Monthly Archives: July 2013

Changebhai is launching soon!

Somebody so rightly said “When you’re following your inner voice, doors tend to eventually open for you, even if they mostly slam at first.”
So here we are…after a crazy month of deliberations, disruptions and discussions, we are happy to declare that Changebhai will be launching on 20th of August 2013.
Do share your inputs with us on! We are open to your suggestions, critique as well as random thoughts. Whatever it takes to ensure that we, at Changebhai are moving in the right direction. But do it NOW OR ABHI! ;)
Watch this space for more updates!

Let us stop cursing and start acting!

The number of internet users in India is increasing by leaps and bounds…Cool!
Social media has never been so powerful..Great!
A lot of online campaigns are being undertaken proactively, mostly by the youth.. Fantastic!
Citizens of this country have never been so vocal about their issues…Awesome!
Where are we lacking then, one would ask.

In CHANNELIZING this whole movement in the most effective way, we think.

We, at Changebhai strongly believe that the time for change is ‘NOW OR ABHI’!. Imagine a world in which every resident feels empowered and can play an active role in solving his/her neighborhood issue on a day to day basis. We, at Changebhai, seek to use the power of the internet to bring the citizens of our country closer and make our neighborhoods better places to live and work. Changebhai is aimed at providing a single platform to the citizens of India to make their voices heard!

What we intend to do now is structure this whole phenomenon of ‘social media’ and ‘citizen movement’ in a way which is interesting and buzz-creating. How do we do it? Watch this space for more details on that!

Tch Tch…

Last month, I was driving back after a long and hectic day at work from my workplace in Hinjewadi (outskirts of Pune) and met some crazy traffic on the way..Well, its nothing new…I am always suicidal by the time I reach home. But to make the situation worse that day, I encountered a bunch of onlookers who were fascinated by something in the middle of the road, bang opposite my building lane. Out of curiosity, I parked my car and came to see what the fuss was all about. I have no clue what struck me that day as I am not the kind of person (like most of you) who would do anything other than crashing head down on my couch after a crazy day at work. I just don’t know why I went back to see what was wrong on the road that day..
I reached the spot and try to peep over the crowd to get a good view of the ‘subject’. My jaw dropped when I saw a small kid (must be 8 years old max) sitting bruised covered in muck! It seemed like he had fallen into an open gutter. Shit! His fancy looking bicycle which was lying near him seemed to indicate that he was no slum kid. The kid was howling like nobody’s business. While most of the onlookers were busy making ‘tch tch’ sounds, some were seen asking him his address and parent’s phone number. Needless to say, the kid was in no position to tell them anything. He looked like a lost puppy.
As I turned away assuming there are a lot of people already trying to help the kid, I heard a local hawker comment ‘Arre..kal bhi koi gir gaya tha yahan toh ek hafte se khula pada hai”. Nothing new, right? I keep on reading about these kind of stories every other day. But that was the first time I felt so terribly bad about this whole situation. I just walked back home feeling numb. For me, that day, it was something much more than sympathy towards that kid. It was that feeling of utter helplessness that was killing me. I kept on asking myself..Can I really not do anything about it?