Thursday, 26 October 2017

The Bhagavad Gita Talks 22

The Bhagavad Gita is the ultimate book of knowledge and is duly recognized as such throughout the world. Its wisdom transcends the limits of time and space. I publish daily one message from the book which can be related to our daily life titled: Thought4TheDay

These are widely read and highly appreciated by my connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on twitter totally about 27000 people. As recommended by some friends, I am posting the same here. You may ask questions and/or post your comments which be appreciated. Hope you will find the initiative very rewarding. 

Thought4TheDay (19.10.2019) 

Lord Krishna says to Arjuna, "The person who has conquered his self, his senses and his body, and has given up all objects of worldly pleasures; such a person, without his dependence on hopes of any kind, can carry out his normal duties and perform all his work utilising his body and senses and yet remain free from sin of any kind." 

He accepts with joy whatever he receives, because he is not bound by his desire nor hankers after worldly objects. The person who has freed himself of ego, envy or jealousy of any kind, and who transcends the effects of pleasure or pain, remains calm and composed in success or failure. Such a person remains free from attachment. He continues to perform his duty with joy."

 When we understand and contemplate on these words of Lord Almighty, we find the futility of attachment with the result of our efforts. It does not mean that our efforts are affected by the lack of interest. It only means that we put our mind and soul in performance of our duty, without our anxiety about the results. We achieve the best what is possible. That is progress. That is growth. And, that is the real prosperity.
Thought4TheDay (18.10.2017) 

Lord Krishna says, " Arjuna, the ignorant people do not understand My prime attribute and consider Me like other ordinary human beings. Even though I attain the human form and wander amongst worldly life, I do so only for the benefit of human society. Yet they inadvertently consider Me the Almighty, as any other common human being."
"These people are engaged in futile actions and nurture unproductive knowledge. In fact, these are the people who have limited intellect and assume 'rakshasi', 'asuri' or ' Mohini' Prakriti' (lower category of human character)." 

"But Arjuna, the great souls assume 'devi' Prakriti (divine nature) and they understand Me as the endless cause of all living beings. They consider Me alone as the immortal and beyond destruction. They worship Me whole heartedly." 

It's only when we realise the presence of Lord Almighty in all things and everywhere that we maintain the right path. We are not lost in bewilderment which abounds in this illusionary world. We realise our significance of life and we contribute to the progress and growth of human society.

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Friday, 20 October 2017

Good Writing Skills

Blogs constitute the first step in making of an author, today. There never was a time when so many aspirant authors were seen to find their space. Further, if your blogs become popular, the chances are strong that when you write a book the same will also be widely accepted. That will motivate you to write more and try to become author of a bestselling book. The popularity of eBooks may have hurt the traditional book business, but more books are being written than ever before.

But that is only one of the many advantages of writing blogs.

The more commonly in use is the benefit of improving your writing skills in general. It will improve your vocabulary, your sentence construction and remove problems of syntax. Clarity of expression also improves your credibility as well as your productivity.

I am reproducing a document which I found on the net. It is very inspiring. The title of the document is:

The Importance of Good Writing Skills in the Workplace

Obviously good writing skills are important when your job involves writing, be it as a journalist, paralegal or public relations professional – that goes without saying. If you are employed for your writing skills, having “good” writing skills is a job requirement. However, more professions require good writing skills than those traditionally associated with writing. Any time a profession requires written communication, writing skills become important.

With emails, notes, letters, texts and Tweets, most people spend a fair amount of time at work communicating via the written word. Whether you are messaging a colleague, writing to your manager, or crafting the company newsletter, your writing skills can boost or hinder your career easily, even if you do not have a “writing” profession. Basically, writing skills make a difference in how you come across.

People with good writing skills are generally seen as more credible. Think to yourself how you would interpret an email from a colleague that was filled with typos and grammatical errors. At best, he was negligent in that he didn’t proofread his message or use spell check; at worst, he comes across as less intelligent and less capable. Better writers tend to get higher grades and be perceived as more competent and more intelligent than their less literary counterparts.

In the workplace, you need to make sure that you proofread everything you write, from an email to a company memo. However, just because good writing skills are a plus, you still need to pick your battles. Correcting others can work against you, in some cases even undermining you. Further, context and tone are just as important as grammar. While obvious mistakes are a no-no, such as using “their” and “they’re” incorrectly, smaller errors, like confusing “who” and “whom” are less important.

Importance of Good Business Writing Skills
Learning and honing business writing skills can have a positive impact on an individual’s career advancement. Effective channels of communication make an organization run smoothly. Professional quality writing being sent through these channels improves productivity and the ability of all functional areas to work together, particularly in an increasingly global workplace where collaboration is the norm.

Sales and marketing professionals are particularly skilled at using the written word to persuade customers to purchase the company’s products and services--or at least pay attention to its advertisements. But everyone in the business world finds it necessary at times to persuade someone else to take an action based on written material they have sent. The chief financial officer of a company makes written recommendations to the chief executive officer about expenditures. Human Resources tries to make a written case for hiring a particular individual to the manager to whom the person will report.

Clarity in writing is one of the most difficult skills to master. Word choice comes more easily for some businesspeople than for others. Venture capitalists sometimes receive business plans that are so unclear it is difficult for them to tell what business the company is in. Presumably, expressing it clearly on paper proved too difficult for them.

Professional Courtesy
In this age of text messaging, business communication increasingly comes in a shorthand fashion. Even email has a much less formal style in many companies than a letter. Taken to an extreme, this type of writing can seem lazy. If communication becomes too abrupt, it can send a message that the person receiving the message was not important enough for the sender to take the time to communicate in complete sentences or check spelling and grammar. Conversely, a carefully written email can be more impressive than a letter because it has the added element of rapid transmission--the other person was so important that the sender wanted to make sure the message arrived quickly.

Business communication can be ineffective if a document does not completely express its intention. An instruction manual on how to operate machinery, for example, must not have gaps in the sequence of steps or the how-to explanations. The result of incomplete information could be failure to run the machine properly or even cause injury to the equipment operator. A financial report that has the quality of completeness would be one that answers the reader’s questions before he has time to ask them.

Inspiring Confidence
Supervisors and business associates who express themselves well in writing inspire a feeling of confidence in their abilities from employees or colleagues. Sharp writing conveys the impression that a sharp mind composed the words. Sloppy writing, on the other hand, can make others conclude that the creator is not intelligent. Some might even question their job-related competence.

Team Building
Written communication to employees is one way a company shows that it values their contribution and appreciates their efforts. Subtle but strong bonds of teamwork can be built through simple means such as sharing company-wide accomplishments -- sales milestones, for example -- with everyone in the organization. The tone of the communication is particularly important. If it is energetic and positive, the employees will respond to it in an equally positive fashion.”

Hope you find it very useful for not only writing blogs but also for enhancing your expression in general.

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Traffic In Mumbai

One of the big problems today faced by metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai should be dealt with forthright. Else, it will be too late. Traffic and its wild growth constitutes one of the biggest problems for these cities primarily, though it is present in other major cities of the country as well. 

It’s is a big pain in peoples’ life today, especially for working population. People are always in a fear of getting stuck in traffic and not reaching the required place on time. Even in an emergency one is unable to reach at the right place just because of the traffic. 

Today, I am going to discuss the causes of traffic in Mumbai and possible solutions to this problem.
There are many causes for traffic like: 1- Lack of driving sense, 2- people breaking traffic rules/signals without fear, 3- unstructured roads for big vehicles, 4- Bribing, 5-Inefficient traffic Police 

Few People with good financial status are least bothered about the traffic rules or signals; they break rules and have no fear to face the traffic police as they have other solution to come out of it is  not so nice but it works, bribe.

Breaking traffic rules is not only the cause but the lack of driving sense among people is one more concern, especially rickshaw drivers. People with two wheelers are always in a hurry to reach location their location as if they are the only ones who are most time conscious.
Unstructured roads, where even big vehicles are also allowed, create a mess on the road. Even when the traffic can be manageable; it gets worse because of our not so efficient police. They are rarely available whenever needed most.

Traffic leads to one more problem which is really dangerous to our health is the Pollution. The fumes and the dangerous gasses are playing havoc with the heath of people, especially children and frail adults.

However, there are a few causes which can be under our control. 

Today in Mumbai, more than 76 Lakhs people travel by local trains every day. We can hardly imagine the condition of Mumbai and traffic if local trains would have not been the lifeline of Mumbai.

As Mumbai is having a good advantage of local trains, they are somehow pulling on. But everyday there are a number of deaths due to one reason or the other. Now, people have one more option, of using cabs or pool cabs rather than taking out their own vehicles. Today, OLA or Uber and many other cab services are easily available, just a click away on your phone. And in Ola or Uber they have started Pool cabs also, which is one step ahead in reducing pollution and traffic. For example, If four people take their own cars on the road for office, it will cause far more traffic than four people travelling in a pool cab. Surely, it would help mitigating the  problems of pollution and traffic.

Other solution can be same as what Delhi has started following. Odd and even concept which definitely helps to control traffic and pollution. 

Many organizations in Mumbai can also contribute in controlling the traffic by changing their office timing by department wise. So, when all people will not have to leave their home at the same time, less number of people will come out on the road at a particular time. This will definitely help to control traffic.

But whatever solutions have been discussed above can only help when we are organized and disciplined. So until and unless we start following rules with proper driving sense, nothing is going to help to resolve this dire issue. For corruption also we are the ones who are encouraging these practices. So if we stop giving bribe to traffic police, then they are bound to be more efficient in their role. So, we have to first help ourselves and then we can help Mumbai to handle traffic issue.

Thanks for reading,

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Bhagavad Gita Talks 18

The Bhagavad Gita is the ultimate book of knowledge and is duly recognized as such throughout the world. Its wisdom transcends the limits of time and space. I publish daily one message from the book which can be related to our daily life titled: Thought4TheDay

These are widely read and highly appreciated by my connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on twitter totally about 27000 people. As recommended by some friends, I am posting the same here. You may ask questions and/or post your comments which be appreciated. Hope you will find the initiative very rewarding.  

Thought4TheDay (11.10.2017) 

Yesterday, we had seen that according to The Bhagavad Gita the three inherent Gunas or tendencies that determine our actions are: satava, Rajas & tamas. We had also observed how ea ch of these manifests itself in our activities. The first thing that we must do is to understand that at any moment which of these three gunas it tendencies are dominant. Tamas should not be allowed to become me prominent in any case.
Our goals, when these are to achieve some worldly possessions will require conscious, committed actions which we must perform as a duty if we seriously want to achieve our goals. Since these gunas or tendencies are never mutually exclusive, we need to ensure that along with our commitment to following the plan of action, we need to take care that the attributes of satava are always present in our hard-work for any achievement. 

Our realistic goals will also give us satisfaction in the highly competitive world today; satisfaction of working for the growing needs of our family members. Besides, they r more likely to adopt our path and the togetherness will bring peace in the family. In any case, materialistic goals should never be allowed to turn into greed.

Thought4TheDay (10.10.2017) 

According to The Bhagavad Gita, our actions are triggered and happen due to three categories of the 'gunas' or inherant tendencies. These tendencies and their attributes are as under: 

1. Satava which augments quest for knowledge. One starts pursuit of understanding life, accepting as it is. Wisdom is gained to devote time and effort to do our duty for the growth and progress of society. One is happy with himself/herself and lives a significant life peacefully. 

2. Rajas makes one ambitious. Such endeavors are undertaken which may win worldly possessions, power and reputation. One wants to dominate others, and become an authority. Hyper activity, being in a hurry pervades the life. Excitement over achievements and anguish over failures rule life. 

3. Tamas makes one lazy, inactive and inert. He/she loses interest in life and languish listlessly; loss of any initiative, wasteful activities come to the fore. The person procrastinates on everything. It's almost getting into hibernation without any need and/or possible benefits. In short, one loses self-esteem altogether and becomes good for nothing. (to be continued)

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