While transferring the money through the mobile app to the KBC participant tonight, I heard Amitabh Bacchhan say ‘Aaj kal Digital ka zamana hai’ – the new digital age. And tomorrow, on 29 Sept, we have an All India Strike by the Chemists & Druggists (Medicine Retailers) in protest against the newly emerged On Line Pharmacies. #Netmeds.com –India ki Pharmacy; #Medlife; #Frontline Pharmacy ; #MediBuddy; #Practo; #Medikabazar; #1mg; #PharmEasy. These are some of the on line chemists. Like how Amazon and Flipkart have come to stay, so will the e-Chemists. My friends have said that on line pharmacies will benefit patients and senior citizens who will get their medicines delivered at home on a regular basis. On line confidential consultations can also be made with anonymity. Moreover medicines will be much more affordable on line. What we need is a strong regulation and strict adherence to guidelines of Schedule H & X drugs. Even in business models with digital touch points the human factor makes a lot of difference in credibility and trust. Hope the on line e-Pharmacies will live up to these expectations.
The ‘Negatives’ or film rolls of the old camera have become a victim of ‘Creative Destruction’ and sadly ‘Kodak moments’ are now of bankruptcy. However our Photo Studios in the city have found a ‘Jugaad’ (innovative fix) for these rolls. They scan and digitalise these rolls and give you prints. Digital transformation of one roll or five strips with medium resolution costs Rs.300 and with high resolution Rs.500. So next time you take out your old suitcases and find negatives of your past, be positive.
The way it has gone viral, most of you must have watched Phillip Wollen, in social media, speak of his support for Animal Rights and about being a Vegan. I was surprised to know that this Australian Philanthropist was born in Bangalore. I was reminded of him when my daughter took me to a vegan restaurant in Bangalore. I have tried to capture my first time experience through these pictures. Let me add that the Ragi Roti (Millet bread) looked like the ‘burger pack’ and the raw banana fry which was served as a starter appeared like a fish piece. Can I ever become a Vegan?
I learnt a new phrase ‘all over the map’. I came across this phrase written by none other than the Father of Modern Management Peter Drucker. He wrote ‘They were all over the map in terms of personalities, attitudes, values, strengths and weaknesses. They ranged from extroverted to nearly reclusive, from easygoing to controlling, from generous to parsimonious’. He was referring to Effective Executives. But what was common in all Effective Executives was that they followed the same eight practices: They asked what needs to be done? , what is right for the enterprise? , they developed action plans, they took responsibility for decisions, they took responsibility for communicating, they focused on opportunities rather than problems, they ran productive meetings and they thought and said “we” rather than “I”. The first two practices gave them the knowledge they needed. The next four helped them convert this knowledge into effective action. The last two ensured that the whole organization felt responsible and accountable. Leadership is not about charisma or extroversion. It’s about these practices.
Nobel Laureate, Tibetan Spiritual Leader the 14th Dalai Lama spoke about his 4 commitments today in Bengaluru. His first commitment is to promote sense of oneness of all 7 billion human beings in this planet. All people are emotionally, mentally and physically the same. All religions teach love, kindness and tolerance. Thus in the name of religion killing each other is unthinkable. His second commitment is to promote religious harmony. In this connection he said that India is the only nation where all religions are together. His third commitment is preservation of Tibetan culture, language and traditions. There are 6 million Tibetan people and Tibetan language is closest to Sanskrit. He referred to Tibet as ‘roof of the world’ and in a lighter vein said Tibet is supplier of water to India because the origin of many rivers is in Tibet. His fourth commitment was to revive ancient Indian knowledge in modern India. The 83 year old spiritual leader was speaking under the aegis of Vidyaloke an initiative of Vana Foundation. He wanted to be reminded about the topic of his talk ‘Courage and Compassion in the 21st Century’. To this he added that being truthful and transparent always gives one courage and confidence. Being compassionate and calm is a sign of good mental health.
He ended with a lighter moment by showing the huge audience, at Concord Hotel, the biscuit that he was munching and asked the others to visualize it as in Vipassana. His Holiness chuckles like a child.
The meaning of cute is ‘attractive in a delicately beautiful way and clever’. Similar sounding ‘Qute’ means Bajaj’s motorised quadricycle. It is an advancement over the Bajaj Auto rickshaw. Qute looks cute and is clever because it is economical, fuel efficient, lesser polluting and has agility in crowded streets. I have seen only one in the streets of Khartoum. I am told it comes in many colours , red, blue, green, black. In my opinion, the people of Sudan prefer white cars and bigger the car greater is the status. We Indians take pride in seeing the ubiquitous Bajaj auto rickshaws in the streets but doubt whether the Qute will gain popularity. #FreeTheQute
If you see the building from a distance it may not ring a bell, but on closer look you will read Sudan. Yes this is the iconic Sudan Block at the National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla, Pune, India. In recognition of the sacrifices of the Indian troops in liberation of Sudan in the North African campaign during World War II, Sudan Government, in 1941, donated one hundred thousand pounds. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation in 1949 and the work was completed in 1954. The then Sudanese Ambassador Syed Rahamatalla Abdulla performed the naming ceremony on May 30, 1959. Earlier in 1958, India offered a six –acre plot in the Chanakyapuri area of New Delhi for the construction of Embassy of Sudan.
The Indian Community in Sudan celebrated their 69th Republic Day on 26th January with the new Ambassador H.E. Mr. Ravindra Prasad Jaiswal. Ambassador Jaiswal was Deputy Head of Mission at Berne, Switzerland before assuming charge in Sudan. He is Ambassador of India to Sudan and Eritrea. Ambassador Jaiswal has earlier served in Egypt, Ethiopia and Qatar. The Ambassador is a qualified Civil Engineer and an M.Phil. in Environmental Science.
On Republic Day, the Ambassador unfurled the national flag followed by the national anthem. He then read out the excerpts of the speech delivered by the President of India on the same occasion. “The promise of a developed India beckons us. This is the new stage of our nation-building project on which we have embarked. This is the republic that our young people need to take forward and enhance—in keeping with their vision, their ambition and their ideals,” President Ram Nath Kovind said. Republic Day was celebrated with a Cultural Program performed by children from Omdurman and Khartoum. They danced with patriotic songs of India.
There is a special kind of celebration on New Year’s Eve in Khartoum the capital city of Sudan. The Shabab (youth) are on the streets merry making the whole night. 1st of January in Sudan has more significance than being the first day of a new year. The official ceremony that marked the Independence of Sudan was held on 1 January 1956 at the People’s Palace. That day both the Egyptian and British flags were lowered and the new Sudanese flag was raised by the first Prime Minister Ismail al-Azhari. Today is 62nd Independence Day of Sudan. Interestingly most Sudanese have 1st January recorded as their date of birth. Today I have to wish 114 Sudanese friends in Facebook on their birthday. Fortunately today is a public holiday.