All it takes is one willing to take the less trodden path

The inexplicably complex problem of public transportation in India, and in particular that of harassment by autorickshaw drivers, solved through such a simple solution. A reminder for some of us who throw our hands up in the air about what we could possibly do to fix social issues.

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Hiatus and a new cause

So it’s been a long hiatus. In part due to travel, in part due to the predicament that is one’s own dissertation. But I’m back – to rant in the expansive space that the cyber world so generously affords me.

And I’m back with a renewed mission. I’m living in exciting times. We have team Anna – sometimes right, sometimes not-so-right, but according to me – a well timed Kick-in-the-right-place. That Anna Hazare plays on a Gandhian hangover is debatable, but unarguably one sees the outcomes of the careful orchestration of the team behind him (See here). Unintended, intended, good, bad. Then we have the Aruna Roys and the Nikhil Deys, tinkering away behind the scenes at the cogs and wheels of our constitutional system, surfacing oh-so-delightfully-more-frequently these days to fix a lacuna and toil away again. We have the niche Samskrita Bharati Movement working at a revival of Sanskrit in India, quietly, sure-footedly (bad adverb! please excuse the midnight rant). We are living through a natural social experiment that is Aadhar. Will it succeed or will it fail? More importantly, in it’s failure, will there be a larger civil society victory and vice-versa?

“Yes, yes”, you may say. “What, then is your point?”.

Simply that, well it is so hard to keep track of all the wonderful thing that change makers in India are working towards. And while there are some wonderful websites like The Better India that are already doing such a wonderful job, I am going to do my little bit too. After all, we are a country of billion. And we’re an enterprising lot.

Special thanks to Mani, who provided food for thought and a gentle nudge to get blogging again.

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Desk entropy

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The Hindu : Opinion / Cartoon : Cartoonscape, May 31, 2011

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BBC video on school students in Bengal teaching less privileged ones

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The Hindu : News / National : Forest communities in Nepal grappling with climate change

An interesting article on how communities in Nepal are working collectively towards conserving forests. The Hindu : News / National : Forest communities in Nepal grappling with climate change.

Reminds me of the Ralegan Siddhi story where community action under Anna Hazare‘s guidance began with a watershed development programs, but cascaded into multiple economic activities that alleviated the village’s poverty.

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Inception and the Yoga Vasistha (Contd.)

One of my earlier posts was on the similarities between Inception and the Yoga Vasistha. Here’s an interesting post over at Critical Twenties that argues along the same lines. Inception and its Inspirations: Escher, Dali and Yoga Vasistha.

In addition to parallels between the Yoga Vasistha and Inception, the author goes on to compare key themes in the movie  with Salvador Dali and Escher’s philosophies. Particularly enjoyed the ease with which the author’s writing despite the technicality of the content – clearly illustrates comfort and familiarity with the subject.

I’m thrilled at having discovered an fabulous site to pore over for a while.

Keep reading! Have fun! Stay tuned!

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