Mayank Gandhi


The book, AAP DOWN, is an insider account of the ingredients that went into creation of the recipe, called AAP or Aam Admi Party,

AAP caught the imagination of India disgusted with systemic corruption. The books written by Mayank Gandhi alongwith Shrey Shah.

Who is Mayank Gandhi? Do we know about him? Few facts about him.

Mayank is a man of varied persona, a statesman, thinker, worker and social activist. Born on 7th November, 1958, he completed his Bsc in 1977 and has  a diploma in Business Management. He was greatly Influenced by Gandhiji’s “India lives in its villages”, and duly motivated, has undertaken nation building task through rural transformation. He selected a cluster of 15 villages in Beed district of Marathawada, known for the highest number of farmer suicides, where he and his team focus on developing Villages in 360% manner so that per capita income increases by 250% over a period of 3 years. This would require work in the area of water management, crop selection, water conservation, cattle and dairy activities, education and vocational training, health and infrastructure development. A successful model could be replicated across the nation. He has been instrumental in contributing to some of the finest laws and movements in the country like the Right to Information Bill (RTI) the Nagara Raj bill etc.

He has vast experience of public interactions having addressed thousands of meetings ranging from presentations to various government bodies, associations, street and corner meetings and various public meetings. As a political reformist, he believes in the power of the common man. He pioneered the idea and was instrumental in getting selected India’s first Citizen Consensus Candidate ( Adolf D’Souza) while spending only Rs 57,000, based on the Mohalla sabha concept.

He has worked tirelessly for the redevelopment of Mumbai and has been a key contributor in drafting a significant part of the Maharashtra housing policy on cluster redevelopment His concept of Inner City Redevelopment has been adopted by the Planning Commission of India in its present tenure.

Not limited to India alone, he has addressed urban development issues in 23 cities internationally. He was on the advisory council of the world’s largest urban planning body CTBUH (based in Chicago).

He is one of the founder member of Jagrut Nagrik Munch, a platform where the lives of less privileged could be bettered. Very few are aware of the fact that he is also a writer and avid blogger. His write up on ‘Karma’ takes us high in the spiritual world. He says that with spirituality you can energize your mind and soul. Your Karma is the only path that will take you to the destiny. The depth of his knowledge and is perspective on how spirituality can let you live a better life, is just wonderful. You need to read it to know it. He says that we are instruments of KARMA. He says that in life, we should go with the flow. I have even featured him in the past in my Blog, ‘ ’ as blogger of the week. The link is

The spirituality within him, guides him to do public good and this was the same reason for him to contribute to the ‘India Against Corruption’ movement and later to the ‘Aam Aadmi Party’. He saw it as an opportunity to start a new political culture of accountability, transparency, participation and integrity.


Is your child having a fever? Check if it could be a sign of Dengue

Dengue fever (pronounced as Dengee) is a painful disease that is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. Dengue fever usually causes a high fever (above 104 F), skin rashes, headaches and joint and muscle aches. The disease, also termed as breakbone fever, mostly occurs in the tropical areas of the world.

Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with the Dengue virus. The mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person with the Dengue virus in their blood. It cannot spread directly from one person to another person. So if your child is suffering from continuous fever, immediately check for the signs listed below and consult a doctor at the earliest.

Symptoms and Signs of Dengue Fever

The symptoms and signs of Dengue begin about 3 to 15 days (incubation period) after a mosquito bite transfers the virus (Dengue virus serotypes 1-4) to a person previously unexposed to the virus.

Fever and painful muscle, bone, and joint aches can occur during the first few hours of symptoms when a headache, chills (shivering and sweating), rash (may be itchy) and/or red spots or flushing, and swollen lymph nodes first appear. Pain behind or in the back of the eyes is also a common symptom.

Some individuals may develop a sore throat, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite and abdominal and back pain. However, some people can develop more severe symptoms and complications, such as hemorrhagic areas in the skin (easy bruising), gums and the gastrointestinal tract. This condition is termed Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF).

In most instances, the disease lasts about 3 to 10 days, although a few patients’ symptoms may last longer.

Sometimes, the symptoms are mild and can be mistaken for those of flu or another viral infections. Younger children and people who have never had the infection before tend to have milder cases than older children and adults. If your child has a weak immune system, then he/she is at greater risk of developing Dengue fever.

Prevention of Dengue Fever

No vaccine or medicine is available to prevent Dengue fever. However, you can avoid dengue-infected mosquito bites by using efficient mosquito repellents like Goodknight’s Fabric Roll-On. Before heading out, just apply 4 dots of the Fabric Roll-On (non-staining!) onto the clothes of your child and they will stay safe from mosquitoes for up to 8 hours. Besides, it is 100% natural and paediatrician certified – absolutely safe to use for kids!

Another product that keeps you and your family safe from mosquitoes is the Goodknight Activ+ System. The Activ+ system gives all-round protection against mosquitoes inside the house. It comes with a dual mode advantage for efficiency – you can switch between the Normal and Activ mode according to the number of mosquitoes in your house.

Stay protected ☺  


तुम मुझे आशा देते हो

और मुझे सामना करने की हिम्मत

जब जीवन मुझे नीचे खींचता है

तुम मुझे संभाल लेते हो ।।

तुम मुझे देखभाल करना सिखाते हो

और साझा करने में मेरी मदद

मुझे ईमानदार बनाने में मददगार हो

दयालू और नम्र बनाते हो ।।

तुमसे प्यार सीखा

ऊपर से अनुग्रह केसाथ

मुझे अपनाते हो

दुख हो या सुख मुझे जीना सिखाते हो ।। “निवेदिता”

I am a Soldier

I am away from home,

Do not think I am compelled

But my Nation needs me ..

I am as pious as Ganges ,

As tough as Himaylan Ranges,

the one Who brought greenery in the fall …

I am the only son of the house,

old mother waiting for me,

I am away from home ,

I am the regrets in pain,

I am thirst of the bride…

I am the water of her eyes ,

I am the arbitrator in the compulsion..

I am away from them

I am a Soldier

Fighting for the pride of my Nation.. “Nivedita”


आन , बान , शान

आज नाज करें उन वीरों पर,

जो मान बड़ा कर आये हैं

दुश्मन को घुसकर के मारा,

शान बड़ा कर आये हैं।I

७ को घर में घुस कर मारा ,

७ को हूरों के पास पसारा ,

शान वतन की और बढ़ी ,

अरमान बड़ा कर आये हैं।।

एक शहीद तो सौ मारेंगे,

अब रीत बढ़ाकर आए हैं ,

हमें गौरव है उन वीरों पे ,

जो जान गवाँ कर आए हैं ।।

लहू का बदला सिर्फ लहू है,

लो लाशें यह बताकर आए हैं ,

ना जगह हो दफ़नाने की तो 

 क़ब्रिस्तान बढा कर आये हैं।।”निवेदिता”

P:S: सेना दिवस की बधाई 

नफ़रत /प्रेम

पूछती हूँ ख़ुद से हर बार – सब से बार बार ,

प्रेम में नफ़रत नफ़रत से प्रेम ,क्यूँ है इतनी असरदार ?

ऐसा क्यों लगता है कि नफरत इतनी बड़ी है?

प्रेम से बढ़कर नफरत बहुत मजबूती से खड़ी है ।

कुछ भी समान नहीं हो सकता है जो कि सच्चा है,

नफरत का भार सहने को मेरा हृदय अभी बच्चा है ,

ऐसा लगता है कि प्यार हवा की तुलना में हल्का है,

नफरत के खाते में नज़र डालें बस आँखों से छलका है।

प्यार वाहक को उसके मान को मजबूत करता है ,

इसलिए किसी को अपना वजन नहीं लगता है ,

आप जल्द ही सीखते हैं कि प्यार का घनत्व कितना है,

जबकि बड़े पैमाने पर नफरत का ढेर तराज़ू पे लगता है ।

आप समझते ही नहीं कि प्रेम धीरज है , दयालु है,

मक्खन है , खोखला नहीं , कठोर नहीं नर्म है

क्यूँ अपने आप को नहीं टटोलते ?क्यूँ नहीं ढूँढते है,

क्रोध और नफ़रत में डूबे बस बुराई ही सोचते है। “निवेदिता”


क्या कभी प्रेम किया है

प्रेम में दीवनापन क्या है ?

सोचिए और कहिए ,

क्या प्रेम पागलपन है ?

या प्रलोभन है ?

पागलों की तरह हैं;

आप सब देखना चाहते हैं

आप सब सुनना चाहते हैं

अपना प्यार जताना चाहते हैं

क्या प्रेम दीवनापन है ?

या आवारापन है ?

प्रेम की आवाज;

थका नहीं सकती हमें ,

आप आतुर हर पल

कुछ अपनी कुछ उसकी

कहने सुनने को

तुम्हारी प्रेम की गलती

एक शैली का कारण बनती है

यही प्यार कर सकता है;

यदिआप प्रेम में हैं,

तो आप जानते हैं;

यह प्यार करने के लिए अच्छा है,

और वास्तव में भी यही प्यार है.. निवेदित “निवेदिता “


ज़िंदगी के थपेड़ों ने ,

ऐसा घायल कर दिया ,

दर्द से पीड़ित ,तड़प रही

ऐसा झँझोड़ा ज़िंदगी ने ।

न वक़्त देखा ना जगह ,

बेदर्द ज़माना हंस रहा ,

बात बात पे चिढ़ जाती हूँ ,

ऐसा चिढ़ाया ज़िंदगी ने ।

आँसू थमने का नाम न लेते

रो रो के हाल बुरा हो गया

रोना अब स्वभाव हो गया ,

ऐसा रुलाया है ज़िंदगी ने ।

खोया हार बार खोया है ,

पाने का कहीं नाम नहीं ,

लड़ते लड़ते थक गई 

खुद को ही खोया ज़िंदगी में ।.. “निवेदिता ” 

Best Mosquito killer or repellent you could ask for your child’s safety

Being a mum of a toddler, I always have to be on my toes to keep her safe and secure. The problem isn’t just humans but also the dreaded mosquitoes. The worst part about mosquitoes is that there is no permanent solution to get rid of them forever and that makes my job all the more difficult. But then, I need to have solutions that last long.

fabric roll on good knight

To start with, chemical sprays and repellents have always been a strict ‘No’ at my home. These chemical loaded mosquito repellents aren’t just bad for us humans but also for my little lab who hates the smell and feel. So, my first aid always has been the Mosquito racket. It is like my sword. No wonder, my mother-in-law often quips that ‘here comes our Jhansi ki Rani.’

These mosquito killer rackets are not just effective but also safe for everyone. However, they cannot be a permanent solution since carrying a racket at all times is not feasible. To keep ourselves and our family safe from the mosquito menace, one has to adopt a multi-pronged approach.

So, after a lot of research and experimentation, I zeroed upon the following tricks and products that work well for my family against mosquitoes without jeopardizing their health.

  1. Dhooni: This is the ‘Nani ka nuskha’ that has been coming to us since generations. Burning the dry peel of coconut shell is perhaps the most natural yet effective way of keeping any kind of insects at bay including mosquitoes.
  2. Essential oils: Essential oils like Neem and Eucalyptus also work wonders in warding off mosquitoes naturally. With antiseptic and mosquito-repelling properties, they are quite useful to keep mosquito-borne tropical diseases at bay. And what better than having the goodness of these oils in a handy product from a brand that you trust? The Goodknight Fabric Roll-On is 100% natural and made using these oils. Just 4 dots on clothes when you step outdoors to save yourself from getting bitten. It is paediatrician certified and absolutely safe for kids and babies. The 4 dots are to be applied on clothes for babies above the age of 2 months. For babies younger than that, the 4 dots can be applied on cots and prams.
  3. Coils: My mother and my mother-in-law swear by this oldest page in the book of mosquito repellents thanks to the Goodknight Activ+ Low Smoke coil! As the name suggests, this coil protects your family without emitting much smoke. Just light one and place it under the cot, to ensure 12 hours of protection.
  4. Patches: Just like the Fabric-Roll-On, Goodknight Patches too come handy when kids play outdoors. Thanks to their new Chhota Bheem designs, my daughter herself reminds me to apply one on her before she steps out to play.
  5. Liquid Vapourizers: The ultimate mosquito repellent for indoor mosquito protection has to be Goodknight Activ+ System. This liquid vaporizer comes with a dual mode advantage. One can switch to the 2x power mode when there are too many mosquitoes.

All these tricks and products have helped me prevent the mosquito-menace at home to a great extent. You can find more such tips about parenting from other parenting blogs Ridiculous as well. Along with these, ensure that there is no stagnant water in and around your house. For your indoor-garden, planting tulsi, mint, marigold, lemon or neem will ensure that you have greens without the mosquitoes. 


पहले तो तेरे काँधे पे ,

सिर रख लेता था ,

जब ज़माने से ,

लड़ लेता था ,

तब तूँ वफ़ा की ,

रस्में निभाती थी ,

और मैं तुझे

बाहों में बाँध लेता था ।

अब तूँ तो नहीं ,

पर तेरी यादें,

हर लम्हा आती है ,

करवटों में रातें ,

गुज़र जाती है ,

नींद तो आती नहीं,

सपनो में तूँ फिर भी ,

खुलेआम सताती है ।

ना मैं भूल पाया ,

ना तूँने मनाया ,

जीने को बचा है

बस ग़मों का साया

माना के मैं ग़लत हूँ ,

पर ग़लती क्या थी?

वो तो बताके जाती।

ख़ैर !

समझाता हूँ दिल को ,

कि क्यूँ नाराज़ होना ,

और इंतज़ार करना ,

जनता है तूँ भी ,

के बेवफ़ा नहीं वो ,

मान जा ऐ दिल ,

बेकार है जिद्ध करना ,

उनसे वफ़ा की ,

उम्मीद करना .. #निवेदिता