A trip to Java and Bali Islands in Indonesia and KualaLumpur in Malaysia
So after a quick trip to Himachal Pradesh with friends, it was time to pack up bags for a tour to distant lands - Indonesia and Malaysia for a 9 day trip (14/4/2011 - 22/4/2011). Here are the highlights of our amazing trip!!!
Reaching There: With bags packed and all documents (visas, passports and air tickets) ready, we left from Mumbai CSIT for Surabaya (East Java) via KualaLumpur. The 10 hours travel time (including transit time at KL) left us a bit tired and drained but we had the entire trip to look forward to. We checked in at Family Guest House in Surabaya at around 1 AM local time.
Day 1: Surabaya and Batu Sleeping well to compensate for the Jet Lag, we left the hotel at around 11 AM to visit around Surabaya and nearby areas. Our first destination was the House of Sompoerna in Surabaya. It is a cigarette production facility set up in 1932. The adjoining museum gives a good description of the history of tobac…
Azolla? What's that? the question reverberated in my mind for quite some time before I actively started searching for answers.
The government, as per the latest provisions under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), had included construction of 'Azolla' tanks along with cow sheds in villages. The search for answers led me to Google and then, some videos and blogs posted across the web. The Wikipedia suggested that Azolla (sc. name Azolla caroliniana), is a type of fern with very small leaves that is mostly found floating over still water bodies - lakes & ponds. Its nitrogen fixation properties make it useful as a bio fertilizer and fodder for animals. So that's where everything connected. Azolla tanks were to be constructed along with cow sheds to provide for additional fodder for the milch animals.
That cleared some air about what we were trying to do. Further exploration on the internet brought me across some videos (mostly from South India) about h…
The Government of Chhattisgarh has recently launched the CM's Good Governance Fellowship to provide young enterprising minds with an opportunity to contribute to the development of the state by using their IT and Project Management skills.
While the nitty gritty about the application process is available online on http://cmggfcg.in, most applicants would have doubts about the job role and benefits of joining the programme. This blog post is my attempt to share my perspective on these.
For a brief background, I am a rural development professional having worked at the District and State level in Chhattisgarh (mostly on rural development issues) in a similar fellowship called Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellowship (PMRDF) over a period of 4 years from 2012 to 2016.
So, as mentioned CMGGF is looking for bright individuals to contribute to the development of Chhattisgarh by bringing in their technical and project management skills that the government system often lacks. F…