VANDANA MEHROTRA – Marathon Runner and a Palava citizen
As a teacher & mother, I always kept busy. This meant never finding any time for myself. Moving to Palava two years ago opened doors to a hidden talent. I loved running and no place was better than Palava to pursue my interest. Initially, I had inhibitions but with encouragement from my neighbours, I participated in marathons. Thankfully, I followed their advice, and there was no looking back.
#PalavaMakesMeMore satisfied as I completed my dream marathon of 21 kms in January 2018. All I can say is, there’s more to come!!
Jennifer Josfina – Badminton Champion and a Palava Resident
I was really worried about my daughter’s health because of her sedentary lifestyle. After we moved to Palava, we encouraged Jennifer to take up a physical activity. She started badminton training at Palava’s KAUSTUBH VIRKAR BADMINTON ACADEMY. And much to our surprise, what started as a health-focused activity resulted in her becoming a district level player, and now a national badminton champion. Inspired by her journey, Andrea, my younger daughter, also started training at the academy. She is now a champion in the U11 GIRLS CATEGORY.
#PalavaMakesMeMore proud as this is where my daughters have started their journey towards a great and successful future.
(As narrated by Jennifer’s mother – Mrs. Josfina)
Palava has always been envisioned as a green and environmentally conscious city. To further the same, this year Palava introduced a green Ganesha.
Replicating Mayureshwar of Morgaon, the first among the Asthavinayakas, renowned artist Haribaabu Naatesan created a Ganesh idol made completely of alum. Placed in Xperia Mall for 5 days, the Ganesha attracted shoppers and visitors alike who were seen seeking blessings.
Alum, locally known as ‘fitkari’, is a natural ingredient that is known for its purifying capabilities since the ancient times. The Ganesha idol at Palava, on visarjan, did not pollute the water but in fact cleaned it.
Palava has always been conscious of keeping natural surroundings clean and building new means of sustainability. The Green Ganesha further established the desire of the city to be seen as an environment friendly enclave.
Palava’s football field became the arena for excitement and fun as the second edition of the Palava Junior League took centre stage over the weekends of 29-30th September and 6-7th October, 2018.
The Palava Junior League is a 7-a-side football tournament that takes place across three main categories- Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14. This year, the championship saw an unprecedented number of teams participating and the ground was packed with cheering parents and lived ones.
Among the 154 of clubs and schools across Mumbai participating in this competition with over 1500 players, The Rising Star took the Under-10 title, while Father Agnel’s took the Under-12 and Braveheart Academy was crowned the Under-14 champions.
Extending Lodha Group’s commitment towards ‘Building a Better Life’, the Palava team installed an innovative hoarding featuring a funnel tank with a capacity of 3,000 litres, to propagate the idea of rainwater harvesting that can help combat the grave water shortage issues of Mumbai city.
Set up outside Ghansoli Railway Station, the hoarding collected and filtered over 9,000 litres of water in a month, which supported the nearby shops and people passing by the same route. Wherein the rest of the water was transported to water shortage hit areas of Navi Mumbai like the slums of Nerul Darave, where the Palava team ended up supporting more than 50-60 families who used the water mainly for washing and cleaning purposes.
Speaking on this initiative, Viral Oza, Chief Marketing Officer, Lodha Group commented, “At Palava, we work with a focused approach to ensure the well-being of society and keep experimenting to contribute in solving community issues effectively. We have introduced sustainable and creative solutions like rain water harvesting, sewage treatment plants, storm water drainage system and solar plants within Palava to boost the quality of life for all and this initiative has become our first step in serving society at large.”
The focus of this initiative was to deploy a sustainable solution and portray the power of a simple idea that can aid thousands in need. Surviving on water tanks while every year gallon of rain water gets wasted in this monsoon disposed city, this effort helped the slum dwellers survive longer on their corporation water supply.
In today’s day and age, everyone wants to go green and stay fit, and one can do that by eating healthy and organic. What’s better than growing your own herbs at home, in a few simple steps? The Palava nursery at Posari is home to a sprawling herb garden! Now with the help of this quick picture tutorial you can start gardening herbs at home too.
Check out the helpful infographic below, and get started with planting parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme and others.