My Power Quote !

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

Saturday, October 31, 2015

MY DAUGHTER SINDHU's MADHUBANI STYLE OF DRAWING GANESHA

Courtesy : My Mobile Camera Samsung E7 (13 MP)

GROWING TREND OF HEINOUS CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN IN INDIA

Courtesy: The Hindu dated Oct., 31, 2015

Face is the index of mind, the old adage goes.  But the face may not  always be the index of mind , especially  the rapist and murderer  of  this Andhra girl, Anuhya last year.

Esther Anuhya, is a Mumbai-based techie, hails from my home State Andhra Pradesh, India.  In fact, she belongs to a town where I studied my graduation - Machilipatnam.

The rape and murder of this 23 year old woman shocked Mumbai on 5th January, 2014 when the crime was reported.   No doubt that it is a premeditated incident with parallels to  Delhi Gang Rape Incident of 2012.  The convict Chandrabhan Sanap posing as cabbie  bluffed this girl when she arrived at the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus,a suburban Kuirla  on that fateful morning. The convict  managed to drop at her home in Andheri for Rs.300, but he brutally raped and murdered her in the mid-way.  After that he   tried to get rid of the body in the bushes along the Eastern Express Highway in Bhandup.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

HERE IS THE BAROMETER TO GAUGE THE NET FREEDOM




Ever since internet came into our lives, it has opened new doors of freedom.   The result is that information is flowing more freely which is a sign of vibrant democracy.

The best safeguard to ensure transparency in the flow of information is to put in place a regulatory framework which acts as a watch dog to monitor and bring to surface any bias, disparity in the process.

ALEXA GIVES REPORT CARD ON YOUR BLOG's PERFORMANCE


Alexa logo
 You may be in low steam and abandon writing when the things stopped working the  way you wished.  For such weak souls, there are time-tested ways to keep the flame flickering uninterruptedly.

One such tool is Alexa Ranking.  In the layman's language, it is a sort of daily Report Card of your blog's performance in the virtual world.  

Alexa Internet Inc is a California-based company that provides web traffic data which was founded as an independent company in  1996, but was acquired by online shopping giant Amazon in  1999.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A THOUGHT ON THOUGHT

Your thought is like a
rainbow-colour bird
perched on your hand.
Learn to be still, observe.
Take a silent gaze on it;
Then translate that experience into
your signature style verse or prose .

Any delay in stillness
may cause the thought-bird fly away.
But, when you learn the stillness,
more thought birds fly towards you,
which means more fodder to write,
of course naturally !

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

GOD - A STORY OF REVELATION - DEEPAK CHOPRA


Book Review

America calls  Deepak Chopra as New Age Spiritual Sage who brought spirituality to the centre-stage of everyday life in United States.  This Indian-American doctor worked tirelessly in his almost entire career correlating the science's unanswered questions with Eastern Spirituality.

I have more than 5 books of Dr. Chopra in my kitty that helps me to refer quite often for my writings.  His all time best seller Ageless Body Timeless Mind must not be missed to read.

He is a prolific writer with a wide reach and truly a publisher's delight as most of his books are best sellers and some of them translated into many languages. He is  a celebrity writer who has a dedicated page at on-line giant Amazon.Com.   He has his own website at  https://www.deepakchopra.com/ where he updates with latest content almost daily.

Monday, October 26, 2015

FEELING OLD IS INJURIOUS TO HEALTH

DIVYA BACK TO OUR HOME

Divya, 7 years,  child prodigy at our home - courtesy : My Samsung E7 mobile phone (13 M.P)
A few years ago, my friend pressed me to send some of the drawings of my elder daughter to The Hindu for publication in Children Section.  Sadly, they had not been published and it severely dipped my daughter's enthusiasm.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

DEDICATED WEBSITE FOR CARTOONIST R.K. LAXMAN

Cartoonist R.K. Laxman.
Courtesy: The Hindu
If there is any man who brought cartoon to mainstream journalism in India, it is none other than R.K. Laxman whose cartoons are full of humour and thought provoking.  Lived a fuller life of 93, Laxman is synonymous with cartoons in the newspaper world.

In memory of this great Indian Cartoonist, a dedicated website was inaugurated on October 24, 2015 by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

You can log on to the website at http://www.rklaxman.com/

The only sad note is RK's website was inaugurated  posthumously where as it should have been hosted in his life time.    Another stalwart in literary world is Ruskin Bond who needs to have a dedicated website, but unfortunately, he don't have so far.   Somebody must come forward to cull out the works of this great child writer  and create a website as a tribute to this Anglo Indian whose love glued to this wonderland - India .

Hope someone  must be listening!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

IMPORTANCE OF HANDWRITING

In my childhood, I used to change notebooks  with improved handwriting in a show off before my teachers  and the class.  That attitude remained well after high-school years and I used to carry rough notebook to college and took notes in that only to copy back in the concerned note book in leisure hours or at home.  Still I don't know why I get so much joy when I write on paper.  But after graduation and settling in life,  for more than a decade, I was out of sync with this forgotten passion, as handwriting was limited just for putting signature on salary rolls and bank transactions. Since I was not in re-creative mode,  I burned out with my go-office only  routine life style.

But  the year 2003 had brought drastic change in my life style.  I became vexed with the  dry professional routine as learning curve was at its lowest ebb and my heart deeply craved to   to bring learning and creativity back to my life.

A FILTH-FILLED MARKET PLACE IN SOUTH DELHI :(

Location : Kotla Mubarakpur Market Area, South Delhi - Courtesy : My Samsung E7 Mobile Phone's Camera (13 MP) 

General public are culprits here to deface the roads.  Let Local Government challan those people who do this non-sense  under the guise of compassion to birds and stray animals !


Thursday, October 22, 2015

DELHI OBSERVED CAR-FREE-DAY

It seems  that decades may take to bring awareness among majority of folks in India   on cleanliness in public places.  Even some educated are no different from  uncivilised folks who throw filth on roads in full public gaze.

Government is desperately trying to alter the city folks behaviour, but Delhi has to travel years to have clean roads, especially clean public toilets.  I wrote several posts on these raging issues  expressing my anguish.

I commute daily through Delhi Metro where some times a few  youngsters deliberately throw their empty cool drink cans, chocolate/chips wrappers on platform as a fun.  I don't know why they do so ?

LET US HELP A CHILD TO STUDY

Activity: Help A Child to Study sponsors the higher education of meritorious underprivileged students, supporting them to achieve dreams of a better future. We sponsor all formal courses above 10th, including 11th and 12th, diploma courses, degree courses, B.E., M.B.B.S. and Postgrad. Through education our students are able to escape the cycle of poverty through their own talents.
Details: We are very proud of our students - who are the children of labourers, small scale farmers, weavers and other families with low incomes. These students have enormous potential to succeed and only need financial support to do so. We are thrilled that today some of our graduates are placed with large companies such as Mahindra Tech, L&T, and TATA Consultancy Services.

Support: Education, higher education, sponsorship of students.

Note: We are looking for financial donations to support the higher education of our students, most of whom live in rural areas of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

This post is a part of BlogAdda's Bloggers Social Responsibility (BSR) initiative. I am exercising my BSR.

You can too with three simple steps. Visit http://www.blogadda.com/bsr/ and support the NGO's.

DURGA MAA AT A PANDAL IN SADIQ NAGAR, SOUTH DELHI

Courtesy: My daughter V.S. Sindhuja, Class XI with her mother's Mobile Phone Lenovo A6000 Plus

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

SERENITY PRAYER

When you wake up in the morning, pray to the Almighty only peace and beyond that  ask nothing !  The reason is when you are in peace, you could handle any situation.  Peace means composure.

When I was in my 20s and freshly employed, my boss used to suggest me to pray God not  for abundant wealth,  but rather for a smooth flow of life.   Those eternal words of mid-90s  of my boss  who was an Army's colonel are still echoing in my ears.

One of my morning prayer doesn't put any wishlist before God, but ask Him only one thing : Please don't snatch Enthusiasm from my life.  In fact, it is  vital oxygen to my system.  Even not having it for a fraction of second, I feel deeply suffocated.  The blogger or writer in me will be paralysed.

Monday, October 19, 2015

OXFORD WORDS BLOG

One of the most essential qualities to earn love and respect in the Bloggers' World  is to have signature style on your expression.

Whatever the language you choose, the expression must be of high order.  It is simply not writing in a haphazard manner.   In the process of increasing the frequency of blog posts, one should not compromise on  the quality of writing.

Unless you are a professional blogger, in the daily tug-of-war with professional compulsions, it is not as easy as said to  prune language abilities for better writing.  I don't think there is a rich vocabulary or poor vocabulary.  The vocabulary must be in tune with the context.

POWER QUOTE : OCT 19, 2015

MAP YOUR GENOME

Image result for GENOMEIn its April, 7, 2014 edition, one of India's prominent English News Magazine, India Today had brought out one interesting story : 10 Medical Marvels poised to save your life.  In that insightful article which  enumerated the new medical advances/procedures/gadgets /tests that will knock at our hospital doors, one sub-story Map Your Genes caught my eye.

Considering the health complications and lifestyle diseases that lead to  surge in mortality rates in youngsters, we will definitely need to take our genes tested much early in life so that the future diseases that may crop up are detected much early and preventive medicine is taken to limp back to normalcy.

The power of future medicine lies in this cutting edge technology called genome mapping.

Aligning of horoscopes for marriages must be replaced by this genome patri, a blueprint of your biological destiny.  As explained in the story, the genome map will predict disease risks like alcoholism, male baldness, cancer, diabetes etc.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

AMERICAN VEDA - A BOOK REVIEW


There was a time in my life when I was fully invaded by West's Self Help Books and for some months, Oriental Philosophy which  include the   Ancient Indian  Texts which were in my shelves did not ignite me to read until September, 2013 when I found this masterpiece  which rebooted my whole perspective.

American Veda, the title looks odd but it surely ignites the wisdom hunters.

The famous Indian-American doctor and New Age Rockstar of Spirituality and my fatherly figure Deepak Chopra terms the book as an illuminating, gracefully written, and remarkably thorough account of India's spectacular impact on Western religion and spirituality.  

The writer Philip Goldberg is an ordained interfaith minister, a public speaker and seminar leader and the founder of Spiritual Wellness and Healing Associates.  He is available online  at  http://philipgoldberg.com/ .

The book is a fascinating look at India's remarkable impact on  American culture.  It gives a scholarly explanation of how Indian Ancient Texts found their way into the libraries of Ralph Waldo Emerson  to H.D. Thoreau.

It has also interesting chapters of how Swami Vivekananda and Paramahansa Yogananda who rushed to America  to propagate the Message of India and  how they changed the world-view of millions of Americans   and thereby radically altered the religious landscape there.

When any Indian read this book, his/her  outlook changes  on Motherland - India and patriotic fervor surges and  paves way to read and understand this great nation's philosophical system.

In one sentence,  I could say that  the book takes you to the peak of understanding  the Indian Philosophy and  transform your own life.   A priority read !

Friday, October 16, 2015

OCTOBER 16 IS BOSS's DAY


Western culture fascinates me on one metric. They celebrate each day with some social significance. May be the secret behind is this.  Live each day deliberately.

A week back, when I was nearly run out of stuff to write for my blog, an aimless Google Search landed  me to a place which I did not actually remember, but it flashed  me this fact : October, 16 is  Boss's Day.  When I quickly checked with Wikipedia, it retrieves back with the following input :

Boss's Day is a secular holiday celebrated on October 16 (or the nearest working day) in the United States, Canada and Lithuania. It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year. This day was created for the purpose of strengthening the bond between employer and employee.

Who is boss? He or she who commands you in professional life. From daily wage earner to CEO of a company to a person who rules a country, all do have a boss directly or indirectly.  I think the biggest boss is the circumstance.  

TRULY USEFUL APP - TRUE CALLER

Cover art

This is App driven world.

The purpose of any App is specific to a certain need.  On Android Platform, millions of apps are made daily and  majority are  free downloads and some paid downloads.

When any app is first made, the developers continue to work on it to make it's interface and functioning more user-friendly thereby upgrade versions of app continue to hit Play Store every moment.

Every alternative day, Google's Chrome browser app is updated giving near desktop browser experience for  mobile devices.

Those who wish to be more productive with technology  have more opportunities.  That's why I update my mobile phone frequently as newly released device would give  latest hardware and software.  

Considering the importance of mobile apps in our everyday life, I have a separate section in my blog  - Mobile App   where you find some best mobile apps that need to be installed on your Android Phone.

Recently, I come across a very good app called True Caller which is made by a Swedish developer http://www.truecaller.com.  I just downloaded it and find very useful. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

LEARNING GIVES CREATIVITY



Courtesy : My Samsung E7 Mobile

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

WALKING IS OUT OF FASHION NOW !


Walking plays a crucial role in our health.  In fact,  I wrote on it which was published in The Hindu Newspaper's Delhi Edition - Metro Plus on October 30, 2013.  ( You can read that article click here to read ) .   Since then, I am a regular walker.  It has some therapeutic effect on my system or you could say the creative thrust behind my blogging.

Walking literally brought cheers in my life.  This January it pushed me in taking a radical step -  disposing my scooter of 16 years  and now walking is my religion.   When I look  back, I am a contented soul.  The credit for this mean achievement largely goes to 'walking'.

From time to time I attempt to  give fresh outlook to my mind on 'walking'. When  I read some  great personalities and their tryst with  'walking' it gives a fresh impetus to me and I walk with renewed zeal.  Recently when I  read Ruskin Bond, I find so gripping.  He  narrated about walking so brilliantly and humorously.  Here is his verse on walking  :

MY FAVOURITE POET TAGORE



Related links discussed in the video :

Click below to  read my article Gitanjali - Poetry at its Best

http://www.knoweb.in/2013/12/gitanjali-poetry-at-its-best.html


Click below to  read my article  My light verse : Middle Age is a crisis

http://www.knoweb.in/2015/09/my-verse-middle-age-is-crisis.html


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

MY SECOND SELF-SHOOT VIDEO


                                video courtesy - My Samsung Mobile E7

BEST VIDEO OF NUSRAT FATEH ALI KHAN

This is my 400th Blogpost




Monday, October 12, 2015

THAT RING TONE MADE ME TO SMILE


There is no limit to human imagination.  If you wish to do one activity, you don't want to do the same way again.   Your mind wants to tread a new path which means that the juice of creativity flows universally in the same pattern in all of us.

But every person takes a momentary decision not to experiment.  Only few take a  deliberate choice and  act upon their wish and thereby show their uniqueness to the world.

I fall in between these two temperaments.  My mind thinks to find newer ways even for routine chores, but often I keep a deaf ear to that inner urge and simply follow the usual way which I feel comfortable.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

THE ALCHEMIST BY PAULO COELHO - A BOOK REVIEW

The AlchemistPaulo Coelho is a popular Brazilian lyricist and novelist. His bestseller 'The Alchemist' has been translated into 80 languages.

The beauty of this novel lies in its simple narrating style with inspiring wisdom.  A shepherd boy named Santiago travels from his motherland in Spain to an Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in Pyramids.  In the process of his journey, Santiago turns to find the treasure within.  It is a book that every dreamer must read.

It reaffirms the power of realizing your dreams.  The anecdotes/quotes in this book bath your soul.

The substance of this book lies in the following the paragraph :

"When people consult me, it's not that I'm reading the future; I am guessing at the future.  The future belongs to God, and it is only he who reveals it, under extraordinary circumstances.  How do I guess at the future ? Based on the omens of the present.  The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present,  you can improve upon it.  And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.  Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children.  Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity.''

Coelho  has the  official blog. Click here to go there

You can download this free ebook from web.  Click here to download

To read more such book reviews at my Book Review Blog - Delhi Book Club Click here 

ARE WE IN MEDIEVAL TIMES ?

A rickshaw puller who rode me to my home in Delhi on Oct 9, 2015 evening : courtesy - My Samsung E7 Mobile
Who says that India is in Digital Age ?  Still we are trapped in Medieval Times.  The latest testimony comes in a recent lynching of a muslim villager suspected of eating beef in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh on September 28, 2015. (click here to read news reports)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

ENERGETIC GIRL DIKSHITA, CLASS 3

Dikshita enjoying toy car ride at Ansal Plaza, HUDCO Place, South Delhi today evening.

SUNSET IN A NEARBY PARK

Sunset captured by my Samsung E7 mobile with 13 M.P camera - Location Courtesy: HUDCO Place Park, South Delhi

THIS IS THE REASON BEHIND SUCCESS OF JAPANESE COMPANIES

Corporate Management is a very tricky area to discuss.  

You can't pinpoint any single factor that is responsible for the success of a company.  The CEO who steers the day to day company affairs usually takes credit for the growth of the company.  They become role models, icons, history makers.  Even if we slightly think of Apple, we can't stop thinking that company without remembering it's founder CEO Late Steve Jobs.

Tomes were written on the corporate leadership.  Some of books written by their CEOs became popular like Jack Welch, who was chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001 and during his tenure, the company's value rose to 4,000%.  The whole business world is familiar with his Newyork Times bestseller book Jack : Straight from the Gut.  

LIST OF BEST BOOKS I READ SO FAR

I already mentioned in my earlier posts as well that I am a bookworm, sorry book-dragon!

In fact, I am not in this writing business for a large chunk of  my life i.e. Till 2011, though such instinct was in seed form in my childhood days.

More than writing, I am a voracious reader. Books are my choicest friends.

 If you come to my home, my study  resembles a professor's desk with more than 10 to 20  books at various reading levels. In fact, it was my dream in childhood  to read the world's greatest books.

Here, there is a merging  traffic of both humanities and sciences. Any information that ignites reading would attract me and if it is gripping I indulge more and go to the bottom of it.     Sometimes, I forget that I am in a family atmosphere and hours melt away like a burning camphor.   The only complaint from my family on me is of over-indulgence with books. But I am a helpless guy, because reading has gone to addictive levels.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

BOOK REVIEW - THE INTERNET TO THE INNER-NET

 Amazon page
Books only aid to strengthen our inner resolve.  All the Self-Help books do magic in your life,  provided if you scrupulously follow their concepts.

I had seen  Gopi Kallayil's first youtube video in March, 2013 and was terribly inspired by his tips to lead a productive life.   His lecture  discussed how  we addicted with technology, especially with internet and cursed with continuous partial attention.

Your can read my earlier article of his tips here.  I elaborated my own insights  on the ill-effects of technology in another article and you can read that article here.

In continuation of his efforts to guide people to live a conscious life, Gopi brought out this book called The Internet to the Inner-Net : Five Ways to Reset your connection and live a Conscious Life  this October and it has all the necessary ingredients to guide a person for a rich inner life.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

PASSION REKINDLES YOU EVERY MOMENT

Man is only great when he acts from passion.

                                     - Benjamin Disraeli

We have great leaders who inspired crowds not only in their life time, but their writings continue to stir generations to come.

Abraham Lincoln is a leader of this rare blend.  He  has a special place in my heart.  The reason is that he showed to the world how a man could lift from a heap of  failures.  (to read my earlier article on Lincoln, click here )

One could learn a  lot from this guiding light.  More than after a century and half, Lincoln again came to limelight in 2009 when US President Barack Obama took oath  on Lincoln's Bible.  Both leaders have charismatic personalities and  they have one similarity i.e.  both rose to presidency from Illinois State.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

GENESIS OF INTERNET


Google is now  synonymous with internet. It keeps a copy of whole web pages of  internet. 

 Every minute, the Google Servers take the cache of almost all the stuff on the internet with their unrivalled soft power.  Even if the hosting servers fail to work or open, the users could take all available information effortlessly from Google's cache through search-index.

 Any big invention comes as a  flash of  idea to a particular individual who strives hard to translate it into action.  Here, not one guy but two. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin  with their unparalleled work of knitting all online information through  their envious algorithm is mind-blowing that  changed the landscape of information world.  We are all witness to their  saga of success  since 1998.  

THIS GOVERNMENT POSTER MUST BE READ BY ALL IN INDIA

Monday, October 05, 2015

WORSHIPING PLACES SERIES 1

Inside Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, near Chandini Chowk, Old Delhi : Courtesy : My Samsung E7 Camera 13 M.P

SANCTUM SANCTORUM OF RAMAKRISHNA MISSION AT DELHI

Courtesy : My Samsung E7 Mobile camera 13 M.P

IT IS SIMPLY NOT AN ANT BUT GOD's FINEST CREATION !

Courtesy : My Samsung E7 Mobile camera  with 13 M.P
If you observe these tiny creatures in Nature,  you must feel how blessed you are with the kind of body and intelligence the Almighty endowed to you.

NATURE WORSHIPER SERIES 1

Park near my Home : courtesy : My Samsung Mobile E7 camera 13 M.P

TYPO MUSINGS

Courtesy : My Samsung E7 Mobile camera - 13 MP - Location : Lajpat Nagar, South Delhi
The syntax error in this small billboard
infuriates any linguist.
The correct spelling for CONVENIANCE

is CONVENIENCE.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

GOOGLE's FORMULA OF SUCCESS FOR BLOGGERS

What is Google's formula of success?  In one line, I could say this: Flash the right information at the right place without  prejudice.

You could succeed in every venture, provided the end-users are  fully respected.  The blogger must believe this   than anybody on the internet.  Because, blogging is one way for self -stimulation and if the content could generate, it should also earn some bucks.  But earning bucks should not  be the main motto as that idea kills the quality writing.

When I search best blogging tips, I find  that lots of experts stress one point repeatedly.  Content is the King.   In my more than four years of blogging, what I find is that you must select your niche based on your core strengths and not what gives more earnings. That person may never succeed in the long run whose sole aim is only money.  One must concentrate his/her energies to give unique and useful content  to the readers and in the process, if requires, can  take time but should not compromise on the quality.

First of all, a brand value must be created in blogging.  It is years of tireless work.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITIES

World will forgive failures, but will not forgive people who have not utilized the opportunities.

   Veteran Telugu Actor Chiranjeevi

Friday, October 02, 2015

SIMPLY MAHATMA

When I utter the word Gandhi, two other words flash to my mind: Truth and Cleanliness. If both distil into our daily life, we can enjoy the fruits of heaven on earth itself.   Why because, when you say truth, your heart always remain pure without dual standards.  There would be no inner conflicts.  Further, if cleanliness is brought into everyday life,  not only it keeps you neat and tidy, but helps others to see you in good light.

2nd October being  Gandhiji's 146th birth anniversary today, let me frankly say a few words from my inner heart.

I read a lot about as my school lessons and also read his eternal quotes over the years which always inspire me when I am in low spirits.  But I am sad about one thing.  I could not complete  Gandhiji's much-acclaimed book - The Story of My Experiments with Truth - which I purchased on 31st August, 2013. I read only a few chapters of the voluminous book and  while reading I felt as if I am reading myself.
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