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Friends, this is a video of a major campaign which happened in our country, the “Lead India” Campaign. This initiative by the Times of India was to bring out the energy of a young, vibrant and of a democratic country, India. Times of India started an ad on the front page, on 1st January, 2007, about 60 years of Independence.

Text of the ad in ToI

Before this text was printed, it was shown to Amitabh Bacchan, who was willing to read it for the ad in National television. The text above, which needs no further explanation, was the spark for a greater fire about to emerge from the people. This as was downloaded millions of times overnight, showing the overwhelming response from the public. This response spilled into the streets which inspired ToI to go for the phase 2 of their plan, which was to stop people from just blaming the politicians for the irresponsibility, but to take up the reigns of the governance. This prompted the ToI to launch another ad in their front page, which is as follows.

Second phase of Campaign

Second phase of Campaign

And the person who was willing to read it for an TV ad was none other than the Bollywood actor, Shah Rukh Khan.  And as the time went by, many a politicians, industrialists,  and others stepped forward for the cause. A total of 8 front page ads were published by ToI. 34,000 citizens stepped forward to the ToI for the future leaders of the country. It was filtered down to 24 and to 8, by means of interviews and debates. The finalist was RK Misra, who can be pinged at his blog.

Shankar Mahadevan was roped in for the songs for Lead India, which were listentened to by people all over India. The initiative by ToI was appreciated by the then president of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Dr. Manmohan Singh. ToI plans to have this campaaign once more when the time permits.

My Views…

This is one of the good campaigns I have seen which has bought people out of their slumber. But this is not going to go anywhere if the citizens do not participate in it. For who is this campaign for? Its for us! we must follow out duties and rights and educate others about it. Only then will this campaign have some meaning to it. “जागो और जगाओ!” (Jaago aur jagaao wake up and awaken!) should be the clarion call. As Swami Vivekananda has said, “Arise, Awake, and stop not till the goal is reached“, should be there in our hearts, a determination to do, a courage to empower ourselves and the rashtrabhakti fire should never die off from our hearts.

Its time Indians have arisen to be Indians and together make the country into a booming vibrant, energitic, peaceful and democratic India. Jai Hind!

Friends, how many of you know that there exists a grievance redressal website of our government?Know what, it works. I have read about this in many a websites and I too have registered a complaint. Hope it works.
http://pgportal.gov.in/

Hey guys,

I stumbled upon this blog days back and I just thought about it for some reason. LetMeKnow is a blog where all the events taking place throughout the world are being put up. Its run by students and it has a widespread publicity. It contains details for scholarships, internships, competitions and a lot more. Check out the website http://www.letmeknow.in

Happy blogging!

It all started with the innocous looking statement from Prof. Dr. Richard FeynmanThere is more room at the bottom” which started the era of Nanotechnology.  As you read through his most celebrated speech during the Nobel Prize ceremony, he envisioned a day not so far from his time when the mankind will be taking long strides into the foray of nanotechnology. The field has grown so vast that there is a lot of specialization you can look at, each more or less equally challenging and adventurous! I thought of giving you guys a look into this wonderful field. Here’s a website (nanopaprika) you may find interesting. Also there’s a link on teaching resources put up by Prof. Hans Mikelson of Chippewa Valley Technical college which you may find resourceful.

I found the resources really good and thought I will share it with you guys. Comments are most welcome!

Richard P. Feynman

Prof. Richard Feynman

As you skim towards the older portions of Hampi’s history, it appears as if history often gives way to folklore and then deftly glides into to mythology.

   Map of Vijayanagara empire during 1540 AD

The typical version Hampi’s history starts with a popular folklore. Two local chieftains, Hakka & Bukka , reports to their guru an unusual sight they saw during a hunting expedition. A hare chased by their hound suddenly turns courageous and start chasing back the hound.

Vidyaranya, the guru, tells them that the place is so special and asks them to establish theirs local capital at this place. The seed of an empire was sown.

Over the next 200 plus years (1336 AD – 1565 AD) four dynasties ruled Vijayanagar .

History of Vijayanagar’s had been a saga of resistance against the northern Sultanates as well as building of its spectacular capital in Hampi.

The capital was one major trading center. Anything from horses to gems was traded in Hampi. Art and architecture found its special place in Hampi. The rulers were great patrons of art and religion. Most of the kings associated names of their favorite gods with their names. Some of the kings were renowned for their ambitious projects.

King Krishnadeva Raya (1509-1529 AD) of the Tuluva Dynasty stands tall among the rest. During his regime the empire saw its peak.

By this time Vijayanagara Empire covered the whole of south India and beyond.

The Krishna temple that you can visit in Hampi was commissioned by him to commemorate the victory over the Gajapathi kings of Utkala (in present day Orissa state).

A practical history lesson for the school kids on an excursion to Hampi.
 Hampi Tour

. The warring Deccan Sultanates could finally join together to defeat the Vijayanagara army at Talarikota, a place north of Hampi.

Vijayanagar army suffered heavy losses. The capital city was plundered, its population massacred. Treasure hunters ransacked its palaces and temples for months. Kings lost, capital fallen, population fled, Hampi turned into a ghost city. For centuries Hampi remained as a neglected place. This erstwhile metropolitan with more than half a million population slowly turned into a jungle where wild animals roamed freely.

The area came under many kings from time to time with the flow of history. But it was no more considered strategic and hence neglected.

During the colonial period, Hampi evoked some curiosity among the western archeologists. Robert Sewell’s (1845-1925), seminal work aptly titled as A Forgotten Empire :Vijayanagar was a major attempt to narrate the empire that was. In 1917 A.H. Longhurst’s Hampi Ruins Described and Illustrated became the first travel guide for the visitors to Hampi. UNESCO’s World Heritage Site was conferred to Hampi in 1986.

Currently Hampi’s monuments- hundreds of them – are popular among tourists, pilgrims and the area is one of the exotic locations for the Bollywood and local film shootings. Jackie Chan film “Myth” was shot in the Hampi.

source: http://hampi.in

There’s no dearth of such inscriptions you can spot in Hampi. These provided innumerable clues to the archeologists on the Hampi’s past. In fact a temple, called the Inscribed Vishnu Temple, is carved with such scriptures on its wall.
 Inscriptions on Temple wall

Hello all! Hope my fellow bloggers are doing good! Thanks for spending some of your time reading my blog. I encourage everyone to create a blog, as you can not only write whatever you wish to, but you can also express yourself! Creating a blog is as easy as snapping your fingers. Also, its free! Blogs have helped individuals to come up in life… check this out http://scienceroll.com/2008/11/12/do-you-need-some-reasons-why-to-blog/

In this new age of information technology, not only are blogs used to inform, but to help us network with other like-minded individuals from across the globe. Below are some of the reasons, personal and professional, that should encourage you to start a blog (or continue to update the one you write):

Why blog?

1. Codify Your Thoughts: writing forces you to succinctly, accurately describe your point of view.
Blogs are short form and often contain a single serving of news, opinion, analysis or recommendation.
2. Store resources or information important to you
3. Document your personal experiences or share them with others
4. Network or meet new people
5. Share practical knowledge or skills with others
6. Bolster Your Resume A successful blogger with a considerable readership is a powerful addition to any company,
particularly one who’s seeking to build branding over the web.
7. Motivate other people to action
8. Influence the way other people think
http://codebetter.com/blogs/jeremy.miller/archive/2008/01/25/should-i-blog.aspx.
Is blogging for everyone?
We all agree that each one of us have something to say or share with the world. Hence blogging is for everyone. Blogging is happening in every field. Check these links

Microbiologist: http://www.microbiologybytes.com/AJC/whyblog.html
Ayurveda: http://www.ayurvedictalk.com/
BioTech: http://www.biotechblog.org/
http://helpbiotech.blogspot.com/
Technology: http://www.yengkokpam.com/
Social Work: http://socialworkers.wordpress.com/
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VLSI Blog: http://only-vlsi.blogspot.com/
Electronics Engg. http://www.electronics-lab.com/blog/?p=3187
Engineering Blog: http://englibrary.blogspot.com/

There are non technical blogs too where people pen their thoughts and opinions on things happening in the world.

So what are you waiting for! Start blogging!

source: Summer of Blogging, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus,http://amritapuri.amrita.edu/summerofblogging/