In his linen kurta and bandhani turban, 28-year-old Puranmal stood out among the dark suits and ties at the Creative Lantern Awards. Organised by the India chapter of the International Advertising Association (IAA), the ceremony toasted a unique environmental initiative that is lighting up the lives of men and women like Puranmal who live far beyond the bright arc of big cities. For Puranmal, a resident of Gherta (five hours from Jaipur), life came to a standstill after sunset. Like 400 million other Indians, the 900 villagers here had no electricity. \"Many of the villagers suffered from eye infections because of the carbon dioxide in the fumes from kerosene lamps,\"
It takes a solar lantern to change destinies
by , The Times of India, 25 January, 2009