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June 24, 2012


@ Ruchira,

Thanks. The beginning of the video gives no clue as to where it is going and how it will end. A great screen writer could never create the tension that develops in this video. What a great guy. It is really a shame about his wife and mother. Would I be unkind to suggest that they might reconcile if he pursued the money? He is clearly a man who goes his own way, thinks his own thoughts, and considers the good for his own people. His personal experimentation with the napkin is too funny, but very clever and inventive.

From what I last read, his wife did return. Quite an amazing story, no less compelling because it is delivered in broken English by a very determined man intent on getting his message of 'People before profit' across.

His wife is back according to

Apologies for one more link; I just cannot get over this story'

@Gaddeswarup: Thanks for the links. A remarkable man. Hope he succeeds in what he is doing.

I have been involved with small unregistered NGOs in Andhra for a few years. I have been wondering whether going by the usual paradigms of accountability, book keeping etc is diminishing the enthusiasm of some of them making clerks of them. Moreover it is difficult to get bills for everything in India. I have been wondering that whether should encourage enterprising types when one finds them without worrying too much about immediate accountability. In this particular case, there are easier options. It seems that the machine costs about 2500 dollars, creates employment for a few and produces sanitary napkins which cost about one dollar for thirty two. I will try whether I can find takers for such programs. And then the big problem is toilets.

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