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- The struggle of the divine prince Rama to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana- a story we have all heard but never thought we can implement in our life
- The Valmiki Ramayana (the original text in Sanskrit) has nearly 50,000 verses with each verse enriched with wisdom to impart
- With a heart fully illuminated, a pure conscience, anybody can incorporate a divinely Rama and the life lessons he imparted into their lives
New Delhi, August 7, 2017: Lord Rama is the epitome of compassion, love and positivity. His humble demeanor and his respect for elders and younger ones works like a teaching. His unwavering devotion and service to his parents motivates us to be a better version of ourselves. His tale of brotherly love motivates us to forego greed and maintain relationships over money. Lord Rama has taught us a lot, and lessons from Ramayana have given us every reason to be like him. And I do not ask for much but to only embed 10% of his persona in my life.
The Ramayana has nearly 50,000 verses, with each verse enriched with wisdom to impart. If you have grown up in a Hindu household, you must have watched several dramatic telecasts of the Ramayana on the television every Sunday morning, but have you ever wondered about all the practical philosophies the epic has to offer? Along with tales of compassion and perseverance, Ramayana also provides us with a practical guide to be better at our work- karma.
We present a list of management concepts that you might have missed from the epic:
- SWOT Analysis Solves Everything
Reference : As soon as Hanuman traced Sita to Lanka, the first thing he did was to survey and understand the area, and it’s people – their attitude, actions, strengths and weaknesses.
Interpretation : SWOT (Strength, weakness, opportunities, threats) analysis forms a crucial part of the success of any business, regardless of what era it is undertaken in.
In order to be a smart businessman, a prerequisite is to be certain of your goals and targets, which should be followed by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your competition and yourself. Keeping all possible threats in mind, a plan should then be devised.
And you can be sure to hit the jackpot!
2. Make A Plan. Stick To It.
Reference : When Lord Ram killed Maricha who came in the disguise of a deer, he shouted “Lakshman! Sita” in Ram’s voice. Assuming his brother is in danger, Sita ordered Lakshmana who was at guard, to go after the voice and save his brother. Rule 1 broken.
In spite of Lakshman strictly asking Sita to stay within the Lakshman-rekha (a secure boundary that he drew) she overstepped it to feed Ravana disguised as a sage, thus breaking rule 2. We all know what followed was an elaborate tale of abduction and fight.
Interpretation : The progress of an organization is the reason planning is important-devising a plan helps establish a set route to achieve target. It eliminates unnecessary effort and provides us with a definite set of steps to fulfill our goal. A plan also brings the entire team together by clearly attributing tasks, thus promoting better coordination.
What is equally important is to stick to the devised plan.
3. Keep A Check On The Stakeholders
Reference : King Dashratha had three wives- Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi and four sons. Kaikeyi gave birth to the eldest son, Bharat. Ram was the son of Kaushalya. And Sumitra gave birth to Lakshmana and Shatrughan. This means three individual minds that had their own opinions and thus, influenced the king in their own ways.
Interpretation : When there are too many stakeholders, power is bound to get diluted, opinions get confusing, decision-making in turn becomes difficult and one can possible lose control of the task.
4. Importance of Communication
Reference : The fight between Bali and the demon Mayavee extended for an elongated period inside a cave, while younger brother Sugreev was ordered to keep a watch and wait at the cave’s entrance. When nobody emerged from inside for an entire year, Sugreev returned to kingdom Kishkindha assuming that they both were dead, proclaimed himself as Kind and made Bali’s wife his queen.
Interpretation : Miscommunication is a deadly killer- it not only creates confusion and fosters animosity, but also ends all possible scope of development. Effective communication steers away any confusion, keeping everybody aware of their roles and the growth of the business.
5. Value Your Subordinates
Reference : When in his court his younger brother Vibhishana pointed out that abducting Sita was a wrong decision, Ravana immediately shut him off. Ravana’s arrogance thus resulted in him losing one of his finest and smartest ministers. When his wife expressed similar views, it didn’t take long for him to lash out at her too. Look what fate Ravana brought upon himself by ignoring the suggestions of his subordinates- he not only lost his kingdom but also his life.
Interpretation : A good manager is one who knows the secret to get work done. If you believe you alone run a business, that is your arrogance. A good businessman includes everybody in the working, even the subordinate staff and makes them feel part of a team which together achieves success.
6. Mergers and Alliances
Reference : When king Janak announced the wedding of his daughter Sita, the event saw participation by some of the strongest men. However, it was Rama who won the competition, and in turn Sita. The two had been raised with the same values, and an absence of hedonistic beliefs.
In a similar way, the friendship of Sugreev and Rama serve as an example that mutual support and coordination between two parties can help achieve targets and growth.
Interpretation : A merger based on the congruence of basic values of both the parties involved is sure to lead you to a successful venture. A synergy in the respective core strengths and objectives of both parties involved helps tap their joint business potential better.
The Hindu culture not just celebrates but worships the teachings of Ramayana. Rama’s journey is enriched with religious teachings, lessons, and reminders that allow the readers to tread upon the righteous path of Dharma and Karma.
When the heart is fully illuminated, and with a pure conscience, anybody can experience a divinely Rama within themselves and create their own Ram-Rajya.
– by a staff writer of NewsGram
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By Siddhi Jain
The author who named the book after her twin sons -- Puhor and Niyor -- is a parent who has seen and heard the tales of ridicule and discrimination suffered by many in India and beyond. She says the book is an artistic illustration for kids that details how different families can live and coexist. Whether it's children with two dads or two moms, children with a single dad or single mom, and even multiracial family units, Borthakur's book teaches love, understanding, and compassion towards unconventional families.
Beyond race, gender, color, and ethnicity which have formed the bases for discrimination since the beginning of time, this book aims to bring to light a largely ignored issue. For so long, single parents have been treated like a taboo without any attempt to understand their situations; no one really cares how or why one's marriage ended but just wants to treat single parents as villains simply for choosing happiness and loving their children.
Homosexual parents, a relatively new family system, is another form that has suffered hate and discrimination for many years. Pritisha emphasizes the need to understand that diversity in people and family is what makes the world beautiful and colourful. 'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race, and even differences in background
'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race and even differences in background. | Photo by Ben Wicks on Unsplash
Written for a global audience, the book is targeted at kids between the ages of five and 10, the reason it is embellished with colourful images of families of different types is to appeal to children's sense of sight and drive home the message at the same time. Borthakur believes children are the best place to start because the ages between five and 10 are the most formative, where little ones pick up habits, beliefs and perceptions.
The Guwahati-born author says, "With this book, I'm not trying to take away the job of parents in forming habits, I simply want to do my part as a parent. It is important that we impart the right values in our kids in a bid to build a better, more inclusive and tolerant global society that is fair to everyone." The author's first attempt at a book was an Assamese poetry 'Anubhav', published in 2010.
Set to be published under the label of Author's Channel, the book is like an adventure; a journey into uncharted territories, untouched subjects and matters long ignored. In her words. "The book takes a critical stand in defense of people in society who have had to undergo severe emotional torture for no cause of theirs. It is a terrible conception to think such people any less of a human just for being different," says publisher Aruna Naidu. By September 30, this title, priced at Rs 299, will be available online and in offline bookstores. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Book, children, Guwahati, Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories, moral, story, kids, discrimination, equality
If you feel that clean and well-groomed hands are just an essential prerequisite for women, you might like to think twice. Men should equally pay attention to their hands because our hand houses 1,500 bacteria living on each square centimeter of its skin. You can easily assume what havoc it can create in our body because in India we have the culture of eating with our hands and spaces beneath nails can become breeding heaven for germs. Moreover, clean and maintained hands boost confidence in their daily life activities. Therefore, it's important to keep your hands clean irrespective of your gender by washing or sanitizing at regular intervals. And, to keep them groomed, you don't have to visit a salon.
Rajesh U Pandya, Managing Director, KAI India, gives easy and completely doable tips to follow at home:
* Refrain from harsh soaps: You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. Your soap can have a moisturizing element in it like aloe vera or shea butter. Ensure that you're washing your hands with normal water as hot water can make your hand's skin dry and scaly.
You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. | Photo by Aurélia Dubois on Unsplash
* Clip your nails regularly: Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. After cutting your nails at a comfortable length also file them using a nail filer. Never share your nail care clipper as the germs can get transferred to your loved ones. Also, don't forget to use grime remover to remove hidden germs in corners and beneath nails. Also, you may like to file your nails to have a smooth finish.
* Good quality Nail Clipper: Do not use a rusted or chromium coated nail clipper as it might be harmful to skin and might cause dangerous bacterial infections.
* Stop the habit of nail chewing: Sometimes anxiety or extreme boredom can lead to chewing of nails. This habit only makes your nails uneven and ugly. Sometimes, our unclean nail folds give rise to viral, bacterial or fungal infections, which in turn can make us sick if we chew our nails.
Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. | Pixabay
* Exfoliate your hands: Similar to the way you exfoliate your face; your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. You can buy a scrub or make one at home using brown sugar and olive oil. After scrubbing, you need to massage your hands with moisturizer.
Similar to the way you exfoliate your face; your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. | Wikipedia
* Don't use your nails as tools: Always keep in mind that your nails are like jewels. Never use them to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters, or scraping off labels. This results in unnecessary breakage of nails, making your hands look dirty.
Never use your nails to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters or scraping off labels. | Photo by Sammy Williams on Unsplash
* Be aware of nail or cuticle inflammation or redness: If there are any signs of infection, disinfect the skin as soon as possible with an anti-bacterial or anti-fungal ointment.
(Article originally written by N.Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Nails, groom, hand, exfoliate, chew, nail clipper, bite, cuticle
Bitcoin has become an essential crypto asset in modern portfolios and investment funds. The confidence generated in this cryptocurrency will depend a lot on the diversification that companies make in their balance sheets in Bitcoin and the increase of institutional investors that allocate a percentage of their funds in this crypto. American fund manager Cathie Wood makes some interesting predictions, both in the rise that the Bitcoin price will experience in the next 5 years, suggesting these institutional investors allocate 5% of their funds; this will help leverage the Bitcoin market.
Bitcoin will grow by a tenfold
Bitcoin is projected to grow by 10 times its current value in five years, i.e., it could reach $500,000. Of course, this will require companies to invest in cryptocurrencies. This makes it necessary to increase the weight of Bitcoin on balance sheets through investments. One of the investment gurus who supports this prediction is Catherine Wood. Contrarily, Ray Dalio, despite being clear that relying on cash is not a good strategy, views Bitcoin with suspicion, although he calls for its investment. This behavior is due to the actions of governments against the cryptocurrency market.
If something is undoubted is the vertiginous increase that cryptocurrencies have had in general, they have risen more than 60% so far this year. So, even when some governments are trying to regulate cryptocurrencies, they will fail. This attempt to regulate will end up triggering even more cryptos, especially Bitcoin, which is the oldest and most solid of that market.
Bitcoin, is the oldest and most solid of the market. | Photo by Executium on Unsplash
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The current Bitcoin price means is time to buy:
The current price of bitcoin invites you to buy, and perhaps it would be foolhardy not to. In either case, bitcoin will always represent money. Maybe some external factors generate some misgivings, but if you refuse to invest in cryptocurrencies, you are basically denying the near future, it would be as if you didn't have a cell phone or internet.
In India, more and more people are becoming convinced of the benefits of holding some Bitcoin. This can be clearly seen in the rapid increase in the number of new accounts at crypto exchanges such as WazirX and CoinDCX.
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Bitcoin, despite its fluctuations, represents an excellent financial strategy. The support users give is significant. The same cannot be said of the FIAT currencies, which have lost value and support, showing how fragile they are, being subjected to a constant devaluation. As long as confidence in cryptos grows, the foundations will continue to be laid to maintain their rise and to be able to continue making transactions. We know this by previous experience, as has happened with Ether, thanks mainly to the growing activity of Defi and NFT, i.e. decentralized finance and non-fungible tokens.
Remember that when you invest in Bitcoin, you can do it by buying or trading. When you want to make these transactions do it in a secure Exchange, study your finances to invest, manage the risk, and learn to manage your portfolio efficiently.