2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 100,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

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I Lead India Youth Brigade – An initiative by The Times of India (Inspirational True Stories)

TNN|Jaideep Deogharia|26 May 2013, 12:00
Vineet Kumar started young. At 16 he floated a company called National Anti-Hacking Group. At 22 he is chief officer in the special branch of the Jharkhand police.
TNN|Atul Sethi|26 May 2013, 12:00
A few slum women took on a powerful PDS cartel, armed just with resolve and RTI. The fight was hard. Goons even tried to kill one of them. But they persisted. And won.
TNN|Kumud Das|27 May 2013, 09:42
Palak Muchhal was 7 when she sang for Kargil heroes. She’s still singing — now for kids with cardiac problems.
TNN|Malathy Iyer|23 May 2013, 21:36
Not for him the antiseptic corridors of a famous hospital. In fact, Ravikant Singh, 32, sets up his clinic in the midst of havoc.

Bhajiya seller’s son becomes judge

For 18 years, he took orders from people for piping hot bhajiyas that his father prepared on a small handcart outside Chikhli bus stop in Navsari. Now, he is all set to deliver orders.

Subhash Tripathi is awaiting his appointment as a civil judge. After practicing as a lawyer for five years in Chikhli court, Tripathi cleared the exam for judges recently.

The family migrated from Varanasi to Chikhli, around 55 km from Surat, half a century back and lives in a small rented house in Samroli village. His father Dinanath started selling bhajiyas outside the bus stop along the nationalhighway in 1987 when Subhash was just six. The boy would help his father.

Those were tough days but the boy never gave up on studies. After scoring 83% in Class X, he wanted to become a doctor. But his father suffered a heart attack which only worsened the financial condition of the six-member family. “I would often work 12 hours, serving bhajiyas and cleaning the plates,” he told TOI, reminiscing how the family survived on the Rs 150 earnings daily. “In Class XII, I scored just 55% and thought I might get admission in a pharmacy college. But due to family responsibilities and father’s illness, I took up graduation in chemistry. However, I decided to pursue LLB along with science,” Tripathi told TOI.

The judge-in-making still enjoys making green coconut patties, the family’s specialty that sells like hot cakes in the town. “Very few people get an opportunity to serve food to people,” he says with pride.

Meanwhile, Dinanath can’t stop talking about his son at his Jalaram Farsan stop. “He has made us proud. I can’t wait to see him sitting on the judge’s chair,” the emotional father tells his regulars.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/surat/Bhajiya-sellers-son-becomes-judge/articleshow/20302454.cms

ICSE/ISC 2013 results

Students can also get results through SMS on GSM mobiles.

For ICSE result, you have to type ICSE followed by the index no and send it to 51818, 56263, 58888, 5676750, 56388, and 544242. For ISC result, type ISC followed by index number and send on the above numbers.


The results of the Class 10 and 12 students under the Council of Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) were announced on Friday.

The results can be seen on 








Around 1.5 lakh students appeared for the ICSE exam and another 60,000 for the ISC exam this year. There are around 1930 and 800 ICSE and ISC schools in the country respectively. The Class 10 exam had started on February 27 and that of Class 12 on February 4.

Karnataka has the third largest number of ICSE schools after West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

Anil Shetty : Peace & Joy in colleges is Anil’s motto in life

Peace & Joy in colleges is Anil’s motto in life
Bangalore: For 25-year old Anil Shetty, an engineering dropout-turned-entrepreneur, peace is a passion. While most peaceniks participate in rallies and sloganeer, he’s decided to institutionalize the concept by floating peace clubs in college campuses, starting in Bangalore. The aim is to nurture the basic human values of students. To reduce the negativity, spread cheer and bring joy to the young of the world.

Shetty’s first peace club’s in Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology in Bangalore has got appreciation both from the students and teachers. Dr N R Shetty, director of NMIT, believes that peace clubs will improve the quality of students’ lives. “It develops positive energy among students when they get to see others willing to support them in case of necessity. It can bring about an attitudinal change. Students who undergo tension, peer pressure, exam phobia can get away from such negative vibes and be confident through the help of such groups. I can see positive change in our institution. I appreciate Anil Shetty for introducing us to what was required,” he adds. There are more than 3.7 lakh followers for this club on Facebook.

Anil’s team is trying to create a mascat for peace like a superman or Spiderman. “We would create an animated character and a website. If someone wants to send a sorry mail to his/her friend, the animated character of peace will carry your message through mail on behalf of the user. The website is under construction,” adds Anil.

Besides, he is also mulling starting a Peace Cafe where peacekeepers can work as volunteers. “It won’t be like any other restaurant. Here people must come to share their happiness. They also work as volunteers in the shop and share their life experiences and record their messages for peace,” says Arnold Davis, a model, who is working with Anil.

He was born in the tiny hamlet of Shankara Narayana near Udupi in coastal Karnataka and studied in Kannada medium schools throughout. “It was when I was 20 that I actually learnt to speak in English,” says Anil who is also a motivational speaker. At 19, he dropped out of his engineering studies to start out on his own.

Getting young people interested in the political process is another passion. He’s now started the White Rose campaign to encourage youngsters to vote in elections. “If you want a peaceful nation, you need to vote and elect the genuine candidate. We are reaching out to college students across Bangalore. If they are first time voters, we will take a pledge from them they will vote in the upcoming elections in Karnataka. After they sign the pledge, we will give them White roses. By this we can create awareness among at least one lakh new voters. It can be replicated nationwide,” he adds.

GOOD CHEER : Anil hopes his efforts will reduce the negativity in the world and make young people happy