I was surpised that you are almost 60 and the only person doing this work! You are definitely a pleasant presence in the normal otherwise mundane society. You are right, very few people in society actually make a positive contribution. Mostly, people just live, marry, procreate, do a job, and die, after consuming the planet and contributing to trash. I mentioned your site to an uncle of mine, as an example of people who actually do good for society. Take care.
You have a good site there. How do you fund yourself? The page doesn't have any advertisements. The site is nice and encouraging.
Uma Iyer, Germany
I am very happy to see this site. I feel proud. It is a very noble thing that is being done here. This has the capacity to inspire and goad to action any Indian. I will try my best and contribute in whatever way possible to this effort. I am a young Indian from Bangalore. I just loved this site. What a site!
In an era where everybody doubts India, your initiative is credit worthy.
Keep up the good work!
Dec 10, 2001
Your work work gives me a very good source to put news on my company bulletin boards
Sep 21, 2001
Thank you for your "good
news". This week in particular it is sorely needed here in
I have also shared your story on women's
reservation with 8 or 9 of my women friends, and one other man,
all of whom appreciate the disparities in power that still are
hanging on in spite of progress to the contrary.
Your stories are all very inspiring, moving me to
look for ways to make a difference here, in this "land of
opportunity" where there is perhaps too much
institutionalization. We have so many things that are taken care
of, and hence taken for granted, that it takes getting an outside
view -- or having our sense of security violently shaken -- to
make us stop and really think about who we are and what we are
May your good influence thrive!
Thank you so much.
I'm very much amazed by your website. Is
there so much good news in India ? I always hoped but never
thought that so much good news will be there! I admire your
motivation to publish the brighter side of India. KEEP IT
I live in New Jersey, USA and am a member of
"Asha for Education". Asha has several successful
projects all over India helping to educate under privileged
children through some trusted NGOs. Maybe you should carry such
articles too so that indians begin to believe more in charities.
Again.. Keep up your good job!
Sumathi V. Iyengar
Thank you so much for getting in touch with us. I
visited your Web site, and very much enjoyed reading the content
that was there. I have forwarded along your e-mail to the
individuals here in our editorial and content department, and am
sure they will look at it when they are able.
Once again, I personally very much liked your Web
site. India is one place that I have never been, but would very
much like to visit one day. I wish you success with your endeavor!
Hi DV ,
I just read your fantastic words on the OWL
list, and then checked out your site. Very, very nice. We have a
friend from Hyderabad who has told us all about India but he's now
in the States so it's good to keep 'up to date' with Indian
Also your site will be very useful when I market
to Indian IT companies.
D V Sridharan,
Your site looks great and reads great. You are
providing an incredible service. I learned a lot in the short time
I had to look it over... I will return. Nice site... continued
good luck with it.
About Guide to the Writers' Exchange
I am very glad that you found my suggestions
useful. And of course I am happy to check in periodically on your
interesting site in the future and give you any useful ideas that
might occur to me. I know too that you will find the Online
Writers List an invaluable resource like I have.
Already I've had positive comments come back from
some of the people to whom I forwarded your URL. One of my
colleagues in Singapore especially liked the story about Gulabo Sapera.
I think people love good news, no matter what country they are
from. In fact, I think your concept of "Tweendom"
applies universally: it is the quiet middle-road people that
really preserve our cultures and carry our civilization forward. I
think it's good to stop and appreciate that, like your site does.
I am happy to be included on your newsletter
I will enjoy continuing to check in with you now
and again and wish you much success as you continue to develop
Good News India.
I was so pleased to see a site like this. What a
great contrast from trash like the main media puts out!
Please convey my regards to the writers and the
management team of this web magazine. This is the kind of
inspiring and nation-building journalism Mother Bharati needs.
Keep it up.
In a world of doom & gloom such stories are very uplifting and
encourage more people to participate in similar unselfish ventures.
Please keep on adding more stories of determination, success and
I must confess, we are really really impressed with your website. We must have people like you who hightlight good news when the whole media fraternity goes by the rule "good news is no news, bad news is big news"
Dear Mr. Sridharan,
Thanks a lot for getting the goodnewsindia site
up and running. I enjoy it a lot and am a frequent visitor to the
site. It really is a very welcome and inspiring endeavour.
Thanking you again for your great efforts
Sep 4, 2001
Your site is an inspiration. Too long has
traditional media represented India through the eyes of white
upper class affluent males. It is about time stereotypes of other
cultures were challenged. Keep up the good work with good news!!
Renee Strauss Colorado
USA Sep 3, 2001
Here is a site that you guys might like to visit
(put it on your favourites /bookmarks), that is if you really want
some positive news about India.
This is not a sales or promotional gimmick.
The site is operated by a very good friend of mine out of his own
pocket. Some of the stories that are hardly reported in the Indian
news media are reported here. Make it a point to visit this site
at least once every week and you will start liking India in case
you at present are sceptical of progress there.
Rustom Deshmukh Vancouver
Sep 5, 2001
Discovered your site and it's going right to my
favorites list. Very refreshing for a change.
As you research new items for your site, I wonder
if you know about The Stockholm Challenge. It's an international
award program for new web projects which are making a positive
difference in the world. This year's award has 741 entries from 90
countries, so there's lots of ideas to check out. Many wonderful
and creative projects.
I also have a website, Eartheasy, which is one of
the entrants. Eartheasy is an online guide to how we can, as
individuals and families, reduce our impact on the environment and
bring more simple, natural values to our lives. It's in the
Environment category. Was just notified that Eartheasy has been
chosen to be a finalist.....maybe you would be interested in
taking a look.
Please keep up the good work - we need the
inspiration and encouragement!
Greg Seaman http://eartheasy.com
I was just intimated about your site, and am
sending the URL around to as many Indians as I can.
Thanks a lot for all your good work.
I just had a quick look at your web site which
was highly recommended on another news group. I am so glad I
followed up on his suggestion. I shall be a regular visitor from
now on. News about India in world media is always so gloomy and
I think you are doing a great job in developing
this site. It is very inspirational.
august 23, 2001
First of all, I congratulate on your spirit
and good work and love of India. I will include a plug in my
emails.Thank you and wish you all the best.
Truman State U., MO
You have developed a great website. i have been
always looking forward to something like this and was surprised
when i really found one! Thank you very much.
Dear Sir :
I have gone through the GoodNewsIndia site and
found the same very interesting. This is perhaps the only site of
its type concentrating on the positive way of life.
Special Correspondent, UNI
I came to know about your site from a link in
Goodnewsindia is absolutely amazing. Many many
articles posted here were never noticed by me. You make all of us
proud of our nation. I will forward the articles and link to my
friends. And also any relevant article if come to my notice, I
will forward to you, just in case u have missed that.
Keep up the good work.
I have been wanting to start a site like this for
a long time, but never got around to it.
Your mission statement reads like a wish list for
the site of my dreams !!
Thanks for making it a reality.
Good luck and may our paths cross,
ps: I volunteer for the San Francisco Bay Area
Chapter of AID [www.aidindia.org] and saw your site in a forwarded
The site is great. I was actually searching for a
site like this. I had the thought always that if all the Indians
talk about the positive points of India there will really be
Thanks and regards
Selectica Inc, San Jose USA
I have just found your site, thanks to a small note at the bottom of a web-page from Sweden. There is nothing about India in the rest of that page.
May I say that I think you have the most Beautiful site on the Web?
It has taste, sensibility and a true national spirit. What more could one ask for.
One small suggestion: Could you make it possible for browsers to e- mail your short articles directly?
I am sure this would ensure a chain-letter like spread of information about your site.
Many thanks for having undertaken this mission. I will be circulating information about it to my friends.
J G Krishnayya
Oct 2, 2002
This is really wonderful work. Cheers to you and your team. The
optimism in the work, bringing out individuals little known in public is a
great work done. I urge you to find out more and more academicians and
scientists to top your list.
First of all, allow me to laud you for your
efforts on your portal. Having worked with one myself, I have been
trained in a small way to identify good portals. And the hard work
that has technically gone into it, as much as in the research is
What touched me most was your recognition of the
efforts of a lot of people who are not media savvy, and have made
Vidya S Sep 3,
This was my first visit to your web site and I am
very pleased to see the articles that speak from the proud Indian
and not from the jaded and rose color glasses of the Euro-American
Keep up this good work and keep us informed. I
will pass on the site to my colleagues who need to know India from
Aug 30, 2001
Dear Mr Sridharan
This is to thank you for your message to the
Webmaster regarding putting the Indica story on your site
On behalf of Mr Tata, allow me to thank you for
your gesture which will,undoubtedly, serve
as a great encouragement to our colleagues at Tata Engineering. Mr
Tata is currently traveling but please be assured that the article
will be brought to his attention on return.
I also took the opportunity to visit the site and
came back more encouraged and uplifted than what the daily barrage
on the media leaves you with.
Wishing you all the very best with your
Vice-President (Communications) Chairman's Office
Tata Industries July 7,2001
I have been reading the articles
in your web site regularly. I am astonished by the fact that no
one thought it fit to start such a web site before you did. Any
way I am glad such a web site exists. Reading through Indian news
papers these days you get the impression that the only thing that
happens in India now a days is 1. People getting killed in various
corners of india. 2. Scams by politicians and bureaucrats at
various levels 3. A Cyclone or a drought in some part of india 4.
Religious riots 5. Government mismanagement Even though all of the
above do exist, reading today's papers a new comer or for that
matter even indians themselves will be led to believe that India
is a fast crumbling country and will be put off by anything
related to india. Sometimes I believe that the Indian print media
is India's biggest enemy. But you are one web site that has taken
upon itself the essential and sacred task of bringing out the
other side of the story namely the successes of the silent
majority that is plodding along to make India the success story
that it is today in spite of what all the doom sayers might say.
Please continue the good work. Regards
Congratulations and thank you! A wonderful site
Could I request you to increase the font size for
the text? This is hard on older eyes.
University of Iowa Press
Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Big Congratulations for your site! I am not a
good surfer and rarely visit sites (boring and confusing) but
yours is clear, easy to read, fast and very interesting. One of
your friend - Anil from Madras- recommended it to me when he came
here and I am going to recommend to western friends who are still
under the influence of "clich╚" about your amazingly
unique country and its remarkable people. I do love your choice of
topics (real life real people and unknown achievements), the
parade and as a painter, I just discovered the source of a
precious supply : handmade paper from the "Kagzis".
Please keep on, I will visit regularly and thanks
again for this great initiative.
Martine, a french in Hong Kong!
It was a pleasure visiting your site and reading
the reports. A welcome departure from the negative perspective we
are constantly bombarded with. I will be a regular visitor. Keep
I visit your site regularly these days. I like
your work and I really appreciate it. I request you to add a link
at the end of each article so that the visitor can e-mail it to
Keep the good work going....
I came across your web-site while I was casually
web browsing. I have read most of the articles,
and I was deeply touched by what I read.
Every year in the first week of January I write
donation checks to Indian charities and other
organizations who work in the fields of education
and social upliftment.
This year my checks would be going to some of the
organizations I found on your web site.
Srini Gadgil, USA
Your site tells us unmistakably that everybody
must cultivate a sense of belonging to India and its heritage as
opposed being cynical, skeptical and standing dubiously high moral
Aug 17, 2001
Hello from Seattle, Washington. I work for
GoodThings.com, a website with a similar mission to yours:
spreading good news. I absolutely adore your site and would love
the opportunity to form some type of partnership between Good News
India and GoodThings.com. The more "good things" we can
get out there the better.
Keller Aug 8, 2001
My friend & partner Greg Seaman of eartheasy
led me to your site. Oh so wonderful! It stirs my heart to read
your stories. Though I have never visited your country many of my
friends have and two of my three daughters have spent time traveling
(cheaply, definitely not the 1st class circuit) there. Most of my
teachers (in spirit) and teachings came from your land, and my
guru (Neem Karoli) and most profound teacher (Nisargadatta) from
whom I take my daily readings are obviously Indian. Inside myself
I have always felt that I 'came' from India and perhaps before my
mahasamadi (is that the right word?) I will have the opportunity
Meanwhile I will come here for my inspiration and
pass you on to any friend who is interested. Thank you so much for
With love and camaraderie,
Dear Mr Sridharan,
Your initiative is wonderful.
Thanks for giving all of us so much optimism,
through your enterprise...
I am already feeling good knowing about the work
of AID, ASHA etc.
Now your site is the fillip for us to renew our
hopes and dreams, and follow in the footsteps of the heroes.
Aug 30, 2001
goodnewsindia.com is a site worth visiting and it
surely uplifts my spirit when I come across something so well
written about my own country and its people, especially when I
have always heard people putting down my country for some thing or
Well done, a very good job to make people realise
their own country's worth.
Keep it up.
Your piece for the OWL list mirrored my own
thoughts. I thank you for its clear exposition. I suspect we 'old
men' (I'm just behind you at 57) may have a different agenda from
most, and perhaps are not so interested in developing a revenue
stream. That said it may be we are in the forefront of one
valuable way in which the Net will develop. At this stage it is a
small baby. One day it may contain the 'sum total of all human
You are showing the positive side of your country
- and it offers you an inexhaustible stream of raw material. In
itself that it is a facet of our society that is too often
Take courage, and continue to make an
impact upon our world - which needs people like you.
august 22, 2001
I wanted to tell you how interesting your
site is and how inspiring. I had a desire to ask you to check out
my site and tell me what you think of it with constructive
criticism. I hope you would have some time to do that and I would
appreciate it very much. I would really value your opinion. thank
you for your work in India. Best,
august 20, 2001
thank you for your response.I wish your site all
success---I find there is an urgent need to lift the average
indian sense of despondency which has resulted from mindless
journalism which has been only conveying to them all that is wrong
with India. this I feel could have resulted from the fond
hope that if one criticises, one is pointing out a defect, which
once pointed out, would be automatically result in improvements.
your site is attempting to create a balance so
desperately need at this time. my best wishes to you.
august 19, 2001
Dear Good News :
A truly wonderful site you have set up !
New Jersey, USA
Dear Mr. Sridharan,
It's such a wonderful treat to get a message from
a brother in India! I have immediately posted a link and small
description of your site in our section for worldwide positive
news. (To see it, go to www.angelsweekly.com and click on
"links to positive news worldwide".) Your site looks
very attractive and it's so wonderful the way it upholds the
ideals that Mahatma Gandhi has for India. It really makes me very
happy to see it. Over here in the west, we're drowning in our
materialism, but it's our saving grace that India has so much
virtue and shares that with the world.
God bless you, and I hope to hear from you
(Publisher of City of Angels Weekly)