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The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, he said:
“Man.
Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;
the result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life." - John Lennon.

“Worrying is like riding a tiger. If you can stay on top of it, you will enjoy the ride. If you get off, the tiger will eat you."

The things you own end up owning you. - Tyler durden 

Its only after we've lost everything,that we are free to do anything."

It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple."
 Rabindranath Tagore
 Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he recieved during a heart surgery in 1983.

From the world over, he recieved letters from his fan, one of them conveyed: "Why does God have to select you for such a bad disease?".

To this Arthur Ashe replied: The world over--50,000,000 children start playing tennis, 5,000,000 learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn profesional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach the Wimbledon, 4 to semi finals, 2 to finals. When I was the one holding the cup, I never asked god "Why me?".

And today in pain, I should not be asking GOD "why me?".

when each day is the same as the next,
people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day - The Alchemist
"Personality begins where comparison Ends"

"If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done
and whoever you were and throw them away.
The more the outside world tries to reinforce an image of you, the harder it is to continue to be an artist, which is why a lot of times, artists have to
say, “Bye. I have to go. I’m going crazy and I’m getting out of here.” And they go and hibernate somewhere. Maybe later they re-emerge a little
differently."

You can do anything, but not everything.
—David Allen

"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them."
Ernest Hemingway

"The most painful goodbyes are the once that are never said and never explained."

"Happiness is a Journey..... Not a Destination"
 Ben Sweetland

"Mirror is my best friend because when I cry it never laughs"
 Charlie Chaplin
 
 
 “When I Asked God for Strength
He Gave Me Difficult Situations to Face

When I Asked God for Brain & Brown
He Gave Me Puzzles in Life to Solve

When I Asked God for Happiness
He Showed Me Some Unhappy People

When I Asked God for Wealth
He Showed Me How to Work Hard

When I Asked God for Favors
He Showed Me Opportunities to Work Hard

When I Asked God for Peace
He Showed Me How to Help Others

God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted
He Gave Me Everything I Needed.”    
 
  ―     Swami Vivekananda
 
 

Thoughts on Women

As an individual , women starts her journey from being a daughter, soul of a happy home , she becomes sister , a caring sister who deserves love and affection from her brothers, to a wife , who manages the new family , to a mother , who gives birth to babies , who nurtures and shapes her child , who is the first teacher of her child .
But even though she plays different roles throughout their life,  female foeticide takes place, Women faces discrimination, harassment throughout their lives.
The journey of life is long and every women goes through it .

Recently Slut Walk was organized in different parts of world to highlight the same issue .
When ever a men sees any women , is the mental image created of her in his mind is pure or is full of bad thoughts . 
The purer are the thoughts , the better will be the character of that person . 

There is a saying in sanskrit 
यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवताः ।
यत्रैतास्तु न पूज्यन्ते सर्वास्तत्राफलाः क्रियाः ॥ 

 which means that 
 ”The divine are extremely happy where women are respected ;
where they are not, all actions (projects) are fruitless.” 

When you are hurting a women , you are challenging your character , the moral values taught by your mother .

Be a man, be a protector.

Why Schools should be using Ubuntu not Windows in their ICT Labs?

Ubuntu is 100% Linux (based on Unix )  which is Open Source and is the product by thousands of world class programmers contributing their code    sharing their expertise with the Linux project voluntarily    as the part of community .
Ubuntu by far is most usable user friendly Linux variant ever  . Ubuntu is based on Debian    which powers most of the Corporate Servers . It contains over 20  000 Software Packages available for being installed .
Unix / Windows being proprietary hampers growth of programmers as they can never have complete control over the machine / can never know how things work deep inside the OS. Linux on other hand allows users to customize it the way they want being open source it allows users to look into the code  modify the code and play with it .
Having made source code of an operating system available to 6th graders is like allowing them to do open heart surgery. The more they will experiment with it    the better understanding they will have about  “How & Whys”  of functioning of either of them  .
Linux is relevant everywhere    be it Mobile devices ( Android is powered by Linux Kernel )    Computers in Homes    Industries   Government Offices .
Linux is powering thousands of Servers of Google    Facebook    Twitter and majority of  Fortune 500 Companies . Companies like Oracle    Google    Facebook also openly supports  and contributes to Linux Project .
Linux supports all major programming  languages like Java    C    C++    PHP    etc .
Windows usage is ever declining ( Domestic & Industrial ) because of its long list of Demerits : Security Flaws    Bad performance over time    less control over machine    to name a few .
Linux is supported by million users strong community    Corporations like Canonical which is behind Ubuntu    Edubuntu    Kbuntu    RedHat which is behind Fedora    Red Hat Linux which powers servers of majority Fortune 500 companies .
To be part of Open Source Community    Linux happens to be prerequisite as it’s first step in the ladder. Linux being World’s largest Open Source project powering millions of machines ( Desktops / Servers ) worldwide.
Every year Google conducts its programming event called “ Google Code-Jam” for international school students in which 100% participating organizations are Open Source Based. Students work on project with any organization they like . Google rewards them after successful completion of project .
All Supercomputers in entire world are using Linux as their primary OS [6]
Beside that majority of Departments of US government switched to Linux    Fortune  500 companies like Oracle are using Linux for its security    stability & performance .
Linux / *nix is included in Engineering / Any Computer Science Courses in every University around the Globe .
We at Schools are building futuristic children    who can explore the world and gets their hand on latest technologies available in IT domain . The sooner the children will start using linux    the better  they will get overtime .
As Schools is going Open Source   Students will  have access to knowledge about technologies working behind Servers / Mobile Phones / Any Computing Device or which they are using .

References :
[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Linux_adopters
[3] http://www.westhost.com/blog/2012/12/24/fortune-500-companies-drool-over...
[4] http://www.linuxfoundation.org/publications/linux-foundation/linux-adopt...
[5] http://www.slideshare.net/linuxmalaysia/linux-open-source-usage-in-the-f...
[6] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercomputer_operating_systems

Inspiration: Founder of Tata

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The greatness within

Story of various frogs who wanted to climb a tree but failed. There were a few more and they didn’t gather the courage to climb because they heard others failing and how difficult it was to climb the tree. But there was this frog, who relentlessly tried over and over and eventually climbed the tree. The frog was deaf and didn’t hear any of the fellow frogs. Therefore, be a frog which doesn’t hear any distraction , doesn’t see any distraction. be blind and deaf to all your troubles. Keep on fighting. Never take a NO.
- Take on highest responsibility of your organisation.
Attack your enemies without telling anything, attack without any information, surprise your enemies. If you have really to, appear to be vulnerable, weak. Let your enemies play around with you.
Know every single element of your empire, your land, focus on your business / work / goal.
You don’t have to be blood relative of your idol. The relationships are formed by the feelings, shared vision. Let their great dream be your dream.

Focusing on one thing - Your Ultimate Goal

With abundance in life, focusing becomes insanely hard and it becomes a critical skill to acquire. With abundance, your mind and heart aren't at peace and they keep on hopping around and are bombarded perpetually with thoughts. It is really hard to stop the ray of thoughts which consumes all of your cognitive senses and clogs your mind and drains all of your energies.

Your body and spirit needs peace, serenity and involvement with activities which you are passionate about. Meditate on it, know what is it that you deeply desire, identify your needs and find ways to fulfill them.

Key pointers from Nasscom Emerge Conclave Gurgaon

Globalisation new retail formats 
Re-embrace
Internal collaborations data centric 
SME to leverage IT - adoption will result in 6.2 M jobs 
Every city is battle field 
Absolute business model clarity 
Break down every process service into its component and standardise it  - to be done before expanding 
Can’t see probe emerging in new area
Franchising too early - Threat for business’ health
How to hire 1 cr exec. to make your company
Traveling helps in expanding horizon 
Brand should live for generations and outgrow the originals

being organised

I have been a collector and hoarder all my life. It takes a lot of efforts to find things you like ( it gets crazier when you have wide range of interests ) and then you start collecting them one by one only to end up stacking and hoarding them and spending tonnes of time in organizing them. After so many years of experience, I can safely say that you cannot sort out mess. You have to just get rid of it at once.

So what's the trick to remove (clutter) from your life ( which worked out really well for me)?

you are cluttered and you are fed up with it. with abundance, your brain losses its ability to comprehend, timings should be clean to have a clutter free mind or better just be organised.

here is a quick tip to be organized. go to your room. get a carton, pick all of the things you won’t be using for next 6 months and put them in your carton and put it in your storeroom.

easily half of your mess will be gone right away. depending on the amount of mess you have, keep on reducing the amount of time in every iteration unless you are absolutely satisfied with what you are left with.

If you are having absurd amount of notes / personal diaries, identify parts of them you can make public and put them on your blog. Let even world know about what all crazy ideas you possess. If you are too shy to admit them, then start an anonymous blog too. Let it build your fan base.

Just be light and take a breathe of relief.

What am I upto?

I always ask myself What I am upto?
Just to ensure that I am on same page with myself, it is a wake up blog post for me.

  • mining minds of most intelligent people around and learning things faster than everyone around.
  • traveling around in ahmedabad, mumbai and delhi
  • mastering nuances of finance
  • devouring concepts of marketing
  • trying to turn beingskilled into an ed-tech company empowering billions around the globe
  • writing articles will can make this world more informed

Business Idea Mock ups ~ Circa 2012

Human Resources Consultancy is one of the most interesting domains for me. And for more than 8 years now, I have been striving to work in the domain of Careers.

Following are some of the random mock-ups I worked upon.

SkilledInterns was most successful among them yet I closed it prematurely. Distraction is evil.

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