Saturday, January 11, 2014


Last weekend I went back to College for a alumni meet where I was a student over five years ago. As I travelled to the campus I remembered a single question that haunted my last few months of college: now what?

I had no good answer. I didn’t have a job. I didn’t have a plan.

Which, as it turns out, might have been a pretty good plan after all.

 Mark Zuckerberg and his college roommates were computer science students without any real plan. They started Facebook because it was fun, used their talents, and was a novel way for Harvard students and alumni to stay in touch. Zuckerberg never anticipated it would host over 400 million members. And he had no clear idea where the money would come from. But he kept at it until, in 2007, Facebook let outside developers create applications for it, and game developers started buying ads on Facebook to keep attracting players. Hardly Zuckerberg’s strategy in 2004.

And when Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google, started writing code in 1996 they had no clear plan or idea how they would make money either. But that didn’t stop them from starting. It wasn’t until 2002 and 2003 that AdWords and AdSense became the company’s money-making platform.

what if you have no plan?

 That’s the situation so many of us face — not just when we graduate — but throughout our lives. Even those who grew up in the generation when people stayed with a company 30 years are now, thankfully, living long enough to have second and third careers. And the younger generation is switching jobs every few years, often changing careers entirely. Yesterday’s plan may not work today.

The limitless options we encounter make it difficult to create a plan.It’s easy to become paralyzed when so many choices exist. We can’t decide among them so we end up not choosing. But life goes on, and no choice becomes the de facto choice, and suddenly we look back and feel like our talents have been wasted. We need a way to get started now, to move in the right direction, even when we don’t have a plan.

So what makes people like Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin so successful? Some of it is opportunity. Some if it is persistence. And some is sheer luck. But there’s another set of ingredients that encourages opportunity, persistence, and luck. I call them the four elements. Success will favor you if you:

1.Leverage your strengths
2.Use your weaknesses
3.Pursue your passions
4.Assert your differences

Zuckerberg, Page, and Brin loved technology and were great at it. None of them operated alone — they partnered with people to offset their weaknesses. And, in style as well as substance, they offered unique approaches that differentiated them and their companies from anything else out there.

The entire path need not be clear. Most successful people and businesses have meandered their way to success by being willing to exercise their talents in ways they never would have imagined at the onset.

Here’s what’s fortunate: you’re already doing something — whether it’s a job, a hobby, or an occasional recreational pastime — that exploits your strengths, allows for your weaknesses, gives you pleasure, and uses your uniqueness.

Start experimenting where you are.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Salient Features of Jan Lokpal Bill

1. An institution called LOKPAL at the centre and LOKAYUKTA in each state will be set up

2. Like Supreme Court and Election Commission, they will be completely independent of the governments. No minister or bureaucrat will be able to influence their investigations.

3. Cases against corrupt people will not linger on for years anymore: Investigations in any case will have to be completed in one year. Trial should be completed in next one year so that the corrupt politician, officer or judge is sent to jail within two years.

4. The loss that a corrupt person caused to the government will be recovered at the time of conviction.

5. How will it help a common citizen: If any work of any citizen is not done in prescribed time in any government office, Lokpal will impose financial penalty on guilty officers, which will be given as compensation to the complainant.

6. So, you could approach Lokpal if your ration card or passport or voter card is not being made or if police is not registering your case or any other work is not being done in prescribed time. Lokpal will have to get it done in a month's time. You could also report any case of corruption to Lokpal like ration being siphoned off, poor quality roads been constructed or panchayat funds being siphoned off. Lokpal will have to complete its investigations in a year, trial will be over in next one year and the guilty will go to jail within two years.

7. But won't the government appoint corrupt and weak people as Lokpal members? That won't be possible because its members will be selected by judges, citizens and constitutional authorities and not by politicians, through a completely transparent and participatory process.

8. What if some officer in Lokpal becomes corrupt? The entire functioning of Lokpal/ Lokayukta will be completely transparent. Any complaint against any officer of Lokpal shall be investigated and the officer dismissed within two months.

9. What will happen to existing anti-corruption agencies? CVC, departmental vigilance and anti-corruption branch of CBI will be merged into Lokpal. Lokpal will have complete powers and machinery to independently investigate and prosecute any officer, judge or politician.

10. It will be the duty of the Lokpal to provide protection to those who are being victimized for raising their voice against corruption.

Lok Pal Bill + Anna Hazare

Things to know about Anna Hazare and Lok pal Bill-:

1.Who is Anna Hazare?
An ex-army man(Unmarried). Fought 1965 Indo-Pak war.

2.What's so special about him?
He built a village Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahamad Nagar district, Maharashtra.

3.This village is a self-sustained model village. Energy is produced in the village itself from solar power, biofuel and wind mills. In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is one of the richest village in India. It has become a model for self-sustained, eco-friendly & harmonic village.

4. This guy, Anna Hazare was awarded Padma Bhushan and is a known figure for his social activities.

5. He is supporting a cause, the amendment of a law to curb corruption in India.

6. How that can be possible?
He is advocating for a Bill, The Lok Pal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that will form an autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers), bureaucrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for their deeds.

7. It's an entirely new thing right..?
In 1972, the bill was proposed by then Law minister Mr. Shanti Bhushan. Since then it has been neglected by the politicians and some are trying to change the bill to suit their theft (corruption).

8. Oh.. He is going on a hunger strike for that whole thing of passing a Bill ! How can that be possible in such a short span of time? The first thing he is asking for is: the govt should come forward and announce that the bill is going to be passed. Next, they make a joint committee to DRAFT the LOK PAL BILL. 50% government participation and 50% public participation. Bcoz u can't trust the government entirely for making such a bill which does not suit them.

9.What will happen when this bill is passed?
A LokPal will be appointed at the centre. He will have an autonomous charge, say like the Election Commission of India. In each and every state, Lokayukta will be appointed. The job is to bring all alleged party to trial in case of corruptions within 1 year. Within 2 years, the guilty will be punished.

" The dream of India as a strong nation will not be realised without self-reliant, self-sufficient villages, this can be achieved only through social commitment & involvement of the common man." - Anna Hazare

Friday, August 5, 2011

Call Centers In India!

Call Centers are required for large companies to sell their products to the customers, proposing a product or service as well as for the after-sale enquiries made by the customers. Though the concept is not very new, Call Center proceeding came into limelight after it was mastered with high-tech equipments like International Loop Line, Net-Telephony and other far-reaching instruments.

Call Centers in India – in this context – were braving with globalized business module. Reducing cost for business proceeding was the prime intention of the corporate houses. Corporate giants realized that shifting their Call-Center operations to India would cut down their costs by manifolds, prompt actions were taken in this area. In the new century, business settlement laws were reviewed and it was easier for alien firms to settle in the Indian soils. It was easy to initiate, merge, come in partnership of business.

The efficient English speaking population (evaluated as second largest English speakers in the world after the US) of India proved as the right dimension for setting up Call Centers. The global awareness of Indians was boost to itself and Call Centers in India came out head-high with flying colors.

Voices over Internet Protocol (VoIP) facility is cheap in India. This along with several factors provides an outright base for large business houses to instigate their Call-Centers in India.

Call centers in India also avails large facility centers with seats for up to 2000-2500 people. A single Call Center can accommodate accounts for 20-30 clients at a time. This is no mean task and requires specialized manpower and outright money backup and such necessities. Above all – it requires business minds groomed out of B-Schools of repute. Indian educational and professional model fulfills all these criteria. And no wonder why Call Centers in India is the next best to happen to the economy.

Despite of countries like Canada, Ireland playing major role providing Call-Center services to the US companies, India still remains their favorite. The fact remains clear. Call Center in India is blossoming because the employee gets paid well. Professional from different fields are finding place at Call Centers because of high income and fun during work.

Call Centers provide cheap English-speaking workers and high-speed telecom facility to provide customer service for corporate firms around the globe. It’s advantageous for youngsters looking for employment, which in recent past has struggled with economical backdrop and unemployment.