Month: March 2017

Shrruti Singh uses handwriting analysis to make a difference in people’s lives

At the organizational level, handwriting analysis can help identify areas of potential conflict and areas of compatibility between a line manager and subordinates, with clients, vendors in the company. Here’s how it shaped Shruti Singh’s life.

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Ushering peace and civic sense: Dr. Gora Trivedi’s ongoing No Horn Movement is gathering momentum

The newly married Gora Trivedi had a special plan for the first weekend after her marriage. Sunday evening she’d be chilling out on Race Course, the must-visit Sunday spot for Rajkotians. Of course, her plan for chilling out was a tad different – for an hour in the evening, she’d stand with a placard that loudly said, “No Horn Please!”.

Professor, trained lawyer, public speaker, writer. And of course social activist. That’s Prof Dr. Gora Trivedi.

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This modern day Shravan provides tiffins to 180 abandoned elderly in Mumbai

“I still do not get how kids cannot serve their own parents, who nurtured them to make them independent, a part of the bread they earn, in the hour of need.”
~Dr. Uday Modi

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On World Water Day, we bring you stories of 5 people who are working tirelessly to tackle the Water Crisis in India

Today is World Water Day. The United Nations observes the day of 22nd March every year to address and spread awareness about global water crisis, and at the same time urge people to take action towards finding solutions. This year’s theme for World Water Day is Waste Water.

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Riken Ngomle redefines theatre in Arunachal Pradesh

“I dream that one day Arunachali theatre will have its own space in the mention of Indian theatre,” says Riken.

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Making enemies among the un-grammatical | Raja Sen, shares his unique journey as a film critic in India

When I am working, I am working There are these young men who are critics, who I chastised recently, who went to see a film and then walked out of it and wrote in their reviews of how bad it was. You know that’s not done. Or people who are texting in the middle of a film you can’t do those things. It’s like if you are in a bad film it’s like being in a boring board meeting, you have to sit through it, you can’t not do it.

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A teacher leading his kids to empower a community in Yerwada towards Water Conservation

If you listen carefully, that’s a sound that’s not so uncommon across the community taps of Yerwada. Despite being a community that suffers the most in terms of disproportionate water supply, the dwellers of Yerwada seem unaware of the pressing need of water conservation.

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Ranjit Chauhan and Zamarrud Mughal are reviving Urdu culture in Delhi through Jashn-e-Adab

Ranjit Chauhan and Zamarrud Mughal are two young literary activists and well-known names in Delhi’s Urdu circle who are organizing the Jashn-e-Adab which celebrated Urdu literature and poetry. Urdu as a language needs proponents to keep it alive. There are only a few conspicuous Urdu literary festivals in Delhi and there is certainly a need to enrich the culture space in order to revive Hindi and Urdu.

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Story of a Kristin, a woman on a mission to solve Indian women’s sanitary needs, eco-friendly way

This post is a part of Neer, a collaborative project by DCB Bank and Chaaipani to bring out stories of individuals and initiatives that are working hard and smart to save water.

Menstruation in India, is hands down, still a taboo. While that’s a shocking reason as to why someone should limit themselves to contribute to the society, reports suggests that around 23% of girls drop out from school after they start menstruating. 70% of women in India say their family can’t afford to buy them sanitary napkins, making 88% of the women resort to shocking alternatives like unhygienic cloth, ashes and husk sand.

With an extraordinary vision to solve this pressing healthcare problem and at the same time save the environment, Saathi was introduced by Kristin Kagetsu, Amrita Saigal, Grace Kane and Zach Rose. We met Kristin at Maker Fest and were surprised with the depth of the otherwise usual rant about hygiene lethargy in our country.

Kristin was born and brought up in New York City.

“My parents studied STEM in college and went on to have careers in healthcare. They inspired me to be interested in problem solving and learning to be resourceful.”

A curious kid, Kristin aspired to go to NASA and build Mars rovers.

“And then, I got involved in DLab at MIT where I learned about co-creation and appropriate technology. I visited India in 2012 and was working with Avani, an NGO in Uttarakhand on a project to create natural dye crayons. I went back to US and joined a big software/hardware company but something was missing.  Something about India convinced me to come back and serve it better. I wanted to create an impact in people’s lives, I wanted to solve a real, pressing problem.”

Kristin met her co-founders – Amrita, Grace & Zach and was fascinated by the idea of Saathi.

“Product development and sustainability interested me. The idea of Saathi was born during Amrita and Zach’s senior design class at MIT. They were brainstorming on the idea of creating low-cost sanitary napkins for women in rural India. It was challenging and hence, it fascinated me.”

However, during the course of development, the concept was tweaked a bit, all for the better.

“We realised that low-cost sanitary pads doesn’t mean that we have addressed the entire lifecycle of the product, solving one problem was leading to other. So we came up with the idea of creating eco-friendly sanitary pads at affordable rates.”

With 88% of women  in India who do not have access to sanitary pads, India still produces 9000 tons of sanitary waste every month. The pads in the industry use plastic and ‘super absorbents’ which end up doing more harm to the environment.

Only 12% of women in India have access to sanitary pads. And that’s a small very small number. Even then every month, 9000 tonnes of sanitary waste is produced.Saathi Pads, Sanitary, Indian women, Women Health, Women hygiene, Sanitary Napkins, Eco-friendly sanitary napkin sanitary pad available right now, across all categories use the same basic ‘Super absorbent’ materials and chemicals in these pads make them the environment’s worst nightmare.

 

The team came up with several ideas while deciding what they wanted to make and one clicked.

“We realised that banana fibres are good absorbents and usually treated as waste by farmers. With our model, we also create an additional source of income for these farmers. We are also looking at engaging women in rural and urban sets with our idea”

Saathi sources banana fibres from a banana plantation belt near Ahmedabad.

“Saathi was everything that I was passionate about woven together in one – engineering, sustainable product development, empowering women, and expanding it as a social enterprise.”

Talking of her first yay moment with Saathi, Kristin says,

“It was amazing to see the first prototype that looked like commercial pads! We are now looking to launch the product on the market very soon (we are taking pre-orders now!) and set up a manufacturing plant.”

 

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On International Women’s Day, we bring you stories 5 inspiring women who didn’t settle and are writing their own life stories!

At Chaaipani, we have had the pleasure to meet and write about some amazing women in the past couple of years. So this women’s day I’d like to celebrate their achievements, their dream of an equal society, and their efforts towards affecting not just their lives but lives of everyone around them.

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