Author Archive for Rachit Agarwal


Poster 1

One in a line of two..

One in a line of two..

This is the first poster in a line of two. Working on the second one as we speak. The second poster will explain the whole concept behind the ‘bloody idiot’ line.


Blood Donation-My Experiences

The first time I donated blood was, I think, in August of last year. Since then, I’ve donated blood twice more. Does it hurt to give blood? Well, if you ignore the prick felt when the needle meets your skin, no, it doesn’t. Not one bit. Just lie there, on the hospital bed, as the machine gently extracts its fill of blood from your body. Keep flexing your muscles to keep the circulation going, that’s all you have to do. Nothing too great.

And, what about after the machine’s done its bit? Slight weakness. That’s why, you keep lying on the bed for 10-15 minutes after the transfusion’s done with. Actually, the nurse insists that you keep lying (I remember I wanted to get up and dash off after donating blood). And then, there are the snacks. Eat something. Why? Maybe, to get your energy back. Or maybe, just to congratulate yourself on a job well done. The former, I think, is the medical explanation. The latter? The explanation I gave myself.

You finish the snacks, and then, it’s back to life as normal. Actually, the hospital also gives you a little souvenir of your good deed-every donor recieves a donor card. Sort of like a certificate, if you will. Look at it, feel happy. That’s the way I feel. More than anything, it’s a small token of my contribution towards society.

So, when’s the next time I’m giving blood? Well, the mandatory 3 months between donations are up, so I’m up for donation. I’m planning to donate at one of the blood donation camps Khoon Chooson Aandolan organizes…



Hi! My name is Rachit Agarwal. Khoon Chooson Aandolan is what I call the community project initiated by me as part of my Landmark Self Expression and Leadership Programme. To know more about the Aandolan, check out our About page.

This page will basically chronicle the journey of this project.

Firstly, let me start off by telling you about the road map.

We plan to have a database of 10,000 people by May 13, 2009. To meet this result, we plan to host 2-3 blood donation camps in and around New Delhi. These camps will serve the dual purpose of raising awareness about blood donation and the Aandolan. We expect to collect 500 bottles through these camps.

As of now, we are still stuck with the organization of these camps. The perfect mix of accreditation (by the Rotary), backing by a hospital and a suitable venue can’t be found. Also, we’re trying to get backing for newspaper and radio ads and for posters. Any help possible by anyone will be much appreciated and duly credited.



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