My Power Quote !

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

Monday, August 31, 2015

HERE IS OFFICIAL APP OF NEW DELHI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT


Cover artThe mobile telephony has facilitated so many comforts in our lives.  It kept our on-the-go life more vibrant.  Now everything is just a click of a button.

Use Google Maps to identify less-congested roads to reach airport in time and  meanwhile check the arrival/departure of flights on the way.  Now that enquiry work is more hassle free and app-driven especially for Delhi.

New Delhi International Airport has recently released an official app which is now available  both in Android and iOS platforms.  For frequent travellers to Delhi, it is a boon.  Here are the main features of this app :

- Gives you the ability to search and register for the alerts for the desired flights.

- Gives you the ability to send booking requests for Hotels, Parking, Lounges and Shower from anywhere just with the app in your palm.

- Gives you the ability to surf through all the available offers and gives important information on location of the services available at New Delhi Airport.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

REGISTRATIONS OPEN FOR AIRTEL HALF-MARATHON 2015

Screenshot of ADHM website 
Airtel, one of the India's private telecom giants is organizing Delhi Half Marathon on November 29, 2015.   Last year, one of  my friends Mr. Ravi took part in it and his experience when narrated to me triggered  to write on him. (click here to read)  Mr. Ravi who is 50+ then again  registered his name for this year's  edition and I am envy of his youthful vigour and  his uncompromising fitness regimen.

BADARPUR - FARIDABAD EXTENSION OF DELHI METRO WILL BE INAUGURATED ON 6th SEPT 2015




Metro Rail is Delhi's lifeline. You can't imagine life without it now.  Ever since, I abandoned my two-wheeler ride, for commute to office, my choice lies between metro and auto.  These  metro rides give me a glimpse of city's mood and  help to churn out stories for  my blog. 

Here is good news for metro riders now.

Badarpur - Faridabad extension of Delhi Metro is likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister on 6th September, 2015. According to the press release by the Delhi Metro, the details are as under :

TODAY IS TELUGU LANGUAGE DAY : 8/29/2015


Last night's watching of that half-an-hour episode on my local TV  commemorating Telugu Language Day  saved my situation.


Today is Telugu Language Day – 29th August, 2015. This day must be etched into the permanent memory of all Andhraites.  But in the din of metro life, it was not on my radar and the timely TV programme  rescued me to come before you  to write this post.

I feel blessed of taking birth on this wonderland called Andhra Pradesh, India. My own birthplace Vijayawada is now center of governance. It  is now a makeshift capital after bifurcation on 2nd June last year and a new Telugu State Telangana born out of it.  Our new dream capital Amaravathi is yet to come up for which drawing room work  just completed and  Prime Minister  of India may lay the foundation this October.

Friday, August 28, 2015

DWINDLING STANDARDS OF PUBLIC DECENCY

My writing this post is not aimed to teach lessons to youth who are brilliant in this Information Age.

But it is a shrinking space of public decency right now in Delhi.

A week ago I wrote book review on Chetan Bhagat’s recently released book Making India Awesome – you can read my book review here. The prescription suggested by Bhagat is awesome. Much of the problems Bhagat projected come into personal space. It is the individual who  must first reform. You can’t blame the whole society or government when somebody with his/her faulty inner constitution makes  mess of everything.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

INNOVATION IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR IN EDUCATION

 At this point of time in India, a parent hesitates to  say to their relations or acquaintances that his/her child has taken Arts stream at +1 level i.e. Class 11 / Intermediate in South India.  This is the respect the Humanities command in our current education system. 

The parents in fact have to judge their children according to their inherent strengths.  Comparing  them with neighbourhood  child is foolhardy.  They should not fall into comparison mania.  

This madness is much prevalent in middle class families right now in India who illogically brainwash their wards to toe in their line.  It is utterly ridiculous.  When they force the children to choose career options not according to their inclinations but to the popularity of the day, I think  some where, we are side-tracking the child and the child may not be passionate enough to shine in his/her life.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CONTENT IS THE KING

                                                                                 
Blogger is a pretty special species with a constant hunger to share and earn laurels. 

For years I didn’t know what blog means. Then I knocked the door of Google Maa . Blog stands for Web Log.  The first two alphabets of Web   are removed and 'b' is added to word 'log' to make it a composite word called  blog. The dictionary meaning for it is : a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SEE THE INTERNET TRAFFIC HERE IN REAL TIME !

One boon of  technology is Internet.  Everybody is using it, but nobody has seen it  the mammoth data it is creating on the back of it.

If you are interested to see the data in real time, click below link and leave rest to your imagination.

http://pennystocks.la/internet-in-real-time/

http://www.webpagefx.com/internet-real-time/

Monday, August 24, 2015

VOTE FOR DICTIONARY APP

In technology-driven life, even a moment without  gadget would put you in  quandary.

Still my 2007 purchased bulky Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary adored my study desk, simply as a show piece and not being used for  long.

Mobile dictionary app  and it's desktop counterpart are my companions to build my vocabulary, even on the go. Getting a meaning to the word is now an effortless spool with this app.

WORK WITH PASSION !

This April (2015) when I was deeply upset for not taking  my blog to below ten thousand India ranking (My Alexa Ranking) I almost abandoned to update the content on daily basis and concentrated on my other passion : Reading

For three months, I deserted my blog babies to Almighty's  care and indulged deeply in worldly affairs.  But that made me dry and I came back to writing saga after four months.

At 45, I felt that I am working more than my energies permit me to make this blog as a knowledge hub.  Whether I succeed or not,  only God knows.   But I am doing it with passion.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

DREAM TO BE A ' WORDSMITH '

My Vocabulary Note Book
To write means to have proficiency on language.  Whether you choose your mother tongue or a foreign language, you must have reasonable command to  knit  your thoughts into an interesting narrative.

When I decided to show to the world that I could write, I was already a writer confined to my  inner chambers of heart.  Then I was in the habit of writing on my mind-slate constantly, so I did not find it tough when I started writing for my blog since March, 2011.

Swami Vivekananda is my guiding light to hone my language abilities.  I read his Chicago lecture countless times.  If you read those immortal words, a new power unleash into your system.  What mesmerized me in that particular lecture is the kind of his chosen words before American audience.  In fact that speech of
Vivekananda drove me to read his biography and further inclined me to show special interest on  philosophy.  All this magic occurred in 1990 when I was in my third year of graduation.   Book after book, my interest multiplied to read more of Vivekananda .  I was completely swept by  Swamiji’s inspiring passages.  I wondered his super-human capabilities, especially his photographic memory power.   What ignited a lot is this timeless quote : If you can think that infinite power, infinite knowledge and indomitable energy lie within you, and if you can bring that power, you also can become like me.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

WHAT TO TEACH ?


We are inherited by British -driven education system Lord Macaulay introduced more than 180 years  ago. The basic purpose of  such education is to groom clerks for his erstwhile East India Company. Those Victorian times had gone, but we are still languishing with rote learning as a dominant factor.

 The current education you can say, is simply examination-oriented. Students' aim is how to score high marks than how better understand the subjects taught. The guiding light of student - teacher is locked up in mediocrity. Majority of teachers do their teaching jobs as a routine  with no creativity. They don't read beyond the subjects they teach. The fate of our  educational system is better explained by technocrat and former chairman of Knowledge Commission Sam Pitroda. He says that our teachers do not do research and our researchers don't teach.

CHETAN BHAGAT'S LATEST BOOK : MAKING INDIA AWESOME - A REVIEW

Making India AwesomeChetan Bhagat, better known for his fiction novels,  stands as publisher’s delight.  He  is  special to me. because, he  beleived himself as a writer which led to  his leaving investment banker profession and  settle as writer.  Younger to me but bolder enough with a calibrated approach.   More over his  case is different as  he already earned sufficiently  before he quit the job and and his wife is also a working woman.   Apart from that, he had India's dream education  IIT  with Management degree from IIM.

My case is different to the extent that my wife is housewife and I am not IIT graduate nor  MBA from IIM.  I am a modest commerce graduate of 1990s  with a middle-level position. in government.  But the writer is wide awaken in me right now  and the testimony is 390 articles/posts in all my  four blogs.  

I have partly finished his earlier book What Young India Wants and yet to open a page of his fiction Half Girl Friend.

His latest book Making India Awesome is now on stands. I just read it’s book review in India Today (English) magazine written  journalist Shivam Vij.  When I read that review, it was so gripping with a piece of advice.  This  sort review is  what a common reader wants.  Mr Vij's analytical review of writer’s mind  is so catchy. It is a review that gives sufficient play field for reader's  buying decision.

Friday, August 21, 2015

WOES OF AN AUTO-RICKSHAW USER

The fate of auto-rickshaw users everywhere is same. Whether it is bustling national capital Delhi or organic city Chandigarh.

Proud to be a Delhite for the last 5 years. But I had my share of woes with my primary transport -  auto-rickshaw.  Even, if I pray God, He may come down immediately, but it is not the case with  a auto-rickshawallah.  Getting an auto  in Delhi  in time is like God walking into your way. Though, so many of them pass through in front of you,  but rarely  one smiles and agree to transport you to your desired destination.

Renowned publisher turned writer Ashok Chopra in his book : A Scrapbook of Memories says that
the autorickshawallah is mostly unwilling and grumbling for he goes on the routes he wants to and not where you have to. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

PURCHASE USED COMPUTERS AND LAPTOPS HERE

renewit logoInternet opened up floodgates for new avenues  to  businesses.  It has helped to create new markets, new companies, new professions which not only increased the economic activity but wiped out the limits of our imagination.

I search for such everyday stories to help common man who when he/she visits my blog must not return without deriving some benefit.  Some times, the source material for my posts is an obscure news item in a vernacular newspaper and some other times in a weekend magazine.  I patiently maintain archive of such useful stuff,  simply not for writing posts but for my own personal benefit in future occasions.

A TALE OF BLOGGER'S WIFE


A blogger is a writer in miniature form.  He/she has constant hunger to write, share and crave for laurels from readers.  This need is biological and embedded  in DNA.  Whether the outside world understands that  urge or not but his/her life partner,  must be on board  so that the inner canvas of blogger is radiant with brilliant colours and creative juices.

It's  pretty uphill task to keep wife  in good cheers.  When I reach home, I want each of my family members in good mood so that the atmosphere helps  to write.  But, these days, I am on direct line of fire of her fury.  May be I am responsible for not paying adequate  undivided attention to her.  The problem is that  I am feeling   short of it  since  March, 2011 when I started writing for this blog.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

THIS IS THE BEST ''HOW STUFF WORKS'' WEBSITE

When I ruminate my encounters with web in pre-google years (1998-99), I felt great  difficulties to find the best websites in terms of content richness.  Seventeen years down the line,  there is a  visible difference.   Technology facilitated all this and it's our duty to derive maximum benefit from this Information Revolution !

When I created this blog in  March, 2011, one of my lofty goals was to flash my readers about the best websites I find on internet.  As my blog's motto is Gain Knowledge through Web, it's my prime duty to keep  up the expectations.

INDIA BOOK STORE APP

IndiaBookStoreIn this Internet Age, Information is powerful. (Read my earlier article : The Power of Information here )

Those who are starved of information are bound to perish.  Even if they survive, they don't fetch respect in the society.   They ill-equip themselves to deal with daily challenges. This is new age enlightenment.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

MY ANOTHER BLOG : KNOWEB BOOKS BORN TODAY IN WORDPRESS.COM

How blessed we are !

There was a time when content generators were only established writers and journalist community.  People in other walks of life though they did have much to share, they  couldn't  have a platform thereby much of that content was burried in their journals/diaries and the world was poorer to that extent of their experiences.

Now, that is not the case.  Everybody is at liberty to open a blog in a blip of a second and if they could  write, they can do so and test the waters and also guage their calibre.  I am in this business of writing actively for the last 4 years.

 Long back, I wished that I should also have a blog in wordpress.com which is also one of the greatest platforms to reach the masses.  Accordingly, this day, I opened a  new blog named : KNOWEB BOOKS   https://knowebbooks.wordpress.com/

Basically Knoweb Books is meant for book reviews.  I have more than 300 books in my personal library and I wish that I post reviews for all the books I purchased so that whoever want can  fetch the benefit. The book reviews  I write on this blog are well considered ones and hope my readers show patronage to this blog also like my other blogs.

Please read first post : Book Review on Dr. Kalam's latest book.  Click the link below to read :

Saturday, August 15, 2015

INSIDE A SHOPPING MALL

Ansal Plaza, South Delhi - Courtesy: My mobile camera - Samsung E7
The other day, I visited Ansal Plaza, a shopping mall which is hardly one-and-half kilometers from my South Delhi home, with family.  It was a fun-filled evening I could say.  For five years, I had not paid attention to visit there and only on my daughter's force we had to visit.

Friday, August 14, 2015

A PAGE FROM MY ''BLACK BOOK''

The Black Box of an aircraft gives history of it's flight data which would help the manufacturers and user agencies when something goes wrong or to detect any technical snag in case of emergency or when some untoward  incident happens.

My idea to call it  Black Book is basically of its importance accorded to my ideas, feelings and pent up emotions which have so far not find their place but are lurking in my mind and obstructing my progress both in personal and professional life.

Abu Bakr, the trusted advisor and close friend of Prophet Muhammad rightly said that knowledge without action is futile.  Rote learning is of no avail to you.  Keeping hordes of information will not come to your aid.  Wisdom is not something to please others.  Result oriented action is of utmost importance.   Giving sermons will not put you on higher pedestal.   You must reduce  your knowledge into action.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WHAT IS ELEPHANT'S MEMORY ?

I was pretty amazed last night when I read that former Chief Election Commissioner of India T.N. Seshan had an elephant's memory and he could quote verbatim long passages, be it from scriptures or prose or poetry.  This former I.A.S officer from South India was labelled as the  hardest nut to crack in the political circles of his time.

Is it possible  to develop this brilliance and my answer is a crisp yes.  One of  my secrets to maintain this youthful vigour even at 45 is my passion to use my brain to the best of my ability.  This is my mission for the last 28 years when I realized my potential in my college days.

Nurturing to increase memory power is not a rocket science.  Everybody, if he/she feels that need, can do so easily.  There are certain underlying principles that factor to inculcate this attribute.

Monday, August 10, 2015

A MORNING WITHOUT 79th ORGAN !

When you are in creative mood, even the prose you are going to write gushes out like poetry.  Your  right brain takes over and do the wonders.  All these wonders happen only in solitary walks.

Do you know what's your  79th organ. Let me say ! You have 78 organs in your body, the Google Maa says.  And here is a recent addition : Mobile.  It stealthily added to your body and settled as super organ due to which hell broke loose with the kind of distractions being made.

The company of mobile phone becomes so obsessive and  compulsive and you can easily loose your cool.  No doubt that this gadget makes you  multi-tasking and put you in the centre of activity with all digital resources at  your beck and call.

It is so difficult  to  imagine our lives without mobile phone  even for   a single moment. But  it severely distracts you and  mars your creativity, and pushes to different directions.  The best way to deal with the situation is remove this  phantom organ now and then and enjoy your solitary walks.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

DEVELOP SCIENTIFIC TEMPER

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
         -  Albert Einstein

Though science is a refinement of everyday thinking, the concepts it creates and the theories it evolves on the mechanics of Nature involve so much technical jargon which a layman can't understand.  That's why majority of folks  skip it and remain in dark all through life. 

You need to inculcate scientific temper which is defined as a way of life - questioning, observing physical reality.  Unless you develop this  attribute, life looks pale, drowsy.  Once you inject that into your system  wonderment fuels the curiosity and you tread a path to realize your potential with that knowledge.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

THIS IS A WALKER'S DELIGHT

Courtesy : My Mobile Camera - Samsung E7 13 MP

MY MORNING GLIMPSE OF BEAUTY

Courtesy : My Mobile Camera - Samsung E7 - 13 M.P

Friday, August 07, 2015

QUESTION - ANSWER WEBSITE CALLED QUORA.COM


The basic instinct of man is ''to question''.  Even when he finds an immediate answer, his mind will not subside and  another question crops up.  Some times, he may not get satisfied with the answer he got.  For those, this is the best  bet to satiate  your hungry mind.  

IMAGINE THE READING PLEASURE HERE!

Courtesy : My Mobile camera - Samsung E7 - 13 M.P. Camera

FLOWER TREE ON MY BACKYARD

Courtesy : My Mobile Camera 

Thursday, August 06, 2015

TAKE UP ONE IDEA, MAKE IT YOUR LIFE

Take up one idea, make that one idea your life; think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone.  This is the way to success.

                 Swami Vivekananda

Success has many layers.  That's why, there are so many definitions.  But all come broadly into two categories : Personal Success & Professional Success.    Different people  interpreted success differently,  and I am in the habit of taking note of everyone's idea so as to make it holistic.

Identifying your  poetential to realize your dreams is what I call ultimate success.    My personal library is dominated by self-help books to inject that  message straight into my veins.  A leader's words always inspire the crowds and I think Vivekananda is taller than anybody in the icons of 20th Century.  Why he occupied larger than life-size in me is, because of his unparalleled desire to reach his goal.  He is the living example of how a simple man even without adequate ways and means  could reach to  the pinnacle of success to make his Master's dreams come true.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

SELFIE PROPEL'S YOUR ''SELF''

In good olden days, it was mirror that catered our self-glorification and now it is Selfie.  

There is nothing wrong to make it as an obsession. When you post your selfie on social media, it means you are clamouring for attention which is understandable and basic human need.

My younger daughter of  class 9 is a bit obsessed with  selfies these days.  She used to change her Whatsapp profile picture now and then.  More than that, she takes selfies and show us to  extols herself.  Anchoring is her passion.  She stands in front of mirror and rehearses her acts.

A couple of days back  I read an interesting article written by  a women   in a prominent newspaper where she admonished her obsession with selfies. My reading reaction immediately felt to give my take on the issue.

MY STUDY AT HOME WHERE I WRITE

Monday, August 03, 2015

GLITTERING NIGHT LIFE AT NEHRU PLACE METRO STATION, DELHI

courtesy : My mobile camera

WISH YOU HAPPY FRIENDSHIP DAY

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He who laughs with you is a friend.  He who laughs at you is an enemy.

                 - Ruskin Bond

Yesterday went silently. International Friendship Day - 2nd August, 2015 was very productive to me as I spent a large chunk of time with myself in an attempt to friend myself.  It looks strange to you, but for me it was very rewarding.  This is the cream of wisdom. (Click here to read  my earlier article : Cream of Wisdom)

One of the strategies of Gopi Kallayil (Indian origin), the Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing, Google is Friend yourself.  In his short lecture to improve inner life in the era of mindless technology where we want every solution to come from technology, Gopi says that it matters little how many friends we have on Facebook or Twitter.  He also says that it also matters insignificant how greatly we are networked in life.  Unless, we are good friends to our own selves, nothing worthwhile could be achieved.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

IS RESERVATION FAIR ?

When you talk about reservation in India, you must be very careful in airing your views.  The basis for your opinion should be on sound logic.

I think reservation is fair as long as it is based on the criteria of  economic status of the person. More so the fruits of reservation must reach to the  right person in right time.

 But still  rural India is boiling with utter poverty and some people are hardly  getting two square meals in a day.

In his book Ignited Minds, Late Dr. Abdul Kalam says that during his visit to a school in Anand (Gujarat) on 11th April, 2002, a question camp up : who is our enemy ?  Snehal Thakkar, a child who is studying in class 12 gave a correct answer :Our enemy is poverty which is the root cause of all our problems.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

PITY PARROT !

Courtesy: My Mobile camera
My morning walks always teach something new to me daily.  The high-pixel mobile  camera search for interesting snaps to feed for my blog.

The insights that come in the mornings are always  noteworthy and they get the highest readership in my blog.
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