Monday, July 10, 2017

Library Updated - 6438 files now

Today, the library was updated and there are 2 notable additions:

Malti Joshi ji, a Hindi author of repute, has donated her stories recorded in her own voice, for the library. Do search for "Malti Joshi" and enjoy these stories, as I am determined to do.

Vibha Srichand has recorded some great biographical stories of Swami Vivekananda.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Talk at SAP Urja - June 21, 2017

On June 21, 2017, we spoke at SAP Oorja about the need for a National Knowledge Grid that makes knowledge available and accessible to those who cannot access it today.

Talk at SAP Oorja , SAP Gurgaon, June 21, 2017

Library Updated-6366 files in 21 languages now

On the 22nd of June, the library was updated from 6293 to 6366 files. This is an interim update pending our second major cleaning and audit exercise.

This update has content from:
1. Moody's Analytics Read Fest
2. Individual Volunteers: Smt. Varsha Jain, Nandini Sivakumar, Hema Lumba
3. Some earlier content from Copal Amba that we discovered in the Audit process

The following are the notable additions in this update:
1. Smt. Malti Joshi's Hindi stories have been added for the first time. Special thanks to Varsha mam for recording these stories and also reaching out to the author herself for more stories to be added to the library.

2. The Secret Garden - someone donated this long ago but it was omitted in cataloguing. It came up in the audit process. Its a lovely recording.

3. Feluda by Satyajit Ray - I have wanted to record Feluda for children for the longest time, but only succeeded now, thanks to Moody's Analytics. For anyone who wants to record more Feluda, please see what we have under English, and feel free to record anything else. Feluda in other languages most welcome and very required.

We hope you enjoy the update.

The next update is likely to take some time because we are in the process of auditing the catalog against every single Read Fest ever conducted to find files that should have been catalogued but weren't (we have found 250 such files so far) , files that are duplicates in the catalog (same file, different name) et al.

We are also trying to get someone to create a new UX, which retains the simplicity of the current structure but also makes it more current (this interface is now 7 years old)

Wish us luck!
The Online Library now has 6366 files in 21 Indian languages

Monday, June 5, 2017

Presenting at the Inclusive Design Conference 2017

For the first time, we will be presenting the idea of Universal access to knowledge, to a global audience. Presenting at the Inclusive Design Conference on the 9th of June. Its an online event, so do join in!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Top Blogs of India - Second listing.. Thank you!

For the second year in a row, the Esha blog has made it to the Top Blogs of India. This is a list I quite like because there is no commercial angle to it. Its made and released with no canvasing, no propaganda. Just good stuff where content is key.

Thank you, dear list editors!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Eenadu - a story about Esha

As a Hyderabadi, we grew up in awe of Eenadu - the leading Telugu paper. To be featured in Eenadu was, to our minds, the very pinnacle of success. So this story feels great! To be featured prominently over a page dedicated to women achievers.

Special Thanks to Raju, the journalist, who conducted this interview so well.

Sharing the story.

Esha's story in Eenadu

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Hindu

Today, Esha was featured in a story in The Hindu - Sunday edition. The story appears in the web and print editions.

In print, we were the first sidebar on the front page, and then a half page story on the second page. It was awesome!

The story was carried at exactly this spot in all the editions - all over the country.

Thank you, Peter Griffin!

Front Page of the Hindu - Sunday Edition in all the editions nationally

The link to the web edition is here:

Do share your views.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Report in The Free Press Journal Mumbai

Today, The Free Press Journal did a story on making books accessible to all.

Esha was featured in this story :) . The story is a lovely compendium of effort
being made by individuals and organisations to make knowledge accessible to all. Do read and share.…/they-cant-see-but-…/1056282

Monday, April 17, 2017

The crying need for good CSR Talent

Take a look at this report:

Here are some key metrics for you to consider:
  1. "The number of companies spending CSR budgets exclusively through corporate foundations increased to 72 from 60 last year, reflecting an increasing trend towards companies building their own capacities for implementation. "
2. "Finding the Right Project" remained a challenge for as many as 14% of the companies.

3. Planning and Implementation was a challenge for 44% of the companies.

If there is one thing that this report is trying to say, it is that we desperately need good CSR talent to realise the dream of a progressive India through Corporate Social Responsibility.

A good CSR Program has the following structure:

The only thing that can catalyse or ruin this change - is people. People who make it possible for the 2 sectors to talk to each other successfully and productively.

There is money. There are agents of change (NGOs and government programs). There is a need for funds. Yet, 44% of the companies are not able to plan and implement effectively. 14% of them are still struggling to find the projects, and 12 companies have had to set up their own foundations to do the work.

That is the price that we are paying for not creating great CSR Talent. 8,185 crores was spent by Indian corporates on CSR last year alone. Imagine the difference that can make to a country like India.

It is time to plug that gap and to create greatness through corporate partnership in social spending.

Note: This post also appears on my Linked in profile and on the Topgain blog.