DO U KNOW THE STORY BEHIND "Sunday ho ya Monday, Roz khao ande" ?

Back in the 1980s, poultry farmers were facing 2 major issues: Firstly, the demand for eggs in the predominantly vegetarian nation was very low.


Secondly, there was a strong mafia of egg-dealers throughout the nation who decided procurement prices which were against farmers' interests. This way, the dealers & middlemen made huge profits, while the helpless & exploited farmers could consider themselves lucky

if they could manage to recover their cost price.

That's when Dr BV Rao, who was inspired by Dr Kurien's (founder of AMUL) cooperative model for milk revolution, took up the mammoth task of motivating all the poultry farmers to unite & form egg cooperative model

which could stand up against the high-handedness of the dealer-mafia. As the efforts culminated into a nation-wide movement, Dr BV Rao was finally able to establish the cooperative model in 1982 which could coordinate between farmer groups, and was aptly named

"National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC)".

Thus, the problem of farmer exploitation was solved, but the next challenge was to increase egg consumption. In a bid to encourage more Indians to incorporate eggs in their diet,

NECC embarked on a wide range of promotional activities including free distribution of eggs at busy intersections in major cities. Soon, NECC realized that what India needed was an aggressive advertising campaign which could make eggs acceptable even to vegetarians.

That's when NECC decided to partner with some of the top advertising minds and popular celebrities to create highly addictive jingles ("Sunday ho ya Monday, Roz khao ande").

Eggs were depicted as healthy supplements which can be consumed everyday by everyone, irrespective of their caste, class, creed, etc. The campaign took the nation by storm and struck a chord with the masses, who gradually opened up to the idea of eggs as a regular supplement.
Since the N in NECC stood for "National", most viewers actually felt it was a Govt organization (although it was merely a cooperative, and no way related to the govt)

which nevertheless helped the marketing campaign gain serious attention, as more people started embracing it as a "Govt recommended" diet.

However, the most surprising & interesting aspect of the phenomenon was the ease with which several vegetarians started accepting

eggs into their diet, who went on to become a part of the new category called "Eggitarians". By the turn of the century, the campaign had thus successfully achieved its goals, as the per-capita consumption of eggs among Indians increased multi-fold within a generation,

and at the same time, it helped the poultry farmers feel empowered, as they were not at the mercy of the dealer-mafia anymore.


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अस्य श्री गायत्री ध्यान श्लोक:
(gAyatri dhyAna shlOka)
• This shloka to meditate personified form of वेदमाता गायत्री was given by Bhagwaan Brahma to Sage yAgnavalkya (याज्ञवल्क्य).

• 14th shloka of गायत्री कवचम् which is taken from वशिष्ठ संहिता, goes as follows..

• मुक्ता-विद्रुम-हेम-नील धवलच्छायैर्मुखस्त्रीक्षणै:।
muktA vidruma hEma nIla dhavalachhAyaiH mukhaistrlkShaNaiH.

• युक्तामिन्दुकला-निबद्धमुकुटां तत्वार्थवर्णात्मिकाम्॥
yuktAmindukalA nibaddha makutAm tatvArtha varNAtmikam.

• गायत्रीं वरदाभयाङ्कुश कशां शुभ्रं कपालं गदाम्।
gAyatrIm vardAbhayANkusha kashAm shubhram kapAlam gadAm.

• शंखं चक्रमथारविन्दयुगलं हस्तैर्वहन्ती भजै॥
shankham chakramathArvinda yugalam hastairvahantIm bhajE.

This shloka describes the form of वेदमाता गायत्री.

• It says, "She has five faces which shine with the colours of a Pearl 'मुक्ता', Coral 'विद्रुम', Gold 'हेम्', Sapphire 'नील्', & a Diamond 'धवलम्'.

• These five faces are symbolic of the five primordial elements called पञ्चमहाभूत:' which makes up the entire existence.

• These are the elements of SPACE, FIRE, WIND, EARTH & WATER.

• All these five faces shine with three eyes 'त्रिक्षणै:'.

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