When I was a child, people used to tell me to inculcate a ‘Good Habit’ — Reading newspapers.

Those people who were applying for Government jobs and civil services were advised to meticulously digest lots of information from the newspapers.



Well, as I grew up, I got to know that I live in an era of disinformation and Media and News outlets are the worst source of information — Propaganda, lies, yellow journalism, and what not!

And may god save those who still follow this rubbish.

Recently I took a glance at Civil services examination newspaper. I found the toughest papers to be easier and I myself was amazed at the depth of knowledge I had of the subjects.

So how did I gain such a knowledge without ever reading a single newspaper article?

Here are the tools:

  • Twitter
  • Feedly
  • Blogs
  • Reddit



Twitter
This is a microblogging platform. One opinion does not exist here. You see an issue from all the sides, gain perspective from all directions and have access to all kinds of thought processes.
Best part — The information is in digestible chunks and there is no need to delve into lengthy articles with misleading headlines.
Fake news hates twitter and they have a reason to fear it.
Follow your interests and hashtags and you gain an amazing amount of information from the topics.



Feedly
Basically an RSS reader. Helps in gathering just the headlines and a short description from various sources you like. Have a glance at it daily for a few minutes and you know what has been published on what website or source, may it be technology, finance or fitness — a bird’s eye view and that is enough.



Blogs
I use them only to gain in-depth knowledge and different perspectives. It is still plagued with plagiarism and misleading information. So we need facts to back the information presented from this source.



Reddit
An open source platform which floats the most popular posts up. Also, there are subreddits belonging to different categories and provides some really good insights. I use it sparsely because it is mostly popular in the USA and other developed nations.






THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILL IN EACH AND EVERYONE'S LIFE - TIME MANAGEMENT!

Once upon a time, I took to PC gaming for stress busting purposes and started to play Warcraft, a very addictive game. Slowly I got addicted to gaming so much that one day I played the game for 5 hours flat! I realized too much time has been wasted on this and I could not complete some critical tasks. 

I felt awful about the wasted time which could not be brought back at any cost. I was pondering over my loss of not doing important tasks on time and delaying them until the last minute and completing them under tremendous pressure. 

I realized my mistake and wanted to spring back to my feet. I started my research on Time Management. I started practicing it and now I feel super productive and really great in my work and in my life.

After trying all the methods and testing them, I am presenting the same here in a nutshell:

First, I highly recommend my blog viewers to watch the following video:

https://youtu.be/SqGRnlXplx0



Soak this video into yourself! This is the most important lesson in time management!


Digression:
1. Put your most important tasks and priorities first and assign them the maximum time period first. Ex: Family, Goals and Ambitions, Relationships and so on.
2. Next come your second most important priorities, Ex: Your Car, Your Job and so on.
3. The sand in the video represents everything else. It should come later on and not before.
4. If you put your not-so-important things first, there would be no space for important ones and this causes misery!

How I achieved it (This requires a lot of self-discipline and control! )

1. Found out those tasks which eat away my time:
Deleted all PC games, Reduced my social media usage through a plugin in chrome: StayFocused, 
Maintained strict Whatsapp usage timing.
 60% of the problems are now solved.

2. The first thing in the morning, I make a list of tasks I need to complete that day and prioritize them according to their importance.

3. If the tasks are huge, break them into smaller pieces and complete them piecemeal!

4. Always make time for recreation and learning new skills.

5. I do write my diary daily and do recommend this to everyone! This will do the tracking of performance, give an opportunity for self-reflection and helps a lot in achieving set goals. As the year 2017 is starting, I recommend everyone to put down their new year resolutions in their personal diaries and maintain one.



These steps give a near 90% efficiency.

For more reading, please do read this fabulous post by Capt. Ajit Vadakayl. This has a ton of information on Time management:





















A few years ago, there was a huge craze for so-called 'Modern Art.' 

Modern Sculpture, Modern Painting, what not.

I started seeing too much about this stupidity in Mumbai, Hyderabad, etc.,

Modern Art  My definition: It looks bizarre, abnormal and does not involve any talent.

Take a look at these for yourself and judge:



This picture is of 'veiled lady' sculpture, a replica present at Salar Jung Museum.

I was stunned by its beauty because, at first look, the statue seemed as if there is a thin cloth draped on a woman's face.
It is pure solid marble!

This, I feel, is pure talent and I have not seen such a stunning art again. Probably this is from Rennaissance period.







What do you term this?  Even a child can do something better than this!












This is a painting -->



What is this? ->


Ugly, warped and depressing!

Maybe a stuff for so-called 'Intellectuals' but for sane people, bull shit!



There is no need to stress on the utility of Wikipedia. I am an avid Wiki reader and not a single day passes without me opening the website.

Somewhere I came across Wikiwand and tried it. Amazing! It became so handy and helpful to me that I decided to write a small post about it so that the readers can benefit from it.

Wikiwand - This Chrome extension tool is fantastic. It gives me an amazing experience while reading




The best and most useful feature of this tool is that if I hover my cursor on any hyperlink related to Wikipedia, a small preview window comes into view displaying a short description from the parent article.



This feature reduces the effort to look up each and every unknown term and is immensely useful.

Do try it out:    http://www.wikiwand.com/

I got my inspiration to write this post as I was reading about Israeli drones which are currently being used by India in warfare.

 The technology used is really amazing! I wanted to put up a post about these amazing gadgets,


Above Pic: Dassault nEUROn

Israeli Drones:
I feel USA drones like predator, reaper, etc., are nothing in front of these Israeli suicide drones

Even though each drone is designed for a specific purpose, the strategic idea behind these drones is really amazing and noteworthy.

IAI Harop (Suicide Drone!)


 It is an anti-radiation drone that can autonomously home in on radio emissions. Rather than holding a separate high-explosive warhead, the drone itself is the main munition. This SEAD-optimised UCAV is designed to loiter the battlefield and attack targets by self-destructing into them.[1] The drone can either operate fully autonomously, using its anti-radar homing system, or it can take a man-in-the-loop mode. If a target is not engaged, the drone will return and land itself back at base.

IAI Harpy (Radar Killer)


The IAI Harpy is an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) produced by Israel Aerospace Industries. The Harpy is designed to attack radar systems and is optimised for the SEAD role. It carries a high explosive warhead

Dassault nEUROn (Stealth Drone....My Fav)


The Dassault nEUROn is an experimental unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) being developed with international cooperation, led by the French company Dassault Aviation. Countries involved in this project include France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The design goal is to create a stealthy, autonomous UAV that can function in medium- to high-threat combat zones. Comparable projects include the British BAE Systems Taranis, American Boeing X-45 and Northrop Grumman X-47B, the Indian DRDO AURA, and the Russian MiG Skat.

Indian Drones:



More Amazing Domestic Drones:



I wish to start a drone venture if everything goes well!





Writing this post after a long time...

I have recently experimented with this platform and I am really impressed with this platform and decided to write a post on this. So here we go:

Amazon, Flipkart, Myntra, - These are all e-commerce platforms which changed our lives. They provide a wide range of products to customers around the world. But they do not provide all sorts of products.

Suppose you are a producer of a unique product like some hand-made soap, it is one thing to have your own showroom and trying to create sales. It is something else to sell online.

If you want to go sell online, there are few options like google shopping, these above mentioned platforms  or your own e-commerce website.

Having your own e-commerce is one of the best as you have complete control of your products, sales, etc and you can create your own unique brand.

But here comes the problem - You need to create a website hiring developers, maintain the website and everything else. Tooo difficult and costs a bomb.

One fine day, I came across Shopify. It is a marvel.


  • No developers required.
  • No technology costs.
  • Everything ready made.
  • SEO optimized.
  • Very cost effective.
  • Built in themes and apps for all functionalities.
  • Social marketing integration, shipping, payment gateways, etc., all built right into it.
  • Build a website with just a few clicks.

I immediately created a fabulous e-commerce platform "Ecolabs" and in a matter of 2 days, it was up and running. I took up Social entrepreneurship and create a successful venture with it.

I urge everyone to try Shopify. It is really an amazing platform.
Just see this pic below to get to know about it:


I will detail about my Social entrepreneurship venture Ecolabs in a new post.








It was a time when I was struggling with acute transport crisis. I was working in Mumbai. I had no transport of my own and the transport scenario was like this (No exaggeration):

  


Those were the days when a common man like me could not afford to travel in a taxi which costed around 700-800 rupees for a decent 30km travel with a minimum of 300rs for first 5 km. I was forced to travel in auto rickshaws like the one in the pic. Those guys, even though they had metering systems, tampered the meters, threatened public with strikes and regularly used to charge around 70 rupees for a mere 2 km. God forbid their atrocities in emergencies.

One fine day came Uber, as some god sent gift, into my life. Wow, just wow! cheaper than auto rickshaws, more comfortable than usual taxis. From then on, I became a loyal Uber user.



I was astonished to find many highly educated professionals with MBA degrees became Uber drivers. They earn a decent 60,000 rupees per month, more than a software architect.

Fair price, No advertisements, Highly paid drivers, Excellent cars! 





So I am writing this post examining Uber success business model:

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