When you read a lot and expound from what you have read, you are called well read. Often you are also called well-bred! Because reading expands your horizons, changes your perspective and alters your mind-set. The written word has that kind of power. It has created revolutions, destroyed tyrants, and given voice to the unpowered. But with the advent of snap chat and Instagram, most of us have forgotten the art of reading – whether it’s a newspaper, magazine or even a book. Books are now being read online on Kindle or the mobile, if at all. Technology is changing the way we interpret the world – it’s now being done in short bursts of third-party wisdom, rather than a full understanding of the big picture.
This is unfortunate because, in order to lead, one must read. That is the lesson history has taught us. And if we withdraw that opportunity from the public, we would in one way or another be initiating climate change. If on the other hand, we do invest in providing that opportunity, our future will be brighter as it will bring that many more to the leadership table - people who are well read and well-bred.
Where do we begin?
Instilling a love of reading in our children/youth is one of the best gifts we can give them. Reading fosters children’s emotional and psychological development, gives them the opportunity to experience sensations and feelings with which they will mature and learn. With books, they laugh, dream and travel to other worlds; Share pleasant moments as a family, reinforcing the bond with their parents. In short, reading helps children to grow in every way.
At the same time, the hope is for them to be inspired by all that is positive in Karnataka’s polity while simultaneously reorienting their understanding of issues and concerns plaguing the state. This, the Karnataka Today team believes, is the only way to build a wise and prosperous Karnataka. We call it the 'Read to Lead' mission, or if you prefer a hashtag- #ReadKarnataka.
Towards this end, it has decided to focus on providing its wholesome magazine, Karnataka Today, which carries a mix of reading material that interests the youth, for free to students in the state, wherever they may be. However, this mission needs to be supported and many are convinced this is the way forward.
Deepak Verma – a pillar of support for Karnataka Today’s read to lead mission
Among the many supporters of this mission is a man of vision – Deepak Verma, the Founder and CEO of WannaGo Cloud Services. Deepak Verma came up with the concept of WannaGo Cloud Services when cloud computing was still in its infancy in the region. He understood the need for customers to simplify their business and move from a CAPEX to an OPEX environment. Going beyond innovation at WannaGo he founded Think Software Services (TSS) an Information Technology Consulting Company specializing in Software /Applications within Intranet and Internet environments. Their offered solutions include information security, ICT solutions, managed services and project outsourcing.
Deepak has over 18 years of experience in Banking and Finance where he held various leadership roles including setting up operations in GCC counties, starting a career in credit function with a financial institution in India in 1994, then moved to Oman briefly before moving to UAE in 1999. Over the years he has worked with Citibank, Standard Chartered and UBS AG.
Deepak was born in New Delhi and holds a Master's degree in Business. In his leisure time, likes to spend time with family and travel and of course support noble causes such as the #ReadKarnataka Mission. He has sponsored 1000 students under this mission.
Don’t wait. Join the mission today.
Here’s how. Sponsor as many students' annual subscriptions to Karnataka Today as possible. It’s noble, it's useful, it's healthy, it's easy and it's discounted. Just Rs 100 for 12 issues of Karnataka Today (a wholesome window to the world of Karnataka) for one student (there is no cap on the number of subscriptions you can sponsor). Team Karnataka Today hopes you will donate liberally- individually or as Company registered under the CSR Provisions of the Companies Act 2013 (Clause II of Schedule VII - Promotion of Education).
Use the link http://imojo.in/9l7e7s for easy remittance (INR only) or remit through the banking network for transfer of funds: Account holder’s name: Spearhead Publications Private Ltd; Current A/c no.002512100007963; The Bharat Co-operative Bank (Mumbai) Ltd (Mangalore Hampankatta Branch); IFSC Code: BCBM0000026.
Following your remittance, do send the team an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp on +91 82177 29859 to enable them to cross-link the payment and conclude the transaction. The team will then send you a list of students supported in his/her reading habit by your funds. Alternatively, you may specify the students/schools/colleges you would like this popular magazine to reach. Reach out to us for any clarification in this regard.
Visit www.karnatakatoday.com to know more about the magazine and its contents. You can also reach out to the team on the above WhatsApp number or email address for any clarification in this regard.
“Reading is weightlifting for the brain” - Tim Green.
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