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'Inventive Indians,' stories of raw intelligence

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prasad1

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It's a collection of twenty three different real life stories from different parts of India. The back leaf says they were collected over six years and appeared at different times in a now defunct monthly magazine called Civil Society. Printed by a publisher called Nimby books.

These are the stories of raw intelligence, and human compassion. There are stories of villages which make their own hydroelectricity, from small mountain streams. Of world renowned doctors offering free or low cost treatment to the poor.

Of scientists who help locals rediscover organic farming and traditional water conservation. Of NID pass outs who design schools and classrooms that village child wouldn't be afraid of. Of mechanical engineers who build suspension bridges that turn around the livelihoods of entire villages.
These folks are all fairly ordinary, on the face of it. They have skills and education that thousands of other Indians have. What makes them extraordinary is their passion, their willingness to bend their knowledge to unconventional challenges, to beat unusual odds, to persevere where most of us would give up.
Call it innovation. Call it Jugaad. Call it whatever you will. But stories like these should be told more often. To a lot more people. It makes you realize there is a whole lot of good happening in India - beyond all the scams and corruption that the news is full off.

'Inventive Indians,' stories of raw intelligence - Books - Book Reviews - ibnlive
 
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