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Empowering Villagers by ICT (23 Nov 2006- article published in FPJ newspaper, mumbai)

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Empowering Villagers by ICT


ICT - Information & Communication Technology –
"Information and communications technologies (ICT) are the computing and communications facilities and features that variously support teaching, learning and a range of activities in education.

When we think of villages, what comes before our eyes is the filmi depiction --- green fields full of crops, numerous big trees and plants, small ponds, lined huts, grazing cattle, green grass, meandering roads, birds chirping, children playing and people dressed in simple clothes. The mere thought of a village takes us back to our roots. The fragrance of the soil brings a fresh aroma in the air.

But the real picture of village life is quite different, making villagers face the harsh realities of Poverty and Unemployment.

India is a country of villages. About 627,000 of them scattered through the country. Most of these are very small with a population of about 1000 people. The primary occupation being agriculture, de…

NEW WORLD...(April 2005)

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New world...


We want a new world,
with lucid sky and spotless earth.
We want a new world,
with peaceful death and blessed birth.


We want a new world,
with beam on every face,
with charm in every word,
with love in every gaze.


We want a new world,
with no ties and lashes,
with no boundaries for dreams,
with no margins for wishes.


We want a new world,
with laughter in mound.
We want a new world,
with happiness all around...


OUT THERE IN INDIAN VILLAGES (June-2005)

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OUT THERE IN INDIAN VILLAGES

When we think of villages, what comes in front of our eyes is green fields full of crops, numerous big trees and plants, small ponds, lined huts, grazing cattle, green grass, muddy roads, birds chirping, children playing and people dressed in simple clothes. The mere thought of a village takes us back to our roots. The fragrance of the soil brings in the freshness in the air. But there are many who can just relate with these villages as another place to live in where the life is slightly tougher.

India is a country of villages. About 627,000 of them scattered through the country. Most of these are very small with a population of about 1000 people. The primary occupation of the majority of Indian villagers is – agriculture. Here, in the face of difficulties of all kinds, farmers follow time- tested as well as innovative methods of growing wheat, rice, lentils, vegetables, fruits, and many other crops. But to the great extent all the agricultural outputs are s…

IN YOUR EYES...(Jan 2005)

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In your eyes....

With the brightness and the light of sun,
and the calmness of the sea,

with the moon's beauty and attraction,
and the peace beneath the tree,


With the mountain's strength and height,
and the swiftness of the river,

with a bird's freedom and flight,
and the sweetness of the flower,

With a child's truth and innocence,
and the intensity of love,

with the God's belief and presence,
and the confidence all above,

With the depth of the ocean,
and the colour of the skies,

My whole world lies-
In your eyes....

THE SHOTS INDIA PLAY (August 2005)

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“Optimism”- the 49th rule that the Indian cricket team follows besides the other 48 rules they learn for the game. Everyday is a new day for our players. Everyday they make a new beginning forgetting the won and the lost games of the past. Indian youth who get frustrated just by failing in an examination can learn a lot from the Indian cricket team. Whatever comes in the way, life and cricket moves on.



CRICKET- NOT JUST A GAME

In India, cricket is not just a game- but a medium through which all the abuses you learn from the street people can be recited once or twice in praise of the players during their uneven batting, bowling or fielding. You can bring out your frustration bluntly sitting before the TV and no one would ever mind. Cricket is also an issue which can help you eat anything on the dining table with a tête-à-tête on it. Besides this, cricket also gives you Oscar nominated movies like ‘Lagaan’. And don’t forget about the additions that the Indian cricket team makes to our voc…

VEDNA (November 2001)

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Bhagwaan ye kaisa srijan, ki zor kar kan-kan kripan, tumne rachi aisi bhumi...?

jahaan ashrudhaara se namit, dard peeda se drawit...
apni vyatha ko dhota hua insaan, pal-pal jeete, pal-pal marte huye,
har kadam par kayi hisson main bat te huye...
andheri amaa nisha main, chal raha hai eis aas main...

ki shaayad ek din wah chhu sakegaus swarnim shikhar ki uchaai ko,
man main asankhya dhoomil pade,swapno ki sachchaai ko...

par chhune ko swarnim sikhar, jab wah apna haath badhaata hai,
kho deta hai santulan,aur us uchaai se gir jaata hai...

Bhagwaan ye kaisa srijan? jahaan dukh maatra jeevan darpan,
maanav ki eis vedna se, kya vyathit nahi tumhaara man!

MADHUBANI PAINTINGS (April 2005)

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“MADHUBANI PAINTINGS”


Beginning in the 1960s a style of painting that had been used to decorate the walls of houses was transferred to paper or canvas in the Madhubani district of the state of Bihar, in north-east India. That is called Madhubani painting.

It has been an age old tradition in Madhubani and its nearby villages to paint certain signs or pictures on the walls of the houses. It is believed that King Janak’s demand of this painting during his daughter Sita’s marriage gave it a recognisition in society.

The method of this painting has been simple yet unique and attractive. Several images are formed where straight and curved colourful lines join to complete a picture. Earlier home made colours were used for the purpose. Those colours were made from the leaves and flowers of plants and trees. It was convenient for the poor artisans to go on with such materials of painting as that was highly economical. Most of the houses used to have the pictures of the Gods, marriage ceremonies, …

ZINDAGI (March 2004)

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Har mod par apni paribhasha badalti jaa rahi hai zindgi,
kahi galat-kahi sahi faislon se hokar,
guzarti jaa rahi hai zindagi.

kai eikchhaon, kai koshishon aurkai umeedon ke bandhanon main,
kai baar hi bandhkar ulajhati jaa rahi hai zindagi.

Sach hai kaha kisi ne ki,jeena bhi ek kala hai,
dunia hai rangmanch, naatkon ka silsila hai.

Har kisi ko apne hisse kakirdaar hai nibhaana,
sukh-dukh ke nishchit chakron main kuchh khona hai kuchh paana.

Tay kar chuka hai koi ki kiski kis tarah ho zindagi,
kisi ki likhi kitaab parchalti jaa rahi hai zindagi.