Sunday, November 17, 2013

And we thought, we are safe in here...

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan's nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea's two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing"the fear and folly of nuclear weapons." It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.

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This video shows the true picture of the delicate position we sit in today. The very nuclear warheads lying in all other parts of the world, that were developed for our safety pose a serious threat to the existence of humanity. We are constantly told about the dangers of Global Warming, but what about these. A single mistake, a push of button or controls in the hand of an anti-society element, and that's it. The game is finished.

And we thought the ploys we see in the action movies are not possible, and we though we are safe in here...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Marriage Isn’t For You

Recently stumbled across this post and till the time I finished this small post by +Seth Adam Smith, it  had put a smile across my face. Thank you Seth for this beautiful post.

Having been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t for me.
Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.

I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for ten years until…until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. :) I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love. Good times will be had by all.

Nevertheless, falling in love with my best friend did not prevent me from having certain fears and anxieties about getting married. The nearer Kim and I approached the decision to marry, the more I was filled with a paralyzing fear. Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?

Then, one fateful night, I shared these thoughts and concerns with my dad. Perhaps each of us have moments in our lives when it feels like time slows down or the air becomes still and everything around us seems to draw in, marking that moment as one we will never forget.

My dad giving his response to my concerns was such a moment for me. With a knowing smile he said, “Seth, you’re being totally selfish. So I’m going to make this really simple: marriage isn't for you. You don’t marry to make yourself happy, you marry to make someone else happy. More than that, your marriage isn't for yourself, you’re marrying for a family. Not just for the in-laws and all of that nonsense, but for your future children. Who do you want to help you raise them? Who do you want to influence them? Marriage isn't for you. It’s not about you. Marriage is about the person you married.”

It was in that very moment that I knew that Kim was the right person to marry. I realized that I wanted to make her happy; to see her smile every day, to make her laugh every day. I wanted to be a part of her family, and my family wanted her to be a part of ours. And thinking back on all the times I had seen her play with my nieces, I knew that she was the one with whom I wanted to build our own family.

My father’s advice was both shocking and revelatory. It went against the grain of today’s “Walmart philosophy”, which is if it doesn't make you happy, you can take it back and get a new one.

No, a true marriage (and true love) is never about you. It’s about the person you love—their wants, their needs, their hopes, and their dreams. Selfishness demands, “What’s in it for me?”, while Love asks, “What can I give?”

Some time ago, my wife showed me what it means to love selflessly. For many months, my heart had been hardening with a mixture of fear and resentment. Then, after the pressure had built up to where neither of us could stand it, emotions erupted. I was callous. I was selfish.

But instead of matching my selfishness, Kim did something beyond wonderful—she showed an outpouring of love. Laying aside all of the pain and anguish I had caused her, she lovingly took me in her arms and soothed my soul.

Marriage is about family.

I realized that I had forgotten my dad’s advice. While Kim’s side of the marriage had been to love me, my side of the marriage had become all about me. This awful realization brought me to tears, and I promised my wife that I would try to be better.

To all who are reading this article—married, almost married, single, or even the sworn bachelor or bachelorette—I want you to know that marriage isn't for you. No true relationship of love is for you. Love is about the person you love.

And, paradoxically, the more you truly love that person, the more love you receive. And not just from your significant other, but from their friends and their family and thousands of others you never would have met had your love remained self-centered.

Truly, love and marriage isn’t for you. It’s for others.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

True love: Does it really happen??

Recently, various confessions pages have just erupted over Facebook. There are confessions about colleges, localities, parks, trains and what not. While many are just love proposals or comments deriding someone, some confession touches your heart. Following is one of those…

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24th may 2013 was the day which changed my views about life. 

My roommate at IIT had fallen in love in the 3rd year of our college to one of the most chirpy, flamboyant girl of our batch. I had no particular reservations for their relationship other than the fact that they were quite opposites. My buddy was shy, intro and she was totally different. Also I felt that she did not love my friend as much as he did. It might have been because of my prejudices or her nature, but I had this feeling that she took their relationship very lightly. But whatever be my notion, both got along very well. We graduated and I got placed in USA and left and my friend got placed in a good company in India. We kept in touch for a few months but like it happens, we got busy in our lives and could not interact much. I shifted base to USA and my links with India got completely cut off.

After nine years, I am on a business trip to India. Feeling nostalgic about the place and missing the times I spent here, I thought of meeting my college friends and contacted many through Facebook and likewise. I tried contacting my roomie but met with no responses. When seven of us met I got this news that my roomie died 5 years ago in the Delhi. I was shocked and couldn't sink in the fact he was his parents only son and that troubled me more about how those people would be surviving. So I took his address and went to meet them.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Amazing Ad by Koleston

You can't help but admire the mind behind this creative billboard advertisement.

Saturday, September 7, 2013


In violence we forget who we are. ~Mary McCarthy

Crimes against Children are most heinous

Each year, an increasing number of girls below 18 are raped or suffer any other form of sexual abuse. UNICEF has launched the Red Siren campaign to raise awareness about this important issue.

Raise your voice and take part in the #ENDviolence. Stamp It Out to raise awareness on Violence Against Children.

All you have to do is write, stamp, stencil, tag #ENDviolence somewhere that inspires you: on yourself or a friend, on paper, in the sand, on a wall and take a picture. Remember the hashtag #ENDviolence needs to be inside the picture.

Click here to participate:

Go on, spread the word - children the world over are counting on you!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

25 Things I Want Myself to Know at 25

Recently sitting in a boring seminar, surfing along the web, stumbled across a great article written by  Mary Schmidt, a professional optimist, as her twitter profile describes her. Mary shares a list of what she wants to do, feel, know, experience and remember as she completes 25 years of her life. It's a beautiful read and reminds you how important it is to step back once in a while and see where you are going, question yourself, who you are? And what you wanna be?

Her list of 25 @ 25...

  1. Most of the time, you don’t know anything about anything. That was true when you were 15 and that will be true when you are 65. You do, however, know how to be a good person and you know how to follow your heart. Keep doing that and you’ll be just fine.                                                                                                           
  2. Don’t go on Facebook so much. Seriously, it’s a waste of time.                                                                                                          
  3. You’re 25. You’re not in college anymore. You know how to cook a healthy meal. STOP EATING TOP RAMEN, your body doesn’t like it.                                                                                                 
  4. Also, it’s time to start drinking a little more responsibly. You started too young and you’ve been in this game for over a decade. However, unlike when you were 15 no one is going to think you are any cooler for taking that extra tequila shot. Slow down on the booze.                                                                                        
  5. Remember to always love your big strong legs, your bubble butt, the plumpness of your head, the way your eyes squint when you smile, and the petiteness of your lips. They are precious family heirlooms that have been handed down to you from generations of brilliantly beautiful people.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Indian Startup Scene: Buzzing with excitement

And, I am Made in India...
Recently, +Shikhar Mehra,  a friend of mine shifted his base to United States of America and fell in love with the country. What really attracted him was the startup scene out there. It's full of energy, zeal and things happen really fast. You get an idea today, plan for it a week and could launch it the next week and if lucky, your investors could actually make an exit within six months. (You could be optimistic..!!)

Apart from startup scene in USA, he also was out of his wits when I talked about the startup scenario in India. It was like there is nothing happening. Things just drags on and nothing concrete ever takes place. I tried but couldn't actually make him understand.

So, when I came across an article on Indian startups, I thought it might make a dent on his mind.

India's attempt to ignite a startup boom

Most entrepreneurs remember vividly when they decided to strike out on their own. For Siddhartha Ahluwalia, the moment came over breakfast, in 2009. Then 22 years old and an engineering student at the Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management in Gwalior, he was interning at India's premier graduate business school -- the Ahmedabad campus of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM-A). An IIM-A student sat down at Ahluwalia's table and started to talk about his own business -- a tech platform that served TV ads at train stations. "IIM-A is full of energy regarding entrepreneurship," Ahluwalia remembers. "You meet a lot of new entrepreneurs." The fired-up Ahluwalia enlisted three friends as co-founders, and they started work on an advertising platform for doctors' offices. Ahluwalia went door to door in his hometown of Meerut -- an industrial city 50 miles from New Delhi -- trying to get doctors excited about the product. Ranked as one of India's fastest-growing cities, Meerut is frequently cited as a hub for future growth in India -- an international airport and a major Delhi-Meerut highway are in the works. More importantly for Ahluwalia and his friends, Meerut has several pharmaceutical companies and medical schools.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Wello: A Drop in the Drought

Early Morning. 
You woke up. 
Feeling thirsty. 
Open Refrigerator. 
Drink water. 
Back to sleep.

A normal routine, nothing out of ordinary. Now, imagine you wake up feeling thirsty and there is no water to drink. Before you can quench your thirst, you need to travel 8 km and carry a 20 liter bucket on your head. Uncomfortable? Well, I am sorry to inform you but that's exactly what millions of women do daily. They wake up early in the morning, walk 8 to 10 km, carrying 20 liters of water on their head. For what? To quench the thirst of their family, to bath, to cook, to wash hands and for every other thing for which you just twist the faucet.

What are the consequences of such an uncomfortable journey that millions across make every other day? For one, they are able to fulfill their family's need of water. But what about other effects?

Parle-G New Official TVC - Roko Mat Toko Mat

Eleanor Roosevelt said, I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. This is the reasoning behind Parle-G new TVC. It tries to make the point that a child should be allowed to do what it wants to do. There should not be any restrictions and it would actually make your child a genius.

And with all those little experiments of your little genius would be his companion, Parle-G.

The advertisement works nicely on the brand identity of Parle-G which have been trying to make its biscuit synonymous with genius tag ever since their campaign, G mane genius.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Share My Dabba

Dabbawalas of Mumbai has generated lots of interest over the years. It has been a subject of an Havard Case Study and hence been studied by thousands of business students. But I have never came across such a simple solution of the humongous problem. See it yourself:

I believe later in the day these stickers could easily carry name of a company or in business terms, sponsored by ABC pvt. ltd. which could be used to organize the whole system in a better way. Also, giving a huge boost in the brand identity of the sponsor.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Friends, Chai & Maggi: A perfect road trip (Leh)

How often a small artifact of our past life triggers us into sudden flashbacks? Flashbacks that make us laugh, that make us cry and long for the time which over the years have gotten lost. Always ending up with a big smile on on the face and numbness in your eyes. For a person like me, this happens much more frequently than is healthy for a normal human being, generally ending up with asking myself, "What If...". What if that have happened? What if that have not happened? Something similar happened recently while reading an old book. A photograph stumbled out of it. The effect of times were visible on it, the edges were trodden, colors had faded but still the essence of the photo was clear. Five teens around a bonfire with large cups of coffee and plates full of Maggi. Who were they?

Shradha, Raj, Raghu, Khyati and yours truly... Five friends fresh out of school celebrating their freedom, celebrating their friendship, yet knowing at the back of their heart, it could be the last time they have got together for a long while. As the conversation moved to the future, they all promised to keep in touch, all promised to meet at least once a year and in five years time, when they have achieved something, they would fulfill their dream and travel together to Leh...

Seven years hence, we are still in touch but haven't been together for a long time now. And that road trip, well, it never happened. But what if we had gone on that road trip? What if....

On the road to Leh...

Honda CRV on rent, bags packed with bare essentials, camera in hand, music flowing in the background and with the roar of engine came the voice of Raj, "So buckle up guys, cause this is gonna’ be one hell of a ride!". Hence it began with the big laughs, sound of chit chats and apprehension of what is next.

With the enthusiasm of the finally going on this trip which we promised ourselves all those years back, time flew quickly. It was all about catching on the times, finding out about broken dreams and broken hearts. Stopping only once or twice for lunch or a quick snack, we reached our first pit stop, Manali. Checked in at the hotel, gorged over a delicious dinner and fell on bed satisfied over a day well spent.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Finding the path

Sometimes we have to get lost to find what we are looking for,
Sometimes we have to take that step to start a journey,
Sometimes we have to accept what is or is not,
But sometimes we can change the path.

...But sometimes we can change the path.