December 28, 2011

There Is Some Hope (Punjab, India)

"Removing of a politician's photo from ambulances raises some hope in me that all is not lost. #Punjab", @gopal1035 on Twitter here

December 16, 2011

Making A Sale Vs Cultivating Trust

"Stars in these [sales and client management] fields do not approach a customer or client with the determination to make a sale; rather they see themselves as consultants of sorts, whose task is first to listen and understand the client's needs- and only then match the what they have to those needs.

Should they not have what's best, they'll say so-or even take a client's side in making a justified complaint about their own company.

September 29, 2011

Relax, IELTS Is A Test Of English Only

And Not your GK, IQ Or Anything Else.

No matter your level in English language, you must be clear what IELTS is not. IELTS is not a test of your general knowledge, IQ or even your personality.

So, speak freely, admit your ignorance about topics without hesitation, and have fun! You are going there just to interact in English.

September 27, 2011

Your Thoughts And Ideas Are More Important Than English

Beginners in English may make the mistake of compromising their thoughts for the English language. I would like to tell you that English is just a language, like any other and is thus a means to an end.

In normal usage, simple words are preferred because the aim is to get your message across to the maximum people with minimum effort.

September 26, 2011

Start Thinking In English

At the end of my first week as an IELTS trainer, I realised that the problem of most students was not in the ideas on what to speak, but how to speak.

You could begin your journey of mastery in IELTS and possibly mastery in English by beginning to think in English.

e.g. when you wake up in the morning and it is raining heavily, you will think to yourself, in English, “Oh! It’s raining heavily today” and not in any other language.

I would like that you eventually reach a level that when something happens instantly the knee-jerk words that you think/utter are in English.

March 14, 2011

Addition Of Two Colored Lines To Quickly Indicate The Color Of Pen Refill

  • Item: Gel pen refill
  • Advantage: Knowing the color of refill at a glance 
  • How: Adding two colored lines on the body of refill


(click for larger image)

February 6, 2011

My Kid Brother And I

My Kid Brother And I
Image by gopal1035
Vivek drew this on the wall, and when I asked him said he's taking me for a walk :)

February 2, 2011

It Takes Risk To Make Iconic Products. And A Focus On Not Merely Appeasing Customers

The following is an insightful comment by Antonie RJ Wright on An article By tomiahonen on the recent dip in Nokia's market share (Jan 2011)
"Nice post, and sure to get some (many) of the folks who've called you a "Nokia apologist" to pull back their ears to listen a bit.

A point you might have said, but might have been lost in the depth of words you used:-

It takes risk to make iconic products. You have to have belief that the product is going to be above expectations, even in a broken state. There's the vision and execution needed to pull it off.

January 17, 2011

Profile Of A Professional Programmer- Something We All Could Aspire To

"Whilst no one posting here is in a position to tell you which to hire, I'd like to offer a little counterpoint to the proceedings...

One of our most recent new starters is the absolute image of professional experience.

In at 9, out at 5, one hour for lunch. No lates, no weekends.
Which probably sounds terrible to most of the people who have responded so far.