Category: SelfHelp

Fear of the exam monster

Examinations scare children. The fear of exams exerts enormous pressure on kids. Even parents undergo the trauma of exams for their children. This has more to do with system of teaching, learning and testing the learning skills. As the children brace up for the annual examinations, they realise the burden of curriculum, which Prof. Yash […]

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Reconstruct classrooms to develop critical thinking

The Nobel Prize winning economist vAmartya Sen in his monumental work Development as Freedom explains that development should lead to five kinds of freedom – internal, participatory, transactional, procedural and protective. Internal freedom is defined as an ability to think rationally and express creatively. Education is a means to achieve this freedom. But, the classroom […]

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The Science and Art of Leadership

Today’s young are entering into an economy characterised by competition. The globalised work environment is doing away with the past practices of career progression. Time and tenure no longer define your growth. Essentially, your creative performance determines how far and how fast you can grow in life. It’s a challenge. It’s an opportunity. Perform or […]

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Failure is a comma, not a full stop

A student from Hyderabad pursuing M.S. programme at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, in the United States, committed suicide, depressed over his poor performance in the semester exams. Such a small failure has cost the life of a brilliant student. The young life wouldn’t have been extinguished if he had read a simple statement by […]

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An Idea Triggers Changee

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people, said Eleanor Roosevelt. Great men and women are those with great ideas. An idea never dies. Ideas in the entrepreneurial age usher in prosperity. With the emergence of knowledge economy, human resources determine productivity. Ideas define human resources. Innovation defines the world around; […]

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Bridge the great disconnect

A great poet, who was a liquor addict and known to be a dubious character, was once confronted with ‘we get inspired by your poetry, but, we are ashamed of your personal life.” The poet shot back. “My personal life comes to an end with me, but my poetry is eternal.” This justification need not […]

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Discover the treasure of marital bliss…

As a young man, I was participating in a national level group discussion competition that was organised by the magazine, ‘Competition Success Review’. The topic was ‘Marriages – Arranged or Love’. The quiz master Derek O’Brien was the judge. I emerged the winner. Out of curiosity, I, later, asked the judge on what appealed to […]

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Home Life Lessons Work independently, strike unitedly

As young men and women graduate from engineering and technology schools, they land up facing one or the other campus placement interviews every other day. They suddenly realise that degrees hardly matter. Marks and medals are of little help. Quite unfortunately, even more than their grasp of the subject, what matters more is the soft […]

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Empowering Self to Gain the Skill Advantage

Like millions of young boys from my generation, I also dreamt of becoming an engineer. The pattern was similar. I finished my Intermediate with Maths, Physics and Chemistry. And, I had spent a few months in Guntur, the only abode of coaching industry at that time. I could not secure a seat in engineering despite […]

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Reinventing yourself through design thinking

Everybody continues to be in a state of rest or of uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force. This external force that compels you to come out of a state of inertia need not emanate from any external source. It can even be your own design thinking that can help you to reinvent […]

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Derive the pleasure of facing a challenge

Despite the fact that challenges scare us, a life devoid of them ends up being dry It was in 1975; I still remember vividly – my parents decided to admit me in an English medium school. It was almost a bewildering experience to join English medium after pursuing studies in Telugu medium till class 6. […]

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Act Right in That Defining Moment

An introspection of our life provides us with innumerable illustrations of how good and bad decisions impacted us. I am sure certain decisions change our life forever. Thus, a decision in a defining moment determines our journey. Right decisions taken at the right time leads one to the right path. A defining moment, that one […]

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Capitalise on a teachable moment

As I was reading the text of the lecture delivered by Raghuram Rajan, Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), to the students who were graduating from the National Institute of Banking Management (NIBM), something interesting caught my attention. That is an advantage of reading or listening to men of erudition. Rajan observed, “If you […]

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If you are failing to plan, you are planning to fail

As the market economy draws our thinking, planning has become rather unfashionable. This should not be restricted to the economic process. Planning is vital in our daily life too. As Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”.  People have dreams. Aspirations are common. But, a few succeed and many fail. […]

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If you want to be happy, be…

Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy once said, “If you want to be happy, be…” But how remains the million dollar question. Life is beautiful. Happiness makes it so. Individuals and nations alike strive for it. Societies can’t be built upon frustration and despair. There are many things in life that instill hope, confidence, though life is […]

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You have fewer friends than you believe

Friendship is infectious. Friends are ubiquitous. However, Harvard research reveals that ‘You Have Fewer Friends than You Think’. But, this need not make you apprehensive about having friends and maintaining long-standing friendship. It only cautions. The biblical wisdom tells that friends relate to love, hurt, wounds, healing, joy, encouragement, etc. Friendship is assumed to be […]

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Speech is power. Speech is to persuade. Master it!

In 1974, I was a student of VIII Standard. On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti (October 2) our school organised an elocution competition. As a curious child, I was also keen to participate. My father wrote the speech for me. I had to literally memorise it by heart. I was asked to practice it before […]

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Be connected to be successful

The world is increasingly becoming inter-dependent, inter-related and integrated. Thus, as societies get connected, the power of networking that has been unleashed is indeed making the world a ‘global village’. Notwithstanding the fact that human beings have always been social, it is social networks that are playing a key role in reorienting human life that […]

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Sleeping your way to success

What hath night to do with sleep?” wondered John Milton in ‘Paradise Lost’. But, some fall asleep even during the day. Thinkers reacted in abundant ways on sleep. While Gandhiji said, “Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” Ernest Hemingway felt “I […]

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The real meaning of pleasure

I love journalism. Wherever I go, whenever I find time, the quest for information is always within me. I don’t mind whether it is daytime or late in the night. I don’t care whether I am in a private function or a public engagement, the insatiable appetite for information always drives my behaviour. Friends ask […]

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Right judgement at the right time

All of us have to take judgements, one way or the other, every moment of our life. Some judgements have limited or no impact on our lives. But, a few judgments can even change the course of our life for good or bad. In fact, some wrongful judgements can have damning implications. For instance, choice […]

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Don’t react, always respond

I came across an interesting anecdote when I visited a restaurant sometime back. Although, it sounded a bit amusing at that point in time, I must admit that many a lesson was imbibed in me in the subsequent days. A cockroach flew from somewhere and sat on a lady customer. She started screaming out of […]

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What to share and what not to…

Social networks have opened up mind-boggling possibilities for sharing opinions to emotions. There are innumerable anecdotal evidence to reveal how good and horrendous sides of this maverick sharing, some of which come cloaked in mystery and the unknown. A random look into instances of cyber crime shows the rampant misuse and how reckless sharing by […]

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To tell someone wrong, yet make them feel good

A man goes to his doctor and says, “I don’t think my wife’s hearing isn’t as good as it used to be. What should I do?” The doctor replies, “Try this test to find out for sure. When your wife is in the kitchen doing dishes, stand fifteen feet behind her and ask her a […]

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Enjoy the beauty of knowledge by crisscrossing disciplines

Fortunately, I always got an opportunity to speak on diverse subjects. At a time when knowledge is increasingly getting compartmentalised, an inter-play of various branches of knowledge is exciting and illuminating. It’s wrong to think that someone who mastered a particular subject cannot learn any other. I am an electronics graduate but a post graduate […]

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Perception of stress defines how it impacts you

A child preparing for examinations feels stressed out. It is likewise with employees slogging in the office for extra hours, a businessman coping with the market experiences and a woman running the day-to-day chores if she has to do something extra. Thus, stress is a ubiquitous phenomenon. Everyone explores ways and means to overcome it […]

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Appraise; assess for first steps to be decisive

First few days in any organisation you join are critical for your success. If you falter, you lose confidence to move ahead. Everything looks strange. Working with people relatively unknown to you is a difficult task. You are completely unaware of emotions, attitudes, behaviour or even capabilities and deficiencies of your colleagues or superiors, which […]

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Wrong word usage can boomerang on you

The greatest of people often falter and flounder due to use of inappropriate words during their conversation. Once Reserve Bank Governor, Raghuram Rajan landed up in big controversy by using a phrase that stirred a debate. A foreign journalist once wanted to know what it felt like to be the bright spot in the world […]

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You are the best judge of yourself

Management is not just a professional discipline. It’s a real life situation, as well, given that we have to manage our individual life and that of our family. Of course, there are some who also have to manage their organisations. Ironically, irrespective of whether it is financial or human resources one has to manage, the […]

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Moving out of comfort zone to taste success

When we were confronted with the question of educating my son in the city we lived in or sending him outside the State, we sought an expert’s advice. He said, “Send him out of the State for graduation and outside the country for post graduation”.My wife was inclined to admit our son in a reputed […]

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