Road less travelled!

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This is a very nice idea to think about especially when we see so many people going for the sameness in everything we do. A little bit of being offtrack I believe will be interesting in the sense that we will be different and doing what we want to do.

The call of your heart versus the stability of the mind in terms of looking at it practically will be a very important decision that you will have to take. Quite often we negate the call of the heart because its is not supported by logic and sometimes never by analysis.

The strength of your taking the road less taken is proportional to your being breathing that idea and living that idea. It should not be fashionable but be really worth it and we should be doing what we want to do in real terms.

These days becoming a writer or a cricketer has become the craze, simple because we get avenues ready and open to barge in. But the idea cannot be just a publishing author but be a phenomenon. Or be the cricketer every club should like to hire for IPL.

One more way to take the road less taken is to answer the question if we enjoy what we do, if not then we need to seek answers to that and finally get to identify if that was the calling of our life. Give wings to the dreams but again as you do so stand on your feet because you need to take that shot to fly in the sky.

You should be happy if you try this early in life, that’s when there isn’t any pressure for you to work for others. Not that you cannot find your calling later in the days but the time to execute would be a little less though it need not matter much.

While you are at it, I mean trying to find your calling, I have realized that we need to work our best to rise upto it and its a challenge much more than what we thought when we quit working for others.

It would have been easy sometimes working for others but when you work for yourself, there isn’t anyone overseeing you nor holding a performance appraisal for you, its all you and yourself actually. Get to that strength and stature as you decide to work your way to achieving your dreams.

Cheers! One post a day 29/30

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Guru Vargam Samarpan: A celebration of Teachers!

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It was an evening with a difference, principals, teachers and management of schools had gathered to celebrate the wonderful work of theirs –  the profession of teaching on the 14th of September at COINDIA Hall.

Thanks to Boddhi Academic Consulting a new outfit into end to end academic consulting in association with The Renes Summit, the event Guru Vargam Samarpan had the teachers being celebrated and how they were inspiring a generation. It had a great line up prolifica academics and mentors who shared their ideas on education and how we need to change the education for the future.

Smt. N Srividya, the Principal of Meridian International a CBSE school from Tiruchengode in her Guest Speaker’s speech spoke on ‘I am unique’ a very down to earth approach to being a teacher and as a head of the institution how they can inspire the teachers and students to excel and get ahead in life.

She led the audience through her journey of teaching and expressed her delight at how she is still in touch with her students and still have a say in their life. This she said was a teacher’s greatest asset and she was proud of the same. Apart from her academic credentials, she is a grand daughter of Subramania Bharathiar.

In his address as a Guest of Honour  Shri. H G Jeya Harish, the Senior Principal of Sri Ranganathar Schools took us on a different path, dissecting without any reservation on  what ails the present system in a nice presentation.

He called upon teachers and principals to make the school a joyous place of learning and that could change the way the student will look up to studying and also his interests in the subject will also increase rather than he getting disinterested as it is happening today. He also stressed the need for value based education and also how the system should be able to make the students inquisitive and also make the teachers raise to the level.

It was the time for the Chief Guest of the day to inspire next. Shri N C  Nandhagopalan, the Secretary of PSG Schools and PSG College of Arts and Sciences in his address emphasized the need for understanding the Indian culture and also have pride as citizens of this country. He also outlined how Indians are making a big impact the world over and how they are regarded as equals because of their hardwork and sincerity.

He dwelt on the need to appreciate Literature and languages and also the need to teach English especially the grammar that will help the students in future be communicative. He also stressed the need to read so that teachers can continue to teach since teaching is a process of learning.

As a part of the celebration 12 teachers from various institutions were awarded with Best Teacher Award for 2014 and  three Principals were awarded the Eduprenuership Award.

Earlier Ms. Reni Auxilia, CEO & Founder of The Renes, and Principal Consultant, Boddhi Academic Consulting welcomed the gathering. Mr. Mahesh Thulasi, CEO & Lead Consultant of Boddhi Academic Consulting proposed the vote of thanks.

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Picture clicked while presenting a Momento to Smt N Srividya, Principal, Meridian INternational, Tiruchengode. Mahesh Thulasi is on the right

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Ambassador and the car!

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Yesterday while driving near the Race course, I saw a Ford Figo with a board of Central Income Tax Commissioner or whatever in the red board that you are so used to being seen as a sign of those powerful Central Bureaucrat.

But I wasnt amused. the car was so tiny that it fails to evoke the respect forget the fear which would come out later. The charm of a white Ambassador cannot be equaled by any car for sure, its is a sad ending for the car that they will no longer be producing them anytime from now.  But the loss is not just ornamental, its a culture that we will soon see vanishing.

The Ambassador or the amby as it was called was a sign of prosperity those days and people have told me that they had waited anywhere between 8 months and 2 years to own one. I remember only a doctor owning a car in our new locality and that was a white Ambassador some 30 years ago.

The Ambassador was a delight to watch in a convoy and every politician worth his name would have had this car for sure. It gives you the smell of power especially if you happen to have a car with a red beacon on top.

This was the national car if you call it, imagine the Rajpath morning on an Independence day or the Republic Day, the convoy of white red beacon lit ambys make for such a great sight. It was also touted to be one of the safest cars around. If you have any doubt, you should check with Chandrababu Naidu, the present chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, whose car escaped a land mine explosion and he was unhurt too some years ago.

These days no one talks high of bucket seats, those were standard in Ambys.

Some of the trivia on Amby include it being exported to Japan and UK for being a taxi. On the other hand it won hands down in the clash of Indian and world taxis in a shoot out video for Top Gear programme in BBC.

I believe Rajinikanth the superstar and Mammooty the malayalam star use Amby as their regular car. The car which was a part of heritage and history will no longer be around after few years, but the memories it evokes could quite be an emotional one. It was a part of growing up for me.

Big cars, no redesign for over 50 years and ruled the roost as a taxi on some metros and then some cities, now will see them as a nostalgic piece on road.

We will be seeing them on movies in the future if someone is making them in retro, where we can see the collector getting down from a white Ambassador car. Then it will be travelling back in time!

(By the way the title was one I had used earlier and I liked it and so I thought will go with the same.)

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I want healthy kids – a practical guide by Alia Almoayed a Book Review

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Publisher Life Positive Publications
Publication Year 2014
ISBN-13 9788121618762
ISBN-10 8121618762
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 310 Pages

A beautifully written book on how to raise healthy kids in a very lucid and simple style that will make you go to the book again and again.

The author draws from her experience as a nutritional expert and more so as a mom, probably that makes it all more interesting. This book also has contributions from experts from different places related to nutrition and child upbringing.

This is a step by step process if you ask me on how to care for kids and how to make them eat healthy foods. You will realize how important food habits could make up for the future health of the kids in terms of their learning potential, immunity energy levels etc.

I would suggest this to everyone across ages, especially if you are a parent you will feel inspired by knowing things about kids and how you could make it happen and it would be a wonderful way to bond too!

In case you work with teachers or in direct association with kids, then again you would benefit hugely with the inputs given here in this book. Its  a very practical way as the title suggests.

Then there are food ideas you would love. There are kids expert section with loads of scientific info in case you are looking for some references.

This is a very nice work with a great intent and also very practical in every sense of it.  Very nicely presented and you could actually open a page and you would be really gratified reading it and more so implementing the same would be a breeze.

As the author suggests in her note this is for kids – essentially a 2 years to 13 years bracketed in terms of a guide, but its a whole some presentation if you read it which can easily be extendable to the whole family without much ado.

I also loved the presentation format for a change and the narratives with different usage of fonts and makes for a easy reading and focuses on ease for the reader.

All in all a great book and you would thank me for sure. And for all those who care for a healthy generation in literal sense this is a nice recommendation.

Thanks Yawar and Life Positive for sending me this book and sorry for this delayed review due to some circumstances beyond!

Senthilkumar

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To err is human and to forgive is divine…

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One of the most wonderful thing about being human is you can expressly forgive and that is a choice that you could take. I think no other animal is bound to think in its entirety before actually really wokring and doing.

I remember the stance of Portia in the courtroom where she asks Shylock for mercy and he says he wants the flesh only. These are the lines from Merchant of Venice!

The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven,
Upon the place beneath.
It is twice blessed.
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

In today’s world we know how tough it is to forgive since people are taking things too far that we cant be better human beings.

But on the other hand, the truth is that  when you have revenge as an idea, then it becomes  a tough thing on you as well as the young. The most interesting part is that if  you forgive and forget that makes you live longer than usual. Physical attributes apart, imagine how it could affect you mentally.

It is akin the poison tree which keeps growing with the thoughts thinking that the enemy is under threat. But it grows on you rather gives us a sudden jerk up in life.

Forgiveness is a trait that is very highly needed in today’s world. If you can forgive you would have the best of things come back to you!

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Blogsters – Submission #celebrateblogging – Game of Blogs

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Read the previous chapter here: http://ponderingtwo.blogspot.in/2014/09/game-of-blogs_22.html#.VBlziPmSz-g

Chapter 7

ACP Sanjay Arora was not his usual self. A little extra thoughtful, is what his colleagues would say if they could see him now. Maybe he had some personal issues to handle—or maybe he was just exercising his mind by going over old cases.

Sanjay had a reputation to keep, one that went beyond the confines of his khakhi shirt. His was a family built on tradition, and his work had taken him to more places than he could ever imagine.

A doting dad, a loving husband, and the cynosure of quite a few of his senior officers, Sanjay did a clean balancing act of his professional and personal lives. He knew where to draw a line, which was unpoliceman-like behavior, if you asked his friends.

As he sat in deep thought, the phone rang, shattering the silence.

He picked up the phone and held it to his ear, then took a pen and started fidgeting with it as he listened to the person on the other end.

Sanjay listened intently, and replaced the receiver without uttering a single word. It was a call from one of his seniors.

This morning, they’d gotten news of the kidnapping of a child. Looking at the available information, it seemed like an open and shut case of parents not in tandem, and looked as if it was the handiwork of either of them.

There were several similar cases that Sanjay had been tracking since last year. Many times these were dirty tricks resorted to by the parents and also helped in a way by the relatives.

Sanjay sometimes thought that, bad enough that these people behaved irresponsibly, but worse was that they acted as if the police force were also happily lazing around without much work to do. There was an acute resource crunch and Sanjay knew the police was doing its best without much ado. It was always they who had to bear the brunt of the politicians, the media, the people at large and then these frivolous complaints to add to it all.

This case was becoming an important one, the custody of the kid was always going to be a court decision, but what was at stake is also very important.

All the characters were really looking to get off their responsibilities. He would have to get to them to ensure the safe release of the child. And he would do it, come what may. After all, this isn’t the first time he’s doing something like this.

But time and circumstances had different plans for him, and he would be surprised to know that.

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Read the next part of the story here: http://reigningwanderer.blogspot.in/2014/09/game-of-blogs-cyrus-lawyerround-1.html

Me and my team are participating in ‘Game Of Blogs’ at BlogAdda.com. #CelebrateBlogging with us.

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An orator and a leader…

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Almost all the successful  politicians have one thing in common. An oratory with a style and flourish which is very very difficult to imitate and follow to the tee. As we see, the history is replete with politicians making themselves heard. And it is true, the world listens to them when they talk.

We have been fortunate to have some of the best speakers and orators in our midst. Recently I did mention a Minister’s speech in a post and he was also an excellent orator. The reason why chose this topic is I happened to read a piece wherein the bullet proof glass was taken off from the ramparts of the Red Fort at 2 am on the Independence day for the Prime Minister. He was supposed to hove told the men in black that he would like to speak without the glass wall between the people and the leader.

Here is the best part. This is more psychology than anything else if you ask me. All during the elections he has been credited to be speaking with the masses and that connect was reassuring as he spoke on local issues and used every possible way to connect with them.

The single action of taking the glass off for a speaker or a orator makes it so very easy to communicate with no barrier literally in between him and the listeners. That makes it more engaging and more interesting to listen or may be we think that will help. What ever reasons it would have been odd to see Modi speak within the confines of the Bullet proof glass.

I also read some places where it was told he had a notes in a paper and what he did as an orator was not that great. I wonder if these people ever have done public speaking without notes and especially when you are about to announce schemes that could change the way the country looks at banking or cleanliness.

I have heard that Vaiko is one of the classic orators in Tamil Nadu and that how he rose in the ranks and was patronised by none other than the former chief minister M Karunanidhi. The best part is if an orator get into a leadership position it becomes easy for him to communicate and get things done.

So next time you get a chance to speak in public or be an orator make sure to use it purposefully. These are chances to may be become an orator and leader and who knows it could well be a mass leader.

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Its election time here!

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Coimbatore is in the midst of election fever. It a good tidings when its election atleast in this part of the country. The river flows, err the money flows in election expenditure! The citizen will be the most wanted everywhere. He will be pampered to the hilt by all the political parties.

There is song at every corner and there is an auto going around asking everyone to vote for one of the three major parties. Now my question is how many of us have cared to see the manifesto of the candidate or the affidavit he has filed before the election commission. What are the educational qualifications, the industry experience et al.

When we select a candidate for our company how careful are we, right from the way we advertise it in the classifieds or the situations vacant ie appointments section to checking the resumes and shortlisting and then an interview and finally selecting a candidate to the respective position.

A normal exercise of this magnitude for someone to do sales and things like that or may be handle office administration., but when it comes to electing office bearers we are not like this. If each one of us take some time out since the Mayor or an assembly will be for 5 years, would n’t be prudent to check the veracity of claims and ask for proper manifesto and check the last manifesto for a fair appraisal.

Look at the work of the erstwhile Mayor and things like that to decide on who to vote for on that day of election. Th problem with the educated is that they think they don’t have to really look at all this, while they will spend enough time to browse on the timelines of the cine stars and also waste time on other things. And then one fine day exclaim “Oh what has happened to the country? Why are roads like this? I pay taxes!”

If everyone thought their vote wont matter and didnt visit the polling booth, even if one person voted the candidates will be declared elected.  For the record I believe one Mayor has already been elected unopposed already.

And we call ourselves democracy and celebrate that without fulfilling our duty. Anyways if even half of the people took to these measures then there are chances that some new set of selfless people may become our representatives.

So next time when a contestant comes to your locality invite him home, ask him his ideas for your constituency and what you can help to achieve. etc.

Small steps to a vibrant democracy is when we know our roles and responsibilities!

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The Public Servant…

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As I was riding my bike in the night at around 9.30 pm through the main roads in the city, was surprised to see every signal had a policeman on duty. Fully dressed and with the reflector overalls, cool and gracious looking how the traffic was flowing smooth. IN between I could see them directing those who otherwise would not know the signal in their line of sight.

I wanted to stop and thank them profusely, but practical reason pulled me back. Atleast I should have taken a pic, may be a selfie and post it here on Facebook. Title it as a great service for the people from your own Police force.

We always have had this negative things about the police, not the mention the way they portray them in movies. Imagine Singham with all goody goody policeman, there will be no villain only.

The movies have taught us that police can never be good or kind hearted. Today I was forced to think some very basic questions on those in the line of duty at odd hours.

What time does he go home?
Does he have time to play with his kids?
How far is his home from where he is now directing the traffic.?
Worse how will he react if some moron lost control or if there was a driver who was drunk?

We have been lucky that we can go home at an appointed time. We have the habit of cursing the traffic, never one to help anyone ease it. As I am typing, I was surprised once day sometime back in Mumbai it was a civilian who took charge of an traffic bottle neck and eased the flow with a smile that was around 8.30 in the morning.

Take some time in a day to randomly thank people. Say thanks to everyone who helps you thought it might be their job! You will share a joy that will be remembered for long.

For a change walk down from your car, (please park them on the side of the road) say hello to the cops, shake hands and wish them a great day! Look how you would have enthused an otherwise mundane day for someone  who risks his life so that the traffic goes smooth.

Thank atleast 3 people a day and I am sure those thank you’s will come back to you making you feel elated and happy !

Let me know in case you do any special act of kindness and how it was reciprocated with a smile and how the day was a better day for you.

Cheers!

Senthil

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Failure of Entrepreneurship

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I thought about this because I saw a related story of rising suicides in Tamil Nadu and there was a set of people mentioned as being entrepreneurs who end up committing suicide. There was a detailed summing up of the factors especially when they fail and how they actually end up not having the strength to face the world.

I think this factor is often a result of our education system which only celebrates mediocrity of getting marks and that alone as a yardstick of one’s achievement. No where are we allowed to fail in a sense that we tried and failed. The worst part about the exam is not even the challenge to your brain except muggin up and getting your answers right.

While talking to one of my friend who is a professor, he was surprised to see a set of students had only mugged the answers to a set of questions and they were sure that they examiner is not going to even twist the question. So if they come across a set of four options they knew the answer for sure irrepsective of the question. Like I said the question cannot be changed.

Imagine if Thomas Alva Edison did not continue after numerous failure, would we have been working with electricity and a bulb to shine in the night. It was also very sad to read that people who fail at entrepreneurship take to the drastic step of ending their lives.

The most important trait that we need to instill in our children is the removal of fear of failure especially in terms of what holds for the future. We need to celebrate the idea of entrepreneurship so that people take easy steps to it. I know its easy said than done.

But you got to stand in ovation for all those who chose to be entrepreneurs in their own right. For me every vendor who comes to our door step is an entrepreneur who has a risk attached to his every day livelihood and where there are no paid holidays.

I used to be inspired by those people who carry themselves out of bed so that we can smell the coffee, those who are out of bed so that we can read the newspapers, the drivers who drive night shifts so that the milk would reach the nearest booth for us to have the coffee.

There are in-numerous people who are entrepreneurs who help us in our endeavors. I have come across many people who handle multiple business with ease and also happen to do a lot of good work in their chosen field.

So why do people take hasty decisions when it comes to failure. It may be monetary in a way but thats the way we have been taught perhaps that monetary achievement far exceeds a successful trial of an entrepreneur. We need to instill a sense of achievement for the students to understand the reality and success and failure are two sides of a coin. Then ofcourse make them understand that failure is the stepping stone to success.

To make this happen always make it a point to compliment any entrepreneur you come across in your day to day lives. Entrepreneurs are a rare tribe and if not for them lot of people would lose the jobs.

Cheers

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