A random conversation..

..turned sentimental when I asked Mr. Raju about something that touched him.

He has been selling books, from a small cart ever since 1971. Tune in to the conversation:

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The key to internet communication..

I belong to the last generation that has seen the world before and after the internet. So there are some things that should make more sense to make better use of the digital space.

Facebook and Twitter introduced us to the idea of a social network that can span the entire human species. BUT when we intend to do something with that connection, it is extremely important to connect IN PERSON and take that connection to the online space.

My fiasco over my first marriage was precisely because it started with an online interaction which most often includes various calculations which are based on what is seen on the screen. Let’s say I am talking to ms.X and I reached out just after having liked a post on her fB or Tweet. That fact can easily hide/misinterpret the intent of my next move.

SO…

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I have two campaigns to run, each based on the two books I have written.

So far, I was able to talk to Wishberry twice but Bitgiving is still lagging behind.

Every click, message, phone call is an engagement but the initial ones are much more important!

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Talk about a revolution…

The flowers of my alma-meter, St.Anthony’s College in Shillong looked so inviting and their welcome warmth was not lost in the subsequent rendezvous with my professors, both of whom were so supportive with their words!

Thank you Shanpru Sir!!
Thank You Satya Maam!!

And so the journey to setup the first Learning Studio has earnestly begun.

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The learning that I envisage happening within the portals of our studios will have a VERY different focus. Not about certificates and jobs (which will be supported nevertheless) but a real sharing of perspective, insight and opinion that develops the knowledge of the learner directly. Our real job, to be honest, will center on hiring the right kind of people who would be passionate about empowering our learners in their learning journeys.

We could do this in so many ways but it is quite obvious to me that there is a fork on the path that the student has to navigate. We have to assume that a certain section of the human population is interested in learning and understanding something towards ultimate enlightenment – to make sense of the life that we are living – to create, connect and change things, for the better and for the NEXT generation.

This is an evolutionary necessity because the only problems in the human world is about un-conscious people who do not use or misuse their power. The result is smoking, divorce and diabetes or kidney-stones.

My reward for making a different choice came in a simple cup at Palace Cafe in Police Bazar.

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An amazing revelation..!

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Some folks are extermely apprehensive of public appearence. What others think about them matters much more than what is really there.. which actually fuels the deception we experience.

But what about a state of mind, where time is transcended and you can see the way you were, are and going to be?

Just woke up from an amazing dream.. that took me forward in time.. may a decade from now.. Wow!!

Sleeping by aligning with the magnetic axis, eating light before and saying a mantra is the formula.

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Change the Game!

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“All actions take place in time by the interweaving of the forces of nature, but the people lost in selfish delusion think that they themselves are the actor. Only the ones who know the relation between the forces of nature and actions, see how some forces of Nature work upon other forces of nature, and become not their slaves.”

The most powerful action is taken in the NOW when one is perfectly aligned with the intent of the moment.

But there is something more violent than anything else in the universe – it’s called TRUTH and nothing can stand in its way. Eventually, it WILL win.

The truth that many souls from the Seven Sisters do not belong here but come from the Pleides star system. The truth that we are here to help this fumbling human civilization to understand their own power and the beauty of their dreams to make The Shift from drugs that poison the human body to the Awareness that heals and prevents any illness.

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The “I” factor…

Is there a single cell in your body with your name on it?

21Dec 2015The answer is -ive.

Then where am I/are You? Actually, it takes a certain amount of rotations and revolutions around the Sun to realize…

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I believe, therefore I am.

Last night, I returned home by breaking two laws. First, I drove my Honda Activa up a short cut in the Embassy Links business center while the security guard shouted at me when he caught me in the act. Good boy, it means you are doing your job but.. did anybody get hurt because of my act? No? Then why bother?

Then came a somewhat long stretch of road, near Jayamahal Extension, almost 1.5 kms I think, that is now crowded with hundreds, if not thousands of goats. You see, friday is Bakri Id but I am NO bakra! The whole stretch of road is stinking of goats that is almost nauseating and why? Because, come friday, they are all going to be slaughtered in the name of Allah, so the stampede and mayhem at Mecca is probably an inevitable result!

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While editing make believe sci-fi (Falling Skies) and transcribing the Mitch Snyder story and proofing Inherit the Wind, I am also reading Daughter of Destiny. Which kinda makes me think of what is really going on in our human world at the digital crossroads of the 21st century?

Why is it that our thoughts are aligned to the nth version of software that is updated within seconds, while our beliefs are stuck in medieval superstitions? The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that the only thing significant about being born HUMAN is the opportunity to correct the delusion of our senses. Each of us is a certain flaw in consciousness and life is an opportunity to balance the act. Or so.. methinks.

Our name has to stand up for something, some idea, some dream realized. Something achieved. So you see the paradox? Religion, Politics and Business treat us like a carbon copy of an ideal that is only meant to convince a skeptic audience.

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The second law I broke was to drive away from that stinking road. It was a longer drive home, close to midnight when traffic is slow but there are speeding youth on drunken bikes that police want to catch but did I really break the law by doing something different?

I am tired of navigating pot-holes in the Silicon Valley of India, wondering if the history text-books in our schools include Benazir Bhutto and if the Economics text-books in college mention Prof. Yunus or the concept of Gross National Happiness? I am sure they don’t (unless you have a teacher who is more of a Guru..) because these powerful figures belong to Pakistan and Bangladesh, names that belong to lesser mortals from neighboring countries that induce constipation or heart-ache in our policy makers, depending on their proximity to New Delhi.

I wish I had the power to STOP TIME and revise 18th century rules that make living in the 21st century a nightmare.

Time to get some shut-eye.

Written on Ubuntu 10.4 at the kitchen table, 12.40 am.

07.15am
I believe, therefore I am.

I guess the above statement sums up the essence of the human dilemma. Ultimately, even the most enlightened human beings, famous ones at that, demonstrate faith only in what their senses perceive which, technology can manipulate with flat screens that are increasingly interactive (with WHO? and Why?)

The Indian government has implemented Universal Account Number and AADHAR to distribute the benefits of economic progress but what to say about strategic information like aggregated big-data? And preventing identity theft when the “Indian” identity is itself a conundrum?

On a slightly different but pertinent nevertheless, appointing an unaccomplished Gajendra to head FTII serves the powers-that-be very well, because media has tremendous power over unsuspecting masses, more than ever before. Influencing how the millions think is probably much higher on their agenda than we would believe.

Which brings me to a fundamental question. What is that ONE thing that links the most information-loaded specialist with the millions who would not be able to read this page because their belief system is based in Urdu or Bengali?

One day, when Hindi + Urdu + Bengali unite, we will establish the mechanics of faith, which as Tom Hanks would remind us in the DaVinci Code, is a Gift – many are yet to recive.

Recive, spelling mistake. Click here to check online dictionary while I listen to Jagjit Singh:
ऐसे बिचरे सभी रात के मोर पर, आखरी हम-सफ़र रास्ता रह गया.

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Weekend bar experience…

There is this bar nearby our place, where I like to spend time observing the flow of men like me.. and so he sat opposite the shared table, spilling out his story under the influence of whisky and pepsi while I sipped my Kingfisher premium.

What? It seems he was in love with a “suali” from Assam! And like a typical Indian male, unable to decide between the demands to settle down with a proper girl selected by his family.

Obviously, I had a story to tell.. so I used all the examples I could remember and told him this is one decision that he had to take all by himself.

It started pouring and suddenly he had a call on his mobile. He excused himself to take the call as the bar was quite noisy with frustrated men spilling their respective stories.

After fending off several patrons who wanted to know if the seat was empty, I realized my friend-in-alcohol had taken off, obviously challenged by my words.

Let’s hope he gathers his guts and does the right thing.

There are no doubts about this one though…

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..a Quantum Leap

We are taking a quantum leap.

A job in a media company that I wish I joined a decade ago, interesting dishes on my plate that I need to organize, return and report to mission control; while..

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waits.

And this is where it gets really REALLY interesting.

What if the human libido had an important role to play in the wellness of its being?

What if the practitioners of non-religion (the ones who did not get it) understood this long ago and devised a way to keep the human beings from knowing about their own power?

What if they became so powerful that they started believing that THEY are the Gods themselves?

What if the Time-Spirit changed it all on 29.02.1956?

What if the game is now out in the open for all to see – truth in plain sight, so the ones who ignore the messages have only themselves to blame?

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Who is a Learning Specialist?

I conceived the idea in 2009 when the term “Learning Specialist” was unheard of in India. After writing Teaching is Out, Learning is IN, it is obvious to me that my part of the effort is over. Now, all I have to do is ensure enough people read this book and take it to the next level. Many solutions now require giving up outmoded ways of thinking and unlearning stuff which is easier said than done, given that we live in a country where most are comfortable folding their hands to yesterday’s gods.

A Teacher has to do so much more than teach.. which is why MOST teachers cannot cater to each and every student in India where student:teacher ratio exceeds 1:25. That too when the young ones are so full of curiosity and so easily distracted especially with all the gadgets available to them.

In spite of all the drawbacks and obstacles we LEARNT because learning is inherent in every situation, especially when we are open to receive a new inspiration. Mere assessment of learning is NOT education!

Using the means at our disposal, it is now completely possible to create a..

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that would enable education to deliver its value – to guide youth towards their passions and create awareness of the areas where more research is needed so the sharpest brains + the most sensitive hearts + the most skillful hands can apply themselves to find better solutions.

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