Spreading Laughter- Happy Streets to Make the Citizens Happy

As Pune prepares itself for its next set of Happy Roads from 13th of December’ 2015 after a gap of seven months, it’s time for us to sit back and think what makes these social maneuvers a rage in themselves. Well, for me, these social initiatives to bring people together and spread laughter through activities, are the ones that make us human and lively in every sense. Unfortunately, the present generation understands the concept of society through social media only and the number of likes that we get on Facebook! In this pursuit to be recognized virtually, we somehow forget to interact with people who are sitting just in front or beside us.

The concept of Happy streets is only restricted to Pune but has spread across the most cities of India as an attempt to bring down the levels of pollution and make us what we are: social humans, ones who want to share, indulge in activities, dance and participate together. The other cities to follow the same trend are: Thane, Coimbatore, Ahmadabad, Mumbai and many more.

This time too Happy Streets promises as much fun with plenty of popular fun activities for the entire family, including dance, aerobics & Zumba, functional training, yoga, football and badminton, besides other favourites like cycling and skating, among others. 'Art from waste' and a section on family get-together are the new additions.

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So this Sunday(the 13th of December), we can let go of our usual lazy mornings and head towards Aundh, ITI and DP roads to see the bustling corners of (not traffic) but laughter, sharing, activities and ultimate fun. The ITI and DP roads will be cordoned off around Parihar chowk from 7am to 10am. Though a little inconvenient for motorists, the arrangement promises maximum fun for people on foot as they will not only get to spend quality time with family and friends, but also participate in engaging community games, explore their artistic side with pot painting and even make a style statement with a little help from a tattoo artist.

With a noble idea in mind, the Happy Streets is an attempt to create awareness on the importance of good walking and cycling infrastructure across neighbourhoods in the city.  The larger purpose is to offset the dependence on motorized transport, reduce congestion and pollution, disseminate importance of road safety and to promote healthy and sustainable mobility by combining it with the best of health, fitness and leisure activities. Happy Streets is a citizen-led initiative supported by Pune police, the city's traffic police, Pune Municipal Corporation, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, The Times of India, Maharashtra Times and powered by VJ Developers.

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Come let us celebrate together to what makes us human and to ensure that spirit of society and nature sensitivity in our next generations as well. So why just sit in front of your TV and waste you Sundays. Make the most out of them with Happy Streets Social Sundays!

After all, Happiness is just a street away!

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