My favorite books on Writing

Some of my favorite books on Writing are:

The Tao of Writing by Ralph L. Wahlstrom

On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

The right to write: an invitation and initiation into the writing life by Julia Cameron

Bird by bird: some instructions on writing and life By Anne Lamott

Writing down the bones: freeing the writer within  By Natalie Goldberg

The right to write: an invitation and initiation into the writing life By Julia Cameron

The true secret of writing: connecting life with language By Natalie Goldberg

The Psychology of Creative Writing

 

 

 

 

Jabalpur, A town known as cultural capital

I was born in Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) in India. The town is famous for various personalities who made it big in spiritual circuits. Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, Mahant Swami Maharaj & Osho (Rajneesh).

The small town has some disadvantages when one charts a career for the want of resources and connections.

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River Narmada at Bhedaghat, Jabalpur (M.P.) India Image Courtesy www.pratikpatki.com

Just two days back i joined a “Books and Beyond” group in WhatsApp on an invite by a young friend and well wisher. I was excited, curious and wanted to know more about books.  I felt a bit perplexed. One because the group had 99% ladies whom i hardly knew. Secondly the books being discussed were not read by me earlier and i felt same low self esteem as i did when i was studying in Hindi Medium School till class 8th.

Studying in Hindi Medium School strengthened my Hindi vocabulary and vernacular first language but in career it was English which i knew was going to help me speak a global language and help in clearing competitive exams in career.

I took some early lessons by a English Teacher in my colony who was catholic christian and help me get on with Wren & Martin in class 6th and 7th.  I am still learning the language and vocabulary but it caught me on with the language.

As luck would have it my job in IT Industry started with Indian Languages on Computers i.e. with Multilingual Computing and we did killing business till Unicode came into picture and global software giants also adopted it.

The point about small town syndrome is that being in a place and studying in a college where local politics and mindset were not so nurturing, i personally haven’t gone back to my Alma Mater since 1995.  But recently when i wanted to share memories of the place and town Jabalpur, I got enthusiastic responses and collaboration proposals for writing and curating blogs on Jabalpur.

The images shared are by Pratik Patki from Pune & we hope to bring more blogs on this topic soon.

Till then, Enjoy your weekend.

(To be continued….)

 

 

Friday Fever- Movie

This Friday it had to be “Toilet – Ek Prem Katha” , A Hindi Bollywood Movie based on a social movement to build toilets across the country. I heard on radio that 58% of humans living in this ancient country do not have access to basic necessity.

Being a Hindi speaking and fan of Krishna the god who mentored Arjun during the battle of Mahabharata, this movie has some scenic shots of Holi Festival from the Vrindavan.

A must see movie of all caste, creed and breed.

It is indeed nice to have socially sensible movies which change the mind set of people and help them grow in their life.

Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar and Divyendy Sharma played their roles with a perfect 10 score.

If you are aware of any loyalty card which promotes Friday Movie fever especially first day show, please do let me know.

 

Mall Culture & Indian Mentality

I visit mall for two reasons. One, there is a movie screen & two I feel energized and feel good about being at a classy place.

Yesterday when i visited the mall and sat on a bench to observe the people coming to the mall, i realized all kinds of people. People well dressed , executives, people with slippers and some boys geo-tagging the shops in the mall.

What was most striking that the shops were mostly empty despite putting up 50% sale or some similar attractive displays. People did window shopping, ate some food, saw some movie, enjoyed AC environment and ambiance and left.

It made me wonder about the cost break even of running a shop in the mall. With high franchise fee, maintenance cost, salary and brand support, the shops must be having a difficult time in keeping customers happy.

What has been your observation? Please do share your experiences and some great offers you have come across.

Look forward to hear from you,

Cheers!!

 

 

Sabarmati Ashram

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Sabarmati Ashram, the place resonates with Mahatma Gandhi. I never noticed the word ashram and during the second trip i was little mindful as to why it is called an Ashram.

During my first visit i just looked at the houses, place and people around. I really did not look at it carefully.

So yesterday when i visited it, i started with Map and also a WiFi Digital Ashram Tour on Mobile. The WiFi tour did not open well on mobile and allowed me to be mindful during the walk around the ashram.

Reading carefully each word on the display, i realized the story is clearly written on the walls. I allowed myself to read the words carefully about the history of the Ashram and freedom struggle.

Look at the display written below.

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The written text tell so much about the story on relationship.

I would highly recommend you to spend quality time here at this place. And yes there is a hotel called Hotel Toran opposite the Ashram where you get a Gujarati Thali for Lunch.

Why are you pursuing this course?

When i told my colleague Vivek Bhattacharya (24×7 Learning) that i was enrolling for Advanced Program in Strategic Management, he asked me this question “Why”?

For me learning has been a passion. Most of the jobs i take up are for learning something new. The course was one of the three which i had applied at IIM-Calcutta why sending the application but i was shortlisted for this program.

For me fee in 2008 was hefty for an upcoming online course like this one. But what did i get?

Apart from the learning on a subject like Strategic Management, Case Study Method and Online Learning through NIIT Imperia, what i  got was amazing list of peers in the program.

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(Tejas Lagad, Baldev Ghanshani, Deepak Motiramani)

As three of us met in 2017 at Ahmedabad, we realized that networking with old peers and pals teaches a lot of life and profession as a whole. All three of us were part of technology industry and could learn a lot over a small conversation over breakfast.

An program/ course gives you a great set of people whom one connects with. The connections and contacts are important to carry forward in life, learn and also share the learning with peers).

I am sure the college graduates shall take note of this and keep connecting beyond the online world of Facebook and LinkedIn.

(To be continued….)

WhatsApp has become boring?

Same revolving messages & images from one group to another. Friends who just forward you messages and think they are connected and in touch. But frankly, I am bored with WhatsApp.

Yes it is a great tool to exchange information. But it is great so long as it is a useful information. Notice the unwanted messages you get every morning.

One has an option to spend unnecessary time reading those messages or finally delete and stop using WhatsApp.

Since past few days I have thinking of deleting and doing away with WhatsApp. What holds me that sometimes (May be 1% we get useful messages).

If this trend continues, I may switch to instil a habit of opening my data once a day to discipline myself but it looks difficult as the temptation to do something is always there.

Do you resonate with the same feeling as I have? Please do write back before I delete WhatsApp.

A garden of knowledge (Part -1 )

What MS-CIT means to me?

MS-CIT is a popular computer literacy short duration program. It stands for Maharashtra State Certificate in Information Technology. More than just a certification it is hard work of many entrepreneurs spreading the light of knowledge to the masses.

MS-CIT originated in Maharashtra under the guidance of a public limited company Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation (MKCL) where I was one of the founding employees and was lucky to be on board in its formative years.

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have access to computer and Internet. However in early 2000’s a majority of the population including school and college kids did not have access to these.

MKCL not only provided a course curriculum, elearning platform and an initiative for this course, it also helped establish an entrepreneurial ecosystem of small computer training centres to spread their wings. In 2005 when I was managing the operations, we had close to 4000+ centre spread across the state of Maharashtra catering to over 1 million learners. The figures have been magical as on current date. Please visit http://www.mkcl.org for latest details.

I am so happy to note that one of the channel partners of MKCL “Keerti Institutes” is closing its SME IPO in stock exchange today under the company name “Keerti Knowledge and Skills Limited”.

May a thousand flowers bloom in this garden of knowledge.

(To be continued…)

Most Memorable Travel Journey

In this age of sophisticated planning, GPS and Mobile, we travel for the sake of uploading pictures on Facebook and pushing tweets on twitter. At least i do it now.

However, my most memorable travel journey was in the pre- technology dominated days when we (5 friends) decided to travel at the snap of fingers. The nearest hill station was Pachmarhi and there was no google in those days. We just heard that it’s a tourist place.

In my earlier Facebook post “The Dark Train and a Bottle of Rum” , i just gave a glimpse of the journey to Pachmarhi.

Little did i mention in this post about the freedom given to us by our parents for adventure. In teenage years and as youth we even don’t count the pocket money and moral support given to us by our parents in these growing years.

Looking at the current generation, such trips are business ideas being en-cashed as travel and tourism grows up by various entrepreneurs.  For us it was a natural process. Now it’s a school or a company customized travel trip which allows an access to natural places such as hill stations or a hike in the valley.

To explore some awesome travel journeys which are unplanned and at the snap of finger, please follow this link to join my WhatsApp group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/58FI6ZChSDACLaPEyAOdNO

Age group for this above group is 25-50 and you must be an active contributor to website and WhatsApp group to be invited for such trips. So please do participate proactively.
I look forward to your comments about your childhood experiences and especially the current generation facing a gap of such adventure activities.  Ciao and Enjoy your weekend!!

Snail Mail

Mr. Motiramani
M.O. 21, MPEB Colony,
Vidyutnagar, Jabalpur (M.P.)
482008

Yes, we saw an inland letter with our home address on television screen on Doordarshan.

Our connection to Postal Department is since the days of my great grandfather Shri Pherumal Motiramani who was a postmaster in Jhalawar (Rajasthan). My father inherited philately as a hobby and I as a kid became a fan of postal codes and geography.

We were watching television and the programme was about lost letters which never reach out to addressee as they change their locations without informing local post office.

Suddenly we saw our own letter with the above address. This was many years ago. In this age of electronic communication, I would still like to have an archive of that programme of Doordarshan.

Can you please suggest how can I get access to that old archive and retain a copy for our reference?

Since then I always informed local post offices of our address change and always been friends with postman on Diwali.

Now I have their mobile numbers as well.