Thursday, December 15, 2016

Vardah Cyclone Relief - You can Help Chennai

Our team completed the survey of various affected areas yday and here is our relief plan.
Areas most affected:
1. Ponneri, Palaverkadu, Minjur, Tiruthani
2. Chennai Coastal - Kasimedu, Nadukuppam, Nochikuppam
3. ECR/OMR - Kalpakkam, Tiruporur, Semmenjeri
4. Guduvancherry, Perungalathur
Though the disaster is not as bad as the floods last year, some families have lost everything they had. Many huts have been destroyed. Houses with sheet roofs have also lost the roof.
Relief Phase 1: (upto Saturday 17th Dec)
Provide water bottle, clothes, blankets, mats, mosquito repellent, candle, matches (rice only for absolutely needed families).
(Today, we are also organizing cutting and clearing of fallen trees in interior areas.)
Relief Phase 2: (Dec to April)
Repair damaged huts and reconstruct huts into pucca houses for the poorest families.
(We constructed 160 huts into pucca Eureka Homes after last year floods and all the families were safe during the cyclone.)
Volunteers who want to help, please contact
Damu (+91 9444939376)
Padmini (+91 9884518187)
Srini (+91 8939820424)
Thothadri (+91 9677035530)
Donor who want to support, please transfer your donation by NEFT or RTGS to
A/c No: 04620020003105
Kotak mahindra bank
Anna salai branch
IFSC: KKBK0000462
After you send a donation, please email
with your name, address, date of donation, what you want us to use the donation for.
Balaji Sampath

Sunday, December 13, 2015

iVolunteerforChennai - an App to help in Flood Relief

LateraLogics – a Chennai based start-up has just released 'iVolunteer for Chennai' - an app-based platform aimed at connecting people who wish to volunteer to help rebuild the flood-hit Chennai city with aid-seekers and other agencies.

The app offers the following features:
- Help volunteers register themselves to offer help to the aid-seekers
- Help organisations and companies search and utilise services offered by the volunteers 
- Help aid-seekers search for and avail help offered by the volunteers

Arjun, the young Founder and the President of LateraLogics says he was inspired to bring out this platform due to the usability issues in the existing solutions and had quick consultations with a few experts in the field prior to starting the design. He highlights the following features in the platform:


·       The platform is app-based putting it right into the hands of the aid-seekers so that they’ll be able to use it when and where they need help.
·         The form is deliberately kept simple allowing the users to fill in very few fields (the bare minimum information) to get registered to offer help.
·         The aid seekers are exempted from registering themselves to search for and avail help. 

Ease of Use:

  •  The platform plots the location details on a map that makes search (of the volunteer’s location) easier for the aid-seekers.


  • The users are given options to manage multiple services, and also allowed to choose their preferred area of choice (for delivering help) for each of the services.
  •   The platform is ‘dynamic’ allowing the users to update their availability details either temporarily or permanently.

The company is working with NGOs and other organisations to help them utilise this app platform for augmenting their relief operations. It is also offering its services to build custom crowd-sourced applications for other areas related to the rebuild operations of the city.

‘iVolunteer for Chennai’ can be downloaded from Google Play Store using the link below:

More information (including the contact details) is available on the company’s website


Saturday, December 5, 2015

Active Facebook Groups for Flood Relief in Chennai

There are few active Facebook Groups that are sharing messages about Flood Relief activities in Chennai and helping everyone.

Tamilnadu Flood Support:

Chennai Flood Updates:

Chennai Flood Relief:

Chennai Flood Rescue Information:

Kindly connect and help.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Donate Online - Chennai Flood Relief

As you all must be aware, Chennai is reeling under floods. If you are not able to help in person or kind, you can donate online. This contribution will be used to help people in flood distress. This relief effort is co-ordinated by the Chennai Rain Relief 2015 community.

The following are the details to donate online:

 Contributions in Indian rupees can be made towards Bhoomika Trust (A/c no: 006010100609760 at Axis Bank, Radhakrishnan Salai, Chennai) IFSC Code: UTIB0000006, MICR Code: 600211002 . (Savings a/c)

 Online contributions in INR can be made through (

 Foreign Contributions can be made towards Bhoomika Trust FCRA A/c (A/c no: 006010100611060 at Axis Bank, Radhakrishnan Salai,Chennai) IFSC Code: UTIB0000006, MICR Code: 600211002

Please mention "Disaster Relief" in your mail to regarding donations.

You will receive a confirmation mail and receipt soon. Bhoomika Team (Office Ph : 044-24981967 / Latha Subramaniam (98841 14111) / V.Purushothaman-95000 10770). 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Contribute to Flood Relief Efforts in Chennai

AID India is organizing flood relief efforts. If you are available in person to volunteer your time and efforts let us know. Or if you are unavailable but still would like to contribute in any means, the following materials are needed:

  • Rice, Dal, Salt, Biscuits, Bread, Onions and Potato
  • Plastic mats
  • Bedsheets
  • Buns

You can drop them in the following addresses:

● AID India - 45, Pycrofts 1st Street, Royapettah. Contact +91-44-28602308 / Selva @ +91 97909 51652

● Udhavum Ullangal Public Charitable Trust - 77, 1st Main Road, Cit Nagar. Opp to Fiat Car Showroom, Nandanam, Chennai 35

● Sri Arunodayam Trust - 35, Sivananda Nagar Kolathur 99. Near Arya Bhavan Hotel Next to DRJ hospital. Contact Person - Iyyappan @ +91 94449 15803

● Chennai Volunteers - 49, Eldams Road, Alwarpet 18. Contact +91-44-66097766

Follow the Facebook page Chennai Rain Relief 2015 at for more updates and requests.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Contribute Articles for a Book about Dr.Abdul Kalam

Would you like to share your memories with Dr. Abdul Kalam as a story? Here is an opportunity to get it published as a book. Share your Kalam story and we will publish it as a book. Let the people of our country write for our people’s President. For more details about the article you need to write please check Kindly share this post to as many people as possible to record the memories of our beloved hero.#apjabdulkalam #memorieswithapj - Karthee Vidya Volunteer

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Donate a Book to an Underprivileged Kid - A Pratham Books Initiative

Pratham Books, a not-for-profit organisation, has developed a fund-raising platform to donate books to children.  This initiative termed Donate-a-Book is very active now with its first set of campaigns. The children benefited either belong to a special school, rural library, or are associated with any organization that loves reading books for children. Actually, now is your turn to either run a campaign or donate-a-book. The children get a set of Pratham Books equivalent to your donation amount. Anyone can create a campaign using this crowd-sourcing platform.

Personally, I was happy to run a fully funded campaign for the kids of special school AIKYA. We like to thank the three donors for their magnanimous contribution. For an amount of Rs.7350 raised we are eligible for 200 books from Pratham. 

The first set of campaigns can accept donations for one more week. Click here to view the D-A-B page. Donate a book now :)

Read more about the initiative here

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Click a Smile - International Photography Contest by Akshaya Patra Foundation

'Click a Smile' is the annual international photography contest conducted by The Akshaya Patra Foundation. Following the success of last year, this year Click a Smile 2014 is set to go even further. The contest, was launched  on November 20th and will end by December 22nd, 2014. The contest which is open to both amateur and professional photographers worldwide, focusses on celebrating the innocence and joy in a child’s smile. During this period contestants can upload their best three photographs with captions for judging. The shortlisted entries will be judged by a panel of professionals from the industry, who will select top three winners .The top three winners will get certificate, trophy and surprise gifts. Entry is free for all.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

God is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian - Book Review

God is a Gamer is a financial thriller novel by Ravi Subramanian.  This is the 6th book I am reading by the same author. However, this time is very special because I got the book for a Book Review program of BlogAdda. I was thrilled to see the autograph of Ravi Subramanian in the front page of the book.

Now let us look at the plot. Fraudsters are always looking for a way. How easy it is if you facilitate money transfer and other internet transactions but maintain anonymity? What if no agency or organization was controlling the flow of money or monitoring your transactions? Then people will create a new or separate world that can exploit the vulnerabilities of the free system. Bitcoins and The Onion Router(TOR) facilitate such transactions and this forms the background of the story. There is also a mention of an website named Cotton Trail that sells banned goods. Payments to Cotton Trail are made via bitcoins.

A high profile politician, Gillian Tan, in the White House is killed in a car crash. He was involved in discussions regarding bitcoins and South Asian policies.  Investigating officer Adrian is trying to find out the real motive behind the murder.

Meanwhile, in Mumbai,  the Chairman of NYIB bank, Malavika, commits suicide by jumping from the 34th floor of a hotel during her birthday party. A debate goes on about if the incident is a suicide or murder. Her close connections with a finance minister are taken as a lead.

We have five characters from the book, If God was a Banker, come alive in this book – Aditya, Swami, Sundeep, Kalpana, and Natasha. Aditya, the owner of eTIOS, a banking BPO, confesses that he is a divorcee. One day, he gets a call from Goa from his estranged son Varun, telling that he is under police custody.

Varun joins his father’s business. He tries to expand his father’s gaming business. He creates a new game called Townsville, tweaks download stats using bots, and manages to come number one in the game app store market.

A series of NYIB’s ATMs in USA are looted. The blame falls on Aditya’s company eTIOS as they take care of all backend operations of NYIB.

Is there a connection between the ATM loot, the murder of Gillian Tan, and the death of Malavika?  Based on internet entries, the investigators name Aditya as the culprit. Then they name Malavika’s daughter Tanya as the culprit. Is Adita or Tanya the culprit or is there more story behind the murders and heist? Is the ongoing relationship between Varun and Tanya, true? Why is a senior banker, Swami, killed by a truck? You have to read “God is a Gamer” to know more. The book has an exciting finish.

As in any Ravi Subramaniam’s book, there are detailed mentions of financial transactions and financial calculations. Business plans are laid out in detail. A lot of explanation is given about the technicalities of bitcoins, video game malware, and free money transactions.  It is really interesting to know how bitcoins work.  The book runs to 310 pages and is priced at Rs.299.

This review is a part of the biggest Book Review Program for Indian Bloggers. Participate now to get free books!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Buy a Cake - Support Education of Rural Kids by Eureka Child

Here is a great opportunity for you to not only order and eat cake but also help in educating rural children.
NGO Eureka Child Foundation is one of the beneficiaries of Chennai's longest photo cake cutting event "Cake for a Cause" during this Daan Utsav, Joy of Giving Week. The 1000 Kg Chocolate Flavour photo eggless cake made by French Loaf is to be cut at Forum Vijaya Mall, Vadapalani,Chennai on 2nd October. This year's theme of the cake revolves around Kaviperarasu Vairamuthu.
Each Kilo is priced at Rs. 1500/- and the entire Rs. 1500/- will be donated to Eureka Child Foundation. You get the cake and we get the support needed to run our program for educating poor children.

It is a great opportunity for all of us to deliciously support this cause. Book your cake now. Write to or call +91-9790951652. Please spread the word among your friends in Chennai. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Depression and Professional Life - by Bhavana Nissima

We have heard plenty about depression and many of us assume we know what it means. I am not concerned whether or not what you know is correct. Nor am I concerned about how you should seek help—from whom and why. I am, instead, concerned about how folks who who suffer from depression and other mental health problems can navigate professional life.
Many mental health problems like physical health issues can be debilitating. These problems can be chronic or come in waves in acute forms. They have an impact on your professional life.
Within India there is no provision for state support for chronic debilitating conditions like in United States. We each have to fend for ourselves if these conditions arise. Some suggestions on navigating depression and professional life:
  1. Check if your workplace allows flexi-timings and occasional work from home options. This will allow you to sometimes tide over bad days and give you a safe space to suffer the acute moments.
  2. Please understand you will be discriminated against because of your illness, by your colleagues and supervisors. That is the way it is. Keep strict boundaries about with whom you will discuss it and how. Protect yourself from damaging messages.
  3. Instead of seeking a full-time job, a part-time or freelance job may be a good option. If you can cut down your expenses, part-time job can be sufficient for many.
  4. Starting your own enterprise along with partners can be a good way too as long as your partners know and understand your condition. Please remember, your condition doesn’t mean you are dumb or useless. It means sometimes you cannot work.
  5. For some, the episodes may be for many months. You have to plan for it and save money whenever you can. Frugal living helps to navigate without incurring crazy debts.
  6. When you return from an episode, do not give up on yourself professionally. Return to work with a new burst of energy. Depression can help clear cobwebs. You will find your clarity increase along with an overwhelming abundance of wisdom. Illness brings its gifts that others cannot have.
  7. Please don't believe that you will be unsuccessful professionally and/or will be poor rest of your life. Some of the very successful and rich people in the world have suffered from it. Your time will come.
  8. Finally, have faith in the Universe. Some way somehow you will be provided. Just keep chugging on.
It is finally an illness, like all others. Take care.

The author, Bhavana Nissima,  is a Communication Consultant and Researcher. You can reach her at Or @tw_bhav

A Q&A on Linkedin about this topic:

Q: Well written. But some counselors recommend regular full-time work because it brings in a "routine" that is a much needed part of recovery/cure.

A: I do agree with "routine" part because it brings in discipline. But some folks have rapid cycles and episodes. In such cases, part-time may be the way out. At least, there is some routine and responsibility.