Imagine a place where you are standing still.

All that’s around you is greenery.

There are calm winds creating a soothing sound.

You do nothing but get immersed in this moment.

This moment is of nothingness.

Sometimes doing nothing is good.

 

Arwa farms is one such place which has all of the above. This is the brainchild of ace photographer Fawzan Husain, a photographer who has been in the corporate industry for almost 2 decades capturing moments commercially and also in Bollywood. He now has created a place that’s organic, nature friendly and perfect for those who like to unwind with a calm environment away from the city.

Capturing a moment of the man who himself is awaiting to click that perfect shot

 

The meaning of Arwa is “Pure”. As the name suggests, Arwa Farms is as pure of an environment you’re bound to feel in or around Mumbai. You can find this farm 15-20 minutes away from Dahanu Rd station. For Mumbaikars, this should not be more than a 2-3 hour drive away. On the first look, you can witness the house being made using the bare minimum of non nature friendly materials. Using bricks, wood and every other nature friendly material, this place has been created.

 

There are many rooms which can accommodate a group of 4-5 in a single room and also a separate room for couples. They have an open space on the ground floor and also on the first floor. Both the open spaces are amazing, windy and perfect for playing games, huddling up and sharing stories and also having a drink and enjoying your dinner.

Fawzan explaining how the manure is made!

The area of this farm totals to 7 acres. Yes, 7 long acres of greenery, plantation of lemongrass, dragon fruits and pineapple, different leaves which are good for your health and many more. The manure is created here on the farm and utilized for growing everything. Most of the food you get to try has been grown on the farm itself. Having unpolished food, salt, sugar etc was something I only experienced back in Mangalore. It was nostalgic for me to be here and remember my home town.

When someone will ask me, what’s the hot topic about this place that makes me visit it instantly; I would say “There is nothing here”. Only those who are like minded would not only understand but also rejoice to visit such a place. There is no air conditioning and television. The network connection fluctuates all the time. If you like to connect with nature minus technology and leisure, this is the place you ought to visit. My stay here was nothing less than exceptional. Fawzan was an amazing host. In the farm daily, you can find him with the workers helping around with the farming. His creation is a way of giving back to the nature and that’s what I adore. It takes a lot of passion and will to take so much effort.

To make a booking for stay;

Address – Arwa Farms, Chari Village Ashagad,
Near Hardik Farm, Dahanu Road, 401602
Contact – +91-9820298876 / +91-98202 70423
Cost – INR 1800/- person per day with complimentary breakfast (free for kids below 6 – check for availability while booking) 
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Today, finding a space in Bombay for your business is not easy. If it is easy, then it is costly. If it is not costly, then it’s far from the city. Your requirements don’t match mostly when it comes to finding an office space. There was a need for office spaces that could be rented out as it’s not easy to find such owners yourself and vice versa for the tenants. Hence brokers were contacted and the prices kept increasing. People needed a medium to find out such spaces that are vacant and could be rented immediately. Hence ODOCO came into the picture.

Who is ODOCO?

Odoco, an online community began in April 2018 as a venture to bridge the gap between tenants and owners with regards to office spaces. Their aim is to be like the Air BNB of office spaces.

What does ODOCO do?

An owner with a vacant space can register online with Odoco by providing them with all the basic details, amenities and pricing. The information provided is then displayed online to all the users with the contact details of the owner. For the owner, the best part of our portal is that if any potential tenant views the property, the owner gets a notification. They can follow up with the tenant and discuss the deal.

Who can Register?

Any owner that has a vacant space or any owner having unutilized space in their office can rent it to a business that needs it. Hence the concept of co-working comes into place. Smaller spaces lesser than 60 seats are also listed here. Hence you will regularly find a list of shared spaces for those who need it. Odoco makes sure of finding spaces that have these amenities; WiFi, clean workspace, good lighting, something to drink and clean washrooms which is an ideal requirement for a working space.

Future Plans:

They currently have listed 200+ offices across 6 cities in India and list about 4 new offices every day. Per seat inventory now stands at 13,000. Odoco plans to list over 800+ offices across 9 cities in India with 50,000 seats by the end of 2018.  Their main intention is to maintain a platform with complete transparency where users can connect with owners and owners can connect with users.

In conclusion, if you ever have an issue with finding the perfect office space for your needs within your budget, log on to ODOCO web portal and find your space.

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Since the beginning of July, the show “Sacred Games” has been hovering around every Mumbaikar in the form of;

  1. Billboards
  2. Metros
  3. Ads on TV, Radio etc
  4. And of course friends tagging on Facebook as “Now Watching”

These all factors and a good marketing campaign made sure that everyone knows that Netflix India is here to stay. But did this story live up to the hype?

*Here be spoilers

Sacred games had it all; Drama, Gang wars, Politics, Religion, Love and Lust, Sex and mystery. The show is based during the 1980’s in Mumbai showcasing the rise of an ordinary man who turns into a most wanted criminal. There are 2 time loops running simultaneously in the show;

  1. Where the show is set in the 80’s and 90’s and shows how Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) ran the show in Mumbai.
  2. Current day in 2018 as Inspector Saratj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) finds clues to the warning Gaitonde gave him about “Mumbai having just 25 days before something big will wipe it out”.

What I liked about the show:

The story was fast paced. Yes, not as fast as the latest season of Game of Thrones, but fast enough for an audience like India. Audience was gripped all throughout the episodes hoping for a good ending and not expecting any of the leads to die or lose a finger! That is something that we are not used to and hence for a change, it felt good.

The names of the episodes were all based on mythology and had different meanings to it. The way they showcased both the time lines made sense to each outcome of each event in the show.

The acting by almost every lead and also the supporting roles like those played by Kubra Sait ( Kuckoo), Jitendra Joshi (Katekar), Neeraj Kabi (Parulkar) and Jatin Sarna (Bunty) were one notch higher than expected. The climax leading to the next season too was jaw dropping. The dialogues too were differently showcased and I was amazed.

The first dialogue of the series too began like “Bhagwan ko l**d farak padhta hai”. If this was a disclaimer, then it fit the show very well. The soundtrack “Jungli Sher” by Divine is fitting to this show.

What I didn’t like about the show:

In all honesty, apart from a mistake in one scene, I did not find anything bad in general. The scene in question was when a lead dies of a head shot, a police inspector checks the pulse if the person is still breathing. That did not make sense to me.

Also, I wished there were more episodes. Maybe 2 more at least, but it does make sense to end it early rather than pull it as much as we do in our usual TV soaps.

Conclusion:

For whatever it’s worth, this story does justice, the actors have done justice to their roles and I’ll be waiting for the next season of Sacred Games.

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