Browsing all posts from September, 2010.

One Man, Many Stories

September 28th, 2010 | No Comments

The pain that he experienced as a child helps him to gain strength and helps him to relate to everyone’s problem.  He says, “it isn’t really important what the issue is or what the problem is…when I know you are not in the best of your moods, I need to do something….we need to do […]

The Man Behind ‘Joy of Giving’

September 27th, 2010 | 1 Comment

All his possessions fit in two suitcases. He doesn’t earn much, he doesn’t spend much. Most of his life is focused on birthing a culture of giving. In 2000, when he found out that formal giving was 0.2% of the GDP in India (compared to 1.8% in the US), he started an effort called ‘GiveIndia’, […]

5 Star Chef

September 26th, 2010 | No Comments

Narayanan Krishnan’s day begins at 4 a.m. He and his team cover nearly 125 miles in a donated van, working in temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Once a five-star chef on his way to an elite job in Switzerland, the 29-year-old now spends his day personally preparing and delivering meals to nearly 400 homeless individuals […]

The Henry Ford of Heart Surgery

September 25th, 2010 | No Comments

Dr. Shetty entered the limelight in the early 1990s as Mother Teresa’s cardiac surgeon. Today he offers cutting-edge medical care in India at a fraction of what it costs elsewhere in the world. His flagship heart hospital charges $2,000, on average, for open-heart surgery, compared with hospitals in the U.S. that are paid between $20,000 […]

Restorer of Slums

September 22nd, 2010 | No Comments

Santosh Thorat, a young father of five, was grateful to have picked up an extra day’s work. That morning, he left his home, which he shared with 17 others in an East Mumbai slum, to help a bulldozing crew ward off protesters as they demolished a nearby slum. “That day when I went to work, […]

Woman with the power of pen

September 21st, 2010 | No Comments

Name: Dayamani Barla Location: Jharkhand I would like to salute women like Dayamani Barla, for reminding us that there are other ways to “develop” and that it is possible to fight peacefully but with determination for your convictions As a journalist, she has used her pen to write about not just the injustices meted out […]

Rural Technology Institute

September 20th, 2010 | No Comments

Name: Dr Anand Karve Location: Pune Dr Anand Karve’s Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI) has no intention of sending a mission to Mars, which is probably why it will never make the headlines in the mainstream media. But Karve’s dedication to rural development has recently won him the Ashden Award for Renewable Energy. Karve got […]

A woman fighting for Chilika

September 19th, 2010 | No Comments

Name: Maghi Mantri Location: Panda Pokhari on Chilika Lake For years Maghi Mantri of Panda Pokhari on Chilika Lake watched as local fishermen were squeezed into smaller and smaller spaces by unscrupulous politicians, non-traditional fishermen and illegal shrimp and prawn traders. In 1992 she set up two self-help groups and began to mobilise the local […]

Home coming

September 18th, 2010 | No Comments

Name: Dr. Nandakumar and Shylaja Devi Menon Location: Gudalur, Tamil Nadu Address: Gudalur Adivasi Hospital, PB 20, Gudalur, Nilgiris, TN 643212. Tel: 04262-61645 (hospital)/61635 (doctors’ residence) Doctors Nandakumar and Shylaja Devi Menon had returned from America to India, to begin a search for their dream village. Amazingly, after a decade in the land of milk […]

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