If like me you think today’s world is fascinating just think of tomorrow’s. What are some of the trends that are making waves or will shake up the way we look at things. Based on my recent reading, here are a few trends that made me sit up! Continue reading »
The best way to get to the top of your job, whatever it be, is to learn from those who do it superbly. This applies whether you are a dancer, a coder, a business analyst or yes, even a writer.
I saw this delightful collection of “21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips from Great Authors.” and very useful tips on writing from great authors in Thought Catalog.
I hope you will enjoy these tips as much as I did.
Today, November 14 is World Diabetes Day and it is fitting, I thought, to share what you can do to prevent yourself or your near and dear ones from falling prey to this disease. Nearly 50 million people in India are said to suffer from diabetes says this website, started to prevent the spread of diabetes in India. What is of more concern is that a disease which earlier was restricted largely to the middle-aged and older people is now increasingly afflicting people aged 35 and below. Continue reading »
This is my small tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel whom I rate as one of India’s tallest political leaders ever, on his 138th birth anniversary which was on October 31. A controversy is brewing in India where the 2014 General Elections,still some 6-8 months away, threatens to swamp everything else. Was he a greater leader than India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru? Would India’s first few years as an independent sovereign state have been different had he been at the helm of affairs? These are questions that are being widely debated in the last few weeks.
My tribute is not to make comparisons between Nehru and Patel but to share what I have learnt of Patel. He passed away in 1950 before I was born so I have no recollections about him. I do remember Nehru who I saw as a child since he lived till 1964 when he passed away not being to come to terms with the disaster of the Indo- Chinese war of 1962.
To my mind, Patel was a very efficient administrator, who was admired and respected both by the civil servants in the bureaucracy as also by the rank and file of the Indian National Congress. He was a man of strong principles who did more than anyone else to integrate a motley collection of states and kingdoms, large and small, to form what we now know as India.
It is said that Gandhi persuaded Patel to give up his claim to head the Government in favour of Nehru. We know that he was more practical than Gandhi and Nehru who were if anything too idealistic in their expectations of the new nation of Pakistan. I am one of the many who believe that Sardar Patel was not given his due primarily by the followers of the Nehru clan. Consider he was given the Bharat Ratna 41 years after his death, (becoming the oldest ever recipient at the posthumous age of 116 !). Surely leaders who had far less impact on Indian history received the award before him.
The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, wants to build the Statue of Unity to honour Sardar Patel. Whether this project will be completed smoothly and how it turns out remains to be seen. What we cannot forget today is the enormous contributions Sardar Patel made to India when it needed a strong man at the helm of affairs. Sure, there will be more debates about his role vis a vis Nehru’s in the fight for Independence and the first few years after we became an independent nation. These are inevitable. They cannot take away from the fact that Patel’s contributions with respect to the integration of India, the maintenance of law and order in the fragile years after the horrors of Partition, and his founding India’s own administrative and police services can never be forgotten.
Join me in paying homage to a true son of India.
This is one book I would definitely put on my reading list. The story of Jeff Bezos and Amazon, one of the companies that have changed the way the world shops. Today with revenues of $ 61 billion Amazon has everything you would want to shop for.
“The Everything Store” by Brad Stone, published by Little, Brown and Company looks to be a very interesting biography of a company that “placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read. “
As a relatively new author, having been at it full-time for the last three years, I have often wondered how it is to be a literary agent. Perhaps my view of them is jaundiced by my experience as a new author knocking on the doors of recognition. Like everybody else, I have submitted queries to many literary agents. Most, I grant, have taken the time to respond, even if not in the positive.
Like I did yesterday, I am sure all over the world many from The Wodehouse Society of which I am a proud member would have raised a toast to celebrate the 132 nd birth anniversary of one who I believe is the finest writer in the English language, Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881-1975). Continue reading »
As a kid, I was fascinated by a book on the winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award that an American in uniform can earn. This book cataloged the bravery of all the winners of this prestigious medal.
It was with interest therefore that I read about the feats of the then Sgt. Nicholas Oresko, who passed away recently aged 96 being the oldest surviving winner of the Medal of Honor. He won his during the Second World War, in January 1945, in the closing stages of the Battle of the Bulge when he single-handedly knocked out two German machine gun positions.
When I grew up the Cold War was a major event that affected countries around the world. I read of the U2 and other spy planes and the constant battle between the US and the USSR to steal a march over the other. In this context, comes news of the demise of Albert D. “Bud” Wheelon, who played a major role in the 60s in developing the technology to do aerial spying for the US.
Times have changed. The world has changed but it was people like Sgt. Oresko and “Bud” Wheelon, that made the United States the superpower it was in the years when I was growing up.
It is a sign of our times that more and more women are starting their own entrepreneurial ventures in India. This is not restricted to any one field but you will find them engaging in businesses which cover a wide spectrum, not necessarily restricted to the careers stereotyped for working women. Continue reading »
Let’s face it. It’s not only here to stay but social media has swamped our lives, at home just as much as at work. Irrespective of your age or position in the organization, you find yourself pulled into the web of social media. If not to be with the times, or simply to know what is going on, even older people who looked down on Facebook or Twitter as passing fads have had to re-think.