Awesome Member of the Week: Jepranshu Aganivanshi Works to Build Sustainable Futures

GOOD is featuring interviews of devoted members each week on Jepranshu Aganivanshi is an ekistics planner, architect, and knowledge enthusiast. Follow him and you'll learn a lot about urban planning.

A 'Do' I want to share with the world

Like we clean our houses, we should also contribute in enhancing the efficiency of the cities we live in. Everything can’t be done on a municipal or authority level.

Best advice I've ever gotten

Explore your ideas and be creative. The little things make the real change.

Worst advice I've ever gotten

An individual can’t do anything alone.

Book I'd recommend

Bhagvad Gita - it carries the essence of humanity and explains effectively the purpose of a human being. It's an effective tool to discover the inner strengths of oneself.

My hero

Indian nationalist Subhash Chandra Bose – his intelligence and self-determination were incomparable to most of his contemporaries'. Dr. A.P.J. Kalam is also someone I admire for designing PURA (Public Amenities in Rural Area) which provides guidelines for an Urban-Rural Continuum for the sustainable development of India.

My favorite teacher

Nature - if one is a keen observer, then he may learn a lot of things directly from the natural activities and processes.

My biggest goal for 2014

There are many things in the pipeline and the focus for the year is on gaining knowledge. Life as a whole is a learning experience. The other focus is to act as an active contributor in building a better and sustainable future of the human settlements.

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A horrifying story out of Germany is a perfect example of this truth on full display: an anti-Semite was so dumb the was unable to open a door at the temple he tried to attack.

On Wednesday, October 9, congregants gathered at a synagogue in Humboldtstrasse, Germany for a Yom Kippur service, and an anti-Semite armed with explosives and carrying a rifle attempted to barge in through the door.

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An ancient tree in New Zealand is the first to provide evidence of the near reversal of the Earth's magnetic field over 41,000 years ago.

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Some thought the ending was a dirty trick, while others saw it as a stroke of brilliance. A popular theory is that Tony gets shot, but doesn't know it because, as his brother-in-law Bobby Baccala said, "You probably don't even hear it when it happens, right?"

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