Saturday, 18 March 2017

Inspire to Innovate Storytelling Movement- Letter to Student Series Volume 2 Issue 7

My Dear Student Friends,

This is Dr. Ravi Saripalle, Founder, Inspire to Innovate (i2i) Storytelling Movement. Welcome to “Letter to Student Series- Volume 2 and Issue 7. Hope you enjoyed reading my previous letter. The goal of these letters is to inspire students across the country. Till date, we released 18 Student Letter Series and covered tens of amazing people stories, achievements and accomplishments. At this point of time, I would like to give a pause and check your reflections. Request you to answer the following five questions and calculate your Future Readiness.

1. I read / hear stories of amazing people           
 (A) weekly once (10 marks)           (B) monthly once (5 marks)                        (C) Irregular reading (2 marks)      (D)Not Interested (0 marks)

2. I write letter / mail to my mentor (other than parents) for guidance (professional / personal)
(A) every 6 months (10 marks)      (B) yearly once (5 marks)                         (C) Irregular writing (2 marks)       (D)Not Interested (0 marks)

3. I practice my passion or natural intelligence (to know your intelligence
(A) weekly 4 hours (10 marks)       (B) weekly 2 hours (5 marks)                   (C) Irregular practice (2 marks)      (D)Not Interested (0 marks)

4.         I manage my academics with consistent percentage or grade 
(A) A Grade and above  (10 marks)            (B) B Grade and above  (5 marks)
(C) C Grade or below (2 marks)                 (D)Consistent Failure (0 marks)

5.         I do physical activity and maintain good health   
(A) weekly 4 hours (10 marks)       (B) weekly 2 hours (5 marks)                       (C) Irregular practice (2 marks)      (D)Not Interested (0 marks)

Check Your Score and Title

I wish you should be either Performer (your score should be between 40-50) or Challenger (your score should be between 25-40). You should not give any scope to be  Lounger (relaxed) with 10-25 score or Laggard (slower than desired) with score less than 10.

In my earlier letters I used to write complete story in the letter itself. But I realized that it is not serving the purpose. In this letter, I would like to give you the gist of few valuable stories so that it develops an attitude of reading positive stories on your own. Hope you agree with me.

1. You will be amazed to read about this small time simple post man! He took over a closing school with 11 boys, 1 teacher and  with 11 bank balance. After 3 decades, now this school is shining with  2,200 students and 2,700 in the college, from the primary to the post-graduate! Jai Ramji ! A man with highest determination! You should read complete story written by author: "This postman delivered more than mail" story/nandkishor-singh/P0/

2. Sometimes animals are more faithful than human beings. Cows and Dogs are always trust their masters. Read this story "How a Heroic Labrador in Bengaluru Fought Armed Robbers to Save His Human" I request you to save these faithful animals and protect humanity. They always care for our welfare.

3. Art is not in your hands. Art is in your heart! Art is the by-product of your determination. Anjana Malik, with no arms, holding pen with her toes, drawing pictures of gods, sketches of  birds. Anjana is now able to earn anywhere between Rs 2,500 to Rs 25,000 apiece! Read this complete article. It fires lot of determination in us- "Uttarakhand girl with no hands achieves miracle feat"-

4. She became amputee for a cause. However, she did not lose heart! You will be thrilled if you read this story of first female amputee in the world to have scaled Mount Everest! Padma Shri Arunima Sinha! Read the complete story- "All naysayers in due course became my supporters: Arunima Sinha on scaling Everest with artificial leg" at

5. I would like to present another interesting social enterprising model. This enterprise is changing the way donations are shipped! DonateKart, started by Anil Kumar Reddy and Sandeep Sharma, graduates from VNIT, who worked for GOONJ before. The model is simple: Donate Kart is a platform to connect donors and NGO Needs. Donors can buy and send products directly to NGOs. I suggest you read the entire story: "This young duo building Flipkart for NGOs and philanthropists!" at

My Dear Friends, Appreciate your valuable time. See you in my next letter. Thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity to write to you and help me to learn, unlearn and relearn. I personally thank all websites, authors who are publishing / writing such an inspiring stories for common good and contributing for better world. Positive Storytelling and Letter Writing are powerful tools to establish vision in our life. Please do write to someone you trust / your mentor regularly. You can also reach to me at I am happy to respond to your letter.
With Best Wishes,
Dr. Ravi Saripalle

About Author:    Dr. Ravi Saripalle is Founder of Inspire to Innovate (i2i) Storytelling Movement and 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 instill inspiration through spreading positive stories of amazing people in the form of short stories, embedding them in the form of letters (epistolary form) and sending them to thousands of schools, colleges, universities districts administration across India. Also conducting Storytelling Workshops in select institutions. Providing customized mentoring to inspired students. Dr. Ravi is having 18 years of experience in Industry, Consultancy, Training, Mentoring and Research. Prior to this current mission, Ravi worked with Wipro Technologies for more than a decade.  Ravi can be reached at sdindia2020@gmail,com or or

Previous letters are available at

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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