An entrepreneur finds a need in the market develops a product or service to meet that need. Customers are happy, he employs people to scale, posts profits, he is happy. Economy smiles, GDP steady, s/he opens pursestrings to ensure corporate social responsibility and those beneficiaries are now happy. Welcome to corporate utopioa. Except when, doing greater good is the business. The grease that ensures the wheels turn is not a pretty subject, but without it, the wheels will come off.Edarch Trust and Josh Software are “companies” that are using skills and talent to serve the underprivileged sections of society. And make a profit. In that order. Or, so we are told.Edarch is a company that has 17 disabled people who manufacture plastic components for the auto industry and competes. Josh has, along with TekVision and Niwant Foundation, built an app that has opened a whole new world for the visually handicapped. A market hitherto … [Read more...] about Disabled enabled to earn, and learn in Pune
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Aneek Chaudhuri's Malayalam directorial is on its way. Titled ‘Katti Nrittam’, the film is a complex web of relationships and embarks on a journey of a failed Kathakali dancer. The genre of this film is very dark and it explores melancholic layers in relationships; however, the kathakali performer is likely to lay a huge impact on them. The film draws inspiration from a neo-realist style of Cinema and is being filmed in a documentary style approach. Speaking about his genre-defying experimental project, the independent filmmaker revealed how the idea of this film was conceived. “KattiNrittam was conceived when I visited Kalamandalam (Kerala) last year and I came across the various perspectives of performers. There was something that enticed me was their urge to stay real and at the same time, balance it with the tone of their performances,” explains Aneek who has made critically acclaimed films like ‘White’ and ‘Cactus’ previously. The … [Read more...] about World Cinema doesn’t limit a filmmaker to one language: Aneek on his Malayalam film
Indrani was cheering Pasbola on from the back, with little, happy whoops, that she muffled with her chunni.Rediff.com A walk up the stairs of the Mumbai city civil and sessions court building, opposite south Mumbai's Oval Maidan, floor by floor, is like taking your emotions on a stop-start-stop, bumpity, Indian train ride. Your feelings are always in a state of suspense. On Friday, December 13, 2019 on the first floor, where the courtrooms that deal with narcotics cases are located, a tall, resigned woman, in a long blue kaftan, her head wrapped in a red and black chunni, was quietly weeping. Huge tears rolled down her pretty face that she was mopping away with the corner her chunni. Her husband wearing a light pink T-shirt and blue pants, was standing by her side trying to comfort her with a few softly-spoken words. A cop hovered behind them. On the third floor two cute, young boys were squealing in delight as they raced up the stairs. A day's outing at the dull, dreary, court was for … [Read more...] about Sheena Bora Trial: Why was Indrani overjoyed?
Madrid: United Nations climate negotiations were deadlocked deep into overtime and through the night, with even the best-case outcome likely to fall well short of what science says is needed to avert a future ravaged by global warming. The COP25 summit in Madrid arrives on the heels of climate-related disasters across the planet, including unprecedented cyclones, deadly droughts and record-setting heatwaves. It began on December 2 and the talks were supposed to end on Friday evening, but -- as is often the case at such summits -- they were still under way early Saturday, with new statements expected to be released in the coming hours. Scientists have amassed a mountain of evidence pointing to even more dire impacts on the near horizon, while millions of youth activists are holding weekly strikes demanding government action. Sixteen-year-old activist Greta Thunberg led student marchers in Turin, Italy Friday, and chastised world leaders for acting "as if there is no tomorrow". Briefing … [Read more...] about COP25 summit: UN talks deadlocked, detached from climate emergency
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday reportedly sought a contribution of Rs 11 and a stone from each family for construction of grand Ram temple in Ayodhya while addressing an election rally in Jharkhand. "Very soon, a grand Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya. Every family should contribute Rs 11 and a stone for the Ram temple," Adityanath said while addressing the rally in Bagodar, adding that the 500-year-old dispute could be resolved through the efforts made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Congress, RJD, CPI-ML and some other parties did not want solution of the prolonged dispute," he said. Appealing to people to vote in favour of BJP candidates in Jharkhand elections, UP chief minister said, "I come from the state which gave Lord Ram and his system of governance, called Ram Rajya, a system where polices are made keeping in mind the villages, poor, youth, women and every section of the society without any biases. The same work is being done by Prime … [Read more...] about In Jharkhand Election Rally, Adityanath Asks People for ‘Rs 11 and a Stone’