Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Have you heard of a place called Tibet?

The Tibetan in Mumbai
is not a foreigner.

He is a cook
at a Chinese takeaway.
They think he is Chinese
run away from Beijing.

He sells sweaters in summer
in the shade of the Parel Bridge.
They think he is some retired Bahadur.

The Tibetan in Mumbai
abuses in Bambaya Hindi,
with a slight Tibetan accent
and during vocabulary emergencies
he naturally runs into Tibetan.
That's when the Parsis laugh.

The Tibetan in Mumbai
like to flip the MiD-DAY,
loves FM, but doesn't expect
a Tibetan song.

He catches the bus at a signal,
jumps into a running train,
walks into a long dark gully,
and nestles in his kholi.

He gets angry
when they laugh at him
'ching-chong ping-pong'.

The Tibetan in Mumbai
is now tired,
wants some sleep and a dream.
On the 11pm Virar Fast,
he goes to the Himalayas.
The 8.05am Fast Local
brings him back to Churchgate
into the Metro: a New Empire.

This was written by a young Tibetan by the name of Tenzin Tsundue. His parents were forced to leave their country, Tibet in 1959 fearing Chinese persecution. When they reached India, they worked as mountain road construction labourers in Masumari, Bir, Kullu, and Manali. Hundreds of Tibetans who came across into India died in those first few months as they could not bear the heat of summer, and the monsoon caught them in poor health. But the camp lived on and had many shifts along the road. Tenzin Tsundue was born somewhere along that journey, at a roadside, in a makeshift tent. His date of birth is not confirmed and three different records exist at different offices. He did his schooling in Dharamsala, and later went on to study in universities in Chennai and Mumbai. Today, Tenzin Tsundue is the guiding light of inspiration for the scores of Tibetans living as refugees across the world, and each day, he dreams of going back home.

In a recent article for MiD-DAY, he wrote, "Activism is that social consciousness that refuses to be cowed down under the weight of injustice and apathy, not because the cause being fought for has a high quotient of future success, but because your conscience forbids you to remain a silent witness; your efforts can bring change." And this is exactly why my conscience has woken me up, and perhaps you too can be part of Tenzin Tsundue's and my personal journey in not wanting to be a silent witness.

"When I am writing, I am a poet. But when I publish them, I am an activist." Tenzin Tsundue earns his bread and butter to continue the struggle through his writing. His second book 'KORA: stories and poems' was first published in 2002 and is currently in its sixth edition. I had the wonderful chance to meet Tenzin Tsundue in Dharamsala this year. Not less than a monk, yet not less than a thorough Mumbai lover, he embodies the fire within the youth across the world today. Only, he has been able to channelise them into something he deeply believes in.


This poem that you may have liked is published in 'KORA: stories and poems' -- a compilation of Tenzin Tsundue's words of fiery passion, romance with poetry and patriotism. He has priced the book at Rs 50 and as I have already mentioned, this is how he continues his struggle for his own survival and that of the movement to get the wonderful land of His Holiness The Dalai Lama from from Chinese occupation and repression. When I asked him, "Why don't you price it a little higher?" He replied with a laugh, "I cannot lie to myself to such an extent!"

Let me know if you are interested in purchasing this book for yourself or to gift it to your friends. I am based in Mumbai, and would love to share more about Tenzin Tsundue, the land that he is madly in love with, and of course, why the Tibetans are the most peace-loving people despite the repression and tyranny since 51 years.

More on Tenzin Tsundue:
His recent article in MiD-DAY:

The FB link is:

priyanka borpujari

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Beware the Dream Stealers - They'll Bite Off Your Dreams, Chew Them Up, and Spit Them Out

Shared by my dear friend Sandeep Goswamy of The NewAge Foundation (

Article Source:

Your relationships have direct impact on your future. Be very fussy about who you surround yourself during your life. After you decide what accomplishments you'll create for your future, you must guard them with care.

Have you heard motivational gurus talking about how important it is to announce your goals to your friends? Their reasoning is that making your dreams public puts a pressure on you to work harder, and make sure those dreams come true. To an extent I agree with the concept, but have you told anyone in your circle about your aspirations? What kind of response did that get you?

If you associate with positive thinking people, individuals with high levels of success motivation, likely you'll find encouragement when you tell them about the paths you wish to follow. Telling a true friend brings varied responses depending on their nature. Either that friend believes in you, and your likelihood of accomplishing your stated quest, and gives you support. Or your friend doubts your abilities, and attempts to steer you from your path...for your own good, of course.

What if the crowd you run with is full of negative thinking persons? Doesn't matter how much of a friend you think one of those people is, if you make your goals public to them you're in for a bombardment of, "You can't do that's!"

When the defeatists in our lives start attacking our dreams, we too often cave in to their onslaught of negative input, eventually give up on those aspirations we carefully selected for ourselves, and fall into an existence of "scrape along, and survive for the moment."

Never growing into the person that following that road toward our goals promised for us.

The dream stealers in our lives have many reasons for seeing us fail. As I said above, our true friends often believe they're helping us (watching out for our own good), so they do what they can to steer us onto the perceived "easy" path. Some of these people find joy watching, and helping, others miss their goals. They never bother to find dreams of their own, lack determination to chase after the dreams they do discover, or they don't believe they'll ever accomplish those dreams, so they don't try. They're also jealous of anyone who succeeds when they think they can't.

Escape that destiny of failure by carefully selecting your acquaintances. Surround yourself with success motivated friends and associates. Find mentors who've successfully walked a path similar to your chosen one, and who want only to help smooth that path for you.

When you discover naysayers among your friends and advisors, realize that they can't give you helpful input for your future success. Understand that further association with these individuals only assures harm to your plans and desires. Know that the relationship must end. Sometimes you just gotta walk away.

Joseph Jackson retired at the early age of 46, and now travels in his recreational vehicle, hitting scuba, camping, and kayaking destinations for playtime.

He enjoys writing reports and books to pass on his experience and knowledge to help others succeed. He also searches for, and makes available, products that improve the enjoyment of his playtime activities.

For more of Joe's thoughts on success read his free report Chase Your Dreams With Determination or check out his ebook: Success In Life Is A PROCESS, And That Process Is Measurable!"

Article Source:

P.S Welcome to the group

We all have something we want to share,something which is very special,motivating,interesting,valuable to all.I invite you to send the article via email to with topic heading ref.Building Dreams.I will also cross post it on my blog too.The idea is to share something from each and everyone of you,who are part of the group.I am going to begin with posting once a week/fortnight.This is an opportunity to let others know what you do,what you believe in....what you dream about.
To be part of you journey in building your dreams.
Cross posting on the blog will allow those who can't access facebook in office read the articles.Also if you have any questions/suggestions do post on the group wall or in the discussion tab.
Do use the discussion tab for whatever assistance/information you maybe looking for regarding your projects etc.

Link to an article from the heart - get to know first hand from a Life Coach

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Jobs for those from low-income communities

Posted by: "Kapil Marwaha"
Thu Dec 10, 2009
Dear All,

1. About us:

We specialize in helping youth from low-income communities only to get entry level jobs with companies. In the past two and a half years we have placed about 700 candidates in various cities with reputed Retail, Hospitality and other companies (such as Cafe Coffee Day, Yum! Restaurants [KFC], Jumbo King, Smokin' Joe's Pizza, Westside Stores, The Loot Stores, Eureka Forbes, and S.R. Facilities). We assist several NGOs in getting jobs for the youth they support.

2. Jobs available:

There exist several vacancies for youth between 18 to 30 years in different cities with reputed companies in the Retail and Hospitality (fast food outlets) sectors. Vacancies exist for 10thstandard educated or not, and English / non-English speaking. Gross salaries range between Rs. 48,000 to Rs. 72,000 p.a. plus performance incentives. No placement fees is payable by the candidates.

3. Soft skills training:

We also conduct training classes in Mumbai for youth in spoken basic English, confidence building and interview appearing skills thereby strengthening the candidates' communication skills leading to better job prospects for him/her.

Seriously interested persons / NGOs may kindly contact: or 09321539390.
Kind Regards,

Kapil Marwaha

Munsar Services
. . . . Helping Hands
[An initiative of Kapil Marwaha and Associates]

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Looking for affiliates / channel partners

We are looking for affiliates / channel partners to grow our venture

Individuals/ communities who are connected with

· Urban slum dwellers – drivers/ delivery boys, house maids, factory workers, hawkers, mathadi workers

· Rural middle class – farmers, traders etc

Who can play the role of affiliates in

· Helping us grow the financial literacy group

· Spreading awareness about our product and canvassing to interested group members

A significant proportion of customer collections are earmarked for channel partners

There is a great opportunity to create profitable social impact for all enterprising individuals

For more details please write on


Or call @ 9820323871

Who are we ? We are D2O - At D20 ( Distribution 2.0) we are committed to bringing innovative- low cost and easy to use financial service products to common man’s doorstep.

We are working on creating products which are friendly to our pockets.
We are working on making all our future more secure.We are working on bringing insurance products that you can not only afford to insure yourself but also all your household help....

How would it be if the common man (who earns as less as Rs 100 a day) could afford to have a bank account, insurance policy and a loan?

What if all of this was made available at his doorstep through the next door convenience store?

What if he did not have to wait to get an ID or an address proof to avail these products?

What if all that he had to shell out was a day’s income to get these services for a year?

D2O or distribution2.0 is a start up committed to spreading wealth for all by bringing low cost, simple to understand and consume financial service products at common man’s doorstep.
At D20 we believe that spread of financial literacy and financial service products will drive prosperity in masses and bring wealth for all.

This is a mammoth task. To make this happen we need support from one and all.
Help us spread the word. Help us form new affiliates. Help us reach out to corporate sponsors.
Be the community that will spread prosperity and bring wealth for all.

You can join our facebook fan page here:-

Some footage about what we are doing on ground

Support Suicide Farmer's Families

support 4 suicide farmers families

One-Man-Crusade (Money Raised = Rs. 14,071/- as on 23rd March, 1100 Hrs)

Johnny D
I am a journalist-writer-poet-blogger-social service activist based in Bombay. From 18th March 2010, I am dedicating my life to support suicide farmers' families to make them self-reliant and live a decent life. As a journalist I have contributed articles in more than 60 esteem National & International Publications.

Dear Friends,
One man is trying to make a difference to our country... and my heart and soul goes out to him for his efforts!
His name is Johnny Dee, and he has dedicated his life on a one man army mission to make funds available for the poor farmers in India, who under debt opt for the only easy way out -suicide!
He plans to use these funds to devise solutions to make every farmer independent and provide education to his children.

Johnny moves around Mumbai city collecting 1 Rupee from every individual he meets, in an attempt to gather funds for the poor farmers in India.

He is doing something that You and Me would want to do but cant over come our shortcomings!

So if you ever meet Johnny be generous!

Here is Johnny's blog on his mission :

Sunday, March 28, 2010

share your care

On 18 March 2010 I saw this infant boy coming out of the Operation Theatre & moving in to NICU ward. Then I remembered seeing them come to our eye camp at Barsana. The very next day he was able to see fully for the first time in his life....... He became so active suddenly seeing his parents & world around him. So sad that there are so many cases that remain blind just because of cataract or other curable blindness.

This year we have done over 754 cataract surgeries at the Barsana eye camp. Over 24 cases were brought to Bhaktivedanta Hospital since their surgery is not possible at the camp set up for need of total general anesthesia.

I have uploaded many pictures from this camp on this group & also some on our website

Thank you very much for all your kind support & generous donations to make it happen.


Share Your Care Inc.
PO Box 13353, Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
Phone: 412-567-5225. (India: 97732651855)
Email: /
Website: / /

Friday, March 26, 2010

Old Age homes, Childen homes

I am wondering since few days that is it possible that we can get a full list of old age homes in and out of mumbai, children homes and other places who keep requiring resources.

If any one has such a list, then do provide me the link or mail it to

Post acquiring the list, my rough idea is to create a network, and find out wht resources they require and avail those.

If there is any NGO which is already doing this , please tell me about them.

Hoping to get a response.

Sachin Somaiya

Volunteers in Rural India

Greetings From Vallalar Educational Trust

VET Works for upliftement of children,women and youth in rural India

VET Runs an Nursery and Primary school for underprivileged of 220 children in kanjanur village.

we need volunteers and support to the school to build classrooms, Furniture's, Computers, Play materials)

VET has formed WOMENS Group ( Finance Support needed for income generation for below the poverty line)

VET has formed Youth Groups ( support needed to start vocational Training Center in the village)

VET has formed Handicap Group ( support needed for handicraft unit product produced by Handicraft)

VET has formed Farmers Group ( support needed for organic farming and new method of practices in agriculture)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Project Iris needs your Support

Dear Colorss,

Project Iris: This project is for the VI (visually impaired) a simple device that will help identify Indian Currency denomination. This project intends to break the stigma and discrimination faced by them, we aim to make them self sufficient and self reliant.

Kindly spare couple of mins and have a look at the presentation. We need support to make the change a reality, a simple device for change and you can be a part of change.;;

Please click the above link to view the presentation on Project Iris.

Filling the gaps within our society is simple, and you will be remembered!

Let me hear you.

For Love

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

'My river' is the theme of the competition

Excerpts from -

What was once the life line of Kerala, is today a decaying, dying river. It is out of concern for Bharatapuzha (River Nila): the erosion of the river banks, the dilution of its culture, neglect and depletion of its resources - that the Nila Foundation was formed five years ago in Kerala.

Titled, 'Puzha Malayalam', the 400-page book is looking at a participatory model where people from different spheres of life join us in the publication of the book. As a small step towards this, we are inviting interested people through a
drawing competition from across the world to sketch the introductory pages of the fourteen chapters.

'My river' is the theme of the competition. This could be a reflection of your insights or experiences associated with rivers.This could be about rivers from any parts of the world. Use your imagination to show the role of rivers played in your life.

The winners of 14 entries will also get an opportunity to have an experiential holiday for a week along Bharatapuzha (River Nila) that gives insights into its culture, folk art forms, history, people and life.

Last date for receiving the sketch is 25th April 2010.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

NGO near Mumbai Needs Help on Bakery Recipes

There is an NGO near Mumbai (Karnala Panchayat, Panvel Taluka, Raigad) named Yusuf Meharally Center. This NGO has a bakery in which they produce some bakery products including bread, cookies and rusk (toats). This bakery is run by people from nearby villages, and the products are sold locally / in Panvel.

The NGO is facing the following requirements pertaining to the bakery:

a. The bread manufactured by them expires in one day. They need to know the technique to manufacture bread that lasts long (4-5 days).

b. They know very few recipes of making cookies, currently they manufacture only 3-4 types of cookies. They want to know more recipes.

c. They want to know what other products they can manufacture in their bakery.

The NGO uses a fire-wood fuelled oven. They require marketing support and technological updragation; however, the first problem that needs to be solved is regarding the recipes.

A volunteer, who has experience in making good bakery products is required (preferably from Mumbai) is required to solve their problem.

Interested people, please contact me via email / phone


Phone: 91 - 9920516997

Sunday, March 21, 2010

About a Dance Therapy Organisation in Calcutta

Posted by Jamuna on


In a verdant and quiet lane in South Kolkata, surrounded by delightfully named landmarks such as Dasnagar Pujor Math and Jodhpur Bazaar, gracefully sits a haven that nurtures many lives and souls through the art of dancing and movement. The haven is Kolkata Sanved, an organization steering towards excellence in Dance Therapy in Asia.

The team at Kolkata Sanved, supported by resource persons and advisors, dedicates itself to the exploration of dance and movement as an alternative therapeutic approach for the recovery, healing and psychosocial rehabilitation of victims of violence and trafficking, mental health patients, people suffering from HIV/AIDS and also mainstream school children. It strives towards engaging civil society and the government in generating awareness and policy changes on issues of health, education, trafficking, sexual violence, and HIV/AIDS. Kolkata Sanved relies on the powerful medium of dance to convey and communicate messages of social importance to the masses who may not necessarily want to read pamphlets, posters or listen to speeches.

It is invaluably insightful to sense what movement can do to our bodies, where, how much and how! It is nothing less than a magical feeling, the assurance of being "beautiful", "capable" and "powerful" that comes with allowing one's body to move and sway, swing and hang, turn and twist! As a facilitator, I have experimented with creative methodologies such as role-playing, story-telling, collage-making, painting and puppetry.

This video is an excellent glimpse into the rhythmic and harmonious endeavors of Kolkata Sanved...

They are inspiring in their moves and display skills of being excellent facilitators who encourage self-acceptance, healing, confidence and empowerment in the groups they work with. Through its curriculum, "Sampurnata", men and women are trained to become future leaders who will implement dance therapy in their own communities.

Sanved has been the winner of the prestigious "Beyond Sport" award in the "Best Project for Health" category for the year 2009. While it wins accolades and mentions in the press, its real accolades remain the unique joy experienced by people as they discover the harmony and rhythm hidden in their own bodies, the beauty of there being and acknowledgement of the power that lies within.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010



I have visited several Seva Places in my HOH career....but Sai Dham is one of a kind !
The Founder , Mr Moti Lal is a true AMBASSADOR OF SEVA ! I felt very humble in his presence.
This Selfless, Seva Daari has created a complete SEVA HEAVEN KINGDOM, in Faridabad........
Several years ago....this place was a jungle. These children were aimless, wandering vagabonds with nothing to do ..cept steal. Mr Motilal had a Divine Calling to build a Sai Temple in this area. He built a temple and noticed to his frustration that these kids would STORM into the temple for prasad. They would CHEAT exchanging their clothes with each other ..just for a second helping.They would steal shoes, chappals..sell it for food !
At first Mr MotiLal was angry....but then he realized that these children were HUNGRY !! It was HUNGER...that motivated them to steal . He then experienced his second Divine Calling ...and SAI DHAM was created ....a SEVA HEAVEN..where every need of a human being is taken care, clothing, education,vocational training, medical care, dental care,holistic, yoga, mass marriages..etc etc

My childhood friend Suniti and myself visited Sai Dham on Thursday, Feb4
When we entered Sai Dham..we were both struck my the was SPOTLESS....not a speck of dust ..even if you tried to find ( 100% TQM)
The children were all GLOWING ( Suniti's words)...with healthy faces. They had shiny polished shoes and well groomed hands and fingernails. I was told that Mr MotiLal provides tooth past, boot polish, combs, nail cutters to the families along with clean, ironed uniforms.
Mr Motilal only believes in EXCELLENCE ...
Under 50% marks is FAIL
Under 80% attendance is FAIL !
That explains the 100% pass rate in his school.
His staff will en quire....bring the parents...question them....understand the situation....and find solutions ! He is a PROBLEM SOLVER ....they are persistent. I could FEEL their dedication and commitment.
Breakfast and lunch is served in this school. Many of the kids dont get dinner when they go back home.
Mr Gupta told me about a heart wrenching story ....
One boy kept stuffing food during lunch time..till he became physically ill !They asked him..."why are you eating so much"?
His answer..." my father is a garbage picker who earns Rs 40-50/day. Most days he comes home drunk and beats the mom.Those days we all sleep hungry"
After that day......Mr Motilal started serving a very wholesome breakfast to the school.
They are 7,9 and 11yrs old. ....abs adorable kids ....youngest is a girl . Their father had been bedridden for 2 yrs....and died last year. After his death..the mom committed suicide .When Mr Motilal found out this tragedy.... he immediately took care of EVERY NEED ...including entertainment like TV, toys etc.
These kids live with their aunt who is employed as a teacher in the school. My hear melted when I saw their sweet faces.... how much pain/torment have these kids gone through? ....
They seemed all very happy .. the boys want to join the police force.
I learned from the staff there, about Mr Gupta's amazing kindness... he is considered a GOD that descended in this area.
Suniti and myself witnessed the counseling of the illiterate parents. Even the parents are provided with clothing and are given entertainment picnic /sightseeing trips! The moms all showed me the sarees that they were wearing is given by Sai Dham . Mr Gupta believes in providing harmony in the families...for the kids to max their potential .
Is in the compound along with a FREE DENTAL CLINIC ... the first of its kind that I have seen in any Seva place .
In India...who cares about the teeth of destitute kids and their families??
I am impressed .... Mr Gupta has thought about EVERY THING... the WHOLESOME approach to SEVA !
This is mind blowing !! I have never witnessed any thing like that in my life . Suniti and myself , entered a room where ladies were busy packing suitcases with STUFF !. this STUFF... included all household items ..from bedding, utensils, pressure cooker ..tooth brush ..etc it was there . Every thing one needs to START LIFE . Even a cycle is provided for the man .They conduct upto 10-25 marriages at one time....abs amazing !ss
There were at least 20 this spacious room, with 3-4 kids per computer.This is one area where they need major HELP .. All the computers are outdated ....

Suniti and myself witnessed a lovely program conducted by the kids . They showed their dancing skills..but above all I was mighty impressed by their YOGA SKILLS ..... which is a major part of the curriculum
Overall .. it was a very spiritual experience for Suniti And myself. Suniti went back completely TRANSFORMED ..
We both felt very HUMBLED by this NO NONSENSE SEVA DAARI...Mr Gupta ..the Founder of SAI DHAM !
Thank you Rita ... for giving me this opportunity to witness such high quality , superior SEVA ..... which would get a TQM SCORE of over 100%

Dr. Nilima Sabharawal - Founder of Home of Hope

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Society
Sai Dham,Sector 86,Tigaon Road,Faridabad 121002(India)
Ph.Nos:0129 2370900,011 29212933/41436912
M 9810397034

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Building Dreams

We all have dreams and it's important to dream.During the course of living some dreams work out,some have to be modified and some abandoned and then we start dreaming new dreams and then comes a day when we achieve a milestone,something we had dreamt of ,something we had not.We are here to acknowledge that milestone.The day,the moment we ( one of us) become part of the big league,part of that special circle,who has striven and got to where they wanted to...we want to celebrate those highs in your voice and ours.I have been consulting &l mentoring & coaching individuals in their entrepreneur journey and have been calling myself Builder Of Dreams and now with the assistance of few friends going to create this platform as your voice,your space to talk about your dreams.

Please Post info about your life or work which you would like to share with others,anything which can be a positive influence to others.

Through this group we are going to share what each of you are doing via sharing some profile,some experience .Also going to cross post to my blog and create an opportunity for people to find out about your work.

The above info is about my facebook group 'Building Dreams'