El Salvador

A career in International Sales throws up a lot of challenges and difficulties: Jet lag from a long haul flight; body dynamics vis-a-vis different climatic and time zones; introduction to unfamiliar foods; new languages; getting ready in wee hours to catch a flight; and so on. And the most challenging part is the inexplicable mixContinue reading “El Salvador”

Foresight

‘I knew it was going to happen;’ ‘I did not expect it;’ I knew we were wasting our time.’ We come across these kinds of retorts more often than not, and they are symptomatic of the presence or absence of one crucial factor: Foresight. There are two components in making judgments leading to decision:  AnalyticalContinue reading “Foresight”

The Land of The Highest

The Kingdom of Nepal was the only nation in the world that had Hinduism as the state religion. It was till 2007 when the elected representatives of the new parliament in Nepal abolished the monarchy and pronounced the country as a secular nation which was renamed as the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Nepal isContinue reading “The Land of The Highest”

The worlds of Our World

Quite often we come across the following kinds of pop-ups in our social interactions: be practical, be realistic, you are living in an idealistic world, etc. We unavoidably traverse through three different worlds in our life. ideal world, practical world and real world.  Ideal world is that part of our daily dwelling where we wishContinue reading “The worlds of Our World”

The Land of A Thousand Hills

If you ask me, “Which is the cleanest city in sub-Saharan Africa?,  I will answer, “Kigali.” Safety being the primary criterion involved in deciding your tourist destination, you, I am sure, will ask one more question: “Which is the safest city in sub-Saharan Africa.?  I will add Accra, the capital of Ghana, to Kigali toContinue reading “The Land of A Thousand Hills”

Success Ingredients

Google says success means accomplishment of aim, and I borrow this definition to begin this blog. There is no one-shot formula for success; in other words, there is not any particular model to pinpoint that if you follow that model you will become successful. Nonetheless, there are certain ingredients that are common in any formulaContinue reading “Success Ingredients”

South America

Many people think Latin America is the same as South America, but it is not correct though South America is Latin America. Latin America is a broader term covering South America, Central America, Mexico and a part of the Caribbean islands that predominantly speak Spanish.There are 20 countries and 14 dependent territories in Latin AmericaContinue reading “South America”

Why Do We Do What We Do in Life?

Why do we do what we do in life? Let me make the question easier: what is the purpose of what we do in life? I asked this question in an informal discussion with my friends. There were many answers: for happiness: to progress; to succeed; to help oneself and others; and so on. AllContinue reading “Why Do We Do What We Do in Life?”

Caution on Novel Coronavirus 2019

The world is gripped with fear of the new member of the Corona virus family: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). It has been so far reported in 18 countries, with major chunk coming from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak. As of now, nobody is an authority to conclusively talk about this virus because theContinue reading “Caution on Novel Coronavirus 2019”

What is The Most Difficult Thing in Life?

I asked a few of my friends this question: “What is the most difficult thing in your life?”  One replied, “I am not able to say no when I want to say no” Another friend replied that he could not make up his mind on what he wanted to become in life. One’s reply was:Continue reading “What is The Most Difficult Thing in Life?”

A Ship’s Passage Through The Panama Canal

The Republic of Panama is a small country of 4 million people in Central America and is the geographical link between South America and North America through the 6-nation stretch of narrow Central America. When we talk about Panama, the first thing that comes to our mind is the Panama Canal, a quintessential engineering wonderContinue reading “A Ship’s Passage Through The Panama Canal”

Is God A Physicist?

“God does not play dice with the universe,” a famous quote from Albert Einstein. Most of you must be knowing the meaning of the quote; still, let me explain: In absolute sense, Einstein meant that there were no probabilities in the ways the rules of the universe were played out. In other words, God doesContinue reading “Is God A Physicist?”

Enculturation

A few years ago, I happened to read a book on anthropology, which had something like this: “Human mind is an empty cabinet at birth, and whatever knowledge we acquire is through a process called enculturation that includes parenting, education and environment.” Well, psychologists and biologists will dispute the usage of “empty cabinet,” citing ourContinue reading “Enculturation”

Energy for Task Completion – Breakdown Method

Maintaining required energy level throughout is the most important factor in accomplishing a task at hand. Whether it is a work that needs physical energy or a task that involves mental aptitude, energy is what keeps one going. In works that need physical energy, it is body strength from which energy is derived while itContinue reading “Energy for Task Completion – Breakdown Method”

Responsible Living

If we stand in the middle of finiteness-and-infinity spectrum and evaluate two variables: ‘sufficient’ and ‘more,’ then sufficient comes closer to finiteness while more to infinity. This thought came to me when I saw my cellphone saying that it was sufficiently charged when the battery was charged around 80%. We continue to pursue many things,Continue reading “Responsible Living”

Bolivian Snippets

I was clearing the immigration at Viru Viru International Airport, Santa Cruz, Bolivia,  and it seemed like a normal day. Little did I know that it was going to be anything, but I was ‘welcomed’ by the International Criminal Police Organization, or I.C.P.O., popularly known as Interpol. It was my maiden face-to-face with the internationalContinue reading “Bolivian Snippets”

Balancing The Life

Many a time, I come across people who complain that they do not have a balanced life. While chatting with a friend, he lamented, “I am not able to find equanimity in life, for I can not strike work-life balance.” I probed, “Will you have equanimity if you are able to do a balancing actContinue reading “Balancing The Life”

Some Healthy Thoughts

A drive from my home village, Chavara Thekkumbhagom in Kollam district, Kerala, India, to another city, Cochin, where I did my graduation and had settled down now, is a 3-hr journey. During such a drive recently, I gave way to more than 10 speeding-ambulances each in either way!! There were not many ambulances on theContinue reading “Some Healthy Thoughts”

Global Warming, Antarctica and My Village

I was born in a village named “Chavara Thekkumbhagom” in the Kollam district of Kerala, India. It is an island, and my home is on the bank of a brackish water body called “Chavara Kayal,” which is an offshoot of a bigger “Ashttamudi Kayal” that estuaries with the Arabian Sea. The Arabian Sea connects toContinue reading “Global Warming, Antarctica and My Village”

Some Physics and Biology of Living A Life of Positivity and Youthfulness

Space is a significant physical factor that plays a dominant role in deciding physical properties of matter — what is there in a given space and how they behave within that space under certain conditions. If we adapt this concept of space to understand human attitude, space is our Intellectual Sum, or I.S. and thatContinue reading “Some Physics and Biology of Living A Life of Positivity and Youthfulness”