Ever since Arjun Venkatraman installed the wireless hop internet in Kakrana and detailed how it was possible to mule data to Kakrana on hard disks from Indore, Swapanda has been diligently downloading videos of educational material from the internet in Indore and carrying it on hard disks to Kakrana. There these videos are screened daily in the evening through a projector for all the students and staff to see. The content ranges from educational material to vocational material so that the students and staff can learn about ways to make things as well as learn their lessons. One such vocational set of videos which has been a great hit is on tailoring. These videos teach how to do tailoring from the basics to the advanced.
The problem however, was that there was only one very old manual sewing machine belonging to one of the staff in the school and so the interested students and staff could not practice what they saw in the videos. This is when the other partner of the demolition firm Noggy decided to step in!! He funded the purchase of a state of the art electric sewing machine from Indore. However, as is the case with any advanced technological intervention in Kakrana there were initial teething problems. The reputed USHA company which manufactures these machines has stipulated that their service agent will set up the machine and give an initial demonstration and only then will the service warranty for the machine hold. This service contract is outsourced by USHA to another company in Indore. Despite repeated reminders to the service agent he did not come to Kakrana which is 250 kms from Indore to set up the machine and give the initial demonstration for over one month.
Finally, the staff in Kakrana decided to take things into their own hands and start the machine themselves. The roped in a professional Adivasi tailor, Nakla, who has his shop near the school to help them. To cut a long story short, Nakla proved to be an expert and successfully set up the machine and sewed the first dress with it.
Whereas the demolition firm of Ashwin and Jadeja are involved in a highly unproductive activity that in the final analysis is only wasting scarce environmental resources, the demolition firm of Swapanda and Noggy on the other hand are increasing the productivity of one of the most marginalised communities in the world!!.