Just a thought

The other day I was pondering while I was going through the morning newspaper that as we are passing through these turbulent times, I have realized that life is a great leveler. We should all focus on being human rather than chasing status, power, and money.

Though money is important for survival, it should not lead us to a stage where we forget everything and run ONLY after material pleasures of life.

I am sure that we will tide over this crisis as well. But life has actually hit the RESET button so that the entire humanity can start afresh.

The Supreme Force / Mother Nature was watching us all this time while we were recklessly plundering natural resources and running after wealth & power.

Finally I guess it was their turn to put a pause to this nonsense and then the reset our lives once and forever.

Given that we are all under lockdown, we should introspect and start living our lives in a simple way. The people of our earlier generations used to say “Simple living & high thinking”.

Even though today’s generation might not agree with the thought, I firmly believe that we should all practice the same.We should be content with what we have and take care of our family,our mind,our health.It might be difficult to adapt to the new thought,however if one tries then everything is possible.

We should consume things that we actually need rather than impulsive buying.This will help us to to survive in these uncertain times when it seems that there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

We do not have a choice.It’s high time that we corrected ourselves and move on for a better and sustainable future not only for us but for our future generations as well.

Most importantly we should take care of our environment and ensure that we are too small to make changes in the plans laid out by The Supreme Force / Mother Nature.

Let us all hope for the best. Till that time as the cliche goes “Stay home,stay safe”.

Why should we sharpen our soft skills and be a better professional?

In this competitive world, both hard skills and soft skills are required. Everyone can have hard skills like a degree; proficiency in computer programming etc. but the success comes with the combination of hard skills and soft skills. At present, we can see that people are very interested in learning soft skills because every company or every firm wants its employees to be the best at soft skills.

Now, let us discuss a few of them in detail and this will help the people in improving their soft skills and will improve the performance in interviews. They are as follows:

       1. Body language:

  • It is a natural representation which is inbuilt within each and every living organism in this world. It is also known as the first language of the world. It is also called as a nonverbal communication.
  • This language delivers its meaning with the help of the physical movements of our body parts which comprise of face expression, body posture, gestures, signs, eye contact, hand, and feet movement.
  • It aids us when the verbal communication is difficult. It also determines the attitude of a person during a conversation.
  • It is easy to express short notes or messages. A positive and an effective body language are always necessary to succeed in any part of the life.
  • Researchers have shown that the effectiveness of communication depends up to 60% on the body language.

Important facts about body language:

  • Always carry a pleasant smile in your face.
  • Maintain a proper eye contact.
  • When you have the chances of standing, stand up because people who stand always look powerful.
  • Always use your arm movements during any kind of explanation, which will make you look confident.
  • Always sit with your toes pointing out.
  • Avoid hand to face movements during any conversation.
  • Don’t cover or hide in a meeting or a group discussion.
  • Avoid folded arms and crossed legs during speaking and listening.
  • Avoid nail-biting, scratching head during any confused situation.
  • Avoid grooming gestures when you are in public.

Language:

  • It is an artificial representation which is not found common in this world. It is a tool which is used to communicate a message from one to one another of the same group.
  • It is also called as verbal communication.
  • Each language has its own set of rules in delivering the meaning from one to another.
  • The grammar of each and every language has to be properly understood to master it.
  • Researchers have estimated that there are up to 7000 different languages spoken around the world.

Important facts about language:

  • The grammar has to be properly used to during all the conversations.
  • Always think before you talk.
  • Use simple and short sentences to convey your messages.
  • Avoid using complex and long sentences.
  • Don’t use verbal and nonverbal fillers during the conversation.

     A modern example of body language or language:

  • A person walking in a computer only with the help of a keyboard is called a body language.
  • The same person working with the help of a mouse and a keyboard is called a language.
  • So it is very clear that proper usage of both body language and the language is essential to succeed in every body’s day to day life.
  1. Communication:
  • It is a process through which a message is exchanged from the sender to the receiver and vice versa.
  • The communication process will be complete once the receiver understands the message of the sender. If not, the communication process will remain incomplete.
  • The proper usage of grammar helps in building an effective communication.

2.Grammar:

  • It is a set of guidelines which tells us clearly how, when and where to use the words of any given language. Hence all these guidelines form into one shape called grammar,
  • In today’s modern world grammar is defined as the Mother Board of all languages.
  • It is a set of guidelines for any given language in the world.
  • The grammar controls and designs the output of all kinds of communication of an individual.
  • A language can be mastered only after mastering its grammar.
  1. Patience,teamwork and time management:
  • Teamwork, patience and time management is a very important quality because this helps in working with a group of people to achieve the goals of a firm or a company

Humour

Physics Teacher: Isaac Newton was sitting under a tree when an apple fell on his head and he discovered gravity. Isn’t that wonderful?
Student: Yes sir, if he had been sitting in class looking at books like us, he wouldn’t have discovered anything.

Corona Kotha

এতদিন ধরে খবরের কাগজ আর T.V. দেখে, সাথে Google করে আমি যা বুঝলাম, Corona – খুব খারাপ না ~
১. সুগার, প্রেসার এর মতো জীবন ভরের রোগ নয় |

২. কিডনী বা ক্যান্সারের মতো কিছু নয়, যাতে ঘটিবাটি বিক্রী করে চিকিৎসা করাতে হয় |

৩. স্ট্রোকও নয়, যে বাকী জীবন লেংচে চলতে হবে |

৪. পাড়া প্রতিবেশী বা আত্মীয়ের অযাচিত পরামর্শ নেই , যে হিল্লী/দিল্লী বা দহ্মিনে যাও, এখানে ভালো ডাক্তার নেই |

৫. প্রাইভেট নার্সিংহোম ভরতিই নেবেনা, পয়সা চোষারও জায়গা নেই |

৬. অগত্যা মধুসুদন সরকারী ডাক্তার, সরকারী হাসপাতাল | কোনো খরচা নেই |

৭. শ্রাদ্ধশান্তি করে লোক খাওয়ানোর ঝামেলা নেই | কেউ আসবে না ।

৮. সবচাইতে সেরা যা, তা হোলো, Corona বলছে, ‘এসো লড়ো, বাঁচো কিংবা মরো |(একদম Bull fight – যোদ্ধার মতো কথা), খুব বেশি হলে ১৪ দিনের খেলা | গেম ফিনিশ |

৯. তবে ভালো কথা, বেশীর ভাগ খেলাতে করোনা হেরে যাচ্ছে ।

Uncertainties galore!

Life in the times of COVID19…

Recently I came across a term viz. VUCA world during one of the educational workshops that I attended at the university where I work. Little did I know that we will be a part of the VUCA world so soon. VUCA stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, a combination of qualities that, taken together, characterize the nature of some difficult conditions and situations.

Due to the outbreak of COVID19 pandemic all across the planet,we are in deep mess! There is volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity all around us.The entire country is in a volatile state of affairs,there is uncertainty as to when the effects of the corona virus will subside.When we will be able to resume our work,when will our economy start improving.Too many questions,phew!

No one seems to have any clue as to what is happening and with conspiracy theories being circulated daily,it becomes really difficult to keep a sane mind.

Although we are all locked down in our homes as per the directive of our honorable prime minister Shri Narendra Modi,but none of us are used to such a life.Some news reports suggest that the lockdown in India should continue till September 2020 to mitigate the effects of COVID19.

Honestly if that happens then whether we die of COVID19 or not , we might become a nation of depressed people all around.

Gone are the days when relaxation meant a couple of hours lazy sleep during a Sunday afternoon after having “Mangsho Bhat”. It seems that all the days are Sundays now and honestly I am having a tough time remembering dates and days of the week as I write this blog,coincidentally my first blog!

God knows what’s in store for us!