Vintage Camera Collector of Hyderabad Blog by Colonel Ajay Ahlawat

Colonel Ajay Ahlawat

How might you respond on the off chance that you were told than Ross London wooden camera that on-screen character Dulquer Salmaan used to tap the photos of the main portfolio while sanctioning Ramaswamy though Gemini Ganesan, really had a place with the amazing movie producer? Would be astounded or essentially awestruck? “In any case, the reality remains that the Ross London wooden camera is unquestionably an old fashioned camera, which was sourced from Hyderabad-based Faisal Ali Khan, a classical authority, with an energy of gathering vintage cameras,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat

Colonel Ajay Ahlawat
File image – Colonel Ajay Ahlawat

As per what Col Ahlawat has been placed in the information of, around seven years back, Khan had purchased not one but rather six different cameras from a carport close Gemini Studio in Chennai. “These 1989 made in UK wooden cameras were utilized as a part of Gemini Studios, in the vicinity of 1940 and 1950. To claim it, the Faisal needed to spend a decent Rs 25000. Be that as it may, Faisal, the old fashioned authority, has abstained from asserting that the cameras had been utilized by the veteran producer, as he does not have the important reports that demonstrate that the cameras were surely utilized by Gemini Ganesan,” clarified Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.

The story behind how Faisal figured out how to lay his hand on this antique gathering is additionally exceptionally intriguing. Clearly, while Faisal was occupied back home in Hyderabad, somebody called him and tipped him off about a significant number of old cameras lying unattended in a carport close Gemini Studio. When he got the data, there was nothing ceasing him. The antique authority hurried to Chennai to claim the prized belonging. “At the point when Faisal entered the carport, he saw these wooden cameras, lying scattered over the carport. Relatively every corner had one of the cameras alongside its stands lying, secured with movies of residue. He really needed to collect the cameras,” said Col Ajay Ahlawat.

As per Faisal, the camera has a huge gap, shade and the simple crude tripod beholds. “Back then another model of camera was not presented each substitute month. Back in the twentieth Century, things didn’t change this quick. Cameras made in the west were brought into the Indian market relatively following 10 years or two and were utilized for quite a long time before being dumped for another one,” included Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.

Not simply Cameras

Colonel Ajay Ahlawat
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat

“It’s an open mystery that Faisal has an interest for cameras. Such is his rage, that he has more than 740 cameras conveniently tucked in his Hyderabad distribution center. Strangely, he acquired the enthusiasm to gather collectibles from his granddad, who was an authority of watches. Then again, his dad had an interest for pens and books. His father likewise had a liking for things produced amid the mechanical upset. So Faisal has acquired the Remington typewriters, going back to the 1920s. Truth be told, one of the orange typewriters claimed by him had been utilized for the film Samantha,” educated Colonel Ajay Ahlawat. He likewise has an antique accumulation of cycle lights, spool decks, cycle chimes, gramophone, records and notwithstanding sewing machines.

“What makes his gathering fascinating is the way that the majority of his cameras, regardless of how old, are all in a functioning condition. He even has a container camera, which was utilized to record movies, route back in the Sixties. What more, this man of honor even has a portion of the crude version of the Nikon SLR to give some examples,” said Col Ahlawat energetically.

Actually, the fortune trove that Faisal has, exclusively for the sake of cameras, if showed then can take the gathering of people on a trip that would portray the development of cameras throughout the decades. “Would you be able to trust, he has a focal point as old as 120 years of age,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.

Coming to Mahanati 30 cameras as well as gramophones and typewriters were utilized for this film. “Like all authorities, Faisal too was exceptionally possessive and doubtful about how his antique accumulation would be utilized while shooting for the film. Be that as it may, he was shocked the illustrious treatment met out to his super gathering,” shouted Col Ahlawat.

Maybe it’s the stories behind every one of his antique that makes Faisal captivated towards gathering them. “It’s not simply from the old Hyderabad city that he has purchased his collectibles, yet in addition from Moor Market in Chennai, Mumbai’s Crawford advertise and the insect market of UK. He keeps up that through every thing of his accumulation he has learnt a considerable measure,” said Col Ajay Ahlawat.

Col Ahlawat keeps up that the majority of Faisal collectibles, be it the cameras or the typewriters, they describe stories of demonstrable skill. “The cameras of that time didn’t have the review choice, so the picture taker had no choice yet to tap the ideal edge. Thus, the expert working with these machines expected to idealize their craft. Same was the situation with the scholars and columnists chipping away at typewriters. They basically couldn’t stand to commit errors,” summed up Col Ajay Ahlawat.

All about Ranthambore by Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo

Colonel Ajay Ahlawat
All about Ranthambore by Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo –
Stretched across an area of 392 kilometres, the Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambore, as it’s popularly known as is the fortieth national park of North India. It was in the year 1973 that Government of India declared the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary as a Tiger reserve. “Finally in the year 1980 it was declared as the Ranthambore National Park, while it was only in the year the forests adjacent to the Tiger Reserve was declared as the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and the Keladevi Sanctuary,” informed Col Ajay Ahlawat.
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat
Sariska image by Colonel Ajay Ahlawat
However, given the fact that the tiger reserve of Ranthambore was doing well and needed more space for the tigers to roam and enjoy its natural habitat, the government in the year 1991 took the decision of having both of these sanctuaries merged with Ranthambore.
“Interestingly, the Ranthambore sanctuary is renowned for its Royal Bengal Tiger population. It happens to be the best place to witness the beauty of this royal animal in its natural habitat,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat. These tigers can be easily spotted during the daytime between the months of November to May. Apparently, this is the best time to spot the tiger.
“This National Park has the typical deciduous forest, which is prevalent in Central India. Along with the tiger, you can find leopards, wild boar, sloth bear, the striped hyena, grey langurs, rhesus macaque and even nilgai along with chital. It also has a number of trees and plants. Interestingly, it even houses a banyan tree, which is famed to be one of the largest in India,” informed Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat
File photo Colonel Ajay Ahlawat
Located about 110 kilometres away from Kota and 140 kilometres away from Jaipur, the nearest airport, the Ranthambore National park lies at the edge of the Rajasthani plateau, with the river Banas lying to its north and the Chambal River to its south.
Animal life in Ranthambore –
This place is famous for having a healthy tiger population. However, when the number of people visiting the sanctuary increased, the government decided to mark an area of 60 mi2 as the tiger sanctuary, with the sole intention of tackling poaching and human-tiger interaction.
In the year 2005, it was noted that there were a total of 26 tigers in the park, which was lesser than its tiger population in 1982. However, over the years, care was taken to counter poaching and its result was soon felt. By the end of 2008, it was unofficially confirmed that the number of tigers in Ranthambore had increased to 34 adult tigers with about 14 cubs.
“Efforts of the forest officials to counter poaching and giving incentives to the villagers for staying out of the Tiger reserve, definitely gave results. Seeing the way Ranthambore was turning into a haven for tigers, the government invested around 153 US dollars, to further benefit from the programme. These efforts thus made the tigers of this national park eligible to participate in the tiger relocation programme for the Sariska Tiger Reserve,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
In the year 2008, finally, a male tiger was aerially relocated to Sariska. However, within a period of two years, this tiger died due to poisoning.
“However, in the past few years, there has been a decline in the number of tigers in Ranthambore for multiple reasons along with poaching,” added Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Popular tigers or tigresses of Ranthambore
“Lady of Lakes, a Ranthambore tigress, had to pay the price of poaching as her parents were hunted down by the poachers. She was later named as Machli due to a fish mark on her body. Her partner died due to some diseases after fathering three female cubs, one of which was named as Machli Junior,” informed Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Machli’s cub further gave birth to two cubs on attaining puberty. These cubs were called Slant Ear and Broken Tail, while another Tiger called Bachcha is supposed to her grandson. “Machli Senior’s daughter Krishna or T19 is the present queen tigress of Ranthambore and has mothered four cubs. Recently, Machli died after turning 20 years old. She is supposed to be the longest living tigress in the history,” pointed out Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Another very popular tiger of Ranthambore is Tigress T39. Also known as Mala or Noor because of the bead-like tiger stripes of hers. She was born to tigers T13 and T19. Her son Sultan of T72 from her first litter is also a famous one.
“On the other hand, Machli Junior’s son Broken Tail is indeed famous, after all a film has been made on his life. Sadly enough the documentary by his name maps his last journey when he left the national park premise to travel from Ranthambore to Darra. He was killed by a train while crossing a railway track. The film has been internationally acclaimed and has even won some prizes,” added Col Ajay Ahlawat.

Want to Adopt an Ex-Army Dog? Here’s an Expert Guide – Colonel Ajay Ahlawat

Colonel Ajay Ahlawat

Do you know about the K9 soldiers? Have you ever wanted to adopt army dogs? Well, you heard that right, that it’s not always that brave men or women who guard the nation. K9 soldiers of the Indian army have been doing so very well. And what more, here is an expert guide for you to adopt these brave dogs when they retire.

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K9 fighter image by Colonel Ajay Ahlawat

“No matter how much gratitude we show to the Indian Army and its soldiers, even their bravery doesn’t measure up to that gallantry of the K9 soldiers. Yes, you heard that right it’s not just the men and women of Indian army that guard the country but also Indian Army’s K9 soldiers,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.

Col Ahlawat then added, “The dogs serving the country under the K9 section of the Indian army, serve till the age of 9, after which they are given an honourable retirement and transferred to an old home for the dogs.”

However, this definitely was the scenario, a few years back. “It was only after Maneka Gandhi’s persistent efforts and rallying that euthanasia of animals having served the Indian army was done away with. However, this move came in as late as 2016,” informed Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.

Colonel Ajay Ahlawat
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat

Once this decision was taken, a lot of effort was put in to set up old homes for the retired Army dogs in India. “Maneka Gandhi’s effort resulted in the setting of two old homes for retired K9 soldiers. One in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh and the other in Uttarakhand’s Hempur,” revealed Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.

However, not all retired Army dogs are sent to rehab centres. Quite a number of them are adopted by army individuals to serve them as a home guard. It’s only the remaining dogs who are sent to the rehab centres. “Life for the retired K9 dogs is not good in these homes. Most of them are used to leading a physically active life. But in these foster homes or rehab centres, there is no scope for such physical activity,” pointed out Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.

Thus, post-retirement, the life of these dogs with great smelling sense and sharp hunting skills, when it comes to hunting drugs and explosives and even missing people. “The fact that they can follow commands makes dogs reliable K9 soldiers,” added Col Ahlawat. However, to develop these special acumens, these dogs under rigorous training to not just be physically fit but also develop skills that help follow both non-verbal and verbal commands.

“We can’t deny the fact that these K-9 recruits play a pivotal role in the Indian Army. However, as per army rules, despite their incredible performance, they are discharged from their services the moment they turn nine,” said Col Ajay Ahlawat.

However, all this and the fact that retired army dogs can be adopted was not known to the common man, till a Facebook user recently made this information public. “Anita Deshpande, in her Facebook post encouraged the common man to adopt retired Army dogs. Within minutes of her sharing the details, the post went viral. It was shared over 3000 times,” said Col Ahlawat. In her Facebook post she wrote, that not many of us are aware of the fact that once an army dog turns eight or nine, he or she is retired from the army after getting all the honours. “Post-retirement, they are shifted to the RVC centre in Meerut, which is an old age home for the canines, where they spent their remaining life. Despite being old most of these dogs are fit and active. Often they are adopted by individuals and kept as guard dogs. Many of dogs are even supposed to have won medals for their achievements,” informed Col Ahlawat.

 Founder of PET FED, Akshay Gupta, who organizes India’s biggest pet carnival, where these army dogs can be adopted, however, maintained that these army dogs, can’t be legally adopted by civilians and even if does happens then it gets done after maintaining the army protocol and not through agencies.

“We need to congratulate the army and defence ministry for coming up with this unique concept, where these dogs, who have served the nation is not euthanized but given up for adoption,” said Col Ahlawat.

However, remember, adopting a retired arm dog is not that easy. “You need to keep a lot of thing in mind. For you will be screened jointly by Indian Army Remount and its Veterinary Corp, which will put things into place for the adoption of these retired army dogs.

 So, if you are planning to adopt a dog, then you can definitely try your luck at these two old age home for the retired army dogs. Not only will you be bringing home a really honest pet dog, but also a guard to take care of your home and family in your absence.

Women and Solar Energy in India | Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo

Colonel Ajay Ahlawat
Women and Solar Energy in India | Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo-
India’s growth engine might be chugging on but rural India, considered as the heart of the country, is still lagging behind. The absence of electricity, drinking water and lack of sanitation, makes life difficult for rural India.
“Even today, about 300 million people live in rural belts of India and are consumers of traditional forms of energies like kerosene, firewood etc, which exposes them diseases and also aggravates the ecological problems,” says Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat
Col Ahlawat further added, “Harnessing of solar power, a clean energy source can definitely trigger the growth of rural India. The cost of setting up solar plants is down, thereby making it a very suitable alternative form of energy for the ordinary rural household.”
Even today rural India is plagued with the irregular supply of electricity, which definitely hampers the work. Solar electricity can definitely help in a big way, especially in rural India. Installing an off-grid system to cater to the rural need is definitely less expensive than having a conventional power grid system installed.
“The present trend in India is to reduce power generation from fossil fuel and is working on solar energy generation as its primary focus. Things seem to be working India’s favour, as we have just doubled our solar capacity,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
What more, the Indian government has set a target of making every Indian household get electricity, under the Saubhagya Scheme, by the year 2019. “To meet this target, the Indian government is definitely encouraging the use of solar power by making its deployment easier. Solar power plants are being set up in villages, thereby creating a direct impact on rural India,” pointed out Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Citing the example of G.R.I.D. Pvt. Ltd., which used the micro-grid system to help household and small business get access to cheap electricity and clean water, Col Ahlawat said, “It’s interesting to see how women are coming forward in rural India to play a pivotal role in its development. You see, it’s always the women and children who have to suffer the most. Thus solar energy interventions are particularly keen on creating women entrepreneurs to usher in a solar energy revolution. This is being done, as it’s the solar electricity impacts the life of a woman directly,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Creating jobs for women
Sources indicate that to realize India’s ambitious project of generating 175 GW of solar energy by 2022 will lead to a job creation of 3,30,000, which will definitely lead to creating entrepreneurial opportunities for women.
But what will make women from rural communities take up these jobs being created in Rural Energy department?  “If some tweaks are made to the existing system, then the RE sector can definitely impact rural poverty. Decentralised off-grid energy sector can provide scope for employment of local women. According to a study, India can provide quality employment opportunity to women, especially if local women are trained to participate in the green energy revolution that is being ushered in the country,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
How women are leading Solar Revolution
Women are being made the pioneers of solar energy by tapping the Self-Help, which promotes women entrepreneurs. “It’s these women entrepreneurs who support rural communities to adopt clean energy services and products and promote practices that can mitigate climate change,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
The fact that women can be engaged as entrepreneurs to provide India with a sustainable solution is making people approach women entrepreneurs.
ABC of Solar Power
Rural India lacks proper infrastructure. Frequent power cuts make it difficult for students to study. Solar energy can definitely provide adequate power to help the rural education system run in a systemized way and of course, also help in improving the living standard of rural India.
“Teachers of rural India can be trained to be skilled teachers, in solar computer labs. Also, it will open up avenues of self-learning through digital content for students. Lack of electricity made it impossible for the students to use computer labs,” pointed out Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
The use of solar energy can, therefore, play a huge role in reducing the electricity bills and also improve or better the learning opportunities available in schools of rural India.
The Bottomline
Increase in access to energy is crucial for development in rural parts of India. However, to have a holistic approach towards development of the community, it is essential that the energy access should not be limited to electrification and should be focused towards enabling the community through its use. In these areas, the small but steady supply of electricity can bring about a big social change, right from removing poverty, skill training, enhancing digital connect, creating women entrepreneurs and of course increasing the family income. This can definitely improve the rural household gain access to clean drinking water, quality education and of course open their windows to the digital revolution that we are witnessing.