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In this issue… Time-pass in gloom times! Gloom busters

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Dear Readers Some change, though slow, has started emerging. Some people in the Government who have been pretending to sleep have started showing the signs of waking up to the untiring voices of the Indian Youth. Some signs of gloom in the industry are giving way to some signs of bloom. Some hope has started. Some more pressure still needs to be exerted. Some more realization of our own responsibility is yet to dawn on us. Someone is no longer someone else. It’s me. Us. Time to ask Y. WhY and how I should keep moving faster and better from this threshold. Start MAG – My Actions Game to remain a true INDIAN. Cheers, Rajiv Khurana Editor PS – Please don’t forget to send your feedback at rajivkhurana@vsnl.com. You may even call me at 9810211256.


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Timepass in gloom times!

A man was going into the jungle. His friend enquired, “You are going alone and un-armed, what will you do if you meet the Lion?” The man replied, “What can I do? Whatever shall be done shall be done by the Lion.” Bad times are like that only. Doom times and Gloom times keep coming and moving out. There passage is, however, quite difficult. In Doom and Gloom times you have no options. The Lion has. So what should you, as a thorough bred professional, do if your job accidentally moves through the tough patches of gloom times. Here are some not so serious prescriptions: 1.

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Make the not-working network work: Feel comfortable. You are not alone. There are hundreds, nay, thousands like you. Create your own chapter of ITPA – Indian Time Pass Association. Your personal membership could be temporary but there are millions others who have mastered the art of perpetual time pass. You can add some value to ITPA by introducing some of the tried and tested office techniques of time wasting during peak pressure times. Prove that you are a concerned parent: It’s high time to brush up your maths and science lessons. Mug up for the whole year. Your child will start scolding you less for making home work mistakes. The grade improvements of your child can bring in some family celebrations. You can also use this gloom time to provide the quality time in quantity to your children. Bring out the child in you. You may easily score boundries if your young child is bowling. This is a good recipe’ to temporary forget the hostile bouncers on the corporate pitches.


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Be futuristic: The excuses you have been using so far are quite old and stale. Why not create some brand new ones. The bloom times and the boom times will come sooner or later. These new excuses can do wonders for you. Keep this as one of the conference topic in your next ITPA convention. Mouse over the www: No, No, No… not for another experimentation with dot com. This time for serious learning. People like you would be hovering in the social media. Broaden your global mindset. Cry on each other’s web shoulders. The tears will expand linkages and provide the FR [foreign returned] peace of mind. Get a slimmer look: Thin is in. Even though you have stopped looking in the mirror after those un-ending corporate lunches/dinners or eating the high on calories high on price so called home like food served in the star hotels; its time to dust-off those sneakers and step out to burn the vast reservoir of un-utilized dormant energy around your waist. If you want others to do it for you, this can immediately make the slimming centers rush on to the booming path of recovery. Scan the library: The air-conditioning in the American and British Library is pretty good. Many people sit there to be seen. Make your presence felt too. Go through the bestseller titles of the last five years. Read the preface. Read the index too. This should be sufficient to flaunt your label of being a well-read professional. Don’t forget to remember the names of the authors. The trick is not knowing what is written but who has written where.


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Visit godmen: Gloom times can be very trying and testing. Try spirituality. Take the latest mantra from the holy-god-men. These days they take extra care on building the surroundings. The scent of the people and the place is quite absorbing. Get inspired by the pop-moksha capsule or sit down to work out your own strategy of getting initiated into this never failing business enterprise. The service attachments can be many, if you can’t find a toe-hole for yourself in the main stream. [Excuse me GOD. Please keep yourself out of it]. 8. Do nothing: Why are you so hyper. For millions in India, the gloom time has always been there. They have mainly done only one thing – nothing. Time passes. This too shall pass. Why bother. Just wait for the time to pass. 9. Do what I do: If every thing else fails, get on with the past times of pseudo-intellectuals like me. Start writing. It will give you great feelings. Write a memoir. Write about your tryst with destiny, your freedom at midafternoon, your pride and prejudice or else about anything. Don’t worry if readers don’t read you. Just write. This is the best way to build your image. Don’t become money minded. Learn to over look the peanuts that the newspapers will give you. Keep the words of Oscar Wilde in mind, “Writing is the only profession, where no body ridicules you for not earning.” 10. Think, think, think…why do you want me to tell you everything? Use gloom to bloom… 4


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“That’s precisely the question everyone should be asking— why the hell not? – Why not you, why not now…” –Timothy Ferriss “Intolerance of your present creates your future.” –Mike Murdock “The dreamers are the saviors of the world.” – James Allen “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it’s a matter of choice.” –Anonymous “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” –Eleanor Roosevelt “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” –Vince Lombardi “It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.” –E.E. Cummings “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” –George Eliot

I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” –Muhammad Ali “You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” –Robert Anthony “There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.” –Henry Ford “Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal, and I will give you a stock clerk.” –J.C. Penny “It’s not about time, it’s about choices. How are you spending your choices?” –Beverly Adamo “Success…seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” –Conrad Hilton


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Stop blaming others on issues relating to work ethics and integrity. Lead by example. Resist temptations. Make your ethical foundation stronger. Be conscientious and do your best work, everyday. You are not alone in its short supply. Everyone in the world has the same allocation of time each day. Make the best use of it. Prioritize. Avoid procrastination.

Every day brings a new challenge. Thrive on it. Routine is boring. Embrace change. Be open to new ideas. ALTCTRL-SHIFT regularly. Stop resisting the ideas introduced by others. Find a way to make them successful. They will reciprocate too. Be a follower. Be a leader. Be someone special in the team. Back up others. Buck up others. Be the person everyone looks forward to working with. Ignore minor differences. Develop tolerance. Keep the major purpose in mind. Align your personal agenda with your team agenda that gets aligned to the organization’s agenda. Celebrate togetherness in your team.

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Be resourceful. Enhance ability to solve the problems which will keep arising, inevitably. Think differently. Think out-of-the-box. Involve others.

What is life without a bit of stress and deadlines? Thrive on it. If your job was so simple, someone with lesser calibre than you would be doing it. No one dies of hard work. Add some smart work to it. Enjoy quality time to rejuvenate self and others around you. Be the example of a person who leads the pack. Make your case and express your needs in a way that builds bridges with colleagues, customers, vendors and others around you. Be a great listener. Ask smart questions. Give importance to others. Overall communicate well.

Be like the free flowing water that finds its way through all the rocky hurdles. Avoid stagnating. Things won’t come your way. You have to find your ways or sheepishly watch others enjoying the fruit of their success. Each day, each situation and each interaction brings a new set of learning. Be open. Seek feedback. Welcome critique. Anticipate the emerging needs in the future. Prepare now. Be optimistic and upbeat. Overlook the temporary downtime. Life overall can’t be bad. Keep your enthusiasm high. Excite others too. Give appreciation regularly and it will come back, often more.


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How to Be Environmentally Friendly? There is no one way to live green that will work on everyone, but everyone needs to do their part to protect the environment. Here are some ways you can be eco-friendly and save the environment. Do not throw away toys, books or CDs that you don't want any more. Take them to a charity shop instead. Don't run the tap while you brush your teeth. Re-washer all dripping taps A.S.A.P. - a dripping tap wastes up to 50 litres of water a year. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Some ideas to follow include: Reuse fabric bags when you go grocery shopping. Use rechargeable batteries. Reduce, buy items that are 100% recycled. Recycle drinking containers and cardboard. Give old clothing to a thrift store or charity. Poorer clothes can be recycled as rags or for pet shelters. Take reusable cloth bags when grocery shopping. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs or LEDs. They consume less power over all and last years longer than conventional Incandescent Light Bulbs. Put your trash where it belongs. Do your part to reduce litter and place your garbage in a garbage bag and your recycling in the proper bin. Green your eating habits. Buy fresh products. Frozen, canned and processed products cost more energy to make them. Buy fresh products that are healthier for you and the environment. Eat foods that are organic when possible, locally grown, seasonal, and nongenetically modified.

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Delegate intelligently • Explain the results required. Describe the standards that you expect for the results to be achieved. • Check understanding. Ask the person to explain back to you in his own words what has been delegated. • Discuss resources. Discuss what resources like tools, transport, extra help, finance etc. shall be needed and ensure that enough clarity exists in terms of where and how to get them. • Discuss the unexpected. Tell the person what to do if anything unforeseen or unexpected happens, and double check that he has understood correctly. • Leave the person alone. If you are satisfied, leave his path. Cross check occasionally but don't be a big brother watching. 9

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All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing God, we find that the kingdom of heaven is within us. Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.

All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.

The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.

Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.

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