Saturday, February 28, 2015

Five english words that are utterly unique

Amazingly, the only English word with three Y's also happens to describe a rare astronomical event involving three heavenly bodies. A syzygy is the alignment of three celestial bodies in a straight line, commonly the earth,the sun and the moon
This past tense of dream possesses a very special quality.The only verb in regular english usage to end with -mt. we hear from people constantly who swear there must be another term ending in -mt. No one has ever actually offered a second example ,however.
The sole term in the english language to begin with tm- ,has an unusual meaning to match. Tmesis is the insertion of one or more words between the words that make up a compound phrase, as in "what-so-ever" inserted in the middle of "what-ever".
Only one word in all of English has an X, Y, and Z in order. Hydroxyzine.This medication developed in the 1950s can help calm you down and prevent sneezing.
queue is the only word whose pronunciation remains the same when the last four letters are removed.Before it meant a line, a queue referred to the tail of a beast in medieval pictures and designs. The unusual spelling owes its origin to French, like many words that look a little odd in English. Prior to the Frenchification of queue, Latin spelled it simply as coda. The duplication of U and E often feels like waiting in line.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Your Value

I heard this story from a person who has influenced my life the most.
The Values Professor entered the classroom and held up a Rs.10 note in front of his class. He asked the class, "Who would like to have this Rs.10 note?"
All students raised their hands.
He said, "I am going to give this Rs.10 note to one of you but first, let me do this." He proceeded to crumple the note.
He then asked, "Who still wants it?"
Still the hands were up in the air.
"Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.
He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. "Now who still wants it?"
Still the hands went into the air.
At last he said.."My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson today. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because, the note, in whatever condition it may be, did not decrease in value. It was still worth 10 rupees.
Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We may feel as though we are worthless. We may forgot that the true worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, But by WHO WE ARE.
No matter what happens, you will never lose your value. You are special – Don’t ever forget it.
Value yourself. Don't demean and demoralize yourself at times of failures. Trust yourself and be Proud to be YOU!
Are you ready to value Yourself?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Challenge yourself with something you know you could never do, and what you’ll find is that you can overcome anything.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
An obstacle is often a stepping stone.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Top 10 Personality Development Tips.

1. Be Confident:
Confidence is certainly the most important factor which adds to the personality of any individual. A person’s confidence might go down due to mistakes, failure, guilty or any other thing which is undesirable. Some people often develop inferiority complex due to their physical appearance, caste, financial status etc.  Such people perceive confidence as their weakness, while the truth is that confidence is an individual’s biggest strength.
 Your confidence reflects your character, attitude and passion.  You should be confident about who you are and whatever you do. Being confident will help you to express yourself and stand amongst the crowd.
2. Improve Your Communication Skills:
 The way you speak reflects who you are. Be polite and gentle with your words. Use decent words while interacting with everyone.  Always think before you speak. English being globally accepted is preferred everywhere. So work on your English proficiency by listening to English news, reading English newspapers and magazines. Always use simple words general interactions.
3. Dress Up Well:
Dressing sense means the general sense about how you should dress up for office, party or any other occasion.  A person should therefore wear according to the situation and according to how well the attire suits him/her. Good looks no doubt will add to your personality but what matters the most is how you are dressed up. Even a 5’4 guy with a dark complexion can have a good personality if he knows how to carry himself.  Dressing sense thus plays a major role in personality and confidence development.
4. Do What You’re Passionate About and Be Passionate About What You Do:
Always follow your passion and do what interests you. This will not only help you to grow as a person but will also add to your confidence. Be passionate about your work. Make sure that you give your best in whatever you do. This will add to your growth and strengthen your self confidence. NEVER miss a chance to prove yourself.
5. Watch Your Body Language:
Body language plays an important role to judge a person’s confidence and personality.  Try to make use of positive gestures while interacting with others. This shows that you’re at ease while having a discussion. Studies reflect that 75% of our communication happens non-verbally. Your gestures thus play a vital role while interacting with others.
6. Improve Your Social Skills:
Man is a social animal. Every individual has to interact with a group of people one time or the other. Being shy or introvert is the least desirable characteristics in any individual. Always stay updated with the current affairs and what is happening in your society. Try participating in group discussions and seminars. This will help you to be more open and adjust amongst a group of individuals.
7. Develop Leadership Qualities:
A good leader is believed to have a good personality. Leadership skills do not mean how well you give orders to your subordinates. It means how well you can manage your subordinates to accomplish a particular task. Work harder to set an example to your subordinates. Express yourself and always do as you say.
8. Be Optimistic:
Have a positive outlook towards everything. Nobody wants to be around a person who is negative and complaining all the time. Nobody wants to work or live with a pessimist. When you face a failure, let go of the assumption that you’re the unluckiest person alive. Use positive statements like “I can do it”, “I always have a choice” etc. Expect good things from the future.
9. Be a Patient Listener:
Be an enthusiastic listener. Listening is a very essential part of communication. This will help you to see things from the eyes of others. Mental presence is a must to be good listener. Try to get away from any possible distraction while talking to your family members, friends and co-workers. Ask questions to let the other person know that you were listening to him/her.
10. Be a Good Learner:
Good learning skills in an individual are highly desirable. You should always have the zeal to learn new things while at work. This reflects your enthusiasm. Don’t let yourself repeat the same mistakes. Learn from them.
Here’s a famous quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself” 

Monday, February 23, 2015

3 Ways To Hit the Delete Button On Negativity

Happy thoughts! Happy thoughts! Happy thoughts! You hear them say. Be positive bro, think positive babe…it will all work out! But how do we do it…
Like you, me too, was told just the same. So much so; that being positive seemed to be the new age mantra for being successful. I was a believer. I did just that…I sat positive, I walked positive, I talked positive. I thought positive. So much so that I was sure that my blood group B+ve was no longer just a coincidence.
And it was all hunky dory at first…I was positive and I got what I wanted. Then came a turn in my life when I set my eyes upon my dream job and as a bonus even met my dream man. As I set out singing my ‘don’t worry be happy’ song…one day; two days, ten days, 20 months rolled over into 10 years. Neither did I get my dream job nor did it work out with my dream man! Sigh! More like a nightmare. Then came the hard part…the part they don’t tell you much about.

The staying positive part!

It took many more years before I reconciled with my dreams and learned to dream big again. Today; we life coaches, therapists and individuals in similar streams of work are often expected to have it all worked out, always with it, wise, together, and evolved. Am I? Yes, I am. Mostly. And that is solely because over the years I have more resources available in my tool box of different techniques which I dig into rather than drown myself into self-sabotage. Yet, do I ALWAYS have it all worked out? Do I wake up each morning skipping with joy, smiling into the sun and singing to the birds? Not exactly; I have my days too. We all do.
These then are 3 ways which can help us along this journey of keeping the mind focused and aligned with positivity.

Activate the delete button to your brain.

When you cannot stop from thinking negative.
When you’ve been faced with too many setbacks, back to back and see the glass half-empty rather than half full….say; ‘delete’ (or erase /backspace /rewind, whatever resonates with you)… and rephrase immediately. It’s time to declare a boycott. Take a stand. Start a revolution in your head by recognizing that the thought patterns you’re living with are not welcome. Stop them. Evict them. The point being that if cannot stop yourself BEFORE thinking negative. Stop yourself after.
You may be tempted to find this silly or childish. But don’t. Do it. Trust that there is unbelievable power in this recognition and in making the decision that something is no longer okay
 I repeat the word delete in my head… until I am mentally satisfied that it’s completely trashed. Carefully and positively reframe thereafter.
Catch positivity and latch onto it.
When you find it really hard to stay positive on your own.
Seek help. Seek inspiration. You may find it in reading a collection of quotes, in a song, in a book, in a blog, poem or an article, whatever motivates you. Latch onto that one thing which gives you just enough to help you hang in there for that one more day. Some may find that solace in prayer. Some in a bit of all. The brain cannot differentiate between the imaginary and the real. If you imagine positivity; it is very likely you will find the strength to bring it back in your reality.

Reach out to a real/virtual friend

When you feel you’ve hit rock bottom.
Often times all we need in order to pick ourselves back up again is empathy. Somebody who cares to hear our story, somebody who can be that shoulder to cry on; that hand you can hold; who’ll willingly lend you their spine. Reach out to that person today. Ask for help. It is not a sign of weakness but a show of strength. And for some reason if no one in your life currently fits that bill, reach out to a stranger. Someone with a fresh perspective, who doesn't know all your baggage, who will just listen without judging. Nowadays, social media has put a new dimension to friendship and support groups – find one today. The emotional support of friendship leads to better health through positive effects on both body and mind. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Song For The Waves

The boat swayed with the rhythm of the waves while the boatman hummed a tune as if to pacify an angry beast. The song intrigued me, the slow cadence of his voice was melancholy one moment and optimistic the next moment. It filled the air with a strange intoxication. He sang rustic folk-songs, lyrics I could not interpret but the tunes arrested my attention.
My father, politely trying to start a conversation said “What is that song Bhaiya?”

The boatman’s face broke into a broad grin, “It is the song I sing to my children asking them to be brave.”

“How many children do you have? Where do they live?” inquired my father.
A forlorn expression came over the boatman’s face while he said, “I have two children Saabji, a son of four years and a daughter of eleven years. We lived along the river bank. But now this river is my home.”

“How can the river be your home?” I interposed.
“Well my children are here and home is where family is...three years back I lost them to this river during the flood. I believe their souls rest in the river bottom. That is why I sing to them their favourite tales. You know how they say songs can travel far and long so I know my songs reach them. At night I sing them to sleep with the promise of a new morning. See the waves tugging at the boat? That is my children asking me to sing. Once I start singing they calm down.”
The poignancy of separation choked my voice. The boatman had already started singing to the waves and I pressed the record button on my phone to record the boatman’s song and his life in a single MP3 file.
Thank you all for reading this post. I am glad if you like this post. In life there should be some space for chances like anything happens about which we were not supposing and it just happens. Give some space in your life for this kind of chance. That's all about life.
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Friday, February 20, 2015

In the Chapter of life,who knows next leaf is full of surprises.

Billu was a small artwork shop owner in the street of village Tomahd. He had legacy of making tribal art on glass pieces. By assiduously working and burning the midnight oil, he managed to make both ends meet for his ménage. He had a dream of opening a big shop so that he can employ other people of village.
On a effervescent day, sun kissed the street market and weather was such that it was tranquillizing the minds. When Billu was lightning the lamp in front of lord Ganesha, a lady thronged in and started clicking photographs like paparazzi. She was in casuals but looked chic .When Billu enquired, she said ,”These are out of world designs.” Billu was showing her masterpieces and she was gingerly scrutinizing each design and interviewed Billu with her curious questions. She wrote something on notepad. Each art piece had modicum border work and had deep social message in it. The art pieces warmed cockles of her heart and to Billu’s amusement she bought about 50 pieces.
(Few months later)
A letter came to Billu’s shop.
Dear Billu,
I am the crazy photographer lady who visited your shop some months back. I am writing to inform you that I used you designs in my fall clothing line and these designs have won accolades from worldwide. I have enclosed a cheque of 25,00000 for your work and government is going to give you International Recognition soon .
Look Billu ,How the stars shine for you now!!
Netsua Creations
Billu has a big art work store today with national and international clients. His shop is million dollar enterprise today employing about 250 people from his village. His story was published in many news-columns nationwide.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Rubik's Cube and its Mathematical Background

DISCLAIMER : This blog post is not one of those articles in which you find a step by step procedure to actually solve a rubik's cube. On the contrary, this is for helping you to figure them out.

Nowadays we find a very few number of people with interest in Mathematics. The importance of mathematics is unknown to the larger part of the Engineering crowd. Does anyone know why any of you had mathematics in at least half of your engineering curriculum?

Mathematics is the essence of everything, when people say I am an expert in physics, they have to know at least a bit of mathematics to understand and implement physics.

Likewise in programming, mathematics is important. The better you are at mathematics, better you are as a programmer. You will find this book interesting if you are a hard-core programmer. “The Art of Computer Programming” By Donald Knuth

Now lets begin with the actual topic in hand. Rubik's Cube. People tend to ask question like “what are the physical application of mathematics?”. I am sure most of you know the answer. But many also tend to ask “What is a fun way of learning mathematics?”. Most of you don't know this answer. One such way is Rubik's Cube. Has anyone heard of Group Theory? I believe this is the very core concept behind rubik's cube.

Now think of your scrambled Rubik's Cube as Television or Bike that you want to fix on your own. Imagine how you feel when you fix one of your home appliances all by yourself. Happy obviously, isn't it? I have had this experience of people asking me “You are an engineer, right? Then why can't you fix a simple machine”. But in your heart you know that is not its all about.

Ok coming back to topic, this bike or TV you need to fix, needs a set of tools. Not only you need them, but you also need to know how to use them. That basic knowledge of tools here is Set Theory. The mathematics of the Rubik’s Cube involves understanding combinatorial
ideas, such as permutations and counting arguments, functions, Mathematical Induction etc... (Ring any bells?)

A simple concept called a Cycle notation (Circular notation) will change your perception of the world around you. It is actually a form of Permutation which you might already know. Understanding this deeply gives you a deep perspective of the Rubik’s Cube.

This is really a vast topic. I think immersing ourselves deep into this topic needs quiet bit of knowledge in mathematics. I can suggest some Ebooks for full mathematical involvement in solving a Rubik’s Cube. Please let me know if you need those by leaving a comment below. I can also point you people to some very good Rubik’s Cube solutions, but that is no fun.

Rubik’s Cube is the one that started it all, now there are tens and hundreds of varieties you can find in the internet. Some of them are Pyraminx, Holey-cube, Megaminx, 4x4x4 Rubik’s cube, Professor cube and what not.

The ultimate purpose of this blogpost is to explain the importance of mathematics and puzzles like Rubik's Cube which are present in all walks of life. One cannot imagine the world as it is without the achievements of great mathematicians. If you remember Permutations and Combinations you might find this link about Rubik's Cube interesting

The best reference for an in-depth knowledge of Mathematics and Rubik’s Cube is “Adventures in Group Theory: Rubik’s Cube, Merlin’s Machine, and Other Mathematical Toys” by David Joyner

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Homily on the Run

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      He who believes in god, is always blessed and is never left alone,helpless’,says Ram Sharan as he oars his boat along the gusts of ‘Narmada Maiyaa’. It was about a decade ago when my feet landed into this mystical place; I was in search of earning a livelihood for myself and my family. The almighty never left me alone. He offered me with a satisfactory occupation of serving the pilgrims who have come in search of him. I am as happy as the mother of a newborn healthy child or a blind child, recently operated ,catching the first glimpse of the gifts of nature.’
     I truly find what I had come here for,’ a source of livelihood along with universal satisfaction’. Ram Sharan’s eyes are enough moist by now that he cannot hide them. They manifest joy and peace. With this begins Ram Sharan’s short homily on his boat, with his hands forcing against the gusts of water and words against the momentary pleasures of philistinism. What religion you follow or which deity you worship, is immaterial. The important thing is the will to reach the almighty, the will to offer a helping hand to the needy, the will to indulge into good practices.
     The person who understands these aspects is a true disciple of the almighty.He is the true servant of the lord.That is why, I often ask people not to come here, the holy pilgrimage for the wipe out of their own miseries but the miseries of the world. Because,it is rightly said that sacrifice itself forms the basis of humanity.’Jay Ho Ram Ji ki’,he cheers as the boat births along the east coast. What astounds is the level of philosophy Ram Sharan speaks and what is revealed is the importance of peace and satisfaction. The silent image oars back across the saffron-red horizon of the setting sun, carving a deep mark of inspiration and determination in the heart.

True Self

‘True self ‘ when I say this what comes to your mind ?
 is it your image, your personality, your thoughts or the way you act.
What decides us to say that “   this is my true self  ? ”
is it the way we look or the way we act?...
 And how many of us know ourselves well enough ??, Well the answer would be few.
For example, when we are asked  questions  like  “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
Though the question appears to be easy but the moment we start looking for answers it becomes difficult to find it and why’s that?
Don’t we know about our own self well enough to answer this question in just few seconds??... the real reason for that is that we don’t spend  time in knowing about ourselves, knowing what we like and what we don’t. Has it ever occurred to you to sit in a quite place and think about what you are and what you aspire to be , what you want from life and how can you achieve it . You may think that it appears to be lonely but I think that lonely hours are the best hours to know one self. I am not saying to just sit alone all the time… nope , not at all. But what I wanted to say is  that why not give ourselves few minutes each day to know about our own self more and in a better way so that in future we are ready to move ahead with our own goal and aspirations and not what our friends or others are doing or want to do.
After all knowing about your self is the best way to discover what  you  are good at and succeed in it.
Think different, be different and act different.

The Real Image

       I am guy who is straight forward and care for things all around me even if it is a plant or my pet animal. When I was in my PG doing my 1st semester there was an incident which taught me what life is and what people’s attitude towards their close friends is.
Once there was a situation where we have to select our electives.
     From our class only I was interested in Hardware and Networking administration and all others were interested in Compiler Design and Data-Mining. I was the class representative so the department was considering my choice as final decision. Since I know no one other than me was interested in H/W and N/W administration I told them I don’t want to force them for my passion so you can offer the elective what they have offered.
       So they offered it and everything was going good but when we saw the performance of the elective subjects I was getting good grades than students who had really opted for it. What My class students did was they gave negative feedback for me stating that since I was more interested into data-mining, Compiler Design I opted for those electives for entire class.
      That day I realized what a big mistake I have done by caring for others by my heart. I promised myself never be your true-self for those who don’t deserve it.Be true only to yourself, parents and the almighty. Even the mirror won’t show your true image until it has to reflect all the light rays which can be possible only if the surface is smooth. We can’t expect everyone to be true to us. But we can be true to people who are true to us

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


        I remember my childhood. School was eight miles from our village and we had not many options for travelling this distance. Either through bus service, or through sailing the Chambal river. The bus fare was rs. 13 and thus it was meant for only rich guys. Though dicey, we had to choose later option. It was Mohan Kaka, who sailed us through river and I still remember the lines, he used to sing while sailing “Wo path kya pathik safalta kya, jis path me bikhre shool na ho.. Aur navik ki dhairya kushalta kya, jab dharae pratikool na ho.!”.
          I was in tenth standard and my final exams were going on. The day, I had my Mathematics exam, our village witnessed one of the heaviest rainfall ever. Cloud bursts, strong winds, threatening thunderstorms and rashing blizzard lashed our village and caused flooding of river Chambal. It became next to impossible for me to reach school and the moment I was about to lose the hope, it was Mohan Kaka who gave hand to me. He became synonym to god for me. Without even caring of his own life, he sailed me to school through alluvioning Chambal.
           That day, I learnt the most important lesson of my life. Life is not about living for personal interests, it is about giving. Life is about scarifying, selfless and generous living. It is nothing else, but the attitude to live for others, which brings mental peace. Life is about exploring Mohan Kaka, hidden in each one of us. The nitty-gritty and complexities of the topsy turvy way of life can only be solved by the feeling of helping others, by looking to someone smiling and knowing that the reason behind that smile is you. Tribute to all life shapers like Mohan Kaka.


           All that is left now is that photo from the newspaper. My father had shown it to everyone and it proudly graced the wall of the living room of our small house. The Hindu had run an article on him, the famous Madhubani Painter from Mithila, Bihar. He had won the Chief Minister’s award for his work in keeping the Madhubani Art alive back in those. His joy and pride in winning the award is clearly visible in his face. The tilt of his lips into a smile tells us all that is to know.
        In our family generations of artists were born. During the time of Rajas and Maharajas, my great grandfather was a renowned Madhubani artist and his paintings were commissioned by the kings. Learning to read and write was not as important as learning to paint. As kids, we would learn to draw the perfect strokes of lines instead of learning to write the alphabet. By the time, we reached the age of 15, we could draw all the scenes from The Mahabharata and The Ramayana.
            But those days are long gone, the Madhubani art is almost extinct. People in my generation are looking for other professions instead of the age old art running in the family for generations. The paintings instead of gracing the walls in the homes of people, ended up being in train coaches and museums where people hardly glance at them. People are more attracted to the modern art than what is tradition. The Madhubani art is lost somewhere in between modernisation and urbanisation of our villages and with that my Fathers smile lost in the years and the photo just a reminder of him and his passion which shone in his eyes.