Independence Day Diary

Independence day is a day when most of us wake up late into the morning (a few of us extend it to afternoon), eat, take a nice afternoon siesta, wake up go around and curse why we have to go to office the following day. That was what I did on most of the Independence days in the past. This time it was different not just for me but to people whom I reached out during the day.
It all started with a mail from Snigdha, inspired by which I posted this on this blog. This was picked up by rads and the word spread like wild fire(I would love to believe so!!, thanks a lot rads) . A few phone calls on the 14th, a few words to the owner in the building and a good friend Prakash, helped me to fill a bag full of clothes.

Sridhar, Singdha, Ayan, were already there (Sridhar was infact done with the distribution of the stuff he got) by the time I reached, Vinayak, Supriy, and Sudharsan joined in. A quick walk through the busy CMH road helped us to reach quite some folks, and in the process we distributed about 20 pairs of clothes to more than 30 people. The surprise of my life was that Sudharsan came after reading my blog(My blog is successful!!). The rest of the clothes we donated to the children at Blind School in Indiranagar.

Check this out, at a small sum of 50rs per month you can support one students education. Isn't it great. For more information contact me or Snigdha.

Sridhar and Sudharsan had to leave because of some work, the rest of us five treated ourselves to ice cream at corner house. The discussion here covered on the next activities(check Sridhar's post) to some great experiences by Ayan(aka. Chandan ;)). To summarize the discussion, we are planning to have a group (Pay Back?? Do you like it?) which will do something for the society.

Folks check this initiative by Vijay( and others in chennai, amazing what a small idea can achieve. "We fixed about 60+ potholes, and we would like to do this on a sustained basis". Isn't it great. Hat's off to you guys Vijay and team.!!

The next part was equally exciting. Met Himanshu Sheth for lunch and we both headed to Poonam of dailydump about which I blogged here. Poonam turns out to be a very friendly person. She explained to us the idea, concept behind dailydump, How it works? etc. and patiently answered a lot of questions we had.

Poonam chose to be an entrepreneur after graduation and it was amazing to talk to her about her long journey since then. More about her and daily dump in a later post, where I cover all the points from an exclusive interview she gave us. We also shot a video of the interview. I will post it before the end of this week. It's a must watch!! so keep tuned.

Then it was some exclusive time with Himanshu(a very down to earth guy) where we discussed a lot about what to blog, various things about entrepreneurship, a change in his blog design, and Mumbai. Those of you who know me well know that I love Mumbai and what better thing to talk to a Mumbaikar than about Mumbai? We were wondering why there was no movie featuring the Mumbai Spirit. Filmmakers out there are you listening?

I learnt a lot over the day. This day I hope will be the starting for something small towards making something big?

Update: A typo for the post title. Unforgivable!!

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rads said...

awesome! am glad it was of some help :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Ram,
Was waiting for this article since 15th :) It was equally nice meeting you and talking about some of the interesting things about Startups.Coming back to the initiative,it was an excellent initiative and I regret not being a part of that and would equally love to be a part in the future.The thing what I see and what even Poonam also stressed with 50Rs/- a contented person can use very wisely and you also such a small help can turn out to be big for others :)

This was really an eye opener.Regarding the meet,well ask me about MUMB(H)AI and I can speak about it all the time :) I may get the book which you had stressed this weekend.And yes,we had a nice discussion on blogging and this is what TRUE bloggers are all about...EAT,DRINK & SLEEP BLOGGING :) Your ideas on Blogger were also helpful and very soon you would find a THEME change in my blog :)

I think each and every initiative like this one,Vijay's ... is an excellent(and small but worthy) step towards building a GOOD ecosystem.

On the lighter side,you are using SEO fundas and it is good you mentioned me as "Himanshu Sheth" and not Himanshu...Appreciate that ... Thanks

-Himanshu Sheth

Unknown said...

it's time we take things pro actively and make a difference.


Thanks for the kind words.
SEO funda.. (i am able to use it for others but for me.. man.. i have so many brands.. to confuse me!! ) ;)

Anonymous said...


If in this country, every educated person understands his responsibility and attempts to pay back to society, I guess Dr.Kalam's dream of 2020 can be seen in 2010.


Unknown said...

I agree. But that's the problem which is human nature. No body does that way.
Hope we who took this small step will make contribute in a big way in the future.