The futility of LinkedIn – Or is it just me?

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Till about a couple of years ago, LinkedIn profiles with 500+ connections impressed me immensely. With that humongous network/reach at their disposal, they’d have a world of opportunities on a platter. I checked their profile to see what made them popular or ‘connection-worthy’. I secretly emulated their style, their profiles, etc.

Last weekend, I pruned my contact list and ended-up removing about 100 connections and quite a few of groups with the intent to eventually settle at a number below 250, or better still, log out completely. Interesting? Click here to read more...

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Learn to live with reality…

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Learn to live with reality; otherwise one day, reality will come and live with you.

This is the opening line and central advice of a book called “The Law of Karma”.

To me, it comes across more like a warning than an advice. Advices are easy to forget or brush aside. Humans rationalize everything, hence easily crossing the line between reality and fantasy. A warning is a more effective mechanism to goad us to remain in the realm of the objective truth.

Nowhere is this quote more relevant than in corporate life. Interesting? Click here to read more...

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तेरी दुनिया से उठ गयी खुदाई है, सब आया बस कयामत ही नहीं आयी है

तेरी दुनिया से उठ गयी खुदाई है, सब आया बस कयामत ही नहीं आयी है जहाँ से चलेथे वहीँ आज पहुंचे, शहर-शहर गली-गली रुसवाई ही रुसवाई है है भीड़ में अकेले, अकेले में एकाकी, हर तरफ बस तनहाई ही तनहाई है तेरी दुनिया से उठ गयी खुदाई है, सब आया बस कयामत ही नहीं आयी है अरसा बीत गया चाँद को देखे, तुझे न देखने की कसम जब से खाई है वफ़ादारी में हम हो गए और भी पक्के, असर कर गयी इतनी तेरी बेवफ़ाई है सबकी आँखों का पानी भी सूख गया, अपनी आँखों में आंसू देखकर हंसी आई है तेरी दुनिया से उठ गयी खुदाई है, सब आया बस कयामत ही नहीं आयी है आज़ादी की कीमत क्या होती है उन्से पूछो, सरहद पर जानें जिन्ने लुटाई है मिले तन मिट्टी में, धरती में लहू, सबसे सची येही रुबाई है तेरी दुनिया से उठ गयी खुदाई है, सब आया बस कयामत ही नहीं आयी है मैय हाथ में थी मरते दम तक, सबने छोड़ दिया बस ये हमें न छोड़ पाई है कंधा देने के लिए था नहीं कोई, चला कर कब्र तक ले आयी है दुनिया में मिसाल करदी कायम, सबसे सच्ची दोस्ती इसीने निभाई है तेरी दुनिया से उठ गयी खुदाई है, सब आया बस कयामत ही नहीं आयी है Interesting? Click here to read more...

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My Way…

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I am not a star. There is no halo around my head. Fate does not like the color of my eyes.

Struggle and strife are good friends of mine.

Who am I?

I am survival. I am guts. I am pride. I like odds. Especially when they are stacked against me.

Because there will come a time when I will stare them in the eye…

…and smile the smile of someone who has pulled it off.

I will be the guy who will have deep lines on  his face someday. And it will make me look good when I laugh.

Because that is the day when I will fear no fear. And, taste the sweat that is sweet. Interesting? Click here to read more...

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स्वप्न स्थान (Dreamscape)

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एक ऐसी जगह पर जाता है मन जो दूर नहीं पर पास भी ना हो

जहाँ आग सी तपती रेत पर एक शीतलता सी भिछ्ती हो

जहाँ दूर दूर तक तरु नहीं पर छाव हमेशा मिलती हो

जहाँ प्यास बुझाने को नीर नहीं पर दरिया गहरी बहती हो

एक ऐसी जगह पर जाता है मन जो दूर नहीं पर पास भी ना हो Interesting? Click here to read more...

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Please queue-up – Aapki ankhon ki photo leni hai

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My chauffeur, Surinder, is not too familiar with the ways of the modern world.

Early one morning he came to my house and excitedly told my better half:

सरकार नया राशन कार्ड बना रही है। साहब को लेकर चलिये  (The government is making new ration cards, wake-up sahib, let’s go).

My wife shrugged him off – partially because of sleep and partially because we don’t need a ration card.

A ration card was perhaps one of the most important documents in any Indian household a couple of decades ago. It was a one-stop solution for identification, address proof and a guarantee to subsidized food grains from the government public distribution systems. Interesting? Click here to read more...

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Gems of Wisdom

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This is an on-going collection of seashells, shiny pebbles, and beautiful trinkets – of which most i have realized, few that i have collected, and some that i discovered – as i walked along the beach of life.

But first…

Wisdom exists as 4 types – True Gyan (that which is born out of pure intellect), Local Gyan (that which is pertinent to the immediate environment); Functional Gyan (that which is pertinent to the job at hand); and Global Gyan (that which is absolute bullshit but very effective nevertheless) – discern when to use which [Prashant Mishra]
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The Five Estates of Technology

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…work is no longer a place to go and come back from… it’s a state, a state which is no longer hinged to locations or to premises…

My daughter is in third grade but, she is already conversant with computers. When I got her an iPad, she mastered its use in a couple of days. There is no denying that technology is evolving quickly, continuously, and getting more embedded in our lives. It makes me wonder how the world would be when today’s 8 years old are in their twenties. Interesting? Click here to read more...

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The hand that rocks the cradle…

One of the best insights that man has left for humanity is that, “the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world”. Of the high ideals that we claim we have for women – the benevolent mother goddess, the primordial female deity, Meenakshi, Annapoorna, Lakshmi, Durga the Destroyer of Evil – it’s not only unfortunate

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What The Agile Manifesto Teaches Us About Life?

STOP TRYING TO FIND OR LOSE YOURSELF; KEEP IT SIMPLE SILLY. IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, JUST FUCK IT.

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