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United Nations, VR & The Power of Storytelling

I just finished reading an interesting article about how UN is using Virtual Reality as a tool for social change.

I have seen a lot of VR experiences, however this video made me realize VR as a powerful medium of Storytelling.

Video: Clouds Over Sidra
Description: The Zaatari Refugee Camp is home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war. Children make up half the camp’s population. This is the story of Sidra, a 12-year old girl who has spent the last 18 months in Zaatari.
I’d suggest to watch this with Google Cardboard or Oculus/Vive, but if you don’t have that, watch it on mobile to get a decent 360 degree experience instead of on a PC.

3 days in IIM Ahmedabad…speaker & jury for AppFest 2013

So I was in IIM Ahmedabad for AppFest 2013. The event was a huge success. About 600-700 young minds participated in the event.

On the first day there were lot of talks on mobility and gaming. The topic assigned to me was – Rise of casual/social games.

Second day was hackathon & challengethon. Guys started coding at 9.30am in the morning for straight 24 hrs till 9.30am next day. It was great to see their energy and passion. True, energy is contagious.

These sleep deprived participants had to present their apps on the third day in front of jury. Each team had 3 minutes to do presentation.

Jul 22, 2013

Guru Purnima event in my school Vidya Prabodhini Prashala

Today I was invited in my school on the occasion of Guru Purnima. The topic was – “Mother – the first guru”.

There were 3 other guests,

Hemant Pakhale – recently cleared UPSC exam,

Ajay Pawar – an all rounder student when he was in school who just completed his MBA and joined Kotak Mahindra Bank as Manager

Ovi Dixit – Marathi actress who has worked in lot of Marathi dramas, serials, talent shows and films as well. She’s studying in 10th std in our school.

So we four were invited in school along with our mothers.

Apr 24, 2011

More equal justice for special few…

My dad told me two cases that happened in Nashik just a few days back. Not big ones, but so common that no one would even notice it.

Case 1 – A poor adivasi lady from some village was selling some tiny birds on the road for her bread and butter for the day. A police came, took her to the court, made her pay Rs. 200 fine.

Case 2 – Another villager was sitting in some government office, smoking bidi. It’s not allowed. He was taken to the court and made to pay fine!

Religious Integrity in India – Need of the Day

The other day I was reading about Savarkar.

When Savarkar wrote ‘Indian war of independence 1857’, he emphasized on Hindu-Muslim unity. He consciously accepted it, promoted it. He was 25 then. Later on when he was in Andaman, he studied Koran and found out fallacy about that thought (as per his thoughts. I’m not implying anything here).

One of the reasons is –

Islam does not allow its followers to accept the boundaries of Nation. It transcends beyond that. Their first and foremost faith lies towards their religion according to Koran. So true believers in Islam religion, naturally they put Islam before Nation. (Here Nation implies the Idea of Nation and not the actual Nation as such)