Noteworthy Start to New Year

The new year will begin with a bash with most of us dancing along to the tunes of popular DJs. But there are a few who planned to start their new year in a unique way

Published: 31st December 2014 06:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st December 2014 06:04 AM   |  A+A-


HYDERABAD: 2015 and the bash to welcome new year is on everyone’s mind. With a host of parties being held all over the city, denizens have got yet another opportunity to spend time dancing to the tunes of DJs and chit chatting with friends.

It is quiet challenging to break away from the monotony of such parties and plan something that is new and unique. But some Hyderabadis have come up with a unique idea to kick-start their new year in a special way.

Oye Happy, that works to make people happy, living up to its tradition has come up with a Merry Christmas Campaign. “We asked 45 children from Hyderabad Municipal School to write down their wish for Santa on a post card. What they don’t know is that all their wishes will soon be fulfilled,” says Varsha Khemani, from Oye Happy. Students asked for many things like chocolates, cycles, pencils and a few also wished to score better marks. With the help of their clients, Oye Happy has tried to fulfill their wishes. They are going to surprise the kids on January 4 next year the day they will come back from their Christmas vacation. While Oye Happy is fulfilling wishes of underprivileged children, My Shelter Foundation India is going to light up rural areas. “We will be installing lights in the villages near Nagarjuna Sagar in the beginning of next year,” says Srinivas Chaitanya, one of the members from the NGO. Named as India Lighting Project, the NGO is planning to install street lights in entire India. “Apart from installing lights, as a part of Rural Employment Generation Scheme, we are also training students in rural areas to make solar lights for homes. Through this we are preparing them to become independent as they will be paid for installing lights in houses by the owner of the house,” Chaitanya adds. For Rohit Rajarapu, this new year will give him the chance to relive his student-hood as he is planning to start the year by playing cricket when the clock strikes 12. “After I started working, I hardly get time to play cricket. As January 1, 2015, is going to be a holiday, I along with my childhood friends came up with the thought of having a cricket match in night.” Rohit thinks that by starting the year with cricket, he will play a lot more this year.

While each of us are going to welcome the year in our own fashion, it’s just another day for Sarah Abedi. An MBBS student, at Deccan College of Medical Sciences, she will be burning midnight oil to prepare for her exams.


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