The Half Story – this colourful artists’ village hides a dark story

In the heart of Puri, Odisha lies a blooming cultural paradise. Raghurajpur – the heritage arts & crafts village – where every villager is an artist and every home is an artist’s studio. But their colourful lives have some dull moments. And we can help complete their #Half Story.

To find out how we can help, we need to visit Do Right, an initiative by TATA Capital Ltd.
“The essence of brand Tata Capital is encapsulated in the proposition – ‘we only do what’s right for you’. The Do Right initiative has been created to inspire people to ‘do right’ and provide platforms to enable people to do right.”
What is Half Stories?
Half StoriesIn places you may never have been to lie Half Stories of people you may never have heard about. Real stories of obstacles, sacrifices and challenges. Stories that need your help for them to have a better ending. Half Stories: The Journey of Doing Right is an effort to find these untold stories.

Whether it’s by donating or by sharing, re-posting, and forwarding. Or by getting involved, inspired or just staying connected. Each one of us can lend full support to complete these Half Stories.

Follow the journey of Doing Right with Half Stories to identify unique stories of courage, perseverance and determination from some of the remotest parts of the country.  These heart-warming Half Stories can be seen as we travel from Dharamsala to Guwahati, to find and do right by giving them the ending they deserve!

All you have to do is share!

We do not necessarily have to see these Half Stories from the point of giving a helping had only. Please do recall a previous post – Disappearing Trades: Portraits of India’s Obsolete Professions – LightBox

Well, it is not only about survival of these ancient and traditional professions as a form of art.

It is also not helping these individuals to torch the path of micro-entrepreneurship.

It is giving meaning to The Life in a manner that is sustainable, that helps in fostering and sustaining an socioeconomic ecosystem autogenously. It is making a human being  take over control over his / her destiny in his / her hands, rather than being a parasite on the surrounding.


In July 2011, I opted to retire from my active career as a practicing management professional. In the 38 years that I pursued this career, I had opportunity to work in diverse capacities, in small-to-medium-to-large engineering companies. Whether I was setting up Greenfield projects or Brownfield projects, nurturing the new start-ups or accelerating the stabilized unit to a next phase growth, I had many more occasions to take the paths uncharted. The life then was so challenging! One of the biggest casualty in that phase was my disregards towards my hobbies - Be with The Family, Enjoy Music form Films of 1940s to mid-1970s period, write on whatever I liked to read, pursue amateur photography and indulge in solving the chess problems. So I commenced my Second Innings to focus on this area of my life as the primary occupation. At the end of four years, I am now quite a regular blogger. I have been able to build a few very strong pen-relationships. I maintain contact with 38-years of my First Innings as freelance trainer and process facilitator. And yet, The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

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