Thursday, October 5, 2017

Cleanliness Awareness Month - An effort by Team Paritraan - Swacchta Hi Seva - Clean India Mission

As a part of Clean India Mission (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan), our Honorable Prime Minister - Mr. Narendra Modi, launched yet another initiative - Swachhta Hi Seva, last month. He requested participation of all citizens of the country. And the country responded. From Bollywood Celebrities to Indian Cricket Team, from students at Schools to Professors at Universities - many have answered his call, which indeed is for a great Cause. The target - to honor Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th Birthday in 2019, by establishing a Cleaner India.

Most people are organizing cleaning campaigns, where they are clean certain places. However,  in my  humble opinion, we should also deal with another aspect - Let's not dirty India. In all honesty, if we don't dirty our surroundings we will rarely need to Clean it. For this Awareness is required.

I am leading Team Paritraan in my hometown Saraipali (Chhattisgarh) for creating cleanliness awareness in rural and semi-urban school children. Human Psychology tells us that the values we learn during childhood become part of who we are. So we are starting with the heart of the problem - teaching children about benefits of a clean environment - better Physical and Mental Health, Hygiene, lesser diseases and increased tourism etc. We help them inculcate healthy and clean habits e.g., the habit of throwing garbage into dustbins.

It is to be noted that the period from 20th September to approx 20th October is of great significance. We had and will continue to have various festivals during these days - Agrasen Jayanti, Navratri, Vijay Dashami (Dussehra), Muhharam, Gandhi Jayanti, Bhai/Bhaiyya Dooj, Chhoti Diwali and Deepawali/Diwali. Though we do and we should celebrate these festivals with zeal, lots of waste products are generated during these days. Fire-crackers create dust and smoke - in one word - pollution. We encourage students to be aware of the type of fire-crackers they are using and to clean up the surroundings once they have fired up those fire-crackers.

We have conducted such workshops in five different Schools now. And plan to continue in more schools further. We are doing this by making them write 'Essays' on Clean India, and by practical examples of their own surroundings.

It is also important to note that, if we teach children not to dirty their surroundings, they will learn that. The more careful and caring a citizen is, the less he/she will spoil and/or dirty his/her surroundings. So before we encourage people to clean already dirty places, we need to ensure that we are training them not to dirty the places. Our training sessions focus on that.

We hope that this will help our Honorable Prime Minister - Mr. Narendra Modi, achieve his mission of a Clean India by 2019.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Random Quora Stuff - Part 1 - High Paying Jobs.

The following is an answer by Mr. Imtiaz Mohammad to the Question What are the negative effects of getting a high salary? on Quora.

Once, while I was in the US, I booked an Uber (the economical option) and waited for it to show up. Within a few minutes, a massive, black and shiny SUV slowed down and the driver and I acknowledged each other. Before I said anything, he added “I know you booked the cheaper thing but I wanted to drive around someone to have a chat. I will charge you for the cheaper version only.”
On the way, he told me his story. He was a very successful trader in the stock market and had made millions already. But, he needed people around him to connect at a personal level. He started driving random people to random destinations just for one purpose - to feel real. Too much money had distorted his being.
High paying jobs are usually very stressful and affect your mental and physical health. Relationships, both at work and home are among the victims. Sometimes you will be forced to do things that are unethical just to stay where you are. It becomes hard to slow down, distinguish between right and wrong or even to think of it in the race to nowhere.
Too bad, life doesn't teach you those lessons until you become rich at the expense of health, relationships and life.

Monday, September 11, 2017

What can I do for a clean India?

[Following is my Entry for the 'Sankalp Se Siddhi' Essay writing Competition organized on Topic of the essay was 'What can I do for a Clean India?']: 

The Clean India Campaign was officially launched by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, on 2nd October 2014, the 145th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi from Rajghat, New Delhi. To launch the campaign, he began by cleaning the road himself. He then nominated 9 prominent personalities to initiate the campaign in their own respective areas and further asked them to invite 9 personalities of their own choosing to carry out Clean India Campaign.

Based on the same logic, since 2015, I have been campaigning for Clean India during my Guest Lectures and Training Sessions at various Institutes (NITs, IIITs etc.), Universities (Kalinga, YMCA etc.) and Schools. I have formed two Social Service Groups with my friends – eGurukul Bharat which conducts free of cost training programs at Colleges and Paritraan – which conducts free of cost training programs at Schools. Instead of charging any fees we ask the students to train atleast 2 students for free and tell them to train another 2 students. Secondly, we ask them to contribute to Cleanliness and Sanitation Awareness drives in their area. We have so far covered over 60 Universities/Institutes and 10 Schools in 23 States covering both - the Urban and Rural India.

For future sessions I plan to include the Clean India logo in MS Power-point Presentations that I use for training the students. I also plan to write posts on my blog ( ) and post images and articles on Facebook so that others get inspired.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

'What can I do for a Clean India?' - Essay Writing Competition by Government of India.

Recently, the Government of India organized an Essay Writing competition regarding its 'Clean India Campaign' [also known as 'Swachh Bhaarat Abhiyan'] and 'Sankalp Se Siddhi Abhiyan'. The last date to submit entry was 8th September 2017 Midnight.

I came to know about the competition on 5th September 2017, while we were celebrating Teacher's Day in a Couple of Schools where I held a position as Education Adviser and Industry Consultant.

At around 8 PM on 8th September I realized that it was only 4 hours to the deadline. I had never participated in any MyGov Competition before. I even did not know the procedure or the exact topic of the Essay Writing Competition.

I fired up my laptop connected with 4G and tried accessing MyGov Website, but failed! The so called 4G network is totally unpredictable here in a rural area. I am currently in Saraipali - a Tehsil under Mahasamund district in Chhattisgarh. It took me a lot of tries for me to be able to create an account.

Luckily for me, the title was 'What can I do for a Clean India?'. Something I had already been doing for a long time through my training sessions and social work though eGurukul Bhaarat Mission and Paritraan - A Social Revolution. I was able to write the Essay quickly, but getting it under 250 words was a challenge.

Then came the hardest part. It required a lot of tries and something much more - which I think I am not capable of - Patience! However, somehow, I got through. Not only did it get uploaded, it also got approved. At the time of writing this article (i.e., at 20:14 IST on 9th September 2017) only 3 submissions have been approved and 12056 entries are under review. I am not sure why or how not only the essay got uploaded but it also got approved.

I know its a distance dream, but the winner is supposed to get an award directly from the Honorable Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi ( #NaMo #PMOIndia ) in New Delhi. There are State and District Level awards as well. I met the current BJP President Mr. Amit Sah once in an Airport. I really do wish to meet our #PM.

Fingers Crossed.

My entry is available at

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I realized, what I really wanted to be...

At 12, I wanted to be a Cricketer
I was told, "Education is more important"

At 14, I wanted to be an IAS Officer
I was told, "IAS Officers are just politicians' Dogs"

At 15, I did not know what to do next
I was told, "Take Maths"

At 16, I wanted to know what was IIT
I was told, "It s not in your reach"

At 17, I wanted to explore my interests
I was told, "Your one & only aim should be IIT"

At 20, I wanted to be a poet,
I was told, "Poetry will not get you money"

At 22, I wanted to be part of Campus Recruitment, so I shifted from R&D to HR
I was told, "You will not be able to handle it."

At 24, I was enjoying my work and exploring the country
I was told, "Get an MBA"

At 26, I was training IITians/NITians/MBAs on weekends
I was told, "Get MS from Foreign University"

At 27, my health deteriorated
I was told, "Get Married"

At 28, I wanted to be a Faculty
I was told, "Get Ph.D."

Luckily, I didn't follow any of the advise except one ( I took Maths) or succumb to any of the societal norms and pressure.

At 29, I realized that what I've really wanted all along and what's most important in life- is to be FREE & HAPPY.
I am often told, "You're crazy."

There is no point in slogging office hours or getting degrees just to earn more money or status if you aren't free and happy. Freedom and happiness are the two most important things. And I am not talking about temporary happiness here. I am talking about Happiness that comes naturally everyday when you are actually living your life freely, without throwing your happiness and/or freedom for money, and/or status.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Can Success be Defined?

Hello Everyone. My name is Sonali and this is my second article here at

The Question that's infront of us today, is that can success be defined? If yes, can we define success? This post will try to explore the same...

Let me narrate a short real life story of a person named as GOPAL,current age 28,married and have a boy child of age 4.

Gopal is a very intelligent and studious person.He qualified the exam after 12th and got admission in a government college for doing polytechnic.He completed his graduation with the aggregate of 78%.
His father is a drunker and his mother put all her saving on her son's education with the hope that one day her son will get a job and the condition of family will be improved.

Today he is unemployed,he does not have any job but family and responsibility both are at stake.He tried a lot but did not got any job.Finally he find himself ,working as a labour on the daily wages of rps 450 is more economical than sitting ideal.This was all OK  as everyone has struggle in his/her life.The moment i got surprised when he told me even today his wife and mother think that he is working in a company at a very good position.He does not want his wife to feel guilty in front of anyone that her husband is a qualified labor.I was feeling like someone narrating me the story of any movie.I mean really "REEL LIFE CAN BER REAL ONE?".
I just solute the spirit of Gopal ,who still struggling for the things he deserve otherwise people are in habit of blaming others and offcousre the universal blamer is "GOD" hahaha....

In today's world people are so egoistic that for their self respect they can do anything neither they give regard  to the age or experience of the person .And that educated man(Gopal) spend all his time with those people we even can't imagine.
I am not getting what has happened to today's youth .Guys life doesn't end with any hurdle.I don't think Gopal lacks anywhere he gave his 100%,but still didn't get what he deserve.Inspite of stopping and crying on his fate he choose to fight for his dream.


Stop crying,Stop complaining,Stop condemning just stand up fight for your dreams,work for your dreams,no one can stop you ,no one has the guts to stop you!

Always Remember "Etihaas k panno par karwa yui hi nhn likha karte,uske liy kisi ek ko uthna padta hai,duniya s ladna padta hai,apni jidd k aage sabko jhukana padta hai.log to yhn bethe hai bolne k liy ACCHA YA BURA Y hmpr depend krta hai"

Zara khud s puch kr to dekhiy    AAP KYA CHAHTE HAIIII.....:)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

At last, I received my Divine Message I had been waiting for.

You may call me crazy, but I have my own beliefs, and hence the name "Aasthik". For a couple of months now, I have been almost in my hibernate mode.

What I believed was that I had a Life Crisis and then confused it with identity crisis. What I realized is the fact that I was having a Spiritual Crisis.

At this point, I can't go into the details except to say that I had to put all my projects on hold because I went into depression again. I had to fight my way back, but I did not know what I was fighting, who I was fighting or what I was fighting for.

Yesterday, I heard the sound of the temple bells calling out to me. I went and prayed. I have been waiting for my divine message for quite sometime now.

I have been weighing my options as to what to do with my life. Even at the beginning of December 2015, I used to think that I figured it all out. I was very sure of the things I had to do. But life had something else planned for me.

Things turned around for me, quite suddenly so. Never thought just a couple of months could have such an impact on me. But they did.

Thankfully, I got my divine message yesterday. And the message was very clear. There is no need to fight. When everthing is yourself, whom do you fight? Do you fight yourself? Wouldn't that be stupid? So first things first, I needed to stop fighting.

Second was I had known always in my gut how to proceed further, I just didn't want to accept it. Because it is going to be too painful. Accepting that you made mistakes and then taking measures to correct them is the key. But what needs to be done is going to hurt a few people, annoy a few others and surprise/shock a few more. But it has to be done.

The 3rd is to approach each plan one by one. I have complete my "Project Valentine" and then move on to other projects as quickly as possible. Its going to take a lot of efforts and pain but I have to do it.

4th and the most important thing I need to do is to prepare myself. I do not need to find my way as I originally thought. I was too much into thinking which of the alternate paths to chose that I got lost. I have realized I just need to be prepared. The path will chose me or perhaps the path will be shown to me.

If you have have watched Dragon Ball Z, you know this "What doesn't kill you makes you Stronger".

Thanks Ganesha. And I apologize for my actions in advance. I wish there was another way, justice needs to be carried out, and I need to be liberated. This has been one of the toughest and painstaking decisions in my life. And now, there is no turning back!