My heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils…

Technology v/s Man – A sneak peek into the technological revolution and its effects on job market!


Workplace competition is very common in this highly competitive world. As the value of the work competencies increase, the competition for recognition, appreciation, in turn for promotion and rise increases exponentially among the employees in organizations.

Workplace competition can either motivate the employees to perform better, increasing the performance at employee level and company level, while it can also lead to deteriorating work place,leading to stress and defensiveness at individual level while causing loss of productivity and capital to the company. Hence, workplace competition is considered to be the double edged sword which the management has to handle with utmost care.

How is your job going? Do you have a healthy competition in workplace? Are you the star performer of the team? Or likely to get a promotion or rise?

Well, if you think that your colleagues are the major competitors at your job, then you are not updated. Open your eyes to the new world of technology and you will notice that a new machine or a software may be your real competitor.

The impact of automation on humanity and its standards of living is huge. But, its impact on employment is also revolutionary. Hence, the technological advancement is rightly referred as technological revolution!

Technological advancement – Boon or Curse?

This is the major question that’s haunting the economists all over the world. As a coin has two sides, there are two views to this growing concern. The optimistic side and the pessimist side.

Pessimist in Shadows of History

Albert Einstein wrote, “Technological progress frequently results in more unemployment rather than in an easing of the burden of work for all.”

The concerns on the negative impact of technological advancement were raised much before Albert Einstein. It dates back to the industrial revolution with the automated looms laying off the textile workers leading to technological unemployment followed by social movement.

The replacement of man by machines, creating unemployment is called technological unemployment.

The term was first used in 1930’s by John Maynard Keynes, to refer the unemployment created by technological innovation.

But, he did mention that, the situation of unemployment is temporary phase of maladjustment and once adjusted, it will create more job opportunities. His prediction was proved to be right as we now see the increased opportunities for employment in varied fields.

But, after a long time, the fear has resurfaced.

Economists all over the world now fear that, the advances in technology will replace man by machines in future creating unemployment.


Why do industrialists prefer machines over man?

The recent studies suggests that, substituting capital for labor through automation is very attractive, as it will be one time investment on machines, unlike labor. Besides, the machines are tangible assets to the company. Also, most delicate and heavy work for human can easily be done by machines.

The speed, accuracy, increased and controlled output are all very appealing reasons for industrialists to switch from man to machines.

Who will be affected?

Economists predict that, wider array of jobs may be taken over by computers and machines which includes both white and blue collar workers. While the Spreadsheets, software, automated machines and apps have already taken away the jobs from the market, more is in store in coming decades.

One best example is the development of the IBM’s super computer Watson. Watson, the creation of IBM, is a super computer of Jeopardy fame. Watson has worked as a call center operator, hotel concierge and IBM is now training Watson to become a cancer specialist!! To achieve this, IBM uses Watson’s highly sophisticated artificial intelligence to find personalized treatment to cancer patients based on treatment records, disease history, scan reports, genetic data, symptoms and more related to cancer.

It is also estimated that, Watson can analyze lab reports better than lab technicians and suggest the future diagnosis and treatment in any diseased condition.

This news on Watson for being trained as cancer specialist, has spurred mixed reaction among the professionals, even after being assured by IBM that Watson will not replace doctors but will only assist them.

A recent study, published by Carl Benedikt and information engineer Michael A. Osborne at the University of Oxford, estimates that around 702 occupations would be soon taken away from human by computers. Loan officers, tax preparers, cashiers, locomotive engineers, taxi drivers and animal breeders are all in the danger of going the way of switchboard operator.


Optimist’s View – Blessing in Disguise


Success is a matter of view point. A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity and an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty. It is the same with the optimists of technological revolution.

Some optimistic economists have an opinion that, the technological revolution will create more jobs than it takes away from the market. They even refer to the history of industrial revolution to support their view point.

The industrial revolution in Britain created employment opportunities which could cope with the requirements of the exploding population of 20th century!! In fact, Keynes had predicted that, the technological development would include a period of lag phase which will have a fall in employment, steady phase with stagnant employment levels and a log phase with increased job opportunities.

The lag and steady phases would be the result of maladjustment. He had said that, once the world understands the applications of technology, the opportunities it would create would be enormous, for which we now stand witness.

Face the True North to win the challenge:

No, matter where you stand or in what direction, a true north always exists irrespective of your position and opinion. In the same way, whatever may be the opinions of economists, whether optimistic or pessimistic, you still stand a chance of being replaced by technology.

How well are you prepared for that?

There are still areas of work which cannot be automated, like impulsive and intuitive decision making, human resource management, counselling, disaster management, crisis management, planning and organizing, delegating and leading. Such work which includes intelligence – both cognitive and emotional, would be very critical in future. So, the need of the hour is not only to develop your cognitive skills but also to improve the emotional quotient.

Also, industries like agriculture, diary, medicine, service industry and education cannot be replaced completely by technology. Human involvement is mandatory in these industries and if technology is used, it will be to make things easy, to facilitate.

Sharpen the Saw

Choose a right field, a right career and always be open to new opportunities. Learn to use technology, but also learn the competencies of work, improve your skills, sharpen the saw so that you become indispensable.




The Unknown Gandhi

The Unknown Gandhi – How much do you really know?


“My Life is my message”   M.K. Gandhi 

Very few people have the courage to live a life that they preach to others. Though few in numbers, the world has seen a few great souls whose life indeed became a message to humanity.  Among those few, is our beloved Bapu, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

So much is written and told about the patriotic Gandhi, about that Gandhi who led the national movement, about the Gandhi who gave India, its much awaited Independence. But, did you know that Gandhi was also a good writer, publisher, translator, founder of many organizations, a social reformer?

Yes! Gandhi was all this and much more. Here are few unknown facts on Gandhi.

The Unknown Gandhi

Known for his simplicity, Gandhi was no simple man. Born on 2nd October 1869, in Porbandar, Gujarat, Gandhi faced many ups and downs in India, went to England for higher studies where he had to fight against his own traditional believes, face the new western culture, landed up in South Africa  to work as a legal representative, where he faced racial discrimination, was thrown off the train as he refused to give away his first class seat, beaten by driver for refusing a seat to European passenger, disobeyed the magistrate of Durban court’s order to remove the turban.

Gandhi led the civilian movement in South Africa, founded Natal Indian Congress, which later became part of African National Congress, gave the world, Satyagraha – a peaceful method to protest the discrimination and injustice, founded Natal Indian Ambulance Corps, participated in battle of Spion kop and won the war medal, returned to India and led the Indian Independence Movement.

Gandhi – As journalist, writer and publisher

Gandhi started writing in his early teens. His first work was a small booklet called London Guide in English. He wrote articles on benefits of being vegetarian which were recorded in A Guide To Health, wrote open letters to Government when he practiced law in South Africa called, An Appeal To Every Briton and The Indian Franchise.

Gandhi was the founder of Navjivan, a weekly published in Gujarati and Hindi, an English version of the same was published under the name A New Life from 1919 to 1932. The motto behind these newspapers was to spread the idea of Hind Swaraj, Indian freedom by peaceful means, by educating people and cultivating in them the legal and righteous values.

Gandhi also published a weekly in English called Harijan, from 1933 to 1948. Harijan, which means people of god, stood for social and economic reforms in India and world.

He was a translator too. He translated few ashram bhajans and some famous poems to English.

His work, “Story Of Satyagrahi” is a paraphrase of the Plato’s “Defense and Death of Socrates “.  Gandhi also wrote a paraphrase on John Ruskin’s Unto The Last, which was a work on economics and its social impact.

He did write his auto biography in Gujarati which was published in weekly Navjivan, and he called it “My Experiments with Truth”. In his autobiography, Gandhi calls upon his readers to treat those experiments as illustrative and invites them to come upon with their own experiments in this light.

Gandhi’s work was consolidated and his complete works were published by Indian Government under the name, The Collected Works Of Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhi’s Political Disguise

Gandhi was invited to India by Gokhale, to support and lead Indian National Movement. Gandhi returned to India on January 9th 1915. As soon as he returned, he was honored with “Kaiser I Hind” Award. Leaders of Indian national movement, had immense expectations on his return. But, Gandhi’s way was different.

Gokhale advised Gandhi to go on a year’s political disguise. The disguise confined Gandhi only to social reforms. The disguise period can be called as the ‘Year of Probation’.  This is because, Gandhi spent most of his life in South Africa and was not familiar with Indian politics. So, Gokhale insisted that, Gandhi spend a year studying Indian politics, its condition and make up his mind for the National Movement.

October 2nd –International Day of Non-violence

It was accepted in United Nation’s General Assembly held on 15th June 2007, that 2nd October be observed as an International Day of Non Violence, in honor of Gandhi. Nations around the world, now celebrate Bapu’s birthday as a Non Violence day.  The International Nonviolence day is celebrated by organizing cultural events with message of nonviolence and special programs on media. In India, the day is celebrated as Bapu’s birthday through prayers, bhajans, lighting lamps and commemorative ceremonies.

Gandhi and Controversies

Gandhi had followers all around the world, but he did have critics. Gandhi’s nonviolence was criticized by many people. Some of those included, Leon Trotsky, Subhas Chandra Bose, George Orwell, Malcolm X and others. Nathuram Goodse, was one of the opponents of Gandhi’s nonviolence movement.

Gandhi’s remark on Jews, that Jews should have committed a mass suicide instead of being killed by Nazi’s, was protested and criticized worldwide, and it continues to be the subject of debate even now.

While transferring the powers of self-rule to India, Clement Attlee agreed that, Gandhi was not the reason for British to grant India, its Independence.

With all these and more controversies, Gandhi still remains as one of the eminent leaders of humanity. There will be celebrations throughout the country on 2nd October. But, are you paying your tribute whole heartedly? By the way, how much do you know about Gandhi?

There is so much more to know about Gandhi and so much to learn from his life. Even after so many years of his assassination, the world has not forgotten Gandhi and his principles. It’s unbelievable that, one person can touch so many lives, has influenced so many nations around the world. This reminds me of Einstein’s remark on Gandhi, which goes like this,

“Generations to come will scarce believe that, such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth”    Albert Einstein 


Sharing Problems – Sign of weakness or strength ?


“Sharing problems and asking for help doesn’t mean that we are weak or incompetent. It usually indicates an advanced level of trust”.

Many of us would have heard the above quote some time or the other. It sounds very simple and tells that sharing problems and seeking help is good. But how often do we share problems or seek help? Very rarely.  But, have you ever thought why we hesitate?  It is the fear of rejection, embarrassment or fear of being judged or laughed at which keeps us away from it?  We suffer, struggle but never dare asking.

Studies have shown that successful people always share their problems and are ready to ask help if needed.  It is an art practiced and a skill developed by successful people all over the world.  But whom we choose for this, is very important.

We all have been in difficult situations when we would have felt like sharing our problem with somebody or ask for help. Sometimes, we did share and ask.  The result was unexpected. People, who needed to help or understand, did it least where as the people we thought were tough or insensible actually did come to our help. After years of experience through such situations, we start learning to choose people to share or ask.  The sharing can become our strength or weakness simply by the quality of the people we select to share.

The psychology is that, we do it with two extreme group of people.  The first being total failures and the second being highly successful.

1. Total Failures

We choose people who are total failures to share our grief. Why do we do that?

Is it because they are sailing in the same boat or because they won’t laugh at us?

Yes. Both are correct. We know that they don’t laugh at us.

How do feel after sharing or what do we gain?

Such people give us a false comfort, feel our problem as real.  Instead of suggesting solution, they warm us with sympathy and act as emotional outlets.

Sympathy is needed, but if habituated, it acts like drug which is appealing.  It will curb your abilities and demotivate you.  This gradually leads to failure and mediocrity.

2. Successful People

The second set of people we choose are successful people.  These people know what our condition is because they would have faced the similar challenges, problems and may have committed mistakes.  They understand genuinely. Then, they may even help us to solve it.  When we share it with this category of people, it can really turn into our strength.  We learn new strategies, learn to see things in different perspective and also learn to think right.   And we are sure to be a success story, a role model.  People will ask us suggestions, we will be a person of integrity,   trust worthiness and competence.

3. Special People 

And there are special category of people who have not faced anything of that sort or are totally unrelated or unable to help you solve it.  But they understand and stand by us in whatever we do because they love.  They are the people who truly love us.  But surprisingly, we rarely spend time with them or share anything.  But they always stand by us, offer prayers and bless whole heartedly.  Our parents, sisters, brothers and most often our friends are those special people.  If you have anybody who did standby during your bad time, that relationship is priceless.  Don’t ever let them go.  They truly love you.

Lonely Sailor….

Sometimes it may so happen that you lack interaction with such people or they are unavailable for some reason. In such a case, you are  unable to express the difficulty or seek help.   Then, be determined to solve it yourself or grow above your problems with your own effort.  Be calm, work sincerely to get over it.  Use your instincts to make decisions and in one way or the other, the help arrives for sure.

Remember the words of Einstein –

“I am thankful to all those who refused to help me.  It is because of them that I learned to do it myself”.

Learn how to identify if your child is gifted


Every now and then, we read newspaper articles or hear media reports about children who are gifted. These gifted students show exceptional potential in certain academic fields (such as math, science and the languages or arts) or distinguish themselves through their intellect or abilities. You can see some good examples on  

And sometimes, within our own family or friend’s circle, we see children who show enormous potential by displaying traits like talking or reading very early, exceptional math or science skills, or an early interest in arts.

Did you know that these were the qualities of a gifted child?

Yes,  the gifted child is one who is naturally endowed with a high degree of general mental ability or extraordinary ability in a specific sphere of activity or knowledge.

Meaning:  The term GIFTED means having exceptional talent or natural ability.

History: Francis Galton first used the term GIFTED to refer to adults who demonstrated outstanding talent in some areas. Later, Lewis Terman expanded Galton’s term GIFTED to children with high IQ.

Since then, the term GIFTED is used to refer to children with high intellectual abilities.

Is your child GIFTED?


Here are a few of the indicators that signal that a child is gifted. Children display one or more of these characteristics

  1. Displays high Intellectual ability and enjoys intellectual activities
  2. Exhibits high levels of logical and mathematical skills  
  3. Thinks logically and is able to solve problems.
  4. Thinks out of the box – has “blue-sky” dreams or ambitions.
  5. Thinks creatively and productively.
  6. Displays good language skills – talks at an early age.
  7. Excels in a specific academic field.
  8. Exhibits leadership qualities.
  9. Good organizing ability.
  10. Very curious – always enjoys learning new things and asks lots of questions.
  11. Exhibits good interpersonal abilities –  is able to perceive,  understand other individuals and is empathetic.
  12. Exhibits a good sense of humour.
  13. Consistently sets high goals for oneself.
  14. Exhibits a good memory.

Although some children show these signs at an early age, some others take longer to exhibit their talent. Einstein was one of those late bloomers who did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven. Other examples of late starters were Socrates, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton,  Thomas Edison and others.  In fact, there is a long list of people who showed low mental abilities and were regarded low in their early years of childhood.

So, if your child is not showing any signs of giftedness or is a slow learner, then don’t panic.  Not showing the signs of giftedness early is not an indication that a child is not gifted.

Also, know that,  being labelled as gifted is not an assurance of academic success or success in life.  

If a teacher or parent thinks that a child is gifted, they can confirm this by consulting a Psychologist or a mental health professional who specializes in  administering tests and measuring performance. There are various tests that quantify  a student’s achievement or ability  but,  these tests need to be administered by a skilled professional.

Here is the link to get more information on these tests.

What NEXT?

Whether or not a child is gifted, their excellence in life depends on the nurturing abilities of parents and upbringing. Nurturing a gifted child is a challenging task as it involves figuring out a way to maximize the potential of the child while creating a secure and positive learning environment.

Here are few tips on the same:

  1. Identify specific domain in which the child shows exceptional talent.
  2. Take a professional’s help to confirm the same.
  3. Provide additional support or coaching in that particular domain.
  4. Give emotional and moral support in developing the overall personality of the child.
  5. Provide a challenging and enriching environment to sharpen these skills.
  6. Always monitor the child’s progress, strengths and weaknesses.
  7. Stress the importance of ethics, discipline, hard work and humanity.

Most importantly, do not to stress the child with too many expectations or push them to exhibit talents that they do not possess. In summary, if there is one thing you should take away from this blog, it is this quote of Einstein:

“Everybody is a genius.  But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

                                                                                                                     Albert Einstein

Want to Write blogs? Mechanics of blogging for beginners


Want to write blog? Mechanics of blogging for beginners….

Introduction to Blogging

Have you ever wanted to blog and did not know where to start? Are you passionate about something and want to share your experiences and ideas? Do you have a story to share? If you have been looking for help on how to start blogging, then this blog is for you! In this blog, you will learn about blogs, the history of blogging, and learn how to start your own blog!

What are blogs?

Blogs are web pages  written and maintained by individuals or groups. They are used for sharing  information on various topics, giving opinions, teaching, etc. The blog entries are called posts and are usually updated in reverse chronology, the newest blog post appearing first on the webpage.

Blogs are like an entry in a personal journal or a diary uploaded to a webpage for public reading. In short, blogs can be the expression of the author’s thoughts – a forum to voice the author’s opinion in a public domain.  Blog writers are often referred as bloggers.

Blogging  started as a platform for hobby writers, but has now  transformed and expanded its horizons into  full time professions.  Blogs are a great platform for people to express themselves.  A blogger has the liberty to write on a variety of subjects like cinema, education, beauty tips, photography, travel, politics, business, or whatever else is of interest to the blogger and his or her readers.

History of Blogging

The word blog has its origin from the root word weblog.  Web log was the term coined by Jorn Barger in 1997. It refers to a web page with a series of entries on various subjects in reverse chronological order, the newest being the top most entry. The short form of web log, blog was coined by Peter Merholz in 1999.

Although the term was first coined as recently as  1999, blogging can be equated to the  age old practice of writing. While the urge to write has been around since the time language was invented, blogs have allowed this expression to be free flowing and unfettered by traditional controls on writing. Below are the links which will provide you with more information on history of blogging.

People enjoy reading traditional text such as fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, and other forms of literature because these works offer a view of the world through the author’s eyes and the text is expressed in the author’s unique style. Similarly, a blog is the expression of author’s opinion,  on a digital platform. With the advent of the internet, digital writing and the ease with which these writings can be shared has gained tremendous momentum.

Learn to blog.

Have you  ever had the desire to write a blog but have never attempted  this  – either  due to the fear of failure or criticism? or just did not know where to start?  You may be a good writer and have  written at your school or college, but never shared your writing on a public forums.  

Now is the time for you to start your first blog. Choose a topic, an idea, or a thought that you deeply care about and are interested in, or something you love to talk about and want to share.

Open up an editor like Microsoft Word – and type up your thoughts. Let your ideas flow. Don’t worry about making this perfect. You could also do this on a sheet of paper. This would be your first draft!

Blog – Simple Tips for Beginners

Who can write a blog?

The most important criteria to become a writer is the urge to write. This urge is a person’s need to be heard and to share information, thoughts, and feelings with others.  Anybody who has this urge to write and has an idea or information to share can write a blog.

If you meet any one of the above criteria, then you too can be a blogger.

New Blogger? Here are few tips!!

  1. Choose your  topic

Deciding the subject of the blog is your first step. If you already know what you are writing about, skip to our next topic. Most of the bloggers write on topics  which interest them. These could include discussions about politics, social events or current issues.  Alternately, if you would like to become a professional blogger, you could prepare a list of topics in advance.

  1. Do some research

To write a blog with accurate information, it is very important to do research and collect the relevant data on the chosen subject. It is also important to verify that your information is from an authentic and reliable source.

As you gather information, take notes on all sources that you quote in your blog as you will need to cite them. These steps will ensure that your writing is ethical and legal.  Also think about whether or not your blog would be interesting to other people.

If your readers are inspired to share your blogs, the more readers you can attract. Blogs with useful information, practical applications, good writing, humor, current events or even controversial opinions are shared more on social networks.

  1. Understand your audience

Audience analysis is crucial for any kind of writing.  Get to know your audience, and understand details such as age group, interests, location, culture, and any specifics that would be applicable to your chosen topic. This would help you in determining the information that you share, your writing style, the tone, and also the context and timing of your blog.

  1. Organize your content

Well organized content can be easy to read, powerful, and can convey your message to your audience. Organize your content so the user can grasp your content readily. Start with an introduction that has a “hook” to get your audience interested in the topic. Also include a short list of topics that you will be talking about in your blog.

Add the meat to your blog, with your intended topics and relevant examples and citations. Finally, end with a conclusion. Add videos, images and links for suggested reading if necessary. This will and variety to your blog and will help in keeping your readers engaged.

  1. Conclude

One of the most challenging parts of writing a blog is writing a good conclusion. Set aside some time to write the conclusion alone. Think, evaluate your own writing, recall your intentions when you started writing the blog, the message you would like to pass on to your reader.

Once you have done this, conclude by conveying the message in a nutshell or ask a question, ask reader’s opinion,  provide a twist in the story, suggest an activity or further reading, or by referring to links for more information.

Whichever method  you choose, be honest and be yourself.

  1. Proofreading and editing

Once you are done with the article or blog post, proofread for grammatical errors, remove or replace repeating words or ideas, edit unnecessary statements or explanations, check the data and information provided.

Read your article loud.  Reading out loud will help you figure out the errors.  Ask someone else read your blog. They will show you the errors which your eyes skipped notice. Also remember to cite any information that is not your original thinking.

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Finally, check that  your writing conveys your intentions. Be responsible with your words, as words can have the power to hurt others and yourself. Be aware of your audience and cognizant of their feelings.

Mechanics of Blogging

Effective headlines

Now it’s the time to publish the blogpost. First, make sure that your blog has an effective headline. Effective headlines are the magnets which attract  interested readers from the pool of online browsers. A powerful headline can make your article popular among the reader’s community.

Direct headlines are most powerful. So, there is no need of extra intelligence or skills to understand what the article is all about.This leads to SEO [search engine optimization] and increasing traffic to your web page.

Be Consistent

Consistency in your blogs can create a personal brand – for your writing, or for your web page if you have one. This can be done by maintaining a customized blog design and content.  Blog consistency always brings the advantage of reader’s loyalty by changing them from readers to subscribers!!

Keep things simple

Use relevant information and data, write in simple words, yet give a new insight so that people will easily understand and appreciate your thoughts and opinions

Be yourself

In addition to your content, people will start liking you for your style of writing. Readers may be able to get similar information on the internet, but the way your write may get you more readers. So, be yourself, and enjoy writing.  


Writing is an art. Like any other, it can be learned and improved. The tips mentioned above will help you become a blogger. But, to be an expert blogger and truly professional, one should not set any limitations regarding content, style and presentation.  

Experiment. This adds value to your blogs, gets more people reading it, opens up new possibilities and opportunities.

Sharpen the saw – Read often and read more

Readers make the best writers. So read often and read more. Read about different topics, read different authors, different literary works like novels, short stories, essays, blogs, poems , read newspapers, magazines, reports,  reviews, comics, and other material.  

This will greatly build your vocabulary, expand your knowledge, improve critical thinking and creativity. All these skills will surely make you a very good writer.

Just like in any other profession, writing needs certain skills. Identify the skill sets needed to be good writer, skills in which you are already good at,  and those on which you will have to work.

Following are some examples of skills needed to be a good writer:

  1. Vocabulary
  2. Grammar, spelling and punctuation
  3. Creative writing skills – to use quotes, references, images and others
  4. Storytelling and narration skills
  5. Data presentation and analysis strategies
  6. Content Presentation
  7. Logical Reasoning and critical thinking

                                                                                                  and the list goes on……

Let the rubber, meet the road.  

Well, now it’s time! Go ahead and start writing.  Don’t be disappointed if your work is not of the expected standard. Remember that your first draft is not your masterpiece. So, write, rewrite, edit, and work towards  your final copy.

So, what are you waiting for?

Go ahead and bring out the writer in you.

A Tribute to John Nash (A Beautiful Mind)

Source: A Tribute to John Nash (A Beautiful Mind)

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