Two years ago, I was thrilled that a few things I wrote (e.g. this and this) resulted in a Technovators award for two young engineers from Kerala, Anil Kumar and CG Madhusoodanan. There are ways in which I am inspired every day by what I saw Anil and Madhu achieve.
This year, I'm just as thrilled that Dr Balaji Sampath and his AID Chennai team have got the Technovators award for grassroots technology. Especially after the tsunami, I have seen first hand the kind of work everyone at the AID Chennai chapter put in. This award, of course, is not for their post-tsunami efforts but for their ongoing work in the villages of Tamil Nadu. (There's a minor cottage industry in denigrating AID, but certainly my experience with them tells me what a tissue of lies it all is; and now this award is a slap in the face of that cottage industry).
Congratulations to all at Association for India's Development! Here's to greater heights, and I look forward to seeing you all again next time I get to Tamil Nadu.