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Inclusive Walk-a-than 2018

Today I have participated in 5K Inclusive Walk-a-than in Bangalore. It has been an incredible experience. Very well organized. It’s great to see a huge number of participants before 6am on a Sunday morning. Event started with warm-up exercises and they were interpreted in sign-language, buddies are requested to assist people with vision impairment. Then buddies were explained a few tips as to how they can assist people with disabilities. Sighted participants were given an option if they would like to walk with a blind fold. Many participants have opted to experience this. On my way, I have met a…

Greetings on the auspicious festival – Bhogi, Sankranthi and Kanuma

This is a 3 day festival celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in South India and specially in Andhra Pradesh. First day is known as Bhoghi where children gets blessings. Second day is main festival called Sankranthi and third day is Kanuma – this is festival for formers. This is one festival where new couple generally celebrated together with both families. A month long before this festival, rongli is made in front of each house and a tour of village with Bhajans happen early in the morning. More about Sankranthi from Wikipedia Makar Sankranti is one of the few ancient…

Greetings on the occasion of Shri. Thyagaraja Aradhana

Today is aradhana of Shri. Kakarla Thyagarabrahman, a man who have created history in Carnatic Classical music. Tyagaraja and his contemporaries Syama Sastri and Muthuswami Dikshitar were regarded as the Trinity of modern Carnatic music. Tyagaraja composed thousands of devotional compositions, most in Telugu and in praise of Lord Rama, many of which remain popular today.[2] Of special mention are five of his compositions called the Pancharatna Kritis (English: “five gems”), which are often sung in programs in his honour. There are rare temples of Shri. Thyagaraja and we are honoured to have born in a village “Injaram” where one…

Intuit Accessibility Summit 2017

Intuit India has today hosted Accessibility Summit 2017 at Bangalore. It was a fantastic event! Event got kicked off by Balachandra Shetty and Vijay. Bala has spoken about Summit theme i.e. Accessibility benefits all. He has mentioned about how accessibility benefits not just people with disabilities but also everyone. For instance, original concept of ramps are for wheel chair users but today they are used by everyone including those have knee pains, those having heavy material to transfer from one place to another. Another example Bala has provided is how voice announcement in an elevator helps everyone who were having conversation…

Greetings on the eve of Devi Navarathri

This is a 9 days of celebration where we worship Lord Durga devi and this used to be yet another favorite festival in our child hood. All of our streets used to be decorated with beautiful lights. Puja gets performed both in the morning and in the evening. Evening puja is followed by an entertainment program each day such as Hari Katha or Burra Katha. Hari Katha is a thing that a person explains story of an ancient incident; Burra Katha is a story or skit played by 3 people. Each day puja will be of different kinds such as…

Greetings on the eve of Teachers Day

In India September 5th is celebrated as Teachers Day. Here is a bit of history. In India Teacher’s Day is celebrated on 5th of September as a tribute to the contribution made by the teachers towards the community. Since 1962 the day commemorates the birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakhrishnan, a great teacher and a staunch believer of education, known for his contribution towards the education system of India. According to Dr Radhakhrishnan, “teachers should be the best minds in the country”. The birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakhrishnan came to be celebrated as Teachers Day when some of his students requested…

Greetings on the eve of Vinayaka Chavithi (also known as Ganesh chaturthi)

This is one of my favorite restivals. Specially I used to enjoy this festival during my childhood. Children who live in villages still enjoy this festival. Reason being that this is perhaps only festival where children are participated in bringing home required material for celebration. Lots of leaves of different kinds (known as Pathri) is collected to perform puja. In villages, we can go around the village and collect different kind of leaves and nuts. Sadly that is not the case for those of us living in cities; we need to buy them. Vinayaka (also known as Lord Ganesha) is…

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2017 – events in India

With successful 5 years of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, this year it will be marked on May 18th. Objective of Global Accessibility Awareness Day is to raise awareness among community to as much as we can. It need not be in a big way but it is measured in the form of impact created. In words of Joe and Jennison (Founders of GAAD), what GAAD means to them: The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities. There are several events happening around the world…