tag:uma.ng,2013:/posts Umang's Blog 2021-09-04T02:43:45Z tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699322 2020-08-12T06:30:00Z 2021-09-04T02:43:45Z Andaman gets high-speed Internet. What Changes?

Hello there, I am Umang and these are my thoughts on what changes in Andaman & Nicobar Islands with high-speed internet connectivity.

The high-speed internet link has been a long-standing demand of the islanders, and finally, it was great to see it actualized when the honorable PM inaugurated the project on 9th Aug 2020.

PS: The connectivity is still not fully live. There are segments of users who are still not receiving augmented speeds. Hopefully, this should get resolved in the coming days.

Being someone who likes observing people behaviour, and also someone who has lived in the islands for more than 15 years and has seen life with both good & bad connectivity, I felt like documenting my thoughts and predictions around what is likely to change in the islands with the improved connectivity:

This list is primarily for people living in islands to know what’s in for them. If you are not from the islands and are still reading; this piece will give you some insights on how the island worked all these years and what opportunities exist over there.

We’ll start with the obvious:

  1. Lots of video calls with families and friends: That’s the first thing you do when you are connected. You video call – everyone you know and are excited to see.
  2. An explosion in sale of mobile phones/ laptops devices: Locals in Andaman have a sizable discretionary income that has been getting spent on cars & bikes, however it’s going to shift to mobile phones next.
  3. Rise in Video Content Consumption: Indians on average spent 5-6 hours watching videos every day in April – May 2020. I believe Andamans will consume a lot more; as they have lesser things to do in a usual course of day, due to the current state of the world – no one’s going to office, parents don’t have to drop their kids to tuition centers/schools right now and not to forget Andaman has a lot of catching-up on web series and content to do! More people are likely to pay for content in the islands than national average. This is my guesstimate.
  4. Cashless Economy: Andaman Islands still has not been able to become cashless primarily due to connectivity issues. This will finally change. Digital Payments will soon become the norm everywhere. All of a sudden you’ll see businesses, offices, payment kiosks all accepting touch-less QR codes – PayTM, Google Pay, PhonePe, etc.
  5. Online Shopping – Amazon/ Flipkart: Andamans has been a place where you have always had limited choices with anything you wanted to buy. Apparel, electronics, furniture, books, toys, you name it. Ever since e-commerce companies started delivering to Andamans, this changed. With high-speed mobile internet, this facility reaches every single citizen & every household. Everyone now gets access to more choices & more value. This will also force local retailers to think of creating more value for the customers than online companies; else they’ll lose their market.
  6. Swiggy/ Zomato: Yes, I see them coming. These companies have been seeing a huge growth in Tier 2/3 cities and it makes sense for them to enter the market here post-COVID. Andaman middle-income & rich population always has had limited avenues to spend on, thus food delivery apps launching here make sense.
  7. Uber/ Ola: This one, I am not sure – I feel it will take a long time before they enter the market here. Local commute has been something that is already figured out for most residents. Yes, there are some possible use cases here and there, but is the market big enough for them to setup operations here, I am not sure.
  8. Ordering your Kirana/ Grocery on mobile: Your local kirana shop or supermarket will take WhatsApp orders now or some tech-savvy ones will even launch their mobile apps.
  9. Online Learning is a huge opportunity here: People in the islands spend a lot of money on their kids education. They don’t just get their kids educated in good schools but they are also ready to buy expensive seats for their kids in good colleges across the country. Students from Andamans were finding it frustrating to not be able to attend classes all this while. That changes now. Also, post-COVID online learning is there to stay as students like it, sometimes even more than their classroom environment. I sincerely hope that the students in the islands take up more subjects beyond their syllabus too. Insight: There is a huge opportunity for online learning apps to build presence in the market here. People will pay anything to ensure quality education for their kids.
  10. Coaching/ Tuition-centres: Andamans is crazy about sending their kids to tuition-centres – before-school , after-school, till late in the night. With internet coming in and competition heating up for them, these centres will quickly adapt to digital learning tools by partnering with existing online companies. This will be great for students as they will get the best of both worlds – online learning platforms will provide better content & local tutor will provide them with hand-holding and guidance.
  11. Up-skilling opportunities & Newer Job Avenues : Unemployment has been an issue in Andamans and at the same time there seems to be a shortage of employable population. Meaning need to up-skill. Need to become employable. Internet opens up an opportunity to change both. More and more educated & unemployed youth can start taking skill-development courses and start finding work-from-home opportunities for themselves – with internships, online freelancing opportunities and even remote jobs. So far, students in the islands could not intern online or do any online classes. This changes.
  12. Online Medicine: Andamans is >1,000 miles away from mainland India, which means to see the best of doctors, you need to travel quite a bit to visit mainland India. Tele-medicines facilities have already existed to some extent in specific centres in Port Blair, but with high-speed connectivity tele-medicine will reach every single home. Not just in Port Blair, but all the other islands which are at a 2-12 hours travel distance from Port Blair. Internet will enable people to access best doctors/specialist across the country right from their homes over mobile apps such as Practo, 1mg, medlife, etc.
  13. Online Pharma: Online Pharma Delivery apps will make medicines more accessible & affordable for residents. Procuring medicines has been hard in the islands – limited pharmacies, limited drugs & medicines, limited stock. For anything that was not a common drug, you had to place an order and the pharmacy could take weeks to procure item from Chennai/ Kolkata and supply them. Many residents have already been placing online orders for medicines for years over slower internet too, but with everyone having high-speed mobile connectivity, this is going to be big.
  14. e-Governance: We’ll see a huge push towards e-governance initiatives by the local administration. More and more service are going to be pushed online to make it easy for citizens to access local services. Some of the services already online are: Islander Card ServicesVarious Certifications by DM OfficeLand & Revenue ServicesPort Blair Municipal Council ServiceseProcurement UT Portal

Now some very Andaman specific changes:

  1. Real Time News Access: You’ll receive national news faster digitally over apps & news websites. Living in Andamans you have been used to receiving national newspapers by late evenings since they’d arrive by flights from Chennai and then get distributed in Port Blair. If you live in other islands you’re used to receiving news a day or 2 days late too!
  2. Sharp Rise in Citizen Journalism; Private Journalism: Every one with a mobile phone is a media person. In Andamans, the most popular newspaper is a government newspaper, which is more of a bulletin-board of local administration. We have a few private news outlets in the islands, who are quite credible in the local circles. With every citizen having the ability to report something, private news outlets will be able to provide better, more credible, on-ground reporting to the islands.
  3. Self Booking Flight Tickets: Flights are the most preferred way of travel for everyone living in the islands. As a large population of Andamans has essentially settled from mainland India – they do make trips to their natives back in the mainland every year. So far, air-ticketing agencies have been a big business in the island, but this will change very soon. Moment people realise they can check flight fares by themselves in a few clicks and are comfortable making UPI payment; they’ll stop using agencies to book their tickets.
  4. Classifieds move Online: If you live in the islands, you know the value of ‘The Daily Telegrams’ – our local newspaper to check classifieds everyday – to find jobs, house/land/shops to rent or to buy, vehicles to rent or buy, or just about anything. You want to rent/sell something, you go to Daily Telegrams. Now, you also go to OLX & Quikr and slowly you’ll stop going to Daily Telegrams altogether.
  5. Reduction in Exposure Gap: Internet will shorten the exposure-gap students from the islands have been facing when going to mainland for further studies or job opportunities. This happens primarily due to not knowing enough and always feeling that you don’t know as much as a person from the mainland. I believe internet opens up knowledge and learning opportunities which will very likely reduce this gap students from the islands feel when they compare themselves with students who have grown up in the mainland.

I have only been able to document certain use-cases and I’d love to add more to this. If you are able to think of more behavioral changes I would love to include them in the post.

Also, if you agree or disagree with something I have written, drop in your comment below or contact me directly. The comment section is left open for this post.

I am also planning to write another similar document for impact of internet on businesses & tourism in the Andaman Islands. If you’d like to receive that post, you can subscribe to the blog.

Thank you for reading.

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699326 2020-07-31T06:30:00Z 2021-06-05T14:06:42Z 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice : Kevin Kelly ]]> tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699637 2020-07-14T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T09:41:50Z On Vulnerability: Dan Rose

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699638 2020-07-08T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T09:42:16Z Losing Time & Money: Paul Graham

“If you'd asked me as a kid how rich people became poor, I'd have said by spending all their money.” But that’s not the case. They loose more money in bad investments than they would ever loose spending on self-indulgence.

It is the same with time. You are likely to lose more time “kind of working” than while having “fun”.

This one is going to change the way I think of spending time.

Read Full Post Here: http://paulgraham.com/selfindulgence.html

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699639 2020-07-06T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T09:45:55Z On Anxiety - James Pierce

Source:

The End of Anxiety, a thread.

Life was not meant to be lived in a state of perpetual anxiety.

The triggers of anxiety are external, but the cause is internal.

Try to remove the triggers of anxiety, and you will be trying for the rest of your life.

Remove the cause of anxiety, and there will be no anxiety left to deal with.

The cause of anxiety is hope.

You suffer in the present because you hope for the future.

If you approach life as though you have something to gain from it, you will be prone to anxiety.

Life is an empty, meaningless, glorious game.

“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.” —Alan Watts

Anxiety itself is nothing to be anxious about.

The arising of anxiety only causes problems for one who seeks to escape it.

Anxiety comes to an end in the person who realizes he can hold on to nothing.

Everything that can be had can be lost.

Only one who is at peace with the transitory nature of things can truly live.

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699650 2020-06-27T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T11:59:59Z The stolen address book – Seth Godin

Another gem from Seth Godin:

I used to ask, “If you stole Steven Spielberg’s address book, would it help you get a movie made?”

The point was that even if you had the phone numbers and names, calling them up and saying you’d stolen them wasn’t worth very much. The data has no value without trust and connection.

Now, twenty years later, all the address books have been stolen. Everyone has all the data. Identifying the right people (or spamming everyone) is easy and cheap.

Which makes the point even more urgent than ever: Without trust and connection, access to data is worthless.

Link: https://seths.blog/2020/06/the-stolen-address-book/

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699651 2020-06-19T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:00:22Z 50 Ideas that changes my Life – David Perell

List of some really interesting concepts that get you to think. I am going to be referring back to these often.

https://www.perell.com/blog/50-ideas-that-changed-my-life

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699652 2020-05-14T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:00:46Z Imagine a society where the education system is based on our musical ability.

Twitter Thread Link: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1260378700207407105.html

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699653 2020-05-12T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:01:44Z Airbnb CEOs COVID-19 – Layoff Letter

https://news.airbnb.com/a-message-from-co-founder-and-ceo-brian-chesky/

Announcing lay-offs is never easy. It is never something any CEO wants to do. But, when they really have to – this is the way to do it.

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699656 2020-05-09T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:04:42Z 25 Principles of Adult Behavior

By John Perry Barlow (October 3, 1977)

  1. Be patient. No matter what.
  2. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, never blame. Say nothing behind another’s back you’d be unwilling to say, in exactly the same tone and language, to his face.
  3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
  4. Expand your sense of the possible.
  5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
  6. Expect no more of anyone than you yourself can deliver.
  7. Tolerate ambiguity.
  8. Laugh at yourself frequently.
  9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than whom is right.
  10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
  11. Give up blood sports.
  12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Do not endanger it frivolously. And never endanger the life of another.
  13. Never lie to anyone for any reason.
  14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
  15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
  16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.
  17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.
  18. Never let your errors pass without admission.
  19. Become less suspicious of joy.
  20. Understand humility.
  21. Forgive.
  22. Foster dignity.
  23. Live memorably.
  24. Love yourself.
  25. Endure.

Discovered these at Tim Ferris Blog

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699657 2020-05-05T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:05:51Z Be stingy protecting your time
Seneca, the Roman Stoic philosopher, wrote, “People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time, they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.

Link: https://www.nirandfar.com/schedule-maker/

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699658 2018-08-10T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:06:19Z Ladki haath see nikaal jayegi – Mahindra Rise

Take a bow Mahindra Rise and Nanhikali foundation for this incredible campaign.

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699660 2018-05-29T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:07:41Z Morning Ritual, these days

Same Cafe. Same Routine. Eating the frog first thing in the morning.

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699661 2018-04-26T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:07:58Z Entrepreneurship is not a job – Seth Godin

You don’t apply. You don’t get a salary. No one picks you.

Bragging about how much money you’ve raised or what your valuation is a form of job thinking.

Entrepreneurship is a chance to trade a solution to someone who has a problem that needs solving.

Solve more problems, solve bigger problems, solve problems more widely and you’re an entrepreneur.

It’s tempting to industrialize this work, to make it something with rules and bosses and processes. But that’s not the heart of it.

The work is to solve problems in a way that you’re proud of.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/sethsmainblog/~3/3R1yFaK-cto/sethsblog~Entrepreneurship-is-not-a-job.html

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699662 2017-07-26T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:08:47Z The Struggle

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699663 2013-10-06T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:09:08Z Survival Strategies

I shifted back to Port Blair in May’13 & have been living and looking after my family owned restaurant since. Andamans is beautiful. It’s amazing. Paradise for many, but, the Internet here (and I hate to say this) SUCKS!!

For a person like me, who lives on the net, this place seemed impossible to live in. It took me a while but I came up with a few survival strategies. These are a few tools that helped make my life easier:

  • Evernote (note taking app) – This is installed on all my devices (mac, iPhone and iPad) plus my work windows PC. Anything remotely interesting on the web is instantaneously sent to Evernote by either copy-paste’ing or using web clipper. The newly released iOS apps are so compelling to use that you just want to capture your notes right there and thats where this tool helps me do. I have been using Evernote for a long time now & highly recommend it to everyone. This can be your digital scrapbook in the truest sense.
  • Dropbox (file storage)– There are a few basic steps that one must follow when they use Dropbox: –
    1. Put a file in dropbox
    2. Forget about it
    3. Trust it’s safe

    This tool has become my data hub. I put all the files I remotely find important in the Dropbox folder & leave the computer open to sync over night. Its Slow, but it syncs (Thankfully) & works for me.

  • Things (to-do app) Wunderlist (group to-do list) – Again, installed on all my devices. Handling a restaurant means multitasking. I have a lot of things to remember at any point of time. Thanks to Things, I don’t have to remember them, It remembers them for me. I just punch anything that needs my attention on any device(laptop, phone or tablet) closest to me & it’s synced everywhere else. Same with Wunderlist. I have created accounts for all my managers so they can share relevant lists .They can see the work they need to get done and they can punch in things I need to get done. Every task can be assigned to a certain person and one knows who is responsible for what. Best part about Wunderlist is that it is available for all platforms (windows, mac, iPhone, android, web). Since both these tools require very little data transfer to quickly sync across devices, they work like a charm for me.
  • 1Password (password keeper) – I haven’t come across a better tool than this to store all my passwords. The app is available for all platforms – Windows, Mac & iOS. I have my secure passwords stored on all devices syncing through dropbox. I believe, there are obviously more important things to remember than a ‘strong password’.

Apart from these I have tried a few other hacks as well –

  • I Got myself multiple broadband connections and a load balancer (yet to fix it). I know it’s expensive but just to make sure that I have some amount of connectivity all the time, I have got myself 3 connections. Having 3 connections is still a lot cheaper than getting myself a VSAT connection.
  • Using many apps on my mobile & tablet, instead of the actual websites where ever possible. Incredible, how much bandwidth & time this saves me.
  • Storing as much information possible offline. I hate to do this, but I have to! Bought myself a NAS recently.

To all my friends out there who are facing what I am, I hope this helps!

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699664 2013-04-07T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:09:33Z It’s that process that is magic

You know, one of the things that really hurt Apple was after I left John Sculley got a very serious disease. It’s the disease of thinking that a really great idea is 90% of the work. And if you just tell all these other people “here’s this great idea,” then of course they can go off and make it happen.

And the problem with that is that there’s just a tremendous amount of craftsmanship in between a great idea and a great product. And as you evolve that great idea, it changes and grows. It never comes out like it starts because you learn a lot more as you get into the subtleties of it. And you also find there are tremendous tradeoffs that you have to make. There are just certain things you can’t make electrons do. There are certain things you can’t make plastic do. Or glass do. Or factories do. Or robots do.

Designing a product is keeping five thousand things in your brain and fitting them all together in new and different ways to get what you want. And every day you discover something new that is a new problem or a new opportunity to fit these things together a little differently.

And it’s that process that is the magic.

– Steve Jobs

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699665 2012-06-24T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:09:59Z Quick TODO Checklist – Andamans Trip (June’12)
  • Road Trip – 700 kms (from Port Blair to Diglipur and back) – I plan to shoot a lot of pictures, write a lot & shoot a few videos too on the way. This is my stint into travel writing & I hope to continue it.
  • Quick Dive –  I shall from now on call a single scuba dive as a quick dive. For me, scuba diving is more than just an adventure sport. It’s an activity which relaxes me, soothes me & rejuvenates me. Hence, a much needed Quick Dive.
  • Food Photography – Oh! I can’t tell you how excited I’m about this. Finally, I shall be clicking food pictures at my own restaurant & posting them on it’s website soon.
  • And finally I wish to do something in this trip that will put “Andaman’s Trip” on a repeat mode for me.
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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699666 2012-05-27T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:10:19Z Incredible India and its Incredible Indians!

Traveling in sleeper class ain’t easy, specially when its a journey from West Bengal (Kolkata) to Bihar, two of the poorest and states in India. But it is far more interesting than difficult – people trying their best to accommodate more people than the number of reservations, authentic village lingo, and the aroma of that ‘freshly’ made ‘ghar ka khana’. But then again a pretty normal scenario. So what was different in this journey?

LEG SPACE.

Yes, leg space. That beautiful blue floor of the train compartment meant for urgent visits to the not so very well kept toilets, were occupied with plastic chairs, drums of 20 lts of paint, plastic water tankers etc.

Now think about it. Why would someone lug such things for over 500 km’s, when they can easily procure it within a  5-50km radius from their homes?

Me whose Kindle Reader & iPhone both were out of charge, and having no other source of entertainment decided to find the cause. So here goes-

The problem lies with the psychology of the mob. They have this notion that, whatever they get far away from home would be,

1) Cheaper 2) Of a better standard

I can’t argue much on (1), though I personally believe that the price difference on these things is never too much. However as far as (2) goes, well, its the bloody same product! “Asian Paints” emulsion being sold in Bihar has to be same as the ones being sold in Kolkata & “Supreme” chairs have to be of the same quality everywhere!

Now why do they carry things like on their way back home?

I get a little insight on this from the staff at my father’s restaurant. Many of our workers in the Andaman Islands are from Bihar. When they return home after earning a considerable amount of money, they make it a point to take home something for their family and friends! It is a kind of a ‘moral obligation’ on them. The Same happens when you go out on a vacation, a gift for every loved one becomes compulsory. Since they belong to the lower income group, their spending power is naturally very less. They cannot really think of fulfilling their wants, so they just match their needs (think of those economic lessons taught in college).

Now when returning home (harboring a moral obligation of taking home something) they just take the things they need and ignore their wants and truthfully I respect their psyche!

Thank you, Snehal Kanodia for editing the post!

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699667 2012-03-28T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:10:40Z My Smartphone App List

I’m a smartphone productivity evangelist and I do everything to get the best of my smartphone (currently an iPhone4). I recently shed some dollars on getting the best apps on the phone and all I can say is – it’s simply worth it.

What I do on my phone?

  • I respond to most of my emails on phone – Apple Mail App
  • Take beautiful pictures and edit them using awesome apps. – Instagram, Camera+, Hipstamatic
  • Personal Social Networking – Facebook for iPhone & Tweetbot
  • Take Notes – Evernote
  • Write blogs – iA Writer
  • Read blog feeds – Reeder
  • Reading articles bookmarked on web – Readability
  • Since I own a startup, I use Hootsuite on mobile sometimes to manage twitter feed and listen to “saved search”
  • Track Google Analytics – iSPY Analytics
  • Track MailChimp subscriptions using the app

The idea of the post is not to show off an awesome phone, but to throw some light on things you could do with a normal smartphone. You have a smartphone, use it smartly rather!

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699668 2012-03-28T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:11:20Z How can Social Media help organise better college fests?

We at Dept. of Management, St Xavier’s College successfully organized a management fest and we made maximun possible use of social media. Let me tell you how we did that?

We had a challenge – A very tough competition – another society with huge fan following!

So basically we had to create a huge fan following or least some traction among students and get them familiar with just an year old fest.

How did we use social media? We only used facebook.

  • We thought like a normal student who has 30 minutes to spend on facebook. We would want to speak to his friends, converse with them and it would be irritating to receive requests to like a management summit facebook page.
  • Thus we created an interest group – based upon marketing and called it “Mad Over Marketing” and since we did a balanced branding of the page with the fest name it was easy for everyone to understand the brand. While at the same time we kept the fan base engaged in what they wanted to see – awesome marketin!


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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699669 2012-03-27T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:11:45Z On being absurd

“Only those who attempt the absurd…will achieve the impossible.” – M.C. Escher

I came across this quote on my twitter feed & like every other quote, I yelled “wow” in my head & carried on. But there was something different about this!

I was able to relate to it very closely. But why?

Quenching on my thirst, I created a timeline of my life in my head – from my childhood till today. Compared it with those of my friends. I found a peculiarity – “utter absurdness”.

I mean seriously – who on earth would not enjoy his childhood for making bills in dad’s restaurant or not enjoy this teenage for designing websites (entrepreneurial stint) ! ME.

I have been absurd all through! Even today, my psyche simply stops me to do everything everyone else is doing.

All this obviously does not mean that I have a achieved the impossible, but yes it definitely assures that I’m on the right track – achieve the impossible.

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699670 2012-03-26T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:12:16Z Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man

Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.

- Walt Disney

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699671 2011-12-16T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:12:43Z Let’s backpack & explore India!

I was looking at my college calendar a while back & just saw that I have holidays in May & June. I always knew that I have holidays in May, but the moment I saw it – engines in my brain throttled up! Plans, plans, plans…

Idea: Backpacking India like a tourist – Explore & work at the same time. Like a Digital Nomad. Fun! Target: Explore a minimum of 10 states – mostly visit villages. Time: 15-20 days Budget: Very tight. Remember – Backpacking! Note:

  • Say no to Flights – Only trains (preferably sleeper class – you are more likely to get talking with the fellow passengers in this class, than in 3-tier A.C.)
  • Don’t miss on tractor rides in village farms. They have a different charm.
  • Try to stay in homes of villagers.
  • Make a mark in their life – do something remarkable for them!
  • Food – eat their staple diet. (I can still choose to be vegetarian)
  • Work during travel. Plan your day accordingly so that you can steal out some time to work.
  • Blog every day – tough one!
  • Click Pictures – lots of them.
  • Carry only one backpack – no frills packing!

I want to do this very badly. Let’s see I can work upon this one. I need to decide on the region I would like to cover. I have two choices in mind at the moment – up north around the Himalayas or down south. Both seem to adventurous and exciting!

Feedback/Suggestions/Ideas – please feel free to post in comments below. 🙂 

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699672 2011-12-14T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:13:06Z 10 things I want to do. #notetoself
  1. Make mistakes
  2. Make mistakes
  3. Make mistakes
  4. Make mistakes
  5. Make mistakes
  6. Make mistakes
  7. Make mistakes
  8. Make mistakes
  9. Make mistakes
  10. Learn from all of them…

Life is short. Cribbing about mistakes is sinful. Learn from mistakes, move on and become a better self.

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699673 2011-12-04T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:13:32Z Ten reasons to date an entrepreneur
  1. Their sense of possibility. To date someone who accepts no limitations means that there is no end to how much they are capable of loving you.
  2. They see things in ways that others don’t and understand the power of thought and faith to offer an entirely fresh and inspiring view of a challenging situation.
  3. They know the true meaning of commitment and persistence to an idea – a love – far bigger than themselves.
  4. They attract and draw into their world new people, experiences and opportunities that make every day of being with them a continual adventure.
  5. Their vision for the world extends to a vision of long-term relationships and family life no less important than their cause, but as equal to and intrinsic to working together to contribute to the betterment of humanity.
  6. They have seen failure and know that it is never what defines a man or a woman. It is their ability to get back up, with integrity, humility and service to a higher cause that builds the character and loyalty necessary for life-long commitment.
  7. They are passionate souls with tonnes of energy and a great love and just for life…..and we know how important that is for the more, erm, intimate areas of a relationship…..!
  8. They know the value of partnership in getting things done, the power of teamwork necessary to build something of mutual value.
  9. They know how sometimes you just have to hang in there, work really hard and keep trusting the original love for the vision/person and what drew you to it/them in the first place……and it will turn out with way more blessings than you can imagine.
  10. They are visionaries who understand the power of love over fear.

Source – http://love-not-fear.org/2011/12/02/ten-reasons-to-date-an-entrepreneur/

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699674 2011-09-07T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:14:05Z Living up to my 24 hours

I questioned myself whether I can really not live without knowing about-

“What is the latest product launch from apple?”
“Who is the new CEO of Yahoo?”
“Who has how much share holding in x,y,z companies?”

Quite often I feel that it’s wasteful to know so much. A little information is just enough.

There is abundance of information everywhere. Facebook, twitter, website, portals, etc. just add to the woes. It is important to know what information I need and simply ignore others. It’s very very important to say NO and neglect or ignore few things. What I read on Google Reader suggests my interests in life. The blogs I read, the people I follow on twitter, the people I have on network on LinkedIn speak about what I’m set out to become. My interests have evolved over a period of time and I believe it’s absolutely normal. Like when I set out, I wanted to be a pilot, then I wanted to be a <geek>, then I wanted to be an entrepreneur … The point I make here is no matter what you want to do, make sure you have sufficient knowledge in that domain first, keeping others aside. I make sure I read about entrepreneurship firstly, my passions secondly and anything else later. Setting priority is the key.

I did find it difficult to keep up with so much having just 24 hours a day in hand. I have been attending college, working on personal and client projects at the same time. Managing time thus became really important. I was feeling like a slave until I met someone in my life who has totally changed the way I think and I live. With the same thought in mind, I did a small experiment the other day ie. chose not to use BBM for 2 days. It worked out really well. I don’t particularly care about the red blinking light on my phone all the time now. I can do what I’m doing in peace without getting interrupted by useless messages which don’t even matter most of the times. I have disabled notifications for facebook, twitter & emails. And I don’t feel like a slave anymore!! *big smile*

“I’m sure there is nothing in the world that cannot wait for some to get responded.”

Yes, even I have realized that I had been wasting a lot of time learning about things that don’t really matter practically. Thanks to my friend who inspires me & teaches how important it is to live life to the fullest and just not lead it.

I’m set out to lead each and every moment of my life whether working, playing or just hanging out (horse riding, boating or even sitting idle at a temple.) Life is so much fun & 24 hours aren’t just enough to live!


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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699675 2011-08-06T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:14:48Z An Open Letter to Teens: Regd Social Media Dear Friend

We haven’t met yet IRL (in real life), but I’ve seen you online and…we need to talk.

You are growing up in a world where privacy is an old-fashioned concept. Almost everything you do is recorded, watched or monitored somehow.

We have cameras on our computers and cell phones, in stores, parks and on the highway. We check in on Facebook and Foursquare and whatever other check-in app you choose. Your phone goes everywhere you go, and the GPS on you phone always knows where you are. Invasion of privacy used to mean my brother read my diary or the teacher intercepted a note about a cute guy and read it in front of the class. Times sure have changed. Maybe you’ve been on social media since before you were born. (Did your mom or dad post those ultrasound pics on Facebook or MySpace or Flickr? I thought so.) Your whole life is there.

Yes, this is your world. It seems normal, I’m sure, because you’ve never known anything else. Maybe that’s why you don’t think twice before posting that crazy video on You Tube, or using those words (yes, the dirty ones that make your mother blush) on Twitter, and “OMG, did she really say that to him on Facebook?”

You’re in a relationship with social media and “It’s Complicated.”

Most of your parents don’t get it. (Sorry parents, it’s true.)

Well, let me tell you the hard truth that you don’t like to think about:

People are watching.

That creepy guy at the mall? Yep, he’s online and he can read your Twitter stream.

That jerk you wish you never met? He can Google you and get your life story in a flash.

Yes, Google indexes your Facebook feeds and your tweets and lots of other things you forget about 5 minutes after you post them.

The Internet never forgets.

I heard on the news that the FCC (people who set the rules for the Internet) have decided it’s OK for people to do social media background checks.

That means that 10 or 15 years from now when you apply for that really cool job that you’ve been dreaming about since your were, oh, the age you are right now, the people thinking about hiring you can pull up all those old message you forgot about and WOW…won’t they be surprised?

Is that what you want for your future you?

What about right now?

Would you stand up in front of a million people today and do that sexy dance or act like an idiot or talk about how you drank too much when you weren’t old enough to drink at all? Really? 1,000,000 people? What about 1,000 people? Or even 15 people? Probably not.

Well, tweet about it and you have the power to reach a lot more than 1 million people. PEOPLE. YOU. DON’T. KNOW.

Just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t out there. They are.Ask former Rep. Weiner. Or Gilbert Gottfried. Lots of people saw their messages, and look where it got them.

It’s not a secret.

Maybe your mom and dad don’t know you are on Twitter. You went behind their back and created that account, so no one will ever know except the 1579 friends you’ve collected on Facebook (including the ones you’ve never met). How many of those people are who they say they are? You can be anyone you want to be online, right? Do you really know your “friends”?

My point is that you need to be CAREFUL online.

I’m not that old, but the world sure has changed since I was a kid. People used to talk about being “street smart,” which meant that you knew a thing or two about life and weren’t likely to be taken advantage of or do something that could get you in trouble – and I mean real trouble, not just the kind where you get grounded for a week or have your phone taken away.

The new “street smart” is “social smarts.” There’s way more trouble online, just waiting for you if you’re careless. And you might not see it coming.

I’m not trying to scare you, but wake up.

Protect your privacy online. Be careful what you post. Think twice.

Would you want your grandma to see that? Then it probably shouldn’t be online.

It’s really hard to undo social media mistakes. Mom and Dad can’t bail you out. You can’t buy your way back from a bad reputation. Poor judgement will follow you, because the Internet never forgets and yes, people are watching.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of social media. It’s a great tool for sharing, communicating and staying in touch. But any tool, when it’s misused, can create a lot of damage.

Don’t let that happen to you.

Have fun, but be careful out there. Please.

PS: I had been wanting to write an article on this topic for long. Finally got across this. Original Article

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tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699659 2011-07-29T06:30:00Z 2021-06-06T12:25:01Z <content type="html"> <![CDATA[<div class="posthaven-post-body"><div><p>It’s impossible.” said pride/ “It’s risky.” said experience/ “It’s pointless” said reason/ “Let’s do it!” said the Entrepreneur</p></div></div>]]> </content> <author> <name/> </author> <category scheme="https://uma.ng/tags/all" term="clips" label="Clips"/> </entry> <entry> <id>tag:uma.ng,2013:Post/1699677</id> <published>2011-07-29T06:30:00Z</published> <updated>2021-06-06T12:15:16Z</updated> <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://uma.ng/easy-vs-do-able-vs-impossible"/> <title>Easy vs. Do-able vs. Impossible

I stumbled upon this post from Seth Godin, the marketing pundit.

Often we consider an opportunity based on how easy it is. The problem with this analysis is that if it’s easy, it’s often not worth doing. It’s easy to start a blog, but of course, starting a blog doesn’t really deliver a lot of value. Posting 4,100 blog posts in a row, though, isn’t easy. It’s do-able, clearly do-able, and might just be worth it.

Successful organizations seek out the do-able. When Amazon went after the big bookstore chains, analysts ridiculed them for doing something insanely difficult. But it was clearly do-able. Persistence and talent and a bit of luck, sure, but do-able.

Sometimes we seek out things that are actually impossible. Building a search engine that’s just like Google but better is impossible (if your goal is to dominate the market with it). It’s fun to do impossible projects because then you don’t have to worry about what happens if you succeed… you have a safety net, because you’re dreaming the impossible dream.

Do-able, though, is within our reach. Ignore easy.What he says here makes a lot of sense to me. I have had a blog for over an year and still 25 posts, which don’t even matter. Doesn’t really add value by any means either. Yet, I consider myself doing something that is do-able. Though, now I would aim to do something that is impossible for many. Hence, I’d have a safety net (as Seth mentions). What ever I do off the impossible, would then become an achievement.

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