Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Meeting an amazing achiever at Somaiya Ayurvihar

A few days ago, I was at Somaiya Ayurvihar, with my daughter, who was there for a checkup.  Assisting Dr. Radha Verma were many of her resident doctors.  Among them was Zafar.
He grew up in Antop Hill in Mumbai, and grew up in difficult financial circumstances.  He was working since the age of 14, and used to carry TVs and other items people would need.
Now, he did his medicine at Sion and was now doing further work in surgery at our Medical College.
What a wonderful story of hard work and success.  I feel privileged that we have students like that with us, who I am sure will contribute to the making of our country.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Solar Concentrator at Nareshwadi

A few weeks ago, I visited our school in Nareshwadi (Dahanu), and saw the installation of the solar concentrator.  It was wonderful to see, sice after the installation, we are now saving 200 kg of firewood a day, and all the food for the hostel kids, the dal, the rice, and the vegetables get cooked through steam, from the heat generated by the concentrator.  A simple idea, suggested by Sandeep Shah of N A Shah Associated, and implemented by ATE (Anuj Bhagwati and Vishal Sardeshpande).  There are 500 students living in the hostel, and this is wonderful, that we can create an energy system that reduces our costs, conserves the environment, and comes together in a spirit of making the world a better place for all of us.  Thanks to all that made this happen.