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LANCE Part 1 documentary (screenshot from BT.com)

Part 2 of the documentary film “Lance” airs tonight on ESPN and served as a catalyst for this article that employs game theory to understand why athletes dope even when they don’t want to, as well as thoughts on forgiveness and redemption. The article is a follow up to and extension of Dr. Shermer’s article in the April 2008 issue of Scientific American.

All images within are screenshots from Marina Zenovich’s 3 hour and 22 minute film and are courtesy of ESPN, who provided a press screener. In appreciation. Zenovich also produced Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018), Water & Power: A California Heist (2017), Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013), and Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out (2012).

Wicked Games
Lance Armstrong, Forgiveness and Redemption, and a Game Theory of Doping

BY MICHAEL SHERMER

Toward the end of Marina Zenovich’s riveting documentary film on Lance Armstrong, titled simply Lance and broadcast on ESPN May 24 and May 31, 2020, the former 7-time Tour de France champion grouses about the apparent ethical hypocrisy of why TdF champions like the German Jan Ullrich (1997), the Italian Marco Pantani (1998), and himself (1999–2005) were utterly disgraced and had their lives ruined because of their doping, whereas cyclists such as the German Eric Zabel, the Italian Ivan Basso, and the American George Hincapie are “idolized, glorified, given jobs, invited to races, put on TV” even though they’re “no different from us” inasmuch as they doped as well. Of Pantani, whom Armstrong famously battled up many a mountainous climb, Lance scowls that “they disgrace Marco Pantani, they destroy him in the press, they kick him out of the sport, and he’s dead. He’s fucking dead!” Ditto Ullrich. “They disgrace, they destroy, and they fucking ruin Jan Ullrich’s life. Why? … That’s why I went. Because that’s fucking bullshit.”

Lance Armstrong (Jan 1)

This invective, in fact, comes on the heels of the most touching moment of the nearly 3.5-hour film, in which a lachrymose Armstrong loses his tough-guy composure when asked why he spontaneously flew to Europe to support his former rival in his time of need. Ullrich’s life was unraveling after a series of incidents involving drugs, alcohol, and violence, and Armstrong’s emotional fracture in recalling it is so out of character from his public image that it may give even his most cynical critics pause. His answer? “I love him.”

Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong (Jan 2)

That a quintessentially straight jock from Texas would admit on camera that he loves another man surely humanizes someone who has otherwise for decades been a picture of leather-neck toughness, a “badass motherfucker” as his former teammate Floyd Landis describes him. If he were a 1950’s test pilot he’d be a steely-eyed missileman staring down the sound barrier. If he were a boxer he’d be Jake LaMotta mercilessly pounding opponents into the canvas. If he were a basketball player he’d be Michael Jordan, entering each sporting contest like it was a matter of life and death, which it was for Lance. “I like to win,” he told filmmaker Alex Gibney, “but more than anything, I can’t stand this idea of losing. Because to me, losing means death.”

That such a film as this is so widely viewed, coming as it is on the heels of the most-watched show in ESPN history, on Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls, is one answer to Lance’s puzzlement about the asymmetrical treatment he has received. It was over two decades ago (1999) that Lance won his first Tour de France and was invited to Bill Clinton’s White House. To put this into further perspective, Armstrong won his 7th and last Tour de France two years before Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007. That seems a lifetime ago, and yet we’re still talking about Lance Armstrong. Why?

Lance Armstrong and David Letterman

To answer the question I think we must distinguish between Lance’s doping that was, in fact, a logical outcome of a corrupt system that forced most top cyclists at the time to choose between cheating and quitting, from his mendacity and intimidation to enforce Omerta that included threats, lawsuits, libelous public statements, and alleged backroom deals that harmed anyone who threatened to break their silence. As well, to invoke the title of Armstrong’s bestselling memoir, it was never about the bike and always about Lance. As the idiom suggests, those who reach great heights have further to fall. In short, the continued interest in the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong has more to do with the human condition and what it reveals about our species and the wicked games we play.

The Dope on Doping

Doping has long been a part of cycling. From the 1940s through the 1980s stimulants and painkillers were ubiquitous. As the 5-time Tour winner Jacques Anquetil snorted, “You can’t ride the Tour de France on mineral water.” And when challenged to elaborate, quipped: “Everyone in cycling dopes himself. Those who claim they don’t are liars.” With that as the norm, doping regulations were virtually nonexistent until the British champion Tom Simpson keeled over dead on the climb up the legendary Mont Ventoux in the 1967 Tour. An autopsy revealed a pharmacopoeia of drugs in his body and a vile of amphetamines in his jersey pocket. But even after that tragedy and the implementation of incipient testing, the dopers were always ahead of the doping controls. When I was competing in the 3,000-mile nonstop transcontinental bicycle Race Across America in the 1980s blood doping was both popular and allowed until after the 1984 Olympics and was a quantum leap over earlier techniques, but I begged off it because it seemed medically risky to inject a bag of your own or someone else’s blood in order to boost the amount of oxygen-carrying red blood cells in your system. Lance’s teammate Tyler Hamilton, in his 2012 book The Secret Race, recounts horror stories about injecting bags of spoiled blood and the illness that followed. […]

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Nominated for Mystery Blogger Award. Thank you. Dr. Era Singh


Thank you Dr. Era Singh  for Kindly nominating me for Mystery Blogger Award.

I feel all 1600+ of my follower bloggers are worthy of this. Award and therefore, i nominate them all for the Award. \

I hope some of you would surely. take this as challenge and fill in the. questionnaire and take the. steps mentioned in the Award and nominate other worthy bloggers.

 

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Here are the RULES …
• Put the award logo on your blog

• Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog

• Mention the creator of the award
The creator of this award is..Okoto Enigma
• Answer the five questions you were asked
• Tell the readers three things about yourself
• Nominate ten to twenty bloggers
• Notify the bloggers that you nominated them by commenting on one of their posts
• Ask your nominees five questions with one weird or funny one
• Share a link to your best posts

A big thank you to Dr.Era Singh who writes a Blog THE HIDDEN SOUL [https://thehiddensoul25.wordpress.com/2020/05/30/mystery-blogger-award/] she is an author, a wonderful human being, very kind and supportive. A doctor by profession who is very much interested in writing and history. She started the blood to boost readers’ mental health, and to write articles related to motivation, history, medical life, nature, travel, etc. She is a wonderful poet too. Her blog page has everything, poems, advice, she runs the competition, book reviews, and much more, if you have not visited her page yet, do visit it and give her a follow.
Three Facts About Me:

1.I live in Bengaluru, INDIA.
2. It is a 45 year career. I Retired from Corporate life as MNC Director-Dec ’11. I also retired myself as Visiting Professor to reputed B’schools in Feb ’14 after suffering two heart attacks. I have continued as Startup Mentor, HEALTHcare NGO advisor and C-Suite Mentor, Self Published Author, Blogger, Global Speaker,Panel Chair, Keynote Speaker and amateur artist and Poet (Corporate Bard).
3. I am married, 67 y/o. Have two daughters, one 7 year old granddaughter and a loving wife married to me 40 years ago who is a Homemaker and a Professional Oil Painting artist.
Her (Dr. Era) Questions:

  1. What inspires you every day?
    My Wife. Social Media Interactions, Networking. Mentoring.
  2. What is your favourite thing to write on your blog?
    I write less and share more. I read and hence wish to share with readers what I liked and the more Readers view and mark ‘Likes’ I know what to post. I do write on Management, Politics and also post Poetry, Haiku, Dark Poetry.
  3. What old or new hobby have you done since COVID-19?
    I know a few learning, knowledge gaps I can fill now. I have been on UDEMY platform as learner for 2 years and have done 150+ courses. I did two in this period.
  4. How long have you been blogging?
    Since, 2004. I have been on many platforms and learnt blogging, website making with self-help. I actively re-started this blog from May 2018.
  5. If you had to choose what will it be 3 tier chocolate cake or 4 dozen chocolate chip cupcakes?
    I love triple Sunday Ice-cream for / instead of bed tea :). I am Diabetic and avoid sugary things, have a sweet tooth and loved Bengali/ Hindi sweets.
    My Nominations:
    I WANT TO NOMINATE YOU ALL, as for me all of you are deserving of every award so feel free to carry it forward if you want and spread sunshine.

MY QUESTIONS
1.What is your hobby other than writing?
Drawing and Painting.
Writing Poetry
2.Black coffee or Cappucino☕☕? In Corporate life I liked Black Coffee. Now Cappucino.
3.Your one habit that you yourself find annoying 😂😂?
Short attention span and short temper.
4.Your most favourite post of mine 🤭😂 and why
I don’t remember.
5.Oswald or Bob, the builder? and why
I did not understand this question.
Congratulations to all the nominees, I hope you all will accept it.
Thank you, Dr.Era once again
A thank you to you all wonderful people too!!!!
Have a good day ahead
Take care!!!!

INDIA CHINA: EYEBALL-TO-EYEBALL — Insightful Geopolitics – courtesy @Sandomina’s blog on WordPress


Presenting some of the events leading to India and China coming eyeball-to-eyeball at the highest battlefield in the world. China is a habitual offender and trespasses into the Indian territory regularly. Gerrymandering is a full-time occupation of Chinese junta. Why is China making these moves? Let us analyze. 5th May 2020, A Scuffle Breaks Out […]

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Forbes Countdown Newsletter


While the pandemic continues, the worlds of sports and business are getting creative to regain a sense of normalcy.

We begin this week with The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes. Paydays for the world’s top-earning athletes dropped for the first time in four years as the coronavirus wreaked havoc on sports and canceled or postponed many marquee events for the first time since World War II.

Next Billion-Dollar Startups. For the sixth year in a row, Forbes has teamed up with TrueBridge Capital Partners to search the country for the 25 fastest-growing venture-backed startups most likely to reach a $1 billion valuation.

The Forbes Corporate Responders. Our new ranking, developed in conjunction with research partner JUST Capital, assesses how well the 100 largest employers among U.S. public companies mobilized to meet the challenges of the coronavirus.

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P.S. Can’t get enough of our lists? Check out this directory for over 125 lists, rankings, indexes and scorecards.

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The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes
https://www.forbes.com/athletes/
Female Athletes: Naomi Osaka was only a year old when Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title in 1999. Nineteen years later, Osaka beat Williams at the U.S. Open final to win her first Grand Slam. It was one of the most controversial matches in Open history, involving three code violations called against Williams. Read: Naomi Osaka Is The Highest-Paid Female Athlete Ever

Fast Fact: The 100 highest-paid athletes earned a combined $3.6 billion this year, which is 9% below 2019 and the first decline since 2016.

By The Numbers: The financial fallout has varied by sport and for some by league. MLB player salaries were slashed sharply, while NFL players have yet to be affected. Soccer players in the U.K.’s Premier League didn’t take a pay cut, but most teams in Spain’s La Liga slashed salaries 70%. Read: Behind The Numbers

The Countdown: No. 5 LeBron James ($88.2 million), No. 4 Neymar ($95.5 million), No. 3 Lionel Messi ($104 million), No. 2 Cristiano Ronaldo ($105 million) and No. 1 …

Next Billion-Dollar Startups
https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyfeldman/2020/05/28/next-billion-dollar-startups-2020/
Mirror, Mirror: Peloton isn’t the only home fitness equipment prospering in the coronavirus era. Brynn Putnam has redefined sweat equity with her interactive workout device that turns any room into an elite gym. Read: How A Former Ballerina Turned Mirror Into A Buzzy $300 Million Exercise Phenomenon

Where Are They Now?: Last December, language-learning app Duolingo surpassed the $1 billion valuation mark, becoming the fifth company on last year’s Next Billion-Dollar Startups list to do so. Read: Six New Unicorns, One Acquisition And Four Companies With 200-Plus Layoffs: How Last Year’s Next Billion-Dollar Startups Have Fared

Rebound: Four years after HR outfit Zenefits blew up, its controversial founder is back with Rippling, another startup to automate human resources. It’s already worth $300 million and growing fast. Can Parker Conrad find redemption? Read: The Comeback Of A Fallen Tech Unicorn CEO

Healthcare: When Lennie Sliwinski and Matt Pierce founded Trusted Health in 2017, they simply wanted to take what they’d learned about online marketplaces from working at Hired, and apply it to nursing. Their digital platform matches nurses with jobs, giving them more flexibility and control over their careers. Read: Online Pharmacy Capsule Leads Healthcare- And Tech-Heavy List

30 Under 30: “It was difficult to get anyone to take me seriously because I’m not a 60-year-old white male and in my industry that is very much the norm,” says Gaurab Chakrabarti, the cofounder and CEO of specialty-chemicals company Solugen. Read: Meet The Forbes Under 30 Founders Leading The Next Billion-Dollar Startups

The Forbes Corporate Responders
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ezequielminaya/2020/05/26/the-forbes-corporate-responders-new-ranking-of-nations-top-employers-responses-to-pandemic/
Background: As the pandemic swept through the nation, America’s businesses had to reevaluate their approach to everything from their employees and customers to the greater community. These companies are not free of controversies. Perhaps a bigger question is whether the policy changes brought out by Covid-19 will be temporary or have a lasting impact on corporate America. Read: Forbes Corporate Responders: New Ranking Of Nation’s Top Employers’ Response To The Pandemic

Cover Story: In a matter of weeks, Covid-19 spurred seismic shifts in how we work, learn and transact, and it helped usher in a new era that is smarter and fairer. Read: Greater Capitalism: How The Pandemic Is Permanently Reshaping Our Economic System For The Better

Spotlight I: Starbucks began temporarily shuttering stores in the U.S., the company’s biggest market, in mid-March, shifting to a “to-go” model of service. The company continued to pay employees until May, even if they chose to stay home. In response to growing unemployment, the Starbucks Foundation donated $1 million to Feeding America’s Covid-19 fund. Read More.

Spotlight II: Apple closed all its China stores in February but reopened them by mid-March. Elsewhere around the globe, Apple voluntarily closed all stores, at least through March 27, and continued to pay hourly workers. The company also matched employee donations 2 to 1 in support of Covid-19 response efforts. Read More.

Looking Ahead
Next week, we’ll rank The Celebrity 100: The World’s Highest-Paid Entertainers. Last year, the price of admission had never been higher at $37.5 million.

We’ll review the AI 50 which highlights innovative private companies that are applying artificial intelligence as a core part of their business.

To round out the week, we’ll also take stock of America’s Best Recruiters—looking at recruiting firms for both professionals and executives.

Watch Now: Love lists? Check out our new weekly video series, The Countdown, for a quick Top 5 recap from one of our many popular lists. The Latest Episode: On this week’s episode we’re talking about the Top-Earning Gamers. Watch here.

Now Hear This: In their new podcastForbes editors Maggie McGrath and Abram Brown cohost a conversation show about the people, money and power on Forbes’ famous lists. On the latest episode: Everyone has a podcast these days, but sadly for Maggie and Abe, very few shows make millions of dollars for their hosts. How do Joe Rogan and the My Favorite Murder duo make it happen? Entertainment reporter Ariel Shapiro just finished the first Forbes list of the highest-earning podcasters. If anyone can tell us the secret, she can! Subscribe for free to Listed on Apple PodcastsSpotify and Google Podcasts.

Thanks for reading. See you next Sunday . . .

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INDIA CHINA: EYEBALL-TO-EYEBALL — Insightful Geopolitics – courtesy @Sandomina’s blog on WordPress


Presenting some of the events leading to India and China coming eyeball-to-eyeball at the highest battlefield in the world. China is a habitual offender and trespasses into the Indian territory regularly. Gerrymandering is a full-time occupation of Chinese junta. Why is China making these moves? Let us analyze. 5th May 2020, A Scuffle Breaks Out […]

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My Mornings are Spiritually inclined in Lockdown which is moving to 5th Stage in India.


via Prayers given by Meher Baba – The Masters Prayer or the Universal Prayer – Prayer of Repentance of God | MEHER BABA

The Masters Prayer or the Universal Prayer – Prayer of Repentance of God | MEHER BABA Prayers given by Meher Baba –

I visited Pune in 1058 with my mother, my young friends and their families from Bhopal for a Darshan of Avatar Meher Baba.

This morning after my. Maala. Jaap. I picked up. ShriBhagvad Gita and found this Shloka.

अनेकबाहूदरवक्त्रनेत्रं
पश्यामि त्वां सर्वतोऽनन्तरूपम् |
नान्तं न मध्यं न पुनस्तवादिं
पश्यामि विश्वेश्वर विश्वरूप || 16||

 

aneka-bāhūdara-vaktra-netraṁ
paśhyāmi tvāṁ sarvato ’nanta-rūpam
nāntaṁ na madhyaṁ na punas tavādiṁ
paśhyāmi viśhveśhvara viśhva-rūpa

Translation

BG 11.16: I see your infinite form in every direction, with countless arms, stomachs, faces, and eyes. O Lord of the universe, whose form is the universe itself, I do not see in you any beginning, middle, or end.

Commentary

Arjun uses two vocatives—viśhweśhwar, meaning “controller of the universe” and viśhwarūp, meaning “universal form.” He implies, “O Shree Krishna, the universe is nothing but your manifestation and you are also its supreme master.” Further, he expresses the vastness of the form he is experiencing, by saying that from whichever angle he looks, Arjun cannot discern any end to his manifestations. When he searches for the beginning, he is unable to find it. When he tries to see its middle, he again gets no success, and when he searches for the end, he can find no limit to the panorama manifesting before him.

The two lines stuck in my mind

पश्यामि त्वां सर्वतोऽनन्तरूपम् |
नान्तं न मध्यं न पुनस्तवादिं

And I began. to recall. some of the prayers like Parvardigar Prarthana which Avatar Meher Baba dictated and we would later recide every Wednesday evening from 8 pm in “Meetings” at my friends place in Bhopal.

  1. The feelings are of Nostalgia
  2. Lockdown 5.0 begins tomorrow till 30th June
  3. It is tough on my daughter and granddaughter and their family in Mumbai which is worst afffected.
  4. Thoughts are also with daughter in Singapore who WFH but manages outwardly calm posture.
  5. Friends from old are available for call easily now.
  6. Mood is more and more spiritual. Wake up time is anywhere between  2 am to 5 am.  And day starts well with Prayer, Meditation, Health check morning walks , surfing and networking.,

New Normal.

Have a great day, night – whereever you are in the world reading this.

Stay Blessed.

 

Empathy is the deeper meaning of faith, and of us.


Empathy is the deeper meaning of faith, and of us.

Truth requires exploration. We exist, we exist, we are reborn.

The complexity of the present time seems to demand a redefining of our brains if we are going to survive.

This life is nothing short of an unfolding flow of cosmic life. Consciousness consists of vibrations of quantum energy. “Quantum” means an evolving of the joyous. Today, science tells us that the essence of nature is healing.

Only a traveller of the grid may reveal this fusion of empathy. You may be ruled by greed without realizing it. Do not let it obliterate the richness of your journey. Selfishness is the antithesis of faith.

Where there is illusion, aspiration cannot thrive. We can no longer afford to live with pain. Without non-locality, one cannot heal.

How should you navigate this spiritual dreamtime?

Throughout history, humans have been interacting with the totality via atomic ionization. Who are we? Where on the great story will we be awakened? We are in the midst of a pranic redefining of spacetime that will be a gateway to the dreamtime itself.

Quotes, My Musing in Marathi, My Quote 002


• Being enthusiastic is worth 25 IQ points. – Kevin Kelly

 

“It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.”

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Marathi Poetry I liked today On. Pinterest.

Calligraphic Expressions.... ....          by B G Limaye: Calligraphy-29.12.2012

सहानुभूती म्हणजे विश्वास आणि आपल्यासाठी सखोल अर्थ.
सत्यासाठी अन्वेषण आवश्यक आहे. आपण अस्तित्वात आहोत, अस्तित्वात आहोत, आम्ही पुनर्जन्म घेत आहोत.
सध्याचे काळातील गुंतागुंत आपण टिकून राहिल्यास आपल्या मेंदूतून नव्याने परिभाषित करण्याची मागणी करतो.
हे जीवन वैश्विक जीवनाच्या प्रगतीशीलतेपेक्षा कमी नाही. चैतन्य मध्ये क्वांटम उर्जेची कंपन असतात. “क्वांटम” म्हणजे आनंदाचे विकृत रूप होय. आज विज्ञान आपल्याला सांगते की निसर्गाचे सार म्हणजे बरे करणे.केवळ ग्रीडचा प्रवासी ही सहानुभूती दर्शवितो. तुमच्या लक्षात न येता तुमच्यावर लोभ असू शकेल. आपल्या प्रवासाची समृद्धी यामुळे नष्ट होऊ देऊ नका. स्वार्थ म्हणजे विश्वासाची विरोधी.

जेथे भ्रम आहे तेथे आकांक्षा भरभराट होऊ शकत नाही. आम्ही यापुढे वेदना घेऊन जगणे परवडत नाही. स्थानिक नसल्याशिवाय, एखाद्याला बरे करता येत नाही.

आपण या आध्यात्मिक स्वप्नांच्या वेळेस कसे नेव्हिगेट करावे?
संपूर्ण इतिहासात, मनुष्य अणू-आयनीकरणाद्वारे संपूर्णतेशी संवाद साधत आहे. आम्ही कोण आहोत? महान कथेवर आपण कुठे जागृत होणार आहोत? आम्ही स्पेसटाइमच्या

 

 

 

Wisdom QUOTES


It’s never impossible to show kindness.

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. (Dalai Lama)

Progress does not happen without change and change doesn’t happen without an open mind.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. (George Bernard Shaw)

WORD OF THE DAY


WORD OF THE DAY
Morphology
mor-FAH-lə-jee
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Greek, mid-19th century
1

The study of the forms of things.

2

The study of the forms of words, in particular inflected forms.

Examples of Morphology in a sentence

“The biologists were particularly concerned with the changes in morphology between species.”

“Learning a foreign languge will likely help you understand the morphology of your native language better.”

23. World No-Tobacco Day – 31st May


Tobacco Day Content Marketing Opportunities

This day aims to raise awareness of the deadly use of tobacco and exposure to second-hand smoke.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: Alternatives to smoking that could actually work
  • Infographic idea: Signs that someone is a secret smoker
  • Video idea: What happens to your body when you quit smoking?
  • Podcast idea: How have movies romanticized the idea of smoking over the decades?

Brand campaign that worked:

This simple video from WHO explains through a child’s explanation why tobacco taxes should be raised.

NovelCoronaVirus is a Conspiracy against this world – My Dark Poetry


there will only be Corona Positives in the world.
there will only be Reocoverd ones in sight.
they were the only few who really mattered.
they were the only ones left to give blood n plasma

Corona had to be with me.
Novell she had to be with him.
i had to do this.
i wanted to kill him.
i started to pray.
i turned to him.

Minus Ten and Plus 65

Closeted with locked legs 

The mission is clear 

To get rid off 

Two FULL generations.

Copyright Dhananjaya Parkhe© 2020

Random Acts of Kindness


  • Put quarters in the laundry machine for the next person
  • While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
  • Register to be an organ donor.
  • Write a note of appreciation to your mailman
  • Leave tickets sitting around randomly at an arcade or fair or give them to a young child

Motivation


  1. “Words save our lives, sometimes.”
    – Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
  2. “Sometimes, as we’re stumbling along in the dark, we hit something good.”
    – Susan Ee, Angelfall
  3. “You can’t always judge people by the things they done. You got to judge them by what they are doing now.”
    – Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie

Random Phrases


  1. Ugly DucklingMeaning: One who may seem plain at first in appearance or capability, but later turns out to be beautiful or great.
  2. Ride Him, Cowboy!Meaning: A cheer people yell, usually at rodeos when cowboys are clinging to the backs of untamed horses.
  3. Wouldn’t Harm a FlyMeaning: Nonviolent; someone who is mild or gentle.
  4. Head Over HeelsMeaning: Falling deeply in love with another person.

Did you know


Did you know…

… that today is Citizen Peter Jennings Day? In 2003, Peter Jennings, an American Canadian journalist, was sworn in as an American citizen. Jennings was a high-school dropout who transformed himself into one of American television’s most prominent journalists. Trivia fans: Jennings started his career early, hosting a Canadian radio show at the age of nine!

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I didn’t know these words had so many synonyms.


Can Humans

exhibit so many

synonyms i.e. Clones,

resembling

lost twins?

somewhere

in the world?

  1. say/tell inform, notify, advise, relate, recount, narrate, explain, reveal, disclose, divulge, declare, command, order, bid, enlighten, instruct, insist, teach, train, direct, issue, remark, converse, speak, affirm, suppose, utter, negate, express, verbalize, voice, articulate, pronounce, deliver, convey, impart, assert, state, allege, mutter, mumble, whisper, sigh, exclaim, yell, sing, yelp, snarl, hiss, grunt, snort, roar, bellow, thunder, boom, scream, shriek, screech, squawk, whine, philosophize, stammer, stutter, lisp, drawl, jabber, protest, announce, swear, vow, content, assure, deny, dispute
  2. fear fright, dread, terror, alarm, dismay, anxiety, scare, awe, horror, panic, apprehension
  3. idea thought, concept, conception, notion, understanding, opinion, plan, view, belief
  4. trouble distress, anguish, anxiety, worry, wretchedness, pain, danger, peril, disaster, grief, misfortune, difficulty, concern, pains, inconvenience, exertion, effort
  5. run dash, escape, elope, flee, hasten, hurry, race, rush, speed, sprint

facts


  1. The odds of being born on 29th February are 1 in 1461.
  2. When Space Invaders was created, Tomohiro Nishikado left in the lag caused by more invaders on the screen in order to create greater difficulty in the games.
  3. The first movie ever to put out a motion-picture soundtrack was Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

Transforming violet Nostalgia


Transforming violet Nostalgia

A sequence occurs,

Pen-e-trates – never Re-Turns.
Elderly writes of vintage aroma.

Noting the bird of our feathers.
One resplendent,
the other forgets signals.
Where is everyOne
I say, and when can I see that
its going to happen?

Conversations of gangs, the rebellious
of doubts that never rose.
Knights of a disasters
responding to the world next to a bitterst boss,
tasty as a blood-stained crab.

TRAI suggests new national numbering plan, 11-digit mobile numbers in India: All you need to know


Releasing its latest recommendations on “Ensuring Adequate Numbering Resources for Fixed Line and Mobile Services”, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday suggested moving from 10 to 11 digits in case of regular mobile numbers. The regulator recommended that the government should come up with a new national numbering plan for fixed-line as well as mobile networks to meet the expected growth in the subscriber base in the country. Zero could be added for existing mobile phone numbers while new mobile numbers, in the future, could begin with different digits. Also, calls made from fixed-line to mobile phones should be prefixed with a ‘0’. “The existing 10-digit numbering scheme should be continued to avoid inconvenience to the customers that would accompany any move to shift to an 11-digit numbering scheme,” the regulator wrote in its recommendations. According to TRAI, switching from 10 to 11 digits with the first digit for mobile number as ‘9’ would give a total capacity of 10 billion numbers. With the current policy of allotment after 70 per cent utilisation, this would suffice until India has 7 billion connections. This could also mean liberal allocation to service providers and administrative ease. According to the regulator, after 17 years into the National Numbering Plan, adequate availability of numbering resources is now threatened because of an increase in the range of services and massive growth in the number of connections, especially in the mobile segment. The total number of telephone subscribers in India currently stands at 1177.02 million with a tele-density of 87.45 per cent at the end of January 2020.

WORD OF THE DAY


WORD OF THE DAY

 

Blithesome
BLITH-səm
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Old English, 17th century
1

(of a person) having a cheerful disposition.

2

Filled with, marked by, or causing pleasure.

Examples of Blithesome in a sentence

“Waking up to sunny spring weather put me in a blithesome mood.”

“The blithesome shouts from the playground were welcome background noise.”

Random Acts of Kindness


  1. Incorporate acts of kindness into your family meals, classrooms, and workplaces. Perhaps spend 5 minutes each day sharing your kindness ideas or the acts you shared during the day. Make kindness a daily habit in all your environments
  2. Support a small, local business as a customer
  3. Leave have a nice day stickers at a front desk

Forbes Topline Newsletter


Forbes | Under 30
Yesterday, I discussed the sobering number that over 100,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus in just three months. But there’s another important number to remember: 300. That’s the number of healthcare workers that have died from coronavirus, risking their lives to treat sick patients. Thank you to all of those who have put their lives at risk on the frontline of this pandemic, caring for others with empathy and selflessness.
Leah Rosenbaum Leah Rosenbaum

Assistant Editor, Healthcare & Science

A Next-Billion Dollar Startup
A Next-Billion Dollar Startup
Biotech startup Benchling, one of the companies on Forbes’ recent Next Billion-Dollar Startups list, is now offering its software for free to any company that wants to test patients for Covid-19.
Read The Full Story
BUSINESS
The stock market turned negative at the end of the day after President Trump said that he will soon give a news conference about China.

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo will allow businesses to deny entry to customers without masks.

Pharmacy giant CVS has reached its goal to open 1,000 coronavirus test sites across the nation.

U.S. officials have uncovered almost $800 million in fraudulent mask schemes from con-artists all over the country.

Virtual Reality For The Pandemic
Virtual Reality For The Pandemic
Doctors in London are making full use of the latest tech. They’re using augmented reality headsets to take care of coronavirus patients from a distance.
Read The Full Story
SCIENCE & HEALTH
new study shows just how high the number of asymptomatic Covid-19 cases may be.

Here’s an interesting statistic: 42% of all COVID-19 deaths are taking place in nursing home facilities that house only 0.62% of the U.S. population.

Women around the world are facing a lack of sanitary products due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here’s why the flu season on top of coronavirus could spell trouble.

Robot At The Door
Robot At The Door
Pizza, groceries, and now medicine? The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the importance of contact-less delivery, and robotic delivery company Nuro is taking full advantage of this. It’s now adding CVS prescriptions to the list of things that it can deliver right to your door.
Read The Full Story
ON THE UPSIDE
Socially-Distant Beaches: Most people can’t visit beaches yet, but when lockdown lifts here are some gorgeous beaches where you can still stay isolated.

Check this out from The Times of India


Nepal pushes for talks, India says need to create trust first
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Kevin Kelly and 68 bits of his Unsolicited Advice.


68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice

It’s my birthday. I’m 68. I feel like pulling up a rocking chair and dispensing advice to the young ‘uns. Here are 68 pithy bits of unsolicited advice which I offer as my birthday present to all of you.

• Learn how to learn from those you disagree with, or even offend you. See if you can find the truth in what they believe.

• Being enthusiastic is worth 25 IQ points.

• Always demand a deadline. A deadline weeds out the extraneous and the ordinary. It prevents you from trying to make it perfect, so you have to make it different. Different is better.

• Don’t be afraid to ask a question that may sound stupid because 99% of the time everyone else is thinking of the same question and is too embarrassed to ask it.

• Being able to listen well is a superpower. While listening to someone you love keep asking them “Is there more?”, until there is no more.

• A worthy goal for a year is to learn enough about a subject so that you can’t believe how ignorant you were a year earlier.

• Gratitude will unlock all other virtues and is something you can get better at.

• Treating a person to a meal never fails, and is so easy to do. It’s powerful with old friends and a great way to make new friends.

• Don’t trust all-purpose glue.

• Reading to your children regularly will bond you together and kickstart their imaginations.

• Never use a credit card for credit. The only kind of credit, or debt, that is acceptable is debt to acquire something whose exchange value is extremely likely to increase, like in a home. The exchange value of most things diminishes or vanishes the moment you purchase them. Don’t be in debt to losers.

• Pros are just amateurs who know how to gracefully recover from their mistakes.

• Extraordinary claims should require extraordinary evidence to be believed.

• Don’t be the smartest person in the room. Hangout with, and learn from, people smarter than yourself. Even better, find smart people who will disagree with you.

• Rule of 3 in conversation. To get to the real reason, ask a person to go deeper than what they just said. Then again, and once more. The third time’s answer is close to the truth.

• Don’t be the best. Be the only.

• Everyone is shy. Other people are waiting for you to introduce yourself to them, they are waiting for you to send them an email, they are waiting for you to ask them on a date. Go ahead.

• Don’t take it personally when someone turns you down. Assume they are like you: busy, occupied, distracted. Try again later. It’s amazing how often a second try works.

• The purpose of a habit is to remove that action from self-negotiation. You no longer expend energy deciding whether to do it. You just do it. Good habits can range from telling the truth, to flossing.

• Promptness is a sign of respect.

• When you are young spend at least 6 months to one year living as poor as you can, owning as little as you possibly can, eating beans and rice in a tiny room or tent, to experience what your “worst” lifestyle might be. That way any time you have to risk something in the future you won’t be afraid of the worst case scenario.

• Trust me: There is no “them”.

• The more you are interested in others, the more interesting they find you. To be interesting, be interested.

• Optimize your generosity. No one on their deathbed has ever regretted giving too much away.

• To make something good, just do it. To make something great, just re-do it, re-do it, re-do it. The secret to making fine things is in remaking them.

• The Golden Rule will never fail you. It is the foundation of all other virtues.

• If you are looking for something in your house, and you finally find it, when you’re done with it, don’t put it back where you found it. Put it back where you first looked for it.

• Saving money and investing money are both good habits. Small amounts of money invested regularly for many decades without deliberation is one path to wealth.

• To make mistakes is human. To own your mistakes is divine. Nothing elevates a person higher than quickly admitting and taking personal responsibility for the mistakes you make and then fixing them fairly. If you mess up, fess up. It’s astounding how powerful this ownership is.

• Never get involved in a land war in Asia.

• You can obsess about serving your customers/audience/clients, or you can obsess about beating the competition. Both work, but of the two, obsessing about your customers will take you further.

• Show up. Keep showing up. Somebody successful said: 99% of success is just showing up.

• Separate the processes of creation from improving. You can’t write and edit, or sculpt and polish, or make and analyze at the same time. If you do, the editor stops the creator. While you invent, don’t select. While you sketch, don’t inspect. While you write the first draft, don’t reflect. At the start, the creator mind must be unleashed from judgement.

• If you are not falling down occasionally, you are just coasting.

• Perhaps the most counter-intuitive truth of the universe is that the more you give to others, the more you’ll get. Understanding this is the beginning of wisdom.

• Friends are better than money. Almost anything money can do, friends can do better. In so many ways a friend with a boat is better than owning a boat.

• This is true: It’s hard to cheat an honest man.

• When an object is lost, 95% of the time it is hiding within arm’s reach of where it was last seen. Search in all possible locations in that radius and you’ll find it.

• You are what you do. Not what you say, not what you believe, not how you vote, but what you spend your time on.

• If you lose or forget to bring a cable, adapter or charger, check with your hotel. Most hotels now have a drawer full of cables, adapters and chargers others have left behind, and probably have the one you are missing. You can often claim it after borrowing it.

• Hatred is a curse that does not affect the hated. It only poisons the hater. Release a grudge as if it was a poison.

• There is no limit on better. Talent is distributed unfairly, but there is no limit on how much we can improve what we start with.

• Be prepared: When you are 90% done any large project (a house, a film, an event, an app) the rest of the myriad details will take a second 90% to complete.

• When you die you take absolutely nothing with you except your reputation.

• Before you are old, attend as many funerals as you can bear, and listen. Nobody talks about the departed’s achievements. The only thing people will remember is what kind of person you were while you were achieving.

• For every dollar you spend purchasing something substantial, expect to pay a dollar in repairs, maintenance, or disposal by the end of its life.

•Anything real begins with the fiction of what could be. Imagination is therefore the most potent force in the universe, and a skill you can get better at. It’s the one skill in life that benefits from ignoring what everyone else knows.

• When crisis and disaster strike, don’t waste them. No problems, no progress.

• On vacation go to the most remote place on your itinerary first, bypassing the cities. You’ll maximize the shock of otherness in the remote, and then later you’ll welcome the familiar comforts of a city on the way back.

• When you get an invitation to do something in the future, ask yourself: would you accept this if it was scheduled for tomorrow? Not too many promises will pass that immediacy filter.

• Don’t say anything about someone in email you would not be comfortable saying to them directly, because eventually they will read it.

• If you desperately need a job, you are just another problem for a boss; if you can solve many of the problems the boss has right now, you are hired. To be hired, think like your boss.

• Art is in what you leave out.

• Acquiring things will rarely bring you deep satisfaction. But acquiring experiences will.

• Rule of 7 in research. You can find out anything if you are willing to go seven levels. If the first source you ask doesn’t know, ask them who you should ask next, and so on down the line. If you are willing to go to the 7th source, you’ll almost always get your answer.

• How to apologize: Quickly, specifically, sincerely.

• Don’t ever respond to a solicitation or a proposal on the phone. The urgency is a disguise.

• When someone is nasty, rude, hateful, or mean with you, pretend they have a disease. That makes it easier to have empathy toward them which can soften the conflict.

• Eliminating clutter makes room for your true treasures.

• You really don’t want to be famous. Read the biography of any famous person.

• Experience is overrated. When hiring, hire for aptitude, train for skills. Most really amazing or great things are done by people doing them for the first time.

• A vacation + a disaster = an adventure.

• Buying tools: Start by buying the absolute cheapest tools you can find. Upgrade the ones you use a lot. If you wind up using some tool for a job, buy the very best you can afford.

• Learn how to take a 20-minute power nap without embarrassment.

• Following your bliss is a recipe for paralysis if you don’t know what you are passionate about. A better motto for most youth is “master something, anything”. Through mastery of one thing, you can drift towards extensions of that mastery that bring you more joy, and eventually discover where your bliss is.

• I’m positive that in 100 years much of what I take to be true today will be proved to be wrong, maybe even embarrassingly wrong, and I try really hard to identify what it is that I am wrong about today.

• Over the long term, the future is decided by optimists. To be an optimist you don’t have to ignore all the many problems we create; you just have to imagine improving our capacity to solve problems.

• The universe is conspiring behind your back to make you a success. This will be much easier to do if you embrace this pronoia.

[You can follow me @kevin2kelly]

Translation in French. Portuguese. German. Other translations welcomed.

Cowering Response To China’s Provocations May Lose India More Territory


It is as if the clubbing of senior Indian officers is normal and the Chinese are amenable to quiet persuasion.
No hint here of what this portends for the armed monitoring of the Line of Actual Control or of the potential for such designed eruptions to escalate into war.

via Cowering Response To China’s Provocations May Lose India More Territory

Using Streetfighter techniques on the Border and then entering to Quieten with soothsayer statements by the Chinese India Ambassador are the worst DUPLICITY and Hypocrisy the Capitalist, imperialistic, expansionist China is showing this time and it is fully exposed.

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FROM THE ARCHIVE | Philosopher Alain Badiou on Why We Fall in Love and How We Stay in Love

inpraiseoflove_alainbadiou.jpg?zoom=2&w=680“An honorable human relationship … in which two people have the right to use the word ‘love,’” Adrienne Rich memorably wrote“is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other.” That transcendent turbulence of mutual truth-refinement is a centerpiece of the altogether fantastic In Praise of Love (public library) by French philosopher Alain Badiou (b. January 17, 1937) — an impassioned and immensely insightful defense of both love as a human faculty and love as a worthwhile philosophical pursuit.

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“Air de Capri” by Gerda Wegener, 1923

A century after Tolstoy wrote to Gandhi that “love is the only way to rescue humanity from all ills,” Badiou argues that love is the most potent antidote to the self-interest that dominates the modern world and our greatest hope for bridging the gaping divide between self and other:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngProvided it isn’t conceived only as an exchange of mutual favours, or isn’t calculated way in advance as a profitable investment, love really is a unique trust placed in chance. It takes us into key areas of the experience of what is difference and, essentially, leads to the idea that you can experience the world from the perspective of difference.

But unlike Tolstoy and Gandhi, who advocated for cultivating an expansive platonic love of one another, and unlike Martin Luther King, Jr., who pointed to the Ancient Greek notion of agape as the kind of love that would cut off the chain of hate between human beings, Badiou advocates for the truth-enlarging value of the most intimate kind of love — the eros of romance:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngLove… is a quest for truth… truth in relation to something quite precise: what kind of world does one see when one experiences it from the point of view of two and not one? What is the world like when it is experienced, developed and lived from the point of view of difference and not identity? That is what I believe love to be.

He considers the evolution of love, from its beginning reminiscent of cosmic inflation to its gradual and ongoing entwining of separate truth-particles into an expansive shared universe of truth:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngWe shouldn’t underestimate the power love possesses to slice diagonally through the most powerful oppositions and radical separations. The encounter between two differences is an event, is contingent and disconcerting… On the basis of this event, love can start and flourish. It is the first, absolutely essential point. This surprise unleashes a process that is basically an experience of getting to know the world. Love isn’t simply about two people meeting and their inward-looking relationship: it is a construction, a life that is being made, no longer from the perspective of One but from the perspective of Two.

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‘Lee Miller and Friend’ by Man Ray. Paris, 1930.

Badiou cautions against our culture’s tendency to fetishize the encounter itself at the expense of the collaborative ongoingness that follows, which is the true substance of love:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngLove cannot be reduced to the first encounter, because it is a construction. The enigma in thinking about love is the duration of time necessary for it to flourish. In fact, it isn’t the ecstasy of those beginnings that is remarkable. The latter are clearly ecstatic, but love is above all a construction that lasts. We could say that love is a tenacious adventure. The adventurous side is necessary, but equally so is the need for tenacity. To give up at the first hurdle, the first serious disagreement, the first quarrel, is only to distort love. Real love is one that triumphs lastingly, sometimes painfully, over the hurdles erected by time, space and the world.

This necessary temporal dimension is what moves the experience of love from the plane of chance to the plane of choice — or, rather, of being chosen; chosen, in Mary Oliver’s words, “by something invisible and powerful and uncontrollable and beautiful and possibly even unsuitable.” Badiou writes:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngTo make a declaration of love is to move on from the event-encounter to embark on a construction of truth. The chance nature of the encounter morphs into the assumption of a beginning. And often what starts there lasts so long, is so charged with novelty and experience of the world that in retrospect it doesn’t seem at all random and contingent, as it appeared initially, but almost a necessity. That is how chance is curbed: the absolute contingency of the encounter with someone I didn’t know finally takes on the appearance of destiny. The declaration of love marks the transition from chance to destiny, and that’s why it is so perilous and so burdened with a kind of horrifying stage fright.

[…]

The locking in of chance is an anticipation of eternity… The problem then resides in inscribing this eternity within time. Because, basically, that is what love is: a declaration of eternity to be fulfilled or unfurled as best it can be within time: eternity descending into time.

[…]

Happiness in love is the proof that time can accommodate eternity. And you can also find proof … in the pleasure given by works of art and the almost supernatural joy you experience when you at last grasp in depth the meaning of a scientific theory.

Complement the enormously enlivening In Praise of Love with psychoanalyst Adam Phillips on the paradoxical psychology of why we fall in love, Stendhal on the seven stages of romance, and Mary Oliver on love’s necessary wildness.

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22. International Day of UN Peacekeepers – 29th May


22. International Day of UN Peacekeepers – 29th May

UN Peacemakers Content Marketing Opportunities

This day is celebrated to pay tribute to the uniformed and civilian personnel of the UN and to honor the 3800 peacekeepers who have lost their lives while serving the UN.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: How can you work at the UN?
  • Infographic idea: X Most dangerous places UN peacekeepers work in
  • Video idea: How do UN peacekeepers stay safe in conflict-ridden zones?
  • Podcast idea: How effective are UN peacekeepers at actually preserving the peace?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video by UN peacekeepers describes how women can lead peace processes around the world, and the relation between violence against women and outbreaks of conflict.

Inspiration


“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” – Anonymous, Holy Bible: The New King James Version

Inspiration


“I keep thinking about a tale my nurse used to read to me about a bird whose wings are pinned to the ground. In the end, when he finally frees himself, he flies so high he becomes a star. My nurse said the story was about how we all have something that keeps us down.” – Shannon Hale, Princess Academy

My Liebster Award


Few days ago, I was nominated for the Liebster Award.

My Nominees

  1. Padmaja Ramesh
  2.  P V Cann
  3. SusieOpinions
  4. ShortProse
  5. Riverside Peace
  6. Bharath Upendra
  7. Administrador

I was lethargic due to Lockdown1.0 to 4.0 in the most vulnerable category of 65+, Baby boomer, Cardiac and Diabetic issues with occasional bouts of cough. I was confined to home.

When I started blog all I had in mind was learning. Learning to write a blog, make a website, be a web publisher, become a blogger and an author.

At the core was a feeling, I must share what I learn with the needy – with no monetary expectation – as a give back to society.   It would create more space in my mind, to learn more and fill my never quenching thirst for knowledge.

For years, it remained inactive, then I would reshape it, make another themes, give it a new name, register a new domain – the learning continued albeit at my own SELF Pace and that is the Key Word of my mentoring.

I wish the Mentee, Mentoree, Protege’ to learn at self-pace.

Absorb, understand, assimilate, internalise knowledge and become able to impart it to the world’s knowledge needy – FREE.

A Breakpoint – rather revival point came on 13th May 2018 and I became regular. With a vengeance to achieve my first milestone of 100,000 views from 4000 odd in 6 years I became regular blogger. Happy to say with my esteemed readers, viewers, commentators this blog will soon touch 400000 views and 1600+ followers while another with just 4 followers is touching about 300000 on its own steam – it is my  1st Blogspot blog.

WordPress team guided me along the way and I even took their Business Plan but I did not wish to monetise – No, I wanted the content. to be free.  Uncopyrighted.  Well… mostly..  Only a few parts I put the © mark as my copyright and that’s letss than 1% of my content.

I want to thank Alosius5  for nominating me for this award. so check out his website and leave him a comment, I am sure he will appreciate it!

The Rules:
Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
Share 11 facts about yourself & mention 3 blog articles
Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you
Nominate 11 bloggers and make them happy!
Make up 11 questions to ask your nominees
Notify your 11 nominees

11 Facts About Myself

1) I am an open book and believe that I transparent- read about me on or Google please. MyAbout me page

2) I like to relax in a five-star hotel, First a Triple Sunday Ice-Cream instead of Bed-Tea and then having a long relaxing massage, a vegetarian buffet meal at the live counters eating Chef’s best recommended dishes,  best restaurant, and not having to get up the next morning until very late.

But, I am an early riser.  I like to wake up at 2 am, 3 am, 4 am or latest by 5 am.  My body clock takes care of it, no need for alarm clock.

3) I love French Champagne (the real stuff), I also like Indian Wine Red and White both and strawberries.  And I became a Teetotaller, stopped eating Non-vegetarian food since 2005 by choice.

4) I try to buy the best car I can afford but still haven’t managed to get a BMW.  I drive the Maruti Suzuku Alto800 which my wife n daughter bought couple of years ago,

5) Going away to a cold climate like a hillstation in India  when it is summer here (in India). I can not bear very high humidity and sweat profusely, leading to dehydration related issues so I try n stay away from Seashores.

6) One day I will get to travel around my own country. (With COVID 19, this might happen later rather than sooner with the ban on overseas travel)

7) I would love to  write bestselling non-fiction books for entrepreneurs, (I have written 7 and a poetry collection) , but selling just one gives me a chill.

8) I love all in/outdoor sports and games and represented in most as Captain or player upto University level. Cricket, Hockey, Football, Table tennis and Badminton apart from Chess are my favorites.

9) My favorite pastime is attending the Video conference calls arranged by my Granddaughter (7) on an impromptu basis.  I love these.

10) I had huge collection – few thousand books collected over each trip as sales person 99% and some gifts and donated  all of it to schools, colleges or needy.  We love to donate to the blind school here in Bangalore.

Recently, I gifted over 3000 amateur paintings I painted in water color from 2014 till March 2020 to an Eyecare charitble NGO I advise.

11) I was very fond of beer, Old Monk brand rum and later Bacardi White Rum/ Vodka. Whiskey gave me huge hangover and Single Malt was unaffordable.

Selected Blog Articles

1) I have several segments in my blog as it is mostly on shared contents like Word of the day, Quote of the Day, Did you know,  Inspirational Quote of the day, Funny quote of the day, Quotes of the Week, Seasoned PNUTS quotables from PNUTs. etc.

2) I also share RANDOM – Phrases, Acts of Kindness, Phrase of the Day, Quotes from Gita and Bible.

3) I subscribe to many Newsletters and TED, TEDX shows and share their links or article links I like.

4) I write HAIKU, Poems, Quick Poetry and pubish rather irregularly.

4) I share news items, commentaries on geopolitical, political, strategic and business management topics.

Answers to Debbie Winter’s Questions

1) What is in your opinion the best SEO software currently on the market? I do not understand this. I read Neil Patel’s newsletter and try but I know I do not know the basics. So, not being blessed like million others like me, I’m happy to remain in obscurity.

2) If you could eat as much food as you wanted without ever getting full or fat, which food would you choose? What is your favourite restaurant?

I would eat lots of sprouted beans, Raw vegetables, semi boiled vegetables. All preparations of Eggs, /cheese, and Indian curries which I make or my wife makes. She has made over 1000 different dishes for me over past 40 years of marriage. She loves Pasta, and I like Pizza, and we would share a glass of wine.

3) If your pet could talk, what would it say to you?

I had a wonderful Dog. A street Puppy whom I trained with Police dogs and he could perform circus acts. He had 40 friends and me and my friends when we would go walking (all kids under 10)  over 100 dogs and kids would be making noise and waking up the whole neighborhood at 4 am.  I lost him in an accident.

If ever he could talk – he would simply say, I love you and wish to be back with you.

4) What is the weirdest thing you have ever seen someone do?

Oh there are many. Can’t remember one.  But I do have two question segments dealing with exactly this.

5) If you had enough money that you never needed to work again, what would you do with your time?

Surf, watch TV, Network, Socialise virtually and spend more time with family.

6) Name three of your favorite songs?

I can name singers – 1. Neil Diamond 2. Kishori Amonkar, 3. Dr. Prabha Atre, 4. Sh. Bhimsen Joshi.

7) Name three of your favorite books?

Again I shall name authors, Books names are on my Goodreads page and I have a blog segment called Books to read.

Arthur Hailey, Harold Robins, Harvey Mackay, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Norman Vincent Peale.  MunshiPrem Chand, Many in HIndi, Marathi.

8) Would you lie to your friend or spouse for a large sum of money? How much?

No.

9) If you had $10.000 to spend on whatever you like, what would you do with the money?

Hmmm… invest in a Desktop Mac with  home theatre, Very large screen TV and all the favorite music collection, films collections from the old.

10) If you would be granted one wish of any kind, what would you wish for?

Give, Give the more you Give – God replenishes hence I will ask God, Give me, Give me more so that I can give more in service of Humanity.

11) Who has been the biggest example in your life? Why?

Many.  Many mentors who appeared when I was ready as Pupil and shaped me.  My mother mostly,  As a single parent her determination, hard work, resilience were the best learnings..

My Questions

1) What do you do for work, and what would you rather be doing, if you were given the opportunity?

2) Do you read constantly or sporadically, and what is your favorite genre

3) Boring, I know, but what is your favorite television show, and why?

4) If you could be anywhere in the world rather than where you are, where would that be and why?

5) What is the most annoying thing about people you dislike?

6) How many people can you count on as ‘real’ friends, if your situation turned to the worst-case scenario?

7) If you are young, where would you like to be in, say, 30 years time, and if you are older, what is one thing you would have done differently?

8) Do you prefer to travel by car, bus, train, or airplane, and why?

9) If you could retire tomorrow, where would that be, and why?

10) Is having wealth or health more important to you?

11) and the doozie for the last question, if you have a current partner, do you think this is the ‘one’ or do you think the ‘one’ might still be out there?

(You do not need to answer this, but in my case, I have found the ‘one’ and we’ve been together nearly 45 years.)

 

NOMINATION


WOOHOO! NOMINATED FOR LIEBSTER AWARD

18.09.2018

Hi folks, I was nominated by for the Liebster Award. I am very thankful to him for nominating me for this award, thank you for following my blog and reading my post.

Rules for the award

  • Nominated blogger has to convey thanks to the person who has nominated him/her.
  • Have to answer 11 questions asked by the person who has nominated him/her.
  • The nominated blogger has to nominate other bloggers.
  • The nominated blogger has to prepare his/her 11 questions and ask those to the people he/she nominates.

Let’s look at questions asked to me by blogs

1. What or who is the person you think you will be devastated without?

My Family, Phones and Macbook

2. How did you start blogging?

First to learn 8 years ago, Did it intermittently. Regularly after 13th May last year with a LMA message which I took to heart.

3. favourite food?

Indian, Chinese, Italian, Thai

4. Besides blogging what work you do ( student/job))? 5. Do you believe that Ghosts exist?

Retired Director. Author, Mentor, Speaker, Educator, Advisor to NGOs to fulfill my social obligations.

6. How many members you have in your family?

4 My wife and my daughters and extended family – Son in Law and a lovely Granddaughter

7. Do you practice meditation?

Every morning. One hour. Followed by Voice and Breathing exercises.

8. Are you concerned about the water crisis? If yes then what measures you are taking to save water? It may be a very small step.

Yes. Conserve water. As it is on medical advice I . am allowed only 1 litre of water daily.

9. Do you think moral education should be taught along with academic in our schools?

If the Culture (This is how we do things here) is not set at home and children are adaptable to learn it in School – Pre-School and upto Primary education. Yes.

1 0. If you become the prime minister or president of your country for a day, what changes will you bring?

Uniform Civil Code. Bridge Income Gap. Tax Rich and Agriculture income alike. Change the way Chartered accountants, Consultants, Bankers and lawyers help people make black money by evading taxes. Better Health care policies especially for Veterans, Seniors and depraved kids. I have many many thoughts -practical and impractical.

11. favourite song?

You are the Sun, I am the Moon Play me – Neil Diamonds

Here are my nominees in no particular order

Traveller with purpose

Reveuse

Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

Voci Dai Borghi

Rolandomio

Book Blog

Der Kamerad

Positive Side of Coin

Engagement Imperative

Riverside Peace

Katherine’s Blog

Short Prose . and Fiction

Padmajah

P V Cannon

Author Joanne Reed

Rekha Sahay

Kara

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And here are my questions:

  1. How do you structure your days?
  2. Where and how do you work best?
  3. What’s the best advice you ever received?
  4. Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most?
  5. Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?
  6. What is still your biggest challenge?
  7. What are your favourite books or movies?
  8. What surprising lessons have you learned along the way
  9. What do you find are [your audience’s] biggest stumbling blocks and what are the best ways you’ve found to overcome them?
  10. What’s next for you?
  11. How do you want to be remembered?

Thanks for reading this 🙂

Dancing with tools – Seth Godin Newsletter


Dancing with tools

How good are you at Google Sheets?

Can you write a query? A filter? Do you know how to install add-on tools to trim extra cells or create a mail merge? If you wanted to learn those things, do you know how to find out how?

It’s an interesting litmus test.

Sheets is free. It’s not particularly difficult to use. You can explore it in private, with no fear of screwing up. And it’s widely applicable to just about any career or community work you might choose to do.

The teenager across the street is far better off teaching herself Sheets than she is doing whatever busywork they’re handing her during the day.

If you get good at a type of technology, you’ll find yourself using it often. On the other hand, if you decide that you’re somehow untalented at it (which is nonsense) or don’t take the time, then you’ll have sacrificed leverage and confidence that were offered to you.

Of course, it’s not just Sheets, or the web, or even computers. It’s a posture of possibility when it comes to the tools we’re able to use.

We can ignore the tools that we have access to. We can fear them. We can understand them.

(And, after we understand them, we’re able to hire someone else to use them on our behalf.)

We can even master them.

Did you know…


… that today is Sunscreen Day? Today is the perfect time to educate and bring awareness to the importance of using sunscreen to protect yourself and your loved ones from harmful UV rays from the sun. Ultraviolet rays are a serious risk to your health so use an SPF of 15 or more when you head outside. The higher the SPF value, the better the lotion is at protecting you. Now get out and celebrate Sunscreen Day in the sun… with your sunscreen!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Time decides who you meet in life, your heart decides who you want in your life, and your behavior decides who stays in your life.”

— Ziad K. Abdelnour

Shrink to Grow?


Sometimes Shrinking is the Right Move

TL;DR: “It looks like we’re going to have scale down operations. Does this mean we’ve failed? Is this really just the start of our downward spiral? How should I be thinking about contraction?”

In the early years of my first startup we totally ran out of money. I remember sitting in my apartment staring at the ceiling thinking “How do we possibly recover from this?”

Then I had a (then) silly idea. What if I just took the whole staff down to just a couple of people and we ran “bare-bones” for a while? I recognized it was a big step back, but I was also thinking “I’d rather be alive and breathing than dead and bloated” (the former being a Pearl Jam reference, the latter being a Stone Temple Pilots reference — RIP 90’s).

We made the hard decision of letting basically everyone go. We moved the office back to my apartment. We sold off furniture and office equipment. It sucked.

And then something really interesting happened.

All of a sudden, we had “unlimited” runway again. We were profitable. For the first time we could operate without the countdown clock of “days remaining” over our heads. Within a year we would win the largest contract of our lives and go on to build what became a $700 million company — all because we downsized.

Today’s Advice Sponsored by Startups Coaching

Trading Longevity for Size

We tend to think of “expansion” as the only way to grow. But the truth is, what we really need is longevity. We need to be around long enough to do something amazing, even if that longevity comes at the price of contraction.

We assume that the size we are at now is the benchmark for further growth. It’s as if we’re thinking “If we have fewer people, or less revenue, we’re failing!” We’re not.

Failing is what happens when we run too fast for too long and go bankrupt. No one ever said we would be able to maintain a specific size forever, and those numbers will only go up — we all made that up in our minds.

The Right Configuration for the Right Time

During boom times maybe it makes sense to boost the staff count and spend heavily on growth. We all seem to understand that because growing is fun, it involves adding people and resources and spending money.

What we’re missing is when we assume that will always be the right configuration. Needless to say, during lean times, we need a different configuration for the company. What we need to be asking ourselves is “what is the right configuration for this moment in time?” That’s what should determine our true size.

Failure is the Wrong Configuration

When we fail, it’s because we didn’t account for the proper size and configuration of the company at the time. We probably waited too long to reduce headcount (everyone does), or stayed too optimistic about future prospects (if we weren’t optimists, we wouldn’t be in this job!).

We need to step back and recognize that “failure” is about not responding properly, not the result of how we respond. It’s tough, but that’s why we get paid nearly nothing for so long. (wait, what?!”)

Launch a startup the best way, you will.

Shhh.. The Yoda of startups is speaking.

Startups Coaching has been long compared to Yoda from the beginning of… well, since the beginning of this insert as it’s being written right now. But that doesn’t make it any less true!

We know that Building a startup is ridiculously hard — because we’ve been through it time and time again. For so long, we’ve seen new Founders run around without guidance or the know-how to get their company from one milestone to the next.

Startups Coaching was created to be that guidance. We have helped countless Founders see their startup move from idea validation to a thriving startup, and we have dedicated our life’s work to replicating this for as many Founders as possible.

Register here, you will if you’re ready to take your startup to the next level, and may the force of startup success be with you.

In Case You Missed It

Where to Find Opportunities in a Recession When crisis is unavoidable, strong Founders will seek out the opportunities during a recession.

How do We Tell Our Staff We’re About to Run Out of Money? The key to communicating with our staff about money is to do it early and to get everyone on the same page.

Overwhelmed (podcast) Startups are often portrayed as a go big or go home affair, and as Founders, it’s easy to get caught up chasing monumental goals and forget about the daily actions that will actually get us there.

Love this topic? Hate it? Let’s chat on social media!
Wil Schroter
Founder & CEO @ Startups.com
  

Mentor Asks: 5 Random Questions


  • On any given day, what do you think you spend the most time doing?

  • What animal do you think best reflects your personality?

  • What uncommon thing would you like to see become more common?

  • What is your biggest regret from the last month?

  • What do you hope to be an expert about at some point in your life?

DhAnAnjAyA “jAy”PArkhe Quote 001


I haven’t coined any quotes of my own even in my 67 years of life.  I never felt a need.  On the contrary, I felt I should read more quotes, more wisdom and relate them to my  situation at that moment and L E  A R N.  Learning never ends.

I read a Quote

“Learn how to learn from those you disagree with, or even offend you. See if you can find the truth in what they believe.” by Kevin Kelly.

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I like to be direct. I like to read, speak, write DEFINITIVE – no perhaps, may be for me and hence I liked Nik.

Nik of “Nik’s Summaries” fame whose newsletter I subscribe sent me this 5 day course, and I  am quite impressed . ”

I started a new short course on. Good english writing. “Hi!

My name is Nik. For the past six years, I have been a professional writer.

I’ve published over 1,000 pieces to date. My work reaches over 500,000 people each month. And I make a full-time income from my writing.

To me, that’s what “professional” means. You publish frequently, are read widely, and benefit financially. But right now, I only have one goal:

I want to improve your writing.

After this email, I want your writing to be slightly better than it was two minutes ago. That’s all I’m asking for.

Here are 4 tips that will make all of your future writing better – forever. No BS. Just pure, specific writing advice. These tips took me four years to collect but will take you only 2 minutes to learn.

Let’s go.

1. Refuse to use the word “thing”
Each thing we can describe in more detail. When we don’t, we’re just being lazy. It’s like hiding your screwed up cake under a pile of frosting to avoid baking a new one. Don’t.

Let a device be a device, a trait be a trait, a feeling be a feeling.

Before:
“This is the greatest thing my parents taught me.”

After:
“This is the greatest lesson my parents taught me.”

2. Ditch the parentheses
Like “thing,” parentheses only weaken what you want to say. If you want to say it, say it. If not, don’t.

Whether it’s the brackets that are unnecessary or what’s in them is for you to decide. But one of the two is. At least 99% of the time.

Whichever one you choose to abandon, probability will always be on your side.

Before:
“You must pass a (ridiculously) hard course.”

After:
“You must pass a hard course.”

3. Use fewer prepositions
Many of us need to free up time these days. But time doesn’t go anywhere on its own. Not up. Not down. It has no location.

Don’t free up time. Make time. Don’t move out. Just move. And if you can’t make time, don’t miss out on dinner. Just miss it.

Sometimes, we even add two unnecessary prepositions to one verb.

Before:
“He wants to meet up with Sarah in the morning.”

After:
“He wants to meet Sarah in the morning.”

4. Eliminate redundant references
The reader arrived from your last sentence. She’ll remember it. Don’t begin the next one with a preposition or injection.

“So” doesn’t say so much, “as before” breaks my flow, “or” repeats the obvious alternative. “Well” means you’re not done thinking, well, take more time to write. We want to know what you think, not that you think.

Never reference the end of your previous sentence at the beginning of the next one.

Before:
“Writing improves your thinking. With this in mind, I suggest you write daily.”

After:
“Writing improves your thinking. Write daily.”

We’ve known what makes good writing for almost 2,000 years. Often, it takes just a few seconds to improve a sentence. If you want to write a book, that’s still a lot of seconds.

Maya Angelou once said:

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Whatever story you’d like to tell the world, with these tips you’ll hit the ground running. Just like we did with this free course.

Alright, that’s it for the warm-up. Tomorrow, we’ll start with your first lesson. If you want to take a sneak peek at the curriculum, you can do that here.

Talk to you then!”

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I subscribe to many newsletters. One of my favorites is Seth Godin, This is what I got yesterday and liked.

“interesting article by Prof. Seth Godin ”
Your defining moment
It’s easy to wait for it. The movies have taught us that when the music swells and the chips are down, that’s when leaders arrive and when heroes are made.

It turns out, that’s not how it works.

Our work is what happens in all the moments. Leadership doesn’t simply appear when the script announces it does: it is the hard work of showing up when we’re not expected to, of seeing what’s possible when few are willing to believe.

Your defining moment is whenever you decide it is, and you get a new chance to lead every day.

Two months ago, we ran our first session of Rising Talent, a special session of the altMBA by and for emerging leaders at Fortune 500 companies.

Our month-long sprint connected senior leaders from SAP, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Brands, Citi, General Mills, Lululemon, NBA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Adobe, Audible, Barclays, Chipotle, Delta, Trane Technologies, Frost Bank, Kellogg Company, Kraft Heinz, MetLife, Qualcomm, Shopify, Slack and Warby Parker. Even though the world was already turning upside down, this extraordinary cohort showed up and did the work, even as they were contributing at a high level at their day jobs.

The results reinforced what we’ve been saying at the altMBA for the last five years. Possibility is where you find it. We each have more to offer than the world expects. And growth is something we’re capable of, as soon as we’re committed to seeing what we can contribute.

The secret of our workshops is the level of commitment that our students bring. Even in times of turmoil. Enrollment opens the door to action instead of compliance.

Our current worldwide tragedy is a slog, but it will have another side. And the organizations that thrive will be the ones that don’t rely on top-down management to go forward. It’s peer-to-peer leadership and innovation that produces resilience, and leadership that turns any moment into a moment where we can make things better.

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My Old Friend Jitendra Jog. An Avid Reader; is recovering after being donated a Kidney and in Self Quarantine in Mumbai the worst affected city in India with COVID.  He sent me this wonderful message – in the hope that the Lockdown 4.0 will end as announced on 31st May 2020.

“As we start to open up…You do You, I’ll do me. That’s what The World is all about. None of us have the same circumstances (medically high risk child/family member or a business about to go under, etc.). Let’s all stay in our own lanes and keep the judgment down as we begin to reopen. No one should feel pressured either way.
Just a thought…As the Centre & State governments are trying to figure out how to ease back into normal, please remember:
🛑 Some people don’t agree with the state opening…that’s okay. Be Kind.
🏡 Some people are still planning to stay home…that’s okay. Be Kind.
🦠 Some are still scared of getting the virus and a second wave happening…that’s okay. Be Kind.
💰 Some are sighing with relief to go back to work knowing they may not lose their business or their homes…that’s okay. Be Kind.
👩🏾‍⚕️Some are thankful they can finally have a surgery they have put off…that’s okay. Be Kind.
📝 Some will be able to attend interviews after weeks without a job…that’s okay. Be Kind.
😷 Some will wear masks for weeks…that’s okay. Be Kind.
💅🏻 Some people will rush out to get their hair or nails done…that’s okay. Be Kind.
❤️ The point is, everyone has different viewpoints/feelings and that’s okay. Be Kind.
We each have a different story. If you need to stay home, stay home…But Be Kind .
If you need to go out, just respect others when in public and Be Kind!
Don’t judge fellow humans because you’re not in their story. We all are in different mental states than we were months ago. So remember, Be Kind.”

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Going back to what Kevin Kelly said “Learn how to learn from those you disagree with, or even offend you. See if you can find the truth in what they believe.”

I thought, I could say as my own Quote:

“Learn from every situation, every possible means, Keep Learning,. Learn to share, fearlessly, directly, definitively to one you find is NEEDY.  When I find a different point of view from my own, I must learn to be kind. ”

Quote 1 – DhAnAnjAy “jAy”Parkhe. May 28, 2020

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I am trying to limit my daily shares of links and articles, newsletters to just ONE like this.

If the regular readers and my friend commentators can share what they think about this, I shall be grateful.