Trip to Chunchi Falls

30 06 2007

Recently, have been for a one-day trip to Chunchi Falls near Bangalore.

Location
Chunchi falls are best by your own vehicle. The total drive is close to 95 KM from Bangalore. ‘Chunchi Falls’ are located in Kanakapura Taluk on banks of river Arkavati.

How to get there?
Drive out of Bangalore on Kanakapura Road. After Kanakapura, you can proceed for another 10 KM and then you can just ask anyone on the road for Chunchi Falls. I am suggesting that you ask because there is no board which can catch your attention 🙂

You will need to take a deviation from the main road towards Mekedatu and Sangama. This Sangama is place where three rivers join. You will need to take a left deviation 16 KM BEFORE this Sangama which will take you to Chunchi Falls. Please keep asking people on the way, as there are many chances that you miss the small deviations.

We left Bangalore at 9 AM and after loosing out on few turns, reached the falls at around 11:45 AM. It was deserted and no one around as it was a working day. You will find local oldies sitting under the trees where you park your vehicle and they will come forward to take you down to the falls. Even though initally we didn’t want to, we had to as the way is through the rocks and trees and we might miss these pathways.

As monsoon’s are still setting in, there was not much water in the falls. There were small streams of falls. We spent around an hour there and returned back. The weather was too good (cloudy and cool wind blowing) and this was the best thing which happened. I would not call it a disastrous visit, but it would have been worth it if there was water (out timing was not good).

This is a cool drive and roads are not bad either.

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Conversations – Part 1

23 06 2007

Recently, I was having discussion with Dr B.V.Parameswara Rao, founder of Bhagavatula Charitable Trust. We were discussing on Social Entrepreneurship and tried to address two areas – Micro Financing, involvement of Technology in Rural Development.

Micro-Financing
Dr. Rao feels that this has changed the life of a farmer. This is just not helping him to come out of his miseries, however adding to them. Why? Micro-Financing is providing loans to the poor to help enable them to spend more. What is happening here is, instead of providing avenues for the farmer to add more money to his savings, we are drastically increasing his financial burden. Until recently, if he earns Rs. 10 / Day, his expenses were nearly Rs. 8 and at least on an average, he would save Rs. 2. But, with micro-financing coming in, now he need not run behind banks for a loan. Loans from these institutions come a bit conveniently and add up to his burden. As his loans are increasing, his savings are coming down (Micro-financing institutions also have their eligibility criteria which take care of over-burdening too)

Moving away from Farming
Today, there are many farmers who are selling their land and moving to towns nearby for more money. If on an average, a farmer earns Rs. 40 per day from the crop he has brought up, today, he is working as a daily wage laborer for around Rs. 60. He is looking at the Rs. 20 which he earns more than his usual earning which comes only after he sells the crop, but he is not looking at what he is loosing. If this continues to grow, then one day we will definitely be short of food grains to eat and this would impact one and all.

So, what can be done different to help?
We would need to educate and help rural citizens to realize what they can do and provide a helping hand for the work they would do. We need to tune them to help themselves instead of showing them the colours of easy money. This would have a deep impact on them as an individual and also help strengthen the economy.

Government should only do Governance!
An interesting and very simple thought. We have Government to streamline various activities and provide support to public needs. However, today, Government is getting into various activities and diluting the main cause of its existence. If the Government can concentrate on streamlining funds, providing support to its public by strategic investments, it would help benefit the society.

Education
When China decided to concentrate on providing education for all, it had a very good foresight. During that time, they ensured that every citizen of their country is educated which would over a period of time ensure 100% employment which would strengthen their economy.

Today, in India we have a good education system in place – Right from the Government Primary Education centers to pursuing high degrees. However, there are challenges which are obstructing the quality of education. As an example, today, for 4 teachers appointed in schools at the Primary Education Centers, only 2 are available.

Spend Time in Villages
Today, we have quite-a-few people who live in towns/cities who are showing interest in contributing to provide support to the rural poor. The best way to solve or address rural problems is to understand the actual life of people in villages. We need to spend time with them in person to understand the problem and provide required support.

Note: Thoughts and views mentioned above are purely of my choice. There is no correlation to any activities which happen today or any organizations which participate in any of the above mentioned activities.





Entrepreneurship Mentoring from TiE

12 06 2007

TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), Bangalore Chapter is offering mentorship programs for budding Entrepreneurs. However, this mentoring program is only for TiE Members. Please visit http://www.bangalore.tie.org/Home to know how to become a member and there after how to enroll for their Mentorship Program.





Frames of Mind 2007

9 06 2007

I have been to the “Frames of Mind 2007” exibition organized by the Bangalore Photography Club. It is really worth a visit. I took my dad along and he too liked it very much.
Few of the photograph’s which stood out in the gallery (my list) are:
Suprabhatam – Ajay
A New Beginning – Missed the photographer’s name 😦
Wild Silhouette – Sanjay KH
Natures Mirror – Rakesh Balaji
What Next – Ashish V
Evening Hues – Ankit Pai
Misty Morning, don’t see no sun – Bob Marely – Arun Kurian (This is a fantastic photograph)

I tried looking and adding links to the photos I mentioned above, but could not find them in open album, but if you want to see amazing works of other Photographers, visit www.BangalorePhotograhpyClub.com.

Although I have just mentioned about few photos above, all photographs displayed in the exibition are absolutely fantastic…

Good going BPC, hope to see many more excellent works in the near future.





NEN activities for Entrepreneurs

2 06 2007

Business in Development Challenge 2007

India Development Gateway (IDG), an IntelliCap initiative is organizing “Business in Development Challenege 2007” which provides entrepreneurs to submit their business plan and recieve feedback for the same. Also, if your’s is the choosen plan, then you recieve cash prize too.

Global Growth Entrepreneurship Program

India School of Business is organizing the Global Growth Entrepreneurship Program for Entrepreneurs and Managers at SME’s.