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!!

Book Review – Menaka’s Choice

Three days back i tweeted about Menaka’s Choice on my twitter timeline. When i went through the book, i realized that i was delving into my childhood curiosity about two fascinating characters.

Menaka fascinated many since their childhood in Hindu Mythology including me. As the story of Menaka and Vishwamitra has been famous for centuries in India.

The word Menaka means celestial dancer or Apsara. The curiosity about mythological characters and their stories have never been heard in such great details as the author Kavita Kane has described creatively in her books.

Though for me personally it was authors first book, i must appreciate the creativity of bringing characters from mythology into stories and book like “Menaka’s Choice”. It is a source of inspiration for all budding authors to learn and understand the use of mythological characters in contemporary books. Some research in mythology must have gone in for using these characters.

Coincidentally the page 108 starts with the chapter “Hunt & Hunted”. So if your hunt for the book is on, it must be for Menaka’s Choice. Who is to be hunted? You really have the answer to discover after you read the book.

I look forward to read other books by the same author in coming days. More as we read further.

Daily Newspaper

I was having a conversation with a friend about newspaper reading habit. What’s your style? Do take part in this poll for more discussion on the topic.

Morning Dose of News Bytes

Ah! Here comes the same old newspaper. Let me see what’s new in it?

As I see the first page, there is a full page advertisement from an e-commerce company. They take the second page as well. Let me count the advertisements in todays newspaper. There are total 14 full, half and quarter page advertisements. If I remove tenders and classifieds, this must leave with almost 45% reading space.

When I was first asked in interview for NDA in 1990, What is your hobby? I had replied “Reading Newspaper”. The Group Captain asked me, “Okay, How many columns are there in Times of India, the one you read?” I had no answer as I never flipped article from one page to another.

Today after 27 years the only thing which has changed is that the newspaper gets home delivered. In those days I used to ride bicycle to get the newspaper once a week to get it from the only newspaper agency in small town of Jabalpur.

I have been trying to push my daughter to read the newspaper. May be that will help her increase the vocabulary of English language for competitive exams in future. However the smartphone ads substantiate the need for mobile phones for the school going children. The daily newspaper is customized for politics loving adult who is bombarded with negative news as his morning dose.

Though having information and being able to read early in the morning is a luxury not noticed, in this Internet age, we do not have time for it.

Look at a newspaper as a tool for meditation. Look finely into that top page corner snippet of Govinda being spared by supreme court on slapping a fan in 2008, it is so meditative process to notice such fine corners. Most of the times we miss the art & craft of how a newspaper is published. The efforts which have gone into publishing it daily with a discipline.

As I see the front page advertisement by flipkart for a mobile for 9,999/- I learn so much from the technical specifications, technology and learn how to hold my self from buying a mobile handset every day. There can be not better way to being spiritual by holding your emotions, greed and saving some money in your bank account.

I must say newspaper should be taken as a learning tool, every day, every moment.

I wish there were coaching classes which teach kids how to select, read and apply the news in daily life. NEWS is not only about directions, it is also a lot about awareness and mindfulness.

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.

How about putting some breaks in life?

“We are moving too fast in Life. ”

When my friend commented, i was comprehending it with full attention. I myself have been a technology  slave and still i am to some extent. The speed of information which was supposed to save time is demanding more time from me.
“When we were kids we had all the time and luxury. When i was earning Rs. 3000/- a month salary i was enjoying it much more than currently being country manager of an MNC.” My friend commented.
The information rich have gone time poor. Time poverty is asking us to slow down in life and look at things with a pause. If you feel the same please do join us in a movement to look at life from different perspective.
On this platform we would like to discuss about Slow Movement. Basically everything with slowness and mindfulness rather than a hectic pace of life.
With this background we would like to propose a series of WhatsAppinars to discuss slowness as a skill in the contemporary settings. The first WhatsAppinar is being planned on this Saturday April 29, 2017.
The idea is not to eat away your time on a weekend but you may join at your will. However we would request your 15 minutes of contribution on what you think about “Speed of Life”. Share your experiences.
I would recommend you to have a look at this video from Carl Honore, Author of “In Praise of Slowness” before joining in.
We can sync in for the WhatsAppinar on the following link
Join WhatsAppinar this Saturday 29 April 2017 between 10 am- 5 pm https://t.co/CwzNCTlAQf
Please do share your suggestions if any.
#SlowMovement
#WhatsAppinar
#SlowTravel

Entrepreneur Friend

​”You look like Vijay Mallya”

I shouted under the mango tree, near the Harvard steps. It’s a coincidence that his name is Vijay Krishnan.

Sportive look and in French beard he looked like an entrepreneur. He has recently started http://www.theconstructionstore.in 

Civil Engineer by profession, when I asked him what his target segment is? He replied “Mitron, 125 Crore Deshvasiyon” 

Buzzing with ideas he is an entrepreneur to be watched. Do visit his website http://www.theconstructionstore.in 

​I failed therefore I am

Exam Time! That’s the time I don’t study at all. I listen to music, read fiction and watch movies. 
When I failed in a class at school, I learnt the greatest lesson. Never study during exam Time. 

It was just a habit of last minute exam preparation that I had to break. That year I fell ill just before exams. That year onwards I started preparing day by day , inch by inch. And I learnt the secret of being a champion.

So for the next class above plan is recommended. For this exam watch the movie 3 Idiots and chant “All is well” , “All is well” , “All is well” 

Whatsapp ke side effects

​On Sunday I had severe throat infection and cold. I called up my uncle who is a doctor to advice on medication. He asked me to note down 3 medicines.

As all medicine shops were closed on Sunday in Vastrapur, I sent someone to fetch medicines. He called up saying that one particular medicine was unavailable.

I messaged back my uncle to give alternate one. He did so.

I was little better on Tuesday. On Wednesday I got side effect and later found out that instead of one antibiotic I was taking two which caused side effects. 

* Moral of the story: Yes you already got it *

Whatsapp can create nuisance in your life.