Thursday, March 29, 2007


"The only limits in our lives are those we accept ourselves". Thundered Miles .
Yesterday I had an opportunity to listen to him , 58 year old young man has achieved much in life .

His remarkable adventures include :
Completing "The Toughest Foot-race on earth" - 150 miles across the Sahara Desert in the
Marathon des Sables
Climbing to 17,500 feet in the Himalayas
Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt. Blanc- Africa's/Europe's highest mountains
Running the 11-day Ultra-Marathon race across China from Gobi Desert to Great Wall
Completing the "Coldest Marathon on Earth"- the Siberian Ice Marathon
Crossing entire Qatar Desert non-stop day/night in 78 hours without sleep
Circumnavigating 38,000 miles around world using 80 forms of transport
Setting new British high-altitude record for a tandem microlight
Completing more than 40 skydiving jumps to date

On Monday 5 March Miles will embark on one of his greatest record attempts to date, flying a microlight more than half-way around the world from the famous Biggen Hill airfield outside London to Sydney Australia.

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PS: Miles Hilton-Barber has been blind for about twenty years but has not let that stop him from challenging barriers.

Friday, March 23, 2007


The Google Philosophy - Never settle for the best .

Few of the The Ten Things at Google .

It's best to do one thing really, really well.
Well we all know what Google does .. Search

Fast is better than slow.
Google believes in instant gratification. You want answers and you want them right now. Google may be the only company in the world whose stated goal is to have users leave its website as quickly as possible.

You can be serious without a suit.
Google's founders have often stated that the company is not serious about anything but search. They built a company around the idea that work should be challenging and the challenge should be fun.Ideas are traded, tested and put into practice with an alacrity that can be dizzying. Meetings that would take hours elsewhere are frequently little more than a conversation in line for lunch and few walls separate those who write the code from those who write the checks.

Great just isn't good enough.
Always deliver more than expected. Google does not accept being the best as an endpoint, but a starting point.

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Friday, March 16, 2007


I am reading "Like a flowing river" by Paulo Coelho and came accross a very interesting note on Passion .
He says Passion is what you can talk about endlessly ; you'll like to find as much information as you can and read ; You love to interact with people who share common interest ; You go to sleep thinking about it , dream about it and wake up thinking about it.
Well said , I thought for a while and couldn't find a passion which fits in the criteria . I can definitely say my 2 year son has got one "watching Power rangers " on Jetix .
I recently read Vaidyanathan , 39 , Executive Director of ICICI Bank is learning Guitar , He also runs 21km every Sunday .
Did any one say , I don't have time to find / pursue Passion ?

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


What's Human being's funniest characteristic ?

Jaime Cohen Says : Our contradictoriness.

We are in such a hurry to grow up , and then we long for our lost child-hood.

We make ourselves ill earning money , and then spend all our money on getting well again.

We think so much about the future that we neglect the present , and thus experience neither the present nor the future .

We live as if we were never going to die , and die as if we never had never lived

Source : "Like the flowing River" by Paulo Coelho

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


The Slow movement is a cultural shift towards slowing down life's pace. The Slow movement proposes consciously seizing control of time rather than being dictated by it and finding a balance between using time-saving technology and taking the time to enjoy a walk or a meal with others. Proponents believe that while technology can speed up working, eating, dating, etc. the most important things in life should not be rushed.

Basically, the movement questions the sense of "hurry" and "craziness" generated by globalization, fueled by the desire of "having in quantity" (life status) versus "having with quality", "life quality" or the "quality of being". French people, even though they work 35 hours per week, are more productive than Americans or British. Germans have established 28.8 hour workweeks and have seen their productivity been driven up by 20%. This slow attitude has brought forth the US's attention, pupils of the fast and the "do it now!"

The Slow movement first began when a protest against the opening of a McDonald's restaurant in Piazza di Spagna, Rome sparked the creation of the Slow Food organisation

The Slow movement advises some ways of slowing down:

.Get a Slow hobby, a leisurely pursuit like reading, writing, knitting, yoga, painting or gardening.

.Spread out your chores; do one load each day instead of all at once, or dust one day and vacuum the next.

.Stop watching the clock; on weekends try waking up to your body's natural rhythms rather than an alarm, and leave your watch at home

.Prepare a sit-down meal and savour it without watching TV, or reading. Enjoy the conversation if you're dining with others, or peaceful solitude if eating alone.

.On vacation slow down; don't try to cram every sight into your must-see list. Visit "slow cities" with local restaurants where you can eat slow

.Prune your to-do list; make time for the people and activities that you enjoy

We all have equal time throughout the world. No one has more or less. The difference lies in how each one of us does with our time. We need to live each moment.

As John Lennon said, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans".