Ashrith Shetty and Sukesh Poojary did a complete makeover of an old and decrepit library of the Government Primary and High School in Balanje, Mangalore. Since then, students have been swarming to the library! Both of them work in the IT industry and hail from the same area. They left no stone unturned to achieve this.
It all began when the state government directed the school to renovate its existing library. The library was in a poor condition with outdated infrastructure and less than sufficient amenities. However, the school could only manage a meagre sum of Rs. 5,000 to allot for this purpose.
Hence, the school authorities approached the Parent Teacher Association and other such bodies. But for the most part, there was little to no response. The situation remained bleak until Anil Nayiga decided to take up the project. Nayiga was a member of the alumni association and a resident of Balanje (via).
Nayiga then approached Sukesh for assistance. Sadly, before they could make any progress, Mr. Nayiga passed away due to an illness. Sukesh, however, decided to honour his efforts and continued working on the library.
Soon, Ashrith joined him in his efforts. Together, they began by reaching out to people to raise funds for buying furniture and material. They plastered the library walls, painted everything and redid the flooring. They went on to add a new set tables and chairs. Through their efforts, they eventually managed to restore the computers to a working condition, and even added provisions to keep the book collection updated.
After two months of hard work, the library was finally inaugurated on Nayiga’s birth anniversary -June 12th. His vision and the duo’s resolve made brought their efforts to life. Now, both students and teachers flock to the library in the hope that they would learn something new.
“But it’s not my fault! Everest is growing by four millimeters every year. It’s basically Science’s fault”. I’d give this explanation if I ever get inspired by the Indian couple, Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod to create my own fake story of climbing the Everest. I won’t forget to add the doctored photos and falsely acquired certificates.
Fortunately, I don’t have any plans of Everest related frauds in the near future. However, such frauds have grown at a steep rate in the past few years. The Rathods are just the most recent example.
In retrospect, though, this doesn’t seem like such a good idea. Nepal’s mountaineer Satyarup Siddhanta easily identified the doctored photos. Then, the Nepal government went on to strip off the couple’s certificate and banned them for 10 years.
Makes you wonder why people go to such heights (figurative, clearly not physical) to doctor fake stories. Some do it to create fodder for the rest of their life of “motivational” speakers or authors. While some just wish to justify the money they raised to sponsor their climb and get there “first”. There is a fierce competition between expedition operators. The spring of cut-price climbing companies makes it that much easier.
Everest expeditions used to be the pinnacle (again, metaphorical) of trust. “Mountaineering used to be honourable. Now if we can’t count on the word of climbers – that’s sad” says German journalist and climber Billi Bierling. Bierling heads the management of the Himalayan archive. She hopes to work with the government to implement steps that restore climbs to their peak.
If I tell you that the waiter will get you the wrong order the next time you visit a particular restaurant, then you’d probably decide to stay away from that restaurant. However, a new restaurant in Tokyo’s Toyosu district is offering exactly this. And contrary to what you might think, it’s an absolute blast!
This new restaurant is called The Restaurant of Order Mistakes. It has a mission to hire staff with Dementia. The premise of the restaurant is that the staff might get your order wrong and serve you something else from the menu. But more likely than not, that dish comes as a delicious surprise because it’s completely unanticipated.
The restaurant conducted a trial run between the second and fourth of June. Most of the visitors had a wonderful time. Noted food blogger, Mizuho Kudo, originally ordered a hamburger but was served gyoza dumplings instead. Like many others, she couldn’t have been happier with the switch.
What adds to the experience is witnessing the staff at work. Most of the staff is full of smiles and laughter. They seem to be having a ton of fun, while also working as hard as possible!
It provides perspective that with a little understanding, patients with Dementia can also be functioning members of the society.
The event was a huge success! And the initiators of the restaurant are planning a similarly themed event to commemorate World Alzheimer’s Day (September 21st).
Technology plays complicated games with your mind! Product Designers play to your psychology in a bid to grab your attention. This makes you spend more time on your mobile than you’d have otherwise wanted.
According to Tristan Harris – Google’s former design ethicist, one of the most profound ways they do this is by turning your mobile into a slot machine. How is it a slot machine, you ask? You see, an average person tends to check her phone 150 times a day. Out of these, she only sees a new or useful notification in a few of them. While she believes that she is making a conscious decision each time she checks her phone, the truth is that it’s really not her decision anymore. It’s because of her deep-rooted addiction.
Apps nowadays use intermittent variable rewards to maximise addictiveness. When a person checks her phone, it’s like playing a slot machine with notifications, emails, messages and news feed items as the reward. She doesn’t know if anything would come up or not and according to research, this uncertainty amplifies her addictiveness. This gives her enough of a dopamine kick to make her keep coming back.
Fortunately, there’s a hack to counter this hack. In his blog, Harris suggests a number of tips on how to combat your phone addiction, in one of which a simple colour can trick your brain into listening to you again.
This colour happens to be the Gray-scale filter that’s readily available on most of our phones. Harris says that going Gray would certainly make those slot machine rewards look an awful lot less appealing.
If you have absolutely any other method that cures our compulsive notification checking, then please do tell us! We could definitely do with checking our phones a bit less. Okay, maybe a lot less.
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