Let’s feed a child!

If my words have the power to feed a child for a year, then I have no reasons to sleep on that. I may be late to join the party owing to the hectic work schedule, but you know it is better late than never. It is hard to read that every day millions of children are forced to choose hunger over education. But that’s the fact and you cannot deny it.

I know the exact value of education and the taste of hunger… I chose to stay hunger to get educated. It did help me a lot in my life. The taste of every grains in my food, the fruit of being educated, the happiness of earning money and the value of living a healthy life… I know them all. I want them to know it and the best way to do that is to help them fight classroom hunger. Because if we are successful in fighting hunger out, I’m very sure, that these kids will do wonders in future.

How do you think we can eliminate classroom hunger?

  • By visiting each children separately and help them.
  • Cooking food for them at our leisure time.

It won’t work out for longer run. But then how to help these children fight classroom hunger? We have many feasible options. We can work with NGO’s to help feed a child. Akshaya Patra (unlimited food for education) is one of them, a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Bangalore, India. Just like their name, the organisation strives to fight hunger in India by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in the Government schools and Government aided schools and brings children to school. All we need to do is to support them endlessly and to do that visit here. Get involved now!

I have done my part in the past, and now, for this blog post, BlogAdda will sponsor meals for an Akshaya Patra beneficiary for an entire year, as a part of our Bloggers Social Responsibility.

I am going to #BlogToFeedAChild with Akshaya Patra and BlogAdda. Happy to be a blogger! Happy to be associated with this activity. Do you want to be happy? Write a blog post now!

Indian General Elections 2014

Christmas break was a much-needed one, especially for people working in foreign countries, as it helps to connect with family and friends back in home country. I was glad that I could get a breather in the name of year-end break. And that was when this write-up was born – chitchat with one of my close friends on Skype.

“Hello Akhil!” I was fully excited.

“Hello Sid! How are you and your family?”

“Isha and I are doing great.” Isha peeped into the mobile screen and greeted him and his family. He and his wife greeted her back.

“How are you, your wife and your precious angel?” I asked hurriedly, as if the whole world was going to end the next moment.

“All are doing great. I am having much fun, as my precious angel is three months old now. I am enjoying it dude.” The excitement of fathering an angel was clearly seen in his eyes.

“Great to hear that Akhil, I am sure you will have more fun in the coming days.”

“What’s the matter hero? Nowadays, I am reading more posts on being a great daddy. Do you have any good news?” He said, as if he wants me to join his club. I personally like, too.

“No dude. I am just writing whatever that strikes my mind.” I said looking into his eyes. He giggled.

“450 posts…out of that, ten would be useful for the society, rest all are just love stories. You kill the hero, the heroine, or both and sometimes, a different story altogether. Either you win a voucher from FlipKart, eBay or Book My Show or at times, you win some goodies. I still await your post on politics. Get out the real writer hiding in you – the raw writer, whom I first read in his Tamil Political Blog.” He inspired me always. In fact, it was his idea to write a Tamil political blog, which I eventually deleted because of dozen reasons.

“I wish Akhil. I wish to write such posts again. But what is the use? Do you think I can reach people?” I urged.

“Can’t we inspire and mobilize India’s youth to vote in the Indian General Elections 2014?” He demanded an answer.

“I have had enough. And you know that dude. I believe it is better not to write in that area again.” I whispered. His cute angel started crying, so his wife went inside the bedroom. After that, I added, “But we can inspire and mobilize India’s youth to vote using social media, especially the apps.”

“But without spamming…” He added, I acknowledged with a simple smile.

“We can use social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Blogger for reaching maximum people and WeChat, Whatsapp, Blackberry Messenger, Viber, Skype for contacting people.” I said.

He said putting his tongue out, “Two decades back, we just had BSNL Land phones.”

“I agree dude. That’s the power of the social media and social mobile apps.” I said.

“Okay. Let’s create a group, a list and a board called ‘General Elections 2014’ and target the youth crowd in our city and state. Let’s create awareness first.”

“Good…then we can connect using WeChat or Whatsapp using their details. Am I right?” He asked, as if he wants to create a group right away.

“No. First, we have to reach our college mates for help. We need to form a team. Then, we can target the crowd, teaching them the importance of voting in General Elections 2014. Then based on their interest, we can collect the contact details and connect.

We can set targets.

  • First is to get a voter id for each individual.
  • If they have a voter id already, check if their name is listed in Electoral rolls.
  • If listed in the Electoral rolls, then verify the details.
  • If not, enroll to become a voter.
  • Why should one vote in General Elections 2014?
  • Election Commission of India Updates and Reminders

If we can achieve these targets before the end of Feb’14, I am sure that we can see a positive change.”

“That should be cool. I have a doubt: Shall we use a Hashtag?” Akhil asked, curiously. I nodded my head, and he said, “#VoteForIndia

“Then we can use Twitter and Facebook alone to spread the awareness. What is the use of WeChat, Whatsapp or Blackberry Messenger? I mean the social mobile apps.” He gave a smile.

According to a recent survey, 867,800,000 people out of 1,220,800,359, use mobile phones in India, which is approximately 70%. That is why we need mobile apps, which gives the power of connecting people in India. Be it WeChat, Whatsapp, Blackberry Messenger or whatever; use it to the fullest to connect with people. Because we lose when we fail to cannot with people effectively. Moreover, we need to use these apps wisely to connect and address concerns.” I stared for a minute and then added, “We need to create Expert Groups. Say, one expert group to clarify any queries that comes in case of registering a voter id, one expert group to help in listing in Electoral rolls, one to address general concerns, one to send updates of Election Commission of India, one to send reminders. Likewise, we can create a decent number of expert groups with corresponding QR code.” I said in a confident tone.

“Do you think we both can handle all these groups?” He gave a puzzled look.

“We can’t. We two have to reach twenty of our friends and form expert groups, twenty expert groups to two hundred, and to two million.” I said.

“Okay. But…but…we can reach our state. How can we reach the entire nation?”

“Let us reach our state first. I have friends: Arvind Passey, Ekta, Leo, Cifar and many are there, who can help us to inspire and mobilize the whole of India to vote in General Elections 2014.”

“Good. But which party are we supporting, Congress, BJP or AAP?”

What is the need to support a party? Let’s not influence people who trust us. Let’s inspire and spread the awareness of voting and the power it gives to the individual.” I said confidently.

“That’s awesome Sid! Anyway, let me create a group on Facebook, list on Twitter and Pin Board on Pinterest and let you know the links.”

“I will take care of mobilizing using WeChat, Whatsapp, and Blackberry Messenger to our friends.” I said, smiling.

“Great! I hope for a positive change.” He said.

“Our dream is to make all the people of India to Vote in General Elections 2014.” We said in unison.

“Let’s inspire and mobilize all of India and make them Proud to be a Voter! Jai Ho!” I said loudly, as if the entire nation could hear me. I was glad that I spoke to him on Skype.

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— Someone is Special (@FewMiles) December 30, 2013

Stay Safe Girls

The crowd is amazing. The way they cheer us, make us feel proud! I am sure in home nobody can beat us.” A famous cricketer said in a recent post-match presentation ceremony. I was happy to listen to him, but deep inside my thoughts a question pricked me – Can our girls say this? “The people in our home country are very amazing. The way they support us, make us feel safe and proud. We are sure that in home nobody can touch us.

I asked my wife the same question. She smiled and quoted my Facebook status, “Life is actually simple, but the people around you make it tough to survive.” And she continued, “It is a sin to be born as a girl child in this world. In earlier days when a girl was in the womb, she was forced to miss the moment when she was supposed to enter the world. A decade back at the time of birth her relatives wrung her neck and thrown her into a trashcan. If by any chance if she gets an opportunity to breathe in this world then she misses all roses of life and was finally fitted to a graveyard because that is where she will get peace of mind. ‘Till that time she has to fight with her relatives, male friends (a small bunch of idiots), uncles (most of the men in late thirties) and oldies (walks and talks in a decent tone, still eying on you despite their age). No girls are safe in our home country because not everybody can be as sweet as my father and my hubby!” She went inside the kitchen to prepare dinner for us.

Only a girl know our Nation better. Having read a lot of articles on rape in the recent years – #SrilankanTamilianRape #HaryanaRape #DelhiGangRape #MumbaiGangRape I have no idea on what to tip my fellow Indians on safety…but a few worth sharing here…not just for my city girls, but for all of my home country.

Spray: Carry a pepper spray or chilli spray in your handbag, which will serve as a self-defence weapon. Though they are bit costly, still it is very effective when put to proper use.

Teach: Teach your sons and grandsons how to behave with girls so that our future generations will not face this problem. Do not hesitate to speak with them because it is better for them to learn from you.

Apps: Almost all of us use touch phones today, so why not to use it for better output? Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype and BBM are good apps to stay connected, but in an emergency, safety apps like Smart Suraksha is must. At a single touch, the app will update your whereabouts to police and to your loved ones. Install and configure right away to stay protected. For more info about the app, visit here. On the other hand, make sure your battery is not empty because smart phones eat your battery like anything. Use power banks wisely. Always stay charged.

You: Believe in you. Be bold and follow your intuitions. An in any emergency, I am sure you are the best support and protector to yourself.

Speed Dials: If you do not have a touch or android phone, then use speed dials wisely. (Dad, Mom, Brother, Uncle, Close Friend, DCP or ACP phone numbers, Control Room)

Awareness: Be aware of your surroundings. When alone, you must know your whereabouts, if not use your Google maps. If you feel unsecured, get out of that place immediately.

Family and Friends: Let your family know your whereabouts, if not at least your close friends know where and whom you are visiting. Because nothing would be worse than to know, that your child or friend is unsafe in an unknown’s land.

Education: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela” I second that. Government should provide free education to people of India rather than announcing free rice, gas, etc., for the sake of votes.

Girl: When a man cries, they say, “Be a man.” I say, “Be a girl. You are not a victim; you are the pride of our Nation!”

I: ‘I’ has a pride to stand on its own. That’s why ‘I’ is always written in CAPITAL. Have confident in you. A kick to his will put him down. (Tip: Do not become fat in your thirties itself. You need to stay healthy and fit to kick and run.)

Rights: We, as a Nation, never bothered to read and understand laws, because we think only lawyers should read the laws and advise on your rights. Know your rights. An act taken in self-defense often is not a crime at all; no punishment will be imposed.

Learn: History may be dry for some still we read it as a subject, then why not to have our Nation Laws as a subject?

Self-defence: Self-defence is an art. Learn it when you are young. If not a black belt, at least learn the basics to help yourself in the worst situation possible. I have seen elders saying that if a girl learns Karate, she might lose her grace and become tough. I am sure only fools accept this.

Tips are easy to write, and quite easy to type. And it feels good to be applauded by a few people, but only if these tips are followed, then it achieves its purpose.

Have you installed Smart Suraksha App. The app’s tagline is ‘Cry for Help – A single touch button that alerts…’ The app is primarily created for women’s safety, which can track your whereabouts and at a single touch will text to the pre-listed five contacts simultaneously and also the police. It comes with an additional feature to give details of the would-be offender, and allows you to record info like model of the car or clothes he is wearing, in your text, provided if you are in such a situation. Use this app as a weapon that can prevent you from becoming an unfortunate victim. Stay safe with Smart Suraksha.

My thoughts on the app: I strongly believe that this app can be used in all emergencies to alert your loved ones. I recommend the developer DARK MATTER INDIA to include a feature to activate the app over voice say HELP ME GOD or any short but meaningful phrase and categorize emergencies under RAPE, ACCIDENT, or any. Based on the keywords said, the app can inform whereabouts to control room, ambulance, etc. My sincere request to the readers is to send this app download link to your loved ones.

Singing off now, it is time for dinner. Stay safe. Stay smiling!

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— Someone is Special (@FewMiles) October 28, 2013