Sunday, December 20, 2009

Randy pausch on time management - from a terminally ill prof : Very, very useful

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ten signs that show if you are a global citizen or not

Here are some obvious pointers to show you have become a ‘global’ citizen.

1) You start thinking in a language which is not your native tongue. I guess I started doing this as early as when I was 10 years old. It is hard for me to switch back to Urdu, which is my mother tongue
2) You end up checking The National , Times of India, Guardian, NY times - all in the same day to see what is going on in the world and to compare and contrast views of writers/ journalists
3) You can’t tell when was the last time you had homemade food – and don’t really care much, unless there is an occasional craving for ‘comfort food’
4) Who your friends are is defined by interests rather than where they are from
5) You have gone beyond jingoism and can cheer for the team of the country you have adopted when it is playing a rival ( may be your home team too)
6) You start celebrating festivals of the country you live in
7) Your own festivals, which are so important back home may at times take a backseat
8) You can imagine having a significant other who is not from your cultural/ religious / ethnic background
9) You don’t mind living anywhere, as long as it is safe, clean and offers you the chance to live a fulfilling life
10) You really start seeing the world as a whole – not marked by artificial barriers; but as one large mass of humanity which lives and breathes as one !