Spread some cheer: A cause worth telling you about

I so missed you all! But thanks to our Diwali blog festival, I am in the loop about all your Diwali celebrations and I enjoyed reading all your posts, seeing your lovely Diwali pics, your decor and sweets!! I was away for a bit as my brother got married, and it was a fun 20 days…the last guests are now leaving, the couple has left to start their life together, and I am now back at work! It’s wonderful to be back with a post but this one is one of my social awareness posts.

Remember the feature on Vikram Nandwani and his creative toons? Vikram has tied up with a Pune-based NGO called Prayatna that helps kids with learning disabilities. The entire proceeds of Vikram’s Verry India Calendars will go towards this cause. There are five single page A3 calendars priced at Rs. 200 each (USD 10 for outside India).

In an email to me Vikram said, “November 14th is celebrated as Children’s’ Day in India. ‘Spread Some Cheer’ is intended to help make this day and the coming new year special for two amazing children suffering from Fragile X Syndrome. It will be great if we can together help Seena and Amar Ali (circled in picture above), aged fourteen and nine years, who are suffering from Fragile X Syndrome and cannot afford special education. FXS or Martin Bell Syndrome is a genetic syndrome which results in a spectrum of characteristic physical and intellectual limitations.” Read more about Fragile X Syndrome here.

Isn’t this a wonderful cause? The calendars are lovely with Vikram’s trademark and much loved characters Dhondu Dhobi, Doodh Patil, Guru Ghantal, Bhatku and Teaka Ram adorning them. Here are pics of each of the 5 calendars.

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1. Donate directly to Prayatna.
2. Mail us your postal address and choice (from among the 5 calendar options above) at [email protected]. Click on each image, then zoom in to get details.
3. We will mail you the calendars and receipt within a week. We will also update your contributions on the discussion page.

Please note: All donations are exempt under section 80S of the Income Tax Act 1961.

From India: Bank Of India (East St. Br). A/C no. 050010100071259. Bank no. 411013002. Branch no. 0500. IFSC CODE BKID0000500. NEFT and RTGS enabled.
From Outside India: Bank Of India (Koregaon Park Branch) A/C no. 051210100019637. Swift code BKIDINBBPMB. IFSC CODE BKID0000512.

So do buy one of these calendars, or gift them to your friends and family. Spread some cheer this festive season!


  1. Ooh lovely calendars. Will definitely be ordering one(or more). Just have to decide which one……! Great cause Sharon!

  2. Lovely. i'm going to order one too, hopefully I'll be able to pick it up from India itself!

  3. Absolutely. Anything for a good cause. Will order a few.

  4. Fantastic initiative!! Love the calendars!! a perfect new year gift!!