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Evoking Scarcity

What if things we don’t really lack today were actually scarce?


Are You Bold Enough To Be Happy?

Be Bold and Happy

On my long evening walk, I had a flash of startling clarity.

I realized that it took guts to be happy, contented, satisfied.

And to accept it to oneself.

Probably because it is so uncommon, a person who is happy with him/herself is an oddity.

And so, the rest of his or her circle of friends, acquaintances and associates try to make that obvious – and try to drag them back down into the pit of smoldering dissatisfaction that seems to be the norm for many.

It’s hard enough to be happy and content. First, it demands knowledge of what you really want. Then, it requires understanding that you have it – and deserve it.

Because this is so tenuous and unsure, it becomes easy for anyone to question, criticize and ultimately unravel the thin cocoon of happiness you weave around yourself… unless you are bold, confident and even – to a point – arrogant.

Earlier today, I had a conversation with a friend. He was pointing out ways I could do better with my efforts to fund heart surgeries for children. Each involved doing something that would involve a lot of time and effort, for little return.

I smilingly turned down his suggestions, managing not to offend him… while he subtly seemed to indicate I was leaving many children uncared for by doing so.

Thinking back to 10 years ago, when similar behavior might have made me defensive, and therefore abusive and angry, I feel a small thrill of satisfaction at my emotional development over the years.

After all, isn’t that what growing up is all about?


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Honk – Or Slow Down?

Honk or Slow Down

I was driving back home from hospital amid the usual cacophony of horns, which is the inevitable backdrop of any road journey in India, even on a Sunday morning!

To someone used to driving in the (relative) quiet of a major city in almost any part of the world (perhaps excepting Italy!), it can come as quite a shock to see how frequently, constantly and usually idiotically Indian drivers honk.

There was the man behind the wheel of a SUV who seemed agitated at every slowing of traffic flow (which happens each 15 seconds, by the way) – and was generous with sharing his feelings through the medium of his blaring, loud horn.

And there were his brethren in spirit, who in their own unique style, played supporting artists to his lead performance – and proved worthy members of that chaotic, noisy orchestra.

A quick glance at the faces of these anxious, stressed-out, frustrated road-hogs revealed their inner tension – a mirror of the kind of emotions guaranteed to raise blood pressure and heart rates, precipitate a stroke, or at best, leave one feeling sad, depressed and angry for a long while.

But I also noticed a few drivers who were ‘different’ – not just by the look of serene calm and quiet in their appearance.

They did something quite contrarian, even remarkable.

They slowed down!

And that made me think about how we tend to lead our lives – in all aspects.

All of us face hurdles, slow-downs and enforced ‘wait’ periods as we try to hurry and bustle through our day.

Yet some of us honk – while others slow down.

Which of us is happier?


9 Effective Time Management Secrets

How To Reduce Stress, Improve Productivity & Live In Harmony …By Managing Your Personal Time

Effective time management can help you avoid a stressful life. Take this time management advice to heart, try out these suggestions, and practice them until they become a habit. They will revolutionize your personal life and bring greater joy and fulfillment into your work.

So, you’re drowning under a deluge of work and overwhelmed by the sheer complexity of projects you are being asked to handle… and there’s more pouring in every day!

  • Can you feel the pressure building up?
  • Are you experiencing higher stress levels day by day?
  • Are your personal life, health and relationships suffering because of this?

Let’s put a stop to this nonsense – and learn how to reclaim your life once again!

With some simple tips for effective time management, you can turn the clock back and return to a peaceful, stress-free lifestyle – where you still manage to get everything done, just without the anxiety and frustration thrown in.

Ready to learn how? Great.

1. Start By Planning

Making a daily plan can help set the tone for your new life of relaxed enjoyment. Knowing what you have to do today can give you a sense of control and well-being. Prepare your to-do list every morning (or better still, last thing at night) and keep your highest priority tasks at the top. This keeps you from wandering off-track, chasing less important trivia and wasting time putting out fires, while critical tasks remain undone.

2. Set Priorities

  • Does stuff that’s urgent demand your attention?
  • Do tasks that are high priority for someone else tend to get pushed off onto you?
  • Is a person or something constantly distracting you from work?

It’s time to fix that – by setting your own priorities on tasks. When you know what is most important to you, you will be able to devote more time and energy to getting it done – and avoid wasting it on anything else.

3. Turn Down Work

If someone else wants your help with a task, but your own high priority jobs aren’t complete, you must learn to say “No” – and do it firmly. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself floundering about wasting your time handling other people’s chores.

4. Delegate Tasks

Take a look at each item on your to-do list.

  • Is it something that you need to do yourself?
  • Is there someone on your team who can do it better?

If you can hand over your tasks to others, do it – because you’ll be free to concentrate on other things.

5. Do Quality Work

If you don’t have time to do it well, how will you find time to do it over? While it might take a bit longer to do a good and thorough job, it will still save you time over fixing what’s broken and correcting errors later on. That’s effective time management.

6. Chunk Down Tasks

Looking at a large and complex project encourages procrastination. You tend to shy away from taking on a new task, and put it off as long as possible. To avoid this delay, break down complex projects into a series of smaller tasks – and get started on the first one right away.

7. Review Your Performance

An effective time management secret it to frequently review your progress. Keeping a time log or worksheet will show you exactly how long you’ve been working on specific tasks. When you have records for a week, review them to see if your time is effectively used. You will definitely find areas for improvement. By constantly tweaking your process and reviewing progress, you will soon become an efficient time manager.

8. Retain Focus

Shiny new things distract you from your work. Once broken, your concentration is difficult to restore, and it sometimes results in completely abandoning a project. So to practice effective time management, block out time needed for projects and fiercely guard it against distractions. For important projects, you might refuse to see visitors, turn off the phone, and ignore emails or messages until it’s done.

9. Stay Healthy

Sleep well. Eat nutritious food. Exercise regularly. While all of this may seem out of place in a discussion about efficient time management, the truth is that when you are healthy, energized and fit, you’ll breeze through even difficult tasks with little delay or waste.

By adopting these techniques to effective time management, you will transform your level of success quickly and easily. Your stress levels will drop, your productivity will soar, and you’ll discover that you have enough time to deal with all the tasks on your priority list.

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Recently, I attended a funeral.

Indian custom dictates a long series of ‘last rites’. When the seemingly endless sequence of rituals ended after nearly an hour, the mortal remains were ceremonially consecrated to electric heat of the modern crematorium.

We waited outside for an hour, chatting aimlessly about various things – subliminally aware, all the while, about the event we were soon about to experience.

Finally, the time came.

A young man, bent a little with the weight of his burden, came out carrying a metal box by it’s handles. Each side of the square box measured about 18 inches, and it was 3 inches deep.

It contained all that was left of the man we once knew, respected and loved.

Cremation shifts many paradigms about what we value in life.

Everyone, no matter how great or small, rich or poor, young or old, powerful or weak, influential or ignored – everyone will be reduced to a box full of ash… literally!

Isn’t that a great perspective from which to focus on more than the merely physical?

Think outside the “box”!


Limitless Possibility


At the time I first saw it, the video of Susan Boyle’s performance at “Britain’s Got Talent” had been viewed 6 million times on YouTube. Just a few days later, it was at – hold on to your hat!over TWENTY FIVE MILLION views!

Wow. (For a double wow, see the view count today!)

When I first watched it, my mind was in turmoil. I hit ‘REPLAY’ three more times, and each time, a wave of strong emotion ran through me.

Predominant was that surge of sheer adrenaline that makes you want to stand up and scream at the top of your lungs:


It’s the primal, atavistic rooting for the underdog, the irrational desire to see passion triumph over logic, the excitement that we live vicariously through seeing someone else go for that impossible dream… and win!

When the audience rose to give Susan a standing ovation, I didn’t just see a middle-aged 47-year old house-wife receiving accolades for a superlative on-stage performance.

I saw validation of the relentless persistence of a determined dreamer who dared to follow her heart.

I saw the collective cheering of humanity for someone who stared down a cynical universe, and spat in its eye.

And I saw MY FUTURE.

Yours too. If you want that.

Because Susan showed me – and you – that it is NEVER ‘too late’ to shoot for the stars.

When Simon asked, before she sang, about her ambition to be famous: “Why hasn’t it worked out so far, darling?”

Susan answered:


Didn’t we ALL tell ourselves that at one time or another? And didn’t we then CHOOSE to shelve those dreams – forever?

And isn’t THIS our wake-up call?

Maybe you, like me, told yourself “But there are dreams that cannot be… And there are storms we cannot weather”

And then, perhaps, you buried that hope and desire and ambition that once burned in your soul deep inside you, brushed aside the restless spirit that rose up in stubborn rebellion from time to time, soothed the nagging voice that echoed in the silence of the night with the platitude,

“Later. Yes, later.”

Watching that video made me UNCOMFORTABLE. Because until now, I had an excuse. Now, I don’t.

The song Susan Boyle performed at BGT, ends with the words:

“Now life has killed the dream I dreamed”

My question to you is:


Or are you going to fight FOR it to come true?


Lyrics of “I Dreamed a Dream”

There was a time, when men were kind
And their voices were soft
And their words were inviting
There was a time, when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time it all went wrong

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high and life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving

Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they turn your hope apart
As they turn your dreams to shame

He slept a summer by my side
He filled my dreams with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came

And still I dream he’d come to me
That we would live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather

I had a dream my life would be
So different from the hell I’m living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed


8 Powerful Steps To Effective Time Management For Students

Why Managing Your Time Is Crucial For Your Success – And Simple Ways To Do It Well

Time management for students is growing ever more important as diverse interests and pressures add up in young lives, creating distractions and piling on more stress. These eight time management techniques will help students find extra hours in their busy days and handle their workload comfortably.

Time management for students has never been more important – or challenging.

To balance the time needed for study with a hectic social life is a challenge for many students, and this makes time management of great importance. Many students realize that they must manage time effectively if they are to ever juggle all the important tasks they must handle within the limited time available.

These 8 powerful time management techniques will help you cope with your responsibilities and do it comfortably, while staying in harmony with other elements of your life.

1. Start Planning

Time management for students can’t begin too early. You need a diary or calendar to help you plan your days and weeks. You may use a digital organizer or mobile phone app, if you prefer that. But start planning your days and weeks as early as you can, to enjoy the rich benefits that come from a well organized schedule and life.

2. Organize Yourself

Jot down all the things you are expected to handle. Appointments and test schedules. Deadlines for projects and social gatherings you’ve been invited to. Special classes, hobbies and other events. Note all of them in your calendar. It helps you cope effortlessly with increasingly hectic schedules when you know exactly what you have left to complete.

3. Relax

No, not all the time. But chalk in some time to wind down, relax and slow your pace a bit. It may seem that there’s too much to get done even without a break. But resting in between prolonged periods of activity can help enhance your productivity. By letting you return to your chores refreshed and energized, it will help you get the job done quicker, easier and with less stress.

4. Learn and Adapt

If time management for students is your keen interest area, be sure to experiment with some proven systems and see if it works for you. Not all of the effective time managing courses and systems will be suitable to you, for a variety of personal and unique reasons. Just keep watching out to learn as much as you can from each one you try out.

5. Set Deadlines

If your research paper is due next week, don’t put it off until the last minute. Instead, set a deadline to finish the project well in advance. Start from the due date and work backwards, so that you have a realistic estimate of how long the project will take. This helps ensure that you are ready well ahead of the actual deadline.

6. Be Prepared

The unexpected often happens. Be ready to adapt and stay flexible enough to adjust to the new situation. This will give you a great advantage over others. Some unexpected stresses and surprises can leave you flat footed. But as long as you stay prepared, you won’t be forced into making too many mistakes.

7. Reward Yourself

If you worked hard to prepare for an examination, reward yourself with a movie or dinner with friends. This acts as an incentive to encourage you to do your best next time around. The body and mind crave recognition and reward for a dedicated effort. You can be the one to award it – and thereby reinforce positive behavior that will serve you throughout your life.

Time management for students is not very complex. But it requires devoted discipline to tested and proven time management techniques. Follow the logical steps to effectively managing your time and you will automatically have enough time to complete all your activities, and find balance between different areas of your life.

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