Saturday, November 22, 2014

Click a Smile - International Photography Contest by Akshaya Patra Foundation

'Click a Smile' is the annual international photography contest conducted by The Akshaya Patra Foundation. Following the success of last year, this year Click a Smile 2014 is set to go even further. The contest, was launched  on November 20th and will end by December 22nd, 2014. The contest which is open to both amateur and professional photographers worldwide, focusses on celebrating the innocence and joy in a child’s smile. During this period contestants can upload their best three photographs with captions for judging. The shortlisted entries will be judged by a panel of professionals from the industry, who will select top three winners .The top three winners will get certificate, trophy and surprise gifts. Entry is free for all.





Sunday, November 2, 2014

God is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian - Book Review


God is a Gamer is a financial thriller novel by Ravi Subramanian.  This is the 6th book I am reading by the same author. However, this time is very special because I got the book for a Book Review program of BlogAdda. I was thrilled to see the autograph of Ravi Subramanian in the front page of the book.

Now let us look at the plot. Fraudsters are always looking for a way. How easy it is if you facilitate money transfer and other internet transactions but maintain anonymity? What if no agency or organization was controlling the flow of money or monitoring your transactions? Then people will create a new or separate world that can exploit the vulnerabilities of the free system. Bitcoins and The Onion Router(TOR) facilitate such transactions and this forms the background of the story. There is also a mention of an website named Cotton Trail that sells banned goods. Payments to Cotton Trail are made via bitcoins.

A high profile politician, Gillian Tan, in the White House is killed in a car crash. He was involved in discussions regarding bitcoins and South Asian policies.  Investigating officer Adrian is trying to find out the real motive behind the murder.

Meanwhile, in Mumbai,  the Chairman of NYIB bank, Malavika, commits suicide by jumping from the 34th floor of a hotel during her birthday party. A debate goes on about if the incident is a suicide or murder. Her close connections with a finance minister are taken as a lead.

We have five characters from the book, If God was a Banker, come alive in this book – Aditya, Swami, Sundeep, Kalpana, and Natasha. Aditya, the owner of eTIOS, a banking BPO, confesses that he is a divorcee. One day, he gets a call from Goa from his estranged son Varun, telling that he is under police custody.

Varun joins his father’s business. He tries to expand his father’s gaming business. He creates a new game called Townsville, tweaks download stats using bots, and manages to come number one in the game app store market.

A series of NYIB’s ATMs in USA are looted. The blame falls on Aditya’s company eTIOS as they take care of all backend operations of NYIB.

Is there a connection between the ATM loot, the murder of Gillian Tan, and the death of Malavika?  Based on internet entries, the investigators name Aditya as the culprit. Then they name Malavika’s daughter Tanya as the culprit. Is Adita or Tanya the culprit or is there more story behind the murders and heist? Is the ongoing relationship between Varun and Tanya, true? Why is a senior banker, Swami, killed by a truck? You have to read “God is a Gamer” to know more. The book has an exciting finish.

As in any Ravi Subramaniam’s book, there are detailed mentions of financial transactions and financial calculations. Business plans are laid out in detail. A lot of explanation is given about the technicalities of bitcoins, video game malware, and free money transactions.  It is really interesting to know how bitcoins work.  The book runs to 310 pages and is priced at Rs.299.

This review is a part of the biggest Book Review Program for Indian Bloggers. Participate now to get free books!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Samosa and Sandwich - Door Delivery

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Veg Club Sandwich - Minimum order 25 nos - packed hygienically in a sandwich box.
Free delivery to your office premises, for everyday snack, and special events too.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Buy a Cake - Support Education of Rural Kids by Eureka Child

Here is a great opportunity for you to not only order and eat cake but also help in educating rural children.
NGO Eureka Child Foundation is one of the beneficiaries of Chennai's longest photo cake cutting event "Cake for a Cause" during this Daan Utsav, Joy of Giving Week. The 1000 Kg Chocolate Flavour photo eggless cake made by French Loaf is to be cut at Forum Vijaya Mall, Vadapalani,Chennai on 2nd October. This year's theme of the cake revolves around Kaviperarasu Vairamuthu.
Each Kilo is priced at Rs. 1500/- and the entire Rs. 1500/- will be donated to Eureka Child Foundation. You get the cake and we get the support needed to run our program for educating poor children.

It is a great opportunity for all of us to deliciously support this cause. Book your cake now. Write to aid.selva@gmail.com or call +91-9790951652. Please spread the word among your friends in Chennai. 






Monday, August 18, 2014

Depression and Professional Life - by Bhavana Nissima

We have heard plenty about depression and many of us assume we know what it means. I am not concerned whether or not what you know is correct. Nor am I concerned about how you should seek help—from whom and why. I am, instead, concerned about how folks who who suffer from depression and other mental health problems can navigate professional life.
Many mental health problems like physical health issues can be debilitating. These problems can be chronic or come in waves in acute forms. They have an impact on your professional life.
Within India there is no provision for state support for chronic debilitating conditions like in United States. We each have to fend for ourselves if these conditions arise. Some suggestions on navigating depression and professional life:
  1. Check if your workplace allows flexi-timings and occasional work from home options. This will allow you to sometimes tide over bad days and give you a safe space to suffer the acute moments.
  2. Please understand you will be discriminated against because of your illness, by your colleagues and supervisors. That is the way it is. Keep strict boundaries about with whom you will discuss it and how. Protect yourself from damaging messages.
  3. Instead of seeking a full-time job, a part-time or freelance job may be a good option. If you can cut down your expenses, part-time job can be sufficient for many.
  4. Starting your own enterprise along with partners can be a good way too as long as your partners know and understand your condition. Please remember, your condition doesn’t mean you are dumb or useless. It means sometimes you cannot work.
  5. For some, the episodes may be for many months. You have to plan for it and save money whenever you can. Frugal living helps to navigate without incurring crazy debts.
  6. When you return from an episode, do not give up on yourself professionally. Return to work with a new burst of energy. Depression can help clear cobwebs. You will find your clarity increase along with an overwhelming abundance of wisdom. Illness brings its gifts that others cannot have.
  7. Please don't believe that you will be unsuccessful professionally and/or will be poor rest of your life. Some of the very successful and rich people in the world have suffered from it. Your time will come.
  8. Finally, have faith in the Universe. Some way somehow you will be provided. Just keep chugging on.
It is finally an illness, like all others. Take care.

The author, Bhavana Nissima,  is a Communication Consultant and Researcher. You can reach her at bhavana.upadhyaya@gmail.com. Or @tw_bhav

A Q&A on Linkedin about this topic:

Q: Well written. But some counselors recommend regular full-time work because it brings in a "routine" that is a much needed part of recovery/cure.


A: I do agree with "routine" part because it brings in discipline. But some folks have rapid cycles and episodes. In such cases, part-time may be the way out. At least, there is some routine and responsibility.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Collaborative Problem Solving - Page Created using Padlet

I used Padlet to create a page about Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). CPS is a 21st Century Skill and ATC21S is doing extensive research on CPS. I have embedded some text, articles, websites, and videos about CPS in the page.

Padlet is a Web and Mobile App that allows you to create beautiful web pages. Just by double-clicking on the wall, you can add pictures, text, or videos and arrange the items to form any collage pattern. For more info read this article. Here is a short video on how to use Padlet.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Gratitude Attitude - Quotes

“A thankful heart hath a continual feast.”
--
W. J. Cameron (1879–1953)
JOURNALIST AND BUSINESSMAN

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”
--
Albert Einstein (1879–1955)
NOBEL PRIZE–WINNING PHYSICIST


“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”
--
Saint Ambrose (AD 340–397)
THEOLOGIAN AND CAT HOLIC BISHOP

“Gratitude leads to riches. Complaint leads to poverty" 
-- The Magic, book by Rhonda Byrne


“I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased. That’s because what you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities,relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life.”
-- Oprah Winfrey (B. 1954) MEDIA PERSONALIT Y AND BUSINESSW OMAN

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Earn While You Learn - Ma Foi - TISS - Skill Development Program

Dear All,

It is a great opportunity for students who have passed 10th and 12th to earn Diploma, Advanced Dilploma and Degree while learning. Ma Foi has entered into an agreement with TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) to offer EARN and Learn Programme. 

Features of the Programme:

a. Ma Foi is  partner for Auto and Manufacturing vertical of TISS.
b.  Students can get a Diploma, Advanced diploma, Degree from AICTE  
c. Stipend every month, and the companies will bear the training cost.
d.  Students will work in manufacturing companies of good repute.
e. Students will spend 4-5 days in the factory and 1 day in the class room
f.  Ma Foi will train and assess the students.
g. Students can opt out any time during the course, and they will be offered certificate based on the number of years they have spent in the company and trainig undergone.

We are looking for a NGO partners who can join this programme. We can jointly do campaign and share expenditure.

Pl connect if any NGOs are interested. 
--
with regards

Prasanna

www.ciosa.org.in, ph no: 044-65515921 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Vocational Training for Visually Challenged

Greetings from National Association for the Blind, Tamilnadu State Branch (NAB TNSB).  We are starting 2014-15 batch of Vocational Training on 16th June 2014 for the visually challenged. 

The following courses are taught with free boarding and lodging.

1. Vocational Training - About 12 Small trades such as re-canning of chairs, making of candles, making phenol etc are taught. It is a 10 months course.
2. Cycle Repair - Six months course
3. Basic Course in Computer with JAWS - 6 months course
4. Music - 10 months course
5. Massage and Reflexology - Six months course

We request you to refer deserving students for the course. For computer course, XII Std. or X Std. with good working knowledge of English is required. For other courses no educational qualification is required.

Visually impaired persons in the age group of 18 to 35 years desirous of joining the course can contact the following address

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND, TAMILNADU STATE BRANCH
PLOT NO. 12, ASSOCIATION ROAD, FIRST LANE, MADHAVARAM, CHENNAI -600060
PHONE 044-65450856
CELL 9344542314
Regards,
M. Krishna Rao
Chief Executive Officer
National Association for the Blind, Tamilnadu State Branch
Cell 9003053989 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Summer Camps at Chrompet and Kodambakkam...


Summer Camp starts at end of April or first week of May. Read the doc here to know more about the program. We are looking for sponsors and volunteers.