Rourkela – The Illustrated Journey Into The Life Of The City Around India’s First Public Sector Steel Plant

A new type of history book about a city ..600+ illustrations, 270 pages , about India’s first public sector steel plant and a city around it… legends, facts, figures..about tribals, their life, about the British Raj and post modern Indian scenario..about how the steel industry came up in the remote area and how the city got into Narendra Modi’s smart city list..

A new type of history book about a city ..600+ illustrations, 270 pages , about India's first public sector steel plant and a city around it... legends, facts, figures..about tribals, their life, about the British Raj and post modern Indian scenario..about how the steel industry came up in the remote area and how the city got into Narendra Modi's smart city list..


Completely illustrated narrative about Rourkela, a city that become one of the iconic industrialization urban symbol in post independent India. A remote village of the ‘Roulia’ tribe, surrounded by dense forests and hills amidst India’s one of the mineral rich valleys, got selected by the makers of modern India to host India’s first public holding Steel and Iron company Hindustan Steel Limited. This story is the the journey of becoming one of the founding stones of modern industrialization of India. “History of a less travelled yet one of the cult cities of modern Indian town retold disguised as a compelling and gripping story through pictures” Explore the fine details about the place, it’s aboriginal, the migrant population, the culture and the impact of urbanization in social life. An unique experimental book of it’s own kind.





Rourkela: The Illustrated Journey Into The Life Of A City



The “Rourkela:  The illustrated journey into the life of a city ” book project is an unique attempt to stitch to weave a canvas of experience about a place through illustrative medium — it’s more about travelling through time and space to witness the growth of a city and it’s culture.

India’s  first ever integrated steel plant under public sector ‘Rourkela Steel Plant’ facility was established in Rourkela 1954-55. Post independence the then leaders wanted to set up a steel plant to make India self-dependent in iron and steel.Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India wanted to make India an industrialised state. Iron and Steel was the basic requirements of the people at the dawn of the independence. Finally the leaders of the nation selected Rourkela for a steel plant.

So what is the story behind this? How was the city selected? What was the history of that place before? The book tries to explore this fascinating story in with the vivid illustrations. It

aims to include those little little things that makes help understand the place better – including the flocklore of the place to actual historical linkage to some part of the place that typically go unnoticed due to the fact that the place is less written about in different books and magazines.

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Complete entry submitted for Rupee symbol contest



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Complete entry submitted for Rupee symbol contest






My facebook photo album containing the entry details…

The Proposed symbol of “Rupee” is the synergy of several themes namely: antiquity and modernity; Indian-ness and the International culture; the East and West. The symbol has all the elements that projects its attributes that are strongly recognizably Indian about it and at the same time it has all the characteristics that makes it a part of the family of popular international currency symbols such the Pound (£), the US dollar ($), Yen (Y) and Euro (€). The focus of the design of this symbol was mainly along the following lines. Thematic aspect of the symbol : The symbol of Rupee must represent the unique characteristics of the essence of India — the symbol must be representative of what we can recognize as Indian character. Historically it must represent country’s rich past and it must present itself as the attestation of one of the culturally pregnant civilization. It must represent the India’s concept uniqueness in acting as a bridge for the East and West. Also it must signify the Indian spirit in “unity in diversity” — representing the fact that in today’s troubled times India can be an example in how people of different cast , race, color, language and religion live together in harmony and proper. Last but not the least, thematically the symbol must live upto the promise that Rupee is committing to the world at large that it has the stability which is required by any currency to be the player in the global stage.

Jayanta Mahapatra’s “Relationship” is available for iPhone/iPad/Android and as Standard eBook Formats




Relationship by Jayanta Mahapatra.

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Jayanta Mahapatra needs no introduction. Any discussion on Indian English Poetry is incomplete without reference to his poetical works. Mahapatra holds the distinction of being the first Indian English poet to have received the Sahitya Akademi Award for the current book “Relationship”. “his international reputation has been compared to that of Wordsworth…”

The Hindu, Sunday, Jan 29, 2006

Poet Jayanta Mahapatra bags Padma-Shree Award

Yesterday with Rabi-bhai(Rabindra Swain) I went to Tinkonia Bagicha, Cuttack to meet Jayanta Mahapatra for a video interview. The poet was happy to gave us the permission for the interview. Back home I was watching news on TV and there came the good news — Jayanta Mahapatra’s name is in the list of most prestigious PadmaShree Award by India Government.

PadmaShree Award is an award given by the Government of India generally to Indian citizens to recognize their distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity including the Arts, Education, Industry, Literature, Science, Sports, Social Service and public life. (The word “Padma” (Sanskrit) means “Lotus”.)It stands fourth in the hierarchy of civilian awards after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan.


Manthan Award: Bridging the Content Gap Showcasing India’s Best

The Manthan Award is an Indian initiative under the patronage of World Summit Award in the context of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). It is an activity, not an organization. Started in 2003, the Manthan Award has traveled a long distance since then with able and successful networking with professional associations, research institutes, government departments and agencies, non-governmental groups and foundations, and others.

The Manthan Award is the result of an active engagement of all these players in the ICT and content domain in India and of the shared conviction that quality and language contents are essential for a quality informed and communicated society.

The odyssey of the Manthan Award so far has been interesting. From 8 best products from 8 categories in 2003 to 37 best products in 14 categories in 2006, the Manthan journey is moving forward. A little glimpse at the 2007 edition of the Manthan Award and the picture is an interesting revelation of quality and usable content. The selection of 39 best products across 15 categories is a tell tale story of how ICT enabled content can be created, used and outreached for desirable impact and outcome.

Manthan Award South Asia 2008 Brochure
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Award Categories


1. E-Business: Support and optimization of business processes; creation of new business models in e-commerce and m-commerce, business to business, business to consumers, internet security and other areas; supporting Small and Medium Enterprise’s on the marketplace.

2. Community Broadcasting : Community Broadcasting has been introduced as a new category w.e.f. 2007 encouraged by last year’s entries which could be categorised as community broadcasting. The grand jury decided to introduce “Community Broadcasting” as a new category in addition to 14 existing categories. The category considers all efforts in the areas of broadcasting services for the benefit of the social sector, especially in the rural India.

3. E-Culture: Preserving and presenting cultural heritage in line with the challenges of the future; demonstrating valuable cultural assets clearly and informatively using state-of-the- art technology and new media platforms. 
4. E-Education: Empowering the education paraphernalia with new technology tools; transforming schools, universities and other educational institutions through interactive, personalized and distributed learning resources; providing infrastructure for the rural based educational institutions, especially schools.

5. E-Enterprise & Livelihood: Enterprise and Entrepreneurship are the basis of livelihood for the Indian landscape. Introduction and integration of Information Communication Technology have created new opportunities and added efficiency in livelihood creation. The biggest challenge however is to stress on deliverables, content, and services for the masses. Small innovations and proactiveness can make the ICT used as media rather then just technology and enrich the globalization with local knowledge and wisdom.

6. E-Entertainment: Supplying digitized entertainment products and services; entertaining the user in this world’s variety of languages and its cultural diversity; supporting movement from one-way to two-way, from single to multiple players, interactive entertainment and the synergy between analog and digital platforms.

7. E-Environment: The spread of all the concerns is of high importance as far as environment is concerned. Especially with emerging globalisation, environment is being affected badly and it requires all kind of technology and medium to spread the right message and messages about devastation it can create. ICT plays a huge role in responsible dissemination of information about environment; content matters.

8. E-Governance: Empowering citizens and serving public services clients; fostering quality and efficiency of information exchange and communication services in governmental and public administrative processes; strengthening participation of citizens in information society decision making.

9. E-Health: Developing the consumer-centered model of health care where stakeholders collaborate, utilizing Information Communication Technology, including internet technologies to manage health issues as well as the health care system.

10. E-Inclusion: All measures supporting Information Communication Technology integration of least developed states of India into the Information Society. Reducing the “digital divide” and “content gap” between technology empowered and technology excluded communities and groups – such as rural areas and women. Bridging society through multimedia and rich content.

11. E-Learning: Serving the needs of the learners to acquire knowledge and skills for a complex and globalizing world; creating active e-learning communities and target models and solutions for corporate training, supporting first steps in multimedia for better learning societies. 

12. E-Localisation: Interventions of ICT has been instrumental in empowering life at the grassroots level in many ways such as application in local languages, vernacular content and digital tools to work in oral medium. Agriculture, eco-tourism, ayurveda, artisans skills, organic food, are all being strengthened by the electronic and digital technologies as they move towards localisation. 

13. E-News: The expansion of traditional media into new media and leveraging the technology as medium to reach larger masses, offering content in local language and in all form of electronic and digital medium.   

14. E-Youth: India’s 55percent youth population is getting digital with the speed of thought and adopting newest technologies to empower themselves and to work efficiently. Youth are also involved in offering innovative ideas, application, and initiatives which is empowering the masses.

15. M-Content: Mobile has become the most powerful medium for the exchange of content, services, and building communities. With the high penetration of mobile devices, content and services are becoming essentials in mobile devices. New content applications and innovative content is supplementing into the strength of the mobile devices


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