November 18, 2014

Home of Art – Pop Up Art Gallery in Amsterdam

Opening soon in Amsterdam;

Home of Art  LOGO by 56spaces

Home of Art
LOGO by 56spaces

Home of Art Pop Up Front by DLCS

Home of Art Pop Up Front

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October 28, 2014

Mentoring the young minds for a greener future!

Mumbai smiles

Mumbai smiles

Anchoring the young minds is as important as educating them. In this era of technology and information, children are often faced with the stress of not knowing what to accept and what to reject.

Integrating this in the Future Smiles project of Mumbai Smiles, a scholarship distribution project, recently launched a one on one mentoring program by the name of Green Batti, a program that will pair 150 trained professional mentors to 150 underprivileged mentees through a collaboration between Mumbai Smiles and Thincquisitive Foundation. The objective behind this program being to bring together mentors and mentees from various backgrounds that will develop and nurture a relationship that provides the mentees with an exposure and experience beyond their immediate means as well as the mentors with an opportunity to learn and gain insight from the program as a whole.

The impact areas of the project will be health, life skills, social skills, and will also focus on developing social perspectives. The mentors will generally be working professionals in the age group of 21-29 years and will mentor children from under resourced communities in the age group of 10-12 years.

With a specialized process that will involve selecting the mentor and the mentee, the program will be more fruitful, effective and productive.

A total of 24 meetings have been scheduled for a period of 4 months for one on one interaction and group meetings. These sessions will include confidence building activities, special workshops, movie screenings and many more valuable activities!

It is through such initiatives that Mumbai Smiles hopes to provide the right guidance to the people from the underprivileged backgrounds and ensures their holistic development.


Pre-session meetings with the beneficiaries and their parents

Pre-session meetings with the beneficiaries and their parents 

Co-founder of Thincquisitive Foundation interacting with the beneficiaries

Co-founder of Thincquisitive Foundation interacting with the beneficiaries

September 30, 2014

Amsterdam museums map

How to squeeze in as many Amsterdam-museums as possible in your Amsterdam trip?

Plan your route!

Check out this supercool map made by

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September 30, 2014

DLCS news!

DLCS will anounce some exciting news soon and it involves this beautiful garden in Amsterdam! 

Hidden garden in Amsterdam by DLCS

Hidden garden in Amsterdam by DLCS

September 24, 2014

Mumbai Smiles: Kaleidoscope 2014 Rally – Hey, Womania!

Hey Womania!

This season, Mumbai Smiles took a step ahead and collaborated with Mumbai’s most ‘iconic’ college festival: Kaleidoscope, organized by one of the leading colleges of the city- Sophia’s College for Women, the annual cultural fest that ran from the September 9 to 14, 2014.


Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014 Rally -DLCS

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014 Rally -DLCS


The theme of Kaleidoscope 2014, Be Iconic, is guaranteed to not just showcase the crème de la crème of all fields that ever were – be it music, fine arts or sports, but also to leave one inspired to take actions worthy of joining ranks with the ones in the hallowed halls of fame. In its 29th year, the festival was larger than ever: with new events, more participants and the ever-enthusiastic workforce. One of the biggest and most awaited college festivals of Mumbai city, Kaleidoscope was a riot of colours and patterns, a synthesis of art and movement, and quite simply, a visual treat.


Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014  -DLCS

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014 -DLCS


With just so much happening around, Mumbai Smiles just had to be a part of this eventful college fest. It’s collaboration all started by going out to the streets on the 27th of August, where a rally was conducted to spread awareness of the Project SEED of the organization and also gain visibility of the work carried out by the organization. More than 200 students of the college along with few beneficiaries of the SEED Project came forward to participate and join hands in this rally, a rally that highlighted the importance of guaranteeing the rights of the women in the society through slogans, chants, posters and eventually a flash mob that only added to the visibility of the Mumbai Smiles among by-standers.


Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014  -DLCS

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014 -DLCS


To those of you who are wondering what exactly is Project SEED? It is one of the projects of Mumbai Smiles that seeks to empower women from slum communities with skills that will make them employable and enable them to join the workforce in order to earn a livelihood. Under this program, groups of women receive basic training in a variety of skills such as beautician skills, crafts, retail management marketing, tailoring, and many more. The programs ultimately help in making these women independent, gain confidence and become an agent of social change in the society. Among the other activities of this eventful collaboration was an initiative taken by young students to come forward and organize a handicraft activity for the women beneficiaries of the SEED Project. In this activity they learnt to make souvenirs that could be sold during the college fest, the proceeds of which would benefit the women who made it.


Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014  -DLCS

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014 -DLCS


Moreover, at the festival itself, Mumbai Smiles had the opportunity to set up their own stall to spread awareness about their work and initiatives. Products made by SEED women such as candles, flowers, bags, bookmarks were among some items that were exhibited at the stall. Such a presence in this fest opened up a way to motivate the young students to come forward and engage with the NGO and lastly, create a market for the SEED products.


Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014  -DLCS

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014 -DLCS


Mumbai Smiles’ association with Sophia College has truly been unforgettable in many ways. It opened up a way to motivate young students of the college to come forward and engage with the NGO, created a market for the products of SEED and lastly opened doors to looking into other ways of collaboration between the college and the organization. Now that is what you call a huge success!


Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014  -DLCS

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014 -DLCS


There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women” – Kofi Annan


There are many more pictures of the event! Check them out on Facebook (click) 

September 22, 2014

Fall on it’s way

Dark when I leave the house,

Soon also dark when I come home.



Also pumpkins, stews and hearty soups, chestnuts, stamppot, mushrooms,

mulled wine, Sinterklaas, candlelight and Christmas.

Then the bubbles and fireworks mean I’m a year wiser again.


Which reminds me… a bath and a fireplace, who can borrow me those?

I’ll cook for you in exchange.


DLCS fall

DLCS fall


Which food gives you that autumn-wintery warm feeling?


August 8, 2014

Sense Balkan and Circus Hoppa in De Tolhuistuin

In 2012 I wrote about De Tolhuistuin (click).  Now I’m organising a party there!

DLCS will combine Amsterdam, Artists & arts, Food en Leisure in Amsterdam Nature! :)


Sense Music- Sense Balkan with Circus Hoppa

Sense Music- Sense Balkan with Circus Hoppa


Sense Balkan. Brought to you by DLCS  and Outdoor Cinema . Kick off with watching the movie Gadjo Dilo, have a bite, experience a live concert of The Old Bridge Duo and then…

Circus Hoppa’s DJim Bolia will make you dance to Balkan and Gipsy music during a Silent Disco in Amsterdam’s most magical garden…

You will be enticed by a Cirquesque hoola hoop striptease dance act by  Malice Senga! Check her out: and forget it’s Wednesday! Let’s celebrate we had such a hot summer in Amsterdam, Let’s share the energy and BE the circus!

‘Festum se ipsum alet!’

- ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ♭ ♮ ♯ – ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ♭ ♮ ♯ – ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ♭ ♮ ♯

Circus Hoppa is a musical Circus with DJ’s, musicians and artists of all kinds! Cirquesque is the magic word!

“Our goal is to bring people together in every form. To bring musicians and music lovers, theater and theatre lovers, dance and dance lovers, circus and circus lover, art and art lovers, artists, and artist lovers together on our caravanserai journey all over the world.”

The circus is a fluid body of everlasting change and destined to spread fun and enjoyment around whether you like it or not.

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Circus Hoppa is specialised in energetic and danceable Balkan Beats, Klezmer and Swing music that makes you want to party!



You can look forward to interviews with the men who made this circus possible: Ramses Hoppa and DJimbolia AND the hottest circus chick ever: Amelie Poelier.

More info about Circus Hoppa:

Updates about the event:

August 1, 2014

Pink in Amsterdam








Ready for Gay Pride Amsterdam, with my self made Indonesian salad made with grandmom’s recipe. Curious what’s in it? Recipe soon!

July 10, 2014

Cooking his way through victory

A parent’s greatest wish is to see his/her child grow up to be a successful person. These little bases of happiness remain unchanged even if parents are unable to support their children. Unimaginable is the plight of those who are compelled to stay away from their families on account of fiscal difficulties. Such is the story of Vijay Singh, a beneficiary of our Future Smiles Project, an education project, who was abandoned very early in his life, yet, who fought against all odds and became successful.

The second son of Seturam Singh, Vijay spent only the first few years of his life at his parents’ house. Bowing down to the dismal socio-economic conditions of their household, Vijay’s parents had to send Vijay away to live at an orphanage as they couldn’t afford the expenses of raising two children. Consequently, Vijay lived at the “Karuna” orphanage for 7 years. The orphanage supported his education during these 7 years. From the very beginning, Vijay was passionate about food and cooking and he wanted to make a career in this field. He, therefore, decided to pursue a diploma in hotel management. But, the orphanage couldn’t support his education any further, as his course of choice cost Rs. 48000. Vijay was under a huge dilemma, as he did not want to bother his financially burdened parents, and at the same time, he needed a professional degree to have a successful career and make his parents proud.

His quest brought him to Mumbai Smiles and this was a turning point in his life. We saw Vijay’s immense determination and perseverance, and realized that his ardour would surely lead him to success in his chosen field. Mumbai Smiles, thus, decided to fund his education. This support not only enabled him to pursue his education, but also allowed him to return to his parents’ house, as they no longer had to bear any monetary burden.


Vijay among other students who recieved financial support for their education

Vijay among other students who recieved financial support for their education



Today, Vijay holds a diploma in Hotel Management. His parents are grateful to Mumbai Smiles, not only for ensuring that their son received a complete education, but also for reuniting their little family and helping to bring home their son, whom they had to unwillingly send away few years ago. We are immensely proud of Vijay for battling all odds and emerging successful.

Vijay has truly set an example for others to follow and we wish him all the luck for the future.




July 5, 2014


Thank you dear stick for serving me so well for a week and keeping me safe and helping me with my balance.

20140705-110703-40023251.jpg please be as good to someone else as you were to me.


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