Another Epiphany

Through the rabbit hole…

What do you see!

— Oscar Wilde.

Here’s the first blog on my latest blog which goes by the name – Epiphany of Things. Why this epiphany?

I have got a liking for this word, when I first saw in a marketing blog – it’s was CK’s Marketing Epiphany. From that time, I stumbled upon this word many times. That doesn’t answer the question – why did I choose this word?

Is it more familiarity or the fact I was looking for something that might sound cool?

Fact is that I’m bad at naming blogs, or a website or a business. I use whatever is simple, with minimum words. That’s probably one reason I have used Pebbles Terrarium or Alpha Bottle cutting or Ace Bread Making or Campus Web Career. All these business I have ventured are just plane Jane words.

Back to the topic of Naming.

I had few other thought when I wanted to use in this blog – ideas, Hive, Meetups, Story, Serendipity, Passion, etc. Using these words in a blog generator yielded no result. Btw, I want to start a name generator site, just for Indian users.

Okay. The big idea to use this world for my blog is that I couldn’t find anything better and I’m not good with this job. So, let it be!

Today’s sighting

View by the road

What do you notice today? what did you specifically think? was it just another day of your life – without any remarkable, different thought?

I went to East Fort side and there in one of the old building wall has now a colorful mural painting?

Each city, town, locality should be having a person who can tell the age-old story! Story of how things were, and how it has changed – good or bad.

Every community, family should have an historian who will collate and share the journey of people and family!

Post COVID Small Business Start-up Ideas 1

I’ve been away from my blog for many a weeks. Now, a new gusto of ideas are coming on an important topic – i.e how to revive the economy. What business ideas should work and how the policy makers and government facilitate avenues for people and business to grow.

In this thought, I’m sharing one idea each on this blog so that I would get to share all the flurry ideas I get beached with.

It’s about Sports Bar in Kerala!

I haven’t seen any Bar in Trivandrum which has some options for customers to play some kind of sports. It could be a dart board, or snooker, ping pong, or some board games. Why haven’t this idea not explored in Kerala? Answer is out there!

What I feel about bars in Kerala is the rigid and atrocious licence fees levied by the government. One excuse the govt must be saying about having very expensive licence fee is this – to restrict or reduce the number of bars and thereby reducing the options for drinkers.

But, this doesn’t hold water! I feel that the more some restrictions are in place, the more people tend to break it or feel the need to have it.

Instead, Government should come with options for small business owners to open pubs with sports options for a lesser fees. Maybe, it can be given to entrepreneurs who open micro-brewery pubs or to pubs, which are near travel spots, etc.

In Bangalore, I’ve been to places like Extreme Sports Bar. One, they show Live sports in a big screen which brings young crowd in groups to come and watch a match or so.

If you are an existing bar owner, you can use some additional space to keep a pool table or space for customers to use Xbox and play a streaming game. Options are endless and I guess, you can pick what suits you!

What makes you Wanted and Special?

I often have the recurring thought on how to lead a socially connected life. How to be wanted, not just by people in your home, but others around in your extended family, friends and society.

This thought of being wanted stems from the fact that I’m leading more or less a life of a hermit. It has aggravated more after Covid as socially isolation has cemented itself.

One more thing, I have been thinking is the loneliness of seniors who are living alone, especially when kids are settled outside.

Moving on a different topic on rewards and recognition, I’m sharing a line from this blog ( https://www.collaborativefund.com/blog/)




Being good at something doesn’t promise rewards. It doesn’t even promise a compliment. What’s rewarded in the world is scarcity, so what matters is what you can do that other people are bad at.

Collaborativefund.com

How to use Ration Shop for Local Employment

It’s Covid times in every city, locality and State and Nation. I mean Covid times to mean the spread of Corona virus, causing all sorts of disruptions. When it comes to disruptions, the loss of livelihood, especially for blue daily wage earners like maids, laborers, semi-skilled workers, etc.

Now the Big Question for all of us is how to get the economy back in track, once we find a way to overcome the virus.

And when it comes to local employment, there is a serious information gap between job seekers and employers. I mean to say, how can these needs be fulfilled? How to create a forum where people in each locality can post job requirement and also view the profile of workers who are willing to work?

While there are many online portals currently available, it’s far from adequate for the group of people who dont have computer literacy, let alone have a mobile phone. So, what’s the next way to address this gap. What if I say Ration Shop could offers a solution for this?

Recently in Kerala, Government announced free and subsidized ration for card holders. And, thus ration shops got more foot holds than any shops in the area. From early morning to late evening, people of all walks stood in the line to buy grains and other items from the shop. And this got me thinking…. What if there’s a notice board which listed the local jobs, and contact details of people willing to work?

This would be an interesting project to try out? I wish I knew a ration shop ower so that I can place a board and ask

Who will manage the notice board?
Who will verify the credentials of the each job seeker and giver?
Who will ensure that its fair deal?
What’s the minimum wages?

This will be helpful for people like Viyayamma, a maid who used to come for work or one Mr Vinod, a hard-working man who’s looking for a job near Nedumangadu and many others…including me. What if I could spare 1 hour of my time to do some services like gardening or making a home-visit to teach bread making, etc.

I guess there’s a neighborhood app on smartphone, but we need to do something to reach out to people who are off-the Internet grid.

Intruder Alert Home Security Gadget Idea

Monika Ghurde

It’s another chilling news of rape and murder of a lady named Monika Ghurde in Goa. After seeing the victim’s pics, learning about her profession as a perfumer, I got into the story. The more I read the incident from various news source, I somehow can’t stop myself from imagining her last moments.

I wonder what kind of emotions she must have gone during those harrowing moments? Did she surrender easily or did she fight back with this known intruder? What made her surrender or loose hope of the situation?

Was There A Chance of Escape?

It’s this question that made me thing after reading the news. Was there any chance of her escaping from the physical torments of this man who was driven by the lust, revenge and aggression? I bet she would have resisted but somewhere in melee she must have surrendered. Whatever said and told or imagined, it just wasn’t her day.

My thought goes to the people who knew her – her friends, her kin. How will they go through the incident which took her life? Probably they might be thinking – how could I change the fate on that day. What if I had visited or called her on that moment, when her doorbell rang?

What Was her Way to Escape!

Any such traumatic incidents – be it a road accident, or a murder or a rape, etc, tend to make us readers think of some solution or possible ways to stop such things from happening. In this case, I was thinking about how can a single lady protect herself? Is there another way to get a slip?

Here’re 7 Solutions to Help Raise an Alarm

I’m not sure if these solutions are practical enough. However, we knew know, it can spur invention or innovation which will bring safety indoors.

  1. Secret Alarm Inside the House

It’s something straight out of Hollywood movies. During any bank robbery, the first thing a cashier or bank manger does is to reach out to the alarm. In most cases, this secret alarm is seen hidden under the oak table or below the cash counter.

On the same lines, each house should have a mandatory alarm button. This button must be place in location like the bed, or near the door, etc. So, when it’s pressed it’s connected with a LOUD alarm which will wake the entire neighborhood. Well, the idea is to alert people and it’s a practical and simple solution which can be made mandatory in every household.

  1. Voice Recognition ( Alarm)

One problem with the first idea is that the person should have access to the alarm switch. This is not always possible, when the intruder or molester pens the person to the ground or when the person in under his strong clutches.

This is when a Wi-Fi technology connected device comes to work as an alarm.

Now imagine a burglar or a psychopath enters your house. You’re cornered or you’re in the knife point. Not shout or scream will be heard outside. In this situation this listening devise would be handy. This device which has in-built voice recognition software pick commands and starts it’s work.

This device is connected to Wi Fi and it does sends SMS alert to pre-set people or even sound alarm at ear-piercing sound.

It’s totally hands-free and it gets activated when you scream or should help or probably a cryptic voice command.

Another futuristic technology could also be thought about. Think of a device which can detect the heart-beat or other symptoms based on sensors which can pick the intended act and do its work. Another use of such a device is for elderly people – this can alert people or send SMS to hospital or people nearby about any fail or health problem they are facing. Probably the fit-bit watches could be modified with this utility. What do you think?

  1. Alarm From the Ball

This gadget idea just sprouted in my mind. Imagine there’s a stress buster ball kind of item, which when pressed it can either release noxious gas or start screaming HELP, HELP. In the case it releases gas which can knock off the person in the vicinity or make them laugh ( laughing gas). The objective of this anti-rape gadget is to deter the person from taking things forward.

  1. Clock on the Wall

What more does the clock on the living room or the bed room do? Can it do more than just show the time? It’s time for Smart Clock.

I think it can do more – considering the space it occupies and the utility it provides.

Here’s how It can add functionality I feel it can act as a security device, which can record, monitor or even give an alert.

  1. Pepper Spray or Chilly Spray

This is an old trick, but it can be handy in times of danger. Place 2 or 3 cans at key locations, probably near the bed, living room and kitchen. Never know when it can become handy!

  1. Try mental games

This is easy to preach but often very difficult to implement. However, there’re many instances where people have used their smart tactics to escape from the scenario. For example, if a person enters the room with the intention of rape and murder, then all focus should be to escape before the intruder moves to the kill mode. So, how?

Well, I’m no sure. Probably, a small slip or distraction can be used to move to room and lock oneself. Can the victim act as if they want to vomit or something like it. With a small time, they can slip to another room and lock themselves.

Are these ideas just too fancy or practicable?

The whole point of this post is to reduce such incidents from happening. I hope some kind of technology or tool will come which can act as a deterrent in the case of theft or burglary or rape attempt.

My only hope from this blog post is that some enterprising person will find a way to come with practical solution or invent gadgets that can save lives and get people out of trouble.

  1. Self Defense Skills and Training Workshops

This is often seen workshop on TV and on social media. Girls being trained to face an encounter and the tactics to subdue the offender. I guess, it should be a recurring event at every apartment, local community. Also, personal experience sharing meets by people who have escaped from such scenario will be useful reminder.

Be All What You Can Be

Watercolor Painting – Next Desire!

I was reading a blog on achieving productivity by Mark Schaefer. The crux of it was on focusing all activities under three main activities which for him are Content, customers, classes. These three pivotal activities which are his main focus areas. Any activities which doesn’t directly contribute to the three main activities can either by outsourced or rejected.

And on his blog, he shared two watercolor images. The painting triggered a painter in me, which I have so far never bothered to think. Will this be another hobby to pursue. Or it’s just a wishful thinking, left by this watercolor.

Godspeed Your Journey to the Great Place In the Sky

Loss of Words, for this Loss!

It makes me sad, humiliated, frustrated…. a feeling of helplessness at the loss of our soldiers in the border fight with China. All we had thought was some kind of fist-fight between India soldiers and Chinese fellas. However, this was a shocker for all of us to know how Chinese has planned out a cold bloody murder.

As I write, we are still in the deadlock, with each side trying to cement their borders with arms and military might. From here, how things will turn is unknown. Each side has its pride to defend.

I hope we should settle this with Chinese not through arms, but by building our capability in technology, manufacturing and bypassing their goods and services. This would be least we individuals can do.

Martyred Army Soldier

Do we really support the soldier’s family after their loss? What about in the next year, or the year after next. Will we think of them, will be support them, esquire their well being?

I hope the establishment, society and people keep the sacrifices in their heart, not just being showing your presence, or adoration when their carriage passes to the cremation point. Their sacrifices shouldn’t go in vain.

May we all think of each such person who has lost life and left their family without a captain.

It Happened to Me

All Familiar towing Scene in B’lore

For more than once my scooter was lifted off by the no-parking team at B’lore. Once it happened in front of my house at Cambridge Layout and recently at Chickpet. Luckily on these two times, I happened to know that my vehicle was taken away by these supeer-agile bike lifters. These young fellas must have strong bicebs and and shoulder strenght to lift bikes with ease and speed.

Just imagine, the initial search and scare when you search for the bike or scooter at the place where you have parked. Without anyone tell you, the first thought will be that someone has stolen your bike.

Is there a better way to do this act – aka more humanely way. Why do we have to request, plead and finally negotiate with the cops to release our bikes? When it happened to me at Chickpet, I was lucky to arrive at the place to see my scooter on top of this vehicle. Then, all I could do was negotiate and pay Rs 500 to the cops to get it down. Also, the reason why I came to shop at Chickpet was to get things at a bargain. So, all that goes awry.

Idea Inspiration Zones

Where Ideas Come from

It’s another Whatsapp forward which I’m sharing here. As a person who makes tall self-claim about my idea prowess, I naturally liked this kind of graphic.

Also, it got me thinking, where my ideas sprout. It make we think which I haven’t thought about it.

Coming to the idea feeding grounds, I believe this image covers most points. So, where does your idea bulb shines up bright?

As for me, I recently figured out it out in two successive days, Ideas came during the morning shower. And later today, I entered the shower thinking that I will come with one new shinning idea. However, I came out of the shower drenched but not with the idea in hand!

Idea Widgets and Spying for New!
One spot I missed on idea formulation is spying. Yes, I guess I get more by copying ideas, most from the images and things seen on the Internet. Another way of saying about spying is competitive analysis.

Jump When Heart Says So!

If you know me, you’ll know how much I patronize Seth Godin, his notes on marketing, inspiring blog post and the points from him book.

Today, I read another of his blog post and before I forget the concept, let me pen it here.

Don’t Give Up

The attitude of possibility and the posture of generosity. And then making the decision to own your learning.

Don’t stop speaking up, don’t stop leading, don’t stop learning. Don’t stop seeking justice. We can’t give up.

Making things better is an attitude. The attitude of possibility and the posture of generosity. And then making the decision to own your learning.

Well, it’s all about the attitude and posture!