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!

LIVE 24/7 TV on COVID will Spread Hope, More Than Anything

What’s the mood of our country ? Is it one of hope, repair or despair? Going with the daily stats of casualties from covid and spike in cases, it’s very hard to stay very positive.

Covid Control Room!
Currently, Covid monitoring and support team use dashboards, excel sheets to track cases. Also, most effort is done in silos. Who does what, is still unclear in many towns. We need a cohesive strategy instead of piecemeal activities. 24/7 TV Station could be the answer!

1. Create one single dashboard for each city/town or Panchayat.
2. Each state should start a dedicated 24/7 TV channel for each district, with a helpline number.

Now, imagine a round-the-clock TV broadcast with heal

Now, imagine a round-the-clock TV broadcast, breaking news, update from officials, health care team, anchors and volunteers. The channel will display hospital vacancy, medicine availability, details of free testing camps, community kitchen, plasma donor request, etc.

It will host LIVE talk by doctors on prevention, steps to build immunity, exercise, etc.

TV has mass appeal, wide reach and instant effect. Let’s start a 24/7 LIVE TV on adhoc basis.

In Kerala, there’s daily news brief on Covid by the CM. He gives a gist of all activities, stats, etc. But, we need a more dedicated channel to share the story of our fight against the virus.

Need of the hour is a 24/7 TV channel on Covid. What do you say?

Let’s execute with alacrity, till we wipe out Covid from India!

thcare experts, anchors, officials, and volunteers. The channel will display info about hospital vacancy, medicine availability, details of free testing camps, community kitchen, plasma donor request, etc.

It can host LIVE talk by doctors on preventive care, steps to build immunity, exercise, etc.

Appeal to Azim Premji to Manufacture Pulse Oximeter in India



Image Courtesy – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Rama

Right now, Pulse Oximeter, a critical device to check the oxygen saturation level of people affected by COVID is in short supply in India.

In Trivandrum, a medical store is selling it for Rs 2,500 a piece. And the product is out of stock. A week back, the same shop was selling it for Rs 1,800. I heard that in Bangalore, the price is around Rs 4,000 for a good quality device.

Shortage of Pulse Oximeter
We don’t have time to wait for cases to come down. We need these things at war footing. Already people are in a panic mode, looking for essentials things like Oxygen, Pulse Oximeter, and medicines. Also, we are still dependent on Chinese devices to fill the gap. So, there’s no better time than now to make this in India!

Why I appeal to WIPRO?
Reason is that Wipro has expertise in manufacture of electrical and electronic components. They can utilize their knowledge base to make a prototype and manufacture it in a week’s time. Also, they can use the Azim Premji foundation to donate this device to many government hospitals and to NGOs who are in the front lines of the fight against Corona.

Made in India, Pulse Oximeter by Wipro would be a great brand story. Also, if they decide to manufacture it, it should be able to make and distribute it across India, using its network.

I hope this message will be heard, not just by Wipro, even thought I had directly appealed to the Wipro chief. .There are many industry giants like TATA, who also can take this project up, considering the urgency..

Also, there are many companies like Reliance, PayTM, or any start-up can take this project..

Let’s see how Indian leadership will come with a cohesive strategy to win over the pandemic.

Another Sub Sinks to the Sea Bed

I’m not sure how got mentally involved when I hear about a submarine accident. One of the earlier incident was when an Indian sub went down with all it’s crew. One of the worrying thing about submarine accident is the high fatality rate. In most incidents, all the crew looses their life.

This is something very worrying about the life of sailors in submarine. And that makes a common man think, what’s the way out when a sub sinks to the depth, either due to power failure or any technical snag.

Is there a way to hold the sub at a level at least for sometime, till it gets help?
Is there a way to release some kind of air filled balls to make it float.
Or just like life boats, is there any way to have an escape cute from the submarine?

Or another simple way safety mechanism by which subs can release air filled buoys to help rescue team to locate the position of the sub.
Also, is there a black box, just as in a plane to know the last moments of the crew.

One thing is for sure, that most subs currently in service don’t have to be in active combat. Mostly they just do surveillance and routine runs protecting the territorial water. So, in that case, a part of the sub should be dedicated for safety purpose.

Treat Them Like Kings

A week ago I returned home after visiting another town. I reached early by 6 at Kochu Veli station. Luckily, I got a bus to drop me at home. When I reached home, the front gate was locked and my phone was dead. I had no way of calling her to open the gate. One option was to wait outside till someone opens the gate.

At that time I saw the security man of the wellness clinic in his small cabin. I went to him and luckily he could make me even though I was wearing the mask. He was a man in his 50’s, smart and healthy who goes around actively helping customers to park their cars.

He them showed me the point to charge. The outside cubicle was small, with a space only for a small iron bed. and a table. There was a fan. One thing I noticed was that his bed had flattened cardboard boxes. There was no mattress, not even a simple cotton one to give a basic comfort while resting.

Why do big cash rich business fail to do these basic things for their front line staff like security staff, waiters! Is it b’cos they are easily indispensable and giving any thing extra is not worth their money.

I remember similar thing when I went to a fast moving sea food restaurant in Goa. After, having two beer I was feeling a bit high. To relieve, I went to the urinal and there was two of them. One for the customers and another for the staff. As the someone occupied the loo meant for customers, I went to the other loo. And aaargh., yuck!.

The closet was dirty so was the surrounding space. There was just one wall separating the two loo and it was totally different in the way it was cleaned and maintained. in one look, it was clear that management was least interested in spending an extra penny to keep their employee’s space tidy. Why! Is it that they don’t have value? Why, only cash paying customers mattered?

While this restaurant sported all the foodie awards in all corner of the shop, the attitude they had toward their own workforce speaks about them.

I wonder when will Indian businesses open their eyes to treat their employees more important than their customers? Aren’t they bothered about attrition or they have a feeling that no matter what they do, they don’t have any loyalty? Is this the reason or something else? I think I need to speak to few employers and find out the truth of the matter!

Keep Shining

Recently I was sitting in a tea stall in Malapuram having my second glass of tea. In one corner of the tea stall stood a glass box where they typically keep all the fried snack. An employee of the shop was wiping the glass from inside. It was clear that he want’s the thing to shine. A clear vision of the stuff inside adds appeal. Not a blurry vision through a oil stained glass.

While I saw this man wiping, it reminded me of the shine we require in our life. How often do we keep the door shining? Do we still have the shine – in terms of knowledge, our appearance and our attitude?

It also reminds of how many businesses looses its shine along the way. B’cos it stuck to the old ways, or it failed to innovate, or didn’t feel the need to change and keep up with the times.

Another example of this was when I checked to a lodge and a hotel in Malapuram. When I first visited this town, this hotel had just opened. The rooms were tidy, restaurant had a glossy look with clean tables and shining washroom. And now, it has a deary tired look. The neon name board is broken and the tube-light is seen. The floors looks like it lost that gleam and the good years are far behind. The staff are just keeping up with the tide of things.

It also a reminder to small business owners who at one time had good business but slowly finding themselves being ignored by the customers. .

Shine Daily!

Panic Monkey and Procrastination

Today morning, I found my way to this blog, from this one. Few things sounded just right on why I procrastinate and choose to swing my time on instant gratification.

I remember long back when, how I used to be so interested in gardening when my examination was around the corner. It’s a life-long insidious habit of chasing frivolous things when the most urgent things took back seat.

Before reading this blog in the morning, I also thought of many other things – from what I had to failed to achieve in my a long non-illustrious life and career. I feel guilty of not aspiring to reach for things that I had in my mind. Wish-list was just wishful thinking.

How to Tame the Monkey!
Let me see if I can make some headway in this time of this year. Will I stay distracted, non-committed to goals or will I take one step-at-a-time to climb the stairs.

Obsession and Possession

Naval Ravikanth

Just a day ago, I thought how to revive my failing fortunes and make a comeback to the life I wish to lead. After a bit of soul searching, my mind wandered to the podcast by Navel Ravikanth. In one of his spontaneous speak, he talks about obsession about a task and how that takes people to achieve formidable tasks.

Obsession for Completion

Will this give me the drive to finish tasks and give me the confidence to tackle other things in life.

First Vaccine Shot and Lessons

waiting after taking the anti-body prick.

And here I’m in the ante room where I wait for 30 minutes before heading home. This private hospital where I visited for the vaccine took inordinate time to give us the shot. It’s evident that some process was amiss. As a fella, I waited outside their door, waiting for their call. Finally, we had to push the door and get ourselves inside the registration room to get our names called.

After the vaccine the nurse gave a short lecture on what tablets to take in case of body pain or fever like symptoms. As I heard her repetitive narration, I thought of the wasted opportunity for the hospital. Here’s how they could have made this interaction better.

1. When the patient is under observation, it’s the time for the hospital to send a short SMS, with post vaccine care
2. SMS can include a link to the hospital website, where an illustrated image about the possible side-effects and what kind of medicines are suitable. Along with it, include the scenario when its advisable to call emergency.

Why a SMS with a Short Link to the Site is a Better form of Engagement for the Hospital?

When a SMS is sent to the person, nurse can remind them to go through it. Also, she can repeat the points on the SMS. She can suggest people to visit the site to find more about Corona symptoms, treatment plans and how to do home care when infected with the virus.

I wonder if such a system is followed in any hospitals in Trivandrum.