Recently, I read book-review of Mihir S.Sharma's book "Restart : The Last Chance for the Indian Economy."   The author termed Indian Economy as "resource-poor, trust-deficient, regulation-heavy environment ?

I am not an expert to offer my view point on his remarks.  But what could I say is that the word "trust-deficient'' speaks a lot on the basic edifice of our relationships in a society which is fast becoming self-centric.   

If we analyse the cause for such ''trust-deficit, one prime reason I find is applying two different yardsticks or behavioral  standards on  seeking help and extending help to others.   One tends to be soft when he or she  is at the receiving end of  help from others, but takes an entirely  different equation when it comes to  his/her turn to extend help to others.

By following this double standard, there seems to be a lingering fear on the back of mind.

We are living in a trust-deficient society, constantly feeling insecure and depressed.  A paradigm shift needs to come in the minds of people.

Noted spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says that the secret of management is first you create trust. He also says that the spiritual component is missing in majority of folks which leads to either violence or depression in their lives.

If you do anything outside your nature that creates irritation and tiredness. The formula for happy life as suggested by Sri Sri is : Be straight-forward, open, honest and last but not least is  inclusive.

When we apply  single standard with trust as a binding glue, we can have a fuss-free society !


In a work life spanning 24 years, I remained almost a restless soul until a couple months back when I reboot my whole perspective of work life. Then life was under constant tension of how to manage a day's works.

One mantra to start working like a silent dynamo is to reach your office premises in time, say 10 – 15 minutes in advance. That buffer keeps you cool. After ensuring that, try to stretch your legs or stand up from your seat and take a relaxed breath after every 60 minutes as sitting continuously for prolonged hours in a sedentary job suffocate and block your energies.

Further, drink water adequately that keeps you hydrated and protect you from mood-swings.

Since computers rule the work life, managing that digital mate keeps you tidy and hassle free in respect of your database/information. Also, keep your desktop clutter-free.

Man-management is the ultimate secret of success in work life. If you keep your relationships under check much of the problem is gone. A smiling and caring gesture keeps you radiant, enthusiastic and thereby create a lasting impression on others. 


Courtesy : My Mobile camera


Courtesy : My Mobile Camera

PM ON RADIO ON 22nd FEB., 2015

मन की बात-भाग 5'

'Mann ki Baat-Part V' on

" Board Exams, Competitive Exams - how to deal with them "on
22nd February 2015   8:00 pm   IST

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A street light in the night in my colony, South Delhi: Courtesy : My Mobile Camera


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This is app driven world.   Various apps are being developed as a solution to all mundane problems.  The latest in the addtion is Safar-Air.

Till now, only you could know the weather/ temperature in your city/location on Android platform.  With this latest  app, real-time  data on 'pollution level' is fed 

Once you install Safar-Air Android app, it will provide   'Air Quality Report'. This four-star rating app is a must download app for those who have health concern. It advises you to remain indoors if the air pollution is unbearable  on a particular day.

It is India's first ever Air Quality Forecasting system that provides current and one to three-day advance forecast for air quality.  The colour-coded system facilitates to easily comprehend the air quality.   It is an app that was developed by Ministry of Earth Sciences  in partnership with  IITM, Pune.

Click the link below to download it :


Violence in the name of religion is a burning topic in the world today.

It is so distressing to see the going  of  so many innocent lives with  religion as a central issue.   

We are a nation with great religious tolerance. When I dwell on this subject, I can't go forward without quoting Swai Vivekananda who exhorted the  the Message of India to the world  at Parliament of Religions, Chicago on 11th Sept., 1893 :

I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings: "As the different streams having their sources in different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee."

Religion is purely a personal choice.  To embrace a faith is rather a personal choice and  not by  compulsion.  At the same time, religion is totally insignificant when a person doesn't have  the  luxury of even a full square meal.

The recent conversion drama  that raised emotional turbulence  in a certain part of India need not be looked with magnified glass.  This country is maintaining religious freedom since time immemorial and a couple of stray incidents can't disintegrate the fabric of this nation.

If religion is grasped in a true sense,  I fell that this Hindi tag line which I have seen on a billboard  in a colony of South Delhi makes full sense :

"Dharm jodta Hai, Todta Nahi " .



Over a period of time, the names to some old countries/cities/towns have been changed. Here is the update :
Bombay     Mumbai
Calcutta     Kolkata
Madras      Chennai
Cochin       Kochi
Calicut       Kozhikode
Quilon        Kollam
Tanjore      Tanjavur
Burma        Myanmar
Carnatic     Karnatak
Poona         Pune


The medal tally in the  National Games at Kerala  (31st January to 14th February, 2015) gives a glimpse of appalling affairs on sports arena in this country.  No single State stood first in the Games and Armed Forces clinched the first position by winning 91 gold, 33 silver and 35 bronze (Total : 159).

The host State Kerala managed 2nd position by winning 54 gold, 48 silver and 60 bronze (Total : 162).  The third position was taken by Haryana with 40 gold, 40 silver and 27 bronze (Total : 107).

The above statistics paint a disturbing trend of how sports & games are treated in this country.   Though sports & games are part of school education, no stress is laid when  a particular student shows high talent in a particular discipline.   In fact, it is  not talent crunch that is plaguing the system, but  lack of planning coupled with some policy issues at State and National level.  It seems that the patriotic fervor is in low steam  amongst citizenry.   

Still, a majority of folks think that sports & games are for leisurely people.  Much credence is not given to it  at school and college level.  Part of the blame  goes to parents who don't encourage their children in sports & games.   Only handful of children develop a knack in certain disciplines and only some select parents accept their wish and help them to  climb the ladder which happens  with their  individual efforts/ ways and means. 

India with 1.22 billion people must fare well in Olympics but our performance in the London Olympics in  2012 is heart-wrenching with only 2 silver and 4 bronze (Total: 6).  We did not open an account in gold category.

You can't say that we don't have a talent pool.  Our Rural India is abundant with youth who could be channelized  to compete for international events. Only  long vision with  adequate resources and systematic training take us to the height of success.  

When it comes, governmental action,  Central Government must lead.  But it is States that must actually take the lead in increasing  talent pool in sports & games.  In a federal  structure  like India, it is States that act as driving force in any activity.   Growth can't always be weighed in terms of GDP (Gross Domestic Product).

Real growth is individual growth; intellectual growth that steers the nation to global  heights. A country's image is also measured in terms of  its talent in sports & games. We are 2nd most populous  country in the world  but our performance in international sports events is terribly below the mark and it is the high time to revamp the whole idea of  sports in this country.  

The God's own country  Kerala which  hosted National Games 2015 showed a brilliant performance and this highest literacy State has much in store to surprise the world. Being the highest  literacy State and now armed with its fresh victory  in National Games - 2015,  Kerala stands as a Model State in Sports & Games.

Let  the other States  learn something from Kerala  !


Courtesy : My mobile camera


Courtesy : My mobile camera

Being aware of your rights put you on higher pedestal. I could say, it is the need of the hour.  I have seen countless instances where people purchase substandard products from nameless companies and burn a hole to their pockets.

Being a consumer means, to act responsibly.  Before you purchase any product, you must ensure that it is a standard product with ISI mark on it.  Don't forget to take bill for the product you purchased. Suppose if  you purchase a product online, don't forget to register with the manufacturer's website/helpline.  This protects you  from warranty-related issues for any manufacturer-level defects in the products.  

Sometimes, inspite of careful steps taken while purchasing products, the grievances of individual consumers remain largely unmitigated by the manufacturers due to one reason or other.  At this juncture,  consumers put a blank face of what to do next ?  A majority of them  endure the ordeal silently which they should not.

If they know that there is a legal mechanism to initiate action against  manufacturer or service provider who fail to compensate for the product or service, they  would feel relieved   from the problem.

The image you are seeing was taken by me from my mobile camera in a Delhi Metro station.  It says that the consumers must fight for their rights.  The Government has started a National Consumer Helpline :

Everyone of us is a consumer in one way other and therefore, we need to know our rights in it's entirety and  there is dedicated website to know more about on this.

Majority of the folks don't know the existence of such mechanism viz consumer forums/ courts etc. When the awareness levels increase at consumer level, manufacturers/service providers would remain cautious in manufacturing  their products  thereby the nation flourishes with exemplary products  & services !  


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Those who missed the India's Republic Day Parade live on 26th January, 2015 need not worry. This video shows the Border Security Force's  motorcycle riders daredevil feats on the Rajpath which  was deeply appreciated by the Chief Guest of the Parade, US President Obama.

This is a must watch video which injects patriotism into your veins.  Obama in his townhall speech later at Siri Fort Auditorium termed them as daredevils.

I bow my head before these sons of Mother India !


India Today, in its supplementary Aspire brought out Ankit Khandelwal's tips to run a successful Blog.   Though, these tips are not new but it reiterated the fact that a blogger   must meticulously follow  these tips to learn and earn.

Here is the rundown:

1.Write about stuff you really love 

 2. Be genuine

3. Have a plan - If something inspires you, note it down, research the idea and plan a presentation before you get down to writing the blog post.

4. Get your facts right - Check stuff.  Then double check.  A little effort is all it takes to be authentic and reliable.

Ankit has a dedicated website called http://ankitkhandelwal.in/ and his tagline is :  Simply simplified journey of my life !.   He has a blog ' Denmark : An insider's view from a student's perspective'.  It is said that this blog is one of the top five student blogs on international student exchanges.


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I have been staying in Delhi for the last four years but I didn't know where I get the best furniture at the best price. Recently through a friend, I came to know that it is Panchkuian Furniture Market, Bhai Veer Singh Marg, Gole Market, New Delhi - 110 001. 

Under a single roof, you could  witness hundreds of furniture shops and interior decoration items. Prices are so affordable and one must pay a visit here to know new trends in home/ office furniture and interior decoration.


Delhi's is slowly coming out from winter chill.  Now the weather in the capital is so captivating that one could enjoy an outing.

To add joy to the weather is,  opening of New Delhi World Book Fair from today onwards i.e. 14th February to 22nd February 2015 at city's Pragati Maidan.

The venue of Book Fair is well connected with Delhi Metro's Pragati Maidan - Blue Line.  It is also well connected with DTC bus services from all parts of the city.  Whether you buy a book or not, it doesn't matter, but a visit will give a gusto to your soul and you are not the same person when you return home.  Lacs of stacked books in the stalls in various categories give an opportunity to know the effort of man in accumulating knowledge.

Knowledge is not a thing that closes it's door after your college education or getting a job.  It is a flame that must be kept  flickering all through life.  A book is a friend, philosopher and a best companion wherever you go.  

The first book fair, I witnessed in my life is at my native place Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India way back in 90s.   I don't miss them because I bring  back  a lot of inspiration  to read more and more.

I have a special relationship with books which I like more than anything else.   Like you choose your friends, you must choose your genre.  Irrespective of your profession, you must have your daily dose of reading which would keep you sane and  scintillating.

When I visited Delhi's Book Fair last year, I felt the need to have wheels to my feet to visit all the stalls in the sprawling halls.   Youngsters may not face any problem as they could roam all the stalls but  for middle-aged  and older people there is a word of caution: you should decide first which stalls you want to visit  in your limited time to save  energies and time.

For all details of  Delhi's Book Fair visit the following website :


By the time of writing this post, counting trends indicate a clear  sweep  in Delhi  for AAP (Aam Admi Party) headed by Arvind Kejriwal.  But an equally interesting piece of news simultaneously appeared is Broom prices shoot up in Delhi amid reports of  AAP's win.

When I read that news, I was shocked and fail to understand the connection between broom and win in a post-election scenario.

Hype dilutes the common sense.   What I have seen is that elections here are fought taking full advantage of people's emotions.  Since majority of folks are illiterate or semi-literate, they are driven by raw emotions while  choosing  lawmakers.  The trend must be changed by using the head intelligently.

We must have a new beginning where the elected representative should not boast that he or she is doing favour to people and further people should not be lured by petty tricks.

As long as people remain as a flock of sheep, things may not change much !