…And my kid too falls into mobile trap and I feel helpless!

“Again mobile! Aren’t you sick of using it in morning, afternoon, evening and night? You have books, newspaper, notebooks; why cant you sit and study?”

I had to yell at my teenager son looking at his continuously growing fascination for his gadget.

“Mom, I am happy catching Pokemons in New Zealand, Kuala Lumpur, while sitting in the comfort of my house,” he replied immediately when my pitch got louder. Unaffected, he again went busy in his business of looking after Pokemons.

This scene has become quite regular at my place. He wakes up with his cell, gets ready for school and again sits with his mobile to play games. He becomes so engaged in his usual business that at times, he forgets about his school time too and had to be reminded of the same.

When he comes from school, the first thing he searches is for his mobile. Before eating lunch, after his lunch, before tuition and after tuitions, in evening snacks, before dinner and after dinner, mobile seems to have become his regular partner.

Even if you go for outings, at marriages, parties, picnics, this mobile sticks to him like a glue.

When I try to check him, he shows me all his classmates who are sitting online.

“You look like an outdated mom,” he says when I get after his life. “All kids are online, but no one’s mom behaves like you,” these words give me a shocker.

Am I getting too much harsh? Have mobiles become a part of kids’ life? Have other parents accepted this fact? Am I getting extra worried? There are thousands of questions  banging my head with no answers coming from anywhere around.

I discussed this with my friends and they expressed the same plight and pain of theirs. Their kids too are hooked to their mobiles. And they feel helpless too.

Snatching mobiles from them make them feel isolated as they cant exchange their chats. Getting louder makes them anguished; and, I, as a parent, can feel his increasing dependence on mobile, is making him addicted.

I can feel him getting restless and stressed. But am clueless how to get him de-addicted from this addiction. Any help from anywhere?

Five reasons why the content of India’s oldest literature—Rig Veda—should be known to all!

“We are taught Shakespeare in school but not Kalidas and that’s a shame.” When renowned author and politician Shashi Tharoor uttered these words during Jaipur Literature Festival on British Raj in India, I was more keen to know more about the ancient Indian literature. Without any delay, I Googled the ‘ancient Indian literature’ and found […]

“We are taught Shakespeare in school but not Kalidas and that’s a shame.”

When renowned author and politician Shashi Tharoor uttered these words during Jaipur Literature Festival on British Raj in India, I was more keen to know more about the ancient Indian literature.

Without any delay, I Googled the ‘ancient Indian literature’ and found Google popping up ‘vedas’. A little in-depth search brought to my notice that the most ancient literature of India – the Rig Veda, describes about the power of yoga, meditation, mantra, charity, cosmology as well as Ayurveda. Rig Veda beautifully presents the significance of nature too. The appealing presentation of Ushas, the Goddess of Dawn, is quite enticing. With its 1028 hymns scripted in Vedic Sanskrit, Rig Veda describes everything which we are trying to explore in today’s world! Here we discuss five reasons why we must know more about the constituents of this most ancient Indian literature:

Rig Veda had the most original thoughts on origin of universe: Discussing nature as well as the origin of universe, Rig Veda consisted of the most original thoughts. The first eight books, constituted thousands of years back, discussed cosmology besides praising deities. Similarly, Books 1 and 10, that were added at last discussed questions about how universe was originated. They also discussed the virtue of charity and donation in society.

2. It introduced the world to the Science of Sound: The Rig Veda is the book of Mantra. It contains the oldest form of all the Sanskrit mantras. The book is believed to have been built around a science of sound comprehending the meaning and power of each letter.

3. Its content has strong relevance to today’s world: Most aspects of Vedic science like the practice of yoga, meditation, mantra and Ayurveda are found in the Rig Veda. Despite being the oldest literature, it still finds its existence in today’s world. It discusses about significance of nature and science too!

4. It is one among the world’s oldest texts: Being one of the oldest texts being written in any Indo-Iranian language, it formed one of the world’s oldest texts. Surprisingly, its contents were preserved over centuries by oral tradition alone.  According to research, they were not put in writing before the start of the Early Middle Ages.

5. Its origin remains unknown: Enjoying the credit of being the oldest book in Sanskrit or any Indo-European language, its date still remains debatable. While the renowned scholars who have studied the astronomical references in the hymns date the Rig Veda before 4000 BC, there are a few modern western scholars who relate them to the period existing around 1500 BC. Meanwhile, the most recent archeological finds in India (like Dwaraka) seems to give it a much earlier date.

Now, Isn’t it interesting to know that what remains unexplored today was being discussed thousands of years back by our forefathers? Don’t you think  that our ignorance have made the most valuable literature as the lost literature? How many of us who have read William Wordsworth or Shakespeare have read Kalidasa or Tagore in modern world too? Shouldn’t we start catching up with our most ancient literature too frequently?

Will catch up with more interesting facts on ancient literature in next blog.

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Five reasons why the content of India’s oldest literature—Rig Veda—should be known to all!

“We are taught Shakespeare in school but not Kalidas and that’s a shame.”

When renowned author and politician Shashi Tharoor uttered these words during Jaipur Literature Festival on British Raj in India, I was more keen to know more about the ancient Indian literature.

Without any delay, I Googled the ‘ancient Indian literature’ and found Google popping up ‘vedas’. A little in-depth search brought to my notice that the most ancient literature of India – the Rig Veda, describes about the power of yoga, meditation, mantra, charity, cosmology as well as Ayurveda. Rig Veda beautifully presents the significance of nature too. The appealing presentation of Ushas, the Goddess of Dawn, is quite enticing. With its 1028 hymns scripted in Vedic Sanskrit, Rig Veda describes everything which we are trying to explore in today’s world! Here we discuss five reasons why we must know more about the constituents of this most ancient Indian literature:

Rig Veda had the most original thoughts on origin of universe: Discussing nature as well as the origin of universe, Rig Veda consisted of the most original thoughts. The first eight books, constituted thousands of years back, discussed cosmology besides praising deities. Similarly, Books 1 and 10, that were added at last discussed questions about how universe was originated. They also discussed the virtue of charity and donation in society.

2. It introduced the world to the Science of Sound: The Rig Veda is the book of Mantra. It contains the oldest form of all the Sanskrit mantras. The book is believed to have been built around a science of sound comprehending the meaning and power of each letter.

3. Its content has strong relevance to today’s world: Most aspects of Vedic science like the practice of yoga, meditation, mantra and Ayurveda are found in the Rig Veda. Despite being the oldest literature, it still finds its existence in today’s world. It discusses about significance of nature and science too!

4. It is one among the world’s oldest texts: Being one of the oldest texts being written in any Indo-Iranian language, it formed one of the world’s oldest texts. Surprisingly, its contents were preserved over centuries by oral tradition alone.  According to research, they were not put in writing before the start of the Early Middle Ages.

5. Its origin remains unknown: Enjoying the credit of being the oldest book in Sanskrit or any Indo-European language, its date still remains debatable. While the renowned scholars who have studied the astronomical references in the hymns date the Rig Veda before 4000 BC, there are a few modern western scholars who relate them to the period existing around 1500 BC. Meanwhile, the most recent archeological finds in India (like Dwaraka) seems to give it a much earlier date.

Now, Isn’t it interesting to know that what remains unexplored today was being discussed thousands of years back by our forefathers? Don’t you think  that our ignorance have made the most valuable literature as the lost literature? How many of us who have read William Wordsworth or Shakespeare have read Kalidasa or Tagore in modern world too? Shouldn’t we start catching up with our most ancient literature too frequently?

Will catch up with more interesting facts on ancient literature in next blog.

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Dealing strictly with female employee amounts to sexual harassment: Govt body

Dealing strictly with female employee amounts to sexual harassment: Govt body

Believe it or not! An inquiry panel called by a government body recently proclaimed that dealing strictly with female employee amounts to sexual harassment.

In this episode, the female employee, habitual of reporting late, leaving office early and taking frequent leave without informing her reporting authority, was questioned by her immediate boss.

Getting vindictive, she accused him of harassing her sexually. An inquiry was immediately ordered in this case and what the judgement claimed is quite surprising.

The judgement proclaims that the officer cannot  ask her in writing for the reasons of her absence from office. Even in cases when the Supreme Court ruled that it is paramount for all employees to be in office to meet deadlines of the proposed work, he shouldn’t dare to raise his pitch for their dereliction of duties or else he might be in a soup.

Doesn’t this ruling come as a surprise when we all talk high of women empowerment?

Meanwhile, the report mentions that while the charges of sexual harassment couldn’t be proved, but as the officer had dealt with the female strictly, it does account to sexual harassment. Quite contradictory! Isn’t it.

Now what is all the more interesting is how the inquiry officers culminated the proceedings.

They asked the respective officer to meet the so-called ‘victim’ and apologise for his ‘misdeeds’ which include asking her reasons for her absence.

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Moral of the story:

If you have a women worker right under you who comes and leaves office at her own wish and will,let her do the work as she wishes or else she can pounce on you for interrupting in the freedom she is enjoying under the garb of women empowerment.

 

Mr PM, let’s defocus on corruption & start discussing honest officers! They can make Clean India with clean endeavours by clearing corruption!

When demonetisation drive has already triggered rampant round of discussions on corrupt officials, I would like to divert the attention towards the life of honest government officials. Their agonies are unending and there is no taker for their plight. They are silent witness to lot many corrupt practices and can give a helping hand to govt machinery for smooth functioning of a nation. Let’s refer to the plight of one government official working with an autonomous body of Ministry of HRD who is paying a daily cost of being honest to his duty by losing his health, wealth, character and most important- his mental peace!

This Mr Clean officer is continuously being harassed by his seniors and co-workers, who work hand-in-gloves, to accomplish their self-seeking vested interests.

His role keeps on changing every month without giving any specifications/ reasons. His work station too keeps changing in short tenures as he disallows his employees to earn through wrong channels.

Eventually, over a period of time, he starts living on the mercy of his officials with his job description changing every month.

He often plays the role of whistleblower when he gets to know about rampant irregularities in his office, only to get penalised in his endeavour to keep his office working clean. He continues informing his authorities, senior authorities, member secretary and chairperson about such malpractices along with suitable proofs, but all in vain.

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All through this process, his trust on Satyamev Jayate doesn’t get shaken and he continues his fight. His co-workers lure him to join their endeavour but he maintains a distance from them. This is because his values never allow him to compromise.

In return, he gets transferred from one location to other frequently, from south to west, from north to east and what not. The cost of his honesty is being paid by his family who feels tormented with such penalties. He gets trapped in concocted plans of his co-workers. Still he doesn’t lose hope and continues fighting. His seniors keep tormenting him after issuing memorandum after memorandum. And he keeps replying to them without breaking the chain. His corrupt colleagues get frequent promotions and this poor fellow is asked to make endless waits for the same.

The corrupt senior authorities take the mileage of absence of transfer policy in his office and keep scaring this poor man of the same.

His other co-workers keep luring him to earn money via illegal means to safeguard his future. But, he being strong on his principles, refuses to compromise at any cost!

With his limited saving, he takes court’s shelter too. But the power and money-hungry officials here too use their power and govt money to emerge out as winners of the game. They bring entire corrupt machinery together. They hire the best of the advocates to prove this innocent man guilty through hook or crook.

They initiate unwanted inquiries, ask their co-officials to travel from one headquarter to another to chalk out right strategy, pay hefty fee to advocates while wasting lakhs of government money.

And this common man, amid all ‘rich and royal’ officials, start dying a slow death. His blood pressure keeps fluctuating. His visits to doctor keep increasing, his medical bills continue to rise and his family’s sufferings refuse to end.

Now, Mr PM, can you please answer the following questions, as they could end the plight of such honest government officials?

What should an employee do if the entire staff is indulged in corruption?

What should he do if the senior authorities do not lend their ear to his grievances?

What should he do if all corrupt officials join hands against him?

What should he do if despite having all proofs, he still gets transferred quite frequently for one or the other reason?

What should he do if he feels demotivated and gets suicidal because there is no senior authority who takes a positive stand after listening to his grudges?

Looking forward for a reasonable solution from a man who has made a mark on global world with his prudent moves and who is looking forward to a clean India!

Why content is not always a king?

Did you ever think why content has been a king? Did you give a second to know who might have coined the phrase that ‘Content is a King’? Do you think this phrase still holds significance in democratic and digital India? Don’t you think that boasting of kings and queens in democratic era is something unwanted and unaccounted for? Now, when times are changing, let’s think twice!

Let’s treat content in a more civilised and decent manner! Let’s know why content can never be king and can at times act like smart pawn who can kill king and his team thereby becoming a stepping stone to success:

Make content a ladder to success: Imagine if you have a quality content. You have written a brilliant piece. But you are clueless to promote it! Now, with unavailability of right ways and means, can you take your content to maximum people to make it a hit? Hence with a quality content, bring a right strategy to ensure you get desired results from your content.

Try to find new audiences: The next step is to find new audiences and ensure that the you get maximum traffic via it. The more the audiences, the more will be your reach and the better result to your promotion.

Have a well-defined plan in place: Your content should not stand desolated in democratic and digital India. Make sure it attains its aim and an objective. If it is meant to sell a product, it should focus at it, if it is meant to promote an affiliating product, it should attain its goal and so on.

 

Try not to overdo you content: Keep your content simple, steady and smooth. But let the headlines be sharp and smashing.

Continue experimenting: Be innovative and keep experimenting with newer ideas. With the dynamics changing constantly, you never know what clicks when!

Hence, try not to abandon the idea of owning a quality content, but then, let’s also chalk out right strategy to make the content a king.