Ah, the elevator pitch. We have talked and read about this for long. The Entrepreneur says, “An elevator pitch is a conversation, or an ice breaker, that will (hopefully) lead into a deeper dialogue about the functionality, and specialty, of what you and your company can offer.” Often it is said that these 60 seconds are the ones that matter the most.
Yesterday, we saw the Chief of India’s Naval Staff hand in his resignation which was promptly accepted. Admiral D K Joshi submitted his resignation taking moral responsibility for the criticism against the performance of the Indian Navy over the last year. The Indian Navy, as you know, came in for a certain amount of flak after a series of accidents big and small. The sinking of the INS Sindhurakshak following a dockside explosion in August 2013 was shocking and this was followed by the recent accident involving the INS Sindhuratna. Continue reading
You see before you a room full of children of different ages. They all seem to be so immersed in what they are doing. Their faces speak of their enjoyment. Some of them giggle as they play, others are engrossed in coloring their activity books, while some are totally absorbed in reading their books, their bright eyes hungrily devouring the pages. Continue reading
I don’t know about you, but as an author, I spend a lot of time sitting. More in front of the computer. I would be keying in stories, blogging and so on , so much so that hours together pass in these activities. On top of that is another pastime, that of watching television. Honestly, I haven’t figured just how long I sit every day. I must do that one of these days. Continue reading
Thousands of Indians viewing the opening ceremony of the 30th Summer Olympics at London on July 27 were in for a shock. Walking at a vantage point, just next to the flag bearer of the Indian contingent, wrestler Sushil Kumar, was a girl wearing a red tee and blue trousers. Her clothes stood out in sharp contrast with the yellow theme chosen for the contingent. Every one was left wondering who this mystery woman was! Continue reading
Have you experienced this phenomenon concerning time and memory? There are some days when you don’t remember what happened yesterday or even a few hours ago. Yet, there are others when events and chance meetings bring back memories of decades ago. You remember things that happened so long ago as clearly as if they happened the day before. Continue reading
They say a good title for a book tells you up front what it is about. “Go Put Your Strengths To Work” by Marcus Buckingham is one such title. It’s all about an area which traditionally has been relatively less addressed as executives the world over have scrambled over each other, causing themselves and others great stress in the bargain, to overcome their “weaknesses.”
An old friend had dropped in and we were chatting, as often is the case when old friends meet, of the “good old days.” In the old days, you would have information about old friends only if you met them in person or had received a letter from them. This was in the pre- email era when one had to wait for the postman to deliver letters! Relationships and keeping up with them have changed with the advent of Facebook, haven’t they? Continue reading