Thursday, December 14, 2017

How to avoid Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's Disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions.
Common Facts : (Source Apollo Hospitals, India)
Contrasting a healthy brain and an Alzheimer Diseased (AD) brain.
  • More than 1 million cases per year (India)
  • Treatment can help, but this condition can't be cured
  • Requires a medical diagnosis
  • Lab tests or imaging not required
  • Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
  • Brain cell connections and the cells themselves degenerate and die, eventually destroying memory and other important mental functions.
  • Memory loss and confusion are the main symptoms.
  • No cure exists, but medication and management strategies may temporarily improve symptoms.
Ages affected
    Very rare
    Very common
Consult a doctor for medical advice

How can one take precautions to prevent onset of AD..


Alzheimer's disease is a great monster, but it is not hard to do the proposed exercises and prevent it.

Alzheimer's can be prevented, by new technique to improve concentration, develop creativity and intelligence, by performing these simple exercises of Neurobics.

"Neuroscience" reveals that the brain has an extraordinary ability to grow and change the pattern of its connections.

The authors of this discovery, Lawrence Katz and Manning Rubin (2000), reveal that Neurobics, or "aerobic neurons" is a new form of brain exercise, designed to keep the brain agile and healthy, creating new and different patterns of behavior, and of the activities of the neurons in your brain.

About 80% of our day to day tasks are done on AUTO MODE (i.e. we do them without exercising our brain.) which despite having the advantage of reducing intellectual effort, hide a perverse effect: they limit and atrophy the brain, not allowing the renewal and growth of their neurons.

To counteract this tendency, it is necessary to practice some "brain exercises", which make the person think only about what they are doing, concentrating on that task. It is doing everything contrary to the routine, forcing the brain to an additional job
Some of the exercises .
  • Use the watch on the pulse opposite to the one that normally uses it.
  • Brush the teeth with the opposite hand.
  • Walk around the house, backward (in China, this routine is practiced in the parks).
  • Dress with your eyes closed.
  • Stimulate the palate with things of different flavors.
  • See the photos, head down (or the photos, or you).
  • Look at the time, in the mirror.
  • Change the routine path to go and return home.
The idea is, to do some different things, so that you exercise the other side of your brain (the right one),
Well worth trying!

What if you start practicing right now, using your cell phone, with your left hand..... 

(From the Internet)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Do you really want to own a car ?

Buying a car v/s Uber: A superb analysis (Common sense, but really brilliant !!)

In these days when car companies like Ola and Uber are competing to offer the quickest, cheapest ride, with great  comfort and satisfaction to the customer, should the customer really need to keep a private car at home ? When the whole scientific world is crying of environmental pollution, carbon footprints, global warming and unsustainable lifestyles, educated patriotic citizens would want to keep their carbon emissions low and help the society, community and environment..

Unless be it for prestige and better status in society, it does not make any sense to get a new car technically in the financial sense, if you do not spend more than a fixed sum every month. Let us see how it is reasoned out...

Any car  in India costs at least
Rs. 600,000/-
Scrap value after six year
Rs. 100,000/-
Net amount which goes in effective life of six year
Rs. 500,000/-
Nos of days of six years
2200 days
a. Depreciation per day in six years
Rs. 230/day
b. Yearly insurance premium of Rs 15,000
Rs. 41/day
c. Daily petrol, minimum
Rs. 100/day
d. After every 3 yr tyre & Battery change charge, Rs 25,000  i.e.
Rs. 23/day
e. Yearly maintenance of car Rs 9000 i.e
Rs. 25/day
f. If driver is employed, because Uber comes with a driver
Rs. 300/day
g. Interest loss on Car buying amount @8% on Rs 6,00,000
Rs. 131/day
Total daily expense after buying new car
Rs. 850 / day

So friends until you pay Rs 850 daily to hire a cab, you are effectively in gain travelling in Uber or Ola.

If u agree, share for the benefits of all. This is called financial planning. 

( Thanks to the anonymous author of this very realistic document )

What NASA and Kepler Space Telescope will tell us on 14 Dec 2017 ??

Kepler Space Telescope, launched in 2009 by NASA to study exoplanets
NASA'a important mission to analyse planets revolving around the solar system, Kepler Space Telescope, was launched in 2009 and after a three year period its mission was extended to study planets revolving other stars outside our solar system, exoplanets.

Till date, 8 years after its launch, Kepler Space Telescope has studied more than 150,000 stars and on Thursday Dec14, 2017 NASA is bound to make a very startling revelation / discovery. Google Machine Learning AI algorithm has played a major role in this discovery as claimed by NASA. We will get to know the finer details later.  

Is it discovery of evidence of life on an exoplanet outside our solar system or presence of a civilization or discovery of life on many exoplanets, we have to patiently wait till Thursday.  

The whole world, especially the spiritual world is eagerly awaiting the discovery as the presence of dead ancestors or humans of another civilization on an exoplanet can greatly damage the roots of spirituality on earth namely through concepts like existence of heaven, hell, rebirth etc. can be put to question.

Till Thursday, the suspense continues ..

Click here for Guardian details on Kepler 438A, the exoplanet 475 light years away in th constellation Lyra, said to be 12% more thaan the size of earth, receiving 40% more energy from the star with an orbital period of 35 days, has a 70% chance of being rocky.. 



Monday, December 11, 2017

What happened at the Taj Hotel Mumbai on 26 Nov 2008 ?

It gave me immense pride and satisfaction while narrating this event that happened in Taj Palace Hotel, Mumbai at the last session of Service Operations Management class for second year MBA students at Alliance University in Bangalore. While discussing a TED video by Prof. Rohit Deshpande speaking at a TEDx conference of what happened on the fateful night of 26 November 2008, the whole class felt there was something unique in how Taj Hotel Mumbai employees took care of their guests on those eventful three days.

At 9 PM on 26 November 2008, a group of ten heavily armed terrorists attacked the port city of Mumbai and for the next four days they released a reign of terror in Mumbai. The heroic acts of the Taj employees who resisted four of those terrorists and helped herd guests to safety became a matter of discussion and appreciation the world over. 
The Iconic 105 year old Taj Mahal Hotel in South Mumbai

There were almost 500 guests attending a banquet at the time, another 600 guests having dinner in the 12 restaurants in the hotel and 600 plus staff in the iconic 105 year old Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in South Mumbai that evening. A senior management team from Unilever were also having a send-off dinner to the outgoing CEO and welcoming the new one.

In the mayhem that continued for almost three nights and two days, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel lost totally about thirty four guests and employees. The staff in the hotel calmed the almost one thousand plus guests and helped rescue them to safety. Totally 164 were dead in the city of Mumbai and 308 wounded from the terrorist attacks in Mumbai released by the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba on that fateful night starting at the CST Railway station in South Mumbai.

On the fateful night and ensuing day of November 26, 2008 ..
How did the staff at the Taj Hotel behave calmly and exhibit great presence of mind and confidence even risking their own lives for the safety of the guests when there were no clear instructions or Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on how to handle a terror attack like this ? Nobody goaded them into behaving in a particular fashion. 

Even the then Tata Sons Chairman Ratan Tata and Board of Directors were at loss of words on what motivated the Taj Hotel employees to behave and act in a specific style which was the epitome of customer-centric style of functioning, even risking one's own life. It is something which has baffled even psychologists and academics from all parts of the world. This is an excellent case study for HR professionals and professionals from the hospitality industry  from all around the world.
The main points as highlighted by Prof. Rohit Deshpande of Harvard Business School who wrote a case on this incident are basically three.
1. Employee orientation and value set - Tata Sons recruits its employees not from top cities but from towns across the country side. CanThey recruit their employees not for their grades but for their attitude.

2. Being brand ambassadors to the outside world and of the customers - Taj Hotel employees have been brand ambassadors of Tata Sons and the Taj Hotel group for the customers / guests who come to the hotel. In fact this is a unique trait one gets to see in almost all of the 3.5 lakh employees of Tata Sons across the world.

3. Immediate recognition of a good deed - Taj hotel has a culture of  rewarding its employees with recognition whenever they get a positive feedback from the customer. Than with monetary rewards this happens within 48 hours of the feat accomplishment. Though monetary compensation for employees is not great, just above industry average, the recognition they get from the Taj Hotel management is something employees value very much..
Tata Sons in the 149 years of it's existence, since 1868, though Jamshedji and his father came to Saurashtra coast in 1838 from North Iran, have been able to reaffirm and help
1. build a customer centric work and organisation culture
2  constantly rethink the relationship contract between the employer and the employee
3. transform a symbol of terror over the years into a symbol of hope for the world.
No wonder Tata Sons, the $103 billion conglomerate from India remains the most respected industrial group globally and will continue to remain so ..
If you are planning for a year plant corn, if you are planning for thirty years plant trees, if you are planning for a hundred years, plant men - Jamshedji Tata

George .. (photograph courtesy Taj Group Hotels, Indian Express Newspapers.)

 Ref : 
        1. TEDx talk by Prof. Rohit Deshpande, HBS 
        2. Rohit Deshpande and Anjali Raina, The Ordinary heroes of the Taj Hotel - HBS, Dec 2011
        2. Wikipedia link 
        3. Blog - Most honest global brand, Tata Sons 
        4. Blog - Will Chandra reverse Tata's fortunes ? 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Coronal Mass Ejection (Solar flares ) - what it means to us ..

Global scientists are speaking of a solar flare which is likely to happen in the very near future. The solar flare could damage electrical networls and electrical distribution lines, telecommunication lines, satellite signals and the GPS system, including stalling the Internet.

By having a copper protection device in space at a distance of about 205,000 miles, costing about 100 billion dollars which will deflect the damaging radiations from the solar flare is an idea being put forward by scientists around the world. The solar flare has the potential to create a massive damage of almost a trillion (a thousand billion) dollars.

The solar flare travelling at great speeds and large enough to consume earth in its path can bring great damage to human life on earth. To the side facing the sun at that particular point, it can also mean a wipe out of all life forms, humans, plants, animals, birds, reptiles, fishes etc. To the side not facing the sun it could be just a safe escape from the flare. 

The massive damage it can cause cannot be ruled out as we have just one recorded solar flare in history in 1859 AD (Carrington Event) and another one discovered by Japanese scientists based on Carbon 14 dating techniques back to 774 AD (Charlemagne Event). 

Some interesting questions humanity would love to get answers to - 

1. Is it possible to delay the onset of the next solar flare by a thousand years ? 
2. How can we do it ? 
3. Can we limit the damage done by a solar flare ?  
4. Can we deflect the solar flare at the surface of the sun itself, preventing it from coming in the direction of earth and avoiding building huge infrastructure in space ?
5, Is there any possibility of tapping the massive amounts of energy these waves would carry without causing any damage to human, plant, animal, birds, reptiles and fishes on planet earth ? 

It is the radiations within the visible spectrum that causes fire and extreme heat while maximum of the radiations may not even be visible to humans but can knock off communication networks and infrastructure across the world.

Hope humanity is able to create enough awareness and take enough precautions so that our generation and the future ones will be well prepared in case something like a solar flare comes hitting us any time soon.


Friday, December 08, 2017

Plant Layout design - links and definitions ..

An interesting document to refer is here ..

In manufacturing engineering, a product layout refers to a production system where the work stations and equipment are located along the line of production, as with assembly lines. Usually, work units are moved along a line (not necessarily a geometric line, but a set of interconnected work stations) by a conveyor.

In manufacturing engineering or in service industry, process layout is a design for the floor plan of a plant which aims to improve efficiency by arranging equipment according to its function. The line should ideally be designed to eliminate waste in material flows, inventory handling and management.


Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Cyber security breaches getting more deadly..

Every time we log into an online service be it email service or banks or an ecommerce site planning to purchase something, even checking our Aadhaar card, we are exposing ourselves to the vast challenges of cyber security. We are exposing ourselves to cyber criminals who are waiting to pounce on us and steal our online credentials to hold us cyber prisoners to make a quick buck or damage our reputation.

So what is the best solution to prevent cyber crimes ? Shut down all your online accounts and accesses and start living in a very physical world .. Looks like an Utopia, we cannot spend a day without checking our professional and personal emails, we cannot spend an hour without checking our online social media accounts. At least once in two days we check our online bank accounts, and not frequently our e-commerce and rail booking , bus ticket booking sites etc.

As  per an article in the Harvard Business Review of Dec 2017, on an average a US citizen has 191 online accounts and more frequently he uses the same password across multiple sites. Globally the picture may not be that grim as online activity is restricted by access and reach for the popularity and convenience of an online life.  It is also found that in case of a security breach, on an average, the cyber criminal would be able to hack into 10% of your online accounts, that's a clean 20 online accounts that are compromised. Scary !!

As humanity gets more advanced and sophisticated, our onliner presence is only going to increase and the number of passwords we need to remember keeps on increasing. 

The first and biggest risk of online presence is that most of us are averse to using many passwords and having to remember all of them. Instead we use convenient, short passwords repeated across sites or with minor modifications. Having access to online convenience thus brings us and exposes us to manifold problems and challenges.

So, what is an effective solution to prevent cyber criminals from unauthorisedly accessing our accounts and causing harm, reputation-wise and monetary-wise ?

Having a two tier security access to sites would be the best solution to this predicament.  Google has recently started practicing this across sites. If Google observes multiple access from different sites and server geographies, it asks to use an OTP sent to our mobile phones to gain access.

Even if one accesses Google mail from a different computer or a public terminal, Google would immediately ask for an OTP to be entered which will be sent to your mobile phone. This prevents unauthorised access to Gmail most of the time. Thanks to Google's innovative and smart security system, our online data storage, email, blogs, YouTube account are very safe. Imagine the havoc it would create globally if Google becomes a bit lax with it's security like Yahoo compromised it's user security some years back and is busy presently settling expensive customer litigations.

What other methods can Internet utility and ecommerce websites deploy to increase web security and data privacy ? It is a perennial question that bogs down all products and service offering to customers cutting across regions, languages, geographies, beliefs and values. Out there in the cyber world, it is a constant battle for supremacy between the web crackers and cyber security specialists as no solution is long-lived, barely two years on an average, before a newer cyber crime format  crops up and brings great havoc ..

This is the great price we have to pay for online convenience !!

Click here for a download of this case ..

George ..

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