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March 30, 2013

Rs100aday blog report

Dear all,

Wish we could have followed up more actively on our blog – but our venture to get India healthier and fitter has been taking up all our time. However, we did manage to summarize our experiment and this blog into a report. Feel free to download, print or forward! We will also be sharing a presentation soon.

We would welcome ideas to spread and use the learnings from our experiment. If you would like more data or take this forward in any way, please write to

March 21, 2012

Rs. 100/day – Redux

Yesterday, we were on NDTV to discuss the Planning Commission’s new poverty line numbers:

January 13, 2012

The commencement

Two months after our experiment ended, we had the chance on December 28 to discuss our experience and learnings to the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia. As many of you know, the Commission is responsible for setting policy on many social programs that benefit the average and the poor India, among them the poverty line. Given the uproar over the Commission setting the number at Rs. 32/person/day in late September, we were pleasantly surprised to find Dr. Ahluwalia receptive to many of our ideas and suggestions. We formally handed over our blog report to him as well. (We hope to make the report publicly available soon – in the meanwhile, lookout for our upcoming experiment executive summary post.)

Given this very positive response from a Cabinet Minister ranking official, we hope to continue our outreach efforts to the government as well as the private sector on how they can incorporate our findings into policies and corporate social responsibility efforts, respectively.

December 18, 2011

Mobile Post #1: Why is connecting India critical for development and democracy?

When was the last time you checked an important email? Or looked up a question you had on Google, or something you weren’t sure of on Wikipedia? Or even bought a railway or plane ticket on a website? In fact, when was the last time you were politically active thanks to online social media? Chances are that you have done some if not all of these in the last one month, if not the last hour. Aided by the power of the internet/mobile, you now have access to combined human knowledge, efficient service and powerful self-expression at the click of a mouse or a tap on the phone. Unfortunately, Matt and Tushar could not have the privilege of this universal access channel at Rs. 32 a day. And its not just their story, the large majority of your fellow Indians who could really benefit from being connected today remain dark. And its not the cost of having a handset/access device, its not even availability of connectivity, its the cost of data usage that keeps them out. But before we analyze that and try to present solutions, its important to identify how and if at all, being connected is important for development in India. How valid is the promised goodness of the Internet Protocol? Could being connected really uplift the Human Development Index? Could it lead to better governance and a stronger democracy?

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November 30, 2011

The first Average Indian Fast

Hi all, hope you can join us in the first Average Indian Fast tomorrow. This will be first of many (hopefully frequent) times in which we relive our month-long of experience of living at Rs. 100/day. If you need help planning your expenses for the day, you can refer to this post. We have created a spreadsheet – similar to the one we used – that you can use to keep track of your food expenses. Please add and label a new tab with your name/pseudonym.  Do join the facebook event page here, so we can all discuss our experience later.

What to cook? We don’t want to be too prescriptive, but you can take ideas from our facebook album on food. We will also be posting on the facebook event page about things we will be doing and eating. How to get to work? Try sharing rides or public transport – but it will be a tough stretch if your work place is more than 5 – 10 km. Trying walking some distance? Switch off that heather/AC. Try to switch off fridge too if you can!

Let’s single handedly bring down food-inflation (even if it is only for one day) ! Good luck!