Thursday, August 29, 2013

Oh my God! Tussi great ho!

Just when you think that nothing is happening as per your desire things change their course and start falling exactly beyond the expectations that you own. Whether you would like to attribute this fortune to luck or randomness or uncertainty as per Nicholas Nassim Taleb or to favourable environmental conditions as per Malcolm Godwell’s Outliers it’s up to you. All those efforts which just feel like are going in vain, all of a sudden start yielding results out of nowhere. Being a theist I would definitely love to attribute this extravaganza of unexpected positive circumstances to the grace of God. Hence I repeat, “Oh my God! Tussi great ho!” (Oh! my God, you’re great!)
 
I remember a story which I had heard almost 2 years ago. As per Hindu mythology Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati are considered to be the divine deities of humans. As Lord Shiva observed that on earth many had lost respect for God and had been ignoring the value systems it was leading to huge chaos and a lot of misery for the followers of the Lord. Hence Shiva decided to teach a lesson to these ungrateful humans who had forgotten His existence. As a punishment, He stopped showering rain on earth. After about 6 months, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati decided to travel around the earth in disguise to find out if the humans had learnt a lesson or not. There was huge famine on the face of earth and everyone was struggling for food. They were chanting prayers in the name of the Lord and conducted many sacrifices to please Him. Lord Shiva and his wife were happy to see that their plan had clicked. A few steps ahead they met an old man who had been ploughing his land. Lord Shiva was wonderstruck as he heard from other people that this old man had been doing so everyday despite the occurrence or absence of rainfall.
Goddess Parvati was puzzled and Lord Shiva asked the old man as to why he was doing so. The old man replied, “Oh my Lord, ploughing is my job and if I don’t do it regularly, I will forget it. Showering rain is Lord Shiva’s job about which I needn’t worry.” Lord Shiva realised that he had almost forgotten how to shower rain and immediately recollected his power to shower rain on the earth so that he wouldn’t forget it completely. The old man’s perseverance and daily practice influenced Lord Shiva to shower his blessings on the living beings on earth. Likewise, even in our daily life, some rewards will be snatched away for some time. All that we need to remember is to keep our efforts continuous and focus on our work. Anyways God will do his job of showering the rewards at the right time.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Being an Indian I am very happy and proud to celebrate Indian Independence Day today. I appreciate the Google doodle as well for the amazing depiction on the occasion of Indian Independence Day celebrations. On this occasion, I would like to take the opportunity to salute and pay respect to all those people from different parts of the globe who have worked for the freedom struggle of their respective countries. There are a million lives that were sacrificed for a billion lives to breathe the air of freedom today. The question is how well are we making use of this freedom that has been passed on to us.

All of us know that nothing comes free of cost. Everything that we receive takes some kind of payment either in terms of cash or kind or efforts. Likewise, freedom for the oppressed nations wasn't bestowed just by asking. It took ages of years, thousands of lives and millions of movements to break the shackles of the dominations to achieve the freedom for the respective nations. All of these were done with only one hope, that the country with freedom would progress much faster than a suppressed one. I am not here to comment about which country is progressing at what rate because a country never progresses, it's the people who represent the country, who need to progress. How well are we using our freedom to grow much faster and much bigger? Are we still in the mindset of surrender where in we are afraid to even nudge a step out of our boundaries? The mindset has to change. We have to dream beyond the existing support. Only then will we be doing the right justice to the freedom vested in our hands, in the best way possible.

It's up to us to use our time the way we want. The same way it's our wish to use the freedom that we possess in whatever way we want. There is no authoritative body which tells us to lead the life in a particular fashion. We can make the choice of the type of education we want to and the kind of work that we want to pursue. As long as what you're doing is moral, legal and ethical, there is no one who will question you. This is the biggest advantage of freedom. Let's use it to create wonders that shall stand as iconic examples for the future generations to follow our footprints. Let's make the best use of freedom to create more opportunities and platforms, which can help loads of others to succeed.

Hats off to Amitabh Bachchan sir!

The first day he entered facebook he garnered more than 10 lakh LIKEs. He is our evergreen and ever-young iconic actor Amitabh Bachchan sir. The consistency that Amitabh Bachchan sir carries on social media can only be compared to the commendable commitment of the sun to light the earth every morning. Generally, his posts have LIKEs, COMMENTs and SHAREs in numbers of thousands or ten thousands. I had assumed that Amitabh sir wouldn't be able to go through any of these comments but to my surprise I was totally wrong.
 
I was going through some of his latest facebook posts and found that  in one of the posts he has addressed the fact that he had skipped the post number from 288 to 299 and has wholeheartedly accepted it and apologized for the mistake. Not just that, in one of the comments someone has said that Dilip Saheb is a better actor than Amitabh sir. For that too, he has replied that he definitely endorses the same viewpoint and shares his respect for Dilip Saheb. In both these instances, he has mentioned the name of the person who has pointed out the mistake in skipping the number and the one who mentioned that Dilip Saheb was a better actor. Being so busy at an age where he is, he has patience and time to read through the comments and answer them. I was bowled out by his humility and his commitment to answer his fans and that too, addressing the right person.
 
Many of us feel that we seldom find time to answer the number of people around us who are connected to us by relations. Here is the legend Amitabh Bachchan sir who has been cumulatively posting on facebook and tweeting every now and then but who just doesn't stop there. He takes care to revert to the questions from his fans. Only a busy man can find/make for more work at any point of time. Amitabh Bachchan sir has proved that it doesn't take age or the busy schedule to steal away the commitment and the dedication from the soul of a person who has made up his mind to work hard.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Procrastinate the dozing off

It's not an easy job to stay awake all through out night. In fact, our body requires the necessary amount of rest in the form of sleep for proper rejuvenation so that we are able to rock the next day. But, in many cases we see that people are yielding to sleep and ending up with their work incomplete. It's a terrible fight to battle against sleep and stay awake to finish the work at hand. I have gone through this for a number of years now. However, as I have repeatedly written again and again, time is limited. You either choose to sleep or stay awake and work.
 
For those strong supporters of minimum requirement of sleep, I have been one so in my past. After seeing many people who could be equally efficient having slept just alternate nights, I had to question my notions. As I read about people like Donald Trump, who just sleeps for four hours out of 24 hours of a day, I was surprised. I even went on to the extent of enquiring with doctors from experience of 10 years up to 45 years to find out the exact requirement of sleep for a human body. All they suggested was a sound and deep sleep of 4 hours only per day. It is one of my goals to reach the efficiency level of just sleeping 4 hours a day, but still being the best at my work and energy levels.
 
Having narrated about my research regarding the amount of sleep required for our body, I want to jump into the problem of those people who find it difficult not to yield to sleep and hence end up sleeping for long hours. It's around 11-11:30pm during which there is a feeling of dozing off. If you can just get up from your place and splash water on your face, you can procrastinate your sleep. Set up some kind of a work that you have to do at that time, which will automatically drive you out of your seat, which will eventually put off the dozing. When we doze, there is a natural pull towards going to the bed and sleeping. This pull has to be fought against. That's why during night times, I plan up different tasks for every twenty minutes so that my mind keeps working in different directions and avoids dozing off. I just wish that some of these tips shall help you to procrastinate your sleep for sometime so that you can invest extra hours in your work.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What is the meaning of your name?

Name is an identity for any person born on this earth. I am totally amazed at the way we Indians name our kids. With every name there is a well-defined meaning associated unlike those Western names such as Wall or Tall. Sometimes, there is even a history associated with the name that is christened. The meaning and history associated with the name automatically casts a huge influence in forming the character of the person. Though in many of the cases the person and his/her name's meaning are contradictory, still there is a meaning to the name. It's better to have something than nothing.

India, being a multi-religious country, there are many religions and as a result, many Gods whom Indians worship. The same God takes different incarnations during different times to save people from different evils. In fact, there is a proverb which says that God is only one but only has several names. So, each incarnation or form of God carries a different name based on different reasons. A simple example is those names which end with 'esh', like Mahesh, Madhesh, Ramesh, Nandeesh etc. All these names have 'esh' at the end which signifies Lord Eshwara (Lord Shiva). Names of Gods are very much prevalent in Indian society. Even different aspects of environment are attributed as names for people. The beauty of naming after non living entities is that the people with such names bring life to such non living entities. Knowing the meaning of your name is always a strong confident booster because it has a meaning.

Just like how life without a purpose is meaningless, even a name without a meaning is totally meaningless according to me. In fact, whenever I get to know someone newly, I try to describe or translate the meaning of their name. If I don't know one, I seek an answer for it. The best part about Indian names is that none of them have a negative meaning attached to them. Each and every name has a positive side embedded into it. As a result, just a mere recollection of what one's name stands for itself acts as a rejuvenation for a person. Know the meaning of your name and enjoy its fame.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The young and dynamic duo from Bangalore

It has been an amazing week for the selected individuals among the many applicants for becoming a part of IU1010 Season 2. All these youngsters from Bangalore were on a massive mission of educating the government school children about the lives of freedom fighters who had sacrificed their lives for Indian freedom struggle. With a holiday in the week, and the activity of IUY2C starting on Tuesday, these 8 elite enthusiasts had just 4 days to address students in government schools where such topics are seldom spoken about, to drive in the patriotism spirit among the younger lot. Among the 4 teams of two each involved in the activity, there was one team which went on to inspire 6810 children in a matter of just 5 days across 31 organizations/institutions with the help of ten volunteers panning 4 different cities of Karnataka. Megha and Moumita were the young and dynamic leaders of this team which cast the maximum impact.
 
It was a phase of Indiapreneurship that was being celebrating by team Inspiration Unlimited on the occasion of our 67th Independence Day. Inspiring people to work towards solving the problems of India with simple solutions was the core agenda of Indiapreneurship. Moumita went on to share her feelings about how she felt when she got to know that she could mentor people younger than her. She felt really proud and happy for having done so. Megha shared about the learning she took out of these sessions where she addressed hundreds of budding Indians. They spoke about how the mindsets get formed as we grow up in life and how difficult it is to break mindsets once people grow up. They were overwhelmed to see that students from primary classes were far more enthusiastic in participating and learning when compared to their seniors in schools. Overall, Megha and Moumita expressed their deepest gratitude towards Sujit Lalwani sir for having designed this amazing activity.
 
It was an exhilarating experience to listen to these young duo sharing their lessons from their experiences. The confidence they had in their eyes of having accomplished the feat of reaching out to so many kids in a matter of just few days and transferring the energetic inspiration with the future of India was exemplifying in itself. It has been a vision of IU to build massively strong leaders among the youth of the globe starting with India. Witnessing such hardworking and high spirited souls like Megha and Moumita has, in fact, enhanced our belief and faith multifold that it will not take much time before we see India as a transformed and intelligent youth led developed nation of the globe. I extend my warm wishes on behalf of entire team IU for the amazing work that these young-STARS are doing and request them to continue the same with the same zeal and relentless passion.

The first generation entrepreneurs

In today's world, there's a huge fuss and pseudo-fame associated with the word entrepreneurship . Becoming an entrepreneur has become a craze among the youth because of the respect and limelight associated with the word entrepreneur. Just registering a company doesn't make someone entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship requires one to invest every bit of his/her soul to establish his/her idea to yield fruits for many who shall believe in it. Such core entrepreneurs are called as first generation entrepreneurs who are ready to sacrifice everything that they have just to see their company take the shape that they have dreamt of from a long time.
 
After a company is established, the power shall get passed on to the next heir either based on genetics or talent. The one who is running the company may take up new businesses and run them. The board of directors decide the investments to make and the shares to sell. Even they are entrepreneurs who run the business but they aren't called the first generation entrepreneurs. They are the entrepreneurs who shall manage the passed on legacy of an established business. Their goal is to stick to the objective vision defined by the first generation entrepreneurs. Unlike their predecessors they aren't ready to put their own personal assets at stake for the sake of the company. They will give their best to manage and play with the company assets to build or break the company. This is the prime difference between the first generation entrepreneurs and their successors.
 
Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Dhirubhai Ambani, Michael Dell and other great founders of extraordinary companies fall into the league of such first generation entrepreneurs. They invested their sweat and blood to build every ounce of their visionary company. Only visionaries become such first generation entrepreneurs. They are the people who had complete faith in their idea and were ready to sacrifice everything they had to see their vision turn into reality. Every entrepreneur should consider himself as a first generation entrepreneur if he dreams of building a firm that shall last through ages and which shall definitely keep his name immortal.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Business on mind

This morning I was accompanied by my brother for breakfast at a hotel. We ordered the staple food of South India, Idly+Vada (Idly and Vada are dishes made for breakfast across many parts of South India). We got our orders served. Once we finished with Idlies, we tasted the Vada. It was crispy and amazingly tasteful. I was totally impressed with the taste and feel of the Vada. Immediately, I extended my heart full of appreciation towards the server and appreciated the good quality of the Vada. Instantly the reply came from him, which was, "Shall I serve you one more Vada?"
 
The server didn't forget business just because he was flattered by an appreciation. Most of us resort to saying a humble 'Thank You' whenever we are appreciated for some good work of ours. The time of flattery takes us on cloud 9 and we forget everything else at that time. But the server was not of one of that kind of people. He had a presence of mind to convert the appreciation received into a sale which could benefit his hotel. Presence of mind on what is the need of the hour should be more on our mind before any flattery tries to take its place. There are lot of tricksters out there in the market who will try to take everything from you just by flattering you with their sweet and nice words. We must be shielded to such flattery. Even if it's a genuine appreciation we must try to take advantage of it as to how it can benefit our business and organization. Only then do we make the right us of what comes our way.
 
Taking advantage of an appreciation to convert into a sale is no mean job to do. In fact it's the right thing to do because when a customer is happy, he is bound to appreciate your product/service. At that time, if you can serve him with more facilities which might come at a cost, it will definitely serve the customer. As long as the king is served he loves to be the king. Since customer is the king, servitude attitude towards him is an important requirement to grow your business. No matter how many appreciations or humiliations come your way, make sure to have your business and its targets keep running on your mind continuously.

Happy Friendship Day!

Probably you can go through Wikipedia or Google to find out the roots of how Friendship Day originated and how it was decided to be celebrated on the first Sunday of every August. However, over the last few years such special days depicting the celebrations of some form of relationship between people have gained huge recognition. If not for the existence of the calendar, such days would have seemed completely meaningless but thanks to our ancestors that we have a calendar completing 365 days every year but the 4th time. Once again wishing you all a very Happy Friendship Day!!!!!!!!!
 
Friendship is that kind of special relationship that doesn't demand any kind of blood relation. It doesn't command a public commitment like that of a marriage. It has even happened on so many occasions that friendship has been the only reason for survival when both the prior relations have failed to help and support. Blood relations and marriage relations generally have an assumed kind of a trust but in friendship the trust has to be earned. An earned pie always teaches more than a passed on pie. Likewise the earned trust teaches us a lot about life and supports us in the most difficult situations than an assumed trust. The best part about earning trust in friendship is that all our friends were strangers to us once upon a time. We earned the trust of strangers and vice versa and that's the reason we have friends today, some of who become an integral part of our lives.
 
At the end of the day, every relationship is based upon trust be it assumed or earned. If we can see a friend in everyone who surrounds us and forget that we knew the person before and start working to earn the trust of the other person then every relation of ours will be as powerful as that of friendship. Man was born as a social animal and he has to engage with everyone in his society. Hence, it's essential for each one of us to see a friend in everyone around us and work for the good of each other. Only when we support each other can our society be a wonderful place to thrive in.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Ask GOOGLE uncle

It was almost more than three years back when I joined freshly as a software engineer at Oracle, I was exposed to the industry tools of which I had no idea of. I was put into the unlimited ocean of DBMS to play with the tools available. Whatever I tried on the tool, it shot up an error which prohibited me from proceeding further. I had to get out of my seat every 5 minutes to ask my senior what to do next. That's when he told me that there was an uncle whom I should ask all my queries to and that uncle was GOOGLE.
 
Google is a company founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page. It provides us the best search engine on internet. People have got so used to Google that it has become analogous to internet today. The moment someone is asked to search through internet, s/he goes to Google. It's highly difficult to even imagine a world without Google today, which has been helping us find any kind of information at our fingertips. In spite so much of popularity of Google, still some are suffering not knowing as to how to use Google properly to resolve their queries. Google itself provides a lot of educational tutorials to learn on how to use Google better. Some of the best industry experts have written innumerable blogs on how to use Google to get exactly what you're searching for. I am not intending to share any such techniques about Google search because there is already lot of information floating online which you can make use of.
 
I wrote this blog post only to pass on the message that one can learn how to use Google in an efficient way using Google itself. In fact, I also wanted to express my gratitude towards Google for the amazing support that it has been in a lot of my work. Google has reduced the information gap between the source and the destination. The reason Google thrives is not because it's a company which has the best
search engine but because it's a vision which is benefiting mankind to a large extent. Thanks a lot Google!!!!!!!!!!!