Sangram Keshari Senapati

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Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Failure is Necessary to get Success

Sangram Keshari Senapati 20:56 0
Failure is Necessary to get Success

The journey started from a beautiful place, where every day you could feel the beauty of nature directly through your eyes. Rose is beautiful, but it hurts when you can't hold it properly; like that way the beautiful place and the beautiful town started giving me pain when I can't control myself in all my studies. Because I was afraid to fail and that failure came every single time through my results, sometimes through my friends.

But life is all about LEARNING and those failures taught me lots of things and those 4 years taught me the most important lessons of life. Yes, still I'm learning lots of things, but the 1st learning process started from there when I got 4.5 SGPA in my 3rd-semester results. Someone had said to me, "you are going to read in the same semester again, because the if are going to secure less than 4.5, it's a year-back." And he also said I would definitely score less than this in my next semester, but luckily I never happen.

If you get success, everyone would come and ask for your success story, but here it's all about the story of failure. Because when you fail people would advise you the best things in life. Of course, at that time, you would get irritated from those silly pieces of advice. But you can't listen to everybody so just listen to yourself and think the exact point of your failure. In my case, my fear was that thing and then I started keeping a distance from all my family and friends who used to give me such advice.

But to change the track is not so easy, so I started reading and wring anything. I was poor in English and my voice is low, for that reason once I was scrolled by Priya mam in my 2nd semester. Obviously, from that day, I stopped asking and answering to the teachers. Due to poor English knowledge, I couldn't write in English, so started writing in Odia. In those days, my Odia writing was very poor and English writing was worst. So, I started learning both the languages, since Odia is my mother tongue, I learned that quickly rather than English. But still, I was not happy with my writings, I was looking to publish them somewhere, but such platforms were not available in those days. Typing in Odia Unicode was the 1st challenge to me.

Once I came to know about Odia Wikipedia and I was using that to type in Odia. And then I had created some random articles and the 1st one got deleted. So started learning more about the articles to write, so others could improve that and I could check my Odia writing skills. And that thing happened and my writing skills started improving day by day as well as I had learned how to write the answers on my Answer sheet in the semesters. This thing worked with me, but the internal fear was still there. The new teachers also helped, so I had started asking and answering to them since they are young and just a few years elder than us.

I was afraid to check my 5th-semester results, but I was surprised when I saw the results. For the 1st time in my engineering life, I passed all those papers. The success brings confidence and that confidence reflects in my case too. The internal fear started fading away gradually and by that time, with the period of one year, I had learned how to face that fear and how to improve my self.

My learning process was going on and I had learned how to manage life and how to appear two exams on a single day and to clear both the papers. In the same time, I was writing on Odia Wikipedia and Odia Wikisource regularly, which helped me to keep me busy with the same learning process. By that time, I had also started both my English and Odia blogs on Blogger. In my 3rd year, my 1st ever article was published on our college magazine and the editor had asked for one more story in Odia. His question for the 2nd story for the same magazine helped me to decide for next year magazine. I was the editor for the Odia section in 2016 and for the 1st time, we had published the e-magazine since we are promoting e-education and digital India.

That day I was standing on the stage with Principal sir and Priya mam, and thinking those words which she said in 2013. In that time those words had hurt me, but that word, "LOOSER" pushed me to improve me for something. To complete that magazine we had faced some problems, but later those problems helped me to start and finish my own publishing magazine within just 11 days.

In 2016, I had completed my engineering degree in Computer Science and the fear for the year-back was not there, but some new fear added to the queue. Still, I couldn't get a good job, but I was stick with that thing which helped me to improve myself. So, I was writing on Odia Wikipedia and Wikisource often. But in March 2017, I came to know about #100WikiDays, one challenge started from Bulgaria where you have to write 100 articles on a particular wiki platform for a period of 100 days. 

From 8th March 2017 on World Women's Day, I had started creating women biographies on Odia Wikipedia. Those 100 days were really memorable since, in April, there was communal violence in Bhadrak, as a result, the internet was down for 48 hours. I had to keep writing and the Internet of the district was not working, I was about to fail again, but they called off the curfew for four hours and within that time, I took my father's bike and went up to the tower of Balasore district. There I parked the bike and wrote the article for the day and returned back. On 15th June 2017, I had completed my 1st #100wikidays successfully.

As I had mentioned previously a small success in life leads you towards a big and I had targeted for the WikiYear and started writing for that on 13th July 2017 and successfully completed the journey on 12th July in 2018. In those 365 days, I had written 365 articles related to Odia film industry and more than 100 other articles.

But after that, the journey wasn't so easy. Around 25 articles which I had written in those days had deleted. For a biography, I had taken an average of 4 hours which results "404 The Article Not Found". That day again the same failure came to my life. For some time, I had thought to give up and some people also forced me to do that. But those failure days had taught me to listen to me only and I had ignored them again. Again all those words pushed me to go forward.

On 12th July 2018, I had completed 2 WikiYears. I'm the 3rd person in India as well as in the world to achieve this. Recently Orissa Post had covered a story on this topic. Till today, I had written more than 1050 articles on Odia Wikipedia with 23500+ edits and also completed the 1st wikiyear on Odia Wikisource. In 2019, I got 3rd position in India and 6th position in the world in a photography competition by Wikimedia Commons named as "Wiki Loves Love". Apart from this, I'm the founder and editor of one Odia e-Magazine, Shubhapallaba. Recently we had extended the magazine to English, Bangla, Hindi, and Sanskrit just to give an opportunity to the new writers to support them morally.

I would conclude this one with this line which I had written for the title, "Failure is necessary to get Success in Life" because the failure teaches us.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

1WikiYear on Odia Wikisource

Sangram Keshari Senapati 18:34 2
1WikiYear on Odia Wikisource
In 2014, I add one article in English Wiki, then translated them to Odia Wiki. In those days, I didn't have much idea how to write properly in Odia and I had a bad typing speed. So Subhashish bhai had advised me to write one book on Wikisource.

That book helped me to know more about my language and now I could type with my hands only. Again he added me to this group and I started the #100wikidays from 8 March 2017 on Wikipedia.

On 3rd December 2017, we celebrated the 3rd anniversary of Wikisource and I saw I wasn't active since May. So decided to write at least one page every day and started writing from 5th December 2017. At that time I used to type one old Odia book which was in the old script which is not supported by OCR. 

Then finished that book and continued it for proofreading one book with the new script which was written by OCR. Till now I'm doing this for Odia Wikipedia and Wikisource every day.

Today, on 4th December 2018, I had completed the #1wikiyear on Wikisource too. This Wiki year on Wikisource is not that much attractive, but it was like a commitment to edit at least one page every day. Now, this thing became the part of my life. Every day before my sleep I check and recalled whether I have written the article on both the projects.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Bring a smile on MY FACE

Sangram Keshari Senapati 15:09 0
Bring a smile on MY FACE

From my childhood, I love to eat everything except 2/3 things (vegetables). I never wish to waste food. Even I throw foods just 3/4 times in my life, I mean after my 3rd class and that for some food which we couldn't eat. Before that I haven't remembered. But, the main thing is, there are lots of people who couldn't able to prepare their food for one time and we are wasting lots of food.

And when I got a chance to prepare some food, I've tried my best to prepare good food in taste, look, everything. And everytime, I've tried to prepare as much as we need. In these 23 years of my life, I've seen lots of things but not experienced everything. I saw this world in my point of views, I wanted to see the good things in my life, not ignoring the bad things, but by destroying bad things only good and positive things. 

In our 10th class, there was a chapter named "A hunger free world", where everybody could eat only once in a day. Before that I had seen things, but never realised the importance of those small things, the importance of those silly mistakes we are doing in our life. 

It's Diwali season and lots of people are busy in doing lots of shopping and some are wasting lots of money in different fields just to show our status, power to others. It's their life, their wealth, so they should do what they wish to do, but from those, everything is not their only. They should take care of those things. I had never opposed to crack bomb, but I have a fobia with loud sound, loud music and if somebody makes a loud noise, in that point my mind stops working and I know how I control it. It's a free countery, you have all the rights to do, but you don't have any right to distrurb me. 

You have lots of money, so you could waste lots of food and the municipality has the power to through them out of the city i.e. the entrance of the city. Have you ever feel that bad smell? Have you ever see those people who don't have a home to stay? They started staying on a open field and the Government started throughing garbage on that field. They are doing lots of projects for them and making their home a garbage hill. 

In my life, I couldn't help any poor people, just because of my problems, but I wish I wouldn't be the cause of their problems. In this Diwali, make a promise to make someone happy. Just try to make someone happy and see the magic. You have lots of cloths which are going to waste, just give them to some poor people and then see that happiness on their face. You have enough money to distribute sweets, just buy extra two packets (not the expensive one) for them, who couldn't get food for one day. You have enough money to buy fire crackers, in that money, buy one stree light or something for them who couldn't afford for the electricity. 

And if you do something like this in Diwali, then go and watch the sky at 11 or 12 pm in that night after the Diwali evening and you could see the starts. I'm saying this, because last year I hadn't see the starts in the Diwali night, on which night the starts glows the most. I wish this year I may see the stars on the sky and I wish that smile would come again on MY FACE when I see the sky.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Finally Met La Krizolina and Armin at Puri

Sangram Keshari Senapati 10:56 0
Finally Met La Krizolina and Armin at Puri

La Krizolina, a friend from German Wikipedia. In March 2017, when I started writing for 100wikidays challenge in Odia Wikipedia, I saw her id on the Facebook group and sent a request there. From that day, we became friends and then we started our conversations through messengers and I have shared lots of things with her. I have one wish to meet her and it came true when she informed that she is coming to India with her hubby. 

So, we planned to meet at Puri during their 5 days stay. So, on 2nd November 2018, I went from Bhadrak to Puri and Tapas Bhai was also there with me. Since I hadn't gone puri alone, so I called Tapas Bhai to reach there. Around 12.30 pm I reached the bus stand and Tapas Bhai was waiting there. Then we went to the sea beach, where they were staying.

Yes, I forgot to mention about Isabella, one small cute penguin, the member of Wikimedia cuteness association traveling with her. After our 1st meet at Puri sea beach, we went for our Lunch to the nearest restaurant. They love to eat our local foods, so ordered some basic veg thali. 



After our lunch, we went to the sea beach and planned to go to the nearest park, Gandhi Park. At the sea beach, we clicked some photos and then tried to find the way to the park. 

But the park was closed and we found one gate, which was under construction and one closed from Inside and the previous gate was closed by bricks. 

Look, how they closed it.
After lots of trials and we walked around 20 to 30 minutes to find the way we all were sweating like hell. So, we drop the plan to go to the park and went to the nearest coffee shop. 



In that coffee shop, we had good conversations and they show their coins. After that, we had to leave because we were running out of time. I had to return home on the same and day and also before time. So, rush to the temple and then we returned back.

It was a great time with them and of course, I love to meet them again and in some time, I would invite them to my home.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Visited Jagannath Temple, Puri

Sangram Keshari Senapati 23:30 0
Visited Jagannath Temple, Puri
Today, i.e. on 2nd November 2018, I went to Puri to meet some of my friends there. After meeting them, I went to the Jagannath Temple. Tapas bhai was there with me, but he didn't go inside. So I went there alone. 


To go inside, now devotees have to go through the Dhadi Darsan (Go By Line) and just went in and then returned quickly. Due to Dhadi Darsan, I couldn't return by the Sindha dwara, the east side of the temple. So, I came out through the southern side of the temple and couldn't bring the Boga from the temple. So, we bought some from outside. 




Then we took some photos of Srimandinara. Previously when we had visited Puri, we left our phone, camera, etc inside the car, but this time we had our mobile phones with us, so captured some beautiful photos. There are lots of photos of Jagannath Temple captured by a number of people, but I had to click some. So clicked some and here are those.







Monday, 3 September 2018

A Documentary on Chakulia Panda by Prangya Paramita Pradhan

Sangram Keshari Senapati 13:39 4
A Documentary on Chakulia Panda by Prangya Paramita Pradhan
Chakulia Panda (Odia: ଚକୁଳିଆ ପଣ୍ଡା), is not one person, it belongs to one sect who are living in Odisha. They used to walk around villages and recite some religious poems. They never beg from anyone, which people give them, they would accept that. Even they don't stop for anyone.

When I was a child, I used to see them passing by our home and we used to offer them some rice or something. And if you call them to stop, they didn't. Once I did that same mistake, I called one person to stop, but he didn't stop there. So ran to him to give some rice.

After that incident, I asked my parents why he didn't stop. Then they explained to me that they are Chakulia Panda and they are not the beggers to stop. They are representing our ancient culture, from Tretaya Yuga. According to some legends, they are from the family of Lord Parsuram and according to some legends Bhima, the strongest Pandav used to recite poems like this and accepts the things which people offer him. 

File:Chakulia panda walking at a village area in Odisha.JPG
Chakulia Panda. Photo: Aditya Mahar. Published under

They used to carry one handmade beautiful big umbrella which is made up of palm leaf called as Chhatri (Odia: ଛତ୍ରି), one bag to carry the things offered by people and one Kamandalu on their hand. They put marks of white sandalwood on their forehead and on their soldiers. 

Their appearance is similar to the Bamana Abatara or Vamana Avatar from the 10 Avatars of Lord Bishnu. In Bamana Abatara, lord Bishnu defeated Asura Bali. So, they are representing some basic ancient legends.

File:Deshaavathaaram5 vamanan.jpg
Bamana Avatar, Photo: KS. Mini Published under CC-BY-SA-3.0
But why today, I'm saying these things, why I'm sharing those pieces of information. Because nowadays, these people are not taking interest in this field. Why? They are not getting much respect for which they are known, not getting that amount of food to survive in this world. But some are doing this job, just to spread and share that old culture with this new world. 

Today, I saw one video made by Prangya Paramita Pradhan, one storyteller, a filmmaker who used to share stories through the lens of a camera. She documented the whole story from one village, where Chakulia Panda are living.

In that documentary, she captured their life, the story behind their job, the poems they recite, their problems, etc. They are the most ignored sect nowadays. If this thing would go on, then the new generation couldn't see them, couldn't know about them.
I would thank her for making such a beautiful documentary for us, for the world, for the other people who don't know about them. And for those, who are staying outside Odisha and their children never got the chance to see them live. 

Here is the YouTube link to the video. Must watch and Share with other.


Monday, 20 August 2018

Wikidata Label-a-thon

Sangram Keshari Senapati 10:00 0
Wikidata Label-a-thon
Wikidata label-a-thon was 5 days label-a-thon on Wikidata starting from 15th August 2018 to 19th August 2018. With this label-a-thon, we had changed the label to our own language of the items in Wikidata. The items included some Indian topics, like freedom fighters, Sahitya Academy award winners, etc. 


I'm in Bangalore and at the same time, our Odia community is organizing one edit-a-thon as Indian Independence day edit-a-thon from 13th August to 20th August 2018. I'm the moderator, initiators of that edit-a-thon in Odia community, so I've to keep an eye on that as well as had to work on the label-a-thon.

Wikidata is different, it needs a little bit faster internet connection and the speed is terrible in my room, so as per the advice of Tito da I went to the CIS-A2K office. On the 1st day mean on 15th August I did at my room, the net speed wasn't good, but managed to do some. In the night, the net speed became normal and that helped me to do some.

16th August 2018: It was the 2nd day of the label-a-thon and I reached at CIS office by 12 pm. Tito da wasn't there, Gopala and Tanveer were there in the office. Others were there in the office, but I don't know them.

So, we started working, but I had reached late. So, after some time we went for lunch. It was Thursday and I don't eat non-veg on that day. Gopala eats veg always, so Tanveer had joined us too. So, went to Bhagini, the nearest restaurant to the CIS office. We took the buffet there, which costs 250/- only. Here are some snaps.

Tomato Sorba


It was for Tanveer da


My favorite part: Deserts
After the Lunch, we returned back to the office and again I started working on the label-a-thon about Sahitya Academy award winners list. After some time, Tanvee da had left for some meetings. So Gopala, I and Akruti (one member of CIS working for some other projects) were there and after some time, Ananth had joined us.

Previously, Ananth had promised me to teach about some templates and use of Auto Wiki Browser. But my Chromebook is not supporting AWB, so he taught me about JWB (Java Wiki Browser), by which I could detect some mistakes and could edit from one page. 

After that Ananth and Gopala also left for a movie in the evening and I left the office after finishing the list on which I was working. I took the bus from Domlur bus stand to Marathahalli bridge. After facing lots of traffic, I reached my room and wrote the article for the 100wikidays and then check some articles written for our edit-a-thon.


18th August 2018: On 17th, I couldn't go to the office due to some work at my room. It was the 4th day of the label-a-thon and I had to reach before 11 am. But, couldn't get a cab from 10 am to 10.45 am. Somehow got one OLA cab and the traffic was terrible. So, the cab driver changed the route to the office and reached 15 minutes late.


By that time, Tito da had reached. We started working on the label-a-thon quickly. Tito da hadn't eaten anything in breakfast, so he ordered some Samosa from Swiggy. Within 30 minutes, it was delivered. 


Then Gopala and Tanveer da had joined us. Since it was Saturday, the office was off, but there was some meeting on the ground floor. Tanveer da and Gopala also joined us in the label-a-thon. It was to work there.

Gopala Krishna A. (Clicked without his notice)
Tito Dutta (Clicked without his notice)
Clicked by Gopala
Tanveer Hasan (He hadn't noticed, otherwise he might cover his face)
Then we went to Nandhini for our lunch. I was in that restaurant during Project Tiger Edit-a-thon at Bangalore. So, here are some snaps from the lunch.

Tanveer da. (He had noticed the camera and did this)


After lunch, we back to the office and everybody got busy in the label-a-thon. Till that, I was working on the Sahitya Academy awards list. The list was huge, so took lots of time and for the south Indian names weren't so easy. Thanks to Tanveer da, he had helped in many cases and he was also working on the same list. Around 8.00 pm, they all left except Tito da and me.

Tito da was holding Tanveer's hand so he couldn't cover his face for the group selfie.
After they left, I had checked our edit-a-thon articles, recent edits on that, etc. And around 9.30 pm, Tito da and I left together for the dinner. We went to Tito da's favorite Esplanade, one Bengali restaurant which was 2 kilometers away from the CIS-A2K office. And there we had some good delicious Bengali style food.








This treat at Esplanade was from Tito da for the VLOG I made at Wiki Advanced Training at Ranchi. He was super happy for that video and he is the 1st one, who appreciated a lot for my work. And by 11.30 pm, I returned to my room and he was there and continued the work in the night and stayed in the office. And I wrote the 100wikidays article when I reached my room.

19th August 2018: It was the last day of the label-a-thon and there was a meet up of Kannada Wikimedians. I was there on the ground floor and was working in the label-a-thon. There is a separate Blog for the Kannada Wiki Meetup, you can check that blog for more things about this day. Here I'm posting about the Label-a-thon part. 

I had completed the full list of Sahitya Academy award, but a new list updated then, so a little bit skipped by the end of this project. I had completed my 5000 edits in Wikidata and 4000 edits in these 5 days. In the edit count list, I'm in the top.