The Choices you made, the results it Became

There is an old saying “As you Sow so shall you reap”  which many of us have heard this from our parents in our childhood or they keep saying up till now but did we gave a thought from where this proverb has originated and do we follow in our life career.

Firstly, let me give you the meaning and explore through the culture of British & Thai of this proverb. In English it means “you will get the result of what you did” and this can be traced back in Galatians 6:7 of the Holy Bible, King James Version: “Be not deceived; God has not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting”. In this world, everyone, even people of different religions, always cannot dare and deny the truth of life that the results of their deeds will always come back to them.

In Thai it is translated as “Oxen come back to their stall at their owner’s house” which represent how the Thai people acquired knowledge from their daily life by seeing oxen come back to their stall, giving rise to this proverb. Thai people in the countryside take groups of oxen to eat grass in the same wide field in the village, and when oxen of many people are together, it is hard to see which ones are each owner. However, it will be clear in the evening of the day because all oxen will automatically go back to their stalls at their owners’ houses, so Thai people compare this to the belief of “the results of what you did, good or bad, will finally come back to you” 

Have we ever thought of this proverb in our own life? Does your present situation is the result of the decision you made in the past? Have you ever contemplated your actions keeping the consequences in mind?

I failed so many times in my education and career but it took me some amount of years to realized that it was because of the choices I made in the past and decisions that I took. I used to keep blaming my present because of not having any resources in the past or the dreadful situation. After many years the lessons that I have learned is, we can always find a way to improve ourselves and make our life better. The small good deeds you do every day counts and little did you realize it adds up to large chunks.

Always visualize how do you want to see your future and what are the skills & experience you need to gather to be an expert in your filed. We should also understand, it is not only about for an individual but also what is the good deed you can do in a day to make this world a better place to live?

It’s like planting a seed and remove the idea of your success is related to luck. You need to take care of your seed, irrigate with hard work, add manure and intelligence, and watch it grow to a tree.

Let me know your thoughts on how your present situations could have been better if the choices and decisions were different in the past.

My take on Work From Home during Pandemic

Why did we need a virus to teach us we can be flexible in our working environment?

Before the world hit with COVID-19 pandemic, I still remember asking my boss a day to work from home was like asking to give his paycheck to me. The day complete country lockdown was announced in India, no one anticipated that the virus will last long however we have realized now the virus is going to stay and we have to embrace the new normal.

Our health workers, law enforcement are given much importance than a celebrity as there are the ones who are serving and protecting the nation.

Offices have started to adapt flexibility and remote working has been promoted aggressively but do you want to work from home till you are employed with the organization. Honestly, I enjoyed the initial period of working from home but now I miss the smell & sound of the coffee machine in my office, I dream of that day where I could sit on my office chair, sipping my coffee and minding my work.

Working from home did give me a lot of flexibility and I was able to complete some of my long pending certifications as well but there is a different feeling to dress up and go to the office, now I am in my boxers all the time as I am working from home and no one is there to see me.

Managing the house and work is the new normal, not able to connect to the network is the new excuse of stuck in the traffic. The pandemic has also allowed exploring our hidden talents and skills, as of now I can prepare several dishes and play various songs on my guitar.

As per my view, we also need to take into consideration that many of the Hospitality, Retails, Aviation, Travel industries are suffering due to this pandemic. Everyone is in their house so no is traveling and planning for a vacation, that also means that no one is buying any new clothes to wear.

The scientist is figuring out to make a cure for this virus, we also need to help each other to uplift and grow together. Enabling digitization to small businesses is proving some success to thrive during this pandemic and we should be promoting them.

I still look forward to the world to get back to normal however we should not forget what the pandemic has taught us and mold ourselves to make the world a better place to live.
As the environment is a concern, I also look forward to fresh air to breathe, less traffic on the roads and pollution.

Let me know in the comment section how your experience has been so far in terms of working from home.

Are you still learning or you know it all?

“A Scientist reads hundreds of books but believes he has a lot more to learn. A religious person reads one and he thinks he knows it all” ~ Anonymous

When people ask me about my profession and as I answer that I am a Business Consultant in one of a leading Information Technology firm, the next question I get a lot is “Did you do an MBA degree?” of course! not. How did you land up in this profession?

Firstly, let me give a little bit of background on how the mindset of a typical middle-class family works in India. The parents have struggled hard to fulfill their children’s education, so the least expectation they have from their children is either they become an Engineer or a Doctor as this is the only two professions with high paychecks and respectable in the society. So with the same expectation, I did try my hands on completing a 4 year engineering degree however failed in the first year and I switched to a normal 3 year BA degree.

I was lucky enough to secure myself a job once I completed my degree and during my career, the only thing that has led to moving ahead in my career is I am always open to learning and I firmly believe that the learning process never stops.

I did not need an MBA degree to reach the position where I am today, it was always my curiosity and learning process that led me to my profession.

I still remember and in touch till date with of my mentor in one of the organizations that I have worked used to say to me that “If we look the profession of a Doctor or a Lawyer they are always learning and still thinks there is a lot more to know, why can’t we apply the same principle in our profession” 

I realized that even though you complete a 4-year college degree or an MBA and think that you have known everything then that’s the end of your career. After having 8+ years of experience in my profession, this is one of my new found interest in trying my hands in writing and I am still learning.

I would like to end with an example, it may not fit the context that I have written however, it’s an interesting piece.

In the 19th century when India was fighting for freedom, one of the revolutionary freedom fighters “Bhagat Singh” was to be hanged by the British Government. When the time came for his execution, he requested to spare some time so that he can finish reading “Mein Kampf” to learn the ideology of Hitler.

“Learning never ends because life never stops teaching you”

How do you define being Wealthy?

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. ~ Oscar Wilde

Let’s get to the understanding first “What exactly is Wealth?” The idea of wealth can be different from one person to another even though if they live in the same neighborhood together. It may also change from time to time for the very same person.

It can also be a comparison of where do you live and to whom you are comparing yourself. A person living in the USA earning a salary of $50,000 per year can be compared among median household earners, but for the rest of the world, he/she is the top 1% of wealthy. In a village in India if your earning is Rs. 30,000/- per month you can live life king size however in a metro city like Mumbai you may not be able to rent an apartment and struggle your daily existence with that kind of money.

To define exactly how being wealthy can be a bit bouncer. It also tied up with each and every aspect of our lives.

Wealth can be in the form of having full freedom to pursue life ambitions without being shackled down by monetary constraints and for some, it may be experience, knowledge, good health, and family.

Are You Wealthy Enough?

If we look at some of the richest people in the world they do not consider themselves being wealthy, for some having enough cash to handle without liquidating their assets was the idea of being wealthy for others it meant having peace of mind.

When I also interacted with different age groups the idea of being wealthy was different from one another. For example, a Thirty-Five-year-old Rita wealth is a feeling of security but only when it comes to a combination of monetary assets along with knowledge, experience and commitment. However for John, his idea is in terms of material wealth which you should have earned it ethically and it should not be beneficial to others, not just yourself, age forty.

Conclusion

Think about what being wealthy means to you. The “you” part it fundamental because no two will offer the same definition of wealth. Only once you know what being wealthy means to you will you be in a position to work towards it.

The World as a Nation “Glocalization”

It was the year August 07, 1905 when the Swadeshi Movement started to boycott the use of foreign goods and start using local goods instead. It was a part of Indian Independence Movement and was an economic strategy to revitalize local economies in India and improve the condition. I think that was the moment where a leader like Mahatma Gandhi embarks the beginning of going Glocal in India, although it was a fight for freedom however he promoted khadi & chakra which can market globally as well to target local markets. “Khadi is the sun of the village solar system. The planets are the various industries which can support khadi in return for the heat and the sustenance they derive from it. Without it other industries cannot grow. But during my last tour I discovered that, without the revival of other industries, khadi could not make further progress. For villagers to be able to occupy their spare time profitably, the village must be touched at all points. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

The buzz word “glocalization” is an extension of “Think Global, Act Local” and the phrase is known to have started with Scottish city planner Patrick Geddes, it was later adopted by environmentalists. It means that you consider the needs of the entire planet before you take action in your city or hometown. For an e.g. launching a campaign of using paper bags instead of plastics in your neighborhood is one of the best instances of glocalization from a socioeconomic perspective. Using paper bags not only helps to make your town environment friendly and efficient, but it also benefits the planet overall.

During this pandemic, small acts of focusing on sustainability of your local environment will add up slowly leading to a change in your neighborhood, then a community, a city, a state, and so on. It can also be applied to food consumption, politics, corporate MNC’s, the arts and much more.

 The Versova beach in Mumbai was one of the filthiest beaches, which was a dumping ground for the residents and also coupled with the trash that the tourist would leave behind. As much as we complain about plight, nothing changes until we walk the walk. Yet we blame the government for all our woes, when sometimes all we have to do is just show up. It took only one man effort “Afroz Shah” to turn that beach into where we can witness Olive Ridley Turtle hatchlings after 20 years today. All he did was step up and start picking up the trash, a couple of other joined, a community came forward to support, the entire city came and so on.

“The Service you do for the others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth ~ Muhammad Ali”

Develop locally! It can be an idea, a brand, or a company. These are more authentic and meet the needs of our immediate environment. With technology, they can become global. Imagine all of us doing something positive, the clusters of it all will create a ripple effect. The government is part of the problem, but we compound it. The changes we envisioned for the world stars with us, one step at a time.

Leading Life in Simple Terms

Our cell phones are always next to our pillows whenever we sleep and the first thing most of us do every morning is to check the screen. We are least bothered about the time but more concerned about the notifications and see if we have not missed out any messages, we are so addicted to knowing what is going on in our phones, that we forget to smile and appreciate the life which we receive every morning when we wake up.

In this very competitive world, we have forgotten the basic needs as a human being to survive is food, shelter & clothing however maintaining the status quo has become an integral part in our lifestyle. Driving a luxurious car, staying in a big house, servants to serve us and owning everything is our dreams & goals in life to achieve. 

People are so busy running to earn more money every single day that we have forgotten to appreciate the simpler things and the nature surrounding us. We have started to measure happiness with the things we can buy, too much ambition, desire & greed. Our phones are continuously buzzing, notifications on our screen grabs more of our attention than an actual person trying to connect with us face to face. 

In today’s world we have developed so many luxuries which are supposed to make our life easier. At times they may, but other times, they make things more complicated. We have become so used to materialistic demand that everyone forgot to lead a life in a simpler way. 

The beginning of the year 2020 has made all of us realize that the instinct of a human is only to survive in any unfavourable conditions. The goals, money, achievement, power which we are proud to showcase have taken a backseat and we only require food, clothing & shelter to survive. 

The earth is also a home to so many other living beings but due to the highest number of human populations we have been dominating and always abused nature to fulfil our wants. We did face some pandemics in the past but we have never learned our lessons and we finally discover a solution to cure the virus, we get back to our normal routine and lead the life how it was earlier.

Nature has always hit us back from time to time. However, one should not forget we should also focus on building a life on earth where it is less polluted, the skies are clear and accept a simpler lifestyle.

The best part of our Millennial generation is we are better educated, financially well being and have brought more radical and ethnic diversity to the society, so it’s our job to make the world a better place to live in for the future generations. Adopting a simpler lifestyle does not mean that we must go back to the past 50 years and lead the life the way it was. Protecting the environment should also be our top priority in every aspect of our life.

We expect every aspect in our life to happen fast since we are moving at a fast pace however this is because we have developed ourselves that every demand needs to be fulfilled fast. Because of this we deal with a very stressful life daily and life expectancy has also decreased significantly.

I see a world after this pandemic where we direct our energies to other kinds of activities like importance for our mental health, restore our lost connections and create more interrelated, cooperatives societies. We should be able to tackle issues that we have always been aware of but preferred to ignore.

The world is a nation and we should develop a more “glocal” outlook, one in which we think globally and act locally.