Thirst


We take water for granted. Water is not just a concern for the future but is quite clearly a current Issue. Water issues must be framed in the wider context, including issues of efficiency of distribution , availability of safe, clean water, improving water resources, reducing travel and  transport time of water distributions, focusing on documenting how companies are using the water resources and how they handle pollutants etc. Based on current projections and research global population growth is set to rise from 6.7 billion today to over 9 billion in 2050. Unlike fossil fuels, water has no substitutes or alternatives and the way that water is currently managed in many countries is simply unsustainable.

Recently New York city’s Department of Design and construction worked with a team to provide guidelines on how to save water. Find more details of this good project at http://new.pentagram.com/2011/09/new-work-water-matters/

Our Municipal corporation , state Govt. should work with builders, engineers, architects to make sure water usage and distribution is done well while permitting building constructions or infrastructure development of a town or a city.

Did you know that water makes 60% of human body, 80% of blood, 70% of brain. We can survive a month without food but we cannot survive without water for more than a week. Water that existed for millions of years exists today also and it covers most of the planet. Only 3% of that is fresh water and most of that is ice and 1% is used by humans and industry.

Did you know that most of the water is wasted in over pumping,  flushing toilets, washing clothes ,   leaking pipes, taking showers (10 minute shower uses 50 gallons of water) , filling bath tubs,  brushing teeth while tap running(4 gallons but without tap running it just .25 gallons)

Did you know that millions of people live on less than 3 gallons of water per day? Millions of people are becoming refugees because of contamination in water and they are forced to move out of their homelands. On top of this we are now experiencing global warming and extreme weathers with floods in some places and dry lands in some places. One in five doesn’t have clean water to drink. According to United Nations a child dies due to contaminated water every 15 seconds. We might run out of water before we run out of oil.

As both the world population and the demand for clean water are increasing, water availability is decreasing in some locations around the world. We are already experiencing the scarcity of water for agriculture use in India. We saw India suffering from losses in food production and high prices of agricultural products. Our Water problem is becoming a hunger problem too.  check the below links

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=is-india-running-out-of-water

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=climate-change-impacts-staple-crop-yields

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=wasted-food-equals-wasted-energy-10-10-03

Heavy use of water by industry is building up pressure on this precious natural resource too. There is some awareness by global corporations about  the water problem and they are taking some steps

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has turned its attention to water as well and recently released the results of its first Water Disclosure (WD) questionnaire More can be learnt here (https://www.cdproject.net/CDPResults/CDP-2010-Water-Disclosure-Global-Report.pdf)

Here are a few highlights from the 2010 CDP WD report, which went out to 302 of the world’s largest companies. Of the respondents (and 25 unsolicited submissions)…

  • 50 percent of the companies foresee near-term risks (1 to 5 years), with 39 percent currently experiencing impacts such as disruption to operations from drought or flooding, declining water quality, and increases in water prices.
  • 67 percent already report on water related issues to the board or executive committee level.
  • 89 percent have developed specific water policies, strategies and plans
  • 60 percent have set water-related performance targets

And the CDP WD is not alone — several key reports on water risk and opportunity have recently been released.  Check this links for more information.

http://www.sabmiller.com/files/reports/water_future_report.pdf

http://www.edf.org/documents/490_AQUA.pdf

http://www.2030waterresourcesgroup.com/water_full/Charting_Our_Water_Future_Final.pdf

http://www.croptrust.org/main/laboutus.php

http://www.nature.org/ The Nature Conservancy protects Earth’s most important natural places — for you and future generations — through great science and smart partnerships

http://www.unep.org/dewa/vitalwater/index.html

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has taken a lead position over the last 30 years, in assessing and monitoring the state of global water resources and their use and management. In collaboration with partners and collaborating centers, it collates and analyzes water resource data on a global scale.

Finally water is desired, beneficial and  necessary.

Now you know that we live in a thirsty world. We are all thirsty, agriculture is thirsty, industry is thirsty. It is time we take a serious look of how we use water daily. Do your best to rethink about this issue and please let your friends also be made aware about water problem?

Water will be next issue for war between countries in future.

some more links on water http://www.watercanary.com/Water_Canary.html

http://www.varshajal.com/

Goal in the mind


Every time I come across student community I feel frustrated at the mind set the education system is giving them.  Everything is done mechanically without being questioned whether that act brings value or not for today’s challenges faced by companies and how he/she would be the best fit for the job. I feel upset that the environment around them is blinding them from becoming the best and raring to take any kind of challenge with right set of skills when they become future employees or entrepreneurs.

Lack of clarity on what needed to be learnt for successful career is a major problem every student faces. We look at all the existing evidence of senior students who succeeded or failed at interviews and we try to judge our capabilities by using the information as the evidence in shaping the strategies we wish to adopt for our future.  One thing that we cannot guarantee is, whether can we exactly duplicate somebody’s success by just doing the same things what the seniors did?

Relying too heavily on previous experiences or information on hand might lead to the faulty assumption that yesterday’s solution to a seemingly similar career or job interview today is appropriate.

Let’s look at an example.

Just few years back software industry was booming and jobs are plenty with hefty pay checks and a promise of a wonderful future. Many students other than computer science background have jumped into the bandwagon of becoming a software engineer. Many succeeded in becoming software engineers. So a fresh student who is in his / her first year of engineering is witnessing that everybody is getting into software job easily and he/she carries that impression from that day till he/she is ready for a job interview himself/herself in the final year.

It is human nature to see every challenge we face as something similar to what we’ve encountered before (seniors getting jobs easily). That’s how our brains work and for good reason

Fast forward to previous year, global recession has eliminated so many jobs in one go from banking to software industry. It took away all the charm of a great life if you happen to be in software industry. Many senior employees lost jobs. Many ended up with heavy debt from buying cars or home mortgage situations. 

The situation created uncertainty for next batch of students who are now ready for jobs whether to look towards software industry as a career path for promising future.

Uncertainty becomes increasingly dangerous when we rush to understand it with an over-reliance on what we’ve witnessed before.

What we need to realize is that every situation should be handled based on the present circumstance not from previous experiences of others. Companies adopt changes to their way of doing business or work culture based on present and future competition and employees are trained constantly to adopt to the new cultures by the day.

So as a fresh candidate ready for a job interview or if you are a fresh employee just beginning your new life you need to accept challenges based on the face value of the challenge.

Here are few guidelines.

  1. Get a fresh perspective. Check what kind of skills needed for today’s job market or if you are an employee check if you got the right communication skills and other employable skills needed for a good career growth.  If you need help in judging what skills you need contact me and I will be glad to help you.
  2. Be flexible:  Employers love those who are flexible and adapt to ever changing corporate environment. You should have right mindset to adopt to new challenges and also at solving the old problems with the new perspective.
  3. Glance back, look ahead. It is prudent to assess the outcomes of our job plans and decisions about our skills; it’s how we get better individually and collectively. However, every review must be conducted at the right level of detail and with care. Don’t gamble with your life or career. Try to assess your position with care and then take appropriate steps to learn employable / entrepreneur skills right from the first year of your engineering or degree.  Don’t wait till the problem becomes complex.

Good luck and hope you understand that  you need to begin planning with the end “goal in the mind”

No attachment, No emotion Just do it


“If you always think the way you’ve always thought, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”  ..xyz….

After a grueling (demanding, hard, punishing) and hectic two weeks of working on a project I got some break to focus on doing something else. The project is work in progress but my part is done so now I can connect with you all.  When I look back to the previous year I have gone thru some of the worst times and some of the best times. The worst is not able to maintain good health because of Polio and to work on the most exciting and challenging international ERP (enterprise Resource Planning) projects of some of the best company’s in the world as I used to do while I was In USA and some times while in India.  This makes me sad because I lost the opportunity to contribute something new to today’s challenges of diverse business units.  Working with diverse workforce from across different continents on the most challenging business problems gives you immense pleasure and knowledge that you can cherish your whole life. The pleasure of thinking that your contributions to customer help them to run their daily business will always remains with you.

Now coming to the best times of my previous year, I’m able to share my corporate experience with student community by connecting with them at JNTU and skillsnest. I’m happy that I decided to do what ever I can to the student community in what ever way it is possible for me. I should thank the students for showing interest in learning and cooperating with me.

I wish to convey that in life we wish so many things and we develop attachment and connect emotions to our wishes. (Fortunately I did not connect emotion to my career plans. I’m happy with what I achieved and what I’m doing now).

We feel we have a perfect plan of what we wish to achieve, but we miss to consider all the parameters that are required for a plan to work without a flaw. (In my case I underestimated my health in my career plan that forced me to abandon my projects and return to India).  

As you mature in age and experience you will realize that having attachment or emotion to your wish or desire makes you vulnerable and weak when you failed to achieve that. What you need to realize is that there is a possibility of failure even after you meticulously planned your career or what ever you want to achieve. That leads to frustration and you become upset with yourself and others around you. But remember one failure is not the end of your life.  You just need to learn what went wrong and correct that mistake so that you won’t do it again. By gaining such small experiences while you are experimenting in fulfilling your wishes you will ultimately succeed in many of the things you wish to achieve. What is most important is that anything can go wrong and it is better not to attach emotion or love to that thing.  What ever you do try doing it the best way whether it may be career plans or love affair or getting ranks in your academic exams but keep the emotion at Bay and do a failure analysis of what went wrong and correct it for your next plan.

World will not end if you missed something. If one door closes on you there is a possibility of another door opening for you. So you just need to be optimistic and continue your journey towards achieving what ever you wish to achieve.

No matter what you do just do your duty and enjoy the pleasure of learning something new.

 Yoga, Meditation and physical fitness helps you to withstand the negative emotions. Learn a sport and play regularly and maintain hygiene and clean surroundings. That gives you positive feelings and helps you succeed more. 

 “If opportunity does not knock, build a door.”  Milton Berle.