Sunday, August 29, 2010

New captions for the Vijay TV video

Not that I don't approve of the existing version with subtitles, but there are things I don't like about it. Like how it capitalizes "FREE", and adds details that are not being said at all (but true nevertheless). So, while the present version would serve well as a standalone promo video, it's not exactly great for linking up from within our site, methinks. I'd like a more honest translation that sticks to exactly what's being said. And one's that's complete. So I finally got down to work on something I've wanted to get done in a long time:

The captions start only after about half-a-minute, btw. The viewer can turn the captions on/off as well.

I never realized how long it takes. I thought 2-3 hours, but it would have taken about 10 in total, I think. I used Habib's unsubtitled version as base and added subtitles using Youtube Subtitler.

If you'd like to see any changes, you can edit the subtitles here:
and I can then upload that as a new version of subtitles.

It's going take a few weeks for me to link up this new version from the Payir website, so will await feedback till then.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Social Entreprenuers

Fast Company has a nice list of a group of social entrepreneurs

Some interesting picks there - we could look around these list and see if we can start some dialogue with a few of them - especially if theirs and our ideas match.

I am thinking of better world books and 'room to Read' for now..

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Payir Newsletter No. 4


Payir Newsletter 4, the June 2007 edition is ready, and has come out very well. This edition is more informative, colorful and professional - good signs that we are maturing as Payir continues to grow. The various pages of the Newsletter 4 are available at:
Please review the pages and post your comments (to this blog). Senthil will access this blog and will review your comments. Alternatively, I will collect all the reviews and feedback to Senthil. Please do so as soon as possible, so we can include your comments before it is released.
Thanks for your time.


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Online Micro Financing:

I came across this organisation: on PBS TV (in HD!).
The basic concept is: they are making micro financing available over the internet. The good part is they act as an agency to connect the people in developing nations (look at countries served at: needing small loans with lenders in the developed nations. These are not the traditional money lending "lenders", but willing people with helping tendencies wishing to bring about a change in the life of poor people, with the convinience of the internet. The amazing fact is, the loan default rate so far is 0 (NIL) meaning all payments have been made 100% on time. So the borrowers make all efforts to repay back on time, and the organisations make sure that they lend only to the right and needy people.

This is a nice system, we can put to use for Payir. Please read about it and let me know your comments.

Panchayati Raj as the backbone of development for India

I read this interesting article on Rediff.
The author's ideas of what current day's Indian governance needs - excatly match with Payir's basic principles. Please read this article and post your comments. We can possibly contact the author M R Venkatesh at his email id: and introduce him to Payir.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Welcome to Payir Blog site

Dear friends and well wishers of Payir,
I'm creating this blog site, so we can have discussions on various payir topics online. The blog also helps well wishers of Payir to create new topics of discussions, and express their ideas on existing topics, at their time of convenience.