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.

Let’s Watch Indu Sarkar

I would have preferred to see Lipstick under My Burkha this weekend. A college junior  (Raj Tomar) visited my place and since i wanted to take him to movie, he preferred Indu Sarkar. “Sir politics ke bare mein hain”. Seeing his enthusiasm and liking for the topic, i surrendered to the choice of young generation.

I was expecting a movie on late prime minister instead it was on a character in the similar times played by Kirti Kulhari. I was a bit surprised by finding the movie hall empty with hardly 20 people sitting in a capacity of around 120 people.

Madhur Bhandarkar has touched a sensitive topic with a sensible ease.  The characters are well chosen and dialogues are finely crafted to evoke certain feelings.

It was interesting to watch the movie and then google the real characters during Turkman Gate Incident in Delhi in that era.  History can be a great teacher if read properly.

All in all 4 out of 5 for the movie. That one point is missing due to lack of good songs in the movie.

#PaisaVasool #InduSarkar #Movie #Politics #Emergency

 

 

 

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.