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A President and a Prime Minister

Received from WhatsApp ( Copy pasted as it is)

In 1892 at Stanford University, an 18-year-old student was struggling to pay his fees. He was an orphan, and not knowing where to turn for money, he came up with a bright idea. He and a friend decided to host a musical concert on campus to raise money for their education.

They reached out to the great pianist Ignacy J. Paderewski. His manager demanded a guaranteed fee of $2000 for the piano recital. A deal was struck and the boys began to work to make the concert a success.
The big day arrived. But unfortunately, they had not managed to sell enough tickets. The total collection was only $1600. Disappointed, they went to Paderewski and explained their plight. They gave him the entire $1600, plus a cheque for the balance $400. They promised to honor the cheque at the soonest possible.

“No,” said Paderewski. “This is not acceptable.” He tore up the cheque, returned the $1600 and told the two boys: “Here’s the $1600. Please deduct whatever expenses you have incurred. Keep the money you need for your fees. And just give me whatever is left”. The boys were surprised and thanked him profusely.
It was a small act of kindness. But it clearly marked out Paderewski as a great human being.
Why should he help two people he did not even know? We all come across situations like these in our lives. And most of us only think “If I help them, what would happen to me?” The truly great people think, “If I don’t help them, what will happen to them?” They don’t do it expecting something in return. They do it because they feel it’s the right thing to do.

Paderewski later went on to become the Prime Minister of Poland. He was a great leader, but unfortunately, when the World War began, Poland was ravaged. There were more than 1.5 million people starving in his country, and no money to feed them. Paderewski did not know where to turn for help. He reached out to the US Food and Relief Administration for help.
He heard there was a man called Herbert Hoover — who later went on to become the US President. Hoover agreed to help and quickly shipped tons of food grains to feed the starving Polish people.
A calamity was averted. Paderewski was relieved.

He decided to go across to meet Hoover and personally thank him. When Paderewski began to thank Hoover for his noble gesture Hoover quickly interjected and said, ” You shouldn’t be thanking me Mr. Prime Minister. You may not remember this, but several years ago, you helped two young students go through college. I was one of them .”

The world is a wonderful place. What goes around comes around. Please help others to the best of your ability. In the long run, you may be helping yourself. God never forgets anyone who sows a good seed in other people, never.

Nothing in nature lives for itself. Rivers don’t drink their own water. Trees don’t eat their own fruit. Sun doesn’t give heat for itself. Flowers don’t spread fragrance for themselves. Living for others is the rule of nature. And therein lies the secret of living.

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The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk

Heartwarming story – ‘Bombay to Bangalore’ by Sudha Murthy, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation

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Sudha Murty, chairperson, Infosys Foundation and author, is known for her ability to glean interesting stories from the lives of ordinary people and weave these narratives into a unique blend of anecdote and fable.

Her latest collection of stories, ‘The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk’, features a fascinating cast of characters, each of whom made an indelible impression on the author. Extracted here is a nugget from ‘Bombay to Bangalore’, one of the most heartwarming stories in this collection:

It was the beginning of summer. I was boarding Udyan Express at Gulbarga railway station. My destination was Bangalore. As I boarded the train, I saw that the second-class reserved compartment was jam-packed with people. I sat down and was pushed to the corner of the berth. Though it was meant for three people, there were already six of us sitting on it…

The ticket collector came in and started checking people’s tickets and reservations.. Suddenly, he looked in my direction and asked, ‘What about your ticket?’ ‘I have already shown my ticket to you,’ I said.

‘Not you, madam, the girl hiding below your berth. Hey, come out, where is your ticket?’ I realized that someone was sitting below my berth. When the collector yelled at her, the girl came out of hiding.

She was thin, dark, scared and looked like she had been crying profusely. She must have been about thirteen or fourteen years old.She had uncombed hair and was dressed in a torn skirt and blouse. She was trembling and folded both her hands.. The collector started forcibly pulling her out from the compartment. Suddenly, I had a strange feeling. I stood up and called out to the collector. ‘Sir, I will pay for her ticket,’ I said.

Then he looked at me and said, ‘Madam, if you give her ten rupees, she will be much happier with that than with the ticket.’

I did not listen to him. I told the collector to give me a ticket to the last destination, Bangalore, so that the girl could get down wherever she wanted.

Slowly, she started talking. She told me that her name was Chitra. She lived in a village near Bidar. Her father was a coolie and she had lost her mother at birth. Her father had remarried and had two sons with her stepmother. But a few months ago, her father had died. Her stepmother started beating her often and did not give her food. She was tired of that life. She did not have anybody to support her so she left home in search of something better.

By this time, the train had reached Bangalore. I said goodbye to Chitra and got down from the train. My driver came and picked up my bags. I felt someone watching me. When I turned back, Chitra was standing there and looking at me with sad eyes. But there was nothing more that I could do. I had paid her ticket out of compassion but I had never thought that she was going to be my responsibility!…

I told her to get into my car. My driver looked at the girl curiously. I told him to take us to my friend Ram’s place. Ram ran separate shelter homes for boys and girls. We at the Infosys Foundation supported him financially. I thought Chitra could stay there for some time and we could talk about her future after I came back from my tours.

I was not sure if Chitra would even be there. But to my surprise, I saw Chitra looking much happier than before. Ram suggested that Chitra could go to a high school nearby. I immediately agreed and said that I would sponsor her expenses as long as she continued to study. I left the shelter knowing that Chitra had found a home and a new direction in her life.

I got busier and my visits to the shelter reduced to once a year. But I always enquired about Chitra’s well-being over the phone. I knew that she was studying well and that her progress was good.. I offered to sponsor her college studies if she wanted to continue studying. But she said, ‘No, Akka. I have talked to my friends and made up my mind. I would like to do my diploma in computer science so that I can immediately get a job after three years.’ She wanted to become economically independent as soon as possible.. Chitra obtained her diploma with flying colours. She also got a job in a software company as an assistant testing engineer. When she got her first salary, she came to my office with a sari and a box of sweets.

One day, when I was in Delhi, I got a call from Chitra. She was very happy. ‘Akka, my company is sending me to USA! I wanted to meet you and take your blessings but you are not here in Bangalore.’.

Years passed. Occasionally, I received an e-mail from Chitra. She was doing very well in her career. She was posted across several cities in USA and was enjoying life. I silently prayed that she should always be happy wherever she was.

Years later, I was invited to deliver a lecture in San Francisco for Kannada Koota, an organization where families who speak Kannada meet and organize events. The lecture was in a convention hall of a hotel and I decided to stay at the same hotel. After the lecture, I was planning to leave for the airport. When I checked out of the hotel room and went to the reception counter to pay the bill, the receptionist said, ‘Ma’am, you don’t need to pay us anything. The lady over there has already settled your bill. She must know you pretty well.’ I turned around and found Chitra there.

She was standing with a young white man and wore a beautiful sari. She was looking very pretty with short hair. Her dark eyes were beaming with happiness and pride. As soon as she saw me, she gave me a brilliant smile, hugged me and touched my feet. I was overwhelmed with joy and did not know what to say. I was very happy to see the way things had turned out for Chitra. But I came back to my original question. ‘Chitra, why did you pay my hotel bill? That is not right.’ suddenly sobbing, she hugged me and said, ‘Because you paid for my ticket from Bombay to Bangalore!’

(Excerpted from Penguin Books India from Sudha Murty’s ‘The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk: Life Stories From Here and There’)

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The Ant and the Contact Lens

A True Story By Josh and Karen Zarandona

Brenda was a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing. Although she was very scared, she went with her group to a tremendous granite cliff. In spite of her fear, she put on the gear, took hold of the rope, and started up the face of the rock.

Well, she got to a ledge where she could take a breather. As she was resting there, the safety rope snapped against Brenda’s eye and knocked out her contact lens.

There she was, on a rock ledge, with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds of feet above her. Of course, she looked and looked and looked, hoping her contact lens had landed on the ledge, but it was just not there.

Here she was, far from home, her sight was now blurry. Brenda was desperate and began to get upset. She prayed to the Lord to help her to find it. When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but there was no contact lens to be found.

Despondent, she sat down with some of the party waiting for them to make it up the face of the cliff. She looked out across the range of mountains and thought of the Bible verse that said: “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth …” II Chronicles 16:9.

She thought “Lord, you can see these mountains. You know every stone and leaf and you know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.  Finally, she walked down the trail to the bottom. A new party of climbers was just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out: “Hey guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?”

Well, that would be startling enough, but do you know where the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across the face of the rock, carrying it on his back.  The story gets better. Brenda’s father is a cartoonist.

When she told him the incredible story of the ant, her prayer and the contact lens, he drew a picture of an ant lugging that contact lens with the words: “Lord, I don’t know why you want me to carry this thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy. But if that’s what you want me to do; I’ll carry it for you.

I think it would do some of us good to occasionally say, “God, I don’t know why you want me to carry this load. I can’t see any good in it and it’s awfully heavy. But if you want me to carry it, I will.” 

You see, we all have a burden to carry and sometimes we don’t know why. It could be just because we are to be an example to someone else or by answered prayer by being humble before God.

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. Yes, I do love God. He is my source and my Savior. He keeps me functioning each and every day. Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him … “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phillippians 4:13.

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WHY SHOULD I DO MY OWN ACCOUNTS?

In ‘Do It Yourselves’ (DIY) the concept is to do it yourselves and Save Money.

One area that people try and save money is their accounting whether Personal, Home or Small Business.

Some argue that it is time consuming, make you hectic and above all ‘boring’ or you can do better things by not wasting your time on accounts. Let the professionals do it.

Here we need to consider two aspects: 1. Am I generating enough to pay a professional? 2. Do I get ‘control’ over my fund or business management?

First question can be answered by you only with a self- assessment. But for your home economics you don’t need a professional accountant, for sure.

Second: Control- Yes that is the key word. Whether you are doing a home or business accounting, what you gain is the first hand information on where do you stand financially.

If you are able to identify how much control you want over your business’s financial health, you’ll be able to determine whether or not you want to do your own bookkeeping.

ADVANTAGES OF DOING YOUR OWN BOOK-KEEPING

It’s totally possible to do your own accounting, the tools are relatively basic and commonly available.

Tradeoff between the time spends doing own accounting and the cost of hiring a professional to do it is completely depending on your financial stability. If you think your time is worth more than paying to an accountant then hire one.

Beyond the monetary savings, there’s also the benefit of saving time.  Getting your receipts and accounts in shape is the bulk of the work behind accounting, and you’ll end up doing this whether you do the entries or hand your work off to someone else, particularly for small businesses.

There’s another advantage above any savings of time or money, and that’s the fact that doing your own business accounting gives you a hands on understanding of your finances. By balancing her own books, you will know where you stand with profit/ income and loss/ expense at any given moment, and can make quick decisions based on that information.

I HATE ACCOUNTING? IS IT JUST COUNTING?

Here also we can find two schools. 1. Accounting is not my cup of Tea and I hate it.

Such people should realize that Accounting is the back bone of your life. If you are doing home (Family Finance) book keeping, it will help you to determine where you should put a break on spending. If you entrust your job to a professional book-keeper, what he can give you is only figures and not the ‘sense’ attached to it.

If you are doing, Business Accounting, Control can be effected in every aspect which can help you to make decisions of your own.

2. After all, ‘it is just counting isn’t it?’

Many think that accounting is only Counting. Yes, eventually it is counting. But, you are doing book-keeping, not to ‘sum up’ but to determine, how much you received, how much you spent and how much you made. Going deep, you would like to know in what all items you got more, where you made loss, where I spent more and finally how can I control it. In short, you are placing each item in each box and making a sub-total of each item and getting a final sum.

In earlier years, all book keeping was done manually. You must have seen large ledger books in all shops, offices and business establishments. A lots of people were employed and it was a tiresome job too. Hence many sought the help of an accountant, whether part-time or full time.

After the emergence of technology (Software) lots accounting packages came out which can be cut and stitched according to your needs. There are many good accounting packages available in Cyber Space such as Turbo Cash, Quick Books, Tally, Quicken, Waves etc. People also use Google Sheets and Excel for Data Entry purpose and have unlimited scope.

Out of the Accounting Packages mentioned above, we recommend you to download, Turbo Cash which is Completely Free  (Open Source). You may install it and try to go through.

  But, still people are reserved themselves from doing it by themselves due to lack of accounting knowledge. With the emergence of accounting software packages, it is easy now to keep your own book-keeping. Software completely obliterated the ‘Counting Process’. Now what left is to determine what eggs you have and place them in particular boxes. It can be learned easily with a little book-keeping knowledge and training.

Whether you use personal accounting software, software geared toward small business finances, or a basic spreadsheet program, there are plenty of resources online to learn how to make the most of these programs and how best to approach financial record keeping.

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What Happens to your Social Media Account When you Die?

By Vijoy M. Alexander

We are in a digital world and more and more people are joining the bandwagon on a daily basis. We keep active in Social Media to express your presence, feelings, grievances and happy moments in life. We fill our accounts with more and more personal information, like Photogrpahs, Videos which might be good for the time being but become hazardous once you loose control over it.

According to Forrester Research, 55.6 million adults in the United States have a social networking account with a site like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or Google.  In Asian countries, the number is doubling.

According to reports in 2016, around 8000 Facebook users die daily, the equivalent of 428 every hour. In the first ten years of Facebook’s existence, 30 million users died — with 312,500 now reportedly passing away each month.In fact, if the social networking giant stops growing, more users will be dead than alive by 2065.

But have you ever thought what will happen to those accounts when you depart from this world? You may think 1. With my death, the account will cease operation 2. After a few months it will become dormant and has its own death, Both are fine- but what about the documents, pictures, and videos once you thought good to keep for your posterity? Or, on the other hand, that your family, friends or heirs may gain unwanted access to intimate records. 

In most countries’ legal systems, individuals have the right to decide what happens to their wealth and assets when they die. This is the long-established freedom to make a will and entrust your assets to whomever you wish.  This same freedom should extend online and enable individuals to decide what happens to their online ‘wealth’ ( personal data) when they die. Countries should bring law to make this effective, though a majority of the public still makes no Will foreseeing their death. 

The present social media giants are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, Microsoft ( Cloud) and Google ( Drive). Let us see what is the policy of these giants once you are ‘out of the picture’.

FACEBOOK

Facebook has a clear policy established a few years ago after they found that they have a large number of deceased accounts. Family members could choose one of two options: close the account — Facebook will delete an account permanently upon the family’s request ( Need to provide Death Certificate) — or converting the account into a memorial profile. But they will never provide login information to anybody other than the user whether the user is dead or alive. An online form is available to report the user’s demise.

After reviewing the account and find no activity for the past 3 or months, Facebook will convert the account into a Memorial. ( Deletion of the account is easy). Facebook removes sensitive information from the profile. This includes contact information and addresses. status updates to protect the privacy of the deceased user. Once it is done, only friends or relatives can access the account. This memorial page will not list while on a Search.

The company will also deactivate the user’s login information. This prevents anyone from guessing the user’s password and logging in to cause mischief.

One disadvantage is that, If no one contacts Facebook to alert the user’s death, his or her profile will remain active indefinitely. Facebook doesn’t delete inactive accounts without notification. Depending upon the user’s privacy settings, people will still be able to search and visit the profile and leave comments.

What you can do?

You can add a ‘legacy contact’ – someone you choose to look after your account if it’s memorialised. To add a legacy contact, go to your account’s general setting, select ‘settings’ and click ‘manage account.’ Type in a friend’s/ family member’s name and click ‘add’. and, click ‘send.’  Families can close or ‘memorialise’ accounts so certain features, like birthday reminders, no longer appear. Families can ask Facebook for access to some of the account’s content (but not private chats).

TWITTER

To deactivate a deceased person’s twitter account, an authorized person or a verified family member should contact Twitter for further action ( Requires a copy of ID from the person making the request and a copy of the death certificate.) Otherwise, Otherwise, the only other option is to leave the account as is. Twitter has no provision to memorialize any account like in Facebook. However, Twitter clearly states that it will not give access to a deceased user’s account regardless of his or hers relationship to the family member or friend requesting authorisation.

GMAIL:

The Inactive Account Manager feature allows you to set a certain amount of time (3,6 or 9 months) you want Google to wait before considering you ‘inactive’. One month before that deadline, Google sends you an email alert or text message. If you still haven’t entered your account by then, Google will notify your ‘trusted contacts’ (you can list up to 10) and share your data with them if you have chosen to do so. Google uses several signals to figure out whether you’re still using your Google Account, such as last sign-ins, recent activity, usage of Gmail and Android check-ins. To set up the Inactive Account Manager, go to www.google.com/settings/account/inactive and click ‘setup’. 

INSTAGRAM

instagram permits to keep an account belongs to a deceased person for memorialization. To report, Instagram’s Help Center must be contracted and proof of death ( Death Certificate, Obituary, or news). Posts of the deceased user will stay shared on the site and are visible to the people they were shared with, but memorialized accounts do not appear in public spaces like searches. A closure request can be made only by immediate family members.

France has adopted a Digital Republic Act 2016 where bequeath of Digital Wealth is possible. The use of software tools like in Google In Active Account Manager or Facebook Legacy Contact should solve the problem to a certain extend. However, it is your personal decision whether to transfer the digital wealth to your heirs, or keep as Memorial or give a slow death ( inactive) after you pass away from this beautiful earth.

Reference: Independent, Mail online, Sun, News.com.au

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A Forbidden Island- Death of John Allen Chau (27)

The North Sentinel Island came into limelight after the recent killing of Mr. John Allen Chau, a 27-year-old from Alabama. It is a forbidden island where Mr. Chau tried to enter illegally, to preach Christianity.  The possibility of getting Mr. Chau’s body is very remote.

John Allen Chau A US Citizen killed in a tribal attack

The endangered Andaman tribes, known as Sentinelese,  living in isolation for more than 30,000 years from the world are very dangerous. North Sentinel Island is home to a pre-Neolithic tribe that is as vulnerable as they are mysterious.

North Sentinel Island is one of the islands grouped under Andaman Nicobar is a part of the territory of India. It is a forbidden, mysterious and dangerous place.

Contact with the endangered Andaman tribes living in isolation from the world is illegal because of the risks to them from outside disease. Estimates say the Sentinelese, who are totally cut off from civilization, numbers only between 50 and 150 now. They don’t even understand the use of the money. Their main defensive system is the use of  Bow and Arrow and Spears.

A tribe that has not yet discovered Fire

In 2017, the Indian government also said taking photographs or making videos of the neolithic tribe of Andaman tribes would be punishable with imprisonment of up to three years. (If they are lucky enough to return live). The Sentinelese are belligerent to outsiders and their policy is to kill anybody who approaches them with bow and arrow or spear. They are completely naked and ribbons or belts made out of plants wrap around their waste, possibly as an ornament.

Since they lack genetic immunity, and for the protection of both the tribes and outsiders, traveling within 3 Kilometers of the island is prohibited by law.

North Sentinel Island is about 20 sq miles and the Sentinelese are thought to have had no contact with surrounding communities since 1991. In 1960 a group of anthropologists with the help of armed guards made an effort to do field visits by giving Coconuts ( Though they love it; no coconut is grown in that island.) as gifts. But eventually, they had to abandon their venture. In 2006 two Indian fishermen who slept in their fishing boat carried away by waves to the shore, were killed. A rescue team to retrieve the bodies were sent by helicopter but had to return. The tribe fired hundreds and thousands of arrows at the helicopter. The tribe fired hundreds and thousands of arrows at the helicopter.

India Government recognized the North Sentinel Island as unofficially ‘ sovereign’, a left alone- non-interfering policy.

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MONETIZE YOUR BLOG

 

Vijoy M Alexander

Many still think that blogging is for self-expression. Yes, they are not wrong; but not right too. Your interest may not be the same as your audience. People visit blogs for information and they trust you. Eventually, they buy what you recommend.

Blogging is not only to increase your hits and traffic. You might have noticed by this time that Traffic Exchanges gives hits ( A good Traffic Exchange gives on an average hit of 200 per thousand.) but the net results are even less than 20. But through a good blog, you can earn good results. Though I use traffic exchanges, my main campaign is through Web Search Engines.  A good blog always gives good and rich content according to the taste of a targeted audience.

If you are a good blogger you can make money too. There are a few ways to do it.

1. Selling Your Own Products

A product which you want to sell online should be tangible. Digital products like E-book, Photo, Art Print or Apparel. Customers always prefer to buy directly from you.  Perhaps the most obvious way to monetize a blog is to sell a product that your customers can buy directly from you. Once the product is ready, you can publicize in your blog and also try to put it through good e-commerce sites. You should have a PayPal or WordPress payment option.

2. Services:

There are certain services you can offer if you are an expert. For Eg: Photography, Web designing, Logo designing, Copy Writing, Content Writing etc. Selling of these services is same as selling a Product.

3. Affiliate Marketing:

Affiliate marketing is simple ( Not MLM); no product or services of your own is required. It is promoting other peoples’ product through your blog or other sites and receives a commission in return. You are given a personal link and an image link ( Eg. Banner or different sizes) to use promoting a product. Once your visitors click on these links they will be re-directed to the original seller’s site and when he makes a purchase you will get a commission.

You can place these links or banners in your blog on a sidebar or even within a content. You may visit my site Tourwaysintl. Most of the advertisements you see are where I am an affiliate and there are one or two my own products as well.

4. Advertising:

If your blog or website has above average views advertisers may approach you to place their product advertising.

Direct selling of advertising is rather difficult which depends on the design, views, and content. Instead, an advertising network.

Target your blog to certain segments such as, finance, health, diabetes, affiliate management, photography etc. Once your blog is accepted and people are satisfied your web view will be increased and advertisers will automatically approach you. Once you have the credibility, even you may be invited to co-author articles and books for which you will be paid.

Note that blogging is not a direct form of making money.

If you want to have a great blog, start writing; money and fame will follow.

 

 

 

 

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STREET FOOD- A BINOCULAR TO CULTURE

Somewhere I read, ” Food is the gateway to learn about the culture of a place”. The international chain of fast foods or restaurants, will not give you the feel of the culture or taste of that country or place.  Street Food is one of those travel experiences one can find in cities and towns all around the world. It is convenient and cheap, and it will create far-reaching impacts on you. An advise to a bride goes like this” If you want to bring your husband to your side, cook good food for him.”

Street food is simple, delicious and gives an opportunity to sample some local cuisine. Evenings are the best time to have a stroll around the city/ town or village gully’s to get the best out of it. People may doubt its cleanliness and hygiene. But as long as the kiosk is crowded and the food is fast moving you can count on its dependability. Joining locals around the bustling little street stalls can open doors for memorable happy hours.

During a short visit to Sri Lanka, myself and my wife Mary, met a couple from Italy while having food in one evening from a street vendor. The couple gave us every detail of Tuscany and in the very next year, we landed over there. They told us not to miss tasting panino with prosciutto, salami or mortadella. Also porchettaro ( Roasted Pork).

The local cuisine is different from our regular food. Always make it a point to have your dinner in a local restaurant or from a street vendor. There you can mingle with local people, know more about them, listen to their music, and enjoy their local culture.

We love to go to villages rather than going to a city. When we visited Italy, we didn’t go to Rome, Vatican etc but spend most of our time in Tuscany and its surrounding villages. Even in the Czech Republic, we traveled deep into the villages and had a taste of locally cooked port knee. In Switzerland, we enjoyed the taste of Cheese fondue. Whether you’re a typical foodie or not, you may find that your search for great street food turned out to be among the best experiences of your trip.

You will find a variety of street foods more in Warmer countries. Local markets are best places to wander and you can taste different foods from stalls to stalls, both hot and cold. In some countries, experiencing street food means experiencing their culture as well.

If you are bored of eating the same things day in and day out, give these traditional breakfasts from Kerala a try. Travel and Leisure’ the leading travel magazine in the world has ranked Kerala’s traditional breakfast among the Best Breakfast in the World. The magazine has declared ‘Puttu ( Steamed rice powder) and Kadala’as the Best Breakfast dish in the world. Other combinations include Appan and Stew, Rise noodles, Dosa ( Pan Cakes made out of rice and dal) Idly, Kerala Parotta. All these are available in local restaurants. You may google and find the variety of street foods available in each country.

It always advisable to have a little study on how other people eat; i.e. some are with hands, some with spoon and fork, others with chopsticks. Otherwise, you will be a ‘showpiece’  and the food will go all around except in your mouth.

Once you know what to look for, pay attention to what locals eat and when, then you are on your way to successful, delicious meals that serve as experiences as well as dinner.

Today street food has become an art, a synonym for tradition, something both genuine and authentic.  It has become quickly one of the best ways to guarantee eating real local and traditional food, with local and fresh ingredients in a familiar and friendly atmosphere. It is a binocular to view the culture of a country, closely.

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THE ‘MISSED CALL’ PHENOMENON

by Vijoy Alexander

The ‘Missed Call’ phenomenon is a ‘Jugadi’ concept innovated and used mainly by Indians. The caller dial a number and when it rings once or twice he cuts the call; naturally, the person on the other end will call back; thus saves money by the caller. It is called Jugad.

Chotukool is a low-cost solution to preserving perishable foods for longer periods, mainly meant for villages who had never used a refrigerator before. Chotukool is the brainchild of Gopalan Sunderraman, Executive Vice President of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing, a 100-year-old company based in Mumbai, India.  Chotukool is a 45-liter plastic container that can cool food to around 8 to 10 degrees on a 12-volt battery. Abandoning the compressor technology used in domestic fridges, it uses a thermoelectric or solid state cooling system. It does not have a front opening door but opens from the top to ensure that the maximum amount of cool air remains in the container when opened.  Chottucool the prestigious Golden Edison Awards. It is also a classic example of Jugadi.

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What is Jugadi?

 

Jugaad is a native Hindi word and which has become a buzzword all over the world and especially in management fields. It is the solution from out of the box thinking. It is the need of the hour, quick and using the locally available resources to fix the problems. ” Says a former Deputy Chief Engineer, Mr. Manoj Charantimath. He continues ” Developed countries have a routine and standard lifestyles with a set of solutions say X, Y, and Z and they use the best out of them. If any small problem arises in their lifestyles, they panic as they are not used to such problems. 

India is a developing country, every day one or the other person encounters typical problems. Solving the problems is part of their life. Different situations inspire ingenious solutions. To solve these problems one doesn’t need any special skills, big investments, in fact, the solutions are unplanned. They are intuitive and sixth sense solutions. It is a frugal innovation. They look very simple but very useful. “

According to Wikipedia ” Jugaad (alternatively Juggaar) is a colloquial Hindi (Devanagari: जुगाड़) and Punjabi word, which has various meanings depending on the situation. Roughly translated, jugaad is a “hack.”[1] It could also refer to an innovative fix or a simple workaround, a solution that bends the rules, or a resource that can be used in such a way. It is also often used to signify creativity: to make existing things work, or to create new things with meager resources.”. Recently, the word Jugaad is added to the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary too.

Jugad is a very raw innovative product or system invented for the immediate use. For example, a water bottle can be converted into a water spray.  Whether it involves broken belt buckles that have been replaced with forks, small chairs tied to the front of motorcycles to provide extra seating, or washing machines used to churn out the butter. Have you ever thought of fixing a cycle bell on your motorbike when the honk was not working? Examples of jugaad can be seen every day in India.

The world famous Dabbawallah of Mumbai is the prime example of Jugaad. The dabbawalas collect hot lunches in lunchbox from homes and restaurants and deliver to people at work in India. The empty boxes will be collected and returned to home before the worker reaches home. It is a network of over 5000 people delivering over 8 million lunches every year for the last 127 years. The error rate is 1 in 16 Million.

Around 8 million lunches are delivered every year by dabbawalas ( ) … And no better example of this intricate system shines through than in Mumbai. … process an efficient breeze for the last 127 years, feeding thousands daily.

Jugaad’s primitive version was an innovation out of situation especially for manipulation in one way or other. For example, empty mineral water bottles were used to refill ordinary water with a sealed cap and sold for a premium price.

Over the years the concept has changed from cunning to ingenious. The corporates and business schools refer the term ‘Jugaad’ as ‘ Crisis Management’ for ‘ Frugal Innovation’. In short, it is a ‘ make it with what you have to get it run.

The main problem with such innovations are it is not accepted widely and cannot be fitted to every situation. According to Rishikesha T Krishnan, a professor at IIM Bangalore, products made from jugaad do not count as innovation because they lack the ability to scale and do not fit with the aspirations of the mainstream Indian consumer.

But these small efforts can contribute to a larger innovation, at least one out of a thousand.

 

Reference Link: http://www.wipo.int/wipo_magazine/en/2013/06/article_0003.html