India Motors and Energy Pvt Ltd with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) in Bengaluru. Vaibhav Taneja, Venkatrangam Sreeram and David Jon Feinstein have been appointed as directors of Tesla India.The Electric Vehicle (EV) company will also set...
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ulaunch Explains the Significance of Bengaluru Being The Fastest Growing Tech Hub in the World Q. What has happened?As per the recent research by the global data firm Dealroom.co, Bengaluru has emerged as the world's fastest-growing mature tech ecosystem since 2016. It was followed by the European cities of London, Munich, Berlin and Paris with Mumbai ranking 6th.  Q. What was...
Change Maker Laxmi Menon showcasing her mattresses called ‘Shayyas’
Roughly Rs. 4,98,00,000 have been spent on mattresses in First-Line Treatment Centres as the government protocol calls for incineration of the mattress once a patient leaves, subsequently leading to huge ecological damage. With India being the second largest manufacturer of Personal Protective Equipment, tons of plastic scraps are generated in the making of these kits. Lakshmi Menon, a designer...
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Q. What has happened?The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has recently cleared the much-awaited Rs 48,000 crore deal for 83 LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas aircraft. Q. Why is it important? India's first indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas is all set to replace the ailing vintage series of MiG-21 for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Tejas is going to be...
WhatsApp uproar Featured Image
What has happened?WhatsApp has announced changes to its Terms of Service (ToS) starting February 8, 2021. Users must agree to the changes, or they won’t be able to use WhatsApp. WhatsApp has been a Facebook (FB) subsidiary since 2014. What does this mean?This means that while your personal data is still safe, your messages with businesses will soon be shared...
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Chennai based startup leverages the power of the internet to improve the lives of fishermen while ensuring sustainable fishing. The Good, Bad and Ugly of Fishing Many of us love to have fish curry, pakoda or sushi. India, being the second-largest producer of fish in the world, has tremendous potential to improve the lives of families that depend on fishing. However, fishing...
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This Mumbai based startup makes handcrafted tiles from carbon emissions. Toxicity of Current Times Air. Water. Blood. Carbon. These are the elements that most of the living beings are made of. Of late, the natural balances are being disturbed by excessive extraction and pollution by humans. According to WHO, air pollution is a severe problem that results in 7 million deaths...
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Bengaluru based green startup is increasing the sustainability quotient of industries like automobile, packaging, logistics and disposables with its sustainable materials. Man vs. Planet The advent of the Industrial Revolution, the path taken by industries and human activities since then have led to serious problems, especially for the environment. The products, their design philosophy and processes, disposal, the scale of production...
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Bengaluru based design-focused company provides simple and uber cool waste management solutions for all your needs.   “Waste is only waste if we waste it.”- will.i.am Waste disposal and management is a critical part of ensuring sustainability. Each and every step of production, consumption and disposal of goods needs to be introspected and replaced with better alternatives. And the alternatives need to...
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This UP based start-up is easing the lives of farmers with its solar-based milk coolers and cold storage. Agriculture and post-harvest losses in India The importance of agriculture in India cannot be emphasized enough. About 50% of Indians are dependent on agriculture. The farmers and agricultural labour toil hard for months to grow the food we eat. India’s stellar strides in agriculture...
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Hyderabad based startups’ atmospheric water generator provides clean drinking water without laying pipelines. The Problem of Water Scarcity Water water everywhere, not a drop to drink…. The dystopian scenario isn’t very far if we don’t mend our ways. Water, the element that gives our planet the name ‘Blue Planet’ and is its lifeforce is in dire danger. Many places have seen a...
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Indore based startups’ floating islands are reducing water pollution and restoring water bodies by using floating plants. “You never know the worth of water until the well runs dry.” From the breathtaking scenic view of Jammu & Kashmir to the tropical greenery of Kerala, India has been endowed with tremendous natural beauty. Our glorious country is well-known around the world for...
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“Went there. Lived there. What did we leave there?” We love to lay back and get lost in the places we visit during our vacations. Clicking and posting pictures with #Wanderlust #Travel #Backpacking on Instagram and Facebook is an implicit ritual. And the throwback sure is bitter-sweet for us and our friends. Tourism has been a significant driver of growth around...
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India has immense potential in Solar Energy. ulaunch brings the success story of a young entrepreneur who is bringing sustainable development to all. An entrepreneur often encompasses multiple roles and has to don each one with equal vigour. He dares to take risks and listen to his heart to work for a cause greater than himself and a dream that...
Sustainable-Fashion-Brands Featured Image
Did you know that the level of CO2 emitted by textile industries is almost equal to that released by automobile industries?  With changing lifestyles, and seasons, we often find ourselves within new fashion trends. We enjoy incorporating the latest trends into our style statement, because why not?   But, what do you do when the outfits are not trendy anymore, or more naturally when you...
Aavishkaar Featured Image
Dream of a situation where numbers and formulae become your friend, a place where you can play with mathematics and science! Even though it sounds like a fantasy, Aavishkaar helps convert this dream into reality!! Having worked for over 10 years in The United States of America as technology research engineers, Sarit and Sandhya came back to India and chose...
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A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.- Moslih eddin saadi A sustainable environment is a necessity. While wondering about the economic benefits that might arise from tourism, it is equally important to understand that biodiversity also needs to be preserved. Promotion of economic, social and environmental benefits of preserving the biodiversity might encourage every community to be part...
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This tech startup, named Oswald Labs, is designing innovative solutions for making digital technology more accessible for the specially-abled. Small Acts, When Multiplied by Millions of people can Transform the World.-Howard Zinn Technology is a transformational tool that helps to simplify peoples’ lives. Throughout history, the bulk of innovations have been catering to the needs of public en masse. However, many...
KhaDigi Featured Image
The Woman with the Charkha Dim and dusty lights over her head faded into the realm of peace. Gently spinning the wheel, she summoned the yarn. Threads spun into existence with the courage of a woman who barely went out, but had the power to bring the world to her feet. She hummed to herself and answered every question they...
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J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous quote `Not all who wander are lost’ is perfectly apt for Sujata, whose recreational solo trek to Ladakh led to uncovering a purpose to pursue. It was while endeavouring across the remote landscape of Ladakh and experiencing life in villages, that the idea of 17000 ft Foundation took birth. When Ms. Sujata came back in 2010 from...
Indowud Making Sustainable Furniture Featured Image
 ‘Every minute, about 36 football field size of tree area is lost to deforestation.’Source: conservation.org The inspiration The Bengani family has established a legacy in the plywood industry. When Varun's little niece curiously asked him if the furniture can be made without cutting trees and animals losing their homes, he did not have an answer. A young girl questioning about the...
Sauramandala Foundation Featured Image
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”– Mahatma Gandhi Reaching out to places where even the GPS can’t take you is achieving an unprecedented milestone, which is what the Sauramandala Foundation has done. Sauramandala Foundation is a young non-profit organization, having completed their 2 years in August 2020. Within such a short period,...
Literacy India Featured Image
“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” – Tom Bodett Education and literacy can never be stressed enough! Many policies come, but the impact generated gets lost somewhere between the layers. The education that India requires needs to go...
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ulaunch Guest Interview- Capt. Indraani Singh The journey of Air India commander Capt. Indraani Singh is one of breaking barriers to soar into the skies while changing numerous lives she touched in her inspiring journey. She is worlds’ first woman commander of Airbus 300 and the first Asian woman to fly the Airbus 320. Team ulaunch had the honour to...
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A Key to the Empowerment of Rural Women in India and Bangladesh Women in the rural areas of India and Bangladesh face multiple barriers while gaining access to education, health facilities and basic needs. Though it may appear to be easy, practically implementing a community-based project for gender development in the rural areas of the neighbouring countries is quite challenging....
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The Mumbai based startup, named Beco, is providing 100% biodegradable and affordable daily use products to solve the plastic problem. “Every plastic article we use today will come back to us in future.”  A few months back before the Corona and lockdown happened, my roommate had a dream. She told me that it was a scary world. And she couldn’t breathe....
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Music. Beats. Rhythm. Dance. Our go-to friend and happy place, music is an important part of our lives. Be it plugging in the earphones while travelling or partying with friends and dancing our hearts out. Music takes you away to a special place where you are in a groovy equilibrium. With the waves of different genres of music coming along,...
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PM Modi's keynote address at United Nations ECOSOC PM Modi delivered keynote address virtually at the United Nations ECOSOC session. PM Modi called upon the international community to reform multilateral institutions like the UN to make it more representative of the current world order. PM Modi said, "Today the fury of the pandemic provides the context for its (UN's) rebirth...
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This Rishikesh based startup, named Odini Products, is using waste management techniques to tackle flower waste from temples and generate employment for women. "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."- ALBERT EINSTEIN While sitting on the ghats of Ganga, visitors often get immersed in its enchanting aura. The cool breeze engulfing your body. Sound of the trees...
The Lori Project - Lullaby Featured Image
“Chandaa mama door ke,Puye pakaayen boor ke...” Translation:“Moon Uncle Who Lives Far away, Cooks Delicious Sweet Bread...” Does this lullaby bring back the sweet memories of your childhood? Did it trigger the nostalgia of a simple and beautiful time? The melody comes to you by itself, right? These and many more lullabies are sung to children across the country in diverse...
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"What if we turn their weaknesses into their glory!" 'Anshu, a young girl from Bihar, is a part of i-Saksham. She started distributing worksheets for her students from her Kirana (Provision) store when their parents visited for groceries during the pandemic. She came up with this idea to ensure that the kids in her village learn even during the lockdown.’...
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"One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone." -Shannon L. Alder Research shows that if you sing melodiously to the plants in your garden, they will grow faster and healthier. Thus sometimes, emotions are stronger than biological needs, more so in the case of human. "Health is...
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Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil, by using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. Can this technique address the issue of malnourished children of Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions? Despite being a food surplus nation, it is ironical India still faces numerous deaths due to hunger and the highest malnourishment burden. Moreover, climate...
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Imagine slashing your monthly electricity bill from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 500. Now imagine it being negative, that is, the electricity company owes you money that will be adjusted in the next bill. Instances like above are now becoming common with the installation of solar rooftops systems that feedback the excess electricity into the grid across tier 1 &...
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On this opportune day, we pay our heartfelt gratitude to the warriors at the forefront of the Coronavirus pandemic. We thank our viewers, readers and all the people who sent us such beautiful moments/stories from their lives when they were most thankful for having a doctor in their lives. We, at ulaunch, want to share those moments/stories with everyone so...
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As per the 2011 census, about 60% of Indian population lives in rural India. The India that has been rising since Independence and more so after 1991 has given us ample shiny complexes and forex reserves. But this skewed model of development and misplaced priorities have taken a toll on the once vibrant Indian villages and indigenous handicrafts. With the...
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“If you wish to know how civilized a culture is, look at how they treat its women.” – Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Women and mother Earth have been worshipped across cultures and centuries. As the times turn and civilizations churn, the struggle for hegemony and dominance has led to the stifling of many voices. These are the voices of the...
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"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it." - Robert Swan Team ulaunch interacted with the BVPIEEE team at Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering, New Delhi. The webinar was conducted on 30th May 2020. Titled Social Entrepreneurship 101, it focussed on the scope, significance and opportunities in Social Entrepreneurship in the Indian...
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“Think of closing your eyes and read the book lying on your table” There are more than 253 million visually impaired people across the globe. The plight of the visually-impaired in the pursuit of their academic, professional and individual aspirations is due to the stark lack of: User-friendly information and instructions Sensitivity towards the challenges they face Special educators and teaching facilities This is...
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Guest Article Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are the authors’ personal. There is a strange concurrence between messages on WhatsApp and what the Prime Minister says. For a month, my inbox has been flooded with “Buy Swadeshi” messages, and this is precisely what the PM echoed in his speech yesterday. But what is the import of the message? How...
Climate Change and Gender Inequality Featured Image
Most of you would be aware of global warming, climate change and how they impact our daily life, other life forms and the Earth. This article will shed light on how global warming disproportionately impacts vulnerable groups like poor and women, especially in developing nations like India. Earth has been going through cycles of heating and cooling since it was...
NavGurukul - An alternative to college for the underprivileged Featured Image
Did you like our story on the work that NavGurukul is doing? Do you know of lesser privileged children who want to study and earn an honest living?  Here’s your chance to connect them to a marvellous learning opportunity that will help even those who may have dropped out of school and are employed in exploitative jobs. NavGurukul is offering a...
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"There will be more plastic in the ocean than fish (by weight) by 2050": Ellen MacArthur Foundation "Average human consumes credit card size (5 grams) of microplastics every week": WWF"91% plastic is not recycled and thus continues to exist for thousands of years": National Geographic One would’ve come across many such disturbing facts in recent times. Some of us are aware...
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Guest Article Raju, a migrant labourer, got his everything destroyed in the floods in Bihar. He then came to Delhi in search of a job so that he could tend to his family. He landed in a good job and just when his life was getting on track there came a rude shock. Complete lockdown of the country! Raju was...
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Annu hails from Kishanganj, a humble city in Bihar. She would’ve never thought that she will work as a software engineer at an MNC when she grows up, considering the problems at home and lack of financial resources. Her zest for life, learning and flair for mathematics has helped her to be a role model for scores of children...
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We often hear the elders reminiscing over the purity and freshness of the food and beverages of their youth. It’s rare to find the same in modern-day adulterated and processed food products. Milkybay is working to bring back the missing freshness with a plethora of innovations and positive outcomes in the dairy sector. After doing her MBA and working at...
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The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed upon the world a disaster of unforeseen proportions. On the forefront of this battle are the health & sanitation workers and agencies providing essential and emergency services- civic agencies, police, NDRF, fire service, NGOs and volunteers to name a few. They are the heroes ensuring our well being in this hour...
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Himachal Pradesh, the serene abode of lofty mountains houses many jewels, some renowned and many hidden. Himachal Pradesh is famous for its’ hill stations, apples, monasteries and breathtaking beauty. The local folks who seem to be perpetually helpful and in the pink of their health have many reasons for being so. Pristine air and water, relatively cleaner cultivated produce,...
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The sight of the ISBT at Anand Vihar in New Delhi, thronged by thousands of migrant workers, was a horrifying one. Equally painful were the words, “Lene aa sakte ho toh aa jao”, the cry of a man who dared to walk from Delhi to Madhya Pradesh on foot, amidst the lockdown. While these incidents highlight the suffering of...
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Saturday has always been about breaking the bad, monotonous routine to drinks, family time, a run or a trek. It wasn’t different for me either. I am a regular participant in marathons and during one of these, I decided to try plogging - a combination of jogging and picking up litter. It was fun alright but that one day...

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