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Spreading Smiles Over Lunch with Chef Vikas Khanna

Indo American News ( March 31, 2017)

Added by Indo American News on March 31, 2017.
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By Vanshika Vipin Varma

HOUSTON: This past weekend, Saturday, March 25 was a very special day at the charming residence of the Agarwals. Jiten & Shalu Agarwal played host to award-winning Michelin starred chef Vikas Khanna and Rajeev Sharma, the General Manager of Smile Foundation.

The renowned Smile Foundation is a NGO based out of New Delhi in India. Commendable work has been carried out for underprivileged children and their families by this institute since 2002 through various programs. The US chapter of this organization was being initiated at the India House Gala, later that evening by the Culinary God Chef Vikas Khanna himself, who was the Guest of Honor at the Gala. (See related article)

Both, Jiten Agarwal, who is the VP Finance at India House and the Gala Chair of the India House Gala 2017, as well as the famous Chef Vikas endorse the Smile Foundation. Chef Khanna is also the official Goodwill Ambassador of ‘Nutrition for Education’ initiative of the Foundation. Through this campaign, Smile Foundation aims to combat malnutrition and hunger among children. More than twenty one thousand less privileged children from over twenty-one states are benefited from this noble cause.

Chef Vikas Khanna is a person with many feathers in his cap. Not only he is one of the best Indian Chefs in the world, but also is a successful restaurateur, cookbook writer and a splendid humanitarian. As if his virtues were not enough, Chef is known to be the hottest Master Chef of India. People magazine listed him as one of the Sexiest Men Alive in its 2011 edition by referring to him as ‘The Hottest Chef of America’. Junoon, his signature restaurant boasts of being awarded a Michelin star for six consecutive years since 2011! Junoon is celebrated for an exceptional Indian dining experience.

At the lunch, the delicious vegetarian food was catered by Sunil Srivastava of Great W’Kana Houston. It turned out to be a very special event for foodies and Chef Vikas fans such as my hubby and me. I cannot stop raving about the charm and pleasant looks of Chef Vikas. His humility and well-grounded attitude floored us all. He turned out to be a package of abundant talent and great looks. His modesty was simply icing on the cake! We were in awe of how he personally spoke to everyone as he shared his abundant culinary knowledge. We all were enriched by his experiences and cooking tips. Food being the central topic, it wasn’t difficult to be amused by his humor as well.

Chef’s life story is as interesting as inspirational. Chef Vikas Khanna started his journey in our country with a pocketful of only $3 in 2000. Such dire straits forced him to survive in a shelter. But, hope wasn’t lost. Sincere endeavors, perseverance and determination encouraged him to go on a super successful path in the gastronomic world of food. A classic story of rags-to-riches, his struggle motivated him to give back to the society and thus explains his association with Smile Foundation. After speaking a little about the foundation, Chef convinced all of us to contribute in our little way. He said: “I need all of you to come forward and share with me to ensure that we all be the reason for these kids to smile, its one life that we all have, let’s make it meaningful. I am so privileged to have Jiten’s acceptance as a President of Smile Foundation, USA”.

It was indeed a memorable event that spread smiles on all our faces. There was a lot we learnt from the great Chef especially his attribute of giving back to the community that too with a smile! I was particularly amazed and inspired.

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2. While forwarding a donation for Smile Foundation the well-wishers have to submit some personal information as it would help us ensuring genuine contributions:

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1. General browsing of Smile Foundation website is anonymous and it does not register the user’spersonal information except the time, date and place of visits and the name of internet service provider. This data is used only for statistics and diagnosis.

2. By signing up for various services offered by Smile Foundation, the user explicitly authorizes us to collect information based on the user’s usage. The information is used to help provide a better experience to the user and is used as per the user’s specified instructions.

3. Smile Foundation keeps the user information strictly confidential and this information is secured safely. All relevant information collected through Smile Foundation website is handled and used by internal and/or authorized officials only. It is nevershared with any external agencies or third party individuals.

4. Smile Foundation uses the information givento it in the following ways:

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  • To update users about its happenings and developments through bulletins and newsletters, with an option of not to subscribe for the same
  • To make sure the user is receiving the most appropriate and relevant information
  • To find out more about the people who are visiting the Smile Foundationwebsite, donating, or joining its campaigns

5. Usually, Smile Foundation does not store user data. In case of specific sign-ups, the data is stored as per user request. The user can opt to delete all the information he/she has provided by simply requesting such by mail. All information, without exception, will be deleted in two working days.

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Individuals who join Smile Foundation’s mailing lists via its website or through its campaigning engagements are added to its email database. Smile Foundation does not sell, rent, loan, trade, or lease the addresses on our lists to anyone.

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1. Cookies are pieces of electronic information which will be sent by Smile Foundation when a user visitsthe website. These will be placed in the hard disk of the user’s computer and enable Smile Foundation to recognise the user when he/she visits the website again.

2. The user can configure his/her browser so that it responds to cookies the way he/she deems fit. For example, you make want to accept all cookies, reject them all or get notified when a cookie is sent. The users may check their browser’s settings to modify cookie behaviour as per individual behaviour.

3. If a user disables the use of cookies on the web browser, or removes or rejects specific cookies from Smile Foundation’swebsite or linked sites then he/she may not be able to use the website as it is intended.

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1. SmileFoundation uses well-recognised and proven technology for payments. Payment information is transferred by the use of an SSL connection which offers the highest degree of security that the donor’s browser is able to support.

2. Several layers of built-in security, including an advanced firewall system, encryption of credit card numbers, and use of passwords, protect the collected information.

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1. Smile Foundation uses a number of external web services on its site to display content within its web pages. For example, to display video it uses YouTube. As with the social media buttons, Smile Foundation cannot prevent these sites, or external domains, from collecting information on the user’s consumption of the content embedded on its site.

2. The Smile Foundation website contains links to other websites for the benefit of its visitors. This Privacy Policy does not apply to such other websites.

3. Smile Foundation is not expressly or impliedly responsible for, or liable to any loss or damage caused to a user by the collection, use and retention of Personal Information by such website in any manner whatsoever. It is important that the users review the privacy policies of all websites they visit before disclosing any information to such websites.

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1. As and when the need arises, Smile Foundation may alter its privacy policy in accordance with the latest technology and trends. It will provide you with timely notice of these changes. The users may reach out to Smile Foundation if they have any queries about any changes made to its practices.

2. If you have any questions at all about Smile Foundation’s privacy policy, please write to us at: [email protected]

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Welcome to this web-site of SMILE FOUNDATION. We make public our policy on refund and cancellation of donations received for the social cause on payment gateway as under:-

  • No refund/cancellation for the donated amount by any donor will not be entertained, the online donations through the online payment gateway.
  • No cash or refund of money will be allowed.
  • If any in-kind support received by the donor from any where the material will be reached to the poorest of the poorer communities.
  • Once received the donation for a cause will not be refunded to the donor. No cancellation to be made. The donation will be used for the community development, children education or women’s empowerment.
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