Reviving the economy – Opportunities Unlimited

O MIGHTY ALLAH!
You kept your word to your creatures on 23rd March 2019 (Pakistan Day) at the entrance to the Karachi Press Club. Sura Talaq Ayat no.3
“…And if anyone puts his trust in Allah, for him Allah is sufficient. And he will provide for him from (sources) from whence he hath no expectations.”

And the world saw the Karachi Press Club entrance literally bombarded with processions, musical bands, celebrating the day when the Muslims of the subcontinent first gave their consent to the Idea of Pakistan.
In this emotionally charged environment, a small group of well built workers put up an Exhibition titled “ROZGAR LAMAHDOOD” (opportunities unlimited), little realizing that they were in fact making history themselves!
Within only 5 hours a 8’x21’x8 1/2′ prefabricated structure, weighing about 2 tonnes was assembled into a Chandi Ghar.

God willing, the exhibition is intended to be a spring board for the Revival of Pakistan’s Economy. It is meant to be a training ground for Real Estate developers, entrepreneurs, business men etc. Above all the exhibition is meant to reveal to the world community, the Chandi Technology – an invention of the 21st century, a gift from Karachi to the World!

SAVE THE WORLD with CHANDI TECHNOLOGY

SAVE THE WORLD with CHANDI TECHNOLOGY

Recently, Gul Bahao, in collaboration with the Dept. of Developmental Studies NED University held a one day event “Saving the World with Chandi Technology at Karachi Press Club.” – an exhibition of the organizations research products made from waste material.The exhibition was jointly sponsored by well known philanthropist Sardar Yasin Malik,Hamdard Foundation,and well known t.v artist Sarwat Gillani.A detailed discussion with the CEO of Gul Bahao, Nargis Latif, gave deep insights into its program which is bent upon “Turning Garbage into Gold”.

These days the organization is increasingly talking about a “new technology” i.e prefabricated, modular blocks which will be as “sensational as the mobile phone …We started with the goal of cleaning up Karachi through experimenting and recycling and ended up with commercially viable products, very useful for people”, claims Nargis Latif.

Cynicism aside, credit must be given to the organization for putting up a solid room, a 10×40 feet swimming pool and a temporary wall/screen in just a few hours in the backyard of the KPC. The place wore a festive look with young girls and boys moving around trying to explain to visitors what the exhibition was all about. Patriotic songs were being played on the sound system. The best part of the exhibition was the bright sunshine which made everything glitter. What gave the event a sanctified look were three cut outs of trees along with their branches bearing translations of the Holy Quran in English, Urdu and Sindhi. These were placed at the entrance of the club.

Here it may be mentioned that Karachi, one of the biggest metropolises of the world is also known for the mountains of garbage lying all around. The head of Gul Bahao maintains that by recycling all kinds of plastic waste, her organization has in effect solved a world wide problem of environment pollution.

According to Nargis, shopping bags wrappers and thermopole are the biggest culprits in waste management. These are either burnt leading to high atmospheric temperatures/pollution, allowed to clog the drainage system or pollute water courses. Gul Bahao has spent millions of rupees and spent 24 years conducting experiments to produce useful goods from waste material separated at source. Once these innovations enter the market and are reproduced en masse, environmental pollution will be controlled and the worlds natural environment restored, or so claims the organizational head.

According to Nargis, the Chandi Technology will charge up the business environment, due to its usefulness. Explaining the technology, Nargis said it comprises of modular blocks and panels made from metallic film and thermopole waste. Pointing to the items on display, Nargis said entire rooms, warehouses, water reservoirs can be installed in a matter of just a few hours and removed just as quickly. This aspect she said is especially useful in rented premises or where ever mobile pre-fabricated structures are required. These structures are also inter convertible
For example a classroom can be converted into a ware house or shop or a water reservoir or even a bed and vice versa. What is more, the roof of a structure can be converted into furniture, partitions,walls etc.

Pointing to what looked like a partition wall, Gul Bahao’s spokesman Mohammad Hannan, said, “This is the latest addition to our stock of innovations. This is my own personal invention-what we refer to as thermopole panel. Now we are looking into making light weight structures”, he said
Talking about the advantages of this modern day technology, Nargis mentioned its durability and longevity due to its plastic nature and insulation. Cool in summer,warm in winter (this quality of the Chandi Ghar especially appealed to the visitors), strong against the elements, huge block size hence plenty of space for inbuilt cupboards, extend able in all four directions due to sheer strength of the columns, custom made etc etc.

According to Arsalaan, the event manager “More than 150 houses have been installed all over Pakistan during the last 15 years or so. One structure was put up 9 years ago, another 5 years ago, still another 3 years ago which have passed the test of time. Our work is being acclaimed on websites all over the world”.

When asked “If this technology is so good, why has it not become common”, pat came the answer “People are hide bound. They refuse to accept new ideas. When the tried and tested CNG was first introduced in Pakistan, no one was bothered for years. People used to say it would destroy the engines (of the vehicles). I dont need to tell you how successful it is now”. To the question what are the future prospects and programs of the organization, the CEO of Gul Bahao replied, “The ball is in the court of our businessmen and entrepreneurs. Our work was to experiment and innovate. We have done our bit”.

Chandi Technology set to change the world

Chandi Ghar Letter head

It could be called a mini exhibition in a mega event. The showcasing of the Chandi Technology at the science exhibition held at the Dawood Public School. The venue was just the right one to display a new invention!. There were life size murals describing the lives and works of well known inventors. The mobile message from Gul Bahao, the parent organization of Chandi Technology ran “Chandi Technology – Karachi’s Gift to the world!, all set to change the world”. Truly the Chandi technology has caught the imagination of people living in different parts of the world. New York, Holland, Delhi, South Korea, Italy, France, parts of the Middle East etc, thanks to CNN, Voice of America, Al Jazeera etc. Pakistans social media is also chatting about this innovation.

As one entered the school premises, one had to go through a make believe tunnel. Immediately after in the brilliant sunshine, amidst picturesque surroundings stood the Chandi Ghar with a water reservoir right in front. The Chandi Ghar as the name suggests was doing full justice to its name. Its sheer beauty was attracting thousands of people on a daily basis. The school records showed that in the last 3 days more than 50,000 (fifty thousand) youngsters attended the exhibition. This excluded the parents and teachers who attended it.

Many of the visitors who came to the Chandi Ghar came with the preconceived notion that the Chandi Ghar being an offshoot of the Gul Bahao waste managment program must be made up of garbage. People young and old kept congratulating the CEO of Gul Bahao trying ways of recycling the city’s garbage. On the other hand, the staff of Gul Bahao was at great pains to explain to the people that in fact a new technology, first time in the world has come up during the last 12 years or so. They kept insisting that the raw material used in the Chandi Technolgy is so clean that it can be used in places of worship. That it is metalized film which though they are factory leftovers is sterile material which can be called virgin material.

Gul Bahao’s spokesman Mohammad Hannan explained to the groups of visitors that kept coming in that the longevity of the Chandi Ghar can be gauged from the fact some of the structures put up in various parts of Pakistan are there since the last several years. One such Chandi Ghar at Ibrahim Haideri has been there since the last 10 years, according to him. What is more, these structures have proved themselves against heavy storms in several places.

Pointing to the photographic mounts displayed on the tables (even these were made up of the Chandi Technology) Mohammad Hannan claimed that 150 structures using this technology have been put up all over Pakistan. These include a marriage hall, lecture hall, single rooms, ware house, water reservoir, rest house etc.

Here it may be added that only a short while ago, during the 3 weeks leading upto the Eidul Azha , a Chandi Hall was put up for exhibition at the Cattle Mandi on Superhighway. Throughout that time the Chandi Hall exuded a gold like effect during the night, while its silver effect shimmered in the day time, captivating the imagination of thousands of people thronging the streets of the Mandi.

KARACHI MAKES HISTORY!

 

 

Gul Bahao's Chandi Ghar at the Karachi Press Club Gul Bahao's Chandi Ghar at the Karachi Press Club
Gul Bahao's Furniture Innovation at the Karachi Press Club Gul Bahao's Furniture Innovation at the Karachi Press Club

 

KARACHI MAKES HISTORY!

The 29th and 30th NOVEMBER are invariably among the best days of Karachi-balmy,(nights can be quite chilly though) cloudless weather,ideal for any outdoor exhibition.In this case “Karachi’s gift to the World” a Mega Event jointly put up by Gul Bahao and the Commissioner-ate Karachi at the Karachi Press Club. The “Gift” in this case was the Chandi technology, the latest addition to the world of innovation. Gul Bahao has been presenting its Chandi Technology in different parts of the Country so what was new about this exhibition?. Given the fact that the world is being increasingly filled with all kinds of breathtaking ,exotic, innovations does the Chandi Technology stand a chance?The Chandi Technology has seldom failed to impress the onlookers by its captivating looks but this time the onus of assessing it and publicising it lay squarely on the journalists associated with the Karachi Press Club.The people of Karachi were on the streets campaigning for who would rule them for the next several years. In this scenario Gul Bahao a small NGO was vying for attention for what it claims is a major breakthrough!

The venue was the parking lot of the Karachi Press club which was filled with cars and motorcycles which would only be cleared after midnight to allow the exhibition to be put up. Journalists (although few in number) who had been keeping track of Gul Bahao’s performance for the last several years helped to raise the morale of the workers and the organizers throughout the two days. Some even went to the extent of criticizing fellow journalists and the general public for not paying due attention to this “great venture”. Nargis Latif the organizer of the event related the kindness of a certain journalist working for a well known T.V channel. At the unearthly hour of 3 in the morning when Gul Bahaos workers were shifting 100 kgs weighing columns this journalist offered his services for any kind of help. The workers were longing for a cup of hot tea in the chilly night. Despite the fact that shops were closed at that time the journalist managed to get piping hot tea for the workers.

The exhibition was to start at 10 a.m Sunday morning.A number of stalls sponsored by ABAD, WWF and a few others had to be put up.A hall 15ft x 23ft as well as a water reservoir 15ft x 35ft, a room 10ft x 12ft while the number of workers was only 6! It is true that sets for film shooting are put up in just a matter of minutes.But these exhibits were meant to be real live ones,not make believe! By ten o’clock the exhibition was not ready. Luckily, it was Sunday and Karachites were used to getting up late in the day so that,by the time people started trickling in, the exhibition was on.

The staff of the Commissioner-ate Karachi,the co host of the program had worked hard to bring the people of Karachi to the Press Club.Newspapers and T.V tickers kept exhorting people to come and see”how useful things were being made from garbage. Clearly many who came to the event were those who were motivated about the cause of the environment. One of the visitors was the headmistress of a government school who said she simply had to meet the people “who are struggling for a clean environment.”

The Commissioner Karachi Mr.Shoaib Siddiqui and the Chairman ABAD Mr.Hanif Gohar came in person to lend their support for the cause. A number of TV channels and reporters were interviewing the organizers. Speaking to the media Nargis Latif the CEO of Gul Bahao said that the Gul Bahao movement had clearly entered a new phase that of “innovation,bringing in a whole new technology which will change the world in the same way that the mobile phone has changed the world.” Dilating on the success of the “Chandi Technology”, Nargis Latif revealed that she had never in her “wildest dreams” imagined that her inter convertible modular blocks would cater to so many human needs, from houses to water reservoir to furniture and you name it.

It was past sunset, the closing time for the exhibition. Even the organizers had left except for two workers who were resting in the carpeted room on the comfortable bed that was part of the Chandi Technology. All at once the spot light of the Karachi Press Club was turned on. One could only gasp at the enchanting beauty of the scene. Any journalist belonging to the club who had seen the parking lot cluttered with all kinds of vehicles would have surely wondered at its transformation.It was as though a fairy had waved her wand and hey presto everything had changed!. If any worker of Gul Bahao were to be asked for an explanation of the phenomenon he would have surely replied. “This is the working of the almighty. It is an answer to our prayers.”