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Corona and the infants!

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Everyone in this world will agree with the fact that the corona virus has literally brought the life to a standstill. It is an ocean and there are waves continuously coming; the first wave, the second wave, the third wave etc. People try to sneak out during the pseudo lull period but with a heavy price, the lucky ones survive. People are locked inside their houses. There is fear all around. The hospitals are full, the crematoriums are full, and everything has gone haywire. It is too much of torture to the people who have nothing to do with the ambitions or research or the targets of people who want to rule the world.

In this pandemic, kids are affected the most. Grown up kids though enjoy online stuff but they terribly miss the schools, parks, malls, picnics, reunions, sports etc. However, think of those kids who were at the age of getting admitted to schools. Those who would have gone to play school to have the feel of what a school looks like? Who is a teacher, how is a classroom? What all we do in the school? What is teaching?

My little daughter is also passing through that stage. All schools are closed from past an year for physical teaching. She was admitted to nursery last year and had the online syllabus to digest. The online classes were like video calls to relatives. Unaware of the protocols and the status of the teaching staff, she use to tease them during class, press the red button on screen to disconnect, answer the questions wrong and all such kids stuff. The teachers were helpless and so the parents. Despite our local and teachers’ distance guidance, she never held the pencil in a proper way. So the alphabets thus emerged were monsters. One or two alphabets or numbers per page and a notebook used to get completed in one class.

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Teaching apart, there was no scope of outing too. All the animals, birds, flowers and other objects were inside the book only or in the videos. Occasionally the lizards, cockroaches, spiders, pigeons, dogs, cats, butterflies etc. made guest appearance to prove her that they exist.

However the best and the most emotional part of all this traumatic situation was the hope she had that the corona will go and one day we shall roam out freely.  There were many party dresses lying unused that we had purchased or were sent by the relatives. She used to ask daily, ‘when will I wear these?’ with the lock-in period keep stretching and for the fact that these dresses shall not fit her in near future, we decided that she shall try them out at home. Daily my little angel chooses a dress, gets dressed up all with party shoes, hair-band etc and goes to the door, open it and say, ‘Papa! Corona virus is still there. We can’t go out,’ and closes the door. After that she spends the remaining day inside wearing the party dress and the shoes.

This happens almost daily and we feel pinched from inside as to what situation this pandemic has brought the society. The wishes, the aims, the ambitions etc. All have just gone into the drain. What we got is the childhood sobbing, the adulthood crying and the old age howling. No idea, who got benefitted from all this, but one thing is for sure that humanity lost!

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Identify the Foundation Stones!

Image: compilation from various open sources

It is not the beauty of the building you should look at; it is the foundation that will stand the test of time.” These golden words of David Allan Coe bring forward a hidden success mantra for companies who strive for sustainability and survivability in the era of change, transformation and competition. It is a common fact that a foundation stone cannot come out to the front and introduce itself as the one who supports in holding the entire building on it. Beneath any beautiful structure that earns accolades from the world for its beauty and performance laid those unseen heroes who agree to remain at the below-stage – unsung.

Identify the foundation stones: Foundation stones are not the ones who laid the foundation of a company. These are the lots who perform the jobs on which the company joyrides. They are the real technocrats managing or carrying out the core jobs themselves. They are the company’s actual intellectual property. Mostly the higher management shall have to take extra pain in reaching out to such people as they are not the yes ministers.

Foundation stones are non-visible: These intellectual lots are non-visible to an amateur’s eye. You really require a vision that can see the unseen, below the obvious. These lots hold the entire burden on to them and rarely pass anything to the higher ups. That makes them non-visible to the management and the judgmental world. One should understand that if in an organization, things are also moving right and fast, there must be some able, laborious and efficient mind there. One need not always think of bottlenecks alone, remaining bottle is also worth attention. Troubleshooters are like patch-makers. Most of these solve issues with alternative methods and make the building look patchy.

Foundation stones work below-stage: The biggest irony about the people who are the foundation stones is that they prefer to remain unsung. They never show off the potential and abilities. Mostly they are introverts with the belief that the actions speak louder than words. This makes short-sighted management fail to identify the hidden treasure that makes the building valuable. Though one need not dig the foundation to locate them below stage, their work and steady output identifies them broadly.

Never mistreat the foundation stones: Most of the time, the glamour friendly management underestimates the value, importance and abilities of these foundation stones. As natural, any damage to these people can shake the entire building, if it is intentional but unwarranted. No foundation stone will peep out of the base and announce the contribution it made to help the building stand tall!

Replace displaced foundation stones: As in a building, the stones cannot be just taken out of a building’s foundation. If at all there is a need to displace these people, the void must be plugged in with an alternate. It is observed that taking out such people from a live project or office to populate them in other so-called critical assignments can cause both the terminals suffer. Neither we should pull out many people nor leave the emptiness unattended.

Listen to them: People who are the foundation stones say what they feel is right for the company or a project. They do not manipulate the data to present a rosy picture to the audience. Listen to them and try to get the feel of the real issues. It is mostly possible that these people themselves will give the solution for the problems that may at some point of time cause the trouble in the execution of the project.  However they do not readily give the advice or the suggestions. Once taken into confidence they can provide the much sought tool that can easily remove the likely hurdles in the path to success.

Timely water the foundation stones: Recognition is what everyone wants. People working for the companies sacrificing their personal interests and holding the building erect also need to be recognized timely and suitably. A small token of appreciation enables the foundation to remain strong enough to continue supporting the building standing on it further. Applause, accolades, rewards etc. are mainly targeted to the people who are at the fore-front and are visible to the world, leaving a sense of ignorance to the people who really toil hard put up the show well.

They enjoy others success: The people who form the foundation stones of a company enjoy each and every milestones achieved by the company or the project even if someone else is credited for the same as they know their contribution in making it a success. Till the party lasts, the arrow points on someone else but once the party is over, the arrow turns back to them.

 It is natural. In the game of soccer, the forwards get more chances to score the goals to keep the count ticking but with the able support of those who remain in their positions performing their tasks. The backstage artists for movies, dramas etc. toil hard to present the stars with the aura they shine with. Generals fight the war but only with the confidence they have on their foundation stones, the real strength of their battalion. Identify and reward these foundation stones, the company will do wonders, always.

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An alert!

Few days back, my son has reported an unusual incident happened at the school premises.

It appears that when he was coming out of the class walking down the steps, a senior student came to him and slapped on his face. My son did even not know the boy; forget about thinking of any other possibility for that slap. The senior boy was with his bunch of friends and all of them started laughing after the slap.

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the art of pampering

if you pamper your kid on the dining table
 kid will never understand the value of food
 if you pamper your kid while playing next door
 kid will never know the value of neighbourhood
 if you pamper your kid daily on the study table
 kid will never be able to read between the lines
 if you pamper the kid by giving whatever he want
 kid will never understand the meaning of necessity
 if you pamper the kid by accompanying him always
 the kid will never know how to move the next step
 if you pamper the kid by agreeing to whatever he says
 the kid will never understand the pain of denial
 but still you need to pamper the kid at many occasion
 pamper the kid when he loses in school competition
 pamper him to be disciplined, to respect opposite gender
 pamper him to accept defeat, to develop sportsman spirit
 pamper at the right time, right place and in a right way
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glorious past

Why we keep boasting of our glorious past?

our religious tolerance, our cultural heritage

our developed society, our booming economy

our diversity, our history, our spiritual heritage

we keep cursing the present and sit in a corner idle

we imprecate the current and stay irresponsible

we blaspheme out loud but do not perform or act

we condemn all around and stay most insensible

what we are is what is seen to the whole of world

no one can steal from us and even we can’t borrow

so why can’t we build ourselves a beautiful today

why can’t we stand and make a splendid tomorrow?

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The power of crowdfunding

Few days back our maid servant was not in a good mood. Her husband had left the job of driving auto rickshaw and was now sitting at home doing nothing. She remembered the striking difference between her husband and son. Her son is very studious. He scored a decent rank in the engineering entrance exam couple of years back and secured an engineering seat. That time she was so elated that she didn’t eat food properly for few days as she couldn’t digest that good news. However it was later that she became worried about paying the fees and other expenses. Continue reading

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the logic gates

when she is in relatively good mood

our conversations are not so crude

together we have a healthy debate

thus making life’s logical AND gate

when she bangs on my face the door

the gate gets converted to logical OR

when she possesses the wild uproar

the logic gate simply turns to XOR

when she doesn’t change her thought

the output resembles the logical NOT

repeated requests don’t alter her stand

circumstances mimic the logical NAND

when neither of us have any say

the logical NOR comes in our way

when that makes us unable to explore

the final logic gate gets stuck to XNOR

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Should a working woman marry?

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Though the question appears bit unorthodox, looking at the current socio-economic environment, its relevance cannot be undermined. Though marriage is an institution, there is no compulsion that everyone should attend it. With the quantity of divorces on the rise and the domestic crime graph touching zenith, the belief in this institution is slowly thinning. Further, the trend of live-in relationship is also on the rise which is slowly making the paper called marriage certificate, obsolete. Continue reading

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roots – a different take

as the vision got bit blurred with spectacles

the doctor asked me to change the number

and that triggered my mathematical brain

which was otherwise lying in the slumber

the newspaper appeared like algebra book

dining table gave me a trigonometric look

the people appeared like factorial sign

all the tress arranged in number line

the air sine waves, the steps square roots

the probability of getting healthy fruits

the statistics of hunger, the dynamics of food

my posture appeared to be geometrically good

my exponential desires, the only binary options

my life was shrouded with mathematical functions

but still the best ones are worth interpretation

please stop differentiation, facilitate integration