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78-year-old woman’s handmade ethnic dolls rubs shoulders with Barbie



The Kalashree Foundation is distributing one-of-a-kind, handcrafted dolls that represent India’s ethnic variety. According to Harin Bhatt, the Founder of Kalashree Foundation, Barbie dolls are a machine-made commodity and are an embodiment of a different culture.

Harin Bhatt and his mother Ranjanben Bhatt started making dolls as a hobby. Today, they make up to 500 dolls a month, with a team of 20 skilled women working under them.

The Birth of Indian Dolls

Ranjanben Bhatt discovered the dynamic art of crafting dolls in 1960,  when Arunaben Desai began expanding her Vikas Vidyalaya organisation, which aimed to empower women in the community through education and skill development. Harin’s mother learnt tailoring, doll-making and hand embroidery at Arunaben’s academy and began making figures.

His father’s occupation caused the family to move across various cities like Dhoraji, Rajkot, and Upleta for the next 35 years. Everywhere they went, his mother would share the skills she had learnt among other eager women.

“In 1979, we were stationed in Gandhinagar. Here she started her own sewing classes, and ended up training close to 8,000 women all alone. This has been her biggest achievement as an individual,” he said.

When Ranjanben’s dolls ended up on display outside a New Jersey town hall in 1990, Harin instantly realised that the Gujarati community over there loved her work. “That’s when I decided to turn my mother’s pastime into a full-fledged business,” says her son Harin. In her sewing classes, she taught about 8,000 women by herself.

The Kalashree Foundation was finally established in 1995. After studying the art of doll-making, learning how to do it from his mother, and understanding the complexities of turning it into a lucrative business.

The Ethnic Dolls

Painting, sculpting, tailoring, jewellery work, and costume design are among the 14 steps involved in the creation of each doll. Except for the stitching procedure, no machine is used. The dolls are constructed of cotton and take up to 18 hours to make.

The team has made a total of 100000 dolls so far. They’ve created 18 different doll-making patterns, with over 300 different models based on India’s unique culture. Every woman who works for the foundation has the same schedule.

Currently, the Kalashree Foundation has 4,500 consumers in 18 countries. ISKCON Touch Stone Foundation and different airports in Chennai and Bengaluru are among the clients. Each doll uniquely expresses itself, allowing each consumer to select the doll that most resonates with them.

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Facebook to rebrand the company ‘Metaverse’




Facebook is the world’s largest, and arguably most influential, social media platform, with more than 2.8 billion monthly active users and a net worth as of now of $1 trillion.

It’s safe to say that the majority of our lives rely on Facebook. Recently, Facebook, the parent company of Instagram and WhatsApp, hit the headlines when it went dark for six hours, causing havoc all over the world.

According to a report by The Verge, Facebook is planning to rebrand the company with a new name to focus on building the metaverse. Metaverse, as the term suggests, is a virtual-reality space in which users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users.

According to the report, CEO Mark Zuckerberg will reveal the company’s new name on October 28 at the annual Connect conference, but it could be announced sooner.

Facebook, which aspires to be renowned for more than just social networking, revealed on Sunday that it will hire 10,000 people in Europe over the next five years to help construct the metaverse, which the corporation regards as critical to its long-term success.

In July, Zuckerberg said that Facebook’s future lies in the virtual metaverse, in which users will live, work and play inside.

Facebook already has more than 10,000 employees who build consumer hardware like AR glasses that Zuckerberg believes will be as ubiquitous as smartphones.

The company wants to be known as much more than a “social media” company, and is promising to change the way humanity interacts.

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One to lookout for: Rakesh Jhunjhunwala invests in a furniture startup!




Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, often referred to as India’s own Warren Buffett, is an ace investor with a track record of successful investing. Many treat him as a bellwether, and look to him for guidance and inspiration when it comes to navigating the vagaries of the investing landscape. And so, it would be of interest to investors to know that India’s Big Bull has out his money where his mouth is and invested in a furniture-based startup, Arrivae.

What is Aarivae?

Founded in 2017, Arrivae is a customized full home interior solution provider that enables customers to get the house customers want. From designing the finest homes by some of the finest architects and interior designers to material supplied by some of the most credible vendors. It specializes in providing practical solutions for various situations. Arrivae works in four simple steps; meeting the designer, designs made for customers, intelligent manufacturing and lastly concierge services.

Arrivae raised Rs 50 crore in its first round of external funding, backed by ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala. Enam family, Siddharth Yog (Founder, Xander Group), Anand Jain (Chairman, Jai Corp), Harsh Jain (Founder, Dream 11), and Ramesh S. Damani (Chairman, DMart) all participated in the fundraising round.

“At Arrivae, we’re still in the early phases of our plan to build India’s most comprehensive home renovation ecosystem. Partnerships are important to us at Arrivae because they help us build brand confidence in the ecosystem, especially among customers.” said founder Yash Kela.

Kela rounded things off by saying, “All the veterans who have participated in this round will enable more faith in the Arrivae brand.”

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The right pricing will be crucial for the launch of Zydus Cadila’s vaccine.




The destiny of Zydus Cadila’s Covid vaccine is in doubt, as the vaccine’s price appears to be delaying its introduction into the vaccination program. The business has received emergency use authorization from the FDA to inject its Covid vaccine, ZyCoV-D, to children aged 12 to 18.

Zydus Cadila, located in Ahmedabad, has imported the pharmaJet, a needle-free applicator for painless intradermal vaccine delivery. 

Each jet is responsible for delivering a specific amount of vaccination. 

As a result, a single dose is split into two shots, one for each arm. “It’s an expensive device and hence jacks up the overall price,” a government official said.

Around 20,000 dosages can be administered with the jet injector.

The government has been purchasing Covaxin at 225 per dosage and Covishield, another Covid vaccine developed in India, at 215 per dose.

The price of the Zydus Cadila vaccine, according to Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, will be significantly more than that of existing vaccines.

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