Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Esha Summer Project, 2019 is here!

Last year, Rohan, a student of just 16 years, conducted and presented his primary research report on Career Preferences of the Visually Challenged. A report like that has not been attempted in India before.

This year, we have come up with an even more important research project - which has far reaching use for people designing knowledge resources.

All Esha projects can be done from home, or in vicinity.

You can access the summer project options here.

Monday, January 28, 2019

NABCW visit by school students

One of the things we do under our sensitization vertical is to take school students to a blind school. Today, Grade 7 students from a Delhi based school ewent to N AB center for Women, Hauz Khas.

The children who entered the school were regular 12 year olds, but the children who came out were inclusive citizens. 

Here's to more such days. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Help Needed - Please proof read

Help needed! We conducted a primary research on career preferences of young VI adults. The report is now ready. We need someone to take one last proof-reading look at it before release. Can sm1 please spare 2 hrs and help us out? Please share this message if you can't, and comment if u can.

Thank you!

Update: This requirement has been filled within 2 hours. Thanks a ton!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

A L Basham's The Wonder that was India is now copyright Free!

The Wonder That was India by A L Basham is the ONLY book on Indian History that you will ever need to read.

I'm very happy to share that the book is no longer under copyright. So go on, enjoy the book in our audio library. I am sharing the links to the book in this blog post also.

Esha recordings are made by volunteers and we believe in democratising knowledge for everyone, not just the computer literate. So these recordings have no DRM, and are free for personal use and sharing. No commercial use allowed please - with or without attribution.

Chapter 1 - Part 1
Chapter 1 - Part 2
Chapter 2 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - The First Villages
Chapter 2 - The Harappa City Culture - Page 14 - 17
The Harappa City Culture - page 18-20
The Harappa City Culture - page 21-24
Chap 2 - page 25
Chap 2 - Section - The end of the Indus Cities
Indo Europeans and Aryans
The Aryans in India
Basham - Chapter 3 -1
Basham - Chapter 3 -2
Basham - Chapter 3 -3
Basham - Chapter 3 -4
Basham - Chapter 3 -5
The Wonder that was India - Chap 4 - part 1
The Wonder that was India - Chap 4 - part 2
The Wonder that was India - Chap 4 - part 3
The Wonder that was India - Chap 4 - part 4
The Wonder that was India - Chap 4 - part 5
The Wonder that was India - Chap 4 - part 6
The Wonder that was India - Chap 4 - part 7
The Wonder that was India - Chap 4 - part 9
The Wonder that was India - Chap 4 - part 8
The Wonder that was India - Chap 5 - Part 1
The Wonder that was India - Chap 5 - Part 2
The Wonder that was India - Chap 5 - Part 3
The Wonder that was India - Chap 5 - Part 4
The Wonder that was India - Chap 5 - part 5
The Wonder that was India - Chap 5 - part 6
The Wonder that was India - Chap 5 - part 7
The Wonder that was India - Chap 5 - part 8
The Wonder that was India - Chap 6 - part 1
The Wonder that was India - Chap 6 - part 2
The Wonder that was India - Chap 6 - part 3
The Wonder that was India - Chap 6 - part 4
The Wonder that was India - Chap 6 - part 5
The Wonder that was India - Chap 6 - part 6
The Wonder that was India - Chap 6 - part 7
The Wonder that was India - Chap 6- 6
The Wonder that was India - Chap 6- 7
The Wonder that was India - Chap 6- 8
The Wonder that was India - Chap 6 - part 9
Basham - Chapter 7-1
Basham - Chapter 7-2
Basham - Chapter 7-3
Basham - Chapter 7-4
Basham - Chapter 7-5
Basham - Chapter 7-6
Basham - Chapter 7-7
Basham - Chapter 7-8
Basham - Chapter 7-9
Basham - Chapter 7-10
Basham - Chapter 7-11
Basham - Chapter 7-12
Basham - Chapter 7-18
Basham - Chapter 7-19
Basham - Chapter 7-20
Basham - Chapter 7-21
Appendix 9 - Coinage
Appendix 12 - The Gypsies
Basham - Appendix 12
Basham - Chapter 7-13
Basham - Chapter 7-14
Basham - Chapter 7-15
Basham - Chapter 7-16
Basham - Chapter 7-17
Appendix 10 - The Alphabet
Appendix 1 - Cosmology and Geography
Appendix 2 - Astronomy
Appendix 3 - The Calendar
Appendix 4 - Mathematics
Appendix 5 - Physics and Chemistry
Appendix 6 - Physiology and Medicine
Appendix 7 - Logic and Epistomology
Appendices 8 and 9 - Weights and Measures and coins
Basham - Chapter 8-1
Basham - Chapter 8-2
Basham - Chapter 8-3
Basham - Chapter 8-4
Basham - Chapter 8-5
Basham - Chapter 8-6
Basham - Chapter 8-7
Basham - Chapter 9-1
Basham - Chapter 9-2
Basham - Chapter 9-3
Basham - Chapter 9-4
Basham - Chapter 9-5
Basham - Chapter 9-6
Basham - Chapter 9-7
Basham - Chapter 9-8
Basham - Chapter 9-9
Basham - Chapter 9-10
Basham - Chapter 9-11
Basham - Chapter 9-12
Basham - Chapter 9-13
Basham - Chapter 9-14
Basham - Chapter 9-15
Basham - Chapter 10

The responsibilities of the citizen - Kautilya Arthashastra

As part of the online audio library, we are recording the original Chanakya Arthashastra .I am doing most of the recording myself, because i really do want to read this book, and also because then it helps me create good stories for my child. Arthashastra is a treatise on economics, strategy, public administration and politics combined. It is an incredibly fantastic book and proves to me, yet again, how advanced was the thought process of the people who came before us.

Today, however, i recorded a really special chapter, which i really want to share with the rest of you.

This is the chapter on the duties of the citizen. Sample some gems:
A. Every householder has to let the civic administration know that they have guests. The origin, destination and purpose of these guests must be disclosed, otherwise the householder will be considered complicit if the guests are found to be committing a crime.
Even if the guests do not commit a crime, the householder will be fined 3 panas per night for not disclosing details of guests housed in the private home.

B. All visitors to the republic (janapada) must be registered. They can stay with their professional or personal acquaintances if they know someone. Else, the owner of the hotel must inform the civic administration about them and must allow them to stay only after the right approval.

C. If an officer of the law omits to conduct a check where he was supposed to check, and this lapse leads to the successful committing of a crime, the said officer will be punished at the same level as the committer of the crime.

D. Yes, there was death penalty for rape in certain cases, and in most other cases, the severity of the punishment was very high - the most severe, or the second most severe category.

To know more about the duties and responsibilities of the civic administration, and the duties of the citizens, check this audio file out:



We got featured in The Hindu Chennai edition

This is our first press appearance this year.

Thank you, Liffy Thomas, and The Hindu.

Also so proud of Venkatesh and Chandru, who have truly made a name for themselves in the region.

Thank you

Warm Regards


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

New School in the network - Aurangabad

Very happy to share this. Over the last two days - December 24th and 25th, I was at Aurangabad. The brief visit had 2 happy occasions:
1. We took the message of creating an inclusive society to over 100 young students at the MGM Institute. The students were from Class 11, and from classes 7 and 8.

I had so much fun doing this! The students were active and eager. We asked for 6 volunteers for the blind walk, and got 14, with more waiting. The learning was Braille was done with much gusto and the questions at the end were thought provoking. Thank you!

The visit to the blind school was equally good. We saw the basic and clean facilities, understood their requirements and were surprised to see the very low level of audio penetration, even though the students are working towards competitive exams.

The school is now a part of our audio library network and will share requirements.
Special thanks to MGM, and Dr. Aparna Kakkad in particular, for enabling both these interactions.

With the Grade 7 and 8 students, the principal and teachers

Talking about why inclusive spaces are necessary

With the Grade 11 students who asked some very interesting questions

This young lady asked a really interesting question - mam, how do you train them. This is her being trained on getting on stage without stumbling, and walking straight. It was very nice to see her confidence surge when she reached the stage on her own, and turned around to address the audience, all with her eyes closed!

A full house!

The hostel is in a simple, single builing

The school gate

The team after the discussion. MGM has consented to play an active role in the development of the audio library for the school

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

How to get my patient a free bed in Delhi -

Today, we heard about this awesome initiative that will really help everyone.
All private hospitals in Delhi are duty bound to offer some beds at low or no cost to poor patients.
This is a website that compiles the list of such beds every single morning and makes it available.
If you know anyone who is economically weak and is looking for treatment, please please guide them to this website:
They can call Gagan: +91-7838348237
Lalit Kumar: +91-9999071842
And these kindred souls will work to get them a free bed in these hospitals.

Monday, December 3, 2018

November 2018 Roundup

What a lovely November this has been!
In this month, we:
A. Conducted Read Fests at KPMG, Moodys, and SOIL (School of Inspired Leadership)
B. Did a Trust Walk with the German exchange students at The Shri Ram School, Aravali
C. Conducted Blind school visits for the Grade 7 students of The Shri Ram School, Moulasari, to the NAB Center for Women, Hauz Khas
D. Added some more Braille Cards customers, one of whom is a very prominent one.
E. We also visited the Namchi Blind School in South Sikkim to take stock of their learning needs. This is one of the remote schools from which we take requirements for our audio library. We noted the requirements for the next year and also gave them a free resource which they will use every day now - the daily newspaper for children, which is an initiative of our founder. This paper will now be shared with them every day at no cost. The school will use the in built screenreader of Adobe to read out the news to all the children in the assembly. Currently, the teachers have to make the news every morning in Braille and then the children read it out.

The audio content recorded during these Read Fests will particularly help Indian history fans (Original Kautilya Arthashastra in Hindi), and IAS aspirants (All 2018 Mains papers and Prelims papers recorded in audio)

80 files in English, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Oriya and Malayalam were recorded. These will be a part of the next release, which is due this week.

The Blind School visits almost always make us very happy, because they help us sensitise a lot of children, and the children who walk out of that school truly understand the key words that we stand for - Dignity, Empowerment, and Enablement.

On the technical front, we made the code of the mobile app - CLABIL, more robust, and are working to improve the code even further. We have heated discussions on security for the mobile app, and I love those discussions!

Here's to an equally outstanding December.