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Social Work in Daily Life

Good Morning Friends,

In our daily life, we are doing couple of activities which consider as social work. Our culture teaches us helping others as part of our duty. Because of that we grow and train in such a way that we do couple of activities but we didn’t realise it’s social work. It’s service to  community.

Few example:

  • Old man crossing the road– we stop and help him to cross the road
  • Blind man moving on the street and we help him to avoid obstacle
  • A pastiwal comes to our home and we offer him glass of water
  • A vegetable vendor lady comes to our home and we allowed her to sit and offer water
  • A small child of our house servant is always allowed to play with family

What i am trying to say here is, Social work is inbuilt within us and also we are doing it in our daily life without even knowing.

Let’s be aware about it and let’s do it with self awareness and self consciousnesses.

Social Work is not a one time project but it’s part of daily life and ongoing life for us.




Happy Uttarayan 

The thread that binds India, Japan

Good Morning friends,

This is one thread that binds the Japanese and Gujaratis – the tie and dye technique of fabric printing. The shibori art dating back to the eight century uses the same resist techniques used by the bandhani artistes in Kutch and Jamnagar districts of Gujarat.


“The sanskrit word banda to tie’, is the root of bandhani while shibori uses the stitching’ technique of resisting,” says Samarth Firdaus, a shibori expert at the National Institute of Design (NID). If in bandhani, the artisan ties the portion of the cloth which is not to be dyed with a wax thread before dipping it in dye, the resisted portion is stitched and then pulled to make gathers in shibori, says Firdaus. Mainly used in kimonos, the shibori cloth is bound, resisted, wrapped and gathered by hand and this step is repeated for each colour dye it is dipped in. It is said that one kimono could take a year to make.


Angira Shah, who has trained Gujarati women in the traditional art of shibori, based in Ahmedabad says bandhani is older than shibori and was exported from India to Japan which mastered production, techniques in layout and design.


“Stitching in any case, came later,” says Firdaus. In 1997, NID hosted the second World Shibori Network conference here where it brought together artistes using both techniques and held demonstrations. Shibori experts from Nagoya in Japan too attended this conference.

The motifs in shibori are mostly based on nature, like birds and flowers, says Firdaus. “Now they have started using polyester mixed cotton to make the crush on the fabric permanent,” he says. Besides, the colours in bandhani are rich and bright while shibori uses subtle shades, he says.


Bandhani patterns are usually geometric clusters, but they also use traditional motifs, which also makes shibori more costly than bandhani..


“Nowadays, we can find shibori easily in Gujarat but they are crude versions. The Japanese went far ahead of us in this art and mastered it. In ancient times, our work was more meticulous and sharp,” says Shah.


According to her, Arimatsu village in Japan is known as shibori village which also has a museum. Even today, Arimatsu and Narumi in Nagoya prefecture remain the only main production centres in Japan, where over 100 varieties of shibori is practised.


News from times of india

Bye Bye-Year 2008

Dear Friends,

Year 2008 is just going away from all of us. In next 8 hours, calendars are going to change their year from 2008 to 2009. World is going to change the YYYY from 2008 to 2009. Year 2008 is having its own memory for each of us and for me too. All of us are going to carry the good and bad memory of year 2008 with us in year 2009.


I like to carry the positive and good memory of year 2008 in year 2009. For negative and painful memory of year 2008 I just learn a lesson and going to delete those negative memories from my memory. I am going to do control + delete, so it be deleted for ever. I am going to carry only positive and good memory of year 2008 in 2009.

I like to say GOOD BYE YEAR-2008 from Dhirendra Patel

2008 at a glance for Dhirendra

Good Evening friends,

Merry Christmas to all. I like to wish HAPPY NEW YEAR to all. Beginning of 2009 and end for 2008. Time is running out very fast. I feel like 2008 just started few weeks back. And we are at end of 2008 now. 361 days completed.  Just 4 days left now.  Isn’t its time to make a evaluation statement for our self? Where I was at the beginning of 2008 and where I am at the end of 2008.


Business needs to make evaluation statements at regular intervals. Like weekly report, monthly statement, quarterly statement, half yearly statement and yearly statements. If you are aware with what business communities doing with all these statements, each statement get analyze. Top level management evaluates the monthly statement and from that they predict and plan for half yearly and yearly behavior of company. Again with quarterly statements they compare what was projected and what happy in actual, than plan again for next quarter. And with such analysis businesses makes profits and earn money. If they don’t analyze their behaviors during the year, they don’t come to know where they are going- towards profits or towards loose?


Same way in human life, each day passes with guarantee of not going to come back.

There is no one to ask us about our profits and loose as being human weather we are going towards upward side in life or towards downward? I believe as there is no one to ask us, we need to be more conscious about that part because there is no control on that.

I think one should ask following questions to him/her self.


  • Do I need to analyze year 2008 for my self?


  • Year 2008 good or bad for me as individual in material sense.


  • Year 2008 good or bad for me as individual with reference to me as human, me as live identity or we can say it with reference to spirituality?


We talk more in next post.

Anti-terror rally in Mumbai


People light candles during a rally against Mumbai terror attacks, outside the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai. (Reuters Photo)

Gujarat woos South African business-2

The Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) project, would also present tremendous investment opportunities for South African companies, said the chief executive officer of GIFT, Sunil Bahl, who described the project as ‘the most ambitious ever in Gujarat’: ‘There will be opportunities in engineering, minerals, ports, tourism and the automotive industry, among others.’

Urging South African business to see Gujarat as an excellent investment opportunity, Murmu cited as a major advantage the fact that half of the ten multi-zone Special Economic Zones proposed for India were in Gujarat.

‘Other advantages are our long coastline of 1,600 km and its 41 ports; uninterrupted power supply; and road, rail and air connectivity.’

Tata’s decision to start producing its Nano, the world’s cheapest car, in Gujarat was also mentioned as a big boost for the state.

Harish Seth, chairman and managing director of Setco Automotive, said his company was looking at a joint venture partner in either South Africa or one of the East African countries for the production of clutches for the automotive industry, which were currently not being produced in the region.

The Seth family has already become a firm exporter of South African wines to India.

The delegation invited local visitors to attend the bi-ennial Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit at Science City in Ahmedabad on January 12-13, 2009. The delegation will also visit the coastal cities of Durban and Cape Town next week.


Gujarat woos South African business-1

A high-level government and business delegation from Gujarat Friday began a three-city tour of South Africa to woo local business to invest in the state as part of the ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ campaign.

The delegation addressed largely South African Indian businessmen at the head office of First National Bank, which is expecting o start operating in India by next month.

Girish Chandra Murmu, additional principal secretary to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, told IANS that while they were interested din South African investment in all sectors, there were a few special ones that there was particularly interest in.

‘We in Gujarat don’t have miens, but specialise in processing, especially coal and diamonds, which South Africa mines, so we are very keen on that. We also know that South Africa has very good technology for producing fuel from coal and our large lignite deposits could assist in this regard.

‘South African companies could also find excellent opportunities in the infrastructure sector, especially withe the development of ports on the long coastline of Gujarat; the new international airport planned for Dholera and in the Delhi-Mumbai corridor, a third of which will go through Gujarat.’

Sachin hits 40th Test ton, puts India in driver’s seat

Good Evening friends, another century from my favorite cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. He hit his 40th Test century. Congratulations to Sachin. Read complete update I read at yahoo india site.

Sachin Tendulkar gave glimpses of his vintage form by cracking his 40th Test century which had eluded him for long as India recovered from early jolts to push for a big total in the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia in Nagpur on Thursday.


The 35-year-old Tendulkar stole the limelight with a flurry of strokes and capitalised on two dropped catches to pull the team out of the pits and steer the visitors to a comfortable 311 for five at close on the opening day.


It was a huge relief for Tendulkar who had gone without a century for the last 15 Tests and faced some anxious moments before completing the milestone. The champion batsman had his share of luck as he was first dropped by Mitchell Johnson when on 85 and then by Brett Lee on 96 and faced some nervous moments before completing the century, his tenth against the Australians. His last century had also come against the Aussies — 153 in the fourth and final Test in Adelaide in January this year.


Tendulkar thus overtook Allan Border of Australia in the number of plus-50 scores in his career 91 (including 39 tons) as compared to the former Australian captain’s 90.

BSE Sensex seen falling to new lows for 2008

Good Morning Friends

Well, I think Indian Stock market is going to spoil diwali of investors. It’s already on down side and I just got news that BES Sensex is all time low for 2008. When I am writing this it is 9866.65 and it’s -303.25 for today.  

The BSE Sensex is seen falling to fresh 2-¼ year lows on Thursday in the aftermath of another global rout of equities, with fears of global recession expected to lead to further withdrawals of foreign investment funds.

Asian stocks dropped to a four-year low for a second day on Thursday, with exporters especially hard hit, on growing fears that a severe global downturn would depress corporate earnings further. Emerging markets were hit the hardest on foreign portfolio outflows.

Nifty stock index futures traded in Singapore were down 4.66 percent at 0319 GMT, indicating sharply lower open for local markets.

The 30-share BSE index dropped 4.8 percent to 10,169.90 on Wednesday after rising 7.1 percent in the previous two sessions.

The index hit its 2008 low of 9,911.32 on Oct. 17, and last traded below there in July 2006.

news from yahoo india website.