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A BETTER WORLD – 5 Positive Change Stories From Around the World

Why we need eco-friendly Ganesha idols, a Japanese civil engineer working in Bengaluru Metro, children’s take on what life will be after 99 years and many more such interesting stories from around the web in this new series.

In an attempt to bring the world closer to us, we will present five stories each fortnight, which grasp change with a positive mind-set. Tisha Srivastav will be curating A BETTER WORLD, a new TBI series, by other writers and publications from around the world. Connecting with India, directly or indirectly.

Here’s the first batch focusing on stories of gumption, support and learnings from other lands.

India’s first surfboard shaper is from Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu


Srinath Perur’s story on a young surfing sculptor. Shaping statues, surfboards and a growing surfing culture in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu. A story which reminds us how skill-sharing can give new directions to the young and talented.

From: Hakai magazine

This Spanish city cleaned up its river – The Deputy Mayor on how they did it

While India keeps promising cleaner rivers, lessons from the city of Bilbao, which has done it. It took thirty years. Siddharth Varadarajan speaks with Ibone Bengoetxea, Deputy Mayor, Bilbao City.

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From: The show Indian Standard Time, on Rajya Sabha TV

A magazine asked children about how life might be 99 years ahead


‘I found out that scientists have been discovering new species of plants and animals, and in one hundred years there will most likely be more to protect’ – a 10-year old.

Learnings from the pragmatic optimism of children.

From: SGI Quarterly

Meet Reiko Abe – A Japanese civil engineer working on Bangalore’s Metro


Shunned evidently in her own land, she has also worked on the Delhi Metro. In this blog post, her colleagues speak of her gumption and drive.


What exactly is a fish-friendly Ganesha idol and why is it important?


Finding common ground with the believer’s need to immerse Ganesha idols in the sea, a Mumbai NGO has attempted an edible Ganesha. Made of what the fish seem to like. Are solutions like these replicable on an all-India basis?

From: Huffington Post India

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