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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Lifestyle

A crane-do attitude
Shweta Mehta, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, June 21, 2013
First Published: 15:48 IST(21/6/2013)
Last Updated: 17:59 IST(21/6/2013)

Whether you’re buying a cupcake from Le 15 Patisserie, catching a gig at Blue Frog or enjoying your dinner at Out Of The Blue, an unusual social initiative started by two 25-year-olds will get your attention.

Ria Sakraney and Divya Dev have come up with a community project, titled the Good Crane Weekend. Between today and Sunday, every time you visit one of the 20-odd city locations that they have tied up with, you’ll be handed an origami paper crane. Each crane has a simple good deed written on it, which you’re encouraged to carry out. And those who send pictures of their deeds on the project’s official Facebook page, stand to win prizes.

“We’re off to college in September and quit our jobs early; this project has been like an interim job,” says Ria, who along with Divya, started off with an Instagram account, posting pictures of cranes in different places. “When people started asking us the point of it, we brainstormed and came up with this idea. We weren’t sure how people would react, but everyone’s been welcoming,” she adds.

After they are back from studying abroad next year, the two may look at organising the weekend project again. “It’s time consuming. Even after practice, it takes us 2.5minutes to fold one crane. We hope to make a website and have people from other cities and countries carry it out,” says Ria, insisting that this isn’t in support of a particular cause. “We want to make the community a nice place; and for people to be better persons.”


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