Thursday, 3 December, 2009

Products made by differently abled artisans

From: Kshmendra Kaul <>
Date: Dec 2, 2009
Subject: Repost - MESH – Maximising Employment to Serve the Handicapped

"MESH – Maximising Employment to Serve the Handicapped"
Mrs. Savitri is a weaver at the Physically Handicapped Training and Rehabilitation Centre in Sangli, Maharashtra suffers from leprosy but is learning to make scarves using wool for the first time.
Mr. Anbazhgan is a disabled wood-cutter, part of The Helen Keller wood carving group in Kalakurchi in Tamil Nadu, who is learning about the problems he could face with the use of an unfamiliar wood for an international client.
Mrs. Kankadurga works at Bethany Products, Bethany Leprosy Colony in Andhra Pradesh to create bed webbing that is used in the production of strong and beautiful bags.
Mr. Tarak Nath Roy of Susunia, West Bengal, is a gifted stone carver but disabled by polio.
The lives of these four artisans and several hundreds like them have been changed by an organization called MESH (Maximizing Employment to Serve the Handicapped). Earlier they were all being paid half of what their products were worth because of the presence of middle-men. But now, due to the efforts of a MESH, these artisans are able to market their wares directly and receive their due credit.

Mission and Activities:

MESH aims at providing opportunities for social and economic development to disabled and leprosy-affected people. It achieves this by acting as an intermediary between the disabled artisans and the market place. In effect they secure orders from national and international buyers, forward those orders to the skilled artisans, train and guide the artisans in fulfilling these orders, and promote fair wages among the artisans.
In addition to this, MESH helps the artisans by providing access to a host of design and product development ideas from its own Design Studio in order to keep them updated on the latest market trends. The organization helps add value to the artisans' products by telling their stories. It also provides training in best business practices and helps the artisans secure 50% advance payment if required so that they can buy their raw materials without taking loans.

Products and Contact Information:

Their product catalogue includes shoulder bags, table mats, scarves, bedcovers, tablecloths, office stationery, toys, cards in a large variety of shapes, sizes, designs and materials to keep up with the latest trends and cater to various needs. All of these are available at their stores at the following locations in India:
5, Local Shopping Centre,
Uday Park,
New Delhi 110 049
Tel. +91 11 26965039/26568048
Shop No. 8,
NTR Gardens
Necklace Road,

Tel. +91 9703879557
Besides this, MESH also has retail outlets in Britain, Germany, Sweden, USA and some other locations.

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Where Were You .... on 26/11... Chup Na Raho... join in ...

Lets Speak Up. Lets Join In.

Where Were You??? on 26/11... A reminder of the gory night that was, a platform to vent and to speak up for the cause of 26/11.

Event Plan:

We dont want our activity to in anyway hinder the peace or functioning of the vicinity. We would form a circle of 3-4 people, one of the participants would come in the center and speak about what s/he was doing on 26/29 November 2008. Once s/he finishes, s/he points to a random person in the circle and asks "Where Were You?". Now this person, (who could be amongst us or a bystander who teams up) would come to the center circle and speak about her/is experience on 26-29/11.

What Do We Wish To Achieve?

Mumbai Suffers from Amnesia. We forget too early and too fast. Well, thats what critics think, we think NOT.

Lest we forget, the tragedy of 26/11. Not to corrode our wounds with salt, but to remember and to let people know that the famous Mumbai Spirit cannot be taken for granted.

The results of this campaign would not all be tangible and quantifiable. Whats important is that it starts the internal dialogue... And gets you to think.

We could be cynical and resigned, and sure about changelessness, or initiate and partake in an event that speak up: truly and openly.

So, Will you join us???


Who Is Organizing? Permissions?

This event is a part of the "Chup Na Raho" campaign of the Facebook Group W=A=T=S. (we are the scene) from 8 am- 8pm

W=A=T=S is organizing an exhibition from 8 am in the morning.

here are some details from the discussion board of the W=A=T=S group

"There will be the following set of activities through which YOU can Express Yourselves
• Exhibitions Installation Arts
• Painting Sculptures
• Posters Photographs
• Graffiti Banners
• Street theater Performances
• Extempore performances
• Acoustic Music performances
• Martial Arts "

Though, we are not playing yours and mine here. It is a collective activity. All are free to join us, in person and in spirit.

Should you need information about the artist movement "W=A=T=S" or the other events this young motley group is organizing please feel free to contact Afaque at +91 9969711130

Harish Iyer
+91 9833100340

Moderator: Bridge The Gap

Join in the facebook event here

Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

"Where Were You? - The Street Extempore- JOIN IN!

What are you doing on the anniversary of that gory night? It still generates  a chill down my spine when I think of that ominous night. It saddens me to learn that many of us have lived up to the amnesic nature of Mumbai. And it is upon us, few awakened souls, to create an intersting movement for people to participate.

What Is The (Tentative) Plan??
Along with a few friends of mine, id be at different terror spots on 26/11. We will do something very simple. Form a circle of 3-4 people, one of the participants would come in the center and speak about what s/he was doing on 26/29 November 2008. Once s/he finishes, s/he points to a random person in the circle and asks "Where Were You?". Now this person, (who could be amongst us or a bystander who teams up) would come to the center circle and speak about her/is experience on 26-29/11.

Would you like to join in too??? we are waiting. call Harish Iyer on 9833100340 or email him on

Wednesday, 21 October, 2009

Young animation film maker seeks financial support

Debanjan Nandy,  seeks financial support to join the National Film and Television School (NFTS), Beaconsfield, UK for an MA in Animation Film Direction. He's an NID alumnus, and has worked with Famous Studios (Mumbai), OGS Animation (Kolkata), Galloping Films (Australia), MTV (Mumbai) and UNICEF.
What follows is Deb's appeal. If you know anyone who might be able to help, do get in touch with Deb at
He'd be happy to mail you a pdf document with samples of his work.
This is a bit urgent, since Deb has to pay his fees by November 10. Would be glad if you could share this with your contacts at the earliest.

Appended below is a copy of his email.



Dear Ma'am/ Sir,


      I am Debanjan Nandy from Mumbai, India. I am an animation film maker and a graduate in Animation Film Design from the National Institute of Design (NID) - India's premier design institute. After graduation, I have worked professionally for four years on various projects with studios like Famous House of Animation, Famous Studios, Mumbai, OGS Animation (Kolkata) and Galloping Films (Australia), MTV (Mumbai) and UNICEF. Some of the projects included television commercials like Cadbury's, Tata Sky, Sony Pix, ICICI Prudential, UNICEF and many more and also on television series like Jonny Bravo. While creating animation for children in the areas of education and entertainment, awareness campaigns etc., I feel the need to undergo professional training in Animation Direction to convey my stories more effectively. Currently, I have secured a place among eight students in the world for a two year extensive course to learn the craft of Animation film Direction (MA in Animation Direction) at the National Film and Television School (NFTS), Beaconsfield, UK (


NFTS receives half its funding from the Government of UK – the Department of Culture, Media and Sport; and the other half from the Film and Television industry.  Therefore, it is part-private and part-public funded.  It is a higher education establishment providing post-graduate education.  It has been nominated as a Skillset Screen Academy and has a long standing reputation as UK's leading centre of excellence in Film and Television training.  The MA course is validated by the Royal College of Art, London. 


With my four years of industry experience, including days and nights of hardship, I am looking forward to learning a lot more in order to design great films. The expense of higher study at NFTS is huge (GBP 50,000 / INR 4,250,000). And with respect to the foreign exchange rates, the amount is massive and substantially high. Working hard to becoming a successful screen-storyteller is a dream, and I would like to proceed forward for education in such a prestigious school. I would be thankful to receive any kind of financial help, in the form of scholarships or grants from your institution/individuals that would help me sign up for the course successfully.


My course begins in January, and I need to pay my tuition fees by 10th of November 2009. I am looking for funding for my cost of living in the UK that can open a window to my tuition fees that the bank has agreed to give me as an educational loan. If I am granted a scholarship/grant/sponsorship to aid my higher education in UK, I aim to learn to direct good films to tell good stories to the world around, so as to elevate the value and quality of life. After completion of the course in Animation Direction, I look forward to work on educational programs for children to help them learn.


I would like to thank you for your precious time. I would be highly obliged if you can consider me for a scholarship/grant/funding.


Herein I attach the recommendation letters of two of my tutors at NID who are well-known figures in the animation film industry .Also is an attached files of few images from various projects that I have worked on. In case you would like to see more of my work, I will be glad to share it with you.


I look forward to hearing from you.


Thank you.


Yours faithfully,
Debanjan Nandy.

Mobile: +91 98333 59569




Source: received an email from Chintan Girish Modi, Hijacked it, and posted it here.

Thursday, 24 September, 2009

"MUSIC FOR CHANGE" @ Blue Frog, Lower Parel

To kick start the Joy of Giving Week Blue Frog is hosting a special Retro Music for Change Night on the 26th of September. Live music played by The Other People followed by DJ Monty's mixes.

Proceeds from the entry fee will go to support Ashoka's Youth Venture, UnLtd India & Teach for India.

Come and enjoy the music, support change and meet some of our young Changemakers.

Start Time:
Saturday, 26 September 2009 at 22:00
End Time:
Sunday, 27 September 2009 at 02:00


For The Facebook Invite: Click Here
For The Twitter Invite : Click Here

Monday, 10 August, 2009


· Please do not panic, Swine Flu is currently not a national pandemic the way it is made out to be

· Please do not take self-medication as that renders the drug useless in actual treatment should you get the virus

· 'SWINE FLU' medicines are ONLY available with Govt. Hospitals in India – contact details enclosed below

· Should you suspect symptoms:

o Please get your tests done immediately

o We would also strongly recommend that you stay at home and ensure you do not spread the infection by travelling or coming into work

· All cases of Swine Flu are not serious in nature, however since there is no vaccine available currently to protect against it, the best alternative is to follow some preventive measures as below:


1. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw tissue in the trash after you use it. Use the disposable masks in airports, crowded markets.

2. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze

3. Use alcohol-based hand cleaners (e.g: Germ Free)

4. Try to avoid close contact with sick people

5. Always maintain high levels of personal hygiene, especially before and after food preparation and in & out of toilets.

6. While in an affected region, seek immediate medical attention if you develop influenza-like symptoms. (High Fever, body pain, coughing and red nose)

7. Get plenty of sleep

8. Rest and take plenty of liquids

9. Drink plenty of water and eat nutritious food


1. Touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way

2. Visits live animal markets, poultry and pig farms in affected countries

3. Shake hands or hug in greeting

4. Spit in public

5. Take medicines without consulting a physician

6. If you are sick, PLEASE stay at home and limit contact with others as much as possible

7. Forget to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze

8. Neglect yourself and seek medical advice if needed

Attached is a detailed information guide to Swine Flu – please do take the time out to go through it to protect yourself and your family..It also lists out hospitals authorized to treat swine flu at the moment.

The diagnostic blood test is done at selected institutes only, e.g: Inst. of Virology, Pune and in few prominent hospitals in major cities such as:


1. National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune

National Reference Centre and WHO (H5) Reference Laboratory Director : Dr.A..Mishra

Contact Number : Office - 020-261

Mobile - 09970178555

24X7 contact number for informing about sample collection: 020-26006210/290

2. National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD),

22 Shamnath Marg, Delhi

Special DG & Director : Dr Shiv Lal

Contact No. (office) : 011-23913148

HOD, Microbiology : Dr Shashi Khare

Mobile :9899900731

24X7 contact number for informing about sample collection : 011-23921401

3. Regional Reference Laboratories (Standby labs) National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases (NICED), Kolkata


Regional Medical Research Centre, Dibrugarh


4. Additional BSL laboratories being Commissioned :

CRI, Kasauli

Haffkine Institute, Mumbai

Thursday, 6 August, 2009

Prevention Against Swine Flu - Authorized Govt Centers



City Hospital Address Contact
Chennai King Institute of Preventive Medicine (24/7 Service) Guindy, Chennai – 32 (044) 22501520, 22501521 & 22501522
Communicable Diseases Hospital Thondiarpet, Chennai (044) 25912686/87/88, 9444459543
Government General Hospital Opp. Central Railway Station, Chennai – 03 (044) 25305000, 25305723, 25305721, 25330300
Pune Naidu Hospital Nr Le'Meridian, Raja Bahadur Mill, GPO, Pune - 01 (020) 26058243
National Institute of Virology 20A Ambedkar Road, Pune - 11 (020) 26006290
Kolkata ID Hospital 57,Beliaghata, Beliaghata Road, Kolkata - 10 (033) 23701252
Coimbatore Government General Hospital Near Railway Station,
Trichy Road, Coimbatore - 18
(0422) 2301393, 2301394, 2301395, 2301396
Hyderabad Govt. General and Chest Diseases Hospital, Erragadda, Hyderabad (040) 23814939
Mumbai Kasturba Gandhi Hospital Arthur Road, N M Joshi Marg, Jacob Circle, Mumbai - 11 (022) 23083901, 23092458, 23004512
Sir J J Hospital J J Marg, Byculla, Mumbai - 08 (022) 23735555, 23739031, 23760943, 23768400 / 23731144 / 5555 / 23701393 / 1366
Haffkine Institute Acharya Donde Marg, Parel, Mumbai - 12 (022) 24160947, 24160961, 24160962
Kochi Government Medical College Gandhi Nagar P O, Kottayam - 08 (0481) 2597311,2597312
Government Medical College Vandanam P O, Allapuzha - 05 (0477) 2282015
Taluk Hospital Railway Station Road, Alwaye, Ernakulam (0484) 2624040  Sathyajit - 09847840051
Taluk Hospital Perumbavoor PO, Ernakulam 542 (0484) 2523138  Vipin - 09447305200
Gurgaon &
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Ansari Nagar, Aurobindo Marg Ring Road, New Delhi - 29 (011) 26594404, 26861698  Prof. R C Deka - 9868397464
National Institute for Communicable Diseases 22, Sham Nath Marg,
New Delhi - 54
(011) 23971272/060/344/524/449/326
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Kharak Singh Marg,
New Delhi - 01
(011) 23741640, 23741649, 23741639
Dr. N K Chaturvedi – 9811101704
Vallabhai Patel Chest Institute University Enclave, New Delhi- 07 (011) 27667102, 27667441, 27667667, 27666182
Bangalore Victoria Hospital K R Market, Kalasipalayam, Bangalore - 02 (080) 26703294  Dr. Gangadhar - 94480-49863
SDS Tuberculosis & Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases Hosur Road, Hombegowda Nagar, Bangalore - 29 (080) 26631923  Dr. Shivaraj - 99801-48780

 Thanks for sharing Chandni.




For any information on Swine Flu (H1N1) in India, call 1075 or 1800-11-4377 (toll free)

via @DNA

Wednesday, 15 July, 2009

[iCONGO-l] Karmaveer Puraskaar nomination call & Environ 2009 outreach

Dear Friends & Fellow Citizens,

Greetings from all of us at iCONGO!

iCONGO and AIESEC in Delhi IIT invite you to register and attend Environ, 2009. The event emphasizes on the importance of Green Technology in today's Corporate society and the employment avenues for the youth in the environmental sector. Date: 18th July, 2009 Venue: Trident Hilton Hotel, Gurgaon Timing- 2.30-6.00 p.m Registration Fee- Rs. 1000. A discount of Rs. 100 is being offered to delegates registering through iCONGO For more details, please log on to, or refer to the attached creative. To register, please reply to this mail or call 9910305797

Today we also launch and announce the call for nominations from citizens in India and all over the world for the "4TH KARMAVEER PURASKAAR (KVP) - 2009-10" .  
Do  you or anyone you know, have a brave heart, helping hands,  , the compassion courage of conviction and an iron will to BE and LEAD the CHANGE in the Society? If YES, then you or your friends/ associates can be one of our KARMAVEER fellows. Our KARMAVEER awardees are affectionately dubbed by the people and the media as NOBLE LAUREATES.  ( for details ).

"KARMAVEER PURASKAAR " is the National Awards for Social Justice and Citizen Action instituted by the people sector with various partner organisations, citizens at large and media supporters. The awards are given every year on the 26th day of November, our National Social Justice and Citizen Action Day, the day we adopted our constitutional pledge as a REPUBLIC and Indian Citizens in 1949. This year we celebrate the 4th year of "KARMAVEER" and the 60th year of having adopted our constitutional pledge which teaches us that besides being good humans we also need to be GOOD CITIZENS. The KARMAVEER fellowship is an endeavour to build awareness of and honour the valuable contributions being made by various people who have led and become the change, and believe that they can try and RIGHT every WRONG as an individual and as ONE people, thus encouraging other citizens to also be the change in the future.  

If you know that you or someone you know should be among the Noble laureates, please nominate by filling the Online Nomination Form and Testimonials page by clicking on . Your Nominations should reach us before 15th August. 

With warmest Regards,

For Team iCONGO

Meenu Chopra
Executive Founding Director

Tuesday, 14 July, 2009


Power Supply

Reliance: 30303030

MSEB: 25686666

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)

Control room: 22694727

For emergency complaints like building or wall collapses, call 1916.

For fallen trees, short circuits or fire, call 101 or 23085991.

For drainage related complaints, call 1916.

Drainage control rooms: 23678109 (city), 26146852 (western suburbs) or 25153258 (eastern suburbs)

Central Railway

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus: 22697330

Dadar: 24143841

Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Kurla: 26502475, 25298499

Kalyan: 95251-2311499

Western Railway

Call 131 or 22005388

Mumbai Pune Expressway

Call 09822498224


drainage control rooms

Drainage control rooms: 23678109 (city), 26146852 (western suburbs) or 25153258 (eastern suburbs)

(source : Rediff)

Water Logging in Andheri

Areas in Andheri and Juhu are water logged. Please take care. Trains have stopped. So please dont try to venture out. have a nice office day out.

VIRTUAL HELPLINE(Infoline) OPENS:::: Mumbai Cloudburst- Help Animals, Dont let them drown

There has been a big cloud burst in bombay. We don't want this to be another 26th July. Last time when there was rain, Buffalos were tied down and drowned in that condition as the owners dint find it important enough to untie them at jogeshwari Lets learn from our mistakes and be compassionate. Someone in jogeshwari, please visit the tabelas and urge the owners to untie the Buffaloes or be on alert.

Disaster Control - 22704403/22694725

Do call me on +919833100340 or leave a message at so that I could update the blog or try and find help for you.

Friday, 10 July, 2009

UNCONFIRMED REPORTS of Bomb Found @ Andheri Station

Got a message on Twitter and then discussed with him over phone. There seems to be a terrible traffic jam outside Andheri station. The police have reached on time and have averted any calamity. As of now, it has not been reported by any news paper / channel and is just an eyewitness account of things. Kindly dont panic and

Wait for official confirmation

(source: via twitter @umennet )

Wednesday, 8 July, 2009

Volunteer Needed Urgently

July 7, 2009

I urgently require a volunteer to help. It is regarding a family member who is in a divorce case. The wife has alleged a case of cruelty against the husband. The court requires that a volunteer from a reputed NGO supervise the visits of the child (1year, 7months) and father. His parents too will be present. We live in Bandra west.

If anyone can help us or can guide us on this, please contact me on the email address given below.
Thank you very much.
LG (Luz)

Monday, 29 June, 2009

Physiotherapist Needed for 26/11 survivor Poonam Singh

Poonam Singh, a 26/11 survivor, received bullet wounds in both legs. She needs physiotherapy in order to walk comfortably again. She is just 34, she has young children to bring up. She lives in the slums at Vikhroli, and her room is right at the top of a hillock. This makes it difficult to bring her down everytime she needs to go for a physiotherapy session.

India Helps is looking out for a physiotherapist who would be willing to conduct weekly physiotherapy sessions at her residence, either pro bono or at a nominal charge. Do write in to India Helps if you could help out. They can be contacted at

crossposted from

Tuesday, 26 May, 2009

Join Me In A Thank-A-Thon... 6months after 26/11


6 mths hv passd now.. and the wounds have not healed.

While the affected are reeling in terror. Some of us are getting amnesic, We thanked them, screamed slogans... and forgot... and found an easy excuse in our busy schedules.

Today is the Day.

Lets thank the saviours!

Join me as i walk the THANK-A-THON fm V.T. to cama, taj,colaba police,trident and oberoi...

Ill set off fm V.T. At 8ish. Join me??

Call me. 9833100340.

(carry just pure heartfelt gratitude with u, why carry flowers that will dry and die?)

if you cant join me... just do one thing... pick up your phone... and call

Here is a list of numbers that I have published here.

You dont need an opportune time to call and tell them that you love the fact that they helped protect you and your city? do you...

Dont think twice... just call them up and let them know that you love them for what they have given our city.

Tuesday, 17 March, 2009

26/11 survivor- 4 month old Vaishnavi Needs a Home.

Baby Vaishnavi needs a Home! she needs to connect with her relatives.

she is 4 months old and lost both her parents on 26/11 at VT.

she is presently looked after by her maid. But how long?

she needs to connect with her relatives soon. Please help her. Should you be in the media or have friends in the media... please i request you to do a story on her.

Lets find her relatives.

Thank you mayank sen, zubin driver for this information. They are aware of the child's whereabouts. Please contact me at 9833100340 and I shall direct you to them. Cant publish their numbers here.

REPOSTING FROM Fight Back's Facebook Group

Lilima Rai wrote
at 2:56pm yesterday
Hi All,
I have come across one of the youngest 26/11 victims. Vaishnavi, aged about 4mnths was only 15days old when her parents Samanya & Deepti were killed at the Gateway of India during the Mumbai mayhem.

She had stayed back at home with her caretaker-Reshma. Reshma, apparently din't know who to contact to find out the whereabouts of the other relatives of the deceased couple and kept the child with her.

She's been taking care of Vaishnavi since then & was in Hyd to meet a relative; when we came to know about all this. She works as a maid and is known to my maid in Hyd.

I have posted some pics of the baby and this woman here. The parents originally belonged to Gujrat, and had been staying at Virar area of Mumbai and were engaged in Sarees' business.

These are the only details we could get out of Reshma and Zubin along with us is taking it forward.

We urge you all to help us in whichever possible way to get the child united with her relatives, family.

Monday, 16 March, 2009

Hindustan Times Tags Along

This is an article that appeared in Hindustan Times on 15/03/2009. Thank you Kinjal and Hemant for this wonderful article.

Monday, 23 February, 2009

Project TAG ALONG: Celebrate Slumdog Millionaire

8 awards for Slumdog Millionaire. lets celebrate the success with the kids whom many shun.: the visually/physically challenged kids languishing in our streets with a begging bowl.
life for them is terror-filled everyday. A thats because we are blinded with ignorance and apathy.

Lets Give These Kids a Cinematic Experience.

Lets watch Slumdog Crorepati with Them.
So if you see a child with a begging bowl... buy a ticket for her/him, prebook the tickets for the child and yourself online and meet us at the theater.

Well, you could watch it with them anywhere... but if we all could meet at one place...we could set a big example for people to follow suit.

do your own bit... THE box office opens on Friday.

JOIN ME ON SATURDAY, 28 Feb 2009 at CINEMAX, Andheri for the 12:45 show...

I REPEAT: The box office opens on Friday.. I will book my tickets then... You too please do the same on Friday.

you could contact me at +919833100340

or mail me at

Join the facebook group: HERE 

Thanks for the overwhelming response. 
Now, lets take it beyond bombay!


SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE isnt a movie just about slums, its a movie about optimism and a belief that there will be change. positive change. 

whereever you are, US/ London/ Singapore... Whereever.. Participate in PROJECT TAG ALONG... 

just decide on a theater where you all would be meeting, and teh show... and make a few phone calls and send out a few emails... and Bingo! you have created a Project Tag Along event. 

Friday, 20 February, 2009

Lets help this guy find a better life.

i received this mail drafted by nehal,.

Come on gals and guys, lets visit this guy... share a hug.. and get him a place. NGOs, friends, please do feel free to call me on +91 9833100340/ email me at and tell me how you could help this person.

I pass by a stranger who would has barren/injured legs, where flys are beaming aound in 100s and crocks are sticking in the legs. Its indeed a terrible visual. He rests entire day beneath a tree near National Gallery of Music Art, Near Oval Ground, Fort, on the MG Road, Mumbai.

I beg of help from you. Someone please help me to get him better please, or suggest a way. I am really running out of time and patience.

God bless!


love you for this.
we are with you,
we are with him.
Lets find him a place.
lets find him a life.

I am visiting him today in the evening at 7... anyone interested in joining?

Tuesday, 17 February, 2009

HELP - A Free Health Library

Dear Blogdosts. I found

this worthwhile. Hope you do, too.

HELP - the Health Education Library for People, India's first Consumer Health Education Resource Center , and one of the world's largest consumer health libraries ( as determined by the Medical Library Association , USA ) was established in 1997 to empower people by providing them with the information they need to promote their health , and prevent and treat medical problems in the family in partnership with their doctor. We are a registered charitable trust and a non-profit organisation.
We offer the following facilities:

1. Airconditioned reading rooms, with a seating capacity for 20-25 people;
2. An upto date collection of over 5000 consumer health books, 10000 pamphlets, and many magazines and newsletters
3. Audiovisual educational media, including over 600 videotapes. Videos can be viewed in privacy in the library
4. Computer software , including over 30 CD-ROMs on all health and medical topics
5. Photocopying facilities, at Re 1 a page
6. A lecture hall ( seating capacity of over 70 people) with a big-screen projector which we give free to NGOs for health talks.

We have access to information on every health and medical topic under the sun - explained in terms which the layperson can understand.
HELP has become a prototype of the modern digital library. Our website at is India's leading health portal, and receives over half a million hits a month !
We are a public library - everyone is welcome ! Entry to HELP is free !
We are open Monday through Saturday, from 10 am to 6.30 pm. For those unable to come personally to the library, we also answer questions by post or e-mail. This is an innovative service called MISS-HELP ( Medical Information Search Services from HELP ) which allows us to provide medical information to users from all over India .

We feel patients are the largest untapped healthcare resource and that Information Therapy is Powerful Medicine !

We help patients save money on medical care by
1. Promoting SelfCare and helping them to do as much for themselves as they can
2. Helping them with Evidence-Based Guidelines , so that they can ask for the right medical treatment that they need - no more and no less
3. Helping them with Veto Power, so they can say No to medical care they don’t need, thus preventing overtesting and unnecessary surgery .

Please do come and visit HELP !

Our focus areas now are:
1. encouraging health insurance companies to invest in patient education
2. advocating information therapy
3. setting up a national network of patient education centers
4. developing patient educational materials in Indian languages for the web

Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD
Medical Director
HELP - Health Education Library for People
Excelsior Business Center,
National Insurance Building,
Ground Floor, Near Excelsior Cinema,
206, Dr.D.N Road, Mumbai 400001
Tel. No.:65952393/65952394

reposted from my blogdost De's blog

start a chain reaction to spread the word... copy paste this to your blog...

Tuesday, 20 January, 2009

Be There at Vashi Station!

On saturday 24 January, GAP would be at Vashi Station outside the ticket counter at 6. 30 pm.We would be engaging in a "Hugs for Peace" Campaign with the railway authorities, the GRP, The police and random citizens...

The message we wish to propagate is that "We have NOT forgotten your contribution. You dont forget the date - 26/11".

Monday, 12 January, 2009

Disaster Management Sessions - Rise Up India

In tune with GAP's vision of forming a group of proactive altruists in times of disaster. Kaizad Bhamgara and his friends at Rise Up India have a ready module on Disaster Management.

This is a group of and intelligent young minds. We need to help the team take their modules to different institutes/organisations. If you are associated with any educational institution please contact Kaizad at You could also call me up at +919833100340.

To Join the FaceBook Group of Rise Up India! please click on the tab that says Great Initiatives on the side panel.

Sunday, 4 January, 2009

Ebullient Discussion on Terror Management @ SIES, Nerul

Attended a special session on "Terror Management" at SIES management school as one of the panelists bringing to the fore the effectiveness of new media. The students were spirited, and the discussion- highpowered. Would follow up with the institute to help the wonderful bunch of students from thought and talk to effective action. And I sincerely wish other instiitutes follow suit and engage in similar activities to give students a platform to speak up, charter a plan and execute it.

I spoke a little nervily towards the end of the discussion, overwhelmed that I was by emotions, hope I managed to walk out without offending anybody?