The Better India was founded on 10th of July 2008, as an outcome of scarcity of positive & developmental news in conventional sources of media. The Better India is an attempt to bring out the happy stories, the unsung heroes (and heroines!), the small good deeds, and showcase them to the world. Over here, you will read about the incremental progress being made by the people of this country, the developments happening on the social and economic front. We hope that by showcasing these here, we might be able to inspire at least one amongst you, the readers, to do something that leaves an impact. Small or big. But, an impact. The Better India Team Ranjini Sivaswamy – Writer Inspired by the spirit of The Better India, Ranjini Sivaswamy, who is a freelance writer, got in touch and expressed her interest in writing for this site. She says its been an humbling experience to know and write about stories that have changed the lives of many. Ranjini comes from a mass communication background and is currently a consultant with IIM Bangalore. Rahul Anand – Writer Rahul is an ex-IT consultant and now a writer & entrepreneur who is always interested in innovative ideas and ventures. He co-founded www.simplypoet.com – the world’s first multi-lingual poetry portal. He is passionate about working in the development/social enterprise sector and has proposed initiatives including India’s smallest social change fund, 100RupeeClub to CAF India. He also started bloodaid.com, an initiative to bring together patients in dire need of blood belonging to their blood group and volunteers willing to donate. Unnati Narang – Writer Unnati is a freelance writer, author and entrepreneur. She loves engaging in meaningful endeavours. From her blog to media initiatives like Times Ascent, HT Edge and social enterprises like Dhriiti and iDiscoveri, she is always keen on any writing opportunity that may come her way. Her writing bug extends to her venture www.serenewoods.com, a publishing portal she co-founded early 2009, for emerging authors. The Better India brings the best of both worlds – writing and social impact – for her. Gangadharan Menon – Writer After regularly writing for The Times of India, Hindustan Times and DNA, Gangadharan got associated with The Better India. This, he says, changed his entire orientation, as he started looking for even the slightest positive angle in a generally bleak scenario of environmental preservation. And to his surprise, he found quite a few positive and happy stories. About communities and individuals across India who are trying to make a green difference. Currently he is working on his first collection of travel writings titled Evergreen Leaves. Anuradha Parekh – Founder & Co-editor Anuradha spearheaded The Better India initiative by identifying and partnering with the right organizations to give them their due visibility. Her effort reflects in the fact that over a year’s articles have been contributed by her, thereby giving this initiative the much-needed initial traction. She has had stints with both the corporate world and the not-for-profit sector. Anuradha holds a degree in management from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. Dhimant Parekh – Founder & Co-editor Starting The Better India more as a personal project to know more about the change-making individuals and organizations, Dhimant has been responsible in making the brand and its presence the way it is today. He is also an author and a blogger and holds a management degree from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He currently works for a start-up in Bangalore and helps run The Better India’s outreach programs, getting more people to know about this initiative.