Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Letter to Student Series : Volume 3 Issue 3

My Dear Student Friends,

This is Dr. Ravi Saripalle, Founder, Inspire to Innovate (i2i) Storytelling Movement. Welcome to “Letter to Student Series- Volume 3 and Issue 3. Hope you enjoyed reading my previous letter (they are available at The goal of these letters is to inspire, educate, engage, entertain and empower students across the country and make them Future Ready.

Human Urine to Urea (Bioconomics!) : Hon'ble Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari is suggesting to setup urine banks to contain urea imports. Concept is in preliminary stage but it is a powerful idea. I call it as New Age Bioconomics! Human Urine is rich with nitrogen. If it can be extracted using distillation process, it becomes great wealth generation source. Minister was contemplating to setup Urine banks at Taluka level and 10 liters bottle can be sold for 10 rupees. It is going to be amazing Swachh Bharat Program. Though economical strategy is at early stage, but it is highly promising.  A normal adult produces about 600 to 2500 ml of urine. 30 grams of urea is excreted from the urea per day. One of the research findings show that, urine is safe and best alternative as fertilizer for leafy crops like cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes etc. Urine holds nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (N-P-K) ratio as 10:1:4. Unless it has infection, urine is sterile. How we should use it- Sprinkle urine-water mixture around the plant without touching the eating part. Another research says, adding wood ashes to urine is making tomato sweeter and beetroot larger. Wood ash K-P-K raio is 0:1:3. Together it works as wonderful combination. Dear Friends, It sounds positive to me! This is going to make huge impact on the farming and health economics. It impacts our culture and the way we treat our toilets. It also reduces water usage in our toilets. Together it is carrying potential value. Why don't you try this research and check the results. if everything works out, Urine banks are going to be wonderful social business idea. Are you game?(; 61636165.cms;   
Bicycle-Sharing- System, A Green Drive System: Across the world, Bicycle sharing models are becoming popular. As of last year, more than 1000 cities adopted bicycle sharing programs. Investors are seriously betting that Bike sharing becomes another Future Uber. In this case, we don't need to pay drivers. We just need to replace stolen ones, track and move ones which are parked inappropriately. Now there are multiple startups offering this service, some of them are offering dock less bikes, app driven booking and payment, unlock using scan a code, app based unlocking, auto locking facility etc. For e.g. Mobike, 2 year-old Chinese startup is valued at whopping $3 billion! You can imagine how much potential these startups are carrying. Startups have learnt how to charge fee from the customers. For e.g. LimeBike is as charging as low as $1 a ride. A Bangalore based startup named Yulu is offering ‘dockless’ bicycles through the Yulu Bikes mobile application. Bike is located using GPS. Yulu is charging user for every 30 minutes ride. Companies are investing in solar powered lights, usage tracking by bikers etc. Governments should track bikers and provide some sops to these bikers so that number increases. In India, dockless bikes may not be feasible as it misses monitoring mechanism. Each ride equals to reduction in few carbon emissions. Governments should track individual contributions and provide tax benefits to them.(;https:// www.thebetterindia .com/122329/soon-you-can-book-a-bicycle-in-bengaluru-just-like-an-app-based-cab/)

School Radio' Systems, New Age Communication Channel: Have you heard about a Radio Station for Students by Students? Don't you think it is great tool for communication, commitment and team work? Yes, it is true. Across the world, best practices are suggesting to have school radio run by students. It helps them to improve their confidence and dedication. It enhances their creativity, innovation and leadership qualities. Andhra Pradesh is trying to experiment this in their government schools network. This model helps to brand best practices followed by schools. This platform empowers the school children. Potentially, message can be reached to all schools across the world! BBC has published calendar online for schools developed by school children ( A consortium can be formed between the schools to operate this model. Together, they can publish calendar and run programs. It builds good portfolio of content and contemplation. Are you game for this? Will you start in your school/college? Wish you the best. (;

Know Your Diet, Samosa is "healthier" than burger: Recently I was reading an article about healthy food vs. junk food which was published by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). It is an eye opener article. One of the comments was samosa is better than burger because of it is made of fresh ingredients. It does not have preservatives, flavors and additives. Samosa is made of chemical free ingredients where as burger is made of preservatives, acidity regulator etc. Likewise article says poha is better than noodles, fresh juice is better than canned juice. CSE conducted a study over 13,000 schoolchildren (9-17 years) from 15 states across India between Sep 2016 and Mar 2017. CSE report says lifestyle diseases like obesity, mental health, cancer, diabetes, heart disease etc are top most killers in India. Report says pollution is major reason for mental diseases. Lack of physical activity is dangerous risk factor. Exposure to pesticides not only causes cancer but also risks us with diabetes. This is the new twist in the game. Now question lies, how do we create alternatives? Solution lies in Organic Way! Organic cultivators has great opportunity! It is multibillion opportunity! What are you thinking? Pick great idea from around this theme and start your business. It is not just selling, but of course, you also practice. Eat Healthy, Sell Healthy should be your new business mission. Are you game? Take care of your health, it preserves your wealth. (;

Multilayered Farming, Akash Chaurasiya's Response to the Society: Just now we were discussing about the role of organic food-body-mind relationship. 28 year old Akash Chaurasiya from Sagar, MP was successful in developing new methods to improve crop health and agri productivity. He has successfully managed water management, natural-organic farming, intercropping and most importantly multi-layered farming. Multilayered farming allows farmer to cultivate different types of crops in single go in one season itself. Is it not amazing? Akash used natural substances to construct his farmhouse. He used bamboo and cotton strings! Developed natural manure using cow dung. Cow dung is always gold. It has 16 types of micronutrients! His farm constitution: Ginger in the ground-amaranth on top, papaya on top, kudrun in between, marvelous nature fete right? Amazing effort by Akash. Great Job. Thank you Kenfolios for publishing positive stories. ((

GES 2017, Hyderabad, India! Hyderabad is hosting eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit from November 28-30, 2017 in collaboration with Government of the United States of America. Entrepreneurship is new hope for us! T-Hubs in Hyderabad became India's largest incubator. Time is highly fertile for startups. Ecosystem is vibrant. How many of you want to become entrepreneur and start your startup? Mentorship is critical for your startup growth. Do you have mentor? Traditionally India is an entrepreneurial country. Every farmer is an entrepreneur. Somehow we lost ground in between. However, our glory is getting revived. Students are dreaming high. Our young minds are inspired. Ideas are blooming. World is recognizing the need for innovation. Inspire-Ideate-Innovate became tri-buzz word today. Each and every student must spend  1 year internship in 20-25 years of his/her education. It should be mandated. This should be part of your educational program. Everyone must experience the criticality of the entrepreneurship. Become entrepreneur, if not intrepreneur (works for an employer but acts like entrepreneur). This culture shift has be brought by choice and by force. If this is done, in next 10 years, India becomes vibrant.

Dear Students, Hope you have taken following Future readiness assessment. The last question is "how much time you are spending on physical activity". Reduce your exposure to games and mobile apps. Automatically you are bound to do some or other physical activity. It saves your health, focus, determination and attitude. I request you to adhere to following formula and build yourself healthy and build your nation healthy.

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.

My Dear Friends, Appreciate your valuable time. Life is short. Life without purpose is no worth. Purpose without substance is no hope. Hope without you is not real progress. Hence you are the key and critical for our nation's growth. Hope you concur with me. You are carrying a message, a hope, a purpose. Hope you understand my anguish. See you in my next letter. Thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity. 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

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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.