It’s a new year, and I just gained (or lost) one myself today. It’s my birthday, and everyone says it’s supposed to be a significant one, probably because I can legally consume alcohol in Delhi and Bombay now. That said, I have no plans to go all Robert Downey Jr. just yet.

As I hit this large-ish perfect square of a number, let’s part with some money to support a few causes I identify with. As of today (once the banks open), I’ll be making donations (in amounts that I do not wish to disclose here) to the following three organisations:

  1. Aam Aadmi Party: I like their work, and with no mega corporations or funders with vested interests supporting them, it’s only upto you and me. It’s time to put your money where your mouth is.
  2. Protsahan India Foundation: Protsahan is a Delhi-based foundation that uses art, technology and cinema to foster creative Protsahan India Foundationeducation and sustainable livelihoods for at risk street children, with a focus on the girl child. Their work in this difficult space has been recognised by several international, governmental, and civil society agencies, including the UN, World Bank, Nasscom awards, Singapore government, and so on. I have personally been associated with them as a consultant and advisor for some time now, and can vouch for their perseverance, honesty, and impact.

    Do consider making a donation, and draw the payment in favour of “Protsahan India Foundation”, Account number: 053101000017814, Bank: Indian Overseas Bank, Tolstoy Marg; Account Type: Savings; IFSC: IOBA0000531

    All donations to Protsahan in India are tax-exempt u/s 80 G of IT act, so you can provide your full name, address & Pan No. with the contribution to get a receipt and save yourself some tax. Cheques can be sent to Protsahan India Foundation, 347, Vasant Enclave, New Delhi-110057.

  3. Wikipedia (The WikiMedia Foundation): This isn’t really a donation but rather an annual instalment towards a lifelong repayment plan that’ll, at best, represent a fraction of what I have gained from this public resource. If you use Wikipedia (and my guess is that you do), you owe them; it shouldn’t take Jimmy Wales’ puppy eyes or an xkcd gimmick for you to realise that. Pay up. Also, the next time you see an error or a citation mismatch on an entry, click on edit and correct it.

So yes, that’s that. If you identify with any of the above causes, please consider making a donation. And try not to read too much into any of this.

Have a good journey ’round the sun. Happy 2014!

  • Siddhartha Banerjee

    nice way to celebrate your bday shrey… :)

  • Vishnu Suresh

    Beautiful Shrey! :-) happy birthday, and thank you for sharpening our focus on issues that need more support.