Category: SelfHelp

So you want to be famous…

At the age of 20, I had to choose between a post graduation course in English literature and journalism. I attended both the classes to decide on my career option. In his 40-minute class, the English professor repeatedly stated Shakespeare said…, Wordsworth said…, Milton said… At that very point, I felt that Nageshwar should say […]

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To reconcile between work and home…

The present day success-conscious age is unwittingly compelling each of us to not only race against time but also do so by balancing between work and life. It’s a Catch-22 situation because neither can be sacrificed for the other. Given that opportunities coming one’s way are one too many, you have to grab them with […]

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Create the path; don’t tread the beaten path

I recently asked one of my colleagues in my newspaper office to do a particular task. His answer left me bewildered. ‘Sir, no other newspaper is doing anything of that kind. We should also refrain from such experiments.’ In my television office also I was confronted with a similar situation. When I asked a colleague […]

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Leadership fascinates; management spells boredom

English words, like one’s appearances, can be deceptively confusing. You will come across several words that sound similar but are the other way around in terms of meaning. Take for the instance the most commonly mistaken words in today’s ruthlessly competitive age – management and leadership. Industry captains across the world are looking for people […]

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Think like a child to innovate as an adult

My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky: So was it when my life began; So is it now I am a man; So be it when I shall grow old, Or let me die! The Child is the father of the Man; And I could wish my days to be […]

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Transforming Yourself to be Most Valued

Transforming Yourself to be Most Valued

Irrespective of the environment you are in, whether at your workplace or at home, everyone yearns for respect. Indeed, respect is the motivating factor that inspires your quest for excellence and quenches your thirst to scale up your performance levels in all spheres of activity. We are often witness to some people in an organisation […]

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Turn disadvantages into advantages

Turn disadvantages into advantages

The stories of Bhatti Vikramarka are rich sources of wisdom and extraordinary intellect. One day Vikramditya was blessed by Lord Indra to rule for 1,000 years. His close companion Bhatti performed penance to live for 2,000 years. Both of them were disturbed by the alarming gap in their life expectancy. Bhatti advised Vikramaditya to rule […]

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Learning from the society around us

Learning from the society around us

By all accounts, 1988 was to be a turning point in my career as I had just landed up with a job in Osmania University. Normally, I do not eat outside nor did I know cooking. One day, I was standing beside my mother in the kitchen when she was cooking. As I was intending […]

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Making your performance enduring

Whenever we come across some of often-successful people and organisations, we always wonder how they are able to reap enduring success. My own guess is that they are driven by the ‘perform or perish’ mantra. However, we will be left clueless when asked how does one perform consistently? Yet, studies indicate certain common facets of […]

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Commonsense, the Uncommon Qualification

Commonsense, the Uncommon Qualification

Humphrey Evans in his book ‘Thimayya of India: A Soldier’s Life’, narrates an interesting anecdote related to this distinguished army officer. Once the Viceroy invited Gen Thimayya for a drink and asked him to choose his own brand. But, the officer was unaware of the choices. Yet, he did not cut a sorry- figure. With […]

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Means of relief from moments of stress

It is momentary by nature but a sudden burst of stress can wreak havoc at a most critical juncture. Suddenly, something goes amiss and even the most organized mindset can turn topsy-turvy. We all know that such disturbances are momentary but they can be damningly nerve-racking. Here are some simple, but effective, ways to handle […]

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Think hard, don’t do anything in haste

Pressure, tension, anger, frustration, stress and strain are part and parcel of the ruthlessly competitive world we live in presently. Aspects like professional obsession, mechanical activity and unprecedented demands imposed, made more strident by economic compulsions often make us vulnerable to such lifestyle behavioural disorders. Family-connect, community attachment and leisure reading were means that exposed […]

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Leadership

Leadership is all about diagnosing the problem

The true hallmark of any healthy organisation is in evolving leadership at all levels of hierarchy despite the imminent difficulties in achieving it. However, it is the key to success. Hunt always for right kind of human resources to fill the leadership ladder. Where and how does a leader fail? An obsession with the problem […]

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Jazz up your homemaking skills

Homemakers are generally engrossed with the household chores and hence left with very little time to focus on themselves. With the rise in lifestyle diseases due to the sedentary habits, it becomes very important for everyone to adopt habits which will help them keep fit and healthy through their normal schedules. Here are some of […]

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Your Ego Destroys You

I would like begin this column by recounting an incident that I was confronted with sometime back. A gentleman came to my office to meet me. When our receptionist called me on my intercom about a so and so wishing to have an audience with me, I found it difficult to place him as the […]

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A Million Ways to Conquer Stress

A heavy workload to be dealt with and that too against a deadline that compels you to race against time; chasing dreams and clearing backlog that keeps piling up. Call them occupational hazards or whatever but one is left with Hobson’s choice. Pressures of time, space and competition will all collectively add stress to every […]

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Commonsense, the uncommon qualification

Humphrey Evans in his book ‘Thimayya of India: A Soldier’s Life’, narrates an interesting anecdote related to this distinguished army officer. Once the Viceroy invited Gen Thimayya for a drink and asked him to choose his own brand. But, the officer was unaware of the choices. Yet, he did not cut a sorry- figure. With […]

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Does Your Work Make You Happy?

The finding of Gallup World Poll, which covers over 150 countries, reveals many such aspects that determine our subjective well-being. Research shows that non-monetary aspects of employment like social status associated with your work, social relations one enjoys at work place are also key drivers of happiness. Fostering a network of friends in your office […]

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Interact With Everyone, Decide For Yourself

Legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan in a letter written to his grandchildren said, “Don’t live in the shadows of people’s judgement. Make your own choices in the light of your own wisdom. At the end of the day, you are the only one who will face the consequences of your actions. It may not be easy, […]

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Overcoming Career Blues

The commencement of every academic year marks the season for choosing a career. Children and their parents are both terribly confused on which career to choose. There is no denying that as professional courses, medicine and engineering rank at the top because of the high degree of opportunities they provide. However, getting a seat in […]

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Judgement is an art; Decision Making a Science

The nation plunged into a cash chaos as the currency notes of higher denomination were demonetised. Everyone now feels that enough preparation has not gone into the decision-making. Any decision taken without proper assessment of facts and figures would lead to chaos. This can happen in a family, company or even in a nation. Quite […]

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Be humble, it costs nothing

Amitabh Bachchan once narrated an anecdote that he was part of, which when read in all its richness brings the virtues of a down-to-earth extraordinary individual. “At the peak of my career, I was once travelling by plane. The passenger next to me was a simple shirt and trousers-clad elderly gentleman. He seemed middle-class and […]

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Why any job IS NOT better than no job!

Researchers now believe a poor quality job may be worse for your health than no job. People employed in low paying or highly stressful jobs may not actually enjoy better health than those who remain unemployed, according to a recent study. The researchers examined associations of job transition with health and chronic stress related biomarkers […]

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4 reasons why quizzing is important for students

Many of us in the 40-plus bracket will recall youthful evenings in front of the TV watching students battle it out in the Bournvita Quiz Contest. But since its last episode was aired, there has been no all-India show mounted on such a scale. In recent times, we have had the National Olympiads and NTSE […]

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Exercise promotes longer life

Washington: Exercise may make body cells healthier and lead to a longer life, a study suggests. The study in mice shows that just one bout of moderate- to-intense exercise acts as a “stress test” on mitochondria in muscles. Researchers discovered that this “stress test” induced by aerobic exercise triggers a process called mitophagy, where the muscle […]

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Good relationships can boost your career

New York :  Sharing a good relationship with friends and family can boost confidence and keep you motivated to achieve greater personal goals, suggests new research. The findings support the “I-through-We” perspective, which means the social tendency to connect with others, and the individual tendency to strive and grow as individuals, are not mutually exclusive and […]

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Students, faculty will now pay a heavy price for plagiarism

For students, the punishment could range from losing credits to cancellation of their registration.Guilty faculty could face cancellation of registration and no increments. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has come out with draft rules to make it difficult for students, researchers and the faculty at higher education institutes to plagiarise assignments, projects, theses, research work […]

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