Niranjan - The Personal & Family Side

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
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Trip End Sep 27, 2008


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Where I stayed
Nirantara Guest House

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Niranjan turned 31 years old on August 15 and has been my primary host while here in India.  I met Niranjan at Grameen Dialogue last November and I wound up being personally connected to he and Dr. Kulkarni - also of India. 

Niranjan's wife is in Bangalore with her parents and expecting their second child momentarily - Niranjan is there now. I have talked with her a couple of times over the phone.

Niranjan met me in Hyderabad with a car and driver and first took me to his sister's home where we met her, her husband, daughter and Niranjan's and his sisters mother.  It had just been "Raksha Bandhan", a festival of brothers & sisters with a ceremony. Niranjan's sister would tie "Rakhi" on right hand wrist to Niranjan and her new honorary brother (me).  It was a lovely experience that you can see through the photos.

From there we drove 2.5 hours to Bidar where Niranjan is the Founder and CEO of Nirantara Community Services, a Micro Finance Institution that is nearly 2 years old and is progressing very well in building a major program to serve the poor.

During the four days that I was with Niranjan in Bidar he shared with me the Guest House that Nirantara rents and introduced me to many of his closest business and personal friends - in addition to the many business experiences he shared with me.

Niranjan lives is quite a nice flat which is nicely furnished with his wife, daughter and grandmother.  The home that he rents is almost adjoining his office in what is a nice neighborhood (recognize that even very nice neighborhoods lack basic amenities such as cement roads, drainage and street lamps, etc.)

His grandmother is 75 years old and has a very lovely countenance and spunk.  She crochets the lovely things that are in the picture.  These she makes out of various color plastic trash bags.

Bidar is a city of 250,000 people and a much nicer atmosphere than the larger cities that I had visited so far.  The traffic is reasonable and the countryside is lush and pretty.

This is the first of three blogs that I will be posting on Niranjan, Nirantara and Bidar.
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