When: Sun Dec 30 9pm – Sun Dec 30 10pm IST
1. New member intro
2. Have you thought about factors affection Standard of Living?
3. Why not start with a social ill?
4. Next fortnight goals!
The foundational principle of this blog is to appeal to the like-minded, address societal problems in India, discuss root causes, debate solutions and identify effective execution to improve the current standard of living. NOTE: THIS IS NOT FOR PHILANTHROPISTS! This is for those who believe that standard of living is the responsibility of the occupants. If you are looking for community service for self-gratification, this is not the place you are looking for.
When I think of changing society or even world without being unrealistic, the first question pops up in my mind is "Why should I even bother about it?"
After all I am happy, my family is happy and life is moving smoothly for me.
So the first question to encounter is why , before we actually get into the details of HOW and WHAT to do.
Why? Take a moment think about it. Do we really need to do anything?
Does it even matter to you how much poverty is there, how is our climate getting affected and how much is crime increasing in our society?
If your answer to these questions is NO!!! You are very normal.
If your answer to these questions is YES, You are literally, normal.
I believe, its about RESPONSIBILITY. If we think it is our responsibility to improve things around us, if we think that a child who sleeps hungry near a railway station is somehow related to the delicious biryani you had last night, if you think that it is an escape from reality when you turn yourself into oblivion, you have a trace of a responsible citizen within you.
And this responsibility is very different than what we usually consider as responsibility or duty. It is not a duty, it is not a charity. It is just a realization that society is integral part of me and I am just an impression of my society.
Only when we have right attitude to serve without the desire of popularity or results, we can move into a community relation.
With a right attitude , ideas automatically keeps flowing in, energy keeps you driving and the feeling of satisfaction and joy surrounds you 24X7.
Attendees: Aishwarya, Badhri, Shabnam
Summary: The group met after a long time of around 3 months. Concerns/Topics put forward were
a. Meetings should be held more regularly and frequently
b. There has been no activity done in the past 6 months since the group was started
c. Priya put forward her opinion on the nature and langugage of the blog posts
d. There has been no meeting where all the members have got a chance to get introduced to each other. This meeting will have to be on phone or voice chat since members are in different countries/cities.
Agreement and action items at the end of the meeting on the following:
a. Badhri will introduce Aishwarya and Shabnam to Rukmani (who works in Synopsys). Rukmini is closely associated with Anand Bharthi. After meeting Rukmani, Aishwarya and Shabnam will take forward the Anand Bharthi case and explore the possibilities available.
b. Shabnam will contact Subba Rao and get on update on the presentations that were suggested by Subba Rao
c. In light of Priya's suggestions, we will try and ensure that the posts are:
1. To the point
2. Easy to understand
3. Without long winding sentences
4. Without using difficult and complex sounding words
d. One of the objectives for the next 3 months is to come up with ideas regarding the focus of the group. Badhri's opinion is "Awareness" should be the focus of the group i.e. when we take up an activity we should ensure that the activity is able to raise the awareness levels of purpose or cause for which the activity was taken up.
e. There is no harm in evaluating a project. But a project will be taken up only after ensuring that everyone's opinion has been evaluated and taken into consideration.
f. The group will meet and communicate pro-actively.
This is Priya Venkat from El Paso, TX. I am glad to be a part of this group.
As we are all living at different parts of the world, its no way possible to exactly understand what others are actually thinking unless we communicate in an effective manner. As a Ph.D. student who has gained some experience in writing technical article and as an individual who has less vocabulary knowledge, I would like to tell you things that will help communicate better...
Though it is not possible for us to follow all points, the members can do a quick check right before we publish a post.. I am conveying some of my points by using badhri's recent post. No offense. He is my sweet cousin but I would like to point things out so that others can try not to repeat it.
While writing a post ..
1. Simplicity: The phrase "x can be considered to be a y" is best replaced by "x is like a y." The construction "it is the x that frobs the y" should be written as "the x frobs the y." In the same vein, "we refer to x as frobbing y" should be "we say that x frobs y."
2. Do not use too many conjunctions: Usage of many and's and that's and which's make the reader lose track. And tryto lay out things in a step by step manner
No offense badhri!!!
>>Or we are drowned in the sea of "good project ideas" that we end up implementing projects targeting mutually unrelated and often conflicting objectives, thus ensuring that the net progress towards the overarching objective (which here is standard of living) at the end of a number of projects, is minimal>>>
Its shows his english skill. But, believe me, it took me a lot of time to understand what he meant. Esp. when a group has to sustain by just reading, it is very important to be simple and non-voluble. We can say the same like this
" We may have to start somewhere. Otherwise, we may get drowned in the sea of good project ideas. Such 'good project ideas' may lead us to work on projects that may not exactly focus on our objective to raise the standard of living"
- We dont need details how it may not make it work !!!
3. Define things.. Do not assume what you are talking about
>>>This clearly mandates a framework that poses questions about the characteristics of the project, whose answer would shed light on the eventual million dollar question "How much will this project contribute towards improving the standard of living of the overall community">>
Yeh, it needs a framework.. a frame work to stay focussed in our objective to raise the std of living. But by framework, what exactly do you mean?? Wait and explain what you mean??
And it did not pose a question to me or others " about the characteristics of the project" and you have gone to the answer .. Stop.. Is the discussion or statement about the question and answer and the billion dollar question anyway directly relevant to stress the "need of frame work" esp. when you are getting back to talk abt the" refine.. define... " stuff.
Yeh.. focus on relevance
4. Relevance: Please make sure that every statement you say is relevant to your aim of the post. There is a big difference between an essay post and a technical post. Ours is more close to a technical post.
5. Organize your thoughts and be coherent: Do not jump back and forth.. It distracts the motto of the post.
6. Weak adjectives and adverbs: Many adjectives and adverbs add little to the sense of a sentence. It is often wise to remove the adjectives "mere," "basic," "essential," "major" and "fundamental," as well as their adverbial forms. Some adjectives are advertisements without substance. Unless you explain what you mean, don't use words like "advanced," "powerful," "sophisticated," "flexible," or "special."
7. Weak verbs: Certain verbs, notably "make," "do," and "perform," are often used in situations where a much better verb can be found. For example, "The priest did a check after the penitent made his confession" is best recast as "The priest checked after the penitent confessed." Likewise, "I can't make a determination on the basis of one symptom" should be written as "I can't base a determination on one symptom," or, even better, "I can't determine it from one symptom." If you find that most of your meaning is in your nouns, and very little is in your verbs, you should be using stronger verbs. A symptom is excessive use of "is" and "are."
8. Double negatives: Remove double negatives. Replace "not dissimilar to" with "similar to". Replace "no different from" with "similar to" or "the same as". It is sometimes better to replace "not less than" with "greater than or equal to", even though the replacement is wordier.
9. Self-heckling: Don't contradict yourself within the same sentence in which you make a positive statement. Wait until a later sentence
I grabbed some other points from a professor's website in University of Kentucky (my univ)wherefrom I learned. For more info reg. writing, please visit here
Thanks for patience and your understanding.
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There’s no denying the fact that India has come a long way since 15th August 1947 economically on the global front...but the progress has been only on a superficial level...at a grassroot level there’s still so much to do…so much pain and agony for the majority of Indian population. Today Politics has become a money-making profession; the zeal to work towards the development of people is no more visible in the eyes of our politicians. And we as citizens are equally responsible for the change, as Gandhiji has rightly said “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
Aishwarya and myself have been discussing on this subject for quiet some time about how we can bring in the change...and I am glad now we seriously wish to materialise it. There are so many issues prevalent in India, on a national level, state level, metro level, district level and village level...each unique on its own and severe enough to draw our attention..We were wondering which stream to target first, how do we begin with, but the bottomline was we genuinely wanted to reach out and exted our support in whatever ways we can..! Now we have Badri too with similar thought processes and hence i wish all three of us jointly can initiate this and make it really sucessful. Its our collective initiative to unselfishly help those sections of society which needs our support and assistance!
Would truly appreciate further suggestions/plans/ideas etc to work on this actively.
The initiative: Targeting the roots
Core belief: Standard of living in a society can be improved only by the people who constitute it. If they don't work towards better living standards, nobody will.
Purpose of the initiative: To strive for improvement of living standards in Indian society.
Objective of the blog: This blog forms a rallying point for our initiative. Please DO NOT mistake the blog for "the initiative". The blog is, but, a part of our initiative. Through the blog we intend to:
1. Build a forum which will provide a platform for authors to:
i. Introduce their ideas and views on issues or ills prevailing in current Indian scenario.
ii. Discuss/Deliberate/Argue their ideas and views on topics introduced by other authors.
iii. Formulate cohesive (well integrated) and coherent(well planned) targeted initiatives/solutions, which will follow the above two steps.
iv. Form a consensus to prioritize activities, decide on future course of action for a particular activity or for the initiative as a whole
2. Build a dashboard of information on updates on current activities, start of a new activity, addition of a new member, etc.,
3. To initiate a knowledge center where interested people can introduce a social problem and opine its root causes. Suggest, analyze, debate, form a consensus and prioritize solution(s) and execution strategy.
Guidelines for authors:
1. Will express their perception of social problems, put forward their take on what they believe are its root causes.
2. May propose solutions and execution strategy if they have any.
3. Are expected to actively participate in the discussions that ensue such proposals & assist in the execution of the strategy discussed.
4. May use this blog to promote/share their own initiatives/experiences that they may have any, take help or pass on some useful suggestions to drive it further..
5. Other civic rules apply - Personal, inflammatory, racist and other derogatory remarks strictly prohibited.
Note of caution:
· This blog is just an interface that keeps the team and the general public informed and updated. The objective is to do meaningful work at the ground-level.
· Anybody from the public domain is welcome to be an author in this blog. Choice to be or not to be an author is totally voluntary.
· Posts by authors are not moderated, but will be monitored for strict compliance to civic guidelines.
· Comment from readers and authors are moderated.
Sister Blog: This ancillary blog is meant to act a resource storehouse for the the large amount of information that will be required for any of our activities. Reason for having it separately was to ensure that this blog does not get cluttered.