Last Updated on 11th Aug. 2020
[Please note that currently the Misc category of this site is active and has posts related to computer and Internet usage (use Misc link button above to see those posts). The activity on the FOSS projects part and most of the other parts of this site (besides Misc) has been suspended due to lack of time. To see my other websites/blogs & books, please see this ‘About me & my books and blogs’ page – https://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/p/about-ravi-s-iyer.html.]
Readers & Visitors are welcome to explore participation in a stress-free and happy, part-time or any-time volunteer role in these “Service to Society” Information Technology Free And Open Source Software (FOSS) projects promoted by Ravi Iyer. The progress in these projects is completely dependent on the contributions made by interested volunteers with Ravi currently playing a Seva coordinator role and, where appropriate, a part-time contributor role.
As the software would be Free And Open Source Ravi hopes that others would, somewhere down the line, play the Seva coordinator role for these and any future such “Service to Society” IT projects. Ravi has no financial profit motive at all in these projects.
Currently only one project is actively being considered which is: Spoken English Application [5th May 2014: This activity has been suspended due to lack of time (as other activities took up and continue to take up my time). Current status (last activity on this seems to have been in December 2011) is that only some very preliminary work has been done which can be seen by visiting the Spoken English menu links (both App. and App. blog links).]
Another project which can be very useful for rural society which may be considered in future is: Rural Agricultural Portal
Ravi’s stint of many years as a volunteer in the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithi, Dombivli, Maharashtra has taught him a lot of things about volunteer activity. One very important learning is that there should be no compulsion whatsoever – guys are doing it for free!!! The volunteers have their own jobs & family priorities – the volunteer activity is done when they are free and the motivation is the “feel good” factor and the joy they get out of participation in collective service to society activities. Of course, if the volunteers treat the activity as a service offering to God then there is an all-important, for them at least, spiritual angle to the activity as well.
Ravi feels it will be best to wait & watch and see whether the ideas put forward in this web site catch the enthusiasm of volunteers and take root.
Sathyannaasti Paro Dharmaha
There is no higher way of living than TRUTH.
Karmanyevaadhikaraste Maa Phalesu Kadaachana
Ma Karmaphalaheturbhurma te Sangostvakarmani
Bhagavad Geeta: Chapter 2, Verse 47
You have a right to action but do not have desire for the fruit of the action;
Do not let the fruit of the action be your motive, do not get attached to inaction.
[Note that this interpretation of the above famous shloka is based on Gita Vahini by Sri Sathya Sai Baba: http://www.sssbpt.info/vahinis/Gita/Gita05.pdf]
As is God’s Will!
God is the Master!