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

Nun Suma Sebastian : Justice for the poor is her mission


Suma Sebastian is a nun with a difference. For the 42-year-old human rights lawyer from Kerala, the idea of ‘service’ is not limited to acts of piety. Suma joined the Human Rights Law Network in 2009 after helping destitute people in different parts of the country over 17 years. “Law is my weapon with which I can become a voice of the poor. Most of them are migrants who came to Delhi for work and were accused of crimes and put in jail. Many are implicated in false cases and languish in jail for years while the real criminals walk free using their financial influence,” she said.

The BCom graduate has a diploma in community development from Stella Maris College in Chennai, and an LLB from Jamnagar in Gujarat. She has also studied theology for a year in Bangalore. Standing five-feet-two-inches tall, Suma hardly seems a saviour, but she has rescued prostitutes in Mumbai and HIV patients in Gujarat, besides forming 75 women’s selfhelp groups in Uttar Pradesh.

Suma was offered comfortable quarters while working with a Supreme Court lawyer in 2009 but chose to live in a rented room with two other nuns in a Ghaziabad slum to help in community development. Now she lives in a centre funded by her congregation near the slum that houses 50 physically handicapped children. She visits the poorest prisoners in Tihar to fight their cases and brings them small comforts as a ‘family member’.

While her legal work requires Suma to shuttle between district courts and the high court, she leaves no opportunity to help the poor. Last year, she stopped an illegal demolition drive in Sarita Vihar by standing in the path of bulldozers. “I was visiting one of my clients in the area when I saw 75 houses being evacuated for demolition,” she said. Suma ran to face the bulldozers, and demanded to see the legal order for the drive. As the demolition squad did not have an order, she filed a PIL in the high court.

In her family’s eyes, Suma has always been a miracle child — doctors had advised her mother to terminate the pregnancy due to complications — but she never considered joining an order till the age of 20. The feisty woman wanted to be a newscaster instead. She had auditioned for the position, and while waiting for the result attended a threeday workshop with the Sisters of the Destitute to observe how the congregation functioned.

“I was deeply impressed and the smiles of the poor touched my heart and filled a vacuum. I was a fashionable girl studying in one of the hippest co-ed colleges in Kerala. I cut my waist-length hair and let go of all worldly pleasures and dreams. I have never looked back since,” she said.

Suma had found the inspiration but her family was opposed to the idea of entering the church. “I met with opposition from all sides. My relatives wept, threatened, pleaded with me. I was locked up and gave up eating. Finally, a day before I was to take the vows, my father relented,” she said.

Since 1990, she has visited villages in Kerala, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi NCR; worked with Dalits, victims of trafficking, HIV patients and women and children. Despite an 18-hour schedule, Sister Suma never seems to tire.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Suma Sebastian was offered comfortable quarters while working with a Supreme Court lawyer in 2009 but chose to live in a rented room with two other nuns in a Ghaziabad slum to help in community development

Prema Jayakumar : Autorickshaw driver’s daughter tops CA examination

Surmounting all odds, Prema Jayakumar, daughter of a Mumbai-based autorickshaw driver, has topped the all India Chartered Accountancy (CA) examination.

Residing in a crammed one-room chawl in suburban Malad with her parents and brother, the 24-year-old told on Tuesday she was ecstatic to have secured the first rank in the examination conducted in November 2012 by the Institute ofChartered Accountants of India, results of which were announced on Monday.

“It’s my lifetime achievement. For me, the key to success is hardwork,” an elated Prema said.

Her family, originally from Tamil Nadu, is settled for the last several years in Mumbai where her father Jayakumar Perumal drives an auto-rickshaw for a living.

Prema, who secured an impressive 607 marks out of 800, credits her parents for the success and now wants them to live a life of comfort.

“It would not have been possible without their support and blessings. My parents always motivated me. I would now want my parents, who did so much for me, to live a life of comfort,” Prema, who did her articleship with Kishore Seth and Company, said.

Prema said she was proud of her father and homemaker mother who never allowed money to come in the way of her academic pursuit and that of her 22-year-old brother, who also cleared the tough CA examination with her.

Both siblings had registered together with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India to take the test in November last year.

Displaying academic excellence earlier too, Prema had stood second in her B.Com Third year examination conducted by Mumbai University, securing 90% marks.

Help citizens in distress without fear: Delhi Police (Daro mat…….aagey barho or share karo)

The Delhi Police have releasedadvertisements assuring citizens they can now rush people in trauma on city roads to hospital and “leave immediately, with or without revealing their identity”. The measure comes weeks after the ghastly Nirbhaya gang rape, when on December 16 the profusely bleeding victim and her wounded friend lost precious minutes because not one motorist stopped to help them. 

Realizing that most people hesitate to help because of possible harassment and legal complications, the police advertisement says: “The priority is the victim. So, now save a life readily, it is free of harassment.” 

The police department describes the new campaign as an effort to reach out and reassure people they won’t be pressured into acting as witnesses and snared in legal tangles. “We want to tell everyone nothing comes before humanity,” said Tajinder Luthra, JCP (Northern Range). 

Our punch line makes this clear. It reads: When seconds count, questions don’t. We want tell everyone that saving an accident victim is now easy. The very first golden hour is critical, it decides the victim’s fate,” Tajinder Luthra, joint CP (Northern Range), said. 

Luthra added that the police would also reach out to hospital staff and doctors. “We need to educate them that they’ve no business questioning a Good Samaritan. Instead, they should focus on the victim. There’s no need to wait for the police to reach the hospital before accepting a medico-legal case.” 

The Delhi Police advertisement repeats that there are “clear directions from the Supreme Court that doctors in government and private hospitals must promptly attend to accident victims without waiting for the police to arrive.”

Source : Times of India (13 Jan 2013)