May 31, 2014

The Real Value of Money

The real value of money is not in what you can buy using it, but what good have you done using it.

Have you created a school for the underprivileged or a world class hospital for them, did you donate to that charity you really believed in (such as Jaipur Foot) or did you really do something worthwhile & something that one can never repay you for, without expecting any repayment?

That is the real value of money.
It gives you the means to make a meaningful difference to the world. But you need to make that difference. Money by itself us utterly worthless.

Still more to be written here. Thinking.



May 24, 2014

Contentment is the Key to Happiness

Health, Contentment, Faithfulness
Wise saying by Buddha.
This is another point that I have been thinking about for some time now. We all search for happiness, no matter how wealthy or poor we are, what we are all looking for, ultimately is happiness. Sometimes we think, the new iPhone or the galaxy tab will give us happiness, sometimes it is that huge bungalow or that apartment in that super-luxurious building, getting laid with that hot guy/girl or simply marrying the love of your life or sometimes maybe just a roof on our head or the next meal.

But over time & through some experience, I have realized, the key to happiness lies within us, at least for those of us who do not have to worry about our next meal or having a roof on our head or wearing clothes (not saying branded here, but just clothes. & if you think such conditions do not exist anymore, visit India or Africa & you will see that they do.) i.e. we have at least physiological & safety needs fulfilled from the Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

That key to happiness is, Contentment.

What is contentment?




May 22, 2014

EBay under attack! Change your password now!

Ebay




Importance of Inexpensive Education

Importance of Inexpensive Education (https://medium.com/teaching-learning/45fbfadcf9c6) first post live on Medium.


May 18, 2014

DDoS attack on major websites!

MOZ, MailChimp, 2 of the biggest service providers on the internet are down due to a DDoS attack! (DDoS = Distributed Denial of Service) which basically is the equivalent of a drone attack on a website. Moz recently faced a DDoS attack last month too!

What is safe these days?

DDoS is basically targeting a host server so aggressively that it becomes extremely slow & cannot serve its legitimate users.

Update 18 May 2014 : It took a few hours, but Thankfully, the attacks have been mitigated.



May 17, 2014

Platinum Jewelry Report : Year Roundup 2013

Platinum Jewelry has become the preferred choice for couples in India. 
A recent study by PGI forecasts India's demand for Platinum in 2014 at 40 tonnes compared to 30 tonnes in 2013, a 41% growth from the previous year.
PGI research shows that the no. of platinum jewelry retailers has gone up to 860 in 2014 from just 15 retailers in 2013.
Although this number is still very small as compared to the number of gold jewelry retailers.
The PGI study, titled 'Retailed trade barometer' found retailers bullish on 2014. Nicholas Graham Smith, CEO of PGI commented, 'There is a very strong consumer desire for platinum jewellery in Jndia, despite the overall market being relatively small in a global context. But it has been growing at an exponential rate. The outlook for 2014 & beyond is positive.'
The above report is courtesy of PGI.

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May 14, 2014

Man Made Diamonds are Synthetic Diamonds, NOT Real Diamonds

Ideally, this should require no telling. But David Hollanders recently pointed out a across a campaign from a lab grown diamond manufacturer which says that "lab grown diamonds are not synthetic diamonds, but real diamonds." That statement is FALSE.
I am writing this post to clarify the point.
Do not fall for such marketing gimmicks. 
Any diamond that is not mined naturally, but is man made is NOT A REAL DIAMOND.
If it is not a natural diamond, it is a fake. Please do not confuse the two. Moreover some of these man made diamonds are accompanied by GIA/IGI lab grading reports. So make sure you know what you are buying!





May 4, 2014

Importance of inexpensive quality education

I am normally against price control regulations & in favor of free capital markets. But looking at what has happened to the US higher education system & hence the educated youth of USA, I think it is very important, especially for a country like India, to sustain high quality education at inexpensive prices.
& this I say, not just for higher education, but primary schooling & K-12 too.
The commercialisation of education is bad, it binds the students, it restricts creativity & gradually suffocates quality out of the system.

Continued at http://medium.com/teaching-learning/45fbfadcf9c6