The Salt And Weak Pepper


A Poem by jay

Whose pepper is that? I think I know.
Its owner is quite sad though.
It really is a tale of woe,
I watch him frown. I say hello.

He gives his pepper a shake,
And sobs until the tears make.
The only other sound’s the break,
Of distant waves and birds awake.

The pepper is emotional, weak and deep,
But salt has promises to keep,
Until then he shall not sleep.
He lies in plate with ducts that weep.

He rises from his soggy bread,
With thoughts of madness in his head,
He idolises being dead.
Facing the day with never ending dread.

With thanks to the poet, Robert Frost, for the underlying structure

Random Acts of kindness


  1. Volunteer your time for a good cause
  2. Neighbour’s lawn looking 

  3. messy? Offer to mow it
  4. See someone struggling with lots of bags? Offer to help them
  5. Help an elderly person cross the road or up the stairs
  6. Pay for someone’s bus ticket
  7. Google ‘survey for charity’ and complete one. They receive money for every one you fill out!
  8. Make your voice count – sign a petition for a good cause
  9. Remember to turn the lights off when you leave a room!
  10. Know someone who’s feeling under the weather? Pay them a visit!
  11. Visit a friend who’s sick

Random phrases generated for creative juices to flow:)


  1. Shot In the Dark Meaning: An attempt that has little chance for success. But worth taking. I don’t leave till the end, whenever it comes – it may or may not come. Keep at it. 
  2. Birds of a Feather Flock Together Meaning: People tend to associate with others who share similar interests or values. Yes. Especially Conniving, Nefarious, Nexus of Corrupt always find ways to come together. 
  3. On the Ropes Meaning: Being in a situation that looks to be hopeless! Hmmm… In such cases, I do not persist. I take a walk. A childhood trait.  Whenever there was an issue about Captaincy and someone wanted to be one instead of me – I’d walk away and start a new club, a new team and remain the Captain. What an authoritarian, autocrat I was. No?
  4. Down And Out Meaning: (1) A term used in a boxing. (2) Someone who has become incapacitated.  No. Never. Never give up.  I was able to contain the heart disease with Doctors, family help and my own determination.  I still live with half a heart pumping at only 35% but I choose to live and not give up.
  5. Hear, Hear Meaning: A shout of agreement, or to draw attention to a speaker.  No many times do we hear this.  These days, like the purchase managers of the olden days, people are taught to say NO NO NO NO till their tongue bleeds. 🙂

The Purpose Of Life Is Not Happiness: It’s Usefulness


You buy something, and you think that makes you happy.
You hook up with people, and think that makes you happy.
You get a well-paying job you don’t like, and think that makes you happy.
You go on holiday, and you think that makes you happy.

via The Purpose Of Life Is Not Happiness: It’s Usefulness

How sleep deprivation reduces productivity at work


Organisations should realise that sleep impacts cognitive performance, and lack of it may jeopardise relationships between leaders and their teams.

In today’s hyper-connected, competitive world, it is not uncommon for employees to take work to bed and lose sleep over it. Modern professionals are busy chasing goals—every hour, every minute. As a result, they lack the time to pause and look after their body and mind. Most do not mind taking work back home and stay up late to meet deadlines.

According to a recent survey by global staffing firm, Accountemps, more than 40 per cent of professionals in the US, report that sleep often eludes them because they cannot get their jobs off their minds.

Most respondents suffer from sleep deprivation as they are overwhelmed by the feeling of job responsibility. Majority of them have stayed awake to fix business issues or think about their relationship with employees. Some spend sleepless nights for fear of being fired, while others blame their bosses for their sleeplessness.

In yet another interesting survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Glassdoor, it became evident that three in four (or 74 per cent) employees in the US get less than eight hours of sleep on a typical work night, averaging just 6.9 hours of sleep.

The story is no different in India. A survey conducted by Philips early this year has proved that Indians don’t consider sleep as their priority. 10 per cent of adults reported that work hours overlap with sleep time, which indicates that shift work sleep disorder (SWSD) is a key barrier to sleep.

via How sleep deprivation reduces productivity at work

Real surrender- Guru Purnima


“The only Real Surrender is that in which poise is undisturbed by any adverse circumstance, and the individual, amidst every kind of hardship, is resigned with perfect calm to the will of God”.

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VIA Angelist newsletter today


July 26, 2018
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Facebook had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

After the company’s quarterly earnings call with investors, FB’s stock price dropped ~20% in after-hours trading. Over $100B in value disappeared in an instant after FB announced disappointing revenue numbers and user growth.

Some context: that’s comparable to the entirety of General Motors, Ford and Target… combined. 😮

Why did the stock tank? A perfect storm hit one of Facebook’s core features, the News Feed:

  • Less “viral” clickbait in the feed. Facebook has committed to optimizing for “time well-spent” in the app, not overall engagement. While this shift made for a better experience for users, FB can’t show users as many ads as before.
  • Less feed personalization. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and recent GDPR regulations, Facebook revamped its data usage policies and privacy controls. These changes hurt FB’s ability to charge companies big bucks to specifically target ads.

But the most interesting change to the News Feed: the rollout of stories, a well-received but not-well-monetized feature that could change how most people use Facebook and their products altogether.

Stories might actually break Facebook

Stories – tappable, full-screen photos and videos – are replacing news feeds everywhere. The format was originally pioneered by Snapchat. In fact, right after Snapchat launched stories in 2013, Facebook tried to acquire them for $3B. 👀

Facebook worked around the failed acquisition by copying Stories inside Instagram (and then in Messenger… and then in Facebook itself).

It worked:

Instagram stories took off, with 250M+ users engaging with the feature less than a year after its launch. That’s over 50% of Instagram users… and close to double the number of Snapchat daily active users. 😈

Unfortunately, the success of Stories might shoot Facebook’s ad revenues in the foot. Companies are still figuring out how to build the ad units – engaging, vertical video ads that users won’t immediately tap past. Rest assured that #content creators everywhere are working to make Story ads profitable.

Hot Startups (that are hiring) 🔥

🏥 Memora Health automates patient engagement and nursing operations in hospitals, cutting readmittance rates so patients can recover faster. Straight out of Harvard Medical School and Y Combinator. Hiring engineers and sales people in San Francisco.

🤗 Amino Apps builds mobile-first apps for niche communities around the world. Raised $19M+ from Google Ventures, Haystack, Slow Ventures, and more. Hiring 10+ in Shanghai and New York.

🍼 Future Family combines modern fertility care with concierge care and on-demand medical support. Hiring developers and account managers.