Friday, April 25, 2014

Record and Upload! - The Esha Summer Project 2014 is back

The Esha Summer Project is back!

This year, its bigger, its better and its more co-ordinated.

CLABIL Project - Opening the World through Audio
Some of you may have recorded for CLABIL over the last few years.. this year, we will work with every child to know what they like recording, so that the kids have fun doing the recording.

Am very happy to share that this year, the Summer Camp was inaugurated by the founder's 6 year old son, by recording 1- 10 in Sanskrit.

Here is how to go about it:
1. Email with the ages of your children, and please do provide an email id/ phone no. at which you can be contacted.
2. Someone from Esha will call you and discuss what will be best for your child to record.
3. It will help for parents to listen to the first few recordings to ensure that the audio is audible and not too muffled.

4. Once the recording is done, simply upload to google drive using the credentials that the esha team will have shared with you.

That's it! The Esha team will do the cataloging and add it to the library.

But its not all altruistic. Encourage your child to record and listen back to their own voice, and watch their voice modulation improve automatically. You will be surprised at the results by the end of summer. We promise!

To see what the children have done already, go to


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Childrens poetry in hindi audio files

Today, we added 4 lovely files to the library. A little child has recorded 1-10 in Sanskrit.

And the other 3 files are our favourite section - childrens poetry. This one is from Nandan, the childrens magazine. These 3 files are for the benefit of the visually challenged only.

You can access the library here:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rahat Indori's ghazals, Suma Josson and Priyajit Laha - Audio files

Today, 45 more files were added to the audio library. This comes really close on the heels of our major update.

This addition has a lot of poetry - Rahat Indori, Suma Josson, Priyajit Laha, and we have added a new language - Maithili. Its from a youtube rendition of poetry.

We hope you enjoy it.. we certainly did. Thanks to the yourvoicetheirworld project, I have started recording poetry again :)

With this, we reach 17 languages and 2185 files.

Sunday, April 6, 2014


It was not a regular day for me on February 28th, 2014. I was told a week before that I’d be attending this discussion forum called Rex Conclive and I was quite intrigued to know what I’d expect from that forum. Morning 8 am, I along with my team mates reached our NGO head’s home and from there we were to go Jesus and Mary College, Chanakya Puri, New Delhi, where that forum was being held. There are certain things that happen on a big day. You may not have the best start to this all important day and that’s pretty much what happened with us. Unfortunately we  were up against heavy Friday morning traffic and we thought we might miss the slot. However the almighty was on our side and we finally managed to reach the Conclave on time.

Since this was my first time to this conclave, I wanted to understand what I could expect from this visit. I was told by my NGO Head Mrs.Nidhi Arora, that it’s like the TEDx of our country. A platform where people can share ideas to make this world better. I was quite impressed to see the thought process behind such forums. How people go  beyond their way to think for the society that we live in and how we can contribute to make India and the world a better place to live.

We reached the place around 10:30 AM and I was quite overwhelmed to see people from various walks of life sharing their ideas. Each and every session was followed by a Q and A from the audience. It was very professionally conducted and it was moderated by Jeroninio Almeida  who was moderating the same for the last few years. My NGO head was also one of the speakers of the event and I was quite excited to hear about what she was going to speak on. Knowing how eloquent she is, I was quite confident that she’d do remarkably well and so she did. She co-presented the session with her long time mentee Raju who inspired the audience with his genuine speech.

Nidhi spoke about how important it is for somebody to identify what interests them and what are they passionate about. One needs to understand how interest and passion are two different games played with the same ball! One can be interested in a lot of things and interest doesn’t necessarily allow one to remain focused in a particular activity. One needs something more than interest and that is called Passion. Passion is something that brings longevity to a course of action and leverages the sustainability factor. For example, Sachin Tendulkar had passion to play for India and play Cricket. This enabled him to play for over 23 years. He’s a classic example of how passion can actually create longevity. Great inspirational leaders have always had passion in them to make them successful in what they did. Steve Jobs was passionate about Technology, Nelson Mandela was passionate about creating Equality amongst his citizens and there are a lot of other leaders who had passion that made them successful. It was quite inspirational to listen to what Nidhi and Raju had to say and I am quite sure people who were there in the forum thoroughly enjoyed their time.

Overall the event was a learning experience for me. It moved me to find out how so many different people in the country are passionate about creating a better world for us to live in. Some of the ideas that were shared were thought provoking to say the least and it really gave us a wakeup call and sparked a thought amongst us SOIL students to do better for the society.

Major Update to the Online Library

Over the last 2-3 days, we have worked on a major update to the online audio library at

We have gone from 1951 to 2141 files in one go. Usually, I write about the files that have been added in a release, but in this case, there are too many files to even talk about the highlights...

So, for the first time, we are going to just list out the total no. of files we have in each language. As we speak, the no. of files are:

Bengali - 103
Bhojpuri - 1
English - 586
Gujarati - 19
Hindi - 1129
Hindi- English - 3
Kannada - 10
Kashmiri - 7
Malayalam - 11
Marathi - 39
Oriya - 15
Punjabi - 100
Sanskrit - 9
Sindhi - 10
Tamil - 17
Telugu - 13
Urdu - 69

Wow! That's skewed! And the languages of the North East are not even represented!

Ye soorat badalni chahiye.. we must change this.. go on, its the summer break.. please encourage your children to record if they can.. they will learn the language and we will add to the library.. please help!