February 16, 2013
I am also moving to Chandigarh area- the PHP and .NET hub of North India. This means I will be moving away from my family in Jalandhar, working in a good company in an awesome environment.
Also, needless to say, I'll be in an employee's market with every company wanting to hire/retain the best talent. So, I expect monetary compensations to only go higher now. Though I love my industry also :)
November 13, 2012
I think it is about adding value, or solving a real problem or fulfilling a need for which people are willing to pay e. g. I have seen humble cobblers command respect because they are perhaps the only one in the neighborhood and because they solve a real problem.
Looking around, we may observe that the well-off people indeed have jobs/businesses that indeed add value to something existing and/or solve a real problem. I can think of guys in merchant navy- they earn very fat paychecks. If we imagine a world without these guys, then indeed world would be different.
Which also means that if you are not adding value, then your paycheck and perks may be hanging by a thread.
May 8, 2012
As far as apps are concerned, yes, there are not so many apps in Nokia Symbian, but I guess the top 0.5% of apps from Apple Store and Android Market reach here like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Cut The Rope etc, so it's acceptable. Also, with job, leisure time also gets reduced.
My friend who has an HTC Sensation XL and Nokia N8 tells me that battery life of Nokia is better than Android mobiles.
Choose your ecosystem carefullyI am sold to Nokia, but sharing my views here so that you can objectively weigh options before buying an expensive phone, and getting locked in a particular ecosystem like Symbian, Android, iPhone, BlackBerry etc.
Dear Reader, please be aware that this is important. Be any ecosystem, no matter what the pros and cons are, whatever the mass appeal is, once you invest money and time in it, it may become difficult to change from it later.
Wishing you fun with your mobile!
(this post was inspired from a reply to a comment on Nokia 808 PureView camera: 10 hidden secrets)
May 6, 2012
We open our eyes and see people in much better circumstances than us. We also see people in much worse circumstances than us. One person touches dust, it becomes gold. Another person touches gold, it becomes dust.
There are people who seemingly do not deserve all the life's pleasures, yet they are being showered on them. Then there are others, whose efforts, hard work and sincerity, make them worthy, but they never get to taste the pleasures this life has to offer.
Why this partiality?
Why?! Why all this difference? Why would God be benevolent towards one and cruel towards another? We cannot deny that there is something going on deeper than meets the eye.
The balance of karma swings both ways
"You just need to spend five minutes in market to see what Karma is capable of. #religion #Hindu What goes around, comes around."Take a look around. And at yourself too. You can see all possible levels of wealth, happiness and contentment, in all possible combinations.
-I posted on Twitter here
Lord Shani is the Hindu God who has the responsibility of making sure that every action, thought by every human in this world, is accounted for. He knows all, sees all. According to mythology, Shani Dev did not let even the Gods escape the results of their karma. We are still humans. I've talked a handful of Hindu priests, and all have told me that there is no escaping the karma- you will have to face it- the bad (paap) and the good (punya).
I believe that God is never unjust and karma rules the life of every living being. Most people fear Him, but He does not do anything because He wants to. He is just making sure that we get what we have given to others, and this includes the bad as well as the good.
What I want to impress upon is that the balance of karma, under the watchful eyes of Shani Dev, swings both ways. If He can plunge you in a bottomless pit of despair, hopelessness, poverty, humiliation, then, when the time comes (to reap the good karma), He will be the One to raise you unbounded happiness, pleasures, peace, wealth and respect.
Thus, it may be prudent for us to accept what God gives us with that faith that whatever is that we are getting (or not being able to get), it's all because of a reason.
A reason in which we have a say. We cannot do anything about the karma we have in our account already, but we can "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and leave the bookkeeping to Shani Dev, content in the faith that He sees everything, knows everything and will make sure that we all will get our dues, when the time comes.
Do good and forget
A little thing that needs mentioning here is anything we do or think, must not be with karma is mind. I think karma done with an eye towards accumulating good karma does not get accounted for.
- While I was working as an IELTS trainer (at StudyPlus Consultants), a few of my students daily used to spend an amount same as my salary on entertainment. What did they do to deserve this? What I mean here is that they did not work to earn that money, but still they are enjoying it. This has to be some past good karma.
- I've heard that an influential and wealthy business in my city, whose domain now spans from sweets to cars to education, had not been so affluent in their early years.
March 27, 2012
Our seniors in college often say that the time we are spending now will not come back. But it takes hindsight to appreciate this statement. Living in the now is important, whether you are in a dorm room or an office cubicle, but school and college life rises above that.
No other phase of our life may be so relatively worry-free. You remember the time spent with people you liked, doing things that made you happy, more than the education.
Time moves forward, and different stages of life bring different perks and responsibilities with them. Enjoy your college life so that you can look back once in a while, and smile to yourself saying, “That was fun” :)