Monthly Archives: April 2014

Why is it not my job?

Psychologists rate people with mild levels of anxiety to be the ones who excel and do pretty well in their lives. To decode the anxiety as a personality trait one may not need to visit a psychologist every time. Observing our behaviors when at work can help us find out whether we are the chosen one.

People with mild to high levels of anxiety exhibit most of below traits:

1. Think about work beyond their profile

2. Think work when not at work

3. Always having a sense of urgency to accomplish tasks faster

4. Worried about quality and pace of work delegated

5. Focused on work profile rather than the position or designation

6. At times not able to explain the viewpoint effectively

7. Get into arguments and start taking discussion personally at times.

8. Good multi-taskers

9. Deliver best of the solutions when relaxed and stress free

10. Change jobs quite frequently

Finding a resource with high degree of ownership and sense of responsibility is not an easy task. Its better to let them work  with mindset of “Why is it not my job?”

Its better not to have all smart people work ONLY for you. We also need “Why is it not my job? types.

When I had nothing to read..

nothing to read

Despite all the plans, regular routine and efforts to keep doing only the relevant and important things in life, there are phases when we are simply blank, unplanned and unclear about our priorities, choices and interests. Its been a month now and I did not have a relevant book to read that both enhanced my knowledge and still seemed interesting to me to get fully engrossed in it.

In my daily routine for last three years or so, I have realized that I have stopped browsing net for an update on current affairs. My inquisitiveness to find relevant content (related to my area of interest) on internet is gone. I have stuck to newspaper for headlines and limit my focus to 1-2 articles in a day. I have almost given up on watching television.

But despite all this, I want someone to keep producing relevant content before me that not only interests me but also improves me as a person. I am not sure technology will be helpful here. My friends and professional circle surely may be more helpful but then sharing is today not looked upon the way it was in a generation when I or my parents were kids.

Cycling trainers – Rollers, Rim and Tire Trainers

Outdoor cycling is time taking and requires a minimum of 3-4 hrs daily to have enough miles before ready for a competition. Even for-sake-of-fitness-riders the time required is 2 hrs minimum . Sparing 2 hours daily is not so easy for all. Other than the professional cyclists, cycling is a time taking affair unlike running or swimming. But cycling scores significantly higher when it comes to risk-cum-injury free fitness regime. 

Flexibility to cycle any other time of the day other than early mornings is practically non-existent. So what are the options for those who love cycling, want to pursue it as a sport but not having enough time to cycle? Several options exist as listed below:

1. Stationary bike trainer- This may cost anywhere from Rs 45-70 K. However, the option to cycle outdoor is lost in this case.

2. Rollers- Cost anywhere between 20-30 K and can be used by mounting our road bike on it. With both the wheels resting on the rollers- two for the rear wheels and one for front wheel. Two main challenges here are balancing on the roller and second no option to increase the resistance other than shifting gears on the bike. Pic shown below. 


3. Rear wheel mounting trainers- These are of two types- rim drives and tire drives. These trainers are only rear wheel mount hence negating the issue of balancing as in case of rollers but also allowing to work on different resistance levels. 

3.a. In case of Rim drive trainer the rear wheel rim passes through a set of rubber rollers that touch the rim of the rear wheels. Pic shown below.








3.b. Tire Drive trainer has a steel roller where the rear wheel is mounted and the rear wheel tire touches the steel rim. The resistance levels can be varied to increase resistance. Pic shown below



The one above is owned by me and letting me enjoy the ride when indoors. It is noise free and compatible with “live training” app that syncs and allows to re-train indoor our actual rides outdoor. Also free video download comes with the trainer that can be used to train. Ant + and Bluetooth smart are additional features that helps sync the trainer with the app installed on iphone. 

Overall a great tool at a price of just Rs 15-20K and with complete flexibility to enjoy cycling.

Why I did not Vote?

Voting is one of the key fundamental rights and we should take pride being citizens of India. But I did not.

1. When it comes to making a choice we are either indecisive or biased in favor of a particular political party or a leader. After all what do we need from a good government? A stable environment where the economic activities are performed in a fair and transparent manner.

2. In a capitalist society when everybody is expected to be atleast sincere in earning their own bread we have underprivileged and or poor who seek rewards from their political choice that assures them an easier life. Is this right? A night stay by Rahul Gandhi or an evening tea by Narendra Modi at a poor’s place does not give her the right to have a secure job and or a well built house.

3. The other thing about democratic set-up is criticism. It serves no purpose and most of the times its either unwarranted or irrational. Any level of effort towards development is criticized by the opposition. Its disrupts the environment and finally the struggle is to win the seat and replace the existing elected while it will democratically. 

4. If we talk about manifestos that parties release before elections it does not take an economics degree to comprehend the brazenness of the manifesto released. After all who remembers and who is punished for not fulfilling what was promised.

5. If we try to understand what a common man in our country demands, its limited to basic amenities- electricity, roads, hospitals and schools. Thats it? Do we really need to depend on our locally elected members to help achieve this? Is it not the concerned local departments responsible for this? They continue to be corrupt and inefficient. Since independence we have elected several political leaders but bureaucracy remains unchanged.

6. Fighting elections is a luxury resting with rich only. Poor’s find their representatives amongst the rich that gets elected.

Despite all this there was no harm in exercising my fundamental right for the sake of it. I will surely the next time. 

Ruhin’s Annual Day at Eicher School

Following words ringed in my ears “Ruhin is a smart girl who cares for others a lot. She loves dancing and has a great sense of colors.”

Ruhin is seen walking across the stage at Eicher School to receive her trophy- an appreciation for her first year at school. My wife, elder daughter and I seated amongst audience watched her, wondered at her confidence.

My usual critic inside asked, “What is so special about annual days at school? Why are they organised?” The parents were well dressed and ready with cameras in their hands. I recalled my schooling and realized that a lot has changed since 1980s.

The program begins at 9 am with a simple welcome speech with no extra efforts to make the chief guest to the function a rare breed on earth. The agenda was outlined quite well when the principal of the school came to stage. She had no written speech and was speaking straight from her mind. She focused on ‘appreciation’ as a reward tool. She shared a very practical approach focused purely on betterment of child’s growth and mental health that ran in the school. I duly acknowledged the importance of appreciation kept recollecting my attempts both at giving appreciation and receiving it.

Post group performances by each of the sections of Pre-nursery, LKG, UKG (4 in each) the students were individually called on stage while the speaker at the background shared their experience with the concerned kid.

Each section was not called as ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’. At Eicher school they called ‘carnations’ for section C and ‘Daffodils’ for section D. It was an excellent yet simple method to give a sense to everything they did. Overall, a well-planned and executed ‘Annual Day’ at Eicher school.