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Fighting malnutrition – My contribution to feed a child

Akshayapatra Foundation

India prides itself in being the largest democracy in the world, but when it comes to the development of the future citizens of this vibrant democracy, we cut a sorry figure. Malnutrition – a shameful chapter of India’s governance, and the most neglected one – will haunt the generations to come if any corrective action is not taken at the earliest.

Here are some scary truths in our own backyard that we choose to ignore:

A. Thirteen lakh children die every year in the country from completely preventable diseases.
B. Malnutrition in Indian children is worse than sub-Saharan Africa, Pakistan and even Afghanistan.
C. More than 50 per cent of children under 5 are stunted in growth.
D. One in four among the world’s malnourished children belongs to India.
E. Sixty million children are underweight in India, 75 per cent children are anemic and 60 per cent are deficient in Vitamin A.

Education is a luxury not many can afford in India, thanks to the menace of poverty. Those who are fortunate enough to step into schools often drop out after primary level or after Class VIII. A path-breaking programmer – the mid-day meal scheme – has been largely successful in bringing drop-out rates down.

I am proud that I belong to a State which has been honoured over the years for the successful implementation of mid-day meal scheme. Apart from government programmes, there are many NGOs like the Akshayapatra Foundation that provide mid-day meals at schools.

I had first come across Akshayapatra Foundation at a Bloggers’ Meet in 2010. I had pledged my support to their cause back then. Thanks to professional reasons, I have had the privilege of visiting their kitchen at Bangalore.

I thank Blogadda for taking up the initiative for sponsoring the mid-day meal for one child for every blog post written on this subject. As they say, when droplets of water come together, the sea is formed. I contributed my droplet to the cause.

I am going to #BlogToFeedAChild with Akshaya Patra and BlogAdda.

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Book Review: God is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian

book reviewIs hamam mein sabhi nange hain, goes the saying and what an apt epithet this is for the shoddy world described in God is a Gamer. Ravi Subramanian takes us into a ride through the deep dark world of murky financial transactions, alternative currency, power games, love, lust and revenge.

A politician is assassinated in USA nearly the same time as customers of a reputed international bank in India lose money due to a phishing scam. A simple gaming app producing company is embroiled in an ATM heist that happens thousands of miles away.

Meanwhile a powerful woman, who is connected to the highest levels of the Government of India, is mysteriously found murdered. Or is it suicide? Is her death an isolated incident or is it just another chapter in a bigger mystery novel being orchestrated by someone else?

God is a Gamer is a page-turner, no doubt about that. You can read on for about 100 odd pages, without even realising the time passing by. The chapters are short, crisp and keep you on the tenterhooks for what crops up!

The author builds the plot steadily for first 90 pages and then deals the deathly blow. But if you think you can skip pages, don’t even think about it. You have to read between the lines to crack the mystery of whodunit.

God is a Gamer is a pool of information. From bitcoins to gaming technology, mobiles apps to TOR trails, this book is nothing short of Wikipedia for the uninitiated. And for those who are technologically handicapped, like me, the language is too lucid to satiate your queries with ease.

The number of characters, their private lives, how they are intertwined with the plot and above all their actions may overwhelm you by the sheer volume of them, and may seem difficult to keep a track of at times. As you turn the page a new event captures your mind, you are suddenly found hopping between nations. The frenzy will just add to the excitement.

The identity of the killer can be guessed from a mile ahead, but that’s not the point of it anyway. Even if one can’t, it does not take away from the reading experience, since any one of the suspects can be made the killer at the end, and the story could be manipulated around to prove him to be the culprit. I had successfully guessed the culprit, but the motive stumped me!

I was also disappointed how Sundeep was treated merely as a side-character. His brooding and grouse deserved more print space. Too many characters with no brief introduction makes it hard to enjoy the story in its initial few pages. But in all, I would say that Ravi Subramanian is just creating competition for himself with each book.

I finished the book is just two sittings. The pacy, thriller is unputdownable. Ravi Subramanian reveals to us the big, bad world of power play. Of lobbying, honey-traps, corruption and closets full of secrets that can destroy lives.

Thank you Blogadda for the signed copy.

My Rating

I am going with 4 out of 5 stars for Ravi Subramanian’s God is a Gamer. We will eagerly wait for the next book in the banker series.

About the author

Described as the ‘John Grisham of banking’, by the Wall Street Journal, Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, is the author of five bestselling commercial novels—If God was a Banker (2007), Devil in Pinstripes (2009), The Incredible Banker (2011), The Bankster (2012) and Bankerupt (2013)—based on financial crime.

Having been a banker himself, he has a unique insight into the industry he writes about and a flair for spinning intricate plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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