Rajasthan – the Ideal Senior Citizens’ Home….


Gone are the days when the elderly dreaded the idea of being cast away in an old-age home, forgotten and neglected by their own children. With the concept of ‘Senior Living Community’ taking ground, the elders are happily embracing an independent lifestyle in a vibrant community of like-minded senior citizens.

Already popular across the world, this concept is gradually making inroads in India. Within India too, the state of Rajasthan has emerged as one of the most viable living destinations for senior citizens. Ashiana Utsav, the pioneers of the concept of retirement housing in India launched Utsav Bhiwadi in 2004. The facility is now a full-fledged retirement community with about 400 senior citizens under its umbrella. Ashiana Utsav has a similar township running at Jaipur.

What is of interest however is why Rajasthan is emerging as the ideal choice for post retirement living.  Mr. Yashraj Khandelwal, a resident at Utsav Jaipur says, “I love the life here. There is so much to do all the time. The best thing is that Jaipur is such a safe and hassle free place to live. Clean air, less traffic and to top it all, so many historic places worth seeing nearby “. All the ancient temples of the pink city including the renowned Birla Mandir are barely 20 minutes away from the Ashiana Utsav campus.

There are a host of factors that make Rajasthan a good bet for senior citizens’ housing – relatively better law and order, good investment climate, proximity to Delhi, cheap real estate, prevalence of tourist attractions, etc.  There is no property tax levied on the property owners in Rajasthan and the stamp duty levied on property documents is also very low.  A new Single Window Clearance policy was enacted in 2010 by the government, ensuring time bound granting of clearances to investors in the state. The 2009 World Bank’s Doing Business Survey of India also ranked Jaipur third in India in terms of ease and speed of starting a business. Ankur Gupta, Joint Managing Director, Ashiana says, “The number of positive initiatives taken by the government of Rajasthan to boost industry have created a favourable scenario for both investors and buyers. Rajasthan also has a well laid tourism infrastructure and quite an efficient police system. The state police even have a facebook page! All these factors make the state a top notch living choice among senior citizens”.

At the moment, Ashiana single handedly dominates the retirement housing segment in Rajasthan.  Infact, they were the first real estate company to fully venture into housing in Bhiwadi.  “Ashiana ventured into Bhiwadi in 1992. Started the first project – Ashiana Greens with 130 units and 5 shops. Ashiana at that time was the first organized developer in Bhiwadi. After that, we came up with several projects like Ashiana Bageecha, Ashiana Gulmohar, Ashiana Gardens and Ashiana Rangoli over the years”, explains Ankur.

Bhiwadi is strategically located just a 30 minute drive from Gurgaon located off NH8 (Delhi-Jaipur highway).  Several attractions like the Neemrana Fort Palace, the Kasseroli Fort of Alwar, Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Manesar Heritage Village Resort, etc are very close to Bhiwadi.  Ashiana Bhiwadi is housed with a number of leisure options for the residents – badminton courts, swimming pools, health club, park, walking tracks, cards room, library, restaurants, etc. “Wide open spaces, landscaped greens and state-of-the-art maintenance is the hallmark of Ashiana!”, says Mr. R.K. Ohlyan. Resident, Utsav, Bhiwadi.

Infact, the response to Utsav Bhiwadi has been so overwhelming that the company is considering setting up another Utsav campus in Bhiwadi.  “We are toying with the idea of setting up one more Utsav in Bhiwadi. The idea is still at a nascent stage though. The modalities need to be worked out”, elaborates Ankur.

In 2010, the State Government enacted the Rajasthan Investment Promotion Scheme (RIPS 2010) which clearly states all incentives to be granted to investors.  The cities of Rajasthan offer a unique blend of traditional culture and modern-day comfort. Perhaps that’s why it’s emerging as the best residential choice for elders who want to hold onto the security of tradition but wish to experience a modern lifestyle at the same time.






A man with dreams and self belief: Mr. Mahesh Gupta Chairman Kent RO Systems

A man with dreams and self belief

Mr. Mahesh Gupta the man behind Kent Ro was the first member who dared to choose business over job in his family. An IIT graduate from Kanpur in Mechanical engineering and alumnus of Indian institute of Petroleum, Dehradun Mahesh began his career in sales in 1978 with Indian Oil

The journey of mechanical engineer started in 1985, from a small room in his house with just 20,000 which he had saved from his job with IOCL. His first invention was in the field of petroleum conservation instrument where he earned fame and half a dozen patents to his credit.

His turning Point came with the establishment of KENT RO SYSTEM in the year 1998, when he charted out on a new enterprise after jaundice gripped his son in a posh colony of South Delhi. Knowing that jaundice is a water-borne disease, Gupta researched and analyzed all the available water purifier in the market. He was dissatisfied with available options and decided to make a better quality purifier. After several trails, he made his own water purifier and became confident that is product is good enough to be marketed. “Coming from an engineering background, making my own water purifier was not difficult task; all I needed to do was export the components. The experiment turned into success. And then I thought to bring it out in commercially in the market. I started from scratch with an investment of about 1 lac and four member team. Today Kent has grown 40% market share in RO mineral and has turnover 580 crore and 2,500 employees”, says Gupta. Apart from him his son is actively involved into business, while his daughter is into a separate business.

Kent today is competing and international brands and outbidding them on basis of its latest technology, better service well equipped distribution system and good branding.

Kicked off from voyage of self made RO system, Kent RO today manufactures Kent RO water purifiers, Kent Tap guard, Kent vegetable and fruit purifier, All Clean cleaner with their manufacturing plant in Roorkee. “We are competing with two major players, Hindustan Lever and Eureka Fobes. However we are confident to overpower them with better technology and products with latest innovation, but they should be according to consumer need. We can manufacture products and market them, but they should be according to consumer need. We can manufacture product and market them, but if it is not consumer friendly, you won’t exist for long.”

Innovative marketing strategies and state of the art technology has motivated him in taking his brand to the next level with confidence to beat the international champion too. Kent Ro is the most dynamic and visible water purifier company, which over the years has enjoyed the Bollywood brand ambassadors like Hema Malini, Esha Deol , Booman Irani, Ahaana deol and others.

Water is basis component for the survival of human beings, and dirty or infected water can spoil the health and infrastructure of a country. HE says “ My vision is to make a ‘healthy and happy family ‘, and we are promoting the value of purity, importance of water for health, and keeping beauty and vigour intact with good drinking water through Kent.”

Healthcare is not just a business for me, it is a passion. In fact it is very the very purpose of existence of Kent. Like any other successful business, Kent too has been working according to the needs of our customers and we work hard each day to make our customers happy”, adds Mahesh.

His passion is to work, but besides working, he loves cars and having good food “Well, II love cars and love to drive whenever given chance. Cars for me are both luxury and mode of travel”. I love wearing Louis Philippe shirt while rest of my outfit is mostly custom-stitched, for me an ideal holiday is attending Art of living sessions in Bengaluru.”

His message for young entrepreneurs is. “They should bring new innovations, and must believe in their dreams. Think less and have passion to live.

RO Brand Kent Bags BEST DOMESTIC WATER Purifier Award 2016

Kent RO Systems limited, one of the renowned water purifier brands in India, has been adjudged as Best Domestic Water Purifier for ‘Kent Superb’ , at UNESCO Water Digest Water Awards 2016-17 held on 21st March, the World Water Day.

Water Digest Water Awards (WDWA) in association with UNESCO is India’s preceding and one of the most illustrious platforms to honor and appreciate outstanding and exceptional environmental initiatives and achievements. Started in 2006 in association with UNESCO, the Water Digest Water Awards are a platform to honour distinguished work carried out by various organizations companies, NGOs or individuals in treating, recycling and conserving water.

While accepting the award, Dr. Mahesh Gupta, Chairman, KENT RO Systems Ltd. said: “For us at KENT, this award reflects our commitment to provide the purest water to people. It also showcases the immense trust people repose in us. So bring home a KENT Superb water purifier today and protect your family from Water Borne Diseases”.

Kent Superb is a Digital Smart RO water purifier, which has been crafted from an amalgamation of digital technology and KENT’s patented Mineral RO technology. This RO purifier is Touch Operated with an inbuilt micro-controller which senses water quality on real time basis and displays it on the digital screen. It also senses and displays the total dissolved salts (TDS) in the purified water as well as the filter life. It automatically warns the users when the filter life is less than 60 hours. In additions, the purifier automatically detect UV lamp malfunctions or a filter gets chocked or the TDS levels in the water are not within the prescribed levels, the micro system senses and displays it on the screen for users convenience.

Pioneers in bringing the revolutionary RO technology to India, Kent RO through its technologically advanced products and commitment to quality has steadily risen to become the largest selling RO brand in the Rs 3,500 crore water purifier market in India. Today its products range from Water Purifiers, Air Purifiers, Vegetable and Fruit Purifiers to Water Softeners and water pressure boosting systems.

Kent RO systems, in the past as well, has won several awards and accolades such as the Best Domestic Purifiers Award by UNESCO 2013, Indian Power Brands 2013, India’s Most Trusted Water Purifier Brand 2013, Distinguished IIT alumnus awards 2011, Water Digest International in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008, The Golden Peacock Award for the best Eco-Innovation in 2007 and Gold Seal Award.



PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) and Anyang Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Korea here on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote, strengthen and develop trade, investment as well as economic, scientific and technological collaboration with their business communities.

The MoU was signed here between President, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Gopal Jiwarajka and Chairman, Anyang Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mr.  Lee, Sang Ho. Mayor, Anyang City Hall, Mr. Lee, Phil Woon; Chairman, Anyang City Council, Mr. Kim, Dae Young and the Secretary General, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Saurabh Sanyal were also present on the occasion among others.

The MoU also stipulates that the two Chambers would mutually assist and contribute towards the encouragement and expansion of trade and economic relations among entrepreneurs and will regularly exchange information of mutual interest on economy, foreign trade, trade rules and regulations, investment, customs as well as amendments pertaining to trade and investment legislations.

In addition, it also aims at rendering assistance in the organization or participation of business delegations in national, international and specialized exhibitions, information bureaus, symposia, conferences and similar events, taking place in India or Korea in a bid to improve and expand economic collaborations

Dr Pawanindra Lal felicitated with Prestigious Dr B.C Roy Award

Dr Pawanindra Lal felicitated with Prestigious Dr B.C Roy Award


Dr Pawanindra Lal, Director Professor of Surgery at Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) has been awarded with the Prestigious “Dr B.C Roy Award” for the year 2016 – for excellence in the field of Medicine. The award was presented by President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee.

Dr Lal was felicitated with the coveted award for “Recognizing the best talents in encouraging the development of specialties in different branches in Medicine”.

Dr PawanindraLal is Director Professor of Surgery at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. An award winning graduate from MAMC and post graduate from UCMS, Delhi, DrLal joined his alma mater in 1999 after having worked as a faculty in GMC Chandigarh. Keenly interested in teaching and laparoscopic surgery, he has more than 80 publications in national and international journals and more than 200 paper presentations. He is a member of all national surgical bodies as well as ELSA (Asia), ALS (UK) and SAGES (USA) and a fellow of three Royal College of Surgeons in UK and also of  the American College of Surgeons. He is the head of the Clinical Skills Centre and leads the Minimal Access Surgery training programme, both his founding contributions.


His academic talent has been internationally recognized and he is the first Indian working in India who has contributed a chapter in the 25th Edition of Bailey & Love’s Short Practice of Surgery in 2008. He has also authored a Handbook on Critical Care and Fluid Management in 2008. He is possibly the only Indian with more than 10 original publications in Surgical Endoscopy, the official journal of SAGES, USA.



The Bidhan Chandra Roy Award was instituted in 1976 in the memory of renowned physician and freedom fighter B C Roy by Medical Council of India.It is the highest award that is bestowed upon on a Medical person practicing in India.

IndusInd Bank to Finance Lohia Industries’s E-rickshaw

Lohia Auto Industries announced that IndusInd Bank would be its preferred financier for financing their electric three wheelers under the e-rickshaw category. This is in addition to the financing of diesel vehicles which the bank already provides. Through this partnership IndusInd Bank will offer retail vehicle finance at attractive rates of interest to the customers of Lohia Auto, for all Lohia 3-wheeler electronic and diesel models. This partnership will simplify the process for customers to take up three wheeler by providing loans which are hassle free and competitively priced.

The MoU between IndusInd Bank and Lohia Auto Industries was signed on May 25, 2016 for diesel vehicles and has now been extended to the electronic 3-wheeler segment. Since May 25, 2016, IndusInd Bank has financed close to 7.10 lacs 3-wheeler vehicles as a part of this  association.

Both Lohia Auto Industries and IndusInd Bank Ltd are established names in their respective segments and are known for their reliability, and large distributor network. The loan facility will be available in almost in every part of the country namely Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkand, Punjab,  Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala & Uttar Pradesh.

Mr. Ayush Lohia, MD & CEO, Lohia Auto Industries said, “A huge segment of customers will benefit by this alliance. This partnership will also help both Lohia Auto and IndusInd Bank in increasing the number of customers, thus enabling widening of the market for the products.”

Mr. S.V. Parthasarathy, Senior Executive Vice President & Head – Consumer Finance Division, IndusInd Bank Ltd. said, “This association is part of our strategy to continue to be a leading player in the field of three wheeler financing. We will offer retail finance at an attractive rate of interest to customers through our large branch network. As IndusInd Bank is committed to minimizing the environmental impact of its operations on the planet- financing electric three vehicles, is definitely a positive step in doing our bit towards saving the environment.”



FITNAPP is an app based service available on iOS & Android. FITNAPP is successfully removing friction and creating marketplace efficiencies through technology.

Whenever you head out of town, you probably end up missing workouts. Unless you are staying at a five-star property, it’s not easy to find gyms or group fitness studios in an unfamiliar place and it’s probably even harder to find one that lets you sign up for just a day or two. Instead of being a full time member of a gym, wouldn’t it be great if you could just go to a nearby gym wherever you are, whenever you want? If this is something you’ve thought about, then there is an app that helps.

FITNAPP lets you find the nearest fitness studio and sign up for workouts at reasonable prices. The app has partnered with several fitness studios in Delhi and if you are in either place, you might want to check it out.

The app uses your location to find the nearest places for you to work out, and lets you search for specific workouts such as strength training, yoga, among others. This means that FITNAPP is only as good as the fitness studios near you. If you live in a pocket of town where there are no good workout options, then there’s nothing any app can do about it. On the other hand, suppose you’re travelling to either Mumbai or Delhi for work, but don’t want to miss your workout? The FITNAPP app lets you find some great deals.

In our locality in Mumbai, we found a one-day pass for a gym at Rs. 150, which is reasonable considering that the gym itself is pretty good. FITNAPP lets you search for eight categories of workouts but we found that one particular studio with several branches in Mumbai dominated search results.

That’s not the only quibble we had either. The app also didn’t have detailed descriptions of what to expect from various places. Even when you’re buying a day pass at a gym, you’d probably want to see photos of the gym, and what equipment is available. FITNAPP didn’t show us anything like that. Similarly, there were no details about two-hour mixed martial arts workouts. A short summary would really help people to make a good choice.

Things like these made us feel that FITNAPP focus is on aggregation alone and not much on making it easy for people to select the place they want to visit. This is emphasized in the app’s design or lack thereof. The app has a sliding gallery of featured articles at the top, all of which are articles that tell you how to use the app. That takes up a significant chunk of space on the home screen. Finding different workouts or gyms is below that, and the design is fairly barebones.

The iOS app almost feels like a slow and buggy mobile website. Quite a few times the app got stuck on a white screen when we tried to go back from any page. Selecting a different location was also hard as the form would not register our taps sometimes. Thankfully the Android app is much better. While it also feels barebones, at least it is snappy.

As an app that aggregates fitness studios, FITNAPP does a good job, particularly if you just want to discover places to workout nearby.




“Power to access as many centers as you wish on a single platform using affordable subscription fee. If you are a regular fitness enthusiast then there are membership’s packages available. The facility to Pay Per Visit (PPV) is also available. Fitnapp is an ocean of exercises, activities, workouts recreations, beauty services and fitness products.



“Fitnapp offers you affordable various subscription option through which you are granted access to the best fitness centers and classes.“



“Everyday should be exciting and refreshing. The same goes for your workout. We make sure there is ample flexibility in the offered services. You can reserve classes as per your suitability and preferences.“



“Fitnapp work for its clients and not only we offer variety of activities, but we also give you an option to choose WHERE and WHEN to workout. The time is yours, the place is yours – all we do is make sure you have a great experience at your convenience.”


FITNAPP is a fitness membership plan that makes fitness convenient, fun and helps you save 70% on gym membership fees. With FITNAPP, you can freely access and workout at the best gyms and fitness studios near your home, office, malls, etc. at your convenience.


Gymer offers their service through a mobile app, desktop, and mobile browsers. It currently accepts credit card, debit card, wallet and net banking payments through Paytm and PayUmoney, and has planned to add more payment gateways soon.


It has launched a booking process which allows user to book in advance for 5 days. Bookings can’t be cancelled or transferred to other people. However, users can reschedule the same by getting in touch with the gym directly, subject to their obligation.