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Brainobrain USA Grand Launch

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

I came in touch with Brainobrain some time towards the end of 2008. I heard about this brand and its program of skill development using advanced abacus a lot in India. Out of inquisitiveness I started studying this and found that this can provide strong foundation to children in NJ. The skill development program from Brainobrain appeared to be highly enriching in nature when I looked at several videos online for demonstrations etc especially at You tube. It was amazing to see small children doing mental algorithm so fast. Then I decided to discuss with my wife about this opportunity to check with her if she is still interested into education business, which was her forte once upon a time back in India..

My wife had been always into kids education and she readily agreed to venture out into education. Initially we thought to start with a family friend Ruma with the thought to have a small center…..however sooner it started filling so much of confidence in us that we thought to provide the services to mass at large.

There were three strong reasons to get so much enthusiastic about this
1. Lots of focus is coming these days on kids education
2. Fundamentally this is a very sound concept and appeared to provide almost guaranteed results
3. This is about giving back to society, so quite filling in nature. I would say it can bring closer to self actualization which any one looks especially from NRIs in USA after a stage.

So we decided to move fast, strongly and confidently for this. More & more people started helping into this besides Ruma & her husband Kamal Deep. So my wife as a representative of Brainobrain in USA started operations of USA Master Franchisee.

Now the time has come for launch after work of several months

You are invited to join the grand launch of Brainobrain USA. This is at

YMCA Oaktree Road, Edison NJ
Date: April 5, 2009 Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

We are encouraging every one to come and see the concept. We will provide services at very reasonable prices and initially lots of free classes. I had strongly recommended team to not to look at the price part for initial few years but to prove back to society that its worth investing time into it.

Hope this will be journey of mutual win for parents as well as kids. Of course we are hoping to generate lots of employment opportunities for people around especially for part time training.

For details please visit our website

Anurag Varshney
SAP IS Retail Project Manager
Vice Chair – Project Management Institute Retail SIG

Education to every Indian Child and our reservation system

Sunday, November 26th, 2006


I am inviting all of you to share your views on this topic. We have come so far and achieved so much but still our poor are relatively not receiving the benefit of all that progress of country. I feel biggest reason is education. Education makes a person capable to grow, to receive the fruits of development better. If they would be capable , the resources & benefit of country progress would flow towards them too. So its a kind of catch 22 situation. This point of time some external factors can help to start wheel rolling on. This external factor can be either government or even all of us who are capable in together form to provide significant benefits.

I think existence of education institutions in any area builds a kind of energy center in that area. Which drives the economy of that area. Larger the number institutions or better the quality of these bigger the potential of growth in that area. Some times area itself may not be having high level of education however from efforts of government or from private sector, if there comes an energy center then cycle of making that area as a stronger and stronger energy center starts rolling on. This brings awareness among people to learn more and more. Some times this process can be started from different way. You educate people they themselves become aware of fruits of education and make 10 others aware. Initially they may work in other areas but prosperity certainly comes in that area. This area on broader perspective is country and smaller perspective cane be any thing. Ultimately education plays a key role in overall economy of that area.

Being a member of alumni egroup of my institute, few weeks before I noticed that lot of brainstorming was taking place on Indian caste based reservation system in my egroup. So many good suggestions and ideas were flowing in group. Which triggered my thinking to capture and record all those thoughts just like archiving some valuable information which is preserved with the notion that this may be required in future for any important decisions. Who knows archiving of our thoughts and suggestions may also be used for future decisions. Often we do brain storming on such important national issues and it remains confined to within our small group of people. It could be a good idea that such brainstorming should be shared with large mass through internet ( to make full use of internet for a good cause) so as to spread the awareness and to stimuli the thought process of others also to participate in such main stream issues. These debates on national issues should be through the appropriate forums so that if needed some one can find atleast place where he or she can look at. May be after few years it starts ringing bells in government corridors too and they may like to refer to such debates to know the potential solutions.

Even if it is far distant vision then also I would say since such debates are for the better cause so people should be encourage to provide their opinion on this and a big picture view of overall public should be available through such mediums. I have attached one survey also for you to participate and vote for or against reservation in institutes for professional qualifications. You can vote and post your comments here.

Issue certainly took heat time to time but government shows indifferent attitude as it affects their vote bank. This is pinching that they do not want to have open debates too on this issue. No one says that remove caste based reservation completely all of sudden and bring another kind of reservation. Probably this should be a gradual move. Elite groups such as doctors, engineers or IIMs alumni etc every one wants to come forward to participate for a healthy debate to help government to arrive at some rational decisions. So government should use academic elites to solve the people’s problems rather than carrying the present scene when many people are crying or frustating while few others from the creamy layer of same class are enjoying the privileges. This is a big national issue as it affects common person’s family on regular basis. This always remains in back of mind when children of home grows, when they start applying for professional qualifications, when they start applying for jobs. If the family is poor and belongs to upper caste then they simply curse their own country for discrimination. So in a way it causes rift between different sections of society. 

Is this what we wanted for our country?.

Was reservation started with the aim that it will keep increasing in %age even if our country progress in overall terms?. If reservation helped then why the percentages and areas of reservation were increased rather than reducing that (as these many years are enough to provide relief to poor based on caste now its time to look poors without any caste boundary). I think this helped but now slowly we should be forward looking and should start reducing %ages just like the removal of government protection to industries to make them standing on thier feet in free and competitive world. 

Would we be able to remove the poverty of one section of castes completely? If the aim is to remove the poverty of lower castes first before looking into poverty prevailing among upper caste people then question is ‘is this achievable?’ If not then why this is increasing and increasing. What is the rationale behind that. We all know why it is increasing but let government should come out in public to debate on this.  

Shouldn’t reservation be handled as a tool to balance out the poverty (as completely removal of poverty is impossible among lower caste or any caste or any group of society per se) among people based on caste, income or geography etc but based on many rational parameters not on just one caste based parameter and carrying on that factor always?

Why hounourable Supreme Court does not interfere in this social issue?. Can any one provides some inputs why?. As a protector of common law of land (basis of our constitution) I have seen in past that on social issues even Supreme Court had interferred and issued directives and guidelines to government. What happens in this issue when so many people self immolated and sat on hunger strike.

Lets keep discussing on this topic and keep this alive till we do not reach to a solution and government adapts that solution. Hope I would see some comments from you.

Back to education I invite people to share their view on this topic specially on ‘What could be best ways to benefit our poor in terms of their access to education?’.

Also I would like to know how to set up a NGO and how the article of association is prepared for NGO. I think small small efforts in local areas are more effective than making or relying on a giant which becomes administrative burden. So my aim for this is in my area first and joining hands/ sharing hands with other like minded people to exchange the benefits of experiences.

This platform is to share news and views on this topic. Please feel free to post your comments or any news which you think is relevant to topic. Thanks.


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