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4 additions for your daily To-Do List

"Duniya mein itni saari cheezein hain, itni saari baatein hain ke agar koi sachmuch interested ho to kabhi bore ho hi nahi sakta" (There are so many things in the World, so many facts that if someone's really interested he'd never get bored), says Preity Zinta in the movie Lakshya. Although I thought the movie was a bit stretched but this dialogue is bang on target. We do get bored. In fact some of us are bored every single day.
And then there are those who think 24 hours are just not enough. But Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs (among other great people) all had 24 hours in a day too. Alright I hear you, you neither get bored daily nor do you want to be someone as great as the names above but before you close this window and go away, let's get down to business and understand the four things we MUST (yes, in CAPS) be doing daily,

1. Hobbies
Usually we are not serious about our hobbies. Let’s understand that a hobby whi…

India has never won a match cos of Sachin, SRK cannot act and Facebook has no value

"Dude, India has never won a match because of Sachin's batting. Can you recall any match that India won cos of him? You cannot, it never happened!"
Zoom out a bit. I am sitting at the Bangalore airport waiting for my early morning Indore flight and that's when I overheard this conversation. Now trust me, I am least bothered about the surrounding chitchats but I got super-interested when this guy spoke about Sachin Tendulkar. Speaking against someone like the Master Blaster is very easy. I mean all you need to do is open your mouth :-D

I may not be one of the biggest fans of the God of Cricket but people usually don't have their facts straight when speaking against someone of Sachin's stature. While it was none of my business to jump in and mention a few matches, I had also, by then, realized that Mr-Anti-Sachin was a part of the self-proclaimed-extra-ordinary-human-race known as Pseudo Intellectuals!
Quick definition from the internet is below,

"a pseudo int…

The Device Advice

First and foremost, the title of this blog is NOT inspired from anywhere and is my own! Secondly, this blog is NOT about which is the best smartphone and what laptop you should buy. Thirdly, well lets just get started :-)

Okay so this blog talks about my experience with the day to day devices, three to be precise (mobile, ipad and laptop) and some advises that you may find useful. Starting off with everyone's favorite,

1. Mobile Phone
I have a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone and just like everyone does I love my phone too. Apart from the usual phone functions of calling and texting, I mostly use the phone for keeping up with the latest news, weather info,  taking pics, listening to songs and social networking be it WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare or Endomondo. Recently, I have started using the phone for office emails as well.

Best thing about it - You are connected to the world 24/7 and it is the only device that you carry all the time.

Worst thing about it - Typing on the touchscre…

iReview the iBus

We Indorians are proud people. Proud of our city ofcourse. Ask a true indori, what is so special about the city and he can give you atleast 10 things ranging from how it is the only city in India that has both IIM and IIT to the well known food street 'sarafa' that serves some of the best street food you'll ever have, from the videos of Rajiv Nema to Pasharvnath Paan Corner, from Treasure Island that is awarded as the best designed mall of India to the mighty 'chappan dukaan', from the brand new international airport terminal or the new award winning Cricket stadium to the world famous combination of poha-jalebi and sev ofcourse (by the way, for an indori, sev is as essential food component as salt!). The latest addition to this list is called the iBus.
iBus is Indore's answer to city transport. Although there is an existing bus service, multiple cab services as well as auto rickshaws easily available, what makes iBus stand out is the BRTS (Bus Rapid Transport S…

Managing the largest project on the floor

I originally wrote this blog for a post on the IBM intranet but thought of sharing it on my blog as well. This post has been rewritten to ensure IBM’s confidentiality is maintained. Lastly – The postings on this blog are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions.

Does the thought of managing a multi-million dollars project give that “butterflies in the stomach” feeling?  When you know there will be more than 100 people working on it and you are the single point of contact, when you know you are the person with one hundred percent responsibility and accountability of the success or failure of that project, as a Project Manager, trust me the butterflies will soon find their way to the stomach :)

This project was a major change in the existing software architecture. Think of it as a construction of an overbridge over an existing road. You need to ensure that the heavy traffic of the existing road is not affected because of the overbridge constru…

Supercomputers: Designed for humans(?!)

Ever heard of Manjit Singh? Also known as the ‘Strongman’, Manjit Singh holds more than 30 world records including pulling an empty double decker bus with his hair, pulling a double decker bus with 54 passengers with his teeth, and wait for this... pulling a Jet with his ears! His potential to do this stuff went on increasing with age, so let’s say, two years ago he was pulling a double decker bus and come today he is pulling a Jet. One may wonder what’s next? The Strongman will probably be able to pull two Jets at the same time and be officially known as the Hulk :) However, Manjit Singh is now older and human limitation to age is invincible.
Wouldn’t it be fantastic if Manjit Singh’s potential kept on growing with his age? But wait, isn’t that what our computers are doing? Moore’s law states that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years. Gordon Moore, by the way, was the founder of chip company Intel which religiously follows this princip…

How to attain social nirvana!

Ever wondered how many tweets you read or how much time you spend on facebook everyday? Yep, I know what your answer is,

“Don’t give me that ‘waste of time’ sh*t, I spend a lot of time there and I like it and I don’t care if you think it’s a waste of time… oh and by the way YOU also spend the same amount of time on social networking websites so why show off and ask this question in the first place?”
I gently accept that answer, however with this blog I only wanted to share a recent experiment that I called the “Read Only” mode. All you need to do during this mode is to restrict yourself from posting or liking anything on any of the social networking websites. So all you do is login, browse the entire page and logoff!
Now that you know HOW to follow the “Read Only” mode, let me answer the 5Ws as well.
WHO (is it about) – Well… to be frank everyone who is an avid online social networker should try this out. If you look around and find that you are one of the 10 most active folks in your net…
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