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Do you love yourself?

Sometimes, we all feel like we don't exist , well metaphorically, what we actually mean in those times is that we have ceased to make any big bang in and around us and therefore we have ceased to exist.

There are high times and there are low times in our life...the post is not about whether its right to feel like that or not .

Its about when we become critical of ourselves and start admiring others - that is injurious...that does not only harm an individual but also conjures a lot of illness to her brains because it starts feeling sub-ordinate...

Consider these two cases - 

 lady A- Woke up on Sunday morning and this is her schedule -

 6:00 am - Wakes up
6-8 am - Yoga, Prayer and meditation
8 am- Cooks breakfast for the family
8-11 am - Indulges herself in a book
11am -13:00 pm - Cooks her favorite lunch for herself and her husband
13:00pm - 16:00pm - Time for Sunday siesta
16:00-21:00 - Outing with husband and dinner
21:00 - 23:00 - Catches a movie on World Cinema and sleeps


C…

Big Boss - Big Goof-up!

In the contest of Rakhi v/s Rahul Mahajan to be turned out of Big Boss home , a rare oddity was observed....


The official website of the serial mentioned at about 10:20 pm (date - 29Aug08) that Rakhi is evicted while just above the news, a placeholder reflected a banner for voting for them...


And at 11:10pm - same day the placeholder was replaced with Coming Soon! flash...





Being a brand marketer myself...I think its a serious goof-up announcing news on Internet before TV which is mainstream media for the show.

Consider this...advertisers who have placed ads between the show - just because the elimination day is supposed to have higher TRPs would have found thousands of viewers switching off the TV since they already know the  result - like me and my family - we switched channels once we knew who has won!...thousands of monies would mean millions of rupees ..considering the high rate of a 10 seconder on the show

Colors is a nice channel and is from Viacom 18 - who is a great marketer.…

BluePont - Cool mobile dating application based on your location...

Just read on Sociable Blog "Ever wondered if someone around the corner might be interesting to meet but you would never know? Ever felt like striking a conversation with a guy/girl in the elevator but it just did not happen? Makers of one of the coolest mobile social networking applications – BluePont – have now made it all possible." Mobile phones today are growing at breakneck speed in India ...with about 9 Million users added in July 2008!  and with the youth population around 60% of India's population, I think the product has very good prospect in India as well... Dating, has always been, and will always be important...just like love has been an ingredient in all movies - dating is the spice of every body's life... Combining mobile phone and dating gives us a killer - dating while being on mobile phone - which I am sure is craze in every country...And I think BluePont's technology is pretty good in mobile dating - They maintain privacy and connect people which i…

Role that MBA education should play...

Lot of people have been asking / discussing and debating with me whether an MBA from IIM A or SP JAIN makes sense...I decided to write a post on topic which is very relevant today...when the going has gotten tough and there is urgent need for all of us to mark a difference from milions of other students...

Harvard Business School or IIM Ahmedabad or Amity or IIPM?
I am not talking about your salary here...but let me put it this way...if you want a career (and not a job!) then it does not matter at all...What is more important is what you do with the education you have got in the B School and also in your attitude...Just try to think of the name of the person (in real life) who has actually impressed you...chances are that person may not be actually an MBA or if he is - you may not remember his MBA school...

Students are so much bothered while selecting schools - yes, its right to do so...And you should lose your night sleep over it...but what I don't appreciate is even after havin…

Eye in the Sky (8/10)

A totally thrilling movie for a perfect Sunday...so much so that I got scolding from my girl friend for not taking her phone...

The movie actually depicts story around character called Piggy (codenamed in the intelligent services) - who has just joined the surveillance unit of Hong Kong. The unit is trying to catch the trail of burglars of jewelery store ...quite unlike other HK movies like Infernal Affair - there is not much blood and gore in the movie.

Piggy is played by beautiful Kate Tsui - (Miss Honk Kong 2004) and she has done a fairly good performance - showing her amateurishness for a new joinee in force and yet oozing out with confidence in the last scene - I loved the way Piggy is nurtured by Dog faced - played by Simon Yam ( A Brilliant HK veteran actor) ...The lead in the negative role is played by "Big Tony" of Hong Kong film industry and he has done a brilliant performance...he is the man in control with his power and can be quiet vicious when he wants...his p…

La Spagnola (English - The Spanish Woman) (6/10)

La Spagnola reflects upon lives of Lola and Lucia - mother and daughter - both , in a way, suffer because of loving (in their own way) - Ricardo - husband of Lola and Father of Lucia. Lola loved him so much - but never showed and was always fighting with him for better life while Lucia loved him without any expectations and too suffers from him , when one day he decides to leave both of them for an Australian cool headed blond. All hell loose for mother and daughter duo - as they were financially dependent on Ricardo.

Director , Steve Jacobs, has not led his prejudices come in putting the characters out for viewers - and as a viewer you are left to form any impression about the characters.
Ricardo has been shown to be a superfluous guy who is only interested in flesh and nothing else.Lola - though loves her husband but throughout the movie she comes across as a cacophonous and belligerent - fighting with her husband.Lucia - 13 year old girl - ugly duckling - who has to survive death …

Les Chevaliers du ciel (English - Sky Fighters) (8/10)

I happen to see this movie by chance...it was Independence day and we wanted to go out and watch some movie...with other options being typical masala movies like "Singhh is King" and "God Tussi Great Ho" , we decided to settle for this French movie. So there we were in Select City Walk with the tickets of this unknown movie.
A quick search on Google told me that it is a "French Thriller" movie...and I had no idea that I was in for such a great surprise...
The movie revolves around two pilots - Captains Marchellia and Fahrenheit - Marchellia had to shoot down a demo Mirage which has been brought to Farnborough Airshow - and this ultimately results into their expulsion from Services. Subsequently they get a chance to work on a secret mission and fight off the terrorists and save Paris. While watching the movie - I was often reminded of Tom Cruise starrer Top Gun but this one differs from Top Gun as most of the shots in the movie has been shot in air while Top…

The Five people you meet in Heaven

Writing complicated thoughts simply is the biggest jewelry of any writer.  And Mitch is a goldsmith by this standard. He knows what it is to feel the writing and it is expressed in each and every line he writes...when you  read his book it feels as if someone is narrating you story but then when you raise your eyes to look around for the person there is none...

What remains after reading this book of his is...thoughtful serenity - you will start looking at most of things which fill your everyday of life - useless! ...you would rather start thinking about those people whom you want to give importance but have not been able to do so...in a hope of meeting them in heaven...

I believe - a book which can compel me to run directly from my office just to finish the book - is a great book :)...I finished it in 2 days when I was terribly busy in office and had to wake up till 3am during weekdays...simply put - I loved the book...

Book starts with THE END of a person called Eddie - and captures…

Looking at Technology from the eyes of people @ Bottom of Pyramid

My current discussion with an extremely brilliant person in the fields of consumer behavior regarding  "Role technology is playing for the people at the bottom of the pyramid" - i.e.for people who earn daily wages like Auto rickshaw people, washerwoman, courier boy - is yes like a fairy tale story...
Never before it would have happened that I send an sms to my maid servant on what want to have breakfast in the morning and she comes prepared with vegetables etc...or I just call up my vegetable wala and I get fresh vegetables on Saturday morning....truly fantastic...

But this is the second time it has happened in India...first was STD boom - Thanks to Sam Pitroda...when Lakhs of jobless Indians got jobs by opening up STD booths across hundreds of cities...But yes Mobile penetration had not been such deep-rooted like this before...though I strongly believe STD Booth boom was no doubt the first version of the success which has led to today's Phase 2 story....because that intr…

The Secret - Rhonda Byrne

I don't like a "self-help" book - but I got curious with this book as this book had been doing quite good in States and raking up quite good ranking. I got curious and thus decided to read this one.

I did not like the book much - I already know what the basic tenet the book has harped in more than 150 pages (and there is a movie as well!!!)

The Book talks about 'Being Optimistic" - we need to think that we can do anything because of "Law of Attraction" -
The "Law of Attraction" principle posits that feelings and thoughts can attract events, from the workings of the cosmos to interactions among individuals in their physical, emotional, and professional affairs.Summary is - If you think you can do it - you will be able to anything else NO!

If you want someone to fall in love with you - first love yourself - since like attracts like - if you are not happy or content with yourself how will any other person be?  If you don't send out I AM WORT…