Friday, October 14, 2011

Think Different!

The following B/W video clip is all about taking the Untrodden Path

The one-minute commercial featured black-and-white footage of 17 iconic 20th century personalities. In order of appearance they were: Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard Branson, John Lennon (with Yoko Ono), Buckminster Fuller, Thomas Edison,Muhammad Ali, Ted Turner, Maria Callas, Mahatma Gandhi, Amelia Earhart, Alfred Hitchcock, Martha Graham, Jim Henson (with Kermit the Frog), Frank Lloyd Wright and Pablo Picasso. The commercial ends with an image of a young girl (identified as Shaan Sahota) opening her closed eyes, as if making a wish.

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What you didn't know about Mark Zuckerberg?

Mark Zuckerberg is the name that is synonyms to Facebook. He is the young nerd who transformed social media into a revolution, a high end business, a hub for entertainment.

A college dropout from Harvard University went on to create the social networking site facebook along with his friends Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Chris Hughes in the year 2004, which has turned to be a cult today. 

Zuckerberg was ranked No.1 on the list of the Top 100 'Most Influential People of the Information Age' by Vanity Fair 2010 and was voted among the world's '50 Most Influential Figures by New Statesman's' annual survey 2010.

Let's get a sneak peek into some of the interesting facts about Mark Zuckerberg.

1.Born on May 14th 1984
Mark was born on the very day and year when Domain Name System- DNS an internet service that translates domain names into IP addresses took place. 

2. Private School
Mark never attended any public school, he attended only private school. However that did not stop him to make philanthropy towards public schools. Mark donated $100 million to the Newark public school system, New Jersey in October 2010. 

3. Languages
Mark can read and write at least five languages with ease. Zuckerberg listed four non-English languages he could read and write: 
French, Hebrew, Latin, and ancient Greek. 

4. Atheist
He is Jewish by descent and atheist by choice. But most people of Jewish descent consider themselves to be Jews even if they don't practice it. 

5. Valuable player
He was named as the most valuable player in his high school fencing team. At Ardsley High School, Zuckerberg had excelled in the classics before transferring to Phillips Exeter Academy in his junior year, where he won prizes in science (math, astronomy and physics) and Classical studies (on his college application.)

6. Billionaire
He is the youngest billionaire in the world. In Forbes list for the 100 Richest people in the world for the year 2011, Zuckerberg holds the 4th position with property worth $17.5 billion. 

7. Color blind
Facebook is blue because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind. Blue is the color he see best; therefore, blue is the dominant color on all Facebook pages. 

8. Born in White Plains, New York
Mark Zuckerberg was born and brought up in White Plains, New York, he graduated from Philips Exeter Academy high school. 

9. Sandals
Mark Zuckerberg is a really different personality from his league. Unlike all his counterparts he is hardly seen in formal attire or dressed up for an occasion. It is quite unusual that he wears rubber sandals to board meetings. 

Courtesy: SiliconIndia

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hyderabad Consultation of Anti-Communal Violence Bill

'Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill, 2011'

On Sunday- Oct 9, the Hyderabad Consultation of the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill was organized by COVA. I was in an elite panel consisting of a number of civil society organisations, activists, social entrepreneurs, lawyers, media-persons and civil servants from across the twin cities of Hyderabad-Secunderabad.

Courtesy: Khaleeq ur Rahman
These distinguished people had come together to address two main issues regarding the 'Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill, 2011' (also known as the Anti-Communal Violence Bill) : 

1. Identify weaknesses and lacunae in the 'Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill, 2011' as it is introduced in Parliament and propose remedies.

2. Develop an advocacy strategy to ensure that the bill that is already introduced in Parliament is strengthened in its provisions to adequately provide the necessary safeguards to the minorities and the excluded communities and is passed by the Parliament at the earliest and does not suffer the same fate as the “Women’s Bill” that seems to be stuck in Parliament without any signs of being passed in the foreseeable future. 

To achieve these two objectives, it was proposed to organize Consultations in six different places in the country that have experienced communal and targeted violence. These locations are Kandhamal, Hyderabad, Moradabad, Mumbai, Delhi and Bihar. 

All the inputs from the Consultation would be collated and submitted to the political parties and members of Parliament from Andhra Pradesh and also used for advocacy at the national level.

Monday, October 10, 2011


I came across this wonderful short poem by the English poet- William Ernest Henley, recently. This poem has been very influential and has acted as a powerful message to many people, political figures like Nelson Mandela, Aung San and quoted time and again in many films, TV shows, novels and newspapers.

The word 'Invictus' means unconquered or undefeated in Latin, and it represents Henley's struggle with tuberculosis, which he developed while he was still very young.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.  

In the fell clutch of circumstance.
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance.
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

This poem illustrates the true meaning of courage (as Henley understood it), even in the face of death, and creates an image of holding on to one's dignity, despite the obstacles life places before us

William Henly has depicted his life in this poem. It represents the moments of pain and struggle that created many obstacles for him. Although he did indeed face many challenges, in time, he realized he was the sole controller of his fate. By writing this poem, he conveyed a message with bravery and perseverance, which he applied to his own life as well. Through Invictus, Henley demonstrated the message of determination, courage and the will to survive on his own.

Courtesy: Wikipedia

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hero MotoCorp Anthem

A fantastic ad, with Indian-ness written all over it. Along with that, Triumph & Celebration the Human Spirit.

Monday, October 3, 2011

FourSquare Fervour

As a self-confessed FourSquare addict, it's hard to not check-in to some location, 
however secret it is :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi- Oct 2

Today- October 2nd, happens to be the Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.This day is commemorated in India as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence.

 Here's one of Gandhiji's best quotes....
"You must be the change you want to see in the world."

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Importance of Social Intelligence in our lives

I was reading this book- Social Intelligence by Daniel Goleman today.
The author has written a groundbreaking synthesis of the latest findings in biology and brain science, revealing that we are “wired to connect” and the surprisingly deep impact of our relationships on every aspect of our lives. It talks about  how effective leaders understand connections with people, and can make or break any given situation.
In the first chapter of the book, he narrates this wonderfully captivating incident that had occurred in Najaf, Iraq during the U.S. Army's invasion in 2003. Lt. Colonel Chris Hughes' unit was assigned the task of contacting the Chief Cleric to ask for his help in organizing relief supplies for those in need. Seeing the army heading towards the mosque, an angry crowd of hundreds of civilians came together with the mistaken impression that the Americans were going to destroy their holy shrine or arrest their spiritual leader.Hundreds surrounded the soldiers waving their arms, grabbing rocks and shouting angrily.
The Colonel thought fast. He picked up a loudspeaker and told his unit to take a knee
Next, he ordered them to point their rifles toward the ground. 
Then his order was: “Smile.” 
At that, the crowd’s mood changed instantly. They put their stones down, smiled and even patted the soldiers' backs. This quick-witted move was the culmination of a split-second reaction and high social intelligence. Hughes quick wit and social instincts won the day. He read the level of hostility of the people with no intermediary to calm the growing mob, he bet on the discipline of his men and their trust in him to ease the tension.
Relationships are about much more than mere feelings. Goleman reveals that our interactions with others actually have the power to shape our brains. People are hardwired to connect socially; we are programmed for kindness, to feel what others feel and to respond to each other. Our relationships literally mold us. Goleman believes we can use our social intelligence to make the world better place. It’s interesting. This is what the scriptures told us, written millenniums ago.
As you enter your world today — how is your social intelligence? Are you aware of what others are silently saying to you with their facial expressions? With their body language? With their silence? How are you leading them?