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The 108 Divya Desam Web page/CD ROM project : Status Update

From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Wed Feb 17 1999 - 06:24:28 PST

Dear BhakthAs: The response to the call to
join in this kaimkaryam has been overwhelming .
The intensity and ardour with which many of you
have volunteered is a sign of indication that
the divya dampathis would like to bless this 
project to move on with utmost speed .

A careful walk-through this project indicates 
that much can be gained in terms of speed by
quickly laying the foundation / format and 
then benefit from the welcome efforts of the talents 
of the volunteers that have come forward to help .

I also took  a good look at the resources ( archival
images , scanner availability , Time commitment , Funds )
that we must have to complete this project .Much of
the archival images are with Sri Dileepan based on 
our three year long work on this project, which had 
sputtered along so far due to other time pressures .
 
Sri Dileepan has now kindly consented to devote 
a significant chunk of his time to speed up this project . 
Hence , for the sake of accelerated progress 
and to see the light at the end of this long tunnel , 
I have opted for a model, wherein both Sri Dileepan 
and I would work in an intensive mode first on behalf  of all
of us, define a plan of action to involve other volunteers 
at the most appropriate times .I seek your understanding 
and support on this plan of action for reasons outlined .
We will need as many volunteers to contribute to
this major project , once we get past the first phase
of the operation and bring it to the take off stage
with your valued contributions in the not too distant future . 

It is  also my intent to maximize the use of 
the significant marketing channels of Nrusimha 
PriyA and Sri Matam to extend the reach of both 
the AchArya RaamAnujA and the 108 Divya Desams 
CD ROMs to the Sri VaishNavite Communities around 
the world . The preference to release these CD ROMs 
as " Ahobila Matam Products " in a bundled fashion
are based on the following strategic and tactical 
reasons that "marketeers " and "project managers" 
in  this group will appreciate :

1.Funding Resource availablity Issues 
2.Time Commitments that I need to have for speedy completion
3.Clear and speedy channels of Communications between volunteers
4.Wider Marketing Outreach thru strong retail channels

I will keep you posted as we make additional progress.

May the SaraNya Dampathis bless us all
and accelerate the progress of this project 
of significant interest to the entire community 
of Sri VaishNavAs .

Daasan , Oppilaippan Koil VaradAchAri Sadagopan