Sweetheart – a Free verse by jay

I cannot help but stop and look at Bad Dad-est dad.
Do dads make you shiver?
do they?

Pay attention to their love,
love is the most unrequited pair of all.
Love is nonreciprocal. love is unanswered,
love is unreciprocated, however.

All that is large is not sweetie,
sweetie, by all account is little.
Does sweetie make you shiver?
don’t they?

Don’t believe that cuties are little?
cuties can be big beyond belief.
Are you upset by how man-sized they are?
Does it tear you apart to see the cutie so larger-than-life?

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Cooked Grasshoppers Month? During the month of December, grasshoppers swarm Uganda after the seasonal rains. Ugandans catch, fry, and eat thousands of grasshoppers every day and are considered a delicacy. And… in case you want to celebrate by chomping on a few, here’s how they do it in Uganda: Clean the locusts by removing the legs and wings, then fry them with some chopped onion and season with curry powder. Enjoy! 😉


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“To learn something new, you need to try new things and not be afraid to be wrong.”

— Roy T. Bennett

Prayer —A Return To One’s Own Being..

When you pray with a motive to do good to some one, your prayer may actually bring about good both to him and to yourself. Some people pray for the spiritual benefit of those who have done them some wrong. There also, they are helping others spiritually.

But all prayers with a motive fall short of the ideal prayer 
which is without motive. In the entire spiritual panorama of the universe nothing is more sublime than a spontaneous prayer. It gushes out of the human heart, filled with appreciative joy. It is self expression of the freed spirit without any actuation of a motive. In its highest form, prayer leaves no room for the illusory diarchy of the lover and the Beloved. It is a return to one’s own being.

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How to…Tell Stories in Your Presentations | Presentation Guru

If you are going to tell stories in your presentations, make sure you cover these six points.

1) Context
This is the setup and the situation. This is where you bring people into your story and change the tone of your wider presentation. Probably you will also lower your voice, change its tone, maybe even slow down and turn the projector off. Or have a picture to illustrate the scene you are setting up. Evocative, specific details help – the clouds scudding, the waves kicking up, smoking, etc.  This brings your story alive and gives it realism. Detail is good.

2) Character
All your stories need a hero. In my prison story, it’s Andy. In my presentation story the hero is me. Your audience needs someone they can identify with and who overcomes some sort of challenge, or resolves a mystery.

3) Challenge
What is the obstacle our hero has to face? Typically, this will be something that they overcome and results in some sort of change. How they overcome the challenge will typically result in some lesson or moral – the point of your story.

4) Conflict
This is where the outcome is unclear. You need some tension and jeopardy. Something goes wrong. Will there be a positive outcome?

5) Conclusion
Success! The challenge is overcome and the conflict is resolved. (For example, I resolved my situation by making the links between my case studies and the client’s challenges much more obvious.)

6) Connection
This is where you bring the story back to the audience and draw out the key lessons for the audiences. Ancient fables used the technique “and the moral of the story is….”. We’ve lost this expositional technique in modern storytelling but the risk of leaving it out is that the audience doesn’t ‘get it’. Make it clear and squeeze the meaning for them.

The last point is critical. There is a lot of literature on storytelling but relatively little of it covers the last point. But without it, your story is no more than a nice anecdote or a joke. A little interlude. By making the connection back to audience needs clear, your story will have power and resonance. The Connection element also enables you to build a bridge back to the rest of your presentation.

Follow the 6Cs and your story will hit home.

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Stage Time is Wealth Time | Presentation Guru

These are some of the questions you should ask yourself before crafting any speech:

Who is my audience? – By that, you will define the language to communicate to them.
What are their interests? – By bringing those to your own story you will attract their attention.
What is their pain? – By empathising with their pain, you will create a bond, a connection. By bringing a solution to their pain, you will be in business with them.
What do I want them to take home after my story? – Your Call to Action, which should lead you to engage further with them in the near future.

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Convenience Is Key in Last-Mile Delivery around the World

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Convenience Is Key in Last-Mile Delivery around the World

Getting consumers their packages when and where they want them in a cost-effective way is a global need, but shipping solutions vary by region.

Online shopping is growing rapidly, and businesses all over the world have to cope with the thorny problem of how to deliver packages conveniently and affordably. For long-distance shipments, most of the journey is already optimized, using efficient global networks that have been built over the past few decades. It’s the final stretch — the so-called last mile to the consumer’s door — that is hard to get right at low cost. Most delivery networks aren’t honed for the booming shop-to-door business of e-commerce, which can involve suboptimal routes, low densities and thus long distances between delivery stops, and paralyzing traffic. Worse yet, very often when the package arrives, no one is home.

Few easy or universal strategies exist for getting the last mile right. But when we compare delivery systems around the world, two things become clear: Circumstances affecting delivery differ drastically from place to place, but shoppers everywhere prioritize convenience. That’s why business leaders need to prioritize it, too.

PwC’s Global Consumer Insights Surveyconfirms that people value fast, flexible delivery. Factors such as delivery during a specific time slot ranked high on the survey’s list of services shoppers found most attractive. In many instances, people said they were willing to pay more for immediate or same-day delivery. Seizing on shoppers’ universal desire for convenience, retailers and transportation companies across the globe can learn from one another. Even though tactics that work in Shanghai likely won’t be suitable to New York, and tactics that work in New York may not be optimal in Rome, evaluating strategies from a convenience perspective — and innovating to overcome operational obstacles at an acceptable cost — will put companies on the path to better fulfilling customer-service expectations. Here’s how transportation companies and retailers around the world are tackling the problem.

Crafting creative solutions to combat geographic challenges. In delivery, efficiency is a function of how many stops occur on a given run and how many packages are dropped off at each stop. That should make cities dense with apartment buildings the best locales for last-mile delivery. However, such places are often choked with traffic and short on parking, jeopardizing not only the business’s productivity but also consumers’ ability to receive packages as quickly as possible. And in Europe, efforts to reduce urban air pollution have led policymakers to close some roads and city centers to traditionally powered vehicles, making deliveries even more difficult. To cope, DHL in Germany has begun making its own electric vehicles for emissions-free deliveries. In the United States and elsewhere, companies such as London-based Starship Technologies are experimenting with self-driving containers to deliver food and other products on campuses, in office parks, and in some downtowns. These robotic units are so small they can move along sidewalks, avoiding clogged roads.

Circumstances affecting delivery differ drastically from place to place, but shoppers everywhere prioritize convenience.

Other areas of the world have the opposite problem, with low density and long distances between shops and shoppers making delivery difficult. In rural parts of England, Amazon has been experimenting for the past two years with drones to overcome this problem, and an overhaul of the nation’s air traffic control system could soon make the use of drones common in more densely populated areas, too. Most large retail and transportation players are experimenting in some way with drones for lightweight, high-value package delivery. Certain companies, such as UPS and Mercedes-Benz, are even testing launching drones from their delivery vehicles to navigate the “last yard” in getting packages to people, or are trying out drones to get packages from distribution centers to delivery vehicles.

Thinking beyond the doorstep to avoid failed deliveries. When people aren’t home to receive their packages, the delivery company may have to either make repeated trips, which adds cost, or ask consumers to pick up the item from an inconvenient location. In the developed world, this has led to the deployment of lockers where shoppers can pick up their parcels. In some countries, including Germany, Costa Rica, and Latvia, consumers have responded well to this approach. In fact, in Germany, DHL started using lockers in 2001; it now has approximately 340,000 lockers, or Packstations, and 10 million registered users. But lockers haven’t been popular in the United States, where they’ve been hosted at local shops. The lockers sometimes fill up before people stop in, leaving no room for additional packages, and there’s little incentive for retailers to host the lockers. In the U.S., some transportation companies have directly partnered with retail stores. For example, FedEx delivers packages to about 8,000 of Walgreens’ U.S. outlets. When the customer comes in, an employee just hands the item across the counter rather than relying on lockers. FedEx has already expanded the program with other retailers, including Walmart.

In addition to lockers, parcel-sized letter boxes for the home have also been introduced in Germany. Amazon is even pioneering in-home delivery, in which the delivery person would use a smart lock and camera to enter people’s homes while they’re not there and leave packages safely inside. Amazon delivers to car trunks, too, using the same sort of add-on locking mechanism, and transportation companies in China are following suit, with JD.com announcing in-trunk delivery in 2018. Some companies in Indonesia and in parts of Australia are also tracking down shoppers wherever they are, allowing them to update their preferred delivery location right up to the last minute.

Coping with a lack of large-scale last-mile players. Last-mile delivery looks quite a bit different in the developing world, where rapid adoption of smartphones, low labor costs, and the ability to leapfrog legacy technologies that can be a burden elsewhere make certain aspects of delivery easier. On the other hand, a lack of big players in the supply chain can make the last mile inconvenient for both companies and consumers. In China, urban consumers in particular have embraced online shopping with a passion, but the country still lacks the large-scale delivery infrastructure found in the United States or Europe. As a result, the last mile is covered by a network of small and medium-sized local delivery services. In India and much of Southeast Asia, even the poorest people tend to have smartphones, allowing online shopping to outpace the development of delivery infrastructure. But labor is so cheap that consumers can easily get a motorbike courier to deliver their packages at negligible cost, and delivery companies are springing up to fill demand for this service.

Collaborating to meet customer needs. In Europe, North America, and other affluent areas, where labor is expensive but technology abounds, a networked logistics system should be able to meet consumer demand for delivery when wanted, manage peak capacity, and increase profitability by manufacturing greater delivery density on carrier routes. This can be accomplished with a cloud-based last-mile exchange that lets transportation companies dynamically adjust to changing demand — and even influence that demand to conform better to capacity.




In many parts of the developing world, getting packages to the delivery location can be a problem because a lot of people don’t have a street address. In the Middle East, Fetchr, an app-based logistics service headquartered in Dubai, uses GPS to deliver packages to smartphone-equipped consumers wherever they happen to be. In Nigeria, where almost 80 percent of homes and businesses cannot receive deliveries for want of an address, what3words has worked with the Nigerian Postal Service to help. What3words is an app that divides the world into three-meter squares and labels each with just three words. Suddenly, every place has an address.

The collaboration between what3words and Nigeria’s mail service is an example of the kind of teamwork that will be needed all over the world to make last-mile delivery a success, especially in big cities, where demand is growing fastest and infrastructure challenges are greatest. One way or another, transportation companies need to figure out how to provide the convenience that customers demand — and then continually innovate the way they deliver. Regionally tailored delivery not only is a question of customer service but is also key to transportation companies’ economic well-being.

Author Profiles:

  • Dominik Baumeister leads the commercial transportation and logistics practice across Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia for Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting business. He has extensive expertise in innovation, technology, and strategy implementation. Based in Sydney, he is a partner with PwC Australia.
  • Peter Kauschke is responsible for business development  in PwC’s transportation and logistics practice in Europe. Based in Düsseldorf, he is a director with PwC Germany.
  • Andrew Tipping leads the U.S. transportation team for Strategy&. Based in Chicago, he is a principal with PwC US.

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All it takes to change your world is to change the way you think.

Change your thoughts and you change your world. (Norman Vincent Peale)

Yesterday will forever be beyond our reach, but tomorrow will always be there for us to catch and grasp with both hands.
Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. (Lyndon B. Johnson)

The Elements of Passion – The Startup – Medium

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The Elements of Passion

5 Questions from Psychology Research to Help You Clarify Your Passion

How do I find my passion?

It’s a question that’s always rubbed me the wrong way because I don’t believe passion is a thing out there (or in you) waiting to be discovered. Instead, I tend to see passion as something that’s constructed and built over time.

Still, passion is something we all crave. We see compelling examples of people who have found a real calling or sense of purpose in life and we want to feel that strongly about something too.

Unfortunately, most of what’s said about passion is often vague and unattainable sounding. And we usually walk away from discussions of finding a passion with the discouraging sense that some people just have it while the rest of us don’t.

But plenty of research in psychology has shown that passion is actually something we can all learn to identify and build for ourselves.

In the rest of this article, I’ll walk through how contemporary research in psychology defines passion, plus a handful of practical questions you can ask yourself you help you identify and build a passion.

What is a passion, exactly?

Psychologist and researcher Robert Vallerand has made it his life’s work to study the psychology of passion.

After decades of research and work studying thousands of people who had “found their passion,” Vallerand came to the following conclusion:

Passion is a strong inclination toward an activity that has these three qualities:

  1. It’s something we enjoy.
  2. It’s something we value.
  3. It’s something we can dedicate ourselves to.

In addition to these three points, he also suggests two more important ideas about passion:

  • Passion is almost always tied to identity.
  • The most passionate people are intrinsically motivated toward their passions

Based on a close reading of this research, plus my own work with clients struggling to find a sense of purpose or passion in their life, I’ve come up with a handful of questions anyone can ask to help clarify which types of activities are likely to have a high passion potential.

QUESTION #1: Does this activity have a high potential for positive reinforcement?

Vallerand’s research on passion suggests that the first important criterion for what type of activity counts as a passion is one that we enjoy.

Seems obvious, right?

I think we can elaborate a little more helpfully on this, though, by thinking of enjoyment in terms of positive reinforcement.

Things we enjoy tend to be things we get positively reinforced for doing. We enjoy eating ice-cream because that frozen yet smooth combination of sugar and fat makes our brain’s pleasure center light up like a Christmas tree.

While pleasure is one form of positive reinforcement, there’s a lot more to positive reinforcement than mere pleasure.

Let’s stick with the ice-cream example. While the momentary pleasure of ice-cream is positively reinforcing, eating ice-cream doesn’t actually have a very high positive reinforcement potential because the first bite, while delicious, is as good as it’s gonna get.

By the time we hit the bottom of the Ben & Jerry’s pint, we’re shoveling down the last spoon fulls simply because we don’t want to be the one who leaves the pint of ice-cream in the freezer with 2 spoonfuls left, not because we’re getting any more enjoyment or pleasure from it.

Another way of putting this phenomenon is that eating ice-cream has a lowsatiety threshold, meaning we quickly become satiated and stop getting much enjoyment out of it.

On the other hand, making ice-cream might have more potential as a high passion potential activity because of its high satiety threshold:

  • As long as we succeed in producing some ice-cream, we still end up getting to eat ice-cream. So we’re already not doing any worse.
  • But in addition to the pleasure we get from the ice-cream itself, we also get the satisfaction that comes from making something ourselves (what psychologists call a sense of mastery or self-efficacy, which is very positively reinforcing).
  • Next, if we’re at all concerned about our health, we’ll probably end up sharing some of our delicious homemade ice-cream for others to enjoy. And this sharing then leads to more positive reinforcement because we’ve both done something nice and — if the ice-cream’s any good — we’ll probably get some praise and positive feedback from the people we shared with.
  • Finally, once we start making ice-cream more regularly, we’ll be on the lookout for new flavors and recipes to try, and we could easily end up joining a Facebook group or Pinterest board or some other association with other ice-cream makers (intellectual stimulation and social connection are both very positively reinforcing).

Making ice-cream has a much higher positive reinforcement potential than simply eating ice-cream because it contains many possible sources and types of positive reinforcement. It also tends to generate new ideas and activities the more you put into it, which leads to a virtuous circle of ever-increasing positive reinforcement.

So when you’re considering the passion-potential of a given activity, ask yourself:

What’s the positive reinforcement potential of this activity?

QUESTION #2: Does this activity help me clarify and elaborate on my values?

Vallerand’s second characteristic of passionate activity is that it is personally important to the person engaging in it. To me, this means thinking about activities in terms of how they relate to our values.

If we’re looking for an activity with high passion potential, we obviously don’t want to pick something that directly conflicts with our values. If you’re passionate about animal rights, big game hunting’s probably not a great choice.

But the more important idea here is that — in addition to avoiding value-conflicting activities — we also want to look for activities that support our values and, ideally, help us clarify or elaborate on them.

Suppose environmentalism and the appreciation of nature and the outdoors are very close to your heart, and you enjoy hiking and volunteering for local state parks from time to time. Instead of simply hiking as a side project, what if you started an email newsletter and small website where you shared interesting local hikes and outdoor volunteer activities?

Not only would you be engaging in an activity that supports and doesn’t conflict with your values, but the process of researching and sharing experiences and ideas related to hiking and environmentalism might help you learn more about them by coming in contact with other people’s approaches, philosophies, methods, etc.

But what if I don’t have something I really care about, like environmentalism…?

If you’re finding it hard to come up with a value that you really care about, ask yourself:

  • What do I get really fired up about?
  • What topics or ideas tend to get me really frustrated or even angry?

If you can’t come up with something yourself, ask a friend or family member who knows you well about those two questions as they pertain to you.

QUESTION #3: Is this activity logistically feasible?

Vallerand’s third mark of passionate activity is that it’s one we can invest significant amounts of time and energy into.

This step is pretty pragmatic and straightforward. When considering activities that may have a high passion potential, make sure that you have the required time, energy, and finances to pursue it given your current situation or stage of life.

We often get so excited about an idea that we jump right into it, only to realize it’s untenable in our current circumstances.

For example: If you’re a poor graduate student with lots of debt, little income, and a dissertation to finish up in the next year, you probably want to choose something that’s more modest or minimal in terms of time commitment, energy, and money.

Let’s say this hypothetical graduate student always wanted to fly planes.

Taking up aviation lessons may be a little unrealistic given their lack of funds and the time/energy constraints of grad school. But they could volunteer at the local aeronautics museum twice a month and give tours; or start a model airplane building meet-up in their city; or create a shared Pinterest board that collects and posts vintage photos of World War II fighter planes…

To sum up: Make sure that the activity is doable logistically given the constraints of your current situation.

QUESTION #4: Can this activity be broken down into consistent routines?

My advice in questions 1–3 were based on Vallerand’s 3 characteristics of a passionate activity: enjoyment, values, and dedication.

Question 4 is related to Vallerand’s suggestion that passion tends to be tied to our identity. Obviously, Question 2 is an important part of this — choosing an activity that aligns with and helps us elaborate on our values is important because values are a key component of identity.

But in addition to values, an overlooked part of identity is routines. What we do on a regular basis plays an important role in our self-concept and how we think about ourselves.

Consider two people:

  • Tom is obsessed with the idea of being a runner: He reads running magazines, has the newest and most stylish running gear, and talks about running with almost everyone he meets. He runs every once in a while at the gym, but usually for about 15 minutes before he decides to get in a conversation with someone about running.
  • Annette is a 52-year-old middle school science teacher. Every morning before work, she slips on her running shoes and goes for a 5 mile run in the trails behind her home. She rarely talks about it. But she’s been running nearly every morning for 25 years.

Which person would you call a runner?

While values are an important component of identity, consistent behavior or routines is equally if not more important.

The implication for finding a passion is to look for an activity that can relatively easily be turned into a routine — something you can do on a consistent basis.

If it can, it will be much more likely to become a part of your identity.

Suppose you’re interested in and care a lot about travel and learning about new places, people, and cultures. Travel is tough for most of us to just do, even on a semi-regular basis. For a lot of reasons, most of us can’t jump on a jet and see a new state or country every couple weeks.

Then again, that’s only true if you confine the idea of travel to interstate or international travel. What if you thought about travel as a local, even hyper-local, activity?

What if every week, you choose a specific neighborhood in your city and went for a walk there, followed by dinner in a restaurant you’ve never been to? Then, when you got home, you wrote a short blog post about your “Local Travel Adventures.”

The point is: When considering activities that you can truly become passionate about, try to think creatively about them in terms of routines, small behaviors you can do on a regular basis. This will mean there’s a higher likelihood of the activity becoming a part of your identity and therefore something you consistently feel passionately about.

QUESTION #5: Is this activity intrinsically motivating?

Vallerand’s research shows that, overall, while passionate activities can be done both for their own sake and for some external reason, it’s the former than tend to lead to the best outcomes.

An intrinsically motivating activity is one that we enjoy for its own sake:

  • Emily doesn’t build ships in a bottle so she can win Ship in a Bottle Person of the Year; she builds ships in a bottle because she enjoys building intricate structures inside of bottles.

An extrinsically motivating activity, on the other hand, is one we do because it gets us something else:

  • Sally sells insurance because it leads to a paycheck which means she can provide for her family, not because she especially enjoys it.

When it comes to finding a passion, look for an activity that’s primarily intrinsically motivating — something you enjoy for its own sake. If it happens to be extrinsically motivating as well, great!

A good test for this is to imagine yourself several months into an activity that you think really has some passion potential. Then imagine that all of a sudden all of the extrinsically motivating benefits disappear and you’re only left with the activity itself and whatever satisfaction you got from it.

Would you keep doing it?

BONUS QUESTION #6: Is This Activity Something I Can Achieve Mastery In?

In his excellent book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Cal Newport makes the case that trying to find or discover your passion is basically a waste of time since most of us aren’t born with a passion to be discovered.

Instead, he argues, we should attempt to build a passion by finding activities that we can achieve high levels of skill, competency, and expertise in.

In other words, he argues that Passion is the result of Mastery.

Of course, in some ways that just begs the question: How do I know which activities are worthwhile to pursue mastery of?

Well, that’s where I’d send you back to Questions 1–5.

Whether or not you can find a passion or have to build it, obviously the process involves both understanding your own innate inclinations and preferences (questions 1–5) as well working to cultivate and develop a passion that sits on top of those natural preferences.

I think it’s the dialectic between discovery and cultivation that gives us the best odds of actually finding a passion.


Here are 5 questions you can ask yourself about any activity to determine whether it’s something you can become truly passionate about, plus a bonus 6th question about cultivating a passion:

  1. Does this activity contain a variety of forms of enjoyment and positive reinforcement?
  2. Does this activity help me better understand and enrich my values?
  3. Is this activity logistically feasible given my current situation and environment?
  4. Can this activity be broken down into consistent routines?
  5. Is this activity intrinsically motivating?
  6. Is this activity something I can achieve mastery in?

RAK Movement – Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Smile at a stranger
  2. Feeling inspired? Make a meal for your family or roommates
  3. Tell a friend about ARK/World Kindness Day
  4. We walk past homeless people every day; can you spare them 5 minutes of your time?
  5. Answer the phone in a cheerful voice – even if it is a sales person
  6. Remember to turn the lights off when you leave a room!
  7. Bake something for your family/friends
  8. Make amends with someone you may have wronged
  9. Recycle 3 things today
  10. Have lunch with a homeless person

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Daily Capsule | 1st Decemeber

Gaming phones are big business right now. While companies like Nubia, Vivo and Xiaomi have already stormed the market, ASUS just joined the club with an  ROG (Republic of Gamers, its high end brand for gaming laptops and other  devices) phone that is being touted as the world’s first smartphone to have a 3D vapour chamber cooling system, that prevents the device from heating up while you are playing your favourite high-powered games!

We already know that the Indian consumer changes their phones in less than a year, so it’s only about time that you spot this beauty in someone’s hand. Or, maybe you are eyeing it yourself? Will the Asus ROG be the next big thing in the smartphone market? What do you think?


Stories you shouldn’t miss

Hyperlocal home services marketplace UrbanClap has raised equity funding of $50 million in Series D from Steadview Capital and Vy Capital. In addition, the company is facilitating a secondary sale of Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP) and stocks worth $4 million. “We have always believed that ESOPs in India aren’t understood and exercised in the right manner,” said co-founder Abhiraj Bhal adding, “we at UrbanClap want to change that.”

In a country where 8.2 billion passengers are ferried across 7,400-odd stations by the Indian Railways, making things and travelling experience easier is a brand new app, called Where is My Train. The Bengaluru-based app allows you to check live train status, understand coach position in platforms, and browse through seat/berth layouts. And that’s not all. It doesn’t need data connectivity – it uses cell-tower data to locate trains.

One of the most-visited adult entertainment sites, PornHub, has also been banned in India. The step was taken by the government in order to curb porn, however, could turn against the interest of the people, according to PornHub Vice-President, Corey Price. Now that this multilingual porn site is down,chances are people would end up visiting risky websites, opening up the door to illegal content.

Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma said that there is no better time than now to be an entrepreneur in India. At the third edition of TiE Global Summit, he implored entrepreneurs in India who have a great idea or the passion to build something amazing to kick-start their entrepreneurial journeyright away. He added that it is easier to raise a billion dollars in India than anywhere else in the world.

Elon Musk drops huge Tesla news bomb. There is no doubt that Tesla is one of the coolest cars around. Its ‘summon’ feature allows car owners to have their vehicles drive on its own to their phone’s location. But as it turns out, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Give Musk a few years, and he promises he would soon roll out a revamped feature to “summon” the cars from “across the continent”.

A lot happens in real-time in urban India. But, the same cannot be said for rural villages, where things like keeping a digital track of medical records is still a fairly new concept. Solving this menace is teenage entrepreneur 18-year-old Aryaman Kunzru, whose startup, Polyclinic, is making life a little easier by changing the way healthcare operates in rural India.

From the track record, one thing is evident – the funding raised in India has been increasing steadily over the past three years. In 2018, the defining trend was the entry of foreign fund houses, specifically from China, Japan and South Korea. In fact, most Chinese investors exploring the Indian markets believe that India offers the upside that is missing back home.

The benefits of blockchain technology are being reaped across sectors and for multiple purposes, from recordkeeping to banking. And it shouldn’t come as a surprise that even the state governments in the country are leaning towards Blockchain to smoothen access to various services. As of now, the biggestfocus is on land reforms – this and few other key revelations were dropped at the 21st Bengaluru Tech Summit.


A cloud was my mother, the wind is my father, my son is the cool stream, and my daughter is the fruit of the land. A rainbow is my bed, the earth my final resting place, what am I?





The answer is: Rain.

Lives without a body, hears without ears, speaks without a mouth, to which the air alone gives birth.



The answer is: An echo.

What is your Motto?

Honor without dishonor.
None shall be left behind.
Freedom and justice.
Peace, justice, progress.
Dignity, pride, honor.
All for the motherland.
God is the king, the king is god.
Open hearts, open doors.
Born in freedom, live in freedom, die in freedom.
To fight or work, we are ready.