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From US with Love: Adarsh-Udaya Render Exemplary Service to Homeland


From US with Love: Adarsh-Udaya Render Exemplary Service to Homeland

Deekshith D V
Daijiworld Media Network - Moodbidri
Pics: Manjunath Borgallugude

Moodbidri, Nov 29: In this day and age, when most people strive to live a life of comfort and luxury and probably dream of settling in the US, here is a couple, hailing from Mysore, who gave up a promising life in US and came back to their homeland, all because they wanted to do something meaningful for the lesser fortunate and for the environment.

Adarsh Rao and Udaya Kiran, natives of Mysore, left their lucrative jobs as software engineers in the USA and came down to their hometown to start 'Ek Sparsh' which manufactures eco-friendly products.

"When in the US, though we had every comfort, we felt something was missing. Materialist life did not mean much to us and we wanted to change our lifestyle," they said speaking to Daijiworld.

They joined several institutions and NGOs to help the needy, which led them to feel that their real service should be for their homeland. Armed with a determination and a will to do contribute positively and serve the deprived back here, they returned to India.

Udaya and Adarsh then founded 'EK Sparsh' through which they do their bit for the environment by manufacturing eco-friendly products from waste paper, discarded clothes, leaves of peepal tree, recycled paper and so on. Their range of items include colourful notepads, paper gift boxes, thread earrings, paper rings, bookmarks, jhola bags and cotton t-shirts.

These products are made by women in villages who are trained in preparing them. This way the women in remote areas have gain financial independence, being able to earn their livelihood and lead better lives.

Moreover, ‘EK Sparsh’ also provides opportunities to spastic children to prove their efficiency and talent in preparing attractive bookmarks.

Says Adarsh Rao, "It is the right time to use eco-friendly products. Man has exploited nature for his greedy needs. Service to society is our motto, we travel by public transportation and we don’t use refrigerator or air conditioner at home. We want to lead a simple life."

Great words indeed from a person who could have led a life of comfort, but still chose to shun luxuries for the sake of a better world, and more so, for a better life for those in their homeland.

The couple's 'Ek Sparsh' products were the center of attraction at Alva's Nudisiri cultural fest held earlier this month. People flocked their stall and lauded the achievements of Udaya Kiran and Adarsh Rao. The colourful products had many a buyer who appreciated their work and concern towards environment.

To conclude, this is what Adarsh says in their Ek Sparsh blog:

- We all need to be aware of the issues affecting the country, and participate in the social dialogue taking place in one form or the other.
- We need to think of ourselves as part of the development process initiated by various individuals and non-profits who strive everyday to make a difference to our society.
- Each one of us can make a positive impact.
- Each person has the power to make a significant contribution to society.


May their tribe increase.

Comment on this article

  • Bindu, Mysore/Hyderabad

    Mon, Dec 10 2012

    Great work. Uday and Adarsh are my best friends, and the service they are doing is genuine. Keep it up Adarsh, I am so happy for you.

    The article is written wonderfully with beautiful pics.

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  • Bali, Rohtas, Bihar

    Wed, Dec 5 2012

    Keep up the good work. Actually there are many people who want to go back and stat social work in India as that will only give true joy to life. The charm of real joy and life is only in India and those who are out abroad miss their home country every second in their mechanical life.

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  • Fr Joachim Fernandes, jeppu

    Fri, Nov 30 2012

    Hats off to you Adarsh and Udaya Kiran. Good luck, May your tribe increase.

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  • Noel, Mangalore/Toronto

    Fri, Nov 30 2012

    Adarsh Rao and Udaya Kiran: I admire your decision give a comfortable life and start something meaningful in India.I like ecofriendly products.Please send me your email.
    I think I met your parents while traveling from Mysore to US.THey gave me your contact in Florida.You tried to give my resume your Human Resources)

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  • SP Shetty, Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 29 2012

    You guys r just amazing ya, People out here r struggling lot to make it to US n u both came back hatss off n God Bless u n ur mission !

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  • roy, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 29 2012

    Amazing work. Respect!

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  • JRAO,

    Thu, Nov 29 2012

    I AGREE WITH ADARSH. WE CAN LIVE AND LEAD A COMFORTABLE DAY TO DAY LIFE WITH OUT FRIDGE OR VEHICLE UNLESS WE NEED IT FOR A GENUINE REASON. ONLY THING IS WE SHOULD HAVE A RIGHT SPIRIT OR WILL TO DO TO TAKE SUCH DECISIONS WHICH WILL KEEP US AS WELL AS OUR SOCIETY HEALTHY AND ECO FRIENDLY. ALL THE BEST "EK SPARSH"

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  • Stephen, mangalore / Dubai

    Thu, Nov 29 2012

    Ek Sparsh - a magic touch

    excellent guys... keep going.

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  • Dr Prakash Harischandra, GalvestonTXUSA/Surathkal

    Thu, Nov 29 2012

    A Person richness is not the Wealth he has but the rich ideas he has to change other peoples life. We need your richness to emulate the culture among the society which is in a mad race behind wealth. Good Job I am proud to be a Kannadiga.

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  • saleem, Uppinakote/brhamavar

    Thu, Nov 29 2012

    Good decision. This is the real sweetness of human life. With best wishes to EK SPARSH,

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  • aKBAR aMEER, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Nov 29 2012

    Very good work! Wonderful EK Sparsh! Yes! Each person has the power to make a wonderful society.

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