Today is the start of Kwanzaa

Did you know…

… that today is the start of Kwanzaa? This 7-day cultural festival, founded in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, celebrates African and African-American heritage. Kwanzaa means “first fruits of the harvest” in Swahili.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn’t depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.”

— Trenton Lee Stewart

FRP: Maharashtra farmers lock horns with sugar mills – The Hindu BusinessLine

via FRP: Maharashtra farmers lock horns with sugar mills – The Hindu BusinessLine

Why does the Governments treat Farmers as Entrepreneurs like all other businesses and bring their produce under the ambit of GST.

The Agri produce which has Value Addition due to Processing can have a Value Added tax.


Market movers: Market Movers: New farm package, royalty curbs for India Inc & FIIs gung-ho on India – The Economic Times

Newsletter: HRKatha

Daily Newsletter December 24, 2018
HR is all set to embrace technology in a big way in the times to come. HRKatha presents six technology tools that can transform the world of HR in 2019.
7th Pay Commission offers 3 times more duty allowance to Class 4 staff of Indian Railways
The duty allowance, which was earlier Rs 1000, will now be Rs 4100.
NPS withdrawal rules altered to cater to unexpected financial needs of subscribers
The minimum period for withdrawal has been reduced to three years and three partial withdrawals will now be allowed.
Wipro announces bonus to retain junior employees
The move is expected to reduce attrition and also help stop talent being lost to competitors in the IT sector.

To Avoid Drama, You Need to Break the Karpman Drama Triangle

The Karpman Drama Triangle
Psychologist Dr. Stephen Karpman broke down what exactly these unhealthy roles look like in a 1968 model called the Karpman Drama Triangle. Detailed in his book “A Game Free Life,” the triangle broke the chaos of drama into a scenario with three simple roles: a victim, a persecutor, and a rescuer.

The victim feels or acts like they are being victimized. Typically, the person in this role feels powerless, oppressed, and — on a deeper level — ashamed.
The persecutor is whoever the victim feels victimized by. Cast as controlling and malicious, people in this role often act angry, defensive, and condescending. (The persecutor is sometimes also a situation.)
The rescuer is a third party who gets indignant on the victim’s behalf and works industriously to “save” them from their persecutor.

via To Avoid Drama, You Need to Break the Karpman Drama Triangle

My Fav:

This is a special holiday edition of the Brain Pickings newsletter by Maria Popova. The regular Sunday edition will be with you predictably and reliably this weekend. In case you missed them, here are my annual selections of the year’s loveliest children’s books and overall favorite books. And if you find any value and joy in my labor of love, please consider supporting it with a donation – this year, like every year for the past twelve, I have invested innumerable hours and tremendous resources in Brain Pickings, and every little bit of support helps keep it going. If you already donate: THANK YOU.

FROM THE ARCHIVE | The Christmas Truce of 1914: A Heartening Story of Humanity in the Middle of War

In December of 1914, a series of grassroots, unofficial ceasefires took hold of the Western Front in the heat of WWI. On Christmas, soldiers from an estimated 100,000 British and German troops began to exchange seasonal greetings and sing songs across the trenches, some even walked over to their opponents bearing gifts. The incident became one of the most heart-warming displays of humanity in the history of human conflict and was dubbed the Christmas Truce.


Depiction of the Christmas Truce of 1914 by artist A. C. Michael, originally published in the Illustrated London News on January 9, 1915, with the caption “British and German Soldiers Arm-in-Arm Exchanging Headgear: A Christmas Truce between Opposing Trenches.”

From the trenches, a 19-year-old British private by the name of Henry William Williams — a man of confounding contradictions himself, who would go on to become one of the most lyrical nature writers in the English language, an early admirer of Hitler, and an opponent of the Second World War — wrote to his mother on Boxing Day:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngDear Mother, I am writing from the trenches. It is 11 o’clock in the morning. Beside me is a coke fire, opposite me a ‘dug-out’ (wet) with straw in it. The ground is sloppy in the actual trench, but frozen elsewhere. In my mouth is a pipe presented by the Princess Mary. In the pipe is tobacco. Of course, you say. But wait. In the pipe is German tobacco. Haha, you say, from a prisoner or found in a captured trench. Oh dear, no! From a German soldier. Yes a live German soldier from his own trench. Yesterday the British & Germans met & shook hands in the Ground between the trenches, & exchanged souvenirs, & shook hands. Yes, all day Xmas day, & as I write. Marvellous, isn’t it?

This lovely short film captures the story and spirit of this symbolic moment of peace, grace, and humility amid one of history’s most violent and disgraceful failures of humanity.


Complement with Eleanor Roosevelt’s little-known children’s book about Christmas and hope amid war.

Nietzsche on the Journey of Becoming and What It Means to Be a Free Spirit – Brain Pickings

“…become master over yourself, master of your own good qualities… acquire power over your aye and no and learn to hold and withhold them in accordance with your higher aims…”

via Nietzsche on the Journey of Becoming and What It Means to Be a Free Spirit – Brain Pickings

Birthday of Rudolph

Did you know…

… that today, besides being Christmas in many countries (Merry Christmas!), is the birthday of Rudolph? Robert May created Rudolph in 1939 as an assignment for Montgomery Ward. The retailer had been buying and giving away coloring books for Christmas every year and it was decided that creating their own book would save money. May considered naming the reindeer “Rollo” and “Reginald” before deciding upon using the name “Rudolph.”


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.”

— Bob Hope