Category: Random Thoughts


Evolution or revolution ??

Are we really evolving ?

Evolution as we may define it is the growth of our species in terms of intellect and understanding of the universe surrounding us. As we advanced from Primates to Neanderthals to Homo Sapiens our intellect grew and we started devising ways to communicate and devise theories about the universe around us. Even our creations, the machines evolved from being a dumb combination of metal components to an intelligent type with its own limited, protocoled mind capable to think and learn.

We created machines to simplify and expedite work of the manual labor, but gradually we are creating machines to replace manual labor. We are advancing in our understanding of ourselves and trying to replicate the Work of God. But what we forget is that even God fears of what it created. We are building robotic machines far more stronger and far more durable that humans, is that not going to reduce value of a human life ?? Same is the case for internet, we sync the term “research” with googling some terms and not with sitting in a library going through books to find what we need. The core idea of research ie finding what we want out of a plethora of information (aka library) is handed to google. We reduce the amount of info that should have been taken in that process by almost one-third. We are becoming more and more dependent on machines and I fear we might just become sort of parasites dependent on the host. So the primary question is are we really evolving or its just a short term illusion ??

10 tips for healthy heart.

Having a healthy heart is key to a healthy life. Our expert, Dr. D.S Gambhir shares tips for a healthy heart

1. Consuming mixed nuts, about 25 gms of walnuts and peanuts as they help in bringing down cholesterol levels and are rich in proteins.

2. Consuming food rich in protein, like fish as Fatty acids found in fish prevents clot formation.

3. Taking a tablet of 10 mg of statin everyday at night (if over the age of 40 and particularly diabetic).It helps to decrease cholesterol and reduce risk of heart attack.

4. General health check-ups after the age of 25 years in case of family history of heart disease.

5. Avoiding extreme weather. In the cold weather blood pressure soars harming blood vessels thereby inducing heart attacks.

6. Meditation: It has a direct impact on one’s blood pressure; there is a significant reduction in the blood pressure levels and is key to a healthy heart.

7. Starting the day with a spoon full of honey- It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and prevents heart attack

8. Walking on dew bare feet: Walking restores a sense of balance and brings an inner calm hence it good for the heart.

9. Maintain good oral hygiene: Studies suggest gingivitis may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke because of the high levels of bacteria found in infected areas of the mouth.

10. Brisk walking for atleast 30 minutes early in the morning since it reduces the affects of pollution on the heart, which are more likely during the evening hours.

11. Listening to soft music, gurbani, sholkas etc, as these have beneficial effects on lowering the blood pressure and thus keeping the heart healthy.

(Times of India)

Interview goof-ups !!

Even smart chicks with killer resumes can blow an interview. And since calling and asking why you didn’t get the job isn’t an option, www. careerbuilder.com did a national survey of hiring managers to find out the most common missteps candidates make across the globe. We skipped over the obvious – only a bonehead would read a text while meeting with a potential boss – and focussed on four you probably haven’t heard of.

You’re kind of cocky: Confidence, i.e appearing composed and sure of yourself as opposed to like a nervous wreck, is always an appealing quality. Arrogance, on the other hand, made 51 percent of employers want to kick an applicant out of their office on the spot. No one wants the coolest dude variety.

No matter how much of a superstar you were at your last job, don’t make it sound as if you single-handedly pulled off every amazing accomplishment. “Employers want people who work well with others, and acting arrogant makes them think you can’t,” says Paul Powers, Ph.D, author of Winning Job Interviews.

Show that you’re a great co-worker by saying something like “My team worked on this award-winning project and I handled this part…. Then follow up with a detailed description of what you did well. That should be enough to impress them.

Little things like bringing a latte with you, pushing aside a pile of papers on an interviewer’s desk so you can plunk down your portfolio, or sneaking a glance at the clock can also make you seem selfimportant – as if your time and stuff are more valuable than theirs are. Another minor goof they see as arrogant: leaving your sunglasses on top of your head.

You didn’t say these two words: Of course you don’t want a potential boss to think you’re gunning for the role of office kissass, but playing it too cool can wreck your chances. 55 percent of bosses surveyed said a lack of enthusiasm is one of the biggest mistakes that candidates make. Seriously.

“A lot of us worry that if we’re too eager, we’ll look desperate and, therefore, less desirable,” explains Alexandra Levit, author of They Don’t Teach Corporate In College. “But we can end up seeming like we don’t care.” Get the right message across by using words like exciting and interesting.

To show you mean it, read uEven smart chicks with killer resumes can blow an interview. And since calling and asking why you didn’t get the job isn’t an option, www. careerbuilder.com did a national survey of hiring managers to find out the most common missteps candidates make across the globe. We skipped over the obvious – only a bonehead would read a text while meeting with a potential boss – and focussed on four you probably haven’t heard of.

You’re kind of cocky: Confidence, i.e appearing composed and sure of yourself as opposed to like a nervous wreck, is always an appealing quality. Arrogance, on the other hand, made 51 percent of employers want to kick an applicant out of their office on the spot. No one wants the coolest dude variety.

No matter how much of a superstar you were at your last job, don’t make it sound as if you single-handedly pulled off every amazing accomplishment. “Employers want people who work well with others, and acting arrogant makes them think you can’t,” says Paul Powers, Ph.D, author of Winning Job Interviews.

Show that you’re a great co-worker by saying something like “My team worked on this award-winning project and I handled this part…. Then follow up with a detailed description of what you did well. That should be enough to impress them.

Little things like bringing a latte with you, pushing aside a pile of papers on an interviewer’s desk so you can plunk down your portfolio, or sneaking a glance at the clock can also make you seem selfimportant – as if your time and stuff are more valuable than theirs are. Another minor goof they see as arrogant: leaving your sunglasses on top of your head.

You didn’t say these two words: Of course you don’t want a potential boss to think you’re gunning for the role of office kissass, but playing it too cool can wreck your chances. 55 percent of bosses surveyed said a lack of enthusiasm is one of the biggest mistakes that candidates make. Seriously.

“A lot of us worry that if we’re too eager, we’ll look desperate and, therefore, less desirable,” explains Alexandra Levit, author of They Don’t Teach Corporate In College. “But we can end up seeming like we don’t care.” Get the right message across by using words like exciting and interesting.

To show you mean it, read up on the company’s history and the industry in general before the interview and slip some of the things you learned into the conversation in a casual manner.

Your answers sound familiar: Most of us have gotten this well-meaning advice from a career counsellor: when you’re asked ‘What’s your biggest weakness?’ throw out something that’s actually good, like ‘I’m a workaholic’ or ‘I am a perfectionist and won’t stop until something’s done right.’ Yeah… whatever.

34 percent of interviewers said they definitely notice when you respond to their questions with tired cliches. It can be a deal breaker because they think you are hiding something or just bad at communicating, says Nancy Schuman, author of The Job Interview Phrase Book.

Granted, you don’t want to confess anything truly incriminating, but it’s okay to reveal a real weakness, provided you follow it up with how you’re working to correct it, like “I can get disorganised when I’m swamped, so I recently took a class on creating a more efficient workspace. It actually made a huge difference, I use my time much better now.”

And even if it’s the God’s honest truth, avoid saying “This is my dream job” when asked why you want the gig – it sounds insincere. Instead, explain why the responsibilities are such a good match for your talents, or how this seems to be the natural progression for you in you career curve.

You fail the question test: You’ve done it all right from the way go. And feel confident that you’ve cracked this one. There are only a few minutes left in the interview and you get what seems like a throwaway: “Do you have any questions for me?” Answering “I don’t think so” can mess up the awesome impression you just made, since 34 percent of bosses said they’re turned off when candidates don’t ask smart questions.

Why? “Doing so shows that you’ve been paying attention and indicates that you’re evaluating them too – not just jumping at the first job opening you hear about,” says Schuman. Prove you’re a good listener by requesting that the interviewer elaborate on something she said earlier. And use this alltime great inquiry: “What type of people excel here? This will give the boss the impression that you are seriously looking forward to a meaningful stint at the new job.”

Save questions about vacation time and benefits for when they actually give you an offer.

(Reproduced From Cosmopolitan. © 2010. LMIL. All rights reserved)p on the company’s history and the industry in general before the interview and slip some of the things you learned into the conversation in a casual manner.

Your answers sound familiar: Most of us have gotten this well-meaning advice from a career counsellor: when you’re asked ‘What’s your biggest weakness?’ throw out something that’s actually good, like ‘I’m a workaholic’ or ‘I am a perfectionist and won’t stop until something’s done right.’ Yeah… whatever.

34 percent of interviewers said they definitely notice when you respond to their questions with tired cliches. It can be a deal breaker because they think you are hiding something or just bad at communicating, says Nancy Schuman, author of The Job Interview Phrase Book.

Granted, you don’t want to confess anything truly incriminating, but it’s okay to reveal a real weakness, provided you follow it up with how you’re working to correct it, like “I can get disorganised when I’m swamped, so I recently took a class on creating a more efficient workspace. It actually made a huge difference, I use my time much better now.”

And even if it’s the God’s honest truth, avoid saying “This is my dream job” when asked why you want the gig – it sounds insincere. Instead, explain why the responsibilities are such a good match for your talents, or how this seems to be the natural progression for you in you career curve.

You fail the question test: You’ve done it all right from the way go. And feel confident that you’ve cracked this one. There are only a few minutes left in the interview and you get what seems like a throwaway: “Do you have any questions for me?” Answering “I don’t think so” can mess up the awesome impression you just made, since 34 percent of bosses said they’re turned off when candidates don’t ask smart questions.

Why? “Doing so shows that you’ve been paying attention and indicates that you’re evaluating them too – not just jumping at the first job opening you hear about,” says Schuman. Prove you’re a good listener by requesting that the interviewer elaborate on something she said earlier. And use this alltime great inquiry: “What type of people excel here? This will give the boss the impression that you are seriously looking forward to a meaningful stint at the new job.”

Save questions about vacation time and benefits for when they actually give you an offer.

(Reproduced From Cosmopolitan. © 2010. LMIL. All rights reserved)