Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Letter to Student Series : Volume 3 Issue 9

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 9. 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.

Hope you are having great vacation. I sincerely request all of you to utilize this vacation for a good purpose. Be it internship, Be it music, Be it painting and drawing, Be it Art, Be it prototyping, put best possible efforts. Prove your natural intelligence. Bring best in you.

Padma Awardee Story Series-Episode 2- Dr Abhay Bang and Dr Rani Bang, Revolutionizing healthcare in Gadchiroli district of MaharashtraIndia. : Dr Abhay and Dr Rani are Indian social Scientists and researchers who are working towards healthcare for poor. They have designed and monitored a program called "Home based Neonatal Care" which has substantially reduced the infant mortality rate.  Request you to listen to their developmental story at and get inspired!

Padma Awardee Story Series-Episode 3- Arvind Gupta, who is making Science Learning Fun, Meaningful and Thoughtful : Aravind Gupta, an Indian Toymaker, An alumnus of IIT Kanpur, redefined the science teaching method. He developed many low-cost and high utility toys and educational experiments using thrash and locally available material. His TED Talk is one of the best TED Talks (  Request you to listen to his inspiring story at and get inspired!

An IIT student used his engineering skills to save a diabetic’s life during mid-flight!- Kartikeya Mangalam, student of electrical engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, was coming back from Geneva to Delhi. There was a medical emergency during the flight. There was a patient with Type 1 diabetes who forgot insulin pump at security counter. His sugar levels reached peak. There was high necessity to pump in the insulin. Though he was carrying insulin cartridges but he didn't have the device to inject them. Though the fellow doctor passenger was carrying insulin pen but it was not fitting the patient cartridge. The plane was planning for emergency landing. But Kartikeya used his engineering skills and provided a temporary fix. Using airplane WiFi, he found the engineering drawing of the pen and found "doctor's insulin pen was missing a spring". He collected ballpoint pens from fellow passengers and identified the right spring. He reassembled the pen and gave it to the doctor for injection. In 15 minutes time, patient came to normal. Kartikeya writes, even engineers can save life! Thank you Kartikeya for your amazing engineering aptitude! Thank you NDTV for publishing this inspiring incident. It will influence many engineering students who are studying engineering using theoretical methods. To read more, please visit

Anu Kumari, mother of a four year old, Sonipat district, Haryana, got the second rank in UPSC 2018: There is no substitute to hard work. There is no constraint for determination. Anu Kumari, mother of 4 years, got second rank in UPSC this year. She fulfilled domestic needs, at the same time, she did good preparation for civil services examination. She did her bachelor's in Physics from Delhi University, MBA from IMT Nagpur. Surprisingly, Anu Kumari did not take any coaching but secured good result. Best wishes to her for many more successes. Today she is a role model for many girl aspirants who got into similar situation. Thank you ET for publishing inspiring stories.      
To read more, please visit

Poo to Power, Aditya Agarwal  and Amit Agarwal are making it a Reality: Cow produces green gold in the form of dung and produces white gold in the form of milk. According to Govt., India has ~30 crores cattle population, which produce around 30 lakhs tons of cattle dung, which can produce bio-gas and manure. Aditya Agarwal  and Amit Agarwal without anybody's support, started cattle dung-based power plant which produces close to two megawatts of power daily. In 2018-19, Govt. of India is also planning to setup 700+ bio-gas plants across the country which is  great move. To read more, please visit

Mumbai Dabbawalas is planning to start courier and parcel service! Hope you all know about Mumbai Dabbawalas. It is one of the world largest human network, which delivers hot lunches from homes to people at work and delivers back! Lunch boxes are marked in different ways- abbreviations for collection points,  color coding for start location, number for destination station, marking for building and floor. Surprisingly approx 175,000 and 200,000 lunch boxes are delivered each day by ~ 5,000 dabbawalas. It is also another record that dabbawalas make less than one mistake in every six million deliveries!! It is six sigma organization right? Now dabbawalas is entering to another service: Courier and Parcels! With the great history and commitment, I am sure this service also becomes big hit! Wish you the best Dabbawalas! To know more about them, please do visit and

Bangalore's startup, Ather Energy launches EV charging network : Ather Energy, a startup started EV charging network called 'AtherGrid'. They are offering fast charging facility. They are installed in malls, gyms, restaurants etc. They are planning to setup a facility at every 4 KM distance. To know more, please visit

Not a Good News, Plastic found at world's remotest spot, 2700 km from land: This is not at all good news!  Point Nemo, is  2,700 km away from the land. 26 microplastics per cubic meter were found in the sample sea water. Probably this shows how big the problem we are entering in. When I see this picture, I found a turtle swimming nearby. This poses great danger to flora and fauna as well. We all need to be responsible in using plastic. Otherwise, we all become victim of our own mistakes. To know more about this, please visit,

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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