Teachers, dont try to teach students, just inspire them

Hello friends,

Our Education system is one of my topics which I keep thinking and worrying. 

In this era, anyone can argue that there are good enough sources around us to learn from that we dont need textbooks or classes. I dont disagree. Why do you want to goto classes then? I believe that, the role of the teacher has changed considerably as we progress with time. The best things a teacher in this age can do is to INSPIRE, MOTIVATE and get the Student to think whether he/she is INTERESTED in the subject. If the student gets inspired, then rest, (s)he will figure out.

What prompted me to write this post – once again it is QUORA. I read about – Professor Walter Lewin. Professor Emeritus at MIT. Also called as the Professor who brings Physics to Life. 

One of his quotes – “Physics Works, and I’m still alive!”

He takes a lot of effort and risk in the class. Wish I could attend one of his classes. 🙂 See the video. 

Imagine the passion, enthusiasm and love for the subject that we emulates in the class. Wow. Wish we had more of these kind of teachers and professors!



A Special Day for me

Hello Friends,

I was planning to share a small bit of happiness with all of you today. That’s when another small happening made me a little more happy. One of my previous blog post (which I shared from some other source since I liked it very much) inspired an author, Julie Zeveoff of Business Insider to refer and write about the post in Business Insider Life, Business Insider Australia, Ncwtv.com. It also reached Yahoo News. The whole point of adding the post from other sources is to spread the word and make more people read it (and when i think my blog audience will like it).  Thanks to Julie – she made sure it is spread to a LARGE crowd. 🙂

Coming to the reason of this post – it is BIG DAY for me. April 30th, 2012 was my LAST DAY at INFOSYS. I resigned Infy for Profoundis and I’m so happy today that I took the best decision of my life. (the decision was not resign Infy, but start with Profoundis). I should thank Anoop Thomas Mathew, Jofin Joseph & Nithin Sam Oommen – my fellows on the same boat. It’s our team that gave us the courage to dive to the amazing world of Entrepreneurship. The days with Profoundis is awesome, truly fantabulous – We are really enjoying the Roller Coaster Ride.

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I will close Thanking each one of you for providing support in the form of a chat, a like or a comment. Profoundis always found encouragement around us. No words to Thank you!



Life Learnings Illustrated in a Great way!

Hello World,

May be, we know some or all of these, but I still think going through it once again will be nice. 🙂


Share your experiences with us!

If you are a college student, do read this – Here is a post from former MIT admissions counselor Ben Jones in 2006

I found this very interesting. So copy – paste… read through ..  🙂 

Dear Class of 2010,
This will be my last entry written specifically for you; beginning with the launch of our new site in early September, I’ll begin focusing on the future class of 2011. I hope that you guys won’t be strangers; stay in touch either in person (come visit us!) or online (please drop by the blogs from time to time and say hi).
As you begin your college experience, and I prepare for my 10-year college reunion, I thought I’d leave you with the things that, in retrospect, I think are important as you navigate the next four years. I hope that some of them are helpful.
Here goes…

  1. Your friends will change a lot over the next four years. Let them.
  2. Call someone you love back home a few times a week, even if just for a few minutes.
  3. In college more than ever before, songs will attach themselves to memories. Every month or two, make a mix cd, mp3 folder, whatever – just make sure you keep copies of these songs. Ten years out, they’ll be as effective as a journal in taking you back to your favorite moments.
  4. Take naps in the middle of the afternoon with reckless abandon.
  5. Adjust your schedule around when you are most productive and creative. If you’re nocturnal and do your best work late at night, embrace that. It may be the only time in your life when you can.
  6. If you write your best papers the night before they are due, don’t let people tell you that you “should be more organized” or that you “should plan better.” Different things work for different people. Personally, I worked best under pressure – so I always procrastinated… and always kicked ass (which annoyed my friends to no end). 😉 Use the freedom that comes with not having grades first semester to experiment and see what works best for you.
  7. At least a few times in your college career, do something fun and irresponsible when you should be studying. The night before my freshman year psych final, my roommate somehow scored front row seats to the Indigo Girls at a venue 2 hours away. I didn’t do so well on the final, but I haven’t thought about psych since 1993. I’ve thought about the experience of going to that show (with the guy who is now my son’s godfather) at least once a month ever since.
  8. Become friends with your favorite professors. Recognize that they can learn from you too – in fact, that’s part of the reason they chose to be professors.
  9. Carve out an hour every single day to be alone. (Sleeping doesn’t count.)
  10. Go on dates. Don’t feel like every date has to turn into a relationship.
  11. Don’t date someone your roommate has been in a relationship with.
  12. When your friends’ parents visit, include them. You’ll get free food, etc., and you’ll help them to feel like they’re cool, hangin’ with the hip college kids.
  13. In the first month of college, send a hand-written letter to someone who made college possible for you and describe your adventures thus far. It will mean a lot to him/her now, and it will mean a lot to you in ten years when he/she shows it to you.
  14. Embrace the differences between you and your classmates. Always be asking yourself, “what can I learn from this person?” More of your education will come from this than from any classroom.
  15. All-nighters are entirely overrated.
  16. For those of you who have come to college in a long-distance relationship with someone from high school: despite what many will tell you, it can work. The key is to not let your relationship interfere with your college experience. If you don’t want to date anyone else, that’s totally fine! What’s not fine, however, is missing out on a lot of defining experiences because you’re on the phone with your boyfriend/girlfriend for three hours every day.
  17. Working things out between friends is best done in person, not over email. (IM does not count as “in person.”) Often someone’s facial expressions will tell you more than his/her words.
  18. Take risks.
  19. Don’t be afraid of (or excited by) the co-ed bathrooms. The thrill is over in about 2 seconds.
  20. Wednesday is the middle of the week; therefore on wednesday night the week is more than half over. You should celebrate accordingly. (It makes thursday and friday a lot more fun.)
  21. Welcome failure into your lives. It’s how we grow. What matters is not that you failed, but that you recovered.
  22. Take some classes that have nothing to do with your major(s), purely for the fun of it.
  23. It’s important to think about the future, but it’s more important to be present in the now. You won’t get the most out of college if you think of it as a stepping stone.
  24. When you’re living on a college campus with 400 things going on every second of every day, watching TV is pretty much a waste of your time and a waste of your parents’ money. If you’re going to watch, watch with friends so at least you can call it a “valuable social experience.”
  25. Don’t be afraid to fall in love. When it happens, don’t take it for granted. Celebrate it, but don’t let it define your college experience.
  26. Much of the time you once had for pleasure reading is going to disappear. Keep a list of the books you would have read had you had the time, so that you can start reading them when you graduate.
  27. Things that seem like the end of the world really do become funny with a little time and distance. Knowing this, forget the embarassment and skip to the good part.
  28. Every once in awhile, there will come an especially powerful moment when you can actually feel that an experience has changed who you are. Embrace these, even if they are painful.
  29. No matter what your political or religious beliefs, be open-minded. You’re going to be challenged over the next four years in ways you can’t imagine, across all fronts. You can’t learn if you’re closed off.
  30. If you need to get a job, find something that you actually enjoy. Just because it’s work doesn’t mean it has to suck.
  31. Don’t always lead. It’s good to follow sometimes.
  32. Take a lot of pictures. One of my major regrets in life is that I didn’t take more pictures in college. My excuse was the cost of film and processing. Digital cameras are cheap and you have plenty of hard drive space, soyou have no excuse.
  33. Your health and safety are more important than anything.
  34. Ask for help. Often.
  35. Half of you will be in the bottom half of your class at any given moment. Way more than half of you will be in the bottom half of your class at some point in the next four years. Get used to it.
  36. In ten years very few of you will look as good as you do right now, so secretly revel in how hot you are before it’s too late.
  37. In the long run, where you go to college doesn’t matter as much as what you do with the opportunities you’re given there. The MIT name on your resume won’t mean much if that’s the only thing on your resume. As a student here, you will have access to a variety of unique opportunities that no one else will ever have – don’t waste them.
  38. On the flip side, don’t try to do everything. Balance = well-being.
  39. Make perspective a priority. If you’re too close to something to have good perspective, rely on your friends to help you.
  40. Eat badly sometimes. It’s the last time in your life when you can do this without feeling guilty about it.
  41. Make a complete ass of yourself at least once, preferably more. It builds character.
  42. Wash your sheets more than once a year. Trust me on this one.
  43. If you are in a relationship and none of your friends want to hang out with you and your significant other, pay attention. They usually know better than you do.
  44. Don’t be afraid of the weird pizza topping combinations that your new friend from across the country loves. Some of the truly awful ones actually taste pretty good. Expand your horizons.
  45. Explore the campus thoroughly. Don’t get caught.
  46. Life is too short to stick with a course of study that you’re no longer excited about. Switch, even if it complicates things.
  47. Tattoos are permanent. Be very certain.
  48. Don’t make fun of prefrosh. That was you like 2 hours ago.
  49. Enjoy every second of the next four years. It is impossible to describe how quickly they pass.
  50. This is the only time in your lives when your only real responsibility is to learn. Try to remember how lucky you are every day.

Be yourself. Create. Inspire, and be inspired. Grow. Laugh. Learn. Love.
Welcome to some of the best years of your lives.

Will someone steal my STARTUP IDEA?


We hear this question from many people – especially when asked to pitch the idea, be active in a community etc. I don’t think it is bad to ask this. However, it is important to think this through.

1. Just like you, there are many more with Ideas.

If you have any idea now, there is always a chance that the same occurred to someone 5 years ago (may be not 5 year… 😛 .. ). Let’s be frank here, ideas are not rare

2. Execution Matters A LOT

People who come up with an idea and who are crazy enough to bet on it and start executing truly believe in their idea. And believing in it is one of the most important things. Imagine somebody would hear about an idea but just think ‘cool, let’s make some money out of it’ and he would try to copy it. He would miss the essential, his driving force would be moneymaking, not the true believe in the idea, which makes a big difference.

3. A Startup =~ Team

More often than not, the Startup is not about the idea, not about the money – but the team. Trust me, you will change your direction (even before you know it); your ideas will seem foolish. None can steal your Startup team. Right. So don’t worry about your idea too (which you are going to change.. 😛 ..)

4. Traction is the best protection you can get

Don’t try to go behind stupid Intellectual property rights or anything similar to save your ‘precious idea’. If you are so serious about it, hit the market as soon as possible.

 Sideline Note: And yeah, no product is ready until it is shipped.

 5. Idea, Execution, team – but everything boils down to how you SELL

You know how good your idea is, but can you convince someone how good it is, make somebody bet on it. If yes, then you are the leader. No worries go ahead with your idea, execute it and sell it. J

Do tell people about your Startup idea

Actually telling people about your idea is a very important thing to do. Only in this way you’ll be able to start collecting feedback early and shape your idea into a Startup success. It is very crucial validate your idea before you build your product. And feedback is so important, just remember who came up with the hash tags on Twitter: the Twitter users.

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