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Receive press releases from The Akshaya Patra Foundation: By Email Best-Selling Author Rashmi Bansal Releases Book on the Inspiring Story of Akshaya Patra Writer Rashmi Bansal launched her latest book, God’s Own Kitchen: The Inspiring Story of Akshaya Patra. Bengaluru, India, April 29, 2017 --( The book was launched in the auspicious presence of Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa - Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Shri T.V. Mohandas Pai - Independent Trustee, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa - Vice Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Shri Shridhar Venkat – CEO, The Akshaya Patra Foundation and Hon’ble Justice, Shri Santosh Hegde. The Akshaya Patra foundation provides mid-day meals to 1.6 million school children every day, and this book is the exciting story of spiritualists and capitalists coming together to launch a unique start-up to make it a "Made in India" success. A chance meeting with Shri Mohandas Pai inspired Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa to use the spare capacity in the ISKCON kitchen to start a mid-day meal programme for 1500 children, in and around Bangalore. Today, Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest NGO-led Mid-Day Meal Programme, with 28 kitchens across 11 states, serving 1.6 million hot lunches to government schools each day. Commenting on her experience of writing the book Rashmi Bansal said, “In 2011, I visited the Akshaya Patra kitchen in Hubli and was astounded by the technology and scale of the operation. That single kitchen feeds more than 1 lakh children each day. I felt a buzz in my brain - this is a story, a unique story which needs to be told. My colleague Niyati Patel and I spent 2.5 years researching and writing the book - travelling from Baran in Rajasthan to Bhubaneshwar in Orissa, interviewing the monks, the managers, the teachers, students and donors of the program. I also started reading the Bhagvad Gita - one page a day - to understand the philosophical aspect. What you read in 'God's Own Kitchen' is a distillation of all that we learnt and experienced.” Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation added, “This book gives us an opportunity to look into the journey and growth of the Foundation. We extend our gratitude to Rashmi for coming forward to write the Inspiring story of Akshaya Patra, and thank all the people involved, for contributing to ‘God’s own Kitchen’. Hope that this book will further the cause, and aid us to reach 5 million children by 2020.” Shri Mohandas Pai congratulated Rashmi Bansal and the entire team of Akshaya Patra for narrating a beautifully illustrated story of the Foundation and bringing forth its spirit. Honorable Justice Shri Santosh Hegde, appreciated the work and extended his full support towards feeding children hot and nutritious meals. About Rashmi Bansal: Rashmi Bansal is a writer, entrepreneur and youth expert. She is the author of 7 bestselling books on entrepreneurship — Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, Connect the Dots, I Have a Dream, Poor Little Rich Slum, Follow Every Rainbow, Take Me Home and Arise, Awake — which have sold more than a million copies and been translated into 12 languages. Rashmi is also the founder of Bloody Good Book, a platform to discover and e-publish budding authors. She is also a motivational speaker and mentor to students and young entrepreneurs. She is an economics graduate from Sophia College, Mumbai, and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. About Westland: Westland Publications Ltd. is one of the largest English language trade publishing houses in India. It has been acquired by Amazon and the company is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon Eurasia Holdings SARL. Westland’s bestselling authors include Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, Devdutt Pattanaik, Ashok Banker, Rujuta Diwekar, Rashmi Bansal, Anita and Harsha Bhogle and Preeti Shenoy, among others. Since Nielsen has started their Bookscan in India — which tracks bestselling titles across the country — Westland has consistently had a strong presence in the top 50 bestselling charts. About Akshaya Patra: About The Akshaya Patra Foundation: The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Bengaluru, India. The organisation strives to fight issues like hunger and malnutrition in India. By implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Government schools and Government aided schools, The Akshaya Patra Foundation aims not only to fight hunger but also to bring children to school. Since 2000, the organization has worked towards reaching more children with wholesome food on every single school day. Akshaya Patra Foundation is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and they attract curious visitors from around the world. In partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments and inestimable support from many philanthropic donors and well-wishers; Akshaya Patra has grown from humble beginnings serving just 1,500 school children across 5 schools. Today, Akshaya Patra Foundation is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) Mid-Day Meal Programme serving wholesome food to over 1.6 million children from 13,529 schools across 11 states in India. Bengaluru, India, April 29, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Writer, entrepreneur and youth expert, Rashmi Bansal launched her latest book, God’s Own Kitchen: The Inspiring Story of Akshaya Patra – a social enterprise run by monks and CEOs, at ISKCON, Rajajinagar, Bangalore on April 22, 2017.The book was launched in the auspicious presence of Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa - Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Shri T.V. Mohandas Pai - Independent Trustee, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa - Vice Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Shri Shridhar Venkat – CEO, The Akshaya Patra Foundation and Hon’ble Justice, Shri Santosh Hegde.The Akshaya Patra foundation provides mid-day meals to 1.6 million school children every day, and this book is the exciting story of spiritualists and capitalists coming together to launch a unique start-up to make it a "Made in India" success. A chance meeting with Shri Mohandas Pai inspired Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa to use the spare capacity in the ISKCON kitchen to start a mid-day meal programme for 1500 children, in and around Bangalore. Today, Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest NGO-led Mid-Day Meal Programme, with 28 kitchens across 11 states, serving 1.6 million hot lunches to government schools each day.Commenting on her experience of writing the book Rashmi Bansal said, “In 2011, I visited the Akshaya Patra kitchen in Hubli and was astounded by the technology and scale of the operation. That single kitchen feeds more than 1 lakh children each day. I felt a buzz in my brain - this is a story, a unique story which needs to be told. My colleague Niyati Patel and I spent 2.5 years researching and writing the book - travelling from Baran in Rajasthan to Bhubaneshwar in Orissa, interviewing the monks, the managers, the teachers, students and donors of the program. I also started reading the Bhagvad Gita - one page a day - to understand the philosophical aspect. What you read in 'God's Own Kitchen' is a distillation of all that we learnt and experienced.”Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation added, “This book gives us an opportunity to look into the journey and growth of the Foundation. We extend our gratitude to Rashmi for coming forward to write the Inspiring story of Akshaya Patra, and thank all the people involved, for contributing to ‘God’s own Kitchen’. Hope that this book will further the cause, and aid us to reach 5 million children by 2020.”Shri Mohandas Pai congratulated Rashmi Bansal and the entire team of Akshaya Patra for narrating a beautifully illustrated story of the Foundation and bringing forth its spirit.Honorable Justice Shri Santosh Hegde, appreciated the work and extended his full support towards feeding children hot and nutritious meals.About Rashmi Bansal: Rashmi Bansal is a writer, entrepreneur and youth expert. She is the author of 7 bestselling books on entrepreneurship — Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, Connect the Dots, I Have a Dream, Poor Little Rich Slum, Follow Every Rainbow, Take Me Home and Arise, Awake — which have sold more than a million copies and been translated into 12 languages.Rashmi is also the founder of Bloody Good Book, a platform to discover and e-publish budding authors. She is also a motivational speaker and mentor to students and young entrepreneurs. She is an economics graduate from Sophia College, Mumbai, and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.About Westland: Westland Publications Ltd. is one of the largest English language trade publishing houses in India. It has been acquired by Amazon and the company is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon Eurasia Holdings SARL. Westland’s bestselling authors include Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, Devdutt Pattanaik, Ashok Banker, Rujuta Diwekar, Rashmi Bansal, Anita and Harsha Bhogle and Preeti Shenoy, among others. Since Nielsen has started their Bookscan in India — which tracks bestselling titles across the country — Westland has consistently had a strong presence in the top 50 bestselling charts.About Akshaya Patra: About The Akshaya Patra Foundation: The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Bengaluru, India. The organisation strives to fight issues like hunger and malnutrition in India. By implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Government schools and Government aided schools, The Akshaya Patra Foundation aims not only to fight hunger but also to bring children to school.Since 2000, the organization has worked towards reaching more children with wholesome food on every single school day. Akshaya Patra Foundation is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and they attract curious visitors from around the world. In partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments and inestimable support from many philanthropic donors and well-wishers; Akshaya Patra has grown from humble beginnings serving just 1,500 school children across 5 schools. Today, Akshaya Patra Foundation is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) Mid-Day Meal Programme serving wholesome food to over 1.6 million children from 13,529 schools across 11 states in India. 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Jhamtani H.,Adobe Research Big Data Intelligence Laboratory | Chhaya N.,Adobe Research Big Data Intelligence Laboratory | Karwa S.,Google | Varshney D.,Adobe Research Big Data Intelligence Laboratory | And 2 more authors.
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2015

Online forums are used to share experiences and opinions about products and services. These forums range from review sites such as Amazon (www.amazon.com) to online social networks such as Twitter (www.twitter.com). The user-generated content in these platforms capture the users’ opinions and sentiments. In this work, we explore the problem of identifying suggestions from text content. The paper first defines suggestive intent and then presents a supervised learning approach to identify text that contains suggestive intent. The results show high accuracy with a F1 score of 0.93. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.


D'Cruz P.,IIM Ahmedabad | Noronha E.,IIM Ahmedabad
Information and Organization | Year: 2014

Drawing on a phenomenological inquiry of the subjective work experiences of Indian call agents employed in international-facing call centres, this paper highlights the interface between information and communication technologies and devices and employee experiences of customer cyberbullying. Providing holistic and contextualized insights into the genesis, course and outcome of customer cyberbullying, the paper shows that whereas the absence of visual cues does not impede employees' accurate interpretation of their negative experiences, it exacerbates customers' misbehaviour since the latter feel dissociated from and cannot see the impact of their actions on employees. While the technology-linked pace of work affects employee coping with customer cyberbullying, the maintenance of records and archives brings in concreteness and permanence through which retaliation is ruled out but reviewing the interaction for purposes of learning and even redressal is possible. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


Shukla P.R.,IIM Ahmedabad | Dhar S.,Risoe Center | Mittal S.,IIM Ahmedabad
Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference and Utility Exhibition on Green Energy for Sustainable Development, ICUE 2014 | Year: 2014

Transport sector's fuel mix which is dominated by the fossil fuel imposes multiple external costs like energy security, air quality and climate change. In this study, alternate future scenarios are designed to explore the transitions of national transport system (till 2050). Several policy options are delineated that would facilitate the sustainable low carbon transformation of India's transport sector. The long term energy and emission trajectory of India's transport sector is assessed under alternate scenarios using the integrated assessment modelling framework. Co-benefits like energy security and local air quality that can be accrued by mainstreaming climate change polices into national sustainable development goals and sectoral plans are also estimated. There is no silver bullet that would enable the transition towards low carbon transport. An optimal mix of policies that includes fuel economy standards, modal shifts and cleaner energy supply is required to align climate and sustainable development goals in the long-term. © 2014 Asian Institute of Technology.


Dass R.,IIM Ahmedabad | Jain R.,IIM Ahmedabad
17th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2011, AMCIS 2011 | Year: 2011

The exponential growth in lumber of telecom providers and unceasing competition in the market has caused telecom operators to divert their focus more towards customer retention rather than customer acquisition. Hence it becomes extremely essential to identify the factors causing a customer to switch and take proactive actions in order to retain them. The paper aims to review existing literature to bring up a holistic view of various factors and their relationships that cause a customer to chum in the telecommunication industry. A total of 140 factors related to customer chum were compiled by reviewing several studies on customer chum behavior. The identified factors are then discussed in detail with their impact on customer's switching behavior. The limitations of the existing studies and directions for future research have also been provided. The paper will aid practitioners and researchers by serving a strong base for their industrial practice and future research.


Chandwani R.,IIM Ahmedabad | De R.,IIM Bangalore
Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries | Year: 2015

It is argued that ICT-for-development interventions should be seen as a dynamic and hybrid network of actors, artefacts, communities, and institutions embedded within the context. Comprehensive understanding of contextual nuances in ICT4D research is thus, an important determinant of quality of research. Scholars have emphasized that qualitative research is opportune in uncovering unique insights and comprehension in a poorly understood and hitherto unexplored arena such as ICT4D interventions in developing countries. While 'data' in most of the qualitative research refers to 'words or textual data', the advancements in the mobile technology, especially incorporation of compact cameras in the mobile phones, and increasing penetration of mobile phones allow researchers to easily capture multimedia data in their field study. We posit that multimedia data, having multiple dimensions as compared to textual data, enhance the capability of the researchers to understand and explore a specific dimension of qualitative research, namely the contextual dimension, enabling the researcher to undertake a more valid or rigorous investigation of the phenomenon as embedded in the context. By explicating the process of analysis of multimedia data- video recordings of doctor-patient interaction over telemedicine, the authors emphasize that multimedia data analysis can considerably enhance the quality of research in the ICTD domain. In doing so, this paper addresses two important issues related to the methodological issues in qualitative analysis of multimedia data: (1) when and why should the researcher consider collecting multimedia data as opposed to textual data and (2) how should the researcher proceed in analyzing the multimedia data.


D'Cruz P.,IIM Ahmedabad | Noronha E.,IIM Ahmedabad
Information and Organization | Year: 2013

With research on workplace bullying having so far focused on face-to-face interactions via proximate physical presence, cyberbullying remains to be understood. Through a hermeneutic phenomenological inquiry of target experiences in India's IT and ITES-BPO sector, the paper not only addresses this gap but also highlights the distinctive features of workplace cyberbullying. The core theme of 'navigating the extended reach' which subsumes the major themes of 'being pursued, receiving a settled score, feeling "haunted" and "hemmed in" and drawing advantage' underscores the boundaryless, concrete, permanent, invisible and anonymous character of cyberbullying, which sometimes provides footprints and proof through which redressal and resolution are facilitated. The findings emphasize the significance of particular intervention strategies to address the special nature of traditional and cyber bullying at work. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

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