Our Rendezvous with Kiruba

By Smita Ram, Rang De Team

Our first meeting with Kiruba (who has just joined Rang De’s Governing Board) went really well. Ram and I were meeting Kiruba almost after a year, even though I had met him briefly when he formally agreed to join the board. This meeting was different from our previous ones. We spent a couple of hours together and brainstormed a bit on some of the ideas we had in mind and what we could do to take Rang De to the next level.

Typically, I am not too good with meetings that last for more than an hour. But the sheer energy and the number of ideas that we discussed kept me on my toes and wanting to listen and share more of those ideas. I did not even need to drink tea to stay awake. We did come up with a few ideas – one of them being the Chennai Marathon and creating awarness about microcredit.

The team was looking forward to meeting Kiruba. So it was good that he volunteered to come to over and everyone could meet him. We will be meeting again for a proper brainstorming session on some of the ideas we will be working on.

Something that struck me during the meeting with Kiruba was – many times we shy away from our own ideas thinking they are not great. But the merit of an idea needs to be tested by executing it. Thats when the true worth of an idea actually comes out. As much as it is important to come up with good ideas, it also needs good execution and focus to ensure that the world sees it.

Rang De is at a stage where many of these ideas are being implimented. Some of these may not have worked well but the learning it has provided to the team has been enriching. we have all grown as better team players, managers, leaders and most importantly better human beings.

Our rendezvous with Kiruba could not have happened at a better time. It has reinstored our faith in the power of ideas.

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A Day at Sasken, Bangalore

By Archana Ramakrishnan, Rang De Team
Arvind and Archana were delighted at the end of Rang De's campaign at Sasken, Bangalore. Rang De looks to "spice up" the corporate campaigns to attract further attention.
Arvind and Archana were satisfied by Rang De’s campaign at Sasken. Rang De looks to spice up corporate campaigns to attract further attention.

It was a day of fun and awareness at Sasken Bangalore last Wednesday. Rang De, armed with punching bag and gloves, set up a “Knock Out Poverty” stall to spread awareness about microcredit and Rang De.

Come lunch time, people started trickling into the cafeteria. Our volunteer Vibhore stood at the entrance giving out bookmarks to all who went in and out, encouraging them to visit the stall.

As the day progressed people started visiting the stall slowly. Many who came by were sold off on the concept and promised to invest as soon as they went back. A couple of them wanted to go on a field visit to see how it works at the ground level before investing. Another person was very keen on lending to borrowers in Karnataka and wanted to know why there weren’t any listed!

Ram hands over a T-shirt to Satyanarayana Prasad, the winner of the quiz contest.
Ram hands over a T-shirt to Satyanarayana Prasad, the winner of the quiz contest.

To make it more interesting and interactive, we had a quiz on microcredit which everyone attempted. Satyanarayan Prasad from Sasken won the quiz by answering 80% of the questions correctly. Ram gave away a T-Shirt as the prize.

Ram hands over a T-shirt to Ayoob Khan, the winner of the punching bag contest at the end of our campaign
Ram hands over a T-shirt to Ayoob Khan, the winner of the punching bag contest at the end of our campaign

The highlight of the day however was the “Knock Out Corner”. The person who threw the maximum number of punches under 30 secs wins a prize. Sasken employees had fun wearing gloves and punching, so much that Arvind had to get under the table to avoid getting punched! The Knock Out Champion was Ayoob Khan who threw 97 punches in 30 secs!

And we didn’t stop there! We went all out and even solicited employees from the adjacent building which happened to be Mphasis. At the end of the day, we all had a satisfied grin on our faces.

We now have a fair idea on what it takes to get people interested. We hope to see more such participation from other stalls that we set up.

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