What have you learnt as a child?

What have you learnt as a child?


If a child lives with criticism
He learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility
He learns to fight.

If a child lives with ridicule
He learns to be shy.

If a child lives with tolerance
He learns to be patient.

If a child lives with encouragement
He learns confidence.

If a child lives with praise
He learns to appreciate.

If a child lives with fairness
He learns justice.

If a child lives with security
He learns faith.

If a child lives with approval
He learns to like himself.

If a child lives with acceptance and friendship
He learns to find love in the world.. !

What have you learnt as a child?


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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Dear Leader.”If your government (local or national) accomplishes one thing this year, what would you like that to be?

I am reading a book titled “What young India wants” by Chetan Bhagat. Its a collection of short essays and columns that he had written for newspapers. A few speeches included as well.

He puts forth what are the exact needs of India.. the young India. A lot has changed over a period of two years but surprisingly a lot remains unchanged. From corruption to providing employment to the youth to voting to the old views that need to change, etc, etc.

The one that i think is most important is educating the young India. Yes we have Right to education (RTE).. yes we have the mid day meals in place to lure the kids. But even in these provisions the number of enrollments seen in schools is going down. The reason being there are a lot of loopholes in the set system.

Some parents are against the RTE cause they do not want their kids interacting or mingling with the kids who come from the “lower strata” and hence some schools backed out too cause they were threatened by the parents that they would pull their wards off that school. (Duh! thats why the RTE was put in place, so that the less privileged had access to education).  A paradigm shift in the way the public thinks is required. And the worst part is.. its all a chain reaction.

The mid day meal. Hmm.. well the food is there but the problem is.. its infested with worms. Oh no its not spoilt, the government thought worms and rice, worms and dal are a great combo and taste great. Well yeah this is a huge problem. Parents send kids to school so that they atleast have a meal to fill their stomach than have an empty stomach. But when such incidents come up they rather pull them off school than carry them to local hospitals for the lack of money and the unpromising support of the concerned official. They would favor having a pair of helping hands at work than send kids to school with a possibility of falling sick. Some schools do get provided with quality food thats good to start with but then again these are sponsored by NGOs. Thats the clue.. cling onto it.

And then there is the problem of finding teacher. Who wouldn’t want to have a government job? There are n number of candidates but the people who get through are usually have contacts and have poor subject knowledge or the good hardworking ones. The former are more in number.

The government on a national level is doing a great job on the save daughter campaign, is actively connected to the youth via twitter and mann ki baat, make in India initiative, being a support to other nations at the time of crisis, but working on the educational issues is what I think is lacking from their agenda.

And here we are.. all giving our political views and ranting away to glory.

Slap her / Slap him

How children react to violence against women.. I have been awestruck by the message that this small video conveys. I think the video speaks for itself..

Some might argue.. “Who cares if she is a girl, a guy or an animal. You shouldn’t hit someone because they done nothing to you.” The bottom line is.. kids know what is right and whats wrong.. whilst elders are clueless about their “morals”.

How would you think people would react if this was the other way round.. Slap him?

Phenomena of lying

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Sweet Little Lies.”


The phenomena of lying depends a lot on to whom u are “lying” to. The more familiar you are to a person its more likely that you know their reactions to a given situation.
So if you know that your telling them the truth will not change their behaviour towards you or that you will be treated for what you have done.. if its bad you brace yourself for the reprimand or the silent treatment.. well if its good you would never have told a lie .
For the debate about there being a “good” lie and a “bad” lie.. i guess it all depends on the circumstances.
Even if you have told a lie its better you clarify it sometime in the near future since a part of anger that flares up is because they were informed about the truth not from the person whose every word they trust but from some random person.

So speak the truth i believe in it.

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”― Gloria Steinem

7 Best Innovations in 2014

My selection of 7 best innovations short listed from 25 best innovations in 2014 Time magazine. Criteria for shortlisting (in noparticular order) need, scale of use, cost and originality.

1. Witricity – Wireless electricity
In this age of wireless devices our appliances are glued to walls to draw power from fixed sockets. True there are a few power-mat chargers for small gadgets like phones. But WiTricity, based in Watertown, Mass., is thinking big. Its technology—involving a plug-in coil that creates a magnetic field, which in turn powers objects as far away as 8 ft. (2.4 m)—has been tested on Toyota electric cars (with charging mats), Intel PCs (with charging pads) and more. Within 10 years, says CEO Alex Gruzen, rooms could be wired so that all appliances—lamps, TVs, stereos—pull power from a central charging base.

2. Ringly
Ladies, if you own a smartphone and need to constantly check ur phone for important notifications and find yourself digging into your bag  then, this is the product for you. What if you could get that info from something you were already wearing? That’s the thinking behind Ringly , a line of rings that can be programmed to glow when wearers get an email from their boss, any number of other can’t-miss communications. the first 1,000 Ringly rings, which rolled out in June, sold out within 24 hours.

3. PillPack
How many times have you missed the pills you needed to take only to be followed by “Oh no!! Not again”. Pillpack promises it wont let it happen again. PillPack sorts medications into a ticker tape of tearable packets, organized by date and time.

4. MotionSavvy uni
For the millions of deaf people who cannot speak, everyday communication often requires costly human translators and tedious note writing. Enter the Uni, a tablet and attachment that leverages motion-sensing cameras and voice recognition to translate American Sign Language into spoken words—and spoken words into text—in real time.

5. Osmo 
A play tool for this generation of kids who have their eyes glued onto the screen. Osmo helps bring virtual play into the real world. Osmo’s “reflective AI” attachment enables the iPad camera to interpret physical objects—allowing kids to mimic an onscreen pattern with colored tiles. Which keeps kids engaged and refines their motor skills as well.

6. Wikipearls
Edible wrappers!! Imagine eating wrappers that encase yogurt, cheese, ice cream and more in shells strong enough to hold their shape (in water, heat and cold) until you take your first bite. For everyone out there who wont go to the nearest dustbin visible and for those who don’t find one. Each shell is made of particles of dried fruit or other natural substances that are tiny enough to be electrically attracted to one another; they are combined with calcium and sugar to strengthen the form.All in an attempt to reduce world packaging waste. Can’t lick off the covers on this one, can ya ? 😉

.7. Blue room
The Prison Room that Helps Inmates Relax.Can you imagine yourself locked up in a small room with absolutely nothing to look at except a wall (without your cellphone) in a hyper tensed environment. This comes as little relief for all those prisoners who go through this.Oregon prison has taken an initiative to tackle solitary confinement with the blue room experiment. A room in prison where a projector plays video of open deserts, streaming waterfalls and other outdoor scenes. This is said to calm prisoners thereby reducing suicidal instincts, mental illness and violence

Click here for the list of 25 best innovations listed by The Time. Tell me what you think about them.