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Sunday, December 8, 2013

System is only good as we make it (AKA Conviction matters)

A truly inspiring story just played out in New Delhi…..Staying true to our convictions, questioning the system can lead to dramatic results.
Very happy for Arvind Kejriwal and the AAM AADMI PARTY’s super success in New Delhi. I am happy for the dude, but more so for the turbulence that this will create in the system - be an inspiration for the forthright next gen to jump in and help make a difference. Kahani abhi baaaki hain.

We will all hit pockets of resistance when we question the system - but it is the very basis for a progressive system. And drinking the kool-aid blindly, specially by those who have the ability to make progressive choices, is not the basis for progress; and even more dangerous when folks are pursuing a self-serving convoluted agenda.

Arvind has proven that an outsider, can jump in with the special energy, to help shake up the system just a tad, and make a huge difference.
Lesson learnt for all of us…..The system is only good as we make it.
Let us “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” and if I may add to what is already becoming Silicon Valley folklore quote "always ask the right questions towards a better world”. And if we see something “foolish”, lets step up and lead the charge; YES WE CAN.

NEW DELHI: Dismissed as a political greenhorn, engineer-turned-civil servant Arvind Kejriwal has cemented his place in politics with a stunning political debut for his nascent Aam Aadmi Party and emerged as a giant killer to sweep Sheila Dikshit out from not only office but also her constituency.

Belying all claims of being a "non-actor or no factor" in the Delhi assembly elections by Congress and BJP, Kejriwal was largely instrumental in snapping the 15-year rule of incumbent chief minister. Adding to her misery was the defeat in her own turf — New Delhi constituency — by a huge margin of 25,864 votes.

Often poked fun at by politicians, the 45-year-old former Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer was challenged by none other than senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal in — not to criticize the political system as an outsider but join it to cleanse it from within.

In the past one year, if there was one person who sent the entire political spectrum into a tizzy it was undoubtedly Kejriwal, who attacked both BJP and Congress on the issues of corruption, exorbitant rise in power and water tariff, safety of women and had managed to make a dent in the vote banks of both the parties.

Soft-spoken but a man with strong conviction, the Ramon Magsaysay award winner came into prominence from the agitation by 75-year-old activist Anna Hazare in support of jan lokpal bill in 2011.

He was part of the Team Anna, along with first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan and others. He was the civil society representative member of the committee constituted by the Government to draft the jan lokpal bill, following the campaign for introduction of such legislation.

After feeling "betrayed" by the government when it rejected their draft, Congress and other leaders challenged them to join politics, win elections and come to Parliament if they wanted to "fight system from within", root out corruption and get the Jan Lokpal Bill passed.

Known for taking on challenges, the indefatigable activist decided to take a plunge into politics and formed "Aam Aadmi Party" on November 26 last year, after a formal split of Team Anna.

The party name — Aam Aadmi Party — reflects the phrase Aam Aadmi or "common man", whose interests Kejriwal proposed to represent and got its poll symbol "broom" in July this year.

The party started its poll preparation way ahead in April with an emphasis to field only candidates with a "clean image" for all the 70 assembly constituencies.

For taking on seasoned politicians like three-time Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and other BJP leaders, Kejriwal and his party tried different strategies like going on 15-day long hunger strike on the issue of power tariff in May.

And to inject some drama, the anti-corruption crusader even filed his papers on November 16 on the last date of filing of nominations, after Dikshit filed her nomination, just to ensure a straight fight with her.

To woo the electors, the party put up posters on auto-rickshaws against Dikshit flagging burning issues of women safety, corruption and high power and water tariffs.

Thousands of AAP volunteers, from Delhi and outside and even abroad, joined him in the hope that Kejriwal would do a miracle. They even took sabbaticals to join his movement.

The volunteers conducted street plays, put up banners hanging across flyovers to gain the attention of 1.19 crore Delhi voters.

Stressing on transparency, the party did which was unthinkable of putting their funds in public domain and making it accessible to all.

Among the other firsts, he and his party decided to come up with 70 assembly-based manifestos and a common one for Delhi, which was followed by the BJP but it failed to bring out more than one or two.

Known as meticulous planner, Kejriwal and his team planned every thing right down to the booth level to help swung votes in their favour.

Even selection of party symbol "broom" was part of their plans to strike a chord with the balmiki community, who mostly work as safaikaramcharis in the three BJP-led municipal corporations, which used to be perceived as a traditional Congress vote bank.

Born on August 16, 1968 in Hisar in Haryana to Gobind Ram Kejriwal and Gita Devi, Arvind is a Mechanical Engineering graduate of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur.

After completing his engineering, he joined Tata Steel in 1989 and after working for three years, he resigned in 1992. He later joined Indian Revenue Service in 1995 after qualifying the civil services examination.

Being in government service, Kejriwal was active in taking up social cause and worked for implementation of Right to Information Act at grass root level.

His efforts in the enactment of the RTI Act to empower the poorest citizens of India won him the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership in 2006.

In February 2006, after resigning from the lucrative government job from the post of joint commissioner in the income tax department he become a full-time activist and started an NGO, Public Cause Research Foundation, with his award money as a corpus fund.

Kejriwal is married to Sunita, who is also an IRS officer and his batch mate from National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie. The couple have two children, a daughter and a son. He has a younger sister and brother.

But unlike, other political leaders, Kejriwal had to face several controversies related to funds and a sting by a webportal.

Opposition parties repeatedly termed AAP and Kejriwal as "back-stabber" and one who had stabbed at the back of Anna Hazare to fulfil his political ambitions.

They even questioned the party accepting funds from abroad from NRIs. A PIL was also filed in the Supreme Court, which directed the government to probe the matter.

During the last phase of election campaign, a sting operation carried out by a little known webportal, claimed to have exposed how AAP volunteers were ready to support anyone who offered to fund their party.

The party's political affairs committee themselves went through the unedited footage found that the sting was carried out to malign the AAP image and not the entire truth was aired.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Vegan celebrities - plant based lifestyle

Hollywood stalwarts and celebrities helping the cause of veganism…as JayZ calls its "spiritual and physical cleanse."

JayZ was spotted with wife Beyonce  in Los Angeles at Cafe Gratitude, a vegan restaurant in Larchmont Village, Cafe Gratitude is a must visit if you happen to be in LA

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Photo of the "I Am Pure" kale salad.

Of course, Bey and Jay aren't the only celebrities who have given up animal products. Take a look at a few stars that have gone vegan for good.

  • Bill Clinton
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    After undergoing quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 and a later stent surgery, the 42nd president adopted a vegan diet in 2010. He's since lost 20 pounds, and has become an advocate for vegan and meatless diets.
    "I like the vegetables, the fruits, the beans, the stuff I eat now," Clinton told a CNN reporter. "All my blood tests are good, and my vital signs are good, and I feel good, and I also have, believe it or not, more energy."
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  • Carrie Underwood
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    Growing up on a farm, Carrie Underwood says she became a vegetarian at age 13 after witnessing animal killings first-hand. Slightly lactose intolerant, PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2005 and 2007 jumped to being a vegan in 2011.
    It's not a completely strict meatless and dairy-free diet for this country star, though: She'll slip up for cultural or social reasons if need be. "I am a vegan but I consider myself to be a practical vegan," she told Entertainment Wise. "If I order something on a menu and it has a sprinkling of cheese on top I'm not going to send it back."
    (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
  • Al Gore
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    Al Gore is the latest celebrity to hop on the animal and dairy free diet. Forbes broke the news last weekend, saying he's a "newly turned vegan." It's unclear why the former vice president made the swap, but in doing so, he joins the 42nd president he once served in this dietary endeavor.
    (Photo by LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Natalie Portman
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    Long-time vegetarian Natalie Portman went vegan in 2009 after reading Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals. She even went on to blog about it on The Huffington Post. "The human cost of factory farming -- both the compromised welfare of slaughterhouse workers and, even more, the environmental effects of the mass production of animals -- is staggering," she wrote.
    The actress reverted to vegetarianism during her 2011 pregnancy, US Weekly reports, citing that her body was craving foods made with eggs and cheese. Post-pregnancy, Portman readopted the animal-free lifestyle. Her 2012 wedding was actually catered with an all-vegan menu.
    (Photo by Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Mike Tyson
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    Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson turned vegan in 2010, and has since loss 100 pounds. "Becoming a vegan gave me another opportunity to live a healthy life. I was so congested from all the drugs and bad cocaine, I could hardly breathe, [I had] high blood pressure, [was] almost dying [and had] arthritis. And once I became a vegan all that stuff diminished," said Tyson earlier this year on "Oprah: Where Are They now?".
    (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
  • Ellen DeGeneres
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    Similar to Natalie Portman, comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres switched to a vegan diet in 2008 after reading several books on animal rights and diets. "I do it because I love animals," DeGeneres told Katie Couric. "And I saw the reality and I just couldn't ignore it anymore." Degeneres' wife, Portia de Rossi, shares the same diet, and their 2008 wedding featured a vegan menu.
    Perhaps one of the more vocal celebrities on this diet, she even has her own vegan blog, "Going Vegan With Ellen," and she and de Rossi are slated to open their own vegan restaurant, though its opening date is unknown.
    (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
  • Alicia Silverstone
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    This "Clueless" star went vegan more than 15 years ago at age 21, according to Health Magazine. Prior to the dietary switch, Silverstone told Oprah that she had puffy eyes, asthma, acne and insomnia and constipation.
    The New York Times reports that this lifelong animal lover made the switch after watching documentaries on the food industry. Silverstone authored The Kind Diet, a book on vegan cuisine in 2009, and offers other diet pointers and green tips on her website, The Kind Life.
    (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images)
  • Usher
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    This singer-songwriter-dancer went vegan in 2012, according to Mother Nature Network. His dad died of a heart attack in 2008, and RadarOnline reports that Usher is determined to take charge of his fate with this healthier diet.
    Usher apparently tried to get his protégé, Justin Bieber, aboard the vegan train too, but he hasn't stuck with it.
    (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
  • Joaquin Phoenix
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    This award-winning actor has likely had the longest bout at veganism of any celebrity. "I was 3 years old. To this day it is a vivid memory," Phoenix told the New York Daily News. "My family and I were on a boat, catching fish … The animal went from a living, vibrant creature fighting for life to a violent death. I recognized it, as did my brothers and sisters."
    This past February, he simulated the concept of a drowning fish in a controversial video for PETA's "Go Vegan" campaign. PETA wanted to run the ad as a commercial during the Academy Awards, but ABC refused to air it, reports Business Insider.
    (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
  • Carl Lewis
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    World-famous track runner and Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis says he had the best race of his life at the 1991 World Championships, after he turned vegan to prepare for the race, Mother Nature Network reports. It was that year that he won ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year and set a world record.
    In the introduction to Very Vegetarian by Jannequin Bennett, Lewis explains that he went vegan after meeting two people, a doctor and a nutritionist, that inspired him to switch his diet. Though he acknowledges there were hurdles to cross, such as cravings for meat and salt, he found other substances like lemon juice and lentils to make his diet enjoyable.
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  • Woody Harrelson
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    This Hunger Games star is hungry for all things dairy and animal free, and has been so for over 25 years, according to a previous Huffington Post article. "I was on a bus and some girl sees me blowing my nose," Harrelson is saying of his early years trying to make it as an actor in New York. "I had acne all over my face, which I'd had for years and years. And she's like: 'Hey, you're lactose intolerant. If you quit dairy, all these symptoms you got will be gone in three days.' I was like twenty-four. And I was like, No way. But three days later: gone," he told Esquire.
    Harrelson isn't just a vegan, but also environmentally conscious. He resides on on a working organic farm in Maui with his family, refuses to talk on a cellphone because of electromagnetic waves, and prefers to drive energy efficient cars, the Esquire article explains. According to Mother Nature Network, he's a co-owner of Sage, a vegan restaurant and the world's first organic beer garden that opened this past fall.
    (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Audi)
  • Thom Yorke
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    The song "Meat is Murder" by The Smiths is said to have inspired Radiohead's founder and lead singer to adopt a vegan diet, according to Yahoo. He told GQ that meat consumption was tearing up his diet.
    (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
  • Alanis Morissette
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    After reading Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Furhman and feeling unhealthy from weight gain and processed food, the singer-songwriter became vegan in 2009. On why she made the diet swap, she told OK magazine: "Longevity. I realized I want to live till I'm 120. There's a lifestyle that I am now happily creating that can, as best as is possible, prevent most forms of cancer and other diseases." She also says in the interview that she lost 20 pounds within months of becoming vegan and feels more energetic. Morissette does note, however, that she is 80 percent vegan. "The other 20% is following what my body needs," according to the Guardian.
    (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
  • Russell Brand
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    After watching "Forks Over Knives," a documentary on rejecting processed food to control common diseases, Russell Brand converted from longtime vegetarian to vegan in 2011, according to Mother Nature Network. Once he made the switch, PETA's 2011 Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity tweeted, "I'm now vegan, goodbye eggs, hello Ellen."
    (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Morrissey
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    This long-time vegetarian and vegan made headlines this year for his outspoken views on veganism and animal rights. Most recently, he called the White House's annual turkey pardon "Thankskilling" and wrote on a fan website, "Please ignore the abysmal example set by President Obama who, in the name of Thanksgiving, supports torture as 45 million birds are horrifically abused; dragged through electrified stun baths, and then have their throats slit. And President Obama laughs. Haha, so funny!" according to Rolling Stone. The "Meat is Murder" songwriter also cancelled an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" this year when he found out he'd be sharing the spotlight with the "Duck Dynasty" cast, telling Kimmel that they essentially "amount to animal serial killers."
    (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

You only live twice?...NOPE (How about 11)

You only live twice?...NOPE (How about 11)

If you think that you only live once, maybe you have to think again. What if you have many lives? How will you live your life differently?

All it takes is one shining moment…how about discovering that?

life comic

It's never too late to realize what to do next in your life! Don't waste your life chances!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Amazon - half hour delivery via drones?

2013 will be remembered as the year online went mobile

Mobility (and Cloud) : the focus areas in 2014…
Online shoppers spent record amounts of money on Cyber Monday and did much of their shopping on mobile phones and tablets.
Cyber Monday is well on its way to being the biggest online shopping day in history,
Overall, 29.4% of online traffic was mobile, according to data from IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark. Shoppers used smartphones to browse but were more likely to make purchases on a tablet, the data show.

From here 

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