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  • What is true wealth then?

    Sep 7, 2014 by Bikash Mohanty

    Someone called me this evening, asking me whether I have some spare time to make some quick money…big money…a BMW within a month, a holiday home in Hawaii within a year, so on, so forth…I asked her; have you got that yet? She said she will get some one to speak to me with more details, over next couple of days.

    People say, 'Time is money.' And others think 'Money is power.' But why do any of us actually want power? Surely because, we only want safety. We just imagine that if we had money we could achieve this, achieve that, manipulate things and control so much more over. 

    All who seek/try for attaining greater prosperity; gain an opportunity to attain it. But money, as all wise souls know, is false and fickle. True wealth can only ever come to those who understand this.  What is true wealth then?

    1. That it is: to use our time to gain more power over ourselves, not on others!
    1. Through which comes opportunities to gain more self-knowledge, more self-mastery, and more mindfulness…more bliss!

  • Happy Teachers Day!

    Sep 7, 2014 by Bikash Mohanty
    Today; September 5th is celebrated as TEACHER’S DAY in India!   Guru/Teacher is indeed the strongest entity of the Universe who reveals the reality to students for the conduct of a successful life of peace and bliss and thereby, leaves an indelible imprint on their mind. An enlightened teacher has a Midas-Touch which helps in bringing a metamorphosis, a sort of total change, in the sincere disciple.

    We often misunderstand thinking that the ONLY role of a teacher in our life is to help us with our education.   The first and foremost purpose of education is to educate and give everyone equal opportunity as a means to succeed in life. Education is a way of igniting and enlightening the thought of an individual.

    1. Innovation is pushing ahead at warp speed. We are certainly living through one of the most exciting periods in human history. The pace of change is so fast that even the technology of five years ago seems prehistoric.
    2. Students of current age probably do not even remember a time when phones were not smart, when cameras contained film, when texts meant school books, and when wireless was a word used for old-fashioned radio!
    3. If we hadn’t had the most recent global economical crisis and the unrest in certain war torn regions had not occurred, there might have been 62 million more jobs in the world today, according to the International Labor Organisation as it is, there are over 200 million people looking for work across the globe.
    4. To add to our worries: 75 million of these are young people, eager to take that first firm foothold in the ladder of success.

    However; teachers of current time, have some added responsibility; apart from the static role to help with the formal education.

    • It is also the teacher’s responsibility to help learners to discriminate between knowledge and ignorance,   help to create a spark and create the sense of realisation with logic and a way to reason why the other things are illogical.   It is more important than learning some text book theories.
    • Everyone must have a vocation of specialization – such as a trade, a business, or a profession – (if they are able to) in order to earn his livelihood so that they can support themselves, their family and people who cannot help themselves in our society.     The role of the teacher today is to make the student aware of what they are individually good at AND guiding them in their selection process as to what they should be focusing in their career; rather than encouraging them to focus on a generic career available off the shelf.

    Gone are the days of traditional model of students sitting passively in classrooms, following instructions and memorising material. It is evident that computers can do that for us!   A 21st century educational system has to focus on the areas where humans can outclass computers —such as in cognitive skills, interpersonal skills, fine motor skills, or sophisticated coding skills.   Maybe we need to remind ourselves of the purpose of education and vocational education. And for defining the purpose of education,   we need to look at the patterns of economic activity in the years ahead, and especially the role of education, technology and innovation in driving us forward.

    In the apprehension of all these above a good relationship between the teachers and the disciples is important, which is full of adoration and introspection.    It has always gone down in history as the very best form of human relations, which is so beautified with love, respect, humility and deep gratitude, that it is difficult to fathom its beatitude!   Happy Teachers day to everyone,   who have bestowed their wisdom on me, and for making me who I am.

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    Sep 5, 2014 by Bikash Mohanty

    ths my social media platforms were heavily used for the testing, of their integration with my website. So at times you may have received test postings, repeated posting and scribbles even some time. Sorry for the inconvenience, it may have caused. Thank you for your patience. Much appreciated. Have a fabulous Friday evening & fantastic weekend. Please wear your SMILE, w

    ths my social media platforms were heavily used for the testing, of their integration with my website. So at times you may have received test postings, repeated posting and scribbles even some time. Sorry for the inconvenience, it may have caused. Thank you for your patience. Much appreciated. Have a fabulous Friday evening & fantastic weekend. Please wear your SMILE, w

    ths my social media platforms were heavily used for the testing, of their integration with my website. So at times you may have received test postings, repeated posting and scribbles even some time. Sorry for the inconvenience, it may have caused. Thank you for your patience. Much appreciated. Have a fabulous Friday evening & fantastic weekend. Please wear your SMILE, wths my social media platforms were heavily used for the testing, of their integration with my website. So at times you may have received test postings, repeated posting and scribbles even some time. Sorry for the inconvenience, it may have caused. Thank you for your patience. Much appreciated. Have a fabulous Friday evening & fantastic weekend. Please wear your SMILE, w

  • Sorry for the inconvenience!

    Sep 5, 2014 by Bikash Mohanty

    Friends!

    For last few months my social media platforms were heavily used for the testing, of their integration with my website. So at times you may have received test postings, repeated posting and scribbles even some time. Sorry for the inconvenience, it may have caused. Thank you for your patience. Much appreciated. Have a fabulous Friday evening & fantastic weekend. Please wear your SMILE, when you go out :).

     

  • Individual philanthropy!

    Sep 5, 2014 by Bikash Mohanty

    A donation is a gift given by physical or legal persons, typically for charitable purposes and/or to benefit a cause. A donation may take various forms, including cash offering, services, new or used goods including clothing, toys, food, and vehicles. It also may consist of emergency, relief or humanitarian aid items, development aid support, and can also relate to medical care needs as i.e. blood or organs for transplant. Charitable gifts of goods or services are also called gifts in kind.

    Monetary donations affect not only how much money is given but to whom it is given. The poor people tend to give to religious organizations and social-service charities, while the wealthy prefer to support colleges and universities, arts organizations, and museums.  For example:

    1. Of the 50 largest individual gifts to public charities in the recent time in United States of America, 34 went to educational institutions, the vast majority of them colleges and universities, like Harvard, Columbia, and Berkeley, that cater to the nation’s and the world’s elite.
    2. Museums and arts organizations received nine of these major gifts.
    3. With the remaining donations spread among medical facilities and fashionable charities.
    4. Not a single one of them went to a social-service organization or to a charity that principally serves the poor and the dispossessed.

     

    We have always made a virtue of individual philanthropy, and an independent charitable sector is crucial to any country’s public spirit.

    There is much to admire in our approach to charity, such as the social capital that is built by individual participation and volunteerism. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF or the Gates Foundation) is one of the largest private foundations in the world, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. It was launched in 2000 and is said to be the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world. It is "driven by the interests and passions of the Gates family". The primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. The foundation, based in Seattle, Washington, is controlled by its three trustees: Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

    • The trust had an endowment of US$38.3 billion as of 30 June 2013.The scale of the foundation and the way it seeks to apply business techniques to donation; makes it one of the leaders in the philanthrocapitalism revolution in global philanthropy.
    • In 2007, its founders were ranked as the second most generous philanthropists in America, and Warren Buffett the first.
    • As of May 16, 2013, Bill Gates had donated US$28 billion to the foundation.

     

  • Myths & Maths - Tooth decay!

    Sep 5, 2014 by Bikash Mohanty

    Tooth decay occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk, pop, raisins, cakes or candy are frequently left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay. These are all age old theories. The world is slowly waking up to the fact that, when we give the body what it needs, it can heal things we previously thought were impossible. Although levels of tooth decay have decreased over the last few decades, it is still one of the most widespread health problems across the globe. It's estimated that around one in every three adults have tooth decay and a survey of five year old children carried out in the recent past, found that more than one in four had some degree of tooth decay

    Research in the recent era has proved that the tooth decay occurs due to:

    1. Not enough minerals in the diet.
    2. Not enough fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) in the diet.
    3. Nutrients not being readily bioavailable, and our intestinal system not properly absorbing them.
    4. Over a period of time, if our diet lacks vitamins and minerals from a poor diet and/or contains high levels of phytates (from grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes), the blood chemistry and the ratio of calcium and phosphorous become out of balance, which results in minerals being pulled from bones, causing tooth and bone loss.

    So, the long-standing belief that sugar causes tooth decay is true, but as a result of it depleting nutrients from the body, not because bacteria eat it and produce acid that ruins our teeth.

    In order to restore the ratio of calcium and phosphorus in our blood, and to enable minerals to bond to our teeth, it is not enough to just avoid eating too many sweet or processed foods. We must also eat health-building foods, containing copious amounts of minerals and vitamins that will build a glassy hard tooth structure.

    Foods to focus on are:

    • Coconut oil, grass-fed organic dairy (especially butter), grass-fed meats, seafood and bone broths.
    • Organic cooked vegetables (soups with bone broth are ideal).
    • Organ and gland meats, like liver.
    • Limit of foods that are high in phytic acid, like grains, beans, nuts and seeds, as well as limiting processed food intake full of processed flours and sugars that upset blood sugar balance.

  • PRINCI - Spirito Di Milano!

    Sep 5, 2014 by Bikash Mohanty

    When in Rome, do as Romans do. How about if; I want to do as Romans do, while in London? Well; then I go to Princi cafe and bar at SOHO, where Real Italian food served by Italians in an Italian-style setting. The look/feel of the place is just amazing and I just love spending some time here, either having a coffee or staying for lunch or dinner. Prices are little over the average, but for the quality of the food served, price is justified. This place is a real find, in a real long time.  Years ago when I was working around Oxford Street/Soho area; I had discovered this place while browsing roughly for a lunch bite. I was immediately struck by the lengthy glass cases of exquisite treats, contrasted by rough unpolished granite walls. All those linear and balanced long counters, perfectly symmetrical seating arrangements by the wall next to the fountains and along the floor!!!  A lot of careful thinking must have gone into Princi's design. The tables are set humbly back from the busyness round the counters and up beside the wall on the far side - there are little cascades and a bit of a marble look going on with elegant lights, to add to the mood around this area.

    There are various food stations within this restaurant to pick out what we want (Desserts, salads, coffee, wines, main course, pizzeria, starters, smart foods etc). No matter, which food station you pick your food from; the food is always very appetizing. I have been to this restaurant both at night and during the day and wow what a difference!!! It’s fantastically relaxing in the day and crazy at night. Brilliant!!! Whether we talk about best desserts or best salads or best coffee or best wines or best pizza or best modern Italian food – Princi comes to my mind straight away; for its quality, beauty, culture, customer service and originality! I will pour in 5 out of 5; for this extremely gorgeous beauty “PRINCI”!!!

    Here is your ticket to extreme Italian experience: http://www.princi.com/

  • The Sportsman Country Pub, Mogador!

    Sep 5, 2014 by Bikash Mohanty

    After our successful cycling trip from London to Box Hill on the previous weekend; my friend wanted us to carry on doing the same, every weekend. Last weekend; he suggested us to cycle to “Colley Hill””!  Where H**l is that, I thought to myself! It is somewhere close to Box Hill; he said. I trusted his navigation skills always; he is good at using Google map from his semi-smart phone. And I am hopeless. And we arrived at Colley Hill. Other good friend called in to check what were we doing during the long weekend and if we could go somewhere nice.  He was not happy to learn that we are already in Colley Hill and it will take another 3-4 hours for us to be back in London. We invited him to join in for breakfast at Colley Hill and he arrived in Colley hill with his beautiful wife for the; HAPPEN-TO-BE THE BREAKFAST of the YEAR! I literally mean it… FAN-TA-STICK-OOOOO!!!

    We have had no idea about this country pub. I think we were BIT lost in the forest and we were trying to find our way out, when I discovered this: I thought to myself it has to be special something and guess what I pulled all of them to have breakfast in there. What a lovely breakfast/Brunch we had!!!

    We looked at the very extensive menu in awe. All of the staffs were smartly dressed and very attentive (in exception of the grumpy manager). The food was exceptional and service second to none. I have for years never wanted to leave a tip in many pubs/ restaurants, but this place is on another level. If I have friends/family visiting me in the near future (quite likely my parents and sisters will be here soon) - there is no doubt I’ll take them over to this authentic English country pub.

    Built in 1532 the Sportsman used to be used as a stop off for the Royal family when out hunting. Situated on the edge of Walton Heath, Lower Kingswood the venue was sensitively renovated in August 2008. It is in a unique location, at the end of Mogador road, just off the A217, Lower Kingswood. It benefits from no through traffic. The Sportsman is very well known for its fantastic outside garden areas which can seat up to 150 people. Car Park for 60 cars. Due to a superb country location The Sportsman is perfect for dog walkers, horse riders, runners, cyclists and families.

    I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE THINKING! What is my rating – you bet – it is 4.5 / 5. You got to try to believe this. I just loved the whole experience. Now it’s your turn!

    Your GUIDE to the destination is: http://www.thesportsmanmogador.co.uk/

  • Spice N Ice!

    Sep 5, 2014 by Bikash Mohanty

    I visited “Spice N Ice” few weeks ago, on a strong recommendation from a friend, who is generally good in food selection/recommendations. Unexpectedly it was a large space with very contemporary décor; just like a star hotel lobby, which appeared quite busy on a Sunday late evening. It was not an easy location to spot though, it being several streets away from the Croydon high-street. Although the restaurant was half-full; it was noisy enough with various music and television sets. I interacted with its Chinese manager, who hails originally from Mumbai, India. One of the many Chinese migrants, who are settled in various parts of India to keep the Chinese taste buds alive, in the hearts of us Indians. Waiting staff were mainly Indians and all very welcoming indeed. They helped me charge my phone as well, with due care, without any hesitation.

    Coming back to the food; we order few popular dishes, which I’d normally order in an Indo-Chinese restaurant such as: Chicken Monchow Soup, Chicken Lollipop, Szechuan Crispy Noodles, Egg Fried Rice, Chicken Manchurian and Chilli Fish.

    In my experience; it is the best INDO-CHINESE restaurant, I have experienced in the UK so far! Just as good as in India.  Since then I have recommended this restaurant to many friends and all of them have only thanked me so far, for the recommendation. I shall go with 4.5 out of 5; for it being a classic, contemporary, characteristic restaurant with very tasty indo-Chinese food.

    Any suggestions for improvement? Hmmm: how about some Chinese background music & how about some coconut ice-cream for dessert? I am sure; they are vigilant enough to add these, before next time I visited them. 

    I know you’d like to know my rating and the address of this place. My rating is 4 out of 5. And the address of all branches you can find in the link below.  Enjoy your meal!

    http://spicenice.co.uk/Contact.html

  • The Ice Bucket Challenge!

    Sep 3, 2014 by Bikash Mohanty

    The Ice Bucket Challenge, is also called as the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge”, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral throughout social media during July-August 2014. In the US, people participate for the ALS Association, and in the UK, people participate for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

    The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and challenging others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.

    I personally love this concept simply for the reason being: it is such a successful & innovative campaign! Starting from George W Bush; to Barack Obama; to Britney Spears; to David Beckham; to Mike Tyson – each and every one of them is participating. I see people are doing it in Australia, Africa, India, Europe and America. How cool is that? Within no time; only between July and August 2014; it has become such a phenomenon across the world! To me; it is a guiding trend, which shows us how quickly foundations/causes can be promoted/marketed/achieved using social media.

    Some complained about wastage of water by undertaking such act. My logic is simple. One, who pours a bucket of water over his head, may be seeing it as an alternative to his/her daily dosage of bath. If bath can not be considered as wastage of water, why should this be? For the amount of money that has been collected though this activity in last two months or will be collected in the future – imagine how much water we can make available, if question is about wastage of water.

    Some say it is public stunt – common – why should George W Bush, Barack Obama, Britney Spears, John Myers or David Beckhams will do Public stunt? To become famous? Think about it!

    Some say; just donate money and don’t put up this farce! Farce? Millions of people doing things collectively across the globe for a cause, while having fun themselves – is farce to us? LET’S MATURE UP! How often we see this being undertaken by so many people across the world? How often we see this being so successful?

    If we can’t tolerate seeing others having fun or others achieving a great cause collectively/successfully – then there is certainly some problem within ourselves, not outside. We need to identify our problem within and get this healed. Naturally; we should be admiring of such efforts, as it is for a great cause and a lot of people are having fun as well at the same time.

    Others make fun or get judgemental with how the campaign was carried out or how the water was poured or what the person taking the challenge spoke or what he wore or how much of water was used. They get into the nitty-gritty. But how does it matter? Its fun, nothing official about it. There is no law defined to authenticate the process or procedure. So let’s take a chill-pill!!! Are we able to agree that this is a hugely successful campaign like never before?  And it was successful because of those, who dared to participate, rather than those who chose to stay away but engaged in complaining/blaming/becoming-judgmental or suggested to stop this campaign!

    This campaign has showed us a direction UNIVERSALLY; that there are ways to make things KNOWN quickly, all around the world and also raise money for a charitable cause using innovative social media campaign. Are we able to agree/accept this or learn from this?

    Please support.  Don’t break. Smile and let others smile. We need to start doing thinks together, make things together…we need to be social…live like a big family.