Archive for May, 2009

did i make it?

May 28, 2009


If you are eager to know – let me tell you – the answer is — Yes 🙂 & No 😦

Some 7-8 weeks back, I embarked on a journey to raise ‘social’ investment (not charity) for the NGO that is working to eradicate poverty through MicroCredit –

I took up the challenge to raise Rs. 1,00,000/- from 200 new ‘investors’ and also wanted Aamir Khan to get on board 🙂

Together as RangDe team, we have raised about 3 lac … we have not yet got 200 new investors but a figure of 50-60 is good enough … and, yes – Aamir Khan is not yet back from his vacation 😦

Thanks a lot to all those who supported in every possible way. I heartily appreciate all the encouragement as well as help that I have received from all over.

The cause is worth and hence I request you all to keep supporting the rural microentrepreneurs irrespective of the deadline and target that was set for a ‘Care Champion’!

Here I come, Bengaluru 🙂

PS: Happy 37th anniversary – Mom & Dad!



May 25, 2009

I did not raise 1 lac by 23rd May 😦 … but the good news is – the last date has been shifted – and I have 2 more days 🙂

I am back on the track! – 7km (in 49 minutes) on 25 May … I took about 7 minutes per km but it is OK considering the unexpected break … I have never RUN so late in the evening – the nearby park looks great even in the dark 🙂

I now need to raise – 51k in next 2 days! People – it is not charity – it is (social) investment – you will get your money back – so please be generous — and Support online!

quick update :)

May 22, 2009

Oops … my RUN training hit a minor roadblock – there was this mysterious pain in the back/neck which troubled me the past week – Thank GOD, its gone now! And I am confident 10k on 31st is going to be a ‘cakewalk’

Raising ‘social investments’ for RangDe too needs your prayers 🙂 Raising 72k from 186 more ’social investors’ in just one more day may seem impossible … but I am hopeful 🙂

Do you know why? – I am going to a dinner event tomorrow … Yes, I may not meet 186 people out there but I will not be surprised if I meet atleast the other target (by raising required 72k) … After all, GOD moves in a mysterious way!

just a drop in the ocean …

May 14, 2009

I was humbled today to read about this Marathon Effort

It made me feel – whatever I am trying to do is ‘just a drop in the vast sea’ …

Training is going great – as usual 🙂 … 9 May – 6.5km & 12 May – 6km

FundRaising efforts still need your kind and generous support (I have positive response from so many well wishers and help from some surprise quarters as well – but firm committments are still low)

I still need to raise – 80k from 192 more ‘social investors’ in just 9 more days!

Will you please chip in?

miles to go …

May 5, 2009

Pattu is skilled in making of bags and flower pots using plastic wires. She makes lot of these goods and sells them in the weekly market. Since she did not have money to invest, she was not able to produce more goods even though she has enough demand.

Dhanabakiam is an ‘established’ tailor and she is now getting regular orders for uniforms from schools & bags from textile and fancy stores. She wants to increase her sales by buying a new embroidery machine.

Neither of them wants to give up their dignity and get burdened with the obligation of ‘donation’ or ‘charity’ 😦

A ‘social investment’ helps them be a WINNER in their own right! 🙂

However, there are about 200 such ‘borrowers’ awaiting their turn to be the next WINNER … will you please ‘share the colors of joy’ & help?

Support the cause of RangDe by clicking here!

Remember – ‘Until we all win; we all loose!’

How is my training going on? Great! [4km on 30 Apr; 7km on 3 May; 5km on 5 May]

How are my ‘social investment’ stats looking? Well, I need lot of support from you! [Yet to reach out to 195 more ‘investors’ for Rs. 83.5k within next 18 days]