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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Bad NEWS...?

The People's President, the Missile Man our Former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam raised a question, reportedly, about our media when he asked - Why is the media here so negative? This guy in the video seem to have the answer, not just for our media but for the whole media industry in its entirety, it seems! Check it out...

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Free-Fall...?


Recently I watched a video about an experiment wherein a bowling ball and a feather are dropped from a height and both reached the floor at the exact same moment with an exact same speed. It seemed like a miracle that defied the gravity. Was it a trick or was it a magic show where hypnosis is used to control viewer’s minds to make-believe what is being shown to them? Neither was the case and it turns out to be a real-time scientific experiment conducted, controlled and monitored by trained scientists and physicists under the surveillance of many cameras. There was a minute condition to this falling experiment though... it was carried out in a complete and absolute vacuum... in absence of AIR!

In fact, the objective of the experiment itself was to prove that it is the Resistance of Air that causes the weights of objects behave differently in any physical movement, in general, and in a vertical ‘fall’ in particular. Science finds its ways to prove things that cannot be seen with eyes or shown with projecting. Air can be sensed and felt but is not visible and Science needs to prove it otherwise, by making its absence felt. This experiment was not that phenomenal by its own virtue in the world where AI, Bio-mechanics and Quantum Physics are being deliberated, one might claim. What makes this experiment incredible is its philosophical texture that establishes the principles of equality by removing the Air, in due course!

How this experiment could be related to our lives, though? Well, it is based on two fundamental assumptions of Theory of Relativity and Laws of Gravity. Law of gravity works equally for every physical matter that falls in space of its influence and the shape, form, mass and momentum of objects is relative. What makes the difference is the resistance, lighter the object more the resistance of air and vice-e-versa. Now Air is a constant here, unless you live in a vacuum (seclusion, for that matter!), and variable is the resistance that is inversely proportional to the weight (aka- mass) of the object.

Now consider this – everybody that can realize, measure and analyze the element of TIME gets exactly same 24 HRS in a day and 24 x 60 x 365 = 5, 25,600 minutes in a year; just like the law of gravity. Nobody gets an additional hour for his or her position or disposition, not even on Mondays or a May-Day. If there’s no difference in the amount of time everybody gets for a fresh day every day, what makes the difference in the lifestyle of all the individuals that is apparently different from each other? Let us try to figure it out with the experiment of Free Fall in the Vacuum.


The first attribute is the weight of the character that makes a huge difference. This weight is your personality that needs to be crafted with rigorous molding, forget a personality development workshop on weekend; it won’t help you to reach that level. You will have to work on your-self to make a desirable resource that anybody would bid for in the professional job-market. It’s a give and take world where there are no free lunches. The size, type and quality of lunch offered to you will always remain exactly proportionate to the value you bring to the board and add to the table. So there is no alternative but to increase your worth with a consistent and persistent learning and development.

Meanwhile, you need to remove the air, remember? So what’s this Air about in a professional world where you need to be equal, convert the floating into free-fall and defy the gravity? This Air is spelled EGO in the real world. Ego is the state of mind that is conditioned to assume, judge, have presumptions and prejudice that eventually converts to narrow-mindedness, suspicion, rivalry and restriction... to growth in any direction by any measure in any point of reference. Build your Brand, Raise your Value, Remove the EGO, Create a vacuum free of AIR and see the magic... for your-Self!

All the best and way to go...!

Monday, April 30, 2018

What you want to be...?

 
A multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits. Multipotentialites have no “one true calling” the way specialists do.
 
Being a multipotentialite is our destiny. We have many paths and we pursue all of them, either sequentially or simultaneously (or both).

Multipotentialites thrive on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills. We are excellent at bringing disparate ideas together in creative ways.
 
This makes us incredible innovators and problem solvers.

When it comes to new interests that emerge, our insatiable curiosity leads us to absorb everything we can get our hands on. As a result, we pick up new skills fast and tend to be a wealth of information.

Source - https://puttylike.com/terminology/

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Status Quo


This week two shops in my vicinity were robbed by breaking-in after midnight. Big deal, one might say. The entire nation is busy in deliberating the heinous crimes with children like rape and brutal murder, what a shop-lifting (by breaking it in the night) counts for? Nothing! A usual petty illegal act like pick-pocketing or casually carrying a weapon or driving a vehicle without license, not a serious organized crime, you know! And though I am presumably proud of my locality, it still falls under the jurisdiction of my City of Knowledge, its sophisticated State and progressive Country it belongs to, I must not forget. So what makes me so irked to write about such a mundane, insignificant and commonplace incidence? 

May be my education, may be my disposition, may be my conscious or may be my status – as a characteristic citizen of an independent nation – that compels me to contemplate on the happenings around me and think about a solution to something that is not even recognized as the problem in first place. We are being conditioned not to look at any fundamental issue as a problem as long as there is no dearth of fickle problems presented as issues that need immediate attention and rabid solution!

Grass-root level problems are beyond the numbers in the files they are dumped in and hypothetical statistics couldn’t be a real solution. Facts and figures sound good to hear and even succeed in making an impression of a calculated strategy and learned decision. However there is a simple indicator to perceive the situation and act accordingly. In management lingo it’s KPI – Key Performance Indicator, accompanied by KRA – Key Result Area, both used to monitor and measure the progress towards objectives and modify the course of action in case developments are found otherwise. In layman’s language, it is as simple as a system of understanding and reciprocating a particular situation.

For example, when a baby cries, the mother understands that something is wrong with the baby and as the baby does not have many demands, the first probability of it being hungry, mother feeds the baby to check whether it resolves the issue. Majority of the time it does and at some rare times when it does not, the mother checks for anything else that might have gone wrong with the baby. With the conventional wisdom and motherly love, she doesn’t think it necessary to take the baby to the multi-specialty hospital and put it under all those tests with modern equipment. Even a baby that does not know anything has a method of communication with its mother and mother uses it as an indicator.

These signs, signals and symptoms are omnipresent all around in the society and any sensitive, receptive and conscientious mind full of empathy could easily read them and (re)act accordingly. GDP, Nifty and Sensex are numbers that provide statistics to represent a hypothesis and not the ground reality. While IHDI is an index that talks about ‘Human Development’, even with an egoistic prefix of ‘I’ making it ‘Inequality-adjusted’, still being just a number in rank, is no match for GNH.

Crime rate itself is the biggest indicator of society’s health. Suicide is a punishable crime as per the constitution, so is murder and everything in between, including atrocity and bribery. Unfortunately every Indian Penal Code is being executed in some place or other relentlessly all around and what is more awful than the rampant crime itself is the fact that we are getting used to it; we turn the pages of the newspaper and switch between the NEWS channels with equal composure that defies our disquiet persona otherwise. We are made to believe that we are on the right path, there’s nothing wrong with our society and moreover, if there is, you cannot do anything about it. This is dreadful!

A stand that ‘it has been like this for years and it’s not a recent development’ is as stupid and dumb an argument as destructive and manipulative it is. For, firstly if it has been like this for years the same could not be a justification for it as people are always hopeful for improvement in the state of affairs and if similar things are continued in multiplicity and severity, all the calls of ‘transformation’ were futile, it will prove.

Secondly, such arguments show the preparedness to accept such incidences as routine and try to ‘regularize’ them with settlement just like any other wrongdoing that can be ‘negotiated’ by compromising the code of conduct. Finally, it is fatal as it, in effect, encourages the mentality behind the crime by jeopardizing the situation and making an ‘issue’ of it for personal and institutional gains. This is not just unacceptable but absolutely appalling and disgraceful.

The last man jumping the traffic signal at a crossroad and the stooges committing hideous crimes like abduction, rape and murder are different only in severity of crime and not in the mentality behind it to challenge the code-of-conduct. The underlying arrogance of nothing can do any harm to them for their wrongdoing makes me worried, concerned, apprehensive and fearful. When even a layman dares to break the law without fear of consequences, the society surely is sick, very very sick and needs to get well... sooner the better! Till then the air of fear and suspicion will keep me afraid...

I am afraid for the farmer that is thinking of committing suicide tomorrow.
I am afraid for the newborns who wouldn’t find a school that would embrace them tomorrow.
I am afraid for the school children who would be drop-outs for one reason or other tomorrow.
I am afraid for every girl child that either will not be allowed to take birth or live with dignity, if borne.
I am afraid for the women who would share the fate of their ancestors even in the 21st century.
I am afraid for the inequality and disparity that will give rise to many law and order situations tomorrow.
I am afraid for the educated youth who wouldn’t find a job to go astray tomorrow.
I am afraid for the citizens of democratic country who would forget their role in the system tomorrow.
I am afraid for myself following the suit and restrain from expressing my point of view tomorrow.
I am afraid for having the point-of-view I am sold to tomorrow.

Are you...?

Silver Lining - Rapist Asaram is sentenced for life imprisonment by Jodhpur Court yesterday; Way to go...

Monday, April 9, 2018

#IndiaBrainwashed


"Who's teaching us this...?"
"When was the last time you had a decent conversation from a politician about jobs, about farmers, about demonetization?"
"Who's going to talk about the fact that everyday in our newspaper there is a new story about Banks that are losing money... our money?"
"Governments are supposed to supply us with Education, with Health, with Clean Air, Clean Water and Affordable Food. When are we going to talk about that?"
"We are not individuals to these people. We are not Human Beings. They see you as a vote to be manipulated during each election. And they send you WhatsApp messages telling you how to hate somebody else. Because these people think we are idiots... We need to reject them." 
"My religion is not your business. My caste is not your business. The fact that over a third of this country go to bed without food is your business. The children under the age of five in this country are still dying for avoidable diseases is still your business."   
"We are going to dedicate time and energy and people into busting every single lie. Because we will not bow down and let you sell our democracy for your cheap political gains, all of you, whoever you are, bring it on!
Bring on your lies..."

Friday, March 30, 2018

Monkey Business!


Although the matter of anthropology is in jeopardy with many evolved beings questioning the Darwinian theory of evolution recently, there is no denial that we learned many things from Monkeys, as our ancestors or not! When in School, we used to listen to a peculiar monkey story wherein two Cats would fight over a ball of cream butter and a Monkey would offer his counsel to settle the dispute for free. By trying to divide the ball in exactly equal halves, the Monkey would finish the entire cream ball in the process and the stupid Cats would make fool of themselves by just staring at vanishing cream ball in front of them with every passing moment.

In other story, a trader comes to a village in search of Monkeys and offers a good price in exchange of Monkeys. When the supply of Monkeys diminishes he raises the offer price and many villagers would rush to the jungle on lookout for Monkeys. While those villagers are busy in their Monkey-business, the dealer would hand over to his Assistant and ensure that he will return as soon as he finishes his business in the town. Meanwhile, as the Boss is away, the Assistant offers to sell already purchased Monkeys to the villagers who couldn’t go to jungle to catch Monkeys and lures them that they will get an excellent deal when his boss returns with a bigger demand and higher price for Monkeys. In anticipation, the entire village monetizes everything they have to get hold of maximum Monkeys to have the best deal and wait for the Trader to return. The Assistant leaves for the town to get his Boss and the villagers rushed to the jungle return with all the Monkeys they could catch. After a week when there’s no news from the town, villagers realize that they have been fooled and there are Monkeys everywhere who would do more harm than good to the villagers who are neither their owners nor caretakers!

In the third story, a stray Dog that has wandered to the jungle, realizing that it is approached by a Tiger would act smart by turning the back to the Tiger, picking up a bone lying around and pretend to have eaten a Tiger exclaiming, ‘I never knew the Tiger tastes so good. How wonderful would it be if I can get another Tiger to complete my delicious feast?’ The Tiger hearing this gets scared and thinks, ‘What a beast of an animal this Dog must be, let me get away from it and save my life!’ A Monkey on the tree watching the entire episode from above, rushes to the Tiger and narrates him the whole story. Getting furious for being fooled by a stupid village Dog the Tiger asks the Monkey to sit on his back as he would get back to the Dog and teach him a lesson for life... literally! The Dog being smarter than both the Tiger and the Monkey, senses that something has gone wrong in his trick and realizing the imminent, turns his back once again and immediately improvises a loud self-talk... ‘It’s been almost an hour I sent that Monkey to bring me another Tiger, I am starving with hunger and god knows where that stupid Monkey is lazing around...?'

Now am I trying to prove something here or am I just Monkey(ing) around with these Aesop fables? Well, first of all, all these are not Aesop fables, at least two of these are stories with a real ‘Moral’ that varies from individual to individual depending upon the character in the story he or she identifies with! That’s one thing; secondly, somehow I could see the reflection of recent disturbing headlines, all devastating, making news, in here. Now, if you can look at the blame-game that has erupted between two major political parties over the data leak revelation by ‘whistle-blowerChristopher Wylie – the new Julian Assange – of Cambridge Analytica, match it with the first story and find out who is the Monkey here. A hint – it is not important to identify the Monkey in this story, it’s more important to understand what the ball of cream butter symbolizes? You will be shocked if and when you find out!

The second story depicts the lengths humans can go to win, whether it’s a Cricket Match or a deal, and make a complete fool of themselves by losing their hard-earned lifelong earnings and rankings! The Gentleman’s Game was ashamed and lost its shine like a old ball when the most professional and phenomenal players reduced themselves to petty cheaters by doing what was not only completely unnecessary but absolutely awful and disgusting thing, to ‘win’ which should never matter more than the spirit of sportsmanship. The worst thing in this episode is this trio bring disgrace and sheer embarrassment not just to themselves, their family-friends and well-wishers but to their Nation that has a longstanding eminent reputation in the sport. No amount of regret and tears could bring back the lost glory of the game... neither to them, to their nation nor to any earnest cricket lover anywhere in the world, ever again. It’s a permanent loss; way beyond slaging and fixing as it compromised the very purpose of playing – the sporting attitude – that is smeared by the winning (at any cost!) attitude.

Finally the third story which neither is a fable nor a moral story but made rounds of internet some time back as a new management theory – of improvising on the situation to come out clean and safe. I am not going to deliberately link it to some story as there are plenty of those ‘Tigers’, ‘Monkeys’ and Smart ‘Dogs’, all around, on the local, national and Global levels. If you are confused, take a hint from Animal Farm by George Orwell. Every being that believes what is heard without probing into the matter and saves his skin, is that Tiger, everybody who tries to take advantage of the situation with hidden (and devious) motives, is that Monkey and the (other)wise one who knows how to confuse, divert and misguide the furious interrogator with flashy pretension of bloated might and fake intentions, is that over smart Dog. Saying this should suffice and there is no need to elaborate it any further, I guess! My readers are more conscious than I believe them to be, I believe!

So to sum it up, in all the stories above and the incidences around, what is compromised is the belief, the faith, the trust of people in something, somebody, and somewhere. Not a good sign - neither for humanity nor for society or for democracy. If this practice continues to exist, people will fear expressing themselves, even to their intimate ones. If the suspicion starts ruling the world, there would be apprehension all around, just like the monkeys in the second story. If we need a society that is creative, hopeful, loving, caring and sharing; we need to get rid of these tendencies that thrive on manipulating others for their own purpose and we should develop a culture of empowering conscious of every individual... till the last man; sooner the better!

Way to go...!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Prophecy...!


26 years ago, it was a Canadian girl Severn Cullis-Suzuki who spoke to the United Nations at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the year 1992 and left the audience completely silent and speechless for five minutes, when she was twelve years old. After about quarter of a century, once again it’s a 12 year boy Timoci Naulusala from Fiji who spoke at UN Climate Change Conference 2017 in Bonn, Germany with almost the same effect. The audience comprised of leaders of national governments, cities, states, business, investors, NGOs and civil society who gathered to speed up climate action to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

This time, ‘Climate Change’ is not just the hot topic of discussion but Sustainable Development Goal No.13 that calls for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. It is intrinsically linked to all 16 of the other goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To address climate change, countries adopted the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius. United States of America has already withdrawn from the Paris Agreement arguing that this agreement puts US at a permanent disadvantage and will undermine US economy!

After about 25 years of ‘evolution’ adults of the world, particularly leaders of the world didn’t seem to have answers to the questions and concerns expressed by 12 year olds, on the contrary, have created a situation that generates more concerns and questions every passing day rather than the solutions to the old problems, let alone the new ones. How many more years and how many young kids would it takes us to answer two simple, basic and fundamental questions that I am putting forward for over a decade now at this same place -
Is it all worth it?
And if yes, 
At the cost of what? 

I would like to reiterate one more time a prophecy, as it is generally attributed to, for every conscientious, honest and sensible mind's identification, reflection and action -
   

[A conscious] Way to go...!