Sunday, July 25, 2010

Pranam Guru

On this day of Gurupurnima, I offer my obeisance to the Guru, the teacher. 

The parents were my first Guru. Since then, in the walk of life, I learned many things from many people. They were not necessarily my seniors. On this day, I remember them and offer my respect. 

Just watch people around you with an open mind and you will find good qualities in them and so many things to learn. 

It is so beneficial being a student for lifetime. 

Once Shri Ramakrishna told his disciples, watch your Guru in the day and also in the night and then only call him Guru. He was talking about the spiritual Guru, the one who takes you on the right path. 

There are many who teach us practical aspects of life, they are also our Guru. 

A Guru could be a historical figure like Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj or Swami Vivekanand. He may not be a human being or could be even an inanimate object. 

As long as you find something to learn from Him, he is your Guru. 

And then I bow before the greatest Guru of all, the Almighty.  


Friday, July 23, 2010

Misuse of IPC article 498 (A)

The women in India suffer from domestic violence. The Article 498 (A) of the Indian Penal Code has been specially prepared to protect such suffering women. According to the provisions of the Article, the Police are required to immediately arrest the perpetrators of violence, as mentioned by the victim in the FIR.

However, many times it is seen that the legal provision does not fulfill its desired goal. That is on two accounts, (a) payment of huge compensation to the victims and (b) misuse of the article by the some women, especially educated women in the urban areas, to settle personal scores against their male counterparts.

According to the principle of natural justice, culprits can be set free for the want of evidence but innocent should never be punished. However, when the article is misused, innocents are punished by way of arrest and jail. It is rather surprising to see that the Police are not required to carry out any enquiry, before the arrest. Whomsoever named as perpetrator by the woman in the FIR, that is taken as an adequate ground for arrest.

                   That the Article is being misused to take revenge on males, has been observed the Bombay High Court also. All are equal in front of law. However the Article 498 (A) appears to be unjustifiably skewed against the males, as he gets no protection by law. The following amendment is suggested to the Article:

“In case the allegations are not proved and the malicious intent is established by the court, the woman filing the FIR must be arrested immediately and tried under the relevant provisions of law”.

Spy cam evidence


Time-tested ways to improve employee accountability

It is said that at any point in time in an organisation, only 20 % employees contribute towards real growth.

One may say that accountability in an organization exists when all employees can be depended upon to do what they have acceded to do without any exceptions. It is often an innate commitment that comes from an employee—it is not something that can be written, recorded and signed.

If people are what make the organization, then getting the right people for the job makes all the difference.

Here are a few time-tested ways of making employees accountable for their actions:

• Go for a one-on-one approach
• Target specific goals for each team member

The one-to-one approach shall help building individuals expertise and make him responsible member of the team.


Monday, July 19, 2010

Tips for good resume and interview

Resume Myth: Your resume should emphasize your past accomplishments.

The resume that gets the job or interview is targeted with the specific opening in mind. if your past experience does not match up with the job you're applying for, your resume is doomed for the trash bin. Recruiters won't take a 2nd look.

Resume Tip: A long resume doesn't ooze with accomplishment.

Lengthy and verbose resumes aren't eye catching and don't impress recruiters. Remove any unnecessary words and bullets so you, at most, have 2 pages. Editing and revising your resume to show you qualify for the position is the key and involves going through your past line-by-line and deciding what to emphasize and what to leave out. 

The mistake that job applicants make frequently:

The most common mistake made by job applicants is not knowing the true purpose of a job interview. If you miss the one, your entire interview will be off the bull's eye and your chances of getting hired will be slim to none.

Most people think an interview is answering a bunch of questions. The job applicants practice their answers over and over to prepare for their interview and during the interview they just spit out their rehearsed answers. There could not be any worse approach to an interview!

Five things to do when you get  job offer:

1. Ask for the offer in writing

2. Ask any outstanding questions you have in your head and get the offer modified, if required

3. Negotiate

4. Ask for time to think it over if you are not sure about something

5. Listen to your inner voice



Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pareto 80:20 rule

According to the Pareto Principle 80% of the effects of a situation come from 20% of its causes. It is also known as the 80:20 rule. Many have experienced it in the real life. In other words, an individual who carries out certain activities, (20%) accounts for a majority of the individual's happiness and output (80%).

Have you ever applied this rule, professionally or personally? How successful were you in applying this rule?

In my opinion, one should strive to strengthen 100 % of the activities, only then it will be possible to maximise output from the 20 %.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Kashmir: Peace stone’s throw away ?

I heard someone say, “The reason so many protestors are throwing stones in Kashmir is because they truly believe PEACE is only a stone's throw away
And then I also read a twit from H. H. Dalai Lama, “If we continue to approach problems from the perspective of temporary expediency, future generations will face tremendous difficulties”, which I quickly re-twitted

Every time there is unrest in the Valley, conventional measures, like curfew, calling army, are immediately initiated. Nearly two decades have now passed. Number of positive steps, such as declaring a massive financial package, have been taken by the Government in this period. However nothing works. Reason ?

I think people do not appreciate the intentions behind these positive measures and substantial section of population continues to support the militants. May not be for their cause but probably out of frustration. That calls for totally different approach to peace

I think any measure that goes to win the hearts of Kashmirees should work and bring tangible benefits. The Government should be seen doing that.

Give a chance to peace, it is just a stone’s throw away !! 


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