“Creating the future we want’’

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We all desire to live in a world which we foresee or we want. A world so appealing and profound, as if, it were a “dream” that we were living. For a world that good , we have to plan today, we have to think and be clear about the future we want. For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. I feel writing down my thoughts about the world I want to live in, is the best possible way to reach out as otherwise your voice remains unheard or is heard only by a few, unless you are a well-recognized figure. As far as my comprehension of the people across the globe is concerned, for everything they are on the wrong side of things. The reasons are very obvious. They are fickle minded, fearful and have a self obsessed mind-set (‘I, me, myself ‘). Plus, they also lack self-control and have a poor judgmental power of what is right and what is not. It’s painful to see the mentality of the people around who can go to any extent to fulfill their desires. We need to make a contrast between today and our vision of tomorrow. We need to acknowledge the mistakes of our previous actions in order to avoid them in future. We need to blame ourselves for once. For once, let’s point the finger on ourselves. Just for once stop putting the blame on others. In my article, I will bring two contrasting worlds across you: the one we currently inhabit and the other is “my dream world”.

The present scenario assures me of the fact that the fulfillment of my dream is almost next to impossible. So “bad“ is the situation. In this world, people are filling their pockets with dollars; a child suffers due to physical and mental harassment. There are too many struggles regarding various issues, such as safety of women and racial discrimination. In this world, families are unhappy and people are helpless. Human suffering is prevalent here and greed is endless. Illiteracy, unemployment, and deaths due to poverty are very normal in this world. This is a world where there is a bombing of a huge tower with incalculable human loss & grief just for the sake of some obnoxious beliefs. This is a world where one religion doesn’t respect another, where love does not get love. This is a world of sufferings and unfulfilled desires. Very few men are sensitive, or concerned. Most of them are insensitive or selfish. Below are a few examples, of the wrong deeds of man that worsened the global conditions. According to the Huffington Post, A parent tried to bury their child who was admitted in a hospital and was fighting for life. It is difficult to believe that parent can do this to his/her child. Then I told myself, of course they have been doing it definitely and they “can” definitely do it again in future.  The huff post published another article addressing the issue of racial abuse. Even though racial abuse has been a much discussed topic, the conditions do not seem to not improve. Shockingly, reports suggest that a man’s shop was burnt just because he was a black. Then, a UNESCO survey shows, about 22,000 children die due to poverty quietly in a village much away from the conscience of the world and nearly a billion are unable to read or write. To add, almost everyday a woman gets raped or sexually abused in India. Less has to be said about how much we have harmed earth. It might be for industrial or non – industrial purposes. To fill are pockets with dollars. Frustration and struggles persist due to these issues.

The Good (people or deeds) is the food of the world that gives it the energy to survive and fight the diseases, (The ‘Bad’).

The world I foresee is splendid. I wish my thoughts were a reality. I would have been over the moon. In my dream world there is love, compassion, concern, honesty and a live and let live attitude which are the keys to a better future.

Starting with love, which brings about a breeze of fresh air in anyone’s’ life. Each one must love the one who needs it. In my dream world everybody is loved: the physically disabled, the abused, the aged and anyone for that matter. In my world, compassion exists where each one ‘cares’, not only about themselves and there families but about things around them. Countries are not separated by boundaries in my world. In my world, one persons’ pain is shared by many and suffering seems less due to such compassion. Or, I would say in my world people ‘care’ to ‘care‘. Such compassion fades ignorance. Everyone feels ‘cared’ irrespective of their looks, status or job. People take small steps for keeping a check on their carbon footprints by closing taps or switching of lights and fans when not in use. Or perhaps, working on their civic sense. Or, it can be, something as mundane as, working honestly in your office, or voting wisely. Walking on the good path is difficult but in my dream world if not 100% people but 90% do walk on it. They realize the fact that they will suffer and that they will have to face a jeering throng but it is better to live on hope of a happy tomorrow than a life of despair as “Marion Zimmer Bradley” has rightly said. It is not an easy task! But the road that is built by hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built by despair, even though they both lead to the same destination. In addition, in my world people think rationally and patiently about every problem. Violence is no solution. In my world women and children are not abused but respected and protected. Women are the ‘creators’. If we don’t have them, the ‘doomsday’ won’t be far. Respect them instead of hurting them, and they should respect themselves too. (‘If you don’t respect yourself, others will not respect you’). As I mentioned before there will be sane and rational people around. The perfect example will be: a certain politician of India (and there would be many) who spent a whooping 86 crores (tax payer’s money) for the renovation of her house whereas India has half the population living in extreme poverty. Learn to give; learn to share with the needy if you have plenty. I admire the rich business tycoons who donate their riches for common good, in the USA. In my world every country will adopt this policy. Universal peace would persist all across the globe. My world will be violence free. In my world people will live and let live.
Finally, my world is beautiful in which people believe that unity is strength, where people deal with problems as a one big global family as I have mentioned previously in my article. Do the right and condemn the wrong. What kind of a world do you want?

A brilliant life

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Three years ago I was in ninth grade and I got an opportunity to attend a session by Andrew cope on “A Brilliant Life”. At the end of the session I managed to get a book by chance on of course the same subject by Mr. Cope himself. As far as the description of the book is concerned, it is a small but a life changing book, only if you abide by the rules it states. In this write up, I will be making a modest attempt to tell you all about the book’s content and the ways in which it guided me.

There was once a young person (consider that person to be “you”) who got by in life. Everything in his life was average. He did alright at school but he was a teenager and it is a known fact that “teenagers moan” about life being unfair to them. Unfair here means that they’ve got homework, coursework, exams and school. And everyone struggles to get out of bed, don’t they? You see, there is nothing lazier than a mortal. Like most teenagers, his negativity or pessimism had become a habit. The turning point came in when he thought about these “negative” habits and began to change them. For this he learned some stuff- and became brilliant. He learned five life changing rules which the person termed it as the “Big five”. The good part was that he did not just learn the big five… he did them. Isn’t that amazing?

So here are those five life changing rules:

*First he chose his attitude. He actually chose to be positive, which was one hell of a task as people around him weren’t, especially in maths. Everyone else as usual continued to moan that life wasn’t fair but the person was not moaning anymore. He realized that school was an opportunity to get on in life. Consequently, he would combat it with a ‘can do’ attitude.

* Next, he learned that when he was positive, good things happened to him. The world was a great place to live in. Lessons were easier. Maths could be real fun. Imagine! Plus, when he was positive he smiled more. It was weird, but he made others feel brilliant too but when he felt rubbish, so did those around him which is spooky. He’d stumbled upon the second of the ‘Big five’. He realized that he was having an enormous impact on those around him- much bigger than he’d ever expected. Moreover, he could choose which impact he had. ‘Positive’ or ‘negative’? It was a tricky decision but he concluded it was the most powerful choice in the world. (He did wonder why nobody else seemed to be making the correct choice, but he didn’t let others’ negative attitude stop him/her from feeling brilliant).

*Thirdly, he set himself some huge goals. Really big ones that were frightening at first. So he broke them down into little steps and started making them happen. Surprisingly enough, a lot of his goals were dependent on how much effort he puts into his school work. He never gave up on his goals- even when things got hard, which was often. This hardness that he faced was due to peer pressure, negativity, laziness and boredom. To add he learned something really interesting. He discovered that even when he did his level best to be brilliant, things still went wrong and sometimes was rock hard. And he could still end up feeling rubbish. It was valid what teenagers said … life wasn’t always fair!

*He did not have many bad days as he learned the fourth point of the ‘Big Five’.  He had ‘bouncebackability’. He’d worked out that an average lifespan would give him 4,000 weeks. This was certainly a big number, but it made him realize that how precious time was. He decided life was too short to waste being anything less than brilliant. When he caught being negative he thought about his 4,000 weeks and immediately bungeed back to being positive. He practised until this became his usual way of thinking.

*He now had four out of the ‘Big five’. He had chosen to be positive, he understood the impact he had, he set big goals for himself and he had bouncebackability. But the last rule was very essential. The final realization was that he had to take responsibility for his life. For teenagers, this was the hardest thing to do! He noticed others blaming their rubbish life on their teachers and relationships and the fact that they did not own the latest designer clothes. As a matter of fact, the more he listened, the more he heard teenagers blaming everyone but themselves. ‘My teachers are rubbish.’ I’ve got a lot of homework.’ ‘My mum nags me.’ ‘My dad makes me come home early, it’s just not fair. ‘Science is so monotonous.’ He noticed it was always someone else who was the culprit. He smiled. He was certain about the fact that his/her happiness wasn’t really about designer clothes. It was only about the choices he made and the positive attitude he carried with him. He’d taken personal responsibility for changing himself. He didn’t blame others any more. He understood that it was about taking charge of his life. He wanted results, not excuses. So he made a massive breakthrough. He stopped thinking about the ‘Big five’ and started doing them instead. In the beginning it was difficult because the energy vampires were everywhere. They excelled at being negative. The energy vampires were brilliant at sucking the positive out of each and every person. They had a point, you know. The weather is always rubbish, isn’t it? So is the traffic. Then there’s school and heaps of homework. And everything else. What a nightmare!                                                                                                                                             He practised being positive, even with energy vampires (he was a very brave young man). He noticed that the sun shone loads. And the cars sometimes moved at 100 mph. And homework was easier, if you did your best. And other things were great too. He tried hard. He was happy even when it rained. There’s nothing to be upset about weather you see. And the more he tried the easier it became. As a result his life changed for the better. He actually wanted to get out of bed. After all, he had goals to achieve. Very soon he became brilliant. Other people noticed his cheerfulness and positive outlook on life. Teachers and parents noticed. His grandparents were very proud. Even his friends noticed. But he noticed it the most. And those around him felt brilliant too.

He got some great grades and a worthwhile career. And lived to a ripe old age (well it was beyond 4000 weeks). He smiled a lot. His wrinkles were happy. And he inspired a lot of people, especially his children. Who turned out brilliant too.

So, this was the ‘Big five’. After reading this book I became much more optimistic about life than I was and this book gave me an urge to live and do well in life. It made me understand that life is all about living and making it right. I am sure it will help you all and make you better people.

Ciao and watch out for my next post.

Money- An overvalued resource

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“Simple, genuine goodness is the best capital to found the business of this life upon. It lasts when fame and money fail, and is the only riches we can take out of this world with us.”
― Louisa May Alcott, Little Men

 

Money has always been one resource over which people have fought, killed and betrayed for nothing but to acquire it. They did it in the past and they are still doing it, least realising the fact that there are things in this world that are of greater value than -“”money””-. During inflation the value of money might reduce but the value of these -“”things””-, which are of greater value, will never be reduced.  They fail to realize that there are people in this world who have nothing: but at the same time have everything. They fail to realise what actually -“”richness””- is. They fail to realise how poor the rich are! This article will make a humble attempt to throw light on all these points and a few more.

On one hand, the poor have always been looked down upon by the rich. They are the have nots, who hardly have any material possessions. They do not have huge homes or cars but they are the richest. Their richness lies in their goodness and welcoming attitude. For instance, I went to a poor person’s home and not only did they provide me with food, but with a chair to sit on, and every possible thing that they could give me even though they had little left for themselves. It was only that day that I understood what richness was, and, how misunderstood the term is. On the other hand, we have the -“”rich””- or the “haves” who apparently have all objects of luxury and comfort, but the irony is that they actually have nothing. I use a term as strong as -“”nothing””- because they are not sharing. There is no point living in a huge house, having a variety of cars and donning branded clothes every day, which certainly exceed your needs when people around you do not even have a house to hide their heads or clothes to cover their bodies. The rich are actually an “unaware selfish bunch of brats”. (I do not say the entire community of the -“”have’s””- are like this. If it was so, the doomsday wouldn’t have been far.)

I believe that each day I live is to only realise that whatever material possessions I will earn throughout my life must be given to the -“”have not’s””-.  Each day I realize how foolish the world is which does not see anything beyond money. Richness is not just about acquiring dollars, pounds, rupees or yen. Richness is about how much you can share with those in need, how much you can do for others, and how you make sure that when you grow financially everyone around grows with you. It is also about the amount of love you get from the needy, I wish I am able to. I wish many are able to. On the contrary we must try to get love of this kind because there is so much of disparity all around us. For instance, a poor child asked me for water, and at that moment I did not have even a drop of water to give him. Yet another child was having no slippers to protect his feet (his feet were bleeding), while some were without clothes. There is so much pain all around. Not to forget that the pain was due to insensitive people. I call them insensitive, because they could have helped but they chose not to. On top of that, they treated them in a highly unjust manner. I was helpless but they were cruel. Remorse had overpowered me as I remember the most heart-rendering moment of my life. Plus, I was unable to help them, but there is always a second chance to correct yourself. I will correct my mistake by helping them to whatever extent I can, till my last breath. Moreover, we all should help them. After reading this, you all must help such people. Spend a little less on luxuries and save money for them. Give most of your material possessions to them when you cross a certain age bar. I am sure your children will do the same and continue this legacy of giving up what they have. Furthermore, walk the extra mile and cry with them. Keep yourself in their place and try to understand them. Be inspired by the good people around you. All this will encourage you to do more and more for them.

One more point I would like to throw light on, is: Each one of us by heart is the richest person around; each of one us is rich in social terms. For instance, I am the richest girl in the world as I have a beautiful family, I am a good human being, I have great friends – and I have never harmed anyone. I have always wanted that good things happen to -“”everyone””-. I have everything: the courage to fight my battle, without even a bit of harm to anyone, and fight for others too! I have knowledge and love. I must gather more of it in the course of time. I am the richest girl indeed. Similarly, you just need to identify what make’s you the richest person around. So, share, believe and spread love.

Keep on giving and do not over-value money.

Ciao with my next post.

 

 

 

 

Procrastination is not a bad Idea

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In the 5 February,2013, Business Standard edition, I came across a really interesting and different article. The article was in support of procrastination written by Ms Alokananda Chakraborty. Procrastination is something we all indulge in and everyone is bound to relate with this article. I personally loved this article for two reasons: we don’t find such articles everyday in the newspaper, and It was in support of “people of delay” and I am one of them.
Coming to my “subject”(procrastination), delaying a decision until the last possible minute is not a bad idea. We all do it most of the times with some good results. This article by Ms Chakraborty gives us a number of examples, from deal sites to Mr Novak Djokovic’s (ace tennis player) game, In Support of Procrastination.
Let us take up the deal sites. If a specific product is on auction, say, about two seconds before the transaction time comes to an end, a purchaser will appear out of nowhere and outbid the then highest bidder in the blink of an eye by adding on a few hundred more. They will pause to figure out whether they have outbid, and if they are, they start increasing their bid. But as there is such a small gap there’s very little another bidder can really do about it other than cribbing. Moreover, you will see bidders who have been unsuccessful in getting the item they wanted and vent their anger in the feedback section of the website concerned or on social networking sites in general. But the fact is that that is the way the game is played. There is a name for these bidders as well who increase there chances of winning by last-minute bids: they are called auction snipers.
Procrastination has been around for quite a while and if you bother to look around you will see the best athletes and sports players following this strategy in various ways .Let us take the example of ace tennis player Novak Djokovic who won his third consecutive Australian Open title this month. He has been described by sports writers as the master of escapology. He is a man who seems to wait till he finds himself in a completely hopeless position before he unleashes the most devastating tennis on his opponent .I am glad, I am not the -“”opponent””- other-wise I’d have broken my bones or head. Plus, I can well imagine the feeling the opponent must be having. I would describe the feeling as that of -“”utter shock””-. He would go like this: “Hey, just a few minutes back, I was about to win this tournament. what happened suddenly? Anyway, coming back to where I was. Scientists who study the strategies of super fast sportsmen agree that Djokovic’s game is exclusive in that he seems to be able to wait a few milliseconds longer than his opponents before striking the ball.“Djokovic wins because he can procrastinate –at the speed of light”, Professor Frank Partnoy, law and finance at the University of San Diego wrote in an essay for FT.com. Professor Partnoy has also studied the game of  Jimmy Connors and says the tennis ace transmuted the game by waiting as long as possible before hitting a retreat shot, giving his grey cells more time to examine where the ball was coming from and what speed.
All these issues can be related to the issue of -“”creative waiting””- that artistes vouch for, where the moment of inspiration dawns on them after a lot of hemming and hawing, or they simply wait for it.
It is time to introspect, if you think that -“”speed””- is an overrated characteristic of management literature. Slowing down is balanced by authors with giving the competition the upper hand when it comes to innovation, granting them the leeway to reach consumers with fresh ideas and products before you did. In the long run, it gives your rivals the chance to dominate the market, even with a sub-standard product, just because they got their first. The worst part of this delay is, that it develops your reputation as a follower, rather than as an industry leader. If anything else the progress in technology has made the proponents of this particular school of thought even more vocal and articulate.
The argument goes something like this: There aren’t many technologies that are so unique that they can give one company a long-term edge over the other. With technology offerings fairly standardised across the world, and oceans of information available on the Internet, a company’s trade secrets – whether it is system or methods will be tough to hang to for long. So, the only competitive benefit becomes the enterprise speed – of going from point B to point C faster than the rest of the crew.
This entire thing about speed has a cascading effect on decision-making. Indeed, the capability of taking fast decisions is regarded by various authors as the hallmark of an effective leader. They say you require leaders who can promptly assess the immensity of a situation, recognise the most expedient and most viable course of action, and then act promptly – often without having all the essential information or the time to weigh every feasible option, and then to choose the best way forward-. Author Malcolm Gladwell goes as far as to say that spontaneous decisions are often as good as – or even better than – carefully prepared or considered ones.
The question which thereby arises is what is better,– to speed up or slow down? In the article, it has been put in this manner – Speed might seem correct in the heat of competition pressure, but poorly planned charges in the face of competitor fire is recipe for pure disaster. An intelligent leader is one who is aware of this. He/she also acknowledges the fact that people and teams go through phases of high productivity and phases of recovery, and control the work flow of his teams and their rhythm accordingly.
Ciao, ladies and gentlemen with another article in the near future. Till then take care, God Bless!

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get that many views.

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Women – A tribute to India’s daughter .

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Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.
Coco Chanel

With deep regret, I am compelled to write about all the mothers, sisters, daughters who are collectively known as women. I was longing to pen down my thoughts on this topic and I believe that there couldn’t have been a better time than this when we have lost India’s daughter: Amanat (23).

On the night of 16 December 2012 India’s daughter was gang raped brutally. India fought back and it was good to see a nation with a voice!  Every one waited for her recovery but she died. The entire nation mourned – and most importantly, humanity mourned. Words like kindness, selflessness, brotherhood and fraternity seemed to be of no significance.

She died but left behind many unanswered questions. Does the society still consider women worthless? Are they subjected to such brutal treatment because they are physically weak? Are they any less than men? Are men unable to digest the fact that women are at par with them? Are men human beings or beasts? Are women objects to be used for the fulfilment of sexual desires by men? Where is it that the society is going wrong, and how can it be rectified? Why is gender bias there? Why are they subjected to evil social customs?

Being a girl myself I very well realise what she went through and what women have been going through since ages. History has recorded the kind of disregard that women met and still the society is not free of this -“”disregard””-. The list of incidents to prove this fact are countless, from the Pandavas putting their wives’ dignity at stake while gambling with the Kauravas to Amanat’s death.

Today, fathers who are supposed to be their daughters superheroes rape their daughters, and being a daughters myself I can’t even tell you how much a daughter loves her father. He is supposed to be her first love and the man she trusts and respects the most. What a shame! If this is the scenario, where should these girls go? Where should they hide? Where will they be safe?

Did nature gave men greater physical strength for this? No, this gift was given to them to protect their sisters, wives, daughters, mothers. They are not objects of sexual fulfillment: it is high time that the physically stronger breed understands that. I am sure you are not -“”beasts””- but -“”human beings””- that too civilised ones who just need to mend their ways.

Taking up the question: ‘Are women worthy or not?’ They are very much worthy and people should get it in their heads. Where have they not proved themselves? From Mary Kom earning laurels in the Olympics to Zia Moody being one of the most sought after corporate lawyers of the nation. Even on the academic front, girls are more sincere than the boys. They are doing great every-where. Two girls had topped the UPSC examination this year (2012). Respect and encourage them.

Another question I am very interested in raising is’ Why there is gender bias?’ Just because they have long hair and a different physical orientation? Just to remind you all, women “can” do everything. Those who think they can’t, get your facts corrected before your ego is hurt. The best example is Amanat herself: she still had the urge to live and move on in life even after that life changing incident. And then there are women serving in the army or the women bearing kids all alone. Women are much stronger and capable than men in many ways.

Time to sum up and this time I don’t have that -“”one last thing to say””- but -“”three things to say””-. The first one is for Amanat and the citizens of India and the world.

I am Amanat. Whoever she was but she was my reflection because she was a girl. You are Amanat. We all are Amanat. Let us fight on her behalf. Let us be her strength. This battle of love, kindness and selflessness must be won.

I respect you to no end. My salute to you and I really wish I was there to help you when you were in need. Rest in peace. You are safe up there with the gods and you are an inspiration for many.

The next message is for all the women not only in India but around the world. Why don’t you fight for your rights and the ill – treatment you have to go through? Raise your voice and fight. Fight till you get what you should be getting and till you are not independent. Try, try and try till you succeed. You are more powerful than you think. You have many weapons to  bring the needed change.

The last message is for all the men and those people who need an immediate change in their mindsets. Respect ( I have used this term many times in this article because it is -“”most””- important) and the treatment that worthy human beings should be getting is the only thing they ask from you. So, give it to them. Protect them. Let them live their lives in a safe atmosphere. Change mindsets, change yourself. Change is the only solution. Work on it and make India and the world a better place to live in!

Just do it – Dreams turning into reality

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All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
Walt Disney

 

-“”Dreams””- are very much a part of our existence. To dream is human. Imagine a world in which people did not have the right to -“”dream””-.

In plain English, we all have dreams and we want to live them. But, what does it take to fulfil dreams? What is it that we should be doing in order to live the days we envisage?

The first step to fulfil a dream is to have one. To be able to see it with eyes open, eyes closed. To be able to see it during the day and the night. Even if people call it day dreaming, big deal! You have sleepless nights because of that -“”one thing””- you want so desperately.

Trust me, if you know what it is all about then you are done with half of your journey. If you can dare to see a dream, then definitely you can make it happen! Nothing can stop you. You breathe that -“”dream””-, you complete a day living with that –“”dream””-. It is -“”your””- reason to live.

Personally, I want to write a book in collaboration with my father, earn a PhD from Cambridge, have an organisation of my own for humanitarian purposes, become a senior bureaucrat, start a business of my own and direct a film and act in one before I die. I want to live these dreams and I am working towards them though I need to work much more. It is good to dream and very inhuman to not dream. So, do dream!

The next step is to believe in yourself. If you believe in yourself then what -“other’s say doesn’t matter “-. They will try to pull you down just the way one crab tries to pull another one down, but eventually you will reach your destination at your own pace. Believing is like water. As survival is impossible without water, similarly living is impossible without believing.

-Even if not even one person accompanies you on your journey to your destination, your faith in yourself will accompany you. There will be a time when the world will follow you, just because of that one thing I mentioned. So what, if you walked all by yourself in the initial stages.

The subsequent move that one takes is to have the urge or the willpower to do it. Just do it. Bang on. You know you want it and now you have to make it happen through actions because destiny and hard work go hand in hand. You cannot completely rely on destiny for something to come your way. You always have to make efforts, necessary and appropriate efforts to reach that level of success where, to the world, it just seems beyond reach, absolutely inaccessible.

-Also, only once in a blue moon does it actually happen that your dreams turn into reality overnight. It is more often a gradual process where you have to -“”keep working””-. We always see the product of everything. That is, if a person is at a certain position we see the beauty of the place where he/she is, whereas we ignore seeing the hard work through which he came there. All of us tend to believe this lot of achievers are -“”geniuses””-, and that being in that position is impossible for us. Apparently, these are normal people who just want to  -“”set fire to the rain””-.

One last thing. Be rationally optimistic. If a certain phase of your life was bad, it does not mean the rest of your life will be bad. Always remember, every black cloud has a silver lining. I don’t see a reason why people’s failure should make them suicidal? One should be learning from it instead of sacrificing their lives. Ignorance of negative agents is a necessity. Be focused and the rest can be avoided. In this life of dreams, don’t forget to love those who love you, and love those who hate you. Love is a very powerful weapon to overcome obstacles.

Good luck and – Just do it! (I am sure you all are Nike supports!).

Change agents: Those who have the willpower to make a difference

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The very reputed college of India, St Stephens, recognised on Friday (7/12/2012) that one of it’s students “get-up-and go“ attitude has spelt development for hundreds of villagers in the hills of Manipur (a prominent state in north east India).

Mr Armstrong Pame joined St Stephens in 2005 with Physics Honours. The felicitation by his alma mater after all these years was a proud moment, as quoted by the -“Hindustan Times”-.

After joining the much sought after IAS (Indian Administrative Services) in 2009 his foremost aim was to work on the development of the village which he hailed from– Impa village.

Pame told the Hindustan times that this village sadly had no roads or electricity and it was his dream to provide “a basic road” so that in times of emergency at least a four – wheeler vehicle could pass through. Reading this, I felt we are actually so privileged!

After Pame joined the IAS, plans were under way for the deep corners of north-east India. As the sub-divisional officer of the Tousem Sub division (Manipur) he made every possible effort to pool in resources for the construction of a 100 km long road in this district .

While 60 km was in need of intensive repair work. Mr Pame told HT, that a 40 km stretch had to be constructed afresh. He got in touch with the people inhabiting the village and together they did a lot of brainstorming, after which they came to the conclusion that they would work to build roads in the area. As a result about 150 villagers agreed to provide firewood, manpower and other resources that they were able to. He requested his acquaintances to provide bulldozers and other necessary equipments at an economical rate.

Even though financing this outstanding project was a hindrance, fortunately it didn’t prove to be a deterrent.

According to HT, Pame told the villagers that he would pay a basic salary to the villagers from whatever he saved over the months. His family also actively contributed for the project. His mother pooled income from his father’s pension and his brother and his spouse also joined in. But they got a major boost when they put this initiative on, Facebook.

Now they have generated almost Rs. 16 lakh which undoubtedly is commendable. In future, this young turk has requested the Government of India to assist them.

One final thing one can infer from this in my view is that those who have a desire, do make a difference. We all should learn from this and try to use our knowledge and education to -“”make a difference””- and let it not go in vain. Think about it: can you make a difference just the way Mr Armstrong, a civil servant, did?

Forbes 2012 power list

Obama And Biden Meet With State Governors At The White House

6th December 2012

The Forbes 2012 “annual power list” was released on Wednesday, 5th December (2012).  The prestigious list includes CEOs , philanthropists and political figures, entertainment biggies who truly structure the world of 7.1 billion people .

The Forbes editors’ create this list on the following parameters:

— Power over many people

— Control over financial and other valuable resources

— Power in multiple spheres or arenas

— Active use of power

President Obama who won the presidential elections held this year against Republican party’s head and entrepreneur, Mitt Romney and was re-elected for the second term as the head of the United states bagged the first position. President Obama has four more years to push his agenda even as he faces major challenges, including an unresolved budget crisis, stubbornly high unemployment and renewed unrest in the Middle East.

But Barack Obama remains the commander-in-chief of the world’s greatest military and head of the sole economic and cultural superpower–literally the leader of the free world,” as told by Forbes.

This Harvard graduate has proven his metal and will be doing so till the time he completes his next tenure. He is not only a man of substance but an epitome of greatness.

The second most powerful celebrity in the world also happens to be the world’s most powerful woman, German chancellor 58-year-old Angela Merkel. She jumped up from the number four position in 2011 to take the runner-up spot on the 2012 list.

Merkel is routinely voted as one of the most powerful women in the world and Germany is financially sound: the biggest and strongest economy in Europe, 4th largest in the world, are a few extra ordinary facts related to her .

India is not behind in this, Mrs Sonia Gandhi (12) and Honourable Prime minister, Manmohan Singh (19) make it to the list.

Gandhi dropped a notch from last year’s list and ranks at number 12 this year ahead of Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang and French President Francois Hollande.
Forbes said the 65-year-old leader of India’s ruling political party has the reins of the world’s second-most-populous country and tenth-largest economy.

Mr. Singh, the Oxford and Cambridge-educated economist is the architect of India’s economic reforms.

Also, Forbes termed Merkel as the backbone of the 27-member European Union, one who carries the fate of the Euro on her shoulders.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton placed 50th, with (Forbes) editors noting that by hitting the campaign trail for Obama, Clinton “cemented his status as a kingmaker”, along with his nonpartisan Global Initiative raising more than $71 billion in commitments to fund charitable action worldwide.

Turning to the silicon valley, 28-year-old Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made it to the list at position number 25 and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin hold position number 20. Not to forget, Microsoft co-founder Mr Bill Gates (4).

Entrepreneurs are everywhere. Instead of saying, Mr Mukesh Ambani runs the country, Mr Kejriwal should have said he is among the few who actually run the world.

Mr Ambani who owns the world’s most expensive private residence (Antilla), ranks 37th in the list. Forbes said the petrochemical billionaire is India’s richest and Reliance Industries is the nation’s most valuable company.

Carlos Slim Hula, (owns assets worth $72 billion ) is 11th on the list on the basis of the strength of his wealth. Along with, New York’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg(16), Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett at (15) and Arcelor Ceo , Laksmi Mittal were among the few tycoons who made it to the list.

The list can be found in the 24th December new edition of Forbes.

Lastly, these are people like you and me who just have the fire to make it “big”. They realize their responsibilities and handle them with care. They are the people who inspire, perspire and desire just to make it “possible”.

If we believe in ourselves, then we all can make it big and do positive things for the society we inhabit. So, learn from them and live accordingly.

Catch you soon with the next post !

Barack Obama