I am not a big fan of Modi or any other politician but this is incredible as it brought in inclusive development. Why can't we do this in all other states? Especially in the newly formed Andhra.
I also love the simple way of presenting data in this video. Comparing the data points to internationally known information that brings the awe factor (like the great wall of china, Indian Railways and so on) was a brilliant decision. Also the credibility factor is high when you have actual non-related people testify the results in a non-data sharing way.
The most important and the simplest step to grow in your career is to keep learning and updating your knowledge base.
It is important to learn and try to do things faster and in a more efficient way than what you did yesterday. If you are not faster, better and smarter than yesterday, what is the point if you coming to work everyday?
This Monday start to learn and do things faster. Take the step towards getting better. Start today.
Life is a journey and it becomes a joy when you travel with someone you love. It turns out great when it is an adventure and in the process you discover the joy of being with your loved ones and grow closer. Anita Nair's new book - Idris: Keeper of the Light is a close account of one such journey.
Anita Nair explores one of the most revered yet very rarely celebrated relationships between a father and son. How does the son grow to fill his father's shoes and start taking his own decisions and move ahead in life? When does a father start realizing his kid is no longer a small child and a grown up man
? What is the father has a lot to tell and but very little time?
Idris takes you on a personal travelogue from the cold harsh deserts of Ethiopia to God's own country. When you feel the story is settling and get ready for action, Idris whisks you away on a ship across the turbulent sea to the east coast in search of the glittering stones. Idris, though acts stoic and poised, fights his own demons throughout the story and remains the anchor to the story. His realizes the fire in him melt down to the warm mystery of Kuttimalu and the wall of poise melt down to the innocent and rather stupid briskness of his son Kandavar. Further in his journey Idris is finally comforted when he embraces the challenge of letting his guard down and finds comfort in the reality of life, the futility of chasing for the unknown and the joy of forgetting yourself in Thilottama. He may be a mysterious firefly to Kuttimalu but he will remain as dear Aboo to his Kandavar.
Kandavar is a joy to watch like a young puppy he jumps at things with a jest and fervor that reminds you of your childhood and grows easily under the guidance of his Aboo. His love for animals shows his ability to share, care and win over other people's hearts. He adapts easily to the things around him and takes them in his stride. You find traces of his warrior/kalari blood from his mother boiling and the calm demeanor of his Aboo which can be a deadly combination knowing his life's dream is to fight and avenge something he doesn't know. It is a joy to watch him grow in to a man and in an otherwise serious story Kandavar is like a cold breeze on a summer night.
Kuttimalu, Thilottama, Golla, Sala and other characters remind you of someone you know very closely. I loved seeing animals from cats to oxen being given prominent roles in the story. Maccanto, Musa, Vajra and Aamira come in and lighten the burden of the travel with their innocence.
I can see how much research has gone in to the creation of Idris as you are taken on a picturesque treat with a lot of detailing from the livelihood, culture, language, custom, traditions, way of conducting business, seafaring, astrology, celestial navigation and the art of writing. Even a long-lost story of amputation on a ship recorded during the period is given an important place in the journey.
Will Idris manage to build a character and strength in his son? Will he ever be able to grow in to someone Idris would be proud of? Will he learn the ways of the world? Will he be a survivor or a leader?
Will Idris ever end his journey and find peace? Will his quest for rare diamonds end fruitfully and will he find his crown jewel? You have to read to find out.
What can you expect from Idris: Keeper of the Light?
A wonderful treat to read and discover the joys of the seventeenth century South India and the changing customs, traditions and life. When it is an unexplored and unfamiliar territory that you want to venture into, when you are about the little nuances of the four hundred year old traditions and when you realize life is an arduous journey you wish you were with Idris: to be safe, alert and engaged and safe.
Only Anita can make you sit down and wait while a traditional dinner with chicken curry, spices and butter is cooked and then lets you dine in peace on a whirlwind tour which is why you must trust me when I say the book is like that delightful savory your grandmother used to make. Can't wait for two more years for the next part to come!
I have had several people tell me my blog is good and it has more of personal blogging features and the marketing content is a bit low. I was in two minds if I should open a personal blog and have content there to address this and after a lot of thought, here it is: Talk to Tiger.
Talk to Tiger will have conversations with different people and an attempt to reduce your stress and problems through candid conversations.
On a day facebook picks up whatsapp for $16 billion, I found this online and couldn't help sharing! 4 years ago, Whatsapp founder Brian Acton was rejected in interviews by both facebook and Twitter, after he lost his job at Yahoo. Today, Facebook paid $19 billion to get his product... MORAL : Don't let rejection and defeats get you down. Your time is coming soon. Your victory is closer than you think... Keep Believing !!
So what? No one is actually bothered if you fail. Yes, there might be a few guffaws and some smart jokes about how you failed and stuff but why are you bothered?
The ability to convince your mind to get up from the lazy chair and attempt something that made you explore an uncharted territory is commendable. You should be proud of yourself and keep going at it till you win.
It is okay to fail but not okay to lay back. Get up and take charge. Make sure your next attempt is one step closer to success. Measure your steps and see how you can achieve this and move ahead.
As parents, it is our responsibility to model the life we want our children to live. To help them lead a life of character and become dependable and accountable for their words and actions. As the leaders of our homes, we can start by only speaking honest words – white lies will surface and slowly erode character. Watch yourself in the little ethical choices that others might notice, because your kids will notice too. If you don’t cut corners, for example, they will know it’s not acceptable for them to either. Show your kids what it means to give selflessly and joyfully by volunteering for a service project or with a community group. Leave people and places better than you found them, and your kids will take note and do the same.
How come all kids rhymes are full of horror? Can we be more positive?
Humpty dumpty falls
Jack and Jill fall
Five little monkeys are eaten by the croc
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed, fall down and break their head
Itsy bitsy spider gets flushed out
1 2 3 4 5, once I caught a fish alive.. fish bites him
Three men in a tub?!
Thee blind mice?
London bridge is falling down I'm a little teapot, short and stout??? Old MacDonald had a farm.. and then we eat at MCD Needles and pins, When a Man marries, His Trouble begins? I do not like thee, Doctor Fell?! Little Poll Parrot's food is stolen Little Miss Muffet is frightened by a spider Ding, dong, bell, Pussy’s in the well Eeper Weeper, chimney sweeper pushes a wife up the chimney Goose-a goose-a gander, throws an old man down the stairs If wishes were horses, Beggars would ride It's raining; it's pouring. The old man is snoring and he dies Lucy Locket lost her pocket Poor Jenny is a-weeping Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Agreed to have a battle Tom, Tom, the piper's son, Stole a pig Three wise men of Gotham, They went to sea in a bowl?? Seriously?
Life for women is not as easy as it seems and I am not talking about the immense responsibilities that they take up but the horrible things they are forced to endure int heir daily life. This is not just in the US or UK but also in every other country, in India, in your locality, in your street and may be in your building too! How often do we hear statistics and incidents and think it is not going to happen to me or anyone I know? I want to change that today.
Stand up, voice it, share it and make sure you prevent the ill from happening. More than that discuss this with your friends, family and children and teach them how important it is to stop such practices and start being a change. Make sure they have enough examples of good practices and bad ones too and urge them to respect women.
Let us dispel the misconceptions, wrong ideas, illustrations, and what not that drive children and men to grow up to be harassing, demeaning, culture-less, shameless and ignorant members of the society.
Change your words, the regular slang, small words that you don't actually mean, that just have crept in to your language and way of speaking and see if you can replace them with positive, meaningful, respectful and very clearly progressive words.
Here is another beautiful video that looks at ways to do so.
What would you do today? Will you be the man today and have the guts to stand up and be a feminist?
What marketing or marketers are teaching your kids today?
As a marketer, I am more inclined to ads that appeal and show how my product will solve your problem and how it is better. So all my communique is a result of such actions that trigger the need in you. Would I or any other marketer think otherwise when sending out the message? I don't think so. Because it is a tough world out there and not all are as lucky to have their own sweet time unless you are too high up in the organization or in a company that believes in responsible advertising.
As a parent I am on conflict and cynical about how I can reduce the unwanted content that my child is exposed to and forced to form opinions that are difficult and dangerous. I don't want my child to grow in that atmosphere. But can you or I actually control what they see? I don't think so. Children are being exposed to malicious content more easily these days and more importantly at a much younger age than you and me. So I would find time to be with my child and explain that it is important to look past the marketing or advertising gimmick and see the actual message. Explain why it is important to verify the claims, research the ingredients, look beyond the paid blogs, articles and huge mass of unrealistic content. More importantly I would teach her to respect her body and who she is.
And I would try and make a positive contribution to the marketing arena in whatever small way I can to make sure she grows up and is proud of what ads I am involved in. Would you?