Monday, 30 May 2016

Inspire to Innovate Storytelling Movement- Letter to Student Series Volume 1 Issue 10

My Dear Student Friends,

            This is Dr. Ravi Saripalle, Founder, Inspire to Innovate (i2i) Storytelling Movement. Welcome to “Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 10. Hope you enjoyed reading my previous letter. These letters are  reaching all corners of our country, for one good cause, spreading Inspiring stories of amazing people. Why should you read these letters? What you will gain from this mission? Answer is simple. Stories of amazing people enable our dreams. They set path for our prosperous life. Sometimes, they erase inhibitions in our mind. Sometimes, they soften our hearts, sometimes harden for good mission. Sometimes, act as torch bearers. Sometimes, help us live on the ground. Sometimes, give us hope and courage to raise our flag. Sometimes, cut short our shortcomings. Sometimes, increase our risk appetite. The beauty is they act like medicinal pills based on our deficiency and need. Hope you agree with me.     

            In the previous issue, we discussed about the importance of giving back, an incident between Herbert Hoover and Ignacy Jan Paderewski, an amazing P C Musthafa's rags- to-riches entrepreneurial journey, a school going girl, Lavanya, how she created impact to build toilets in her entire village, how Shashank Singh Kachwaha is trying to help building pond in water scarce Rajasthan, Gabrielle Diamanti’s solar powered saline water purifier and so on.

            Recently I was reading an article on regarding Ashok Deshmane, 26 year old software engineer, from  Parbhani district of Marathwada, who faced hardships in his childhood due to poverty, now got settled in life, but not his spirit. Ashok started an NGO, Snehwan, adopted more than 20 kids (8-15 age group) of families in which the farmers committed suicides due to pestering drought and surmounting debts. Today he is providing food, accommodation and education beyond books and school so that next generation farmers are ready to serve our nation. Thanks to Millap, which is helping in raising funds, Ashok's work is helping in healing the wounds of those families affected, distressed and ruined. Thank you Ashok. We encourage your good work.          

              In similar mission, A school dropout from Bangalore, Shivakumar  feeding thousands of people (poor, orphanages, old age homes and so on) with leftover wedding food. Most of the times, this leftover food gets dumped in the garbage. Shivakumar found a noble destination to this leftover food. With his efforts, today he receives phone calls from all over city, to collect leftover food. Thanks to for covering this wonderful mission of Shivakumar. He estimates that minimum 100-150 people sufficient food gets wasted in every function. This class 10 dropout acts like a Sabari in Ramayana, tastes food before he packs it up. He wishes to construct cold storage capacity to keep food for 10000 people. Recently, on Akshaya Tritiya, the most auspicious day, he received 120 phone calls and distributed food to 28000 slum dwellers. What kind of magnanimous heart Shivakumar has!

            In this context, I would like to share a wonderful story which I read it from my facebook posting. I don't know the source of the story. Once a man was walking on scorching desert. He was walking, walking and walking but could not able to find any water footprint in the vicinity. He is moving towards water ponds, but after reaching there, they turned out to be mirage. He is getting tired and dire need of water. After few kilometers of walking, he found a village. His spirits raised. He walked to an abandoned house. He found an unused boring pump. He started pumping, pumping and pumping. He lost all his sweat but no drop of water came out. He lost the hope and decided to witness his death next morning. Suddenly, he saw a bottle of water in the corner. Immediately, he grabbed it. He was trying to open the cap but was failing. It was extremely tight. He found a letter hanging to the bottle. It was written that "pour this bottled water into the pump, then do the hand pumping, you will get water". He was in a dilemma. If he pours this little water into the pump and later if he could not able to fetch water, he immediately loses his body. However, he drinks the little water available now and walks for some more time, anyways he will die next day. He thought thoroughly, finally left the decision to Lord. With the divine intervention, he got  intelligence and made him to pour water into the pump. Then he did hand pumping, and fetched gallons of water from the bore pump! He drank enough, excess, stored in bottles and moved in his journey. He thanked Lord for the divine intelligence provided. The moral of this story is "when you want to take something from someone, you first create a habit of giving someone". God makes sure, you will receive it in some useful form. Hope you agree with me.                     
            My dear student friends, summer vacation is getting completed. Hope you are getting ready for next academic year in your school / college / University. Welcome! You all need to work hard, think smart and bring value to your life. Every minute is a wonderful opportunity to you. Gift in your life. Don't waste time and energy. Don't lose heart and despair. Remember, You are always on advantage position than some other disadvantage. Time is precious. Once utilized, you cannot bring it back. In this context, I would like to share few stories of the committed students who are struggling to go to school every day due to their disadvantaged locations. Recently I was viewing a YouTube video (,  that should send shivers down your spine. What an amazing students they are! As per the video, The most remote school in the world is located in Gulu, China. Students take 5 hours journey into deep mountains on a 1 feet wide path, is most unusual and risky school journey! In another case ( Zhang Jiawan Village), students take unsecured wooden ladders to reach mountain top and reach school. Some kids in our Himalayan region (near Zanskar), kids travel boarding schools crossing icy Himalayan ranges. In Indonesia (Lebak), kids cross a damaged suspension bridge, crossing river to reach school. In Colombia, kids are flying 800 meters on a steel cable which is 400 meters above the Rio Negro River. In an extreme ride case, kids in Pili, China  take 125 mile Journey to their Boarding School through mountains ( In India, everyday many students in remote villages cross streams, rivers, pass through jungles and reach schools. We need salute to these students and teachers. Hats off to these people taking this unsecured routes and enriching their knowledge. Dear Friends, if you are one among them, I really hats off to you. if you are privileged to reach school smoothly, you must do something big and create an impact in the society. Hope you got my message. Hope you will work on your mission.

            In this connection, I would like to share another inspiring story of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, founder of KIIT University, Orissa. When Dr Achyuta was 4 years old, his father expired in tragic train accident. He is having 7 siblings (eldest 17 years old and youngest 1 month baby during that time). There are no savings as father was working as petty worker in industry. They moved to remotest village and lived in extreme poverty, often skipping meals. This boy voluntarily helped mother by doing some menial jobs. In spite of this condition, he used to save few coins and share with his fellow friends. This boy used to walk 8 kilometers and reach high school. Finally after great struggle, he could able to complete Masters in Chemistry. He used to do job and run private tutoring to support his family and needy friends, ignoring his personal comforts for almost 10 years. Finally this young inspiring man, established Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) with mere 5000 rupees in rented building. At this juncture, due to surmounting loans (2.5 million rupees), he faced extreme struggle. By the god's mercy, he could able to march forward and face these odds. Today this university became abode for more than 25000 students across the globe and helping more than 25000 poor students in terms of free education, free residential and boarding facility. This small institute started with mere 5000 rupees indirectly became hope for more than 1 million people and aiming towards 10 million people by 2020! He still lives in rented 2-bed room and not having any personal belongings. He remained as bachelor to bring smiles in many children.  He received multiple civilian awards and 31 degrees of doctorate/ Doctor of Letters from different universities across India and abroad. Dr. Achyuta Samanta got elected as General President (2017-18) of 105th Indian Science Congress. What an inspiring story! We need to learn wonderful lesson from this personal experience! Do you agree my dear students? ( 

            Couple of Years back, I read an article in indiatoday about Manoj Machra, a resident of Amarsar village, Churu district, 250 km from Jaipur, who was born with no hands, uses his toes to write his answer papers, secured 78% in secondary examination and cleared upper primary examination with 86%. He proved his academic excellence despite of being disabled.  What an amazing person Manoj! He worked hard and practiced to write using his left leg. We wish him to succeed in his aspirations (want to take up legal services profession) and thank indiatoday for publishing such an inspirational story. God bless Manoj and fulfill his aspirations.

            In similar mission, Dhaval Khatri who lost both his both hands at the age of 14, also asked to leave school, took life seriously, continued his education and worked passionately towards playing guitar and painting. Finally he became world-class painter and made 300+ paintings till date. While he was flying with kites, accidently his hands held onto an electric wire and both hands got amputated. His mother made him to practice of holding pen or pencil. Later he started learning sketching and painting. He started learning on this own as many of the institutes rejected his case. Now he received orders from all over world. He teaches us "there is no word called Impossible" and reminding us to do much bigger wonders! Do you agree my dear friends! Wish you all the best Dhaval Khatri and Thank you for spreading positive stories! Keep posting and inspire all of us.  

            My Dear Friends, Hope you found useful reading these inspirational stories! Inspire through storytelling, Innovate for Life turning! This is the mission of this program. If you find any inspiring story, please do share with me. I will include in my next letter.  If you have done anything amazing, please share it with me. Friends, I appreciate your valuable time. I will again see you in my next letter. Thank you for giving me this great opportunity to write to you and help me to learn, unlearn and relearn in this process. I personally thank all websites, authors who are publishing / writing such an inspiring stories for common good and contributing for better world. Thank you Authors and Websites.

With Best Wishes
Dr. Ravi Saripalle

About Author:    Dr. Ravi Saripalle is Founder of Inspire to Innovate (i2i) Storytelling Movement. He is also Director, Center for Innovation, GVP College of Engineering (A), Vizag, AP, India. As part of Inspire to Innovate (i2i) Storytelling Movement, Dr.Ravi is trying to spread inspiration through real time case studies in the form of short stories, embedding them in the form of letters (epistolary form) and sending them to thousands schools, colleges, universities across India. Also conducting Storytelling Workshops to inspire students for select institutions. Providing customized mentoring to specific inspired students. Dr. Ravi is having 18 years of experience in Industry, Consultancy, Training, Mentoring and Research. Prior to this current misison, Dr. Ravi worked with Wipro Technologies for more than a decade. Dr Ravi can be reached at saripalle.ravi@gmail,com or or

Links to previous letters

1.      Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 9 (Inspire To Innovate (I2i) Storytelling Movement @ Students Of India)
2.      Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 8 (Inspire To Innovate (I2i) Storytelling Movement @ Students Of India)
3.      Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 7 (Inspire To Innovate (I2i) Storytelling Movement @ Students Of India)
4.      Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 6 (Inspire To Innovate (I2i) Storytelling Movement @ Students Of India)
5.      Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 5 (Inspire To Innovate (I2i) Storytelling Movement @ Students Of India)
6.      Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 4 (Inspire To Innovate (I2i) Storytelling Movement @ Students Of India)
7.      Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 3 (Inspire To Innovate (I2i) Storytelling Movement @ Students Of India)
8.      Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 2 (Inspire To Innovate (I2i) Storytelling Movement @ Students Of India)
9.      Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 1 (Inspire To Innovate (I2i) Storytelling Movement @ Students Of India)

Disclaimer: The goal of this i2iSM letter series campaign is to inspire students / youth through storytelling and develop innovative leaders to build strong nation. In this process, I have taken several data points from various websites, NEWS articles, books, videos etc. I sincerely thank all the editors for providing such an insightful stories and information. To the best of my knowledge, I tried to acknowledge all the sources. I sincerely apologize for any omissions, grammatical mistakes and hurting any reader’s sentiments. I request all the readers to understand the spirit behind this effort. This effort doesn’t involve any commercials. Letter series is for free distribution. 

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