Monday, 19 March 2018

Letter to Student Series : Volume 3 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 3 and Issue 7. Hope you enjoyed reading my previous letter They are available at and Video Message series is available at The goal of these letters and video messages are to inspire, educate, engage, entertain and empower the students and make them Future Ready.

Please listen to following important messages to you 
The Role of Art in Future Job Success and Market: Request you to listen to my appeal intended for all students of Engineering, Medicine, Accountancy and other Professional Courses as well as High school going students. Video Message Available at

Ramdas Mane, Man building toilets using Thermocol: I was reading an inspiring story at Times ( Ramdas Mane, belongs to poor family, hailing from Satara district of Maharashtra, slept on the footpath for months, did part time jobs to complete his education, night shift at bus canteen to support his education. However, today Ramdas has become source of inspiration and instrumental in Open Defection Free (ODF) campaign. He is building toilets out of thermocol with cement coating in two hours. So far, he supplied 22,000+ toilets across the country for no profit, no loss basis. Received CSR's with Sanitation leadership award 2016, Limca Book of records in 2007 etc. He is also giving it as wedding gift to few girls (till date 25 toilets) who cannot afford to build toilets. His main company (Mane group of Companies) started in 1993, builds thermocol machines and exports them to more than 45 countries. 80% of the thermocol in India has been manufactured by Ramdas's machines!! Amazing innovation right? He got patent for this machine as well. Once sleeping on footpath, today Ramdas company's annual turnover is ~ Rs 40 crores and 70 employees working for them. Result of perseverance and determination. 
Debris to Building Blocks-Engineering Innovation by Engineering Students:  Chennai alone generates about 1,200 tones of Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste every day. Imagine how much debris generated from whole India? Kongu Engineering College, Erode, Tamilnadu students are trying to develop solution to this pollution menace. Recently they got an award in the Carbon Zero Challenge, organized by IIT Chennai for developing blocks from Concrete debris. They developed patented technology to recycle debris into hollow or paver blocks which can be used in construction. They tested the blocks and found more durable with better strength than conventional bricks and concrete blocks. Team developed economical process to segregate concrete waste from C&D debris, crushed to produce recycled aggregates of different particle sizes, mixed with sodium silicate (reduces porosity, increase durability, binds better), put through carbonation process (carbon dioxide is injected at various pressures which improves density), mixed with cement and water, moulded into blocks. This process cuts down CO2 emissions. To read more, please do visit 63152925.cms?utm_source=email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=TOIMobile

A Tea seller monthly earnings : Rs 12 lakh! Amazing Story! Yewle Tea House, a famous tea stall based out of Pune, has set a new benchmark, earning 12 lakhs per month, selling 3000-4000 cups per day. Navnath Yewle, Co-founder of the famous tea stall made it as international brand. Running 3 centers with 12 employees each, developing a business plan to open 100 more!! Simple secret! He did study tea for 4 years, created best quality taste and made it as brand!! Do you similar ideas? Do you want to start something like this with another different theme and taste!! Think Big. Act Big! To read more, please do visit

The Ice Man of India , An engineer is solving Ladakh's water crisis: Chewang Norphel, 80-year-old, Retd. Civil Engineer from Ladakh in the northernmost Himalayas, India named as The Ice Man of India due to his contribution towards solving Ladakh's water crisis and fighting against climate change. Inspired by the nature's principle (An artificial glacier is formed when water is coming out of a semi-frozen pipe and when we collect in a small crater on the ground and freezing, forms like a glacier), today Norphel could develop 17 artificial glaciers across Ladakh and providing water. Ladakh is having extreme climatic conditions- both frost bite and heat stroke at the same time. 80% are farmers and major issue is unavailability of water during sowing period during Apr-June timeframe. During this time, glacial streams are frozen and rivers flow way too low to fetch water!! Chewang Norphel came as rescue and building artificial glaciers using his childhood learnt scientific principle and inspiration. Natural glaciers located around 5,000 feet above and 20-25 km away from the villages. They melt only after June time frame. He got an idea of building artificial glaciers at lower altitudes which would melt sooner due to relatively higher temperature. Construction work starts in October when the villagers divert the glacier streams and create embankments in the form of steps to slow down the velocity of water, depth is kept very low to freeze quickly. Amazing technique right? Each glacier costs upto 15 lakhs depending on size and width. He created one at Phukte valley which is supplying water to five villages and just costed 90,000 rupees. Retired from his government post in 1994 after 34 years of service, now Norphel spends time in developing these solutions, meditation, kitchen garden, with students all over world, assisting NGOs to take up this concept outside. He is pouring tons of inspiration and helping Ladakh region! Thank you ET for publishing such an amazing story. To read more, please do visit

A teacher from Ghana using blackboard to teach students how Microsoft Word works!: Another interesting story! Richard Appiah Akoto (33 years old), An ICT Teacher from Ghana, Africa became great example on how a pedagogy should be in adverse conditions! He became viral when he posted his blackboard covered with drawing of a the features of a Microsoft Word processing window using multi-colored chalk. The school has no computers. His facebook posting got 9.5K likes. Finally this message reached to Microsoft & other computer giants. Microsoft promptly responded and providing necessary equipment to the school. Sometimes a committed teacher can shake the world and get necessary resources. Great job Richard Appiah Akoto. Wish you all the best. Read more at:

Dear Students, Hope you completed Future readiness assessment. This is to help you to plan your life better and make you relevant in the context of 4th Industrial revolution. Please take this assessment every month without fail. It acts like reminder to 5 important activities- Inspire yourself through positive stories, get mentored from your role model, develop your natural intelligence, manage academics and do physical activity. 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. 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

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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