MISCELLANEOUS HAPPENINGS

Food meeting was held @ Urbana Irene

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Farming at Covai Ultra - Greens, bottle gourd and green chilli plants in our garden

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Happy Teachers’ Day

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Teachers' Day is a special day to express our gratitude to teachers, and may include celebrations to honour them for their special contributions in a particular field, area, or community in general. The idea of celebrating Teachers' Day took root in many countries during the 19th century. In most cases, they celebrate a local educator or an important milestone in education. In India the birthday of our second President Shri Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is celebrated as Teachers' Day since 1962.





Residents meeting


Covai S3 Retirement Community


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Urbana Irene Retirement Community


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Snacks Time! Samosa with mint chutney & tomato ketchup
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F&B staff protocol meeting

Covai Chinmayam Retirement Community


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Covai @ Tapovan Solace Retirement Community


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Covai Ultra Retirement Community


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Happy Ganesh Chathurthi


Urbana Irene Retirement Community


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Covai@ Tapovan Solace Retirement Community


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Video of Ganesh Chaturthi Puja

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On the occasion of “Ganesh Chaturthi” Idol of Lord Ganesha was installed in the lounge area.

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Pooja and Maha Arati was performed.

Special Lunch was served on Banana leaf

MENU:
Heralekai chithranna
Beans Palya
Channa usli
Karji kai
Modaka
Aloo bonda
Sabbakki payasam
Plain Rice
Sambar
Rasam
Pappad
Butter Milk
Banana

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Visarjana of Lord Ganesha’s idol and Arati were done.



Tying the knot


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Our handsome Sales Manager Mr Selva Anandh tied the knot with very beautiful Ramya on 10 September 2021. Some members of Covai Team attended the wedding at Sivakasi. We wish the couple long and happy married life.





A La Carté @ Urbana Irene Retirement Community




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Soup:
Pumpkin soup with croutons


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Salad:
Mediterranean salad


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Starter :
Veg quesadilla with tomato salsa & sour cream


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Main course:
Pasta with mushrooms Alfredo sauce served with stir fry veg & garlic bread




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Dessert:
Vanilla & Coffee mousse




World Alzheimer’s Day

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It wasn’t until 1901 that Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist, diagnosed the first case in a 50-year-old German lady and the disorder was named after him. In 1984, Alzheimer Disease International was formed, and on their tenth anniversary in 1994 World Alzheimer’s Day was marked on September 21. Memory loss is a significant symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia where memory loss is very significant. It is an irreversible, degenerative brain condition that gradually affects memory and thinking skills, as well as the ability to do even the most basic tasks. With almost 50 million people with dementia globally, in India, with increased life expectancy and an ageing population, over 5.3 million people live with dementia and Alzheimer's. It is expected to rise to 7.6 million by 2030 according to researchers. We must all work together, collaborate, and exchange best practises and raise awareness of the disease, common symptoms, and risk factors.




The International Day of Sign Languages

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We Sign for Human Rights was the theme for 2021. The theme highlights how all of us in the world can work together hand in hand and recognise the right to use the sign language in all facets of life.




Webinar on LIVING WILL and its importance by Dr V Kanagasabai

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CovaiCare organised a webinar on LIVING WILL. This is a very important subject for the senior citizens. Unfortunately, many of us do not understand the implications of a LIVING WILL especially in the context of freedom to live is a fundamental right and yet we may not have the freedom to end life! Many participants from Coimbatore, Bangalore and Mysore benefited from the webinar conducted by Dr Kanagasabai who has dedicated his life to spread the message of Living Will.


Urbana Irene Retirement Community


Residents participated in the webinar at the Activity Centre and other residents attended from the comfort of their homes.

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Covai@ Tapovan Solace Retirement Community


Residents participated at the Dining area and the rest of the residents joined from their homes.

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PROUD MOMENTS FOR COVAICARE


Proud grandparents!


Ajay Karthikeyan, grandson of Mr & Mrs Raghavan P V, STM 29, Covai S3 Retirement Community

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Ajay Karthikeyan wins Vezerkepzo GM Aug 2021 and scores his maiden GM-norm.

One of the latest IM of India, Ajay Karthikeyan scored an unbeaten 7.0/9, performed at 2613 and gained 21 Elo rating points. His live rating is now 2442.5.

Ajay finished a full point ahead of the competition to win the tournament. He scored his maiden GM-norm, a month after becoming an International Master. Big congratulations to Ajay and his team! We wish him to be the future Vishwanathan Anand.

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Sahitya Akademi Award 2020 winner
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We are very happy to announce that Arundhathi Subramaniam, daughter of Padmini Subramaniam and (Late) Mr. V Subramaniam (STM Ext 2), Covai S3 Retirement Community won the coveted Sahitya Akademi Award 2020 for her poetry collection "When God is a Traveller”.

Harper Collins Publishers India who published the Book write: “Arundhathi Subramaniam is the award-winning author of twelve books of poetry and prose. She is the recipient of various prizes and fellowships, including the inaugural Khushwant Singh Prize, the Raza Award for Poetry, the International Piero Bigongiari Prize in Italy, the Homi Bhabha Fellowship, and the Charles Wallace Fellowship, among others.” Now the prestigious Sahitya Academi Award. The book is available on Amazon (Rs 184 for Paper Back and Rs 56 for Kindle Edition).

Special mention: She is also the niece of Mrs Malati Jaikumar, a resident of Covai S3 Retirement Community who recently published another thought provoking book (please visit the Residents Corner page of this edition for details)

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A book published by Story Mirror who has selected one of Mrs Revathi Bhasker’s poems in the anthology. Team CovaiCare is very proud of you Ma’am!


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The Award ceremony of IGBC


Coimbatore Railway Station receiving IGBC Certification

Coimbatore Railway Station became the first Railway Station in Southern Railways to become a “Platinum Rated” station by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).The award ceremony was held at the office of Zonal Railway Manager, Salem.

Colonel who is also a Fellow of the IGBC attended the function along with Shri Rajesh Lund, Chairman, IGBC (Coimbatore Chapter).

We are proud of Coimbatore Railway Station!

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Learn Earn Return Women Empowerment by NEW YOU

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Rural India women empowerment program - ‘Learn Earn Return’

This program by New you children was started on 5th September 2021 at Pachapalayam Vinayakar temple.

‘Learn Earn Return’ is a noble idea of giving back to the society what the children have learnt.

Women empowerment in the true sense of it!

The first attempt by the children and grandchildren of Covai S3 staff has been very well appreciated by the teachers of Bluebells School, New Delhi. They have sent their appreciation to the coaches.

Sharing a small clip on the inauguration of the Rural India Young Women Empowerment in Pachapalayam Pillayar Temple on 5th September 2021.



New You family needs your Blessings and support to make this project sustainable and successful.





Makeover of Multipurpose Hall at Covai S3 Retirement Community

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Staff Meeting @ Covai S3

Award for excellent work beyond their call of duty


The talented children of CovaiCare Staff


Amazing Artwork



Made from recycled waste material by Children of CovaiCare Staff


Fabulous Fancy dress
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Ayudha Pooja at Covaicare

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Covai S3 - Bioline lab test arranged. 30 members availed the facility

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Navaratri Utsav at CovaiCare Retirement Communities- A glimpse


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Food festival at Urbana Irene during Navaratri 2021



Fun And Joy Session At Urbana Irene


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Happiness Day


A tribute to Bhasker Sir by Mr Vebhore

Mr Vebhore's tribute to Bhasker Sir. Mr Vebhore is Bhasker Sir’s son-in-law or should I say son. He made an incredible miniature model of the front of their house. He has kept the sides open for expansion when he gets the time. He wished to make a figurine of Bhasker but shelved it as he was behind schedule. What is noteworthy is that the entire structure except the roof (made of corrugated brown carton material) almost all the other pieces are made of flexible modelling clay which he has made it himself using corn flour, moisturizing cream, baby oil, candle wax, vinegar, glycerine etc. He had ordered 2 sets of LED lights out of which only one set was delivered which has been fixed on the gate pillars. The other was intended to light up the verandah tubelight and shed light in the living room. The main door has a bolt which is functional. The gate too can be opened and closed. The flowers in our garden have been replicated - adenium, hibiscus, tube rose (rajnigandha), zinnia etc. The flooring too is an exact replica. The Goddess Lakshmi on the Tulasi maadam too is also exactly as it is. The photo says it all! Don’t forget to see the actual picture of the front of the house but hey not a close up one shot.


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MODEL HOUSE CREATED BY MR VEBHORE

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THE ACTUAL HOUSE OF BHASKERS

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MODEL HOUSE CREATED BY MR VEBHORE

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Behind the scenes for choosing the winners

BEHIND THE SCENES

HAPPINESS DAY to commemorate Bhasker Sir’s birthday was absolutely awesome to say the least.

The grand prize distribution was the talk of the town. But behind all these arrangements there is one meticulous lady burning midnight oil (literally) from selecting the prizes and not just any prize, a lot of thoughtfulness goes into it to the method of conducting the game or competition. Sometimes I see her messages sent at 3:00 AM such is her dedication and involvement in anything she does.
I wonder how she manages this perfect innovative presentation every single time.

Decades of experience as a banker her attention to detail is incredible. You will see that in some of the photographs shared here. The ballot boxes were colour coded for the judges to cast their marks!


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She sent this lovely email for all the judges:

Dear All, I am pleased to share with you that the response from the children and grandchildren of our staff has been very heart warming. Today was the last day for submission of their entries for the following three competitions, and most of the entries had been submitted well before the deadline: i) Fancy Dress Competition for children up to the age of 5; (photographs submitted) ii) Drawing/Painting competition on the theme Sports/Tourist spots in India 9for children above upto 12 years and iii) Model house to be prepared from waste. (above 12 years) Photographs of the children in fancy dress and entries for the drawing/painting competitions and the model house will be on display at the Indoor Games Room and the Magazine Room at The Retreat from 12 noon tomorrow, Tuesday, September 28th 2021. As informed earlier, the exhibits will be judged by all of us – as far as I can see, it will both be a pleasant as well as a challenging task : pleasant because we are bound to feel proud of the talents of our children and challenging because the entries are of a high standard. Trophies will be awarded to the first, second and third prize winners in each category. The third category has been classified in two groups viz., below 17 years and above 17 years. Thus, in all there will be 12 prizes. Lists detailing the participants in each category will be kept ready in the lounge and all are requested to view the exhibits and award marks on the lists provided. These may be dropped in the respective boxes, which will be opened in the evening of September 30, 2021 to determine the winners. To facilitate counting, the lists are printed in different coloured paper. After awarding marks on the sheets, you are requested to kindly drop the marked lists in the boxes marked with the corresponding colours. Apart from the aesthetic value, you may also judge the entries taking into account other parameters such as creativity, innovativeness and the difficulty level etc. The maximum marks are 100 and you may award marks suitably to each participant. I request your utmost support to carry out this pleasant duty and am confident that you will enjoy doing it.

The trophies and medals for the Artwork & Fancy Dress competition were customised for the children. She is a child psychologist I would say!
We could see the pride on every parent’s face when they received it.
Similarly the prizes for online Tambola and quiz were senior friendly and very useful. One of the couples who were winners said they felt that Santa has come home when the gifts were personally couriered to them.
Team CovaiCare would like to thank you for spreading “HAPPINESS” to all our residents and staff Ma’am.
Bhasker Sir would be wearing his signature smile on his face as he watches us from above.
Revathi Ma’am, you are carrying his “Happiness Torch” which would be shining bright FOREVER.
“If you can make 30 people happy in one hour that means it is 30 hours of Happiness” – Shri S K Bhasker


HAPPINESS DAY 3 OCTOBER 3 2021

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Prize Distribution on Happiness Day

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Special Tambola for Happiness Day



Tambola Happenings for OCTOBER 2021 by Mr Krishnan

Ageless Numbers
Revathi Bhasker adds Pizazz to Whatsapp
The manner in which Revathi Bhasker conducted Whatstambola on October 2, 2021 with her electronic baton and the way the fastest finger first won several Housie rounds, took me back to the first time we played this Luck By Chance game.
The mid 70s
My first experience of Tambola was in the College of Military Engineering(CME), Pune, where Colonel Sridharan hosted us in the Officers’ Mess.
Housie, Tambola or Bingo was a staple diet for Army officers and their better halves. Young Captains, Lieutenant Colonels and older officers had this Sunday Binge(o) every once in a while. The junior officers eyeing their “crushes”, the just-weds with stars in their eyes and the “Few years married” getting to understand what crush meant - all gather in the officer’s mess for chewing the cud and admiring each other out of uniform.
Distribution of Housie tickets takes place and this Handle Bar moustached gentleman calls the house to order and starts the number calling. This is where the fun begins. I hear words like Lone Ranger, Me and you (2) hum do hamare do (4), Silver Jubilee (25), flirty wife(35), naughty forty (40), pack of cards (52). And it goes on… Glasses refilled, decibel of laughter at a high, notes being exchanged on winning, losing and losing by a whisker. Dinner is served, happiness abounds and everyone heads home.
The Mid 90s
All of this is hearsay, but we who know South Bombay sophisticates can vouch that this has more than a ring of truth. Cylindrically well endowed housewives sit around a Board Room style table - arriving 15 minutes early (I am the organiser) to 15 minutes late (extra HNW wife). After lot of hugging and ummmmas and “ you are looking gorgeous, to my hairdresser flew down from London specially for this”, the table money for the Tammmbola, which could fund a midday meal for a mid sized district, is placed in the centre in a silver jewellery box. The steward is unfazed as the first discussion is whether to have Chinese or Indian. Orders for chow mien, pav bhaji and dahi Wada et al, float around and with the steward hovering between “ at whose head shall I aim the tawa and Yes ma’am, we can make it specially for you, the game begins literally in the soup. A dour looking lady calls out the numbers like she is in a class room, but in between you can hear phrases like Ice Baby, Blue Lagoon, Jumbo Queen, Lily and Jasmine…Don’t ask me what that meant.
330 in the afternoon and arrey baba, my maid has to be dropped home and a flurry of cars are waiting at the porch. Tambola be damned, “ I’ll go home we can talk Anju and Manju…..
Fast Forward to 2021
COVID may have put restrictions on us, but winning hearts and minds is about innovation and if I may use the phrase “Phonovation”.
Revathi, the WhatsApp Tambola wonder, managed to coordinate a mind boggling 108 cell phones with humans behind each and add quiz games to keep minds occupied and prepared for an Incredible India tour to determine the lucky winners on each call. If you thought handling two children was tough, try 108 seniors! There were two prizes in each category, making a total of 28 in all and that made it more nail biting. The enthusiastic, anxious and at times , erroneous phone fingers were handled with a soft touch and wait till I check finger on the phone key. 👍, 👌,😩, 👏 and Thanks flew from phone to phones and finally, winners won, losers won and Revathi must have heaved a sigh and beamed. The first prizes were torchlights, with rechargeable batteries. God knows we need more light and definitely more recharge in our lives.
A fitting tribute to Mr. Bhasker🙏
Nobody went home, as were all at home.
Thank you Revathi.
V. Krishnan S3, Santosham Extn. 13


Prizes for Happiness Day Tambola and Quiz

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APPRECIATION BY MR AND MRS SUBBARAYAN



"Dear Revathi,

The Toda hut to the Tudor home, in the exhibition, projected a very high level of creativity and innovation in using waste . All put together I saw a Laurie Baker and Nek Chand in the making. An awesome “Happiness Community ‘’ so true to the Spirit of Bhaskar. An amazing initiative.
Housing is one of the basic human needs and is part of the overall rural identity, and any changes in its pattern creates a widespread transformation in the various dimensions of the life. ‘Sky is not the limit for anyone with a passion’.
The designs had a message for the future,.‘The future for many is in Community living , eco consciousness and bringing Nature closer to home, using Covai Care S 3 as a model!
The “inside out and outside in” is the marketing term to a traditional home with the Mitham seen in our grandparents homes. These designs are coming back in style for a humongous price.
The earthy colored houses in Tudor style. The color of the facade of the house is the first attraction. Nothing is more warm than feeling connected to Mother Earth.
The front elevation balcony gives an unobstructed view of nature with space to sit out and dream big. It adds the height to the house also.
Understanding more deeply Revathi I am intrigued with the Native intelligence of our youth living in rural Pachapalayam India. Every model displayed comprehensive planning based on regional knowledge, which showed an intrinsic engineering skill in many.
The key elements for a well-designed house, sun light, including keeping the need of natural light in most areas, being connected to nature, even including the modern skylight technique and stained glass window panes. Their skills were seen in the position of the main door, the windows and positioning them for ventilation and energy flow was amazing.
The facade colour, landscaping and providing space for pets, and amenities including space for a vehicle parking, exhibited a transformational dimension in their thinking, about the behaviour changes and their aspirations. It is not a dream but a reality that we will see a Smart City soon. I see a career opportunity to many of our youth.
Subbarayan and I would like to get the models framed for those who would like it done. ‘My first is always has a special place’

Love to all the ‘Happy Bhaskarans’
Raji & Subbarayan



ISKCON SHRI GAURANGA DAS PRABHU’S VISIT TO COVAI S3 RETIREMENT COMMUNITY


Shri Gauranga Das Prabhuji is the Divisional Director, ISKCON (Govardhan Ecovillage) Mumbai, Maharashtra. He is a Bakthi Shastri, Monk and a renowned Motivational Speaker. His spiritual discourses are available on You Tube. We are blessed to have Prabhuji along with other members from the group, visiting Covai S3 Retirement Community. Prabhuji was kind enough to attend the Navaratri Programme by our Staff also. Prabhuji had a special interaction with the residents at the Multipurpose Hall after his discourse.



Covai S3 Staff Programme presented to

Prabhuji

Entertainment programme by Staff of Covai S3 Retirement Community presented to Shri Gauranga Das and Team ISKCON on 12 Oct 21. Part 2 has Prabhuji’s talk to us. Recorded by one of our esteemed resident Shri L Manian


Talk by Prabhuji


Talk by Shri Gauranga Das to the residents of Covai S3 Retirement Community, Coimbatore and Team CovaiCare on 12 Oct 21



NAVARATRI UTSAV 2021


Covai at Tapovan Solace Retirement Community

Covai Chinmayam Retirement Community
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Covai S3 Retirement Community
Urbana Irene Retirement Community


Park Renovation at Covai S3


Resident Meeting October 2021

Covai S3 Retirement Community

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STAFF TRAINING

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Beautification of Covai S3 Retirement Community Nov 21

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Childrens Day at Covai Chinmayam

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Deepavali 2021


Covai @ Tapovan Solace RC

Cultural activities and games
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Diwali lighting

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Special Deepavali lunch

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Covai Chinmayam Retirement Community

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Covai S3 Retirement Community

ACC clients celebrating Diwali

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Diwali Special lunch

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URBANA IRENE RC

Banana leaf Lunch sponsored by Mr. G.Raj Narayanan _ Mrs Radhika Flat No C.404 on the occasion of Diwali celebration


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Banana leaf Lunch

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Candle light dinner

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Games Deepavali

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Explaining games Tambola and Antakshari

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Playing Tambola

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Playing Tambola

Thanks to the team members

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Deepavali Artwork by PWD Children



FUN JOY SESSION AT Urbana Irene

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KANNADA RAJYOTSAVA


Kannada Rajyotsava Samithi - Covai Tapovan
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Kannada Rajyotsava Samithi - Urbana Irene


MOVIE TIME at Urbana Irene


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Inauguration of the Premier Show of Timeless Music Covai S3

Timeless Music Hindi Program

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Golden Cove at Shriram Shankari Staff visit


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ISKCON Team second visit to Covai S3


Guests from ISKCON Govardhan Eco Village

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ISKCON Team second visit to Covai S3 videos

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Karthigai Deepam Celebrations


Karthigai Deepam painted by Sayini Covai Chinmayam

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Karthigai Deepam at Covai S3

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Karthigai Deepam at Covai Ultra

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Protocol explained to Services staff


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Briefing on Protocol to Covai S3 staff

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Protocol discussed with Irene staff by F and B Manager

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RM Covai Chinmayam with security staff



Talk by Mrs Leena Padmanabhan STM 23 Covai S3


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Talk on Awareness on Banking Frauds and Safety


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HDFC ATM and Help Desk Visit at URBANA IRENE



Mens day celebrations at Urbana Irene


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Moonlight Dinner 18 Nov 2021

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Special moonlight dinner in the open air.
Watch the moon & the movie and enjoy your dinner.


Moonlight Special
Dinner Buffet:

Soup:
Drum stick leaves soup
Garden salad

Mani course:
Poori
Chole masala
Mishti pulao
Dal fry
Curd rice
Pickle

Dessert:
Fruit custard




Special Menu at Urbana Irene


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Espresso mousse

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Fruit juice

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Homemade veg cheese burger and potato chips



Photo Fun Da by Mr K S Nair Covai Chinmayam


Mr K S Nair a resident of Covai Chinmayam Retirement Community, an incredible photographer started a small photo club for the special need s children. They meet on Mondays and Thursdays at 4 pm and he gives them the theme of the day like “Yellow”. Then the budding photographers capture anything yellow they bump into. ☺ Mr Nair then makes it a collage and shares it in their parents WhatsApp Group. He also encouraged the children who are currently staying outside the Retirement Community to join the club.

The name of the club is cool too – “Photo Fun Da….”

Every photograph is taken by the children themselves and you will be surprised by their enthusiasm. You can see that in these photos here!

Great initiative Sir! Kudos!


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Break Time Sports at Covai S3 Retirement Community

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Pushpanjali to Mrs Kalpagam Raghuraman, Villa 25 Covai Chinmayam

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Gratitude Day

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Coimbatore Day - 24 November 2021

Coimbatore was elevated as distirct HQ on November 24, 1804. Located on the banks of the river Noyyal surrounded by Blue Mountains ( Nilgiris), Coimbatore, cutely nicknamed as Kovai , is now the cleanest city in Tamil Nadu as per Swachh Survekshan 2020 survey published by MoHUA. The cool breeze and climate reflected by its people for their warmth and respect for others, an unique culture, innovative entrepreneurs, excellent educational institutions and hospitals as well being named as the Retirement Capital Of India, attracts many people to settle down in Coimbatore. CovaiCare is proud to have started its journey in Coimbatore 20 years ago and growing stronger in providing quality services and care to seniors. Thank you Kovai

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