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Teacher's Day - A Poem

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Teacher’s Day Our teachers should be the country’s best minds Thoughtfully said one of India’s own greatest minds Ex-President, Late. Dr. S Radhakrishnan’s birthday Celebrated grandly since then as Teacher’s day Teachers teach us Civics, Geography and History Languages, Physics, Biology and Chemistry Teach us everything from Algebra to Geometry More importantly you unravel the life’s mystery You have the greatest impact in our story Our respect to you in this short poetry  We cannot thank enough for your contribution Can only admire your choice of noble profession Thanks for always guiding us in the right direction Oh, remover of darkness, it’s your day of celebration  Since centuries, respecting our teacher  Has been a core part of Indian culture  Kabir Das’s famous couplets about teacher  Or Guru Purnima, show reverence for teacher  Whether it is first-ranker or backbencher  You are every student’s life enricher I wrote this poem based on a request from my nephew who is studying in 7

Happy Independence Day - Speech by Reaan

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Happy Independence Day to all Indians. Here's a short speech by Reaan dressed as Gandhiji. 

I don't believe in God

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I don't believe in God, I don't see a reason to believe in God. My question is, why should I believe when I know God? People usually believe in things they don't know. Which we know, there is absolutely no question of belief. For example, I know I am in Munich today, this is not a belief, this is a fact that no one can dispute. On the other hand, I don't know where I will be in 1 month, in that case I believe I will be in Munich or I believe I will be in Bangalore if flights are open, only when there is doubt, there is belief, when there is no doubt, there is no belief.   Before you jump into conclusions, let me explain what I mean by God. If you refer to God as some super human living somewhere in so-called heaven, no, that's not the God I know. If you refer to God as this invisible force, this invisible power, that's here and now like gravity, this phenomena that keeps driving me (possibly you too) to a certain direction, that's the God I know. I know not

You should wear a mask your entire life

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Person A : You should wear a mask your entire life from here on.  Person B : What? No way. Why?  A: Because of Corona or COVID-19, it's now mandatory to wear mask in most places, so you should wear a mask your entire life.  B: I understand that it is mandatory now and it is a medical necessity to wear a mask now, but why the hell should I wear a mask my entire life?  A: If you don't wear a mask, you will not be considered a human. And if your children don't wear a mask throughout their life, they will be beaten up or they will be considered less human and they will not belong to the community. B:  Thanks, and you will be considered a stupid human, simply ridiculous.  A : So, when something that is relevant for current situation is forced on you for all situations, you feel that I am stupid and that it is ridiculous. But when you do it today, it's the right thing to do. Just look at your clothes and look at yourself. Are you choosing your clothes based on your needs or

LinkedIn - Rate this translation feature

Raised  a question today about "Rate this translation" feature in LinkedIn. One of my ex-colleagues commented on a post, as the post was not in English, I used the "See translation" option, and then there was this "Rate this translation" option available to me. My question is, what use is this feature? I will see the translation only because I don't know the original language. And those who know the language wouldn't care to see the translation. So why ask me to rate the translation? How would I be in a position to rate the translation when I don't know the language? My post is here .  The original post that I didn't understand is here . 

Gender Equality

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I find that the people who speak about gender rights, especially about equal rights for women, they themselves don't realize that they too have an unconscious bias and they are actually biased. For example, look at the names of the 4 well known women in the US; Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Indra Nooyi and Melinda Gates.  Side note: Do you know their original / maiden surname? I'm sure all of them have spoken about gender equality and equal rights for women. Do they even realize that they haven't considered their own equal rights when they have changed their names after marriage? Why do they have to change their name after marriage? You know what you are doing by changing your name? You are losing your own identity. People may justify this practice with various reasons but none of those can be valid if those reasons are applied only on one gender. Has any man changed his name after marriage and taken the surname of the woman? Is there such a practice? Why to change the n

The bigger the bubble the more visible it is

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As the bubble becomes bigger and bigger, it becomes more and more visible, what we don't realize is, the bigger the bubble gets, the closer it is getting to the bursting point. 25th of June 2020, an unforgettable day, an extremely sad day, lots of learnings for life on how not to do business - Wirecard collapses into insolvency - -  https://www.ft.com/content/ac949729-6167-4b6c-ac3f-f0aa71aca193

That last hug

After that last hug on the 9th of June 2019 when I departed from Bangalore airport to Munich after celebrating his 70th birth anniversary, the next time I saw him directly was on the 18th of June 2019 in the cold storage, where his dead body was kept, he was no more. My dad left us on the 18th of June 2019 but his way of life will never leave me. He never said "I love you" to me or to my mom or to my brother or anyone, he simply loved the way he knew. He never taught us or preached us anything, he simply did what he believed was right, he simply worked and worked. I learnt a lot by observing him, even to this day, everyday I am trying to decode why he did some of the things he did. I didn't have a clue back then why that last hug at the airport was such a big one. Miss you dad. To anyone who is reading this, I don't like to be prescriptive, but as someone who has experienced it and would like to help others, I would like to share and request just two points.  Please d

The pace is just not matching

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The pace at which the world, especially technology, is changing is a pace which my pace of learning is unable to match. It's changing rapidly, every day, something new is coming up, and there's the dilemma, if I spend a lot of time learning new things, when do I get to implement what I learn? If I keep implementing what I learnt when do I get to learn new stuff? The pace is just not matching. 

Last day at Wirecard

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Today is officially my last day at Wirecard. My last day post in LinkedIn is here . My team gifted me Amazon gift cards and a football. I invested the gift cards in buying a business laptop, and the signed football triggered this message for my team. I knew that some of my team members could be sad hearing my resignation news but I didn't expect any of them to actually cry. That day is just etched on my memory. I have learnt an important lesson in my life. 

An entrepreneur's ABC

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Current State of Social Media

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When AI-powered robots take over the world

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AI-powered robots (AIPRs) will be able to carry out medical surgeries, build bridges, buildings and roads, argue in a court of law, drive cars, trucks, and other vehicles, fly planes, code software, sell goods in a store, serve in a restaurant, manufacture goods, protect borders, fight wars, maintain law and order, write books, paint, sing, dance, act, travel, forecast weather, clean toilets, fix drainage, shoot movies, win debates, play sports, cook food, deliver pizzas, say jokes, and do everything else that we currently consider as a job. It looks like it is inevitable that we will reach a situation where AIPRs will do all of these more efficiently than humans. It looks like it's no longer a question of "if" but "when".   Some of the things that AIPRs cannot do, for example, are to feel, meditate, pray, bless, enjoy, etc. They can act as if they feel but actually they won't feel. They will not have any morality. Without morality they can be highly destruc

What is self-empowerment?

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But seriously the power of power nap is simply amazing. It's actually powerful. Try it to know it. In my case a power nap shouldn't exceed 20 minutes, I don't know if it is different for different people. The way I do it is to start a timer in my mobile phone with 15 minutes duration and keep the mobile away at a distance which will prompt me to walk to the mobile. After a power nap, for mind feels it like a fresh day.  Note : Was packaged into a joke to create awareness. 

Why we don't ask enough questions?

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quite true, isn't it? :-)  

Problem Solving

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I think if we follow this simple approach of problem solving we may actually solve the problems. In these tough times I needed something that I could use for myself and not get into a state where I am not as productive as I can be.  I think one person alone cannot solve all of the problems. Not everyone will have the energy, time and the ideas to solve the problems. If some of us can at least solve one problem, that will make a difference for someone, that would be amazing. And all those who cannot solve any of the problems, if they can just take care of themselves and not create new problems that would in itself be a great thing. 

A Boy Was Crying

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A Boy Was Crying Two boys were playing on the street and met with an accident as a car hit them and sped away. The boy who lost his left ring finger in the accident was crying out loud in severe pain, blood pouring out profusely. He screamed at the other boy "I'm crying in pain, lying flat on the ground, and you are not even lifting me up, what kind of friend are you?" and turned to his friend to find his friend had lost both his hands in that accident and was barely conscious. Moral : It's easy to judge others wrongly based on our own difficult situation, it takes sincere effort and unbiased mind to understand other's situation. The one who cries the loudest is not necessarily the one who has lost the most. No cry doesn’t mean there is no pain. Now tell this short story to kids (without giving any hint about the moral/s) and ask them what is the moral of the story. Give it a try. You will be surprised to hear them say Don't play on the street or words to tha

LinkedIn spread idea

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Today I couldn't resist but share with LinkedIn to include a "spread" button. I observed that a lot of people are commenting on LinkedIn posts "commenting for better reach", "commenting for wider reach", "commenting for network" and some people end up "Liking" (even though they don't want to) the posts just to ensure that their network sees their post. My comment is here . I hope LinkedIn considers my suggestion or comes up with something better.   

One at a time

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If you try to solve all problems at the same time you will end up not solving as many as you would have by focusing on solving one problem at a time. If you try to be everywhere, you will end up being nowhere. If you try to be everything, you will end up being nothing. If you try to fit into everyone's right way, you will end up being in no one's right way.   

Less is not more

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Nowadays it has become trendy for people to say "less is more", for example when you create a presentation, you may hear someone giving you a feedback "less is more". Sorry, less is not more, less can never be more, less is less, we can say less is enough, less is sufficient, less is good enough, less should be OK, etc but less cannot be more, if less is more then what is less? So let's stop using these illogical statements, I don't know who comes up with these and then how people take it up without challenging it.   

60 push-ups in 50

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After I watched the video my heart said "I should focus on quality and not quantity", and then my mind said "Yes, next time I should use a better camera :-)"

I am a nobody

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I am a nobody  to tell anybody  everybody is wrong  or somebody is right Anybody could be right  or everybody could be wrong Everybody cannot be right then nobody would fight If everybody is wrong  then maybe this nobody is actually a somebody So m aybe I am a nobody could actually be somebody or sometimes anybody To be realized by everybody else someday somebody inspired by anybody  explain this to everybody I was surprised to see the level of people's addiction to alcohol (see this or this  to understand what I mean) and then wanted to comment on that, then I felt who am I to tell what is wrong or right and then the thoughts just increased. 

The BIKON Day

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3rd May 2018, exactly 2 years ago, was a special day. It was the day of PublicBI BIKON (Online Business Intelligence conference), and AFAIK the first ever international online BI conference. On 22nd Feb 2018 I had conceived the idea to organize a BI conference and within 2+ months managed to organize a successful event thanks to many people (speakers, sponsors, etc). First among those people is my wife, who not only had to go through the pain of taking full responsibility of our home and our kid but also had to contribute time and energy to the organizing of the conference to support the struggling me. Among us we spent close to 300 hours in organizing the event, from contacting and following up with at least 200 potential sponsors, shortlisting speakers, rehearsals, tool selection, etc. In some other post I will cover more details of the experience of organizing the event. Today, I remember how we celebrated in the late evening after the event was over. Most of you won't believe

Don't see what you imagined to see

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In whatever you are seeing, don't see what you had imagined to see. Without any bias see whatever is there to see in whichever way it exists . Once you have seen the way it exists then analyze it in every possible angle, now if you want to look at it in a biased way, look at it from all possible biases. That's how clarity comes.    

Prediction : Squat toilets will over take sitting toilets

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Here is a bold prediction; In the next few years, squat toilets will over take sitting toilets. Some research will be out which will provide evidence that squatting is the best posture for the purpose and that it has a lot of health benefits and that sitting toilets is mainly for people with disabilities.