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Of course, I am not apolitical; I do not have, however, a lifelong allegiance to a particular political party. I also refuse to be someone like the one Aristotle satirically idolises: “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” I have…
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I still recollect an incident happened many years ago. I was in an aircraft then, an intercontinental flight. The person sitting next to me was wearing a liturgical vestment (he must have been a priest of some sort) and reading something on his iPad. I…
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Recently I came across an excellent analogy to consider time as a credit card. With a credit card, we tend to splurge on unnecessary things and squander our precious resources. When the month-end bill comes, we might get a shocker and introspect where did…
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Lying is inherently bad, as we were taught when young. Trust is what bonds societies together; without which currency notes or even languages have no existence. Being honest is a good attribute, but the question that have perplexed me so long is how far.…
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I had never been to Finland (though been to Sweden, Norway and Denmark); definitely would love to visit some day. Finland is amazing in multiple dimensions; it tops almost every list of human development indices (quality of life, life expectancy, child…
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What a news! Times of India, 2nd May 2018. “The app Dhadkan will help India and its 10 million heart patients”, says the news. Here is what you need to know: You should buy a digital Sphygmomanometer, costs around Rs. 3000, and measure your BP yourself,…
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Reputation is regarded as something of paramount importance in professional circles. Cultivating and earning a high professional and workplace repute is the main goal of most of us. We can go to any extent in defense of our reputation; for without which…
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Recently nirf rankings are out that featured a number of unexpected entries (substandard universities and institutions in top 100), and entirely omitted some of the top-performing institutions (for example, TIFR-easily India’s Harvard- is not even in top…
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Here is a quote from an extraordinary book that I’ve read lately, Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb: “I derived the rule that what is called “healthy” is generally unhealthy, just as “social” networks are antisocial, and the “knowledge”-based economy…
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Here is a statement that I often read in context with leave rules in India (for example, Swamy’s Handbook): “Leave is a privilege, not a right” Another version of it often appears as an idiom in HR guidelines: “An employee cannot claim leave as a matter…
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