Loans and terms – take a closer look

Taking a loan and making monthly automatic payments seems a normal activity. However, some fine print coming into play currently! Sharing some of my lessons learned in the process!

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Going through a transformation

We never know when we are transforming. It is only the before and the after comparisons that make us reflect the transformation we have been through!

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Dealing with loss – Mental health

Dealing with loss of a friend is very tough for a child. While it comes as a shock for parents, knowing how to deal with emotions (theirs and their children) and teaching them how to deal with it is critical.

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Ideas from Back to the Future movie

This weekend we watched Back to the Future trilogy. It was amazing to see the improvements that were imagined in 1985.. some of which have not yet come true.. 🙂 So, if you are an entrepreneur or looking out for ideas to build something cool, some of these ideas can lead you to one!

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Activities to cheer you up

Every now and then, we tend to feel bad about the situation we are in, irrespective of our age. We need our scope of control back… but things are different now.. so, feeling sad is normal.. some tips to try when you are feeling sad…

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Survival mindset

Everyone around seems to be in a very different mindset. Understanding, relating and respecting the way the other person feels seems to be a challenge in today’s context.

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What are people learning during the crisis?

It was interesting to see what people choose to learn during the pandemic. Who was choosing what to learn was even more interesting! Sharing my observations thus far..!

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Mental health

The past week has been very tough on many of us! Multitude of incidents in close circles – that I felt the urge to write about! Of the, one specific incident made me feel the importance of talking about mental health of not just us, but children and parents and grand parents as well!

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What to do while you are recovering at home during the pandemic

With all the news and guidelines circulating around, collated some of the information gathered from those who have recovered during the pandemic, while self-quarantining themselves at home. Sharing it for the benefit of all!

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What to eat to keep ourselves healthy during the pandemic?

If 80% of the population who contract the virus are anticipated to self-quarantine and heal by themselves while staying at home, wanted to understand what people in different countries were eating during the peak of the pandemic. How did / are they handling it. Sharing a compilation of immunity boosting tips and food tips from different countries!

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How are people reacting and responding to the crisis?

Everyone has a different way to respond to a crisis. Understanding each others’s responses and reactions helps us come together as a community during the crisis. Sharing what I have seen, learned and understood about people’s reactions over the past few weeks!

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People change people

During a dining table conversation, the topic comes up about who would be there when we need help? I was reminded of a story that I heard while growing up. Sharing what I learned and how I got to adopt it in life!

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Support the medical professionals around you

Medical professionals need our help! We are running low on face masks for them.. let us get together and make face masks and send it to support our medical professionals in our local hospitals! When Forbes raised this awareness, called a few hospitals around to check if there was an immediate need and Yes.. we can help! Have collated all the articles about it in this page..!

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Apartment communities prepare themselves for the crisis in Chennai, India

With the current stay at home and work from home increasing across the world, reached out to some of the apartment communities in India. Spoke to the community managers and was impressed by their leadership, speed of thoughts, ideas and implementation. Felt like sharing what I learned!

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Role of technology during a crisis

In the past few years, across the world we have faced many crisis situations. Whether it is a flood zone and the cities or state is cutoff, or tsunami effect and aftermath, or earthquakes and taking stock of people who are alive. Think of the many incidents and the number of technologies, and our communication challenges that have been occurred in the past decade or so! There are so many aspects we get to learn from one incident to the other! Sharing some of what I have observed and grown to respect over the years!

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Singapore – Aero farming or Hydroponics

For the past few weeks, have been reading up about Aero farming and Hydroponics. Being a foodie, while doing a project on special foods at Singapore, got to see that Singapore imports more than 90% of its vegetables. Only about 8% of the vegetables and eggs seem to be locally produced. Got me thinking..

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Smart farms

When I wrote about the technology innovations like Bee BOTS, I wondered if these AI and Robotics sensors were only for Bees and whether they can or are being used to monitor the patterns of other animals. Felt like I had opened a Pandora box (Internet of things). Sharing what I have learned thus far..!

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Energy centers across the world

When we visit places known for their scenic beauty, huge landscapes, beautiful rivers, glaciers, mountains and volcanoes, we return with a sense of satisfaction and peace! The scenaries and landscapes make us feel one with nature and we feel re-energized. I felt a quiet kind of peace when I visited Yellowstone and Sedona and wondered how it compared to the places of worship… I got curious and tried to understand more about it. Sharing what I learned in the process..!

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Global Cities and their impact

While sitting in a class on International Management, we were introduced to the concept of Global cities. The term seemed interesting and my mind immediately wanted to check if my city was a Global city 🙂 One hour into the lecture, we realized its impact on us globally..! Sharing what I learned thus far..!

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Disruption – small or big?

Is it easy or difficult to disrupt a normal routine? Ask a mother who sends her kids to school in the school bus (need to maintain time) and then rush to office to be on time! Yes.. one day waking up few minutes late can cause a huge disruption in itself for a single family.. what about organizations and countries? When my son asked me about it.. I started thinking about how disruptions can grow in size pretty quickly and especially for areas that are really unpredictable.

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Garden Gadgets & Apps

Gardening is a physically exhausting activity, especially if you mow your own lawn and also plan to grow veggies and fruits in your yard. Simple gadgets help us greatly! Sharing some of the gardening gadgets I found interesting and useful! And some I would want to try – just for the fun 🙂

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How do 10 year olds think these days?

When I was growing up, focus used to be on studies and play. When my children were growing up, focus was on studies and extra curriculars – not necessarily play. Amidst all the subjects and theory, there has and will always be a good amount of applied knowledge that one needs! I am a true believer of this. I was pleasantly surprised to see how some of the elementary schools in a few states were teaching new subjects. Sharing what I learned and how I felt…

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AgroTech business showing growth potential

I heard the term Agro Tech a few years back and wondered what is the big deal about technology in Agriculture. It would be used by farmers and they cannot pay a lot to buy expensive equipment, so the technologies involved in it would be simple pulley systems like what I had seen in farms while growing up.

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Hydroponics and the future

Few years back I heard the term Hydroponics for the first time when there was an event at the local school showcasing the latest trends in gardening. Was an interesting concept! A year later, my mother sent me a video link to show how farming was done vertically. Amazing concept!

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Bees – University research, Robotics and Apps

In the previous post about Learning from bees, we looked at what is the current challenge we are facing and what can we do to save the species.

It made me think, are the universities doing anything about it? What does the current digital age and Robotics/AI organizations doing about this challenge.

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Bioluminescence in Beaches

Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism. (Fireflies is the first thing that comes to mind :)) There are places on earth that have an abundance of organisms like fish, bacteria, fungi, jellies etc (mostly sea creatures) that are bioluminescent (emit light – similar to glow-in-the-dark). I have always been fascinated by the concept and was amazing to see the different places that have bioluminescent bays across the world!

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Medical Innovation – Visor to detect stroke earlier

Cerebrotech Visor Can Rapidly Detect Severe Stroke with 92% Accuracy. Yes.. you read it right! Technology innovation that can help stroke patients be diagnosed much earlier, making it possible to reduce the severity of the stroke.

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Rooftop gardens

While researching about what can be done to revive bee population, came across very many cities and city-builders, architects considering the option of building rooftop gardens across bigger cities. Cities being now called as Big cities, will become global cities attracting twice to ten times the population from suburbs in the next ten years (Courtesy: Internation Management session at Wharton)

Pictures are google-searchable and I do not own them. However, they seem to be portraying a story.

Barcelona rooftop garden
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Learning from Bees

Bees are a critical part of our eco system. Bees are pollinators that are vital to our food chain. Close to 1/3rd of our food will not be available without bees. So, does that mean humans will die if bees dont survive? Yes.

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Keeping your back straight is the key

We all know about how human evolution happened. Looking at these pictures makes us think how our spinal cords have straightened during evolution.

Human evolution stages. Evolutionary process and gradual development visualization from monkey or primate to businessman dressed in suit carrying briefcase. Flat cartoon colorful vector illustration

Look at the way the neck is bending to look at our handheld devices.

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Hydrogen water – What is it?

While studying Chemistry in school, we learn about water molecules and that water is made of 2 parts Hydrogen and 1 part Oxygen.

H2 + O = H2O

We all know water is very beneficial to health. Drinking water is known to be a good therapy for many health conditions. Hydrogen is available in plenty in the atmosphere. However, when it combines with Oxygen, their combined properties make water possible. Water is also known as the source of life on earth.

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Reducing carbon footprint on Earth

One of the articles on World Economic forum on the reducing the carbon footprint triggered a thought.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/12/with-thank-you-emails-polite-britons-burn-thousands-of-tonnes-of-carbon-a-year/

There are organizations who are thinking about reducing our carbon footprint on earth. As an individual, what can I do to help?

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