My Power Quote !

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

Monday, December 07, 2015

WINTER AFTERNOON SUN IN DELHI

Location : Near Jungpura Metro station, New Delhi - My Samsung Galaxy E7 with 13 M.P. Camera

Saturday, December 05, 2015

DELHI'S WINTER GLORIES 3

Location : Near India Gate, New Delhi - Courtesy : My Samsung Galaxy E7 Smpartphone with 13 M.P. Camera

MY INTERACTION WITH A BOOK LOVER

Image Courtesy : My Samsung Galaxy E7 Smartphone with 13 M.P. Camera

There is no friend as loyal as a book    - Ernest Hemingway

At 45, I am not overzealous for material possessions.  I just want my daily life move effortlessly without losing steam in daily chores which otherwise bore me at every moment.  In the process of maintaining steadiness, I rely on one reliable source i.e. books.

Books occupy a good part of my life.  Not only   they provide me very valuable information and update my knowledge, they help me to marshal up my inner resources to think differently, creatively so as to live each moment passionately.

With this mindset, I manage not to allow ageing symptoms creep into my system. Though, my body has some signs of it, at mental level, I am much more vigorous than in my 20s-30s.  The credit for this could be attributed to some of the great books I read. 

For five days in a week, it is a virtual sprint in my professional life, leaving little scope to put to pen on thoughts I feel to write.   So when Saturday dawns in, I quickly unlock the Writer's chamber in my mind and live two days there and lock and enter back into frenzy world of toxic emotions for bread and butter.   This  switching of gears needs sturdiness of mind and hope Almighty is releasing it in vast quantities.

It is great that the onset of winter in Delhi brought tremendous joy to the writer in me.   I don't wish Heaven should come to my way.  I just wish to have trouble-free solitary walks to properly stack my thoughts to churn out some good prose or verse. To get triggers for such solitary walks, I choose different locations in Delhi.  While choosing the places, I lay more stress on those locations which are near to Nature. 

The other day, I chose the above foot-over-bridge in South Delhi to continue my reading saga.  The reason is that the place is more vibrant with roaring traffic below the bridge and standing in the centre of that bridge in that balmy evening brought me so much joy and I spent a good one hour in reading there.

When I was deeply immersed in my reading, one foreign tourist (woman) approached me with a smile and asked me to take my snap.   When I asked the reason, she told that it is very strange to find someone reading on public places in India.  It might have surprised her of my reading on that bridge with the aid of street light.  She further narrated her own story of how her dad inspired her to read books in her childhood that helped her to build a personal library.   Immediately, I handed out my visiting card which mentioned my blogs.

When an eager reader approaches you, you must seize the opportunity. Here, it is a win, win situation for both me and the lady foreign tourist!

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

DELHI'S WINTER GLORIES 2

Location : Near India Gate, New Delhi - My Samsung Smartphone E7 with 13 M.P.Camera

Monday, November 30, 2015

HERE IS SOME RECKLESS INDIAN


YOGA ON CHAIR


Yoga is the boon given by Rishis in India to live with vitality. Those who complain with no time, could now do it even on their chairs.  The above chart shows the asanas you could do on the chair.      

When your body becomes flexible like a rubber, it means that each of your cell could give optimum performance leading to robustness and decease-free life. 

LIVE WITH HOPE - A SHORT VERSE


Last week (November, 23, 2015) , when I read a news item which reported  suicide of  25 year-old woman at Yamuna Bank Metro station in  Delhi,  it ached my heart deeply.    The woman named Anjali ended her life out of depression over a failed wedding match.

By jumping in front of a train entering the station, the woman's death was instantaneous.  The manner of her ending life speaks her deep frustration.   Losing hope precipitated her to wrap up the earthly journey.   When I reflected 


on the incident, my pen wrote this light verse :

Don't sink
but sync with time.

Life is precious
So, be cautious

Time is set automatically
for everyone's flight;

Saturday, November 28, 2015

DELHI'S WINTER GLORIES 1

Delhi's Winter Glories 1,  courtesy: My Samsung E7 Smartphone with 13 M.P. Camera

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

IRONMAN OF INDIA

In the world of achievers, only few would carve out a path for others.

Most of us dismiss at first sight this near impossible feat.  Some laggards even cast serious doubts of those who achieved it. But truth must be told unperturbedly.

Swimming, cycling and running individually are very energy intensive workouts.   Anybody could rarely think of achieving something with a mix of these three disciplines.      

Here is a 50-year-old Indian who meets all the above superlatives.   He is a model turned actor and one-time national level swimmer.  Milind Soman who took part in Ironman Triathlon in Zurich, Switzerland on 19 July this year and set a new benchmark of fitness in the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.

Ironman Triathlon is organized by the World Triathlon Corporation consisting of 3.86 km swim, 180.25 km bicycle ride and a marathon of 42.2 km run without any break.   Milind clocked this event in a record 15 hours and 19 minutes.

At near 6 feet, Milind is a very charming man in his younger years.  I could vividly remember Milind’s impressive appearance at   the Hindi pop number ‘Made in India’ sung by my favourite Alisha Chinai in 1990s.

When asked his reaction after winning this, Milind said I wanted to gift myself something special on my 50th year and I am glad I could do this,”

Inspiring personalities give fitting lessons to the world!

Monday, November 23, 2015

A SQUIRREL IN A PARK

Courtesy : My daughter V.S. Sindhu, Class XI with Samsung E7 smartphone, 13 M.P. Camera

Sunday, November 22, 2015

HEART OF NEW DELHI FROM MY EYES

Imperial Grandeur of   Lutyens  New Delhi - South Block, Rashtrapati Bhawan and North Block
Courtesy : My Samsung Smartphone E7 with 13 M.P. Camera

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WHITE PUPPY

By my daughter V.S. Sindhu, Class XI with Smartphone Samsung E7, 13 M.P. Camera

INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT

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You can't blame anybody blindly.  There must be some cogent reason behind it  and I always wish anybody should  make only constructive criticism.

While doing so,  statistics may help you.

When it comes to statistics, they  always grab my attention. Because, they speak louder than words.   Over the years, I collected vast amounts of  statistics, not with an eye to write but to enlighten myself on issues of  my  interest.

The quality of life is weighed  through growth and development.  To know, where a particular State stands on these metrics, surveys always help us.   The governments must continuously work at macro  and micro level  so that  they help people in giving high standard of living.

 India Today, one of India's reputed news magazine is conducting every year survey of  State of States since long  to determine the best State in all growth parameters.  In this year's edition (2015), Gujarat stood first under Bigger States category and Sikkim, under Smaller States Category.   The assessment is made very scientifically in a wide spectrum of areas like, Agriculture, Education, Governance, Health, Infrastructure, Investment, Macro Economy, Cleanliness, Environment and more importantly 'Inclusive Development'.

Two Telugu Speaking States Telangana and Andhra Pradesh did a commendable job -.  the newly formed State of Telangana stood first under 'Inclusive Development'   and Andhra Pradesh clinched second position under 'Governance'.

Delhi which is always on limelight for wrong reasons, but it clinched first position under 'Inclusive Development' in Smaller States Category.

The survey highlights that  Delhi is  having sound digital infrastructure.   It further says that the National Capital is having good number of banks, post offices, telephone connections, broadband internet and LPG connections.   What I find  is that the City State is   doing a  lot on e-governance.

The same is evident with  'Swachh Delhi', app which was developed  to allow the  citizens to take a snap of accumulated garbage in their locations with  simple click from their smartphones so that the image is fed immediately to the concerned municipal authorities who ensure clearing of all garbage in a time-bound action programme.

This is a step that all other States must follow!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

APP-DRIVEN CLEANLINESS IN DELHI


These days for each problem, there seems to be a  solution from technology.

Though, E-governance has brought  some perceptible changes in the citizen services,  India still has to travel long to bring it on missionary mode.

Some States are just making baby-steps in this direction, but Delhi is virtually on sprint with the creation of Android App called Swachh Delhi.  It aims to get the garbage cleared from the roads and public places on war-footing.  

Partnering with citizens directly with this new idea, I hope this drive helps city government   to provide  garbage-free roads.

Once the app is opened, the user must feed his/her mobile number and take photo of garbage location and press ''send'' button.  A central database is created with the user-feeds and action would be taken accordingly and a compliance report will be sent to concerned individual. 

This initiative of Central Government with Delhi Government and three Municipal Corporation of Delhi would change the look of roads and public places in Delhi.  As per news reports, the first phase will start from 22nd to 30th November, 2015.  Though, it will be formally inaugurated on Nov., 22, 2015, users can now plunge into action and send their snaps.

To download this app, you have to give a missed call at number 7666400400. After that the user will get a message with a link to download the application.   Alternatively, the app can also be downloaded directly at http://degs.org.in/swachhDelhi.aspx or at   Google Playstore  

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

NORTH BLOCK IN DELHI FROM MY EYES

North Block in Delhi from my eyes
North Block at Vijay Chowk, New Delhi - Courtesy : My Smartphone Samsung E7 with 13 M.P. Camera

Those who curse Delhi in summer forget everything with the onset of winter.  It is a pleasant place to be in outdoors from November to March and worship  Nature. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

THIS IS TRULY AN URBAN APP

Cover art

Urban life has its own sort of needs.  Because the pace of life here dictates to run with time without losing action.

Imagine that the end-user is not connected with service provider which endangers both equally.

Technology by playing a catalyst role not only forges a better relationship but helps to improve the quality service at affordable price. 

I am living in South Delhi for the last five years and whenever I call a local electrician even for a small job, he charges me a whopping Rs.300/- per visit and I have no option but to endure the ordeal silently.   In another instance, I had to wait for a plumber for 24 hours to replace my burnt-water pump.   Getting AC mechanic in time is equally distressing especially in the peripheral areas in mega cities.

 But the democratization of information through Internet gives a real power and the buzz  now is, app-driven solutions to the services across the spectrum that confront daily life.

Once the  highly un-organized service market in India is now slowly being linked to the Web with a mobile interface so that the service-providers are at your beck and call  24 x7 that too for a price you need not bargain.   This app-driven business may change the future landscape of commerce in India.   
This soft power is truly rewarding.  70 + apps in my smartphone speak the level my dependency on technology.  Daily countless apps are being added to Google Playstore, some are free apps and some other paid apps but each app comes with a motto.  

In this blogpost, I am reviewing a free Android app called UrbanClap.  It is a 4.2 rating app with already 100 thousand downloads.   This app is made specially for city dwellers to get various services at the click of a button.  You can rightly say that it is one stop solution putting all urban lifestyle services under one umbrella.  With this app, you can effortlessly hire trusted professionals  at affordable rate,  hassle-free.

Presently, this service is available in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore, Pune.

When I checked the services available in Delhi, it shows a wide array services ranging from engaging Yoga  instructor to  Photographer, Make up professional to Birthday planner, Interior designer to Guitar teacher, Counselors to Tax consultant etc.

Under Home Services, you can call an electrician, plumber, carpenter, home cleaner or AC mechanic or call for pest control services.

The Developers in Google Playstore describe the App as under:

Choose from over 50+ services and book home services on the app based on pre-approved prices. Trusted service provider will be sent to your home at the time slot selected. Pay secure and easily through Paytm wallet.

Send request for professional services through the app by answering simple questions. Get a list of pre-screened professionals, as per your requirement, to choose from. Read profiles and reviews for each professional, compare quotes and hire the one you like.

Features:

• Range of Home Services - Full range of service providers like electric work, plumbing work, air conditioner technician, home cleaners, wooden repair work, pest control, made available instantly

• Expert Professional Services - Various urban need can be booked through the app. Photographer for any occasion, guitar trainer, interior designers, home event planner, counselor for tax or legal purpose, wellness expert at all

• Trusted Professional - We screen the service providers and list only trusted service providers on our platform

• Transparent pricing and easy payments - You pay based on pre-approved quotes. Seamless payment options.

• Convenient booking - You can book services at your home at the time convenient to you

UrbanClap android app with these amazing features definitely satiate all service needs for people in metro cities.  In one word, it is a must download for city dwellers.

To download the app, click below:

Thursday, November 12, 2015

SONAM MANTRA

Sonam Kapoor
When success embraces you, you become a overnight celebrity. The quantum of success decides the celebrity status. Then youth worships you and you will be in limelight for all good reasons.

The advantage for screen personalities is that they get quick validation from society than any other section of society.

But for a writer, the formula is little different. Here the gestation period is too long unless an icon in the society vouch for the fact. In business field also, people get fame reasonably in short period.

The pulse of society is driven mainly by youth. Being blessed with one of the highest youth population in the world, India is a perfect barometer to reflect youth’s trend. Youth are mainly influenced by cinema, so the screen-world mirrors the trend of society.

Conducting conferences, seminars offers a platform for close interaction with different segments of society. India Today, one of India's reputed News Magazines, every year conducts Youth Summit and this year’s Summit was held at Siri Fort Stadium, a kilometer from my home in South Delhi. On 31st October, 2015 it was held with pomp and show where actress Sonam Kapoor, daughter of Anil Kapoor was a star attraction.

Let me confess that I have not attended the live session, but I watched the whole video of summit on YouTube in bits and pieces and found the Sonam's video, especially the Question-Answer session very impressive.

Sonam, with her heavy designer outfit not only stole the show, but her inspiring message attracted me a lot. When asked the secret for her ''happy energy'', Sonam said, she lives in the moment and tries not to do negative things.

What Sonam said is Zen way of living. This wise girl, in her 30s digested life’s toughest wisdom effortlessly and one must inculcate this quality from this Bollywood diva whose 10 years career with 16 films is very promising!

Watch her  at Mind Rocks Summit 2015

MY 1990 KRISHNA - ARJUN PAINTING

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

MY PAINTING - CANDLE LIGHT, 1990

My Painting : Candle light, 1990 - Courtesy: Nokia 3230 mobilephone with 2 M.P Camera

Monday, November 09, 2015

ANOTHER OF MY PAINTING AROUND IN 1994

Courtesy : My Nokia 3230 phone with 2 M.P  in 2007

Sunday, November 08, 2015

ELEVEN COMMANDMENTS OF LIFE


Book Review :

Competition, success are now a days more synonymous  with Private Sector in India where the employees need to hone their skills to fight everyday battles of professional life.  You need to adopt thousands of tricks to impress the customer.   The sales professionals work day is very energy intensive and unless they show up the results at the end of the day, their survival in the organization becomes questionable.   For people of such background, this book is a minefield.

I bought this book in May, 2013 and my intention to buy the same  is to understand Santosh Nair's core principles for life maximization.      His expertise lies in sales, leadership and entrepreneurship skills.   He is a known corporate trainer whose target work is productivity enhancement.

Santosh's 11 commandments are as under:

1.  Declare your expiry date
2.  Be a possibility thinker
3.  Rock the boat in the middle of the sea
4.  Be autonomous, declare your constitution today
5.  Declare that every resource around you will be maximized
6.  Declare your thoughts, words, and deeds
7.  Declare to be a leader for life
8.  Say goodbye to Emotionally Draining Distractions
9.  Be ready to be a loner
10.Declare that  you will be 'forever alive'
11.Live a life that is difficult to duplicate

Santosh in the Preface of the book says that he started his life as a salesman  29 years ago and chose to be a Meaningful Specific, and comprise only 5% in the world.   In this great book, he culled out his experience from ground zero and wrote this   practical wisdom which is a rare of its  kind.

The surprising thing is that the book has a warning. It says that this book is only for those who want to live, learn, love and leave a legacy behind.   This is not for the ordinary mortals and faint-hearted, but for all those who are normal and have the guts to become abnormal, and are willing to pay the price for what that abnormality brings.

So investing Rs.150/- to buy this book is not a bad deal, provided you are willing to raise your bar!

MY WATER COLOUR PAINTING

Courtesy : My Nokia 3230 mobile phone with 2 M.P camera in 2007

                                           This water-colour painting had been made by me in 1990s

                          

                        Note :   
                                 I have not been trained in this talent from anywhere.
                                 I picked up the brushes during my class 10 and continued till
                                 my graduation i.e. 1990. After that I stopped doing and
                                 now it is 25 years of leaving this hobby.

HOW TO ENJOY YOUR LIFE AND YOUR JOB

      Book Review 


Investing rupees hundred on this book more than a decade ago introduced me to Carnegie's literature and thereafter ignited me to read more self-help books of West.

The principles underlined in this best seller is known to everybody, but the implementation part differentiates a successful man from that of failed one. In fact, this book is a compilation from the two great books of Dale Carnegie : How to Win Friends and Influence People and How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.

Carnegie wrote these books in 1930s, but the ideas and strategies he recommended have remain unchanged as there would be no change in human dimension. It is only the context that changes but the thinking remains same in any generation. New technologies may give new comforts but man's explorative mind don't alter with time.

In the Foreword, Dorothy Carnegie says that you already possess hidden assets within yourself that can make your life glorious. All you need is the determination to uncover and use them.

When it comes to the contents of the book, it has all the necessary stuff one needs to tone up his inner world. It has four parts :

- Part One : Seven Ways to Peace and Happiness.
- Part Two : Fundamental Techniques in Handling People.
- Part Three : Ways to Win People to Your Way of Thinking.
- Part Four : Ways to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment

Each part has 4 to 7 chapters each with sub-headings with strategy to be adopted to a particular dimension of problem in life. Those who want to improve in life must keep this book on their bed-side!

BEST FREE RESOURCES ARE HERE FOR SUCCESS


In my numerous earlier posts, I dwelt at length the aim of this blog : Dig the World Wide Web for bringing  the best free resources in front of you for personal growth.

Here I take the role of  perfume dealer. In the process of selling, he tests each perfume to find it's suitability before it is put to sale. This makes him to know more about perfumes and their quality.

In fact, this simile is an attempt to reflect my  deeper feelings of how best I could make this blog Number One Knowledge Portal in future.

Statistics always don't speak  the quality of stuff that appears in a blog or website.  No doubt Alexa ranking is a barometer to gauge the popularity of a blog or website.   There are so many blogs which provide quality stuff, but their administrators never bothered this Alexa yardstick.

My blog KNOWEB is  not lagging behind on this count, and it is doing pretty well on Alexa. Since  last November (2014) when I  joined the blogger community - IndiBlogger.com, the viewership of my blog grew manifold  i.e by 400 % which is really surprising for nascent blogger who concentrated more on craft than technicalities for the last three and half years.

Since 2011,  I introduced so many websites to you which are very productive.  As on today my Alexa Rank is pretty well compare to so many professional websites/bloggers.  It is at 263,889 amongst billions of websites.  Bounce Rate which is a huge factor was considerably reduced - 28 % (lower is better). When you type knoweb.in  in Google Search Box, the google page shows about ten links of my articles which is really a proud moment for me. Check yourself below :

  
https://www.google.co.in/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=Ld2iVK-RG8LDoAOFnIKoBQ&gws_rd=ssl#q=knoweb.in

A couple of article's pagerank is pretty good in Google.  One article written by me on Telugu Language Day is showing in the first page itself in the Google Search :

https://www.google.co.in/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=Ld2iVK-RG8LDoAOFnIKoBQ&gws_rd=ssl#q=telugu+language+day

Another article Buff Your Brain which is an article on human brain and it's immense power equally takes in the first page of Google search result :

https://www.google.co.in/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=Ld2iVK-RG8LDoAOFnIKoBQ&gws_rd=ssl#q=buff+your+brain

All this is a good indication of brighter days ahead for me so that I could reach out to more and more people around the globe.

Now the time is to press a 'pause button' to my story and come back to the subject.  The man you are seeing above is Andhra Pradesh's prominent Telugu  Novelist, film-writer, director, motivational speaker, self-help books writer and personality development guru,  Yandamoori Veerendranath.

I heard about him through a friend a couple of years back that he is very friendly even with new people.  Having seen   so many of his youtube videos on personality development, on August, 16 this year (2015) I ventured and sent him an e-mail with links to my blog to offer his views.   The idea is born out of my sinking spirits to write for this blog.  The surprising thing is Sh Veerendranath (66) who is like a fatherly figure to me responded within a day and gave me the following reply/feedback on August, 17 which I proudly added to my citation in my About Me Page to this Blog.

"A writer's great emotional need is to feel appreciated. It boosts the gusto of the writer to create better works. Regarding your letter, I have gone through few articles and found them interesting and knowledge oriented, from the daily routine. please keep it up.''

The encouraging words of Sh Veerendranath really gave me abundant fuel to continue my blogger journey for some more months if not for years.

He has his own website where he kept so many free resources to sharpen your mind.  All his articles and other resources terribly inspire you and improve your learning curve and push you towards success path.  Here is the link you must visit and seize the opportunity :

http://www.yandamoori.com/articles.html

I wish this post must make more hits, not to extol my greatness of bringing this important stuff before you,  but  validate the power of  Yandamoori's  written word .

Thursday, November 05, 2015

SPELL CHECK PLEASE : (

The correct spelling is : Pepper

DELHI - IS IT SMART CITY ?

A road in Kotla Mubarakpur in South Delhi, just touching South Ex market - courtesy: My smartphone Samsung E7
The present government is investing Rs. 48,000 crores under the ambitious project called 'Smart Cities'.  It's a very good idea as such thought did not come to previous governments.   The basic infrastructure like better roads, sanitation, drinking water are long demands of people but due to one reason or other, they have taken back seat.  Our cities and towns urgently need a face-lift in basic infrastructure.

Being a  dweller of Delhi  for the past 5 years, I have my own views on this  city.

Delhi in a true sense can't be called a city.  It is a conglomeration of small townships sand-witched with old villages.  Still roads in interior places look like village roads. The basic infrastructure like underground electric lines have not gone deep into these village-look areas like Kotla Mubarakpur in South Delhi.

Underground drainage system is not smooth.  The choked pipes and overflowed muddy water obstruct the walkers.  In this busiest place, half of the roads are always occupied by cows and buffaloes and other part of the road is covered with stranded four-wheelers and two-wheelers leaving little space for vehicular traffic to move smoothly.  I rarely reach to the point of my destination in Kotla Mubarakpur i.e. Gurudwara Road, as our auto rickshaw can't reach there on many occasions.   More over the electric wires above your head create a fear that they may fall on you.

As a citizen of Delhi now, I have a small wish.  Let these overhead electric lines be replaced with underground cabling system so that it not only gives a decent look but prevent power leakage or illegal use.

Hope somebody in the higher echelons of power are listening to my words ! 

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

METAL GOD

Location courtesy: Sarojini Market, New Delhi - credits: My Smartphone - Samsung E7 with 13 M.P

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

PULLING HIS LIFE

Courtesy : My Smartphone Samsung E7 with 13 M.P Camera

The man appearing in this photo is Suresh Mondal who hails from West Bengal and came to Delhi for survival. He chose rickshaw pulling as the best bet to earn those needy bucks.  Last week, when I took his service  to return home from  market,  I got an idea to write on him.

When I conversed  with  Suresh Mondal for this story  while he was ferrying  me to home, his smiling gesture gave me a hint that he might open up to share his life with me.  As expected, the whole ride was very pleasant as Suresh though with his wiry frame peddled his way effortlessly almost with no strain.   When asked why he came to Delhi for this kind of manual labour, he said that he didn’t get employment throughout the year in his home district Malda, West Bengal which forced him to come to Delhi.  He further stated that he has some   land but not worth to be cultivated due to inadequate rains, coupled with insufficient irrigated water in the area.  

Suresh stands as a latest example of countless people who don't get adequate employment in their places throughout the year.  How he manages his life with some petty daily earnings of Rs.500/- is a million-dollar question.  Myself being fairly employed with five-digit salary is taking a bated breath to manage my house-budget.  But countless manual labourers like Suresh  do manage their lives and we must learn so much from them.

When I dwelt on Suresh's life,  immediately my heart became light as  Almighty showered his blessings abundantly on me as  I was not given the role of Suresh to play.   When I listened to his story, it not only soothed my nerves but I became a little more compassionate and gave Rs.10/ -  extra to the fare.  In a spur of moment, I further loosened my purse strings and gave a further of Rs.10/-   for contributing to this story, which had multiplied his joy and he thanked me with a pristine smile.  But I deeply thanked him back in my heart for unfolding a slice of his life which took me to next level in understanding my life!  

A RARE GLIMPSE OF RAINBOW CAUGHT TO MY MOBILE PHONE IN 2008

Courtesy :My Nokia 3230 mobile phone with 2 M.P camera - Location : Neyveli, Tamil Nadu, India

Sunday, November 01, 2015

DAUGHTER SINDHU's OWN MEHANDI DESIGN

Courtesy: My Mobile Samsung E7 camera (13 M.P)

THE LEADER IN YOU


Book Review

Dale Carnegie is one of the foremost personality development gurus of 20th century in America.   During his time, Dale was known to conduct famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking and interpersonal skills.

Now so many leadership courses are on offer at 
http://www.dalecarnegie.com/ and all the current courses are based on the ideology of  Carnegie whose books are sold everywhere in almost all railway stations throughout India.  His famous books include How to Win Friends and Influence people and How to stop worrying & start living.

The above book is in fact not written by Dale Carnegie, but each chapter of the book starts with Carnegie's famous quote.  The chapters dwell at length on the real life situations underlying the core management principles of Carnegie.

The back flap of the book says  that the co-authors Stuart R. Levine and Michael A. Crom offers Carnegie's time-tested human relationship principles to demonstrate how anyone can harness creativity and enthusiasm to work more productively.  The book offers very rare insights of authors of how to strike a balance between work and leisure.  The book also guides you to achieve  your goals and increase your self-confidence and above all, the book facilitates you to identify your own leadership strengths.

The book helped to harness my own inner potential and helped to achieve some success in life.  The interesting chapters on subjects such as Listening to Handling Mistakes bring a total transformation in your life.  It injects a positive mental attitude into your life  to achieve the goals set for yourself.

The crux of the book lies in overcoming your worries and tread a path on success !

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 (2014).

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 on the mid-way. After that he tried to get rid of the body in the bushes along the Eastern Express Highway in Bhandup.

If we go into the details of the case, it was reported that Anuhya was working with IT firm TCS, Mumbai but was found missing from Lokamanya Tilak Terminus Railway Station, as per her family sources. After filing of her missing report at Mumbai, her half burnt body was found on the outskirts of the city on January 16.

The Police after taking clues from 36 CCTV cameras and enquiring from around 2500 people caught the accused and after 22 months of trial, the trial court sentenced him to death. The judgement is a sigh of relief to her parents whose pain anybody could understand.

While writing the judgement, the court observed that when he saw a woman alone, he started planning commission of a rape. he committed the rape and murder, poured petrol on her body and tried to burn it and then abandoned the remains to be eaten by animals. The act was pre-planned... He raped a defenceless lady, the ultimate insult to womanhood, and then eliminated her.

I am living in Delhi for the last 5 years and I find the behaviour of some men in cities is very odd as they try to show extra sympathy to girls and women. It is very difficult to whom we have to believe and to whom not .

Being father of two girls, I advise the girls and women to be extra vigilant even with familiar people. The first lesson is, don't go alone at odd hours, especially after dark. If they require to go, remember that you must keep in constant touch with family/near & dear ones. The mobile phone must have enough battery backup with sufficient balance, if it is prepaid connection. Always use public transport, as far as possible.

It is also high time that companies who employ young women must give a kind of safety net including transport when their women employees come back from leave/ native places.

The Mumbai incident is not an isolated one. Crimes against women are swelling up day by day. Kalpana Sharma who is an independent journalist and columnist based in Mumbai writes a weekly column for The Hindu on woman issues. Her article (dated Oct., 25, 2015 click to read full story ) captioned Lock up the girls ? narrating the agony of a poor 9 year old girl which is very disturbing.

Read a portion of that article here :

Two weeks ago, a woman who lives in the slum near my house came to see me. She looked deeply disturbed. She has a nine-year-old granddaughter who goes to school early morning and returns in the afternoon. Most days, she eats lunch and falls into a deep sleep. That day, while her mother was washing clothes, this little girl fell asleep as usual. By chance, her mother heard something and went up to the loft to check. There she found her neighbour’s 14-year-old son pulling down his pants and hovering over the child, whose undergarments had already been removed. The mother screamed. The boy ran. And the little girl woke up not knowing what had happened.

We can't say that all crimes against women/girls are being reported. The incident narrated by Kapana is one instance of countless happenings in this country and it is very difficult to knit all such sorry tales. There are some deep ethical questions on the behaviour on woman. The idea of woman being seen as a commodity must be gone and society must work on it immediately. We must go to the root of problem by educating the boy child to behave decently and parents must take care of their male children behaviour within the four walls of their homes to put a stop to such ugly trend.

Further, whenever such heinous crimes occur, the law must take quick action and a fitting message must go to the society with exemplary punishment to the culprits without unnecessarily dragging the case due to one reason or other. Delay in dispensing justice would frustrate the victims and may encourage other perpetrators to repeat such heinous crimes thereby restlessness grows in society.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

HERE IS THE BAROMETER TO GAUGE THE NET FREEDOM



https://freedomhouse.org/

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.

Freedom House  works on these lines and  acts as an independent watchdog to ensure expansion of freedom and democracy around the world.  Founded in 1941, it was the first American organization to champion the cause  of freedom globally.

Internet being the most powerful medium to reach public,  people  are curious to know the state of internet in their country.   Taking such cues, Freedom House started conducting surveys on the state of Internet in the world under caption "Freedom on the Net''.    Based on certain inputs and ground level survey, each country gets some score. The rules for  scoring  is :

0 = Best and 100 =Worst.

India fared reasonably well with a moderate score of 40 in the  Freedom on the Net Survey conducted for the year 2015.

The report is very exhaustive  with abundant statistics.   

You can read  the India Report
Click here

ALEXA GIVES REPORT CARD ON YOUR BLOG's PERFORMANCE


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.

Once you create a blog or website, the first thing you must do is submit your blog/ website to Alexa.  Click this link to add your blog/website to  Alexa 
http://www.alexa.com/siteowners/ claim and after that follow the  screen instructions.  In the process of blogging, you must become little expert on certain technical aspects while submitting to Alexa.

Once you review your Alexa Ranking on daily basis, self-ignition to improve  your blog's  content, design automatically comes to you and there are countless tips you get online to improve your ranking.

In fact, Alexa gives the rank based on  the average of your three months ranking.  If you wish to know the Alexa ranking daily, here is the solution.  You can click thislink
 http://dailyrank.net/   to know your daily Alexa ranking with full metrics so that you can alter your strategy to attract more eyeballs.

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 center-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 five
books of Dr. Chopra in my library 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.

I read portions of this thoroughly researched book on
God  when I purchased it in February, 2013.  The book  thoroughly explains the concept of God from Biblical times  - Job to Socrates, from St. Paul to Indian Sage Shankara and from Rumi to Rabindranath Tagore.

My choicest part of the book is Chapter 4 Shankara and Chapter 10 Rabindranath Tagore.  Dr. Chopra's comparing Tagore with Rumi is scintillating.  The heart of the book lies in documenting the meeting and discussion of Tagore with Einstein.  One must not miss this interesting discussion on God by these two great souls .

In one word, it is a must read book by those who show interest in philosophy.

For more on Book Reviews visit my Blog : 
http://delhi-bookclub.blogspot.in/

Monday, October 26, 2015

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.

At that time, I wished that I should have a platform to bring talent of children to light in my own way.  Now, I could boast that I have my own forum where I could encourage children.  This blog of four and half years will encourage children to show their talents to the world. 

Divya was very happy about my earlier post on her.  This girl did not wait a minute and made a bunch of drawings at our home and I selected the above one which is on her hands.


Let us encourage children in such creative pursuits!  

Anybody who wish to bring the talents (drawings/paintings or any creative act) of their children/ grandchildren to the larger world, may send their drawings/paintings with brief details at my email address tellmeknoweb@gmail.com so that I try to give space in my blog!
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