My Power Quote !

A good book on a rainy day is happiness for me - Ruskin Bond

Thursday, October 25, 2012

DECORATE YOUR OFFICE WITH THROBBING LIFE

 A lion's share of one's own time is spent in official life. Therefore the ambiance surrounding your work place, specially, your desk should be carefully planned, if not, at least readjusted to make it more creative, productive all through those working hours.

The world's most creative company : Google has a very flexible system where the employees can have the liberty to decorate their desks according to their interests, so as to remain enthusiastic, creative during working hours. In fact the company has nap pods  for their employees to let exhausted employees enjoy a quick nap during afternoon hours.

Once you are in a sedentary job, you are very prone to weariness and some times no work also leads to laggardness. So, it is quite essential to keep yourself in an enthusiastic mood and not to

Thursday, October 18, 2012

TURN ME OFF !

Television is a powerful medium that goes like wild fire and garner public opinion instantly. In today's context, it's influence is wider than known horizons. Nobody knows exactly how it stealthily seeped into our lives. It made children glued to it leaving the young minds guard-less to whatever the stuff that appears on that dreaded oblong box called television.

The role of parent is  now increasingly becoming complex. It is a tight-rope walk. If you yell on children not to watch television excessively, they complain that they shall not be deprived of

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

STAY HUNGRY, STAY FOOLISH


 

There is no straight-jacket formula for success. It is an assortment of strategies combined with precision, and of course luck plays its role.

When we see the history of great leaders, it looks that they have not been extra-ordinary to reach to that stage. Only their passion to their work made them insanely great. What factors most is their  personality that has driven their companies to the pinnacle of success.

         Steve Jobs falls in this category of unconventional leaders. The world is abyss to carve out his difficult lessons. His biographer Walter Isaacson says that he acts as if the normal rules don’t apply to him.

          Jobs’ life is a story of rags to riches. The reason behind why people attentively listen to his words is due to the fact that he brought passion, intensity, and extreme emotionalism to everyday life that helped to shape his products viz. iMac, iPod, iPod nano, iTunes Stores, Apple Stores, MacBook, iPhone, iPad, App Store, OS X Lion.

Monday, August 20, 2012

EMPATHY - THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT TO LIVE LIFE AT GROUND ZERO

When we see people in destitute or less fortunate in life, we are sympathetic towards them. But simply showing sympathy will not mitigate their miseries as they  need the required help for which we must have empathy.

Empathy means step into other’s shoes. It is just like reading their mind and thinking from their perspective. Unless we are at ground zero, we can not think at their level. The moment we think at their level, then we could establish a divine contact with them and whatever the little acts of kindness we do  not only soothe them but  also bring  tremendous satisfaction to us personally.

Understanding the problems of others and lending a patient hearing are some of the noble acts which will rise us above beastly existence.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

QUIT SMOKING !

One of my thick friend's experience as one time smoker is rather stimulating, though the truth is otherwise ! When he takes a puff of smoke, he feels emancipated from the daily dread of problems.

He was not a chain smoker but he felt it as a companion in his younger days. The bad breath and associated health issues forced him to find ways to get rid of the habit. Then he started reading all the literature available to quit smoking. The first truth came to his mind is to develop a hobby which could change his pattern and put him on higher pedestal.

Anthony Robbins book" Awaken the Giant Within" which is one of the most sought after self-help books in United States, brought a cognitive shift in his attitude towards life.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

HONE THOSE WRITING SKILLS !

There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes.

         -   William Makepeace Thackeray

Because of your uniqueness, you have your own set of experiences/ judgments in response to outer happenings. They need to be constantly channelized in the form of writing . If you go untapped those creative thoughts, they get buried inside you and there will be no worthwhile writing.

Experts say that to write, your inner environment must be serene. William Zinsser says that ' writing is thinking on paper'. In fact all your experiences become a distilled wisdom and settle in a retrievable place and what needs is you must inculcate the habit of taking out the right ones in right time.  I personally feel that writing helps integrate your creative right brain with logical left brain. One great man sagely advises to exercise the writing muscle everyday even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch or a journal entry. He further says that writers are like dancers, athletes and without that exercise, the muscles can not be strengthened.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

WAKE UP WITH FIRE IN BELLY !

Tomes were written about the immense health benefits of early rising. Benjamin Franklin calls ' the early morning has gold in its mouth'. What beauty lies in rising early and how it impacts your quality of work are questions you must dwell on.

 Deepak Chopra, the mind-body medicine expert and the author of famous book "Ageless Body, Timeless Mind" says that when you live with right questions, the life will move into answers. He further says that you must treat your body as an energy and information field and not as a structure.

BE HYGIENE CONSCIOUS !

Public places are our extended homes. This truth must be sprouted into our minds before any responsible behavior is expected.

The typical Indian mindset is a cause of concern. Community living is in jeopardy.  Honesty is hijacked by selfishness.   The fabric of togetherness is  torn by individual interests.

Garbage is thrown in public places in a mindless fashion.    Systems fail unless a reformative attitude  first comes in the minds of people at large. 


Sunday, April 29, 2012

BOW DOWN BEFORE YOU MOTHER !

We have seen some film personalities for whom temples have been built in their honour like Mumta Kulkarni (Hindi actress of yesteryears who also worked in South Indian films) and Kushboo (South Indian heroine of yesteryears ). It reflects how the film personalities are treated simply not like semi-gods, but Full Gods !

But the story of Krishnaiah, a retired bank manager from Sidapur in Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh, India is same except to the point that the person who drove him to build a temple is his own mother. He built a temple of his mother in his own land, by spending Rs. 3 lakhs and now doing daily ritual to the idol, certainly a commanding act of rarity !

CURING THE PATIENTS IN HIS OWN WAY

Sometimes, inspiration comes from unexpected quarters.

My hero of inspiration today is this middle aged person : Rama Brahmam of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh who harnessed the technology for a social cause.

He is a clerk in the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences at Hyderabad dealing with the reimbursement of medical claims of govt. servants referred to NIMS from different corners of State. Tired of hearing the agonies of countless patients who walk through his office to know the status of their claims, he coined the idea of creating a blog in the year 2008 (which the Google is offering as a free service by which anybody with a google email can create a blog or web Log) to serve those people by putting the status of their medical claims and other related information online. Since then he helped around 18 lakh families.

The dedication with which he is doing it is really marvellous. When he is unable to go to office on any day, he uses to send his son to office to get the

Saturday, April 21, 2012

COMMUNITY LIFE LACKS IN DELHI

 
It's been close to three years in Luyten’s 'Delhi, but no community life here. Difficult to digest but a telling reality. The daily grind of hustle bustle city life leaves little time to have an interactive community life.

After being sickened with such frantic routine, came a day filled with joy, and the occasion was Annual Day of our Residents' Welfare Association. My second daughter Sravani stood 3rd in 100 mtrs running race conducted on that occasion. An invitation to participate in the prize-giving ceremony followed by contributory dinner  paused me   to decide. After mulling over it, I gave my nod to test the waters.

Monday, April 02, 2012

THE ONLINE PHENOMENON IS CROSSING THE LAXMAN REKHA

Ever since the internet stormed our lives, it has changed our very DNA. This seeping revolution has turned the world into a global village and re-defined the way we seek information. The phenomenal growth of social-networking sites epitomize the kind of connected society we have like never before.

Technology is like a double-edged sword. If we become over-dependent on it, it makes us blunt. For instance we forgot long back to make manual calculations after advent of calculators.

The immediate victims are our kids who are glued to the net like never before. Though there are some parental control options, still there is an easy escape route to access pornography and other objected stuff which would cause considerable  damage to children.

Friday, March 30, 2012

SUN - THE SHINING STAR

My morning gaze of Sun slides me into reflective mood of how shrouded we are with the mystery of life. I am shockingly amazed by this very light and energy field. The more I read about Sun, the deeper will be my reverence. I bow my head to this daily wonder so as to remain more pious.

My daily morning ritual starts with prayer to Sun God. In fact Sun is the living wonder right in front of us. Without His rays, no living species would survive and the Earth would freeze into an ice ball.

Friday, March 23, 2012

BUFF YOUR BRAIN

In the past 15 years, brain science has advanced to phenomenal levels. However, the fact remains is, whatever we discovered is only a tiny fraction of what there is to know about human brain !

Look at this 3 pound mass jelly which consists of 100 billion intricate network of neurons. Each neuron makes synaptic connection (points of contacts where information is shared between neurons) anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000. The permutations and combinations it could make is beyond the elementary particles of known universe. The fuel consumption of oxygen is 20 % of our total intake.

Numerous studies have been made on the cognitive abilities of humans and recent studies indicate that if we learn a second language, the cortical circuits that hold both languages, become active. The prefrontal cortex which is just behind our forehead, the so called CEO of our brain then steps in to choose the right word.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

TIME = MONEY; HAPPINESS = ZERO


Ever since I decided to write on daily basis to improve my writing skills, I search for triggers to ignite my mind. One such trigger recently came from the heading of a small article in a news magazine which I adopted as a title to this article.

In fact, happiness is the underlying thread in any activity we undertake in this world . Instead of finding true centre of happiness, we ceaselessly slaughter the world for our own pie.

The true wisdom lies in enjoying with our own being without encroaching into other's space. It is what Henry David Thoreau did when he left for Walden bank (United States) to live alone. He wrote about all his experiences in an epic book

CREATING A BETTER WORLD FOR CHILDREN

As our children grow, we worry too much about their future. Instead of allowing them to flourish on their own, we impose our own ideas on them, thereby condition their minds.

Noted Indian spiritual guru Sadhguru Jaggie Vasudev says that it is time to learn back from children. He further says that think for a moment: Who looks more happy – you or your children ? He believes that children are consultants for happiness.

My daughters when they are taken to evening stroll, they make spirited discussions which they don't do when they are indoors. So take your children on regular walks and listen to their ideas. Robin Sharma in his much acclaimed book  'Who will cry when you Die' echoes the same point: "Children come to us more highly evolved than adults to teach us the lessons we need to learn."

Saturday, March 17, 2012

MEDITATION FOR QUALITY LIFE !


Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.

                                               - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is what Krishna taught about 5000 years ago, Lord Buddha about 3000 years ago and Jesus Christ about 2000 years who said that the Kingdom of Heaven is within you.

Meditation is a state of restful alertness. It is the art of taming the mind without any manipulation. American Cardiologist Herbert Benson, M.D., a pioneer in

Thursday, March 15, 2012

STEPHEN HAWKING, THE EINSTEIN OF OUR TIMES

Stephen Hawking needs no introduction. This Einstein of our times was born in 1963. When he was just 21 , he contracted with 'motor neurone disease' which only gave him 2 years to live, but that keeps on extending till date  to the utter amazement of medical doctors.

This former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge provided mathematical proof for Big Bang theory.

As far as I remember, it was during 2001, I got a glimpse of his much acclaimed book ' The Universe in a Nutshell' I was terrified to

Thursday, March 08, 2012

SOLITUDE

I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in the company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as Solitude.

                        - Henry David Thoreau

In the hustle and bustle of city life, I need one constant company that is my own solitude. Outer world is a poor substitute when it comes inner serenity. Hours will pass like a blip of second when I take self-reflection. Sometimes, I

IS THERE REALLY ANY GOOD DAY OR BAD DAY ?


Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” 

                       -Robert Louis Stevenson 

When anything crucial is to be undertaken, normally we in India look for an auspicious moment. Some people consult their family astrologer to see if there will be any impediment in the coming days in their lives. Some others remain frenetic regarding movement of their stars rather than their task on hand. Is there really any good day or bad day as we think of ? This question needs a closer look.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

MY WRITING FOR MY OWN SAKE

Though I am an avid reader for the last 23 years, little I thought to write seriously. But it always remained as one of my pet passions. Though having a blog for the last so many years but I have not posted even a single  article until March 2011 when a friend of mine persuaded Me.   He said that  I should write something on regular basis so that my creative ideas will find a natural expression and those writings may inspire and benefit at least to some people. In my friend's words I should contribute something to society about my insights on life.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

BOOKS ARE MY PASSION !!

Book Exhibitions are always an important itinerary in my life. These are annual rituals in my hometown Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India every year.

Over the years, some great books have changed the trajectory of my life, more aptly I could say my life's perception. It is immaterial whether you purchase a book or not, but a visit to Book Exhibition will definitely give a gusto to the soul.

When I visit Book Fairs, I felt that I am in pilgrimage. I suck enough enthusiasm by seeing throngs of book-lovers. While I see the books in the stalls, I look them not as inanimate objects, but as living entities.

Monday, February 20, 2012

DRAW INSPIRATION FROM DIFFERENTLY ABLED !

The other day my daughter brought home one pamphlet which raised my eyebrows.

We generally appreciate the artistic abilities in people. More attention is drawn when such people are differently abled which I find in the pamphlet : "Indian Mouth & Foot Painting Artists, Mumbai."

The inspiring part of the story is the pearl-like handwriting of one boy named NadeemShaikh (in the photo) who has written a letter by foot. This boy was born without arms in Mumbai. From a very young age, he had to carry out the activities of daily living with his feet. He honed his artistic skills and began to draw paintings with his foot. The story of

Sunday, February 19, 2012

SUCCESS SAGA : ORISON SWETT MARDEN

He is the mountain of wisdom. Handed out the success sagas of great people to us. This 20th century Personality Development Guru is responsible for New Thought Movement of America. His unparalleled insights on life through his writings lift even the dud.

I came to know this great man while I was reading a book " Awaken the Giant Within' the much acclaimed work of Anthony Robbins sometime in 2004.

 Mr. Robbins needs no introduction as he is one of the America's top most personality development gurus and has a reputation of conducting courses on 'Fire Walk'. In fact I was driven to read the book of Anthony Robbins: Awaken the Giant Within, when I come across a sketchy remark on Robbins in my vernacular Telugu as "Vyakti Vikasa Mantrikudu'- Magician of Personality Development - by Dr B.V. Pattabhiram's (famous Telugu writer) in his book on NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) In fact, I was awestruck when I read about the fiery quote of Marden in Robbins book: Awaken the Giant Within. The quote goes wild fire  like this:

Saturday, January 21, 2012

HOW TO DEAL WITH OFFICE POLITICS

When I first joined as a stenographer in a private firm in my hometown Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India,  my job was to type out work orders or invoices of the firm. Afternoon 2 hours was sleep time.

The first taste of bitter office politics came to me when my boss's son resisted me  in taking  nap.  He suggested me to use that time to do some other office work, which was not relevant to my post.

Being  a young man of 21 years and to gain experience in the job, I tolerated the hardships. But the situation precipitated further as he started yelling at me that I could not write numerals properly in the cash book and I had to bite the bullet.
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