Newsletter February 2017


The Oxfam Trailwalking came into our lives from an advertisement in the daily newspaper which caught our eyes. It was the thrill of the challenge of walking 100kms in 48hrs and the cause for the “Girl Child Education” which got us interested. As middle aged men after having travelled the world over we sniffed an adventure and we were game to prove that our hearts were larger than our waist lines. This was our second attempt at traversing those Sahyadri mountain Trails, having completed it in 37 hrs 42 minutes the first time. Since the time we had decided to do the Trail walk many months ago a lot had been done in terms of preparing for the Walk.As the days got closer our life became more hectic, with both the training as well as planning the logistics. But just 4 days before our Oxfam 100 kms Trailwalk, we received a jolt when our Team member, Vaishak Chavan, an ex Trailwalker himself was down with a bout of Flu. It was a difficult decision for him to bow out. Suddenly we were looking for a member. We found one in Rajeev Sarang from our AESM India Tech Office. Rajeev is an avid Marathoner and also a Triathlete. He fitted in like a glove in the Team.

On 8th Dec we checked into a nearby resort at the scenic Tamini Village. At 0440 am sharp the next day, we left for the Start Point at Garudamachi ( 200 kms south of Mumbai in the scenic hills around the Mulshi Lake).The walk was Flagged off by actor/sportsman/fitness guru, Rahul Bose at 6 am sharp.The first leg was a grueling 10.5 kms, 70 degree average incline climb of over 110 mtrs. Our AESM support Team of Litchensa Fernandes, Kirti Yerurkar, Ajay Nadar along with our 2 Drivers were the back bone of our adventure. They worked tirelessly right through the day and night. We slept only at 11 PM to wake up again at 3 am on 10th and continue our trail. Finally at 0728 PM on the 10th after 37 hrs and 28 mins we reached our end point at Cloud Nine resort at Amby Valley. Our support team danced along with us to the beat of the Bhangra Drummers. It was one momentous occasion in our lives. Best 37 hours of our life and all for that little Girl Child.

We thank our supporters, well wishers, donors and above all our senior management, both in Hong Kong as well as Mumbai for their support and encouragement.

Ranjit Narayanan | Capt. Deepak Correa | Rajeev Sarang &
Capt. Sudipto Dasgupta



The weather was rough, the winds were roaring, the swell was high but not as high as the spirits of the crew onboard. Despite the tough conditions and heavy rolling and pitching in the North Sea, it was decided to celebrate the Christmas and give a warm welcome to the New Year 2017. The 60 knots wind, the 6 meter swell was not strong enough to weaken the sailors and seeing the high morale of the crew, the nature gave its blessing and mellowed the sea and the celebration was smooth. As soon as the celebration was over, the sea woke up as a lioness wakes up after sleep – ‘roaring and ferocious’, but by then, the crew were happy and highly motivated to face it further with more courage.

The nature doesn’t fear anyone and instead sets a fear in everyone. No one can challenge the nature – “Wind, Water and Fire”, the components of a human body but still the man bows down to them. Man cannot control them nor can manipulate them, but only, can accept them as a part of life.

The life of a seafarer is always surrounded by these three components creating a fear and thus keeping him on his toes at all times so that he gives his best performance to be back home safe to his family.
I conclude by quoting an important quote from a real life story of sailors in the 18th century, Reference from the movie – ‘In the Heart of the Sea’.

Capt. Bikram Pal Singh (Master)



Most of us sailing on Tankers , especially the larger vessels are well aware of the fact that shore leave and other recreational activities are at a premium and are rare.
Keeping in mind sports as a means of maintaing physical health, long contracts and the passionate love Filipinos have for basketball, a small initiative like this of custom made jerseys does go a long way in boosting moral onboard, team building and keeping oneself fit.

We the team of Trysil Spirit, may not be the best team on land, but we certainly are the best team at sea.
Capt. Roger Charles Baptist


Sailing on container vessels since plenty years, never had an opportunity to have socializing as per our plans/wishes. Only we used to think and plan about ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES AND MANOEUVRINGS. Always there were having sufficient ports to spend our weeks and months in the same routines. Fortunately we had an opportunity which made us glad and more enthusiastic to have our socializing in a pleasure way. Vessel had a longest voyage of our dreams of 35 days from Caribbean islands to Far East.

We all agreed to have TT tournaments during this special voyage without any hiccups and wasting further time. Tournaments drafting/planning has been done within no time and it has started on schedule.
People were enjoying having fun with great sport spirit. And it was pleasure to have these kind of competition on board to get socialize our self in the era of electronic gazette age. C/E- Suresh A.Wadate had won Singles Table tennis Championship and 3/O- Avinash kumar and ETSM Manish Ravindra Bhoir won the doubles. Trophy were awarded by Master. For Equator crossing ceremony : C/E Suresh Wadate had played the role for King Neptune.The participants were :
Ecdt: Devinder singh
AB: Souvick ghosh
Raft: Kamlesh yadav

Capt. Premnath Vinaik (Master)















What Is Demonetization?

When a currency note of a particular denomination ceases to be a legal tender it is termed as demonetization.
But since our government is replacing the old Rs 500 notes with newer ones and doing away with the Rs 1,000 notes, it would be more appropriate to call the move as `scrapping’ or `phasing out’ of certain currency notes.

What Has The Government Done?

Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s decision to scrap high value notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 has created a shortage of cash in the system, leading to a lot of discomfort for the general public and businesses. Also, since there is a shortage of newly printed Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes, the situation has worsened. The move has also led to a shortage of lower denomination notes such as Rs 100 and Rs 50 that are still legal tender, as people have taken to conserving whatever cash they have in hand.

How Will It Impact The Economy?

Since our economy is heavily dependent on cash, as only less than half the population uses banking system for monetary transactions, demonetization has hit trade and consumption hard. With people scrambling for cash to pay for goods and services, the move is likely to take a big toll on the country’s growth and output during the current fiscal. Consumption makes up for around 56% of India’s GDP, hence, a drop in spending will pull down growth. The current step could also lead to behavioral changes in households’ savings and their consumption pattern, say economists.

Benefits Of Demonetization

Help reduce corruption & black money menace that would improve business sentiment and ease of doing business.
Help broaden tax compliance sustainably & increase tax collection kitty that may lead to lowering tax rates. While along with GST, it would further help improve the TAX to GDP ratio.
Help to have better control over money laundering and counterfeit currency problem to help lower inflation.
Help to counter menace of financing of terrorism.
Help limit future black money creation and give boost to overall business confidence.
Help achieve higher financial inclusion.
Help to get unaccounted black money to the government kitty
that can be channelized to reduce fiscal deficit or for any development projects.

What Should Investors Do?

This is a structural reform that would see its positive impact on the Indian economy in the longer-run. Thus invest in equity funds with minimum 5-7 years investment horizon.
Invest in equity funds.
Markets may see certain short-term correction due to demonetization of Rs.500 & Rs.1000 note thus invest in a staggered manner.
Do not try to time the market, invest regularly by doing SIPs to create long term wealth.
Don’t keep money idle in savings bank account for your short-term liquidity needs, rather invest in liquid schemes and earn potentially better returns.

Sangeeta Singh
Managing Partner
Midas Touch Financial Services
+91 9833929047 /+91 9833778355


I am Jennifer Mendonca wife of Chief Engineer Allan Mendonca at the moment sailing on Federal Bering. Informing you the achievement of my son Keenan who secured DISTINCTIONS in his BACHELOR OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (77 PERCENT) and at the moment undergoing his GME at AEMA Karjat.

Mrs. Jennifer Mendonca



On 11th December, 2016 a group of 6 ladies & 3 kids from our Lucknow office
started the ANAVI activity in Lucknow. Blankets to 100 ladies & distribution
of clothes was provided to the villagers. It took almost a whole day since the
drive to the village (named Jeewal) was almost 2 hrs.

Asheesh Chawla



Rangoli Competition at Fatimashray
We had organised a Rangoli competition for the girls at Fatimashray. The girls
were enthusiastic & their creativity reflected in the rangoli art. 3 teams were
formed & each team won trophies as token of appreciation followed by diwali
celebration with snacks/ sweets.
Diwali decoration & crafts exhibition was held among the little children of
Vidya school.


The girls were given following topics for skit preparation: Each team was
allotted 10mins.
1) Cleanliness is next to Godliness – Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.
2) Importance of Extra- curricular activities in school.
3) Violence against women – Importance of self defense.
4) Value of Education/ Literacy – Rights to ALL.
Their skits won our hearts especially for their unique portrayal of the topics.
Their performances had humour, good characterisation & fluidity in dialogue


The girls were invited to AESMI- Mumbai (FPD) office to bring in Christmas
celebrations. They sang carols for us in their melodious voices & presented
us with beautifully handmade Christmas cards with perfectly articulated warm


VIDYA INAUGURATION On 20th Sep 2016 The Anavi Mumbai chapter inaugurated the Beyond School programme in the slums of Tilaknagar Andheri, Mumbai. Capt. Anil Tejpal from our Hongkong office formally opened the school.








I have sailed with my husband Capt. Tanuj Mathur many times and have fondest memories of the same. After sailing on a few ships, I would like to thank Anglo Eastern, for giving us an opportunity for allowing families to sail.
This year on 24th June 2016, me and my 2year old daughter Anannya, got a chance to sail on Saga Frontier. I had to join alone as my husband was already on the ship. Anannya was super excited to join the ship (till then she had just seen ships in the books!), knowing that she would get to meet her dad whom she was missing so much. When we reached the port, her little eyes were looking for her father, and suddenly she saw him walking down the Gangway, to hug and hold her!!!
Every time, I have sailed, I was the only lady on board. Thankfully, while sailing on Saga Frontier, I was lucky to sail with 2/Eng Wife Avishikta Patra Dutta and with Anannya too, it was completely a different experience!!!
My daughter had a gala time sailing with everyone on the ship. She used to keep herself busy listening to nursery rhymes, building blocks, watching movies like Frozen and Chillar party(watched everyday for 2months with the same interest !!! ), dancing, singing and her favourite passtime was playing with doh. She used to love going on the bridge and interacting with the officers on watch.
Everyday has been a new challenge and a new experience with her! Not to forget, my 1st ever experience of a rough sea with rolling going up to 35degrees, which kept us all awake. Trust me, that’s the only time when you miss the land more than the sea !!! But these gloomy days were forgettable giving them a benefit of coming once in a while.

The parties and the get- togethers keeps all going!!! Enroute Vancouver BC, theme party was organized. The theme of the party was ‘ Head gear.’ The party theme and games were conducted by 3/o Aashish Saxena. Everyone participated and had put their heart and soul to make it successful.
We also celebrated Independence day on the ship and played Housie, Dumb charades, Horse race with dancing and singing throughout. Karaoke was so much fun which actually brought out the hidden talents.
On the whole, it was an amazing experience to sail with the wonderful people with loads of thrill and excitement. As a kid, Anannya will always cherish her 1st experience on the ship and treasure these memories all her life!!!
Thank you once again Anglo Eastern for this wonderful opportunity and hats off to all the sailors for working in such harsh conditions, being away from their families for not just days but months

By Nupur Mathur
(Wife of Capt. Tanuj Mathur)


My daughter, Anannya celebrated her 2nd birthday on August 8th, 2016 onboard Saga Frontier.
Theme of the birthday party was “ Disney Frozen.” Anannya was surprised to see the sparkling and spectacular party decorations as she made her entry to the Mess room. She was all the more super excited to see balloons all around and her Disney Frozen birthday cake. My heartfelt gratitude to all the officers and the crew members for the magnificent birthday party!!! Special thanks to Avishikta Patra Dutta( 2nd Eng. Wife) and Aashish Saxena( 3rd Off.) for the lovely decorations, and the Ch. Cook for the Lovely cake & fabulous food, making my 2year old feel so special and filling her heart with joy and creating wonderful memories of her 2nd birthday!!!

By Nupur Mathur
(Wife of Capt. Tanuj Mathur)



Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. If left untreated, diabetes can cause many complications. Acute complications can include diabetic ketoacidosis, nonketotic hyperosmolar coma, or death. Serious long-term complications include heart disease, stroke, chronic kidney failure, foot ulcers, and damage to the eyes.
Diabetes is due to either the pancreas not producing enough insulin or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced. There are three main types of diabetes mellitus:
· Type 1 DM results from the pancreas’s failure to produce enough insulin. This form was previously referred to as “insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” (IDDM) or “juvenile diabetes”. The cause is unknown.
· Type 2 DM begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly. As the disease progresses a lack of insulin may also develop. This form was previously referred to as “non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” (NIDDM) or “adult-onset diabetes”. The most common cause is excessive body weight and not enough exercise.
· Gestational diabetes is the third main form and occurs when pregnant women without a previous history of diabetes develop high blood-sugar levels.
Prevention and treatment involve maintaining a healthy diet, regular physical exercise, a normal body weight, and avoiding use of tobacco. Control of blood pressure and maintaining proper foot care are important for people with the disease. Type 1 DM must be managed with insulin injections. Type 2 DM may be treated with medications with or without insulin. Insulin and some oral medications can cause low blood sugar. Weight loss surgery in those with obesity is sometimes an effective measure in those with type 2 DM. Gestational diabetes usually resolves after the birth of the baby. As of 2015, an estimated 415 million people had diabetes worldwide, with type 2 DM making up about 90% of the cases. This represents 8.3% of the adult population, with equal rates in both women and men. As of 2014, trends suggested the rate would continue to rise.Diabetes at least doubles a person’s risk of early death. From 2012 to 2015, approximately 1.5 to 5.0 million deaths each year resulted from diabetes. The global economic cost of diabetes in 2014 was estimated to be US$612 billion. In the United States, diabetes cost $245 billion in 2012.
There is no known preventive measure for type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes — which accounts for 85-90% of all cases — can often be prevented or delayed by maintaining a normal body weight, engaging in physical exercise, and consuming a healthful diet.

Higher levels of physical activity (more than 90 minutes per day) reduce the risk of diabetes by 28%. Dietary changes known to be effective in helping to prevent diabetes include maintaining a diet rich in whole grains and fiber, and choosing good fats, such as the polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, vegetable oils, and fish. Limiting sugary beverages and eating less red meat and other sources of saturated fat can also help prevent diabetes. Tobacco smoking is also associated with an increased risk of diabetes and its complications, so smoking cessation can be an important preventive measure as well.
The relationship between type 2 diabetes and the main modifiable risk factors (excess weight, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and tobacco use) is similar in all regions of the world. There is growing evidence that the underlying determinants of diabetes are a reflection of the major forces driving social, economic and cultural change: globalization, urbanization, population aging, and the general health policy environment.
People with diabetes can benefit from education about the disease and treatment, good nutrition to achieve a normal body weight, and exercise, with the goal of keeping both short-term and long-term blood glucose levels within acceptable bounds. In addition, given the associated higher risks of cardiovascular disease, lifestyle modifications are recommended to control blood pressure.
Medications used to treat diabetes do so by lowering blood sugar levels. There are a number of different classes of anti-diabetic medications. Some are available by mouth, such as metformin, while others are only available by injection such as GLP-1 agonists. Type 1 diabetes can only be treated with insulin, typically with a combination of regular and NPH insulin, or synthetic insulin analogs.
A pancreas transplant is occasionally considered for people with type 1 diabetes who have severe complications of their disease, including end stage kidney disease requiring kidney transplantation.
Weight loss surgery in those with obesity and type two diabetes is often an effective measure. Many are able to maintain normal blood sugar levels with little or no medications following surgery and long-term mortality is decreased. There however is some short-term mortality risk of less than 1% from the surgery. The body mass index cutoffs for when surgery is appropriate are not yet clear. It is recommended that this option be considered in those who are unable to get both their weight and blood sugar under control.


Sometimes the first step is the hardest one. Just take it. Have the courage to follow your heart and Intuition. Sharing my experience, which hopefully would inspire my colleagues & Mariners? I just completed the Olympic distance Triathlon on 23rd October 2016 in Hyderabad! That was something I could not believe myself!
As I passed the finish line in 5hours 52minutes, after a demanding distance of 1.5 kilometers of swimming, 40 kms of tough rolling terrain, followed by a strenuous 10 kms of run the feeling of Euphoria swept in. All volunteers gathered around me congratulating and gave a Finisher’s medal.I was so thrilled to complete this distance within 6 hours, and that was well within cut off time of 7 hours. I sat on the ground for 15 minutes, how could I have completed this Triathlon which was unthinkable 3 months back.
Years back in 1991 I had met with a serious accident on road. My entire knee ligaments were broken & I had to undergo a major surgery of ligament transplant. I was in cast plaster for 6 months and was using crutches. After that I did 6 months of physiotherapy, and after recovery, doctor informed me that I should not play rigorous sports including Football. Since then I was very careful of my right knee and never exerted unduly. Though this injury never affected my work on ships, I stopped jogging or any other sport involving leg movement. Over the years, I was regular at the Gymnasium doing weight training.
In year 2008 I first participated in Standard Chartered Dream run of 7 km. I completed the entire distance walking along with crowd & continued to do till 2013. Some of my colleagues used to enroll themselves in Half Marathon. I was eager to participate in half Marathon but was always fearful of damaging my knee further. In year 2013, I read about participants with prosthetic legs taking part in Boston Marathon and also our own Fauja Singh became the first centurion to complete a Marathon in year 2011. If these amazing people could take part in the Marathon event, a thought came to my mind; why I should not give it a try? I decided to participate in a Half Marathon. I decided if running was not possible I would walk the distance of 21 km. I was really not worried about time taken to complete 21 km.
I had 4 months to prepare the event in January 2014. I started training and realized on the first day; I could not jog for 100 meters without getting breathless and nagging pain in the right knee. I started with 1 minutes jog & 5 minutes’ walk, gradually doing 5 minutes jog & 5 minutes’ walk. In 2 month’s time I was able to do a slow jog for 60 minutes. As I was participating in 21 Km run, I had to build my stamina and mileage. So once a week, generally on Sundays I would walk/ jog for about 2.5 hours.
During the week days, I would do 30 minutes session for 3 times a week. After any run, I had to take rest for a day as my knee used to hurt. I follow this rule of next day rest till date. However I did not give up and completed my first half Marathon in year 2014. In the very same year in February I participated in Thane half marathon & completed in comparatively good time of 3 hours 9 minutes. In year 2015 I participated in few 10 Km runs in Mumbai. On 6th January 2016 unfortunately I met with another accident. I was crossing the road, and one biker jumped the signal and came onto me. I was thrown away with unbearable pain in my left shoulder.

We took an X ray followed by MRI scan. There was bad news, my left shoulder Rotator cuff was completely torn and I could not move my arm by an inch. I had to undergo major arthroscopy of the rotator cuff with muscle anchored on bone with the help of screws and sutures. Just before my accident I was so upbeat about improvement in running pace & was intending to participate in events around Mumbai. This was a Major setback. With my Arm in the sling I started walking slowly 3rd day after my surgery. I would walk every day without fail after office hours.
Doctor advised me to remove my arm from the sling in last week of March 2016. I could not move my left shoulder at all, due to weakness in Repaired rotator cuff and secondary stiffness in surrounding muscles. I did my physio session with dedication. In August doctor & Physiotherapist advised me to do swimming if possible, to strengthen the weakened shoulder muscles. I started swimming gradually 2 times a week along with my Physio sessions. I also started my jogging again in June and slowly could jog 60 minutes continuously. I completed couple of 10 k runs during Monsoon. In September, one of my friend, who runs Ultra distances, made me aware of this Hyderabad Triathlon.

I jokingly asked if I could participate in this event with my chronic knee pain and injured shoulder. He inspired me to take part in Sprint Triathlon with shorter distances. I checked on the Hyderabad triathlon and decided to take part In Olympic grade as the distance was challenging. The funniest part was I had not ridden a bike for last 30 years on the road and did not possess a bike either. Once the entry to the event was confirmed it dawned to me, if I would be able ride a bike for 40 kms?
Another challenge was to swim with this rehabilitated shoulder; hence I was not sure how much time it would take to complete. Running has always been my weakness. I did get the feeling that I may not be able to complete this event in 7 hours & will not even get a finisher’s medal. I could not get any information from any one I knew regarding triathlon. I bought a book that gave me idea about triathlon training and events worldwide.
I took help from online training schedules for Olympic triathlon. I tried to follow the structured training program for all three disciplines. This included 2 days of cycling, 3 days of jogging and in the evening I would either go to my Physio for shoulder or swim in the pool. Once a week would be doing brick training, including cycling and running together so that leg muscles get use to transition fromcycling to running.
Initially my better half asked me, if I really had to do this after the injury to my shoulder. I allayed her fear of further damage to shoulder and promised to her that I would not try this if there was undue stress or pain on shoulder and knee. After my dedicated & consistent practice sessions my better half and kids gave me constant encouragement. Coming back to the event itself, it started off pretty late for me as slots were being allotted for the swimming pools & mine was supposed to be at 7.30 am. The cut off time for this event was 7 hours & I was anxious about my energy levels being able to survive the test of time. I had popped a small banana at 5 in the morning. By the time event started it was 8.25 am and I was very hungry but could not really eat anything. I knew it was counterproductive for performance. I managed to complete the 1500 mtrs of swim in about 56 minutes, 8 minutes more on an average than my practice session. I was happy though to complete this within 1 hour.
After my swimming session, I took almost 14 minutes in the transition from Swimming to Cycling. The Professional Triathletes take about 1 minute for this transition. Soon after starting my cycling event I realized that the terrain chosen was rolling and tough. Most of the practice I had done was on flat roads.
After some time into cycling I realized two mistakes I had done. First the bike was rented through the organizers and was a heavy Mountain bike with 7 gears only on the rear wheel. Pedal wheel gears were disconnected. The second mistake was the back pack I was carrying containing some food. I had never practiced cycling with backpack & this seemingly light bag was causing undue stress on my lower back. Couple of ascents was so steep that cycling till the top seemed impossible. I could see some of the cyclist had given up and were walking with cycle by their side even on flat road. I somehow managed to motivate myself, thinking all the hard work I had put in for last 2-3 months would go waste. I managed to complete 40 kms & reach the Gachibowli stadium in 2 hours 49minutes. I dropped the cycle and started on my running. I knew I would have to push myself to complete 10 km run. I started strong from the stadium with crowd cheering up. I completed next 10 km stretch doing walk / run in about 1 hour 49 minutes. Now that I have done this, strongly feel that all of us irrespective of age & varying physical abilities, have the capacity to participate and complete such events.

I share my experience so that I may be able to inspire at least few of my friends to take up running, swimming or cycling.
I am 49 years old now & hope to participate in Full Marathon before my 51st birthday!

General Manager Technical
(Rajeev along with Capt. Deepak Correa
recently completed the Stanchart
Mumbai Half Marathon)