Category Archives: Good Living…

All of us are Good people…

(Just sharing a simple thought)

All of us are good people…

Is that so??? Yes. When do we call a person good? When he / she does good things? Yes. If so, we are all good people… We are always doing good things… !!!! The key question though is “Good for who?”

One can do good in the four following ways:

1. Good for SELF

2. Good for FAMILY

3. Good for COMMUNITY

4. Good for HUMANITY

All of us certainly do keep doing at least the first “Good” of Good for self. Quite often, we may be doing good for family too and a little for the community. Rite? So, that very simply makes us good people. But wait !!!

While we do any one of these “Good”s , do we also do some Bad for someone??? Thats the second key question. There can very similarly be four kinds of “Bad”… For Self, for Family, for Community and for Humanity. When the quantum of good that we do is higher than the quantum of bad we do, we are termed GOOD people.  Quite natural…. Right?????

Also, the key concept here….. All the four “GOOD”s or “BAD”s are not of equal value…. Very obviously, when one looks from the GLOBAL GOOD perspective, for the sustainance of humanity, the activities, either good or bad done by us rank in Value in the following order.

1. For Humanity

2. For Community

3. For Family

4. For Self.

So, in simple terms the more good we do for Humanity and less bad we do for Humanity, the more GOOD we are in the eyes of other people.

What happens when the Good for Humanity or Community or Family causes Bad for Self???? This is one condition which very few people would prefer and allow.  But when it is accepted and allowed, we call that act a SACRIFICE. Being able to Sacrifice has been hailed as one of the greatest virtues… It certainly is good…. Being precise, “Good for Humanity”… But does the self lose in such cases? Not necessarily. There could be some physical / mental loss for the self. But spiritually, there is nothing that the Self can ever lose. In fact, Sacrifice takes the Self also to a Higher plane of existence. There is no greater happiness than seeing happiness of self in the happiness in others…

Each of us do activities which are distributed in these 8 categories. The simple goal is to do the shift towards the top of the below shown Ladder of Activities.

Good for Humanity

Good for Community

Good for Family

Good for Self

Bad for Self

Bad for Family

Bad for Community

Bad for Humanity.

Also, another important question that arises is this. When there is a good happening for someone, does it have to be bad for someone else? Not really. This is what is often termed as the Win-Win situation… We can always find a middle path where neither loses but certainly there could be some compromise to make. Why should we compromise? In order to move our activity more towards the top of the ladder. If viewing only the short term benefit for ourselves, we take a decision to focus on the good for self and allow bad for anybody, we gain less in the long term.

Just as Alexander, the Great told his people to bury him with both his palms facing upwards to indicate that despite all his conquests, he is carrying nothing with him when he is dead, we too wont carry anything “material” when we leave this world…

Its a choice each of us have to make in each of our activities what are we bargaining for … “Good for Self while allowing Bad for Humanity?” Never… If each of us shift a little more up the ladder towards “Good for Community” even, the world would be a much better place. We dont need miracles or revolutions…

Jai Hind !!!!

Discovering rural India !!!

Rural India has strengths. But it would be hiding our from reality if we said nothing ails Rural India.

I would not impose much my opinions here. To be frank, I dont know much. My parents hail from villages in Rural India. But its been quite some time since I myself visited…. I have also travelled as part of treks to rural places in Chikmangalur, Karnataka. I have met with people who have come over to the cities from rural places, heard their stories. But this blog is not one to stick out my opinions. I shall share information I have. But more importantly, I WISH TO HEAR FROM YOU.

WHY?  I guess that a strength sharing between rural and urban India could bring benefits to both. The first step of course is to know what and how…. As of now, there is only a strong feeling that pushes me to look……Of course, our great Industrialists like the Tatas, Birlas, ITC and so on have done and are doing great work towards the same… This is to look if even from us simple small individuals, something good can happen… Just letting the government and others do / cribbing on inaction by them is certainly not the way…


Just a small question…

Experiments on a healthy work environment

This is one for corporates to think of… But top mangament is what the company is. And if you are part of it or close to them, you can try this out / get it tried… Product companies, I am sure can spare this much resource.

The aim is simple. To experiment a good healthy work environment that would enhance product / service quality, employee satisfaction, productivity and hence profits n growth for the organisation.

The method is simple too. Although not seemingly cheap initially. It would be an investment.  It would bear benefits over time and you would see it. Big companies I am sure would have resources to experiment it (or probably they already do..)

When I write independently thought up things, I dont look for ‘prior art’. Hence, please forgive me for my ignorance if I am writing stuff that you already know…

The method:

1. Setup a work place, say one that would accommodate 10 people on your office terrace or any place that would receive good sunlight. Of course, protected with sun film or whatever to prevent it getting hot. But some warmth and light are a must.  Architects I am sure would know what I talk of…

Louvre museum…

2.  Get one team to move to this place. Get them to work in mornings. If your team does not travel much to reach office, it would be great. Say they start work at 8 am..

3. Experiment for a month or so.  And as you know, collect satistics on say how many bugs they fix in that time,whats been the quality etc.. etc… N u already know what it used to be a month ago when they were working in artificial lights. with air conditioners that dont always work well to provide fresh enough air. N where mornings n nights r no different..

4. Analyse ur statistics after the experiment. If u find it encouraging, then here u go….

5. This could come on a rotation basis. Teams would move in to such a work environment for short periods. They would get some incentives to move.

6. Or better still, teams that show promising effort could be awarded with such environment. This would make teams work  together and better to achieve such an environment.

7. Or even better. If your economics works well, switch your whole office to such a structure that would provide such an environment. Hopefully, you would see much better business.

I realise now…

“Early to bed and early to rise” …

We have heard this only too often… Many of the elders in my family have told this to me. Or rather, many even demonstrate directly by their actions. Some of my uncles wake up at about 4:30 am and are off to sleep by about 9 pm. I had known this for long. Even health experts, magazines say this. But is this really true?

May be it was only something they did because their profession demanded it. Our profession is different. Conditions are different. We are not in villages doing farming. We r here writing codes / analysing or managing stuff in offices in cities. This does not apply to us. We work for clients in the US, the Europe, Japan etc. Hence, our work timings are very different. There cant be one size of shirt that fits all. Same way, this rule cannot apply to all.

So, it went. Though having known this for years, I never implemented it much. Although, i still have managed to wake up at 6:30 am n mostly go to bed by 10 pm. That was because I felt good working that way. Even during college days, before semester exams, the three hours of study in the morning has always benefited me most. Almost never stayed awake after 11 pm. Even in office, problems that remained unsolved the previous evening get solved with almost no effort the next morning. I have observed this quite often. But there it remained till now, in the back of the mind…On the contrary, waking up late or if the train am travelling by reaches beyond 8-9 am, the whole day feels wasted. This too remained…

Truths dont come to realisation through logic. They flash suddenly…

In recent times, I have been having to take more decision, both personally and professionally. In the ending months of the previous year, I have had to stay late at office. Too much work to be done n too few people available to do. This also meant lot of decisions to be taken regarding planning / project risks etc while staying late. I had just been doing it as I had not much time to think. But what I had been seeing over time is that projects were getting delayed, some risks went unaddressed causing enough turmoil. I attributed it all to human resource shortage n left it as I had no control over that. Personaly too, the work load at office meant that I arrived late. This stretched my day n decisions on finance, family etc.. were made later in the evenings n nights. They have not been great either.

This year has been little different. Year beginnings r low on workload for us, a service industry firm. Moreover, I was off to foreign land for a month n work pressures have not been much. So, my office timings have been more regular. Reaching office at 8:30 am to avoid traffic n leaving back at 6:30 pm as I was done with the work. Things have been happening differently. They r more in control…

All this happenings that i mentioned above, I am sure would be quite common to many of us working in cities, be it in the IT industry or banks n finance firms or call centres.

Yesterday, it just struck me… N I write now….

Its not been without reason that in olden days people used to wake early n sleep early. “Mornings are full of hope and belief. Nights are full of doubt, depression and useless thoughts” Does it strike a chord immediately? I believe it certainly would. Analyse your life and you would see this thing repeatedly happening only too often. Many of ur successful work (out of the ordinary, ones that brought you acclaim / awards) would have been executed in the mornings. Most of things that went awry would have been due to work / decisions taken in evenings or late nights. The jigsaw puzzle all seems to fit now. You ask me for statistics? Yes. I am going to collect. How? By your replies to this article. Please do write back if you share this experience / see opposing experiences. Over time, I am sure with many replies, we would have enough proof for this.

Extremes teach us most…

A thought experiment would help here. Say we get a thug (or goonda) to wake up early, get him to brush his teeth, have a nice cup of coffee, take bath, have good healthy breakfast……. N them tell him “hei. U got this task today. Go… Ur victim would be there in that place…. N u know what to do…” Funny???? What do you think would happen? Would he really do what he is meant to do? Would at least one thought not cross his mind “Why am I doing this?” . I believe it would.

Thugs, even if they work in mornings do not do so really. They would probably be under intoxication with alcohol effects remaining. So, it is still not the energetic morning for them. They live under gloom all day. And under gloom, u can only expect unproductive / criminal thoughts to come. Do u get the point? A further fact I heard recently fits well. It seems that in cold countries near the poles during winters when people hardly see the sun, stay either inside houses or offices most of the time feel a lot of depression. Another piece fits in the jigsaw puzzle…

Ms.Kiran Bedi, IPS Officer realised this probably. Thats probably how she got onto reforms at the Tihar Jail. Jails should be centres of reform for those who come in as thugs / criminals go out and learn to live a ‘day life’ forgetting their past ‘night life’. They are to be shown ‘mornings’, a new sunrise in their life.

Work done in morning / decisions taken in mornings would lead to good results.

By mornings, what is meant is not just the time of the day. It also means the physical state you are in. Having woken up after a good sleep n freshened up n nourished well by a good breakfast. Thats a good morning. Do try this. I am sure it would work well. Choose to avoid traffic with early morning travel. Put off any decisions to mornings. Things will work well.
What about me u may ask if you are working in companies that require you to be on night shift ? Simple. Decide if you live for yourself or for the company ! Yes. today you cannot avoid working late nights. But work to get off the night shifts to a regular day shift. Others who are starting careers would come and fill those slots. And then as they grow, they can also choose to work during day. Make a lifestyle change. That changes your health and life and nothing else… Choose to live happily n peacefully n it will come to u… Choose to avoid pizza with aerated drinks in nights. They dont get digested well and your next day too would be just so so… Apply this basic logic to ur specific life and you would find choices that could make ur life happier, funnier n nice…

One point I learnt when I was in france was that people realise there that they work only to earn a living and to have job satisfaction. Life for them is much bigger outside of office with 3 week vacations commonly taken. They work mostly for themselves. Not for the organisation. And thats good. The organisation will still run well.

Wish you all good and healthy living…

See article “Experiments on a healthy work environment” … to come soon…