Saturday, November 29, 2008

Let’s Salute and be Proud of our Security Guards…….Jai Hind!

The Wednesday, 26th Nov 2008, 9:30 p.m., was when our city Mumbai was attacked by terrorists, who had no religion, no faith and no nationality. But the terrorists who disrupted normal life in India until today, the 29th Nov 2008, 8a.m., definitely were cold-blooded and ruthless. Their only motive was to disrupt the fast paced life of our city Mumbai and terrorise the citizens of India and people all over the world.

They used Mumbai, India as a soft target to show their audacity and power to the rest of the world. We need to fight these terrorists together and in collaboration with countries all over the world. We need to bloody finish them up completely.

The National Security Guards (NSG), the Indian Army and the Police Officers have saved the lives of citizens and innocent civilians, by taking charge of the situation at the right time. We salute each one of our soldiers for their selfless work and we especially thank all those martyred soldiers for sacrificing their lives for the sake of our country.

A BIG THANK YOU!

The situation is like this- terrorist attack, the country retaliates and the chapter is closed until the next terrorist assault strikes. We need to act right now and try to understand why this is happening. And we cannot fight the terrorists alone, this should be a global collaborative effort.

We need to become sharper and outsmart the terrorist, thus finishing them from the root.

The terrorists are taking random countries at ransom……the attack at Mumbai being the deadliest and the most horrifying. The innocent civilians have been stripped of their lives because of these ghastly attacks, over and over again.

As said by Charles Darwin, "In the long history of humankind, those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed."

So let us fight this war on terror together and in collaboration.

If you have your views and comments, you can write to me at simplymearl@live.com or leave your inputs in the comments tab below.

Before I sign out, as I always say take very good care of yourself and God Bless!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

It’s tough creating a lasting first impression……you got to be real!!

I have been working for a few years now and have met and listened to a few CEO’s earlier in my career span. Each one creates their impact on you with their own style and motivational statements. Though, not forgetting to mention here that these statements lasts in your mind for a mere few minutes and that’s it………BOOM………everything heard then simply evaporates!!

In the morning of 21st Nov 2008, when I entered office, I was informed that the CEO would visit our Mumbai office and address each one of us for a brief 15 mins. This was the first time the CEO was visiting Mumbai, India and I was looking forward to his first impression.
Each employee, was told to remain seated at their own desk, since the CEO would like to say hello to each employee at his/her desk. Oh-My-Goodness me……..please spare me, with these childish instructions. We are not school children any longer…C’mon lets grow up!!
As Jack Welch says, "I think that ideally that is how a company works. It becomes a place of ideas, not a place of position."
I was just thinking to myself, that here is another OH-SO-REHEARSED speech, that I would have to put up with.
Okay, the moment came..…….the CEO walked into our office and greeted each one of us. Each employee including myself, showcased a big fat smile…….
The Turning point
The CEO’s addressal speech began and this was the turning point. The best thing about the speech was to concise the global organisation’s performance, achievements and plans for the future, in all that we do, in a mere 15 mins. This was truly commendable!!!
They say, it is easier to write and orate a lengthy speech. The art of your caliber, potential and vision is judged when you can prĂ©cis write your lengthy speech……at the same time covering all aspects of the global organization.
I WAS THOROUGHLY IMPRESSED!!
No mention of all those motivational jargons made the speech even more extraordinary, real and effective. Infact it did not look rehearsed at all. I felt here is a man who is an intellect, down to earth, who shows his concern for planet earth and its environment and shows his concern for the people of the organization. He is no Manager, he is a Leader in true sense.
As the saying goes, "The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction."
Here is the three step success formula:
  1. It starts with increasing your awareness.
  2. With increased awareness comes better choices.
  3. And with better choices come better results.

Every minute and every second of our being on earth, we are consciously and unintentionally creating a first impression. We just need to be sure, that we be real and be just the way we normally are. Believe me, you will create a FANTASTIC IMPRESSION for simply being yourself.

If you have your views/ comments/ queries, you can write to me at simplymearl@live.com or leave your inputs in the comments tab below.

Before I sign out, as I always say take very good care of yourself and God Bless!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Indian flag is flying high on the moon…Wow!!!

I am sure you are as excited as I am, about India’s first mission to the moon. I have been tracking the unmanned Chandrayaan-I spacecraft since its successful launch on 22nd Oct 2008.
Since my childhood days, I have been very passionate about the moon. If anybody ever asked me then, about what is that extra-ordinary thing you would like to do in life, my answer would instantly be “I want to go to the moon”.
Even today, my dream remains intact. But offcourse today, I understand that this extra-ordinary dream will always remain unfulfilled.
However, it makes me proud and I am in a complete state of exhilaration, that India has successfully landed on the moon and the spacecraft has hoisted the Indian flag on the moon on Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday, the 14th Nov 2008 at 8:31p.m IST, which is also celebrated as Children’s Day in India.
I happened to be doing a show on radio on 14th Nov 2008 and my entire show script only talked about India’s mission to the moon and I was the lucky one to give live updates of the Chandrayaan to my listeners on air.
India is the 4th country after US, Russia, European Space Agency to successfully launch its mission to the moon. It makes me say only one thing….WOW, we finally did it!!!
Highlights of the Chandrayaan-I spacecraft
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have designed, developed and conceptualized the Chandrayaan.
  • It is an unmanned vehicle to the moon.
  • Weighing 1,380 kg at launch and 675 kg at lunar orbit.
  • The Chandrayaan-I spacecraft cost ISRO Rs. 386 crores only, which is said to be the most reasonably priced spacecraft, as compared to the other spacecrafts launched to the moon.
  • It was launched on 22nd Oct 2008 and is India’s first mission to the moon.
  • The box-shaped 35-kg moon impact probe (MIP), with the colours of the Indian flag painted on its four sides, detached itself from the spacecraft and touched down on the lunar surface on 14th Nov 2008 at 08:31 p.m.
  • The Chandrayaan will continue to orbit the moon for the next 2 years.

Did you know

The moon is approximately 400,000kms away from the earth. Using the earth’s rotational energy, the moon propels itself higher in the orbit each year, hence moving farther away.

It is said that, when the moon was formed, it was only 22,530kms away from the earth. Today it is 400,000kms away from the earth. It is believed that the moon used to be a part of the earth, however gradually due to certain reaction it got separated from earth.

There is an existence of gravitational force between earth and moon due to which moon revolves around the earth. The moon does not have the light of its own, however it gets its light from the sun. It is because of the sunlight, that we see light emerging out of the moon.

14th Nov 2008 is a day written in history, a day when India left its footprints on the moon. It is really wonderful to see India catching up with the rest of the world.

We salute you India…..Sare Jahaan Se Accha, Hindustan Hamara.

If you have your views/ comments/ queries, you can write to me at simplymearl@live.com or leave your inputs in the comments tab below.

Before I sign out, as I always say take very good care of yourself and God Bless!

Friday, November 7, 2008

A perfect solution to illiteracy in India – “You”




YOU…….I mean you my friends, can now help India eradicate illiteracy by dedicating only 2 hours of your time per week to teach the less fortunate children of India.

In India, the adult literacy rate is 61.3% and the youth literacy rate is 73.3%. We need to work towards making this 100%. The children are the future of the world and our future lies in their hands.

They need to have the basic education to move ahead in life. As the great Albert Einstein said, "Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations. All this is put in your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it on to your children.

So lets come together and share the knowledge that we have inherited from our teachers and professors and pass it down to the underprivileged children of the world.

Teach India is a social initiative from the Times of India that brings together children in need of education and people who can contribute a little time towards teaching them. The cause of Teach India is plain and simple...they believe that the power of one person working for educational reform is significant, but the power of many is infinite. How true!!!


My student Gautami, who is now a genious


I was introduced to the Teach India initiative by one of my colleague. He sent me an email about this initiative which actually touched my heart. Honestly, I was waiting for an opportunity like this which will give me a chance to contribute to society, but I did not know whom to approach.

Finally, Teach India an initiative launched by a renowned organization the Times of India, is something which I can trust and through whom I can do something for the betterment of society and our country as a whole.

Each one of us is running in a rat race of building our own careers. Yes, it is important, infact it is very important……………..but I believe contributing to a social cause will help us remain grounded and will make us more aware of our surroundings.

And what better way that this one…….what say?

How to apply
The selection procedures for part time teachers is very stringent & rigorous. If you are interested, you can fill up the application form which is available on the Teach for India website and submit the form along with your CV and application letter to apply@teachforindia.org with the subject title: TFI APPLICATION_[YOUR LAST NAME_YOUR FIRST NAME].

For application details, click
To download application form, click

And if you meet the selection criteria of Teach India, you will be honored with the opportunity to do a little bit for the welfare of our society.

I have submitted my application already and I am keeping my fingers crossed….I just hope I am selected.

So let’s join the movement and end educational inequality in India.

If you have your views/ comments/ queries, you can write to me at
simplymearl@live.com or leave your inputs in the comments tab below.

Remember, “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”

Before I sign out, as I always say take very good care of yourself and God Bless!