Wednesday, November 25, 2015

It’s wrong number Aamir Khan, India is still the same.

Most of India has criticized Aamir Khan over the statement that he made about the thinking of his wife. She wanted to leave India because she was scared, give us a break, she might had a dream of Syria that night. Or may be Mr. Khan himself cooking these words and putting it in the mouth of his Hindu wife. I have just 6 questions.

Why Aamir Khan’s wife Kiran Rao never said anything about it before?

She got scared to the extent of leaving her country but never complained publically. She is a modern lady who can take responsibility, well known and well connected, empowered, and she needs a spokesperson for her statements. What was Amir Khan’s response to his wife’s when she gave that run away idea? We understand that he has also got a sense of fear but still we are wondering about his reply when his wife wanted leave India. I am sure he must have not said, let’s pack our bags.

What exactly he wants from government to do?

On one hand we are saying that opinion of an individual must be regarded irrespective of his popularity and position. And on the other hand asking govt to put a ban over the statements made by politicians, isn’t that ridiculous. If someone is that much wrong anyone can file a police complaint. Even if there is a sense of so called insecurity in air, do you think removal of Sakshi Maharaj will clear the fog or will make it more intense.

What problem you are trying to solve?

Let’s accept India has one fifth of its population as minority and the only way to live is together. Because at the end there is no other option or you want to create another Pakistan. So instead of blaming government, why don’t make statement for people, talk about positive things and millions of stories are floating around us about Hindu-Muslim harmony, these are not old but everyday stories from last 6–8 months too. We can not judge the sentiment and plurality of a great nation through television boxes, and TRP hungry stories. No Modi, no Sakshi can damage it nor you.

Do you remember the story you narrated to his parents in “Tare Jameen Par”?

More you will use the term intolerance more you will encourage it. Talk about togetherness and fraternity to let it prevail.

Will they change their half century old ideology for the sake of your pleasure? 

You are enough learned (through experiences) to understand the politics, no rational citizen or government want a chaos, but may be a political party. And in democracy like India, for a national political party and its vote bank is most important (even more than government). And trust me rational people are not the vote bank they are fighting for.

What are you going to achieve?

You are trying to polarize. Even if you will succeed muslims in India will certainly lose, because only few are rational. Government said protest of intellectuals are politically motivated and allegation has got merit, because no one is suggesting a genuine solution, but repeating the problem again and again. And playing a blame game. PM should say sorry, PM should not go abroad, elected MPs — MLAs should be punished for their opinions, do they have idea what are they talking about. Only purpose getting fulfilled is Polarization. And as it is happening, it is the biggest damage to democracy by destroying the secret voting principle in general and turning a national party more careless about a section in particular. Because every general muslim is being be considered as anti BJP and in that way.
Because of this polarization they may get benefited in states with significant Muslim population but as a nation we will fail and our dream of national integration too. They are politician, and we all know in India how respectable they are. Don’t judge India over TV or facebook, you might have concluded from first paragraph even before reading entire story that I am a bhakt, but I have never judged you. I just think that people like you must be responsible in a way for what we speak.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Education for Peace

Education for peace seeks to nurture ethical development, inculcating the values, attitude and skills required for living in harmony with oneself and with others, including nature. It embodies the joy of living the personality development with the quality of love, hope and courage. It encompasses respect for human rights, justice, tolerance, cooperation, social responsibility, and respect for culture diversity, in addition to a firm commitment to democracy and nonviolent conflict resolution.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Words of wisdom

Education is not filling a pail but the lighting of a fire. - William Butler Yeats

I am still learning. - Michelangelo

Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand. - Native American Saying

Enlightenment must come little by little - otherwise it would overwhelm. - Idries Shah

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. - Joseph Campbell

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. - Malcolm S. Forbes

Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadow. - Helen Keller

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. - Sydney J. Harris

When the pupil is ready, the teacher will appear. - Unknown

Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves. - Abbe Dimnet, Art of Thinking, 1928

It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time - for we are bound by that - but from intellectual and emotional limitations of our time. - T. S. Eliot

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to human soul. - Joseph Addison

It is a greater work to educate a child, in the true and larger sense of the world, than to rule a sate. - William Ellery Channing

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Real Estate Bubble in Patna

Last half decade was a great story to tell for real-estate industry in Patna, the price of land and flats touched new heights. In 2005 apartments were available at around Rs. 300 per sq. Feet now it has touched around 10 times higher value of Rs. 3,000 per sq. feet. I can remember a plot of around 2000 sq. feet which was offered at a consolidated price of Rs. 50,000 near Baur Jail area, the same land is again available for sale after going through many owners since then now it is being offered at a price of Rs. 28,00,000.

No other investment can yield such profit for an investor. The period of 2000-05 was an ideal time for investment in land and buildings in Patna, today the jungle of concrete is standing tall all around but now it is looking for potential buyers unlike previous years when the queue of buyers was always 10 times longer than the availability. Big size advertisements can be seen in newspapers with reduced price of new offerings. Few years back the scene was different, no such advertisement was really needed to sell the project; in fact the the builders had enjoied the sale of whole project even before the bhoomi pujan. And untill completion, the flats were sold many times and everytime at a higher price.

The decade has also witnessed the ressession in real estate market in other parts of the country but Patna never felt it in fact it was enjoying its golden period at the same time.

Investment came through many channels, but most of money invested in projects in its early days ware from the bahubali and political families. Undoubtedly it was a perfect destination for investment as it was producing extremely higher return on investment in a short period of time and also it was risk free.

Now the bubble is about to brust. As the demand has fallen and still many mega size real estate projects is looking for its buyers. The trend of rising price on weekly and monthly basis is now vanished. In Bihar, specially in Patna and nearby area the real estate industry has grown rapidly, thousands of construction, supplier, and marketing compnay has been registered and started its operations. Many of these companies are now an inspiring story to tell. I am not expecting a fall in price but neither a steap rise anymore.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Process of Ideation

From the raw understanding of a business idea, this is the process for structuring your idea into a well explained business idea that has enough information for you to decide whether it has commercial potential and whether or not you should pursue it any further.
  • Ideation is the process for clearly stating an idea by answering the following questions in writing:
    • What is the opportunity (premise)?
    • What are you offering (solution)?
    • Who will buy it (market)?
    • Why will I win (Advantage)?
    • How do I make money (Business)?
  • You will have the opportunity to present your idea to your peers and to seasoned businesses mentors.
  • The feedback as well as the mentors summary will be geared towards helping the entrepreneur achieving the following:
    • Clearly defining the idea so it is understandable and soundly rooted in a great opportunity
    • Shaping the idea so that there is a good chance it will have significant commercial value
    • Judging were the idea fits well into the implied industry
    • Determining if the idea has commercial merit
  • After the idea has been refined, the entrepreneur has a discussion with the mentor, and answers certain business and personal questions pertaining to the viability of the idea and the entrepreneurs readiness to pursue it.
  • Based on the answers, the entrepreneurs decides whether or not to proceed to Conceptualization.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

  • “Everything started as nothing.” – Ben Weissenstein
  • “To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it.” – Catherine Cook
  • “If you’re not doing the things that you love, then your life is not worth living. What are you here for?” – King Sidharth
  • “Manual labor sucks, dude.” – Alex Fraiser
  • “A lot of people have said that the internet is a teenager. Guess who understands a teenager best: a teenager.” – Syed Balkhi
  • “Start today, not tomorrow. If anything, you should have started yesterday. The earlier you start, the more time you have to mess up.” – Emil Motycka
  • “There’s no committee that says, ‘This is the type of person who can change the world – and you can’t.’ Realizing that anyone can do it is the first step. The next step is figuring out how you’re going to do it.” – Adora Svitak
  • “Every single person I know who is successful at what they do is successful because they love doing it.” – Joe Penna
  • “Over-deliver every time.” – Alex Maroko
  • “There is no reason to be hesitant… becoming an entrepreneur is a learning experience.” – Savannah Britt
  • “I could never learn what I’m learning at college. They don’t teach it there, because it can’t be learned in that way.” – Philip Hartman
  • “You’ve got to stop doing all the things that people have tried, tested, and found out don’t work.” – Michael Dunlop
  • “I think what teenagers lack is the belief that they can be unique and extraordinary in life. Make the most of your age because you’re not going to be a teenager forever!” – Sabirul Islam
  • “You could have a million ideas, but they’re all worthless if you don’t get them done.” – Lauren Amarante
  • “Success comes down to hard work plus passion, over time. If you work really, really hard over a long period of time, it will pay off.” – Stanley Tang
  • “If you have a goal, be relentless in your pursuit.” – Keith J. Davis Jr.
  • “I just try to think of myself as an entrepreneur who happens to be a teen.” – Mark Bao
  • “I’m going to reinvent the wheel. My vision of the wheel is unique.” – King Sidharth
  • “I would like to be the messed-up child of Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Tim Ferriss – morphed into super-genius entrepreneur.” – Marshall Haas
  • “It’s not about how many years of experience you have. It’s about the quality of your years of experience.” – Jacob Cass
  • “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.” – Catherine Cook
  • “If you pursued something that you felt strongly about, then I call that success.” – Adora Svitak
  • “I like the idea of working hard now, so you can earn big later.” – Alex Fraiser
  • “Failures are the stepping stones to success.” – Farrhad Acidwalla
  • “I hope my companies will help create value and make people happier in the long run. That’s what I’m in it for.” – Mark Bao
  • “All of my friends were doing babysitting jobs. I wanted money without the job.” – Adam Horwitz
  • “The hardest part about being an entrepreneur is that you’ll fail ten times for every success.” – Adam Horwitz
  • “It was just one year ago that I realized that what I was doing was entrepreneurship. Just two weeks ago, I learned how to spell it [laughs].” – King Sidharth
  • “You always want to surround yourself with people who are rooting for you and who want you to succeed. Stay away from the naysayers who couldn’t do it themselves.” – Arjun Rai
  • “You should always stay hungry. Stay hungry, so you can eat.” – Syed Balkhi
  • “If you can’t communicate, you’re going to find yourself a lonely businessperson.” – Keith J. Davis Jr.
  • “I don’t want to look too far ahead. The journey is what’s happening right now, not what’s on the finishing line.” – Sabirul Islam
  • “Starting your own business is like riding a roller coaster. There are highs and lows and every turn you take is another twist. The lows are really low, but the highs can be really high. You have to be strong, keep your stomach tight, and ride along with the roller coaster that you started.” – Lindsay Manseau
  • “If you start with nothing and end up with nothing, there’s nothing lost.” – Michael Dunlop
  • “The biggest failure you can have in life is not trying at all.” – Emil Motycka
  • “If you’re not in an uncomfortable situation every single day, then you’re doing something wrong.” – Lauren Amarante
  • “If you can find people who think that what you’re doing is great, they’re going to do everything in their power to make it a success.” – Juliette Brindak
  • “All that you need to become an entrepreneur and change the world is a working brain – and pretty much nothing else.” – Adora Svitak
  • “Make it happen now, not tomorrow. Tomorrow is a loser’s excuse.” – Andrew Fashion
  • “I like computer games and I treat business a bit like a computer game. I count money as points. I’m doing really well: making lots of money and lots of points.” – Michael Dunlop

Awesome Quotes

“I’ve never had a humble opinion. If you’ve got an opinion, why be humble about it?”—Joan Baez, folksinger.

“I have noticed that as soon as you have soldiers the story is called history. Before their arrival it is called myth, folktale, legend, fairy tale, oral poetry, ethnography. After the soldiers arrive, it is called history.”—Paula Gunn Allen, Native American scholar and poet.

“Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at de sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.”—Zora Neale Hurston, author and anthropologist.

“God, make me so uncomfortable that I will do the very thing I fear.”—Ruby Dee, actress and civil rights activist.

“The IWW [Industrial Workers of the World] has been accused of pushing women to the front. This is not true. Rather, the women have not been kept in back, and so they have naturally moved to the front.”—Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, radical activist for worker’s and women’s rights.

“I’ve been married to one Marxist and one Fascist, and neither one would take the garbage out.”—Lee Grant, actress and director.

25 Great Motivational Quotes You’ve Never Heard Of

1. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him” – David Brinkley
Too many people when coming under attack crumble when instead they could view that attack/criticism as a way to grow and mature and come back stronger. Brinkley nails this aspect.

2. “Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure” – George Edward Woodberry
You know that, right? Trying and failing sucks, but never trying because you were scared of failure sucks about a gazillion times more. Don’t fear failure.

3. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it” – W. C. Fields
This may almost seem anti-motivational, but it really isn’t. Sometimes we have to accept that we are on the wrong path and no amount of forging forward will help. Sometimes we just have bad ideas that need dumping.

3b. “Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts” – Arnold Bennett
Yes, yes and thrice I say yes. That’s why this blog was originally called The Discomfort Zone, because it’s almost impossible to change without going through some discomfort. Embrace change, embrace discomfort because if you don’t, you’re screwed.

4. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude” – Maya Angelou
Sheer brilliance because when you think about it, those are the only two sensible options open to you. Sulking is not a sensible option.

5. “All men of action are dreamers” – James Huneker
I suspect things have changed somewhat these days, but this quote is aimed directly at parents and teachers who tell thier kids to stop day dreaming. Don’t! In fact encourage them to let their imaginations run wild.

6. “If we were to select the most intelligent, imaginative, energetic, and emotionally stable third of mankind, all races would be present” – Franz Boas
Amazing huh? I was under the impression from media and the like that there were entire countries of slack-jawed morons unable to tie their shoe laces without falling over. Nice to know that’s not the case.

7. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are” – John Wooden.
I think this quote is more relevant now than it’s ever been with the explosion of Social Media. It seems to me that too many people spend too long, trying to live up to, or create a reputation, rather than being themselves.

8. “You grow up the day you have your first real laugh–at yourself ” — Ethel Barrymore
If you can’t laugh (without being snide) at yourself, then don’t laugh at others.

10. “There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness” – Han Suyin
Reminds me somewhat of the Dalia Lama quote “Be kind whenever possible. It’s always possible” And guess what? It is, so be kind!

11. “Truth becomes untruth if uttered by your enemy” – George Orwell
One of my literary heroes and it perfectly sums up the us and them mentality that so many people adopt, especially cross-culturally. Listen with an open-mind.

12. “I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate” – George Burns
I was successful in sales and I pretty much hated it. Financially speaking I am nothing like as successful as a Life Coach, but I love it. George was right.

13. “Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference” – Nolan Bushnell
How cool is this? What did you do with your last great idea?

14. “The purpose of life is a life of purpose” – Robert Byrne
Dare I mention values? Yes I dare, and this quote is rooted in the importance of you knowing your own values and then acting on them.

15. “Unbeing dead isn’t being alive” – E. E. Cummings
I just had a flashback to Bauhaus singing Bela Lugosis’s dead, but maybe that’s just me. Existing is not the same as living and you were put here to live, not exist.

16. “Our entire life – consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are” – Jean Anouilh
Any other approach to life is going to fail. There is only one you and you have to accept yourself with all your human frailties if you want to be happy.

17. “No man is a failure who is enjoying life” -William Feather
I had to use this one seeing as my definition of success is somebody who is happy. What better yardstick can there be?

18. “A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts” – Harold MacMillan
I have had a few opportunities to become cynical with people and I refuse to accept them and so should you.

19. “I always trust my gut reaction; it’s always right” – Kiana Tom
Not sure if anybody can say their gut is always right, but I like the general idea and you’re gut is way smarter than you think.

20. “I believe fundamental honesty is the keystone of business” – Harvey S. Firestone
If only every business adopted that policy, how amazing would things be? Fortunately a few new companies are getting the idea that being honest and treating their customers with respect is actually good business as well as the right thing to do.

21. “I have to trust what I do and then do it” – Ednita Nazario
Yes! Even if you’re not sure what you’re doing, even if the plan is hazy, you can still trust yourself (and your intuition) and things will by and large turn out for the best.

22. “Don’t look any further than your own reflection for a hero” – Allyson Partridge
Tis true. You are the hero of your life’s story, so start acting like it!

My strength did not come from lifting weights. My strength came from lifting myself up when I was knocked down” – Bob Moore Weightlifting Champion

23. ” The ‘good life’ begins when you stop wanting a better one” – Nkosiphambili E. Molapis
I think it’s called being content with life.

24. “I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do l feel that the world must live up to mine” – Fritz Perl
Fritz was definitely a bit on the edge at times with his Gestalt Therapy, but he nails this one.

25. I will come again & conquer you because as a mountain you can’t grow, but as a human, I can”- Sir Edmund Hillary
Great quote from the first man to lead a team that conquered Everest. Of course he could have given up after the first attempt, but fortunately he didn’t and neither should you.