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Photo Speaks – Challenges in life

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“Challenges in life are not a problem, if you have the will power and confidence to lead.” ― RM

Challenges in life

We all think, we have the maximum difficulties in life. However, I met a team leader of a troop of monkeys stationed in the famous Bhoga Nandeeswara Temple, at the foothills of Nandi Hills Bangalore. The photo is deceptive as you cannot find the amputated left arm of this leader, who was running the show out there!!

I love photography and I believe

Every photo clicked is a history. One will never be able to re-create that precious moment.

Let these photos and quotes make your day inspiring.

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Mind Speaks – Mmmm… To write or not to write

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For LinkedIn - mind speaks - mmm to write or not to writeWelcome to read a new edition of Mind Speaks titled Mmm….To write or not to write.

Although, I have been coming out to you through various forms, “Mind Speaks” through “No News” is one special section of my creativity that I cherish doing periodically. It is similar to asking anyone interested in cricket about the beauty and enjoyment of playing and following a Test match. This gives me sufficiently large space to promote what I am promoting all the time in a detailed way than what I do every day. Of course, it all comes to certain small and mundane things of creativity, safety, social values or “whatever”, as someone could leisurely write and read off.

Inspire: No matter if the world stand still, continue with what you are doing. This is what I am trying to do these days. I do it from within, for my own enjoyment. As you see it, I do not do what I don’t enjoy and here is another edition of No News detailing those simple efforts in my own way.

I always believe that an individual’s life must benefit society. There should be some social purpose along with personal. Otherwise, according to me it remains meaningless. We are all in some way or another, blessed with worldly fortunes of different kind. Do not remain contended at that point.

I am in a hibernation mode during the last few days. There are some life realities which are disturbing me. Those are the current financial situation that is happening to some of my friends and known contacts. They may not be the only one in that situation in this current times of difficulties. Everyone is suffering. My humble suggestion to all those who are in that state, is to communicate with friends and family. It can bring out solutions. Do not wait till you run out of options and dig deep yourself in to tougher times with no possible escape route. Especially to young boys and girls. These days, the advantage of easy communication is turning out to be a real disadvantage. Whatsapp, Snapchat…. you name it and you have it as many as you wish! It is just because the conversation is very short and it may not convey the triviality of the situation you are in. At times, due to the large quantities of messages, the receiver may tend to ignore it totally or quick read it and reply in short. This is dangerous. If ever you feel you are not comfortable with your life situation, take time to meet those whom you trust, talk to them in person and try and find solutions how you can come out of it as a winner.

Eid holidays, a bit of travel here and there, and rest of the time working on a dream project. As usual and as I say, I am playing it in my mind, fine tuning it. A musical fusion programme to be presented to a large audience in the 1st week of October. The invocation has already been done to the lord and I am sure it will materialise well.

In my life, I have faced several obstacles. However, I did not deter from life goals. What inspired me were some simple steps of encouragement or support from those whom I regularly interact with in several community issues. Like, the words of one of my friend, who calls me at the middle of the night and tells me, there is a problem with the check-in system at the airport. I have identified corrective solutions for it, and have taken pictures of the present conditions. Please help me to submit it to the right authorities, so that the conditions could be improved in future. Or my friend, who write to me with photos saying that in his area, there are no playgrounds for children. But there is an open space which could be converted to a small playground. How do we go about it? Or another one more interesting sms from a friend – “I am seeing a series of unwarranted activities happening in my area and feel ashamed to remain quiet. What do we do to resolve it? Or even the more pressing and timely pathetic conditions of the roads in Banglore! Driving on those road, even during my short visits and short duration, I pity those who have to commute daily to work on those roads!

Why we as a community tend to live with such situations and do not raise our voice  collectively to have the responsible authorities create a commutable road network? Our time is money and time has come to stop ignoring it forever and live with it. One relief is that not all are keeping their eyes, ears and mouth closed to such situations.

There are inspiring gestures that shows that people silently acknowledge me for the constructive social efforts that are being diligently carried out for the last few years.

In any case, small action leads to bigger joyous happening. Yes, the journey began in a small and singular way is gaining momentum and reaching bigger and wider regions and masses.

Create an attitude at heart with intentions of welfare and selflessness added to it. This is the prime thought when there is some action happening from my side. In our epics, stories indicate how man’s mind reacts to others’ happiness and sorrows. Instead of feeling jealous about others’ prosperity one should feel happy and join him in his success. Similarly, one should show concern when encountering others in distress and try to give them solace. While noticing someone drowning in a river one rushes to save him spontaneously without deliberating whether he is one’s friend or enemy. Likewise our heart must automatically sympathise with the distressed. Good fortune and happiness in this life is due to God’s grace and meant for sharing with others not for one’s edification only. Broadmindedness, concern for others and selflessness are virtues which should be inculcated in children from an early age. Man’s intellect has its limitations and he cannot know everything on his own or learn only from his experience. So, it is always good to look at elders or experienced for guidance and inspirations to mould one’s life to a suitable format. One should not have reservation about learning from others and in the realm of learning, age should not be a deterrent. History has shown several examples of elderly person seeking knowledge from young and mastering important values and virtues in the process.

Utilise your talent or knowledge without inhibition and if you have a good or bad experience, taking cue from this note, do take a few minutes of your time to share it so that it becomes an added learning example for many.

God bless you all and have a great journey ahead.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

@rameshmenonauh

Photo Speaks – Delegate & Relax

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Are you working under pressure? Then Delegate & Relax!    RM

I love photography and I believe

Every photo clicked is a history. One will never be able to re-create that precious moment.

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Photo Speaks – Discipline

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The discipline you learn and character you build from setting and achieving a goal can be more valuable than the achievement of the goal itself                                                                                       Bo Bennett

I love photography and I believe

Every photo clicked is a history. One will never be able to re-create that precious moment.

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News U Wish to Read – 6th September 2015

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Sunday, 6th September 2015

Note: News U Wish to Read is a press review compilation and only covers articles published in the press, in the UAE and India. Its purpose is to keep us informed of important news items which we all wish to not miss. Enjoy reading the below news items and links. More sections will come as it takes shape and interest. Your response to this initiative is highly appreciated.

Energy

Saudi Arabia said to be studying gasoline subsidy cut

The National

Saudi Arabia’s government is studying whether to cut state subsidies that keep domestic gasoline prices at some of the lowest levels in the world, a major Saudi newspaper quoted unnamed sources as saying. Al Watan’s Saturday edition quoted the sources as saying Saudi authorities had been considering the issue for several years, but the matter had taken on additional importance after the UAE reduced subsidies and allowed gasoline prices to rise last month. Saudi Arabia cannot leave gasoline prices at their current ultra-low level indefinitely, because that would hurt the economy, the sources added. The newspaper did not elaborate on when the government might reach a conclusion on the issue, and it did not give details of the possible reform. But it quoted Fahad al-Anazi, deputy chairman of the economic and energy committee in the Shura Council, a top state advisory body, as saying any changes to subsidies would have to be accompanied by other measures to preserve public welfare, such as the provision of cheap public transport. Because higher gasoline prices could lead to inflation in other goods, Mr Anazi suggested the government might introduce new subsidies for some food and other consumer items, or distribute cards allowing some people to purchase fuel at subsidised prices. Such subsidies would be provided to Saudi citizens rather than the large number of foreigners in the country. Economists estimate that removing subsidies on gasoline would save the kingdom nearly 30 billion riyals (Dh29.38bn) annually, Al Watan reported.

Published: 6th September 2015

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/business/energy/saudi-arabia-said-to-be-studying-gasoline-subsidy-cut

UAE, India energy ties to reach new level

Gulf News

Energy cooperation between India and the UAE is set to reach new heights with both countries deciding to set up a joint working group on hydrocarbons, petrochemicals and fertilisers. The new development comes after the visit of UAE Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to India on Thursday. During his visit, Shaikh Abdullah met a number of senior officials and co-chaired the Meeting of the Joint Commission with Sushma Swaraj, India’s External Affairs Minister. Speaking to reporters in New Delhi during a press conference which was streamed live, Anil Wadhwa, secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India said both the countries will look for investment opportunities in the hydrocarbon sector. “There was discussion on the investment opportunities in the upstream and downstream projects in the UAE by the Indian companies and third countries of mutual interest. The UAE has also expressed interest to participate in India’s strategic petroleum reserves,” Wadhwa said. India is a major importer of crude oil from the UAE. It imports about 270,000 of crude oil per day from the UAE with the country being the sixth largest supplier of the commodity to India.

Published: 3rd September 2015

Read more: http://gulfnews.com/business/economy/uae-india-energy-ties-to-reach-new-level-1.1578124

Other Sectors

Big opportunity in small & payment banks for IT cos: Nasscom

Economic Times

Industry lobby Nasscom sees a “massive opportunity” for the domestic tech companies in payments banks and small finance banks, but warned the industry that they need to find out innovative solutions to help these lenders ensure cost-effective delivery of services.  “It is a massive opportunity in a country like ours. It is not only a massive opportunity, it is also one with incredible scope for innovation and creation of new kinds of products which are relevant for our development,” Nasscom president R Chandrashekhar told PTI here over the weekend.

Published: 6th September 2015

Follow: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/big-opportunity-in-small-payment-banks-for-it-cos-nasscom/articleshow/48844421.cms

Politics & Economy

 

G20 pledges to keep economic recovery on track

Khaleej Times

The G20 group of top world economies on Saturday said that global economic expansion was slower than had been expected but expressed confidence that a recovery would gain momentum. “Global growth falls short of our expectations. We have pledged to take decisive action to keep the economic recovery on track and we are confident the global economic recovery will gain speed,” finance ministers and central bank chiefs said in a draft communique after their two-day meeting in Ankara. The group vowed to “carefully calibrate and clearly communicate our actions to minimise negative spillovers, mitigate uncertainty and promote transparency” as key global economies search for robust growth. The economic supremos also vowed to “refrain from competitive devaluations and resist all forms of protectionism”, following controversy over China’s unexpected devaluation of the yuan last month. China’s move had rattled financial markets and also amplified concerns about its own economic slowdown and drastic loss in value of its stock market. “We reiterate our commitment to move toward more market-determined exchange rate systems and exchange rate flexibility… and avoid persistent exchange rate misalignments,” it said. The statement called on governments and central banks not to over use interest rates as a tool for boosting economic activity and instead implement fiscal policies to support growth and job creation. “Overreliance on monetary policy will not lead to balanced growth,” said a copy of the communique obtained by AFP which still needs to be formally approved by the ministers.

Published: 6th September 2015

Read more: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/business/economy/g20-pledges-to-keep-economic-recovery-on-track

Etihad Airways Becomes Founding Member Of UAE Business Council In India

The National

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has been announced as one of the Founding members of the UAE-India Business Council. The airline was represented by Hareb Al Muhairy, Senior Vice President Corporate and International Affairs; Abdul Qader Hussein Ahmed, Vice President Government and International Affairs, and Neerja Bhatia, Vice President India and the Indian Subcontinent. James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “India is a crucial market not only for Etihad Airways but the UAE itself and therefore we welcomed the opportunity to become a founding member of the UAE Business Council in India.

Published: 4th September 2015

Read more: http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395285017054.html

Saudi Arabia to cut public spending

The Hindu

Saudi Arabia’s finance minister Ibrahim Alassaf yesterday confirmed for the first time that the kingdom will cut public spending, as the country attempts to weather the low oil price that has blown a US$120 billion hole in its finances. “We have built reserves, cut public debt to near-zero levels and we are now working on cutting unnecessary expenses while focusing on main development projects and on building human resources in the kingdom,” Mr Alassaf said n an interview with CNBC Arabia. “There are some projects like the ones that have been approved a few years ago and haven’t been carried out until now – that means such projects are not currently necessary and can be delayed,” he said. Not all projects would be cut at the same pace, Mr Alassaf said. “Projects in sectors such as education, health and infrastructure are not only important for the private sector but also for the long-term growth of the Saudi economy.” This marks the first time since last year’s oil price collapse that a high-ranking government minister has publicly said that the government will reduce infrastructure spending. The oil price fell to $42 per barrel last month, down from about $110 per barrel in mid- 2014. The kingdom needs an oil price of about $100 to cover its spending.

Published: 6th September 2015

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/business/economy/saudi-arabia-to-cut-public-spending

 Community, Environment & Society

 

45 UAE servicemen die in Yemen

The National

The Government last night declared a three-day period of mourning, for the 45 servicemen killed in Yemen on Friday.  The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces said the personnel died while performing their national duty as part of the Saudi-led Arab coalition in support of the legitimate Yemeni government.  It is understood the men died when a rocket attack at dawn on Friday on an ammunition store for the 107th Brigade caused several explosions that resulted in the deaths of Emirati and Yemeni soldiers.  President Sheikh Khalifa mourned the brave Emirati soldiers who were killed in Marib in Yemen in defence of truth and justice, stae news agency Wam reported. The President said the men were defending the oppressed during the performance of sacred duty within the Arab coalition forces.  Hours after the attack, UAE Air Force fighter jets launched strikes on Houthi targets.

Published: 4th September 2015

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/20150904/45-uae-servicemen-die-in-yemen

The UAE’s wildlife app Charles Darwin would have wanted

The National

If Charles Darwin had a smartphone he would probably have downloaded the Collector for ArcGIS, a free app being used by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) to help record species of wildlife in the UAE. The app is created by Esri, a US-based supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software and geodatabase management applications. It’s a tools that people can use to make the EAD’s work easier. “There is definitely the possibility of one of the users discovering a new species, or an observation of a species that we thought was extinct,” said Anil Kumar, director of information management at the EAD. “That’s the idea behind the app, for people to help us in science.” The EAD hopes that people use the app for the possibility of discovering new species and to get the public to help in conservation efforts in the UAE. The app allows users to record an animal or plant seen, in real time, record whatever information they know about it and then upload it to the EAD for analysis. The app is available for download for Android and Apple devices.

Published: 28th August 2015.

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/502c-and-its-getting-stickier

The UAE’s wildlife app Charles Darwin would have wanted – graphic

The National

If Charles Darwin had a smartphone it is likely that he would have downloaded the Collector for GIS, an app being used by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi to help discover new species of wildlife in the UAE.

Published: 6th September 2015.

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/the-uaes-wildlife-app-charles-darwin-would-have-wanted—graphic

Go green

The Hindu

Interested in saving the environment? The Centre for Science and Environment can provide the training and information you’ll need.

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), which was established in 1980, focuses on advocacy by spreading awareness on issues concerning the environment. The CSE primarily conducts research with the intent to simplify facts relating to the environment for laymen. “Our advocacy is why we do the training. We disseminate information gathered at our research unit,” says Sharmila Sinha, Deputy Programme Manager, Environment Education, CSE. The CSE periodically conducts training sessions for the industry, NGOs, government officials and students. Summer schools are organised annually for Indian and international students as well as young professionals. Students aged 18 years and above, with a background in environment are generally preferred. The screening process includes a telephonic interview and a review of the statement of purpose. The intake of students for the courses is typically 20 to 25. The summer school, Agenda for Survival, is held every year in June. It focuses on the politics and policies of environment and development in India today. The CSE has various units that conduct research across different segments, including water. General training courses for consultants, students, professors and NGOs are conducted in areas of rainwater harvesting and decentralised waste water treatment. The CSE also conducts webinars. The CSE also has an online portal, http://csestore.cse.org.in, where a wide range of books on the environment can be purchased. For example, it has specific material and books on the Ganga and mining. Interesting titles on diverse topics include Environment History Reader (understanding environment concerns from a historical perspective), Heat on Power (green rating of coal-based power plants) and Building Sense: beyond the green facade of sustainable habitat.

Published: 5th September 2015.

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/features/education/college-and-university/go-green-cse-shows-the-way/article7619400.ece

Technology

Microsoft to buy startup focused on worker efficiency called VoloMetrix

Economic Times

Microsoft on Thursday said it was buying a startup that specializes in analyzing email, meeting schedules and other work data to increase people’s efficiency on the job.  Microsoft did not disclose financial details regarding its acquisition of Seattle-based VoloMetrix.  “I am excited about this big step forward in our company ambition to reinvent productivity and business process, and how it will deliver new value to our customers with organizational analytics,” Microsoft Outlook and Office 365 corporate vice president Rajesh Jha said in a blog post.

Published: 3rd September 2015

Read more: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/microsoft-to-buy-startup-focused-on-worker-efficiency-called-volometrix/articleshow/48794449.cms

 Education+

Great students make great teachers

The Hindu

Will your students look back and remember you as the person who shaped their lives? A great teacher is one a student cherishes forever. Teachers have a longlasting impact on the lives of their students, and the best students inspire their teachers, too. Years ago, as a young, eager student, I would have told you that a great teacher was someone who provided classroom entertainment and focused very little on discipline and assignments. Now, after working for 35 years in education including 26 years of heading institutions and related administrative experience and having been involved in hundreds of teacher evaluations, my perspective has changed. My current position as a professor of higher education gives me the opportunity to share what I have learnt with current and future college faculty administrators and through friendly banter with my postgraduate students about what it means to be a great teacher.

Published: 6th September 2015

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/features/education/great-students-make-great-teachers/article7619381.ece

 Sports – Campaign PASS

 

Campaign PASS (Promote All Sports Simultaneously) is an initiative started through my blog to promote all sports(other than cricket – which gets lot of attention) and sports personnel associated to give them more exposure.

India crushes DPR Korea in 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup

The Hindu

The Indians continued in the same vein in the second half and pumped in as many as seven more goals. India started their campaign at the seventh women’s Junior Asia Cup on a resounding note by humiliating DPR Korea by 13-0 in Changzhou on Saturday. Without wasting much time, India’s Preeti Dubey opened the scoring in the 11th minute before Jaspreet Kaur successfully converted a penalty corner in the 20th minute to take a 2—0 lead. India kept up the pressure and scored the third goal through a field effort from Navneet Kaur in the 24th minute. Captain Rani Rampal then scored a field goal in the 28th to make the scoreline 4-0 in favour of the Indians. Lily penetrated the opponents defence and smacked the fifth goal for India in the 31st minute followed by another field goal by Punam Barla as India went into halftime with a comfortable 6-0 lead. The Indians continued in the same vein in the second half and pumped in as many as seven more goals.

Published: 5th September 2015

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/sport/hockey/7th-womens-junior-asia-cup-hockey-championship-india-crushes-dpr-korea-130/article7619603.ece

Hope you enjoyed reading the above news items and links. More sections will come as it take shape and interest. Your response to this initiative is highly appreciated.

Regards,

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

@rameshmenonauh

Photo Speaks – Life

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The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. William Morris.

I love photography and I believe

Every photo clicked is a history. One will never be able to re-create that precious moment.

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Photo Speaks – Time

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If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. Bruce Lee


I love photography and I believe

Every photo clicked is a history. One will never be able to re-create that precious moment.

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Mind Speaks – KITs for success

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Mind Speaks - KITs for success

Welcome to read my post “KITs for success”.

I had an opportunity to attend an international conference a few days ago. It became another opportunity to meet two remarkable personalities.

Immediately after the lunch on day one was a presentation by the CEO of a company based in Washington.

We all know it is very tough to get attention of the delegates during the session after lunch.

His profile was very impressive as his personality. We noticed in the beginning itself that he was stammering and it was difficult to speak at a stretch. It did not bother him at all. He took control of the situation and in few minutes gained momentum to give an Xxtra ordinary presentation. Whenever he was feeling he will get stuck he diverted the attention of the audience by showing the details on the slide and then regained his momentum and continued from thereon. Next was the turn of a physically challenged expert with several Doctorates in her name. It took several minutes for her to reach the podium with the help of her electronic walker. All those limbs with limited movements were not a hindrance at all for her presentation style or content.

It created plenty of thoughts in my mind looking at them and the techniques they employed to reach their destinations till this time. Both were highly placed and if ever they had held themselves to their challenges? They would not have moved an inch ahead in their life.

English is not my mother tongue. I have written this point before as well. I try using it in simpler ways to convey messages and thoughts passing by.  Several progressive things have evolved out during this journey of communication. Some of them have been significant from my point of view and wishfully list them here. They include the quality initiatives and numerous suggestions and write ups generated to create awareness on safety. The effort is a continuous socially conscious process and there are some other ongoing issues for which I am trying my best efforts to make it happen.

It is interesting to continuously participate in progressive activities happening around.

The loss and sufferings of a few friends and relatives due to different types of cancer really keep my objectives focused. Life now is a race against time. The carcinogenic cells within a person knowingly or unknowingly attack from nowhere and then hardly any time left. The need for speed is therefore to leave some good memories and deeds to the society we exist.

Sometimes the thoughts are all there within us. It may be all mixed up. Like the meat coming out of a meat mincer. Activities happening around too does not differ. Day by day our life and people around are getting different.

Are we also affected by the global recession? Some months ago it was the turn of the environmentalists to cry about the global warming. The heat is on now with a much higher degree and severity that makes those environmental voices become no cries in the current context.

I am pained to read news about known people getting affected by several different types of financial crisis.

The week starts and ends at a much higher pace these days and I look forward to the Friday’s as it gives some time to catch up with the leftovers from print media collected over the week.  Luckily, the design and layout of the print media have changed so that the bulk material not required can be separated easily and what remains comes out with quality to keep the interest in reading out from the print media remain sustained.

Some years ago Padmashri Dr. B. R. Shetty was given a felicitation by all the major associations and community groups to honor him for the highest civilian award by India Government. During the function his son Mr. Binay Shetty was asked to say a few words about his father. He quoted his grandmother’s advise to his father.

Don’t try to make everybody happy. Try to make 10 people happy and they will in turn try to make another 10 happy and the chain will progress.

Padmashri Dr. B. R. Shetty has his own inimitable style of speaking. He speaks from his heart. He pointed out the visit to his mother’s burial place immediately after receiving the honor. It was an act done to dedicate the laurels to her and also to remind himself that blessings from the family and loved ones is the most important thing in life.

Almost the end of this write-up and did you notice a difference?

I have deliberately avoided usage of commas till now.

Just tried how much additional effort is required to avoid the usage of commas as Colin Randall once said in his write up for The National about the use and misuse of it.

Mind Speaks - KITs for success

Long ago I created an email group and named it Team 1 and continued it with a blog. The principle objective of Team 1 blog “committed to continuous improvement” was my mantra followed thereafter to encourage and promote both young and adults and give them opportunity to read and learn a variety of topics on Knowledge, Information and Talent with an intention to share them without any apprehension. Sustained effort  was ensured to make the site become part of the several first hand KITs initiatives.

The world of communication is changing and it is not an easy task to follow traditional ways as the exchange of communication is getting shorter and shorter.

Let us try to do our best efforts for the benefit of our society with the blessings of our parents, teachers and family.

To sum it up, I quote Mrs. Sarah Belhasa who rightly said in her interview with Wknd

“You don’t need to see the entire staircase to know where it goes. Just take the first step. It will lead somewhere..” 

God Bless and have a great week ahead.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

Surprise(d) – Only 1 Indian University in the ARWU World top 400 ranking!

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Education -  The 2015 Academic Ranking of World UniversitiesI am surprised to note that there is only 1 Indian University among the World top 400 in the ARWU ranking.

The 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities , most commonly called Shanghai Ranking is now available. Although often debated, its presentation of the world top 500 universities is known worldwide.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is conducted by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (CWCU). CWCU has been focusing on the study of world-class universities for many years, published the first Chinese-language book titled world-class universities and co-published the first English book titled world-class universities with European Centre for Higher Education of UNESCO. CWCU initiated the “First International Conference on World-Class Universities” (WCU-1) in 2005 and organizes the conference every second year, which attracts a large number of participants from all major countries. CWCU endeavors to build databases of major research universities in the world and clearinghouse of literature on world-class universities, and provide consultation for governments and universities.

http://www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU-Statistics-2015.html

Shanghai ranking – Statistics by University 1st 10

Shanghai ranking – Statistics by region

Shanghai ranking – comparison of universities with Indian Universities

Do you think there something wrong with our educational system compared to other top universities worldwide?

Mind Speaks – Elephant Beauty & Elephant Walk Policy

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Mind Speaks - Elephant Beauty and Elephant Walk Policy

Elephants – Temple elephants are an integral part in the life of Keralites. Especially, if you are from Trichur area. The attachment towards the animal and interaction are very emotional and sensitive that they even address them by names and from ancient times there are several stories propagating the love and affection between man and elephant.

An Elephant’s walk is a beauty to watch. However, imagine a situation if it get’s wild. You just have to do a small search on youtube, you will see several videos of attacks by wild and angry elephant’s killing it’s mahout or others who come across.

Out of love and passion for the animal, I too have developed a very important Management Principle based on Elephant, closely following it’s gentle and beautiful walking style which is a beauty to watch and it’s actions terrorising all when it is wild. I have termed it as ELEPHANT WALK POLICY. It is somewhat related to our Gandhian and Hitler’s philosphies and principles.

First part of this principle follows Gandhi. Be mild – as mild as you can till you cannot tolerate any more when you may change over and follow Hitler and be wild and aggressive – as aggressive as you can. Create a wild impact and then let this impact force the results. It may be harmful, but till you shift the gear to Hitler, be a Gandhian. 

Enjoy the photo of a beautiful temple elephant taking bath at the Shiva Temple Ernakulam before a festival.

Beware, I am not mild! I am sure you too.