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Inconvenient Facts - RTE for better India

I support UNICEF Awaaz Do campaign and seeking you support as well.

Some of the inconvenient facts

The number of out-of-school children has declined from 25 million in 2003 to 8.1 million in mid-2009. The most significant improvements have been in Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur and Chhattisgarh. The percentage of out-of-school children in highly populated states like Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa and Bihar remains a cause of concern. There has been tremendous progress in improving access with 99 per cent of habitations having a primary school within one kilometer, and 92 per cent an upper primary school within 3 kilometers. There have been considerable improvements in the proportions of children from socially disadvantaged groups enrolled in school. For Scheduled Caste (SC) students, 19.7 per cent were enrolled in 2008-2009, with 11% enrolled for Scheduled Tribe (ST) students. The proportion of ST children at upper primary level is muc…

UNICEF Awaaz Do campaign

I Support UNICEF Awaaz Do campaign and seeking your support as well.

AWAAZ DO It’s now your opportunity to make a difference. The more the people read about ‘Awaaz Do’, talk about it, the better chance of a child receiving his/her education.
The facts about the Right to Education Act, its significance and a lot more is given as part of the zip file. Refer to these facts and share the information with your readers. Provide them with information which they can use and further spread the message. So first,
What Is AWAAZ DO & How Can I A Make A Difference? All children 6 to 14 years old have the right to free and quality education under the recently passed Right to Education Act.

The RTE Act specifies minimum norms in government schools. It requires all private schools to reserve 25% of seats for children from poor families (to be reimbursed by the state as part of the public-private partnership plan).

The Act also provides that no child shall be held back, expelled, or required to pass a …

Im Sorry - Pencil and Eraser Story

Come across very interesting piece of article called "I'm Sorry - Pencil and Eraser Story"

Pencil: I'm sorry....

Eraser: For what? You didn't do anything wrong.

Pencil: I'm sorry cos you get hurt bcos of me. Whenever I made a mistake, you're always there to erase it. But as you make my mistakes vanish, you lose a part of yourself. You get smaller and smaller each time.

Eraser: That's true. But I don't really mind. You see, I was made to do this. I was made to help you whenever you do something wrong. Even though one day, I know I'll be gone and you'll replace me with a new one, I'm actually happy with my job. So please, stop worrying. I hate seeing you sad. :)

I found this conversation between the pencil and the eraser very inspirational. Parents are like the eraser whereas their children are the pencil. They're always there for their children, cleaning up their mistakes. Sometimes along the way... they get hurt, and become smaller (ol…

Remember to put the Glass Down

I've read this small story and enjoyed it...
I hope you will also enjoy it.... 

Professor began his class by holding up a glass with some water in it.  He held it up for all to see & asked the students 
"How much do you think this glass weighs?" 

'50gms!' .... '100gms!' .....'125gms'  ...the students answered.       

"I really don't know unless I weigh it," said the professor, "but, my question is: 

What would happen if I held it up like this for a few minutes?" 

'Nothing' …..the students said. 

'Ok what would happen if I held it up like this for an hour?' the professor asked. 

'Your arm would begin to ache' said one of the student 

"You're right, now what would happen if I held it for a day?" 

"Your arm could go numb, you might have severe muscle stress & paralysis & have to go to hospital for sure!" 
….. ventured another student & all the students laughed 

"Very good…

Rules for being Human

Rule One - You will receive a body. 
You may love it or hate it, but it will be yours for the duration of your life on Earth. 

Rule Two -
You will be presented with lessons. 
You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called "life". Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or hate them, but you have designed them as part of your curriculum. 

Rule Three -
There are no mistakes, only lessons. 
Growth is a process of experimentation, a series of trials, errors and occasional victories. The failed experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that work. 

Rule Four -
The lesson is repeated until learned. 
Lessons will be repeated to you in various forms until you have learned them. When you have learned them, you can go on to the next lesson. 

Rule Five -
Learning does not end. 
There is no part of life that does not contain lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned. 

Rule Six -
"There" is …

Spit Free India

Nationwide campaign called Spit Free India initiated in order to get away with the indecent habits of Indians of spitting in public places.

The campaign is likely to make people change their spitting habits as the ills of spitting at public places will be taken to the masses across the urban as well as the rural parts of the country.

Indian law prohibits spitting in public places, but no one cares as it is not strictly implemented. Any public spit offence should be immediately fined. Let offenders do the community service specially cleaning up of walls.

I support the "Spit Free India" campaign. More details at

Watch the Video

Customer is King

Few selected Customer Centric qoutes,  Collected from Net
The Customer is King.
UNKNOWN There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.
ROGER STAUBACH Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it.
It is what the client or customer gets out of it.

PETER DRUCKER Do what you do so well that they will
want to see it again and bring their friends.

WALT DISNEY If we don’t take care of our customers, someone else will.
UNKNOWN Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify!
HENRY DAVID THOREAU If you make customers unhappy in the physical world, they might each tell 6 friends. 
If you make customers unhappy on the Internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends.

JEFF BEZOS Customers don’t expect you to be perfect.
They do expect you to fix things when they go wrong.

DONALD PORTER Give trust, and you'll get it double in return
KEES KAMIES The quality of our work depends on the quality of our people.
UNKNOWN One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing
is what …

meterjam - protest against autos and taxis

Today, I  have come across excellent initiative by three folks who has initiated unique way of protesting against autos and taxi walas unreasonable demand of high rates ( half return , double etc), tampered meters and non plying on short distance.

Launch of consumer strike on 12th august, simply not to use taxi and autos for one day to show the difference.

I'm sure Union wala must be on their toes. If agitation is 100% successful then there will be big lesson for all of them.

Join in protest if interested

Don't wait for rewards, pat your own back

I have seen a lot of unsatisfied achievers in the corporate world. They want the recognition, they want the award, they want the incentive and they want all there is to want because they work hard for it. And sometimes despite all the hard work, their performance gets sidelined. A lot of people are discouraged and disheartened when they don’t get their due. One cannot imagine the heartbreak of the employee who put his soul in his project and it still fell short of the credit he so deserved.

Instead of quitting on your passion or living short of your own potential, set yourself up for success. Success is not an announcement from a third party; it is a feeling from within. But so many times we are focussing on the outside for acknowledgment that we miss acknowledging ourselves for our work, an acknowledgment that really counts. Next time when you take up a project and set your eyes on the winning line, set yourself up for your own personal ‘award’ and ‘recognition’.

Plan your personal …

Donate Blood - It could save someones life

Recently come across very good compilation on the basics tips for blood donors.
Certain myths need to understand and have to get rid off for active participation in regular blood donation.

Some basic health conditions have to be met by donors. A donor should: Person above 18 years of age and over 45 Kgs. in weight can donate blood once in three monthsA normal adult has five to six liters of blood in his/her body of which only 300 ml is used during blood donation.This blood is replaced by your body within 24 to 48 hours!No special diet, rest or medicine is required after blood donation.The donor should not have taken any medicine in the last 48 hours.The donor should not have contacted jaundice in the previous three years.Every donor is given a medical checkup prior to donation to see if he/she is medically fit and doesn't suffer from anemia, high blood pressure etc. Should be free of any disease at the time of donationThe …

Ratan Tata and his dedicated effort for the Mumbai 26/11 relief work

Recently one of my friend share this information about Ratan Tata and his efforts towards 26/11 Mumbai victims.

Wondering why this is still not covered in any media?
I do not have any doubt on this case. We know Ratan Tata and his down to earth attitude

So here is the actual elaborated text:

Ratan Tata is the chairman of Indian Hotels who own the Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai, which was the target of the terrorists on 26/11/08.

Hotel President a 5 star property also belongs to Indian Hotels.

The following is really touching.

What Ratan Tata did for the Mumbai victims.... Don't miss!!!!!!


A. The Tata Gesture

1. All category of employees including those who had completed even 1 day as casuals were treated on duty during the time the hotel was closed.

2. Relief and assistance to all those who were injured and killed

3. The relief and assistance was extended to all those who died at the railway station, surroundings including the “Pav- Bha ji” vendor and the pan shop ow…

Laugh It Loud

I don't suffer from stress. I'm a carrier.
Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level.
I don't have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem.
If it were not for Thomas Edison, we would all be watching television in the dark.
Tell me what you need and I'll tell you how to get along without it

Abortion in the ears

This is a short story written by Dr Kishore Shah.... he is a gynecologist by profession and a very gifted writer....enjoy this extremely funny story.

My wife is an ENT Surgeon while I am a Gynaecologist. This can lead to some complications, as I recently learned to my anguish. A General Practitioner called me up and told me that she is sending a patient of hers for an abortion. Unknown to me, she had also referred a female with earwax for removal of the wax to my wife.

I duly informed the receptionist to send the patient right in as she was expected (and expecting!) As Murphy lays down the laws of our hospital, it was but natural that the patient who wanted the wax removed from her ear, landed up with me. This is the conversation that I had with the patient.

"Please come in. Be seated." I said with a big smile. I always have a big smile, when I am going to earn some money. The patient gave a feeble smile and sat hesitantly on the edge of the chair. "Relax."


Brilliant Clock Design

A different way to display time on the green time line.. This is a really interesting clock! It comes from a Dutch web site. Here is what you will see when you look at this clock.

Don't do anything. It's automatically adjusted to your time zone. Just look at it and study it. It gives you the EXACT TIME of the DAY in seconds, minutes, hours, the day, month and year.

Just read the green line.

1st Line is Seconds

2nd Line is Minutes

3rd line is Hours.

4th line is Week

5th Line is Days

6th Line is Months

7th Line is Years

This is the COOLEST clock I have seen yet!!

Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World

Today I happen to read positiveblog and stumble upon the very good article on top 10 fundamentals for changing the world.

Many of the points we knew since long and but very basic fact is its not being looked upon sincerely or followed. This is an attempt to revisit fundamental facts

Excerpts from the post:

1. Change yourself.
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

2. You are in control.
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

3. Forgive and let it go.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

4. Without action you aren’t going anywhere.
“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”

5. Take care of this moment.
“I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.”

6. Everyone is human.
“I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, how…

Social Media Revolution Video

Recently watched social media revolution video which speaks about the growth of social media and its visible impacts to people.

Though originally presented in Jul 2009 and shown numbers definitely outgrown then, but it has strong message towards increasing presence of networking and social media in today's life.

Who is your tomorrow's competitor

I have come across excellent article from Mr Moorthi IIMB faculty on looking the unusual competitor who can supersede well established brands.

[Management Views from IIMB (Y. L. R Moorthi) is an exclusive column written every two weeks for by faculty members of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.]

Who sells the largest number of cameras in India?

Your guess is likely to be Sony, Canon or Nikon. Answer is none of the above. The winner is Nokia whose main line of business in India is not cameras but cell phones.

Reason being cameras bundled with cellphones are outselling stand alone cameras. Now, what prevents the cellphone from replacing the camera outright? Nothing at all. One can only hope the Sonys and Cano[Gupte, Amey IN BOM SECPL]      ns are taking note.

Try this. Who is the biggest in music business in India? You think it is HMV Sa-Re-Ga-Ma? Sorry. The answer is Airtel. By selling caller tunes (that play for 30 seconds) Airtel makes more than what music c…

India Global Green Leadership

India Global Green Leadership (IGGL) is a collaborative movement, which can be compared to the open-source movement in software. It is about pitching in your contribution whereby everyone benefits. It is a leadership model where everyone who wants to take a lead, has an opportunity. At the same time, it also has scope for entrepreneurship and participation through a socio-commercial model.

Local hubs will be key to IGGL where people in a city can come together and look at what they can achieve. The local events will be key in reaching out to professionals, organization and the youth in the city. Do join in your local hubs on the website and participate (and help organizing) events.

India Global Green Leadership (IGGL) is getting lot of momentum. Visit website for knowing further and joining leadership network

Twittering becomes news

Now a days print and internet media has been finding and publishing celebrity twitter messages as news.
What a news !!! haan !! Is there dearth of real news which common man is interested..

I'm particular not interested in what celebrity is eating, their some work and ofcourse what they are doing before going to bed. I don't want to read their routine. We loves and admire celebrity for their skill..not what they are tweeting.

Recently SRK joined tweeter,that became news... his first response to journalist barkha dutt become news second day ..his growing follower list added news another day... common gimme break...cut the crap.

On my twitter account , what most important is not to just collect tons of tweets, rather get selective one which you and your follower is interested.

Justice to Ruchika : Sign Online Petition

In the midst of the family's and friend's fight for justice, and watching on TV , Reading on newspaper - thinking what can be done more.
Well have come across online petition filed by Aradhna, Ruchika's friend, to Indian Government for the stringent punishment to the molester Rathore ( who is smiling on 6 months bail and currently on bail)

Sign online petition petition to show your support.

Laalten For Search

This is from the recent mail I got.
I found it interesting considering simple measure to save energy Comments ??

Everyone is aware that how crucial electricity is in present scenario.
When it comes to internet surfing, We love to google things, dont we? was created inspired by 2 ideas:-
- A black background web search so as to save electricity
- Integrate all searches at single place: Web, Email, News, Sports, Finance, Social Networking.. everything

So, one can search for anything in any desired website from a single page and at the same time save energy because the screen is predominantly black. A given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen**.

Simple but very very effective. Isnt that great :)
Join your hands in this enegry saving mission.

Always use this site for search and make sure to SET IT AS YOUR HOME PAGE.

Please spread the good word among your friends, n…

911 Ripple Effect

911 Ripple Effect champions a very powerful message; backed by expert examination of video evidence and packaged in an imaginative and captivating production that will keep you on the edge of your seats