Gift a Bag to your Near and Dear

Dear Friends and Supporters of TMAD,

The cost of gift does not matter but the intention and thoughtfulness. A backpack is very handy for a day trip or a weekend trip or to carry a laptop. It is useful to people of age groups.

TMAD, which never does any publicity, wanted to promote in a unique way. (Whatever news articles came, those are due to reporters who are our friends and who insisted on covering the activity). We wanted to print our logo on Laptop bags and use them for promotion.

TMAD Bag Promo

Each bag costs around 650 rs. minimum if you buy in open market. Through our vendor who gives us at the most convenient price at no loss basis, we are able to take this up. The cost is Rs. 480 without bill (small vendor). We need an order of a minimum of 30 bags.

For b’day or m’day, consider gifting these bags so that these are very useful and at the same time you are helping people know about a good NGO to donate or to volunteer.

Request you to consider gifting these bags for any occasion or if you are school or college friends or colleagues, buy in bulk or you can donate to students in any govt. high school or govt. college or if you want to give a farewell gift or wish anyone for any occasion, gift this bag.

Thank you.

with regards,

Prasanthi.

ప్రకటనలు

Andhrajyoti

Used Items Collection Drive

As we are about to say good bye to 2016, am sure all of us will be involved in cleaning of all sorts in our house. So let us do a Used Items Collection Drive.

 

What are the items that we are going to collect?

 

1. Books (story books, subject books, note books, text books)

2. Toys

3. Household items (utensils, appliances etc.,)

4. Clothes

5. Computer items (Monitor, CPU etc.,)

 

Any other items that is good for use and which you want to give to others.

 

I also request our friends to volunteer to collect these items at house. Means we will publish the address of our volunteers so that donors can deposit their items at those locations. 

 

We can mention the days and timings they can visit and deposit. It is up to us. We can use the first day of Jan and first week of Jan to distribute these items to the needy.

 

Pl. let me know if you are interested either as host to collect the items in your house and/or to donate used items.

 

Pl. post in your social networking sites.

 

Thank you.

 

with regards,

Prasanthi.

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Blanket Distribution in Hyderabad

Dear Friends,

 

As usual we are taking up blanket distribution in Hyderabad like we have been doing it for some time, every year.

 

We ordered blankets from the same vendor, Swastik Traders, whom Ratan ji introduced to us years ago. We are getting each blanket at the cost of 140 rs. per blanket. 100 blankets is our target.

 

 

 

Successfully we did the blanket distribution in two spells and distributed a total of 212 blankets.

 

Thank you.

Prasanthi.

How Many, How Long!!

Many thanks to Anil Kumar BVN, Joint Secretary, TMAD, for sharing this article. The following content is a mail text from him.

 

Heard a question from my friend sometime back “how many people should we approach for helping a person….as there r lots of people in similar situation.”

My answer can be explained by the below story which is in similar lines.. As many as possible without a Full stop

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Paul Rokich is the hero of this story. When Paul was a boy growing up in Utah, he happened to live near an old copper smelter, and the sulfur dioxide that poured out of the refinery had made a desolate wasteland out of what used to be a beautiful forest.

 
When a young visitor one day looked at this wasteland and saw that there was nothing living there — no animals, no trees, no grass, no bushes, no birds…nothing but fourteen thousand acres of black and barren land that even smelled bad — well, this kid looked at the land and said, “This place is crummy.” Paul knocked him down. He felt insulted. But he looked around him and something happened inside him. He made a decision: Paul Rokich vowed that some day he would bring back the life to this land.

 

 
Many years later Paul was in the area, and he went to the smelter office. He asked if they had any plans to bring the trees back. The answer was “No.” He asked if they would let him try to bring the trees back. Again, the answer was “No.” They didn’t want him on their land. He realized he needed to be more knowledgeable before anyone would listen to him, so he went to college to study botany.

 

 
At the college he met a professor who was an expert in Utah’s ecology. Unfortunately, this expert told Paul that the wasteland he wanted to bring back was beyond hope. He was told that his goal was foolish because even if he planted trees, and even if they grew, the wind would only blow the seeds forty feet per year, and that’s all you’d get because there weren’t any birds or squirrels to spread the seeds, and the seeds from those trees would need another thirty years before they started producing seeds of their own. Therefore, it would take approximately twenty thousand years to re-vegetate that six-square-mile piece of earth. His teachers told him it would be a waste of his life to try to do it. It just couldn’t be done.

 

 

So he tried to go on with his life. He got a job operating heavy equipment, got married, and had some kids. But his dream would not die. He kept studying up on the subject, and he kept thinking about it. And then one night he got up and took some action. He did what he could with what he had. This was an important turning point. As Samuel Johnson wrote, “It is common to overlook what is near by keeping the eye fixed on something remote. In the same manner, present opportunities are neglected and attainable good is slighted by minds busied in extensive ranges.” Paul stopped busying his mind in extensive ranges and looked at what opportunities for attainable good were right in front of him. Under the cover of darkness, he sneaked out into the wasteland with a backpack full of seedlings and started planting. For seven hours he planted seedlings. He did it again a week later.

 

 
And every week, he made his secret journey into the wasteland and planted trees and shrubs and grass.

 

 
But most of it died.

 

 
For fifteen years he did this. When a whole valley of his fir seedlings burned to the ground because of a careless sheep-herder, Paul broke down and wept. Then he got up and kept planting.

 

 
Freezing winds and blistering heat, landslides and floods and fires destroyed his work time and time again. But he kept planting.

 

 
One night he found a highway crew had come and taken tons of dirt for a road grade, and all the plants he had painstakingly planted in that area were gone. But he just kept planting.

 

 
Week after week, year after year he kept at it, against the opinion of the authorities, against the trespassing laws, against the devastation of road crews, against the wind and rain and heat…even against plain common sense. He just kept planting.

 
Slowly, very slowly, things began to take root. Then gophers appeared. Then rabbits. Then porcupines.

 

 
The old copper smelter eventually gave him permission, and later, as times were changing and there was political pressure to clean up the environment, the company actually hired Paul to do what he was already doing, and they provided him with machinery and crews to work with. Progress accelerated.

 

 
Now the place is fourteen thousand acres of trees and grass and bushes, rich with elk and eagles, and Paul Rokich has received almost every environmental award Utah has.
He says, “I thought that if I got this started, when I was dead and gone people would come and see it. I never thought I’d live to see it myself!”

 

 
It took him until his hair turned white, but he managed to keep that impossible vow he made to himself as a child.

 

 
What was it you wanted to do that you thought was impossible? Paul’s story sure gives a perspective on things, doesn’t it?

 

 
The way you get something accomplished in this world is to just keep planting. Just keep working. Just keep plugging away at it one day at a time for a long time, no matter who criticizes you, no matter how long it takes, no matter how many times you fall. Get back up again. And just keep planting.

 

Just keep planting.

 

 

 

 

 Indian Customs, Rituals and Tradition – Your Take

There is no compulsion that you have to respond. But somehow I feel this is one of the very interesting topics, if not important.
There are as many people to make fun of the rituals as the ones who try to make sense of them.
Following is Twinkle Khanna’s take on the Karva Chauth ritual:
A slightly updated version:
How many men feel happy if their respective wives follow these rituals for them?
How many women feel it and do on their own rather than for mother-in-law or a custom ought to be followed?
Not just Karva Chauth, any ritual for that matter.

Web sites on RTI Act

Following are the URLs on the Act:

About RTI Act: http://www.righttoinformation.gov.in/

About Central Information Commission: http://cic.gov.in/

Filing RTIs online: https://rtionline.gov.in/

Useful Information on filing RTIs: http://www.rtiindia.org/

http://rti.india.gov.in/manual4.php?format=print