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Mohan Iyer
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As I was walking along the dusty trail in a remote rural town in India, it was impossible to ignore the springy bounce in everyone’s steps, and the smell of vibrant positivity hanging in the air. I started chatting up the Sarpanch (head of the village) to know more about the sudden changes that seemed to be sweeping the country side.
He said “Ever since people started changing their profile picture on Facebook to support Digital India, our cows have been peeing milk, our farmers cannot keep up with the abundance of crops that are self-harvesting, porta-potties have started sprouting up in every corner, we have been getting free medicine from the city doctors who have relocated to our village, our ladies no longer feel timid or enslaved, unlike Gujarat where Internet is banned every time someone sneezes three times in a row we get uninterrupted Internet powered by internet.org , our train station has free wifi and fresh toilets, and most importantly all of us now get to like and share things on Internet first thing in the morning while waiting in the local café that serves free breakfast, lunch and dinner”.
I felt a lump in my throat and a jolt in my body and heard my wife Alamelu Iyer screaming in the background “Wake up. It is your turn to walk Wrigley today” and that is when I opened my eyes and realized I hadn’t yet complied with Mr. Zuckerburg’s request to change my profile picture on FB.
I clicked fb.com/supportdigitalindia  and felt a sudden surge of patriotism gushing through my body when I saw this empowering statement “Thanks for showing your support. You're helping transform India into a digitally empowered society.”
Everything is going to be just fine, because Zuckerburg has very smart people whose code incrementally reduces poverty each time a profile picture is changed.
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The two charities I support and raise funds for are: Apna Ghar, and Alliance for Healthier Generation. 
Apna Ghar ( www.apnaghar.org ) is a Chicago-based non-profit that provides holistic services and conducts advocacy across immigrant communities to end gender violence. Apna Ghar empowers women to be self-sufficient by a full spectrum of services from education to emergency housing to counseling and legal services.
Alliance for Healthier Generation (www.healthiergeneration.org) works with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals, and families to transform the conditions and systems that lead to healthier kids.
Please extend your support to these wonderful causes.
https://www.crowdrise.com/2015apnagharchicago/fundraiser/mohaniyer1
http://giving.healthiergeneration.org/goto/mohaniyer
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Unsolicited advice for recreational runners – Don’t pay attention to the haloed training programs touted by experts; Ignore the pros and cons of barefoot running vs. running with cushioned vs. minimalist shoes; Restrain from getting caught in an insanity or orgasm (former or latter depends on how emotionally stable you are) inducing debate about when to carb-load and which energy gel is friendly on your intestinal walls; Don’t get stuck in an infinite loop of googling what fitness watch measures your heart-rate and cadence to a 3-digit precision; Resign to the fact that you are never going to be able to run a 5-minute mile; Don’t get overwhelmed with the most irrelevant stats about less than 1% of world’s population running a Marathon; Don't let your ego get "Viagara"ized by the dumbest statements such as "finishing is all that matters" camouflaged as inspirational quotes; Just keep reminding yourself that running (and flooding FB with every trivia about your running) is a completely egotistical activity and fitness just happens to be a happy side-effect; Just put on a pair of shoes and start running one mile at a time…
Unsolicited advice for non-runners – Most of us runners unless we are sub 5-minute a mile Olympians talk and post intolerable and narcissistic shit all the time so your path to enlightenment may be to unfriend (or unfollow) us and find other pleasurable ways to get inspired to be fit and financially prudent. 
‪#‎runningrant‬ ‪#‎unsolicited‬
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Hello Greece, as someone who is 54 years older than you, I can tell you that when you sort out the austerity debate and manage to claw your way out of the $300 billion you owe rest of the world, and live to be 239 years, this is how you should celebrate your birthday. (BTW, have you considered dumping Merkel and grovelling to the world's top 10 billionaires to bail you out? All they have to do is to write you a check for 50% of their worth and you will be debt-free) - Yours friendly, United States of America. Happy Birthday to myself. ‪#‎greecereferendum‬ ‪#‎eatinghotdog‬ ‪#‎239yearsold‬
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Local grocers' coupon book has a more titillating effect on my senses than the SI swimsuit issue; Badly abbreviated, misspelled whatsapp messages and online posts annoy me; Instances of me talking to myself have been on the increase; I slow down when I catch myself driving over speed limit; I voted in an inconsequential local county election; My channel surfing stops at Wheel of Fortune; Need a pair of reading glasses even for size 10 font; My medicine cabinet has become a safe haven for unproven multivitamin pills....
I may be just a strand of hair away from becoming a grouchy uncle or a yarn away from becoming a sweater-knitting aunt.
Happy 4th of July.
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